Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) had announced that LiSA's “Gurenge” (Opening theme song of TV Anime “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”) had achieved “Triple Platinum (Total download exceed 750,000)” in the “Paid music subscription work as at Mar. 2020″.
“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” is originally a Japanese style fantasy manga by Gotouge Koyoharu and is currently serialized on “Weekly Shounen Jump” since 2016.
The setting takes place during the Taisho Period of Japan. The story starts with a demon attacking the family of the kind charcoal seller young boy, Tanjirou when he left the house. The lone survivor, his younger sister Nezuko had turned into a demon. To revert her to a human and to avenge his family, he goes on a trip with Nezuko…
The work got an anime adaptation from Apr. until Sep. 2019 and it created by ufotable (famously known for the TV Anime “Fate/stay night［Unlimited Blade Works］”, the movie “Fate/stay night ［Heaven's Feel］”, etc.).
LiSA's “Gurenge” was used as the opening theme from episode 1 until the last episode, which spans over 2 cour (24 episodes).
Moreover, in the “Paid music subscription work of Mar. 2020”, other than LiSA's “Gurenge” obtaining the triple platinum, ClariS “Connect” (Theme song for “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”) had achieved double platinum (Total download exceed 500,000) as well.
Strips of papers and new illustrations of the main characters and voice actors (a total of 31), including Hanae Natsuki and Shimono Hiro, who appeared in the TV anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", writing their wishes for the Japanese festival Tanabata, have been revealed. In addition, a special program to commemorate Tanjirou's birthday on Jul. 14 has been announced.
"Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" is based on the manga of the same title drawn by Gotouge Koyoharu, which was serialized in "Weekly Shonen Jump". People have been fascinated by the dreadful sword fights portrayed with dynamic images in a heartrending story about humans and demons. The latest film "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train" will be released on Oct. 16.
To celebrate the festival Tanabata, a special page has been set up on the official website. Here, strips of paper handwritten by a total of 31 voice actors who played Tanjirou and the other characters of the TV anime series, such as Hanae Natsuki, Kitou Akari, Shimono Hiro, and Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, are now available for viewing.
Moreover, fans may take a look at the new illustrations of Tanabata and the wishes written on strips of paper by the five characters who hold the key to the film's story.
To commemorate Tanjirou's birthday on Jul. 14, three special programs will be held. First, from 9 p.m. on July 14, the day of Tanjirou's birthday, ABEMA will be streaming the special show "Tanjirou's Birthday Party" with the participation of main cast members Hanae Natsuki, Kitou Akari, Shimono Hiro, and Matsuoka Yoshitsugu.
The second program will be featuring the broadcast of the entire TV anime series "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" on ABEMA in Jul. 11 & 12, so it will be a chance to enjoy it a second time for those who have already seen it, and also for those who haven't watched it yet.
Lastly, a Tanjirou's birthday collaboration event is scheduled to be held at ufotableCafe. Don't miss the opportunity to get a limited menu, novelty items, and more!
"Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train" premiere is set on Oct. 16, 2020.
(C) Gotouge Koyoharu / Shueisha, Aniplex, and ufotable
From "Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba", rubber stands featuring Tomioka Giyuu, Kochou Shinobu, Rengoku Kyoujyurou, as well as the other "pillars", have arrived.
The"Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Rubber Stand Collection Vol. 2" is a rubber stand collection of the nine pillars, Tomioka Giyuu, Kochou Shinobu, Rengoku Kyoujyurou, Uzui Tengen, Tokitou Muichirou, Kanroji Mitsuri, Iguro Obanai, Shinazugawa
Sanemia, and Himejima Gyoumei as the motifs. The character part of the stand can be used as either a strap or as a coaster.
"Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Rubber Stand Collection Vol. 2" is currently on sale at 9,900 JPY (tax included) per box with 9 pieces in each box. If you purchase it on the hobby mail order site "AmiAmi", you will also receive a "Ubuyashiki Kagaya Rubber Stand" as a limited edition gift.
(C) Gotoge Koyoharu/Shueisha/Aniplex/ufotable
From "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiaba" comes vol. 2 of the bangles with the names of Kochou Shinobu, Kanroji Mitsuri, and others designed on . Pre-orders are currently available at Animate Online Shop.
The products are gold-based bangles with the names of the "Pillars" such as Kochou Shinobu and Rengoku Kyoujurou designed on. Don't forget to check out the line stones of their theme colors.
They are crafted by hand making each of them one of a kind.
"Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" Name Bangle (8 designs) are each priced at 1,800 JPY (tax excluded). Pre-orders are currently available at Animate Online Shop and will be released at Animate and ACOS shops in Japan around Sep. 11, 2020.
(C)Gotouge Koyoharu / Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable
From "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" comes traditional Japanese mirrors with the motif of the haori/kimono of Kamado Tanjirou, and Rengoku Kyoujurou.
The products are mirrors with the haori/kimono design of the siblings Kamado Tanjirou and Nezuko, Agatsuma Zenitsu, Hashibira Inosuke, and the top swordsman of the demon slayer corp., "Pillars".
They come in both round and square shapes.
"Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Traditional Japanese Mirror (Round Shape)" is priced at 1,650 JPY (tax included) each while "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Traditional Japanese Mirror (Square Shape)" is priced at 1,980 JPY (tax included) each. Pre-orders are currently available at "Premium Bandai". The shipping is scheduled for Oct. 2020.
The AR dance vocal group "ARP" has announced the live broadcast of their concert, streaming of a new song, and a special episode of the anime "ARP Backstage Pass".
"ARP" sing their determination toward a new stage in their new song "Neo World", which depicts their new normal. The lyrics and composition were by the hitmaker duo, Kurihara Satoru (Jazzin' park) and Maeda Tasuku. The song opens up a new side of ARP. The streaming will start on Aug. 5.
The "Anime ARB Backstage Pass Closing Festival Celebrate Good Time -EXTEND-" will be held online on Aug. 15 and 16. An audience participation song battle is scheduled to be held on the world's first multiplayer real-time game app "Fure Fure". The live feed will be using the "Multi Eyes Live Camera" linked to the Alice System for the first time in the world, letting you enjoy the intense live stream from various camera angles. We received a comment on the new song and live from the member Shinji.
Also, a special episode of the anime "ARP Backstage Pass", which has ended in March with good reviews, titled "Paradise" will be streamed.
The special episode depicts the after stories of the characters leading to the fan-familiar "KiCK A'LIVE" series. It will be streamed on d Anime Store and dTV from 11:00 p.m. Jul. 13 ahead of others and on other channels from 11:00 p.m. Jul. 20 sequentially.
In addition, a terrestrial TV re-run of the anime "ARB Backstage Pass" started on Jul. 6 along with "ARP REMIND on the WEB" in which you can watch the past live performances of ARP.
As the entertainment business resumes, we can look forward to the latest entertainment by ARP, the AR artist that brings together the cutting-edge technology.
Comment from Shinji of ARP
We were sad not to be able to meet our fans during the self-restraint, but we got a chance to have a good discussion with each other about what we can and should do the next time we meet you all.
Our new song "Neo World" literally means "a new world". With the airing of the anime finished, it's time for us to take on a new stage as well. The song expresses us challenging the new future with our dreams and hopes.
And for the concert, I want to make it a show where we express everything we can. We'd really like to meet you in person, but that's not possible yet. But we will do our best by making the best of the streaming and connect with our fans. Please look forward to it.
Set in the near future of Japan, "ParaHos", a music entertainment which has customer service sweeter than kiss and Para Para (synchronized group dance) hotter than summer, begins. The key visuals and Taniyama Kishou, Morikubo Shoutarou, etc. 's characters have been revealed.
"ParaHos" is an enjoyable music entertainment created by Pony Canyon x Hifumi Inc. by combining tags such as "Music", "Dance" and "Voice Drama" together.
It is set in the near future of Japan, in a competitive world where hosts with the title of "Hospitality Artist" pair up in a buddy system for Para Para dance battles and to entertain customers. The story is about the journey toward riches fames, all the while participating in global "ParaHos" battles and the aim for the top spot.
This time, information on the 6 characters and their cast members from "DREAM LOVE", an orthodox but prince vibe club as well as "JEALOUS", a new gangster-style club participating in "ParaHos" have been revealed.
The owner of "DREAM LOVE" will be played by Taniyama Kishou, and the owner of "JEALOUS" will be played by Morikubo Shoutarou, followed by Hozumi Yuya, Seike Kousuke, Sumiya Tetsuei, Kobayashi Satoshi, etc. by appointment. There is also a still of the 6 members depicting the appearance of the world within the work.
In the first trailer uploaded to YouTube, it begins with the hosts talking to each other, followed by a eurobeat cover arrange of "NIGHT OF FIRE", "READY STEADY GO" as well as the introduction of two original songs.
During the songs, CG characters perform catchy Para Para dances and even the cast members' dances, etc. are shown. It is a video that relays passion.
The release of 2 CDs containing the songs have been set for Oct. 7, 2020. In addition to the songs, there are also 3 recorded drama parts within the CD. One of the three parts is a "customer service drama" that utilizes a dummy head microphone.
The staff for this work comprises of Amane Tou, who is in charge of the original work ("Tenka Souryuu -TENKASOUL-", etc), Oyo for character design (Collaborative Illustrations for "Fate/Grand Order") and Akitsuki Yumi for the script ("Pleasure Phrase CLIMAX", etc). Hikota Genki will be in charge of the music, ANIMA Inc. for the 3DCG work and Balus Inc. for the motion capture to produce fiery Para Para battles and sweet customer service.
"ParaHos" is certainly one to watch out for as it emerges hot from Reiwa's summer.
The "School Life × Schemes × Suspense" manga, "Talentless Nana", is serialized on "Monthly Shonen Gangan". Its TV anime adaption has been decided to start in Oct. 2020. The anime visual and 1st promotional video was revealed along with the cast members including Ookubo Rumi, Shimono Hiro, and Nakamura Yuuichi.
"Talentless Nana" is set in a school on an isolated island in the middle of the ocean. The suspense with plots of justice and evil depicts a group of young individuals with supernatural abilities, who have the burden of "Destroying the 'Enemies of Humanity'".
Written by Looseboy, the scenario writer known for the games "Sharin no Kuni: The Girl Among the Sunflowers" and "The Devil on G-String", and illustrated by Furuya Iori, the manga has been serialized in "Monthly Shonen Gangan" from 2016.
The 3 main cast members were also announced.
Ookubo Rumi will be playing Hiiragi Nana, the self-proclaimed "I can read minds but can't read between lines!" girl, who was transferred to the school. Shimono Hiro will be playing Nakajima Nanao, the boy with a supernatural ability, who has a strong sense of justice and wants to become a hero. And Nakamura Yuuichi will be playing Onodera Kyouya, the unfriendly boy with a supernatural ability, who was transferred to the school on the same day as Hiiragi Nana.
In addition, it has been decided that Takanashi Yasuharu (Team-MAX) will be joining the music staff, Tomita Miyu will be singing the opening theme song, and Fujikawa Chiai will be singing the ending theme song.
The TV anime "Talentless Nana" will be broadcast from October.
<Comments are as below>
Ookubo Rumi as Hiiragi Nana
I'm Ookubo Rumi and I'll be playing Hiiragi Nana.
From the moment I read the original work at the audition, I was hooked by the story, and I was so glad to get the role of Nana.
The isolated training school, the children with mystical abilities, the mysterious "Enemies of Humanity", etc. I want to stand by Nana and portray her fighting against the "Enemies of Humanity" and growing up.
I'm nervous since this is the lead role, but I'm also fired up!
I hope you will enjoy the TV anime "Talentless Nana".
Shimono Hiro as Nakajima Nanao
I'm Shimono Hiro and I'll be playing Nakjima Nanao.
I love this type of story, and I hope you will enjoy what the shy, reclusive Nanao brings to the table!
Nakamura Yuuichi as Onodera Kyouya
I read the original work for the first time when I auditioned, and I was surprised by the unpredictable development of the story and was fascinated by the charms of the characters.
It's hard to get rid of the unfriendly image of Kyouya, but he is actually quite reasonable.
I want to well balance the two sides of him.
Takanashi Yasuharu (Team-MAX)
I'm Takanashi and I'll be in charge of the music on "Talentless Nana".
When I was given the offer, I read the 1st volume and I was surprised by the development of the story!! It goes beyond my speculations and though the illustrations are cute, the plot twist is amazing!!
I was drawn into the world of "Talentless Nana" before I knew it, and was absorbed in reading it.
Music-wise, it's been a long time since I last composed suspenseful music.
I was excited to take on the various new challenges.
When the unexpected happens, when somebody's identity is revealed, subtle psychological descriptions, etc.!
I'm sure this is going to be a great piece of work.
Please look forward to the show.
Tomita Miyu as the opening theme artist
I'm Tomita Miyu and I'll be singing the opening theme song of "Talentless Nana".
The other day, I was shown the opening video with powerful images linked to the song, and I'm already looking forward to the broadcast!
The song is a serious, edgy, dark song to match the story. I put my soul into the song and gave it my all to sing it.
I hope you will enjoy the theme song "Broken Sky" along with the anime.
Fujikawa Chiai as the ending theme artist
I'm Fujikawa Chiai and I'll be singing the ending theme song of "Talentless Nana".
It feels good to get outwitted no matter how much you keep your eyes open for plot twists! The story goes beyond my imagination, and I was deceived right from the beginning. This was my first experience to face a protagonist with this mixed feeling of being tricked and bewildered. I should've hated her, but I somehow found myself sympathizing with her. Before I knew it I was completely drawn into the story.
I wrote this song called "Bakemono to Yobarete" (Being called a monster) while looking forward to the development of the story.
The song is about the conflict of those with supernatural abilities and those with none. What will the conflict bring about? I've struggled to get this song finished, and I hope it will reach the hearts of the fans.
(C)Looseboy, Furuya Iori / SQUARE ENIX, "Talentless Nana" Production Committee
Commemorating the re-run of the "BanG Dream! FILM LIVE", "'BanG Dream! FILM LIVE' Re-run Celebration Talk Show" was held at Aeon Cinema Itabashi on Jul. 5. The CEO of Bushiroad Kitani Takaaki, the CEO of Sanjigen Matsuura Hiroaki, and the computer graphic supervisor Mimura Atsushi appeared on the stage and revealed the background stories for the movie.
This talk show continued as the guests answering the question had been collected on Twitter in advance.
For "A trigger for starting 'BanG Dream! FILM LIVE' project", the CEO Kitani answered, "There was a proposal from the president Matsuura that he wants to make the film like during the production of 'BanG Dream! 2nd Season', and I accepted it. We only took a few days to turn the proposal into a project". It was a rare case with no proposal documents.
For favorite scenes, Mimura answered, "Because we could produce the concert scenes in full length, compared to the TV series, we were able to depict character's charms which could not be shown in the anime".
CEO Kitani mentioned the stage background as his favorite scene. He praised it that it was "made with a quality equal to recreating the actual background of 'BanG Dream!" concerts", and continued by saying, "The actors with a nice relationship make the project successful, and I believe this live could be successful because the actors in 'BanG Dream! FILM LIVE' had a wonderful relationship, too".
The talk show also revealed that president Matsuura asked to make the scene of the background, where the requests of "encore" from the audience echo.
The added the scene because they believed "Since the release was after the broadcast of 'BanG Dream! 2nd Season', I thought that the fans could feel something only with graphics without words".
Lastly, new information on the "BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage" was announced. The director Umezu commented, "We are planning to increase the volume of the movie by doing things like increasing the volume of the movie and taking much longer time, therefore, we asked the guest looking forward to the "BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage' to stay healthy through daily exercises".
The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
"Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger VS Lupinranger VS Patranger the Movie", the newest work in the "Super Sentai VS Film Series", is scheduled to be released on Feb. 8, 2020. The newest footage andscene photos have also been revealed.
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.