“FUN'S PROJECT COLLEGE”, an online learning service for creators operated by Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), released a part of some paid learning contents without charge for a limited time from Mar. 26 – Apr. 24, 2020, targeted at the members due to the temporary closure of each school.
And this time, since the period of staying at home has been prolonged, they announced that they had released a part of another paid content without charge for a limited time from Apr. 23 – May 22.
“FUN'S PROJECT COLLEGE” is a service that has been providing its online learning contents for aspiring creators so that they can learn anytime, anywhere with the concept of “approaching their dreams”.
This time, considering that there are many aspiring creators who have no choice but to study at home, they decided to release a part of some contents without charge that is normally distributed with charge.
It is the second time, and this time, it is “anime production”. The anime production company, Doga Kobo and “FUN'S PROJECT” playing a central role. they will also introduce some learning contents of anime production, which are originally released without charge, in addition to providing a part of the basic anime course, “Animator Drill” planned for students and young animators without charge.
Directed by a veteran animator, a university professor, Yusa Kazushige, the lecture time will be 10 minutes a day. It's easy to continue every day, so why don't you, parents, try learning with your children who are interested in anime, not to mention those who want to become professionals?
Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, many anime-related events and live events had been canceled/delayed.
As we are recommended to stay indoors at this moment, we are sure that the thought of "I want to do 'Wotakatsu' (Wota Activity)!" had come across numerous active and troubled anime fans. Thus, Anime! Anime! had thought of some "Wotakatsu" that can be done at home, especially we are recommended to stay indoors.
1. Let's write a fan letter
Have you ever write a fan letter before? As the opportunity to talk directly with your idols had increased due to events such as handshaking event and present event, we are sure that there are a lot of people who didn't write it before. However, as the real events are decreasing, it will decrease the opportunity to enjoy conversation with your idol and it also makes it harder to inform your thoughts.
That's why the best chance to write a fan letter isn’t now? A fan letter had another good point when compared to a message in the SNS. Just by having a letter, envelope, and stamp, you will be able to inform your thoughts, and you can also able to leave your thoughts in your own form. If you use the letter set from the goods, it will surely make it cuter.
2. Let's "save money for your favorite idol"
Due to the event and live being canceled, we believe that there will be some people who will request for a refund. It's normal to have the thoughts of "after getting the refund, I want to buy the goods", but it might be better to save it for your "future Wotakatsu".
However, it is not just a simple saving it will be known as "saving box for your favorite idol".
What you need is a saving box. For the method, you just have to insert the predetermined amount into the saving box when your favorite idol posted a new update on the SNS such as Twitter. As you determine the amount by yourselves, let's set save money for the future in a reasonable amount.
3. Let's set up a home theatre
How about setting up a home theatre to enjoy the "Wotakatsu" to the max at your home?
By streaming the events or live video on a big screen, it will be like a live viewing. By streaming anime or movie, you will be able to enjoy the support screening at home.
There are various ways to enjoy Wotakatsu. We believe there aremore methods and do-able things, so why don't we enjoyed the "Wotakatsu" at home?
Bushiroad Inc. announced its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to donating a portion of the revenue from "LINE Creators Dress Up" (scheduled to release in late May) to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, which is researching countermeasures against the coronavirus, it was also announced that the Bushiroad verified card game specialty stores will be joining the effort.
This time the "LINE Creaters Theme" will be based on the KV illustration that was designed for the "BanG Dream! Speciall☆LIVE Girls Band Party!" concert that was scheduled to be held at the MetLife Dome on May 3.
20% of the revenue (excluding various expenses) will be donated to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine for 31 days after launch.
In addition, Bushiroad certified card game specialty stores will also be donating 20% of the sales from the "Vanguard Zero" app (wholesale price), there'll also be a banner click campaign in "Vanguard Zero", a 'relay W follow & retweet campaign', and a donation of 40,000 masks, coming to a total of an estimated 13,311,880JPY in aid (an avarage of 35,978JPY per store).
In other TCG-related counter-measures, you will be able to enjoy card games developed by Bushiroad through "Bushiroad Remote Fight!" and a "TCG wall" is being developed to prevent airborne infection.
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On Apr. 21, 2020, Hello Kitty and Shimajirou have teamed together, starting "Daisuki na Minna to Issho Project (Together with everyone we love)" to make worldwide children smile. Currently on YouTube, "Minna to Issho Taisou (Exercise with everyone)", a video to support the health of parents and children who are staying inside the home for long hours, is released.
"Daisuki na Minna to Issho Project" is a project led by Hello Kitty from "Sanrio" and Shimajiro from "Kodomo Challenge" to lessen the stress and anxiety of parents and children.
The video "Minna to Issho Taisou" is a video revealed on Apr. 21, taking the anxiety voices of caregivers with little children saying, "Both the parent and child are stressed as time spent at home is getting longer." and "Children are not moving their body enough, I am worried about the lack of exercise."
It is not just simple dance-along with the characters that children like, but the exercise, under expert supervision, is designed to grow physical abilities naturally at home upon performing it repeatedly.
This project in the future, to face the current situations, aims to deliver the message of "Although we cannot meet now, we are always together. We support you." by gathering characters from different companies and cultures over the border. It has already been decided that Kumamon and Cheburashka will take part, the second volume of video will launch after next week.
Also, "Minna to Issho Taisou" will be released in English on Apr. 22, and in Chinese on Apr. 27 for children globally.
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Although we are not together, we gathered the feelings together and exercised a lot with Shimajirou and others!
Let's happily move our bodies together, staying healthy at home and spend with a smile♪
I want to exercise happily with everyone!
Everyone, let's become super healthy at home!
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The animation production studio Sunrise has revealed that they will establish "Sunrise Art Class" on Apr. 2021 to educate the highly skilled art staff with the purpose of boosting the quality of the animation.
This is a training program for potential candidates of Sunrise's art staff as they will be hired after the 6 months of practical training in the provided environment, where they are able to obtain the basic foundation as an art staff.
Japanese animation had garnered attention from both locals and overseas as anime had topped the box office gross revenue among the premiered movie, and it had also become entertainment that can boost people's lifestyle.
Among them, Sunrise has established an "Animation class" in 2005 to train the animators. However, in recent years, the industry is facing a crisis as there is a shortage of art staff, who is responsible for 70% of the animation. Especially when it comes to recruiting the young adults, who bear the responsibility for the next generation, since there is a probability that the various traditional technique that was used might be lost forever.
The background art of the anime played an important role in animation production as it decides the world setting and the atmosphere of the overall work.
Thus, Sunrise has decided to establish "Sunrise Art Class" to train the art staff, so that it possible to boost the quality of the future animation work and delivered the various dreams, hope, and emotions to more people.
The main lecturer for "Sunrise Art Class" is Kouno Jirou, the art director for various works such as "Tanoshii Muumin Ikka", "Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick", “Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto", "Megalo Box", and "Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World" for long years. The other lectures are art directors and art staff that is actively participating in the industry.
The practical training will be held for 6 months, which is from Apr. until Sep. 2021, and it will focus not only on the foundation skill on the background art, it will also focuses on the techniques and knowledge that can be applied to the workplace after the practical training had ended. After passing the graduation examination, Sunrise will offer employment with them as an art staff.
Moreover, in order for the student to focus on the technique instead of worrying about the daily expense, there will be a stipends program where a total of 600,000 JPY will be given for the 6 months (100,000 JPY per month). There is also an opportunity to receive a conditional presentation for this.
The recruitment will end on Jul. 10, 2020. The acceptance will be announced in late Aug. based on submitted documents, qualifications and after going through the practical and interview test. Further information is available at the official website of "Sunrise Art Class".
"Anime Tamago 2020", also known as the "Agency for Cultural Affairs Young Animator Training Project 2019" is being held this year as well. Key visuals, stories, and the first staff members from the works "Ometeotoru≠HERO", "Rebecca", and "Michiru Rescue!" are currently being announced by their respective production groups.
"Anime Tamago 2020", alias of "Young Animator Training Project", was commissioned by the Agency for Cultural Affairs since 2010 to foster talented animators who will lead the future of the industry through OJT, with the aim of promoting and developing animation in Japan.
In 2019, three production groups, including an animation studio, participated. Through the production of short anime works and learning courses, young people, who are in charge of the creative work of Japanese animation production in the 21st century, continue to study and improve their skills every day.
"Ometeotoru≠HERO" is a 3DCG work produced by Speed under the direction of Awazu Jun.
In 22XX, with a sudden decrease in the human population, various allied species coming from other planets are invited to populate the Earth. As a result, new mixed races with special abilities began to be born, causing ecosystems to be machined at an accelerating rate where the plants and animals are being excluded.
Among them, a special tribe who can manipulates plants has been exterminated, but only one of them survives and try to accomplish the mission to cover the earth with forests. The protagonist named Yuki, born from his father, member of the Hero tribe, and his mother with the ability to manipulate plants, gains the skills of both tribes, and he asks himself who should he help and who should he fight.
" Rebecca" is a work by Vega Entertainment, directed by Teramoto Yukiyo. The story is set in a rural town in Maine, USA, at the end of the 19th century.
Rebecca, a cheerful and energetic 10-year-old girl born as the second of seven siblings, is forced to be left with her two aunts, Miranda and Jane, after her father's death caused pain and suffering to the family.
Rebecca loves her gentle aunt Jane, but inevitably shrinks in front of Miranda with her strict and nagging behavior. One day, Rebecca was accused by Miranda of wearing a pink dress made by Jane without permission. At that time, she was insulted about his deceased father, making her explode in anger and leaving the house...
"Michiru Rescue!" is a work produced by Yumeta Company, and directed by Ochi Koujin.
When four glowing orbs of different colors (blue, yellow, silver, and purple) fly through space chasing after a red-black orb, they end up hitting each other, causing only the blue sphere to fall to the earth and reach the room where the main character, Michiru, sleeps. On the other hand, the red-black orb also appears on the earth turning itself into a boy, and start to raise Mejiro birds illegally.
One day, Michiru is at a flea market in a park, when a large flock of Mejiro birds appear over the sky and start attacking people. The yellow, silver, and purple orbs show up and try to calm down the flock of Mejiro, but their chirp is relentless. At that moment, a voice resounds inside Michiru's head telling her to save the Mejiro...
In addition, "Anime Tamago 2020" has released the first PV footage on YouTube. Look forward to further news!
The streaming platform "PLATTO", which is specialized in subcultures such as anime, voice actors/actresses, and games, started its service on May 26, 2020. At the same time, the first lineup of performers from the "PLATTO Reading Performance" by voice actors/actresses and 2.5-dimensional actors starting on Jun. 6 was announced.
The service name "PLATTO" is a made-up word that combines "Platform" that represents software and services that form the basis of the system, a Japanese word "Puratto", which means you can stroll and watch, and "Plat", which means a map. The idea of the logo design comes from spotlighting the performers even in the streaming space.
It operates with the streaming technology utilizing the function of "SPWN Portal", which creates a new experience by fusing real and virtual worlds. “PLATTO” will utilize AR and real-time CG, etc. to distribute more advanced services than existing services.
It will also start "PLATTO Reading Performance" using the "PLATTO" system from Jun. 6 to deliver high quality reading performance even in the remote distribution environment.
The performers announced this time include voice actors/actresses: Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Toriumi Kousuke, Hatanaka Tasuku, Yamashita Daiki, Hondo Kaede, Aida Rikako, Sato Takuya, Shibasaki Noriko, Nabatame Hitomi, Fujita Akane, Takatsuka Tomohito, and Terashima Junta. Furthermore, it also includes 2.5-dimensional actors: Kato Sho, Kominami Koji, Ichinose Ryu, and Abe Kaisei.
In the same project, it was revealed following writers will join it: Maruto Fumiaki, from "How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend", Asaura, Irie Kimihito, Kawagishi Ougyo, Kuibira Harumo, Kotake Kiyohiko, Sasaki Teiko, Sarai Shunsuke, Hyuga Natsu, Fukami Makoto, Mikami Teren, and others.
"GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA", an event to commemorate 40 years of "Mobile Suit Gundam", has announced cancellation its exclusive pre-event programs and postponement of its opening to a later date.
"GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA" is a 40 year commemorative event of "Mobile Suit Gundam" and is set to display a life-size, 18m tall, gigantic moving Gundam statue etc. "Special Experience", a pre-event tour scheduled from July 2020 onward has been canceled. In addition, the main event that was scheduled for October onward has been postponed. The opening will be set to launch within this year and will be decided upon and announced at a later date.
The official site released an announcement stating, "In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will make a decision with the safety of our customers, staff, and partners as our top priority." as an explanation for the postponement.
In addition, an apology stating, "We deeply apologize to everyone who was highly anticipating this event and hope to seek your understanding on this matter." as well as, "We are making preparations for an opening that everyone can enjoy safely. Please look forward to it."
As a replacement of the exhibitions canceled due to the widespread of COVID-19, DMM.com corporation has decided to launch a free of charge online exhibition space for business negotiations and announcements in their bid to show support to the anime industry. Each corporation's exhibit as well as their related partners will have free of charge entry and the exhibition will commence in the later half of Jun. 2020.
"Anime online Exhibition" was decided to be held as a substitute for negotiations and planned events being cancelled due to the continuing tough conditions of the state of emergency declaration. DMM.com came up with this idea: "to create a place to talk about works currently in progress and plans that have been stalled" and "to bring as much enjoyment as they can to the world with anime by utilizing this space". Hence, with that in mind, an online space where people from the anime industry and their partners can mingle, negotiate and do announcements was created.
With the offline exhibition set-up as a base of reference, the "Anime online Exhibition" consists of similar new product stages, negotiation booths etc. Online meetings are scheduled to be held on zoom. Only those who have pre-registered are allowed entry into the event space and each exhibiting company is currently accepting registrations for negotiations.
DMM is bearing all costs for the exhibition in a bid to contribute to the business of the anime industry. It is free of charge to exhibit and companies such as publishing firms to voice acting agencies, goods manufacturers, licensing companies (both domestic and abroad), and industries even slightly related to the anime industry are strongly encouraged to consider joining this event.
The "Anime online Exhibition"'s company registration is open from 19 May ~ 5 Jun. 2020. In addition, registration for companies or individuals who wish to enter the space will commence at a later date.
Animate Ltd. has announced that "Animate Shinjuku" has been decided to move into Shinjuku HALC. It will be renewed as "Animate Shinjuku HALC" in May 2020.
The Shinjuku store has been open since Jul. 2, 2011, nearby the Shinjuku station, and has always tried to be a place for everyone to enjoy shopping.
The renewal was aimed to make "Animate" a more familiar place in everyday life, by moving it inside of the "BIC CAMERA Shinjuku Nishiguchi", located at the 5th floor of Shinjuku Nishiguchi HALC, even closer to the station than the preview location.
At the new location, the store is directly connected to the station and can be visited without getting wet on a rainy day. Also, all the character goods, CDs, video products, comics, and games are located on a single floor, making it easier for the customers to find the products.
"Animate Shinjuku" will close operations at the current location by May 17, 2020, and will temporarily start from May 20 at the "Animate Shinjuku HALC". The preorder of products, store pick-ups, and sales of new products will be available during the temporary open.
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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.
6 casts in total were announced for the TV anime 『Keeps your hands off Eizouken!』. The voice acting cast is as follows: Itou Sairi as Asakusa Midori, Tamura Mutsumi as Kanamori Sayaka and Matsuoka Misato as Mizusaki Tsubame. Hanamori yumiri as Doumeki, Komatsu Mikako as Sakaki Sowande and Inoue Kazuhiko as Fujimoto-sensei.