The theatrical producer Matsuda Makoto, who is known for the musicals “The Prince of Tennis”, “Touken Ranbu”, “Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rule the Stage”, etc., started the “Theatre Complex” project, which features a platform specialized in stage plays. The project aims to give hope to the stage industry, which has been badly damaged by the spread of the new coronavirus, and will begin the crowdfunding from May 1, 2020.
Through the new platform “Theatre Complex”, the project aims to realize the following three goals; “distribute videos of the existing stage plays,” “distribute live stages to be performed in the future”, and “distribute original shows”.
The original programs will be made possible by using funds raised through the crowdfunding and adopting the ideas of both cast members and our fans.
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. 17, 2020, the release of "Evangelion: 3.0+1.0" has been decided to be delayed from its initial release date, Jun. 27.
Toho Co., Ltd. has explained the reason for the delay as, "Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus," "We had a discussion with the producers, and have decided to postpone the release of the film."
They followed with their words of apology, "We understand that many people will be disappointed about this decision. Please accept our sincere apology."
On the same day, Khara, Inc. also posted their comment on the official website.
"We are truly sorry about not being able to release the film as scheduled. Please accept our sincere apology."
They also said, "We hope the day will come when we can safely enjoy movies, and will do our best to deliver interesting animation films to everyone around the world."
The new release date of "Evangelion: 3.0+1.0" is yet to be decided. The date, when decided, will be announced via the official website.
Early bird tickets will still be valid for the film.
(C)Khara / Project Eva.
The 2.5D ("two-and-a-half-dimensional") culture is becoming popular through the stage adaptations of many titles such as, "Touken Ranbu" and "Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight " at the top of the list.
There are also several epoch-making titles in its history, including "The Prince of Tennis" and "Yowamushi Pedal".
The stage "Sakura Taisen Kayou Show", that is derived from the popular game "Sakura Wars", is one of them.
Voice actors who dubbed the characters in the game have been dressed in the same costumes as the characters while performing wonderful songs and dancing on a real stage.
Started in 1997, "Kayou Show" attracted many fans over the years, and is often referred to as one of the origins of the 2.5D, which is still popular nowadays.
The voice actress Yokoyama Chisa, who dubbed the heroine Shinguji Sakura in the "Sakura Wars" series, also gave a brilliant performance on the "Kayou Show".
She started her career as a voice actor and later expanded her activities to the stage where she is still active today. She has become a great inspiration for youngers who aim to join 2.5D stages.
[Interview & Text: Maeda Hisashi / Photography: Ohara Souta]
■Can you tell us the reason why you decided to become a "2.5D voice actor"?
Yokoyama studied at the Katsuta Voice Acting School (later renamed Katsuta Voice Acting Academy, which closed in 2015) in Takadanobaba, Tokyo, which offered courses taught by the famous voice actor Katsuta Hisashi, known for many characters roles such as Professor Ochanomizu in "Astro Boy".
Yokoyama made her debut as a voice actress at the tender age of 17 by playing the character Nara Ferris in the OVA "Black Magic", which is based on the original manga by Shirow Masamune.
The reason why she decided to become a voice actor was because of her admiration for a certain famous character.
"I watched the movie "Lupin III The Castle of Cagliostro" on TV by accident. I didn't consciously turn the channel on to see it, I was probably watching the nighttime broadcast and it just started.
I wasn't paying a lot of attention to it, but by the time the film was over, I was sitting upright in front of the TV and my eyes turned in the shape of hearts. I came to admire Lupin a lot when I was about in the eighth grade.
My parents told me that I could try anything I wanted to do when I was in high school, so I decided to study voice acting. If doing so, maybe I would be able to meet Lupin.
I didn't feel like I could make a performance in a real film. I imagined Lupin coming to greet me as I was Clarisse... it was a bit of an "itchy" feeling (laughs).
Before that, I hadn't watched many anime much and wasn't particularly fond of them. Rather I was an active child who was spending most of the time doing outdoor activities and physical training. Just a little after those days I got the anime "disease" (laughs)".
■After making your debut at the age of 17, can you tell us about the skills you acquired as a voice actor on the field?
She made her debut at the age of 17 while still being in high school and having no experience as a child actor. At first glance, her career seemed to be off to a smooth start, but she had mixed feelings about it.
"When I saw the finished "Black Magic", I was stunned to notice that, while my colleagues were true professionals, only my voice was mixed with that of an amateur.
The sound pressure of the voice and the quality of the performance were totally different. I felt like I was just saying the lines to synchronize the character's lips.
Unlike me, my colleagues were conscious of how to make their characters look attractive and the film interesting.
I thought that I had to pass the audition at all costs and learn more and more in the field. At the training school, I was taught a lot of important things, such as how to speak smoothly and how to prepare myself mentally as an actor. But that was just the basics.
I still remember that moment when I realized how much there is to learn about voice acting".
■Studying abroad gave you an opportunity to open up and say, "There is nothing to be afraid of". After that, you began to play the role of Arara Milk in "NG Knight Lamune & 40" and seemed to be gaining a foothold as a voice actor.
However, only in 1994, when you went to Australia to sort out your work situation, you felt that you had a firm sense of being a true voice actor.
"The reason I decided to study abroad was simply that I wanted to do something different from my routine life, spend more time as a high school student, and try to have a conversation with foreign people.
It wasn't something serious like, "I had doubts about the voice acting industry," or "I felt insecure about my way of living" (laughs).
As a result, I ended up studying abroad for only 15 weeks, which is a pretty short period of time, because the new work of the series "Tenchi Muyo!" might be ahead of the original schedule, and there were also other work commitments.
But then I stepped away from my work, I took a step back and looked at myself, and I noticed something. Why was I so nervous and shriveled up in the studio...?
I didn't want to make the same mistake that I had experienced on my debut in such an important moment of my work, but I wondered if it was fun for the children to hear a nervous and trembling voice like mine.
After realizing that, I was able to open my mind to the idea that there is nothing to be afraid of. I was reborn. That's where I started to enjoy my work".
■When you're not working as an actor, you are on a "road trip".
This personal turning point coincided with the changing times. In the middle of the growing popularity of young female voice actors as idols, the so-called "third voice acting boom", they have gained more media exposure as multi-talented people by appearing at events as cosplayers and joining talk sessions on Aniraji, which is similar to the way voice actors are nowadays.
Yokoyama, one of the stars, was running through this situation with aplomb.
"When I debuted, I wanted to be recognized as the voice actor Yokoyama Chisa as soon as possible.
As I mentioned earlier, I struggled to reach my true potential as a voice actor at the beginning. I had been working for many years in the submission section of the "Weekly Shonen Jump" magazine ("Jump Broadcasting Station"), and I was sad that some of my peers thought I was "different".
I was told, "You're a talent, right, Chisa?", even though I didn't want to be a talent. I only entered voice acting school because I wanted to be a voice actor, nothing more than that.
But as my work as a voice actor gradually took off, I came to feel that that was my "real path" and the other stuff, such as songs and events, was my "road trip".
The road trip is fun, isn't it? I've come across some unexpected things. Even if I made some mistake, I would think, "This isn't my real job".
So once I was able to do media mixes after studying abroad and establishing myself as a voice actor, my life started to be comfortable and fun.
■The secret story behind the birth of "Sakura Taisen Kayou Show"
Yokoyama is said to be one of the pioneers when it comes to cosplaying at events related to anime and video games.
"The reason I did it in the first place was that there were so many events that it was always difficult to choose the outfit suitable for each occasion. So, after thinking "Why don't try to dress up as a fictional character?", I asked a friend of mine who is a good Western dressmaker to make me a very mini Japanese-style skirt with fluttering flares, like the one that Sasami wears in "Magical Girl Pretty Sammy", and I put it on.
"Magical Girl Pretty Sammy": Sasami's costume
I was a little nervous at first, but the fans were so happy with it that it made me feel good (laughs). That's how I got the flow to continue performing in cosplay".
That cosplay is actually connected to the "Sakura Taisen Kayou Show".
"I was just trying to be funny, and on one occasion they dressed me in a hakama-style costume, which was similar to Sakura's Japanese costume, to sing a song from "Sakura Wars" at a concert.
Shinguji Sakura played by Yokoyama (C) 1999 SEGA/BANDAI VISUAL/MARINE ENTERTAINMENT
When Hiroi Oji, the producer of "Sakura Wars", saw my performance, he said, "This is great!". He added that if the voice actors wore their respective costumes while singing, we could reproduce the Imperial Assault Force (Opera Troupe).
"Sakura Taisen Kayou Show" Stage
That's how it started. In my mind, it was just an extension of what I was enjoying so far, but it was becoming more and more serious every time.
When I was working with the dancers and the Japan Action Club, I thought, "I'm not able to do any of this". It would be a bad thing to be given such a great opportunity to join the stage, but not understand anything about it.
Therefore, I started learning jazz dance for the first time when I was 29 years old, and I also learned how to act properly on stage, I tried Buyou (Japanese traditional dance) and Taiko (Japanese drum)...but I wasn't forced to do any of those things.
I focused myself on what I could do on stage as Sakura and what I would need to do to be seen by the audience as Sakura.
I was just happy to be able to try something new through the stage in that way. It was like a lesson for adults (laughs).
It was also interesting to speak the hard and beautiful Japanese written by Izumi Kyouka, and it was new to me to play the role of Pig in "Journey to the West" (laughs). When I look back on all of those memories, I feel that I had a beautiful experience".
■How does the current 2.5D stage boom look to you?
To Yokoyama, who knows well the times before the general concept of "2.5D culture" was established, what does the current flourishing of 2.5D culture look like?
"I'm happy that so many people, including those who joined today's interview, say that "Sakura Wars" is the origin of such a culture.
Hiroi-san seems to be a bit mean-spirited by saying that, since Kayou Show is made by fusing the two and three-dimensional models, it is actually five-dimensional, but I like to call it 2.5D (laughs).
I like cosplay myself, and I can sympathize with all those fans who are happy about having an entire world expressed through cosplay, and not just on stage.
I think this boom is what was about to happen. On stage, the efforts put by the actors and the dedication of the staff are also wonderful.
When I saw the performance of "Sengoku Basara", I was very impressed by it. The two-dimensional, very large-sized weapons were handled in three dimensions.
It's the actors' practice in handling them and the dedication of who is used to hold them as a tool that has created the current boom".
Currently, Yokoyama is also active in stage productions outside of 2.5D, and she also commented about it; "What I do is influenced by the experience I had in the 'Sakura Wars' stage. It's not just the technical side, but also the mental side, and the way of doing teamwork. Everything is connected by creating one single line".
Finally, based on all these experiences, we have received a message for young aspiring actors.
"My motto in life is 'adventure' and 'challenge'. I would like to continue my work without forgetting the spirit of adventure and the courage to take on challenges.
To all young people who are full of dreams, I would like to say, "We are living in an age of diversity that offers a lot of opportunities. I want you to never give up on what you have dreamed about, and continue to work hard while being a little patient".
"Sakura Wars OVA Series Blu-ray BOX"
An animated film based on the are of Izumo city, Shimane prefecture, titled "Child of Kamiari Month" started a new crowdfunding campaign for the voice recording process at Sony's crowdfunding site, First Flight.
It is said that a myriad of gods assembles in October, for a bonding rite in the area of Izumo, in Shimane province. The animated movie "Child of Kamiari Month" tells the story of a young girl living in the modern age and her journey to the said sacred land.
The company responsible for promoting the glamour of the movie is Cretica Universal. Their mission is to convey the unique culture and nature of Japan through animation. The movie is currently being produced at full steam, and the release date is estimated anywhere between 2020 and 2025.
The castwill be announced in Apr. 2020.
The funds from the first crowdfunding campaign held from Mar. to May 2020, were directed at the script, and background setting; while the second campaign held from Jul. to Aug. 2019, focused on the storyboard and other visuals.
Now, the efforts of the third crowdfunding campaign are directed to the voicing recording step. The reward tiers include original items inspired by the location of Izumo and the movie itself. A copy of the script will be given via the lottery as well.
The third crowdfunding campaign for "Child of Kamiari Month" has started on the platform "First Flight", running until Jun. 1. More details regarding rewards, etc are available on the website.
Studio Live Co., Ltd., which produced "Mashin Hero Wataru, "Karakuri Circus", etc., has been implementing a fan club type of crowdfunding "Studio Live ☆ Fan Club" from Nov. 2019 to aim to create a completely original work while interacting with fans.
Studio Live Co., Ltd. is a long-established animation production studio that has been loved by a wide range of generations and has produced numerous anime works such as "Mashin Hero Wataru", "Cyber Formula", "Ushio and Tora", and "Karakuri Circus". This crowdfunding, "Studio Live ☆ Fan Club" is started based on the thought of "If a usable work was created freely for the sake of the fans, it will surely make the fan enjoy it more than ever" by Studio Live Co. Ltd., who is using various media platform to communicate with the fans.
The anime that is currently being produced by them is the story of "Haruta", the original character of Studio Live, based on Furuichi Kofungun (Furuichi tumulus) in Habikino City, Osaka where the legend of Yamato Takeru and The Swan remains.
You can be a patron from 550 yen per month, and a character design and an image board drawn by Koujina Hiroshi, the director of “HUNTER × HUNTER” and "Mashin Eiyuden Wataru Shichi Tamashii no Ryujinmaru" will be offered as monthly reward products.
The theme song of “Studio Live ☆ Fan Club” was provided by the wedding music service “with+m”. The songs are “Taiyo Smile” sung by chako* and “Meguri Ai” sung by Matsunaga Kimiko.
"Studio Live ☆ Fan Club" has been looking for club members to achieve producing the original animation .
In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of Key's SF emotional “planetarian”, the crowdfunding project aiming to visualize the spin-off novel "Snow Globe" has ended in a success with a total funding of 77,980,000 JPY that is 260% of the initial targeted amount.
"Crowdfunding project for the OVA adaptation of 'planetarian ~Snow Globe~'" was held at the crowdfunding service "CAMPFIRE" on Nov. 29, 2019. The attempt to visualize the prequel episode of "planetarian" had attracted a lot of passionate supports from the fans, reaching a total funding of 30,000,000 JPY in just two days after it had started. At that point, the production of the OVA "planetarium ~Snow Globe~" was decided.
After that, the support in "CAMPFIRE" did not stop and it had reached 200% of the initial targeted amount which is 60,000,000 JPY two days before the project end date.
Moreover, a new 75,000,000 JPY stretch award was newly created, and it was achieved on the project end on Jan. 24. The result for this crowdfunding was great as it had a total of 2,445 supported with the total funding of 77,980,000JPY which is 260% of the initial targeted amount.
OVA"planetarian ~Snow Globe" is scheduled to be completed in Sep. 2020.
The anime "ULTRAMAN", which is streaming worldwide exclusively on Netflix and will be broadcast on TV from Apr. 2020, will be filming an original short live-action promotion video.
As a measure to involve the fans in the creation, they are crowdfunding on "Makukake", a website where you can buy new goods and services to support them.
The original short live-action promotion video will have a special appearance of Kimura Ryouhei (voice of Hayata Shinjirou/ULTRAMAN, the main character of "ULTRAMAN") and Eguchi Takuya (voice of Moroboshi Dan/SEVEN). The two will be wearing the "ULTRAMAN SUIT" and "ULTRAMAN SUIT ver.7" (aka "SEVEN SUIT"), which were created by "LSS", the modeling department of Tsuburaya Production.
The hybrid live-action image, which has gone out of the box of anime and tokusatsu, will give you a glimpse of the future of "ULTRAMAN" of the new era.
OLDCODEX will continue to be in charge of the new theme song for the television version "ULTRAMAN" anime. The song is titled "Core Fade".
Regarding the new song, "We wrote this song with a theme of 'beyond their fights'. The song is not the typical theme song and is filled with ambition just as the anime." says Ta_2, and YORKE. says "It's an honor to make the opening theme alongside the heroes. We scattered this feeling in the lyrics, so please enjoy them along with the music."
"Core Fade" will also be played during the original short live-action promotion video. Let's listen carefully to the track that gives cool color to the world of "ULTRAMAN".
"Become a part of the live-action promotion video of the anime 'ULTRAMAN'! Supporter Recruiting Project" will be held until Mar. 30, 2020, with a goal of 5 million yen. Check out the project page at "Makuake" for details of returns.
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We will continue to be in charge of the theme song from the Netflix version. The last song was about "the reasons they fight".
We wrote this new song with a theme of "beyond their fights". The song is not the typical theme song and is filled with ambition just as the anime. I hope you will enjoy the song as well as the anime.
It's an honor to make the opening theme alongside the heroes. We scattered this feeling in the lyrics, so please enjoy them along with the music. I love the serious responsibility and the pressure that comes along with it when creating the main theme. Thank you for this opportunity.
(C)Tsuburaya Production (C)Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi (C)ULTRAMAN Production Committee
"M.A.G-NET ONLINE Charity FES..@Tokyo Skytree Town" (abbreviated as MagChari), a charity video program in support of medical workers that sees the participation of voice actors and celebrities from the entertainment industry, was live streamed on Youtube in Jun. 27, 2020.
The show featured one of the announcers on the Nippon Broadcasting System radio network, Yoshida Hisanori, aka "Yopie", as the main MC. In addition, guests included Otsuka Akio, Kaneda Tomoko, Kamiya Akira, Kiyama Ryuu, Koiwai Kotori, Sasaki Nozomu, Shimamoto Sumi, Sugomori, Suwa Michihiko, Toyoda Takumi, Harada Sayaka, Hirano Fumi, Hirayama Emi, Furukawa Toshio, Kakinuma Shino, POKImari, Maekawa Ryouko, Morita Masakazu, Yashiro Azuki, Yamada Marina, and the manga artist Satonaka Machiko, who joined the show as a secret guest.
Since many of the guests found it difficult to work under the influence of the new coronavirus, they were asked to talk about their vacation period and how they spent it.
Especially for the voice actors, where the three conditions that facilitate the transmission of infectious diseases (closed spaces, crowds, and close contact) are inevitable, it was the first time in their long artistic career that something like this had happened. One of the most common ways that the voice actors spent their time in self-restraint was to "immerse themselves in their hobbies".
Furthermore, some guests gave a different answer about it, such as; "I took this opportunity to watch my own works that I was too busy to watch", and "I decluttered and exhumed some treasures here and there".
"M.A.G-NET ONLINE Charity FES..@Tokyo Skytree Town" will be open to the public until Jul. 31.
Also, by applying to a lottery on the crowdfunding site "Makuake", fans have the opportunity to buy the charity goods brought by the guests to the show. The money raised will be used for medical supplies to support the medical workers.
The release of the live-action movie "Tokyo Revengers" that is based on the "Tokyo Revengers" manga, which is serialized in "Weekly Shonen Magazine", announced a postponement from the scheduled date of Oct. 9th, 2020. The reason for the postponement is the coronavirus infection spreading. We have also received a comment from director Hanabusa Tsutomu.
"Tokyo Revengers" is a manga serialized in "Weekly Shonen Magazine" by Wakui Ken, who is famous for "Shinjuku Swan". In addition to the live-action movie, TV anime series have also been announced.
The explanation of the postponement that has been published on the official website says: "It is a result of repeated studies of countermeasures to the domestic situation caused by the spread COVID-19".
The new release date will be announced as soon as it is decided.
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Director Hanabusa Tsutomu
It took a long time to go between past and present Takemichi, shooting Mikey and Dragon, shooting Naoto, disturbing Kisaki...
I'm really sorry! Everyone who is looking forward to the release, please wait a little longer for the release!
C) Wakui Ken / Kodansha
The movie "Sore Ike! Anpanman: Fuwa Fuwa Fuwari to Kumo no Kuni" is set to be aired in summer 2021. The release had been postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus.
The setting of "Soreike! Anpanman the Movie Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country" is a place called "Cloud Country", which travels to distribute clouds that can make rain and rainbows to various towns and stars in order for flowers and plants to be healthy. A cloud baby born in Cloud Country runs across Baikinman and his friends. After meeting them, the baby gets the name Fuwari and quickly grows while developing a bond with Dokin-chan.
The production committee of the movie commented; "After much deliberation about the impact of the new coronavirus, we have decided to release the film in summer 2021", and then it added; "To all the fans who were looking forward to the release, we sincerely apologize for the delay".
Info about the new release date and early bird tickets will be announced on the movie's official website as soon as it is decided.
The movie "Soreike! Anpanman the Movie Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country" is set to premiere nationwide in summer 2021.
(C) Yanase Takashi / Froebel-Kan, TMS, NTV (C) Yanase Takashi / Anpanman Production Committee 2020
The release of "Kamen Rider Zero-One the Movie" and "Mashin Sentai Kiramager The Movie", which were both scheduled to premiere on Jul. 23, 2020, has been postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus.
The new release date is yet to be determined. It will be announced on the official website and Twitter account of "Kamen Rider Zero-One the Movie" and "Mashin Sentai Kiramager The Movie" as soon as it is decided. Stay tuned!
(C) Ishimori Productions, TV Asahi, ADK EM, Toei (C) 2020 TV Asahi, Toei AG, Toei
The stage play "Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki" is scheduled to be held at Tokyo's OWL SPOT from Sep. 11, 2020. In addition, a key visual featuring Edogawa Ranpo, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Kunikida Doppo, and Dazai Osamu, along with new info about the cast members have been released.
"Bungo Strayed Dogs" is originally a manga of the same title, which is currently serialized in "Young Ace". The stage play has been performed in three different parts so far.
The new stage play "Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki", which includes "Story of the Detective Agency's Foundation" and "Dazai Osamu's Employment Examination", is written and directed by Nakayashiki Norihito, who has also worked on the previous stage plays. The cast includes Nagae Ryouki as Edogawa Ranpo, Izumi Shuuhei as Fukuzawa Yukichi, Teruma as Kunikida Doppo, and Tawada Hideya as Dazai Osamu.
This episode is based on two light novels published by Kadokawa Beans, "Bungo Stray Dogs Tanteisha Setsuritsu Hiwa" (Story of the Detective Agency's Foundation) and "Bungo Stray Dogs Dazai Osamu Nyuusha Shiken" (Dazai Osamu's Employment Examination), which are now on sale with great reviews. The two works are a new attempt to perform two different plays at the same time.
The new stage play "Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki" featuring "Story of the Detective Agency's Foundation" and "Dazai Osamu's Employment Examination" will be held at Tokyo's OWL SPOT from Sep. 11, 2020.
(C) Stage Play "Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki" Production Committee
Information of the 2020 performance of "AD-LIVE" has been announced. "AD-LIVE" is an all-adlib stage performance produced by the voice actor Suzumura Kenichi. It has cast many famous voice actors in the past.
Along with the announcement, a total of 16 voice actors including Nishiyama Koutarou, Kimura Ryouhei, and Takagi Wataru, were revealed as participants of the performance.
The theme of the 2020 "AD-LIVE" performance is "escape". The unpredictable adlib performance will be collaborating with the expert mystery maker SCRAP, which has produced many real-life escape games.
The stage is set in a "luxury cruise ship". Two people, "One who wants to deliver something" and "One who wants to meet someone", meet on the "riddle-solving luxury cruise ship tour" full of mysteries. The various mysteries block the two from escaping.
What kind of story will be woven on the ship sailing through the sea? Can they escape and accomplish what they came here for?
It will be the most unpredictable performance of "AD-LIVE".
Suzumura Kenichi, Morikubo Showtaro, Yashiro Taku, Tsuda Kenjirou, Nishiyama Koutarou, Takagi Wataru, Ono Kensho, Kimura Ryouhei, Kimura Subaru, Nakamura Sougo, Asanuma Shintaro, Hikasa Youko, Aoi Shouta, Namikawa Daisuke, Toriumi Kousuke, and Yoshino Hiroyuki are the 16 performers, 6 of which are participating for the first time. We have received comments from each of them.
"AD-LIVE 2020" will begin with their 2 performances, afternoon and night of Sep. 5, 2020, in Chiba.
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Performing in AD-LIVE with the great Takagi Wataru-san! I've seen his stage play, and it was so amazing! It's an honor to be on the same stage! It's also a challenge for me! I'll do my best to make it an entertaining stage!
The AD-LIVE season has come again! I'll heal my wounds from last year's AD-LIVE ZERO in this performance, haha. I'm so excited!
I'm nervous since this is my first performance of AD-LIVE, but it makes me happy to be on the same stage as MoriKubo-san! He always takes good care of me. I'll do my best!
I'm glad to be part of AD-LIVE again. It's a completely different concept from last time so I'm excited. Mystery solving? Not my thing. I'll get help from Nishiyama Koutarou. Please come to see our performance!
This will be my first time to join AD-LIVE! It's nice to be on stage with Tsuda-san. He has taken good care of me since my debut. I'm nervous, but I'll enjoy it too!
Hi, I'm Takagi Wataru. AD-LIVE? Yeah, it's fun! It's fun to watch, not perform. Who would want to be in such a tough... What? They want me to join? I sure will!
Hi, I'm Ono Kensho. Every time I'm in AD-LIVE, I have to think so hard, I lose all my energy, but I somehow come back to this stage. I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen on stage this year!
This project has a reputation for being very interesting. I'm going to hop on its reputations and lean on the experienced Kenhou. I'll enjoy it, and I hope you will too.
Thank you for letting me join AD-LIVE! I'm super nervous but I'm even more excited! Please enjoy the show!
I'll be joining again! That means I can feel that tension again! I'll do my best so I can enjoy my drink after the show!
I've been called "Mr. Senshuuraku" (Senshuuraku means the last of a performance), but this is the first time I won't be performing last. This will be my first AD-LIVE with a woman, and I'm looking forward to it!
I'm Hikasa Youko and I'll be joining AD-LIVE. This is my first time so I'm nervous and worried, but since I'll be going on stage with Asa-nii (Asanuma-san's nickname), who I've known for a fairly long time, I can give it my best shot without hesitation. I hope my performance will entertain you all.
I never know what will happen next. AD-LIVE is the same. I can't predict anything. I just want to deliver you the best enjoyment and excitement. Please enjoy!
It's been a while since my last AD-LIVE!! It hasn't hit me yet, but I know I'm going to be nervous as it gets close! I love my partner！ I hope the performance goes well!!
Toriumi has returned. Thank you for having me again. I will be pairing up with Yoshino-san, who I've known for a long time. I don't know what will happen, but I'm excited.
You never know until it's over.
The main visual of the play "Higekiri Hizamaru Souki Shutsujin ~SOGA~" with Higekiri and Hizamaru from the line up "Touken Ranbu" has been released. The stage will start in Aug. 2020 and will take place in Hyogo and Tokyo.
The musical "Touken Ranbu" is a play based on the PC and smartphone app game "Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-". At the performance in 2019, the composition of a musical part in which the brothers Higekiri and Hizamaru play the famous "Soga Monogatari", which is famous as one of the three major insults in Japan, and the live part where two unusual collaborations shine, became a hot topic with great impact.
The 2020 performance will be performed as a participation project of "Japan Expo", a project that introduces various cultures that Japan is proud of. The cast includes Hironori Miura Harumi as Higekiri, Takano Akira as Hizamaru, as well as Marukawa Takayuki(Hanagumi Play) and others.
The musical "Touken Ranbu 'Higekiri Hizamaru Souki Shutsujin ~SOGA~'" will be staged in Hyogo and Tokyo in Aug. 2020.
(C) Musical "Touken Ranbu" Production Committee
It was announced that the second stage performance of "Hypnosis Microphone -Division Rap Battle-" "Rule the Stage -track.2-" will be held in Aug. 2020. The performance will be held at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stellar Ball, in Tokyo.
"Hypnosis Microphone -Division Rap Battle-" Rule the Stage -track.2-" is a story centered on the Shibuya Division's "Fling Posse" and the Shinjuku Division's "Matenrou". It was originally scheduled for May 2020, however due to the effect of the coronavirus infection, all performances were canceled. It has been decided to try to hold the performance again.
The performance will be held from Aug. 12th to 19th at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stellar Ball in Tokyo. In preparation for the performance, in accordance with the "Partial Revision of the Guidelines for the Prevention of the spread of Coronavirus Infections in theaters, music halls, etc." made by the National Institute of Public Cultural Institutions (May 25th edition) the utmost precautions and measures have be taken as of Jun. 2020.
In this performance, as well as Sekoguchi Ryo playing Amemura Ramuda, and Ayukawa Taiyou playing Jinguji Jakurai, Kato Ryosuke who played Hoozuki Jinpachi of the “Onigawa Bombers” in the original Asakusa Division will also make an appearance.
To commemorate the performance, we received a comment from Ueki Gou, who is in charge of the production.
"Hypnosis Microphone -Division Rap Battle-" Rule the Stage -track.2-" will be performed at the Tokyo Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stellar Ball from Aug. 12th to 19th.
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Comment by Ueki Gou
The “Hypnosis Microphone -Division Rap Battle-” Rule the Stage, which has been supported by many people, has finally reached track.2.
I ope we are able to overcome these difficult time and I ook forward to seeing you again in the world of Hypnosis Microphone. We are looking forward to following after Ikebukuro and Yokohama, and are waiting for you with a new wonderful cast of people in the world of hot rap battles.
(C) "Hypnosis Microphone -Division Rap Battle-" Rule the Stage Production Committee
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.