From the light novel “KA Esuma Bunko” that is published by Kyoto Animation, the release date of “Sakura no Furu Machi”, a title that won a special award from the “10th Kyoto Animation Award” has been decided for May 22, 2020. For the illustration of the book, FLY, who is well-known for designing the characters of the TV anime “Iroduku: The World in Colors” and illustrations of the light novel “Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki”, will be in charge.
“Sakura no Furu Machi” is the newest title of “KA Esuma Bunko” that is presented by Ogawa Haruo (Story) and FLY (Illustration).
This title has won KA Esuma Bunko Special Award at the 10th “Kyoto Animation Award” well-known for titles such as: “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions” (Honor Award), “Beyond the Boundary” (Honor Award), “High Speed!” (Honor Award), “Myriad Colors Phantom World” (Honor Award), and “Violet Evergarden” (Major Award).
The key to this story is, “Amazakura”, a mysterious phenomenon of floral leaves falling down like a rain.
Tsubasa, who does not show the values by putting spaces with surrounding people, Hiyori, who cannot go progress being caught by past, and Ruka, who has moved into the school of Tsubasa and Hiyori for a certain purpose… This title depicts the faith of girls who carry “secret”, surrounding the “Amazakura” that occurred suddenly.
“Sakura no Furu Machi” will be on sale from May 22. It is priced at 648 JPY (Tax Excl.).
It was announced that the release of "Violet Evergarden The Movie", which was scheduled to premiere on Apr. 24, 2020, has been postponed. On the official website, it explains the reason for the postponement, saying, "In response to the announcement by the Japanese government in connection with the spread of the new coronavirus," and also apologizes by adding, "We sincerely apologize to everyone who was looking forward to the release of the film".
"Violet Evergarden" is originally a light novel of the same name published by Kyoto Animation under the label "KA Esuma Bunko". The story features the protagonist Violet Evergarden, an ex-military girl who works as a ghostwriter, along with various human relationships.
Previously, the TV series was broadcasted from Jan. to Apr. 2018, the spin-off "Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll" premiered in Sep. 2019, and the complete new film, "Violet Evergarden The Movie" was scheduled to premiere on Apr. 24.
On the official website, the reason for the postponement of the film's release has been explained: "The film is almost complete and in the process of being released, but after receiving the announcement by the Japanese government in connection with the spread of the new coronavirus in Japan, we have decided to postpone the release date after careful consideration".
An apology follows by saying, "We would like to apologize to everyone who was looking forward to the release of the film", and also a message to the fans was added, "We are very sorry for the inconvenience we have caused for giving the notice just before the release date, but the entire staff has created this work with extraordinary care. We hope you will join us and watch the movie as soon as it will come out".
The new release date has yet to be announced. Stay tuned for it!
(C) Akatsuki Kana, Kyoto Animation / Violet Evergarden Production Committee
The second key visual of "The Movie Violet Evergarden" (to be released on Apr. 24, 2020), as well as a summary of a new story that happens to Violet, has been released. At the same time, an official interview with Ishidate Taichi has arrived.
"The Movie Violet Evergarden" is a completely new movie of "Violet Evergarden," a TV anime broadcast in 2018.
Violet Evergarden engaged herself in amanuensis. She believed that Gilbert was alive after the end of the war and spent her days just thinking of him.
One day, Violet happens to meet Captain Dietfried. He said that she should forget Gilbert anymore, but she simply answered straight away, "I can't forget him."
At that time, there was a request call for Violet. The client is a boy named Julis. On the other hand, one unknown letter was found in the postal warehouse……
"The Movie Violet Evergarden" will be released on Apr. 24, 2020.
This time, the third movie tickets will also be released from Mar. 20, and the TV series will be rebroadcast from Apr. 1. Furthermore, an official Instagram account has been opened.
<The full text of the interview below>
──First of all, what did you think when you heard about "The Movie Violet Evergarden"? Then, what did you aim for in "the movie"?
At first, I thought, "What should I do? Can I draw something?" And then, I ended up with an idea of drawing up the life of a woman called Violet Evergarden, and I thought I should aim for it.
From there, I talked to the screenwriter Yoshida Reiko that I wanted to draw Gilbert as a human being.
──Are there any difficulties that you were particular about?
I was particular about "not compromising". The hard part was checking the "Layout" process.
──What kind of part do you want us to see especially?
Everything: People, life, nature that lives in the world.
I'll be happy if you receive everything.
I hope that it will reach even those who haven't watched the original or TV anime, or those who are new to Violet in "the movie". I hope even those could enjoy what I made.
──The “Violet Evergarden” series is very popular not only in Japan but also overseas. What do you think is the reason?
Violet, the heroine who tries to face a common but universal theme, "love" without prejudice. Perhaps, because she reminds people who watched of reliving “love” that they experienced from childhood till now, and the feelings and thoughts along with it through naive herself. I don't think nationality matters.
──Finally, please give a message to everyone around the world who has been awaiting “The Movie Violet Evergarden”.
We've been trying to produce what we can do to the full extent as Kyoto animation now.
If you could see the consequence of Violet's "I love you", I hope that her "I love you" could mean something to you.
I'm feeling very happy.
(C) Akatsuki Kana / Kyoto Animation / Violet Evergarden Production Committee
The official book of "Bokura Teki niha Reisou no Rakugo", where the actors, Nakajima Yoshiki, Itou Kento, Tsuchida Reiou, and Sakakihara Yuuki, become a Fudanshi and performed Rakugo in pairs, will be released. It will be on sale in nationwide bookstore and other stores on March 26, 2021.
Currently being broadcast on TV, the anime "PUI PUI MOLCAR" will be release as a picture book around 2021 mid-Apr. throughout bookstores in Japan.
"PUI PUI MOLCAR" is the highly anticipated anime created by stop motion animator Misato Tomoki, who's taking the role of director for the first time.
The picture book is an adaptation of the series‘ first episode "Who's to blame for the traffic congestion?". With it you'll be able to enjoy the world of "PUI PUI MOLCAR" anytime, anywhere.
"PUI PUI MOLCAR" story book will be available from mid-Apr. throughout bookstores in Japan as well as online stores. Further details regarding pricing and the official book name will be revealed soon. Character books are also being planned.
(c)Misato Tomoki JGH - Shin-ei Animation/MOLCARS
From February 2021, each issue of the "Mazinger Z" weekly series will consist of the "Mazinger Z Gimmick Metal Gimmick Model", which can be completed by assembling the parts attached to the metal gimmick model with a total height of about 75 cm. It will be launched on February 24.
"Iron Castle Mazinger Z Making a Giant Metal Gimmick Model" is a weekly series to create a "giant metal gimmick model" that completely reproduces "Mazinger Z" that fascinated children all over the country with a number of weapons when the anime broadcast started in December 1972.
When the main body with a total height of about 75 cm is stored in a "dedicated display stand", the height is about 90 cm, which is an amazing scale feeling that has never been seen before.
Moreover, it is equipped with various elaborate gimmicks such as "light emission" and "action" that further enhance the attractiveness of the model. It is also nice to be able to reproduce each armed effect of "Mazinger Z" with a dedicated controller.
Despite its size and gimmicks, even beginners can easily assemble models by simply putting the parts that come with each week, following the directions of the "assembly guide". Assembling the model with each issue "little by little" will make the fun of completion even more exciting.
The first issue of the weekly "Iron Castle Mazinger Z Making a Giant Metal Gimmick Model" will be released on February 24. The first issue is priced at 299 JPY (tax included), and the second and subsequent issues are 1,999 JPY (tax included).
If you apply for a "subscription" that will be shipped to your home with free shipping, everyone will receive a "special parts box", "Kabuto Kouji figure and motorcycle", etc. We also have a "premium subscription" where you can get valuable items such as "Kabuto Kouji figure and motorcycle" and "Jet Pilder" every 20th issues. See the special page for details.
It has been announced that the total number of copies of the 23 volumes of the manga "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba" has surpassed 150 million, including electronic versions. In addition, it has been decided that two books, "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba Coloring Book - Red" and "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba Coloring Book - Blue" will be released simultaneously on March 4 as the first coloring books using the original illustrations.
The "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba" will finish in the 2020 24th issue of "Weekly Shonen Jump" on May 18, and the publication of the book ended with the release of volume 23 on December 4, 2020.
Even after the book's conclusion, it has continued to be popular thanks to the TV anime that aired from April to September 2019, as well as its sequel, "Demon Slayer: KImetsu no Yaiba- Movie Infinity Train," which was a huge hit.
In addition, it has been learned that "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba Coloring Book - Red" and "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba Coloring Book - Blue" will be released simultaneously on March 4 as the first coloring books using the original illustrations by Gotouge Koyoharu.
Each book contains 36 illustrations you can color in that faithfully reproduce the atmosphere of the original, making it a "worthy" coloring experience that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Some of the pages can be torn out as they have perforations. The back of the cover is a "special poster" with a color illustration of the book, which is sure to attract fans' attention.
To commemorate the release of "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba Coloring Book - Red" and "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba Coloring Book - Blue", a "Demon Slayer Coloring Contest" will be held by either posting entries on Instagram or by mail. In addition, "Demon Slayer x Coupy Pencil", a set of 12 coupy pencils that match the images of the characters, will be released on March 12 as original goods.
This autumn, the first exhibition of the original drawings of "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba" is scheduled to be held, so keep an eye on "Demon Slayer： Kimetsu no Yaiba" for the future.
(C) Gotouge Koyoharu/Shueisha
"Violet Evergarden the Movie" has marked 1.2 million guests on Nov. 8, and the box-office revenue was 170 million JPY.
"Violet Evergarden" is the TV anime series broadcast from Kyoto Animation in 2018. It gained strong support for its emotional view of the world and the delicate presentation of the characters.
The spin-off story "Violet Evergarden-Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll" was released only for 3 weeks period.
The final episode of the series "Violet Evergarden the Movie" was released on Sept. 18, 2020.
The movie "Violet Evergarden the Movie" has marked 1,232458 visitors on Nov. 8, and marked the box-office revenue of 1,755,658,600 JPY. Moreover, it continues to rank in the top 10 for the number of visitors although 8 weeks have passed since its release.
From Nov. 13, the special gift "A letter of Ecarte Island" will be given to the visitors. Also, this movie will be shown with Dolby Cinema technology for the first time for an animated movie.
The movie "Violet Evergarden the Movie" is now available at the cinemas around the world.
(C) Akatsuki Kana, Kyoto Animation/ Violet Evergarden Production Committee
Kyoto Animation's anime "Tsurune" receives a film adaptation. It was announced in the 2nd-anniversary special video of the TV series.
"Tsurune" is a Japanese archery anime produced by Kyoto Animation, and was broadcast on NHK General TV in autumn 2018. In the last half of the video, the words "To hear that sound again...!", and "Restart!" appeared, and with a powerful visual of the protagonist, Minato, the production of the film adaptation was announced.
Information such as the release date is yet to be announced. Let's look forward to further details.
(C)Ayano Kotoko, Kyoto Animation / Tsurune Production Committee
"Violet Evergarden: the Movie" was released on Sep. 18. It started off with a smash hit of over 390,000 audiences and a box-office revenue of 559 million JPY in the first 5 days.
It ranked 2nd place with only 153 theaters screening the film, while the blockbuster foreign film took the top spot with over 400 theaters. The box-office revenue of the 3 days of the first weekend was 176.4% in comparison to last year's "Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll", which received 831 million JPY in total.
The film has been rated high by the viewers on various movie websites, including 4.62 stars at Yahoo! Movie Reviews, 4.5 stars at Filmarks, and 4.9 stars at Eiga Land (as of Sep. 23). It received many emotional and positive comments on social media such as, "I burst into tears in the first 5 minutes", "You'll need a bath towel and a spare mask", and "It was amazing". The word is spreading out from the repeaters that it is the most tear-jerking film in theaters now.
"Violet Evergarden: the Movie" is now screened at nationwide theaters.
(C)Akatsuki Kana, Kyoto Animation / Violet Evergarden Production Committee
The latest original IP "Shinsengumi Chuboroku" produced by Bandai Namco Pictures with the brand-new theme of "Food X Time Travel X Shinsengumi" has started on January 12, 2021. It is a project that focuses as the light novel while having a manga and anime adaptation in the future.
"Shinsengumi Chuboroku" is a youth crowd story featuring the Shinsengumi and its members that are loved by everyone from all generations with the brand-new them of "Food X Time Travel X Shinsengumi".
The high school student Inaba Izumi possessed professional cooking abilities. After certain things happened, he traveled back in time to the Bakumatsu period and was invited to join the Shinsengumi as a chef after his cooking ability caught the attention of Hijikata, who he encountered in Kyoto.
The light novel has started on January 12 and is being published by "Yatate Bunko" managed by Sunrise. The author is SOW, known for his role as the game scenario creator of "Grimm Notes" and as the author of the light novel “Samurai X". The character design is handled by Satou Masatsugu known for his character design of "Expelled from Paradise" and "CYBORG009 CALL OF JUSTICE"
The manga adaptation of "Shinsengumi Chuboroku" will start on "Shounen Ace" April 2021 Issue (will be released on February 26) and the anime adaptation is planned. This will surely hype up the expectation toward the brand-new Shinsengumi that is depicted by Bandai Namco Pictures and famous creators.
The novel "The Saint's Magic Power Is Omnipotent", currently being published by Kadokawa Books, will be adapted into a TV anime. At the same time, the main visual and comments from the original author, Tachibana Yuka, have been received.
"The Saint's Magic Power Is Omnipotent" is a novel by Tachibana Yuka. It describes the slow life of Sei, a workaholic in her twenties, who is suddenly enveloped in light and summoned to another world as a "saint".
In conjunction with the announcement of the TV anime adaptation, a comment from the original author, Tachibana Yuka , has also been received. The animation production will be handled by diomedia.
More details about the TV anime "The Saint's Magic Power Is Omnipotent" will be announced in the future.
Comment from the Original Author, Tachibana Yuka
Whether you're new to the series or a regular reader, thank you for taking the time to read this. My name is Tachibana Yuka, the original author.
Thanks to your support, "The Saint's Magic Power Is Omnipotent" has become an anime.
I am filled with deep emotion at the thought that the story I have written will be given voices and movement.
I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me and helped me get this far.
I am also participating in the production of the animation, though in a small way.
We are working diligently to make it so that everyone can enjoy it, so please wait a little longer until the broadcst.
I am also looking forward to the day when I can watch it together with you.
(C) Tachibana Yuka, Syuri Yasuyuki / KADOKAWA / "The Saint's Magic Power Is Omnipotent" Production Committee
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
The TV anime "86", which is based on the novel that won the grand prize at "Dengeki Novel Prize", will be aired from April 2021. The 1st key visual and PV, featuring images from the anime for the first time, have been revealed.
The original novel of "86" won the grand prize at "23rd Dengeki Novel Prize", and is being serialized in 'Dengeki Bunko'(Kadokawa).
The story takes place in the world where Legion, a self-sustaining unmanned weapon invented by the Federal Republic of Giad, and Juggernaut, unmanned weapon invented by the Republic of San Magnolia as an answer to the invasion by Federal Republic of Giad.
Juggernaut's classification as an unmanned weapon is a misnomer since it is piloted by the Eighty-Six, who are deemed non-humans and treated just as tools.
Shin, the commander of 'Spearhead' that is a squad of Eighty-Sixer members, and Lena, a 'handler' who is considering the republic's system built on the sacrifice of Eighty-Sixer, see the future in the fierce battle......
The 1st PV features the voice of Shin (CV. Chiba Shoya) and Lena (CV. Hasegawa Ikumi), and overwhelming battling scenes.
The 1st key visual features Lena and Shin, standing on Juggernaut.
Furthermore, the music was produced by Sawano Hiroyuki and KOHTA YAMAMOTO, and CG production was handled by Shirogumi. Expectations are high for how they will color the world of "86", as they have worked on many masterpieces.
"86" will be aired from April 2021.
(C)2020 Asato Asato / Kadokawa / Project-86
The anime based on light novel or novel is titles that show off the video adaptation of the world created by words. In the second half of 2020, various anime adaptations, including "The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc", "Ikebukuro West Gate Park", and "The Journey of Elaine", were broadcast.
Thus, Anime! Anime had conducted the reader survey "Which light novel/ novel do you want to have an anime adaptation? " following the survey conducted for the first half of 2020. A total of 277 responses were received from December 2 to December 9.
The gender ratio is about 60% for males and 40% for females. The age distribution is about 40% for minors and around 30% for those in their 20's.
This article will be announcing the result for the light novel/ novel category.
■Various titles with genres, including science-fiction, mystery, and fantasy, have been ranked in
1st place is "ShangriLa Frontier ~ Shitty Games Hunter Challenges Godly Game ~". The support rating is about 30%.
This is an adventure and fantasy story where the main protagonist, who is a fan of shitty games, challenges the popular "ShangriLa Frontier". The reader comments received, include "The detailed settings, the wide world view, the interaction of the unique characters, the tremendous scene, and the numerous shitty games. This light novel has all the elements that make you want to see it in a video", and "First of all, the setting is detailed and broad. And each of the character is quite unique." , which shows the feedback that request for the visualization.
The original work has yet to receive a light novel serialization, but it has got a comic adaptation on "Weekly Shounen Magazine". There were a lot of fans who mentioned that they were aware of the original work from the manga. It took the 2nd place in the first half of 2020, and the top in the second half.
2nd place is "The Apothecary Diaries" with the support rating of about 8%.
This is a mystery light novel that takes place in the palace during the medieval period. The opinions received, include "The Chinese fantasy X palace X science X deduction story is quite appealing", "It is interesting as it has mystery-solving, comedy scene, and romance", and "I have a high expectation as the voice actor for the main character in the drama CD are too extravagant. As the new volume of the light novel and manga keep being published, I would happy if I have more companions to talk with regarding the anime adaptation". As it has media mix development, there are a lot of readers waiting for the anime adaptation. This title has ranked up from the 3rd place in the first half ranking.
3rd place is "MM9" with the support rating of about 5%.
This is a science fiction light novel depicting a world with monsters. It has already gotten a TV drama adaptation under the title of "MM9- MONSTER MAGNITUDE". Some of the readers’ comments are "I want to see the achievement of the characters facing the threat of the monster in the anime", and "I really want a genuine science fiction light novel to have a TV anime adaptation."
■Let's introduce the other comments!!
For The After-Dinner Mysteries", "It has been 10 years since the TV drama adaptation in 2011. I hope to see it as a TV anime"
For "Oshiego ni Kyouhaku sareru no wa Hanzai desu ka?", "As the special anime PV was created, just one more push is needed for the anime adaptation."
For "Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru.", "I got addicted to light novels from this work! I want to see Siesta moving with the Yuuki Aoi-san voice just like in the PV!"
For "Fate/strange Fake", "This is a Fate series work written by Narito Ryougo-san. The development is interesting and makes me learn things . As there are battle scenes, it would be nice to see it as an anime...". This shows that various types of titles were voted.
The overall ranking is consists of fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and even overseas light novel. The title that has media mix development or has a PV stood out the most.
"Which light novel/ novel do you want to have an anime adaptation?"
1. "ShangriLa Frontier ~ Shitty Games Hunter Challenges Godly Game ~", Kata Rina
2. "The Apothecary Diaries", Hyuuga Natsu
3. "MM9", Yamamoto Hiroshi
4. "A Gentle Noble's Vacation Recommendation", Misaki
5. "Otome-ge no Mobude Suranain Daga", Gyokuro
5. "Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru.", Nigo Zyuu
7. "Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill", Eguchi Ren
7. "The After-Dinner Mysteries", Higashigawa Takuya
7. "Reign of the Seven Spellblades", Uno Bokuto
7. "Mega Samurai Empire", Peter Tieryas
7. "Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano Datta", Kamishiro Kyousuke
12. "Akuyaku Reijou no Torimaki Yameyou to Omoimasu", Hoshimado Ponkichi
12. "Asakusa Oniyome Nikki: Ayakashi Fuufu wa Konse koso Shiawase ni Naritai.", Yuuma Midori
12. "Ameku Takao no Suiri Karte", Chinen Mikito
12. "She Is the Neighbor Angel, I Am Spoilt By Her.", Saeki-san
12. "Guilty Children", Asagiri Kafka
12. "Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon", Agitogi Akumi
12. "The Eminence in Shadow", Aizawa Daisuke
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
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.
“Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, which had been announced to be animated, was decided to be broadcast as TV anime in 2020. In addition, the first visual depicting the four main characters and a PV by the new animation production company “Studio Bind” established for this work were released.