“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.”
A toolbox inspired by the “Operation V Manual” from “Mobile Suit Gundam” is released. Orders are currently available at "Premium Bandai".
This product was created based on the image of the "Operation V Manual" from "Mobile Suit Gundam". Stationery and tools, such as markers and masking tape, were used in plastic model production, can be stored in it. A4 sized flat objects can be stored in the right pocket, and the three boxes from the left side can be removed.
There are three built-in neodymium magnets so tools like nippers, necessary for making a plastic model, can be attached.
"Mobile Suit Gundam Desk Tool Box" is priced at 3,960 JPY (tax included). Orders are currently available at "Premium Bandai".
To commemorate the 35th Anniversary of "Mobile Suits Zeta Gundam" & 25th Anniversary of "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing", the "Episode T-shirts", which will remind you of the famous scenes from the two titles, have been released. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" from May 13, 2020.
The product is a commemoration item to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of "Mobile Suits Zeta Gundam" & 25th Anniversary of "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing" in 2020. Those unforgettable scenes are printed on the T-shirts in full color.
The first series of "Mobile Suits Zeta Gundam Episode T-shirts"are Episode 1 "The Black Gundam" and Episode 2 "Departure". 2 designs are scheduled to be released every month with a total of 20 designs.
The first series of "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Episode T-shirts"are Episode 1 "The Shooting Star She Saw" and Episode 2 "The Gundam Deathscythe". 2 designs will be released each month with a total of 10 designs. Moreover, the "Gundam Wing" modelshave a special design of the silhouette of the characters and mobile suits layered on the scenes from the show. The silhouettes featured for Episode 1 "The Shooting Star She Saw" design is Heero Yuy and Duo Maxwell for Episode 2 "The Gundam Deathscythe" design.
The first series of "Mobile Suits Zeta Gundam Episode T-shirts" and "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Episode T-shirts" are priced at 3,850 JPY (tax included) each.
Pre-orders are available until 11pm, Jun. 10, 2020, and shipping is scheduled for Jul.
Eight new cast members for "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash" (to be released on May 7, 2021) have been announced.
"Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash" is based on the same title novel by director Tomino Yoshiyuki. It will be made into a theatrical trilogy as the 2nd part of the "UC NexT 0100" project in which the next 100 years of the Universal Century will be woven.
Eight voice actors were announced as additional cast members.
Tsuda Kenjirou as Gahman Nobil, Ishikawa Yui as Emerelda Zubin, Ochiai Fukushi as Raymond Cain, Takeuchi Shunsuke as Iram Masam, Mihesher Hence as Matsukoka Misato, Sawashiro Chiharu as Mitsuda Kenji, Tanezaki Atsumi as Mace Flower, and Yamadera Kouichi as Hundley Yeoksam.
"Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash" will be released on May 7.
The trailer played exclusively at the Shochiku Multiplex Theatres, is currently available online.
Tsuda Kenjirou as Gahman Nobil
A veteran pilot of Mafty, who has fought in many wars. He has a significant scar on his face. The call sign of his machine is Messer 2.
It's such an honor to be a part of "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash". I was quite tense during the recording.
Mixing the ideas and requests from the director and audio director with my ideas to establish the character and scenes was very enjoyable. I myself am looking forward to seeing the completed film. Please wait a while longer for the film to be released. I hope you'll enjoy "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash".
Ishikawa Yui as Emeralda Zubin
A dependable Mafty member, who was sent to Davao to pick up Hathaway. She has a past of not being able to become a Mobile Suit pilot due to her lack of skill.
I happened to read some news about "Hathaway's Flash" before, and at the time, I never thought I'd be part of it, so I was really surprised when I was chosen as a cast member. At the same time, I was flattered to be able to participate in this long-loved title. She's a different type of character than what I'm used to, so I did my best to portray her, hoping to find a new side of myself.
Please look forward to the release of this film. Thank you so for your support!
Ochiai Fukushi as Raymond Cain
The captain of 1 Galcezon. A bulky man who takes good care of his Mafty teammates.
"Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash" is almost here.
It's my pleasure to be part of this film as Raymond.
I will see this story through till the end as a member of Mafty.
I can't wait to go watch it at the theaters!
Takeuchi Shunsuke as Iram Masam
The deputy captain/chief of operations of Mafty's support vessel Valiant. He understands Hathaway's circumstances and supports him.
It's such an honor to participate as a voice actor in this title of which many fans have longed for a visualization.
My friends who love Gundam have been telling me about the fascination of this title for a long time. We have worked hard with the staff members to faithfully recreate the original work into an anime.
I hope it will turn out to meet the expectations of the fans.
Matsuoka Misato as Mihesher Hence
Mafty's intelligence agent/operator. A hard-working, diligent girl who devotes herself to Mafy's operations. She meets Hathaway in Davao.
I'm Matsuoka Misato and I'll be playing Mihesher Hence!
I never thought I'd be in the Gundam series, which I used to watch with my family as a child. I remember my hands shaking from joy and nervousness. But I can't be trembling forever, so I picked myself up and worked hard on understanding how Mihesher would take on her job, and did my best to portray her with the same attitude!
I can't wait to see that intense scene on the big screen. I'm still a bit nervous, but I hope to share that excitement and the afterglow with everyone. Please enjoy it!
Sawashiro Chiharu as Mitsuda Kenji
An intelligence agent who is not so passionate about Mafty's operations, but is a talented driver. He meets Hathaway in Davao.
There's nothing more honorable than being chosen as a Gundam voice actor.
I was so flattered!
After getting the offer, I looked into past Gundam works, and I realized how deep the stories are and that it's a series loved by so many fans. It made me feel the responsibility of playing this role. The film is definitely worth watching for a second and third time. I myself can't wait for the release. I hope you'll enjoy it!
Tanezaki Atsumi as Mace Flower
A flight attendant of the Haunzen 356 with beautiful blonde hair and a beauty mark by her mouth. When Kenneth hit on her she responded in a sensible manner.
"Gundam" is a series that everyone knows, even if you're not familiar with anime. I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that I was offered a role in such a big title. I was like, "Gundam?", "A movie?", "What? I'm in it?". I was tremendously nervous on the day of the recording but the detailed directions really helped me. I realized how carefully the series has been created for so long.
You won't be able to take your eyes off for one moment. Please look forward to the release!
Yamadera Kouichi as Hundley Yeoksam
The head of the Criminal Police Organization leading "Man Hunter". He got on the Haunzen 356 flight to Earth to take part in the Adelaide Meeting.
It was my 3rd year as a voice actor when I was in "Char's Counter Attack" as Gyunei Guss.
On the first day of the recording, Char's voice actor, Ikeda Shuuichi-san, took me out for a drink, since I was tensed up and didn't know anything about the world of Gundam.
He taught me many things about the world of Gundam and voice actors. I remember being so nervous that I didn't get drunk at all, no matter how many drinks I had.
It's been 33 years, and I'm happy about being able to participate in "Hathaway's Flash", which depicts the story after "Char's Counter Attack".
Hundley is the head of the Criminal Police Organization, something completely different from Gyunei. Please look forward to how he will interact with Hathaway and Kenneth in the story.
(C) Sotsu, Sunrise
"Squid Chips" and a "Ready-to-eat Curry" with "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED" packages are now on sale. Orders are being accepted on "Premium Bandai".
The "Gundam SEED" design package "[JFC] Ikaten Setouchi Lemon Flavor" (squid chips) is refreshing and addictive just like the taste of eternal love.
The "[JFC] Osaka Nanba Jiyuuken Freedom Gundam Curry" has a design package of an original illustration of Kira and Athrun. The ready-to-eat curry lets you enjoy the classic curry from Osaka Nanba Jiyuuken, the well-known restaurant in the Kansai region.
"[JFC] Ikaten Setouchi Lemon Flavor" is priced at 324 JPY (tax included), and "[JFC] Osaka Nanba Jiyuuken Freedom Gundam Curry" is priced at 594 JPY (tax included). Both products are currently available on "Premium Bandai".
(C) Sotsu, Sunrise
An encyclopedia in which you can learn about infections, including "COVID-19", with characters from the anime "Cells at Work!" will be on sale from January 21, 2021.
"Kansenshou wo Tadashiku Manaberu! Cells at Work! Virus & Bacteria Encyclopedia" (Learn about infections properly) explains the difference between viruses and bacteria that cause infectious diseases. The book teaches you the characteristics and how to deal with each of the viruses and bacterias with illustrations of the enemy characters from the anime "Cells at Work!".
The featured viruses are COVID-19, Rhinovirus, Influenza virus, Mumps virus, and Dengue virus.
The featured bacteria include Streptococcus pneumonia, Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Cutibacterium acnes, Streptococcus mutans, Bacillus cereus, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Helicobacter pylori, and Gut flora.
"Kansenshou wo Tadashiku Manaberu! Cells at Work! Virus & Bacteria Encyclopedia" is priced at 1,400 JPY (tax excluded) and will be on sale from January 21.
(C) Shimizu Akane / Kodansha, Aniplex, davidproduction
"Nico Nico Chokaigi 2021", which was scheduled to be held in April 2021 as a huge "Nico Nico" event, will will not be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba and will be held instead online as "Nico Nico Net Chokaigi 2021".
At the same time, it was announced that the schedule will be changed from the original "From April 18 to April 25" to "From April 24 to May 1".
"Nico Nico Chokaigi" is an event held every year dedicated to the "fusion of the real world theand internet" that has been held since 2012
"Nico Nico Chokaigi 2020" in April 2020 was moved online for the first time due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, and in August of the same year, a summer online super conference was also held. During the eight-day session, the number of online visitors was 16.38 million in April and 17.73 million in August, and more than 100 user-initiated projects were successfully gathered.
This year, which marks the 10th anniversary of the event, "Nico Nico Chokaigi" was planned to be held in a new form to further promote the event, with the first 6 days being held online and the last 2 days being held at Makuhari Messe.
However, considering the uncertain situation with the spread of the novel coronavirus, it was announced that the event will be moved to online format as soon as possible. Dwango, the organizer, said, "Utilizing the experience of the past two times, we will proceed with preparations with related companies so that users can enjoy it as a more advanced online superconference."
"Nico Nico Net Chokaigi 2021" will be held online from April 24 to May 1. Details of the event will be announced later on the "Nico Nico Live Broadcasting" website.
[Natsuno Takeshi / President of Dwango]
The "Nico Nico Ultra Conference" has been growing as a real event since 2012, and has evolved into a stronger and more passionate event by holding it online even last year when the Corona disaster struck. With no end in sight for the new coronavirus, and with online communication becoming more and more widespread, we would like to make the most of the strength of NicoNico, which allows us to feel the warmth and enthusiasm of people, and create a super conference that is worthy of this 10th anniversary year.
Please look forward to "Nico Nico Net Chokaigi 2021", which has taken a new step.
The screening event of works by director Oshii Mamoru "GG Film Festival", which was scheduled for January and February 2021, has been postponed because of the current spread of the novel coronavirus infection.
The "GG Film Festival" is an event where Oshii's works that have left their mark on the history of film and anime are screened at theaters across Japan, starting with "Vlad Love", a completely new anime by general director Oshii Mamoru and director Nishimura Junji.
The works to be shown are "Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer", "Patlabor: The Movie", "Ghost in the Shell", "Human Wolf JIN-ROH", and "Vlad Love" episodes 2-4.
In addition, an interview video of Oshii Mamoru, which can only be seen at this film festival, an original program limited to the "GG Film Festival", and a storyboard of "Vlad Love" with a copy of director Oshii Mamoru and Nishimura Junji (random), original A4 clear folder and other luxurious bonuses were also announced.
Regarding the postponement of the event, "Unfortunately, due to various reasons, we have decided to postpone it due to the impact of the current spread of the novel coronavirus infection. We deeply apologize to everyone who was looking forward to the 'GG Film Festival'."
If it will be held after the postponement, the schedule will be announced on the official website of "Vlad Love".
The animated film "Pompo: The Cinephile", which was scheduled to be released on March 19, 2021, has been postponed to June 4, due to the recent spread of coronavirus.
"Pompo: The Cinephile" is an animation film based on a manga of the same title published by Sugitani Shogo (Ningen Plamo) on the illustration posting site "pixiv", about a young man who loves movies and a woman who is loved by movies, and how they find themselves through movie production.
Gene, who works as a production assistant for Pompo, a talented film producer, yearns to make his own film, but every day he feels downhearted that he will never be able to. However, when Pompo entrusts him with the production of a 15-second commercial, he discovers the joy of immersing himself in filmmaking.
One day, Pompo gives Gene the script for her next film, "MEISTER". It's a come-back film for the legendary actor, and the content is so exciting that she is sure it will be a big hit. But to her surprise, it was Gene, whose commercials had been highly praised, who was chosen as the director. Pompo's discerning eyes chose a rookie actress as the heroine, and the tumultuous filming was about to begin. ......
The decision to postpone the release of the film was made in light of the impact of the spread of the coronavirus.
However, the staff are working diligently to prepare for the public screening to be held next spring while paying close attention to infection control measures. We await further news.
"Pompo: The Cinephile" will be released on June 4, 2021.
(C) 2020 Sugitani Shogo [Ningen Plamo] / KADOKAWA / Pompo: The Cinephile Production Committee
AnimeJapan 2021, one of the world's largest anime events (held online from March 27 to March 30, 2021), has released a group visual with a newly-drawn illustration based on the theme of this year's event, "Connect (∞)". At the same time, all the programs of the pay channels, "AJ Stage" and "AJ Studio" that will be available on the day were announced.
However, in light of the current situation of the coronavirus and the emergency declaration issued by the government on January 7, and after considering the health and safety of the visitors and people involved, the real event will be canceled and the event will be held online only.
This time, all the programs of "AJ Stage" and "AJ Studio," the pay-per-view channels that will be available on the day of "AJ 2021," have been released.
There will be a total of 33 programs on the AJ Stage and 21 programs on the AJ Studio, for a total of 54 programs over the two days.
On both days, 24-hour archived streaming will be available, so you can enjoy "AJ" all day long.
Online tickets for AnimeJapan 2021 will go on sale at 1:00 pm on March 1, 2021.
Tickets for March 27 (available from 9:00 am Japan time on March 27 to 11:59 pm Japan time on March 28) and March 28 (available from 9:00 am Japan time on March 28 to 11:59 pm Japan time on March 29) will be priced at 3,800 JPY each (tax included).
Two-day tickets are priced at 7,300 JPY (tax included).
Goods featuring the newly drawn illustrations will also be available online.
The trailer for "Anxious Body," a new work by internationally acclaimed animator Mizushiri Yoriko, has been released.
"Anxious Body" is the latest short animation by Mizushiri Yoriko, an internationally acclaimed animator from Towada City, Aomori Prefecture, whose style emphasizes on sensation through body parts and familiar objects as motifs.
By combining a rounded body with everyday motifs that seem to threaten it, Mizushiri-san deepens her style and attempts to depict "physical sensation itself".
This film features music by Honda Yuka, who Mizushiri-san has been a fan of for many years. The film was commissioned by the Towada Museum of Contemporary Art, and as an international co-production between Japan (New Dear) and France (MIYU Production), Mizushiri-san is also aiming to develop the film at international film festivals.
"Anxious Body" is scheduled to premiere at international film festivals abroad in 2021. In Japan, "Anxious Body" will premiere during the third phase of the "Inter + Play" exhibition (January 22 - May 29, 2022) at the Towada Museum of Contemporary Art.
Mizushiri Yoriko (Director of this work)
"Anxious Body" is an animation work in which various "shapes" are mixed together using physical sensation as a filter. I have made tactile animations in the past, but I wanted to explore a new stage in my work. A tactile animation needs sounds that will generously accept and reflect it. I like Honda-san's music and listen to it often, and I thought that the unique music expressed with various instruments and the charm of her own appearance would be a good match for this animation. As I created the animation, I felt a strong sense of fun as the pictures and sounds intertwined with each other.
Honda Yuka (Music)
It was about two years ago that I happened to come across Mizushiri-san's work. While I was in Japan, my friend and admired musician Oyamada Keigo (Cornelius) invited me to his "Audio Architecture" exhibition. Her work, which was projected on a large, high-performance screen at the exhibition, was very organic, full of feminine touches, but also very elegant and coquettish in its movements, which resonated with me and left a great impression. That's why I am very happy to be able to collaborate with her this time.
The brand-new smartphone game "ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream！ AAside" from the boys’ band project "ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream！" of "BanG Dream!" has started on January 14, 2021.
"ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream！ AAside" is the smartphone rhythm and adventure game of the boys’ band project "ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream！" by DeNA Co., LTD and Bushiroad.
"ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream！ AAside" is currently available now. As the reward of the "pre-registration campaign", to all players who had completed the tutorial in the limited period, a total of 2,000 "Navi Stones", which can be used to "scout" 10 times for members recruitment for the live, the member "'Hajimari no Uta' Nanahoshi Ren", and others will be given.
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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 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.