Based on the BL novel, the Chinese anime series”Mo Dao Zu Shi” had exceeded 40 million views in 3 days after streaming in Japan .
The anime series “Mo Dao Zu Shi” is based on the BL novel under the same title that was web-serialized in China from 2015 to 2016, andbroadcast on the video service “Tencent Video” in 2018. A delicate and magnificent story with beautiful characters attracted attention, surpassing 40 million PV in 3 days of the release, and won the 1st place in the anime access ranking of the site.
Moreover, the original work has also been turned into a live-action drama under the title of “The Untamed”.
Since there are many loyal fans in Japan, Sony Music Solutions and Aniplex together made it come to Japan.
The announcement about the time of release and the media will be revealed as soon as it decided.
（C）2020 Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Limited
（C）2019 Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Limited
Tencent's ongoing manga "Tōng Líng Fei", "Tsūrei-hime", or "Psychic Princess" is animated, and will be distributed in Japan starting Nov. 12, 2019. The key visuals and character info are available now.
The manga "Umibe no Étranger" (by Kii Kanna and published by Shodensha), which takes place on the island off the coast of Okinawa and depicts the innocent love story between a greenhorn novelist and a young boy, had captured the hearts of many people and the theatrical anime is handled by the BL anime Label "BLUE LYNX". Since this movie was released on Sep. 11, 2020, let's reviews the work beforehand.
The greenhorn novelist, Shun unexpectedly called out to the young boy, Mio at the beachside.
---"Hey, you there!"
Because of that Mio had also started to be conscious of Shun, but he has to leave the island no matter what. Mio left after saying "I want to become an adult as soon as possible".
After three years, Mio returns to Shun. He had become slightly mature. With an innocent bright smile. When the unrequited thoughts were responded, the stopped time starts to run again...
The work is based on the manga "Umibe no Étranger" (published by Shodensha) by Kii Kanna.
This anime adaptation is supervised by the author Kii Kanna, who is also an ex-animator, and she is also in charge of the character design.
The animation production was created with a mixture of 2D and 3D animation and is handled by the long-established studio "Studio Hibari", who is known for "Major", and "Monster Strike". The director is Oohashi Akiyo, who had shown her superb skill such as "Danganronpa The Animation" as well as the animation PV for the sales commemoration of "Houseki no Kuni" Vol 1.
The drama between the characters, the beautiful nature of Okinawa, the lights, coloring, and the audio are all drawn carefully with fixation.
This work is the third work of the BL specialized anime Label "BLUE LYNX" after "Twittering Birds Never Fly: The clouds gather" and "Given the Movie".
■Original Work's Arts Exhibition
The movie "Umibe no Étranger"'s Anime Art Exhibition was held on PARCO GALLERY X, Shibuya, Tokyo. (Duration: Sep. 4, 2020 ~ Sep. 14, 2020)
The exhibition has exhibited over 30 illustrations, including the setting arts, rough drawing, and 5 original illustrations drawn for this movie along with the messages from the casts & staff, the signed scripts, the storyboard drawn by the director Oohashi Akiyo, and others.
Moreover, the art exhibition's original goods with the illustration by Kii Kanna-sensei were on sale.
The main casts will be handled by the same voice actors as the drama CD. Hashimoto Shun is voice by Murata Taishi (known for his role as Norba Shino from "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans" and Magee from "Gundam Build Divers") while Tachibana Mio is voice by Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (known for his role as Kirito from "Sword Art Online" and Hashibira Inosuke from "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba").
Murata Taishi (voice of Hashimoto Shun)
--Can you share your feelings when the theatrical anime adaptation of "Umibe no Étranger" was decided, as well as when your role was decided and when you were reading the script?
Various thoughts appear in my mind. My appreciation of continues this role from the drama CD and the expectation toward the movie. Above all, I am glad that I am able to perform the encountering scene of Mio. Both of their fates were greatly affected, while Mio is slowly becoming more mature, Shun, on the other hand, is struggling like a loser. At the very beginning when I was voicing the drama CD, this scene was impressive and made my heart throb. Even the scripts are filled with the "Étranger" of the production staff, especially the stage direction as well as the lines...! So, I wanted to respond it with all I have along with the burning obsession that is gradually growing as I wanted everyone to see it right away (haha).
--This works is supervised by Kii Kanna-sensei, who is also the character designer, and she was also greatly involved with the production. Can you tell us any highlights?
I personally like the comical expression that was illustrated by Kii Kanna sensei, so I hope it can calm everyone down. During the recording, I remember that it was quite easy in voicing the character as the transition of the character expression from serious to comical was exactly as the manga.
Above everything, the combination between Okinawa and the cat is the best. It a fusion of the spaciousness scenery of the southern island with cuteness. This is the ideal retirement life. Please watch it while thinking about Okinawa and cat.
--Please share your message to the fans who are looking forward to "Umibe no Étranger"
I would like to thank everyone who is looking forward to the movie!
This movie has a more detailed depiction of the romance between Mio and Shun. People always think about their beloved. That is common sense but I found out that.... it actually harder than I thought. Please enjoy watching the movie while letting your emotions run wild and being immersed in the gentle setting of Étranger. I believed there are surely parts were first-timers of Étranger can understand mutually. Please look forward to "Umibe no Étranger"!
Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (voice of Tachibana Mio)
--Can you share your feelings when the theatrical anime adaptation of "Umibe no Étranger" was decided, as well as when your role was decided and when you were reading the script?
Even though it had been a while since the first drama CD, I still remember Murata-san mentioning that he wanted to see the animation adaptation during the talk part in the drama CD.
At first, I thought it was a joke but I believed that Murata-san is quite glad that the theatrical adaption was decided.
I am genuinely happy when I heard about my role.
However, I am actually scared since this is my first time voicing a BL role in animation.
When I was reading the script, I thought that it had ended splendidly from the start till the end. Then, my memory during the recording of the drama cd resurfaced, which helps me to enter my role easily!
--As this works is supervised by Kii Kanna-sensei, who is also the character designer, and she was also greatly involved with the production. Can you tell us any highlights?
I was thinking about how to express the sadness of the Mio as the story contains the emotional period of the lonely Mio, but the art has helped me to express it without being too immersed in it. It as if I was drawn in by the beautiful art!
Feeling such as "I want to go to this world at least once!", "I want to travel to there!", “I want to go to the beach!", and "Mugii!” appears inside of me (haha).
I think everyone will get immersed in it as well, so do enjoy the world of Étranger.
--Please share your message to the fans who are looking forward to "Umibe no Étranger"
I had done my best already. I hope that it will leave an impression inside everyone's heart.
Actually, this is a work that will cause various thoughts to appear, such as it was great after it had ended, it was beautiful, and it was quite sad.
Please enjoy it while experience various feelings as it will make you think. Please do look forward to it.
Main Theme Song's Anime PV
The theme song for the movie "Umibe no Étranger", called "Zokkon" is written by MONO NO AWARE. Theirs sense of words is the finishing touch to the sentimental youth rock song.
The main trailer make use of the anime PV and it a fusion between the colorful scenes and the emotional song. It consists of various scene, including the blue sky with the blue sea, the expression of the two cute cats, the delicious foods, the troubled Shun, and Mio with a bright smile.
(C)Kii Kanna/Shodensha, Umibe no Étranger Production Committee
(C)Kii Kanna/Shodensha on BLUE comics
Sep. 9 is "Danshoku no Hi" (Male Homosexuality Day).
In the yin-yang philosophy, male is classified as yang, and it is said that this day was set because 9 is the extreme of odd numbers, which are also classified as yang. Another theory says that it is related to the "Chrysanthemum Festival".
Works that depict romance between men are called BL (Boys Love) and have a large fan base. BL is also a popular genre in anime, and various titles have been broadcast in the past.
We at Anime!Anime! conducted the same survey as last year asking, "Which Is Your Favorite BL Anime?" This year, only titles that are officially labeled as BL are included.
127 votes were received during the voting period from Aug. 26 to Sep. 2.
The voters were manly female with a gender ratio of 15% male to 85% female, and the age range was on the younger side with 35% under 19 and 40% in their 20s.
■Topping the list was "The World's Greatest First Love", which had its latest work released in 2020.
1st place was taken by "The World's Greatest First Love" with roughly 30% of the votes, pushing it up from last year's 3rd place.
The anime is based on the manga written by Nakamura Shungiku-san. Since its 2011 anime adaption, it has kept releasing new series, and in 2020, it's latest work "The World's Greatest First Love ~Propose Hen~" was released in theaters.
"It depicts the romance of different pairings of the characters, so it never gets old. Also, it's enjoyable as a career anime set in a publishing company", and "It's fun to see through the eyes of different characters," describes how the fans enjoy watching the different depictions of romance of each character.
The fans each have their own favorite characters, "Yokozawa and Kirishima are mature, but their pure and selfish love makes me so excited. Sometimes it even makes me cry", and "The romance between Ritsu and Masamune makes my heart throb!"
Coming in 2nd is "DakaIchi: I'm Being Harassed By the Sexiest Man of the Year" with roughly 25% of the votes. It dropped a position from last year, but it is still very popular.
The anime is based on Sakurabi Hashigo-san's manga, and it received a TV anime adaption in 2018. Fans enjoy the relationship between the seasoned actor, Saijou Takato, and the rookie actor, Azumaya Chihiro, "It's exciting to see the tsundere Takato-san gradually becoming spoony to Chunta!"
"The detailed psychological portraits of the characters make it an interesting drama," is a comment that shows how popular the story set in the showbiz is.
3rd place went to "Given" with roughly 15% of the votes, moving it up from last year's 4th place.
This anime is based on the manga written by Kizu Natsuki. It received a TV anime adaption in 2019, and a film is currently being screened at theaters.
The youthful drama of the members of a rock band received comments such as, "The detailed, realistic description of this anime is so amazing. I can't hold back my tears watching the characters trying to move forward from their pasts", and "The everyday life in the story gives you butterflies in your stomach. The psychological portraits of the characters are so detailed that it made me rethink what love is."
The concerts in the show are also well received, "The quality of the concerts in the show is amazing. I think it's easy to get into, even for people who don't usually watch BL titles."
■Here are some comments for other titles!
For "Junjo Romantica: Pure Romance", "The love for each other is so precious, beautiful, sad, and adorable... You can feel it all. This anime will definitely fill you with excitement!!"
For "Papa Datte, Shitai", "It's a 5-minute short anime, but the shortness makes the message come through. Every episode moves my heart!"
For "Classmates", "I love how the time flows so calmly between the two high schoolers, Kusakabe Hikaru and Sajou Rihito."
There were also votes for an anime film, "Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather", "I watched it because I like the theme song 'Moratorium' by Omoinotake, and I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to the next chapter."
"L'étranger de la Plage", which will be released on Sep. 11, made it in the top 10, receiving a lot of anticipation for the film adaption.
A wide range of titles from TV anime, OVAs, and anime films made the list, and it looks like we'll have a variety of titles to enjoy from.
[Which Is Your Favorite BL Anime? 2020 Edition]
1. "The World's Greatest First Love"
2. "DakaIchi: I'm Being Harassed By the Sexiest Man of the Year"
4. "Junjo Romantica: Pure Romance"
5. "Super Lovers"
6. "Hitorijime My Hero"
7. "No Money"
7. "Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather"
7. "Hybrid Child"
10. "L'étranger de la Plage"
10. "The Titan's Bride"
10. "The Tyrant Falls in Love"
10. "Papa Datte, Shitai"
10. "Yarichin Bitch Club"
10. "Love Stage!!"
(Voting Period: Aug. 26 to Sep. 2, 2020)
The marketing media "Otaku Women's Marketing Institute" operated by Commercial BL Review Site "ChiruChiru" conducted a survey, "[I want to ask otaku all over the country - How much do you pour into BL? BL Wallet Situation of 2020" and announced the results. The women's consumption behavior in 2020 amidst the "Corona" disaster was expressed in figures
"I want to ask otaku all over the country - How much do you pour into BL? BL Wallet Situation 2020" surveyed consumption behavior in 1,378 people (average age: approximately 34 years old) in March 2020 using targeted questionnaires. As a result, based on the behavior of "Chira Chira" users, they quantified the changes in purchasing behavior in 2020 based on the amount of consumption, and impact of COVID-19.
In recent years, there has been an increase in real events coming out, such as exhibitions, events, collaboration cafes, and stages for BL fans. The fact that it is still developing, is a result of sluggish growth. Furthermore, since the future of real live events will have to change due to the influence of the novel coronavirus there is a high possibility that new types of online events will develop, according to the "Otaku Women's Marketing Institute".
Moreover, in "BL Related Goods that were actually purchased" it was found that the top 3 goods purchases are all read. Manga, novels, doujinshi, etc., the common theme that was found in all types was that a story was present. Originally, the reason a fujoshi (a BL fan) is a fujoshi is that she has a high degree of delusion, imagination, and creativity. The story content stimulates a wide range of imaginations, and that's what triggers consumer demand.
About 90% of the respondents answered "Savings were increased" or "no change" to the question "Was there a change in wallet circumstances such as an event being canceled due to the effect of the novel coronavirus?". Among the "ChiruChiru" users, at least in the short term, there seems to be a minority of people who have had a direct financial impact from COVID-19.
In addition, about 80% of the reasons for "Wallet Circumstances, Savings Have Become Negative" were because the planned Otaku Activity Budget was changed to another Otaku Activity Budget. In a close second, for example reasons included "For the industry related to "BL", income decreased due to the influence of coronavirus", and "Production cost for exhibiting at the event".
The special video and new scene cuts for the movie anime "Umibe no Etranger" (release date: Sept. 11, 2020) were released. Along with this announcement, the sale of the first art book of the original work's author, Kii Kanna, called queue-Kanna Kii artbook", has been decided.
"Umibe no Etranger" will be released from the anime label specialized in boys-love called "BLUE LYNX". The story is set in the remote island in Okinawa and depicts the innocent romance of the young novelist and the boy.
The special video and the scene cut released this time depicts Shun meeting Mio sitting on the bench near the beach at night.
Mio's fragile profile, colorful flowers, and a friendly cat that stands by his leg...the important scenes from the movie is delicately taken out, and the voice of Murata Taishi, who plays Shun, and Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, who plays Mio, can be heard as well.
In addition to the video and the scene cuts, the sales of the 4th volume of "Harukaze no Etranger", which is the sequence of the original manga, and the Kii Kanna's first art book called "queue-Kanna Kii artbook" had been announced. The released date for both products is Aug. 25, 2020.
"Umibe no Etranger" will be released in the theaters nationwide from Sept. 11, 2020.
(C) Kii Kanna/Shodensha・Umibe no Etranger Production Committee (C) Kii Kanna/Shodensha on BLUE comics
From "The Legend of Hei: Boku ga Erabu Mirai (The Legend of Hei: The Future that I Choose)" (to be released on Nov. 7, 2020), the main trailer, poster and news about the theme song, have been revealed. The purchase benefit for the 2nd advanced ticket sale has also been announced.
"The Legend of Hei: Boku ga Erabu Mirai" is an anime movie that was produced by MTJJ, a Chinese manga artist and director, and HMCH Studio.
It became popular after its online anime series was released on a streaming website on Mar. 17, 2011, and it has developed to represent Chinese anime works. The movie that was released after that became a big hit and made 315 million CNYn (about 4.9 billion JPY) at the box office.
In Japan, its Japanese subtitled version was released in Sep. 2020. Even though it was shown in small scale, it received praise from anime fans, and other people involved in anime. Finally in Nov. 2020, its Japanese dubbed version will be released nationwide. The cast include Hanazawa Kana as Xiaohei, a black cat monster, who was forced out of his home by humans, Sakurai Takahiro, Miyano Mamoru, Saitou Souma, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Sugita Tomokazu, Toyosaki Aki, Minase Inori, Cho, Otsuka Hochu, Ugaki Misato, and others.
The trailer that was released this time features Xiaohei, a black cat monster, who was forced out of his home by humans, making his own path as he is struggling between humans' and monsters' life, through meeting various monsters and humans.
Please do not miss the battle scene that the movie highlights.
'Unity', the first single of LMYK after she made her major debut, has been chosen as the theme song, and is played in the trailer as well. The song was produced by the legendary production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis that have also written for Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, and Utada Hikaru.
"The Legend of Hei: Boku ga Erabu Mirai" will be released on Nov. 7.
Starting on Oct. 16, the 2nd advanced ticket sale will be on sale priced at 1,500 JPY (tax included). If you purchase it, you will be given a clear ticket holder as a benefit.
Please check out the official website for more information.
I was attracted by the characters and story full of kindness and hope.
It features serious topics such as symbiosis of humans and animals, and environmental destruction, but on the other hand, it depicts love for friends, and their never-give-up attitude subtly and unapologetically portrayed.
I was moved by such a composition, which played an essential for me to produce the theme song for the Japanese dubbed version.
Everyone is different, so we clashed with each other. However, we are not special. We all are looking in the same direction, and we all are pursuing a place that can feel comfortable. Xiaohei is innocently growing up in a world, where there is no right answer, and he made me realize that.
I am so honored that 'Unity' was chosen as the theme song for this work with wonderful animation and story. Conflict and harmony are two sides of the same coin. However, I believe that this movie and song will be an opportunity to bring about a huge change.
（C）Beijing HMCH Anime Co.,Ltd
It was revealed that Saito Souma, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Sugita Tomokazu, Toyosaki Aki, Minase Inori, Cho, and Otsuka Hochu will join the Japanese dubbing of China's anime movie "The Legend of Hei: Boku ga Eranbu Mirai (The Legend of Hei: The Future that I Choose)" (Will be released on November 7, 2020).
Also, Ugaki Misato will be challenging her dream as an anime's voice actor for the first time and the comments from each of the casts have been revealed.
"The Legend of Hei: Boku ga Eranbu Mirai" is an anime movie that was produced by HMCH Studio under MTJJ, a China's manga artist and anime director.
The story takes place in a world where the spirits have lost their habitat due to the destruction of nature by humans, and it revolves around the black cat's spirit Xiao Hei, who had lost his habitat due to deforestation.
The additional casts that were announced are Saito Souma, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Sugita Tomokazu, Toyosaki Aki, Minase Inori, Cho, Otsuka Hochu, and Ugaki Misato.
The characters that the cast will voice are Xu Huai by Saito, Luo Zhu by Matsuoka, Ten Fu by Sugita, Shui by Toyosaki, Nezha by Minase, Grandpa Jiu by Cho, and director by Otsuka. For Ugaki, she will be voicing the flower spirit, the important character that welcomes the main characters, Mugen and Xiao Hei to the human city, and this will be her first time challenging being an anime's voice actor.
The announcement of the Japanese dubbing of "The Legend of Hei: Boku ga Eranbu Mirai", which was made a few days ago, has become a hot topic. As this work will have an extravagant lineup of voice actors, including Hanazawa Kana as Xiao Hei, Sakurai Takahiro as Feng Xi, and Miyano Mamoru as Mugen, the hype for it is gradually increasing.
The anime movie "The Legend of Hei: Boku ga Eranbu Mirai" will be released nationwide on November 7, 2020.
Saito Souma as Xu Huai
The works itself is quite interesting, so do watch it before I further explain!
Do enjoy the world setting of this work on the big screen and superb audio.
Matsuoka Yoshitsugu as Luo Zhu
I am grateful that I had encountered this work. This is a story that make you wonder where will this warmth and the characters will be heading to? Do enjoy and feel it with your heart.
P.S Matsuoka cry like a kid at home.
Sugita Tomokazu as Ten Fu
The trust of the precious comrade and the strength when one is being entrusted.
Do look forward to it.
Toyosaki Aki as Shui
This is a work that is filled with the various hidden themes of life.
I hope you would enjoy the world setting and characters first.
Minase Inori as Nezha
I hope you would watch this work in the theatre as it is a gentle story that was born from the encounter between humans and the interspecies, fairy.
After you watch it, please do shout out the cuteness of Xiao Hei at social media!
Cho as Grandpa Jiu
Instead of Grandpa Jiu, it more like Grandpa Cho. I'm sorry for this.
Otsuka Hochu as Director
There are various highlights, including the scale that is different from Japan's anime and the personalities of the mysterious yet charming characters. Do look forward to it.
Ugaki Misato as Flower Spirit
I love anime and I always have the dream of participating in one, but I was surprised as I didn't expect to be able to participate in this popular work as a voice actor.
（C）Beijing HMCH Anime Co.,Ltd
It was decided that the latest series of China anime "Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!", called "Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 4" (Total 12 episodes) will start its Japan broadcast from Oct. 2, 2020. Along with that announcement, the PV has been revealed and the campaign, where a signed shikishi of the casts, including Nakamura Yuichi and Amamiya Sora ,could be obtained through lottery has started.
"Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!" is an anime series that has recorded a total of 5.1 billion views on China's video streaming service platform, "Tencent Video".
From Aug. 5, advanced streaming of this work was conducted on the platform and the first five episodes has already exceeded 50 million views.
"Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 4" will start its broadcast from 9:54 PM, Oct. 2, 2020 ,on TOKYO MX.
Moreover, the Twitter campaign has started. By following the official Twitter account and retweet the selected tweet, a shikishi containing the signature of director Rareko, Nakamura Yuichi (voice of Shi Fen), Amamiya Sora (voice of Shi Miao), Ono Kensho (voice of Kai Xin), Hanae Natsuki (voice of Wan Sui & Wan Xing), and Morinaga Chitose (voice of Miaomiao) will be presented to one person among the users. Check out the official Twitter for more information.
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The Japanese dubbed version of the Chinese animated movie "The Legend of Hei" will be released on Nov. 7.Moreover At the same time, cast special news, teaser visual, and Hanazawa Kana, Miyano Mamoru, Sakurai Takahiro as a cast have been announced.
Anime "The Legend of Hei" is created by Chinese manga artist and anime director MTJJ together with HMCH Studio. It started as the web anime series in the beginning since Mar. 17, 2011, and it became a work that represents Chinese animation as it gained more and more popularity.The WEB anime series have been uploaded from March 17, 2011, and as it continued to increase popularity, and it has become a work that represents Chinese animation.
Since the movie had earned 315 million yuan in China box office(about 4.8 billionmillion JPY), and il has become an exceptional blockbuster. In Oct. 2019, the subtitled version had been released in Japan.
The dubbed Japanese version will beis produced by Aniplex and has been distributed together with Team Joy. Iwanami Yoshikazu, known for "Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale" and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse".
Hanazawa Kana, Miyano Mamoru, Sakurai Takahiro has been announced as thea first Japanese dubbing castscast. Hanazawa will play Xiaohei, a black cat fairy chased by humansa black cat fairy, Xiaohei, who is chased by humans. Sakurai will play Fengxi, a fairy who can freely manipulate plants that supportchase Xiaohei. Miyano plays Mugen, who is both the human and the strongest executor.
In the released public announcement, a character voiced by Hanazawa and others have been also shown.
Moreover, comments regarding the production of this work arrived from the producer Aniplex Nakayama Nobuhiro and the 3 cast members.the cast
AnimationAnimated movie "The Legend of Hei" national roadshow will start on Nov. 7, 2020.
<Full comments are below>
Hanazawa Kana (Xiaohei) comments
Xiaohei is a character that combines the cuteness of cats and children. I kept in mind to make her cute! and pure! while playing her.So take it both and be cute! That's it! I played keeping this thought in mind.
Xiaohei is exiled from where he used to live, and that begins his growth. He thinks for himself that who is a friend or an enemy. He also experiences an incidents which drastically changes his value, and he gets tougher by experiencing such hardships.At the start of the story, Xiaohei being chased from where he used to live. That is the beginning of his growth. Who is your friend? Who is your enemy? He tries to live judging others this way. Moreover, he found put that the values can be turned upside down.
However, through such a situation, though constant worries, Xiao Hei becomes stronger.
That's why the scene where Xiaohei fights with a strong will is so impressive. The dynamics of the battle scene is the charm of this work, butthe facial expressions and staging of the cute Xiaohei fighting bravely are the best. the look and performance of the cute Xiaohei when he bravely fights is the best. It is a nice opportunity to see each other at the movie theater in the society with an ongoing hardship. Please look forward to it!It's a choking life, but I think it's a wonderful opportunity to have a big adventure in the cinema. Do look forward to it!
Miyano Mamoru (Mugen) comments
I was first drawn into dynamic actions and delicate expression of the animations.I was first for me to participate in animation with such delicate expression, bold action, and politeness.
In this story, fairies and humans living together butand have complicated relationships. There are good and bad behaviorspoints in things in both sides, which creates conflicts. This movie also deals with a very universal theme like "is it to avoid conflict?".Is it possible to avoid conflicts? This work is also dealing with a very universal theme.
Mugen is a human who is involved in the fairy world. I had his "position" of between humans and fairies in my mind, while playing himHe stays boldly on his "position" of between humans and fairies. It is cool to see how his belief can be seen through "position". MoreoverAnd in the movie, Mugen meets Xiaohei, and many others. And thanks to meeting Xiaohei, who is not afraid of anything, we can see what is really matters to each of them.
I am very happy to be able to join the work with such a gorgeous cast memberscast. Please enjoy it at the cinema.
Sakurai Takahiro (Fengxi) comments
Fengxi is a very empathetic character. His actions may not be right, but there is always a "reason", and I can understand his feelings that "You can't change the world by doing only the right things". He just chasing the light ahead. So I was careful not to make him looks like a villain. When fighting Mugen, he went straight to victory. I think when Xiaohei met Mugen and Fengxi, those two people like light and shadow.
The dynamic actions are skillfully woven into the story of this movieIn this work, the action is skillfully woven into the story. I think it's a difficult experience to enjoy this work with a simple but essential message.I believe it well This is my pride. I met this work as I get able to reconfirm my origin. I hope you can see it on the big screen of the cinema.
(C) Beijing HMCH Anime Co.,Ltd
It was decided that Kimura Ryouhei and Tachibana Shinnosuke will be the cast of the Japanese dubbing for the anime "Mo Dao Zu Shi" series that is popular in both China and the rest of Asia. The latest PV and latest visual in Japanese have been released.
"Mo Dao Zu Shi" is a popular anime series in China, as well as the rest of Asia, that is famous for the attractive characters and the delicate, magnificent story.
It was announced that Kimura Ryouhei and Tachibana Shinnosuke will be the cast of the Japanese dubbing.
Kimura will voice Wei Wuxian that was revived by a sacrificial ritual and Tachibana will voice his ex-friend Lan Wangji.
The voice from the two can be heard in the latest PV in advance.
"Mo Dao Zu Shi" with subtitles are currently being broadcast on WOWOW. The Japanese dub is scheduled to be broadcast on WOWOW, TOKYO MX, and BS11 from January 2021.
（C）2020 Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Limited
Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, which has been nominated for an Academy Award for all of its features, has released the trailer and poster visual for "WolfWalkers" (Oct. 30), which features the main theme song by Aurora from "Frozen 2".
"WolfWalkers" is based on the legend of the Wolf Walker, which has been handed down in the Irish town of Kilkenny since the Middle Ages, where it is said that humans turn into a wolf when they sleep.
One day, Robin, the protagonist with a hunter father, becomes friends with Mebh, a "Wolf Walker" who is a healer and a human and a wolf in one body and heals wounds using her magical powers. Robin's promise to Mebh unexpectedly puts her father in a difficult position, but she is brave enough to follow the path she believes in.
The trailer for the film, which has just been released, depicts the interaction between humans and wolves in a beautiful world and part of the mysterious story that unfolds.
The film depicts the dazzling friendship of girls, the ugly discrimination of adults, the coexistence of humans and animals, warnings about the destruction of nature, and the love of family, all of which can be enjoyed by adults as well as children.
Aurora, a new generation of Norwegian songstresses, leads the audience to a world far removed from reality with her clear and transparent voice.
The poster for the film was also unveiled, featuring the characters Robin, Mebh, and the wolves in colorful and unique drawings.
We can expect to see a mysterious story and a highly creative and entertaining fantasy that is uniquely Irish.
"WolfWalkers" opens at YEBISU GARDEN CINEMA and other theaters nationwide on Oct. 30.
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"Miyazaki Hayao Exhibition", an exhibition project that focused on the director Miyazaki Hayao, will be held at "Academy Museum of Motion Pictures" that scheduling the grand opening on Apr. 30, 2021 (May.1, 2021 in Japan) at Los Angeles, CA, USA. This exhibition celebrates the grand opening of the museum, and also the first exhibition, which focused on the director Miyazaki Hayao's works up to this day.
"Academy Museum of Motion Pictures" is the museum opened ran by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who holds "Academy Awards", in 2021.
The grand opening commemoration exhibition "Miyazaki Hayao Exhibition" will be held together under the cooperation of "Studio Ghibli", while the chief curator of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Jessica Niebel, and the assistant curator J Raul Guzman will be in charge of the curation. It will be held at Marilyn and Jeffery Katzenberg Gallery in the museum.
As the first exhibition in the U.S. to focus on Miyazaki Hayao, the exhibition will display the original imageboards, characters designs, a fundamental drawing process, layout, a background design, a poster, a cell, and other items of the movies, including "My Neighbor Totoro" (Released in 1988) and the Academy Award-winning movie "Spirited Away" (Released in 2001).
In the exhibition with the gigantic movie projector that displays film clips, it reviews the career of the director Miyazaki Hayao, who leads the industry for more than half a century.
Suzuki Toshio, the President and the Producer of Studio Ghibli
I am very honored to have an opportunity to open the Miyazaki Hayao Exhibition to celebrate the grand opening of Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The unique ability of Miyazaki is that he can remember things just by looking at it.
He has created multiple unique characters, backgrounds, and buildings, by extracting his memory out of a memory shelf inside his head.
This exhibition is about to show all of Miyazaki's works. I would like to thank all people who have helped and supported this exhibition.
Bill Kramer, the Director of Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
It is my great pleasure to have an opportunity to start our new institution, "Academy Museum of Motion Pictures", together with the exhibition that covered everything of Miyazaki Hayao. He is the international legend, and it is a great opening for our museum by celebrating his outstanding career and this exhibition also shows international connection of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Jessica Niebel, the Curator of Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
The director Miyazaki Hayao has outstanding abilities to understand how we think about vague, complex life.
I am honored to open this exhibition both for the director Miyazaki's fans and the visitors who will know about him for the first time, under the cooperation of "Studio Ghibli".
♦"Miyazaki Hayao Exhibition" Information
1. Tree Tunnel
The exhibition begins with "Tree Tunnel", that a 4-year girl from "My Neighbor Totoro" called Mei went through.
2. Creating Character
The videos of the protagonists from Miyazaki's works are displayed in multiple screens when a step is taken from "Tree Tunnel" to "Creating Character".
This corner not only displays the basic character designs of the movies, including "My Neighbor Totoro", "Kiki's Delivery Service" (1989), and "Princess Mononoke" (1997), it also shows how the characters from both released and non-released works have been created.
This section mainly introduces the first few movies, including the ones produced over the long time together with deceased produced Takahata Isao, the co-CEO of Studio Ghibli.
This section exhibits the TV anime series "Heidi, Girl of the Alps", which the director Takahata Isao participated as an animator, and his first directed movie "Lupin the Third: The Castle of Caliostro".
The special tribute of "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" (1984), expresses how this movie was important to start Miyazaki Hayao's career and Studio Ghibli.
4. Creating World
"Creating World" reminds of the fantastical world created by the director Miyazaki Hayao and expresses the contrast between the peaceful nature and industrial side of the world, where labor and technology hold power. The original image board of "Castle in the Sky" (1986) and the artworks of the movies released after it are displayed to show the power of imagination by the director Miyazaki Hayao through concept sketches and background drawings.
5. Sky View Installation
A relaxing time is provided at this Sky View Installation, a theme that is often provided as a motif of "Spending relaxing time", "want to take a break", "need time to think", or "wants to dream for a bit".
This exhibition focuses complex vertical structure of Miyazaki Hayao's art settings found in the movies focused on "flying", including a hotel in "Spirited Away", the underwater world in "Ponyo" (2008), "Porco Rosso" (1992), and "Wind Rises" (2013).
A speedy changes in the characters and story can be felt in this exhibition. For example, in "Haul's Moving Castle" (2004), the protagonist and other casts experience physical changes together with complex feelings. In "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind", unique methods are taken to express the effects on nature that human activities can have.
7. Magical Forest
A gigantic, mystical tree leads us to another world as the connector between dream and real world.
In this final gallery of the exhibition, it will mainly displays the designs and drawings related to nature, including "Kodama", the spirit of forest from "Princess Mononoke".
The route from "Magical Forest" leads us back to the museum from inspiring exhibition.
♦"Miyazaki Hayao Exhibition" Goods and Movie Projection Information
Catalog to enjoy the world of the director Miyazaki Hayao is available with illustrations of a total of 256 pages. The production documents of first few TV workss and a total of 11 movies are contained as well.
This catalog is published from Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Delmonico Books. The introduction is written by the Studio Ghibli Director and Producer Suzuki Toshio, and essays are written by the Pete Doctor, the CEO of Pixar Animation Studio, the movie critic Daniel Cotenshulte, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Curator Jessical Niebel. Filmography also comes with the catalog.
Moreover, the Ghibli movies are shown in the movie theater inside Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, and the unique goods related to Studio Ghibli are sold in the museum store.
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The Irish animation studio, "Cartoon Saloon", where all of its featured films were nominated in the Academy Awards and praised by "Post Ghibli", latest work "WolfWalkers" will be released nationwide in fall 2020.
The cute yet delicate and gorgeous cut-scene, which will attract the viewer to the story's world, has been revealed.
"WolfWalkers" is a work that is based on the folktale "Wolfwalker" from Kilkenny, Ireland and it about a wolf that can be drawn out one's sleep upon slumber.
One day, the main protagonist, the young girl Robyn, whose father is a hunter, befriend with the "wolfwalker" Mebh, who is living with the wolf and possessed healing power. Even though Robyn knew that the promise with Mebh will bring unexpected dilemma to her father but she will still go on the path that she believed.
To Cartoon Saloon, who have been creating various creative 2D animation work with the theme of Ireland's history or folktales, this work will be the finale for "Celtic Trilogy" after "The Secret of Kells" (2009) and "Song of the Sea"(2014)
The director will be Tomm Moore, who handled the nominated works "The Secret of Kells" and "Song of the Sea", along with Ross Stewart, the art director for "The Secret of Kells". The voice actor for Robyn is Honor Kneafsey ("Crooked House"), while Sean Bean is the voice for Robyn's father, Bill.
For the music, it will be handled Celtic music band, KiLA (same as the previous two works) together with Norway's new singing princess, Aurora (known from "Frozen 2"). The translucence and clear singing voice will surely guide the audience to the world far away from reality.
"WolfWalkers" will be released in fall 2020 on YEBISU GARDEN CINEMA and other nationwide theatres.
It has been announced that a full-scale statue of Freedom Gundam from TV anime series "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED" will be installed in front of LaLaport Shanghai Jinqiao in Shanghai, China in 2021.
This will be the first overseas installation of the full-scale Gundam statue, which previously has been installed in Tokyo Shiokaze Park in 2009 and in Odaiba, Tokyo in 2017.
It was announced by Asanuma Makoto, the CEO of Sunrise, and Ogata Naohiro, an executive producer, who appeared in the recorded video at the "Gundam G-meeting 2020" presentation on Gundam's expansion in China that was live-distributed on Jul. 11, 2020 on the Chinese video distribution service "BILIBILI".
The "full-size Freedom Gundam statue" is scheduled to start exhibiting in 2021, along with the opening of Mitsui Fudosan Group's first commercial facility "Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Shanghai Jinqiao" in Shanghai, China.
Freedom Gundam has a radical design that was shown in TV anime series "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED" that had been broadcast in 2002, and it is appeared to become very popular among overseas Gundam fans.
Sunrise and Sotsu, which already have experience in the realistically installing the powerful Freedom Gundam, after "The real life Unicorn Gundam Statue in Odaiba, Tokyo, 'GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA' (moving full-scale Gundam exhibition facility), which is scheduled to be open in Yokohama/Yamashita Port in 2020, will be moving forward to the first overseas full-scale Gundam statue project to be realized.
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.
"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.