In manga and anime, the protagonists and heroes tend to be more popular and get more attention. However, the “light” shine even brighter in the presents of a “shadow”.
In “Villan Biographies ~What are their principals?~”, we focus on villainous characters. For vol. 4, we explore the fascination of Kotomine Kirei from the “Fate” series.
Kotomine Kirei from the “Fate” series is a man of hard work. He is a character who concluded that his true nature is evil after a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication.
He feels “pleasure” from watching people suffer. He doesn't care about people's deaths, using orphans, or even ruining people's lives for the sake of his pleasure. An outrageously evil character.
Though being evil beyond saving, Kotomine has his moments where he shines. This is because he “lives his own life”.
“Let's live our own lives” is a common message. In movies, anime, manga, and even advertising, “living our own lives” is almost always used as a positive message, and is portrayed as a good thing. Everyone wants to be true to their desires. That's why we admire people who live that way and makes a great theme of a story.
However, it's usually portrayed on the protagonist's side, and not the villain's side.
Kotomine didn't take pleasure from the suffering of others from the beginning. Well, he did, but he denied it with reason because he knew it was wrong.
Kotomine is a priest. His father was also a devout clergyman and believed in God's teaching himself. In “Fate/Zero”, we found out that he was an elite priest who skipped grades and graduated with top grades from the seminary. It was also suggested that he had a tremendous amount of training and gained much fame and status.
But he still couldn't find joy in his life. No matter how hard he worked, the emptiness would never go away. His rival, the protagonist Emiya Kiritsugu, said about Kotomine: “He has never had a single passion in his life.”
This was because his efforts were never directed toward what he “truly wanted to do”. It may be similar to how we don't feel passionate about studying at cram schools when we hate it, or how we feel stress when our parents make us got to various lessons.
He fought in the Holy Grail War and discovers that his true desires were in the misery of others. The protagonist of “Fate/Zero” is Emiya Kiritsugu, but the process of Kotomine, the antagonist, discovering his true self was portrayed as if he also was a protagonist of the story.
How he lived faithful to his desires, seemed like the opposite of the Emiya's, yet also had a similarity. Emiya Kiritsugu always wanted to be a hero but becomes a Magus Killer. He would sacrifice the minority to save as many people as he could, resulting in taking the lives of many more. Kiritsugu never was able to live his own life.
The structure of this work was unique in that the protagonist never got to live his own life, while the villain found a way to live his own.
Now let's turn to the protagonist of “Fate/stay night”, Emiya Shirou. “Fate/stay night”, as you know, has 3 different routes, and the protagonist acts differently in each route. In one of them, he literally questions his way of life through the battle against himself.
In “Fate/stay night”, Kotomine has already found his way of life and acts according to its principals. It's amazing how his way of life doesn't differ in any of the 3 routes.
Kotomine is full-on evil, who concluded himself as evil through a lot of hard work, so even if you could beat him with physical force, it will be difficult to beat him in a game of reason and mind.
Besides, people who live their own lives seem glamourous. His un-villainous shine probably made Kotomine the special villain that he is.
Though being evil beyond saving, Kotomine is a rare villain that we envy and even be taught a lesson of the importance of “Living our own lives”.
February 5 is twins day, this comes from the Japanese play on words "Fu (2) Tago (5)" (twins).
There are many twin characters in anime works. Many of the characters look exactly alike, and when they stand together, they look twice as cute. But in fact, their personalities may be opposites, or they may appear to be good friends but hide a deeper relationship. ......!
In this article, I'll focus on the relationship between the twins.
■"Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World" Ram and Rem
When Natsuki Subaru dies, time rewinds to a few days before his death through an ability called "Return by Death" (Shinimodori). The main character, Natsuki Subaru, uses this ability to overcome difficulties. The maids working at the Rosewall mansion, where the severely injured Subaru takes refuge, are the twin sisters, Ram and Rem.
They are almost the same height and have short haircuts that cover one eye. However, the difference between the red-haired Ram and the blue-haired Rem is obvious at a glance (and by the way, one of the sister's breasts are also larger!) The twins look cute in their gothic maid outfits, but they are actually demons. Rem, in particular, is not as cute as her adorable appearance, but she has a high level of fighting ability that allows her to kick away demonic beasts with her spiked iron ball (Morning Star).
The twins, Ram and Rem, are expected to share the household chores of the Rosewall mansion, but ...... most of the work is done by Rem. Ram doesn't work much.
On the other hand, Ram has a caring side that uses picture books to teach Subaru letters, but the reason for teaching him is because "if Subaru learns to read and write, Ram's work will be reduced"!
Although Ram has a tendency to slack off a bit, Rem has absolute trust and the highest regard for her sister Ram. She is not only good at cooking, but also at cleaning and laundry, even though she asserts that she is better at it than her sister. The reason for this is connected to her distant childhood past.
Her older sister, Ram, was a genius girl who excelled in the demon tribe from a very young age. On the other hand, Rem, who was a dropout, was in the opposite position as the present, being compared with her superior sister and feeling narrow-minded.
In the meantime, the village of demons is destroyed by a witch cult attack. Ram struggles to fight alone, but her horn, the source of the demon's strength, is broken off. At that moment, she speaks out her dark true feelings that lie deep inside of her. ...... "It is finally broken."
Rem feels happy, even if only for a moment, that her good friend and favorite sister has lost her demon powers. As she continues to blame herself, Rem decides to dedicate the rest of her life to redeeming herself to Ram.
"I should be able to do everything that my sister could do for me from now on. My sister would have done this. She's better than that. She can do better. If I can't even do that well, I'm worthless."
The reason for Rem's extreme self-sacrifice and low self-esteem is sad. But the encounter with Subaru will change Rem.
What Ram doesn't have, Rem does.
This is the first time I've ever seen such a thing. Subaru's kindness invites her to stop comparing herself to her sister and look to the future.
This may be the moment when Rem goes from feeling guilty about Ram to being an equal sister.
■"Jujutsu Kaisen" Zenin Maki and Mai
"Jujutsu Kaisen" depicts the activities of sorcerers who exorcise the negative emotions (curses) created by humans. Many people are fascinated by the designs of the evil spirits and the stylish battles.
Zenin Maki, one year senior to the main character Itadori Yuuji, is a rare sorcerer who has no spell power at all, despite being in a position to exorcise curses. That's why she wears glasses that allow her to see the curses, and combined with her ponytail, she is a very beautiful woman with a dignified and exuberant look! She is a dependable older sister type (in fact, Itadori's peer, Gisaki Noboru, calls her "Miss").
Maki's sister, Zenin Mai , who is enrolled in the Kyoto school, is the one that Maki and her friends from the Tokyo school of spellcraft technology met at a social event. She has short hair compared to her sister, and uses a series of provocative swear words against Nobara who she's never met before. ...... Although she's a twin, her appearance and personality are the complete opposite of Maki's!
Mai also calls her sister Maki "You" and not her name. However the relationship is cooling down.
Even in the exchange game, she aims her gun at Maki with hostility. Her sister, on the other hand, intercepted her with a Japanese sword. Yes, even the weapons they use are "swords vs. pistols", and their fighting styles are very contrasting.
Maki cuts in half the bullets that Mai shoots with a single swing of her sword. It's a cool thing to see her do, just like Matsuzaki Ginji in "Black Lagoon". You don't have to be Nobara to fall in love with her.
The reason for this superhuman physical ability is because Maki has the "Tenyo Juju", which is a spell that allows her to have inhuman physical abilities in exchange for spell power. This is one of the reasons why Mai, who has no talent, is jealous of her sister.
But that's a small matter. There's a much bigger reason why she hates Maki so much.
The twin sisters were born into the prestigious Zenin family, but were not blessed with any talent in spell casting. Despite the fact that they were both dropouts, Maki and Mai were always holding hands together in their childhood. Maki, however, is a highly ambitious woman who is determined to push forward into the future. However, Maki is an ambitious woman who "pushes forward with her future," and she doesn't like being oppressed, so she leaves the Zenin itation House as if she were half-insulated.
Mayori, who was left behind, could not forgive her sister. She carries the frustration of being betrayed and hatred towards her sister.
After the battle, when Maki asks her why she left, she says, "You're a liar ....... She hides behind the words "I hate you. Deep down, she still loves her sister.
The gap between them may be too deep for them to reconcile right now. I hope to see more scenes of the two of them fighting together, shoulder to shoulder or back to back, against the evil spirits.
■"Higurashi When They Cry" Sonozaki Mion and Shion
Mion and Shion are identical twins, with Mion being the older sister and Shion the younger.
Mion is the older sister who takes good care of the children and is the leader of the Hinamizawa Branch School where the main character goes to school, but she is also a bit crass.
Shion, on the other hand, is a polite girl with the air of a lady. She works part-time at a family restaurant, wearing a cute uniform.
When the two girls are together, Shion, who looks mature but is actually passionate, often plays a trick on Mion, who looks delirious but is actually sensitive, but they are basically good friends.
However, their relationship is a bit complicated due to their family background.
Their family, the Sonozaki family, is one of the three most powerful families in the village, and Shion is the heiress of the family.
However, Shion, despite being a twin, is not only not qualified to do so, but is also kept away from the Sonozaki family for one reason or another, and the two live in separate places.
In the story, we see how Mion is torn between her position as the heiress of the Sonozaki family and her desire to protect her friends at school, and how Shion becomes emotionally involved, thinking that if she were in Mion's position, she could have handled things better.
Even so, it is beautiful and moving to see these two people, who understand each other's position well, encourage each other in the end to face the tragedy.
■"To LOVE Ru: Darkness" Nana and Momo
The twin sisters in this work, Nana Asta Deviluke and Momo Velia Deviluke, are the second and third princesses of the planet Deviluke, which rules the galaxy.
Nana is a cheerful and energetic girl, but she can be a bit stubborn and childish.
Momo, on the other hand, looks innocent and dainty, but in fact she has two sides to her, and is a bit of a black-hearted devil.
In this work, Momo is trying to get the girls around her to get together with Rito for the "Harem Plan" to create a harem centered on the main character, Rito Yuki, but Nana is opposed to this.
Nana has a conservative and old-fashioned view of love ...... and has very little sexual knowledge, so she is not very good at sex.
Momo, on the other hand, wants to be a part of the harem so that she can bond with Rito without having to worry about her sister, the first princess. For this reason, she is always bold in her approach to Rito, and even tries to get her twin Nana into Rito's harem.
Nana is conservative and pure-hearted, while Momo is liberal and free-spirited, and even though they are twins, their values regarding love are completely opposite.
Even so, Nana and Momo are staying with Rito today, and despite their different values, they live together like kittens playing together.
The relationship between twins varies. There are incompatibilities and difficult family situations. Even though they quarrel and rebel against each other, deep inside they are thinking about each other. ...... I would like to warmly watch over them. Why don't you pay attention to the "twin" characters and enjoy the anime?
(C) Akutami Shita / Shueisha, Jujutsu Kaisen Production Committee
(C) 2020 Ryuukishi07 / Higurashi When They Cry Production Committee
(C) Tappei Nagatsuki, published by KADOKAWA / Re:Zero to Start Otherworldly Life 2 Production Committee
(C) Kentarou Yabuki, Saki Hasemi/Shueisha, Toraburu Darkness Production Committee
The 1st season of the "Seitokai Yakuindomo" TV series was aired in 2010. And the long-awaited latest film, "Seitokai Yakuindomo: The Movie 2" will be released on January 1, 2021.
As part of the promotional campaign, they will be raising funds for advertising costs and merchandise production costs via crowdfunding until November 30.
"Seitokai Yakuindomo" is an anime series well known and loved for its high-paced comedy driven by the unique characters and the dirty jokes told by the heroines at a former girl's school.
And to nobody's surprise, the main visual of the first film, which was released in 2017, was...
Full of corrupt morals!
Even the shape of the "vase" on the table was questionable.
Because of this style, the reward goods of the crowdfunding to support the film and campaign goods were full of "style".
Let's take a look at each of these unique original goods.
■The courses and rewards
The project has a total of 5 courses.
Moreover, the theater repeater bonus will be improved and there will be additional rewards depending on the total number of supporters.
Let's take a look at each of the rewards.
First is the "*bleep* Whistle".
This is the well-known whistle, which Suzu blows for the "Student Council Regulations" during the cold opening. It's always nice to have an item from the show, which gives you a feel of the world of the work.
There is an illustration of Suzu's head on the side of the whistle.
Different student cards of 5 characters will be included in each course.
Which student card you can get depends on the course you choose.
You can put your name on the card if you like, making it a one-and-only official item.
*A maximum of 10 letters, and emoji's are not allowed.
The next item is starting to push the limits.
An "uncensored" script that contains lines that would be bleeped out for regular TV.
Coming up next is "Full Nude Movie Storyboard Collection".
Though the word "Full Nude" is questionable, it is a valuable item that "uncovers" the work.
The staging and its intentions are all written in, so it will help you understand the scenes even further, for example, the reason the student council principal smiled in a certain scene.
Next is a T-shirt, which is surprisingly(?) fit for everyday use.
*There is only one size. (Length: 74cm, Width: 55cm, Shoulder Width: 50cm, Sleeve Length: 22cm)
I wonder, what else is ultra-thin?
An unexpectedly stylish "48 Tricks Japanese Tea Cup".
A great choice for erotic humiliation. Let's enjoy the risk of using it in front of our families.
And last but not least. An entry in the end credits.
You have a choice of "Small" and "Super Small".
The "Small" size is the same size as the staff, and the "Super Small" size is a bit smaller than that.
However, the course that gives you the "Small" entry in the credits has reached its limit, so you can only choose "Super Small".
The end credit entry will be valid not only for the cinematic screening but also for the DVD and Blu-ray, making this your dark past... I mean a great memory. Let's make "Seitokai Yakuindomo: The Movie 2" a special movie of your life.
*A maximum of 10 letters fullwidth forms and 16 letters in halfwidth. If mixed, the maximum is 10 letters.
These original goods can be obtained from supporting each course.
Let's take a look at the details of each course.
First is the low-priced "Ousai Academy Student Council Accountant Course".
This course inspired by the blonde twin-tail intelligent girl, "Hagimura Suzu", includes the following rewards.
●Saiou Academy Student Card (Hagimura Suzu ver.)
●Not a T-back, a T-shirt!
●Name Entry on the Web Page
There is no limit of supporters for this course, and the price is 4,545 (Shiko Shiko) JPY. I'm not going to explain.
The next course is the "Saiou Academy Student Council Secretary Course", inspired by "Shichijou Aria", who has a fascinating figure.
The rewards are as below.
●Saiou Academy Student Card (Shichijou Aria ver.)
●Not a T-back, a T-shirt!
●Name Entry on the Web Page
★A4 Ultra-thin Sticker ←NEW
★Name Entry in the End Credits (Super Small) ←NEW
A limited number of 1,000.
The price is 11,072 (Ii O**nie) JPY. Haha, we're going full-throttle...
The 3rd course is the "Saiou Academy Student Council Vice President Course" inspired by the straight man in the series, the protagonist, "Tsuda Takatoshi".
The rewards are...
●Saiou Academy Student Card (Tsuda Takatoshi ver.)
●Not a T-back, a T-shirt!
●Name Entry on the Web Page
●A4 Ultra-thin Sticker
●Name Entry in the End Credits (Super Small)
★48 Tricks Japanese Tea Cup ←NEW
★"Uncensored" Script ←NEW
★Full Nude Movie Storyboard Collection ←NEW
A limited number of 500.
The price is 19,194 (Iku Ikuyo) JPY.
The 4th course is the "Saiou Academy Student Council President Course" inspired by "Amakusa Shino".
In addition to all the rewards from above, the course included a student card of Amakusa Shino and "One-and-Only! Crowdfunding Limited Original Illustration". However, it has already reached its limits, so reception has been closed.
The final course is the "General Studen Meeting Course".
There is no limit for this course and the rewards are as below.
●Saiou Academy Student Card (Tsuda Takatoshi ver.)
●Not a T-back, a T-shirt!
●Name Entry on the Web Page
●A4 Ultra-thin Sticker
●48 Tricks Japanese Tea Cup
●Full Nude Movie Storyboard Collection
The price is 15,072 (Ikou O**nie) JPY.
There is a list of all the rewards for each course in the photos.
■A campaign in which the gift changes depending on the number of supporters is also being held.
The rewards of each course are not the only benefits from this project. A campaign in which the bonus for watching the film repetitively improves and additional rewards will be included, depending on the number of supporters, is also being held.
The repeater bonus, which you can get by visiting the theaters for 3 weeks in a row, is...
A silver health care device, when it reaches 456 supporters, which has already been achieved. And a golden health care device, when it reaches 0721 supporters, which also has been achieved. If you want it or not is another story.
And when the applicants reach 1,919, which is in the title of this project...
"Raw" film frames will be added to the rewards.
The project accepts entries until 11:59 p.m. on November 30.
Some of the courses have limited numbers, so be sure to check the project's website for the latest updates.
Project Name: "Seitokai Yakuindomo: The Movie 2" Supporting Crowdfunding
Project Period: Midnight, November 4 to 11:59 p.m., November 20, 2020
Target Number of Supporters: 1,919
(C) Ujiie Tozen, Kodansha / "Seitokai Yakuindomo: The Movie 2" Production Committee
From "Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia" comes a parka inspired by Fou-kun. Pre-orders will be accepted on "Cospa Online Shop" from 6:00 p.m. on February 18, 2021.
The parka inspired by Fou-kun is fluffy to the touch, created with soft fabric like a plushie. The texture will make you want to cuddle against it.
The ears on the hood were sewn on. It can be worn all year round, to keep you warm in the winter, and protect you from the air-conditioner in the summer.
"FGO Babylonia Fou MokoMoko Parka" is limited to 100 in total of all the sizes, and priced at 10,780 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders will be accepted on "Cospa Online Shop" from 6:00 p.m. on February 18, 2021.
(C) Type-Moon / FGO7 Anime Project
The latest film of "Prisma Illya" series, "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Licht - The Nameless Girl" will be released in 2021. To commemorate this, the original illustrations of all the "Prisma Illya" series have been released on the official website.
"Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya" is a spin-off of the "Fate" series, and the TV series has a total of 4 seasons, the film "Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya: Vow in the Snow", and OVA "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm". The game adaptation and light novel are planned.
In the official website, it was announced that "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Licht - The Nameless Girl" will be released in 2021 along with the release of over 200 original illustrations. This is your chance to look back on the story of Illya and others.
Also, an authentic "Valentine Collaboration" will be held from February 16 to February 28, 2021, in Machi Asobi Cafe. There will also have a display of the original illustration of the slightly mature Illya, Miyu, and Kuro.
"Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Licht - The Nameless Girl" will be released in 2021. Further information will be revealed soon.
(C) Hiroyama Hiroshi, TYPE-MOOON/ KADOKAWA "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Licht - The Nameless Girl" Production Committee
The BD & DVD of "Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song" will be released on March 31, 2021. While there are 50 days left till the release date, the completed illustrations of the original bonus for the BD complete limited edition, illustrated by ufotable, have been released.
It is based on a visual novel game "Fate/stay night" and revolves around the "Holy Grail", the almighty wish-granting machine that makes all the holders' dreams come true.
As the third part of the anime movie, it depicts the conclusion of the final route "Heaven’s Feel" (also known as Sakura Route).
The Blu-ray complete limited edition contains various valuable bonuses, such as the bonus disc, which contains the stage greeting and special program, the box that is illustrated by Takeuchi Takashi, the digi jacket that is illustrated by Nasu Kinoko, original soundtrack, special booklet, and illustration book.
Also, the A3 clear poster with the box's cover illustration by Takeuchi Takashi will be given, on first come first serve basis, as an early bird bonus for those who pre-order the Blu-ray at selected stores until February 15.
The BD & DVD of "Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song" will be released on March 31, 2021. Check out the product webpage for more information regarding the other bonuses.
（C）TYPE-MOON, ufotable, FSNPC
From "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm" comes the 1/7 scale figure of Miyu Edelfelt in the "wedding bikini". Pre-orders are currently available on "Kadokawa Store".
The product Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm" is the 2nd figure that is based on the "wedding bikini" illustration that was revealed on the release date of the OVA "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm", which is in June 2019.
The clear parts of the veil and pareo, the pearl coating on the overall clothing, the detailed coloring on the flower petals, and the bouquet that was used to hide her mouth while turning around with her toes turned inward has well-expressed the cuteness of Miyu.
The veil and bouquet are detachable, and it comes with a flower petals part that can be attached to the waist, so you are able to customize and display it in your own preference.
"Miyu Edelfelt Wedding Bikini Ver." is priced at 15,000 JPY (tax excluded). Pre-orders are currently available on "Kadokawa Store" until April 7, 2021, and shipping is scheduled for January 2022.
Also, a limited edition that comes with a "Wedding T-shirt Miyu Ver." as a bonus, is also available, so fans should check it out.
（C）2019 Hiroyama Hiroshi, TYPE-MOON／KADOKAWA／Prisma☆Phantasm Production Committee
Since opening on Feb. 11, cutscenes from "Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie Part 2" were released, displaying slice of life scenarios of the 4 Outer Sailor Guardians, Tomoe Hotaru (Super Sailor Saturn), Tenoh Haruka (Super Sailor Uranus), Kaioh Michiru (Super Sailor Neptune), Meioh Setsuna (Super Sailor Pluto).
The first scene displays the four of them having dinner together surrounding a round table. A young Hotaru appears to be having fun while laughing in a lovely manner while Haruka, Michiru, and Setsuna stare at her tenderly with affection. Different from the usual serious demeanor when fighting as Sailor Guardians, this scene depicts a different, softer side of the characters.
This next scene has Haruka holding Michiru's shoulder, who holds a bouquet of white roses in her hand. Haruka is wears a simple shirt combined with a large pearl necklace, while Michiru is dressed in a long one-piece designed with big rose patterns.This scene is composed well to show the characters exuding plenty of their stylish and elegant tastes. It is yet another of those beloved scenes in which the Sailor Guardians can be seen in fashionable plain clothing.
Lastly, this memorable scene shows Haruka and Michiru staring seriously at a solar system hologram created by Hotaru, who concentrates effortfully with her eyes closed. What exactly is this hologram showing to them?
"Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie Part 2" premiered on Feb. 11, 2021, and is currently being screened at theaters throughout Japan.
A collaboration poster of "New Gods: Nezha Reborn", released on February 26, 2021, and "White Snake", which a dubbed version will be released in summer 2021, has been released. A special video in which the owner of the Precious Jade Workshop, one of the main characters of "White Snake", talks about "New Gods: Nezha Reborn" was also released.
"New Gods: Nezha Reborn" is a film produced by Light Chaser Animation Studios, which worked on "White Snake", a movie that reached over 7 billion JPY in box office revenue in China. It gained attention all over the world and was nominated for the WIP category in the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
Also, a Japanese dubbed version of "White Snake" is scheduled to be released in summer 2021. The cast members include Sakuma Daisuke (Snow Man), Mimori Suzuko, Sugita Tomokazu, Yuuki Aoi, and Sakura Ayane.
The newly released video was created as a celebration of the release of "New Gods: Nezha Reborn" in China. It is a gorgeous video in which the owner of the Precious Jade Workshop, one of the main characters of "White Snake" who has two faces, a girl and a fox, talks about "New Gods: Nezha Reborn" and even shows off a sexy dance.
In the collaboration poster, Li Yunxiang, the hero of "New Gods: Nezha Reborn", and Blanca, the heroine of "White Snake", are drawn in a spiral with a delicate touch, and in the middle, sits Nezha, the protective deity of Yunxiang, with a powerful presence. "Seken ni Mitomerarezutomo Konse wo Muda ni Shinai" (We won't waste our lives even if no one accepts us) is an important line for both titles.
"New Gods: Nezha Reborn" is released on February 26, 2021, and the Japanese dubbed version of "White Snake" is scheduled to be released in summer 2021.
(C) Light Chaser Animation Studios
"Otoppe", a program for kids that has been broadcast for five years, will be released as a musical movie for the first time. The title will be "Otoppe Movie: Papa Don't Cry", and it will be released this fall. The trailer and visual have been revealed as well.
”Otoppe" is a program for kids that depicts the funny life of Shina, who wants to become a top DJ in the world, and "Otoppe", mysterious creatures that were born out of sound, under the theme of "listening observation".
The catchy songs and dances that are in the program are also popular, and the related videos have recorded over 150 million views. The program receives support from both children and adults.
The protagonist of "Otoppe Movie: Papa Don't Cry" is Otoppe Windy, known as the laziest wind in the Otoppe Town.
Windy names a baby, who appears out of nowhere and resembles himself, "Lil (provisional)", and brings her up.
Even though Windy struggles with a regular life and taking care, he gradually reaches out to her. However, Lil has some secret...
Iguchi Yuka will play Windy, Kuno Misaki will play DJ Shina, Nishijima Hidetoshi will play Westy, and Inagaki Kuremi, who was chosen on the audition, will play a mysterious baby Otoppe Lil. The director is Ushiku Takashi, the scenario will be handled by Mukouda Kunihiko, and the music will be handled by Yoshida Isao.
"Otoppe Movie: Papa Don't Cry" will be released in the fall of 2021.
Iguchi Yuka as Windy
FInally, Otoppe will be released as a movie! And it will be a musical!! Byu-byu-!!?? Is the protagonist Windy!!!? Byu wa-!!!!! I am surprised and excited at the same time! It has been broadcast for five years, and I am so glad. Thank you very much. I will play Windy, who is very expressive, blowing around, and pleasing everyone, with all of my effort. I hope everyone becomes full of smiles after watching the movie. There will be many songs that you cannot help hamming! Please look forward to it!
Kuno Misaki as Shina
I have been recording, hoping that many children watch Otoppe, so I am so glad that it will be released as a movie. I am already excited to see Windy performing. I hope a lot of people get to know Otoppe through this movie.
Inagaki Kuremi as Lil
When I watched 'Otoppe' on TV when I was six years old, I immediately became a fan of the songs, and sang 'Uki-Uki Otoppe' many times. I learned that different things had different sounds, and I looked for Otoppe in my house using an app. I was thinking what kind of sound each thing makes, and surprised to listen to some of them for the first time. I wanted to go to Otoppe Town, and I am so glad that my dream will come true as Lil-chan. I am really excited. I love the songs of Otoppe as I cannot help singing them once I hear them. I cannot wait to watch the movie in the theater.
Nishijima Hidetoshi as Westy
Otoppe will finally become a movie! I am so glad. How is the adventure of the characters going to be with their unique worldview? It will be a great work for sure. I will try with all my effort so that kids can enjoy the wonderful movie.
Ushiku Takashi as the Director
I have been involved in Otoppe through scenario writing and ending for the TV series, and YouTube videos. I am glad and very nervous to be a director of this movie. As we are in a difficult time, we will make our best effort more than ever to create a cheerful, enjoyable, but sometimes mysterious musical movie, being true to Otoppe. Please look forward to it!
(C)2021 'Otoppe Movie: Papa Don't Cry' Production Committee
(C)MHK / Otoppe Machi Yakuba
The new visual of "Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet", which will be released on April 16, 2021, after being postponed for one year, has been revealed. Also, it was announced that the new trailer will be released on March 3.
"Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet" is the 24th movie of the "Detective Conan" movie series.
The story begins where "Vacuum Superconducting Magnetic Levitation Railway", a train invented for the world's largest sports festival "WSG- World Sports Games"'s opening ceremony, gets involved in an unexpected case. In the background of the incident, there is Akai Shuuichi, and other FBI officers waiting for his orders...
The new visual depicts the gathering of the Akai Family, which is the key person in the main story, such as Akai Shuichi, Mary, Sera Masumi, and Haneda Shukichi. The visual is made up of the cut-scenes from the movie and the desperate expression of the injured Conan in the fire give off an impact impression.
Also, it was decided that the new trailer of the movie that can only be seen at the end of the "Detective Conan: The Scarlet Alibi", currently available in theatre, will have a premium release at 9:00 PM, on March 4, on YouTube. It is a 90 seconds trailer that is filled with various new cut-scenes together with the theme song "Eien no Fuzai Shoumei" by Tokyo Jihen.
"Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet" will be released in nationwide theatres on April 16, 2021. The early bird tickets will be on sale from March 6.
(C) Aoyama Gosho/ Detective Conan Production Committee
From "Jujutsu Kaisen" that is currently broadcast, the new cast has been announced as Mitsuishi Kotono and Nakata Joji. We received some comments from them.
"Jujutsu Kaisen" is based on a comic that has been serialized in 'Weekly Shonen Jump' (published by Shueisha) since 2018. It depicts a dark fantasy featuring a high school boy Itadori Yuji involved in a battle over a curse after a seal of 'Mamono' was broken.
This time, Mitsuishi Kotono and Nakata Joji has been chosen as the new cast. Mitsuishi will play the role of Mei Mei, a self-employed Grade 1 Sorcerer, and Nakata will play the role of Zen'in Naobito, a father of Zen'in Maki and Mai.
We received comments from them.
The TV anime "Jujutsu Kaisen" is broadcast on Friday at 'Super Animeism' block of a total of 28 MBS/TBS franchised channels. Mei Mei and Zen'in Naobito will appear from episode 17 'Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event - Group Battle 4 -' which is broadcast on February 5, 2021.
Mitsuishi Kotono as Mei Mei
I am so excited about the battling scenes as she is an undisputed strong woman. I will try my best to play a woman of strength and grace. If I can do well, can I expect a decent amount of bonus?
Nakata Joji as Zen'in Naobito
I have watched this anime multiple times before I received an offer as it is produced by MAPPA and directed by Sunghoo Park, so I am really excited. I'm glad to be a father of beautiful siblings, but not everything will go easy for them, so I need to try hard and show my capability. Until the time comes, I will remain a heavy-drinking and reckless dad (laugh).
(C)Akutami Gege / Shueisha, Jujutsu Kaisen Production Committee
It has been revealed that the anime "Eagle Talon" series celebrating its 14th anniversary from the first broadcast on TV will be broadcast from Oct. 4, 2020, as the TV anime "Eagle Talon - Golden Spell-".
At the same time, it has also been announced that Nakata Jouji as the childhood friend of Chancellor, Kuroki Homare, who appears for the first time in this work, will appear and there are some comments arrived from him.
The "Eagle Talon" series is a world conquest comedy, which depicts communication based on a story of the evil secret society, Eagle Talon Team, who plans to take over the world, but fails whatever they do, and justice of a hero, Deluxe Fighter, largely incapable bully.
All 9 movies released in the theater surprised not only fans, but also the movie/advertising industry by adopting innovative advertising methods such as product placement and naming rights, and they have always been providing topics such as releasing the movie "DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon" in collaboration with Warner Brothers movies and DC entertainment in 2017.
The "Eagle Talon - Golden Spell-", which was decided to be broadcast from Oct., will not be completed in one episode so far but will unfold in 12 episodes as a full story.
The full scenario goes as follows: The Eagle Talon Team, who succeeded in reviving an ancient spell "Golden Spell" that can manipulate human beings with just one word, develops "Golden Spell" with various effects, but someone stole all the spells and development programs... You can see this is how the work is loved as "the original crappy anime."
It seems there will be more enjoyable contents, including the original sarcasm of "Eagle Talon" that could not be done during the slot for family such as current events; Corona Disaster and remote working, which are unique to late-night broadcasting, and a black comedy that reflects Japan's present.
Also, FROGMAN, the original author, scriptwriter, and the creator of the characters will keep in charge of the voices of peculiar characters: Chancellor and Yoshida-kun, who say, "Speaking of 'Eagle Talon'!"
Moreover, one of the voice actors, Nakata Jouji, who challenged all the roles in a special project held in 2019, "What if Nakata Jouji tried Eagle Talon's voices all by himself -'Phantom Mosquito Edition'-", will join as Kuroki Homare, the president of a global company, Crotter Co., Ltd., and the Chancellor's childhood friend.
Besides that, an official YouTube channel exclusively for "Eagle Talon" was also opened for broadcasting in Oct. Not only the past series videos but also those related to the latest work will be uploaded.
Check out Eagle Talon Team that will rampage at their home ground, the midnight slot of the commercial TV station where they can show who they really are, 4 years after the end of broadcasting on NHK.
<Hereinafter, full comments are below>
[Nakata Jouji as Kuroda Homare]
Who could imagine I'll have the opportunity to join again as a special team member! How lucky, Chancellor! And it's like a dream that I can co-star with Chancellor and Yoshida-kun in the TV series this time. I wanna tell myself watching the movie while laughing at the movie theater in the past! Excited and nervous?
On February 24, "23:00 Saga Meishi Anime", a very short anime in which voice actor Miyano Mamoru does his best to show how delicious "SagaMeshi (Food)", reached the final night of its 10-night run.
To coincide with this, a "full version" of the previous 10 films, each of which is 30 seconds long, and a "more Miyano Mamoru" version, which features a lot of dialogue from Miyano-san, the star of the film, were released.
The "23:00 Saga Meishi Anime" was produced as a part of Saga Prefecture's information dissemination project "Saga Prize!" It is a very short animation that shows how delicious and attractive 10 foods that Saga Prefecture is proud of are.
Among the many "Saga Meshi" such as "Takezaki Oysters" from the Ariake Sea, "Saga Beef(R)", and "Saga Ramen", we picked up mainly winter foods that are in season. With Miyano-san's voice, the 10 ingredients were portrayed in a realistic and sizzling way for 10 consecutive days starting from February 15 at 23:00 midnight.
The "Complete Version" is a compilation of all 10 of the 30 second films in the series, and the " Increasingly More Miyano Mamoru" is a gorgeous version with lots of Miyano-san's dialogue.
In addition to the narration introducing the ingredients, Miyano-san is also in charge of the sounds of eating, such as the sound of noodles being slurped. The animation captures the truly delicious moments of "Saga Meishi", and Miyano's passionate performance with a sense of sizzle is worth watching.
Also, on the "23:00 Saga Meishi Anime" special website, a web video of Miyano-san talking about the charm and highlights of the anime "23:00 Saga Meishi Anime" has been released from 23:30 on February 24.
The video was filmed just before the release of the full version, and highlights include Miyano's expression of superiority at being able to watch the work before anyone else, and a rare post recording scene where he sings the last word of the unfinished "Increasingly More Mamoru Miyano". In the scene where he eats "Saga Meishi," he actually puts the food in his mouth to create a realistic sizzle, and other production secrets are revealed.
Miyano-san, who is now completely captivated by "Saga Meishi", also announced his favorite ingredients, and the scene where Miyano-san smiles and smacks his tongue at the ingredients is worth watching.
---- How do you feel about being a voice actor for the "23:00 Saga Meishi Anime"?
I'm really interested in Saga meishi. There are various specialties and it looks really delicious, so I had a strong desire to eat it while recording. I even want to eat it right now (lol).
----Please tell us about some of the memorable episodes during the recording?
In order to create the "feeling of eating", we actually used the ingredients and made sounds while recording. I'm sure everyone will think it looks delicious.
---- What are the main points of interest in the "23:00 Saga Meishi Anime"?
This time, rather than giving voices to the characters, we are trying to express the real scene or convey the atmosphere of eating, and the images are realistic animation. It's not just a realistic picture, but a realistic picture that conveys the taste of the food.
---- Who do you want to see this anime?
People all over Japan (lol. The anime was made with the intention of promoting Saga meishi to people all over Japan, so I hope it will reach people all over the country.
----Among the 10 Saga meishi "appearances", what is the "food" that caught your attention?
Yudofu. I'm really interested in boiling it in hot spring water from Ureshino Onsen. My family owns a tofu shop, and I grew up eating yudofu during the winter season (lols). It's so soft...it's so soft in the anime, I wonder how soft it is in real life (lol).
TV TOKYO Corporation will officially start to broadcast more than 1000 episodes of anime, including "Naruto" in the Middle East and North Africa.
TV Tokyo will broadcast all the broadcasted episodes of "Naruto", "Naruto Shippuuden", "Boruto", and "Fruits Basket" with English and Arabia subtitles via Arabia representative paid streaming service "STARZPLAY". Regarding "Boruto" and "Fruits Basket THE FINAL" (Broadcast start in April) will be broadcast simultaneously with Japan's broadcast.
By cooperating with "STARZPLAY", TV Tokyo will be able to spread the pride high-quality Japanese anime in the huge market of Arabia with the purpose of increasing the Japanese anime fan in the same region.
(C) Kishimoto Masashi Scott/ Shueisha, TV Tokyo, Pierrot
'Disney+', an official Disney video distribution service, is featuring movie, drama, and anime for Valentine's Day.
As 2nd project, 'Koi Suru Kisetsu wa Ikebo ni Mimi Kyun (Let's enjoy cool voices for sweet Valentine's Day)' will be launched on February 12, featuring the works where Yamadera Kouichi, Morikawa Toshiyuki, Ono Kensho, Kimura Subaru, and Takeuchi Shunsuke are playing.
'Koi Suru Kisetsu wa Ikebo ni Mimi Kyun (Let's enjoy cool voices for sweet Valentine's Day)' especially features the works where Yamadera Kouichi, Morikawa Toshiyuki, Ono Kensho, Kimura Subaru, and Takeuchi Shunsuke as voice actors representing Japan are playing.
Yamadera is known for the works produced by Disney, Pixar, and Marvel as he has been playing Donald, Stitch, Genie of "Aladdin", the Beast of Beauty and the Beast, and other characters of "Guardians of the Galaxy" series, and "The Avengers" series.
Morikawa has been playing Nick of "Zootopia", and Obi-Wan Kenobi of the "Star Wars" series.
As for the rookie voice actors, Ono has been playing Prince Phillip of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil", and Cricket of "Mulan". Kimura has been playing Paul of "Soul", and Kazu of "Star Wars Resistance". Takeuchi is known for Olaf of "Frozen".
Voice actors with "Ikebo (cool voice)" bring life into Disney works and characters with their voice. For Valentine's Day, please enjoy "Mimi-Kyun (fall in love in voices)" for their lines and voice by watching the dubbed versions on 'Disney+' which allows you to enjoy them as much as you want.
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.