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”.
Japan's very first BL anime screening event "BL FES!! - Boys Love Festival!!-" will be held. Voice actor Morikawa Toshiyuki who holds the nickname "King of the BL world" will be the general producer of the event. The anime "Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka" and "Marudase Kintaro" will be screened as a double feature among others.
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)
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
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
The all-you-can-watch anime streaming service "d Anime Store" released the special page titled "Anime Chosen by You-'Mystery Quotations'", which is based on the results of "Survey on Recommended Episodes" conducted in May. 2020. Many anime, including "Non Non Biyori", "My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected", "Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World", "Sword Art Online: Alicization", and others, have been featured for sending "strange lines" that gained wide attention of the users.
"Anime Chosen by You" introduced "mystery quotations" from multiple situations.
In "Meaningless But Interesting Lines" have included scenes from "Nichijou", ep. 20, where Aioi Yuuko said, "Forgive hyacinth", Miyauchi Reneg's line from "Non Non Biyori" episode 1, "Meow", and Okabe Rintarou's line from episode 1 of "Steins;Gate" that said, "El Psy Congroo".
In "Not Cool, But Somehow Cool" have featured stupid (?) but lovely mystery quotations from "Nicemonogatari" ep. 11 Araragi Koyoumi's line "If you weren't my sister, I could see myself falling for you", and "Astra Lost in Space" ep. 1 Kanata Hoshijima's line "Move forward if you are moving forward."
In addition, "Memorable! Unforgettable mystery quotations" includes Hikigaya Hachiman's line from "My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected" ep. 7 that said, "Sick? I'm not sick. I'm sick."
In "Overwhelming uniqueness! An unforgettable mystery quotations", included Petelgeuse Romanee-Conti's line from "Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World" ep. 15 stated "You're death laze...".
In "I don't believe in my ears! What a shocking mystery quotations", Satou Kazuma's line from "KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World!" ep.5: "As a true egalitarian, I'm a man who can drop kick even against girls".
In "I want to hear it again! The unexpected mystery quotations", "Clannad: After Story" ep. 5 Sunohara Youhei's line "This and a toilet seat cover."
In "People in love... Love mystery quotations", "Beyond the Boundary" ep. 11 where Kanbara Akihito said, "But I still will do anything for glasses and beautiful girls wearing glasses, I'm a pervert."
In "Involuntarily! Smiling mystery quotations", "Sword Art Online: Alicization" ep. 18 Kirito's line "Hit your pocket and you'll have two buns.", and other mystery quotations that probably will remain in anime history as quotes and videos.
Special page "Anime Chosen by You-'Mystery Quotations'" is now available at "d Anime Store". Check out the page for detailed information.
(C) 2013 Atto / Published by KADOKAWA Media Factory / Asahioka Branch School Management Union
(C) 2011 5pb./Nitroplus Future Gadget Laboratory
(C) Nishio Ishin /Kodansha/Aniplex/Shaft
(C) Watari Wataru, Shogakukan /This Production Committee is Wrong, As I Expected. Continued
(C) Torii Nagomu/Kyoto Animation/Beyond the Boundary Production Committee
The hobby shop AmiAmi, which deals in hobby products such as figures, has announced "Jul. 2020 AmiAmi Figure Pre-Order Ranking". It is targeted to the figures, pre-orders for which had been accepted from Jul. 1, 2020, to Jul. 31, 2020.
Unlimited anime streaming service "d Anime Store" announced the results for the survey titled "Popularity Ranking for Summer 2020 Anime-What do you watch for this season?", which asked users about which summer 2020 anime do they currently watch.
A total of 69,421 votes were collected and the 1st place went to "Re:zero-Starting New Life in Another World 2nd Season", the 2nd place went to "The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants", and the 3rd place went to "Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld".
The 1st place "Re:zero-Starting New Life in Another World 2nd Season" is the 2nd season for the popular anime in 2016 called "Re:zero-Starting New Life in Another World", which the male protagonist tries to overcome his fate filled with despair by repeating reincarnation for multiple times.
The anime received 8,447 votes and marked the most votes from 20's with 2,164 votes and 40's with 2,328 votes. It was the most popular anime for both male and female users.
The 2nd place "The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants" is a fantasy which the demon lord, who finally awoke and reincarnated from sleep lasted for 2,000 years, goes up the demon hierarchy regardless of the fact that he is considered to be a misfit among the students who go to the academy where fosters the applicants for the next demon lord.
The anime received 7,344 votes and gained the most popularity in 50's with 1,208 votes. It was 2nd most popular for males users and 3rd most popular among the female users.
The 3rd place "Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld" is the last chapter (2nd season) for "Alicization Arc", which depicts the ending of the war between the human side and the dark side, which involves the entire Underworld.
The anime received 6,921 votes and gained wide popularity from several age groups, including ranking in the 2nd place among the votes in 20's with 1,744 votes. It also ranked in the 3rd place among the male votes, and ranked in the 4th place among the female voters.
"Rent-A-Girlfriend" ranked in the 4th place with 5,274 votes and "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!" ranked in the 5th place with 5,257 votes.
The male users ranking reversed the 4th and the 5th place of the general ranking. For the female users ranking, "Fire Force 2nd Chapter" ranked in the 2nd place, and "Fugo Detective-Balance: UNLIMITED" ranked in the 5th place.
d Anime Store "Which do you anime watch for summer 2020 season"?
The survey period: Friday, Jul. 24 to Friday, Jul. 30, 2020 at noon
Total votes: 69,421 votes
1st: 8,447 votes "Re:zero-Starting New Life in Another World 2nd Season"
2nd: 7,344 votes "The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants"
3rd: 6,921 votes "Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld"
4th: 5,274 votes "Rent-A-Girlfriend"
5th: 5,257 votes "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang-Out!"
【Male Users Ranking】
1st: 6,408 votes "Re:zero-Starting New Life in Another World 2nd Season"
2nd: 5,602 votes "The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants"
3rd: 5,334 votes "Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld"
4th: 4,511 votes "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang-Out!"
5th: 4,251 votes "Rent-A-Girlfirend"
【Female Users Ranking】
1st: 1,918 votes "Re:zero-Starting New Life in Another World 2nd Season"
2nd: 1,705 votes "Fire Force 2nd Chapter"
3rd: 1,636 votes ""The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants"
4th: 1,502 votes "Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld"
5th: 1,062 votes "Fugo Detective Balance:UNLIMITED"
The video distribution service"dTV" has announced the "dTV Viewing Ranking for the First Half of 2020", which shows the works most viewed by the audience. TV anime series "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" ranked in 1st place by leaving behind the Hollywood action movie "The Fate of the Furious" and other films.
The 1st place went to "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", which has become a social phenomenon and has gained a lot of support mainly from teenagers and those in their 20s. The final episode of the original manga came out in May 2020, and the new film is set to be released this fall. It reached the top of the ranking by gaining an overwhelming number of viewers on "dTV".
Compared to the ranking of the first half of last year, the number of anime works at the top has decreased. Despite this, many animation films and series are included in the top 10; "Despicable Me 3" in 2nd place, "Detective Conan" (TV anime series) in 5th place, "Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer" (Movie) in 7th place, "SING" (Movie) in 9th place, and "Black Clover" in 10th place.
<Top 10 Viewing Ranking for the First Half of 2020>
1. TV anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba"
2. Animated Movie "Despicable Me 3"
3. Foreign Movie "The Fate of the Furious"
4. Foreign Movie "MEGALODON"
5. TV anime "Detective Conan"
6. Variety Show "Hachiji Dayo! Zen'in Shuugou"
7. Animated Movie "Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer"
8. Foreign Movie "The Mummy"
9. Animated Movie "SING"
10. TV anime "Black Clover"
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.