It has been decided that “Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S”, the 2nd season of the interspecies exchange comedy between dragon girls and humans “Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid”, will be broadcast in 2021. The teaser visual has been released along with this announcement.
“Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid” is based on the manga serialized in “Monthly Action” by Coolkyoushinjya. It is an inhuman every-day-life comedy of the lonely office lady and the incompetent dragon maids.
This will be the 2nd season of the TV anime, following the 1st season in 2017.
In the cute teaser visual, you can see the dragon girls Tohru, Kanna, Elma, and Lucoa making an “S” with their hands. The “S” in the title stands for the “Super Supreme Second life Starting”, raising the expectations of further information about the anime.
Also, it has been decided that Kyoto Animation will be working on the animation, just as they did in the 1st season.
The TV anime “Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S” is scheduled to start in 2021. Further details will be announced later.
(C)Coolkyoushinjya, Futabasha / Dragon Life Improvement Committee
From the light novel "KA Esuma Bunko" that is published by Kyoto Animation, the release date of "Sakura no Furu Machi", a title that won a special award from the "10th Kyoto Animation Award" has been decided for May 22, 2020. For the illustration of the book, FLY, who is well-known for designing the characters of the TV anime "Iroduku: The World in Colors" and illustrations of the light novel "Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki", will be in charge.
"Sakura no Furu Machi" is the newest title of "KA Esuma Bunko" that is presented by Ogawa Haruo (Story) and FLY (Illustration).
This title has won KA Esuma Bunko Special Award at the 10th "Kyoto Animation Award" well-known for titles such as: "Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions" (Honor Award), "Beyond the Boundary" (Honor Award), "High Speed!" (Honor Award), "Myriad Colors Phantom World" (Honor Award), and "Violet Evergarden" (Major Award).
The key to this story is, "Amazakura", a mysterious phenomenon of floral leaves falling down like a rain.
Tsubasa, who does not show the values by putting spaces with surrounding people, Hiyori, who cannot go progress being caught by past, and Ruka, who has moved into the school of Tsubasa and Hiyori for a certain purpose... This title depicts the faith of girls who carry "secret", surrounding the "Amazakura" that occurred suddenly.
"Sakura no Furu Machi" will be on sale from May 22. It is priced at 648 JPY (Tax Excl.).
(C) Ogawa Haruo / Kyoto Animation
It has been announced that the director Kamiyama Kenji, known for the "Ghost in the Shell STAND ALONE COMPLEX" series, will produce an original feature-length prequel anime of "The Lord of the Rings."
"The Lord of the Rings" is a novel series by J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Hollywood movie trilogy "The Lord of the Rings" based on those books won numerous awards and became a worldwide hit. Twenty years after the movie, New Line Cinema teamed up with Warner Bros. Animation to release the original feature-length anime "The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim" (original title) as an independent new work.
The anime will depict a legendary battle that forms Middle-earth and leads to an epic adventure visualized in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
An unknown story about the fortress of the Helm Gorge is unfolded, reflecting the life of the mighty King Helm Hammerhand of Middle-earth and his bloody era.
Directed by Kamiyama Kenji, known for "Blade Runner: Black Lotus" and "Ghost in the Shell STAND ALONE COMPLEX", produced by Joseph Chou known for "Blade Runner: Black Lotus", and written by Jeffrey Addiss known for "Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" and Will Matthews, the animation production is done by Sola Entertainment, and Philippa Boyens, one of the scriptwriters of the "Road of the Ring" and "The Hobbit" trilogy, also participated as a consultant.
For now, the release of "The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim" (original title) in Japan hasn't been announced yet. Please wait for the follow-up report.
Warner Bros. Pictures Group Carolyn Blackwood (Chief Operating Officer) / New Line Cinema Richard Brener (President and Chief Creative Officer)
Newline has a deep attachment to the wonderful world created by J.R.R.Tolkien. So it's a dream to have the chance to return to the world of Middle-earth with Warner Brosthers Animation.
The Helm Gorge is known as one of the biggest battle fields in movie history, but under the direction of many creative staff members who worked on this and Kamiyama Kenji, who is a wonderful director, I am very excited to be able to deliver the history cut from a new perspective.
Fans from all over the world will be able to enjoy the greatness of Middle-earth's history in a new way.
Warner Bros. Animation Sam Register (President)
This work is a magnificent adaptation of the unspoken world of JR Tolkien.
In addition to the talented staff who worked on the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogy, I am honored to be able to work with a talented filmmaker who will be teaming up for the first time this time. Let's get started.
The sci-fi comic series "Mech Cadet Yu" by Greg Pak and Miyazawa Takeshi will be adapted intoto an anime by Polygon Pictures, well known for works like "Knights of Sidonia" and "Ajin". It is scheduled to be released exclusively on Netflix under the title "MECH CADETS" in 2023.
The anime "MECH CADETS" is set on Earth after an attack by an alien species. Stanford Yu, a boy who works at a military academy, becomes the pilot of a giant robot and fights against the alien species along with his friends.
With full cooperation from Boom! Studios, the publisher of "Mech Cadet Yu", Polygon Pictures will be producing the animation. And the scriptwriter/executive producer will be Aaron Lam from "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" and "Ash vs Evil Dead".
"MECH CADETS" is scheduled to be released exclusively on Netflix in 2023.
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"Polygon Picture" Executive Producer Jack Liang
We believe it is important for us as a studio based in Tokyo to have a diverse team working together to create a story that embodies Japanese art. Based on our mission to "deliver unprecedented work in exceptional quality", we are truly grateful to be able to work along with talented staff, such as general director Awa Patrick Tohru and scriptwriter/executive producer Aaron Lam, and adapt the amazing story of "Mech Cadet Yu", created by Greg Pak, Miyazawa Takeshi, and Boom! Studios, into an anime. We're also honored to be working with Netflix, who made it possible for us to bring this story to life. I hope that this show will inspire future storytellers around the world.
"Mr. Fesmatsu '21", a special event to commemorate the release of Blu-ray＆DVD of the TV anime "Mr. Osomatsu" season 3, was held at Nakano Sunplaza, Tokyo, on June 6, 2021. In the event, new anime series and theatrical film were announced.
"Mr. Fesmatsu '21" was the 3rd event, following "Mr. Fesmatsu '16" to commemorate "Mr. Osomatsu" Season 1, and "Mr. Fesmatsu '18" to commemorate Season 2. Same as the last time, event composition and screenplay were handled by Matsubara Shu, who is in charge of series composition for the main series, and Yamamoto Kazutomi, who played the role of "Omusubi", a set of identical robot twins that started showing up in Season 3, appeared for the first time, as well as the sextuplets. A total of 13 cast members gathered together.
The event started with the opening remarks by Governor Jushimatsu, Played by Ono Daisuke, who appeared in "Tidbits Collection 3", episode 7 of Season 3. The audience was cracked up by cryptic remarks just like in the episode, and straight reactions by Sakurai Takahiro as MC. After the opening, a total of 13 cast members finally appeared, including Sakurai Takahiro, who played the role of Osomatsu. As the audience was not allowed to speak out loud, they welcomed them with glow sticks and applause.
The event consists of a lot of programs, including "Furikaeri-matsu", a talk session to look back on Season 3, "Shin Kobore Banashi-shu (New Tidbits Collection)", reading of a work newly written by Matsubara Shu, a dance show by the sextuplets in costumes, and "Kasege! Mutsugo Derby (Let's make money! Sextuplets Derby)", a mini gamble game inspired by "Casino", which is featured in the event visual. In "Furikaeri-matsu", each cast talked about a memorable episode of Season 3. Funny behind-the-scenes stories were revealed by them.
At the end of the daytime section, commemorating that this year hits the 6th anniversary, it has been announced that "Mr. Osomatsu" new anime series will be produced, and that two theatrical films will be shown in 2022 and 2023 for a limited period. The atmosphere reached the climax to hear the wonderful news.
Sakurai Takahiro, who plays the role of Osomatsu, the oldest of sextuplets, left some comments for the theatrical films: "I would say thank you to everyone for supporting us to hold such a wonderful event. As I wanted to make a hopeful announcement for the fans that came all the way to this event, so I did it! We have just made an announcement, so we have no other choice but to act on our words, so please look forward to a great scenario!"
At the ending, all the cast and sextuplets in costumes made a pose "Sheeh!", and came to an end in warm applause.
(C)Akatsuka Fujio / Mr. Osomatsu Production Committee
The second season of the TV anime "By the Grace of the Gods", which was broadcast from October 2020, is now in production. To commemorate this, a congratulatory illustration from character designer Deguchi Kaho has arrived.
In this work, Takebayashi Ryoma, a 39-year-old single salaryman working as a system engineer at a black company, meets a tragic end in his apartment alone. Ryoma is summoned to heaven, but the God of Creation, Goddess of Love, and God of Life ask for his cooperation, and he is reincarnated in another world as a child. Surrounded by kind people, Ryoma's days are filled with fun, and a fantasy of a slow life in a different world is depicted.
At the end of the first season, Eliaria, played by Kuwahara Yuuki, went to school in the royal capital and said goodbye to Ryoma, played by Tadokoro Azusa, promising to meet him again in three years. What kind of slow life will Ryoma lead with the slimes in the second season, and how will the slow life in another world continue to attract attention?
More information about the second season of the TV anime "By the Grace of the Gods" will be announced at a later date.
(C) Roy, Hobby Japan / "By the Grace of the Gods" Production Committee
The latest animation of "Pokemon", "Yume no Tsubomi" has been released on the YouTube channel of "Pokemon Kids TV". The director is Yamashita Shingo, continuing his role from "Pokemon: Twilight Wings" and the animation is by Studio Colorido.
This work is released as the 3rd "Poketoon" series on Pokémon official YouTube channel, "Pokemon Kids TV". It is depicted from the view of the parents and child before the start of the journey as a Pokémon trainer.
The animation is handled by Studio Colorido, which had handled "Penguin Highway", and "A Whisker Away" while the director is Yamashita Shingo, who had handled the anime "Pokemon: Twilight Wings" that takes place in the same setting as "Pokemon Sword and Shield". The comments from Yamashita have been released.
The latest animation of "Pokemon", "Yume no Tsubomi” is currently available on the YouTube channel of "Pokemon Kids TV".
Comments from the general director Yamashita Shingo
I will be handling the animation series of Pokémon after the "Pokemon: Twilight Wings" series. Regardless of the work, I'm trying my best in directing each episode so that the thoughts of "I want to watch more of this world setting and characters!" will appear. Please look forward to this work.
（C）2021 Pokémon. （C）1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
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.