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.
From "The Stranger By the Beach", which will be released on Sep. 11, 2020,
Murata Taishi as Hashimoto Shun and Matsuoka Yoshitsugu as Chibana Mio left some comments about their feelings about the work, and messages for the fans looking forward to its release. A special gift for visitors by Kii Knna has also been announced.
"The Stranger By the Beach" is based on the BL comic by Kii Kanna. It depicts a fresh love story between a young writer and a boy, which takes place on an island in Okinawa.
Ahead of its release, comments from Murata Taishi as Hashimoto Shun and Matsuoka Yoshitsugu as Chibana Mio have arrived.
Matsuoka Yoshitsugu as Chibana Mio talks about his feelings to the work as he also voiced the drama CD before, saying "I remember that Murata-san, and I said that we wanted to see the anime adaptation."
Furthermore, Kii Kanna's original large coaster has been announced as a gift for visitors during the 1st week. The coaster features Mio in his childhood eating Kanikamanma (rice with crab sticks).
<Full comments are below.>
Murata Taishi as Hashimoto Shun
Q. How did you feel when "The Stranger By the Beach" had been decided to become an anime adaptation, and when you had been chosen as a cast and read a script?
I had mixed feelings. I was grateful that I could play the role again after the drama CD, and had high expectation for its visualization. On top of that, I was so glad that I could play the scene of the encounter with Mio again. Our life has changed a lot. Mio is gradually growing up, and Shun is trying hard even though he is not that tough. It was an impressive scene, which I played at the very beginning of the drama CD, so I was very excited. The script is full of "love for The Stranger By the Beach" from producers, especially for the Togaki(stage director). I want to show you right now (laugh). I want to play the role, keeping their enthusiasm in my heart.
Q. Kii-sensei took part in designing and supervising the characters and also producing the work. Can you tell about the main attraction?
I personally like the comical expressions that Kii Kanna-sensei draws, which I want you to enjoy as well. She changed the character's serious expression to comical based on the original work, which made it a lot easier for me to play. The best thing of all is the combination of Okinawa and cats. The spacious landscape of Okinawa and beauty, which doesn't need to be explained. This is an ideal life of my old age. Please watch the anime while felling Okinawa and cats.
Q. Please leave some messages for the fans looking forward to "The Stranger By the Beach".
Thank you for waiting for the release!
This anime adaptation described Mio and Shun's love story more delicately. One person cares of another. It sounds natural, but actually very complicated...I thought about it twice. Please watch it relax in a gentle world of "The Stranger By the Beach", and following your heart. Even if you are watching the Stranger series for the first time, you will sympathize with some point. Please look forward to The Stranger By the Beach.
Matsuoka Yoshitsugu as Chibana Mio
Q. How did you feel when "The Stranger By the Beach" had been decided to be anime adaptation, and when you had been chosen as a cast and read a script?
It's been a long time since the drama CD, but I remember that Murata-san and I had been saying that we wanted to see the anime adaptation in the talk part of the drama CD.
Initially, it was half-joking, but we got excited to hear the anime adaptation!
I was glad when I was chosen as a cast, but I was really nervous at the same time as it was the first time for me to play in a BL anime.
When I read the script, I felt it was consistent from the beginning to the end. I could immediately get into the character's world as the memory of the drama CD before returned.
Q. Kii-sensei took part in designing and supervising the characters and also producing the work. Can you tell me the main attraction?
I was wondering how I should express the Mio, who became alone
in his youth, but the scene she drew accurately recreates the character, which made it a lot easier for me to play. I was just attracted by the beautiful video.
I want to go to the world like this once! I want to travel there! I want to dive into the sea!
You will be able to naturally get into the world along the beach, so please enjoy the world The Stranger By the Beach creates.
Q. Please leave some messages for the fans who are looking forward to "The Stranger By the Beach".
I did my best. I hope I can leave something to stay in your heart.
This story will make you feel a lot. It was great, beautiful, painful and others.
Please enjoy each feeling that you will have.
(C)Kii Kanna/Shodensha, The Stranger By the Beach Production Committee
(C)Kii Kanna/Shodensha on BLUE comics
Yamadera Kouichi and Ootani Ikue will be co-starring in the youthful fantasy film "Kimi wa Kanata", which is fully backed by Toshima-ku Ikebukuro, the land of manga and animation. They have worked together in various works, including the "Pokémon" series and the overseas drama "Full House", and this will be the first time they will be playing "a doube cast".
Under director Sena Yoshinobu, who is working on a animation feature film for the first time, "Kimi wa Kanata" has Matsumoto Honoka, who played Sumiko, the main character's coworker, in the NHK TV series "Hiyokko", and Seto Toshiki, who played Kamen Rider Brave in "Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, as the main cast.
Mio (voice: Matsumoto Honoka) has feelings for her childhood friend Arata (voice: Seto Toshiki) but hasn't been able to express those feelings to him, and their relationship has been a bit awkward.
One day, Mio gets into a fight with Arata over something her friend said. She goes to meet Arata to make up with him, but she has an accident on her way there.
When Mio regains consciousness, she find herself in a strange world.
Yamadera and Ootani will be double casting Gheemon, the character that guides Mio in the strange world.
When asked about when he got the offer, Yamadera said, "I thought it was some kind of mistake, and I asked my manager to confirm the offer immediately. I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that I was double casting with Ootani-san and that it was a cute character, haha."
Ootani's reaction to this offer, which is the first time in her career was, "I was excited by the amazing offer! It's such an honor to be given this opportunity."
Director Sena explained the reason for double casting Yamadera and Ootani as Gheemon, "I had this image of Gheemon being a weird character, so I thought of changing its voice along with its looks. And when I thought about who I wanted it to be voiced by, Yamadera-san and Ootani-san were the ones who immediately came to my mind."
It hasn't been revealed how the two will be playing the role, so let's look forward to further information to come up.
The film "Kimi wa Kanata" will be screened at nationwide theaters including TOHO Cinemas Ikebukuro from Nov. 27, 2020.
<Full comments are as below>
Yamadera Kouichi as Gheemon
■Thoughts on being offered a double cast.
I thought it was some kind of mistake, and I asked my manager to confirm the offer immediately.
I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that I was double casting with Ootani-san and that it was a cute character, haha.
■Thoughts on the recording.
Director Sena explained Gheemon's character in-depth and with a strong passion, so I really enjoyed the role.
It was quite the experience to play the same role as Ootani-san.
Ootani Ikue as Gheemon
■Thoughts on being offered a double cast.
I was excited by the amazing offer! It's such an honor to be given this opportunity.
■Thoughts on the recording.
Yamadera-san's was cool as always. Cute? Maybe.
It was a new experience to dig into the same character together. Working with him was so reassuring.
Director/Scriptwriter/Author: Sena Yoshinobu
■The reason for double casting Yamadera-san and Ootani-san
I had this image of Gheemon being a weird character, so I thought of changing its voice along with its looks. And when I thought about who I wanted it to be voiced by, Yamadera-san and Ootani-san were the ones who immediately came to my mind.
Yamadera-san is like the joker in a deck of cards. He can take on any role perfectly and is a superstar that can express a strong presence even in short lines.
And Ootani-san has an amazing voice that continues to soothe everyone who hears it.
The idea of double casting came to me when I thought it would be great if the two could voice Gheemon together.
■Thoughts after finishing the recording.
I realized again that Yamadera-san is an amazing entertainer who always thinks about giving the audience an enjoyable experience.
Ootani-san brought much more cuteness and comfort to the character than I expected.
Please come to the theaters to see how the two take on the role of the same character!
(C)"Kimi wa Kanata" Production Committee
To commemorate the completion of the MX4D version for "The Magnificent Kotobuki the Movie" (will be released on Sep. 11), an advanced screening of the movie in MX4D is decided to be held on TOHO Cinema Shinjuku on Sep. 2.
"The Magnificent Kotobuki the Movie" is a movie adaptation that reorganizes the 12 episodes of the TV series "The Magnificent Kotobuki", broadcast from Jan. 2019 until Mar. 2019, with an additional story.
The story takes place on “Ijitsu”, a wide wasteland world, and it depicts the fight of "Kotobuki Squadron", a group of female bodyguards that are skilled pilots hired by Ouni Company, together with their beloved Hayabusa that involved all of Ijitsu.
The advanced screening in MX4D has been decided to commemorate the completion of the MX4D version. After the screening, the stage greeting featuring director Mizushima Tsutomu and Suzushiro Sayumi (voice of Kirie) that is held at another venue, will be live stream. Actually, it has been 15 years since director Mizushima Tsutomu had appeared during the stage greeting.
The MX4D advanced screening of "The Magnificent Kotobuki the Movie" with the stage greeting will be held on TOHO Cinema Shinjuku on Sep. 2. Please check the official website for more information regarding the participation method.
（C）"The Magnificent Kotobuki the Movie" Production Committee
In commemoration of the release of the blockbuster "Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song", "Blockbuster Greeting Special Performance Live Viewing" had been held on Aug. 22. It was a fun performance where the creators fully showed their thoughts on this work.
Accosioated producer Takahashi Yuuma, director Sudou Tomonori, Sugiyama Noriaki as Emiya Shirou, Shitaya Noriko as Matou Sakura, Kawasumi Ayako as Saber, Ueda Kana as Tousaka Rin, Kadowaki Mai as Illyasviel von Einzbern, Nakata Jouji as Kotomine Kirei, and Asakawa Yuu as a Rider had appeared on the stage.
Among them, Nakata had appeared wearing a priest's clothing and holding "Black Grail", a weapon used by Kirei. When he stood up on the stage, he seemed to "feel the sign of Assassin", and he showed the pose of pulling out the Black Grail in the center of the stage.
The "spring song", the third and final chapter of " Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel trilogy", has been number one in the two-day weekend ranking since its release on Aug. 15, which means that all the trilogy series have been ranked number one in a row, including chapter 1 "presage flower" and chapter 2 "lost butterfly".
Shitaya commented about this, "I wanted as many people as possible to see it, so I am grateful that as many fans as the second chapter have seen it. Thank you very much".
Director Sudou shared his feelings, "I'm happy. At the time of the stage greetings of "Chapter 1" and "Chapter 2", I had the feeling that I had to make the following, but now I'm on this stage feeling calm."
Moreover, during the stage greeting, the staff and cast had time to talk while looking back on each scene from the beginning to the epilogue. Berserkers fight at the opening, confrontation of Saber and Rider, Emiya Shirou, conflict between sisters Tousaka Rin and Matou Sakura, and as the culmination of the epilogue, director Sudou's commentary was put in various places, and the thoughts about the video were revealed.
In the end, Sugiyama said, "Since that time, I wished that I could make a Sakura route, but I met everyone's support and the director who loves the work, and I was able to share it with everyone until the end. For 15 years, we have been able to do it with the same people, and we were very happy to be able to record to the end like a family," said each speaker.
The staff and cast talked about their feelings with smiles and laughter, and "Blockbuster Special Performance Live Viewing" ended on a happy note.
In addition, at the stage greeting, it was also announced that a blockbuster special thanks program will be held at "ABEMA" on Aug. 28.
The main cast, Sugiyama, Shitaya, Kawasumi, Ueda, Kadowaki, Nakata, and Asakawa will be performing the special program, and the same 7 people will appear on stage. Detailed information about broadcast time will be announced later.
"Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly", with 7 new cutscenes will be released.
It's going to be in the second week of the show, and while the joy continues, please experience the feelings of the director and the cast at the theater.
<Full comments are below>
Asakawa Yuu as Rider
Personally speaking, Rider always disappears at the end except for "Today's Menu for the Emiya Family", so I'm happy to be able to stay until the end, and sisters are important for her, so I could protect them until the end. I think I worked hard in plain clothes until the end (laughs).
Nakata Jouji as Kotomine Kirei
I'm glad that you can see an aspect of a human being Kotomine Kirei that you could not see before. I saw it at a preview and thought it was one of the movies that should be selected as the best one for this year. I would be happy if many people would watch it.
Kadowaki Mai as Illyasviel von Einzbern
I've greeted on a stage performance today for the second week of release, but I have received a lot of impact from everyone by various tools. I was glad that you drew a lot of the experiences and feelings that Illyasviel had so far. I hope you will continue to watch it.
Ueda Kana as Tousaka Rin
It's been a week since release, but I'm very happy to hear on Twitter that you have seen it many times. Actually, today I wore earrings, which Aya-san (Kawasumi Ayako) gave to me, and Aya-san was wearing red earrings too, and that makes me happy. We've been together for 15 years, and I've been on good terms with all of the cast members, and really happy that I was involved in the work in a family-like relationship.
Kawasumi Ayako as Saber
While watching TV in the waiting room earlier, I saw that "Chapter 3" was ranked number 1 in the movie rankings. On a telop (television opaque projector) it was said, "No. 1 in three chapters in a row," and I thought that I received the best gift that actor or staff could ever have. I would be happy if you could fully see the elements that Sudou-san studded with all the cuts.
Shitaya Noriko as Matou Sakura
I was deeply impressed by the last stage greeting, but it was because of the thought that many people were watching at theaters across the country beyond the camera for recording. I won't cry today! (Lol). It was a great time to talk with important people like a family and talk about their work in this way. Maybe I played Sakura from "Fate/stay night" for the last time, so I tried really hard. I'm grateful for all this way.
Sugiyama Noriaki as Emiya Shirou
From that time, I had been saying that it would be great if we could reach the Sakura route, but I thank to everyone's support and the director who loves the work, and I was able to deliver it to everyone until the end. For 15 years, I was allowed to do it with the same team, and I was very happy to be able to voice to the end like in a family.
Director Sudou Tomonori
I feel that creating anime from "Chapter 1" to "Chapter 3" in this way can be finally achieved by repeating the daily routine. I am glad that I was able to complete it with the help of all the staff. Thank you for today.
（C）TYPE-MOON / ufotable / FSNPC
The Vila Amalka series with Jan Švankmajer supervising the production, the Czech animation has a special event "The Czech Anime Night in Autumn Festival" in a small theatre "Yujiku Asagaya" starting from the 14th of September.
It was announced that Watanabe Naomi will be acting the role of Zirconia in the movie "Sailor Moon Eternal". Also, Watanabe left various comments such as, "I think she is the character that most fits me".
"Sailor Moon Eternal" is a story of love and justice by Takeuchi Naoko, which was serialized in "Nakayoshi" from 1991 to 1997; in 2012, a project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series started, and in 2014, a new series titled "Sailor Moon Crystal" has been released.
It has been decided that Watanabe Naomi will play the role of Zirconia, a powerful enemy of the Sailor Guardians. Comments about her impressions on the role of Zirconia, who is the ringmaster of Dead Moon Circus plotting to conquer the Earth and the Moon and pledging her loyalty to Nehellenia, the Queen of the Dead Moon, as well as her love for "Sailor Moon", have arrived.
The movie "Sailor Moon Eternal" will be released in two parts; the first part will be released on Jan. 8, 2021, and the second part will be released on Feb. 11, 2021.
Comment by Watanabe Naomi (as Zirconia)
I never dreamed that I could appear in my favorite series "Sailor Moon", so I was extremely happy! For me, Sailor Moon is the "light of my life". I've loved it since I was a child, and just watching all the Sailor Guardians makes me crying, and I still love it so much that I keep buying all kinds of items.
When I was offered the role, I wondered if it was for a new Sailor Guardian. But it was Zirconia as the antagonist (laugh). She's a villain and an old woman character, so I had to lower my voice quite a bit and do it while almost crushing my throat. Even though my heart hurts, I made sure Zirconia's feelings were felt in my acting, "I'll defeat the Sailor Guardians!". I think she is the character that most fits me so far.
In the movie, you can see the cool Sailor Guardians, as well as many powerful enemies. It's a work that not only our generation but also parents and their children and teenagers will be able to enjoy! I hope you're all excited and looking forward to it!
(C) Takeuchi Naoko, PNP / "Sailor Moon Eternal" The Movie Production Committee
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
It was decided that "Monster Strike the Movie: Lucifer - Zetsubou no Yoake" will be released on Theatre on Nov. 6, 2020. The key visual and teaser video have been revealed.
This is the 3rd movie of the anime "Monster Strike" series that has exceeded 4 billion views on YouTube worldwide.
The teaser video shows the tremendous battle scene of Lucifer and the others along with the theme song "Eiyuu no Uta (Hero's Song)" by Oishi Masayoshi.
Nationwide advanced sales tickets will start from Sep. 11 on the permanent store "XFLAG STORE SHIBUYA/ SHINSAIBASHI" as well as the official online store "XFLAG STORE", and nationwide LAWSON, MINISTOP's "Loppi", and theatre's sales counter.
"Monster Strike the Movie: Lucifer - Zetsubou no Yoake" will be released on nationwide theatres from Nov. 6.
To commemorate the release of "Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes" (released on Sep. 11), the latest "Crayon Shin-chan"'s movie, all the 27 movies of the series can be streamed for free on "ABEMA"'s "Minna no Anime Channel".
To commemorate the release of the latest movie, this project will be streaming the 27 movies of the series for free, including "Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~" that is appearing for the first time on "ABEMA", "Crayon Shin-chan: Great Adventure in Henderland" where the active character "Buriburizaemon" in "Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes" made an appearance, and "Crayon Shin-chan: Blitzkrieg! Pig's Hoof's Secret Mission".
Do take this chance to recap "Crayon Shin-chan" movies series on "ABEMA" before watching the latest movie.
The free streaming of all the 27 "Crayon Shin-chan" movies series will be available according on "Minna no Anime Channel".
"Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes" will be released nationwide on Sep. 11, 2020.
"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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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 new musical animation film "Inu-Oh" featuring Yuasa Masaaki as director, Matsumoto Taiyou as original illustrator, and Nogi Akiko as screenwriter, depicts the unknown pop star "Inu-Oh", which had been portrayed in the theatre art of Noh for over 650 years. For the first time, images (still in the making process) of the new work along with original illustrations of the characters and more will be revealed at the "2020 Annecy International Animated Film Festival", which is scheduled to be held from Jun. 15, 2020.
"Inu-Oh" is originally a novel titled "Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki" which depicts the friendship between the really existed Noh player Inu-Oh, who became famous along with Zeami Motokiyo in the early 14th century (Northern and Southern Courts - Muromachi period), and a blind lute priest named Tomona.
Besides the director Yuasa Masaaki, the character original illustrator Matsumoto Taiyou, and the screenwriter Nogi Akiko, it has been revealed that Itou Nobutake as the character design and animation director, Nakamura Gouki as the art director, Matsumoto Norio as the main animator, and other well-known members who teamed up with Yuasa Masaaki in works such as "The Tatami Galaxy" and "Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!" will join the cast as well.
The "2020 Annecy International Animated Film Festival", which is scheduled to be held online for the first time from Jun. 15, will feature a special program titled "Work in Progress", where film and anime professionals will be gathered together. The event will introduce the creation process of "Inu-Oh" and other upcoming works that have been carefully selected for this occasion.
Director Yuasa Masaaki himself will be featured in the film festival's program from 4:00 p.m. on Jun. 15, revealing the background that describes the main theme of this work, which is the "depiction of an unknown Noh performer as a pop star". In addition, part of the animation work (still in process), character sheets, and original illustrations of the characters by Matsumoto Taiyou will be revealed for the first time.
"Inu-Oh" is scheduled to be released in 2021.
[Extract from director Yuasa Masaaki's commentary in "Work in Progress"]
Director Yuasa explained about the two protagonists, saying, "Inu-Oh is a very cheerful man who lives his life according to his own decisions, even in the midst of adversity. Tomona is a blind lute priest who recognizes the world from what he hears. Once he meets the cheerful and self-confident Inu-Oh, he starts to open his heart, and together they become more and more popular. Regarding the original design of the characters, despite the historical setting, he said, "I want to reproduce the same elegant atmosphere of Matsumoto Taiyou-san's illustrations in the film" and "I also want to express the way the images come into view one by one from the sound made in total darkness", while revealing various test images.
He also added, "The image of traditional performing arts may seem difficult to understand, but I found it interesting that it gained so much popularity at that time. As new genres of pop music (punk, hard rock, hip hop, etc.) came recently on the scene making people so enthusiastic about it, I want to show my work with a variety of unique expressions" and "Many people feel that they don't get repaid for what they do. But if they do it properly, it will remain somewhere. This is a concept that I hope this work will be able to express, since I feel that the story of the two protagonists, Inu-Oh and Tomona, will be a source of encouragement for many of us".
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"Anime Expo Lite" was announced as a free online broadcast event. It has been decided that "Anime Expo Lite x Lis Ani! LIVE L.A." will be featuring Uchida Maaya, Takahashi Youko, Nanjou Yoshino and others. For this event, premium members of au smart passes will receive limited edition special presents in addition to the broadcast.
"Anime Expo Lite x Lis Ani! LIVE L.A." is an event held in place of "Anime Expo 2020" that is held annually in America's Los Angeles and is known to be the biggest anime convention in North America. "Anime Expo Lite" is a free online broadcast event and the live will be held as one of the sessions of the event. The broadcast of "Anime Expo Lite" will begin from 4 Jul. 18:00 (Japan Time 5 Jul. 10:00).
The "au Smart Premium Pass" is the only service where viewers can watch the archived videos. The live video broadcast will be available after the live performance on 5 Jul. 14:00 onward to 12 Jul. 23:59 (Japan Time). In addition to commentary videos from the 6 performing artists, there will be a present of 3 signed goods from the artists as well.
"Anime Expo Lite x Little Ani! LIVE L.A." will begin broadcasting from Japan Time 5 Jul. 10:00 onward.
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.