A Trailer of the film “BEM The Movie ~BECOME HUMAN~” (premiering on Oct. 2, 2020) has been released. Burgess, the character voiced by Miyata Toshiya from “Kis-My-Ft2”, appears in the trailer, and you can take a glimpse of his voice acting debut.
This movie released under the “BEM” anime series that had been broadcast in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Humanoid Monster Bem”. It keeps the setting and message of the original work while introducing a completely new interpretation and changing the setting of the characters and stage.
The trailer features the conversation of “Burgess”, the character voiced by Miyata Toshiya from “Kis-My-Ft2” and “Belum”. It depicts “Belum”, who looks completely like “Bem”, with his wife and two children, going to work at the pharmaceutical company “Draco Chemicals”.
How did Bem, who strongly wanted to live as a human, come to live a happy life as a human? The trailer will build up your expectations for the film.
“BEM The Movie ~BECOME HUMAN~” will be released on Oct. 2, 2020.
"Looking for Magical Doremi" will be released on Nov. 13 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the anime "Ojamajo Doremi", and "Pi-rika Pirilala♪Ojamajo Doremi Memorial Exhibition" will be held at Toei Kyoto Studio Park from Oct. 10 to Dec. 20 to celebrate its release.
"Pi-rika Pirilala♪Ojamajo Doremi Memorial Exhibition" is an event to look back on the series through a panel exhibition, goods, and collaboration menus. The series had continued for four years from 1999, including "Ojamajo Doremi", "Ojamajo Doremi#", "Motto! Ojamajo Doremi", and "Ojamajo Doremi Dokkan! "
At the venue, the life-sized event original illustrations will welcome you. There is also a photo spot, where you can take photos with Doremi-chan and her friends in witch costumes from each series. Doremi's original voice will lead you to MAHO-Do.
The panel exhibition features MAHO-Do, which is decorated differently in each series, and you can look back on the four years of Doremi and her friends by taking a look at the still shots of famous scenes and documents.
There also are toys that you might have had to remind you of those days, and quizes that "Ojamajo Doremi" generation would know the answer. You can enjoy them even if your not a hard-core fan.
In addition, there will be a variety of cute goods on-sale including "Swing Acrylic Key Chain", "Hair Scrunchie & Pouch", and "Tea", which feature traditional craft in Kyoto and original illustrations.
It will also be great to bring back memories of the episodes by having photogenic sweets or other menu such as "Milkshake in Hana-chan's Baby Bottle", "Doremi-chan's Hat", and "Peperutoporon Ice Cream" at the restaurant.
"Pi-rika Pirilala♪Ojamajo Doremi Memorial Exhibition" will be held at Toei Kyoto Studio Park from Oct. 10 to Dec. 20. Entrance fee will be needed. Please check out the event official website for more detailed information.
(C)Toei, Toei Animation
Sakuma Daisuke from Snow Man, known to love anime, debuted as a voice actor in the 140th episode of "Black Clover", and his performance became a hot topic among fans on Twitter.
"Black Clover" (written by Tabata Yuuki), which is serialized in "Weekly Shonen Jump", is a popular title with a series total of over 10 million copies published.
The magical fantasy, set in a world where magic is everywhere, depicts Asta (voice: Kajiwara Gakuto), the boy who has no magical power, and his rival Yuno (voice: Shimazaki Nobunaga) striving to hold the title of "Wizard King", which is given to the best magician.
Sakuma Daisuke from Snow Man, the group that sings the current opening theme of "Black Clover", debuted as a voice actor in the anime as the original character "Maxa North". He is known to be an anime freak and expressed his love for the series on Snow Man's YouTube channel. Fans were delighted about his appearance and congratulated his debut on Twitter.
Maxa, the character Sakuma played, was modeled after him for his voice acting debut. He is a member of the Clover Kingdom's Order of Knights Head Quarters' Magical Item Research Team.
Fans praised his first performance as a voice actor on social media, posting comments such as, "He's too good..." and "Sakuma-san's performance is amazing!!". "#ブラクロ" (an abbreviation of Black Clover in Japanese) and "#佐久間声優デビュー" (Sakuma Debuts as a voice actor) even made it on Twitter trends.
Episode 140 will be broadcast on BS TV Tokyo from 0:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and will be available on various streaming services. If you missed the first broadcast or want to see it again, be sure to check it out!
(C)Tabata Yuuki / Shueisha, TV Tokyo, Black Clover Production Committee
Jul. 9 is the anniversary of the death of Johnny Kitagawa, the founder of Johnny's.
Johnny's has greatly influenced the entertainment industry not only in Japan but also all over the world, and they are also an essential part of the anime/anime song industry.
Speaking of anime songs by Johnny's artists, many of you may think of "Yuuki 100%" from "Nintama Rantarou".
However, including the theme song for the currently running TV anime "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited", many anime songs have been sung by them.
This is an article looking back at the history of Johnny's × Anime Songs!
We will take you back through the ages to check out some of the best songs matching the world of anime.
2020s: An unknown artist appears!
One of the most recent memorable anime songs by Johnny's is "NAVIGATOR" by SixTONES, which is used as the opening theme of the currently airing "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited".
At the time of the first broadcast, the artist's name was hidden, and everybody was making guesses on social media.
The trilling, cool tune has enough impact to blow away the image of Johnny's songs being idol-like. Many of you may have fascinated by their style of them appealing their music with their name kept hidden.
Also, "Black Clover" 11th cour's opening theme "Stories" was sung by Snow Man. One of the members, Sakuma Daisuke-san, loves anime, and fans were delighted that his dream came true.
The speedy intro and the positive lyrics of overcoming conflicts and moving forward complement the opening of the anime perfectly.
2010s: Family-friendly Johnny's anime song
In 2017, "Fantastic time", the opening theme of "Time Bokan24", was sung by Hey! Say! JUMP. The catchy tune will make you want to start dancing.
The opening theme of the 2nd cour "OVER THE TOP", which had a matureness and a melody that heats up at the hook, was also sung by Hey! Say! JUMP.
The sequel "Time Bokan: The Villains' Strike Back" 1st cour in 2018 had KinKi Kids singing a jazzy tune "DESTINY", which was inspired by the 3 villains.
They also sang "Topaz Love" for the ending theme of the 2nd cour, reminding us of youthful love.
In 2015, NEWS sang "Yonjuushi" as the opening theme for "The Kindaichi Case Files R". It has a taste of classical music, creating tension and grandness which perfectly matches the suspenseful story.
The anime also had "TRAGEDY" by KAT-TUN as its opening theme in 2016. Words that remind you of mysteries, such as "hints" and "doubt", are scattered in the lyrics, making it one of the songs with the strongest relationship with the anime.
The Saturday evening anime slot in which the "Time Bokan" series and "The Kindaichi Case Files R" were broadcast, has many songs by Johnny's artists loved across generations.
2000s: From films to TV series!
In 2006, "Sayaendou" by NEWS was used as the theme song of "One Piece The Movie: Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle". The steelpan's in the song gave it a tropical tone, and the lyrics such as "skull" and "one piece" perfectly fits the film.
"One Piece" has teamed up with Johnny's on its TV series too. "Crazy Rainbow" (2007) by Tackey & Tsubasa, "Super Powers" (2019) by V6 were used as the opening theme, and "Mirai Koukai" (2005) by Tackey & Tsubasa was used as the ending theme.
"Inuyasha", which started in 2000, is also a treasure trove of anime songs by Jonny's. "CHANGE THE WORLD" (2000) by V6, "One Day, One Dream" (2004) by Tackey & Tsubasa, and many other songs were used for the anime.
In addition, "Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen-mae Hashutsujo" in 2002 had Arashi singing "Nice na Kokoroiki" for the opening theme and "Naruto: Shippuden" in 2008 had MATCHY with QUESTION?, a special team of Johnny's band and Kondou Mahsahiko, singing "Mezamero! Yasei". The 2000s had many shonen-manga-based anime collaborating with Johnny's.
1990s: The classic anime song "Yuuki 100%" was born!
One of the most famous Johnny's anime songs from the 1990s is "Yuuki 100%", the opening theme song of the TV anime "Nintama Rantarou, which began in 1993. Since Hikaru GENJI sang it as the opening theme, many groups followed, including Ya-Ya-yah and Hey! Say! JUMP.
The insert songs and ending themes of "Nintama Rantarou" were also sung by many Johnny's groups, such as "Hohoemi wo Azukete" (1993) by Hikaru GENJI and "Sekai ga Hitotsu ni Narumade" (2002) by Ya-Ya-yah.
In 1994, SMAP sang the opening theme song "Kimiiro Omoi" for "Akazukin Chacha". The positive lyrics about never giving up on love left a strong impression.
SMAP also sang "Egao no Genki" as the opening theme and "Burabura Sasete" as the ending theme for "Hime-chan's Ribbon" in 1992, showing how well their songs match shojo-manga-based anime.
TOKIO also worked on many songs for various genres of anime, including "Hear wo Migakukkyanai" as the opening theme of "Soar High! Isami" and "Uwasa no Kiss" as the ending theme of "Kiteretsu Daihyakka".
Their debut song "LOVE YOU ONLY" was also used as the opening theme of the TV anime "Tsuyoshi Shikkari Shinasai", which was broadcast from 1992. The fresh singing voice and lyrics about honest love added grace to the anime.
1980s and before: Johnny's anime songs hand in hand with TV anime!
There are many Johnny's anime songs before "Nintama Rantarou" and "Hime-chan's Ribbon".
For example, Eagles sang "Eagle Sam no March", the opening theme of "Eagle Sam" in the 1980s. There were a total of 4 theme songs for "Eagle Sam" and they were all sung by Eagles.
Going back even further, Four Leaves sang the opening theme "Denshi Choujin U Bird" and the ending theme "Ginga Trio no Uta" for "Birdman and the Galaxy Trio", in the 1960s, when TV anime just stated.
Anime and Johnny's have a long history together.
These are only a few of the Johnny's anime songs. Some of you may be surprised to find out that these songs were by Johnny's.
Listening to the songs you already know, after you find out they were from anime, could bring you new discoveries.
To commemorate the release of "Bem Movie: Become Human" (currently being screened in nationwide theatres), the climatic PV that reveals the main plot has been released.
This work is the movie of the TV anime "BEM", broadcasted in 2019 and was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Humanoid Monster Bem".
The climatic PV depicts Manstoll, Bem’s superior at the company "Draco Chemical" standing in front of Bem, who dreamed of "Living and dying just like a human".
Bem had chosen to fight and abandoned his human appearance to prevent others from using his "Humanoid Monster" ability. The detective Sonia comfort Bem, who had made a difficult decision. Bem, Bela, and Belo battling against Manstoll, who had turned into a huge dragon-like appearance. What's the objective of Manstoll? What's the result of the battle? Also, will their wish of "To become a human" be granted...
"Bem Movie: Become Human", the "Humanoid Monster's Last Chapter" that is depicted magnificently, is currently being screened in nationwide theatres.
（C）ADK EM/ Bem Movie Production Committee
To commemorate the release of the "Bem: Become Human the Movie" (Road Show from Oc. 2, 2020), supporting comments from voice actor Kobayashi Kiyoshi, who had played the role of Bem in first anime series, and Inoue Kazuhiko, who played Bem in the second anime series, have arrived.
This work is the movie version of the TV anime series "Humanoid Monster Bem" that was broadcast in 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of "Bem".
Konishi Katsuyuki plays Bem, M.A.O. plays Bela, and Ono Kensho plays Belo.
Kobayashi Kiyoshi, who is known for the role of Jigen Daisuke in the "Lupin III" series, played the role of Bem in the first anime. Inoue Kazuhiko, who is known for his role as Hatake Kakashi in "NARUTO" and Nyanko-sensei in "Natsume's Book of Friends", played Bem in the second generation of the anime series.
This time, we received supporting comments from the two "Bems" who talked about states of the audition for each release.
"Bem : Become Human the Movie" will be on RoadShow from Oct. 2.
<Full comments are below>
Kobayashi Kiyoshi, first generation "Bem"
Compared to the previous works the atmosphere is completely different and it's odd. Seems, I'm overwhelmed. It's like at a dream of a world that is centuries ahead. This is an honest opinion.
It is a magnificent movie. It was beyond my imagination. Please watch it. You can get addicted. It has been evolving for 50 years!
Inoue Kazuhiko, second generation "Bem"
[Impressions on watching the movie]
When I first saw it, I was wondering if everything was completely renewed and how Bem would start.
The further the story went, the more mysteries were revealed, culminating in a magnificent ending. It was like watching a Hollywood movie.
[Thoughts about Bem's role]
I was a person who grew up watching Kobayashi Kiyoshi's "Bem", so I was really excited just to get ano audition, "What? Play Bem?"
(On the audition) I was playing an extremely hard scene and was sure I wouldn't get the part... On ep. 1 and 2 I pulled out everything I've got (laugh)! But over time, I started to play Bem more and more naturally, so I felt lonely by the end and didn't want it to be over.
[Why Bem is still loved?]
At first glance, he is an ugly youkai, but when you look at him closer, you see how beautiful his heart is, and on the contrary, he makes beautiful people look ugly.
. Rather than saying, "I want him to become a human quickly", I think it is better for him to stay youkai.
Bem, Bela, and Balo's feelings are so pure, that this is movie that you may want to watch when you are feeling down.
[Message to Bem's fans]
"Bem" fans, a great movie is coming. The film starts out so unimaginable that you can't even begin to imagine what it would be like for you. We would like you to fully enjoy it at the cinema.
(C) ADK EM / em Movie production committee
A movie of "BEM", the new anime created to celebrate the 50th century of "Humanoid Monster Bem", titled "BEM: Become Human", has been announced to premiere in autumn 2020. Along with it, a teaser poster and teaser of the film has been released.
"Humanoid Monster Bem" debuted in 1968 on TV, and left an overwhelming impact with its dark, mysterious world and unique characters. The protagonists are never welcomed for their ugly looks, no matter how much good deeds they do, and desperately wish to become human. The monumental horror anime was a big hit that received a record high audience rating of over 20%.
The TV anime "BEM" is a brand new anime that kept the settings and messages from the original work while adding new interpretations and boldly changing the story and characters. It was produced and broadcast in 2019.
The animation of the new film, "BEM: Become Human", will be handled by Production I.G, which has been a part of the "BEM" project from the beginning, and have worked on high-quality animation such as "Ghost in the Shell" and "Psycho-Pass" series.
The production staff are: director Hiroshi Ikehata ("Magical Circle Guru Guru", "Space Battleship Tiramisu"), scriptwriter Tomioka Atsuhiro ("Pokémon", "One Piece: Stampede"), character settings Murata Renji ("Last Exile", "ID-0"), and character designer Matsumoto Mino ("Maria the Virgin Witch", "Attack on Titan: Junior High").
And the main cast members are the same as in the TV anime: Konishi Katsuyuki as Bem, M・A・O as Bela, and Ono Kensho as Belo. Additional cast members will be announced in the future.
Along with the announcement, a teaser poster and teaser of the film were released. The black and red teaser poster has the words "I want to become human." with a character that appears to be Bem hiding his face and a dark shadow cast from his feet, representing the agony of the humanoid monster.
The teaser starts off with the words, "No one knows when it was born..." with "Preludes No.4" by Chopin and red cells pulsating in the background, depicting how the 3 humanoid monsters, "Bem, Bela, and Belo" were born. It ends with the sorrowful whisper saying, "I want to become human".
They acted more human, saved more humans, wanted to be human, more than anyone else... 50 years later, the answer they've reached will finally be revealed in the film.
"BEM: Become Human" is scheduled to premiere in autumn 2020.
(C)ADK EM / BEM 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
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.