「Gundam AGEII Magnum SV ver.」 piloted by Kujo Kyoya in 『Gundam Build Divers』 gets a gunpla kit with a scale of 1/144(HG). Currently available for pre-order on Premium Bandai.
A voice actress Uesaka Sumire and a movie director Kumasaka Izuru became the judges for the "CG Animation Category" in the largest international movie festival, which is recognized by the Academy Awards in the United States called "Short Short Film Festival & Asia 2020" (Also known as SSFF & ASIA). Also, the online talk event where Bessho Tetsuya and the two will discuss the current situation of CG animation has been decided.discuss about current situation of CG animation, has been decided. "SSFF & ASIA CG Animation Category" was created under the collaboration between the movie festival and Digital Hollywood Co., Ltd. To celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020, the movie that has been nominated for 92nd United States Academy Award Short Animation Category" will be shown, a total of 22 outstanding works from 14 regions will be streamed online, and a movie "dro:p", which had won "Best CG Animation Award" and Grand Prix in "DIGITAL FRONTIER GRAND PRIX 2020", the create award given by Digital Hollywood. On Aug.27, the representative actor Bessho Takuya, and the judges of "CG Animation Category", including Uesaka and Kumasaka, will make appearances in the online event. They will discuss important points to see and introduce some movies shown at thefor "CG Animation Category". "Short Short Film Festival & Asia 2020" will be held from Sept. 16 to 27 onlineon the internet and few event sites in Tokyo. Online event "CG Animation Category Judge Talk Event~What is the Trend in CG Animation Predicted from Nominated Movies?~" will be held oin YouTube Live from Aug. 27 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm. Registration oin Peatix is required although no fee is chargedrequired.
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.
Tonko House Publishers Inc. will be holding "Tonko House Film Festival 2" online from Aug. 21 through Aug. 30, 2020. Tonko House, which has studios in both U.S.A. and Japan, will curate short animations from the world and play them for free in this film festival. They will also be holding a special talk show with Lee Unkrich, the director of "Toy Story 3", animation lectures, etc. "Tonko House Film Festival" was held for the first time last year in Shinjuku. They were funded 12,460,000 JPY by 1,439 supporters through Makuake. In response to many people wanting to join from distant areas, they decided to hold the festival online for a week. The main programs are: "Onine Streaming of Short Animes Curated by Tonko House", "Talk Show with Director Lee Unkrich", "Online Demonstration and Lectures by Tonko House members and Other Artists", "Talk Show with Tonko House members and Special Guests", etc. There are 10 short animes to be streamed during the festival, including "The Dam Keeper" by Tonko House, "GIFTED" by Nakamura Yuuka, and "GUNTHER" by Erick Oh. They are planning to add more to the list, and they will all be streamed for free. "Tonko House Film Festival 2" will be held online from Aug. 21 to Aug. 30, 2020. They are also holding a project on makuake to gather supporters and funds to enrich the program of the film festival.
The animation movie "Ongaku: Our Sound" has been nominated to the Long Contrechamps Category for the "Annecy International Animation Film Festival" in France. In response, the director Iwaizawa Kenji delivered a comment by saying, "Annecy International Animation Film Festival has been one of the goals since we had begun to produce 'Ongaku: Our Sound', so I am honored to be nominated this time". "Ongaku: Our Sound" is the privately-published manga by Oohashi Hiroyuki which depicts the delinquent students who have no experience of playing instruments begin to form a group band because they feel like doing it. The anime adoption has been said to be impossible, but the director Iwaizawa almost produced it by himself. The production took more than 7 years, required more than 40,000 illustrations, and many techniques including rotoscoping, which takes in photographs into animation. "Anney International Animation Festival" marks 60th anniversary this year, and known to be one of "4 largest animation movie festivals" together with the festivals in Ottawa in Canada, Zagreb in Croatia, and Hiroshima in Japan. Long Contrechamp Category is the new competition from 2019 with the targets of "the unique long movies and the works which challenge the audience". "Ongaku: Our Sound" has won the grand prize in the "Ottawa International Animation Movie Festival" in 2019 held in Canada. Would they go to win again with 2nd nomination to the foreign movie festival? "Annecy International Animation Movie Festival" will be held online from Jun. 15 to 20 due to the spread of novel Coronavirus. <Full Comments are Listed Below> "Annecy International Animation Film Festival has been one of the goals since we had begun to produce 'Ongaku: Our Sound', so I am honored to be nominated this time. In the situation where the entire world is in a crisis, the movie festival itself won't be held in the usual way, so I am a little sad that I cannot participate in the festival, but I wish that the ordinary life where everyone watches movie no worries".
To commemorate the Blu-ray & DVD sales of the anime movie "Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou" (Our Seven-Day War) on Jun. 5, an exclusive streaming will be held in the free video distribution website, "GYAO!". The free streaming will be limited to 24 hour and it will start from 9 pm on Mar. 21, 2020 till 8:59 pm on Mar. 22, 2020. The anime movie "Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou" is an animation movie that was released on Dec. 2019. This movie is adapted from the live-action movie "Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou", which is the debut movie of the 14 years old actress Miyazawa Rie as the main cast in 1988, and the story takes place in Hokkaido on 2020. The director is Murano Yuuta (famous for "Dream Fest" series), the script writer is Okouchi Ichirou (famous for "Code Geass" and "Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress" series), and the original character illustrator is Keisin. The voice actors are the actor Kitamura Takumi and the actress Yoshine Kyouko, and Miyazawa Eri will re-appear as the "2020 version" of Nakayama Hitomi, whom she acted in the live-action movie. The anime move "Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou" (Theatre version) will have a free streaming from 9 pm on Mar. 21, 2020 till 8:59 pm on Mar. 22, 2020 at "GYAO!". （C）2019 Souda Osamu・KADOKAWA／Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou Production Committee
Anime movie 「Our 7 days war」 is scheduled to be released on Dec. 13, 2019.Following the announcement, The main casts were announcedthe main casts will be Kitamura Takumi as Suzuhara Mamoru and Yoshine Kyoko as Chiyono Aya. Additionally, Han Megumi, Suzuki Tatsuhisa, Otsuka Takeo, Michii Haruka, Koichi Makoto, Sakurai Takahiro will also appearalso participate in the movie.
PG-TRADING Co., Ltd. (PG), a consolidated subsidiary of PIALA Co., Ltd., has set up an IP floor in "Shanghai Takashimaya" for the purpose of introducing Japanese culture in the Gubei area, where many wealthy people and foreigners live in Shanghai. As the first project, a cafe and goods sale of the Japanese anime "Inuyasha" have been held for a limited time until January 27, 2021. The popularity of Japanese anime and manga has not declined around the world, and in May 2019, a cafe and retail store of "Detective Conan", which is very popular in China, opened for a limited time. The IP business using Japanese anime and manga is now attracting a lot of attention, such as making a long line waiting for 3 hours on weekends. Currently, in China, not only local department stores and commercial malls, but also many Asian commercial malls from South Korea and Japan have been expanding, and competition has been intensifying more than ever. For this context, PG has planned an event that utilizes Japan's popular IP and proposed a floor construction to Shanghai Takashimaya, and will open a place to introduce Japanese culture by taking advantage of its strengths as a Japanese department store. This time, as the first step, a cafe and character goods sales event inspired by "Inuyasha", which is also popular in China will be held around the corner on the 7th floor of "Shanghai Takashimaya". It is expected to attract 5,500 to 6,000 customers a month. There are more than 30 types of meals, sweets and drinks, including menus inspired by the characters, and you can also purchase original goods such as charms and clothing inspired by the characters. Not only because of the cafe and products, but also because of the perfection of the atmosphere of the entire event area, Chinese influencers have come to the store and post on social media that they use, and it has become viral throughout China. PG has been proceeding with such IP-related projects not only at Shanghai Takashimaya but also at other Japanese department stores and commercial malls. PG says that they will contribute to the development of any company by establishing a place where Japanese culture can be introduced, setting the Japanese IP business in China as the new lynchpin in the future.
Two images from the TV CM of "The Legend of Hei", a Chinese animated film released on Nov. 7, 2020 have just been leaked. The two images each respectively capture the appeal of the original work with one depicting "a really cool action scene" and the other being an "absolutely adorable scene of Xiao Hei". "The Legend of Hei" is an animated movie created by manga artist/anime director MTJJ and Hanmu Chunhua Animation Studios (HMCH). The story is set in a world where nature is desecrated by humans, displacing many demons from their homes. The story follows Xiao Hei, a black cat demon that has lost his home due to redevelopment of the forest and his adventures. Within the two CM images released this time, the "really cool action scene" depicts a nonstop, breathtaking action scene between the strongest monk, Wuxian (CV: Miyano Mamoru), Xiaohei (CV: Hanazawa Kana) and Fengxi (CV: Sakurai Takahiro), who attempts to execute a "certain plan" that will cause despair to the future of demons. The other "absolutely adorable scene of Xiao Hei" features Xiao Hei indignantly talking whilst eating some delicious food, capturing the appeal of his adorable side and is sure to make anyone break out into a smile. There are even reviews pouring in with viewers commenting: "Its the best movie I've seen this year!", "An unconventionally interesting film!" and "I cried so much at the last scene". "The Legend of Hei" is currently in theaters. (C) Beijing HMCH Anime Co.,Ltd
The main trailer of the China anime movie "The Legend of Hei: Boku ga Eranbu Mirai" (release date on November 7) that captures the tremendous action scene, has been revealed. "The Legend of Hei: Boku ga Eranbu Mirai" is an animated movie that was produced by HMCH Studio under MTJJ, a China’s manga artist and anime director. The story takes place in a world where the spirits have lost their habitat due to the destruction of nature by humans, and it revolves around the black cat’s spirit Xiao Hei, who had lost his habitat due to deforestation. After losing his habitat due to human's destruction of nature, Xiao Hei (voiced by Kanazawa Hana) together with the spirit, Feng Xi (voiced by Sakurai Takahiro), was invited to an island that is far from the human village. The trailer depicts the scene where Xiao Hei open his eye after noticing something odd, along with the scene of Feng Xi, Xu Huai (voiced by Saito Souma), Luo Zhu (voiced by Matsuoka Yoshitsugu), and Ten Fu (voiced by Sugita Tomokazu) using their powers while fighting against someone. Xiao Hei rushed toward Feng Xi after that someone shown his overwhelming strength. Then, it was revealed that the one who attacked Feng Xi and others, was Mugen (voiced by Miyano Mamoru), the powerful executor who is also a human. Toward Feng Xi's question "Why did the inn assist you despite being a human", Mugen answered "I came here to capture you. There is no need for questions." The trailer ended right away, leaving the viewer curious about future development. There is one big highlight in the battle scene of this trailer, which is the speed of the free movement while the characters were using their powers, and also the lively battle animation is depicted carefully with the camerawork and the special effect. After the screening with subtitle in 2019, there were numerous comments praising it quality from the anime fan and anime related personnel, such as, "I must fight with the staff that create this work from now on" and "It so freaking cool! Instead of being sentimental, it makes me felt jealous instead." "The Legend of Hei: Boku ga Eranbu Mirai" will be released on November 7. Do enjoy the tremendous battle scene at the big screen and audio system of the theatre. （C）Beijing HMCH Anime Co.,Ltd
From the Chineseanimated movie "The Legend of Hei: The Future I Choose" (November 7, 2020 Road Show), the main video, which shows the comical scenes of Xiaohei played by Hanazawa Kana and Mugen played by Miyano Mamoru, were released. In addition, information about a special cinema screening where sound director IwanamiYoshikazu will go directly to the screen and adjust the sound himself was also announced. "The Legend of Hei: The Future I Choose" is the animated movie created by MTJJ, a Chinese manga artist and animation director, and Samuki Haruka (HMCH) Studio. The story is set in a world where many fairies have lost their houses due to due to the damage people cause to nature, and the story is about the black cat fairy Xiaohei, who lost his house because of deforestation. Xiaohei, who was spending time on a remote island with Fengxie, a fairy who can control plants, was attacked by Mugen, the strongest enforcer of the human beings, and was forced to leave the island, and cross the sea together with Mugen. The main video released this time shows a meal scene where Xiaohei and others are vigorously ordering being very hungry at a restaurant on the beach after they finally arrived. "People are good at cooking," Xiaohei said, eating vigorously with a full mouth and looking full and satisfied. Mugen took out some money when he tried to pay for the meal, but the banknotes were soaked because of with seawater. Then he was told, "You can pay with your smartphone," but even though he took out his smartphone, only water came out of the terminal. Mugen, who can't help it, shows Jade, "It's more expensive than a meal," but the clerk and Mugen silently look at it. How will Mugen and Xiaohei handle it? Xiaohei's meal and comical scene, which are too cute, are also one of the highlights of this work. Please don't forget to check out many other very cute, serious, or energetic scenes. Animated movie "The Legend of Hei: The Future I Choose" will be released nationwide from November 7, 2020. (C) Beijing HMCH Anime Co., Ltd
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.
「Gundam AGEII Magnum SV ver.」 piloted by Kujo Kyoya in 『Gundam Build Divers』 gets a gunpla kit with a scale of 1/144(HG). Currently available for pre-order on Premium Bandai.
「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.
Movie “Kimetsu no Yaiba : Demon Slayer” Infinity Train arc decided to be released on 2020. The new teaser and visual has been released on the 2nd info.
"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.