「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.
Hosoda Mamoru's latest film "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" has been selected for the "Cannes Première", a newly created category in the Official Selection of the “Cannes International Film Festival”. On July 15, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time, the eve of the film's release in Japan, the world premiere of the film was held at the “Theatre Claude Debussy”, where it received a standing ovation for about 14 minutes. “Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" is the latest work of director Hosoda Mamoru, whose previous works including "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" and "Summer Wars" all won the "Japan Academy Prize" for Best Animated Feature Film, and "Mirai" won the "Annie Award" and was nominated for the "U.S. Academy Prize" for Best Animated Feature Film. The film is a story of courage and hope, depicting the main character Suzu, who is traumatized by the death of her mother, finding her loved ones in the virtual world of "U", where 5 billion people gather on the Internet, and trying her best to walk towards the future while struggling with her problems. The film was selected for the “Cannes Première Section” of the Official Selection of the “Cannes International Film Festival”, and had its world premiere on July 15, local time. This was Hosoda-san's second visit to Cannes in three years, since his 2018 film "Mirai" was selected for the “Directors' Fortnight” held during the “71st Cannes International Film Festival”. Before the screening, he commented, "The whole world is in the midst of the Corona Pandemic (the Cannes International Film Festival was cancelled last year), and I was worried about whether the festival would really be held, but I was relieved to see that it is being held. As a filmmaker, I feel proud to be able to witness this moment of revival and excitement in film culture. I am nervous about the first screening of this film as no one in the world has seen it yet, but I hope people will enjoy it. When the screening time arrived, about 1,000 people, ranging from teenagers to senior citizens, filled the theater. Even before the lights were turned on, the audience broke into applause and stood up not only on the first floor but also on the second floor. The warm applause and cheers that echoed throughout the theater lasted for about 14 minutes, and the director gave an unscheduled post-screening speech, saying, "Thank you very much for your heartfelt applause.” “Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" will open in theaters nationwide on July 16. <The following is the full text of the comments> Director Mamoru Hosoda's comments after the screening I was surprised to receive so much applause from everyone. This is the first time to have people see the film and to receive such an applause, so I was really relieved. I think this film is unique in the Cannes Film Festival, but it's very encouraging and empowering to have such support in a place where people who love films gather. I'm pleased about this film. Now the film will finally be released in Japan, I hope people will share the same feelings as those who saw it in Cannes. I know it has been a tough time for you with the Corona Pandemic, but I hope you will enjoy this film in theaters while taking precautions against infection. (C) 2021 Studio Chizu [Anime! Anime! Biz / Article reprinted from animeanime.biz].
For the first time, New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival will hold the future creation program "New Chitose Airport Pitch 2021" for anime artists. A "Pitch" is a marketing presentation given by writers or creators to find a producer or investor for their work that is in the idea stage or in the process of making. Although it is carried out on a daily basis as part of production activities worldwide, it can be said that it is a culture that is not very familiar in Japan (especially for writers who work on an individual basis). During the "8th New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival", the official program "New Chitose Airport Pitch 2021" will be held as a way to revitalize production activities and create opportunities for writers and creators to seize opportunities. This year, directors or producers who have been selected for the competition and showcase category of this film festival will be eligible for application. The application projects will be selected by the film festival office at first, and the passed projects will be presented during the film festival, and the presentations will be distributed online. For the pitch screening, we will welcome producers invited by the judges of this film festival as commentators, and provide a place where Japanese anime artists can connect with the international network and show themselves to the world. The application period for "New Chitose Airport Pitch 2021" has been started on June 14 and will be open until July 31, 2021. The announcement of the first selection passers is scheduled for August 31, 2021, and the public presentation will be held during the "8th New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival" from November 5 to 8. For details, please visit the official website.
The international animation film festival, "Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2022 (TAAF2022)" is set to be held from March 11 to 14, 2022 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Moreover, the application entries for the competition category have been started. TAAF, which will be held for the 9th time in 2022, is a stand-alone international animation film festival that becomes independent from the "Tokyo Anime Award" which was held as a part of the "Tokyo International Anime Fair" in 2002. The purpose of the festival is to "discover and nurture the next generation of animation creators, develop and promote Tokyo's animation culture and industry," and to "promote Tokyo's attractions and contribute to the promotion of tourism in Tokyo". Under the slogan "Tokyo will become the hub of animation", the festival aims to screen high-quality and original works from around the world in Tokyo, to promote interaction with anime fans, to provide inspiration and excitement to creators and audiences, and to use that inspiration to send a new wave of animation works from Tokyo to the world. At "TAAF2022", various screenings are set to be held, such as the "Competition Category" nominees, the "Animation of the Year" award-winning works, an exhibition introducing the winners of the "Animation Merit Category", screening of invited works from Japan and abroad, and workshops for the popular "Children Animation Category". Along with the announcement of the festival, the application entries for the "Competition Category" have also been started. Animated short films will be accepted until October 31, 2021, and animated feature films until November 10, 2021. For more details, check out the official website. "TAAF2022" will be held in Ikebukuro, Tokyo from March 11 to 14, 2022.
The World Cosplay Summit Executive Committee has announced that they will hold a “Cosplay Film Festival”. According to them, this will be the world’s first short film contest featuring “Cosplay”. Entries for the screenwriting competition have opened on June 1st, 2021. “Cosplay Film Festival” has a unique process of choosing its entry films. First, they hold a screenwriting competition, and then they recruit the actors (mainly cosplayers) who match the roles in the script. By matching the film creators and the cosplayers, the committee aims to provide a new style of video production to the creators and a new platform for the cosplayers to succeed. The committee will choose eight plots from the entries and create a pilot film for each work after recruiting a cast. The pilot films will be available on "DOKUSO Eigakan", an unlimited streaming service of indie films. There will be public voting to choose the winner for the grand prize, the best leading actor, and the best supporting actor. The winner of the grand prize will receive an additional subsidy of 1 million yen to complete the 30-minute short film. Entries for the screenwriting competition are open from June 1st to July 18th, and the cast recruitment will start on August 9th. For further information, visit the website.
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.
Sega Corporation has announced that the family game "Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles" based on the TV anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" will be released in Asia and Europe. "Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles" is an action game, where the manufacturer and distribution in Japan are handled by Aniplex Inc. while the development is by CyberConnect2. It was announced that Sega will be handling the distribution of this product in Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, and South East Asia), North America, and Europe (America, Canada, England, France, etc.). It will be available in Asia on October 14 (October 16 for Steam ver.) and October 15 in North America and Europe. Sega is aggressively pushing their IP and local contents that were developed in Japan to overseas, and this current arrangement was made as part of their effort to expand their sales network. They will be playing a part in handling the overseas distribution of the family game "Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles" based on the TV anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" that is famous worldwide. （C）Koyoharu Gotoge / SHUEISHA, Aniplex, ufotable （C）DEMON SLAYER KIMETSU NO YAIBA THE HINOKAMI CHRONICLES COMMITTEE
New company eStream Shanghai is built in China by eStream Co., Ltd., due to raise in demand of the scale figures in China. The business was started in June 2021. The Chinese figure market reached 61.9 billion JPY (3.6 billion Yuan) in 2020, and it is predicted that the market will reach 154.1 billion JPY (9.1 billion Yuan) in 2023, with the growth rate of 248% raise. China has been an important market for eStream Co., Ltd., and they played strongly in the market through the luxury figure brand that they own called “SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE FIGURE”. Chinese branch will hold a stronger system through creating new websites for Chinese market and marketing methods in addition to know-hows that they already have. Moreover, while the demand for Chinese overborder EC and trade routes is growing, the demand for business support toward China is also increasing, and they will be supporter for other companies in the same industry to expand business in China. The company will support other business, by selling other companies' products and helping with their marketing, and also enhance the sale of the figures and anime-related goods through creating their own websites and holding stores in several events. They will also start the Chinese marketing support by using Cyber Agent Group’s assets in addition to own goods.
“Journey: A Tale of Miracles and Battles on the Ancient Arabian Peninsula", an anime film co-produced by Saudi Manga Production and Toei Animation, will be released in Japan on June 25, 2021. We have received an interview with Furuya Tooru, who plays the main character Aws. “Journey: A Tale of Miracles and Battles on the Ancient Arabian Peninsula" is a story set on the ancient Arabian Peninsula, where the main character Aws and the people of Mecca stand up against the invader Abraha. It is an entertaining film full of human drama and action, depicting how they carve out their future with the power of faith in themselves and their friends. Furuya-san, who played the main character Aws, commented, "I was very surprised to learn that this film was a Saudi-Japanese co-production, and I thought it was proof that Japanese animation is loved all over the world. The fact that this film came to fruition was an emotional event for me”. When Furuya-san, who is also known for his roles as Amuro Rei in "Mobile Suit Gundam" and Amuro Tooru in "Detective Conan", was asked about the similarities between the heroes he has played and Aws, replied, "There are not many characters who are capable and overwhelmingly strong from the start. They face difficulties by summoning up the courage in their hearts, and by adding some power to it, they are able to defeat powerful enemies. In the end, it is the strength of the heart that matters. That's what Aws has in common with the heroes I have played," he said. Furuya-san also said that when he played Aws, he was conscious of "not being too strong and wanting to be like a normal human being”. He also mentioned "the scene where I apply the eye shadow that Hind gave me" was a memorable scene and said, "This movie has many moving scenes including the climax. “Journey: A Tale of Miracles and Battles on the Ancient Arabian Peninsula" will open on June 25 at Shinjuku Wald 9 in Tokyo and Umeda Burg 7 in Osaka. [Furuya Tooru] --What was your impression when you found out that the film was a collaboration between Saudi Arabia and Japan? I was very surprised, and I thought it was a proof that Japanese animation is loved all over the world. The fact that this film came to fruition itself was a very moving event for me. Moreover, I was very honored to be able to play the main character of such a work that will remain in the history of anime. --What kind of character did you think Aws was? I thought that he was a character with a lot of depth, because he has a sinful past and has lived a turbulent life. --Is there anything in common between the heroes you've played and AWs? Many of the heroes I've played don't start out as highly capable and overwhelmingly strong. They face difficulties by summoning the courage in their hearts, and when some power is added to that, they are able to defeat powerful enemies. In the end, it is the strength of the heart that matters. That's what Aws has in common with the heroes I have played. --Is there anything you were conscious of when you were playing Aws? I wanted him to be a normal person, not too strong, but someone who can show his power because he has beliefs in his heart. I was conscious of the fact that no matter how many times he is defeated, he never gives up and gets back up. This is the scene that I thought was the coolest as a man, so I wanted to play it carefully. --Is there a scene that left a deep impression on you? The scene where he applies the eyeshadow that Hind gave him. When Aws shows his determination in this way, it inspires his allies to fight. It was very moving because I could feel the bond between him and Hind. This movie has many moving scenes, including the climax. --What kind of attitude do you have toward the character you are playing? First of all, it is important to truly understand the film and the role. After reading the script and understanding the world view, the character's position and feelings, I write them down in detail in the margins of the script and put them in my mind. The next step is to practice on my own while watching the video and try to move my body and voice a little like the character on the screen. The more I move, the more the nuances of the dialogue will change from when I say it standing up, and the more realistic it will become. After simulating my role in this way, I try to trust the sensitivity that arises in my heart and play the role on stage. “Journey: A Tale of Miracles and Battles on the Ancient Arabian Peninsula” (C) 2021 Manga Productions
Director Yuasa Masaaki's "Japan Sinks: 2020" Episode 1 "The Beginning of the End" wins the Jury Award for a TV Series in the "2021 Annecy International Animation Film Festival". We received a comment from Director Yuasa Masaaki. The "Annecy International Animation Film Festival" was established in 1960 as an independent animation section for the Canes International Film Festival, and is the world's largest international animation film festival. Director Yuasa has been nominated four times in the past: once for short films, twice for feature films, and once for TV series. He won the Crystal Award (the grand prize) for feature films with "Lu over the Wall" in 2017. And this year, "Japan Sinks: 2020" was the only Japanese animation that received a Jury Award. All 12 episodes of "Japan Sinks: 2020" is now available worldwide exclusively on Netflix. Director Yuasa Masaaki The award-winning show was a Discover Japan-like road movie in which a natural disaster forces people to think about where they belong in the world, something people have taken for granted. Throughout the series, some of the images are weak, but considering the current state of the world, I'm glad I was able to create this show. (C) "JAPAN SINKS: 2020" Project Partners
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.
The Anime adaptation of the silly cute FemBL "Fucked by My Best Friend" released a promo video with two versions. Shion and Rui are an amazing pick-up artist team with a success rate of 100. But one day, Shion was drugged by a mysterious lady, and a few hours later, he wakes up to find himself transformed into a woman's body. Rui, who comes to check on Shion, see's him in a woman's body and his male switch turns on. He hits on her(him) without knowing it's Shion, and... Two promo videos, each narrated by Chihaya Rui (voice: Furukawa Makoto) and Chihara Shion (voice: Yamamoto Kazuomi) have been released. Let's enjoy a bit of Rui's hot voice, Shion's Male and Female voice. It was also announced that the anime will be broadcast on BS11, so we can watch "Fucked by My Best Friend" anime all over Japan. The on-air version short anime of "Fucked by My Best Friend" is scheduled to be broadcast on Tokyo MX and BS11 on April 4, 2021. The premium version, which depicts the "graphic" scenes, will also be streamed from the same day. "Fucked by My Best Friend" Anime Broadcast/Streaming Information