「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 story that revives in your mind just by listening to music. Musicals that combine singing, dancing, and dialogues are popular all over the world. Originally it was one of the genres of plays performed on the stage, but now there are also many famous musical movies. In particular, Disney's musical animated films such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid" have been loved over time. Looking at Japan, it seems that the number of Japanese musical animated movies such as "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" and "Inu-Oh" has increased recently. Will the day when "musicals" will become a new standard in the Japanese animation world come? In this article, we will focus on Japanese musical anime characteristics and explore received changes and future prospects. Relationship between songs and characters The first point I would like to raise is the relationship between songs and characters. In a musical, singing is the same as life. Therefore, no special reason is required for all the characters to sing and express their emotions. For example, in the Disney movie "The Little Mermaid", there is a scene in which Sebastian sings and dances to Ariel, who is longing for the human world, to tell the wonderfulness of the sea. From the middle stage, friends from the sea participate in choruses and transform into gorgeous songs. Anyone can participate in the music without adding settings such as "Why does this character sing?" On the other hand, in Japanese anime, characters related to music such as idols, musical actors, and chorus members are the mainstream. The line between daily life is clear, such as the stage for performing songs. Why is "reason for singing" required? Of course, in Japan musicals are known as one of the theater genres. However, it rarely has been released as films. There may be production factors such as high drawing costs, but one of the reasons may be the recognition by the viewers. As an example, let's see one scene of "Kokoro ga Sakebita Gatterunda" (The Anthem of the Heart) together. High school students watched the representative song "Over the Rainbow" of the musical "The Wizard of Oz" in a music class. After class, they commented, "It's a mystery. They can just talk, but suddenly the conversation becomes a song." In musicals, it's natural to start singing in the middle of a conversation. However, it is also true that some people feel uncomfortable because the method of expression suddenly changes. Certainly, in everyday life, most people rarely just start singing in public. Therefore, if you do not keep in mind the premise that "This character has a setting to sing", viewers may think "Why is he/she singing?" first, and the viewer's emotions may be dissociated. In "The Anthem of the Heart", as the students worked on the original musical production , they start realizing. "I realized that songs can express emotions that would normally be embarrassing." If you can get acquainted with the charm of musicals and become familiar with them, you may feel less discomfort with the expression method. Features of Japanese musical animated movies In recent years, musical animated movies, such as Hosoda Mamoru's "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess", have been releasing in Japan. In addition, the latest film directed by Yuasa Masaaki, "Inu-Oh," scheduled to be released in 2022, is also a musical anime based on "Heike Monogatari Inu-Oh no Maki." A feature common to these two works is the casting centered on the artist. In "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess", singing scenes by the main character, Suzu, appear throughout the story, and the emotions of each moment are added to the song. Suzu is also a character who has a "reason for singing", but there are also scenes in which the surroundings are influenced and participate in the chorus during the movie. It's impressive scenes where everyone expresses their emotions through songs. This work started to make a movie that includes musical elements, such as "Beauty and the Beast." The gorgeous images reminiscent of a ball at the castle, lyrics have a message, and the expressive voice of Nakamura Kaho, who plays Suzu, make the audience's hearts throb. In "Inu-Oh", the main character, Inu-Oh is plated by Avu-chan from "Queen Bee". In the preview video, she freely uses deep bass and sharp but beautiful treble are used freely, and performs an impressive song . Singing abilities is an important factor in musicals where songs are the key. It can be seen that the music becomes persuasive by appointing artists with high singing ability in "The Dragon and Freckled Princess" and "Inu-Oh". Although some performers try voice acting for the first time, the expressiveness cultivated by singing is sufficient. Together with anime staff and voice actors with a wealth of acting experience, they open up new horizons . Musical in TV anime Up to this point, we have mainly introduced movies, but musicals are taking root as one of the popular genres in TV anime. For example, "Revue Starlight", where characters are fighting for the star position with singing and dancing, "Kageki Shojo!!", a story of girls who work hard to join the opera company, and "Star-Myu" about high-school boys from the musical department. All these titles are based on musicals. Even if the entire series did not draw a musical, there were times when the musical was shown only in one episode, such as episode 17 "The Transfer Student Is Dandy, Baby" of the TV series "Space Dandy". In addition, there are also works such as the "Macross" series and the "Senki Zessho Symphogear" series, in which songs by characters influence the battle situation and show musical excitement. The person who plays the character may be in charge of singing, or other artist could be e in charge of singing, such as "Macross F" Sheryl Nome (CV: Endo Aya, singing: May'n). There are various forms, but the songs and stories of the characters and the synchronization of the images have been loved by anime fans for many years. Expansion of viewers and possibilities of musical anime For musical anime to become more widespread in the future, it is necessary to gain support from a wide range of viewers. The main broadcast band of TV anime is midnight. Therefore, the main audience base so far has been core anime fans. In recent years, it has become possible to watch works at any time through online streaming, etc., creating opportunities for more people to come into contact with musicals through anime. Furthermore, with the advent of "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" and "Inu-Oh", viewers who do not normally watch anime have begun to pay attention to Japanese musical anime. As the hurdles for touching the work have been lowered, it seems that more and more people will know the appeal of musical anime. It is highly possible that the number of Japanese anime that will focus on musicals will continue to increase in the future. Someday, it may be a typical Japanese anime genre along with robot anime or idol.
September has arrived, and the autumn vacation season is approaching. However, due to the restrictions on going out due to COVID-19, it is still difficult to travel and go sightseeing. Here at Anime! Anime!, we would like to introduce some "local-featured anime" that you can feel like traveling being at home. We have picked up five new anime that will be aired in the fall of 2021 and are set in local areas of Japan, such as Nagoya and Okinawa. ■"PuraOre! Pride of Orange" (Nikko, Tochigi) "PuraOre! Pride of Orange" is an animated media mix project by CyberAgent and DMM GAMES. For the first time in anime history, the theme is "women's ice hockey". It is a coming-of-age story set in Nikko, Tochigi, about Mizusawa Manaka and her childhood friends who come to experience the local ice hockey team, the Dream Monkeys, and are awakened to the charm of ice hockey, eventually becoming players in the game. What is the local charm of "PuraOre! Pride of Orange"? The "local" charm of this anime is that it is supervised by Japan's first professional ice hockey team, the "H.C. Tochigi Nikko Ice Bucks," whose home town is Nikko in Tochigi. This makes it a "local anime" that pursues a realistic representation of ice hockey and also works together with the team to promote the attractions of Tochigi, including Nikko and Kinugawa. ■"Shikizakura" (Nagoya and Toyota, Aichi) "Shikizakura" is an original anime from the Tokai area, created by the "Nagoya Anime Project", which transmits anime from Nagoya. The main character, Miwa Sho, a high school student, is suddenly caught up in a battle between a man-eating "Oni" from another world and a team of mysterious power suits. And before he knows it, he too is wearing a power suit to fight the "Oni". This is an adventure drama about Sho and his friends as they fight to become heroes. What is the "local" charm of "Shikizakura"? The Obara district in Toyota, Aichi, where the story takes place, is famous for the "Shikizakura" cherry blossoms that bloom in spring and summer, which is also the title of the story. In addition, many other places in Aichi appear in the anime. Another feature of the anime is that many of the staff and artists are from the Tokai area, including Mashiro Miho (from Toyota), who plays the heroine Myojin Manaka, and Asaka (from Nagoya), who sings the theme song. "Let's Make a Mug Too: Second Stove" (Tajimi, Gifu) The original work of "Let's Make a Mug Too" is a free manga of the same title that originated in Tajimi, Gifu, about "high school girls and pottery". Season 1 of the TV anime was broadcast in April 2021, and this will be Season 2. Set in Tajimi in the southeastern part of Gifu, which is one of the production areas of Minoyaki, a traditional craft, this is a coming-of-age story about four high school girls who become absorbed in the charm of ceramics. What is the "local" charm of "Let's Make a Mug Too: Second Stove" This work is characterized by the fact that the 30-minute film is divided into two parts: the first 15 minutes is the regular "anime part" and the second 15 minutes is the "live-action part." In the second half of the "live-action part," Tanaka Minami and the other four voice actors appear on stage to try their hand at pottery making and show the audience around the stage that was used in the anime, which is a unique "local" charm of this work. It will introduce the charm of Tajimi and pottery through both anime and live action. ‘"Deji" Meets Girl’ (Naha, Okinawa) ‘"Deji" Meets Girl’ is an original short anime set in Naha, Okinawa, which consists of 90-second episodes. The story is a boy-and-meets-girl story about a mysterious summer commotion caused by a high school girl, Higa Maise, who helps out at her family's hotel in Okinawa, and a mysterious young man, Suzuki Ichiro (?), who comes from the mainland. What is the "local" charm of ‘"Deji" Meets Girl’? This work is a very short anime of 90 seconds per episode, so the charm of Okinawa is condensed into it. It takes place in a hotel in Okinawa, so you can feel like a little traveler. There are also fantastic elements such as the appearance of a huge "banyan tree" that breaks through the ceiling of the hotel. Even in a short time, you can enjoy the atmosphere of Okinawa. The Vampire Dies in No Time (Yokohama, Kanagawa) "The Vampire Dies in No Time" is based on a gag manga by Bonnoki Itaru, serialized in "Weekly Shonen Champion." The story is set in Shin-Yokohama, Kanagawa, and depicts the hyping gags of Dralc, a vampire who was feared to be invincible but was actually a "total loser" vampire, Ronald, a vampire hunter who is a hard worker and others. What is the "local" charm of "The Vampire Dies in No Time"? Shin-Yokohama, the setting of this work, is the hometown of the original author, Bonnoki Itaru, and many places that can be considered to be in the Shin-Yokohama area appear in the story. The degree to which the story is recreated will make locals want to say, "This place must be that!", without thinking. Also, since vampires appear in this work, the beautiful night view of Yokohama is another charm. You can enjoy the mysterious world of Shin-Yokohama, where the boundary between reality and gag is blurred. These are the five works introduced above. In addition to the above, there are many TV anime in Autumn, 2021 including "Gunma-chan," where the Gunma Prefecture is in charge of the production and writing and the mascot character of Gunma, "Gunma-chan", is active. This fall, why don't you casually go on a sightseeing trip in "anime"? (C) 2020 PuraOre! Media Mix Partners (C) Shikizakura Production Committee (C) Planet, Nippon Animation / Let's Make a Mug Too Production Committee (C) Naminoue Youth Organization / Deji Meets Girl Production Committee (C) Bonnoki Itaru (Akita Book Store) / Production Committee Die in No Time (C) Gunma Prefecture All Rights Reserved.
The broadcast of anime titles of fall 2021 is coming. There are many works lined up for next season! Have you decided which anime you would like to watch? In this article, we picked up anime that are based on the manga original. Please enjoy both anime and manga referring to the column ♪ ■ Mieruko-chan "Mieruko-chan" is a horror-comedy based on the manga by Tomoki Izumi, which was posted as short stories on Twitter and has received great attention and is currently being serialized in "ComicWalker." It is a story about Yotsuya Miko, a high school girl who has started to see strange "dangerous" creatures that ordinary people can not see, and how she avoids them fully using her steel spirit and through skills. [Recommended points] It is a fall! However, if you haven't had enough horror this summer, you should watch it ♪ You can enjoy cute high school girls, including the main character Miko, her best friend Hana, who "attracts" monsters, Yulia who aims to become a strong psychic, and many "creatures" drawn with a passion will also appear. Enjoy the novelty of "cute" and "scary" attacking you in turns. However, looking at Miko who is scared, the reader seems to be able to keep calm a little...? Also, don't miss soft sex appeal elements. (C) Tomoki Izumi / KADOKAWA / Mieruko-chan Production Committee ■ Komi Can’t Communicate "Komi Can’t Communicate" is based on the same-name manga by Oda Tomohito serialized in "Weekly Shonen Sunday". It is a comedy about the everyday life of Komi, a first-year high school student who suffers from an "extreme communicative disorder" and dreams of "making 100 friends," and her "too ordinary" classmate, Tadano-kun, who becomes her first friend, and a group full of individualities. The drama's broadcast will start in September 2021, one step ahead of the anime. [Recommended points] If you are not good at socializing, you probably can relate to it. However, Komi-san has reached an incredibly high level. She communicates with Tadano-kun, who sits next to her, through written notes, but when will we hear Komi-san's "voice" in anime? Also, at the high school they attend, there are a lot of "unique" personalities such as Yandere, Sophomoric, Nervrotic, Hate to lose, Playboy...! Check out how the distance with Komi-san is getting closer. Also pay attention to Komi-san, who is cute and excited and shy. (C) Oda Tomohito Shogakukan / Itan Private High School ■ Blue Period "Blue Period" is an art spokon (never-give-up) story based on the manga by Yamaguchi Tsubasa serialized in "Monthly Afternoon". Yaguchi Yatora, a high school student who has excellent grades and is ranked high in the school rating, but feels nothing but an empty frustration. One day, a picture he saw in the art room led him to enter the world of beautiful and harsh art and made him aim to enter the most difficult art school in Japan. It is the story about him living passionately his youth life. [Recommended points] Yatora, a high school student who has entered the world of "art", struggles to grow up facing the painting. Even if you don't have any knowledge about art or art schools, it still will be interesting because you can learn from the same perspective as Yatora. At first glance, when you hear about "art club," you may think that it is something simple, but when you get to know this world, you will be drawn into its gorgeousness, expressiveness, and depth. In manga, you will see works on which many various characters have been working. Expectations for what colors will be used in anime are high. (C) Yamaguchi Tsubasa / Kodansha / Blue Period Production Committee ■ My Senpai Is Annoying "My Senpai Is Annoying" is based on the everyday romantic comedy by Shiromanta serialized in "comic POOL" (Ichijinsha). It is a popular work that won the highest number of favorites in 2017 (1 episode = 415,000 likes) and "Next Manga Award 2018 Web Manga Category 1st place" in the Twitter manga, and the total number of books has exceeded 1 million copies in the series. [Recommended points] It's a somewhat frustrating and bittersweet story about Futaba, whose height is about an elementary school student but who works hard, and Takeda, who is big and dependable like a bear. Working people may feel "I want such a boss..." and "I envy you!". In addition, various love patterns will be unfolded, such as Futaba's seniors Touko & Kazama, Futaba's best friend Kurobe & Momoko's younger brother, Yuuto. It is inevitable that you will grin at characters during lovey scenes. (C) Shiro Manta / Ichijinsha / My Senpai Is Annoying Production Committee ■ Ranking of Kings "Ranking of Kings" is an adventure fantasy based on the manga by Toka Sosuke serialized on the manga posting service "Manga Hack". The main character is Prince Bojji, who is despised as "not capable enough as a king" because he cannot hear and is too weak to even swing his sword. The encounter with his first friend, Kage, gives him little courage to make a big difference in his life. [Recommended points] It looks like a children's book, but don't underestimate it. You will be drawn into the elaborate worldview and story. Rather, adults and children may be impressed by the appearance of Bojji, who is handicapped but trying hard to become a "good king" while being scorned by the people. It is also attractive that each character is carefully drawn in a "human" style. It's a heartwarming story that will make you want to recommend it to others. (C) Toka Sosuke / KADOKAWA / Animation "Ranking of Kings" Production Committee ■ World's End Harem "World's End Harem" is based on the manga by LINK and Shono Kotaro serialized in "Shonen Jump +". It is an erotic suspense set in a world where 99.9% of men on the planet have died due to a virus. The main character, Reito, who is one of the male "Numbers" who has resistance to the virus, is required to "mate" (child-making) for the survival of the remaining women and humankind, and eventually, he gets involved in a global conspiracy over "Numbers". [Recommended points] It is a work that you can enjoy the erotic and science fiction elements of "The harem world" where men have almost extinct. Various women such as cool beauty, older sisters, sports girls, caring teachers, and others will appear. There are also various types of survived men. Check out to how they deal with “mating”. (C) LINK / Shono Kotaro / Shueisha / End Harem Production Committee ■ The Vampire Dies in No Time "The Vampire Dies in No Time" is based on the high-tension vampire gag manga serialized in "Weekly Shonen Champion". Vampire hunter Ronaldo goes to the castle of the vampire Dralc, who is feared to be invincible. However, Dralc's true identity is actually such a weak vampire that he dies and turns into dust constantly!? In the anime adaptation, Fukuyama Jun will play the role of Dralc and Furukawa Makoto will play the role of Ronaldo. [Recommended points] As the title suggests, the vampire Dralc dies immediately due to various triggers. Every time you advance one frame, the gags and responses continue to fold up, which will give you a greater feeling of satisfaction. With voice actors in anime, you may be able to enjoy it at a tempo that is a bit different from the manga. In addition, unique characters such as Ronaldo's fellow hunters, the members of the Kanagawa Prefectural Police Vampire Countermeasures Division, and the people of Shin-Yokohama will make the chaos even more exciting. (C) Itaru Bonnoki (Akita Shoten) / Production Committee Die soon ■ Platinum End "Platinum End" is the latest work of creators of "DEATH NOTE" and "Bakuman." Ohba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi. A story that begins when Kakehashi Mirai, a boy who lost his family in an accident and had a hard time with his relatives, tries to throw himself from the roof of a building and meets an angel. [Recommended points] Fantasy x suspense by a stable and talented duo. Mirai, the main protagonist who tried to commit suicide, meets an angel and decides to "be happy" because he was saved, and struggles in the battles that he got involved. Readers are being dragged into interweaving fantasy with the universal theme of what "happiness" is. The action and performance that attract you with overwhelming drawing power is another point. (C) Ohba Tsugumi / ObataTakeshi / Shueisha / Platinum End Production Committee ■ The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window "The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window" is a horror mystery based on the manga by Yamashita Tomoko serialized in "MAGAZINE BE x BOY" with a cumulative sales of over 2 million copies. A bookstore clerk who is able to see ghosts, Mikado Kousuke, and exorcist, Hiyakawa Rihito, form a psychic detective duo for some reason and follow the mysteries of unsolved cases related to ghosts and curses. In the TV anime following the live-action movie, Shimazaki Nobunaga will play the role of Mikado and Hatano Wataru will play the role of Hiyakawa. [Recommended points] A mystery horror with a slight BL drift. A duo of a bookstore clerk, Mikado, and the exorcist, Hiyakawa, find and solve terrifying and mysterious riddles hidden in everyday life! The method seems to be "insanely comfortable"...!? It is a duo story with a slightly mysterious view of the world. It is not exactly a horror, but it carefully expressed the psychological fear of murders that drawn you in more and more. The story is completed in 10 volumes, and it is recommended to read it all at once. (C) Yamashita Tomoko / Libre Tricornered Window Project ******** In addition to the ones introduced so far, "Taisho Otome Fairy Tale Rihito", and "Tesla Note" are also based on manga. Furthermore, seems that there are many anime sequels such as "Hanma Baki," "Record of Ragnarok," and "World Trigger." Please find the perfect work to accompany the long autumn nights.
From the TV anime "Lupin the Third PART 6" comes the character PV filled with the alluring charms of Fujiko Mine and the cut-scenes. Also, the 2nd special collaboration items between "Lupin the Third" and "JOURNAL STANDARD" will be released on October 8.
Showa, Heisei, Reiwa――a lot of anime works that color each period. Do you still remember "this" and "that" of the anime you used to watch in your childhood? Do you know "this" and "that" of the anime you are currently watching? Let's try 【Quiz】 related to good old and currently popular anime works! ===================================== To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the "Lupin the Third" anime adaptation, the newest TV anime series "Lupin the Third Part 6" will be broadcast from October 9, 2021. In fact, Kurita Kanichi-san, who is playing the role of Lupin III, is the second generation. Do you know that the voice actor, who was in charge of the first generation of Lupin III, was Yamada Yasuo-san? Here is the －Question－. Among the options below, in which title did Kurita Kanichi-san take his first role as Lupin III? (1)Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (2)Lupin the Third: Legend of the Gold of Babylon (3)Lupin the Third: The Fuma Conspiracy (4)Lupin the Third: Farewell to Nostradamus ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ －Answer－ (4)Lupin the Third: Farewell to Nostradamus By the way, "Lupin the Third: Legend of the Gold of Babylon"(1985) is the last animated film to feature Yamada Yasuo-san as the voice of Lupin III. While this is not a well-known fact, "The Fuma Conspiracy"(1987) featured Furukawa Toshio-san as the voice of Lupin III.
The main cast members of "Lupin the Third PART 6" (broadcast from October 9, 2021), a TV series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the anime adaptation of "Lupin the Third", speak their enthusiasm for the show. Together, the first character promo video "Ishikawa Goemon" was released. Under the theme of "mystery", "Lupin the Third PART 6" has Ookura Takahiro, a mystery novelist with many visualized adaptations who is also a scriptwriter for anime and tokusatsu, as the story editor. In addition, special guests from the novel and anime industry, such as Tsuji Masaki, Ashibe Taku, Higuchi Akio, Minato Kanae, and Oshii Mamoru, will participate in the script for the omnibus episodes, making it a deluxe series worthy of the anniversary. 2021 is a memorial year, the 50th anniversary of the anime adaptation. In commemoration of this anniversary, promo videos that express the distinctive characters of the Lupin III gang will be released irregularly. The first video features Ishikawa Goemon, the swordsman who can be counted on in times of need. All the scenes in the promo video have been taken from the main anime of the new series, PART 6. The video gets our expectations high about what kind of Goemon we will get to see in the new series. "Lupin the Third PART 6" will be broadcast on Nippon TV-related channels from 12:55 am on October 10. The first broadcast will be "EPISODE 0 -Jidai-" in which Kobayashi Kiyoshi plays Jigen for the last time. Ootsuka Akio will play Jigen in the following episodes. Full comments are as below Kurita Kanichi as Lupin III The other day, Yamada Yasuo-san (the first voice actor of Lupin III) appeared in my dream and told me to, "play Lupin III as if you were walking on broken glass." When I got up, I felt tensed up. The new series has a bizarre and interesting script! As it is the 50th anniversary of the anime adaptation, I hope many people will watch and enjoy the show. Namikawa Daisuke as Ishikawa Goemon The theme for "Lupin the Third PART 6" is "mystery", so you can expect a new story development in addition to the classic Lupin the Third taste. I hope you'll enjoy the show. Sawashiro Miyuki as Mine Fujiko Each new series has been challenging, but the new PART 6 is even more challenging, or should I say, challenging in a different way...! The story is based on the mystery novel, Sherlock Holmes vs Lupin III, set in London, but in between, there is this omnibus of stories written by amazing scriptwriters, and they are all so unique! Please look forward to it! Yamadera Kouichi as Inspector Zenigata The story is amazing and the characters are fascinating! The production team and we actors have put a lot of effort into creating the world of "Lupin the Third" that we want you to see right now, so please look forward to it! 【CAST】 Lupin III: Kurita Kanichi Jigen Daisuke: Ootsuka Akio Ishiakwa Goemon: Namikawa Daisuke Mine Fujiko: Sawashiro Miyuki Inspector Zenigata: Yamadera Kouichi Yatagarasu Gorou: Shimazaki Nobunaga Albert d'Andrésy: Tsuda Kenjirou Holmes: Obara Masato Lily: Moroboshi Sumire 【STAFF】 Original Author: Monkey Punch Director: Suganuma Eiji Story Editor: Ookura Takahiro Character Design: Marufuji Hirotaka Art Director: Matsumiya Yumi, Bizen Kouichirou, Ogura Masahiro, Nishizawa Wataru, Lee Bomzen, Takeda Yuusuke Color Design: Miyawaki Yumi Cinematographer: Sasaki Akemi Editor: Yoshitake Masato Audio Director: Shimizu Youji Audio Effects: Kurahashi Hiromune Music: Oono Yuuji Main Theme: "THEME FROM LUPIN III 2021" Composition: Oono Yuuji, Arrangement: Oono Yuuji, Performance: Yuji Ohono & Lupintic Six with Friends Production: TMS Entertainment Production: Lupin the Third PART 6 Production Committee Original Author: Monkey Punch (C) TMS NTV
The latest Studio Ghibli work “The movie Earwig and the Witch” will be released on 27th August 2021 and Hayao Miyazaki’s long interview has arrived. The movie is based on Diana Wynne Jones’s children's book. She is a British author who wrote “Howl's Moving Castle”, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. She is also called ‘the queen of fantasy’. The movie was planned by Hayao Miyazaki, directed by Goro Miyazaki, and produced as Studio Ghibli’s first 3DCG animated feature. It was broadcast on NHK General TV on 30th December 2020. A new scene was added this time and the movie will be released. Along with this, Hayao Miyazaki’s interview after the completion of the movie was released. He explains the reason why he suggested the children’s book, “Earwig and the Witch” and why he prompted Goro Miyazaki as a director. He also talks about how Earwig attracts people as a character and the memories with Diana Wynne Jones, the author. He thought that “It must have been really hard to make that movie as I praised them with open arms”. Very straightforward and we could see Earwig’s strong feeling like I never give up! and I’m not leaving! I’ｍ glad that they were ready to make a movie and nothing went wrong, especially when CG was used. I was wondering how they were going to do it, but I was satisfied with that as well. When the staff came back and said “That was really good” I thought “Are there any greater compliments than that?” He says. “The movie Earwig and the Witch” will be released on 27th August 2021. It will also be shown at Dolby Cinemas where you can experience the latest sound system and screen technology. （C）2020 NHK, NEP, Studio Ghibli
The total circulation of the original 7 volumes of complete comics of 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind' written by Miyazaki Hayao has exceeded 17 million. The 1st comic of 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind' was released in July 1983. It is a masterpiece by Miyazaki Hayao that has been read for 37 years since then. Humans have lived in the little habitable area for 1,000 years after a huge industrial civilization was destructed. Nausicaä, a daughter of The Valley of the Wind's ruler, confronts various difficulties to restore the world, and eventually reaches the truth of the world. The animated movie "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" based on the comics is scheduled to be broadcast on "Kinyou Roadshow!" on December 25 as the finale of this year, but the movie tells the story depicted in the first two volumes. An epic story after the movie is told in the comics. A total of seven volumes of "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" are currently on sale. 1-6th volume is priced at 430 JPY each (tax excluded), and 7th volume is at 550 JPY (tax excluded).
"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. 3. Making 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). 6. Transformation 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. （C）1984 Studio Ghibli・H （C）1988 Studio Ghibli （C）2001 Studio Ghibli・NDDTM
TV anime “My Hero Academia” started the broadcast of the new chapter titled “Villain Academia Arc”, which mainly focuses on the Villains, from August 21. The key visual was revealed in advance to the broadcast. Moreover, the comment from Uchiyama Kouki, who is playing Shigaraki Tomura, has arrived. The original work of “My Hero Academia” is athe “hHero action manga” by Horikoshi Kouhei, which is currently serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump”. The manga has marked the total sale over 50 million copies. The new chapter “Villain Academia Arc”, which focuses on the Villains, will starthas started from August 21, 2021. “Villain Academia Arc” has strong support among the manga readers and MHA fans for being irregular compared to manga in Weekly Shonen Jump and comicsother books. The story of the new chapter revolves around the members of the League of VillainsVillain Alliance led by Shigaraki Tomura, who is the main opponent of the series. The fierce battles between Shigaraki side and the “Meta Liberation Army”, who attempts to eliminate the villains, and the untold backgrounds of the leagueAlliance members will be revealed with a large-scale drama. Moreover, the key visual designed by Umakoshi Yoshihiko, who is the character designer for the series, has arrived. The visual contained 6 members of the League of VillainsVillain Alliance, Shigaraki Tomura, Chabi, Toga Himiko, Twice, Spinner, and Mr. Compresslex, and has a logo of “My Villain Academia”, which was inspired by the original title logo of “My Hero Academia”. “My Hero Academia” new chapter “Villain Academia Arc” will begin at episode 20 “My Villain Academia” (episode 110 in the entire series) scheduled on Saturday, August 21, 2021. <Full comments are below> Uchiyama Kouki (Shigaraki Tomura) I braggedwas bigmouthed at the interview conducted at the beginning of MHA anime by saying, “I will try my best to defeat all the heroes, so please support ‘Villain’ side as well”, but I did not expect to see such athe large-scale story, which mainly picks up the Villains. Finally, the secret of Shigaraki will be revealed. I was shocked to learn that his past was so fierce, and I felt pain while performing, but I accomplished. Unprecedented MHA now begins so this is must-see for current MHA fans, and it will also be wonderfull also if you gwould get interested in the series from this abnormal chapter. I want as many people to watch this chapter. ■ “My Hero Academia” TV Anime Season 5 Every Saturday from 5:30 PM on Yomiuri TV, 29 Japan TV channels (excludes certain regions) <Staff> Original Author: Horikoshi Kouhei (Shueisha “Weekly Shonen Jump” Serialzation) General Director: Nagasaki Kenji Director: Mukai Masahiro Series Structure/Script: Kuroda Yousuke Character Design: Umakoshi Yoshihiko, Odashima Hitomi Music: Hayashi Yuuki Animation Production: BonesPonzu The 2nd Cour Opening Theme Song: “Merry-Go-Round”/MAN WITH A MISSION The 2nd Cour Ending Theme Song: “Uso ja Nai”/Sakiyama Soushi <Cast Information> Midoriya Izuku: Yamashita Daiki Bakugou Katsuki: Okamoto Nobuhiko Uraraka Ochako: Sakura Ayane Iida Tenya: Ishikawa Kaito Todoroki Shouto: Kaji Yuuki Kirijima Eijirou: Masuda Toshiki Asui Tsuyu: Yuuki Aoi Yaoyorozu Momo: Inoue Marina Tokoyami Fumikage: Hosoya Yoshimasa Monoma Neito: Amasaki Kouhei Kendou ItsukaIkka: Ogasawara Saki Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu: Okino Kouji Awase Yousetsu: Matsuoka Yoshitsugu Shiozaki Ibara: SakurazakaOusaka Miho Shinsou Hitoshi: Hatano Wataru Aizawa Shouta: Suwabe Junichi All Might: Miytake Kenta Shigaraki Tomura: Uchiyama Kouki Chabi: Shimono Hiro Toga Himiko: Fukuenzono Misato Twice: Endou DTaichi Mr. Compresslex: Mogami Tsuguo Spinner: Iwasaki Ryou Yotsubashi Rikiya: Hirata Hiroaki Chikazoku Tomoyasu: Sugita Tomokazu Hanabata KokuKuukou: Majima Junji Kizuki ChitoseKitsuki Okitoshi: Honda Takako GeGaiten: Yamashita Seiichirou © Horikoshi Kouhei/Shueisha, My Hero Academia Production Committee
The novel "Love All Play", about high school students who devote their youth to badminton, will be adapted into an anime to be aired on Yomiuri and Nippon Television networks in the spring of 2022. "Love All Play" is based on a novel of the same title by Koseki Asami. It is the story of Mizushima Ryo, a badminton player who was a nobody in junior high school, but aims to win the Inter-High School Competition and grows up to become a top athlete. Badminton, the subject of the story, boasts a playing population of about 7.5 million (according to 2016 survey data by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications), and is actually a more popular sport than soccer and tennis. The title of the anime is "Love All Play," the signal for the start of a match, and the anime passionately and refreshingly depicts the sense of speed of badminton, which is said to be the "fastest sport in the world" because the initial speed of a smash exceeds 400 km/h, and the "heart-pounding excitement" of high school students who grow up while spending time with their friends and families, which aims to generate a buzz of badminton. "Love All Play" will be aired on Yomiuri and Nippon Television networks in the spring of 2022. ＜The full text of the comments are as follows＞ Author: Koseki Asami My name is Koseki Asami, the author of "Love All Play". About 10 years ago, I came across the deep and fascinating sport called badminton, and was fascinated by the people who were sincerely involved in it, and the work I wrote now has been given a new face, anime. As an anime fan, I am extremely happy about this fortune, and I believe it will be a great motivation for my future works. I hope that the power of anime, a representative of Japanese culture, will increase the number of badminton fans not only in Japan but all over the world. Producer Nakata I would like to create a work that is like sparkling water, with the clarity of the adolescent of high school students, and the exhilaration of the fast-paced badminton match scenes. Whether you're a badminton player or have never played before, whether you're in the middle of your youth or used to be in your youth, don't you want to feel being young again with these unique characters? Next spring, look forward to it! (C) Koseki Asami, Poplar Publishing / Yokohama Minato High School Badminton Club
The 1st “My Hero Academia” movie called “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: Two Heroes” will be broadcast during “Friday Roadshow” (Japan TV) on August 6, 2021 without any scene cuts.
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.
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
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.