「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.
It has been about 14 years since the TV anime "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion" was broadcast. The popularity of the profound storyline and fascinating characters has not waned, and the movie "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection" released in 2019 performed well, earning over 1 billion JPY at the box office. On December 5, Lelouch's birthday, the "Code Geass Next 10 years Project" was announced, depicting the world after "Resurrection". First of all, "Code Geass Genesic Re;CODE", the first smartphone app game in the "Code Geass" series, will be released in 2021. In addition, "Code Geass: Z of the Recapture" will be produced as a new anime. How do the creator of "Code Geass", director Taniguchi Goro, and screenwriter Ookouchi Ichirou, envision the next 10 years? We asked them about the past and future of "Code Geass," including the story behind the TV series, and their thoughts on the work. [Interview and text by Hashibiroko]. The significance of depicting the story after "Resurrection" From the very beginning, "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion" was intended to be a long-term project. That's why, Taniguchi-san says, he was conscious of creating a story that would work even if the times changed. What was important in "Code Geass" was not "when to make it" but "what to make". I created the basic structure of the story from a broad perspective, not too much in line with the real world, so that it would be applicable in any era. However, it is thanks to Sunrise producer Taniguchi (Koujiro) and the rest of the staff that the work has lasted this long. In fact, after the broadcast of "Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2" ended, I was afraid of wearing out the whole series. This would lead to a different outcome from the initial request to me, which was to create a work that could be made into a continuing series. In other words, the project would fail. To avoid that, I asked to look for new possibilities to expand the world of "Code Geass". There are derivative works of "Code Geass", but until now, the story has basically been a link between the first season and "R2". According to Ookouchi-san, it is "like the 'Gundam' series that depicts the Universal Century." For this reason, it was created in a way that did not deviate from the worldview established by Taniguchi-san and Ookouchi-san. Ookouchi-san believes that "Code Geass" allows for freedom of thought by its creators, but he recalls that there must have been an invisible barrier for the work that depicts the timeline in between. "'Code Geass: Akito the Exiled' was a work that was positioned between the first season and 'R2,' which may have put director Akane (Kazuki) in a tight spot. However, with 'Lelouch of the Resurrection,' the story revolving around Lelouch had come to an end, and now there is a whole new plain to explore. I'm happy that the new staff can finally create without restrictions. The new staff may feel uneasy about the lack of constraints, but I hope they will be able to create freely.". For the app game "Genesic Re;CODE" and the new animation "Z of the Recapture", Taniguchi-san and Ookouchi-san are in charge of general supervision. Taniguchi says that his basic policy is to avoid making restrictions as much as possible. "I think it would be difficult to depict the world after 'Resurrection' with a free hand, so I first told them about the changes in social structure and direction. But I left it up to them to decide whether they wanted to adopt my ideas as they were or to make further arrangements. I'm intending not to say no to the finished product unless it deviates too much from the project. For example, if we feature too much of a specific nation, ethnic group, or religion, it will not be 'Code Geass' anymore. As long as that's not the case, it's basically OK." "I don't care if Arthur becomes overpowered." Before this interview, Mr. Taniguchi was checking out the development screen of "Genetic Re;CODE". The first thing he felt when he saw the screen was "a tickling in the heart". "When I saw the screen, I felt a tickling in my heart," Taniguchi-san said, "because all the characters from the previous 'Code Geass' games were gathered together on one screen. It was similar to the feeling I had when I first played a game I was involved with in the "Super Robot Wars" series. As the person who launched 'Code Geass', I felt like a parent watching over their child as they leave the nest. I enjoy watching the process and results of the app development team as they enjoy making 'Code Geass'." "Genesic Re;CODE" also features characters from the previous "Code Geass" series, such as Lelouch, Suzaku, and Akito. Ookouchi-san expressed his hopes for the app development team, saying, "I hope you will move Lelouch and his friends without any constraint." "I don't want the production team to be shy of making Lelouch do new things from the fear of offending the original creators. I don't want him to be treated with kid goloves. I want people to be free to use existing characters as long as it makes the game itself more interesting. Of course, it's a prerequisite that their characterizations are preserved, but I welcome the unexpected emotional expressions, such as when Mirei is messing with Lelouch. I'd also like to see a lot of surprising uses of Geass." Director Taniguchi also respects the ideas of the development team as well. "I'm looking forward to seeing the new fun that will come from other people's interpretations of our work. It's okay if Arthur the cat becomes overly strong by some mistake. I'll gladly accept the fact that the development team has decided to play with the characters that way." They have previously released "Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion: Lost Colors" for PS2 and PSP and "Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2: The Geass Theater on the Board" for Nintendo DS, but this will be the first release of an app game. Taniguchi-san said that he feels there are possibilities in the way of development that only a smartphone app can offer. Taniguchi-san said, "With a smartphone app, you don't have to release it once and be done with it; you can keep updating it over the years. We can divide the episodes into seasons, or we can develop the story in a larger flow. Looking at the development process, I am relieved to see that it is going to be a very interesting work. The only drawback is that I'll have to play more app games every day (lol)." Ookouchi-san, on the other hand, had high hopes for the real-time excitement like a serialized manga. "I want people to get excited about it with their friends, just as they do with serialized manga and weekly anime broadcasts. I think the app has something fun that everyone can enjoy together, like 'What's going to happen next week?' I think the app has the fun of being able to enjoy it with everyone. Unlike TV, there are no regional differences in broadcasting stations, and you can watch the same thing at the same time anywhere in Japan. It's really wonderful. In the case of animation, both TV and theatrical versions are completed before they are shown to the audience, so it is impossible to change the development depending on the response. But with the smartphone app, we can reflect the feedback of the users as we create the app, so I think there is a possibility that we can continue the app in both directions for a long time." Genesic Re;CODE" drawn by a light novelist In "Genesic Re;CODE," you can look back on past "Code Geass" titles and also enjoy new scenarios. The writing team consists of several writers who are active in light novels. It was Ookouchi-san's proposal that led to the offer of a novelist instead of an anime scriptwriter. "When I went from being a novelist to an anime scriptwriter, I had a hard time. Anime scenarios are supposed to be visualized. Since images, music, voices, etc. are added to the story written in text, the amount of information assumed is several times greater. So, if it takes five pages in a novel to make the protagonist's anger boil over, in an anime it is possible to raise the tension in just a few seconds with the help of music. When I wrote my first anime script, 'Turn A Gundam', I didn't understand the difference between anime and novels, so the director, Tomino Yoshiyuki was often angry at me and said to me, 'You're too slow!' I can see now that what I was writing at that time was not a script but a novel. This app is a text adventure, so I basically needed to convey the fun of the game through text alone. I thought that a novelist would be more suitable than an anime scriptwriter. The abundance of talent in the light novel industry was another reason for my recommendation. Compared to anime scriptwriters, the entrance to debut and the opportunities for success are much wider, which is a wonderful enviornment. By the way, I never imagined that such a gorgeous group of people would gather here. I can only express my gratitude to the staff who gathered them together, and to the writers who took on the task. That's why I always look forward to reading what has been written myself." Changes in anime fans and the direction of "Code Geass" Another highlight of the "Code Geass Next 10 years Project" is the new animation "Z of the Recapture". Compared to 15 years ago when the first season was broadcasted, Taniguchi-san says that the demand from anime fans has changed drastically. "I feel that the way audiences perceive animation has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, and that there is a growing demand for works that are exciting even in a short period of time. In other words, there is a need to create content that can reach a wider audience and is easy to understand. However, this trend is not limited to animation. The same is true for dramas and comedy. One-shot performances are selling by leaps and bounds more than properly put together comedies. Of course, there are audiences who enjoy a profound story, but that is no longer the majority. If you want to entertain your customers exactly the way you want them to, a format that allows them to switch their minds and concentrate on the show, like a movie or a video streaming site like Netflix, is more suitable. It will be necessary to switch between the two types of enjoyment depending on the project." Taniguchi-san also said that Japanese animation development is becoming divided into domestic and international. What kind of development is he expecting for "Z of the Recapture"? "I would like to see the whole 'Code Geass' series, not just the 'Z of the Recapture', be developed for the domestic market first. It's difficult to make a business out of animation with just software, so we need to develop multiple aspects such as three-dimensional products and applications in parallel. First of all, I want you to make sure that we clear the Japanese market. After that, we will expand our business to the overseas markets such as Asia and North America, as we have done with the 'Code Geass' series so far. There are many opinions about the recent development of the animation business, but I personally do not see anything wrong with it. In fact, Japan and the U.S. are the only countries where the private sector is involved in the animation business. In most other countries, the budget is provided as a government project, which makes it difficult to create a diversity of works because the government's policy is involved. In contrast, Japanese animation is independent, just like in the U.S., so it is free to create and earn money. For this reason, I personally believe that a business perspective is essential for anyone who makes commercial animation in Japan." I'm glad that people love my works and fragments. "Code Geass" has become a long-lasting piece of content, just as it was intended to be when it was first launched. When I asked Taniguchi-san about the moment when he felt "loved" by the fans, he replied with an answer unique to the anime industry. "When voice actors Shimazaki Nobunaga and Murase Ayumi, who appeared in 'Lelouch of the Resurrection', as well as other new staff members, said, 'I used to watch Code Geass!' I felt that the work was loved by the audience. It's a complicated feeling to feel the flow of the times, but it's not an unpleasant feeling. If they became interested in the creating side after watching 'Code Geass' and came to the animation industry, I'm happy that I was able to contribute to the industry in some way." When asked why "Code Geass" has become a work that is loved by people of all ages, Taniguchi-san said, "To be honest, I don't know yet," revealing an episode from the time of the TV series production. "'Code Geass' is a work that incorporates many different elements, but I don't know which specific elements were accepted by the audience. All I can say is that we were desperately working on the anime. While I was working on the TV anime, I had no idea how the audience would react. I was so busy working at the studio that I couldn't even go to the preview of the 24th and 25th episodes of the first series. There were times when I was worried that maybe it wasn't going to work. That's why the contribution of the sales staff at the time, who were involved in the work but could take a step back and analyze it, was so important." I wanted to write a work in which I could play a leading role. For Ookouchi-san, "'Code Geass' is still my favorite work, and it is an important work that we all created together." As a screenwriter, there are certain points that he likes about it. "In 'Code Geass', I like the fact that the main character doesn't just ride a robot. I've always liked characters who think and are strong rather than characters who fight and are strong. However, in robot anime, the main character riding a robot and fighting is the best part of the story. Ever since I was a child, I have had mixed feelings about whether the person who wins first prize in the running race would also be the main character in the anime world (lol). If a person who uses their brain and is good at thinking can also be the best in the world of anime, it would be such a wonderful thing. That's why I'm very happy to be able to portray a hero like Lelouch who fights with his brains. In 'Code Geass', there is room for someone like me who is weak in fighting to play an active role. I'd love to recommend this anime to my childhood self, who thought I couldn't play a leading role. At the script meeting, we dealt with several stories at the same time. This meant that they had to go back to previous episodes and revise lines, or add episodes themselves to make the story even more exciting. "Some of them were written in one night," recalls Ookouchi-san. "The seventh episode of the first season ("Shoot Cornelia") was not in the composition. But then a new enemy named Cornelia would appear, and they would lose the first battle. Such a character would not be scary as an enemy in the second half. So, before episode 8 ("The Black Knights"), I put in a story to show Cornelia's strength. That way, the story of Lelouch starting the Black Order would be more convincing. So I asked the producer, Kawaguchi Yoshitaka, to let me add episode 7 because I would write it in one day, and I wrote it all night." "Code Geass" started from a losing battle Taniguchi-san and Ookouchi-san have worked together on a number of works since their first collaboration on the science fiction anime "Planetes" broadcast in 2003. "Director Taniguchi and I are comrades, but the first battle we fought together was a losing battle. Our first collaboration, 'Planetes', turned out to be a wonderful work that I'm still proud of, and the staff felt very fulfilled. But compared to other Sunrise works at the time, there was a huge gap in sales. In reality, 'Planetes' didn't do badly at all, and was in the black, but at the time I felt a sense of defeat on my own. I think of a scriptwriter as a kind of chief of operations to the work. For 'Planetes', there were many wonderful people who worked on it, including Taniguchi-san, who would later work with me on 'Code Geass', as well as Senba Yuriko, Nakata Eiji, Maruta Kazuya, and many others, but it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. It was very frustrating to see those people not get the recognition they deserved. That's why I wanted to make the upcoming 'Code Geass' a winning battle. I wanted to shout, 'My comrades and Taniguchi Goro are so amazing!'" Director Taniguchi, on the other hand, spoke of the trust that has been built up through their long relationship. "Talking about Ookouchi-san is like one half of a comic duo evaluating the other. If I may venture to say so , with mad respect for his abilities, Okochi Ichirou and Taniguchi Goro probably have different goals. But as long as they are on the ship 'Code Geass', they are moving in the same direction. That's why there are no conflicts and I can trust him." ◆◆◆ When I asked for a final message to the "Code Geass" fans, both of them expressed their gratitude without hesitation, saying, "Thank you so much for your support." Ookouchi-san added, "Both the app and the new anime have been created by talented people who love the 'Code Geass' franchise. I'm sure everyone will be happy, and I myself am looking forward to the completion." Director Taniguchi made a meaningful comment, "Lelouch's story has come to an end with 'Resurrection', but that doesn't mean that Lelouch won't appear in the future." "I think I've done all I can with the story centering on Lelouch. I'm looking forward to seeing how other people will discover new ways to play around with 'Code Geass' in the future," he said, giving us hope that the game will continue to expand. The two projects in the "Code Geass Next 10 years Project" are sure to be enjoyed by fans of the first series, as well as those who started with the app and new anime. Let's keep an eye out for further news.
Marui Group and the creative studio "Gugenka" have teamed up to release the AR stage performance "Lost child travels on a mysterious train", in which Bullet Train will appear. What exactly is an AR stage performance? How will Bullet Train appear? There are so many "questions" for Mikami Masashi, the producer of this work and CEO of Gugenka! He talked about how to attract many people into a fascinating world. [Interview / text = Noshita Nao / Photo = Ayumi Fujita] Producer Mikami Masashi ■ A book with pictures that adults can enjoy in AR ――How did you come up with the idea of Bullet Train's appearance in the AR stage performance? Mikami: Originally, Gugenka used an app called "HoloModels" to create digital figures for popular anime, and I was wondering if AR could be used to create a different kind of work. Therefore, I decided to work with Marui Group and thought about this project. I've been making anime figures for a long time, so I wanted to it be seen by someone from other fields, so I asked Bullet Train. ――The cast that colors the world of the work is the popular band Bullet Train. How was it decided? Mikami: Assuming that most of the people who come to see this stage performance are adult women, who are a big part of the Bullet Train's fun community, but Bullet Train are also known for their variety of activities. The AR stage performance this time has a cheerful story development, and I think that you can feel the difference from the usual charm of Bullet Train. ――It feels refreshing when 5 members of Bullet Train appear as digital figures. From the left, conductor Kyle (Kai), priest Ricardo (Ryuga), boy Taku (Takuya), station staff Yuri (Yuki), conductor Turner (Takashi) Mikami: I also thought about letting the actual person appear in the AR world as it is. However, if it is converted to 3DCG, it will feel fake. Partly because of that, I used digital figures. This project also had the purpose of "entering a world which is like a book with pictures", so I thought about entering a flat picture. It's pop and cute deformed design, so I think it's easy for fans as well as other people to get into it. ――Even if they are figures, I think it is nice to get closer to Bullet Train. Mikami: Even if it's deformed, it's easier to inflate the image when you see it, so you should feel like you're enjoying the story with Bullet Train. Many people receive the deformed view of the world without any discomfort, so I think that kind of feeling is perfect for this work. ――Did you make any orders in terms of acting? Mikami: I couldn't attend the recording sessions, but director Ito Yuuichi gave me acting guidance. He asked for something in between dubbing and narration. Before recording, I thought it was like reading a book, but in reality, it felt like a performance atmosphere. It made me feel like I'm reading aloud while someone is whispering in my ear, so I think that both men and women will like it. ■ I want you to be moved and immerse yourself in the story ――Did the story become a cheerful story because your target audience is adult women? Mikami: Probably. Recently, the number of picture books for adults is increasing, so I aimed for that direction. The script was written by director Ito, but during the meeting, I wanted it to be more, "Work that interests me", "Have a slightly mysterious feeling from the beginning". Also, some people choose picture books by title, so we worked on it too. ――How did you make the offer to director Ito? Mikami: Previously, at Suntopia World, an amusement park in Agano City, Niigata Prefecture, we worked together on a project called "Aurora Forest," where you can get lost in a mysterious world of projection mapping and illuminations. The director is very enthusiastic about trying new things, so I thought he would be perfect for this project and made him an offer. ――What is your impression of the finished AR stage? Mikami: Until I saw the completed video, I was worried because I couldn't imagine how it would look when everything is combined. But when I saw it, it's just amazing. I surprisingly discovered that it is possible to create a nice image only on a flat surface without using CG. It was a success to stick to the 2d surface and create the background because you can feel the presence in the picture. ――It seems that a flat surface is also interesting. Mikami: In picture books, there are parts that have nothing to do with the storyline,, and sometimes they are drawn in detail in the corners. ――Discoveries like that could give you some advantages. Mikami: That's right. In the same way this time, I asked to draw the background picture in detail. So if you read it more than once, you will find something new. ――Since it's a stage that you can watch using your smartphone, it seems that there are many ways to enjoy it. Mikami: First of all, you can enjoy it in your break time. Also, I think that you can watch it like a movie, and if you watch it while wearing earphones or headphones, you can feel like you are in a movie theater. Also, in this AR stage, basically, when you tap the screen, the story progresses automatically, but you can move the screen according to the movement of the person watching . Therefore, if you make the same movements, such as standing up when the main character of the story stands up, sitting down when you sit down, you can feel more like entering the world of picture books. For those who will try the AR stage for the first time this time, it may seem difficult to operate, but Bullet Train will explain in the tutorial video. While learning the operation with Bullet Train, I want you to get immersed in this world. I hope you will watch it many times and every time find something new. (C) SDR (C) GugenkaR (C) 2020 MARUI GROUP CO., LTD.
The official interview with the cast of the first-year members of Jujutsu High from the current broadcasting TV Anime "Jujutsu Kaisen", Enoki Junya (voice of Itadori Yuuji), Uchida Yuuma (voice of Fushiguro Megumi), and Seto Asami (voice of Kugisaki Nobara), has been revealed.
'Kotobuki Minako's Another Wonderland in the UK' a series of the interviews where Kotobuki Minako, a voice actress living in the UK, talks about her life there. Last time, the series featured the photos of the places featured in "Harry Potter" that she had taken by herself, how she had spent her birthday, and how she was feeling 10 years after she had debuted as an artist. This 8th issue is going to look back on her life in the UK last month with the pictures taken by Kotobuki-san. She introduced her working scene, her recent favorite food, and the situation of a second national lockdown for England. [Interview/Writing = Yoneda Kaori] ■Second national lockdown for England. How is the current situation? ーI want to ask you about your life in October. You had your hair cut again! Kotobuki: Yeah. There will be a second lockdown soon, and yesterday I thought 'I have to go right now!', then I did. ーYour hair is pretty short compared to before. Is this because you think the second lockdown will be prolonged? Kotobuki: No, not really. I asked my beautician to cut my hair shoulder-length, and this is the result. (laugh) But, the second lockdown was announced to last for four weeks from November 5 to December 2, and I would not be able to go out for a salon. I thought that was a good decision as a result. ーAlso in Japan, the second lockdown for England became the news of the day. Can you tell me about the current situation and any difference between the previous lockdown? Kotobuki: We are allowed to go out only for groceries or daily necessities, and commuting if telework is not applicable. We are prohibited to see friends inside and outside of buildings. I have to get some tasks done at a studio, so I go sometimes. The difference from the previous lockdown is that schools are not closed. ーAre you still going to school as well? Kotobuki: Yes! I am still going to school even during a lockdown. Right after I came to the UK, I had few friends and always stayed at home while taking classes online, so I am greatly relieved that schools are not closed this time. ...However, the number of cases are getting more and more serious, so I will follow the rules for our safety and want to fully enjoy life in the UK. ーAs in Japan, do people buy up the products in supermarkets before the state of emergency? Kotobuki: Yes! Toilet rolls, vegetables, and some other products run out (laugh). But the period of the second lockdown was fixed for a month, so I didn't see such products this time. On the other hand, many people rushed to hairdressing salons, apparel shops, and restaurants. Especially for hairdressing salons, there were long lines. British men tend to get their hair cut once a week. That sounds very British like 'Trimming is taste of gentleman'. ーThe country of gentlemen! Let's look back on the past month with the pictures. ■Lip-smacking Sushi, Tapioca, and Udon ーThis Udon looks good. Kotobuki: I took this picture at Udon shop in the UK called 'KOYA'. The shop opens 10 years ago, and is still popular. The taste was so good. I picked Niku Udon as we can rarely eat thin-sliced meat in the UK. I always pick a menu with thin-sliced meat at Japanese restaurants. ーNext is Tapioca. Is it popular in the UK as well? Kotobuki: Yes! It's called "Bubble tea" in the UK, and very popular among young people. There are many bubble tea spots in China Town, and I went to 'Kofuku-Do' that had been on my list for months. Tapioka in the UK is colorful, and you can choose the color in many shops. ーNext is a steak. Steaks in other countries are huge. Kotobuki: I usually eat meat as Sunday Roast (traditional British roasted meal and typically served on Sundays), but I wanted to try a steak at a restaurant, and went to "Bill's". It was served with truffle sauce, and it was so good. ーThis is Sushi. Kotobuki: This is a picture of when I went to a restaurant that serves a Sushi course. I wanted to travel around Europe while I live in the UK, but I cannot under this situation... so I changed my mind to have good meals instead, and I decided to go to a fancy Japanese restaurant. ーHow do you get information about restaurants in the UK? Kotobuki: I use Instagram. I also found this restaurant on Instagram and wanted to go. I saw a post that said a half-Japanese and half-British staff there that I wanted to talk with, were going to leave a job that week, so I rushed to the restaurant. ーIs it because of the spread of COVID-19? Is Coronavirus-related dismissal a major problem in the UK? Kotobuki: Yes, it is. Some airlines in the UK are firing numerous employees, and such kind of news becomes a daily topic everyday. But, the staff was not taking it so seriously, and I was surprised. The staff was saying 'It cannot be helped under this situation. I want to take a break and do what I want to'. That was impressive. ■Shopping at a British perfume brand ーThis is a British perfume brand 'Jo Malone London'. Kotobuki: Before I came to the UK, some friends said tome 'London is nice! You can buy Jo Malone London', and I was thinking 'You can buy it anywhere...', but the brand has a main store in London. I actually visited it, but the number of customers for entry was limited, the door was closed, and I could not go in. ーThey are taking preventive measures. Did you have anything that you were looking for? Kotobuki: An advent calendar for Christmas. It comes with perfume, shampoo, and other Jo Malone London products. ーThe decorations inside the store are fashionable and cute. Kotobuki: I only know Jo Malone London located at a corner in a department store, so I was also surprised by the decorations. I like the lovely scent inside the store, and I can feel refreshed just by being there. ーHave you always liked Jo Malone London and used their products? Kotobuki: No. I only recognized it as 'a brand at a corner of a department store'.(laugh) Matsui Rena-chan sent me a candle from Jo Malone London for my birthday. Then I visited Jo Malone London. ーChristmas coffret season is coming. Do you have any cosmetic you got interested in after coming to the UK? Kotobuki: I have some recommended by a teenager in my class.(laugh) Especially, I like 'Benefit'. Their cosmetics have good lasting, and packages are so cute. 'No7' is popular in the UK. You can buy it at the pharmacy anytime. Also, I like 'FENTY BEAUTY' produced by Rihanna. The brand has wide shade ranges of foundation to suit various skin colors. The cosmetics are for diverse races, which I was attracted to. ーDid you change your makeup style? Kotobuki: British people usually don't wear makeup. You can go to work without makeup. So I don't put in much effort on makeup nowadays. On the other hand, I enjoy trying various lipsticks. In the UK, there are wide shade ranges for a lipstick like blue and yellow, so I sometimes try the colors that are not popular in Japan. I heard from my host mother, 'I didn't use to wear makeup while I was working in the UK. When I was transferred to Spain, I went to the office without wearing makeup, and my boss left a cosmetics bag on my desk'. Different countries have different cultures. ■Autograph at a studio! The working scene in the UK. ーIs this a picture of your work at a studio that you talked about at the beginning? Kotobuki: Yes. This is a studio in the UK. Microphones are set lower than my face, but in the UK, they are set higher than my face. ーIs he a sound crew? Kotobuki: Yes, he is a sound engineer Max. He is very kind and gives me helpful comments. Whenever I make a mistake and ask him 'Can I try one more time?', he encourages me, saying 'Don't worry. We still have plenty of time!'. He looks like he's struggling in the picture.(laugh) ーYou should get more motivated. Next is your autograph at a studio in the UK. That is incredible! Kotobuki: There are many autographs by actors and staff. I was so glad that I could leave mine! ■Talk about 'games'! Which game is she interested in? ーThe other day, an article about your playing "Watch Dogs Legion" with Toyosaki Aki was released. On 'Sphere's 4colorsLABO', videos of the members playing a game are often uploaded, so which game lasts in your memory? Kotobuki: The interview with Aki-chan was fun! I used to watch my brother playing games, so I like watching other people playing games. To be honest, I rarely play games...I always struggle at 'Sphere's 4colorsLABO'.(laugh) So far, I like the game "Wordwolf". Before, when I attended the stage greetings of "Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll", we said 'Let' play Wordwolf' and played it while we rode home on the bus, and it was great fun. I was thinking it would be great for Sphere, and it was great fun as I expected. ーIn Japan, many titles such as "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" became big hits this year. Is there any big hit in the UK? Kotobuki: "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" was also a big hit in the UK. When I met the relatives' children of my host family, they showed it to me, saying 'Rooms of Animal Crossing are like this'. And, it is not a game, but "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" is also a big hit. When I was checking Billboard's ranking, LiSA, who performs the film's theme song, was ranked. I was very excited! ーHalf a year has already passed since you debuted as a YouTuber. Do you have any role model among YouTubers? Kotobuki: To learn British English, I always watch the videos by Lucy. She is so bright that also cheers me up. I want to be like her. Speaking of Japanese YouTubers, it would be Saeko-san. My friend's manager appeared in a video, and then I started watching her channel. I am always encouraged by her powerful and energetic life. I am not a powerful kind of person, but I would like to encourage the viewers in other forms. ーThank you for today. I am looking forward to your activities on YouTube as well! Kotobuki Minako's Profile She played the role of Fukase Yoriko in "A Whisker Away". She is also a member of 'Sphere', with Takagaki Ayahi, Tomatsu Haruka, and Toyosaki Aki.
Saito Souma has been chosen as the voice actor to play the role of Gundam pilot Lane Aiem in "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash" (May 7, 2021, nationwide roadshow). In addition, the first trailer has also been released. The original story of "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash" is a novel of the same title written by director Tomino Yoshiyuki. As the second part of the "UC NexT 0100" project, in which a new 100 years of the space century will be spun, it has been decided that it will be adapted into an animated trilogy. This time, Saito Souma, who plays will play the role of Yamaguchi Tadashi in "Haikyu!" and Yumeno Gentaro Yumeno in "Hypnosis Mike -Division Rap Battle-", as well as Yamagi Gilmerton in "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans", has been cast as Lane Aime, the young pilot of the MS Penelope, and his enthusiasm for the role has also arrived in the form of a comment. The newly released trailer begins with Hathaway Noah introducing himself. The trailer begins with Hathaway Noah introducing himself, and the nature of the anti-Earth Federation government organization "Mafty" is revealed through the statement "We have attacked the current Earth Federation government out of necessity in order to encourage them to reflect on their actions. In the midst of the unsettling atmosphere, the mobile suit "Messa-F01", which is operated by the Mafty's main force, flies, and we see Federation Colonel Kenneth and a mysterious girl named Gigi chasing after the leader of the Mafty. The trailer shows that a heated battle between the Earth Federation Forces and the Mufti led by Hathaway will unfold. "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash" will open in 214 theaters nationwide on May 7, 2021, the most of any "Gundam" movie. It will also be released in 4D and "Dolby Cinema" simultaneously. In addition, the third advance ticket (Movie ticket) with a clear file featuring the image visual designed by Pablo Ucida will go on sale at screening theaters from January 22. ＜Below is the full text of the comments. Saito Souma My name is Saito Souma, and I will be the voice of Lane Aime. I am truly honored to be able to be involved as a voice actor in the Gundam series, which is loved by many people around the world, transcending generations. At the same time, I feel that I have to give it my all in the recording. I'll do my best to improve myself as well as Lane, who shows great growth in the film! Thank you very much for your support! (C) Sotsu, Sunrise
"Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 3" will be played in theaters from March 26, 2021. Along with the announcement, the key visual, main trailer, and Movieticket bonus 2 were revealed. "Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 3" depicts the 2nd round in the Winter Continuous Track Cup. Ooarai Girls High School struggles against Chi-Ha-Tan Academy's strategy that uses various "charging" strategies. Trapped in the jungle in the midst of a night battle, will Miho be able to turn the tables? The fights between the other schools: Saunders and Jakosota (Keizoku), Kuromorimine and Pravda, St. Gloria, and Anzio are also unpredictable. Let's look forward to seeing which schools become victorious. "Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 3" will be in theaters from March 26. The Movieticket card with "Chihatan no Lover-san (Nishin & Fukuda ver.)" cassette tape will be sold at theaters from January 22. The bonus cassette tape has a recording of "Chihatan no Lover-san" sung by Nishi Kinuyo (voice: Seto Asami) and Fukuda Haru (voice: Oozora Naomi). (C) Girls und Panzer Finale Projekt
TV anime series of "Cromartie High School", a monumental ennui comedy, started to be distributed on various platforms from December 1, 2020. "Cromartie High School" is an ennui comedy , which features Kamiyama Takashi who is an honor honor student that enrolled at Cromartie, which is infamous for its delinquents, by mistake, and his friends. The original comic written by Nonaka Eiji had been serialized in the 34- 24th issue of 'Weekly Shonen Magazine'(Kodansha) from 2000 to 2006. Its spin-off sequel titled "Cromartie High School Shokuinshitsu" has been serialized in 'Magazine Pocket' from October 2018. A total of 26 episodes of the TV anime had been broadcast from October 2003 to March 2004, where played Sakurai Takahiro, Inada Tetsu, Wakamoto Norio, and others. The animation production was handled by Production I.G, known for "Ghost in the Shell" and "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex". "Cromartie High School" started to be distributed on dAnime Store, FOD, Niconico Channel, and other channels from December 1. (C)Nonaka Eiji, Kodansha / TV Tokyo, Kurokou PTA
Kaidou Asuka and Ichigoya Kanata from "Asukana" will appear in the movie "HoneyWorks 10th Anniversary 'LIP x LIP FILM x LIVE'" which will be released on December 25, 2020. At the same time, it has been announced that Sakurai Takahiro will play the role of their manager. Moreover, the 2nd key visual and the 2nd trailer have also been released.
This work is a movie produced as HoneyWorks "10th Anniversary Project". The plot is set on a secret story of the formation of the idol unit LIP x LIP, Yuujiro (voice: Uchiyama Koki) and Aizo (voice: Shimazaki Nobunaga) produced by HoneyWorks.
From the Virtual Johnny's Project, Kaidou Asuka, Ichigoya Kanata, and Maeda Riku, the manager of "Asukana", will appear. Fujiwara Joichiro (Naniwa Boys / Kansai Johnny's Jr.) will play Asuka Kaidou, Ohashi Kazuya (Naniwa Boys / Kansai Johnny's Jr.) will play Ichigoya Kanata, and Sakurai Takahiro will play Maeda Riku. Comments from the "Asukana" duo and Sakurai Takahiro have arrived.
In the second trailer released this time, you can see the latest images of each of the anime part and the virtual live part.
In the anime part, in addition to "LIP x LIP", "Asukana", "Full Throttle 4", and the idols appearing in this work were lined up.
In the virtual live part in the second half, in addition to LIP x LIP, you can also see the Asukana performing live, and hear Asukana's singing "Lv.1" and LIP x LIP's singing "Romeo" respectively.
"HoneyWorks 10th Anniversary 'LIP x LIP FILM x LIVE'" will be released on December 25, 2020.
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
The eldest of the sextuplets, Osomatsu, from the TV anime series "Mr. Osomatsu", will appear in the new TV commercial of AT-X, which provides, organize, and produces animation programs. The new TV commercial "Osomatsu's AT-X Challenge" is on air from Oct. 12.
AT-X is an anime specialized channel that broadcasts the newest titles and masterpieces, and the voice actor's variety show. From the anime "Mr. Osomatsu", 3rd season of which is on air from Oct. 2020, the eldest son of the Matsuno family Osomatsu, who is a rubbish person and neet, was decided as the new TV commercial character. . In the commercial, you can enjoy all 12 various Osomatsu's reaction that struggles with the unreasonable challenges imposed by AT-X.
Osomatsu commented regarding his appointment as the commercial character, "The only one who is reliable at this time is surely the eldest son. AT-X sure know what they are doing~", and Sakurai Takahiro who is voicing Osomatsu commented too, "Please check out the commercial featuring Osomatsu!"
AT-X's new TV CM "Osomatsu's AT-X Challenge" and the 3rd season of the TV anime "Mr. Osomatsu" was aired from Oct. 12. TV commercial will also be released on the official AT-X YouTube channel.
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.