「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.
The kickoff event of "Star Wars: Visions," a project to create new "Star Wars" works by Japanese animation studios, was held at The Garden Hall, Yebisu Garden Place on July 15, 2021. The event was attended by nine directors from seven studios, including General Director Mizusaki Junpei from Kamikaze Douga, Director Haga Hitoshi from Kinema Citrus, Director Eunyoung Choi and Director Abel Góngora from Science SARU, Director Igarashi Yuki from Geno Studio, Director Kimura Taku from Studio Colorido, Director Imaishi Hiroyuki and Director Otsuka Masahiko from Trigger, and Director Kamiyama Kenji from Production I.G., and Ichikawa Saya, who is a model of a fan of "Star Wars", took the stage. "Star Wars: Visions" is a project in which talented top animation creators from all over the world draw a new story of "Star Wars" with their own vision. The project started with nine directors from seven Japanese animation studios including Kamikaze Douga, Kinema Citrus, Science SARU, Geno Studio, Studio Colorido, Trigger, and Production I.G. Each of them will create an original animated short film based on "Star Wars". All nine films will be streamed exclusively through the video streaming service "Disney+" from September 22, 2021. The event began with a special message by Lucasfilm Executive Producer James Waugh, saying, "Japanese animation inspired a lot of the people at Lucasfilm over the years. This film is a love letter from Lucasfilm to the Japanese culture that gave birth to Japanese animation." We also talked about the stories of the films created by each studio, which had not been revealed until now. Regarding "The Duel," produced by Kamikaze Douga, General Director Mizusaki said, "Star Wars has always depicted a confrontational structure between the Sith and the Jedi, but this time I wanted to depict a story that takes place at the 'edge of the Star Wars world', where individuals fight each other with lightsabers." Regarding "The Village Bride," produced by Kinema Citrus, Director Haga said, "I depicted the fact that there are many worlds and customs in the galaxy through a wedding ceremony, which is the best way to show the customs of that culture." Regarding "Akakiri" and "T0-B1," produced by Science SARU, Director Eunyoung and Director Abel said respectively, "’Akakiri’ is a short-lived love story between a Jedi and a princess," and ‘"T0-B1’ is a story about a small humanoid droid, the main character, who grows up while he almost gives up on his dream," which showed a wide range of the stories of "Star Wars: Visions." Regarding "Lop and Ocho," produced by Geno Studio, Director Igarashi said, "Being set between Episodes 3 and 4, on a planet inhabited by people who love nature like we Japanese do, the story depicts the family-like bond between inhabitants of the planet, the Ocho, and the Lop, a rabbit-like race inspired by characters from the Star Wars comics." Regarding "Tatooine Rhapsody," produced by Studio Colorado, Director Kimura said, "It's about the main characters who aspire to be rock musicians, and it's about the friendship and bond between the band members. The theme of the film is to follow what they want to do without being bound by backgrounds." Regarding "The Twins" and "The Elder," produced by Trigger, Director Imaishi said, "’The Twins’ is about the remnants of the Empire trying to rise again after Episode IX, creating new twin Dark Lords, and the two of them exploring their hidden potential while overcoming difficulties." On the other hand, Director Otsuka said, "’The Elder’ is set in an older time period than Episode 1, and I made it with the hope that people who have never been exposed to the series before will become interested in Star Wars. It begins with knights, who are in a Master-Padawan relationship, encountering a mysterious old man on a remote planet." Finally, regarding "The Ninth Jedi," produced by Production I.G, Director Kamiyama said, "After Episode IX, has peace come to the galaxy? This is the story of the rebirth of the lightsabers and the Jedi knights. I wanted to portray the adventure story that is the origin of Star Wars with a different protagonist, just as Luke Skywalker, a nameless young man, went on an adventure in the ocean of space." When asked about their passion for "Star Wars," Director Kamiyama said, " I was 13 years old when I saw my first movie, and I thought I would be the one to make Star Wars. Now I have nothing but joy. I'm back to the innocent feeling I had when I was 13." Director Otsuka is a big "Star Wars" fan, who got so shocked when he saw "Star Wars" in junior high school that he created his own work based on "Star Wars" in high school, and talked about his passion for the work, "I took on this challenge with the thought that this would be the last time I would be involved in animation production as a creator in this work. I think the theme of passing on the legacy to the next generation is common to all of its works." Director Imaishi also mentioned about the music referring to the method of incorporating the spirit of Star Wars into his own work, "I thought that using a full orchestra would be the best way to express the musicality of Star Wars for the first time ever. Another first for me was to use film scoring, which is music composed based on completed images," On the other hand, he also revealed that he incorporated his own style into the film, saying, "I used the main staff members of 'Promare' that I produced a few years ago, and since it was a continuation of 'Promare', I incorporated a lot of elements that are characteristic of 'Promare', such as the use of colors and the gradation of the background." Each of the "Star Wars: Visions" films will be streamed exclusively on "Disney+" from September 22, 2021. (C) Disney (C) 2021 TM & (C) Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
The project "Star Wars: Visions", in which a Japanese anime studio creates a new "Star Wars" work, was announced at the end of 2020 and gained a lot of attention. This time, seven animation studios participating in the project and special videos have been revealed. It was claimed that the creator of "Star Wars", George Lucas, was greatly inspired by Japanese myths and Kurosawa Akira's films, and that influence can be noticed in all the works up until now. The theme, story, and characters are all inherited from the connection with Japanese culture. "Star Wars: Visions" is a project in which "Star Wars" returns to Japan, which is said to be the "roots of creation." It has been receiving a lot of attention since its announcement at the end of 2020, but at the American anime event "Anime Expo Lite 2021", Lucasfilm's Jackie Lopez (Executive Producer), James War (Executive Producer), and Josh Rimes (Executive Producer) and others have appeared, and, finally, the participating studios and distribution information have been revealed. The list of Japanese anime studios participating in "Star Wars: Visions" includes Kamikaze Doga, Kinema Citrus, Science SARU, Geno Studio, Studio Colorido, Trigger, and Production I.G. The original short animation movie collections of all nine works by these seven companies will be exclusively distributed from September 22, 2021 on the video distribution service "Disney Plus". (C) 2021 TM & c Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Tite Kubo, the author of “BLEACH”, released “villain visuals” for Marvel’s latest drama series “Loki”, exclusively available on Disney’s official video distribution service “Disney +”. The new visual shows two “treacherous villains”, Sosuke Aizen from “BLEACH” and Loki from the Marvel series, standing side by side. The drama series “Loki” is a time-traveling thriller that centers on the villain Loki, the brother-in-law of Thor from the “Thor” series. The story focuses on Loki after he escapes from the Avengers in “Avengers: Endgame”. In the “Avengers” series, Loki is portrayed as a villain trying to steal his brother Thor’s position as the king of Asgard. Using lies and betrayal, Loki plays with Iron Man and other heroes to reach his goal. While he plays a role as a villain, Loki is also known for “betraying” the audience’s expectation by occasionally showing his love towards his brother and family. This is one of the reasons why he is loved by fans from around the world. In this collaboration, Sousuke Aizen from “BLEACH” challenges the “prince of betrayal”. When Sousuke first appears in the story as the captain of the 5th Division in the Gotei 13, he was portrayed as a calm, gentle, and trustful character. However, as the story goes on, it turns out that he has been plotting for years to achieve his ambition of “standing in the heavens”. Sousuke is also a villain of “betrayal” who left a strong impression on the readers. Kubo, the author, commented on the collaboration “it was fun to draw Sousuke again after all this time!”. The drama series "Loki" is now available exclusively on "Disney+". （C）2021 Marvel
Disney & Pixar's latest work "Luca", which takes place in Italy's beautiful Port Rosso that depicts the "best summer" is currently being broadcast exclusively on Disney's official paid video subscription service "Disney +". This is the first featured film by the director Enrico Casarosa, whose previous work, the short film "La Luna" was nominated in the "Best Animated Short Film" of Academy Awards. Director Casarosa mentioned that this is a huge challenge to him as he has a big fixation on this film. This time, he has revealed the three highlights, which are "Realistic Italy", "Love for Japanese Anime", and "Pixar's well-known Easter Eggs". ■Realistic Italy Director Casarosa was born in Northern Italy, which is the setting for this film. He created this film after getting inspiration from his childhood memories as if "This film is a love letter to that summer". Regarding Port Rosso, the setting of "Luca" that is inspired by Genoa, Italy, the director mentioned, "As it has a steep slope, you will be able to see the towering mountain from the sea". He also mentioned "It has a beautiful art as if the time for each city has stopped. It is also filled with various memories, such as the water splashing, the gelato, spaghetti, watermelons, and the music." He uses the landscape of his hometown to depicts the "Sea's World" and "Human's World" in this film. After watching this film, you might be able to experience the real Italy as if you are having an adventure together with the main protagonist Luca in the adored "Human's World". ■Love for Japanese Anime Ever since director Casarosa watched "Future Boy Conan" which was broadcast on the Italy TV since he was a child, he had become a big fan of Japanese anime. Even the Pixar' animators that are involved in this film, had acknowledged that director Casarosa is a big fan of Japanese anime. Director Casarosa mentioned that the Japanese anime director that had influenced him are director Miyazaki Hayao, director Riasa Masaaki, and director Kon Satoshi. Cloud Animation supervisor, Lindsay Andras also commented that the timing of the posture and movement of the characters in this film were born due to the influence of the Japanese anime has on director Casarosa. This revealed that the movements of the characters in this film were inspired by the Japanese anime. Also, regarding this matter, the explanation from director Casarosa is "I want to make this film to have affection with Japan. There is a restriction (to the animation cel), but we had included the atmosphere of that restricted animation into this film. The Japanese artist sure are amazing." Do check out how the love for Japanese anime is being shown through the pessimistic Luca and the mischievous Alberto. ■Pixar's well-known Easter Eggs Just like all the previous Pixar's work, this work will also have the well-known Easter eggs of Pixar. The well-known "Pixar Ball" among the fans can be seen at the starting scene of the bike race of Port Rosso Cup, and the "Pizza Planet" appears in the car that was park at the roadside. Also, the posters of the Italian films "Roman Holiday" and "La Strada" can be seen along with the poster of Disney's film "20000 Leagues Under the Sea". Regarding these Easter eggs, director Casarosa revealed the benefit of online streaming, which is "We had included little secrets in this film. There is a lot of 'do look carefully at the person in the background'. So, please watch it over and over again. Even for this emotional film that depicts the unforgettable friendship of Luca and Alberto, it seems that playful attitude of Pixar, who had produced various works that anyone can sympathize with and are interesting, still remains. Disney & Pixar's latest work "Luca" with the 3 highlights, which are "Realistic Italy", "Love for Japanese Anime", and "Pixar's well-known Easter Eggs", is currently being broadcast exclusively on "Disney +" since June 18, 2021. （C）2021 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved
From the movie "Tokyo Revengers", a purikura picture of the "Mizochu 5", including the main character Takemichi played by Kitamura Takumi and his best friend Akkun played by Isomura Hayato, has been released. In the film, there are a number of delinquent gangs such as "Tokyo Manji Gang (Toman)" led by Mikey played by Yoshizawa Ryou, and "Moebius" led by Kisaki played by Mamiya Shotaro and Hanma played by Shimizu Hiroya. However, the main character Takemichi and his best friend Akkun do not belong to either of these two gangs, but instead call themselves the "Mizochu 5" with Yamamoto Takuya, Suzuki Makoto, and Yamagishi Kazushi. The "Mizochu 5" are not strong in fights, but they are always fooling around together, and among them, Takemichi and Akkun are depicted as enjoying their fresh youth, riding two-seater bikes. The photos released this time are the purikura photos of the "Mizochu 5" that appear in the movie. We can't take our eyes off not only "Toman" and "Moebius", but also their activities, as the gap between their spirited images and the battered state of the previews is quite endearing. “Tokyo Revengers" brings tears to your eyes with the passionate and emotive relationships between the various characters, including Takemichi and the "Mizochu 5". I hope you will visit the theater with your friends as part of remembering your youth. The film "Tokyo Revengers" is now in theaters nationwide. (C) Wakui Ken / Kodansha (C) 2020 "Tokyo Revengers" Film Partners
A new visual release has been made for Akkun (Atsushi Sendo) from the new Tokyo Revengers movie. What happened to the main character Takemichi’s friend in the past. A scene that is famed for being a ‘tear-jerker’. Akkun, played by Yuto Isomura, is one of Takemichi’s five friends from Mizo high school, played by Takumi Kitamura. Akkun and Takemichi are best friends and popular in the original as well. This Akkun’s look that was released this time is completely different. He is misled by the darkness of the Tokyo Manji Kai and beyond the police control now. The red cockscomb hair which was Akkun’s signature has become dark combed back style and tattooed all over the body. He is wasting away and the lifeless look is not what he used to be when he was bright with a smile in high school days. In the other look, he is brimming with tears that show that he has made up his mind. What happened to him in the last 10 years? These looks are from the very important scene where Takemichi comes back from the past to the present and goes to see Akkun for the first time in 10 years who is marked by the police. Isomura lost his weight for this scene and said “The first impression is important for that scene and it’s an important scene forTakemichi, so I wanted to have the right body for it.” We can see how serious he was for this role. There are so many comments about this scene on social media such as “I cry throughout that Akkun and Takechi’s scene!”, “I never want to forget that facial expression.” and “I like that scene the best because I can feel the friendship between Akkun and Takemichi the most.” Isomura and Kitamura actually nearly cried every time they shot that scene. They are close in personal life as well and that’s why they were able to shoot that amazing scene. The “Falling Akkun” as well as the ”Dark hair Mikey” who were released the other day are the talk of the town these days. Can Takemichi change Hinata’s past and save Akkun and Mikey by time-traveling? We definitely want to see the ending, as well as the scene reproduced by the casts’, overwhelmed acting. Ken Wakui / Kodansha © 2020 Movie ‘Tokyo Revengers’ Production Committee
It was announced that “Doraemon Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021” will be in the spring of 2022. It was originally scheduled in spring 2021, and Doraemon and his friends will be back a year later from the original schedule. It is the remake movie of “Doraemon Nobita’s Little Star Wars”, which was released in 1985. The movie will be the latest work for Doraemon series. There will be many points to see, including the space ships drawn with latest 3DCG and the performances directed by the best 3DCG studio Shirogumi. Doraemon and his friends will go on to the new adventure in a small planet in the gigantic galaxy. “Doraemon Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021” will be released in spring 2022. The tickets sold in advance can be used, so do not throw them away until the release. © Fujiko Production, Shogakkan, TV Asahi, Shinei, ADK 2021
From "Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie" (in theaters from December 24, 2021), reference images of Zen'in Maki, Inumaki Toge, and Panda as freshmen of "Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School" have been revealed. The TV anime "Jujutsu Kaisen" is based on the manga with the same title serialized in Shueisha's "Weekly Shonen Jump" by Akutami Gege. The series that depicts the battle between the curses born from negative human emotions and the Jujutsu sorcerers began in March 2018. It has over 50 million copies in circulation with 16 volumes at this point. The first film adaptation of the series, which will be released on December 24, 2021, is based on the prequel of "Jujutsu Kaisen", "Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School" (a.k.a. Vol. 0). The reference images of Zen'in Maki, Inumaki Toge, and Panda, who appear in the TV anime series as reliable 2nd-year students of "Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School", as freshmen have been released. They will be the classmates of Okkotsu Yuuta, who is transferred to the school in the film. Zen'in Maki has a different hairstyle and uniform from the TV anime series, as well as her trademark glasses. Inumaki Toge has a significantly different hairstyle from the original manga "Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School". Following Okkotsu Yuuta, the anime designed him for the film, reflecting the wishes of the author, Akutami Gege. Although Panda hasn't changed visually, he still has an immense impact and a fascinating presence. "Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie" will be in nationwide theaters from December 24, 2021. (C) 2021 "Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie" Production Committee (C) Akutami Gege / Shueisha
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