「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 was revealed that the TV anime "Shinka no Mi: Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei" will be broadcast in October 2021. The teaser PV and key visual have been released, and it was revealed that the main protagonist Hiragi Seiichi will be voiced by Shimono Hiro and the heroine Saria is voiced by Hanazawa Kana. "Shinka no Mi: Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei" is based on the another world fantasy light novel that is serialized on "Shousetsuka ni Narou" and published by "Monster Bunko". One day, the bullied high school student, Hiragi Seiichi was suddenly summoned to the another world that is like a sword and magic game. And this story about him walking on the path for conquering his life started when he happens to eat the "Shinka no Mi" (lit. Evolution Fruit). The broadcast of the TV anime "Shinka no Mi: Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei" will start in October 2021. Do look forward to the future announcement to see how this work, which is showing a brand new adventure in an unknown world that is not Earth, will be adapted to anime. (C) Miku/ Futabasha, "Shinka no Mi" Production Committee
Hanazawa Kana is a voice actress and a singer, who is well-known for playing Nakano Ichika in “The Quintessential Quintuplets”, Kanroji Mitsuru in “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”, and singing “Renai Circulation”, announced that she will now belong to Pony Canyon after leaving her former agency, ANIPLEX and SACRA MUSIC. Comment from her also arrived. Hanazawa Kana is a popular voice actress, who is known for playing Nakano Ichika in “The Quintessential Quintuplets”, Kanroji Mitsuru in “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”, Sengoku Nadeko in “ Series”, Nanakusa Mayumi in “The Irregular at Magic High School”, Tsunemori Akari in “PSYCHO-PASS”, and Shiina Mayuri in “Steins; Gate”, and also the singer. This time, Hanazawa announced that she will change her office from ANIPLEX and SACRA MUSIC to Pony Canyon, to which she belonged for 9 years. She also announced that she will release her first single, “Moonlight Magic” in her new office. Together with Kitagawa Shouri (ROUND TABLE), the sound producer who worked with Hanazawa to set up the world unique to her from the beginning, Hanazawa herself wrote the lyrics for “Moonlight Magic” and the new song, “Minato no Mieru Oka” (Hill that can spot the harbor). The chinese version of the 2 songs will be also recorded on the CD. This is the first work being released after her 5th album “Koko Base” released in February 2019, and 3 years have passed since she released her 13th single on July 18 titled “Daijoubu”. The new single will be used as the opening theme song for the upcoming TV drama “Omimi ni Aimashitara.”, which is starting from July 8 at TV Tokyo’s Thursday Drama 24. “Moonlight Magic” will be released on September 29. Hanazawa Kana I will switch to Pony Canyon, after had a wonderful time at ANIPLEX and SACRA MUSIC for 9 years. It is all happened because I want to deliver you my music as long as possible. I look forward to work with the staff I often met at the recording sessions since I trust them strongly. While struggling in the society, where I cannot see my fans due to the Covid-19 pandemic that canceled the concerts, I worked so hard with Kitagawa Shouri-san to compose music. I want my fans to listen to my new music, since the songs completed are so wonderful. The 1st single, “Moonlight Magic” will be composed by Kitagawa Shouri-san, and written by me. It has a shining atmosphere similar to “Hoshizora Destination”, and I devoted my full ability to new song, that I worked on for 9 years. The song will tell that to enjoy your precious, happy time , especially because the current difficult situations. I will first hope to deliver it to you, and see you at the concerts, and other happy events. Please look forward to my new activity! © “Omimi ni Aimashitara.” Production Committee
The voice actress and singer Hanazawa Kana, known for her role as Sengoku Nadeko from "Monogatari Series", Nakano Ichika from "The Quintessential Quintuplets", and others, will be releasing her new anticipated song "magical mode" on March 31, 2021. The song is a result of the tag with Kousaki Satoru (MONACA), who handled "Renai Circulation". The new song "magical mode" is a collaboration song for "ZOZO", the china version of ZOZOTOWN, and the composer and producer of the song is Kousaki Satoru (MONACA), who handled the worldwide famous song of Sengoku Nadeko from "Monogatari Series", "Renai Circulation". This song is the ultimate combination of Hanazawa's cute vocal voice, the fancy and catchy Kawaii Future Bass as melody and sound with message; Let's spend everyday positively as the lyric. The collaboration movie featuring "magical mode (Chinese Version)" has already been released in China, and it has already exceeded 3 million views. There are continuous highly acclaimed comments, such as "Her Chinese is good!", "Both the voice and song are so sweet and cute!", and "She has the best Chinese pronunciation among all the overseas artist that I've ever heard". "magical mode" will be released on March 31. Also, it has been decided also that all her existing singles and albums will be streamed. This song will be revealed on Nippon Cultural Broadcasting A&G+ "Hanazawa Kana no Hitoride Dekirukana?" at 11:00 PM, on March 4.
February 1st is M. A. O.'s birthday. M.A.O. made her voice acting debut in the 2010s, and in 2020 she took on the main character roles in a wide range of titles such as "ID:INVADED", "Interspecies Reviewers", and "BEM the Movie - BECOME HUMAN". In the 2021 winter anime season, she is currently appearing in "Horimiya," "Gekidol," and "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime". She has also worked in SF and dramas under the name Ichimichi Mao. At Anime! Anime! to celebrate M.A.O.'s birthday, we conducted a reader survey the same as last year entitled "Which character do you like the most out of all the characters M.A.O has played?" We received responses from 147 people during the survey period from January 13 to January 20. We received responses from 147 people during the period from January 13 to January 20, with the ratio of males to females being about 70% and 30%, respectively. About 35% of the respondents were 19 years old or younger, about 30% were in their 20s, and about 20% were in their 30s. ■SF dramas topped the list! Titles to be broadcast in 2020 are also popular Luka Millfy/Gokai Yellow from "Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger" took 1st place. With an approval rating of about 20%, it took the top spot improving from last year's 2nd place. A reader said, "It's a special effects work, but it's the heroine played by M.A.O. (Ichimichi Mao). If "Gokaiger" were to be made into an anime, I would love to see her play the role." "The money-loving, crooked, and energetic character was very cute and cool! I love the voice of the voice actor who dubbed Gokai Yellow after her transformation. Also from the Super Sentai series, Raptor 283/Washi Pink from "Uchu Sentai Kyuranger" ranked 12th, and Chibi Garu from "Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger" ranked the same at 14th. Characters from anime as well as SF are gaining popularity. 2nd place 2nd place went to Pecorine from "Princess Connect! Re:Dive" with a 14% approval rating, up significantly from last year's 10th place. M.A.O.'s voice is perfect for the energetic character. Her innocence attracts her fans, who say, "It's cool that she says 'Oh no! "I love Pecorine because she expresses her cheerfulness and kindness in a wonderful way. The scene in the anime where she talks to Kokoro about her past and reveals her weaknesses was also very good," said one reader, referring to the scenes where she interacts with her friends. 3rd place 3rd rd place went to Hanasaka Yui from "One Room". Her approval rating was about 8%. As one comment said, "I like the way she gradually becomes an adult from the first season to the third season," she plays a character of different ages in each series. She is a high school senior in the first season, a college freshman in the second season, and a 23-year-old newcomer in the third season. I think it's because of M.A.O.'s voice that I feel that way." The character's age may be different, but the charm of the role remains the same. Here are some of the other comments! For Wakasa Yuuri from "School-Live!" , she said, "She looks like a strong older sister, but surprisingly she has a weak heart, which is good for a high school girl. For Luluco from "Space Patrol Lurko" Luluco, "I was impressed by the way she expressed her passionate lines and various emotions at a fast pace. As for Iris from "Fire Force", they said, "I love the cute and sometimes natural Sister Iris! I used to say the word 'rathom', which is a prayer, along with Iris' lines. For Kazumi Schlierenzauer of "Brynhildr in the Darkness" they said, "Her Kansai dialect is cute, and M.A.O. herself is from Osaka, so I want her to play more characters that make use of that!" as well as other votes for characters due to the dialect they speak. In the 2021 version of the survey, the roles played in SF dramas topped the list. Anime! The 2nd to 4th place are the titles whose TV anime will be aired in 2020, and new titles also stand out. Overall ranking "What is your favorite character that M.A.O. has played? 2021 edition" 1st Luka Millfy/Gokai Yellow "Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger" 2nd Pecorine "Princess Connect! Re:Dive" 3rd Hanasaka Yui "One Room" 4th Komagome Azuzu "Warlords of Sigrdrifa” 5th Iris "Fire Force” 5th Nakamori Aoko "Magic Kaito 1412 5th Wakasa Yuuri "School-Live!” 8th Sagisawa Fumika "THE iDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS” 9th Sakuragi Hinako "Hinako Note” 10th Yukari "Teasing Master Takagi-san” 11th Shion "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” 12th Raptor 283 / Washi Pink "Uchu Sentai Kyuranger” 13th Merascylla "The Seven Deadly Sins” 14th Azarashi "Chronicles of the Going Home Club” 14th Onishima Homare "Sounan desuka?” 14th Chibi Garu "Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger” 14th Badarzewska "Classica Loid” (Response period: January 13, 2021 - January 20, 2021)
The voice actor M・A・O will be appearing for the first time in the "Kamen Rider" series under "Kamen Rider Zero-One". From Episode 36 "Watashi ga Ark de Kamen Rider (I'm Ark's Kamen Rider)" (Broadcast on Jun. 28, 2020), M・A・O will be voicing the first original friend type AI "Ai-chan" that is created by the new company "Hiden Production" that belong to Kamen Rider Zero-One/ Hiden Aruto (Actor: Takahashi Fumiya). Ai-chan is not created in a human form just like the Humagears but in a round form AI unit. It has a simple function of "listening to people by their side" and the idea was thought by Aruto for Kamen Rider Vulcan/ Fuwa Isamu (Ogata Ryuutarou), who is worrying about his past. It was created by the Humagears Professor "Hakase Bot" (Rokkaku Shinji). The voice actor M・A・O had acted as Gokai Yellow/ Luka Millfy from "Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger" under the actress name of Ichimichi Mao, and voice the character from "Uchuu Sentai Kyuuranger" and "Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger", where she had appeared in three "Super Sentai" series while this is her first time appearing in "Kamen Rider" series. Regarding this role, she commented:"Ai-chan is an interesting character as it is able to draw out the true and honest intention of a person while encouraging them at the same time. I hope you would look at Ai-chan's conversation carefully." In the world of "Kamen Rider Zero-One", where numerous "miracle" had happened, how will Ai-chan affect the battle of Aruto and the others? Do look forward to the appearance of Ai-chan with the clear voice acting of M・A・O. <Below are the full comment> M・A・O as Ai-chan ------ Kindly tell us your feeling once your appearance in "Kamen Rider Zero-One" was decided. I was so happy that I get to appear in a "Kamen Rider" as this is the first time for me! It senses the difficulty in voicing an AI but I will do my best in doing it!! ------What's the charm of the friend type AI, Ai-chan? What is your focus when voicing it? The friend type AI while being frank, it is able to approach people carefully without overstepping the boundary. I would like to voice it with an image of a friend that listening to others optimistically while being able to say out the main thing directly. ------Please give us a message to the audience! Ai-chan is an interesting character as it is able to draw out the true and honest intention of a person while encouraging them at the same time. I hope you will look at Ai-chan's conversation carefully. Do look forward to it! "Kamen Rider Zero-One" Episode 36 "Watashi ga Ark de Kamen Rider" Broadcast: 9:00 AM ~ 9:30 AM on Jun. 28, 2020 (Sunday) （C）2019 Ishimori Production・TV Asahi・ADK EM・Toei
It was decided that the TV anime "Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Youna Monogatari" will start airing from Oct. 2020. Together with that, a new key visual and a PV filled with new images were released. The additional cast members of this work were announced as well. The original of this works is a light novel published by GA Bunko that had exceeded 1 million copies issued. This is a fantasy story depicting the unconscious, growth and misunderstandings of the young boy Lloyd. Despite the opposition of the residents, he travels out from his hometown that is the closest to the human-demon border to become a soldier of the city. The TV adaptation was announced in Oct. 2019 and it was also revealed that Hanamori Yumiri, Kayano Mai, etc. will be the main cast. There are 4 additional cast memberscast that were announced this time. It was decided that Yamashita Seiichirou will be playing as Alan, a local noble with an endless dispute, Saitou Souma will be playing as Shouma, a young boy who is born from the same Konron village as Lloyd, Hino Satoshi as Meltfan, an instructor of the military school and M・A・O as Colin, an instructor of the same military school. TV anime "Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Youna Monogatari" will start airing from Oct. 2020. (C) Satou Toshio・SoftBank Creative／LastDun Production Committee
The 4th lineup of the performers of the 2022's Taiga drama "Kamakura-dono no 13 nin (lit. 13 people from the Kamakura Shogunate)", written by Mitani Koki and Oguri Shun is the main actor, have been announced. It was also revealed that Evan Call, who had handled the music for "Violet Evergarden" series and the TV anime "Appare-Ranman!", will handle the music of this work. The Taiga drama "Kamakura-dono no 13 nin" depicts the people revolving around the power struggle during the establishment of the Kamakura Shogunate after the showy Genpei War. Hojo Yoshitoki is the 2nd Shikken (Regent for the Shogun), who learned everything from Minamoto no Yoritomo and the pillar of the warrior era. This is filled with the story of the young people, who have no ambition, crawl up to the top of the warrior rank. The highlights are the power struggles that take place in the new capital of Kamakura. It was announced that the composer of the music and insert song of this work is Evan Call. Evan Call has handled the music for various anime, including "Violet Evergarden" series, the film "Josee, the Tiger and the Fish", TV anime "Appare-Ranman!", "YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.", and "Schwarzesmarken". The comments of Evan Call were released along with this announcement. Do look forward to the broadcast to hear the music from Evan Call in the world of "Kamakura-dono no 13 nin" that depicts the start of the turmoil of the "Warrior Era". The 2022's Taiga drama "Kamakura-dono no 13 nin" is scheduled to be broadcast from January 2022 to December 2022 on NHK.
The latest Love Live! Series called ” Love Live! Superstar!!” released 60-second PV with new scenes toward upcoming broadcast on July 11, 2021. ” Love Live! Superstar!!” is the 4th project following “μ’s”, “Aquors”, and “Nijigasaki Academy School Idol Club”, which started on January 2020. On December, 2020, the new group “Liella!” members were announced, and it became hot topic. Set in the school located between Omote Sandou, Harajuku, and Aoyama, the 5 girls, including Shibuya Kanon, will experience “The story (school idol project) accomplished with everyone”. ”Love Live! Superstar!!” super long version PV was released this time. New scenes were added to the 60-second PV that was released in the advance, and the singing scene of Shibuya Kanon and the school life of the characters can be seen in the PV. TV anime ”Love Live! Superstar!!” will be broadcast from July 11, 2021 on NHK E-TV. © 2021 Project Love Live! Superstar!!
From the TV anime “Love Live! Superstar!!” (scheduled on July 11), approximately 60-second PV was released. “Love Live! Superstar!!” is the 4th project started on January 2021, which follows “μ’s”, “Aquors” and “Nijigasaki Academy School Idol Club”. The new group “Liella!” members were announced on December 2020, and became a hot topic. The story is set in the school located between Omote Sando, Harajuku, and Aoyama, where 5 girls, including Shibuya Kanon, will express “School idol project that will be accomplished with everyone”. This time, new PV was released toward the anime, scheduled 2 weeks later. The entrance cenemony scene with cherry blossoms is shown, and each “Liella!” member talks about their own thought about music, and it raises expectation toward the broadcast. TV anime “Love Live! Superstar!!” will be broadcast from July 11, 2021 at NHK E-Tele. © 2021 Project Love Live! Superstar!!
Before the broadcast of the TV anime "Love Live! Superstars!!" (Scheduled for July 11, 2021), the special program "AniSong! Premium! 'Love Live! SP'" will be broadcast. The MCs are Miyata Toshiya (Kis-My-Ft2) and Okada Keisuke (Masuda Okada), and they will press on the charms of the "Love Live!" series together with the members of "μ’s", "Aqours", "Nijigasaki High School Idol Club", and "Liella!". "AniSong! Premium! 'Love Live! SP'" is a special program that will unfold the history and charm of "Love Live!" series together with first gathering of the cast members from the 4 TV works. During the talk section, it will feature Mimori Suzuko (voice of Sonoda Umi), Iida Riho (voice of Hoshizora Rin), and Tokui Sora (voice of Yazawa Niko) from "μ’s", Inami Anju (voice of Takami Chika), Suzuki Aina (voice of Kohara Mari), and Furihata Ai (voice of Kurosawa Ruby) from "Aqours", Oonishi Aguri (voice of Uehara Ayumu), Sagara Mayu (voice of Nakasu Kasumi), Kubota Miyu (voice of Asaka Karin), and Tanaka Chiemi (voice of Tennouji Rina) from "Nijigasaki High School Idol Club" together with "Liella!" of "Love Live! Superstars!!". During the show, there will be a live performance of the familiar popular songs and new song by "Aqours", "Nijigasaki High School Idol Club", and "Liella!". Also, the MCs are Miyata Toshiya, who had followed "Love Live!" series for more than 10 years, and Okada Keisuke, who has zero knowledge on anime, and they will spread the charms of this series so that even a newcomer can understand it. Also, don't miss out the narration by Sakura Ayane (voice of Ayase Arisa). "AniSong! Premium! 'Love Live! SP'" is scheduled to be broadcast at 12:40 AM, on June 28. Also, the film "Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow" will be broadcast after this special program.
To commemorate the latest work of the manga artist Takahashi Rumiko "MAO" on reaching 100 chapters on "Weekly Shounen Sunday", the release of volume 9 of the manga, and the over 1 million copies in circulation, the digest movie of "MAO" has been released. The characters are voiced by Kaji Yuuki, Shimono Hiro, and Toyonaga Toshiyuki. In the digest movie, Kaji Yuuki is the voice of the main protagonist Mao, Shimono Hiro is the voice of Mao's brother Hyakka, and Toyonaga Toshiyuki is the voice of another brother Kamon. The movie will tell the story up until the latest development, and it is created in a way, where the world setting and story of this work can be understood by those who haven't read "MAO" yet. "MAO 100 Chapters and 1 Million Copies Commemoration Program" featuring Kaji, Shimono, and Toyonaga will be broadcast on the YouTube channel "Weekly Shounen Sunday TV", at 8:30 PM, on July 16, 2021. The live dubbing corner is a must-see, so don't miss it out.
An official Twitter account dedicated to sharing information about Takahashi Rumiko, a manga artist known for "Ranma 1/2," "Urusei Yatsura," and "Inuyasha" was established on June 1, 2021 . An illustration of Takahashi herself and a message with an autograph were also posted. Takahashi is a female manga artist who mainly draws for Shogakukan "Weekly Shonen Sunday". Her works received many anime adaptations, including "Ranma 1/2", "Urusei Yatsura", "Maison Ikkoku", "Inuyasha", "Rinne of the Boundary", and in the fall of 2021, "Yashahime: Princess Half-Young Chapter 2" will be broadcast. The account named "高橋留美子情報 (Takahashi Rumiko Information)" was established on Twitter on June 1. In the first tweet, along with the illustration of Lamb from "Urusei Yatsura" and author's sign, "The editor is in charge of opening an official Twitter on behalf of me who is not good with the Internet. Various information will be updated here, so please come and see it." Moriken, the editor in charge, also said in his account, "I decided to make an official Twitter account in consultation with Takahashi Rumiko! I hope I can share the latest information about works and spills with you. If you don't mind, please come and visit us! " Following the opening of Takahashi's official Twitter account, fans all over the world expressed their joy, "Thank you for opening an account!", "I LOVE YOU RUMIKO-SENSEI !!!", and "welcome Rumiko-Sensei". Also, to commemorate the opening of Takahashi's official account, the campaign "what I want to ask Rumiko Takahashi-sensei" will collect questions until June 15. If you are a fan, how about applying?
“Komi can’t communicate," will be adapted into an anime in October 2021. Koga Aoi will play the role of Komi Shouko, Kajiwara Gakuto will play the role of Tadano Hitohito, and Murakawa Rie will play the role of Osana Najimi. The original story of "Komi can’t communicate" is a "communicative disease" comedy serialized in "Weekly Shonen Sunday" by Oda Tomohito, which has sold over 5 million copies in total. The story is about a first year high school student, Komi Shouko, who is a beautiful girl who everyone looks up to, but her face freezes up when she tries to talk to other people because of her extreme communicable disease, and she struggles to achieve her goal of “making 100 friends”. Along with the decision to make an anime adaptation, a teaser visual, a teaser PV, and information on the main cast and staff have been released. Koga Aoi will be playing the role of Komi Shouko, Kajiwara Gakuto will be playing the role of Tadano Hitohito, and Murakawa Rie will be playing the role of Osana Najimi, Ayumi Watanabe of "Koi wa Ameagari no Yoni" will be the general director, Issei Kawagoe of "Bungo to Alchemist: Gears of Judgement" will be the director, and the series composition will be Akao Deko of "I shaved. And then I brought a high school girl home."; character design by Nakajima Atsuko of "Tokyo Ghoul: re"; and animation production by O.L.M. "Komi can’t communicate” will start airing on TV Tokyo and other stations in October 2021. In addition, a campaign is currently underway on the official Twitter page, where three winners will be chosen by lottery to receive a reproduction of the congratulatory illustration by the original author, Oda Tomohito. Komi Shouko (CV. Koga Aoi) ■Character Introduction Komi can’t communicate. She looks like a beautiful girl that everyone turns to, but she finds it extremely difficult to communicate and when she tries to talk to others, her face freezes up with nervousness and she thinks about how to talk to them and what to do afterwards. But the truth is, she wants to talk to people. Her dream is to “make 100 friends”. ■Cast Comment Q1: What was your impression of this work? First of all, when I picked up the book, I saw the title and the cover picture and thought, "Oh, there's something about this girl." The cover alone had an impact that piqued my interest. The title, ""Komi can’t communicate," I thought it was interesting that there was a catchphrase which made it easy to understand what kind of girl the character was. I could relate to the realism of the situations that many of us experienced during our school days, and I found myself reading on and on. There are a lot of characters with strong "personalities" in this work, the parts that I tend to think negatively about, or that I don't want people to see or know about, are portrayed as positive. I thought it was a work that made me think, "Maybe I can accept this kind of me..." and gave me the courage to push those who are troubled. Q2: What is your impression of the character you play and how enthusiastic are you about the role? From the side, she is a cool, beautiful woman who everyone admires. However, in reality, she is not very good at communicating, and when people talk to her, she scares them even though she never meant to. She was confused, and even though she really wanted to get along with them, she couldn't get the words out. The more I got to know her, the more I felt that way, and the more I fell in love with her. (laughs) I will do my best to portray her moving forward slowly but firmly, step by step, and to convey her thoughts and warmth in a few words. Tadano Hitohito (CV. Kajiwara Gakuto) ■Character Introduction Tadano-kun is just a person. His goal is to read the atmosphere around him so that his "normal" self doesn't stand out in the class, and to live his high school life without any disturbance. However, he seems to be very good at understanding people's feelings, and sees that Komi can’t communicate, so he becomes her "first friend. ■Cast Comment Q1: What is your impression of this film? Komi is really adorable... as I read the original story I'm always struck by how she gradually expresses her emotions even though she's clumsy! In addition to Komi, all the other characters have distinct personalities, which reminds me of my own high school days, and I can't help but fantasize about how happy my student life would be if I had such friends around me... (laughs) I especially like seeing them at seasonal school events, festivals, and other events, and I can't help but cry as I read them, thinking about my school days that I can't go back to...! And personally, the covers are always too beautiful! I'm so impressed! Thank you so much, Oda-sensei! Q2: What is your impression of the character you are going to play and what is your enthusiasm for the role? I think that Hitohito is a boy who has the goodness of being normal! He was a little naughty in junior high school, but once he sees it objectively, he becomes normal. It reminds me of my own school days. (laughs) I actually once tried to be a little naughty, but then I realized how naughty I was and went back to normal, so I felt sympathy for him while reading! But I'm very communicative myself, so I admire people who treat me like a normal person like Hitohito-kun. Every time I read it, I fall in love with it, so I'll do my best to play it charmingly! Osana Najimi (CV. Murakawa Rie) ■Character Introduction Osana Najimi is familiar. She is Tadano-kun's childhood friend. Or rather, she is a childhood friend to everyone. Her communication skills are so high that she can get along with anyone in a matter of minutes, but she seems to have a hard time with Komi because of their "past relationship". She usually wears a skirt and dresses as a "female student," but she used to wear a school run and dress as a "male student" until middle school. Her gender is no longer known. ■Cast Comment Q1: What is your impression of this work? As I was cackling and laughing at the funny gags, I felt that one of the appealing aspects of the film was that it depicted human relationships in such a way that tears of laughter turned into tears of emotion, and that these human relationships were carefully drawn. I think we all want to watch Komi achieve her dreams, but I also think there is a real pleasure in watching her grow up. Q2: What is your impression of the character you are going to play and what is your enthusiasm for the role? I will be playing the role of Osana Najimi, a strong character with special abilities who has a mysterious side but also possesses tremendous communication skills. Although she is such a strong character, she fits in so well with everyone that she is everyone's childhood friend, so I hope I can bring out the best of her. I haven't recorded yet, so I don't know how it will turn out, but I'm very happy to be involved in "Komi can’t communicate.” I'll do my best so that everyone can enjoy it! (C) Oda Tomohito, Shogakukan/Itan Private High School
May 5 is Takayama Minami-san's birthday. She debuted in the late 1980s, and since then, she has played many main characters in various titles. In 2021, she is taking part in titles such as "Shaman King" and "Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House". There are also many characters who have been voiced by her for many years. To celebrate her birthday, we conducted the annual survey , "Who's Your Favorite Character Voiced by Takayama Minami-san?" We received 295 votes during the survey period from April 23 to April 30. The voters were mainly female with 80% female to 20% male, and the age range was on the younger side with 45% under 19 and 30% in their 20s. ■Heros and Villans Both Made the List! 1st Place 1st place went to Edogawa Conan from "Detective Conan" with roughly 65% of the votes, keeping him a the top for 3 years in a row. Many fans were fascinated by the gap within the character and sent comments, such as "It's amazing how she changes her voice depending on the scene or who the character talks to like the childish voice to hide his identity and the cool voice when he's breaking the case," and "How he says 'Arerere?' to give clues of the case to the adults is so cute." "I get excited from the narration at the beginning of the show," is a comment that shows how the beginning of the show is also popular. The release of "The Scarlet Bullet", the first film in 2 years, must have helped him boost his support compared to last year. The protagonist of a popular series made the top of the list. 2nd Place Coming in 2nd was Hao from "Shaman King" with roughly 6% of the votes, climbing way up the ranking from last year's 11th place. The completely new "Shaman King" anime that started in April is the reason he moved up. Many fans expressed their joy saying, "I was so happy to hear Hao's voice for the first time in 20 years, I couldn't stop crying. I can't wait to see him make a full-scale appearance," "Takayama Minami-san's intimidating voice gives me the shivers," and "I can't believe I can see Hao-sama played by Minami-san again!" 3rd Place Inadera Rantarou from "Nintama Rantarou" took 3rd place with roughly 4% of the votes, moving him down a spot from last year's 2nd place tie. "I feel relief when I hear Rantarou's voice from 'Nintama' I used to watch every day as a kid," and "Rantarou is full of energy and kind to everyone. He's such an approachable character," are comments that show how the friendliness of the character is popular among the fans. The show has been broadcast on NHK since the early 1990s, so there were also many comments saying that they were introduced to Takayama-san through this title. ■Here Are Some Comments for Other Characters! For Tendou Nabiki from "Ranma ½", "Minami-san is well known for voicing young boys, but I like her cute girl voices too. Especially Nabiki, who really matches the voice with the older sister vibe, making the character even more amazing." For Fu Ka (Fu Hua) from "Honkai Impact 3rd", "Publicly, she's the class president of the school, but she actually is... I believe Takayama-san is the only one who could portray the different faces of Fu Ka." There were many fans who pointed out how she played several roles in the same title such as: Dilandau Albatou from "The Vision of Escaflowne", "I'll never forget her role of the cruel, narcissistic character. She also plays a young prince and a female character in the same show. I'm blown away by how a single person plays three different characters." And Ursula from "Kiki's Delivery Service", "I couldn't notice Kiki and Ursula were both being voiced by her on my first view. I love Minami-san's natural big sister acting. I also like how Ursula's positive character fits Minami-san." In the 2021 survey, various characters of both genders made the list. Not only heroes but many villains were also popular among the fans. ■Top 10 [Who's Your Favorite Character Voiced by Takayama Minami-san? 2021 Edition] 1. Edogawa Conan "Detective Conan" 2. Hao "Shaman King" 3. Inadera Rantarou "Nintama Rantarou" 4. Tendou Nabiki "Ranma ½" 5. Female Singer "Love Live! The School Idol Movie" 6. Kiki "Kiki's Delivery Service" 7. Envy "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" 8. Mukuro "YuYu Hakusho" 9. Amou Kanade "Symphogear" 9. Kitarou "GeGeGe no Kitarou" (5th series) (Survey Period: April 23 - April 30, 2021) ※This survey was held to investigate the readers' "interests and attention towards current anime titles and characters". The results should not be used to determine the supremacy of characters and titles. We hope this article will help you find new anime/characters and deepen your understanding of them. ■Overall Ranking [Who's Your Favorite Character Voiced by Takayama Minami-san? 2021 Edition] 1. Edogawa Conan "Detective Conan" 2. Hao "Shaman King" 3. Inadera Rantarou "Nintama Rantarou" 4. Tendou Nabiki "Ranma ½" 5. Female Singer "Love Live! The School Idol Movie" 6. Kiki "Kiki's Delivery Service" 7. Envy "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" 8. Mukuro "YuYu Hakusho" 9. Amou Kanade "Symphogear" 9. Kitarou "GeGeGe no Kitarou" (5th series) 11. Dilandau Albatou "The Vision of Escaflowne" 11. Hinata Hajime "Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair" 11. Mithos "Tales of Symphonia Mithos" 14. Ajiyoshi Youichi "Mister Ajikko" 14. Ursula "Kiki's Delivery Service" 14. Okei (Honda Keiko) "Crayon Shin-chan" 14. Moomin "Moomin" (Survey Period: April 23 - April 30, 2021) ※This survey was held to investigate the readers' "interests and attention towards current anime titles and characters". The results should not be used to determine the supremacy of characters and titles. We hope this article will help you find new anime/characters and deepen your understanding of them.
In anime and manga works, the popularity of characters and topics of conversation tend to be biased toward the main characters and heroes. However, it is the existence of the "shadows" that makes the "light" shine brightly. In the eleventh installment of "Enemy Character Biographies: Where is Their Aesthetics?”, we take a look at Hao from "SHAMAN KING". ※Please note that there are spoilers about “SHAMAN KING”. Basically, the antagonist in a story exists to be defeated by the protagonist. The role of the antagonist is to present values that differ from those of the protagonist and to glorify the legitimacy of the protagonist's side by being defeated. Since the audience and readers enjoy the story while empathizing with the protagonist, the defeat of the antagonist is also a catharsis for entertainment. In this sense, "SHAMAN KING" was a unique shonen manga. This is because Hao, the antagonist of this work, was an opponent that the protagonists could not defeat no matter how hard they tried. Why did "SHAMAN KING" need such an antagonist? I would like to think about it while comparing the original story and the old anime version. Hao, a unique antagonist who cannot be defeated “SHAMAN KING" is about a shaman boy, Asakura Yoh, who participates in a tournament called "Shaman Fight" and fights with his friends to become the Shaman King, a person with omniscient power. Although Yoh's goals are big, he is not an upwardly-mobile person and is an optimist who always says, "I can manage.” His reason for wanting to become the Shaman King is to create a world where people can live with ease. This sense of powerlessness in the protagonist is also unusual for a shonen manga. The general story line itself is typical of shonen manga, with Yoh becoming stronger through encounters with his fiancée Anna and rivals, but Yoh's goal is just to be able to live comfortably. The important point is that Yoh himself does not feel that strength is of much value. In contrast to the protagonist, Hao is a character who has been harboring anger and sorrow towards humanity for a thousand years and has set his sights on destroying it. He is willing to treat the lives of his recruited friends like tools to achieve his goal. His values are clearly at odds with those of the protagonist. And above all, Hao is unusually strong. In this work, the strength of a shaman is expressed by a numerical value called shamanic power, and Hao's shamanic power is 1.25 million, almost ten times that of the protagonist, making him a completely unbeatable opponent in terms of strength. In fact, Hao is not defeated in this work. So, what do the main characters do? They accept Hao's anger and sorrow and choose to "help" him. The main reason why this work is a unique shonen manga is because of the way it is resolved. And this will be the biggest difference between the old anime version and the new one which will be based on the original story. How to Stop the Cycle of "If they beat you, get them back.” In addition to the main character, there are two other forces that oppose Hao in this work: 'X-LAWS' with the sole purpose of defeating Hao, and 'Gandhara' also aiming to save the world. Many of the members of X-LAWS have had loved ones killed by Hao and are motivated by revenge, but Gandhara, on the other hand, acts to save even Hao. In X-LAWS, there is a clear boundary between friend and foe, considering someone as an ally if they help defeat Hao and an enemy if they get in the way, but Gandhara's boundary is ambiguous. This is because they are based on the idea of "moderation" and believe that all should be saved without distinguishing between friend and foe. The timing of the appearance of these two forces is important when considering this work. While the X-LAWS appear from the early days of the Shaman Fight, Gandhara does not show up until the latter half. Perhaps due to this influence, Gandhara does not appear in the old anime, which, unlike the original, depicts Hao's defeat in the end. As a result, the old anime completes the story in the scheme of enemies and allies. In contrast, the second half of the original work takes on a different value system from that of a typical shonen manga, and the story is no longer about just defeating Hao. One of the most memorable lines in the work is, " If they beat you, get them back”. The history of mankind is a repetition of this, and Hao describes mankind as "too much work". Shonen manga are basically a story of constant battle. The " If they beat you, get them back." storyline is one of the most exciting in the world. Episodes in which the hero's side takes revenge are so popular that they are depicted in many works, but in the end, they are part of the history of human conflict, in which "if somethings is done to you, you do it back to them”. Meaning there is no end to it. This work questions the endless cycle of conflict itself. While Hao tries to end the chain by destroying humanity, Yoh and his friends choose not to defeat him. They choose not to defeat Hao, because a solution by force would spark a new conflict. Hao, the antagonist who is too strong to be defeated, was set up, in my opinion, to portray this value system. If he cannot be defeated, he will not be defeated, and he will live in moderation without distinguishing the world into friend and foe. Even so, he believes that the world will "somehow go on”. Such strength of will is present in this work.
The 3rd “Reiwa Rider” (also the 50th anniversary work of “Kamen Rider” series) called “Kamen Rider Revice” was fully revealed this time. Maeda Kentarou and Kimura Subaru will be the main casts and the broadcast begins on September 5, 2021. Moreover, as the first challenge in “Kamen Rider” history, the movie of “Kamen Rider Revice” was put on the screen together with “Saber+Zenkaiger Super Hero Legend” (released on July 22), and the appearance of the new Kamen Rider was revealed to the public. The latest work “Kamen Rider Revice” will project “Kamen Rider who made the contract with demons”. The story is set in the world, where the demon worship cult called “Deadmans” uses a mysterious stamp called “Bistamp” and recreates a demon hiding inside ordinary people to create the monster called “Deadman”. The protagonist Igarashi Ikki contracts with a demon inside him to protect his important family members from Deadmans’ attacks. The Demon called Vice also changes to “Kamen Rider Vice”, and a hero and a demon forms a tag, and this will the first-ever “1 person to be 2 Kamen Riders”. Igarashi Ikki will be played by Maeda Kentarou, the new star, and Vice will be played by the voice actor Kimura Subaru. In addition, Ikki’s brother Igarashi Daiji will be played by Hinata Wataru, Ikki’s siter Igarashi Sakura will be played by Imoto Ayaka, and the creator of Rider system George Karizaki will be played by Hamao Noritaka, and the elite Deadman member Orteca will be played by Seki Hayata. Moreover, 23-minute movie of “Kamen Rider Revice” will be put on the screen together with “Saber+Zenkaiger Super Hero Legend” (released on July 22). It is the first attempt for “Kamen Rider” series to release the movie prior to the TV program, and it was the luxurious debut suitable for 50th anniversary work. Furthermore, the production announcement for “Kamen Rider Revice” will be held from noon of July 27, 2021 at “Toei Tokusatsu Fan Club”, “TELASA”, “TV Asahi Super Hero Time YouTube Channel”, and “Toei Tokusatsu YouTube Official” for free. Casts and theme song artists who have not yet been revealed will be released. © 2021 Ishimori Production, TV Asahi, ADK EM, Toei
“Ani-PASS #14”, featuring Nakamura Shuugo on the front cover and first page special feature, and Ueda Rena on the back cover and ending special feature, will be available at bookstores nationwide from July 28, 2021. "Ani-PASS #14” features Nakamura Shuugo on the cover and in the first page special feature. Nakamura-san will be releasing his 1st album "NATURAL" and 4th single "Kowareta Sekai no Byoushin wa (Broken World's Second Hand)" simultaneously on July 28, his birthday, and will be featured in a 30-page feature with photos full of summer atmosphere. The back cover and ending special feature will be on Ueda Rena, whose new album "Nebula", to be released on August 18, was carefully conceived and produced by her herself. The special feature includes a long interview that delves into the thoughts behind the songs. Also included in the book is a "bound-in artist card" of Nakamura Shuugo and Ueda Rena. "Ani-PASS #14”, priced at 1,430 JPY (including tax), will be available at bookstores nationwide from July 28, 2021. （C）SHINKO MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.
“SAY YOU TO YOASOBI Tuesday 【Shimono Hiro x Uchida Maaya】#14”, the TV program featuring Shimono Hiro and Uchida Maaya on “Anime LIVE Channel” of the new futuristic “ABEMA”, was broadcast on July 20, 2021. Welcome back ceremony unique to “YOASOBI” was held, and Shimono commented, “I’m back!” and thanks his fans and Uchida, who waited for him. This program was the first episode after Shimono was back. In the opening, the hero show-like title “Welcome Back! Shimotraman” was shown. With the starting line, “I don’t like bad people! I love milk and fried chicken. All humanity should wear glasses! Shimotraman is now back!”, Shimono dressed up as “Shimotraman” appeared in front of the screen and invoked laughter from Uchida and audience. Shimono seemed to suffer from this reckless show, which he wore a red and white hat like an elementary school student and moving while making a flying posture on the meeting desk. Uchida looked at the show and reacted, “What are you doing?”, “What is Shimotraman?”, “Hurry up, come here lol”, while bursting into laghter. After completing “YOASOBI”-like ceremony, Shimono greeted to the fans, “I’m back!” and thanks Uchida and his fans, who waited for his return. During the opening talk, Shimono continued, “I feel like I worked too hard. I reorganized my feeling and cleaned my room at the same time. I cooked sometime, and cooked something that I haven't made for a while, like oyakodon (egg, chicken, vegetable in a bowl filled with rice)”. He seemed to enjoy the recuperation period. The MCs challenged “Buzz x2 Burger Challenge”. This program was about the MCs making an original burger that makes a buzz on SNS on July 20, the burger’s day. They competed on how appealing their burger is, through the voting from the audience. The judges decide the burger not only on how well-looking it is, but also how luxurious can they place it on the plates. They first dressed as the burger shop employees to make them feel real. They started making burgers after “welcoming” the audience to their shop. The staff has ready with not only the popular ingredients, like buns, patties, lettuce, and tomato, but they also ready the abnormal choices, including Imagawa cake, fried Shiitake, and banana. They made their burgers, while eating warm Imagawa cake by saying “We should eat this while it’s hot”. Uchida chose lettuce, pineapple, tomato, cheese, and bacon without hesitation to make a nice burger, and placed all decoration toppings that was available for her. She was ready with a dish filled with food. In contrast, Shimono carefully made his burger with his favourite lettuce, onion and pickles, and neatly adjusting the taste. Shimono’s burger looked not too unique, but he placed half-cut Imagawa cake on the top. His final work was “Shimotraman Burger”, which used Imagawa cake as the horn of an Ultraman. Uchida took pictures and edited with special angles and effects, and her ability to make a “Buzz” was evident. As the result, 70% of the audience voted for Uchida and 30% for Shimono on “which burger can make more buzz on SNS?”, and Uchida proudly commented, “this is the photograph of whom mastered to look appealing on the SNS”. Shimono gave up on competing Uchida after looking at her work. He praised her, “Wow, you are different and unique!”, and “I learned a lot from you” and the winner went to Uchida, who used her camera completely. “SAY YOU TO YOASOBI Tuesday 【Shimono Hiro x Uchida Maaya】#14” is currently available exclusively on “ABEMA PREMIUM” in “ABEMA Video”. On “ABEMA PREMIUM”, “SAY YOU TO YOASOBI Premium【Shimono Hiro x Uchida Maaya】#14” with special movie is also available, so check it out if you are interested. © Abema TV,Inc
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