「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.
From TV anime “Fruits Basket” The Final, it was revealed that Hosoya Yoshimasa will play Honda Katsuya, the character appearing in episode 12 “You did well” (scheduled on Monday, June 21). Moreover, the scene cut for episode 12 for Honda Kyouko (CV: Sawashiro Miyuki) and Honda Katsuya has been released. The original work of “Fruits Basket” is the girls manga by Takaya Natsuki, which was serialized in “Hanayume” from 1998 to 2006. The sale has marked over 30 million copies around the world, and there is still continuous support from the fans even after the serialization had ended more than 10 years ago. The 1st season was broadcast from April 2019 and 2nd season was broadcast from April 2020. “The Final” is the last chapter of the series. It was announced that Hosoya Yoshimasa will be playing Honda Katsuya, who is the father of Honda Tooru in episode 12. Moreover, the scene cut released for episode 12 captures the youth of Honda Kyouko and Honda Katsuya. At the last of episode 12, Katsuya gives hands to Kyoko, who has just woken up, facing the ocean in front of them. Kyoko begins to cry with smiles on her face after receiving “You did well” from him. As the series approaches to the climax, the comments from the fans said, “I cant stop crying”, “I have never been moved this much by any other anime”, and “I don’t want this to end”. TV anime “Fruits Basket” The Final episode 12 “You did well” will be broadcast from Monday June 21, 2021 on TV Tokyo and other channels. The final episode 13 will be broadcast on the next week. © Takaya Natsuki, Hakusensha/Fruits Basket Production Committee
The 2nd performance of the new style recitation project "Reading Museum", "Ikebukuro Sherlock, Saisho de Saigo no Jiken" (The first and final case) was announced. Along with the announcement, the main visual and cast members were revealed. The "Reading Museum" is a recitation theater project that brings together up-and-coming members with voice actor Namikawa Daisuke as its director. "Ikebukuro Sherlock, Saisho de Saigo no Jiken" is the 2nd performance following "Ikebukuro Night Owl Tales", which was performed at Mixalive Tokyo, last September. Namikawa Daisuke, Maeno Tomoaki, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Amasaki Kouhei, and Saitou Souma will be appearing in "Ikebukuro Sherlock, Saisho de Saigo no Jiken". They will burn up the stage with the original story written by the mystery novelist, Shasendou Yuuki. Namikawa Daisuke plays Kitazaki, a.k.a. "Rittei University's Sherlock Holmes", a criminal sociology professor. Kitazaki works on a murder case on his campus, dragging in his friends and students played by Maeno Tomoaki, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Amasaki Kouhei, and Saitou Souma. However, Kitazaki actually has no reasoning skills, so his incompetent logic brings light to some unexpected secrets... Though having the same cast members and characters, the case and conclusion of each performance is different. The story unfolds in multiple universes, bringing new surprises to each of the 6 shows. A promo video with a special recording of Namikawa Daisuke, the director of the "Reading Museum", is currently available on the official website. "Reading Museum" "Ikebukuro Sherlock, Saisho de Saigo no Jiken" will be streamed on January 26, 30, and February 7, 2021. Tickets are currently on sale. (C) Ikebukuro Sherlock / Reading Museum
The largest movie, drama, and anime review service in Japan, “Filmarks”, released “spring 2021 season anime satisfactory ranking”, based on the data taken through their service. The 1st place was “Fruits Basket The Final”, the 2nd was “My Hero Academia 5th Season” and the 3rd was “Odd Taxi”. “spring 2021 season anime satisfactory ranking” was based on the average ★scores (MAX 5.0) and review numbers (Mark! Numbers) given to the anime broadcast in spring 2021 (March 25 to May 31, 2021). The anime with the highest number of ★scores ranked high in “spring 2021 season anime satisfactory ranking”. The 1st place “Fruits Basket The Final” received an average ★4.34 (Max 5.0). The fans commented, “the emotions of each character are well depicted”, “this is my life bible”, “couldn’t watch this without my tears falling off”, and “This is the wonderful human drama that cannot be explained with words”. The 2nd place “My Hero Academia Season 5” received ★4.33, the 3rd place “Odd Taxi” received ★4.31, the 4th place “Kingdom Season 3” received ★4.19, and the 5th place “Zombie Land Saga Revenge” received ★4.11. Following the top 5 listed above, the ranking was followed by “Tokyo Revengers”, “Vivy-Fluorite Eye’s Song-“, “To Your Eternity”, “Moriarty the Patriot Season 2”, and “Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun! Season “2”. For Mark! Number ranking (review numbers), “Tokyo Revengers” was the top, the highest number of episode comments were given to “Godzilla S. P”. “Fruits Basket” The Final © Takaya Natsuki, Hakusensha/Fruits Basket Production Committee “My Hero Academia” Season 5 © Horikoshi Kouhei/Shueisha, My Hero Academia Production Committee “Odd Taxi” © P.I.C.S./Odokagawa Traffic Partners
The main 5 members of Meta Liberation Army, the group appearing in the TV anime “My Hero Academia” Season 5, and their cast members have been announced. The experienced actors , including Hirata Hiroaki, Sugita Tomokazu, Majima Junji, Honda Takako, and Yamashita Seiichirou are gathered together. “My Hero Academia” entered the 2nd cour from June 26, 2021. The Meta Liberation Army believes that “Special ability, a.k.a. ‘quirks’, should be used freely”, and is the group currently expanding its power. The 5 members have been revealed this time. Re Destro (Yotsubashi Rikiya), the son of the former rival Destro. The CEO of the big IT company and the strategist of the Meta Liberation Army, Skeptic (Kinzoku Yuuho). The governor with a high ability of speech, who collects the supporters through his activity, Trumpet (Hanabatake Bikou). The managing director of the publisher and the ads leader Curious (Kitsuki Okitoshi). The spy of the Meta Liberation Army and the follower of Re Destro, Gaiten. The cast for the Meta Liberation Army was also announced. Hirata Hiroaki will play Re Destro, Sugita Tomokazu will play Skeptic, Majima Junji will play Trumpet, Honda Takako will play Curious, and Yamashita Seiichirou will play Gaiten. The comments from the experienced casts have arrived. 【Hirata Hiroaki: Re Destro/Yotsubashi Rikiya】 I am honored that I can be a part of “My Hero Academia”, which I longed for. And I will be playing the leader of the Meta Liberation Army “Re Destro”. I am partly nervous and happy. I always participate in the session with full stress to compete with young powers from others. Please look forward to the anime, and I will be playing with my full ability, coming from the time I waited to be a part of this series. 【Sugita Tomokazu: Skeptic/Kinzoku Yuuho】 In a society, where the existence of a hero is normal. What people will be asked for is simple, although society itself is complex. It is sad to see the string, that used to be set to control a doll, now fastens your neck. Isn’t it? 【Majima Junji: Trumpet/Hanabatake Bikou】 Hanabatake is a governor, so I feel pressure to express his “ability to speech”. I did my best, so please look forward to it. 【Honda Takako: Curious/Kitsuki Okitoshi】 In the short time and pressure given to “introduction”, I hope to deliver the characteristic, background, and the role in the series of “Curious”, a.k.a. Kitsuki Okitoshi, to you as much as possible. Thank you for letting me in. 【Yamashita Seiichirou/Gaiten】 I am honored to be a part of the wonderful work with strong support. I read the original manga, and the belief of each hero and villain made me think deeply, and shocked my heart. Gaiten is a mysterious character, but I will do my best to play him, together with “Justice of the Meta Liberation Army” in my heart. Please continue your support! © Horikoshi Kouhei/Shueisha, My Hero Academia Production Committee
From the TV anime "Tokyo Revengers", a non-credit video of "Tokyo Wonder.", the ending theme song of the 2nd cour "Bloody Halloween Arc" (released in July), has been revealed. "Tokyo Wonder." is an upper tune song by Nakimushi, a solo artist , who has rapidly been gaining young fans but doesn't reveal his/her real name, appearance, age, etc. The song is featured with the artist's husky voice, edgy sound, and his/her unique sense of words, which make the song perfect for the world-view of "Tokyo Revengers". Please indulge yourself in the new ending theme song, which adds color to the 2nd cour, with the beautiful non-credit video. The TV anime "Tokyo Revengers" is currently broadcast on MBS, TV Tokyo, BS Asahi, AT-X, and other stations. As "Bloody Halloween Arc" has just started, please keep your eyes on the main episodes. TV Anime "Tokyo Revengers" ■Broadcast Information Available on MBS, TV Tokyo, BS Asahi, AT-X, etc. "Bloody Halloween Arc" has just started in July! (C)Wakui Ken, Kodansha / Anime "Tokyo Revengers" Production Committee
Many of the anime in 2021 spring season are about to reach the finale. From original anime to sequels of popular series, there were many attractive titles to choose from, however which anime gained the most support from the anime!anime! readers? Here at anime!anime!, we conducted the reader survey titled “What was the best anime from 2021 spring season?”. The survey was conducted from June 18 to 25, and a total of 441 readers answered the survey. The females made up the majority of the vote with close to 65%, while the male readers made up approximately 35%. The young readers made up the majority, with minors making up approximately 35% and the reader’s in 20’s making up 30%. ■ Original anime ranked in the top and the 2nd! The 1st place was “Bakuten!!”. The support rating was approximately 9%. The anime was about boy’s rhythmic gymnastics, and the comments to the work said, “the fresh opening theme, a heart-warming story filled with youth, the acting of the experienced voice actors…all of them were awesome! My mother, who doesn't often watch anime, was also charmed by this!” and “The rhythmic gymnastics was impressive, and the relationship with the protagonist being charmed by the acting and his friends, seniors at school, and his teacher were wonderful. I wanted to support their team so much”. There were comments to the fact that this anime is set in the Tohoku region; “I personally like Iwanuma City, Miyagi Pref., so I was glad that this anime took place there”. 2nd Place The 2nd place was “Vivy-Fluorite Eye’s Song-“. The support rating was approximately 8%. This is an original Sci-Fi anime produced by WIT STUDIO. A diva AI meets Matsumoto from the future, and they go on a journey that travels through 100 years. “The development of the story was unpredictable due to its originality, and I was moved by the quality of drawings, music, and acting by the voice actors”, and “It has been a while since I enjoyed the detailed settings and hidden factors. I want to rewatch the anime from episode 1”. “Insert music is used almost every episode, and it was wonderful”, the comment mentioned the music of the anime. 3rd place The 3rd place was “My Hero Academia”. The difference between the 2nd place was so small. The 5th season of the popular series received comments like the following; “”he game between class A and B showed the growth of each character, and it moved my heart strongly”, and “I was glad to see the fighting where many characters used their quirks”. This anime is about to start the 2nd half. The Endeavour internship arc is gaining attention. In the male-only ranking, the 1st place was “Vivy- Fluorite\ Eye’s Song-“, the 2nd was “Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway”, and the 3rd was “Zombie Land Saga”. In the female-only ranking, the 1st place was “Bakuten!!”, the 2nd was “Fruits Basket The Final”, and the 3rd was “My Hero Academia”. To “Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway”: “Sayu’s sad past and Yoshida-san’s kindness. I enjoyed their complex relationship that both of them wont be honest, although they already known each other’s feeling.” To “Zombie Land Saga Revenge”: “The anime slowly showed the hidden secrets related to each character’s past, and the live, insert music, and movies were all great. I also enjoyed learning Saga’s sightseeing spots, and gourmet”. To “Fruits Basket The Final”: “The characters took new steps forward, and I cried every time each character moves forward. It is definitely a wonderful anime”. ■ Introducing other comments! To “SSSS. DYNAZENON”: “I enjoyed every episode, although I don’t watch robots and monster anime often” and “the anime was fresh because it combined robots and monsters with youth ensemble drama.” To “Pretty Boy Detective Club”: “Characters, the content, and designs were all at the best levels. I was surprised by how they recreated Nishio Ishin's novel into the wonderful work.” To “Odd Taxi”: “Although the characters are cute animals, their personalities are close to humans. No extra feature could be seen in characteristic, action, and conversation, and everything I see was a hint for the future.” Original anime ranked in the 1st and 2nd place for spring 2021 season. The original anime also ranked in the TOP 20, and many fans seemed to enjoy what will be happening next. ■Ranking Top 20 [What was the best anime in spring 2021 season?] 1st: “Bakuten!!” 2nd: “Vivy-“Fluorite Eye’s Song-“ 3rd: “My Hero Academia” Season 5 4th: “Frutis Basket The Final” 5th: Tokyo Revengers” 6th: 86” 7th: “Mao Dao Zhu Shi” 8th: “Shadow House” 8th: “Zombie Land Saga Revenge” 8th: “SSSS. DYNAZENON” 8th: “Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway” 8th: “Moriarity the Patriot” 13th: “Odd Taxi” 13th: “Beautiful Boy Detective Club” 15th: “Godzilla S.P ” 16th: “The World Ends with You” 16th: “I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level” 17th: “The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent” 19th: “SHAMAN KING” 19th: “Sound of Mashiro” (Survey conducted: June 18 to 25, 2021) ※This survey is taken as a part of research on “current anime and character’s popularity and interest”. The result does not determine any superiority nor inferiority between the characters or anime. Please read this article to learn about new anime and characters.
The activity of voice actors are not limited to anime anymore these days; there are many voice actors appearing in events and TV, and some even do work as an artist. Under such change, celebrating the birthdays of the voice actors on a radio or TV program, SNS and other places have became normal among the fans. Here at Anime!Anime!, we will introduce the voice actors with upcoming birthdays. We picked up the voice actors whose birthdays are between August 2 to August 8. August 2 Nitta Saki Katou Yuuko Takigawa Mariko Nakano Seiko Usami Tomoko Iki Tsugumi Egoshi Akinori Takeuchi Sou Hayami Shou Oosaka Ryouta Ootaki Hiroshi August 3 Fujii Asako Yamaguchi Kyouko Yoshioka Sachi Fujikawa Yukiko Makiguchi Miki Kusunoki Hiroko Oonishi Nozomi Itou Ayako Hazuki Erino Kageyama Risa Nishikawa Hazuki Sanada Gorou Murozono Takehiro Shimizu Yuutarou Furusawa Tooru Yokoyama Jun August 4 Mizuta Wasabi Ishizaki Kazuko Sugiyama Shigemi Terasaki Yuka Enoyoshi Maya Doi Mika Nabatame Hitomi Shirokuma Hiroshi Ooshiro Tooru Suzuki Takayuki Maeda Hiroki Hino Satoshi August 5 Hirohashi Ryou Kinoshita Suzuna Suzuki Katsumi Sasaki Takeshi Nemoto Kouta Sugiyama Ooki Baron Yamazaki Kawamoto Hiroyuki August 6 Uemura Yukako Oonishi Saori Ishii Yukari Taichi You Ishihara Kaori Takagi Yuka Nagai Noa Terai Tomoyuki Shibasaki Kouichi Kobayashi Naoto Sekine Kazunori Katou Ken August 7 Yamamoto Keiko Togashi Misuzu Fukushima Orine Kagata Yuuko Azakami Youhei Sasada Takayuki Ueda Youji Hirata Hiroaki Matsuoka Hiroshi Minaki Toshihiko August 8 Kuwatani Natsuko Sakuragi Amisa Suguro Miwako Inoue Yuka Satou Yuri Shiraishi Miho Matsumiya Kana Takenouchi Minako Naitou Ami Fukami Rika Shinohara Emi Takahashi Ao Kikkawa Hiroshi Kubota Masato Machi Yuuji Mugihito Kanou Akira Happy Birthdays!
July 31 is Furuya Toru-san's birthday. He has been active at the forefront up until now from the mid of the 1960s. He won the Kei Tomiyama Memorial Award at the 2nd Seiyu Awards, the Synergy Award at the 4th, and was chosen as the Best Actor in Supporting Roles at the 13th. In 2021, he is playing a role in "The Journey", "D4DJ First Mix", "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway", etc. To celebrate his birthday, we conducted the same readers' survey as last year, "Who's Your Favorite Character Played by Furuya Toru-san?" There were 861 votes during the survey period from July 13 to July 20. The voters were mainly female with a gender ratio of 75% female to 25% male. The age range was 30% under 20, 25% in their 20s, and 20% in their 30s. ■Amuro Toru from "Detective Conan" has won a majority vote! 1st Place 1st place went to Amuro Toru from "Detective Conan". The support rating was about 54%, winning more votes than last year, and he topped the list for four consecutive years. The readers praised him for playing three different roles, and received comments were, "He sometimes plays a private detective Amuro Toru, and at other times, he plays Bourbon, a member of the Black Organization, whose identity is Furuya Rei, an undercover investigator of the Public Security Bureau. I guess that many people should have fallen in love with him......", "Furuya-san uses different tones of voice, which make the characters' charms stand out", and "Thanks to Furuya-san's voice, I can enjoy different characters' different personalities". A third of the voters chose the name of Furuya Rei, and left the comments like, "I think it's wonderful of him to always stays strong in his belief" and "It's cool that he is determined to thoroughly follow on his intention, and does whatever he can do". 2nd Place 2nd place went to Amuro Ray from "Mobile Suit Gundam". The support rating was about 16%, and he placed 2nd same as last year. Amuro Ray is the protagonist of "Mobile Suit Gundam" and "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack". The readers mentioned his different charms shown in each series, saying "Although most of the characters were depicted as hot-blooded men back in the days, the protagonist in this series was an innocent boy, which was very inspiring", "He is a legendary figure as the first protagonist of the blockbuster that has a history of over 40 years. Especially, Amuro in 'Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack' has the air of a soldier, and seems to have leeway as an adult man". Some readers mentioned the latest film, which is currently showing, with the comment, "When I heard Amuro's voice in 'Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway' I got goosebumps". 3rd Place 3rd place went to Chiba Mamoru (Tuxedo Mask) "Sailor Moon". The support rating was about 6%, and he moved up from 4th place last year. He is the boyfriend of the protagonist Tsukino Usagi, and he disguises himself as Tuxedo Mask to support Sailor Moons. He was especially from the fans in their 30s who are the same generation as the series, and the comments received include, "I lost my heart to Tuxedo Mask's sweet voice. He is my first love when I was in the 3rd grade at elementary school", "I like Mamo-chan, who protects the heroine, sometimes harshly, sometimes kindly. Furuya-san perfectly plays the difference between the snobbish vibe of Tuxedo Mask and the dignified manner of Prince Endymion in his previous life". ■Let's introduce other comments!! Kasuga Kyosuke from "Kimagure Orange Road" "Indecisiveness of Kyosuke and immaturity of teenagers are naturally expressed, and I got interested in a voice actor as a profession for the first time." Sabo from "One Piece" "I was impressed by him inheriting the will of Ace, and supporting Luffy to achieve his goal. Furuya-san's voice enhances the charm of Sabo!" Casshern from "Casshern Sins" "He is the only immortal character in the series. Furuya-san's play accurately conveys his suffering and sorrow." Some readers voted for his narration other than the characters. The narration of "Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai" "His narration in a straightforward manner never disturbed the sound of a mah-jongg piece and BGM, but it certainly evoked a particular mood." Multiple protagonists have been ranked in the overall ranking. ■Ranking Top 10 [Who's Your Favorite Character Played by Furuya Toru-san? 2021 Edition] 1. Amuro Toru (Furuya Rei/Bourbon) "Detective Conan" 2. Amuro Ray "Mobile Suit Gundam" 3. Chiba Mamoru (Tuxedo Mask) "Sailor Moon" 4. Sabo "One Piece" 5. Pegasus Seiya "Saint Seiya" 6. Yamcha "Dragon Ball" 7. Kasuga Kyosuke "Kimagure Orange Road" 8. Hoshi Hyuma "Star of the Giants" 9. AkaRed "GoGo Sentai Boukenger VS Super Sentai" etc. 9. Ribbons Almark "Mobile Suit Gundam 00" (Survey Period: July 13 - July 20, 2021) ■Overall Ranking [Who's Your Favorite Character Played by Furuya Toru-san? 2021 Edition] 1. Amuro Toru (Furuya Rei/Bourbon) "Detective Conan" 2. Amuro Ray "Mobile Suit Gundam" 3. Chiba Mamoru (Tuxedo Mask) "Sailor Moon" 4. Sabo "One Piece" 5. Pegasus Seiya "Saint Seiya" 6. Yamcha "Dragon Ball" 7. Kasuga Kyosuke "Kimagure Orange Road" 8. Hoshi Hyuma "Star of the Giants" 9. AkaRed "GoGo Sentai Boukenger VS Super Sentai" etc. 9. Ribbons Almark "Mobile Suit Gundam 00" 11. Abel "Dragon Warrior" ("Dragon Warrior: Legend of the Hero Abel") 11. Kirishima Zen "The World's Greatest First Love" *Under his pseudonym 'Sogetsu Noboru' 11. Shiba Hiroshi "Steel Jeeg" 14. Utsunomiko "Utsunomiko" 14. Casshern "Casshern Sins" 14. Shikon no Tama "Inuyasha" 14. Sirius "The Sea Prince and the Fire Child" (Survey Period: July 13 - July 20, 2021)
Tsuda Kenjirou, the voice of the main protagonist Tatsu from Netflix original anime series "The Way of the Househusband" will be acting as "Tsuda-san" in the "bonus series" titled "The Ingenuity of the Househusband". It will be broadcast worldwide exclusively on Netflix from August 29. This work is a short story about "Tsuda-san" (Acted by Tsuda Kenjirou), who is polishing the profound way of a househusband at a certain house and a cat that is watching over him warmly He will be showing various life wisdoms, such as polishing knifes, and replacing, washing, polishing, and dumping the paper sliding door. Do check out this bonus series "The Ingenuity of the Househusband" together with the currently broadcasting anime "The Way of the Househusband". Also, the first TV broadcast of the Netflix original anime series "The Way of the Househusband" and the bonus series "The Ingenuity of the Househusband" have been announced. The 5 episodes of part 1 will be broadcast every Tuesday, at 12:30 AM, on TOKYO MX, starting from August 30. (C) Oono Kousuke/ Shinchosha
For the currently ongoing TV anime produced by Kyoto Animation called “Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S”, the voice actor Shimono Hiro has been decided as the additional cast. He will be playing Aida Taketo, the high school boy and the grandson of the master of the snack shop, and he will be appearing in the anime from episode 5. “Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid” is the comedy anime of Kyoto Animation and its season 1 was broadcast in 2017. It depicts interactions (usually heart-warming, sometimes dark) between humans and dragon girls. In the 2nd season “Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S”, Tohru, who unexpectedly became the maid for “Kobayashi family”, Kanna, Lucoa, Fafnir, and Elmar (all dragons) find their own places to belong and they are enjoying the interactions with humans. One day, the new dragon attacks Kobayashi-san… Shimono Hiro, the voice actor known for Cony Springer from “Attack on Titan” series and Agatsuma Zenitsu from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”, will be participating in this anime. He will be playing Aida Taketo, the male high school student and the grandson of the master of the snack shop. He will be appearing in the anime from episode 5 (scheduled on August 4, 2021). Comment from Shimono has arrived. “Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S” is currently available on ABC TV, TOKYO MX, TV Aichi, BS11, and AT-X. ■Full comment from Shimono Hiro I am Shimono Hiro, and I will be playing Taketo! Taketo begins to tend the store with Ilulu, but he is interested in Ilulu at all times and often has bloody nose by imagining many things, although he reacts coldly; in other words, he is in the middle of puberty! Please watch how he is going to interact with Ilulu while grinning! © Cool-kyou Shinja, Futabasha/ Dragon Life Improvement Committee
The first original regular voice actor program in the industry, "Say You to Yoasobi", is currently being broadcast on the new future TV "ABEMA" Anime Channel. Season 4 of "Say You to Yoasobi 2021", started in April 2021, and the new hosts are broadcasting every day. We at Anime!Anime! interviewed with Yasumoto Hiroaki-san, the Monday host, to commemorate his guest appearances on each day of the week. We asked him about the different charms of each day of the week and his "Oh well" spirit for living in this stressful society. (Interview and sentence by Mori Motoyuki, Photos by Fujita Ayumi) ■The interview with Yasumoto-san is now available on "Say You to Yoasobi YouTube"! ――You've appeared as a guest on each day of the week. Tell us about the fascination of "Say You to Yoasobi 2021" you found through this experience. Yasumoto: Every day has its charm, but I felt that the fundamentals are the same. Basically, it's just a bunch of voice actors enjoying chatting with each other... that's it. But I think this laid-back style makes the show interesting. ―― What does "Say You to Yoasobi 2021" mean to you? Yasumoto: To me, it's an amazing show that lets me enjoy a drink while working, haha. Jokes aside, I hope that by sharing a good time with the viewers in this time we have no choice but to stay home, I can relieve some of their daily stress. ―― Nowadays, many voice actors are releasing videos. How is this show different from them? Yasumoto: Today, anyone can stream on YouTube, etc., and I think many people do that. On the other hand, "Say You to Yoasobi 2021" is developed through "ABEMA", which makes it possible to create content with a higher grade. I believe we can deliver a "proper flair", which gives the show a different taste than individual streamers. ―― Has anything changed since the new season "Say You to Yoasobi 2021" started? Yasumoto: My partner has changed. ――haha. Yasumoto: I've been a host for the show for 3 years, and every time, I have a different partner. But I always enjoy the process of building relationships. My first partner, Eguchi Takuya-kun, was someone I already knew how to perfectly communicate with, so I was able to go full throttle from the very beginning. On the other hand, my relationship with my partner from last year, Nakamura Sougo-kun, changed drastically from the beginning to the end. Although I've known Maeno Tomoaki-kun for a long time, when we started hosting "Yoasobi" together, we struggled a bit at the beginning. I think I'm quite the square type, but he's square to the core, so I wasn't sure how far he'd go along with my jokes. And finally, the other day, when I threw in a dirty joke, a rather silly one, he didn't hesitate to react to it. That's when I was convinced that I could work with him. I might have been too hardheaded about him being square. Now that I know he can have some fun, I'm really enjoying the interaction with him. ――So your impression about Maeno-san is gradually changing. Yasumoto: It is. I thought he was gentlemanly, square, and fresh, Someone who doesn't show any weakness. But I've found out that he actually is quite vulnerable, in a good way. I'm sure it's not just me. The viewers probably see it too. I'm learning more and more about Maeno-kun and getting to know him better. ――It might be even more fun to watch the show thinking that Yasumoto-san is trying to figure out how to connect with Maeno-kun. Yasumoto: I'd be embarrassed if I drew too much attention, so don't overdo it, haha. ―― You appeared as a guest on each day of the week, how would you describe each day? We'd also like to know the charm of each day. Yasumoto: Last year, Mondays were full of trouble. But I managed to overcome them at the last minute, so I used to call it "Manageable Monday". Let me think about this year... After appearing in the show for each day of the week, I found out that Monday was the only day I had a proper meeting, haha. So I'll call it "Serious Monday". Tuesday was just as what I expected from the "Soothing Tuesday". Actually, I was the one who started calling it that, so I was worried if I was putting an extra burden on Shimono Hiro-san and Uchida Maaya-san. But when I got there, I thought it was the perfect title for Tuesday. Both of them didn't seem stressed out, and the staff members looked like they were enjoying themselves. I thought it was "soothing" for everyone, so there's no better title than "Soothing Tuesday". Yasumoto: Wednesday is called "Destructive Wednesday". I saw Uesaka Sumire-san destroying herself, but I couldn't understand what she was destroying, haha. Since there are three hosts on Wednesday, we could call it "Rambunctious Wednesday". It was a lot of fun for me to be in that space, and Tokui Sora-san was good at livening up the show. Uesaka Sumire-san goes wild, and Komatsu Mikako-san holds it together. When you think about it, "Three-Way Wednesday" might be a good title. Just like the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Probably Komatsu Mikako-san as Cao Wei will win in the end, haha. After appearing as a guest on Thursday, I realized the tremendous energy of Ishikawa Kaito-kun and the overwhelming generosity of Namikawa Daisuke-san. It was "Predictable Thursday" in a good way. You watch the show on Thursday, and you feel the comfort of the two of them being there. I think many people will feel at ease. Friday is "Final-Boss Friday". How should I say this... The difference in the amount of work between Hatanaka Yuu-kun and Seki Tomokazu-san is excruciating, haha. I believe that one day, Yuu-kun will have to strike back at Seki-san. I hope that Yuu-kun will reach the level as a hero to make an absurd request towards Seki-san. I'm calling it "Final-Boss Friday" with that kind of expectation in mind. The weekends are hosted by two tanned men, so "The Dark Duo Weekend", haha. And Connect is just "Energetic Connect". That's it, haha. ――The relationship between the cast and crew of "Yoasobi" is also quite interesting. Was it different for each day? Yasumoto: I felt it even through the screen, and yes, it was different for each day. On Tuesday there's a calm relationship of trust while Wednesday is like pro wrestling where the cast members don't trust the staff, "in a good way". It actually makes the show more interesting. Some people may not like it, but it's just a comprehensive pro wrestling match. I hope people will enjoy it with warm eyes. Thursday is a bit like Monday. We curse at the staff, but we're working it out just fine. I even thought that maybe Thursday was the day that the cast and staff are communicating the best. Namikawa-san seems to be keeping a lookout on the whole situation. Also, we are more out of touch with the staff on Monday, haha. On the contrary, Seki-san on Friday may not be paying much attention to the staff for the four years of this show, haha. Everyone tries to mess around with Seki-san at his pace, but he skillfully dodges them and passes it over to Yuu-kun, who tries his best to handle them... I felt that they work together with eh staff to create that flow. Besides, Yuu-kun looks beautiful when he's trying as hard as he can, so it works out. But I also want him to strike back at Seki-san one day, so keep up the hard work! ――Who do you think would be a good choice for a new host on Monday? Yasumoto: If we were aiming for a completely different direction, I think Uchida Maaya-san would be a great choice. Maeno-kun and I would be like horses for her to ride in a mock cavalry battle. We would be able to show you the right way to treat a princess. I think we won't be able to do it for the three members from "Rambunctious Wednesday", haha. Another choice would be Namikawa-san, though that would be too straightforward. If he were with us, I think Maeno-kun and I would be spoiled to the bone. We haven't shown that side of us, so it will be a completely different kind of show. Those two would probably change the show drastically. ――I'd love to see both approaches , haha. You appeared as a pseudo-commentator for the project on Thursday, "Children's Dream Jobs", with Namikawa-san. If you were to go back to your school days, what kind o career would you like to pursue? Yasumoto: As a child, I wanted to be a hero, but when I broke my arm, I realized, "Oh, I'm not a hero." I also liked to cook, so I wanted to be a professional cook. I still think about it quite a bit, and I've been thinking about opening a restaurant when I turn 50. ――What kind of restaurant do you want to open, and do you have a signature dish? Yasumoto: It would be a bar. The food will be only salty dishes. I wouldn't say I have a signature dish... I don't mind putting time and effort into cooking, and I'm confident that I can make anything I want, as long as I have books and videos. Nowadays, there's so much information, you can find detailed instructions for everything. However, when I'm cooking for myself, I don't want to spend more than 15 minutes, so I end up making stir-fried vegetables or something like that. But actually, stir-fried vegetables can be quite profound. You could start cold with low heat and pour oil over the top to make it crispy, or you could start with high heat to make it shriveled up. Both are delicious. So I guess my signature dish is stir-fried vegetables. ――It must have been quite hard to appear as a guest from Monday to the WEEKEND. What keeps you going? Yasumoto: I think I was simply lucky. I just happened to find something I like, and through twists and turns, it became my job. Of course, I'm not free of stress but I don't think I'm actually "working hard". There are times when I think, "This is hard work," or "It's tiring," but I don't feel like I'm forcing myself. If I have complaints I tell my manager. I think I was also blessed with good people around me. ――Would your life have been different if you hadn't met Takano-san, your high school classmate you talked about during your guest appearance on Wednesday? Yasumoto: Takano-kun showed me all these anime magazines, and he was the one who brought the voice acting career to my attention. So I'm really grateful for him. Unfortunately, I don't know what he's doing now. ――You were producing a massage parlor for Tuesday's project. Since we're conducting this interview, I'd like to know what kind of news media you would produce. Yasumoto: I don't care if it doesn't get many views, or if it doesn't have a lot of information. I'd want it to be a platform with only reliable information. No articles with embellished content or speculations. Just plain and simple truth. I wouldn't mind people saying, "That media is bearing," but it would be great if everything in it is true. ――So a media with only facts. Yasumoto: People talk about things based on speculation and nowadays, the internet and social media accelerate the spread of such speculations. It becomes even more exaggerated and the messed up information keeps spreading. I understand that it can make us laugh, but it also can hurt some people. ――Tell us your tips for enjoying "Say You to Yoasobi 2021". Yasumoto: First, I'd like you to be ready to go to bed. Finish your dinner, take your bath, and all that's left is to go to sleep. This is the best situation to watch the show. If you can drink, have a drink. If you can't bring your favorite beverage that makes you relaxed. Also, don't feel disappointed even if you fall asleep. It's something you can't fight. There's not much you're going to miss anyway, haha. So just watch the show without any feelings of regret or anything like that. I think there shouldn't be anything left other than, "That was fun." ――Would you like to say something to your fans? Yasumoto: Watching "Say You to Yoasobi 2021" may be a waste of your time. But I hope the time wasted becomes a moment of luxury. Please lay back and enjoy. ――Do you have any wasted time in your life? Yasumoto: Every day. ――Is that a conscious choice? Yasumoto: When I was young, I was energetic and active, but at this age, there are many times when I have something I have to do, but my body doesn't move and I just don't get it done. I accept it as something that can't be helped. I give up with a positive attitude, thinking that it was probably not something I actually had to do. ――What can people overwhelmed with different things and tasks do to make room in their minds? Yasumoto: If they have to-do lists and have to get their tasks done, they probably need to do it. There are also people who get anxious if there's a gap in their schedule, so they'll pack it with things to do. In any case, I think it's important not to think that you are being pressed. There are many things that I want to do but can't do. But I try not to feel bad about it and forgive myself that it was OK. It's better not to do anything that you regret doing. Of course, there are things you actually have to do. It'll be easier if you get them done and accept that there are things that you can't do. ――In Friday's project, you were called "the discerning man, Yasumoto Hiroki". Is there anything you keep in mind to practice your discerning eyes? Yasumoto: I used to judge things only by my standards when I was young, but at this age, I try to listen to others and acknowledge the person in front of me. So as I grow older, I've come to like people more and more. I feel that if you try to understand others, you will naturally start to see the differences. And if you can enjoy these differences, you'll probably enjoy your life until the end. ――I feel like this also leads to your "Oh well" spirit. Yasumoto: You're probably right. We're all different, aren't we?
The brand-new entertainment, where the cast members serve as hosts remotely, "Remote Host" has officially started. The character visuals and cast members, including Toriumi Kohsuke and Yasumoto Hiroki, were announced with the release of the PV. "Remote Host" is a brand-new entertainment, where the cast members serve as hosts remotely, and it will be featured on Twitter, "note", YouTube, and other website. The battle between "Planet6", the host owners who were the ex-star hosts in the legendary host club "Club Galassia", has once again started. The story will revolve around the characters striving to be the No. 1 host club as well as the No. 1 host in the industry as if they were following the will of the owner, known as the "Emperor", "I will give 'Club Galassia' to one of the P6 member". The official release of this entertainment was announced on the production announcement meeting on June 23, and the 10 hosts affiliated to "Club Venere" and "Club Saturno" were announced together with the character visual. The cast members for "Club Venere" are Toriumi Kohsuke (voice of Lucifer), Sakata Shougo, Tanabe Kousuke, Kashiwazaki Hayato, Okano Yuu, and Ishii Takahide while the cast members for "Club Saturno" are Yasumoto Hiroki (voice of Chronos), Kobayashi Setsu, Yasuda Rikuya, Koike Takahiro, Yamamoto Tomoya, and Shibano Takahiro. The PV with the theme song "Geramekiyu" sung by them, has also been released, so do check it out. Also, on the official Twitter account, it will have the daily tweets of the daily routine of the hosts. The official website has finally been opened, and it contains various information, including the frame picture of the cast members and the profile of the characters. On "note", the story of "Club Venere" and "Club Saturno" will be released one chapter by one chapter, and only the first chapter will be free. The latest story for "Club Venere" will be released on the first Wednesday of the month, while "Club Saturno" will be released on the third Wednesday of the month. Other than this, the program featuring 5 hosts from each club will be broadcast on the official YouTube account regularly. Just like the title, the remote host club will also be conducted soon, so don't miss out on the future announcements. (C) Umatani Ichigo
The new future TV "ABEMA" broadcasted "Say You to Yo Asobi Monday [Yasumoto Hiroki x Maeno Tomoaki] #6" from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on May 24, 2021 on "Anime LIVE Channel". In the broadcast, a birthday special was held to celebrate Maeno Tomoaki's birthday on May 26. They celebrated his birthday with "I want Maeno-san to eat a special (something)" and "Let's make a new (something) for Maeno-san". ■ Maeno Tomoaki was touched by Yasumoto Hiroki's home-cooked meal and presents!? The program had a special program to celebrate Maeno's 39th birthday. Maeno-san celebrated in a professional baseball style, appearing to baseball announcements and flying jet balloons. First of all, in response to Maeno-san's comment at the meeting that he wanted to eat curry, they prepared curry from Aubergine, a favorite of "Monday Yo Asobi". The curry was topped with roast Chateaubriand beef from Matsuzaka beef, which Yasumoto-san had made by hand. The extravagant combination was met with "What?", and Maeno-san said excitedly, "It's so good!" "So tender!" He tasted Yasumoto-san's gift with a happy look on his face, saying, "Yo Asobi is heavenly" and "Curry goes really well with it”. He also received a congratulatory message from Kamei Yoshiyuki of the Yomiuri Giants. This was the second surprise from Kamei-san, after the first broadcast (#1), and he said, "Don't ask him to do anything!” and "What a troublesome request to the Japanese baseball world's treasure......" He expressed his gratitude for Kamei's kindness, saying, "Whenever I see him, he always calls out to me," and "I really appreciate it". In the program, a corner called "Let's make Maeno-san's new uniform" was held. As a gift to Maeno-san, who wanted to make a new uniform, the program found him a store where he could make a custom-made uniform. They asked him to make his own original uniform. The shape, color, and design can all be customized, so Maeno-san was able to solidify his image while picking up a number of samples. Once he had a clear idea of the direction he wanted to take, he used a computer simulation system to try out various color and design combinations, and decided on a base color of yellow and purple, the colors of the show "Yo Asobi". Yasumoto, who was looking on, said, "This system is interesting," and "It's so much fun!", and seemed to be very interested in the system that displayed various patterns. When Maeno-san was stuck for ideas, Yasumoto-san asked, "Do you want to tighten it up with black? When you see a uniform based on yellow, you can use navy blue," he advised. He continued, "This is cool! He continued, "This is so cool!" "It's so unique," he said, as he immersed himself in creating the "Yo Asobi" style uniforms. Once the design was decided, they looked forward to its completion. Towards the end of the program, Yasumoto-san once again sent a message, "I know it's a little early, but happy birthday," and "I hope you have a healthy year ahead of you". Maeno-san also expressed his gratitude to Yasumoto-san and the audience for celebrating his birthday, saying, "I don't think it's often that I get to spend such a wonderful birthday, so this was a memory that will last a lifetime. （C）AbemaTV,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.
The Anime adaptation of the silly cute FemBL "Fucked by My Best Friend" released a promo video with two versions. Shion and Rui are an amazing pick-up artist team with a success rate of 100. But one day, Shion was drugged by a mysterious lady, and a few hours later, he wakes up to find himself transformed into a woman's body. Rui, who comes to check on Shion, see's him in a woman's body and his male switch turns on. He hits on her(him) without knowing it's Shion, and... Two promo videos, each narrated by Chihaya Rui (voice: Furukawa Makoto) and Chihara Shion (voice: Yamamoto Kazuomi) have been released. Let's enjoy a bit of Rui's hot voice, Shion's Male and Female voice. It was also announced that the anime will be broadcast on BS11, so we can watch "Fucked by My Best Friend" anime all over Japan. The on-air version short anime of "Fucked by My Best Friend" is scheduled to be broadcast on Tokyo MX and BS11 on April 4, 2021. The premium version, which depicts the "graphic" scenes, will also be streamed from the same day. "Fucked by My Best Friend" Anime Broadcast/Streaming Information
Movie “Kimetsu no Yaiba : Demon Slayer” Infinity Train arc decided to be released on 2020. The new teaser and visual has been released on the 2nd info.