「Gundam AGEII Magnum SV ver.」 piloted by Kujo Kyoya in 『Gundam Build Divers』 gets a gunpla kit with a scale of 1/144(HG). Currently available for pre-order on Premium Bandai.
A new "Love Live!" series TV anime "Love Live! Super Star!!" will be broadcast on NHK E Tele from July 2021. "Love Live" is a "School Idol Project" developing in various media, including CD releases, anime, games, and live events under the theme of "Minna de Kanaeru Monogatari" (The Story Fulfilled by Everyone) The new series "Love Live! Super Star!!" started as a new project following μ's, Aqours, and Nijigasaki High School Idol Club in January 2020. In December 2020, the announcement of the members of the new group "Liella!" became a hot topic. And finally, it was announced that a TV anime will be broadcast on NHK E Tele from July 2021. In addition, the production of the first live-action promotion video by the cast members of Aqours from "Love Live! Sunshine!!" and the live concert and fan meeting of the groups from "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club" were announced. Check out the "Love Live!" series official website for further information. (C) 2017 Project Love Live! Sunshine!! (C) 2020 Project Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club (C) Project Love Live! Super Star!!
The TV anime "Godzilla S.P 'Singular Point'" broadcast date has been decided. In addition, the key visual and the opening theme song have been announced. This work will be streamed by Netflix from March 25, 2021, and will be broadcast on TOKYO MX and other stations from April 1, 2021. This work will be launched as a new project of "Godzilla", one of Japan's representative characters. A new original story, completely different from the previous movies, will be unfolded as a 13-episode TV animation series. The key visual that was released shows the two main characters, Kamino Mei (CV: Miyamoto Yume) and Arikawa Yun (CV: Ishige Shoya), the "Godzilla" of this work in the center, and mysterious figures and mathematical equations, which make it look like both a new and retro like Godzilla poster back in Showa period. In addition, BiSH, who has been currently dominating the domestic and international scenes, has been chosen as the opening theme song artist for this work, and their newly written new song "in case..." has been used as the opening theme song. Comments from BiSH members Sentochihiro Chicchi have also arrived. "Godzilla S.P. 'Singular Point" will start airing on TOKYO MX and other stations from April 1, 2021. Comments from Sentochihiro Chicchi (BiSH) We are very happy to announce that BiSH is in charge of the opening theme song for "Godzilla S.P Singular Point" and I feel it has a major significance for us. I've loved "Godzilla" since I was a little girl because it gave me the thrill of the unknown. We want to deliver the music with this story that is about to move into a new era and the thoughts of the young people as the strongest production team gathered their thoughts. We, BiSH, would like to overturn the irresistible future together. Thank you very much. ー Sentochihiro Chicchi (BiSH) (C) 2020 TOHO CO., LTD.
The "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle" live event, "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>>" 3rd Battle was held from 7:00 p.m. on February 21, 2021, and was exclusively streamed on "Abema PPV Online Live". "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>>" 3rd Battle photo by Kumei Kenta / nishinaga "saicho" isao / Kobayashi Kousuku (C) Abema TV, Inc. (C) King Record Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. src="https://animeanime.jp/imgs/zoom/388793.jpg" class="inbody-img"> In "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>>" two teams were chosen to battle each other on each day. The Osaka Division "Dotsuitare Honpo" (Iwasaki Ryouta / Kasai Keingo / Kuroda Takaya) and the Ikebukuro Division "Buster Bros!!!" (Kimura Subaru / Ishiya Haruki / Amasaki Kouhei) battled in the 1st Battle, which was streamed from 4:00 p.m. on January 31, and the Nagoya Division "Bad Ass Temple" (Hayama Shouta / Sakakibara Yuuki / Takeuchi Eiji) and the Shinjuku Division "Maternrou" (Hayami Shou / Kijima Ryuuichi / Itou Kento) battled in the 2nd Battle, which was streamed from 4:00 p.m. on February 14. The 3rd Battle, the final battle, was the battle between the Shibuya Division "Fling Posse" (Shirai Yuuskuke / Saitou Souma / Nozuyama Yukihiro) and the Yokohama Division "Mad Trigger Crew" (Asanuma Shintarou / Komada Wataru / Kamio Shinichirou). They fascinated the fans from the opening with an intense battle. Many fans commented in the "Abema" comments saying, "Cool, cool, Coooollllll!", "They give me the shivers!", and "Yokohama will win! Shibuya will win, too!" You could feel the audience enjoying the live streaming as if they were "together" at an actual concert. Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>>" 3rd Battle photo by Kumei Kenta / nishinaga "saicho" isao / Kobayashi Kousuku (C) Abema TV, Inc. (C) King Record Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. src="https://animeanime.jp/imgs/zoom/388792.jpg" class="inbody-img"> The live event started with the songs by the Division All-Stars, "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle +" and "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle Anthem +", followed by "Hypnosis Mic: Glory or Dust", the theme song of <<2nd D.B.R.>> that was released in the opening trailer the other day. The songs were special versions performed by the two teams, "Fling Posse" and "Mad Trigger Crew". An entrance movie was played for each division's part, and the three members of each team appeared on stage. With the unique solo songs of both Shibuya and Yokohama, and the teams' songs with impressive staging that express the color of each team, the two teams performed in great coordination. Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>>" 3rd Battle Chuuouku photo by Kumei Kenta / nishinaga "saicho" isao / Kobayashi Kousuku (C) Abema TV, Inc. (C) King Record Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. src="https://animeanime.jp/imgs/zoom/388814.jpg" class="inbody-img"> Also, in the middle of the live event, the three members of the Party of Words from Chuuouku, Kobayashi Yuu as Touhouten Otome, Takahashi Chiaki as Kadenokouji Ichijiku, and Yamamoto Nozomi as Aohitsugi Nemu, appeared on the center stage to perform their song from last year, "Femme Fatale". Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>>" 3rd Battle Fling Posse photo by Kumei Kenta / nishinaga "saicho" isao / Kobayashi Kousuku (C) Abema TV, Inc. (C) King Record Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. src="https://animeanime.jp/imgs/zoom/388797.jpg" class="inbody-img"> Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>>" 3rd Battle Mad Trigger Crew photo by Kumei Kenta / nishinaga "saicho" isao / Kobayashi Kousuku (C) Abema TV, Inc. (C) King Record Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. src="https://animeanime.jp/imgs/zoom/388805.jpg" class="inbody-img"> The latest songs from both Shinjuku Division and Yokohama Division were also performed for the first time. "Black Journey" from "Fling Posse", which was composed by "Tanaka (former job: Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi) and "Kenkaiyoshi", and "Hunting Charm" from "Mad Trigger Crew", which was composed by "Ice Bahn" and "Dirty Orange". They performed the battle song "Reason to Fight", which will be recorded on the CD "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 2nd D.R.B Fling Posse VS Mad Trigger Crew" (set to be released on March 24), towards the end of the concert. And their final intense performances for the fans watching online were a special 2-Division version of "Survival of the Illest +" and "Summit of Division". Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>>" 3rd Battle photo by Kumei Kenta / nishinaga "saicho" isao / Kobayashi Kousuku (C) Abema TV, Inc. (C) King Record Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. src="https://animeanime.jp/imgs/zoom/388796.jpg" class="inbody-img"> The leaders of each division talked about their thoughts on the performance. Shirai Yuusuke as Amemura Ramuda, the leader of the Shibuya Division, said, "It was so fun! Today's performance was a mixture of our enjoyment and the desire to win," and Asanuma Shintarou as Aohitsugi Samatoki, the leader of the Yokohama Division, said, "Since we once lost in the battle between the Divisions, we came with our minds set to never lose again. I felt great joy to be able to deliver entertainment through the screen when not only Japan but the whole world is feeling down," closing the curtains on "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>>" 3rd Battle with its intense energy still lingering in the air. "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>>" 3rd Battle is available on "Abema PPV Online Live" until 11:59 p.m. on February 28. The streaming ticket for the show can also be used as a vote to decide the winning team. You can vote once per ticket. In addition, it was announced that "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 6th Live <<2nd D.R.B>> Final Battle Shinshutsu Kekka Happyoukai" (announcement of the teams advancing to the final battle) will be exclusively streamed on "Abema Special Channel" from 7:00 p.m. on May 15, 2021. The leaders of all six Divisions get together to hear the results of the battles. (C) Abema TV, Inc (C) King Record Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.
As anime production technology has advanced in recent years, so has the quality of opening and ending theme song movies. While some depict fight scenes, others show stylish scenes as if it is an actual music video of the artist. There are several kinds of anime opening and ending movies today. This article picks up ending theme songs uploaded on official YouTube Channels. Ending theme songs are great ways to look for anime, in case you are worried that there are too many anime ongoing in one season. Broadcast on Wednesdays Hortensia Saga "Hortensia Saga" is originally an RPG for iOS/Android titled "Hortensia Saga: Knights of the Blue", which had more than 9 million downloads around the world. Riden Film, the animation studio known for producing the opening movies of all 3 game series, "Hortensia Saga Zero", "The Heroic Legend of Arslan", and ”Blade of the Immortal", is in charge of anime production, and the anime was made into a popular fantasy story that all anime fans, not only those who had played the game before, can enjoy it. The ending theme is "Yasou to Hakuchuumu" (Nightmares and Daydreams) by Mafumafu. The movie is like a painting on a campus that describes the ocean during sunrise and flying wings and flower petals, which implicates the emotion of the characters beautifully. BEASTERS 2nd Season The original work of "BEASTERS" 2nd season is the manga by Itagaki Tomoru currently serialized in "Weekly Shonen Champion". Regoshi accepts the fact that he himself is a carnivore and takes a step forward with his love with Haru, but one day, a new danger approach to Regoshi looking toward the beginning of the new day-the shadow of the criminal involved in an unsolved murder case. YOASOBI, the artist who "takes a novel and makes it into music", is singing not only the opening theme song, music" YOASOBI, who is singing the opening theme song is also the singer for the ending theme song. Ending theme song is "Yasashii Suisei" (A Kind Asteroid). This song was produced together with the original novel by the original author Itagaki Tomoru titled "With the Leonid Meteor Shower". (Currently available at "MUSIC" tab in the official anime website.) This ending theme song is one of the must-watch movies that expresses the view of the anime wonderfully. Broadcast on Thursdays Dr. STONE 2nd Season The original work of "Dr. STONE" is the craft adventure manga by Itagaki Riichirou and Boich serialize on "Weekly Shonen Jump". (Shueisha) After thousands of years had passed since all human beings are turned into stone by a mysterious power...a science lover Senkuu wakes up in the stone world, where all cultures and civilization are destroyed, and attempts to recreate civilization again with super scientific knowledge and powers. The ending theme song is "Koe?" (Voice?) by Hatena. The movie begins with the evolutionof humankind, going through the birth of Ishigami Senkuu, his childhood, him turning into stone, until his current situation. The vivid colors at the end of the video seem to connect us to the excitement of the next week's anime broadcast. Promised Neverland Season 2 "Promised Neverland" is the dark fantasy written by Shirai Kaiu and drawn by Idemizu Poska, which was serialized in "Weekly Shonen Jump" from 2016 to 2020. The story is about the orphans, including the protagonist Emma, as they struggle against their harsh fate to reach for hope, regardless of the difficult situations that they are put in. The 1st season of the anime was broadcast in 2019 on "Noitamina" (Fuji TV). The ending theme song is "Mahou" (Magic) by Myuk. The movie displays beautiful nature such as snow, rain, a starry sky, a glassland, etc...with Sonju and Mujika, together with relaxing music. There were also some "neat" touches for the fans, such as a moment where one of the characters was depicted only in a back view. The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ (2nd Season) "The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬" was originally the romance and comedy manga by Haruba Negi, which was serialized in "Weekly Shonen Jump". Fuutarou has a mission as the part-time tutor to salvage the beautiful quintuplets from "dropping out" and "tendency to skip studying" up to the point that all 5 can graduate . He becomes close friends with them through several events during the school camp. New obstacles approach him although he swears to continue his job. Moreover, the "girl of the photo", whom Fuutarou loved for the first time, appears, and... "Hatsukoi" (The First Love) by Quintuplets of Nakano Family (Hanazawa Kana, Taketatsu Ayana, Itou Miku, Sakrua Ayane, and Minase Inori) is the ending theme song. A change from the glamorous scene with flower petals flying in the background to a simple white background with close-ups of each character's serious expression is very compelling.. Broadcast on Fridays So I'm a Spider, So What? The original work of "So I'm a Spider, So What?" is the novel which has sold 3 million copies and 500 million views. (Sum of paperback and e-book) A high school girl "I" was suddenly reborn in a fantasy world as a spider and survives in a dungeon with dangerous monsters together with unbelievable optimism and human wisdom. "I" (CV: Yuuki Aoi) sings "Cheer Up! The Theme Song of Kumoko-san" as the ending theme song. The music provides the opportunity to enjoy the calls of an idol concert through the speedy tempo in the back. Moreover, Yuuki Aoi expresses the multiple emotions of the character with her great skills. Jujutsu Kaisen 2nd Half The original work of "Jujutsu Kaisen" is the manga by Akutami Gege serialized in "Weekly Shonen Jump". Itadori Yuuji, a high school student with surprising physical ability, was spending his days quietly, but one day, eats a special ranked curse "a finger of Ryoumen Sukuna" to save his friend being attacked by "Curse" and now has to share his body with "Ryoumen Sukuna". He then enters "Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College" on the recommendation of the strongest sorcerer Gojou Satoru. The ending theme song is "give it back" by Co shu Nie. The movie captures a slice of life, where the protagonist Itadori Yuuji takes photos with his smartphone. This is a rare composition that allows viewers to experience the expressions and distance that only friends can show. Broadcast on Saturdays Cells at Work! BLACK The original work of "Cells at Work! BLACK" is the spin-off manga of "Cells at Work!", which mainly depicts the unknown support by body cells, including red blood cells and white blood cells. The anime mainly picks up on the severe working conditions of the workers in a body which experiences "overdrinking", "smoking", and "lack of sleep". "Ue wo Muite Hakobou with Sekkekyuu & Hakkekyuu" (Deliver Them with Your Heads Up by Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell) is the ending theme song by POLYSICS and Red Blood Cell (CV; Enoki Junya) and White Blood Cell (CV: Hikasa Youko) also sings the song. Many characters and various working environments are shown in the 90 seconds, recreating the world view of the anime itself. Starting from Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 Horimiya TVThe anime "Horimiya" is based on the manga by HERO Hagiwara Daisuke. "The sparkling soda-like school life" of the protagonist Hori Kyouko and her classmate Miyamura Iori at Katagiri High School are the main focus of the anime. The ending theme song is "Yakusoku" (Promise) by Friends, the group band made up of 5 boys and girls. The deformed Hori Kyouko and Miyamura Iori appear in the movie. An ordinary daily routine, from waking up in the morning to sleeping in the night, are shown with pop and cute colors. World Trigger 2nd Season "World Trigger is the scientific action manga by Ashihara Daisuke in "Weekly Shonen Jump" and "Jump SQ.". Season 1 was broadcast from Oct. 5, 2014 to Apr. 3, 2016 (73 episodes) and the upcoming season 2 will depict "Galopra Arc", where a planet nation "Galopra" attacks the Border Head Quarter, and "B-Rank Arc", where B-rank characters fight. "Mirai Eigou" (Forevermore) by Kami wa Saikoro wo Furanai is the ending theme song. The growth of the characters are neatly described through the expression of a black-and-white world gradually gains color as it is connected into one whole world. Anime "World Trigger" 2nd Season Starting from Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 on TV Asahi related channels Broadcast from 1:30 AM every Saturday on "NUMAnimation" Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist "Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist" is the mysterious medical fantasy manga by Ahou Toro currently serialized in "Magazine Pocket". The story is set in a world where the people suffer from "mysterious diseases" after a ghost enters the bodies weakened from stress and anxiety, and the main character doctor Ramune and his disciple Kuro strives to help the patients. "Arcacia" by saji is the ending theme song. In contrast to speedy opening theme song movie, this movie mainly focuses on the relationship between Ramune and Kuro using a medium ballad. Pale coloring and music allows the fans to enjoy the atmosphere once again. SK∞ "SK∞" is the original animation by the director Utsumi Hiroko (known for "Free!" and "BANANA FISH"), scriptwriter Ookouchi Ichirou (Known for "Rellouch the Rebellion"), the character designer Chiba Doutoku ("Mobile Suit Gundam: Orphens of the Iron Blood"), and the animation studio Bonzu ("My Hero Acadmia"). It depicts the skateboard battles among unique skateboarders, including the protagonist Koyomi, who are haunted by the secret non-rule racing taking place at a closed mine. The anime is summarized with the song "Infinity" by Yuuri. The ending movie shows the skateboard life of the characters. Comical designs are adopted so that uniqueness of each character could be found in a few cuts. Also, the back view of Koyomi and Ranga at the end of the video and the freshness of the music give a sense of the "youthfulness" of the work. Broadcast on Sundays Jobless Reincarnation: I Will Seriously Try If I Go to Another World "Jobless Reincarnation: I Will Seriously Try If I Go to Another World" is originally the pioneer of the "Narou-type novel", by "Rifujin na Mago no Te", which is currently serialized in the novel posting website called "Shousetsuka ni Narou" (Let's Become a Novelist!) from 2012. One day a 34-year old jobless man dies from a car accident and is reincarnated into another world with swords and magic. The man receives the name Rudeus and tries to live "up to his fullest" with his regrets and memories from the time when he was jobless. Oohara Yuiko sings "Only" for the anime. Beautiful nature of wonderful gardens, a light shower into a forest covered with snow, a glassland covered in rain, etc. with the sad face of the protagonist Rudeus. Attack on Titan The Final Season The original work of "Attack on Titan" is the manga by Isoyama Hajime, which is currently serialized in "Bessatsu Shonen Magazine" (Kodansha). This anime is about the continuing warfare between humans and mysterious creatures called "titans". Season 1 to 3 was produced by WIT STUDIO but the final season will be produced by MAPPA, the animation studio known for "Jujutsu Kaisen" and "Taisou Samurai". The ending theme song is "Shougeki" (Shock) by Andou Hiroko. Compared to the opening theme song, the ending theme song movie focuses on the "characters". Many fans currently talk about the true meaning hidden in this movie with Falco and birds. What is the hidden message? This raises expectation more toward the climax. TV anime "Attack on Titan" The Final Season Starting in NHK Sougou from 12:10 AM on Sundays. Mo Dao Zu Shi "Mo Dao Zu Shi" is the boys-love novel by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu serialized on Chinese websites. The views of the video already reached 11 billion views, and the Japanese adaption has also been decided. "A battle of sunray", the warfare to bring down the tyrant Kiyama Onshi, is now over. Wei Wuxian now facing the collapse of himself from using a power that is not suitable for him, but Wei Wuxian comes back due to a curse curse 13 years later and reencounters his friend Lan Xichen. Then, the beginning of all the stories goes back to their childhood, and... The ending theme song is "Kiro" (The Season Road) by Aimer. The characters in the grand nature of Chine are depicted in the movie. A godlike beautify will be delivered with unique voice of Aimer, making the scenes even more attracting.
Feb. 24 is "Moonlight Mask Day". On Feb. 24, 1958, the first Japanese series TV drama called "Moonlight Mask" was broadcast on Radio Tokyo, the modern day TBS. "Moonlight Mask" was well known for hiding his real face, and TV anime "Moonlight Mask: The Man Who Loves Justice" was broadcast in 1972, and "The Familiar Moonlight Mask-kun" in 1999 to 2000. Moonlight Mask also appeared in an animation movie in 1999 called "My Neighbors the Yamadas". The characters with masks are often popular for being mysterious. They are sometimes the rivals of the protagonists, a savor of the characters during great danger or they can be the villains who attempts to conquer the world. Who would be the most popular mask character? Here at Anime!Anime! we conducted the survey titled "Who is the most popular masked character?". The survey was conducted from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12 and a total of 175 people answered. The male readers made up approximately 30%, while female readersmade up 70%. Minors made up about 55% of the overall vote, and readers in their 20's made up approximately 30%. ■The characters with mysterious charms ranked high! 1st Place 1st place goes to Tuxedo Mask from "Sailor Moon". The support rating was approximately 13%. Many fans who voted for Tuxedo Mask mainly talked about the first appearance in the series, and the comments mentioned said, "If I were to be asked, 'Who is the character with a mask?', then I would answer Tuxedo Mask! He is like a prince who will save Sailor Moon when she is in danger for sure!", "Tuxedo Mask is cool because he throws roses", and "He appears with a mask on and leaves without even telling his name. His behavior charmed me". Tuxedo Mask will also appear in the ongoing movie "Sailor Moon the Movie: Eternal". 2nd Place 2nd place went to Zero "Code Geas: Lelouch the Rebellion". The support rating was approximately 10%. Zero is the leader of the Dark Knights, a group of rebels fighting the Novel Britania Empire, but his true identity is Lelouch Lamperouge . Many comments have been sent about Zero, such as, "He is the protagonist who rebels against the world to make it a place where his sister can peacefully live. I feel his seriousness from his famous line, 'You can shoot if you are prepared to be shot'", and "Lelouch and Zero are so different that both can exist at the same time, and this character makes me feel interested in the voice actor Fukuyama Jun-san". 3rd Place The 3rd place was Char Aznable from "Mobile Suit Gundam". The support rating was approximately 5%. Char is the ace pilot for Zeon Empire. He has a reason to keep wearing a mask at all times. "He is forever the rival of Amura Ray, and is the origin for all rival characters with masks appearing in the Gundam series", and "His appearance with a mask is inherited over the series". He seems to be popular for not only being a wonderful character in the anime, but also is highly evaluated for affecting future series as well. ■Introducing other comments! To Hibiki Wataru from "Ensemble Stars!": "He has a nickname of being a nerd mask, and he always hides his feeling with a mask." To Hermes in "The Heroic Legend of Arslan": "He seeks for a revenge, and he hides his scar from burning with his mask. It was good to see Kaji Yuuki-san's dark side through his acting". Action Mask from "Crayon Shin-chan": "He is a tokusatsu hero that Shin-chan loves, and he appears in the anime for that reason. His honest justice is very favorable. His mask strengthens his identity as a hero." Usamimi Mask from "Onegai My Melody": "Handsome beam is very impressive. I loved so hard together with my family when his mask broke with his special move, a'Handsome Real Face'". Many mysterious characters ranked high in this survey. They look more mysterious with a mask and it is appealing. ■Ranking Top 20 1st: Tuxedo Mask from "Sailor Moon" 2nd: Zero (Lelouch Ramperouge) from "Code Geas: Lelouch the Rebellion" 3rd: Shar Aznable from "Mobile Suit Gundam" 4th: Hibiki Wataru from "Ensemble Stars" 5th: Banile from "KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World!" 6th: "Amamiya Ren/Joker from "PERSONA 5 the Animation" 6th: Shoukiin Kagerou from "Inu x Boku SS" 6th: Dia Crawley from "Disney Twisted Wonderland" 9th: Adam from "SK∞" 9th: Kaneki Ken from "Tokyo Ghoul" 9th: Kurosaki Ichigo from "BLEACH" 9th; Hermes from "The Heroic Legend of Arslan" 13th: Action Mask from "Crayon Shin-chan" 13th: William Vengeance from "Black Clover" 13th: Utsuro from "Gintama" 13th: Urokodaki Sakonji from "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" 13th: Thief Jack from "Inspector Nishikida Likes the Thief" 13th; Sabito from "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" 13th: Zechs Merquise from "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing" 13th: Zero from "Idolish Seven" (Survey conducted: Feb. 5, 2021~Feb. 12, 2021)
February 22 is the "National Cat Day" of Japan. It's a wordplay on the meow of a cat in Japanese, "Nyan (2) Nyan (2) Nyan (2)". 2 is "ni" in Japanese. It was established in 1987 by the Cat Day Executive Committee. Many cat characters appear in anime and games. They could be the pets of the main characters, speak human language while being a cat, or be a human but have cat-like characteristics. But who is the most popular among them? To answer this question, we at Anime!Anime! conducted an annual readers' survey asking "Who's Your Favorite Cat Character?". We received 213 votes during the voting period from February 4 to February 11. There were more female voters with a gender ratio of 30% male to 70% female, and the age range was on the younger side with 50% under 20 and 25% in their 20s. ■"Natsume's Book of Friends" Nyanko-sensei took the top with a huge lead 1st Place Topping the list was Nyanko-sensei from "Natsume's Book of Friends" with roughly 18% of the votes, keeping his top position for 4 years in a row. The cute-looking character is actually one of the most powerful in the series. He received votes like, "Nyanko-sensei is happy with his alcohol and shrimp fry, but becomes an amazing bodyguard when needed," and "I love how he's usually a cute cat but is actually the noble and strong Madara! He loves his drinks and snacks and is a bit sloppy, but I love how he can be reliable when needed." 2nd Place Coming in 2nd was Hoshizora Rin from "Love Live!" with roughly 6% of the votes, she significantly moved up the ranking from last year. Hoshizora Rin is a member of the school idol group μ's. She received votes such as, "How she adds 'nyan' to the end of her words, but is actually allergic to cats is so adorable," and "Because she often dresses up like a cat!" She's also popular for her un-cat-like traits such as not being a fan of fish dishes. 3rd Place Doraemon from "Doraemon" and Matsuno Ichimatsu from "Mr. Osomatsu" tied at 3rd place with roughly 4% of the votes. Doraemon was chosen for his popularity and received comments like, "There's probably no one, from babies to the elderly, who has never seen him," and "Everyone knows his line, 'I'm not a tanuki! I'm a cat-shaped robot!'" Many fans pointed out the many cat-related episodes of Matsuno Ichimatsu and sent comments like, "He loves cats so much, he once became a cat himself," and "I cried from watching the episode with Esper Nyanko." By the way, Esper Nyanko ranked in 5th place. ■Here are some comments for other characters! For Souma Kyou from "Fruits Basket", "A main character that was cursed by the cat, an animal not in the Chinese zodiac. I love his tsundere and how he works hard for those he loves." For Kozume Kenma from "Haikyuu!!", "Because he has cat eyes, is shy, and he goes to Nekoma High." For Puck from "Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World", "A spirit that looks like a cat, who stays with Emilia. He usually looks cute, so his transformation really surprised me." For Kotozume Yukari / Cure Macaron from "Kirakira Pretty Cure a la Mode", "She's whimsy like a cat and her transformation gives her cat ears. How she says meows after she gives her own name is cute." Both human and cat characters made it on the list for this survey. Some are human with cat-like characteristics and others are cats but understand human language. The results show how diverse the cat characters are. ■Top 20 [Who's Your Favorite Cat Character? 2021 Edition] 1. Nyanko-sensei "Natsume's Book of Friends" 2. Hoshizora Rin "Love Live!" 3. Doraemon "Doraemon" 3. Matsuno Ichimatsu "Mr. Osomatsu" 5. Esper Nyanko "Mr. Osomatsu" 6. Happy "Fairy Tail" 6. Hanekawa Tsubasa "Bakemonogatari" 8. Jibanyan "Yo-kai Watch" 8. Meowth "Pokémon" 10. Souma Kyou "Fruits Basket" 10 Sorata "The World's Greatest First Love" 10. Chomusuke "Konosuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World!" 10. Puck "Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World" 14. Edmond "Rock-a-Doodle" 14. Kozume Kenma "Haikyuu!!" 14. Shampoo "Ranma 1/2" 14. Faris NyanNyan "Steins;Gate" 14. Matamune "Shaman King" 19. Opera "Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun" 19. Grim "Disney: Twisted-Wonderland" 19. Kuro "Servamp" 19. Kotetsu "Jarinko Chie" 19. Jiji "Kiki's Delivery Service" 19. Tama "Sazae-san" 19. Tamaki Kotatsu "Fire Force" 19. Nansen Ichimonji "Token Ranbu: Online" 19. Neko-sama "Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii" 19. Nyanta "Log Horizon" 19. Hummy "Suite PreCure" (Voting Period: February 4-11, 2021)
Adapted as a Netflix original anime, "High-Rise Invasion", is set to premiere world-wide on Feb. 25, 2021. In celebration, the first 3 volumes of the original manga in which the series is based off will be available for free on "Magapoke". "High-Rise Invasion" is a mystery-suspense manga written by the creator of "Ajin", Miura Tsuina and illustrated by Oba Takahiro. Suddenly transported from school to a world made of swarms of skyscrapers, the plot focuses on protagonist Honjo Yuri and her friends fighting against mysterious masked foes. The sequel of the manga, "High-Rise Invasion Arrive" is currently being serialized on "Magapoke". Celebrating the anime adaptation, the first 3 volumes of the original manga is available for free. All the volumes from the 3rd volume onwards, are also being sold for half the price. It's a great opportunity to recap the series' story. The free volumes viewing and half price discounts of "High-Rise Invasion" will start from Mar. 10, 2021 on "Magapoke".
From the TV Anime "Redo of Healer", the outline and scenes from Episode 6 "Kaifukujutsushi wa Seigi wo Shikkou Suru!" (The Healer Enforces Justice), broadcast on Thursday, February 25, 2021, have been released in advance. "Redo of Healer" is based on the light novel written by Tsukiyo Rui, drawn by Shiokonbu, and published by Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko. The series has over a million copies in circulation. Healers can not fight on their own. Being so helpless, Keyaru has been used and exploited by heroes and magicians. However, one day, he finds what lies beyond mastering "healing" and decides to recreate the whole world to redo his life from 4 years ago. This is a shocking revenge fantasy in which the "Healing" hero Keyaru uses his powerful spell "Heal" to get revenge on all those who messed with his life. Episode 7 is titled "Kaifukujutsushi wa Seigi wo Shikkou Suru!" The "Healing" hero Keyaru appears at the colosseum where roars echo. The enemy commander fears Keyaru who keeps bringing down the soldiers and tries to stop him by taking the crucified villagers as hostages. But Keyaru doesn't even flinch and does a "certain thing" to carry out his justice. Meanwhile, Freiya and the others also make a move to attack the fleeing enemy. TV Anime "Redo of Healer" Episode 7 "Kaifukujutsushi wa Seigi wo Shikkou Suru!" is broadcast on Tokyo MX and other channels from Thursday, February 15, 2021. (C) 2021 Tsukiyo Rui, Shiokonbu / Kadokawa / Redo of Healer Production Committee
The outline and advance cut-scenes of episode 31 "Despair" of the TV anime "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 2nd Season", broadcast on February 23, 2021 (Tuesday), have been released. "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 2nd Season" is based on the WEB light novel by Fuse that has exceeded 700 million PV on the light novel website "Shougetsuka ni Narou". It is an "another world reincarnation entertainment" about the main protagonist, who is reincarnated as slime in another world, increasing his friends with his skill, knowledge, and bravery. The title for episode 31 is "Despair". What's the fate of Rimuru, who activated "Gluttony" as his last choice, during the crisis from the battle with Hinata? At that time, Tempest is filled with blood and smoke... Episode 31 "Despair" of "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 2nd Season" was broadcast at 11:00 PM, on February 23, 2021 (Tuesday), on TOKYO MX and other channels. （C）Kawakami Taiki, Fuse, Kodansha／Tensura Production Committee
The outline and preceding cut-scenes of episode 8 "Suppose you were just pretending to be lovers, but somehow the pretense transforms into the real deal!" of the TV anime "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town", broadcast on February 22, 2021 (Monday), have been released. "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" is based on the light novel published by GA Bunko that has exceeded 1.5 million copies in circulation. 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 title of episode 8 is "Suppose you were just pretending to be lovers, but somehow the pretense transforms into the real deal!". The owner Coba, the local noble Threonine, and Selen's father are continuing their investigation on the coma incident that happen around the high-end hotel while suspecting each other. On the other hand, Lloyd, who wanted to stop this incident as the hotel employee, started his investigation together with Riho and Selen. Then, Mary and Alca, who are worrying about Lloyd and the Canon sisters, who are investigating the illegal Treants farming, have visited the hotel... Episode 8 "Suppose you were just pretending to be lovers, but somehow the pretense transforms into the real deal!" of the TV anime "Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" has been broadcast on February 22, 2021 (Monday) on AT-X, TOKYO MX, BS11, and other channels. (C) Satou Toshio/SoftBank Creative／LastDun Production Committee
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.
“Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, which had been announced to be animated, was decided to be broadcast as TV anime in 2020. In addition, the first visual depicting the four main characters and a PV by the new animation production company “Studio Bind” established for this work were released.