「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.
Hosoda Mamoru's latest film "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" has been selected for the "Cannes Première", a newly created category in the Official Selection of the “Cannes International Film Festival”. On July 15, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time, the eve of the film's release in Japan, the world premiere of the film was held at the “Theatre Claude Debussy”, where it received a standing ovation for about 14 minutes. “Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" is the latest work of director Hosoda Mamoru, whose previous works including "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" and "Summer Wars" all won the "Japan Academy Prize" for Best Animated Feature Film, and "Mirai" won the "Annie Award" and was nominated for the "U.S. Academy Prize" for Best Animated Feature Film. The film is a story of courage and hope, depicting the main character Suzu, who is traumatized by the death of her mother, finding her loved ones in the virtual world of "U", where 5 billion people gather on the Internet, and trying her best to walk towards the future while struggling with her problems. The film was selected for the “Cannes Première Section” of the Official Selection of the “Cannes International Film Festival”, and had its world premiere on July 15, local time. This was Hosoda-san's second visit to Cannes in three years, since his 2018 film "Mirai" was selected for the “Directors' Fortnight” held during the “71st Cannes International Film Festival”. Before the screening, he commented, "The whole world is in the midst of the Corona Pandemic (the Cannes International Film Festival was cancelled last year), and I was worried about whether the festival would really be held, but I was relieved to see that it is being held. As a filmmaker, I feel proud to be able to witness this moment of revival and excitement in film culture. I am nervous about the first screening of this film as no one in the world has seen it yet, but I hope people will enjoy it. When the screening time arrived, about 1,000 people, ranging from teenagers to senior citizens, filled the theater. Even before the lights were turned on, the audience broke into applause and stood up not only on the first floor but also on the second floor. The warm applause and cheers that echoed throughout the theater lasted for about 14 minutes, and the director gave an unscheduled post-screening speech, saying, "Thank you very much for your heartfelt applause.” “Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" will open in theaters nationwide on July 16. <The following is the full text of the comments> Director Mamoru Hosoda's comments after the screening I was surprised to receive so much applause from everyone. This is the first time to have people see the film and to receive such an applause, so I was really relieved. I think this film is unique in the Cannes Film Festival, but it's very encouraging and empowering to have such support in a place where people who love films gather. I'm pleased about this film. Now the film will finally be released in Japan, I hope people will share the same feelings as those who saw it in Cannes. I know it has been a tough time for you with the Corona Pandemic, but I hope you will enjoy this film in theaters while taking precautions against infection. (C) 2021 Studio Chizu [Anime! Anime! Biz / Article reprinted from animeanime.biz].
"Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" directed by Hosoda Mamoru will be released on July 16, 2021. Prior to the release, the first 3 minutes of the film were released for 48 hours only. This is the latest work of director Hosoda Mamoru, who is known for "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time", "Summer Wars", and "Mirai". This is a story of bravery and hope of the main protagonist, who has a trauma that was caused by her mother death, struggling and trying her best to head to the future after she found an important existence to her on the internet virtual world, "U", which has over 5 billion people and it can be known as the "another reality". In collaboration with the creator group millennium parade headed by Tsuneta Daiki of the rock band King Gnu, the footage on the tremendous live scenes of Belle singing the main theme song "U", which is approximately the first 3 minutes of the film, have been released. It was released after the July 9 broadcast of "The Boy and the Beast" on the "Kinyoubi Roadshow" (lit. Friday Movie) at 11:15 PM, on the official film YouTube for "48 hours only". The live scene of Belle singing the main theme song "U" dazzling in the bright red flower dress on top of the head of the floating whale on the internet virtual world, "U" is quite amazing. The graphic flowers that were released from Belle had spread through the world of "U" as it displays the important element of this film, music splendidly as well as showing off the magnificent atmosphere during the opening scenes. Also, a total of 7 new cut-scenes that were taken from "U" were released. Just as the statement of the director during the completion announce on the other day, the dance scenes that imitate "Beauty and the Beast of the Internet World" and the various expressions of the unique characters can be seen. "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" will be released on July 16. The footage on the beginning of the film was released on the film official YouTube at 11:15 PM, on July 9, 2021. (C) Studio Chizu
Hosoda Mamoru's latest film, "Belle," will be released on July 16, 2021. The story is set in a huge Internet virtual world where more than 5 billion people gathered together. The main character, Naito Suzu, attracts attention as a diva Belle, but a mysterious creature in the shape of a dragon appears in front of her, and the story begins. Prior to the release of the Japanese TV series movie program "Friday Road Show," "Mamoru Hosoda SP" will be held for three consecutive weeks. "Wolf Children's Rain and Snow" will be broadcast on July 2, "The Boy and the Beast" on July 9, and "Summer Wars" on July 16. Here at Anime!Anime!, we conducted an annual reader survey entitled "What is your favorite anime directed by Hosoda Mamoru?". We received responses from 108 people during the survey period from June 15 to June 22. The male-female ratio is about 40% for men and about 60% for women. About 45% of the age group were teens, and about 30% were in their 20s. ■ "Summer Wars" is topping the list for the second consecutive year! Works you want to see in the summer 1st place 1st place goes to "Summer Wars" with an approval rating of about 35%, which is the top position for the second consecutive year. This work was released in August 2009. The main character is a high school student Koiso Kenji who visits his longing senior, Shinohara Natsuki's great-grandmother's house, and confronts the incident that occurred in the virtual world OZ with this large family. The family-themed story is popular, "Speaking of director Hosoda Mamoru, "Summer Wars" is set in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture. It's a work about the bonds of family and friends, and it is something I want to watch in summer.", "Although it has two different main themes, the images of a large family in the countryside and the Internet world, the story goes on while entwining the two well. The big circle is wonderful!" In particular, Kenji's screaming scene gathered attention, "The last line, 'Thank you very much !!' is still in my ears." 2nd place 2nd place goes to "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" with an approval rating of about 20%, which is also the same as last year. Published in July 2006. Based on Tsutsui Yasutaka's long-selling novel, it is a youth story about a mysterious summer event that happened to high school student Konno Makoto. Comments with words "refreshing" and "painful" stood out, "I think it is the most refreshing work by director Hosoda Mamoru. I'm touched no matter how many times I watch it.", "The impression changes as I get older, and I really like the feeling of youth that never fades.", and "It's sweet and sour and refreshing, and a great summer work. The theme song 'Garnet' and the song "Unchangeable" are also bring pain with them." 3rd place 3rd place goes to "The Boy and the Beast" with an approval rating of about 15%, up from 5th place last year. Released in July 2015. It is a story that depicts the bond between Kumatetsu, a monster, and a human boy who became his student. This anime strikes the hearts of fans as it is a story about relationships of characters of different species and their everyday life, "Blood is not important but those relationships of a true parent and child deeply touched me.", and "I like the warmth of parent-child relationships between teacher and student, and this work made my cry a lot." ■ Let's introduce other comments! About "Wolf Children's Rain and Snow," "I think it's heartwarming good work about a mysterious exciting Japanese wolfs, which is said to be extinct, and how they grow up their children." For "Digimon Adventure: Bokura no War Game!", "Although it is a 40 minutes short movie, the story-telling is solid, and the move visual is also spectacular." For "Mirai" from teens readers, "I remember watching it on the return bus from off-campus study. Since I am the eldest daughter, I understand the pain of Kun-chan, who was jealous of her newborn sister, and the culmination made us all cry." We also received the votes from the teenage readers. ■ Ranking "What is your favorite anime directed by Hosoda Mamoru's? 2021 Edition" 1st place "Summer Wars" 2nd place "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" 3rd place "The Boy and the Beast" 4th place "Wolf Children" 5th place "One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island" 6th place "Digimon Adventure: Bokura no War Game!" 7th place "Mirai" (Response period: June 15 to June 22, 2021) * This questionnaire is part of a survey of readers' awareness of "current interest in and attention to anime works and characters." Regarding the results, we do not intend to decide the superiority or inferiority of any character or work. We hope that this article will help you to get to know new works and characters, and to deepen your understanding and interest.
To commemorate the release of director Hosoda Mamoru's latest work "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" on July 16, "Mirai" (2018) that won the Best Animation Award in the 42nd Japan Academy Film Prize will be available on the online streaming service "Hulu" on June 1, making this the fastest online streaming for this film. Also, "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time"(2006) will also be available on "Hulu" on the same day as well. "Mirai", which will appear for the first time on the paid streaming service website, is a fantasy about the time travel journey revolving around the family of the 4 years old boy, who was troubled by his new born younger sister, after he encountered his younger sister that came from the future. Other than winning the Best Animation Award in the 42nd Japan Academy Film Prize, it was also nominated as the Best Animated Feature Film in the 91st Academy Awards. It also won the Best Animated Feature — Independent in the 46th Annie Awards, also known as the "Anime Industry Academy Award", making it to become a popular film worldwide. On the other hand, "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" is a recompilation film of the same-name novel by Tsutsui Yasutaka. It depicts the summer youth story of the young girl, who obtained the "Time Leap" ability that allows her to go to the past. This film has also won various local and international awards including the Best Animation Award in the 30th Japan Academy Film Prize and Special Distinction for Feature Film in the 31st Annecy International Animation Film Festival. In preparation for the release of the latest work "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" on July 16, let's enjoy the world of Hosoda Mamoru on "Hulu". "Mirai" (C) 2018 Studio Chizu "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" (C) "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" Production Committee 2006 "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" (C) 2021 Studio Chizu
From the movie "Tokyo Revengers", a purikura picture of the "Mizochu 5", including the main character Takemichi played by Kitamura Takumi and his best friend Akkun played by Isomura Hayato, has been released. In the film, there are a number of delinquent gangs such as "Tokyo Manji Gang (Toman)" led by Mikey played by Yoshizawa Ryou, and "Moebius" led by Kisaki played by Mamiya Shotaro and Hanma played by Shimizu Hiroya. However, the main character Takemichi and his best friend Akkun do not belong to either of these two gangs, but instead call themselves the "Mizochu 5" with Yamamoto Takuya, Suzuki Makoto, and Yamagishi Kazushi. The "Mizochu 5" are not strong in fights, but they are always fooling around together, and among them, Takemichi and Akkun are depicted as enjoying their fresh youth, riding two-seater bikes. The photos released this time are the purikura photos of the "Mizochu 5" that appear in the movie. We can't take our eyes off not only "Toman" and "Moebius", but also their activities, as the gap between their spirited images and the battered state of the previews is quite endearing. “Tokyo Revengers" brings tears to your eyes with the passionate and emotive relationships between the various characters, including Takemichi and the "Mizochu 5". I hope you will visit the theater with your friends as part of remembering your youth. The film "Tokyo Revengers" is now in theaters nationwide. (C) Wakui Ken / Kodansha (C) 2020 "Tokyo Revengers" Film Partners
A new visual release has been made for Akkun (Atsushi Sendo) from the new Tokyo Revengers movie. What happened to the main character Takemichi’s friend in the past. A scene that is famed for being a ‘tear-jerker’. Akkun, played by Yuto Isomura, is one of Takemichi’s five friends from Mizo high school, played by Takumi Kitamura. Akkun and Takemichi are best friends and popular in the original as well. This Akkun’s look that was released this time is completely different. He is misled by the darkness of the Tokyo Manji Kai and beyond the police control now. The red cockscomb hair which was Akkun’s signature has become dark combed back style and tattooed all over the body. He is wasting away and the lifeless look is not what he used to be when he was bright with a smile in high school days. In the other look, he is brimming with tears that show that he has made up his mind. What happened to him in the last 10 years? These looks are from the very important scene where Takemichi comes back from the past to the present and goes to see Akkun for the first time in 10 years who is marked by the police. Isomura lost his weight for this scene and said “The first impression is important for that scene and it’s an important scene forTakemichi, so I wanted to have the right body for it.” We can see how serious he was for this role. There are so many comments about this scene on social media such as “I cry throughout that Akkun and Takechi’s scene!”, “I never want to forget that facial expression.” and “I like that scene the best because I can feel the friendship between Akkun and Takemichi the most.” Isomura and Kitamura actually nearly cried every time they shot that scene. They are close in personal life as well and that’s why they were able to shoot that amazing scene. The “Falling Akkun” as well as the ”Dark hair Mikey” who were released the other day are the talk of the town these days. Can Takemichi change Hinata’s past and save Akkun and Mikey by time-traveling? We definitely want to see the ending, as well as the scene reproduced by the casts’, overwhelmed acting. Ken Wakui / Kodansha © 2020 Movie ‘Tokyo Revengers’ Production Committee
It was announced that “Doraemon Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021” will be in the spring of 2022. It was originally scheduled in spring 2021, and Doraemon and his friends will be back a year later from the original schedule. It is the remake movie of “Doraemon Nobita’s Little Star Wars”, which was released in 1985. The movie will be the latest work for Doraemon series. There will be many points to see, including the space ships drawn with latest 3DCG and the performances directed by the best 3DCG studio Shirogumi. Doraemon and his friends will go on to the new adventure in a small planet in the gigantic galaxy. “Doraemon Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021” will be released in spring 2022. The tickets sold in advance can be used, so do not throw them away until the release. © Fujiko Production, Shogakkan, TV Asahi, Shinei, ADK 2021
From "Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie" (in theaters from December 24, 2021), reference images of Zen'in Maki, Inumaki Toge, and Panda as freshmen of "Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School" have been revealed. The TV anime "Jujutsu Kaisen" is based on the manga with the same title serialized in Shueisha's "Weekly Shonen Jump" by Akutami Gege. The series that depicts the battle between the curses born from negative human emotions and the Jujutsu sorcerers began in March 2018. It has over 50 million copies in circulation with 16 volumes at this point. The first film adaptation of the series, which will be released on December 24, 2021, is based on the prequel of "Jujutsu Kaisen", "Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School" (a.k.a. Vol. 0). The reference images of Zen'in Maki, Inumaki Toge, and Panda, who appear in the TV anime series as reliable 2nd-year students of "Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School", as freshmen have been released. They will be the classmates of Okkotsu Yuuta, who is transferred to the school in the film. Zen'in Maki has a different hairstyle and uniform from the TV anime series, as well as her trademark glasses. Inumaki Toge has a significantly different hairstyle from the original manga "Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School". Following Okkotsu Yuuta, the anime designed him for the film, reflecting the wishes of the author, Akutami Gege. Although Panda hasn't changed visually, he still has an immense impact and a fascinating presence. "Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie" will be in nationwide theaters from December 24, 2021. (C) 2021 "Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie" Production Committee (C) Akutami Gege / Shueisha
The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「Gundam AGEII Magnum SV ver.」 piloted by Kujo Kyoya in 『Gundam Build Divers』 gets a gunpla kit with a scale of 1/144(HG). Currently available for pre-order on Premium Bandai.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.
Movie “Kimetsu no Yaiba : Demon Slayer” Infinity Train arc decided to be released on 2020. The new teaser and visual has been released on the 2nd info.
The Anime adaptation of the silly cute FemBL "Fucked by My Best Friend" released a promo video with two versions. Shion and Rui are an amazing pick-up artist team with a success rate of 100. But one day, Shion was drugged by a mysterious lady, and a few hours later, he wakes up to find himself transformed into a woman's body. Rui, who comes to check on Shion, see's him in a woman's body and his male switch turns on. He hits on her(him) without knowing it's Shion, and... Two promo videos, each narrated by Chihaya Rui (voice: Furukawa Makoto) and Chihara Shion (voice: Yamamoto Kazuomi) have been released. Let's enjoy a bit of Rui's hot voice, Shion's Male and Female voice. It was also announced that the anime will be broadcast on BS11, so we can watch "Fucked by My Best Friend" anime all over Japan. The on-air version short anime of "Fucked by My Best Friend" is scheduled to be broadcast on Tokyo MX and BS11 on April 4, 2021. The premium version, which depicts the "graphic" scenes, will also be streamed from the same day. "Fucked by My Best Friend" Anime Broadcast/Streaming Information