The free online seminar for those who wanted to be a voice actor or VTuber, “Let’s become an anime voice actor or VTuber!” will be held at 9:00 PM, on April 16, 2021. It was announced that the voice actor Omigawa Chiaki will make an appearance at the seminar.
“Let’s become an anime voice actor or VTuber!” is an online seminar organized by BloomZ Co.,Ltd. that handle the anime’s music and a voice actor and VTuber management agency.
The seminar will feature a lecture on the know-how toward the debut as an anime voice actor or VTuber, through Zoom by Aranami Kazusa, the voice actress known for Ikazuchi of “Azulane” and the representative of the company, from her own experience, activities, and achievement in BloomZ, etc.
It was decided that the voice actor Omigawa Chiaki, the voice actress known for her role as Tanizaki Naomi from “Bungo Stray Dogs”, Minos from “Dropkick on My Devil!”, etc., will also appear. Despite she was told that her reading was “monotone” during her debut, she still continues working her job and she will share her precious experience as a unique voice actress.
“Let’s become an anime voice actor or VTuber!” will be held on Zoom from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM, on April 16, 2021. The maximum number of participants are 80 people (on a first come first serve basis) and the registration will start at 8:30 PM on the same day.
Also, one person picked randomly from the participants will be presented with the signed Cheki photo of Aranami Kazusa and Omigawa Chiaki.
Detailed information is available on the application form.
The book, titled "Let's learn with Sasaki Miku! The world's number one understandable strongest voice actor training book" for voice actor candidate and published by Nihon Bungeisha is now on sale.
The contents are edited with the cooperation of Tokyo Announce Gakuin Performing Arts College, and the model is the voice actor, Sasaki Miku (known for "Tantei Opera Milky Holmes", and "Kemono Friends"). The basics of the voice actor are explained in detailed together with the pictures.
The book stipulated "the training book to become an unlikely 'voice actor'" in a single volume.
The content put emphasis on the "basics" such as the basic training involving the body and voice, and also some pointers that can be used in actual situations such as the check points during an audition and also assignments that can be done immediately.
"Let's learn with Sasaki Miku! The world's number one understandable strongest voice actor training book" is priced at 1,600 (tax excluded). The Kindle version is on sales at online bookstores right now.
Japan's only anime x different industry collaboration award event "Animono Zukuri Award" announced co-sponsorship with "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2021 (Kyo Mafu)" to be held in September 2021. In addition to the anime commercials, collaborations, and design departments, a new "regional revitalization department" has been established, and entry acceptance will begin on May 17.
The "Animono Zukuri Award", started in 2017 as an award to recognize these efforts, continues to be a hit with animated movies and TV anime series, and in recent years there has been an increasing number of collaboration cases between general companies and anime, manga, and characters being used for marketing.
More than 300 works have been submitted so far, and many excellent prize-winning works have been selected at the "Animono Zukuri Awards" held three times in the past.
The event was postponed last year due to the spreading of the novel coronavirus, but it will be held this year and co-sponsored with "Kyo Mafu" as the "1st Kyoto Animono Zukuri Award" at the "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2021 (Kyo Mafu)", which will be held in Kyoto City in September. Furthermore, from this year, 7 categories, including 6 categories such as animation CM, content collaboration, craft design category, and a new "regional revitalization category" with the theme of "regional revitalization x anime" have been selected.
In addition, the selection committee chairman Natsuno Takeshi and other selection committee members who have a deep knowledge of anime, manga, characters, and games have been appointed.
Entries for the "1st Kyoto Animation Monozukuri Award" will be accepted from May 17 to June 30, and the Grand Prix and prize-winning works of each category will be announced and the award ceremony will be held at "Kyoto Mafu" held in mid-September. The schedule is under development.
For details, please check the official website.
Animono Zukuri Award Executive Committee
Due to the spreading of the novel coronavirus, we postponed the "4th Animono Zukuri Award" last year, but this year, we have obtained cooperation from the "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2021", a comprehensive trade fair for content centered on manga and anime. With the cooperation of "Kyoto Mafu", the "Kyoto Animono Zukuri Award" will be held in September at the same place.
We apologize for the inconvenience caused to the companies and related parties who entered last year's "4th Ani Monozukuri Award", but we hope that you will continue to support this award. Thank you for your consideration.
In addition, the works that have already been submitted will be considered as entry works for the "Kyoto Animobi Zukuri Award". We will contact each company individually, but if you have any questions, please contact the secretariat.
[Anime! Anime! Biz / Article reprinted from animeanime.biz]
The special program to watch all the PV of the new anime at once "If we spent 3 hours watching the latest anime trailers back-to-back, how much will we want to continue watching the series?" (Hereafter, known as "TuduKimi") will be held for the 19 times and it will be live-streamed on March 26, 2021, on Nico Nico Live Broadcast, Bandai Channel, and other websites.
"TuduKimi" was started in 2016 with the purpose of decreasing the "end at episode 0" for the new anime as the fans "checked the title but didn’t watch it" or "wasn’t aware of the series in the first place".
The 19th will also watch and introduce the new anime's PV for 3 hours.
Also, it was announced that the "provisions, "Yakult 1000" will be given to the requested anime studio in order to support the anime production staff in the anime studio and other production company as part of the "The project to support the workers in the anime production scene" and this project is fully supported by Yakult.
The administration of "TuduKimi" will contact each production committee and anime studio personally about this project.
The 19th "If we spent 3 hours watching the latest anime trailers back-to-back, how much will we want to continue watching the series?" will be live-streamed from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, on March 2021, on Nico Nico Live Broadcast, Bandai Channel, and other websites.
AnimeJapan 2021, one of the world's largest anime events (held online from March 27 to March 30, 2021), has released a group visual with a newly-drawn illustration based on the theme of this year's event, "Connect (∞)". At the same time, all the programs of the pay channels, "AJ Stage" and "AJ Studio" that will be available on the day were announced.
However, in light of the current situation of the coronavirus and the emergency declaration issued by the government on January 7, and after considering the health and safety of the visitors and people involved, the real event will be canceled and the event will be held online only.
This time, all the programs of "AJ Stage" and "AJ Studio," the pay-per-view channels that will be available on the day of "AJ 2021," have been released.
There will be a total of 33 programs on the AJ Stage and 21 programs on the AJ Studio, for a total of 54 programs over the two days.
On both days, 24-hour archived streaming will be available, so you can enjoy "AJ" all day long.
Online tickets for AnimeJapan 2021 will go on sale at 1:00 pm on March 1, 2021.
Tickets for March 27 (available from 9:00 am Japan time on March 27 to 11:59 pm Japan time on March 28) and March 28 (available from 9:00 am Japan time on March 28 to 11:59 pm Japan time on March 29) will be priced at 3,800 JPY each (tax included).
Two-day tickets are priced at 7,300 JPY (tax included).
Goods featuring the newly drawn illustrations will also be available online.
DMM.com announced the schedule of exhibitors and speakers for the "Anime/Game Summit 2021 Winter" (January 20 to 22, 2021), an online business event for people in the anime and game industries.
The "Anime/Game Summit 2021 Winter" is a toB online business meeting event for people in the animation and game industries.
There will be a lounge where you can casually talk with the people in charge of company booths, and a company page where you can conduct business negotiations using Zoom.
DMM.com was one of the first companies to hold the "Anime Summit online for Business" in July 2020, with the aim of supporting business activities in the animation industry. An average of 5 business meetings per company.
An average of 5 business meetings were held per company, and 90% of both exhibitors and visitors answered that they would like to participate again.
This year's "Anime Game Summit 2021 Winter" is an online business meeting event for not only the animation industry, but also for those involved in the highly compatible game business. More than 220 exhibitors from the animation and game industries have been confirmed.
The "Anime Game Summit 2021 Winter" will be held online on the official website from January 20 to 22, 2021.
Registration for the event is now being accepted for free on the official website. The schedule of speakers other than the keynote speakers is also available.
The “Anime Business Forum” will be held in Kyoto, where it is committed in supporting creators of manga and anime and promoting the development of anime and manga, on Mar. 2, 2020. Seminars and a networking event will be conducted and instructors, who are active in the industry, are invited. It will be composed of Part 1, "Seminar on Anime Utilization - Learning about Collaboration between Expanding Anime and Different Industries!-" and Part 2, "Local Anime Studio Symposium -Making Kyoto the Second Base of the Anime Industry!"
There are not only well-established companies but also headquarters of major companies and venture companies dotted in Kyoto where the Anime Business Forum will be held. They say that in recent years, studios such as LIDENFILMS, SANZIGEN, GRAPHINICA, Magic Bus have been established one after another by Tokyo's anime productions, in Kyoto, and they aim to create opportunities for such local companies and animation producers to match each other in the "Anime Business Forum.''
Part 1 of the "Anime Business Forum" is for those who are interested in utilizing anime for their business. Based on the rapid increase of commercials and web videos using anime, a networking event and "Seminar on Anime Utilization - Learning about Collaboration between Expanding Anime and Different Industries!-" will be held.
At the seminar, CHARACTER DATABANK Representative Director Rikukawa Kazuo, Editor-in-chief of HAKUHODO Gari-Gari Editing Department Hayashi Ryutaro, Director of LIDENFILMS Kyoto Studio Sakamoto Kazuya, and Producer of above mentioned company Edo Hidekuni will be on stage and will provide basic courses on anime usage, such as company advertisement/commercials/branding, the flow of producing anime, and a sense of budget and schedule.
They are currently recruiting participants targeting creators and students who want to enliven Kyoto and the local anime industries in Part 2 “Local Anime Studio Symposium -Making Kyoto the Second Base of the Anime Industry!”
Sakamoto Kazuya from LIDENFILMS Kyoto Studio, Komiya Akihiro from GRAPHINICA Kyoto Studio, Yukisada Kimihiro from Asahi Production Shiraishi Studio that are active in the local region including Kyoto, and Uda Hideo from the anime production company STUDIO COLORIDO, and Sakoda Yuuki from Pancake, that have been searching for how new local anime studios should be, will meet together to broadly discuss “how new local animation studios should be” such as the benefits and challenges at local studios, the evolution of workflows that utilize digital technology, and proposals to the government.
Matsumoto Atsushi, a journalist and researcher, and Kiyabu Chiaki, the original otaku talent will host.
Details and application for each seminar can be found on the official website.
The broadcast date of the TV anime "The Duke of Death and His Maid" has been announced. It is scheduled to premiere on July 4, 2021. The additional cast members, including Otsuka Hochu and Minase Inori, and new key visual have also been revealed.
"The Duke of Death and His Maid " is a manga by Inoue, which has been serialized online via 'Sunday Webry'. It has over a million copies in circulation and keeps gathering attention on social media.
The romantic comedy features 'Duke of Death', who has been spending his life alone since he was cursed and rejected by other people, and 'Alice', the duke's personal maid, depicting a story where Duke of Death is subjected to sexual harassment by Alice, and Alice is always trying to flirt with him.
A total of 5 additional cast members have been announced. Otsuka Hochu will play the role of Rob, who has been taking care of Duke of Death in place of his parents after he was disowned, Minase Inori will play the role of Viola, the duke's younger sister who is interested in love and sweets.
Kuramochi Wakana will play the role of Caph, a half-demon girl. Kamiya Hiroshi will play the role of Zain, a wizard with bird features who always attempts to flirt with girls he encounters, and Uchida Yuma will play the role of Walter, the duke's younger brother who always attempts to surpass him.
The comments have arrived from the cast members.
A key visual featuring Duke of Death and Alice looking at each other while they're blushing, and PV have also been revealed. The PV previews the opening theme song "Mangetsu to Silhouette no Yoru (Full Moon and Silhouette's Night)" by Duke of Death (CV. Hanae Natsuki) and Alice (CV. Mano Ayumi), and the ending theme song "Nocturne" by Alice. These songs will be both A-side singles and released on July 28.
The TV anime "The Duke of Death and His Maid Production Committee" will be released on Sunday, July 4, 2021, on TOKYO MX and other stations.
■Let's introduce the cast members' comments.
Otsuka Hochu (Rob)
He is a gentleman.
He seems to be a man with a shady history in the past, but I guess that it isn't the case.
He may seem to be a suspicious man with a terrible scheme in his mind, but I guess it isn't the case.
He just loves protecting and taking care of the Duke of Death.
I like such a character. (laugh)
He is sexy and makes me impatient, but I would like to watch over the pure relationship between the duke and Alice from afar.
Minase Inori (Viola)
She loves him, but cannot reach him.
This work depicts a bittersweet love story.
I always get butterflies whenever I see the Duke and Alice trying to make sure the feeling each other although he is always tossed about by her.
Viola, who I play, is so daring a character that she never minds cutting in.
Please enjoy Viola making funny faces!
Kuramochi Wakana (Caph)
I am Kuramochi Wakan, and will play the role of Caph.
I felt "The Duke of Death and His Maid" features a lot of beautiful things such as being considerate of others, protecting loved ones, family, and friends, when I read the original comic.
I will try my best to play Caph-chan, who is honest and affectionate but sometimes cool. Thank you for your continued support!
Kamiya Hiroshi (Zain)
I was selected as a cast to play Zain, and I binge-read the original comic！
I felt refreshed to see the duke and Alice's pureness.
The original story by Inoue-sensei and image by Yamakawa perfectly match, clearly and obscurely reproducing the original world-view, which is dark but beautifully pure with digital technique.
Please look forward to the anime adaptation of "The Duke of Death and His Maid"!
Uchida Yuma (Walter)
I am Uchida Yuma, and will play the role of Walter. This work features a sentimental duke and funny maid. The story makes me laugh but makes me feel somewhat painful at the same time, which will be the charm of this work.
I am excited to see how the anime adaptation develops. Please watch "The Duke of Death and His Maid ".
(C)Inoue / Shogakukan, The Duke of Death and His Maid Production Committee
It was announced that the first original water polo anime "Re-main" will start on July 3, 2021, on TV Asahi's midnight anime slot "NUMAnimation". Along with this announcement, the key visual and the additional cast members, including Uchida Yuuma, have been revealed.
"Re-main" is an original anime that is being produced by the first partnership between Nishida Masafumi ("Tiger & Bunny"), where he will handle the episode's scripts, general director, series composition as well as the music director, and the animation production company, MAPPA ("Jujutsu Kaisen").
The main protagonist of the story, Kiyomizu Minato quit water polo due to a certain happening in the winter of his third year in middle school. After he started high school, due to a certain promise with someone, he started water polo with the friends he met there. However, there are various difficulties faced by this small water polo club.
It was announced that the main protagonist, Kiyomizu Shimizu will be voiced by Uemura Yuuto, and the other participating voice actors are Nishiyama Koutarou, Kimura Subaru, Saito Souma, Furukawa Makoto, Hatanaka Tasuku, Hirose Daisuke, and Lynn. Now, three additional cast member that will be voicing the teammates of Minato during his middle school years, were announced.
Momozaki Riku, the ace of the water polo of Shogakukan High School, will be voiced by Uchida Yuuma, Kakihana Keita, the "motherly" existence that watches over everyone, is voiced by Yashiro Taku, while the optimistic, smiling Toguchi Kouki is voiced by Miyazato Shun.
Also, the latest key visual has been revealed. It is an emotional scene of summer, where 7 members of the Yamanami High School's water polo, including Minato, are taking a commemoration picture while they are cleaning the pool.
TV anime "Re-main" will start on July 3, 2021, on TV Asahi's midnight anime slot "NUMAnimation".
(C) Re-main Project
The snack "Umaibou" and the Japan Racing Association (JRA) will collaborate in the collaboration project "Umaibou Derby" on Twitter from May 12, 2021. A special anime has also been produced, and eight voice actors, including Yamashita Daiki, Sugita Tomokazu, and Sakura Ayane, will participate as horses.
The "Umaibou Derby" is a collaboration project in commemoration of the 88th Japan Derby, which will be held on May 30.
The official "Umaibou Derby" Twitter account will be giving away a set of 530 original design Umaibous and a "Golden Umaibou Server", which serves one Umaibou at a time, to a total of 800 people (100 per day).
The wrapping of the Umaibou's come in 8 different designs to match the colors of the 8 different collaboration characters. Different flavors of the Umaibous have become unique horses such as Meet the Nattou (inspired by Makenki Nattou flavor) and Takoyaki Black (inspired by Takoyaki flavor).
Special anime "Umaibou Derby" will be released on the official website and Twitter. Eight voice actors: Yamashita Daiki, Sugita Tomokazu, Aimi, Yonaga Tsubasa, Sakura Ayane, Namikawa Daisuke, Hino Satoshi, and Mimori Suzuko, will be playing the horses.
The anime depicts the horses in a fierce race to win the hidden treasure of the ancient ruins of Derbyrinth, the Golden Umaibou Server. It will be interesting to see how the story unfolds.
Character Voice: Mimori Suzuko ("Love Live!" Sonda Umi and other characters)
“Shizuka the Panda" (originally titled "Stillwater"), animated by Polygon Pictures, one of the largest digital animation studios in Japan, has been nominated for the 80th George Foster Peabody Awards (The Peabody Awards) in the category of Children's & Youth, the highest honor in American broadcasting.
Founded in July 1983, Polygon Pictures is one of the largest digital animation studios in Japan. Its mission is to "send out to the world what no one else is doing with overwhelming quality," and it is involved in the production of cutting-edge entertainment videos.
Including “Silver Ant PPI Sdn. Bhd.,” their production base in Malaysia, they have over 300 creators. Its representative works include "GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters", "Knights of Sidonia", "Ajin: Demi-Human", "BLAME!", "Star Wars Resistance", and "Pingu in the City".
“Stillwater" is an animation based on the children's book "Zen Series" by John J. Muth, which is now available on “Apple TV+.”
This nomination follows the 48th Annie Awards this year, and marks the first time that a film produced by Polygon Pictures has been nominated for the Peabody Awards. The winner of the 80th "Peabody Awards" will be announced in June 2021.
'Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia', an Academy Awards accredited and the largest Asian international film festival, has revealed the names of the judges for its Computer Graphics Animation Competition Best Short Award. Tomoe Shinohara (designer/artist), Ken Ochiai (movie director/Digital Hollywood University associate professor), and Tomoyuki Sugiyama (president of Digital Hollywood University/Doctor of Engineering) will take the roles.
'SSFF & ASIA' and Digital Hollywood Inc. co-host the 2021 Computer Graphics Animation awards as well as the previous years.
This year, there have been applications from 773 films from 73 countries in the world for the Computer Graphics Animation awards. Shinohara, Ochiai, and Sugiyama will be in charge of choosing the winner for the CG Animation Competition Best Short Award.
'SSFF & ASIA 2021' will be held at several locations in Tokyo from June 11 to June 21 (the online event will be held from April 27 to June 30). The Computer Graphics Animation Program starting on June 11 will have the 28 nominee films, as well as the special screening of 'YES-PEOPLE', a 93rd Academy Award-nominated film, and 'ADARNIA: A sci-fi short film' an award-winning film of the Best CG Animation Award at Digital Frontier Grand-Prix.
Visit the 'SSFF & ASIA' official website for further details.
[Original Article from: animeanime.biz]
It was announced that the general incorporated association, The Association of Japanese Animations, has been chosen for the "Reiwa 3 Animation Human Resource Development Research Project".
The project will conduct human resource development projects: "Skill Succession Program through creating work" (creating a 7-10 minutes animation), "Skill Improvement Program for paid personnel", and "Basic Education Program for aspiring applicants in the animation industry", to research and verify their efficiency.
Applications for the four organizations that will produce the anime from the "Skill Succession Program through creating work" and the trainees are scheduled to be accepted from May. Details about the project will be announced.
[Reprinted from Anime!Anime! / animeanime.biz]
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.
「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.
“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.