「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.
The 25th film of the anime "Detective Conan" is revealed to be "Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween". The 30-second teaser movie and cut-scenes featuring the gathering of the "Police Academy Members", including Furuya Rei, and the Satou and Takagi couple pair from this movie have been released. The relationships chart between the characters has also been unveiled. The teaser movie featured Furuya Rei, and the 4 late characters, which are Matsuda Jinpei, Date Wataru, Hagiwara Kenji, and Morofushi Hiromitsu that were depicted on the teaser visual along with the detective Satou in a wedding dress and detective Takagi in a tuxedo. The 30 seconds teaser movie is filled with rich content that allow you to take a peek of the mysterious story, such as Conan shouting out Amuro's name, the sudden big explosion, and the street of Shibuya crowded with people can be seen as well as Kogoro trying to protect someone from the car. At the end of the teaser movie, the statement of "I'm not Amuro... I'm Furuya Rei of the Security Bureau" by the determined Furuya will surely catch your attention. Also, the cut-scenes and characters relationship chart have been revealed. From the chart, the relationship of the key person, which are the police academy members and the relationship between detective Satou and detective Takagi can be seen. How will Conan face the various major incidents that are occurring continuously in Shibuya, Tokyo during the Halloween season? This will surely hype you up toward the 25th film that is still shrouded with various mysteries. The film "Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween" will premiere on April 15, 2022. Film "Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween" Original Creator: Aoyama Gosho (Serialized on Shogakukan "Weekly Shounen Sunday") Voice Appearance: Takayama Minami, Yamazaki Wakana, Koyama Rikiya, Furuya Tooru, etc. Production: Shogakukan/ Yomiuri TV/ Nippon TV/ ShoPro/ Toho/ TMS Distributor: Toho (C) 2022 Aoyama Gosho/ Detective Conan Production Committee
‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The Movie’ (release date: 12/24/2021) announced to have IMAX screenings in addition to the regular screenings. A new visual was released for the IMAX screening, showing the three special-grade sorcerers ー Yuta Okkotsu, Satoru Gojo, and Suguru Geto. ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The Movie’ (release date: 12/24/2021) announced to have IMAX screenings in addition to the regular screenings. A new visual was released for the IMAX screening, showing the three special grade sorcerers ー Yuta Okkotsu, Satoru Gojo, and Suguru Geto. The TV anime ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ is based on a manga of the same title, which is currently serialized in Shueisha’s ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’. The serialization started in March 2018. The story follows Jujutsu sorcerers, who fight against cursed spirits born within the negative emotions of humans. The total copies in circulation reached 55 million with 17 volumes published so far. The upcoming movie, release date scheduled for December 24th, will be the first film to be made from the series. The story is based on ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Jujutsu High’, a prequel to the main series known as Volume 0. The IMAX screenings will start on December 24th on the same day as regular screenings. With IMAX added, the movie will be available in 418 theaters nationwide (as of December 2nd). In addition to the announcement, they released a new visual for the IMAX screenings. The art shows the protagonist Yuta Okkotsu, the strongest sorcerer Satoru Gojo, and Suguru Geto, the worst-of-all curse user and the greatest villain in this film. The special visual features the eyes of the three special-grade sorcerers. ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie’ will be released on December 24th. Visitors can enjoy high resolution images and high-precision sound with the IMAX screenings. (C) 2021 ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie’ Production Committee (C) Gege Akutami/Shueisha
Counting down the days to its release on December 24th, ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie’ announced a special program ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie Release Commemoration Special Program’ on 28 nationwide TV networks with the MBS/TBS group. The broadcast will start on December 20th at 11:56 pm. ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ is a Japanese dark fantasy manga by Gege Akutami. Currently serialized on ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’, the popular series has published 55 million copies so far with 17 volumes. The story follows Jujutsu Sorcerers, who possess the power of purification against Cursed Energy that arises from the negative emotions of humans. ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie’ is a movie adaptation of ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Jujutsu High’, the prequel to the main story. ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie Release Commemoration Special Program’ will be broadcast on December 20th at 11:56 pm, shortly before the movie release. Details including the attendees are yet to be announced later. Also, on December 22nd, the seven episodes from the TV series will be broadcast for three hours straight on MBS and other channels. In addition, starting on December 1st, TVer, GYAO!, and MBS Dougaizm will broadcast one episode from the TV series every day for free. This will be a great chance for both the TV series fans and newbies to watch the episodes. (C) 2021 ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie’ Production Committee (C) Gege Akutami/Shueisha
A story that revives in your mind just by listening to music. Musicals that combine singing, dancing, and dialogues are popular all over the world. Originally it was one of the genres of plays performed on the stage, but now there are also many famous musical movies. In particular, Disney's musical animated films such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid" have been loved over time. Looking at Japan, it seems that the number of Japanese musical animated movies such as "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" and "Inu-Oh" has increased recently. Will the day when "musicals" will become a new standard in the Japanese animation world come? In this article, we will focus on Japanese musical anime characteristics and explore received changes and future prospects. Relationship between songs and characters The first point I would like to raise is the relationship between songs and characters. In a musical, singing is the same as life. Therefore, no special reason is required for all the characters to sing and express their emotions. For example, in the Disney movie "The Little Mermaid", there is a scene in which Sebastian sings and dances to Ariel, who is longing for the human world, to tell the wonderfulness of the sea. From the middle stage, friends from the sea participate in choruses and transform into gorgeous songs. Anyone can participate in the music without adding settings such as "Why does this character sing?" On the other hand, in Japanese anime, characters related to music such as idols, musical actors, and chorus members are the mainstream. The line between daily life is clear, such as the stage for performing songs. Why is "reason for singing" required? Of course, in Japan musicals are known as one of the theater genres. However, it rarely has been released as films. There may be production factors such as high drawing costs, but one of the reasons may be the recognition by the viewers. As an example, let's see one scene of "Kokoro ga Sakebita Gatterunda" (The Anthem of the Heart) together. High school students watched the representative song "Over the Rainbow" of the musical "The Wizard of Oz" in a music class. After class, they commented, "It's a mystery. They can just talk, but suddenly the conversation becomes a song." In musicals, it's natural to start singing in the middle of a conversation. However, it is also true that some people feel uncomfortable because the method of expression suddenly changes. Certainly, in everyday life, most people rarely just start singing in public. Therefore, if you do not keep in mind the premise that "This character has a setting to sing", viewers may think "Why is he/she singing?" first, and the viewer's emotions may be dissociated. In "The Anthem of the Heart", as the students worked on the original musical production , they start realizing. "I realized that songs can express emotions that would normally be embarrassing." If you can get acquainted with the charm of musicals and become familiar with them, you may feel less discomfort with the expression method. Features of Japanese musical animated movies In recent years, musical animated movies, such as Hosoda Mamoru's "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess", have been releasing in Japan. In addition, the latest film directed by Yuasa Masaaki, "Inu-Oh," scheduled to be released in 2022, is also a musical anime based on "Heike Monogatari Inu-Oh no Maki." A feature common to these two works is the casting centered on the artist. In "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess", singing scenes by the main character, Suzu, appear throughout the story, and the emotions of each moment are added to the song. Suzu is also a character who has a "reason for singing", but there are also scenes in which the surroundings are influenced and participate in the chorus during the movie. It's impressive scenes where everyone expresses their emotions through songs. This work started to make a movie that includes musical elements, such as "Beauty and the Beast." The gorgeous images reminiscent of a ball at the castle, lyrics have a message, and the expressive voice of Nakamura Kaho, who plays Suzu, make the audience's hearts throb. In "Inu-Oh", the main character, Inu-Oh is plated by Avu-chan from "Queen Bee". In the preview video, she freely uses deep bass and sharp but beautiful treble are used freely, and performs an impressive song . Singing abilities is an important factor in musicals where songs are the key. It can be seen that the music becomes persuasive by appointing artists with high singing ability in "The Dragon and Freckled Princess" and "Inu-Oh". Although some performers try voice acting for the first time, the expressiveness cultivated by singing is sufficient. Together with anime staff and voice actors with a wealth of acting experience, they open up new horizons . Musical in TV anime Up to this point, we have mainly introduced movies, but musicals are taking root as one of the popular genres in TV anime. For example, "Revue Starlight", where characters are fighting for the star position with singing and dancing, "Kageki Shojo!!", a story of girls who work hard to join the opera company, and "Star-Myu" about high-school boys from the musical department. All these titles are based on musicals. Even if the entire series did not draw a musical, there were times when the musical was shown only in one episode, such as episode 17 "The Transfer Student Is Dandy, Baby" of the TV series "Space Dandy". In addition, there are also works such as the "Macross" series and the "Senki Zessho Symphogear" series, in which songs by characters influence the battle situation and show musical excitement. The person who plays the character may be in charge of singing, or other artist could be e in charge of singing, such as "Macross F" Sheryl Nome (CV: Endo Aya, singing: May'n). There are various forms, but the songs and stories of the characters and the synchronization of the images have been loved by anime fans for many years. Expansion of viewers and possibilities of musical anime For musical anime to become more widespread in the future, it is necessary to gain support from a wide range of viewers. The main broadcast band of TV anime is midnight. Therefore, the main audience base so far has been core anime fans. In recent years, it has become possible to watch works at any time through online streaming, etc., creating opportunities for more people to come into contact with musicals through anime. Furthermore, with the advent of "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" and "Inu-Oh", viewers who do not normally watch anime have begun to pay attention to Japanese musical anime. As the hurdles for touching the work have been lowered, it seems that more and more people will know the appeal of musical anime. It is highly possible that the number of Japanese anime that will focus on musicals will continue to increase in the future. Someday, it may be a typical Japanese anime genre along with robot anime or idol.
T-shirts and tote bags with designs of Mamoru Hosoda’s six movies, such as “Bell” and “Summer Wars”, will be released on 10th September on AEON’s official website ‘AEON style online’ and other store locations. The items are based on the six animated movies by Studio Chizu, including Mamoru Hosoda’s latest work “Bell”. Each item features a scene, character, or logo from the movies and is exclusively available at AEON stores. The product lineup consists of 23 items (16 long sleeve T-shirts and 7 tote bags) with designs based on the six movies: “Belle”, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”, “Summer Wars”, “Wolf Children”, “The Boy and The Beast” and “Mirai”. “『Doublefocus』Mamoru Hosoda Collaboration” T-shirts and tote bags will be on sale from September 10th, 2021 at ‘AEON’ and ‘AEON style’ stores, and AEON official online store ‘AEON style online’. 【Sales Information】 T-Shirt Size: S-LL *Made in men’s sizes, but can be worn as unisex clothes. Price: Base Price 1,580 JPY（1,738 JPY with tax） Sales Location: Available at 300 ‘AEON’ and ‘AEON style’ stores in Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu *Item lineup may differ depending on the store, and not all stores sell the collaboration items. Online Sale: AEON official online store ‘AEON style online’ Release Date: Friday, September 10th at ‘AEON’ and ‘AEON style’ stores in Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. *Some of the items will be released in mid-September. Release Date for AEON Stores in Hokkaido: Friday, September 17th *Tote bags will not be available in Hokkaido stores.
It was announced that the latest work of director Hosoda Mamoru, "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" has exceeded 5 billion JPY in terms of gross revenue. In order to commemorate this, the "7 minute and 48 seconds" digest on the crucial scenes of the movie was broadcast for the first time on TV on the second half of "Kinyoubi Roadshow (Friday's Roadshow)" on August 20, 2021. "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" is the latest work of director Hosoda Mamoru, who is known for "Summer Wars", and "Mirai". This is a youth story that started when Suzu, a female high school girl who has trauma after her mother's death when she was young, become a worldwide songstress "Belle" in "Another Reality", the internet virtual world, "U". After one month from its release, the gross revenue of "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" has exceeded 5 billion JPY. After "The Boy and the Beast", this work is the closest to renewing the highest gross revenue of director Hosoda Mamoru. And to commemorate this, the "7 minute and 48 seconds" digest on the crucial scenes of the movie was broadcast for the first time on TV. It was broadcast on the second half of the "Kinyoubi Roadshow" on August 20, 2021, which is "The Cat Returns", with no editing. The digest depicts the crucial scenes when the "Songstress Belle" become popular after the main protagonist Suzu, who is unable to sing even her favorite song due to her troubles in reality, joined the internet world "U" upon the recommendation by her friend Hiro-chan. The movie "Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" is currently available at the theatre. ■"Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess" Original Creator/ Script Writer/ Director: Hosoda Mamoru Planning/ Production: Studio Chizu Music Director/ Music: Iwasaki Taisei Music: Ludvig Forssell, Bandou Yuta Main Theme Song: millennium parade × Belle "U" Starring: Nakamura Kaho, Narita Ryou, Sometani Shouta, Tamashiro Tina, Ikuta Lilas, Yakusho Kouji, Satou Takeru (C) 2021 Studio Chizu
※This article will mention the important point of the movie “Belle”. There is a small railway crossing near the house. When a child was young, I remember crossing it every day when taking him to the kindergarten. I always get nervous to cross it with a child and simulates anything “you wish not to happen”. First, if a child was left on the crossing and unable to move due to some trouble, what should I do? Since I already have a solution to this, so there is no problem. Then, what if someone left on the crossing was a random child or an adult, what should we do? The solution is “to push the emergency button and refrain from entering the railway”. However, if you did it but ended with unsatisfied result, is there not any regret? For me, I am certain that I will live with the strange emotion until I die. There might be the action that only you could conduct. Meanwhile, you question yourself that you went against it because of “righteousness”. You will blame yourself that you were just scared. You never can get the complete decision because you never would know the decision you did not take and you cannot stop blaming yourself. If you could give the clear solution, you do not have to keep reading from here. That is one way to cope. As a reminder, the relationship between “difficultness of giving a clear solution” and “Belle” will be discussed from this point, so there will be no value for the people, who can give the clear solution to the complex issue. The fictional story “Belle” has a strong connection between “unclear justice”. The central factor of “Belle” is the relationship between a mother and a child. The protagonist Suzu (Full name: Naitou Suzu) lost her mother when she was young. Her mother died by drowning after jumping into the overflowing river to rescue a child of a stranger. Since that day, a complex question, “Why did my mother leave me that day?”, stays inside her. She lost her willingness to sing, which was her favorite thing to do, and now she is a high school student. Realistically, the action of Suzu’s mother is “incorrect”. An untrained person should not attempt to rescue until the professional life savers arrive. There is a scene of her mother negatively explained on the internet in the movie. However, this mistake is the important factor of the movie and the reason why the fiction movie is fictional. Then turning point arrived on Suzu. She registered to the virtual reality of the internet “U”, naming her avatar-As as “Belle”, and learns that she can sing inside “U”. Belle becomes the popular being in “U” in less than 6 months. She then meets “a Dragon”. “Dragon” is hated by people of “U”. He is the continuous target of hate from the peacekeeper of “U”. However, Belle is curious of the Dragon, and the story of them begins. Dragon gradually loses his territory in “U”. To rescue the Dragon, Belle now has to find the identity of Dragon, in other words, the player. She luckly finds out that the player of the Dragon is a older brother (Kei) of the siblings that have, who has been abused by their bossy father. Suzu begins to communicate through the video chat, but Kei does not believe that Suzu is Belle, and rejects the offer of help provided by Suzu. Suzu has to prove that she is Belle to help Kei and his younger brother Tomo. For proof, Suzu has to get rid of her avatar and sing as Suzu in “U”. If she did that, she might lose all her fame and popularity that she currently has and may lose self-confidence. After thinking for a long time, she decides to reveal her true identity in “U”. While singing as Suzu, she finally understands the reason of her mother’s action. That day, her mother went to help the child because “it only can be accomplished by her”, as she is currently trying to help the Dragon=Kei. People often face “the unclear righteousness” in reality. In the situation, people cannot do anything but question themselves, “Could I help someone even with the wrong decision”. Therefore, I want fictional stories to depict “making mistake in a correct way”. Because “the unclear righteousness” is always the absolute reality, actions ignoring the reality and taking wrong justice on purpose will become the salvation. What is on the basis of “unclear feeling” of failing to help someone with the correct action is the regret that “If that could be only accomplished by me, I should have done it”. This regret will be salvaged by “wrong justice” in fictional stories. Because “unclear justice” is reality, it can easily change into “giving clear decision”. However when everything becomes “clear”, “benefit of others” and “kindness”, which are the motivation of all actions, will lose value. That is why “wrong justice” in fiction is wanted. Because fiction depicts “wrong correctness”, we can believe that suffering from questions without answer is a proof of the existence of “justice” such as others’ benefit and kindness. Although “unclear correctness” in reality and fiction exist on opposite extremes, they are strongly connected in the deep spot. On the final scene of the movie, Suzu goes to Tokyo from Kouchi to rescue Kei and others. From this point, to emphasize Suzu conducting “what only she can do at the moment of life”, it is unrealistic and reckless plan from the realistic view. This event is not questionable for many people because “this is not correct from the realistic point of view”. However this movie has been depicting “making a mistake correctly” throughout the story since the mother’s event at the beginning. Therefore Suzu’s action at the end is reasonable if you think it as the same as her mother’s action (but I also agree that the movie should have been more careful when depicting about child care center. However, I won't "keep accounts" to value the movie by adding up or subtracting such good and bad points either). With Suzu’s “incorrect action with justice”, the important point of the movie appears. It is “body” that connects people. The setting of As of “U” reflecting the senses of humans also follows the point. Suzu meets Kei and Tomo in Tokyo in rain. All 3 hug right after the encounter. The importance is the fact that Belle with living body comes to Tokyo and hugs the two. Kei reconfirms that Suzu is Belle with the hug. Meanwhile, the father appears to retrieve Kei and Tomo and injures Suzu. While Suzu’s face is hurt and blood leaking, she faces their father without wiping off her blood. Their father cannot punch Suzu to see her such attitude. Their father is overwhelmed by Suzu because she stands in front of him as a stranger with body. Their father controls his children with force because he does not recognize ownership of his children’s body and believes that they are his belongings. Home for him is the environment filled with his ego, not the space to coexist with others. In other words, he does not live in real world. Therefore Suzu as “a stranger with living body” makes him unreachable and being overwhelmed by with “stranger’s body”. Abused children should be rescued with law. However, that does not prove that body will salvage humans. Description of crushing the father’s world is unrealistic if you consider the legal system. What only Suzu “could do at the moment” is to hug the brothers in real world, as she did in “U”. The two worlds are connected through “physical experience” and provided as the world of equal value. The audience finally learns why the virtual reality is called “U” and links the physical sensitivity. There may be various complex reasoning in terms of the story setting,, but “U” means “YOU”. This “YOU” does not mean plural “you” but singular “you”. “YOU” as “the person who you want to rescue regardless of making a mistake”. Also “physical body” simultaneously distinguishes and connects “me” and “you”. If this movie positively describes the internet world, then this place is the place of meeting new person “whom your existence will be the life saver for”. Not many people can be helped by other people in the reality. The social system is more likely to help the people. However, as the method of directing “others benefit” and “kindness”, fictional stories to “make a wrong correctness” to “do what only you can do” are needed. Therefore, Suzu carried out such a “wrong but correct decision” with such reason.
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.