「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 latest work of the original recital program "Readic Theater", called "THE∞×Family" will be held in 2022 in three parts. The story about the rampage of the music-lover gang will be delivered by three teams, which consist of Nakao Ryuusei, Akesaka Satomi, Shimono Hiro, Yamaguchi Kappei, Saitou Soma, Hatano Wataru, Kimura Ryouhei, and Yoshino Hiroyuki. "Readic Theater" is a collaboration between the recital by the popular and competent voice actors with the live performance by the professional musicians, making this an entertainment that will deliver the fun of the story, voice, and live performance. The original idea of "THE∞×Family" is by Ikuzawa Yuuichi, who participated in the theme song "Geragerapou no Uta" of "Yo-kai Watch" and with the original story written by Ninomiya Ai ("Are you Alice?" and "Teiden Shoujo to Hanemushi no Orchestra"), the rampage of the music-lover gang will be delivered in 3 parts. The 2 mutual characters that will be featured in all the 3 parts are D Freddie (voiced by Nakao Ryuusei), who gathered all the problematic children who music, and Doremi (voiced by Akesaka Satomi), who is the only female in the family but dressed up as an incompetent male host. Other than those two mutual characters, "team.Future" also consists of Fujiwara Fumio (voiced by Shimono Hiro) and Shikou Furufuru (voiced by Yamaguchi Kappei), "team.Fancy" also consists of Fuutarou (voiced by Saitou Soma) and Lady Francois (voiced by Hatano Wataru), and "team.Fight" also consists of Ran Fei Fei (voiced by Kimura Ryouhei) and Soreha, Fukashigi (voiced by Yoshino Hiroyuki). Readic Theater "THE∞×Family" will have 2 stages (afternoon and evening) , and "team.Future" will be on February 13, 2022, "team.Fancy" will be on April 10, and "team.Fight" will be on June 19. A serial ID for the advance application of the ticket will be distributed on Animate Online Store until the end of September upon the purchase of the CD "Ohyouhi Circus ~Heartless Harvest~" (Release on August 26). The serial ID can be used for the ticket lottery application that will start in early October. Do visit the official website for further details. Readic Theater "THE∞×Family team.Future" Date: March 13, 2022 (Sunday), 2 Stages (afternoon and evening) in planned (The time for each stage will be announced soon) Venue: The Garden Hall, Ebisu (1-13-2, Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0062) ■ Cast Members ■ Fujiwara Fumio: Shimono Hiro Shikou Furufuru: Yamaguchi Kappei D Freddie: Nakao Ryuusei Doremi: Akesaka Satomi Readic Theater "THE∞×Family team.Fancy" Date: April 10, 2022 (Sunday), 2 Stages (afternoon and evening) in planned (The time for each stage will be announced soon) ■ Cast Members ■ Fuutarou: Saitou Soma Lady Francois: Hatano Wataru D Freddie: Nakao Ryuusei Doremi: Akesaka Satomi Readic Theater "THE∞×Family team.Fight" Date: June 19, 2022 (Sunday), 2 Stages (afternoon and evening) in planned (The time for each stage will be announced soon) ■ Cast Members ■ Ran Fei Fei: Kimura Ryouhei Soreha, Fukashigi: Yoshino Hiroyuki D Freddie: Nakao Ryuusei Doremi: Akesaka Satomi (C) Re;no,Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
The video “Color of Life 2nd Season”, which makes the voice actor Kimura Ryouhei to your circle’s “upperclassman”, is now released. This video “Color of Life 2nd Season” is the 2nd edition of the promotion movie “Color of Life!”, which was released together with the complete wireless earphone “ATH-SQ1TW” (released on October 2020). In addition to Kimura-san, Ono Yuuki-san, Hanamori Yumiri-san, Enoki Junya-san, Sakura Ayane-san, and Furukawa Makoto-san participated and expressed stories related to earphones with their “voice”. There will be 6 situations, including “Dating with Boyfriend Arc” and “Best Friend Arc”. The 5th edition of “Color of Life 2nd Season”, gradually being released since July 12, is “Circle’s Upperclassman Arc” by Kimura Ryouhei. Your upperclassman (CV: Kimura Ryouhei) greets you, "Otsukare! (Good job!)", when you are taking rest from the circle’s activity. When you ask, “what is the yellow thing in your hand?” and he tells you about “ATH-SQ1TW”. Moreover, he recommends you some songs that he is listening with “ATH-SQ1TW”, saying “you might like it”, and then he hands you his earphones. Then a girl comes up him, calling him “older brother”, with somewhat familiar, cute voice. She somehow misunderstood you as “a girlfriend” and leaves there by saying, “stay happy!”. He apologizes you “I’m sorry, she misunderstood about you”, but he continues, “Well, it’s okay for me if she misunderstood about us”. Why does he say such things abruptly!? There is only this scene in the video, but their bittersweet relationship can be assumed from this conversation. The camera keeps projecting the hands of them, and the story progresses only with Kimura-san’s voice (plus his sister). Kimura-san’s voice is enough to make you feel the situation and his emotion, but the expression of the hands enhances the reality of the situation. Upcoming 6th edition of the movie is the last of the series. We will introduce “Boyfriend’s Home Arc” performed by Furukawa Makoto. It will be released on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM.
July 30 is Kimura Ryouhei-san's birthday. He was in TV shows, stage plays, and anime since he was a child, and won Best Actors in supporting roles in the 6th Seiyu Awards back in 2012. In 2021, he plays main characters in various anime, including "The World Ends with You: The Animation", "Odd Taxi", and "Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan". He also started his official YouTube channel "Ryouhei wa Sake Nominagara Game Shitai." and his gameplay videos are popular too. To celebrate his birthday, we conducted the same readers' survey as last year, "Who's Your Favorite Character Played by Kimura Ryouhei-san?" There were 355 votes during the survey period from July 13 to July 20. The voters were mainly female with a gender ratio of 85% female to 15% male. The age range was on the younger side with 30% under 20 and 40% in their 20s. ■"Haikyuu!!" Bokuto Koutarou keeps the top position from last year! 1st Place Bokuto Koutarou from "Haikyuu!!" topped the list for two consecutive years with roughly 20% of the votes. He is the captain of the Fukuroudani Academy Volly Ball Club. "I love the gap between the usual cheerful Bokuto-san and the depressed Bokuto-san! It's amazing how the same character has two different unique personalities," and "His excited voice gives me energy! On the other hand, it's funny when he gets depressed, haha," are comments from fans that like his mood swing. There was also a comment pointing out how Kimura-san embodies the character, "All the different tones of voices matched perfectly, and I realized that this is how a character comes to life." 2nd Place Coming in 2nd place is Wei Wuxian from "Mo Dao Zu Shi" with roughly 14% of the votes. Wei Wuxian, the main character of "Mo Dao Zu Shi", mastered the Demonic Cultivation to controlcontrols the dead with a flute. Many fans were surprised by the various emotions of the character and said, "His emotions change rapidly, and Ryouhei-san's voice really matches him! I love how he whispers 'Get up,' in the corpse's ear," "Kimura-san's intonation is comforting and well portrays the free-spirited and naive personality of Wei Wuxian who gets carried away easily," and "I was overwhelmed by how he expressed the character's anger, sadness, and despair, in addition to his free-spirited and energetic nature." An anime that had its dubbed version broadcast in 2021 made it in the top 3 of the list. 3rd Place Kise Ryouta from "Kuroko's Basketball" took 3rd place with roughly 9% of the votes. He dropped a position last year. He looks like a shallow character, but his sincere attitude towards basketball won the hearts of his fans and received comments like, "He's usually a flirt but he's so cool when he plays basketball," and "It's amazing how he obtained The Perfect Copy and recreates any kind of play." He's also a fashion model, and his glamorous side also makes him popular. ■Here are some comments for other characters! For Izuminokami Kanesada from "Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-", "Kane-san inherits the passion of his former master Hisjikata Toshizou. I like the way his passion and coolness are expressed and how his shallowness gradually seeps through." For Takizawa Akira from "Eden of the East", "The prince is a naturally likable person, and is a genius in turning a pinch into a chance! No matter what the situation, Takizawa-kun will find a way out of it." For Tartaglia from "Genshin", "Since he uses Tartagliarya in his gameplay, it's nice to be able to hear his regular voice and the character's voice. Kimura-san's love for the character is amazing!" There were also votes for an anime that received a film adaptation, Takakura Shouma from "Penguindrum", "Ryouhei-san's performance portrays how his kindness puts him at the mercy of everyone around him and that he really loves his family." In the 2021 survey, while BokutoKimura Koutarou from "Haikyuu!!" is still popular, there were also new characters making it on the list. There were votes for not only anime characters but also characters from games and media mix projects. ■Top 20 "Who's Your Favorite Character Played by Kimura Ryouhei-san? 2021 Edition" 1. Bokuto Koutarou "Haikyuu!!" 2. Wei Wuxian "Mo Dao Zu Shi" 3. Kise Ryouta "Kuroko's Basketball" 4. Tartaglia "Genshin" 4. Hinata Hideki "Angel Beats!" 6. Asmodeus Alice "Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun" 7. Lawless "Servamp" 8. Izuminokami Kanesada "Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-" 8. Shimotsuki Shun "Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION" 8. Hayata Shinjirou "ULTRAMAN" 11. Mukami Kou "DIABOLIK LOVERS" 12. Juumonji Tsubasa "Rin-ne" 12. Judar "Magi" 12. Sorey "Tales of Zestiria" 12. Takizawa Akira "Eden of the East" 16. Lord Enma "Yo-kai Watch" 16. Takakura Shouma "Penguindrum" 16. Hyuga Yamato "Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love Series" 16. Joshua "The World Ends with You: The Animation" 20. Arthur Conan Doyle "Ikemen Vampire: Ijintachi to Koi no Yuuwaku" 20. Suzumiya Hajime "Aopella?!" 20. Toono Hiyori "Free! - Dive to the Future" 20. Nishimura Satoru "Natsume's Book of Friends" (Survey Period: July 13 - July 20, 2021) *This survey was held to investigate the readers' "interests and attention towards current anime titles and characters". The results should not be used to determine the supremacy of characters and titles. We hope this article will help you find new anime/characters and deepen your understanding of them.
A special anime commemorating the 20th anniversary of the publication of the fantasy historical novel series "Shabake" by Hatakenaka Megumi and the release of her latest book "Mou Ichido", has been released. It is currently being streamed on the "Shabake Official Website". Comments from the cast members including Enoki Junya, Uchiyama Koki and others have also arrived. "Shabake" is a fantasy historical novel by Hatakenaka Megumi that has sold more than 9 million copies in total. The story is about a sickly young master who solves difficult cases in Edo with demons. Today, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the "Shabake" series and the release of the latest book "Mou Ichido", the "Shabake 20th Anniversary Special Anime" was released. It is directed by Ito Hideki known for "Natsume's Book of Friends the Movie: Ephemeral Bond," and produced by the anime studio Shuka, which also produces the "Natsume's Book of Friends" series. Also, the cast members include Enoki Junya as Young Master, Uchiyama Koki as Nikichi, Azakami Yohei as Sasuke, Kimura Ryohei as Byobu Nozoki, and Kanemoto Hisako as Suzuhikohime. In about three minutes, all the famous scenes from the "Shabake" series are condensed into one gorgeous work that both long-time fans and those who want to learn more about "Shabake" would enjoy.
It was revealed that the Netflix Original Anime Series "The Way of the Househusband" Part 2 and the omake series "The Ingenuity of the Househusband" featuring Tsuda Kenjirou as the main cast members, will have a worldwide broadcast exclusively on Netflix on October 7. The main trailer and key art have been revealed. "The Way of the Househusband" is based on the comedy manga by Oono Kousuke that is currently being serialized on "Kurage Bunch". It depicts the ex-yakuza member, Tatsu, who has created various legends in the underworld, spending his daily life at home as a househusband. Part 1 of the Netflix Original Anime Series that was directed by Kon Chiaki and produced by J.C. Staff was broadcast in April 2021 with a total of 5 episodes. For the newly announced Part 2, it will feature the familiar characters, such as the main protagonist, Tatsu (voiced by Tsuda Kenjirou), Tatsu's wife Miku (voice by Itou Shizuka), and Tatsu's underling Masa (voiced by Okitsu Kazuyuki) along with the new unique characters. It will include the BBQ with the neighbor, Bob (voiced by Sugita Tomokazu), Tapioca challenge with the ex-yakuza member and Tatsu's rival Torajirou (voiced by Hosoya Yoshimasa), the rap battle with the ex-yakuza rapper Gouda (voiced by Kimura Subaru), and other episodes that will make you burst out in laughter. The main trailer and key art that will once again bring you back to the world of Tatsu and the others while keeping the momentum of Part 1, have been released. Part 2 of the popular omake live-action series "The Ingenuity of the Househusband", featuring Tsuda Kenjirou as himself in challenging the various house chores, has been announced. Do look forward to the next house chores that Tsuda will be challenging. The latest goods of the anime "The Way of the Househusband" will be released at end of October 2021 at Animate and other stores. the lineup consists of "Character Badge Collection" with the perfect speech for Tatsu's famous scenes, "Coupon-style Memo Pad" that will remind you of the coupon that Tatsu is hiding in his pocket, and other goods that will make you closer to the world of this anime. Netflix Original Anime Series "The Way of the Househusband" Part 2 will have a worldwide broadcast exclusively on Netflix on October 7. The omake series "The Ingenuity of the Househusband" will also start on the same date. ■ Netflix Series "The Way of the Househusband" Broadcast: From October 7 (Saturday), worldwide broadcast exclusively on Netflix for Part 2 (Total of 5 Episodes) Original Creator: Oono Kousuke Director: Kon Chiaki Series Composition: Yamakawa Susumu Animation Production: J.C. Staff Cast Members: Tsuda Kenjirou, Itou Shizuka, Okitsu Kazuyuki, M・A・O, Fukushima Jun, Saitou Kimiko, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Nogawa Masashi, Junichi Yanagita, Ootsuka Houchuu, Tanaka Atsuko, Sugita Tomokazu, Mamiya Yasuhiro, Tamura Yukari, Koyama Rikiya, Hino Satoshi, Kimura Subaru, Kobayashi Chikahiro, Asumi Kana, Nojima Hirofumi, and Hayami Shou Theme Song: Opening Song "Chef no Michi" and Ending Song "Gokushufukaidou" by Uchikubigokumon-Doukouka ■ Omake Series "The Ingenuity of the Househusband" (From Netflix Original Anime Series "The Way of the Househusband") Broadcast: From October 7 (Saturday), worldwide broadcast exclusively on Netflix for Part 2 (Total of 5 Episodes) Main Cast: Tsuda Kenjirou (C) Oono Kousuke/ Shinchousha
The title logo and script of the Netflix live-action drama series based on "One Piece" have been revealed. It was also revealed that the provisional title of episode 1 is the same as the original work, which is "Romance Dawn". "One Piece" is a popular manga by Oda Eiichiro that has been serialized on "Weekly Shounen Jump" since 1997, and it has a total of 490 million copies in circulation worldwide. The title logo of the live-action drama series, where the original author Oda is serving as the executive producer, has been revealed for the first time. The letter "O" depicts the live-action trademark of the "Straw Hat Pirates" with the scar below Luffy's left eye and the familiar nose of Luffy. While the letter "E" has the anchor shape, which is the same as the original logo. It seems that this logo was created with respect to the original work with a playful mind. Moreover, the script of episode 1 has been revealed, and the provisional title is the same as chapter 1 of the original work, which is "Romance Dawn". Do look forward to seeing how the "starting line" of Luffy's adventures will be shown in the live-action drama.
"Baki: Son of Ogre", 3rd series of the Netflix original anime "Baki" series, will be distributed on September 30, 2021. Along with the announcement, 2nd PV and the additional cast, including Yamadera Koichi and Koyama Mami, have been revealed. "Baki: Son of Ogre" is based on the "Baki" series featuring martial arts, which was serialized in "Weekly Shonen Champion" and had over 85 million collected volumes in circulation. The anime series by Netflix completed "New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero", 2nd series of "Baki", by having distributed "Baki: Most Evil Death Row Convicts Saga" in 2018, and "Baki: Great Chinese Challenge Saga" in 2020. This time, it has been announced that a total of 12 episodes of 3rd series "Baki: Son of Ogre", where the parent and child with a deep connection confront with all their soul, will be distributed worldwide exclusively on Netflix on September 30. The 2nd PV shows extremely strong men waiting for Baki at the Black Pentagon, and gives a glimpse of the match to decide the superlative man with Biscuit Oliva also known as Mr. Unchained. In the PV, the additional cast members have been announced: Nojima Kenji as Jun Guevaru, who is kept in the "Black Pentagon" just as Oliva, Koyama Mami as Maria, who is said to be the most selfish woman in the U.S. and loved by Oliva so much, Mamiya Yasuhiro as Iron Michael, who is the greatest champion that is said to be No.1 in the boxing history, Yamadera Koichi as a trio called "Mouth", Lips, Teeth, and Tongue, who are fighting perfectly in tune with each other, and Ebara Masashi as Bob McCarthy, a prison officer that observes the fierce fight between Baki and Oliva up close. A total of 12 episodes of "Baki: Son of Ogre" will be streamed worldwide exclusively on Netflix on September 30. Original Creator: Itagaki Keisuke (Akita Shoten, Serialized in "Weekly Shonen Champion") Director: Hirano Toshiki Series Composition: Urahata Tatsuhiko Character Design: Ishikawa Shingo Color Design: Miyawaki Hiromi Art Director: Yoshihara Shunichiro Director of Photography: Noguchi Tatsuo Editing: Sano Yuriko Music: Fujisawa Kenji Opening Theme: "Treasure Pleasure" by GRANRODEO (Lantis) Ending Theme: "Unchained World" by GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE (rhythm zone) Sound Director: Urakami Yasuyuki, Urakami Keiko Animation Production: TMS Entertainment Production: Baki: Son of Ogre Production Committee Hanma Baki: Shimazaki Nobunaga Hanma Yujiro: Otsuka Akio Biscuit Oliva: Otsuka Hochu Jun Guevaru: Nojima Kenji Maria: Koyama Mami Gerry Strydum: Hashi Takaya Ayukawa Rumina: Han Megumi Lips, Teeth, and Tongue: Yamadera Koichi Bob McCarthy: Ebara Masashi Narration: Furuya Toru (C)Itagaki Keisuke (Akita Shoten) / Baki: Son of Ogre Production Committee
Kibayashi Shin, known as the original creator of "The Kindaichi Case Files" and "Bloody Monday", "The Drops of God", etc., is working together with "Netflix" to produce a new original anime. The title was revealed to be "Lady Napoleon" with the information on the production staff. "Lady Napoleon" is an action fantasy about the organization "Lady Napoleon" that is aiming for world domination and it is headed by the descendant of the famous emperor Napoleon, Sophie. Sophie along with the butler handyman, Butler, and the martial art expert, Guy, are traveling around the world to look for the "3 Artifacts" that Napoleon once possessed. Kibayashi has partnered with "Netflix" in February 2020 to develop the new project, and the first work of this partnership is this original anime, "Lady Napoleon". The currently under-development characters art and the staff information have been revealed. The director is Akitaya Noriaki, who is the episode director of "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion", and the animation production is handled by Zero-G, who handled the "High-Rise Invasion" from the "Netflix" anime series. As the information on the cast members and broadcast period had yet to be announced, please do look forward to future announcements. ＜Staff＞ Original Creator: Kibayashi Shin ("The Kindaichi Case Files" and "Bloody Monday", "The Drops of God") Director: Akitaya Noriaki ("Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion" as episode director, "Bakuman") Production: Zero-G ("High-Rise Invasion", "Grand Blue Dreaming", "Battery") ＜Streaming＞ Worldwide streaming on Netflix (13 episodes are planned)
The second stage greeting to celebrate the release of "Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis: The New Movie" was held at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills on September 11, 2021. Along with Konomi Takeshi, the original writer and executive producer of the film, all the past and present actors as Echizen Ryoma from the musical "The Prince of Tennis" (a.k.a. Tenimyu) gathered together for the first time in history. "Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis: The New Movie" is the first 3DCG animated film that depicts the three blank months between "The Prince of Tennis" and "The New Prince of Tennis". After winning a deadly battle in the finals of the national tournament, Echizen Ryoma, who is going on a learning mission to the United States by himself, arrives at a time when the young Echizen Nanjiro was active as a "samurai" from the distorted time and space by a "certain event", and then...... In the second stage greeting to celebrate the release of the movie, the actors appeared with Konomi including Yanagi Kotaro, who played the first-generation Ryoma, Sakamoto Shogo, who played the fourth-generation Ryoma, Takahashi Ryuki, who played the fifth-generation Ryoma, Ogoe Yuki, who played the sixth-and-seventh-generation Ryoma, Furuta Kazuki, who played the eighth-generation Ryoma, Akutsu Nichika, who played the ninth-and-tenth-generation Ryoma, and Imamaki Hikaru, who played the current Ryoma. And KIMERU, who played Fuji Shusuke and understudied Ryoma, took the stage as MC. In front of the eight "Ryoma" including KIMERU, Konomi looked deeply moved, saying "A miracle has happened", and KIMERU shared the same feeling, saying "I also feel like a reunion". While the speakers were saying a few words, KIMERU read the comments from Endo Yuya, who played the second-generation Ryoma, and Sakurada Dori, who played the third-generation Ryoma, who were unable to attend the event, instead of them. Then, a big applause came from the audience. As the event was to be "all Ryoma", photos of the time were shown on the screen, and everyone nodded their heads when Furuta commented, "Each of them looks like Ryoma, even though they don't look alike." When asked what was in his mind when playing Ryoma, Sakamoto said, "I had my bangs in mind," and Ogoe and the rest of the cast agreed. Since the cap is Ryoma’s signature, he was particular about the bangs peeking out from the cap. Ogoe also continued, "I also remember that I had a blue flame burning inside me." Akutsu revealed his mind, saying, "Ryoma has a lot of physical activity, so I was thinking about how I could play him cool without getting breathless and Imamaki said, "I had a low natural voice, so I tried to act with a high voice." They revealed what was in their mind. Yanagi, who played the first-generation Ryoma, had Ryoma's cool and unflappable appearance in his mind and recalled, "I tried not to smile while acting cool Ryoma." and Konomi responded to his words, "I think Ryoma is here today because of your hard work, Yanagi-kun," talking about his feeling for 18-year "Tenimyu." In addition, when everyone was asked their favorite scene from the movie "Ryoma!" Takahashi mentioned the church scene between Ryoma and Sakuno, saying, "When I saw that scene, I wanted to do Tenimyu again!" While each of them showed their favorite scenes, KIMERU said, "I also played Ryoma as a substitute, but the scene with Nanjiro reminded me of that time and made me feel so emotional." It seems that all the actors who played Ryoma in the past felt the same about the scene where Nanjiro and Ryoma faced each other, which was very moving. At the end of the event, Konomi seemed to embrace the miracle again, saying, "I can’t believe to see so many Ryoma here......." He was overwhelmed with a flood of emotions, saying, "I'd like to thank the eight Ryoma for coming here and everyone who comes to the theater. I appreciate your continuous support for ‘Ryoma!’" and closed his thoughts. "Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis: The New Movie" is currently in theaters. Event: The second stage greeting to celebrate the release of "Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis: The New Movie" where all Ryoma gathered! Date and time: September 11 (Sat) Place: TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills Speakers: Konomi Takeshi (Original Writer/Executive Producer), Yanagi Kotaro (the first-generation Ryoma), Sakamoto Shogo (the fourth-generation Ryoma), Takahashi Ryuki (the fifth-generation Ryoma) Ogoe Yuki (the sixth-and-seventh-generation Ryoma), Furuta Kazuki (the eighth-generation Ryoma), Akutsu Nichika (the ninth-and-tenth-generation Ryoma), Imamaki Hikaru (the current Ryoma)* titles omitted MC: KIMERU (the first-generation Fuji and substitude of the first-generation Ryoma) (C) Konomi Takeshi/Shueisha (C) The New Prince of Tennis the Movie Production Committee (C) Konomi Takeshi TK WORKS/Shueisha, TV TOKYO, NAS (C) Konomi Takeshi/Shueisha, Marvelous Music Publishing, NELKE PLANNING, ADK (C) Konomi Takeshi TK WORKS/Shueisha, TV Tokyo, NAS (C) © Konomi Takeshi/Shueisha, Marvelous Music Publishing, NELKE PLANNING (C) Konomi Takeshi/Shueisha, NAS, The Prince of Tennis Project (C) Konomi Takeshi/Shueisha, Marvelous Entertainment, NELKE PLANNING (C) Konomi Takeshi/Shueisha, NAS, The New Prince of Tennis Project (C) Konomi Takeshi/Shueisha, Tenimu Production Committee (C) Konomi Takeshi/Shueisha, Tenimyu Production Committee
“Anitsuku” has continued to hold various seminar events annually to educate the creators for anime production of the next generations. This year, in 2020, the event changed to the live streaming, and was held from September 25 to 27, 2020 with the new title, “Anitsuku 2020 Online”. “’Kengan Ashura’ CG Production Session”, in which the professionals discussed the background stories of “Kengan Ashura” (the original NETFLIX combat action anime) CG sections was held on the 3rd day, which was September 27. Staffs from both LARX ENTERTAINMENT Co., Ltd., the studio in charge of animation production, and exsa Co., Ltd., which was in charge of CG section of “Kengan Ashura”, appeared on stage and mainly discussed the production process of CGs. ■ Why “Kengan Ashura” was produced with CGs? Whom appeared on the stage were 5 members from 2 studios introduced above. Fukushima Ryouta (CG Director) and Nishiiri Hayao (CG Director) from LARX ENTERTAINMENT and Ikeguchi Yuuji (CG Producer), Saitou Hirokazu (Modeling Director), and Yamazaki Yuuta (Composite Director) from exsa appeared on the stage. The first theme was “Why ‘Kengan Ashura’ was made with CGs?”. CG director Fukushima opened his mouth first to respond. The illustrations in the original manga are so dense and the fighting actions are drawn in the graphical taste, therefore producing it in 2D are too heavy. So, to deal with finance and schedule problems, the anime was produced with CG. CG models can keep the certain quality levels of the illustrations and can decrease the work hours to design backgrounds and other parts. ■ Seeking for both high quality and efficiency, while reproducing the texture of realistic manga The characters in the original manga have elaborated designs similar to dramatic mangas, including pointy shadows and silhouette that looks like nets, and they are creating the unique atmosphere of the manga itself. The character concept art produced by LARX ENTERTAINMENT challenged to recreate the design of the original manga by having retouch to 3D model for reproduction. As the result, the visual was accepted by the director, and the 3D model was used for the final version of the anime. The next and the final character model was produced in exsa by using the concept art completed by LARX. This process had to care about financial issue, while the concept art did not care about it. The staff struggled to resolve the various issues, including avoiding the troublesome chore and all issues related to “movement”. What they struggled the most was the brush texture that could be seen in net-like shadows. Each character should have fixed width in net shadow in any scene that they are appearing. However, the material called texture, which pastes shadows and other effects on a character, was forced to change its shape and size while the characters making movements. That issue only could be solved by taking time to modify, and left as the future goals to solve for next generations. The methods taken to cost compression and to increase efficiency were the following. First, the character body models were made in 3 patterns: thin type, muscular type, and super muscular type. While decreasing UV process that takes the longest hours of production, “net shadows”, textures for damage, and sweat texture now could be used for any character of any body type. UV is the coordinate in 3D modeling. When creating 3-dimensional object with 3DCG, there are scenes, in which the work cannot be continued with 3D. The solution is to make 3DCG into 2-dimensional like an papercraft before starting. This is very troublesome process. To resolve the issue, they used common UV and textures so that they can be shared through the studio. Moreover, they produced materials called “texture”, so that they can just paste damages and net shadows in each scene. Small steps to reduce work process lead to cost and work hour cuts, and finally produced the difference between the scenes that they should and should not work too hard, to create realistic anime with combat scenes. ■ Realistic combat scenes that learned from actual movements Toward the combat scene production, the director thought that he wants to visualize the scenes that are not directly drawn between each block. However, not all staff were familiar with actual combat techniques, therefore they do not have enough knowledge to fulfill the hidden scenes between each block. Then the studio invited approximately 10 people with actual combat experience. The staff first attempted to use motion capture technology. However, the actions with devices were very difficult, so they shot the actions from 6 different directions to use them as reference materials. They not only shot the actual movements, but the staffs in charge of illustration also actually experienced the combat practices to feel “atmosphere” of fighting between professional fighters. By the way, the core members actually watched the professional wrestling games in the beginning of the project. The staff not only felt the atmosphere and smacking sound of the fighter being floored down, they used it as the motivation to make the combat scenes as realistic as possible. “Kengan Ashura” production side passionately discussed their strong commitment for the anime. However, they advised the students to make distinguishment between what they should care more, while finding scenes that they can reduce work, not putting full power to all scenes. As a creator, it is true to hope to put full power to ALL scenes, even if it is a visual disappearing in a blink of an eye. However, as professional members in work, they should also care about resources, time, and costs as well. Even with a scene disappearing in a moment, if it is “an important scene with focus”, it should be produced with care. On the other hand, the scenes with less importance should not be produced with full resource. Everything is about making distinguishments. Based on whether the audience will know or not, they must think where to put limited resources. That is one “requirement” of the professional. ■ Increasing productivity by making common materials and specification documents “Composite”, the process to combine multiple materials into one, is one of the final steps of the production. It gets effected severely with the schedule change, and does not have enough time to complete. To increase efficiency and productivity, making the effects into asset so that any effect could be drawn out immediately for necessity. For example, in the punching scene, to recreate intense rush of punches, the effect to describe the route of the knuckles was used. This effect is not only used for this scene and was used for other scenes to reduce task to make new ones for each necessity. Another method to increase productivity was the creation of the specification document. One person is usually in charge of composite process for each work. However, the staff participated and left more often than usual due to shortness of production period for “Kengan Ashura”. Therefore, to reduce time to explain what is going on, Yamazaki created the specification document to reduce extra task. The goal of the specification document was “even a staff unfamiliar with the task will be able to get a work done at a certain quality with a quick look at the document”. Although the document had numerous pages to read, but had certain positive effects. “Kengan Ashura” expressed realistic scenes, while creating necessary atmosphere with multiple actions up till the end. There were multiple challenges made behind the scenes to make it so real. © 2019 Sandrovich Yabako. Daromeon, Shogakkan/Kengan Committee [Anime! Anime! Biz/Article was taken from animeanime.biz]
The collaboration project between the movie "Free! -the Final Stroke-" and the family restaurant "Coco’s", "Coco’s x The Movie Free! - the Final Stroke- One Summer Seaside Memories Promotion", started at all Coco’s restaurants nationwide except for some on August 23, 2021. Here at Anime! Anime!, we would like to report on the visit of the Coco’s Nakano store, which was decorated to the promotion's specifications for a limited time. Nanase Haruka, Tachibana Makoto, Matsuoka Rin, Kirishima Ikuya, Yamazaki Sosuke, Shiina Asahi, Tono Hiyori, Hazuki Nagisa, Ryugazaki Rei, and other characters from the movie "Free! -the Final Stroke-" wears Coco’s uniforms on banners and streamers that decorate the exterior of the store. They are introducing collaboration limited special menus such as Mackerel Freestyle Seafood Curry", "Mackerel-pple Pizza: Memories of That Summer Day", and "Shaved Ice Parfait Free!STYLE -Seaside Special-", posting a notice of the collaboration project. As we stepped into the store, we were greeted by a specially decorated cutout of Haruka and the other nine boys in front of the cash register. The two-meter high large drop curtain depicting the seaside scenery where their summer memories take place was also uplifting. Besides that, there was each kind of poster, sheets on the wall, glass-film sheets, and POP at soda fountain, all of which had the movie "Free! -the Final Stroke-" items all over them. You can see Haruka and his friends in the drink and food menu, the introduction of the "Coco’s original clear file" with each order subject to receive it, the take-out service information, and even the announcement of part-time job openings. You don't want to miss the "typical" lines scattered throughout the store if you are a fan. Also on display were the original Coco’s cushions, which you can get with a total of 25 points for every order of the menu, as well as the original Iwatobi-chan reusable bag and original acrylic coasters, which are available only at the 91 stores. The movie "-the Final Stroke-" and the family restaurant "Coco’s" will be collaborating on the "Coco’s x The Movie Free! -the Final Stroke- One Summer Seaside Memories Promotion", which will be held at all Coco’s stores nationwide except for some stores until October 3. For more details, please visit the promotion's special website. The movie "-the Final Stroke-" (C) Oji Koji, Kyoto Animation / Iwatobi-cho Supporters Association 2021
From "Mobile Suit Gundam", 3 new works of the Gundam series will be released in 2022, which are a TV anime series "Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury", a movie "Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island", and a special edition of TV anime series "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans". Sunrise announced that they would start up a total of 3 works in 2022 to pursue further development of the Gundam series with over 40 years of history. A TV anime series "Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury" will be on air in 2022. This is the first TV anime series in 7 years after the broadcast of "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans". A movie "Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island" will be premiered in 2022. It is directed by Yasuhiko Yoshikazu, based on "Cucuruz Doan's Island", which is one of the TV anime "Mobile Suit Gundam" episodes. Moreover, along with the distribution of a smartphone application "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans G", a special edition of "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans" that was broadcast in 2015, will be on air in 2022, with 9 separate broadcasts . During the broadcast, "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Urðr Hunt", the latest title produced by the same staff as the TV series, will be partly shown. Please stay tuned for the release date and other detailed information. (C)Sotsu, Sunrise (C)Sotsu, Sunrise, MBS
It has been announced that "Heroine Tarumono! Kiraware Heroine to Naisho no Oshigoto", the song of the creative unit HoneyWorks, will receive an anime adaptation. It will be broadcast from April 2022, and the cast includes Minase Inori, Uchiyama Koki, Shimazaki Nobunaga, Sakura Ayane, Hayami Saori.
"Fanfare of Adolescence", an original anime that is set in a horse riding school, will be broadcast in the spring of 2022. The cast members include Hanae Natsuki, Yano Shogo, and Tsuchiya Shimba. Information about the cast and staff, the teaser visual, and the teaser PV have been unveiled.
TV anime “Ascendance of a Bookworm: I’ll Stop at Nothing to Become a Librarian” season 3 will be broadcast from spring 2022. In addition, the teaser visual was released and comments from Iguchi Yuuka (Myne), Hayami Shou (Ferdinand), Kazuki Miya (the original author) and Hongou Mitsuru (director) have arrived. Moreover, season 1 and 2 of the TV anime series will be rebroadcast from October 2021. “Ascendance of a Bookworm: I’ll Stop at Nothing to Become a Librarian” is the biblia fantasy by Kazuki Miya, which is currently published from “TO Books”. In the season 3, second half of the novel titled “Apprentice Shrine Maiden” will undergo the anime adaption, and depicts the story of Myne after becoming the blue apprentice of the shrine aiming to conduct letterpress printing method and approaching difficulties. The teaser visual released this time contains Myne and Ferdinand. Iguchi Yuuka (Myne) commented on the point in the season 3 as following-“In season 3, the important point of the story is the episode of Myne and her family in a long main story. The story begins to move forward greatly with appearance of multiple new characters! Also, please pay attention to the family love”. Hayami Shou (Ferdinand) commented, “The enemies, intriguers, and villains will threaten Myne in season 3. As a guardian, Ferdinan keeps a closer look on Myne. I want to faithfully play Ferdinand with hidden passion and coolness”. TV anime “Ascendance of a Bookworm: I’ll Stop at Nothing to Become a Librarian” season 3 will begin from spring 2022. Rebroadcast of season 1 and 2 will begin from October 2021 on TOKYO MX and BS Fuji. 【Iguchi Yuuka: Myne】 Yahoo! Season 3 of the anime! Season 3! Yeah! Bless you! With all the support provided, season 3 has become real! Thank you so much! I am happy that I can play Myne again. In season 3, the important point of the story is the episode of Myne and her family in a long main story. The story begins to move forward greatly with appearance of multiple new characters! Also, please pay attention to the family love. I will cherish each episode, and play the character faithfully every time. Please look forward to the 3rd season! 【Hayami Shou: Ferdinand】 The enemies, intriguers, and villains will threaten Myne in season 3. As a guardian, Ferdinan keeps a closer look on Myne. I want to faithfully play Ferdinand with hidden passion and coolness. Please wait for the 3rd season with expectations. 【Kazuki Miya: the original author】 TV anime “Ascendance of Bookworm” season 3 has been decided on spring 2022! I made you wait for the information release for 3rd season. Part 1 “Daughter of a Soldier” was picked up in season 1 and the first half of part 2 “Apprentice Shrine Maiden” was shown in the season 2. The later half of the part 2 will become anime for season 3. One important flow in season 3 is the letter printing technology starting around Myne. The voice will be given to the apprentice of blacksmith laboratory, who produces metal letters, and the members of ink producers. Please pay attention also to Benno, Lutz and Gil, who get involved in the change. Another important event would be a prayer. The priest Ferdinand, Karstedt and Damuel, who got connected through Tronbe incident in season 2, and the unknown blue priest will participate. (laughter) I believe many people are waiting for appearance of him. Myne’s outfit for the prayer is cute and includes many important events during prayer, such as the prayer related to the villages, the description of summer mansion of Gibe, and attacks on it. Lastly, the bond of Myne’s family. Do you remember Myne was drawing the picture book for the baby? She will born finally in season 3. There will be a new family member. Mother Effa will have a kind eye over them and Tuuli is always cute and the dad Gunter will always cool when trying to protect Myne from aristocrats. Please look forward to the last scene of season 2, and you cannot watch it without falling into tears. 【Director Hongou Mitsuru】 I am in charge of the sequel to “Ascendance of Bookworm”. It is a wonderful thing because I was uncomfortable with the story after season 2, which was incomplete. I have no regret if this completes. We are in the middle of production and will complete our mission with a great momentum. Please look forward to the broadcast in next spring. © Kazuki Miya, TO Books/Ascendance of Bookworm Production Committee 2020
"Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World: Lost in Memories", the smartphone RPG with a scenario supervised by the original author Nagatsuki Tappei, is celebrating its 1st anniversary. Let's take a look at some notable topics, future developments, and comments of celebration from 13 cast members!
Voice actors Namikawa Daisuke and Ishikawa Kaito appeared in "Say You to Yo Asobi (Thu) [Namikawa Daisuke, Ishikawa Kaito] #15", which was broadcast on the "Anime LIVE Channel" of the new future TV "ABEMA" on July 29, 2021. In this episode, Eguchi Takuya and Umehara Yuichiro appeared as guests. Besides that Namikawa and Ishikawa produced the two guests in a tacky way in "Let’s examine if a hot guy is hot no matter what he does!", and they also examined the two, who are unflappable by anything, on the moment when their hearts were touched in a corner, "Where is the deadline for Eguchi and Umehara's hearts were touched?" and more. It had been a long time since Eguchi was the Monday MC of "Say You to Yo Asobi 2nd season" and Umehara hadn't appeared as a guest in 1 year and 9 months. It’s been a long time for both of them to join the show, but started in a relaxed mood; they did a skit with dummy head mikes, talked about an episode of a drinking party with Ishikawa, whom he "knows well". Eguchi and Umehara are currently appearing in the TV animation "TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION 2", which is also being broadcast on "ABEMA". This anime is set in the entertainment agency TSUKIPRO, TSUKINO TALENT PRODUCTION, and depicts the human drama of the four units that belong to the agency with music full of uniqueness. Eguchi plays as Takamura Shiki and Umehara plays as Murase Dai, both belonging to "SolidS". Eguchi talked about the charm saying, "The interesting thing about this work is that the characters get old every year!" Umehara nodded his head heartily and said, "We can grow old together, can't we?" He talked about the joy of the TSUKIPRO world where you can grow old together with the characters. Eguchi also mentioned that the characters' personalities change as they get older and said, "That's one of the fun parts of acting." He revealed that he enjoyed how the characters grow while acting. The show continued with the "Let’s examine if a hot guy is hot no matter what he does!" corner. In this corner, Namikawa and Ishikawa produce two stylish and cool guests by coordinating their clothes and walk in a tacky way. Namikawa produces Eguchi and Ishikawa produces Umehara. Eguchi and Umehara seemed to be excited about the idea of being produced in a tacky way, saying "I hope they'll break through" and "If we're going to do it." The Ishikawa and Umehara team immediately started coordinating, but Ishikawa struggled with Umehara, who looked good in everything, saying, "He looks good when I put the clothes on. He struggled with the coordination, but "So Tacky Fashion Show: Tacky Collection" began. First of all, Umehara appeared on stage wearing denim with a swan popping out of his pants, looking as hilarious as a comedian. Everyone burst into laughter at the gap. However, Namikawa and Eguchi immediately accepted it and said, "That's nice." and "How can I say? Isn't he cool?", which was an unexpected reaction. Ishikawa, the producer of tacky fashion, was frustrated, saying "It looks good on you" and "I couldn't hide how cool he is." The Namikawa and Eguchi team followed, wearing red pants, rose-patterned shirts, and frilly heart aprons, which makes it look eccentric. As Eguchi walked down the runway in a joyful mood, they praised him saying, "Doesn't this look like a fashion show?" and "On the contrary, he looks like wearing a high brand." However, when Eguchi returned to the studio, he unexpectedly changed his mind, saying, "It's very different being here," and "It's gotta be a runway," which was a turnover. As a result, the Namikawa and Eguchi team ended up with an overwhelming victory. Umehara, who had just devoted himself, said masochistically, "I’m the one who did the dirty work," which made the studio once again filled with laughter. The four enjoyed the corner "Where is the deadline for Eguchi and Umehara's hearts were touched?," which was to find out the moment when the unflappable Eguchi and Umehara's hearts were touched by questions including "A random restaurant tastes really good," "Winning 5,000 yen with a scratch card," and "The costume provided is a bathing suit." Looking back on the 90-minute live broadcast, Umehara said, "This is the most fun I've had this year," indicating that they had enjoyed a stimulating night out. At the end of the show, it was announced that Ishiya Haruki would appear as a guest next time on August 5, which made the audience look forward to what kind of night out they would have next time. In addition, "Say You to Yo Asobi" is currently running a special program titled "Overcome the Summer Heat! Do Your Best With Energy." Two episodes from each day of the week from the previous episodes of "Say You to Yo Asobi 2021" are being streamed free of charge for one week. From Thursday's episode, "#6", a fashion collab challenge, and "#11", a bungee jumping challenge, are being streamed for free, so take this opportunity to check them out. ["Anime LIVE Channel" / "Say You to Yo Asobi Thu [Namikawa Daisuke x Ishikawa Kaito] #15"] Broadcast on Thursday, July 29, 2021 Cast (honorifics omitted): Namikawa Daisuke, Ishikawa Kaito, Eguchi Takuya (guest), Umehara Yuichiro (guest) *The program will be available only on "ABEMA Premium*."
It was announced that the voice actor Takuya Eguchi will be the host of 'All Night Nippon X (cross)', a radio program broadcast by Nippon Broadcast, on July 23. Eguchi is known for playing the voices of Nagi Rokuya in 'Idolish 7', Shuji Hanma in 'Tokyo Revengers', Souei in 'That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime' and Kaoru Hanayama in 'Baki'. 'All Night Nippon X' is a radio program that started in spring this year, as a new brand within 'All Night Nippon'. The program broadcasts on weekdays at midnight and changes the host weekly. This time, they announced to have Takuya Eguchi as the host on July 23. 'Takuya Eguchi's All Night Nippon X' will be live broadcast on July 23, from 24:00 to 24:53. The program will also be available on the vertical theater app 'smash.' - Takuya Eguchi's Comment I am invited by THE All Night Nippon (X)! I will be the host of the midnight radio program! Let's stay up together on Friday!
The voice actor Eguchi Takuya has appeared on "TV Guide August 2021 issue/ Issue 13" in yukata. Photos were taken at a traditional Japanese house to give off the "Japan Summer" vibe. This magazine is scheduled to be released on August 4, 2021. Eguchi Takuya, the voice of SolidS's Takamura Shiki that is affiliated to the Tsukino Production from the July anime "Tsukipro The Animation 2", is being featured on the voice actor serialization "Koisuru Voice!" (Lit. Lovely Voice!) in "TV Guide 59th Anniversary Special Edition (TV Guide August 2021 issue/ Issue 13)". Also, if the purchase of "TV Guide 59th Anniversary Special Edition (TV Guide August 2021 issue/ Issue 13)" is made at Animate Online Shop, a photo of Eguchi Takuya will be given as a novelty. The photos taken at the traditional Japanese house in yukata are filled with the "Japan Summer" atmosphere as he shows off his literary master-like appearance while writing, him holding the coarse oilpaper umbrella, photo of him together with the flowers, him laying down while lifting his feet off, and him eating the watermelon. The comments from Eguchi after the photography have been released. "TV Guide Kanto Version August 2021 issue/ Issue 13" will be released on August 4. Pre-orders are currently available on nationwide and online bookstores. ■Comments from Eguchi Takuya Congratulation on the 59th anniversary! The number "59" has quite a weight behind it. I am quite grateful that I was called to this fantastic and historical magazine that had continued for 59 years. I am looking forward to the future developments of this magazine. For this latest issue, my photos were taken by the same photographer in the "TV Guide April 30 Issue and May 7 Issue", but his habit is still as strong as always (haha). It was quite fun! His continuous ideas are quite interesting, which made me think, "To think that you can use it in that way~", and the photos were taken in a way that helps to complete this work. By wearing a yukata at the traditional Japanese house, it gives off the vibe of "Japan summer". Please do look forward to these mysterious photos as you are able to peek at the border between the normal and abnormal life.
The latest PV of anime "ULTRAMAN" 2nd series has been published. In the video, Suzuki Tatsuno was shown to be joining as a new cast member, andspoke about his enthusiasm for the 2nd season. ”ULTRAMAN” is based on the manga series in "Monthly Hero's". It is a hit work, with the comics cumulative circulation exceeding 3 million copies, and its anime is co-directed by Kamiyama Kenji known for "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex"series and Aramaki Shinji known for "APPLESEED" "Starship Troopers：Traitor of Mars". On the PV, after ULTRAMAN, SEVEN and ACE, who fought fiercely in the 1st season, play an active part, an image cut with a mysterious silhouette with the characteristic horn on both sides of their head wrapped in was shown. The cut is followed by a line spoken by voice actor ・ Suzuki Tatsuhisa "I am TARO, ULTRAMAN TARO!", and expectations forthe new character・TARO rose. Suzuki Tatsuhisa sang the theme song of the 1st season in the music unit OLDCODEX, and coloured its world. How would he himself next in the role of ULTRAMAN TARO? <Full text following> 【The role of TARO: Suzuki Tatsuhisa】 I'm joining this film as ULTRAMAN TARO. I got an offer while I was reading the script and wondering how I could express his perseverance, strength, and form like the sun with my voice . I will put in a maximum effort and make the most of this opportunity. Please look forward to it. I hope to perform beyond your expectations. (C)Tsuburaya Productions (C)Eiichi Shimizu,Tomohiro Shimoguchi (C)ULTRAMAN Production Committee
The collaboration visual and the promotion video for Netflix original anime series and the latest series of "Ghost in the Shell" called "Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045" (Broadcast Date: Apr. 23, 2020) and "ULTRAMAN", which has started from Apr. 12, were released. Also, the information on the staff who worked on the script, the new characters, the casts, and the motion actors also arrived. The anime "ULTRAMAN" is the anime series which is directed by Kamiyama Kenji and Aramaki Shinji, and its music is produced by Toda Nobuko and Jinnouchi Kazuma, with the production by Production I.G×SOLA DIGITAL ARTS, similarly as "Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045". This collaboration celebrates the new start of these two series for having the same directors, music, and the production studio. The special collaboration visual depicts the two protagonists from each work, Kusanagi Motoko and Souda Shinjirou/ULTRAMAN, standing by with one another. SOLA DIGITAL ARTS beautifully expresses the views of their world. Furthermore, the information on the script writers, new characters, casts, and motion actors has been released. For script writing, in addition to the story editor Kamiyama, Higaki Ryou, Sunayama Kurasumi, Doki Harumi, who wrote the script for the anime "ULTRAMAN", and Satou Dai, who directed the script writing for "Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045", participated. It has been announced that Soze Kaiji plays John Smith, who is the mysterious agent who makes an appearance in front of Kusanagi, Kiyama Shigeo plays Kurisu Ootomo Teito, the first prime minister in Japan who used to have American nationality. For the characters' motion capture, Kawabuchi Kaori plays Kusanagi Motoko, Soze Kaiji, who also voiced John Smith, plays Aramaki Daisuke and Ishikawa, Kasaraha Shinji plays Batou, Okada Chinhei plays Togusa, Takei Hidenori plays Saito, and Yamashiroya Risa plays Ezaki Purin. Netflix original anime series "Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045" will be streamed exclusively from Apr. 23, 2020. (C) Masamune Shiro・Production I.G/Kodansha・Ghost in the Shell2045 Production Committee "Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045×ULTRAMAN" (C) Tsuburaya Production (C) Eiichi Shimizu,Tomohiro Shimoguchi（C）ULTARAMAN Production Committee (C) Masamune Shiro・Production I.G/Kodansha・Ghost in the Shell2045 Production Committee
Ultra action figure "choudou" derived series based on "ULTRAMAN" has begun. The set which includes the figures of "ULTRAMAN", "SEVEN", and "ACE" is currently available for preorders at "Premium Bandai". "Choudou HERO'S ULTRAMAN" is a series based on the anime "ULTRAMAN" which became popular with the release of "Choudou Ultraman 4". In addition to the protagonist "ULTRAMAN", the set also includes figures of the main characters "SEVEN" and "ACE", each of them come with the weapon "Spacium sword" and their unique technique effects. "Choudou HERO'S ULTRAMAN" is priced at 4,400JPY (tax included). Preorders are currently available at "Premium Bandai", and shipping is scheduled for Apr. 2020. (C) Tsuburaya Productions (C) Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi （C）ULTRAMAN Production Committee
The number of pre-registered users for "Code Geass Genesic Re;CODE" (release on September 27), the first smartphone game from the "Code Geass" series, has exceeded 500,000. Moreover, together with the news from "Crimson of the Blood Pact" that Kou (Voice: Ono Kensho), Ryuso (Voice: Shirai Yusuke), and Ruki (Voice: Kouno Marika) will join in the game, "release countdown" project has been launched. "Code Geass Genesic Re;CODE" (a.k.a. GeaGene) is a role-playing game that gathers all the past characters such as Lelouch, Akito, Renya, Orpheus, and Oldrin, and depicts new revenge stories featuring new protagonists as well. It was produced by the staff that include the members from the original anime such as Taniguchi Goro and Okouchi Ichiro as general directors, Sunrise as planning and production, and CLAMP as character design draft. This is the first smartphone game from "Geass", and is the series official sequel. In the launched "countdown champaign", new original characters appearing from "Code Geass Genesic Re;CODE" will be announced every day including their personal details and voice actors that play the roles of them. Twitter Follow&RT campaign where you have a chance to win an autographed board of each voice actor, Kou (Voice: Ono Kensho), Ryuso (Voice: Shirai Yusuke), Ruki (Voice: Kouno Marika), and Kijine (Voice: Aimi) will be held. Please visit the official twitter for more details. "Code Geass Genesic Re;CODE" will be released on September 27. Furthermore, "Gear Gene Yonkoma" will be serialized on the official Twitter and website. Wakabayashi Toshiya, a manga artist known for "Tsuredure Children" and others, introduce the participating characters in a unique way.
The vol.3 of the adult voice actors limited extra issue "TV Guide VOICE STARS Dandyism" will be released on October 4. Other than Shimono Hiro being featured on the cover page and head article, the project featuring Tsuda Kenjirou taking photo of voice actor, and the appearance of Morikubo Showtaro on Leslie Kee's serialization were announced. The cover and head article, which consists of approximately 30 pages, feature Shimono Hiro, who is welcoming his 20th anniversary as a voice actor and 5th anniversary as a singer in 2021. The ten thousand words interview and the original portrait photo will analyze in detail his secret of being loved by everyone beyond the role of a voice actor as his appearance on TV has increased recently. The magazine will also feature Suzumura Kenichi, Fukuyama Jun and GRANRODEO, who are also active in their music activities, and a special gravure of Asanuma Shintarou, who appeared in the cover of "vol.1" along with the veterans, such as Kamiya Akira & Takagi Wataru from the popular movie that will be released in fall, and Morikawa Toshiyuki. This issue also marks the start of the latest project featuring Tsuda Kenjirou, the voice actor that is also working as a photographer, taking photo of voice actor. For the commemorative first issue, Yamaji Kazuhiro was invited as a guest upon the request of Tsuda Kenjirou. The photos were taken in Asakusa, and it features various appearances of Yamaji that can only be taken by Tsuda. The comments from both of them have been released. Other than that, Morikubo Showtaro is being featured on the serialization of the worldwide photographer Leslie Kee taking photo of voice actor, called "SUPER VOICE STARS". Morikubo, who has held a commemorative live stream to celebrate his 20th anniversary as a singer in 2021, had his first photo session with Leslie. The advance photos and his comments have been released. "TV Guide VOICE STARS Dandyism vol.3" will be released on October 4, 2021, and pre-orders are currently available on nationwide bookstores and online bookstores. ＜Below are the full comments＞ 【Tsuda Kenjirou's Comments】 I had conducted the super gorgeous project, where I took photo of my big senior Yamaji Kazuhiro-san. I had tried my best to capture the super cool side of him, so please look forward to it. 【Yamaji Kazuhiro's Comments】 When I first heard about this project, I thought "What will this guy do!? Wouldn't a younger guy be a better choice!?" (Haha). However, I felt that he also likes the atmosphere of the period as well as the period itself where I underwent, so I had tried my best to help Tsuda-kun. Do look forward to the Tsuda-kun as a photographer. 【Morikubo Showtaro's Comments】 I had my photos taken by various photographers, but this kind of photography is the first time for me. I believe it will contain a side that was not revealed and unknown even to me, so please do check it out. However, please don't pay too much attention to it at first. (Haha). 【Amazon Limited Cover Version is announced!】 "TV Guide VOICE STARS Dandyism vol.3" with Amazon Limited Cover will be delivered upon purchased on Amazon. 【Purchase Novelty】 ■ Animate (※Inclusive of Web and Physical Store) 【Novelty Content】 A4 Size Clear File of Shimono Hiro ※While stock last ■ Seven Net Shopping 【Novelty Content】 Postcard of Shimono Hiro ※While stock last ■ TOKYO NEWS magazine& (honto) 【Novelty Content】 One Random Live Photo of Shimono Hiro (3 types) ※While stock last 【Product Detail】 "TV Guide VOICE STARS Dandyism vol.3" ● Release Date: October 4, 2021 (Monday) ※The release date varies based on the region ● Releaser: Tokyo News Service Co., Ltd. ● Price: 1,430 JPY ● Size: A4 ● Lineup: Shimono Hiro/ Suzumura Kenichi/ Fukuyama Jun/ GRANRODEO/ Asanuma Shintarou/ Yamaji Kazuhiro X Tsuda Kenjirou/ Kamiya Akira X Takagi Wataru/ Morikawa Toshiyuki/ Morikubo Showtaro etc.
The main cast members of "Lupin the Third PART 6" (broadcast from October 9, 2021), a TV series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the anime adaptation of "Lupin the Third", speak their enthusiasm for the show. Together, the first character promo video "Ishikawa Goemon" was released. Under the theme of "mystery", "Lupin the Third PART 6" has Ookura Takahiro, a mystery novelist with many visualized adaptations who is also a scriptwriter for anime and tokusatsu, as the story editor. In addition, special guests from the novel and anime industry, such as Tsuji Masaki, Ashibe Taku, Higuchi Akio, Minato Kanae, and Oshii Mamoru, will participate in the script for the omnibus episodes, making it a deluxe series worthy of the anniversary. 2021 is a memorial year, the 50th anniversary of the anime adaptation. In commemoration of this anniversary, promo videos that express the distinctive characters of the Lupin III gang will be released irregularly. The first video features Ishikawa Goemon, the swordsman who can be counted on in times of need. All the scenes in the promo video have been taken from the main anime of the new series, PART 6. The video gets our expectations high about what kind of Goemon we will get to see in the new series. "Lupin the Third PART 6" will be broadcast on Nippon TV-related channels from 12:55 am on October 10. The first broadcast will be "EPISODE 0 -Jidai-" in which Kobayashi Kiyoshi plays Jigen for the last time. Ootsuka Akio will play Jigen in the following episodes. Full comments are as below Kurita Kanichi as Lupin III The other day, Yamada Yasuo-san (the first voice actor of Lupin III) appeared in my dream and told me to, "play Lupin III as if you were walking on broken glass." When I got up, I felt tensed up. The new series has a bizarre and interesting script! As it is the 50th anniversary of the anime adaptation, I hope many people will watch and enjoy the show. Namikawa Daisuke as Ishikawa Goemon The theme for "Lupin the Third PART 6" is "mystery", so you can expect a new story development in addition to the classic Lupin the Third taste. I hope you'll enjoy the show. Sawashiro Miyuki as Mine Fujiko Each new series has been challenging, but the new PART 6 is even more challenging, or should I say, challenging in a different way...! The story is based on the mystery novel, Sherlock Holmes vs Lupin III, set in London, but in between, there is this omnibus of stories written by amazing scriptwriters, and they are all so unique! Please look forward to it! Yamadera Kouichi as Inspector Zenigata The story is amazing and the characters are fascinating! The production team and we actors have put a lot of effort into creating the world of "Lupin the Third" that we want you to see right now, so please look forward to it! 【CAST】 Lupin III: Kurita Kanichi Jigen Daisuke: Ootsuka Akio Ishiakwa Goemon: Namikawa Daisuke Mine Fujiko: Sawashiro Miyuki Inspector Zenigata: Yamadera Kouichi Yatagarasu Gorou: Shimazaki Nobunaga Albert d'Andrésy: Tsuda Kenjirou Holmes: Obara Masato Lily: Moroboshi Sumire 【STAFF】 Original Author: Monkey Punch Director: Suganuma Eiji Story Editor: Ookura Takahiro Character Design: Marufuji Hirotaka Art Director: Matsumiya Yumi, Bizen Kouichirou, Ogura Masahiro, Nishizawa Wataru, Lee Bomzen, Takeda Yuusuke Color Design: Miyawaki Yumi Cinematographer: Sasaki Akemi Editor: Yoshitake Masato Audio Director: Shimizu Youji Audio Effects: Kurahashi Hiromune Music: Oono Yuuji Main Theme: "THEME FROM LUPIN III 2021" Composition: Oono Yuuji, Arrangement: Oono Yuuji, Performance: Yuji Ohono & Lupintic Six with Friends Production: TMS Entertainment Production: Lupin the Third PART 6 Production Committee Original Author: Monkey Punch (C) TMS NTV
To commemorate the release of "Macross Δ Movie: Absolute Live!!!!!!", "Macross Δ Walküre Songstress Legendary Pia" will be released on September 29, 2021. Pre-orders are currently available on Animate, Amazon, Rakuten Books, and other stores. The publication will have a detailed analysis on the anime's Walküre at the same time of the release of "Macross Δ Movie: Absolute Live!!!!!!" in fall 2021. It will look back on the "activities records", "characters", "famous lines", "mecha", and "famous scenes" as part of the Walküre's profile. There is also a long interview with the songstress, which are Suzuki Minori (voice of Freyja), Koshimizu Ami (voice of Mikumo), JUNNA (singing voice of Mikumo), Yasuno Kiyono (voice of Kaname), Touyama Nao (voice of Reina), and Nishida Nozomi (voice of Makina). There is also a special interview on the trajectory of Walküre from the latest activities since the debut by the heroine Suzuki Minori, who has been walking beside "Macross Δ", with an original gravure photos. The cover features the original illustration of the characters in the clothing from the latest artist photo. "Macross Δ Walküre Songstress Legendary Pia" will be released on September 29, 2021. Pre-orders are currently available on Animate, Amazon, Rakuten Books, and other stores. A clear file will be given as a novelty on a first-come-first-serve basis if the pre-orders were made on Animate. So, do pre-order it before the novelty runs out. 【Product Detail】 Title: Macross Δ Walküre Songstress Legendary Pia Release Date: September 29, 2021 Releaser: Pia Corporation Price: 2,200 JPY (Book price: 2,000 JPY + tax) Size: A4/ 96 pages Seller: Bookstore, Online Bookstore and others Urgent Teaser! Movie's Latest Information The Famous Scenes Collection of Walküre's Song The World of Walküre The Activities Records of Walküre The Walküre's Collection The Famous Lines of Walküre The Comments for Walküre The Legendary Singers of "Macross" Series The Affiliated Personnel of Walküre The Mecha in the Battlefield that Walküre is Singing Regarding "Macross Δ Movie: Gekijou no Walküre" Solo Interviews ・Suzuki Minori, voice of Freyja Wion ・Koshimizu Ami, voice of Mikumo Guynemer ・JUNNA, singing voice of Mikumo Guynemer ・Yasuno Kiyono, voice of Kaname Buccaneer ・Touyama Nao, voice of Reina Prowler ・Nishida Nozomi, voice of Makina Nakajima The Activities Records of the Singers of Walküre Special Interview on Walküre's Trajectory by Suzuki Minori Walküre Discography ※The contents might change without prior notice
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.
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.