Touken Ranbu Live-Action Film Adaptation New Cast & Poster Revealed

01.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME

Touken Ranbu is a free-to-play online collectable card video game developed by Nitro+ (Steins;Gate, 2015) for internet browsers. Since its release in 2015 it has received two anime adaptations, a musical and stage play.

 

Its popularity has led to the announcement of the franchise’s first live-action film adaptation based on the original work which is set for release on January 18, 2019. Details for additional cast as well a poster for the movie have been released.

The film is being directed by up-and-coming movie creator Saiji Yakumo and written by Yasuko Kobayashi who has worked on anime series and special effects films. Cast that have already been announced include Hiroki Suzuki (Mikazuki Munechika), Yoshihiko Aramaki (Yamanbagiri Kunihiro) and Ryō Kitamura (Yagen Toushirou), young actors who are making a name for themselves in the theatre industry.

The two new actors added to the cast are Koji Yamamoto, who will play the role of Oda Nobunaga, and Norito Yashima, who will play the role of Yamamoto will play the role of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The newly-revealed poster features Hiroki Suzuki as Mikazuki Munechika alongside the other swordsmen with a castle covered by smoke and fire in the background, foreshadowing a violent and epic story. The setting for the film is based around the Honnō-ji Incident of 1582 when Oda Nobunaga committed suicide.

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  • “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru- in KIDDY LAND Sononi” will be held at 5 Kiddy Land stores throughout Japan.

    18.September.2017 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    From the 29th of September, 2017 (Fri.) to the 15th of October (Sun.), “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru- in KIDDY LAND Sononi” will be held at the five KIDDY LAND stores (Harajuku, Osaka Umeda, est, Kamiotai and Fukuoka PARCO).

    メインビジュアル

    “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru- is one media mix product of the PC browser and smartphone application game “Token Ranbu -ONLINE-.“ The work depicts the daily life of “Token Danshi (man)” at the castle keep and the broadcast of the animation was started in October, 2016. The second season of the animation will be broadcasted from January, 2018.

    お買上げ特典 ステッカー

    In the special booth of “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru- in KIDDY LAND,” a KIDDY-LAND-limited product which has a specially depicted art design that looks like it is depicted on washi (Japanese traditional paper) will be sold. The special “world” of KIDDY LAND will be offered where you can enjoy the world of “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru.”

    限定 アクリルキーホルダー (_2__ 8_

    Acryl key holder (second version) / eight kinds / 650 yen + tax

    限定 ブック式スマートフォンケ__ 2_5___

    Book like smartphone case / two patterns, five kinds / 3,500 yen + tax

    限定 キャンバスランチバッグ 2種 (薬研藤四郎、燭台切光__

    Canvas lunch bag / two kinds / 1,800 yen + tax (Toshiro Yagen, Kirimitsutada Shokudai) / size: W200mm×H210mm×D170mm (approximately)

    限定 ハンドタオル 4種

    Hand towl / four kinds / 750 yen + tax (Kiyomitsu Gashu, Kamiyasusada Yamatono, Kanesada Kasen, Kunihiro Yamanbagiri)

    限定 ED場面写ポストカード3P 10_

    ED scene-captured post card / 3P ten kinds / 350 yen + tax

    再販 エンディングクリアファイル10_

    Ending clear file / ten kinds / 400 yen + tax ※reproduced

    再販 アクリルキーホルダー 7種

    Acryl key holder / seven kinds / 650 yen + tax  ※reproduced

    再販 エンディングマグカップ 全10_

    Ending mug cup / ten kinds / 1,200 yen + tax ※reproduced

    Let’s obtain these special “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru-“ goods at the KIDDY LAND shops in the Kanto, Chubu, Kansai and Kyusyu areas!

     

    ■Information

    “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru- in KIDDY LAND Sononi”

    Date: September 29th, 2017 (Fri.) to October 15th (Sun.)

    Venues: five KIDDY LAND stores (Harajuku, Osaka Umeda, est, Kamiotai and Fukuoka PARCO)

    Special website: http://www.kiddyland.co.jp/event/touken-hanamaru/

     

    “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru-“

    Official website: http://touken-hanamaru.jp

     

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  • Popular Game Touken Ranbu To Celebrate Stage Show’s Fifth Anniversary with Exhibition at Ikebukuro PARCO

    26.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Super popular sword simulation game Touken Ranbu-ONLINE- will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of its 2.5D stage show with a special exhibition, held at Ikebukuro PARCO Factory between September 10 and 27, 2021.  A travelling exhibition is also scheduled to visit Nagoya and Shinsaibashi. 

     

    The exhibition will host a selection of dynamic attractions, including an area exploring the five year history of the theatre show,  an area displaying costumes and set pieces from the latest performance, and a display featuring the umbrellas shown in the curtain call of each show.

    There will also be limited anniversary goods available – A must-have for any Touken Ranbu fan!

     

    Look back on five years of Touken Ranbu on stage with this special exhibition!

     

  • Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- Themed Cafes Open in Akihabara and Osaka Nipponbashi

    03.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Two branches of Animate Cafe, Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara and Good Smile x Animate Cafe Osaka Nipponbashi, are collaborating with Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- from June 23 to August 2, serving up food, drinks, and desserts inspired by the game as well as selling exclusive merchandise.

     

    The Menu

    Utage no Maku no Nai Bento | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

    Kasyuu Kiyomitsu’s Stylish Tomato Stew w/Focaccia | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

    Kasen Kanesada’s Elegant Sea Bream Chazuke | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

    Honmaru Elegance ~Everyday Garden~ | ¥900 (Tax Included)

    Honmaru Elegance ~Spring Garden~ | ¥900 (Tax Included)

    I Discovered a New Sword! | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    Kebiishi Subjugation | ¥650 (Tax Included)

    Special Investigation: Tenpou Edo | ¥650 (Tax Included) | Suishinshi Masahide & Kyomaro Minamoto Versions

    Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms ~Touken Ranbu~ | ¥650 (Tax Included)

    Special Investigation Jurakudai | ¥650 (Tax Included)

    Freebies for ordering from the menu

    Coasters (42 Designs) | Available: June 23-July 13

    Coasters (43 Designs) | Available: July 14-August 2

     

    Exclusive merchandise

     

    Acrylic Keyrings (42 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)

    Pins (42 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Stand Keyrings (43 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)

    Pins (43 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)

     

    ©2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus

  • Fukuyama Museum of Art to Collaborate With Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- On National Treasure

    28.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Japanese longsword and national treasure meichiku shūjūsa is being displayed at Fukuyama Museum of Art this summer from June 24 to September 12, and to celebrate, a special collaboration with the PC browser and mobile game Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- is being held.

    This includes the displaying of a life-size panel of Kosetsu Sanmonji as well as a free Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- bookmark given to all visitors.

    ©2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus

  • Access the Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- Exhibition Online This Summer

    20.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    The Touken Ranbu -Honmaruhaku- 2020 exhibition was originally set to take place in seven cities across Japan from January 2020 to March 2021. Dedicated to the PC browser and mobile game Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-, the event was only able to take place in Tokyo in January 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, forcing all other dates to be cancelled.

     

    Fans who were looking forward to the exhibition will be excited to hear that it has returned in an all-new online experience. The exhibition opened on the Japanese event app MiloQ+ on Wednesday and is now running until the end of July.

    Touken Ranbu -Honmaruhaku- exhibition main visual

    Map of the online venue

    One of the exhibits

    Real swords on display

    Outfits, artwork, and commentary

    5th anniversary area

    Exhibits not to be missed

    Gratitude area

    Mikazuki Munechika interactive image

    One must-see area is a hallway lined with illustrations of 81 swordsmen. If you click on the image at the online exhibition, you’ll get more details about that character.

    Toaru Honmaru map

    Toaru Honmaru interactive images

    Another exhibit not to be missed is a 1/100 scale diorama of Toaru Honmaru from the game. There are 49 interactive locations across the map which offer lots of interesting details.

    Haiku area

    Haiku area

    Read through 314 different haiku poems, which are about Honmaru, in full CG.

     

    Though the exhibition is taking place online, the venue itself is a real location in Aichi. The venue was prepared like an in-person exhibition and turned into a virtual experienc, so visitors can access it whenever they like.

  • Guarantee Yourself a Win of Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- Merch

    04.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Minna no Kuji, a Japanese lottery draw service that guarantees a win every time, is set to release a new collection of Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- towels at FamilyMart, Touken Ranbu Yorozuya Honpo, hobby shops, bookstores, and elsewhere in Japan on June 26.

    The Line-Up

    A-Tier Prize: Kashuu Kiyomitsu Towel

    B-Tier Prize: Kokindenjunotachi Towel

    C-Tier Prize: Matsui Gou Towel

    D-Tier Prize: Taikou Samonji Towel

    E-Tier Prize: Sports Towels (10 Designs)

    F-Tier Prize: Pocket Towel Handkerchiefs (4 Towels)

    G-Tier Prize: Motif Hand Towels (14 Designs)

    The towel collection features designs inspired by the characters from DMM Games and Nitroplus’s free to play collectable card video game Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-. Prizes A through C feature a claok design so you ccan dress up like the characters. the D-tier prize is a large bath towel inspired by Taikou Samonji, and E-tier prizes are sports towels with designs of several characters. There are also handkerchiefs and hand towels too.

     

    ©2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus

  • Japanese Art Director Collaborates With Marc Jacobs To Promote New Line

    25.March.2021 | FASHION

    The Japanese art director Hideyuki Tanaka has directed a special movie to promote the 2nd season of Marc Jacob’s new line “Heaven by Marc Jacobs” as a contributor of this season.

     

    ROBOT GIRL BABY TEE ¥14,300 (tax included) / ROBOT GIRL PILLOW ¥12,100 (tax included)

     

    Special Movie:https://www.marcjacobs.jp/contents/heaven.php

     

    The original graphic robot, Heaven is pop and cute, yet her poisonous ambience with Chinese character “Heaven” on her forehead is iconic. Heaven’s motto is to protect Double-headed Teddy. To celebrate the collaboration, Marc Jacobs launches a compact baby T-shirt decorated with a playful three-dimensional patchwork and a pillow cushion featuring Heaven with scribbles as a print. Don’t miss out the exclusive items and special movie of Heaven by Marc Jacobs.

  • Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- Releases Cloth Face Masks With Filters

    19.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Bandai has released a new set of face masks inspired by the free-to-play collectible card browser and smartphone video game Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- which are now available to purchase on their official shopping site Premium Bandai.

    Set A: Yagen Toushirou & Hakusan Yoshimitsu / Set B: Kashuu Kiyomitsu & Yamatonokami Yasusada / Set C: Taikogane Sadamune & Shokudaikiri Mitsutada – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    The lightweight face masks are made by CHARA-MASK, a long-standing Japanese mask specialist store. They use replaceable filters and are made from a special mesh material that makes them more comfortable to wear over long periods of time without getting stuffy. They are also equipped with adjustable strings to fit many face types, and of course are washable so can be reused.

     

    (C)2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus

  • Touken Ranbu Online Releases Cute Plush Toy Key Chains

    09.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    The Japanese online anime and manga merchandise website CharaDepa is now selling a new collection of plush toy key chains of the characters from Touken Ranbu Online, a free-to-play collectible card video game developed by Nitroplus and DMM Games.

     

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    Are you a player of Touken Ranbu Online, and if so, which of these cute key chains do you want the most?

     

    ©2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus

  • Touken Ranbu Key Rings to Release This Summer

    09.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Ram Corporation has revealed the release of a new collection of key rings based on the characters from the popular online web browser and mobile game Touken Ranbu Online. The collection will drop at hobby shops, bookstores, and online shops in Japan on June 12, 2021. Pre-orders opened last Wednesday (February 3).

    Character Line-Up: ¥780 Each (Before Tax) / Box of 10 ¥7,800 (Before Tax)

    Size sample

    Box of all 10 key rings available

    This is the section collection to be released, featuring cute and tiny 3.5cm tall plush key rings of faces that are sure to be familiar to players of Touken Ranbu Online.

     

    ©2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus

  • Melody BasKet x Touken Ranbu Clothing Collection Drops in Japan

    28.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese fashion brand Melody BasKet has teamed up with the visual novel video game developer nitro+ to release a new clothing collection inspired by the popular game Touken Ranbu. The collaborative line-up dropped via the brand’s online shop and select shops in Japan on Friday (January 22).

     

    The line-up is based on the Touken Ranbu characters Higekiri, Hizamaru, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga.

     

    The Line-Up

    Touken Ranbu Higekiri One Piece

    Price: ¥27,800 (Before Tax)

    Colour: Ivory

    Sizes: 105 / 120 / 135 / M / L

    Description: A sailor-style one piece inspired by Higekiri. Comes with a detachable embroidered brooch. Made in Japan using Japanese materials.

    Touken Ranbu Hizamaru One Piece

    Price: ¥27,800 (Before Tax)

    Colour: Black

    Sizes: 105 / 120 / 135 / M / L

    Description: A sailor-style one piece inspired by Hizamaru. Comes with a detachable embroidered brooch. Made in Japan using Japanese materials.

    Touken Ranbu Tsurumaru Kuninaga One Piece

    Price: ¥24,800 (Before Tax)

    Colour: White

    Sizes: 105 / 120 / 135 / M / L

    Description: A sailor-style one piece inspired by Tsurumaru Kuninaga. Comes with a detachable embroidered brooch. Made in Japan using Japanese materials.

    ©2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus

  • My Film Recommendation: Pulled Into the Story by Minami Hamabe’s Character in Let Me Eat Your Pancreas

    29.September.2020 | FEATURES / MOVIE

    ASOBINEXT is a new project launched by event management and talent agency ASOBISYSTEM, which is known for managing artists like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The project aims to create next generation icons who will promote their unique personalities and outlooks to the world using social media and in turn bring about new forms of culture.

    As part of ASOBINEXT, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON will be publishing content from each talent that is tied to ASOBINEXT in the form of their favourite and recommended things. Today, we are joined by ASOBINEXT’s Haruna Tamura, an actor and YouTuber, whose film recommendation in this edition is the live-action adaptation of Let Me Eat Your Pancreas.


    Synopsis

    The story is centred on two individuals who, at the start of their relationship had never really spoken about anything in particular… initially. “Me,” the male protagonist in the film, comes across a diary in a hospital waiting room and discovers it belongs to his classmate Sakura Yamauchi. He learns in the diary that she has a pancreatic illness.

    Sakura is a very popular girl in Me’s class, and he never thought she would be suffering from such a fatal illness. She had kept it a secret, with only the people in her family knowing about it. And so begins a bittersweet love story between the plain and simple Me and Sakura, his complete opposite who is the popular one of the class.

    Cast 

    There are different cast members in Let Me Eat Your Pancreas for playing both the present and past selves of the characters.

     

    The characters of the past, 12 years ago, are played by the following: Minami Hamabe as Sakura Yamauchi, Takumi Kitamura as Me/Haruki Shiga, Karen Otomo as Kyoko, and Yuma Yamoto as Gamu-kun.

     

    This film marked the first time Minami and Takumi had starred in film together, and it was a huge success amongst viewers who shed tears at the relationship between the ill-stricken girl, and the boy who found her diary that details her experiences of living with said illness.

     

    Playing the characters of the present is: Shun Oguri as Haruki Shiga, Keiko Kitagawa as Kyoko, and Yusuke Kamiji as Gamu-kun. Comments from viewers who have watched the film often pointed towards how Shun and Yusuke gave authentic performances of Haruki and Gamu-kun grown-up together, and how they Keiko Kitagawa’s dress was spot on. I was drawn in by how they all knew each other at school.

    My Favourite Part

    The highlight of the film for me which I want to point out to everyone is Minami Hamabe’s portrayal of Sakura Yamauchi. She purposely puts energy into her performance, and that really left an impression on me. The world of the movie and the real world are two completely different things. Of course, this character doesn’t really exist, but when I watched the performance I felt I understood her. There was a real affinity there. As the story progresses, so too does the illness grow more serious, so what I want is for people to pay attention to her facial expressions, her demeanour, and such, as that happens.

     

    Wrapping Up

    I first watched this film when I was a 3rd year high school student. Since the film is set in the same school year, the story had an even greater impact on me. I was able to learn the bittersweet-ness of romance as well as the preciousness of life. To this day, I think it remains my favourite film.

     

    I was captured by the array of emotions that Minami Hamabe portrays in particular. There are a lot of parts that I can relate to from being a student to becoming an adult. It’s a very easy story to get behind, so if you’re reading this, I’d love it if you checked it out.

     

    Minami Hamabe and Takumi Kitamura are also starring in the film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare which is showing now too. I want to go and see it for myself to see how they have both grown.

     

    Haruna Tamura

    Actor and YouTuber. He has played major roles in drama series and films and has over 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. He is working towards appearing at Fun Fest. He’s skilled at baseball and his hobbies include watching movies and playing games.

  • My Film Recommendation | 5 Nostalgic Japanese Movies

    01.July.2020 | FEATURES / MOVIE

    ASOBINEXT is a new project launched by event management and talent agency ASOBISYSTEM, which is known for managing artists like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The project aims to create next generation icons who will promote their unique personalities and outlooks to the world using social media and in turn bring about new forms of culture.

    As part of ASOBINEXT, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON will be publishing content from each talent that is tied to ASOBINEXT in the form of their favourite and recommended things. Today, we take a look at 5 recommended nostalgic Japanese films from ASOBINEXT’s Mirai who makes sure to watch at least one film a week.

     

    Our Little Sister

    ©2015 吉田秋生・小学館/フジテレビジョン 小学館 東宝 ギャガ

     

    ・Film Summary
    The film follows three sisters: Sachi, Yoshino, and Chika who all live in the house of their grandparents in Kamakura where they all grew up together. One day, they receive news of the death of their father. At his funeral, they meet their 14-year-old half-sister Suzu for the first time, whose mother is already dead. She had been living with their father and her stepmom after he remarried. When the eldest daughter Sachi looks at Suzu as the sisters are saying goodbye to her, she invites Suzu to go and live with them in Asakusa. Suzu agrees to go, and thus begins the sisters’ journey together to deepen their relationship with Suzu. Its a very ‘Japanese’ film in many ways, and has a nostalgic Asakusa feel to it from the scenery and how people interact with one another.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    The story really gripped my heart. It’s heartwarming, sad, and has a kind of nostalgia I can’t quite put my finger on which makes me want to go back home. I love Asakusa, the setting of the movie, and go there every year to have fun with my family. We’re also four siblings, brothers and sisters, so this film felt more relatable to me as I watched it. If you’re someone who feels like they want to return to their hometown, or see someone you treasure, or want to feel something Japanese, then I recommend giving this film a go!

     

    My Neighbor Totoro


    ・Film Summary
    In the early summer, Satsuki and her younger sister Mei move into the countryside with their father to be closer to their mother who is hospitalised. They meet a mysterious creature who Mei gives the name “Totoro,” a being which cannot be seen by adults. Satsuki and Mei get whisked into a fantastical world as we see them grow.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It’s one of Ghibli’s films I’ve always watched. The film is set to be set in 1952 during the Showa Period. I was born in the Heisei Period so I wasn’t even born yet when the film was released. Even so, this is a film that continues to receive love, so much so that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s known to all in Japan, and all have seen it. I believe there are still lots of kids who are watching Totoro even now. This film is an emotion that continues to live in our hearts as a memory, one that’s like a dream we had when we were young. I want the people of the world to watch this regardless of their age or gender!

     

    Always: Sunset on Third Street

    ・Film Summary
    Mutsuko Hoshino arrives in Tokyo from Aomori Prefecture to begin her employment at the auto repair shop Suzuki Auto. Captivated by the prospect of living and working in the sparkling city of Tokyo, Mutsuku is disappointed to find that Suzuki Auto is actually a rundown shop in Tokyo’s lower districts. Despite this, she goes into her job with will-power and positivity, and finds herself becoming a member of the Suzuki family. There is also the struggling writer Ryunosuke Chagawa, who accepts the custody of Junnosuke from Hiromi. Junnosuke is the orphaned offspring of the previous tenant of the building where Hiromi opens a bar. All of the cast members convey love, courage, and warmth in this story about being human.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    The moment I saw this film, it felt like I had been transported back in time to 1926, even though I was born in the Heisei Period and not the Showa Period. Despite that, it still fills me with a sense of nostalgia, and it makes me well up with a feeling of courage. The film is set in a time where smartphones, PCs, and TVs aren’t a thing yet, so it really made me realise the importance of our connection to others. I want to recommend this film to anyone who wants to know about old time Japan, or is looking for a film with heart!

    Kimi ni Todoke

    ©2010映画「君に届け」製作委員会 ©椎名軽穂 / 集英社

     

    ・Film Summary
    Sawako is avoided by her classmates in elementary school because of her appearance which leads them to name-call her “Sadako,” the main character from the film The Ring. They also call her a zashiki-warashi, a child spirit. But her father teachers her that a zashiki-warashi is a spirit that actually makes people happy. This makes her happy, since her motto is to “do one good thing a day.” When she becomes a high school stduent, she meets a certain boy, which marks the start of this cute and pure love story.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    This is my favourite of Japan’s love stories. It makes you feel that pure, butterfly stomach kind of youthful love. The music and the backgrounds in the film serve to add another layer to their relationship too. The film makes you want to cheer the two of them on from the shadows as they come to face complicated emotions they have never felt before. Everyone should check this out, regardless of age or gender, if they’re wanting a heart-throb story or feel like returning to their youthful days!

     

    Korede iinoda! Eiga Akatsuka Fujio

    ・Film Summary
    This film covers the life of manga artist Fujio Akatsuka—known for such popular series as Tensai Bakabon—and his 35 year relationship with his editor Toshiki Takei. You get to learn about the unique life of the manga artist, who has been called a genius.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    This comedy film is set in the 1970s and shows how the popular weekly manga magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday came about, a magazine which it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call the start of Japanese manga. Of course, if you love Japanese manga, you should watch this, but I want all of the people of the world who are interested in the history of Japanese anime to see it!

     

    Mirai

    A 19-year-old affiliated with ASOBINEXT and known for her trademark black bob hair. Her hobby is watching movies—she watches one a week. Her goal for the future is to become an idol that stands out from the crowd and can work not just in Japan but around the world. She wants to work in many areas and endeavours to become a person that people look up to.

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