Jun Fukuyama added to the cast of Human Lost; the 1948 masterpiece made into a sensational anime film.

17.May.2019 | MOVIE

Human Lost is the dynamic animated film adaptation of the sensational masterpiece Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human) which was written by Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai in 1948. The film shows us the story of a man’s life that turns to utter ruins. The philosophical viewpoints of life and death of this timeless literary masterpiece linger intensely even to this day. A group of Japan’s top creators that have captured the adoration of the entire world have reconstructed this piece into the animated film Human Lost. This is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

In Human Lost, Fukuyama voices the role of Takeichi; the closest friend of main character Yozo Obaba (voiced by Mamoru Miyano). Obaba is the ringleader of a violent gang that lurks in the poor region of Ichiroku. The brand new character clip shows Takeichi reaching out to Obaba, who is confused about his life’s decisons, with the opportunity to paint a picture. Jun Fukuyama plays the voice actor for a wide range of characters from Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection to Ichimatsu Matsuno from Osomatsu-san. He is also an artist!

 

There is also a Human Lost campaign lottery taking place on Human Lost‘s official Twitter. If you follow the official Twitter and then retweet the campaign tweet, your name will be entered into a lottery draw with the chance to win Jun Fukuyama’s autograph with the words of Takeichi!

 

Takeichi (Jun Fukuyama)  Chacter clip

Q&A with Jun Fukuyama

Q. What is your opinion on your character Takeuchi?

In the world of the film, life is prolonged. You may get injured but you won’t die. In this world, Takeuchi faces the danger of reckless behavior from the desperate desire to die, however he seems like a strong-willed character who grasps his identity and takes his life into his own hands. There is no sense of tragic heroism about him, however. Takeichi comes to terms with his life and starts to push forward, striving to lead a life full of enjoyment and pleasure.

 

Q. Do you have any words for the fans who are looking forward to the release of the film?

The more I think about the film, the more my heart races. My palms get sweaty just thinking about it! To all Human Lost fans; I am looking forward to seeing how different people relate to the film. Please watch the film at the cinema when it is released!

 

©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

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    A new trailer has dropped for the upcoming animated film Human Lost which is set for release on November 29.

    The trailer shines more lights on the film’s story and setting, including showing what Japan would be like if it were still in the Showa Period, specifically the 111th year.

     

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    Human Lost‘s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

     

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  • Human Lost Anime Film Announces Tie-Up With Locations Across Tokyo & More

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    The upcoming animated film Human Lost, to be released on November 29, is set to tie-up with various locations across Tokyo, including Shinjuku Golden Gai, the Rinkai Line, Shibuya Niku Yokocho, and the manga cafe Manboo, as well as establishments like the Japan Library Association.

    Shinjuku Golden Gai is the first area to be hit by the tie-up and it will run until December 8. Multiple bars and eateries around this famous area of Shinjuku will sell “Human Lost Highballs,” and if you say the film’s Japanese title “Ningen Shikkaku!” at the entrance to certain places you’ll receive a free Shinjuku Golden Gai x Human Lost coaster.

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    Niku Yokocho, or “Meat Alley,” is an indoor bazaar in Shibuya of delicious meat eateries. It’s now holding an Instagram campaign which began today and will run until December 8. Take a picture of yourself inside Niku Yokocho and post on Instagram after tagging @shibuya.nikuyokocho and including the Japanese hashtags #渋谷肉横丁 (“Shibuya Niku Yokocho”) and #ヒューマンロスト肉祭り (“Human Lost Meat Festival”) for a chance to win an exclusive signed press sheet which won’t be available for general sale, another press sheet, a movie poster, and more.

     

    The Japan Library Association has created a poster in collaboration with the film which is being handed out at public libraries across Japan until December 15. And at Jiyu Kukan, an internet cafe chain in Japan, you need to fill out a form on their website for a chance to win that signed press sheet, movie tickets and more. Finally, if you head to the manga cafe Manboo and access the campaign banner from one of the PCs at the cafe, you can choose a present to sign up to win.

     

    Human Lost‘s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

  • HUMAN LOST Anime Film New Key Visual Unveiled at Talk Event

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    The animated film Human Lost was screened at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival on November 2. Kana Hanazawa, who voices Yoshiko Hiiragi, as well as the film’s director Fuminori Kizaki and writer Tow Ubukata made an appearance at the red carpet opening the day before where they shed some light on the making of the film as well as unveiled a new key visual.

     

    Human Lost is an adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). The 3DCG film was animated at Polygon Pictures. Its story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

    This was the staff’s first public appearance in Japan, the first having taken place in North America where the film premiered on October 22, 2019. Kana Hanazawa, who studied Japanese Language and Literature at university, explained how she was already a fan of the original work: “I was so happy to be involved at this point in time. I couldn’t imagine how [the film] would turn out. I was so excited to see how it would be done.”

     

    Fuminori Kizaki also commented: “I thought it was interesting and was captivated by the idea of combining classical literature with sci-fi.” He continued, “I thought to myself I mustn’t be a difficult person to get along with, but when I heard [Tow] Ubukata was on board, I thought something might happen,” ending with a chuckle.

     

    Ubukata responded with a smirk, saying, “He was such hard work I can’t bring myself to remember.” He went on to highlight two points with regards to conceiving the story: “First of all, we went down the sci-fi route because of the title, Human Lost. This is a world where all of humanity are no longer human. Secondly, by having a world without death, we have a story that in turn highlights the notion of death.”

     

    Human Lost is a complete reconstruction of Daizai’s Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human), and there is so much so be taken from that title alone. The three of them were asked what stands out most to them in the film. Hanazawa said, “The fear of old people.” Kizaki said, “In terms of perspectives, the parts that about Japan that are ‘bizarre’ to foreigners.” Ubukata said, “The bike scene which is an homage to AKIRA.”

    At the end of the talk, the above-pictured new key visual was showcased on the screen.

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

  • m-flo & J Balvin’s ‘HUMAN LOST’ Animated Music Video Receives International Praise

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    Last week, an animated music video was released for the main theme song of the upcoming original anime film Human Lost. The song was written by m-flo and features vocals from Colombian Grammy Award-winning artist J Balvin.

    It has since amassed over 200k views on YouTube, and has garnered worldwide attention, with fans praising the triple, no-borders collaboration between m-flo, J Balvin and the animated film.

    The music video ranked at No. 2 on the iTunes Store, while the song made it into various Spotify playlists around the world, including New Music Friday in Asia, New Music Friday Latin in Latin America, and Tokyo Super Hits in Japan. The video has also made it onto TV in Columbia, which is the home country of J Balvin and m-flo’s own LISA. Rolling Stone described Balvin as having “made a name for himself by transcending borders, both of the national and musical variety.”

     

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    Scenes of m-flo and J.Balvin are woven together with highlight scenes from the anime film Human Lost. The original animated feature film will be released in Japan on November 29, 2019. The film will be screened in the US ahead of the Japanese release on October 22 and 23 with the subtitled version rolling out on October 22 and the dubbed version on October 23.  which will hit US theatres on October 22, 2019.

    J Balvin is one of the world’s top artists with over 50 million monthly listeners on Spotify and more than 30 million Instagram followers. He has also performed with other global superstars including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The song was released simultaneously worldwide on October 11.

     

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  • Human Lost Anime Film Release Date Announced, New Trailer Released

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    The film’s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

     

    https://youtu.be/nyKxittD4EI

     

    The new action-packed trailer shows Yozo Oba swallowed into the pits of despair as he turns into a “demon.” Will the S.H.E.L.L. system and the humans whose lives it extends be a success or a failure?

     

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  • Human Lost Anime Film New Trailer Drops, Worldwide Release Announced For Fall 2019

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    The film’s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

     

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  • Human Lost Anime Film Main Theme to be Performed by m-flo feat. J Balvin

    06.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

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    https://youtu.be/c5GDjtJYzvQ

     

    The above new teaser for the film was also released featuring the first preview of the song.

    The film’s soundtrack will be composed by Yugo Kanno (Psycho-Pass anime & live-action) while the sound director will be Yoshikazu Iwanami (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse).

    The m-flo members commented about their tie-up with the film. LISA spoke about the main theme, saying: “When it came to writing the melody for our part of this song, I had quite a few birth pangs, which is rare for me. Even though we were under the usual skies of Guam where we always go to record, I hit a hard wall, to the point that I escaped for a few weeks at ☆Taku’s request [laughs]. I felt a huge energy in his track and inside that power, speed, and a gentleness and effortlessness. Just by listening to his track I felt a spirit inside all of those emotions and tried to convey them through the melody, lyrics, and vocals. The song is like a roller coaster of emotions!”

     

    VERBAL commented on the film itself: “Human Lost has a very dark and moving story based on something that could actually happen to society in the future. It was great momentum when recording the song.”

     

    Taku Takahashi left a comment for fans looking forward to the film: “Anime is form of art that disputes in the real world. I am so grateful to be part of such a film. We’re mixing the sound in a way that it is three-dimensional so it can be enjoyed at the cinema, so be sure you go to see it!”

     

    The film’s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

  • Global Sensation Anime Film Human Lost To Feature at Anime Expo Screening Event in LA

    14.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Human Lost is the dynamic animated film adaptation of the sensational masterpiece Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human) which was written by Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai in 1948. The film shows us the story of a man’s life that turns to utter ruins. The philosophical viewpoints of life and death of this timeless literary masterpiece linger intensely even to this day. A group of Japan’s top creators that have captured the adoration of the entire world have reconstructed this piece into the animated film Human Lost. This is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

    There will be a screening of the film in Los Angeles at Anime Expo 2019, which is the world’s largest anime event. The film’s director Fuminori Kizaki and Mamoru Miyano, the voice actor for the main character Yozo Obaba, will be taking to the podium for a talk show, where they will provide an interesting insight to the film. As Human Lost continues to tease the interest of countries all over the world, expectations for the film’s success continue to rise.

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

  • Human Lost Anime Film Clip Unveils Takahiro Sakurai as Masao Horiki

    08.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Human Lost is an upcoming animated film adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). It is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

     

    A new film clip has been released revealing that Japanese actor Takahiro Sakurai (Osomatsu in Osomatsu-san; Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass) will play the character Masao Horiki, a mysterious man who spreads rumours about drugs in Ichi Roku,a poverty-stricken area in the film.

     

    A retweet campaign has also been launched on the official Human Lostthis tweet Twitter page. Those who follow the account and retweet will be entered for a chance to win a signed card with a quote from Masao Horiki on it.

    Takahiro Sakurai answered the following questions regarding his role as Masao Horiki.

     

    Q1. What are your thoughts on your character Masao Horiki?

    “There’s still a waft of the original character in there but he has been interpreted differently. I believe he’s an important character who casts a shadow over the film. He’s ordinary but also a man with a lot of mysterious.”

    Q2. Please leave a comment for all fans who are looking forward to seeing the film.

    “It has an original design but it connected at a fundamental level [to the original]. Osamu Dazai is an incredible author. Human Lost is born again with a new sense of values and artistry! Please look forward to its release!”

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

  • Anime Film Human Lost Additional Voice Cast Revealed, New Trailer Released

    25.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Human Lost is an upcoming animated film adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). It is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

     

    A new trailer has been released showcasing the characters Madam and Tsuneko.

     

    Madam & Tsuneko Character Trailer

     

    Madam is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro, the owner of the bar Melos, while Haruka Chisuga voices Tsuneko, a hostess at the bar.

    Miyuki Sawashiro has lent her voice to such characters as Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third, Sinon from Sword Art Online and Suruga Kanbaru from the Monogatari series.

    Haruka Chisuga is a singer and voice actress. She is known for having won the Miss Macross 30th contest which was held to celebrate the singing idol and mecha series Super Dimension Fortress Macross.

     

    The official Human Lost Twitter page is also now running a retweet campaign in Japan in which fans can receive a signed paper set featuring lines from either character. Details in the Information section below.

    Miyuki Sawashiro (Madam) Q&A

    Q. Tell us your thoughts on your character Madam.

    “Her role is to watch [protagonist Yoko] Oba closely, to watch him intently with her heart so she doesn’t overlook anything. That’s the kind of woman I found her to be.”

     

    Q. Please leave a comment for all fans who are looking forward to seeing the film.

    “The style of the script is different from usual. We had prescoring, and the content [of the film] is nothing short of challenging. My memories of it make me feel weak at the knees […] and it’s because of that that I’m very much looking forward to the finished piece. Whether it’s one person or a lot of people, I hope we can all witness the moment that this mysterious… “thing” is born.

    Haruka Chisuga (Tsuneko) Q&A

    Q. Tell us your thoughts on your character Madam.

    “Tsuneko was always thinking of attracting the interest of Oba, but I think there’s an air of despair there somewhere. One thing that I have been thinking about since we finished the dubbing is, ‘In this world where you have been promised sound health forever, what on earth is on Tsuneko’s mind?'”

     

    Q. Please leave a comment for all fans who are looking forward to seeing the film.

    “Human Lost is dark and heavy. When I came into contact with this work I felt that feeling of speed you get in sci-fi entertainment. It’s a very strange feeling. I’m also very much looking forward to experiencing this entirely new film in the cinema. Definitely go and see yourselves too!”

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

  • Kana Hanazawa Joins Human Lost Voice Cast as Yoshiki Hiiragi

    12.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Human Lost is an upcoming animated film adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). It is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

    It has just been announced that Japanese voice actress Kana Hanazawa is joining the cast to perform the role of the mysterious heroine Yoshiki Hiiragi. Yoshiki is part of Hirame, a secret government organisation set up to fight the “Human Lost” phenomenon.

     

    Hanazawa is a veteran voice actress who has provided her voice to countless famous roles and series including Nadeko Sengoku in the Monogatari series, Kuroneko in Oreimo and Mayuri Shiina in Steins;Gate. She is also a singer and  performed overseas for the first time last month.

     

    Hear her speak in the new Human Lost trailer below.

     

    Kana Hanazawa answered several questions related to the role which you can read below.

     

    Q. Please tell us your impressions of Yoshiki Hiiragi as a character.

    Kana Hanazawa: “She has cute looks like that of an idol and a gentle personality with consideration for others. She’s a strong-willed girl who puts much thought in how she should live and what she can do for others.”

    Q. Please give a few words to all the fans looking forward to seeing Human Lost.

    “I am overjoyed to be involved with this film, together with all of the staff whose names could get me excited simply by reading them, and who have come together to remake No Longer Human. Don’t miss seeing how [the characters] live their frantic ways of life as you become immerse in the profound world that has been delicately spun.”

     

    The film’s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

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