MOTOR CITY by Kenichi Asai To Be The Opening Theme Song For Upcoming Anime No Guns Life
No Guns Life is a manga series created by Tasuku Karasuma which has been serialized in Shueisha’s Seinen magazine Ultra Jump. An anime version of this manga has been created and will premiere in October 2019. We have now discovered that the opening theme song for the anime is MOTOR CITY and was written by Kenichi Asai.
The second anime trailer for No Guns Life, in which you can hear a snippet of MOTO CITY, has also been released. The anime adaptation of No Guns Life was created by Madhouse, who are popular for their anime adaptations of Overlord and BLACK LAGOON.
© Tasuku Karasuma／Shueisha, ＮＧＬ ＰＲＯＪＥＣＴ
Popular Japanese Animators Make Recycling Themed Looped Animations For World Environment Day
10.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Suntory Beverage & Food teamed up with popular Japanese online animators to created looped animations for the company’s Bottle to Bottle recycling project. The animations were released on their special site on June 2.
Keiichi Arai (＠himaraya)
Izumi Kanae (＠izmizum)
Kairi Unabara (＠kyli_u)
Sawako Kageyama (＠batako42)
Yoriko Mizushiri (＠yoriko)
Suntory Beverage & Food collaborated with various stakeholders to roll out its Bottle to Bottle post-consumption recycling project. To promote its environmental efforts, it joined hands with 12 popular Japanese animators who created looped animations to convey to young people the process of how bottles are recycled and reused. The animations were released on June 5 – World Environmental Day.
Check out the animations at the Next Recycle website below.
Official Website: https://next-recycle.com/
Also watch on YouTube (24 Hour Stream): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIIg90mniAdoMM44NYiSwfQ
Japanese content studio CHOCOLATE Inc. released a betting-style board game inspired by the popular anime series Overlord on Monday called OVERGAMBLE Supreme Dice.
OVERGAMBLE Supreme Dice | ¥2750 (Tax Included)
In the game, players bet chips in anticipation of the rolled dice of the ‘parent player’ and compete for the amount of money they have obtained. The parent player selects one of the randomly dealt ability cards at hand, and after everyone including the parent player bets a chip, reveals it and activates the ability. Other players can receive chips from the bank if they hit the expected dice. Depending on the contents of the ability card however, coins may be stolen. Luck is a big part of the game, but so is anticipating the parent player’s strategy.
OVERGAMBLE Supreme Dice
Japanese Game Title: OVERGAMBLE 至高の御賽子
Released: April 5, 2021
Exclusive Collection Releases in Collaboration with Japanese Manga Legend Osamu Tezuka
HIRUME, a company in Japan that provides creative idea using Japanese traditional techniques and material, has launched an exclusive collection in collaboration with Osamu Tezuka, a Japanese manga legend, from March 24 to April 13 at HIRUME Hankyu Umeda in Osaka.
Silk Scarf “Phoenix” | ¥42,000 (tax not included)
Modal Cashmere Scarf | ¥52,000 (tax not included)
3 set of Mamezara small plates | ¥3,800 (tax not included) / single Mamezara ¥1,500 (tax not included)
2 set of Mamezara small plates | ¥2,800 (tax not included) / single Mamezara ¥1,500 (tax not included)
Osamu Tezuka changed the concept of Japanese manga and established the ways to express manga with stories that led it into the realm of art. Tezuka’s characters continue influencing all genres, including literature and movies from generations to generations. His eternal theme of life and its preciousness was pierced in all his works which continue sending powerful messages.
The collection has inspired by Tezuka’s manga series Phoenix, his life work that he continued to work passionately until his late years, and Black Jack, which is still popular overwhelmingly among the doctors. The silk scarf embellishes prints of Black Jack. Mamezara the small plates come with 2 designs of Phoenix and Black Jacks gorgeously.
The collection with Osamu Tezuka’s manga that you can enjoy in your daily life is unmissable.
HIRUME × TEZUKA CHARACTERS
Running ：From March 24 ,2021 to April 13,2021
Address: 61 Koto Koto Stage 6F, Umeda Hnakyu, Osaka
An Otaku’s Dream: The EJ Anime Hotel in Saitama Where You Can Stay in Rooms Themed On Anime Series
Manga publisher KADOKAWA opened the new anime concept hotel EJ Anime Hotel at Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Tokorozawa, Saitama, on October 1, 2020.
Tokorozawa Sakura Town is a new shopping complex set to open on November 6, 2020, where it will serve as a hub for the latest in Japanese pop culture with events, shops, restaurants, a museum, and more. EJ Anime Hotel opened on early Thursday in the run up to the complex’s grand opening to welcome guests.
The ‘EJ’ of EJ Anime Hotel stands for ‘Entertainment Japan.’ The hotel aims to have guests living inside the stories they love from a wide range of Japanese media from anime to manga, movies, tokusatsu SFX movies, idol culture, and more.
As well as room decorations and the exclusive merch that will be on sale, the hotel is also offering a new kind of accommodation experience by incorporating videos, sounds, lighting, and more. Its restaurant will also offer a selection of food and drink in collaboration with various series including all-out full course dinners.
When using the hotel elevator, you will hear announcements from none other than popular Japanese voice actor Yuki Kaji who has played many big roles in anime including Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan. “As an anime fan first and foremost, having such a fun concept hotel like this open, not to mention getting to be involved as an announcer, makes me really happy,” explains Kaji. “I want guests to make some great memories staying at EJ Anime Hotel.”
“Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.” Collab Room ©2020 夕蜜柑・狐印／KADOKAWA／防振り製作委員会
“Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!” Collab Room © 2020 丈／KADOKAWA／宇崎ちゃん製作委員会
“KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!” Collab Room ©2019 暁なつめ・三嶋くろね／KADOKAWA／映画このすば製作委員会
“A Certain Scientific Railgun T” Collab Room ©2018 鎌池和馬／冬川基／ＫＡＤＯＫＡＷＡ／PROJECT-RAILGUN T
“Yuki Yuna Is a Hero” Collab Room ©2017 Project 2H
Right now, EJ Anime Hotel is collaborating with five different anime series: Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense., Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!, KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!, A Certain Scientific Railgun T, and Yuki Yuna Is a Hero. The hotel is taking bookings on its official website.
If you’re thinking of travelling to Japan as an anime fanatic, then look no further and book with EJ Anime Hotel.
EJ Anime Hotel
Grand Opening: October 1, 2020
Location: Tokorozawa Sakura Town Floor 6F
Address: 3-31-3 Higashitokorozawawada, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama Prefecture
Opening Hours: 24 hours a day
Check In: 4pm / Check Out: 10am
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://tokorozawa-sakuratown.jp/hotel/
Slam Dunk Manga’s Second Art Book Collection to be Published in 6 Countries Worldwide
26.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese magazine and newspaper company Kosaido has been confirmed as being in charge of the printing, binding, and publishing of the second Slam Dunk manga art book PLUS/SLAM DUNK ILLUSTRATIONS 2 which will launch in France, Italty, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
The art book was originally released by Kosaido in Japan in April of this year and will launch in six countries overseas.
Kashimi (Kosaido Salesperson) | Comment
“Following the Japanese release, I am in charge of helping to publish the overseas edition of PLUS/SLAM DUNK ILLUSTRATIONS in six countries and regions around the world, something which has been made possible by Shueisha and [Slam Dunk creator] Takehiko Inoue. It has been a lot of work to ensure that the content of the book lives up to the same standards as the Japanese edition, including the quality of Shueisha’s work, the quality of the Slam Dunk content, and the zeal that Takehiki Inoue has towards the quality and the book. It has been a fantastic experience and a lot of fun working on it.”
Ando (Kosaido Printer) | Comment
“Being in charge of printing has shown me just how much Shueisha puts into their art books, and when I think about Kosaido’s print work being seen overseas, I get even more excited. We’re using a printing technique for this book that no other company is using called concentric screening which allows for detailed expression in the print. To make the dots in the print even tidier this time around, we’ve also been carrying out maintanence on the rollers, cleaning the machines, and other things which will allow for a greater level of quality. The finish of the book will also be taken to the next level by choosing a powder that has much less rough deposits. The printing team has put all of their efforts into creating this book.”
The first Slam Dunk art collection, INOUE TAKEHIKO ILLUSTRATIONS, was first published in 1997. This new book will feature 130 illustrations specially selected by the manga’s author and illustrator Takehiko Inoue as well as sketches, never before seen drafts, and more. Inoue has also drawn 14 new illustrations for the book including the cover.
PLUS/SLAM DUNK ILLUSTRATIONS 2
South Korea: Daewon Culture Industry Inc.
Taiwan: Cite Publishing Limited
Hong Kong: Jonesky Limited
Thailand: NATION INTERNATIONAL EDUTAINMENT PUBLIC CO., LTD.
France: Dargaud-Lombard s.a. Kana
Italy: Panini SpA
Japan’s Manga Artists Join Hands For New Manga Project Depicting Life During COVID-19
26.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Over 50 manga artists in Japan are coming together for the launch of the new “MANGA Day to Day” project which will depict daily life during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The project is set to roll out for free in mid-June on Twitter and Comic Days. A teaser by famous manga artist Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe; Notari Matsutarō) was released on May 22, 2020.
A related project entitled “Day to Day” is also taking place over on the Japanese literature news website TREE where over 50 popular authors have penned writings and essays on the restrictions of today’s everyday life. In addition to Japan, both projects have caught the attention of overseas news media and websites too. Like the related “Day to Day” project, “MANGA Day to Day” will have one new manga strip released for free each day on Twitter and Comic Days. A piece entitled Akudama by Tetsuya Chiba is already available to see over on the project’s official Twitter account.
People’s lives have changed drastically as a result of the pandemic. To pass down this time in history to the next 100, or even 200 years, the pieces contributed to the “MANGA Day to Day” project will be compiled into a book that’s scheduled for release in early 2021. A special edition of the book will also be compiled featuring both the manga and writing pieces.
Be sure to follow the Twitter account below to keep up to date.
Crunchyroll Games Announces Pre-Registration Launch For ‘Mass for the Dead’ RPG
05.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Crunchyroll Games has announced a pre-registration campaign for Mass of the Dead, the newest title in the company’s video game library. Co-produced by Sumitomo and Exys in Japan, the dark fantasy mobile RPG will release worldwide in Spring 2020.
Mass for the Dead is based on the dark fantasy anime series Overlord. The Japanese version of the game was released on February 21, 2019 and currently has over 4 million downloads.
Crunchyroll Games is in charge of localising, distributing, and promoting the English version, while Exys is responsible for planning, developing and managing it, and Sumitomo is coordinating the entire project and providing support.
©Kugane Maruyama・ＫＡＤＯＫＡＷＡ / Overlord Production Committee
Mass for the Dead
Genre: Dark fantasy mobile RPG
Official Website: https://www.crunchyroll.com/games/massforthedead/index.html
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/OverlordMFTD
Mairunovich Manga Gets Live-Action Adaptation Starring Hinako Sakurai and Fuju Kamio
28.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Shojo manga magazine Margaret, which is published by Shueisha and known as the “bible” for young girls, is teaming up with online streaming service Hulu to adapt the magazine’s romance and drama series into dramas. The collaboration is called “Margaret Love Stories.”
The news that three series have been green-lit for live-action adaptations already has fans excited. This includes Zakuri Sato’s Mairunovich (serialised 2010-2014) which has sold over 3.2 million copies over 12 volumes, Ayumi Komura’s Kami-sama no Ekohiiki (2017-2018), and Miyoshi Tōmori’s A Devil and Her Love Song (2007-2011).
The first of these series to be adapted will be Mairunovich, which will be released digitally in autumn this year. The live-action will star Hinako Sakurai and Fuju Kamio as the main characters.
Hinako Sakurai will play the part of Kinoshita Mairu, a high school girl who blames her unpopularity on how ugly she finds herself. She is bullied by her classmates for the style of her hair, which they liken to a “Poison Mushroom,” and because of her thick glasses. Feeling unconfident with herself, like all doors have been shut, she meets her saviour who will help her transform into a cute girl and rush headlong into life, love, and positivity.
Fuju Kamio is playing the part of Mairu’s saviourーthe most handsome boy in school, Kumada Tenyu, who will help to transform her into a beautiful girl that will make every student in the school do a double take. Though this good-looking boy has a sharp tongue, he has a kind heart. Kamio is set to take on the role of this hero, whom all the girls can’t resist.
The story focuses on these two characters in the series’s first-ever live-action adaptation. It’s a story about the height of youth, the feeling of falling in love, and the fear of trusting yourself to another.
Speaking about her role as Mairu, Hinako Sakurai said: “I went and read the manga when it was decided I would play the role of Kinoshita Mairu. Because of Mairu’s very plain looks, she’s left out at school. They bully her and call her a poison mushroom. But she experiences numerous forms of love, and she gradually becomes a gleaming young girl, which was wonderful to see. What does it mean to fall in love with someone? She gets hurt, but strives for love. I found myself naturally cheering her on. I’ll be sure to work hard so that she becomes a heroine loved by all who watch the show!”
Fuju Kamio also spoke of his role as Tenyu, saying: “[He’s] the most handsome guy in school. He’s a hard person to figure out, and a high school student a little different from the rest due to his confidence when it comes to makeup. I’ve never really thought about makeup much in my life up to now, but I’ll give it earnest consideration for the role. I hope I can convey the relationship between him and Mairu honestly, as well as how he provides help to her, and the concealed kindness in his heart.”
©︎Zakuri Sato / Shueisha
Shueisha Margaret x Hulu – “Margaret Love Stories”
1st Series: “Mairunovich” – Hulu Original
Release Date: Autumn 2020 on Hulu (8 Episodes)
Official Website: https://www.hulu.jp/static/mairunovich/
Kis-My-Ft2’s Toshiya Miyata Appears in &CAST!!! App Commercial For Anime & Voice Actress Lovers
Toshiya Miyata, a member of the seven-member Japanese boy band Kis-My-Ft2, appeared in a new commercial for &CAST!!! on Wedneday. The video application is catered towards fans of anime and voice actors/actresses.
Miyata is the self-proclaimed (and proclaimed by others) number one Japanese anime fan. In the commercial, Miyata showcases the fun you can have with the app. This is his first commercial to appear by himself, and features a song written by Miyata for the commercial entitled Boku Dake no Princess with lyrics by MEGUMI.
The commercial begins with Miyata with a serious expression, explaining the hearts of anime fans in detail with difficult words, but in the second half his expression changes when he takes the phone in his hand and starts using the app.
&CAST!!! lets you message and use items on various “cast” members and they will reply to you.
In line with the new commercial, a log-in bonus campaign is being held right now until October 15 where you can receive the above-pictured clothing item when you log in.
&CAST!!! Official Website: https://www.and-cast.com/
Gamers! Rally Your Teammates For A New Quest: TOKYO GAME SHOW
The TOKYO GAME SHOW is in a league of its own. It is a mecca for gamers who cannot get enough of Japanese games and entertainment. This is where Japan’s major game publishers from all kinds of platforms unite to put on an enormous exhibition.
This includes the opportunity to explore games that are yet to be released as well as hear new announcements about the direction developers are steering the future of gaming. There’s no lagging behind. This is a major event for the gaming industry, raking in leagues of heroes every year.
On August 28, a total of 2,417 game booths were announced, which is the largest number the event has ever seen in its history. This event is home to games on a range of platforms including for console, smartphone and PC. The enormous variety of genres includes the most cutting-edge and latest trends including Esports, VR and much more.
For those of you who love cosplay, this event is your chance to finally meet your fantasy. The outside area of Hall 9 will have a Cosplaying Area Stage where two events will take place: a cosplay fashion show and a gathering.
On Saturday 14th, Hall 1 event stage will hold the Cosplay Collection Night@2019 event where participants and event staff will take over the stage in game character cosplay. Spectating is free, so feel free to watch as each cosplayer dominates the entire stage, showing off their excellent craftsmanship and skills as they walk the runway and strike a pose definitely worth saving in your highlights!
On Sunday 15th at 2:30 pm, cosplayers will take to the stage in units of two or more to put on a dance or combat show that you just cannot critically miss out on.
September 14 (Sat) From 12:00 ー Cosplay Runway From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway
September 15 (Sun) From 13:30 ー Cosplay Runway From 14:30 ー Cosplay Dance and Combat Shows From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway
The Gathering is where cosplayers can interact with one another and have photos taken ー the perfect opportunity to send those friend requests. On September 14, a gathering dedicated to the Final Fantasy Tales Series will take place on the Cosplay Area Stage. On September 15, there will be gatherings for the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.
September 14 13:00-13:30 Final Fantasy Series Gathering 14:00-15:00 Final Fantasy Tales Series Gathering
September 15 12:30-13:00 Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors Series Gathering
More information on the exhibitions, booths and events will be announced on the morning of September 12 so please check it out.
There is no better way to multi kill your time than to spend the entire day at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019 ー get your tickets and GLHF!
TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019
Business Days*: September 12 & 13, 2019 (10:00~17:00)
*Business Days are open to industry and press only.
Public Entry*: September 14 & 15, 2019 (10:00~17:00)
*Doors may open at 9:30 am according to conditions on the day.
Venue: Makuhari Messe (Mihama Ward, Chiba)
Exhibition Halls 1-11/ Event Hall/ International Conference Hall
Entry Fee: Advanced tickets: ￥1,500 (after tax)
On The Door: ￥2,000 (after tax)
Those under Elementary School age can enter for free (public entry days only)
Official Website: https://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/2019/en/
Detective Conan Film Director Joins Judge Panel For Toho & Alphaboat’s 4th Gemstone Animation Contest
02.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME
GEMSTONE is an audition project created by TOHO CO., LTD. and ALPHABOAT which seeks to find the best creators. The 4th GEMSTONE project was announced last month and is seeking submissions of short animations themed on Shinjuku.
The judges for the contest have been unveiled. The line-up will include anime film and television director Kobun Shizuno, who worked on the Detective Conan film series from 2011-17 as well as the Godzilla CG kaiju film series from 2017-18. It will also include animator Yasuhiro Kimura who worked on Three Leaves, Three Colors and the Golden Wind arc of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
“GEMSTONE” refers to the talent selected by TOHO and ALPHABOAT for the audition project, which ranges from animators to illustrators, composers, singers, actors, and so on. The two companies will help open doors to winners’ career paths.
TOHO are known for putting our a plethora of internationally-beloved anime films and series, including Your Name, My Hero Academia, Yowamushi Pedal, and Haikyu!!. They are also joined by MARUI GROUP Co., Ltd. for the project who manage three shopping facilities in Shinjuku, including Godzilla Store Tokyo, where they promote their anime franchises.
The conditions for submitting a video are that the video must be a short animation about Shinjuku no more than 5-minutes long. It is up to the creator to decide what aspect of Shinjuku they wish to talk about, whether it be the locals, culture, sights and so on. The first wave of chosen animations will be posted onto the official GEMSTONE YouTube channel after which they will be judges by veterans of Japan’s anime industry.
Speaking about his involvement with the audition project, Kobun Shizuno commented: “I was born and raised in Shinjuku, and live here to this day. That’s why this is a theme I can take something from and wish to judge.”
Yasuhiro Kimura also commented: “I am very honoured to be judging for this important chance to find talented individuals. I’m really looking forward to seeing how each of you interpret a topic as broad as Shinjuku. I’ll be waiting for your submissions!”
GEMSTONE Creators Audition Summary
・Theme: “Shinjuku Anime Creators Audution” (Create a short animation themed on Shinjuku)
・Application Period: August 21, 2019 – October 31, 2019 at 23:59 (JST)
・Winner Announcement: Early December 2019
・Submissions will begin rolling out on GEMSTONE’s official YouTube channel in November
・A short animation themed on Shinjuku no less more 5-minutes in length
・This is a video submission-only audition
・There are no restrictions to animation type – you are free to use your imagination
*Please note that if your animation is chosen for judging it will be posted onto GEMSTONE’s official YouTube channel
・2 million yen
・Be featured on the Shinjuku Marui electronic billboard and elsewhere
・Work with a TOHO producer to plan a new work
・An offer to sign up for ALPHABOAT management
・Kobun Shizuno, Yasuhiro Kimura, and TOHO anime producers
Official Slam Dunk Manga T-Shirts Release at American Sports Merch Store Selection
A new collection of t-shirts based on the sports manga series Slam Dunk, which has had a huge influence on basketball fans around the world, are now available at the American sports goods store Selection.
The line-up includes a casual t-shirt displaying just the series logo as well as a sports line t-shirt which breathes well and is super absorbent, and more. As well as t-shirts there’s also towels, tote bags and other items featuring illustrations of scenes from the manga.
Popular characters from Shohoku High School, where the protagonist goes to school, also feature on many on the t-shirts.
This collection is sure to be a must-grab by fans around the world.
Slam Dunk Merchandise
Product Enquiries: Selection International
Selection Shinjuku (03-5338-7231)
Selection Osaka (06-4708-3300)