Netflix’s The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime Series Releasing Winter 2019
12.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Netflix announced back in March that they were working on a new anime season of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. adapted from Shūichi Asō’s popular gag manga series of the same name. It has finally been confirmed that the series will hit Netflix worldwide this winter.
To date, the series has receive two anime adaptations in addition to two specials, all of which is streaming on Netflix. The next season will feature all-new characters, details of which have been dropped, including teaser visuals and photos of the voice cast in the studio.
Hiroshi Kamiya, who voices the main character Kusuo Saiki, commented on how his lines were to be spoken faster than ever before―a gag from previous seasons―saying, “It’s no longer just the director who can’t wait to get into the studio.” He continues, “The fact that there is a series that makes me this happy, one that has continued to be adapted, fills me with gratitude.”
Two new characters will be introduced. Takumi Ichigu will be voiced by Kōsuke Toriumi (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind; Kuroko’s Basketball). He is an excellent teacher, but because of his lewd facial expressions, he is mistaken to be a pervert. Talking about the character, Toriumi commented: “I believe he is a wonderful and enthusiastic teacher who is always thinking about and works hard for his students.”
Hii Suzumiya will be voiced by Nao Tōyama (Nisekoi; 7SEEDS). She is altogether an unlucky individual, but that is mistaken to be her just being “clumsy.” That bad luck found itself into the real world. Speaking about the recording, Tōyama commented: “All of the lines on the first day were Suzumiya’s, which had an influence on the post-recording script. I couldn’t believe it!”
The new visual released to tease the upcoming season features the main character Kusuo Saiki performing a glorious “N” pose.
The new season will stream on Netflix in 190 countries around the world. Several of the cast members released statements in anticipation of its release. See below.
Hiroshi Kamiya (Kusuo Saiki)
“A new chapter of Kusuo Saiki begins! With this, we’ve covered most of the content serialised in Jump Comic by [Shūichi] Asō! The fact that there is a series that makes me this happy, one that has continued to be adapted, fills me with gratitude. Post-recording has been tough, but I’ll continue working hard!“
Kōsuke Toriumi (Takumi Ichigu)
“This is my first time joining the series. I think everyone already knows by now how fun this series is, and I believe this new season continues to play up to that. Please look forward to it.“
Nao Tōyama (Hii Suzumiya)
“I’ve been given the opportunity to join the series, and I’m completely in love with it! I hope lots of people enjoy the episodes where my new character Hii Suzumiya appears too! And this is off-topic, but since this is Netflix, that means there’ll be dubs too. I wonder if the voice actors in other countries are going full-speed in their voice acting too? I really wanna know [laughs] Be sure to give the show a watch!“
©Shūichi Asō / Shueisha・PK Gakuen R
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Releasing: Winter 2019 (Worldwide)
Anime Official Website: https://www.saikikusuo.com/
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Anime’s Trailer Reveals April 2020 Netflix Release
28.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME
A new trailer released on Monday revealed that the upcoming new 3D CG animated film Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 will hit Netflix simultaneously worldwide in April 2020. The film is being directed by Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki at Production I.G and Sola Digital Arts.
Ghost in the Shell is an internationally celebrated series. The original manga, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, was first serialised in Weekly Young Magazine 1989, and went on to become a media franchise, spawning a catalogue of animated films beginning with Ghost in the Shell in 1995, which was directed by Mamoru Oshii, as well as multiple anime series, video games, and a live-action Hollywood adaptation.
The new trailer unveiled the main voice cast, music composers, and opening theme artists. Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ohtsuka, and Kōichi Yamadera will all reprise their respective roles as Motoko Kusanagi, Batou, and Togusa. This goes for rest of the original main voice cast of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex too who are also making a return.
Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi are composing the music. Toda is best known for her composition work across the Metal Gear Solid video game series. Toda and Jinnouchi previously collaborated together on the Ultraman anime last year. Russian illustrator Ilya Kuvshinov is working as the character designer for the film.
millennium parade will perform the opening theme song Fly with me. They are a multi-talent creative team led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, made up of millennials, or “digital natives” i.e. focused on the current digital generation, including musicians, film directors, CG creators, designers, illustrations, and more. You can hear the song in the newest trailer below.
The film will be promoted at AnimeJapan 2020 in Tokyo. It will feature on the Netflix Anime panel on the BIRD BLUE STAGE at 14:00-14:30 on Saturday March 21. Both directors will be present as will the main voice cast including Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ohtsuka, and Kōichi Yamadera.
Speaking about his involvement with the film, Daiki Tsuneta (millennium parade) said: “I still remember how I tingled with excitement when they sent me an offer saying that they wanted me to write the theme song for Ghost in the Shell. The reason for that is because millennium parade takes a lot of influence from Ghost in the Shell. I sent two replies asking to let me have a crack at it. The song we wrote, ‘Fly with me,’ is both the theme song for Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 and the theme song for millennium parade. That’s the kind of love and emotional attachment we have for this song, so I’m overjoyed at it playing a part in Ghost in the Shell. It will be released digitally worldwide this year, so please look forward to hearing it.”
ⒸMasamune Shirow・Production I.G/Kodansha・ Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Production Committee
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045
Release Date: April 2020 Worldwide On Netflix (Except mainland China)
Official Website: https://www.ghostintheshell-sac2045.jp
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened World Premiere Held in Tokyo
25.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened is set to release on Netflix worldwide on December 30, 2019 as the fourth season of the popular anime series, adapted from Shūichi Asō’s popular gag manga of the same name.
The cast and staff are returning to reprise their rolesーand the new season will also feature all-new characters. The series had its world premiere at Iino Hall in Tokyo on December 15, 2019.
The premiere was attended by voice actors from the series: Hiroshi Kamiya (who voices Kusuo Saiki), Daisuke Ono (Riki Nendō), Nobunaga Shimazaki (Shun Kaidō), Masaya Matsukaze (Saiko Metori), Kenji Nojima (Kūsuke Saiki), and Mitsuo Iwata (Kuniharu Saiki), all of whom introduced themselves using their respective characters’ voices. This included Kamiya who voices the main character Kusuo Saiki, who made a joke about how full the room was: “My, my, it’s kind of noisy around here. I wonder if there’s around 500 people here. Spoilers―I know using telepathy that there’s 500.”
The talk began with the cast commenting on the highlights of the upcoming season of the anime series. A point came up about how the dials of the tempo, rhythm and speed of the dialogue were turned up even higher during the voice recording―referring to the running gag of how fast the lines are said during the run of the show. Kamiya, who voices the protagonist, said: “Kusuo Saiki has a lot of seriously fast lines, but from season two onward, the number of times all the characters talk at crazy speeds increased. Now, all of the characters do it as much equally, so it’s been a tough ride for everyone <laughs>.”
Kamiya also commented on the second episode of the new season, which is set to star characters from the popular manga series Boku no Watashi no Yusha Gaku by Shūichi Asō—the same author who wrote the The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga series―something which garnered much attention from anime and manga fans. He was asked about what he thought when he saw Boku no Watashi no Yusha Gaku feature in the series, and said: “It was hard work, the most taxing I think. I made notes for my performance on things I was told at the time, but now when I look back over them, I don’t understand what I wrote at all to the point where there’s not even a structure I can follow to check the script.”
With regard the fact that the new season will once again stream on Netflix, which in turn means that there’ll be more people watching on smartphones and tablets, a fan asked, “Are there any scenes you’d rather people watch on a bigger screen or with headphones?” The anime’s director said: “During the classroom scenes, there’s various characters in the background saying their own things, so I’d love for people to listen to that with headphones. I’m currently researching voice balance. When I look back at the earlier episodes, I think there’s room for improvement.” Kenji Nojima, who voices Kūsuke Saiki, said: “What’s great about it being on Netflix is that people can watch it easily at any time. So you’re sure to always get some laughs even if you’re feeling down!”
At the end of the talk, Kamiya said: “I was shocked when the anime series was first released on Netflix. And the fact it’s come this far on there makes it an incredible series. You have to take responsbility when animating a manga series. Saying that, I am happy we have been able to animate almost everything there is over this long period. The main voice recording was tough, but it’s great that Japan can distribute such an amazing series to 190 different countries. I believe it will lead to Japanese animation being praised even more around the world. The “pictures” which are the life of the series’ animation don’t move that much, but despite that, it’s still an entertaining watch. I beleive that’s thanks to the director, staff, and the author of the original work, Mr. Asō. I’d be overjoyed if we could work together like this again!”
Mysterious Artist Nazome’s Netflix Anime Series ‘Levius’ OP & ED Themes Released Digitally
The mysterious artist who goes by the name Nazome (“Mysterious Girl”) and appeared out of nowhere recently has made her major debut under Warner Music Japan, releasing two songs on digital music platforms.
The moment she released the two songs wit and love and child dancer, they were immediately appointed as the opening and ending theme songs for the Netflix original anime Levius. Shrouded in complete mystery, the only thing we know about this artist is that she is a female singer.
Just one listen to the mysterious singer’s magnificent vocals is enough to have you taken aback by her skill and characteristic style, so much so that anyone would be surprised that she is a new artist. The instrumental arrangement of her songs will also leave you in awe. One thing that is clear in this mystery is that she is not like other new artists in the music scene. Her songs are handmade to describe the intricate world of Levius.
The Levius opening and ending songs performed by Nazome are already available on digital services worldwide. The popular Levius series, which was written by Haruhisa Nakata, is about a lonely boy with a sensitive heart in a world of cybernetically augmented fighters. Following the manga’s immense popularity, the series is now being made into an anime by the main staff that worked on the anime series Ajin: Demi-Human. The main cast includes Nobunaga Shimazaki as Levius, Junichi Suwabe as Zachs, Takahiro Sakurai as Bill, and Ayane Sakura as Natalia.
© Haruhisa Nakata/Shueisha Inc., Polygon Pictures, Inc.
Netflix Anime The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened Scene Stills Released
28.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened is set to release on Netflix worldwide on December 30, 2019 as the fourth season of the popular anime series, adapted from Shūichi Asō’s popular gag manga series of the same name. The cast and staff are returning to reprise their rolesーand the new season will also feature all-new characters.
Several new stills have been released from the forthcoming season, complementing the trailer that was released last month.
We see the return of the mysterious and idiotic Nendou Riki, a classmate of the titular character Saiki. Saiki struggles to make friends, but Riki fondly calls him a pal. The chuunibyou Kaidou Shun is also returning, as is Teruhashi Kokomi, one of the main female characters of the series and the perfect girl who everyone in the school admires. Former delinquent Kuboyasu Aren is also back, amongst other characters around Saiki.
Several new characters are also making an appearance. This includes Takumi Ichigu, an excellent teacher who is mistaken to be a pervert because of his lewd facial expressions. Hii Suzumiya is altogether an unlucky individual, but that is mistaken to be her just being “clumsy.”
The new season will also collaborate with Boku no Watashi no Yusha Gaku, another gag manga written by Shūichi Asō, the author of Saiki K.
We’re excited to seeing what antics the characters get up to in the highly-anticipated fourth season of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
©Shūichi Asō / Shueisha・PK Gakuen R
Netflix Anime Series ‘Beastars’ Promotional Event to Take Place at Tobu Zoo in Saitama
Tobu Zoo is set to collaborate with the upcoming drama anime series Beastars from November 2 to December 29.
Beastars is a manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. It is serialised in Weekly Shōnen Champion which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Beastars is set in a world of herbivores and carnivores. The story follows Legoshi, a quiet and gentle grey wolf and student at Cherryton Academy. His world is turned upside down when one of his fellow students is brutally murdered.
The collaboration event will see Tobu Zoo decorated with illustrations drawn specifically for the event. There will also be exclusive and original merchandise on sale, as well as themed food and more.
Beastars will premiere in Japan on Fuji TV’s +Ultra programming block on October 9. It will also be streamed exclusively on Netflix.
Release Date: October 9, 2019 on Fuji TV +Ultra
*To be released on Netflix on October 8, 2019 (Japan pre-release; overseas release date TBC)
Official Website: https://bst-anime.com/
Address: 110 Suka, Miyashiro, Minamisaitama-gun, Saitama Prefecture
Official Website: http://www.tobuzoo.com/
Watch CHVRCHES Perform ‘Graves’ in Tokyo for Netflix’s Terrace House
01.October.2019 | MUSIC
Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES shared a video of them performing their song Graves which is used as the opening theme for the Netflix reality series Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020.
The band recently performed at Summer Sonic in Japan this summer, and during their visit they took a trip to the Terrace House. Graves is being used for episodes 17-20 which will air between October 1 to 22.
The song is taken from the band’s 2018 hit album Love Is Dead. The Japanese deluxe edition of the album as well as the band’s Hansa Session EP includes the song Out Of My Head which features Japanese artist Wednesday Campanella.
CHVRCHES lead singer Lauren commented: “Graves is one of our favourites from Love Is Dead. Thanks to our Japanese fans and Terrace House, we’ve been able to take it further. We’re really happy to have been able to perform a special live version for the show!” (*Translated from Japanese)
Love Is Dead
Released: May 25, 2018 (August 2, 2019 in Japan)
CHVRCHES Official Website: https://chvrch.es/
Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020
Official Website: https://www.netflix.com/title/81077065
Netflix Original Anime Series Kengan Ashura OP & ED Theme Artists Revealed
Netflix will begin streaming an original anime adaptation of manga series Kengan Ashura on July 31, 2019.
Kengan Ashura is a manga series written by Yabako Sandrovich and illustrated by Daromeon. It stands as the most popular series on the Japanese manga website Ura Sunday and Japanese manga app Comic One. It also placed No. 1 in an online poll in Japan for male readers where it boasted a readership of 413 million. Its huge success has caused it to be picked up by Netflix for an anime adaptation.
The artists chosen to perform the series’ opening and ending themes have finally been unveiled.
Performing the opening theme KING & ASHELY is Japanese rock band MY FIRST STORY who completed their first headline show at Yokohama Arena with two concerts in 2018.
The ending theme Born This Way (feat. YZERR & Vingo & Bark) will be performed by Kawasaki-based eight-member hip hop group BAD HOP who maintain a huge movement in the Japanese music scene.
Both songs were released digitally worldwide on Spotify, the iTunes Store and Apple Music July 4. Be sure to check them out in the run up to the anime’s premiere.
KING & ASHLEY
Born This Way (feat. YZERR & Vingo & Bark)
Released: July 4, 2019
Official Website: http://kengan.net/
Watch Hikaru Utada’s 2018 Laughter in the Dark Tour in High Resolution at Sony Store Branches
26.June.2019 | MUSIC
Hikaru Utada’s 2018 Laughter in the Dark Tour was released on DVD and Blu-ray today. The tour―which was her first nationwide tour in Japan in 12 years―was held to celebrate 20 years since her debut.
The DVD and Blu-ray was released in Limited Pressing Edition packaging and was also released across several streaming platforms including Netflix.
On day one of its release, the video shot up to No. 1 in downloads on the iTunes Live Video section. It has also been warmly received by foreign fans for its posting on Netflix.
Fans in Japan can also now watch it at several Sony Store branches in high resolution as part of the Sony Store Days event. At the event, fans can see the outfits that Utada actually wore on stage during the shows as well as watch Anata and Play A Love Song using Sony’s 360 Reality Audio, the latest in immersive music reproduction that brings listeners closer the artists than ever before. You must book in advance to experience this latest cutting-edge technology however.
As well as this, 13.1 channel multi-speakers will be used so that fans can enjoy the live experience together with the mix by Utada’s recording engineer Masahito Komori.
Fans can also experience Hikari and Chikai on PlayStation®VR and more. The event will begin at the Umeda branch of the Sony Store in Osaka on July 4. Full details below.
Cameraman: Teppei Kishida (岸田哲平)
“Hikaru Utada Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018” Sony Store Days
Sony Store Osaka: July 4 – July 12, 2019
Sony Store Sapporo: July 20 – July 28, 2019
Sony Store Nagoya: August 3 – August 11, 2019
Sony Store Ginza: August 24 – September 1, 2019
Sony Store Tenjin Fukuoka: September 6 – September 15, 2019
Full Details (Japanese): https://www.sony.jp/store/retail/event/utada-sonystoredays/
Hikaru Utada Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018
・Download: iTunes ¥3,500 (Tax Included) = Concert + Documentary
・Pay-Per-View: SKY! PerfecTV On Demand ¥594 (Tax Included) = Concert Only (Viewable one week after purchase)
・Streaming: Netflix = Concert Only
Download/Stream URL List: https://erj.lnk.to/6VSOYAW
Hikaru Utada Official Website: https://www.utadahikaru.jp/
Netflix Original Series Aggretsuko Season 2 Premiering on June 14
22.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME
It has been announced that season 2 of Aggretsuko will premiere worldwide on Netflix on June 14, 2019. The series is a Netflix Original created by Sanrio, Fanworks and Netflix. A trailer and promotional poster have been released.
Japanese Trailer (See English here)
The first season was released in April 2018. It follows Retsuko, a Red Panda who is frustrated with her office job and relieves her stress by hitting the karaoke to sing some death metal tracks. The show has enjoyed popularity both in Japan and overseas.
Season 2 introduces Retsuko’s mother who brings up the topic of marriage. A new face, Anai, joins the same accounting department that Retsuko works at. Her colleagues praise him, but she slowly begins to see his true nature.
The newly-released key visual features new characters, including Anai. And who could it be at the end of the trailer who says, “I hope I can be with you forever, Retsuko”?
The visual also includes familiar faces such as Director Gori and Ms. Washimi. Be sure to watch season 1 Aggretsuko if you haven’t already before the new season drops!
©2015, 2019 SANRIO/TBS・Fanworks
Aggretsuko on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80198505