Japan Sinks: 2020 Netflix Original Anime Series Spin-Off Project ‘Shizumanu Kibou’ Launches

14.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

Japan Sinks: 2020, the first ever anime adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s best-selling 1973 disaster novel Japan Sinks, was released worldwide on Netflix on July 9, 2020. The series is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who is known for his unique free-flowing animation style, having directed such internationally-lauded anime series like Devilman Crybaby, Ping-Pong: The Animation, and The Tatami Galaxy.

Netflix launched a new project called “Shizumanu Kibou” (Unsinking Hope) on July 10 as a spin-off project of Japan Sinks: 2020 which aims to inspire positivity based on the characters that appear in the anime series who never forget the importance of looking forward no matter how difficult the circumstances. The project will archive “music,” “words,” “images,” and other media centred on the series to show hope for the future in the face of adversity.

 

The film’s director, Masaaki Yuasa, is known for throwing in lighthearted rap scenes during importance scenes in his tragic films. Japan Sinks: 2020 is no exception, where the character Kaito sings an uplifting rap. This scene of hope for the future in the series served as the starting point to the Shizumanu Kibou project.

 

Ongoing content from Kafu, Daichi Yamamoto, and Taichi Mukai

A line-up of creators will be releasing songs, music videos, and a variety of content for the Shizumanu Kibou project going forward. This includes Kensho Ono, who voiced Kaito in the series and performed the rap part; virtual singer Kafu; Daichi Yamamoto who is big in Japan’s hip-hop scene; and singer-songwriter Mukai Taichi.

 

Mic relay spins words of hope

A social media campaign is launching in Japan as part of the project which can be followed with the hashtag #キボウのマイクリレー (‘Mic Relay of Hope’). Japanese rapper Ken the 390, who wrote the rap for Japan Sinks: 2020 is hosting this online mic relay, which hopes to inspire a viral trend based on the rap.

 

Social media posting campaign

A second social media campaign is also being held with the hashtag #キボウの風景 (‘scenery of hope’) which invites users to post pictures of scenery that is important to them or images that they would like to leave for the future.

 

You can keep update on the project and the anime series over on the official Japan Sinks: 2020 Twitter page here.

 

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    Masaaki Yuasa shows hope and restoration in the first ever trailer

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    Japan Sinks 2020 | Official Trailer

     

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  • New Shots From Upcoming Anime Film ‘Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu’ Released

    11.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu is the second original anime feature film from Studio Colorido. The studio’s first feature film Penguin Highway released in August 2018 to critical acclaim (August 2018 release) and went on to win the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year as well as the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation award at Fantasia International Film Festival for the best-animated feature.

     

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    The film is being co-directed by Junichi Sato (Sailor MoonPrincess Tutu) and Tomotaka Shibayama, the latter making his debut as the director of a feature length film. The screenplay is being written by screenwriter Mari Okada (AnoHanaBlack ButlerO Maidens in Your Savage Season).

     

    A new selection of shots from the film have been released showcasing the film’s characters.

    Mirai Shida, who voices Muge, said of her character: “She’s a really great girl to watch since she expresses her feelings honestly, something which you don’t see much of these days.” Muge is the kind of character you’ll root for without even realising it as she shows the gap between putting on a face when around friends at school and being who you really are at home in your bedroom.

    Muge tries to approach her classmate Hinode every single day, but he’s at that point in his youth where he doesn’t know what road he should take in life. He’s into ceramics, loves cooking, and has a cute side too as he nicknames the cat that Muge transforms into “Taro.” Will his heart change for better of for worse if he finds out Muge’s secret?

     

    Natsuki Hanae, who voices Hinode, spoke of a highlight of his character as: “…how his feelings change from that of a single boy into a young man.”

    Muge receives her mysterious mask from the owner of a cat shop who visits her from time to time and shows her the ropes of living as a cat. Kōichi Yamadera, who voices the cat, said the role was a lot of fun to play.

    Minako Kotobuki will voice Yoriko Fukase, a close friend of Muge’s who always shows concern for her. Kensho Ono will voice Masamichi Isami who does school activities with Hinode. Both Yoriko and Masamichi are important friends to the two main characters who always lend a hand when they find themselves in a pinch.

    Hiroaki Ogi will voice Muge and Hinode’s homeroom teacher, Mr. Kusunoki (name reading not confirmed).

     

    ©2020 “Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu” Production Committee

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