Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, Black Jack, and Princess Knight Get International Merchandise Release
Amazon is now listing a new collection of merchandise based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga series Astro Boy, Princess Knight, and Black Jack in Japan, the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.
The items released at the end of April as part of the “Merch by Amazon” service. This Amazon-exclusive collection was first released in Japan, and with its surging popularity from fans, it’s now available to order in the US and Europe.
Osamu Tezuka x Merch by Amazon
Released: April 22, 2021
Amazon Japan Product Page: https://www.amazon.co.jp/space_age_tezuka
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/
Amazon Italy: https://www.amazon.it/
Amazon Spain: https://www.amazon.es/
Amazon France: https://www.amazon.fr/
Amazon Germany: https://www.amazon.de/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/
CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ Exhibition Coming to Ikebukuro PARCO
Originally held as a special exhibition at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takurazuka, the CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ Exhibition is coming to the Kanto Region for the first time starting October 1. The event will be held on the 7th floor of Ikebukuro PARCO until October 18, 2021.
The collection features characters from Tezuka’s many manga works, and pits them against many popular characters from Capcom properties, including Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, and more. Seeing popular personalities from Astro Boy and Black Jack with these modern video game characters is quite a sight!
This year’s event will feature new main event illustrations, new Devil May Cry and Ace Attorney exhibits, and an updated layout.
In addition to the products previously sold in Takarazuka, new merchandise will also be available for purchase at the venue.
CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ (Dash)
Running: October 1 – October 18, 2021 (11:00-20:00)
Where: PARCO FACTORY (Ikebukuro PARCO 7F)
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp/parcomuseum/detail/
New YouTube Video Highlights Famous Evangelion Scenes in 11 Languages
On August 13, 2021, the fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion film series, Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time, was made available on Amazon Prime Video exclusively for Prime members. The service has also released Evangelion: 1.0 You are (Not) Alone, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.
To commemorate the newest film’s worldwide streaming release, a new YouTube video is highlighting some of the most popular scenes from the Rebuild of Evangelion film series. Check out how the characters sound in 11 different languages! Be warned, it contains spoilers for the final film!
(The languages featured are: English, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Latin-American Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and the original Japanese.)
From hearing Shinji’s famed line ‘I mustn’t run away, I mustn’t run away’ in Japanese to hearing Kaworu utter “I’m looking forward to seeing you, Shinji Ikari,” in German, the trailer is full of memorable moments in its brief two minute and 35 second runtime, with classic lines delivered in ways audiences may have not heard them before. Fans of the series may be able to quickly discern which line is which, even hearing them spoken in a foreign language!
The final line is spoken by Shinji’s original English voice actor, Spike Spencer, bidding farewell to ‘all Evangelions.”
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time has made over ¥10.22 billion ($92.7 million) at the Japanese box office since it was released on March 8, 2021, making it the highest-grossing film in the series.
*Translations and video availability may vary by country.
Evangelion: 3.0 1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME
Now Available on Amazon Prime Video (released August 13, 2021)
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time Director Hideaki Anno Gives Message For International Release
Amazon is set to release the anime film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time worldwide on August 13, offering it dubbed in 10 languages and subtitled in 28.
Originally released in Japan on March 8, 2021, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is the fourth and final instalment of the Rebuild of Evangelion film series. The film’s theatrical run ended on July 21 where it was revealed that it had received 10.22 billion yen in total, making it the highest-grossing film in the franchise and the first film distributed by Toei to reach this mark.
An online panel titled Comic-Con@Home was streamed on July 23 which was attended by the film’s director and writer Hideki Anno. The full video can be seen below.
“It’s been 16 years since this movie was remade,” explains Anno. “I was planning to finish it in about 8 years, but it took twice as long. So I’m relieved that it is finished.”
Asked about what he thinks attracts fans to the franchise, he says: “The story of the work, the drama, and the technical quality are kept as high as possible. We work hard to maintain high quality. And this is not possible without the efforts of our staff and cast. Aside from that, maybe there was something in Evangelion that people around the world emphasized with. It might be the emotions, or the structure that could be taken as their own stories. This is something that people all over the world feel for themselves, so it is hard to say what attracts them.”
Anno also discusses his enthusiasm towards seeking new goals. “Now that I’ve turned 61 this year, from now on, I plan on making some new live-action movies instead of Eva. For animation, it’d be great if I have a chance to do it again after I take some live-action shots.” He continues: “Making a live-action video is totally different from animation. Because I can do a lot of things that I can’t do with animation, that’s why I’m really looking forward to it.”
At the end of his talk, he comments: “Not only Evangelion, but my work basically deal with themes unique to Japan, aimed at people who grew up in Japan. I am really grateful and honoured that such works are seen and loved by people all over the world. Thank you so much for supporting Evangelion, and I hope you enjoy the film.”
Amazon Prime Video is currently streaming the first three films in the film series: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. The final film, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, will be released on the service worldwide on August 13, 2021.
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
Amazon Prime Video Release Date: August 13, 2021
Perfume’s New Song ‘Polygon Wave’ to Feature as Theme Song for Amazon’s The Masked Singer
29.June.2021 | MUSIC
Perfume have been announced as the panelists for the Amazon Original show The Masked Singer which is set to be released on Amazon Prime Video in Japan on September 3, 2021. The J-pop trio come as the latest names to be announced as regulars for the show alongside MIYAVI, Kiko Mizuhara, and Bakarhythm. Their new song Polygon Wave, which is their first in a year, will feature as the show’s main theme song.
The Masked Singer is a popular series that has been adapted for 50 countries around the world. This Japan-original adaptation will feature 12 performers wearing masks with Oizumi Yo as the host along with and guest panellists.
Perfume comments about appearing on the show
“As a fan of the show, I’m happy The Masked Singer is being made in Japan! The show is making it possible for a lot of amazing people to come together too, so please look forward to it.”
“I never thought they’d make a Japan-original version, so I was shocked when we received the offer. It’s a chance to discover new sides and charms of the performers.”
“I was happy when we got the call. All of the performers ooze talent, even with the masks on, so it got me excited without even thinking. I think this is gonna be a show unlike we’ve ever seen before, so please look forward to it.”
About the theme song Polygon Wave
“We were given a drama song that captures a world that even people 100 years from now would yearn for. It’s refreshing, elegant, nostalgic, and light. Doesn’t it make you want to dance? It does me.”
“I am so honoured that we were picked to do the theme song for The Masked Singer! The song has an infectious and nostalgic melody that makes you relax your shoulders. It really pulls you in. That tantalising aspect of hearing the voice of someone whose face you can’t see for the mask links well with the feeling of this song. I want people to listen to it on the go while they’re gazing out of a window.”
“I feel like the song captures that image of the ‘near future’ you hear when people say the phrase, or perhaps even beyond that. [Yasutaka] Nakata never fails to create an interesting world. Look forward to seeing where Perfume goes from here.”
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Amazon Original番組「ザ・マスクド・シンガー」 テーマソング 「ポリゴンウェイヴ」
話数： 本編9話 初回3話 以降毎週金曜順次配信
出演： MC：大泉洋 パネリスト：MIYAVI、Perfume、水原希子、バカリズム ほか(ゲストパネリスト出演予定)
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
Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Phoenix’ Original Anime Production and Projection Mapping Showcased at Dogo Onsen
Dogo Onsen, a hot spring located in the city of Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture, is currently undergoing maintenance work but is still open for business, with customers enjoying their dip in the onsen as usual. While this work is being carried out, the facility has launched the Dogo REBORN Project. As part of the project, Dogo Onsen is collaborating with Osamu Tezuka’s manga series Phoenix which includes the creation of an original anime by Tezuka Production along with a projection mapping show in the evenings.
The first episode of the original anime production was posted in May 2019 and the second in February of this year. Earlier this month, on October 1, subtitles in English, Korean, and Traditional/Simplified Chinese were posted on both episodes. The third episode will be shown at Dogo Onsen.
Dogo Onsen launched the “Dogo Reborn 2020 Campaign” on August 7 as a way to show gratitude to frontline medical workers, which included putting up a special art piece called Blue Phoenix along with over pieces of wall art with messages on them.
The Dogo REBORN Project has much more planned going into the future.