Logo Unveiled for Netflix’s “ONE PIECE” Adaptation
11.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Netflix, the world’s largest online entertainment service, has announced an original adaptation of ‘ONE PIECE’ which is scheduled to be broadcast internationally. ‘ONE PIECE’, written by Eiichiro Oda, is an extremely popular manga that represents Japan globally. Worldwide, over 490 million copies have been sold, beloved by fans of all ages across the world for many years.
The series was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997, starting with the protagonist Monkey D. Luffy going on a journey with the Straw Hat Pirates to find the One Piece, a treasure that was left behind by the legendary “Pirate King” Gol D. Roger.
Now the logo of the live-action drama series ‘ONE PIECE’ has been unveiled, along with the title of the first episode, which matches the manga – “ROMANCE DAWN – Dawn of Adventure-.” Author Eiichiro Oda has taken the role of executive producer for the new series.
There have been many offers to transform ‘ONE PIECE’ into a live action series in the past, but the very first ‘ONE PIECE’ live-action drama will be coming to life through Netflix after Eiichiro Oda and the Weekly Shonen Jump editorial department became convinced that the many difficulties of a 3D ‘ONE PIECE’ could be overcome.
The newly unveiled logo was based on the original logo, with the Straw Hat Pirates emblem featured above the letter O and if you look closely, you can see that the skull has a scar under its left eye just like Luffy. It also seems that a tiny Luffy is hidden inside the skulls nose! The final E also pays homage to the original logo with its anchor shape, raising the expectations even higher.
The first episode title is ‘ROMANCE DAWN – Dawn of Adventure -,’ matching those of the first manga chapter and anime episode. How will Luffy’s iconic story begin? A great number of people are curious to find out.
The famous story of pirates and upheaval is being produced with original author Eiichiro Oda as executive producer, in partnership with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios. In charge of the script and executive production is Matt Owens, who worked on ‘Agents of Shield’ following his time working for the JJ Abrams’ production company Bad Robot. Steven Maeda, best known for ‘LOST’, will also be joining as scriptwriter, showrunner, and executive producer.
The 100th volume of the manga was released on September 3, while the 1000th episode of the anime is scheduled to air on November 21. There have been many commemorative projects in order to “connect the world” during this special occasion, and the live-action adaptation is sure to grab the attention of fans around the globe – It could even be considered the project of the century! The casting is still yet to be confirmed, so stay tuned for more information.
Netflix Series “ONE PIECE”
ONE PIECE x Ninagawa Mika x RADWIMPS Release Stunning Clips for ‘WE ARE ONE.’
ONE PIECE, a manga running in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine for 24 years, will be releasing its 100th volume on September 3 2021.l, while the 1000th episode of the anime will be aired on November 21. To commemorate this major milestone, the franchise will be starting a number of grand projects to ‘connect’ with the world.
One of those grand projects is the ‘WE ARE ONE.’ mini series, with five videos co-produced by Toei Animation and Shueisha to be released starting on August 30, counting down until the release of the 100th volume on September 3.
The videos are directed by Ninagawa Mika, who has won a selection of awards within Japan and overseas for her vivid and colorful videos. Accepting the challenge to take charge of this unprecedented video project, the live action shots featuring known actors were directed by Ninagawa while the anime shots were produced by Toei Animation. The videos show off a new side to the wonderful world of ONE PIECE. RADWIMPS new song TWILIGHT will be used as the theme song as four protagonists step into the future in this short drama collection.
Scene1 is an animation featuring Zoro and Sanji of the Straw Hats. The pair usually bicker, but when they’re faced with losing their companions during the Davy Black Fight, the two join together to protect their gang. One the pair have decided to help make Luffy’s dream of becoming the pirate king come true, nobody can stop them!
Director Ninagawa Mika Comment
I feel like there are people who have read the series deeply, as well as those who happened to discover it, and those who are yet to read but are still able to sympathize with the story. I will be happy if everybody can enjoy the videos.
There are so many adults like us who grew up reading ONE PIECE, as well as students and parents, with all of us just trying to achieve our goals and targets each day. I feel that during those days, the ONE PIECE characters have always helped us to keep on pushing forward. It is my hope that this project will help people feel a little stronger when facing the future.
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©Oda Eiichiro / Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation
©Oda Eiichiro / Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation
ONE PIECE Comic Vol. 100 / Anime 1000th Episode Special Video Project ‘WE ARE ONE.’
Official Site: https://one-piece.com/weareone/
Netflix’s Naomi Osaka Documentary Series Releases Worldwide
24.July.2021 | MOVIE
Netflix released their new three-episode docuseries Naomi Osaka worldwide on July 16 which shines a spotlight on the titular Japanese professional tennis player.
Born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, Osaka has consistently been a standout tennis player amongst her peers. Filmed over the course of two years, the series dives deep into Osaka’s life with home video footage from her childhood to today, following her climb to becoming a top player in the world of tennis.
It looks at her historical play at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, which saw her win her first two Grand Slam singles titles. We see the times she wore masks with the names of those who have died at the hands of police in the US written on them for each round of the US Open. It delves into her exploration of her cultural roots and her multifaceted identity as a tennis champion and rising leader.
A new promo video was released exclusively on the Netflix Japan YouTube channel which features narration by Osaka in English. In it, Osaka reveals how her mother worked overtime and would sleep in her car, and that her purpose for playing tennis was to make her mother happy.
You can also watch the official global trailer below.
The docuseries was directed by American filmmaker Garrett Bradley who is perhaps best known for her documentary Time which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Released: July 16, 2021
Netflix’s RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness Reveals New Artwork of 4 Main Characters
08.July.2021 | MOVIE
RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness is an upcoming 3DCG original net animation based on Capcom’s Resident Evil franchise. The series will be released worldwide on Netflix on July 8, 2021.
A new collection of character art was released featuring the two protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield as well as the new characters Jason and Shen May.
The series is set between the events of the Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 video games and follows Leon who is ordered to investigate a hacking at the White House but encounters zombies after the government building is targeted in an attack.
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Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
Release Date: July 8, 2021
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Netflix’s The Naked Director x Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project Launch Collaboration
In promotion of the second season of the Netflix Original series The Naked Director, which launched worldwide on June 24, the Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project is teaming up with the series to hold a stamp rally around the city of Shibuya, combining the real world with the virtual by using AR technology. Viewers of the series need to head to various locations around Shibuya and can scan QR codes which will display various references to The Naked Director along with voiced quotes from the series. Those who visit all the spots and collect all the virtual stamps will also enter for a chance to win some exclusive merchandise.
Shibuya’s giant screens are displaying The Naked Director as part of the promotion, and Takayuki Yamada himself has recorded new lines for it. The AR collaboration isn’t only happening in Shibuya either – the official website is hosting a Japan nationwide AR experience too amongst other things.
The Naked Director x Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project
Official Website: https://shibuya5g.org/article/tnd2/
Netflix released its original sci-fi anime series Eden worldwide on May 27. The series is created by Justin Leach (Ghost in the Shell 2) with Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist) as director and Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop) as concept designer. Available in both Japanese with subtitles and an English dub, it follows the story of two robots, E92 (Kentaro Ito/David Tennant) and A37 (Kyōko Hikami/Rosario Dawson) who raise Sara (Marika Kouno/Ruby Rose Turner), the last human child.
A special online event was held in Japan on May 26, the day before the anime dropped on the streaming service, to promote its release. The voice cast for the main trio—Kentaro Ito, Kyōko Hikami, and Marika Kouno—added the event along with director Yasuhiro Irie. The event featured a virtual recreation of the place where Sara first meets E92 and A37, as well as the robots themselves making an appearance.
“At first, I was aiming to make something fun and interesting as entertainment,” explains Irie, “but when was I considering what the most important things to us would be, it would be those things that are obvious and immediate to us. So I felt like I had to turn it into something which conveyed that.” Kouno, who plays the last human child Sara, said: “It felt like heresy for her to have been raised by robots, but Sara herself is an ordinary, innocent girl. She feels love from her robot mum and dad, so I feel like she’s been raised as a normal girl. Even in a world like this, love doesn’t change.”
The series director Irie was asked if they were to continue the series, were there more episodes they wanted to add. “The events in the world of this story go back much longer – it had a longer setting. Things that weren’t included in the series, such as what happened at Eden 2, and how Sara awoke in this world, are included in Justin Leach’s script, so I think it would be possible to put it on the big screen.”
Japanese actor Shinsuke Kasai, who also hosted the event, described the series: “It seems like a cute series, but I felt a hint of of Nausicaä [from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind] inside Sara’s braveness.” Kasai asked Kouno if she felt the same. “She certainly doesn’t seem to have any concept of living beings or inorganic substances,” replied Kouno. She continues: “She seems robots as the same as her—as human. What we see as clearly human she sees from a different perspective.”
Why, in this natural world of Eden where only robots exist, are humans considered evil? What is the mystery behind Eden, a world where Sara, loved and raised by E92 and A37, stands as the only human? Head on over to Netflix to find out.
Released: May 27, 2021
Netflix Official Website: https://www.netflix.com/
Summer is right around the corner, so if you’re looking for a new batch of anime to watch from June onwards, we’ve got you covered – from Netflix Originals airing next month to ongoing series and more.
Netflix Original anime series airing June 2021
Record of Ragnarok | Airing: Worldwide from June 17
Record of Ragnarok is a manga series written by Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui and illustrated by Ajichika which has over 60 million copies in circulation. Netflix has licensed the series for an anime adaptation. Warner Bros. Japan describes the series: “Every 1000 years, all the Gods of the world gather in heaven to attend the ‘Conference of Mankind Survival.’ All the Gods agree to bring an ultimate end to mankind due to their past foolish acts but before the final verdict is made, Brunhild, the eldest of the 13 Valkyrie sisters make an objection. ‘To spice things up, why donʼt you test humans?’ Her proposal was to have God vs Humanityʼs final struggle also known as the ‘Ragnarok,’ where all the Gods from the world and champions from the entire human history enters 1 on 1 battle. The first team to win 7 battles out of 13 will be the winner.”
Trese | Airing: Worldwide from June 11
The Filipino graphic novel Trese is receiving an anime adaptation. It’s set in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, where dark supernatural forces permeate the criminal underworld. It’s up to lead character Alexandra Trese to keep things at bay, but there’s a storm brewing.
Anime series airing in June 2021
Tokikaku Kawaii (Fly Me to the Moon) | Airing: June 1 (Japan) | Also available on Crunchyroll
The anime adaptation of Kenjiro Hata’s (Hayate the Combat Butler) manga series Tonikaku Kawaii is heading to Netflix.
On his way home from school, Nasa Yuzaki’s eyes fall upon a beautiful girl across the street. Fixated on her, he goes to approach her and is nearly hit by a truck. The girl’s swift action however saves his life. Injured by the ambulance, he watches as she walks away, but determined to not let this chance meeting end, he chases after her and asks her out. She agrees but has but one condition: that they get married. Nasa decides not to go to high school in order to look for the girl he met two years ago. One day, the girl suddenly shows up on his doorstep with a marriage certificate.
Boys Over Flowers (Episodes 1-26) | Airing: June 1 (Japan)
Any fan of shojo manga will know Yoko Kamio’s series Boys Over Flowers. The series has spawned multiple live-action adaptations around Asia, a movie, and of course an anime. Eitoku Academy is a prestigious school catering to upper class children. It’s run by the F4 (“Flower Four”), four young men from the wealthiest families in Japan. The story follows the relationship between Tsukushi, a teenage girl from a middle class family, and Tsukasa, the leader of the F4.
Other must-watch ongoing anime from spring 2021 before summer hits
Tokyo Revengers | Airing: Every Sunday | Also available on Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll describes the series: “Takemichi Hanagaki is a freelancer that’s reached the absolute pits of despair in his life. He finds out that the only girlfriend he ever had, in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, had been killed by the ruthless Tokyo Manji Gang. The day after hearing about her death, he’s standing on the station platform and ends up being pushed over onto the tracks by a herd of people. He closes his eyes thinking he’s about to die, but when he opens his eyes back up, he somehow has gone back in time 12 years. Now that he’s back living the best days of his life, Takemichi decides to get revenge on his life.”
DON’T TOY WITH ME, MISS NAGATORO | Airing: Every Sunday | Also available on Crunchyroll
One day, Senpai visits the library and ends up becoming the target of Hayase Nagatoro, a super sadistic girl who enjoys teasing, tormenting, and tantalising him. She’s the only one who has any interest in him, but she is relentlessly cruel towards him.
Dragon Goes House-Hunting | Airing: Every Sunday | Also available on Funimation
The series follows Letty, who’s just no good at being a dragon. So much so that his parents kick him out of the house. Letty is on the road looking for a new house, but finds it no place for a legendary creature like a dragon where dwarves and other mythical creatures want a piece of him. He is joined by an elvish architect on his quest to find a new home.
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω | Airing: Every Monday | Also available on Crunchyroll
Season two of the anime adaptation of the light novel series written by Yukiya Murasaki and illustrated by Takahiro Tsurusaki. Crunchyroll describes the series: “Sakamoto Takuma was so strong in the MMORPG Cross Reverie that his fellow players came to call him the ‘demon lord.’ One day, he gets summoned to another world in his avatar form, and meets two girls who both insist that they’re the one who summoned him. They cast a spell used to enslave summoned beasts on him, but that activates his unique ability, Magic Reflect, and the girls end up being the ones put under the spell! And thus begins the otherworldly adventure of a demon lord (pretend) who blazes his own trail through overwhelming power.”
To Your Eternity | Airing: Every Tuesday | Also available on Crunchyroll
To Your Eternity is a manga series written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima who is also known for A Silent Voice. Crunchyroll describes the series: “In the beginning, an ‘orb’ is cast unto Earth. ‘It’ can do two things: change into the form of the thing that stimulates ‘it’; and come back to life after death. ‘It’ morphs from orb to rock, then to wolf, and finally to boy, but roams about like a newborn who knows nothing. As a boy, ‘it’ becomes Fushi. Through encounters with human kindness, Fushi not only gains survival skills, but grows as a ‘person.’ But his journey is darkened by the inexplicable and destructive enemy Nokker, as well as cruel partings with the people he loves.”
The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent | Airing: Every Wednesday | Also available on Funimation
One evening, Sei Takanashi returns home from a long day at work after doing overtime when she is suddenly summoned to a magical new world. There, she’s able to lead her ideal life of leisure studying spells and perfecting potions at the Medicinal Flora Research Institute while helping people with their problems. However, she finds keeping a low profile a difficult task as her magical power becomes omnipotent. Can she hide away in this fantasy forever?
SSSS.DYNAZENON | Airing: Every Friday | Also available on Funimation
SSSS.DYNAZENON is a continuation of SSSS.GRIDMAN. and is co-made by Studio Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions. Both series make up part of the ‘GRIDMAN UNIVERSE.’ The series sees the appearance of a kaiju followed by the entry of the gigantic robot, Dynazenon, which leads Gauma to reveal his secret of being a ‘kaiju user.’
Be sure to also check out SSSS.GRIDMAN.
My Hero Academia Season 5 | Airing Every Saturday | Also available on Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll describes the series: “In a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered ‘quirk,’ Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not enough to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies.” Season 5 focuses on a team battle between classes 1-A and 1-B.
Be sure to check out seasons 1-4.
Catch all the latest anime series this spring and summer.
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Have a One Piece Anime Themed Wedding in Japan
Japanese bridal company ESCRIT INC. launched its new “One Piece Bridal Fair” service on May 5, 2021 in collaboration with the manga series One Piece.
The service is inspired by the Grand Line in One Piece, the ocean current that wraps eternally around the entire world like a ring. Those who order the service will be given a collection of One Piece wedding items and gifts including original wedding registrations for all guests, a welcome board for greeting everyone, a life-sized photo cutout of Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates, a special Sanji-themed food course, and more.
ONE PIECE Bridal Fair
Start Date: May 5, 2021
Book Here: https://onepiece-wedding.escrit.jp/
Netflix Announces Original Anime Series ‘Eden’ Launching Worldwide This Spring
03.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Netflix has announced that its upcoming original anime series Eden will hit the streaming service worldwide on May 27.
The series is created by Justin Leach (Ghost in the Shell 2) with Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist) as director and Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop) as concept designer. It follows the story of two robots, E92 (Kentaro Ito) and A37 (Kyōko Hikami) who raise the last human child.
Netflix describes the series: “Thousands of years into the future, there are no more humans. Only robots live in the mechanical metropolis, “Eden 3″. Or so they thought… One day, two farming robots find a young human girl in the city. The decision they make will change everything…”
Eden | Teaser Trailer | Netflix
“We wanted to put time and effort into showcasing how E92 and A37 become parents for the first time,” explains Leach. “Their bonds as parents and child deepen as they raise Sara. They all grow emotionally, they love, and they themselves are loved.” (Comment translated from Japanese by MMN)
Irie describes the series as “Enjoyable entertaining” and that “it will get your heart racing.” He also describes the animation as “powerful” and says the story has “unexpected developments,” as well as the characters being “charming.”
Sara is voiced by Marika Kouno who is known for voicing Rin Kohana in Seiyu’s Life and Silence Suzuka in Uma Musume Pretty Derby. “Sara wakes up in a wild resided solely by robots,” she explains. “She grows and matures as they watch over her. The feelings she has for her precious existence, as well as her curiosity and strong will, are tied to this grand story.” (Comment translated from Japanese by MMN)
You can catch Eden when it hits Netflix worldwide on May 27, 2021.
Release Date: May 27, 2021
Thousands of years into the future, there are no more humans. Only robots live in the mechanical metropolis, “Eden 3”. Or so they thought… One day, two farming robots find a young human girl in the city. The decision they make will change everything… (Netflix)
YouTube Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDz6kMGVAuY&ab_channel=Netflix
Netflix Anime BLUE REFLECTION RAY’s Ending Theme to be Performed by ACCAMER
It has been announced that Japanese singer ACCAMER will perform the ending theme Saishin for the upcoming anime series BLUE REFLECTION RAY will will premiere on April 9 on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS’s Animeism programming block. The series will follow the story of the role-playing game Blue Reflection which was developed by Gust and released in 2017.
Check out the promotional video for the anime adaptation below.
ACCAMER recently performed the ending theme Be Down for B: The Beginning Succession, the second season of the anime series B: The Beginning which premiered on Netflix on March 18, 2021.
BLUE REFLECTION RAY will be available to watch to anime fans outside Japan from April 9 on Funimation in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico and Brazil; on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand; and on Wakanim in France, Germany, Russia, and Scandinavian countries.
The ending theme Saishin was written and composed by syudou, who also wrote and composed Ado’s Usseewa, and arranged by TomoLow who is known for working with up-and-coming artists milet and EISYU.
ACCAMER | Comment
“syudou worked on the lyrics and composition of Saishin, while TomoLow is on board for the arrangement. The song starts off with some shocking lyrics: ‘I hate that me.’ It follows the anime’s story and also has some of my own thoughts in there. It’s so full of emotion that I couldn’t stop crying. I sang the song in a way that overlaps with both myself and the feelings that these girl Reflectors have [in the series]. I think it shows a new side to ACCAMER. I’m grateful to be associated with this wonderful work and am look forward to the premiere!”
Netflix’s Rilakkuma and Kaoru Promotes Official Fan Club With Community Stream Event
San-X is bringing fans of the popular Netflix animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru with the launching of a community event to get everyone watching the series again together at the same time. Titled “Rilakkuma and Kaoru Watching Party,” the event will take place on March 19. Although it’s taking place in Japan, this is a fun chance for fan around the world to get involved too.
Rilakkuma and Kaoru has been well-received around the world. Netflix announced it as the second-most watched series in Japan in 2019. Now, fans can come together once again as the event, which is taking place in promotion of the opening of the series’ official fan club, has them re-watching the first episode together.
There are two ways to get involved: via the Rilakkuma Community official fan club and on Twitter.
Getting Involved With the Rilakkuma Community Official Fan Club
The room for this event will open on Rilakkuma Community on March 18. There, fans can get ready to tune in to watch the episode together on March 19 at 19:00 (JST). There is a fee to pay if you want to join the fan club, and the website is in Japanese, so you’ll need to be able to read the language if you want to use this method.
Fan club members will also receive an exclusive Rilakkuma and Kaoru wallpaper.
Getting involved on Twitter
You can follow the event with the official Japanese hashtag #リラックマとカオルさんを一緒に見ようの会 where people are encouraged to share their thoughts and support for the setries.
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Rilakkuma and Kaoru Watching Party
Japanese Event Title: リラックマとカオルさんを一緒に見ようの会
When: March 19, 2021 @ 19:00 (JST)
Watch Time: Approx. 12 mins
How to Watch: Netflix
Series Official Website: https://www.san-x.co.jp/rilakkuma/rilakkuma_and_kaoru/
One Piece T-Shirts Include ‘Goodbye Going Merry’ Design and More
A new collection of One Piece T-shirts dropped via the Japanese anime and manga goods website CharaDepa on Tuesday (February 23) will are available to order until March 6.
Goodbye Going Merry T-Shirt – WHITE | ¥2,900 (Before Tax)
Zoro-juro & Sangoro T-Shirt – SAND KHAKI | ¥2,900 (Before Tax)
Zoro-juro & Sangoro T-Shirt – WHITE | ¥2,900 (Before Tax)
Sizes are available in Small to XL and are a must-grab for fans.
One Piece T-Shirts
Order Window: February 23, 2021 – March 6, 2021
Product Page: https://www.charadepa.com/product-list/372
Netflix Anime Series B: The Beginning Succession Ending Theme to be Performed by ACCAMER
It has been announced that ACCAMER will perform the ending theme Be Down for B: The Beginning Succession, the upcoming second season to the anime series B: The Beginning which will premiere on Netflix on March 18, 2021.
Be Down was written and composed by popular Japanese music producer DECO*27 whose video posts on social media have over 200 million views. Internationally acclaimed Japanese DJ and artist TeddyLoid also lent his sound to the track, as did Rockwell, who is known for their fusion of rock and trippy dance music.
ACCAMER | Comment
“I am over the moon to be performing the ending theme for the anime series B: The Beginning Succession! DECO*27 composed the music and wrote the lyrics for ‘Be Down.’ The lyrics and powerful, moving melody capture [the character] Koku’s feelings of conflict, frustration, and helplessness and how much those emotions hurt. I sing my heart out in the song too. I hope you all enjoy watching the anime and listen to ‘Be Down’ lots!”
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