Amazon Original Drama Series ‘No Activity’ Releases Key Visual and New Details

26.October.2021 | MOVIE

Amazon Prime Video will release the Japanese adaptation of the Australian comedy series No Activity as an Amazon Original series on December 17, 2021. Ahead of the release, a new visual along with staff and cast details have been released!

 

The dramedy tells the story of two detectives on a stakeout, along with two officers at the station and a pair of dastardly criminals who discuss their personal lives. The catch? All of them are just waiting for a crime to take place! 

 



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In this adaptation, Shingo Tokita (played by Etsushi Toyokawa) plays a detective who has completely given up on his career. Despite appearing to be highly skilled, he’s a lousy worker who has never been promoted. Asobu Shiina (played by Tomoya Nakamura) is a good-natured newbie to the force, who previously worked as an instructor at a driving school. A good listener, he eventually coaxes Tokita to open up and reveal more about himself as a person and a cop. 

 

The series is directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa, known for his work as director of the recent Tokyo Revengers live-action film. The script was written by the winner of the King of Comedy 2014, Jirou from the comedy duo SISSONNE. 



Comment from Etsushi Toyokawa

“Jirou’s script was hilarious, and each line manages to be very convincing. The project sounded like a lot of fun and hearing that I’d be working with Mr. Nakamura again, I really wanted to participate. I hope you enjoy the funny dialogue between our characters.” 


Comment from Tomoya Nakamura

“I think this is a rare type of show in Japan. It’s a detective drama, but it revolves around one single situation, and the story only proceeds through unique conversations. It was something I could have a lot of fun with, and I hope that everyone enjoys it!” 


Comment from Tsutomu Hanabusa

“The script that Jirou wrote was something he spent an incredible amount of time on, and it’s incredible. The actors also gave this project their all, and I think this really is a detective drama like no other. Please look forward to it!” 


Comment from Jirou

“When I found out who would be starring in the series, I was in awe. I thought, “Jeez, what have I gotten myself into?” I’m excited to see how the director has managed to create this conversational drama, given that all of these characters have such strong personalities.” 

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  • New YouTube Video Highlights Famous Evangelion Scenes in 11 Languages

    16.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    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.” 

     

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    *Translations and video availability may vary by country.

  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time Director Hideaki Anno Gives Message For International Release

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    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.


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    “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) AloneEvangelion: 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.

     

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