Upcoming Anime Series CUE! Gets New Trailer, Premieres January 7, 2022
25.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
A new trailer and two key visuals have been released ahead of the January 7, 2022 premiere of CUE! The series will follow a team of up-and-coming voice actors as they try to get ahead in the industry.
A live reading was held at Takashiba New Pier Hall on November 21, and the new trailer and visuals were announced at its conclusion.
The key visual ‘Wind’ features the characters Miharu Yomine, Aya Kamuro, Mahoro Miyaji, and Riko Hinakura in a radio studio. The jacket design of the upcoming CD featuring the show’s theme song was also unveiled, with a release date set for January 26, 2022. An online autograph and talk session with the cast will also take place when the CD releases, so stay tuned for more information regarding how to participate!
Another key visual ‘Moon’ features Rie Maruyama, Satori Utsugi, Rinne Myojin, and Mei Tomi. With the release of these two visuals, all of the show’s teams have been introduced. Which is your favorite: Flower, Bird, Wind, or Moon?
CUE! Second Trailer Team Moon Version
©CUE! Animation Project
Premiers January 7, 2022
Official Site: https://cue-animation.jp/
Shonen Jump Series Mato Seihei no Slave to Receive Anime Adaptation
25.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Premiering in Shonen Jump+ in January 2019, Mato Seihei no Slave (Slave of the Magic Capital’s Elite Troops), written by Takahiro and illustrated by Youhei Takemura, has been a certified hit, selling over 1 million copies. An anime adaptation has just been announced, with Seven Arcs taking the helm.
The ongoing Mato Seihei no Slave manga series is set in a world where a demonic gate has unleashed monsters called Shuki. A special peach tree can grant special powers to those in need, but only if they are women. A boy named Yuki Wakura meets Uzen Kyoka, a girl who has gained the power of the peach, and the captain of the 7th Anti-Demon squad.
Along with the announcement and teaser website, a teaser visual and trailer have also been unveiled.
Mato Seihei no Slave Teaser Trailer
Yuki Wakura will be played by Yuya Hirose, known for his work as Yuta Hibiki in SSSS.Gridman. Akari Kito will play the role of Kyoka Uzen. Keep an eye out for more information!
Mato Seihei no Slave
Cast: Yuya Hirose (Yuki Wakura), Akari Kito (Kyoka Uzen)
Official Teaser Site: https://mabotai.jp/
Popular Seinen Manga Series Mononogatari Getting Anime Adaptation
22.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Manga series Mononogatari is finally getting an anime adaptation. The series began in Shueisha’s Miracle Jump in April 2014, switching to Ultra Jump in January 2016. Onigunso, the manga’s creator, drew an original illustration to celebrate the announcement and posted it to Twitter along with a comment.
Comment from Onigunso
“Thanks to the support of so many people, Mononogatari is becoming an anime series. Thank you to all of the readers, and thank you to everyone involved in this project! As a manga artist, I draw the character’s movements and words, but it can be hard to visualize exactly how it would look in motion. As the author, I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters appear on screen. I hope you’ll continue supporting both the manga and anime series in the future!”
As objects get older, they eventually get worn-out and rusty. When this happens, they develop a ‘soul,’ becoming a tsukumogami. Hyoma Kunato hates these creatures for stealing something important from him. Traveling to Kyoto, he meets Botan Nagatsuki, a girl who loves tsukumogami and lives with six of them as her family.
*To celebrate the announcement of the anime series, the first five volumes of the manga series will be available for free. Check the JUMP+, Zebrack, Tonari no Young Jump, and Young Jump apps!
Available until December 3, 2021
Tonari no Young Jump: https://tonarinoyj.jp/
Young Jump: https://ynjn.jp/
Love of Kill Anime Adaptation Coming January 2022, 1st Key Visual and Trailer Unveiled
17.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The popular manga series Love of Kill is getting an anime adaptation in January 2022, and the first image and trailer have been released. The key visual shows the members of Ritzland Support, the organization to which the main character Chateau Dankworth belongs, and the people targeting Son Ryang-ha. In the first trailer, you can see a glimpse of the fierce battles between hitmen to expect in the series set to Toshiki Masuda’s theme song Midnight Dancer.
More cast members have also been announced: Kenyu Horiuchi will play Ritzland Support owner Euripedes Ritzland, Kohei Amasaki will play Jim (named Indian in the manga), Tomoaki Maeno will play Hou, and Hochu Otsuka will play Donny. Each actor has also provided a comment about the upcoming series.
To celebrate the release of the first trailer, a special campaign is taking place on Twitter now, with the winner snagging a script signed by the aforementioned actors as well as Saori Onishi (Chateau) and Hiro Shimono (Son Ryang-ha). Don’t miss it!
Kenyu Horiuchi (Euripedes Ritzland) Comment
When I was chosen to perform in the Love of Kill anime adaptation, I quickly fell in love with the series. I expected it to be about this twisted love between killers, but it’s much deeper than that. So many characters are intertwined, and their pasts are continuously being unraveled. There’s a love between two incompatible people, and it is portrayed with such heartache. The story is so action-packed and full of content. I play the role of Euripedes Ritzland, who is unreliable but who gets things done when he has to. There is so much kindness in his heart. I just hope that everyone who sees the show enjoys it–it’s a wonderful work of art.
Kohei Amasaki (Jim) Comment
I’ve loved Jim as a character since I read the original manga, so I’m super excited to play him. There was a lot of trial and error while I tried to find the best way to express him, and I hope you’ll enjoy what I came up with! The story is addicting, the characters are fascinating, and Jim is a major player in the story…Please watch!
Tomoaki Maeno (Hou) Comment
This is a super impactful character. Ho has his own personal beliefs and objectives, and these drive his every action. My first impression of Ho was that he was a somewhat unlikeable character, but I grew to love his cunning. He knows that he could be killed if he isn’t careful at every moment. Please enjoy his story.
Donny (Hochu Otsuka) Comment
I am so excited to portray Donny in Love of Kill. Donny was born in noir and lives in noir. I absolutely love noir novels, so this is my dream role! It’s ruthless, it’s cruel, it’s filled with sorrow. I hope you’ll look forward to the first episode!
Toshiki Masuda (Opening Theme) Comment
This is the first time I’ve ever performed an anime theme, so I’ve really been feeling the pressure. While creating this song, I wanted it to express the world of Love of Kill without spoiling anything. Please enjoy the song as much as I do!
Aika Kobayashi (Ending Theme) Comment
I’m so proud to announce that I will be performing the ending theme, Makoto Period, for the Love of Kill anime series. I read the original manga before starting the project, and I ended up binging it in one go. While reading, I couldn’t help but wonder–what is true and what is false? It’s sad, it’s filled with love and pain. I created this song with those feelings in mind. Please enjoy the show!
Netflix Series Aggretsuko Season 4 Trailer Released, Streaming Date Announced
17.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The popular anime series Aggretsuko will return to Netflix for its fourth season on December 16, 2021, and a new trailer for the show has been released on YouTube.
The season four announcement came during Netflix’s “Anime Day” on November 9 during Netflix Festival Japan 2021. The event brought together a number of talented creators from Japan and abroad, as well as a number of actors and voice actors representing Japan. Many more anime series were announced during the event, so check out the full video below!
Season 4 Trailer
Aggretsuko follows a 25-year-old red panda named Retsuko who hates her job and is easily stressed. She only feels true peace while singingn karaoke, where she transforms into a death metal star! The show is perfect for young people dealing with workplace troubles, so give it a watch if you haven’t yet. No wonder it’s so popular around the world!
Season three was released in 2020 to positive reviews. Lots of new characters will be appearing this season including Himuro, the new president of Retsuko’s company. To celebrate the new season, a special collaboration between Aggretsuko and singer-songwriter Mewhan has been announced! More info is scheduled to be unveiled soon.
Aggretsuko Season 4
Streaming Worldwide December 16, 2021
Aggretsuko on Netflix: www.netflix.com/aggretsuko
2022 Anime She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Releases New Visual, Trailer
10.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Releasing in January 2022 and created by Studio A-Cat, the anime adaptation of She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man has released a new visual and its third trailer. Based on a novel series by Hirotsugu Ryusen, the series has also spawned a light novel and manga series.
She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man – Trailer 3
Arch Earth Online is a VRMMO-RPG, and a place where anything is possible.
Sakimori Kagami has been playing for a long time as the old sorcerer Dumbalf, one of the game’s nine great sages. One day, he discovers something strange in the virtual world.
Suddenly, players in the game can taste and smell the imaginary world around them and can’t log out. NPCs also start reacting as if they were sentient.
The game had become reality, and so far, 30 years have passed.
On the day this shift happened, Sakimori had been adjusting his character, and now finds himself looking like a young woman!
He now must convince others that he is Dunbalf’s pupil as he sets out to discover what happened so long ago.
Will you be watching the series this winter?
She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man
Official Site: https://kendeshi-anime.com/
Anime Series Platinum End Releases Non-Credit Ending Video
The Platinum End anime series premiered in October and has managed to attract a legion of global fans. Based on the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the team behind Death Note and Bakuman, the story follows Mirai Kakehashi, a student who attempts suicide by is saved by a guardian angel.
Yuu Miyashita’s ending track, Theory of Surrender, is available to stream now. The non-credit version of the ending has also been uploaded to YouTube, allowing viewers to see the gorgeous visuals in their full glory.
The ending animation was storyboarded, directed, and drawn by Kazuchika Kise, the director of the second season. It depicts the story of the main character, Mirai Kakehashi (voiced by Miyu Irino), and the antagonist Kanade Uryu (voiced by Kaito Ishikawa).
After Mirai is rescued by his guardian angel, Nasse, he is given special powers. As one of thirteen candidates chosen by different angels to take on the role of God, who is set to retire in 999 days, the normal student must find a way to ascend without killing any of his competitors.
Have you been keeping up with Platinum End?
2022 Mirage Queen Anime Film Reveals Key Visual and Announces Main Staff
A new key visual has been revealed for Kaitou Queen wa Circus Osuki (“The Phantom Thief Queen Loves the Circus”), also called Mirage Queen aime cirque. The main staff for the film has also been announced, and the OVA is scheduled to release in 2022. Mirage Queen is based on a series of children’s novels written by Kaoru Hayamine and illustrated by K2 Shoukai.
Saori Den, who has previously worked as a storyboard artist and episode director for Pokemon and BNA, will make his directorial debut. The screenplay will be written by Mariko Kunisawa, known for her work on Ascendance of a Bookworm and The Case Files of Jeweler Richard.
Mirage Queen has been popular since its initial release in 2002, and the latest book in the series was released in July 2021. This will be its first leap into animation.
The story follows a mysterious phantom thief, whose age, gender, and nationality are unknown. This person travels the world on the airship “Troubadour” along with partners Joker and RD, stealing anything they like. This time, the Mirage Queen targets the “Linden’s Rose,” a legendary gemstone, only to find out that it has already been stolen! Who is the mysterious circus troupe that has made away with the treasure? The mysterious thief challenges the talented circus performers–including acrobats and hypnotists–in order to retrieve the precious gem.
The Phantom Thief Queen Loves the Circus
OVA Releasing in 2022
Quintessential Quintuplets Film to be Released in Summer 2022, New Visual Released
After the second season of the popular anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets finished, fans were excited to hear news regarding a possible season three. As it turns out, the continuation of the series isn’t coming in the form of a television series–it will be a film! The movie has been announced for summer 2022 in Japan, and a new visual has been released ahead of more information!
Negi Haruba’s Quintessential Quintuplets manga series ran from 2017 until 2020 in Weekly Shonen Magazine and has become popular worldwide. The series was the third best-selling manga series during the first half of 2020 in Japan.
The series follows the daily life of Futaro Uesugi, a high school student hired as a private tutor for a group of identical quintuplets. At the beginning of the story, readers learn that Futaro will marry one of the five Nakano sisters–Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, or Itsuki–but the identity of the bride is unknown until the end of the story.
The new visual shows the five main female characters in swimsuits, and a brief teaser was also released on YouTube to promote the upcoming film.
The Quintessential Quintuplets Special Video
Are you excited to see how the story continues?
The Quintessential Quintuplets Film
Coming to Theaters Summer 2022
Participating Theaters: http://eigakan.org/theaterpage/schedule.php?t=5hanayomemovie
Official Site: https://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/5hanayome/
Additional Voice Cast Announced for Upcoming DEEMO Memorial Keys Anime Film
Western video game fans aren’t as obsessed with mobile games as those in the East, but Deemo is one title that has crossed borders. The rhythm game was originally released in 2013 and has been downloaded over 28 million times worldwide on iOS and Android, with Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 ports coming in 2017. Announced in 2019, DEEMO Memorial Keys is an animated film inspired by the rhythm game due to release across Japan on February 25, 2022. Previously announced voice cast members include Ayana Taketatsu and Akari Nibu of idol group Hinatazaka46. In addition, Gaku Hamada, Naomi Watanabe, Issey Ogata, Kouhei Matsushita, and Koichi Yamadera have been added to the cast list.
Gaku Hamada will play Mirai, a stuffed cat living in the mysterious castle that Alice, played by Ayana Taketatsu, falls into. He is the leader of the three dolls following Alice on her adventure, along with the Nutcracker and Fragrant Sachet. These characters accompany Alice through the castle as she attempts to retrieve her lost memories.
Naomi Watanabe will take on the role of the Fragrant Sachet, the calmest and most fashionable of the three dolls. The elderly Nutcracker will be performed by Issey Ogata, who is sure to make audiences cringe with his dad jokes. The actor noted that he played the role using his entire body during recording.
Kohei Matsushita plays Hans, a master pianist who lost his parents and currently lives with his aunt and baby sister. The actor played the piano during the recording process, channeling the spirit of the character into his music. Alice’s piano teacher Professor Valensky is played by Koichi Yamadera.
Comment from Gaku Hamada (Mirai):
Mirai looks cute, but he has a bad mouth and constantly pokes fun at the other characters. I felt it was an important role, and I was lucky–everyone had already recorded their lines by the time I was in the booth, so it was much easier to get into the right headspace. Hearing everyone’s voices helped me to relax and inspired me to do my best, just like Alice in the film. This movie was created by a group of real Japanese pros. I did my best to infuse Mirai with my own unique personality, so I hope you enjoy it!
Comment from Naomi Watanabe (Fragrant Sachet):
This was a type of character I had never played before, so it took me a while to get the role down. So much of the film’s story depended on her lines, and I was constantly nervous that my voice was shaking or that I was slurring my words. I wanted to give her a more gentle voice, and finding the right balance was really tough. The real world is tough these days, and DEEMO is a film that I could so easily lose myself in. I want people who don’t play music games or who have never heard of DEEMO to see it. It’s a movie that reminds me of emotions I haven’t felt since I was a child.
Comment from Issey Ogata (Nutcracker):
The film tells the story about the heart. It’s a film that allows a person to look within, and to stop and have a conversation with themselves. A new DEEMO will be born! This is DEEMO! I hope that those coming to the theater take the time to think deeply about their own feelings.
Comment from Kohei Matsushita (Hans):
Working on DEEMO was my first experience with dubbing, so I was nervous, but the director gave me lots of detailed instructions that made it so much easier. I learned so much. This film has elements of music, movies, and games, so I think it will be entertaining to lots of different people. With so many possibilities, I hope DEEMO will inspire people to dive into the world of music–and the world of anime as well.
An English-subtitled trailer is available to watch on the Pony Canyon Anime YouTube channel. It was originally screened at Anime ExpoLite 2021 in July.
ⓒ2021 Rayark Inc./「DEEMO THE MOVIE」製作委員会
DEEMO Memorial Keys
Starring: Ayana Taketatsu, Akari Nibu (Hinatazaka46) / Akari Kito, Ayane Sakura,
Gaku Hamada, Naomi Watanabe, Issey Ogata, Kouhei Matsushita / Koichi Yamadera
Official Website: https://deemomovie.jp/
New key visuals for the upcoming CUE! anime series have been released! The series will follow a number of up-and-coming voice actors and is scheduled to release in January 2022.
The ‘Flower’ team is shown in the first new image. Characters Haruna Mutsuishi, Maika Takatori, Shiho Kano, and Honoka Tsukii are seen giving their all at the microphone. The ‘Bird’ team–comprised of Yuki Tendo, Chisa Akagawa, Airi Eniwa, and Yuzuka Kujo–is shown in costume backstage at an event.
The opening and ending themes for the series will be released on January 26, 2022. Buying the soundtrack from specific stores will yield specific rewards, so keep an eye out for more details!
CUE! First Promo Video
From November 18 to November 21, a CUE! exhibition will be held in Akihabara, and guests will be able to listen to commentary from the cast while seeing the costumes they have worn during past events. A live reading event will also be held on November 21 at New Pier Hall.
©CUE! Animation Project
Premiering in January 2022
Official Site: https://cue-animation.jp/
RADWIMPS Provide Theme Song for Mobile RPG Gran Saga, Short Anime Released
The Korean mobile RPG is coming to Japan next month, and to celebrate, a special anime promo featuring the title’s theme song has been released. The track’s title is MAKAFUKA, and it was performed by the globally-popular band RADWIMPS. The animation was provided by anime studio CloverWorks, best known for their work on titles like Wonder Egg Priority, Promised Neverland, and Horimiya. During an interview with the band about the new song, plenty of details were revealed about the creation of the track and the secret story it depicts.
Interview with Yojiro Noda of RADWIMPS
Comment from Yojiro Noda (Taken from the above interview)
“When I first heard about the project, I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the Gran Saga team. They said they wanted to make something new and exciting, and they were set on having RADWIMPS provide the music. The band and I, we’re people who always like to set out on new journeys. Immediately after meeting them, we were more than happy to join the project. The real world is so chaotic right now, and the characters in this game are also struggling with their own situations. It was easy to pull from reality to infuse the music with these complex feelings.
By listening to this track, I hope that people will feel emotions they haven’t felt before when they’ve listened to our music. This collaboration might open you up to new sensations. Listen to the track as much as you can, and have fun playing the game.”
A 30-second version of the collaborative anime was recently released on the official RADWIMPS YouTube page.
The music video for MAKAFUKA was produced by Genki Kawamura, known for his work on Your Name and Weathering With You. Set in a parallel version of Tokyo, the video is interspersed with gameplay footage of Gran Saga shown on the character’s smartphones.
Gran Saga x RADWIMPS Special Animation ‘Profound Mystery’
MAKAFUKA will be included on RADWIMPS’ new album ‘FOREVER DAZE,’ releasing on November 23, 2021. The track will be available to stream on November 5.
New Chitose Airport Animation Festival 2021 to Screen Selection of Films from Artist Eve
More details on the nominated works from the 8th Annual New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2021 have been released! Starting on November 5, this year’s hybrid event will take place both online and onsite at New Chitose Airport, with over 100 of Japan’s top-class animated films being screened.
At the airport, the main venue will be the New Chitose Airport Theater. From November 5 until November 8, 92 films from around the world representing the Competition section will be screened. The four nominated films from this category will be shown for the first time in Japan, and only at the New Chitose Airport Theater. These were chosen from 39 works from 23 different countries.
Limited to theaters, a special screening of ‘Eve Music Animation Special in NEW CHITOSE 2021’ will take place, produced by Eve, one of Japan’s leading music video artists. The program will include screenings of selected Fate/Grand Order commercials and videos that have captivated fans with their stylish and modern visuals, along with a live behind-the-scenes broadcast on the making of Fate/Grand Order with some of the show’s staff. The closing film will be a new documentary titled Satoshi Kon: The Dreamer, looking back on the artistic legacy of the late creator.
Since her debut, Eve has meshed animation and music together in a way that few have been able to achieve in the past. Her cinematic-quality works have been made alongside fellow creators through various collaborations, so be sure not to miss out on her selections during the festival!
The 8th Annual New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2021
Date: November 5, 2021
Tickets on Sale October 12, 2021
Ticket Sales: https://t.pia.jp/
*Eve Music Animation Special in NEW CHITOSE 2021 tickets by lottery only, to be held on November 5.
Official Site: https://airport-anifes.jp/