Rurouni Kenshin Gets New TV Anime Project from LIDENFILMS
26.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Announced at Jump Festa 2022 on December 19, a new Rurouni Kenshin anime project is coming soon! The series is being led by studio LIDENFILMS, known for working on Tokyo Revengers and Blade of the Immortal.
More details will be released soon!
Rurouni Kenshin Teaser Trailer
Shadows House Anime Gets Second Season in July 2022
17.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The anime series Shadows House premiered in April 2021 to immense acclaim. The show tells the story of a dark mansion filled with people attended by Living Doll partners. Emilico, a young and cheerful Living Doll, serves her mistress Kate, and as the two grow closer, a number of dark secrets begin to emerge. The second season will begin airing in July 2022, and a new teaser visual and cast comments have been released.
Akari Kito (Kate)
Congratulations to everyone on the second season of Shadows House!
To all the fans anxiously awaiting a second season, I am truly happy to be reprising my role as Kate!
Although the first season of the anime came to an end, the original work has continued, and there are so many scenes I want to see brought to life in season two. I can’t wait to see what happens to Kate and Emilico next.
I promise to give my all in my voice work to meet everyone’s expectations. I hope you enjoy it!
Yu Sasahara (Emilico)
The time has finally arrived!
The second season of Shadows House is coming!
I can’t stop thinking about all the scenes I want to see in the anime…!
I’m looking so forward to performing the role of Emilico again, and I hope the fans enjoy these new adventures!
Shadows House 2nd Season
Airing July 2022
Official Site: https://shadowshouse-anime.com/
Type-Moon’s ‘Witch on the Holy Night’ Gets Anime Film by ufotable
07.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Type-Moon’s visual novel PC game Mahotsukai no Yoru: Witch on the Holy Night will be getting an anime film adaptation by ufotable (The Garden of Sinners, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba). A teaser trailer for the project has been released on the Aniplex YouTube channel.
Witch on the Holy Night Teaser Trailer
More details will be released soon, so stay tuned!
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Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Anime Adaptation Announced, Details Revealed
27.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since 2001, the manga series Bleach has become one of the best-selling series in history, with over 120 million volumes sold. During the Jump Festa 2022 event, it was announced that the manga’s final story arc, the Thousand Year Blood War, would receive an anime adaptation in October 2022. Along with the good news, a teaser visual and teaser trailer were announced. Comments from the main staff have also been released!
The new visual shows protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki, wearing a torn version of his Soul Reaper uniform as he holds his Zanpakuto.
The teaser video for Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War features looks at the main cast of the series at the time of the anime series’ conclusion. Protagonist and Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki, his friends Orihime, Chad, Uryu, and Soul Reapers Rukia, Yoruichi, Urahara, and Renji are featured. We also get a glimpse of captains Byakuya Kuchiki, Soi Fon, Toshiro Hitsugaya, Shinji Hirako, Kensei Muguruma, Rose Otorimashi, Sajin Komamura, Jushiro Ukitake, Retsu Unohana, Kenpachi Zaraki, Mayuri Kurotsuchi, Shunsui Kyoraku, and Genryusai Yamamoto. The antagonist this time around is Quincy King Yhwach. If the music sounds familiar, it’s a new rendition of “Number One,” an iconic Bleach theme.
Tomohisa Taguchi will direct the series, while Shiro Sagisu is returning to compose the music. Studio Pierrot will be in charge of the new arc.
Comments from Main Staff and Illustrators
Based on the Series by Tite Kubo
Comment from Tomohisa Taguchi (Director)
“I’m incredibly honored to contribute to such an incredible piece of work. I was just another reader when the manga series was first published, and I can remember thinking how amazed I was that something so cool existed. The staff and I are working hard every day to bring audiences the most exciting animation possible. Although there’s still some time to wait before the anime premieres, please look forward to it!”
Comment from Masashi Kudo (Character Designer)
Since the series ended years ago, I’ve heard a single question not only from fans in Japan but from fans around the world.
‘Will the series ever continue?’
For years, I could only respond with ‘I don’t know.’
After answering that way for so many years, I finally have a different response.
‘Yes, more episodes of Bleach are coming!’”
Comment from Shiro Sagisu (Composer)
“When I create music for Bleach, all the sounds just come pouring into my head as if they were coming from Soul Society. Now, all I have to do is keep listening and get it done. I don’t write music. The songs simply tell me ‘this is how I want to be written.’
Now, it’s time for me to experience that incredible feeling once again!”
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War
Airing October 2022 on TV Tokyo
Official Site: https://bleach-anime.com/
Cast Information for Anime Series Mato Seihei no Slave Unveiled
24.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Premiering in Shonen Jump+ in January 2019, Mato Seihei no Slave (Slave of the Magic Capital’s Elite Troops) has been a certified hit, selling over 1 million copies. Cast information for the upcoming anime series was just announced at Jump Festa 2022!
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.
Mato Seihei no Slave Teaser Video
Three new voice cast members have been announced for the 7th Anti-Demon Squad. Yume Miyamoto will play Himari Azuma, Mari Hino will portray Shushu Suruga, and Hina Tachibana will play Nei Okawamura.
It was previously announced that Yuya Hirose (Takuya Yamamoto in Tokyo Revengers) would play Yuki Wakura, while Akari Kito (Nezuko in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) would play Kyoya Uzen. More information is coming soon!
Mato Seihei no Slave (Slave of the Magic Capital’s Elite Troops)
Slave of the Magic Capital’s Elite Troops Teaser Site: https://mabotai.jp/
2022 Anime Series ‘Sasaki and Miyano’ Releases Information on Second Drama CD
24.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Yaoi slice-of-life series Sasaki and Miyano is getting an anime series in January 2022. Ahead of release, more details regarding Volume 2 of the series’ Drama CD series, including the cover image, have been unveiled! The CD will be released on January 26, 2022, and will feature an illustration by original author Sho Harusono.
The second volume is based on a bonus chapter centered around the possibility of Sasaki and Miyano being roommates in a dormitory.
Animate Bonus: A5-size Mini Clear Folder with Original Jacket Illustration
Sasaki and Miyano Drama CD Vol. 1 – The Spring Charity Bazaar
Those who purchase Volume 2 at Animate will receive a special A5-size clear folder with the new illustration. Those who buy both available volumes will receive a newly-recorded cast talk on CD!
Animate will also be holding a campaign to give away cast autographs by lottery. Those purchasing both volumes together will be entered into the giveaway.
A preview of the first volume has also been released. It features an original story by Sho Harusono and takes place when Sasaki is in his third year and Miyano is in his second.
Miyano witnesses a fight between Kuresawa, his classmate and friend, and several other students. Too afraid to step in, he calls for help over his phone, when Sasaki, a second-year student, steps in to dissolve the quarrel.
A new bond is formed when Sasaki meets Miyano again a few months later, and he becomes especially interested in Miyano’s hobby: Boy’s Love manga.
Though Sasaki has no idea what seme, uke, or moe means, he is eager to read more in order to get closer with his underclassman.
Sasaki and Miyano Drama CD Vol. 1 – The Spring Charity Bazaar
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Sasaki and Miyano Drama CD Vol. 2 – If Sasaki and Miyano were Roommates…
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://sasamiya.com/
Digimon Illustration Competition Open to Japan and United States Residents
22.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Digimon Con, an online event held by Bandai, will be held in February 2022! The event will be open to fans around the world, and the Digimon Illustration Competition is now open to fans of the series in Japan and the United States.
This free online event will feature a unique lineup of content related to the long-running Digimon franchise, including an anime segment, a game information segment, a live performance, and more!
JST: February 27, 2022 at 10:00
PST: February 26, 2022 at 17:00
EST: February 26, 2022 at 20:00
Where to Watch: The Official Bandai YouTube Channel
Digimon Illustration Competition
Starting December 17, fans from both the US and Japan can send in their best Digimon art until February 7, 2022. Detailed information, including requirements, can be found on the special Digimon Illustration Competition website!
Digimon Illustration Competition
JST: December 17, 2021 at 10:00 – February 7, 2022 at 12:00
PST: December 16, 2021 at 17:00 – February 6, 2022 at 19:00
EST: December 16, 2021 at 20:00 – February 6, 2022 at 22:00
■Theme: Cute or Cool Digimon
Choose one of the following eight Digimon and draw them in either a cool or cute scene!
Application for Participation: Fill out the form found on https://compe.japandesign.ne.jp/digimon-ic-2022/
Eligible Countries: Japan, United States
Eligibility: Applicants must be recognized as an adult in their country of residence.
Grand Prize（1 Winner）
・Winning Illustration Used in the Digimon Trading Card Game
Award of Excellence（7 Winners）
・Winning Illustrations Used in the Digimon Trading Card Game
Judges’ Special Prize（Number Undetermined）
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AMNIBUS Releases New To Your Eternity Anime Merchandise
AMNIBUS, known for its original merchandise, has opened preorders for a new collection of goods inspired by the anime series ‘To Your Eternity.’
The t-shirt features the main character Fushi in the center surrounded by silhouettes of March, Joaan, Parona, Oniguma, and Gugu surrounding him.
The clear folders feature scenes from the popular anime series. More merchandise is available on the official AMNIBUS website, so be sure to take a look!
Fans of the series, don’t miss these!
‘To Your Eternity’ Original Goods
Orders Open until January 27, 2022
Official Site: http://armabianca.com
Urusei Yatsura Series Turns 40, ‘Lum’s Love Song’ Reboot Project Announced
Urusei Yatsura is one of the most beloved anime series of all time. The show’s theme song Lum’s Love Song is still a fan-favorite 40 years after its release in 1981. To celebrate the anniversary of the track, the original composer Izumi Kobayashi has released a self-cover only available on streaming services. A worldwide remix project based on the song is also underway and will continue into the new year.
On November 17, Izumi Kobayashi released Lum’s Love Song (Reboot) along with Limited Toss, a trackmaker she met in London. The B-side of the single is another self-cover of Bambutsuruten, the theme to Tokyo Gambo.
Izumi Kobayashi wrote a number of anime songs in addition to Lum’s Love Song, such as tracks for Sasuga no Sarutobi and Stop!! Hibari-kun! After working as an artist, session musician, and playwright in the 1980s, she moved to the UK and worked alongside Depeche Mode and SWING OUT SISTER, while also supporting the overseas activities of Ken Ishii, Denki Groove, and DJ KRUSH.
In addition to this self-cover project, Lum’s Love Song is now being remixed by a number of talented artists from around the world. The first EP of the remix project, ‘Lum’s Love Song (Reboot) Mimix EP.1’ was released digitally on December 8. It features remixes by Kenmochi Hidefumi of Wednesday Campanella, Chinese trackmaker 3asic, and Osaka-based Limited Toss.
Upcoming Lum’s Love Song remixes will be provided by Korean music producer T.WON and SKYTOPIA, along with tofubeats. ‘Lum’s Love Song (Reboot) Mimix EP.2’ will be released on January 12, 2022.
Rumiko Takahashi, the original creator of Urusei Yatsura, was inducted into the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame in October 2021, one of the most prestigious U.S. comic awards.
Comment from Izumi Kobayashi
“It’s been a long time since I’ve released a new album!
Everyone involved in this project is so excited, and we know that something amazing is going to come from it. As it’s the 40th anniversary of Lum’s Love Song, I created a new cel cover for it. I’m just thrilled!
Thank you to everyone who listens!”
Lum’s Love Song (Reboot)
Release Date: November 17, 2021
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/lumnolovesong_reboot
Lum’s Love Song (Reboot) Mimix EP.1
Release Date: December 8, 2021
Participating Artists: Kenmochi Hidefumi (Wednesday Campanella), 3asic, Limited Toss
Lum’s Love Song (Reboot) Mimix EP.2
Release Date: January 12, 2022
Participating Artists: tofubeats, T-WON, SKYTOPIA
To be continued…
My Isekai Life Anime Series Releases First Teaser PV, Announces Main Cast
14.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The upcoming anime series My Isekai Life (also known as My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World!) has released its first teaser trailer and cast announcements. The series will air in 2022.
The series is being adapted from the light novel series of the same name and is being animated by REVOROOT. Pony Canyon is producing the show’s music.
Chiaki Kobayashi (Makoto Edamura in Great Pretender, Langa Hasegawa in SK8 the Infinity) will take on the rule of Yuji. The fairy Dryad will be played by Azumi Waki (Sanae Katagiri in The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, Maika Sakuranomiya in Blend S), while Proudwolf will be portrayed by Wataru Takagi (Eikichi Onizuka in GTO, Obito Uchiha in Naruto).
Comment from Chiaki Kobayashi (Yuji)
Yuji has an incredible amount of mental strength from working at a terrible company. Even after his reincarnation in a new world, he is relatively unfazed by the new world around him. Although he’s tough, I hope I can express his more kind and charming side. Please enjoy!
Comment from Azumi Waki (Dryad)
I’m thankful to have been chosen for the role of Dryad! She is a spirit of the forest and is very gentle and healing, so I hope I can express that to the audience. (Although, I promise the slimes that appear in the show are equally cute, lol.) The interactions between Yuji and myself are hilarious, so I hope you’ll enjoy those as much as the battle scenes!
Comment from Wataru Takagi (Proudwolf)
Although Proudwolf is usually quite timid, as Yuji’s right-hand man, I hope that I can convey some of his strength. There are also a ton of cute slimes in the series! I’m looking forward to working with so many new people, and to see what we can create together.
The My Isekai Life novel was published in 2017 with a light novel series beginning in 2018 and continuing to this day. A manga series also began in 2018, and is licensed in North America by Square Enix.
My Isekai Life follows Yuji Sano, who works at a company that is horrible to its employees. After heading home to do some overtime work, he gets a message on his computer reading “You have been summoned to an alternate world!” This game-like world is complete with status bars and special skills, and Yuji quickly becomes aware of his own magical powers. His journey in this other world begins when he follows a slime, the weakest of all monsters.
An exact date for the anime’s premiere will be announced soon.
My Isekai Life
Official Site: https://tenseikenja.com
Ikimonogakari Singer Kiyoe Yoshioka Voices Character in Short Anime ‘Massara’
FIREBUG studio and animation planning and production company Enishiya have teamed up for a new short anime, Massara. The animation itself was inspired by the song of the same name by Kiyoe Yoshioka, the lead singer of the popular pop duo Ikinonogakari. This was her first original solo song.
The animation is a cross between a music video and a brief anime. The story follows a singer-songwriter, Nazuna (Voiced by Yoshioka), who is about to stop chasing her dream, along with a shy girl, Yuna. As they meet, they influence each other to keep running towards their respective dreams. Yuna is voiced by Kana Hanazawa, known for voicing Mitsuri Kanroji in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Both the music video and short anime are available to watch on the official Ikimonogakari YouTube channel, so check it out!
Comments from Performers and Staff
Kiyoe Yoshioka (Nazuna)
“I tried as hard as I could, and when I realized how much I was putting into the role, it was over in an instant. The animation was so beautiful that I was drawn in and was able to enjoy working on it. I was very moved by the scene where Nazuna and Yuna, the two main characters’ thoughts and inner struggle for the songs are depicted, and their feelings really connected with each other. One of the highlights of the film is the faithful reproduction of the scenery of the station where I used to perform on the street when I made my debut. I think this is a kind of work that you can feel ‘real.’ I hope you will all enjoy it.”
Kana Hanazawa (Yuna)
“The animation was so delicate and captivating that I wanted it to be released in theaters as it was, and I felt that it was a work that was created with great care. I’ve listened to a lot of Yoshioka-san’s singing voice, so I was very happy to be able to participate in such a wonderful project. She was very friendly and talked to me a lot during the recording process. I became more and more a fan of her personality, which is refreshing and gentle, and makes me feel comfortable being in the same space with her. I think the anime has a joy of being able to enjoy Yoshioka-san’s voice to the fullest, and also has the depth of flavor of the songs you listen to while feeling the story!”
Keita Nagahara (Director)
“Before the actual post-recording session, we had a practice session as a test, where I explained the nuances of the dialogue and the character’s emotions, but Yoshioka already seemed completely capable of capturing Nazuka with very little prep. Her voice is charming, and although she doesn’t have a ton of voice acting experience, I was amazed by her natural talent. The song scene at the beginning was recorded right in front of me, and I was so moved by the power of her voice. This work is beautiful, and I was able to work with an amazing staff to create a short film that really emphasizes the atmosphere in which these characters live. Just as Yuna, who was unable to sing in front of others, was able to take a step forward with Nazuna, I hope that this film inspires someone else to take another step.”
Short Anime ‘Massara’
13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival to Screen All 5 Rurouni Kenshin Films
09.December.2021 | MOVIE
The 13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival has announced its screening lineup and will be held both in-person and online. In addition to all five live-action Rurouni Kenshin films being screened, five carefully-selected historical films from around the world have been chosen from over 200 applicants. These will be screened at the Japanese event and can only be seen during the festival.
Italian film Inferno, produced in 1911 and shown at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna in 2021, will make its Japanese premiere along with a piano accompaniment. Oshuraga: Land of Souls will also be screened in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Kyoto-Quebec Friendship and Collaboration Agreement.
41 films will also be available to stream on the MIRAIL streaming service, with tickets going on sale on January 22, 2022.
13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival
Running: January 22 – January 30, 2022
Location: The Museum of Kyoto 3F Film Theater
Pre-order Tickets Starting December 25, 2021 at Ticket Pia
*Advance Tickets are available for Historica Special only. All other tickets will be sold at the door.
Available on MIRAIL Video Streaming Service
How to Watch: Purchase tickets from MIRAIL on or after January 22, 2022
Official Site: https://historica-kyoto.com/
Condom Battler Goro, Anime Teaching Proper Condom Application, Gets New Episode
06.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
There are plenty of bizarre anime series out there, but at least this one has a helpful message. Lovers Labo has released the second part of ‘Condom Battler Goro,’ a short anime series aiming to spread helpful knowledge about condom use. The new episode is available via YouTube.
The first episode aimed to convey common skills and knowledge about wearing condoms, but the new episode is tackling one very specific issue: unplanned pregnancies. The easy-to-understand story explains that people shouldn’t be embarrassed to ask for or wear a condom and that the prejudice surrounding such a thing is completely false.
Sure, it’s strange, but it’s a message worth sharing.
Condom Battler Goro Revive (2-part Series)
Release Date: November 29, 2021
Official Site: https://lovers-labo.jp/special/project-goro-02/