Hiroshi Tsuchida and Yui Ishikawa Cast in Platinum End Season Two

17.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME

Platinum End has been a smash hit. Based on the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the team behind Death Note and Bakuman, the anime series will see its exciting conclusion in March 2022. Two new characters are being added to the cast before the big finale!


Masaya Hoshi will be played by Hiroshi Tsuchida, known for dubbing Lee Byung-hun’s Front Man in Squid Game and Lightning McQueen in Cars.


Manami Yumiki will be portrayed by Yui Ishikawa, known as the voice of Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan and Violet Evergarden in Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden.


Comment from Hiroshi Tsuchida (Masaya Hoshi)

“This role is so impressive that I can’t stand still while standing at the microphone. I’ve also noticed that our hairstyle and glasses seem to have become even more similar during recording…

I’ll try to do my best to change my stupidity into intelligence so I can perform the role of Masaya Hoshi properly.” 


Comment from Yui Ishikawa (Manami Yumiki)

“Although this is a fantasy world, there are so many realistic characters. It makes you feel like this really could be happening somewhere. While reading the original story, I enjoyed it, but I also felt as though I was being questioned about something. 


The character I play, Yumiki, is a detective at the Metropolitan Police Department. Please look forward to seeing how our new characters interact with the candidates for God!”


New episodes of Platinum End begin on January 14, 2022.





  • Shenmue the Animation to be Broadcast in Japan this April, Third Wave of Cast Members Announced

    17.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    Shenmue the Animation, based on Yu Suzuki’s game series originally released for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, is coming to Japan in April! The series is being directed by Chikara Sakurai at Telecom Studios. A Crunchyroll Original, Shenmue the Animation began airing in North America in February.

    M・A・O will play the open and vivacious Joy, Osamu Taira will portray young street tough Ren Wuyin, Shota Hayama will play gang member Wong, and Takahiro Sumi will play the boss of the Chinese Mafia Dou Niu.

    Check out comments from the new cast members below!


    Official Cast

    M・A・O (Joy)

    My name is M・A・O, and I will be playing the role of Joy in Shenmue the Animation

    I’m so happy to be able to participate in a series that I’ve loved for so long. Joy is a really cool big sister-type character with a huge heart, and I find the way she interacts with Ryo to be so charming. During recording, I really tried to capture both her strength and her kindness. I hope you look forward to it!

    Osamu Taira (Ren Wuying)

    I’m Osamu Taira, and I’ll be playing the role of Ren of Heavens, Ren Wuying, following the events of Shenmue III. Having portrayed the original character, I still think of Ren. I was shocked to hear that an animated series was being made!

    Ren is a difficult character to play because he’s so complex. I got a lot of help from the director and other members of the project.

    Shenmue the Animation is really a passion project by the staff and cast. 

    I’m also looking forward to seeing the final product!


    Shouta Hayama (Wong)

    I’ll once again be playing the role of Wong in Shenmue the Animation

    While reading the script, I was so inspired by his courageous nature. He looks up to Ryo and Ren like older brothers, and he has worked with Joy since childhood. The scene I remember most vividly is escaping with Joy on a motorcycle. It was such a tense scene, but I enjoyed the sister-brother banter between myself and M・A・O!

    I’ve done my best to play both a childlike Wong and a more adult Wong, so I hope you enjoy my performance!


    Takahiro Sumi (Dou Niu)

    My name is Takahiro Sumi and I’ll be playing the role of Dou Niu.

    I’m honored to be involved in this series which has become a part of video game history!

    As his name implies, Dou Niu is a tough foe, much like a raging bull. 

    I did my best to play the role of this massive obstacle standing in Ryo and his friends’ way. 

    Please watch to see how their epic battle will end!


    © SEGA / Shenmue Project

  • Haken Anime! Film Reveals Additional Voice Cast, Including Yuki Kaji, Megumi Han

    14.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Mizuki Tsujimura’s popular novel about struggles in the anime industry Haken Anime! is getting a live-action film on May 20, 2022. Directed by Kohai Yoshino, the star-studded cast will include Riho Yoshioka, Tomoya Nakamura, Tasuku Emoto, Machiko Ono in the leading roles. 


    The anime seen in the film is being created by popular studio Production I.G. The story focuses on Hitomi Saito, who has entered the anime industry and is making her directorial debut. She is competing for the title of Haken (supremacy) with the star direction she previously idolized, Chiharu Ouji. Together with a peculiar producer and a unique group of friends and colleagues, the novel shows the more difficult parts of creating a successful anime series. 

    Soundback -Kanade no Ishi” is the first film directed by Hitomi Saito in Haken Anime!, and “Unmei Sensen Liddell-Light” is Chiharu Ouji’s new film. Teaser trailers for each of these brief anime series created exclusively for the film were uploaded to YouTube in December 2021, garnering over 100,000 views in under a week. Soundback is directed by Azuma Tani, with manga artist Eisaku Kubonouchi in charge of character design and Takayuki Yanase handling mechanical design. Liddell-Light is directed by Takashi Otsuka with character designs by Takahiro Kishida.


    Voice actress Marika Kouno will be starring in a live-action role for the first time as Aoi Gunno. Other newly-announced cast members starring in the short anime Soundback include Yuki Kaji (Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan) as Ryuichi, Megumi Han (Gon Freecss in Hunter x Hunter) as Takaya, Hina Kino (Anya in Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut) as Mayu, and Show Hayami as Kanade no Ishi. 

    Liddell-Light will star Rie Takahashi (Megumin in KONOSUBA) as Mitsuri, Kana Hanazawa (Kuroneko in Oreimo) as Seira, Yui Horie as Deru, Yu Kobayashi (Sasha in Attack on Titan) as Shiori, Reina Kondo as Nanaka, Nanami Tomaru as Kei, and Ayaka Ohashi (Uzuki Shimamura in The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls) as Yuuki.


    The film will be narrated by Romi Park, who plays Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist

    © 2022 映画「ハケンアニメ!」製作委員会


  • Netflix Anime Presentation at AnimeJapan 2022 to Include 21 Voice Actors

    09.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    Netflix is all set to participate in Japan’s largest anime festival AnimeJapan 2022, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight on March 26 & 27. The details and guest information for the Netflix Anime Booth have been released, with 21 voice actors from more than nine popular works set to take the stage.

    This year’s Netflix Anime Booth will feature a number of new and classic titles set to be streamed worldwide. The featured voice actors will talk about their new roles, including those in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Baki the Grappler, Tiger & Bunny 2, Thermae Romae Novae, Vampire in the Garden, Spriggan, and Ultraman. Surprising information is also set to be revealed during the showcase!


    Mariya Ise, Yuki Kaji, Junichi Suwabe, Kenjiro Tsuda, Megumi Han, and Seitaro Mukai will also appear at the Netflix Anime Special Presentation on March 27. 


    The event will be streamed on the Netflix Anime YouTube channel!

  • Cover Song Project ‘CrosSing’ Launched Featuring Maaya Uchida, Kana Hanazawa, Akari Kito

    05.March.2022 | MUSIC

    The new cover song project ‘CrosSing- Music & Voice’ is live!


    CrosSing brings together voice actors, anime song artists, VTubers, 2.5D actors, and other artists through music. The cast of the first season is featured in the channel teaser.


     In addition to popular voice actors Maaya Uchida, Kana Hanazawa, and Akari Kito, the project also includes towana, vocalist of popular ani-song unit fhána. Toshiki Tateishi, active mainly in 2.5D stage plays and musicals, and VTuber Hal Shibuya will also be participating!


    Channel Teaser


    All of the songs featured in the project are tracks that personally mean something to the cast. The music will be available on YouTube and on streaming services, and those interested are asked to follow the project on Twitter and TikTok!

  • Kuhaku Gokko Releases Music Video for Platinum End ED Theme ‘Last Straw’

    15.February.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The music video for Last Straw by Kuhaku Gokko was posted to YouTube on February 9. The ending theme song for the anime series Platinum End will be officially released on February 16, 2022.

    Platinum End was based on the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the team behind Death Note and Bakuman. The second season began in January 2022 and will come to an exciting conclusion in March! The song Last Straw was inspired by the problem ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back,’ while the music video portrays the struggle between life and death.

    The music video stars Shino, a young actress attracting attention through her work in movies and social media.


    Last Straw – Kuhaku Gokko (Music Video)


    Comment from Vocalist Setsuko

    Last Straw was inspired by themes of life and death, but it was created in a more ambiguous way, emphasizing the balance between the two. We had a lot of conversations about how to express it visually. With Shino as the protagonist, I think the production team was able to create something beautiful–the tension of chasing after shadows, of not knowing whether you are alive or dead.

    I hope that you can feel the danger of what might happen by applying force as the title Last Straw implies.



  • Platinum End Season 2 Now Airing, Non-Credit OP and ED Videos Released

    31.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    Platinum End has been a smash hit. Based on the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the team behind Death Note and Bakuman, the anime series will see its exciting conclusion in March 2022. The second season began on January 20, and the non-credit opening and ending theme videos have been uploaded to YouTube!


    The opening theme is Sense by BAND-MAID, which also served as the opening for season one. The animation has been updated to include new characters seen in recent episodes. New lyrics can also be heard this time around, so be sure to listen closely!


    2nd Season Non-credit Opening


    The long-awaited non-credit ending theme was storyboarded and directed by Kei Suezawa and drawn by both Suezawa and Kazuchika Kise. The song is Last Straw by Kuhaku Gokko which is also available to stream. 


    2nd Season Non-credit Ending


    A six-minute recap of the first season has also been posted to YouTube, so take a peek before you jump into season two!


    6-minute Recap of Platinum End Season 1



  • Kuhaku Gokko Reveals Jacket and Bonus Images for Platinum End ED Theme ‘Last Straw’

    31.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Kuhaku Gokko has unveiled the jacket artwork for Last Straw, the ending theme for the anime series Platinum End. The creator also unveiled some bonus artwork, and fans can look forward to snagging the single when it drops on February 16, 2022. 



    The cover art conveys the theme of ‘life and death’ through sand paintings. The standard features blue sand, while the limited edition has a darker color scheme. 


    The wrapping features the popular character Nasse, and when lined up with the wrapping from the limited edition OP/ED song package, it completes a single image. 


    Kuhaku Gokko, celebrating its second anniversary in 2022, has also released a new artist visual. Setsuko, the vocalist and subject of the new photo, has been steadily growing as an artist since her debut in the internet music scene. 


    Last Straw is now available to stream on major streaming platforms, so give it a listen!


    ☆Comment from Vocalist Setsuko

    The jacket for Last Straw conveys the message and themes of Platinum End. 

    Since the overall theme is life and death, I thought about sand–it never sticks together or intersects no matter how small the particles are. 

    Also, the artist photos were taken with a lot of my demands taken into account.

    They ended up being delicate, soft, and cool, perfectly summing up Kuhaku Gokko…

    Enjoy the track!



  • Skeleton Knight in Another World Anime Ending Theme to be Performed by DIALOGUE+

    28.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The voice actor idol unit DIALOGUE+ will release their 5th single Bokura ga Orokadanante Dare ga Itta (Who Says We’re Stupid?) on April 13, 2022. A sing-along version of the track has been released on the group’s official YouTube channel ahead of release.


    Bokura ga Orokadanante Dare ga Itta (Who Says We’re Stupid?) – DIALOGUE+[Sing-Along ver.]


    The new track will serve as the opening song for the anime series Skeleton Knight in Another World, scheduled to air in April. Tomoya Tabuchi (UNISON SQUARE GARDEN) provided the lyrics and composition. Popular creator of anime and game songs kz (livetune) arranged the music. 


    The limited-edition version of the release will include a bonus Blu-ray containing the track’s music video and live footage from the group’s Hula Hula concerts held in May, June, and July 2021. 


    The Blu-ray release of DIALOGUE+’s first nationwide tour ‘DIALOGUE+1’ will be released on March 30. The special features include over 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes tour footage, fixed point dance footage of the group’s more popular songs, and more. 



  • Yuu Miyashita Releases Jacket for Fourth Album, Includes Platinum End ED Song

    24.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Multi-talented singer and illustrator Yuu Miyashita, popular in the internet scene, has released the cover image for his 4th original album ‘Mitsuketa Tobira wa’ (The Door I Found), set to be released on March 16, 2022. 


    The cover art pulls from the same universe as the covers of his past albums, including ‘Tsumugi no Ki,’ ‘Ao ni Aruku,’ and ‘Sabitsuku Made.’ Miyashita’s aesthetic is easy to spot, and has become popular both domestically and abroad.


    The new album will be the artist’s first release in about a year and will contain a total of 10 songs, including the popular track Theory of Surrender, the ending song for the anime series Platinum End. It will also include his original song Ayka, and new songs written by a lineup of popular artists in th e internet music scene.


    Platinum End has become a smash hit around the world, and Miyashita’s popularity continues to grow along with it. Be sure to listen to the album when it drops!




  • Platinum End Stage Show Held at Jump Festa 2022, Kuhaku Gokko to Perform Second Ending Theme

    08.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    Based on the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the team behind Death Note and Bakuman, the Platinum End anime series has amassed a huge fanbase since premiering in October. A special stage event was held during Jump Festa on December 18, 2021.


    The 40-minute stage performance was led by Miyu Irino (Mirai Kakehashi), Yui Ogura (Nasse), M.A.O. (Saki Hanakago), Natsuki Hanae (Revell), and Kaito Ishikawa (Kanade Uryu). Each of the actors and actresses share their favorite scenes and were asked some tough questions by the original authors of the series. 


    More of the cast’s question and answer segment will be released on the official Twitter page for the series, along with Tsugumi Ohba’s outlook on life and her most recent movie recommendations!


    During the program, it was announced that Kuhaku Gokko would perform the second ending theme, Last Straw. The unit debuted in 2019, and is comprised of vocalist Setsuko and composers Harihara Tsubasa and koyori. 


    Comment from Vocalist Setsuko

    “Will the candidates who were meant to die survive, and where will they end up? This is a heavy story, and as it moves towards its conclusion things get even more difficult to fathom. We wrote the song while remembering that this will be the final track fans of the series hear, so we wanted to capture those emotions. In writing the lyrics, I didn’t want to make them too blunt or defined, so each person will have their own interpretation.” 


    Platinum End is getting more and more exciting as it hurdles towards the end, so be sure to tune in!



  • Actor Chafurin Performs Special Reading of ‘Hoichi the Earless’ at Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris’

    07.January.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Kadokawa Musashino Museum in Saitama is currently holding the 360-degree experimental exhibition Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris to continuously promote Japanese culture to the world. Actor Chafurin, known for his voice work in popular anime series like Detective Conan and Chibi Maruko-chan, is the owner of ‘Shurindo,’ a group of popular actors devoted to storytelling with sake. The recitation group will be holding a special event at the museum on January 16, 2022, where a group of personalities will perform the classic story ‘Hoichi the Earless,’ a popular piece of Japanese folklore. 


    Ukiyo-e from Paris Design

    Starring: Chafurin, Ryota Osaka, Mutsumi Tamura, Mai Nakahara, Satoshi Tsuruoka, Kafu Ohmine (Biwa Player) 


    Danny Rose Studio has helped create a giant video space for the new exhibition, combining the old and the new. The Dreamed Japan – Images of the Floating World exhibition has been experienced by over 2 million people in France, and was brought back to Japan with enhancements in October 2021. Twelve unique works of art are dynamically projected on a massive space, transporting visitors into an entirely new world based on ukiyo-e pieces. 


    This performance will be a special one-time event bringing together a selection of famous actors and a traditional biwa player. Hoichi the Earless tells the tale of an extremely skilled blind biwa player and his experiences with the samurai and a terrifying ghostly retainer. 


    After the show, guests can enjoy the afterparty in which visitors and the performers can mingle and have a cocktail. More details will be announced on social media soon!


    Participants are yet to be determined. There will be no archive of the afterparty. Those purchasing alcohol will be asked for ID. Please note that the schedule is subject to change. 

  • Yuu Miyashita Announces New Album, Includes Platinum End ED Song

    24.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Multi-talented singer and illustrator Yuu Miyashita, popular in the internet scene, will release his fourth album, ‘Mitsuketa Tobira wa‘ (The Door I Found) on March 16, 2022. 


    The album will mark Miyashita’s first release in about one year and will contain 10 songs, including Theory of Surrender, the ending theme for the anime series Platinum End. It will also feature new songs written by popular online artists, and Miyashita’s original song Ayka. The jacket for the new album was drawn by Miyashita himself.


    Platinum End has become a popular series worldwide, and we’re excited to see Miyashita’s popularity continue to grow as well.