Netflix’s Bubble Anime Film Reveals Opening & Ending Themes, Full Trailer
The anime film Bubble is coming to theaters in Japan on May 13, 2022, and will be available to watch on Netflix globally on April 28, 2022. The opening theme will be performed by Eve, while the ending song will be sung by Riria, who also voices Uta in the film. A full trailer featuring the theme by Eve has also been uploaded to YouTube!
Wit Studio is in charge of Bubble’s animation. Tetsurou Araki (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) is the film’s director while Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is the scriptwriter. Artist Takeshi Obata (Death Note) serves as the film’s original character designer and Satoshi Kadowaki (Attack on Titan) handles the chief animation direction. Hiroyuki Sawano (86 EIGHTY-SIX co-composer) is in charge of the musical score.
Singer-songwriter Riria will voice the film’s main heroine, Uta. She joins Jun Shison as Hibiki, Mamoru Miyano as Shin, Yuuki Kaji as Kai, Tasuku Hatanaka as Denki Ninja Leader, Sayaka Senbongi as Usagi, Marina Inoue as Undertaker Leader, and Alice Hirose as Makoto.
The opening theme, Bubble feat. Uta, was written by Eve. The up-tempo and fast-paced track foreshadows the more intense scenes in the film and the fate awaiting the two main characters.
When asked about the theme song’s production, Eve stated that he was deeply moved to sing alongside so many greats. “I wrote Bubble for this pure and gentle film, and it took me somewhere I hadn’t been before. The film is set on a magnificent scale with action that you can’t tear your eyes away from. Each character has such a rich personality. I’m so happy to be a part of this project. Please come to the theater and see it for yourself–parkour is so cool!”
“I’d seen him perform a number of times, but it was still difficult to approach him for the project. I felt that once he agreed, it was fate,” said director Tetsurou Araki. “The world that Eve portrays in his music is exactly what I had set out to express in this project.”
Voice actor and singer-songwriter Riria performs the ending theme and plays the role of Uta in the film. Popular among Gen-Z, she wrote the ending theme Jaa ne, Mata Ne (See You, Catch You Later). The fragile and sad track brings the audience closer to Uta’s heart and helps to understand her character. In a departure from his previous works, Margt (PERIMETRON) was in charge of art direction.
Netflix also provided a synopsis for the film.
“In a Tokyo where gravity has broken, a boy and a girl are drawn to each other… The story is set in Tokyo after bubbles that broke the laws of gravity rained down upon the world. Cut off from the outside world, Tokyo has become a playground for a group of young people who have lost their families, acting as a battlefield for parkour team battles as they leap from building to building. Hibiki, a young ace known for his dangerous playstyle, makes a reckless move one day and plummets into the gravity-bending sea. His life is saved by Uta, a girl with mysterious powers. The pair then hear a unique sound audible only to them. Why did Uta appear before Hibiki? Their encounter leads to a revelation that will change the world.”
Riria was selected to play the role of major character Uta despite this being her first voice-acting experience. “First, they asked if I wanted to perform a song for the film, and I immediately said I would love to,” she said. “Then they asked if I wanted to play the role of the heroine and I freaked out! I can’t, I thought, I can’t do it! But at the same time, it looked like so much fun, so I had to make a decision. It was only after I accepted the role that I realized how big this project was. When I read the script for the first time, I cried so much. I felt like I was feeling what Uta was feeling. Even now when I think about it, I want to cry. Even during my first recording session, I immediately felt like I had become her.”
Keep an eye out for the film on Netflix later next month!
In theaters nationwide on May 13, 2022
On Netflix worldwide on April 28, 2022
Official Site: https://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/bubble-moviejp/
In October 2020, Eve released the track Yakusoku (Promise) in collaboration with the animation studio CloverWorks. Later, a creator submitted a response to an open call on the story website monogatary.com. This story, Iro ga Oyoide, Iki wo shita (The Colors Swam and Breathed), was inspired by the song. This incredible story will now be transformed into a 4-episode radio drama performed by incredible voice actors on Nippon Broadcasting System in August and September.
The 2020 song Yakusoku was included on the Kaikai Kitan/Ao no Waltz EP. The music video was produced in collaboration with the animation studio CloverWorks, and has received over 8 million views. It was the first music video created as part of the WonderWorld project, which aims to share people’s personal stories through music and animation. The project’s theme is “creative expansion without barriers.”
Original Plan: Eve
Original Work: Ito Yoruno’s Iro ga Oyoide, Iki wo shita
Script: Rie Uehara
Gaku no Ne – Eve Radio Drama ~Iro ga Oyoide, Iki wo shita~
Dates: August 1, 15, 22, September 5 / 19:20-19:40 (4 episodes total)
Channel: Nippon Broadcasting System (Kanto Local Station *Available on radiko)
Main Cast: Nobunaga Shimazaki / Soma Saito
Official Website: https://eveofficial.com/
Netflix Releases New Trailer and Visual for ‘Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure’
22.July.2022 | MOVIE
Netflix will begin streaming the stop-motion series Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure on August 25, 2022.
The series is a continuation of the 2019 series Rilakkuma and Kaoru, which became incredibly popular around the world. The heartwarming story of the cuddly, lazy bear, the office worker Kaoru, and friends Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori, struck a chord with audiences. The new series will depict a day in the lives of Kaoru and Rilakkuma as they go have fun at an amusement park. Not everything will go according to plan, and the characters get caught up in a number of hilarious hijinks.
The trailer and key visual for the series have been revealed, highlighting Rilakkuma, who is always completely relaxed no matter what kind of trouble he’s in. The theme song for the series will be Inside Your Pocket by Quruli. Additional cast members include Takayuki Hamada as Hayate and Reina Ueda as a mysterious new character.
The trailer shows the craziness that will be happening during the series, including an epic car chase. Both adults and children are sure to fall in love with this series.
Rilakkuma has the power to make anyone feel warm and fuzzy, so be sure to tune in. It will do your soul some good.
Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure on Netflix
Streaming on August 25, 2022
Members of THE RAMPAGE, NCT127, and FANTASTICS to Appear in ‘HiGH&LOW THE WORST X’ Film
22.July.2022 | MOVIE
During the BATTLE OF TOKYO ~TIME 4 Jr.EXILE’ performance at Saitama Super Arena on July 21, a new trailer for the upcoming film HiGH&LOW THE WORST X was shown to a massive audience. A new collaboration with Hiroshi Takahashi’s manga Worst and Crows, fans are amped up for this new entry to the film series. A new visual for the movie was also revealed.
The new trailer is filled with incredible action scenes set to the film’s theme song THE POWER, while the footage of the three-school alliance led by Amagai includes the rap song RIDE OR DIE by MA55IVE THE RAMPAGE. Expectations are high for this installation of the wildly popular film saga, with the final scene in the trailer showing a massive amount of rowdy high schoolers ready to brawl. The overwhelming scale of the movie is sure to impress both fans and newcomers alike.
The new poster visual features 31 members of the cast, with the blue and red graphics coming together to form a cross. HiGH&LOW THE WORST X will present the climax of the ongoing story, with the tagline reading ‘To the top and beyond,’ showing the character’s lust for power.
The new cast members from Suzuran Boys’ High School, known as the School of the Crows, have also been unveiled. Daichi Henry Mikami, a professional martial artist, will be making his acting debut, while Mizuki Itagaki, a popular young actor who has appeared in a number of high-profile films, will also appear. The cast will also include Yuki Tokito, FANTASTICS vocalist and actor Yusei Yagi, FANTASTICS performer Keito Kimura, and singer Yuri Takahashi.
Another FANTASTICS member making an appearance will be Natsuki Hori. These three members of the up-and-coming group will be participating in the HiGH&LOW series for the first time, so be sure to show them your support!
This film will be a miraculous crossover, bringing together members from THE RAMPAGE, NCT127, BE:FIRST, and FANTASTICS to tell a powerful story, bringing audiences one of the most exciting action blockbusters in history. Will you be watching?
(C)2022「HiGH&LOW THE WORST X」製作委員会 (C)高橋ヒロシ(秋田書店) HI-AX
HiGH＆LOW THE WORST X
Release Date: September 9, 2022
Official Site: https://www.high-low.jp/movies/theworst-x/
i☆Ris Releases Music Video for ‘Kakegurui Twin’ Anime Series Ending Theme ‘Queens Bluff’
22.July.2022 | MUSIC
Hybrid voice actress-idol group i☆Ris is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022. The group released its new track, Queens Bluff, on July 20, and the music video for the song is now available on YouTube!
Queens Bluff is being used as the ending song for the anime series Kakegurui Twin, which will air on Netflix globally starting August 4, 2022.
Queens Bluff Music Video (Full Version)
The music video teaser trailer was released on June 5, and the song was first performed during the final performance of i☆Ris’s national tour on July 7. The member’s speedy dance moves and style quickly caught on on social media, and the song has been called the most ‘seductive’ track in the group’s discography.
Since debuting in 2012, i☆Ris has been active in the voice acting scene, with the members starring in the PriPara series. They have also starred in stage performances and films, while also carrying out solo activities.
On November 7, i☆Ris will hold their 10th anniversary concert at Tokyo International Forum Hall A. In addition, they will also release their first best-of album to celebrate this huge milestone. To express their gratitude to their fanbase, the best album will also include a new track written by the members. This song will be performed for the first time at the 10th anniversary concert.
Be sure to keep an eye out for more from i☆Ris on the group’s 10th anniversary!
Release Date: August 3, 2022
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/iRis_22nd_QB_preDIGI
i☆Ris – First Best-of Album
Release Date: November 7, 2022
i☆Ris Official Site: https://iris.dive2ent.com/
Trailer, Stills Released for Netflix’s ‘Drifting Home’ Anime Film
Studio Colorido, the animation studio behind the award-winning 2018 anime film Penguin Highway and the 2020 film A Whisker Away, is getting ready to release a new movie on Netflix worldwide.
The studio’s long-awaited film Drifting Home will be available to stream on Netflix on September 16, 2022. It will also open in select theaters in Japan on the same day.
The film follows sixth-graders Kosuke and his childhood friend Natsume. One day during summer vacation, they visit an apartment building that is about to be demolished, where the two of them used to live. Suddenly, Kosuke, Natsume, and their friends find themselves overtaken by a strange phenomenon, and the whole building is suddenly surrounded by an ocean. The group must find their way home from the drifting building.
A new trailer for the film has been unveiled, along with some gorgeous new stills.
The popular group ZUTOMAYO has been chosen to perform the film’s theme song Kieteshimai Sou Desu (It Seems I’m Fading Away).
The group also performs the insert song Natsugare (Summer Slump), which has already been released. The nostalgic and refreshing track is sure to bring back memories of summer.
Be sure to watch the film when it appears on Netflix in September!
Streaming on Netflix worldwide on September 16 (In select theaters in Japan on the same day)
Official Site: https://www.hyoryu-danchi.com/
HiGH&LOW THE WORST X Screenshot Featuring NCT127’s Yuta Nakamoto and BE:FIRST’s Ryoki Miyama Released
15.July.2022 | MOVIE
With over 5.56 million people coming to see the films in theaters and box-office revenue of over ¥7.8 billion, the High&LoW film series has inspired audiences around Japan for years. In 2019, the film High&Low The Worst was released as a collaboration with Hiroshi Takahashi’s manga Worst and Crows, which have collectively sold over 80 million copies. A sequel, High&Low The Worst X, will be released in theaters nationwide on September 9, 2022.
Kazuma Kawamura (THE RAMPAGE) plays Fujio Hanaoka, a seemingly well-mannered student at Oya High School who has a passion for taking on his enemies in battle. The school is filled with delinquents wanting to take power, each with their own crazy fighting styles. Wanting to challenge the leader of Oya, Yoshiki Murayama, Hanaoka must also get ready to take on the Housen Academy, as the two schools have hostilities yet to be squashed. This sequel will see the biggest showdown in series history on a massive scale never seen before. A new rival, Senomon Technical High School, will appear as well.
Yuta Nakamoto (NCT127) will play Ryo Suzaki, the right-hand man and childhood friend of Senomon Technical High School’s gang leader. A loner, he gradually became unbeatable in fights as his physical abilities grew. Before transferring to Senomono, he was known as the ‘loner genius’ who never spent time with anyone. After reuniting with his childhood friend Amagai, he aims to become stronger with his friend by his side.
Amagai Kouhei, the head of Senomon, is played by Ryoki Miyama (BE:FIRST). A ruthless man, he thinks of others only as pawns in his game. He wants to unite the schools in the area, creating a ‘three-school alliance’ with Kamasaka High School and Ebara Commercial High School to take down Oya High.
These new photos show off the power and swag that these characters are sure to bring to the big screen. How will Oya High School stand up to the three-school alliance? The most powerful high schools in the history of the series will clash in the film when it releases this September. The characters, action, music, and emotion have all been bumped up when compared to the previous film. Are you ready?
Keep an eye out for more information about the film coming soon.
©2022「HiGH&LOW THE WORST X」製作委員会
HiGH＆LOW THE WORST X (Cross)
Release Date: September 9, 2022
Official Site: https://www.high-low.jp/movies/theworst-x/
Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni Manga Series Inspires Anime Film Starring Kento Kaku, Minami Hamabe
Nao Iwamoto’s romance fantasy manga Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni (Gold Country, Water Country) will receive an animated film adaptation in the spring of 2023. The manga was voted No. 1 in the female section of the ‘This Manga is Amazing! 2017’ guidebook and was nominated for the 10th Manga Taisho, coming in second out of 13 nominees.
The story involves two constantly bickering neighboring countries that eventually go to war, causing God to intervene. Country A is commanded to offer its most beautiful girl as a bride, while Country B is told to send its wisest young man as a groom. While this is going on, the princess of Country A has a chance encounter with a young man from Country B.
Actor Kento Kaku will play Naranbayar, while Minami Hamabe will play Sarah.
Kaku previously played Simba in the Japanese dub of The Lion King. “I was fascinated by the wonderful world of the original manga and the richness of the characters,” he said in an interview. “The clumsiness and straightforwardness of Naranbayar and Sarah will surely touch the hearts of everyone who sees the film. I couldn’t stop my heart from pounding during recording.”
Hamabe previously played Ruri Ichigyo in Hello World and Ellie Ishioka in Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet. “My heart was wrapped up in the warm story, and I felt as though I’d been given a share of the character’s tender feelings,” she said. “What cheered me up when I was stuck was the humanity of Sarah and Naranbayar, the presence of Kento Kaku, and above all, the cuteness of Lukman the dog and Odontchimeg the cat, who appeared in the film. They’re so adorable that they made me squirm!”
The new 45-second trailer shows the accidental encounter between Naranbayar and Sarah. The tagline is “What we fell in together was a love that could move nations.”
The trailer is narrated by Soma Saito, a popular voice actor and singer known for his work in Idolish Seven and Hypnosis Mic. He has been an avid fan of Iwamoto’s manga since his college days.
Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni
Official Site: kinnokuni-mizunokuni-movie.jp
Summer Time Rendering Anime Ending Theme by Riria Now Streaming
With over 1.7 million followers on social media, Gen-Z singer-songwriter Riria is one of the most popular artists in Japan today. Her voice and ability to express authentic emotion through her music have gained her support from fans around the world. Her song Shitsuren Songu Takusan Kiite Naite Bakari no Watashi wa Mou (All I’ve Done is Listen to Sad Songs About Heartbreak and Cry, Enough) was chosen as the second ending theme for the anime series Summer Time Rendering, and the track is now available to stream!
The bittersweet track was written by the singer as she pondered the story of the main heroine Ushio Kofune, and it’s sure to pull at the heartstrings of anyone watching the series.
Along with the song’s release, an audio movie has also been uploaded to the artist’s official YouTube channel.
Shitsuren Songu Takusan Kiite Naite Bakari no Watashi wa Mou (Audio Movie)
A LINE MUSIC campaign is also underway, with the special prize being an invitation to a live performance by Riria herself. Those coming in second will grab a special handkerchief.
Have you been watching the anime series?
Gudetama Netflix Series Announced, Teaser Trailer Released
18.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME
One of Sanrio’s most popular characters, the lazy egg Gudetama, is coming to Netflix in a new CG live-action hybrid series! Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure will air on the streaming service worldwide later in 2022.
Gudetama was created following Sanrio’s Edible Character General Election, a project to brainstorm new food-themed characters held in 2013. The character came in second place, and from 2014 to 2020, Gudetama appeared in a number of animated shorts airing both on television and online. With over a million Twitter followers, you’d think he’d be a little more excited–but he’s the same unmotivated egg as ever.
The new series will follow Gudetama as he finally leaves the safety of the refrigerator to explore the world with his newfound friend Shakipiyo to find their mother. Shakipiyo is a go-getting chick, and these polar opposites might not find the journey to be an easy one.
The teaser shows Gudetama in his typical stupor, and it’s unclear exactly what hilarity the series is going to bring. Tune in later this year to find out!
©️ 2022 SANRIO CO., LTD. S／D・G 著作：㈱サンリオ
Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure
Netflix Reveals One Piece Live-Action Series Set Details and Concept Art
During the Netflix Geeked Week livestream, more details about the Hollywood live-action One Piece adaptation were revealed to a sea of anxious fans.
Along with six new cast members, fans caught a glimpse of the fantastic sets being used for the series and a greeting from the showrunners Steven Maeda and Matt Owens, along with the actor playing Luffy, Iñaki Godoy.
The new cast members include Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore, Steven Ward as Mihawk, Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff, Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan, Celeste Loots as Kaya, and Chioma Umeala as Nojiko.
A One Piece live-action project had been discussed before, finally coming to fruition after original creator Eiichiro Oda and other members of Shonen Jump staff were convinced that it could be done well. As announced by a number of cast members on social media, the project began filming recently in South Africa.
Behind-the-Scenes Time-lapse Footage
“We get to go to work every day and walk on these massive sets and see these characters come to life,” Maeda said.
“Oda’s world is so unique. Seeing all of this stuff in person, being able to reach out and touch it, has just been such an experience,” Owens continued.
Eiichiro Oda’s manga series has become one of the best-selling manga series in history. Originally published in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997, the series recently celebrated its 100th volume and will celebrate 1,000 anime episodes in the coming weeks. With over 490 million copies in circulation, Luffy’s adventure is beloved by manga fans around the world.
On August 6, the newest One Piece film, ONE PIECE FILM RED, will be released in theaters in Japan.
This live-action adaptation is highly-anticipated by longtime fans around the world. Stay tuned for more news to come!
‘Oni: The Thunder Gods Tale,’ an Animated Netflix Series Inspired by Japanese Folklore, to Stream Worldwide
Oni: The Thunder Gods Tale, a new stop-motion-inspired animated series, will premiere on Netflix worldwide!
The series will be directed by Daisuke Tsutsumi, who co-directed the 2014 Academy-Award nominated short film The Dam Keeper. Animation studio Tonko House, founded in 2014 by former Pixar art directors Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, is producing the show. Writer Mari Okada, known for Anohana and The Anthem of the Heart, is also on board.
The first trailer for the 4-episode series has been revealed ahead of its release. Set in a world filled with strange gods and monsters inspired by traditional Japanese mythology, viewers will enter the world of a brave girl named Onari fighting to protect her peaceful village.
Onari is determined to follow in the footsteps of the mighty heroes of lore, but her unique powers are yet to be revealed and her father won’t teach her a thing. Does she have what it takes to fight to protect her peaceful village from the encroaching threat of the gods’ mysterious enemies, the Oni?
The impressive teaser trailer shows off an encounter with the mysterious enemy. Those familiar with Japanese folklore will recognize the tengu, kappa, and dharma running through the mountains.
Oni: The Thunder Gods Tale Trailer #1
Tsutsumi is incredibly proud of the new work. “The story of this girl living between two worlds began as a story inspired by my own life. As production progressed, however, many of the staff members began sharing their own personal stories and passion for this story.”
The cast includes Momona Tamada, Archie Yates, Craig Robinson, Tantoo Cardinal, Brittany Ishibashi, Omar Miller, Anna Akana, Charlet Takahashi Chung, Yuki Matsuzaki, Seth Carr, Robert Kondo, and George Takei. Miyuki Sawashiro, known for her work as Kurapika in HUNTERxHUNTER and Daki in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, will also star in the series.
“This series features my absolute dream cast,” said Tsutsumi. “All of these incredible talents accepted our proposal with such passion and empathy for the story and collaborating with them has been equally humbling and inspiring. They’ve given souls to our characters and unparalleled performances for our animators.”
Oni: The Thunder Gods Tale
Summer Time Rendering Anime Series Second Ending Theme to be Performed by Riria.
Gen-Z singer-songwriter Riria. made her major label debut in 2020 with the song Kaeru-ka Genshou ni Nayanderu Onna no Ko no Hanashi on the new label VIA, part of TOY’S FACTORY.
The singer has gained overwhelming support from the younger generation during her brief career, amassing over 1.7 million followers on social media. Her song Uwakisaretakedo Madasukittekyoku (He Cheated on me, but I Still Love Him) made waves on LINE MUSIC, ranking at #1. Recently, Riria portrayed the heroine Uta in the film Wit Studio film Bubble, also singing the ending theme Jaa ne, Mata Ne (See You, Catch You Later.)
Riria’s new song Shitsuren Songu Takusan Kiite Naite Bakari no Watashi wa Mou (All I’ve Done is Listen to Sad Songs About Heartbreak and Cry, Enough) has been chosen as the second ending theme for the anime series Summer Time Rendering. The bittersweet track was written by the singer as she pondered the story of the main heroine Ushio Kofune. It’s sure to pull at the heartstrings of anyone watching the series.
The original Summer Time Rendering manga series was written by Yasuki Tanaka and ran in Shonen Jump+ from 2017 until 2021. The series has been viewed over 130 million times. The anime series is available to watch on Disney+ and has been a hit with international audiences.
Comment from Riria.
“I wrote the melody for this song while pondering my own thoughts on Summer Time Rendering, and wrote the lyrics while imagining the loneliness of the tide.
I hope you all love it as much as I do!”
Shitsuren Songu Takusan Kiite Naite Bakari no Watashi wa Mou.
Riria. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/riria0000/
Summer Time Rendering
Available to stream on Disney+