Live-action Netflix ONE PIECE Adaptation Announces Peter Gadiot as Shanks
The highly-anticipated One Piece live-action series is coming to Netflix around the world in the near future!
The main cast was announced last year, and the actors portraying Koby, Alvida, Helmeppo, Buggy, Arlong, and Garp have also been revealed. Yesterday, it was announced that Peter Gadiot would be playing the role of Red-Haired Shanks, the man who inspired Luffy to become the King of the Pirates.
“Someday, I’ll find a crew as incredible as this one!! I’ll find the greatest treasure in the world! I’ll become the King of the Pirates!”
“Is that so? So, you’re going to surpass us, huh…in that case, I’ll leave you with my hat. Be sure to give it back one day, after you’ve become a fine pirate.”
(From ONE PIECE Volume 1)
A legendary and powerful pirate in the Grand Line, being the captain of the Red-Haired Pirates and one of the Four Emperors in the second half of the Grand Line. He is Luffy’s childhood hero and a former member of Gol D. Roger’s Crew. He has a soft and friendly nature with a deep-seated passion and inner strength, and will always protect his friends.
Peter Gadiot has appeared in a number of popular television series, from Yellowjackets to Queen of the South.
A One Piece live-action project had been kicked around before but has finally come to fruition after Oda and other members of Shonen Jump staff were convinced that it could be done well. Do you think the adaptation will be done well?
Netflix Series ‘ONE PIECE’ – To be Streamed Worldwide
Netflix Original Drama Series ‘ONE PIECE’
ONE PIECE FILM RED Inspires Collaboration Event with Raku Spa
From August 18 until September 19, 20 Gokurakuyu and Raku Spa locations will hold a special collaboration to celebrate the release of ONE PIECE FILM RED.
During the event, a new bath will be available each weekend. Guests can enjoy fragrant baths inspired by Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Shanks, and Uta. Check the website to see which baths will be available at which locations!
Those visiting can find some new merchandise featuring exclusive illustrations made for the campaign and a tasty menu inspired by One Piece characters, so don’t miss it!
ONE PIECE FILM RED x Gokurakuyu Raku Spa ~Mugiwara Bathhouse~
Running: August 18 – September 19, 2022
Venue: 20 participating Gokurakuyu/Raku Spa locations
Raku Spa: https://www.rakuspa.com/
Collaboration Details: https://rakuspa.com/onepiece-film-red/
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
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/
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!
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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!
One Piece Summer 2022 Event to Open at Universal Studios Japan
From July 1 until October 2, 2022, fans of the long-running series One Piece won’t want to miss taking a trip to Universal Studios Japan! This year’s event promises to be extra special as fans celebrate the 25th anniversary of the manga series and the 15th anniversary of the One Piece Premier Show, the annual event at USJ. A special menu featuring tasty treats inspired by the series will be available alongside unique merchandise only available on-site.
This summer’s limited menu and goods lineup are each inspired by a music festival. The event itself will draw inspiration from the film One Piece Film Red, scheduled to release on August 6, 2022.
The Discovery Restaurant in the Jurassic Park-themed area of Universal Studios Japan will be transformed into the One Piece Summer Banquet Restaurant during the event period, featuring a selection of tasty dishes inspired by each main character. This year, menu items inspired by Robin and Jinbe will be available for the first time.
Plenty of original merchandise will be on sale, with one specific item serving as a highlight of the new collection: the 15th-anniversary book. This tome includes details and images from each of the past One Piece Premier Shows and is a must-have for any fan. It also includes a message from the original series author Eiichiro Oda.
One ‘music festival’ themed item is the Festival Towel. Playing a major role in the 2022 version of the One Piece Premier Show, the item is decorated with a limited edition 15th-anniversary design. Guests can also grab a collectible bracelet and salted candy in a unique soda can-inspired package. Of course, it wouldn’t be a One Piece event without some straw hats for sale!
This year’s menu includes everything from Nami’s Orange Frappe to Frankie’s Super American Hot Dog. Each of these tasty dishes will be perfect for posting on social media! Next to the Lost World Restaurant, guests can enjoy some additional goodies from the One Piece Food Cart including Sanji’s Pork Ribs and Sanji’s Peach and Lemon Frozen Smoothie, perfect for beating the heat.
Everyone, young and old, is invited to immerse themselves in the world of One Piece during this special celebration.
One Piece Premier Summer 2022
Running: July 1 – October 2, 2022
Official Site: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/ja/jp
‘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
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Season 2 Trailer Released
20.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The second season of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is set to premiere exclusively on Netflix worldwide on May 23, 2022. Directed by Kenji Kamiyama, the creator of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Shinji Aramaki, the director of the APPLESEED series, fans of sci-fi can’t get enough. When sustainable war spawns a “post-human” threat, Major Kusanagi and her Section 9 team are called back into action.
For those wanting a recap of the first season, Ghost In The Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War has condensed these events into one easy-to-digest film. The blend of flashy cyberpunk action and the unpredictable story sets high expectations for an epic battle between Public Security Section 9 and the post-humans. Season 2 is sure to be a blast.
The first Ghost in the Shell series to be made entirely in 3D, SAC_2045 offers longtime fans a chance to see their favorite characters and locales in a new way. Check out the trailer below!
Season 2 is sure to be a roller coaster, so check in when it releases next week!
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Season 2 on Netflix
Streaming worldwide on May 23, 2022
Anime Film ‘Bubble’ Gets Online Exhibition at Anique for a Limited Time
Anique has opened an online exhibition to celebrate the release of the animated film Bubble until June 30, 2022! The event is also offering limited-edition merchandise.
Acrylic Stand Diorama
Purchase Bonus: Round Stickers
The exhibition will serve as a deep dive into the world of Bubble, focusing on four categories: story, worldview, characters, and artwork.
Guests can enjoy browsing images from the film, and can also see valuable creation materials like storyboards and original sketches.
Jun Shison, who voices Hibiki in the film, contributed comments to the exhibition, along with director Tetsuro Araki.
Merchandise is also available to buy now! These items can only be found at this exhibition, so order while you can.
Have you watched Bubble on Netflix yet?
Shueisha’s Haruman!! 2022 Festival Celebrates Manga this Spring
29.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Shueisha is currently offering a ton of manga for free as part of Haruman!! 2022. The campaign is running until May 15 at participating locations and tons of digital manga series are available for download.
During Haruman!! 2022, users can read over 305 digital titles for free. This year’s theme is ‘Manga Festival,’ and manga fans can find both recent and classic titles. Why not catch up on some manga history while you can?
A collaboration with the popular VTuber agency Hololive is also underway. One of the group’s manga-loving members will be chosen each day to serve as Editor-in-Chief of an original manga magazine.
Popular authors are also commemorating the occasion with new illustrations. Eleven artists from Shueisha’s manga department have drawn popular VTubers, and these awesome images are available exclusively on the Haruman!! website.
Stream Date: April 23, 2022
Participants: Shueisha x Hololive Traveling Editorial Department
Streaming Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFZiqLMntJufDCHc6bQixg
In collaboration with puzzle game creators RIDDLER, ‘The Search for the Great Manga King’s Treasure’ will be held. Pulling inspiration from One Piece, which is currently celebrating 25 years of serialization, fans will have to find clues to solve a massive mystery.
Find your new favorite manga series during Haruman!! 2022.
Running: April 11 – May 15, 2022
Official Site: https://haruman.jp
Netflix Series ‘Stranger Things’ Inspires New Collection by PLAZA
PLAZA stores and MINiPLA stores nationwide will begin selling T-shirts and hats inspired by the globally popular Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ starting April 8, 2022.
Fans have wanted to see this collaboration since ‘Stranger Things’ first premiered in 2016. The apparel lineup includes nine unique T-shirts and four hats to accentuate your spring wardrobe.
The project was inspired by Starcourt Mall, a key location in the third season of the Netflix series. The colorful 80’s shopping mall atmosphere comes through in this pop-art collection which also blends in PLAZA’s signature cute style.
The T-shirts include designs using photos from scenes in the show to simple logo shorts that are sure to be a staple in your spring outfit rotation! Quantities are limited, so don’t miss out!
PLAZA x Netflix Series ‘Stranger Things’
Release Date: April 8, 2022
Where to Buy: PLAZA stores nationwide, MINiPLA