‘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
Salyu x Haruka Nakamura to Perform the Ending Theme for TRIGUN STAMPEDE
Salyu and Haruka Nakamura’s new song Hoshi no Kuzu α will be the ending theme song for the upcoming anime series TRIGUN STAMPEDE set to premiere on January 7, 2023. The show will air every Saturday at 23:00 on TV Tokyo and other stations. A new trailer for the series has also been released, in which you can hear a portion of the new track.
TRIGUN STAMPEDE Main PV
The new song was performed during Salyu and Haruka Nakamura’s joint concert at Yebisu Garden Hall on December 22, 2021. Carefully composed with an almost prayer-like composition, fans will be able to pick out Haruka Nakamura’s unique sound. When combined with Salyu’s captivating voice, this song is sure to leave an impression on all listeners, whether they’re a fan of the series or not.
Be sure to listen to the new song when TRIGUN STAMPEDE hits the small screen in January!
Comment from Salyu
“I’m Salyu, and I’m singing the ending theme for TRIGUN STAMPEDE.
This song was created along with my dear friend, the musician Haruka Nakamura.
The melody is powerful, encompassing a simple but intense series of emotions.
I simply sang the song honestly, going wherever my feelings led me.
We hope you enjoy the story and the lovely melody!”
Comment from Haruka Nakamura
“I wrote the song Hoshi no Kuzu with Salyu.
I was in charge of the lyrics and composition.
I’d be so happy if you read the lyrics. It’s like a letter from me to her, and she sang this letter back to me.
The world is essentially a shining star, but it’s pure chaos now.
We are all little pieces of one star, and that’s why we wanted to make this a hopeful track.
I’d be so happy if this song encompasses the worldview of TRIGUN STAMPEDE!”
Staring January 7, 2023 / Airing Saturdays at 23:00 on TV Tokyo, etc.
(TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, TV Hokkaido, TVQ Kyushu)
*Episode 1 airing January 7 at 23:15
*Dates and times are subject to change
Official Site: https://trigun-anime.com/
Light Novel ‘Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha’ to Get Anime Adaptation in 2023, Trailer and Visual Released
24.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The light novel Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha (The Dreaming Man is a Realist) has been a smash hit. Following a big win at the HJ Web Novel Awards 2019, it’s no surprise that the series will be getting an anime adaptation in 2023! A teaser visual and trailer have been released along with ample staff and cast information.
The original light novel series was written by Okemaru and illustrated by Saba Mizore and was initially serialized as a web novel on the website Shosetsuka ni Naro in December 2018.
The teaser shows off the heroine Aika Natsukawa and her intense emotions, and is a perfect way to get anime fans curious about this unique series!
Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha Trailer
The main staff and cast members have been announced and the series will be produced by Studio Gokumi and AXsIZ. Be sure to tune in next year!
Comment from Naoya Miyase (Wataru Sajo)
“My name is Naoya Miyase and I will be playing the role of Wataru Sajo!
All of the characters in this series are so charming, I can’t help but swoon every time I see them.
Every time the two main characters misunderstand each other, I want to scream!
You’ll probably want to do the same.
I hope you’re looking forward to the series!
Please tune in!”
Comment from Akiho Suzumoto (Aika Natsukawa)
“I’m Akiho Suzumoto and I’ll be playing Aika Natsukawa!
I’m excited to step into the role of Aika so that I can make the fan’s heart pound!
Above all else, I’ll try to embody her Goddess-like qualities, so tune in!
Thank you so much!”
Comment from Yumiri Hanamori (Kei Ashida)
“I’ll be playing the role of Kei-chan!
When the recording ended, I remember thinking “But they’re in love with each other!”
Fans will be delightfully frustrated by the distance between Wataru and Aika. Seriously!
Look forward to watching Kei-chan as well, who is completely at their mercy…”
Comment from Mikako Komatsu (Kaede Sajo)
“I’ll be playing the role of Kaede Sajo, Wataru’s sister.
The recording has begun, and I’m so excited to see how I’ll get to interact with the other characters.
We both wanted to create that realistic tension that only brothers and sisters have,
so be sure to tune in to this wonderfully awkward series!”
Comment from Kaori Ishihara (Rin Shinomiya)
“I’m Kaori Ishihara and I’ll be playing Rin Shinomiya.
Kaori is a good girl and someone who people look up to. She’s cool and serious, always working hard to solve her own problems–but something about that makes her so cute and fun to play.
We’re currently in the middle of recording, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how the anime will play out!
The staff and cast are working so hard, so please look forward to the show!”
Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha (The Dreaming Man is a Realist)
Official Site: https://yumemirudanshi.com/
Kyoto-Based Band Hakubi to Perform Ending Theme for The Tale of the Outcasts Anime Series
Hakubi is an up-and-coming three-piece band from Kyoto. Today, it was announced that their new song Rewrite would be used as the ending theme for the upcoming anime series The Tale of the Outcasts scheduled to premiere in January 2023.
This marks the first time that Hakubi will provide a song for an anime series. Rewrite will be released on streaming services on January 15, 2023.
The Tale of the Outcasts will be an adaptation of the manga series of the same name by Makoto Hoshino. Published in Weekly Shonen Sunday from August 2019 to April 2021, the series follows Wisteria, an orphan girl living a sad life in the British Empire at the end of the 19th century. One day, she meets Marbas, a powerful immortal being with a strange appearance. The two begin roaming the Empire in search of a place where they can belong. The series is scheduled to begin on TOKYO MX on January 8, 2023.
Currently, the song Rewrite can be Pre-saved, and it will appear in your library as soon as it becomes available.
The group also revealed that a new album, Eye, was on the way. The announcement was made at Hakubi’s solo concert at BIGCAT in Shinsaibashi on November 17, and this new album will be the group’s second full-length album, following their major debut era last year. Hakubi continues to evolve its unique sound, and fans can look forward to a much more emotional release this time around.
Eye will contain a total of 10 songs, including Twilight from the new RPG Memento Mori, Aitagai, Kimi ga Iu you ni Kono Sekai wa from the drama series Seishun Cinderella, and more. The limited first edition will be a 2-disc set with a DVD containing 10 songs from Hakubi’s first hall concert Noise From Here – HALL Edition, held recently at Yebisu The Garden Hall to a packed house. Those pre-ordering the album will snag a CD-R with two demo songs by the vocalist and guitarist Katagiri.
A number of shops will be handing out unique bonuses to those buying the album, so check the official website and social media for more details.
Hakubi will start their solo tour Hakubi One-Man Tour 2023 -Eye to Eye- on April 1 in Fukuoka. Following this, the band will visit eight cities across Japan, with the final performance being held at LINE CLUB SHIBUYA in Tokyo.
Ayana Taketatsu to Perform Opening Theme Song for The Tale of the Outcasts Anime Series
Ayana Taketatsu will release her 12th single Ashita no Katachi (Shape of Tomorrow) on March 1, 2023! A teaser for the track has been uploaded to the singer’s YouTube channel.
Ashita no Katachi will serve as the opening song for The Tale of the Outcasts, an anime series set to premiere in January 2023 on TOKYO MX, Yomiuri TV, and BS Fuji. The singer will also play the main character Wisteria.
An official artist photo and jacket image have been released along with the announcement, and fans will love seeing the voice actress and her character standing beneath the Wisteria blossoms.
This is the 12th single from the vocalist in four years and features lyrics and music by Kegani (LIVE LAB). Her first song Innocent Notes was released in February 2019. Stay tuned for more information as Taketatsu celebrates her 10th year as an artist!
GAMERA -Rebirth- to Premiere Worldwide on Netflix
Fans of Gamera won’t want to miss this newly-produced film coming to Netflix worldwide! GAMERA -Rebirth- will be coming to the streaming service in 2023. The fictional monster first debuted in the 1965 film Gamera.
To commemorate the return of the mighty beast, two teaser visuals have been released ahead of the film.
Gamera stomped onto the scene in the 60s to compete with Godzilla and this new film looks incredibly promising. Will you be tuning in?
©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production committee
Streaming worldwide on Netflix
Official Site: https://gamera-rebirth.com/
Trailer Released for The Seven Deadly Sins: Grunge of Edinburgh Part 1 on Netflix
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 1 will air on Netflix worldwide on December 20, 2022. The new animated film was penned by the original series creator Nakaba Suzuki.
The story will focus on Tristan, the son of the protagonist Meliodas, and his mother Elizabeth. Cast members include Yuuki Kaji as Meliodas, Mikako Komatsu as young Tristan, and Ayumu Murase as teenage Tristan. Sora Amamiya will portray Elizabeth and Yohei Azakami will play Deathpierce.
The new trailer shows off the exciting new story and previews SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:XAI’s theme song Lemonade. The Seven Deadly Sins takes place in an ancient time when humans, demons, goddesses, fairies, and giants all lived together.
In the new film, Tristan inherits the power of the Goddess Clan and with it, the ability to heal people’s wounds, but he often ends up hurting others due to his inability to control his Demon Clan power. To protect his family, Tristan heads to Edinburgh Castle and meets a ton of new friends along the way. The movie takes place 14 years after Meliodas restores peace to the world in the anime series.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grunge of Edinburgh Part 1 Trailer
The theme song Lemonade is both peppy and emotional. Hiroyuki Sawano created the song as part of his vocal project SawanoHiroyuki[nZk], teaming up with up-and-coming artist XAI.
This song will be included in the first SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] album coming out on January 18, 2023, the first in two years. XAI’s incredible voice has previously been featured in the GODZILLA animated trilogy of films.
|The upcoming film will connect The Seven Deadly Sins and the currently running sequel Four Knights of the Apocalypse currently running in Weekly Shonen Magazine.
Comment from Hiroyuki Sawano
“I’ve been involved with The Seven Deadly Sins since the anime began in 2014, through all of the movies and sequels. I’m so happy to be able to create the theme song for Grunge of Edinburgh as SawanoHiroyuki[nZk].
This time, I worked with the vocalist XAI. Her expressive, emotional, and powerful voice took the song to another level. It was something beyond my imagination! I hope that you’ll enjoy the track along with this new story from the world of The Seven Deadly Sins.”
Comment from XAI
“I’m so happy to perform the theme song for The Seven Deadly Sins, a series that is loved by so many people.
The characters in the series are so incredible. No matter what sins we carry, as long as we have friends by our side, we can’t give up and we can always better ourselves. Lemonade is sure to fuel your sense of adventure, so I hope you’ll enjoy it!”
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grunge of Edinburgh Part 1
Coming to Netflix December 20, 2022
Netflix Page: https://www.netflix.com/title/81302750
Manga Series A Galaxy Next Door Gets Anime Adaptation in April 2023, First Visual and Trailer Released
10.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Gido Amagakure’s popular manga series A Galaxy Next Door will be adapted for the small screen in April 2023. With over 3 million copies sold, fans have been anxious to see the story brought to life. The first key visual for the series has been revealed, along with the first trailer and list of cast members.
A Galaxy Next Door (Trailer #1)
The manga series began in Kodansha’s Good! Afternoon magazine in 2020 and tells the story of Ichirou Kuga. After his father dies, Ichirou must take care of his two younger siblings without much cash on hand. As an aspiring manga artist, he can barely support himself! Just as he reaches the end of his rope, the gorgeous Shiori Goshiki applies to become his assistant. Taku Yashiro will play Ichiro, while Yu Wakui will play Shiori. While it may sound like a standard romance series, new viewers might be surprised by the sci-fi elements at play!
The first key visual shows off the two main characters, foreshadowing the start of their love story. In the trailer, fans can hear the character’s voices for the first time. Additional cast members announced include Rina Endo as Machi Kuga and Maria Naganawa as Fumio Kuga. The latest information about the anime series, including cast comments and full character info, can be found on the official website.
Fans can also enter to win autographs from the two main voice actors! The campaign is currently being held on the anime’s Twitter page (@otonariniginga). Will you be watching anime series next April?
Anime Film ‘The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes’ Wins Special Award at Bucheon International Animation Festival
03.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Mei Hachimoku and Kukka’s light novel The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes won the 13th Shogakukan Light Novel Award upon release. The film adaptation, which was released in theaters nationwide on September 9, 2022, managed to win the Korean Society of Cartoon and Animation Studies Award at the Buncheon International Animation Festival 2022.
The Buncheon International Animation Festival has been held in Buncheon, northern South Korea, for over 20 years, and is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of the leading international animation film festivals in Asia. There are six categories of competition, and the anime film was entered in the Feature Film category.
The special prize is awarded to the most popular film at the festival. “This film took us to a place that we could see, hear and feel. The impressive music also struck a chord with audiences,” a comment reads.
“I never thought I’d win an award,” said the film’s director Tomohisa Taguchi. “I’m so happy and honored! The fact that this film was so appreciated in Korea is proof that we were able to create a universal film that transcends borders. I’m so happy to be a part of the long history of the Buncheon International Animation Festival!”
The film will also be screened in the Japanese Animation Competition at the 35th Tokyo International Film Festival, which starts on October 24. On October 31, the film was screened at an interview event featuring the film’s director.
The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes
Official Site: https://natsuton.com
Voice Actress Rie Takahashi Discusses Netflix Anime Series Romantic Killer in New Interview
02.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The anime adaptation of the Romantic Killer manga series will begin streaming on Netflix worldwide on October 27, 2022. The hyped series follows Anzu Hoshino, played by Rie Takahashi, a high school girl who just wants to play video games and who doesn’t care about fashion or love.
Main voice actress Rie Takahashi sat down to discuss the series and Anzu’s appeal in a new in-depth interview available to watch on YouTube.
Anzu’s facial expressions vary wildly in the series, giving Takahashi a tough time. “Having been a voice actress for years now, I reached into my bag of tricks to try to find the best tone for each of her wild expressions,” she said. Despite the character’s hardships, she proves herself to be a dependable heroine as well. “Even in the worst situations, she says what she needs to say when she needs to say it. I love that about her!”
Takahashi is known for having played a number of high-profile roles in anime, such as Emilia in Re:Zero, Ena Saitou in Laid Back Camp, and Megumin in KonoSuba. “I thought this was going to be a cutesy love story since the word ‘Romantic’ is in the title, but it turned out to be way funnier than I could have expected,” she said. “Anzu knows what she wants and doesn’t back down. That’s such a cool characteristic to have.”
“We recorded lines early in the morning, so Gakuto Kajiwara and I would get coffee. We needed it to do our best,” Takahashi explained. The actor plays Anzu’s childhood friend who gets caught up in the love story.
“Mikako Komatsu plays the wizard Riri, and she and I had so many difficult lines together, but we made it work,” Takahashi said with a laugh.
Anzu’s appeal lies in the bonds she creates with those around her. This is something that Takahashi noticed when she read the original manga series. “I was trying to read the entire thing and I just started crying…that’s what the ending will do to you! I didn’t expect it, and I absolutely loved what the manga emphasizes. I was happy to understand Anzu’s personality on a deeper level.”
“I did my best to express the emotion found in the original manga series through my voice,” said Takahashi. Be sure to tune into this slapstick coming-of-age romantic comedy, streaming now on Netflix worldwide!
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Romantic Killer (Netflix Anime) Special Interview
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Pb1wzZrTmhc
Girls’ Judo Anime Mou Ippon! Drops New Trailer and Visual Ahead of January 2023 Release
26.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME
A new key visual and trailer for the upcoming anime series Mou Ippon! have been revealed along with more cast information. The series is scheduled to premiere in January 2023.
The new visual shows the main characters riding on a train lit by the setting sun. Three of them have fallen asleep side by side: Michi Sonoda, her best friend Sanae Takigawa, and Towa Hiura. On the opposite side of the train, fans can see Michi’s childhood friend Anna Nagumo, who belongs to the kendo club, along with the judo club’s advisor Shino Natsume and third-year student Tsumugi Himeno.
The new trailer shows off plenty of exciting judo scenes and introduces viewers to the butt-kicking main characters. The series follows Michi Sonada, who previously planned to quit judo after her final tournament in junior high. This is until her best friend Sanae invites her to continue judo in high school. Compared to the previous teaser, this trailer gives a much more intense look at the series.
At the end of the trailer, more information about the main cast was shown, and it was announced that Mou Ippon! would first be broadcast on TV Tokyo.
Tsumugi Himeno will be played by Anna Nagase while Shino Natsume will be played by Yumi Uchiyama. Tsumugi is a junior at Aoba West High School who doesn’t seem to be involved in any club activities and who is a little distant from her classmates.
The Mou Ippon! manga series was written by Yu Muraoka and is serialized in Weekly Shonen Champion. The TV series is being produced by BAKKEN RECORD, a new animation production company launched in 2019. Pony Canyon is in charge of music production. For more details, check out the official website and official Twitter.
Blue Giant Anime Film’s Teaser Trailer Hints at Incredible Jazz Soundtrack
In 2013, Shinichi Ishizuka’s Blue Giant manga series hit the scene. Serialized in Big Comic, the series has sold over 8.8 million copies to date, and readers seem to have fallen in love with the author’s depiction of emotion. Ishizuka has even influenced the real-world jazz scene with his creation.
Blue Giant will be turned into an anime film in February 2023, directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa, known for his work on Mob Psycho 100 and Death Parade. The script is being written by NUMBER 8, the editor of the original manga and the story director for the Blue Giant Supreme spin-off. Studio NUT is handling the animation.
As the manga series largely focuses on the world of jazz, the film’s soundtrack is already being highly anticipated by fans. World-renowned pianist Hiromi Uehara is composing the original music that the film’s jazz trio JASS performs. He’ll also play the piano for the character Yukinori Sawabe.
Saxophonist Tomoaki Baba will play the saxophone for the character Dai. Auditions were held in cooperation with Universal Music, featuring leading players from Japan and abroad. Baba was an easy choice, wowing judges with his large sax and powerful performance.
Shun Ishiwaka, the drummer of the band Millennium Parade, will play the drums for Dai’s classmate Shunji Tamada. One of the most sought-after drummers on the scene, Ishiwaka is active in a number of genres.
Hiromi Uehara’s piano performance is sure to wow audiences. His incredible technique and emotionally-charged performances have wowed the world for years.
“I never thought the day would come that I’d be able to truly recreate the music I had heard only in my head,” Uehara said. “I’ll put all my passion into it.” The pianist is a fan of the work and has continuously expressed his excitement about the project.
“As I performed the saxophone as Dai, I could feel his passion and his obsession for music,” said Tomoaki Baba. Ishiwaka also expressed excitement. “We had a lot of fun going through the trial and error process,” he said. Baba and Ishiwaka, both from Hokkaido, were in the same big band when they were in elementary school, and oddly enough, the members feel a connection like that of their respective characters.
Original manga author Shinichi Ishizuka expressed his excitement about the project. “I’m so glad that Uehara is on board. I want to thank all of the musicians for their awesome sounds!”
Be sure to check the film out when it releases next February!
©2023 映画「BLUE GIANT」製作委員会 ©2013 石塚真一／小学館
Release Date: February 17, 2023
Official Site: bluegiant-movie.jp
Netflix Anime Series Romantic Killer Unveils Special Clip
24.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The anime adaptation of the Romantic Killer manga series will begin streaming on Netflix worldwide on October 27, 2022. The series follows Anzu Hoshino, played by Rie Takahashi, a high school girl who just wants to play video games and who doesn’t care about fashion or love. A wizard named Riri, played by Mikako Komatsu, suddenly appears to force Anzu to fall in love.
Anzu then meets three handsome guys: Tsukasa Kazuki (played by Yuichiro Umehara), the most handsome guy at school, Junta Hayami (played by Gakuto Kajiwara), a baseball ace and Anzu’s childhood friend, and Hijiri Koganei (played by Natsuki Hanae), a rich dreamboat. A new clip from the series has just been released, showing Kyoko’s attempt to avoid anything lovey-dovey at every turn.
The first person Anzu meets is Tsukasa, played by Yuichiro Umehara, who is fed up with love after being pursued by countless girls since he was young. The actor is also known for his work as Weather Report in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean. As it begins to rain, the handsome gentleman holds out an umbrella for Anzu, who obviously refuses.
Next is Junta, played by Gakuto Kajiwara, known for his work as Asta in Black Clover. Anzu’s childhood friend, he looks completely different as an adult, totally taking the heroine off guard.
Finally, Anzu meets Hijiri Koganei. Fans will recognize the voice actor as Natsuki Hanae, who previously played Tanjiro Kamado in Demon Slayer. As he and Anzu enjoy ice cream from the convenience store, Hijiri smiles, noting that although the snack is cheap, it doesn’t taste bad. Saying it in such a sweet way, Anzu almost lets her guard down–but quickly smacks herself to stop any romantic feelings from welling up.
On November 12, Rie Takahashi and Yuichiro Umehara will appear at a stage event to commemorate the start of the series and to talk about its setting and characters in-depth.
Be sure to tune into this slapstick coming-of-age romantic comedy when it airs globally later this month!
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Romantic Killer (Netflix Series)
Starting October 27, 2022
Official Site: https://www.netflix.com/jp/