‘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
Rakudai Majo Anime Series by Production I.G. Gets First Teaser Trailer
22.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Rakudai Majo (Failure Witch) is a popular children’s book series in Japan, and Production I.G. is transforming it into an animated film! The first teaser trailer shows off the main character, Fuuka, and a magical land filled with wonder and adventure.
Rakudai Majo Teaser Trailer #1
The film is based on Satoko Narita’s book series which began with the release of the first volume in 2006. Takayuki Hamana will serve as director, and the film’s script will be penned by Kiyoko Yoshimura. Marumi Sugita is in charge of character design.
More news regarding the project is expected to be announced soon, so keep an eye out for more ahead of the film’s premiere!
In Theaters Spring 2023
Rakudai Majo Official Site: https://anime-rakumajo.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!
©️ 2022 SANRIO CO., LTD. S／D・G 著作：㈱サンリオ
Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure
CulZone in Akihabara Begins Limited-Time Anime T-Shirt Festival
CulZone, inside ACZ and operated by Ichigo Animation, has expanded and reopened! To commemorate, the Anime T-Shirt Festival will be running from June 17 until July 10. Dozens of shirts will be on sale featuring both new and old anime titles.
©Negi Haruba, Kodansha /The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Production Team ®KODANSHA
©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable
©2016 Natsume Akatsuki, Kurone Mishima / KADOKAWA / Konosuba Production Committee
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
©Tappei Nagatsuki, KADOKAWA / Re: Zero Production Committee
©Sotsu / Sunrise
©1995 Masamune Shirow / Kodansha, Bandai Visual, MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
Character shirts and logo shirts will be available and every fan will find something perfect! Items will be changed regularly throughout the event, so be sure to stop by and find something perfect for your summer wardrobe.
Anime T-Shirt Festival
Running: June 17 – July 10, 2022
Venue: AKIBA Cultures ZONE 4F ‘CulZone’
Official Site: https://www.ichigo.gr.jp/
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!
Engage Kiss Anime Series Reveals Second Key Visual, Second Trailer with Ending Theme
The second key visual and second trailer for the Aniplex/A-1 Pictures series Engage Kiss have been revealed! The series will begin airing on July 2 in Japan.
The trailer features the first appearance of the ending theme Renai-Nou performed by Akari Nanawo. Six new voice actors have also joined the cast: Akeno Watanabe as Akino Yugiri, Kenichiro Matsuda as Miles Morgan, Yoshiaki Hasegawa as Tetsuya Mikami, Aya Uchida as Shenhua Hachisuka, Saori Onishi as Linhua Hachisuka, and Ryota Osaka as Mihail Hachisuka.
An advanced screening of the series will take place at Shinjuku Wald 9 on June 22, with more information now available. Engage Kiss will be accompanied by the Square Enix mobile game Engage Kill, which will begin pre-registration this summer.
Comment from Akari Nanawo
“I’m Akari Nanawo, and I’ve been put in charge of the ending theme for the anime series Engage Kiss.
The first thing I thought about while preparing for my work was the pink-haired yandere heroine! That’s my favorite!!! And the guy is poor and totally dependent on her! Yikes!!!”
Engage Kiss has so many highlights, from the moments plucked from daily life to the battle scenes. The ending theme, Renai-Nou (Love Brain), will hopefully help the viewers connect with the character’s emotions–especially the heroines, who are at the hero’s mercy somewhat.
I hope everyone enjoys it, along with the fast-paced opening theme Everyone, Scramble by Halca!”
TOKYO MX: Saturdays at 24:30 starting July 2
Tochigi TV: Saturdays at 24:30 starting July 2
Gunma TV: Saturdays at 24:30 starting July 2
BS11: Saturdays at 24:30 starting July 2
ABC TV: Saturdays at 26:30 starting July 2
Nagoya TV: Saturdays at 26:30 starting July 2
*Broadcast dates and times are subject to change.
dAnime Store will broadcast the series each Saturday starting July 2.
Other streaming sites will broadcast the series starting July 5.
Official Site: engage-kiss.com
Upcoming Anime Series ‘Tokyo Mew Mew New’ Reveals Second Trailer
04.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The 2002 anime series Tokyo Mew Mew is about to be reborn! Tokyo Mew Mew New will begin airing on July 5, and more information was revealed at an advanced screening attended by voice actors Yuma Uchida (Masaya Aoyama), Yuichi Nakamura (Ryou Shirogane), and Yusuke Shirai (Keiichirou Akasaka).
The second trailer includes footage of the transformation sequences and special attacks of the five main characters. Longtime fans must be over-the-top excited!
A new character also makes an appearance in the trailer! Nobuhiko Okamoto will voice Quiche, an alien with feelings for Ichigo. Don’t be fooled, however–he wants to take over the Earth.
Tokyo Mew Mew New Second Trailer
The new series will premiere on July 5 at 24:00 on TV Tokyo on July 6 at 24:30 on BS TV Tokyo. The theme song Cat!! shite SuperGirls by Smewthie can be heard in the second trailer and will be available to stream ahead of the broadcast. The ending theme, Tokimeki Ichigo Ichie, will also be streaming soon.
Tickets for an advanced screening are on sale until June 3 and will include highlights of the first three episodes. The screening will also include a cast talk with Yuma Uchida, Yuichi Nakamura, and Yusuke Shirai, as well as commentary by Nobuhiko Okamoto about his character Quiche.
The Tokyo Mew Mew New Visual Book will be released on June 13, 2022. Filled with cast and staff interviews, fans won’t want to miss it! Be sure to tune into the series when it starts in July.
Tokyo Mew Mew New
Premiering July 5, 2022
Official Site: https://tokyo-mew-mew.com
Jeddah Season 2022 in Saudi Arabia Announces the Launch of “Anime Village”
The seaside town of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia began Jeddah Season 2022 on May 2. The weeks-long entertainment and cultural festival has announced the “Anime Village,” an interactive event filled with popular Japanese IPs produced by Avex. The family-friendly area will be open until July 2.
*Avex has partnered with Sera, a leading event management company with operations around the world, to produce “Anime Village.”
Jeddah Season 2022 is part of a new initiative in Saudi Arabia called Saudi Seasons. The plan was launched to enrich the lives of both Saudi citizens and visitors and to showcase the country as an important global tourism destination. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Jeddah Season has now returned for the second time.
The “Anime Village” is located in the City Walk area of the event space and includes a ton of popular Japanese properties including Gundam, Demon Slayer, Captain Tsubasa, Ghost in the Shell, Godzilla, Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan, Naruto, Pac-Man, HUNTERxHUNTER, BLEACH, My Hero Academia, and more. Guests can also purchase goods at the Animate Shop and the Sanrio Shop.
For the first time in the Middle East, a giant Gundam diorama measuring approximately 6 meters was put on display, and a Hello Kitty fan meetup will be held. At the Captain Tsubasa booth, visitors can play a VR game that will pull them into the world of the anime series.
We love to see Japanese pop culture continuing to spread around the globe!
Jeddah Season 2022 Anime Village
Running: May 19 – July 2, 2022
Venue: Jeddah Season 2022 City Walk Area
Official Site: https://jeddahseason.sa/index-en.html
Smile of the Arsnotoria RPG to Get Anime Adaptation in July
31.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
An anime adaptation of the Nitroplus, Good Smile Company, and NextNinja mobile RPG Smile of the Arsnotoria will premiere on July 6 on TOKYO MX and BS Nippon TV.
The main cast will include Misaki Kuno as Arsnotoria, Miharu Hanai as Mel, Miyu Tomita as Petit Albert, Eri Yukimura as Picatrix, and Eriko Matsui as Abramelin. The teaser visual also features original characters made specifically for the anime adaptation. More information will be released in June, so stay tuned!
The RPG will also receive a manga adaptation in Kadokawa’s Monthly Dragon Age magazine starting June 9. Drawn by Hattori Masaki, the series will follow the events of the anime.
The series will also receive a spin-off story centered on a character original to the anime. Details surrounding this still remain a mystery.
Be sure to tune in when the anime premieres in July!
“Welcome to our secret academy.”
In the magical boarding school city of Ashram, girls known as Pentagramas live their lives and study to become “real ladies.” It’s time for you to experience the friendly, fun, and fascinating atmosphere of the campus while living alongside these girls in the school dorm!
©NITRO PLUS/GOOD SMILE COMPANY, Inc.
©Smile of the Arsnotoria the Animation Partners
Smile of the Arsnotoria!
Premiering July 7, 2022
TOKYO MX: Wednesdays at 23:00 / BS Nippon: Wednesdays at 24:00
Official Site: arsnotoria-anime.com
Manga Adaptation / Novelization Information
Manga to begin serialization in Monthly Dragon Age starting June 9
Novel to be published by Famitsu Bunko
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?
Japan’s First NFT Anime Project ‘Zombie Zoo’ to be Released in May
12.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Zombie Zoo, Japan’s first animated adaptation of NFT art, will be released this month! Based on the NFT art collection by Zombie Zoo Keeper, a 9-year-old Japanese boy, Toei Animation is in charge of the series.
The main staff, character designs, and an advanced cut of the live-action portion of the series have been revealed ahead of the project’s official release. YP of YURUPPE is directing the series. Jiro Sameyama is the character designer. The character design settings are now on display in the Metaverse at NFT FESTA 2022 SPRING.
©️Zombie Zoo Keeper
Zombie Zoo Keeper
Coming in May
Official Site: https://www.toei-anim.co.jp/zombie-zoo/
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