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
‘My Master Has No Tail’ Anime Series Reveals Second Key Visual
10.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME
A new visual for the upcoming anime series My Master Has No Tail has been revealed! The image features Mameda, the main character, as well as Bunko Daikokutei, Byakudanji Tsubaki, Enshi Kirino, Utaroku Ebisuya, Shirara Tsubaki, and Buncho Daikokutei.
The visual has a retro feel, fitting for the series. The story follows Mameda, a tanuki born in the wrong era. A rakugo master decides to make Mameda his apprentice.
The series will begin airing on September 30, 2022, and more information will be released in the coming weeks.
My Master Has No Tail began as a manga series in 2019. Written and illustrated by TNSK, it’s serialized in Kodansha’s seinen magazine good! Afternoon. The anime will be directed by Hideyo Yamamoto, known for his work on Cells at Work and Strike the Blood.
My Master Has No Tail
Airing September 30
Official Site: https://shippona-anime.com
Chained Soldier Anime Series Coming in 2023, Production Video Narrated by Yuya Hirose Released
03.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Premiering in Shonen Jump+ in January 2019, Chained Soldier (Mato Seihei no Slave) has been a certified hit, selling over 1.5 million copies. Takahiro and Yohei Takemura’s series will be getting an anime series in 2023, and more information is starting to appear regarding the highly-anticipated adaptation.
Yuya Hirose, the voice actor behind Yuki Wakura, is featured in a new on-site behind-the-scenes video. In it, fans can see the animation team at Seven Arcs hard at work on the series as they discuss their passion for the show and what viewers should watch out for. Give it a watch!
Chained Soldier Anime Series On-site Behind-the-Scenes Production Report
Chained Soldier is currently being serialized in Shonen Jump+. In the series, otherworldly spaces known as “demon cities” begin appearing in various parts of Japan, and those who partook in the peaches growing there gain unique abilities–but only if they’re girls. One day, a down-in-the-dumps high school boy named Yuuki Wagura (Yuya Hirose) suddenly gets lost at the entrance of a demon city. There, he meets Kyoka Uzen (Akari Kito), the beautiful leader of the seven programs of the Magical Defense Corps, who orders him to become her slave. This fantasy series sees Yuuki fighting terrifying demons as a slave channeling Kyoka’s abilities.
Chapter 88 of the manga series is now available on Shonen Jump+, so be sure to give it a read!
Official Teaser Site: https://mabotai.jp/
‘Dark Gathering’ Horror Manga Gets Anime Adaptation in 2023, Teaser Trailer and Visual Released
27.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Kenichi Kondo’s Dark Gathering manga series will get an anime adaptation in 2023! The manga is currently serialized in Shueisha’s Jump SQ, and the announcement was made on Ghost Day in Japan which falls on July 26.
The series will be directed by Hiroshi Ikehata, known for his work on FLCL Progressive and Space Battleship Tiramisu. Filled with horror, it will be interesting to see what is in store for us from OLM studios, famous for the Pokemon and Beyblade Burst series.
The teaser visual shows Yayoi Hozuki standing in a dimly lit tunnel, while the teaser trailer shows the many spirits that will appear in the adaptation. The manga tells the story of Keitaro Gentoga, who has the ability to communicate with spirits. After becoming a shut-in after a difficult incident, he meets a genius girl named Yayoi Hozuki who can see Keitaro’s ability. The two start on a journey to capture evil spirits.
Keep an eye out for more details coming soon!
Official Site: https://darkgathering.jp/
Official Manga Site: https://jumpsq.shueisha.co.jp/rensai/darkdathering/
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/
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/
Anime Series Bocchi the Rock! to Air in October 2022
13.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Rock ‘n roll anime series Bocchi the Rock! is scheduled to air in October 2022.
Along with the broadcast announcement, character visuals have also been released!
The story follows Hitori Goto, a lonely high school girl who loves playing the guitar at home alone. While not very sociable, after uploading a video of her playing guitar online, she’s recruited into the ‘Kessoku Band’ by its drummer, Nijika Ichiji.
The anime series is based on the 4-panel manga series by Aki Hamaji currently serialized in Manga Time Kirara MAX. Will you be tuning in?
Bocchi the Rock!
Airing October 2022
Official Site: bocchi.rocks
Parallel World Pharmacy Ending Theme to Hit Streaming Services on July 18
Singer-songwriter Little Black Dress will begin streaming the track Haku’u on July 18, 2022. The song is being used as the ending theme for the anime series Parallel World Pharmacy.
The lyrics were written by Little Black Dress herself, while the track was arranged and composed by Koichi Ikekubo, who wrote the music for the anime series.
“I was so captivated by the original work. Writing the lyrics was easy,” Little Black Dress said. The song will be performed live for the first time on TBS’s Music Day 2022, scheduled for an eight-hour block on July 16. Be sure to tune in to the anime series as well!
QUEENDOM Releases Music Video for Ya Boy Kongming! Opening Theme
QUEENDOM has unveiled the music video for Chikichiki Banban, the catchy opening theme for the anime series Ya Boy Kongming!
QUEENDOM is a special music unit composed of hibiki and moca from lol, Akina and Taki from FAKY, and Maria Kaneya from GENIC. Chikichiki Banban has been a smash hit, and the anime series Ya Boy Kongming becoming a hot topic over the past few months.
The anime’s opening movie featuring the song has already surpassed 10 million views on YouTube, and many fans have posted videos of themselves singing and dancing along.
Chikichiki Banban – QUEENDOM MV (Opening Theme for Ya Boy Kongming!)
Many comments on YouTube and social networking sites began popping up begging QUEENDOM for a full music video, and the long-awaited release is incredibly impactful, with a loud party-like worldview that will make you want to dance.
The Special Anime MV was released prior to the QUEENDOM music video and uses footage from the series, so fans should give it a watch!
Chikichiki Banban – QUEENDOM (Special Anime MV)
Have you been watching one of the grooviest anime series of the season?
Hololive Meet to Bring Popular VTubers to Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles
Massively popular VTubers from Hololive Productions will appear at Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles from July 1 until July 4, 2022. The contention is one of the largest anime events in North America.
Fans will be able to purchase exclusive merchandise featuring the Hololive Meet ambassadors: Gawr Gura, Tokino Sora, and Ayunda Risu. The three represent Hololive English, Hololive, and Hololive Indonesia, respectively. Everything from shirts to wall scrolls will be on sale, so if you’re in the LA area, be sure to come out and support your favorite streamer!
Anime Expo 2022
Booth Number: Exhibit Hall #4606
Dates: July 1 – July 4, 2022
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closing at 15:00 on July 4)
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center
Official Site: https://www.anime-expo.org/
Golden Kamuy x Sanrio Characters Collaboration Cafe to Open in Shibuya
Characters from the popular anime series Golden Kamuy will team up with beloved Sanrio characters for a new collaboration cafe! Fans should visit Chugai Grace Cafe in Shibuya by July 18 to try some themed dishes and grab some exclusive merchandise.
Eat the Great North! Cream Stew Plate
Almond Pound Cake with Lingonberry Sauce
Matagi’s Stump Birthday Cake
Monkichi the Monkey and Shiraishi’s Banana Soda
Cola Float and Strange Juice
Pin – Cafe ver. (7 varieties, random)
Acrylic Stand (7 varieties)
Acrylic Frame Keychain (7 varieties)
Acrylic Block – Cafe ver.
Let’s Go to the Cafe! Curry (2 varieties)
Pouch (10 varieties)
Genjirou Tanigaki Birthday Set
Collab Menu Order / Advanced Reservation Bonus Coaster (17 varieties)
Matagi’s Stump Birthday Cake Order Bonus – Bromide
Goods Preorder Bonus Bromide (17 varieties)
The collaboration menu will include a tasty Almond Pound Cake with Lingonberry Sauce and Matagi’s Stump Birthday Cake to celebrate Tanigaki’s birthday! Don’t miss out on these exclusive menu items and goods.
© 2022 SANRIO CO., LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN(L)
Golden Kamuy x Sanrio Characters x Chugai Grace Cafe
Running: June 23 – July 18, 2022
Venue: Shibuya MODI 7F, Chugai Grace Cafe
Official Site: https://chugai-grace-cafe.jp/collaboration/kamuyxsanrio/
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/