Manga Series ‘Kimi ni Todoke’ to be Adapted into Live-Action Netflix Drama Series in 2023

09.September.2022 | MOVIE

Karuho Shiina’s popular shojo manga series Kimi ni Todoke is being adapted into a live-action drama co-produced by Netflix and TV Tokyo! The main character, Sawako Kuronuma, will be played by Sara Minami, while Shota Kazahaya will be played by Oji Suzuka. The series will begin airing on Netflix worldwide in March 2023.

 

The original manga series was published in Bessatsu Margaret from 2006 until 2017. In 2008, it won Best Shojo Manga at the 32nd Annual Kodansha Manga Awards. The powerful high school love story has been popular with both men and women alike.

 

The series will be directed by Takehiko Shinjo, known for his work on the live-action adaptation of Your Lie in April, and Takeo Kikuchi, who directed the live-action adaptation of Tokyo Alice.

 

Look forward to seeing your favorite character brought to life next year!

 

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  • Romantic Killer Anime Series to Air on Netflix This October

    26.September.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, the most handsome guy at school, Junta Hayami, a baseball ace and Anzu’s childhood friend, and Hijiri Koganei, a rich dreamboat. Check out the trailer for the upcoming series below.

     


     


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    In the new trailer, we see the three men approaching Anzu, who declares her lack of interest in dating and romance. At first glance, the series seems like a simple genderswap of typical shojo tropes, but Romantic Killer offers more than that, with more hilarious secrets in store for viewers. Will Anzu be able to regain her lazy life, or will she really find herself smitten by one of these suitable bachelors?

     

    When Riri tries to force Anzu into a romantic relationship, things don’t go smoothly. 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.

     

    Next, she meets Junta Hayami, a star baseball ace and childhood friend played by Gakuto Kajiwara.

     

    Finally, Anzu meets Hijiri Koganei, a wealthy scion who thinks that every woman is in love with him. Fans will recognize his voice actor as Natsuki Hanae, who previously played Tanjiro Kamado in Demon Slayer.

     


    Other voice talents appearing in the series include Kenjiro Tsuda as Tsuchiya, Hijiri’s butler, Manaka Iwami as Saki, Anzu’s best friend, and Hiro Shimono as Manato, Tsukasa’s closest buddy.

     

    The ending theme is titled Romantic Love ~Won’t You Fall in Love?☆~, and is performed by Riri’s voice actress Mikako Komatsu.

     

    Be sure to tune in to this slapstick romantic comedy next month!

     

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  • Netflix Anime Series ‘Exception’ Unveils Cast, Composer

    15.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    The new Netflix anime series Exception is scheduled to air worldwide on October 13, 2022. The space horror is based on a new story by novelist and film director Hirotaka Adachi (Otsuichi), with character designs by Yoshitaka Amano, known for his work on the Final Fantasy series.

     

    The score for the anime will be composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, while the cast includes Chikahiro Kobayashi, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuko Kaida, Takanori Hoshino, and Atsumi Tanezaki. The trailer and key visuals promise plenty of mystery and terror, and viewers can expect a one-of-a-kind story and curious worldview.

     

    The story takes place in the far future. Humans have been driven from Earth, forced to move to another galaxy. Members of an advanced scouting team are sent to search for a planet suitable for terraforming. This team is created through a biological 3D printer, while their original counterparts are kept in cryo-sleep.

     

    The series will follow these copies as they seek to complete their mission, but the darkness of space promises some terrifying moments. A glitch in the system causes one of the crew members, Lewis (Chikahiro Kobayashi), to be printed in a deformed state.

     

    The four other members of the team–Mac (Takahiro Sakurai), Nina (Yuko Kaida), Oscar (Takanori Hoshino), and Patty (Atsumi Tanezaki) are attacked by this monster, and the countdown to the end of the mission begins. Where is there to run in space?

    The trailer shows a terrifying copy of Lewis running through the ship attacking the crew, though also shows a glimpse of his mentality leaking through as he utters the word “misprint.” This won’t be a series to watch alone in the dark.

     

    Some humans are ruthless, claiming that the copy isn’t at all human and killing it is the only option. Others say that killing isn’t the right thing to do and that there must be a way to help the misprinted being. 


    Is this deformed version of Lewis human? What does it mean to be alive? What is a human being? This anime series asks some seriously heavy questions, and you won’t want to miss it.

     

    Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto shared his thoughts on how he came to work on the series. “I chose to participate after reading the script. I love sci-fi, and I knew I wanted to see this come to life. In today’s world, cloning and genetic manipulation technology continue to advance, but that leads to questions about the meaning of life and what it means to be human. This series deals with those questions head-on.”


    “I wanted the main theme to be symphonic like you’d hear in other sci-fi films like Star Wars,” he said. “As a whole, I tried to make the soundtrack more dark and ambient. Not scene by scene, but as one giant piece. That said, I did include some intense sounds for the battle scenes. This is a soundtrack I truly love.”

     

    Yuzo Sato (Transformers: Titans Return) is directing the series, while Bakken Record and 5 Inc. are producing the series.

     

    Featuring a star-studded cast and incredible direction, screenwriting, character design, and music, this space horror anime series isn’t one to miss.

     

    Photo by zakkubalan (C) 2020 Kab Inc.

  • Theme Song for the Netflix Film ‘Drifting Home’ Performed by Zutomayo, Music Video Released

    09.September.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    Studio Colorido is best known for the award-winning animated films Penguin Highway and A Whisker Away.

     

    The company will release its next film, Drifting Home, on September 16. The anime movie will be available on Netflix and will be screened in select theaters around 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.

     

    Ahead of the film’s release, the music video for the theme song has been released! Zutomayo performs the track, titled Kiete Shimaisou desu (I’m Going to Disappear). The video was produced by the film’s director Hiroyasu Ishida, and the lyrics were based on the animated production’s story. 

     

    Along with the music video, a new pre-release visual drawn by Akihiro Nagae, the character designer for the film, has also been unveiled. The image shows the subtle bond between Kosuke and Natsume, along with a breathtakingly beautiful sky and sea.

     

     

    Kiete Shimaisou desu (I’m Going to Disappear) Music Video

    https://youtu.be/OxcnK1s2Fww

     

    Comment from Director Hiroyasu Ishida

    “This film was made by taking on the pain of a young boy and a young girl.
    I think this song was made in much the same way.

    Traveling, venturing out with a companion, having someone to lighten the load…those are happy things. 

    I made this music video with the hope that it would be a worthy companion to such a powerful song. 

    Please, watch and enjoy.”

     

     

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  • Romantic Killer Manga Inspires Netflix Anime Series

    25.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    Netflix has announced that it will adapt Wataru Momose’s Romantic Killer into an anime series! The manga was serialized in Shonen Jump+ from 2019 until 2020 and the anime series will premiere worldwide on October 27, 2022.

     

    The series follows Anzu Hoshino, a high school girl who only cares about video games and doesn’t care about fashion or boys. When a wizard appears, Anzu is suddenly chosen to help Magical World’s population from falling, and suddenly finds herself surrounded by hot guys. 

     

    The teaser PV shows off the heroine, who has no interest in falling in love, and Riri, who is determined to make her do just that. Participating voice actors include Rie Takahashi as Anzu and Mikako Komatsu as Riri. YURiKA will perform the anime’s opening theme song ROMA☆KiRA.


    Check out the teaser below!


    The original author, Wataru Momose, commented on the voice cast for the series. “Rie Takahashi is the perfect voice for Kyoto, and I was so thrilled that she was able to express Kyoko’s passion and speed so brilliantly. Also, Mikako Komatsu played the terrible Riri in such an adorable way!”

     

    During the Netflix global fan event TUDUM Japan on September 24 and September 25, the two voice actresses will appear to chat about the series and what fans can expect. 


    YURiKA, who previously sang the theme song for BEASTARS and other popular anime series, is an up-and-coming Gen-Z star. The lyrics in the theme song fit Kyoko perfectly, so be sure to give it a listen!


    Be sure to tune into this romantic slapstick comedy this October!

     

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  • Animated Film ‘Drifting Home’ to Collaborate with Otaku Culture Studio on NFTs

    18.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    In 2018, the film Penguin Highway won the Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation and Best Animated Feature at the 42nd Japan Academy Awards. In 2020, A Whisker Away was released globally on Netflix and ranked in the Top 10 most viewed films in over 30 countries. Understandably, Studio Colorido has been receiving acclaim from international audiences, and the company will release its next film Drifting Home on September 16. The anime movie will be available on Netflix and will be screened in select theaters around Japan on the same day.

     

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    Otaku Culture Studio, which promotes Japanese anime culture through NFTs, supports talented creators and aims to create a world where fans and creators collaborate to make Japanese anime, manga, and game content together. The project creates opportunities for fans to be involved in the production of things they love. NFT collaborations with numerous Japanese creators have already been decided, and the appeal of the country’s pop culture is being shared with audiences around the world through this ambitious project.

     

    NFTs sold at Otaku Culture Studio will come with an original AR figure that can be displayed on AR applications, an invitation to an NFT-holder-only community, and other benefits. The production and sale of NFT-holder-only merchandise may also be coming in the future. For more details, check out the official project website.

     

     

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  • 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.

     

    Trailer


    Rilakkuma has the power to make anyone feel warm and fuzzy, so be sure to tune in. It will do your soul some good.

  • 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!

  • Trailer, Stills Released for Netflix’s ‘Drifting Home’ Anime Film

    16.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    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. 

     

    Trailer  

     

    Be sure to watch the film when it appears on Netflix in September!

  • 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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  • Netflix Reveals One Piece Live-Action Series Set Details and Concept Art

    10.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    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!

     

    Netflixシリーズ「ONE PIECE」全世界独占配信
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  • ‘Oni: The Thunder Gods Tale,’ an Animated Netflix Series Inspired by Japanese Folklore, to Stream Worldwide

    08.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    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.”

     

    Netflixシリーズ「ONI:神々山のオナリ」全世界独占配信

  • 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!

     

    Trailer: 
    https://youtu.be/IhxcBg4xAk4

     

    Season 2 is sure to be a roller coaster, so check in when it releases next week!

     

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