Japanese entertainment news website Comic Natalie began streaming a 25-second clip on Thursday from the live-action film of Kei Sanbe‘s Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I Am Missing) manga. The scene features Satoru (played by Tatsuya Fujiwara) and Airi (Kasumi Arimura).
Airi: I wasn’t able to do anything for him with my small hands. I want to believe you for my own sake. I want to think there is something I can do with my own hands.
The manga’s story follows Satoru, a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his classmate Kayo.
The film’s cast includes:
- Tatsuya Fujiwara (live-action Death Note, Rurouni Kenshin) as the protagonist Satoru Fujinuma.
- Kasumi Arimura (When Marnie Was There, live-action Strobe Edge) as Airi Katagiri, Satoru’s part-time job coworker.
- Yuriko Ishida (Princess Mononoke, From Up On Poppy Hill) as Satoru’s mother.
This year’s 15th issue of Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will reveal four more cast members and rough characters designs for the television anime of Kōhei Horikoshi‘s My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) manga on Monday. The new cast members are:
Kosuke Miyoshi as Mashirao Ojiro
Masakazu Nishida as Hanta Sero
Kaori Nazuka as Tooru Hagakure
Tooru Nara as Rikidō Satō
The magazine will also reveal a rough character design for Kōji Kōda, but he does not have a cast member.
Previously-announced cast members include:
Daiki Yamashita as Izuku Midoriya
Kenta Miyake as All Might
Nobuhiko Okamoto as Katsuki Bakugō
Ayane Sakura as Ochako Uraraka
Kaito Ishikawa as Tenya Iida
Aoi Yūki as Tsuyu Asui
Ryou Hirohashi as Minoru Mineta
Marina Inoue as Momo Yaoyorozu
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Fumikage Tokoyami
Tasuku Hatanaka as Denki Kaminari
Toshiki Masuda as Eijirō Kirishima
Yuuki Kaji as Shōto Todoroki
Eri Kitamura as Mina Ashido
If you were wondering where you were going to end up watching the upcoming anime adaptation of Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia, Funimation has you covered. Earlier today the company announced the acquisition of the exclusive international rights to the series, which is set to premiere in the U.S., Canada, and UK this April.
Funimation’s acquisition includes the international rights to home entertainment, video on demand, merchandise, and broadcast distribution. The first episode of the BONES-produced adaptation will premiere in April on the FunimationNow streaming service.
There’s a new hero in town! “My Hero Academia” is a superhero origin story that soars to the top of the class!
Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life—a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not going to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies. Now, the only thing standing between him and his first class is the academy’s formidable entrance exam—nothing a little
The most rewarding episodes of HaruChika are those that manage to move the regular plot forward along with the mystery-of-the-week. Usually it’s a quieter interpersonal drama, focused on the core feelings and struggles of our cast. This week, we get a much bigger push forward for everyone: the band competition! The brass band club is ready to prove itself in the B group, and they’re not the only ones.
Both Chika and Haruta have recently sustained injuries. Chika’s was due to a daring rescue of a little boy from a tall apartment building, and Haruta got his from an ordeal with a cat. When Haruta goes missing—and Chika disappears in search of him—she runs across a reporter, wondering if he’s there to hear about her ordeal. He does want to talk to her, but not about that. No, he wants to find out from the students themselves about the teacher they love so much, Mr. Kusakabe.
Leading up to that moment, we get lots of fun rapport between the club members, deepening what we’ve previously learned about them. Narushima becomes the keeper of the club when Haruta and Chika are off on their weekly adventure, and Serizawa hovers around
The Christmas-themed costumes launched on Thursday, and costume pack bundles are slated for March 17. The new DLC is 350 yen per costume or 1,200 yen for the whole set of four. A Christmas weapon pack that includes a Christmas tree, Santa boots,, and Christmas cake is an additional 350 yen.
KOEI Tecmo Games’ Omega Force subsidiary (Warriors/Musou franchise) developed the game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita and released it in Japan on February 18. The game is also slated for North America and Europe this year.
The PS4 and PS3 regular package editions retail for 7,800 yen (US$63), and the PS4 and PS3 download editions retail for 6,762 yen (US$55). The regular PS Vita package edition retails for 6,800 yen (US$55) and the download edition retails for 6,000 yen (US$49).
This year’s 15th issue of Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that the rock band FLOW (The Seven Deadly Sins, Eureka Seven) will perform the theme song “BURN” for Bandai Namco Entertainment‘s upcoming Tales of Berseria role-playing game.
In addition, the magazine will reveal two more characters. Satomi Satou will play Magiru, an unidentified travelling witch designed by Daigo Okumura. She’s a lively person, but she has a dark side. Naomi Nagasawa will play Bien Phu, a strange Malak who wears a hat.
The other revealed characters in the game include:
as Velvet Crowe
Designed by: Mutsumi Inomata
Azumi Asakura as Laphicet
Designed by: Minoru Iwamoto
Designed by: Daigo Okumura
Ami Koshimizu as Eleanor
Designed by: Kousuke Fujishima
The game is set in a world called Wasteland, on a continent named Glenwood — the same continent as the previous Tales of Zestiria, although in a much earlier time period. Central to the setting is the Sacred Kingdom of Midgand, which stretches across multiple
The official website for the Mayoiga original TV anime series updated on Wednesday with five additional cast members. Diomedea‘s official Twitter account also posted an updated key visual with the new characters.
The new cast members are:
Ayaka Shimizu (Sasameki Koto‘s Masaki Akemiya) as Maimai, a 17-year-old student who confessed to the guy she liked but was totally rejected.
Ai Kakuma (Aldnoah.Zero‘s Nina Klein) as Lovepon, a 15-year-old girl who does not get along with her dad.
Kosuke Miyoshi (My Hero Academia‘s Mashirao Ojiro) as Jack, a 16-year-old boy with a mysterious past. He is receiving treatment for a tumor from his family.
Yoshiaki Hasegawa (Hundred’s Hayato Kisaragi) as Yura Mikage, a 24-year-old trading company employee who is on track for high positions.
Konomi Tada (Girls und Panzer‘s Karina Sakaguchi) as Nanko, a 17-year-old great detective whose perceptions and reactions are a little different from those around her, but she conceals a lot of talent.
Previously-announced cast includes:
Kōdai Sakai (Pupa’s Yuuhei Arita) as 16-year-old student Mitsumune. His grades are excellent but he doesn’t boast about it,
Satoru set up a whole bunch of rules for himself regarding his heroic journey into the past. Most of these rules related to his new friendship with Hinazuki, and how it would end up saving her. Become friends with Hinazuki, and she’ll no longer be a target of the serial killer. Invite her to your party, and she’ll have a reason to stay alive. Keep her safe past X-Day, and the future will be changed. Change just one thing, and that will inevitably lead to a better tomorrow.
For most of this episode, Satoru isn’t punished for embracing these arbitrary beliefs. His attempts to get closer to Hinazuki generally work, and when he isn’t able to personally get his way, his mom steps in to help him. Satoru’s friends help him find time alone with his “crush,” and his pushy demands don’t seem to bother Hinazuki. A trip to the local museum presents some temporary anxieties, as Satoru realizes his current journey is actually overlapping significantly with the events of the past; but then his friends arrive, and Satoru assures himself that the path of history has been changed. And when X-Day passes and Hinazuki waves a fond goodbye after the
ERASED took an unfortunate step down this week, in an outsourced episode that demonstrated few of the show’s great strengths and all of its weaknesses. It was propelled largely by base plot beats over atmosphere, and what scenes weren’t more or less inert in terms of direction tended to oversell their drama. It’s difficult for any show to maintain consistent polish from first episode to last, but it’s never a fun thing to see.
In the wake of last week’s unexpected absence, Satoru ended up running over to Hinazuki’s house, where he found that she wasn’t in the shed, but that an adult man had visited it some time in the last day. Following that, a couple shots from inside the house gave the game away: Hinazuki was already dead, her parents were likely responsible, and they were unsure of how to deal with the situation. It’s beginning to seem likely that Hinazuki’s situation might have just been “conveniently” close to the serial killings time-wise, and that her parents only got away with murder because of the other killer on the loose.
The next few scenes of the episode played out just like Satoru might have expected, with all of
As a traditional thriller, ERASED certainly knows how to build its dramatic hooks into the fundamental elements of its storytelling. As this episode opened, Satoru began to piece together the exact details of Hanazuki’s disappearance, reasoning that because she died at ten, Hinazuki had to have been abducted some time between March 1st and her birthday. As small scenes at school played out, Satoru began narrowing down the potential death window while also doing his best to protect Hinazuki in the meantime, eventually learning he had eleven days to save her. That narrative clock was given further significance through a meeting between Satoru and his teacher, where he learned there was already a case being built against Hinazuki’s abusive mother. The gears of this story all feel natural, and its overall structure feels very tightly composed; as far as the overt plot goes, ERASED is a confident and propulsive machine.
But praising the precision of the storytelling feels like an insufficient way to describe ERASED. This is a strong story, but the way it’s being told is the real star here. The early scenes of this episode, where Satoru found himself pitted in an ice
There is a whole lot worth talking about when it comes to ERASED. Even the base premise is complex enough to fill an easy paragraph, what with Satoru’s adult ennui, his Revival power, the bloody drama that sparks his return to childhood, and the kidnapping mystery awaiting him there. You’d think a show that juggles two distinct time periods, an additional supernatural time-traveling power, and a secret serial killer would come off as a little too busy, but ERASED manages that and then some. Not only is it satisfying as an immediate drama, it’s also rich in relevant thematic undertones, and marvelously produced aside. I don’t always find myself interested in anime’s marquee shows, but if ERASED is destined to be this season’s big hit, I am all for it.
ERASED‘s strengths begin with its stellar direction, courtesy of Sword Art Online/Silver Spoon director Tomohiko Ito. Ito’s always been a talented director, but adapting poorly written light novels and slice of life manga haven’t necessarily given him a chance to stretch his muscles; here, his gifts for tone and drama are put to use in elevating an
I don’t really feel happy reviewing this episode. I’ve been enjoying this show, enjoying it a lot – after Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū and Grimgar, it’s represented the final top-tier pillar of the season for me. It’s sometimes gone over the top in its thriller theatrics, but its execution has been generally excellent, and it seemed like it was building towards some compelling points about community and trust.
But this episode was a disaster.
It was a disaster that’s been a long time coming, in retrospect. The show hasn’t left itself many avenues for revealing who the killer is – outside of Yuuki himself, basically the only potential suspect has been Mr. Yashiro. Having only one relevant character doesn’t make for much of a mystery, and beyond that, Mr. Yashiro has served a fairly instrumental role in the plot. It’d be somewhat disappointing for the killer to be someone we didn’t know, but it’d be far more disappointing for it to be Mr. Yashiro, who’s both the overtly obvious choice and a character who’s come to stand as a counterpoint to the underlying atmosphere of suspicion in the show. If ERASED is a show about anything, it is
So here’s a story… Before “New-Media” officially had a name, there was a kid in Philadelphia who had a $20 microphone which he’d bought at a game store (there used to be more than one). At first he’d record himself doing voices, and emulating performances to the riveted audience of his cat.
Along this journey, he’d eventually find himself auditioning for fandubs and indie games on the internet. A bunch of projects that never happened, a dash of podcasting, with a sprinkle of time and a little bit of dumb luck meeting at the intersection of what we’ll call “mostly-preparedness” later, that kid became Marc Swint.
Marc is a Philadelphia based voice actor, writer and new-media producer who still… mostly works on the internet. And it’s there that you’ll find him working with Bennett The Sage on Anime Abandon, Team Four Star on Whatever They’re Working On Abridged and whoever else darkens his door with a project that he’d deign to call “neato” or “the bees knees”.
On those occasions that he works in meatspace, through a flurry of “Additional Voice” credits, he’s managed to voice Mason in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Isaac Tukura in Modern Combat 5, additional voices in Dungeon Hunter
Crunchyroll added the anime Bokurano to its streaming catalog in the United States and Canada on Tuesday. The full 24-episode series is available for premium members, and free users will be able to watch 12 new episodes a week.
Crunchyroll describes the story:
When a strange man in a grotto by the sea offers fifteen middle-school students the chance to test the game he’s been developing, the kids find little reason not to accept. Who wouldn’t want to pilot a giant robot and face down intruders bent on destroying Earth? Instead of a game, however, the youths discover that the metal giant is all too real–and so are the enemies! It only gets worse when they realize that the ‘contract’ they signed to play the game was no laughing matter. The robot feeds on the life force of its pilot. Even if they win, they die. But if they lose, the world will cease to exist!Despair grips the children as they learn the rules of the contract and the nature of the game they signed up to play. And as they reveal the true nature of the enemy–an enemy that seems to be all too
Sentai Filmworks announced a new license today with the addition of 2008 comedy-fantasy anime Hatenkou Yugi. The series—which was directed by Nobuhiro Takamoto (Beelzebub), with Yasuhiro Imagawa (Souten no Ken) on series composition for the Studio DEEN production—will be available soon digitally, with a home video release to follow.
Having been lovingly kicked out of her home with the words, “Don’t you wanna see the world a little?” 15-year-old Rahzel Anadis suddenly finds herself traveling from town to town. Her journey is off to a rough start when she’s joined by Alzeid, a young man seeking revenge for his father’s murder. The two do have a few things in common: they can both use magic, and they both despise each other. Despite their animosity, Rahzel and Alzeid travel together, helping people in other cities and discovering what it really means to “see the world.”
The Japanese Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (BPO) watchdog group recently published viewer complaints from February, one stemming from a nyotaimori scene from an evening anime program. Nyotaimori is the practice of eating sushi off a woman’s naked body. The complaint asks for consideration of the ethical implications, the time zone when the program aired, and the potential impact on children.
The specific anime the scene appeared in isn’t identified, although a similar scene took place in episode 808 of Detective Conan that aired on February 13. The woman in the scene is censored.
This is first BPO published complaint for Detective Conan in 10 years. The last complaint was published in 2006 and generally disagreed with the anime’s subject matter and art style, stating that the children’s style animation wasn’t appropriate for a show that focused on murder.
Last month, Mr. Osomatsu caught the ire of viewers for its masturbation scene.
The BPO published viewer complaints in November stemming from a scene in Yōkai Watch. The complaint regards a “suggestive” banana-eating scene. In October the BPO also published viewer complaints stemming from a scene in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, in August,
Best-selling J-pop singer/songwriter Utada Hikaru is set to return to the Japanese music scene after a five-year hiatus.
Utada, whose last album, This is the One, was released in 2009, is one of Japan’s best-selling artists. Born and raised in the U.S., Utada’s debuted in 1998 with Precious, an English-language album. Her 1999 Japanese-language debut, First Love, remains the highest-selling Japanese album of all time.
Utada’s return to the industry will be marked by the release of two songs: “Hanataba wo Kimi ni,” the opening theme song for morning drama series Toto Nee-chan, and the as-yet-untitled ending theme for news program News Zero. Both songs will debut April 4.
To celebrate her return, a website entitled NEW-TURN Project features sakura pedals that float across the screen whenever someone tweets with the hashtag #おかえりHIKKI (welcome back, Hikaru!).
Utada is well known to anime and video game fans for songs featured the Kingdom Hearts RPG series and Evangelion reboot films.
It had previously been speculated Utada’s return to music might be tied to the fourth Evangelion reboot film. During her hiatus, she provided the ending theme for Evangelion 3.0, entitled “Sakura Nagashi.”
Cirque du Soleil. Nightclubs. Olympians. Red Carpets. Electric Daisy Carnival. Film. Commercials. Music Videos. Red Carpets.
Jez Roth started sewing at the age of 13 on small crafts and at the local dance studio before falling in love with the art of cosplay at Katsucon 1998. After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades winning Best in Show 15 times with tailored costumes and heavily choreographed skits, he moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian designing the Opera Gowns, eventually landing at Cirque du Soleil’s water spectacular O.
Since leaving Cirque, he currently works freelance out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, Mirrorball Men, and Golden Fairies that contort through the air, designing for events with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardiashian, Eva Langoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, Dash Berlin – his jewelry has even been worn on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards.
He has traveled as far as Japan as a cosplay guest and represented the United States at the IOEA along with other cosplayers all over the world. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit – from armor to gowns, giant