Idols star in live-action ads for 3rd Madoka Magica film
Aniplex began streaming four promotional videos for the Japanese DVD/Blu-ray disc release for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion film on Friday. The first three videos are the live-action promotional videos featuring the same scenes of the female idol group Nogizaka46 in different lengths, while the fourth video samples animation from the film. The DVD/Blu-ray Disc went on sale on Tuesday.
Shigeaki Kubo directed videos for EXILE, Namie Amuro, Miliyah Kato, and other musical artists before helming this project. The ad puts members of Nogizaka46 in the world of the Madoka Magica films. Five members — Sayuri Matsumura, Erika Ikuta, Mai Shiraishi, Nanase Nishino, and Rina Ikoma — appear in the ad. In particular, Matsumura, Ikuta, and Shiraishi dressed up as magical girls, performed wire action stunts, and acted in sword and gun fighting scenes.
Feline Character Neko Pitcher Gets TV Anime Shorts
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Adaptation of manga by Neko Ramen author debuts on May 3
BS Nippon Corporation announced on Thursday that it will air a series of two-minute anime shorts based on Kenji Sonishi's (Neko Ramen) Neko Pitcher manga. The manga itself runs in Yomiuri Shimbun's Sunday edition newspaper. The television anime series will air on Saturday nights starting May 3 within BS Nippon TV's ~Onedari Entame!~ Hapi★Pure news program.
Artist and illustrator Maho Shimao and actor and musician Tomu Miyazaki will voice roles in the series.
The "23-panel" baseball manga revolves around the first professional cat pitcher Miitarō, who plays for the "Nyiants." Miitarō has a great but unusual playing style distinctive of cats: he dozes off on the pitcher's mound and uses the bat to sharpen his claws. Sonishi launched the manga in April 2013, and Chuokoron-Shinsha published the first compiled volume on February 10. The manga has more than 200,000 copies in print. The franchise has also spawned stuffed toys and other character goods.
Tokyopop published four volumes of Sonishi's six-volume Neko Ramen manga, which ran from 2004-2012. The manga inspired a television anime adaptation in 2006-2007.
P.A. Works’ Original Anime Glasslip Main Cast Announced, Production Presentation to Be Held in Fukui Prefecture
The TV anime Glasslip will begin broadcasting this July. Now, the main cast to this anime, information to which has been kept under wraps until now, has been announced.
Playing Touko Fukami, the daughter of a glassworker who is a Hinodehama High third year student and member of the art club, is Seria Fukagawa. Playing her friends are Saori Hayami as Yanagi Takayama, Risa Taneda as Sachi Nagamiya, Ryota Ohsaka as Kakeru Okikura, Nobunaga Shimazaki as Yukinari Imi, and Daiki Yamashita as Hiro Shorosaki. It seems they will all be playing third year students in the midst of their adolescence.
Glasslip is an original anime by P.A. Works, which is based in Toyama Prefecture. Until now, the studio has created anime set in their hometown as well as Hanasaku Iroha set in Ishikawa Prefecture. Now, with their new work being set in Fukui Prefecture, they have animated all three prefectures in the Hokuriku region.
Directing the anime is Junji Nishimura of True Tears fame. The assistant director is Takebumi Anzai and the series composer and writer is Rika Sato, who debuted in Tari Tari. The main staff is full of young, fresh faces.
A production presentation will also be held on May 25 in Mikuni, Sakai, Fukui Prefecture which serves as the setting of the anime. Those interested can sign up to attend on the official site. Of those who sign up, 350 people will be invited to attend.
Stage musical focuses on plot similar to Sailor Moon R
The 20th anniversary Sailor Moon website announced plans for a second musical this summer. The musical will take place in the far-future of Crystal Tokyo and detail the battle against the Black Moon clan.
Cast and more details will be announced in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine and on the franchise's 20th anniversary website. The first all-female revival musical "Sailor Moon: La Reconquista" debuted in September.
The previous musical starred:
17-year-old Satomi Ōkubo as Sailor Moon
16-year-old Miyabi Matsuura as Sailor Mercury
16-year-old Kanon Nanaki as Sailor Mars
22-year-old Yū Takhashi as Sailor Jupiter
21-year-old Shiori Sakata as Sailor Venus
Yūga Yamato as Tuxedo Mask
Takeuchi launched the original manga in Nakayoshi in 1992, and the hit anime premiered that same year. The manga inspired 27 earlier stage musical runs with over 800 performances between 1993 and 2005. Toei's new Sailor Moon Crystal anime series will premiere in July.
Open auditions to be held for "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann -Engeki-hen-"
Office Endless announced on Saturday that Gainax's Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime series will receive a stage play adaptation. "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann -Engeki-hen-" will be held in Tokyo's Zenrōsai Hall Space Zero theater from October 22 to 26.
The Gurren Lagann -Engeki-hen- Production Committee is producing the play in full cooperation with anime studio Gainax. The play will present new material that "wasn't able to be presented" in the original television anime series. Japanese musician and actor IZAM is scripting and producing the play. Like other Gurren Lagann titles, "engeki" has a literal meaning for its kanji characters — "flame attack" — and a possible wordplay in its pronunciation — "theatrical play."
The production is holding open auditions and accepting applications until May 16. Regardless of acting experience, men between 18 and 35 years old and women between 18 and 30 years old may apply.
The project launched official Facebook and Twitter accounts on Saturday.
The Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann television anime premiered in Japan in 2007. The Gurren Lagann the Movie –Childhood's End- compilation film debuted in Japan in 2008, and its sequel film Gurren Lagann the Movie – The Lights in the Sky Are Stars premiered in 2009. Aniplex USA released the Japanese Blu-ray Disc box set that includes the series and both films in North America last year.
The series has also inspired two Gurren Lagann Parallel Works original video anime and various manga adaptations and spinoffs.