Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
The Japanese film distributor TOHO began streaming a five-minute promotional video from the 3D computer-animated film Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki (Friends: Naki of Monster Island) on its Yahoo! Japan Channel on December 1, followed by six more clips on Thursday. The anime's official website is also streaming two full trailers, two teaser trailers, and three television commercials.
The live-action Space Battleship Yamato film's Takashi Yamazaki wrote and directed the film. SMAP band member Shingo Katori stars as Naki, a red oni (Japanese demon/ogre). Veteran voice actor Kouichi Yamadera (Cowboy Bebop's Spike, Evangelion's Kaji) plays a blue oni named Gunjō. Japanese R&B singer Misia sang Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" as the movie's theme song.
The film opened in Japan in stereoscopic 3D and traditional 2D versions on Saturday.