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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Film's Clip Shows Tragicomic Consequences of Gossiping

Masa, Yukari showcased from film opening on June 3 ― Sony Pictures began streaming a clip on Thursday from Gokushufudō the Cinema, the live-action film of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga. The clip shows Masa gossiping to Yukari about a relationship (or lack thereof) between Tatsu and Torajirō's sister Koharu, with Yukari getting annoyed at Masa for only talking about Ko...
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Shinta Harekawa's Sempai! Danjite Koi de wa! BL Manga Gets Live-Action Show

Office romantic comedy stars Kamen Rider franchise's Toshiki Seto, Shūichirō Naitō ― MBS announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Shinta Harekawa's Sempai! Danjite Koi de wa! (Sempai! Anything But Romance) boys-love manga. The series will have eight episodes, and will star Toshiki Seto (left in image below, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid) as Yūki Kaneda, and Shūichirō Naitō ...
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Live-Action Doronjo Show Casts Elaiza Ikeda as Yatterman Villainess

Show centering on iconic antagonist premieres this fall ― The official website for Tatsunoko Pro Sōritsu 60-shūnen Kinen WOWOW Original Drama Doronjo (Tatsunoko Production 60th Anniversary WOWOW Original Drama Doronjo), WOWOW's live-action television show centering on the Yatterman villain Doronjo, revealed on Wednesday that Elaiza Ikeda (live-action All Esper Dayo!, Sadako, Komi Can't Communicate) w...
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Film Ranks #3 in its 6th Weekend in U.S.

Film earns US$175,700,000 in U.S. ― Box Office Mojo records Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film as earning a cumulative total of US$175,700,000, ranking #3 in its sixth weekend in the United States. The film earned approximately US$4,550,000 over the weekend, earning US$1,035,000 on Friday and US$2,135,000 on Saturday. The film screened in 3,116 theaters, and had a per-theater averag...
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My Boyfriend in Orange Manga Creator Draws Birthday Illustration of Live-Action Film Actor

Film starring Snow Man idol group member Hikaru Iwamoto opens in Japan on July 18 ― My Boyfriend in Orange (Moekare wa Orange-iro) manga creator Non Tamashima drew an original illustration to commemorate the birthdays of actor Hikaru Iwamoto and the character he plays in the live-action film adaptation, the firefighter Kyōsuke. Kyōsuke celebrates his birthday on May 15, while Iwamoto's is on May 17. ...
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Shin Ultraman Film Opens at #1, 25th Detective Conan Film Drops to #2

30th Crayon Shin-chan film drops to #4, live-action Radiation House to #8, Free! to #10; Bubble debuts at #9 ― Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film debuted at #1 in its first weekend. The film sold 641,802 tickets to earn 993,410,050 yen (about US$7.68 million) in its first three days. The film sold 191,302 tickets to earn 290,102,400 yen (about US$2.24 million) on its first day on Fr...
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Tsutomu Takahashi's Tenmasō no Sanshimai Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Film opens on October 28 ― Toei announced that it is producing a live-action film adaptation of Tsutomu Takahashi's Tenmasō no Sanshimai - Sky High (The Three Tenmasō Sisters - Sky High) manga. The film will open in Japan on October 28, and will star: Non as Tamae Yuko Oshima as Nozomi Mugi Kadowaki as Kanae Ryuhei Kitamura, the director for the previous Sky High live-action series and film, returns ...
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Viki Adds Do not say mystery, More Live-Action Series

Also: Boys Over Flowers, A Man Who Defies The World of BL 2, more ― Streaming service Viki revealed on May 5 that it has added the live-action series of Yumi Tamura's Do not say mystery (Mystery to Iu Nakare) manga. The service also added the following live-action adaptations of manga: 49 Days with A Merman 60 Minutes Until the First Love Affair Anitomo series and movie Boys Over Flowers Boys Over Fl...
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CLAMP, Eisaku Kubonouchi Draw Live-Action 'Anime Supremacy!' Film Visuals

Film about those who make anime opens in Japan on May 20 ― Manga creator and artist circle CLAMP (Cardcaptor Sakura, xxxHOLiC) drew a collaboration visual for the live-action film adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) novel. The visual depicts CLAMP's manga-style designs of the real-life actors and the in-story animated characters. Manga creator Eisaku Kubonouchi (Chocolat,...
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Osamu Tezuka's Alabaster Manga Gets Stage Musical

Play runs in Tokyo, Osaka in June-July ― Osamu Tezuka's revenge suspense manga Alabaster is getting a stage play musical that will run at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater from June 25 to July 3 and at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka on July 10. The cast includes (from left to right, starting with top row): Hironobu Miyahara (LE VELVETS) as Alabaster Keita Furuya (Lead) as Gen Ryо̄ma Baba as Chikara Yūs...
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Shin Ultraman Gets Best Start for Japanese Live-Action Film So Far This Year

Film earns 17% more than Shin Godzilla did in its 1st 3 days ― Entertainment news website Cinema Today reported on Monday that Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film sold 641,802 tickets and earned 993,410,050 yen (about US$7.68 million) in its first three days at the box office to top the weekend chart. The film has the highest-earning debut weekend for a live-action Japanese film in 2...
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Ace of Diamond Stage Musical Debuts in September After 2-Year COVID-19 Delay

Musical was originally scheduled for June 2020 debut ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond manga revealed on Sunday that the musical will now have its run at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo from September 30 to October 10. The musical was originally scheduled to run in June 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19. Akira Yamazaki is directing and writing t...
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Live-Action BL Metamorphosis Film's Trailer Reveals Theme Song

Lead actresses Mana Ashida, Nobuko Miyamoto sing cover of Tjiros song "Kore Sae Areba" ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Kaori Tsurutani's BL Metamorphosis (Metamorphose no Engawa) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Monday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song, a cover of the Tjiros song "Kore Sae Areba" (As Long as I Have This) performed by ...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Manga Gets Live-Action Show Starring Naniwa Danshi Idol Ryūsei Ōnishi, Hiyori Sakurada

Series premieres in July along with anime season 2 ― Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga is inspiring a live-action series that will premiere in July. Naniwa Danshi idol group member Ryūsei Ōnishi (live-action Seiho Boys' High School!) and actress Hiyori Sakurada (live-action Tokyo Ghoul, Twilight) will star as the protagonist Kazuya Kinoshita and the heroine Chizuru Mizuh...
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Uma Musume's Top Gun: Maverick Collab Visual Revealed

Mayano Top Gun fills in as a "promotional pilot" for the Tom Cruise film ― The Uma Musume Project's official Twitter account revealed its tie-in visual to cross-promote Tom Cruise's action film Top Gun: Maverick. The image features the appropriate horse girl Mayano Top Gun as a "promotional pilot." 【コラボイラスト公開!】映画『トップガン マーヴェリック』コラボを記念して本家ポスタービジュアルを模したマヤノトップガンの描き下ろしイラストを公開!映画は5月27日(金)公開予定!トレーナーのみなさんも一緒...
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Live-Action BL Metamorphosis Film's Clip Shows Ichinoi Meeting Urara

Film opens on June 17 ― Nikkatsu began streaming a clip from the live-action film adaptation of Kaori Tsurutani's BL Metamorphosis (Metamorphose no Engawa) manga on Friday. The clip shows Ichinoi inquiring about BL manga at the bookstore where Urara works, and Urara enthusiastically introducing her to the world of BL manga. The film will open on June 17. Mana Ashida stars in the film as Urara, while ...
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Shin Kamen Rider Film's Teaser Reveals More Cast, Staff

Evangelion's Mahiro Maeda, Ikuto Yamashita, Yutaka Izubuchi are designers; Taku Iwasaki composes music ― The official website for Hideaki Anno's Shin Kamen Rider live-action film began streaming a teaser trailer for the film on Friday. The site also unveiled a new teaser poster as well as new cast and staff members for the film. Tasuku Emoto, Shinya Tsukamoto, Tōru Tezuka, and Suzuki Matsuo are joini...
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Netflix's Resident Evil Live-Action Series' Trailers Show New Raccoon City, London Settings

Series premieres on July 14 ― Netflix began streaming on Thursday trailers for its Original Series live-action adaptation of CAPCOM's Resident Evil survival horror game franchise. The videos show the settings of New Raccoon City in 2022 and London in 2036. The series will premiere on July 14. The series has cast Lance Reddick, Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nun...
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Magi Stage Musical Unveils Cast Visuals

Musical opens in Tokyo, Osaka in June ― The official website for Musical "Magi" -Dungeon Kumikyoku, the first stage musical based on Shinobu Ohtaka's Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic manga, unveiled cast visuals on Wednesday. The cast includes: Yugo Miyajima (ORβIT) as Aladdin Hiroki Ino as Alibaba Nana Okada (AKB48) as Morgiana Mitshuhiro Nagatomo (Hibiki) as Budel Miho Sugimoto as Baba Shо̄go Onozuka ...
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Night Head 2041 Anime's Stage Play Reveals Cast, Staff, July Run

Rion Kako directs play, Aoi Tsukimori pens script ― The official website for Night Head 2041, a new television anime based on the 1992 live-action Night Head drama series, revealed the cast, staff, and July 1 debut for the project's stage play adaptation on Tuesday. The play will run from July 1-10 at the Theatre G-Rosso in Tokyo. Rion Kako is directing the play, with a script by Aoi Tsukimori. The c...
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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Series Gets 6-Part Epilogue Special

Special, set 1.5 years after series finale, premieres on May 27 ― The staff of the live-action series of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga revealed on Wednesday that the series will have a six-part special that will premiere on NTV on May 27 from 9:00 to 10:54 p.m.. The new special is set one and a half years after the final episode of 2020's live-action series. It will f...
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Nogizaka46 Idol Stars in Show About Plastic Model-Building Girl

1st episode premiering on June 30 highlights Gundam's mass-produced Zakus ― Nogizaka46 idol Yūki Yoda will star in "Ryо̄san-gata Riko -Plamo Joshi no Jinsei Kumitateki-" ("Mass-produced Riko -Assembling the Life of a Plastic Model Girl-"), a TV drama about a girl who embarks on a journey of self-discovery by building plastic model kits. The show will premiere on TV Tokyo on June 30 at 24:30 (effectiv...
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CLAMP Draws Live-Action xxxHOLiC Film's Original Character Akagumo

Film opened in Japan on April 29 xxxHOLic manga creator team CLAMP drew an illustration of the live-action film's original character Akagumo. CLAMP first unveiled the illustration in response to fan request in a Twitter Space on April 29, the film's opening date in Japan. Akagumo, who is played by Hayato Isomura, is a subordinate to antagonist Jorо̄gumo, a young woman who controls spirits. Director...
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Film Ranks #3 in its 5th Week in U.S.

Film became highest-grossing film based on video game in U.S. last month ― Box Office Mojo records Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film as earning a cumulative total of US$169,901,471, ranking #3 in its fifth weekend in the United States. The film earned approximately US$6,200,000 over the weekend, earning US$1,500,000 on Friday, US$2,740,000 on Saturday, and US$1,960,000 on Sunday. T...
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Fist of the North Star Musical Returns With New Cast

Musical gets new run in September, October ― The official website for the Musical Fist of the North Star stage musical adaptation of Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's Fist of the North Star manga revealed on Saturday that the musical will have two new runs this year in September and October with a mix of both new and returning cast members. The musical will run at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo from Se...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Sequel Films Previews Battle With Scar in Clip

Films open on May 20, June 24 ― The official website for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Fukushūsha Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Avenger Scar) and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Saigo no Rensei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Last Transmutation), the two live-action sequel films in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, debuted a new clip on Monday. The clip...
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Boichi, Riichirou Inagaki's Dr. Stone Manga Gets Stage Play in July

1st stage play for manga to run in Tokyo, Kobe ― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's Dr. Stone manga is inspiring a stage play titled Dr. Stone The Stage: Science World that will run in Tokyo from July 9-18 and then in Kobe from July 21-24. Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) launched the manga ...

Deadline: Hawkeye Director Rhys Thomas Now Slated to Direct Live-Action Robotech Film

Sharper duo Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka rewrite script from Art Marcum, Matt Holloway ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on April 26 that Hawkeye series director Rhys Thomas will direct Sony Pictures' live-action Robotech film. Deadline also reported that Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man, Uncharted scriptwriters) wrote the script, with a rewrite by Sharper duo Brian Gatewood a...
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is Now #1 Game-Based Film in U.S.

Film has earned US$163,285,385 in U.S. so far ― Actor Ben Schwartz announced on his Twitter account on April 26 that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film has become the highest grossing film based on a video game in the United States. Box Office Mojo records the film as having earned a cumulative US$163,285,385 in the United States as of Friday, and lists the film's worldwide gross at...
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Fantasia Fest to Screen Inu-Oh, The Girl from the Other Side, The Mole Song: Final, Anime Supremacy!, Kappei Films

This year's in-person festival will be held from July 14 to August 3 ― Montreal's 26th Fantasia International Film Festival announced on Wednesday it will screen the Canadian premiere the feature-length anime for Nagabe's The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún manga. The festival will also screen the Quebec premiere of Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Hei...
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Live-Action My Boyfriend in Orange Film's Latest Video Features Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Film starring Snow Man idol group member Hikaru Iwamoto opens in Japan on July 18 ― The official website for the live-action film of Non Tamashima's My Boyfriend in Orange (Moekare wa Orange-iro) manga began streaming a new video for the film on Saturday. The video features behind-the-scenes footage and comments from the actors about interesting points about the film. The film will open on July 18. S...
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Live-Action Kingdom Film Sequel's Trailer Reveals 3 Cast Members, Mr. Children's New Song

Yūsuke Hirayama, Koichi Sato, Hiroshi Tamaki join cast ― The official website for Kingdom II: Harukanaru Daichi e (To Distant Lands), the sequel film based on Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga, began streaming a new trailer for the film on Friday. (The same trailer has been playing in theaters in Japan this week.) The trailer reveals three new cast members for the film, and also previews the film's theme...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Sequel Films Reveal Story Video, Illustrated Visual by Creator Hiromu Arakawa

Visual will be distributed to film attendees ― The official website for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Fukushūsha Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Avenger Scar) and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Saigo no Rensei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Last Transmutation), the two upcoming live-action sequel films in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, revealed on Th...

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Film Stays at #2 in U.S., Crosses US$323 Million Worldwide

Film earned US$11,350,000 in 4th weekend in U.S. ― Box Office Mojo records Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film as earning a cumulative total of US$160,925,510, ranking #2 in its fourth weekend in the United States. Entertainment news website Deadline reported that the film has crossed US$300 million worldwide. Box Office Mojo also lists the film's worldwide gross at US$323,525,510. T...
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World Trigger Stage Play Adds 10 More Cast Members

2nd stage play opens in August ― The official website for the second stage play adaptation of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga revealed on Monday 10 new cast members: Shogo Tazuru as Reiji Kizaki Ayano Hamaura as Kirie Konami Shin Tamura as Kyōsuke Karasuma Rikuto Takahashi as Shun Midorikawa Seijiro Nakamura as Hyrein Ryusei Maruyama as Enedora Ryо̄ Arai as Lamvanein Masakazu Nemoto as Viza Sh...
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Live-Action 'Anime Supremacy!' Film's New Trailer Streamed

Film about those who make anime opens in Japan on May 20 ― The staff for the live-action film adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) novel began streaming an "anime will change the world" trailer for the film on Monday. The video will stream until June 30. The film will open on May 20. Kōhei Yoshino is directing the overall live-action film, and Yōsuke Masaike is writing the...
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Spy×Family Manga Gets 1st Stage Musical Next Spring

Toho's production runs in Tokyo in March, before April-May nationwide tour ― Tatsuya Endō's SPY×FAMILY manga is inspiring its first stage musical next spring. The production will run at Tokyo's Imperial Theatre in March, before going on a nationwide tour from April to May. Toho is producing the musical, and it will cast the character Anya via auditions. The production's official website will confirm ...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, April 18-24

Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet film earns 9.3% rating, live-action Files of Young Kindaichi earns 7.8% rating ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet film aired on NTV on Friday, April 22 at 9:00 p.m. and it earned a 9.3% rating. Eiga Oshiri Tantei: Tentō Mushi Iseki no Nazo aired on NHK Educational on Saturday, April 23 at 3:20 p.m. and it earned a 0.6% rating. The debut episode of The Files...
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Radiation House Live-Action Film's Trailer Features Inspiration Song

MAN WITH A MISSION's Kamikaze Boy wrote "Rain" song based on event in movie ― Toho began streaming a new trailer for the live-action film of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House manga on Friday. The video features band MAN WITH A MISSION's song "Rain," a song that the band's bassist and vocalist Kamikaze Boy wrote while inspired by a scene in the movie featuring the Takahashi couple. M...
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Fullmetal Alchemist Creator Hiromu Arakawa Recreates Live-Action Sequels' Poster as Drawing

Illustration offered to moviegoers as bonus, with more to come ― The official website for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Fukushūsha Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Avenger Scar) and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Saigo no Rensei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Last Transmutation), the two upcoming live-action sequel films in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchi...
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Live-Action xxxHOLiC Film's Clip Shows Watanuki, Doumeki Fighting Together

Film opens in Japan on Friday ― Asmik Ace's official YouTube channel began streaming a clip on Thursday from it and Shochiku's live-action film of CLAMP's xxxHOLiC manga. The video shows Watanuki and Doumeki fighting together. The original xxxHOLiC manga's story follows Yuuko — a witch who grants people's wishes, but in return the person has to give up something precious — and Kimihiro Watanuki, a ma...
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New Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers Trailer Shows Anime, Game Cameos

References include Sailor Moon, Mario, Hello Kitty, Dragon Ball, Kingdom Hearts ― Disney+ unveiled a new trailer for the Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers live-action/animated hybrid film on Wednesday, and it's full of Disney, anime, and video game references, and cameos. Some noteworthy references for anime and video game fans include: a Sailor Moon and Mario cosplayer in the crowd scene at 0:26, an anim...
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Live-Action Files of Young Kindaichi Episode 2 Delayed After Hokkaido Boat Tragedy

Episode about murder on isolated island delayed by 1 week while search for missing boat passengers continues ― The broadcaster NTV announced on Wednesday that it is delaying the second episode of The Files of Young Kindaichi, the newest live-action series of Fumiya Sato and Seimaru Amagi's detective manga The Kindaichi Case Files (Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo), by one week. NTV cited the maritime trag...
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Nausicaä Kabuki Stage Play Gets New Run in Tokyo in July

Onoe Kikunosuke V, Yonekichi Nakamura V star in new run ― Shochiku's official kabuki Twitter account revealed on Tuesday that the previous kabuki stage play adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind manga is getting a new run at Tokyo's Kabukiza theater from July 4-29 titled Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa Ue no Maki: Shiroki Majo no Senki (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind First Vo...
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30th Crayon Shin-chan Film Opens at #2, 2nd Free! The Final Stroke Film at #4

25th Detective Conan film stays at #1; Cherry Magic!, Doraemon, Mr. Osomatsu also in top 10 Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween (Meitantei Conan: Halloween no Hanayome), the 25th anime film in the Detective Conan franchise, stayed at #1 in its second weekend. The film earned 894,350,450 yen (about US$6.98 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 3,648,466,350 yen (ab...
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Live-Action My Boyfriend in Orange Film's Trailer Reveals More Cast, Theme Song

Snow Man sings theme song "Orange Kiss" for July 18 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Non Tamashima's My Boyfriend in Orange (Moekare wa Orange-iro) manga unveiled the full trailer and poster for the film on Tuesday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Orange Kiss" by the idol group Snow Man, and also reveals new cast members for the film. The new cast member...
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Sadako DX Film's Teaser Reveals More Cast

Kazuma Kawamura, Mario Kuroba, Yuki Yagi, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Naomi Nishida, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi join cast ― The official website for Sadako DX, the new live-action film in the Ring franchise, unveiled a new teaser trailer, visual, and cast members on Tuesday. The new cast members include: (Top row, left to right in image above) Kazuma Kawamura as Ōji Maeda, a self-proclaimed fortune teller that accompan...
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Live-Action Himawari - Kenichi Legend Sequel Series Reveals Opening Theme, May 16 Premiere

Visual unveiled ― TV Miyazaki revealed on Saturday that the sequel series to Himawari - Miyazaki Legend, the live-action television series of Akiko Higashimura's Himawari - Kenichi Legend comedy manga, will premiere on May 16. SOUND BOX, a unit composed of Yota Miyazato and Toka Ogasawara, are performing the opening theme song "Odoru yo, Fish" (Dance, Fish). TV Miyazaki also unveiled a new main visua...
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Film Stays at #2 in U.S., Crosses US$145 Million

Film earned US$15,225,000 in 3rd weekend ― Box Office Mojo records Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film as earning a cumulative total of US$145,829,424, ranking #2 in its third weekend in the United States. The film earned approximately US$15,225,000 over the weekend, earning US$4,025,000 on Friday, US$6,800,000 on Saturday, and US$4,400,000 on Sunday. The film screened in 3,809 theat...
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Kenjiro Tsuda Voices Alien Zarab in Live-Action Shin Utraman Film

Film opens in Japan on May 13 ― The official website for Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film revealed on Monday that voice actor Kenjiro Tsuda will voice Alien Zarab in the film. The film will open in Japan on May 13. The film was delayed from its previously planned early summer 2021 timeframe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Takumi Saitou will play the film's main character, the man wh...
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My Happy Marriage Novel Series Gets Live-Action Film in Spring 2023

Film stars Snow Man's Ren Meguro, Mio Imada ― Toho announced on Monday that it is producing a live-action film adaptation of writer Akumi Agitogi and illustrator Tsukiho Tsukioka's My Happy Marriage (Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon) light novel series that will open in spring 2023. Ren Meguro (right in image below) from the idol group Snow Man will star as Kiyoka, while Mio Imada (left in image below) ...
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My Hero Academia Stage Play Cancels 3 Performances Due to Actor's Injury

Actor Akiyoshi Tsujimura sustained injury during afternoon performance on Saturday ― The official website for the new stage play adaptation of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga announced on Saturday that the production committee of the play canceled three performances on Saturday and Sunday due to actor Akiyoshi Tsujimura sustaining an injury on his leg. Tsujimura sustained the injury during t...
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Live-Action My Broken Mariko Film Reveals 4 More Cast Members

Nao, Masataka Kubota, more join cast for film opening this fall ― The staff for the live-action film adaptation Waka Hirako's My Broken Mariko manga revealed additional cast members for the film on Sunday. The new cast includes: Nao (top center) as Mariko Ikagawa, Shiino's close friend Masataka Kubota (bottom left) as Makio, a young man Shiino meets on her journey Toshinori Omi (bottom center) as Mar...
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Live-Action Yangotonaki Ichizoku TV Series Casts Maju Ozawa

TV series based on Yukari Koyama's manga premiered on April 21 ― The staff of the live-action television series adaptation of Yukari Koyama's Yangotonaki Ichizoku manga revealed on Thursday that Maju Ozawa has joined the show's cast. The show stars Tao Tsuchiya and Kōhei Matsushita. Natsuki Hanae narrates the show. The show was originally scheduled to premiere on April 14, but premiered on April 21 i...
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Ouran High School Host Club Gets 2nd Stage Musical in Winter 2022

Kageki Ouran High School Host Club ƒ opens in Tokyo, Osaka ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of Bisco Hatori's Ouran High School Host Club manga announced on Thursday that the series will get a second musical titled Kageki Ouran High School Host Club ƒ in Tokyo and Osaka in winter 2022. The cast will reprise their roles from the first musical with two exceptions. Ginga Shitara w...
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Live-Action xxxHOLiC Film Posts New Trailer Featuring Movie-Original Character Akagumo

Film opens in Japan on April 29 ― Asmik Ace's official YouTube channel began streaming a video on Friday for it and Shochiku's live-action film of CLAMP's xxxHOLiC manga. The video includes clips featuring Hayato Isomura as Akagumo, a movie-original character, before featuring a trailer for the film. The original xxxHOLiC manga's story follows Yuuko — a witch who grants people's wishes, but in return...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Sequel Films' 'Final' Trailer Shows Fight Scenes

New visual, creator Hiromu Arakawa's comments also posted for 2 films opening on May 20, June 24 ― The official website for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Fukushūsha Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Avenger Scar) and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Saigo no Rensei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Last Transmutation), the two upcoming live-action sequel films ...
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Live-Action 'HiGH&LOW The Worst X' Sequel Film's Teaser Reveals More Cast, September 9 Opening

Yuta Nakamoto, Ryoki Miyama, Ikuya Naganuma, Suzuki Higa join cast ― The official website for HiGH&LOW The Worst X (pronounced "cross"), the sequel film to the HiGH&LOW THE WORST crossover film, unveiled a new teaser trailer and visual on Thursday. The teaser reveals the film's September 9 opening date, and the new cast members for the film. The new cast members play the new rival team from Senomon T...
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Deadline: Amazon 'in Talks' to Acquire Rights for Live-Action Voltron Project

― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Tuesday that Amazon is "in talks" for the rights to a live-action Voltron project. Warner Bros., Universal, and several other studios were also bidding for the live-action project rights late last month. Rawson Marshall Thurber (Red Notice) would co-write the script with Ellen Shanman, and Thurber would also direct. Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman (Be...
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Requiem of the Rose King Stage Play Casts Female, Male Actors to Portray Intersex Protagonist

Yumi Wakatsuki, Sayato Arima play Richard in June stage play adaptation ― The Requiem of the Rose King stage play will cast two different actors to play intersex protagonist Richard: Yumi Wakatsuki (female) and Sayato Arima (male). Wakatsuki commented: "It is a very difficult role, but I will do my best to play alongside the tormented Richard." She commented that it was a first for her to play in a s...
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Deadline: John Wick Creator to Write Live-Action Streets of Rage Film

Derek Kolstad to write script; dj2 Entertainment, Escape Artists to produce project ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Monday that the creator of the John Wick franchise Derek Kolstad is writing the script for an upcoming live-action film adaptation of Sega's Streets of Rage game. dj2 Entertainment and Escape Artists will produce the film. dj2 Entertainment previously produced the live...
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Toei Promises Work Practice Changes After Labor Standards Recommendation

Female Toei assistant producer filed suit against Toei last year for overwork, sexual harassment ― The legal portal site Bengo4.com reported last week that the Central Labor Relations Committee's Labor Standards Inspection Office recommended corrective action to Japanese media company Toei in response to the company's alleged practice of working employees beyond legal limits and failing to provide pr...
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Golden Kamuy Manga Gets Live-Action Film Project

Manga will end with its 314th chapter on April 28 ― The wrapround jacket band on Satoru Noda's 29th Golden Kamuy manga volume announced on Tuesday that the manga has a live-action film adaptation green-lit. Viz Media is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the first volume: In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existen...
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I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die Live-Action Star Shori Sato

This isn't Shori Sato's first role in a live-action adaptation of a pop culture work, but his role as the eponymous Aono-kun is something a little different– he's a ghost. We asked Sato about some of the challenges of playing a dead boy, his relationship with the source material, as well as his take on ghosts, ahead of the release of the TV show. ― I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die isn't ...

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Film Ranks #2 in U.S., Crosses US$119 Million

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 film earns total of US$29,693,448 in U.S. ― Box Office Mojo records Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film as earning a cumulative total of US$119,612,388, ranking #2 in its second weekend in the United States. The film earned approximately US$30 million over the weekend, earning US$10,850,000 on Friday, US$11,675,000 on Saturday, and US$7,550,000 on Sunday. The film sc...
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Live-Action Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" Show Gets Short Special

Special debuts on WOWOW on Demand after 1st episode of main show on May 27 ― WOWOW announced on Monday that the live-action series of Natsuya Semikawa's Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" light novel series will have a special episode titled "Shinobu to Eva no Himitsu no Gokujō Sweets-hen" (Shinobu and Eva's Secret Super Sweets). The episode will debut on WOWOW on Demand immediately after the first episode of the...
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Shin Ultraman Film's Trailer Shows Kaiju, Ultraman's Grand Entrance

Studio Khara's live-action film opens in Japan on May 13 after delay ― The official website for Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film began streaming a full trailer for the film on Monday. The trailer shows the story's first appearance of the kaiju and Ultraman, as well as the Special Countermeasures Team going into action. The film will open in Japan on May 13. The film was delayed fr...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Stage Play's Video Introduces Cast in Costume

Ryūji Satō, Ryosuke Miura star in July-August play ― A press conference for the stage play of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga introduced the production's promotional video, main cast, and other details on Wednesday. The cast members are: Ryūji Satō as Yūji Itadori Kazuaki Yasue as Megumi Fushiguro Erika Toyohara as Nobara Kugisaki Sara Takatsuki as Maki Zenin Fūma Sadamoto as Toge Inumaki Takeshi...
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Tokyo Ghoul's Sui Ishida Draws Marvel's Moon Knight

Sui Ishida says Moon Knight might be his favorite Marvel superhero ― Manga creator Sui Ishida (Tokyo Ghoul, Choujin X) drew a Tokyo Ghoul crossover image for the Marvel Studios live-action series Moon Knight. The tagline of the illustration translates to "Clad in white madness," pointing to the shared themes between the two franchises. Ishida commented that Moon Knight might be his favorite Marvel su...
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3rd Teaser Video for Shin Ultraman Film Previews Kenshi Yonezu's Theme Song

Studio Khara's live-action film opens in Japan on May 13 after delay ― Toho began streaming a third teaser video on Friday for Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film. The video previews Kenshi Yonezu's (theme songs for My Hero Academia second season, March comes in like a lion, Children of the Sea) theme song "M87." The film will open in Japan on May 13. The film was delayed from its pr...
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Live-Action xxxHOLiC Film's Clip Shows Surprisingly Ordinary Spring Day

Watanuki, Doumeki, Himawari share bentō lunches in scene from April 29 film ― The official website for Shochiku and Asmik Ace's live-action film of CLAMP's xxxHOLiC manga posted a new clip from the film titled "Haru no Nakayoshi 3-nin-gumi" (Three Pals in Spring) on Thursday. The video shows Watanuki — a high school boy who once spent a solitary life because he can see spirits — letting his guard dow...
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Live-Action Kingdom Film Sequel Casts Chihiro Yamamoto as Kyō Shō

Yamamoto plays Kyō Kai's adoptive sister in July 15 film ― This year's 20th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine announced a new cast member for Kingdom II: Harukanaru Daichi e (To Distant Lands), the sequel film based on Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga, on Thursday. Chihiro Yamamoto will play Kyō Shō (Qiang Xiang), Kyō Kai's adoptive sister. The film's staff also debuted new visuals on Thurs...
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Live-Action Whisper of the Heart Sequel Film Rescheduled to October 14 After COVID-19 Delay

Runa Yasuhara, Tsubasa Nakagawa play Shizuku, Seiji in middle school ― The official website for the live-action sequel film based on Aoi Hiiragi's Whisper of the Heart (Mimi o Sumaseba) manga unveiled a new teaser trailer, two teaser visuals, more cast members, and the new October 14 opening date for the film on Wednesday. The teaser ends with narration by Youko Honna, the voice of Shizuku Tsukishima...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Sequel Films' New Trailer Highlights 15 Characters

1st film opens on May 20, 2nd film on June 24 ― The official website for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Fukushūsha Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Avenger Scar) and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Saigo no Rensei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Last Transmutation), the two upcoming live-action sequel films in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, began streami...
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Double Live-Action Show Reveals 10 Cast Members

Kazue Tsumeta, Tsukumo Todoroki, Aki Imagire, Hanae Funato, more join cast ― The staff for the live-action series adaptation of Ayako Noda's Double manga revealed 10 cast members on Wednesday. The newly announced cast includes (from left to right starting with third image on top row): Nanami Sakuraba as Kazue Tsumeta Horii Arata as Tsukumo Todoroki Haruka Kudō as Aki Imagire Misuzu Kanno as Hanae Fun...
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RetroCrush Adds Hideaki Anno Documentary, Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Live-Action Series, 11 More Titles

Service also adds Detective Conan: The Letter of Challenge, Zëiram 2 live-action films; live-action Moribito series ― Digital Media Rights confirmed with ANN on Monday that it has launched a section for live-action content on its RetroCrush streaming service that contains anime industry documentaries and live-action series related to anime and manga. The service began streaming the following titles o...
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Live-Action Himawari - Kenichi Legend Sequel Series Reveals More Cast, Mid-May Debut

Yoichi Nukumizu, Keiko Saito, Iwakura, Kazunobu Kubota, Ocarina join cast ― TV Miyazaki revealed more cast members and the mid-May premiere date on Friday for the sequel series to Himawari - Miyazaki Legend, the live-action television series of Akiko Higashimura's Himawari - Kenichi Legend comedy manga. Yoichi Nukumizu joins the cast as a driver. Other new cast members include: Keiko Saito as Kenichi...
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Live-Action xxxHOLiC Film's Clip Shows Watanuki as Housekeeper

Ryunosuke Kamiki, Kou Shibasaki star in April 29 film ― The official website for Shochiku and Asmik Ace's live-action film of CLAMP's xxxHOLiC manga posted a new clip from the film titled "Kaseifu Watanuki" (Househusband Watanuki) on Monday. The video shows Watanuki presenting a meal to a hungover Yuuko, as well as him cleaning her place. The original xxxHOLiC manga's story follows Yuuko — a witch wh...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Sequel Films' Behind-the-Scenes Video Streamed

Concluding films to franchise open in Japan on May 20, June 24 ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a behind-the-scenes video on Saturday for Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Fukushūsha Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Avenger Scar) and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen - Saigo no Rensei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter - The Last Transmutation), the two upcoming live-ac...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, March 28-April 3

Love All Play debuts with 3.1% rating ― The live-action The Promised Neverland film aired on Fuji-TV on Saturday, April 2 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 7.2% rating. A special airing of the Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories crossover film aired on TV Asahi on Sunday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. and earned a 2.9% rating. The film aired in three parts over three weeks due to a recent ...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, March 21-27

Final episode of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - The Second Act earns 3.4% rating ― A special airing of the Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories crossover film aired on TV Asahi on Sunday, March 27 at 8:30 a.m. and earned a 3.3% rating. The film aired in three parts over three weeks due to a recent hack of Toei Animation, which has resulted in a delay for the currently airing ...
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Film Earns US$6.25 Million at U.S. Box Office from Preview Screenings

Film opened on Friday ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that Paramount Pictures' the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film earned US$6.25 million at the U.S. box office from Wednesday fan preview screenings and Thursday showtimes. The sequel film opened in the United States on Friday. The film will open in Japan on August 19. Idris Elba plays Knuckles in the film, after teasing the ...
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Sailor Moon Ice Show Postponed Again to June 2023

3rd delay postpones ice show by 1 more year ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Friday that Prism on Ice, the franchise's upcoming ice show, will be postponed by yet another year. The production is now scheduled to run from June 2-4, 2023. The ice show was originally slated to run in June 2020, but was delayed by a year to June 2021 due to COVID-19, and was then delayed ...
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Kenshi Yonezu Performs Theme Song for Live-Action Shin Ultraman Film

Film opens in Japan on May 13 after delay ― Tsuburaya Productions announced on Friday that Kenshi Yonezu (theme songs for My Hero Academia second season, March comes in like a lion, Children of the Sea) will perform the theme song "M87" for Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film. Yonezu is a fan of Anno's work and he offered to collaborate on the film's theme song. The all-new song's si...
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Live-Action Koi ni Mudaguchi Series Unveils Visual, More Cast

Ryūhei Ueshima, Takigawa Akapen, Mone Akitani join cast; Banjou Ginga narrates ― The official website for the live-action series of Ryoko Fukuyama's Koi ni Mudaguchi (Chatter About Love) manga revealed the visual and additional cast for the series on Thursday. Veteran voice actor Banjou Ginga will narrate the series. Comedian Ryūhei Ueshima, Takigawa Akapen, and Mone Akitani are also joining the cast...
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Demon Slayer Creator Draws Tanjiro In the Style of Japanese Classic Theater

Demon Slayer Noh-Kyogen performances open at Tokyo's Ginza Six Noh theater on July 26 ― A poster drawn by Demon Slayer creator Koyoharu Gotouge for an upcoming Noh-Kyogen theatrical adaptation of the manga was unveiled on Monday. The poster sees Tanjiro dressed in a traditional Noh garb that is styled in the black-and-green checkered pattern of the haori he usually wears in the series. Noh and Kyogen...
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Odd Taxi Anime Film Debuts at #10, Live-Action Mr. Osomatsu Stays at #2

Doraemon film stays at #3, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 drops to #7 ― The live-action film of the Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) franchise stayed at #2 in its second weekend. The film sold 144,000 tickets on Saturday and Sunday, earning 213 million yen (approximately US$1.73 million). The movie has sold a total of 750,000 tickets and earned a total of 1.0 billion yen (approximately US$8.14 million). The film opened...
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Tohru Fujisawa's Soul Reviver Manga Gets Live-Action Japanese-Korean Show

Fujisawa, Manabu Akishige launched manga about bringing dead back to life ― Hero's Inc. announced on Tuesday that Tohru Fujisawa and Manabu Akishige's Soul Reviver manga is inspiring an upcoming joint Japanese-South Korean live-action show. The show will debut in over-the-top streaming services in South Korea. Japanese production company Robot and South Korean production company B.A. Entertainment ar...
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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Film's Trailer Reveals June 3 Opening

Trailer also previews theme song "2way nice guy" by Creepy Nuts ― The official website for Gokushufudō the Cinema, the live-action film of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga, unveiled a new poster visual and trailer for the film on Tuesday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "2way nice guy" by musical duo Creepy Nuts, and also reveals the film's June 3 opening date...

The Hollywood Reporter: Hollywood Studios Shop for Live-Action Voltron Project

Rawson Marshall Thurber would direct, co-write script with Ellen Shanman ― The Hollywood Reporter reported on March 23 that Warner Bros., Universal, Amazon, and a few other studios are shopping for the rights to a live-action Voltron project. Rawson Marshall Thurber (Red Notice) would co-write the script with Ellen Shanman and Thurber would also direct. Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman (Beauty and the ...
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Live-Action Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" Show's 2nd Season Reveals 4 More Cast Members, Visual

ENJIN members Ryōno Kusachi, Tsubasa Takizawa join cast ― The staff of the live-action series of Natsuya Semikawa's Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" light novel series revealed more cast members for the show's second season on Saturday. ENJIN members Ryōno Kusachi and Tsubasa Takizawa will appear in the show. Kusachi will play Ignatz from the Eizenschmidt Company, and Takizawa will play Ignatz's older brother C...
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Joshikōsei ni Korosaretai Live-Action Film's New Clip Features Kei Tanaka, Sara Minami

Film based on Usamaru Furuya's manga opened in Japan on Friday ― Nikkatsu began streaming a fourth clip from the live-action film of Usamaru Furuya's Joshikōsei ni Korosaretai (I Want to be Killed by a High School Girl) suspense manga on Thursday. The clip shows the protagonist Haruto Higashiyama (played by Kei Tanaka) and one of his students Maho (played by Sara Minami) cleaning up a student club ro...
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Live-Action 'The Violence Action' Film's Teaser Showcases More Cast, August 19 Opening

Yosuke Sugino, Ōji Suzuka, Fumika Baba, Win Morisaki, Yūri Ōta, Shunsuke Daito join cast ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of author Shin Sawada and artist Renji Asai's The Violence Action manga posted a teaser trailer and teaser visual on Friday. Both showcase more cast members and the August 19 opening for the film. Kanna Hashimoto (left in image below) plays protagonist Ke...

Live-Action Alice in Borderland Season 2's Video Reveals December 2022 Debut

1st season debuted on Netflix in December 2020 ― Netflix began streaming a new English-subtitled cast announcement video for the second season of the live-action series of Haro Aso's Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) manga on Tuesday. The video reveals the returning cast members for the series, and also reveals the series' December 2022 worldwide debut date on Netflix. The first season deb...
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Live-action Zokki Film Gets Sequel Series

12-episode ∞ Zokki Series begins streaming in July ― The live-action film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi's Zokki manga is getting a sequel titled ∞ Zokki Series. The 12-episode series will combine elements of a drama, documentary, and travel program. The series will be pre-broadcast on the BS Japanext on April 3rd. There will be event screenings in the filming location of Aichi in May. The series will...
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Live-Action Koi ni Mudaguchi Show Announces Main Female Cast, Theme Song Artist

Yui Oguri, Rio Teramoto, more join cast for series premiering on April 16 ― The staff of the live-action series adaptation of Ryoko Fukuyama's Koi ni Mudaguchi (Chatter About Love) manga revealed the theme song artist and the show's four main female cast members on Monday. The additional cast members include Yui Oguri as Ema, Rio Teramoto as Meri, Noa Tsurushima as Reika Tsunde, and Rinka Ōtani as Am...

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