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Live-Action Drops of God Series Gets 2nd Season

Cast, staff return for new season on Apple TV+ ― Apple TV+ announced on Tuesday that Drops of God, the new internationally co-produced, multilingual live-action television series of Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto's The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) manga, is getting a second season. Oded Ruskin (Absentia, No Man's Land) is returning to direct the new season, and Quoc Dang Tran (Marianne, Parallel) is a...
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Live-Action 1122: For a Happy Marriage Show's Trailer Reveals Theme Song

Spitz performs 'i-O(Shūri no Uta)' for series premiering on June 14 ― Amazon Prime Video unveiled a new trailer for the live-action series of Peko Watanabe's 1122: For a Happy Marriage manga on Wednesday. The trailer reveals and previews the series' theme song "i-O(Shūri no Uta)" by Spitz. Amazon Prime Video also unveiled two new visuals for the series: The series will have seven total episodes, and ...
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New Live-Action Black Jack Show Casts Yuno Nagao as Pinoko

Nagao plays Black Jack's assistant ― The official website for the new live-action series of Osamu Tezuka's Black Jack manga revealed a new cast member in a key visual on Wednesday. Yuno Nagao (pictured above) plays the role of Pinoko, Black Jack's assistant. Despite appearing as a little girl, she is actually 18 years old. The series will premiere on June 30, and it stars Issei Takahashi as the titul...
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Live-Action Tsuiraku JK to Haijin Kyōshi Sequel Casts Raiku, Reveals New Key Visuals, Trailer

Kairu Tamura reprises role as Kazuma ― The staff for Tsuiraku JK to Haijin Kyōshi Lesson2, the sequel to the live-action series adaptation of sora's Tsuiraku JK to Haijin Kyōshi (Fallen High School Girl and Disabled Teacher) manga, revealed on May 15 Raiku will join the cast of the show and Kairu Tamura will reprise his role as Kazuma. The staff also revealed a new teaser trailer and a key visual. Th...
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Demon Slayer Stage Play Cast Descend on NYC

The cast of the Demon Slayer stage play gave a memorable performance during the Japan Day Parade. ― The Demon Slayer franchise continues to prove itself as an absolute powerhouse for fans worldwide. The hit manga by Koyoharu Gotouge has been adapted into multiple mediums, including anime, light novels, video games, and a stage play that has been running since 2020. Cast members of the stage play app...
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Takara's Treasure Live-Action Show to Star Yoji Iwase, EIto Konishi

Series based on Minta Suzumaru's boys-love manga to premiere on July 1 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action adaptation of Minta Suzumaru's Takara's Treasure (Takara no Vidro) boys-love manga revealed the show's two main cast members on Friday. The show will star Yoji Iwase (left in image below) as Takara Shiga and Eito Konishi (right) as Taishin Nakao. The show will premiere on BS Asahi...
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Live-Action Tanabata no Kuni Series Reveals Teaser Video, More Cast

Ryoko Fujino, Hiroshi Mikami, Takayuki Yamada join cast ― Disney+ began streaming a new teaser trailer for the live-action series of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Tanabata no Kuni (Tanabata Country) manga on Friday. The trailer reveals three new cast members for the series. The new cast members include: Ryoko Fujino as Sachiko Hagshimaru Hiroshi Mikami as Masami Marukami Takayuki Yamada as Yoriyuki Marukami The s...
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27th Detective Conan Film Stays at #1, Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Road to the Top Opens at #6

trapezium films opens at #10 ― The Detective Conan: Hyakuman Doru no Michishirube (Case Closed: The Million-dollar Pentagram) film stayed at #1 in its fifth weekend. The film sold 362,000 tickets and earned 534,319,890 yen (about US$3.41 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 8.98 million tickets and earned a cumulative total of 12,876,291,970 yen (about US$82.26 million). The f...
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Fist of the North Star's Tetsuo Hara Draws Furiosa to Promote Next Mad Max Saga

Hara & director George Miller hold 1st ever joint interview ― Tetsuo Hara's seminal Fist of the North Star is one of those manga and anime one doesn't forget easily. From the ultra-violence and all the stories of love (be it brotherly between master and pupil, or man and woman), the series has captured readers around the world. But we can't forget that one of the manga's inspirations was the Mad Max ...
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Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals 'Final' Stage Play's Title, August 31-September 8 Run

Final stage play titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal Over the sweat and tears ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga announced on Thursday that its new stage play titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal Over the sweat and tears will be the final stage play of the series, and it will run from August 31 to September 8 at the Theater-H in Tokyo. Shatner Nishida is...
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Live-Action No Domestic Work for Ms. Saionji Series Reveals More Cast

Takashi Fujii, Mari Hamada, Mayū Yokota, more join cast ― The staff for the live-action series adaptation of Hiura's Saionji-san wa Kaji o Shinai (No domestic work for Ms. Saionji) manga announced more cast members on Thursday. The newly announced cast members are (top row, from left to right): Takashi Fujii as Ryuuji Amano, the president of Les Q Mari Hamada as Chisako Satou, who is in charge of rec...
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In the Shadow of the Beast: The Kaiju Genre & Kaiju No. 8

Grant Jones dives into the wild world of giant monsters and how Kaiju No. 8 builds on their legacy. Kaiju No. 8 is a series that wears its influences on its sleeves. As the first word in its title suggests, it comes from a long line of works in the kaiju genre, using giant monsters and burning skylines as a backdrop to tell stories. While many likely know kaiju in a passing sense, it may help to h...
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Minta Suzumaru's Boys-Love Manga Takara's Treasure Gets Live-Action Show

Show premieres on July 1 ― The official Twitter account for Shinchosha's Dear+ magazine revealed on Tuesday that Minta Suzumaru's Takara's Treasure (Takara no Vidro) boys-love manga is inspiring a live-action adaptation that will premiere on the BS Asahi, TV Kanagawa, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting, Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd., and CBC TV channels on July 1. The project will also stream exclusively in...
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Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Cast Reunite for New 30th Anniversary Episode

The first ninja Super Sentai return from the shadows to cut down the forces of evil ― The history of the Super Sentai (popularly known as Power Rangers in Western countries) franchise is full of firsts. From the first series, Himitsu Sentai Goranger, in 1977 to the first appearance of a sixth ranger in 1987's Hikari Sentai Maskman, then the first regular sixth ranger in 1992's Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger...
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Hollywood Reporter: Film Writer David Callaham to Pen Next Installment in Godzilla/Kong Film Series

Callaham credited for 2014 live-action Godzilla film's story ― News entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that screenwriter David Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse films) will write the script for Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's "next installment of ... [the] Godzilla/Kong monster movie series." Callaham recei...
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Tetsuo Hara, Nobuhiko Horie, Masato Deguchi's Keiji's Kabuki Adventure Manga Gets Stage Play Adaptation

THE RAMPAGE vocalist Riku stars as Keiji Maeda ― A website opened on Sunday to announce the stage play adaptation of Tetsuo Hara, Nobuhiko Horie, and Masato Deguchi's Keiji's Kabuki Adventure (Maeda Keiji Kabuki Tabi) manga titled Maeda Keiji Kabuki Tabi STAGE&LIVE ~Higo no Tora ・ Katō Kiyomasa-hen~ (Keiji's Kabuki Adventure STAGE&LIVE ~The Tiger of Higo ・ Kiyomasa Katō Arc~). The stage play will run...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, April 29-May 5

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc marathon reruns top TV rankings ― Hiroyuki Morita and Studio Ghibli's The Cat Returns film aired on NTV on Friday, May 3 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 6.8% rating. The Kaiketsu Zorori: Lalala♪ Star Tanjō anime film aired on NHK Educational on Friday, May 3 at 8:50 a.m. and it earned a 1.1% rating. The Eiga Oshiri Tantei Shiriarty anime film aired on ...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, April 22-28

Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop aired on April 28, earned 0.5% rating ― Flying Dog's original anime film Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (Cider no Yō ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru) aired on NHK Educational on Sunday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m., and it earned a 0.5% rating. The episode of the live-action series adaptation of Kana Ozawa's Blue Moment manga that aired on Fuji TV on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:00 p.m. ea...
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Deadline: Celsius Ent. Accuses China's iQIYI of Streaming Oldboy Film Without License

Streaming service accused of streaming Chan-wook Park's film for years after license expired ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that London-based distributor Celsius Entertainment has accused Chinese streaming platform iQIYI with streaming Chan-wook Park's live-action Oldboy film for at least six years without permission. Deadline stated lawyers for Celsius Entertainment and Old...
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Live-Action Stardust Telepath Show Reveals AKB48 Cast

Momoka Itō, Airi Satō, Sora Yamazaki, Maho Ōmori play main 4 cast members ― The official website for the live-action series of Rasuko Ōkuma's Stardust Telepath (Hoshikuzu Telepath) manga revealed the show's cast members from the AKB48 idol group on Thursday. The main cast members include (left to right in photo above mapped left to right to characters in illustration above): Momoka Itō as Yu Akeuchi ...
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Saint Young Men Manga Gets 1st Live-Action Film on December 20

Kenichi Matsuyama, Shōta Sometani return as Jesus, Buddha; Yūichi Fukuda again directs, pens script ― Kodansha announced on Thursday that Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan) manga is inspiring its first live-action film titled Saint Oniisan The Movie ~Holy Men vs Akuma Gundan~ (Holy Men vs Demon Army). Toho will open the film on December 20. The returning cast and staff from the manga's...
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Live-Action Short Celebrates Brotherhood & 10 Years of My Hero Academia

Relive a decade of My Hero Academia vicariously through 2 brothers' story ― It's momentous when a manga reaches its 10th anniversary of serialization. Although it's true that weekly shonen magazines like Jump, Magazine, and Sunday are rife with titles that have reached that seminal mark, only a small fraction in the industry as a whole ever sees 10 years of publication. One series that is hitting its...
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Live-Action Film of Risa Itou's Hey Hey Pitan! Manga Reveals More Cast, New Trailer

Film premieres on June 21 ― The staff for the live-action adaptation of Risa Itou's Hey Hey Pitan! manga titled Oi Handsome!! (Hey Handsome!!) revealed additional cast members for the movie on April 26. The newly announced cast members are (top row, left to right): Shūhei Nomura as Isao Ryubi Miyase as Takao Tatsuya Fujiwara as Hara (Second row, left to right) Yuki Matsushita as Takao's mother Seiji ...
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Live-Action Dear Sa-chan Show Adds 3 Cast Members

Ren Ishikawa, Hinano Nakayama, Dori Sakurada join cast of June series ― The official website for the live-action series of Iori Asaga's Dear Sa-chan (Sacchan, Boku wa.) manga revealed a new visual and more cast members on Tuesday. The new cast members include (from left to right in image above): Ren Ishikawa as Shino Kunikida Keito Kimura (previously announced) as Kyōsuke Katagiri Hinano Nakayama as ...
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Happy Kanako's Killer Life Comedy Manga Gets Live-Action Show

Non, Kis-My-Ft2's Taisuke Fujigaya star in winter show about woman who unwittingly starts assassin work ― DMM announced on Tuesday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Toshiya Wakabayashi's Happy Kanako's Killer Life (Shiawase Kanako no Koroshiya Seikatsu) manga that will premiere on the DMM TV streaming service this coming winter. Non (left in the images above) plays the titular K...
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Iñaki Godoy Celebrates Luffy's Birthday with a Special Video

Birthday video hides possible teaser for season 2 of live-action show ― Netflix is celebrating the birthday of One Piece's Monkey D. Luffy in a big way this year. His 3D counterpart, Iñaki Godoy, wished him a happy birthday on May 5 with a special video. The star of Netflix's live-action One Piece adaptation thanked the aspiring pirate king for all the joy he brings to the world, especially on Childr...
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Drops to #5 in 6th Weekend, SPY×FAMILY Code: White Drops to #16 in 3rd Weekend in U.S. Box Office (Updated)

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire earns US$9.8 million in international box office this weekend ― Box Office Mojo is reporting that the Godzilla vs. Kong film sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire went down to #5 in its sixth weekend, and the SPY×FAMILY Code: White anime film continued to drop from #13 to #16 in its third weekend in the U.S. box office. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire earned an estima...
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Eku Takeshima's Whisper Me a Love Song Manga Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Stage play to run from July 26-August 2 in Tokyo ― A website opened on Sunday to announce a stage play adaptation of Eku Takeshima's Whisper Me a Love Song (Sasayaku yō ni Koi wo Utau) manga, titled Butai: Sasayaku yō ni Koi wo Utau (Whisper Me a Love Song the Stage), which will run from July 26 to August 2 at the Theater1010 in Tokyo. The website also reveals the stage play's cast, staff, and key vi...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise's Live-Action Knuckles Spinoff Series Crosses 4 Million Hours Viewed

Series becomes most watched Paramount+ original series of all time ― Deadline reported on Friday that the live-action Knuckles spinoff series in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise crossed 4 million hours of viewing time in its premiere weekend. The series is now the most-watched Paramount+ original series of all time. The show is also the most-watched kids and family title overall on the platform. The...
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Live-Action Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ Show Reveals More Cast

Satoshi Tokushige, Sei Hiraizumi, Hirofumi Araki, Hidekazu Mashima play variations of Isobee ― The staff for the live-action series of Ryō Nakama's Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ manga announced on Friday more cast and the July 12 premiere. The newly announced cast members are (pictured above from left to right): Satoshi Tokushige as Jidaigeki Isobee (historical period drama Isobee) Sei...
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Opens at #2 in Japan

27th Detective Conan film has earned 9.291 billion yen as of Monday ― The Detective Conan: Hyakuman Doru no Michishirube (Case Closed: The Million-dollar Pentagram) film stayed at #1 in its third weekend. The film sold 940,000 tickets and earned 1,354,701,480 yen (about US$8.85 million) from Friday to Sunday. As of Monday (a holiday in Japan, and the start of the Golden Week holidays), the film has s...
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Hetalia ~The glorious road~ Musical Reveals New Trailer, Ensemble Cast

Show runs in Kyoto from August 9-12, Osaka from August 17-19, Tokyo from August 24-September 8 ― The staff for Hetalia ~The glorious road~, the third stage musical adaptation of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga, revealed the ensemble cast and a new promotional video on Wednesday: The ensemble cast includes: Shо̄ji Nakada Naoki Machida Masaya Itо̄ Tomohiro Matsuzaki Mashū Ankyū Musashi M...
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Yona of the Dawn Stage Play Musical Reveals Cast, July 20 Opening

Mirei Hoshina/Aya Akane star as Yona ― The official website for the new musical stage play of Mizuho Kusanagi's Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) manga announced on Thursday that the musical will play at Tokyo's Theater H from July 20-28. The website also revealed the cast. The musical stars: Mirei Hoshina/Aya Akane as Yona Keisuke Kaminaga/Ryо̄no Kusachi as Haku Rui Kihara as Kija Shion Yoshitaka ...
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Tsuiraku JK to Haijin Kyōshi Live-Action Series Gets Sequel in June

Tsuiraku JK to Haijin Kyōshi Lesson2 airs on June 18 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action series adaptation of sora's Tsuiraku JK to Haijin Kyōshi (Fallen High School Girl and Disabled Teacher) manga revealed on Tuesday that the series is getting a sequel Tsuiraku JK to Haijin Kyōshi Lesson2 on June 18. The staff also revealed a short teaser and two key visuals. ◤◢◤◢ #墜廃ドラマ ◤◢◤◢2023.04....
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Mashle: Magic and Muscles 2nd Stage Play Announces Additional Cast

2nd stage play runs at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo from August 2-12, AiiA 2.5 Theater Kobe in Hyogo from August 17-19 ― The official Twitter account for the second Mashle The Stage stage play adaptation of Hajime Kōmoto's Mashle: Magic and Muscles manga revealed four new cast members for Divine Visionaries on Wednesday. The newly announced cast members are (left to right): Yoshihide Sasaki returning ...
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New City Hunter Film Debuts at #1 on Netflix's Weekly Global Top 10 Non-English Films

Film also ranks at #1 on Netflix in Japan ― Netflix revealed that the new Japanese live-action film of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga has ranked at #1 on Netflix's weekly global top 10 non-English films rankings in its first week on the service during the week of April 22-28. The film had 5.3 million total views, with 9.1 million hours viewed. The movie also ranked at #1 on Netflix's top 10 films i...
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Hikaru no Go Stage Play Reveals Additional Cast

Takumi Mano, Ryusei Kitade, Yūki Iwasa among others join cast ― The official website for the Uta Emaki "Hikaru no Go" Jyo no Itte (Song Picture Scroll "Hikaru no Go": The First Move) stage play adaptation of Takeshi Obata and Yumi Hotta's Hikaru no Go manga revealed additional cast members for the upcoming show on Tuesday. The additional cast members include (top row, left to right): Takumi Mano as T...
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Yoshiharu Tsuge's 'Ame no Naka no Yokujō' Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Ryō Narita stars in film opening on November 29 ― Yoshiharu Tsuge's "Ame no Naka no Yokujō" (Desire in the Rain) manga short story is inspiring a live-action film which will open on November 29. The film stars Ryō Narita as Yoshio, Eriko Nakamura as Fukuko, Gō Morita as Imori, and Naoto Takenaka as Oyaji. Other cast members include Tomomitsu Adachi, Yuki Nakanishi, Yūya Matsuura, Makoto Tsuchi, Kaori...
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Stays at #3 in 5th Weekend, SPYxFAMILY Code: White Drops to #13 in 2nd Weekend in U.S. Box Office

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire earns over US$500 million total worldwide ― Box Office Mojo is reporting that the Godzilla vs. Kong film sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire stayed at #3 in its fifth weekend, and the SPY×FAMILY Code: White anime film dropped out of the top 10 from #5 to #13 in its second weekend in the U.S. box office. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire earned an estimated US$1,760,00...
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Live-Action Acma:Game Series Streams in U.S. on Prime Video

Series premiered in Japan on April 7, began streaming in more than 150 countries on April 26 ― Amazon Prime Video added the live-action series of Kōji Megumi and Meebu's Acma:Game manga in the United States on Friday. The series premiered on NTV on April 7. It began streaming in more than 150 countries with subtitles in eight languages, including Japanese and English, on Friday on TVer, Hulu, and Ama...
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One Piece on Ice Show Returns on September 7-8

Figure Skater Shōma Uno returns as Luffy ― The official X (formerly Twitter) account for Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga franchise announced on Sunday that the One Piece on Ice: Episode of Alabasta ice show will return for a second run on September 7 and 8 at the LaLa arena TOKYO-BAY in Chiba. Figure skater Shōma Uno will once again star as Luffy. Like the first run, the new run will adapt the franchi...
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Satoru Hiura's Saionji-san wa Kaji o Shinai Manga Gets Live-Action Series Adaptation in July

Manga about woman who does not do chores launched in 2021 ― TBS announced on Sunday that Satoru Hiura's Saionji-san wa Kaji o Shinai (No domestic work for Ms. Saionji) manga will get a live-action series adaptation, which will premiere in July, and will air on TBS' Tuesday drama slot at 10:00 p.m. JST. Wakana Matsumoto (left in image above) will play the titular role Itsuki Saionji, a 38-year-old wom...
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Live-Action Horror Film Sayuri Reveals Teaser Video, Additional Cast

Summer film adapts manga by Hi Score Girl's Rensuke Oshikiri ― The staff for the live-action film of Rensuke Oshikiri's horror manga Sayuri revealed additional cast members in a new teaser trailer on Thursday. The staff also revealed a new teaser visual. Additional cast members include: Zen Kajihara as the father Akio Fusako Urabe as the mother Masako Kitarō as the grandfather Shōzō Kokoro Morita as ...
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Live-Action TV Series Inspired by Anpanman Creator, Wife's Life Story Reveals Main Cast

Live-action Tokyo Revengers stars Takumi Kitamura, Mio Imada star in series premiering in spring 2025 ― NHK revealed on Friday the main cast for Anpan, the newest entry in its six-decade-long Renzoku Terebi Shōsetsu (Serialized TV Novel, also known as "Asadora" or Morning Drama) franchise. The new live-action weekday morning series is inspired by the life story of Anpanman manga creator Takashi Yanas...
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Stardust Pictures Establishes Manga Imprint for Eventual Live-Action Adaptations

BeSTAR Comics imprint publishes Kara-chan to Shito-san to, Yadokari manga ― Film production company Stardust Pictures has founded a new manga imprint named BeSTAR Comics on Friday. The label intends to publish manga that have the potential to eventually have live-action film adaptations. The label intends to leverage the Stardust Promotion group of companies' (of which Stardust Pictures is a part) ab...
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New Live-Action Black Jack Show Casts Marika Matsumoto, Debuts on June 30

Matsumoto plays patient suffering from "Lion-Face Disease" ― The official website for the new live-action series of Osamu Tezuka's Black Jack manga revealed a new cast member and the series' June 30 premiere date on Friday. Marika Matsumoto plays a patient who suffers from "Lion-Face Disease," a disease that makes patients' bones swell and thus their face slowly begins to resemble a lion's. The visua...
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Mizuki Tsujimura's Gōman to Zenryō Novel Gets Live-Action Film

Taisuke Fujigaya, Nao star in September 27 film ― Mizuki Tsujimura's Gōman to Zenryō (Arrogance and Virtue) novel is inspiring a live-action film adaptation that will open on September 27. The film stars Kis-My-Ft2 idol group member Taisuke Fujigaya as Kakeru Nishizawa, and actress Nao as Kakeru's fiance Mami Sakaniwa. Kentarō Hagiwara (live-action Tokyo Ghoul, Blue Period) is directing the film. Yuk...
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Netflix Streams Live-Action Golden Kamuy Film on May 19

Film opened in Japan on January 19 ― Netflix revealed on Wednesday that it will stream the live-action film of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga on May 19. The film opened in Japan on January 19 and topped the Japanese box office in its first weekend. The film sold 356,000 tickets for 533,848,690 yen (about US$3.62 million) in its first three days. Shigeaki Kubo directed the film at production company...
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The Three Young-Men in Midnight Comedy Manga Gets New Live-Action Series, Film

New series debuts on May 24, film on August 30 ― Maco-Ching Ishihara's The 3-Mei-sama (The Three Young-Men in Midnight) gag manga is inspiring a new live-action project titled The 3 Meisama Ω (pronounced "omega") this year. The project will consist of a new live-action series that will debut on the Fuji TV on Demand streaming service on May 24, as well as a live-action film titled The 3 Meisama Ω ~Ko...
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New Live-Action Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe Episode's Trailer Previews Italian Chef Tonio

Alfredo Chiarenza plays Tonio in episode debuting on May 5 ― NHK began streaming a trailer for the newest live-action episode inspired by Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), Hirohiko Araki's spinoff from his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, on Tuesday. The trailer shows Italian chef Tonio inviting Rohan to poach a mysterious abalone in Morioh — a bargain they might pay for with their...
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Totoro Stage Play Moves to London's West End in March-November 2025

Producer Griselda Yorke: Play will 'have a life beyond the West End' ― The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) announced on Tuesday that its stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli's and Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro will have a West End run at London's Gillian Lynne Theatre from March 8 to November 2, 2025. The stage play's RSC executive producer Griselda Yorke also noted that the play "will d...
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Live-Action Horror Film Sayuri Casts Ryōka Minamide as Protagonist Norio

Summer film adapts manga by Hi Score Girl's Rensuke Oshikiri ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Rensuke Oshikiri's horror manga Sayuri announced on Wednesday that Ryōka Minamide plays the film's protagonist Norio, the eldest son of the Kamiki family. Kōji Shiraishi (Sadako vs. Kayako, Impossibility Defense) is directing the film, which Showgate will release this summer. The ma...
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Live-Action One Piece Series Adds Joe Tracz as Showrunner for Season 2

New season expected to air in 2025 ― The staff for the Hollywood live-action series of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga announced on Tuesday that the second season of Netflix's show will add Joe Tracz (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) as a writer, executive producer, and co-showrunner. He joins the first season's writer, executive producer, and co-showrunner Matt Owens. Season 1 co-showrunner Steve Ma...

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Drops Again to #3 in 4th Weekend, SPY×FAMILY Code: White Film Debuts at #5 in U.S. Box Office

SPY×FAMILY Code: White earns US$4,875,000 in 1st weekend ― The Box Office Mojo reports that the Godzilla vs. Kong film sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire dropped again from #2 to #3 in its fourth weekend, and the SPY×FAMILY Code: White anime film ranked at #5 in its opening weekend in the U.S. box office. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire earned an estimated US$2,330,000 on Friday, an estimated US$...
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Live-Action Trillion Game Film Reveals Teaser, Key Visual

Film debuts in 2025 ― The staff for the upcoming live-action film of Riichirou Inagaki and Ryoichi Ikegami's Trillion Game manga shared a new teaser on Monday for the project along with a set of key visuals. The film debuts in 2025. The film will feature a returning cast, including Ren Meguro from idol group Snow Man as protagonist Haru Tennōji, and Hayato Sano as Manabu "Gaku" Taira. Yoshiaki Murao ...
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Hikaru no Go Manga Gets Stage Play in July

Play runs at Sunshine Theater in Ikebukuro from July 5-14 ― This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that Takeshi Obata and Yumi Hotta's Hikaru no Go manga will receive a stage play adaptation in Ikebukuro in July titled Uta Emaki "Hikaru no Go" Jyo no Itte (Song Picture Scroll "Hikaru no Go": The First Move). The cast includes: Yōjirō Itokawa as Hikaru Sh...
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Dear Sa-chan Romance Manga Gets Live-Action TV Show With Global Plans

Keito Kimura (FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE) stars as protagonist Kyōsuke Katagiri ― A weekly live-action series adaptation of Iori Asaga's Dear Sa-chan (Sacchan, Boku wa.) manga will premiere in Japan on Netflix on June 4. Keito Kimura of FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE will star in the series as the protagonist Kyōsuke Katagiri. Asaga drew an illustration to celebrate the announcement: Izuru Kumasaka, Mi...
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Sumikko Gurashi Franchise Gets Puppet Musical on August 16-September 1

Musical adapts franchise's 1st anime film Sumikkogurashi – Good to be in the corner ― Nelke Planning announced on April 17 that Sumikkogurashi – Good to be in the corner (Eiga Sumikkogurashi: Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko), the first anime film for San-X's Sumikko Gurashi franchise, will be adapted to a puppet musical titled Natsuyasumi! On Stage: Puppet Musical Sumikko Gurashi Tobidasu Ehon to Himi...
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Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix Manga Gets New Stage Play in July

Play adapting manga's "Karma" arc runs from July 18-21 in Tokyo ― Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix manga is inspiring a new stage play that will run at Theatre West at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater from July 18-21. Kotaro Ishikawa is directing and writing the play. Salme Company is producing the play, which commemorates the 70th anniversary of Tezuka's original manga. The play will be based on the manga's "Ka...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise's Live-Action Knuckles Spinoff Series Streams Trailer Introducing Cast

Adam Pally, Scott Mescudi, Ellie Taylor, Edi Patterson, Stockard Channing, Cary Elwes, Rory McCann discuss their roles ― Paramount+ began streaming on Thursday a video for the live-action Knuckles spinoff series in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The "Meet the Cast" video features Adam Pally, Scott Mescudi, Ellie Taylor, Edi Patterson, Stockard Channing, Cary Elwes, and Rory McCann discussing their...
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Iryū - Team Medical Dragon Artist Tarō Nogizaka's Natsume Arata no Kekkon Suspense Manga Gets Live-Action Show

Yukihiko Tsutsumi directs film opening on September 6 ― Warner Bros. Japan announced on Friday that Tarō Nogizaka's Natsume Arata no Kekkon (Arata Natsume's Marriage) manga is getting a live-action film that will open in Japan on September 6. Yukihiko Tsutsumi (director of live-action 20th Century Boys, Beck, Ikebukuro West Gate Park) is directing the film. The film will star Yuuya Yagira (live-actio...
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At 25:00 in Akasaka BL Drama Cast Discuss Kiss Scene, Personal Hobbies at Live Event

Kiita Komagine and Taisuke Niihara show how they perfected the right angle for their on-screen kiss. ― The cast members of the new BL drama At 25:00, in Akasaka showed off what they do at 25 o'clock (1:00 am) at night. And it's nothing like what happens in the drama. While somewhat underrepresented in the anime industry, boys' love (BL) has a strong presence in the manga and TV drama world. With at l...
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Honeko Akabane's Bodyguards Live-Action Film Casts Natsuki Deguchi as Titular Heroine

August 2 film's teaser trailer also reveals Daiken Okudaira, Hikaru Takahashi ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film adaptation of Masamitsu Nigatsu's Honeko Akabane's Bodyguards (Akabane Honeko no Bodyguard) manga revealed a new teaser trailer, more cast, and a new visual for the film on Thursday. The new cast members include: Natsuki Deguchi as Akabane Honeko Daiken Okudaira as Sum...
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Chan-wook Park Develops English Live-Action Series of Korean Oldboy Film

2003 film of 1996-98 manga already inspired Spike Lee's 2013 film ― Director Chan-wook Park is developing a live-action English series based on his acclaimed film adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's Oldboy manga, in collaboration with Lionsgate Television. Park would produce this project with his partner Syd Lim. Dark Horse publishes the manga in English and describes the story: Ten ...

Keanu Reeves Joins Live-Action Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Film as Shadow

Reeves joins Krysten Ritter, Alyla Browne, James Wolk, Sofia Pernas, Cristo Fernández, Jorma Taccone as new cast members ― Deadline reported on Monday that Keanu Reeves is joining the cast of the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film as Shadow the Hedgehog. Variety confirmed in February that Jim Carrey will reprise his role as Dr. Robotnik for the third film. IGN additionally reported that Krysten Ri...

Live-Action One Piece Series Wins at 2024 Writers Guild Awards

Writers Matt Owens, Steven Maeda win for series' "Romance Dawn" episode ― The 2024 Writers Guild Awards revealed this year's winners on Sunday, and Netflix's live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga won in the "Children's Episodic, Long Form and Specials" category. Writers Matt Owens (Like Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Steven Maeda won for the series' "Romance Dawn" episode. The l...
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At 25:00, in Akasaka Live-Action Show Streams Worldwide on GagaOOLala

Live-action series based on Hiroko Natsuno's manga premieres on April 18 ― GagaOOLala announced on Monday that it will stream the live-action series adaptation of Hiroko Natsuno's At 25:00, in Akasaka (25-Ji, Akasaka de) boys-love manga worldwide on April 18. The show will stream in Japanese with English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish, and Thai. The series will premier...

Dan Harmon, Heather Anne Campbell Rewrite Script for Live-Action One-Punch Man Film

Rick and Morty co-creator Harmon, screenwriter Campbell replaces Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner ― The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that the live-action film adaptation of ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga is currently being rewritten by Rick and Morty co-creator and Community creator Dan Harmon and screenwriter Heather Anne Campbell (Rick and Morty, The Twilight Zone, The Eric Andre...
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Film Drops to #2 in U.S. Box Office in 3rd Weekend

Film earns total of US$157,932,103 in U.S., US$436,532,103 worldwide ― The Box Office Mojo reports that the Godzilla vs. Kong film sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire dropped to #2 in the U.S. box office in its third weekend. The film earned an estimated US$15,450,000 screening in 3,847 theaters in its third weekend, making an estimated US$3,900,000 on Friday, an estimated US$7,000,000 on Saturday...
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Creators of Inuyasha, Evangelion, Video Girl Ai, & More Draw Onmyōji 0 Tribute Art

Each added their own little touch to their illustrations of lead character ― It's not uncommon for novels to be adapted into films. The Japanese film industry is no different with one such movie series launching with 2001's Onmyoji. Now, nearly a quarter-century later, the newest film in the series, Onmyōji 0, is coming out. To celebrate the movie's release, eight artists from the manga and anime wor...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, April 1-8

Suzume, Sound! Euphonium films, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime season 3, My Hero Academia Memories all make rankings ― Makoto Shinkai's Suzume film aired on NTV on Friday, April 5 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 12.7% rating. Sound! Euphonium: Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band, Kyoto Animation's compilation film for the first season of the Sound! Euphonium anime, aired on NHK Educat...
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1122: For a Happy Marriage Live-Action Series Reveals Teaser Video, More Cast, June 14 Debut

Series based on Peko Watanabe's manga to have 7 episodes. ― Amazon Prime Video revealed a teaser video on Saturday for the live-action series of Peko Watanabe's 1122: For a Happy Marriage manga. The show's official X/Twitter account also revealed a new teaser visual for the show: The staff also revealed more cast members on Saturday, including: Akiko Kikuchi as Tōko Aihara, Otoya's older sister Rio U...
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Legendary Ent's Live-Action Godzilla Series Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Gets 2nd Season

New multi-series deal includes multiple spinoffs for franchise ― Apple TV+ announced on Thursday that Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, Legendary Entertainment's series featuring "Godzilla and the Titans" is getting a second season. This is part of a new multi-series deal with Legendary Entertainment that includes multiple spinoffs for the franchise. The main staff is returning for the new season. The ser...

Transformers Franchise Gets Crossover Film with G.I. Joe

Steven Spielberg to executive produce with producers from Transformers: Rise of the Beasts ― Paramount Pictures confirmed on Thursday during the CinemaCon 2024 event in Las Vegas that it is producing a crossover film between the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises. Steven Spielberg is the executive producer for the new film. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (pictured right) producers Lorenzo di Bona...
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Live-Action Hen na Ie Stays at #1, 2024 Doraemon Film Back at #2

1st Haikyu!! Final film drops to #3, Godzilla Minus One stays at #7, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM drops to #9, live-action Lovesick Ellie to #10 ― The live-action film adaptation of Uketsu's Hen na Ie (The Strange House) novel stayed at #1 for its fourth consecutive weekend. The film sold 289,000 tickets for 371,338,900 yen (about US$2.43 million) over the weekend. The film has sold a total of 2,7...
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4th Live-Action Kingdom Film Casts Masao Kusakari

Kusakari plays Chо̄ in July 12 film ― The official website for the live-action films of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga revealed on Monday that Kingdom: Taishogun no Kikan (Return of the General), the fourth live-action Kingdom film unveiled a new trailer and visual, and they reveal that Masao Kusakari will play Chо̄ (Zhao). The film will open on July 12. Shinsuke Satō is again directing the new film. ...
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Ultraman Arc Series to Air, Stream in Asia With Simultaneous Dubs

Latest Ultraman series to run dubbed in 6 Asian territories, stream subbed on YouTube ― The official website of Ultraman Arc, the latest live-action series in the Ultraman franchise, started streaming a teaser trailer on April 5. The website also announced that the new series will have dubbed or subtitled versions in 11 languages, and it will be distributed simultaneously in six Asian countries and r...
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Film Tops U.S. Box Office in 2nd Weekend

Film earns total of US$135,037,630 in U.S.; earns US$361,037,630 worldwide ― The Box Office Mojo website reports that the Godzilla vs. Kong film sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire topped the box office in its second weekend in the United States. The film earned an estimated US$31,700,000 screening in 3,948 theaters in its second weekend, making an estimated US$8,500,000 on Friday, an estimated US...
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New Live-Action City Hunter Film Unveils Full Trailer, More Cast

Film previewed on 'Get Wild' Day before April 25 Netflix premiere ― Netflix began streaming the English-subtitled full trailer for the new Japanese live-action film of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga on Monday. (Monday is unofficially "Get Wild" Day, since TM Network's iconic "Get Wild" ending theme song for the 1987 anime went on sale on April 8, 1987.) Netflix also unveils a new key art and three ...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, March 25-31

Sazae-san 55th anniversary special earns 8.0% rating ― The final episode of the new live-action series of Fumi Yoshinaga's Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga aired on Fuji TV on Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 5.4% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san 55-shūnen Maeiwai Special Fuji TV March 31 (Sun) 18:00 60 min. 8.0 1-jikan Special Meitantei Conan Kid ...
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From Eroica with Love Stage Play Gets Rerun on July 26-29 (Updated)

Main cast/staff return for "Revival+" rerun with new scenes ― The official website for the stage play of Yasuko Aoike's From Eroica with Love manga announced on Saturday that the play will get a "Revival+" rerun with new scenes at Kinokuniya Hall in Tokyo from July 26-29. The main cast and staff will return for the updated show. Updated cast members for the rerun include Reo Yamazaki as Agent B, Yūsa...
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All-Male Precure Stage Play Gets Sequel

Main cast/staff return for sequel in February-March 2025 ― The official website for Dancing☆Star Precure, the first stage play for Toei Animation's long-running Precure (Pretty Cure) anime franchise, announced on Friday that the play is getting a sequel that will run from February-March 2025. The website streamed a video (only available in Japan) and also released the main theme song "Do the Dancing☆...
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Film's Trailer Reveals Japanese Dub Cast

Godzilla Minus One wins at 2024 Critics Choice Super Awards ― TOHO began streaming on Thursday a trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong film sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, and it reveals the Japanese dub cast. The Japanese dub cast (which features some returning members) includes: Matsuya Onoue as Bernie Mamoru Miyano as Trapper Mogura Suzuki as Mikael Miki Maya as Hampton Shinsuke Kasai as TV Caster...
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Opus Colors Original Anime Gets Stage Play Adaptation, Reveals Main Cast in Costume

Stage play to run from May 10-19 in Tokyo ― An official website opened on March 15 to announce the stage play adaptation of the Opus Colors original television anime titled Perception Stage: Opus.COLORs, which will run from May 10-19 at Club eX at Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo. The stage play's staff revealed the main cast in costume on Thursday. The stage play's main cast members are (image above,...
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Live-Action Hen na Ie Stays at #1, 1st Haikyu!! Final Film at #2

2024 Doraemon film stays at #3 ― The live-action film adaptation of Uketsu's Hen na Ie (The Strange House) novel stayed at #1 for its third consecutive weekend. The film sold 389,600 tickets for 491,084,860 yen (about US$3.23 million) over the weekend. The film has sold a total of 2.07 million tickets for a cumulative earning of 2,622,536,990 yen (about US$17.28 million). The film opened on March 15....
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Live-Action Ikoku Nikki Film Reveals New Trailer Featuring Toaka's Song

Suzume singer creates song for film opening on June 7 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Tomoko Yamashita's Ikoku Nikki (Diary of a Strange Land) manga revealed a new full trailer along with a new key visual for the film on Thursday. The trailer features the song "Yoake no Anata e" (To You at Daybreak) by singer-songwriter Toaka (Suzume). Toaka said she loved the original mang...
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Rainbow Days Creator Minami Mizuno's Koi o Shiranai Boku-tachi wa Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Naniwa Danshi's Ryusei Onishi stars in school romance ― The Shochiku Channel announced today in a behind-the-scenes documentary that Rainbow Days creator Minami Mizuno's Koi o Shiranai Boku-tachi wa (We Who Know Nothing of Love) manga is getting a live-action film adaptation on August 23. The official website also revealed the cast of the movie in costume, along with the staff for the film. The cast ...
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Tsubasa Yamaguchi's Blue Period Manga Gets Live-Action Film on August 9

Gordon Maeda stars in film by Tokyo Ghoul helmer Kentarō Hagiwara, Blue Period anime writer Reiko Yoshida ― Warner Bros. Japan revealed on Tuesday that Tsubasa Yamaguchi's Blue Period manga will get a live-action film adaptation that will premiere on August 9, and started streaming a teaser trailer for the film. The film stars (image above from left to right): Gordon Maeda as Yatora Yaguchi Fumiya Ta...
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Live-Action Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ Show Unveils More Cast, July Debut

Yōsuke Sugino star as titular character in 10-episode WOWOW series ― The staff for the live-action series of Ryō Nakama's Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ manga announced six more cast members and the July premiere for the series on Tuesday. The newly announced cast members are (as pictured above): Fuku Suzuki as Jō Nakajima (third from left) Neru Nagahama as Kanban Musume (Poster Girl) (...
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New Live-Action Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe Episode Airs in May

Series' 9th episode adapts "Poaching Seashore" story ― NHK announced on Monday that it will air a new episode of the live-action series inspired by Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), Hirohiko Araki's spinoff from his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga. The series' overall ninth episode (not including the live-action film) will adapt the "Mitsuryō Kaigan" (Poaching Seashore) story from ...
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Stage Play Adaptation of Yoshio Sawai's Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Manga Confirmed

Stage play first announced as April Fools' joke ― The official X (formerly Twitter) account of Yoshio Sawai's Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo manga announced on Monday that the manga will get a stage play adaptation titled Chō Hajike Stage☆Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (Super Hajike Stage☆Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo) in October at the Theatre1010 in Tokyo. Keita Kawajiri (Nanbaka stage play writer/director, Fist of the North Star, Mob ...
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Film Earns US$80 Million in U.S., US$114 Million in International Opening Weekend

Film's global earning at US$194 million ― The Box Office Mojo website estimates that the Godzilla vs. Kong film sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire earned US$80 million in its opening weekend in the United States. The film earned an estimate of US$37,000,000 on Friday, an estimated US$26,600,000 on Saturday, and an estimated US$16,400,000 on Easter Sunday. The film topped the U.S. box office for t...
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Live-Action Blue Moment Series Adds Tsubasa Honda to Cast

Series premieres on April 24 ― The official website for the live-action series of Kana Ozawa's Blue Moment manga revealed on Sunday that Tsubasa Honda will join the cast. Honda will play Akari Sonobe, the meteorologist fiancée of Kankurō Haruhara. The series will premiere on April 24. Ryō Tanaka is directing the series, Hideya Hamada is penning the scripts, and Naoki Satō is composing the music. The ...
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Kengo Hanazawa's Under Ninja Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Manga series also inspired 2023 anime ― This year's 18th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine revealed on Monday Kengo Hanazawa's Under Ninja manga is getting a live-action movie adaptation. The announcement teased the cast and staff of the upcoming film as "top ninja secret." Manga publisher Denpa is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the series: A high school loner is given the ...
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Deadline: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Film Earns US$8 Million in Thursday Previews in U.S.

Film opens in 3,850 theaters in U.S. on Friday ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that the Godzilla vs. Kong film sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire earned approximately US$8 million during its preview screenings that began at 3:00 p.m. local time on Thursday in roughly 3,400 locations in the United States. The earnings would mark the second-best previews for a "Monsterverse...
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Film Previews Mothra in New Trailer

Film debuts in U.S. theaters on March 29 ― Toei Movies began streaming a new trailer for the Godzilla vs. Kong film sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, on Tuesday. The trailer previews the return of Mothra. The film will open in the United States on March 29, two weeks earlier than its previously planned April 12 date. The April 12 release was itself a delay from its original March 15 opening. Th...

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