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Live-Action Yamato, Umizaru, Idolm@ster 2 Videos Posted

posted on by Gia Manry
Yamato in December, 3rd Umizaru film on Saturday, The IDOLM@STER 2 next spring

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of the Space Battleship Yamato anime franchise has begun streaming a 34-second teaser trailer and a 100-second full trailer on Saturday. 37-year-old SMAP band member Takuya Kimura (Howl's Moving Castle's Howl) is headlining this film based on the 1974-1975 space opera anime classic, which was adapted as Star Blazers in English. The other cast members include Meisa Kuroki (Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan's Vexille, Crows Zero's Luca), Toshiro Yanagiba, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. Takashi Yamazaki, the director best known for Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street, and last year's Ballad, is helming the project for a December 1 release. Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler wrote and sang the film's theme song, "Love Lives."

As part of the Manga on Web project he launched in April, Black Jack ni Yoroshiku manga creator Shuho Sato has posted the first chapter of his manga Umizaru in video form on YouTube. The video manga is intended to commemorate the September 18 theatrical release of the live-action film The Last Message: Umizaru. The chapter will be available in two videos (posted below) until October 18. The first nine chapters can also be read in Japanese on the Manga on Web website.

The original Umizaru manga was published from 1998 to 2001 in Shogakukan's Weekly Young Sunday magazine. The series revolves around a young man working as a navigation officer in the Japanese Coast Guard. In 2004, the manga was adapted into a two-season live-action television drama. A theatrical film titled Limit of Love: Umizaru was released in 2006, and a follow-up, which was eventually titled The Last Message: Umizaru, was announced in 2008 . In April 2009, Sato announced his intent to post the Shin Black Jack ni Yoroshiku manga online. This past May, it was revealed that the new film would be converted into 3D.

Namco Bandai Games has begun streaming the fifth three-minute promotional video for The IDOLM@STER 2 game for this week's Tokyo Game Show. The video highlights the game's new male idol unit, Jupiter. Jupiter's three members will be voiced by Takuma Terashima, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, and Daichi Kanbara. The game will ship for the Xbox 360 console next spring.

[Via Affenheimtheater, IT Media, Rakuga Kidou, Temple Knights]

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