The official website for the live-action film of Nitroplus and DMM Games’ Touken Ranbu franchise began streaming the film’s trailer on Thursday. The trailer reveals and previews the film’s theme song “UNBROKEN (feat. Hotei Tomoyasu)” by Takanori Nishikawa.
The film’s story centers on the historical Honnō-ji Incident, where infamous historical warlord Oda Nobunaga met his end after the betrayal of his general Akechi Mitsuhide. With the Touken Danshi’s enemies seeking to change history by allowing Nobunaga to live, the characters must ensure that Nobunaga dies, even if there are some among them that were once swords of Nobunaga.
The film stars: (Note: Names of historical Japanese characters have been written with last name first.)
Hiroki Suzuki as Mikazuki Munechika (also played the same role in the stage plays)
Yoshihiro Aramaki as Yamanbagiri Kunihiro (also played the same role in the stage plays)
Ryō Kitamura as Yagen Toushirou (also played the same role in the stage plays)
Masanari Wada as Heshikiri Hasebe (also played the same role in the stage plays)
Hiroaki Iwanaga (Berserk anime’s Guts) as Nihongou
Fūma Sadamoto as Honebami Toushirou
Taizō Shiina as Fudou Yukimitsu (also played the same role in the stage plays)
Tomoki Hirose as Uguisu Maru
Kōji Yamamoto as Oda Nobunaga
Norito Yashima as Toyotomi Hideoyshi
Saiji Yakumo (live-action Mars) is directing the film, with a script by Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Kakegurui). TOHO is distributing the film.
The Tōken Ranbu Online “sword personification training game” takes famous swords from Japanese history and interprets them as bishōnen. Nitroplus designed the characters and scenario. The game launched in Japan in 2015. The franchise has inspired a series of stage plays and a series of stage musicals, the Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu television anime series and an upcoming anime film, and the two Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru spinoff anime series and a compilation anime film.
Sources: Touken Ranbu live-action film’s website, Animate Times
The official website for the live-action films of Sui Ishida‘s Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed on Wednesday that the tentatively titled Tokyo Ghoul 2 film will open in Japan on July 19. The film’s staff also revealed a still of Masataka Kubota as Kaneki and Maika Yamamoto as Tōka.
Kubota (center in image below) is returning as Ken Kaneki, but Yamamoto (left in image below) is replacing Fumika Shimizu as Tōka Kirishima. (Shimizu retired from acting to join the Happy Science religious organization last year.) Shota Matsuda (right in image below) is joining the cast as Shū Tsukiyama, a character who appears in the manga but was not in the last film.
In addition, Shunya Shiraishi (seen below) is returning as Nishiki Nishio.
Kai Ogasawara (seen below) is also returning as Hideyoshi “Hide” Nagachika.
The first film premiered on July 3, 2017 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. It then debuted in July 7 in Berlin, and July 10 at the Marunouchi Piccadilly theater in Chiyoda, Japan before its wide theatrical release in Japan on July 29, 2017. The film ranked #5 in its opening weekend in Japan.
Funimation screened the film in theaters in the United States in October 2017.
The official website for Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw Red, the new live-action film adaptation of Rei Mikamoto‘s Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw manga, revealed on Tuesday that the project will consist of two films that will both open in Japan on February 22 with 4DX screenings. The first film (left visual below) is subtitled “Nero no Fukushū” (Nero’s Revenge). The second film (right) is subtitled “Geeko no Kakusei” (Geeko Awakens).
Nana Asakawa will play protagonist Geeko in the films. Ano from pop group You’ll Melt More! will play antagonist Nero Aoi. Asana Mamoru plays Nemesis, the leader of Uguisu Academy’s New Student Council Guardians. Other cast members include Nanami Hidaka, Momoko Kaechi, and Jun Aonami.
The project was revealed in September.
The original manga centers around Geeko Nokomura, who is in a lone struggle to confront her classmate Nero Aoi. Nero turned all of their classmates into zombies. To get to her, Geeko cuts down all of her former classmates.
Mikamoto launched the original manga in Comic Beam magazine in 2009 and ended it in March 2017. Kadokawa published the manga’s 13th and final compiled book volume in the same month. Mikamoto launched a second manga titled Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw refreshin Comic Beam on September 12.
A live-action film adaptation premiered opened in Japan in 2016.
Dark Horse Comics published the first six volumes of Mikamoto’s Reiko the Zombie Shop manga in North America. Reiko the Zombie Shop was adapted into a three-part live-action video series in 2004. Mikamoto’s Kyonyū Dragon manga was also adapted into a live-action movie in 2010. Funimation released the film in North America in 2011.
Mikamoto launched the Iron Ghost no Shōjo (Iron Ghost Girl) manga in Comic Beam in July 2017 and ended it on July 12 this year. Kadokawa published the manga’s second and final compiled book volume on August 9.
Sources: Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw Red films’ website, Comic Natalie
The official website for Back Street Girls: Gokudols (Back Street Girls -Yakuza Idols-), the live-action film adaptation of Jasmine Gyuh‘s Back Street Girls comedy manga, revealed a new trailer and poster visual for the film on Monday.
Back Street Girls: Gokudols will open on February 8. Keinosuke Hara is directing the film, with a script by Shōichirō Masumoto and Hidehiro Itō.
The film will star Jin Shirasu, Reiya Masaki, Masato Hanazawa, Natsumi Okamoto, Ruka Matsuda, Akane Sakanoue, Tetsuya Sugaya, Nana Asakawa, Hitoshi Ozawa, Dori Sakurada, Ren Osugi, and Kouichi Iwaki.
Kodansha Comics began publishing the manga digitally in English on August 14, and it describes the series:
Tough gangland retribution takes a disturbingly bright, shiny turn in this insanely guilty pleasure about 3 yakuzas who, as repayment for their failures, must undergo major surgery and become … a hot female idol trio! So what happens when they become the next big pop sensation!?
The manga launched in Kodansha‘s Weekly Young Magazine in March 2015, and ended on September 15. Kodansha published the manga’s 11th compiled volume on June 6. The manga has more than 450,000 copies in print.
The manga inspired a television anime adaptation that premiered in Japan on July 3. Netflix launched the anime in the United States on December 12.
Sources: Back Street Girls live-action film’s website, Comic Natalie
TOHO revealed at a 2019 lineup presentation on Thursday that the live-action film adaptation of Fujita‘s Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga will now open in 2020. The film was originally slated for next year.
Mitsuki Takahata (Napping Princess‘ Kokone Morikawa) and Kento Yamazaki (live-action Death Note series’ L) are starring in the film as Narumi and Hirotaka, respectively. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Gintama) is directing the film.
The manga’s story centers on the awkward romantic comedy between Narumi, a female office worker who hides her fujoshi lifestyle, and Hirotaka, a handsome and capable company man who is secretly a game otaku.
Fujita launched the manga on the image sharing website pixiv in 2014. In November 2015, the manga moved to Ichijinsha‘s Comic POOL digital manga magazine. The manga’s seventh volume will ship on March 29 and a limited edition will bundle an anime on Blu-ray Disc. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and released the third omnibus volume on November 20.
The manga inspired an 11-episode television anime adaptation that premiered on April 12. The anime streamed on Amazon Prime Video inside and outside of Japan.
The staff for the live-action series adaptation of Masakazu Katsura‘s I”s manga revealed on Thursday that Mrs. Green Apple will perform the ending theme song “Coffee” for the series. The band’s third album Ensemble with the song will ship in April.
The show’s cast includes:
Amane Okayama (live-action Lychee Light Club‘s Jacob) as Ichitaka Seto
Sei Shiraishi as Iori Yoshizuki
Kyōka Shibata as Itsuki Akiba
Ku Ijima as Yasumasa Teratani
Yūki Ogoe as Jun Koshinae
Keisuke Tomita as Mokichi Kida
Atomu Mizuishi as Samejima
Takashi Ukaji as Hiromi Hanazono
Minori Hagiwara as Izumi Isozaki
Konatsu Katō as Aiko Asō
Haruka as Nami
Kanoko Sudō as Yuka Morisaki
Eri Fuse as Ichitaka’s mother
Makoto Araki as Ichitaka’s father
Usa Makino as Miyoko Kawasaki
Tatsuya Nakayama as the president of the “Wandako” drama club
Terunosuke Takezai as Takashi Takezawa
Shōdai Fukuyama as Kensuke Tamura
Yumi Adachi as Rie Furukawa
Atsushi Arai as Sango Ishikawa
Keisuke Horibe as Isai Kaminogi
The 13-episode series will premiere on December 21 at 9:00 p.m. and air on SKY PerfecTV!‘s BS Skyper! channel and Skyper! on Demand service. A special behind-the-scenes program will air first on December 14. Both Keisuke Toyoshima and Mari Asato are directing the series, and Takashi Watanabe is composing the music.
Viz Media published all 15 volumes of Katsura’s original manga, and it describes the story:
Shy Ichitaka has a crush on his high school classmate Iori, but ever since she posed for semi-provocative swimsuit photos in a magazine, she’s had a lot of sleazy guys hitting on her. Ichitaka’s afraid to make his feelings known in case she thinks he’s just another creep.Torn between his physical feelings for Iori and his desire for real love, Ichitaka’s life gets more complicated when his childhood friend Itsuki moves back from America and ends up living in his house!
Itsuki’s no longer the young girl Ichitaka remembers – she’s a babe who is open with her feelings and not shy about walking around in a towel!
The manga ran in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1997 to 2000. The original manga has 10 million copies in print. The series inspired a two-part OVA in 2002, and a six-part OVA titled I”s Pure in 2006. Viz Media released both OVAs in one DVD box set in 2009.
The first 2019 issue of Shueisha‘s Grand Jump magazine confirmed the live-action television series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori‘s Radiation House manga on Wednesday. Amazon Japan previously listed the magazine with the cover showing the announcement.
This year’s 24th issue of the magazine had teased in November that the manga would have an “important announcement” in the issue out on December 5.
The manga centers on the medical professionals in the radiology department of a hospital. For example, medical radiographers use X-rays and CT scans to probe the causes of diseases and uncover pathological changes, while radiologists read the results and offer diagnoses.
Yokomaku and Mori launched the manga in Grand Jump in October 2015. Shueisha published the manga’s sixth compiled book volume on July 19.