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HIDIVE to Stream alice gear aegis Expansion, Insomniacs after school, Otaku Elf, Too Cute Crisis Anime
HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will stream the Alice Gear Aegis Expansion, Insomniacs After School, Otaku Elf, Tokyo Mew Mew New season 2, and Too Cute Crisis anime for the spring 2023 season.
Alice Gear Aegis Expansion, the television anime adaptation of Pyramid and COLOPL‘s Alice Gear Aegis smartphone game will premiere on April 3.
HIDIVE describes the story:
Centuries ago, mankind abandoned planet Earth after the Vice, a race of mechanical aliens, drove them from their home into a life adrift in space. Now resigned to starships forged of pieces of Earth’s shattered moon, the final hope for humanity lies in the hands of Actresses, young women born with the ability to wield the only weapons that can harm the Vice: Alice Gears, mechanical suits that can finally turn the tide against the alien incursion.
Hirokazu Hanai (Dances with the Dragons) is returning from the previous original video anime (OVA) to direct the television anime at Nomad (Dropkick on My Devil!), and Rikiya Okano is also back as the character designer. However, Kenji Sugihara (A Certain Scientific Accelerator, Clockwork Planet, Oreca Battle, Shiki) is joining the staff to oversee the scripts. Pyramid is again credited with the original work and supervision. Aina Suzuki is performing the opening theme song “Dash and Go!,” and Marina Horiuchi is performing the ending theme song “Just a little bit.”
The television anime of Makoto Ojiro‘s Insomniacs After School (Kimi wa Hōkago Insomnia) manga will premiere on April 10 at 24:00 (effectively, April 11 at midnight or April 10 at 11:00 a.m. EDT) on the Tokyo TV channel, and it will also run on Hokkaido TV and BS TV Tokyo.
Yuki Ikeda is directing the anime at LIDEN FILMS, and Rintarou Ikeda (Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It, The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of The Gods) is supervising and writing the series scripts. Yuki Fukuda (Plunderer) is designing the characters. Yuki Hayashi (Haikyu!!, My Hero Academia, Gundam Build Fighters) is composing the music. Homecomings is performing the show’s ending theme song “Lapse.”
Viz Media licensed the manga in English and released the manga’s first compiled book volume on March 21. The company describes the story:
Two sleepless teenagers find kinship as they escape to their school’s astronomy observatory.
Unable to sleep at night, Ganta Nakami is cranky in class and unpopular with his classmates. He discovers that the school observatory, once used by the now-defunct astronomy club, may be the perfect place for a nap—but he’s not alone. Fellow insomniac Isaki Magari is willing to share the observatory with Nakami, and a friendship between the two begins as they bond over the most unlikely of things.
Dark rumors about what befell the members of the astronomy club keep people away from the school observatory, and that’s what makes it the perfect sanctuary for Nakami and Magari to get some much-needed rest. Unfortunately, the school faculty can’t allow its unsanctioned use. But if there were a new astronomy club, maybe these two insomniacs could have a place to call home!
The television anime adaptation of Akihiko Higuchi‘s Otaku Elf (Edomae Elf) manga will debut on April 7. The anime is part of Sentai Filmworks‘ partnership with Japan’s Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS).
The anime stars Yuka Ozaki as Koito Koganei and Ami Koshimizu as Elda. The new cast members include Haruka Aikawa as Koma Sakuraba and Hitomi Sekine as Koyuzu Koganei.
Takebumi Anzai (PuraOre! Pride of Orange, Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu, Go! Go! 575) is directing the anime at C2C. Shogo Yasukawa (A Certain Scientific Railgun T, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma) is supervising and writing the scripts. Takeshi Oda (Harukana Receive, Wandering Witch – The Journey of Elaina) is designing the characters and serving as the chief animation director. Akito Matsuda (Sound! Euphonium, Liz and the Blue Bird) is composing the music.
Akari Nanawo is performing the opening theme song “Kien Romance” and Cody Lee is performing the ending theme song “Odoru Hikari.”
Seven Seas is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story:
Koganei Koito is a teenager who works as an attendant to the Takamimi Shrine. Rumors have it that a deity dwells within the shrine, but the actual resident is an immortal elf who found herself stuck on Earth some four hundred years ago. What’s more, the elf is a total shut-in who won’t go outside…and has developed a taste for video games! Now the attendants at the shrine have to cater to the elf’s love of the most modern gizmos–from handheld games to virtual reality headsets–in this charming fantasy comedy!
The second season of Tokyo Mew Mew New, the all-new anime of Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi‘s Tokyo Mew Mew manga, will premiere on April 4.
The first season premiered in July 2022. HIDIVE streamed the series as it aired.
The anime follows Ichigo Momomiya, a girl who transforms into Mew Ichigo (Strawberry) with the power of the Iriomote leopard cat to save Earth from parasitic Chimera Anima aliens.
The five main cast members formed a unit named Smewthie, and their first single digitally launched in March 2021.
Takahiro Natori (Aria the Crepuscolo, Cannon Busters) is returning to direct the second season at Yumeta Company and Graphinica. Yuka Yamada (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Bungaku Shōjo, Neo Angelique Abyss) is also returning to oversee the series scripts. Satoshi Ishino (Date A Live, No. 6) is again designing the characters, and Toshiki Kameyama is again directing the sound.
The television anime adaptation of Mitsuru Kido‘s Kawaisugi Crisis (Too Cute Crisis) manga will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 7 at 10:30 p.m. JST before airing on BS Asahi and Kansai TV.
Jun Hatori (Taisho Otome Fairy Tale) is directing the anime at Synergy SP. Aya Satsuki (My Master Has No Tail) is in charge of series composition and script, and Mayumi Watanabe (Kakyūsei, Kamiwaza Wanda) is designing the characters. Shun Narita (Ancient Girl’s Frame, Noblesse) and Yūsuke Seo (Dark Gathering) are composing the music, Haruko Seto (Taisho Otome Fairy Tale) is in charge of color design, Chiho Wada (assistant art director for The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 2) is the art director, Hiroki Tsubouchi (Hayate the Combat Butler) is the director of photography, and Hideaki Murai (Captain Tsubasa, Demon King Daimao) is editing. Nozomi Nakatani (sound production manager, Phantom of the Idol) is the sound director, and Yuka Kazama (Laid-Back Camp) is in charge of sound effects. Bit Grooove Promotion is in charge of sound production, and Pony Canyon is in charge of music production. DIALOGUE+ will perform the anime’s ending theme song “Nyanbori de Moffi!!.”
The sci-fi comedy follows Liza Luna, who has been dispatched to Earth by the space empire Azatos. At first, she thought that it would be fine to destroy the Earth, since it has a low level of civilization. However, after stopping at a cafe, she encounters a cat and is shocked by her cuteness.
Source: Press release
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Juri Ueno Returns as Nodame for Nodame Cantabile Musical
The staff for the first ever stage musical adapatation of Tomoko Ninomiya‘s Nodame Cantabile manga announced on Monday that Juri Ueno is returning from the live-action series and film adaptations of the manga as Megumi “Nodame” Noda in the musical, while Hiroki Miura will play Shinichi Chiaki.
Ikko Ueda is directing the stage musical, while oboist Daisuke Mogi returns from the live-action series and film as classical music supervisor. The musical will debut in Tokyo’s Theater Creation in early October.
The original manga series centers around Nodame and Chiaki, two music students who drive themselves and each other to greater artistic heights, and find themselves on parallel paths in Japan and later Europe.
Ninomiya launched the manga in Kiss in 2001, and ended it in 2009. Kodansha published 23 compiled book volumes for the series. Del Rey published 16 volumes of the manga in North America until the publisher ceased releasing manga. Kodansha Comics later released the full series digitally in English.
The manga was adapted into three television anime series, and has also received several live-action series and film adaptations.
Source: Comic Natalie
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Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume Film Reveals English Dub Cast with Lead Nichole Sakura
Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that Nichole Sakura (Star Wars: Visions, Superstore) will play the lead character Suzume in the English dub of Makoto Shinkai‘s Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) film. The company also revealed the dub‘s cast and staff:
The English cast includes:
Bill Millsap is directing the English dub at Bang Zoom! Studios. Eric P. Sherman is producing the dub with co-producers Mami Okada and Mio Moroe. Okada is also the casting director. Jessica Peace is the production manager. The production coordinators include Kana Ozaki, April Garner, and Yna Vergara. Patrick Rodman is supervising the sound. Ben Harrington is handling the re-recording mix. He is also a recording engineer along with Krystal Holmes, Jonathan Brannen, and Kenneth Thompson. Brannen is also a dialogue editor, alongside Matt Wollenman. Ismael Yanez is the audio operations manager. Christopher March and Samuel Carrillo are the assistant engineers. Megumi M. Tsuji is the video technician.
Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will screen the film worldwide except in Asia starting on April 12. Crunchyroll will handle North American distribution, while Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment will handle distribution in Latin America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa, and portions of Europe. Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will release the film in French- and German-speaking Europe. The film is planned to screen in 199 countries and territories.
Suzume has earned a cumulative total of about 14,218,719,280 yen (about US$108.10 million) in Japan as of Sunday. The film is the 15th highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, and the ninth highest-grossing anime film of all time in Japan, having surpassed Jujutsu Kaisen 0.
The film opened at #1 on November 11 and sold 1.33 million tickets to earn 1.88 billion yen (about US$13.49 million) in its first three days.
The film sold 38.7% more tickets and earned 47.4% more than Shinkai’s acclaimed your name. film, which earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million at the time) in its first three days. It also sold 14.8% more tickets and earned 14.4% more than Shinkai’s previous film Weathering With You, marking the strongest opening three days of Shinkai’s films.
Actress Nanoka Hara voices the heroine Suzume Iwato in the film. SixTONES idol group member Hokuto Matsumura (live-action Liar × Liar film’s Tōru, live-action xxxHOLiC film’s Shizuka Doumeki) made his voice acting debut in the film as Sōta Munakata, a young man who embarks on a journey with Suzume as the “Door-Closing Master.”
Shinkai (your name., Weathering With You) directed the film and wrote the screenplay. He is also credited with the original story. Masayoshi Tanaka (your name., Weathering With You) designed the characters. Kenichi Tsuchiya (your name., Garden of Words) was the animation director. Takumi Tanji (Children Who Chase Lost Voices) was the art director. CoMix Wave Films and Story Inc. produced the movie. TOHO is distributing the film. Seattle-based Hollywood film composer Kazuma Jinnouchi (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, RWBY: Ice Queendom) scored the film alongside RADWIMPS. TikTok performer Toaka performed one of the film’s theme songs “Suzume.”
Sources: Deadline (Matt Grobar), Crunchyroll (Nicholas Friedman)
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Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND Manga Gets Anime Film on August 18
Character visuals unveiled
The teaser website for the SAND LAND Project announced on Wednesday (World Water Day) that Akira Toriyama‘s SAND LAND manga will get an anime film adaptation that will open in theaters in Japan on August 18. Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga, and Anima are producing the animation. The website also unveiled charater visuals:
The work was previously announced in December as a “screen adaptation.”
The Sand Land manga is a short series that Toriyama serialized in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from May to August 2000. Shueisha published one compiled book volume of the manga in November 2000.
Viz publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story:
In the far future, war has destroyed the entire Earth, leaving only a barren wasteland where the supply of water is controlled by the greedy king. In search of a long-lost lake, Sheriff Rao asked the king of the demons for help…and got the king’s son, Beelzebub, and his assistant, Thief. Together the unlikely trio sets off across the desert, facing dragons, bandits and the deadliest foe of all… the King’s army itself! It’s travel adventure and tank action in this new story from Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball Z!
Toriyama began his first serialized manga, Dr. Slump, in 1980, and it inspired two television anime and multiple films. Toriyama followed it up with Dragon Ball, which ran from 1984 to 1995, and is still inspiring manga and anime sequels and spinoffs today. He is also well-known as the character designer for the Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, and Blue Dragon games.
Sources: SAND LAND film’s website, Comic Natalie
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