The official website for the Eiga Touken Ranbu: Reimei (Touken Ranbu the Movie: Dawn), the Eiga Touken Ranbu live-action film’s sequel, unveiled a new teaser trailer and visual for the film on Thursday. The trailer reveals more cast and the film’s March 31, 2023 opening date.
The new movie will take place in Kyoto during the Heian era, and will center on Minamoto no Raikō’s legendary slaying of the mythical oni Shuten-dōji.
- Mizuki Umetsu as Yamanbagiri Chōgi
- Takamichi Satō as Higekiri
- Ryōsuke Yamamoto as Hizamaru
- Reo Honda as Ichigo Hitofuri
- Eito Konishi as Horikawa Kunihiro
- Yūki Tamaki as Kogarasumaru
Saiji Yakumo (live-action Mars) is once again directing the film, with a script by Hideyuki Kobashi and Jin Haganeya. Filming began earlier this year in April in multiple locations in Japan, and involved hundreds of extras.
The Touken Ranbu “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 January 2015.
The franchise has inspired the Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu television anime series and an upcoming anime film, as well as the Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru spinoff’s two anime series , an anime filmtrilogy, and a compilation anime film. The franchise has also inspired two live-action films, a series of stage musicals and a series of stage plays, as well as various manga.
Game Director Yuji Naka Faces More Charges of Insider Trading
Naka suspected of purchasing shares of Ateam ahead of Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier game’s announcement
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office arrested game programmer and director Yuji Naka again on Wednesday on suspicion of insider trading, or buying/selling stock on the basis of nonpublic information. While still at Square Enix, Naka allegedly invested in Ateam, developers of the company’s Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier mobile game, prior to the game’s announcement. Former Square Enix employee Taisuke Sasaki was also once again arrested for the same reason. They are suspected of purchasing about 120,000 shares of Ateam for about 144.7 million yen (about US$1 million).
The Prosecutors Office also arrested Naka on November 18 on suspicion of insider trading. The arrest was connected with the arrests of former Square Enix employee Sasaki and his acquaintance Fumiaki Suzuki. Sasaki and Suzuki allegedly invested in the company aiming after they learned that it was developing the Dragon Quest Tact smartphone game in collaboration with Square Enix.
According to the public prosecutor’s office, Naka allegedly purchased 10,000 shares of Aiming for 2.8 million yen (about US$20,000) in late January 2020 before the announcement of Dragon Quest Tact. In comparison, Sasaki and Suzuki allegedly purchased about 162,000 shares of Aiming for a total of about 47.2 million yen (about US$337,000) prior to game’s announcement.
Naka joined Square Enix in January 2018. Naka resigned from Square Enix at the end of April 2021. He had stated at the time that he could not explain the reason for the resignation, but would talk about it publicly when the time came. Naka revealed on April 28 earlier this year that he had filed a lawsuit against Square Enix for supposedly removing him as the director of the Balan Wonderworld game six months before the game launched.
Naka worked for 22 years at Sega. He is the former head of the Sonic Team and lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog games for Sega Genesis. He also worked on such games as Nights into Dreams and Phantasy Star Online while at Sega.
Naka is the president and CEO of the PROPE game development company, which he founded in 2006 after leaving Sega. At PROPE, he worked on such games as Fishing Resort, Buddy Monster, and Legend of Coin.
The Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier game is a battle royale-style game that takes place 30 years before the main Final Fantasy VII game. The game launched in November 2021. It will end service on January 11.
Image via Yuji Naka‘s Twitter account
Dyschronia: Chronos Alternate VR Game Project Gets PSVR2 Release at Launch
Game, console launch on February 22, 2023
MyDearest, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it will release it and IzanagiGames‘ DYSCHRONIA: Chronos Alternate virtual reality game for PlayStation VR2, the new virtual reality (VR) system for the PlayStation 5 console. The first two episodes will launch alongside the system on February 22, 2023.
The second episode of the game will launch on Thursday (Friday in Japan).
The game’s first episode debuted on September 22. Episode 3 is scheduled to launch in 2023.
MyDearest, Inc. will also will release a non-virtual reality version of the game for Nintendo Switch as a complete package comprising all three episodes. The Switch release is slated for winter 2022.
Shōya Chiba plays the protagonist Hal Scion in the Japanese version of the game. Other cast members include:
MyDearest and IzanagiGames describe the story:
In this idyllic artificial marine city, dreams are utilized to ensure crime is prevented before it even happens.
The founder of this so-called paradise is killed in an unprecedented, theoretically impossible incident.
Play as the Special Supervisor assigned to this extraordinary case and get to the bottom of the mystery.
Why was the Professor murdered?
What is going on in this perfect metropolis?
The Clocktower has lain still for 12 years.
When the closing bell rings, the final seven days will begin.
The game takes place in the “Chronos Universe,” which is where the company’s ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos and TOKYO CHRONOS games take place.
Source: Press release
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