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Magi Manga Gets 2nd Stage Musical
The official website for Musical “Magi” -Dungeon Kumikyoku, the first stage musical based on Shinobu Ohtaka‘s Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic manga, announced on Tuesday that the series is getting a second stage musical that will run at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stellar Ball in Tokyo on June 9-18 and Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka in June 24-25. The website unveiled a trailer, visual, cast, and returning staff.
The musical will feature a returning cast, including Yugo Miyajima (ORβIT) as Aladdin, Hiroki Ino as Alibaba, Daisuke Hirose as Cassim, Akito Teshima (SOLIDEMO) as Judar, and Nana Okada (AKB48) as Morgiana. The new cast includes Yusuke Hirose as Sinbad, Shogo Yamazaki as Jafar, Masato Yoshihara as Masrur, Mayu Tanaka as Kо̄gyoku Ren, Shinnosuke Machida as Ahbmad Saluja, and Naruhito Mirai as Sahbmad Saluja. Toshiyuki Morikawa will make a voice appearance as Ūgo-kun.
The staff from the first musical will return for the second. Kо̄tarо̄ Yoshitani is directing the musical. Sayaka Asai is writing the screenplay. Shuhei Kamimura is composing the music. MAMORU is handling the choreography.
The first musical ran at the Tennozu Galaxy Theater in Tokyo and Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka last June.
The anime adaptation of the manga premiered in Japan in October 2012. Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, the second anime adaptation, debuted in October 2013. Crunchyroll streamed the Magi anime adaptations as they aired in Japan, and Aniplex of America released both on home video.
Funimation added the series in 2019, and it describes the story:
Alibaba travels across a magical land in search of wealth, meeting young Aladdin along the way. Together, they explore a mysterious Dungeon said to hold tremendous treasures, until a Djinn appears and reveals the truth about Aladdin’s powers. Now, the greatest gem to uncover is their destiny!
Director Koji Masunari (Read or Die, Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW) helmed the anime adaptation at A-1 Pictures. Toshifumi Akai (Kokoro Connect, Sound of the Sky) served as the character designer and chief animation director, and Hiroyuki Yoshino (Accel World, Guilty Crown, My-HiME) handled the scripts. Shiro Sagisu (Bleach, Evangelion, Berserk films) composed the music. Magi was a 90th anniversary project from Shogakukan.
The cast includes Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin, Yuuki Kaji as Alibaba, Haruka Tomatsu as Morgiana, Daisuke Ono as Sinbad, Ryohei Kimura as Judal, and Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ūgo-kun.
Ohtaka’s original manga re-imagines tales from the classic story One Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights). Ohtaka launched the manga in 2009 after finishing her Sumomomo Momomo manga. The series ended in October 2017, and Shogakukan published the 37th and final volume in November 2017. The manga was the winner of the Boys’ Manga category of the Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2014.
Source: Magi musical’s website, Comic Natalie
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Sabikui Bisco & ID: INVADED Team Reunite for 2023 Sci-Fi Detective Anime Special Kid Factory
A website opened on Friday to announce the 2023 science-fiction detective anime Special Kid Factory. Director Atsushi Ikariya (Sabikui Bisco, character designs on Fate/Zero, ID: INVADED), writer Otaro Maijo (The Dragon Dentist, ID: INVADED, storyboards on Sabikui Bisco opening), and supervisor Ei Aoki (The Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero, ID: INVADED, Aldnoah.Zero) are collaborating at the studio NAZ (Sabikui Bisco, ID: INVADED).
The story follows a protagonist and his clones. The website describes the story:
I, well, I don’t know if I should be saying this myself, but I am ordinary.
This “special I” who looks exactly like me came to my house. But he is not a fake version of me. Actually, I am the fake and he is the one that’s real. I am only his clone.
I’m not me. I’m not me! Everything till now has been for another “special me”. Yet I have taken it all for granted as if they were mine and simply enjoyed my life.
“I am special,” says the “Special I.”
“A detective. That’s what they would call me on Earth.”
“I still have a lot to learn about this so-called “family love,” but I’m sure I can figure it out. It should be easier than finding Earth.”
The other creators include assistant director Daisuke Mataga (Sabikui Bisco, character designs on Patema Inverted, main animator on ID: INVADED), original character designer Yūki Kodama (Blood Lad manga, ID: INVADED, Rhapsody), main animator Ai Asari (ID: INVADED animation director, Sabikui Bisco character designs), and producer Yasuo Suda (ID: INVADED, Thermae Romae Novae, Sabikui Bisco).
Sources: Special Kid Factory anime’s website, Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web
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Ultraman CG Anime’s Final Season Reveals More Cast, May 11 Netflix Debut
The official website for the 3D CG anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi‘s Ultraman manga unveiled a new cast member, the May 11 worldwide Netflix debut, and a new visual for the anime on Friday.
Hideaki Tezuka voices the character Daisuke Arashi (seen above), a former colleague of Hayata in the Science Special Search Party (SSSP).
M.A.O and Kōji Ishii join the cast as the characters Balkyua and Mephisto, respectively.
Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East, Napping Princess) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed, Harlock: Space Pirate, Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars) are returning to direct the final anime season. Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East, Napping Princess) and Sola Digital Arts (Appleseed Alpha, Starship Troopers: Invasion, Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars) are again producing the anime in 3D CG. Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi are returning to compose the music.
Netflix describes the anime’s story:
Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary “Giant of Light” (光の巨人 Hikari no Kyojin) now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded the Earth. Shin Hayata’s son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father’s revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman.
Kamiyama, Aramaki, Production I.G, and Sola Digital Arts returned from the first season for the second one.
Tatsuhisa Suzuki was slated to play the new Ultraman character Kōtarō Higashi/Ultraman Taro in the second season, but he offered to step down from the role, due to his hiatus from “all entertainment industry activities” last year. Tomoaki Maeno is voicing the character instead. Suzuki performed the opening theme songs for the first season as a member of OLDCODEX.
Sources: Ultraman CG anime’s website, Tsuburaya Productions, Comic Natalie
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