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Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume Film Opens at #1 in S. Korea
Film sold 143,497 tickets in S. Korea on 1st day
Makoto Shinkai‘s Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) film opened in South Korea on Wednesday, selling 143,497 tickets and ranking #1 in the South Korean box office on its first day. The film earned US$1,113,725 on its first day and has earned a total of US$2,287,844 as of Thursday.
Meanwhile, The First Slam Dunk ranked at #2 and “World Tour Jōei: Kimetsu no Yaiba Jōgen Shūketsu, Soshite Katanakaji no Sato e” (World Tour Screenings: Demon Slayer: The Upper Ranks Gather and Onward to the Swordsmith Village) ranked at #4 in South Korea on Wednesday.
The First Slam Dunk is currently the highest-selling anime film of all time in South Korea.
Suzume has earned a cumulative total of about 14,039,211,070 yen (about US$103 million) in Japan as of Sunday. The film is now 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. RADWIMPS scored 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: KOFIC, Livedoor News via Otakomu
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Live-Action Drops of God Show Premieres on April 21
Entertainment news magazine Variety reported on Sunday that Drops of God, the new internationally co-produced, multilingual live-action television series of Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto‘s The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) manga, will premiere on April 21.
Apple TV+ has acquired the eight-part series and will broadcast and stream it worldwide simultaneously in 2023.
The official title in Japan is Kami no Shizuku/Drops of God. (Similar to the title in Japan for the second Fullmetal Alchemist television series, the live-action series’ title includes both the Japanese and English titles of the manga.)
Legendary Television is handling worldwide distribution outside of France and Japan. Hulu Japan will exclusively stream the series inside Japan alongside its world premiere. The series filmed over 10 months in France, Italy, and Japan.
The series is a collaboration between U.S., French, and Japanese companies. Legendary Television, Dynamic Television, France Televisions, and Hulu Japan are backing the project, and are producing the project with Adline Entertainment. Oded Ruskin (Absentia, No Man’s Land) is directing the series, and Quoc Dang Tran (Marianne, Parallel) wrote the scripts. Dynamic’s Klaus Zimmermann (Borgia, Trapped) is producing the series.
As previously announced, Tomohisa Yamashita (pictured left) and French actress Fleur Geffrier (Elle) star in the series. The announcement noted that Geffrier’s character is named Shizuku Kanzaki, the protagonist of the manga. A previous announcement noted that rival character Issei Tōmine would be the show’s protagonist, but an earlier report in 2021 from entertainment news service Variety described the series as having a female protagonist, with Geffrier playing the role.
Variety describes the story of the TV series:
The story involves a woman who discovers that her estranged father has left her the world’s greatest wine collection in his will. But, to claim her inheritance she must compete against a Japanese man who her father regarded as a son and may have been more.
Siblings Shin and Yuko Kibayashi — under the pen name Tadashi Agi — launched The Drops of God manga with artist Okimoto in Kodansha‘s Morning magazine 2004. A live-action series based on the manga aired in Japan in 2009. The manga ended in June 2014, and the 44th and final compiled book volume shipped in July 2014. The manga’s final arc, titled Marriage ~Kami no Shizuku Saishūshō~ (Marriage ~The Drops of God Final Arc~), launched in May 2015, and it ended in October 2020.
Comixology and Kodansha USA Publishing have released the manga in English digitally.
Throughout its serialization, the manga had famously boosted the sales of wines profiled in the story. The French wine magazine La Revue du vin de France has recognized the manga, giving it the magazine’s top award in 2010. The New York Times also profiled the manga in its Dining and Wine section in 2008.
Source: Variety (Marta Balaga)
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Toho Animation Posts Music Film Project Collaboration for Bump of Chicken, loundraw
TOHO animation began streaming director loundraw, Flat Studio, and rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN‘s animated short titled “Tentai Kansoku” (Stargazing) on Monday. It is the first of five animated shorts featured in the TOHO animation Music Films project. The video is in Japanese without English subtitles.
The short’s story goes back and forth between a young boy sending letters to himself on a makeshift mailbox. It shows the moments he has with his girlfriend, up to the last night they spend together stargazing before the girl transfers to another school. The two friends meet again after a few years, and they go back to the place where they went stargazing.
The short features Junya Enoki and Atsumi Tanezaki as the main characters.
BUMP OF CHICKEN originally released the song “Tentai Kansoku” in 2001 as their third single.
The project is part of the overall 10th anniversary celebrations for TOHO animation. As part of the project, TOHO animation is partnering with anime creators and music artists to create five short anime.
Director Namiko Ishidate and musicians Ryokuoushoku Shakai’s “Himitsu no Hana no Niwa” (Secret Flower Garden) will premiere on Tuesday. Mizuki Ito and musicians Hentai Shinshi Club‘s “Neko to Wakai se na” (Don’t Reconcile with Cats) will premiere on Wednesday. Director China and CreepHyp‘s “Detarame na Sekai no Melodrama” (The Melodrama of the Rubbish World) will premiere on Thursday. Director Tetsuro Araki, character designer Mai Yoneyama, animation studio Wit Studio, and musicians SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]：Hata Motohiro’s “COLORs” will premiere on Friday.
One of the five animated shorts will premiere on TOHO animation‘s YouTube channel each day at 6:00 p.m. JST (5:00 a.m. EDT). The shorts will then play at TOHO animation‘s booth at the AnimeJapan convention on March 25 and 26.
Sources: TOHO animation‘s YouTube channel, Comic Natalie
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Tōsōchū: The Great Mission Anime’s Promo Video Previews fhána’s Opening Theme
New visual also revealed
The official website for Tōsōchū: The Great Mission, an anime inspired by the Fuji TV game show run for money Tōsōchū (known as Run for the Money in English), revealed the show’s promotional video on Monday. The video previews fhána‘s opening theme song “Runaway World.”
The website also revealed a new visual from original character designer Takeshi Okano.
The series will premiere on April 2.
The previously revealed cast includes: (Note: English name romanizations not confirmed)
Yukio Kaizawa (Digimon Tamers) and Kōhei Kureta (One Piece, Kirakira Precure a la Mode) are directing the anime at Toei Animation. Yōichi Ōnishi is designing the characters based on original art by Takeshi Okano (Jigoku Sensei Nube). Kotaro Nakagawa (Code Geass) is composing the music. Ayaka Kami and Kentaro Akiyama (Revue Starlight) are the art directors. Kenji Fukuda is handling the art setting. Shōhei Tamura is in charge of 3D stage design.
Boys group AB6IX is performing the ending theme song “Fly Away.”
The anime is set in the future when humanity has migrated to the Moon due to Earth’s climate change. The anime incorporates its own elements such as the human drama of survival on a diverse field that blurs countries and eras such as Shibuya, Edo-period Japan, and London.
The game show has been airing irregularly on Fuji TV since 2004. The “runaway” contestants try to survive in theme parks, shopping centers, and other venues to earn cash as “hunters” pursue them. The show has already inspired stage productions, publications, and a Netflix release.
Sources: Tōsōchū: The Great Mission anime’s website (link 2), Comic Natalie
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