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Microsoft Xbox Confirms it Will Not Exhibit on Showfloor at E3
Company will host Xbox Games Showcase on June 11
Microsoft Xbox confirmed in a statement to gaming news website IGN on Friday that it will not exhibit on the showfloor at the E3 2023 event.
The company did however state, “We can’t wait to host our Xbox Games Showcase on June 11 and will share more details later. We also look forward to co-streaming our event as part of E3 Digital.”
Nintendo confirmed to multiple gaming press outlets last month that it will not be attending the E3 2023 event. Nintendo‘s statement to IGN explained that “this year’s E3 show didn’t fit into [its] plans,” but added it will “continue to be a strong supporter of the ESA and E3.”
IGN had reported in January that “multiple knowledgeable sources” told the news agency that Microsoft Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo would not participate in E3 2023.
Sony declined to appear at E3 in 2019.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced on September 26 that it will partner with event production company ReedPop to bring back the in-person E3 event on June 13-16. E3 Business Days will take place from June 13-15, and will be reserved for industry personnel. E3 Gamer Days will be on June 15-16, and they will take place in a different hall from the industry area. There will also be partnered digital events and showcases before and during the show, starting on June 11.
The ESA canceled last year’s E3 event. There was no in-person or digital component. The ESA held E3 2021 as a “reimagined” virtual event that June, after canceling its in-person event in February 2021. The ESA canceled the physical E3 2020 event, and did not hold an online event that year.
Source: IGN (Kat Bailey)
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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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