It is confirmed that a live-action film adaptation of Makino's shoujo manga series Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai (I'll be hanged if I obey Kurosaki-kun) is set for a release in Japan on February 27, 2016. Kento Nakajima, a 21-year-old member of Johnny & Associates' boys idol group Sexy Zone, will star as Haruto Kurosaki. Hit the jump for more details.
As reported, 26-year-old voice actress Aina Kusuda, best known as Nozomi Tojo in the Love Live! School Idol Project franchise, will release her first mini album as a solo singer, "First Sweet Wave," from VAP on October 7. The record company has posted a short version MV for its title track on its official YouTube channel.
Chara Hobby C3xHobby is one of the largest Japanese anime/game character goods events, hosted by Hobby Japan, Ascii Media Works and Sotsu. It has been held every summer at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture since 2004. This year's event was held on August 22 and 23. Check the photo report part 1 after the jump.
The official website for the upcoming musical adaptation of Aoharu's trivia comedy manga Aoharu Tetsudou today posted a 50-second first short PV to introduce its main cast including Takashi Nagayama (The Prince of Tennis, Bleach) as Tokaidou-Shinkansen. Check the latest clip after the jump!
Japanese retailers including Amazon Japan today started accepting pre-orders for Max Factory's upcoming 1/7th scale character figure of Hestia, the main heroine of Fujino Omori popular light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, for an April 2016 release. Check the details after the jump.
Flying Dog has posted a four-minute crossfade preview for 25-year-old singer May'n's first best album "Powers of Voice," featuring all of her previous music videos. She had to cancel her spring tour due to bilateral vocal cord polyps, but returned after the surgery for her 10th anniversary live at Nippon Budokan yesterday. Check the video after the jump.
Tokyo-based official character cake shop PICTCAKEchara has started accepting orders for four types of birthday cakes featuring Hatsune Miku illustrations newly drawn by popular artist Nardack, well known for his main visual art for the Snow Miku 2015 event. Hit the jump for more details.
Broccoli has posted a short version music video for "MURASAKI," the upcoming fourth single of 28-year-old voice actor Shouta Aoi, best known as Ai Mikaze in the Uta no Prince-sama franchise. The song is composed by Noriyasu Agematsu (Nana Mizuki, Hiromi Sato, Mamoru Miyano). Check his latest song after the jump!
Boruto -Naruto The Movie- still ranked fifth in the latest weekend box office of August 22-23. The 11th Naruto film has earned 2,022,922,500 yen on 1,564,785 ticket sales in 19 days since its release in Japan on August 7, becoming the top-grossing film in the anime franchise. Hit the jump for more details.
During my stay in Tokyo for the Chara Hobby 2015 event, I, as always, went to the Akihabara town to check the latest anime/game street ads. An middle-size event titled "Akiba Daisuki! Festival 2015" was coincidentally held at the Bellesalle Akihabara building in the weekend. Check the photo reports after the jump.
Following "Children Record" introduced last week, avex has also posted an over nine-minute digest video for all of the 13 songs included in the "Live Collection" bonus DVD/Blu-ray, which will be bundled with the limited edition of Wagakki Band's upcoming second full album "Yasouemaki." Check their performance after the jump.
The official website for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Choborau Nyopomi's four-panel comedy manga Fushigina Somera-chan/Magical Somera-chan has announced its premiere schedule in Japan, starting on anime specialty channel AT-X on October 7. Check the latest information after the jump.
A 90-second new PV featuring the newly-recorded iconic theme by Yuji Ohno for the upcoming new Lupin the Third TV anime series is now officially online. It introduces the main characters with their voices and Lupin's wedding with a new heroine Rebecca Rossellini. Check the latest information after the jump.
Hakusensha has announced that the limited edition of the upcoming 15th volume of Sorata Akizuki's fantasy shoujo manga Akagami no Shirayukihime/Snow White with the Red Hair will come with a newly-produced 30-minute OAD mainly based on the 41st chapter featuring a date in the castle town by Shirayuki and Zen. Hit the jump for more details.
It is confirmed that Erika Ikuta, a 18-year-old member of girls idol group Nogizaka46, will star as the protagonist Sapphire in the upcoming musical adaptation of Osamu "God of Manga" Tezuka's classic manga in the 1950/1960s, Ribbon no Kishi/Princess Knight. Check Ikuta in the musical costume after the jump.