It is officially confirmed today on August 28 that Stand by Me Doraemon, the first 3DCG film based on the popular manga series Doraemon created by Fujiko F. Fujio, has earned an amazing 5,043,058,900 yen (about US$48.6 million) with 3,817,074 ticket sales as of August 27. Hit the jump for more details.
Avex Pictures has posted a full version promotional video for four-member Japanese rock band BACKDRAFT SMITHS' latest song "Candle Flames" on its official YouTube channel. The English lyrics song is featured in the currently-showing Shin Gekijo-ban Initial D: Legend 1-Kakusei- anime film. Check the song after the jump.
One of the most viewed Japanese independent anime shorts recently is "Onikiri Musume Saisen" (Ogre Slaying Girl: Rematch) created by the two-member unit tsubura. The 79-second short is an updated version of their 2009 work "Onikiri Shoujo." Check how they have improved their skills after the jump.
Cinema Today has posted three new TV CMs for Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends), the second part of the final installment of the Rurouni Kenshin live-action film series starring Takeru Sato as Kenshin Himura. Check the clips after the jump.
The official site for Chaika -The Coffin Princess- Avenging Battle, the highly-anticipated TV anime second season based on Ichiro Sakaki's popular light novel series, has listed its premiere schedule for October. Check the latest information after the jump.
As always, Japanese news site Akiba Souken has announced the result of its recent web popularity poll for "2014 Summer TV Anime Power Ranking," which fans voted for their most "can't be missed" or "recommended" title from the 45 TV anime started in this summer. Check the ranking after the jump.
A celebration still continues in Japan. In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Toei Animation's long-running PreCure series, a Tokyo-based character goods company Three-Sixty will release Deka (Giant) Straps featuring the 37 girls from the successive TV anime series. Check the details after the jump.
The official site for the 2014 fall TV anime Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girl (SeHa Girl stands for Sega Hard Girls) today announced its premiere date, and the production company of the anime TMS Entertainment has also posted a 30-second promotional video introducing the three main girls: Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and Mega Drive. Check the clip after the jump.
The official site for the upcoming TV anime Sora no Method is today updated with a new key visual featuring the six main characters and its premiere schedule. It will premiere on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and TV Hokkaido on October 5, then on BS 11 two days later. Hit the jump for more latest information.
It is officially confirmed that, as of August 25, Walt Disney Studio's 3DCG musical fantasy film Frozen has sold 20,000,474 tickets in Japan earning 25,434,515,160 yen (about US$245 million). It becomes the first film reached the 20 million mark in 13 years since Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away in 2001. Hit the jump for more details.
Tokyo National Museum, the oldest Japanese national museum and the largest art museum in Japan, will host its first outdoor film screening event on October 10 and 11. Mamoru Hosoda's 2006 anime film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time will be shown on a giant screen in the front of the main building. Hit the jump for more details.
It is officially confirmed today on August 27 that 21-year-old Ryosuke Yamada, a member of Johnny & Associates' boys idol group Hey! Say! JUMP, will play Nagisa Shiota in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Ansatsu Kyoushitsu/Assassination Classroom manga. Check the cast list (Korosensei not included) after the jump.
Miss Monochrome, an original character created and voiced by popular voice actress Yui Horie, will release her 2nd single "Watashidake no Monogatari" (A story just for me) on September 24. To promote the highly-anticipated song, she will make a guest appearance in the upcoming 10th episode of the TV anime Shonen Hollywood. Hit the jump for more information.
The official site for the ongoing TV anime adaptation of Ougyo Kawagishi's Jinsei/La Bonne Vie light novel series today posted a three-minute live-action promotional video for its ED song "Jinsei Kimi-Iro" featuring the five voice actresses in school uniform. Check the PV after the jump.
25-year-old anime voice actress Juri Nagatsuma will make her solo singer debut with the 1st single "Ienai Ice Cream" in Japan tomorrow on August 27. She is best known as Kanna Makino in the 2013 TV anime Tamako Market and its movie edition Tamako Love Story. Check the short PV of the song after the jump.