In its fourth episode aired in Japan last night, the fall 2020 TV anime Ikebukuro West Gate Park started using another ED theme song "Omoumama" (As One Wishes) performed by INNOSENT in FORMA. The song was released digitally at the same time, and a four-and-half minute 3DCG anime music video was also posted on YouTube. Check out the world of the mysterious cartoon band after the jump!
The official website for voice actress/singer Maaya Sakamoto has posted the CD jackets for her upcoming double A-side 31st single "Dokuhaku ↔ Yakudou" to be released in two editions on December 9, 2020. the former will be featured as the theme song for the two-part anime film Fate/Grand Order - Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot. Check out the jackets after the jump!
In addition to the huge box office success, Demon Slayer: Kimtetsu no Yaiba has also swept Japan's music scene. Three songs from the mega-hit anime franchise - "Homura," "Gurenge," and "Kamado Tanjiro no Uta" (The Song of Tanjiro Kamado) dominate Oricon's latest weekly digital single chart. Hit the jump for more details.
Popular Japanese cosplayer Enako will make her solo singer debut with her first mini-album "Dress Code" to be released on December 16, 2020. Including the singles and album by the cosplayer idol unit Panache! (2012-2013), she has released several CDs in the past, but this is the first CD to be released under her own name. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese publisher Hakusensha announced today that Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shojo!! manga series will be adapted into a TV anime in 2021. Its story is set at Kouka Kageki High School which was established for the purpose of training the future talents of Kouka Opera Company. Hit the jump for more details.
The momentum doesn't look like it's going to stop for a while. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train earned an impressive 3.041 billion yen on 2.273 million admissions even on its second Saturday and Sunday, becoming the top-grossing film in Japan for two consecutive weeks. Both the revenue and the ticket sales number were down only nine percent from the previous week. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese game company Visual Arts has launched a new mixed-media project Prima Doll. Its stroy centers on automata girls who were created to be used as weapons in the great war that just ended a few years ago and now work at a cafe named "Kuroneko-tei." The development team of its game brand Key (Kanon, Air, CLANNAD) works on an original story for the project. Hit the jump for more details.
According to the latest Oricon sales report, anison singer LiSA's 17th single "Homura" sold an impressive 42,000 units even in its second week of release and became the top-selling single of in Japan for two consecutive weeks. It is the first time in nine years and ten months for a female solo singer to dominate the chart for two weeks in a row. Hit the jump for more detail.
Two years and five months after the initial announcement back in May 2018, it is officially confirmed today that Mitsuo Iso (Dennou Coil)'s new original anime feature film Chikyugai Shonen Shoujo / Extraterrestrial Boys and Girls is set for a release in the early spring of 2022. Check out the latest information with a teaser visual drawn by the character designer Kenichi Yoshida (Eureka Seven) after the jump!
Two popular anison singers - LiSA (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba theme songs) and Uru (Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ED theme) perform together in the latest CM for Sony's noise cancelling earphones series "WF-1000X." The song featured in the clip, "Saikai (produced by Ayase)" is written/composed/arranged by a well-known vocaloid song creator Ayase ("Sentensei Assault Girl" by Hatsune Miku). Check out the special collaboration after the jump!
Amid concerns about the continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, "The Grand Temple of Time: Solomon Ars Nova", the third show of the Fate/Grand Order THE STAGE series, opened successfully for the first day in Tokyo on October 24. Check out the photos from the dress rehearsal for its male master version held for the media ahead of the show.
All Nippon Esthetic Association has started airing a two-minute anime PV "Junenbun no Watashi he" (To 10 Years of Me). Two popular anime voice actresses - Reina Ueda (Kanao Tsuyuri in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) and Rie Takahashi (Megumin in KONOSUBA) voice its two main girls who continue to move towards their own dreams and future. Watch the special clip after the jump!
Ching Nakamura's lesbian drama manga Gunjo will be adapted into a live-action drama on Netflix for a worldwide release in the spring of 2021. The new title for the adaptation is Kanojo (She). Kiko Mizuhara (Mikasa in the Attack on Titan live-action films) and Honami Sato (the drummer of Japanese rock band Gesu no Kiwami Otome) are set to play its two female lead characters. Hit the jump for more details.
As reported, Nippon Columbia will release popular voice actress Miku Ito (Kokoro Tsurumaki in BanG Dream! and Miku Nakano in The Quintessential Quintuplets)'s third solo album "Rhythmic Flavor" on December 23, 2020. Two months ahead of its release, the company's official YouTube channel has started streaming a two-and-half music video for the album's lead track, "Good Song." Check out her newest video after the jump!
Bushiroad's mixed-media franchise BanG Dream! will start streaming sound-only live concerts for free on its official YouTube channel. The first girls band to appear is Afterglow. Their concert titled "Afterglow Sound Only Live As ever" will be streamed twice from 19:00 (JST) / 03:00 (PT) on December 19 and 20, 2020. Hit the jump for more details.