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.
ShoPro (Shogakukan Shueisha Productions) will release collaboration apparel products between popular anime voice actor Soma Saito (William James Moriarty in the fall 2020 TV anime Moriarty the Patriot) and Japanese fashion brand glamb on the online store "kuumaA", which is specialized on collaboration items. Check out the lineup after the jump!
The WATATEN! anime franchise's five-member VA unit Wataten☆5 will release their first album on November 25. Following the title track, a 110-second preview for another song from the album, "Issho ni Otete wo Taunagoune" (Let's hold hands together) by Kanon Konomori (CV: Naomi Ozora) is now streamed on the web. Listen to her cutest singing voice in the clip filled with her smiles after the jump!
On the film's release day in Japan, a four-member Japanese rock band CreepHype posted a full music video for "Monomane," the theme song for the anime film Happy-Go-Lucky Days. The live-action clip titled "MANGA MUSIC VIDEO" features various panels from Takako Shimura's original manga. Check out the video about a story of a man and a woman who are parting ways after the jump.
Pony Canyon's official anime YouTube channel has started streaming a three-minute clip that combines the music video for the two title songs of anime voice actress Maaya Uchida's upcoming double A-side 11th single "Heartbeat City / Itsuka Kumo ga Haretanara (If the clouds clear someday)" to be released on November 25, 2020. Listen to her two contrasting new songs after the jump!
It has been two years and eight months since the new season of the TV anime ETOTAMA was announced back in February 2018. Finally today, the anime's official website confirmed that the new series will be a short episode collection, which means each episode is probably going to be shorter than the first season's 30-minute length. Hit the jump for more details.
The official website for the Girls und Panzer franchise has posted a seven-minute performance clip of "Rhapsody for GIRLS und PANZER" from the symphony concert "Das GIRLS und PANZER SYMPHONIEKONZERT" that was held at Omiya Sonic City in Saitama Prefecture on September 10, 2020. Check out the powerful performance by the Tokyo Philharmonic GuP Orchestra after the jump!
Six weeks after its theatrical run began in Japan, the official website for the boys love anime film Umibe no Étranger / L'étranger du plage announced today that its DVD and Blu-ray are set to be released in Japan on January 20, 2021. Watch a special message video for the release from the film's two main voice cast members - Taishi Murata (Shun Hashimoto) and Yoshistugu Matsuoka (Mio Chibana) after the jump!
The official website for voice actress Yuki Nakashima, best known as Lisa Imai in the BanG Dream! franchise, announced today that her solo singer debut album "Chapter I" is set to be released in two editions from NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan on December 23, 2020. Hit the jump for more information including the two-version CD jacket photos.
The official website for the upcoming stage play adaptation of Yohko Tamotsu's urban fantasy manga Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin / Midnight Occult Civil Servants has revealed its main cast visuals, including Riki Tanimizu (Sangaku Manami in the Yowamushi Pedal stage plays) as the protagonist Arata Miyako. See how the cast members dress up as their characters after the jump!
Japanese model manufacturer Aoshima Bunka Kyozai has announced that a new plastic model kit "Gattai Atlanger" from its newly-launched line "Shin Gattai Series" is set to be released in March 2021. The kit is the latest revival model of the company's popular robot plastic model series in the 1970s, "Atlanger." Hit the jump for more details with product photos.
Following the well-received premiere in Japan, the fall 2020 TV anime Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear has posted a lyric video for its ED theme song "Anone." performed by Maki Kawase as its protagonist Yuna. Check out the special clip featuring various scenes from the anime story after the jump!
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, one of the largest life insurance companies in Japan based in Tokyo, announced today that it has partnered with Studio Chizu, the internationally acclaimed animation film production which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2021. The studio's first original anime commercial for the collaboration is released today, October 22. Hit the jump for more details.
It must be the best Christmas present for her fans. The official website for voice actress Yui Ogura announced today that her yet-titled new photo collection book is set to be released in Japan on December 25, 2020. The 96-page book will include the photos from her serialization in Seiyu Grand Prix Magazine, "Yui can do it!" in addition to unpublished and newly-shot ones. Check out sample photos after the jump!
In addition to the 13 theme songs from the recent TV series and films, Rie Kitagawa's first PreCure song best album "MY toybox ~Rie Kitagawa PreCure Song Collection~" will also include two newly-recorded songs - "Jewel Music Toy Star" and "Kono Koe ga Todoku Saki ni" (Where this voice reaches). One month prior to the CD release, short previews for the two songs are now streamed on Marvelous' official YouTube channel.