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On May 13th, TV Tokyo announced that they will be adapting the manga ‘LIMIT‘ by Suenobu Keiko (‘LIFE’) into a drama starring actress Sakuraba Nanami (20) for the upcoming summer season.
‘LIMIT’ has been serialized in the manga magazine ‘Bessatsu Friend‘ from 2009 until 2011 and spawned a total of six volumes. The protagonist is a girl named ‘Konno Mizuki’ (Sakuraba), a typical senior high school girl who is good at studying, knows much about fashion and is good at reading the situation. She is also fortunate to belong to the cool clique of her class called the “Sakura Group”.
One day the class is on their way to a field trip, when suddenly their bus falls of a cliff in the mountains. Only five girls survive the accident. They are injured, lost in the mountains and no one is coming for their rescue anytime soon. Pushed to their limits, the girls are forced to switch into survival mode and to lay bare their innermost feelings.
Three of the four other girls are played by Tsuchiya Tao (18), Kudo Ayano (16), and Yamashita Rio (20).
Tsuchiya plays ‘Kamiya Chieko’, a calm and collected loner who doesn’t belong to any clique and knows a lot about survival. Kudo portrays ‘Ichinose Haru’, a girl with an eating-disorder who also belongs to the “Sakura Group” and holds complicated feelings towards Mizuki.
The fourth girl, ‘Morishige Arisa’ is played by Yamashita. Arisa is a plain and introverted girl who either gets ignored or bullied by her classmates. She writes down every detail in her notebook and creates an “execution list” of her bullies. Her personality completely changes after the accident and she begins to turn the tables right away.
TV Tokyo will air ‘LIMIT’ in their “Drama 24″ time slot every Friday at midnight starting in July.
The cast members who will voice the main characters for upcoming CG anime film “Space Pirate Captain Harlock” have been revealed.
“Space Pirate Captain Harlock” is originally a manga series written by Matsumoto Leiji, which got TV anime adaptation back in 1978.
It depicts the activities of a space pirate “Harlock”, who rises up against the Earth’s government and fights for mankind, and his 40 crew aboard his invincible starship “Arcadia”.
The protagonist “Harlock” will be voiced by Oguri Shun, while Miura Haruma will lend his voice to a new character named “Yama.”
Oguri commented, “I was really surprised to receive the offer for this, but it’s such an honor to be able to participate in a big project like this. I’ve always thought of a cool image for Captain Harlock.” Regarding his co-star, Miura, Oguri said, “Because I rehearsed with Miura-kun, we were able to express each of our characters, as well as their relationship in a deeper manner.”
Miura’s character “Yama” is a newly created character for the film, and he is a young man who infiltrates into the Arcadia to assassinate Harlock. This will mark his first time voice acting. He left a comment saying, “I’ve always wanted to try voice acting, but getting such a masterpiece as my first work (for voice acting) made me both happy and anxious.”
The anime film is directed by Aramaki Shinji (“Starship Troopers: Invasion”, “APPLESEED”), and Fukui Harutoshi (“Boukoku no Aegis”, “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn”) is in charge of the script.
It was also revealed the cast members who will voice Harlock’s crew include Aoi Yu, Furuta Arata, and Fukuda Ayano.
“Space Pirate Captain Harlock” will open in theaters on September 7th.
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It’s been decided that rock band SPYAIR will sing the theme song for anime film “Gekijouban Gintama Kanketsu-hen Yorozuya yo Eien nare” that is scheduled to open in theaters on July 6th.
As the band has sung the ending theme “Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!)” in 2011, and opening theme “Sakura Mitsutsuki” in 2013 for its TV anime series, this will mark the third time for the band to provide the theme song for “Gintama” anime.
“Gekijouban Gintama Kanketsu-hen Yorozuya yo Eien nare“ is the second film since the previous one “Shinyaku Benizakura-hen” that was released about 3 years ago. It will be a completely new episode written by the original author Sorachi Hideaki as the concluding episode of the anime series. It is said that an unknown truth will be revealed in the movie.
SPYAIR’s leader MOMIKEN commented, “This is our third time (to sing for ‘Gintama’). And it’s for the movie! It’s the final one too! We have no choice but to take this great opportunity! We are working on it while giving it our all. Everyone, please look forward for the theme song as well!”
The title of the theme song, as well as its release date, have not been decided on at this moment.
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Oricon has just revealed its weekly comic chart for April 22nd to the 28th.
Take a look at the top 5 below!
1. “Vagabond”, Volume 35 – illustrated by Inoue Takehiko, written by Yoshikawa Eiji : (277,732)
2. “Ao Haru Ride”, Volume 7 – Sakisaka Io : (233,374)
3. “Ookiku Furikabutte”, Volume 21- Higuchi Asa : (225,281)
4. “GIANT KILLING”, Volume 27 – illustrated by Tsujitomo, written by Tsunamoto Masaya : (185,917)
5. “Saki”, Volume 11 – Kobayashi Ritsu : (142,026)
(Check out the full ranking here.)
It’s been revealed that rookie singer Shinzato Kota will be singing the new theme song for Fuji TV’s anime, ‘ONE PIECE‘.
The song is titled “HANDS UP!“, and its described as a tune with a sense of speed that boosts a new adventure. It will be released in Chaku-Uta form on May 29th.
Take a listen to it below!
Oricon has released its weekly comic chart for April 1st to the 7th.
Check out which manga made it into the top 5 below!
1. “NARUTO”, Volume 64 – Kishimoto Masashi : (648,836)
2. “To LOVE ru -Trouble- Darkness”, Volume 7 – illustrated by Yabiku Kentaro, written by Hasemi Saki : (204,007)
3. “Shin Tennis no Oujisama”, Volume 10 – Konomi Takeshi : (150,333)
4. “Kuroshitsuji”, Volume 16 – Toboso Yana : (126,286)
5. “KINGDOM”, Volume 30 – Hara Yasuhisa : (117,347)
(Check out the full ranking here.)
“Q&A,” the new song from B’z, will be used as the opening theme for tv anime “Meitantei Conan” (aka “Detective Conan“).
“Q&A” was recorded for their 2 best of albums,“B’z The Best XXV 1988-1998” and “B’z The Best XXV 1999-2012,” both of which will go on sale June 12. It will be used as the opening theme song to “Meitantei Conan” starting on May 4’s episode.
Additionally, their hit song “ultra soul,” which is another track from “B’z The Best XXV 1999-2012,” will be used as the theme song for TV Asahi’s broadcast of the “2013 World Aquatics Championships” in July. The song was also used for the “2011 World Aquatics Championships.”
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Oricon has just revealed its weekly comic chart for March 25th to the 31st.
Check out the top 5 below!
1. “Kuroshitsuji”, Volume 16 – Toboso Yana : (322,137)
2. “Berserk”, Volume 37 – Miura Kentaro : (146,409)
3. “Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!!”, Volume 2 – Ikeyamada Go : (100,762)
4. “Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru”, Volume 11 – Aoki Kotomi : (87,735)
5. “Sekirei”, Volume 14 – Gokurakuin Sakurako : (86,512)
(Check out the full ranking here.)