Live-Action Full Metal Alchemist film’s cast finally unveiled

Fans have been rejoicing when the live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s Full Metal Alchemist manga was announced. hJust recently, the additional cast members who will be joining Ryosuke Yamada (Edward Elric) have finally been revealed, and they are:

  • Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric
  • Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell
  • Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang
  • Ryuuta Satou as Captain Maes Hughes
  • Yo Oizumi as Major Shou Tucker
  • Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust
  • Kanata Hongou as Envy
  • Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony

Fans might know Ryosuke Yamada from the live-action Assassination Classroom movies, where he plays the main character of Nagisa Shiota. Meanwhile, Envy will be played by Kanata Hongou, who previously appeared in the live-action Attack on Titan movies as Armin Arlert.  Tsubasa Honda, who plays Winry, previously appeared in the GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka live-action drama as Reimi Kanzaki. The voice for Alphonse Elric has yet to be revealed.

These are also some good news for fans of the mangas, because according to several sources, the live-action movie will be staying loyal to the original story, and not go down the Attack on Titan route and make a completely different story.

Ashita no Joe and Ping-Pong director, Fumihiko Sori, will be directing the movie, which is set to start filming from June to August 2016 in Italy, which certainly matches the European feel from the manga and anime adaptations. It is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2017.…


Live-Action Chihayafuru film’s trailer teases new Perfume song

The first of two live-action Chihayafuru films is set to premiere next month, and we are getting a preview of it thanks to a brand new trailer released by the TOHO Movie Channel, which also gives us a preview of the movie’s theme song.

Featuring the song titled “FLASH” by perfume, the trailer features several new footage from the upcoming film, which will star Suzu Hirose as the titular Chihaya Ayase. All three members of Perfume, Yuka Kashino (Kashiyuka), Ayaka Nishikawa (A-chan), and Ayano Oomoto (Nocchi), have admitted to be huge fans of Chihayafuru, while , the mangaka, Yuki Suetsugu, is admittedly a huge fan of the group in turn. “Flash” contains lyrics which are inspired by the game of Karuta, which any Chihayafuru fan will know, is central to the manga’s story.

The first film is titled Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku, and it is slated to premiere on 19 March 2016. The second movie, titled Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku, will be shown in Japanese cinemas 0n 29 April 2016. As revealed earlier, the movie’s key visual image is inspired by the manga‘s second Tankoubon volume. You can watch the first trailer for the movies here:…


AKB48 Idol, Rina Kawaei, cast in Death Note 2016 live-action film

The latest live-action Death Note movie will be having multiple Death Notes at the same time (six in fact), and one of them will belong to the character being played by AKB48 Idol, Rina Kawaei.

Unfortunately, in the movie, she would be really different from how the fans know her in real life, as she will be one nasty villain who uses her Death Note to indiscriminately kill her victims. Her character is described as the worst Death Note-user out there.

The movie will be following a duel between Kira’s successor and L’s successor, who will both be battling over the six Death Notes that are currently in the human world. Actor Sousuke Ikematsu will be playing L’s successor, Ryuuzaki, who is also a master detective and he is related to the great detective himself. He and Kawaei will be joined by Masahiro Higashide, who plays Tsukuru Mishima, an investigator in the newly-formed “Death Note Unit,” and Masaki Suda, who plays Yuugi Shion, a cyber terrorist who idolizes Kira and uses his skills to find the six Death Notes.

Titled “Death Note 2016,” the film will be a sequel to the 2006 live-action adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s internationally acclaimed thriller manga, which is slated to premiere in the autumn of this year.…


News Clip Previews Live-Action Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi Movie

Much like the original manga and its anime adaptation, the live-action movie adaptation of ERASED, or Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi, is promising to keep audiences at the edges of their seats and wondering what will happen next. To keep fans excited for the film, Natalie has started streaming a clip from the movie itself, and it features Satoru, played by Live-Action Death Note’s Tatsuya Fujiwara, and Airi, played by Kasumi Arimura.

The manga follows struggling mangaka, Satoru Fujinuma, who has powers to rewind time, known as “Revival.” One day, he finds his mother murdered in his home, and must now use his “Revival” powers to solve the mystery of her death.

That mystery involves a girl named Kayo, who Satoru knew as a classmate back in grade school, and her death in the past will affect his life in the future. The movie’s cast will comprise of:

  • Tatsuya Fujiwara as Satoru Fujinuma
  • Kasumi Arimuraas Airi Katagiri
  • Yuriko Ishida as Satoru’s mother
  • Mitsuhiro Oikawa as Satoru’s elementary school teacher.
  • Rio Suzuki as Kayo Hinazuki
  • Tsubasa Nakagawa as Young Satoru
  • Tetta Sugimoto
  • Kento Hayashi
  • Seiji Fukushi
  • Kanna Mori

Meanwhile, March is shaping up to be a big month for the franchise, because not only will the manga end in March, but the live-action movie is slated to premiere on 19 March, just a few weeks removed from when the manga’s final chapter will be released. The manga itself has been nominated for the Manga Taisho Awards, and the …


Live-action Your Lie in April gets a new teaser trailer

Prepare your tissues ladies and gentlemen, because Your Lie in April, also known as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, is getting a new movie. To brace your feels even further, the official TOHO movie channel has started streaming a new teaser trailer for the film, which introduces us to the two main characters, Kaori and Kousei.

The video reveals that the manga-based live-action film is slated to premiere in Japan on 10 September 2016. Based on Naoshi Arakawa’s critically acclaimed musical manga, the movie will star Kento Yamazaki (Live-action Death Note TV series’ L) as Kousei Arima, a genius pianist who has fallen out of grace since the death of his mother. He will be starring alongside Suzu Hirose (live-action Chihayafuru’s Chihaya) as Kaori Miyazono, a perky violinist whose cheerful and outgoing demeanor is hiding something tragic.

Both the manga adaptation and the anime adaptation have been well received by fans and critics alike, and both mediums have drawn tears from both viewers and readers. Hence, this live-action movie adaptation is promising to leave audiences in tears as well.

Hirose studied how to play a violin, while Yamazaki studied how to play a piano prior to filming to really draw out the skill of the two musicians. So, are your tissues ready?…


May’n performs both 2nd OP and 2nd ED for Aquarion Logos

After rocking out with Aquarion Logos‘ first OP song, “Yamaidare Darlin’,” it has been confirmed that May’n is not only singing the anime’s second OP song, be she is also performing the anime’s second ED song as well.

The new OP song is titled “Yoake no Logos,“,which means Logos of Dawn. The new ED song meanwhile will not be performed by May’n alone, as she will be performing it alongside seiyuu, Haruka Chisuga, who currently voices Kokone Kikogami in Aquarion Logos. The 2nd ED song is titled  “Hontou no Koe wo Anata ni Azuketakute“, which means I Want to Entrust My True Voice to You. Chisuga sang the first ED song for the anime, which is titled “Je Je t’aime Communication.”

Like “Yamaidare Darlin’,” the new OP song was composed by Yoko Kanno, who previously worked with May’n for the songs from Macross Frontier. Both the new ED theme and the new OP theme was introduced on episode 17, which made its premiere last 23 October.

Yoake no Logos” will serve as May’n’s next single, and will be due for release on 16 December 2016.…


FLOW to release 10th album, #10, in February 2016

The J-rock band FLOW, which is well-known to fans for performing several anisong hits, have announced that they will be releasing their 10th album, which is appropriately titled “#10”. The album is scheduled to be released on 3 February 2016, with an album release event in December.

The album release event will be called the “FLOW THE CARNIVAL 2015 Daikanshasai ~Nagaku Yaruyo!!! Shoji Saita Kyokusuu LIVE~”, and it will be held at ZEPP Diver City Tokyo on 5 December 2015. The band will not only perform songs from their previous albums, but they will also perform a few songs from their upcoming “#10” album.

The band will also be touring several cities in Japan, and they will kick off in Saitama’s HEAVEN’S ROCK Saitama Shintoshin VJ-3 for a Men-Only show on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2016. You may not have a date on V-day, but at least you get to see Flow, right?! The other stops in the tour include:

  • 18 February – BIGCAT (Osaka)
  • 20 February – DRUM Be-1 (Fukuoka)
  • 21 February – SECOND CRUTCH (Hiroshima)
  • 4 March – vanvan V4 (Ishikawa)
  • 5 March- ElectricLadyLand (Aichi)
  • 12 March – DIME (Kagawa)
  • 13 March- KYOTO MUSE (Kyoto), will be a Women’s Only show
  • 19 March- cube garden (Hokkaido)
  • 21 March- SENDAI CLUB JUNK BOX (Miyagi)
  • 26 March – Zepp Tokyo (Tokyo)

Further announcements about the album will be made in the days to come.…



After a 6 years hiatus that saw her releasing only one song, “Sakura Nagashi“, for the 3rd Evangelion Movie in 2012, Hikki is back!

Officially announcing her return as well as a new release, the theme song for an upcoming NHK TV series “Toto Nee-chan” to be debuted on the 4th of April, titled “Hantaba o Kimi ni” as mentioned on her official site. Utada Hikaru will also be contributing a theme song for NTV’s “News Zero” program.

To commemorate her return, a twitter hashtag #おかえりHIKKI is currently being promoted. Tweets featuring the hashtag will be featured on Project New(U)-Turn‘s site as part of the campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise money via the sales of the Utada Hikaru’s music at participating merchants like Itunes, Mora, and etc, with a portion of the proceeds, will, in turn, be donated to fund the replanting efforts.

Project NEW(U)-Turn is an effort to replant Sakura Trees in the areas affected by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, It will be working with the non-profit organisation, Sakura Namiki Network.

More interestingly, the site will be tracking the progress with a Sakura Tree, at currently it is at 30% to full bloom. Something that the organisers hoped to achieve by the fourth of April along with the debut of the new songs.

Well, allow me to go doing some shopping on Itunes and contribute to the blooming Sakura Tree!

For more details, …


Macross Delta’s 15-Year Old Theme Song Singer Junna Follows May’n’s Footsteps

May’n and Megumi Nakajima have made a name for themselves with Macross Frontier, and the upcoming Macross Delta TV anime is aiming to replicate their success with this new batch of theme song singers, who are most certainly following in the footsteps of their predecessors. While Minori Suzuki is seen as the successor to Megumi Nakajima, a young 15-year old singer named Junna is being touted as the successor to May’n, who served as the singing voice to Sheryl Nome.

May’n had previously provided the vocals for all of Sheryl Nome’s songs, and similarly, the young Junna will be providing the vocals for all of Mikumo Guynemer’s songs. Now 15, Junna first recorded “Ikenai Borderline” as a 14-year old middle school student, which makes her the youngest Macross theme song singer yet.

While Mikumo will be voiced by Ami Koshimizu, Junna will be the singing voice, which means that the character will have a separate seiyuu and singer, just like Sheryl Nome.

This was announced during the “Macross Delta Housou Chokuzen Runpika Joueikai” (Macross Delta Pre-Broadcast Runpika Screenings) event, which revealed that the anime’s OP theme song will be titled Ichido Dake no Koi Nara” (If I Love Only Once), and it will be performed by Walküre. Aside from Mikumo, the other seiyuu from the fictional idol unit will both be acting out and singing for their respective characters. You can check out the voice cast here:

Meanwhile, for the ED song, Minori Suzuki will be performing “Run ga …


Memorable graduation songs

The  month of March is the fateful time when high school students in Japan have their graduation ceremonies and bid goodbye to their teachers and schoolmates from high school! It is probably a happy and emotional event for most high school students, as they move on to the next stage of lives. Of course, an emotional graduation ceremony is not complete without an emotional graduation song. Do you recall any popular graduation songs released in Japan in the recent years? If you don’t recall any, here are some tear-jerking graduation tunes you must not miss!

Sotsugyou made ni tsutaetai koto (Something i want to tell you before graduation)

By erica

This song is from the album, “Koku uta 2: Sotsugyou made ni tsutaetai koto” which was just released on 2nd March this year. It’s a continuation of  the album, “Koku uta: Anata e okuru uta,” and both albums feature sweet love songs that portray how teenagers feel when they’re in love.

This song by Momoiro Clover Z walks us through the life of a high school student, from the point where they enter the unfamiliar grounds of high school, until the time they bid farewell to their classmates. With a choir backing Momoiro Clover Z as they sing the song, they are portrayed like a school choir performing at the high school graduation ceremony, and it would definitely be an appropriate song to sing on one’s graduation day.

Sakura no kisetsu (cherry blossom season) was written by none other than …