October 13th, 2012

Gatchaman Gets Live-Action Film Starring Tori Matsuzaka


The classic Tatsunoko Productions science-fiction hero anime Science Ninja Team Gatchaman is getting a live-action film adaptation from the production company Nikkatsu and the distributor TOHO next summer. Director Toya Sato (live-action Grave of the Fireflies, Sexy Voice and Robo, Kaiji, Gokusen) will begin shooting the film on October 15. Yūsuke Watanabe (20th Century Boys, Gantz, Bloody Monday, 2013 Dragon Ball Z film) wrote the script, and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed films) is designing the characters.

Tori Matsuzaka (.hack//The Movie, live-action Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Kamen Rider Decade) will star as Ken, the head of the eponymous team. Gō Ayano (second-in-command Jō), Ayame Gōriki (explosive yoyo-wielding Jun), Tatsuomi Hamada (youngest member Jinpei), and Ryōhei Suzuki (main pilot Ryū) round out the cast.

The five serve as agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo in the near future. Galactor, a mysterious group whose technology far surpasses that of humans, has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. Dr. Nanbu has assembled these five young heroes as humanity's last hope.

Takashi Yamazaki (Juvenile, Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Ballad, Space Battleship Yamato, Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki) is handling the visual effects. The film will have more CG cuts than Yatterman (1,300) and Gantz (1,000 between the two films).

The first Gatchaman anime premiered in October of 1972 and earned an average rating of 21%. It was only planned for two quarters (kūru or cours) of a year, but was extended to two full years and 105 episodes. It has since spawned anime films as well as later television and video series.


Tamaki Hiroshi reported to have a new girlfriend?


Tamaki Hiroshi is reported to have a new girlfriend as revealed in the 12th October issue of FRIDAY. According to the magazine, Tamaki's new girlfriend looks like actress Higa Manami and Tamaki was spotted to have brought her home on consecutive days. As Tamaki lives with his mother and younger sister, it was assumed that the new girlfriend has already been introduced to the family. When asked about Tamaki's new relationship, his agency said that he is already over 30 years old and they do not know everything about his private life. However, they denied the likelihood of Tamaki cohabiting with his girlfriend because his family is also living with him. Coincidentally, Tamaki plays a guy who can't get married because he doesn't have the means to do so in the FujiTV autumn drama "Kekkon Shinai" and had revealed in a Sanspo interview that he planned to get married in his early 30s.


"Japanese People are Never on Time" Twitter Comment Starts Online Debate About Overtime Work


In Japan, if you aren’t ten minutes early to an event, you are late.

Planning parties was especially difficult when I studied abroad in Japan.  If I told all of my friends to come to my apartment at 9pm, my Japanese friends would show up at around 8:55 (5 minutes late) and my American friends would roll in at around 9:45 (or whenever they felt like it).  To remedy this problem, I learned to tell my Japanese friends to come a half hour later than my American friends.  After that, everyone arrived to my parties at around the same time.

In the land where trains magically run on time every day and no one is ever late to work, you would think the world could agree that Japan has mastered the art of time management.

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NINKI ratings for the week of 15/10~21/10/2012

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Go for it, Eito!

Also rooting for ABC and HALLOWEEN JUNKY ORCHESTRA, as well as hoping that Miliyah and The Gospellers especially will do well. Looks like the singles battle next week might be pretty close.

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JAL Unveils Jet Illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki & Kids


Japan Airlines (JAL) and Studio Ghibli unveiled the Boeing 787 jetliner decorated by Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki himself and seven winners of a children's art contest at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Saturday.

JAL had collaborated with Ghibli on the film Porco Rosso, and it held an art contest from 2007 to 2008 to illustrate the newest member of its fleet, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Unfortunately, Boeing delayed its delivery of the 787 by five years and JAL filed for bankruptcy in 2010, so JAL had to wait until now to unveil the jet as part of its "Sora o Tobu" ("Fly the Skies") Project.

The jetliner features art from Hayao Miyazaki, the grand prize winner Yūko Yamaguchi from Tokushima Prefecture, and six other contest winners chosen from 13,474 entries. Yamaguchi was a fifth grader when she won the contest judged by Miyazaki and others, but she attended Saturday's unveiling as a 15-year-old along with the other winners. Another winner, Futoshi Konta, was living in Shanghai when he won but has since moved back to Yamagata Prefecture.

As part of the "Sora o Tobu" Project, JAL flights will screen Porco Rosso and "Kūsō no Sora Tobu Kikai-tachi" ("The Machines that Fly the Skies of Dreams"), the rare 2002 animation short by Miyazaki. He not only directed the short, but also narrated it.

Miyazaki was unable to attend the ceremony; Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki explained that the director is deep in production of a film "with lots of airplanes." Anime director Osamu Kobayashi (Beck, Paradise Kiss) reported in July that he heard that Miyazaki's latest work will tell the story of the designer of the Zero Fighter, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.