April 5th, 2013

Ayame Gōriki Plays All-New Master in Live-Action Black Butler

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Actress Ayame Gōriki (live-action Gatchaman) will star in the live-action film adaptation of Yana Toboso's popular manga Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) early next year. She will play a brand-new master to the enigmatic title character Sebastian, played by Hiro Mizushima (Zettai Kareshi - Kanzen Muketsu no Koibito Robot).


While the original manga is set in 19th century England, this new film is set over 130 years later in 2020, in an Asian city where Western and Asian cultures freely intermingle. Gōriki will play Shiori Genpō, a descendant of the prestigious aristocratic family Phantomhive. Since only males can take the reins of the family, Shiori dons male clothes and the name Kiyoharu to lead the massive Phantom Corporation. This will be first time that Gōriki plays a girl who assumes a male disguise.

Mizushima's Sebastian Michaelis character is a demonic butler with impeccable knowledge, manners, grace, cooking skills, martial arts, looks, and more. Like Ciel in the original manga, Shiori has a seal in her right eye as a symbol of her contract with Sebastian. Sebastian watches over and protects Shiori, but at a price — he consumes her soul.


Kentaro Otani (NANA) and Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Karas, Asura) are co-directing the film. This will be the first time since Beck three years ago that Mizushima is starring in a film.

The manga debuted in Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine in 2006, and its 16 volumes thus far have 15 million copies in print, including those published in 42 countries and territories. The manga already inspired a television anime series in 2008 and a stage play in 2009. It received the top prize in the shōnen manga category of France's Japan Expo Awards in 2010 and the Best International Manga Award in Germany's Animagic in 2011.

The film begins shooting this month. Mizushima previously played another eminently capable butler inspired by a manga series, Mei-chan no Shitsuji.



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Toshiaki Toyoda to direct new Crows movie “Crows EXPLODE”

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On Wednesday, an event was held in Tokyo to announce production of Toshiaki Toyoda’s Crows EXPLODE, the first live-action film based on Hiroshi Takahashi’s popular “Crows” manga in 4 years.

The new film will feature an almost entirely new staff and cast from its predecessors, Crows Zero (2007) and Crows Zero II (2009), both of which were directed by Takashi Miike.

Filming began on April 2. In an apparent reference to the new film’s diverse ensemble cast, who were in attendance in full costume, Toyoda compared the first two films to gyūdon (beef bowl) and the latest installment to sukiyaki (hot pot stew).

Once again the film is set at Suzuran High School, where delinquent boys constantly battle for supremacy and engage in gang wars with rival schools. Actor Masahiro Higashide was handpicked to play protagonist Kaburagi, a young man who transfers to Suzuran. Popular theater actor Taichi Saotome will play first-year student Ryohei Kagami, who aims to reach the top of Suzuran.

Ryo Katsuji is personal friends with the star of the previous two films, Shun Oguri, so he borrowed copies of the manga and sought out advice for his role.

Yuya Yagira will play Toru Goura, a student who’s currently closest to the “top” of Suzuran.

Other cast members include Takanori Iwata and ELLY of “Sandaime J Soul Brothers”, KENZO of DA PUMP, and Kento Nagayama.

The new film is set one month after Oguri’s character from the previous two films, Genji Takiya, graduates from Suzuran. Soon, third-year student Goura, transfer student Kaburagi, and first-year student Kagami become involved in a conflict with students from Kurosaki Industrial High School.

“Crows EXPLODE” will be released in 2014.



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After Square Enix Announced It, What Ever Happened To Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII?

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Way before their iPhone and Android push, Square Enix announced a suite of mobile games for feature phones back at a press conference in 2005. Hexcite Fusion, Code Age Brawls (a spinoff from the Japan-only PS2 game Code Age Commanders), Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII –Lost Episode- and Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII. While some of those games made it to the US, Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII didn’t come over.


Curious about the fate of the missing chapter in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series, Siliconera spoke to Keiji Fujita who spearheaded Square Enix’s mobile operations in the US during the time Before Crisis was announced.


“After saying the game will be launched in the United States, there wasn’t any progress made. That’s a true story,” Fujita explained. “The feature phones at that time were too low spec to bring Before Crisis to the US market. Because Before Crisis is an online game, it was only available for high end phones in Japan. There was no way to port the game to phones here.”

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Kiki's Yumi Matsutoya Sings Theme for Hayao Miyazaki's Next Film

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Singer and songwriter Yumi Matsutoya received the 4th Tokiko Iwatani Award in a Thursday ceremony, where she confirmed that she is contributing a theme song for the next film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. “It's an amazing honor,” she told the audience at the awards ceremony, and then proceeded to perform on the piano “Hikōki Gumo” (Airplane Cloud). She wrote this song when she was 16 years old.


Before singing “Hikōki Gumo,” the singer revealed that it will be used as a theme song for Miyazaki's upcoming movie, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Is Rising). Producer Toshio Suzuki had asked Matsutoya to contribute the song at a Studio Ghibli event in December.

Matsutoya explained the title, "Songs that have a lot of feelings in them can connect to people's hearts, and riding on those feelings, people can fly, sweeping across the sky."


Matsutoya had previously composed and performed the theme songs "Rouge no Dengon" and "Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara" for another Miyazaki film, Kiki's Delivery Service. (She was then known under her maiden name Yumi Arai.) More recently, Maaya Sakamoto's cover of Matsutoya's “Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara” song became the opening theme for the Tamayura video anime. Matsutoya also contributed to Ai Monogatari, Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales, and Niji-Iro Hotaru ~Eien no Natsu Yasumi~.

Kaze Tachinu will open in Japanese theaters on July 20.



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Eita, Miyazawa Rie, Inoue Mao, Koide Keisuke and Furuta Arata in new stage play "MIWA"

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Noda Hideki will produce a new play titled "MIWA" using singer-actor Miwa Akihiro's life as the motif which will be performed at the Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijou Playhouse between 4 October and 24 November. This is the first time Noda is creating a play based on a living person. The cast features Miyazawa Rie, Eita, Inoue Mao, Koide Keisuke and Furuta Arata who are mainly first-timers in a Noda play. The script is still being written but is set to describe life from various perspectives.



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Japanese scientists one step closer to ‘reading dreams’ through MRI scans

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For sure, most of us have woken up from a really strange dream, wondering what that was all about. Some scientists in Japan are one tiny step closer to being able to understand and predict what people dream of while sleeping. And no hocus pocus was needed, just observation and MRI scans.

Researchers from the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, led by Professor Yukiyasu Kamitani said that they were able to predict the images that people were seeing in the early stages of sleep and that they had 60% accuracy during their research. He said he always believed that “dream decoding” is possible, so he wasn’t really surprised with the results of their study. Dr Mark Stokes, a cognitive neuroscientist from the University of Oxford said he is excited by the group’s paper that was published in the Science journal and even if it is still a long way off from actually having “dream-reading machines”, the study shows that it is possible in principle.

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Forever alone? Not anymore, thanks to Japan!



Behold, a coat. That will hug you. And whisper into your ear.


Some Japanese students at the University of Tsukuba decided they'd put their effort into creating a coat that could give the sensation of being hugged from behind by their girlfriend. Make that, their imaginary anime sounding girlfriend.


The result is called the Riajyuu Coat. The Japanese slang "riajyuu" means someone who is pleased with their life outside the internet. It's a mash-up of the words "riaru", which is the loan word for "real", and "jyuujitsu", which can mean "satisfactory" or "complete".


The above video recently showed up on Japanese site NicoNico Douga. It seems somewhat tongue-in-cheek and not entirely serious! And no, you cannot buy this coat in stores.


Among college students and researchers in Japan, there appear to a handful of them who enjoy creating devices and machines that serve no real purpose, such as last year's robot butt. Well, maybe these things do have a purpose...

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I'm assuming this is a joke, but it wouldn't surprise me either way tbh... Also I couldn't embed the video from Kotaku so I had to rip it off NND and put it on my vimeo account, hope it works.

Nine Anime Characters Women Want as Lovers

Fantasy’s a wonderful thing.  With a little imagination things can be exactly the way you want it to be. Perhaps that’s why movies, animation, literature and more are so timelessly popular.  They show us life the way it will never be.


The list makers over at Otome Sugoren who teach us that everything can boil down to 9 items, like party manners, otaku relationships, and inter-gender video game etiquette have compiled the nine characters from anime and manga that women wish they could be with in real life.

Now, I like me some whimsy as much as the next guy, but I’m left dumbfounded by the thought process that went into some of these choices.


[Spoiler (click to open)]


9. Snufkin – Moomin Series

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“He believes in environmentally-friendly living.”
(woman in 20’s)



Snufkin is a natural dude who plays by his own rules, helps his fellow man, and lives off the land. Yet there’s no need to wish Snufkin was alive.  The world is full of them.  They’re called hippies, beatniks, bohemians, etc.  They’re alright, but smell kind of funny.




8. Shinichi Kudo / Conan Edogawa – Case Closed

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“He was a cool show-off, but that fits him!”
(woman in teens)


Actually I would have approved of this guy. Smart, good reflexes, full set of teeth, and a stable, achievable (albeit dangerous) career goal are all in his corner.

Too bad he was transformed into a little boy…



7. Roronoa Zoro – One Piece

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“He’ll protect me no matter what!”
(woman in 20’s)


There is something about Zoro’s intense drive to be the best swordsman that appeals to the ladies.  Well, I’m announcing my training to become the best Tekken player in the world!


Please handle the cooking and cleaning as I train. In exchange, I will defend your honor no matter when it is sullied, as long as it”s in the immediate vicinity of a game console or arcade.




6. Sebastian – Black Butler

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“He’ll always protect me, but he’ll scold my bad habits.”
(woman in 20’s)



That is a balanced argument. It should be noted that he’s also an evil demon who consumes people’s souls. Ya know, if were counting all the pros and cons.

That’s being said, he would be a handy guy to have around while he chooses not to erase you from existence.



5. Seiji Amasawa – Whisper of the Heart

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“When the middle school student says “Shizuku, let’s get married!”, my heart jumps!” (woman in 20’s)



Those maturely romantic lines uttered by a young student sent many ladies’ hearts a flutter. However, how would you like to marry a luthier? Unless you’re into crossword puzzles, your answer is probably a blank stare.


Pursuing a career in the ever shrinking market of violin making and choosing to get hitched at the age of 14, while ambitious, is hardly sensible future planning.




4. Shinichi Chiaki – Nodame Cantabile

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“While he is arrogant, he is actually caring inside.”
(woman in 20’s)


This is more like it.  This perfectionist aspiring conductor is career motivated yet flawed enough to keep away the competition. However, being a chronic jerk is a tough flaw to overcome. A guy who scratches his butt or has a pot belly might be an easier fixer-upper.



3. Shota Kazehaya – Kimi ni Todoke

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“There’s no one as good natured and handsome as him!”
(woman in teens)

Well at least this star of a popular coming of age manga isn’t an admitted criminal… yet.  Good looks and a charming personality, this one sure seems like a winner. So naturally all the gals like him. Good luck helping him beat every other woman off with a stick and checking his e-mail in paranoid fits of jealousy. “From me to you” indeed…



2. Vegeta – Dragon Ball

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“Although he’s harsh, we come to love him like family in a huge tsundere.”
(woman in teens)



What this young, confused woman is referring to with “tsundere” is the kind of story where a person starts off like a big butthole but turns out to be a loveable softy in the end. In which case she’s right about Vegeta, but tsundere is generally best limited to high school students rather than mass murderers.

It’s great that he turned over a new leaf, and I’m all for the reform system. However, when women are saying a reformed serial killer is the guy of their dreams there might be something wrong.



1. Arsene Lupin III – Lupin III

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“Life with him would be like a roller coaster!”
(woman in 20’s)



The gentleman thief of his eponymous manga series Lupin III wooed the ladies. According to Otome Sugoren, his combination of fun-loving tomfoolery and precision planning and organization make him a catch.

But hang on a minute. This guy makes his living taking things that don’t belong to him while constantly on the run or (momentarily) incarcerated. How would you like it if he tried to steal your ancient gold coins? Not very much I bet.






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Nine Anime Characters Women Want as Lovers

Fantasy’s a wonderful thing.  With a little imagination things can be exactly the way you want it to be. Perhaps that’s why movies, animation, literature and more are so timelessly popular.  They show us life the way it will never be.


The list makers over at Otome Sugoren who teach us that everything can boil down to 9 items, like party manners, otaku relationships, and inter-gender video game etiquette have compiled the nine characters from anime and manga that women wish they could be with in real life.

Now, I like me some whimsy as much as the next guy, but I’m left dumbfounded by the thought process that went into some of these choices.


[Spoiler (click to open)]


9. Snufkin – Moomin Series

ngbbs51229e46cf558

“He believes in environmentally-friendly living.”
(woman in 20’s)



Snufkin is a natural dude who plays by his own rules, helps his fellow man, and lives off the land. Yet there’s no need to wish Snufkin was alive.  The world is full of them.  They’re called hippies, beatniks, bohemians, etc.  They’re alright, but smell kind of funny.




8. Shinichi Kudo / Conan Edogawa – Case Closed

10075140

“He was a cool show-off, but that fits him!”
(woman in teens)


Actually I would have approved of this guy. Smart, good reflexes, full set of teeth, and a stable, achievable (albeit dangerous) career goal are all in his corner.

Too bad he was transformed into a little boy…



7. Roronoa Zoro – One Piece

Anime_Zoro_Pre_Timeskip_Infobox

“He’ll protect me no matter what!”
(woman in 20’s)


There is something about Zoro’s intense drive to be the best swordsman that appeals to the ladies.  Well, I’m announcing my training to become the best Tekken player in the world!


Please handle the cooking and cleaning as I train. In exchange, I will defend your honor no matter when it is sullied, as long as it”s in the immediate vicinity of a game console or arcade.




6. Sebastian – Black Butler

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“He’ll always protect me, but he’ll scold my bad habits.”
(woman in 20’s)



That is a balanced argument. It should be noted that he’s also an evil demon who consumes people’s souls. Ya know, if were counting all the pros and cons.

That’s being said, he would be a handy guy to have around while he chooses not to erase you from existence.



5. Seiji Amasawa – Whisper of the Heart

Seiji

“When the middle school student says “Shizuku, let’s get married!”, my heart jumps!” (woman in 20’s)



Those maturely romantic lines uttered by a young student sent many ladies’ hearts a flutter. However, how would you like to marry a luthier? Unless you’re into crossword puzzles, your answer is probably a blank stare.


Pursuing a career in the ever shrinking market of violin making and choosing to get hitched at the age of 14, while ambitious, is hardly sensible future planning.




4. Shinichi Chiaki – Nodame Cantabile

43278m

“While he is arrogant, he is actually caring inside.”
(woman in 20’s)


This is more like it.  This perfectionist aspiring conductor is career motivated yet flawed enough to keep away the competition. However, being a chronic jerk is a tough flaw to overcome. A guy who scratches his butt or has a pot belly might be an easier fixer-upper.



3. Shota Kazehaya – Kimi ni Todoke

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“There’s no one as good natured and handsome as him!”
(woman in teens)

Well at least this star of a popular coming of age manga isn’t an admitted criminal… yet.  Good looks and a charming personality, this one sure seems like a winner. So naturally all the gals like him. Good luck helping him beat every other woman off with a stick and checking his e-mail in paranoid fits of jealousy. “From me to you” indeed…



2. Vegeta – Dragon Ball

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“Although he’s harsh, we come to love him like family in a huge tsundere.”
(woman in teens)



What this young, confused woman is referring to with “tsundere” is the kind of story where a person starts off like a big butthole but turns out to be a loveable softy in the end. In which case she’s right about Vegeta, but tsundere is generally best limited to high school students rather than mass murderers.

It’s great that he turned over a new leaf, and I’m all for the reform system. However, when women are saying a reformed serial killer is the guy of their dreams there might be something wrong.



1. Arsene Lupin III – Lupin III

Lupin III

“Life with him would be like a roller coaster!”
(woman in 20’s)



The gentleman thief of his eponymous manga series Lupin III wooed the ladies. According to Otome Sugoren, his combination of fun-loving tomfoolery and precision planning and organization make him a catch.

But hang on a minute. This guy makes his living taking things that don’t belong to him while constantly on the run or (momentarily) incarcerated. How would you like it if he tried to steal your ancient gold coins? Not very much I bet.






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