Sunday, 15 February 2015

Kamisama Kiss 2 (Kamisama Hajimemashita) - [TMS Entertainment] - [2015]

Alternative title:
Kamisama Kiss 2
神様はじめました◎ (Japanese)
Themes: demonsgodsspiritsyoukai
Plot Summary: Nanami continues being a 'Land God/Earth Deity' and as well being in love with her familiar, Tomoe. Still with Onikiri, Kotetsu and Tomoe, she is living with her new familiar Mizuki and Mamoru, a monkey shikigami. Her 'being a god' thing continues as she was given a test by Otohiko, a wind god, to determine her capability to attend the Divine Assembly in Izumo.
Vintage: 2015-01-05
Opening Theme:
"Kamisama no Kamisama" (神様の神様; God of God) by Hanae
Ending Theme:
"Ototoi Oide" (おとといおいで;Come Another Day) by Hanae

When Nanami finds herself homeless after her father leaves she ends up saving a strange man, Mikage, who in turn offers to let her stay over at his house — only to discover it is a Shinto shrine. And Mikage happened to be a deity who has just transferred his status and his yōkai to Nanami. That yōkai's name is Tomoe, and a contract between him and Nanami can only be sealed in one way, with a kiss.
Kamisama Kiss is adapted from Julietta Suzuki's original manga of the same name, the series has been published in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume shōjo magazine since March 2008 and 19 collected volumes have been published to date.Viz Media has been publishing the manga in North America and will publish volume 17 in March 2015.
The main cast from Kamasama Kiss season 1 will return including Shinnosuke Tachibana as Tomoe and Suzuko Mimori as Nanami Momozono. However Naoko Matsui will be replacing Natsuyo Arashi as the role of Onikiri.
Most of the staff returns for Kamisama Kiss 2 with Akitaro Daichi (Fruits BasketKodochaNow and Then, Here and There) continuing to direct the anime at TMS Entertainment (Detective Conan,Lupin III). Junko Yamanaka (Detective ConanKenIchi the Mightiest Disciple) returns to provide character designs and will be taking on a new role as Chief Animation Director. Also returning are art director Takashi Aoi (Xam'd: Lost MemoriesDarker than Black) and composer Toshio Masuda(Mahoromatic - Automatic MaidenNaruto).
Season 2 will begin airing in Japan on the 5th of January 2015. Pop singer Hanae will perform the opening theme "Kamisama no Kamisama" and the ending theme "Ototoi Oide" for the series.
The series already inspired a 13-episode television anime season and will soon recieve a stage play in March at the Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijō Playhouse.
Funimation streamed the series in North America as it aired in Japan and released the series tohome video in February this year.
Madman Entertainment licensed the first series in June 2013 and the complete collection wasreleased on DVD and Blu-ray in April this year. Madman distributes the Viz Media edition ofKamisama Kiss in Australia and New Zealand, you can view the released volumes Madman are also the first company to announce licencing Kamisama Kiss 2 at the writing of this article.

La seconda stagione anime di Kamisama Kiss (Kamisama Hajimemashita), sarà intitolata Kamisama Hajimemashita  ed è stata annunciata a fine luglio dal numero 17 di Hana to Yume, rivista quindicinale della Hakusensha, che ha portato gradite notizie per i fan della studentessa liceale ritrovatasi ad essere “dea terreste”.
Il padre di Momozono Nanami è un accanito giocatore d'azzardo. Un giorno scompare dalla vita della figlia, dopo aver accumulato una quantità enorme di debiti. Di conseguenza, la protagonista viene cacciata di casa dagli esattori. Quando Nanami salva un misterioso viaggiatore di nome Mikage da un cane rabbioso, come segno di ringraziamento il ragazzo intende cederle il suo alloggio. Incredula, si reca nel posto indicato, ovvero un santuario! Qui appare un ragazzo con le orecchie da volpe: chi è costui? Che ne sarà di Nanami, ora confusa e senza alcuna residenza?
con qualche new entry: Showtaro Morikubo - Okuni-nushi, Hinata Kusunoki - Mamoru nelle vesti di giovane scimmia, e Daiki Yamashita - Mamoru in forma di bambino umano.  Inoltre Naoko Matsui rimpiazzerà Natsuyo Arashi alla voce di Onikiri.

Akitaro Daichi (Fruits BasketBokura ga itaNow and Then, Here and There) continua a dirigere il progetto presso lo studio TMS Entertainment (Detective ConanLupin III); mentre Junko Yamanaka (Detective ConanHistory's Strongest Disciple Kenichi) adatta il character design all’animazione.

Julietta Suzuki ha iniziato il suo shoujo soprannaturale nel settembre 2008, che intanto ha toccato quota 19 volumi lo scorso settembre. La popolarità dell’opera è arrivata anche in Italia, grazie a Star Comics, dove viene pubblicato a partire da ottobre 2013.

Lo shoujo ha già ispirato un anime di 13 episodi nel 2012, diretto da Akitaro Daichi; mentre nel 2013 è uscito anche un OVA in 2 episodi nel 2013.

DirectorAkitaro Daichi
MusicToshio Masuda
Original creatorJulietta Suzuki
Character DesignJunko Yamanaka
Art DirectorTakashi Aoi
Chief Animation DirectorJunko Yamanaka
Sound DirectorKazuya Tanaka
Director of Photography: Akemi Sasaki

Color designKayoko Nishi
EditingIkuyo Fujita
Theme Song PerformanceHanae

Animation ProductionTMS Entertainment
BackgroundsStereotype Smarchill
CompositeTMS Photo (T.D.F)
In-Between Animation:
In-Between Assistance:
FAI (ep 1)
Orange (ep 1)
Key Animation:
Big Bang (ep 1)
Production CooperationAjiado (ep 2)
Video EditingTMS Photo (T.D.B)

Kamisama Hajimemashita ◎

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Aya Hirano - Bouken desho desho - [The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya - Movie Opening] - [April 26, 2006]

"Bōken Desho Desho?" (冒険でしょでしょ? Bōken Desho Desho?, lit. "It's an adventure, right? Right?") is the opening theme to the Japanese anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, as well as the movie, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. It ranked #10 in CD sales on when the single was released.[1]
  • Oricon Weekly Rank Peak: #10
  • Weeks in Chart: 28 weeks
  • Sales: 63,371
  • 2006 End of Year Chart Rank: #141

Track listing

  1. "Bōken Desho Desho?" (冒険でしょでしょ?) – 4:18
  2. "Kaze Yomi Ribbon" (風読みリボン lit.The Ribbon For Reading Wind ) – 3:47
  3. "Bōken Desho Desho?" (off vocal) (冒険でしょでしょ?) – 4:18
  4. "Kaze Yomi Ribbon" (off vocal) (風読みリボン ) – 3:47

Aya Hirano (平野 綾 Hirano Aya, born October 8, 1987) from NagoyaAichi Prefecture, Japan, is a Japanese voice actress and J-pop singer who has had roles in several animevisual novels, and TV commercials in Japan.[1][2] She was contracted to Space Craft Produce, a branch of the Space Craft Group, for her voice acting career,[3] and for her singing career, she was signed underLantis.[4] She left both Space Craft and Lantis in 2011. Hirano moved to the voice acting agency Grick in August 2011, and into Universal Sigma in 2012.[5]

Hirano spent a few of her very early years of life in America before returning to Japan.[6] In 1998, she joined the Tokyo Child Theatrical Group division of the Space Craft Group company. Eventually, she began to appear in commercials and got her first role as a voice actress in Angel Tales.[7] From 2002 to 2003, she was a member of the band SpringS.[8]
After graduating from high school, she began seriously pursuing her voice acting and solo singing career. Her big break came in 2006, when she was cast as the voice of Haruhi Suzumiya, the title character of the anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The series' public success has greatly enhanced her popularity and career in Japan. Her CD singleBōken Desho Desho? containing the opening song of the show sold out in Japan the very day it was released. This success was followed by her voicing two lead characters in anime based on popular manga; Reira in Nana and Misa Amane inDeath Note. Her popularity was confirmed at the first Seiyu Awards, where she won "Best Newcomer (female)", for her role as Haruhi Suzumiya;[9] the same role also won her a nomination as "Best Main Character (female)". At the same awards, she was also nominated for "Best Supporting Character (female)", and earned two nominations for "Best Single" (One of which is a solo, Bōken Desho Desho?; the other was a group nomination for the single Hare Hare Yukai).[9] In 2008, she won the "Best Main Character (female)" award at the second Seiyu Awards.[10]
She performed at the "Animelo Summer Live" concerts between 2006 and 2008, as well as the Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekisōconcert on March 18, 2007. Hirano was a guest at Anime Expo 2007, along with other cast members from The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaMinori Chihara and Yūko Gotō.[11] In 2007, she continued to enjoy great success in her career, landing the role of Konata Izumi in the anime version of Lucky Star and launching three separate singles back-to-back monthly at year's end.
In November 2010, Hirano posted a message on her Twitter account that she has had a pituitary gland tumor since junior high school. While not malignant, the tumor exerts pressure on certain motor functions, resulting in temporary memory loss, loss of vision and slurring of speech. She decided against elective surgery because the surgery would alter her nasal cavity and permanently modify her voice.[12] To facilitate her care, she announced in April 2011 that she had been prohibited from taking on new voice acting roles in anime since some time the previous year. She still continued voicing characters for anime that received additional seasons or extended runs.[13] In May 2011, Hirano announced via Twitter that she was no longer performing music for Lantis and has discontinued her music career until further notice.[14] On August 2, 2011, Japanese magazine Bubka confirmed that Hirano was dismissed by Lantis due to a sex scandal involving her sleeping with several band members.[15] Citing a need for a new agency that was more ideal with her career wishes, Hirano announced on August 12, 2011 that she left Space Craft Entertainment.[16] On August 21, Hirano moved to the voice acting agency Grick.[17] Days later, on August 27, Hirano posted a message on her Twitter account, confirming that she has resumed new voice acting roles in anime.[18]
Hirano returned to music in 2012 and was signed to the record label Universal Sigma. Her first release on the label was the mini album Fragments on May 23, 2012.[19]

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Under the Dog - [Kickstarter Launches] - [2014-2015]

An anime science fiction action thriller that will explore what it means to live and die well, testing the limits of all we hold dear

Creative Intelligence Arts announced a Kickstarter for an original 24-minute anime titled Under the Dog. The project is seeking to raise US$580,000 by September 7.

The project aims to carry the tradition of older sci-fi anime titles such as Akira and Ghost in the Shell, and the material was written between 1994 and 1995. The production team is using Kickstarter in order to avoid the process of funding from production committees and therefore retain creative control of the anime. If the Kickstarter is successful, the team hopes to expand with more projects in the Under the Dog universe.
Masahiro Ando (Hana-Saku IrohaBlast of Tempest) will direct the series based on a story by Jirō Ishii (428: In a Blockaded Shibuya, producer on Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors). Yuusuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem: Awakening) is designing the characters, Kinema Citrus is in charge of animation, and Orange Co. (Ghost in the Shell Arise) is in charge of 3D CGI. Creative Intelligence Arts founder Hiroaki Yura is producing. Keiichi Momose (SteamboyStand By Me Doraemon) is serving as Audio director, Kevin Penkin is composing the original score, and John Kurlander is serving as the mixing and recording engineer.
Ishii, Kozaki, and Yura are all guests at Otakon this weekend.
Creative Intelligence Arts describes the story:
Under the Dog takes place in 2025 in Neo Tokyo, five years after a devastating terrorist attack at the Tokyo Olympics. In the wake of the tragedy, the U.N. formed a covert ops unit dedicating to seeking out, then eliminating those responsible for the attack. Anthea Kallenberg, a girl of Swedish descent is a member of this elite group who has honed her combat abilities and has become a deadly assassin, but must come to terms as to who she really is.
If funded, the finished product will be in Japanese with English subtitles, and also include the original soundtrack and behind-the-scenes diaries and interviews.

The main players:

Producing a standout soundtrack and stellar sound design usually breaks the bank and makes the budgeters cry but we are getting a steal with our audio legends:

Hana Tougetsu - Number 06 - Op Support
Hana is the main character of Episode 1. Although not remarkably skilled in combat, her stereotypical Japanese high schooler exterior belies her unique gift to shift people's' moods and mental states. Using her talent, she often gives much needed stability and catharsis to the team, helping shield them from their tremendous burdens. An all around nice girl with strong family ties, she lives with her family and brother.

Anthea Kallenberg - Number 03 - Special Operations
Anthea, a Swedish girl, is the team's infiltrator and assassin who was personally raised by Colonel Amagata. She prides herself in her abilities in combat and for good reason. Because of her skill, Anthea is often given point on special operations, usually to get the other agents out of a jam.