Anime studio Production I.G and video and music conglomerate Avex announced on Monday that they are collaborating to launch the Cinema Lab live-action film label. The label is producing a film or films helmed by directors Mamoru Oshii and Katsuyuki Motohiro.
The label's concept is to produce works from top creators who release many masterpiece works. The label hopes to produce films that can compete in terms of quality and world building.
Tsuburaya Productions revealed on Friday that it is developing a new series of anime shorts titled Kaiju Step Wandabada. The anime will premiere this fall and will air on the NHK E-TV channel. Each episode will be five minutes in length.
The project is based on a picture book series that launched in Shogakukan's mebae children's magazine in the magazine's September 2018 issue. Yōsuke Kihara illustrates the books, and Kikaseya Keitaro writes the books. The first book titled Little Pigg's Balloon launched in Japan in November 2018.
Tsuburaya Productions streamed a video for the project in July 2018.
Toei revealed on Tuesday that it will produce Kamen Rider Brain, a two-episode mini-series spinoff of the Kamen Rider Drive series. Shōta Matsushima (seen below) will reprise his role as Brain from the original series.
Toei teased the series as an April Fool's joke announcement in 2017. Kyōhei Yamaguchi will direct the miniseries, and Riku Sanjō will pen the script. The series will be available sometime later this month exclusively through the Toei Tokusatsu Fanclub app.
The wandering swordsman will return for his final battle. Warner Brothers Japan announced today that a two-part "Final Chapter" from the live-actin film adaptation project based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's action jidaigeki manga series Rurouni Kenshin is set to be released in Japan in the summer of 2020.
The director of the first three films in 2012-2014, Keishi Otomo will return to the director's chair, and Takeru Sato is, of course, set to reprise his role as Himura Kenshin one more time.
The "Final Chapter" will adapt the manga's final "Jinchu" arc, including the episodes also told in the 1999 OVA "Tsuioku-hen/Trust & Betrayal" about the past story of Kenshin as Hitokiri Battousai during the final years of the Bakumatsu era, explaining the origins of his cross-shaped scar. The official title for each part will be announced at a later date.
The shooting already began in November 2018, and is scheduled to last for seven months until May 2019 in various locations across Japan, including Kyoto, Nara, Shiga, Mie, Hyogo, Kumamoto, Hiroshima, Tochigi, Saitama, and Shizuoka.
Tsuburaya Productions announced on Thursday that its new series in the Ultraman franchise is titled Ultraman Taiga. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo on July 6 at 9:00 a.m. The new show is the seventh consecutive "New Generation Heroes" series in the Ultraman franchise.
Tsuburaya Productions describes the new series:
Aliens have been emigrating to Earth secretly, but only a handful knows about this truth. Living in such a society, the main character Hiroyuki Kudo begins working at a private security organization E.G.I.S. (Enterprise of Guard and Investigation Services). The organization takes care of cases related with aliens, and Hiroyuki works day and night to protect peace. However, there lies a huge secret in him, which he himself is not aware of. He carries Ultraman Taiga's “particle of light”. The new story begins as Taiga's powers revive from Hiroyuki's body!
In the three shot there is Ultraman Titas, Ultrman Taiga, and Ultraman Fuma (not sure of official spelling)