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“AJIN: Demi-Human” Review

WARNING: Contains some spoilers *.*

I just finished watching the 13-episode anime of Ajin and the first part of its trilogy film which just basically summarized the first half of the anime series. I read a lot of posts about the seemingly good story of Gamon Sakurai-san’s manga-turned-anime-and-movie. It piqued my interest but when I discovered that it was in 3D/CG format (as it was released under Polygon Picture) I had my doubts since I am not really a fan of CGs in anime and I’m one of those who prefers the traditional 2D style. Nevertheless, the plot of the story was good enough to keep me going past the first episode. In fact, it no longer became an issue to me as I glued my eyes on what is going on with the story.  Now let’s take a look at its synopsis first.

SYNOPSIS:
Seventeen years ago, the existence of a special species called Ajin was discovered in Africa. They are said to be immortal beings, with several supernatural abilities, that look just like any other human being. Are these Ajin just random phenomena of nature or were they purposely sent to Earth to destroy it?

Since their first discovery, several other Ajin appearances have been reported worldwide. For the majority of citizens though, these creatures are less reality and more of something you see every once in a while in a textbook or on the news. This is how it was for the young protagonist of the series, Kei. That was until a sudden turn of events changed his life forever…(MyAnimeList)

In all fairness to the producers of the anime and film, they did stick to the main story of the manga despite some slight changes with the little details. It has a mixture of action, horror, mystery and supernatural elements wonderfully blended together. (I also actually read the manga right after watching it and just to spoil you a bit, Kei has some comical moments/more so like facial expressions in the recent chapters which, I hope, will be shown in the next film or second season perhaps of the anime.) The action scenes really put me at the edge of my seat, and the experiments conducted on Kei made me cringe in horror. I was somehow looking forward to seeing more of Kei’s development as a fighter but I guess it will take a few more chapters for that. Sato-san is obviously the main antagonist in the story but somehow, even just for a bit, I feel like he had his reasons for being a sadistic player. It seems like the background story about him in the manga doesn’t fully explain why he turned out to be as bloodthirsty as he is right now. He is like the epitome of monstrosity, both literally and figuratively.

I will not go into details about the manga, but fans will surely be surprised when they continue the story from where the anime left off. The manga has only about 38 chapters so far (as of this writing) that is why no wonder the anime only had 13 episodes. I think the second and third part of the trilogy films will be far more updated than the anime. I give them a plus point for casting my favorite voice actor Miyano Mamoru as the seiyuu of Kei Nagai. (Actually, I was too preoccupied with the scenes that I did not even realize that it was Miyano-san’s voice LOL.)

I cannot expound this review any longer since the story is still in its initial stage and there will still be a lot more in the coming seasons/chapters. It is interesting enough, and it will make you go gaga once you reach the climax. Have I mentioned how much I terribly want to get a hold of my IBM? Lol. There is presumably a scientific explanation behind it,  but I am not fond of science that much so I’ll leave that part to you for your own understanding. *smirks*

Anyway, to wrap it up, I’ll give this manga/anime/film a 6.5 rating. !(•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑ You should definitely try this one!

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“Wolf Girl and Black Prince” Gets a Live-Action Film Adaptation

© Ayuko Hatta/Shueisha

This year is notable for the numerous number of manga series which have been adapted into live-action films and TV dramas. For instance, Death Note is once again relived through a television drama series which premiered in July. It stars Masataka Kubota (Light Yagami) and Kento Yamazaki (L) as the main protagonists of the story.  Hajime Isayama’s Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) also got a two-part live-action film adaptation which features Haruma Miura as Eren Jaeger. The first part was released in Japan last month, while the second installment will be shown on September 19.

And just recently, another series was green-lit for a live-action movie. Ayuko Hatta’s shojo manga Ōkami Shōjo to Kuro Ōji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince) is going to release its film adaptation in May next year. The cast includes Fumi Nikaidō (Erika Shinohara) and Kento Yamazaki (Kyōya Sata). The latter will also play the role of Kōsei Arima in another live-action film adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa’s Your Lie in April

The official website of Ōkami Shōjo to Kuro Ōji movie also uploaded a 13-second clip of the film which presents the cast and cites Ryūichi Hiroki as the director of the film.

The filming will begin in December and will conclude in January next year.

The manga, on the other hand, is still ongoing and is published by Shueisha on Bessatsu Margaret magazine. A 12-episode anime TV series was also aired in October last year until December.

(via ANN)

Kento Yamazaki to Star in “Your Lie in April” Live-Action Movie

After the 22-episode anime TV series of Your Lie in April concluded in March this year, it was confirmed that a live-action film adaptation is also going to be created. Naoshi Arakawa’s manga will be turned into a movie which will star Kento Yamazaki and Suzu Hirose as Kōsei Arima and Kaori Miyazono, respectively. Joining them are E-girls’ Anna Ishii (Tsubaki Sawabe) and  Taishi Nakagawa (Ryōta Watari). Yukari Tatsui is the scriptwriter while Takehiko Shinjō is directing the film which is slated to be screened in Japan in 2016.

©Naoshi Arakawa/A-1 Pictures

The manga was published by Kodansha on its Monthly Shōnen Magazine from April 2011 until February this year.

(Source: Comic Natalie via ANN)

SM Cinema to Screen “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” in the Philippines

Great news to all the Filipino fans of Naruto! It was confirmed by SM Cinema that it will screen the latest Naruto movie that features that newest generation of shinobi including Naruto and Sasuke’s children, Boruto and Sarada, respectively. The film will be exclusively shown by SM Cinema on September 2 (tentative date).

Boruto: Naruto the Movie, will premiere in Japan on August 7. It stars Yuko Sanpei as the voice of Boruto, and Kokoro Kikuchi as Sarada. Junko Takeuchi and Noriaki Sugiyama will be reprising their roles as Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke, respectively.

 

(via ANN)

Bakuman Releases First Live-Action Film Trailer

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Bakuman manga recently released a trailer for the movie which will be shown in Japan on October 3. Takeru Satoh and Ryunosuke Kamiki will portray the characters of Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi, respectively. Kenta Kiritani (Shinta Fukuda), Hirofumi Arai (Kazuya Hiramaru), Sarutoki Minagawa (Takurō Nakai) and Takayuki Yamada (Akira Hattori) will join Satoh and Kamiki in the movie.

Other members who are also included in the cast are the following:

Lily Franky as Sasaki

Kankuro Kudo as Tarō Kawaguchi

Shōta Sometani as Eiji Niizuma

Nana Komatsu as Miho Azuki

A 30-second teaser was released this week which features the narration of One Piece’s Luffy’s voice actress Mayumi Tanaka. The video was streamed a few days after stills from the film showing Satoh and Kamiki in the office of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump  were also uploaded.

(c)Bakuman Production Committee

(c)Bakuman Production Committee

(via ANN)

Second “Fairy Tail” Anime Film Confirmed

The 25th issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine confirmed that a second anime film adaptation of Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail manga has been green-lit! The first film, titled “Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess”, was released in 2012.

©Hiro Mashima/Kodansha

An imageboard art for the film drawn by Mashima himself is also unveiled in the magazine. The latest issue also includes two new chapters of the manga which tease the fans about a shocking development in the story.

The ongoing series began its serialization in 2006 and an anime TV adaptation also started airing in 2009.

(via ANN)

Attack on Titan Live-Action Films to be Screened in the Philippines

Philippine film distributor Pioneer Films confirmed that it will screen the two live-action film adaptations of Hajime Isayama’s Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) manga. The first part of the movie will be shown on August 12, while the second installment, Attack on Titan: End of the World, will open in Philippine theaters on September 23.

(C) Toho

The live-action films are slated to be released in Japan on August 1 (Part 1) and  September 19 (Part 2). Yuusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama are working on the scripts together with the supervision of Hajime Isayama. Shinji Higuchi, on the other hand, is directing the two-part live-action movies. The films star Haruma Miura (Eren Yeager), Mizuhara Kiko (Mikasa Ackerman) and Hongo Kanata (Armin Arlert). Aside from the original characters in the manga, new characters will also be included in the films.

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan started its serialization in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009. It also spawned a 25-episode anime adaptation which was aired in 2013, and a second season is scheduled to broadcast next year. “Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow“, the first of the two-part anime films, was also released in November 2014, while the second installment, Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom will come out in June this year.

“Haikyuu!!” Anime to Release Two Compilations Films

The anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate’s Haikyuu! manga was previously confirmed to air its second season this year, and Shueisha recently reported that it will begin its broadcast this fall! In addition to that, it will also have two anime compilation films that will also be released this year. The first movie, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Owari to Hajimari (Haikyu!! the Movie: Ending and Beginning), which will open on July 3, will be followed by the second installment titled Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Shōsha to Haisha (Haikyu!! the Movie: Winners and Losers), which will be screened on September 18. This year’s 17th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine unveiled the news.

©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha

A stage play adaptation, which will begin at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo in November this year, is also confirmed to take place. The “hyper projection performance” will then travel to Osaka’s Theater Brava! in late November, and finally to the Tagajō Shimin Kaikan’s Great Hall at Miyagi’s Tagajo City Cultural Center in early December. More details will be announced soon regarding the movies and the stage play’s tickets.

©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha

Check out the film’s website for more info!

(via ANN)

“Assassination Classroom” Anime Gets a Second Season and a Live-Action Film Sequel

Even before the ongoing anime adaptation series of Yūsei Matsui’s Assassination Classroom manga is over, news about its second season has already been confirmed! The announcement was made by the staff of the live-action film adaptation of the manga at a stage event at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills in Tokyo on Friday.

©Yūsei Matsui/Shueisha/Studio Lerche

The anime series premiered in January this year and is also scheduled to have 22 episodes. A live-action film adaptation was also screened in Japan on March 21, 2015, and a sequel is also confirmed to take place. The movie, called Ansatsu Kyōshitsu ~Sotsugyō-hen~ (Assassination Classroom ~Graduation Edition~) will be shown in 2016.

(via ANN)

“Boruto -Naruto the Movie” Teases Fans with a Trailer

The official website for the anime film adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto’s manga uploaded the first teaser for the upcoming movie to give fans a sneak-peek on what’s in store for them. “Boruto -Naruto the Movie”, which stars Yuko Sanpei (Boruto Uzumaki) and Kokoro Kikuchi (Sarada Uchiha), is slated to premiere in Japan on August 7. Junko Takeuchi and Noriaki Sugiyama will return as Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha, respectively.

Hiroyuki Yamashita will direct the film while Ukyō Kodachi will collaborate with Masashi Kishimoto on the script, who is also credited as the chief production supervisor for the film.

The manga concluded its 15-year run on Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine last year, but its anime series is still ongoing.

(via ANN)