Director Yonebayashi remarks about the start of the work “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”


July 8 (Sat) 2017, An animation movie “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” (メアリと魔女の花)will celebrate the theatrical release. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (米林宏昌)who painted the sensibility of a female girl in a studio ghibli with “Arrietty”(借りぐらしのアリエッティ), “When Marnie Was There(思い出のマーニー)” . He finished his work in Ghibli and found a new anime studio Ponock.  “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is the first Movie from this studio.The origin of the name of “Ponok” is Croatian, meaning “0 o’clock midnight, the day began and it became zero, a new day begins again”. Director Uri Hayashi wondered what he thought of his idea.

Director Yonebayashi said:

After the work When the Marnie was there, and “Marney” is a work of “static”, this time I want to make a work of “dynamic”, emotions and emotions appear in the new work, I made it with the desire to make it work that goes around and moves like that a girl moving across a vast space riding on the broom.

After a while since making “Marnie”, Nishimura producer tells me, “What will you do next?” And I said “I will do it!” It was already decided that the Studio Ghibli production division had already been decided to close at that point, but still I would like to create a single work. I did not understand what it would be like at all, but if I did not do it, I will do it. So I decided to move on to the next action.
After that, I went to the library with Nishimura Producer and two people started from searching for the original. I hope to concentrate on making works, but Nishimura Producer seems really hard at finding real estate and doing the procedure of the new studio.”

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The Film “The Fullmetal Alchemist” will come to the Tokyo International Film Festibal

The live-action film “The Fullmetal Alchemist“(鋼の錬金術師) by Arakawa Hiromu was decided on October 25 as an opening screening work of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival to be held in Tokyo · Roppongi Hills, EX THEATER ROPPONGI etc.

The Tokyo International Film Festival has been trying to promote Asian film industry and culture as the only international film festival in Japan recognized by the International Film Producers Federation. Japanese movies will be screened in the opening work for the first time in ten years, and it will be the first time in the history of Japanese original manga movies.

“The Fullmetal Alchemist” is a work that widely expands the possibilities for Japanese movies towards the world.This piece is a highly complete image that could not be imaged until now I think that it is a big branch point that proves that you can visualize the pop culture of manga and animation consisting of stories and the world view with their own hands and make a big message to the world. Director Sogori Fumihiko (曽利文彦)is sincerely hoping that as one piece of the latest work of the Japanese film, I can broadly appeal Japanese content power and quality of Japanese film and technology to domestic as well as overseas people.”

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The Premiere Party of the new film “March comes in like a lion second part” was hold in Tokyo

“March comes in like a lion” is a film created into a live action and based on the the same name manga. The first part is already released last year and the second part will come to the theater soon.



The Premiere Party of the new film “March comes in like a lion second part” was hold in Tokyo on 22. April. This film is based on the same name Manga drawn by Umino Chika(羽海野チカ).


In this party appeared casts Ryunosuke Kamiki(神木隆之介) acted Rei Kiriyama as (桐山零), Kana Kurashina (倉科カナ)acted as Akari Kawamoto(川本あかり), and the Director Keishi Otomo(大友啓史). They told about the main attractions of this film.


Kamiki said “ I changed Duffle coat has other colors in the movie. The color expresses Rei’s feelings.”


Kurashina explains the importance of the dinner scenes. They are very heartwarming and ease Rei and Kawamoto family’s feelings”.


At last the director told “ the climax of this movie is the scene of the game between Soya(宗谷) and Rei. How does look Rei like? It is important. Rei is brought up by Soya and now Rei would defeat him in the game. I hope that audiences blesse Rei like a member of his family as they have watched over him since he is a child.”


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New Anime series “Atom the Beginning” and the Interview of Mr. Ishiguro, a Robot scientist

The Animation “Atom the Beginning” is broadcasting from April 15th on NHK Channel. This anime is originated from the worldwide famous anime “Mighty Atom”drawn by Tezuka Osamu and explains how atom is made.



The Interview of Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro (石黒浩), a robot scientist

“It is interesting that the story is more realistic than the original one. Atom has a self. This is a point to think deeply as a robot scientist. Especially Atom is drawn as a strong robot and he is perplexed by the fact of his strength for he is a kind personality. Is it possible to balance the unrivaled strength and a kind personality? If it possible, what is the reason? So this anime is more interesting than the original as it make me think about such a point.”

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Kinoshita Yukina attended a film premiere parity of the movie “Kamisama Minarai Himitsu no kokotama Kiseki wo Okose♪”

A TV Personality Kinoshita Yukina (木下優樹菜, 29 years old) attended a film premiere parity in Tokyo on the 16th and speak about the movie “Kamisama Minarai Himitsu no kokotama Kiseki wo Okose♪ Tepple to dokidoki kokotama kai” (「映画かみさまみならい ヒミツのここたま 奇跡をおこせ♪テップルとドキドキここたま界」), it is based on the same name anime broadcasting by Tokyo TV.

This anime is a popular animation broadcasted now on Tokyo TV group. This is a heartwarming story about the girl Kokoro Yotsuha(四葉こころ) and a spirit creature Kokotama(ここたま). This story started with an encounter of the two; Yotsuha follows her groundmother’s teaching that everything has a spirit, and so she take care of thing. Someday she encounters Rakitama(ラキたま), one of the spirit creatures, coming from her favorite pencil and they live together avoiding to find out by Kokoro’s parents.

Kinoshita, also a mother of 4-year-old and 1-year old daughter, said, “I watch the anime every time with my daughter who loving it.”

Kinoshita is responsible for the voice of “Hapipina”, a kokotama. She said “This kokotama don’t appear in in the anime series. It is one of the attracting point of this film.”and “please watch new kokotama’s goods Tepple shoes and trouser with interest!”.

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The Trailer of the live action movie based on “ Fullmetal Archemist” is released.

Argawa Hiroshi’s manga “ Fullmetal Archemist” is created into a live-action Film by Fumihiko Sori whose major Work is “Ping Pong”. A trailer of the Movie is published this time.

In the trailer, Edward and his brother · Alphonse tried a forbidden human body alchemical reaction in order to see their died mother. Furthermore, Edward is wearing the steel prosthesis “machine armor (Automatic Mail)”, and make weapons using alchemical reactions, and the battle scene of Alphonse are seen.

Mr. Sori, Director of this movie, told his expressions about the Scene that as a result of the failure of the human body alchemical reaction Edwards lost his limbs and Alphonse all of his body. “The main theme of this Film is the brothers heavy burden resulted from the Taboo related to life.” And now that we could reach the point that it is possible to jump onto the place where the Japanese film technology could not have done before, and we have a lot of advanced technologies, so I want to challenge this work. I’m trying to touch the area is unexpected by the audiences before, but the technology is only the part of a good work and the Story is the most important part. So “the story” is the first and I think that it would be really wonderful if the technology is integrated carefully to express the story “.
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The interview about the Attack on Titan season 2 with Mr. Kawakubo.


The interview about the Attack on Titan season 2 with Mr. Kawakubo.

Attack on Titan is a famous and popular animation last several years and

this April started the Season 2 .

This news is an interview of Mr. Kawakubo (川窪)who is an editor of the works.



── This Month the broadcast of ‘Attack On Titan Season 2 ‘started. Four years have passed since the broadcast of the first period, I have a question. Was the Plan of “Season 2” already decided when the first term ended?

Mr. Shintaro Kawakubo
We could not start it right away. We had a feeling that “I want to do it quickly” in the team made the first period including Mr. Isayama. However, there were a lot of problems and I thought it would have been broadcasted earlier than the case, but it was announced that “It will be around the year, 2016 or 2017 “. To be honest as an editor in charge, I had a feeling that “I want to see a second period as soon as possible!” (Laugh).

── From the standpoint of editing in charge, what do you do in making an animation?

My majour role is to assist Mr. Isayama when he tells animation staffs what he is thinking, and to coordinate between them. In Isayama’s view there is an idea that “This part was drawn with the intention”. While talking with animation staffs about such a part, I make some opinions like “Does his intension influence this part in the way that……?”

─ ─ Mr. Isayama was deeply involved in the production of the first period, he is also involved in “Season 2” closely?

Yes. “Season 2” will be composed of 12 stories, and you will find the thickest things come from the original manga. For example, Regarding the scene where it is revealed who a titan is, Mr. Isayama himself had written the story very carefully in the original manga, so he proposed to the animation staffs that “I drew this scene with such an intention that ……” or “I asked you to draw here so that ……. ” Since there are already 22 original volumes manga, he reflected the story and said sometimes “it would be more effective to put a scene in a anime story than to make it correctly according to the original. Frequently, Mr. Isayama says, “In comparison whith music, the original story is like a live performance, and the animation is the one that is recorded for the CD in a special room”. In this way we the animation are brushing up the original in order to make it more enjoyable.
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