If you’re going to promote a chain of cinemas in Japan, you could do worse than enlisting the aid of some well known anime characters. Toho Cinemas have dropped a new promotional commercial showing Kami-Usagi Rope’s Rope and Akira being hassled by Naruto and Boruto. The commercial is to showcase the latest cinema in the Toho chain for the Uenuo area in Tokyo.
Catch the ad below, it has a cutesy art style, don’t you think?
As the risk of outing myself, I’ll fess up and admit that I never really got into the Naruto anime. I’ve tried a few times in the past but never made it anywhere near the end of the first season. Still I was very curious about Boruto: Naruto The Movie having heard great things about it from may friends and fans alike.
I’m glad I heeded their advice and gave it a go.
First some quick background, Boruto is the son of Naruto who is now married to Hinata Hyuga, who has attained the level of Seventh Hokage and is a fully fledged ninja with a boring office job. His son, Boruto, is just as tenacious as his father was at his age with the exception that Boruto is much better skilled with jutsu than Naruto ever was. Naruto also has a younger sister, Himawari who idolises her brother and really looks up to him. Boruto is coerced into signing up for the chunin exams after coming across a scientifically designed ninja tool which can store the chakra in little capsules thereby releasing the jutsu when you need it. When Naruto hears about this device, he bans it from the exams.
However Boruto enters with the device which he uses to progress through the rounds. Naruto finds out about it, confronts him and promptly disqualifies him from the exams. It’s then that two strangers appear and begin to wreak mayhem on the arena before revealing that they’re after Naruto. Naruto seemingly sacrifices himself and disappears into another dimension with them. Sasuke contacts the other four Kage who travel to the world where Naruro is being held prisoner, along with Boruto to try and bring him back.
Without a doubt, this movie looks beautiful especially the fight scenes. Their are a few through the film but of particular note is the climactic battle at the end, it looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s the first time I’d ever seen Boruto the character at all but his design is really cool and I love how the creators didn’t just do a miniature version of Naruto. Speaking of Naruto, it’s so cool to seen him as an adult now after seeing countless pictures of him throughout the years as a young boy. The Hidden Leaf Village looked great as well, I remember it being more rural but as a non-watcher of the series, I’m guessing that the look was upgraded over the lifetime of the series.
Also, I didn’t feel that I was missing out on anything by not being a Naruto regular, the characters all stood on their own and not having prior knowledge was not a disadvantage to me whatsoever. Of course, if you are a fan, then it’ll be a kick to see all your favourite characters all grown up with their own young families to guide through life. Overall, great film maybe a little short at just under 90 minutes but the time went flying, it was that well paced with a great story.
In yet another anime receiving the live action Hollywood movie treatment, I saw today that massively popular series, Naruto, is next in line.
Visual effects artist who is now also directing, Michael Gracey, has being tapped for the head role on the movie adaptation from Lionsgate. Lionsgate are responsible for The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent series so I’m not sure how to feel about these news.
Live-Action Hollywood movie for Naruto announced! From Lionsgate, Michael Gracey directing.
Hot off the press comes a press release from SMASH! announcing the first special guest for this year’s event. It’s none other than Japanese voice actor HIDEO ISHIKAWA. Known for a number of roles across Bleach, Naruto and more. I’ve included the official press release down below. SMASH! runs from August 20th and 21st at Rosehill Gardens, NSW.
Sydney, NSW, May 30th, 2016 — The wait is finally over! Bringing back the best and biggest convention year yet, SMASH! Sydney Anime and Manga Show is delighted to announce the first guest for SMASH! 2016: Japanese voice actor HIDEO ISHIKAWA.
With a career that spans over twenty years, Hideo Ishikawa is a Japanese voice actor who has worked on numerous titles across the anime and gaming industry. Hideo Ishikawa is best known for his roles as Itachi Uchiha (Naruto), Jushiro Ukitake (Bleach), Kiccho Fukuda (Slam Dunk), and Full Body (One Piece).
This will be the second Naruto voice actor to attend SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show. Fellow Japanese voice actor Noriaki Sugiyama — best known for his role as Sasuke Uchiha — previously attended SMASH! 2015 as a special guest.
SMASH! President Andrew Qiu believes Ishikawa’s guest attendance “reflects SMASH!’s ongoing commitment to bringing the best of Japanese pop-culture to Australia”.
“This is our 10th anniversary year and what better way to kick off the guest line-up than with Mr Hideo Ishikawa himself,” Qiu said. “Naruto is one of Japan’s successful franchises with millions of fans around the world, including Australia. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Ishikawa’s Naruto journey, and his experiences as a voice actor in the animation industry.”
Many a Naruto fan have been excited at the prospect of the ninja they all know and love come to life in a live action adaptation. It’s isn’t a movie but rather a stage play that has come to fruition and below you can see an updated gallery of the cast. So who’s excited for this? And how awesome are the costumes!?
Have a trailer for the show as well.
Is anyone keen to see this in Japan? For more info, head on over to the official site.
Everyone’s favourite ninja, Naruto, made an impact at JUmp Festa with the reveal of the a trailer for his new game, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution.
Even better, the trailer introduced a new character: Mecha Naruto. This new character has body entirely comprised of weapons and shine metal and looks seriously badass. He also has two different modes for awakening: Mecha-Kurama and Mecha Naruto (Kyubi Mode).
Don’t take our word for it? See the trailer below and let us know what you think.
If you visit Akihabara, then you have to go to the Tokyo Anime Centre located in the UDX building. It’s just off the main street, Chuo Dori, which is a stone’s throw away from the Akihabara JR station, Electric City exit.
Currently at the TAC, it’s a great time to visit especially if you’re a fan of the lovable ninja in training, Naruto. Currently they’re stocking up on mugs, clear files, key holders, wallets, posters and loads more.
In yet another reason why Japan is the place to be for Otakus of any kind, now we have news of a woman inspired by animes to create some artwork in cafe lattes.
The artist’s name is Sugi otherwise known as Nowtoo and you can catch more of her work on her Instagram feed. Keeping in mind that the creation only exists for a fleeting moment until someone drinks it or stirs some sugar in, she shows an amazing amount of dedication to her craft.
You can also see more of her on her YouTube channel where there are clips actually showing how the works were created. Each painstaking stroke has been captured so you can really appreciate how much effort and time has gone into it. You can catch a video below of her bringing Naruto to life.
Launching this coming for the Summer in Japan will be an amusement park of epic proportions. An amusement park from Shonen Jump is in the works at an indoor venue located at J-World Tokyo. It will occupy of floor space and will be based in the Sunshine City World Import Mart in Ikebukuro on the 3rd floor.
The park will open on July the 11th and will showcase such classics as Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Toriko, Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, One Piece, Kochikame and Gintama. We don’t have real photos of the park as yet, only concept art which you can see below. There’s a video of the area surrounding the amusement park fort the curious.
Admission prices to the park will be set at ¥1,300 for adults while children will be charged ¥1000. The park opens at 10AM and closes at 10PM.
Anime is such a huge industry but especially in Japan where it appeals across all ages and not just the younger fans. It has such a huge impact that whenever studios need to promote a new season, a new anime or just anything to do with it, they usually look to advertising on public transport. Given the huge volume of people who would see the ad, it’s no wonder why.
This week in particular, around Akihabara train station, you’ll be able to catch ads for the 5th Yamato 2199 compilation, while in the prefecture of Okayama also known as the home area of Naruto author, Masashi Kishimoto, you can catch ads for Naruto. On the Fuji Kyuko line the cars, will be receiving a model train reproductions after running Evangelion promotions for all of January.