Warner Bros. Japan took to the interwebs in its Tuesday timezone premiering the first official teaser for Onmyoji-0. Based on Baku Yumemakura’s longstanding novels, the film was directed by Shimako Sato whose credits partly include the Eko Eko Azarak and Unfair films, as well as 2008’s Takeshi Kaneshiro starrer, K-20: Legend Of The Mask.
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LUMBERJACK THE MONSTER: Kazuya Kamenashi Has An Axe To Grind With An Axe Murderer In The First Teaser For Takashi Miike’s Latest!
Japan auteur Takashi Miike has already taken a hold on a few headlines this week re: The Great Yokai War: Guardians. Don’t count him out just yet however as it’s only the middle of the week, because Miike is on track to get some extra attention with the teaser now running for Lumberjack The Monster, opening locally in theaters on December 1 from Warner Bros. Japan.
I’ll wait as long as it takes for Tsutomu Hanabusa’s inaugural Tokyo Revengers flick to get a Western distributor. It was a favorite among faves back in 2019 and I would love to help share it with audiences in my neck of the globe if possible, especially with Warner Bros. Japan now shepherding a back-to-back sequel this Spring and Summer based on Ken Wakui’s hit manga.
TOKYO REVENGERS 2: BLOODY HALLOWEEN ARC: Tsutomu Hanabusa’s Live-Action Manga Sequel Teases Two-Part 2023 Blitz!
It was back in July when Warner Bros. Japan teased a sequel to Tsutomu Hanabusa’s hit adaptation of Ken Wakui’s gangbuster manga, Tokyo Revengers. As of Tuesday, the studio is staying steady with a brief, brand-new teaser signaling the sequel’s two-part 2023 rollout titled Tokyo Revengers 2: Bloody Halloween Arc, with the first part set to arrive in Spring titled “Fate” and the second being “Decisive Battle” by the Summer.
A little over six years ago, I began a little catch-up journey in the world of anime, and I did so in time to be mindful of the immense rollout of live-action manga adaptations arising in the following year: Yuichi Fukuda fans had Gintama; Kentaro Hagiwara sat in to manifest Tokyo Ghoul; Takashi Miike brought JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure: Chapter One – Diamond Is Unbreakable and Blade Of The Immortal to life; and for what it’s worth, there was Adam Wingard’s treatment of Death Note for Netflix.
RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE FINAL/THE BEGINNING Unsheathes New Teaser For Manga-Based Live-Action Saga Sequel
With baited breath, fans rejoiced when they learned of the return of actor Takeru Satoh as the famed ‘Battousai’ in Keishi Otomo’s newest live-action pivot, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final/The Beginning – a two part saga that ventures into the mystery of our titular reverse-bladed samurai’s scar, and his battles with a nefarious arms trader.
TOKYO REVENGERS: Ken Wakui’s Time-Travel Manga Gets Live-Action Fall 2020 Stamp From Warner Bros. Japan
At this point time you can almost certainly count on Warner Bros. Japan to dive into live-action territory for various favorite manga IP. Better part of the last ten years have earned them great promise with adaptations such as Gintama, Fullmetal Alchemist, Blade Of The Immortal, Bleach and JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure, and the Rurouni Kenshin saga which rounds out the film series this summer with two more in the pipeline.