Hero Station special on BN Live TV

So, yesterday there was a 3 hour long special broadcast on Bandai Namco Live TV, all about what’s going on with Tiger & Bunny. To sum the whole thing up in one picture:

Yep. I think I need to work on my stamina, I was starting to be really out of it after the first two hours. I was gonna write this all down yesterday but I’d promised to do some stuff in the evening and I just couldn’t brain any more Japanese at that point anyway.

A lot of stuff they showed was things we’ve seen before or already knew about, but there were a few new and interesting things:

My Private HERO iPhone/Android app. Basically you can have Kotetsu or Barnaby in your smartphone and he’ll react to things, like movement. If you poke him, Kotetsu will laugh and Barnaby will act coldly. Ozaki himself showed the app. I’m really hoping it’ll be available on Android market because DO WANT. (They also showed actual gameplay of the PSP game and it does look really good!)

They showed videos from the stage play rehearsals and video messages from the cast. The important thing about the stage play TIGER & BUNNY THE LIVE is that you can pay to watch it online. (I’m ashamed to admit I actually completely missed this fact during the broadcast, I think I was trying to save a screencap when they talked about it and I was too distracted to notice it.) After poking a while around the site where you’ll be able to watch it I concluded that you’ll need to make an account at Bandai Channel before you can order it (which is pretty simple process) and you can then pay the ticket by credit card. I am not sure if the stream is region blocked, though. Normally Bandai Channel is only available in Japan, but Bandai Namco Live TV is also available overseas. The player on the stream page loads for me, so that seems to indicate it’s not restricted. The stream is of the performance on September 1st, and it’s a live stream as far as I can tell, so it won’t be available on demand. If you buy the ticket in advance you get a discount.

There’s going to be a live viewing event with the Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- World Premiere, and it’ll include performances by the artists whose songs are featured in the movie. But that’s not all, there’ll also be a Hero Song Live, with the character songs.

Ozaki had a report of his trips to Anime Expo (in the US) and Japan Expo (in France), and they showed the same sample clip of the English dub we’ve seen before. They also talked about Namjatown café event, and merchandise and again merchandise.

If you missed the stream yesterday, there’s a recording of it available here. The caps I managed to take during the broadcast are in our Facebook album.

Cute cast being cute.

Ozaki’s tweets about the movie premiere

Our favourite moe oyaji, executive producer Ozaki went on one of his tweet sprees about the movie premiere. At the same time, the official site was updated with the new main visual and the new trailer featuring UNISON SQUARE GARDEN’s song written for the movie is also streaming.

The new main visual.

Aki translated the tweets from Ozaki. Original tweets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

“We’re organizing large-scale events on the first day of screenings including the movie viewing (in the event venue and during the live viewings), codenamed “World Premiere” (twice during night and day). Even looking at this from a global perspective, it’s a unique thing we’ve never tried before, but I hope everyone will be able to enjoy it together.”

“Of course, since it’s the movie premiere, you’ll be able to see it in the regular cinemas as well. I guess it’d be easier to imagine what it’s going to be if I say it’s a movie screening event including live talks and a really great on-scene greeting for all the fans. The event will be about 4 hours long, including breaks.”

“Right now we’re trying to reserve an event venue that’d be as big as possible. However, there’s a high possibility that no matter what kind of a place we reserve, we might still have problems with accomodating all the people interested in seeing it – so to satisfy the wishes of fans from different places, we decided to prepare the live viewings in the cinemas all around Japan.”

“I recommend our event both to those who’d like to see it in the venue, and to those who’d like to enjoy it during the live viewings in cinemas while watching the movie on a big screen and with the cinematic sound effects. For those who’d like to just enjoy the movie, I recommend going to a regular cinema.”

“When we decide where the viewings and the event itself are to be held (probably somewhere in the outskirts of Tokyo), we’ll announce it on the official site. Same goes for the ticket sales schedule. Please wait for the announcements from the cinemas.”

“We’d also like to let those who live in the places where the movie screenings start from October see the live viewings in their home area. Thanks to people from TJOY and Shochiku, I think we’ll be able to provide live viewings in about 100 places around Japan.”

The second version of the advance tickets is also available now, you get a pair of mascots with your purchase. The first version tickets came with Wild Tiger crapsuit card.

Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- information from around the interwebs

Tiger & Bunny was featured on morning TV in Japan the other day, and new footage of the movie was shown. The theme song for the movie “Linear Blue wo Kikinagara” will be performed by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN who also performed the first opening “Orion wo nazoru”. The new NEXT appearing in the movie is called Robin and he’ll be voiced by Yamaguchi Kappei.

The new Cinema★Cinema magazine features Tiger & Bunny movies, and there’s information also in other new magazines on the movie.

From this month’s Otona Animedia’s interview with Yonetani:

  • Tiger & Barnaby’s suits will be explored in more detail in the movie.
  • Sky High, Origami, and Blue Rose’s suit gimmicks will also get some attention.
  • The scenes concerning T&B’s suits are somewhat prominent.
  • The way the other heroes interacted with the main pair at first will be shown.
  • Shadowing, mouth movement, and the way eyes are drawn have been revised and made more cohesive; the old footage has been fixed accordingly.

Animage, Yonetani’s interview:

  • The movie’s story is based on episodes 1 and 2.
  • From now on Nishida is not just the script writer, but the “story director”.
  • Among other things the movie contains scenes from the first meeting between Barnaby and the other heroes.
  • Close-up on Tomoe will be there as well.

Animage, Hirata’s and Morita’s interview:

  • The voice recording is all done.
  • The movie is 90 minutes long.
  • Plenty of “behind the scenes” material; for example the way Tiger & Barnaby’s suits work and how they put them on.

Newtype:

  • An interview with Hirata and Morita.
  • Next month’s issue will have Tiger & Bunny on the cover and it will contain a special novel.

Cinema★Cinema cover plus special: Tiger & Bunny The Movie:

  • Cover, insert and a double-sided pinup.
  • Opening special “Crazy About Partners”.
  • Interview with director Yoshitomo Yonetani and Ozaki.
  • Hirata and Morita talk “‘Buddy’ Only Knows”.
  • A look back at the partner masterpiece Tiger & Bunny.
  • Sneak peak at T&B The Live.

If you experience lust for the Cinema★Cinema magazine, I found it at least at CDJapan (though their rates for magazine shipping are horrible).

A new movie trailer will be available on July 7th in theaters in Japan, featuring the new song. I’m not certain if it will be available online simultaneously or if we have to wait a bit.

(Sources: T&Bros on /a/ and Tumblr.)

And totally unrelated, but I got my copy of KING OF WORKS and I’ll see if I can get a review together this weekend with plenty of pics!

Tiger & Bunny first movie to premiere in the UK on September 22

As I recall, Ozaki talked about wanting to bring the Tiger & Bunny movies to the West. And he has hereby stood behind his word.

MangaUK tweeted this image earlier today and when I saw the “Movie 1 Premiere” on the poster I thought “it couldn’t be…” but the U.K. fans – and consequently European fans since this brings the BDs and DVDs closer to our reach – are getting a really good treatment. The first BD/DVD combo volume is coming out October 29th in the U.K.

(I also noticed that Blue Rose is gone from the promotional poster. The poster looks so much better without her that it just underlines how pasted on she was in the previous version.)

I know I can’t be the only one planning a trip to the U.K. in September, right?

Update: According to The-O Network, Viz’s North American release of Tiger & Bunny on DVD and Blu-ray will be early 2013. It could mean that the dub will first be broadcast on TV in the USA, and it goes straight on DVD in the U.K.

Of course, the dates could be subject to change…

Stage Play Information From Ozaki

Executive Producer Ozaki Masayuki went on an info tweet spree again, this time about the upcoming stage play. Aki translated what he had to say:

About the T&B THE LIVE stage play casting #1: We’ve almost fully assembled the main cast. Our enthusiastic staff and the people at JAE did their best to choose the right actors. In addition to focusing on the appearance, acting skills and the ability to perform action sequences, we paid extra attention to the actors’ behaviour, voice, and the atmosphere they create around themselves to fit the characters’ imagery.

About the T&B THE LIVE stage play casting #2: We also considered choosing from the original anime cast, but due to the physical differences, this time we decided to build the team from scratch to create a play full of action sequences.

About the T&B THE LIVE stage play casting #3: The original cast of characters is full of people representing different races, so we also auditioned people who are not Japanese, but due to the fact that it’s difficult to include subtitles or a dubbing in a live-stage play, we preferred actors fluent in Japanese. However, I believe that the original feel of Sternbild – which is like a melting pot full of people of different races – was preserved well.

About the T&B THE LIVE stage play casting #4: We had two aims in mind: to fulfill the expectations of the fans of the anime, and to perfect this event as a live stage play, and we tried to do our best to balance it out. Of course, whether we achieved our goals or not is for the viewers to judge. After all, we’re still at the starting point.

About the T&B THE LIVE stage play casting #5: The main cast and the information on the play itself (locations and the schedule) is to be announced on the main TIGER & BUNNY THE LIVE site in May. http://www.tb-thelive.net/ Look forward to it!

(Sources: 1 2 3 4 5)

It’s nice how they are obviously putting a lot of work into the stage play. We really hope there’ll be a recording of it released on BD or DVD later. It’s not the same as going to see it in person, but this is just one of those cases of “it can’t be helped”.