Toei opened official YouTube channel to promote tokusatsu TV shows, movies

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Toei Co. has launched an official YouTube channel dedicated to live-action “tokusatsu” (special effects) TV shows and movies, the film studio said.

The video-sharing channel streams the first and second episodes from the popular “Kamen Rider,” “Super Sentai” (super squad) franchises and other TV shows for free of charge.

The channel also offers sci-fi movies and original content to promote the charms of special effects on the world’s largest video-sharing website, Toei added.

About 120 video clips of episodes from popular TV shows and full-length films are available on the website.

They include masked superheroes such as V3, Black, Agito and Hibiki from the “Kamen Rider” franchise. The Super Sentai squads such as Goranger, Flashman, Kakuranger and Megaranger are also featured, in addition to Gavan and Jiban from the “Metal Hero” franchise.

The other tokusatsu TV shows include “Robocon,” “Kikaider,” “Message from Space: Great Galaxy War,” and “Witch Girl Chukana Paipai!”

There are also 15 full-length films available at the website. They include “Kaitei Daisenso” (Terror Beneath the Sea), “Message from Space,” and “J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai vs. Goranger.”

With the rare, unique but lavish collection of tokusatsu titles, Toei appears to be making an all-out efforts for the YouTube channel.

Besides, spin-offs and other original content exclusively available on the website will be streamed online in the future.

By offering the wide collection of tokusatsu titles, Toei seems set to raise the profile of its past works to introduce a fee-based service.

It also seems certain that the company intends to attract attention of Internet users for its latest projects. A video clip of the press conference held to announce the productions of the feature film adaptations of “Kamen Rider 000” and “Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger” has been posted on the website.

Toei’s official YouTube website is at (http://www.youtube.com/user/TOEIcojp)

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, who make up the girl pop duo Puffy, or Puffy AmiYumi, will guest star on the popular “Usagi Drop” (Bunny Drop) animated TV series, the anime and Puffy’s official websites announced.

They will make an appearance in the form of anime characters in the ninth episode, which will air on Sept. 1, the websites said.

“Usagi Drop” is a popular anime show airing on Fuji Television Network Inc.’s “noitaminA” animation block and elsewhere. It revolves around a 30-year-old single man named Daikichi who becomes the guardian of Rin, his grandfather’s illegitimate 6-year-old daughter.

In the show, they will play instructors at the nursery school that Rin, and her friend Koki attend, they said.

After they recorded their lines, Ami and Yumi shared their excitement for their collaboration with the anime.

“I think our personality traits and vibes are expressed very well. You can see which one is Ami or Yumi when you look at the picture,” Yumi said. “I’m very nervous what you will think when our pictures are given life on the air.”

“But actually, that character is not speaking in a voice I imagined she would speak,” Ami said, laughing, of her character in the show. “I wanted her to speak in a prettier voice. …”

Ami also said she was overwhelmed to see how devoted the production staff members were. She even said she thought she should have enrolled in a voice acting class.

A big fan of “Usagi Drop,” Yumi said they were under pressure not to destroy the anime’s world.

Puffy is also popular outside Japan and has performed theme songs for many animated series. For “Usagi Drop,” they sing the main theme song titled “Sweet Drops.”

The song is also used as the theme song for the live-action adaptation of the anime, which is based on the manga of the same title by Yumi Unita. The movie will hit cinemas across the country on Aug. 20.

“I love the original manga, and the anime is such a good piece of work, and we sing the song as we conjure up their images in our minds,” Yumi said. “I’d be happy if you would think everything about it is great.”

“I think it will reach the hearts of girls our age, and we’d like men to see how Daikichi lives his life,” Ami said. “This is a kind of work that is not only fun but also a little thought-provoking.”

Visit the anime’s website at (http://www.usagi-drop.tv).

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