Philippine cable provider SKYcable has began airing on Monday a promotional video from Filipino-dubbed movie channel TAG which teases the airing of highly-popular anime movies A Silent Voice and Makoto Shinkai’s ‘your name.’ (Kimi no Na wa).
Death Note: Light Up the New World live-action movie is also seen on the promotional video.
The video only indicates that the titles mentioned are lined-up to air on the channel, but it does not say that the movies will premiere first on the channel. The upcoming shows could possibly premiere on sister channel HEROtv, or its parent network ABS-CBN.
The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.
When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars? (Synopsis from Funimation Entertainment)
your name., also known by its Japanese title Kimi no Na wa. (君の名は。), is a Japanese animated film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, who is known for anime films like Voices from a Distant Star, 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Garden of Words.
The anime movie is based on the novel with the same name, also written by Shinkai, which was published in Japan by Kadokawa in June of last year. The film was produced by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by TOHO, which premiered in Japanese theaters on August 26, 2016 and ran for 29 weeks.
The film is now considered as the highest-earning anime film worldwide, beating Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, earning US$281 million (about PHP14 billion) in Mid-January. According to industry website Box Office Mojo, the film has now earned a total of US$354,425,227 (about PHP18 billion), including the North American screenings.
The anime movie was screened in local cinemas in December 14 last year, which ran for about two weeks before the Metro Manila Film Festival.
A Silent Voice
The story revolves around Nishimiya Shoko, a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates, especially Ishida Shouya. It gets to the point where she transfers to another school and as a result, Shouya is ostracized and bullied himself, with no friends to speak to and no plans for the future. Years later, he sets himself on a path to redemption. (Synopsis from SM Cinema)
A Silent Voice is an anime film adaptation of a seven-chapter manga series by Yoshitoki Oima, which was published in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine from August 2013 to November 2014.
Naoko Yamada, who worked on anime titles like K-ON! and Sound! Euphonium, directed the anime film, while the scripts was handled by Yowamushi Pedal scriptwriter Reiko Yoshida. Character designs were made by Futoshi Nishiya, which was produced by anime studio Kyoto Animation.
The anime movie was screened in local cinemas last May 10, which ran for two weeks.
Death Note: Light Up the New World
デスノート Light up the NEW world
10 years has passed since the confrontation between Kira and L. Again, Shinigami sends death notes to the ground and due to this, the world soon falls into chaos. Tsukuru is a member of the Death Note special task force team with 6 other investigators including Matsuda who experienced the Kira case of 10 years ago.
Mass murders caused by the death note takes place on Wall Street in the U.S., Shibuya in Japan and other places. World famous private investigator Ryuzaki, who is the rightful successor of L, also investigates the mass murders. They discover that 6 death notes exists in the world.
A computer virus called Kira spreads in the world. A message in the Kira virus says to turn in 6 death notes.
A person who has 6 death notes overwhelm the world. The confrontation begins between the person who wants Kira’s revival and the people who want to stop it. (Synopsis from AsianWiki)
Death Note: Light Up the New World is the fourth live-action film based on the highly-popular manga series, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, which ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from December 2003 to May 2006. The manga has a total of 12 volumes.
The movie was directed by Shinsuke Sato, who also worked on the live-action adaptation of the horror manga I Am a Hero, which was produced by Nikkatsu and Django film and distributed by Warner Bros. Japan.
The movie is starring Masahiro Higashide (“Kou Mabuchi”, Blue Spring Ride live-action) as “Tsukuru Mishima” and Sosuke Ikematsu (“Higen”, The Last Samurai) as “Private Investigator Ryuzaki”.
The movie was screened in select local cinemas last March 15, which ran for about a week.
TAG is a movie channel owned by Philippine media conglomerate ABS-CBN, which started broadcasting in October 2016. The channel’s specialty are airing Western and Asian movies that had been dubbed in Filipino language.
ABS-CBN also has a long-standing relationship with Pioneer Films, who distributed the anime films your name. and A Silent Voice in local cinemas.
Filipino-language anime channel HEROtv was the first channel to air the first live-action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin in 2015, while the live-action adaptations of Parasyte -the Maxim- and Attack on Titan first aired on the terrestrial network.