VivaMax, the newest video streaming service by Philippine entertainment company Viva Entertainment, has added Makoto Shinkai’s anime films your name. and Weathering with You to their streaming lineup.
Local film distributor Pioneer Films has confirmed to Anime Pilipinas that they are partnering with the entertainment company to distribute some of their content to the new streaming platform.
The streaming platform also added several Japanese live-action films to their lineup, which was previously aired on their Tagalog-dubbed Foreign movie channel TMC, such as Bakuman., L-DK -Living Together- and Hentai Kamen.
The three live-action movies can be streamed in both Japanese audio and Tagalog dubbing, which can also be viewed with English subtitles.
Anime Pilipinas has reached out to Viva Entertainment for comment.
As a millennial comet was approaching Japan, Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a small countryside village, was a melancholy adolescent. In the prime of her youth, Mitsuha dreamed of living in the big city. One day, however, she dreams that she had become a boy, living in the midst of Tokyo’s sprawling metropolis. Unnerved but excited by her new surroundings, she relishes in the city life she had so longed for.
At the same time, Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, also had a strange dream. He had become a high school-age girl, living in a mountainside village he had never been to. What mysterious force is behind these two dreams? Two interwoven destinies, of two whose paths shall never cross. Experience the tale of a miracle that befalls a boy and a girl…! (Synopsis from CoMix Wave Films)
your name. is a Japanese anime film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, known for anime films like Voices of a Distant Star, 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Garden of Words.
The highly-popular anime film is based on the novel with the same name, also written by Shinkai, which was published by Kadokawa in June 2016.
The anime film’s character designs was handled by Masashi Ando and Masayoshi Tanaka, who both previously worked in the drama anime Bunny Drop, which was produced by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by TOHO.
The anime film was released in Japanese cinemas in August 2016, while Pioneer Films released the film in Philippine cinemas in December the same year.
Weathering with You
First year of high school, summer. Hodaka runs away from his home on an outlying island to come to Tokyo. He falls into poverty quickly, but after many days of solitude, at last finds work as a freelance writer for a dubious occult magazine.
Rain falls day after day, as if taking its cue from his life. One day, though, Hodaka meets a girl in one corner of the hustle and bustle of the big city. Hina is a cheerful, strong-willed girl who lives alone with her little brother due to certain circumstances. She also has a strange power.
Little by little, the rain stops and the cityscape gives off a beautiful glow. For Hina has the power to make the sky clear just by praying… (Synopsis from CoMix Wave Films)
Weathering with You is a Japanese anime film produced by CoMix Wave Films, with Makoto Shinkai credited as its creator, director and screenplay writer.
The anime film’s character designs was handled by Masashi Ando and Masayoshi Tanaka, who both previously worked in the drama anime Bunny Drop.
The anime film was released in Japanese cinemas in July 2019, while Pioneer Films released the film in Philippine cinemas the following month.
Moritaka Mashiro doesn’t want to follow in the path of his uncle who worked as a manga artist, but ultimately died because of exhaustion. Moritaka Mashiro figures he will graduate from school and work at an office. Things change though when falls in love with a girl at school. The girl, who hopes to become a voice actress, tells Moritaka they can marry, but only after they both achieve their dreams. Moritaka then teams up with fellow classmate Akito Takagi to publish their first manga. (Synopsis from AsianWiki)
Bakuman. is a Japanese live-action film based on the popular slice-of-life manga, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the same team that is also responsible for the popular manga series Death Note.
The manga ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from August 2008 to April 2012, which has a total of 20 volumes.
The live-action film was directed by Hitoshi One and produced by TOHO, which starred Takeru Satoh (as Moritaka Mashiro), Ryunosuke Kamiki (as Akito Takagi) and Nana Komatsu (as Miho Azuki).
Viva Entertainment screened the live-action film in Tagalog dubbed format during the Eiga Sai: Japanese Film Festival in July 2017.
L-DK -Living Together-
Aoi Nishimori’s parents moved to another city for work, but Aoi didn’t want to transfer to a new high school. She stays behind and lives in an apartment by herself. Shusei Kugayama moves in next to Aoi’s apartment. Shusei is a very popular student at their high school. Due to a mistake, Aoi makes the sprinkler go off in his room. Until Shusei’s room is fixed, he stays with Aoi. (Synopsis from AsianWiki)
L-DK -Living Together- is the first live-action film adaptation based on the romantic comedy manga series by Ayu Watanabe, which was serialized in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Friend magazine from February 2009 to August 2017. The manga has a total of 24 volumes.
The live action adaptation was directed by Yasuhiro Kawamura, who also directed Nodame Cantabile live-action movies, while Gokusen: The Movie writer Yuko Matsuda handled the screenplay.
Viva Entertainment aired the live-action film on TMC in Tagalog dubbing on February 2017.
Kyosuke is a Kempo club member, and as the son of a Detective he always tries to do the right thing. One day he saves pretty girl Aiko from some bullies, they end up liking each other; later that day she needs rescuing again, but on the process of saving her, a pair of women panties slip up on him giving him the ability of using the 100% potential of his body (pumped up by horniness), thus the birth of the ultimate hero HENTAI KAMEN. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Hentai Kamen (HK) is the first live-action movie adaptation based on the manga series Kyukyoku!! Hentai Kamen, created by Keishu Ando, which was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from September 1992 to September 1993. The manga has a total of six (6) chapters.
The live-action movie was written and directed by Yuichi Fukuda, who also worked on the live-action drama series Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai. The theme song for the film, “Emotions”, was performed by the band Man with a Mission.
Viva Entertainment aired the live-action film on TMC in Tagalog dubbing on May 2017.
VivaMax is an over-the-top video streaming service owned by Philippine entertainment company Viva Entertainment, which was launched on December 15, 2020 on web browser platforms and on smartphone devices a week later.
The streaming platform mainly contain films from Viva Entertainment’s library, but also include several acquired international films from South Korea, China, Japan and Hollywood.
For more details on the streaming service, please visit vivamax.net.