“Owarimonogatari” anime in-production

The official website for animator Hiroko Kazui has listed the anime of NisiOisin’s “Owarimonogatari” novel in its work history for this year.

She previously worked on storyboards for Hanamonogatari and various arcs of Monogatari Series: Second Season.

The three-volume novel is part of the “final season” of the Monogatari series.

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LiSA ~Another Great Day in Manila~ concert Event Recap

Risa Oribe also known as LiSA had a successfully held her first concert, ~Another Great Day in Manila~ concert yesterday, June 27 at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier in Taguig City.

LiSA was not the first Japanese artist who performed in the Philippines. There have been similar artists like Uchusentai Noiz, Heidi, Joe Inoue, Aya Ikeda, Starmarie and many more who had performed before and yet, it was well-attended by the community.

As early as the mall opening, fans of the Japanese anisong singer lined up just to see their favorite singer. LiSA’s fan T-shirt and other merchandise were even sold out hours before the concert has started.

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At exactly 5PM, the doors were opened and fans orderly entered and occupied the seats of the venue. The organizers constantly remind the audience that taking photos and videos are prohibited. The concert started at 6PM and ended at around 7:30PM. Meet and greet session ended at around 9PM.

Almost all the premiere seats were filled. The members of the press and holder of the standard ticket occupied the balcony seats.

Here’s a list of happened during the concert.

CONCERT OPENING

Before the concert began, the concert organizers were constantly reminding the audience the rules and guidelines especially the no photography and no videography rule.

LiSA who famous for her songs from various anime series, opened the concern with songs from popular anime series Sword Art Online “Crossing Field” and Fate/Zero’s “Oath Sign”.

The second set were acoustic versions of Ichiban no Takaramono from Angel Beats, and two more song from Sword Art Online II, no more time machine and Shirushi.  It was also that time that LiSA introduced her guitarist which was well-received by the audience.

INTERVIEW SESSION

During the break, LiSA answered several questions from the audience.

LiSA talked about why she cried during the Girls Dead Monster Last Live – Final Operation. She was singing Ichiban no Takaramono back then.

This is LiSA’s first visit to the Philippines and yet, she was very worried that Filipinos might not know her. She expected to eat lots of bananas here. Aside from bananas, she liked mangoes, pork, bamboo rice and halu-halo.

She likes to date kind people like Woody from Toy Story.

Among the anime series she sang the theme songs, her favorite is Nisekoi and Fate/Zero. Nisekoi because of the characters while Fate/Zero on the story.

American artist Avril Lavigne has been influential on the growth of her music career. She wants to be like Avril which plays rock music but cute.

THE SECOND HALF
The second half with LiSA teaching the audience this dance step from the Electro Lyrica.

The last set were a song from her 6th album titled BRiGHT FLiGHT, Nisekoi’s OP Rally Go Round and Mahouka’s Rising Hope. LiSA gave an encore performance with the acoustic version of Angel Beat’s Crow Song.

She performed a total of ten songs in her first Manila concert

LISA PROMISED TO RETURN

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LiSA at here last moments on stage. Photo taken from LiSA’s blog

By the end of the concert, LiSA said that she promised to come back to the Philippines but this time with a band. She was also a given flowers and a full set of Minions figures from a popular fast food restaurant as a token of appreciation.

Then, she requested for a group selfie with the audience. The photo was posted on her staff’s Twitter account.

Premium ticket holders were given a chance to meet  LiSA as they exit the venue. This was also the time were fans can give their gifts to LiSA. As earlier announced, they were also given posters signed by the artist.

IN THE END

LiSA’s first Manila concert was truly a one time experience for an anime fan here in the Philippines. Whether you are in the balcony or the auditorium , the concert offered more what you had expected. It was really a great day.

We are hoping that with the success of this concert, it opened more opportunities for producers and concert organizer to bring more Japanese artists to perform in the country.

Photos below are official photos from the concert.

Light Novel Zero No Tsukaima to continue

Two years after the passing away of light novel’s author Noboru Yamaguchi, MF Bunko J has announced on their official website that the imprint has decided to continue the Zero No Tsukaima light novels series.

The 20th and most recent volume was published in 2013. Yamaguchi planned to end the series on the 22nd volume in 2012, however, he was already admitted to the hospital by the end of 2011. Yamaguchi passed away in 2013 due to cancer.

The light novel series was first released in 2004 and it has inspired four anime TV adaptations.

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LiSA ~ANOTHER GREAT DAY in Manila~ Rules and Guidelines released

The organizers of the upcoming LiSA ~ANOTHER GREAT DAY in Manila~ Fan Meet and Mini-concert has released its rules and guidelines for those who will be attending the first performance of Anisong singer LiSA in the Philippines.

Here’s a summarized version of the rules and guidelines.

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Plans for the entrance lobby of the venue were also released.

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LiSA ~ANOTHER GREAT DAY in Manila~ Fan Meet and Mini-concert will be held this June 27 at Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier in Taguig City. For more information, you can check the official website http://www.japanmusicfestival.asia/lisaph2015.

animephproject is a media partner of the event.

Mega event “Asia Pop Comicon Manila” sets this September

A pamphlet from 14th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectives Convention last weekend has announced that regional comic and pop culture convention Asia Pop Comicon Manila 2015 will take place this coming September 17-20 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. More details will be announced soon.

According to their press release, this mega event will bring together the very best in movies, television, entertainment, comics, toys, collectibles, gaming, and cosplay. It is organized by Dubai-based multi-billion dollar international conglomerate Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG).

AAHG will also bring Asia Pop Comicon to Abu Dhabi late this year and South Korea next year.

TOYCON is moving to SMX Manila next year

Cholo Mallillin of the Asian Toys, Hobbies and Collectives, Inc., the organizers of the 14th Philippine Toy, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention has announced the next year’s TOYCON is going to be held at SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia on June 11-12, 2016.

Further announcement by Azrael Coladilla that TOYCON 2016 will take place at Halls 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the said venue.

The Philippine Toycon will be celebrating its 15th anniversary next year.

Cover photo from Azrael Coladilla

ToyconPH organizers, SM Megamall release guidelines for cosplayers and attendees

The official website for the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention has released the guidelines provided by SM Megamall for cosplayers and attendees of this year’s Philippine TOYCON.

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The 14th Philippines TOYCON 2015 will be held on June 19-21 at the Megatrade Halls, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

animePHproject is one of the media who will be covering the event.

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Launch for “Tagalized” manga set at Manga Anime Festival in July

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The postponed launch of the Filipino versions of Fairy Tail and Attack on Titan manga has now a new schedule.

The “Manga Comics Philippine Edition Book Launch” will take place during the Manga Anime Festival on July 11 at Megatrade Hall 1 in SM Megamall.

It was also announced that the third volume of both series will be also released this June, available exclusively at National Bookstores nationwide.

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“Basic” ticket tier announced for LiSA concert in Manila

The organizers of the upcoming LiSA ~Another Great Day in Manila~ has announced a cheaper ticket tier for the concert and fan-meet.

According the official Facebook page of Japan Music Festival, the additional ticket tier or “Basic Tier” is priced at Php 999 and ticket holders will be seated at the second level of Samsung Hall in SM Aura Premier. The new tier will not include the autographed poster as opposed to the “Premium tier,” which is worth Php2,999 and has the best view of the stage.

Furthermore, the organizer has released the new ticket tier is to “make this concert accessible to more fans.”

LiSA ~Another Great Day in Manila~ will take place this June 27 at Samsung Hall in SM Aura Premier in Taguig City. Concert tickets are now available at http://www.smtickets.com and SM Ticket outlets nationwide.

animePHproject.com is a media partner of the upcoming LiSA ~Another Great Day in Manila~

STARMARIE Asia Tour ~Fantastic~ and Tokyo Cosplay Battle Event Recap

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Fresh from their guest appearance at the HERO Face Off cosplay event the day before, fans enjoyed a back-to-back treat as Japanese fantasy idol unit STARMARIE performed last June 6th at the Movie Stars Cafe, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City as part of their STARMARIE Asia Tour ~Fantastic~.

Though it was not their first visit in the country, STARMARIE, composed of Kishita Nozomi (木下望),Takamori Shino (高森紫乃), Matsuzaki Hiroka (松崎博香),Nakane Motoko (中根礎子) and Watanabe Kaede (渡辺楓) had already performed several times here, first at the Best of Anime event in 2013. It was their second live performance overseas. There were also several guest appearance and mini-concerts after that.

It was nostalgic how the three-member “fantasy unit” which started seven years ago, transformed into idol unit with five members, having a Asian concert tour and performing an ending song of a famous anime series Cardfight!! Vanguard G.

Before the main event started, there were performances from Movie Stars Cafe’s home-grown artists. A group skilled performers replicated a scene from Rurouni Kenshin series while an all girls dance troupe called “Tokyo Girls” had a sing and dance numbers with songs from famous Japanese idol group AKB48.

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Aside from being an idol, the audience had a glimpse of STARMARIE’s Monya as a cosplayer. She walked onstage cosplaying as Nico Yazawa from Love Live! School Idol Project.  In an interview made by Jay of Deremoe, Monya said that she had previously cosplayed Sakura-hime from CLAMP’s Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.

The event also hosted its own cosplay competition, “The Tokyo Cosplay Battle” wherein six excellent cosplayers performed onstage. The members of STARMARIE who were also the judges, were wowed on their performances and how detailed the costume of some cosplayers had. Tantin Meneses cosplaying as Ezra Scarlet emerged as the champion of the competition. Among the winners are War Machine, Voltes V and Final Fantasy’s Tifa.

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The next hour was a blast as STARMARIE captured the hearts of the audience with their charm, cuteness and energetic performances. Overall, they performed 12 songs plus two encores including their new singles “Net Auction Babies” and “Fantastic!” which was released last May 27. Members of the STARMARIE Philippines fangroup were also present to support and cheer their idols all the way.

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More STARMARIE photos from official Facebook Page

The concert ended with fans had a chance to hand-shake and autograph session with members of the idol group. Members of the STARMARIE Philippines also also gave the idol group messages written in cartolina.

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TOYCONPH 2015 Grand Launch Event Recap

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Toy collectors and pop culture fans gathered last May 30 at the Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila to witness the kick-off event for ToyCon 2015.

The “Grand Launch” offered the audience a glimpse of the country’s biggest pop-culture event, the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectible Convention, which will happen on June 19, 20 and 21 at Megatrade Halls, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Members of the Justice Ph discussed about the latest updates on the DC and Marvel universe. The panel discussion started with the TV series of The Flash and Arrow which is currently airing at The CW TV Network.  Upcoming movies like Batman VS Superman and the AntMan, as well as the soon-to-be-released merchandise and comic books were also revealed.

Reimaru Files were also on stage about the latest trends in gaming.

TOYCON 2015 HIGHLIGHTS AND UPDATES

Event organizers from the Asian Comics, Toys, and Hobbies Collective, Inc. together with the representatives from iflix, Resorts World Manila, and Pacific Licensing announced the highlights of this year’s Toycon.

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One of the major issues raised from the previous Toycon events was the security and crowd management. According to the organizers, they are still finalizing their plans for the security together with the management of Megatrade Hall.  Another common concern was that of cosplayers crowding the common areas to change into and out of their costumes. A satellite venue and a dedicated washroom is planned to be set up during the event but no details were revealed yet.

It was announced last year that the venue for this year’s Toycon will be at the SMX MOA. The panel explained that while this was the original plan, there were two major events that were already booked for the month prior to their request.  The organizers decided to retain the venue in Megatrade Hall as they are comfortable holding the event there.  However, they will try again to push through with SMX next year.

Joining the panel is iflix, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service which offers subscibers unlimited access to movies and TV series for a low monthly price. iflix hosts a number of American and South Korean TV series and movies and they are currently undergoing negotiations to acquire Japanese series and anime into their lineup.

The controversial “Party Night” will be replaced with the more child friendly “Quiz Night” for comics and toy geeks alike. Authority Hoodie will also host a fashion show featuring their DC licensed hoodies. Each entrance will have a unique decoration courtesy of DC, Marvel, iflix and Pacific Licensing.

Possible special guests would be the cast of Doraemon and 3 minions from the movie Despicable Me.

Iflix will also be giving away prizes to the winners of their FanFlick contest and Cosplay competition.

WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT PHILIPPINES NCR QUALIFIERS

The event also hosted this year’s NCR Qualifiers of the World Cosplay Summit Philippines 2015. Only 3 groups participated in the competition with two advancing and will be competing against other teams from other regions in the Finals to be held at the HERO Face Off 2015.

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HERO Face Off 2015 is set on June 6 at the Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The winner of the Finals will be given prizes and represent the Philippines to the World Cosplay Summit Championships in Nagoya, Japan.

More about the World Cosplay Summit Philippines NCR Qualifiers

TOYS, TOYS,  AND MORE TOYS

Big Boys Toy Store and Maxicollectors went all out with their toy displays.  Action figures of characters from comic book characters, board games, TV series, anime, and all other fandoms were up for sale. Of course, Big Boys will not forget to bring its extensive line up of Funko Pop figurines which were a big hit among the attendees. The Gaming Library was also present to exhibit some of its notable tabletop games like the infamous Cards Against Humanity.

For those who have always dreamed of sporting their favorite superhero’s costume but can’t really go all out on full cosplay, Authority Hoodie showcased their Superhero Hoodies featuring DC characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.

These and more will be available at their respective booths during the main event.

Davao Team wins World Cosplay Summit Philippines 2015 title

TEARS OF JOY: Team XO while receiving plaques and the certificate of invitation to WCS Championships

A cosplay team in Davao will be this year’s Philippines representative to the World Cosplay Summit 2015 Championships in Nagoya, Japan. Team XO who performed a skit from Japanese RPG, Dynasty Warriors has bested six team from various regions in the country to win the World Cosplay Summit Philippines 2015 National Finals held last June 6 during the HERO Face Off 2015 at the Music Hall in SM Mall of Asia.

Aside from a trip to Japan, the “Ultimate Face Off” pair will receive each Php20,o00 cash, a Plaque of Recognition and special gift packs from HERO TV.

Team Nassad from Cagayan De Oro took first runner-up place. This will be the third Davao team to win the National Finals.

In other categories, the Kid Squad category was won by Ashley Misaki cosplaying as the Batman while cosplay group Dragon Ball Z Warriors snatched first place in the League of Heroes category.

The Kid Squad champion will receive Php15,000 cash, a Plaque of Recognition and special gift packs from HERO TV while the champion in the League of Legend category will receive Php20,o00 cash, a Plaque of Recognition and special gift packs.

Animax Carnival Philippines 2015 Event Recap

Visitors are given a glimpse of the Japanese culture as this year’s Animax Carnival was filled with booths, on-stage activities and entertainment that cater to the Japanophile crowd.

Animax Carnival Philippines 2015 took place last May 30-31, 2015 at Hall 4 of SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

BOOTHS AND ACTIVITIES

The first thing visitors notice upon entering is the magnificent cherry blossom tree and torii gate in the middle of the hall in Yoyogi Park. Cosplayers and non-cosplayers alike gathered here to have their pictures taken. Oo-kun also made a surprise appearance at the tree and guests had a fun time posing with the Animax mascot.

Behind the cherry blossom tree was the Carnival Games booth were guests can try their skills (and luck) at four traditional Japanese games:  Kendama, Daruma-otoshi, Wanage, and Shateki.

In Kendama, players are given a kendama, a wooden Japanese toy comprised of a ball tied to a hammer-looking stick. Each player must successfully place the wooden ball into the 3 hollowed out “cups” and finally into the “spike” without touching or placing the ball by hand. People from the Goenkendama shop were glad to assist the players and show them the techniques on how to successfully complete the game. It’s fairly easy to master and get addicting once you are able to get the ball into the cup for the first time.

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The next booth, Daruma-otoshi, proved to be the crowd favorite as this game had the longest line among four. Players are given two daruma stacks that look like mini-totem poles and a small stick hammer. The objective of the game is to hit all the stacks without causing the daruma at the top to fall. The game looks deceptively simple but it can take a lot of focus to make sure the next hit doesn’t cause the daruma to fall over.

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Beside the Daruma-otoshi is the Wanage or Ring-toss game. Here, players are given 3 tries to throw a ring around Oo-kun and Mirukun. Guests also got a chance to prove their sharpshooting skills by shooting down the targets at the Shateki booth. Those who weren’t up for games enjoyed taking selfies with the Fairy Tail gang in the Fairy Tail booth.

The Embassy of Japan also made an appearance in the Animax Carnival with the Origami and Katakana booths. At the Origami booth, guests who succeeded in creating paper cranes by following the posted instructions were given a prize. Their origami creations were used to decorate the cherry blossom tree in the middle of the park.

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People also crowded by the Katakana booth where representatives from the embassy themselves showed guests how their names are spelled in Japanese katakana form. They also gave away magazines and brochures containing information for those who are planning to fly to Japan.

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Guests also enjoyed the mini-games and freebies at the Sponsors Area found at the left side of the hall. People were able to try out playing console games at the Sony booth. Artists showed off their drawing skills using the Bamboo tablet at the Wacom booth. The crowd also loved taking pictures at the photo booth courtesy of Ana Airlines.

FEATURING “OO-KUN”

Those who were able to complete at least 5 activities in their Activity Passport which were given upon entry were able to redeem exclusive Animax merchandise at the Redemption booth. Some of the most sought prizes were Oo-kun T-shirts, waterbottles, notepads, and balloons.

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Those who were unable to complete their Activity Passport still had a chance to purchase their own Animax merchandise at the Merchandise booth. Everything  from cellphone charms to bedroom slippers had a splash of “Oo-kun” blue. Cosplay and Japanese merchandise were also sold at the merchant stalls found at the right side of the Main Stage Area.

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All that walking around can make you hungry, and Animax made sure the Japanese experience doesn’t stop even when it comes to food. Some of the Japanese specialties at the Food Area were ramen, taiyaki, takoyaki, beef gyudon, and tonkatsu. Visitors also got to taste the special ensaymada from the Diamond Hotel.

STAGE ACTIVITIES

The audience had fun participating in exciting Japanese inspired games throughout the day on stage.

In the Marshmallow Relay, players need to retrieve a marshmallow from the cup located in the other side using chopsticks and feed it to the next player. Only when the next player has completely finished eating their marshmallow will they be able to move on.

Players literally “face off” in the Biscuit Game where teams of two carefully slide a biscuit from their forehead to their mouth by making expressions on their face and then drink their softdrink. The first duo to complete the game wins.

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You don’t need to be an expert Kendama player to participate in the Unicorn Race. Players must complete a series of movements while balancing a kendama on their forehead. In the final round, players jousted their kendama against each other.

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ANIME SHOWING

The audience had a glimpse of the new episodes of Fairy Tail (New Season) and Parasyte ~the Maxim~, movie rerun of Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge, Fairy Tail ~The Phoenix Priestess~ and snippets from upcoming anime titles were shown in between activities.

See separate article for the Individual and Group Cosplay Competition soon

GUEST PERFORMANCES

Finalists, both locally and internationally, from the recently concluded the first Asia’s Got Talent filled the Animax Carnival Philippines stage with pure talent.

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From the local side, we’ve got dance troupe, the Junior New System, performing a flawless Voltes V-inspired dance number on the first day while on day 2 internationally-recognized cosplayer and artist Alodia Gosiengfiao had a song and dance number from her album “Kawaii Girl.”

Though there were no anisong artist invited this year, these international guests still set the “Japan culture” theme of the Carnival. Gonzo also known as the “Tambourine Monster” took the Carnival stage with his unique costume and “God Hands” tambourine playing.

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Last but not the least, the dance group TriqStar entranced the audience with their spellbinding combo of robot dancing, traditional Kabuki and contemporary Hiphop dance.

Of course, Animax Carnival would not be complete without a special dance performance by their cute raccoon mascot Oo-kun!

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IN THE END

ANIMAX Philippines in their press release promised a bigger and fun-filled Carnival this year and in the end, they succeeded.

The two-year hiatus paid off with a bigger venue, lots of Japan-themed activities and bigger international guests. Though unlike its Malaysian counterpart which they invited famous anisong artists and big sponsors from Japan, the Philippine Carnival was still able to spotlight on the Japan-culture theme with guests from Asia’s Got Talent. The carnival didn’t just focused on anime but with the theme.

This year’s carnival also took advantage of the minimal stage activities which makes the attendees more active with the activities and games off the stage. It also opened more doors to possible program variation aside from the overused cosplay competition.

The passport system was a good move for the organizers to let the attendees on their feet to enjoy all of the booths. It also helped to minimize loitering inside and outside the venue which is a common issue especially for the passing public

If you are a toy enthusiast, nothing much was expected in the event as there were only few booths, but you can be assured that they were official Japanese merchandise.

In the end, ANIMAX Carnival Philippines 2015 is one of the best Japan-culture events this Summer.

Thanks again to ANIMAX Philippines for inviting us in the event. See you again next year. This article is a collaboration with @nekomimi26 

Korean cosplayers Tuna returns for Meet and Greet Madness

After three month, South Korean cosplayer Tuna is set to return to the Philippines for a meet and greet session in Taguig.

The Meet and Greet Madness with Tuna will take place on July 18 at SMX Aura Premier in Taguig City. Tickets are priced at Php700 each and soon be available at their website at http://www.smtickets.com and at SM Ticket outlets nationwide.

The Meet and Greet Madness is organized by Cosplay.ph.

Tuna first visited the Philippines last Ozine Fest 2015 in April.

“Stand By Me Doraemon” movie premieres in local cinemas on June 17

The official Facebook page for SM Cinema has announced that last year’s CG movie “Stand By Me Doraemon” will premiere this June 17.

SM Cinema also announced that the movie is going to be released in English-dubbed. The movie is locally distributed by VIVA International Pictures and it will also be released in other local cinemas nationwide.

The movie was first released in Japan last August 8, 2014.

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