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    GAMERA -Rebirth- English and Japanese Press Notes From Kadokawa

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    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business
    Official Sites: (Japan), (US)
    Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth
    #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth
    Special Thanks to Anna Haas and Yuna Kishita

    KADOKAWA Corporation has provided SciFi Japan with English and Japanese language press notes for GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu), their new anime series based on the long-running daikaiju film franchise. The 6 episode series will be distributed worldwide on Netflix on September 7, 2023. A presentation this past weekend at Comic-Con International in San Diego revealed new details, artwork and a trailer (all included  in this article). Tie-in Japanese language novels and an online manga series have also be announced.

    For more on GAMERA -Rebirth- , please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan...




    KADOKAWA Corporation announced the animated series GAMERA - Rebirth- will be coming to NETFLIX worldwide on September 7th , 2023, during the GAMERA -Rebirth- Panel at Comic-Con International 2023. The upcoming Studio ENGI anime will consist of a brand new animated Gamera story, having all 6 episodes air on September 7th 2023. Ahead of its release, an exclusive edit of GAMERA -Rebirth-‘s 1st Episode premiered for the very first time, alongside a second trailer showing new footage of the series at San Diego Comic-Con 2023. Hiroyuki Seshita, the Director of GAMERA -Rebirth-, and Kan Takahama, the Kaiju Designer of GAMERA -Rebirth- are also present at Comic-Con 2023 from Japan.

    Serving as the first animated entry in the Gamera franchise, studio ENGI brings a brand new original Gamera 3DCG Anime. The iconic giant monster that has captured the hearts of kaiju fans worldwide, returns with a 6-episode anime full of exciting battle scenes between Gamera and 5 different Kaiju. The newest trailer shown at Comic-Con, revealed at last that the last to be announced, 5th Kaiju of the lineup will be VIRAS, and it showcased the Main Theme song of the series, “Natsuake” by WANIMA.


    About the anime GAMERA -Rebirth-

    Serving as the first animated entry in the Gamera franchise, studio ENGI brings a brand new original Gamera 3DCG Anime. The iconic giant monster that has captured the hearts of kaiju fans worldwide, will be returning as a 6 episodes anime series titled GAMERA -Rebirth-.

    The latest trailer offered a glimpse at the monster designs of the 5 enemy Kaiju, as well as introducing the main characters to appear in the story alongside voice cast information. Prepare to be captivated by the presence of these spectacular creatures in the “rebirth” of the Gamera franchise.

     Director Hiroyuki Seshita. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa.

    What is "Gamera"?

    Gamera is a giant monster or kaiju, that first appeared in the live-action kaiju film GAMERA THE GIANT MONSTER (大怪獣ガメラ, Daikaijū Gamera), produced by Daiei (now KADOKAWA) in 1965. Ever since, it has become an icon in its own right, appearing in a total of 12 theatrical release live-action films through GAMERA THE BRAVE (小さき勇者たち~ガメラ~, Chīsaki Yūsha-tachi Gamera, 2006), making the Gamera franchise one of the longest-running film series. As its newest and first ever animated entry in the GAMERA franchise, the anime series GAMERA -Rebirth- will be coming to NETFLIX worldwide in 2023

    As the primary monster of the franchise, Gamera is a heroic monster that defends humanity from threats and acts as a guardian for children and justice when earth is in danger. Gamera is described as having a unique personality and a humorous design modeled after a turtle with the ability to fly and breathe fire. Gamera gained popularity for its unique attributes, such as its rotating disk-like flight and for its bravery in confronting any formidable foe.








    New Main Visual and Main Trailer: All 5 Kaiju announced!

    Prepare to be captivated by the exciting battle scenes between Gamera and the 5 creatures it faces off in this the “rebirth” of the Gamera franchise.

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    New Kaiju Visual and Allstars Visual: The 5th of the Kaiju facing off Gamera is VIRAS!

    The last of the 5 Kaiju to face off Gamera is Viras! A new Individual Viras Visual and a Wrestling Kaiju Visual including all five Kaiju vs Gamera:

    VIRAS: Viras’ carcass was found underground the Yonaguni Island mining base. It has a golden shell and long tentacles, with the ability to emit a heavy particle beam from the top of its head and a barrier able to withstand even Gamera's fireballs...






    Viras completes an all-star lineup of Showa Gamera foes...





    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee



    In summer of 1989, sixth graders Boco, Joe and Junichi are on their last summer vacation as elementary school students. Brody, the son of a US military commander, suddenly appears before them stealing away the money they had saved. Furious, they begin plotting how to get their money back, but as they are about to carry out the plan, the kaiju Gyaos, suddenly attacks Tokyo. Petrified before Gyaos, a huge kaiju appears out of nowhere. Its name is Gamera. And so their "Summer of Kaiju" begins. Kaiju appear one after another, but Gamera heroically fights back despite its wounds. The boys witness the legend.




    Main Characters

     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    Boco aka Boko (VA: Hisako Kanemoto)

    He has a kind personality and doesn't abandon others. However, he is the most unreliable person around him and causes many worries. He lives alone with his mother, who is a copywriter. His real name is Hiroki Wada. He is 11 years old.


    ボコ (CV:金元寿子)








    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    Joe (VA: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka)

    He has a caring, brotherly disposition and is looked up to by those around him because of his skill in fighting. He's been friends with Boco since kindergarten. He lives with his father in an apartment complex. His real name is Satoru Matsuda. He is 12 years old.


    ジョー(CV: 松岡禎丞)








     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    Junichi (VA: Aki Toyosaki)

    An otaku who loves science fiction, military, and the occult, he buys every issue of Mu magazine without fail. Though he feels out of place in class, he doesn't mind. His real name is Jun Ishihara. He is 12 years old.


     ジュンイチ (CV: 豊崎愛生)






     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    Brody (VA: Subaru Kimura)

    He has mixed roots, with a father who is the commander of the USFJ and a Japanese mother. He is the ace of his international school's American football club, but lately he's been acting like a delinquent. His real name is Douglas Ken Osbourne. He is 12 years old.


     ブロディ (CV: 木村昴)





      Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    James Tazaki (VA: Mamoru Miyano)

    A third-generation Japanese American agent of the Eustace Foundation


    タザキ (CV: 宮野真守)








     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    Emiko Melchiorri (VA: Saori Hayami)

    Another Eustace Foundation agent, assistant to Tazaki.


    エミコ (CV: 早見沙織)






    Main Voice Cast Comments

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa.

    Hisako Kanemoto as Boco

    I am very happy to be involved in part of the historic "Gamera" franchise!

    I was nervous because I had never played a role like this before, but throughout the recording I experimented withhow to portray Boco's conflicts and inner feelings while learning about the feelings a young boy at such an impressionable stage of his life.

    Please look forward to seeing how Boko and his friends change after meeting Gamera.


     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa.
    Yoshistugu Matsuoka as Joe
    The power of the images in this production is tremendous! As a viewer you can feel as if you were right there with the characters. The relationships between the characters will make you laugh and cry, so please give the show a chance. I hope you will enjoy it!
    今回映像の迫力が凄まじいことになっています!見ている側も、そこにいるかのような空気を感じ取れますし、 登場人物の関係も、笑えて泣ける話になっているのでぜひ見ていただけると嬉しいです。 よろしくお願いいたします!
     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa.
    Aki Toyosaki as Junichi
    I am honored to be involved in the everlasting that is the masterpiece "Gamera" franchise with this amazing staff and cast.
    I will do my best to play the role of Junichi in a charming way.
    Please look forward to the story of the children's growth through their great adventures, as well as the duels between all the monsters!






     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa.
    Subaru Kimura as Brody

    I am truly happy to be able to be a part of the historic Gamera franchise

    Brody is a lovable character who is a bit sarcastic, but actually has a timid side that is hard to hate after seeing the story through to the end.

    Please look forward to the brand-new GAMERA -Rebirth- with its powerful action and beautiful visuals!




    大迫力のアクションと映像美で描かれる新たな『GAMERA -Rebirth-』に、ぜひともご期待ください!


    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa.

    Mamoru Miyano as James Tazaki

    I am truly honored to be a part of the historic Gamera franchise and its new historic chapter as a animated adaptation.

    The character I play, Tazaki,, will be involved with Boko and his friends, getting caught up, worrying and sometimes guiding tem as an adult role model.

    The series was  recording through "prescoring" in which the voices were recorded first, but I was also able to watch some of visuals that has been completed at that stage. They are incredibly powerful. The fierce battles are breathtaking.

    Please look forward to seeing the new GAMERA -Rebirth-, which has never been seen before.




    未だかつて見た事のない、新たな『GAMERA -Rebirth-』を、是非楽しみにお待ちください。


     Photo courtesy of Kadokawa.

    Saori Hayami as Emiko Melchiorri

    I am very happy to be able to participate in Director Seshita's newest work; GAMERA -Rebirth-.

    Emiko is a gentle yet mysterious woman.

    Since this series was recorded through prescoring recording, I stepped up to the microphone with a degree of tension as I was still developing my image of her.

    We hope you enjoy the breathtakingly vivid texture and powerful visuals.


    エミコ・メルキオリ役 早


    瀬下監督によって描かれる『GAMERA -Rebirth-』に参加することができて、大変嬉しく思います。


     Tie-Ins and Spin-Offs

     The punk rock band WANIMA performs the opening and ending theme sonsg for GAMERA -Rebirth-. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee© 2023 WANIMA All Rights Reserved.

    Release of the Main Theme Song “Natsuake” performed by WANIMA

    The Main Trailer premieres "Natsuake" (夏暁, meaning 'Summer Dawn'), the main theme song of the series performed by WANIMA. The Ending Theme Song is also confirmed to be "FLY & DIVE" by WANIMA. Both songs were specially written for the series!

    WANIMA Main Theme: "Natsuake" by WANIMA

    ED Theme: "FLY & DIVE" by WANIMA


    主題歌は、WANIMA「夏暁」に決定! メイン PV 第二弾にて初公開


    EDテーマもWANIMAの「FLY & DIVE」に決定いたしました。



    Cover for the first of two tie-in novels. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    The Original Novel of the Anime Will Be Published!

    A japanese language novel based on the anime "GAMERA -Rebirth-", Novel GAMERA -Rebirth- (Part 1) [小説 GAMERA -Rebirth- (上), Shōsetsu GAMERA -Rebirth- ( )] will be published. next month The novel is written by Jin, a novelist, screenwriter, and musician who is known for his "Kagerou Project," in collaboration with Hiroyuki Seshita, director of GAMERA -Rebirth-! The book will feature powerful stories and monster settings that could not be depicted in the anime. The book also includes gorgeous new illustrations by character designer Atsushi Tamura, and Kaiju designer Kan Takahama.

    The second volume,  Novel GAMERA -Rebirth- (Part 2) [小説 GAMERA -Rebirth- (上), Shōsetsu GAMERA -Rebirth- (Ka)] is scheduled to be published this winter.


    Book Title: Novel GAMERA -Rebirth- (Part 1)
    Author: Hiroyuki Seshita, Jin
    Price: 858円 (Approximately $6.09 U.S., Tax Included)
    Format: A6 Paperback
    Publisher: KADOKAWA
    Scheduled Release Date: August 24, 2023


     アニメ「GAMERA –Rebirth-」の原作小説、『小説 GAMERA -Rebirth- (上)』が刊行されます。「カゲロウプロジェクト」など多方面で活躍を続けるじんが、瀬下寛之監督と共同で執筆に特別参加! アニメ本編では描ききれなかったエピソードや怪獣設定を迫力たっぷりに描き出します。またキャラクターデザインの田村篤氏、怪獣デザインの髙濵幹氏による豪華描き下ろしイラストも収録されます。アニメ本編と合わせてぜひお楽しみください。

    • 下巻となる『小説 GAMERA -Rebirth- (下)』は今冬刊行予定


    【書名】 『小説GAMERA -Rebirth- (上)』
    【著者】 瀬下寛之、じん
    【定価】 858円 (本体780円+税)
    【判型】 A6 文庫判
    【発売予定日】 2023年8月24日


     A prequel manga will run on Young Ace UP. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee

    Spin-Off Manga Will Begin Serialization This Fall on Young Ace UP!

    A spin-off comic depicting the world 100,000 years before the anime GAMERA -Rebirth- will be serialized on the web comic site Young Ace UP ( ヤングエースUP, Yangu Ēsu UP) starting on September 8). Under the supervision of director Hiroyuki Seshita, the comic is completely adapted by Cambrian Bakuhatsu Tarou, who is known for his flashy action artwork. Please enjoy this monster wrestling story set in a super-ancient civilization.


     アニメ「GAMERA –Rebirth-」から10 万年前の世界を描いたスピンオフコミックがWeb コミックサイト「ヤングエースUP」にて今秋より連載開始します(※9 月8 日連載開始予定)。


    Series Overview

    Title: GAMERA -Rebirth-
    Distributor: Netflix worldwide distribution
    Official Sites: (Japan), (US)
    Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth
    Hashtages: #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth
    Copyright: ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee 

    作品名: GAMERA -Rebirth-
    配信: Netflix世界配信
    公式Twitter: @gamera_rebirth
    推奨ハッシュタグ:  #ガメラリバース #gamera_rebirth
    コピーライト: ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee



    Boco: Hisako Kanemoto
    Joe: Yoshistugu Matsuoka
    Junichi: Aki Toyosaki
    Brody: Subaru Kimura
    Tazaki: Mamoru Miyano
    Emiko: Saori Hayami
    ボコ    金元寿子
    ジョー   松岡禎丞
    ジュンイチ   豊崎愛生
    ブロディ   木村昴
    タザキ  宮野真守
    エミコ  早見沙織



    Original Story: KADOKAWA
    Director: Hiroyuki Seshita
    Assistant Director: Keisuke Ide
    Series Composition: Kenta Ihara, Hiroshi Seko, Hiroyuki Seshita
    Screenplay: Kenta Ihara, Hiroshi Seko, Tetsuya Yamada, Hiroyuki Seshita
    Character Design: Atsushi Tamura
    Kaiju Design: Kan Takahama
    Production Design: Naoya Tanaka   
    Production Design: Ferdinando Patulli
    Mechanical Design: Takehiko Hoashi   
    Animation Director: Kouji    
    Modeling Director and Lighting Director: Mitsunori Kataama
    Chief Engineer: Mitsuru Tanaka    
    Direction: Yuichi Ishima   
    CG Supervisor: Shotaro Hori 
    CG Supervisor: Takayuki Toda  
    CG Supervisor: Paulo Motohashi  
    Rigging Supervisor: Yohei Sunamura   
    Environmental Supervisor: Hazuki Nakamura   
    Animation Supervisor: Masashi Sekine   
    Animation Supervisor: Kouji   
    Animation Supervisor: Kazuhiro Higa  
    Effects Supervisor: Naoya Miyadai  
    Technical Supervisor: Tetsu Hokari
    Editing: Aya Koeda    
    Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
    Music Composer: Shuji Katayama   
    Line Producer: Kyohei Matsukuma 
    Producer: Tetsu Iijima   
    Animation: ENGI   
    Production: GAMERA Rebirth Production Committe

    原作     KADOKAWA
    監督     瀬下寛之
    副監督  井⼿恵介
    シリーズ構成   猪原健太 瀬古浩司 瀬下寛之
    脚本   猪原健太 瀬古浩司 山田哲弥 瀬下寛之
    キャラクターデザイン  ⽥村篤
    怪獣デザイン   髙濵幹
    プロダクションデザイン ⽥中直哉
    プロダクションデザイン   フェルディナンド・パトゥリ
    メカニックデザイン  帆⾜タケヒコ
    アニメーションディレクター   こうじ
    造形監督/光画監督  ⽚塰満則<
     チーフエンジニア  ⽥中満

     演出  ⽯間祐⼀
     CGスーパーバイザー  堀正太郎
     CGスーパーバイザー  ⼾⽥貴之
     CGスーパーバイザー   元⽊パウロ
     リギングスーパーバイザー  砂村洋平
     エンバイロンメントスーパーバイザー   中村葉⽉
     アニメーションスーパーバイザー   関根雅史
     アニメーションスーパーバイザー   こうじ
    アニメーションスーパーバイザー    ⽐嘉⼀博<
     エフェクトスーパーバイザー   宮台直也
     テクニカルスーパーバイザー   帆苅哲

     編集   肥⽥⽂
    ⾳響監督   岩浪美和
    ⾳楽   ⽚⼭修志
    ラインプロデューサー   松隈喬平
    制作プロデューサー   飯島哲
    制作     ENGI
    製作     GAMERA Rebirth製作委員会

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