May 2019 will see several theatrical films based on Japanese IPs hitting the theatres in Indonesia. On Saturday (4/5), the Twitter account of Cinemaxx Theater has posted the list of foreign films to be screened at the cinema chain in May, and the list includes the live action film of Touken Ranbu and the theatrical film of Osomatsu-san anime series.

The live-action adaptation of the famous web browser game by Nitroplus and DMM, Touken Ranbu: The Movie, is scheduled to start screening on May 17. The date has also been confirmed by a post on film distributor CBI Pictures‘ Twitter account. Another post by cinema chain CGV Cinemas Indonesia featuring a synopsis and an English-subtitled trailer also confirms that the film will be screened on CGV cinemas.

Described as a “sword personification training game,” Touken Ranbu features historical Japanese swords in the form of male characters known as Touken Danshi. The Touken Danshi oppose the History Revisionist Army that aims to change history by intervening in past events. The live action film stars the casts of the stage play Stage: Touken Ranbu, including Hiroki Suzuki as Mikazuki Munechika, Yoshihiro Aramaki as Yamanbagiri Kunihiro, Ryō Kitamura as Yagen Toushirou, and Masanari Wada as Heshikiri Hasebe. The synopsis from CGV Cinemas’ post decribes the film as follows:

Eight mighty swords are transformed into eight handsome warriors. They have to return to the past to kill the warlord Oda Nobunaga in order to correct the course of history.

Touken Ranbu has also been adapted into two anime series. The first, dubbed Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-, was produced at studio Dogakobo and aired in fall 2016 with a second season aired in winter 2018. The second, dubbed Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu, was produced at studio Ufotable and aired in summer 2017.

The film of Osomatsu-san anime series, titled Osomatsu-san The Movie is scheduled to start screening at Cinemaxx on May 24. Osomatsu-san is a new anime series based on the classic 1962 gag manga Osomatsu-kun by Fujio Akatsuka. Where Osomatsu-kun follows the troublemaking sextuplet Matsuno brothers when they were children, Osomatsu-san sees them having grown up. The film is produced by Pierrot, the same studio that worked on Osomatsu-san TV series, which has run for two seasons.

In addition, May 8 will see the debut of the live action film based on the Pokémon video game franchise, in Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, while Godzilla: King of The Monsters, based on Toho’s classic kaiju monster will start screning on May 29.

Instead of presenting a story similar to the main games or previous Pokémon animated films, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu follows the story of Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), son of a renowned detective, as he encounters a talking Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) who wants to help him find his missing father. Combinig live actors and realistic animated Pokémon, this film will take viewers into a world where humans and Pokémon live side-by-side.

Godzilla: King of The Monsters is the sequel of the 2014 film of Godzilla, where Godzilla would now clash with other staples of Toho kaiju films such as Mothra, Rhodan, and King Ghidorah. The returning main cast from the first film include Kyle Chandler as Dr. Mark Russell and Vera Farmiga as Dr. Emma Russell.

The Indonesian Anime Times

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