Doubling down on funding and increasing its provide in Japan, Prime Video has unveiled a slate of latest Japanese originals together with a reboot of iconic sport present Takeshi’s Citadel and an area adaptation of anthology sequence Trendy Love. The streamer revealed the lineup at a showcase occasion in Tokyo at this time, the place it additionally introduced it is going to livestream the World Bantamweight title combat between Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire on June 7.
Amongst different new choices are YA romantic horror adventure-comedy sequence My Undead Yokai Girlfriend created by NCIS: Hawaii and Grace alums Yalun Tu and Zach Hines; a film adaptation of Ryota Kosawa’s bestseller Angel Flight; and second seasons of The Masked Singer and The Bachelorette Japan which can debut this summer time. Additional, an April 22 premiere date for the primary season of Bake Off Japan has been set with judges Toshihiko Yoroizuka and Yoshimi Ishikawa, and hosts Maki Sakai and Asuka Kudo.
“We’re very a lot centered on investing in the most effective Japanese expertise to ship the very best high quality content material for our Prime Video prospects in Japan,” stated Erika North, Amazon Studios head of Originals, Asia Pacific. “We consider that placing the highlight on the easiest tales from Japanese creators won’t solely excite our Japanese viewers, but in addition audiences around the globe.”
Right here’s a have a look at what’s on deck:
Takeshi’s Citadel Mission (WT): A reboot of the hit Takeshi Kitano-hosted Nineteen Eighties unscripted journey selection present that traveled to greater than 150 international locations and spawned dozens of native variations. The all-new Japanese authentic will premiere in 2023 for Prime members in additional than 240 markets.
Trendy Love Tokyo: Set to premiere in fall this 12 months, the Japanese adaptation of Prime Video’s authentic romantic anthology sequence Trendy Love stars Asami Mizukawa, Hiromi Nagasaku, Yûsuke Santamaria, Sôsuke Ikematsu and Naomi Scott. Episodes will likely be directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Spouse of A Spy), Naoko Ogigami (Shut-Knit), Ryuichi Hiroki (Journey Or Die), Nobuhiro Yamashita (Matsugane Ransha Jiken) and Atsuko Hirayanagi (Oh Lucy!). The latter additionally serves as showrunner.
My Pretty Yokai Girlfriend: Created by Yalun Tu (NCIS: Hawaii) and Zach Hines (Grace). Half-hour YA romantic horror journey comedy sequence a few lonely faculty pupil and a yōkai who by accident turns into bonded to him via a magical hex. The quirky love story rapidly morphs into an epic saga following a mysterious set of murders. Director is Takahiro Miki (Love Me, Love Me Not). Premiering in 2023.
Angel Flight: Drama about professionals who work as worldwide hearse repatriation specialists, a job that entails sending individuals who have died overseas again to their homeland. Scriptwriters are Ryota Kosawasawa (Aibo, Confidenceman JP) and Takafumi Kosaka (Physician X). Debuting in 2023.