Saudi film production firm reveals 1st ‘Grendizer U’ trailer

Saudi film production firm reveals 1st ‘Grendizer U’ trailer
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Updated 11 December 2023
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Saudi film production firm reveals 1st ‘Grendizer U’ trailer

Saudi film production firm reveals 1st ‘Grendizer U’ trailer
  • ‘Grendizer’ is a robot anime that follows Duke Fleed, who decides to fight King Vega and his army using the Grendizer to save the earth
  • The anime is a favorite among 56 percent of people aged 40 and over

RIYADH: Saudi company Manga Productions has put out the first official trailer of the upcoming “Grendizer” series titled “Grendizer U,” which is set to be released next year.

Created by Japanese manga artist Go Nagai, Grendizer is a robot anime that follows Duke Fleed, who decides to fight King Vega and his army using the Grendizer to save the earth.

It is favorite among 56 percent of people aged 40 and over, according to a YouGov survey conducted by Arab News Japan.

Manga Productions is a Saudi animation production company that focuses on developing animations and video games.

The firm released a short teaser for the show in August which revealed that the anime will be directed by Mitsuo Fukuda, who previously worked on “Future GPX Cyber Formula,” and written by Ichiro Okouchi, who worked on “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.”

The official trailer, released on Sunday, introduced the voice actors for the first time. Miyu Irino, who voiced Haku in Studio Ghibli’s “Spirited Away,” will play the main protagonist Duke Fleed, while Hiro Shimono, the voice of Dabi in “My Hero Academia,” will play Kouji Kabuto.

The original soundtrack will be composed by Kohei Tanaka, the co-composer of “One Piece.” Japanese rock bands Glay and Band-Maid will perform the opening and ending songs of the show.

In a post on X, Essam Bukhary, CEO of Manga Productions, said: “This series marks a significant milestone as Manga Productions takes on the global distribution and licensing responsibilities for events … presenting a unique opportunity among Arab and Middle Eastern companies.

“With our skilled team and exceptional talents, we eagerly anticipate achieving international success and introducing ‘Grendizer U’ to our global audience,” he added.

Fans of the show have been posting positive reviews on social media regarding the trailer and were looking forward to the appearance of the character Mazinger.

Manga Productions has also collaborated with Microids, a French video-game company, on a Grendizer video game titled “UFO Robot Grendizer: The Feast of the Wolves,” which was released on Nov. 15.

Alain Milly, Microids’ vice president of publishing and former video-game journalist, told Arab News Japan that it was the first time the firm had released a video game in Arabic.

He said: “Manga Productions helped us a lot, and they managed all the Arabic translations and voiceovers in the game. We are managing the integration, and it is a little tricky sometimes as it is the first time we have produced a game in Arabic.”

Originially published in Arab News Japan

 


Yanbu festival honors King Salman, breaks world record

Yanbu festival honors King Salman, breaks world record
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Yanbu festival honors King Salman, breaks world record

Yanbu festival honors King Salman, breaks world record
  • In honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, the record-breaking floral arrangement read ‘Salman’ made from 19,464 roses
  • Saudi calligrapher Hani Mehalawi: ‘I am delighted to be part of this work and set this new world record which honors our beloved king’

JEDDAH: Yanbu has set a new Guinness World Record for the largest flower word displayed at the Flower and Garden Festival 2024, which started recently and runs until March 9.

In honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, the record-breaking floral arrangement read “Salman” made from 19,464 roses.

In collaboration with Jubail and Yanbu Industrial Cities Services Co., the masterpiece, which was completed on Feb. 13 by Saudi calligrapher Hani Mehalawi, stood 16 meters wide and six meters tall and is a magnificent work of art.

The entire procedure was overseen by official adjudicators from Guinness World Records, who examined every part of the record attempt from beginning to end.

Mehalawi spoke to Arab News and expressed his joy and happiness in writing the largest flower word. “This feat showed our dedication to our King. With the message behind this initiative being especially close to our hearts, I am indeed delighted to be part of this huge work and set this new world record which honors our beloved king.”

He explained that it took over three days to complete the monumental task of assembling the world’s largest flower word.

“It was a very happy moment for me when the officials of the Flower and Garden Festival asked me to do the work in  short notice but I managed to finish it within few days. My part was to write the name and they filled it with flowers,” he added.

This year’s Flower and Garden Festival also featured the world’s largest flower basket, with 127,224 natural white and red petunia flowers, as well as the world’s largest illuminated flower garden, with a total of 250,000 illuminated flowers. The biennial celebration also featured the largest recyclable vehicle (a space rocket) with a total length of 30,364 meters.


Ukrainian President arrives in Riyadh for an official visit to meet with the Saudi crown prince

Ukrainian President arrives in Riyadh for an official visit to meet with the Saudi crown prince
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Ukrainian President arrives in Riyadh for an official visit to meet with the Saudi crown prince

Ukrainian President arrives in Riyadh for an official visit to meet with the Saudi crown prince

President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, and his accompanying delegation arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday, on an official visit to Saudi Arabia where he is expected to speak with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Zelensky was received in the Royal Lounge at King Khalid International Airport by Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of the Riyadh Region.

Unpon arrival, Zelensky emphasizes Ukraine's reliance on active and continuous support from Saudi Arabia to achieve peace. He also praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts in facilitating the release of Ukrainian prisoners.


KSrelief, UN officials hold talks on volunteer programs

KSrelief, UN officials hold talks on volunteer programs
Updated 27 February 2024
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KSrelief, UN officials hold talks on volunteer programs

KSrelief, UN officials hold talks on volunteer programs

RIYADH: Officials from Saudi Arabia’s aid agency, KSrelief, and the UN held talks on their respective volunteer programs in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Ali bin Saad Al-Qarni, director of volunteer programs at KSrelief, met with Niels Knudsen, who is the external communications chief for the UN Volunteers program. There were several UN officials present at the meeting.

Al-Qarni said KSrelief has 597 volunteer projects running in 40 countries across the world, which cover health, education, and vocational training.

The projects have benefited more than 1.5 million people.

Al-Qarni also highlighted KSrelief’s efforts in developing the skills of volunteers and humanitarian workers in needy countries around the globe.

Knudsen and Al-Qarni held discussions on future areas of cooperation.


Saudi source denies reports that commerce minister met Israeli counterpart

Saudi source denies reports that commerce minister met Israeli counterpart
Updated 27 February 2024
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Saudi source denies reports that commerce minister met Israeli counterpart

Saudi source denies reports that commerce minister met Israeli counterpart

RIYADH: An official Saudi source denied on Monday allegations circulating on social media platforms regarding a meeting between Majid Al-Qasabi, Minister of Commerce, and an Israeli occupation official, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The same source said in a statement carried by SPA that the video circulated was while Al-Qasabi was standing with his Nigerian counterpart, prior to the opening of the thirteenth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization in Abu Dhabi.

“The individual shook (the Saudi minister’s) hand and then was introduced, without (Al-Qasabi’s) prior knowledge,” the source told SPA.

This was followed by Israeli media reports claiming that the two discussed peace between Saudi Arabia and Israel, with one Israeli outlet running a picture of the two under the heading: “Israeli minister and Saudi counterpart shake hands and discuss ‘making history together.’”

The source also affirmed to SPA Saudi Arabia’s firm position on the Palestinian issue and its steadfast support for the Palestinian people against Israeli aggression.


King Salman given award for services to Arab security

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud receives the award on behalf of King Salman in Tunis. (SPA)
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud receives the award on behalf of King Salman in Tunis. (SPA)
Updated 26 February 2024
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King Salman given award for services to Arab security

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud receives the award on behalf of King Salman in Tunis. (SPA)
  • The award was received by the Kingdom’s Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud
  • Interior minister said the council is keen to achieve stability and development in the Arab world

RIYADH: King Salman was given the Prince Naif Award for Arab Security on Monday for his services to the security of the Arab community, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Arab Interior Ministers Council conferred the award and it was received by the Kingdom’s Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud in Tunis during a council meeting.  

The minister said the meeting was being held at a time when the Palestinian people are experiencing an unstable security situation which has caused the suffering of thousands of children, women, and the elderly. 

He said that the council, since its inception, is keen to achieve security for Arabs and bring about stability and development.

Prince Abdulaziz said the world is witnessing developments in cyber crime, the misuse of artificial intelligence, and advanced drug trafficking methods. 

These developments have “created fertile ground for the spread of multiple types of organized crime,” armed organizations, and terrorist groups which requires developing plans to invest in infrastructure and support development, education, and capacity building to confront these threats. 

He added that Arab coordination to deal with these threats is important in order to mitigate the possible negative repercussions from such threats.