Goku, Frieza, Luffy & Other Popular Characters Turn Into Rubik’s Cubes!
Charaction CUBE is a new Rubik’s Cube series that is releasing its first line of character themed puzzles at the end of September.
These huge-headed 3D puzzles celebrate a list of popular series including Dragon Ball Super, Mobile Suit Gundam, Naruto and more.
They are 85mm tall and are split into seven different moving parts. They maintain the same level of fun as the classic Rubik’s Cubes. You can enjoy them as puzzles and also as collector’s items.
They are developed by Megahouse who are responsible for selling the Rubik’s Cube series of puzzles in Japan. Megahouse plans to ship them outside JApan in the future with Asia as its first overseas customers. The designs were created by character designer Ryo Taniguchi.
These make a perfect gift for puzzle and/or anime lovers out these. Pick your favourite character and challenge yourself!
Dragon Ball T-Shirts Designed by Collage Artist Kosuke Kawamura Releasing at UNIQLO
UNIQLO’s graphic t-shirt brand UT is collaborating with Dragon Ball Z once more to release a new line of t-shirts designed by Japanese collage artist Kosuke Kawamura. The clothing items will be released in late November.
The line-up features men’s and kid’s t-shirts and sweaters.
The collection features a line-up of 28 t-shirts and sweaters in both men’s and kid’s sizes.
Designs feature Kawamura’s iconic collage style, with character illustrations, names, the title logo, Goku’s famous Kamehameha, and more.
The collection also features two UT originals not designed by Kawamura, with illustrations of Goten and Trunks.
If you’re a fan of the DBZ universe then you won’t want to miss out on this latest collection from UT. Check out the full collection here.
*Items marked with ★ are those designed by Kosuke Kawamura
©️@Bird Studio/Shueisha, Toei Animation
©️BIRD STUDIO/SHUEISHA ©️2018 DRAGON BALL SUPER the Movie Production Committee
Dragon Ball UT
Release Date: Late November 2019 (subject to change)
Men’s T-Shirts (12 Designs) – ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Men’s Sweaters (6 Designs) – ¥2,900 (Before Tax)
Kid’s T-Shirts (6 Designs) – ¥990 (Before Tax)
Kid’s Sweaters (4 Designs) – ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Available: At UNIQLO Japan stores and online site
*Select items available at select stores and online onl
Full Collection: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/store/feature/uq/ut/dragonball/
One Piece’s Nami Appears in Anime’s Second Commercial Collaboration With Nissin Cup Noodles
Instant noodle brand Nissin Foods just dropped the second animated commercial in collaboration with the One Piece on September 13. The commercial is part of the company’s “HUNGRY DAYS” series of ads.
The commercial comes as the sequel to their first collaboration with the anime series which featured the character Zoro back in May. The video gained huge attention across social media with a combined view count of over 21 million views across Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, making it Nissin’s most watched online video. Together with the video announcing the start of the series the series has over 25 million views. According to the CMDB, Japan’s commercial research institute, the Zoro video is the number one most liked commercial from any company in Japan, making it 20 years since Nissin has achieved that status.
The new commercial sees Nami taking the spotlight. Like the Zoro edition, it re-imagines the characters as ordinary high school students. In this parallel world, we see Nami living her ordinary, day-to-day life as a student, with appearances from familiar faces.
BUMP OF CHICKEN
The video features voice acting from Mayumi Tanaka and Akemi Okamura who voices Luffy and Nami in the anime series respectively. Eisaku Kubonouchi (creator of Tsurumoku Dokushinryo) is in charge of the character designs while BUMP OF CHICKEN performs the music.
The video will be available to watch until May 16, 2020. Be sure to check it out alongside the previous work.
HUNGRY DAYS One Piece Nami Edition
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Brand Website: https://www.cupnoodle.jp/
Gamers! Rally Your Teammates For A New Quest: TOKYO GAME SHOW
The TOKYO GAME SHOW is in a league of its own. It is a mecca for gamers who cannot get enough of Japanese games and entertainment. This is where Japan’s major game publishers from all kinds of platforms unite to put on an enormous exhibition.
This includes the opportunity to explore games that are yet to be released as well as hear new announcements about the direction developers are steering the future of gaming. There’s no lagging behind. This is a major event for the gaming industry, raking in leagues of heroes every year.
On August 28, a total of 2,417 game booths were announced, which is the largest number the event has ever seen in its history. This event is home to games on a range of platforms including for console, smartphone and PC. The enormous variety of genres includes the most cutting-edge and latest trends including Esports, VR and much more.
For those of you who love cosplay, this event is your chance to finally meet your fantasy. The outside area of Hall 9 will have a Cosplaying Area Stage where two events will take place: a cosplay fashion show and a gathering.
On Saturday 14th, Hall 1 event stage will hold the Cosplay Collection Night@2019 event where participants and event staff will take over the stage in game character cosplay. Spectating is free, so feel free to watch as each cosplayer dominates the entire stage, showing off their excellent craftsmanship and skills as they walk the runway and strike a pose definitely worth saving in your highlights!
On Sunday 15th at 2:30 pm, cosplayers will take to the stage in units of two or more to put on a dance or combat show that you just cannot critically miss out on.
September 14 (Sat) From 12:00 ー Cosplay Runway From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway
September 15 (Sun) From 13:30 ー Cosplay Runway From 14:30 ー Cosplay Dance and Combat Shows From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway
The Gathering is where cosplayers can interact with one another and have photos taken ー the perfect opportunity to send those friend requests. On September 14, a gathering dedicated to the Final Fantasy Tales Series will take place on the Cosplay Area Stage. On September 15, there will be gatherings for the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.
September 14 13:00-13:30 Final Fantasy Series Gathering 14:00-15:00 Final Fantasy Tales Series Gathering
September 15 12:30-13:00 Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors Series Gathering
More information on the exhibitions, booths and events will be announced on the morning of September 12 so please check it out.
There is no better way to multi kill your time than to spend the entire day at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019 ー get your tickets and GLHF!
TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019
Business Days*: September 12 & 13, 2019 (10:00~17:00)
*Business Days are open to industry and press only.
Public Entry*: September 14 & 15, 2019 (10:00~17:00)
*Doors may open at 9:30 am according to conditions on the day.
Venue: Makuhari Messe (Mihama Ward, Chiba)
Exhibition Halls 1-11/ Event Hall/ International Conference Hall
Entry Fee: Advanced tickets: ￥1,500 (after tax)
On The Door: ￥2,000 (after tax)
Those under Elementary School age can enter for free (public entry days only)
Official Website: https://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/2019/en/
Detective Conan Film Director Joins Judge Panel For Toho & Alphaboat’s 4th Gemstone Animation Contest
02.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME
GEMSTONE is an audition project created by TOHO CO., LTD. and ALPHABOAT which seeks to find the best creators. The 4th GEMSTONE project was announced last month and is seeking submissions of short animations themed on Shinjuku.
The judges for the contest have been unveiled. The line-up will include anime film and television director Kobun Shizuno, who worked on the Detective Conan film series from 2011-17 as well as the Godzilla CG kaiju film series from 2017-18. It will also include animator Yasuhiro Kimura who worked on Three Leaves, Three Colors and the Golden Wind arc of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
“GEMSTONE” refers to the talent selected by TOHO and ALPHABOAT for the audition project, which ranges from animators to illustrators, composers, singers, actors, and so on. The two companies will help open doors to winners’ career paths.
TOHO are known for putting our a plethora of internationally-beloved anime films and series, including Your Name, My Hero Academia, Yowamushi Pedal, and Haikyu!!. They are also joined by MARUI GROUP Co., Ltd. for the project who manage three shopping facilities in Shinjuku, including Godzilla Store Tokyo, where they promote their anime franchises.
The conditions for submitting a video are that the video must be a short animation about Shinjuku no more than 5-minutes long. It is up to the creator to decide what aspect of Shinjuku they wish to talk about, whether it be the locals, culture, sights and so on. The first wave of chosen animations will be posted onto the official GEMSTONE YouTube channel after which they will be judges by veterans of Japan’s anime industry.
Speaking about his involvement with the audition project, Kobun Shizuno commented: “I was born and raised in Shinjuku, and live here to this day. That’s why this is a theme I can take something from and wish to judge.”
Yasuhiro Kimura also commented: “I am very honoured to be judging for this important chance to find talented individuals. I’m really looking forward to seeing how each of you interpret a topic as broad as Shinjuku. I’ll be waiting for your submissions!”
GEMSTONE Creators Audition Summary
・Theme: “Shinjuku Anime Creators Audution” (Create a short animation themed on Shinjuku)
・Application Period: August 21, 2019 – October 31, 2019 at 23:59 (JST)
・Winner Announcement: Early December 2019
・Submissions will begin rolling out on GEMSTONE’s official YouTube channel in November
・A short animation themed on Shinjuku no less more 5-minutes in length
・This is a video submission-only audition
・There are no restrictions to animation type – you are free to use your imagination
*Please note that if your animation is chosen for judging it will be posted onto GEMSTONE’s official YouTube channel
・2 million yen
・Be featured on the Shinjuku Marui electronic billboard and elsewhere
・Work with a TOHO producer to plan a new work
・An offer to sign up for ALPHABOAT management
・Kobun Shizuno, Yasuhiro Kimura, and TOHO anime producers
Attack on Titan, Seven Deadly Sins, Fairy Tail & Other Anime T-Shirts Releasing at UNIQLO
UNIQLO’s graphic t-shirt brand UT are celebrating the 60th anniversary of manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump with a new t-shirt collection via their sub brand MANGA UT. The t-shirts will go on sale from August 12.
The collection covers six anime series serialised in the popular magazine including Hajime no Ippo, Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins, Attack on Titan, Negima! Magister Negi Magi, and Shōta no Sushi. Each t-shirt pays homage to its respective series, featuring iconic scenes that have stayed with fans, sound effects, and original designs that capture their worlds.
Hajime no Ippo
Hajime no Ippo is a boxing manga written and illustrated by George Morikawa. It follows Ippo Makunouchi, a shy high school student who suffers at the hands of bullies. He begins a career in boxing in search of the answer to the question “What is strength?” and battles his rivals and those around him to grow as an individual. The t-shirt design captures the lively energy seen in the characters and is surrounded by eye-catching SFX.
Fairy Tail is a fantasy adventure manga written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima. It follows the dragon slaying wizard Natsu and his tale of growth as part of the Fairy Tail guild. One of the t-shirts features four characters from the guild and the other is a large illustration of Acnologia, the main characters’ strongest enemy.
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins is a fantasy battle adventure series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. It follows the titular characters each of whom represent the seven deadly sins. There are several t-shirt designs including one featuring Meliodas looking up to the sky and another of him and his comrades out on a peaceful trip. There is even a hand drawn illustration of Hawk, a talking pig and Meliodas’s pet, which was illustrated by Suzuki himself and UT’s editors.
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is an dark fantasy adventure series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The story is set in a world where humanity lives within giant walls which help protect them from towering man-eating Titans. The terrifying t-shirt design features one of the Titans that live inside the walls.
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi is an fantasy adventure and harem series written and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu. It follows the story of Negi, a wizard who becomes an English teacher at Mahora Academy, where he helps his class of students overcome their problems. He is also in search of his father who is known as a hero in the world of wizardry. There are two t-shirts, one featuring the main heroine Asuna Kagurazaka, and another of some of the other students in the class.
Shōta no Sushi
Shōta no Sushi is a food manga series written and illustrated by Daisuke Terasawa which follows the story of Sekiguchi Shota who works as an apprentice and aims to become a sushi chef. There are two t-shirt designs, one which features the manga’s logo and a slice of sushi and the other with the logo and a whole sushi platter.
Show your support for your favourite Weekly Shonen Jump series by picking up one of these awesome t-shirts!
“MANGA UT” Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine 60th Anniversary UT
Release Date: August 12, 2019
Price: ¥990 (Before Tax)
Sizes: Men’s XS-4XL (XS, XXL-4XL available online only)
Available: UNIQLO Japan stores and UNIQLO Japan’s online store
MOTOR CITY by Kenichi Asai To Be The Opening Theme Song For Upcoming Anime No Guns Life
No Guns Life is a manga series created by Tasuku Karasuma which has been serialized in Shueisha’s Seinen magazine Ultra Jump. An anime version of this manga has been created and will premiere in October 2019. We have now discovered that the opening theme song for the anime is MOTOR CITY and was written by Kenichi Asai.
The second anime trailer for No Guns Life, in which you can hear a snippet of MOTO CITY, has also been released. The anime adaptation of No Guns Life was created by Madhouse, who are popular for their anime adaptations of Overlord and BLACK LAGOON.
© Tasuku Karasuma／Shueisha, ＮＧＬ ＰＲＯＪＥＣＴ
One Piece: Stampede T-Shirts to be Released by UNIQLO For Upcoming Film
UNIQLO have announced that they will release a line of t-shirts to celebrate the release of the upcoming anime film One Piece: Stampede which will hit Japanese theatres on August 9. The t-shirts will be released as part of the company’s UT graphic t-shirt collection at UNIQLO stores in Japan and on their website on July 29.
The collaboration marks the second time One Piece has teamed up with UT. The entire collection was crafted by UNIQLO’s UT team with feedback from the legendary Eiichiro Oda, the author of the manga series.
The collection is inspired by the idea of the Straw Hat Pirates boarding the Thousand Sunny and heading on summer vacation, with Luffy carrying a gun barrel on his back for launching fireworks and Chopper wearing a firework explosive hat.
There is also the Pirates Festival t-shirt featuring the same mark that Chopper wears in the film.
Help commemorate the anime’s 20th anniversary in the run up to the movie’s release by getting your pirate hands on one of these exclusive t-shirts!
©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha・Fuji Television・Toei Animation
“One Piece: Stampede” ©Eiichiro Oda / 2019 “One Piece” Production Committee
One Piece: Stampede UT Collection
Release Date: July 29, 2019
Price: Men’s – ¥990 (Before Tax) / Kids – ¥790 (Before Tax)
Designs: Men’s – 8 / Kids – 3
Available: At UNIQLO stores and the online store in Japan. Kids sizes available at branches with a kids section only.
Sizes: Men’s XS-4XL (XS, XXL-4XL available online only) / Kids 100-160 (100 and 160 available only only)
Product Page: www.uniqlo.com/jp/store/feature/uq/ut/onepiece-stampede/
Dororo Anime Soundtrack Album Illustration By Original Illustrator Hiroyuki Asada Revealed
Manga Dororo by Osamu Tezuka was made into an anime 50 years ago. This continual sensation is getting an official soundtrack which will be released on August 14. The CD will be titled TV Anime Dororo Music Collection Tamashi no Kodou. Hiroyuki Asada, who creates the original character design drafts, designed the illustration for the CD jacket, which has just been unveiled to the public.
First-Press Limited Edition Version
The whimsical illustration shows Dororo and Hyakkimaru snuggling together, alone in a vast barren desert. The first-press limited edition soundtrack version comes in a luxurious tall-size DigiPak sleeve and consists of three CDs. The regular edition contains a two-disk dual case.
The booklet will contain statements by illustrator Hiroyuki Asada and Yoshihiro Ike, who was in charge of the music. As a bonus, the CD jacket illustration has been adopted for use on an A2 poster, which will be sold at Animate stores countrywide. The design will also feature on clear files which will be sold on Amazon. Please check them out.
You can also view this illustration in advance at the TV Anime Dororo Original Art Exhibition Tamashi no Kodou, which is currently taking place. Please stop by to admire the illustration with your very own eyes.
Dororo © Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.／TWIN ENGINE Inc.
TV Anime Dororo Music Collection Tamashi no Kodou
Release: August 14, 2019
First-Press Limited Edition 2 CDs ＋ Blu-ray: ￥3,800 (before tax) AICL-3745～7
Regular Edition: ２CDs: ￥2,800 (before tax) AICL-3748～10
TV Anime Dororo Original Art Exhibition Tamashi no Kodou
Running: May 31, July 15, 2019 (July 15th is a national holiday)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ー 20:00 (※Last entries accepted: 19:45)
Closed: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Venue: space caiman (Kadokura building B1, 4-5-15, Nihonbashihongokucho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
Official Website: https://www.wani.com/special/dororo
RNB (Nankai Broadcasting) : June 28, 2019 (Friday) 2:00 am (subject to change)
MBC (Minaminihon Broadcasting): August 2, 2019 (Friday) 1:45 am
Jidaigeki Senmon Channel: November 2, 2019 (Saturday) 2:00 am
Amazon Prime Video (Available in Japan and overseas)
Official Website: https://dororo-anime.com
Attack on Titan The Final Season To Be Released in Autumn 2020
01.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME
On June 30, NHK General TV finished broadcasting season 3 of popular anime Attack on Titan. Following the end of the broadcast, a 15-second trailer was released where we hear Mikasa pleading for Eren to come back. The short video also advertised the release of “The Final Season” which will be broadcasted in the autumn of 2020.
15-second trailer video
Fans are eagerly waiting to snatch up more information to fuel their excitement for the new season.
©Hajime Isayama, Kodansha Ltd.／Attack on Titan Production Committee
Attack on Titan The Final Season
Autumn 2020 release on NHK General TV (subject to change).
Official Website: http://shingeki.tv/season3/
Toho, AlphaBoat & Tokyo Otaku Mode Announce International Contest For Original Character
13.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Toho and AlphaBoat have announced the second run of their video audition project “GEMSTONE” which is open to creators around the world, from animators to illustrators, composers, singers, actors and actresses, and beyond.
The first round was held in Japan only and asked for illustrations and videos themed on “Godzilla.” Of the 1,000 people who participated, 11 were chosen as winners, all of whom are now undertaking work alongside the production team at Toho. The key visual for the new second round was illustrated by YELLOW JUNKIE/kyo→ko, one of the winners of the first audition.
For the second round, Toho and Alphaboat are collaborating with Japanese pop culture news website Tokyo Otaku Mode to bring the contest to international creators. The new theme is “With Japan!” and participants are asked to create an original character based on this.
Participants must create a 3-minute explanation video of their character. There are no boundaries to how videos can be created―it can be in the form of a presentation by the creators themselves, a short animation, and so on. All submissions that successfully pass the first round will be posted onto the official GEMSTONE YouTube channel. Finalists will have the opportunity to participate in the official ceremony held at Anime NYC. They will receive a cash prize of 1 million yen and get to develop a project alongside Toho, AlphaBoat and Tokyo Otaku Mode.
Applications open on July 1 and will run until September 2 on the official website.
A third and fourth round are in the works for the near future. Get involved!
GEMSTONE Creators Audition Vol. 2
Vol. 2 Theme: “With Japan!”
Application Period: July 1, 2019 – September 2, 2019 at 18:00 (JST)
*Winning submissions to roll out on GEMSTONE’s YouTube channel in September
Prize: 1 million yen and chance to develop a project with Toho, AlphaBoat and Tokyo Otaku Mode
Official Website: https://gemstoneaudition.com/
Toei Animation has announced its “100-Year Anime Project” contest for people to pitch their ideas for original anime. As the name of the project suggests, Toei are seeking out anime series that will continue for the next 100 years. This marks the first time the company, who are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year, have set out such a project.
The project encompasses four different courses (ranging from A-D) for people to sign up to. Course A is for those who have no experience working in the anime industry while Course B is for those who do. Course C is seeking out proposals for a remake of the Ikkyū-san anime series while Course D is for professionals including animators, background artists, producers and so on.
Each course offers a grand prize, runner-up and honourable mention with the following respective cash prizes: 1 million yen, 500,000 yen and 300,000 yen.
If you’ve got an idea for an original anime series then get applying!
A-C Course Summary
Each course offers a grand prize of 1 million yen, runner-up prize of 500,000 yen and honourable mention prize of 300,000 yen.
- Application Window
Running until September 30, 2019 at 15:00 (JST)
- Award Announcements
April 23, 2020 (subject to change)
[Course A: For Everyone]
Anyone and everyone are free to sign up for the course, from amateurs to students to professionals regardless of age, sex and background. Those under the age of 20 must receive permission from parents or guardians.
[Course B: For Experienced People & Professionals)
This course is aimed at those who have experience in animation, screenwriting and so on. However, if you have confidence in a completed idea or project, then you are free to apply, regardless of age, sex or background. Those under the age of 20 must receive permission from parents or guardians.
[Course C: Ikkyū-san Remake, For Everyone]
Anyone and everyone are free to sign up for the course, from amateurs to students to professionals regardless of age, sex and background. Those under the age of 20 must receive permission from parents or guardians.
[Course D: For Professional Creators & Producers]
①Producer ②Director ③Animator ④Background Artist
Outsourcing agreement for a single project
Must be over 20-years-old and be experienced in the field you apply for
・No. of Positions
A few people for each position
July 1, 2019 – August 31, 20192019
Full details on the courses can be found in Japanese on the official website: https://toeianim-100p.jp/
One Piece Collaborates With Nissin in Cup Noodle Commercial Featuring Character Zoro
Instant noodle brand Nissin Foods just released a new animated commercial in collaboration with the anime series One Piece. The commercial is part of the company’s “HUNGRY DAYS” series and this time centres around the One Piece character Zoro.
Nissin has made four other videos in the series so far, all in collaboration with various anime franchises including Kiki’s Delivery Service, Heidi, Girl of the Alps, Sazae-san, as well as an animated original entitled Saishukai (“The Last Time”). Nissin commercials have become the nation’s favourite in the food industry. The series has become a big hit having been viewed over 18 million times.
A year after the TV anime series One Piece ended, Nissin initiated a collaboration with the series. which lead to the creation of this animated commercial.
The commercial re-imagines the characters as ordinary high school students. It follows the story of main character Luffy’s friend Zoro and his youthful strive for improvement!
Hungry Days One Piece Zoro Version
Esteemed manga artist Eisaku Kubonouchi, who is known for creating the manga series Tsurumoku Dokushinryo, worked on the character design for the commercial, while and the music was created by BUMP OF CHICKEN. The voice actors/actresses for the characters including Luffy (Mayumi Tanaka) and Zoro (Kazuya Nakai) are the same people who voice acted for the anime too! The narration was directed by famous voice actress Megumi Hayashibara.