Ennosuke Ichikawa IV to Attend Monster Strike Exhibition in Tokyo & Osaka

23.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

It has been announced that kabuki actor Ennosuke Ichikawa IV will take place in planning as creative director of the upcoming Monster Strike Exhibition, a new interactive art event set to begin on September 28.

 

The theme of the event is “The day from when you downloaded Monster Strike.” Users will have the chance to relive the experiences of each and every monster.

 

Over 50 popular artists are collaborating with the event. NAKED have also produced an interactive event using projection mapping that will allow people to experience extreme quests in real life.

 

Ennosuke Ichikawa IV is also involved creating a kabuki outfit based on the character Ishikawa Goemon which will be displayed at the exhibition.

Comment: Ennosuke Ichikawa IV

Originally, it was men who would perform in kabuki theatre, so at first I felt it would be extremely difficult to pull off the monster Ishikawa Goemon. But I also thought that it is value in making sure to not ruin the image of the character while incorporating into it a kabuki atmosphere. You probably think that my point is she’s female. I racked my brain to find a way to get away from the Ishikawa Goemon we know and instead bring out her femininity, vividness and colour. I hope that people will think this unconventional combination of kabuki and Monster Strike goes together well.

 

There will also by sculptures of the monster characters exhibited at the event created by art director and artist Sebastian Masuda, the visionary mind behind the fashion design of XFLAG Entertainment Partner Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

*Illustration is a work in progress

Additionally, attendees of the exhibition will receive illustrations of Avalon SP drawn my Japanese manga artist Masakazu Katsura.

 

More details regarding the event will be released on the official exhibition website, Monster Strike website and Monster Strike YouTube channel.

 

■Information

Monster Strike Exhibition

Venues/Access

Tokyo Exhibition: Daimaru Tokyo 11F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

Closest Station: Right outside the Yaesu North Exit of Tokyo Station via JR

 

Osaka Exhibition: Daimaru Shinsaibashi 14F Event Hall, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Closest Station: Directly connected to Shinsaibashi Station (South-North Gate/South-South Gate) via Osaka Metro Midosuji Line

 

Time/Date

Tokyo

September 28, 2018 – October 8, 2018

Monday-Wednesday & Weekend: 10:00am-8:00pm / Thursday-Friday: 10:00am-9:00pm (Last entries 30 minutes before closing time)

 

Osaka

October 19, 2018 – October 28, 2018

10:00am-8:30pm (Last Entries 8:00pm)

 

Tickets

XFLAG TICKET: https://event.xflag.com/events/monst_exhibition_1

*XFLAG ID neeced to purchase ticket

*Tickets are first-come, first served

 

Tickt Price: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

・One purchase of up to 4 tickets per XFLAG ID.

・Tickets not required for pre-school children .

*Up to 3 people allowed for those with pre-school children.

 

Artist Line-Up (As of September 20)

Inio Asano, Keita Amemiya, Ishibashi Yosuke, Ennosuke Ichikawa IV, Ichimaru Kisuke, isuZu, Otagaki Yasuo, Kasukabe Akira, Kosawa Takumi, 桂福蔵, Masakazu Katsura, Kafun, COGA, Kotoyama, GODTAIL, Yoshinobu Saito, Takashi Shiina, Kazuhiko Shimamoto, Sekiyayu Rie, Taiki, Takahashi Shin, Takahashi Noboru, Hiroyuki Takei, Katsumi Tatsuzawa, Natsuki Tanihara, Arina Tanemura, Choboraunyopomi, Chirori, 豊井祐太, 名央, Nagi Ryo, Aoi Nishimata, Yoshiyuki Nishi, Masaharu Noritsuke, Yūichi Hasegawa, Hida Keiji, hippo, ひと和, Yuji Himukai, Hyogo Nosuke, Shinji Hiramatsu, Rei Hiroe, Fukuda Hiroshi, Tooru Fujisawa, Takuya Fujima,Kamui Fujiwara, Boichi, Hiro Mashima, Sebastian Masuda, Susumu Matsushita, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Misaki Kurehito, 326, Mifune Takashi, Suzuhito Yasuda, lack, LAM, 竜徹

*Line-up subject to change

 

Exhibition Website: https://event-info.xflag.com/monst-exhibition/

Monster Strike Website: https://www.monster-strike.com/

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s New Song ‘Kizunami’ to Feature as Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata’s Main Theme

    06.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    2018 is the year of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who released her new song Kimino Mikata earlier this year and recently concluded her 4th world tour. Excitement and anticipation surrounding the singer has been high, and this has become even more so with the recent announcement of her first new album in four years. Titled Japamyu, the brand new record will drop on September 26.

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    The new song Kizunami will be released as a standalone single on September 7 ahead of the album’s release.

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    ■Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata Music Video

     

    The story takes place in a world where 13 years ago, part of Tokyo suddenly breaks away and floats up into the sky. Our protagonist Kanata (Masataka Kubota) is your every day high school student who began living with his grandmother after his parents passed away. He encounters Sora (Alice Hirose), a mysterious girl who came from the sky. The two of them work together to help save the citizens whose worlds are fated to war. Kanata, who still doesn’t know exactly who he is, must learn to mature alongside Sora and his allies as they navigate through the war.

     

    The film’s main theme song Kizunami was written by music producer Yasutaka Nakata who ensured to maintain the story’s theme of strong friendship. It’s an oriental and jaunty track in which you can very much feel Kyary’s essence and outlook. A collaborative music video was also released that features the song together with scenes of the movie.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Comments
    In the movie, the protagonist Kanata meets characters like Sora and the vampire siblings Tōya and Yūna who he fights and grows alongside while discovering the importance of the bond between friends. I think the lyrics [of the song] convey things like how it’s good to have friends and how wonderful it is to be connected to the heart of those important to you you want to protect. I particularly love the title ‘Kizunami.’ I believe it’s a heartwarming pop song that makes you think about the people precious to you.

     

    The full tracklist has also unveiled, including new songs like Oto no Kuni and Enka Natrium, as well as a cover of CAPSULE’s famous song Koi no Hana (2001). They are all songs that Yasutaka Nakata himself has much confidence in. Digital pre-orders for the album will open on the iTunes Store on September 7 so be sure to check it out.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will hold a special live event at LakeTown’s 10th Anniversary Special Live on September 30 at 4:00pm to promote the release of the album.

     

    It’s time to get excited about the next big release from one of Japan’s most internationally celebrated artists.

     

    ■Information

    “Japamyu”

    On Sale: September 26, 2018

    ・First Press Limited Edition: CD+DVD – ¥4,800 (Pre-Tax) [WPZL-31480/1]

    *First press limited edition includes digipak packaging, special photo book and 23-track live DVD at “KPP Japan Iyahoi Tour 2017.”

    ・Regular Edition: CD – ¥3,000 (Pre-Tax) [WPCL-12900]

     

    “Kizunami” Standalone Release

    On Sale: September 7, 2018
    Download Link:  https://kyary.lnk.to/Kizunami

     

    Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata
    Release Date: October 5, 2018
    Cast: Masataka Kubota, Alice Hirose, Kōichi Yamadera, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Aoi Yūki
    Theme Song: “Kizunami” by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

     

    Album Release Event
    LakeTown 10th Anniversary Special Live – “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Original 4th Album ‘Japamyu’ Commemorative Special Event”
    Venue: AEON LakeTown mori
    Date: September 30, 2018
    Time: 4:00pm
    Location: mori 1F (Ki no Hiroba courtyard)
    Programme: Mini live show and handshake session
    *Free to watch
    Full Details (Japanese): https://wmg.jp/kyary/news/82084/

     

    Tour Schedule
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu JAPAMYU HALL TOUR 2018 “Hoshikuzu”: http://2018hall.kyary.asobisystem.com

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/

  • Naruto Kabuki Play to Feature Song by Wagakki Band

    29.April.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    A kabuki adaptation of Naruto is slated for August later this year at the Shinbashi Enbujō theatre in Ginza.

     

    It has been unveiled that Wagakki Band will provide a song for the production.

    新作歌舞伎NARUTO

    Naruto was first serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999 and tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who trains in the art of ninjitsu, who must take out his enemies, and who ultimately aspires to be Hokage, the leader of the village. The series has brought in fans across the globe, with well over 220 million copies sold in over 40 countries outside Japan. Kabuki actors Bandou Minosuke and Hayato Nakamura will appear in the new kabuki adaptation where they will play the roles of Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha respectively.9

     

    Comment by Bandou Minosuke (Naruto Uzumaki):
    “On this occasion we will be borrowing the power of Wagakki Band. It’s very encouraging! No other music is better to combine the unique perspective of the original Naruto work which has spanned all ages and nationalities, and the purely Japanese image of kabuki!”

    Comment by Hayato Nakamura (Sasuke Uchiha):
    I am so happy for Wagakki Band to be kindly providing a song for the new Naruto kabuki play. Wagakki Band’s sound, which combines traditional Japanese instruments and Western instruments, though new, has a sense of nostalgia within it, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing how that ties in with the kabuki.

    Comment by Yuko Suzuhana (Wagakki Band):
    “I really wanted to do a kabuki collaboration, so I am humbly honoured for my voice to have been heard. That Wagakki Band’s sound was said to be a necessary element has realised our mutual love. We have felt the overwhelming popularity of Naruto when we have been overseas, so to be associated with such a representative piece of work from Japan through music has all of us, who have been fans of Naruto since long ago, very excited.”

    和楽器バンド
    The chemistry between the world created by the new Naruto kabuki play and Wagakki Band is something to very much look forward to.

     

    ■Information
    Naruto Kabuki

    Location: Shinbashi Enbujō, Tokyo

    Running: August 4, 2018―August 27, 2018
    Official Homepage: http://naruto-kabuki.com/

     

  • HELLO KITTY will challenge Kabuki! Sanrio Puroland’s “KAWAII KABUKI”

    11.March.2018 | SPOT

    The new musical using the motif of “Kabuki (Japanese traditional drama performed by male actors) named “KAWAII KABUKI ~HELLO KITTY Ichiza no Momotaro~” will be performed from at Meruhen Theater inside Puroland from the 10th of March 2018 (Sat.)

     

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    A press conference was held on the 7th of March (Wed.) and persons who are related to the play such as Kensuke Yokouchi who produced the script/rendition/lyrics of the play (he has been producing “Super Kabuki”) and Esaburo Ichikawa, a kabuki acting coach, participated in the press conference. Also, Sanrio’s characters including HELLO KITTY appeared on the stage.

     

     

    It can be said that it is a new type of “spectacle entertainment show” using projection mapping and the motif of kabuki. The performance incorporates both the “kawaii” of Sanrio and the traditional “wa” culture of Japan.

     

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     Let’s enjoy Sanrio’s new type of collaborative musical of Sanrio characters and kabuki!

     

     

     

    ■Information

    KAWAII KABUKI ~HELLO KITTY Ichiza no Momotaro~

    Starting date: 2018/03/10 (Sat.) last day – undecided

    Venue: Sanrio Puroland Meruhen Theatre

    Performance time: 40 minutes

    URL:https://www.puroland.jp/kawaiikabuki/

     

     Sanrio Puroland

    Address: 1-31, Ochiai, tamashi, Tokyo

    Business hours; https://www.puroland.jp/calendar/

    TEL:042-339-1111

    URL:https://www.puroland.jp/

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    The exhibition had its first run in Tokyo back in April this year. We covered that event in detail so be sure to give it a read.

    The enormous 3-meter tall Yubaba & Zeniba centrepiece will return at the Nagasaki exhibition. Visitors can draw omikuji fortunes from the display which have Suzuki’s keywords written on them along with his explanation of them. You can take these home with you―a perfect addition for your Studio Ghibli collection!

    An extremely special merchandise shop will also open at the site with exclusive items and products on sale and decor and decorations that will have you feeling you have stepped right into an enchanting world woven by Studio Ghibli.

    Fan: ¥702 (Tax Included)

    Get your hands on an official Spirited Away fan to cool yourself down at the event this summer. On one side is an illustration of Yubaba and on the other some powerful words from Suzuki.

    Tote Bag: ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    Express your love for Studio Ghibli everyday with this tote bag featuring the same illustration of Yubaba―which is the main visual for the exhibition―on the side. It’s big enough to be worn on your shoulder making it a convenient day-to-day item.

    Tea-Towel: ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    This beautiful tea towel is made in collaboration with dyed goods company Chikusen who have been around since the Edo period. It has a traditional indigo blue colour and is made from high quality material. A perfect gift and souvenir for any fan of Studio Ghibli.

     

    We can’t forget the themed food menu either. You’ll find it on the first floor of Huis Ten Bosch at the Tea Salon.

    Bath House Dessert: ¥850 (Tax Included)

    A fitting dessert for any guest of the Spirited Away bath house, look forward to a bamboo charcoal-black chocolate-sprayed vanilla ice cream, colourful sugar candy and a cookie. It’s also served with iced corn tea.

    Toast For Adventure Lovers: ¥650 (Tax Included)

    Served with a glass of iced corn tea is a delicious egg-topped slice of toasted baked in the hotel bakery. Like you see in anime series, it makes you want to grab it, shove it between your teeth and run outside on an adventure.

    Any fans of Studio Ghibli’s work aren’t going to want to miss out on this very special event. If you’re in Japan this summer be sure you get to go.

     

    ©️TS ©️Studio Ghibli

  • Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ CD Cover Displayed at Otsuka Museum of Art

    07.July.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Since Kenshi Yonezu released his single Lemon in March last year, it has gone on to enjoy huge success, reaching numerous milestones.

     

    The song was written as the main theme for the TBS drama Unnatural which aired in January 2018. Its music video was released the following month and garnered huge views in an instant, and after just 475 days it had reached over 400 million. It was also the first Japanese music video to gain 300 million. Lemon has also sold over 300 million copies. It is the first song to rank three times in a row on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100: for both halves of 2018 and the first half of 2019.

    Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

    Speaking of its continued success, Yonezu comments: “I am thankful. It exceeded my expectations a long time ago, but I’ve been very interested to see just how far it will go. I’m mostly unaware of my own songs. I’d like it to continue to be loved by people.”

    As a show of gratitude to how much Lemon has resonated with people, the CD cover art will be displayed permanently at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima in the form of a ceramic tile from July 30.

    Touban, or “ceramic tiles,” don’t lose their colour or deteriorate and so can keep their colour and shape for up to 2,000 years.

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