Universal Cool Japan 2019: Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, Detective Conan & More

15.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Universal Cool Japan (UCJ) is set to return to Universal Studios Japan next year for what promises to be the biggest event to date featuring 6 internationally renowned series made into 8 attractions.

Over at the park’s Detective Conan World guests can look forward to 3 all-new attractions. They can get involved with a Conan-themed escape game packed with puzzles, a detective style “Mystery Challenge” that will have people walking around the park to solve cases, and a restaurant that combines food and mysteries. The guest satisfactory for Detective Conan World has ranked at 99% since last year so the area has been renovated to make it even better for this year’s UCJ.

The new Lupin the Third attractions include an XR Ride (a fast roller coaster ride where guests were special goggles) that follows an original story written by the series author Monkey Punch himself that will see Lupin speeding along a cliff edge. There will also be an entertainment restaurant.

 

 

This year marks the 5th run of UCJ which began in 2015, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world. This year sees Lupin the Third introduced for the first time. The other big names include Detective ConanAttack on TitanGodzillaNeon Genesis Evangelion and Sailor Moon.

 

Universal Cool Japan 2019 begins on January 18, 2018.

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  • Join Conan at Universal Studios Japan for “Detective Conan: The Escape”

    19.November.2017 | SPOT

    Universal Cool Japan 2018 will soon make it ways to Universal Studios Japan (USJ), falling on January 19, 2018 and running all the way to June 24th. The popular series Case Closed will be making its way to the event in the form of a brand new “Real Dasshutsu Game” titled Detective Conan: The Escape.

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    Universal Cool Japan is an internationally renowned event that brings together all of Japan’s “cool” culture to deliver it worldwide.

     

    The event “Detective Conan: The Escape ~Tsuioku Doukasen~” was held during Universal Cool Japan 2017 back in spring and proved to be immensely popular, reaching a record breaking satisfactory rating of 99%, the highest recorded rating in USJ history.

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    Join Conan and his companions in the next Case Closed “real dasshutsu game” (escape game) at Universal Cool Japan 2018. The live performances will be bigger, the puzzles will be more perplexing, and best of all – you get the chance to be part of an original story in the Case Closed universe.

     

    Don’t miss out on being part of this extraordinary experience offered only at USJ!

     

    ■Information

    Detective Conan: The Escape

    Location: Universal Studios Japan (2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana, Osaka)

    Running: January 19, 2018 to June 24, 2018

    Website: http://www.usj.co.jp/universal-cool-japan2018/conan/

    *Because this is a reservation-only premium event, you must purchase a separate event ticket in addition to a USJ entry pass.

    *Please arrive 15-45 minutes before the start of the show. You will not be permitted entry once the game has begun.

    *Please be aware that there will be some intense and extreme moments during the game.

     

    Ticket Information: 

    Tickets on sale from November 15, 2017. Tickets can only be purchased on the day. Recommended ticket vendors include the official Universal Studios Japan website, Yahoo! Tickets, Lawson Tickets (website), JTB (Package Tour), and official hotels. Tickets are priced from ¥2,980. For more details on where to buy tickets, types of tickets and price information, please visit the official US J website.

  • Minions Set to Bring a Yellow Christmas to Universal Studios Japan

    08.November.2018 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan have added a new daytime program titled Yellow Christmas to its upcoming winter event Universal Wonder Christmas.

     

    The main event of Yellow Christmas will see the cheeky minions come together for the Minion Hacha Mecha Christmas Party which anybody can have fun joining in with.

    This party promises to be bigger, better and crazier than last year’s hugely successful run. Expect to see Minions donning Christmas attire as well as appearances from Gru and Santa Claus. Yellow balloons will float across the event and many bubbles will be blown as everyone comes together for festive merry making. For the event finale Minion-yellow confetti will fly across the whole area.

     

    Christmas decorations will also line the Minion Park for the first time since its opening. You can expect to see the yellow mischief makers helping put up decorations and enjoying the Christmas of their lives. The decorations will give rise to a completely new kind of Christmas aesthetic from the usual red and green combination.

    Wave to Gru and the Minions as they come to greet guests for the Minion Christmas Greeting with Gru.

     

    Get involved in the festivity with the Minions at USJ!

  • The greatest “Cool Japan” in USJ history will include Final Fantasy, Sailor Moon and much more!

    16.September.2017 | SPOT

    Each year, Universal Studios Japan’s “Universal Cool Japan” sparks a universal craze – now Universal Studios Japan will be launching this event once again!

     

    This will be the fourth year of “Universal Cool Japan”. For this event, the most popular manga, anime, games and brands from all over the world are specially selected and packed into one venue. To turn up the hype for fans even more, 2018 will be the year of history’s best “Cool Japan” event!

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    “Universal Cool Japan” allows Japan to boast to the rest of the world about her cool entertainment brands. Each year, “Universal Cool Japan”  makes the most out of Japan’s creativity in order to deliver fans something they will only ever experience at the park! The overwhelming scale of this event and its high quality is something you can only experience here.

    “Case Closed” (Detective Conan) and “Monster Hunter” have already made an appearance at Cool Japan in the past. In response to their popularity, they will featured again in 2018, but this time with an upgrade! “Sailor Moon” and “Final Fantasy” are just two examples of the new members of the Cool Japan team – there’s so much that’s going to make this the best Cool Japan in history.

    Universal Cool Japan 2018 – The best lineup in history!
    【Part 1】19th January 2018 (Friday)~ 24th June 2018(Sunday)

     

    ① Final Fantasy

    Worldwide popularity fell into the hands of the Final Fantasy series for its cutting-edge graphics, unique outlook onto the world, and thrilling storyline. The series made the Guinness world record for the “most prolific role-playing game series”, representing Japan as a forerunner in role-playing games . The series will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

     

    ② Case Closed (Detective Conan)

    In the year 2017, manga artist Gosho Aoyama single handedly sold over 2 million copies of his manga worldwide. The movie that was released in spring this year sparkled as the top movie of the first half of 2017. Its popularity stretches to over 20 countries worldwide.

     

    ③ Monster Hunter

    Since the launch of the “Monster Hunter” series, the hunting action game has become popular all over the world, earning the reputation as a “monster phenomenon” and as a sensational game for adults. “Monster Hunter: World” is an upcoming game which will be launched at the beginning of 2018. Fans cannot contain their excitement as they wait.

    【Part 2】Limited edition event from spring 2018

    ④ Sailor Moon
    The monthly magazine “Nakayoshi” will feature the manga artist of Naoko Takeuchi as she commemorates the 25th anniversary of her manga Sailor Moon. As well as an animation series that has been a sensation in more than 40 countries, a manga series, musicals and numerous collaborations, the fame just keeps on coming!

    Further information on the atractions and opening days will be released on a later date. For now, all we can do is wait for more updates!

     

     

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    Universal Cool Japan 2018
    Event period:
    【Part 1】19th January 2018(Friday)~ 24th June 2018(Sunday)
    【Part 2】Limited period event from spring 2018

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  • Sailor Moon Area to Arrive at Miniature Theme Park SMALL WORLDS TOKYO in June

    31.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The world’s biggest miniature theme park SMALL WORLDS TOKYO has announced that the highly-anticipated Sailor Moon area will open on June 5, 2020.

     

    The Sailor Moon area gives people the chance to be turned into miniature 1/80 scale figurines and live there. In the run up to the grand opening, members of the official Sailor Moon fan club “Pretty Guardians” will have early access to this program from May 29, 2020.

     

    What is SMALL WORLDS TOKYO?

    SMALL WORLDS TOKYO is a miniature theme park that opened Ariake district of Tokyo earlier this spring. The park covers an 8,000 square meter area which is split into seven different areas made up of moving miniature models: the Kansai International Airport, the Space Center, World Streets, Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion Tokyo-3, and Neon Genesis Evangelion Evangelion Cage.

     

    What is the Sailor Moon figurine program?

    The Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series is set in Tokyo’s Azabu-Juban district, which is the setting for the area in SMALL WORLDS TOKYO. During the day, the series heroines, including Usagi Tsukino, live a lively life in Azabu-Juban. At night when the street lights turn on, the girls transform into Sailor Guardians under the moonlight.

     

    On the opposite side of Azabu-Juban district you can see Crystal Tokyo, a future capital city in the 30th Century which also appears in the original series.

     

    In the exclusive Pretty Guardians fan club area of the exhibit, members will find miniature figurines of themselves, making it feel like they really live in the world of Sailor Moon. More details on this program can be found on the official fan club website.

  • Sailor Moon Nail Oil Set Released to Promote the Upcoming ‘Sailor Moon Eternal’ Movie

    28.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Bandai has developed a new Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon “Fragrance Nail Oil Set” on its online store Premium Bandai as part of its cosmetics brand Miracle Romance. Released on March 26, the set is inspired by the upcoming animated film Sailor Moon Eternal which will be released in September this year.

    Miracle Romance Fragrance Oil Nail Set – ¥4,400 (Tax Included) *Shipping & handling fees not included

    Both nail oils are made in the image of Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon who will appear in the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal movie.

    The Super Sailor Moon nail oil has an “Eternal Lemon” fragrance which is locked away inside its gorgeous bottle featuring yellow and blue coloured nail oilーthe same colours as the character’s skirt.

    Super Sailor Chibi Moon’s skirt is yellow and pink, as represented by the colour nail oil for this bottle. It has a cute and sweet-smelling fragrance, and contains three ingredients that are great for the skin: jojoba oil, rose hip, and grapeseed oil. The oil can be used on the skin, where it’s not sticky and is soaked up easily, as well as the nails and cuticles to moisturise them, leaving them nice and smooth.

    The bottles are crafted with the finest details that showcase motifs of their respective characters. They are chic and made from glass which allow for the oils’ colours to glisten through. They are also both branded with the sentence “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal.”

     

    These aren’t just made to look cuteーthey are expertly-made cosmetics for those who want to be a Pretty Guardian too.

     

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  • Sailor Moon Body Soap Releasing in Collaboration With LUX

    01.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    LUX is collaborating with Sailor Moon to release its popular body soap series with Sailor Moon packaging, which will roll out across Japan for a limited time from March 2, 2020.

     

    LUX is a total beauty brand managed by Universal Japan Customer Marketing.

    LUX’s message with this collaboration is for girls to “Shine With No Limits.” Like the Sailors, they want the beauty of girls to shine on both the inside and outside.

     
    The packaging designs feature one for each of the five Sailors. Bearing each characters’ silhouettes, the LUX body soap fragrances are as follows: “Soft Rose” for Sailor Moon, “Satin Soap” for Sailor Venus, “Musky Floral” for Sailor Mercury, “Violet Floral” for Sailor Mars, and “White Garden” for Sailor Jupiter.


    LUX will also hold a Twitter campaign from March 2 where you can receive an assortment of these limited edition packaged products by posting a photo of your purchased product with the hashtag #ラックス美少女戦士セーラームーン (“LUX Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon”).


    Wrap yourself in the new fragrances of LUX, which were revamped in October 2019, and smell as good as the Sailors after a tiring day of being a magical girl.

  • Mario Question Blocks Appear in New York to Win a Trip to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD

    22.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is set to open at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in 2020ーthe year of the Tokyo Olympicsーas the world’s first theme park area centred on the world, games and video game characters from Nintendo. A whopping 60 billion yen has been injected to make the park a reality.

     

    In promotion of the park, the “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE” was held in New York, US on February 19.

    Fans dashed to Grand Central Terminalーa tourist hot spotーwhere the event was held to play a game involving the iconic Question Blocks from the Mario video game franchise. The set-up, which brought to mind a Bonus Stage from the game, had people hitting the question blocks just like Marioーsomething which we all must have imagined doing before.

    1,000 people participated in the event which they signed up to prior. It was a day of fun for not only players but onlookers too. Grand prize winners won trips to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, which is set to open before the Tokyo Olympic Games start, while all other participants got their hands on some exclusive SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merch early.

     

    One participant said: “I love everything about Mario, so I knew I’d definitely be taking part today! I’ve loved Mario since I was a kid, I even had a plush toy of him. Mario really is exciting. I’ve always wanted to be Mario, so I’m really happy with how today turned out. I want to go to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD with my best friend and try out all the attractions. I’m sure it’s gonna be a lot of fun!” (Male, 20 / Staten Island, New York) *Translated from Japanese

    One of the grand prize winners said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Nintendo’s games since I was 3-years-old. I was lucky to get to take part in the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE today, but to go and win the grand prize is an amazing feeling! I’ll be going to Japan with my girlfriend who I love so much! I’m always paying attention to news about SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. The Mario Kart attraction will definitely be a ride, I’m looking forward to it so much I just can’t wait! I always thought it would be great if they made a Mario theme park, so the fact they’re doing it in both Japan and even the US is amazing!” (Male, 20 / The Bronx, US) *Translated from Japanese

    The Question Blocks also made an appearance in Times Square. The event was covered on the morning news in the US with fans visible at the event, Rockefeller Plaza, and elsewhere.

     

    If you’re a Mario and Nintendo fan planning a trip to Japan then be sure you get to experience SUPER NINTENDO WORLD when it opens this year.

  • Sailor Moon Ice Show ‘Prism On Ice’ to Feature World Class International Figure Skaters

    16.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A press conference was held detailing information about the upcoming Sailor Moon: Prism On Ice ice skating show, for which it had already been unveiled that Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva would play the role of the titular character, Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino.

    At the press conference, Medvedeva expressed her love for the Sailor Moon anime series, calling it her favourite and being thankful to not only be a part of it, but also to be playing the main character. She said she will work hard with lots of practice in the run up to the ice show for her role.

    The official logo for the Prism On Ice show was also revealed, as well as the rest of the figure skating cast which includes Satoko Miyahara as Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno, Mirai Nagasu as Sailor Mars/Rei Hino, Alissa Czisny as Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino, Becky Bereswill as Sailor Venus/Minako Aino, Andrew Poje as Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba, Jason Brown as Kunzite, Takahito Mura as Jadeite, Dylan Moscovitch as Nephrite, and Seiya Hashimoto as Zoisite.

     

    Japanese singer and actress ANZA will also make a special appearance as Queen Serenity.

    Providing the voice acting will be the cast from the voice cast from the upcoming two-part anime film Sailor Moon: Eternal, which includes Kotono Mitsuishi as Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino, Hisako Kanemoto as Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno, Rina Sato as Sailor Mars/Rei Hino, Ami Koshimizu as Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino, and Shizuka Ito as Sailor Venus/Minako Aino.

     

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  • Universal Studios Japan’s New Promotional Video Sees NMB48 Members Enjoying Their Youth

    31.January.2020 | SPOT

    Last autumn, Universal Studios Japan released a video showcasing youngsters in enjoying their youth in the park, and it blew up on Japanese social media. The park released a new version of the video online on January, and it will hit television in the Kansai area on February 1.

    The video’s theme is “Youth is a moment; youth is infinite.” We see five NMB48 membersーCocona Umeyama, Rei Jōnishi, Suzu Yamada, Ayaka Yamamoto, and Haasa Minamiーenjoying themselves in their private time at USJ. They play the part of five friends about to graduate from high school, and like them, the lighthearted nature of the video makes you want to make some memories at the park with your friends too.

     

    The video is saying to all young people that they hope they can make special memories at USJ, deepen their bonds with their friends, and continue their friendships after graduating.

    We get to see the five NMB48 members enjoying the park to the fullest, wearing park merchandise like their cute headbands and pouches, riding the attractions with smiles on the face, snapping photos, and eating food. The song that plays during the video is LILLY by Osaka-born three-piece rock band Hump Back.

    USJ is set to hold numerous campaigns for students entering the park, beginning in February, including student discounts.

  • Universal Cool Japan 2020 Finally Begins: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World & More

    23.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    This year’s Universal Cool Japan finally opened at Universal Studios Japan on Tuesday, where it is set to run until June 28, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world. Four internationally beloved franchises take the spotlight for 2020: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World, Detective Conan, and Lupin III.

     

    A host of lucky guests were able to experience the attractions before anyone else. Today, we hear their review and comments of the all-new rides, attractions, live shows and restaurants centred around the four big contenders which serve to fully immerse fans in their incredible worlds.

     

    Attack on Titan’s first XR ride

    The Attack on Titan manga series has celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. For this year’s Universal Cool Japan, the internationally-acclaimed series welcomes its first ever XR ride, as well as its own “Survey Corps Diner.”

    Guests wear VR goggles that transport them into a 360° rendering of the world of Attack on Titan, with life-size Titans appearing before their very eyes. Guests ride a roller coaster and fly alongside the Survey Corps. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to soar up high with ODM maneuver gear, now’s your chance. The Attack on Titan XR Ride offers a thrill like no otherーone so tense you’ll be left wondering whether you will survive.

     

    ■Guest Comment

    “It was so much fun! The visuals are breathtaking and connect superbly to the ride’s movements. I was completely immersed in the visuals; it really felt like I was riding a wagon. Eren and the Survey Corps members were so cool, and even the horses looked realistic. It was amazing!” (Woman, 20/Osaka Prefecture) *Translated from Japanese

    The themed restaurant, “Attack on Titan Survey Corps Diner,” is so realistic to a quality you wouldn’t believe, with the Survey Corps members’ weapons and personal belongings left casually around the place. Guests can feel immersed as they listen to the conversations between the characters will chowing down on their meal, take a photo with life-sized versions of Levi and Hange, and more.

     

    Detective Conan World’s two new attractions with Shuichi Akai have fans screaming

    At Detective Conan World, fans can expect to see the appearance of the hugely popular character Shuichi Akai who is set to star in the upcoming animated film Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (releasing April 17, 2020). Four rides and attractions can be enjoyed at Detective Conan World, including the manga series’ first-ever story-packed roller coaster named Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride.

    Guests can also look forward to joining Conan solve cases in Detective Conan: The Escape ~The Scarlet Bullet~, an escape game featuring an original story and a live performance by a real cast. Participants will make use of AR technology and solve the cases within the time limit to escape. Expect appearances from familiar faces too like Rachel Moore, Richard Moore, and others.

    In Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride, you’ll be placed in the passenger seat with Akai on the wheel who will use some extreme driving techniques to shake off the criminal. Look forward to plenty of thrills in this immersive experience.

     

    ■Guest Comment

    “Not only do you solve cases, there’s also a gaming aspect to the challenges which require the use of the AR terminal. It’s also a team game where you work with others, so I enjoyed it with everyone else. A lot of characters make an appearance too, it was so cool.” (Female, 20/Osaka Prefecture) *Translated from Japanese

    There’s also the Detective Conan Mystery Challenge in which guests take a hands-on approach to solve various incidents around the theme park. Harley Hartwell, Kazuha Toyama, and Tomoya’s love rival Momiji Ooka are also present in this game with in the form of a real-life cast.

    Fans can also tuck into some mystery-themed food at the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant which combines food and live entertainment. Fans reacted overwhelmingly to the appearance of Masumi Seraーthe sister of Akai. There’s also appearances from Amuro Tooru and Serena Sebastian too.

     

    Lupin the Third: The Live

     

    Witness a live cast playing the roles of the popular Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa XIII, Fujiko Mine, and Koichi Zenigataーthe latter of which is trying to chase down Lupin. It features live entertainment by real cast members who will perform right before guests. The reaction to this live show has been overwhelming as guests feel like they are running through Delancey Street in New York with Lupin in this interactive story.

     

    ■Guest Comment

    “I was amazed to have been able to see such an amazing show right in front of me. Lupin and the gang came from above, below, left, and right. There were too many good moments. I didn’t have enough eyes! <laughs>” (Female, 20/Hyogo Prefecture)

    Last year’s Lupin III restaurant, Ristorante Amore, has received an upgrade for 2020. Experience being served by Lupin himself, with his gentle approach and know-how when it comes to getting with the ladies, and Goemon Ishikawa XIII, who is aloof and has terrible romance skills. They are serving up authentic Italian cuisine.

    Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK

    The Monster Hunter video game franchise is loved the world over, and is appearing once more at Universal Cool Japan after two years. Use interactive VR technology and go hunting in the world of Iceborne, the hit expansion to Monster Hunter World, in an experience so immersive you’ll forget about the real world.

     

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  • Universal Studios Japan to Offer Student Discounts in February and March

    22.January.2020 | SPOT

    Osaka-based theme park Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced special discounts on its “Universal Annual Pass” tickets for students which will be available from February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020. All university students, graduate students, junior college students, vocational college students, high school students, and junior high school students can get their hands on the discount by simply showing their student ID when purchasing the pass.

     

    The pass enables the guests to enjoy the host of exciting seasonal events and attractions throughout 2020 at USJ. The park will also offer exclusive campaigns for students during the graduation and spring break seasons.

     

    Don’t miss this chance to experience USJ’s world-class entertainment at a discounted price. Reap all the benefits of student life!

  • Latest News On SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Japan – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    16.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is set to open at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in 2020ーthe year of the Tokyo Olympicsーas the world’s first theme park area centred on the world, games and video game characters from Nintendo.

     

    What is “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD”?

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as themed restaurants, merchandise shops, and more.

    Power Up Band

    Guests at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be able to feel like they are in a Mario video game with the Power Up Band, a purchasable wristband which works in connection with the USJ app for smartphones., which enables them to collect digital coins and compete with their friends for the highest score on the scoreboards.

     

    Hit question blocks to collect coins

    Just like Mario does in his quest to save Princess Peach from Bowser, guests can collect coins by hitting Question Blocks with their Power Up Bands. They will feel like they are competing in a video game, in real time, with the other guests in the park. The Power Up Band has numerous features, including the ability to obtain collectable items like Mario character stamps by completing various conditions listed on the app.

     

    Battle bosses with friends

    Additionally, guests can collect ‘Keys’ in a new attraction called ‘Key Challenges’ with which they can unlock various gameplay opportunities including ‘Boss Battles.’ They will be able to battle bosses together with their friends.

     

    Charli XCX & Galantis drop music video to promote the park’s grand opening

    To promote the opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, USJ dropped a music video entitled WE ARE BORN TO PLAY on their official YouTube channel on Tuesday in collaboration with Swedish electronic DJ duo Galantis and English singer-songwriter Charli XCX. The music video merges the real world with the world of Mario, with Charli hanging out with Toad on top of Peach’s castle and people stomping on digital Goombas. The song features original music mixed together iconic leitmotifs from the Mario games.


    We look forward when SUPER NINTENDO WORLD finally opens and will most definitely cover it once it does.

  • SMALL WORLDS TOKYO: New Details Drop On Sailor Moon & Evangelion Areas at Tokyo’s Miniature Theme Park

    01.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The date has finally been revealed for the opening of the all-new SMALL WORLDS TOKYO in Tokyo’s Ariake district: April 25, 2020.

    The park will cover an 8,000m2 area across its four floors: the Departure Floor where visitors arrive at the doorstep of the world of SMALL WORLDS TOKYO, the Departure Lounge where you can enjoy delicious food from around the world, SMALL WORLDS where you are thrown into multiple different worlds, and the Creators Floor where you will get to see these miniature worlds being created on a day-to-day basis.

    The main floor, SMALL WORLDS, is made up of seven areas: the Kansai International Airport Area, the Space Center Area, World Streets Area, Sailor Moon Area, Neon Genesis Evangelion Tokyo-3 Area, Neon Genesis Evangelion Evangelion Cage Area, and the newly-announced Tokyo Area which for now is a tentative title as they begin preparations for rolling out details about it.

    A new photo has been released, as pictured above, of the highly-anticipated Sailor Moon Area. It showcases the outside of series protagonist Usagi Tsukino’s house which the park confirms is now complete.

    The Neon Genesis Evangelion Tokyo-3 Area will also feature a visual attraction that makes use for AR/VR technology. It was made in collaboration with South Korean director Jae Cheol Hong. The park will also open a “Special Area” which will feature a miniature remodelling of Shurijo Castle in Okinawa, which was destroyed last month as a result of a fire. It will open sometime next year, and be subsequently moved to SMALL WORLDS OKINAWA, a new site set to open in 2021.

     

    The Citizens Rights Figure Program, which opened in August, received such overwhelming praise a second run began on November 29. The program scans a 3D model a person and have a figure of themselves placed in the area of their choice. The areas people can place themselves in this time are the Kansai International Airport Area, Space Center Area, and World Streets Area.

  • Smell as Good as Sailor Moon With Her New Miracle Romance Moon Stick Perfume

    18.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Bandai’s official online store Premium Bandai released a new perfume in its Miracle Romance brand of cosmetics on November 14 inspired by Sailor Moon’s Moon Stick.

    This bottle of perfume features the same design as the Moon Stick, an item used by Sailor Moon for healing and attacking.

    The shiny gold-plated lid is in the shape of a crescent moon, underneath which sits a red rhinestone on a sparkly pink stick. The intricate design of this clear pink perfume bottle is made so that it reflects light and shines. It’s also sized perfectly so it feels like you are holding the real Moon Stick, so you can feel like Sailor Moon too!

    The perfume has a lovely and refreshing rose fragrance that conjures up the image of a strong, dignified young lady like Sailor Moon. The first notes to hit your nose when applying are elegant blackberry, bergamot, and mandarin. The middle note are a luxurious rose, delicate jasmine, and lily of the valley. Finally, to complete this feminine fragrance, we have patchouli and vetiver to elevate that high-class feel, and finally musk and sandelwood. The perfume also has two carefully chosen beautifying components: extracts of rose centrifolia and Indian lotus.

     

    Not only is this a cute item, it’s the real deal with its mix of high quality ingredients. Smell as good as Sailor Moon does by getting your hands on the Miracle Rose Moon Stick Perfume.

     

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  • Universal Cool Japan 2020: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World, Detective Conan & Lupin III

    13.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    It has been announced that Universal Cool Japan 2020 will take place from January 21 to June 28 next year. This year marks the 6th run of UCJ which began in 2015, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world, and enjoys immense popularity every year.

    Universal Cool Japan 2020 will see four big titles in Japanese entertainment come together. Expect all-new attractions for all-new experiences.

    *The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne x USJ attractions will be announced at a later date

    Attack on Titan XR Ride

    The Attack on Titan manga series has celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. For the first time ever, the series is getting its own XR Ride in which guests will don VR goggles that will transport them into a 360° rendering of the world of Attack on Titan, with life-size Titans appearing before their very eyes. Guests will ride a roller coaster and fly alongside the Survey Corps. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to soar up high with ODM maneuver gear, now’s your chance.

     

    Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020

     

    Detective Conan World

    Join Conan in the all-improved and revamped Detective Conan World and help him solve cases in Detective Conan: The Escape; ride the new story-filled roller coaster Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride which features full voice acting and an immersive plot; run around the park and solve various incidents hands-on with Detective Conan Mystery Challenge; and dine at the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant.

     

    Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020

    *Full details on the restaurant will be announced at a later date

     

    Lupin the Third: The Live

    Lupin the Third made its first appearance at UCJ 2019 and was very well-received. This live show features street live entertainment by real cast members who will perform right before guests. Join Lupin and the characters in the exciting world of the franchise.

     

    Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020

     

    Monster Hunter World: Iceborne x Universal Studios Japan

    The Monster Hunter video game franchise is loved the world over, and is appearing once more at Universal Cool Japan after two years. Use interactive VR technology and go hunting in the world of Iceborne, the hit expansion to Monster Hunter World which has shipped 2.8 million copies worldwide.

     

    Running: Spring 2020 (subject to change)

     

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