Universal Studios Japan Detective Conan Escape Game, Lupin III XR Ride

23.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

Universal Cool Japan has returned to Universal Studios Japan for the 5th time since starting in 2015. Running until August 25, the event this year has been “produced on the largest scale in the event’s history.” Six major names in Japanese entertainment have been turned into eight attractions including Detective ConanAttack on TitanGodzillaNeon Genesis EvangelionSailor Moon and for the first time ever Lupin III.

 

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON attended Universal Cool Japan 2019’s opening ceremony on January 17, 2019. Members of the team got to try out the new Lupin III XR ride before it opened to the general public on January 18. It is running until June 23. We also got to experience the Detective Conan themed escape game.

Japanese singer and actor Win Morisaki, who made his Hollywood debut last year, attended this year’s opening ceremony. Clad in a red hakama, he got the crowd pumping, and it seemed like he had experienced the new attractions already. During an interview he said, “[The attraction’s] quality and outlook are really cool. I couldn’t stop my excitement in getting to dive into the worlds of series I have loved since forever for the very first time.”

 

I also love Detective Conan so much so that I can’t lose to Morisaki. I watch it almost every week and I too played the escape game with Conan. To have been able to enter his world is amazing!

 

One truth prevails in “Detective Conan The Escape: Konjou no Jomaku”

The attraction takes place in a certain building where you face off against Conan’s greatest rival, Kid the Phantom Thief, to find the lose treasure. You are split into groups and use 2 touch panels while solving the riddles together with Conan. Will you be able to find the treasure before Kid…?!

Familiar faces join you along the journey including Richard Moore, Rachel Moore, Serena Sebastian, and of course Conan. The game begins with an explanation on the hidden treasure. You advance through the story with the characters. It’s just like being in the anime! It’s as Win Morisaki said, you dive into the world of Conan.

You are also in touch with Conan throughout the game. It was just like being in the Detective Boys―the detective team Conan made with his elementary school friends. Even with 5 adults the puzzles were fairly difficult. Brainstorming is valuable! It should be solved with a clear mind.

 

This attraction requires a separate ticket. The number of people that can participate is also limited, so be sure to check the USJ homepage in advance so you can see what day you can directly confront Kid the Phantom Thief with Conan!

 

 

Enjoy a car chase with Lupin at the “Lupin III Car Chase XR Ride”

An XR pairs VR technology with a roller coaster. The visuals are synchronised with the movements of the roller coaster itself, and this one places you in a car chase in Lupin III‘s beloved car.

Once you’ve got your VR goggles on and are strapped in it’s time to set off. The ride is pretty fast so I recommend putting your goggles slightly tight. I don’t like tight things so I loosened them after the staff in charge put them on me but they ended up slipping off partway through.

 

I’m actually not good with roller coasters, but my fear was halved because I couldn’t see when we were going to drop at all. You don’t even realise you’re gradually going up when looking in the VR goggles. This is a roller coaster that even people who don’t like them can enjoy.

 

In the visuals not only do you see Lupin but Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa and Inspector Zenigata too. You’ve got to experience that feeling of Lupin being chased by Inspector Zenigata.

They also sell churros near the attraction with Fujiko Mine’s kiss mark on them. They smell like roses and can only be bought here!

 

Visit Universal Studios Japan for yourself to enjoy an experience you can’t anywhere else.

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    Universal Easter Celebration

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    Thomas Garrity (Universal Creative, Executive Producer) | Comment

    “Deep inside Bowser’s Castle lies Mario Kart: Bowser’s Castle, a collaborative effort between Nintendo and Universal Studio’s Creative Team to recreate the world of the hugely popular Mario Kart series which has sold over 150 million copies. Guests will put on their headsets and experience limitless excitement and thrills as they speed around courses.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge

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    Endless fun for fans of Mario

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    Guests will be able to purchase the Power Up Band, a wristband that works together with a smartphone app that allows you to collect virtual coins by punching Questions Blocks like Mario which are scattered around the park. Scores can be seen on the leaderboard so you can see how you stack up against other players.

  • Review: Universal Studios Japan Spreads the Christmas Cheer With Their Special Winter Program

    15.November.2020 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has planned a special series of Christmas events for this year to celebrate everyone’s endeavours throughout this tumultuous 2020. Celebrations began on November 13 and are set to run through to December 27. The amusement park held a press preview on November 12 which allowed early access..

     

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    Smiles are sure to be abound at USJ this year as they always are. For more information, be sure to check out our other article here as well as the park’s official website.

     

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  • Universal Studios Japan Announces Christmas 2020 Program

    01.November.2020 | SPOT

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    Universal Studios Japan Hotel

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    More details will be released on USJ’s official website in the lead up to the park’s Christmas program.

     

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  • World’s First Mario Cafe and Shop Opens at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka

    20.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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    Themed food and merchandise line-up

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    08.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its new Nintendo-themed area SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open in spring 2021. The park was originally scheduled to open last year, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, but the date was postponed due to COVID-19.

     

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD: A Nintendo Fan’s Dream

    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—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.

     

    While the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO is still a while away yet, USJ has everyone covered. The new and first of its kind Mario Cafe & Store will officially open inside the park’s Hollywood Area on October 16, 2020. Let’s take a closer look.

     

    Mario Cafe & Store

    Mario Cafe & Store’s location inside the Hollywood Area


    This Mario themed space will serve up food and drink inspired by everybody’s favourite plumber as well as sell merchandise.

    The cafe and shops’ exterior designs

    The cafe and shop can be easily spotted thanks to the red and green “M” and “L” letters on the windows symbolising Mario and Luigi as well as the Mario and Luigi hats. Gamers can enjoy this exciting space while they wait for the official opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

     

    Mario & Luigi themed food

    The food and drink line-up pays tribute to the beloved Mario video game franchise with instantly-recognisable motifs.

    ①Strawberry Shortcake Mario Hat Pancake Sandwich ②Grape Cheesecake Luigi Hat Pancake Sandwich ③Mario’s Strawberry Cream Fruit Cream Soda ④Luigi’s Apple Cream Fruit Cream Soda ⑤Soft Drinks (Super Mushroom, comes with drinks bottle)

    Everything on the menu is sure to have you snapping some photos for Instagram.

     

    Exclusive Mario merchandise

    The shop is located next to the cafe and offers a whole range of exclusive merchandise with references to the Mario games like the brothers’ hats, Princess Peach’s crown, and more.

    There’s also a special “WHOSE CAP?” series of goods to grab.

     

    Stay tuned for future updates on SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

     

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  • Universal Studios Japan Announces Halloween 2020 Event

    07.September.2020 | SPOT

    Halloween at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is set to begin on September 18, 2020 when guests will see each area around the park transformed into Halloween mode with decorations, a spooky soundtrack, and more. Popular characters at USJ will also be dressed up in their Halloween outfits ready to greet guests.

    The “Minion Monster Greeting” will be a must-see as the cheeky Minions make an appearance for some mischief. The popular annual “Universal Monsters Live: Rock and Roll Show” will also return and see familiar faces like Dracula, Beetlejuice, and other creepers perform song and dance. This year will also see a special show called “Monster de Dance” where monsters and performers will take to the street in masses and perform the ‘rat-tat-tat’ dance with guests. This dance originates from Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe’s song and music video Rat-tat-tat, and this year will be performed in a special “social distancing” version.

     

    EXILE NAOTO | Comment

    “We are returning again to Universal Studios Japan this Halloween to perform Sandaime J Soul Brother’s ‘Rat-tat-tat’ once more! This year, we’ve evolved the dance into the ‘Social Distancing Rat-tat-tat’ so that people can still enjoy the dance while keeping a distance from other people. It would make me happy to see people get involved!”

     

    Kenjiro Yamashita | Comment

    “I’m aware that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of places that people can have a good time have become few in number across the world. I’m thankful to the many people who joined in with our ‘Rat-tat-tat’ dance last Halloween. This year, we’ve powered up the dance and kept social distancing in mind so that everyone can feel safe, so please be sure to give it a go!”

     

    At USJ, which is known as the ‘holy ground for costumes and dress-up,’ they are continuing to provide exciting entertainment for people during the new normal to ensure that anyone can participate and feel safe.

     

    Halloween food and merchandise

    The Minions, Sesame Street characters, and others will be dressed up in their Halloween best. There will also be a special Halloween art display of the Minions and Snoopy at the 42nd Street Greeting Gallery.

  • Universal Studios Japan to Release Snoopy, Elmo and Other Cute Character Face Masks

    06.August.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    In an effort to ensure the safety and protect the health of guests and staff, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) introduced strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on June 8, 2020, such as limiting the number of people who could enter the park each day and enforcing thorough cleaning routines. This enabled the park to reopen after its temporary closure. It has since been able to deliver its scope of fun and excitement to guests, albeit in a more structured way.

    USJ wants to make wearing masks more fun too, and so it is releasing a range of character-inspired face masks, such as Snoopy, Elmo and the Cookie Monster, on August 7. Part of the money made from sales of these masks will be donated to the USJ Wonder Kids Program which helps support children in need.

    Universal Studios Japan original design masks

    The masks’ unique designs take the mouths of each character. These can be worn together with each respective characters’ headband which are also sold at USJ. Designs include Elmo, Cookie Monster, Snoopy, Tim, Jurassic Park, and Jaws.

     

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  • Universal Studios Japan’s ‘Stand By Me Doraemon 2’ XR Ride Food and Merchandise Revealed

    04.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To promote the upcoming 3D CG anime film Stand By Me Doraemon 2, USJ is opening its second-ever Doraemon themed XR ride on August 4 which will run until January 6, 2021.

    Doraemon fans will be able to get their hands on a whole range of exclusive merchandise as well as tuck into themed food.

    STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride

    The Stand By Me Doraemon 2 XR Ride will be a high-speed sensory explosion that makes use of VR technology to send riders on a VR coaster time travel experience through the past, present, and future. The ride will feature a completely original story that ties into the upcoming movie. Park guests will board the Time Coaster to travel through time and chase after Nobita-kun.

    Doraemon Plate Set | ¥2,100 (Tax Included)

    A special food menu inspired by the new movie will be served from August 4 for a limited time. The “Doraemon Plate Set” will have you salivating for the roast chicken topped with a demi-glace sauce and mushroom sauce and surrounded with a bed of vegetables and potato wedges. The plate is also appropriately topped with characters from the movie.

    Doraemon Kid’s Set | ¥1,200 (Tax Included)


    Doraemon’s Pass Loop Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    The Doraemon Kid’s Set features nods to the robot cat’s secret gadgets, like the Take-copter and Time Cloth, while the adorable Pass Loop Cake is inspired by Doraemon’s Pass Loop.

    Popcorn Bucket | ¥3,800 (Tax Included)

    The Popcorn Bucket is fun to look at and even better to eat from, featuring a special Anywhere Door mechanic. Dorayaki is Doraemon’s favourite food, and guests can enjoy dorayaki flavoured popcorn.

    Doraemon Dango | ¥650 (Tax Included)


    Doraemon Frozen | ¥900 (Tax Included)

    Guests can also get their hands on a range of drinks and desserts too.

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    A range of Doraemon merchandise will also roll out from August 28, including ticket holders, key rings, plush toys, and more. Pre-orders are available at Space Fantasy Station from August 4 to 27.

     

    Follow Doraemon on an exciting journey on the STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride!

     

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  • Universal Studio Japan’s New ‘Stand By Me Doraemon 2’ XR Ride Opens in August

    08.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To promote the 50th anniversary anime film Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur, which is set for release in Japan on August 14, 2020, Doraemon himself is making appearances right now at Jurassic Park in Universal Studios Japan until July 22, 2020. Additionally, in promotion of the upcoming 3D CG anime film Stand By Me Doraemon 2, USJ is opening its second-ever Doraemon themed XR ride on August 4 which will run until January 6, 2021.

    It will be a fast-paced Stand By Me Doraemon 2 themed XR ride and sensory explosion that makes use of VR technology to send riders on a VR coaster time travel experience through the past, present, and future.

    Stand By Me Doraemon was released in 2014 as the first 3D CG animated Doraemon film and was a huge hit for the quality of its animation and moving story. The staff have returned to work on its sequel, Stand By Me Doraemon 2, including writers and directors Takashi Yamazaki and Ryuichi Yagi. The XR ride will feature an original story that is connected to the sequel film which itself will be based on the Doraemon short film Doraemon: A Grandmother’s Recollections.

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