Neighborhood Story Manga Collaborates With Fashion Brand jouetie
Japanese fashion brand jouetie is set to release a line of items in collaboration with Ai Yazawa’s manga series Neighborhood Story on February 1, 2019.
Yazawa is known for having created a long list of famous manga series including Nana, Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai and Paradise Kiss.
Neighborhood Story is like the bible to jouetie’s creative directors AMIAYA who became interested in fashion because of the series.
Mikako Pullover: ¥9,000 (Before Tax)
The manga’s protagonist Mikako Kouda is known for undauntedly dyeing her hair pink. The creative minds at jouetie have brought out the character’s eye-catching pink, green and blue contrasts to create this pullover, finished with the title logo on the back. Its oversized hang makes it a great option for layering with one pieces, fishnet tights and other ‘grunge’ style looks.
HAPPY BERRY Hoodie: ¥9,000 (Before Tax)
This colourful hoodie is inspired by Mikako’s HAPPY BERRY brand in the series. The front features its embroidered logo while the back includes vivid pop art prints of Mikako. It goes perfectly with street-style wear such as Dr. Martens and sneakers and when layered with see-through items from the top downwards to give it that mix of sweet and spice.
Scene Cut Long T: ¥8,000 (Before Tax)
Both the and back of this long t-shirt feature cute scenes of Mikako and Tsutomu taken from the manga series. It also features a subtle embroidery of the HAPPY BERRY mark. This t-shirt goes well with a more masculine style layered with items like a turtleneck or on its own for a girly look.
Pick your favourite item and create your own unbelievably cute and daring outfit.
Neighborhood Story x jouetie Collaborative Items
Available: All jouetie stores / RUNWAY channel / OZOTOWN
Release Date: February 1, 2019
jouetie Official Website: https://jouetie.com/
Manga Group CLAMP to Release CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION Vol. 2
06.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The second volume of the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION will feature the popular series Tokyo Babylon! The manga group has begun re-releasing their most famous works in gorgeous new editions, so fans won’t want to miss adding these to their shelves.
Tokyo Babylon is one of CLAMP’s masterpieces, serialized from 1990 until 1993. The volumes will be released in order starting June 3, and each will feature new cover art. Those purchasing a complete set will receive an acrylic stand inspired by the original release.
Recently, CLAMP has begun releasing original art reproductions from 32 of their most famous works. The second round of illustrations has been announced, pulling from Tokyo Babylon, X, Wish, Kobato, Clamp School Detectives, Man of Many Faces, and RG Veda. Preorders open June 1.
CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION – Tokyo Babylon
Release Date: June 3, 2022
Details: Newtype Anime Market
Shueisha’s Haruman!! 2022 Festival Celebrates Manga this Spring
29.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Shueisha is currently offering a ton of manga for free as part of Haruman!! 2022. The campaign is running until May 15 at participating locations and tons of digital manga series are available for download.
During Haruman!! 2022, users can read over 305 digital titles for free. This year’s theme is ‘Manga Festival,’ and manga fans can find both recent and classic titles. Why not catch up on some manga history while you can?
A collaboration with the popular VTuber agency Hololive is also underway. One of the group’s manga-loving members will be chosen each day to serve as Editor-in-Chief of an original manga magazine.
Popular authors are also commemorating the occasion with new illustrations. Eleven artists from Shueisha’s manga department have drawn popular VTubers, and these awesome images are available exclusively on the Haruman!! website.
Stream Date: April 23, 2022
Participants: Shueisha x Hololive Traveling Editorial Department
Streaming Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFZiqLMntJufDCHc6bQixg
In collaboration with puzzle game creators RIDDLER, ‘The Search for the Great Manga King’s Treasure’ will be held. Pulling inspiration from One Piece, which is currently celebrating 25 years of serialization, fans will have to find clues to solve a massive mystery.
Find your new favorite manga series during Haruman!! 2022.
Running: April 11 – May 15, 2022
Official Site: https://haruman.jp
Tower Records Holds Collaboration Campaign with Manga Artist Inio Asano
Dead Dead Demon’s De De De De Destruction, a popular series by Inio Asano, is about to come to its big conclusion in Weekly Big Comic Spirits. To coincide with the climax, the Tower Records Cafe Omotesando store will hold a collaboration cafe for a limited time, from February 3 until February 27, 2022.
Round 1 Exclusives
Round 2 Exclusives
Available During Round 1 & Round 2
Bonus Postcard (Top 4 limited to Round 1, Bottom 4 limited to Round 2, Right available during both Rounds)
Acrylic Keychain (6 varieties)
Pin (6 varieties)
2-pack Clear Folder Set
Original menu items inspired by the characters from Dead Dead Demon’s De De De De Destruction, such as Kadode and Ouran, will be available. The Tower Records exclusive illustration of the two was made for the event and will be distributed to cafe visitors while supplies last. New collaborative merchandise will also be available at Tower Records Abeno Hoop and Tower Records Online.
Inio Asano x Tower Records Cafe Collaboration Cafe
Collaboration Menu Periods:
Round 1: February 3 – February 15, 2022
Round 2: February 16 – February 27, 2022
Available at Tower Records Cafe Omotesando / Tower Records Abeno Hoop / Tower Records Online
Now on Sale!
Berserk Merchandise from Recent Kentaro Miura Exhibition Available for Second Time
From December 11, 2021 until January 30, 2022, a large-scale exhibition paying tribute to Kentaro Miura’s Berserk was held at Hirakata Park Event Hall in Osaka. The special merchandise released for the event is now available again, this time on the ARTIMATION online shop.
ARTIMATION x Berserk
Unreleased Items from the Berserk Exhibition (Only available at the ARTIMATION Online Shop)
This lineup is sure to please not only Berserk fans but those overseas who were unable to attend the event. Certain items not sold at the venue are also available exclusively on the ARTIMATION online store, so check it out!
‘Berserk Exhibition ~ Kentaro Miura’s 32 Years of Artistry’ Collaboration Merchandise
ARTIMATION Official Online Shop: https://www.artimation.shop/
Fashion Brand jouetie Announces Collaboration with MILK
04.February.2022 | FASHION
Fashion brand jouetie has opened online pre-orders for a collection of new collaboration items with the famous Harajuku-based brand MILK. The items will be available in all jouetie stores and online at RUNWAY channel and ZOZOTOWN starting March 11, 2022.
MILK Rhinestone Logo T-shirt
Each logo shirt is decorated with a unique design while remaining simple, with MILK on the front and jouetie on the back. With a reversible design, wear it either way depending on your mood!
MILK Frilled Collar Blouse
Combining the popular romantic lemon pattern with jouetie’s iconic roses, this blouse gives off a unique aura. The collar is also removable!
MILK Rose Knit Cardigan
This knit cardigan from the MILK 2019 SS COLLECTION has been given a unique twist for this collaboration, combining jouetie’s rose motif with a new and trendy color scheme. This open knit is light and super comfortable!
MILK Heart Bag
MILK’s popular Heart Bag has been updated for the collaboration, combining zebra print with a metallic shine. It’s sure to catch anyone’s attention.
Handyman Saito in Another World Manga Series to Receive Anime Adaptation
31.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Kazutomo Ichitomo’s Handyman Saito in Another World manga series is getting an anime adaptation. The manga launched on Kadokawa’s ComicWalker service in 2018 and has been a smash hit since its release, selling over 300,000 copies to date. Ichitomo drew a special celebratory drawing to commemorate the announcement.
The “heartwarming another world fantasy” series follow Saito, a normal handyman reincarnated into another world. He then forms a dungeon party with the beautiful warrior Raelza; Marok, an old and senile magician; and Lafanpan, a cute fairy.
More details will be announced in the future.
Handyman Saito in Another World
X-girl Announces Collaboration Collection with Horror Manga Artist Kazuo Umezu
25.January.2022 | FASHION
Since its early days, women’s streetwear brand X-girl has offered easy and timeless items for every kind of girl. Starting January 21, the apparel brand is teaming up with horror manga legend Kazuo Umezu for a new collection of wearable items! This coincides with Umezu’s Art Exhibition celebrating his huge body of work including The Drifting Classroom and Makoto-chan.
THE GREAT ART EXHIBITION S/S TEE
MY NAME IS SHINGO S/S TEE
FACE S/S TEE
The collection will include three T-shirt designs, including one design being shown for the first time. One graphic was drawn by Umezu exclusively for the collection as well!
SNS Shonen Manga ‘GABULI’ Gets Fifth Music Video Collab Between Nilfruits and sekai
‘GABULI’ is a popular manga series published on social media by the masked and anonymous team No.965 (Croc). On December 26, 2021, the fifth music video for the series was posted to YouTube, and features a new collaborative track between Vocaloid producer Nilfruits and singer sekai. The dark dance number highlights the past of the newest heroine set to join the series. A sixth music video is currently in production and will be released in early January 2022.
Baba Yaga – Nilfruits × sekai
This marks the first collaboration between Nilfruits and the mysterious singer sekai, and even more exciting mashups are coming soon.
Released December 26, 2021
Baba Yaga – Nilfruits × sekai
Releasing Early January 2022
Title Unannounced – Aqu3ra × MARY
Official Site: https://gabuliiiiiii.com/
Popular ‘Style of Chloe’ Manga Series Gets Live-Action Series
Daisuke Imai’s popular manga series Style of Chloe is now a live-action series viewable on the VISION video portion of the ‘LINE NEWS’ smartphone service. The show premiered on December 23, 2021.
The vertical video app VISION has already streamed a number of series, including a short film by Shunji Iwai, one of Japan’s leading film directors, and the comedy series ‘Itaoism.’ The app has proven popular with those wanting something to watch on long communtes, where a cell phone is the only available screen.
Style of Chloe has been serialized irregularly in Weekly Manga Goraku since 2014, and this is the first time it has been adapted into a live-action format. Chloe is a French girl attending a Japanese high school, and despite her pretty blonde hair and blue eyes, she is obsessed with Japanese culture and historical dramas, making her speak like a samurai.
Chloe is played by Maria Tani, a multi-talented actress currently working as an exclusive model for the fashion magazine Vivi. The role of Shinji Nakamura, a boring high school boy who is secretly in love with Chloe, will be played by Kyoya Honda.
Comments from the Cast
“I think this story teaches a number of life lessons based on the Japanese Bushido spirit–even if those lessons are taught by a French girl. The words and the actions of each character gave me so many opportunities to reflect on the important things in daily life, like gratitude and compassion. Although Chloe is nearly expressionless when she speaks, each line is somehow warm and piercing. I was incredibly nervous up until the start of filming, but my co-stars and the staff were so friendly that I ended up having the best time. The shooting was short and I wish it weren’t over! I was also excited to wear a school uniform for the first time in a while.”
Daisuke Imai (Manga Author)
“I’m happy that Style of Chloe, which has been so loved by so many people, has been turned into such a wonderful series. The main character is one of the most unrealistic manga characters I’ve ever drawn, so I’m sure there will be a ton of challenges in bringing her to life. Her ingenuity in dealing with the difficulties of life, however, will surely attract a wide audience, so as a viewer I’m really looking forward to it. I hope that old fans and new fans alike will enjoy the show!”
Chloe: Maria Tani
A blond-haired, blue-eyed high school girl from France. She’s obsessed with Japanese culture.
Shinji Nakamura: Kyoya Honda
A timid high school boy. He’s shocked by how Chloe talks and acts, but can’t help but be attracted to her.
Minoru Sakashita: Hohomi Nasu
A calm but strong-hearted girl with glasses. She is close friends with Chloe.
Akihito Mukai: Kohshu Hirano
Captain and ace of the soccer team, he’s the top-ranked boy in the school’s popularity poll.
Style of Chloe on LINE NEWS VISION
Streaming Date: December 23, 2021 at 18:00~ (Airs Thursdays, 8 episodes total)
Official Series LINE Account: https://line.me/R/ti/p/%40oa-vi-chloe
Manga Author Ai Yazawa, Known for ‘NANA’ and ‘Paradise Kiss,’ to Open Exhibition in Summer 2022
Shojo manga artist Ai Yazawa will hold her own exhibition in 2022! The event will begin at Shinjuku Takashimaya in late July before traveling to Osaka Takashimaya and Yokohama Takashimaya.
Yazawa’s most popular manga series include Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai, Neighborhood Story, Paradise Kiss, and Nana. This exhibition will serve as a ‘best-of album’ for her many beloved works. Typically, Yazawa’s storylines center heavily on young women and their relationships, with each of these characters being very stylish. In the west, this inspired more interest in Tokyo street fashion.
The Ai Yazawa ALL TIME BEST Exhibition will feature over 100 original drawings and illustrations, as well as never-before-seen materials from the production of Yazawa’s many manga series and anime adaptations.
Ai Yazawa ALL TIME BEST Exhibition
Late July – Early August 2022 / Shinjuku Takashimaya 11F Event Hall
Late August – Early September 2022 / Osaka Takashimaya 7F Grand Hall
Late September – Early October 2022 / Yokohama Takashimaya 8F Gallery
*Schedule as of December 21, 2022. Dates and content are subject to change.
Ai Yazawa Gallery Official Website: https://yazawaai-ten.com/
Manga Series Dandadan Gets Collaboration Merch at Tower Records to Celebrate Volume 3
To celebrate the release of volume 3 of the Dandadan manga series, participating Tower Records locations in Japan will be selling some collaborative merchandise starting on December 3. The items will also be available to purchase on Tower Records Online.
Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties): ¥715 (Tax Included)
*This product is limited to 16 per person.
Square Pins (6 varieties): ¥605 (Tax Included)
*This product is limited to 12 per person.
Sticker (Momo Ayase, Okarun, Aira Shiratori & Turbo-Granny, 3 Varieties): ¥880 each
Tiny Pin: ¥660 (Tax Included)
Sticky Note Set: ¥880 (Tax Included)
Towel: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Reversible Reuseable Bag: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
T-shirt (Okarun, Turbo-Granny, 2 varieties): ¥3,850 each
©︎龍幸伸 / 集英社
Dandadan x TOWER RECORDS
Release Date: December 3, 2021 *Reversable bag will go on sale December 10
Participating Locations: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Sapporo PIVOT, Sendai PARCO, Ikebukuro, Akihabara, Machida, Kawasaki, Nagoya Kintetsu Pass’e, Umeda NU Chayamachi, Fukuoka PARCO
Tower Records Online: https://tower.jp
Manga Artist Macoto Takahashi Collaborates With Tsudanuma PARCO for Christmas Event
Legendary shojo manga artist Macoto Takahashi is collaborating with Tsudanuma PARCO in Funabashi, Chiba, for the 2021 Christmas event from November 19 until December 25, 2021. The creator recently released an art book featuring many of his works titled ‘Macoto Takahashi’s Jewelry Box.’ An exhibition featuring mini-prints and mini-panels of works featured in the book will also be held, and merchandise will be on sale both on-site and online.
After his debut in 1953, Takahashi published the manga series Arashi wo Koete and Princess Anne. His signature style of depicting glittering stars in the eyes of his protagonists would have a lasting influence on other manga artists. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was at the helm of many magazine covers and illustrations for popular girls’ manga magazines like Nakayoshi, Shojo Friend, and Margaret. Despite his classic style, his works are still largely popular today. The main visual for the event ‘Lucky Star’ features a girl in a red Christmas-themed costume surrounded by animals, blue snowflakes, and delicate lace.
MACOTO CHRISTMAS 2021
Running: November 19 – December 25, 2021
Location: Tsudanuma PARCO 1F Entrances, Windows (Christmas Decorations) /
B Building 4F, In front of ACADEMIA Kumazawa Bookstore, Next to Escalators (Exhibition / Shop)
Online Store: https://kaeru.parco.jp/shop/detail/shop000027204/