Sword Art Online: Alicization Collaborates With Fuji-Q Highland
Yamanashi amusement park Fuji-Q Highland is set to hold a collaborative campaign with Sword Art Online: Alicization from April 27 to June 2. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the park and the 10th anniversary of the Sword Art Online light novel series.
Fuji-Q has much planned for the collaboration. The standout event is a screening of Symphonic Alicization Orchestra Special Edition, a special 40-minute compilation of the Sword Art Online Alicization series that aired from October last year to March this year. The video will contain character songs from the CD’s that were coupled with limited pressing DVD and Blu-ray copies of the anime.
The park will also have announcements read by characters from the series, a Sword Art Online puzzle quest, stamp rally, photo spots, a themed menu, original merchandise and more.
A colourful firework display will also be held from May 1 to 4 while ADAMAS by LiSA plays, the opening theme for the anime series.
Rapid buses with SAO artwork on them have also been running since April 13.
People who use Fujiyama Onsen or the cabin and lounge Highland Station which are connected to the park will also received an original postcard. Additionally, there is a collaborative accommodation plan taking place at PICA Lake Saiko Fuji as well as a special photo spot of the Blue Rose Sword at the Narusawa Ice Caves.
Sword Art Online: Alicization x Fuji-Q Highland Collaboration
Running: April 27, 2019 – June 2, 2019
Address: 5-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture
Opening Hours: Weekdays 9:30-17:00 / Weekends & Holidays 9:30-18:00
Closed: May 9, 2019
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party x Fuji-Q Highland Summer Event Announced
Fuji-Q Highland is set to host a summer event in collaboration with the mobile rhythm game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party from August 7 to September 12.
This marks the amusement park’s 4th collaboration with the game which will see newly-illustrated artwork of the characters decorating the attractions, a special talk show hosted by the voice actresses, limited-time announcements on the attractions recorded by the voice actresses, a themed food menu, original merch, and more.
A digital stamp rally will also take place which will have guests locating life-sized panels of seven characters which they need to scan with their smartphone. This will give them a special voiced story. Those who obtain all the digital stamps by scanning all the panels will receive a free novelty as well as an original voiced guide for boarding the amusement park train. The train too will be decorated in BanG Dream! artwork.
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BanG Dream! Girls Band Party x Fuji-Q Highland
Running: August 7, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Event Details: https://www.fujiq.jp/special/2021_bangdream/index.html
Fuji-Q Highland Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
Celebrate Sasuke Uchiha’s Birthday at Fuji-Q Highland’s Naruto x Boruto Summer Event
Fuji-Q Highland began its ‘NARUTO x BORUTO Fuji Hidden Leaf Village’ event on Wednesday which is set to run throughout summer until August 29. The event is taking place to celebrate the birthday of the popular character Sasuke Uchiha from the Naruto franchise.
During the event, a keyword rally will take place, and a special menu will be served up.
Guests must play and ride six Naruto-themed attractions at the park where they will be able to collect keywords related to the Uchiha family. Those who manage to answer all the questions correctly will receive one of two free exclusive pins. The Sasuke & Itachi design will be available from June 9 to July 22 and the Uchiha Family design from July 23 to August 29. Check out the designs below, both of which are must-grabs for fans of Sasuke and the Uchihas.
Pin Design 1: Sasuke & Itachi (Uchiha Brothers) | Available: June 9, 2021 – July 22, 2021
Pin Design 2: Sasuke & Sakura & Sarada (Uchiha Family) | Available: July 23, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Guests will also be able to enjoy a special menu line-up including a ramen dish served at Ichiraku, the ramen bar at Fuji-Q Highland which is themed on the same eatery of the same name in Naruto, and two cakes at Fuji-Q Highland’s official hotel resort and spa.
Uchiha Brother’s Spicy Ramen | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Uchiha Brother’s Print Cake
Uchiha Family’s Print Cake
Running: June 9, 2021 – August 29, 2021
Where: Fuji-Q Highland
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
Fuji-Q Highland’s Gaspard and Lisa Town Begins Spring Season Strawberry Festival
Strawberry lovers, listen up. If you’re looking to indulge in strawberry-flavoured desserts all day long, then this fruity festival will have your mouth watering. The Gaspard and Lisa themed town at Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi is now holding its annual Strawberry Festa event which is running until May 5.
There are so many tasty treats to enjoy at this year’s event, from cakes and pastries, desserts and drinks—all made with plump and fresh strawberries—that you can enjoy eating while walking around the themed town. One must-try is the Strawberry Pavlova which is made with a meringue that’s crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle and is adorned with fresh cream and, of course, strawberries. It’s a hearty serving but is actually a light and refreshing eat.
Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set at Les Rêves Salon de thé
Strawberry Festa exclusive face masks
Guests at the park who spend over ¥3,000 in a single transaction at any shop in the town will receive a free original face mask.
Hotel guest rooms
Meet Gaspard and Lisa in-person
Les Rêves Salon de thé
Strawberry Crepe recipe showcase
For those unable to travel due to restrictions, the town has also posted an online video showing how you can makes a strawberry crepe at home.
Chocolate bananas at LA BANANE
A variety of new shops have also opened at Fuji-Q Highland, including Strawberry Fetish which is Japan’s first shop specialising in strawberry hard candy, as well as LA BANANE where you can enjoy chocolate bananas and other treats.
Colourful bagels at BONBON BAGLE
Gaspard and Lisa Town original merchandise
Fuji-Q Highland Gaspard & Lisa Town Strawberry Festa
Running: March 23, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Where: Fuji-Q Highland
Event Details: https://www.fujiq.jp/special/lisagasevent/
Fuji-Q Highland’s Hidden Leaf Village Theme Park Area Adds New Photo Spots
Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, Japan, added new photo spots to its popular Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village area on Friday (December 4).
The new spots
New statues of Jiraiya, Tsunade, Gaara, and Itachi have been placed around the park, making the perfect for a photo opportunity and to make guests feel even more like they’re in the world of Naruto.
A new Gaara-inspired ramen dish
¥1,180 (Tax Included)
The area is home to Ramen Ichiraku which is inspired by the ramen bar seen in the Naruto series. There, they have cooked up a new ramen dish inspired by Gaara which comes with a boiled egg with the kanji for ‘love’ (愛) that’s written on the character’s forehead.
Naruto themed hotel rooms at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa
Fuji-Q Highland’s official hotel, Highland Resort Hotel & Spa, has its own special Naruto-themed rooms with references to shinobi and the Hidden Leaf Village dotted everywhere. A new batch of amenities are also set to roll out for guests from February 1, 2021 which will include yukata that dress you like Naruto and Sasuke, face towels with Naruto and Sasuke on them during their final battle, and more.
If you’ve always wanted to feel like you’re in the world of Naruto, look no further than Fuji-Q Highland.
Fuji-Q Highland Naruto x Boruto Hidden Leaf Village
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00
Closed:  December 10th /  January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
Shinobi Japanese Ninja Suite Room NARUTO
Capacity: 4 People (¥6,000 for each additional person up to 6 people)
*Booking comes with amenities
Fuji-Q Highland Begins Christmas Event at Gaspard and Lisa Town
19.November.2020 | SPOT
Christmas cheer is here at Fuji-Q Highland, the popular amusement park in Yamanashi, where a special Christmas event is taking place at Gaspard and Lisa Town in the park.
Christmas gift set with original tote bag
Hot Coffee Set | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Up until Christmas Day, the Gaspard and Lisa Town shop is selling a special hot coffee set to warm visitors this holiday season which comes with coffee, cookies, and a coffee cup sleeve.
The set comes in a festive tote bag with Gaspard and Lisa celebrating Christmas 2020 around a Christmas tree.
Hot Coffee Set Contents
①Drip Coffee (Gaspard or Lisa version)
②5 Fujiyama Cookies
③Sleeve (Gaspard or Lisa version)
*Tote bags are available while supplies las
Treats for Christmastime
Gaspard and Lisa Christmas Jar Sweets | ¥500 (Tax Included)
At the Les Rêves Salon de thé tea salon, visitors can pick up a jar dessert which contains a sweet and sour tart topped with Gaspard and Lisa shaped cookies. Cafe Brioche is also selling a selection of freshly-made Christmas pastries.
When visitors spend over ¥2,000 in a single transaction at shops in the town they will receive a limited-edition Gaspard and Lisa Christmas coaster.
Send Christmas post to the Gaspard and Lisa creators
When buying something in the town, customers will be handed a Christmas card that they can send a message in to post in the town’s Christmas postbox. The post will be sent to wife and husband Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben, the creators of Gaspard and Lisa, in Paris, France. Up on the second floor of the town’s shop are also drawings and messages by the two creators delivered for this year’s Christmas event.
Post Collection: November 14, 2020 – December 13, 2020
Location: Gaspard and Lisa Town Shop
*1 card per transaction, available while supplies last
Meet Gaspard and Lisa
Gaspard and Lisa donning Christmas cloaks will make an appearance on Christmas cloaks to light up the Towatomo Tree. Visitors can also enjoy a soup with a cute Gaspard or Lisa sleeve.
Date: December 25, 2020
Time: From 16:30
Location: Gasprd and Lisa Town’s Towatomo Tree
Soup Only – ¥300 (Tax Included)
Soup & Sleeve – ¥720 (Tax Included)
Wine bottle shaped chocolate
～Le Premier～Le chocolate au vin | ¥2,980 (Tax Included)
The bakers at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa have crafted a new wine bottle-shaped chocolate for the Christmas event. Its sweetness makes it perfect for pairing with wine.
Available: Les Rêves Salon de thé in Gaspard and Lisa Town
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Gaspard and Lisa Town Christmas
Running: November 14, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Fuji-Q Highland
Address: 5–6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: December 3 / December 10
Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/en/
Directions to the park: https://www.fujiq.jp/en/access/
Celebrate Naruto’s Birthday at Fuji-Q Highland’s Hidden Leaf Village Theme Park Area
Naruto Uzumaki’s birthday falls on October 10, so to celebrate, Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, Japan, is holding a birthday festival for the titular character of the popular anime series. The event will be held at the park’s Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village area.
Naruto Ramen | ¥1,280 | Available: October 10, 2020 and October 11, 2020
Customers who order the special ramen dish from the ramen bar at the park, which is called Ramen Ichiraku after Naruto’s favourite eatery in the series, will get a huge topping of naruto, a type of Japanese steamed fish-paste cake. Only 100 of these hearty dishes will be served a day.
The park is also holding a social media campaign. If they can reach 7,610 followers—a number which can be read as “na-ru-to” in Japanese—this year, then they’ll hold a lottery for fans to win a special prize.
Naruto Print Cake / Naruto Team 7 Print Cake
Fuji-Q Highland will also serve up two cakes, one with just Naruto and the other with Naruto and the rest of Team 7 including Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi.
Jiraiya / Tsunade / Gaara / Itachi
Lastly, from the end of November, life-sized portraits of Jiraiya, Tsunade, Gaara, and Itachi will be set up at the park for fans to take photos with.
ⓒMasashi Kishimoto Scott / Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot
Naruto Uzumaki Birthday Festival 2020 – Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village
Fuji-Q Highland Official Website (English): https://www.fujiq.jp/en/
Sword Art Online: Progressive Anime Series Announced
24.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The next chapter of the Sword Art Online anime series has been green-lit. With the completion of season two of Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, the anime’s official Twitter page and website has confirmed the adaptation of the Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels. Check out the official announcement video below.
Sword Art Online: Progressive – Anime Project Video Announcement
The six-volume Sword Art Online: Progressive is a retelling of the events from the original Aincrad arc of Sword Art Online. Further details surrounding the project have yet to be announced, so stay tuned.
© 2020 Reki Kawahara / KADOKAWA/SAO-P Project
Sword Art Online: Progressive
Official Website: https://sao-p.net/
ReoNa’s Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Song ‘ANIMA’ Breaks 2 Million YouTube Views
The music video for ReoNa’s newest song ANIMA, which is used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, has surpassed 2 million views on YouTube. The video was released on her YouTube channel on July 12, 2020 and reached 1 million views in just five days. It broke 2 million on Sunday.
ReoNa made her name known during the broadcast of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online in April 2018 in which she performed the singing voice of the anime’s singer-songwriter character Elza Kanzaki. She also performed the Sword Art Online: Alicization ending theme song forget-me-not and the insert song Over the Rainbow in January 2019. Two years have already passed since her solo debut.
The ANIMA music video is the first from ReoNa to feature a full backing band. The high speed video also makes use of projection mapping. The full version of the music video is included on the DVD featured on First Press Limited Edition copies of the ANIMA single.
ReoNa – “ANIMA” Music Video
The song ANIMA was released on music streaming and download services on July 13 ahead of the physical single release which dropped on July 22. When the digital version came out, it immediately peaked at No. 1 on iTunes Japan in the Anime Singles category. ANIMA (Special Edition) also reached No. 1 on digital album rankings in Japan.
A special ReoNa character has also been added to the video game Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris for which the singer also performs its opening theme Scar/let. The game released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on May 21, 2020. Her character design was conceived by abec who is also responsible for illustrations in the original Sword Art Online light novels.
ReoNa | Comment
“My heart is filled with joy at getting to sing for Sword Art Online again, a series which I cherish and became a turning point for me in my life. I hope this opening theme reaches your heart, along with the characters themselves—their trials and tribulations, the paths each of them walk, and their heart and spirit. I’ve also sung my first ever theme song for a video game: Scar/let, for Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris […]”
©2017 Reki Kawahara/KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works/SAO-A Project
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Release Date: July 22, 2020
First-Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD+Photo book) VVCL1680-1681 / ¥1,600 + Tax
Limited Edition (CD+DVD) VVCL1683-1684 / ¥1,600 + Tax
Regular Edition (CD Only) VVCL1682 / ¥1,200 + Tax
Streaming Link: https://reona.lnk.to/ANIMA
ReoNa Official Website: http://www.reona-reona.com/
New Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Final Season Trailer Released
The final season of the Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld anime series is set to begin airing on July 11, 2020. The Alicization arc began airing back in October 2018. The anime is an adaptation of the popular light novel series Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara. A film, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, was released in 2017 and earned ¥4.3 billion in the Japanese box office.
A new trailer for the final season was released on Aniplex US’s YouTube channel which features the ending theme I will… by Eir Aoi. Check it out below.
©2017 Reki Kawahara / KADOMAWA ASCII Media Works / SAO-A Project
Release Date: August 12, 2020
First Press Edition (CD+DVD: ¥1,800 (Before Tax) [VVCL1695-96]
Regular Edition (CD): ¥1,300 (Before Tax) [VVCL1697]
Limited Pressing Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,600 (Before Tax) [VVCL1698-99]
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld
Initial Broadcast: July 11, 2020
Official Website: https://sao-alicization.net/
Top 10 Manga Series From the Summer 2020 Anime List Ranked
03.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese “hybrid” bookshop honto, which is co-managed by Junkudo and 2Dfacto, has used its online and physical book sales data to rank the top 10 manga series of the current 2020 summer anime roster. Their ranking was released on July 2.
Ito (PR, honto) | Comment
“The 2020 summer anime roster is about to start. With people staying at home right now, there is more opportunity to watch anime, so there must be a lot of people looking forward to the new series coming. So we are releasing our own ranking of manga and light novels from the anime series that are airing this summer. Let’s peruse series that are in the spotlight right now by dividing the ranking and the differences in age of people buying the books.”
*Data is based on the sales taken from the first half of 2020
The Top 3 Series
The slapstick love comedy Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Volume 4) by Take clocks in at number one. The series has sold over 1 million copies in Japan. The data shows that the series is most popular with people in their 30’s, who rate at 41.2% of the sales. Will they be watching the anime adaptation too?
In 2nd place is Fire Force (Volume 22) which is serialised in Weekly Shonen Magazine. This series is most popular with those in their 20’s. Season two of the anime series will premiere on July 5.
And in 3rd place is Sword Art Online (Volume 24), a series loved by fans the world over. This hugely popular series has sold over 20 million light novels, and is popular in all age groups, with the biggest percentage of sales going to those in their 40’s at 28.2%. The first season of the anime adaptation aired back in 2012. The second half of the War of Underworld will begin on July 11.
Full Top 10 List
1st Place: Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Volume 4)
2nd Place: Fire Force (Volume 22)
3rd Place: Sword Art Online (Volume 24)
4th Place: Kanojo, Okarishimasu (Volume 14)
5th Place: Baki Dou (Volume 5)
6th Place: Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World (Volume 22)
7th Place: Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater (Volume 6)
8th Place: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Volume 14)
9th Place: Super HxEros (Volume 9)
10th Place: A Certain Scientific Railgun (Volume 15)
*According to honto
honto Official Website
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld’s Second Ending Theme to be Performed by Eir Aoi
Japanese singer Eir Aoi’s song I will… will be used as the second ending theme for the ongoing TV anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld starting from April 25, 2020.
Eir Aoi’s last collaboration with the Sword Art Online anime series was almost a year and a half ago when she released her song Iris which was the first ending theme for Sword Art Online: Alicization.
A new promotional video was also released for the continuation of Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld which is currently following the “Alicization Awakening” arc. The video features the debut hearing of ReoNa’s new song ANIMA which will serve as the opening theme. Check it out below.
“Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld” – Final Chapter
Eir Aoi | Comment
“I was given the opportunity to sing the first ending theme ‘Iris,’ so I am so grateful to be on board again. The theme of this new song ‘I will…’ centres on being emotionally close to someone you hold dear and walking together with them. It’s a ballad that unfolds into something majestic. I hope it’s a song that holds close emotionally to SAO and those who watch it too.”
ReoNa to Perform SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris Video Game Opening Theme
A new trailer has been released for SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris, an upcoming video game that’s set to drop on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One on May 21, 2020 and Steam® on May 22, 2020 . It features the game’s opening theme Scar/Let by ReoNa.
ReoNa has made her name known the world over in the anime community since her solo debut only one and a half years ago as the singing voice of Elsa Kanzaki in the anime series Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online.
The new trailer gives us a peek into Medina’s past and where she is headed, as well as new story content, characters, and the “Underworld,” a mysterious virtual world set in the anime’s Alicization arc.
Those who pre-order a copy of the digital “Deluxe Edition” of the game game will be able to play the game before its release date with “βeater’s Player.”
Those who pre-order any edition of the game will receive 200 SAO prepaid points (in-game currency) and 4 design contest costumes.
©2017 Reki Kawahara/KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works/SAO-A Project
ⒸBANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris
Release Date: May 21, 2020 (Steam® Release Date: May 22, 2020)