Manga Themed Outfits Showcased at Event Produced by Fashion Designer Kansai Yamamoto

28.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

Students at the fashion, hair, makeup, and graphic design-centred school Vantan Design Institute took part in the International Cultural Exchange Project of Nippon Genki Project 2019 SUPER ENERGY!! which is produced by Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto. Each student showcased their manga-inspired outfits at Roppongi Hills Arena on June 8. These outfits will also be displayed at a fashion presentation taking place at The British Museum on July 5.

The International Cultural Exchange Project strives to give talented young individuals in Japan and the UK the opportunity to bring their ideas to life and find “tomorrow’s” designers.

Artwork Name: embody manga

The project is also teaming up with the fringe event “Late – Manga: Colour and Style” which is part of Citi’s “Manga” exhibition currently taking place at The British Museum to bring the fashion presentation to the UK on July 5. Seven students will participate including one from the University of the Arts London and six from six different Japanese fashion institutions including Vantan Design Institute.


  • Official Slam Dunk Manga T-Shirts Release at American Sports Merch Store Selection

    17.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    A new collection of t-shirts based on the sports manga series Slam Dunk, which has had a huge influence on basketball fans around the world, are now available at the American sports goods store Selection.

    The line-up includes a casual t-shirt displaying just the series logo as well as a sports line t-shirt which breathes well and is super absorbent, and more. As well as t-shirts there’s also towels, tote bags and other items featuring illustrations of scenes from the manga.

    Popular characters from Shohoku High School, where the protagonist goes to school, also feature on many on the t-shirts.


    This collection is sure to be a must-grab by fans around the world.

  • No Guns Life is a manga series created by Tasuku Karasuma which has been serialized in Shueisha’s Seinen magazine Ultra Jump. An anime version of this manga has been created and will premiere in October 2019. We have now discovered that the opening theme song for the anime is MOTOR CITY and was written by Kenichi Asai.

    The second anime trailer for No Guns Life, in which you can hear a snippet of MOTO CITY, has also been released. The anime adaptation of No Guns Life was created by Madhouse, who are popular for their anime adaptations of Overlord and BLACK LAGOON. 


    © Tasuku Karasuma/Shueisha, NGL PROJECT

  • Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 Celebrated With Exhibition at Shibuya PARCO

    05.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    An exhibition will be held at the Shibuya branch of shopping complex PARCO to celebrate the forthcoming second season of the popular anime adaptation of Teasing Master Takagi-san which will begin airing on July 7.


    Teasing Master Takagi-san is an ongoing romantic comedy and slice of life manga series by Sōichirō Yamamoto serialised in Monthly Shōnen Sunday. The manga has sold over 7 million copies. The first season of the anime series aired from January to March last with an OVA in July.

    The exhibition will plunge fans of the series into its world with original illustrations for the anime and manga and more on display. Fans can also get their hands on exclusive merchandise including capsule toys and canvas art.

    A3 Poster – ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Key Rings (7 Designs) – ¥500 (Tax Included) *Capsule toy; design given is random

    Folder Set: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    Canvas Art: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)


    Fans of Takagi and her antics with Nishikata won’t want to miss out on this special limited-run exhibition.


    ©2019 Sōichirō Yamamoto・Shogakukan/Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 Production Committee

  • Monthly Shoujo Manga Nakayoshi Celebrates 65th Anniversary With Original Illustration Exhibition

    04.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    Monthly shoujo manga Nakayoshi, which was first established in 1954, will be celebrating their 65th anniversary in January 2020. Nakayoshi is the longest-running manga magazine amongst all currently existing manga magazines. To celebrate, Nakayoshi is holding an original illustration exhibition.  


    The exhibition is an opportunity to see the magical works of a large number of Nakayoshi’s popular manga. Just some of the exhibition illustrations include Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka, Youkihi-den by Suzue Miuchi, Nanairo Magic by Yu Asagiri, the worldwide iconic manga Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi, Goldfish Warning! by Neko Nekobe, Magic Knight Rayearth and Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card by CLAMP, Sugar Sugar Rune by Moyoco Anno, and Shugo Chara! by PEACH-PIT. 


    There will also be a special memorial corner set up in honour of Yu Asagiri​, who passed away last year. 

    Get ready for even more nostalgia, as extras from Megumi Tachikawa’s Saint Tail and Tokyo Mew Mew (Mia Ikumi and Reiko Yoshida) will feature alongside snippets from Pretty Cure by Izumi Todo and twin sisters Jitsuna Kamikita and Kizuna Kamikita, (Futago Kamikita).


    The original illustrations featured at the exhibition will also be compiled in a special book which is planned to be released for sale in September 2019. 


    Come witness these precious illustrations that have grasped the hearts of many since childhood. 


    © Nami Akimoto ©Yū Asagiri ©Yuriko ABE © Moyoco Anno/ Cork  © Mia Ikumi, Reiko Yoshida © CLAMP, ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD. © Shizue Takanashi, Shun’ichi Yukimuro © Naoko Takeuchi © Megumi Tachikawa © Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. © Neko Nekobe © PEACH-PIT

  • Manga World Cup Theme Unveiled to be Awaji Island, Japanese History & Culture

    23.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    Japan’s first ever Manga World Cup is set to begin accepting submissions from around the world on July 1.

    The event is accepting submissions of manga based on the birth (Kuniumi) of the World Heritage Site Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture as well as myths and folklore told in the historical tomes Kojiki and Nihonshoki and Japan’s oldest collection of waka poetry the Man’yōshū.


    Winners will be selected from two categories, one for Awaji Island and the other for the three ancient books.

  • New Teaser Trailer Released for Live-Action Adaptation of Manga ‘The Fable’

    01.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    The Fable is a manga series written by Katsuhisa Minami. It was first published in Weekly Young Jump in 2014. Since then it has gone on to sell over 2.8 million copies and in 2017 it won a Kodansha Manga Award. A live-action adaptation was announced last year.


    A second trailer for the film was just released. See it here:


    Junichi Okada will play the role of the fabled protagonist Akira Satō, a skilled killer hidden somewhere in Osaka. He must reside there as an ordinary citizen for one year in order for his boss to lay low. His boss is somebody he has obeyed since childhood.

    The Fable is packed with action scenes. For Okada to play the lead role he received training from fighting instructor Alain Figlarz who has worked Hollywood hits as The Bourne Identity, Taken 2 and Taken 3, and Lucy on which he has worked alongside Matt Damon, Liam Neeson and others respectively.


    Talking about working with Junichi Okada, Figlarz praised his physical strength, commenting: “I have never seen an actor move as quickly as he can.”

    The newly-released trailer showcases behind-the-scenes footage of action scenes with Figlarz and Okada and the scale to which the crew are going to for the epic fight scenes, such as a scene with Sota Fukushi, who plays Hood, performing some acrobatic stunts.

    The other cast members also gave praise to Okada’s performance during the video. Mizuki Yamamoto, who will play Misaki, and Fumino Kimura, who will play Yōko, both called him a pro when it comes to action and someone they can feel safe around.


    Kōichi Satō, who plays The Boss, said: “Okada is a man of action and someone who supports the staff and other actors.”

    The Fable will hit Japanese theatres on June 21, 2019.

  • 18+ Hailey’5 manga café opens new branch in Kawaramachi, Kyoto!

    23.March.2019 | SPOT

    Hailey’5 Café is a next generation manga shop for those aged 18-years old and above. A new branch will open in Shijō, Kawaramachi on Wednesday 27th March 2019 and it will be the first Hailey’5 Café to open in the Kansai region.


    Hailey’5 Café, which is often abbreviated to “Hailey”, was the first ever internet café for aged 18 and over and it opened in Ikebukuro in August 2015. This became the first ever manga café in the industry to have a quick online reservation system, soundproofed private rooms with auto lock for ensured security (which is especially good for women), full-scale café food, and a beautiful photogenic interior space. For these reasons, the café receives high ratings. The word of this cozy internet café has spread wildly over social media. In 2017, a second café opened in Shibuya which became so popular that reservations started becoming impossible to obtain. This internet café is so popular, you would think it is a hotel!

    Hailey café Kyoto Kawaramachi branch has a very convenient location ー it is just a one- minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station and is directly connected to the station.

    Hailey’s first ever free address “bookvillage” also opened in this café. Enjoy the atmosphere of a library created by approximately 25,000 manga, or get lost amongst the giant bookcases and discover little cave-like cosy spaces where you can return to a comfortable world full of your childhood fantasies like searching for hidden treasure. There are also private rooms where you can enjoy a unique Kansai experience of online dart games. There are so many spaces for visitors to enjoy and use in their own ways.

    And good news for those who are searching for a place to stay at night! You can check the room availability in realtime from the official website and make an immediate reservation. You can also enter and exit by auto check in and out ー how smart!

    All rooms are fully soundproofed, with auto lock for perfect security. You can spread work materials, work on your laptop, and make phone calls without worrying about other people at the café. All rooms are also popular because they are non-smoking.

    There is also a beautiful menu consisting of approximately 40 meals and 20 drinks that are fun to eat, good for your health and good for your beauty. This menu was carefully developed by a female chef who trained in France. The original Kyoto Kawaramachi branch menu also includes bowls of healthy foods that use multigrain rice and many dishes that are easy to eat such as plates of finger foods and mug foods.


    Besides this, there is also Hailey’s most popular dish across all stores called the “Hailey Dog”, which is made from Yamato pork sausage and German pretzels.  A limited number of puddings are made by hand in the kitchen every day. You can also enjoy Kyoto’s local beer, alcohol and much more!

    From curling tongs, straighteners and hair dryers to mirrors and aroma oils, you can use a range of electronic devices and items free of charge!



    Come over to this manga café for a totally unique and full experience!

  • Come take a sneak peak at the incredible interior design of manga hostel MANGA ART HOTEL, TOKYO

    11.February.2019 | SPOT

    MANGA ART HOTEL, TOKYO is a new hostel that opened in the Jinbōchō district of Chiyoda on 1st February 2019. Its theme is “the hotel that never sleeps” and its interior is decorated with manga. On 28th January, the hostel held a special event that introduced the public to the hostel’s interior. Today, we’ll be having a nosey around!


    More information: MANGA ART HOTEL TOKYO: The Manga-Filled Hotel That Never Sleeps


    Grand bookcases spread throughout the manga space, housing 5,000 carefully selected manga. Bed units are positioned freely, and there are many cuddly spaces for guests to enjoy. In order to avoid the overcrowded feeling that a capsule hotel would have, large furniture was installed to make maximum usage of the space and give it a larger sense of depth.


    Even the tone of the flooring was well thought out when the hostel was designed. In order to make the manga look even better, a light pink floor with basic white undertones was chosen to match the coloured prints of the manga. The bookcase was also designed specifically for housing manga. The dimensions of each shelf were designed according to standard manga sizes and were crafted with accuracy to the nearest millimetre.

    The pure brass sheet designs on the ceiling are not just to accent the look of the interior; but they reflect the image of the manga on the top shelves, causing them to glisten whilst also making the area look more spacious. As these are suspended from the ceiling by a wire, guests are free to change the angle that they reflect light. Shaking the brass plates slightly allows guests to look at the manga on the top shelves – just like in an art museum. The brass plates were installed with the intention that guests bond closer with the manga that they choose, creating a comfortable environment of busy colours.

    The cosy sleeping spaces are not to big nor too small and are fully equipped with a dimmable light, hangers, a locker for your valuables, plug sockets and free WiFi.


    The counter at the entrance is a fluorescent yellow and white acrylic board nestled in the public zone and illuminates the area.


    The walls and ceiling of the utility zone are both white to complement the pure wooden flooring. The feeling of warmth and cleanliness here perfectly portrays the image of a typical Japanese home design.


    This hostel was designed with incredible attention to detail – there is so much to enjoy from its interior looks to the manga. You are bound to be too busy daydreaming to even sleep here – so how about popping over?

  • Neighborhood Story Manga Collaborates With Fashion Brand jouetie

    28.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    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 NanaTenshi 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.

  • MANGA ART HOTEL TOKYO: The Manga-Filled Hotel That Never Sleeps

    10.January.2019 | SPOT

    MANGA ART HOTEL, TOKYO is a new hostel opening in the Jinbōchō district of Chiyoda in February 2019. Its theme is “the hotel that never sleeps” and it will provide a real manga experience for fans of the reading genre.

    This project began in response to the increasing number of foreign visitors travelling to Japan in the run up to 2020 to get more people to learn and love Japan.


    The hotel focuses on the art side of manga and will boast an unending selection of books for guests to choose from. The manager will directly communicate with guests to create a culture and community of manga lovers.

    Walking past the bookshelves will be like stepping into another world. The 5,000+ manga books have been specially curated from an art perspective. Each title will have a recommendation comment alongside it written by the manager. There are many series waiting there to be discovered. There is of course English manga available too. All of the books can also be at the hotel.


    Jinbōchō is known as the “district of books.” Many book shops and publishers line its streets, so MANGA ART HOTEL, TOKYO will fit in perfectly.

    The hostel has also teamed up with popular pyjama brand Nells who are currently developing original manga pyjamas to sell at the hostel so guests can fully immerse themselves in the dream world of manga.


    If you’re visiting Tokyo this year and love manga then be sure to check it out.

  • Kyoto International Manga & Anime Fair 2018 Details Announced

    27.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The full details of Kyoto International Manga & Anime Fair 2018 have been released. The event will take place on September 15 and 16 where 26 programs will be held across two stages, the Kyou Mafu Stage which you must sign up for a chance to be selected for entry, and the Open Stage which is free for anyone to enter.


    A line-up cast for popular franchises has also been announced including IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Theater season 3, Natsume’s Book of Friends The Movie: Tied to the Temporal World, Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, Fate/Grand Order and more.

    A special talk show centered around sake and Kyoto will also take place at the Tokyo International Manga Museum on September 16 to celebrate the release of ‘Kiriko,’ a new ginjo sake with no added alcohol (called junmai ginjo sake in Japanese) made in collaboration with Japanese voice actress Eriko Nakamura and Shiraito Brewery. Kiriko is a Japanese sake brewed in Kyoto by Shiraito who based the drink on the image of Eriko Nakamura.

    Full details regarding the booths and schedule are available on the event’s official website. Excitement is growing for this year’s return of west Japan’s biggest anime and manga festival!


    Kyoto International Manga & Anime Fair 2018


    Miyako Messe (9-1 Okazaki Seishojicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Kyoto International Manga Museum (Karasuma-dori Oike Agaru, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto)


    Miyako Messe
    September 15, 2018 – September 16, 2018
    9:00-17:00 (until 16:00 on September 16)


    Kyoto International Manga Museum
    September 15, 2018 – September 16, 2018




  • Popular Penguin Manga “Ko Pen Chan” Joins FUCHIKO ON THE CUP Figure Series

    16.March.2018 | FASHION

    “PUTITTO” is a figure brand by KITAN CLUB who are known for making the well-known figures series “FUCHIKO ON THE CUP.” There are over 12 million figures in the series (as of March 2018) that feature various characters and animals in different situations that can be placed onto the side of your cup.


    There’s a new entry to the series: Ko Pen Chan drawn by illustrator RURUTEA. The character is a baby Emperor Penguin and has received attention on Twitter and other sites.


    The figure series continues to prove immensely popular for its adorable, soul-healing style, praising you for simple things in the day like being able to get out of bed. The first volume of the book went on sale this year in January, and a second volume has already been announced.


    The figures are different from last time and features Ko Pen showing his true worth in 3D. Popular minor character have also made an appearance for the first time.



    “Kaifuku Mahou” (Recovery Magic) – Blow off whatever fatigue you have with just this



    “Moya Moya” (Gloomy) – Wanting to secretly give a present to someone going through hard times



    “Ame-chan” (Candy) – Guaranteed soothing when put together with a candy present



    “Adelie-san” – Adelie becomes a figure by fan demand



    There are 5 to get your hands on in total. In addition to the above 4, there’s also “Yokoshima Enaga-san” who is growing rapidly in popularly for his cute, adorable appearance despite him wanting to give off a dark aura.



    The figures are based on the popular LINE stamp series. They have been created into 3D models.


    Look forward to the release of these great figures guaranteed to heal any ailment.




    PUTITTO Ko Pen Chan vol.2

    Release Date: June 2018 *Subject to change depending on region.

    Price: 1 Box – \500 (tax excl.)