Japan’s First Rurouni Kenshin Escape Game Slices its Way Into Museum Meiji-Mura in Aichi
A new escape game themed on Rurouni Kenshin has been created by SCRAP and is to slash its way into Museum Meiji-Mura on September 11. The museum has stood for over 60 years, focusing on the Meiji period of Japan.
Rorouni Kenshi is a hit manga series loved the world over with over 70 million copies sold. The latest arc of the manga, Rurouni Kenshin: The Hokkaido Arc, is serialised in Jump Comics SQ and is being published in English by Viz Media.
In the first ever escape game based on the series, you will become a practioner of the Kamiya Kasshin-ryū and join Kenshin in facing enemies. To accomplish your objective, you will need to speak to various people in the game, as well as learn sword techniques from a certain character in the series. It taking place in the Museum Meiji-Mura means you will be fully immersed in the story―like you have slipped back in time―as the series itself is set during the Meiji period.
Help Kenshin defend Tokyo by participating in this new exciting escape game.
©Nobuhiro Watsuki / Shueisha ©SCRAP
Rurouni Kenshin Escape Game at Museum Meiji-Mura
Location: Museum Meiji-Mura (1 Uchiyama, Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture)
Running: September 11, 2019 – December 15, 2019
Price: ¥2,200 (comes with kit to play the game) *does not include entry fee to the museum
Available: At the reception desk for events at the museum
・Time Restriction: None (allot yoruself 2-3 hours to play)
・No. of Participants: Unlimited (you can play on your own or with a group)
・Once the game starts, you are free to walk around the museum to complete the game
・Though there is no time restriction the game will end at the museum’s closing hours
Official Website: https://realdgame.jp/ruroken/
Pop Team Epic Pop-Up Shop Makes its Way to Shinjuku This Month
The Pop Team Epic pop-up shop is set to take to make a return this month. It will open on the sixth floor of Shinjuku Marui Annex and run from August 23 to September 16.
Themed on the the popular manga and anime series, the pop-up shop first appeared in December 2016 and has since popped up many times around Japan over the years. Having been held in various places around Tokyo as well as Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Osaka, it is finally making its way to Shinjuku for the first time.
The shop’s main visual was drawn by series creator Bkub Okawa. Its design will feature on many exclusive pieces of merchandise at the shop.
Fans of the series have lots to look forward to at the shop, with plenty of cute and hilarious decorations of Popuko and Pipimi and plenty of photo opportunities. Those who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) at the shop will even receive an original sticker. Only one will be given per person.
More details about the event can be found over at the official Twitter page.
Pop Team Epic Pop-Up Shop
Running: August 23, 2019 – September 16, 2019
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Until 19:00 on September 16, 2019 *Free entry, no planned holidays
Location: Shinjuku Marui Annex 6F (3-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)
Event Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/pteppopup
Miffy Sakura Kitchen Opens Second Shop with Bakery in Yufuin
Miffy Sakura Kitchen, Arashiyama, Kyoto will open a forest-themed shop with an adjoined bakery in Yufuin, Oita on October 31, 2019.
As you enter the new shop, you will be immersed in its happy, warm and comforting atmosphere. Miffy Sakura Kitchen is popular for its Japanese-style kitchenware and miscellaneous goods which cannot be found anywhere else in Japan. The shop will also have an adjoining bakery area called Miffy Mori no Bakery, where customers order their favourite treats to take out. This includes the popular anpan bun, which is a bun containing sweet red bean paste. There will also be character-themed baked goods, soft serve ice cream, drinks and much more.
You can order your delicious baked goods to go so you can explore the beautiful area of Yufuin, or you can choose to eat inside the bakery’s beautiful and photogenic eating area.
Miffy’s good pal Boris will also be making an appearance at the brand new shop. His design will decorate some of the Miffy Sakura Kitchen-limited kitchenware and even some of the baked goods in the bakery.
Yufuin Miffy Mori no Kitchen/ Miffy Mori no Bakery
Address: 1503-8 Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita
Opening Hours: 9:30 ー17:30 (subject to change)
Open all year round/
Grand opening: October 10, 2019
Miffy Sakura Kitchen Official Website: http://www.miffy-sakurakitchen.jp
Haikyu!! Stamp Sets & Postcards Releasing at Japan Post Service
14.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the popular TV anime series Haikyu!!, Japan Post Service will begin taking online orders for a themed stamp set on August 19.
The stamp designs feature the familiar faces of members of Karasuno High from the series.
Japan Post Service will also sell 14 different postcards with key visuals from across all seasons of the anime series, celebrating its 5-year reign. They are sure to surprise any fan who receives one on their envelop through the post!
©Haruichi Furudate / Shueisha・”Haikyu!! 3rd” Production Committee・MBS
Haikyu!! TV Anime 5th Anniversary Framed Stamp Set
Price: 1 Sheet ¥3,700 / 2 Sheets ¥6,800 / 3 Sheets ¥9,900
*Prices include tax and shipping costs
How to Order
Available via the Japan Post Service online shop only. Not sold at post office branches.
*Link accessible from August 19, 2019
Order & Delivery Windows
①Order between August 19 – September 16, 2019. Stamps will arrive within two weeks from October 26, 2019.
②Order between September 17 – October 14, 2019. Stamps will arrive within two weeks from November 16, 2019.
Join Senku and Escape the Stone Cave in the Official Dr. Stone Escape Game in Tokyo
Japanese escape game creation company SCRAP is teaming up with the popular anime series Dr. Stone to bring an all-new escape game entitled “Escape From the Stone Cave” to its site in Kichijoji, Tokyo. The Dr. Stone themed escape game will open on February 21, and fans of the series can also get their hands on a range of original and exclusive Dr. Stone merchandise.
The escape game features a completely original story with full voice acting. Participants will follow in the footsteps of Senku by carrying out actual science experimentsーmade in collaboration with puzzle creator group AnotherVision from the University of Tokyoーwhile solving puzzles and cracking codes to escape the Stone Cave.
Puzzle Solving Science Experiment Kit
Senku Dr. Stone
Five pieces of exclusive merchandise will be released in line with the event, including a folder, a science experiment kit, and more.
Fans of Dr. Stone won’t want to miss out on this fun event as they wait for the second season of the anime series.
©米スタジオ・Boichi / Shueisha・Dr.STONE Production Committee
Escape From the Stone Cave
Start Date: February 21, 2020
Time Limit: 40 Minutes / Time Of Arrival: 50-90 Minutes
No. of People (Group): 3 max
Location: SCRAP Nazo Building Kichijoji
Address: SCRAP Nazo Bldg. Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from the North Exit of Kichijoji Station
Official Website: http://realdgame.jp/dr_stone/
Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin ‘Final Chaper’ Films Star Mackenyu as Enishi
It has been revealed that Japanese-American actor Mackenyu will play the part of Enishi in the upcoming ‘Final Chapter’ film adaptations of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s popular manga series Rurouni Kenshin. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final and Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning will premiere in Japan on July 3, 2020 and August 7, 2020 respectively.
The original Rurouni Kenshin manga, along with its anime adaptation, is an internationally beloved series the world over that has made it to over 100 countries worldwide, including North America, UK, Europe Hong Kong, South Korea, and so on. It is one of the best-selling manga series, with over 72 million copies in circulation.
Mackenyu’s character Enishi is an arms dealer on the black market in Mainland China. He’s the main antagonist of the Jinchū Arc, who desires nothing more than to destroy Kenshin and everything associated with him.
Speaking about his thoughts receiving the offer to be involved with his first Ruroni Kenshin role, Mackenyu revealed: “I actually received the offer some years ago, and was incredibly happy about it. But I never imagined what performing in such a famous franchise would be like, nor how the film shoots would go for the action scenes.”
The film’s producer, Koiwai, touched on how they decided on the offer to Mackenyu so quickly. “It’s not possible to adapt a live-action version of the Jinshu Arc without having an actor that can play the role of Enishi, who is such a unique character. An actor who’s still young, has an international presence, and can corner Kenshin with intense action scenes and skilful acting. I don’t think there’s anyone else but Mackenyu, so I had him meet the director, Ohtomo, during the planning stages.”
Ohtomo, the film director, commented on Mackenyu: “When we met, I was captivated by the strength of his straightforward gaze. I remember clear as day when I went immediately to the producer and said there’s no one else but him. To play Enichi’s role, you need to look very youthful as well as sinister. And beneath of all that, you need a pureness and delicateness that’s like descending into madness. His body and sensibility looks far from being Japanese when wearing Enichi’s trademark white hair and orange clothes. He exhibits more than enough potential to be a threat to Kenshin. Without a doubt, his fresh charms have the force to pull this new series.”
Ruroni Kenshin never fails to meet fans’ expectations when it comes to the incredible quality of its action scenes. The action can be credited to Kenji Tanigaki, the action director and stunt coordinator. Looking back at the action scene shoots, Mackenyu said: “They were hard, but I was somehow able to get through it while being supported by the director Ohotomo, the action director Tanigaki, and the action team. My body cried out as the number of shoots piled up each day, but it was a really great experience in the end.”
Mackenyu continues: “There’s a lot of action right from the get-go. I went through a hard time with scenes like when Kenshin and Enichi meet, and the battle that ensues with Kenshin, so I really want people to see it [the film]. I’m a fan too, I watched the last three films. These films are a lot of fun too, so please look forward to seeing themーand to seeing Enichi.”
The first trailer for Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final/The Beginning will be released next week, on February 21, 2020.
©Nobuhiro Watsuki / Shueisha ©2020 “Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final/The Beginning” Production Committee
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final
Release Date: July 3, 2020
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Official Website: http://rurouni-kenshin.jp
Solve the Puzzles Of Osaka Metro and Reach the Goal With New Subway Game
26.January.2020 | SPOT
Osaka Metro is currently holding a puzzle-solving game for passengers which will run until March 31, 2020. As of January 24, over 12,000 people have participated in this exciting endeavour.
The game requires people to ride with Osaka Metro and travel around Osaka while solving various puzzles to reach the goal. This style of escape game has proven incredibly popular in the subway around Tokyo and Nagoya, but this marks the first time it has been held in Osaka. The course is designed in such a way as to enable people to discover or rediscover the wonders of Osaka, allowing them to enjoy the many sights.
Participants must purchase a puzzle-solving kit, which comes with a 1-day train ticket to use Osaka Metro, and follow the instructions to complete the course. Once a puzzle is solved, they are granted knowledge of the next location to head to.
There is also a giant 4-meter long photo spot at Morinomiya Station which can be accessed via Osaka Metro’s Chuo Line and Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line. Snap a photo of yourself with the colourful train carriage handles, and also take a photo together with Osaka Metro’s official mascot character Nyanbarou.
After completing the event, head to the photo spot so you can add to your Osaka travel album.
*”リアル脱出ゲーム” and “ナゾトキ街歩きゲーム” are registered trademarks of SCRAP Co., Ltd.
Nazotoki Machiaruki Game “Puzzle Solve Metro Trip”
Running: November 28, 2019 – March 31, 2020
Puzzle Kit: ¥2,300 (Adults Only) at Osaka Metro stationmaster offices, and from February 29, 2020 will be available at season ticket sellers
*Comes with a one-day ticket to use with Osaka Metro
*Ticket cannot be used on the Osaka City Bus or Imazato Liner
Osaka Metro Official Website: https://www.osakametro.co.jp/en/index.php
Complete a Mission and Explore Enoshima with The Mekakushi Dan
Ever dreamt of teaming up with the Mekakushi Dan from the Kagerou Project to complete a mission? Now you can and explore the wonders of Enoshima while you are at it. From September 14 to November 17, Enoshima will hold its biggest ever real life rescue game featuring Japanese mixed-media project The Kagerou Project. The event will be called Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima and will run over approximately two months.
From games and music to novels, anime and manga, The Kagerou Project characters have dominated the scene in a large range of media forms. The Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima was created in collaboration with SCRAP, who are famous countrywide for their real life escape games.
This game can only be cleared by walking around Enoshima to find hints and answers to the challenges but don’t worryーThe Mekakushi Dan will be in contact with you via the messaging app LINE to help you solve the riddles.
Upon accepting your mission, you will receive a mission guide full of information on the mouthwatering gourmet food and fascinating history of Enoshima. The guide will take you on a wonderful journey of discovery through locations popular among tourists and even romantic date spots. This is the perfect way to enhance your Enoshima experience.
Multimedia creator Jin, who is the founder of the Kagerou Project, has teamed up with SCRAP to create this exciting real life game which is full of fun contents that anyone can enjoy. The original storyline takes advantage of the wonders of Enoshima, creating a unique experience that is not available anywhere else. It is a rare opportunity to get close to the Mekakushi Dan and simultaneously enjoy the exciting culture of Enoshima.
Your journey will start at Subana Kaikan (スバナ会館) which will be selling lots of Kagerou Project collaboration merchandise that cannot be obtained from anywhere else. Make sure to check out the official website for more information.
There is an exciting bonus in store for those who successfully clear the game: A surprise phone call from Ene and Shintaro! Just hearing the voice message of these two popular characters is enough to send some fans wild. Those who clear the game will also have the opportunity to take part in a special lottery for the chance to win a ticket to watch the debut screening of the anime Kagerou Daze No.9 before anyone else. This series is set to go live next spring.
*The debut screening is a private event that you can only take part in by clearing the Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima. There is no general screening event for those who do not succeed.
As the sweltering heat of summer has finally subsided, this is the perfect chance to explore the wonderful tourist spots and indulge in the delicious local food of Enoshima while facing challenges with your pals or even your partner.
Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima
Start Point: Subana Kaikan (スバナ会館), 1-9-12, Katasekaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa
Running: September 14 ー November 17, 2019
Approximate amount of time required to complete the quest: 2 hours
Selling on September 12, 2019 (10:00ー16:00)
* Advanced tickets and more information is available on the official website.
* It is possible to obtain tickets after the ticket sale period has ended.
Official Website: https://realdgame.jp/mekakucityquest/
Escape From Godzilla at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Escape Game Theme Park
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS’s catalogue of games just keeps on growing. The puzzle and escape game theme park has just announced the return of its escape game Escape From Shin Godzilla which is being held in collaboration with the 2016 film Shin Godzilla.
The event was previously held last April where it ran until October, enjoying huge popularity with over 40,000 escape game-goers. Players took the role of a member of the Kyosaitai―the anti-Godzilla task force―based in Kabukicho, Shinjuku where you will be tasked with solving puzzles to defeat the colossal giant.
The thrilling event returns once more with original visuals created to make it look like Godzilla has really invaded Kabukicho. Tickets are now on sale, and you can pick up exclusive merchandise and themed food at the venue too. Can you defeat Godzilla?
TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. ©SCRAP
Escape From Shin Godzilla
Location: Himitsu Kichi Lab, TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS (Floor B1F)
Running: October 4, 2019 – November 10, 2019
Weekdays: 13:20 / 16:20 / 19:20
Weekends & Holidays: 10:10 / 12:40 / 15:10 / 17:40 / 20:10
*The event will end 100 minutes after each starting time
Advance: Single ¥3,300 / Group ¥12,000 / Repeater Group Ticket ¥12,000
Same-Day: Single ¥3,800 / Group ¥14,000 / Repeater Group Ticket ¥14,000
*Same-day tickets will not be available if all advance tickets sell out
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS
Address: APM Bldg., 1-27-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0021
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:30-23:00 / Weekends & Holidays 09:30-23:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Price: Free Entry (*Separate tickets required for games)
Official Homepage (English): https://mysterycircus.jp/en/
Event Page (Japanese): https://mysterycircus.jp/shin-godzilla/
Dragon Ball Escape Game―Save the World From Human Extinction
Real Dasshutsu (Escape) Game is teaming up with Dragon Ball to bring a new real life escape game titled Chikyuujin Shoumetsu Kara no Chou Dasshutsu (“The Great Escape From Human Extinction”) which will run from March 22 to May 31.
The event was originally held in 8 cities across Japan last year from August to December, bringing in over 20,000 players. It is set to return once more to the same 8 cities as well as Asakusa and Kyoto for a total of 10. The game will also be playable in English from April 12.
Advance tickets are priced at ¥2,400 and same-day tickets at ¥3,900. There is also an advance ticket option to receive the above-pictured bag too for ¥3,900.
Experience the new Dragon Ball escape game powered up bigger and better than ever.
Chikyuujin Shoumetsu Kara no Chou Dasshutsu (“The Great Escape From Human Extinction”)
Running: March 22, 2019 – May 31, 2019
Available in English: April 12, 2019 – May 31, 2019
Ajito of Scrap Asakusa
Ajito of Scrap Shimokitazawa Nazo Building
Ajito of Scrap Yokohama
Ajito of Scrap Sendai
Ajito of Scrap Nagoya
Ajito of Scrap Tenjin, Fukuoka
Ajito of Scrap Kyoto
Ajito of Scrap Osaka Nazo Building
Ajito of Scrap Okayama
Ajito of Scrap Sapporo
Ajito of Scrap Asakusa
Ajito of Scrap Yokohama
Ajito of Scrap Nagoya
Ajito of Scrap Kyoto
Ajito of Scrap Osaka Nazo Building
Advance: ¥2,400 (w/ bag ¥3,900)
*Same-day tickets will not be available if all advance tickets have sold out.
*The optional bag is only available will advance tickets.
*This game requires access to the internet via smartphones, tablets or other devices. Not compatible with feature phones. Any online fees charged are the responsibility of the player.
Event Page: http://realdgame.jp/dragonballsuper/
Psycho-Pass Event Taking Place at TOKYO JOYPOLIS in 2019
Haregake, a creator of riddle-solving games that have brought in over 100,000 participants, has developed an all-new puzzle game called “Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System in JOYPOLIS” that is set to run at the indoor theme park TOKYO JOYPOLIS in Daiba, Tokyo from January 11 to March 17 next year.
The game will make use of the entire JOYPOLIS building and have participants solving riddles. You will take the role of an executive officer and use your smartphone to talk with Shinya Kogami, Nobuchika Ginoza and Shuusei Kagari to gather clues and solve the puzzles.
An incident took place with unknown origins that led to a murder… Will you be able to identify and stop the killer?
Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System in JOYPOLIS
Location: TOKYO JOYPOLIS
Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach 3F-5F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Running: January 11, 2019 – March 17, 2019
Reception Hours: 10:00-21:00
Access: 2-minutes on foot from Odaiba-kaihinkōen Station via Yurikamome Line / 5-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via Rinkai Line
Participating: Purchase a ticket at the theme park on the day
Ticket Price: ¥1,500 (Separate fee charged for entry to TOKYO JOYPOLIS)
TOKYO JOYPOLIS Entry Fee: Adults (18+ Years) ¥800 / Children (17-Years and Below) ¥500
Event Page: https://nazoxnazo.com/psycho-pass_ss/joy
©Psycho-Pass Production Committee
Dragon Ball Super Themed Escape Game to Take Place in 8 Cities Across Japan
Escape game creators SCRAP have teamed up with Dragon Ball to bring fans a new collaborative event titled Chikyujin Shometsu Kara no Choudasshutsu (‘Escape From Earthling Annihilation’). The event will take place in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Miyagi, Aichi, Fukuoka, Osaka, Okayama and Hokkaido until December 31, 2018.
Escape From Earthling Annihilation – Plot
The peace of the earth was snatched away in an instant.
The evil emperor Frieza suddenly appeared on the planet.
His goal: to acquire perpetual youth and longevity with the Dragon Balls and annihilate earth.
Goku―the planet’s last resort―his powers too were taken by the Frieza Force.
For him to gain his strength back, he must gather all of the Dragon Balls before Frieza.
You must help Goku locate the Dragon Balls scattered around town and help maintain earth’s peace!
An online campaign is also being held in Japanese for participants of the event. You need to post a photo taken of yourself at the event on social media with the relevant hashtag along with your wish. One random person will be selected to have their wish granted. You can write whatever you like in Japanese, such as ○○がほしい (‘I want…’), ○○に会いたい (‘I want to meet…’), ○○を体験したい (‘I want to experience…’) etc.
Experience Dragon Ball for real as you read in the manga by collecting the Dragon Balls and having your wish granted!