Black Clover’s New ED Theme ‘Jinsei wa Senjō da’ Performed by Kalen Anzai

02.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Kalen Anzai made her debut with her single Sekai no Subete Teki ni Kanjite Kodoku Sae Ai Shiteia which was released across digital music platforms on May 1 this year. Since then, her music has been picked up by major music media services, like MTV and MUSIC ON! TV in Japan, who have played her songs countless times.

 

Since her debut, she has been lauded as a next-generation icon, earning the nickname Posu Gyaru (“Post-Millennial Girl”). Her popularity has spread across Japan: she was featured on the front cover of online and physical Shibuya culture magazine POSTOKYO.JP, was the first female solo artist to feature in the promotional visual for cosmetic brand M·A·C, and more.

Her new single, Jisei wa Senjō da (“Life is a Battleground”), was released digitally on October 1. The song will be used as the new ending theme for the ongoing TV anime series Black Clover.

 

She has been a longtime fan of the manga series, which has sold over 9 million copies. It is written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata and serialised in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine.

Speaking about her involvement with the series, Anzai commented: “Everyone in the Black Bull squad is straightforward when it comes to their feelings, and they believe in their friends. It’s something that always gives me courage. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to sing the ending theme for a series I love so much.”

 

She continues: “This song is akin to Asta, [touching on things like] the pain felt in the face of adversity, and sewing courage, so I’d be overjoyed if it gets across to people in some way when it plays in the series.”

 

The official music video was posted on avex’s YouTube channel and can be seen below.

 

The music video is Anzai’s third in a series of three, following on from Sekai no Subete Teki ni Kanjite Kodoku Sae Ai Shiteia and Dareka no Raise no Yume Demo ii. It’s set in a fictional world called “Immersive Society 3.0,” based on a near-future created by advanced AR technology. It considers the worry of losing sight of our real selves to create a virtual version.

 

Anzai teamed up with some of Japan’s leading Sci-Fi creators to make this crazy virtual reality feel more real, including acclaimed Japanese CG studio Cafe Group, and Yuki Tsujimoto who has received huge praise for his futuristic visuals.

 

Anzai’s outfit was created by RISA “ribbon” KATO―who is known for her unique style and as a spearhead of street fashion―while her hair and makeup in the video was done by TORI. who is also known for her work as a collage artist. All of the people involved with the music video have helped to elevate its cyberpunk, vaporwave, and avant-garde aesthetic.

Anzai has also teamed up with Tower Records for their Ki ni Naru Ano Ko (“We’re Curious About That Artist”) promotion for Tower Records Members. The above-pictured poster is now plastered across all Tower Records branches. Anzai is dressed in the music store’s red and yellow colours and is serving that post-millennial girl makeup.

With the hype around her surging, we look forward to seeing what Kalen Anzai has in store next. Stay tuned for updates.

 

©Yūki Tabata / Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Black Clover Production Committee

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  • Mr. Osomatsu x Tower Records Promote Anime’s 3rd Season With Collaboration

    21.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Tower Records is set to begin promoting the third season of the TV anime series Mr. Osomatsu from January 28 at 18 Tower Records stores, 3 Tower Records Cafes, and the Tower Records official website. Additionally, the Tower Records Cafe branches in Omotesando, Nagoya Sakae SKYLE, and Umeda NU Chayamachi will be serving up a themed menu made specially for the collaboration.

    Mr. Osomatsu x Tower Records Collab Main Visual

     

    Mr. Osomatsu x Tower Records Collab Merch

    Acrylic Key Ring (6 Designs) | ¥880 Each (Tax Included)

    Pins (6 Designs) | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)

    Die Cut Stickers (6 Designs) | ¥330 (Tax Included)

    A4 Folder | ¥660 (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Stands (6 Designs) | ¥1,650 Each (Tax Included)

    Eco Bag | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

    Mug | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    Black T-Shirt | Sizes: S, M, L, XL | ¥3,980 Each (Tax Included)

     

    Mr. Osomatsu x Tower Records Collab Cafe

    There are two different menu line-ups that will be sold at different periods, but the following items will be available for both.

     

    Available in both menus

    Compliance Sure Sure Sweets Plate | ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    Osomatsu Tomato Orange Soda / Karamatsu Butterfly Milk / Ichimatsu Grape Soda / Choromatsu Kiwi Lemon / Todomatsu Dragon Fruit Yoghurt / Jyushimatsu Mango Milk | ¥850 Each (Before Tax)

    Takeout Bottles (6 Designs) | ¥900 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ①

    Osomatsu’s Hot Berry Chocolate | ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    Karamatsu’s Blue Glass Parfait | ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    Choromatsu’s Matsu Matcha Pancake | ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    Ichimatsu’s Purple Cabbage Peperoncino | ¥1,490 (Before Tax)

    Jyushimatsu’s Pumpkin Gratin | ¥1,490 (Before Tax)

    Totty’s Roast Beef Tortilla Bouquet | ¥1,490 (Before Tax)

    Cafe Bonus Items

    This marks Tower Record’s third collaboration with Mr. Osomatsu, the last two being held in 2016 and 2017. The stores will also sell a special selection of collaborative merch, and seven major Tower Records stores will also have Mr. Osomatsu promos and displays on show. Fans can get their hands on a range of bonus items by dining at the cafe too, where you can order to eat-in or take out.

     

    ©赤塚不二夫/おそ松さん製作委員会

  • TV Anime Black Clover’s New Ending Theme by TREASURE Debuts

    09.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The new ending theme BEAUTIFUL by TREASURE for the TV anime series Black Clover hit the air on January 5, 2021. The song has been a hit with TREASURE fans around the world as it garners huge attention on social media, with the hashtag “#BlackClover_with_TREASURE” having trended this week.


    TREASURE is a South Korean boy band signed to YG Entertainment which is known for some of the biggest names in the K-pop industry such as BIGBANG and BLACKPINK. The band released three consecutive singles in August, September, and November of 2020 as part of their THE FIRST STEP single series which has sold over 700,000 copies. The band also won Best New Act last year at the 2020 Asia Artist Awards and Korea First Brand Awards.

     

    “We are honoured that our first original Japanese song will be used as the ending theme before we make our Japan debut,” explains TREASURE. “We express those anime themes of positivity and not giving up on your dream in the song. We’d love it if you enjoyed it together with the series.”

     

    Black Clover is a manga series written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata and serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The story follows a boy by the name of Asta who is born without magic—something unknown in his world―and his journey to become the next Wizard King. An anime adaptation has been airing since 2017 with its fourth season currently airing.

    TREASURE will release their first album THE FIRST STEP:TREASURE EFFECT digitally on January 11, 2021, with the CD edition dropping the following day on January 12.

     

    ©︎ 田畠裕基/集英社・テレビ東京・ブラッククローバー製作委員会

  • Tower Records x Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Collaboration Features Limited Edition Merch and More

    07.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tower Records is promoting the release of the first DVD and Blu-ray volume from the ongoing TV anime series Jujutsu Kaisen with the launch of a celebratory campaign on January 19, 2021 as part of their “NO ANIME, NO LIFE.” brand. The campaign will run at Tower Records and TOWERmini stores, as well as the official Tower Records online store, in Japan.

     

    Before the official launch of the campaign, Jujutsu Kaisen fans in Japan can head to one of 15 major Tower Records branches as well as their online shop from January 16 to get their hands on some limited-edition collaborative merchandise. There will also be an exhibition at SpaceHACHIKAI on the 8th floor of Tower Records Shibuya.

     

    NO ANIME, NO LIFE. x Jujutsu Kaisen Collaboration Campaign

    1. Special collab poster

    A special collab poster will be displayed at Tower Records stores featuring the main Jujutsu Kaisen characters playing instruments.

     

    2. In-store announcements by the characters

    When the shops open, in-store announcements will be made by the three main characters of the anime series: Yūji Itadori (voiced by Junya Enoki), Megumi Fushiguro (Yuma Uchida), and Nobara Kugisaki (Asami Seto).

     

    3. Life-Size Character Cutouts

    Life-size cutouts of various characters will be displayed at the following Tower Records branches:
    ・Nobara Kugisaki @ Tower Records Sapporo PIVOT
    ・Ryomen Sukuna @ Tower Records Sendai PARCO
    ・Yūji Itadori @ Tower Records Shibuya
    ・Panda @ Tower Records Ikebukuro
    ・Maki Zen’in @ Tower Records Urawa
    ・Satoru Gojō @ Tower Records Nagoya Kintetsu Passe
    ・Megumi Fushiguro @ Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi
    ・Toge Inumaki @ Tower Records Kyoto

     

    4. Signed promo poster

    The following Tower Records branches will display a signed poster by Junya Enoki, the voice actor for the Jujutsu Kaisen protagonist Yūji Itadori, along with some comments.

     

    Running: January 19, 2021, – February 1, 2021
    Participating Branches: Sapporo PIVOT, Sendai PARCO, Shibuya, Nagoya Kintetsu Passe, Umeda NU Chayamachi

     

    5. Win a special collab poster on Twitter

    10 lucky fans in Japan have the chance to win the special collab poster. To sign up, participants must take a photo of themselves next to the collab poster in one of the participating Tower Records stores, follow Tower Records on Twitter @TOWER_Anime, and post the photo with the Japanese hashtag #呪術廻戦_tower. Winners will be DM’d by the official Tower Records account.

     

    Collab Poster Campaign
    Tower Records Anime Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOWER_Anime
    Running: January 19, 2021 – February 1, 2021

     

    6. Extra bonus items at Tower Records

    10 more lucky fans in Japan have the chance to get their hands on the special collab poster by pre-ordering the first volume of the DVD or Blu-ray of Jujutsu Kaisen by the campaign cut-off date. Winners will be selected randomly.

     

    1st volume bonus

    An A4 folder will be included with purchases of the first volume of the DVD or Blu-ray of Jujutsu Kaisen for a limited time.

     

    All volumes bonus

    All volumes of the Jujutsu Kaisen DVD and Blu-ray will feature an original A3 poster.

     

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records Collab Merch

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records Collab Visual

     

    Merch Line-Up

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records Acrylic Stands

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records Hoodie

     

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records exhibition

    Tower Records Shibuya Exhibition Main Visual

     

    Running: January 16, 2021 – February 14, 2021
    Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00 / 16:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)

    *Closed 15:00-16:00 for ventilation, entry prohibited during this time
    Location: SpaceHACHIKAI (Tower Records Shibuya Floor 8F)
    Entry: Free (But you must book a slot)

    Online Ticket Registration: January 6, 2021

    Online Ticket Booking: January 8, 2021 at noon (JST)
    Ticket Info: http://towershibuya.jp/news/2021/01/04/150866

     

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    Tower Records Shibuya Exclusive T-Shirt

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Tower Records Shibuya Exclusive OSMO Stamp (14 Designs)

     

    Bonus items

    Cards (15 Designs)

    For every ¥2,000 spent (tax included) on merchandise at the exhibition you can receive one of 15 possible business card-size cards.

    Numbered tickets

    For every ¥5,000 spent (tax included) you can get a numbered ticket.

    Jujutsu Kaisen Quiz

    Those who answer all questions correctly on the quiz given to them upon entering Tower Records you can win a free postcard, but you have to follow Tower Records Shibuya on Twitter @TOWER_Shibuya as one of the conditions.

     

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  • Black Clover Anime’s Opening Theme by Snow Man Special Music Video Released

    21.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Four pieces of news related to the TV anime series Black Clover were announced at the Black Clover Stage of Jump Festa 2021 ONLINE on Sunday (December 20).

     

    1) Special music video for new OP theme ‘Grandeur’ by Snow Man

    A special music video was released featuring the upcoming new Black Clover opening theme Grandeur which is set to feature in the anime series in January for the Heart Kingdom Arc. The video includes footage from the anime series – check it out below.

     

    Snow Man – “Grandeur” Special Music Video

    2) Gakuto Kajiwara performs ending theme ‘A Walk’ live

    Gakuto Kajiwara, the voice actor for Black Clover‘s protagonist Asta, performs the current ending theme A Walk which also comes as his debut single. The voice actor performed the song live at Jump Festa 2021 ONLINE making it his first performance on a big stage. Kajiwara described it as a deeply moving experience having wished to perform live after seen Kankaku Pierrot perform at the first Jump Festa four years ago.

     

    3) Heart Kingdom Arc main visual unveiled

    The Heart Kingdom Arc main visual teases the Clover Kingdom battling against the Spade Kingdom with Asta & Yami vs Dante, Yuno vs Zenon, and Noelle vs Vanica.

     

    4) Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Zenon & Yui Ogura as Vanica

    It was confirmed that Tatsuhisa Suzuki will voice Zenon and Yui Ogura will voice Vanica. Suzuki said, “I hope to do my very best to make everyone feel good by dragging them into a whirlpool of fear,” while Ogura said, “I’m going to awaken the pleasure-seeking individual inside me for these recordings. I’ll work hard to fill you all with fear!”

     

    ©田畠裕基/集英社・テレビ東京・ブラッククローバー製作委員会

  • Black Clover’s Opening and Ending Themes to be Performed by Snow Man and TREASURE

    16.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been confirmed that Snow Man and TREASURE will perform the new opening and ending theme songs respectively for Black Clover Starting in January. Snow Man is set to showcase a special anime music video featuring the song at Jump Festa 2021 ONLINE, and there will also be a live streamed performed by Gakuto Kajiwara who voices Asta in the anime series.

    Black Clover is a manga series written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata and serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The series has over 11 million copies in circulation. The story follows a boy by the name of Asta who is born without magic—something unknown in his world―and his journey to become the next Wizard King. An anime adaptation has been airing since 2017 with its fourth season currently airing.

     

    The series will enter a new arc on January 5, 2021 as part of Season 4 which will introduce the new opening theme Grandeaur by Snow Man and ending theme BEAUTIFUL by TREASURE. Snow Man previously performed the Black Clover opening theme Stories which served as their second single and enjoyed over a million streams. TREASURE is a South Korean boy band with BEAUTIFUL as their first original Japanese song.

     

    Snow Man will reveal a special music video featuring the new opening theme Grandeur at the upcoming online anime festival Jump Festa 2021 ONLINE which is set to begin on December 20, 2020 at 11:30am (JST). Gakuto Kajiwara, the voice of Asta in the Black Clover anime series, will also perform the current ending theme A Walk. If you didn’t know, the voice actor is in fact the original singer for that song.

     

    Snow Man | Comment

    “We’re so happy we get to do another Black Clover opening song. Grandeur is French for splendour. The lyrics talk of plunging forward in the world together with your comrades, things like overcoming your fate and taking your dream in your grip and running with it, and nabbing a world beyond imagination in the palm of your hands. We hope you enjoy the incredible world of Black Clover while listening to our song Grandeur.”

     

    TREASURE | Comment

    “We are honoured that our first original Japanese song will be used as the ending theme before we make our Japan debut. We express those anime themes of positivity and not giving up on your dream in the song. We’d love it if you enjoyed it together with the series.”

     

    ©田畠裕基/集英社・テレビ東京・ブラッククローバー製作委員会

  • Gintama Themed Cafes to Open in Shibuya and Sapporo in Collaboration With Tower Records

    11.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Tower Records is promoting the upcoming release of the anime film Gintama The Final by turning two of its own Tower Records Cafe branches in Sapporo and Shibuya into Gintama-themed spaces serving inspired dishes and selling exclusive merchandise.

     

    Merch Collab

    Gintama x  Tower Records Trading Acrylic Key Rings (6 Designs) | ¥800 (Before Tax)


    Gintama x  Tower Records Towel | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)

    Get your hands on a Gintama x  Tower Records key ring or towel featuring the main cast wearing Tower Records aprons just like the real-life staff at the music store chain. These items are available to pick up at 41 Tower Records stores, three Tower Records Cafes, and their official website.

    Cafe Collab

    Tower Records Cafe has collaborated with numerous anime series before, but this will be its first with Gintama. Two menus will be rolled out, the first being served from January 1, 2021 to January 14, 2021 and the second from January 15, 2021 to January 24, 2021. The first menu is themed on the series’s six main characters while the second menu will be based around Gintama The Final as well as the two-part anime special Gintama The Semi-Final.

     

    Menu ① (Excerpt)


    Kagura’s Tenshidon With Kombu Salad | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    Inspired by the heroine of Gintama, Kagura, and served with her favourite vinegar kombu salad.

    Toshiro Hijikata’s Mayo Chicken Nanban | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    Hijikata is known for his love of mayo, so it was only right that this mayo chicken nanban be served with three types of mayonnaise.

    Gintoki’s Week’s Worth Of Sugar Parfait | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    A strawberry-loaded parfait with plenty of sugar content, just how Gitoki likes it.

    Kotaro Katsura’s Elizabeth Dessert | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    An Elizabeth crepe with something hidden inside…

    Gintoki’s Perm Drink | ¥750 (Before Tax)

    A cotton candy dessert drink inspired by Gintoki’s luscious natural perm.

    Shinsuke Takasugi’s Blueberry Smoothie | ¥750 (Before Tax)

    A cool blueberry smoothie whose delicious flavour comes from it being chilled in the refrigerator.

     

    Menu ② (Excerpt)


    Yorozuya’s Special Curry | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    Inspired by the friendship between the three members of Yorozuya, with the white rice representing Gintoki, the pink (sakura denbu) Kagura, and the blue (powdered cheese) Shinpachi.

    Sadaharu’s Pancakes | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    Inspired by the pet of Yorozuya, served with three sides representing the three members.

    Shinpachi’s Ramune | ¥750 (Before Tax)

    A ramune based on Shinpachi, topped with a cherry to express his cherry boy-ness!

     

    Takeout-Only Menu

    Gintama Quote Omurice | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    Classic Japanese omurice served with one of six famous quotes in Japanese from the series. Not available at the Nagoya Sakae SKYLE or Umeda NU Chayamachi branches.

    Yorozuya Gin-chan’s Takeout Drink | ¥900 (Before Tax)

    A takeout drink based on Yorozuya Gin-chan with two different coloured jellies at the bottom to represent Shinpachi and Kagura with the white Calpis drink being Gintoki.

     

    Bonus Items


    Coasters (6 Designs)

    Those who reserve the bonus item ticket at Ticket Pia machines will receive one of six possible Tower Records x Gintama coasters.

    Menu ① Postcards (6 Designs)

    Menu ② Postcards (6 Designs)

    For every item ordered on the menu, you’ll get a free postcard. This includes takeout items.

    Set of 3 Bookmarkers (6 Designs)

    Those who order a food item, dessert, and a drink all together will get a set of three bookmarkers.

    Lunch Mat (During Menu ② Servings Only)

    Those who dine at the cafe during the second menuy serving will receive a free lunch mat featuring the key visual for Gintama The Semi-Final.

     

    ©空知英秋/劇場版銀魂製作委員会
    ©空知英秋/集英社・テレビ東京・電通・BNP・アニプレックス

  • Manga Series Tokyo Revengers Gets Exhibition at Tower Records Shibuya

    17.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tower Records Shibuya will host an exhibition dedicated to the ongoing manga series Tokyo Revengers from September 26 to October 18. The exhibition is being held to promote the release of the 19th volume which hits shelves in Japan on September 17.

    Tokyo Revengers is a manga series written and illustrated by Ken Wakui. An anime adaptation is scheduled to broadcast in 2021.

     

    The exhibition will feature a variety of works drawn by Ken Wakui for the series, both black and white as well as coloured illustrations, as well as panels of each character, and more. There will also be an exhibit for the upcoming live-action film.

    Tokyo Revengers x TOWER RECORDS OSMO Stamps (22 Designs) | ¥909 Each (Before Tax)

    Tokyo Revengers Monochrome Panels | ¥30,000 Each (Before Tax, Includes Shipping)

    Fans can also get their hands on a range of exhibition-exclusive merchandise, and from October, the exhibition will sell some Tokyo Revengers x Tower Records collaborative merch. There’ll be some signed artwork for sale too.

    Character Business Cards (11 Designs)

    And for every ¥1,000 spent at the exhibit, fans will receive one of 11 possible character business cards.

    TALENT PROFILE

    Anna Yano

    Released the song “Shape My Story” produced by kz (livetune) in August 2013. Performed as the vocalist on a single for kz’s solo project ‘livetune’ in January 2014. Both songs were used as theme songs for anime series and received attention in Japan and overseas. In October 2015, she formed a new unit with kz called ‘livetune+’ and they released their first EP “Sweet Clapper” on May 11, 2016.

    Ayumi Seto

    Active as a model, especially in fashion magazines. Receives tremendous support for her cute and distinct fashion. In February 2014, she debuted her apparel brand ‘Aymmy in the batty girls’ where she works as a designer. She was the first Harajuku and Aomoji-kei model to establish an authentic apparel brand. She develops clothing items through her unique fashion sense lens.

    Ema Tanioku

    “Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.

  • Given Boys-Love Anime Film Promotion to Take Place at Tower Records Shibuya

    28.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / SPOT

    To promote the upcoming release of the Given anime film adaptation, Tower Records Shibuya is opening an official “Given Gallery” which will take place on the store’s 8th floor from August 8 to 23.

     

    Given is a popular boys-love (BL) manga by Natsuki Kizu that is serialised in Shinshokan’s Cheri+ magazine. An anime adaptation aired Fuji Television’s noitaminA programming block from July to September last year.

    At the exhibition, fans will find a collection of coloured illustrations by the manga’s author Natsuki Kizu, display panels from the anime series, raw images taken from the upcoming film, and more.

    Given x Tower Records Merchandise


    Natsuki Kizu Illustrated Merchandise

    Fans of the series can get their hands on a collection of exclusive merchandise at the Given Gallery.

    Backstage Pass Design Postcard


    Standing Panel A / Standing Panel B

    Available on a first-come, first-served basis, visitors will receive one of nine possible postcards for free, each of which is designed in the style of a backstage pass. And for every ¥4,000 spent on the merchandise sold there, they will get a lottery ticket for a chance to win one of the life-sized standing panels of one the characters from the series which will be displayed at the event. Details will be announced at the event and on Tower Records Shibuya’s official website.

    Quiz Postcard

    Original Postcard

    All visitors will be handed the “Given Gallery Quiz” when attending the event. If they answer all the questions correctly, they’ll receive a free postcard. Participants must be following Tower Records Shibuya (@TOWER_Shibuya). If you download the official Tower Records app and sign up as a member, you can get another original Given x Tower Records postcard too.

     

    Though the Given Gallery is only taking place at Tower Records Shibuya, other branches of Tower Records will still be selling Given x Tower Records merchandise. You can find the branch list below.

  • Rilakkuma x Tower Records Collaboration Sees Themed Cafe, Exclusive Merchandise & More

    16.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Tower Records is collaborating with Rilakkuma for “Rilakkuma x TOWER RECORDS Campaign 2020” which will run at Tower Records, TOWERmini, and Tower Records Online in Japan from August 1 to 30.f

    For the campaign, Tower Records selling a range of merchandise with exclusive designs illustrated for the event, and there’ll even be Rilakkuma themed cafes. Tower Records began collaborating with Rilakkuma on merchandise in 2009 and has done so every year since. This year sees the arrival of Chairoikoguma for the first time too.

    Yhose who use the Tower Records app to show their coupons in-store, they will receive the above-pictured selection of must-have exclusive goodies including a mirror, postcard, bag, and bookmark. These are available on a first-time, first-served basis. Additionally, Rilakkuma themed cafes will be held at TOWER CARDS CAFE branches in Omotesando, Nagoya SKYLE, and Sapporo PIVOT which will have entirely original menus and bonus items for dining there.

     

    Collaboration Merchandise

    The merchandise collection will drop on August 1 and will include a range of Tower Records exclusives. Pre-sales opened on July 15. You can see the full list here.

    Available at all Tower Records branches and Tower Records Online

    Exclusive to Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Sapporo PIVOT, TOWER RECORDS CAFE Omotesando, TOWER RECORDS CAFE Nagoya SKYLE, Tower Records Online

    Exclusive to Tower Records Online

     

    Rilakkuma and the Honey Forest’s Concert Cafe

    The entire cafe menu line-up is so cute you’re completely spoilt for choice.

    Rilakkuma and the Honey Forest’s Concert Dessert Plate: ¥2,500

    “Honey Forest Concert” is the theme of the cafe, and this image is captured in the adorable dessert plate which is topped with various desserts and fruits. Everyone who orders one of these also receives a free sticker.

    Rilakkuma’s Meatball Stew: ¥1,580

    This hot meatball stew is served in a cute bread cup with Rilakkuma poking his head out from inside.

    Kiiroitori’s Omurice: ¥1,580

    Kiiroitori’s face is made from omelette and rice. Served with a side of healthy veg.

    Rilakkuma’s Honey Lemon Drink: ¥850

    A sweet and sour mix of honey and lemon.

    Korilakkuma’s Strawberry Calpis: ¥850

    Strawberries are Korilakkuma’s favourite, and that’s the flavour of this refreshingly sweet Calpis drink, topped with Korilakkuma vanilla ice cream.

    There are lots of other dishes to look forward to in addition to the ones above, making this cafe one to go back to many times. And you can special free merchandise when visiting and dining there too.

     

    Collaboration Cafe – Participating Stores


    Omotesando/Nagoya SKYLE: August 1, 2020 – August 30, 2020

    Sapporo PIVOT: August 1, 2020 – August 17, 2020
    Official Website: https://tower.jp/rilakkumacafe

     

    ©2020 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • Vickeblanka Drops Official Music Video for Black Clover Anime Op ‘Black Catcher’

    09.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Having released the new song Black Catcher digitally on January 8, 2020, Vickeblanka just dropped the song’s official music video.

     

    Vickeblanka ‘Black Catcher’ Official Music Video

    https://youtu.be/hP6VM6YAMIE

     

    Committed to releasing a new song digitally every month for three months, Black Catcher marks Vickeblanka’s second song release in the project. Black Catcher was written as the season 10 anime opening theme song for Black Clover. The ominous video reflects darkness and urgency, weaving the turbulent story with a sense of awakening. The colours of the video create a world of distorted paradise. 

    Although the new Black Clover episodes started airing just yesterday, the video for the opening theme song has already become a big sensation and is already showing signs of becoming the top fighting spirit song of 2020.

    A Statement by Vickeblanka

    I cannot express just how privileged I feel to have been entrusted with creating the opening theme song for Black Clover for the second time now. The music video is a story of being purified by a small version of oneself. Although part of the video is just me messing around, I hope that viewers can connect with the song through the visuals created by the unique colours and atmosphere. 

     

    Vickeblanka will release a new album called Devil on March 4, 2020 and is also set for Tour de Devil 2020.  Tickets will be available to purchase from event hosts in the respective performance regions.

     

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  • Vickeblanka’s New Song ‘Black Catcher’ Revealed as Black Clover Opening 10

    07.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Artist Vickeblanka will release a new song called Black Catcher on January 8, marking the second release of the singer’s three-month digital song release plan. Black Catcher will be used as the tenth opening theme song for the anime Black Clover.

    A strong melody pours out over the dark soundscape of this song. The groaning bassline is punctured by the sharp beat of the drums, over which the guitar melody glides gracefully, entwined with the turbulent yet beautiful piano accompaniment. The fighting spirit of the song rises with the endless strength of the vocals. 

    This isn’t the first Black Clover opening theme song for Vickeblanka – the artist previously released the song Black Rover as a Black Clover anime opening. The song ranked at number 15 on Spotify’s 2019 list of most played Japanese songs overseas. At the moment, the sensational song has been played over 20 million times on streaming services and over 15 million times on just Spotify alone, leaving expectations for Vickeblanka’s upcoming track at an all-time high. 

     

    A Statement by Vickeblanka

    As a Jump fan, I am extremely honoured to be in charge of a Black Clover opening for the second time now. As the story has progressed significantly since, I put a lot more empathy into this song. It is filled with darkness and a sense of urgency. 

     

    Vickeblanka is set to release the new album Devil on March 4, marking the artist’s third ever original album release in a year and four months. As fans reminisce of how we were drawn in by the euphoric world of Vickeblanka’s previous album wizard, the complete change of tone with the new album Devil is sure to shock listeners. 

     

    Vickeblanka will also embark on a tour titled Tour de Devil 2020 which consists of eight performances including some in Higashi-Meihan halls. The tour will kick off at Orix Theater, Osaka on April 29 and will arrive at NTK Hall Forest Hall, Nagoya on May 1. The final performance will take place on May 9 at Nakano Sunplaza in Tokyo. Tickets will be available to purchase from event hosts in the respective performance regions.

     

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  • Black Clover’s New Ending Theme by Kalen Anzai Appears in Anime’s TV Commercial

    26.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Kalen Anzai has been lauded as a next-generation icon, earning the nickname Posu Gyaru (“Post-Millennial Girl”). Her newest song Jinsei wa Senjō da is currently being used as the latest ending theme for the ongoing hit anime series Black Clover. The track was used in a new goosebump-incuding TV commercial for the show.

     

    Kalen Anzai – “Jinsei wa Senjō da” (TV Anime Black Clover Ver.)

    The commercial is a compilation of memorable scenes from the anime series woven together perfectly to make it look like the characters are singing the ending theme.

     

    The commercial has kindled an excited fire amongst fans of the show, with Japanese viewers commenting such things as, “Asta’s singing! They have all the best scenes in there, I’m hyped to watch again!” and “I’ve never seen a commercial like this before.”

     

    Since her debut, Anzai’s popularity has spread across Japan: she was featured on the front cover of online and physical Shibuya culture magazine POSTOKYO.JP, was the first female solo artist to feature in the promotional visual for cosmetic brand M·A·C, has appeared on MTV and MUSIC ON! TV and more. Her android-like appearance has even sparked rumours that she is a virtual artist. She has garnered huge attention for both her sound and visual aspect.

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