Universal Cool Japan 2020: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World, Detective Conan & Lupin III

13.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

It has been announced that Universal Cool Japan 2020 will take place from January 21 to June 28 next year. This year marks the 6th run of UCJ which began in 2015, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world, and enjoys immense popularity every year.

Universal Cool Japan 2020 will see four big titles in Japanese entertainment come together. Expect all-new attractions for all-new experiences.

*The Monster Hunter World: Iceborne x USJ attractions will be announced at a later date

Attack on Titan XR Ride

The Attack on Titan manga series has celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. For the first time ever, the series is getting its own XR Ride in which guests will don VR goggles that will transport them into a 360° rendering of the world of Attack on Titan, with life-size Titans appearing before their very eyes. Guests will ride a roller coaster and fly alongside the Survey Corps. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to soar up high with ODM maneuver gear, now’s your chance.

 

Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020

 

Detective Conan World

Join Conan in the all-improved and revamped Detective Conan World and help him solve cases in Detective Conan: The Escape; ride the new story-filled roller coaster Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride which features full voice acting and an immersive plot; run around the park and solve various incidents hands-on with Detective Conan Mystery Challenge; and dine at the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant.

 

Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020

*Full details on the restaurant will be announced at a later date

 

Lupin the Third: The Live

Lupin the Third made its first appearance at UCJ 2019 and was very well-received. This live show features street live entertainment by real cast members who will perform right before guests. Join Lupin and the characters in the exciting world of the franchise.

 

Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020

 

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne x Universal Studios Japan

The Monster Hunter video game franchise is loved the world over, and is appearing once more at Universal Cool Japan after two years. Use interactive VR technology and go hunting in the world of Iceborne, the hit expansion to Monster Hunter World which has shipped 2.8 million copies worldwide.

 

Running: Spring 2020 (subject to change)

 

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  • Roppongi Hills Christmas Market 2019: Authentic German Food, Christmas Ornaments, Desserts & More

    12.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Christmastime has fallen on Roppongi Hills as it kicked off Roppongi Hills Christmas 2019 on Monday. The event sees the return of the gorgeous Keyakizaka illuminations from last year.

    Keyakizaka-dori Street runs almost 400 meters, along which “Snow & Blue” LED lights glow and glisten like frost-covered trees, turning the street into a winter wonderland. For 2019, a very special photo spot has been designed by Japanese illustrator Yu Nagaba as pictured above amongst the ocean of illuminations. Over on the West Walk, passersby will spot a draped Christmas tree.

     

    Starting this Friday (November 15), more illuminations will light up over at Mori Garden, which will reflect enchantingly from the garden lake, and 66 Plaza will be lit up too. All of these illuminations will glow until late in the night, making them a perfect spot for a little evening date.

    A Christmas market will take place starting on November 30 which will feature German food and drinks, a shop where you can buy a real fir Christmas tree, and more. And on November 15, restaurants and cafes at Roppongi Hills will adorn their menus with Christmas cakes, sweets, and dinner plans.

     

    Christmas Market 2019

    2019 marks the 13th year of the Roppongi Hills Christmas Market, and this year, many of Japan’s leading shops are taking part. The market will recreate the atmosphere and decor of a German Christmas market, with gorgeous decorations lining the roof, as well as the 11 stalls which will sell German-made Christmas sundries, German mulled wine, frankfurter sausages, and more. There will be over 2,000 individual items to find.

     

    Christmas Cakes & Merry Desserts

    Top: Christmas Show Girl ¥3,672 / Bottom: Christmas Tree ¥10,800 @ LOLA’S Cupcakes Tokyo

    Cafes and restaurants have cooked up various treats for the Christmas season which will be sold between November 15 to December 25, including Christmas cakes to complete your Christmas dinner, desserts so cute they almost seem a waste to eat, and little items perfect to give as gifts. There’s plenty on the menu to be enjoyed with friends, family and loved ones.

     

    Have a very special and merry little Christmas this year at Roppongi Hills.

  • Witness the Breathtaking Illuminations and Tokyo City Night Lights at Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019

    10.November.2019 | SPOT

    Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019 is set to run from December 1 to 25.

    The event will take place at Shinagawa Season Terrace, a towering office building in Tokyo, where the rolling grass lawn will be lit up beautifully with enchanting blue lights. They offer a breathtaking view against the city nightscape of Tokyo’s skyscrapers. Last year’s event saw nearly 17,000 people in attendance.

    2019 marks the 4th run of the event, and this year, the long staircase leading up to the lawn will also be lit up, welcoming visitors to see the illuminations from their first step upon arrival. The lights will flicker in 10 different patterns from the first floor (ground floor) up to the second.

     

    Entry is free, and visitors will be able enjoy an unbroken view of the structural spectacle that is Tokyo Tower too. If you’re in Tokyo this December, be sure to mark Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019 in your calendar for the holiday season.

     

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  • 5 Must-Visit Spots in Kyoto For Autumn Scenery: Floor Reflections to Flowery Temple Water Basins

    10.November.2019 | SPOT

    Kyoto’s autumn hues have enchanted travellers, tourists and locals alike for untold years. Today, we are joined by Macchan, an Instagrammer who has provided us with their incredible photographs of Kyoto’s breathtaking autumnal scenery. Take note of these locations for your next trip!

     

    Wachu-an, Notre Dame Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School

    Wachu-an is a merchant and heritage home with a long history dating back to the early days of the Showa Period (1926–1989). It’s normally off-limits to the public, but opens during autumntime for everyone to visit. This year, it will be open from November 22 to December 1.

    Trickling away in the large gardens is a small river, and enveloped in the gorgeous greenery connected to a passage on the slant of the foothill is the reception hall and a western-style house. When autumn rolls around, visitors enjoy the beautifully polished veranda of the Japanese-style room together with the floor of the western-style building which reflects the surrounding sights beautifully.

     

    Wachu-an, Notre Dame Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School

    Autumn Opening: November 22, 2019 – December 1, 2019

    Time: 10:00-16:00

    Address: 110 Shishigatani Sakuradanicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto

    Price: ¥600 (Discount for groups of 15+) / Free for junior high school students and younger

    Access:

    ① 9 minutes on foot from the “Shinnyodomae” or “Kinrin Shako Mae” bus stops via the Kyoto City Bus 5 from Kyoto Station

    ② 7 minutes on foot from “Miyanomaecho” bus stop via the Kyoto City Bus 100 from Kyoto Station

    ③ 9 minutes on foot from the “Shinnyodomae” or “Kinrin Shako Mae” bus stops via the Kyoto City Bus 93 or 204 from Jingū-Marutamachi Station (Keihan Electric Railway)

    ④ 5 minutes on foot from the “Kami Miyanomaecho” bus stop via the Kyoto City Bus 32 from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Railway)

    ⑤ 9 minutes on foot from the “Shinnyodomae” or “Kinrin Shako Mae” bus stops via the Kyoto City Bus 203 from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Railway)

     

    Yokokuji Temple

    Yanagidani Kannon, also known as Yokokuji Temple, is holding the event “Yanagidani Kannon Autumn Colours Week” from November 2 to December 1. It includes special access to the Joshoin which is normally closed to the public, workshops, flower decorations at the temple’s purifying water basin, and more.

    Enjoy the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the temple, dyed in the red and yellow hues of autumn. For more details on this event, click here.

     

    Yanagidani Kannon Autumn Colours Week

    Running: November 2, 2019 – December 1, 2019

    Time: 9:00-16:00 (Joshoin open 10:00-15:00)

    Location: Yanagidani Kannon, Yokokuji Temple (Dōnotani-2 Jōdodani, Nagaokakyo, Kyoto)

    Entry Price: ¥300

    Full Ticket: ¥1,100→¥1,100 (Includes entry to multiple areas)

    Access: 15 minutes by taxi from Nagaokakyo Station (JR Line) / 10 minutes by taxi from Nishiyama Tennozan Station

    Official Website: http://yanagidani.jp/

     

    Shinnyo-dō Temple (Shinshōgokuraku-ji)

    Shinnyo-dō Temple is a famous sightseeing spot during autumn as tourists and locals flock to see autumn fall around the ancient structure. From mid-November, the maple and ginkgo trees blossom from their beautiful buds along the stone path leading up to the temple.

    The three-storied pagoda is a sight to behold during this time of the year, as is the carpet of fallen leaves behind the main temple which symbolises the curtain call of autumn. On average, the autumn foliage can be observed until early December here every year.

     

    Shinnyo-dō Temple (Shinshōgokuraku-ji)

    Address: 82 Jōdoji Shinnyochō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 9:00-16:00 (Reception open until 15:45)

    *Restricted access to the garden and Shoin on November 10 and December  8

    Price: ¥1,000 (¥900 for elementary school children, free for those younger)

    Access:

    ①Take the Kyoto City Bus 5, 17 or 100 bound for Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺行き) from Kyoto Station and alight at Kinrin Shako Mae from which it is an 8 minute walk

    Official Website: https://shin-nyo-do.jp/

     

    Konzoji Temple

    This quiet little mountain temple sits tucked away halfway up the mountain known as Koshioyama. The temple as it is today was restored in the Edo Period. It’s a popular hiking spot amongst travellers as it offers a panoramic view of the Kyoto Basin (京都盆地), but it also attracts a lot of visitors during the autumn season.

    The reflection of the autumn foliage from the water is nothing short of breathtaking. The hike up is tiring, but worth it, so if you’ve the stamina we highly recommend putting this one on your list. You won’t be disappointed.

     

    Konzoji Temple

    Address: 1639 Ōharano Ishizukurichō, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Donation Fee: ¥200

    Access:

    ①Take the Hankyu Bus 65 from Mukōmachi Station (JR Tōkaidō Main Line) or Higashi-Mukō Station (Hankyu Railway) and get off at the last stop, Minamikasugacho (南春日町), after about 25 minutes. It’s then a 60-70 minute walk from there.

    ②Board the Keihan Kyoto Bus at the East Exit of Katsura Station that is bound for Oharano & Nagamine (大原野・長峰). Get off at the last stop, Nagamine, and it’s a 50-60 minute walk.

     

    Byodoin Temple

    Byodoin Temple, listed as a World Heritage Site, is also a popular spot in the fall. You can take some spectacular photos of the temple from across the lake. The height of the autumn foliage this year is late November to early December.

    There is more information on the foliage dates on the official website, so be sure to check it out before visiting at the link below.

     

    Byodoin Temple

    Address: Renge-116 Uji, Kyoto

    Price: General ¥600 / Junior High School Students ¥400 / Elementary School Students ¥300 (*Includes garden and Byodoin Museum access)

    Access:

    ①10 minutes on foot from Uji Station via the JR Nara Line from Kyoto Station

    ②10 minutes on foot from Uji Station via the Keihan Main Line from Gion-Shijo Station

    Foliage Info: https://www.byodoin.or.jp/flower/

    Official Website: https://www.byodoin.or.jp/

     

    If you want more information about Kyoto on the best spots to visit, be sure to follow Macchan on Instagram.

     

    Photos: Macchan

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    06.August.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    In an effort to ensure the safety and protect the health of guests and staff, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) introduced strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on June 8, 2020, such as limiting the number of people who could enter the park each day and enforcing thorough cleaning routines. This enabled the park to reopen after its temporary closure. It has since been able to deliver its scope of fun and excitement to guests, albeit in a more structured way.

    USJ wants to make wearing masks more fun too, and so it is releasing a range of character-inspired face masks, such as Snoopy, Elmo and the Cookie Monster, on August 7. Part of the money made from sales of these masks will be donated to the USJ Wonder Kids Program which helps support children in need.

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  • Universal Studios Japan’s ‘Stand By Me Doraemon 2’ XR Ride Food and Merchandise Revealed

    04.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To promote the upcoming 3D CG anime film Stand By Me Doraemon 2, USJ is opening its second-ever Doraemon themed XR ride on August 4 which will run until January 6, 2021.

    Doraemon fans will be able to get their hands on a whole range of exclusive merchandise as well as tuck into themed food.

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    The Stand By Me Doraemon 2 XR Ride will be a high-speed sensory explosion that makes use of VR technology to send riders on a VR coaster time travel experience through the past, present, and future. The ride will feature a completely original story that ties into the upcoming movie. Park guests will board the Time Coaster to travel through time and chase after Nobita-kun.

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    Follow Doraemon on an exciting journey on the STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride!

     

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  • Universal Studio Japan’s New ‘Stand By Me Doraemon 2’ XR Ride Opens in August

    08.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To promote the 50th anniversary anime film Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur, which is set for release in Japan on August 14, 2020, Doraemon himself is making appearances right now at Jurassic Park in Universal Studios Japan until July 22, 2020. Additionally, in promotion of the upcoming 3D CG anime film Stand By Me Doraemon 2, USJ is opening its second-ever Doraemon themed XR ride on August 4 which will run until January 6, 2021.

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    Stand By Me Doraemon was released in 2014 as the first 3D CG animated Doraemon film and was a huge hit for the quality of its animation and moving story. The staff have returned to work on its sequel, Stand By Me Doraemon 2, including writers and directors Takashi Yamazaki and Ryuichi Yagi. The XR ride will feature an original story that is connected to the sequel film which itself will be based on the Doraemon short film Doraemon: A Grandmother’s Recollections.

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  • Universal Studios Japan’s ‘We are One’ Summer Festival Begins This July

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

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) reopened on June 19, 2020 after temporary closure as a result of COVID-19. The park is now running with strict measures in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, including practicing the 2m social distancing rule, making it mandatory to wear face masks, and so on. The park has posted a full video demonstration of the rules on their official website.

    That means summertime is set to shine on USJ once again this year. The new ‘Universal Summer Parade: We are One’ event will begin on July 23 as the first parade held by the park since its reopening. Guests will be able to enjoy a fun and exciting summer at USJ with all the necessary precautions in place to ensure their safety.

    Many familiar faces will gather at USJ to celebrate summer with guests, including the Minions, Elmo, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and more. Each of them will board colourful floats for the parade during the parade, which will open with the fittingly-titled “Opening Float” followed by a flurry of unique floats like the flashy “Latin Float,” cute European-inspired “Europe Float,” the mysterious “Indian Float,” and the finale “America Float,” amongst many others. There will be music to entertain guests for laughs, smiles, and fun energy while characters and entertainers ride the floats and serve summertime vibes.

     

    The peak moment of the parade will be when confetti rains down on guests in huge quantities. Flags can also be bought for the parade for the first time in this year. Performers and the park characters will be able to entertain guests at a distance while still connecting with them through the fun performances. A special “social distance” performance created in cooperation with the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education will also be part of the parade. This year’s parade plans to have guests dancing and smiling even more than previous years to lift some of that stress away and give them the fight and energy to continue into tomorrow.

     

    Universal Summer Parade: We Are One

    Put your hands into the air as the sun beats down and the floats arrive to a lively rhythm. ‘We are One’ is the catchphrase, so get your boogie on and explode with excitement together with the entertainers and park characters for a heated summer parade!

     

    Running: July 23, 2020 – August 27, 2020

    Location: Parade Route

    Time: One per day from 11:00am (approx 40 mins) 

    Buy yourself a parade flag for ¥500 and wave it around to the beat of the festival!

     

    Cool yourself off with some summer merch

    Get your hands on some merch for cooling off, including the must-have summer “Handy Fan,” a “UV Poncho” which keeps you cool in the heat of the sun, a classic “Sensu” folding fan, and more.

     

    Feel the Japanese festivities with the Universal Market

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    Left: Super Hot! Turkey Leg ¥1,000 / Centre: Peach Jelly Soda: ¥650 / Right: Frappe Sundae ~Strawberry & Blue Hawaii~ ¥750

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    Additionally, the parade will also not stop in any of the usual designated places and will instead keep on moving, meaning the parade can be enjoyed from anywhere along the parade route. Guests will be able to keep plenty of distance from others as they watch the parade.

     

    The park also released a statement on its ‘enhanced sanitation in park operations’ on its official website so you can find out more about what USJ is doing to tackle the COVID-19 spread.

     

    If you’re in Osaka this year, you can still enjoy summer at Universal Studios Japan with all the necessary precautions in place.

  • Attack on Titan Season 4 Trailer Reveals Final Battle and Film Officially Announced

    01.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    The first trailer for the highly-anticipated season four of Attack on Titan is finally here along with a new key visual. With the animation efforts moved to MAPPA, the new staff have also been revealed including Yuichiro Hayashi as the final season’s director.

     

    The following five statements were released from staff alongside the new trailer, including from Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama, the final season director Yuichiro Hayashi, the season one director and seasons 2-3 chief director Tetsurō Araki, MAPPA’s CEO Manabu Otsuka, and WIT STUDIO’s CEO George Wada. All comments translated from Japanese by MMN.

     

     

    Hajime Isayama (Author, Writer and Illustrator, Attack on Titan)

    “With this, the entirety of Attack on Titan has been adapted into anime. For that, I give my heartfelt thanks to all of the readers who have supported the series up to now. The manga has been serialised more than 10 years, so we’ve been together for quite some time now. To director [Tetsurō] Araki, WIT STUDIO, everyone in the Storyboard Corps, and everybody else, I would like to thank you for giving me so many happy memories—so many I could die! I would like to continue making more amazing memories together with director [Yuichiro] Hayashi and everyone at MAPPA for the continuation of the Attack on Titan anime!”

     

    Yuichiro Hayashi (Director, Attack on Titan: The Final Season)

    “I have been given the responsibility of director for the final season. My heart has been pounding since we’re in the middle of a battle in the anime, and because this is such a huge series. We’ve kindly received full cooperation from everyone at WIT as well as director [Tetsurō] Araki. They have set everything up for us up this point. The quality of the series up to now is thanks to them. The staff have poured blood and sweat into their work. We will continue that as much as possible, and put our utmost best into what we do. So please look forward to the final season of Attack on Titan!!”

     

    Tetsurō Araki (Director, Attack on Titan Season 1 / Chief Director, Attack on Titan Seasons 2-3)

    “Our beloved anime series Attack on Titan will continue with an incredible battle formation formed of MAPPA and director Yuichiro Hayashi. We’ve been mutually exchanging information with them and holding meetings for quite a long time now. I’m positive they will piece this out, no doubt about it. We are also really looking forward to seeing the continuation of Eren and everybody else’s journey!”

     

    Manabu Otsuka (CEO, MAPPA)

    “Attack on Titan is a series loved by countless fans. It will continue with a great studio, and a team of outstanding creators. I feel motivated at the fact that the studio will be part of the series’s final season. I look forward to us freely forging the final battle.”

     

    George Wada (CEO, WIT STUDIO)

    “The final season of Attack on Titan has finally been announced!! It has taken a long time for us to prepare for this, but first and foremost, I’m extremely happy that we have arrived at this point. We laid the foundations for the greatest manga ever, and the greatest team ever will be adapting the final season. I have nothing but high hopes. To all of you out there, please look forward to it!!”

    The final chapter of Attack on Titan is nearly upon us. It seems only yesterday that the first season aired and took the world by storm.

    In the lead up to the final season, a movie entitled Attack on Titan: Chronicle has also been announced. Releasing on July 17, 2020, it will cover everything in the first three seasons of the anime series.

     

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  • Attack on Titan At-Home Puzzle Game Has You Surveying Ancient Ruins

    12.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    NAZO x NAZO Gekidan, a company in Japan that creates and produces interactive, real-life puzzle solving games, has made a new limited-time Attack on Titan themed game to be played from the comfort of your own home.

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    There is yet another mystery on our hands at the ancient ruins of Joypolis. We, the Survey Corps, have discovered new material from the relics we brought back that unravel the history surrounding those ancient ruins. You must put your heads together with your comrades with Eren, Armin, Mikasa, Hange, and Levi, and solve the mystery of the ruins!

    Tickets for the game are available via NAZO x NAZO Gekidan’s official website, and participants get a free folder as pictured aboveーa must grab collector’s item for fans of Attack on Titan. The game can be played on smartphones, and has both easy and challenging sections to it.

     

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  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Shirts and Ties Releasing This Spring

    18.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese business apparel brand SMARTBIZ is teaming up with the action-RPG Monster Hunter World: Iceborne to release an original series of shirts and neckties.

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    Shirts: 4 Designs

    Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Shirts – ¥3,990 Each (Before Tax)

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  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Breaks 5 Million Sales Worldwide

    17.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    The Iceborne expansion for Capcom’s Monster Hunter World, which is available on the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, and PC, has shipped over 5 million copies worldwide, both disc and download sales combined.

    Monster Hunter is a fantasy action RPG video game series that pits players against monsters in large open fields. The first game launched back in 2004 and established a completely new kind of co-op play style which allowed players to fight great beasts online with their friends. The series as a whole has sold over 62 million copies worldwide (as of March 13, 2020).

     

    Monster Hunter World launched last year for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Thanks to its continuous updates since release, free weapons and equipment useful for clearing stories, and more, the game has built up a dedicated playerbase resulting int he game having shipped over 15 million copies worldwide (as of January 2, 2020).

     

    The Iceborne expansion dropped on consoles in September 2019 and on PC in January this year. It takes place after the events of World and continues the story. Players can discover new monsters as well as come across familiar favourites. The expansion received high praise from online reviewers upon its release, helping Monster Hunter to win three awards at the PlayStation® Awards 2019, including the PlayStation™ Network Award.

     

    Monster Hunter Riders was revealed at the end of January this year and released in Japan on February 19, 2020 for iOS and Android devices as a free-to-play title. It has garnered over 3 million downloads so far.

     

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  • Detective Conan Face Masks, Lipstick & Hand Cream Release in Collaboration With ALFACE+

    07.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Skincare brand ALFACE+ is teaming up with Detective Conan (Case Closed) to release a line of cosmetic products on April 1, 2020.

    Face Mask Conan & Haibara “Diamond Moisture” (Moisture) –  ¥300 for 1 / ¥1,500 for Box of 5 (Tax not included in both prices)

    This is the second face mask collaboration with ALFACE+. Four masks are available: the Conan and Haibara “Diamond Moisture (Moisture),” the Shinichi and Ran “Tropical Love (Firm Skin),” the Heiji and Kazuha “Botanical Amulet (Brightening Skin),” and the Bourbon and Vermouth “Golden Black (Clearing).”

    Shinichi & Ran “Tropical Love” (Firm Skin) –  ¥300 for 1 / ¥1,500 for Box of 5 (Tax not included in both prices)

    The Shinichi & Ran and Heiji & Kazuha face masks have cute marks of the characters on the cheeks. The Conan & Haibara face mask is black coloured while the Bourbon & Vermouth mask is black from the charcoal in it to represent the Black Organisation. All boxes of 5 face masks are coupled randomly with one of 8 possible stickers.

    Hand Cream (Conan Model) – ¥580 (Before Tax)

    Lipstick (Conan Model) – ¥580 (Before Tax)

    The hand creams and lipsticks have simple and stylish designs with references to each respective character. All the items in this series aren’t just for showーthey are high quality and work as you would expect from a skincare brand.

     

    Keep your face, hands and lips moisturised with the new Detective Conan cosmetic series by ALFACE+.

     

    ©Gosho Aoyama / Shogakukan・Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation・TMS 1996

  • Mario Question Blocks Appear in New York to Win a Trip to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD

    22.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is set to open at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in 2020ーthe year of the Tokyo Olympicsーas the world’s first theme park area centred on the world, games and video game characters from Nintendo. A whopping 60 billion yen has been injected to make the park a reality.

     

    In promotion of the park, the “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE” was held in New York, US on February 19.

    Fans dashed to Grand Central Terminalーa tourist hot spotーwhere the event was held to play a game involving the iconic Question Blocks from the Mario video game franchise. The set-up, which brought to mind a Bonus Stage from the game, had people hitting the question blocks just like Marioーsomething which we all must have imagined doing before.

    1,000 people participated in the event which they signed up to prior. It was a day of fun for not only players but onlookers too. Grand prize winners won trips to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, which is set to open before the Tokyo Olympic Games start, while all other participants got their hands on some exclusive SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merch early.

     

    One participant said: “I love everything about Mario, so I knew I’d definitely be taking part today! I’ve loved Mario since I was a kid, I even had a plush toy of him. Mario really is exciting. I’ve always wanted to be Mario, so I’m really happy with how today turned out. I want to go to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD with my best friend and try out all the attractions. I’m sure it’s gonna be a lot of fun!” (Male, 20 / Staten Island, New York) *Translated from Japanese

    One of the grand prize winners said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Nintendo’s games since I was 3-years-old. I was lucky to get to take part in the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE today, but to go and win the grand prize is an amazing feeling! I’ll be going to Japan with my girlfriend who I love so much! I’m always paying attention to news about SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. The Mario Kart attraction will definitely be a ride, I’m looking forward to it so much I just can’t wait! I always thought it would be great if they made a Mario theme park, so the fact they’re doing it in both Japan and even the US is amazing!” (Male, 20 / The Bronx, US) *Translated from Japanese

    The Question Blocks also made an appearance in Times Square. The event was covered on the morning news in the US with fans visible at the event, Rockefeller Plaza, and elsewhere.

     

    If you’re a Mario and Nintendo fan planning a trip to Japan then be sure you get to experience SUPER NINTENDO WORLD when it opens this year.

  • Detective Conan Cafes to Open to Promote the Release of ‘The Scarlet Bullet ‘ Anime Movie

    14.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    To celebrate the release of the upcoming Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet movie on April 17, 2020, twelve official themed cafes will roll out in nine cities across Japan from March 25 in Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Saitama, Chiba, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.

     

    *Menu item names have been translated from Japanese

    APTX4869 Beef Curry (Apoptoxin Curry) – ¥1,490

     

    Young Detective’s Exciting Children’s Plate – ¥1,690

     

    Ai Haibara’s Healthy Sweets Basket – ¥1,690

     

    Conan’s Voice-Changing Butterfly Necktie Cream Soda – ¥890

    An incredible line-up of 100 items will feature on the menu, from food to drinks, all inspired by the characters and actual dishes that appear in the franchise. The theme of the cafe is “A Home Party at Hiroshi Agasa’s House”ーhim being of course the next door neighbour of the titular protagonist.

     

    Acrylic Badges (8 Designs/Randomly Chosen) – ¥520

     

    Mugs – ¥1,800

     

    Jump into the world of Detective Conan and uncover every secret of Detective Conan Cafe 2020.

     

    ©Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan・Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation・TMS 1996

  • Universal Studios Japan’s New Promotional Video Sees NMB48 Members Enjoying Their Youth

    31.January.2020 | SPOT

    Last autumn, Universal Studios Japan released a video showcasing youngsters in enjoying their youth in the park, and it blew up on Japanese social media. The park released a new version of the video online on January, and it will hit television in the Kansai area on February 1.

    The video’s theme is “Youth is a moment; youth is infinite.” We see five NMB48 membersーCocona Umeyama, Rei Jōnishi, Suzu Yamada, Ayaka Yamamoto, and Haasa Minamiーenjoying themselves in their private time at USJ. They play the part of five friends about to graduate from high school, and like them, the lighthearted nature of the video makes you want to make some memories at the park with your friends too.

     

    The video is saying to all young people that they hope they can make special memories at USJ, deepen their bonds with their friends, and continue their friendships after graduating.

    We get to see the five NMB48 members enjoying the park to the fullest, wearing park merchandise like their cute headbands and pouches, riding the attractions with smiles on the face, snapping photos, and eating food. The song that plays during the video is LILLY by Osaka-born three-piece rock band Hump Back.

    USJ is set to hold numerous campaigns for students entering the park, beginning in February, including student discounts.

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