Haikyu!! Season 4 To The Top Fair to be Held at Animate Stores Across Japan

21.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Animateーa chain of anime and manga related merchandise storesーhas announced that it will hold a fair to promote season four of the ongoing TV anime series Haikyu!! from February 15.

 

Haikyu!! is a popular manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate and serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The series has spawned an anime series and stage adaptation. The fourth season of the anime series began airing on January 10 this year.

The event will be held at Animate stores from February 15 to March 8 where fans of the series can get their hands on exclusive merchandise. Those who purchase or pre-order items will receive one of 8 possible postcards as pictured above featuring the cast of characters.

A special pop-up shop at the Sendai and Yokohama Vivre branches of Animate will also be open from February 15 to March 1, which will include not only merchandise, but a chance for fans to deepen their love of the series even more. Those who purchase any of the items at those shops will receive one of the above-pictured postcards. Exclusive big-size badges will also be sold in Sendai and Yokohama, so don’t miss out.

 

©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha・”Haikyu!!” Production Committee・MBS

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    27.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is celebrating his 24th anniversary at three branches of the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Yokohama, and Umeda with a special birthday menu that will be served for the whole month of April.

     

    A special celebratory menu for the floppy-eared golden retriever

    The official date for Pompompurin’s birthday is April 16. The birthday menu line-up includes two food items, a drink made in collaboration with popular Japanese picture book author Yukako Ohde, and some novelty gifts.

     

    Birthday Menu

    Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet Bisque – ¥1,590 (Before Tax)

    This cute bisque soup has Pompompurin and Muffin holding a colourful boquet made from broccoli and mashed potatoes made to look like roses. It has a rich but mild flavour, and is both adorable and filling.

    Happy Birthday Strawberry Mousse – ¥790 (Before Tax)

    The strawberry mousse has a fluffy texture and refreshing, sweet taste. It can be eaten as it is or drizzled with the accompanying raspberry sauce.

    Yukako Ohde x Pompompurin Lemonade – ¥550 (Before Tax)

    Take a sip from this delicious lemonade from a straw adorned with a cute, warm illustration of Pompompurin by Yukako Ohde.

     

    Exclusive Anniversary Novelty Gifts

    Lunch Mat Design

    Customers who dine at any of the three cafes during the anniversary celebration will receive a free lunch mat.

    Coaster Designs

    And those who order the lemonade will receive a coaster with designs illustrated by Yukako Ohde. The designs are different at each branch of the Pompompurin Cafe. You can also receive another special coaster if you spend over ¥1,000 each (tax included) at Pompompurin Cafe Umeda and KIDDY LAND Osaka Umeda. Simply show your receipts at the cafe.

     

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  • Re:Zero Season Two Promoted in Japan With Merchandise Fair at Animate Stores

    26.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Animate stores across Japan and the Animate online shop are set to promote the upcoming second season of Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World with a merchandise fair beginning on March 28, 2020.



    Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World is a light novel series written by Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrated by Shinichirou Otsuka. The first season aired in 2016 and become an international sensation within the anime community. Season two was originally set to air in April this year but has been delayed to July due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

    Fair Bonus Item: Special Sticker (9 Designs)

    Running from March 28 to April 19, the Re:Zero season two promotional fair is a chance for fans to get their hands on lots of merchandise, the light novels and manga, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays. For every ¥1,000 spent on these items, they’ll receive a random pick of one of the above-pictured special stickers. The bottom three were illustrated exclusively for the fair and feature Emilia, Rem, and Echidna in their party outfits.

    Acrylic Door Key Holder Stands (Party Version) – ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)

    Mugs (Party Version) – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    Select branches of Animate will also be promoting the release of the Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World: Hyōketsu no Kizuna movie on DVD and Blu-ray with fairs dedicated exclusively to it. There will be life-sized stands, scene panels, anime documents, exclusive merchandise, and more. See the branch list below.

     

    ©Tappei Nagatsuki・KADOKAWA / Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World Production Committee

  • Animate’s Shonen Jump Fair 2020: My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, One Piece & More

    17.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The series of Shonen Jump are set to fall on the Japanese anime merchandise chain Animate as “Jump Fair in Animate 2020” begins on March 19 and will run until April 12.

     

    Fans can expect exclusive merchandise from various Shonen Jump series, as well as original bonus items when they purchase items from Animate stores across Japan. More on these below.

     

    Bonus Items – Batch ①: Jump Fair Selection (Select Items)

    Those who purchase or pre-order any piece of designated merchandise at Jump Fair in Animate will receive one of the pictured cards or other item. You can also get your hands on some of the original Shonen Jump items sold at Jump Festa last year, a popular Shonen Jump festival held every year.

    The bonus items will be split into two batches sold at different dates and comprised of 58 items in total. Batch 1 items will drop from March 19 to April 2 and will include merchandise from My Hero AcademiaThe Promised Neverlandーfor which a live-action film has been green-litーand more. Batch 2 will available commencing April 3 and will include series like One PieceDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, and more.

     

    If you’re a Shonen Jump fan, and are headed to Japan this spring, then don’t miss out on Animate’s Shonen Jump fair.

     

    ©SHUEISHA Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Dr. Stone, Haikyu!!, & Gintama Theme Songs to be Featured On BURNOUT SYNDROMES Anime Concept Album

    13.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Three-piece Japanese band BURNOUT SYNDROMES announced at the finale of their solo tour at Namba Hatch in Osaka, their home city, that they will release an anime concept album of their best anime songs.

     

    Entitled BURNOUT SYNDROMEZ, the record will be released on March 25, 2020, and will feature theme songs they have performed for various anime series, such as Dr. StoneHaikyu!!Gintama, and more.

    The album will contain a total of 12 tracks, including their latest single PHOENIX which is used as the opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series Haikyu!! To The Top, as well all of their anime songs to date, two new songs, a remix, a rearrangement, and more.

    Anime fans can expect to hear some seriously popular tracks like the second opening theme FLY HIGH!! from season two of Haikyu!!ーwhich was the band’s debut singleーas well as the season three opening theme Hikari Are. It also includes their third single Hana Ichi Monme which is the first ending theme of Gintama: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen, the first Dr Stone opening theme Good Morning World, and so on.

    The album is a must-have for both anime, manga and game fans as well as fans of BURNOUT SYNDROMES. First Press Edition copies of the album come with the band’s first-ever Blu-ray which will feature eight music videos and live performances of six songs from their tour last year. It will also include a comic which has the BURNOUT SYNDROMES members as the protagonists of an adventure story.

     

    BURNOUT SYNDROMES will promote BURNOUT SYNDROMEZ with a Japan tour in 2021.

  • BURNOUT SYNDROMES Haikyu!! Opening Theme ‘PHOENIX’ Music Video to Premiere On YouTube

    31.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Three-piece Japanese rock band BURNOUT SYNDROMES have announced that the music video for their new single PHOENIX will premiere on YouTube on Friday January 31 at midnight (JST).

    The incredibly popular song serves as the opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series Haikyu!! TO THE TOP and blew up on Japanese social media when it was released digitally on Friday last week.

     

    The music video was directed by Takahashi Chiba, who also directed the BURNOUT SYNDROMES music videos for FLY HIGH!! and Hikariareーwhich just so happen to be theme songs for Haikyu!! too. The new video stars Mita Ibuki of Japanese idol group CROWN POP who plays the role of a high school girl.

     

    BURNOUT SYNDROMES – “PHOENIX” Music Video (Premiering January 31, 2020 at Midnight JST)

    The BURNOUT SYNDROMES band members are scheduled to post in the chat during the premiere, so be sure to tune in to watch it in real time. PHOENIX will also be released on all major streaming services, including Spotify.

    BURNOUT SYNDROMES released the following statement: “‘PHOENIX’ is the opening theme for the anime series Haikyu!! TO THE TOP. The song is sure to resonate emotionally with people who have devoted themselves to something. The music video uses time loops, which is a rare addition for us. It’s set in a school where a girl meets the three members of BURNOUT SYNDROMES. The girl dances like a phoenix to the powerful lyrics and music. I think everything in the music video matches together wonderfully, so it’s a must-watch!!”

     

    The music video’s director Takahashi Chiba said: “We went back to basics with this one, using a high school girl as the main role. The song is called ‘PHOENIX.’ The video centres on the idea of the phoenix which dies, resurrects, and transforms over and over again. When you’re alive, you bump into walls, and no matter how many times you may come to that wall, you cannot get over it. But even if you think about that same wall, or the same situation, something is sure to change each time you come face to face with it. When your life seems to be going backwards, if you keep on endeavouring during those simple days when nothing changes, you’ll suddenly arrive at a day when it feels like all your hopes have vanished. It’s better to believe that you will get over that wall of life when you find yourself at the boundary of your own limits. Because nobody knows if that wall, or that scene, will be the last thing you see. I used time loops to express this idea in the music video.”

     

    ©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha・”Haikyu!!” Production Committee・MBS

  • BURNOUT SYNDROMES Haikyu!! Opening Theme Hits Number One On iTunes Japan’s Anime Charts

    27.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The new single PHOENIX from Japanese rock band BURNOUT SYNDROMES topped the anime charts on iTunes in Japan yesterday morning. The song was released digitally on January 24, 2020, ahead of the CD release which is set for February 12, 2020.

    The song serves as the opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series Haikyu!! TO THE TOP and blew up on Japanese social media when it was released digitally on Friday last week.

     

    PHOENIX also topped the singles charts of multiple platforms, placing BURNOUT SYNDROMES alongside multiple big artists, coming in at No. 5 on Recochoku’s Singles Charts, No. 2 on mora, and No. 5 on animelo mix, in Japan.

     

    The track is BURNOUT SYNDROMES’ third song written for the Haikyu!! series, following from FLY HIGH!! and Hikari Are.

    The band will release the music video for PHOENIX in February, when the song will also hit major digital streaming platforms.

     

    ©古舘春一/集英社・「ハイキュー!!」製作委員会・MBS

  • BURNOUT SYNDROMES’ Haikyu!! Opening Theme ‘PHOENIX’ CD Cover and More Unveiled

    16.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    BURNOUT SYNDROMES are set to release their new single PHOENIX on February 12, 2020. The title track serves as the opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series Haikyu!! TO THE TOP. The CD cover artwork as well as details on the content of the single as well as in-store bonuses were unveiled today.

    The single will include the title track as well as a new rock song entitled BREAK DANCER and the “Moonlight Version” of Hikari Are which was used as the opening theme for season three of Haikyu!!.

     

    First Press Limited Edition copies of the single are coupled with a DVD featuring the PHOENIX music video and making-of while Anime Edition copies are packaged in limited-edition boxes featuring anime artwork, include the creditless OP video on DVD, and an anime pin badge.

    And if you’re lucky enough to pick up the CD at a store in Japan, depending on where you purchase it from you’ll receive some additional exclusive bonus items.

     

    Haikyu!! TO THE TOP will begin airing in Japan on MBS and TBS from January 10, 2020.

     

    ©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha・”Haikyu!!” Production Committee・MBS

  • Artist FUKI Collaborates with LINE MUSIC to Make Romantic Bubble Tea at Tai Parfait Cafe

    11.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    LINE MUSIC-Bu is LINE MUSIC’s research team that studies popular music trends among teen girls. LINE MUSIC-Bu teamed up with love song-writer FUKI, who is releasing one love per month for 12 months, in order to produce a new bubble tea drink and tapioca dessert especially for couples. The drink and dessert is being sold at Tai Parfait Cafe, Yokohama World Porters. FUKI will also perform at a free live gig at Yokohama World Porters on December 25, which is the last day of collaboration drink and tapioca dessert sales. 

    The collaboration pair-tapi contains two different drinks in a twin split cup. One side of the cup is filled with cafe au lait and the other with a strawberry-flavoured drink. Both sides are stuffed with yummy tapioca pearls and are topped with a mountain of cream. This cute drink sees the perfect opportunity to get closer to your partner. 

     

    The second collaboration treat is the Tai Parfait Tapi which is stuffed with strawberries and tapioca pearls. The adorable tai fish is made from sweet dough – and it has cute eyelashes too. The fish’s enormously wide mouth can be seen chomping down on the delicious dessert. 

    Enjoy a romantic bubble tea and make sure to check out FUKI’s love song LOVE and CRY, which is based on a true story. The song is currently available on a number of digital music services. 

     

    Teen girls full of love problems find FUKI’S songs highly relatable. As Yokohama World Porters will be lit up for Christmas, you just can’t miss FUKI’s performance on December 25.

  • Enjoy the Flavours of Sendai with the Zunda Shake Kit Kat

    29.November.2019 | FOOD

    Sendai is famous for zunda mochi: a traditional dessert that fuses boiled mochi (rice cakes) and zunda (sweet edamame bean paste). The zunda mochi shop Zunda Saryo is collaborating with Nestlé to create a Kit Kat Mini with the regional flavour “Zunda Saryo Shake”, which will be released on December 1 at a number of shops including souvenir shops around Sendai Station and Sendai Airport, and selected KASHO SANZEN shops*

    *(Omachi  Hirose-dōri, Koji Matsushima and Monzen Matsushima) 

    Zunda Saryo spreads the delicious flavour of zunda across Japan through their variety of zunda-flavoured desserts and drinks. The Zunda Shake is an original drink made by fusing carefully selected milk with vanilla and then blending it with zunda to create an original sweet shake to represent Sendai. Kit Kat’s crispy wafers add texture to the layers of smooth chocolate, producing a divine flavour. Japan is home to more than 40 different Kit Kat flavours which are popular within Japan and overseas. 20 of those are from Japan’s regional flavour series, which is a collaboration with a regional specialty. 

    Foreigners and even Japanese visitors from other parts of the country will have never seen this new flavour before. The new Kit Kat Mini Zunda Shake flavour is sure to be the best way to experience the flavours of the region. 

     

    The cream filling is kneaded with edamame powder and sandwiched between crispy wafers. The Kit Kat is coated in Zunda shake-flavoured chocolate, creating the perfect Kit Kat flavour.  

     

    Whether you’re looking for a small snack or a souvenir, the Zunda Shake Kit Kat is perfect for you.

  • Pompompurin Cafe Reveals Christmas Menu For Harajuku, Yokohama & Umeda Branches

    27.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafeーthe cafe chain centred on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーis serving up two cute Christmas menu items this year from December 1 to 25.

    *Food names below are translated from Japanese

    Hurry Up Santa – Pompompurin Cheese Keema Curry – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This rich and spicy keema curry is made with Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and natural cheese. The colourful stars are made from carrot and paprika, while the spiralled Christmas cheese is a combination of spinach and mashed potato. Purin is made of rice and is waiting in anticipation for Santa to deliver his present. You’ll see he’s holding a stocking which is a made from bread and walleye pollack mayo. A hearty dish that is both delicious and adorable

    Snowman Pompompurin – Snow Covered Chocolate Tart ¥1,190 (Before Tax)

    Pompompurin has turned into a vanilla ice cream snowman and is standing next to a pistachio cream Christmas tree. They are both atop a rich chocolate tart. This cute dessert is like a Christmas garden straight out of a children’s picture book.

    If you decide you want to spend your Christmas with Pompompurin this year, then you’ll receive a free lunch mat when you order food and a free coaster when you get a drink. These are both limited in quantity, so don’t miss out!

     

    ©1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S603310

  • BURNOUT SYNDROMES Perform TV Anime Haikyu!! To The Top Opening Theme

    18.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that 3-piece Japanese rock band will perform the opening theme PHOENIX for Haikyu!! To The Top, the fourth season to the TV anime series Haikyu!!, which is set to premiere on in Japan on MBS and TBS on January 10, 2020.

    The series is an adaptation of Haruichi Furudate’s shōnen manga series of the name name, serialised in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. News of the fourth season blew up on Japanese social media when it was announced in August. The new season has also been attracting attention as it is collaborating with the Japanese volleyball league V.LEAGUE which many notable Japanese players are signed to.

    This marks the band’s third opening theme they have performed for Haikyu!!, following the season two opening FLY HIGH!ーwhich the band made their major debut with in March 2016ーand season three opening Hikariare.

     

    Speaking about the new opening theme PHOENIX, band vocalist and guitarist Kazuumi Kumagai commented, “We’ve been tasked with writing a third opening theme song. We’re ecstatic!”

     

    He continues: “We’ve written a song with a party feel to it to tie in with the spicy development of the story. Please look forward to hearing it!”

    The band also released a video of their performance at ANI-ROCK FES. 2018 at Saitama Super Arena for the Haikyu!! live show.

     

    PHOENIX will be released as a single on February 12, 2020, which is the day after the finale of their upcoming 7-date solo tour which is set to begin in December this year. It will be the band’s biggest solo tour to date.

     

    ©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha/・”Haikyu!!” Production Committee・MBS

  • Mickey Mouse Will Throw a Magical Birthday Celebration at Yokohama World Porters

    08.November.2019 | SPOT

    Mickey Mouse will be celebrating his birthday with a special event called HAPPY&MAGIC at Yokohama World Porters. The event will run for a limited period starting from November 18.

    David Willardson《DREAMERS》(Original) ©Disney

    The event will feature a range of artistic pictures, famous works and original images of Mickey Mouse which were created by officially licensed Disney artists.

    Original Clear File(Not for Sale) ©Disney

    There will also be a photo spot at the event venue where you can take a photo with Mickey Mouse. If you reserve a spot at the event online, you will receive an original clear file so don’t miss out.

    *The clear file cannot be purchased.

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