Cast Your Votes Overseas For the 2020 Sanrio Character Awards
12.April.2020 | FASHION
The 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking awards began on April 10. Voting is now open and is set to run until May 25.
This year marks the 35th run of the annual Sanrio Character Ranking. Eighty of Sanrio’s 450+ characters have been chosen as entrants for 2020. Fans will cast their votes for their favourite character who will be ranked by how many votes they receive.
The theme of this year’s ranking centres on fans cheering for characters who they have always loved and who have always been by their sides through the years. It’s a chance to let the character you love know that you are cheering them on. So that even more people can enjoy the Sanrio Character Ranking in 2020, Sanrio plans to feature lots of fun online content for people to get involved with online at home. Voting is also open to people around the world. The official Twitter page of the Sanrio Character Ranking will also be holding quizzes in Japanese as well as releasing bite-sized pieces of information about participating characters.
Who are the big contenders to look out for this year?
Hello Kitty won the 2019 Sanrio Character Awards, which we previously covered. She has won six times in the past. Will she blossom once more in 2020? Or will Cinnamoroll, who took the crown in 2017 and 2018, reign as champion this year? Or perhaps Pochacco will take everyone by surprise having climbed up the ranking in recent years, making it to 5th place last year. It’s sure to be another heated battle this year.
Hello Kitty’s twin sister Hello Mimmy is a first-time entrant this year. Speaking about her sister’s win last year, Mimmy said: “Thank you so much for so many votes for Kitty last year! She was celebrating her 45th anniversary that year, so I was super-duper happy! Me, her twin sister Mimmy, will be joining too this year for the first time. I said already how nervous I am, so please cheer me and my sister on!” It will be interesting to see where Kitty and Mimmy fall on the list in relation to each other.
How to Vote
1: Sanrio Character Ranking Website
Cast your vote on PC, smartphone, or tablet via the official website by picking your favourite character. You can cast one vote for one character per day.
Voting Period: April 10, 2020 at 10:00 (JST) to May 25, 2020 at 00:00 (JST)
*You can vote outside Japan
*Voting page available in English, Japanese, and Traditional/Simplified Chinese
2: Sanrio Online Shop
After purchasing something from Sanrio’s online shop, pick the character you want to cheer on via the banner visible on the completed purchase page. This gets you 18 votes for your character.
Voting Period: April 10, 2020 at 10:00 (JST) to May 25, 2020 at 12:00 (JST)
*The amount you spend doesn’t affect your vote. Every transaction gives one character 18 votes.
*If you cancel your order, your votes will become invalid.
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2020 Sanrio Character Ranking
①Voting: April 10, 2020 – May 25, 2020
②First round of ranking announcements: April 14, 2020
③Second round of ranking announcements: May 12, 2020
④Final result announcement: June 9, 2020
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sanrio Character Ranking Office)
*E-mail enquiries open April 10, 2020 – June 9, 2020. Communication in Japanese only.
Official Website: https://ranking.sanrio.co.jp/en
Coji-Coji and Sanrio Characters Come Together to Celebrate Cinnamoroll’s 20th Anniversary
To commemorate Cinnamoroll’s 20th anniversary, Coji-Coji and a ton of other Sanrio characters are coming together to celebrate!
The characters who live in fairy tale lands are always on a mission to entertain humans. Coji-Coji attends a school and studies hard every day, following the example of famous characters active in the human world. Sanrio characters have come to the school to study hard themselves, and this newly-created collaboration art shows the characters in adorable matching school uniforms.
Look forward to these new collaborative products coming in the summer of 2022, as well as other unique plans to celebrate the anniversary of Cinnamoroll!
Coji-Coji x Sanrio Characters
Official Site: https://www.cojicoji.site/
Golden Kamuy x Sanrio Characters Collaboration Cafe to Open in Shibuya
Characters from the popular anime series Golden Kamuy will team up with beloved Sanrio characters for a new collaboration cafe! Fans should visit Chugai Grace Cafe in Shibuya by July 18 to try some themed dishes and grab some exclusive merchandise.
Eat the Great North! Cream Stew Plate
Almond Pound Cake with Lingonberry Sauce
Matagi’s Stump Birthday Cake
Monkichi the Monkey and Shiraishi’s Banana Soda
Cola Float and Strange Juice
Pin – Cafe ver. (7 varieties, random)
Acrylic Stand (7 varieties)
Acrylic Frame Keychain (7 varieties)
Acrylic Block – Cafe ver.
Let’s Go to the Cafe! Curry (2 varieties)
Pouch (10 varieties)
Genjirou Tanigaki Birthday Set
Collab Menu Order / Advanced Reservation Bonus Coaster (17 varieties)
Matagi’s Stump Birthday Cake Order Bonus – Bromide
Goods Preorder Bonus Bromide (17 varieties)
The collaboration menu will include a tasty Almond Pound Cake with Lingonberry Sauce and Matagi’s Stump Birthday Cake to celebrate Tanigaki’s birthday! Don’t miss out on these exclusive menu items and goods.
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Golden Kamuy x Sanrio Characters x Chugai Grace Cafe
Running: June 23 – July 18, 2022
Venue: Shibuya MODI 7F, Chugai Grace Cafe
Official Site: https://chugai-grace-cafe.jp/collaboration/kamuyxsanrio/
Natural Donut Shop Floresta Collaborates with Sanrio’s Kiki and Lala for New Treats
26.June.2022 | FOOD
From July 2 until July 24, the handmade donut shop Floresta will be offering donuts inspired by the Sanrio characters Kiki and Lala! These treats, made from all-natural ingredients, will be available at Floresta shops and at the online store.
The Little Twin Stars, Kiki and Lala, were born on the Omoiyari Star in the Dream-Star Cloud.
The older sister Lala and younger brother Kiki appear on these healthy donuts along with a shooting star. Floresta’s special white chocolate is kneaded with purple sweet potato powder and strawberry powder to create a donut that isn’t too sweet.
Little Twin Stars Collaboration Donuts
Part 1: July 2 – July 12
Ring Donuts (2 varieties)
Kiki / Lala
Part 2: July 13 – July 24
Kiki & Lala Shooting Star Donut Holes
During the second half of the event, guests will be able to grab donut holes based on the beloved characters. Although these sweet treats may be colorful, they were made with all-natural ingredients and are free of synthetic colors, fragrances, and preservatives.
Enjoy these donuts yourself, buy them for a friend, or bring them to a family get-together.
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Little Twin Stars Collaboration Donuts
Available: July 2 – July 24, 2022
Where to Buy: Floresta locations nationwide, Online store
Shop List: https://www.nature-doughnuts.jp/shop/
Official Site: https://floresta-ec.jp/
Sanrio Puroland Opens New Sensory Show Fusing Real and Virtual Worlds
Starting July 15, Sanrio Puroland will premiere a new show, Nakayoku Connect. The unique hands-on experience will blend both the real and virtual worlds.
The interactive show Nakayoku Connect is set to introduce a new type of entertainment that combines a real live show filled with twinkling lights and lasers set to pop dance music with a virtual world. This is the first new show to be performed at Puro Village in three years, since Wish me mell’s Chance for You began in September 2019. This will also be the first time in about two years–since the temporary closure in 2020–that regular shows will be held in Puro Village during business hours.
For the first time ever, this show will be presented not only in Puroland, but virtually as well. Visitors are welcome to enjoy this unprecedented experimental show incorporating the world around us and the world inside the computer.
In Japanese, Nakayoku means ‘to care about friends’ and ‘to get along happily.’ The creators of the show believe that this is an important value to think about today, and visitors will enjoy seeing their favorite characters, from Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel to Bad Badtz-Maru and Kogimyun. The live and virtual shows will be performed simultaneously, and the characters will wear new costumes inspired by the concept of retro-futurism.
For a more immersive experience, the show will utilize a ‘fiber beam’ for the first time ever. Harmless to the body, the entirety of Puro Village will be illuminated, with the lights and animations linked to the show’s music. Come enjoy this brand-new experience!
Sanrio to Create Original Character Inspired by Boy Band JO1
19.June.2022 | FASHION
Sanrio and LAPONE Entertainment have teamed up to launch the JO1 x Sanrio Character Development Project to create a new character inspired by the globally popular boy band JO1.
The new project combines JO1’s creativity with Sanrio’s beloved branding to create a character embodying the member’s strengths. JO1 announced the project during the 2022 SANRIO FES at Pacifico Yokohama North on June 12. A teaser has also been posted on the official JO1 YouTube channel. A special program will closely follow the project and new episodes will be posted on YouTube in the future, so be sure to watch!
JO1’s marketing department has been tasked with making the group’s fans feel even closer, and the new character will be a kind of ‘alter ego’ of JO1. It’s unclear what kind of character we’ll see at the end of this, but fans are excited to find out!
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JO1 x Sanrio Character Development Project Official Site: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/special/jo1
Final Results of 2022 Sanrio Character Ranking Announced
16.June.2022 | FASHION
The results are in! The annual Sanrio Character Award tallies millions of votes to discover which of the company’s 450 characters is the fan favorite for the year. In 2022, nearly 26.5 million people cast their vote, totaling up to 124% of last year’s turnout.
Taking the top spot for the third year in a row is Cinnamoroll, almost reaching 3 million votes. The character is celebrating his 20th anniversary this year, so it’s fitting that he should take home the trophy!
Pompompurin came in second. The adorable dog has been in the top three for the past eight years and managed to rack up nearly 2.4 million votes. Surprisingly, Kuromi came in third, surpassing her rival My Melody for the first time ever. This was also the first time in the history of the competition that Kuromi has ranked in the top three.
Hangyodon ranked eighth, becoming the first new character in the top ten in 34 years. The fish character has been seeing increased popularity over the past year.
All rankings are available to view on the official website, so be sure to take a look to find out where your favorite sits!
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Official Site: https://ranking.sanrio.co.jp
Godiva Cafe Releases Drinks and Goods Inspired by Sanrio’s Hapidanbui
Godiva Cafe first collaborated with Sanrio’s Hapidanbui collective in February of this year. The second collaboration will begin on June 15, 2022!
Hapidanbui Chocolixer – White Chocolate Cacao 27% / Cacao 50%
Hapidanbui Godiva Cafe Original Pouch (with Godiva Soft Cookie)
The second collaboration will highlight the characters Pochacco and Pekkle. Godiva Cafe’s iconic drink, the Chocolixer, will be available in a special sleeve, and an original sticker will be handed out with each purchase.
Pochakko and Peckle pouches designed exclusively for the collaboration will also be available in-store while supplies last!
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Godiva Cafe x Hapidanbui – 2nd Collaboration
Price: ¥680 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Godiva Cafe locations nationwide
Available: June 15 – end of August
Hapidanbui Godiva Cafe Original Pouch
Price: ¥1,850 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Godiva Cafe locations nationwide
Available: June 15 while supplies last
Official Site: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Kura Sushi Begins Exclusive Sanrio Characters Collaboration Campaign
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the popular Sanrio character Cinnamoroll, a new campaign has begun at Kura Sushi locations around Japan! Popular Sanrio characters have gathered for a ‘Sushi Party,’ and guests can look forward to a new collection of original merchandise.
During the event period, customers are invited to partake in a game when they visit Kura Sushi. For every five plates, they will be entered to win a piece of original merchandise including clear folders, pins, and more!
Starting June 24, guests spending ¥2,500 or more will receive a clear folder featuring Sanrio characters (4 varieties).
Visitors to the Kura Sushi location in Harajuku will be able to grab an Apple Cinnamon W Cream crepe featuring a special Cinnamoroll illustration. Combining apple compote, cinnamon, and custard, this sweet treat not only offers the sweetness and softness of apples but is also perfect for posting on social media! The pale blue whipped cream is inspired by Cinnamoroll’s coloring.
Come celebrate Cinnamoroll’s 20th anniversary at Kura Sushi!
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Sanrio Characters Collaboration Campaign
Running: June 10 – June 30, 2022
Official Site: https://www.kurasushi.co.jp/
Natural Donut Shop Floresta Collaborating with Sanrio Character Hangyodon for a Limited Time
04.June.2022 | FOOD
From June 4 until June 25, the handmade donut shop Floresta will be offering donuts inspired by the Sanrio character Hangyodon! These treats, made from all-natural ingredients, will be available at Floresta shops and at the online store.
Hangyodon Collaboration Donuts
Part One: June 4 – June 14 / Ring Donuts, 2 varieties (Black Sesame / Strawberry)
Part 2: June 15 – June 25 / Donut Hole Cup, 1 variety (Hangyodon & Sayuri)
Hangyodon has become popular with men and women of all ages for his big round eyes and pouty lips.
During the first part of the collaboration, the donuts were made with an image in mind of Hangyodon playing around on a pool float. Floresta’s special white chocolate was kneaded with black sesame and strawberry powder to create two mildly-sweet donuts.
The second part of the collaboration also includes Hangyodon’s friend, Sayuri the Octopus. Customers can enjoy a cup of donut holes perfect for kids and adults alike.
Although these sweet treats may be colorful, they were made with all-natural ingredients and are free of synthetic colors, fragrances, and preservatives.
Enjoy these donuts yourself, buy them for a friend, or bring them to a family get-together. You’ll make everyone very happy!
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Sanrio Characters Inspire Limited Edition Sweets at Ministop Convenience Stores
23.May.2022 | FOOD
Japanese convenience store chain Ministop has just released some original sweets inspired by Sanrio’s most popular characters! The sweets are served up in adorable glasses and are only available while supplies last.
Sanrio Characters Black Tea Brownie
Design: Kerokerokeroppi, Hello Kitty, Tuxedo Sam, Marroncream
Sanrio Characters Chocolate Brownie
The pastel-colored glasses have a retro feel and can be reused as drinking glasses or containers for homemade sweets. Sustainable and adorable, come grab these brownies while you can!
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Ministop x Sanrio Characters
Black Tea Brownie / Sanrio Characters Chocolate Brownie
Price: ¥465 (Tax Included)
Available: May 19 – June 2, 2022
Create Your Own Sanrio Character Goods at Sanrio Puroland’s Fan Workshop
22.May.2022 | FASHION
Ever wanted to make your own Sanrio merch featuring your favorite character? Starting May 23, the official Puroland online store will launch the Sanrio Puroland Fan Workshop, allowing users to print their favorite characters onto any merch they like!
In Japanese, the word oshi is used to refer to a person’s favorite character or member of an idol group.
Fans of Sanrio characters have always come to Puroland to meet their favorites in person and to purchase goods. The Sanrio Puroland Fan Workshop can be used to create original merchandise featuring characters not often seen at Puroland. Visitors need only select an image of their favorite character and a base item to be shipped to their home at a later date.
A total of 18 different characters (some included in group images) and 96 images are available to choose from. By combining these images with the available items, over 384 combinations can be created! Customers can choose from T-shirts, tote bags, hand towels, and more.
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Sanrio Puroland Fan Workshop
Where to Buy: Sanrio Puroland Online
Tokyo’s TeNQ Space Museum to Host Cinnamoroll 20th Anniversary Exhibition
20.May.2022 | SPOT
Tokyo’s TeNQ Space Museum, located in Tokyo Dome City, will hold a special Cinnamoroll exhibition to celebrate the Sanrio character’s 20th anniversary! The adorable white puppy won first place at the Sanrio Character Awards for two consecutive years and has been a beloved part of Sanrio’s lineup for two decades. From July 7 until October 17, guests can visit this unique walk through Cinnamoroll’s history. The exhibition’s key visual has been unveiled ahead of the event.
Postcard (2 varieties)
Visitors will learn tons of Cinnamoroll trivia at the exhibition and can also participate in Cinnamoroll Roulette, a fun fortune-telling event!
In addition, the first-ever Cinnamoroll Strawberry News Poster Gallery will be available to peruse. An academic exhibit unique to TeNQ where visitors can learn about the many kinds of clouds will also be opened in honor of Cinnamoroll, who was born on a fluffy cloud in the sky. Original merchandise will also make an appearance. It’s sure to be fun for the whole family!
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Cinnamoroll Meets TeNQ
Running: July 7 – October 17, 2022
Venue: TeNQ Space Museum