2020 Sanrio Character Ranking: Top 10 Characters Of Week One Revealed
16.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. The first round up of votes was revealed today, compiling all of the votes between April 10 at 10:00 (JST) to April 12 at 23:59 (JST).
Cinnamoroll Takes The Cake & Pochacco Climbs To 3rd Place
Taking the top spot for the first flash round up of votes is Cinnamoroll, who hasn’t seen No. 1 for two years but has won overall in 1st place twice in the past. Pompompurin is currently in 2nd place, up from 3rd place last year. But the big contender to watch right now is Pochacco who was in 5th place last year but is up to 3rd place as of right now. The tension continues to run high as past veterans are making their way up the list too, including My Melody who is celebrating her 45th anniversary this year, the Little Twin Stars, and Hello Kitty who dominated at 1st place last year.
Voting is open worldwide. For more details on how to vote, check here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/313162
Sub Competition: Guess Who Will Rank From 1st to 80th Place
A sub competition of the ranking is also being held this year which asks people to try and guess the order in which the 80 nominees will place. There are four categories you can win in, such as “Who Will Rank 1st Place” and “20 Correct Guesses.” The ultimate category is is for those who guess all 1-80 correctly. That person will win a golden statue of their favourite character worth 1 million yen, a seat to see the Sanrio Puroland Parade, a special dinner themed on your favourite character, and lots of other exciting prizes.
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: email@example.com (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
Guess Who Will Rank From 1st to 80th Place
Running: April 14, 2020 – May 11, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
・Those with the most guesses (+Anyone who guesses all 80)
・20 correct guesses
・10 correct guesses
・Those who guess 1st place
Conditions to Apply:
・Must reside in Japan
・Have a Twitter account
・Follow the Sanrio Character Ranking Twitter account
Details on how to apply can be found here (Japanese): https://twitter.com/sanrio_ranking
Sanrio Designs Fate/Grand Order Subscription Box Collection
Japanese media and entertainment company Smarprise launched a new subscription box on Saturday featuring Fate/Grand Order illustrations produced by Sanrio.
The items come as part of the company’s “Surprise Box” subscription service where users receive random items themed around their likes. Each delivery is a complete surprise which is all part of the fun.
Fate / Grand Order Design produced by Sanrio」サプライズボックス 9,350円／3,850円（税込）
Surprise Box: ¥9,350 (Tax Included) / ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
The new entry to the service is themed on the popular smartphone RPG Fate/Grand Order with designs produced by Sanrio, who are known for creating famous characters like Hello Kitty. The box, which ships every two months, will include acrylic stands, calendar postcards, and a set of square pins.
Fate / Grand Order Design produced by Sanrio – Surprise Box
Order Window: April 10, 2021 – May 10, 2021 (Ships June 2021)
Further Orders: Rolling out August, October, and December
Official Website: https://surprisebox.jp/lineup/fgo_sanrio
Pompompurin Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Cute Pudding Confection at Lawson
15.April.2021 | FOOD
Bandai released a new chewy and delicious custard pudding-flavoured confection at Lawson convenience stores in Japan on Tuesday in celebration of Pompompurin’s 25th anniversary, the popular character by Sanrio.
Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour | ¥158 (Tax Included)
The cute confection is made to look like Pompompurin laying down. The chewy delight is filled with Japanese custard pudding-flavoured cream.
The packaging also features limited-edition artwork for Purin’s 25th year milestone where he is joined by his cute furry friends.
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Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour
Japanese Product Name: もちもちポムポムプリン焼き プリン味
Released: April 13, 2021
Where: Lawson Japan (Select branches not participating, and not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100)
Harajuku’s Pompompurin Maid Café to Open on April 14
Akihabara’s premiere maid café chain “@home café” announced last month the opening of a permanent maid café themed on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin. The café is set to open along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street on April 14, 2021.
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@home café has collaborated with many of Sanrio’s popular characters in the past at its Akihabara-based café branches such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and of course Pompompurin, but this time the collaboration is flying out of Akiba and straight into the heart of Japanese pop culture: Harajuku.
This new Pompompurin Café is themed on Pompompurin throwing a party for everyone—that’s you and your friends. It’s a place for Purin to deliver happiness to all who visit in the form of cute and tasty food.
Of course, the @home café maids will also be present, and all wearing original maid uniforms coloured like Pompompurin.
A little look at some things on the menu
Soufflé Omurice | ¥1,450
Butter Chicken Curry | ¥1,300
Pompompurin Pudding | ¥700
Chocolate Banana Mountain Waffle | ¥1,200
Custard Pudding Latte | ¥850
Muffin’s Caffe Mocha | ¥850
Take a commemorative photo
For just ¥550, you can take a chekki photo at the café. It comes with café-original stickers and paper. For an extra ¥300, you can take a photo with one of the maids.
Pompompurin Birthday Party
April 16 is Pompompurin’s birthday, so on that day the café will have a special dessert prepared (which you can see below) along with novelties for customers, new decorations, and more.
Pompompurin’s Birthday Dessert
Special Birthday Parfait | ¥1,700 | Serving: April 14, 2021 – April 30, 2021
To commemorate Pompompurin’s birthday and the opening of the café, all visitors will receive the pin below for free.
Pompompurin will visit the café
On the evening on April 16, Pompompurin will visit the cafe for his birthday to celebrate with everyone. Details and bookings can be found here in Japanese.
Pompompurin Cafe x @home cafe
Grand Opening: April 14, 2021
Where: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU Floor 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-22:00 / [Weekends] 10:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: https://pompompurincafe.com/
@home Official Website: http://www.cafe-athome.com/
2021 Sanrio Character Ranking Welcomes Sky Peace’s Ini to the Collaboration Category
08.April.2021 | MUSIC
The upcoming 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking is welcoming a new face to the Collaboration Category of the competition: the Japanese music artist Ini, who has over 800,000 subscribers on YouTube and is also part of the music unit Sky Peace who has over 3 million subscribers.
This year’s Sanrio Character Ranking will open initial votes from April 9 to May 24 when fans can vote for their favourite character from Sanrio’s roster. As with previous years, the 2021 run will also welcome the “Collaboration Category” of the awards which will feature 27 character entries from those who have collaborated with other companies and businesses over the past year.
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Sky Peace ☆Ini☆
Ini was born and raised in Tokyo. In 2008, he uploaded his first rap arrangement to the video streaming site Nico Nico Douga. His activity grew, and in 2011 his rap tracks began to grow in popularity, leading him to earn the online title of am internet creator. He formed Sky Peace in 2016 with his friend. Their YouTube channel has over 3 million subscribers and a big youth following. His solo channel, where he is known as Iri, has over 800,00 subscribers.
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2021 Sanrio Character Ranking
Running: April 9, 2021 – May 24, 2021 (From April 10 in Ichigo Shimbun)
First Round-Up Announcements: April 14, 2021 at Noon (JST)
Second Round-Up Announcements: May 13, 2021 at Noon (JST)
Winner Announcement: June 8, 2021 (Online event, details TBA)
Pompompurin Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Special Event at Sanrio Harmonyland
03.April.2021 | SPOT
To celebrate Pompompurin’s 25th anniversary, Sanrio have announced a special event which is now taking place at Sanrio Harmonyland until December 31.
Pompompurin greets guests in a new costume
Pompompurin birthday card
25th anniversary photo spot
Find all 25 hidden Pompompurins!
Pompompurin novelty items
Make your own Pompompurin mosaic art using photos taken of him at Harmonyland
Pompompurin 25th anniversary merchandise
Pompompurin 25th anniversary menu
Fans of Pompompurin can meet the lovable golden retriever at the park as he attends in an all-new costume. There are also various themed events going on, like finding all 25 Pompompurins, as well as exclusive anniversary merchandise sold and a themed menu served.
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Pompompurin 25th Anniversary Event
Running: April 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Event Page: https://www.harmonyland.jp/sp/pn25th/index.html
Luxury Cinnamoroll Purse, Bag, and Accessory Collection by Samantha Thavasa Releases
31.March.2021 | FASHION
Japanese luxury bag brand Samantha Thavasa has opened pre-orders for its upcoming Cinnamoroll collection in collaboration with Sanrio which is set to be released on April 1. The adorable Cinnamoroll is a fan-favourite of Sanrio’s character roster alongside the likes of Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, My Melody, and others, and even won the Sanrio Character Ranking last year for the third year in a row.
Cinnamoroll design details
The stylish merch collection is includes everything from a purse to a card case, lipstick case, shoulder bag, and more, all coloured in Cinnamoroll blue and white. The line-up captures the cute aesthetic of the character who was born atop a cloud in a distant sky.
The Collection (Excerpt)
Round Zip Long Purse | ¥23,100 (Tax Included)
The purse is split into two sections with plenty of space for cards, coins, and notes.
Card Case | ¥13,200 (Tax Included)
The card case comes with an emblem on the front bearing the brand’s name. A handy and fancy little case, equipped with a chain, for storing all your important cards during the cashless age.
Rosette Mini Shoulder Bag | ¥11,000 (Tax Included)
Shaped like a rosette, this mini shoulder bag comes with a detachable shoulder chain to turn it into a pouch. The two-way bag can be used to create some gorgeous looks with your outfit.
Left: Fastener Charm & Bag Charm ¥3,850 (Tax Included) / Right: Bag Charm ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
A collection of charms for kawaii-fying your bags.
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Samantha Thavasa x Cinnamoroll Collection
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Buy At: Samantha Thavasa Japan / ZOZOTOWN
Elemental Nights R x Sanrio Collaboration Announced
30.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The real time 3D MMORPG Elemental Nights R has announced a collaboration with Sanrio’s character cast which will launch on March 30 after maintenance. Players will be able to meet and talk with Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, and Kuromi in-game as well as help them out. Players will also be able to get their hands on some exclusive outfits as well as get involved in a campaign to win prizes.
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Sanrio Characters x Elemental Nights R
Start Date: March 30, 2021
Sanrio’s Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, and My Melody Collaborate With Beauty Brand LUX
27.March.2021 | FASHION
Total beauty brand LUX is set to collaborate with Sanrio on its non-silicone hair care series LUX LUMINIQUE which will launch on March 29.
LUX LUMINIQUE Damage Repair Pompompurin
LUX LUMINIQUE Happiness Blue My Melody
LUX LUMINIQUE Botanical Pure Cinnamoroll
This marks the second collaboration between LUX and Sanrio, following the success of the first back in June 2020. The collection includes the LUX LUMINIQUE Damage Repair with Pompompurin who is celebrating his 25th anniversary this year. For the LUX LUMINIQUE Happiness Blue we get My Melody wearing her super cute trademark, and for the LUX LUMINIQUE Botanical Pure, Cinnamoroll makes an appearance, the fan-favourite who won the Sanrio Character Ranking last year for the third year in a row.
The products are packaged in cute designs featuring the trio enjoying a well-deserved bath, inviting you to do the same as you enjoy the collection when it launches on March 29.
LUX LUMINIQUE x Sanrio Characters
Release Date: March 29, 2021
Official Website: http://www.lux.co.jp/
Sanrio Harmonyland Announces 30th Anniversary Event
27.March.2021 | SPOT
Sanrio Harmonyland, the popular Sanrio character themed theme park in Oita, has announced the commemoration of its 30th anniversary with a special event titled ‘HARMONYLAND 30th ANNIVERSARY’ which will begin on April 26. Visitors can look forward to parades, a special night show with fireworks, celebratory merchandise, a special food menu, and more.
Memorial visual created by Japanese manga author and character designer Eisaku Kubonouchi
Harmonyland Parade Parallel 30th Memories
Daniel and Kuromi to make an appearance before the start of the parade
Throughout its 30-year history, Harmonyland has hosted many shows and parades for guests. For their 30th anniversary celebration, a special parade titled Parade Parallel 30th Memories will have three runs throughout 2021 and into 2022 which will feature a set list of nostalgic, old-time show and parade music. Guests will be able to experience what it felt like to be at Harmonyland back when each song was first performed. Check out the song list for the first run below.
Parade Song List
Parallel World 1st (April 23, 2021 – Late August 2021)
- Hajimaru yo Party from Parade Shiroi Tori Kara no Okurimono (First performed in 1991)
- Celebration from The Celebration Parade (First performed in 1996)
- Happiness from Parade Shiroi Tori Kara no Okurimono (First performed in 1991)
- Hajimaru yo Party from Parade Shiroi Tori Kara no Okurimono (First performed in 1991)）
Parallel World 2nd (Starting Early August 2021)
Parallel World 3rdnd (Starting Early January 2022)
30th Anniversary Night Party
A very special night show will take place which will see appearances from fan-favourites Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Cinnamoroll, and Kuromi who will be joined by a cast of dancers. Expect new music written just for this show as well as fireworks.
30th Anniversary Merchandise
An exclusive line-up of merchandise will be sold featuring a memorial visual created by Japanese manga author and character designer Eisaku Kubonouchi.
30th Anniversary Menu
Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without a themed menu either, which will include meals, desserts like an ice cream float and soft serve ice cream, and more.
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HARMONYLAND 30th ANNIVERSARY
Start Date: April 23, 2021
Event Details: https://www.harmonyland.jp/lp/30th
Sanrio’s Cinnamoroll Collaborates With AEON On Merchandise and Product Collection
24.March.2021 | FASHION
AEON released a special collection of 18 items in collaboration with popular Sanrio character Cinnamoroll on March 19 at 420 of their AEON and AEON Style branches in Japan.
Cinnamoroll x AEON Line-Up
Cinnamoroll is Sanrio’s lovable white pup who took 1st place in the annual Sanrio Character Ranking last year for the third year in a row.
About the Cinnamoroll products
The line-up of products features everyday items from body and skincare items for miscellaneous goods, all featuring AEON-exclusive Cinnamoroll designs. The items are imbued with a message from Cinnamoroll, that we must “Cherish every act of kindness and consideration!” Cinnamoroll wishes to help those people who are working hard everyday by giving them a bit of love through the collection.
A little look at the collection
Steam Cream Omoiyari Heart | ¥1,680 (Before Tax)
A moisturising cream made with organic ingredients, perfect for general skincare, as hand cream, and can even be used on hair.
Pink Hand Gel With Rubber Strap | ¥680 (Before Tax)
Something everyone has with them these days – convenient for when you’re out and can’t wash your hands. Now you can look cute doing it.
Acne & White Clear Mist Skin Spray | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
This mist can be sprayed onto acne and can be used for skin whitening. It has a faint citrus smell to it and is gentle on the skin.
Mini Vanity Pouch | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
An adorable vanity pouch for storing your makeup, skincare items, and other bits and bobs.
Hairband | ¥980 (Before Tax)
A fluffy hairband for when you get out the tub or are enjoying some relaxation time at home.
This is just a small look at a bigger collection – check the link below for the full list.
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Collaboration Launching to Promote Manga’s Upcoming Live-Action Films
In promotion of the forthcoming live-action films Rurouni Kenshin: The Final and Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning, both of which will be released on April 23 and June 4 respectively this year, the series is rolling out a collaboration with Sanrio’s globally-beloved character Hello Kitty on April 14.
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Plush Toys (2 Designs) | ¥3,850 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Plush Toys (4 Designs) | ¥2,750 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty A4 Folder Set | ¥495 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Bottle | ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Tote Bag | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Ballpoint Pens & Mechanical Pencils (2 Designs) | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Hand Towels | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Pins (6 Designs) | ¥330 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Acrylic Stands (8 Designs) | ¥715 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Sweets Paradise Collaboration Cafe
Kenshin Hello Kitty Beef Bowl / Battousai Hello Kitty Omurice
Enishi Hello Kitty Orange Crepe / Tomoe Hello Kitty Anmisu / Kaoru Hello Kitty Strawberry Pancake
Acrylic Mascot Key Rings
This marks the second collaboration between Rurouni Kenshin and Hello Kitty, the first taking place back in 2014 in promotion of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. Fans can get their hands on a collection of cute merchandise with Hello Kitty dressed as various characters from the series, as well as tuck into a themed menu which will first be served at Sweets Paradise Ueno ABAB from April 22 before rolling out to six more Sweets Paradise branches in Japan.
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Rurouni Kenshin x HELLO KITTY
Release Date: April 4, 2021
Buy Merchandise: At Sanrio stores and shops stocking Sanrio merch in Japan
Also Available Online
PayPay Mall: https://paypaymall.yahoo.co.jp/store/sanrio/top/
*Pins and acrylic stands unavailable online, available in-store only
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty IN SWEETS PARADISE
Start Date: April 22, 2021
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp
Hello Kitty Themed Restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE Launches 3rd Year Anniversary Event
The Hello Kitty-themed media art venue and restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE is celebrating 3 years since its opening on Awaji Island back in April 2018 with a special anniversary event that’s running from March 20 to May 31.
Challenge yourself to puzzles in the Princess’s Palace of the Dragon King
Enjoy a musical performance with the Smile Parade
Win Hello Kitty freebies
Tuck into the anniversary menu
Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea | ¥3,500 (Tax Included)
Acrylic photo frame with every menu order
Acrylic photo frame with every menu order
HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX
There are many exciting things happening to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of HELLO KITTY SMILE, from performances and events to exclusive merchandise, a themed menu, and more. But that’s not all, as visitors have the chance to win tickets to the HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX theatre restaurant. Only ten groups can win per day for the duration of the celebrations.
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HELLO KITTY SMILE 3rd Anniversary Event
Running: March 20, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
Address: 177-5 Nojimahirabayashi, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
Official Website: https://awaji-resort.com/hellokittysmile/