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.

It will be a fast-paced Stand By Me Doraemon 2 themed XR ride and sensory explosion that makes use of VR technology to send riders on a VR coaster time travel experience through the past, present, and future.

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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  • Doraemon x GUCCI Collection Launches Worldwide

    14.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    In celebration of Chinese New Year, GUCCI launched a new collection in collaboration with the famous Japanese manga series Doraemon as selected by the brand’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele.

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    GUCCI recruited photographer Angelo Pennetta to create playful photoshoot for the collection which features smiling models accompanied by Doraemon inside a retro house.

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    The exclusive collection features over 50 items from T-shirts to hoodies, shoes, bags, headwear, a suitcase, and more. Each item combines the stylish design of GUCCI and the colourful blue and white colour of the iconic manga character.

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    Every item in the line-up arrives in sustainable packaging made from 100% recycled materials. GUCCI stores in Japan, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam will also welcome figures and prints inspired by the cities in these countries. The Shanghai and Hong Kong GUCCI art walls will also feature Doraemon against a GG backdrop.

     

    The collection was released on GUCCI’s official website worldwide and will drop in-store in Japan on January 20. The GUCCI store in Shibuya PARCO will plaster up promo posters and the Ginza, Aoyama, Shinjuku, and Nagoya branches will feature recreation’s of the iconic Anywhere Door from the manga series.

  • Universal Studios Japan Announces Easter Universal Celebration 2021

    13.January.2021 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan is set to spring into Easter starting on March 12 with the announcement of Universal Easter Celebration 2021. This year, which marks the 20th anniversary since USJ opened, will see the park’s cute and iconic characters once again lull guests into an unforgettable Easter dream at Universal Wonderland and Minion Park.

     

    Universal Easter Celebration

    USJ will see colourful pastel decorations cover the Universal Wonderland and Minion Park areas, and the characters too will be dressed in their seasonal Easter costumes. A special Easter rendition of the Wonderland Seasons Joy show will also take place to commemorate the park’s 20th anniversary with song and dance.

    Wonderland Seasons Joy ~Easter Ver.~

    Minion Park Easter

    The park will also introduced a special egg hunt after Elmo and the Minions dropped some of their eggs. If you manage to find them all you get a limited-edition gold medal. USJ is also taking the Easter festivities online too with a special celebratory live stream called Let’s Cooking! Kawaii Easter Party

     

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  • Official HIGE DANdism Release Music Video Teaser For Doraemon Film Theme ‘Universe’

    09.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Official HIGE DANdism dropped a teaser for their new Universe single on Wednesday, the newest single from the pop band which is set for release on February 24, 2021.

    The new song features as the main theme for the upcoming anime film Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 which is hitting Japanese theatres on March 5, 2021. The song is an ode to the little alien Papi and the grand adventures of Doraemon and co in the film.

     

    Official HIGE DANdism – “Universe” Music Video Teaser

    The full music video, directed by Takuto Shimpo who has directed numerous of the band’s videos, will premiere on YouTube on January 9, 2021 at 18:00 (JST). Save the premiere video link below.

     

    Official HIGE DANdism – “Universe” Music Video Premiere Link

    Universe will be released in three editions: the CD-Only Edition, CD+Live Blu-ray Edition, and CD+Live DVD Edition. The DVD and Blu-ray editions come with the full footage of Official HIGE DANdism’s online concert “Official HIGE DANdism ONLINE LIVE 2020 – Arena Travelers -” which was watched by 120,000 fans on September 26, 2020.

    Universe will hit major music streaming and download services earlier than the physical release on January 9, 2021.

     

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  • Super Nintendo World Releases Virtual Tour of Entire Theme Park Area

    07.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) announced last month that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.

     

    Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.

     

    With just one month left until the grand opening, USJ has launched a special website for Super Nintendo World which offers a virtual tour through each part of the new theme park area. Mario fanatics are sure to be delighted by the adornments from Bowser’s Castle to Pipes, Mushrooms, Question blocks, and more, as well as familiar faces like Goombas, Thwomps, Yoshi—the list goes on.

     

    Accessing the site will bring you to an overview of the map. As you scroll down the website takes you on a virtual journey to each of its iconic attractions, all of which are designed to make you feel like you’re really in the world of Super Mario.

  • Doraemon Future Department Store to Open Pop-Up Shop in Osaka and Nagoya

    26.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Doraemon’s official shop Doraemon Future Department Store, which is located in Odaiba, Tokyo, is celebrating its 1st anniversary of opening this December by opening two limited-time shops in Osaka and Nagoya this month and January respectively. Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise and more.

     

    Customise Service

    The pop-up shops will offer a customisation service which lets customers have different embroideries put into the T-shirts, tote bags, and other merch they buy. The work is done on the spot by hand so you can see the result of what will be a very special item of which only one exists in the world. Perfect for Doraemon fans and gifts to friends and family.

     

    Post Office

    The shop will offer a postal service for sending off Doraemon letters and postcards with original Doraemon stamps.

     

    Bonus Items

    1st Anniversary Postcard

    Mini Tote Bag

    Those who buy anything from the department stores will receive a free 1st anniversary postcard. And for every ¥5,000 spent (tax included) they’ll get a mini tote bag. These are all limited in stock so you’ll want to get them while they’re hot.

     

    If you’re in Osaka or Nagoya over the New Year be sure to pay a visit to the Doraemon Future Department Store pop-up shops.

     

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  • Doraemon Design Wristwatch Releases For Manga Character’s 50th Anniversary

    18.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Customisable watch brand UNDONE released a new collection of wristwatches in Japan on Tuesday (December 15).

     

    Special Doraemon 50th Anniversary Series

    The celebratory line-up commemorates Doraemon’s 50th anniversary and includes limited quantity models, customisable made-to-order models, and more, each with references to the beloved series.

     

    50TH ANNIVERSARY

    50TH ANNIVERSARY (Limited to 150 models) | ¥39,600 (Tax Included)

    The ’50TH ANNIVERSARY’ model features an illustration of Doraemon as seen in the early days of the manga series.

    The early artwork of Doraemon is nothing short of adorable

    Back of wristwatch features vintage style design

     

    FRIENDSHIP

    FRIENDSHIP (Limited to 150 models) | ¥39,600 (Tax Included)

    Best friends Nobita and Doraemon come together for this special design.

    Spot Doraemon’s tiny bell at 12-o’clock

    Doraemon and Nobita on the back side

    The watch has simple white dials, and it has a function where it lights up at night to reveal Doraemon and Nobita. The design captures the beauty of the pair’s everlasting friendship.

     

    THE BELL

    THE BELL (Customisable Model) | ¥29,700 (Tax Included)

    This cute watch just screams Doraemon’s design with its colouring and his iconic bell in the centre.

    The bell turns as the hands go around

    Doraemons everywhere on the back side

    This watch is customisable with various different designs. If you look closely at the 50-minute mark you’ll see a red dot representing Doraemon’s tail. It’s also a nod to his 50th anniversary.

     

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  • Doraemon Celebrates 50th Anniversary With PORTER Bag and Merchandise Collaboration

    11.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    To celebrate Doraemon’s 50th anniversary, Japanese bag brand PORTER is releasing a collection of exclusive collaborative items.

    Tote Bag ¥35,500

    Long Wallet ¥24,000 | Multi-Wallet ¥17,000 | Pouch ¥16,000

    PORTER’s line-up of original items feature inkjet printing with a navy base along Doraemon pictures and Doraemon’s logo in PORTER’s orange branding.

    The inside of the items bear Doraemon’s iconic colouring along with a carabiner ring with a Doraemon bell on it.

    T-Shirts (2 Designs/4 Sizes) ¥6,500

    Bandanas (2 Colours) | ¥1,900

    As well as bags, PORTER has created a selection of other original items too like t-shirts and bandanas. The collection will be sold exclusively at PORTER stores in Omotesando, Marunouchi, and Osaka, as well as PORTER STAND stores in Shinagawa Station, Tokyo Station, Kyoto, and their official website.

  • ASOKO’s Doraemon Merchandise Collection to Promote STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 Anime Film

    09.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / MOVIE

    Japanese sundry shop ASOKO is promoting the release of the anime film STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 with a special merchandise collection called “ASOKO de STAND BY ME Doraemon” dropping on December 19, 2020.

     

    This is ASOKO’s fourth exclusive and limited-edition Doraemon merch collection and celebrates the release of the hit anime film STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 which was released and theatres in Japan on November 20, 2020. There’s a long list of 43 items to pick from.

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    The collection which will be released both on ASOKO’s website as well as pop-up shops at Ropponmatsu TSUTAYA and Kochi TSUTAYA. Details below.

  • Super Nintendo World Theme Park Area to Open at Universal Studios Japan in February 2021

    01.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.

     

    Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.

    While the grand opening is still a couple of months away, USJ is teasing fans by unveiling a portion of the park’s Mario Kart-themed ride which takes place inside of a reconstructed Bowser’s Castle.

     

    Bowser’s Castle

    Bowser’s Castle stands as one of the main symbols of Super Nintendo World. It’s a faithful recreation with towering stone walls, thick and heavy steel doors, pointed iron fencing, and more, not to mention the enormous stone Bowser statue that adorns the middle of the winding staircase ready to greet guests. There are plenty of thrills and chills to look forward to inside the castle of the King Koopa himself.

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge will open as the world’s first theme park ride centred on the popular video game series Mario Kart.

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    “Deep inside Bowser’s Castle lies Mario Kart: Bowser’s Castle, a collaborative effort between Nintendo and Universal Studio’s Creative Team to recreate the world of the hugely popular Mario Kart series which has sold over 150 million copies. Guests will put on their headsets and experience limitless excitement and thrills as they speed around courses.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge is an XR ride that lets people feel like they are inside the world of Mario Kart while in the real world. The ride will feature all the details fans of the video game series are familiar with as they drift and spin around exciting courses alongside the game’s characters while collecting items from boxes to use on their opponents.

    The attraction makes use of AR and projection mapping technology to make the game as immersive as possible. Fans are sure to love driving through their favourite courses and scenes recreated using leading-edge technology. The attraction is six years in the making and the results of efforts between Nintendo’s Creative Team, USJ, and the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto himself.

     

    Endless fun for fans of Mario

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as a themed cafe, merchandise shops—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.

     

    Guests will be able to purchase the Power Up Band, a wristband that works together with a smartphone app that allows you to collect virtual coins by punching Questions Blocks like Mario which are scattered around the park. Scores can be seen on the leaderboard so you can see how you stack up against other players.

  • Stand by Me Doraemon 2’s Main Theme Artists Masaki Suda and Huwie Ishizaki Feature in Oggi Magazine

    30.November.2020 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    Shogakukan released the January 2021 issue of the women’s fashion magazine Oggi on November 27, 2020.

     

    Vocals: Masaki Suda / Lyrics & Composition: Huwie Ishizaki

    The 3D CG anime film Stand by Me Doraemon 2 was released in Japan on November 20, 2020. Japanese actor and singer Masaki Suda who sings the film’s main theme features in the January 2021 issue of the women’s fashion magazine Oggi in a talk with Huwie Ishizaki who wrote and composed the song.

     

    Ishizaki has worked with Suda on numerous occasions, including writing songs for him, which is what led to him calling Suda on board once more.

    “Once again, Nobita shows in this film just how hopeless he really is,” Suda explains. “But seeing him try his hardest like that, desperate and trying to protect someone really just gives you courage. Of course, Huwie was the first person I thought of when going to sing about something like that.”

     

    About a year has passed since Suda made the request to Ishizaki who had been sending him lyrics and melodies during that time. This is a film centred on the marriage between Nobita and Shizuka, and so the main theme was written as a wedding song with frank and honest lyrics.

     

    Their facial expressions and poses are a must-see

    “I worked on a song with Suda on his album ‘LOVE,’ and he also let me cover his song ‘Ito’ before. With this song, I wanted to create something that expresses bonds. A story of two people. A word that made sense to me was ‘rainbow,’ something that suspends these feelings between people. Rainbow was the only choice.”

     

    The full talk goes into detail about how Suda and Ishizaki met, their mutual respect for each other, and more. There’s also a series of photos the two of them took together while having fun with an instant camera.

    Stand by Me Doraemon 2 is being shown at Toho theatres across Japan.

     

    To see more of Suda and Ishizaki, you’ll need to pick up a copy of Oggi’s January 2021 edition, now on sale in Japan.

  • Review: Universal Studios Japan Spreads the Christmas Cheer With Their Special Winter Program

    15.November.2020 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has planned a special series of Christmas events for this year to celebrate everyone’s endeavours throughout this tumultuous 2020. Celebrations began on November 13 and are set to run through to December 27. The amusement park held a press preview on November 12 which allowed early access..

     

    The ceremony opening this year’s Christmas season sees popular characters and the entertainers dressed in Christmas garbs fitting for the holiday season. Guests can feel safe as they enjoy the festivities with all of the necessary social distancing measures in place.

     

    This year, USJ introduces new events including “Happy Christmas Street Party” and the romantic singing show “New York Christmas Wish.” Guests can also purchase one of the park’s special Happy Deco Mask stickers for their face masks. It’s an exciting time at USJ this holiday season as the characters and entertainers dance and sing for guests to deliver the Christmas wish for 2020.

    A special stage was set up for the press preview for an exclusive opening ceremony. It took place at Delancey Street in the New York area of USJ where the Despicable Me Minions, Elmo, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and other characters dressed up alongside snowmen and entertainers. The characters encouraged guests to sing and dance along to Christmas songs in a COVID-safe environment, bringing smiles to all who attended like a true Christmas party. The performance ended with a blast of confetti in Christmas colours, and everyone posed their best pose of positivity to spread some Christmas cheer to all in attendance.

    Sticking on an assortment of USJ’s Christmas Deco Mask stickers onto face masks made wearing them fun.

     

    Smiles are sure to be abound at USJ this year as they always are. For more information, be sure to check out our other article here as well as the park’s official website.

     

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  • Universal Studios Japan Announces Christmas 2020 Program

    01.November.2020 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan is planning a special series of Christmas events for this year to celebrate everyone’s endeavours throughout this tumultuous 2020. Set to run from November 13 to December 27, the park will be changing its Universal Crystal Christmas event from last year which included a night show and special Christmas tree set-up to create a more safe experience for guests during the pandemic.

     

    The park is set to bring as much fun, excitement, and smiles as ever for this year’s Christmas celebrations.

     

    Happy Christmas Street Party: Dance with the park’s characters

    Happy Christmas Street Party is a new event to Universal Studios Japan this Christmas which will welcome characters from Sesame Street and Peanuts, as well as snowmen and entertainers, all dressed in their holiday season garbs to sing and dance for guests. Guests will be able to feel as one as they sing and dance to Christmas songs in a safe, socially-distanced environment, together with the characters.

     

    Location: Hollywood Area

    Duration: 2-3 times a day, approx 20 mins

     

    The singing show gets a Christmas makeover

    A special and romantic Christmas story of love called “New York Christmas Wish” will take over this year’s singing show. Christmas songs will also be sung for the popular “Power of Pop” show.

     

    Minion Park’s Yellow Christmas: Happiness here, there, and everywhere

    USJ welcomes the “Minion Park’s Yellow Christmas” event once again this year where Minion decorations will adorn the park streets and the Minions themselves will be out and about dressed in Christmas costumes.

     

    Happy Deco Masks

    The park will be selling special stickers for people to adorn their masks with like decorating a Christmas tree.

     

    Christmas food and merchandise

    Guests can expect to tuck into some delicious Christmas-y food as well as get their hands on exclusive Christmas merchandise. There will also be special items available for guests who hold an Annual Passport to the park.

     

    Universal Studios Japan Hotel

    The park’s official hotel is now offering a special plan for the holiday season called “Christmas Dramatic Stay” which included a special Christmas dinner and breakfast to guests who stay there.

     

    More details will be released on USJ’s official website in the lead up to the park’s Christmas program.

     

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