Universal Studio Japan’s New ‘Stand By Me Doraemon 2’ XR Ride Opens in August
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.
©Fujiko Pro/2020 STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 Film Partners
Stand By Me Doraemon 2 XR Ride
Running: August 4, 2020 – January 6, 2020
Universal Studios Japan Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
McDonald’s Doraemon Happy Meal Sets Include Cute Themed Toys
McDonald’s Japan will begin serving Happy Meals with science-themed Doraemon toys in them starting from August 14 for “Part 1” their McDonald’s Doraemon Festival which is being held to celebrate Doraemon’s 50th anniversary.
There are nine toys in the science series, and that includes a secret toy which you have to get in your Happy Meal to find out what it is.
The toy line-up includes Doraemon with his Take-copter which spins when you press a button, a mysterious torch which shines shapes when you turn it on, an artist tool that lets you draw Doraemon’s face, and many more fun items.
All toys come with a leaflet that explains how to use them. And on August 15 and 16, those who order a Doraemon Happy Meal can sign up to win a special Doraemon DVD.
In “Part 2” of McDonald’s Japan’s Doraemon collaboration, they will serve up some Doraemon-inspired desserts.
McDonald’s Doraemon Festival Part 1
Start Date: August 14, 2020
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Universal Studios Japan to Release Snoopy, Elmo and Other Cute Character Face Masks
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.
Universal Studios Japan original design masks
The masks’ unique designs take the mouths of each character. These can be worn together with each respective characters’ headband which are also sold at USJ. Designs include Elmo, Cookie Monster, Snoopy, Tim, Jurassic Park, and Jaws.
Photos provided by Universal Studios Japan.
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Universal Studios Japan Original Design Face Masks
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Price: Single Mask – ¥900 (Tax Included) / Set of Two – ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Universal Studios Japan Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/
Universal Studios Japan’s ‘Stand By Me Doraemon 2’ XR Ride Food and Merchandise Revealed
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.
STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride
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.
Doraemon Plate Set | ¥2,100 (Tax Included)
A special food menu inspired by the new movie will be served from August 4 for a limited time. The “Doraemon Plate Set” will have you salivating for the roast chicken topped with a demi-glace sauce and mushroom sauce and surrounded with a bed of vegetables and potato wedges. The plate is also appropriately topped with characters from the movie.
Doraemon Kid’s Set | ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Doraemon’s Pass Loop Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)
The Doraemon Kid’s Set features nods to the robot cat’s secret gadgets, like the Take-copter and Time Cloth, while the adorable Pass Loop Cake is inspired by Doraemon’s Pass Loop.
Popcorn Bucket | ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
The Popcorn Bucket is fun to look at and even better to eat from, featuring a special Anywhere Door mechanic. Dorayaki is Doraemon’s favourite food, and guests can enjoy dorayaki flavoured popcorn.
Doraemon Dango | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Doraemon Frozen | ¥900 (Tax Included)
Guests can also get their hands on a range of drinks and desserts too.
T-Shirts (Navy/White) | Folder Set | Mug
Sold At: Space Fantasy Station
A range of Doraemon merchandise will also roll out from August 28, including ticket holders, key rings, plush toys, and more. Pre-orders are available at Space Fantasy Station from August 4 to 27.
Follow Doraemon on an exciting journey on the STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride!
©Fujiko Pro/2020 STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 Film Partners
Universal Studios Japan
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
BE@RBRICK Celebrates Doraemon’s 50th Anniversary at Doraemon Future Department Store
20.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese company Benelic has revealed that it will begin taking limited pre-sales of the new “BE@RBRICK Doraemon 1000%” Doraemon bear made in collaboration with MediCom Toy’s “BE@RBRICK” series. Sales will take place at Doraemon Future Department Store on July 31, 2020.
BE@RBRICK is a collectable toy line created by MediCom Toy. Its minimal design has allowed for a wide variety of collaborations with artists from around the world, anime series, films, and more.
BE@RBRICK Doraemon 1000%: ¥58,000 (Before Tax)
The Doraemon toy stands at a 1000% towering 70cm tall. The limited pre-sales are being allocated to random people who sign up over on MEDICOM TOY OFFICIAL BLOG. Lucky winners can pick their toy up at Doraemon Future Department Store from July 31, 2020. A perfect addition to any anime merch collection or as interior decoration.
BE@RBRICK Doraemon 1000％
Pre-sales: MEDICOM TOY OFFICIAL BLOG
*Telephone and in-store pre-sales are not being carried out – available via the blog only
*Pre-sale allocations are random
*Available while supplies last
Doraemon Future Department Store
Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 2F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Subject to change)
Official Website: https://mirai.dora-world.com/
Doraemon’s Official Online Shop ‘Doraemon Future Department Store Online’ Now Open
Benelic officially opened Doraemon Future Department Store’s online shop on July 17, 2020 at 14:00 (JST).
What is the Doraemon Future Department Store?
The Doraemon Future Department Store is the world’s first official Doraemon shop. Located on the second floor of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, the outside of the shop is made up of bricks, while the interior is like that of a European department store. It’s a playground for all fans of Doraemon with a wide range of merchandise, the chance to try out some of Doraemon’s secret gadgets, and more.
At Tokyo Teleport Station, which you arrive at when travelling to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, there’s a Doraemon clock called “Suntory Doraemon Time Square” which was set up last year. When the clock strikes noon, it plays the Doraemon anime theme song and puts on a fun show for people to watch.
Doraemon Future Department Store Online: The World’s First Official Doraemon Online Shop
Doraemon Future Department Store Online opened on July 17. There, fans can get their hands on a wealth of Doraemon goods, including the 100 Years Doraemon collector’s set of all 45 manga volumes which was released to celebrate Doraemon’s 50th anniversary, other celebratory merchandise, exclusive online goodies, pre-sales, and more.
The shop and website also sell around 250 pieces of original Doraemon Future Department Store merchandise, like Doraemon’s secret gadgets, interior design items, and more. When you order online, items are packaged in an original box.
Universal Studios Japan’s ‘We are One’ Summer Festival Begins This July
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
The Universal Market will give that Japanese ‘matsuri’ festival vibe. Enjoy some cool desserts, spicy food, and more.
Left: Super Hot! Turkey Leg ¥1,000 / Centre: Peach Jelly Soda: ¥650 / Right: Frappe Sundae ~Strawberry & Blue Hawaii~ ¥750
Since guest safety is the number one priority this summer, the park will not be holding its famous splash performance where guests are soaked with water by water shooters.
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.
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Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair Launched at TSUTAYA Ginza
30.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Since the launch of the manga back in 1970, Doraemon has brought smiles on people’s faces in the form of books, anime, live-action films, collaborations with artists, and more, for the past 50 years.
To celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary, TSUTAYA Ginza has opened an online fair on its website. TSUTAYA Ginza is a place where people of all ages and nationalities come from around the world, and the number one book the store can recommend as part of Japan’s culture continues to be the first volume of Doraemon. For the entirety of 2019—that’s January to December—the first volume of Doraemon was the number one best selling book at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Fair
Doraemon Volume 1 (Tentoumushi Comics)
Doraemon has come to be a symbol of Japan and has been passed down generations, but there probably a lot of people who don’t know how the story started. To find out, pick up a copy of volume one at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon Volume 0 (Tentoumushi Comics)
As part of the anniversary celebrations, a special volume 0 has been published. This full-colour book features 6 versions of the first Doraemon story as well as comments by the author and more.
Doraemon Mizuhiki Accessories (Pins, Earrings, Piercings)
Mizuhiki are decorative Japanese cords which are used for important ceremonial occasions such as weddings, births, and funerals. These special Doraemon mizuhiki have been turned into beautiful accessories featuring Doraemon and Dorami’s iconic blue and yellow colours respectively. They can be used for decorating clothes with and more.
This is just a peek at some of the celebratory merchandise on offer for the online fair. For the full list, check out the website below.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/blog/humanities/14121-1501150523.html
Address: GINZA SIX 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 〒104-0061
Official Website: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/
Doraemon Promises the Future is Bright With His New STAY HOME Project
Fujiko Pro and the Fujiko F Fujio Museum have launched their new “STAY HOME” project together with Doraemon.
A message from Doraemon was included in the April 29 issue of The Asahi Shimbun’s morning edition. The message has also been translated into English, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Hindi, Indonesian, and Arabic and posted across Doramon’s social media accounts for people around the world.
As part of Doraemon’s STAY HOME project, his official website, Doraemon Channel, has been posting numerous things including free manga, wallpapers which can be used to make video calls more fun, and more.
The STAY HOME project aims to relieve people’s worries and stresses during this turbulent time and will continue to roll things out to cheer everyone up.
The website has also released some special posters you can download and print to show thanks to people having to deliver parcels, food and so on as a result of shop and restaurant closures. The one above reads “Thank you for the delivery. Please leave the parcel here.”
Fujiko F Fujio Museum has also released some wallpapers which if used in a video call make it look like you’re in the museum itself. Try them out to lift the mood during a video call.
Download Official Free Doraemon Wallpapers From Doraemon Channel
21.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Doraemon Channelーthe official website for Doraemonーhas opened a new download service where you can download free wallpapers from the Doraemon anime series.
Designs are taken from familiar scenes in the anime such as inside the time machine, Nobita-kun’s bedroom, the iconic Open Lot with the pipes, and more.
You can use them as desktop wallpapers or as video call backgrounds. The wallpapers were created in response to the lockdown measures and restrictions on going outside to bring a little light into people’s lives.
Download your favourite one now from the link below.
Doraemon Manga Set Collector’s Edition Features All 45 Volumes to Commemorate 50th Anniversary
31.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME
As part of the ongoing promotions to commemorate 50 years since the Doraemon manga was first published in January 1970, pre-orders for the new “100 Years Doraemon” collector’s edition full manga set Tentōmushi Comics by are now open. And there’s some other exciting collector’s merchandise pieces to go along with it.
What’s “100 Years Doraemon”?
Specially-Selected Coloured ‘Surreal’ Picture Collection
Doraemon was born in the 22nd century, and so this collector’s edition aims to have the famous manga series make it all the way there. To ensure that happens, Fujiko Fujio’s full 45-volume collection will have expertly-crafted and carefully-considered book binding and printing.
Beautiful designs to lead Doraemon across the next 100 years into the 22nd Century
Manga cloth front covers with gold leaf on silk screen prints
All the volumes will have hardback covers, which will feature the series’s first ever cloth front covers. The silk screen printing incorporates gold leaf. The books are also thread-bound to make for more fun page turning. Pages are made from high-quality “Opera Clear Max” paper which ensures the pages do not deteriorate over time. The manga itself features completely remastered prints using the latest technology which are printed with 150 line output as opposed to the common 133 output. All volumes use Tentōmushi Comics’s Doraemon cover illustrations made by book and graphic designer Naoko Nakui.
5 Bonus Items
①Specially-Selected Coloured ‘Surreal’ Picture Collection
An assortment of cuts and illustrations from the Doraemon manga series using original colours from back when the volumes were announced. Also includes previously unreleased illustrations by Fujio F. Fujiko.
A complete index that allows you to look up what volumes characters and Secret Gadgets appear in.
A special Volume 0 will be included featuring 6 variations of the first Doraemon story.
Doraemon & Nobita-kun Figure
This figure captures the scene from Volume 40 of the manga series. The figure was created by MEDICOM TOY.
Giant Time Furoshiki Cloth
This giant 110cm x 110cm furoshiki cloth can wrap the entire three boxes which house the manga set.
100 Years Doraemon Anywhere Door Bookshelf
Store your books on this limited-edition bookshelf which is exclusive to those who purchase the 100 Years Doraemon set. Each shelf stacks 15 volumes to fit the entire collection. It’s inspired by the Anywhere Door, one of Doraemon’s many Secret Gadgets. It was co-developed with furniture maker Karimoku, MEDICOM TOY, and Shogakukan. Sign-ups for this bookshelf will be announced at a later date.
“100 Years Doraemon” 45 Volume Set
Pre-Orders: Opened March 28, 2020
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Price: ¥70,000 (Before Tax)
Binding: Naoko Nakui
Editor: 100 years Doraemon Project Team Shogakukan
*Book and bonus items design subject to change
Official Website: https://www.shogakukan.co.jp/pr/100dora/
Cute New Doraemon Merchandise From Felissimo Can Be Enjoyed By Adults Too
Felissimo launched online pre-orders for its new line of 12 Doraemon themed items on February 20, 2020. Doraemon is a symbol of Japanーa national treasure that continues to be be adored by kids and adults alike around the country.
The collection is centred around everyday practical items that can even be enjoyed nonchalantly by grown-ups.
Doraemon Laundry Net Set – ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
There are four in this collection of laundry nets, big and small. Designs include “Mini Doraemon,” “Memory Bread,” “Anywhere Door,” and “Dress-Up Camera.”
Doraemon & Nobita-kun Slippers – ¥2,100 (Before Tax)
Doraemon and Nobita-kun features on this collection of slippers. There are four designs, with the tops being made from corduroy, and all with beautiful colours.
Doraemon Pull Pass Case – ¥2,300 (Before Tax)
These three pass cases all have Doraemon designs and come with a pullable elastic string. Each has its own classy one tone colour. Perfect for storing small items and heading out.
Doraemon Smartphone Cases – ¥2,900 (Before Tax)
The three cute smartphone cases come in chic colours and designs, with an additional colour inside for the four card pockets.
Doraemon Plastic Bottle Towels – ¥950 (Before Tax)
Decorate your drinking bottle with one of these four cute Doraemon bottle towels, all with a cute tail. They can be used for other things like deodorant too.
Doraemon Zipper Bag Set – ¥800 (Before Tax)
Keep your food stored and safe in an adorable Doraemon zipper bag, whether it be snacks or ingredients. They’re perfect for giving gifts in too.
Doraemon Nail Seals <Basic> – ¥1,450 (Before Tax)
Glam up with some cute Doraemon nail seals, ranging from natural colours to gold leaf and more, which can cater to a variety of different situations.
Doraemon Embroidered Pouches – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
These kits embroidery equipment to make your own Doraemon-design pouch. Make the pouch, attach the fastener, and you’ve got yourself a place to store your items.
Special Website: https://www.felissimo.co.jp/doraemon/
Doraemon Manga’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated With Kawaii Confections by Tabemas
Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Doraemon manga series with two adorable new confections which will release at Lawson convenience stores around Japan on March 3, 2020.
Tabemas Doraemon 2020 Chocolate Flavour – ¥285 (Tax Included)
Tabemas have produced Doraemon confections before to huge popularity amongst fans, and this time around he’s got a new facial expression. There’s also a special “Ganso Doraemon” version.
Tabemas Doraemon 2020 (Ganso Doraemon Ver.) Custard Flavour – ¥285 (Tax Included)
Ganso Doraemon, who was born in the future, is a bright yellow colour with cute ears. Both confections sit plump and adorable, and each have little Doraemon details like the bell, whiskers, and a tail.
The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. Doraemon is chocolate flavoured while Ganso Doraemon is custard flavoured. Perfect for snacks and would look great on an Instagram feed!
Tabemas Doraemon 2020
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Available: At chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores across Japan
*Not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Product Page: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/doraemon3/