ONE PIECE LINE Messenger App Stamp Proceeds Donated to Japan’s Front Line Health Care Workers

28.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME

Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project was set up by Johnny’s Group to contribute towards society and aid in relief activities. In the past, it has helped organise relief activities following such disasters as the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and Great Eastern Japan Earthquake.

 

Japanese messaging app LINE supports the project’s work, and so has teamed up with it and Eiichiro Oda, Takuya Kimura, and Kazuya Kamenashi to create ONE PIECE themed ‘donation stamps’ which will be available on LINE from August 27 to November 26.

LINE sells donation stamps every year, with the proceeds going towards providing relief during disasters as well as for children around the world. Since April this year, LINE has supported and cooperated with Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project, and in June released their first collaborative stamps together which were based on the Japanese boy band Kanjani Eight. The two companies are coming together once again to develop ONE PIECE stamps in collaboration with Japanese publisher Shueisha, the creator of ONE PIECE Eiichiro Oda, and singers and actors Takuya Kimura and Kazuya Kamenashi, both of whom are close friends with Oda.

 

The full stamp set includes 24 stamps for just ¥250 or 100 LINE coins, all of which were sketched and/or conceived by Eiichiro Oda, Takuya Kimura, and Kazuya Kamenashi.

 

Eiichiro Oda | Comment

“Illustration is a place where one’s personality comes out. Kimura and Kamenashi don’t normally draw pictures, so there was some silliness, but the atmosphere and intention was still ‘Smile Up’! I had fun with them both, and I’m thankful for the size of their hearts. Be sure to try out the stamps!”

 

Takuya Kimura | Comment

“I am truly honoured to have received Eiichiro Oda-sensei’s approval for the Smile Up ! Project. A lot of the words that are encouraging me these days can be found in ONE PIECE, and I was able to pick out my personal favourites! Definitely take a look!”

 

Kazuya Kamenashi | Comment

“I am beyond honoured to have been given the chance to participate as a fellow ‘ONE PIECE x Smile Up ! Stamp’ partner. Truth be told, drawing isn’t my forte, but I put my heart into it and had a wonderful time. It was like a dream, a lot of fun. Make sure you all use the stamps!

 

Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project will use the proceeds for the stamps to support front line health care workers in Japan.

 

*Comments translated from Japanese by MMN

©Johnny&Associates.

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