New Stop-Motion Animated Series ‘Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure’ To Premiere on Netflix
29.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese character manufacturing company San-x has teamed up with TYO Group’s animation studio dwarf studios to produce an original Netflix series called Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure.
The series is a follow-up to Rilakkuma’s first ever stop-motion animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru which premiered worldwide on Netflix in April 2019. The new series is also a stop-motion animation adventure.
The new series features Kaoru (voiced by Mikako Tabe), Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori who are all set for a fun-filled day at an amusement park. Join the gang as they face a number of exciting incidents and make some new encounters at closing time. There are a total of eight episodes, each of which lasts approximately ten minutes.
The Rilakkuma and Kaoru series ranked at number two on Netflix’s list of top 10 most watched shows of 2019 in Japan. The new series will be available to watch in over 190 countries worldwide.
Rilakkuma’s fun adventures have only just begun so stay tuned!
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Rilakkuma Book Cafe Themed Afternoon Teas in Osaka Will Serve Bear-Huggingly Kawaii Food
17.October.2020 | FOOD
Major bookstores across Japan are rolling out the Rilakkuma Book Fair where fans can get their hands on short Rilakkuma fairy tails, exclusive merchandise, and more.
In line with the event, Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co., a cafe in Umeda, Osaka, is serving up a special menu with the theme “Rilakkuma Book Cafe” from October 30 to November 30. This includes a afternoon teas which also celebrates the cafe’s 1st anniversary, more exclusive merchandise, and novelties for customers who order from the Rilakkuma menu.
Rilakkuma Zukin Afternoon Tea | ¥4,000 (Before Tax) *Reservation-only
A special afternoon tea featuring 13 different goodies from desserts to a sandwich, quiche, and more. It comes with a fruit iced tea welcome drink too.
Rilakkuma Yuki Hime Afternoon Tea | ¥4,000 (Before Tax) *Reservation-only
A different afternoon tea that serves up 12 items. This also comes with a fruit iced tea.
Rilakkuma’s Honey Apple Smoothie | ¥800 (Before Tax)
A honey apple smoothie topped with refreshing vanilla ice cream, smooth fresh cream, and a Rilakkuma jelly candy.
Rilakkuma’s Royal Chocolate Milk Tea | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Classic royal milk tea served with chocolate Rilakkumas. Eat on their own or dip into your tea!
The cafe is now taking reservations for the afternoon teas. Bookings must be made two days in advance by telephone or the official website.
Rilakkuma Book Cafe
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co.
Address: LINKS UMEDA 1F, 1-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 9:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Official Website: https://season-co.shop
Netflix Announces ‘Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness’ CG Animated Series
29.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Netflix dropped a trailer for the new CG animated series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness series on Sunday which is set to release worldwide in 2021.
This marks the first CG series adaptation of the popular Resident Evil horror game franchise. A CG film, Resident Evil: Vendetta, was released in 2017.
The Resident Evil franchise first launched with its first game for the PlayStation back in 1996. The latest entry to the video game franchise, Resent Evil 7, dropped back in 2017 to rave reviews. A sequel, Resident Evil Village, is in the works for next-generation consoles.
The series will be produced and supervised by Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a long-time producer on the Resident Evil series who worked on the critically-acclaimed Resident Evil 7, and producer of the three CG films: Resident Evil: Degeneration, Resident Evil: Damnation, and Resident Evil: Vendetta.
The series is described by Netflix as ‘horror with a sci-fi twist’ and will be centred on popular Resident Evil characters Leon Scott Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Check out the official teaser trailer below.
Stay tuned for the latest updates on Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, launching worldwide on Netflix in 2021.
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Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
Release Date: Netflix 2021
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Aggretsuko: Season 3 Music Spotify Release Includes 3 Songs by OTMGirls
Three songs by the idol group OTMGirls from Season 3 of Aggrestsuko were released in both English and Japanese on music download and streaming services worldwide, including Spotfy, on August 28.
Aggretsuko is a Netflix Original musical comedy anime series produced by Fanworks that follows Retsuko—a character created by Sanrio—a red panda who works as an accountant at a Japanese company. Retsuko faces constant frustration from her coworkers and superiors, and she lets it all out by singing death metal at karaoke. Season 3 released worldwide on Netflix on August 27, 2020.
Aggretsuko: Season 3 – Three Insert Songs Released Worldwide
Artist: OTMGirls feat. Aggretsuko
Title: Aggressive Girl (Japanese: アグレッシブガール)
Released: August 28, 2020
Aggressive Girl CD Single Release
Two of the songs will also be released on OTMGirls’first ever CD single in Japan on September 2, 2020. The single is being mastered by Grammy-award winning American mastering engineer Ted Jensen (Green Day’s American Idiot). Tower Records will also sell OTMGirls merchandise alongside the single’s release.
Release Date: September 2, 2020
Price: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Stock No.: JBCZ-6117
OTMGirls Bazuritai! Music Video
Check out the new music video for OTMGirls’ song Bazuritai! which is sure to get your feet tapping and shouting “O! T! M!” along with the track.
YouTube Spin-Off Anime “OTMGirls no Yoki Yoki Channel”
OTMGirls are also getting their own spin-off anime on YouTube which open on September 2, 2020. The anime is directed by Rarecho who is also the director for Aggretsuko.
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Aggretsuko Season 3
Released: August 27, 2020 (Netflix Worldwide)
Watch Here: www.netflix.com/aggretsuko
Aggretsuko: Season 3 Trailer Sees Everyone’s Favourite Ball Of Rage Moonlighting at New Underground Job
07.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME
A new trailer has finally dropped for season three of Aggretsuko along with a series of new animation stills and the announcement of new cast members.
The trailer kicks off at a depressing pace with inside Retsuko’s messy room where she has fallen asleep on the ground wearing her VR headset. “I’m no-one special in the grand scheme of things. It’s time I lived with my feet on the ground,” she ponders timidly. The trailer then switches to a meeting between Retsuko and Gori. Gori asks Retsuko to invest in her new marriage counselling project.
But the story really takes a turn when Retsuko crashes into the back of a certain leopard’s car. That leopard happens to be the producer of the underground idol group OTMGirls. He appoints Retsuko as the ‘Account Director’ for the group, and so begins Retsuko’s journey into moonlighting to pay off her debt.
We see a new unicorn character called Seiya in the trailer, who in the Japanese dub will be voiced by none other than Yūki Kaji who is known for voicing Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan and Zeldris in The Seven Deadly Sins. “I remember when I first met ‘Aggretsuko,’ I was shocked that such a cute girl could scream like that,” laughs Kaji. “But I think that polarity is what gets you hooked on this show.”
Speaking about his role in the show, Kaji also comments: “Seiya, the unicorn I play, is a really deep character. He finds himself equal to the rest of the world!”
Season three of Aggretsuko will hit Netflix worldwide on August 27, 2020. See the full trailer below.
Aggretsuko: Season 3
Release Date: August 27, 2020 (Netflix Worldwide)
Watch Here: www.netflix.com/aggretsuko
Rilakkuma Themed Wedding Ceremonies Now Available in Japan
26.July.2020 | FASHION
Japanese bridal company ESCRIT INC. launched its new “Rilakkuma Bridal Fair” on July 22, 2020 in collaboration with Sun-X’s popular character Rilakkuma. This will be the first ever wedding service produced in collaboration with the beloved relaxed bear.
All who join the service will receive a free “Rilakkuma & Korilakkuma Ring Pillow.” Moreover, all brides and grooms who get married through this bridal fair will also receive a welcome board, cake topper, decorative stickers, soup with a design of San-X’s Kiiroitori character, and a Rilakkuma dessert—all specially prepared for and exclusive to this service. There is also a “Greeting Plan” whereby Rilakkuma and Korilakuma will visit your wedding service on the day of the wedding to celebrate with everyone. This is a dream come true for any fan of Rilakkuma.
If you’re planning to get married in Japan, and love Rilakkuma, then how about it?
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Rilakkuma Bridal Fair
Official Website: https://rilakkuma-wedding.escrit.jp/
Aggretsuko Season 3 Netflix Release Date and New Poster Revealed
21.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Netflix has finally confirmed the release date for season 3 of Aggretsuko. Get ready to rage with your favourite red panda on August 27, 2020.
Warning: Potential story spoilers ahead
What is Aggretsuko?
Aggretsuko is a Netflix Original musical comedy anime series produced by Fanworks that follows Retsuko—a character created by Sanrio—a red panda who works as an accountant at a Japanese company. Retsuko faces constant frustration from her coworkers and superiors, and she lets it all out by singing death metal at karaoke. When the first season dropped in April 2018, it became a hit worldwide. Its popularity continued when Season 2 was released in June 2019.
Season 3 Announced
In the run up to Season 3’s worldwide Netflix release on August 27, a new poster has been released along with key art of new characters: OTMGirls, a three-member idol group, and their producer.
In Season 2, Retsuko fell in love with Tadano, a donkey, but that shortly ended after he revealed to her that he is not interested in getting married or having kids, resulting in Retsuko going back to her old life as an ordinary office lady. In the new poster, however, we see her wielding an electric guitar, perhaps ready to take on new challenges. We also see familiar faces returning in the poster, along with some new ones.
Season 3 of Aggretsuko will hit Netflix worldwide on August 27, 2020. If you’ve yet to watch the first two seasons—you have plenty of time to catch up!
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Aggretsuko Season 3
Release Date: August 27, 2020 (Netflix Worldwide)
Watch Here: www.netflix.com/aggretsuko
Rilakkuma x Tower Records Collaboration Sees Themed Cafe, Exclusive Merchandise & More
Tower Records is collaborating with Rilakkuma for “Rilakkuma x TOWER RECORDS Campaign 2020” which will run at Tower Records, TOWERmini, and Tower Records Online in Japan from August 1 to 30.f
For the campaign, Tower Records selling a range of merchandise with exclusive designs illustrated for the event, and there’ll even be Rilakkuma themed cafes. Tower Records began collaborating with Rilakkuma on merchandise in 2009 and has done so every year since. This year sees the arrival of Chairoikoguma for the first time too.
Yhose who use the Tower Records app to show their coupons in-store, they will receive the above-pictured selection of must-have exclusive goodies including a mirror, postcard, bag, and bookmark. These are available on a first-time, first-served basis. Additionally, Rilakkuma themed cafes will be held at TOWER CARDS CAFE branches in Omotesando, Nagoya SKYLE, and Sapporo PIVOT which will have entirely original menus and bonus items for dining there.
The merchandise collection will drop on August 1 and will include a range of Tower Records exclusives. Pre-sales opened on July 15. You can see the full list here.
Available at all Tower Records branches and Tower Records Online
Exclusive to Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Sapporo PIVOT, TOWER RECORDS CAFE Omotesando, TOWER RECORDS CAFE Nagoya SKYLE, Tower Records Online
Exclusive to Tower Records Online
Rilakkuma and the Honey Forest’s Concert Cafe
The entire cafe menu line-up is so cute you’re completely spoilt for choice.
Rilakkuma and the Honey Forest’s Concert Dessert Plate: ¥2,500
“Honey Forest Concert” is the theme of the cafe, and this image is captured in the adorable dessert plate which is topped with various desserts and fruits. Everyone who orders one of these also receives a free sticker.
Rilakkuma’s Meatball Stew: ¥1,580
This hot meatball stew is served in a cute bread cup with Rilakkuma poking his head out from inside.
Kiiroitori’s Omurice: ¥1,580
Kiiroitori’s face is made from omelette and rice. Served with a side of healthy veg.
Rilakkuma’s Honey Lemon Drink: ¥850
A sweet and sour mix of honey and lemon.
Korilakkuma’s Strawberry Calpis: ¥850
Strawberries are Korilakkuma’s favourite, and that’s the flavour of this refreshingly sweet Calpis drink, topped with Korilakkuma vanilla ice cream.
There are lots of other dishes to look forward to in addition to the ones above, making this cafe one to go back to many times. And you can special free merchandise when visiting and dining there too.
Collaboration Cafe – Participating Stores
Omotesando/Nagoya SKYLE: August 1, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Sapporo PIVOT: August 1, 2020 – August 17, 2020
Official Website: https://tower.jp/rilakkumacafe
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Rilakkuma x TOWER RECORDS Campaign 2020
Running: August 1, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Official Website: https://tower.jp/rilakkuma
Japan Sinks: 2020 Netflix Original Anime Series Spin-Off Project ‘Shizumanu Kibou’ Launches
Japan Sinks: 2020, the first ever anime adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s best-selling 1973 disaster novel Japan Sinks, was released worldwide on Netflix on July 9, 2020. The series is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who is known for his unique free-flowing animation style, having directed such internationally-lauded anime series like Devilman Crybaby, Ping-Pong: The Animation, and The Tatami Galaxy.
Netflix launched a new project called “Shizumanu Kibou” (Unsinking Hope) on July 10 as a spin-off project of Japan Sinks: 2020 which aims to inspire positivity based on the characters that appear in the anime series who never forget the importance of looking forward no matter how difficult the circumstances. The project will archive “music,” “words,” “images,” and other media centred on the series to show hope for the future in the face of adversity.
The film’s director, Masaaki Yuasa, is known for throwing in lighthearted rap scenes during importance scenes in his tragic films. Japan Sinks: 2020 is no exception, where the character Kaito sings an uplifting rap. This scene of hope for the future in the series served as the starting point to the Shizumanu Kibou project.
Ongoing content from Kafu, Daichi Yamamoto, and Taichi Mukai
A line-up of creators will be releasing songs, music videos, and a variety of content for the Shizumanu Kibou project going forward. This includes Kensho Ono, who voiced Kaito in the series and performed the rap part; virtual singer Kafu; Daichi Yamamoto who is big in Japan’s hip-hop scene; and singer-songwriter Mukai Taichi.
Mic relay spins words of hope
A social media campaign is launching in Japan as part of the project which can be followed with the hashtag #キボウのマイクリレー (‘Mic Relay of Hope’). Japanese rapper Ken the 390, who wrote the rap for Japan Sinks: 2020 is hosting this online mic relay, which hopes to inspire a viral trend based on the rap.
Social media posting campaign
A second social media campaign is also being held with the hashtag #キボウの風景 (‘scenery of hope’) which invites users to post pictures of scenery that is important to them or images that they would like to leave for the future.
You can keep update on the project and the anime series over on the official Japan Sinks: 2020 Twitter page here.
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Netflix’s Upcoming Grudge Horror Series ‘Ju-On: Origins’ New Trailer Released
23.June.2020 | MOVIE
The new Netflix Original horror series JU-ON: Origins will be released on July 3, 2020. A brand new trailer featuring never before scenes released dropped today on Netflix’s official YouTube channel.
Ju-On is a Japanese horror franchise that first hit the scene back in 2000 with two direct-to-video productions, Ju-On: The Curse and Ju-On: The Curse 2. The two movies were a hit with horror fans in Japan, leading to the first theatrical release and third instalment of the series Ju-On: The Grudge in 2003. Since then, the series has continued to scare folk for 20 years during which it has grown into an international franchise. The first Hollywood remakes The Grudge (2004) and The Grudge 2 (2006) reached number one in the US box office, and along with The Ringーa remake of another Japanese horror franchise Ringuーintroduced and sparked a global interest in J-horror.
Ju-On: The Final Curse was supposed to be the final entry to the main film series, but Netflix’s JU-ON: Origins is bringing it back to explore something that you may have not even known aboutーthat Ju-On is actually based on real-life events. For the first time ever, this new drama series will explore the origins of the cursed house and the numerous unpleasant incidents surrounding it. Its ties to reality are set to engulf viewers in a terrifyingly real experience.
JU-ON: Origins New Trailer
The new trailer is a snippet from a single scene from the new series, featuring the main character and psychic researcher Kodajima (name reading not confirmed) who is played by Yoshiyoshi Arakawa. A sense of unease and dread lingers throughout the clip, and this feeling is reinforced when Kodajima clocks an unpleasant stain on the staircase, confirming to him that something really did happen in this house.
The policeman who is with Kodajima in the clip and is investigating the incident that happened here says that his subordinates say this house appears in their dreams. He himself also says to Kodajima that he sometimes finds himself forgetting to breathe. It’s then that we hear the sound of something smashing in the background.
Several new stills were also released alongside the trailer with some seriously creepy angles. Kodajima himself also looks frozen to death at the sight of something.
JU-ON: Origins will maintain the same scary imagery and fear-inducement that the franchise has built up to now while adding a fresh spin. Don’t miss JU-ON: Origins when it drops on worldwide on Netflix on July 3, 2020.
Netflix Original Series – “Ju-On: Origins”
Release Date: July 3, 2020 (Worldwide)
Official Website: www.netflix.com/ju-on_origins
Rilakkuma’s First Ever Official Wedding Plan Is Perfect For Your Dream Day
20.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Wedding and reception planning company ESCRIT INC. is producing its first wedding plan in collaboration with the adorable San-X character Rilakkuma. The Rilakkuma Bridal Fair will be available for reservation from mid July 2020.
As the number of weddings taking place has fallen drastically, ESCRIT INC. has been working hard to breathe life back into the industry, collaborating with a number of businesses and insourcing dresses, flowers and other services to make every couple’s dream day come true. They have also been running a variety of bridal fairs to help customers with a more personal approach.
From the welcome board to the cake-topper and desserts, the Rilakkuma collaboration sees a number of adorable ways to accessorise your dream wedding. The sign-up for this service opened yesterday on the Rilakkuma Bridal Fair Official Website. After signing up with your email address, you will receive a notification to reserve the bridal fair service during mid July along with the latest information.
If you and your partner love Rilakkuma, the Rilakkuma Bridal Fair is sure to exceed your expections.
Rilakkuma Bridal Fair
Netflix Anime Film ‘A Whisker Away’ New Promotional Video Features Ending Song
A Whisker Away (Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu) is the second original anime feature film from Studio Colorido. The studio’s first feature film Penguin Highway released in August 2018 to critical acclaim (August 2018 release) and went on to win the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year as well as the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation award at Fantasia International Film Festival for the best-animated feature.
The film is being co-directed by Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon; Princess Tutu) and Tomotaka Shibayama, the latter making his debut as the director of a feature length film. The screenplay is being written by screenwriter Mari Okada (AnoHana; Black Butler; O Maidens in Your Savage Season).
A new promotional video has been released featuring the ending song Uso Tsuki by Yorushika who are also performing the main theme Hana ni Bourei (Flower for the Dead) and insert song Yakou (Walking in the Night).
Yorushika – “Uso Tsuki” x “A Whisker Away”
The video showcases scenes with Hinode and Taro, and even a scene with Muge holding Hinode’s hand. The ending song by Yorushika adds another layer to the scenes with its melancholic lyrics and melody.
Yorushika | Comment
We are a band that creates music based off the concept of a work, so we were concerned on how far we should express the outlook of this film, but we had no reason to be worried. We felt reassured when the director said to us on our first meeting with him that we could do as we liked. One concept from our next album is the feeling between transitioning from spring to early summer, which we thought didn’t stray from the film, so we continued writing in the way that we were at the time. All three of the songs we came up with is themed inside a town inside a memory.
‘Hana ni Bourei’… a ghost is pretty much just a memory, so this song is about looking at a memory of flowers blooming in the summer.
‘Yakou’… the ‘night’ which we’re talking about here is the night of life. Becoming an adult, forgetting things, heading towards death. These things have replaced nighttime [as we know it].
‘Uso Tsuki’… it means liar. The lyrics are laced with lines from [Japanese poet] Ozaki Hōsai.
I love animated movies, so I am overjoyed and excited that Yorushika will be heard during the credit roll of one! At the same time, I felt it my goal to make everyone at the end of the film cry, so I wanted to make sure I sang a good song.
*Comments translated from Japanese by MMN
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A Whisker Away
Release Date: June 18, 2020
Netflix Page: netflix.com/nakineko
Netflix Original Anime Japan Sinks 2020 New Stills Released
12.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
A new series of stills has been released from the upcoming Netflix Original anime series Japan Sinks 2020, featuring snippets from the first half of the story where the characters go on a trip.
Japan Sinks 2020 is the first ever anime adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s best-selling 1973 disaster novel Japan Sinks sometime this year. Set for release worldwide on Netflix on July 9, 2020, the series is being directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who is known for his unique free-flowing animation style, having directed such internationally-lauded anime series like Devilman Crybaby, Ping-Pong: The Animation, and The Tatami Galaxy.
The anime adaptation set in modern Japan and follows the Mutō family: the protagonist middle schooler Ayumu, her brother Gō, mother Mari, and father Kōichirō, as their peaceful life turns tragic in an instant.
It’s do or die as the Mutō family try to escape from Tokyo. Along the way they meet several characters from various backgrounds as they face life or death while staying hopeful in the face of such adversity.
What does fate have set in stone for these characters? The new stills released showcase characters cheering up one another and trying to live naturally, telling us that despite the situation, they have not thrown away hope and look to the future with positivity.
Stills of four new characters have also been released: Kanae Muroda (voiced by Tomoko Shiota), Shu Asada (Daiki Hamano), Daniel (George Cockle), and Mitsuo Otani (Taichi Takeda). These characters are associated with Sun City, a community facility tasked with helping people. They provide food, clothes, a place to stay, electricity, entertainment, and more. Ayumu and her family arrive here and enjoy the amenities. However, the shape of the Japanese archipelago continues to crack and change, leading to the possibility of another disaster.
Japan Sinks 2020 will release worldwide on Netflix on July 9, 2020.
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