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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    27.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese character goods and toy chain KIDDYLAND is collaborating with San-X, the creators of the iconic Rilakkuma and its friends, to open the Chairoikogumarché, a market themed on Chairoikoguma, at KIDDYLAND Osaka Umeda. It will be open for a limited time this spring from March 11 to 25.

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    In 2018 and 2019, San-X opened the limited-time Korilakkuma Meets Chairoikoguma Store which was hugely popular amongst Rilakkuma fans, with repeat buyers returning multiple times. Chairoikogumarché was originally scheduled to open at KIDDYLAND Osaka Umeda in April 2020, but it was postponed and will now open next month. Once they book their attendance, fans can look forward to laying their eyes on original Chairoikoguma artwork coupled with phrases spoken in the Kansai dialect. There will be exclusive items to purchase, merch pre-sales, bonus goodies, and more.

     

    Merchandise Line-Up Excerpt

    Charm Set | ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    Mask Case | ¥660 (Tax Included)

     

    Pre-Sale Merchandise

    Pre-Sale Release: March 11, 2021

    *This product will be released for general sale at Rilakkuma Stores in Japan, excluding the Osaka Umeda branch, on March 13.

    Chairoikogumarché & Nakayoshi Plush Toy (Sakuranokorisu) | ¥3,080 (Tax Included)

    *Not available at Rilakkuma Store Umeda Osaka. Pre-sale exclusive to Chairoikogumarché.

    *Will also be released on San-X’s online shop.

     

    Pre-Sale Release: March 11, 2021

    *This product will be released for general sale at all Rilakkuma Stores in Japan on April 3, 2021.

    Long Plush Pillow | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)

    Mini Shoulder Bag | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)

     

    *Will also be released on San-X’s online shop.

     

    Bonus Items

    1. Customers who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) at Chairoikogumarché will receive a random free zipper case from a possible two designs. First-come, first-served.

    *One per person, per transaction. Design chosen randomly.

    *Available while supplies last.

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    2. Customers who spend over ¥5,000 (tax included) at Chairoikogumarché will receive a free tote bag. First-come, first-served.

    *One per person, per transaction. Design chosen randomly.

    *Available while supplies last.

     

     

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  • Netflix Anime Series B: The Beginning Succession Ending Theme to be Performed by ACCAMER

    23.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that ACCAMER will perform the ending theme Be Down for B: The Beginning Succession, the upcoming second season to the anime series B: The Beginning which will premiere on Netflix on March 18, 2021.

     

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    ACCAMER | Comment

    “I am over the moon to be performing the ending theme for the anime series B: The Beginning Succession! DECO*27 composed the music and wrote the lyrics for ‘Be Down.’ The lyrics and powerful, moving melody capture [the character] Koku’s feelings of conflict, frustration, and helplessness and how much those emotions hurt. I sing my heart out in the song too. I hope you all enjoy watching the anime and listen to ‘Be Down’ lots!”


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  • Rilakkuma Opens Official Fan Club

    18.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Fans of Rilakumma are in for a real treat as San-X, the company behind the internationally-beloved bear, opened the “Rilakkuma Tomonokai Official Fan Club” on Wednesday (February 10).

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  • Kaori’s Easy Valentine’s Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Hot Chocolate Sticks

    05.February.2021 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you a simple recipe for Valentine’s Day made with ingredients bought entirely from the 100 yen store Seria. I call it the “Rilakkuma Hot Chocolate Stick.”

     

    Ingredients

    Square mould from Seria (makes six sticks)
    1 bag of milk chocolates

    1 bag of white chocolates

    1 bag of dark chocolates

    Toppings of your choice (I used caramel chocolate chips and walnuts)

     

    1

    Melt all the chocolates separately over a bain-marie.

     

    2

    Create layers with each chocolate type. Pick your first choice and pour into the mould and wait for it to set lightly before adding the next chocolate. For this recipe, I went ahead and added the chocolate a little before layers had finished setting to create a marbling effect.

     

    ✩I also added some strawberry chocolate I had left over from my Rilakkuma chocolates.

     

    3

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    5

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

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    03.January.2021 | FASHION

    Japanese company Mizuno released a new series of Rilakkuma dumbbell balls, the “Ballretch Rilakkuma,” on its official online store and San-X’s online shop last week.

     

    About Ballretch

    The Ballretch is part of Mizuno’s series of at-home training equipment. First released in June 2019, the Ballretch is a ball weighted at 500g which can be used for easy weight training. The balls are all made from soft material so do not cause calluses often associated with weightlifting.

     

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    Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Set | ¥3,960


    Chairoikoguma & Korilakkuma Set | ¥3,960

    Pick between the Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Set or Chairoikoguma & Korilakkuma Set for helping to encourage and cheer you on during training. They also double as cute room decorations.

     

    If your New Year’s Resolution for 2021 is to exercise and train more, then why not let Rilakkuma and co help you along?

     

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  • Netflix Series Rilakkuma and Kaoru Gets Exhibition in Tokyo

    25.December.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    An exhibition for the popular stop-motion animation Netflix series Rilakkuma and Kaoru will run at SEIBU Ikebukuro in Tokyo from December 27, 2020 to January 5, 2021. Fans of the series can look forward to plunging themselves into its adorable world with recreated sets, statues, photo spots, limited-edition merchandise, and more.

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    20.December.2020 | SPOT

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  • Decorate With These Fabulous Rilakkuma Flower Boxes Made With Colourful Preserved Flowers

    12.December.2020 | FASHION

    If you’re looking to brighten up and kawaii-fy your room this holiday season, then you’ll want to check out the new Goyururi Rilakkuma Flower collection which hit Okada Shokai’s online shop on Thursday (December 10).

     

    Goyururi Rilakkuma Flower is a collection of flower boxes made with a variety of colourfully preserved flowers like roses, showy baby’s-breath, hydrangeas, carnations, and more, bunched together with Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Chairoikoguma.

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    Goyururi Rilakkuma Flower Box

    The characters are made from a combination of petals to look like a picture. And since the flowers are preserved, no watering is needed, so your box will stay eternally cute.

    The boxes come wrapped in candy-like wrapping too which makes them perfect as a gift.

    ©2020 San-X Co.,Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • 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.


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  • 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.

     

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  • Aggretsuko: Season 3 Music Spotify Release Includes 3 Songs by OTMGirls

    30.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    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.

     

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    Artist: OTMGirls feat. Aggretsuko
    Title: Aggressive Girl (Japanese: アグレッシブガール)
    Released: August 28, 2020

    Stream & Download: Spotify / iTunes / Apple Music

     

    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.

     

    Aggressive Girl

    Release Date: September 2, 2020

    Price: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

    Stock No.: JBCZ-6117

     

    OTMGirls Bazuritai! Music Video

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    YouTube Spin-Off Anime “OTMGirls no Yoki Yoki Channel”

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  • 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.

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