Gen Hoshino’s ‘Create’ Music Video For Super Mario Bros’ 35th Anniversary Breaks 1 Million Views

22.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Japanese singer Gen Hoshino released his hotly-anticipated new song Create on music streaming and download services on February 17. The track instantly shot up to number one across charts in Japan, including Oricon’s Daily Digital Singles, and its music video broke 1 million views in under 24 hours.


The song was first revealed in a TV commercial back in autumn of last year in which Hoshino himself appeared. It was written as the 35th anniversary theme song for Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros franchise.


Gen Hoshino – Create (Official Video)

The song is littered with musical references to Nintendo and the popular Mario video game series. It’s sure to be a hit amongst both fans of Gen Hoshino and gamers.


  • Earthenware Pot Shaped Like Char’s Z’Gok from Mobile Suit Gundam Released

    07.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    Premium Bandai is now accepting orders for a new Earthware Pot resembling Char’s Z’Gok from the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam. This is perfect for cooking up some stew this winter season!


    Char’s Z’Gok Earthenware Pot: ¥7,480 (Tax Included) *Shipping and Handling not included


    The pot is large enough to make food for 1-2 people and is designed to look like Char’s Z’Gok from the “ascending from underwater” scene in the Battle of Jaburo. The pot’s steam vent is the Mobile Suit’s missile launch port!


    This product is available to purchase at GUNDAM Cafe locations around Japan and online at the Premium Bandai store. Items ordered online will ship in December. 



  • Universal Studios Japan Announces Collaboration with Hunter x Hunter

    07.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan is constantly collaborating with anime, manga, and game series as part of its Universal Cool Japan initiative. In March 2022, the incredibly popular series Hunter x Hunter will appear in a special attraction at the Osaka theme park. 


    The Hunter x Hunter manga series, penned by Yoshihiro Togashi, tells the story of Gon, a young boy who discovers that his missing father is actually a world-renowned Hunter, a professional who specializes in fantastical quests and pursuits. Gon then aims to become the world’s best Hunter. The series has sold over 79 million copies worldwide and has become one of Shueisha’s best-selling manga series since its release in 1998. 


    This new collaborative attraction will bring the world of Hunter x Hunter to live in an incredibly ‘ultra-realistic’ way. Stay tuned for more information on the new attraction!


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  • Upcoming Live-Action Adaptation of Anime Industry Film ‘Haken Anime!’ Unveils Animators

    07.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Mizuki Tsujimura’s popular novel about struggles in the anime industry Haken Anime! is getting a live-action film in May 2022. Directed by Kohai Yoshino, the star-studded cast will include Riho Yoshioka, Tomoya Nakamura, Tasuku Emoto, Machiko Ono in the leading roles.


    The story focuses on Hitomi Saito, who has entered the anime industry and is making her directorial debut. She is competing for the title of Haken (supremacy) with the star direction she previously idolized, Chiharu Ouji. Together with a peculiar producer and a unique group of friends and colleagues, the novel shows the more difficult parts of creating a successful anime series, and how important it is to follow your dreams.


    Set in the anime industry, the live-action film also includes some incredibly high-quality animation. Both ‘Soundback – Kanade no Ishi,’ directed in the film by fresh anime director Hitomi Saito, and ‘Unmei Sensen Liddell-Light,’ directed by the legendary anime creator Chiharu Ouji, have been released on YouTube to huge fanfare. After plenty of speculation, the creators of these anime snippets have been unveiled!


    ‘Soundback – Kanade no Ishi’

    Directed in the film by fresh-faced anime director Hitomi Saito, Azuma Tani (Hill Climb Girl, Thermae Romae) was responsible for directing this short piece. Character designs were created by manga artist Eisaku Kumonouchi (Chocolat, Carole & Tuesday), and mecha designs were done by Takayuki Yanase (Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mazinger Z/INFINITY). 

    Special YouTube Video:


    ‘’Unmei Sensen Liddell-Light’

    In the film, Chiharu Ouji is a legend in the anime world. His film was directed by Takashi Otsuka (Precure, One Piece Stampede). Character designs were created by Takahiro Kishida (Durarara!, Madoka Magica.) The story follows a magical girl, Mitsuri, who has the power to transform her bike which she then uses to compete in races against her rivals. The main characters get older by one pear each episode, which leads to a super interesting art style and premise. 

    Special YouTube Video:


    Original author Mizuki Tsujimura has complemented the anime included in the film and has stated that it’s the part she’s looking the most forward to seeing. In fact, she personally wrote the plots for each of the series’ 12 episodes, even those not being included in the film! Who knows? Maybe it will become an actual anime series in the future. 


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  • BAND-MAID to Hold Acoustic Live-Stream Available Worldwide on Christmas Day

    07.December.2021 | MUSIC

    Hard rock band BAND-MAID will stream a special acoustic concert on Christmas day. The event will be available to watch globally, so don’t worry about missing out!


    This will be the group’s first attempt at an acoustic performance with no audience and will be pre-recorded. Everything within the stream was created with Christmas in mind, and the audio commentary will have English subtitles. More information detailing tickets and the stream’s start time will be announced soon. 


    The official scorebook for BAND-MAID’s “Unseen World” will also be released on January 31, 2022. In addition to the band’s score for all 13 tracks on the album, the book will include member interviews, special photos, and an instrumental CD of the album. The interviews will be translated into English for international fans. 


    Stay tuned for more details on the event coming soon!

  • Aimyon Announces First Fan Club Tour and 14-city Arena Tour

    07.December.2021 | MUSIC

    Singer-songwriter Aimyon will hold her first fan club tour starting in January 2022, along with a 14-city arena tour beginning in April. The artist has seen an incredible amount of success since her major debut in 2016, winning Artist of the Year at the Billboard Japan Music Awards in 2019. 


    The fan club tour will start on January 20, 2022, at Tachikawa Stage Garden in Tokyo before moving on to seven more locations through February. Those who want to join the fan club can visit the official website below. 


    Aimyon’s arena tour will start on April 16 at the World Hall in Kobe and will span 28 shows in 14 cities around Japan. This will be the singer’s largest ever tour. 


    On the artist’s official website, a warning has been posted regarding the pandemic. Information and dates may change depending on the spread of COVID-19, so check the official tour page often. 

  • The Five-piece Band “NovelUNITE” From the Online Video Game “Pokémon Unite” is Born.

    07.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Pokémon has released the music video for “Okey dokey!”, a tie-up song between the online battle arena video game Pokémon Unite and the mysterious new five-piece band NovelUNITE. 



    MV「Okey dokey!!」


    Pokémon Unite is a free-to-play game (optional in-game purchases apply) that is compatible with both Nintendo Switch and smartphones, offering players the opportunity to enjoy Pokémon team strategy battles together regardless of which device they are using.


    The members of NovelUNITE, are all wearing costumes inspired by Pokémon from “Pokémon Unite, the guitarist SOJIRO as SLOWBRO, the bassist KEIGO as LUCARIO, the vocalist YUDAI as LIZARDON, the drummer NEGI as GARDEVOIR, the guitarist KAITO as Aloan Ninetales.  Please check out their bright and pop song!



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  • Egg specialty store TAMAGOYA to launch Strawberry Fair for a limited time in Shizuoka

    07.December.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Shizuoka-based egg specialty store TAMAGOYA is currently running a BERRY BERRY Strawberry Fair for a limited time.


    TAMAGO Pudding Parfait

    ICHIGP Pudding Parfait

    Gigantic ICHIGO Shortcake Parfait

    Strawberry-filled Pancakes



    The cafe offers pancakes and parfaits made with strawberries from Shizuoka Prefecture. The menu includes the “TAMAGO Pudding Parfait” that looks like a fried egg with fluffy pancakes and pudding as a specialty of egg stores, and the seasonal “ICHIGO Pudding Parfait”. The “ICHIGO’s Giant Shortcake Parfait,” which weighs over 5 kg, is available by reservation only.


    Enjoy the harmony of eggs and strawberries to your heart’s content.


  • Nijo Castle Light-Up Event Streaming Tickets Now Available

    06.December.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    One of seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto is currently being illuminated in a sea of otherworldly lights. Nijo Castle in Kyoto is the location for the One to Ten: Evening Party, using projection mapping to bring out the beauty of this magnificent locale. For those who can’t visit in person, an event on December 7 is inviting people to watch the lights online, including the illumination of the Karamon Gate and the Ninomaru Garden. Tickets for the online event go on sale on December 3, 2021. 



    To capture the feeling of being on-site and to convey the incredible atmosphere, a camera will guide viewers along the normal route through the castle grounds with audio commentary. The popular ‘Special Performance,’ which only allows a limited number of people each day due to space constraints, will be available to view in its entirety during the stream. 


    The live event will air on December 7 at 10:00 PM JST, and will be archived until December 26 at midnight. Tickets to watch are available from December 3 until December 26. 

  • Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe Offering Afternoon Tea with Cute Miniatures

    06.December.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    If you’re looking to feel like a kid again, Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe is offering a chance to have afternoon tea with some adorable miniatures in a dollhouse atmosphere. The popular set will be reimagined during December to feature a Christmas motif, and is the perfect backdrop for Twitter or Instagram pictures!


    ‘Afternoon Tea for ‘me’ and ‘my friends,’ drink included: ¥1,380 per person (Tax Included)



    The set includes seven beautiful desserts crafted by a pastry chef and features seasonal fruit. Whether you enjoy tea and cakes by yourself or with friends, feel free to take pictures of the miniatures for a jolt of cuteness. 

  • Manga Series Dandadan Gets Collaboration Merch at Tower Records to Celebrate Volume 3

    06.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    To celebrate the release of volume 3 of the Dandadan manga series, participating Tower Records locations in Japan will be selling some collaborative merchandise starting on December 3. The items will also be available to purchase on Tower Records Online. 


    Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties): ¥715 (Tax Included) 

    *This product is limited to 16 per person.

    Square Pins (6 varieties): ¥605 (Tax Included) 

    *This product is limited to 12 per person. 

    Sticker (Momo Ayase, Okarun, Aira Shiratori & Turbo-Granny, 3 Varieties): ¥880 each

    Tiny Pin: ¥660 (Tax Included) 

    Sticky Note Set: ¥880 (Tax Included) 

    Towel:  ¥2,200 (Tax Included) 

    Reversible Reuseable Bag: ¥2,200 (Tax Included) 

    T-shirt (Okarun, Turbo-Granny, 2 varieties): ¥3,850 each




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  • Tokyo Revengers Anime Special Event Visual Unveiled

    06.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    A special event for the wildly popular Tokyo Revengers anime series will be held on December 18, 2021. The first visual for the event has been released!


    The new image shows Takemichi, Chifuyu, Peh-yan and the founding members of the Tokyo Manji Gang taking a well-deserved break. Takuya Eguchi, who plays the role of Shuji Hanma, will make an appearance during the evening show. Along with the members of the Tokyo Manji Gang, members of Valhalla will be present too, so it’s sure to be a wild time. 


    Exclusive merchandise will be sold at the venue, and pamphlets featuring cast photos and special interviews will be handed out. Good luck charms will be on sale, with many seen in episode 22 of the anime series. 


    Tickets went on sale December 1 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 





  • Dean Fujioka to Hold Special Livestream to Celebrate New Album ‘Transmute’

    06.December.2021 | MUSIC

    To commemorate the release of his long-awaited third album, Dean Fujioka will hold a special Livestream on Niconico and YouTube on December 8, 2021. 


    The title of the new album ‘Transmute’ was chosen to convey the message of how important it is to ‘mutate’ in order to survive in today’s chaotic and unpredictable world. During the stream, Fujioka will talk about his thoughts on the album’s creation, his current nationwide tour, and more. 


    This will be the first live appearance of Dean Fujioka on Niconico in about 9 months, so be sure to tune in!