Gen Hoshino’s ‘Create’ Music Video For Super Mario Bros’ 35th Anniversary Breaks 1 Million Views
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.
Gen Hoshino – “Create”
Japanese Song Title: 創造 (Souzou)
Released: February 17, 2021
Listen/Download Here: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Souzou
Gen Hoshino Official Website: http://www.hoshinogen.com/
Gen Hoshino Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamgenhoshino/
Gen Hoshino Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/gen_senden
Gen Hoshino Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/genhoshino.official/
Gen Hoshino Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/hoshinogenCh
Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders a.k.a ATARASHII GAKKO! Release New Song ‘FREAKS’ Warren Hue
04.March.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese dance and vocal unit Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders a.k.a ATARASHII GAKKO! released their new song FREAKS featuring Jakartan rapper Warren Hue on Tuesday (March 2). The track is available on all major music streaming and download platforms.
Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders joined 88rising in January to make their international debut under their official new overseas name ATARASHII GAKKO! in January. This saw the release of their first international track NAINAINAI.
FREAKS was produced by American house producer Claude VonStroke. It fuses house, pop, jazz, hip-hop, and rock with the MIZYU, SUZUKA, KANON, and RIN’s punk energy which is an expression of Japanese youth and youth culture.
New Digital Single “FREAKS” – ATARASHII GAKKO! & Warren Hue
Released: March 2, 2021 (On all major music download and streaming services)
Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders a.k.a ATARASHII GAKKO!
Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders a.k.a ATARASHII GAKKO! are the self-appointed “representatives of Japan’s youth.” They are a four-member group focused on live performances—wholly unique performances they wield as their weapon, fusing their unrivalled dance and singing ability with comical skits within their songs. In 2018, they played at ROCK IN JAPAN and Summer Sonic. They were also hugely active in 2019. Despite the dark times wrought by 2020 they stayed positive which led them to signing a contract with 88rising in 2021. They boast over 660,000 followers on TikTok, and their army of fans around the world continues to grow.
Warren Hue is an 18-year-old rapper and singer from Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a spearhead of Asia’s next-generation hip-hop, writing tracks spanning from gentle love songs to hard rap. His inspiration is rooted in fellow hip-hop icons, video games, fashion, and Asian culture which he laces through a combination of his unique music style and art.
88rising is an American multi-media company founded by Sean Miyashiro in 2015. Described by Miyashiro as a “hybrid management, record label, video production, and marketing company,” 88rising became a big name in the US in just three years, focusing on signing Asian American and Asian artists such as Rich Brian, Joji, Higher Brothers, Niki, Jackson Wang, and more.
ATARASHII GAKKO! English Website: https://atarashiigakko.com/
Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders Official Homepage: http://leaders.asobisystem.com/
Hello Kitty Movie to be Directed by Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda
Sanrio and Warner Bros. Japan have announced the release of the first-ever Hollywood adaptation Hello Kitty movie which will be directed by animation veterans Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda. New Line Cinema and Flynn Picture Company are on board for the film which will be a hybrid fusion of live-action and animation. The film’s title and release date have yet to be announced but it has been confirmed that it will be released worldwide.
Ⓒ 2021 SANRIO CO.,LTD.
Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda are top-class artists and directors who bring their incredible history in and experience working with animation to the project. This marks their first collaboration, both of them beating many other directors to the job.
Coyle’s early days are rooted in series such as King of the Hill where she was a storyboard artist. She worked as a producer for the HBO Max animated series Harley Quinn and has also directed episodes in the hit animated series Bob’s Burgers, lent her penned her art for The Spectacular Spider-Man, and more.
Jennifer Coyle Photo by Andrew Marlin
Jennifer Coyle | Comment
“This is not only a rare chance to bring a beloved character to life, but also to spread the message of love, friendship and inclusivity that Hello Kitty stands for. The world so needs her brand of joy and happiness.”
Matsuda is a Brazilian director whose career began at Walt Disney Animation. He has worked on films such as Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Ralph Breaks the Internet and most recently Abominable for DreamWorks Animation.
Leo Matsuda Photo by Peter Lefevre Photography
Leo Matsuda | Comment
“Growing up in Brazil with a Japanese family, I was surrounded by the whimsy of Hello Kitty and it served as a reminder that it’s okay to be different. Along with Jen, FlynnPictureCo. and New Line, I am delighted by this incredible opportunity to work with one of the most universally beloved characters and expand their relatable Sanrio stories even further.”
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
VTuber Group Holostarts’ first official program on Youtube launched
04.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
VTuber Group Holostarts’ first official program on Youtube will be launched from March 4 at 7pm JST.
The program contents have been prepared to explore and present their new charms to entertain viewers. The official name and further details of the program will be announced on the first broadcast on March 4 on Holostarts’ Youtube channel.
Holostarts Official Youtube Program
First broadcast date: March 4, 2021 at 7pm （JST）
Cast: Miyabi Hanasaki, Izuru Kanade, Rikka, Arurandeisu
Hololive Official Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFZiqLMntJufDCHc6bQixg/
Holostarts Official Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWsfcksUUpoEvhia0_ut0bA
Evangelion’s illustrated cosmetic collection launch at Lottery Draw
A new Evangelion cosmetic collection is set to launch from March 13 in collaboration with the lottery cosmetic series Coffret to celebrate the release of Evangelion’s upcoming animation film.
EVANGELION coffret collection
The collection motif Evangelion pilots such as Asuka Langley Soryu, Rei Ayanami and Mari Illustrious Makinami as well as A.T. Field. You can also enjoy the almighty cream on face with 2 colours illustrated with Yurushito the Evangelion store official mascot.
The Last One prize offers stand mirror with special illustrations of Asuka, Rei and Mari. There is a chance of winning 3 sets of make-up palettes by joining Doubles Chance campaign. And original shopper bag will be gifted for the first 13 people who purchase 5 lottery games at once.
Enjoy your daily make up with Evangelion Coffret collection.
EVANGELION coffret collection.
Launch ：March 13, 2021
Collection details： https://bpnavi.jp/t/eva_c
Price： ¥980（tax included）per game
6 prize （19 selections ）＋ Last one prize
Shops： EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01（Ikebukuro）, EVA STORE, Evangelion store（Hakone), book stores, hobby shops, game centres, drugstores, Animate, Lawson, Mini Stop etc.
Sumikko Gurashi transformed into Japanese sweets
04.March.2021 | FOOD
The Japanese character motif sweets series Tabemasu released a new sweets collection inspired by 4 of San-X’s popular Sumikko Gurashi characters on March 2 at FamilyMart convenience stores in Japan.
Tabemasu Sumikko Gurashi Collection: Shirokuma (Strawberry Milk) & Tokage (Peach) / Tonkatsu (Chocolate) & Ebi Furaino Shippo (Banana) | 1 Box 2 Sets – ¥369 Each (Before Tax)
The popular characters Shirokuma and Tokage’s bellies are filled with strawberry milk and peach flavoured sweet red bean paste. The besties Tonkatsu and Ebi Furai are making their first appearance on in the Tabemasu series with tales filled with chocolate and banana flavoured red bean paste. Their cute and plump charms are represented as edible Japanese traditional sweets which are too cute to eat!
The newcomer Tonkatsu represents a leftover piece of tonkatsu and who dreams to be eaten someday… his longtime dream is about to be accomplished with your help! Check out these cute and delicious sweets of Sumikko Gurashi.
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Sumikko Gurashi Japanese Sweets
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Limited in quantity, available while supplies last
Shop: All FamilyMart stores in Japan
Further Details: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/sumikkogurashi06/
SPY×FAMILY releases new collection of character merchandise
A new collection of merchandise based on the popular manga series SPY×FAMILY will be released at all Animate stores in Japan and both Animate and Movic online shops from March 26.
Clear A4 folder Loid Forger ¥440 (Tax included)
Clear A4 folder Anya Forger ¥440 (Tax included)
Clear A4 folder Yor Forger ¥440 (Tax included)
Acrylic stand (3 designs) | ¥1,650 each (Tax included)
Acrylic key rings (3 designs) | ¥715 each (Tax included)
Letter set (3 designs) | ¥550 each (Tax included)
SPY×FAMILY has been serialised on the Shonen Jump+ website since 2019 and published 6 volumes. Tatsuya Endo, the writer and illustrator of the manga, has illustrated Loid, Anya and Yor Forger wearing formal wear specially for this collection.
Tom and Jerry themed pop-up stores to open in Japan
Tom and Jerry themed pop-up stores in collaboration with Village Vanguard are set to launch in Japan from March 5 to celebrate the Tom and Jerry movie releasing from March 19.
Pop-up store exclusive goods
Original stickers (random selection from 2 designs)
Original place mat
The concept of the pop-up stores is ‘I Love to eat’ which is inspired by the food that appears in the familiar scenes of Tom and Jerry’s extreme catch and runs such as cheese, burgers and breads. Don’t miss out on the special event to enjoy the world of Tom and Jerry.
Japanese company JO, which operates seven restaurants serving Japanese-style food in Japan, launched its new anko red bean paste dessert brand Ankoto on February 28. The brand’s first product to be released is the “Anko Cheesecake.” All products will be released via their online store.
The launch of Ankoto
Ankoto launched after seeing many people in Japan calling for their desire to eat the same kinds of high quality anko sweet red bean paste desserts that they can in restaurants at home. The brand aims to bring many different sweet treats to its menu in collaboration with various other brands and satisfy customers’ sweet-toothed needs.
Ankoto also hopes to create all-new desserts using anko, an ingredient loved by the Japanese for years.
High-quality anko used in all desserts
The bean paste is made by hand every day over a period of two hours by Ankoto’s bakers. They use specially-selected beans grown in Tokachi, Hokkaido. No bad stuff is put in Ankoto’s desserts, the naturally sweetness comes from the sugar beet used in the cooking process.
The First Release: Anko Cheesecake
Ankoto’s first dessert to be released is the Anko Cheesecake, a popular mix of sweet red bean paste and cheese. This dessert was perfected after much trial and error over the course of half a year where over 100 iterations were tested. It’s made using creamy, full-bodied Brie de Meaux, a cheese that’s been called the king of cheeses. This cheesecake is gluten-free, using absolutely no wheat, and has a fresh sweetness brought about by the sugar beet. It’s an addictive amalgamation of sweet and salty and contains no nasty additives.
Ankoto Anko Cheesecake
Released: February 28, 2021
Price: ¥3,500 (Before Tax) + Shipping
Ankoto Online Shop: https://www.ankoto.jp
UNIQLO x Haruki Murakami T-Shirt Collection Features Novelist’s Book Motifs
03.March.2021 | FASHION
UNIQLO is collaborating its T-shirt brand UT with the internationally-acclaimed Japanese writer Haruki Murakami to release a collection of T’s featuring motifs inspired by the novelist’s books and radio program. The collection will first release in Japan on March 8 and subsequently worldwide on March 15.
The collection features nods to some of Murakami’s most acclaimed works including Pinball, 1973; Norwegian Wood, Dance Dance Dance; Sputnik Sweetheart; Kafka on the Shore; and 1Q84.
Haruki Murakami / Murakami Radio Collection | UNIQLO UT
Release Date: March 8, 2021 (Japan) / March 15, 2021 (Worldwide)
Where: UNIQLO’s online store and UNIQLO stores in Japan
Buy Here (Worldwide): https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/ut-graphic-tees/haruki-murakami
My Hero Academia Celebrates Japan’s White Day With Cakes and Macarons
Japanese cake company Priroll is celebrating White Day in Japan, the ‘sequel’ to Valentine’s Day, in collaboration with the popular TV anime series My Hero Academia with a collection of cakes and macarons.
There are seven sweet cakes to pick from which are baked with fruits such as peach and strawberry and finished with whipped cream or chocolate cream. There are also seven macaron sets which include chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, and orange flavours. These tasty treats are available from Priroll’s official website while supplies last.
White Day Cakes – ¥4,500 (Before Tax) / White Day Macarons 6 Set – ¥2,200 (Before Tax)
White Day day takes place in Japan annually on March 14, one month after Valentine’s Day, when people give reciprocal gifts to those who gifted them on Valentine’s Day. What better way to show your appreciation for your fellow anime-lover than with some sweet My Hero Academia love?
My Hero Academia White Day Sweets
Orders: From February 24, 2021
Buy Here: http://priroll.jp/shopbrand/ct5007
McDonald’s Japan Serving its Famous Limited-Time Teritama Burgers Again This Spring
03.March.2021 | FOOD
Spring is almost here, which means the return of McDonald’s Japan’s famous “Teritama” series of burgers, a delicious combination of teriyaki sauce and egg. The customer-favourites hit the menu on Wednesday (March 3).
Pastrami Beef Teritama
McFizz® Iwate Prefecture White Peach (1% Fruit Juice)
McFloat® Iwate Prefecture White Peach (1% Fruit Juice)
Shaka Shaka Potato® Chicken & Garlic Seasoning
The Teritama burger is a popular order at McDonald’s in Japan. First launched in 1996, it lathers a pork patty with a sweet and sour teriyaki sauce that’s made from apple and garlic and tops it with a runny egg. The series includes the standard egg and teriyaki pork burger as well as the cheddar cheese-loaded “Cheese Teriyama,” and the spring season exclusive “Pastrami Beef Teriyama.” This year also sees the return of the “Teriyama Muffin” which was first introduced in 2017.
Don’t forget to order the black pepper-covered Shaka Shaka Potato fries that come with a chicken and garlic seasoning. As well as the savoury line-up, sweet tooths can look forward to a McFizz and McFloat made with the juice of white peaches farmed in Iwate Prefecture.
McDonald’s Japan also released a series of commercials for the 2021 Spring season Teritama series. Check them out below.
McDonald’s Japan Teritama 2021 | 15-Second Commercial
McDonald’s Japan Teritama 2021 | 30-Second Commercial
McDonald’s Japan Teritama 2021 | 60-Second Commercial
McDonald’s Japan Teritama 2021 | 120-Second Commercial
McDonald’s Teritama 2021
Released: March 3, 2021
Where: McDonald’s Japan branches
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Doraemon Future Department Store to Open Pop-Up Shop in Ginza Mitsukoshi
Benelic Co., Ltd. has announced the opening of a pop-up shop version of Doraemon Future Department Store, the world’s first official Doraemon shop, at Ginza Mitsukoshi in Tokyo from March 17.
Doraemon Future Department Store first opened back in December 2019 in Odaiba, Tokyo. Dedicated to the beloved manga and anime character Doraemon, the store has opened various pop-up shops across Japan including Fukuoka, Osaka, and Nagoya. The new pop-up shop will be the first to open in Tokyo and will be stocked with the usual fan must-grabs, items exclusive to the Odaiba shop, Ginza exclusives, pre-sales, and more.
Ginza Mitsukoshi Exclusives & Pre-Sales
1. The Exclusives
The Ginza Mitsukoshi pop-up shop will sell four exclusive items including a T-shirt, handy tote bag, and more.
The merchandise will feature an illustration based on the designs of the shopping bags given at Doraemon Future Department Store. Take a look below.
Ginza Mitsukoshi Exclusive T-Shirt (5 Colours) | ¥3,520 (Tax Included)
Ginza Mitsukoshi Exclusive 2-Way Tote Bag | ¥2,860 (Tax Included)
2. The Presales
Fans can get their hands on pre-sales of 7 items in the “Flying to Department Store” series of kitchen, cookware, and other items, as well as 12 accessories that both kids and adults alike can enjoy.
Flying to Department Store Series – Kitchen Apron | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
Flying to Department Store Series – 21cm Plate | ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
Doraemon & Dorami Back Earrings | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
The pop-up shop will offer a customisation service which lets customers have different embroideries put into the T-shirts, tote bags, and key rings. The work is done on the spot by hand so you can see the result of what will be a very special item of which only one exists in the world. Perfect for Doraemon fans and gifts to friends and family.
The Ginza Mitsukoshi pop-up shop will also serve freshly-baked dorayaki stamped with Doraemon’s cute face. They will be made in limited quantities each day.
Dorayaki | ¥290 (Tax Included)
Bonus Items For Spending
1. Every purchase at the Doraemon Future Department Store pop-up will earn customers a free sticker. These are available in limited quantities.
2. The first 300 people at the pop-up shop to take their receipts to the main Doraemon Future Department Store in Odaiba between March 17 and 29 will receive a different limited-edition free sticker.
Ginza Mitsukoshi Original Doraemon Sticker
Odaiba Doraemon Future Department Store Sticker
Doraemon Future Department Store in Ginza Mitsukoshi 2021
Running: March 17, 2021 – March 29, 2021
Where: Ginza Mitsukoshi Shinkan Floor 7F
Address: 4-7-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours 10:00-20:00 (Until 18:00 on March 29)
Doraemon Future Department Store Official Website: https://mirai.dora-world.com/