Sakura Miku Collaborates With Animate Cafe in Akihabara and Osaka
The popular anime, manga, and game-collaborating Animate Cafe launched a new collaboration with Sakura Miku last Wednesday which is set to run until April 12.
Fans of the cherry blossom-adorned Hatsune Miku will find her decorating the inside of the cafe everywhere they look with tapestries, boards, and more.
There’s plenty of exclusive merchandise to get your hands on from key rings to chocolate boxes and more.
And of course, since this is Animate Cafe, there’s an absolutely adorable menu being served inspired by Sakura Miku, Japanese cherry blossom season, Hanami, and more.
Customers can get their hands on some freebies too like coasters and even an original happi coat.
If you’re in Akihabara or Osaka this spring, don’t miss out!
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Sakura Miku x Good Smile x Animate Cafe
Running: March 10, 2021 – April 12, 2021
Where: Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara / Good Smilel x Animate Cafe Osaka Nipponbashi
*Please note that although you don’t need to book in advance, numbered entry tickets may be handed out during busy times.
Official Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/sakura_miku2103/
Hololive x Atre Akihabara Merchandise Collection Revealed
Virtual YouTuber talent agency Hololive Production is set to release a new exclusive collection at Atre Akihabara in Tokyo on August 1.
Acrylic Panel / B2 Tapestries / Acrylic Chibi Figures
Big Silhouette T-Shirts / Holostars T-Shirt / Key Visual Graphic T-Shirt
Key Visual Acrylic Panel
Chibi Character Illustration Acrylic Figures
hololy Photo Contest
Hololive fans can get their hands on merchandise of all their favourite VTubers with this collection that will be sold exclusively at Atre Akihabara. To promote the collection, giant poster will be plastered up outside and around Atre Akihabara, with a giant one at the north entrance 3D illustrations at the south entrance. And for every ¥500 spent in a single transaction on the items, fans will receive a free character card.
Hololive Summer Festival x Atre Akihabara
Running: August 1, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Locations: Atre Akihabara 1 (1-17-6 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) / Atre Akihabara 2 (1-9 Kanda Hanaokucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Book Slot: http://hololive-summerfes.com/
Project Sekai’s MORE MORE JUMP! Releases First Single
MORE MORE JUMP! released their first single Idol Shineitai! More! Jump! More! on music streaming and download platforms on June 23. The song is also available as background music for posting on TikTok and Instagram.
MORE MORE JUMP! is an all-female idol group in SEGA’s mobile rhythm game Project Sekai: Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku. More information about the single is available on the MORE MORE JUMP! section of Crypton Future Media’s Voclaloid music label KARENT.
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MORE MORE JUMP! 1st Single “Idol Shineitai! More! Jump! More!”
Released: June 23, 2021
Download: iTunes, Amazon Music, Oricon Music Store, music.jp, Recochoku, mora, OTOTOY, mysound
Stream: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTub Music, Amazon Unlimited, LINE MUSIC, d hits, Utapass, ANiUTa, AWA, KKBOX, RecMusic
Available as BGM on TikTok & Instagram
Project Sekai on KARENT: https://karent.jp/special/pjsekai
Project Sekai: Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1489932710
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.pjsekai
Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- Themed Cafes Open in Akihabara and Osaka Nipponbashi
Two branches of Animate Cafe, Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara and Good Smile x Animate Cafe Osaka Nipponbashi, are collaborating with Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- from June 23 to August 2, serving up food, drinks, and desserts inspired by the game as well as selling exclusive merchandise.
Utage no Maku no Nai Bento | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Kasyuu Kiyomitsu’s Stylish Tomato Stew w/Focaccia | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Kasen Kanesada’s Elegant Sea Bream Chazuke | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Honmaru Elegance ~Everyday Garden~ | ¥900 (Tax Included)
Honmaru Elegance ~Spring Garden~ | ¥900 (Tax Included)
I Discovered a New Sword! | ¥800 (Tax Included)
Kebiishi Subjugation | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Special Investigation: Tenpou Edo | ¥650 (Tax Included) | Suishinshi Masahide & Kyomaro Minamoto Versions
Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms ~Touken Ranbu~ | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Special Investigation Jurakudai | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Freebies for ordering from the menu
Coasters (42 Designs) | Available: June 23-July 13
Coasters (43 Designs) | Available: July 14-August 2
Acrylic Keyrings (42 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Pins (42 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand Keyrings (43 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Pins (43 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
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Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- x Animate Cafe
Running: June 23, 2021 – August 2, 2021
Address: Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara / Good Smile x Animate Cafe Osaka Nipponbashi
Official Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/
Character Chiikawa themed pop-up store at JR Akihabara station opens
The Chiikawa pop-up store, a pop-up store themed on the Japanese character Chiikawa, literally means ‘something small and cute’, illustrated by Nagano opens until June 21 at Japan Rail Akihabara Station Denki-Gaiguchi ticket gate.
Chiikawa POP UP STORE exclusive goods
Chiikawa manga has been serialised from 2020 on Twitter that depicts the casual everyday life of Chikawa and others. The gap between heartwarming story and adorable drawing style with occasional depiction of fear and severe reality of life is popular.
The store line-ups a selection of Chiikawa themed merchandise goods such as porch, plush doll, tableware and more. Don’t miss out a wide variety of exclusive products that makes your daily life more enjoyable. Available for purchase at official Chiikawa online store Chiikawa Market.
SSSS.DYNAZENON and SSSS.GRIDMAN Pop-Up Shops Open in Akihabara and Osaka
Two pop-up shops, the SSSS.DYNAZENON @ Dash Store and SSSS.GRIDMAN @ Dash Store, are now open at Animate Akihabara and Animate Osaka Nipponbashi until June 24. The stores are themed on Tsuburaya Productions and Studio Triggers’ anime series SSSS.DYNAZENON, which began airing in April, and SSSS.GRIDMAN.
SSSS.DYNAZENON @ Dash Store
SSSS.GRIDMAN @ Dash Store
Fans of the series can get their hands on a range of pre-sale and exclusive merchandise. For every ¥2,000 spent, they can get their hands on one of five possible bromide illustrations, and if they spend over ¥3,000, they’ll enter for a chance to win a special poster.
Bromides (5 Designs)
Dash Store Exclusive T-Shirts | 5 Designs | ¥7,150 Each (Tax Included)
Dash Store Exclusive Bottles | 2 Designs | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included) (All come with one of 3 possible illustrated cards)
Dash Store Exclusive Metal Sticker Sets | 2 Designs | DYNAZENON ¥1,320 – GRIDMAN ¥880 (Tax Included)
Dash Store Exclusive T-Shirt | ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Dash Store Exclusive Stainless Thermo Tumbler | ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Pre-Sale Acrylic Stands | 5 Designs | ¥1,980 Each (Tax Included)
Pre-Sale Tapestries | 5 Designs | ¥3,850 Each (Tax Included)
Pre-Sale Pin Set | DYNAZENON ¥1,320 – GRIDMAN ¥880 (Tax Included)
©円谷プロ ©2021 TRIGGER・雨宮哲／「DYNAZENON」製作委員会
©円谷プロ ©2018 TRIGGER・雨宮哲／「GRIDMAN」製作委員会
SSSS.DYNAZENON @ Dash Store / SSSS.GRIDMAN ＠ Dash Store
Running: June 5, 2021 – June 24, 2021
Locations: Animate Akihabara (Floor 1F) / Animate Osaka Nipponbashi (Floor 1F)
Event Page: http://dashstore.net/title_item/dz_gm_2106/
Sakura Miku Blossoms On Merchandise at Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 in Aomori
Japanese anime, game, and hobby merch site CharaAni released a new collection of Sakura Miku merchandise on Monday in collaboration with the Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 festival.
Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 x Sakura Miku Line-Up
Folders | ¥450 Each (Tax Included)
Tapestries | ¥3,500 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,500 Each (Tax Included)
Holographic Pins | ¥550 Each (Tax Included) *Blind box, designs are random
Reversible Blankets | ¥5,500 Each (Tax Included)
Scarf Towel (Art by iXima) | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Happi (Art by iXima) | ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Hand Towel (Art by Mamo) | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Motel Key Ring (Art by iXima) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Teacups | ¥1,700 Each (Tax Included)
Flat Pouch (Art by iXima & Mamo) | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Drum Bag (Art by iXima) | ¥6,500 (Tax Included)
Full Graphic T-Shirt (Art by Morichika) | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Full Graphic Zipper Hoodie (Art by Hechima) | ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Fashion Mask (Art by iXima) | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Desk Mat (Art by iXima) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Shitakawa Rayaki Dove Whistle | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Music Box: “Haru o Matsu Hito” – PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
The Sakura Miku x Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 collection invites on board four artists: iXima, Mamo, Hechima, and Morichika who have created original artwork for the line-up. The items can be bought both at the festival and online.
The collection also includes Sakura Miku-inspired dove whistles made by Shitakawa Rayaki Tsuchi Ningyo, a clay doll company that has been around for over 200 years. The company began in the latter half of the Edo Period when Takaya Kanegura, who had learned how to make ceramics in the town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka, was employed by the Hirosaki Domain to build a furnace.
Miku fans can also get their hands on a music box which features an original song created for the festival called Haru o Matsu Hito (“Person Waiting For Spring”). It features artwork by iXima.
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Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 Merchandise
Order Window: May 10, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Event Details: https://www.hirosakipark.jp/sakura/
Music Box – “Haru o Matsu Hito”
Price: ¥10,000 (Tax Included)
Order Window: Late August 2021 – Early September 2021
Song: “Haru o Matsu Hito” by PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
Hatsune Miku Features in Pocari Sweat Promotion as Official Ambassador
Otsuka Pharmaceutical released a 30-second video titled “Netsunarero” on their official YouTube channel on May 6 announcing Hatsune Miku and members of Leo/need from the Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku mobile game as the official ambassadors for the Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat.
The importance of “Netsunare”
The video stresses the importance of netsunare – sweating in order to get used to the heat during summer. Leading the promoting of this message is Hatsune Miku who is followed by Leo/need, MEIKO, Mirai Akari, Fuji Aoi, and YuNi. The video features the original song Waiting for Clear Weather created by Orangestar for the Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku mobile game. The popular track has been streamed over 1.9 million times as of April 2021.
The Character Line-Up
Since December 2019, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has appointed Hatsune Miku, MEIKO, Leo/need, MEIKO, Mirai Akari, Fuji Aoi, YuNi, and other familiar faces as official ambassadors for Pocari Sweat to spread information on how to overcome Japan’s hot summer weather to the world. It is part of the beyond2020 project which Otsuka describes: “With an eye to 2020 and beyond, this cultural program will contribute to the creation of a legacy befitting a maturing society that will make the next generation proud, through Japan’s strength which consists of its local and diverse culture.”
Leo/need from Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku
Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku is a mobile game for iOS/Android. The members of Leo/need include guitarist and vocalist Ichika Hoshino, keyboardist Saki Tenma, drummer Honami Mochizuki, and bassist Shino Hinomori. They will release their first single on June 9, 2021.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical is also holding a Twitter campaign in Japan as part of the promotion where 200 random people can win a box of seven 500ml Pocari Sweat bottles for cooling down in the summer heat.
How to Sign Up
Step 1: Follow Pocari Sweat on Twitter @pocarisweat_jp
Step 2: Retweet or quote any of Pocari Sweat’s posts featuring the hashtag #ネツナレろ (“Netsunarero”)
Running: May 6, 2021 – May 19, 2021 (Japan Only)
Campaign Site: https://pocarisweat.jp/action/pocarimiku/netsunarero/
© SEGA / © CP / © CPM / © Mirai Akari Project / © YuNi / © Fuji Aoi
Released: May 6, 2021
Official Website: https://pocarisweat.jp/action/pocarimiku/
Vocaloid’s Sakura Miku and Virtual Singing Friends Collaborate With Illustrator Shirabi
A new collection of Sakura Miku merchandise has been released for the Spring 2021 season. The collection features original artwork by Japanese illustrator Shirabi and is available to purchase on ARMA BIANCA.
Sakura Miku is joined by her Vocaloid friends Kagamine Rin, Kagamnine Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO, and KAITO in this collection which uses the main visual drawn by Shirabi for the Sakura Miku Pop-Up Shop that ran from March 19 to April 4 at the AMNIBUS STORE in Shinjuku Marui Annex in Tokyo.
Here’s a select look at some of the items up for grabs, all of which is sure to be a cute feast for the eyes of Vocaloid fans.
Acrylic Key Rings: ¥650 Each (Before Tax) / Whole Collection ¥5,850 (Before Tax)
Affix your favourite Vocaloid to your bag or decorate your room with these key rings featuring the most popular Vocaloid characters individually and in pairs.
If you buy the whole box of key rings, you’ll also get this bonus limited-edition key ring featuring the entire cast.
Zipper Hoodies | ¥5,980 Each (Before Tax)
The hoodie collection is a simple pullover type perfect for wearing at home, outdoors, at anime events and concerts – pretty much anywhere!
Mobile Batteries | ¥4,500 Each (Before Tax)
A lightweight and compact battery that’s handy for when your device is running out of juice.
Changing Mug | ¥2,980 (Before Tax)
A mug which changes its design when you pour a hot drink inside. Enjoy twice the amount of Miku when making your morning coffee.
Check out the mug in action in this video below.
Wappa Bento Box | ¥5,480 (Before Tax)
Take your lunch to work out enjoy a meal outdoors with this bento box that’s made from wood. It has that distinct natural wood feel and smell to it.
Coin Purse | ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Keep your coins or other little bits and bobs safe in this cute and compact purse.
Check out the link below for the full list of merch.
Art by しらび © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net
Shirabi x Sakura Miku Collection
Released: April 15, 2021
The VOCALOID Collection Online Concert Adds 11 Artists to the Line-Up
14.April.2021 | MUSIC
Dwango has announced 11 more artists for the upcoming The VOCALOID Collection LIVE event which will take place on April 25, 2021 as part of the The VOCALOID Collection ~2021 Spring~ Supported by Tobu Top Tours project.
The VOCALOID Collection LIVE is a gathering of some of the biggest Vocaloid producers in the industry. The newly-announced artists include Capital Rhythm, Kozue Aikawa, Ririri, ATY, Ayasa, Ryota Kikuchi (Anoatari), SHiN, Yamato, and Wakazaemon, as well as WOOMA and Yasutatsu who are known for their hit music videos Usseewa and Readymade respectively.
“The VOCALOID Collection x MECRET” 5 Biggest Tracks of the Top 30 Ranking
MECRE is a platform that lets creators look for and meet creative partners. For this collaboration, the Top 5 songs of the VOCALOID Collection Top 30 Ranking will be released officially from Sony Music Labels and receive royalties.
How to Get Involved
Creative an original song using the VOCLAOID software and post to Nico Nico during the VOCALOID Collection event. Submissions must be set with the tag “ボカコレ2021春TOP30.” Submissions will be accepted from April 24 at midnight to April 25 at 19:00 (JST). More details here.
The VOCALOID Collection LIVE
Date: April 25, 2021
Time: Open 14:00 / Start 15:00 / Finish 19:00
Venue: Makuhari Messe Hall 4
Cute Hatsune Miku Artwork by Esther Kim Releases for MikuWorldCollab
As part of MikuWorldCollab, a project launched to have the internationally-beloved virtual singer collaborated with famous overseas IP’s, popular Korean-American illustrator Esther Kim has teamed up with Crypton Future Media to release a super cute piece of artwork of Miku.
Miku is joined by Esther Bunny, an adorable bunny created by Esther Kim. Kim was born in Los Angeles and spent her teenage years in Tokyo. Her multicultural background has influenced her art which has led to collaborations with popular fashion and cosmetic brands in South Korea, Japan, and elsewhere.
Kim has cute and stylish touches to Miku and Esther Bunny. The illustration will be released on merchandise sometime this year. Another illustration by a designer at Crypton will also be released in the near future.
Hatsune Miku x Esther Kim
Released: Marrch 29, 2021
Hatsune Miku Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfm_miku
Akihabara’s Maid Cafe @home Announces Collaboration With Tanuqn Friends
Akihabara’s famous maid cafe @home has announced a collaboration Tanuqn Friends, a fictional idol unit led by the cute mint green Tanuki known as Tanuqn. The collaboration will run from April 2 to 25 and will welcome customers with an original menu line-up, merchandise, and more.
Cute maid outfit arrangement for the collaboration
Tanuqn Friends maid outfit illustration created for the collab (c)yumeminemu
A cute menu line-up
Omurice | ¥1,450 (Tax Included)
Ramen | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
Chocolate Mint Parfait | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Pudding | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Mint Latte – Mango Passion Latte – Black Sesame Latte | ¥750 Each (Tax Included)
Free name tags with the Tanuqn course menu
Customers will receive a free lunch mat for every dish and dessert ordered.
And every drink ordered will get you an original coaster.
tiny tot toys x @home cafe Plush Toy | ¥7,150 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Key Rings | ¥880 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand Set of 3 | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Pins | ¥440 Each (Tax Included)
Hand Towels | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Pouch | ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
The collaboration is taking place on the 6th floor of the main branch of @home cafe in Akihabara, where customers get to see the maids wearing animal ears based on the three characters of Tanuqn Friends.
@home cafe x Tanuqn Friends
Running: April 2, 2021 – April 25, 2021
Where: @home cafe Honten Floor 6F
Address: 1-11-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-22:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:20)
Closed: April 7, 14, and 21
Official Website: http://www.cafe-athome.com/
Nintendo Releases Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S for the Switch
25.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S was released for the Nintendo Switch on March 18. The game was published by Crypton Future Media, who are known for creating VOCALOID, and comes as their first-ever puzzle game. The game is available for 25% off until March 31.
The main visual for the game was created by illustrator NEGI
The game is the expanded and complete version of Hatsune Miku Logic Paint -MIKULOGI- which was released for smartphones in March 2020. Players use the numbers in the top and left-hand sides of the screen to fill in a grid of square in order to create an image. They can also use the X marks to prevent mistakes. The images include illustrations of Piapro characters including Hatsune Miku and her familiar line-up of friends.
Players can also set their favourite songs to play in the home and puzzle screens and can unlock more songs by collecting Stars.
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S builds on the MIKULOGI version by introducing even more puzzles – over 350, including the addition of new 20 x 20 puzzles alongside the original 5 x 5, 10 x 10, and 15 x 15. Players can now choose favourite Piapro character to solze puzzles together with, including Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, Kaito, and Meiko. There are also Missions for players to complete which will unlock artwork and 18 different songs.
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S
Released: March 18, 2021
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfm_mobile