Netflix’s Rilakkuma and Kaoru Promotes Official Fan Club With Community Stream Event

18.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

San-X is bringing fans of the popular Netflix animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru with the launching of a community event to get everyone watching the series again together at the same time. Titled “Rilakkuma and Kaoru Watching Party,” the event will take place on March 19. Although it’s taking place in Japan, this is a fun chance for fan around the world to get involved too.

 

Rilakkuma and Kaoru has been well-received around the world. Netflix announced it as the second-most watched series in Japan in 2019. Now, fans can come together once again as the event, which is taking place in promotion of the opening of the series’ official fan club, has them re-watching the first episode together.

 

There are two ways to get involved: via the Rilakkuma Community official fan club and on Twitter.

 

Getting Involved With the Rilakkuma Community Official Fan Club

The room for this event will open on Rilakkuma Community on March 18. There, fans can get ready to tune in to watch the episode together on March 19 at 19:00 (JST). There is a fee to pay if you want to join the fan club, and the website is in Japanese, so you’ll need to be able to read the language if you want to use this method.

 

Fan club members will also receive an exclusive Rilakkuma and Kaoru wallpaper.

 

Getting involved on Twitter

You can follow the event with the official Japanese hashtag #リラックマとカオルさんを一緒に見ようの会 where people are encouraged to share their thoughts and support for the setries.

 

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    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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