Macaroni Enpitsu’s New Song ‘Tomason’ Features in Bourbon Chocolate Brownie’s Animated Commercial
Bourbon’s five-episode audiobook no doubt created for its Noukou Choco Brownie snack was released as an animated TV commercial last week. The video features Japanese pop rock band Macaroni Enpitsu’s new song Tomason which was written for the commercial.
The audiobook no doubt becomes a TV commercial
The no doubt audiobook was written by the popular Japanese author Yoru Sumino who is perhaps best known for writing I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. It tells the story of two boys who are in high school. They aren’t part of an afterschool club, and they don’t have part time jobs. They come to realise that this time will be what they look back on when they grow up. The characters were designed by Itsuka, an illustrator popular online.
The commercial features the song Tomason by Macaroni Enpitsu.
“no doubt” Animated TV Commercial
“no doubt” Recording Behind The Scenes
Japanese voice actors Hiro Shimono (Attack on Titan; Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) and Yuki Kaji (Attack on Titan; My Hero Academia) voiced the characters in the commercial. Below is an interview with both of them on the commercial, part of which we have translated.
Hiro Shimono x Yuki Kaji Interview
A snippet of the interview, translated
Q1: How did your performances go? Tell me about your shoot.
Hiro Shimono: “The commercial portrays two boys who are neither adults nor children, so going through puberty I suppose. Their dialogue is elaborate, it was super interesting.”
Yuki Kaji: “Right up to wrapping up, the entire shoot was a lot of fun, including the intervals during our breaks.”
Q2: You both play the roles of high school boys. Tell me about a time from your youths.
Yuki Kaji: “One memory I have from school being young, which is like something out of a painting, was my time a the theatre club. You need real physical strength when it comes to acting, so before dress rehearsal, I’d run around the school building. That’s a memory that’s stuck with me. I’d change into my jersey, and go die– I mean, run to the nearby river embankment too. Being reminded of that now it’s too much like a youth film or something, it’s making me laugh <laughs>. “
Hiro Shimono: “I have a story from my youth too. It was on the day of the Culture Festival [at school]. After the festival finished, I was on my way home with some people, and there was a park with a water fountain in it. I said, ‘Well, it’s already raining, so why the hell not!’ Of course it wasn’t the thing to do, but we jumped into the water fountain and splashed about. That’s what being young is all about, right!?”
Q3: What’s your favourite Noukou Choco Brownie flavour, the regular or the rich milk?
Hiro Shimono: “Noukou Choco Brownie.”*
*Translator’s Note: Implying all of them
Yuki Kaji: “Me too! <laughs>”
Q4: Please give a message to fans.
Yuki Kaji: “I was lucky to have the opportunity to performance Yoru Sumino’s novel no doubt. I’m over the moon about it. The script was of course wonderful, and me and Shimono have known each other for a long time, so I think that comes across in the video with a pleasant atmosphere. The commercial is a youthful drama about two high school boys, and it’s linked to the bittersweetness of Noukou Choco Brownie. Be sure to tuck into one yourself while you listen to the story.”
Hiro Shimono: “[The commercial’s characters] Igarashi and Imai have a great conversation, and getting to do it with Kaji was a lot of fun. It made me think we’ve always had that kind of vibe with each other. Noukou Choco Brownie is the keyword, so please be sure to check out the audiobook to see how it plays its part.”
no doubt Synopsis
One day, high schooler Imai skips school by feigning illness. He is at home in his room, when all of a sudden another boy from his class, Igarashi, comes to visit him. He has the handouts to give to Imai from class, but the high school they go to doesn’t have that custom where a classmate has to give handouts to someone who’s off ill. And the two of them aren’t that class where Igarashi would suddenly pop to see Imai like that. Imai finds it suspicious. Igarashi is interested in the clay work Imai has in his room. Both of them have some free time, so begin to make a town together out of clay.
Noukou Choco Brownie TV Commercial
Initial Broadcast: April 13, 2021 (Japan)
Bourbon Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8UW0OHgo_FtkF4orKd2S4Q
Bourbon Official Website: https://www.bourbon.co.jp/chocobrownie/
These Shaman King Chocolates Are Filled With Adzuki Bean Paste and Marshmallows
TIROL-CHOCO is collaborating with the Shaman King anime series this spring with a special bag of chocolates releasing in Japan on May 17.
Shaman King (Fukuro) | ¥130
The Shaman King manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei has over 38 million copies in circulation. This marks TIROL-CHOCO’s second collaboration with its anime adaptation.
Inside each bag are individually wrapped chocolates each with a different character on the packets. There are eight designs in total, but one bag contains just seven. The chocolates are stuffed with adzuki bean paste, adzuki bean chocolate, and marshmallows.
©武井宏之・講談社／SHAMAN KING Project.・テレビ東京
Shaman King (Fukuro)
Japanese Product Name: シャーマンキング〈袋〉
Release Date: May 17, 2021
TIROL-CHOCO Official Website: http://www.tirol-choco.com/
Hey! Say! JUMP Feature in New smash. Commercial
The vertical theatre app smash., which lets users shoot professional quality short videos, released a new commercial in Japan on May 8 which features the eight-member boy band Hey! Say! JUMP and their new single Negative Filter which dropped on May 12.
The commercial features all eight members performing using the app. Each of them shot their own solo videos which were string together for the video.
smash. New Commercial “Suki na Hito o, Suki na Dake.”
Released: May 8, 2021 (Japan)
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Official Website: https://smash-media.jp/
Crayon Shin-Chan Teaches Bicycle Safety in Animated Video
Japanese bicycle shop Asahi has teamed up with the anime series Crayon Shin-chan as part of its spring promotion campaign to spread awareness of the importance of riding your bike safely. Check out the collaborative video below.
The video was released to highlight the rules and manners of bike riding as with the sunny spring season comes more riders. It stars Shin-chan and his parents and is sure to have fans of Yoshito Usui’s series reminiscing on the manga and anime while taking into account the importance of protecting yourself and those around you. Playing in the background of the video is Hashirigaki by Japanese rock band Macaroni Enpitsu. The song, which sings of youthful days, was used as the main theme for the new anime film Crayon Shin-chan: Shrouded in Mystery! The Flowers of Tenkazu Academy.
As part of Asahi’s spring campaign, their official website also has information on things to consider when choosing a bike, how to praticing riding with training wheels, and more, all presented by the Kasukabe Defence Force from Crayon Shin-chan. The website is also giving 10 lucky people a chance to win a Nintendo Switch Lite by completing and posting the colouring-in sheet you get when buying a children’s bike on their website to Instagram.
Crayon Shin-chan x Asahi
Campaign Period: April 19, 2021 – May 31, 2021
KitKat Japan Releases New Mini Maple Chocolate Bars For Earth Day
21.April.2021 | FOOD
In accordance with Earth Day, which is set for April 22, Nestlé released its limited-time KitKat Mini Maple on Monday to raise awareness of environmental issues and the future of the planet.
KitKat Mini Maple (3 Included)
KitKat Mini Maple (12 Included)
9 packaging designs with different messages related to the environment
‘KitKat Always For Earth Day’ online talk event to take place on April 30
In September 2019, Nestlé began packaging five of its major large-sized KitKat bags in paper bags rather than plastic, and since autumn 2020, most of their large sized bags are now made from paper. This has helped reduce 450 tonnes of plastic per year.
Now, Nestlé is releasing a new collection of packages for Earth Day featuring original designs by up-an-coming young artist SUGI. Each features messages from members of MIMO, a group managed by Japanese model Mila Aina, stating messages about helping to protect the environment and the future of planet earth.
KitKat Mini Maple
Release Date: April 19, 2021 (Limited Edition)
KitKat Japan Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/
NiziU Feature in Commercial for KOSÉ’s Makeup Fix Product Make Keep Mist EX
KOSÉ rolled out their new commercial in Japan on April 15 for their makeup fix mist product Make Keep Mist EX. The commercial features Japanese music group NiziU along with their new song I AM.
I AM was written specifically for this commercial, which has the NiziU members performing the “mist dance” showing how to use the product. The commercial emphasises how well the Make Keep Mist EX keeps makeup applied to one’s face without worrying about it coming off.
The NiziU members released this comment with regards to the product and commercial: “Applying makeup can be a real pain when wearing a face mask, so we use this all [product]! We’d love for you to do this dance while you apply your Make Keep Mist!”
If you’re wondering how the shoot went for this commercial, check out the official story released below.
The Commercial Shoot
The NiziU members entered the studio dressed in full-pink spring suits. They rolled up to the studio’s blue set where they looked super cute and readied themselves for the shoot.
The take-away from this commercial is the new Mist Dance which has the nine members lined up beautifully together as they spray the mist on their face simultaneously to the tune of the music. It’s reported that it took them a while to get it down perfect at first, but after some practice and looking at the monitor, they were able to create something iconic.
“Do it like RIO!” instructed the shoot’s director, which prompted RIO to show the other members how it’s done.
During their break, the other members complimented MAKO’s blonde hair and MAKO’s blue tips, and MIIHI stroked RIKU’s dango hair while saying “Looky here, ice cream! Looks delicious.”
In one part of the dance, the members have to go all out and use their whole bodies. They switch up their formations several times and not once did they bump into each other. The members gave tips to each other too, like MAYUKA suggesting a better position during one formation, and RIMA asking which angle looks more beautiful for a certain move in relation to the camera. The result was an incredible display that was shot in one take, resulting in a round of applause from the studio staff.
Check out the commercial below.
Make Keep Mist EX
The new EX version of Make Keep Mist has stronger holding power to keep makeup smudge-free and looking fresh and beautiful all day. The product is available in a normal size and smaller ‘trial’ size. A new cool type, Make Keep Mist EX Cool, was released on April 16.
Make Keep Mist EX ¥1,320 / Make Keep Mist EX Trial Size ¥880 / Make Keep Mist EX Cool ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
KOSÉ x NiziU Make Keep Mist EX Commercial
Initial Broadcast: April 15, 2021
Product Available: KOSÉ / Maison KOSÉ / Drugstores, online, and elsewhere in Japan
Official Website (English): https://www.kose.co.jp/makekeepmist/eng/
Jujutsu Kaisen Collaborates With Bakauke Rice Crackers
Japanese snack company Befco, which is known for a range of different products like Bakauke, Hoshi Tabeyo, Seto Shio, and more, is collaborating with the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen on its Bakauke rice cracker snacks. The items went on pre-sale at select convenience stores on April 12 and will roll out elsewhere on April 19.
Jujutsu Kaisen x Bakauke Soy Sauce Flavour | ¥120 (Before Tax)
Following the success of the first collaboration in February, Befco is coming together with Jujutsu Kaisen again with all-new packaging for the soy sauce flavour of its bite-sized Bakauke senbei rice crackers.
Each bag also comes with one of the five stickers pictured above.
Jujutsu Kaisen x Bakauke
Pre-Sale: April 12, 2021 / General Sale: April 19, 2021
Befco Official Website: https://www.befco.jp/
Hio Miyazawa and Suzu Yamanouchi Feature in Special Rainwear Commercial
09.April.2021 | FASHION
Japanese rainwear brand Wpc. released a special new commercial featuring actors Hio Miyazawa and Suzu Yamanouchi. The collaborative video is entitled “What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed.”
The Rainwear Items
Basic Jump Umbrella – Off Paint
Big Silhouette Rain Poncho – Unisex Caramel
Floral Pink Gradation
Colour Mesh Coat – Beige
The message of the commercial is one of positivity: that though somethings might change, others do not. It refers to the state of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, that despite being unable to see our loved ones, and that we’re unable to lead the lives we once did, our feelings towards those special to us, and those around us, is eternal.
What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed
Lookbook: Free distribution at Wpc. Shinsaibashi PARCO and Wpc. pop-up shops
Official Website: https://bit.ly/3uw2BFn
Crayon Shin-Chan Collaborates With Pop-Rock Band Macaroni Enpitsu
Crayon Shin-Chan is collaborating with the Japanese pop-rock band Macaroni Enpitsu who are appearing in both the manga and anime adaptations.
It was recently announced that Macaroni Enpitsu is performing the main theme for the anime film Crayon Shin-chan: Shrouded in Mystery! The Flowers of Tenkazu Academy which will be released on April 23, 2021. The band are now set appear in the Crayon Shin-Chan manga in the May issue of Manga Town. The magazine will be released in Japan on April 5.
Macaroni Enpitus will also feature in the anime adaptation of Crayon Shin-Chan on April 24, with all members lending their real voices to their respective characters.
Macaroni Enpitsu | Comment
“Can we really be trusted with such a series as this!? This might be the happiest we’ve ever been. Enpitsu really are collaborating with Shin-chan, right!? It made us thankful for being Macaroni Enpitsu! This collaboration happened because of the band name, right!? <laughs> Thank you so much! We’ve yet to get to recording our parts, but we heard we’re all getting our own scripts, so we bought a humidifier! <laughs> We researched today’s Shin-chan anime series and looked up what kind of characters are appearing. We’re fired up.”
*Comment translated from Japanese by MMN. Translator’s Note: Enpitsu is Japanese for ‘pencil.’
Official Website: http://macaroniempitsu.com/
Matcha and Latte Cookies and Drinks Released by Yojiya
01.April.2021 | FOOD
Kyoto makeup brand Yojiya is now selling its own collection of snacks and drinks which it released via its website last week.
Yojiya Matcha Sandwich Cookies | ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
Yojiya Cafe Latte Chocolate Cookies | ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Yojiya Matcha Milk | ¥950 (Tax Included)
Yojiya’s snack line-up is made with the idea of being able to enjoy high-quality food products at home. Their collection includes crunchy matcha and cafe latte cookies along with matcha milk, the latter of which is made with famous Uji matcha from Uji, Kyoto. Perfect for a tea/coffee break or as a souvenir.
Released: March 25, 2021
Online Shop: https://www.yojiyacosme.com/
Masaki Suda Appears in New Mister Donut Japan Commercial
31.March.2021 | FOOD
Japanese actor and singer Masaki Suda appeared in a new commercial for Mister Donut which hit Japan last week. The name of the commercial translates to “there’s always something good inside the box.”
On January 27, 2020, Mister Donut celebrated its 50th anniversary. The doughnut chain boasts around 960 stores in Japan. In their latest commercial, they promote the joy of opening a box of their doughnuts when ordering takeout.
Mister Donuts Commercial
Initial Broadcast: March 25, 2021 (Japan)
NiziU Feature in Promotional Commercial for KOSÉ’s Make Keep Mist EX
30.March.2021 | FASHION
KOSÉ are set to roll out a new commercial in Japan on April 15 for their makeup fix mist product Make Keep Mist EX. The commercial will feature NiziU along with their new song I AM.
The commercial tie-up comes after the huge positive reception NiziU got after their appearance in another KOSÉ commercial that aired in January. The video featured their song Joyful as well as the popular ‘eyelash dance.’
Stay tuned for the release of the commercial.
KOSÉ x NiziU Make Keep Mist EX
Initial Broadcast: April 15, 2021
Official Website: https://www.kose.co.jp/makekeepmist/
Kanjani Eight Appear in Morinaga Ice Cream’s New Commercial
Japanese confectionery company Morinaga released two new commercials on Saturday (March 20) for their popular Monaka Jumbo ice cream. The commercials feature Japanese boy band Kanjani Eight.
The first commercial, entitled Choco Mimi, sees the band members dressed in cute rabbit ears to promote the chocolate and vanilla flavours of Monaka Jumbo. It also features the band’s new song Sweet&Bitter which even features the lyric “vanilla.” The second commercial, entitled Ice Case, has the band members spoilt for choice on which flavour to go for, but ends up with them saying, “Why not both?”
Vanilla Monaka Jumbo “Choco Mimi”
Choco Monaka Jumbo & Vanilla Monaka Jumbo “Ice Case”
Choco Monaka Jumbo & Vanilla Monaka Jumbo TV Commercial
Initial Broadcast: March 20, 2021
Official Website: https://www.morinaga.co.jp/ice/jumbo/