Virtual Harajuku to Showcase Artiswitch’s First Original Animation by Sunrise Studio & ASOBISYSTEM
Artiswitch is a Harajuku-focused fashion, art, and music project launched by Japanese animation studio Sunrise (Mobile Suit Gundam; Love Live!) and ASOBISYSTEM, who are perhaps best known as the agency that Kyary Pamyu is signed to, as well as working with other artists such as Yasutaka Nakata and promoting Japanese pop culture to the world from Harajuku where they are based. As part of the project’s launch, they will feature a pre-showing of an original animation on Virtual Harajuku on May 27, 2021 at 20:00 (JST).
Virtual Harajuku is the second area to open inside Virtual Shibuya, a service that recreates Tokyo’s area of Shibuya and its entertainment facilities virtually. Artiswitch’s original animation will feature as part of ‘Virtual Harajuku au 5G POP DAY OUT 2021’ which is being held as part of the opening ceremony of Virtual Harajuku which opened on Tuesday (May 25).
The original animation will be Artiswitch’s first released to the world. A special talk show will also take place hosted by Barbie of the Japanese comedy duo Fall in Love. Guests will include Utano Aoi and Yutaro who voice Nina and Akihiro in the animation. MIOCHIN, who has been called the leader of Harajuku’s girl scene and has over 1.6 million followers on TikTok, will also make an appearance. The trio will talk about their favourite parts of the animation, stories from Harajuku, and more. All the guests will appear in Virtual Harajuku as avatars on a special stage located in a virtual version of Jingumae Crossing.
The event can be enjoyed with or without a VR headset for free on smartphones, PC, and Mac. Head inside Virtual Harajuku to enjoy the animation and event yourself.
The animation will also be subsequently released on Artiswitch’s official YouTube channel on May 28, 2021 at 20:00 (JST). Six episodes are planned in total.
Animation Promotional Video
Be sure to check out Artiswitch’s first release coming this week!
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Winter Adventure Now Open at Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Adventure, a permanent attraction at the Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park in Hyogo Prefecture, has been transformed for the cold winter months until February 27, 2022!
During the event, guests will have to dodge the snow-like bubbles with a 99.9% hit rate as they race towards the finish line. Do you think you could handle it?
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Winter Adventure
Running until February 27, 2022
Location: Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
Tickets / Official Site: https://nijigennomori.com
The Prince of Tennis 20th Anniversary Event to Open at Hakata Marui and Shinjuku Marui Annex
The second pop-up store to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Prince of Tennis anime series will open at both Hakata Marui and Shinjuku Marui Annex!
Acrylic Figure (8 varieties): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Pin (Random, Holographic): ¥440 (Tax Included)
SNS-style Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties, random): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Nameplate Keychain (Rudolf & Ginka / Yamabuki): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Star Pin (Rudolf & Ginka / Yamabuki): ¥550 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand (Rudolf & Ginka / Yamabuki): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Fans of the series will be able to find merchandise featuring new illustrations of popular characters at both event spaces and online at the Marui Anime Online store.
© 許斐 剛／集英社・NAS・新テニスの王子様プロジェクト
The Prince of Tennis 20th Anniversary OIOI POP UP SHOP
Running: January 8 – January 16, 2022
Location: Hakata Marui 5F Event Space
Shinjuku Marui Annex
Running: January 28 – February 6, 2022
Location: Shinjuku Marui Annex 1F Event Space
Hours: 11:00-20:30 *Closing at 19:00 on February 6
Marui Anime Online
Order Period: January 8 – February 7 at 5:59
Shipping Begins in Early April 2022
Official Site: http://tenipuri.jp/
‘Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour 2022’ Streaming Event to Tease Franchise’s Future
13.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Bandai Namco has announced an upcoming global streaming event to highlight both current and upcoming Dragon Ball titles. ‘Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour 2022’ will take place between February 18 and February 19 in regions around the world. Plenty of updates and announcements will be made during the stream, so you won’t want to miss it!
The event was first held in February 2021 and brought together Dragon Ball fans from 23 countries around the world. This second annual event will feature even more popular content and will utilize the latest technology to bring even more excitement to fans of the series.
The world’s strongest players will once again be invited to participate in an exciting battle! This year’s Games Battle Hour will feature the Dragon Ball FighterZ, the Dragon Ball Super Card Game, and the smartphone title Dragon Ball Legends. Kids can also enjoy the new Super Dragon Ball Heroes digital card game!
On Dragon Ball FighterZ, the World Championship will be held to determine the world’s best player among the winners of the Regional Finals, a tournament featuring the top-ranked players from Europe, Japan, and North America. In the Dragon Ball Super Card Game, the winner of the 2021 World Championship will face off against the newest top player. Dragon Ball Legends will also announce a new project.
A Super Dragon Ball Heroes event will pit six players from Japan against each other, separated into two teams for 3v3 battles. Those who aren’t interested in participating in fighting games can also enjoy a trivia competition!
The “DBXV2 Super Fashion Show” will see the top 16 fashion leaders in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 showcasing their most creative work. The ‘Dragon Ball Art Challenge’ will also invite viewers to create their favorite characters using unique mediums like balloons and Rubik’s cubes.
The recently revealed multiplayer game, Dragon Ball: The Breakers, will also be part of the event with the game’s producer giving an in-depth look and gameplay demonstrations for this upcoming game. ‘Dokkan DATA 2022’ will look back at the seven years since the launch of Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle and will share some data about how players have been playing the game and its exciting history.
Viewers can also take place in a workshop to learn how to best photograph their ‘Dragon Stars Series’ and ‘S.H.Figuarts’ action figures. A master of Chinese cooking will also take the stage to recreate dishes from Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot in the special program ‘Kakarot Cooking.’
A master sculptor and his protegee will create figures of Goku and Vegeta live during the event as well! Will you be tuning in?
©BIRD STUDIO/SHUEISHA, TOEI ANIMATION
©バードスタジオ／集英社・東映アニメーション ©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
DRAGON BALL Games Battle Hour 2022
Date and Time:
JST: February 19, 9:00-14:00 / February 20, 2:00-10:00
PST: February 18, 16:00-21:00 / February 19, 9:00-17:00
EST: February 18, 19:00-0:00 / February 19, 12:00-20:00
CET: February 19, 1:00-6:00 / February 19, 18:00-2:00
※Please note that the end time of the event is subject to change.
Japanese Site: https://dbgbh.bn-ent.net
English Site: https://dbgbh.bn-ent.net/en
*The event will be streamed worldwide (excluding some countries and regions)
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.
Tokyo Revengers Special Event at Tachikawa Stage Garden
Date: December 18, 2021
Day Show: Opens at 13:00, Show Starts at 14:00
Evening Show: Opens at 17:00, Show Starts at 18:00
VTuber Group NIJISANJI to Celebrate Four Years with 2-Day FANTASIA Event
The massive VTuber collective NIJISANJI will be holding a special 2-day event to celebrate four successful years! The NIJISANJI FANTASIA Event will be held at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama on January 22 and January 23, 2022. Female streamers will perform on Day 1, and male streamers will take the stage on Day 2. Presale tickets are now available by lottery for certain Fanclub members.
As of October 2021, there are 107 Japanese NIJISANJI members, and a total of 156 members including the company’s English, Indonesian, Korean and Chinese members. The group has over 30 million subscribers on YouTube across all members. The group has held a live event each year to celebrate these massive milestones. This year’s event will be held in full-scale 3D collaborative costumes for the first time, and sixteen talents will be taking the stage total.
Who is your favorite member of NIJISANJI?
NIJISANJI 4th Anniversary LIVE ‘FANTASIA’
DAY 1: Mito Tsukino, Kaede Higuchi, Saku Sasaki, Yukia Shiina, Uiha Aiba, Rena Yorumi, Inui Toko, Tomoe Shirayuki
DAY 2: Touya Kenmochi, Kanae, Hayato Kagami, Kakeru Yumeoi, Akina Saegusa, Kou Uzuki, Shellin Burgundy, Kizuki Yashiro
DAY 1: January 22, 2022 / Doors Open at 16:00, Show Starts at 17:00
DAY 2: January 23, 2022 / Doors Open at 16:00, Show Starts at 17:00
Location: Pia Arena MM (https://pia-arena-mm.jp/)
Official Site: https://event.nijisanji.app/4thanniv_fantasia
Individual Member Fan Club Presale Tickets (Lottery)
NIJISANJI Fan Club (Kaede Higuchi, Saku Sasaki, Yukia Shiina, Kakeru Yumeoi) Presale Lottery Registration
Open: October 31, 2021 20:00 – November 7, 2021 23:59
Fan Club Site: https://fanclub.nijisanji.jp/
NIJISANJI Fan Club Presale Tickets (Lottery)
Presale Lottery Registration
Open: October 31, 2021 20:00 – November 14, 2021 23:59
‘Reflexion’ Serial Presale Tickets (Lottery)
Open: November 24, 2021 12:00 – December 5, 2021 23:59
*Must purchase NIJISANJI Cover Song Album ‘Reflexion’
Boat Race Tokoname in Aichi Prefecture to Screen Popular Films at Drive-in Theater
The Boat Race track at BOATRACE Tokonome will be home to a 3-day Drive-in Theater event on November 19, 20, and 21. The vast west parking lot will welcome guests to enjoy three films from the safety and privacy of their vehicles. In past years, the Hamanako, Tokuyama, Naruto, and Mikuni locations have participated. Now, it’s Tokoname’s turn!
La La Land (with subtitles) – November 19, 2021
© 2017 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (dubbed) – November 20, 2021
© 2019 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
A Whisker Away – November 21, 2021
This lineup of films can be enjoyed by families, lovers, and friends. The final film, A Whisker Away, is a coming-of-age fantasy set in the city of Tokoname. Visitors can enjoy these films on one of the largest air screens in Japan, at 722 inches. Don’t miss some additional boat race content that even beginners can enjoy!
BOATRACE de DRIVE-IN THEATER in BOATRACE Tokoname
Dates: November 19, 20, 21 – Doors open at 18:00, film starts at 19:00
Address: BOATRACE Tokoname West Parking Lot (4-111 Shinkaicho, Tokoname-shi, Aichi)
Official Site: https://boatrace-driveintheater.com
Sanrio Puroland Announces Snow Globe-Themed Christmas Event
25.October.2021 | SPOT
This holiday season, Sanrio Puroland will hold its Puro Christmas celebration from November 5 until December 26, 2021. The snow globe-themed event is sure to bring some cheer to the Tokyo area!
Snow Globe Lights
Puro Christmas Special Greeting
Kitty & Daniel’s Party-Party Christmas
Puro Christmas Limited-Time Merchandise
‘The Puro Christmas’ Musical Show
Guests will be treated to an entire world of Sanrio characters within a glittering snow globe, and each of them will be wearing limited-edition Christmas costumes. Seasonal photo spots and opportunities to spend time with characters will line the space, along with Christmas trees and other holiday decorations!
The special Christmas food menu features a Santa Claus theme and dishes are dotted with red and green. Exclusive snow globe-themed merchandise available for purchase includes keychains, pins, and sweets that are perfect to give as a gift this holiday season. In addition, a special four-day event ‘Kitty & Daniel’s Party-Party Christmas’ will invite guests to enjoy a full buffet while watching a live performance and partaking in a photo session after the meal!
First performed in 2018, ‘The Puro Christmas’ musical show is making a comeback this year after becoming a big hit with fans.
© 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN 著作 株式会社サンリオ
Running: November 5 – December 26, 2021
Exclusive Goods: https://www.puroland.jp/onlineshop/products/list?tag_id=74
MUSER FEST.2021 -MUSIC AID- Event Holds Spin-Off Event for One Night Only
Last month’s MUSER FEST.2021 -MUSIC AID- event isn’t quite over! A spin-off event, ZIP-FM presents LIVE LIVE! Super Collaboration with MUSER FEST.2021, will be broadcast online on October 22 at 21:00. Since August, collaborative live performances have been planned with different guest artists each month on ZIP-FM’s LIVE LIVE! With MUSER FEST.2021 program hosted by CHAI. This event is the culmination of these plans and the lineup is sure to get fans pumped.
Performing artists include YUNA from CHAI, Suzuka and Mizyu from Atarashii Gakko!, Tabu Zombie from SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS, and Shingo Suzuki from Ovall. Ryo Kishimoto from fox capture plan will also join the live performance as a supporting artist. An archived stream will be available for two weeks after the live show, and tickets are on sale now on the official MUSER website.
ZIP-FM presents LIVE LIVE! Super Collaboration with MUSER FEST.2021
Broadcast Date: October 22, 2021 from 21:00-22:00
Price: 2,000YELL – ¥2,200 (Tax Included) *Includes access to archive
Buy Tickets: https://muser.link/__b/events/573
Archive Available from October 23 – November 5 at 23:59
Archive Ticket Sales Period: October 23 – November 5 at 23:59
Official Site: https://muser.link/
Seaside Park Nagoya in Kinjofuto Event Offering Exciting Activities This Fall
05.October.2021 | SPOT
Seaside Park Nagoya in Kinjofuto is coming to Makers Pier in Nagoya City on October 16 and 17, as well as October 30 and 31. The event will feature 30 different activities for both parents and children to enjoy, along with workshops where kids can learn new things, such as cardboard crafts and lunch totes.
For those more adventurous types, bouldering and slacklining will invite guests to stretch and refresh their bodies while enjoying the sea air. Even beginners can safely enjoy some of these more strenuous activities, as instructors will be on site. Plenty of unique experiences will keep little ones busy discovering and exploring.
When the sun goes down, the Night Cinema will begin, and guests can enjoy a movie beneath the stars. How would you like to come and relax by the seaside?
Seaside Park Nagoya in Kinjofuto
October 16, 17 from 10:00-20:00
October 30, 31 from 10:00-20:00
*After 5:00, all activities except movie screenings will be closed.
Address: Inside Maker’s Pier
Official Site: https://seasidepark.info/
First Season of SUNRISE x ASOBISYSTEM Anime Series Artiswitch Comes to an End
16.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Artiswitch, a collaborative anime series made by SUNRISE (Mobile Suit Gundam, Love Live!) and ASOBISYSTEM, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s agency, premiered on YouTube on May 28, 2021. The show, based in Harajuku, has featured a wide range of content pulling from fashion, art, and music trends. A number of now-popular artists and creators were also responsible for contributing to each episode.
Artiswitch Episode 6 Preview
Aiming to highlight the many counter-cultures to come out of Harajuku, such as Urahara and KAWAII fashion, Artiswitch has employed many active creators and artists responsible for making the art, music, and fashion scene so powerful in the area today. The series shows the balance between desire and loneliness present in Gen Z youth, who are excellent at using technology but often confuse what is real and what is fantasy.
The series has been available to watch on the official Artiswitch YouTube channel since release, and the final episode of the first season is now available, releasing on September 10, 2021. Because of the contributions of so many talented creators, the short series has been praised both in Japan and abroad.
Artiswitch is set in Ura-Ura Harajuku, where a certain witch named Nina runs a shop, fulfilling her guests’ every wish and desire by forcing them to look deep inside their hearts at their true feelings. Customers are sometimes excited, but sometimes hurt, and must make their own choices to try to make their dreams come true.
The insert songs for each episode are sung by a different artist each week, with the songs linking to the story and art of each installment specifically.
Episode 1 Insert Song: G4L – Giga
Episode 2 Insert Song: color – Hakubi
Episode 3 Insert Song: Watashi o Mite – Hakushi Hasegawa
Episode 4 Insert Song: GHOST FOOD (feat. TORIENA) – MoeShop
Episode 5 Insert Song: E de – Yukichi Kasaku/men
Episode 6 Insert Song: Tobu, Saihate (feat. Kana Adachi – yonkey
*Music now available to stream worldwide.
Be sure to look forward to more Artiswitch content, including a second season!
Artiswitch Episodes 1-6
Where to Watch: Official YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/Artiswitch)
Official TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@artiswitch
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artiswitch/?hl=ja
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Artiswitch_jp
Official Site: http://artiswitch.com
Naruto and Boruto Summer Event Begins at Nijigen no Mori
Nijigen no Mori, an amusement park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo, began a summer event at its Naruto and Boruto-themed zone on July 22 which is set to run until September 30.
The event includes a huge water gun event where 25 litres of water will be sprayed to cool down guests during the hot summer event. With themed character panels displayed around the park, join Naruto and the gang, including Zabuza and Haku, for some summer fun. All guests receive a free original sticker too.
© 岸本斉史 スコット／集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ
Running: July 22, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Location: Nijigen no Mori
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Price: Free (But park entry payment required)
Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/naruto_shinobizato/
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party x Fuji-Q Highland Summer Event Announced
Fuji-Q Highland is set to host a summer event in collaboration with the mobile rhythm game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party from August 7 to September 12.
This marks the amusement park’s 4th collaboration with the game which will see newly-illustrated artwork of the characters decorating the attractions, a special talk show hosted by the voice actresses, limited-time announcements on the attractions recorded by the voice actresses, a themed food menu, original merch, and more.
A digital stamp rally will also take place which will have guests locating life-sized panels of seven characters which they need to scan with their smartphone. This will give them a special voiced story. Those who obtain all the digital stamps by scanning all the panels will receive a free novelty as well as an original voiced guide for boarding the amusement park train. The train too will be decorated in BanG Dream! artwork.
©BanG Dream! Project ©Craft Egg Inc. ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved.
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party x Fuji-Q Highland
Running: August 7, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Event Details: https://www.fujiq.jp/special/2021_bangdream/index.html
Fuji-Q Highland Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/