Popular BE@BRICK x Transformers Toys Get BAPE® Makeover
13.August.2021 | FASHION
Top Japanese streetwear brand A BATHING APE® is teaming up with world-famous toy manufacturer Medicom Toy and Takura Tomy to release a special-edition Transformer toy! The 200% larger (approximately 145mm tall) model will be available at authorized A BATHING APE® shops and online starting August 14, 2021. It will also be available at Medicom Toy stores and the official Medicom online store.
This uniquely-designed BE@RBRICK can quickly transform into Optimus Prime, the leader of the autobots in the Transformers franchise. If the bright green color looks familiar, it’s a reprint of the TRANSFORMERS MP CONVOY BAPE® VERSION released in the past. Fans are sure to love the brand’s iconic original camouflage decorating the robot’s arms along with the APE HEAD decal!
Whether you want to play with it or display it in your home, this special BE@RBRICK release is perfect for children and adults alike!
BE@RBRICK TM & (C) 2001-2021 MEDICOM TOY CORPORATION. All rights reserved.
Street Fighter 6 and Onitsuka Tiger Announce Collaboration
Street Fighter 6, the next installment of the classic Capcom fighting series, is teaming up with Japanese shoe company Onitsuka Tiger.
This marks the second collaboration between Capcom and Onitsuka Tiger, following the release of the Street Fighter V Arcade Edition collab shoes in 2019. The two are committed to impacting culture and feel strong ties to their Japanese roots, honoring the classic ways while being inspired by modern style.
New visuals of Chun-Li and Kimberly, a new character scheduled to appear in Street Fighter 6, have been created for the collaboration. In this tag team featuring an old and new character, Chun-Li wears Onitsuka Tiger’s iconic MEXICO 66 model shoes, while Kimberly wears the DELECITY model, combining the essence of classic kicks with the spirit of the here and now. A special T-shirt has also been created featuring these new visuals, so check out the Capcom online store eCAPCOM or visit the Capcom stores in Tokyo or Osaka to snag one.
In addition, Onitsuka Tiger plans to sell collaborative items in the first half of 2023, featuring original visuals of Chun-Li and Kimberly drawn by Thai cartoonist Wisut Ponnimit. Ponnimit is known as the creator of Mamuang, a popular character around the world.
Expect to see more exciting collaborations between Capcom and Onitsuka Tiger in the future!
BE@RBRICK, BABY MILO, and Furniture Maker Karimoku Collaborate on New Figure
04.August.2022 | FASHION
BAPE’s iconic BABY MILO, Medicom Toy’s BE@RBRICK figure, and upscale furniture shop Karimoku are coming together for a unique collaboration. On August 6, a 400% size wood figure will be available at the BAPE.com Web Store, the Toy Medicom online store, and select retailers.
Karimoku x BABY MILO® x BE@RBRICK 400% (Height: 280mm）
Overlapping wood tones make this a must-have for BE@RBRICK collectors.
BE@RBRICK x Karimoku x BABY MILO® HORIZON
Release Date: August 6, 2022
Where to Buy: BAPE.com Web Store, project1/6, Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Store, 2G, Medicom Toy Online Store
ONE PIECE FILM RED Inspires Collaboration Event with Raku Spa
From August 18 until September 19, 20 Gokurakuyu and Raku Spa locations will hold a special collaboration to celebrate the release of ONE PIECE FILM RED.
During the event, a new bath will be available each weekend. Guests can enjoy fragrant baths inspired by Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Shanks, and Uta. Check the website to see which baths will be available at which locations!
Those visiting can find some new merchandise featuring exclusive illustrations made for the campaign and a tasty menu inspired by One Piece characters, so don’t miss it!
ONE PIECE FILM RED x Gokurakuyu Raku Spa ~Mugiwara Bathhouse~
Running: August 18 – September 19, 2022
Venue: 20 participating Gokurakuyu/Raku Spa locations
Raku Spa: https://www.rakuspa.com/
Collaboration Details: https://rakuspa.com/onepiece-film-red/
Q-pot Announces 8th Sailor Moon Collaboration Collection
Q-pot, an accessory brand whose products are made to look like tasty desserts, will be collaborating with Sailor Moon for the eighth time! To celebrate Sailor Moon’s 30th anniversary, new items will be available at select Q-pot locations and the Q-pot Online Shop starting August 5, 2022.
Sailor Moon is part of our history. These meltingly sweet accessories will bring back plenty of beautiful childhood memories.
Cosmic Heart Ganache Cupcake: ¥13,860 / Bag Charm: ¥12,760 (Tax Included)
This seemingly melt-in-your-mouth sweet and sour strawberry chocolate is topped with a clear and juicy jelly. The Cosmic Heart Ganache Cupcake represents the classic Cosmic Heart Compact and is perfect for any fan.
Prism Heart Macaron Necklace: ¥17,600 / Bag Charm: ¥16,500
The long-awaited Prism Heart Macaron is here! Sailor Chibi Moon’s transformation item, the Prism Heart Compact, has been reborn as a tasty macaron, perfect to pair with any outfit!
Makeup Whipped Cream Charm Necklace: ¥30,800 / Ring, Earrings, Charm: ¥6,050 each (5 varieties / 1 piece)
Sailor Moon’s transformation items from past generations have been reimagined alongside some tasty whipped cream! This nostalgic set will bring back tons of happy childhood memories. Each of the five whipped cream charms is removable, and these items can also be purchased as charms, rings, or earrings.
Sailor Moon Melty Memories Toy Box Necklace: ¥27,500 / Earrings: ¥12,100 (3 varieties)
The Sailor Moon Melty Memories Toy Box looks like a toy box turned upside down, and is filled with the Transformation Brooch, Moon Stick, Crystal Star Compact, Cosmic Heart Compact, and Spiral Heart Moon Rod.
Each of these pieces are perfect for longtime Sailor Moon fans, or as gifts for someone special in your life. The necklace also features a star and heart-shaped design with asymmetrical left and right chains.
To celebrate this eighth collaboration, customers will also be able to snag some special bonuses. Those spending ¥44,000 or more (including tax) will receive a light-up accessory stand. To celebrate Sailor Moon’s 30th anniversary, fans will receive their purchases in a special box decorated to look like a cake.
Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sailor Moon with some gorgeous accessories and sweets!
Q-pot. x Sailor Moon 8th Accessory Collection
Order Period: August 5 – August 21, 2022
Where to Buy: Q-pot. Omotesando / Q-pot. Takashimaya Shinjuku / Q-pot. Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi / Q-pot. Ikspiari / Q-pot. LUCUA (Osaka) / Q-pot. Online Shop (12:00PM~)
Items will be available from early December.
Q-pot. Online Shop: https://shop.q-pot.jp/
*Only accessories and bonuses are available to order.
These items will not be available at other Q-pot stores or Q-pot CAFÉ locations.
*The Q-pot. International Online Shop will not offer these products.
*The Q-pot. Online Shop does not ship outside of Japan. We apologize for the inconvenience.
*Q-pot Café products, including Sailor Moon collaboration sweets and goods, will not be eligible for a bonus gift.
Matsuzaki Shoten to Hold First Collaboration Between Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei and Cat’s ISSUE
Matsuzaki Shoten will hold a special collaboration event between Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei and Cat’s ISSUE starting on August 6, 2022. The Cat’s Festival 2022 will be an incredible event for cat lovers, and guests will be able to grab some special hand towels and bowls produced exclusively for the festival. In addition, there will be an exhibition of works by Ayako Ishiguro, a picture book artist associated with Cat’s ISSUE.
Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei x Cat’s ISSUE
This Japanese-style hand towel features illustrations of unique cats based on the concept color of Matsuzaki Shoten, the main Matsuzaki Senbei shop in Ginza.
Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei x Cat’s ISSUE
Matsuzaki Senbei’s flagship product has been decorated with cat illustrations, each painted by hand. During the event, customers can choose four of their favorite pieces from a total of nine different patterns and pack them in a box wrapped with beautiful paper with a special design. Guests can also purchase these goods separately.
Collaboration with Ayako Ishiguro, a Picture Book Artist Specializing in Monster Art
This comical cat scroll created by Ayako Ishiguro will be on display during the exhibition. Hand towels made in collaboration with Ishiguro will also be on sale. These have previously been sold to huge fanfare.
If you love cats and classic Japanese art, this is the event for you!
MATSUZAKI Cat’s ISSUE – Cat Festival 2022
Running: August 6 – August 21, 2022
Venue: Matsuzaki Shoten (4-13-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
AMBUSH® Announces Second Astro Boy Collaboration Collection in Extremely Limited Quantities
On July 29, AMBUSH® will launch some special collaboration items inspired by the legendary series Astro Boy! These items are available in extremely limited quantities.
Astro Boy is a sci-fi hero manga set in the future starring the titular 100,000 horsepower character Astro Boy. A kindhearted robot, Astro Boy uses his strength to save people from danger, and the character’s more human-like qualities highlight the relationship between people and technology. AMBUSH® is looking to the future, using Astro Boy to highlight what they think the days ahead will bring.
Astro Boy x AMBUSH Figure(Produced by Bait Inc)
Only 50 Pieces Available
Astro Boy x AMBUSH Necklace (Produced by Bait Inc)
Only 300 Pieces Available
This collection features an all-black Astro Boy figure by Bait and a necklace perfect for daily wear. Both show the character in his iconic pose and emphasize the heart detail carved into his chest, symbolizing his humanity.
Don’t miss these exclusive items before they’re gone!
Chainsaw Man Manga Series Collaborates with Tasaki Jewelry, Pop-up Event to Open in Nagoya
Matsuzakaya Nagoya will hold a special collaboration pop-up between the popular manga Chainsaw Man and the fine jewelry brand Tasaki from July 27 to August 2, 2022. Fans of the series won’t want to miss seeing these exquisite pieces in person! The event is also celebrating the launch of ‘danger,’ one of Tasaki’s new iconic items.
At the venue, guests can peruse a selection of Tasaki’s fine jewelry, including the new ‘danger’ collection which was inspired by the beauty of insectivorous plants. This is a perfect mix with Chainsaw Man, which has captivated audiences around the world with its unique plot, savage content, and one-of-a-kind characters. Fans won’t want to miss out on these manga-inspired pieces perfect for everyday wear. A special visual for the pop-up was drawn by the original author of the series Tatsuki Fujimoto.
Also on display at the venue will be a special Pochita figure, whose chainsaw will be lavishly set with pearls.
Chainsaw Pendant & Ear Cuff (One Ear)
Chainsaw Man Pendant
These collaboration jewelry pieces inspired by characters and motifs from Chainsaw Man will be available in limited quantities at the venue, so don’t miss it!
Tasaki x Chainsaw Man Pop-up
Running: July 27 – August 2, 2022
Venue: Matsuzakaya Nagoya
Sailor Moon Eternal Film and Sanrio Characters Collaboration Goods Announced
Sailor Moon is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and Sanrio is paying homage to the recent Sailor Moon Eternal film series with a cute new collection! The Sailor Moon Eternal x Sanrio Characters series will be released sequentially starting August 18, with items available at Sanrio stores nationwide, department store Sanrio corners, and the Sanrio online shop.
Sailor Moon Eternal was a two-part film released in early 2021. A sequel two-part film, Sailor Moon Cosmos, will release in Japan in the summer of 2023.
The new merchandise features newly-drawn designs of six Sailor Scots, Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Kuromi, Marroncream, and Pompompurin.
Sailor Moon Eternal x Hello Kitty Super Sailor Moon Mascot Keychain: ¥3,300
Sailor Moon Eternal x My Melody Super Sailor Chibi Moon Mascot Keychain: ¥3,300
The new items will combine popular Sailor Moon characters with beloved Sanrio characters. This collab was originally announced back in January. Super Sailor Moon teams up with Hello Kitty, Super Sailor Chibi Moon is topped with a My Melody ribbon, and fans can find goods featuring more adorable pairings!
Sailor Moon Eternal x Sanrio Characters Mascot Keychain (6 varieties): ¥2,750 each
Sailor Moon Eternal x Sanrio Characters Flat Pouch: ¥1,485
The merch lineup includes keychains, pouches, and more goods that will be both functional and fashionable in your daily life, especially if you’re a long-time Sailor Moon fan.
Sailor Moon Eternal x Sanrio Characters Secret Acrylic Stand (11 varieties): ¥693 each
Four secret acrylic stands will be available, featuring the four outer Sailor Soldiers. These will include Super Sailor Uranus and Little Twin Stars (Kiki), Super Sailor Neptune and Little Twin Stars (Lala), Super Sailor Pluto and Pochakko, and Super Sailor Saturn and My Sweet Piano. These will be sold randomly, so you might need to grab a few before you get the characters you want!
Sailor Moon Eternal x Sanrio Characters
Available: August 18, 2022~
Where to Buy:
Sanrio Shops, Department Store Sanrio Corners (*Excluding some locations.)
Sanrio Online Shop: https://shop.sanrio.co.jp/
Illustrator Macoto Takahashi’s Works on Display in New Tokyo Exhibition
Starting on July 20, the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi store will be celebrating illustrator Macoto Takahashi’s 88th birthday with a special exhibition. The event will display many of Takahashi’s works, featuring beautiful girls and festive flowers.
For over six decades, Takahashi has been drawing princesses and girls to turn heads, each of them full of life and captivating coquettish energy. With fans around the world, the artist dominated the Showa period with his pieces which were frequently on the covers of girls’ manga magazines. With the artist’s 88th birthday coming up next month, this exhibition will focus on many of Takahashi’s original paintings, as well as his recent collaborations with apparel brands such as COMME des GARCONS and Anna Sui.
Original Illustration – Elaine’s Flowers
Flowery Mademoiselle II
Original Illustration – Sunflower Prayer
“I want people to feel warm and healed when they see my works. I want them to feel euphoric. Euphoria brings peace, and it cultivates mutual respect for each other,” Takahashi said about his works. His recent work Sunflower Prayer, on display at the exhibition, shows a Ukrainian girl in a traditional costume wishing for peace.
“I’m an artist, so I was able to convey my hope for peace through my work. I hope that you’ll also express your desire for peace in any way that you can,” Takahashi said. This work painted by the 87-year-old is a major highlight of the event.
Original Illustration – The Prince and His Dog
Original Illustration – Fairy-Tale Wedding
Takahashi’s original paintings often sell out quickly due to their popularity. During this massive event, the largest number and widest variety of the artist’s works will be displayed and sold. The lineup is packed with highlights, ranging from works made during the 1990s to the creator’s latest works from 2022.
To commemorate the event, new goods featuring nostalgic illustrations seen on girls’ magazine covers in the 1970s will be available, including stationery, buttons, and more.
Macoto Takahashi’s 88th Birthday Exhibition: A Collection of Beautiful Woman
Running: July 20 – July 25, 2022
Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Building 7F Event Space
Official Site: https://artgallery.co.jp/
Space Brothers Manga Inspires Collaboration Event at Shibuya Scramble Square
Shibuya Scramble Square will host a special collaboration event with the manga series Space Brothers from August 5 until August 28, 2022. The event itself will take place on the SHIBUYA SKY observation deck and the 12th-floor event space Scene12.
The popular manga series Space Brothers has sold over 28 million copies since it began serialization in 2007. After 15 years, the story is approaching its climax, with the two main characters finally landing on the moon. With fans of the series anxiously awaiting the story’s conclusion, the event will be the perfect place to celebrate. It will be split into two areas: the Shibuya Space School and the Space Cafe.
Shibuya Space School will take place on the SHIBUYA SKY observation deck, and is a fun and educational production that will teach visitors about space using VR and an exhibition of equipment used in space travel. Guests can also enjoy a photo spot featuring the moon over Shibuya, an astronomical observation class for both parents and children, and a talk show about the thrill of space travel.
On the 12th floor, guests can visit the Space Cafe. Inspired by a 1970s coffee shop, the location is the perfect spot for fans to mingle, read Space Brothers, or partake in some space-inspired treats exclusive to the event.
A selection of exclusive Space Brothers merchandise and collaboration goods will be available, and the editor of the manga will also be giving a talk during the event. Those who want to test their knowledge can also take part in a quiz competition, so don’t miss out!
Shibuya Scramble Square x Space Brothers
‘A Summer with the Space Brothers in Shibuya’
Running: August 5 – August 28, 2022
Special Site: https://www.shibuya-scramble-square.com/uchukyodai2022
Jonas Blue Releases New Single Featuring Japanese Boy Band BE:FIRST
14.July.2022 | MUSIC
English DJ and producer Jonas Blue has released a new track featuring the popular boy band BE:FIRST! Don’t Wake Me Up feat. BE:FIRST was released on July 13, 2022.
If you’re unfamiliar, BE:FIRST is a seven-member dance and vocal group created during THE FIRST boy band audition. Organized by BMSG, a company founded by popular rapper SKY-HI, the group has steadily been amassing fans around the world.
Blue released Don’t Wake Me Up at the beginning of 2022 as a part of his new collaborative project titled ‘Together.’ The project centers around the themes of unity and positivity, and the artist hopes to collaborate with a number of global artists throughout 2022. The original version of Don’t Wake Me Up was a joint project with the American boy band Why Don’t We.
“We’ve been listening to Jonas Blue forever, so getting to collaborate with him is unreal,” BE:FIRST said. “Big respect to Jonas Blue and Why Don’t We! I hope we can help create a new Don’t Wake Me Up for the fans!”
This remix is BE:FIRST’s first collaboration with a foreign artist. Jonas Blue will also be performing at Fuji Rock Festival ‘22 later this month.
Recently, BE:FIRST announced that they would be releasing their first album, BE:1, on August 31, 2022. It will contain 15 tracks, and some of Japan’s top up-and-coming producers contributed to the album, including Chaki Zulu, KM, Sunny Boy, UTA, and Ryosuke “Dr. R” Sakai.
Check out the new track, blending Jonas Blue’s clean production and BE:FIRST’s catchy Japanese lyrics!
Don’t Wake Me Up feat. BE:FIRST
Streaming Links: https://umj.lnk.to/JonasBlue_BEFIRST_DWMU
Da-iCE Member Sota Hanamura and FAKY’s Lil’ Fang Team Up for Orient Anime Opening Theme
The second cour of the Orient anime series began airing on July 11, and the opening theme is here. The song, titled Break it down, was created by Da-iCE member Sota Hanamura and FAKY’s Lil’ Fang. Check out the lyric video below!
Break it down Lyric Video
The Orient manga series was written and illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka, the creator of the popular Magi series. It was serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine from May 2018 to January 2021 before being moved to Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. The story follows 15-year-old Musashi during an alternate version of Japan’s Sengoku Period where the country is ruled by demons. While many believe the demons to be their saviors, Musashi knows the truth.
Upon the release of the powerful opening track, social media exploded with excited comments, with many noting that the collaboration was unexpected and the two singers are some of the most powerful in recent memory.
Hanamura previously wrote the lyrics for Promise, the theme song for the Kamen Rider 50th anniversary movie Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations, as well as Break Out, the opening theme for the first season of Orient, which was performed by Da-iCE. Lil’ Fang wrote the lyrics for It’s a small world, the theme song for the 36th Annual East Japan Women’s Long Distance Relay Race, as well as the theme songs for the film Rika and the drama series Rika -Rebirth-.
The lyrics were inspired by the characters in the series, and it’s clear that both artists truly love Orient and feel strongly about its story and message. The lyric video depicts Musashi’s courage as his group takes on the largest battle of their lives.
Have you been keeping up with the anime series? Be sure to check out the theme song on your favorite music streaming service now!