Tokyo Color Sonic!! Announces Limited-Time Event & Live Announcement of Winning Pair
In July 2021, sprout unveiled details about a new 2D mixed-media franchise called Tokyo Color Sonic!! Featuring eight characters split into groups of two, each is played by a talented voice actor, and the story sees the boys promoting Japanese music to a global audience. On November 6 and November 7 at the Ikebukuro Sunshine City Animate location, the Animate Girls Festival will feature decorations from the series, and starting November 13 the ‘Tokyo Color Sonic!! Animate Fair ~Begin on buddy~’ event will begin, featuring tons of new goods! The winning team from Tokyo Color Sonic will be announced during a special vocal drama airing on the official series YouTube channel on November 7, 2021.
AGF 2021 Buddy Set
Ironoha Music Academy Notebook
Ironoha Music Academy Ball-point Pen
Mask Case (Bromide included)
AGF 2021 Special Purchase Gift at Venue: Non-Woven Bag
Tokyo Color Sonic!! Animate Fair ~Begin on buddy~
Bonus: Foil-stamped card featuring a message in each character’s handwriting
Acrylic Stand (Mini-Characters Vol. 1): ¥700 (Tax Included)
Tabletop School Calender 2022: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Motel Key Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties): ¥880 each (Tax Included)
Tokyo Color Sonic is set in the near future, where a government mandate aims to promote and develop the Japanese music industry as means to spread it worldwide. The movement is called “Coloration,” but after developing the program for years, things need to change. The Ironoha Music Academy trains singer and composer duos, and the country decides to start an annual music festival called Tokyo Color Sonic to shake things up! Popular illustrator Ryo Fujiwara, who has also worked on A3! and GAKUGEIDAI JUNES, is responsible for the character designs.
A number of goods featuring illustrations drawn by Ryo Fujiwara will be available at the Ikebukuro Sunshine City Animate location ahead of the AGF event starting November 6.
During the ‘Tokyo Color Sonic!! Animate Fair ~Begin on buddy~’ event, for every ¥1,100 spent on Tokyo Color Sonic goods and CDs (including tax), guests will receive a random code (8 varieties) to listen to a piece of newly-recorded audio from one of the characters! These clips are messages from each character to their respective buddies. In addition, for every ¥2,200 spent (including tax), guests will receive a random foil-stamped message card featuring messages from the characters written in their own handwriting.
Are you rooting for a particular team to win? Be sure to tune in on November 7 to see if your favorites walk away victorious!
Animate Girls Festival (AGF) 2021
Running: November 6 – 7, 2021
Hours: Main Venue 8:45-18:00 (Last admission at 16:30)
Address: Main Venue at Ikebukuro Sunshine City (3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Bunka Kaikan Building 4F, Exhibition Hall B – Booth G-1
Tokyo Color Sonic!! Animate Fair ~Begin on buddy~
Running: November 13 – December 5, 2021
Location: Animate stores nationwide, Animate Online, ACOS Online Shop
Tokyo Color Sonic!! Winning Pair Announcement Vocal Drama
Unit 1: Arashi Komiyama (CV: Shoya Chiba) & Sora Kirishima (CV: Yuto Uemura)
Unit 2: Iori Takarada (CV: Soma Saito) & Haruhi Kaji (CV: Yoshiki Nakajima)
Unit 3: Towa Sebumi (CV: Gakuto Kajiwara) & Mirai Zaizen (CV: Ryohei Kimura)
Unit 4: Kairi Kurahashi (CV: Shunsuke Takeuchi) & Kagura Takatsuki (CV: Takuya Eguchi)
Broadcast Date: November 7, 2021, 20:00~
Where to Listen: Tokyo Color Sonic!! Official YouTube Channel
Bokyaku Battery Collaboration Cafe Opens at Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro and Nagoya
Animate Cafe locations in Ikebukuro and Nagoya will hold a limited-time collaboration with the popular baseball anime and manga series Bokyaku Battery starting January 12, 2022! Guests can enjoy dishes inspired by characters from the show, and exclusive goods will be on sale at each venue.
Cream Stew Plate
Hamburger Stew Plate
Kotesashi High School Love and Peach Parfait
Hyoga High School Japanese Sweets Plate
Kaname Family Welcome Drink
Arrogant Sports Drink
Todo’s Cozy Spinach Potage
Chihaya’s Orange Tea
Todo’s Black Sesame Seed Latte
Tsuchiya’s Color-Changing Lemon Soda
Order Bonus – Coaster (10 varieties, random)
Snack in Drawstring Bag / Includes 1 Bonus Clear Card (11 varieties)
Mini Frame Pin (12 varieties)
Leather Keychain (11 varieties)
Smartphone Ring (3 varieties)
Bokyaku Battery x Animate Cafe
Running: January 12 – February 23, 2022
Locations: Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3 Shop / Nagoya 2 Shop
※If crowded, guests may be given numbered tickets and will be let into the cafe in order.
Official Site: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/
Bullet Train Boy Band Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Coming-of-Age Ceremony Broadcast
11.January.2022 | MUSIC
The five-members dance and vocal group Bullet Train will hold a special 10th-anniversary broadcast exclusively on Hikari TV on January 14, 2022. The ‘Bullet Train Coming-of-Age Ceremony’ will also be archived after the scheduled broadcast at 18:00, but only for a limited time.
Bullet Train celebrated its 10th anniversary on December 25, 2021, and will spend 2022 celebrating with plenty of special events and releases. In Japan, the Coming-of-Age ceremony is held when an individual turns 20 years old and celebrates a person becoming an adult. The members of the group will speak about the last decade of their lives as idols, and will hold a live concert as well! The show will be available exclusively for those with access to Hikari TV nationwide, and an edited version of the event–including behind-the-scenes footage–will be streamed at a later date. Stay tuned for details!
Bullet Train 10th Anniversary Special (Talk & Concert) ‘Bullet Train Coming-of-Age Ceremony’Streaming Date: January 14, 2022 at 18:00~
Where to Watch: Hikari TV https://www.hikaritv.net
Price: Customers who subscribe to the Oneuchi plan, Special TV plan, Video Zanmai Plan, Basic Broadcast Plan, or Value Plan can view the special for no extra cost.
EBiDAN Special Program: https://www.hikaritv.net/sp/ebidan?cid=ent_video_ebdn_nr_29
Official Site: https://bullettrain.jp
Idol Group BiSH to Disband in 2023, Promises to Make 2022 the ‘Year of BiSH’
29.December.2021 | MUSIC
Punk-idol group BiSH will disband in 2023. The announcement was made at an emergency live show held at Nakano heavysick ZERO on December 24, 2021, with over 420,000 people tuning in. Nakano heavysick is where BiSH held their first solo concert in 2015.
During the live show, the members performed the setlist from their first concert. The group’s breakup was announced at the end of the show, and although it’s a sad time for fans, the members promised to make 2022 the ‘Year of BiSH’ with an expansive number of activities announced.
BiSH made four exciting announcements regarding 2022: 12 new releases, a nationwide tour, a BiSH Festival, and a 67-stop live-house tour.
1. 12 consecutive months of releases starting January 2022
2. The nationwide ‘COLONiZED TOUR’
3. A BiSH Festival
4. A live-house tour at 67 locations in 33 prefectures across Japan with proceeds from the best album ‘FOR LiVE -BiSH BEST- being donated
Comment from Cent Chihiro Chicchi
BiSH will disband in 2023.
We started here at Nakano heavysick ZERO, a live house with only an 80 person capacity. We’ve been so lucky and so happy to have the support of so many people.
Thank you for loving us and giving us a place to be ourselves.
On our way to 2023, we’re going to give back to our fans with tons of exciting projects.
Each of us has a distinct personality, and I think that BiSH was a place where we could each be ourselves without restraint.
We promise to make 2022 our best year ever. Before we hit the finish line, there’s so much we want to do!
We hope that we can properly convey our gratitude and love during our live performances. Everyone, come out and party with us until the end!
BiSH iS OVER! Special Site: https://www.bish.tokyo/BiSH_iS_OVER/
Gyoza Festival 2021 Opens at Nagoya PARCO
Pan-fried dumplings, or gyoza, can be found all over Japan from fine restaurants to convenience stores. They’re cheap, easy to consume, and incredibly tasty. Those able to make it to Nagoya PARCO by December 26 can experience this year’s Gyoza Festival, bringing together some of the best examples of creative and mouthwatering gyoza in the country.
A number of participating restaurants within Nagoya PARCO have developed unique gyoza-centric menus, including Kimchi Gyoza from Yansando, Chicken Wing Gyoza with spicy tartar sauce from Kyoto Shijo Kuon, and Spicy Gyoza from ANDY CURRY, participating in the event for the first time. Yummy Hawaiian Barbeque is also offering nine new menu items only found at Nagoya PARCO, including Gyoza Pie.
Yansando Ueno Honten
Nagoya Chicken Noodle Shop
Kyoto Shijo Kuon
FUJIYAMA55 RAMEN STAND
Okuyama Yasuzou Himonoterasu
Yummy Hawaiian Barbeque
Gyoza Festival 2021
Running: November 26 – December 26, 2021
Location: Nagoya PARCO West Building 7F
Official Site: http://www.parco.co.jp
SPYxFAMILY Anime Adaptation to be Celebrated at Animate for Limited Time
10.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Last week, it was announced that the popular manga series SPYxFAMILY would receive an anime adaptation by Wit Studio and CloverWorks in 2022. Animate locations across Japan will be celebrating this amazing news with a special SPYxFAMILY anime-themed fair from November 27 until December 12, 2021. Certain goods will also be available online!
Written and illustrated by Tatsuya Endo, SPYxFAMILY has been running in Shonen Jump+ since 2019. With over 11 million copies in circulation, it has been growing more and more popular over the past two years, with volume six recently becoming the series’ second consecutive volume to debut at number one on Oricon’s weekly list of best-selling manga. SPYxFAMILY tells the story of a spy who must ‘build a family’ to complete a mission, not realizing that the girl he adopts as his daughter and the woman he agrees to fake marry are a mind reader and an assassin.
Clear Folder (3 varieties): ¥440 each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keychain (3 varieties): ¥715 each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand (3 varieties): ¥1,650 each (Tax Included)
Tote Bag: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
For every ¥1,000 spent on SPYxFAMILY goods during the event, visitors will receive a random clear bookmark (3 varieties). A bonus illustration of Loid, Yor, and Anya will also be gifted as a bonus.
Are you excited for the upcoming anime adaptation?
SPYxFAMILY Anime Adaptation Fair in Animate
Running: November 27 – December 12, 2021
Where: Animate Locations Nationwide / Animate Online
Official Site: https://spy-family.net/
Akihabara Maid Cafe Idol Group Maidin! to Release Major Debut Single
03.November.2021 | MUSIC
One of the most popular maid cafes in Akihabara, @home cafe is celebrating 17 successful years. With eight stores in both Tokyo and Osaka, a collection of maids have come together to form a new idol group, Maidin! The girls have announced that they will make their major music debut under the Purple One Star label on December 22, 2021.
Maidin! Debut Single – Kimi to Hareruya!
The group’s first track Kimi to Hareruya is available on streaming platforms now, and the girls announced their major debut during a live stream on October 23. They also let fans know that the CD will include three songs, and a huge 51-day release event will also be taking place!
Kimi to Hareruya is a bright and cheerful song, and the music video features the members dancing in their maid outfits while showing off their skills. The First Edition single will include a Blu-ray featuring the making-of video for the music video, as well as one random trading card (17 varieties) featuring one of the members.
‘Yowamushi Pedal: GLORY LINE’ New ‘BIRTHDAY FLOWER’ Goods Revealed for AGF2021
02.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
New ‘Yowamushi Pedal: GLORY LINE’ merchandise has been announced for ‘Animate Girls Festival 2021,’ which will be held on November 6 and November 7 2021.
Bonus Present: Randomly Selected Original Book Marker (25 Designs)
‘Yowamushi Pedal: GLORY LINE’ Acrylic Stand (9 Types) ¥1,320 (Tax Incl.)
‘Yowamushi Pedal: GLORY LINE’ Trading Can Badges (Randomly Selected / 9 Designs): ¥440 (Tax Incl.) *These are trading items so you cannot pick the design
‘Yowamushi Pedal: GLORY LINE’ Trading Can Badges Mini Chara Ver. (Randomly Selected / 9 Designs): ¥440 (Tax Incl.) *These are trading items so you cannot pick the design
‘Yowamushi Pedal: GLORY LINE’ Trading Acrylic Stand Mini Chara Ver. (16 Designs): ¥660 (Tax Incl.) *These are trading items so you cannot pick the design
‘Yowamushi Pedal: GLORY LINE’ Trading Metallic Postcard (10 Designs): ¥440 (Tax Incl.)
The new ‘Yowamushi Pedal: GLORY LINE’ merchandise displayed at ‘Animate Girls Festival 2021’ featured a ‘BIRTHDAY FLOWERS’ theme and all-new character illustrations. In addition to being sold at the event, pre-orders have also been opened on the Chugai Mining Contents Online Webstore ‘Chugaionline.’ If you’re a ‘Yowamushi Pedal’ fan then don’t miss out!
©Watanabe Kou (Weekly Shonen Champion) / Yowamushi Pedal 04 Production Committee
Animate Girls Festival 2021
Duration: November 6 ~ November 7 2021
Main Event: 08:45 ~ 18:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
Location: Ikebukuro Sunshine City
Booth Name: Chugai Mining Booth (Y-16) ※Yellow AREA: Cultural Center 2F, Exhibition Hall D
Official Site: https://agf-ikebukuro.jp/
Reservation Period: October 22 18:00 Onwards until November 8 at 23:59
Shipping Dates: Scheduled for February 2022
New Chitose Airport Animation Festival 2021 to Screen Selection of Films from Artist Eve
More details on the nominated works from the 8th Annual New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2021 have been released! Starting on November 5, this year’s hybrid event will take place both online and onsite at New Chitose Airport, with over 100 of Japan’s top-class animated films being screened.
At the airport, the main venue will be the New Chitose Airport Theater. From November 5 until November 8, 92 films from around the world representing the Competition section will be screened. The four nominated films from this category will be shown for the first time in Japan, and only at the New Chitose Airport Theater. These were chosen from 39 works from 23 different countries.
Limited to theaters, a special screening of ‘Eve Music Animation Special in NEW CHITOSE 2021’ will take place, produced by Eve, one of Japan’s leading music video artists. The program will include screenings of selected Fate/Grand Order commercials and videos that have captivated fans with their stylish and modern visuals, along with a live behind-the-scenes broadcast on the making of Fate/Grand Order with some of the show’s staff. The closing film will be a new documentary titled Satoshi Kon: The Dreamer, looking back on the artistic legacy of the late creator.
Since her debut, Eve has meshed animation and music together in a way that few have been able to achieve in the past. Her cinematic-quality works have been made alongside fellow creators through various collaborations, so be sure not to miss out on her selections during the festival!
The 8th Annual New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2021
Date: November 5, 2021
Tickets on Sale October 12, 2021
Ticket Sales: https://t.pia.jp/
*Eve Music Animation Special in NEW CHITOSE 2021 tickets by lottery only, to be held on November 5.
Official Site: https://airport-anifes.jp/
Idol Group Sakurkazaka46 to Stream Final Performance of First Tour Live on dTV
21.October.2021 | MUSIC
Video streaming service dTV will broadcast the final performance of Sakurazaka46’s first tour on October 31, 2021, at 5:30 PM. dTV members will get ¥1,000 off the general admission price of ¥3,500. For those who aren’t able to watch the live broadcast, a repeat broadcast will begin at 10:30 PM on October 31.
Sakurazaka46 made their major debut on December 9, 2020, with the single Nobody’s fault. The group performed on Debut Countdown Live!! the day prior, and their incredible performance was aired in movie theaters across the country.
In April 2021, Sakurazaka46 released their second single, BAN. At July’s W-KEYAKI FES. 2021, they performed in front of a live audience for the first time. Their third single will be released on October 13, and the group will perform the new tracks during this concert. Their new music video was unveiled to audiences during this tour.
Using dTV, fans can watch the concert on their smartphone, tablet, computer, or television.
Sakurazaka46 1st TOUR 2021 – Saitama Super Arena
Streaming Date: October 31, 2021 at 17:30 (Doors open at 16:30)
Repeat Broadcast: October 31, 2021 at 22:30
Sales Period: October 9, 2021 at 12:00 until October 31, 2021 at 22:30
Price: ¥3,500 (Tax Included)
Special Price for dTV Members: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Where to Watch: dTV
dTV Ticket Page: https://bit.ly/3al4vQu
Outdoor Music and Craft Festival Creema YAMABIKO FES 2021 Announces Second Round of Artists
Creema YAMABIKO FES 2021 has announced the second round of participating musical acts! The event features live performances on an impressive outdoor stage with Mt. Fuji in the background, along with a number of craft markets, workshops, and a two-day ‘sauna village,’ where guests can enjoy outdoor saunas while sampling some fantastic local fare.
Twelve live performances are scheduled during the event, with the full timetable scheduled to release in late October. The second announcement lists Hanaregumi, DENIMS, YONA YONA WEEKENDERS, Strange Reitaro, island echo, and Super VHS as participating acts.
DAY 1 (November 6, 2021)
Clammbon, never young beach, Humbert Humbert, DENIMS, YONA YONA WEEKENDERS, island echo
DAY 2: (November 7, 2021)
SPECIAL OTHERS, TENDRE, D.W. Nicols, Hanaregumi, Strange Reitaro, Super VHS
This year’s event will have a new kid’s area, along with a new outdoor area featuring 15 stores selling a wide variety of camping gear. There will also be a place to custom order items and a hammock area. The kid’s area will offer workshops for children led by expert staff, a stamp rally, and other content to keep the little ones busy.
The popular coffee roaster LEAVES COFFEE ROASTERS from Kuramae, Tokyo, will be participating in the event, serving up some delicious beverages. Japan’s champion barista Taka Ishitani will be participating in the coffee drinking competition, so don’t miss it!
Are any of your favorite bands playing at this year’s event?
Creema YAMABIKO FES 2021
Dates: November 6 and 7, 2021
Venue Hours: 10:00-17:30 (Concerts from 10:30-17:00)
Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika OUTDOOR HILL VILLAGE
(719 Koyama, Gotemba, Shizuoka)
Official Site: htttp://www.yamabikofes.jp/
Changes Made to November’s OMNIBUS Music Festival in Tokyo
As part of the Tokyo Art & Live City project, the OMNIBUS music festival will take place on November 6 and 7 in Japan’s capital. Rather than being held at Shinjuku Central Park, the November 7 concert will now take place at Hulic Hall Tokyo. Originally, this concert was named The Park #Assembly, though this has now been changed to The Hall #Space. For those holding tickets with the original name, don’t worry–your ticket will still be valid at the new venue.
Those who want a refund due to the venue change should head to the official website by October 9. The November 6 concert titled The Circuit #Excursion will be held as scheduled.
Additional tickets for the festival went on sale on October 2, 2021. Schedules for the events will be released soon, so stay tuned for more details!
The Circuit #Excursion
When: November 6, 2021 / Venue Opens at 12:00, Show Starts at 12:30
Locations: Shinjuku ACB HALL / Shinjuku Marz / Shinjuku Marble / Shinjuku Motion / Shinjuku Zirco / Shinjuku Red Cross / Shinjuku ReNY
Performers: asobi, Wez Atlas, ODD Foot Works, Campanella, kiki vivi lily, Kvibaba, Kai Kubota, Kuro, (sic)boy, SUKISHA, Suzuki Mamiko, Sleepless Sheep, Saboten, sooogood!, dongurizu, PEAVIS, VivaOla, YOSA&TARR, YonYon, and more
The Hall #Space
When: November 7, 2021 / Venue Opens at 15:30, Show Starts at 16:30
Location: Hulic Hall Tokyo 11F (2-5-1 Yurakucho Center Building, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Performers: Sohei Oyamada, GLIM SPANKY (Acoustic ver.), Koji Shimotsu, and more
Lawson Ticket: https://l-tike.com/omnibus/ (L Code: 74447)
Ticket Pia: https://w.pia.jp/t/omnibus/ (P Code: 203-026)
Official Site: https://omnibus-tokyo.com/
Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu in Shimane to Hold 2021 Matsue Water Lantern Festival
06.October.2021 | SPOT
A number of beautifully decorated paper lanterns are currently on display in the lobby of the Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu in Shimane prefecture until October 31.
Normally, the event is held around Matsue Castle, with lanterns lighting up the streets and stalls set up to allow guests to design their own lanterns. Due to the current pandemic, the popular yearly event was abruptly canceled, and the Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu stepped up, with the support of the Matsue Tourism Association, hosting the event in its first-floor lobby.
For the past three years, the hotel has continuously hosted events and activities to help guests learn more about Matsue, including hosting trips to the area around Matsue Castle and cruises on the Horikawa River. For this year’s event, hotel staff created their own lanterns based on these attractions, for a total of 17. If you could attend, how would you decorate your lantern?
Matsue Water Lantern Festival 2021
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2021
Address: 1F Lobby of Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu