Manga Artist Macoto Takahashi Collaborates With Tsudanuma PARCO for Christmas Event
Legendary shojo manga artist Macoto Takahashi is collaborating with Tsudanuma PARCO in Funabashi, Chiba, for the 2021 Christmas event from November 19 until December 25, 2021. The creator recently released an art book featuring many of his works titled ‘Macoto Takahashi’s Jewelry Box.’ An exhibition featuring mini-prints and mini-panels of works featured in the book will also be held, and merchandise will be on sale both on-site and online.
After his debut in 1953, Takahashi published the manga series Arashi wo Koete and Princess Anne. His signature style of depicting glittering stars in the eyes of his protagonists would have a lasting influence on other manga artists. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was at the helm of many magazine covers and illustrations for popular girls’ manga magazines like Nakayoshi, Shojo Friend, and Margaret. Despite his classic style, his works are still largely popular today. The main visual for the event ‘Lucky Star’ features a girl in a red Christmas-themed costume surrounded by animals, blue snowflakes, and delicate lace.
MACOTO CHRISTMAS 2021
Running: November 19 – December 25, 2021
Location: Tsudanuma PARCO 1F Entrances, Windows (Christmas Decorations) /
B Building 4F, In front of ACADEMIA Kumazawa Bookstore, Next to Escalators (Exhibition / Shop)
Online Store: https://kaeru.parco.jp/shop/detail/shop000027204/
Keyakizaka Lights, a Tokyo Winter Tradition, to be Held Again in 2022
02.October.2022 | SPOT
From November 11 until December 25, 2022, Roppongi Hills Christmas will cover Tokyo in glittering lights once again. The Keyakizaka Lights, one of Tokyo’s most popular winter attractions, will also take place in 2022, with the 400-meter-long Keyakizaka street covered in over 800,000 blue and white LED lights.
For the first time in three years, the Mohri Garden will be covered in lights as well. The annual Christmas market will invite guests to experience an authentic German Christmas, and Christmas cakes and gourmet food unique to Roppongi Hills will be for sale.
The Roppongi Hills Christmas event utilizes LED lights and has done so since the first event was held in 2003. Clean power will be used again this year, and the lights will be switched on from 5 PM until 11 PM each night.
Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Lights
Running: November 10 – December 25, 2022 *Daily from 5:00 – 11:00 PM
*Lights may begin at a different time on November 10 only.
Location: Roppongi Keyakizaka Street
Official Site: https://www.roppongihills.com
Universal Studios Japan Announces NO LIMIT! Christmas Event
29.September.2022 | MOSHI MOSHI BOX
From November 11, 2022 until January 9, 2023, Universal Studios will hold its NO LIMIT! Christmas event!
Christmas is associated with romance for many in Japan, but this year, USJ wants to give visitors a new way to celebrate this special winter holiday. Under the theme of a ‘Red Hot Christmas,’ this super-energetic event is sure to be the most exciting Christmas event on the scene this year.
This year, the Crystal Christmas tree will make its return this year after a 3-year hiatus. The tree broke the Guinness World Record for nine consecutive years from 2011 to 2019 for the World’s Most Illuminated Tree. In 2019, the tree had 591,850 lights and also received Guinness certification for the World’s Largest Christmas Snowflake Ornament.
The Super Nintendo World area will be decorated for winter for the first time in 2022, while Minions and other popular characters will appear in special Christmas costumes. Limited-time food and merchandise will be available as well.
An Exciting Christmas Experience for All Five Senses! The NO LIMIT! Crystal Tree
NO LIMIT! Crystal Tree
This year, the Crystal Christmas tree will make its return after a 3-year hiatus with a totally new look! Guests will be bathed in colorful lights and visitors won’t want to miss taking a photo with this magnificent sight.
*On October 28, 2019, the tree won the Guinness World Record for Most Lights on an Artificial Christmas Tree with 591,840.
The Spectacle of Lights, Complete with Heart-Pounding Music
NO LIMIT ! Christmas
During the event period, the Spectacle of Lights will be held in Gramercy Park.
The entire area around the Crystal Tree will be completely transformed, and the space will feature projection mapping and countless lights. The blend of Christmas music fused with the magical lights will create a moment you’ll never forget.
Super Nintendo World to be Decorated for Winter!
Super Nintendo World’s Winter Decorations
Super Nintendo World, the newest area in the park, will feature winter decorations for the first time in 2022. At the entrance to the area, Super Star Plaza, guests will be greeted with a giant gift box and Mario and Luigi-themed snowmen.
Guests will find wreaths and garland decorating Peach’s Castle, along with another Christmas tree decorated with iconic Nintendo characters and items.
Limited Time Greetings and Stage Shows
Limited-Time Special Greeting & Stage Shows
Guests won’t want to miss meeting their favorite characters while they’re dressed in holiday outfits! A special meet and greet will be held for children and adults to join the Minions for a special winter celebration.
Hello Kitty’s Christmas Happiness with the Happiness Brass Band
Hello Kitty’s Christmas Happiness with the Happiness Brass Band
Hello Kitty and the Happiness Brass Band will perform Christmas music multiple times a day, so families are invited to sing and dance along while getting into the Christmas spirit! You won’t want to miss Hello Kitty in her special winter wardrobe.
The Peacock Theater’s Popular Universal Party–Reimagined for Christmas!
In 2022, Universal Studios Japan will introduce Universal Party ~ The Showtime & Taste of Christmas. This dinner show requires a separate ticket and will offer some incredible entertainment and menu items. The experience will be held at the Peacock Theater on select days during December 2022.
*A Studio Pass or Annual Pass is required to enter the park.
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Universal Studios Japan – NO LIMIT! Christmas
Running: November 11, 2022 – January 9, 2023
Bandai Announces Christmas Cakes Featuring Popular Characters Including Sumikko Gurashi and BT21
Bandai’s Candy Division will open preorders for a new collection of Christmas cakes inspired by popular characters at the end of September! The five new cakes, part of the company’s Charadeco line, include Kamen Rider Geats, Precure, Sumikko Gurashi, BT21, and Avataro Sentai Donbrothers. All cakes come with original Christmas exclusive toys and bonuses, so you won’t want to miss out!
Charadeco Christmas Cake – Kamen Rider Geats / Precure Delicious Party / Avataro Sentai Donbrothers / BT21 / Sumikko Gurashi
These beautifully decorated cakes are perfect for celebrating this festive season, and each is packaged in a character-designed cake box and wrapped with a special film.
*The Sumikko Gurashi cake does not include film.
Customers can link separately sold toys with the special toy included with these cakes to hear exclusive character voices!
Why not grab one of these fun cakes to enjoy with your family this Christmas?
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Charadeco Christmas Cake – BT21 (2022 ver.)
Charadeco Christmas Cake – Sumikko Gurashi Tonkatsu
Charadeco Christmas Cake – Kamen Rider Geats
Charadeco Christmas Cake – Precure Delicious Party
Charadeco Party Cake <Christmas Special> Avataro Sentai Donbrothers
Mecha-Ude Animation Project Gets Full Anime and Manga Series
18.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Sae Okamoto’s Mecha-Ude project has attracted worldwide attention, and now, a full anime and manga series have been announced! Okamoto’s up-and-coming anime production company TriF Studio, located in Fukuoka, will work on the series, which follows Hikaru, a normal student, and Alma, a Mecha-Ude wielder who can be activated when he bonds with a human.
Yoshino Koyoka has also started publishing a manga adaptation of the series on LINE Manga and other ebookjapan services. Three free chapters were published on September 15, and the series will run bi-weekly. TriF Studio will supervise and provide the story.
A documentary video teasing the anime series and giving more information about TriF Studio has also been uploaded to YouTube. The video shows that the pilot’s theme song was written by Eve with a music video produced by Masayoshi Oishi. Hiroshi Matsuyama, the CEO of CyberConnect2, serves as the general supervisor of the series. Terumi Nishii, the chief animation director for the popular series Jujutsu Kaisen, worked on character designs for Mecha-Ude.
The average staff age at TriF is 25, which is incredibly young for an animation studio. What can we expect from such a unique collection of creators?
Be sure to keep an eye on this new anime and manga project!
MECHA-UDE -Mechanical Arms- Official Site: https://mecha-ude.com/
Musee du Qouvre Inspires Limited-Time Store at Ikebukuro PARCO
PARCO will open a special shop inspired by Musée du Qouvre at its Ikebukuro location from August 19 until September 11, 2022.
Suki Rabbit Dance
Suki Rabbit with Apple
Rabbit Eating Pizza
Naked Rat Lying Down
Suki Rabbit in a Cup
Portrait of a Cat’s Day
Portrait of a Sad Bear
Musée du Qouvre Special Layered Acrylic Stand
A5-size Clear Folder (8 varieties)
Capsule Toy Pin (6 varieties)
Stained Glass Pin
Glass Hair Tie (2 varieties)
Canvas Art (4 varieties)
Eco Tote Bag (3 varieties)
Black Memo Pad
*Designs are subject to change.
*All prices include tax.
*The specifications of the goods are subject to change without notice.
*Some items will be sold randomly. Specific designs cannot be chosen.
*The above merchandise is only a selection. More will be available.
*Products are available in limited quantities.
*The number of items purchased may be limited.
The exhibition toured PARCO locations nationwide, and audiences loved the bizarre animal images created by Qrais. Now, the museum shop will feature a huge collection of goods inspired by the artist’s works.
At the venue, guests will be able to enter a raffle to win a painting by the artist himself!
Musée du Qouvre Museum Shop
Running: August 19 – September 11, 2022 / 11:00-21:00
Venue: Ikebukuro PARCO 6F (1-28-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
First ‘Made in Abyss’ Anime Exhibition to Open at Ikebukuro and Nagoya PARCO
To commemorate the release of Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun, an exhibition will open at PARCO FACTORY in Ikebukuro on September 2 and at PARCO GALLERY in Nagoya on October 1!
Guests can see original drawings from the first and second seasons of the anime and the movie, special video content that mixes full-length anime footage with original drawings, and artifacts from the story. Photo spots will also allow visitors to experience famous scenes from the series.
Those wanting to be guided through the exhibition can purchase the One Point Nanachi voice guide! The voice actress Shiori Izawa will lead you through key parts of the venue.
Original goods will also be on sale at the venue. A special collaboration menu will be available at Cafe Address on the 6th floor of Ikebukuro PARCO, including savory dishes, desserts, and drinks inspired by the show’s characters.
Additional information will be announced on the exhibition’s official website, so keep an eye out for more!
Made in Abyss Exhibition ~Tracks of the Challengers~
PARCO FACTORY (Ikebukuro PARCO 7F)
Running: September 2~
PARCO GALLERY (Nagoya PARCO West Building 6F)
Running: October 1~
‘Kiss xxxx Collectors Edition’ Manga Release Celebrated with Collaboration Cafe
To celebrate the release of KISS xxxx Collector’s Edition, the compilation of Maki Kusumoto’s classic manga series, a collaboration cafe will be held at Ginza’s Zikkai Library Bar from August 2 until September 28, 2022.
KISS xxxx, the second installment of the Kusumoto Maki Collection, a series of beloved editions of Maki Kusumoto’s works published by Shogakukan Creative, includes illustrations that have never been included in the previous books, as well as spin-off works published or announced outside the serialized magazines, for a total of three volumes. An original postcard will also be included in each volume.
KISS xxxx Collector’s Edition Collaboration Menu
KISS xxxx Collectors Edition Volume 1 Cover
About KISS xxxx
Kameno and Kanon. These mysterious lovers live simple lives, and each day is standard.
This landmark work tells an immortal love story, impacting a generation of readers. This reprint brings the story back to life in higher quality, so why not jump in?
KISS xxxx Collectors Edition Volume 1 – Collaboration Cafe
Venue: Ginza’s ‘Zikkai’ Library Bar
Running: August 2 – September 28, 2022
Official Site: https://www.zikkai.com/
KISS xxxx Collector’s Edition <Maki Kusumoto Collection>
On Sale July 29, 2022
*Volume 2 will be released in late September 2022. Volume 3 will be released in late November 2022.
Mystery Manga Series ‘The Summer Hikaru Died’ to Get Pop-up Shop in Ikebukuro This Autumn
A limited-time pop-up shop for the manga series The Summer Hikaru Died will be held at TLC RECORDS at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro from October 8 until October 23, 2022.
Yoshiki and Hikaru are two boys who live in a certain village. They’re the same age and have always been together growing up. But one day, Yoshiki noticed that “something else” has taken Hikaru’s place. Even after learning of this, Yoshiki still wants them to be together. And so, his life with the “something” that looks like his friend begins.
The first volume of The Summer Hikaru Died was released this year by Kadokawa and managed to sell over 200,000 copies in under three months. The series has also been nominated for the Next Manga Awards 2022.
Fans of mystery and boys’ love won’t want to miss out on this series. The pop-up shop will feature new merchandise including newly-drawn images by the manga’s creator Ren Mokumoku.
The Summer Hikaru Died Limited-Time Pop-up Shop
Running: October 8 – October 23, 2022
Venue: Sunshine City alpa B1, TLC RECORDS (3-1-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://web-ace.jp/youngaceup/contents/1000183/
Adorable Penguin Koupen-Chan Inspires Starry Sky-Themed Exhibition at Ikebukuro Parco Factory
From July 15 until August 1, Ikebukuro PARCO will hold a special exhibition featuring the adorable penguin character Koupen-chan!
The exhibition will show Koupen-chan among the stars. The character has become massively popular on social media, inspiring a collection of books and merchandise.
[Admission Bonus] Foil-stamped Art Card
Unreleased Original Drawings
Koupen-chan’s Video Corner
Exclusive Ikebukuro Stamp
Purchase Bonus for Guests Spending ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Purchase Bonus for Guests Spending ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Purchase Bonus for Guests Spending ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
New Picture Book – Koupen-chan: Summer Friends
New Picture Book – Koupen-chan & You
Original Sticker with the Purchase of a Book
Exclusive Event Merchandise
Shooting Star Koupen-chan Stuffed Animal
Koupen-chan Moon & Star Stuffed Animal
When You Wish Upon a Star Art Reproduction
When You Wish Upon a Star Art Reproduction
The venue will be transformed into a starry sky-themed space and over 100 original drawings will be on display. These have never been posted on social media, so be sure to visit if you’re a fan! The exhibition will also include a photo spot and a video corner, and visitors to the Ikebukuro venue will get a unique stamp. New picture books will be on sale, including autographed copies, and those spending a certain amount on merchandise will receive a special purchase bonus.
Come spend some time surrounded by the encouraging Koupen-chan in this magnificent space!
Koupen-chan’s Starry-Sky Exhibition
Running: July 15 – August 1, 2022
Venue: Ikebukuro PARCO Main Building 7F, PARCO FACTORY
Official Site: https://ikebukuro.parco.jp/
Popular Character Chiikawa Inspires Collaboration Cafe at Shizuoka PARCO
From July 22 until August 21, fans of the adorable character Chiikawa will want to visit Shizuoka PARCO! The Chiikawa Chinese Restaurant and Drink Stand will be offering up some themed dishes for a limited time.
Original Menu at a Glance
Cream Soda with Winning Lottery Number
Otter’s Iced Cocoa
Hot Spring Style Hot Apricot Milk with Marshmallows
Chestnut Manju Alcohol-Free Drink
Chiikawa Meat Bun
Bonus for Drink Orders: Original Cafe Coaster (17 varieties)
Original Goods at a Glance
Acrylic Smartphone Ring
Silicon Ice Tray
T-Shirt / Meat Bun
Goods Purchase Bonus
The Chiikawa Chinese Restaurant is a collaborative cafe project featuring a Chinese-inspired menu and newly-drawn illustrations. This cafe was a huge hit in Tokyo in the past, and those who missed out will have another chance to enter the world of this popular character!
The collaboration menu includes three kinds of cream soda with a winning lottery stick, iced cocoa similar to a strawberry parfait, and other items to enjoy the world of Chiikawa. Guests can also purchase goods featuring illustrations of Chiikawa, Hachiware, and Usagi in Chinese costumes.
Come have a tasty snack and a refreshing drink while you grab some limited Chiikawa merch!
©nagano / chiikawa committee
Chiikawa Chinese Restaurant and Drink Stand
Running: July 22 – August 21, 2022
Venue: Shizuoka PARCO (6-7 Yoichi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka)
Drink Stand: 1F Parque Cafe
Goods Shop: 3F Special Event Space
Manga Artist Shigeru Mizuki’s 100th Birthday Exhibition to be Held at Tokyo City View
Tokyo City View, an incredible venue on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, will hold the first large-scale exhibition of GeGeGe no Kitaro creator Shigeru Mizuki’s works from July 8 to September 4, 2022. The event marks the creator’s 100th birthday, though Mizuki himself passed away in November 2015 at 93 years old.
During “The Yokai of Shigeru Mizuki: Nightly Procession of Monsters ~This is How the Monsters were Born~,” guests will be able to step into Mizuki’s world while also enjoying a breathtaking view of Tokyo. The exhibition will unravel how many of the manga creator’s monsters came to be, and a number of yokai-related books from Mizuki’s personal collection will be on display including The Illustrated Night Parade of a Hundred Demons (Gazu Hyakki Yagyo) by Sekien Toriyama and A Discourse on Yokai (Yokai Dangi) by Kunio Yanagita. Over 100 of Mizuki’s yokai drawings will be on display.
Items at a Glance
Exclusive merchandise will be able to purchase on-site at the special shop ‘Nekoya.’ These items are only available during the exhibition!
From mugs and keychains to T-shirts and sweets, fans of Mizuki’s works will find something to love!
Visitors will be able to use the AR camera in the Street Museum XR sightseeing app to take photos with five yokai hidden within the venue. Using a smartphone, scanning certain key visuals will summon monsters, so don’t miss this neat addition to the event!
At the entrance, visitors will be greeted by bronze statues inspired by the yokai statues that line Sakaiminato City in Tottori Prefecture, Mizuki’s birthplace, as well as windows decorated with lanterns bearing the names of different yokai. Using the AR camera, a giant Gashadokuro will appear (basically a huge and terrifying skeleton). In the final area of the exhibition, guests can snap a picture with the yokai they found along the way!
How to Access the AR ‘Youkai Camera’
After installing the Street Museum XR sightseeing app, select ‘The Yokai of Shigeru Mizuki: Nightly Procession of Monsters” on the map of Tokyo and activate the AR camera.
*Guests must download the Street Museum app.
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/jp/app/machikadowomyujiamuni-sutoritomyujiamu/id1151091144
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.toppan.streetmuseum.android
The Yokai of Shigeru Mizuki: Nightly Procession of Monsters ~This is How the Monsters were Born~
Running: July 8 – September 4, 2022 *Open daily.
Venue: Tokyo City View, Roppongi Hills Tower 52F (6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last entry at 21:00)
Special Shop ‘Nekoya’
Open: July 8 – September 4, 2022 *Open daily.
Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last entry at 21:30)
Official Site: https://mizuki-yokai-ex.roppongihills.com/
Smile of the Arsnotoria RPG to Get Anime Adaptation in July
31.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
An anime adaptation of the Nitroplus, Good Smile Company, and NextNinja mobile RPG Smile of the Arsnotoria will premiere on July 6 on TOKYO MX and BS Nippon TV.
The main cast will include Misaki Kuno as Arsnotoria, Miharu Hanai as Mel, Miyu Tomita as Petit Albert, Eri Yukimura as Picatrix, and Eriko Matsui as Abramelin. The teaser visual also features original characters made specifically for the anime adaptation. More information will be released in June, so stay tuned!
The RPG will also receive a manga adaptation in Kadokawa’s Monthly Dragon Age magazine starting June 9. Drawn by Hattori Masaki, the series will follow the events of the anime.
The series will also receive a spin-off story centered on a character original to the anime. Details surrounding this still remain a mystery.
Be sure to tune in when the anime premieres in July!
“Welcome to our secret academy.”
In the magical boarding school city of Ashram, girls known as Pentagramas live their lives and study to become “real ladies.” It’s time for you to experience the friendly, fun, and fascinating atmosphere of the campus while living alongside these girls in the school dorm!
©NITRO PLUS/GOOD SMILE COMPANY, Inc.
©Smile of the Arsnotoria the Animation Partners
Smile of the Arsnotoria!
Premiering July 7, 2022
TOKYO MX: Wednesdays at 23:00 / BS Nippon: Wednesdays at 24:00
Official Site: arsnotoria-anime.com
Manga Adaptation / Novelization Information
Manga to begin serialization in Monthly Dragon Age starting June 9
Novel to be published by Famitsu Bunko