Popular Illustrator Kanahei Announces Piske & Usagi Berry Berry Festival, Limited-Edition Merch
04.March.2022 | FASHION
Kanahei is one of the most popular illustrators on the web today, with many of the artist’s adorable characters featured on LINE as stickers. The creator’s characters will be featured on tons of new merch during two new events–the Piske & Usagi Berry Berry Festival from February 19 until March 31, and the Cat Festival with Kanahei’s Small Animals from February 19 until March 27, 2022.
Piske & Usagi Berry Berry Festival – Merchandise at a Glance
Goods featuring newly-created art of Piske and Usagi will be available at participating stores during the event. Those purchasing ¥2,000 or more on select products will receive a bonus sticker. Get one before they’re gone!
Cat Festival with Kanahei’s Small Animals – New Goods
February 22 is Cat Day in Japan, and this is the second time that Kanahei has held a Cat Festival event to celebrate. Those who purchase select Cat Festival products during the event period will be gifted a bonus postcard while supplies last!
※The amount of available postcards is limited.
※Some items may not be available at all stores.
※Stickers are available in limited quantities.
※The following stores will not offer bonuses:
Sapporo LOFT/ Yokohama LOFT / Tenjin LOFT / Nagoya LOFT / Ginza LOFT / Shibuya LOFT
Piske & Usagi Berry Berry Festival
Running: February 19 – March 31, 2022
Participating Stores/Details: https://kanaheis-small-animals.jp/special/berry2festival_2202/
Cat Festival with Kanahei’s Small Animals
Running: February 19 – March 27, 2022
Kiddy Land Stores: Osaka Umeda ‘Kanahei Store’ / Harajuku / Ikebukuro Sunshine City / Fukuoka PARCO / Kami-Otai / Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi
TV Tokyo Shop at Tokyo Station
Official Site: http://www.txhd.co.jp/
Tokyo Revengers Event to be Held at Animate to Celebrate the Return of the Series
24.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME
From December 10, 2022 until January 22, 2023, a special Tokyo Revengers Fair will take place at Animate locations nationwide and online to celebrate the return of the anime series for the Christmas Showdown Arc!
The series tells the story of freelancer Takemichi Hanagaki, who finds out that his only girlfriend has been killed by the ruthless Tokyo Manji Gang. Going back in time 12 years, he decides to save his girlfriend and become a better version of himself. The first season of the anime series ran from April to September of last year and was based on Ken Wakui’s manga series, which concluded on November 16. The anime will return in January 2023 for its second season.
During the event, fans can snag a special bromide (8 varieties) for every ¥1,100 spent (including tax) on Tokyo Revengers goods. These bromides will feature new illustrations of Mikey, Draken, Inupi, Koko, and other popular characters in tuxedos!
New merchandise will also be on sale, including clear cases, acrylic stands, and more, all featuring the new artwork.
Christmas card-style flyers will also be handed out at select Animate stores starting December 3 while supplies last, so be sure to celebrate the holiday season with the cast of Tokyo Revengers!
Tokyo Revengers Christmas Showdown Arc Fair at Animate
Running: December 10, 2022 – January 22, 2023
Venue: Animate locations nationwide / Animate Online
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/
Yokohama Royal Park Hotel to Hold Halloween Sweets Fair in October
From October 1 until October 31, Yokohama Royal Park Hotel will hold a special Halloween Fair at its delicatessen and lounge Coffret. In addition to six playful sweets from the Halloween Frankenstein to the Halloween Mummy, two types of autumn bread featuring pumpkin and purple sweet potato will be available, allowing guests to enjoy the taste of the season!
Halloween Mont Blanc
Halloween Pound Cake
Pumpkin Cream Fondue / Halloween Anpan
Come enjoy this Halloween with some cute and silly sweets!
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2022
Venue: Coffret Delicatessen and Lounge, 1F
Hours: Lounge 10:00-20:00 (*Cakes served starting at 11:00) /
Reservations: 045-221-1111 (Representatives available 11:00-20:00)
Pancake Shop Butter Collaborates with LINE’s ‘Honesty Series’ Sticker Set
The pancake specialty cafe Butter is collaborating with illustrator Yuu Itsuki from August 19 until September 4, 2022. Fans of Itsuki’s adorable LINE Sticker series will recognize a few characters appearing in the many dishes popping up during the event. Along with a lineup of sweets, main dishes, and beverages available to enjoy at the store, some special collaboration macarons will be sold as a takeout-only item.
Friendly Fruit Buttermilk Pancakes
Kuma-chan’s Shortcake Pancakes with Handmade Donuts
Kuma-chan’s Sleepy Omu Curry
Blue Lagoon Lemonade
Exclusive Macaron Box (Take-out Only)
Order Bonus for Sweet and Main Dishes: Original Postcard and Pin
Drink Order Bonus: Pin
Come enjoy this sweet collaboration menu featuring Kuma-chan and his two best friends!
Running: August 19 – September 4, 2022
Location: Butter Melsa Jiyugaoka
Official Site: http://www.butter-pancake.com/
Popular LINE Sticker Character Opanchuusagi Inspires Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka
The popular character Opanchuusagi, created by illustrator Kawaisoni, has inspired two collaboration cafes! Fans of the adorable rabbit will be able to grab themed dishes and goods in both Tokyo and Osaka from July 7 until August 21. Does the character look familiar? You’ve probably seen her on social media or on LINE!
Opanchuusagi does her best for everyone but tends to fail in hilarious ways. The melancholy character has been getting increasingly popular lately, leaving comments like “poor thing,” or “so cute!”
Cafe Visitor Bonus / Menu Order Bonus
Opanchu Shaved Ice
Opanchu Missing-Underpants Soda
Opanchu Pink Soda
Opanchu Strawberry Milk
The Opanchuusagi Cafe will offer a lineup of cute menu items perfect for posting on social media, from the curry and burger to the shaved ice and latte. The cafe will also sell original merchandise, so don’t miss your chance to snag some!
Why not come relax at this unique cafe on a hot summer day?
BOX cafe&space Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ikebukuro Part 2
July 7 – August 21, 2022
Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ikebukuro Part 2, 4F (1-22-8 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
BOX cafe&space Umeda LOFT
July 7 – August 21, 2022
Kanahei’s Small Animals Inspires Hotel Room at Hotel New Otani Tokyo
03.May.2022 | SPOT
Hotel New Otani Tokyo will offer special collaboration rooms inspired by illustrator Kanahei’s characters Piske & Usagi from May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023.
Original Cushion / Acrylic Stand
The room is completely decorated with brand new illustrations of Piske and Usagi made exclusively for the collaboration. A total of five original amenities will be included with each room plan, including an original cushion and acrylic stand. Come surround yourself with complete cuteness!
Piske & Usagi’s Relaxing Room Plan
Location: Hotel New Otani (Tokyo)
Available: May 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023
Official Site: https://www.newotani.co.jp
My Hero Academia Hero’s Holiday Fair Begins at Animate
08.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The globally popular My Hero Academia anime series is being featured at the ‘My Hero Academia Hero’s Holiday Fair’ at Animate locations around Japan and online through March 13, 2022.
The My Hero Academia manga series by Kohei Horikoshi has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since 2014, and over 65 million copies have been sold worldwide. The series tells the story of Izuku Midoriya, a boy without superpowers in a world where they have become commonplace. Still dreaming of being a hero, he is scouted by Japan’s greatest hero All Might, who chooses Midoriya as his successor. The series celebrated the fifth anniversary of the subsequent anime series last year, spanning five seasons and three films. The sixth season is scheduled to premiere in fall 2022.
Illustration Card with AR Function
Those spending ¥1,100 or more (including tax) will receive one illustration card with AR functionality (5 varieties) randomly. Products available at the fair include DVDs, books, CDs, Blu-rays, and tons of character-related goods.
Three-sided Case with New Illustration by Character Designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi
Animate Exclusive Bonus Set
New products with newly-drawn designs will be released during the fair, and the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the latest anime film are also on sale now!
©2021「僕のヒーローアカデミアTHE MOVIE」製作委員会 ©堀越耕平／集英社
My Hero Academia Hero’s Holiday Fair
Running: February 12 – March 13, 2022
Locations: Animate stores nationwide, Animate Online
Special Bonus: Illustration Card with AR Function (5 varieties)
My Hero Academia Hero’s Holiday Fair Site:
Kanahe’s ‘Ne-Ne-Neko’ to Play a Leading Role in Limited Time Event
01.March.2022 | FASHION
A number of Kiddyland stores, including those in Harajuku and Osaka Umeda, will hold a limited-time event featuring Kanahei’s popular character Ne-Ne-Neko from February 19 until March 27, 2022.
Kittyland Exclusive Goods
This will be the first time the event has been held in two years, and fans of the adorable characters can pick up some limited-time merch! Fan-favorites Piske and Usagi will make appearances as well.
©kanahei / TXCOM
Kanahei’s Relaxing Cat Festival Fair
Running: February 19 – March 27, 2022
Kanahei Store, Osaka Umeda
Kiddyland Harajuku, Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Kami-Otai Store, Shijo Kawaramachi, Fukuoka PARCO, TV Tokyo Shop
Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama Holding Strawberry and Chocolate Fair for a Limited Time
Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama is holding a scrumptious limited-time sweets fair, Sweet Strawberry Valentine, until March 14, 2022! If you’re looking for all things chocolate and strawberry, look no further.
Strawberry Chocolate Plate
Strawberry Chocolate Pain Perdu
Strawberry Mont Blanc
Strawberry Chocolat Ole (Hot/Iced) / Sparkling Berry Soda
Strawberry Chocolate Afternoon Tea Stand
Strawberry Chocolate Afternoon Tea Plate
The Sweet Strawberry Valentine lineup includes three desserts, three drinks, two afternoon tea plates, and one dish for takeout. If you could only choose one, which would it be?
Sweet Strawberry Valentine
Running until March 14, 2022
Location: Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama
Hours: Weekdays |11:00-17:00 (Last Order at 16:00) / Weekends & Holidays | 11:00-21:00 (Last Order at 20:00)
Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays *Hours are subject to change.
Reservations/Official Site: https://cafe.anniversaire.co.jp/minatomirai/
Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama to Start Strawberry Garden Sweets Fair
Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama, a popular location for anniversary celebrations, is holding a limited-time Strawberry Garden fair for a limited time, from January 7 until February 6, 2022. Guests can enjoy a collection of strawberry sweets and pink drinks to start the new year in style.
Limited-Time Dessert Menu *Limited Quantities
Strawberry Plate: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Caramel Pain Perdu: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Mont Blanc: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Limited-Time Drink Menu
Strawberry Tiramisu Latte, Hot (Left)/Iced (Right): ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Sparkle Berry Soda (Center): ¥990 (Tax Included)
Limited-Time Afternoon Tea Plan *Limited Quantities/By Reservation Only
Strawberry Stand Afternoon Tea: ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Plate Afternoon Tea: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Limited-Time Sweets for Takeout *Limited Quantities
Petit Fleur (5 pieces): ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
Running: January 7 – February 6, 2022
Address: Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama (2-1-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa)
Hours: Weekdays 11:00-17:00 (Last Order 16:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-21:00 (Last Order 20:00) *Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hours are subject to change.
Official Site: https://cafe.anniversaire.co.jp/minatomirai/
Hot-Pot Party-Themed Gorogoro Nyansuke Cafe Opens in Ikebukuro
Gorogoro Nyansuke, a popular character featured on LINE stickers, will get his own cafe in Ikebukuro for a limited time! The nabe (hot-pot) party-themed location will be open from December 2, 2021 until January 23, 2022. In Japan, it’s popular to enjoy nabe with friends and family during the winter months to warm up!
Refreshing Lemon Nabe
Soy Milk Nabe
Black Sesame Parfait
Dorayaki Pancakes with Japanese Sweets
Red Bean Paste Covered in Snow
Warm and Cozy Kotatsu Cake
Nyansuke Float (Melon Soda)
Nyansuke Float (Anzu Soda)
Nyansuke Float (Roasted Green Tea and Milk)
Cafe Latte: ¥660 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keychain (Random, 10 varieties)
A4-size Clear Folder (Set of 2)
The adorable kitty-cat has become popular on LINE and social media and was designed by Tsumugi Murasato. Her first manga was published in October 2020 with merchandise following, and she has become more and more popular since!
© MIND WAVE INC. / GORO GORO Nyansuke ®
Gorogoro Nyansuke Cafe
Running: December 2, 2021 – January 23, 2022 *Closed from December 30 – January 4
Location: BOX cafe&space Ikebukuro (1-22-8 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/goronyan_cafe
Reservations/Official Site: http://gorogoronyansuke-cafe.jp/
New Track from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Inspires LINE MUSIC Campaign
29.September.2021 | MUSIC
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will release her first full-length album in three years Candy Racer on October 27, 2021. Ahead of the release, one new track, Jumping Up, will be shared early! This light and fun EDM track will, as promised, make you want to jump up and down along with the bass, and will be streaming starting September 29, 2021.
In conjunction with this pre-release, a LINE MUSIC playback campaign will begin on September 29, with the top 10 listeners receiving a prize exclusive to the event. Be sure to listen to the song as many times as possible for your chance to snag this premium prize, the design of which will be revealed soon!
Jumping Up – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Streaming: September 29, 2021
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s 5th Full Album Candy Racer
Release Date: October 27, 2021
10th Anniversary Special Site: http://kpp10.jp
Official Site: http://kyary.asobisystem.com
Jumping Up LINE MUSIC Campaign
Running: September 29 – October 6, 2021 at 23:59
Streaming Link: https://music.line.me/webapp/album/mb00000000023c3386