SPY x FAMILY Collaboration Cafe Coming to Omotesando, Nagoya, and Umeda
To celebrate the upcoming anime adaptation, the popular manga SPY X FAMILY is teaming up with Tower Records cafe for a special collaboration! From April 13 until May 8, three Tower Records Cafe locations will feature menu items inspired by the series’ characters. The collaboration cafe will take place at Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, Nagoya Sakae SKYLE, and Umeda NU Chayamachi.
Anya’s Hamburger Plate
Loid’s Pesto Pasta
Yor’s Chicken Salad Plate
Anya’s Ice Cream Crepe
Yor’s Apple Pie
Anya’s Strawberry Milk
Loid’s Coffee & Milk
Yor’s Rose Tea
Damian’s Melon Soda
Becky’s Cassis Soda
Franky’s Espresso Tonic
SPY x FAMILY Print Latte (Random)
SPY x FAMILY Take-out Drink
Exclusive Cafe Bonus
The collaboration merchandise features new illustrations of Loid, Anya, and Yor playing some jazz. Are you excited about the anime’s premiere?
SPY x FAMILY Collaboration Cafe
Locations: Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, Nagoya Sakae SKYLE, Umeda NU Chayamachi
Open: [Round 1] April 13 – April 25 / [Round 2] April 26 – May 8, 2022
*Cafe bonuses will feature a different design during each round.
Official Site: https://tower.jp/spyfamily-cafe
Available at 29 Tower Records locations and at Tower Records Online (https://tower.jp)
Preorders open at noon on March 30
*Items cannot be ordered at the cafe.
Sales begin April 13, 2022
Tokyo Solamachi’s Curious George Cafe Launches New Summer-Only Menu
Curious George Kitchen, located at Tokyo Solamachi, has unveiled a tropical summer menu along with new original merchandise! These goodies will be available from July 1 until September 25, 2022.
Bubbly & Colorful Fruit Punch: ¥1,480 (Tax Included)
‘Count the Stars’ Seafood Cream Pasta: ¥1,680 (Tax Included)
‘George Meets the Man in the Yellow Hat’ Drink Set with Figure: ¥1,800 (Tax Included)
The summer menu is perfect for those wanting to escape the heat, including colorful fruit punch and creamy seafood pasta utilizing seasonal ingredients.
‘I Love the Man in the Yellow Hat!’ Sicilian Lemon Cheese Cream Cannoli: ¥550 (Tax Included)
Colorful Grapa Panna Cotta: ¥450 (Tax Included)
Art Collection au Lait (Hot/Iced): ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
A refreshing Sicilian lemon cannoli is available for takeout, as well as a rich panna cotta topped with fresh cream and grape. The Art Collection au Lait includes a souvenir cup for customers to bring home!
Banana Stand: ¥3,280 (Tax Included)
Keychain: ¥690 each (Tax Included)
Apron: ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
New summer items are also available for purchase outside of the cafe. From a banana stand made of Japanese cypress to unisex T-shirts and even an apron, there’s something for everyone. Keychains with newly-drawn artwork have also appeared.
Chef George Swinging Stuffed Animal: ¥4,620 (Tax Included)
Menu Book Chocolate Cat Tongue: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
An adorable Curious George stuffed animal and cute chocolate sweets inside of a book-like package will be available during this period. More details will be announced on the official Curious George Kitchen Twitter account.
Come enjoy summer with everyone’s favorite monkey and friends!
© Universal City Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H. A. Rey, are copyrighted and registered by HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C. and used under license. All rights reserved.
Curious George Kitchen
Address: Tokyo Solamachi East Year 1F #11 (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last order at 20:00)
Available: March 17 – September 25, 2022
*Closed from June 27 until June 30
Official Site: https://curiousgeorge-kitchen.jp
Rakudai Majo Anime Series by Production I.G. Gets First Teaser Trailer
22.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Rakudai Majo (Failure Witch) is a popular children’s book series in Japan, and Production I.G. is transforming it into an animated film! The first teaser trailer shows off the main character, Fuuka, and a magical land filled with wonder and adventure.
Rakudai Majo Teaser Trailer #1
The film is based on Satoko Narita’s book series which began with the release of the first volume in 2006. Takayuki Hamana will serve as director, and the film’s script will be penned by Kiyoko Yoshimura. Marumi Sugita is in charge of character design.
More news regarding the project is expected to be announced soon, so keep an eye out for more ahead of the film’s premiere!
In Theaters Spring 2023
Rakudai Majo Official Site: https://anime-rakumajo.com/
CulZone in Akihabara Begins Limited-Time Anime T-Shirt Festival
CulZone, inside ACZ and operated by Ichigo Animation, has expanded and reopened! To commemorate, the Anime T-Shirt Festival will be running from June 17 until July 10. Dozens of shirts will be on sale featuring both new and old anime titles.
©Negi Haruba, Kodansha /The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Production Team ®KODANSHA
©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable
©2016 Natsume Akatsuki, Kurone Mishima / KADOKAWA / Konosuba Production Committee
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
©Tappei Nagatsuki, KADOKAWA / Re: Zero Production Committee
©Sotsu / Sunrise
©1995 Masamune Shirow / Kodansha, Bandai Visual, MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
Character shirts and logo shirts will be available and every fan will find something perfect! Items will be changed regularly throughout the event, so be sure to stop by and find something perfect for your summer wardrobe.
Anime T-Shirt Festival
Running: June 17 – July 10, 2022
Venue: AKIBA Cultures ZONE 4F ‘CulZone’
Official Site: https://www.ichigo.gr.jp/
Kuroko’s Basketball Collaboration Cafe Coming to Open in Ikebukuro
From June 21 until August 21, the GiGO Collaboration Cafe in Ikebukuro will be hosting a cafe inspired by the anime series Kuroko’s Basketball.
Kuroko and Kagami’s Japanese-style Tomato Pasta / Murasakibara and Himuro’s Rice with Bisque Sauce
Aomine and Imayoshi’s Carbonara with Black Sesame / Akashi and Mayuzumi’s Doria with Squid Ink Cream and Cherry Tomatoes
Midorima and Takao’s Focaccia Sandwich / Kise and Kasamatsu’s Chicken Omurice Plate
Midorima and Takao’s French Toast / Aomine and Imayoshi’s Mixed Flavor Parfait
Kuroko and Kagami’s French Toast / Kise and Kasamatsu’s Mixed Flavor Parfait
Hanamiya’s ‘Akudo’ French Toast / Murasakibara and Himuro’s Mixed Flavor Parfait / Akashi and Mayuzumi’s Mixed Flavor Parfait
Big Acrylic Stand ~Cafe Ver.~ (10 varieties)
Holo Pin ~Cafe Ver.~ (10 varieties, random)
Art Panel ~Cafe Ver.~ (10 varieties, random)
Mini-character Pin ~Cafe Ver.~ (13 varieties, random)
Mini-Character Acrylic Keychain with Stand ~Cafe Ver.~ (13 varieties, random)
Polaroid Acrylic Keychain ~Cafe Ver.~ (10 varieties, random)
Fans of the series won’t want to miss a collection of dishes based on popular characters and a slew of new merchandise! Those ordering menu items will receive an exclusive coaster.
© GENDA GiGO Entertainment Inc, All rights reserved.
GiGO Collaboration Cafe / Kuroko’s Basketball
Running: June 25 – August 21, 2022
Round 1 / June 25 – July 15
Round 2 / July 16 – August 5
Round 3 / August 6 – August 21
Venue: GiGO Collaboration Cafe Ikebukuro
Official Site: http://www.kurobas.com/
Popular Snack Tabekko Doubutsu Inspires Collaboration Cafe in Omotesando
A new concept cafe for the popular snack Tabekko Doubutsu will be opening in Omotesando for a limited time, from July 5 until August 21. The snack is similar to animal crackers in the west, though these little creatures are a little cuter.
Korean-style Macaron Set
Tabekko Doubutsu Cafe – Omotesando Goods Set (4 varieties)
Tabekko Doubutsu Cafe – Omotesando Mini Drawstring Pouch (9 varieties)
Tabekko Doubutsu has been hugely popular with young children and adults alike since the snack was first released in 1978. Guests visiting the collaboration cafe can enjoy themed sweets and new merchandise along with a special photo spot perfect for social media!
Tabekko Doubutsu Cafe Omotesando
Running: July 5 – August 21, 2022 *Reservations required
Venue: 5-3-13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (1F)
Official Site: https://twitter.com/tabekko_cafe
Limited Time Attack on Titan Pop-Up Store and Collaboration Cafe to Open at Tokyo Solamachi
From June 25 until July 29, 2022, fans of Attack on Titan will want to visit Tokyo Solamachi at Tokyo Skytree! A special pop-up shop and collaboration cafe will welcome guests with exclusive merchandise and themed foods and drinks.
The original goods feature newly-drawn designs inspired by the Survey Corps’ rest outside the walls. These items can only be found here!
Please see the official website for store information, including more details about original goods and cafe menu purchase bonuses.
Attack on Titan x Tree Village Cafe & Goods 2022
Venue: Tokyo Solamachi West Yard 4F #4
Running: June 25 – July 29, 2022
Tree Village Official Site: https://tree-village.jp/
Engage Kiss Anime Series Reveals Second Key Visual, Second Trailer with Ending Theme
The second key visual and second trailer for the Aniplex/A-1 Pictures series Engage Kiss have been revealed! The series will begin airing on July 2 in Japan.
The trailer features the first appearance of the ending theme Renai-Nou performed by Akari Nanawo. Six new voice actors have also joined the cast: Akeno Watanabe as Akino Yugiri, Kenichiro Matsuda as Miles Morgan, Yoshiaki Hasegawa as Tetsuya Mikami, Aya Uchida as Shenhua Hachisuka, Saori Onishi as Linhua Hachisuka, and Ryota Osaka as Mihail Hachisuka.
An advanced screening of the series will take place at Shinjuku Wald 9 on June 22, with more information now available. Engage Kiss will be accompanied by the Square Enix mobile game Engage Kill, which will begin pre-registration this summer.
Comment from Akari Nanawo
“I’m Akari Nanawo, and I’ve been put in charge of the ending theme for the anime series Engage Kiss.
The first thing I thought about while preparing for my work was the pink-haired yandere heroine! That’s my favorite!!! And the guy is poor and totally dependent on her! Yikes!!!”
Engage Kiss has so many highlights, from the moments plucked from daily life to the battle scenes. The ending theme, Renai-Nou (Love Brain), will hopefully help the viewers connect with the character’s emotions–especially the heroines, who are at the hero’s mercy somewhat.
I hope everyone enjoys it, along with the fast-paced opening theme Everyone, Scramble by Halca!”
TOKYO MX: Saturdays at 24:30 starting July 2
Tochigi TV: Saturdays at 24:30 starting July 2
Gunma TV: Saturdays at 24:30 starting July 2
BS11: Saturdays at 24:30 starting July 2
ABC TV: Saturdays at 26:30 starting July 2
Nagoya TV: Saturdays at 26:30 starting July 2
*Broadcast dates and times are subject to change.
dAnime Store will broadcast the series each Saturday starting July 2.
Other streaming sites will broadcast the series starting July 5.
Official Site: engage-kiss.com
‘Oni: The Thunder Gods Tale,’ an Animated Netflix Series Inspired by Japanese Folklore, to Stream Worldwide
Oni: The Thunder Gods Tale, a new stop-motion-inspired animated series, will premiere on Netflix worldwide!
The series will be directed by Daisuke Tsutsumi, who co-directed the 2014 Academy-Award nominated short film The Dam Keeper. Animation studio Tonko House, founded in 2014 by former Pixar art directors Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, is producing the show. Writer Mari Okada, known for Anohana and The Anthem of the Heart, is also on board.
The first trailer for the 4-episode series has been revealed ahead of its release. Set in a world filled with strange gods and monsters inspired by traditional Japanese mythology, viewers will enter the world of a brave girl named Onari fighting to protect her peaceful village.
Onari is determined to follow in the footsteps of the mighty heroes of lore, but her unique powers are yet to be revealed and her father won’t teach her a thing. Does she have what it takes to fight to protect her peaceful village from the encroaching threat of the gods’ mysterious enemies, the Oni?
The impressive teaser trailer shows off an encounter with the mysterious enemy. Those familiar with Japanese folklore will recognize the tengu, kappa, and dharma running through the mountains.
Oni: The Thunder Gods Tale Trailer #1
Tsutsumi is incredibly proud of the new work. “The story of this girl living between two worlds began as a story inspired by my own life. As production progressed, however, many of the staff members began sharing their own personal stories and passion for this story.”
The cast includes Momona Tamada, Archie Yates, Craig Robinson, Tantoo Cardinal, Brittany Ishibashi, Omar Miller, Anna Akana, Charlet Takahashi Chung, Yuki Matsuzaki, Seth Carr, Robert Kondo, and George Takei. Miyuki Sawashiro, known for her work as Kurapika in HUNTERxHUNTER and Daki in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, will also star in the series.
“This series features my absolute dream cast,” said Tsutsumi. “All of these incredible talents accepted our proposal with such passion and empathy for the story and collaborating with them has been equally humbling and inspiring. They’ve given souls to our characters and unparalleled performances for our animators.”
Oni: The Thunder Gods Tale
Upcoming Anime Series ‘Tokyo Mew Mew New’ Reveals Second Trailer
04.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The 2002 anime series Tokyo Mew Mew is about to be reborn! Tokyo Mew Mew New will begin airing on July 5, and more information was revealed at an advanced screening attended by voice actors Yuma Uchida (Masaya Aoyama), Yuichi Nakamura (Ryou Shirogane), and Yusuke Shirai (Keiichirou Akasaka).
The second trailer includes footage of the transformation sequences and special attacks of the five main characters. Longtime fans must be over-the-top excited!
A new character also makes an appearance in the trailer! Nobuhiko Okamoto will voice Quiche, an alien with feelings for Ichigo. Don’t be fooled, however–he wants to take over the Earth.
Tokyo Mew Mew New Second Trailer
The new series will premiere on July 5 at 24:00 on TV Tokyo on July 6 at 24:30 on BS TV Tokyo. The theme song Cat!! shite SuperGirls by Smewthie can be heard in the second trailer and will be available to stream ahead of the broadcast. The ending theme, Tokimeki Ichigo Ichie, will also be streaming soon.
Tickets for an advanced screening are on sale until June 3 and will include highlights of the first three episodes. The screening will also include a cast talk with Yuma Uchida, Yuichi Nakamura, and Yusuke Shirai, as well as commentary by Nobuhiko Okamoto about his character Quiche.
The Tokyo Mew Mew New Visual Book will be released on June 13, 2022. Filled with cast and staff interviews, fans won’t want to miss it! Be sure to tune into the series when it starts in July.
Tokyo Mew Mew New
Premiering July 5, 2022
Official Site: https://tokyo-mew-mew.com
VTuber Group NIJISANJI Announces Tower Records Collaboration, Special Visuals Inspired by Music Genres
From June 9 until July 18, fans of the VTuber group NIJISANJI will want to head to Tower Records locations or the online store! A number of one-of-a-kind collaboration goods will be on sale, and Tower Records Cafe will also be holding a special cafe with dishes inspired by the NIJISANJI members.
NIJISANJI is one of the most prolific Vtuber projects to date, with over 150 members pulling in millions of views on YouTube. The company has held a number of large-scale events and sells unique merchandise for every talent on the roster. Many of these talents also have music careers.
For this musical collaboration, six of the most popular NIJISANJI talents are representing six popular genres of music. Participating VTubers include ROF-MAO’s Kagami Hayato, Touya Kenmochi, Minato Fuwa, Haru Kaida, Kanae, and Kuzuha.
The visuals made for the collaboration include those inspired by K-Pop, hardcore, rock, enka, hip-hop, and Visual kei. Fans can grab tons of new merchandise including pins and acrylic stands at 69 Tower Records and Towermini stores. The items will also be available at all Tower Records Cafe locations and Tower Records online.
Part 1 Food / Part 1 Sweets
Kanae Birthday Dessert
A collaboration cafe will also take place during the event period, serving up dishes inspired by the six NIJISANJI ambassadors. Fans shouldn’t miss Kanae’s birthday dessert, only available for a limited time! (His birthday is July 7, if you were wondering.)
Certain stores will also have life-size panels and other displays, so come take a snapshot with your favorite character!
Jeddah Season 2022 in Saudi Arabia Announces the Launch of “Anime Village”
The seaside town of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia began Jeddah Season 2022 on May 2. The weeks-long entertainment and cultural festival has announced the “Anime Village,” an interactive event filled with popular Japanese IPs produced by Avex. The family-friendly area will be open until July 2.
*Avex has partnered with Sera, a leading event management company with operations around the world, to produce “Anime Village.”
Jeddah Season 2022 is part of a new initiative in Saudi Arabia called Saudi Seasons. The plan was launched to enrich the lives of both Saudi citizens and visitors and to showcase the country as an important global tourism destination. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Jeddah Season has now returned for the second time.
The “Anime Village” is located in the City Walk area of the event space and includes a ton of popular Japanese properties including Gundam, Demon Slayer, Captain Tsubasa, Ghost in the Shell, Godzilla, Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan, Naruto, Pac-Man, HUNTERxHUNTER, BLEACH, My Hero Academia, and more. Guests can also purchase goods at the Animate Shop and the Sanrio Shop.
For the first time in the Middle East, a giant Gundam diorama measuring approximately 6 meters was put on display, and a Hello Kitty fan meetup will be held. At the Captain Tsubasa booth, visitors can play a VR game that will pull them into the world of the anime series.
We love to see Japanese pop culture continuing to spread around the globe!
Jeddah Season 2022 Anime Village
Running: May 19 – July 2, 2022
Venue: Jeddah Season 2022 City Walk Area
Official Site: https://jeddahseason.sa/index-en.html
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