Shueisha’s Haruman!! 2022 Festival Celebrates Manga this Spring
29.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Shueisha is currently offering a ton of manga for free as part of Haruman!! 2022. The campaign is running until May 15 at participating locations and tons of digital manga series are available for download.
During Haruman!! 2022, users can read over 305 digital titles for free. This year’s theme is ‘Manga Festival,’ and manga fans can find both recent and classic titles. Why not catch up on some manga history while you can?
A collaboration with the popular VTuber agency Hololive is also underway. One of the group’s manga-loving members will be chosen each day to serve as Editor-in-Chief of an original manga magazine.
Popular authors are also commemorating the occasion with new illustrations. Eleven artists from Shueisha’s manga department have drawn popular VTubers, and these awesome images are available exclusively on the Haruman!! website.
Stream Date: April 23, 2022
Participants: Shueisha x Hololive Traveling Editorial Department
Streaming Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFZiqLMntJufDCHc6bQixg
In collaboration with puzzle game creators RIDDLER, ‘The Search for the Great Manga King’s Treasure’ will be held. Pulling inspiration from One Piece, which is currently celebrating 25 years of serialization, fans will have to find clues to solve a massive mystery.
Find your new favorite manga series during Haruman!! 2022.
Running: April 11 – May 15, 2022
Official Site: https://haruman.jp
Netflix Reveals One Piece Live-Action Series Set Details and Concept Art
During the Netflix Geeked Week livestream, more details about the Hollywood live-action One Piece adaptation were revealed to a sea of anxious fans.
Along with six new cast members, fans caught a glimpse of the fantastic sets being used for the series and a greeting from the showrunners Steven Maeda and Matt Owens, along with the actor playing Luffy, Iñaki Godoy.
The new cast members include Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore, Steven Ward as Mihawk, Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff, Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan, Celeste Loots as Kaya, and Chioma Umeala as Nojiko.
A One Piece live-action project had been discussed before, finally coming to fruition after original creator Eiichiro Oda and other members of Shonen Jump staff were convinced that it could be done well. As announced by a number of cast members on social media, the project began filming recently in South Africa.
Behind-the-Scenes Time-lapse Footage
“We get to go to work every day and walk on these massive sets and see these characters come to life,” Maeda said.
“Oda’s world is so unique. Seeing all of this stuff in person, being able to reach out and touch it, has just been such an experience,” Owens continued.
Eiichiro Oda’s manga series has become one of the best-selling manga series in history. Originally published in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997, the series recently celebrated its 100th volume and will celebrate 1,000 anime episodes in the coming weeks. With over 490 million copies in circulation, Luffy’s adventure is beloved by manga fans around the world.
On August 6, the newest One Piece film, ONE PIECE FILM RED, will be released in theaters in Japan.
This live-action adaptation is highly-anticipated by longtime fans around the world. Stay tuned for more news to come!
One Piece Summer 2022 Event to Open at Universal Studios Japan
From July 1 until October 2, 2022, fans of the long-running series One Piece won’t want to miss taking a trip to Universal Studios Japan! This year’s event promises to be extra special as fans celebrate the 25th anniversary of the manga series and the 15th anniversary of the One Piece Premier Show, the annual event at USJ. A special menu featuring tasty treats inspired by the series will be available alongside unique merchandise only available on-site.
This summer’s limited menu and goods lineup are each inspired by a music festival. The event itself will draw inspiration from the film One Piece Film Red, scheduled to release on August 6, 2022.
The Discovery Restaurant in the Jurassic Park-themed area of Universal Studios Japan will be transformed into the One Piece Summer Banquet Restaurant during the event period, featuring a selection of tasty dishes inspired by each main character. This year, menu items inspired by Robin and Jinbe will be available for the first time.
Plenty of original merchandise will be on sale, with one specific item serving as a highlight of the new collection: the 15th-anniversary book. This tome includes details and images from each of the past One Piece Premier Shows and is a must-have for any fan. It also includes a message from the original series author Eiichiro Oda.
One ‘music festival’ themed item is the Festival Towel. Playing a major role in the 2022 version of the One Piece Premier Show, the item is decorated with a limited edition 15th-anniversary design. Guests can also grab a collectible bracelet and salted candy in a unique soda can-inspired package. Of course, it wouldn’t be a One Piece event without some straw hats for sale!
This year’s menu includes everything from Nami’s Orange Frappe to Frankie’s Super American Hot Dog. Each of these tasty dishes will be perfect for posting on social media! Next to the Lost World Restaurant, guests can enjoy some additional goodies from the One Piece Food Cart including Sanji’s Pork Ribs and Sanji’s Peach and Lemon Frozen Smoothie, perfect for beating the heat.
Everyone, young and old, is invited to immerse themselves in the world of One Piece during this special celebration.
One Piece Premier Summer 2022
Running: July 1 – October 2, 2022
Official Site: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/ja/jp
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
Toyokawa Inari to Bring Back Popular Naked YORU MO-DE Event in 2022
24.May.2022 | SPOT
One of Japan’s Three Great Inari Shrines, Toyokawa Inari in Aichi Prefecture, will be decorated in summer-themed lights from July 22 until August 8! The popular Naked YORU MO-DE event is coming back for 2022 after attracting over 40,000 visitors last year.
Starting in 2021, Toyokawa Inari has held the Naked YORU MO-DE event monthly on the 22nd, the founding date of the shrine’s founding. Using technology, Naked’s artwork is updating the worship experience to fit into the ‘new normal,’ keeping social distancing in mind.
Jihoukan Projection-Mapping – Summer Festival ver.
Socially Distanced Art – Naked Distanced Lanterns, Summer Festival ver.
Naked Tsukubai – Summer Festival ver.
The theme for this new event is ‘a summer festival for a new era.’ Many of Toyokawa City’s annual festivals, such as the Oiden Festival and the Mitama Festival, have been canceled since the spread of the coronavirus. This new kind of festival will pull inspiration from other local events and will feature handheld firework displays, a collection of gorgeous wind chimes, and tons of night stalls for guests to enjoy alongside Naked’s digital artwork. The local handheld fireworks will be shown using projection mapping, and all of the fan-favorite Naked social distancing art projects will be transformed to suit the summer festival theme. The Naked Tsukubai hand sanitizing art project will show goldfish and fireworks in the palm of your hand, and the Naked Distanced Lanterns will be decorated with a summer firework pattern.
Toyokawa Inari, One of Japan’s Three Great Inari Shrines x Naked YORU MO-DE
Venue: Toyokawa Inari (1 Toyokawacho, Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture)
Running: July 22 – August 6, 2022
*Held throughout the year starting on the 22nd of every month
Official Site: https://event.naked.works/yoru-mo-de/
VTuber Group Hololive Reveals New Unit ‘ORIO,’ Group Releases First Single
The Hololive VTuber collective has revealed a new unit! Kanata Amane and Toyokami Towahave formed the unit ORIO, releasing their first single Over Time on May 2, 2022.
Some of Hololive’s female VTubers are a part of the Hololive IDOL PROJECT, singing and posting videos on YouTube and even holding live concerts. On February 17, 2021, Hololive IDOL PROJECT held its first concert ‘Bloom’ in which the talents performed only original songs. On April 21, 2021, the talents released their first full-length album Bouquet.
Over Time, the first single by ORIO, is now available on streaming services. The pair’s unit name was announced during the recorded session of Hololive Idol Road Radio earlier this month.
The new song was written by Kana Yaginuma and composed and arranged by Kazuki Satou.
Over Time will be used as the ending theme to the May episode of ‘Hololive IDOL PROJECT presents Hololive Idol Project Radio ~Listen to Our Songs!’
An angel from the Celestial Academy. She is now studying how to heal people.
To hide her shyness, she pretends to be cool.
Character Design: Oshioshio (@oshioshio_info)
A young devil who is visiting human society to gain experience and develop her skills. But instead of studying, she became addicted to video games!
After learning about a tool for communicating with humans called “streaming,” she’s trying it out to help with her studies.
Character Design: rurudo (@rurudo_)
Over Time – ORIO
Streaming Links: https://cover.lnk.to/OverTime
Manga Group CLAMP to Release CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION Vol. 2
06.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The second volume of the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION will feature the popular series Tokyo Babylon! The manga group has begun re-releasing their most famous works in gorgeous new editions, so fans won’t want to miss adding these to their shelves.
Tokyo Babylon is one of CLAMP’s masterpieces, serialized from 1990 until 1993. The volumes will be released in order starting June 3, and each will feature new cover art. Those purchasing a complete set will receive an acrylic stand inspired by the original release.
Recently, CLAMP has begun releasing original art reproductions from 32 of their most famous works. The second round of illustrations has been announced, pulling from Tokyo Babylon, X, Wish, Kobato, Clamp School Detectives, Man of Many Faces, and RG Veda. Preorders open June 1.
CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION – Tokyo Babylon
Release Date: June 3, 2022
Details: Newtype Anime Market
VTubers Takanashi Kiara and IRyS to Perform at Germany’s DoKomi Anime Convention
Hololive English VTubers Takanashi Kiara and IRyS have announced that they will appear at Germany’s largest anime and manga convention DoKomi on June 4 and 5, 2022.
The two will also hold a mini-concert at the event, and selected fans will be able to participate in a chat session with each VTuber. Limited edition merchandise featuring both Kiara and IRyS will be available on-site.
Don’t miss your chance to meet Kiara and IRyS from Hololive English!
An idol whose dream is to become the owner of a fast-food chain. Kiara is a phoenix, not a chicken or turkey. (Very important)
She burns brightly, working herself to the bone since she’ll just be reborn from her ashes anyway.
Character Design: huke (@hukeweb）
IRyS, a half-demon, half-angel also known as a Nephilim, once brought hope to “The Paradise” during the ancient age. Her full name is — Irys. This current era, riddled with despair and desperation, has brought upon her second awakening. She has arrived to deliver hope, with her feelings put into her lyrics and songs, and determination in her voice.
Though she tends to retain her Nephilim form, she is still quite young within her race. With emotion and “other factors,” it is possible that her form may lean to either side. When that occurs, she bears a brief change in her appearance. She does not speak of the events that preceded her second awakening. She faces ever forward, perhaps because she is Hope Incarnate, though no one knows for sure. Or could it be…
“The future is not what helps people; the future is made with our own hands. Salvation is hypocrisy. If people know they are to be saved, they simply will not try. From the depths of despair: a glimmer of light, the warmth of recovery. As long as we are with hope, we live. We stand tall.”
Character Design: redjuice (@shiru)
Dates: June 4 – June 5, 2022
Venue: D-Messe Süd/Congr. Center
Official Site: https://www.dokomi.de/ja
Custom Shirt Brand Original Stitch Announces One Piece Collection
Custom shirt brand Original Stitch has opened orders for a selection of new One Piece-inspired apparel! This is the first time the brand is teaming up with the beloved manga, and fans will want to get their hands on some of these unbelievable designs that pay homage to the long-running series.
Patterns at a Glance
The new collection features completely original designs based on the motifs of popular One Piece characters, including Luffy’s iconic Straw Hat. Each shirt is made-to-order, and customers can choose any fabric and size they like. The lineup also includes bandanas and masks!
A total of 30 different designs are available to choose from, with many inspired by the East Blue Saga, the first part of the series. Patterns can also be combined–for instance, the shirt’s pockets and collar can have their own unique designs.
Original Stitch has collaborated with some of Japan’s most beloved properties in the past, with Pokemon Shirts becoming a phenomenon worldwide. A special Look Book is available for the new One Piece collection, so flip through and find a pattern that best represents you!
One Piece Shirts Powered by Original Stitch
Release Date: March 16, 2022
How to Order: https://originalstitch.com/jp/onepiece
Available in: Japan, America, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, U.K., Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Australia, etc. (Over 40 countries)
POP UP STORE
Mugiwara Store: Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Abeno, Umeda, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kumamoto
Official Site: https://www.mugiwara-store.com/
Live-action Netflix ONE PIECE Adaptation Announces Peter Gadiot as Shanks
The highly-anticipated One Piece live-action series is coming to Netflix around the world in the near future!
The main cast was announced last year, and the actors portraying Koby, Alvida, Helmeppo, Buggy, Arlong, and Garp have also been revealed. Yesterday, it was announced that Peter Gadiot would be playing the role of Red-Haired Shanks, the man who inspired Luffy to become the King of the Pirates.
“Someday, I’ll find a crew as incredible as this one!! I’ll find the greatest treasure in the world! I’ll become the King of the Pirates!”
“Is that so? So, you’re going to surpass us, huh…in that case, I’ll leave you with my hat. Be sure to give it back one day, after you’ve become a fine pirate.”
(From ONE PIECE Volume 1)
A legendary and powerful pirate in the Grand Line, being the captain of the Red-Haired Pirates and one of the Four Emperors in the second half of the Grand Line. He is Luffy’s childhood hero and a former member of Gol D. Roger’s Crew. He has a soft and friendly nature with a deep-seated passion and inner strength, and will always protect his friends.
Peter Gadiot has appeared in a number of popular television series, from Yellowjackets to Queen of the South.
A One Piece live-action project had been kicked around before but has finally come to fruition after Oda and other members of Shonen Jump staff were convinced that it could be done well. Do you think the adaptation will be done well?
Netflix Series ‘ONE PIECE’ – To be Streamed Worldwide
Netflix Original Drama Series ‘ONE PIECE’
VTuber Group Hololive Unveils New Male Unit UPROAR!!
VTuber agency Hololive has announced that its male VTuber unit, Holostars, will be getting a new unit called UPROAR!!
The four new members are Yatogami Fuma, Minase Rio, Hizaki Gamma, and Utsugi Uyu. The members will hold their first collab stream on March 29 at 19:00!
I love sweet treats! I love games! I love to chat!
A fixer who loves human pastimes.
Is also a bit of a clean freak. Started UPROAR!! upon receiving an odd-job request.
Character Designer: Sakusya 2 (@sakusya2honda)
Debut Stream: March 29 at 19:00
The phantom thief infatuated with beauty.
Rumor has it “there are treasures only an idol can obtain”. He is becoming an idol to get his hands on these treasures.
Character Design: Yonemura (@yosk6000)
Debut Stream: March 29 at 20:00
The party animal manga artist who also runs an underground business. He used to think manga was the most awesome, but he has since realized that singing and dancing idols are also awesome.
He is aiming to be the most awesome.
Character Design: Takida (@tkyk01c)
Debut Stream: March 30 at 19:00
A ghost who passed away while still determined to become an idol.
He spent his early ghost days lazing around until, upon Fuma’s invitation, he decided to aim to be an idol once again.
He can’t deal with ghosts and scary things, himself excluded.
Character Design: KEKI (@rudecopper)
Debut Stream: March 30 at 20:00
After the four members hold their debut streams, they’ll come together for a collaboration stream on March 31. Don’t miss it!
First Collab Stream: March 31 at 21:00
Official Site: https://www.hololive.tv/
VTuber Group Hololive Gets Front Page Newspaper Ads in All 47 Prefectures for ‘Hololive SUPER EXPO 2022’
To promote the VTuber group Hololive’s first major event as a full unit, the front page of newspapers across Japan are covered with popular members! Promotion for Hololive SUPER EXPO 2022 and Hololive 3rd fes. Link Your Wish began on March 1, and fans across the country are invited to attend the major events at Makuhari Messe later this month.
On March 1, a full-page ad for Hololive SUPER EXPO 2022 appeared in the morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun, with a total of 47 unique front-page ads, one for each prefecture. Newspapers featuring these ads are also available on the official Asahi Shimbun website in limited quantities while supplies last!
BAND-MAID to Perform at the World’s Largest Festival ‘AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL’ in California
Internationally beloved hard rock band BAND-MAID has been invited to perform at AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL in Sacramento, California!
The festival will take place across four days, from October 6 until October 9, 2022. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, with headliners like KISS and Slipknot.
BAND-MAID has also announced US stops on their global tour during 2022. More information is scheduled to be released soon!