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/
‘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.
VTuber Group NIJISANJI EN Inspires Collaboration Cafes in Ikebukuro and Nagoya
From August 3 until August 30, VTuber group NIJISANJI EN fans won’t want to miss two unique collaboration cafes coming to Ikebukuro and Nagoya! The cafes are being held at Animate Cafe and a number of themed dishes and goods will be available for purchase.
Pomu, Selen, and Reimu’s Favorite Things Plate
Ike, Shu, and Luca’s Favorite Things Plate
Pomu, Selen, and Reimu’s Favorite Sweets Set
HOW CAN I WORK PLEASE! Cake Set by seisoxiem
Big Powerful Pomu Energy Drink
Mango Cider That Won’t Make You Blackout
Miso Soup & Toast
Super Popular Taiyaki Drink
C&C (Cookies & Cream) Frozen Drink with Cheddar Cheese Flavored Thing
At the collaboration cafe, limited-edition goods featuring entirely new illustrations of the members will be on sale. Pomu Rainpuff, Selen Tatsuki, Reimu Endou, Ike Eveland, Shu Yamino, and Luca Kaneshiro are waiting for you!
NIJISANJI EN x Animate Cafe
Running: August 3 – August 30, 2022
Venue: Animate Cafe Ikebukuro #3 / Nagoya #2
How to Visit:
Animate Cafe Ikebukuro #3
Reservations by lottery for all dates (Online)
Animate Cafe Nagoya #2
August 3 – August 5, Weekends & Holidays: Reservations by lottery (Online)
*All other dates feature first-come-first-served seating. If the shop becomes too crowded, numbered tickets may be handed out.
The Devil is a Part-Timer! Anime Series Teams Up with AMOCAFE Ikebukuro for Collaboration Cafe
28.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
From July 22 until August 7, AMOCAFE Ikebukuro is holding a special collaboration cafe with the anime series The Devil is a Part-Timer!
A number of unique menu items inspired by the show’s characters are available, and new original goods featuring illustrations of the cast in beach house costumes are on sale.
Priority for admission is given to those with reservations, so make yours now!
Special Collaboration Menu
Serious Office Worker’s Dinner: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Emi is serious about her job, and her dinner is filling and simple.
The Devil’s Experiment (Honey Cucumber & Konnyaku): ¥990 (Tax Included)
Using the wits of the Demon King’s army, this tasty Konnyaku features a delicious melon and miso flavor.
[AMOCAFE x Chiho] Special Omurice: ¥1,210 (Tax Included)
Of course, Chiho loves to draw a heart on her tasty Omurice.
Urushihara’s Hard-earned Crystals / Daikokuya’s Shaved Ice: ¥880 (Tax Included)
This menu will make you excited to watch–or rewatch–the anime series!
Guests can expect even more themed menu items along with drinks and exclusive merchandise!
In addition, new illustrations of Mao and Chiho working at the beach house with Emi on surveillance are available from the AMOCAFE webshop. A number of products are on sale, including acrylic stands and water-resistant tapestries. Check the AMOCAFE Ikebukuro and AMOCAFE webshop Twitter accounts for more details soon!
©2021 和ヶ原聡司/KADOKAWA/MAOUSAMA Project
The Devil is a Part-Timer! x AMOCAFE Ikebukuro
Running: July 22 – August 7, 2022
Venue: AMOCAFE Ikebukuro
Collaboration Site: https://amocafe-reserve.jp/maousamacafe/
Dr. Stone THE STAGE ~SCIENCE WORLD~ to Open at Ikebukuro Sunshine Theater
12.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Dr. Stone THE STAGE ~SCIENCE WORLD~, the stage play adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi’s Dr. Stone sci-fi adventure manga, is being performed at Ikebukuro’s Sunshine Theater until July 18, 2022.
In the year 2019 AD, a mysterious flash suddenly petrifies nearly all human life. 3,700 years pass with the human race frozen in stone, until in April 5738, a 15-year-old prodigy named Senku Ishigami is suddenly revived. He soon sets up a basecamp and begins to study the petrified humans in order to determine the cause of the event, as well as a cure.
The Tokyo performance will take place until July 18. From July 21 until July 24, the stage play will be held at AiiA 2.5 Theater Kobe in Hyogo.
Those unable to see the performance in person can stream the July 9 performance until July 16!
Comment from Tsubasa Kizu (Senku)
“My name is Tsubasa Kizu and I play Senku.
Less than a month into our rehearsals, we’ve been powering our way through!
I’ll do my best to make sure that there are no injuries on set, and that myself and this wonderful cast and crew successfully complete this stage run.
I really want to share how fun science can be with the audience, even if just a little bit.
We’ll give it our all, so please continue supporting us until the very end!”
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/
Cafe Inspired by Technoroid Mobile Game to Open at Sunshine City Prince Hotel in Tokyo
Tokyo’s Sunshine City Prince Hotel will hold a special collaboration cafe with the mobile game Technoroid at the Bayern restaurant. The first collaboration cafe for the multimedia project will be open from July 30 until September 11, 2022.
Ikebukuro is a part of Tokyo filled with shops, restaurants, movie theaters, and plenty of anime and game shops. Anyone visiting the area will find something fun to do, and it has also become known nationally as a mecca for girls who like BL.
Afternoon Tea Menu
Sales Period: July 30 – August 6
Nobel / Ruma / Einsatz
Sales Period: August 7 – August 13
Silve / Auru / Lana / Zin
Sales Period: August 14 – August 20
Kite / Light / Night
Sales Period: August 21 – August 27
Bora / Xyo / Rhodi
Sales Period: August 28 – September 3
Fran / Hyd / Lim
Sales Period: September 4 – September 11
Colbalt / Chrom / Kei / Neon
Six different afternoon tea menus will be available during the event period, changing weekly. These will be inspired by different groups from the music series.
Hot and cold drinks inspired by the game’s characters, including 20 varieties of latte art, will be available during the entire event period. The cafe will also offer collaboration food items and drinks that can be enjoyed only at the collaboration cafe, as well as exclusive goods.
Technoroid x Sunshine City Prince Hotel ‘Cafe Unison’
Open: July 30 – September 11, 2022
Venue: Restaurant Bayern (Hotel B1F)
※For those unable to visit the collaboration cafe, goods will be on sale even after the event period ends. More information will be released at a later date.
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/
SPYxFAMILY Pop-Up Store Opens at Matsuya Ginza
The SPYxFAMILY pop-up shop, first held inside Tokyo Station’s Character Street in April, will be coming to Matsuya Ginza from June 29 until July 12, 2022.
Limited edition merchandise will be making a return, each featuring exclusive illustrations that saw huge popularity at the Tokyo Station event. Guests will also be able to purchase eight new items!
The lineup includes a rubber coin case (3 varieties, random), a clear multi-use pouch (3 varieties, random), an acrylic keychain featuring Anya, a Peanuts T-shirt with a new Anya illustration, and a mug. Each item is accented with Anya’s pink hair, adding to the cute factor.
Bonus Cooling Towel
Customers spending ¥3,300 or more at the pop-up shop will receive a bonus sticker. Those spending ¥5,500 can choose between a mug or a cooling towel!
SPYxFAMILY Pop-up Shop
Running: June 29 – July 12, 2022
Venue: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
(Closing at 19:30 on July 3, July 10 / Closing at 17:00 on July 12 / Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing.)
Official Site: https://marimocraft.co.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/
Pui Pui Molcar Inspires Pop-Up Store at Shibuya MODI for a Limited Time
From June 24 until July 17, fans of the adorable stop-motion series Pui Pui Molcar will be able to grab some exclusive beach party-inspired goods at Shibuya MODI! A limited-time pop-up store, ‘Sparkling Beach Party -Molcar’s Official Trip PARKING Shop,’ will welcome guests inside the 7th-floor event space.
This is the second limited-time brick-and-mortar store inspired by the web shop “Pui Pui Molcar Parking.” In this iteration, the characters are seen enjoying a beach party and have been painted in a new style! Products using those newly-drawn illustrations and a raffle for original prizes will be held for those purchasing goods. A “Potato Photo Session” is scheduled for July 9 and 16.
The Pui Pui Molcar pop-up shop will be traveling to Osaka and Fukuoka in the future, so be sure to visit!
Sparkling Beach Party -Molcar’s Official Trip PARKING Shop-
Venue: Shibuya MODI 7F Event Space
Running: June 24 – July 17, 2022
Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Closing at 19:00 on July 17)
Official Site: https://www.bnfw.co.jp/
Sylvanian Families Pop-Up Park Opens for Limited Time at EKIHAKO in Eki Marché Shin-Osaka
EKIHAKO, located within Eki Marché Shin-Osaka inside Shin-Osaka Station, is now holding a Sylvanian Families Pop-Up Park event until June 13, 2022!
The world of Sylvanian Families is loved by people of all ages, and fans of the adorable creatures won’t want to miss this event. A photo spot has been set up where guests can take pictures with oversized versions of the characters!
Sylvanian Lottery – 1 Spin: ¥600 (Tax Included)
Fans can also take part in the Sylvanian lottery. Don’t worry about losing your money–every spin results in a prize!
‘Sylvanian Families Pop-Up Park’ at EKIHAKO, Eki Marché Shin-Osaka
Running until June 13, 2022
Hours: 9:00-21:30 *Hours are subject to change. The store will close at 21:00 on June 13.
Address: EKIHAKO, Eki Marché Shin-Osaka, inside the ticket gates at JR Shin-Osaka Station (5-16-1 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka)
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