New Anime Series ‘BanG Dream! Morfonication’ Gets Virtual Exhibition
27.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Starting July 25, fans of the upcoming anime mini-series BanG Dream! Morfonication will be able to visit the Morfonication Virtual Exhibition!
BanG Dream! is a next-generation girl band project that links anime characters and live performances. The franchise has become a media giant inspiring anime series, games, and live shows. The voice actors from the virtual bands Poppin’Party, Roselia, Morfonica, and RAISE A SUILEN have formed bands in real life and are actively performing!
The Morfonication Virtual Exhibition is being held on NTT’s social VR platform DOOR. Fans can access the exhibition from their smartphone, PC, or other devices, and there’s no need to install an app. You can even visit from a web browser, or for those wanting a more immersive experience, the exhibition supports VR headsets.
The two rooms currently open to the public are the Exhibition Room and Atelier of the Hiromachi Family. More rooms will open as they become available.
The exhibition room recreates the world of BanG Dream! Morfonication, a new original anime focusing on Morfonica, the fourth band appearing in the series. The Atelier of the Hiromachi Family is a faithful reproduction of the Hiromachi family’s atelier, as you may have guessed.
Come enjoy the world of BanG Dream! Morfonication from the comfort of your computer chair!
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Popular Manga Series Chihayafuru Celebrates Finale with Exhibition in Nagoya
Matsuzakaya Nagoya will hold an exhibition for the popular manga series Chihayafuru from August 10 until August 29. The manga concluded on August 1 after 15 years of serialization and tells the story of Chihaya, a girl aiming to become the greatest competitive karuta player in Japan. Karuta is a Japanese card game, requiring players to memorize a collection of 100 classical poems in order to play. Generations of readers have been sucked in by the inspiring and romantic tale, and the series has grown to include an anime adaptation and a live-action film. The story has now reached its inevitable climax, and fans are saying farewell to Chihaya, Taichi, and Arata.
Works on Display
Original Exhibition Goods
Daddy Bear Plush / Snow-maru Plush
Maki-e Nail Clippers by Hashimoto Lacquerware
Goshuin-cho (Shrine and Temple Stamp Book) Set
The exhibition will feature over 500 original drawings and will offer a look back at the series as a whole. Guests will also be able to see new drawings made exclusively for the event. In addition to valuable setting materials and research notes, the exhibition will also go behind the scenes, and a video of the elaborate production process and the creator Yuki Suetsugu’s thoughts on the work will be shown. If you’re a fan, you shouldn’t miss it!
Running: August 10 – August 29, 10:00-18:00
Venue: Matsuzakaya Nagoya 7F, Main Event Hall *Closing at 17:00 on August 29
Virtual Idol Group 15 Voices Releases New Song ‘Ash,’ Story PV
15 Voices is a new virtual idol group aimed at youth around the world. A group of 15 girls living in the fictional industrial city of Kagutsuchi sacrifice the future in order to live in the present, or sacrifice the present in exchange for the future, as they travel on a mysterious bus towards a city of youth.
This spring, a free series of web prequel novels exploring the backstory of each member began. A manga adaptation and audio drama featuring popular voice actresses are also currently in the works.
On August 3, the group released a new song, Ash. This track comes ahead of 15 Voice’s new EP ASTRONOTES, which will release next week. A short version of the anime music video has also been uploaded to YouTube.
Ash – 15 Voice (Short Music Video)
The track features music and lyrics by Vocaloid-P ichica, who expertly weaves in the sentimentality one feels at the end of summer. The band’s post-punk sound is a throwback to 90s pop-punk and the emo revival of the early 2000s. This one is sure to bring the nostalgia!
The new prequel novel, The Case of Emi Akiko and Nami Akiko, has also been fully released. The story was written by Takumi Mochizuki, a Mephisto Prize winner who has written a number of popular works in the past. The story can be read for free on the tree website.
The story follows the twin sisters as they navigate through their difficult upbringing, which included a neglectful mother, an absent father, and a fortune-telling foster grandmother. The two were born and raised in a strange place, and the life they choose to live in the end will shock you. We’re looking forward to seeing how this prequel tale impacts the main story.
Each chapter of the prequel novel is accompanied by a theme song sung by the group, and the story of these two sisters is joined by the track Eureka. This song will also be featured on the ASTRONOTES EP. Don’t miss the promo video narrated by Anna Suzuki (Nami) and Minori Fujidera (Emi).
Emi Akiko & Nami Akiko Prequel Novel Video
Live activities held in the virtual world will begin this fall, so check out the group’s official Twitter page for more information going forward!
Virtual Idol Group 15 Voices
New EP ASTRONOTES
Release Date: August 10, 2022
Streaming Links: https://15shoujo.lnk.to/Ash
Spotify Presave / Apple Music Pre-add: https://avex.ffm.to/p72ejpw.OWE
tree Serialization Site: https://tree-novel.com/works/96b8b411b4810f421a503bb4ac16a8f7.html
Tokyo Station Hotel to Offer Accommodation Plan in Conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition
Starting on October 8, Tokyo Station Gallery will begin the 150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition. To celebrate the opening of the event, Tokyo Station Hotel will begin offering a special lodging plan which includes a special ticket for entry starting September 15.
2022 marks the 15th anniversary of Japan’s first railroad. The exhibition will look back at the history of railroads from their inception in 1872 to the present day, and will also feature modern and contemporary Japanese art.
Over 150 works will be on display, from oil paintings to photographs. The exhibition will also include Kawanabe Kyosai’s Jigoku Gokuraku Meguri-zu and Utagawa Hiroshige’s masterwork Steam Train Running Along the Shore at Yokohama. The train headmark was designed by Katsuhiko Hibino in 2021.
The accommodation plan will include a special tour held on the morning of check-out day before the gallery opens to the public. Visitors can enjoy the exhibition in depth while listening to explanations by the curators who planned the exhibition. After the tour, visitors can enjoy the exhibition again. The special ticket features Utagawa Hiroshige’s painting Steam Train Running Along the Shore at Yokohama and is perfect as a souvenir.
Enjoy a rare moment surrounded by the historic architecture of Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi Station Building and immerse yourself in the history of the railroad.
150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition Room Plan
Available: October 14 – December 23, 2022
Reservation Period: September 15, 12:00 – December 23
Official Site: https://www.tokyostationhotel.jp/
150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition
Running: October 8, 2022 – January 9, 2023
*Please check the official website for closure dates.
Venue: Tokyo Station Gallery
Official Site: https://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/
Nanao City in Ishikawa Prefecture Holds Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia Manga Event
In 2023, an anime adaptation of the manga series Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia will air on television. During the Nanao Port Festival held on July 17 in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, fans were treated to tons of artwork and collaboration visuals. After all, the series takes place in Nanao City! Over 1,500 flyers for the show were handed out in under two hours, and the local community was thrilled to know that such a popular anime series would bring more attention to the town.
As part of the collaboration between Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia and Nanao City, an exhibition will be held featuring 30 reproductions from the original manga manuscript and some original anime drawings!
The exhibition will be held from August 10 until September 25 at Patria, located directly in front of Nanao Station and prominently featured in the series. Admission is free and reservations are not required, so fans should consider coming to check it out!
Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia is the latest work by Makoto Ojiro. Set in Nanao City, the coming-of-age story follows Ganta Nakami, a high school boy suffering from insomnia, and Isaki Magari, a girl with the same issue. The manga is serialized in Weekly Big Comic Spirits.
Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia will receive an anime adaptation in 2023, and a live-action film is also in the works. The first trailer for the anime series has been released, so be sure to give it a watch!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Anime 10th Anniversary Exhibition Announces More Venues, Details Tokyo Event
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime. To commemorate the event, a special anniversary exhibition will be held around Japan starting on August 10! The first venue will be Ikebukuro Sunshine City in Tokyo.
*This event will be held exclusively at the Tokyo venue. Please note that the café will not be open during the “Premium Preview” on August 9.
*The cafe will be held within the venue. Only visitors with a ticket for the day will be allowed entry.
The official website for the exhibition has revealed more information about the Tokyo event, including the collaboration cafe menu. Details about the exclusive merchandise that will be on sale have also been posted. This year’s exhibition will feature a large selection of canvas boards that can only be obtained at each venue. Canvas boards exclusive to the Tokyo venue for the first leg of the tour will feature Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando. The characters will change from venue to venue, so keep an eye out for more details!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Anime 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: August 10 – September 4, 2022
Hours: 9:00~/11:00~/13:00~/15:00~/17:00~ (Last entry at 19:00)
Venue: Ikebukuro Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan Bldg. 3F, Exhibition Hall C
Official Site: https://jojoanime10th-ex.com/
JOJO 10years Anniversary Café
Venue: Ikebukuro Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan Bldg. 3F, Exhibition Hall C
Running: August 10 – September 4, 2022
Running: September 17 – October 10, 2022
Venue: Niigata Manga Animation Museum
Running: October 19 – November 7, 2022
Venue: Daimaru Sapporo 7F Hall
Running: November 30 – December 18, 2022
Venue: Hakata Hankyu 8F
Running: December 21, 2022 – January 9, 2023
*Closed on January 1
Venue: Hankyu Umeda 9F, Hankyu Umeda Gallery
Kawaii King Sebastian Masuda to Hold ‘COLORS FOR PEACE’ Charity Art Exhibition in New York City
Sebastian Masuda, known as the “father of kawaii,” moved to New York City in 2022 to be more active in the Big Apple while continuing his activities in Tokyo.
His first event since moving to the city will be the COLORS FOR PEACE charity art exhibition, which will be held at the Mizuma & Kips gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side from July 29 until July 31. A portion of all proceeds from the sale of artwork and donations collected will be donated to the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, a human rights organization supporting those whose lives have been impacted by war.
Masuda wanted people to think about peace, which is the theme for the COLORS FOR PEACE exhibition. The showing will feature artwork in four primary colors–blue, yellow, green, and pink.
Along with original paintings and lithographs, the exhibition will also feature a bed installation where guests can freely relax. Visitors will be able to think about the people whose peaceful daily lives are threatened by the ongoing war, and will be able to support them through art.
An opening reception for the event will be held on the evening of July 29, and reservations are open now. More information will be announced on Masuda’s social media accounts, including when the artist himself will appear.
Comment from Sebastian Masuda
“COLORS FOR PEACE is an event with a very straightforward theme, and that is for guests to think about peace. Close your eyes. Imagine it. Understand it. Understand how wonderful it is that you can sleep in your own bed at home tonight. We all know how comfortable it is to be able to sleep in our own bed, with our own sheets that have our own scent.
Through my activities over the years, I’ve come to realize that the ‘kawaii’ movement is one of the best ways to inspire peace. It helps us to understand each other, and the bright and vibrant colors make people happy, both in Japan and around the world. I hope that the COLORS FOR PEACE venue will be filled with many smiling faces and that it will transcend race, religion, age, gender, and all other borders.”
COLORS FOR PEACE
Running: July 29 – July 31, 2022
Venue: Mizuma & Kips
Address: 324 Grand St, New York
July 29: 12:00-18:00
July 30: 12:00-18:00
July 31: 12:00-17:00
July 29, 18:00-20:00
Official Site: https://sebastianmasuda.com/exhibition/colors-for-peace/
More Details about The Rose of Versailles 50th Anniversary Exhibition Revealed
Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills will hold ‘The Rose of Versailles 50th Anniversary Exhibition –The Rose of Versailles Forever-’ from September 17 until November 20, 2022. The exhibition will feature original drawings and gorgeous color illustrations from the original creator, as well as new developments and a look back at the anime series and many stage performances by the Takurazuka Revue. The venue will also feature a spectacular production inspired by the real Palace of Versailles.
<Exhibition Entrance> ©Riyoko Ikeda Production
At the back of the elegant entrance corridor, inspired by the Palace of Versailles, are four lifesized panels of Marie Antoinette, Oscar, Andre, and Fersen.
On the windows, portraits of the characters will appear as if they were portraits in a palace. The incredible backdrop of the Tokyo skyline is sure to create a lasting memory.
Riyoko Ikeda debuted as a manga artist at the age of 20 and had a massive interest in history, particularly the life of Marie Antoinette. Publishing The Rose of Versailles was a dream for the artist, though the subject matter was strange for the time.
[Chapter 1] The Rose of Versailles
Approximately 180 original drawings from The Rose of Versailles, including color illustrations and rare original two and four-color drawings from the time of its original serialization, will be on display.
In addition to the charming story, guests can enjoy the incredible art and heart-wrenching dialogue.
Also on display will be original drawings from The Rose of Versailles: Episodes, which shares many secrets and truths not revealed in the original story. This is the first new book in 40 years. The exhibition will also share Ikeda’s thoughts on her work and behind-the-scenes details, giving fans a deeper understanding of the creator’s process.
Along with additional artwork, the exhibition will feature a dress that Oscar only wore once in his life. Created by students of the haute couture department of Bunka Fashion College, the dress, made with lustrous silk fabric and thousands of beads, is sure to bring a tear to your eye.
©Riyoko Ikeda Production
[Chapter 2] The Rose of Versailles Musicals by the Takurazuka Revue
The Takurazuka Revue is a Japanese all-female musical theater troupe known for its Broadway-style productions of Western-style musicals and adaptations of films, novels, and manga. The Rose of Versailles was first performed by the group in 1974 at the Takurazuka Grand Theater in Hyogo Prefecture, inspiring a major Versailles boom.
Since then, it has inspired a number of new musicals, and in 2014, it became one of Takurazuka Revue’s most popular productions, attracting a total audience of 5 million people. The exhibition will feature a part of the set from Oscar’s room, in which Oscar and Andre pledged their love to each other. The costumes and props work and used by Oscar and Marie will also be on display.
<Takurazuka Revue’s Cosmos Troupe performs The Rose of Versailles – Oscar & Andre- in 2014> ©Riyoko Ikeda Production
[Chapter 3] The Rose of Versailles Anime Series
While the series continued to be popular even after its serialization ended, it was adapted into an anime series in 1979. The opening theme song, Roses Scatter Beautifully, became a big hit when the show was first broadcast.
Along with rare cels, the exhibition will discuss the show’s directors Tadao Nagahama and Osamu Dezaki, while also highlighting some of the best parts of the anime series.
[Chapter 4] The Future of The Rose of Versailles
For half a century, The Rose of Versailles has remained in the public consciousness.
This part of the exhibition highlights the many collaborations, goods, and releases related to The Rose of Versailles, including overseas releases, nostalgic items, spin-off manga, and more. Are you familiar with this impactful shojo manga series?©Riyoko Ikeda Production / Shueisha
The Rose of Versailles 50th Anniversary Exhibition – The Rose of Versailles Forever –
Running: September 17 – November 20, 2022
Venue: Tokyo City View, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F (6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://verbaraten.com/
Blue Period Exhibition Showcases Art from Students Across Japan
Blue Period Exhibition ~Art is a gift?~ will run from June 18 until September 27, 2022, at Tokyo’s Warehouse TERRADA G1 Building. The manga series, written and illustrated by Tsubasa Yamaguchi, has been serialized in Kodansha’s seinen manga magazine Monthly Afternoon since June 2017.
Blue Period follows Yatora Yaguchi, an aspiring painter trying to get into the Tokyo University of the Arts. For this exhibition, 34 students from art college prep schools around Japan drew the first six covers of the Blue Period manga series in their own unique styles. These creations were made across multiple media including charcoal, pencil, and oil paint. All 34 paintings will be on display during the exhibition period.
Selection of Paintings to be Displayed
Artist: Tomori Marimo
This angel was drawn by art club member Mori-senpai in the series and inspired Yatora to pursue art. Appears in Volume 1.
Artist: Yamamichi Shota
The painting Yatora drew based on the theme of ‘Fate.’ It was the first F100 painting and seemed like it would swallow him up. Appears in Volume 3.
Artist: Yamazaki Yuko
Piece drawn for Yatora’s first exam. The theme was ‘self-portrait.’ Appears in Volume 4.
Artist: Tamana Moteki
Piece drawn for Yatora’s second exam. The theme was ‘nude.’ Finished at the last minute. Appears in Volume 6.
The in-person event will also invite fans of Blue Period to see 50 works of art integral to the series. An immersive theater will also be open, and visitors can see exclusive commentary from the series creator.
Blue Period Exhibition ~Art is a gift?~
Running: June 18 – September 27, 2022
Venue: Terrada Warehouse G1 Building (2-6-4 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://blueperiod-ten.jp/
Yayoi Kusama’s First Print Exhibition to Open at Matsumoto City Museum of Art in Nagano Prefecture
From July 23 until September 25, 2022, the world’s first exhibition of Yayoi Kusama prints will be on display at the Matsumoto City Museum of Art in Nagano Prefecture. During this special event, fans will be able to see some of her earliest works, including her Ai wa Tokoshie (Love is Forever) series and ukiyo-e prints of Mount Fuji.
Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 and has become a world-renowned avant-garde artist. Kusama is originally from Matsumoto.
In 1993, Kusama made her debut on the world stage at the 45th Venice Biennale, cementing her as one of Japan’s top artists. Early in her career, the artist actively worked on making prints, many of which will be on display at the museum.
In 1979, Kusama’s works Going to the Field with Shoes on and Standing on the Visionary Field were put on display. Artwork is not only a hobby or interest to Kusama, but a lifeline–the artist has gone on record many times stating that “if not for art, I would have killed myself a long time ago.” Many of her works pull from the idea of life and death, and this trend began when Kusama returned to Japan after living abroad for a number of years. Along with the abstract nature of her earlier works, Kusama also heavily incorporates motifs into her pieces, from pumpkins and dresses to hats and grapes. Many recognize her works instantly due to her use of polka dots.
The black-and-white motif present in her earlier works is a far cry from the more colorful pieces that she has become known for around the world. For those in the United States, exhibitions featuring the artist’s unique Infinity Rooms have become a staple, popping up in New York, Louisiana, Washington D.C., and many other locations.
Come fall in love with the artistic world of Yayoi Kusama at this exclusive exhibition.
Yayoi Kusama: World of Prints
Running: July 23 – September 25, 2022
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
(If Monday is a holiday, the museum will be closed on Tuesday instead.)
*Open every day in August.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Exhibition 2 in Tokyo to Show Footage from Upcoming Film
The second exhibition for the popular manga, novel, and anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime will open at Matsuya Ginza on July 21. With over 30 million copies in print, the series has become massively popular both in Japan and abroad, and an anime film is scheduled to release this November.
The exhibition will be open until August 9, 2022, and is then scheduled to begin a regional tour.
Certain scenes from the highly-anticipated upcoming film will be shown exclusively at the exhibition. Those who are having trouble waiting until November won’t want to miss this rare chance!
During the previous exhibition, guests were able to enter a lottery to win a signboard autographed by Miho Okasaki, the voice of Rimuru. Due to the large number of entries, prizes for the second lottery are even more incredible!
The following autographs, which were previously displayed during the last exhibition, will be given away to some lucky fans. More details are available on the official Twitter page!
Signboard autographed by That Time I Reincarnated as a Slime author Fuse / Signboard autographed by Tenchura! That Time I Reincarnated as a Slime author Fuse / Signboard autographed by That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest artist Tae Tono / Signboard autographed by That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Ways of the Monster Nation author Sho Okagiri / Signboard autographed by That Time I Got Reincarnated (Again!) as a Workaholic Slime illustrator Shizuku Akechi / Signboard autographed by The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime artist Shiba
*Prizes are awarded at random.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Exhibition 2
Running: July 21 – August 9, 2022
Venue: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
Official Site: https://sp.ten-sura.com/tensuraten2/
Main Visuals for Fate/Extra Illustrator Arco Wada’s Exhibition Revealed
Aniplex has released the main visuals for the upcoming Arco Wada exhibition. The event is being held to celebrate Wada’s first artbook, Ai -Arco Wada Fate ART WORKS-, and will be held in both Tokyo and Osaka. More information about the content of the exhibition, visitor bonuses, and exclusive merchandise have also been announced.
Visitor Bonus for Tokyo/Osaka: Bookmark (4 varieties, random)
The exhibition will feature a number of illustrations from the Fate/EXTRA and Fate series, as well as content from the upcoming artbook. Original goods will be sold at the event to mark the 12th anniversary of the Fate/EXTRA game series which first launched on July 22, 2010, and a special area will pay homage to the popular titles.
The newly-released main visual for the event shows 40 characters, including seven that had already been revealed.
The Osaka event was also detailed. It will take place on the 4th floor of Umeda LOFT from October 28 until November 20, 2022.
More information will be announced after the Osaka event, so stay tuned!
Arco Wada Exhibition – Fate & Fate/EXTRA ART WORKS
Tokyo Venue: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
Running: July 21 – August 9, 2022
Hours: 10:00-20:00 *Open until 19:30 on July 24, July 31, and August 7
(Closing at 17:00 on August 9. Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing.)
Osaka Venue: Umeda LOFT 4F Event Space
Running: October 28 – November 20, 2022
*Closing at 18:00 on November 20. Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing.)
Official Site: https://wadarco-exhibition.com
Illustrator Macoto Takahashi’s Works on Display in New Tokyo Exhibition
Starting on July 20, the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi store will be celebrating illustrator Macoto Takahashi’s 88th birthday with a special exhibition. The event will display many of Takahashi’s works, featuring beautiful girls and festive flowers.
For over six decades, Takahashi has been drawing princesses and girls to turn heads, each of them full of life and captivating coquettish energy. With fans around the world, the artist dominated the Showa period with his pieces which were frequently on the covers of girls’ manga magazines. With the artist’s 88th birthday coming up next month, this exhibition will focus on many of Takahashi’s original paintings, as well as his recent collaborations with apparel brands such as COMME des GARCONS and Anna Sui.
Original Illustration – Elaine’s Flowers
Flowery Mademoiselle II
Original Illustration – Sunflower Prayer
“I want people to feel warm and healed when they see my works. I want them to feel euphoric. Euphoria brings peace, and it cultivates mutual respect for each other,” Takahashi said about his works. His recent work Sunflower Prayer, on display at the exhibition, shows a Ukrainian girl in a traditional costume wishing for peace.
“I’m an artist, so I was able to convey my hope for peace through my work. I hope that you’ll also express your desire for peace in any way that you can,” Takahashi said. This work painted by the 87-year-old is a major highlight of the event.
Original Illustration – The Prince and His Dog
Original Illustration – Fairy-Tale Wedding
Takahashi’s original paintings often sell out quickly due to their popularity. During this massive event, the largest number and widest variety of the artist’s works will be displayed and sold. The lineup is packed with highlights, ranging from works made during the 1990s to the creator’s latest works from 2022.
To commemorate the event, new goods featuring nostalgic illustrations seen on girls’ magazine covers in the 1970s will be available, including stationery, buttons, and more.
Macoto Takahashi’s 88th Birthday Exhibition: A Collection of Beautiful Woman
Running: July 20 – July 25, 2022
Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Building 7F Event Space
Official Site: https://artgallery.co.jp/