NIJISANJI and Sanrio Characters Collaboration Cafe to Open for a Limited Time
The NIJISANJI and Sanrio Characters Collaboration Cafe will open in Harajuku and Yokohama on August 18 and in Osaka on September 2!
Three units from the popular NIJISANJI VTuber collective will be featured at the cafe, with each talent teaming up with a particular Sanrio character, from Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, and Kuromi to Tuxedo Sam and Hangyodon.
Food Menu Purchase Bonus: Original A3-size Lunch Mat
Drink Menu Purchase Bonus: Original Postcard (3 varieties)
Drink Menu Purchase Bonus: Original Straw Tag (13 varieties)
[Kojirase Harassment] Zenryoku Boomerang Sandwich
[Sereine Girl’s School] Lunch Plate
[Eden-gumi] Curry from Eden
[Kojirase Harassment] The Cutest Idol Parfait
[Sereine Girl’s School] Drama Club Fruit Pancakes
[Eden-gumi] Eden Sweets Plate
[Sereine Girl’s School]
[Eden-gumi] Member Drink
The food, dessert, and drink menus were each inspired by these three unique units. Fans of Kojirase Harassment won’t want to miss the tasty Zenryoku Boomerang Sandwich based on the hit song, and anyone who loves the adorable members of Serine Girl’s School can grab some tasty fruit pancakes. The Eden-gumi menu consists of delectable curry and a sweets plate sure to fill you up. 13 unique drinks will also be available, each inspired by the member colors of the participating V-Tubers.
Come spend a relaxing time with your favorite characters this summer!
©ANYCOLOR, Inc. © ’22 SANRIO Ⓛ
NIJISANJI x Sanrio Character Collaboration Cafe
BOX cafe&space Shinjuku MYLORD #1
August 18 – September 24, 2022
Collabo_Index Lumine Yokohama
August 18 – September 24, 2022
#702 CAFE&DINER Namba Parks
September 2 – September 24, 2022
Reservations / Cafe Details: https://nijisanjisanrio3-cafe.jp
Rilakkuma 20th Anniversary Cafe Be Held in Omotesando, Tokyo in March and April
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Rilakkuma and his adorable friends, the Rilakkuma 20th Anniversary Cafe will open in Omotesando, Tokyo from March 9 until April 16, 2023. You’ll want to come and spend a peaceful time looking back at two decades of everyone’s favorite lazy bear!
The menu features colorful and festive dishes inspired by Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Chairoikoguma. The characters express their thanks for 20 successful years, and fans can enjoy floats topped with Rilakkuma and friends wearing ribbons and topped with ice cream, a jelly soda inspired by Chairoikoguma and his friends in the honey forest, and a hot drink inspired by Rilakkuma’s favorite pudding.
Rilakkuma’s Honey Mustard Hamburger
Korilakkuma’s Cream Pasta
Kiiroitori’s Egg Burger
Chairoikoguma’s Cheese Curry
Rilakkuma and Friend’s Celebratory Cake
Congratulatory Flower Parfait
You Can Choose♪ Rilakkuma and Friends Mini Ice Cream
You Can Choose♪ Rilakkuma and Friends Floats
Honey Forest Jelly Soda
Relaxing Pudding Drink
Take-Out Drink Bottle
Acrylic Clip (7 varieties, random)
Acrylic Keychain (5 varieties, random)
Mini-Bottle / Muddler with Charm (4 varieties)
Lunch Tote / Drawstring Bag
Acrylic Stand with Clip / Cork Coaster
In addition, the cafe will offer original goods, special offers, and a Twitter campaign to celebrate Rilakkuma’s 20th anniversary.
Come enjoy the elaborate original menu and goods while sharing memories at this limited time themed cafe!
©2023 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
RILAKKUMA 20th Anniversary Cafe
Venue: BOX cafe&space Omotesando
Running: March 9 – April 16, 2023
Address: Pine Under Flat B1F (5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Reservation Fee: ¥715 (Tax included) *Reservations include bonuses.
*Reservations can be made for up to four guests per application.
VTuber Group ester eight Debuts 5th Pre-Debut Single ‘BUZZ,’ Member Comments Released
26.February.2023 | Uncategorized
The rookie vocal VTuber group ester eight released their fifth pre-release single BUZZ on all major streaming services on February 22.
Written, composed, and arranged by Hi-ra, the track is a highly danceable song blending J-pop and EDM, revealing a new side of the up-and-coming group.
ester eight will soon make its major label debut. The song is a means to increase their buzz before moving on to the next stage of their careers.
Original goods will be released to commemorate the new track, and a YouTube Live will be held on February 25.
Check out new comments from the members below!
“I’m just so incredibly happy. At the same time, I know that our responsibilities and expectations will only continue to increase day by day. BUZZ has a bit of a hip-hop feel, which is super refreshing. Each member really shows off their personality and role, so we hope you can feel ester eight’s potential. Listen to it a ton, please!”
“ester eight’s fifth single is called BUZZ!! It’s a low-pitched, groovy song that really shows off how sexy the members can be. Listen to it as much as you can and make sure you generate some BUZZ for us!”
“Our fifth original song is finally here! Another complete change from the previous songs– just how much potential does ester eight have?! Please listen and have a ton of fun with it! Buzz it buzz it…buzz it buzz it…!!!”
“BUZZ is ester eight’s fifth original song. It’s a sexy song with a little bit of a dark vibe, so please be sure to check it out!”
“Our fifth original song is BUZZ. It has a totally different atmosphere from the previous four songs we’ve released and it really highlights the cool and dark side of our group. Be sure to listen!”
“BUZZ, our fifth original song, has been released! This is your chance to see an entirely different side of us, so be sure to listen to this super cool track!”
Our fifth pre-debut song, BUZZ, is here!! It’s a drastic change from our past songs, and I think you’ll finally see how cool we can really be! This track really pushes the limit, so I hope everyone will give it a listen!”
“Our fifth single BUZZ is a fast and furious gung-ho, boom-boom, flashy track that you won’t want to stop listening to! By the way, I performed the sexy, cute, and cool role again this time. Huh? You don’t know what I mean? Listen and you’ll find out!”
Kashi Otoha from VTuber Project VERSEⁿ to Release New Single ‘Signal’
13.February.2023 | MUSIC
VERSEⁿ is a VTuber project that travels through various stories. Through cross-media content such as live streaming, anime, music, illustrations, novels, and manga, the project aims to weave a story of the past, present, and future of the VERSEⁿ world together for fans.
Late last year, VTuber Kashi Otoha announced during a live broadcast that a new song was in production to commemorate her 100,000th subscriber.
Otoha’s new single Signal will be released digitally on February 15. The track was composed and written by Uztama, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and composer.
An iTunes download campaign is also underway to commemorate the song’s release. Those who preorder Signal on iTunes between February 8 and February 14 will receive an original standby screen image with a comment from Kashi Otoha herself.
Signal – Kashi Otoha
Digital Release: February 15, 2023
Submission Period: February 8 – February 14, 23:59
Submission Eligibility: Those who preorder Signal on iTunes within the above time period are eligible.
How to Enter: Fill out the application form and attach a screenshot showing the purchase screen.
Submission form: https://www.sonymusic.co.jp/event/103084
*The gift will be sent out after the campaign ends.
VTuber Hoshimachi Suisei Releases Long-Awaited 2nd Album ‘Specter’
01.February.2023 | MUSIC
Hoshimachi Suisei, a popular member of the Hololive VTuber group, released her long-awaited second album Specter on January 25, 2023. The album is available for purchase on CD and digitally.
On January 20, Suisei performed her song Stellar Stellar on the YouTube channel THE FIRST TAKE, making her the first VTuber to do so. The video trended worldwide, pulling in over 160,000 views during its premiere and over 5 million views within three days.
Suisei’s first album, Still Still Stellar, was released in September 2021. It reached the top spot on numerous charts including the Oricon Weekly Digital Album Ranking and the Billboard JAPAN Downloaded Albums Ranking.
This second album contains 11 songs written by several incredible creators including Ayase, Jin, Tomoya Tabuchi, Nanahoshi Orchestra, and more!
A forever 18 VTuber who deeply loves singing and idols. Her dream is to one day hold a live concert at Nippon Budokan.
With 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube and over 1.1 million followers on Twitter, she’s a true star on the rise.
VTuber Group NIJISANJI EN to Hold First Live Event in April 2023
31.January.2023 | MUSIC
In May 2021, the NIJISANJI EN project appeared as a part of the overall umbrella of NIJISANJI VTubers. This April, these English-speaking talents will hold their first live event titled COLORS. A total of 19 performers will appear on April 8 and 9, with the Pastel Stage being held on the 8th and the Vivid Stage being held on the 9th. Don’t miss these fully 3D AR performances!
Online tickets are on sale now, and fans can buy tickets for either a single day or the full two days. The performances can be watched as many times as you like during the viewing period, and the first part of the event will be broadcast for free on YouTube and Nico Nico Live.
COLORS (NIJISANJI EN AR LIVE) – Pastel Stage & Vivid Stage
April 8, 2023 at 12:00JST (Pastel Stage)
April 9, 2023 at 12:00JST (Vivid Stage)
Performer Details and Ticket Info: https://event.nijisanji.app/EN_COLORS
Urusei Yatsura Cafe Coming to Tokyo, Osaka, Aichi, and Miyagi to Celebrate New Broadcast
To celebrate the return of Urusei Yatsura after 36 long years, a themed cafe will be coming to four cities in Japan for a limited time! The first cafe will open on December 1, 2022.
Urusei Yatsura is a manga series by Rumiko Takahashi that ran in Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1978 until 1987. An anime series aired in 1981 and became a massive hit with audiences, and understandably, it is still loved by anime and manga fans today.
The cafe features newly-drawn illustrations of six main characters including Ataru Moroboshi, Lum, and Ten.
[Ataru Moroboshi] Don’t Look This Way, Don’t Look That Way Set
[Lum] Lum’s Onion Gratin Toast Packed with Love
[Ten] Ten’s Fire Curry
[Ataru Moroboshi x Lum] Shocking Pancakes
[Shinobu Miyake] A Girl’s Monsterous Parfait
[Mendo Shutaro] Jiggly Octopus Pudding
Lum’s Tiger-Striped Soda
Colorful Floats (Purple/Yellow/Green)
Ten-chan’s Cotton Candy Soda
Coffee / Viennese Coffee
Drink in a Bottle with Charm (4 varieties)
Acrylic Keychain (6 varieties, Random)
Acrylic Magnet (6 varieties, Random) / Pin (6 varieties, Random)
Coaster (Lum, Ten-chan) / Sticker Set (7 pieces)
Long Sleeve T-Shirt (M, L) / Clear Pouch
Mug / Tote Bag
Hand Towel (2 varieties)
The cafe’s menu features a variety of items inspired by characters from the series, including a hilarious pancake that recreates the scene in which Lum throws electricity at Ataru. Be sure to take a photo before you dig in!
Lum & Ten-chan Life-size Figure
Cafe Bonus for Guests with Advance Tickets: Original A4-size Clear File (7 varieties, Random)
Drink Purchase Bonus: Original Coaster (6 varieties, Random)
Life-size figures of Lum and Ten-chan will also be on display and guests are invited to take photos with them.
Come enjoy the world of Urusei Yatsura while you can!
Urusei Yatsura Cafe
■Harajuku, Tokyo: BOX cafe&space, Harajuku Alta / December 8, 2022 – February 5, 2023
Harajuku Alta 3F (1-16-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
■Abeno, Osaka: Abeno contact / February 9 – March 12, 2023
Abeno Q’s Mall 4F (1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka)
■Nagoya, Aichi: BOX cafe&space, Nagoya LACHIC / March 16 – April 9. 2023
LACHIC B1F (3-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya)
■Sendai, Miyagi: BALLER:S AEON Mall Shin-Rifu South Building / June 1 – June 25, 2023
AEON Mall Shin-Rifu South Building 2F (3-1-1 Shinnakamichi, Rifu, Miyagi)
Chiikawa and Sanrio Characters Collaborate for Special Merch Collection
19.November.2022 | FASHION
A collection of must-have goods featuring Chiikawa and Sanrio characters has been announced! The items will be available at the Sanrio Online Store on November 24 and Sanrio shops nationwide, including department stores, starting November 25. The popular character Chiikawa, created by illustrator nagano, has been invited into the world of Sanrio, and the results are perfectly adorable. The merch lineup includes 21 items from plush toys to acrylic keychains. Purchase bonuses will also be given to those snagging any of the items on offer.
Goods at a Glance
This marks the second collaboration between Sanrio characters and Chiikawa. Fans will want to grab these limited-edition goods, including fluffy plush toys, a mascot-style brooch set, pouches, tote bags, clear folders, and handy cases perfect for storing small items. These items feature completely original designs. Which one is your favorite?
Available at Sanrio stores, Sanrio corners in department stores, etc. (*Products are not carried at all locations.)
Release Date: November 25, 2022
Sanrio Online Shop
Available: November 24 at 10:00
Rakuten Marketplace: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/sanrio/
Yahoo! Shopping: https://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/sanrio/
Official Site: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
Report: The Successful Second Tabekko Doubutsu Cafe Stand in Omotesando
The second Tabekko Doubutsu Cafe Stand event opened in Omotesando on November 1, 2022. Paying homage to the classic snack first released in 1978, the cafe features a number of tasty snacks inspired by the thin animal-shaped cookies popular around the world.
This second event will run through January 9, 2023. Reservations are required, and many dates were completely sold out prior to the event’s start date, particularly on weekends. We decided to visit, anxious to see what the fuss is all about.
We were first shocked to see the popular animals enjoying oden! Original goods featuring the characters enjoying the quintessential Japanese winter dish are only available at the cafe. From acrylic keychains to figures, visitors can snag some adorable merchandise to commemorate their trip to the exclusive event. Why not snag some items that would be useful on a daily basis, like a notebook or an apron?
For food, visitors can snag a special Oden Set and Chinese Dumplings, both perfect for the winter. The oden features popular ingredients like egg, daikon, fish cake, and mochikinchaku, each branded with the popular animal characters. Drinks include soy milk, green tea milk, and milk tea.
In addition to the exclusive Lion Cake which is limited to 25 servings a day, guests can find chocolate bananas and other sweets on the menu, including a Sweets Set limited to those reserving special seats at the venue. For every ¥1,000 spent on food and drink items, customers will receive one Tabekko Doubutsu trading card!
The exhibition space is a must-see for fans of this legendary snack, filled with rare works including an adorable and very colorful print of every animal holding a bowl of oden. Of course, a photo spot has been set up for visitors to take some prime shots for social media!
Don’t miss the animal meet and greet, which is making its triumphant return from the last event! Visitors can interact with different animals on different days, so check the official Twitter page (@tabekko_cafe) for the schedule and more information! The number of visitors per day is limited, so make a reservation as early as you can.
Come enjoy these heartwarming treats while you have the opportunity!
Tabekko Doubutsu Cafe Stand Omotesando
Running: November 1, 2022 – January 9, 2023 *Reservation required
Closed: December 28, 2022 – January 3, 2023
Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Address: SPAGHETTI Cultural Space 1F
5-3-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Closest Station: Omotesando
Official Twitter: @tabekko_cafe https://twitter.com/tabekko_cafe
*Please see the official Twitter page for the latest information!
Anime Series ‘King of Prism All Stars’ Announces Second Collaboration with Restaurant DISH UP
DISH UP, a collaboration restaurant located on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Marui Annex, started its second collab with the popular anime series King of Prism All Stars -Prism Show ☆ Best Ten- on November 1, 2022.
Taiga Kougami: Steamed Apples and Japanese Yellow Sauce
Kakeru Juuouin: Nice-style Salad with Mango Dressing
Alexander Yamato: Homemade Vegetable Curry
Kazuki Nishina: Gratin with Genovese
Strawberry Shortcake / Muscat Mousse / Sachertorte / Basque Cheesecake / Fruit Tart
Menu Order Bonus: 1 Waterproof Placemat (4 varieties)
- Shin Ichijo: Rising Sunshine (Cranberry Juice)
- Yukinojo Tachibana: Yumemikokochi Koijigoku (Cassis Soda *Non-alcoholic)
- Minato Takahashi: Kimagure Caramelize (Dry Ginger Ale and Blue Syrup)
- Leo Saionji: Momoiro Kukukuru Lollipop (Peach Soda)
- Yu Suzuno: Jewel Spin Zeus (Orange Juice and Grape Juice)
- Louis Kisaragi: Aurora Rising (Peach Juice and White Water)
- Kouji Mihama: Jewel Spin Cross (Grape Juice)
- Hiro Hayami: Starlight Express (Orange Juice and Blue Syrup)
- Joji Takadanobaba: Never Ending Love Shower (Pineapple Juice)
*Guests may not only order a single drink.
*These drinks are non-alcoholic.
*The above images are samples only. The actual beverages may differ.
Drink Order Bonus: 1 Special Card (9 varieties)
Original Collaboration Goods
Guests can enjoy a special course made up of savory and sweet King of Prism-inspired dishes, as well as a selection of drinks. The afternoon set is a cake and drink set only available on weekdays from 14:00 until 17:00.
Those ordering a menu item will be given a waterproof placemat as a gift, while those ordering a drink will be given a special card. Original reproductions can only be viewed in the VIP room, so why not make a reservation while you can?
©Ｔ－ＡＲＴＳ / syn Sophia / エイベックス・ピクチャーズ / タツノコプロ / キングオブプリズムAS製作委員会
King of Prism All Stars -Prism Show ☆ Best Ten- × DISH UP
Running: November 1 – November 29, 2022
Hours: 11:00 – 21:00 (Last Order at 20:30)
Address: Shinjuku Marui Annex 8F (3-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Please refrain from taking photos of the original reproductions and posting them on social media. These items are only displayed in the VIP room.
*Feel free to take photos of the restaurant and dishes to post on social media.
Capcom Cafe Announces Collaboration with Stand My Heroes Mobile Game
From November 11 until December 15, Capcom Cafe AEON LakeTown and the Ikebukuro branch will hold a collaboration with the mobile game Stand My Heroes. Fans of the title will find a special collaboration menu and a selection of new merchandise for sale.
The details of the limited-edition goods and menu items have been revealed, and reservations are now open.
In addition to standard items like clear folders and keychains, fans can also find blankets and mask pouches decorated with original illustrations by Capcom Cafe.
The Embroidered Tote Bag is subtle and perfect for daily use, and the stickers are great for school notebooks!
① Matri’s Sigh Sandwich / ② Boom! Seo Lab’s Canele a la Mode / ③ Hiyama’s Gold Drink / ④ Makoto’s Chocolate Drink / ⑤ Seki’s Beer-like Drink / ⑥ Kujo’s Elegant Tea / ⑦ Seo’s Relaxing Soda / ⑧ Hattori’s Matcha Latte
Fans can also grab a drink in a special clear bottle decorated with images of their favorite character.
One original lunch mat will be given to guests at the Capcom Cafe. One coaster will be given per each drink ordered.
In addition, for every ¥2,000 (including tax) spent on the cafe menu, guests will be given a bromide-style postcard.
Original Lunch Mat
Coaster (1 given at random)
Bromide-style Postcard (1 given at random)
If you’re a fan of the game, you won’t want to miss it!
©CAPCOM CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Capcom Cafe x Stand My Heroes
Running: November 11 – December 15, 2022
・Capcom Cafe AEON LakeTown
AEON LakeTown kaze 3F (4-2-2 Lake Town, Koshigaya, Saitama)
Official Site: https://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/index.html
・Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro
Grandscape Ikebukuro 3F (1-30-3 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/ikebukuro/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Capcom_Cafe/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capcomcafe/
VTuber Idol Group UNI Mello Releases Digital Single ‘YOUTOPIA’
27.October.2022 | MUSIC
The virtual idol group UNI MELLO released its first original song, Find out SHANGRI-LA, in September. On October 26, the members released a second digital single titled YOUTUPIA on all major streaming services.
UNI Mello consists of seven members: Kaede, Sekai, You, Amane, Tomoka, Shirafuji, and Shun. Each has a unique hobby and skillset, and the members have continued to grow over the past six months. On the UNI Mello YouTube channel, the members have continuously posted singing videos, as well as daily streams.
YOUTOPIA tells the story of a normal day that becomes special when you’re with the one you love. It’s a love song filled with gratitude and joy, perfect for when your day needs a pick-me-up. The First Fan Meeting event will be held on November 27, so fans of UNI Mello will want to keep an eye out for more details.
Be sure to keep an eye on what UNI Mello does next by following the group on social media and on YouTube!
Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Cafe and Pop-Up Shop to Open for a Limited Time
A collaboration cafe and pop-up shop inspired by the popular anime series Tokyo Revengers will open again this year following a successful run in 2021. The event will be held on the fourth floor of Tokyo Solamachi from November 3 until December 2, 2022.
The collaboration will feature a variety of limited-edition goods with new designs based on the theme of the ‘backstreets.’ The lineup includes acrylic stands, clear folders, and plenty more. Special Baji birthday goods will also be available on November 3!
The popular collaboration menu features food items inspired by the show’s characters, and guests will be able to enjoy everything from curry and yakisoba to pancakes and crepes. Even if you’re not hungry, you can still grab a drink!
Baji’s Birthday Celebration Event
From November 3 until November 7, fans of Baji won’t want to miss his birthday event. During this time, guests will be able to snag a special sweets plate, so don’t miss it!
See the official website for more details!
Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Cafe and Pop-Up Shop
Running: November 3 – December 2, 2022
Venue: Tokyo Solamachi West Yard 4F, #4
Tree Village (TV Shop)
Official Site: https://tree-village.jp/