“Token Ranbu -Hanamaru- in KIDDY LAND Sononi” will be held at 5 Kiddy Land stores throughout Japan.
From the 29th of September, 2017 (Fri.) to the 15th of October (Sun.), “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru- in KIDDY LAND Sononi” will be held at the five KIDDY LAND stores (Harajuku, Osaka Umeda, est, Kamiotai and Fukuoka PARCO).
“Token Ranbu -Hanamaru- is one media mix product of the PC browser and smartphone application game “Token Ranbu -ONLINE-.“ The work depicts the daily life of “Token Danshi (man)” at the castle keep and the broadcast of the animation was started in October, 2016. The second season of the animation will be broadcasted from January, 2018.
In the special booth of “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru- in KIDDY LAND,” a KIDDY-LAND-limited product which has a specially depicted art design that looks like it is depicted on washi (Japanese traditional paper) will be sold. The special “world” of KIDDY LAND will be offered where you can enjoy the world of “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru.”
Acryl key holder (second version) / eight kinds / 650 yen ＋ tax
Book like smartphone case / two patterns, five kinds / 3,500 yen ＋ tax
Canvas lunch bag / two kinds / 1,800 yen ＋ tax (Toshiro Yagen, Kirimitsutada Shokudai) / size: W200mm×H210mm×D170mm (approximately)
Hand towl / four kinds / 750 yen ＋ tax (Kiyomitsu Gashu, Kamiyasusada Yamatono, Kanesada Kasen, Kunihiro Yamanbagiri)
ED scene-captured post card / 3P ten kinds / 350 yen ＋ tax
Ending clear file / ten kinds / 400 yen ＋ tax ※reproduced
Acryl key holder / seven kinds / 650 yen ＋ tax ※reproduced
Ending mug cup / ten kinds / 1,200 yen ＋ tax ※reproduced
Let’s obtain these special “Token Ranbu -Hanamaru-“ goods at the KIDDY LAND shops in the Kanto, Chubu, Kansai and Kyusyu areas!
Manga Artist Macoto Takahashi Collaborates With Tsudanuma PARCO for Christmas Event
Legendary shojo manga artist Macoto Takahashi is collaborating with Tsudanuma PARCO in Funabashi, Chiba, for the 2021 Christmas event from November 19 until December 25, 2021. The creator recently released an art book featuring many of his works titled ‘Macoto Takahashi’s Jewelry Box.’ An exhibition featuring mini-prints and mini-panels of works featured in the book will also be held, and merchandise will be on sale both on-site and online.
After his debut in 1953, Takahashi published the manga series Arashi wo Koete and Princess Anne. His signature style of depicting glittering stars in the eyes of his protagonists would have a lasting influence on other manga artists. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was at the helm of many magazine covers and illustrations for popular girls’ manga magazines like Nakayoshi, Shojo Friend, and Margaret. Despite his classic style, his works are still largely popular today. The main visual for the event ‘Lucky Star’ features a girl in a red Christmas-themed costume surrounded by animals, blue snowflakes, and delicate lace.
MACOTO CHRISTMAS 2021
Running: November 19 – December 25, 2021
Location: Tsudanuma PARCO 1F Entrances, Windows (Christmas Decorations) /
B Building 4F, In front of ACADEMIA Kumazawa Bookstore, Next to Escalators (Exhibition / Shop)
Online Store: https://kaeru.parco.jp/shop/detail/shop000027204/
Popular Seinen Manga Series Mononogatari Getting Anime Adaptation
22.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Manga series Mononogatari is finally getting an anime adaptation. The series began in Shueisha’s Miracle Jump in April 2014, switching to Ultra Jump in January 2016. Onigunso, the manga’s creator, drew an original illustration to celebrate the announcement and posted it to Twitter along with a comment.
Comment from Onigunso
“Thanks to the support of so many people, Mononogatari is becoming an anime series. Thank you to all of the readers, and thank you to everyone involved in this project! As a manga artist, I draw the character’s movements and words, but it can be hard to visualize exactly how it would look in motion. As the author, I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters appear on screen. I hope you’ll continue supporting both the manga and anime series in the future!”
As objects get older, they eventually get worn-out and rusty. When this happens, they develop a ‘soul,’ becoming a tsukumogami. Hyoma Kunato hates these creatures for stealing something important from him. Traveling to Kyoto, he meets Botan Nagatsuki, a girl who loves tsukumogami and lives with six of them as her family.
*To celebrate the announcement of the anime series, the first five volumes of the manga series will be available for free. Check the JUMP+, Zebrack, Tonari no Young Jump, and Young Jump apps!
Available until December 3, 2021
Tonari no Young Jump: https://tonarinoyj.jp/
Young Jump: https://ynjn.jp/
Sanrio Starts First Multiprotagonist Manga Series ‘Maimaimaigoen,’ Focusing on Growing Pains
19.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Sanrio has started an ambitious new manga project. ‘Maimaimaigoen’ is currently being serialized on the Young Ace UP website, and a special music video by Vocaloid producer Kairiki Bear has been released to celebrate the series start. A free game is also under development and is scheduled to be released during 2021.
Nursery School Students: (From the Top Row, Left) Maria, Hikaru, Shinta, Kanata, Daigorou, Lion, Lime, Zoya (From the Bottom Row, Left) Madoka, Yuzuriha, Hayate, Mamoru, Rinrin, Wataru, Daiya, Aki
Teachers: (From the Left) Yuu Okada, Rumi
The Mysterious Lifeform, ‘Froggy Egg’
‘Maimaimaigoen’ is an ensemble drama series focusing on emotional growing pains. In an age where many people feel uncomfortable in their own skin, this story is sure to hit close to home, affirming that it’s perfectly okay to be just the way you are. The story invites readers into the world of many diverse characters, each with incredible individuality. ‘Maimaimaigoen’ aims to team up with unique creators in the future, and with that in mind, Sanrio has released some guidelines for fan content. This is the first time Sanrio has ever directly offered support to fan creators.
To commemorate the manga’s release, a collaborative music video with popular Vocaloid creator Kairiki Bear is now available to watch on YouTube. The artist has over 560,000 subscribers.
The latest information about the project will be released on pixivFANBOX, along with new creator content and behind-the-scenes stories. Don’t miss it!
One day, a group of nursery school students and their teacher, Yuu, go on a field trip to Sanrio Puroland. Suddenly, they are swept away into a deserted amusement park called ‘Yuuropia.’
Froggy Egg, a mysterious creature from this strange world, explains that by completing the attractions in the park, the children can return to their world…
Kairiki Bear Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kairikibear
Young Ace UP Page: https://web-ace.jp/youngaceup/contents/1000191/episode/5857/
Official Site: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
Love of Kill Anime Adaptation Coming January 2022, 1st Key Visual and Trailer Unveiled
17.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The popular manga series Love of Kill is getting an anime adaptation in January 2022, and the first image and trailer have been released. The key visual shows the members of Ritzland Support, the organization to which the main character Chateau Dankworth belongs, and the people targeting Son Ryang-ha. In the first trailer, you can see a glimpse of the fierce battles between hitmen to expect in the series set to Toshiki Masuda’s theme song Midnight Dancer.
More cast members have also been announced: Kenyu Horiuchi will play Ritzland Support owner Euripedes Ritzland, Kohei Amasaki will play Jim (named Indian in the manga), Tomoaki Maeno will play Hou, and Hochu Otsuka will play Donny. Each actor has also provided a comment about the upcoming series.
To celebrate the release of the first trailer, a special campaign is taking place on Twitter now, with the winner snagging a script signed by the aforementioned actors as well as Saori Onishi (Chateau) and Hiro Shimono (Son Ryang-ha). Don’t miss it!
Kenyu Horiuchi (Euripedes Ritzland) Comment
When I was chosen to perform in the Love of Kill anime adaptation, I quickly fell in love with the series. I expected it to be about this twisted love between killers, but it’s much deeper than that. So many characters are intertwined, and their pasts are continuously being unraveled. There’s a love between two incompatible people, and it is portrayed with such heartache. The story is so action-packed and full of content. I play the role of Euripedes Ritzland, who is unreliable but who gets things done when he has to. There is so much kindness in his heart. I just hope that everyone who sees the show enjoys it–it’s a wonderful work of art.
Kohei Amasaki (Jim) Comment
I’ve loved Jim as a character since I read the original manga, so I’m super excited to play him. There was a lot of trial and error while I tried to find the best way to express him, and I hope you’ll enjoy what I came up with! The story is addicting, the characters are fascinating, and Jim is a major player in the story…Please watch!
Tomoaki Maeno (Hou) Comment
This is a super impactful character. Ho has his own personal beliefs and objectives, and these drive his every action. My first impression of Ho was that he was a somewhat unlikeable character, but I grew to love his cunning. He knows that he could be killed if he isn’t careful at every moment. Please enjoy his story.
Donny (Hochu Otsuka) Comment
I am so excited to portray Donny in Love of Kill. Donny was born in noir and lives in noir. I absolutely love noir novels, so this is my dream role! It’s ruthless, it’s cruel, it’s filled with sorrow. I hope you’ll look forward to the first episode!
Toshiki Masuda (Opening Theme) Comment
This is the first time I’ve ever performed an anime theme, so I’ve really been feeling the pressure. While creating this song, I wanted it to express the world of Love of Kill without spoiling anything. Please enjoy the song as much as I do!
Aika Kobayashi (Ending Theme) Comment
I’m so proud to announce that I will be performing the ending theme, Makoto Period, for the Love of Kill anime series. I read the original manga before starting the project, and I ended up binging it in one go. While reading, I couldn’t help but wonder–what is true and what is false? It’s sad, it’s filled with love and pain. I created this song with those feelings in mind. Please enjoy the show!
SPYxFAMILY Anime Adaptation to be Celebrated at Animate for Limited Time
10.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Last week, it was announced that the popular manga series SPYxFAMILY would receive an anime adaptation by Wit Studio and CloverWorks in 2022. Animate locations across Japan will be celebrating this amazing news with a special SPYxFAMILY anime-themed fair from November 27 until December 12, 2021. Certain goods will also be available online!
Written and illustrated by Tatsuya Endo, SPYxFAMILY has been running in Shonen Jump+ since 2019. With over 11 million copies in circulation, it has been growing more and more popular over the past two years, with volume six recently becoming the series’ second consecutive volume to debut at number one on Oricon’s weekly list of best-selling manga. SPYxFAMILY tells the story of a spy who must ‘build a family’ to complete a mission, not realizing that the girl he adopts as his daughter and the woman he agrees to fake marry are a mind reader and an assassin.
Clear Folder (3 varieties): ¥440 each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keychain (3 varieties): ¥715 each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand (3 varieties): ¥1,650 each (Tax Included)
Tote Bag: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
For every ¥1,000 spent on SPYxFAMILY goods during the event, visitors will receive a random clear bookmark (3 varieties). A bonus illustration of Loid, Yor, and Anya will also be gifted as a bonus.
Are you excited for the upcoming anime adaptation?
SPYxFAMILY Anime Adaptation Fair in Animate
Running: November 27 – December 12, 2021
Where: Animate Locations Nationwide / Animate Online
Official Site: https://spy-family.net/
Artist Macoto Takahashi, Known for Shojo Manga Paintings, Releases Art Collection
06.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
You’ve likely seen Macoto Takahashi’s artwork before. Imagine a girl with large, starry eyes, clad in over-the-top elegant clothing. For the past 68 years, Takahashi has been drawing princesses and girls to turn heads, each of them full of life and captivating coquettish energy.
After his debut in 1953, Takahashi published the manga series Arashi wo Koete and Princess Anne. His signature style of depicting glittering stars in the eyes of his protagonists would have a lasting influence on other manga artists. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was at the helm of many magazine covers and illustrations for popular girls’ manga magazines like Nakayoshi, Shojo Friend, and Margaret.
Since 1992, Takahashi has regularly held solo exhibitions of new works, and these activities have expanded overseas as well. His paintings were used in the 2018 Comme des Garçons SS collection, and there’s no sign that his style will fall out of favor any time soon.
On October 28, an art book filled with Macoto Takahashi’s beloved images was released. The 232-page book features over 150 works from the 1960s to the current day and is compact enough to bring anywhere.
Macoto Takahashi’s Jewelry Box
Released: October 28, 2021
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Manga Artist Kazuo Umezu’s Work Featured in UMEZZ ART PROJECT Exhibition
UMEZZ ART PROJECT logo featuring self-portrait by Kazuo Umezu ©Kazuo Umezu
The UMEZZ ART PROJECT, focusing on the works of manga artist Kazuo Umezu, is coming to Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo from January 28 until March 25, 2022. The artist is widely known for his work on a number of horror series including Cat Eyed Boy and The Drifting Classroom, Working in the industry since 1962, his works have inspired a number of other manga creators, with Urusei Yatsura and Inuyasha creator Rumiko Takahashi once serving as Umezu’s assistant.
The Drifting Classroom（1972-1974）
My Name is Shingo（1982-1986）
*Dates of serialization in parentheses.
Is the Order a Rabbit? Series 10th Anniversary Exhibition Coming to Tokyo and Osaka
The popular four-panel manga series Is the Order a Rabbit? premiered in 2011. Written and illustrated by Koi, the series has been serialized in Manga Time Kirara Max for the past decade and is still ongoing, while three seasons of the anime have been aired starting in 2014. To commemorate the series’ ongoing success, a new exhibition is scheduled to open in both Tokyo and Osaka in October and November.
Mini-Panels Drawn by Koi (7 varieties)
Tickets for the Tokyo event will go on sale starting at 5:00 PM on October 15. Remember, these tickets are first-come, first-served, and each will feature a specific date and time, so don’t miss out! As a special gift, those buying tickets will receive a random original mini-panel drawn by the series creator upon entry. Head to the official Twitter page to take part in a new campaign to win tickets to the Tokyo exhibition!
Is the Order a Rabbit? Exhibition Café Lumière Tokyo
Running: October 29 – November 7, 2021
Address: Hulic Hall 2F (1-22-16 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last admission at 19:30)
*Exhibition will close at 18:00 on November 7, last entry at 17:30
Ticket Information (Tokyo)
General Admission: ¥1,800 (Advance tickets) / ¥2,000 (Day-of tickets)
Tickets on sale starting October 15, 17:00
Where to Buy:
In-store sales: Available directly from Loppi at Lawson and Ministop stores.
Is the Order a Rabbit? Exhibition Café Lumière Osaka
Running: November 18 – November 30, 2021
Address: Daimaru Umeda 13F (3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last admission at 19:30)
*Exhibition will close at 18:00 on November 30, last entry at 17:30
**Hours of operation are subject to change.
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/GochiusaT (@GochiusaT)
Official Site: https://gochiusa-exhibition.com
Frederic Performs Opening Theme for The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Anime Series
Kobe-based rock band Frederic has been chosen to perform the opening theme song for the upcoming supernatural boys-love series The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window. The song, Saika, will be available on streaming services October 6.
Koji Mihara, bassist and vocalist for the band, wrote the lyrics to the new track. “Something about the way each character’s mental state is addressed so delicately really drew me in. I’m more of an expressive artist, someone who’s aware of even the sounds the audience can’t hear. I approached this with feeling, and a deep awareness of how each character feels. There’s something powerful about two people with such strange talents working so closely together, even though they think so differently. I hope you’ll enjoy Saika, and also enjoy this very deep and moving story about these two unique people.”
The upcoming anime series The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window is based on the popular manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Tomoko Yamashita. It ran from 2013 until 2020 in the popular monthly yaoi manga magazine Be x Boy, and has sold over 2 million copies. The horror mystery follows Kosuke Mikado, a bookstore clerk able to see spirits, and Rihito Hiyakawa, an exorcist.
The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window will premiere in October on TOKYO MX, Sun Television, BS Fuji, and Fuji On-Demand. A promotional video has been released featuring the new track and some footage from the series, so give it a watch!
The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window PV
Frederic is currently working on a new album, with a nationwide tour set to start from Sendai Rensa on October 31.
Popular Game Touken Ranbu To Celebrate Stage Show’s Fifth Anniversary with Exhibition at Ikebukuro PARCO
Super popular sword simulation game Touken Ranbu-ONLINE- will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of its 2.5D stage show with a special exhibition, held at Ikebukuro PARCO Factory between September 10 and 27, 2021. A travelling exhibition is also scheduled to visit Nagoya and Shinsaibashi.
The exhibition will host a selection of dynamic attractions, including an area exploring the five year history of the theatre show, an area displaying costumes and set pieces from the latest performance, and a display featuring the umbrellas shown in the curtain call of each show.
There will also be limited anniversary goods available – A must-have for any Touken Ranbu fan!
Look back on five years of Touken Ranbu on stage with this special exhibition!
Touken Ranbu 5th Anniversary Exhibition
Duration: September 10 ~ 27, 2021
Opening Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00 *Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Closes at 18:00 on the final day.
Location: PARCO Factory (Ikebukuro PARCO 7F)
Entry Fee: ¥500 (Tax Included)
※Free postcard included with tickets
※Free entry for children in elementary school and younger.
※Admission benefits are available for those with paid tickets.
Advance Lottery Reservation for Touken Ranbu Stage Fansite Members
Application Period: September 10 ~ September 13, 2021
Pre-order Period: August 18, 18:00 ~ August 22, 23:59
※Not offered on a first-come first-serve basis. A lottery will be held for those who applied during the pre-order period.
Lottery Results: August 26, 2021, from 12:00 onwards
Payment Period: 12:00 on August 26 until 23:00 on August 27, 2021
Touken Ranbu Stage Official Site: https://fc.stage-toukenranbu.jp/
※ Paid membership is required to enter the lottery.
※Applicable to those who entered during the application period.
Release Date: August 28, 2021 from 10:00~
L Cose: 39855 https://l-tike.com/toukenranbu-event
Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- Themed Cafes Open in Akihabara and Osaka Nipponbashi
Two branches of Animate Cafe, Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara and Good Smile x Animate Cafe Osaka Nipponbashi, are collaborating with Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- from June 23 to August 2, serving up food, drinks, and desserts inspired by the game as well as selling exclusive merchandise.
Utage no Maku no Nai Bento | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Kasyuu Kiyomitsu’s Stylish Tomato Stew w/Focaccia | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Kasen Kanesada’s Elegant Sea Bream Chazuke | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Honmaru Elegance ~Everyday Garden~ | ¥900 (Tax Included)
Honmaru Elegance ~Spring Garden~ | ¥900 (Tax Included)
I Discovered a New Sword! | ¥800 (Tax Included)
Kebiishi Subjugation | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Special Investigation: Tenpou Edo | ¥650 (Tax Included) | Suishinshi Masahide & Kyomaro Minamoto Versions
Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms ~Touken Ranbu~ | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Special Investigation Jurakudai | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Freebies for ordering from the menu
Coasters (42 Designs) | Available: June 23-July 13
Coasters (43 Designs) | Available: July 14-August 2
Acrylic Keyrings (42 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Pins (42 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand Keyrings (43 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Pins (43 Designs) | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
©2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus
Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- x Animate Cafe
Running: June 23, 2021 – August 2, 2021
Address: Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara / Good Smile x Animate Cafe Osaka Nipponbashi
Official Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/
Fukuyama Museum of Art to Collaborate With Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- On National Treasure
The Japanese longsword and national treasure meichiku shūjūsa is being displayed at Fukuyama Museum of Art this summer from June 24 to September 12, and to celebrate, a special collaboration with the PC browser and mobile game Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- is being held.
This includes the displaying of a life-size panel of Kosetsu Sanmonji as well as a free Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- bookmark given to all visitors.
©2015 EXNOA LLC/Nitroplus
Setonai no Fūkei Exhibition
Japanese Exhibition Title: ふくやま美術館2021年度夏季所蔵品展「瀬戸内の風景」
Running: June 24, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Opening Hours: 9:30-17:00
Closed: Mondays (Open on August 9 / Closed on August 10)
Location: Fukuyama Museum of Art (Address: 2-4-2 Nishimachi, Fukuyama, Hiroshima 720-0067, Japan)
Official Website: http://www.dmm.com/netgame/feature/tohken.html