Hugely popular “MINIONS RUN” event to host its first ever game in Fukuoka
17.November.2017 | SPOT
Despicable Me 3 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on December 6, 2017.
Despicable Me 3 is the latest creation from Illumination Entertainment. Released earlier this year in July, the animated film topped the Japanese box office 4 weeks in a row and has earned $1 billion worldwide.
To celebrate the released of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan, an event titled “MINIONS RUN” will be held at Fukuoka Castle Kouro-Kan on Saturday December 9th. People will be given a Minions costume to wear and be sent on various missions they must complete to win the game.
All Minions must begin at the opening stage. They must then seek out secret locations that have been set up and solve all the puzzles!
There will be lots of great places to take photos too such as a billboard and giant balloon, so you can enjoy the event at your own face whole taking photos with your family and friends. There will also be a fair and Minions merchandise for sale, so be sure to go and take a look.
The event is also holding a hashtag campaign. Simply follow the official Minions social media and post the hashtag #ミニオンズラン福岡 (“Minions Run Fukuoka”) for a chance to win some merch. The event is running from November 11th to December 9th.
Hololive Meet to Bring Popular VTubers to Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles
Massively popular VTubers from Hololive Productions will appear at Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles from July 1 until July 4, 2022. The contention is one of the largest anime events in North America.
Fans will be able to purchase exclusive merchandise featuring the Hololive Meet ambassadors: Gawr Gura, Tokino Sora, and Ayunda Risu. The three represent Hololive English, Hololive, and Hololive Indonesia, respectively. Everything from shirts to wall scrolls will be on sale, so if you’re in the LA area, be sure to come out and support your favorite streamer!
Anime Expo 2022
Booth Number: Exhibit Hall #4606
Dates: July 1 – July 4, 2022
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closing at 15:00 on July 4)
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center
Official Site: https://www.anime-expo.org/
Japanese Artist VERDY Releases Minions Collaboration Collection
To commemorate the upcoming film Minions: The Rise of Gru, a new apparel collection has been unveiled! The new items were made by VERDY, the artist behind popular projects like Girls Don’t Cry and Wasted Youth, both of which have been noticed by celebrities overseas. Prior to the collection’s launch online on July 1, fans can buy items from the limited-edition collection at Universal Studios in Los Angeles starting June 17 and at Universal Studios Japan starting June 24.
VERDY is an incredibly popular artist who has garnered attention around the world, and his products are often seen with celebrities and big names in Japan and abroad. He has collaborated with a number of top brands in the past.
The first collaboration between the two, Minions x Vick, was released in 2020 to huge popularity, selling out within one minute of release. This second collaboration was created to satisfy huge fan demand, offering up tons of items featuring Otto, a Minion who will appear in the new film, and VERDY’s signature character Vick. Fans can purchase T-shirts, hoodies, long sleeve shirts, hats, keychains, skateboards, and more.
This is the only time you’ll be able to snag these unique items, so don’t miss out!
WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ WBEI. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s22)
Minions and all related elements and indicia TM & © 2022 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.TM & © Universal Studios & Amblin Entertainment
Universal Studios Japan TM & © Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Minions x VERDY
Where to Buy: Universal Studios Japan, Studio Style
Available: June 24 – June 30, 2022
*Items only available while supplies last.
Available Online starting July 1
Available at Universal Studios Hollywood starting June 17
Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Event Heads to Nagoya and Osaka after Successful Tokyo Run
In 2021, the Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Hypnosis Flava event was held at Mixalive Tokyo, attracting tons of attention and making fans of the franchise extremely happy. Now, the event will travel to Nagoya and Osaka!
Hypnosis Flava -The Missing Case-
CAFÉ Hypnosis Flava
Hypnosis Flava 〜 Rap Roll Buster Bros!!! （Curry-flavored Chicken）/ MAD TRIGGER CREW（Meatball）/Fling Posse（Meat Tacos）/Matenrou（Grilled Salmon）/Dotsuitare Hompo（Yakisoba with Mayo）/Bad Ass Temple (Miso Katsu)
Hypnosis Flava -Division Rap Battle-
Hypnosis Flava 〜 Mille Crepe Buster Bros!!! / MAD TRIGGER CREW / Fling Posse /Matenrou / Dotsuitare Hompo /Bad Ass Temple〜
Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-
Hypnosis Flava ~ Jelly Soda Drink Buster Bros!!! / MAD TRIGGER CREW / Fling Posse/ Matenrou / Dotsuitare Hompo /Bad Ass Temple
Menu Order Bonus
Coaster (36 varieties)
Cafe Merchandise Corner
Sticker Set /Clear Photo Card／Square Pin Hypnosis Flava Ver.2（6 varieties) / Acrylic Block Keychain Hypnosis Flava Ver. (18 varieties) / Candy and Magnet, Hypnosis Flava Ver. (6 varieties) / Handkerchief Hypnosis Flava Ver. (1 variety)
2nd D.R.B Winner: Commemorative Acrylic Smartphone Stand (Fling Posse) / Acrylic Panel (Division Leaders) /2nd D.R.B Postcard Collection
T-Shirt /Hoodie Hypnosis Flava Ver.
The event contains three events: Hypnosis Flava -The Missing Case-, an interactive riddle-solving attraction that challenges guests to solve a mission to find the missing Division team leader, Cafe Hypnosis Flava, offering food and drinks inspired by the world of Hypnosis Mic, and Store Hypnosis Flava, a shop selling exclusive merchandise featuring newly-drawn illustrations. A merchandise corner will be set up at the cafe, where six new items will be on sale to commemorate the Nagoya and Osaka events.
©︎ヒプノシスマイク-Division Rap Battle- HypnosisFlava@Mixalive TOKYO製作委員会
Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Hypnosis Flava @ Mixalive TOKYO in NAGOYA & OSAKA
The Missing Case
Running: April 28 – May 22, 2022 (11:00-20:00)
Venue: Nagoya PARCO South Building 9F Event Space
Running: April 28 – June 6, 2022 (11:00-20:00) *Last food order 19:00 / Last drink order 19:30
Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building 8F THE GUEST cafe&diner
Running: April 28 – May 22 (11:00-20:00)
Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building 9F Event Space
The Missing Case
Running: July 1 – July 31, 2022
Venue: Shinsaibashi Opa Main Building 6F Event Space
Admission: ¥2,100 (Tax Included)
Running: July 1 – August 7, 2022
Venue: Shinsaibashi PARCO 6F THE GUEST cafe&diner
Reservation Deposit: ¥300 (Tax Included)
Running: July 1 – July 31, 2022
Venue: Shinsaibashi Opa Main Building 6F Event Space
Tickets/Official Site: https://art.parco.jp
Sanrio Puroland Opens Easter Event with Oldies Flare
Tokyo’s Sanrio Puroland has begun its annual Easter celebration! The oldies-themed Puro Easter event will run until July 5, 2022.
This year marks the third Puro Easter event, and the annual stage show has been revamped for 2022! ‘Egg ‘n’ Roll Easter! -BLAST’ will be performed in the Entertainment Hall on the first floor of the park. Fans of My Melody and Kuromi won’t want to miss out, as the popular characters will appear in brand new costumes.
Egg ’n’ Roll Easter! -BLAST-
Limited-Time Easter Photo Spot
Easter Egg Hunt Mini-Game
Puroland Special Easter Greeting
Food & Dessert Menu
Original Easter Goods
An Easter-themed photo spot is located at the entrance to the 3rd floor with pop and retro style. Fans can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt mini-game, scavenging around Puro Village searching for eggs and collecting keywords to unlock an original video. Don’t miss out on new food and merchandise during the event period, with colorful curries and pasta perfect for filling hungry tummies.
The 1st-floor Event Corner will also allow guests to interact with characters dressed in Easter costumes. Staff will be dressed in Easter outfits!
© 2022 SANRIO CO., LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN 著作 株式会社サンリオ
Running: March 11 – July 5, 2022
Tokyo Flower Carpet 2022 to Decorate Gyoko-Dori Avenue with 50,000 Flowers
The Flower Painting Culture Association of Japan will hold the Tokyo Flower Carpet 2022 event on Gyoko-Dori Avenue in Marunouchi from March 19 until March 21, 2022. Over 50,000 carnations will cover the street like an otherworldly carpet, forming images of popular Kabuki actors from the Edo Period. Yasuhiko Fujikawa, a well-known flower artist who created this flower Kabuki concept, will supervise the event.
With help from 200 local volunteers, five giant flower paintings measuring 6m x 8m will be created for the event. The theme is ‘Tokyo Restart,’ with organizers hoping to inspire residents to experience new things and find new hope as we move past the effects of the pandemic.
The flowers used in the event will be recycled and reborn as ‘flower sketchbooks’ made of recycled paper. These will be donated to special-needs schools in Tokyo to support art education for children with disabilities. Since 2018, 8,000 sketchbooks have been donated to 57 schools in the city.
Her Imperial Highness Princess Tomohito of Mikasa will be in attendance.
TOKYO FLOWER CARPET 2022
Running: March 19 – March 21, 2022
*Setup running from 9:00-15:00 on March 19
Location: Gyoko-Dori Avenue (Marunouchi 1, Chiyoda-ku)
Official Site: https://www.infiorata88.com/tokyoflowercarpet
NAKED FLOWERS 2022 Cherry Blossom Event Comes to Nijo Castle, Proceeds Support Kyoto’s Sister City Kiev
NAKED will open a new cherry blossom-inspired outdoor light-up event at Nijo Castle in Kyoto from March 18 until April 17, 2022!
This will be the first time that NAKED FLOWERS will come to Nijo Castle. Along with projection mapping on the Karamon Gate, the largest-ever projection mapping of cherry blossoms will cover the entire 140-meter-long stone wall on the east side of the inner moat.
The event will also invite guests to participate in the ‘Your Cherry Blossom’ test, which will tell you what variety of cherry blossom matches your personality. Holding the NAKED Distanced Lanterns, visitors can wander the grounds with illuminated cherry blossoms at their feet. In the garden area, when the lanterns are held over a certain spot, their colors will change!
The DANDELION PROJECT will also be a part of the event. Inspired by the idea of world peace and hopes to help transcend barriers and connect people in an increasingly divided world. This networked initiative wants to bring this change about by planting (or installing) dandelion-inspired art around the world, while it invites people visiting these dandelion exhibits to send their prayers for peace as a digital flower in real-time.
A tree-planting fund will be raising money on-site, with some of the proceeds being donated to the Executive Community of the 50th Anniversary of the Kyoto-Kiev Sister City Association to help support the city of Kiev.
NAKED FLOWERS 2022 Sakura Event at Nijo Castle World Heritage Site
Location: Nijo Castle Imperial Villa
Running: March 18 – April 17, 2022
Hours: 18:00-21:00 (Grounds close at 22:00)
Tickets / Official Site: https://flowers.naked.works/nijojo/
Takashimaya Announces ‘Amour du Chocolat’ Valentine’s Day Event
27.January.2022 | FOOD
Takashimaya’s yearly ‘Amour du Chocolat’ Valentine’s Day event is known as the ‘Festival of Chocolates.’
Bringing together chocolates from around the world, this event is a way to highlight brands being introduced to Japan for the first time along with established favorites. This year’s lineup will also feature sustainable chocolates and more luxurious sweets to make 2022 feel more uplifting.
The First Chocolate Brand to Land in Japan
Luna Creation Paris Marble Collection
Yvan Chevalier Chocolate Assortment
Chocolatine Yoann Debray Snowflake & Edelweiss Assortment
Toshi Yoroizuka Truffle Banane
Sils Maria Banana & Chocolate
Bvlgari Il Cioccolato Takashimaya Original Chocolate for Sustainability
MAAHA Flower Chocolate
Ma Priere Giandujas Selection
Message de Rose TOKYO Cone Fleury 2022
Charbonnel et Walker Assortment Box for Takashimaya – England
Recchiuti Peanut Butter Confections / Sepia Box – United States
Vincent Vallee Chocolat Amour / Valentine Selection – France
Bubo Barcelona Chocolate Heart Sculpture – Barcelona
Takashimaya Limited Edition Jacques Genin Valentine’s Heart / Classic Selection
Takashimaya Limited Edition Julien Dechenaud Praline Etoile / Praline Nouveau
divan Valentine Box
The Peninsula Boutique & Cafe Bear Chocolate
Maison Mont Nord Assortment Box
Valentine’s Day at Home
Cacao Sampaka / Cacao Esplette
Amour du Chocolat
Event Ongoing at Takashimaya locations nationwide
Takashimaya Online Store:
Order by 10:00 on February 9, 2022
*Certain items may be sold during different periods.
Event Details: https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/store/special/amour/index.html
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Winter Adventure Now Open at Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Adventure, a permanent attraction at the Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park in Hyogo Prefecture, has been transformed for the cold winter months until February 27, 2022!
During the event, guests will have to dodge the snow-like bubbles with a 99.9% hit rate as they race towards the finish line. Do you think you could handle it?
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Winter Adventure
Running until February 27, 2022
Location: Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
Tickets / Official Site: https://nijigennomori.com
The Prince of Tennis 20th Anniversary Event to Open at Hakata Marui and Shinjuku Marui Annex
The second pop-up store to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Prince of Tennis anime series will open at both Hakata Marui and Shinjuku Marui Annex!
Acrylic Figure (8 varieties): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Pin (Random, Holographic): ¥440 (Tax Included)
SNS-style Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties, random): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Nameplate Keychain (Rudolf & Ginka / Yamabuki): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Star Pin (Rudolf & Ginka / Yamabuki): ¥550 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand (Rudolf & Ginka / Yamabuki): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Fans of the series will be able to find merchandise featuring new illustrations of popular characters at both event spaces and online at the Marui Anime Online store.
© 許斐 剛／集英社・NAS・新テニスの王子様プロジェクト
The Prince of Tennis 20th Anniversary OIOI POP UP SHOP
Running: January 8 – January 16, 2022
Location: Hakata Marui 5F Event Space
Shinjuku Marui Annex
Running: January 28 – February 6, 2022
Location: Shinjuku Marui Annex 1F Event Space
Hours: 11:00-20:30 *Closing at 19:00 on February 6
Marui Anime Online
Order Period: January 8 – February 7 at 5:59
Shipping Begins in Early April 2022
Official Site: http://tenipuri.jp/
‘Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour 2022’ Streaming Event to Tease Franchise’s Future
13.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Bandai Namco has announced an upcoming global streaming event to highlight both current and upcoming Dragon Ball titles. ‘Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour 2022’ will take place between February 18 and February 19 in regions around the world. Plenty of updates and announcements will be made during the stream, so you won’t want to miss it!
The event was first held in February 2021 and brought together Dragon Ball fans from 23 countries around the world. This second annual event will feature even more popular content and will utilize the latest technology to bring even more excitement to fans of the series.
The world’s strongest players will once again be invited to participate in an exciting battle! This year’s Games Battle Hour will feature the Dragon Ball FighterZ, the Dragon Ball Super Card Game, and the smartphone title Dragon Ball Legends. Kids can also enjoy the new Super Dragon Ball Heroes digital card game!
On Dragon Ball FighterZ, the World Championship will be held to determine the world’s best player among the winners of the Regional Finals, a tournament featuring the top-ranked players from Europe, Japan, and North America. In the Dragon Ball Super Card Game, the winner of the 2021 World Championship will face off against the newest top player. Dragon Ball Legends will also announce a new project.
A Super Dragon Ball Heroes event will pit six players from Japan against each other, separated into two teams for 3v3 battles. Those who aren’t interested in participating in fighting games can also enjoy a trivia competition!
The “DBXV2 Super Fashion Show” will see the top 16 fashion leaders in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 showcasing their most creative work. The ‘Dragon Ball Art Challenge’ will also invite viewers to create their favorite characters using unique mediums like balloons and Rubik’s cubes.
The recently revealed multiplayer game, Dragon Ball: The Breakers, will also be part of the event with the game’s producer giving an in-depth look and gameplay demonstrations for this upcoming game. ‘Dokkan DATA 2022’ will look back at the seven years since the launch of Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle and will share some data about how players have been playing the game and its exciting history.
Viewers can also take place in a workshop to learn how to best photograph their ‘Dragon Stars Series’ and ‘S.H.Figuarts’ action figures. A master of Chinese cooking will also take the stage to recreate dishes from Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot in the special program ‘Kakarot Cooking.’
A master sculptor and his protegee will create figures of Goku and Vegeta live during the event as well! Will you be tuning in?
©BIRD STUDIO/SHUEISHA, TOEI ANIMATION
©バードスタジオ／集英社・東映アニメーション ©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
DRAGON BALL Games Battle Hour 2022
Date and Time:
JST: February 19, 9:00-14:00 / February 20, 2:00-10:00
PST: February 18, 16:00-21:00 / February 19, 9:00-17:00
EST: February 18, 19:00-0:00 / February 19, 12:00-20:00
CET: February 19, 1:00-6:00 / February 19, 18:00-2:00
※Please note that the end time of the event is subject to change.
Japanese Site: https://dbgbh.bn-ent.net
English Site: https://dbgbh.bn-ent.net/en
*The event will be streamed worldwide (excluding some countries and regions)
Tokyo Revengers Anime Special Event Visual Unveiled
06.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
A special event for the wildly popular Tokyo Revengers anime series will be held on December 18, 2021. The first visual for the event has been released!
The new image shows Takemichi, Chifuyu, Peh-yan and the founding members of the Tokyo Manji Gang taking a well-deserved break. Takuya Eguchi, who plays the role of Shuji Hanma, will make an appearance during the evening show. Along with the members of the Tokyo Manji Gang, members of Valhalla will be present too, so it’s sure to be a wild time.
Exclusive merchandise will be sold at the venue, and pamphlets featuring cast photos and special interviews will be handed out. Good luck charms will be on sale, with many seen in episode 22 of the anime series.
Tickets went on sale December 1 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tokyo Revengers Special Event at Tachikawa Stage Garden
Date: December 18, 2021
Day Show: Opens at 13:00, Show Starts at 14:00
Evening Show: Opens at 17:00, Show Starts at 18:00
VTuber Group NIJISANJI to Celebrate Four Years with 2-Day FANTASIA Event
The massive VTuber collective NIJISANJI will be holding a special 2-day event to celebrate four successful years! The NIJISANJI FANTASIA Event will be held at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama on January 22 and January 23, 2022. Female streamers will perform on Day 1, and male streamers will take the stage on Day 2. Presale tickets are now available by lottery for certain Fanclub members.
As of October 2021, there are 107 Japanese NIJISANJI members, and a total of 156 members including the company’s English, Indonesian, Korean and Chinese members. The group has over 30 million subscribers on YouTube across all members. The group has held a live event each year to celebrate these massive milestones. This year’s event will be held in full-scale 3D collaborative costumes for the first time, and sixteen talents will be taking the stage total.
Who is your favorite member of NIJISANJI?
NIJISANJI 4th Anniversary LIVE ‘FANTASIA’
DAY 1: Mito Tsukino, Kaede Higuchi, Saku Sasaki, Yukia Shiina, Uiha Aiba, Rena Yorumi, Inui Toko, Tomoe Shirayuki
DAY 2: Touya Kenmochi, Kanae, Hayato Kagami, Kakeru Yumeoi, Akina Saegusa, Kou Uzuki, Shellin Burgundy, Kizuki Yashiro
DAY 1: January 22, 2022 / Doors Open at 16:00, Show Starts at 17:00
DAY 2: January 23, 2022 / Doors Open at 16:00, Show Starts at 17:00
Location: Pia Arena MM (https://pia-arena-mm.jp/)
Official Site: https://event.nijisanji.app/4thanniv_fantasia
Individual Member Fan Club Presale Tickets (Lottery)
NIJISANJI Fan Club (Kaede Higuchi, Saku Sasaki, Yukia Shiina, Kakeru Yumeoi) Presale Lottery Registration
Open: October 31, 2021 20:00 – November 7, 2021 23:59
Fan Club Site: https://fanclub.nijisanji.jp/
NIJISANJI Fan Club Presale Tickets (Lottery)
Presale Lottery Registration
Open: October 31, 2021 20:00 – November 14, 2021 23:59
‘Reflexion’ Serial Presale Tickets (Lottery)
Open: November 24, 2021 12:00 – December 5, 2021 23:59
*Must purchase NIJISANJI Cover Song Album ‘Reflexion’