Cherry Blossom Inspired Food & Drink in Japan: Spring 2018 Edition
As the cold winter continues to freeze forward, we’re all waiting in anticipation for spring’s warmth to break through. Did you know, there are places in Japan where the cherry blossoms bloom as early as the end of January? Keep that in mind as we introduce you to some cherry blossom inspired food and drink hitting Japan very soon.
“Cherry Blossom Drink” – Lindt
Lindt is an established premium chocolate brand from Switzerland founded in 1845 loved all over the world. The company will release some limited edition, early-springtime items including the “Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink” and the “Lindt Delice Sakura” on February 16th. Enjoy this refreshing cherry blossom drink and feel the vibe of spring early.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88257
“Sakura Mini Bon” – Cinnabon
Cinnamon roll specialist store “Cinnabon” are selling a limited edition cherry blossom flavoured cinnamon roll, the “Sakura Mini Bon,” from February 1st to March 31st. The roll is topped with a gracious amounts of cherry blossom flavoured cream cheese frosting and a crunchy decoration. Enjoy an exquisite balance of subtle cherry blossom and specially made cinnamon.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88270
“Spring Coloured Veggie Pota Soba” – Cafe & Bar BW CAFE
SOBA (buckwheat noodles) CAFE & BARU BW CAFE which sells original soba dishes serve up their new menu “Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba” from February 1st. Their new menu “Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba” uses lots vegetables such as fresh potatoes and corn and one can eat soba with a warm dipping soup that tastes like potage. The dipping soup and ground vegetables go well with soba since it uses a Japanese-style broth. Also, the baked cheese used as a topping adds a mildness and special aroma to the dish. Enjoy this pink-coloured soba that brings to mind cherry blossoms.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87477
“Matcha Milk Sakura Flavour” – Tsujiri
CAFE & BARU BW CAFETsujiri Online Shop will sell a seasonally limited product of an established store in Kyoto, Tsujiri’s “Tsujiri Matcha Milk – Sakura Flavor” with only a limited supply. “Tsujiri Matcha Milk -Sakura Flavor,” is a matcha milk which has the scent of cherry blossoms and the soft flavors of Ujimatcha and milk. It is a seasonally limited flavor which uses matcha from “Tsujiri,” an established store in Uji, Kyoto. The tea masters of Tsujiri selected the Uji Matcha that goes well with milk by blending two kinds of matcha to draw out the flavor of matcha. A cherry blossom leaf powder produced in Japan is added to the soft flavor of milk to give the product its cherry blossoms flavour.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84872
“Spring Bouquet Salad Set” – BOTANIST café
“BOTANIST Tokyo,” the flagship store in Omotesando, is serving a spring themed menu on the 2nd floor “BOTANIST café” from February 1st to March 31st. The “Spring Bouquet Salad Set” uses lots of fruit and vegetables reminiscent of springtime to look like a botanical bouquet. They’re selling a range of other foods and sweets too which taste great and are fun to look at. Everything on the menu is available for this spring only!
Feel the warm breeze of spring early with these cherry blossom inspired foods and drinks.
Brown Sugar Syrup Dorayaki to be Sold at FamilyMart Convenience Stores in Japan
30.May.2020 | FOOD
With shops and businesses temporarily closed as a result of lockdown measures in Japan, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart is currently collaborating with famous shops around Japan. They recently teamed up with famous matcha company Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten to stock some authentic matcha treats on its shelves.
For its 5th collaboration, FamilyMart is collaborating with Eitaro Sohonpo, a Japanese confectionery store that has been around since 1818, to bring the company’s brown sugar syrup dorayaki to their own shelves from May 29, 2020. Since being released in December 2018, the dessert has been sold over 1 million times.
The dorayaki is made with Eitaro Sohonpo’s brown sugar syrup and coarse sweet red bean paste. Each and every ingredient is chosen with care to create this luxurious dessert. The adzuki beans are soaked in a brown sugar syrup made from sugar from Okinawa Prefecture. It’s also made with whole soybean soy sauce and a whipped cream that’s made from a blend of fresh Hokkaido cream and 26% milk.
The dorayaki pastry is soaked in brown sugar syrup which when eaten with the whipped cream and coarse sweet bean paste makes it truly a dessert for the gods.
Eitaro Sohonpo – Brown Sugar Syrup Dorayaki (Japanese Name: 黒みつしみうま生どら焼)
Price: ¥298 (Tax Included)
Release Date: May 29, 2020
Available: Japan (Except Okinawa)
FamilyMart Official Website: https://www.family.co.jp/
Street Fighter V Costume Design Contest Launched by Capcom
30.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Street Fighter V was released back in 2016, and continues to enjoy a dedicated player base thanks to the ongoing updates. Street Fighter V: Champion Edition was released on February 14, 2020, featuring the original game and all of the content up to Season IV.
Capcom has now confirmed Season 5 which will roll out five new characters. Three new stages are also being planned. Capcom will also host a costume content for fans to design the outfits for the five new characters.
Season V: The Final Season is Now in Development
Season V is set to be final season to be released for Street Fighter V, which has garnered the support of many fans since its release back in 2016. Five new characters have been decided on and are now in development together with three new stages. More information is scheduled to roll out this summer.
Leave Your Name in Street Fighter History With the Costume Contest
One aspect of Street Fighter V that players love are the amount of costumes you can put characters in. Fans can see their favourite characters not just in their regular outfits, but in something more cool or even comical.
This is about to become even more fun as Capcom announces the launch of an official costume contest. Two costumes will be chosen from submissions based on votes by players. This is their chance to make their mark in Street Fighter history.
Pictured above are concept pieces designed by the Street Fighter V staff. Try designing something that really makes you outfit stand out from the rest.
Click here for more details on how to participate.
EX09 Colours Released Free Of Charge For All 40 Characters
While we’re still a while way from Season V, Capcom decided to release the EX09 colour for all 40 characters on Wednesday free of charge, an awesome combination of black and red.
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Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
Platforms: PlayStation®4 / PC
Players: 1-2 (2-8 Online
CERO Rating: B
Official Website: https://streetfighter.com/
9 Cute Nail Styles to Inspire Your Self Love and Creativity at Home
With most people stuck in lockdown, many people are taking the time to try out different nail styles right now in Japan. If you’re stuck on what designs to go for, take some inspiration from these 10!
Girly Off Blue Nails | @paakogrm
Mayu has gone for the ever-popular off-blue to create a girly design.
Dalmatian Nails | @fnds23
YUI has incorporated a dalmatian print for a simple yet stylish combination.
Colourful Nails Against The Blue Sky | @bjmmm_13
Koharu’s nails feature a mix of fun colours, patterns, and designs which are sure to cheer her up whenever she’s using her hands and sees them.
Toy Story Nails | @yanagi.ishii
Mai’s Toy Story nails seem as though they’re about to come to life and start talking. Check out those fluffy clouds too.
Demon Slayer | @aiarrn
Rin’s Demon Slayer and turtle shell designs are all hand drawn. Tanjiro and Nezuko look really cute.
Shiny Nails | @jamaicafe_nails
Nao-chan’s nails are made up of various shiny parts which look even cute when the sun shines on them!
Lovely Blanket Nails | @kym__81g
Mayu’s lovely blanket nails are hand drawn and have a soft, gentle aesthetic to them.
Vintage Nails | @pom__a03
Pom’s nails combine off-colours with browns for a vintage look. The polka dots are a sophisticated cute without being overly-kawaii.
Fruit Nails | @runrunyukirun
Yukina’s nails are made up of various cute fruits. She’s serving freshness for the coming summer season.
Use this opportunity while at home to make your own nails cute too!
Beauty Connection Ginza’s Fruits Salon Reveals Mango Menu Line-Up
30.May.2020 | FOOD
Beauty Connection Ginza and its second floor fruit course cafe Fruits Salon have been closed since April 8, 2020 as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. But that hasn’t stopped Fruits Corner wanting to deliver its tasty treats to customers as it reveals its new mango themed menu which is set to run for the whole month of June. It will be taking online orders.
Following the pear, citrus fruits, and strawberry line-ups, the new mango course is made up of four different vitamin-packed and refreshing accompaniments, all made with fresh mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture.
Mango Full Course: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
1st. plate “Terrine”
2nd. plate “Airy Tart”
Each of the four plates, packed full of rich and sweet mangoes, offers refreshing taste to give you that early summertime vibe.
3rd. plate “Parfait”
4th. plate “Dried Fruits/Mignardises/After-Meal Drink)
The third plate is a gorgeous, eye-catching parfait centred on mango gelato and made up of delicious ingredients that all come together harmoniously. Mix everything together to create new flavours. The full course is 90 minutes, and beckons you to use all five of your senses to enjoy it.
Beauty Connection Ginza Fruits Salon
Address: 2F, 7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair Launched at TSUTAYA Ginza
30.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Since the launch of the manga back in 1970, Doraemon has brought smiles on people’s faces in the form of books, anime, live-action films, collaborations with artists, and more, for the past 50 years.
To celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary, TSUTAYA Ginza has opened an online fair on its website. TSUTAYA Ginza is a place where people of all ages and nationalities come from around the world, and the number one book the store can recommend as part of Japan’s culture continues to be the first volume of Doraemon. For the entirety of 2019—that’s January to December—the first volume of Doraemon was the number one best selling book at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Fair
Doraemon Volume 1 (Tentoumushi Comics)
Doraemon has come to be a symbol of Japan and has been passed down generations, but there probably a lot of people who don’t know how the story started. To find out, pick up a copy of volume one at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon Volume 0 (Tentoumushi Comics)
As part of the anniversary celebrations, a special volume 0 has been published. This full-colour book features 6 versions of the first Doraemon story as well as comments by the author and more.
Doraemon Mizuhiki Accessories (Pins, Earrings, Piercings)
Mizuhiki are decorative Japanese cords which are used for important ceremonial occasions such as weddings, births, and funerals. These special Doraemon mizuhiki have been turned into beautiful accessories featuring Doraemon and Dorami’s iconic blue and yellow colours respectively. They can be used for decorating clothes with and more.
This is just a peek at some of the celebratory merchandise on offer for the online fair. For the full list, check out the website below.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/blog/humanities/14121-1501150523.html
Address: GINZA SIX 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 〒104-0061
Official Website: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/
RADWIMPS have dropped a music video for their song Nekojarashi (Orchestra ver.).
The music video was shot and made by staff who have been involved with many other RADWIMPS music videos. The video is a snapshot of an ordinary day, something which comes as a welcome during these chaotic times. It looks at what lies beyond in the future—a message of hope.
RADWIMPS recently released a music video for the normal version of Nekojarashi featuring a compilation of photos the band wanted fans to send in which showcase the little things in life that make them happy. Now fans can enjoy that alongside the video for the orchestral version.
RADWIMPS – “Nekojarashi (Orchestra ver.) Music Video
Kawaii Creator’s Club #3: Naomi Shares Her Experiences as a Kawaii Fashion Creator
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is launching a new series which we are calling the Kawaii Creators Club. Each episode, we’ll be introducing to you, the readers, to Kawaii Fashion Creators from around the world who are interested in kawaii fashion from Harajuku.
You’ll get to know each of these creators―who all live in different countries around the world―as you learn how they came to know about kawaii fashion, where they buy their clothes and accessories, who their fashion inspirations are, and more, in the form of an interview.
In Episode #3, we welcome Naomi from the Philippines!
Naomi is a fashion student who has her own brand. We asked her about her daily life and her experiences with kawaii fashion.
–What is your nickname (or name)?
My name is Naomi but some of my friends call me Naomeow (Now-meow) or Nao!
–Which country do you live in?
I’m living in Japan now but I’m from the Philippines!
–What is your occupation?
Naomi’s Brand Omi Omi
I’m a full-time fashion student, part-time model and creator/designer of my new brand: Omi Omi.
–What made you interested in kawaii fashion?
I’ve always had a love for cute things, and have always been told I’ve been stuck daydreaming in my own world. So being able to wear kawaii fashion enables me to express my love for cuteness while being able to show people what it means to me.
–At what age did you start experimenting with kawaii fashion?
I’ve been dressing in kawaii fashion for as long as I can remember, but I think it’s just evolved in different ways now.
–Where do you buy your kawaii accessories and clothes from?
I really love thrift shopping! This is where I usually buy my clothes if it’s not given to me from online shops. Koenji and Shimokita are usually my go-to places in Tokyo. I also like re-making old clothes, and some of the things I wear I designed myself ♡ I just started my brand recently and have been doing pop-up shops around Tokyo from time to time, and will launch my website soon at www.omi-omi.com
–Is there anyone who inspires your fashion style?
I don’t have a particular real person, but I do think my favorite heroines from shows and video games have affected my style in some way. For example, Mathilda from Leon the professional and Miwako Sakurada from Paradise Kiss.
–What do you like doing on your days off?
During my free time, I tend to just sleep and play video games.
–What is your favourite food and why? (It can be from any country)
Katsu Curry is my ultimate favourite dish! It just tastes so good I’m getting hungry thinking about it. I can finish that in 10 minutes.
–Do you have a favourite anime?
I have my top 3 favourite animes that I love, which are Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Chobits, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. The stories of these are amazing, and I love animes with deep, complex plot twists.
–Who is your favourite character? (If you have one)
Chii from Chobits!
–Do you have a favourite Japanese celebrity? If yes, who is it and why?
I don’t know much about Japanese dramas or celebrities unfortunately 🙁
–Do you have a favourite website about Japan or Japanese culture? If so, what is it?
I don’t know much about Japanese culture websites as well 🙁
–What is your favourite Japanese word or phrase?
–Have you ever been to Japan? What is your favourite place?
Yes! I live here. My favourite places are Shimokitazawa, Koenji and Harajuku.
–Tell us about your dreams for the future.
I’m currently studying fashion right now, and once I graduate I plan to expand my brand around Tokyo. Maybe, in the near future, it would be such a dream to open a physical store in Harajuku.
–Finally, what does “kawaii” mean to you?
To me, I feel like “Kawaii” is more than just physical aesthetics. I think it’s also a feeling, culture, and a lifestyle. You don’t have to be a model, a certain gender, or popular to be “Kawaii”. For me, someone who is “Kawaii” radiates that happiness from within, just like the way we feel when we see our favorite cute toys. They aren’t afraid to be different, and are real with our love to express joy and cute things. There’s a difference between kawaii and childish and I think being able to express your inner child is a brave and rebellious thing to do in a world full of people who push that side of themselves away!
If you want to see more of Naomil then be sure to follow her on Instagram where you can check out many more of her looks.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Trailer Reveals August Release on PS4 & Switch
A trailer was released for the upcoming video game Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions which is set for release worldwide on PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™ on August 28, 2020.
What is Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions?
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is the first console game based on the internationally beloved manga masterpiece Captain Tsubasa in 10 years. It will be fast-paced an arcade-style football game featuring familiar faces from the series in anime graphics.
New Trailer showcases high-speed gameplay
Check out the epic trailer release for the game on the official PlayStation YouTube channel below.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions – Street Date Announcement Trailer | PS4
1. Shutetsu Uniform
2. Meiwa FC Uniform
3. Tsubasa’s Challenge Ball to Wakabayashi
・Download Purchase Bonus
If you pre-order the game by September 23, 2020, you can receive the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment uniform.
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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions
Release Date: August 27, 2020
Platforms: PlayStation®4 / Nintendo Switch™
Players 1-4 (Online/Offline)
Genre: Soccer Actionジャンル：サッカーアクション
CERO Rating: A
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*The photos shown are of a product still in development.
*The information in this article are correct at the time of publishing. The product is subject to change without notice in the run up to and after its release.
New Cat Shots From Upcoming Anime Film ‘Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu’ Released
Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu is the second original anime feature film from Studio Colorido. The studio’s first feature film Penguin Highway released in August 2018 to critical acclaim (August 2018 release) and went on to win the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year as well as the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation award at Fantasia International Film Festival for the best-animated feature.
The film is being co-directed by Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon; Princess Tutu) and Tomotaka Shibayama, the latter making his debut as the director of a feature length film. The screenplay is being written by screenwriter Mari Okada (AnoHana; Black Butler; O Maidens in Your Savage Season).
A new batch of images have been officially released featuring new shots of Muge as a cat and the secret cat world she lives in.
Miyo Sasaki (voiced by Mirai Shida) is a 2nd year middle schooler a little different from the rest, and whose classmates called her “Muge” which is short for Mugendai Nazo Ningen in Japanese which roughly translates to “Infinitely Puzzling Human.” She’s head-over-heels for her classmates Kento Hinode (Natsuki Hanae), who she boldly tries to attack every day, but he pays her no attention. But she’s not discouraged and continues to approach him. She also has a big secret she can’t tell anyone about. The reason for Muge not giving up on her situation with Hinode is thanks to a mysterious mask she received from a cat shop owner which allows the wearer to turn into a cat. Muge uses this power to turn into a cat every day to visit Hinode’s house.
Muge tries to approach her classmate Hinode every single day, but he’s at that point in his youth where he doesn’t know what road he should take in life. He’s into ceramics, loves cooking, and has a cute side too as he nicknames the cat that Muge transforms into “Taro.” Will his heart change for better of for worse if he finds out Muge’s secret?
New details have been revealed for some of the other cats we will meet along the way. Eri Kitamura (Fairy Tail; Bakemonogatari; Toradora!) will voice Kinako, a female cat that lives in the same house as Muge and is owned by her father’s fiance. Shinichiro Miki (Pokémon; Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood; My Hero Academia) will voice Kakinuma, a reliable cat that Muge meets on the island of cats. Rei Sakuma (Ranma ½) will voice Tamaki who warns Muge to return to the human world immediately. Oolongta Yoshida will voice Sugita who shows Muge around cat island when she arrives. Fukushi Ochiai will voice Hajime who worries about Muge to the point of tears.
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Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu
Release Date: June 18, 2020 worldwide on Netflix
Netflix Page: netflix.com/nakineko
3 Must-Try Food Deliveries in Japan: Michelin Star Restaurant & More
With lockdown measures in place, many restaurants and food businesses are now introducing no-contact delivery services, and this goes for Japan as well. We have picked out menu items from 3 must-try restaurants that are offering a delivery option.
HEY! Bánh Mì: ¥1,000
sio is a 1-star Michelin restaurant who have pondered what customers are seeking during this time of the coronavirus, and what they can do it put smiles on their faces, and so they are now serving a affordable bento and bánh mì.
“We have thought thoroughly on how to pack us into one dish to create delicious food with complex flavours and enjoyable textures.”
That’s the story behind the “HEY! Bánh Mì,” a dish layered with Shusaku Toba’s personality, a chef at sio. The dish is the perfect lunch option to enjoy while working from home.
Bento of the Day: ¥1,50
The restaurant is also rotating different bento each day, from demi-glace stew to curry to their most popular kra pao and more.
sio Zaitaku Bento (Reservation Only) | 1-2 People: ¥13,500
If you’re looking for something a little more high-class, then there’s this very special bento as beautiful as a flower box. The meat has sea urchin scattered over it for gorgeous visual effect. Reservations for this bento open at 8:00pm (JST) every Monday, and on a good day it can sell out within an hour.
Address: 1-35-3 Uehara, Shibuya Tokyo
Official Website: http://sio-yoyogiuehara.com/
*Reservations available on sio’s official Facebook and Instagram pages
*Menu line-up subject to change, please enquire directly with sio with any questions
2: La Table de Joël Robuchon
La Table de Joël Robuchon Gourmet Box (Serves 4): ¥28,000 (Tax Included)
La Table de Joël Robuchon is one of those places that people want to dine at at least once in their lives. The “La Table de Joël Robuchon Gourmet Box” comes following the success of the “Gastronomy Gourmet Box.” It includes four appetisers, such as seafood salad and a chicken breast and foie gras press with a lentil salad, as well as a main dish made from Japanese beef cooked in red wine and vegetable glacé, and to top it all off, 3 desserts including a tart and financier. It’s a box of pure luxury and indulgence.
They offer champagne, wine, an anniversary gateau, and more too as an option, making it a great choice for celebrations.
People are sure to be delighted by ordering takeout from La Table de Joël Robuchon as they enjoy restaurant quality food at home.
La Table de Joël Robuchon
Address: Ebisu Garden Place, 1-13-1 Mita, Meguro, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5424-1338 / 03-5424-1347 (Available 11:00-17:00)
Collection Times: 16:00-19:00
Delivery Times: 16:00-19:00
Delivery Charge: ¥5,000
Deliveries: Tokyo’s 23 wards. For deliveries outside this area, please enquire.
Official Website: https://www.robuchon.jp/shop-list/latable
3: EBISU YORONIKU
Hana Pepper Wagyu Dish: ¥4,629 (Now Unavailable)
Jitsu Pepper Wagyu Dish: ¥2,700 (Before Tax) *Available
EBISU YORONIKU serves delicious Japanese wagyu beef, and they’re offering takeout at irregular intervals. The “Hana Pepper Wagyu Dish” had a delicious peppery smell when you opened the lid, and the sliced omelette served to make the beef even more delicious. Since the season has changed, this dish is no longer available but has been replaced by the “Jitsu Pepper Wagyu Dish.”
Address: GEMS Ebisu 8F, 1-11-5 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://yoroniku.business.site
Hatsune Miku Yeolume Doll Enters as the First Doll in a New Collection Series
GROOVE Co.,Ltd. is releasing a new collaboration line of dolls using the Yeolume doll as a base. The first collaboration to the line welcomes none other than the iconic Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku.
Collection Doll | Hatsune Miku: ¥13,200 (Tax Included)
For Hatsune Miku, or the number one princess in the world, her cheeks have been made puffy and her lips cute and pouting. Her eyes can move left and right for changing her facial expression, and her neck, arms, waist, and legs are all movable. Her knees can bend too, so you can place her in all kinds of different poses.
Her iconic outfit has all the little details too, plus her recognisable twin tails touch the floor which is super cute.
This is definitely one to add to your doll collection.
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Collection Doll – Hatsune Miku
Contents: Doll / Headset
Size: 27cm tall
Product Page: https://en.jgroove.jp/collectiondoll-hatsunemiku
Japan Sinks 2020 Netflix Original Anime Series Trailer Confirms July Release
A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Netflix Original anime series Japan Sinks 2020 which confirms that the series will hit the streaming service worldwide on July 9, 2020.
Japan Sinks 2020 is the first ever anime adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s best-selling 1973 disaster novel Japan Sinks sometime this year. The series is being directed by Masaaki Yuasa, who is known for his unique free-flowing animation style, having directed such internationally-lauded anime series like Devilman Crybaby, Ping-Pong: The Animation, and The Tatami Galaxy.
Masaaki Yuasa shows hope and restoration in the first ever trailer
The anime’s story takes place in Japan in the year 2020. In the original Japan Sinks, the story follows that the Japanese archipelago will sink into the sea after a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This plot line follows in Japan Sinks 2020 too in which we see an ordinary family put to the test as a series of massive earthquakes throws the Japanese archipelago into turmoil.
Reina Ueda (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba; Dr. Stone; SSSS.GRIDMAN) will voice the protagonist Ayumu, a 14-year-old girl set to compete in the Olympics. Tomo Muranaka (World Trigger; FLCL Progressive) will voice Go, Ayumu’s younger brother whose connection to the world is through online video games. Yūko Sasaki (Chibi Maruko-chan) will voice their mother Mari, a former swimming Olympian who always looks at the positives even in difficult situations. Masaki Terasoma (Detective Conan) will voice their father Koichiro, a smart and resolute man who you can depend on for anything.
In the new trailer, we are shown what was an ordinary day turn into something disastrous in an instant from Ayumu’s perspective. We also see that though the country has undergone immense change in just moments, the bonds between people offer the chance for hope and restoration. Ayumu carries the torch of hope for the people.
Japan Sinks 2020 | Official Trailer
New Characters Revealed
Four new characters have also been revealed who are set to be voiced by Hiroyuki Yoshino, Nanako Mori, Kensho Ono, and Umeji Sasaki.
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