A campaign for a realistic escaping game and “Love Live! School Idol Festival” was started
03.March.2018 | SPOT
SCRAP which runs and produces realistic escaping games started a collaborative campaign with the very popular smartphone application, “Love Live! School Idol Festival” in commemoration of the collaborative event with the animation “Love Live! Sunshine!!” called“Koto no Suizokukan Karano Dassyutsu” starting from the 1st of March (Thurs.).
“Koto no Suizokukan Karano Dassyutsu” which will be held from the 19th of March 2018 (Mon.) is an experience-based game event where the participants can visit the story set of the animation “Love Live! Sunshine!!” called “Awashima Park” and solve mysteries by using the voice-guided application (free) and listening to the guidance of the characters. The voices of each member was recorded just for this game event!
The story which depicts the story of “Koto no Suizokukan Karano Dassyutsu” and the image song of the event “Kimi no Hitomi wo Meguru Boken” can be enjoyed by solving the tasks in the collaborative event with School Idol Festival which was started from the 1st of March (Thurs.).
In addition, the collaboration title will be distributed as a log-in bonus and School Idol Festival’s original sticker will be handed out to those of spend more than 1,000 yen (tax included) inside “Awashima Marin Park ‘Shop Rikutaro’” where “Koto no Suizokukan Karano Dasyutsu” starts from the 19th of March (Mon.)
Don’t miss this collaborative campaign where “Koto no Suizokukan Karano Dassyutsu” can be enjoyed!
Taichi Mukai to Perform New Opening Theme for Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Anime
Singer, songwriter, and model Taichi Mukai has been chosen to perform the new opening theme for Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, currently airing Saturdays on TV Tokyo. The announcement was made during an event on September 12 celebrating a successful first year of broadcasting. A new visual was also released as the anime series starts its second year of airing.
The new song, Bravest, was written specifically for the show, and features lyrics reminiscent of the main character and his struggles.
In regards to the track, Mukai commented: “The Adventure of Dai is a masterpiece, and the manga series has been going on since before I was born. I was completely absorbed and totally forgot to get my own work done while going back through the story again, reading it the whole way through! I was full of energy when I wrote this song, and I hope it will get fans pumped up!”
The first episode marking the second year of the Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai anime series will air on October 2.
Mukai will also be releasing a new EP titled DOORS, co-produced with Shin Sakiura, on September 22. The song Celebrate! from the EP is available to stream now, so be sure to check it out!
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Nihonbashi Art Aquarium Museum Closes for Renewal and Relocation
The Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM will be closed on September 26 2021 to make way for new exhibits and works. The museum is scheduled to be relocated in the first half of 2022.
The ART AQUARIUM Museum opened in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on August 28 202 with the concept of “a museum where life dwells.” This will be the largest renewal in the history of the museum Museum, opened by writer and general producer Hidetomo Kimura, with the addition of more exhibits and new and improved interactive areas.
The Nihonbashi Art AQUARIUM Museum opened alongside the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic, with the expectations that visitors would come from both within Japan and overseas, thanks to the exhibitions which easily explain and represent Japan’s proud traditional culture and performing arts, but due to Covid restrictions, foreign tourists are still unable to enter the country. Despite this, the Museum saw many customers and with the closing of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the museum will be closed in preparation to relocate to the new ART AQUARIUM. If you want to see the Nihonbashi location for yourself then this is your last chance!
In addition, the “ART AQUARIUM” digital tour is being held from September 12, allowing you to appreciate the Museum in a digital format until the reopening.
Make sure to check out the Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM while you have the chance!
ART AQUARIUM Museum
Address:：1-3-9 Nihonbashihonchō, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00~19:00 (L.A 18:30)
Official Site: https://artaquarium.jp
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.
GARNiDELiA to Perform Opening Theme for Taisho Otome Fairy Tale Anime Series
Pop-rock duo GARNiDELiA will be performing the opening theme song for the upcoming Taisho Otome Fairy Tale anime series, set to begin airing October 8. The title of the track is Otome no Kokoroe, and a bit of the song can be heard in the recently-released third trailer.
GARNiDELiA is composed of Maria, the lead vocalist, and toku, the group’s composer. The two made their major debut in 2014, and have contributed to a number of anime series in the past. Since moving to the Pony Canyon label in 2021, GARNiDELiA is planning on a number of new collaborations and releases.
The Taisho Otome Fairy Tale anime series is based on the manga of the same name, serialized in Jump Square from 2015 until 2017. Written and illustrated by Sana Kirioka, it tells the story of a wealthy boy, Tamahiko Shima, who, after becoming handicapped after a terrible accident, is sent to live in the countryside, away from his well-off family. It’s there that he meets Yuzuki Tachibana, sent to be his bride. The two become closer, and Tamahiko begins to heal from the many scars of his youth.
Comments from GARNiDELiA
“Each character in this story is incredible and unique in their own way.
I’m honored to be singing the theme song for this amazing work, and doing so has made me feel more and more attached to it as the story progresses.
I hope the song conveys the beauty of a woman and love, and the strength of caring for someone with all your heart.
I hope the audience enjoys this song as much as I do, and that you enjoy it as you watch the series!”
“This track is a big-band tune in true GARNiDELiA style, inspired by the characters in this incredible story and their ever-changing emotions. This opening is a new challenge for us, and we hope you enjoy it!”
Otome no Kokoroe
Streaming: October 9, 2021
Streaming Link: https://lnk.to/_GARNiDELiA
GARNiDELiA Official Site: https://www.garnidelia.com/
Taisho Otome Fairy Tale
Premiering: October 8 (TV Tokyo, TV Osaka), October 9 (BS11, AT-X)
*Date and time subject to change.
Official Site: https://taisho-otome.com/
Sega to Open Limited-time Love Live! Themed Cafes Around Japan
GENDA SEGA is set to open a series of Love Live! School Idol Festival themed collaboration cafes around Japan starting September 4. Guests can enjoy original food, desserts, and drinks inspired by characters from the franchise. The limited-time cafes will be open until November 7, and will be divided into four phases, each based on a certain aspect of the Love Live! series.
Drinks: ¥660 each (Tax Included)
Phase 1: Teru Teru Bozu White Rice & Soup / Magic of Makeup Open-Faced Hamburger
Phase 2: Cat Ear Curry Soup / Spring Fairy Soba with Yuzu
Phase 3 : Menu to be announced soon
Phase 4 : Menu to be announced soon
Love Live! Parfait (Liella!) (Available during entire event period.)
Phase 1: μ’ s 1st Grade Soda Parfait / μ’ s 2nd Grade Strawberry Parfait / μ’ s 3rd Grade Muscat Parfait
Phase 2: Aquors 1st Grade Banana Parfait / Aquors 2nd Grade Strawberry Parfait / Aquors 3rd Grade Muscat Parfait
Phase 3 / Phase 4: Dessert Menus to be announced soon
Get Special Freebies for Each Order
Phase 1: Drink Coaster / Food Coaster / Parfait Coaster
Phase 2: Drink Coaster / Food Coaster / Parfait Coaster
Phase 3 / Phase 4: Freebies to be announced soon
Love Live! Character Birthday Cards
Kotori Minami – September 12
Riko Sakurauchi – September 19
Ruby Kurosawa – September 21
Sumire Heanna – September 28
Shioriko Mifune – October 5
Eli Ayase – October 21
Rin Hoshizora – November 1
Releasing: September 4, 2021
Art Panel (μ’ s Thanksgiving 2020 ~ONLINE~, 10 designs, random) / Art Panel (Aqours Thanksgiving 2020 ~ONLINE~, 10 designs, random) / Art Panel (Nijigasaki Thanksgiving 2020 ~ONLINE~, 11 designs, random): ¥660 each (Tax Included)
Art Panel (μ’ s Makeup Magic, 9 designs, random): ¥660 each (Tax Included) / Chibi Acrylic Key Rings (μ’ s Thanksgiving Festival 2020 ~ONLINE~, 9 designs, random): ¥770 each (Tax Included) / Acrylic Stands (μ’ s Teru Teru Bozu, 9 designs): ¥1,320 each (Tax Included)
Releasing: September 18, 2021
Art Panel (Aqours Cat Cafe, 9 designs, random): ¥660 each (Tax Included) / Chibi Acrylic Key Rings (Aqours Thanksgiving Festival 2020 ~ONLINE~, 9 designs, random): ¥770 each (Tax Included) / Acrylic Stands (Aqours Spring Fairy, 9 designs): ¥1,320 each (Tax Included)
Bonus Merch for Every ¥2,000 Spent
Limited-edition clear photos, 4 designs: Available September 4 – September 17
Limited-edition clear photos, 4 designs: Available September 18 – October 1
Phase 3 / Phase 4: Bonus merch to be announced
Which Love Live! character’s merch would you be after?
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SEGA x Love Live! School Idol Festival Collaboration Cafe
Running: September 4 – November 7, 2021
Where: SEGA Collaboration Cafe Akihabara 3 (SEGA Akihabara 3 Floor 7F) /
SEGA Collaboration Cafe Stand / SEGA Akihabara 4 / Nanbasennichimae / Sendai / Okayama / Fukuoka Tenjin / Sasashima/ Kumamoto
Phase 1, μ’ s: September 4 – September 17, 2021
Phase 2, Aqours: September 18 – October 1, 2021
Phase 3, Nijigasaki High School Idol Club: October 2 – October 15, 2021
Phase 4, Love Live! ALL STARS: October 16 – November 7, 2021
Official Site: https://sega-collabocafe.com/top/sif06.html
‘átoa,’ Part Art Museum and Part Aquarium, Opening in Kobe
12.August.2021 | SPOT
Blending living creatures with art, átoa, a new urban aquarium, will open in Kobe’s Shinkocho on October 29, 2021. New images have just been revealed, and we now have an idea of what the interior will look like!
‘átoa’ comes from a combination of the words ‘aquarium’ and ‘art,’ and as the name suggests, the space will blend over 100 pieces of digital and performance art with 3,000 ocean creatures to provide a never-before-seen experience.
The exterior of the Kobe Port Museum looks like a contemporary art gallery
The stairway leads guests to a cave entrance, making the visit feel more like an adventure
‘MARIN NOTE – The Movement of Life’ embodies underwater life
‘ELEMENTS – The Forest of Spirits’ welcomes you to a foggy sea of trees
Light cutout show by famed cutout artist Atsumi Sakai
A mysterious walk through a traditional Japanese garden
‘PLANETS,’ a journey through the darkness of outer space and the deep sea
Food & drink offerings worthy of posting on social media
A spectacular view of the Kobe Bay area
átoa original products on sale
Rokko, the land on which Kobe City sits, is said to have been formed over one million years ago by the upheaval of the Earth and consistent water erosion. The Kobe Port Museum (KPM), where átoa is located, has long attracted visitors with its unique exterior, embodying the ancient origins of the surrounding lands.
átoa will be divided into eight different zones, each with its own theme and distinctive presentation. Visitors will first enter the ‘Cave of Beginnings,’ where fish-shaped lights reflected on the walls and floor lead you deeper into the space, as if through a kaleidoscope.
After emerging, ‘MARIN NOTE – The Movement of Life,’ a visual embodiment of underwater life, will greet you. The sound and scents of the sea will surround guests, with a cylindrical water tank at the center of the room filled with zebra sharks, spotted garden eels, and many more underwater creatures.
On the second floor, enter ‘ELEMENTS – The Forest of Spirits,’ a foggy sea of trees straight out of a fairy tale. This is where you can find freshwater fish, amphibians, and adorable tree-dwelling animals not typically found in aquariums, like woodchucks! This is another highlight of átoa: you might find more animals you wouldn’t expect!
The third floor houses both ‘MIYABI’ and ‘PLANETS,’ where guests can enjoy a ‘theatrical aquarium experience.’ Discover Atsumi Sakai’s famed cutout art in the ‘MIYABI’ area, meant to simulate a Japanese garden. Enjoy the magical experience of fish swimming just beneath your feet as you stroll along a glass-covered floor.
The ‘PLANETS’ area houses AQUA TERRA, one of Japan’s largest spherical water tanks, with a diameter of 3 meters. Guests are welcome to ponder the vastness of both outer space and the deepest stretches of the sea. The area is bathed in the light of countless stars thanks to optical fibers embedded in the floor, while mist will continuously pour from above.
Housed on the fourth floor, an outdoor exhibit, the ‘SKYSHORE Sky Garden,’ will soothe your soul as you play with only the most adorable marine life, from penguins to otters. This is also where visitors can enjoy the átoa cafe, offering a lineup of Instagram-worthy food and drink.
The observation deck ‘ROOF TOP’ also provides a breathtaking view of Kobe. Whether you visit during day or night, take in the views of Kobe Harborland and Meriken Park to your heart’s content. A full museum shop will be stocked with adorable plushies and other original products.
Address: 7-2, Shinkocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Date: October 29, 2021
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Open Every Day)
Official Site: https://atoa-kobe.jp
Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club x Oedo Onsen Monogatari Event Announced
The Tokyo-based bathhouse Oedo Onsen Monogatari is set to collaborate with the anime series Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club with a special event titled ‘Tokimeki Onsen Monogatari’ from July 30 to September 5. This will mark the site’s final collaboration with an anime series as the bathhouse is closing on September 5.
For the collaboration, panels and decorations featuring original artwork of the Nijigaku members is featured around the bathhouse. There’s also a special photospot featuring a backdrop of a scene taken the anime’s second episode.
A lottery draw will take place where you can pay ¥550 for a chance to win a cushion, illustrated print, or bromide. There are also 10 collab drinks as well as three pasta dishes to pick from. Fans can also get their hands on exclusive merch such as keyrings, tees, tapestries, and more.
Tokimeki Onsen Monogatari
Running: July 30, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Location: Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Official Website: https://corporate.ooedoonsen.jp/
Identity V x Death Note Crossover Launches
06.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME
NetEase’s multiplayer horror game Identity V is currently holding a crossover event with the anime series Death Note. Running until June 27, fans of the series can look forward to seeing some familiar faces in thrilling mind battles.
Death Note is a manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata which was serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2003-2006. The manga has over 30 million copies in circulation. Its anime adaptation aired from 2006-2007. The story tells of a notebook called the Death Note where if you write someone’s name in it they die. It is one of the most well-known series both in Japan and overseas. One of the aspects of the series that draws people in most are the mind battles between its two intellectual protagonists; Light Yagami and L.
Ryuk is a Shinigami, or Death God, and is the one who drops his Death Note into the human world which is eventually found by the protagonist Light Yagami. He did this on on purpose because he was bored one day and wanted to see what would happen if a human had a Death Note. In the game, he will pursue the Survivors.
Light Yagami, the protagonist of Death Note, finds the notebook one day and after discovering its secrets, decides to rid the world of criminals and people he deems villains under the guise of Kira. He will try to escape the Hunters in the game.
L is the second main character of Death Note. Known as the world’s greatest detective, he is tasked with trying to discover why so many people are dying randomly in Japan and who this mysterious Kira is. He will fight against the Hunters.
Misa Amane is a fashion model and supporter of Kira. She also has her own Death Note and eventually becomes the Second Kira. In the game she will take on the role of an engineer and use her skills to make changes to the Manor.
A range of accessories, character actions, furniture, and more themed on Death Note are also rolling out as part of the crossover. Items include apples which are Ryuk’s favourite, Misa’s Death Note, Light’s pen, L’s handcuffs, and more.
Discover all kinds of mysterious during the event
The game is littered with mysterious to be discover and solved. Players can complete daily sign-ins to receive rewards such as Crossover Essence, collecting clues with L by participating in matches, and much more.
Identity V x Death Note Collaboration Event
Running: May 27, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Identity V Official Website: https://www.identityv.jp/2021/dnidv/en/
Good Smile Company Releases New Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Figures
Good Smile Company released two figures on May 13 as part of their POP UP PARADE series. They include Emma Verde and Rina Tennoji from the anime series Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club.
POP UP PARADE Emma Verde / POP UP PARADE Rina Tennoji – ¥3,900 Each (Tax Included)
POP UP PARADE is a new series of figures by Good Smile Company that are easy to collect with affordable prices and speedy releases! Each figure typically stands around 17-18cm in height and the series features a vast selection of characters from popular anime and game series.
A figure of Emma Verde in her “Nijiiro Passions!” costume! Emma has been recreated with a bright smile on her face.
A figure of Rina Tennoji in her “Nijiiro Passions!” costume! Enjoy her “Auto Emotion Convert Rina-chan Board” and slightly visible face underneath!
The figures are available to purchase worldwide from Good Smile Company – links below.
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POP UP PARADE Emma Verde / POP UP PARADE Rina Tennoji
Order WIndow: May 13, 2021 – June 9, 2021
Release Date: September 2021
Japan’s Biggest Goldfish Museum Reopens After Refurbishments
06.May.2021 | SPOT
The Kingyo Museum, which stands in Nara as the biggest goldfish aquarium and museum in Japan, reopened on April 27 after undergoing refurbishments.
AQUA oasis, an aquatic display and power spot
JAPANESE AQUARIUM DISCO
Goldfish have been tied to Japanese culture since the beginning of the 16th century during the Muromachi Period when they were imported from China. The city of Yamatokoriyama in Nara Prefecture is the oldest location in Japan that has been raising goldfishes.
Due to COVID-19, many summer festivals and events where goldfish would be present have been cancelled up and down the country. That’s where Kingyo Museum’s renovations come in as a way to bring in tourists and sightseers. The museum has expanded to almost double its previous size to bring in new areas that utilise projection mapping and art, such as the AQUA oasis and the JAPANESE AQUARIUM DISCO which has brought in Japan’s first die-cut fish tanks. Visitors can enjoy 38 of Japan’ most prominent goldfish species, from familiar faces to rarer kinds.
Reopened: April 27, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entries 17:30)
Official Website: https://kingyomuseum.com/
SEGA to Open Love Live! Themed Cafe in Akihabara and Around Japan
GENDA SEGA Entertainment is set to open a themed cafe in collaboration with Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club on April 29, 2021.
A completely original menu themed on the characters
Fans can tuck into a very special menu inspired by the members of the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club with drinks, desserts, and food. The cafe will run over the course of three periods each of which will also include their own unique menu items.
Drinks | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Period ①: Hamburger Plate / Yaki Udon | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Nikujaga Plate / Clam Chowder | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Period ②: 1st Year Banana Parfait / 2nd Year Strawberry Parfait / 3rd Year Grape Parfait | ¥1,100 Each (Tax Included)
Period ③ menu exclusives to be revealed
Get some freebies simply by ordering
Period ①: Drinks Coaster / Food Coaster / Parfait Costers
Period ②: Drinks Coaster / Food Coaster / Parfait Costers
Period ③ exclusive freebies to be revealed
Character birthday cards
Kanon Shibuya – May 1, 2021 / Sarah Kazuno – May 4, 2021
Ai Miyashita – May 30, 2021 / Nozomi Tojo – June 9, 2021
Mari Ohara – June 13, 2021
Merchandise to add to your collection
Releasing: April 29, 2021
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Art Panels | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Releasing: May 15, 2021
Chibi Key Rings | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)
Bonus merch for every ¥2,000 spent
Bromides | Available April 29, 2021 – May 14, 2021
Bromides | Available May 15, 2021 – May 28, 2021
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SEGA x Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Collaboration Cafe
Running: April 29, 2021 – June 13, 2021
Where: SEGA Collaboration Cafe Akihabara 3 (SEGA Akihabara 3 Floor 7F) / SEGA Collaboration Cafe Stand / SEGA Akihabara 4 / Nanbasennichimae / Sendai / Okayama / Fukuoka Tenjin / Sasashima
Period ①: April 29, 2021 – May 14, 2021
Period ②: May 15, 2021 – May 28, 2021
Period ③: May 29, 2021 – June 13, 2021
Cafe Details: https://sega-collabocafe.com/top/nijigasaki03.html
Love Live! Official Website: https://www.lovelive-anime.jp/nijigasaki/
Love Live! Super Star!! Official Shop to Open in Harajuku
Anime product and merchandise chain Gamers is set to open an official shop in collaboration with the upcoming anime series Love Live! Super Star!! on May 30.
Full-Colour Pass Cases | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Luggage Tags | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Rubber Key Rings | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Korokotto Love Live! Super Star!! | ¥990 Each (Tax Included)
Love Live! Super Star!! comes as the latest entry to the Love Live! anime franchise and will begin airing this July. The story follows five girls who aim to become school idols. Fans of the series won’t want to miss out on a chance to visit the shop if they’re in Tokyo this spring as they get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise, pre-sales, and more.
Love Live! Super Star!! Official Shop
Location: Harajuku Gamers
Address: 6-16-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
Opening Hours: 12:00-19:00
Official Website: https://www.gamers.co.jp/