Popular Penguin Manga “Ko Pen Chan” Joins FUCHIKO ON THE CUP Figure Series
16.March.2018 | FASHION
“PUTITTO” is a figure brand by KITAN CLUB who are known for making the well-known figures series “FUCHIKO ON THE CUP.” There are over 12 million figures in the series (as of March 2018) that feature various characters and animals in different situations that can be placed onto the side of your cup.
There’s a new entry to the series: Ko Pen Chan drawn by illustrator RURUTEA. The character is a baby Emperor Penguin and has received attention on Twitter and other sites.
The figure series continues to prove immensely popular for its adorable, soul-healing style, praising you for simple things in the day like being able to get out of bed. The first volume of the book went on sale this year in January, and a second volume has already been announced.
The figures are different from last time and features Ko Pen showing his true worth in 3D. Popular minor character have also made an appearance for the first time.
“Kaifuku Mahou” (Recovery Magic) – Blow off whatever fatigue you have with just this
“Moya Moya” (Gloomy) – Wanting to secretly give a present to someone going through hard times
“Ame-chan” (Candy) – Guaranteed soothing when put together with a candy present
“Adelie-san” – Adelie becomes a figure by fan demand
There are 5 to get your hands on in total. In addition to the above 4, there’s also “Yokoshima Enaga-san” who is growing rapidly in popularly for his cute, adorable appearance despite him wanting to give off a dark aura.
The figures are based on the popular LINE stamp series. They have been created into 3D models.
Look forward to the release of these great figures guaranteed to heal any ailment.
Japan’s Manga Artists Join Hands For New Manga Project Depicting Life During COVID-19
26.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Over 50 manga artists in Japan are coming together for the launch of the new “MANGA Day to Day” project which will depict daily life during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The project is set to roll out for free in mid-June on Twitter and Comic Days. A teaser by famous manga artist Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe; Notari Matsutarō) was released on May 22, 2020.
A related project entitled “Day to Day” is also taking place over on the Japanese literature news website TREE where over 50 popular authors have penned writings and essays on the restrictions of today’s everyday life. In addition to Japan, both projects have caught the attention of overseas news media and websites too. Like the related “Day to Day” project, “MANGA Day to Day” will have one new manga strip released for free each day on Twitter and Comic Days. A piece entitled Akudama by Tetsuya Chiba is already available to see over on the project’s official Twitter account.
People’s lives have changed drastically as a result of the pandemic. To pass down this time in history to the next 100, or even 200 years, the pieces contributed to the “MANGA Day to Day” project will be compiled into a book that’s scheduled for release in early 2021. A special edition of the book will also be compiled featuring both the manga and writing pieces.
Be sure to follow the Twitter account below to keep up to date.
Grab These Adorable and Delicious-Looking Kirby Figures at Japan’s Game Centres
29.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The second batch in a series of Kirby figurines, based on the Kirby’s Dream Land game series, began rolling out at game centres across Japan on March 26, 2020. They are part of the “Palcolce collection,” a line of palm-sized figures themed around desserts.
Three figures make up the second batch of the series, which includes Kirby standing atop a Star Block shortcake holding a bright-red strawberry, another of Waddle Dee climbing a cupcake on chocolate ladder, and Kirby flying through the sky on a cheesecake Warp Star.
A third batch is also planned drop in the near future.
Collect all three from arcades throughout Japan to create a truly kawaii Kirby scene!
©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc. KB19-3661
Kirby – Paldolce collection vol.2
Release Date: Rolling out March 26, 2020
Available: Amusement centres throughout Japan (*select branches not participating)
Official Website: https://bpnavi.jp/s/toru/pc/prizes/81933
Mairunovich Manga Gets Live-Action Adaptation Starring Hinako Sakurai and Fuju Kamio
28.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Shojo manga magazine Margaret, which is published by Shueisha and known as the “bible” for young girls, is teaming up with online streaming service Hulu to adapt the magazine’s romance and drama series into dramas. The collaboration is called “Margaret Love Stories.”
The news that three series have been green-lit for live-action adaptations already has fans excited. This includes Zakuri Sato’s Mairunovich (serialised 2010-2014) which has sold over 3.2 million copies over 12 volumes, Ayumi Komura’s Kami-sama no Ekohiiki (2017-2018), and Miyoshi Tōmori’s A Devil and Her Love Song (2007-2011).
The first of these series to be adapted will be Mairunovich, which will be released digitally in autumn this year. The live-action will star Hinako Sakurai and Fuju Kamio as the main characters.
Hinako Sakurai will play the part of Kinoshita Mairu, a high school girl who blames her unpopularity on how ugly she finds herself. She is bullied by her classmates for the style of her hair, which they liken to a “Poison Mushroom,” and because of her thick glasses. Feeling unconfident with herself, like all doors have been shut, she meets her saviour who will help her transform into a cute girl and rush headlong into life, love, and positivity.
Fuju Kamio is playing the part of Mairu’s saviourーthe most handsome boy in school, Kumada Tenyu, who will help to transform her into a beautiful girl that will make every student in the school do a double take. Though this good-looking boy has a sharp tongue, he has a kind heart. Kamio is set to take on the role of this hero, whom all the girls can’t resist.
The story focuses on these two characters in the series’s first-ever live-action adaptation. It’s a story about the height of youth, the feeling of falling in love, and the fear of trusting yourself to another.
Speaking about her role as Mairu, Hinako Sakurai said: “I went and read the manga when it was decided I would play the role of Kinoshita Mairu. Because of Mairu’s very plain looks, she’s left out at school. They bully her and call her a poison mushroom. But she experiences numerous forms of love, and she gradually becomes a gleaming young girl, which was wonderful to see. What does it mean to fall in love with someone? She gets hurt, but strives for love. I found myself naturally cheering her on. I’ll be sure to work hard so that she becomes a heroine loved by all who watch the show!”
Fuju Kamio also spoke of his role as Tenyu, saying: “[He’s] the most handsome guy in school. He’s a hard person to figure out, and a high school student a little different from the rest due to his confidence when it comes to makeup. I’ve never really thought about makeup much in my life up to now, but I’ll give it earnest consideration for the role. I hope I can convey the relationship between him and Mairu honestly, as well as how he provides help to her, and the concealed kindness in his heart.”
©︎Zakuri Sato / Shueisha
Shueisha Margaret x Hulu – “Margaret Love Stories”
1st Series: “Mairunovich” – Hulu Original
Release Date: Autumn 2020 on Hulu (8 Episodes)
Official Website: https://www.hulu.jp/static/mairunovich/
Official Slam Dunk Manga T-Shirts Release at American Sports Merch Store Selection
A new collection of t-shirts based on the sports manga series Slam Dunk, which has had a huge influence on basketball fans around the world, are now available at the American sports goods store Selection.
The line-up includes a casual t-shirt displaying just the series logo as well as a sports line t-shirt which breathes well and is super absorbent, and more. As well as t-shirts there’s also towels, tote bags and other items featuring illustrations of scenes from the manga.
Popular characters from Shohoku High School, where the protagonist goes to school, also feature on many on the t-shirts.
This collection is sure to be a must-grab by fans around the world.
Slam Dunk Merchandise
Product Enquiries: Selection International
Selection Shinjuku (03-5338-7231)
Selection Osaka (06-4708-3300)
MOTOR CITY by Kenichi Asai To Be The Opening Theme Song For Upcoming Anime No Guns Life
No Guns Life is a manga series created by Tasuku Karasuma which has been serialized in Shueisha’s Seinen magazine Ultra Jump. An anime version of this manga has been created and will premiere in October 2019. We have now discovered that the opening theme song for the anime is MOTOR CITY and was written by Kenichi Asai.
The second anime trailer for No Guns Life, in which you can hear a snippet of MOTO CITY, has also been released. The anime adaptation of No Guns Life was created by Madhouse, who are popular for their anime adaptations of Overlord and BLACK LAGOON.
© Tasuku Karasuma／Shueisha, ＮＧＬ ＰＲＯＪＥＣＴ
Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 Celebrated With Exhibition at Shibuya PARCO
An exhibition will be held at the Shibuya branch of shopping complex PARCO to celebrate the forthcoming second season of the popular anime adaptation of Teasing Master Takagi-san which will begin airing on July 7.
Teasing Master Takagi-san is an ongoing romantic comedy and slice of life manga series by Sōichirō Yamamoto serialised in Monthly Shōnen Sunday. The manga has sold over 7 million copies. The first season of the anime series aired from January to March last with an OVA in July.
The exhibition will plunge fans of the series into its world with original illustrations for the anime and manga and more on display. Fans can also get their hands on exclusive merchandise including capsule toys and canvas art.
A3 Poster – ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Key Rings (7 Designs) – ¥500 (Tax Included) *Capsule toy; design given is random
Folder Set: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Canvas Art: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Fans of Takagi and her antics with Nishikata won’t want to miss out on this special limited-run exhibition.
©2019 Sōichirō Yamamoto・Shogakukan/Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 Production Committee
Teasing Master Takagi-san Exhibition
Location: GALLERY X BY PARCO (13-17 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: July 11 – 22, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Event Page: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/?id=254
Monthly Shoujo Manga Nakayoshi Celebrates 65th Anniversary With Original Illustration Exhibition
04.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Monthly shoujo manga Nakayoshi, which was first established in 1954, will be celebrating their 65th anniversary in January 2020. Nakayoshi is the longest-running manga magazine amongst all currently existing manga magazines. To celebrate, Nakayoshi is holding an original illustration exhibition.
The exhibition is an opportunity to see the magical works of a large number of Nakayoshi’s popular manga. Just some of the exhibition illustrations include Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka, Youkihi-den by Suzue Miuchi, Nanairo Magic by Yu Asagiri, the worldwide iconic manga Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi, Goldfish Warning! by Neko Nekobe, Magic Knight Rayearth and Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card by CLAMP, Sugar Sugar Rune by Moyoco Anno, and Shugo Chara! by PEACH-PIT.
There will also be a special memorial corner set up in honour of Yu Asagiri, who passed away last year.
Get ready for even more nostalgia, as extras from Megumi Tachikawa’s Saint Tail and Tokyo Mew Mew (Mia Ikumi and Reiko Yoshida) will feature alongside snippets from Pretty Cure by Izumi Todo and twin sisters Jitsuna Kamikita and Kizuna Kamikita, (Futago Kamikita).
The original illustrations featured at the exhibition will also be compiled in a special book which is planned to be released for sale in September 2019.
Come witness these precious illustrations that have grasped the hearts of many since childhood.
© Nami Akimoto ©Yū Asagiri ©Yuriko ABE © Moyoco Anno/ Cork © Mia Ikumi, Reiko Yoshida © CLAMP, ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD. © Shizue Takanashi, Shun’ichi Yukimuro © Naoko Takeuchi © Megumi Tachikawa © Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. © Neko Nekobe © PEACH-PIT
Nakayoshi Original Illustration Exhibition
Location: Tokyo Yayoi Museum, 2 Chome-4-3 Yayoi, Bunkyo City, Tokyo
Running: October 4 ー December 25, 2019 ※ Closed on Mondays
Exceptions: Open on October 14, November 14 (National holidays), closed on October 15, November 15.
※ To preserve the colours of the illustrations, the displayed works will be changed a total of three times during the exhibition period. The arrangement of the displays and featuring manga artists will remain the same throughout the entire period. Only the displayed illustrations will be changed.
Opening Hours: 10 am ー 5pm (Last entries: 4:30pm)
Entry Prices: (General: ￥900) (University/ High School Students: ￥800) (Middle School/Elementary School Students: ￥400)
※ You also have access to visit the adjoining exhibition dedicated to Japanese poet and painter Yumeji Takehisa.
※ Group discounts and other such discounts are available.
For more information, please visit the Yayoi Museum Official Website:
General Enquiries: Yayoi Museum: 03-3812-0012 (10 am ー 5pm)
Yayoi Museum Official Website: http://www.yayoi-yumeji-museum.jp/
Nakayoshi Official Website: http://nakayosi.kodansha.co.jp/
Play With Pingu At Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki!
04.July.2019 | SPOT
Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki is collaborating with the world’s favourite childish penguin Pingu. This summer, Pingu will feature in the special event: Penguin-tachi no fushigina sekai Pingu summer festival (Pingu summer festival: Enter the curious world of penguins). The event will run from July 13 to September 1.
Located just a 1.5 hour bus/train ride away, Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki is in easy reach from Tokyo. It takes just 1 hour 15 minutes to reach by car.
Pingu Photo Spots
Enter the aquarium and you will find numerous Pingu-themed photo spots. Take a photo next to statues of Pingu and friends, or with an original design photo panel. This is the perfect place to create lots of good summer memories with your family or friends and take lots of fun pictures.
Chat with Pingu
You can also enjoy a fun conversation with Pingu by watching fun videos. Come play with the characters and enjoy their cute animations and unique voices. This venue is full of unique and fun experiences.
Uchiwa Fan Stamp Rally (Weekday-limited)
Explore the aquarium to locate the three stamp spots. There is a Pingu, Pinga and Robby stamp spot where you can collect your stamps to complete the picture on your uchiwa fan. Completing the picture on your fan will be as fun as completing a colouring book!
Running: Weekdays (Not running between August 13 ー 16)
※ This event will finish early if all Uchiwa fans are given away before the end of the event.
Pingu will visit the aquarium himself, so enjoy interacting with him!
Running: July 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, August 3, 4 (8 days total).
Times: 11 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, (lasts approx. 30 mins).
Besides the above, there is so much Pingu-tastic fun to be had. Come create some special summer memories with Pingu at Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki
© 2019 The Pygos Group / (C)MATTEL, NHK, NEP, PPI
Penguin tachi no fushigina sekai Pingu summer festival
(Pingu summer festival: Enter the curious world of penguins)
Running: July 13 ー September 1, 2019
Location: Event space on floor 4 (4階企画展示室)
Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki
Address: 8252-3 Isohamacho, Oarai machi, Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki
Pingu Character Website: http://www.pingu.jp/
Manga Themed Outfits Showcased at Event Produced by Fashion Designer Kansai Yamamoto
Students at the fashion, hair, makeup, and graphic design-centred school Vantan Design Institute took part in the International Cultural Exchange Project of Nippon Genki Project 2019 SUPER ENERGY!! which is produced by Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto. Each student showcased their manga-inspired outfits at Roppongi Hills Arena on June 8. These outfits will also be displayed at a fashion presentation taking place at The British Museum on July 5.
The International Cultural Exchange Project strives to give talented young individuals in Japan and the UK the opportunity to bring their ideas to life and find “tomorrow’s” designers.
Artwork Name: embody manga
The project is also teaming up with the fringe event “Late – Manga: Colour and Style” which is part of Citi’s “Manga” exhibition currently taking place at The British Museum to bring the fashion presentation to the UK on July 5. Seven students will participate including one from the University of the Arts London and six from six different Japanese fashion institutions including Vantan Design Institute.
Late – Manga: Colour and Style
Running: July 5, 2019
Location: Great Court, The British Museum
Manga World Cup Theme Unveiled to be Awaji Island, Japanese History & Culture
23.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Japan’s first ever Manga World Cup is set to begin accepting submissions from around the world on July 1.
The event is accepting submissions of manga based on the birth (Kuniumi) of the World Heritage Site Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture as well as myths and folklore told in the historical tomes Kojiki and Nihonshoki and Japan’s oldest collection of waka poetry the Man’yōshū.
Winners will be selected from two categories, one for Awaji Island and the other for the three ancient books.
Zenkoku Kuniumi Manga World Cup
Start Date: July 1, 2019
*Details on how to apply and the schedule can be found in Japanese on the official website.
Official Website: kuniumi-mangaworldcup.jp7 (Online from July 1)
New Teaser Trailer Released for Live-Action Adaptation of Manga ‘The Fable’
The Fable is a manga series written by Katsuhisa Minami. It was first published in Weekly Young Jump in 2014. Since then it has gone on to sell over 2.8 million copies and in 2017 it won a Kodansha Manga Award. A live-action adaptation was announced last year.
A second trailer for the film was just released. See it here: https://youtu.be/ilymmtP6RVo
Junichi Okada will play the role of the fabled protagonist Akira Satō, a skilled killer hidden somewhere in Osaka. He must reside there as an ordinary citizen for one year in order for his boss to lay low. His boss is somebody he has obeyed since childhood.
The Fable is packed with action scenes. For Okada to play the lead role he received training from fighting instructor Alain Figlarz who has worked Hollywood hits as The Bourne Identity, Taken 2 and Taken 3, and Lucy on which he has worked alongside Matt Damon, Liam Neeson and others respectively.
Talking about working with Junichi Okada, Figlarz praised his physical strength, commenting: “I have never seen an actor move as quickly as he can.”
The newly-released trailer showcases behind-the-scenes footage of action scenes with Figlarz and Okada and the scale to which the crew are going to for the epic fight scenes, such as a scene with Sota Fukushi, who plays Hood, performing some acrobatic stunts.
The other cast members also gave praise to Okada’s performance during the video. Mizuki Yamamoto, who will play Misaki, and Fumino Kimura, who will play Yōko, both called him a pro when it comes to action and someone they can feel safe around.
Kōichi Satō, who plays The Boss, said: “Okada is a man of action and someone who supports the staff and other actors.”
The Fable will hit Japanese theatres on June 21, 2019.
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Official Website: http://the-fable-movie.jp/
©2019 “The Fable” Production Committee
18+ Hailey’5 manga café opens new branch in Kawaramachi, Kyoto!
23.March.2019 | SPOT
Hailey’5 Café is a next generation manga shop for those aged 18-years old and above. A new branch will open in Shijō, Kawaramachi on Wednesday 27th March 2019 and it will be the first Hailey’5 Café to open in the Kansai region.
Hailey’5 Café, which is often abbreviated to “Hailey”, was the first ever internet café for aged 18 and over and it opened in Ikebukuro in August 2015. This became the first ever manga café in the industry to have a quick online reservation system, soundproofed private rooms with auto lock for ensured security (which is especially good for women), full-scale café food, and a beautiful photogenic interior space. For these reasons, the café receives high ratings. The word of this cozy internet café has spread wildly over social media. In 2017, a second café opened in Shibuya which became so popular that reservations started becoming impossible to obtain. This internet café is so popular, you would think it is a hotel!
Hailey café Kyoto Kawaramachi branch has a very convenient location ー it is just a one- minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station and is directly connected to the station.
Hailey’s first ever free address “bookvillage” also opened in this café. Enjoy the atmosphere of a library created by approximately 25,000 manga, or get lost amongst the giant bookcases and discover little cave-like cosy spaces where you can return to a comfortable world full of your childhood fantasies like searching for hidden treasure. There are also private rooms where you can enjoy a unique Kansai experience of online dart games. There are so many spaces for visitors to enjoy and use in their own ways.
And good news for those who are searching for a place to stay at night! You can check the room availability in realtime from the official website and make an immediate reservation. You can also enter and exit by auto check in and out ー how smart!
All rooms are fully soundproofed, with auto lock for perfect security. You can spread work materials, work on your laptop, and make phone calls without worrying about other people at the café. All rooms are also popular because they are non-smoking.
There is also a beautiful menu consisting of approximately 40 meals and 20 drinks that are fun to eat, good for your health and good for your beauty. This menu was carefully developed by a female chef who trained in France. The original Kyoto Kawaramachi branch menu also includes bowls of healthy foods that use multigrain rice and many dishes that are easy to eat such as plates of finger foods and mug foods.
Besides this, there is also Hailey’s most popular dish across all stores called the “Hailey Dog”, which is made from Yamato pork sausage and German pretzels. A limited number of puddings are made by hand in the kitchen every day. You can also enjoy Kyoto’s local beer, alcohol and much more!
From curling tongs, straighteners and hair dryers to mirrors and aroma oils, you can use a range of electronic devices and items free of charge!
Come over to this manga café for a totally unique and full experience!
Hailey’5 Café Kyoto Kawaramachi
Address: Kawaramachi, Shijyodori, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Koto Cross 4th/5th floor
Access: 1 min walk from Kawaramachi station (Hankyu Kyoto Main Line) ※ Directly attached to station building.
Opening hours: 24hrs a day
No regular holidays
Advanced reservations taken online
Please refer to Hailey’5 official website for information on prices.
Official website: http://www.hailey5cafe.com/