"Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki" Stage Play Revealed! Story of the Detective Agency's Foundation and Dazai Osamu's Employment Examination

The stage play "Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki" is scheduled to be held at Tokyo's OWL SPOT from Sep. 11, 2020....
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"Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki" Stage Play Revealed! Story of the Detective Agency's Foundation and Dazai Osamu's Employment Examination

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"Survive!" A special appearance by Takenaka Naoto! The theme song by Stardust Revue & Trailer Also Released

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"Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro" becomes anime! Uesaka Sumire about Nagatoro, "I was shocked by this devil"

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"Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki" Stage Play Revealed! Story of the Detective Agency's Foundation and Dazai Osamu's Employment Examination

Date: 2020-07-07
The stage play "Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki" is scheduled to be held at Tokyo's OWL SPOT from Sep. 11, 2020. In addition, a key visual featuring Edogawa Ranpo, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Kunikida Doppo, and Dazai Osamu, along with new info about the cast members have been released. "Bungo Strayed Dogs" is originally a manga of the same title, which is currently serialized in "Young Ace". The stage play has been performed in three different parts so far. The new stage play "Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki", which includes "Story of the Detective Agency's Foundation" and "Dazai Osamu's Employment Examination", is written and directed by Nakayashiki Norihito, who has also worked on the previous stage plays. The cast includes Nagae Ryouki as Edogawa Ranpo, Izumi Shuuhei as Fukuzawa Yukichi, Teruma as Kunikida Doppo, and Tawada Hideya as Dazai Osamu. This episode is based on two light novels published by Kadokawa Beans, "Bungo Stray Dogs Tanteisha Setsuritsu Hiwa" (Story of the Detective Agency's Foundation) and "Bungo Stray Dogs Dazai Osamu Nyuusha Shiken" (Dazai Osamu's Employment Examination), which are now on sale with great reviews. The two works are a new attempt to perform two different plays at the same time. The new stage play "Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki" featuring "Story of the Detective Agency's Foundation" and "Dazai Osamu's Employment Examination" will be held at Tokyo's OWL SPOT from Sep. 11, 2020. (C) Stage Play "Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki" Production Committee
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"BanG Dream!×Cup Noodle" You will become hungry if you are working hard for your dream! Pre-order for special collaboration set has started

The special collaboration set between the smartphone game called "BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!" (Garupa in short) and the "Cup Noodle" are available for pre-order. It is currently available at "Nisshin Foods Official Online Store". This product "Cup Noodle×BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!" special set was created to celebrate the birth of the 7th band in "Garupa", the story of band girls working toward their dream by overcoming many hardships. The key visual depicted "hungry!" characters after the practice and concert eating cup noodles. This collaboration item has A set and B set, and each set comes with a "special talk CD" (75 minutes in length), where the vocalists from all 7 bands assembled. "Cup Noodle×BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!" is priced at 5,500 JPY (tax included) for both A set (sold only 5,000 sets.), and B set (sold only 3,000 sets). Pre-order is currently available at "Nisshin Foods Online Store", and shipping is scheduled for Jul. 2020. Detailed information will be posted on a special website. (C)BanG Dream! Project(C)Craft Egg Inc.(C)bushiroad All Rights Reserved.

"Survive!" A special appearance by Takenaka Naoto! The theme song by Stardust Revue & Trailer Also Released

A trailer of the animated movie "Survive!", which is set to be aired in Jul. 31, 2020, has been revealed. In addition, a special appearance by Takenaka Naoto and new info about the theme song have been announced. The film "Survive!" is based on the full-colored manga series titled "Kagaku Manga Survival", which has exceeded 30 million copies sold worldwide. It will be released at the same time as "Ganbareiwa!! Robocon: Urara~! Koi Suru Shiru-Nashi Tantanmen!! no Maki". The trailer shows Geo and Dr. Brain get eaten by Pipi as they shrink into nanosized forms. Trapped in Pipi's body, Geo and Dr. Brain escape from various threats, making you wonder if they will be able to get out of the body safely. In addition, Takenaka Naoto will make a special appearance in the film by voicing the mischievous head of the laboratory to which Dr. Brain is affiliated with. Comments from the Japanese actor have also arrived. Furthermore, the theme song of the film "Survive!" will be "Yakusoku no Chi he" (To the Promised Land) by Stardust Revue. The Japan's leading rock band, which was also recognized by Guinness World Records as "the band that played the most in 24 hours", will add a new coloring to the great adventure that takes place in "Survive!". The movie "Survive!" is scheduled to be released in Jul. 31, 2020 at the same time as "Ganbareiwa!! Robocon: Urara~! Koi Suru Shiru-Nashi Tantanmen!! no Maki". Takenaka Naoto (as the laboratory's head) Commentary I really like voicing anime characters, so I was happy when I was offered the role. It was a pretty intense role, but it was fun, and the character design was also charming. The human internal body is a beautiful universe, so it can be an amazing feeling for a person to be inside another person. If I think about it, I get excited to see how this extraordinary universe will look like in the film. (C) Gomdori co. Gyu / Ludens Media / Asahi Shinbun Publications, Toei Animation

"Summer 2020 Anime" Which Title is Selling Its "Original Work" the Most? The Titles to Beat the Latest Volume of "SAO" and Take 1st & 2nd Place is...

The hybrid general book store "honto" has announced the "Summer 2020 Anime Original Work Sales Ranking". This ranking is based on the book and e-book sales at book stores with honto's service and the honto website. 1st place went to "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! vol. 4". The slapstick rom-com with the annoying yet cute kohai Uzaki-chan went viral on social networks. The original comics have over a million copies, and the purchasers' age range shows that its main target is people in their 30s. Coming in 2nd was "Fire Force vol. 22". This manga is currently serialized in "Weekly Shonen Magazine", and it is popular among people in their 20s. The broadcast of this season is the sequel of the anime in 2019, so it's gained attention from the fans of the last season. 3rd place went to "Sword Art Online vol. 24". The paperback series continuing from 2009 has over 20 million copies worldwide. Since it's a long-run series, the latest volume has been bought not only by people in their teens to 30s also those in their 40s to 60s. We can expect that this season's anime will be supported by a wide generation of fans. The titles from 4th place and below were, "Rent-A-Girlfriend vol. 14", "Baki Dou vol. 5", "Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World vol. 22", "Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater vol. 6", "My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected vol. 14", "Super HxEros vol. 9", and "A Certain Scientific Railgun vol. 15 A Certain Magical Index Gaiden".

"Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro" becomes anime! Uesaka Sumire about Nagatoro, "I was shocked by this devil"

TV anime series "Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro", based on manga, serialized in Magazine Pocket", which cumulative sales have exceeded 1.2 million copies (including e-version), have been announcedto become anime. Uesaka Sumire will be voicing Nagatoro, and anime production will be done by Telecom Animation Film. Manga "Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro" is written and illustrated by Nanashi, and published by"Magazine Pocket". One day after school, the protagonist gets spotted by an extreme "S" (sadist) kohai (younger student) in a librarywhere he stops by sometime. Name of a girl, who's always bulling her senpai, is Nagatoro. It seems like hate, but it's love. He wants to be by her side even thoughhe feels pain. This story about an "extreme sadist girl" will wake up something inside you. Uesaka Sumire will play the role of the main character, Nagatoro. Her comments about Nagatoro have arrived Moreover, information about the main staff has been released too. Director is Hanai Hirokazu, famous for "Tower of God", "Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation", and many other, Kishimoto Taku, known for "Haikyu!!", "Fruit Basket", "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited", is in charge of scenario, and music will be done by BUSTED ROSE, known for the theme song accompaniment of "Pop Team Epic", and Telecom Animation Film will handle anime production. Detailed information about TV anime series "Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro" will be announced later. Comments from Uesaka Sumire, who will be voicing Nagatoro, When I saw Nagatoro for the first time, I was shocked by her devilishness, but her cuteness was also shocked me! I will do my best so that I can express the charms of constant changes! (C) Nanashi Kodansha / "Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro" Production Committee

"Angel Beats!" return to broadcast! Kamiya Hiroshi and Hanazawa Kana will appear. Boys and girls are facing their fates in the afterlife... Episode 1 cut scene

TV anime series "Angel Beats!",which broadcast in 2010 as a collaborated project by Key x Aniplex x Dengeki G's magazine x P.A.WORKS will be rebroadcast from Wed., Jul. 1, 2020 after 10 years. Also,the synopsis and preview cutscene from the first episode "Departure" has arrived. "Angel Beats!" depicts the story of boys and girls who're facing their fates in the afterlife. Kamiya Hiroshi played Otonashi Yuzuru, the boy who passed away due to some reason, Sakurai Harumii played Yuri, the girl who is the leader of the organization "Afterlife Battlefront", which rebels against God, and Hanazawa Kana played Kanade, the angel who is a God's envoy. Kitamura Eri, Kimura Ryouhei, Mizushima Takahiro, Takagi Shun, and others starred as well. In the first episode "Departure", the boy, Otonashi, wakes up in the strange schoolyard one day, and the girl, Yuri, calls him. While she's aiming her rifle at the angel, she explains, "here is the afterlife", "we are fighting against God, God's angels day and night". Being unable to understand what's going on, since its all so surrealist, Otonashi leaves Yuri and talks with a cute girl called Angel. However, Otonashi, who gets an explanation from the girl that it is an "afterlife", starts scream and demand evidence. But when the shining sword that comes from the girl's hand pierced his chest... "Angel Beats!" will start its broadcast from the first ep. "Departure" on Wed. , Jul. 1 on TOKYO MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, BS11, and others. (C)VisualArt's/Key (C)VisualArt's/Key/Angel Beats! Project

The delicate and beautiful glass art of Akai Shuuichi and Okiya Subaru from "Detective Conan"! Edo Kiriko glass release

"Detective Conan" and "Edo Kiriko", the traditional art of Tokyo, collaborated and released "Detective Conan Edo Kiriko Glass". It's available for sale now at PREMICO Online Shop. "Detective Conan Edo Kiriko Glass" comes with 2 designs of Akai Shuuichi's "Scarlet Sniper" and Okiya Subaru's "Secretive of Sapphire". "Scarlet Sniper/Akai Shuuichi Model" has the original "Midare Yarai figure", which is the design that the vivid red glass with the trajectory of a bullet. The designs of a sniper's scope and a bullet are designed within the large carving method with the sandblast. The edition number and Akai Shuuichi's silhouette are carved on the bottom of the glass. "Secretive of Sapphire/ Okiya Subaru Model" is in the "Nanako Figure", the blue, beautiful design which is inspired by the fact that Okiya is good at cooking. Three traditional Nanako designs, including Nanako, Yarai Nanako, and Nanako with children, are carved with sandblast as the idea of a choker shape. The edition number and Okiya Subaru's silhouette will be carved on the bottom of the glass. Each Edo Kiriko glass comes with a luxurious paulownia box with the illustrations of Akai and Okiya. "Detective Edo Kiriko Glass" is priced at 29,8000 JPY (tax excluded) each. The sale begins from Jul. 1, 2020 at PREMICO Online Shop. (C) Aoyama Gosho/ Shogakkan・Yomiuri TV・TMS 1996

From "The Millionaire Detective", the opening theme song by SixTONES and the latest PV with a new cut have been unveiled!

The latest PV using the opening theme "NAVIGATOR" by SixTONES has been released from the TV anime "The Millionaire Detective Balance:UNLIMITED" (to be broadcast from Jul. 16). The original of "The Millionaire Detective Balance:UNLIMITED" is Tsutsui Yasutaka's best-selling novel "Fugou Keiji". A maverick detective, Kobe Daisuke, who makes full use of his wealth and the newest technology, and a buddy detective, Kato Haru, who is passionate, values humanity, and doesn't like anything unfair, face various incidents and mysteries in investigations, which are beyond common sense. The song used in the opening theme of this work is "NAVIGATOR", the second single of SixTONES, who made its CD debut in Jan. 2020. At the time of the first episode broadcasting, the idea of ​​making the artist and music information secret drew much attention. The TV anime "The Millionaire Detective Balance:UNLIMITED" will start broadcasting on Fuji TV "Noitamina" and other stations from 1:10 am on Thursday, Jul. 16, 2020. (C) Tsutsui Yasutaka / Shinchosha / Ito Tomohiko / Kobe Zaibatsu

"Mobile Suit Gundam" Action Figures of the Common Soldiers are Here! Vol. 1 is 3 Types of Soldiers from the Zeon Armed Forces

From "Mobile Suit Gundam" comes "G.M.G." series, a colored action figure series featuring the common soldiers on the battlefields. Vol. 1 will have "Zeon Armed Forces Common Soldiers" (3 types in total), and pre-orders will be available at "Premium Bandai" and other shops from Jul. 2. "G.M.G. (Gundam Military Generation)" is an action figure series that features the common soldiers fighting on the battlefield in the world of "Mobile Suit Gundam". The roughly 10cm-tall soldiers have mobile joints to give it various poses to display them in. They have been colored and their facial expressions are recreated with realistic modeling and coloring. The products are both enjoyable on display and fun to play with. A variety of weapons, such as handguns, and other items necessary for the missions on the battlefields are included with the figure. Vol. 1 has 3 common soldiers of the Zeon Armed Forces. The lineup is rich in variety with a platoon leader-like male soldier, a bearded veteran male soldier with a beer gut, and the sole female soldier with a strong spirit. Their uniforms and accessories with the emblem of the Zeon Armed Forces are recreated with great detail, giving life to the "nameless soldiers" who were not depicted in the story of "Mobile Suit Gundam". By displaying them not only within their own "G.M.G" series, but also with the Gunpla series, you can further enjoy the world of Gundam with a stronger sense of realism. "G.M.G Zeon Armed Forces / Common Soldier A, Common Soldier B, Common Soldier C" are each priced at 3,980 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders will be available at "Premium Bandai" and other shops from Jul. 2, and shipping is scheduled for late Dec. (C)Sotsu, Sunrise

How does Amano Yoshitaka draw a "cool otaku"? The original character with a glow stick in hand appears in new ads for "Lumica"

Lumica, a company which produces and sells glow sticks, released a new commercial. An original character designed by Amano Yoshitaka appears in the new commercial. The original Lumica character in the new commercial embodies the world view of Amano Yoshitaka and created with the setting of "an ordinary young man in the present day" and "the image of a a cool otaku". He shows his strong will with a glow stick in his hand. The voice actor Asanuma Shintarou will play this character. This commercial also collaborates with the original anime scheduled on Jul. 2020 titled "GIBIATE". The characters of the anime hold glow sticks on the special website of Lumica. The song for this commercial will be co-produced by "Yoshida Brothers" and "SUGIZO". The production team of the new commercial had Shinoda Toshitaka, who was chosen as one of the best 100 movie directors as the supervisor, with the creative team Ijigen TOKYO, who mainly work on otaku/subcultural works and became famous for the ads for Curry Meshi. It fully portrays the charms of the original character. Lumica's new commerical on TV will be aired during the broadcast of the anime "GIBIATE" on TOKYO MX, BS Fuji, and other channels from Jul. 8. It can be also watched on the special website.

"BanG Dream! 8th LIVE" Will Be Broadcast Live! The 3-day Outdoor Concert Will be Broadcast in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand

It has been decided that the 3-day outdoor concert "BanG Dream! 8th LIVE" of the next-gen girls' band project "BanG Dream!" be broadcast live in nationwide theaters in Japan. "BanG Dream! 8th LIVE" is an outdoor concert held at Fuji-Q Highland Conifer Forest on Aug. 21, 22, and 23, 2020. It consists of two parts: "Summer 3-day Outdoor Concert", a 3-day energetic live performance of the bands from "BanG Dream!" including Poppin’Party, Roselia, RAISE A SUILEN, Morfonica, and Pastel*Palettes, and "Breakthrough!", a solo performance of Poppin’Party. Roselia with a dark, cool style will be performing on day 1, and day 2 will have RAISE A SUILEN, who participate in music festivals and are praised for their profound music. Day 3 has the pop, energetic Poppin’Party, which has a theme of "Kirakira Dokidoki" (sparkle and excitement), the 4th real-life band Morfonica, and Maeshima Ami as Maruyama Ayu from Pastel*Palettes. Tickets for the "'BanG Dream! 8th LIVE' Summer 3-Day Outdoors Concert LIVE VIEWING" will be sold at Lawson Ticket from 12:00 p.m. Jul. 23 to 12:00 p.m. Aug. 20, and at theaters from Aug. 21. They are priced at 4,300 JPY (tax included). The concert will be broadcast at theaters in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand on Aug. 21, 22, and 23. (All from 5:00 p.m.) Check out the special webpage for further information.

Voice actress Ikezawa Haruna, who voiced characters in "Sgt. Frog", "Hamtaro", reported her marriage, "I'm surprised the most!" Congratulations from colleagues voice actors

Ikezawa Haruna, a voice actress famous for roles of Nishizawa Momoka in "Sgt. Frog", Torahamu-chan in "Hamtaro", and others, had reported her marriage on Twitter on Jul. 1, 2020. Her colleagues Okiayu Ryoutarou, Kawanishi Kengo, and many fans answered to this message with congratulations on Twitter. Ikezawa-san posted on her Twitter on Jul., 1 "I got married! I thought I would announce such an important news to all the people who always support me in a more classic way, but since it's too difficult, I just throw it as a ball. I'm surprised the most." She continues by introducing her husband, "He is Japanese. But since he spent his childhood abroad and lived there for a long time, he is very global. So-called 'usual person'. Our first meeting was very unusual" She said, that originally she wanted to report her marriage sooner, but, "Because of Corona, it was postponed. My husband could not return home as planned, and our relationship turned into very-very-very-long distance and uncertain. But finally, everything is resolved, and I can openly say about it." She ended with a message about future activities, "I haven't changed much. It may have become a little freer, easier, and easier than ever. I'm still pushing into many books, food, traveling, plays, and writing. I want to share it with you. Thank you for your continued support." In response to this announcement, Okiayu Ryoutarou, Kawanishi Kengo, Sonoezaki Mie, Noto Arisa, Takimoto Fujiko, and other voice actors' sent congratulations on Twitter Ikezawa-san. Many other people commented as well, "I'm surprised! Congratulations! I'm so happy!", "Oh! What a surprise! I was so surprised that I checked twice! Congratulations! Be happy for a long time!", "I was confused for a moment with such a straight message", "It's funny because there aren't many people now who can say it directly like this.”

"A Whisker Away" Audio Commentary by Shida Mirai, Hanae Natsuki, Kotobuki Minako, and Ono Kenshou has been released! A new "afterwards" illustration has also arrived!

An audio commentary featuring the splendid cast of Netflix's animated film "A Whisker Away", which includes Shida Mirai (as Muge), Hanae Natsuki (as Hinode), Kotobuki Minako (as Muge's close friend Fukase Yoriko), and Ono Kenshou (as Hinode's close friend Hisami Masamichi), has been released and will be available until Jul. 31. In addition, comments from directors Satou Junichi and Shibayama Tomotaka have been received, along with the release of new illustrations of the feature film. Although the broadcast of the movie has just started some days ago on Jun. 18, it has already gained a lot of attention from the fans and has been ranked in the TOP 10 list of Netflix Japan, which is updated every day. The film has received many positive comments on social media, such as "I was touched by the lines that went straight to my heart", "I empathized with Muge's feelings", and "Best movie in 2020". Director Satou also expressed his gratitude and joy towards the fans, "I'm encouraged that so many people can sympathize with the ambiguous feelings and Muge, Hinode, and the others, and also makes me feel happy to have produced this film". The audio commentary, which is now available on YouTube for a limited time, was produced by remote recording in response to the great impact that the film has had on the fans. The splendid cast members Shida, Hanae, Kotobuki, and Ono appear two by two and explain each scene from the beginning to the end of the film. It is a special and exclusive content where fans will be able to enjoy hearing new details about the characters, the cast's reactions to the film, and their first impressions of each other's performances. In the middle of the show, a fan quiz is also held and the winner will receive a script signed by Shida and Hanae along with original items of the movie. Furthermore, a new official illustration depicting the afterward of the film has also been released. It shows Muge, Hinode, Yoriko, and Masamichi visiting a summer festival, where the smiling Muge is dressed in yukata and is holding Hinode's hand, while Hinode looks embarrassed, but not too bothered from it. It's a picture that would make you smile instinctively. Director Shibayama said about the illustration, "For both who have already seen the film and who haven't seen it yet, the festival has just begun, so please come visit us as often as you like. From the staff and the people involved in this work, this is a way to thank all the fans who support us". Netflix's animated film "A Whisker Away" is being broadcast worldwide exclusively on Netflix. <Full comments are as below> [Director Satou Junichi] The distribution on Netflix has started successfully, and it's a great pleasure to know that fans from all over the world will be able to watch it. I'm now on the edge of my seat waiting for fans' reactions every day. The story revolves around the subtle feelings of junior high school students. Everything is so immature and fuzzy, but that's why it's so irresistibly lovable, and at the same time reminds me of the difficulties I had in making a drama where the emotions are hard to come out and the acting performance is not that easy. But I'm encouraged that so many people can sympathize with the ambiguous feelings of Muge, Hinode, and the others, and also makes me feel happy to have produced this film. Muge and his friends will continue to live their lives by throwing away the cat masks and being themselves, and that also represents us, meaning that being aware of our weaknesses is the first step to our strengths. We live in a time when it's difficult to find a sense of distance between people, but I hope that this film can help as many people as possible, even if it's just a little". [Director Shibayama Tomotaka] <A message of gratitude to all the fans> Thank you for watching the movie. Muge has been nicknamed 'The Great Mysterious Girl', but there is a reason for her mysterious behavior. If you've seen it once, you know the true intentions of Muge, Hinode, and the other characters, and the side of them that doesn't come out, but if you watch it a second time, it would be interesting to notice that there's something different. In the second half of the film, there are a lot of night scenes after going to the Cat Island, but it gets a little harder to see the detailed depiction of the background art in a bright viewing environment. If you turn off the lights in the room and watch it in a dark space, you will feel more immersed and enjoy it more. <About the illustration> The illustration shows the scene where the four of them come to visit the festival, which was postponed due to rain, after returning from Cat Island. Yoriko and Isami are waiting for Muge and Hinode after arriving a little early and walking around the stands. It's interesting to see how Hinode looks embarrassed even though he and Muge are supposed to be close friends. For both who have already seen the film and who haven't seen it yet, the festival has just begun, so please come visit us as often as you like. From the staff and the people involved in this work, this is a way to thank all the fans who support us". (C) 2020 "A Whisker Away" Production Committee

"Pokemon" A "Poke Ball" insect cage made the great hit also in the wintertime! What is so good about it?

An insect cage inspired by "Poke Ball", a capturing item of "Pokemon". marked over 40,000 sales a year after the release. It continues to make a great hit also during the off-season and is the unexpected hits. An insect cage cost 100 JPY in 2020, but "Poke Ball Insect Cage" is priced for 1,300 JPY (tax excluded). Regardless of its high price, 3,000 insect cages were sold during winter, which supposed to be the off-season. What is the reason for it? There are many "Bug" Pokemon in the "Pokemon" series. "Poke Ball Insect Cage" is the new item that allows the users to experience as the Pokemon trainer in the game when capturing the insects. The product recreates an opening-closing mechanic like a Poke Ball and also has multiple structures that make it a great insect cage, including a shoulder belt for easy carry, a window placed on the top of the cage to capture the insects securely, and a flat base. As you see, this product is an insect cage. Other than using this as the insect cage, the users can find other ways to use it fashionably, like a small bag to carry your favorite stuffed toy and few snacks. "Poke Ball Insect Cage" is a great goods from insect hunting and leisure for approaching summertime. "Poke Ball Insect Cage" is priced for 1,300 JPY (tax excluded), and is available at EC website called "IRON FACTORY". (C)Nintendo・Creatures・GAME FREAK・TV Tokyo・ShoPro・JR Kikaku(C)Pokemon

"Touken Ranbu Musical" ~Bakumatsu Tenrouden~ Hachisuka Kotetsu and Shinsengumi Related Touken Danshi Set Out! Main Visual Released.

The main visual and performance information of the musical "Touken Ranbu" ~Bakumatsu Tenrouden~, which will be performed in Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Kyoto from Sep. 2020, was released. The musical "Touken Ranbu" ~Bakumatsu Tenrouden~ is the 2nd musical of the "Touken Ranbu Musical" series, which was first performed in 2016. It depicts the story of Shinsengumi related Toukendanshi setting out with Hachisuka Kotetsu as their captain. Kashuu Kiyomitsu, Yamatonokami Yasusada, Izuminokami Kanesada, Horikawa Kunihiro, and Nagasone Okisato are the Toukendanshi who used to be with Shinsengumi in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate. The 2020 performance portrays their feelings towards their former masters and their conflict between what they want to protect and what they should protect. Also, don't forget to check out the renewed live singing performance. The musical "Touken Ranbu" ~Bakumatsu Tenrouden~ will be first performed at Tokyo's Tennouzu Galaxy Theater, Tokyo in Sep. 2020, followed by performances in Fukuoka and Kyoto. (C)Musical "Touken Ranbu" Production Committee

"Dorohedoro × Seiko" Welcome to Chaos... A Collaboration Wristwatch of the World of Dorohedoro with a Cool Scale Pattern is Here!

The anime "Dorohedoro" and clock manufacturer "Seiko" will be collaborating for the first time. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai". "Dorohedoro × Seiko Limited Edition Watch" is an item released to celebrate the anime adaption of "Dorohedoro", the dark fantasy by Hayashida Kyuu. The impressive dial has scale patterns inspired by the protagonist Caiman's lizard head, along with Caiman's "mask" and "knife handle" designed on it. To emphasize the impressive dial, the hands and index of the watch is colored dark grey to match the "chaotic" world, and it glows in the dark to secure visibility at night. Also, this collaboration model has the gyoza mark of "Hungry Bug", the diner and Gyoza Fairy designed on the case back with a serial number. The box of this watch has the scale pattern embossed all around giving it the look of the creepy hide of Caiman. "Dorohedoro × Seiko Limited Edition Watch" is priced at 44,000 JPY (tax included / shipping and handling fee excluded). Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" and shipping is scheduled for Nov. 2020. (C)2020 Hayashida Kyuu, Shogakukan / Dorohedoro Production Committee

Cuts of the Picture Drama / Sequel of "My Hero Academia" The Movie Have Been Released

Cuts of the new picture drama "Epilogue Plus -Yume wo Genjitsu ni-" (The Dream Comes True) have been released as extra contents of the Blu-ray & DVD "Plus Ultra" edition of "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" (to be released on July 15). In addition, comments from Yamashita Daiki, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Terasaki Yuka, and Kurosawa Tomoyo who appear in the film as the voice actors have been received. "My Hero Academia" is originally a manga with the same title by Horikoshi Kouhei, which is serialized in the magazine "Weekly Shonen Jump" (Shueisha) and has sold more than 26 million copies in total in the series. The latest film "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" recorded a total of 1.33 million spectators and earned 1.76 billion yen at the box office. The extra contents of the picture drama include a new visual and footage that combines characters' voices, background music, and sound effects. "Epilogue Plus -The Dream Comes True-" is a sequel to the film "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" and a new story depicting Deku, Bakugou Katsumi, and the original characters from the latest movie, Mahoro and Katsuma, who are brother and sister. The Blu-ray "Plus Ultra" edition of "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" is priced at 7,800 JPY (tax excluded), and the DVD is priced at 6,800 JPY (tax excluded). The product is set to be on sale from Jul. 15, 2020. <Full commentary is below> Yamashita Daiki as Midoriya Izuku --Please tell us your thoughts now that the recordings are finished. It's a story about the time when he defeated Nine and was engaged in the repair work on Nabu Island. Even though he's not completely recovered from his injuries, he's very positive and encouraging. And most of all, I wasn't expecting to be able to talk to Katsuma and Mahoro, so I was very happy. I'm sure that all the fans who watched the movie love both of them, so I think they will appreciate their return on the screen. --How did you feel about the interaction between the four characters throughout the film and picture drama? It's a relationship that I found to be as warm and inviting as ever. I think that the picture drama is a flash in the pan, while the movie version was a raging battle without a break, so I feel more relaxed now. -- Which are the highlights you suggest to watch on the Blu-ray & DVD ver.? To be honest, I feel like I get tired of remembering those exciting parts since it takes a lot of energy and strength to watch them over and over again (laughs). I hope you can watch it with ease and enjoy it in your own way and find out something new. When I feel worried or I want to make a new challenge, I will watch it to receive great energy and do my best! Okamoto Nobuhiko as Bakugou Katsumi --Please tell us your thoughts now that the recordings are finished. I was happy to hear the voices of Mahoro and Katsuma after a long time. As for Katsuma, I genuinely wanted him to be a hero. It's a heartwarming story that I'd encourage anyone who knows the movie to see it. --How did you feel about the interaction between the four characters throughout the film and picture drama? I thought Bakugou was very interesting to be called by younger children in the same way as by his peers. I was called "Bakugou!" in the main story, and I still want to be called "Bakugou!" by Maho-chan even though I'm older and I have experienced a lot of things. -- Which are the highlights you suggest to watch on the Blu-ray & DVD ver.? The Plus Ultra edition has been made by all the staff and cast members, and I think that represents the high level of fun, strictness, and worthiness of this work. I've been able to spend a very fulfilling time being involved with everyone as an actor. I especially want you to see the fight scenes that have been added as new cuts of the movie. Terasaki Yuka as Shimano Katsuma --Please tell us your thoughts now that the recordings are finished. It's been a while since I've been Katsuma, I was even told, "You're getting old!", so I needed to fix it (laughs). I remember laughing all the way through and having a great time recording it! We worked at a distance, but we were able to record together and share the time we spent together to play. I was truly grateful to the staff, it was one of the most unforgettable jobs I've ever had. --How did you feel about the interaction between the four characters throughout the film and picture drama? What I felt through Katsuma is that "we are not alone". It is truly one for all, all for one. I was reminded that having friends and things to protect makes a person grow up a lot. Will Katsuma now be able to become a hero...? I'm so happy to have played such a deep character I fell in love with that I'm curious to see how the story will progress! -- Which are the highlights you suggest to watch on the Blu-ray & DVD ver.? It's really cool to see everyone standing up to the strongest enemy, Viran, and I always forget that all of them are still children. The moment I remembered that, it was impossible to watch them working together to protect each other and win against such a strong opponent after many tries and mistakes without crying. It was. I want you to watch the last battle between the A-1 class and Nine over and over again!! Tomoyo Kurosawa as Shimano Mahoro --Please tell us your thoughts now that the recordings are finished. It's been a long time since the last recording, I was very nervous! It's a story that is integrated into the timeline of the movie, so I was very happy to see everyone again. --How did you feel about the interaction between the four characters throughout the film and picture drama? It was a hard and full-filled dubbing session since I had two contrastive feelings; the excitement to remeet Deku and Kacchan, who grabbed my heart since the first time I met them, and my will as sister to protect my brother. I felt again how amazing a hero can be. -- Which are the highlights you suggest to watch on the Blu-ray & DVD ver.? The scenes are amazing! I hope you can enjoy the very detailed depictions and the playfulness that comes out through several scenes. Also, I think the music that supports the story could have the power to change your feelings in the middle of your daily life! (C) Horikoshi Kouhei / Shueisha, My Hero Academia Production Committee

Nishiyama Koutarou, Kimura Ryouhei, Takagi Wataru, and others Will be Participating in "AD-LIVE 2020" Under the Theme of "Escape"!

Information of the 2020 performance of "AD-LIVE" has been announced. "AD-LIVE" is an all-adlib stage performance produced by the voice actor Suzumura Kenichi. It has cast many famous voice actors in the past. Along with the announcement, a total of 16 voice actors including Nishiyama Koutarou, Kimura Ryouhei, and Takagi Wataru, were revealed as participants of the performance. The theme of the 2020 "AD-LIVE" performance is "escape". The unpredictable adlib performance will be collaborating with the expert mystery maker SCRAP, which has produced many real-life escape games. The stage is set in a "luxury cruise ship". Two people, "One who wants to deliver something" and "One who wants to meet someone", meet on the "riddle-solving luxury cruise ship tour" full of mysteries. The various mysteries block the two from escaping. What kind of story will be woven on the ship sailing through the sea? Can they escape and accomplish what they came here for? It will be the most unpredictable performance of "AD-LIVE". Suzumura Kenichi, Morikubo Showtaro, Yashiro Taku, Tsuda Kenjirou, Nishiyama Koutarou, Takagi Wataru, Ono Kensho, Kimura Ryouhei, Kimura Subaru, Nakamura Sougo, Asanuma Shintaro, Hikasa Youko, Aoi Shouta, Namikawa Daisuke, Toriumi Kousuke, and Yoshino Hiroyuki are the 16 performers, 6 of which are participating for the first time. We have received comments from each of them. "AD-LIVE 2020" will begin with their 2 performances, afternoon and night of Sep. 5, 2020, in Chiba. <Full comments are as below.> 【Suzumura Kenichi】 Performing in AD-LIVE with the great Takagi Wataru-san! I've seen his stage play, and it was so amazing! It's an honor to be on the same stage! It's also a challenge for me! I'll do my best to make it an entertaining stage! 【Morikubo Showtaro】 The AD-LIVE season has come again! I'll heal my wounds from last year's AD-LIVE ZERO in this performance, haha. I'm so excited! 【Yashiro Taku】 I'm nervous since this is my first performance of AD-LIVE, but it makes me happy to be on the same stage as MoriKubo-san! He always takes good care of me. I'll do my best! 【Tsuda Kenjirou】 I'm glad to be part of AD-LIVE again. It's a completely different concept from last time so I'm excited. Mystery solving? Not my thing. I'll get help from Nishiyama Koutarou. Please come to see our performance! 【Nishiyama Koutarou】 This will be my first time to join AD-LIVE! It's nice to be on stage with Tsuda-san. He has taken good care of me since my debut. I'm nervous, but I'll enjoy it too! 【Takagi Wataru】 Hi, I'm Takagi Wataru. AD-LIVE? Yeah, it's fun! It's fun to watch, not perform. Who would want to be in such a tough... What? They want me to join? I sure will! 【Ono Kenshou】 Hi, I'm Ono Kensho. Every time I'm in AD-LIVE, I have to think so hard, I lose all my energy, but I somehow come back to this stage. I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen on stage this year! 【Kimura Ryouhei】 This project has a reputation for being very interesting. I'm going to hop on its reputations and lean on the experienced Kenhou. I'll enjoy it, and I hope you will too. 【Kimura Subaru】 Thank you for letting me join AD-LIVE! I'm super nervous but I'm even more excited! Please enjoy the show! 【Nakamura Sougo】 I'll be joining again! That means I can feel that tension again! I'll do my best so I can enjoy my drink after the show! 【Asanuma Shintaro】 I've been called "Mr. Senshuuraku" (Senshuuraku means the last of a performance), but this is the first time I won't be performing last. This will be my first AD-LIVE with a woman, and I'm looking forward to it! 【Hikasa Youko】 I'm Hikasa Youko and I'll be joining AD-LIVE. This is my first time so I'm nervous and worried, but since I'll be going on stage with Asa-nii (Asanuma-san's nickname), who I've known for a fairly long time, I can give it my best shot without hesitation. I hope my performance will entertain you all. 【Aoi Shouta】 I never know what will happen next. AD-LIVE is the same. I can't predict anything. I just want to deliver you the best enjoyment and excitement. Please enjoy! 【Namikawa Daisuke】 It's been a while since my last AD-LIVE!! It hasn't hit me yet, but I know I'm going to be nervous as it gets close! I love my partner! I hope the performance goes well!! 【Toriumi Kousuke】 Toriumi has returned. Thank you for having me again. I will be pairing up with Yoshino-san, who I've known for a long time. I don't know what will happen, but I'm excited. 【Yoshino Hiroyuki】 You never know until it's over. (C)AD-LIVE Project

"Fire Force" Shinra Joins Seibu, and Arthur Joins Lotte?! Collaboration With Pacific League!

A collaboration between "Fire Force Season 2" (broadcast from Jul. 3, 2020) and the 6 teams of the Pacific League (one of the Japanese professional baseball leagues) has been decided. Illustrations of Shinra and other characters wearing each team's uniform have been released. This collaboration between this work, which depicts the achievements of the Special Fire Force, and the Pacific League happened because the baseball players that come into a baseball game in a pinch are called "fire extinguishers" in Japan. Illustrations of the characters wearing each of the team's uniforms have been released for this collaboration. The uniforms each character wears are Saitama Seibu Lions for Shinra Kasukabe, Chiba Lotte Marines for Arthur Boil, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for Akitaru Oubi, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks for Takehisa Hinawa, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters for Maki Oze, and Orix Buffaloes for Iris. There will be original "Fire Force" goods in collaboration with each team, and events at stadiums are being scheduled. Also, under the keyword of "fire extinguisher", a "Pacific League Fire Extinguishing Play Collection", centering on players coming in a pinch, will be released on the league official video streaming service "Personal Pacific League TV". "Fire Force Season 2" will be broadcast on 20 channels including MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS from Jul. 3, 2020. (C)Ookubo Atsushi, Kodansha / Special Fire Force Video Public Relations Division

Renewal of "Gundam Cafe" will be held on a scale 4 times larger than the previous cafe! Space battleship, Zion Force, etc...It became the "hands-on" restaurant with 4 sections

The official cafe based on "Mobile Suit Gundam" called "GUNDAM Cafe Akihabara" will be renewed as a hands-on entertainment restaurant. It will change its name to "GUNDAM Cafe TOKYO BRAND CORE", and will be 4-times larger than the previous cafe. "GUNDAM Cafe TOKYO BRAND CORE" is the hands-on entertainment restaurant which will be constructed of 4 sections including, "Restaurant Area", "Zeon's Diner TOKYO", "Goods Shop", and "fortuneLatte Cafe", together with the near-futuristic atmosphere inspired by the world view of "Mobile Suit Gundam". "Restaurant Area" located in the center area is inspired by the cafeteria in the space battleship. Eighteen-meter large multi-monitor will display the scenery outside the window, including space, and offers enjoyable mealtime together with the world view of "Gundam". Moreover, it also offers a special program called "G DIMENSIONS EX DINNER SHOW", where the visitors became a character in the "Gundam" series and enjoy the menu proposed by the characters, and other events related to "Gundam" will be offered. "Zeon's Diner TOKYO" is a diner where guests enjoy the world of Republic Zeon. The large table on the center displays the interactive projection that shows the space, and the fighting simulation can be enjoyed when the Mobile Suit sallies from the food menu. "Good Shop" will be selling the original goods of "GUNDAM Cafe". Some goods will be only sold at this cafe. "fortuneLatte Cafe" will provide a take-out menu, including soft drinks with entertainment and drink which comes with the original clear bottle. "GUNDAM Cafe TOKYO BRAND CORE" will be open at 1-1 Kanda Hanaoka-chou, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, JPN (a minute away from Denkigai exit of JR Akihabara Station) on Jul. 31. Detailed information will be posted on the official website.

Which is the best anime in spring 2020? "Kaguya-sama: Love is War" and "Fruits Basket" ranked in 2nd place, while the top goes to...

We are now in late June. Many of the new spring 2020 TV anime titles have reached their last episode. Due to the spread of the new coronavirus, many spring anime have been postponed. Which are the most popular titles among the fans? Here at Anime! Anime! we conducted a reader survey asking, "Which is the best anime in spring 2020 (April)?". During the survey period between Jun. 18 to Jun. 25, a total of 175 responses were received. The gender ratio featured almost the same number of votes with 48% male and 52% female. The age group was about 38% for those under the age of 19, and about 30% for those in their 20s, mainly focusing on youngsters. ■From the bond between father and daughter to the love story of geniuses, to the mysterious curse... Noteworthy works appear in the ranking! The 1st place goes to "Kakushigoto" with an approval rating of about 18%. Some comments have been received such as, "The original story has been adapted from manga to anime faithfully. The ending was also wonderful", and "The entire series was like a painting, a really beautiful work of art". Fans also praised the last episode, "It made me laugh every time, and I cried so hard in the last episode that I got my clothes wet!", and "I cried at the last episode". The 2nd place goes to "Kaguya-sama: Love is War" with an approval rating of about 16%. Many fans appreciated how the series entertained them since the first season, which was broadcast in 2019; "It was very interesting since the first season", and "I felt that the cast and staff members gave it their all. The gag episodes, in particular, were filled with a lot of parodies, and also the changes in the relationship between Kaguya and the president were always exciting and fun!". We also received comments about the new characters of the last season, "With the new characters such as Miko-chan, the work has become even more interesting". The second season of "Fruits Basket" ranked in 2nd place with the same percentage of votes (16%). It has been over 15 years since the conclusion of the original work, and the series is still loved. Comments have been received; "The first manga I bought with my pocket money was 'Fruits Basket'. After 10 years since its conclusion, I was looking forward to seeing the full version of the anime", and "There are a lot of fascinating characters which feature both warm and dark sides. I can't wait to see the rest of the story since it is also called 'Bible'". In addition, the ranking based only on the male votes sees "Kaguya-sama: Love is War" in 1st place, "My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!" in 2nd place, and "Kakushigoto" in 3rd place. The female side sees "Kakushigoto" in 1st place, "Fruits Basket" second season in 2nd place, and "My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!" in 3rd place. Regarding "My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!", many comments praised the cuteness of the main character Catarina; "I fell in love with her cuteness and kind personality", and "She is so adorable! It was very fun to see, and I was also touched by some scenes". ■Let's introduce other comments! "Argonavis from BanG Dream!", "The female characters are very famous in the series, but also the boys' ver. is very interesting to watch". "Ascendance of a Bookworm", "Both the original manga and the anime are very interesting" and "I can well understand the feelings of the protagonist. The depiction of the characters is also very well done". "Wave, Listen to Me!", "The speed of Minare's talking was great" and "Too much fun in every episode". Although the spring anime have had a rough start, the ranking includes the most anticipated new works and notable sequels. ■Top 20 "Which is the best anime in spring 2020 (April)?" 1. "Kakushigoto" 2. "Kaguya-sama: Love is War" 2. "Fruits Basket" 2nd season 4. "My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!" 5. "Argonavis from BanG Dream!" 5. "Ascendance of a Bookworm" (Part 2) 7. "Sing "Yesterday" for Me" 7. "Tower of God" 9. "Wave, Listen to Me!" 10. "Tamayomi" 11. "Woodpecker Detective's Office" 11. "Tomica Kizuna Gattai Earth Granner" 13. "Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis (NHK ver.)" 13. "Gleipnir" 13. "Shadowverse" 13. "Shin Sakura Wars: The Animation" 13. "The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?" 13. "Princess Connect! Re:Dive" 13. "Blade of the Immortal" 20. "ULTRAMAN (terrestrial broadcast)" 20. "Shachibato! President, It's Time for Battle!" 20. "Dropkick on My Devil!" 20. "BNA" 20. "Poccolies" 20. "Mewkledreamy" (Response period: Jun. 18 - Jun. 25, 2020)

Challenge "Math" questions with "Detective Conan's"Conan and his detective team! Announcing a new publication to the assessment book series

The mathematical edition of "Detective Conan's difficult words to remember for 10 year olds" series, a collaboration between "Detective Conan" and key word learning assessment book series, "Detective Conan's difficult words to remember for 10 year olds" has just been released. From the widely popular hit series "Japanese History Detective Conan", the staff have come together to create a rich assessment book that will help students increase their adaptability and mathematical strengths. The book titled, "Detective Conan's 157 questions to build mathematical skills for 10 year olds" is different from the usual assessment books that contain mathematical questions and labyrinths. With the concept of "Having fun whilst solving" as its base, the book contains a variety of interesting questions to solve. Fujimaru Takuya, the person setting the questions, has over 50 years of teaching experience. In addition to that, he has traveled nationwide performing the "Science of Illusion Show", a show that introduces children to the mysterious world of science and created questions for a local TV program titled, "Math Magic". The book contains a total of 400 pages, with 157 questions ranging from basics to private middle school entrance examination levels in difficulty. The questions are split and classed into 5 genres, "Calculation", "Graphics (Flat)(3D)", "Logical" and "Adaptability". Each genre is broken down into "Beginner", "Intermediate", "Advanced" and "Very Advanced" levels. These questions are solvable for children up to the age of 10 years old and with Conan's hints to help them, solving them would be an enjoyable task. Subsequently, for children who are not as academically inclined, the book contains Conan manga. There are many questions that will need to be solved in order for Conan's story to progress, which makes it a wonderful solution for children who have weak comprehension skills. With the addition of manga in the book, the aim is for children to solve the problems without stressing over them and to take away the painstaking image the word "study" holds. Children can enjoy learning whilst playing with Detective Conan and his team. "Detective Conan's 157 questions to build mathematical skills for 10 year olds" is currently on sale and is priced at 1,500JPY (tax excluded).

"LovePlus" Do you want to meet girls? Goods with Manaka, Rinko, and Nene have been released

From the "Love Plus" series, wristwatches, bags, and wallets showing Takane Manaka, Kobayakawa Rinko, and Anegasaki Nene have been released. It is completely made-to-order, and pre-orders are now available at "Super Groupies". The wristwatch made in each girl's image color and clock-face is designed in the shape of the HeartPlus motif. It also has a calendar display so that it can be used for support instead of girlfriends. The bag's design is reminiscent of your girlfriend's winter clothes, with tights, earphone holes, and other individual characteristics and features. Also, be sure to check out the original lining based on the yukata from the trip to Atami. The wallet, which also resembles lines of winter clothes, is a folded wallet with a plate that matches the one on the bag. Inside it is decorated in refreshing colors that resemble summer outfits. Despite the slim shape, it also has a card pocket and a free pocket, making it an excellent product with full functionality. "'Love Plus' Series Collaboration" wristwatches, bags, and wallets are available in all 9 types. It is completely made-to-order, and pre-orders are now available at "Super Groupies". (C)Konami Digital Entertainment

Let's celebrate the birthday of Sasuke and Itachi from "NARUTO Shippuden"! Birthday "mystery-solving"game will be held

The mystery-solving game which features two characters with close birthdays called Sasuke (Jul. 23) and Itachi (Jun. 9) from "NARUTO Shippuden", has been decided. The game title is "NARUTO Shippuden×Real Mystery Solving Game Ninja City Special Mission #002 Sasuke and Itachi Arc.", and it will be held at Nijigen no Mori in Hyogo, from Jul. 4 to Aug. 31, 2020. This event "NARUTO Shippuden×Real Mystery Solving Game Ninja City Special Mission #002 Sasuke and Itachi Arc." is the game that the guests solve mysteries shown on the panels in the attraction area "NARUTO & BORUTO Ninja City" of Nijigen no Mori. It features Sasuke and Itachi, the characters with the upcoming birthdays, and the main visual is completely new and original. The guests unfamiliar with mystery-solving also can enjoy the event in approximately 30 minutes, and an exclusive sticker will be given when the guests cleared the game. "NARUTO Shippuden×Real Mystery Solving Game Ninja City Special Mission #002 Sasuke and Itachi Arc." will be held at Nijigen no Mori in Hyogo, from Jul. 4 to Aug. 31, 2020. The acrylic stand of the character will be given when the ticket is purchased. Detailed information is on the official website. (C) Kishimoto Seishi Scott/ Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot

"You won't die. I'll protect you" Robot Spirits, reproduction parts set from "Operation Yashima", from "Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone" will be released

A set of figures, reproducing the culmination scene from "Operation Yashima", from the movie "Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone", will be released. Pre-orders are currently available ar Premium Bandai. This product "Yashima strategy reproducing ROBOT Spirit [SIDE EVA] Positron rifle + ESV shield +set of G-type equipment" is a complete set of "positron rifle", "ESV shield", "ESV shield pedestal", "Shoulder replacement parts for G type equipment", " complete set of G-type equipment replacement scope and G-type equipment replacement radome". "Positron rifle" is equipment for "ROBOT Spirit [SIDE EVA] 'Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone'" (sold separately), and you can adjust the movement of the barrel according to the reproduction airframes actions, such as the first prone shot and the second knee strike posture from the "Operation Yashima". "ESV Shield" can be combined with "ESV shield pedestal" to support "Unit-00 (rebuild) / Unit-00-Rebuild of Evangelion-" (sold separately), and since shield parts are removable as an original gimmick, you can equip one hand with a small shield. "Yashima strategy reproducing ROBOT Spirit [SIDE EVA] Positron rifle + ESV shield +set of G-type equipment" is priced at 6,600 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders are currently available at Premium Bandai, and delivery is scheduled for Dec. 2020. (C) Color

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The delicate and beautiful glass art of Akai Shuuichi and Okiya Subaru from "Detective Conan"! Edo Kiriko glass release

Date: 2020-07-07
"Detective Conan" and "Edo Kiriko", the traditional art of Tokyo, collaborated and released "Detective Conan Edo Kiriko Glass". It's available for sale now at PREMICO Online Shop. "Detective Conan Edo Kiriko Glass" comes with 2 designs of Akai Shuuichi's "Scarlet Sniper" and Okiya Subaru's "Secretive of Sapphire". "Scarlet Sniper/Akai Shuuichi Model" has the original "Midare Yarai figure", which is the design that the vivid red glass with the trajectory of a bullet. The designs of a sniper's scope and a bullet are designed within the large carving method with the sandblast. The edition number and Akai Shuuichi's silhouette are carved on the bottom of the glass. "Secretive of Sapphire/ Okiya Subaru Model" is in the "Nanako Figure", the blue, beautiful design which is inspired by the fact that Okiya is good at cooking. Three traditional Nanako designs, including Nanako, Yarai Nanako, and Nanako with children, are carved with sandblast as the idea of a choker shape. The edition number and Okiya Subaru's silhouette will be carved on the bottom of the glass. Each Edo Kiriko glass comes with a luxurious paulownia box with the illustrations of Akai and Okiya. "Detective Edo Kiriko Glass" is priced at 29,8000 JPY (tax excluded) each. The sale begins from Jul. 1, 2020 at PREMICO Online Shop. (C) Aoyama Gosho/ Shogakkan・Yomiuri TV・TMS 1996
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"Mobile Suit Gundam" Action Figures of the Common Soldiers are Here! Vol. 1 is 3 Types of Soldiers from the Zeon Armed Forces

From "Mobile Suit Gundam" comes "G.M.G." series, a colored action figure series featuring the common soldiers on the battlefields. Vol. 1 will have "Zeon Armed Forces Common Soldiers" (3 types in total), and pre-orders will be available at "Premium Bandai" and other shops from Jul. 2. "G.M.G. (Gundam Military Generation)" is an action figure series that features the common soldiers fighting on the battlefield in the world of "Mobile Suit Gundam". The roughly 10cm-tall soldiers have mobile joints to give it various poses to display them in. They have been colored and their facial expressions are recreated with realistic modeling and coloring. The products are both enjoyable on display and fun to play with. A variety of weapons, such as handguns, and other items necessary for the missions on the battlefields are included with the figure. Vol. 1 has 3 common soldiers of the Zeon Armed Forces. The lineup is rich in variety with a platoon leader-like male soldier, a bearded veteran male soldier with a beer gut, and the sole female soldier with a strong spirit. Their uniforms and accessories with the emblem of the Zeon Armed Forces are recreated with great detail, giving life to the "nameless soldiers" who were not depicted in the story of "Mobile Suit Gundam". By displaying them not only within their own "G.M.G" series, but also with the Gunpla series, you can further enjoy the world of Gundam with a stronger sense of realism. "G.M.G Zeon Armed Forces / Common Soldier A, Common Soldier B, Common Soldier C" are each priced at 3,980 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders will be available at "Premium Bandai" and other shops from Jul. 2, and shipping is scheduled for late Dec. (C)Sotsu, Sunrise

"Pokemon" A "Poke Ball" insect cage made the great hit also in the wintertime! What is so good about it?

An insect cage inspired by "Poke Ball", a capturing item of "Pokemon". marked over 40,000 sales a year after the release. It continues to make a great hit also during the off-season and is the unexpected hits. An insect cage cost 100 JPY in 2020, but "Poke Ball Insect Cage" is priced for 1,300 JPY (tax excluded). Regardless of its high price, 3,000 insect cages were sold during winter, which supposed to be the off-season. What is the reason for it? There are many "Bug" Pokemon in the "Pokemon" series. "Poke Ball Insect Cage" is the new item that allows the users to experience as the Pokemon trainer in the game when capturing the insects. The product recreates an opening-closing mechanic like a Poke Ball and also has multiple structures that make it a great insect cage, including a shoulder belt for easy carry, a window placed on the top of the cage to capture the insects securely, and a flat base. As you see, this product is an insect cage. Other than using this as the insect cage, the users can find other ways to use it fashionably, like a small bag to carry your favorite stuffed toy and few snacks. "Poke Ball Insect Cage" is a great goods from insect hunting and leisure for approaching summertime. "Poke Ball Insect Cage" is priced for 1,300 JPY (tax excluded), and is available at EC website called "IRON FACTORY". (C)Nintendo・Creatures・GAME FREAK・TV Tokyo・ShoPro・JR Kikaku(C)Pokemon

"Dorohedoro × Seiko" Welcome to Chaos... A Collaboration Wristwatch of the World of Dorohedoro with a Cool Scale Pattern is Here!

The anime "Dorohedoro" and clock manufacturer "Seiko" will be collaborating for the first time. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai". "Dorohedoro × Seiko Limited Edition Watch" is an item released to celebrate the anime adaption of "Dorohedoro", the dark fantasy by Hayashida Kyuu. The impressive dial has scale patterns inspired by the protagonist Caiman's lizard head, along with Caiman's "mask" and "knife handle" designed on it. To emphasize the impressive dial, the hands and index of the watch is colored dark grey to match the "chaotic" world, and it glows in the dark to secure visibility at night. Also, this collaboration model has the gyoza mark of "Hungry Bug", the diner and Gyoza Fairy designed on the case back with a serial number. The box of this watch has the scale pattern embossed all around giving it the look of the creepy hide of Caiman. "Dorohedoro × Seiko Limited Edition Watch" is priced at 44,000 JPY (tax included / shipping and handling fee excluded). Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" and shipping is scheduled for Nov. 2020. (C)2020 Hayashida Kyuu, Shogakukan / Dorohedoro Production Committee

Renewal of "Gundam Cafe" will be held on a scale 4 times larger than the previous cafe! Space battleship, Zion Force, etc...It became the "hands-on" restaurant with 4 sections

The official cafe based on "Mobile Suit Gundam" called "GUNDAM Cafe Akihabara" will be renewed as a hands-on entertainment restaurant. It will change its name to "GUNDAM Cafe TOKYO BRAND CORE", and will be 4-times larger than the previous cafe. "GUNDAM Cafe TOKYO BRAND CORE" is the hands-on entertainment restaurant which will be constructed of 4 sections including, "Restaurant Area", "Zeon's Diner TOKYO", "Goods Shop", and "fortuneLatte Cafe", together with the near-futuristic atmosphere inspired by the world view of "Mobile Suit Gundam". "Restaurant Area" located in the center area is inspired by the cafeteria in the space battleship. Eighteen-meter large multi-monitor will display the scenery outside the window, including space, and offers enjoyable mealtime together with the world view of "Gundam". Moreover, it also offers a special program called "G DIMENSIONS EX DINNER SHOW", where the visitors became a character in the "Gundam" series and enjoy the menu proposed by the characters, and other events related to "Gundam" will be offered. "Zeon's Diner TOKYO" is a diner where guests enjoy the world of Republic Zeon. The large table on the center displays the interactive projection that shows the space, and the fighting simulation can be enjoyed when the Mobile Suit sallies from the food menu. "Good Shop" will be selling the original goods of "GUNDAM Cafe". Some goods will be only sold at this cafe. "fortuneLatte Cafe" will provide a take-out menu, including soft drinks with entertainment and drink which comes with the original clear bottle. "GUNDAM Cafe TOKYO BRAND CORE" will be open at 1-1 Kanda Hanaoka-chou, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, JPN (a minute away from Denkigai exit of JR Akihabara Station) on Jul. 31. Detailed information will be posted on the official website.

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natsume, the Chinese cosplayer with 220,000 followers on Twitter, charms in a voluptuous costume! She is Akatsuki from "Lost Decade"

Date: 2020-06-30
The Chinese cosplayer natsume-san is one of the top cosplayers who has reached 220,000 followers on Twitter by showing many sexy costumes. She actively participates in events in Japan such as Comic Market, and has always attracted a lot of attention. However, due to the current situation, she lost touch with her Japanese fans, which is regrettable. This time we had a direct interview with Natsume. She also shows us some of her latest unpublished shots for her Japanese fans. --Were you planning to come to Japan in May? natsume: That's right, I was supposed to be there in May for the Comic Market to show my new costume, but unfortunately the event was canceled... --What kind of cosplay works are popular in the Chinese cosplay world at the moment? natsume: "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba". I've heard it's incredibly popular in Japan, but it's also very popular in China and in other countries! There's a lot of cosplay as well. --What are some of the Japanese works that you're into? natsume: There are a lot of them, but "Kaguya-sama: Love Is War" "Persona 5", and "Final Fantasy VII" are always my favorite! --In terms of cosplay, what kind of characters have you recently made? natsume: Recently, I've been working on Pecorine from "Princess Connect! Re:Dive", Enoshima Junko from "Danganronpa", Android 18 from "Dragon Ball", and Akatsuki from "Lost Decade". Most of them are already on Twitter! --This time you have published a shot of Akatsuki, can you please tell us how was working on it? natsume: Akatsuki was a very difficult costume to put on because it had a lot of detailed decorations. It took me about an hour and a half to finally get it on with the help of my friends. But the shoot went really well, it only took 30 minutes and it was fun! --What do you like about cosplay? natsume: Like for all the works I've just mentioned, when I come across works and characters that I like, I want to cosplay them. And there are also a lot of works that have become my all-time favorites because of cosplaying (laugh). --Finally, please tell us your future goals! natsume: I want to work hard to make money for doing cosplay. When the current situation will be over, I definitely want to go to Japan with a lot of my cosplay works, so I'll do my best. I look forward to seeing you at the Comic Market this winter!
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【Cosplay】"FGO" Katsushika Hokusai, Mash, Koyanskaya, and more... The sweet looks of the Chinese beauty cosplayer. 【22 photos】

Many Chinese cosplayers have appeared in Japanese anime/game events and Doujinshi conventions. Their high-quality cosplays have stolen the attention of the anime and game fans. "Fate/Grand Order" Mash / Photo by Jiaozhu shadow 【Click the photo for the photo gallery】 Mayuyi tako is said to be one of the hottest cosplayers in recent years. She has been to Japan 3 times so far, and has participated in "Comiket" (95,96, and 97). With about 350,000 followers on Twitter, reservations of her photo sessions are instantly full. She is now studying abroad in the States, and will be going to University from Apr. Here is her interview, along with photos from when she was a high school student. ◆◆ ――What made you start cosplaying, and when did you start? Mayuyi tako: My friend took me to an ACG event (anime, game, doujin events in general) in my middle school years. It was impressive to see cosplayers dressed as my favorite characters. Since then, I've been cosplaying for 6 years. I'm now living in the States, so I go to China or Japan on my long term vacations in summer and winter for cosplay photo sessions. I can't afford freely flying back to China or to Japan from the States except for those occasions. "Fate/Grand Order" Katsushika Hokusai / Photo by Hanmo 【Click the photo for the photo gallery】 ――Tell us about your favorite animes and games. Mayuyi tako: I'm really into "Fate/Grand Order". Other than that, I play a lot of "Grand Blue Fantasy" and "Knives Out". My favorite anime is "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure"! ――What are the features of your cosplay? Mayuyi tako: I believe it's my smile. ――Is there anything you want the photographers to do? Mayuyi tako: I collect as much information about the character before the photo session, and explain what kind of photo I want the photographers to take. But, in my opinion, what's most important is to understand the character as a cosplayer. "Gantz: O" Yamasaki Anzu ――Are there any impressionable moments of cosplaying? Mayuyi tako: That would be when people tell me that I look like the character. It makes me feel that I'm getting closer to my ideal cosplay, and that's very satisfying. ――Which cosplay made you famous? Mayuyi tako: Maybe the cosplay of Mash from "Fate/Grand Order" in 2018. I really worked hard on my facial expressions to give her the essence of a Kohai. I have many other expressions and poses for Mash other than her smiling, so someday, I'd like to introduce them. "Fate/Grand Order" Mash ――What makes you continue cosplaying? Mayuyi tako: The expectations of everyone wanting to see more of my work is a strong motivation among the many reasons. I don't want to lose my passion towards cosplaying. Many of my friends, who started about the same time as me, have given up. I want to be the one that keeps on cosplaying no matter what happens. ――What are your future goals? Mayuyi tako: I want to dress as more characters from "Fate/Grand Order"! Also, characters from my favorite titles like, "Xenoblade2", "Azul Larne", and "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure". "Fate/Grand Order" Koyanskaya Images provided by Mayuyui tako (@Takomayuyi)

【Cosplay】A super rookie with 160 thousand followers・aqua The secret behind the overwhelming quality is...?【20 Photos】

Until now, a lot of China cosplayers have attended events in Japan, and their high-quality cosplay has become a hot topic. In the massive population China, rookies are appearing one after one, earning popularity in a short period. "Re: Zero - Starting Life in Another World" Rem (Bunny Girl Ver.) 【Click image for the photo gallery】 水淼aqua is also an anticipated super rookie that shows the best quality cosplay, although her cosplay career is less than one year and a half long. The Twitter account that started at Mar. 2019 now has approx. 160 thousand followers (by Apr.14, 2020). With a short interview, this article will deliver cosplay photos of her who have never attended events in Japan. ◆◆ ―― In which part of China are you living? 水淼aqua: I am living in Xi'an. There are lots of places to explore for delicious foods, please come visit us! ―― What is the reason behind starting a cosplay? How long has it past since? 水淼aqua: I loved characters from the anime and games, it has been one year and a half since the thought that I would like to become the character itself both in looks and mind. I mostly take part in studio photograph session and I rarely attend to events. But, I want to try my best to attend events from now. ―― Could you tell us about your favorite anime or games? 水淼aqua: For games, I usually enjoy playing "Azur Lane" and "Diablo 3". For anime, I love all genres from a mild and delicate to passionate and expressive, so I had watched a lot of animes. ―― What is the distinctive feature of expression about your cosplay? 水淼aqua:I really don't have any definite posing or facial expressions. For the cosplay, it is important to change the expressions and movements to become a character itself. Maybe, a handsome look is my appealing point?... It's a joke! (Laughing) ―― Is there anything that you expect from a photographer when taking a photo? 水淼aqua: I prefer a photographerwith a similar sense and idea of the photo that I want. This only leaves minor editing after the photograph has started. Another would be someone who allows me to get engaged with my character. This is because I lose concentration if I am instructed with too much posing. ―― Is there any memorable moments of cosplay until now? 水淼aqua: It would be the moment when I took a cosplay photoshoot of Do-S from "One-Punch Man". I accidentally had candle wax spilled over my back, so I went to a hospital straight after the photoshoot. It was horrible because it would have been a life-time scar if I arrived slightly later. (Laughing) Do-S from "One-Punch Man" 【Click image for the photo gallery】 ―― What is the cosplay that sparked your popularity among people? 水淼aqua: It is Atago from "Azur Lane" (Racing Queen Ver.). I personally feel like this was the cosplay that reached over the personal limit. I am thinking that getting known by a lot of people is a reward behind numerous efforts that I have put into. ―― Could you please tell about your future goals? 水淼aqua:I want to cosplay a lot of characters from "Azur Lane" and "Fate/Grand Order". I would like to enhance my posing or expressions to the next level, giving a vivid impression when I am taking a photo shoot. I will try my best! Also, I have visited Japan 5 times already. Yet, I have not visited a single "Comic Market" event, I really want to attend it next time. Formidable from "Azur Lane" 【Click image for the photo gallery】 Image provided by: 水淼aqua(@aqua28551264)

【Cosplay】Check out Okita Rinka, the new-gen cosplayer from Taiwan! Riamu from "The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls", Sakura from "Fate", and so on. Who is your favorite? 【37 photos】

A Taiwanese cosplayer is booming in Japan. Okita Rinka, who lives in Taipei, Taiwan, has over 30,000 followers on Twitter in Japan and also participates in Comiket and photo sessions in Japan. This is the report of the interview with the new-gen cosplayer from Taiwan along with a photo report. ―― What made you interested in cosplaying? And what are your usual cosplay activities? Okita Rinka: I always liked anime and games since I was a child. I started cosplaying when I saw my friend doing it in middle school. It's been roughly 8 years since then. I usually attend as a cosplayer in ACG event (general doujin events of anime and games) in Taiwan. ―― What are your favorite anime and manga? Okita Rinka: It's difficult to pick one anime out of so many. I like Otome games in general! ―― What are your special features of cosplaying? Okita Rinka: I'm good at sensual gestures and expressions like cute faces and emotionless faces. ―― What do you think made you so popular? Okita Rinka: I held many exhibition booths at various doujinshi conventions in Taiwan. Selling my cosplay photo collections at these events brought along more and more supporters. Also, constantly posting photos on Facebook and Instagram helped too. I'm so glad that such steps I took in the past brought me to where I am now. ―― Tell us which cosplay left a strong impression on you. Okita Rinka: That would be Shuten Douji from "Fate/Grand Order". The shooting was so exhausting. We had to climb deep in the mountains for the shooting and by the time we could leave, it was so dark we couldn't see anything. We were about to get lost in the mountains. ―― How many times have you been to Japan? Okita Rinka: 7 times in total, but the summer of 2018 is the only time I attended Comiket. ―― What keeps you cosplaying? Okita Rinka: The strongest motivation would be my love for anime and games. Also, the fans who support my cosplays always give me confidence. ―― In what style do you like to be photoed? Okita Rinka: I believe the composition and the color tone are the most important. Furthermore, sharing an image with the cameraman is the most important! ―― What do you value in your cosplay? Okita Rinka: I didn't know anything when I began cosplaying. I worked hard to become better at make-up and styling the wigs. From there, I try to get as close to the essence of the character as much as I can. That's the approach I believe I should never forget. ―― Tell us about your future goals. Okita Rinka: I want to hold an exhibition booth at Comiket and distribute my cosplay photo collections! I also want many more people to know me in Japan, interact with other cosplayers, and improve on my cosplays. Photos provided by Okita Rinka (@okitarinka01)

The rising star, Chinese cosplayer Kitaro shows her willingness to work in Japan!

We have interviewed Kitaro, the Chinese cosplayer who belongs to the same production as Enako, a cosplayer with top-class popularity in Japan. Here is the interview along with cosplay photos such as Elizabeth from "The Seven Deadly Sins" and Gabriel from "Monster Strike".

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"Anime Sacred Grounds Pilgrimage"The birth of an official tour for inbounds! 1st tour involves 「Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai」,「Hyouka」 and 「The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya」

Date: 2019-09-26
Otomo, which operate private tour services for inbound travelers have collaborated with the Anime Tourism Association to develop a pilgrimage tour plan to sacred grounds where stages for some renowned anime works were based off.
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The 2nd PV for Ahiru no Sora has been released! Don’t miss out on the hot scene featuring a freakishly tall basketball player!

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The 2nd Info Movie “Kimetsu no Yaiba : Demon Slayer” Debuted! Will be Released in 2020

Movie “Kimetsu no Yaiba : Demon Slayer” Infinity Train arc decided to be released on 2020. The new teaser and visual has been released on the 2nd info.

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