The “Sword Art Online” concept cafe: “SAO cafe” focusing on the anime and game series will be open in Osaka in 2019. Based on the concept of creating “a space where people can enjoy SAO” (be it the SAO anime or games), the cafe will also serve as an information base regarding future goods and events announcements.
“Sword Art Online” is a popular work based on the light novel series by Kawahara Reki, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It is also a cross-platform franchise consisting of a number of ongoing anime and games.
The newest installment in the anime series “Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld” started airing in October 2019. The newest installment in the video game series announced isThe game series is announcing the latest home video game “Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris” and the latest app “Sword Art Online Alicization Blading”are expected to be released soon.is ready to be launched.
The newly announced “SAO cafe” is based on the concept of creating “a space where people can enjoy SAO” (be it the SAO anime or games). As an information base forAs a base for information of “Sword Art Online”, drinks inspired by the menu and characters appearing in the series will be served.
The “SAO cafe” is scheduled to be open at select locations in Osaka in 2019.
“KYOTO NIPPON FESTIVAL 2019” will be held from October 25th to December 8th at Kitano Tenmangu in Kyoto. This year, with the theme of “animating national treasures,” the famous Japanese illustrators will reinterpret the national treasure picture scrolls and will present the “Modern Edition of Kitano Tenjin Engi Emaki”.
By doing so, send out the charm of traditional culture x art subculture.
"Mr. Fesmatsu '21", a special event to commemorate the release of Blu-ray＆DVD of the TV anime "Mr. Osomatsu" season 3, was held at Nakano Sunplaza, Tokyo, on June 6, 2021. In the event, new anime series and theatrical film were announced.
"Mr. Fesmatsu '21" was the 3rd event, following "Mr. Fesmatsu '16" to commemorate "Mr. Osomatsu" Season 1, and "Mr. Fesmatsu '18" to commemorate Season 2. Same as the last time, event composition and screenplay were handled by Matsubara Shu, who is in charge of series composition for the main series, and Yamamoto Kazutomi, who played the role of "Omusubi", a set of identical robot twins that started showing up in Season 3, appeared for the first time, as well as the sextuplets. A total of 13 cast members gathered together.
The event started with the opening remarks by Governor Jushimatsu, Played by Ono Daisuke, who appeared in "Tidbits Collection 3", episode 7 of Season 3. The audience was cracked up by cryptic remarks just like in the episode, and straight reactions by Sakurai Takahiro as MC. After the opening, a total of 13 cast members finally appeared, including Sakurai Takahiro, who played the role of Osomatsu. As the audience was not allowed to speak out loud, they welcomed them with glow sticks and applause.
The event consists of a lot of programs, including "Furikaeri-matsu", a talk session to look back on Season 3, "Shin Kobore Banashi-shu (New Tidbits Collection)", reading of a work newly written by Matsubara Shu, a dance show by the sextuplets in costumes, and "Kasege! Mutsugo Derby (Let's make money! Sextuplets Derby)", a mini gamble game inspired by "Casino", which is featured in the event visual. In "Furikaeri-matsu", each cast talked about a memorable episode of Season 3. Funny behind-the-scenes stories were revealed by them.
At the end of the daytime section, commemorating that this year hits the 6th anniversary, it has been announced that "Mr. Osomatsu" new anime series will be produced, and that two theatrical films will be shown in 2022 and 2023 for a limited period. The atmosphere reached the climax to hear the wonderful news.
Sakurai Takahiro, who plays the role of Osomatsu, the oldest of sextuplets, left some comments for the theatrical films: "I would say thank you to everyone for supporting us to hold such a wonderful event. As I wanted to make a hopeful announcement for the fans that came all the way to this event, so I did it! We have just made an announcement, so we have no other choice but to act on our words, so please look forward to a great scenario!"
At the ending, all the cast and sextuplets in costumes made a pose "Sheeh!", and came to an end in warm applause.
(C)Akatsuka Fujio / Mr. Osomatsu Production Committee
Additional performers have been announced for the world's largest anime song event, "Animelo Summer Live 2021 COLORS" (August 27, 28 and 29, 2021). Takahashi Yoko, angela, Starlight 99-gumi, and Moriguchi Hiroko have been added to the lineup.
On August 27, the first day of the event, Takahashi Yoko will perform for the second time since 2007; on August 28, angela will perform for the tenth time, and Starlight 99-gumi will perform for the third time in a row since their first appearance. On August 29, the last day of the event, Moriguchi Hiroko will appear for the second time since 2012.
Also announced this time were Nakamura Eriko, Imai Asami, Hasegawa Akiko, Hirata Hiromi, Nigo Mayako, Hara Yumi and Kugimiya Rie from THE IDOLM@STER 765 Pro All Stars, who will appear on August 27, and from THE iDOLM@STER SHINY COLORS, Alstroemeria (Kuroki Honoka, Maekawa Ryoko, Shibasaki Noriko) and Noctchill (Wakui Yuu, Tsuchiya Rio, Tajima Saran and Okazaki Miho) will appear on August 28.
“Animelo Summer Live 2021 COLORS" will be held at Saitama Super Arena on August 27, 28 and 29.
The live streaming of "Disney Koe no Ouji-sama Voice Stars Dream Live 2021" (Tokyo performance) that will be held on June 13, 2021 at Pia Arena MM, has been decided. It was also revealed that a special broadcast performance featuring the 13 cast members and broadcast of past lives will be held.
"Disney Koe no Ouji-sama" is the cover songs album series featuring the voice cast members singing the famous song of Disney. The 7th album "Disney Koe no Ouji-sama Voice Stars Dream Selection III" that will be released on February 24, 2021 will feature the voice actor members, including Itou Kento and Shimazaki Nobunaga, and the actor members that are active in stage performance. With this album, the series’ first arena tour "Disney Koe no Ouji-sama Voice Stars Dream Live 2021" is being held.
It was decided that the afternoon and night performance of Tokyo on June 13, 2021 will be live streamed as well as a special broadcast performance on July 22 featuring the 13 recording members of the cover songs album, which was released in February 2021.
The "Disney Koe no Ouji-sama Voice Stars Dream Live Streaming 2021" on July 22 is a special performance that can only be seen here with the footages from Kobe and Tokyo performances along with program featuring the special guests, Katou Kazuki and Namikawa Daisuke.
The performance from the two special guests that are appearing for the first time are a recital of "Hercules", an adventure story of love and bravery of Hercules, who wanted to be a "True Hero", by Namikawa Daisuke and the performance of the theme song "Go the Distance" by Katou Kazuki. The performance of the Japanese lyric of "Shooting Stars" the song that was not used in the film but is a hidden famous song among the Disney fan, will be shown for the first time.
Also, it was decided that the past live footage of "Koe no Ouji-sama" will be available on Nico Nico Video. The 2019 live will be broadcast at 8:00 PM, on June 12, which is one day before the Tokyo performance, and the 2020 live will be broadcast at 8:00 PM, on July 17.
"Disney Koe no Ouji-sama Voice Stars Dream Live 2021" Tokyo performance will be held on June 13, 2021, at Pia Arena MM. The detail on the streaming ticket is available on the official website.
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. （C）Disney
From "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" comes the "Jacquard Hair Accessory Series" & "Authentic Leather Series" featuring Tanjirou, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and Giyuu. Pre-orders are available on "Bandai Fashion Collection".
The product is the renewal of the past product "Jacquard Hair Accessory Series" & "Authentic Leather Series" with the new fabric design.
"Jacquard Hair Accessory Series" is the hair accessories series that is made from the classy jacquard fabric. It is a masterpiece with the original design on colorful fabric inspired by each character.
"Authentic Leather Series" is a leather item series made from authentic leather materials. The products are decorated with metal parts made from the original mold and the interiors are made using glossy jacquard materials. As even the tiniest parts are created with fixation, you will be able to feel the elegance of the product.
Pre-orders for the "Jacquard Hair Accessory Series" & "Authentic Leather Series" of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" are available on "Bandai Fashion Collection".
(C) Gotouge Koyoharu/ Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable
From "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm" comes the 1/7 figure of Chloe von Einzbern in the wedding bikini. Pre-orders are available on KADOKAWA Store and other stores.
The product is the 1/7 scale figure of Chloe in the wedding bikini. This is the third figure based on the wedding bikini illustrations that were drawn for "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm".
For this figure, the veil and pareo are expressed with the clear parts with a pearl coating on the bikini to recreate the texture.
The red rose bouquet and the accessories have helped to emphasis the charm of the trickster Chloe along with the laughter.
As the pareo could be taken off, it possible to display her in a bolder posture. Do enjoy her cute butt as well.
"Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm" Chloe von Einzbern Wedding Bikini Ver. 1/7 Scale Figure is priced at 16,500 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders are available on Dengeki-ya, KADOKAWA Store, Ebten, and other stores until July 28, and the shipping is scheduled for February 2022.
"Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm" Chloe von Einzbern Wedding Bikini Ver. 1/7 Scale Figure
(C) 2019 Hiroyama Hiroshi, TYPE-MOON/ KADOKAWA/ Prisma☆Phantasm Production Committee
The sports drink powder designed with the illustration of the TV anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" will get a renewal and some of the packaging will have the design of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train". The packaging and interior design will be designed with the characters, including Tanjirou and Nezuko.
The product will be available on Japan nationwide's retail shop and online shop on June 16, 2021.
A novelty seal will be available in the box with 5 packets, while two novelty seals will be available in the box with 10 packets. The seals have a total of 18 types with 2 secret designs, and the secret design is different for the box with 5 packets and box with 10 packets.
The designs of the seal, include the tremendous battle scenes and the famous scenes from "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train".
Anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba"'s special sports drink powder (2021 ver.) will be released on June 16. Also, a present campaign is being held on the official Twitter account of Fine Japan Co., Ltd. Detail information can be found on the designated website.
(C) Gotouge Koyoharu/ Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable
"Pompom Souffle Pudding", produced in collaboration between "Pompompurin", a character by Sanrio, and "Souffle Pudding", sweets by FamilyMart. It is available at FamiliMart nationwide from June 8, 2021.
"Pompom Souffle Pudding" is original sweets produced in collaboration with FamilyMart's "Souffle Pudding", commemorating the 25-anniversary of Pompompurin, a character by Sanrio.
Fluffy and soft caramel souffle inspired by Pompomprin's brown hat is topped on smooth and creamy custard pudding.
Please enjoy it with original cups and three different types of labels, with a design of Pompompurin.
Moreover, macaron inspired by "Cinnamoroll" will be released as well as Pompompurin, exclusively at FamilyMart. The design of Pompompurin is based on an image of a king, and the design of Cinnamoroll is based on an image of a prince.
"Pompom Souffle Pudding" is priced at 298 JPY (incl. tax), and "Pompom Shinamo Macaron" is priced at 378 JPY (incl. tax). Both are available at FamilyMart nationwide from June 8.
The release of "Sweets Trio Fullchu" from the collaboration between Pikachu from "Pokémon" and McDonald's Japan has been decided.
"McShake Peach", "McFlurry Choco Banana", and "Hot Apple Custard Pie" with the Pikachu's design packaging will be available from June 11, 2021.
"Sweets Trio Fullchu" is sweets perfect for summer with the quantity limited packaging featuring the 12 type of Pikachu.
This is the first appearance of "McShake Peach" with the creamy taste and the refreshing bittersweet fragrance of the peach. You can enjoy this in the six quantity limited type of cups, which are three each for S size and M size.
"McFlurry Choco Banana" is available in the three quantity limited type of cups, where you can enjoy the taste of the choco banana with the crunchy feels.
"Hot Apple Custard Pie" is the perfect harmony between the sweetness of the custard cream and the bittersweet apple filling from the caramel and cinnamon, and it can be enjoyed in the three quantity limited type of box.
"Pokémon" will also appear in the Happy Set from June 11, and 6 types of Pikachu game, where you can improve by practicing, will be given. Do enjoy this interesting game that you can compete with your family members and friends together with "Sweets Trio Fullchu".
For the "Sweets Trio Fullchu" menu, "McShake Peach" will be available from June 11 to mid-July (Plan) while "McFlurry Choco Banana" and "Hot Apple Custard Pie" will be available from June 11 to early-September (Plan).
"Tokyo Revengers", a manga that is receiving an anime adaptation and live-action movie, will have an oversize ad in Doutonbori, Osaka, called "Osaka Jack" in February 2021.
"Tokyo Revengers" is a manga by Wakui Ken, the author of "Shinjuku Swan", that started running in "Weekly Shonen Magazine" in 2017, and has a total of 7 million copies in circulation.
It is receiving a TV anime series in April 2021 and a live-action movie in July.
One day Hanagaki Takemichi,, a part-time worker at the bottom of his life, finds out Tachibana Hinata, the only girlfriend he had, was killed by the worst gang, "Tokyo Manji-kai".
The next day, Takemichi is pushed off of the station platform and death seemed imminent, but for some reason, he woke up in a world 12 years prior. Slipping back to when he was a junior high school student, the best times of his life, he starts his life over to save his girlfriend and change his life of avoiding every difficult challenge.
In "Tokyo Revengers Osaka Jack", the 16 billboards in Doutonbori will be taken over by ads for "Tokyo Revengers" from February 16 to 28.
Let's look forward to seeing the "Oversize Original Valentine Illustration" by the author Wakui, featuring Hanagaki Takemichi, Sano Manjirou, Ryuuguuji Ken, Baji Keisuke, Matsuno Chifuyu, Mitsuya Takashi, Hanemiya Kazutora, and Hayashida Haruki (Paa-chin).
Also, a limited illustration card (8 designs in total) designed with the original illustration will randomly be given to those who buy the "Tokyo Revengers" comics (vol.1 to vol. 21) at "Tsutaya Ebisubashi (Osaka)" from February 17.
(C) Wakui Ken / Kodansha
A collaboration between the TV anime "Bleach" and "CookpadTV" has been decided. "cookpad studio Soul Reaper Festival", an event in which you can enjoy special menus expressing the world of "Bleach", will be held at "cookpad studio", the live cooking studio in Osaka, from Aug. 7, 2020.
At the 9th "cookpad studio" collaboration, "cookpad studio Soul Reaper Festival", the world of "Bleach" will be examined from the perspective of food. There are specials menus that pursue looks and tastes, such as "Bankai! Ichogo's Substitute Soul Reaper Salisbury Steak", "Byakuya's Scatter, Senbonzakura Cod Roe Peperoncino", and "Sorry... Gin's Pure White Anmitsu".
All dishes and drinks come with original novelties, and "cookpad studio Soul Reaper Festival" limited goods will be sold during the collaboration event.
There are three 65-inch monitors on which you can enjoy original cooking videos and BGMs of "cookpad studio Soul Reaper Festival". Let's enjoy the high-quality menu and immerse ourselves in the world of "Bleach".
"cookpad studio Soul Reaper Festival" is a reservation-only event held at "cookpad studio" from Aug. 7 to Sep. 2. Check out the official website for further information.
"EVANGELION STORE OSAKA", the first official "Evangelion" store in Kansai will be opening on the 7th floor of "Namba Marui" in Namba, Osaka, from Mar. 13, 2020.
This is the 6th official Evangelion store following, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Hakata, Hakone Eva-ya, and Shibuya Radio EVA STORE. This will be the first shop to open in the Kansai area and they are planning to have products exclusive to Osaka.
Since the lates film, "Evangelion: 3.0+1.0" (released on Jun. 27, 2020), is coming up, the store will be the base of the latest information about Evangelion. There will also be events and fairs for the fans to gather together, so if you're an Eva fan living in Kansai, you must check it out!
As the first event in commemoration of the opening, they will have a present of an "Opening Souvenir Towl" for those who buy more than 2,000JPY (tax included) of goods at "EVA STORE Osaka" on Mar. 13, 14, or 15 (one per purchase).
Also, as the second event, they are planning to give an "Original Shopping Bag" to those who buy more than 5,000JPY (tax included).
Official "Evangelion" store "EVANGELION STORE OSAKA" will open on the 7th floor of "Namba Marui" from Mar. 13, 2020.
It's been revealed that “PROMARE Sound Loud Film Festival" will be held to screen the movie **PROMARE**. It will be held at MOVIX Sakai in Sakai, Osaka, and the schedule is limited to 2 days on Sep. 21 and 22.
From "Sword Art Online" comes a figure of the heroine Asuna in a Chinese-style dress. Pre-orders are currently available on "F:NEX".
The white and red based dress inspired by Asuna herself was given a pearl coating. Wielding her sword like a dance, fluttering her beautiful flax hair in the wind, the figure is an amazing recreation of her feminine suppleness.
Also, if you buy the figure at the hobby EC website "F:NEX", a wok is included as a limited bonus. Replace the sword with the wok and you can enjoy Asuna cooking with her talented culinary skills.
"Asuna Chinese Dress ver. 1/7 Scale Figure" is priced at 19,910 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders are currently available on "F:NEX".
(C) 2017 Kawahara Reki / Kadokawa ASCII Media Works / SAO-A Project
From "SAO Alicization War of Underworld" comes the figure of Eugeo in the "White Suit" that is currently available to be pre-ordered. Moreover, the new photos of the figure have been released.
The product "Sword Art Online 'Eugeo White Suit Ver.' 1/7 Scale" is a 1/7 scale figure of Eugeo that has gotten the 1st place in the ABEMA special project "SAO Minna no Figure (SAO: Everyone Figures)"
Do enjoy the atmosphere of being escorted by Eugeo in the white suit while holding a blue rose.
"Sword Art Online 'Eugeo White Suit Ver.' 1/7 Scale" is priced at 18,150 JPY (tax included). The pre-orders are currently available on the "Shibuya Scramble Figure" official store and other stores until May 23, 2021.
A B5 illustration card of this product will be given as a novelty if the purchase is made on the "Shibuya Scramble Figure" official store.
（C）2017 Kawahara Reki／Kadokawa ASCII Media Works／SAO-A Project
The color papercut art of Alice from "Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld" in yukata has been announced. Pre-orders are available on the papercut art specialty shop "Kiritorie" for one week from 5:00 PM, on April 9.
The product is a papercut art of the Integrity Knights Alice in yukata. It is inspired by the summer festival that Kirito and others had gone to, and the elegance of this art is expressed through the extravagant use of the coloring.
The further express the unique charm of a color papercut art, gradation, which is the first for Kiritorie, was used so that it will interweave based on the direction of the light.
The shipping is scheduled for June, which is the perfect month for wearing a yukata. Do consider having Alice, who is smiling gently, by your side.
"TV Anime 'Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld' Kiritorie Yukata Alice Color Papercut Art” is priced at 16,500 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders are available for one week from 5:00 PM, on April 9, 2021, to April 16, on "Kiritorie".
(C) 2017 Kawahara Reki/ KADOKAWA ASCII, MediaWorks/ SAO-A Project
A papercut art of Kirito, Asuna, and Alice from the TV anime "Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld" has appeared. It is available for pre-order on "Kiritorie" for a limited time, starting from Feb. 26, 2021.
The product 'TV anime "Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld" Kiritorie' is a papercut artwork of Kirito, Asuna, and Alice, made with the artisan's impressive skill just like the sword skills of these characters.
The '"Black Swordsman" Kirito,' uses black colored paper which is the image-color of Kirito. This single piece of black paper was more than enough to express the details of Kirie and the strongness of Kirito himself.
The swords that Kirito used; Elucidator and Dark Repulser from the Aincrad Arc are also strong and firm.
The 'Goddess of Creation "Stacia" Asuna,' is a piece that expresses Asuna in the look of the Goddess of Creation, Stacia, based on the image-color of Asuna from the "Knights of the Blood" using red colored paper. Including the details on the outfit and the "Radiant
Light," this single piece of paper is full of the artisan's outstanding passion.
The '"Integrity Knight" Alice,' uses blue colored paper based on the image of Alice's eyes and armor. The fluttering cape and hair of Alice make this piece extremely lively, almost like it would move at any moment. Every piece of flower on the 'Fragrant Olive Sword' is cut into detail with care.
'TV Anime "Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld" Kiritorie' is priced at 14,080 JPY (Tax Incl.) each. It is available for pre-order on "Kiritorie" for a limited period of one week, starting from Feb. 26, 2021.
(C) 2017 Kawahara Reki / KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works / SAO-A Project
The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.
“Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, which had been announced to be animated, was decided to be broadcast as TV anime in 2020. In addition, the first visual depicting the four main characters and a PV by the new animation production company “Studio Bind” established for this work were released.