Sanrio's My Melody and Little Twin Stars characters are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, and part of the celebration involves an elaborate collaboration cafe in Shibuya. Hit the jump to learn more.
A new smart phone app featuring Sanrio's Hello Kitty character aims to help people stick to their diet regimen by offering rewards both in-game and in the real world. Hit the jump to learn more.
Purchases of the first 3 volumes of the Show by Rock!! Japanese home video release will grant customers the opportunity to enter a lottery style drawing in order to attend a trio of mini-live events featuring the bands of Sanrio's popular music game and TV anime. Hit the jump to learn more.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Sanrio's annual character ranking, first launched in their Strawberry News, a berry themed new poll has launched. Among the 100 participating characters, Hello Kitty has the record for most wins, but My Melody or even Little Twin Star might be a contenders as the rabbit girl and angelic twins celebrates their 40th anniversary.
Voice actor Tsubasa Yonaga (Free!'s Nagisa Hazuki) announced on Twitter that he has tied the knot to fellow seiyuu Yuka Nishigaki. There were plenty of well wishes on Twitter, including from Yowapeda, where he voices Sangaku Manami, but the most awesome/bizarre might be from the Sanrio salmon fillet mascot he voices, Kirimi-chan.
Young love and mosquito bites will both drive you crazy, but luckily there's a medication for the latter, and Hello Kitty and Akihabara idol group Dempagumi.inc are teaming up to advertise it. Hit the jump to learn more.
Pony Canyon has posted previews for the OP and ED songs for the ongoing TV anime Show By Rock!! based on Sanrio's smartphone game app of the same name. Both songs are performed by four-member unit Plasmagica consisting of the four VAs of the anime. Check the songs and their CD jackets after the jump.
Artist Sebastian Masuda's TIME AFTER TIME CAPSULE installation arrives in New York City in the form of a giant, hollow sculpture of Sanrio's Hello Kitty. Hit the jump to learn more.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the My Melody mascot character, Sanrio has issued a bizarre series of Vine videos with the goal of allowing the Internet audience to vote on their favorite one. Hit the jump to check out some of the challenges.
Released theatrically in November of 2014 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty, the remastered version of Sanrio's 1979 stop-motion animation film, Nutcracker Fantasy, is coming to Japanese home video with a special edition packed with bonus features. Hit the jump to learn more.