Cosplayers, photographers, and onlookers from all over the world are preparing to descend on the streets of Ikebukuro in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, Japan for the 6th annual "Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Fest", a two day event full of cosplay-themed festivities on October 26 - 27, 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
To promote this weekend's collaboration event "Garuparty! & Revue Starlight - Re Live- Festival," various street ads for Bushiroad's two smartphone games, BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! and Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight - Re Live-, are now displayed in and around the Ikebukuro station in Tokyo. Check out how the ads occupy the town after the jump!
To appeal the concept of "Sacred Place for Anime: Ikebukuro" to anime fans in Japan and abroad, Toshima Ward in Tokyo and Animate have decided that they will start steaming a three-minute short anime from January 17, 2019. Yukio Takatsu (Monogatari series opening director) serves as director at Shaft. Check out how Ikebukuro is illustrated in the anime world in trailers after the jump!
After a two year hiatus from appearing in costume in public, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike once again showed off her cosplay skills when she appeared dressed as Maetal from Leiji Matsumoto's classic science fiction manga / TV anime, Galaxy Express 999, on the closing day of the "Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Fest 2018" event, which was held in East Ikebukuro Central Park on October 28, 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
For a limited time only, fans of Love Live! Sunshine!! will have the chance to acquire a tasty treat in the shape of their favorite members of Aqours thanks to a collaboration campaign with Sega Taiyaki Ikebukuro. Hit the jump to learn all the juicy details.
Patrons who've always wanted to lounge in a throne like a space-dictator will soon have the opportunity to do so thanks to a new collaboration at Eizo Izakaya Robo Kichi ("Mind's Eye Image Tavern Robo Base"), a mecha-themed eatery in Nishi-Ikebukuro. Hit the jump to learn more.
In commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the TV anime, Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, will hold a first large-scale art exhibition dedicated to the Girls und Panzer anime series from December 23 to 31. The event will display the key anime drawings used for all series, from the first TV anime in 2012 to the upcoming six-part OVA "Final Chapter." Hit the jump for more details.
In November of 2017, a new pub / eatery is opening in Nishi-Ikebukuro that seeks to give patrons the experience of work-weary mecha pilots meeting at a secret base to knock back a few drinks and share war stories. Hit the jump to learn more.
Animate Girls Festival 2017 - a convention aimed at women who enjoy hobbies such as anime, otome games, BL, cosplay, and more - is taking over the Ikebukuro Sunshine City commercial complex in Tokyo in November of 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.
J-World Tokyo, a theme park dedicated to the world of "JUMP" located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, will start new service "J-COS!" that offers official cosplay costumes, wigs and items of 13 characters from One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto, and Gintama. The visitors wearing the costumes can also enjoy other facilities in the park. Hit the jump for more details.
J-World Tokyo, a theme park dedicated to the world of "JUMP" located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, will open a new 3D attraction "Kuroko's Basketball Special Room" inspired by Tadatoshi Fujimaki's popular sports manga series on March 12. Its first period to be held till May 31 will feature Tetsuya Kuroko and Taiga Kagami. Hit the jump for more details.
Toei Animation today announced that a time-limited shop dedicated to its Ojamajo Doremi anime franchise will open on the third floor of the Ikebukuro P’PARCO department store between March 17 and April 5. The anime's original character designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi provides newly-drawn illustrations for the store. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese toy company Takara Tommy announced on Tuesday that a time-limited bar for adults, "Bakuten Shoot Beyblade Bar," will open in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, in January 2017, as the 15th anniversary for the Beyblade anime series started in 2001. The bar is targeted to the Beyblade players in their early-mid twenties. Hit the jump for more details.
Yuriko Koike, a full-time politician as the governor of Tokyo, is also apparently a part-time cosplay enthusiast, because she appeared dressed as Princess Sapphire from Osamu Tezuka's manga and TV anime Princess Knight at the "Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Fest" event held on October 29, 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.