A promotional collaboration campaign is in full swing between the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company and Summer Wars, a 2009 anime theatrical film with direction by Mamoru Hosoda and animation production by Madhouse that is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and the latest development in the team-up is the release of a new key visual illustrated by Summer Wars animation director Hiroyuki Aoyama. Hit the jump to check it out.
Nagahama City in Shiga Prefecture is the home of Nagahama Castle, a central location in Ninja Girl & Samurai Master (known in Japan as Nobunaga no Shinobi), and now the city and the TV anime have joined forces for a pair of promotional videos that highlight the local charms of Nagahama, including local cuisine and historical tourist destinations. Hit the jump to check them out.
If there's one thing anime and manga authors love to do, it's take inspiration from the "Cthulhu Mythos" stories of H.P. Lovecraft, and now to promote the release of the first collected volume of the Lovecraft-themed manga Even Death May Die (written by Norimitsu Kaihou and Hikaru Sakurai and illustrated by Komaku), three voice actors have taken the plunge in an original scenario for the Call of Cthulhu tabletop roleplaying game overseen by one of the manga's authors. Hit the jump to learn more.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited is getting in the giant monster spirit with a promotional campaign between their Boss Coffee brand and Toho Studio's Godzilla, and the collaboration includes a 65 second TV commercial singing the praises of Haruo Nakajima, the original suit actor that persevered through great hardship to bring Japan's most famous movie monster to life. Hit the jump to check it out.
Original TV anime ZOMBIE LAND SAGA is no stranger to strange promotions, and now the show about the zombie idol group is teaming up with the city of Karatsu in Saga Prefecture with a special collaboration campaign that includes a train decorated with new artwork as well as "pilgrimage sites" around Saga Prefecture. Hit the jump to learn more.
Hold your horses, folks, because the world's greatest assassin Golgo 13 is teaming up with the Japan Racing Association for a bizarre collaboration promoting the 86th annual Nippon Derby GI horse race, and the promotion includes a "Where's Waldo?" style challenge, original character goods, animated CMs featuring famous voice actors, and equines with extremely bushy eyebrows. Hit the jump to learn more.
Sometimes you just have to grow to ridiculous size and punch a world-threatening meteorite to pieces, or at least that's the premise behind Choukyodai! Mafia Kajita ("Hyper-huge! Mafia Kajita"), a newly released smart phone game for Android and iOS systems that combines the oddball sensibilities of fabulously bald "free writer" Mafia Kajita and "crappy manga boy" Bkub Okawa. Hit the jump to learn more.
John Oliver, the host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, has found himself in the unlikely position of an Internet feud with an unofficial Japanese mascot character thanks to a segment that aired on Episode 09 of Season 6 of Last Week Tonight. Hit the jump to learn more about this unlikely clash.
Mandom Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of hair and skin care products aimed at men, has identified 7 distinct scents mapping to the odors found under the armpits of Japanese men, and because we live in the worst timeline, they have used this forbidden knowledge to create the Wackey Seven (a pun on waki, or "armpit", and "wacky"), a group of seven anthropomorphized armpit stink anime boys. Hit the jump to learn more, if you dare.
In shonen manga, nothing is cooler than when a deadly rivalry transforms into an uneasy friendship, and Japanese publishing giants Shueisha and Kodansha are making this story trope a reality with a mammoth, commemorative issue of Shonen Jump / Magazine, a 2264 page magazine that features the first chapters of 44 manga series serialized in the rival publications of Weekly Shonen Jump and Weekly Shonen Magazine. Hit the jump to learn more.
If Cells at Work! has taught us anything, it's that the microorganisms in our bodies are very, very busy, and now our hard-working cells will be even busier because retail store chains Tokyu Hands and Village / Vanguard are putting them to work with a special double collaboration that runs from April 27 - May 19, 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
As previously reported, Virtual Youtuber / rogue artificial intelligence Kizuna AI teaming up with Nissin Foods to promote their line of Cup Noodle instant ramen meals, and now the results of that collaboration can be seen in a thirty second TV commercial that features Kizuna AI touring a miso fermentation storehouse. Hit the jump to learn more.
Cuteness is freed from the bonds of gravity in "Gundam vs. Hello Kitty", a strange new collaboration that celebrates the 40th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam and the 45th anniversary of Sanrio's Hello Kitty mascot character with a "showdown project" that pits both franchises against one another online and in real life. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some quick news for all you fans of noodles and Virtual Youtubers out there: not to be outdone by Kaguya Luna's passion for yakisoba, virtual Youtuber / rogue artificial intelligence Kizuna AI is teaming up with Nissin Foods to advertise for their Cup Noodle line of instant ramen meals. Hit the jump to learn more.