Family Mart is a franchise of convenience stores on Japan similar to 7-11. They always manage to snag some cool giveaway with anime’s or video games. Last year they were running a promotion involving Hatsune Miku giveaways while this time around, it’s the turn of hugely popular series, Attack on Titan.
In other Attack on Titan news, the home town of series author, Hajime Isayama, have also created their own Titan related alcoholic merchandise. The town, Ōyama, is well known for their brand of plum wine and they’ve started to produce a collection called the Survey Corp set.
The set will cost ¥6, 500 and as it’s alcohol, it’s only available to people over 20 years of age. Set to go on sale in March, the three bottles are Erwin label yume hibiki, Hanji label kisyu nanko umeshu and Levi label tea umeshu with the 3 bottles measuring 500ml.
In yet another reason why Japan is the place to be for Otakus of any kind, now we have news of a woman inspired by animes to create some artwork in cafe lattes.
The artist’s name is Sugi otherwise known as Nowtoo and you can catch more of her work on her Instagram feed. Keeping in mind that the creation only exists for a fleeting moment until someone drinks it or stirs some sugar in, she shows an amazing amount of dedication to her craft.
You can also see more of her on her YouTube channel where there are clips actually showing how the works were created. Each painstaking stroke has been captured so you can really appreciate how much effort and time has gone into it. You can catch a video below of her bringing Naruto to life.
In Musashino-Shi Tokyo, you’ll be able to find a pretty cool bar called the Shooting Bar EA. It’s located in the Gotenyama, Sawada Building and is currently holding a themed bar experience.
After buying a drink, you’ll be able to sign a safety release, put on a pair of goggles and take an airsoft replica gun and shoot it on their range. But to add a twist to it, until June 2nd, the bar has been decked out with a Resident Evil/Biohazard theme which they had previously used for the 15th anniversary of the series in 2011. This one has been set up to coincide with the release of Biohazard: Revelations.
Capcom even lent out a hand by supplying unique replica guns as well as supplying prizes and targets. Looks like a good time to be had.
March 30th heralds the release of the film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in Japan, so to mark the occasion, themed cans of soft drinks will be making a return to Japanese vending machines.
The drinks, Dragon Ball Cola Zero and Cider, will contain six different designs when they load up in vending machines on February 25. The cans of Dragon Ball Cola Zero will pay their respects to the Saiyan Saga while the Cider will have images from the Frieza storyline. And both drinks will contain a bevy of ‘vitamins’ to see you through the day.
The last time DBZ cans hit the streets was March 2012 when DyDo DrinkCo did this for the “Heroes Hall Can Reprint” series. Those cans featured Son Gohan, Vegeta, Son Goku, Piccolo, Frieza, King Kai, Trunks, Cell, Super and Saiyan Goku. The drinks were marketed as containing “the heavenly power of seven” vitamins. These were vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, niacin, pantothenic acid.
Those popular Vocaloids are used to advertise and promote many things in their home country of Japan and one of the latest promotions is no different.
Vocaloid Lily is featured on the latest bottle of “Moe Shochu Lily”, which features artwork from the original character designer, KEI, who has worked on other Vocaloids such as Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka and Kagamine Rin/Len. Shochu happens to be Japan’s indigenous beverage and is made from many different ingredients ranging from raw sugar, sweet potatoes or grains and fruits. This new bottle of “Moe Shochu Lily” contains barley and its alcohol content comes in at 12% which sounds like a lot but is actually considered a lighter drink as shochu normally comes in at 25 – 35%.
The bottle of “Moe Shochu Lily” will set you back ¥1,200 for a 300ml size.
Last time Marvelous AQL brought out a drink, it was Senran Kagura: Portrait of Girls, which was supposed to be a power drink to assist you with your…female half. Now they’re at it again with a new drink for Senran Kagura Burst: Crimson Girls.
These drinks however will be strictly limited with a run of only 1000 units which have already been placed on sale to coincide with the release of Senran Kagura Burst in Japan.
Melbourne and Brisbane both have the Mana Bar, a video game themed bar, that serve a purpose, draw crowds and have great drinks as the drawcard. Akihabara in Japan has the Game Bar A Button which every self respecting Otaku should visit while in Japan. It is tiny and extremely crammed and you’d be lucky to fit in more than 20 people! But take a look at the pics below and admire the nostalgic memorabilia on the walls and bar counter. Famicom, Dreamcast development kits and more adorn the walls making for interesting conversations and childhood memories to come back to you. There’s years of gaming memories on the walls and heaps of pics signed by people in the industry and while you can’t play any games there, there are bar patrons playing with their PSP’s and DS’s while sipping a beer. The atmosphere is very underground making you feel almost privileged to be there, like you’re a part of something that not everyone gets to experience. I was there with a friend and ended up making friends with another patron and playing a few games with him, the people in there are extremely friendly recognising another kindred spirit.
The bar has a PSP hooked up to the sound system is kept busy pumping out tunes via the Internet Radio on the handheld specifically anime/game and J-Pop tunes, very toe tapping stuff to game to 🙂 It’s a bit tricky to find but make it worth your while if you’re in the area, it’s a great little find, hopefully the map below will assist you in getting there.