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Shonen Jump heroes and villains to appear in Jump Force

E3 has unofficially started and Bandai Namco has jumped on trailer release train with a teaser of a new game with everyone’s favourite Shonen Jump heroes and villains: Jump Force.

The video opens with short scenes from manga series Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball, before focusing on a battle-scarred metropolis with Naruto Uzumaki, Monkey D. Luffy and Goku preparing to fight Frieza. At the end of the teaser, Light Yagami and the shinigami Ryuk from Death Note survey the devastation.

Jump Force is expected to launch in 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Source: YouTube

Uniqlo to release t-shirt collaboration with Weekly Shonen Jump

As part of Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary, Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo has unveiled a line up of t-shirts to celebrate this milestone.

Tops will feature artwork from popular manga including Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Haikyuu!!Gintama, and Hunter x Hunter.

UT X Jump 50th

Coming Soon: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump, wear your favourite manga characters with the all new UT x Jump 50th Graphic T-shirt collection! #UT2018 #WearYourWorld

Posted by Uniqlo Canada on Friday, April 6, 2018

These shirts are expected to go on sale later this month.

Uniqlo has in the past run campaigns with Weekly Shonen Jump manga, including Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball.

Source: Uniqlo

Anime stars as Tokyo 2020 ambassadors

Even though the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are three years away, get ready to see more the sporting event’s ambassadors as they showcase the host city’s facilities and attractions. These ambassadors might look familiar — they’re popular anime characters!

The cast of characters include:

  • Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon
  • Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece
  • Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto: Shippuden
  • Goku from Dragon Ball
  • Asahina Mirai and Izayoi Riko from Pretty Cure
  • Astro Boy from Astro Boy
  • Shinnosuke Nohara from Crayon Shin-chan
  • Jibanyan from Yo-kai Watch

Merchandise featuring these animated heroes is already available online through the Tokyo 2020 Official Online Shop in the form of hats and t-shirts.

Tokyo 2020 Official Ambassadors


Posted by Olympic Channel on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Source: Olympic Channel

J-WORLD TOKYO to open Summer 2013

It’s not exactly Tokyo Disneyland, but everyone’s favourite Weekly Shonen Jump series will have their own theme park in Japan this year. J-WORLD TOKYO will let fans experience characters and games from Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball. J-WORLD TOKYO opens in the Summer on the third floor of the World Import Mart Building in Sunshine City, Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

The single floor, 6,168 m2 entertainment centre will be split into three regions based on the works by Masashi Kishimoto, Eiichiro Oda and Akira Toriyama. Themed dining areas and shops selling series-related merchandise will accompany the indoor amusements.

Namco Bandai, which also operates Namco Namja Town, will maintain J-WORLD TOKYO.

Source: Natalie, J-WORLD TOKYO

Toonami launch line-up

If you haven’t already heard, Toonami is making its long awaited return on Cartoon Network beginning Saturday, May 26th, 2012. There had been plenty of feedback from fans pining Toonami’s departure when the programming block went off air in 2008.

According to the Anime News Network, Cartoon Network’s new vice president, Jason DeMarco, confirmed the line-up of shows for Toonami (which actually start on the morning of Sunday, May 27th, 2012).

  • 12:00 am – Bleach
  • 12:30 am – Deadman Wonderland
  • 1:00 am – Casshern Sins
  • 1:30 am – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • 2:00 am – Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
  • 2:30 am – Cowboy Bebop

DeMarco went on further to say Toonami will not be broadcasting certain series such as Naruto and Dragon Ball Z due to financial limitations and competition from other stations and media companies.

Toonami is also looking to acquire the broadcasting rights for other popular series like One Piece, Gundam Wing, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Fairy Tail, and InuYasha: The Final Act.

Cartoon Network will be examining the ratings to see if Toonami will be a success – a lack of viewers will hamper the programming block’s ability to obtain new shows.

Source: Anime News Network

Longest running anime series

If you thought The Simpsons was the longest running animated television show, take a look at some of the series from Japan. While a lot of the mainstream series such as Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball Z seem neverending to those who watch them outside of Japan, there are some shows which eclipse these shows easily. This is a select list of anime shows, with episode counts up to November 6th, 2011 – the original broadcast start and end dates are in parentheses. While Pokémon has an insatiable list of episodes (more than 700), it was difficult to sift through the numerous series and versions available to get an accurate count.

  1. Sazae-san – 6,000+* episodes (October 5th, 1969)
  2. Doraemon – 1,787 episodes (April 2nd, 1979 – March 25th, 2005)
  3. Case Closed/Detective Conan – 635 episodes (January 8th, 1996)
  4. One Piece – 521 episodes (October 20th, 1999)
  5. Bleach – 346 episodes (October 5th, 2004)
  6. Dragon Ball Z – 291 episodes (April 26th, 1989 – January 31st, 1996)
  7. Naruto Shippuden – 235 episodes (February 15th, 2007)
  8. Naruto – 220 episodes (October 3rd, 2002 – February 8th, 2007)
  9. Inazuma Eleven – 127 episodes (October 5th, 2008 – April 27th, 2011)

* Fuji TV’s web site lists 5,620 episodes for Sazae-san which is not up-to-date.

Uniqlo anime shirts

Uniqlo Sasuke stance t-shirt

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo has released a series of t-shirts based on three popular anime series: Naruto, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece.

The short-sleeve shirts come in varying colours with detailed monochromatic designs of popular characters and slogans (“I’m gonna be king of the pirates” or “Believe it”) making each style unique. All are priced at a reasonable $19.90 USD.

You can’t purchase these tops online, only in Uniqlo stores. However, if you’re in New York City stop by their flagship SoHo location on Broadway.