Archive for March, 2015


Mar30

Disney releases CG Tsum Tsum shorts

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Based on their popular “Line: Tsum Tsum” mobile app videogame, Disney has started a weekly short miniseries based on the adorably round characters! Originally debuting as a Christmas special short at the end of 2014, the CGI comedy short has now been expanded into a continuing series, showing off the Tsum Tsum designs of popular Disney characters, whom have gained international popularity and have appeared in a variety of merchandise like keychains and plushes, and their cute antics. Two episodes have been uploaded to their official YouTube channel, and created with a collaboration between Disney and Polygon Pictures, with more episoeds planned every Monday.



Mar27

TOMODACHI 10th Anniversary Retrospective

2015 at 04:06 pm by admin | Comments Off

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We’ve said our goodbyes to 10 years of service this last weekend with our 10th anniversary celebrations! We got to see many of our friends and fans at the event, and were so grateful to everyone who stopped by to party with us.

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Good times were had with the numerous festivities at the store that included raffles, giveaways, live painting, live DJ, dancing and more. We were happy to help Animal Humane Society by donating all raffle sales to their cause.

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We’d also like to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this event as awesome as possible. Special thanks go out to San-X and its delegates Mori-san and Tomo-san, who provided the fabulous San-X raffle prizes, a wide variety of merchandise, and especially for flying out Rilakkuma for the meet-n-greet photo ops!

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We’d also like to thank Nick Green from Skullcandy who donated headphones, apparel and more to the event. Also sincere thanks to Red Bull for helping out with refreshments and the sweet DJ booth. Finally, thanks to DJ Bob for spinning some radical music for the event!

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We at TOMODACHI are extremely grateful to all our friends for helping us make 10 years fly by, and hope we can continue to serve all of you for many years to come!

For more awesome photos of the event, please check out our FacebookIcon Facebook and InstagramButton Instragram!

Mar25

Attack on Titan live-action movie revealed

2015 at 12:14 pm by admin | Comments Off

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One of the most popular manga franchises in recent years is headed to the big screen this summer! “Attack on Titan”, which is a manga created by Hajime Isayama in 2009, exploded in popularity with its anime adaptation in 2013, and will now be adapted into a pair of live-action films. The story revolves around a world where humanity struggles against giant man-eating humanoid creatures called “Titans”, and follows the story of protagonists Eren, Mikasa, and Armin in their fight for survival. The two movies, which are scheduled to release on August 1st and September 19th respectively, will take the story in a new direction not seen in the original manga and anime, and will introduce new characters and plot elements which will make the movies a fresh experience for newcomers and veterans to the franchise alike. The first teaser, shown below, also gives us our first look at the CGI-rendered Titans onscreen, remaining faithful to their drawn forms.

Mar24

Astro Boy reboot teaser

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Tezuka Productions has finally revealed our first look at the brand new “Astro Boy” reboot! The new series was originally announced in June 2014, and is a collaboration between Tezuka Productions, which was founded in 1968 to bring Tezuka’s beloved characters to life in animation, along with France’s Caribara Animation and Monaco’s Shibuya Productions. The new series will air for 26 episodes, and uses a combination of 2D animation and CG graphics to retell the story of Astro in a new light. No release date has yet been announced for the new series, but the teaser gives Astro Boy fans worldwide something to enjoy in the meantime. Check it out below!

Mar13

Meet-n-Greet with Rilakkuma at TOMODACHI

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San-X will be hosting a meet-n-greet event with Rilakkuma at TOMODACHI’s Mall of America location! As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, the event will take place on Satuday, March 21st, from 1PM to 5PM, and visitors can meet Rilakkuma in person, along with donating a variety of Rilakkuma buttons and prizes for our raffles. We will also be hosting a San-X gift bag giveaway, which will feature a variety of Rilakkuma-themed items, including pillows, headphones, finger puppets, stationery, mugs, and more! Three of these bags will be given away to lucky winners who stop by our 10th anniversary event and take a photo with Rilakkuma. Simply post your photo with Rilakkuma to Instagram, tagged with #TOMODACHIUS, #rilakkumaus, or #Rilakkuma_na, for a chance to win one of these adorable Rilakkuma bags! Winners will be announced on March 21st after the event through Instagram.

To find out more about Rilakkuma’s visit to TOMODACHI, as well as other events at our 10th anniversary party, click here!

Mar11

TOMODACHI 10th Anniversary Event

2015 at 04:02 pm by admin | Comments Off

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TOMODACHI turned 10 years old this past year. Over the years, our fans and friends have helped us strive to where we are today, and we’ve held a variety of events, workshops, and art exhibitions. We cherish those memories, and we can’t thank all of our fans and friends enough for that. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Now, with our second store at the Mall of America, we’re happy to announce our official 10th anniversary celebration event at our MoA location!

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The event will take place on Saturday, March 21st, from 1PM to 5PM, and will be completely free to attend for everyone! The event will feature live music courtesy of musician and entertainer DJ Bob, as well as live paintings, dance performances, raffles, complimentary refreshments, and more. All proceeds from the raffles will be donated to the Animal Humane Society, so make sure to help out a good cause and maybe you’ll get something awesome in return!

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On top of that, Rilakkuma will be visiting us from 1PM to 5PM for meet-n-greet events and photo ops, along with donating a variety of Rilakkuma buttons and prizes for our raffles. We will also be hosting a San-X gift bag giveaway, which will feature a variety of Rilakkuma-themed items, including pillows, headphones, finger puppets, stationery, mugs, and more! Three of these bags will be given away to lucky winners who stop by our 10th anniversary event and take a photo with Rilakkuma. Simply post your photo with Rilakkuma to Instagram, tagged with #TOMODACHIUS, #rilakkumaus, or #Rilakkuma_na, for a chance to win one of these adorable Rilakkuma bags! Winners will be announced on March 21st after the event through Instagram.

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We’d also like to extend our thanks to Red Bull, whom have provided us with the DJ booth and complimentary refreshments for the event, as well as Skullcandy, who will be giving away free headphones, buttons, and Skullcandy necklaces in our raffles, for helping to make this event as awesome as possible!

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It’s sure to be a great time, and we hope to see you there to celebrate this momentous occasion for us!

Mar04

Dragonball Z: Fukkatsu no F trailer

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After the film’s first teaser in July 2014, we have finally been treated to the first full trailer for the newest Dragon Ball Z movie, titled “Fukkatsu no F”! In the new film, the legendary space tyrant Frieza will be revived after his defeat at the hands of Goku and Trunks in the original storyline. The movie will follow Frieza’s attempts at revenge, as well as debut a new golden form for the villain. Alongside the reveal of the new trailer, promotional material for the film was also released, including a manga adaptation of the beginning of the film, as well as exclusive merchandise and collectibles available only at the film’s theatrical debut. The new movie is set to release in Japan on April 18, with plans to release the film internationally in the works. Dragon Ball fans can get excited to see the revival of one of anime’s most iconic villains this spring!

Mar04

Dubai plans for future-themed museum

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Dubai officials have announced the planned construction of a brand-new museum in the popular coastal city, titled the “Museum of the Future”! The museum, which is scheduled to be open to the public in 2017, will function as both an exhibit space for prototypes and technology, as well as its own design and technological facility for creating innovative new tech. A video was released alongside the announcement, showing off the ring-like design of the building, as well as potential exhibits and locales for visitors and employees alike. While still only in the planning stages, you can check out an in-depth look at the potential behind this new museum in the video below, and wait patiently for its real-life opening in a couple years’ time.

Mar02

Newest animated Doraemon movie promo

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Popular Japanese character Doraemon had a very busy year in 2014, ranging from his first ever debut in the United States to the debut of Doraemon’s critically acclaimed CGI film, “Stand By Me Doraemon”. Now, a full-length promotion for Doraemon’s newest upcoming film has been released! The newest film, titled “Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes”, will be the 46th film in the illustrious franchise, and will once again feature Nobita, Doraemon, and the rest of the crew. In the new film, Doraemon will debut his new gadget, Director Burger, which gives the cast a variety of powers so that they can roleplay as Space Heroes. The film is set to debut in Japan on March 7th, and will feature a variety of promotional material alongside its release.

Mar02

Gary Baseman x Coach in spring 2015

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Gary Baseman is coming to women’s apparel this spring! Announced at last fall’s New York Fashion Week, the new line of Coach apparel and accessories will feature a variety of Gary Baseman’s designs and characters, bringing his iconic art style to life in wardrobes across the world. Baseman has collaborated closely with Coach on the creation of these new series of designs, entitled “Spring Girl”, going so far as to set up a studio office directly at Coach headquarters for the release. The “Spring Girl” series tells the tale of a girl and her imaginary creatures, and will be featured on shirts, purses, key chains, phone cases, and more. These fashionable Baseman-themed accessories will be available this spring.