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The FamiKatsu | March 10, 2024

It has been a strong week for collaborations with a good chunk of the top ten featuring a variety of  mashups. It must be that time of year!

This week on The FamiKatsu, the week of March 3 to March 9, here are what Famitsu readers read the most!

Disclaimer: Unless stated otherwise, all Famitsu article-related pictures are property of Famitsu. Also, as this is an overview, unfortunately full translations of articles will not be provided. Furthermore, if there are any erroneous translations in this article, feel free to submit a comment outlining said error. I will be happy to find out where I fell short!

#10 - Ichiban Kuji Lottery x Cow Brand Soap Merch


The Ichiban Kuji lottery just got a bit more “beautiful” this weekend. Starting on Saturday, March 9, the popular lottery is teaming up with beauty soap maker Gyunyu Sekken (Cow Brand Soap Kyoshinsha) to offer a variety of prizes at bookstores, hobby shops and game centers throughout the country. At ¥700 (about $4.76 USD) per pull, eight ranks of prizes are available ranging from bath towels, cushions, notebooks and more. You can see the entire lineup of goods in the Famitsu article above. 

#9 - HUNTER x HUNTER NEN x IMPACT Demo Coming to EVO Japan

News - Home Console Game - PS5 - Switch - PC Game - Steam - Press Release

Publisher Bushiroad has revealed that their upcoming fighter, HUNTER x HUNTER x NEN x IMPACT, will have a playable demo at EVO Japan 2024. The event will be held in Tokyo at Ariake Gym-EX from Saturday, April 27 until Monday, April 29. This 2D fighter will be released on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and PC via Steam. You can see the teaser trailer for the game on their website here. Be sure to check out the Famitsu article for additional details.

#8 - Pokémon Loungewear Coming to Avail’s Online Store


We have yet another collaboration, this time between Japanese clothing store Avail and Pokémon. Four varieties of ladies loungewear featuring Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Snorlax and Sylveon will go on sale via the company’s online store on Saturday, March 16 at noon. Each piece will sell for ¥3,080 (roughly $21 USD) and be limited to one per person. You can find more information in the Famitsu article linked up above.

#7 - Persona 3 Reload Expansion Pass Details & Interview

Interview - Home Console Game - PS5 - PS4 - Xbox One - PC Game - Steam - Xbox Series X - Atlus

I never knew that Famitsu has it's own tag strictly for Atlus until today (and now you too!). Additional content is coming to Persona 3 Reload starting next week on March 12 with the release of Wave 1 of the DLC. Famitsu sat down with Persona 3 Reload general producer Kazuhisa Wada and director of the upcoming epilogue for the game titled, Episode Aigis -The Answer-, Yu Hajizume. You can find a full translation of the article over on Persona Central (linked above) for a full look at the interview in English. The first wave of DLC contains a variety of music tracks. Wave 2 hits this May with more tracks and some costume sets while Wave 3 will feature Episode Aigis. The Expansion Pass retails for ¥3,850 ($26 USD). Persona 3 Reload is available on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Series S | X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC. 

#6 - Yoasobi’s Pokémon Present

News - Home Console Game - Switch

Pokémon strikes again! To commemorate the release of Japanese pop group Yoasobi’s new single, “Biri Biri,” a special Pawmot will be given away to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet players. Yoasobi’s Pawmot is level 20 and has Double Shock, Discharge, Quick Attack and Nuzzle. The code for this special Pokémon will be distributed starting on March 13 (around noon JST) and be available until February 28, 2025. You can see the group’s music video featuring Pawmot in the Famitsu link above. 

#5 - Hatsune Miku Taito Kuji Figure Goes on Sale


If you’ve ever watched Ty’s Anime Trash segment on the podcast, you’ve seen plenty of Miku. This time, the vocaloid artist is getting a new figure distributed exclusively via Taito Kuji lottery. ¥1,000 (roughly $6.80 USD) gets you a chance to win the figure. These will be available at Lawson convenience stores nationwide, hobby shops, bookstores and select arcades starting March 9. Be sure to check out Famitsu’s article above for a closer look. 

#4 - Characters, New Screenshots and More Revealed for Visions of Mana

News - Home Console Game - PS5 - PS4 - PC Game - Steam - Xbox Series X - Press Release

Square Enix revealed some information about their upcoming action RPG Visions of Mana. Scheduled to release this year on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S and PC, the company revealed information about the game’s protagonists, Val, Hina, Karina, Ramko and Mortrea. You can see new screenshots of all of the characters over in the Famitsu article above. 

#3 - Monster Hunter Now Spring Update & Interview


Monhun fans in Japan are excited about the upcoming spring update for the mobile hit, Monster Hunter Now. Set to release on March 14, Famitsu sat down with the game director Chihiro Kanno from Niantic. The interview is wide ranging, covering the update, Hunter communication, and more. You can check out the interview in Japanese at the Famitsu link above. For more general details on the update, be sure to check out Capcom’s post on their Monster Hunter Now English portal site above. 

#2 - Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Anime Announcement

News - Home Console Game - PS4 - Switch - PC Game - Steam

On March 8, an anime related account for Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin showed up out of nowhere teasing…something. Drip fed over a short amount of time, a series of posts revealed the numbers 3, 9, and 7, which in Japanese could be read as “Sakuna.” This correlated to a date and time - March 9, 7:00 p.m. When the time hit, the company released a teaser trailer for an upcoming anime set to release in 2024. While details are sparse, the account did send out an English post which said, “Rice is Power! Anime "Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin" coming in 2024!” You can check out the trailer in the Famitsu article above.

#1 - JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Collaboration with Avail


Very fittingly, why wouldn’t a collaboration be the top read article over on Famitsu this week? For the second time this week Avail is back but this time with a collaboration with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Beginning on Saturday, March 16, a number of t-shirts, loungewear, underwear, caps, tote bags and more will be on offer both online and at physical store locations. You can see all of the items on offer in more detail in Famitsu's article above. 

If you're looking for some new loungewear or clothing in general, you could totally get a whole new wardrobe based around anime and games from the upcoming collaborations alone. Good news for some, I'm sure. 

Be sure to check back in next week to see if clothing will dominate Famitsu. Until then, see you next week!

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