Overseas we have a tendency to draw a line between sports fans and geeks, but that’s not so much the case in Japan. In fact, anime series commonly take part in collaborations with Japan’s six-team Pacific League. The latest to step in? Mixed media school idol series BanG Dream!
A Sporty Makeover
Idols get the best outfits, and the girls of BanG Dream! are no exception. For this crossover, each band lead received a cool, in-character outfit based on one of the six Pacific League uniforms.
Some fans may know there are only five “playable bands,” but that’s been taken care of. The sixth spot features Misaki, the DJ usually dressed as mascot character Michelle!
Speaking of DJ Michelle, the Hello, Happy World! mascot will be appearing at three games this season for photo ops. Also, she’s had a baseball makeover of her own, and features on the campaign’s merchandise.
Idol vs. Idol
The Pacific League won’t be the only ones battling for superiority. At each of their three tie-up games this fall, voice actresses from the series will be having their own matches!
For the first — called Doki Doki Day — guest actresses and DJ Michelle will compete in a four-person mini baseball game. There will also be talk show events and an art exhibit.
Later competitions will take place at BanG Dream!‘s Kira Kira Day and Waku Waku Day events.
Naturally, each event will have cool goods for sale! Shirts, towels, and more feature Michelle ready to go to bat, as well as the stars in their baseball-inspired costumes.
The Pacific League has collaborated with many other anime in the past. My Hero Academia, the IDOLM@STER series, and baseball anime Touch and Major 2nd have all been repped at previous events. It’s got us wishing that we could get some anime crossover events in our own local sports!