Monster Strike's Collaboration With The Drifting Classroom Manga Offers Trip to Hawaii
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The official website for XFlag's Monster Strike franchise revealed a collaboration with Kazuo Umezu's The Drifting Classroom manga on Monday. In the collaboration's story, the students find themselves transported to Hawaii instead of a barren wasteland.
In the first commercial in the video above, the elementary school students discover that the world outside their school suddenly looks like Hawaii. They go to investigate and then yell, "Aloha ʻoe!" A school staff member blocks their way and demands passports.
In the second commercial, the students venture outside their school grounds into the land that looks like Hawaii. One student notices food and gobbles it down. The food turns out to be loco moco, and everyone is excited. The video ends with a student wanting more. The video uses art originally published in the manga.
The main campaign is running from June 15-29, and the commercials will debut on television when the promotion starts. A special "Montomo Gacha" is offering chances to win prizes including a trip for up to 40 people to visit Hawaii or other destinations, restaurant vouchers or gift cards, and App Store & iTunes or Google Play gift cards. A separate "Choice Gacha" is also offering in-game characters. Additionally, players will have more chances to receive certain in-game items during the promotion.
A related Twitter campaign is offering chances to win one of five fancy paper boards signed by Umezu. The campaign launched on Monday and is running until June 29.
Umezu's original horror manga ran in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1972 to 1974. In the story, a mysterious earthquake causes an elementary school to disappear and be transported to a wasteland. The manga received a Japanese live-action film adaptation in 1987 and an American film adaptation in 1995. The series also inspired a live-action television series adaptation in 2002 and a stage play in 2009.