In recent years, especially since Ribon's 60th anniversary year in 2015, there has been a growing nostalgia for shōjo manga of the 80s and 90s, including Tokimeki. As a consequence, various merchandise has been released to meet a nostalgic demand. This page contains a rundown of all Tokimeki manga merchandise released from 2012 onward.
For a selection of Tokimeki anime merchandise, please see the anime page. For 80s and 90s novelties from Ribon magazine, please see the novelties page. For furoku and zen'in presents created while the original series was running in Ribon, please see furoku & zen'in presents.
- Shueisha bunko fair mini clear file – 1 item
- Shueisha manga fair postcards – 1 item
- SuperGroupies merchandise – 6 items
- Ichiban kuji prizes – 2 items
- various Ribon anniversary merchandise – 5 items
- Ribon furoku book – 2 items
- Belle Maison merchandise series 1 – 14 items
- Belle Maison merchandise series 2 – 6 items
- Belle Maison merchandise series 3 – 6 items
- Belle Maison Ikeno Koi 40th anniversary merchandise – 9 items
- Ribon-ten merchandise – 19 items
- Ikeno Koi 40th anniversary LINE stickers – 1 item
- ∴M4 skin care collaboration – 2 items
Shueisha "Ureshi-natsukashi tokimeki fair" – 2012
Shueisha gave out two designs of novelty mini clear files with a purchase of certain bunko editions of their shōjo manga, including Tokimeki. One clear file was printed with Ranze from the "Kisekae letter set" furoku (November 1986). See more details on natalie.mu.
Shueisha "Natsukomi" manga fair – July 2014
A set of five furoku postcards from the August 1984 issue of Ribon was reprinted as novelty gifts that came with a purchase of certain shōjo manga tankōbon from Shueisha.
SuperGroupies merchandise – 2015
SuperGroupies is a Japanese apparel and jewelry maker run by the popular anime merchandise shop Animate. In 2015, they created an exclusive line of Tokimeki merchandise based on items featured in the manga: three pendants (one each from each heroine), one brooch, one mirror, and one pouch based on Ranze's middle school uniform design. These were limited releases and sadly not available anymore, but images of the items are still available at natalie.mu.
I own the the mirror and the brooch. The mirror is a magical item Ranze received as a gift from Aron early in the manga, and the brooch is a gift Shun gives to Ranze in the last side story of the Ranze arc. They are both beautiful reproductions!
Ribon 60th anniversary ichiban kuji – 2015
"Ichiban kuji" is a popular raffle at Japanese convenience stores or book stores, often featuring art from popular manga or anime. In 2015, to commemorate Ribon's 60th anniversary, there were two series of raffles to win an A4 folder and postcard set featuring art from 80s and 90s Ribon classics. The Ranze arc of Tokimeki was featured in both series.
The Tokimeki set contains a folder with title page art from chapters 37 and 47, and a postcard that reprints the first time Shun admitted his love for Ranze. It comes in packaging styled as the first tankōbon volume. See more details on natalie.mu.
Contains a folder featuring art from a furoku illustration card (June 1984) and the title page of chapter 25, and a postcard of the page where Shun turns into a baby. It comes in packaging styled as tankōbon volume 8.
Various Ribon 60th anniversary merchandise – 2015
Shueisha released various novelties for Ribon's most popular 80s and 90s series during this anniversary year.
Shueisha's fashion magazine Baila featured Ribon-themed furoku in the August and September issues of 2015. The August issue came with a notepad with one Tokimeki design, and the September issue came with a booklet featuring articles about many 80s and 90s Ribon titles, including a rundown of Tokimeki's plot and characters.
Ribon postage stamps set
Two stamp sets featuring Ribon series from the 80s through the 00s were released by JapanPost to commemorate Ribon's 60th anniversary. Tokimeki was featured in the 80s/90s set along with other classics such as Marmalade Boy, Hime-chan no ribbon, Tenshi nanka ja nai, Yūkan kurabu, and others.
It was possible to order Ribon-themed business cards from Ribon's 60th anniversary Yahoo! Shop. There were many classic series to choose from, and I thought about ordering a set, but the image used on the Tokimeki business cards wasn't one of my favorites, so I didn't. I wish they'd used an image from earlier in the series.
"Hako Quest" is a popular raffle at Japanese convenient stores, similar to "Ichiban kuji". Two series of Hako Quest prizes were released for Ribon's 60th anniversary, an 80s set and a 90s set. Tokimeki was featured in the 80s set, and you could win two bag charms and two coasters, but the designs weren't attractive enough for me to pick up. See more details on natalie.mu.
However, my friend retrosofa picked up one of the bag charms and was kind enough to send me some photos. It looks as though the charms were made of metal and quite sturdy, and you can see all the item designs on the box. Thank you!
60th anniversary stationery
A memo pad styled as the first tankōbon volume and featuring 4 different designs inside: tankōbon vol. 1 (same as the cover), the scene where Shun proposes to Ranze, the title page of the 30th anniversary side story, and the "All-color note" furoku from April 1985.
Tokyo Skytree Ribon event novelties – 2017
A Ribon anniversary event and exhibition was held at Tokyo's Skytree, and the entrance ticket came with a Ribon calendar and sticker sheet. The Tokimeki page of the calendar featured the tile page of chapter 20 of the Ranze arc.
Additionally, three types of coasters featuring Ranze arc color images were given out at the collaboration cafe: one featuring new art created for the Ribon anniversary, one featuring a furoku illustration card from June 1984, and one featuring a furoku postcard from August 1984.
Baila furoku marriage certificate – July 2017
The July 2017 issue of Shueisha's fashion magazine Baila contained a marriage certificate featuring art of Ranze and Shun. This is a real marriage certificate you can fill in and use to get legally married in Japan!
Ribon no furoku "kawaii" no himitsu – July 2018
This large-format book about 80s and 90s Ribon furoku came with a Tokimeki paper box based on the "Humming rack" furoku from May 1984. This book also features many amazing images and articles, as well as a 4-page manga by Ikeno where she reminisces about Ribon furoku. You can pick up a copy at Amazon Japan and other retailers.
Here's what the "humming rack" furoku looks like when built:
The original furoku was big enough to fit an issue of Ribon inside, but this one is about 15cm tall, 14cm wide, and 12cm deep. It's still adorable though, and I love it very much!
At the collaboration cafe event to promote the book, a coaster featuring Ranze was given out at the collaboration cafe. Additionally, Honto.jp also ran a campaign where they included two postcards with every purchase of this book, one each with art by Ikeno and Yoshizumi Wataru. The Tokimeki postcard featured art from the "Hurray! Hurray! Box" furoku from December 1985.
Belle Maison merchandise series 1 (August 2018)
Japanese mail-order company Belle Maison produced a line of Ribon merchandise inspired by 70s and 80s furoku, featuring art by Ikeno, Mutsu A-ko, Hagiiwa Mutsumi, and Okada Amin. I picked up the reprint of the "oshare trunk", a pen pouch, and a set of postcards, and they were all well made and had great print quality. Series 1 is now sold out, but you can see some images at natalie.mu.
A set of 18 postcards including 6 Tokimeki postcards. Features art from:
- Front: cover of the November 1982 issue of Ribon magazine announcing the production of the Tokimeki anime; back: "Yōko-inu oyasumi chokinbako" (September 1985)
- Front: "Space bag" (February 1983); back: "Ranze mail box" (March 1986)
- Front and back: "Kobuta no gakkō letter set" (May 1985)
- Front and back: "Card letter set" (August 1986)
- Front and back: "Yōko shop note" (September 1986)
- Front and back: "Tokimeki stand all-color note" (April 1987)
Trunk-fū craft box
A cardboard box modelled after the "Oshare trunk" furoku (February 1987).
Pair mug cups
A mug featuring art of Ranze and Shun from the "Lovely file" furoku (March 1985).
A photo album modelled after the "Lovely file" furoku (March 1985).
A flip cover for iPhone 6, 6S, 7, and 8, as well as Xperia XZ and XZs. Features art from the "Oshare trunk" furoku (February 1987).
A large A3-sized sticker sheet to decorate your walls.
Light switch cover
Three different types of light switch covers featuring art from the "Oshare trunk" furoku (February 1987).
A pouch featuring art from the "Oshare trunk" furoku (February 1987) as well as art from the "Okaimono note" furoku (April 1986) on the lining.
Two different types of stamps featuring art from the "Okaimono note" furoku (April 1986).
A battery bank featuring art from the "Joyful binder" furoku (July 1983).
iPhone-senyō smartphone cover
A hard-shell iPhone cover featuring art from the "Letter pouch" zen'in present (Sept-Oct 1985).
IC card case
A card case in the same style as the pen pouch.
A set of paper gift bags in the style of the "Picnic bag" furoku (May 1986).
Metal rings to attach to your smartphone case, one in the same style as the hard-shell cover and one featuring art from the "Dosukoi!! Yōko-inu memo & mini fūtō" furoku (June 1986).
Belle Maison merchandise series 2 – November 2018
Having received overwhelmingly positive responses to their Ribon merchandise, Belle Maison produced a second series featuring the same four artists as series 1. I ordered the calendar and book covers, and they were both adorable! Series 2 is now sold out, but you can see some images at natalie.mu.
2019-nen 4-gatsu hajimari takujō seal calendar
A postcard-sized calendar covering April 2019 to March 2020 with three pages of art each from Ikeno, Hagiiwa Mutsumi, Mutsu A-ko, and Okada Amin. The Tokimeki months feature art from the "Joyful binder" (July 1983), "All-color note" (April 1985), and "Pinup best 5" (July 1985) furoku, and all the pages can also be used as stickers.
Book cover and die-cut shiori set
A set of four book covers in manga tankōbon size and one bookmark, featuring art from:
- "Wakuwaku land pencil box" furoku (December 1986)
- "Yōko shop note" furoku (September 1986)
- "Tokimeki stand all-color note" furoku (April 1987)
- "Letter pouch" zen'in (Sept-Oct 1985)
- "Kisekae letter set" furoku (November 1986)
Case-tsuki stamp set
A set of five stamps featuring Shun from a page of the manga, as well as art from the "Letter pouch" zen'in present (Sept-Oct 1985). The set comes in a plastic case.
A set of four badges featuring art from the "Lovely file" (March 1985) and "Hurray! Hurray! Box" (December 1985) furoku.
Charm-tsuki tote bag
A bag and matching bag charm featuring art from the "Hurray! Hurray! Box" furoku (December 1985).
Two rolls of fabric tape featuring art from the "Dosukoi!! Yōko-inu memo & mini fūtō" furoku (June 1986) and "Letter pouch" zen'in present (Sept-Oct 1985).
Belle Maison merchandise series 3 – March 2019
Yet more Belle Maison/Ribon collaboration items were released. Series 3 is now sold out, but you can see some images at natalie.mu.
Kandō no bungu 4-ten set
A set of four stationery items. The Tokimeki set includes:
- Two A4-size clear files featuring art from the "Oshare trunk" (February 1987) and "Pinup best 5" (July 1985) furoku
- Plastic pen case featuring art from the "Tokimeki ruler" zen'in present (Feb-Mar 1986)
- Sticker sheet featuring art from various furoku ("Lovely file", "Kisekae letter set", "Oshare trunk", "Present seal", "Mail box") and other promotional color art
Obentō-bako & combi set
A set of a lunch box, cutlery, and a vase to keep your cutlery. The Tokimeki set features art from the "Tokimeki stand all-color note" furoku (April 1987).
Futa-tsuki cup set
A set of two mugs with matching lids. The Tokimeki set features art from the "Tokimeki stand all-color note" (April 1987) and "Hurray! Hurray! Box" (December 1985) furoku.
Stainless thermo bottle
An insulated bottle that keeps 400 ml of liquid. The Tokimeki bottle features art from the "Dosukoi!! Yōko-inu memo & mini fūtō" furoku (June 1986).
Ceramic coaster set
A set of two coasters. The Tokimeki set features art from the "Oshare trunk" furoku (February 1987) and the "Letter pouch" zen'in present (Sept-Oct 1985).
Charm-tsuki tote bag
A bag big enough to hold A4-size binders. The Tokimeki bag features art from the "Space bag" furoku (February 1983).
Belle Maison Ikeno Koi 40th anniversary merchandise – July 2019
To commemorate Ikeno's 40th anniversary as a manga artist in 2019, Belle Maison released a series of merchandise featuring her art. The designs are absolutely amazing, resembling Ribon novelties from the 80s. The items are now sold out, but you can see some images at natalie.mu.
Ai no yubiwa otona ver.
A ring of 10K gold and pink tourmaline, modeled after the "ring of love" Ranze wears in the manga. Available for special order in a variety of sizes.
House-gata craft shūnō box
A paper box modeled after the "Cake house box" furoku (October 1986).
Two hoodies with prints from 80s Ribon novelty trainers and T-shirts.
Print genkan mat
Two doormats with art from 80s Ribon novelties, one featuring Yōko-dog and one featuring Ranze.
A set of two stainless tumbler cups featuring art from the "Tokimeki purse" zen'in present (April-May 1985).
Wall clock featuring all the main characters.
A set of two hand towels featuring art from the "Ranze bag" furoku (October 1982), the "Purse" zen'in present (April-May 1983), and a Ribon novelty hankerchief.
Ribon-ten merchandise – July 2019
From July 2019 to July 2021, a traveling Ribon exhibition was held at department stores and art galleries across Japan. The exhibition showcased artworks and furoku from 11 artists who were active in Ribon during its heydays in the 80s and 90s, including Ikeno, and new merchandise was created exclusively for the exhibition. For a limited time, these merchandise were also availble at select online shops.
The following Tokimeki merchandise were released (details available at Honto.jp):
- Reprint of Ranze "Okaimono note" furoku (April 1986)
- Ranze "roll fusen", post-it notes in a roll
- Set of five "pochi-bukuro" (small paper bags for money or messages) featuring art from the Ranze "Lovely file" furoku (March 1985)
- Box of message cards styled as the first tankōbon volume
- Desktop calendar featuring art from the title page of the Ranze arc side story "Nemuri no mori no bijo futari!?"
- Ranze stand mirror featuring art from ch. 7
- Ranze tee-shirt featuring art from the first chapter
- A can of original blend tea leaves featuring art from Ranze arc ch. 47
- Pin featuring Ranze from the "Oshare trunk" furoku (February 1987)
- Narumi clear file featuring art from ch. 21
- Narumi steamcream can featuring art from "My heart memory" furoku (September 1989)
- Flake stickers featuring art from the Aira "Hanakotoba trump" furoku (August 1993)
- A set of two postcards featuring art from Aira arc ch. 12 and Hoshi no yukue
- Aira mug featuring art from ch. 3
- Aira keyholder featuring art from ch. 13
- Art board featuring the title page of the final Aira chapter
- Ranze, Narumi, and Aira pouch
- Reprints of a Raze arc black and white page and the Aira arc ch. 10 title page
I purchased a few of the items, and an incredibly generous person picked up the Ranze pin for me, which was a random gacha item and not available online. Thank you so much!
Additionally, when pre-ordering tickets at 7-11 stores, they let you print a special ticket with art from the September 1983 issue of Ribon featuring Ranze. On certain dates, the ticket issued at the venue also featured Ranze from the September 1986 issue of Ribon.
Ikeno Koi 40th anniversary LINE stickers – July 2019
A set of Tokimeki stickers for use on the LINE app were released by Shueisha. You can purchase them from the LINE app shop.
∴M4 skin care collaboration – August 2019
The new skin care brand ∴M4 from Japanese cosmetics company Mandom released a series of items in collaboration with Tokimeki:
- Starter/tester pack of five different skin care products packaged in a case featuring art of Ranze. The set will be produced in a limited run of 5.000 and comes with two clear files also featuring Ranze. See more images at natalie.mu.
- If you signed up for a special limited offer "Tokimeki delivery service", you would receive three new ∴M4 products along with Tokimeki merchandise: Ranze hand mirror, Ranze letter set, and Ranze A4 tote bag as well as a message card from Ikeno. See more details and images on the press release, and at natalie.mu here and here.
Takara-Tomy capsule toy veneer pouches – April 2020
Toy maker Takara-Tomy Arts released a series of "gacha" capsule toys featuring five plastic pouches:
- Ranze (shinsōban vol. 1 cover)
- Ranze & Shun design A (ch. 47 and ch. 53 title pages)
- Ranze & Shun design B (ch. 58 title page and February 1983 furoku "Space bag")
- Sweets (October 1986 furoku "Cake house box")
- Rivals?! (September 1983 furoku "Ranze musical rack")
You can also see some product photos here.
The release date was originally set for April 2020, then posponed to May.
Uniqlo collaboration tee-shirt – April 2020
A line of tee-shirts featuring popular Ribon manga was relased in collaboration with the Japanese clothing line Uniqlo. The Tokimeki design features the title logo printed on the front and Ranze from vol. 1 of the manga on the back. The material is 100% cotton. See more information and images on natalie.mu.
Ribon 65th anniversary zen'in service – March 2021
The Ribon editorial staff twitter announced that the April 2021 issue of Ribon (on sale March 3) will feature a zen'in service celebrating Ribon's 65th anniversary, and that it will feature Tokimeki merchandise as well as merchandise for Hime-chan no ribbon, Chibi Maruko-chan, and the ongoing hit series Honey Lemon Soda.
The designs of the items were revealed in the February 6th episode of the Japanese TV show Kaban-mochi sasete kudasai:
The items are:
- Fabric bag featuring art from the "Joyful pair set" furoku (July 1983) updated with popular "yumekawa" colors
- Face mask featuring a speech bubble from the manga of Ranze sneezing
- Case for the mask featuring art from the "Tokimeki stand all-color note" furoku (April 1987)
- Hand towel and bag charm featuring art from the "Space bag" furoku (February 1983)
- Message card featuring the title page of Ranze arc chapter 13
The set cost 2.750 yen, and could only be ordered with a code included in the print edition of the Ribon issue. I managed to pick up a set through a deputy service, and everything is absolutely adorable!
Ribon-musubi exclusive embroidery art – January 2022
Ribon's fan community "Ribon-musubi" released a series of embroidered art pieces for Ribon's most popular manga. The Tokimeki piece is a replica of the Ranze arc ch. 39 title page. This was a pre-order exclusive. You can see more information and images on the official site.
Ribon-musubi special store merchandise – October 2022
Ribon's fan community "Ribon-musubi" is releasing a series of exclusive items featuring Tokimeki as well as other popular Ribon series through its official shop.
These items have been released so far:
- Smartphone cover featuring Ranze from a preview image
- Tote bag featuring Ranze from the cover of the September 1986 issue of Ribon
- Mug featuring art of Ranze/Shun, Narumi/Rinze, and Aira/Kairi kissing
- Acrylic stand featuring Ranze and Shun from the manga scene where Ranze first confesses her love to Shun
- Can of stickers featuring art from the "space bag" (February 1983), "new idol 4 travel trump" (August 1985), "house-gata bookend" (October 1985), and "oshare trunk" (February 1987) furoku
- Fabric poster featuring Ranze and Shun from a preview image
- 6 random draw sticker and card sets
NEW! Exhibition merchandise – July 2023
Please see the dedicated page.
NEW! Avail 80s and 90s Ribon merchandise – September 2023
Avail, a brand under major apparel maker Shimamura, has been releasing merchandise featuring retro Ribon manga for a while, and Tokimeki joined its ranks in September 2023. Five items will be available both at physical stores and the Avail online shop. You can see detailed images of the items on the official twitter.
- Waist-support cushion featuring cover art from tankōbon vol. 1 and 8, and a sticker styled as vol. 3
- Round cushion featuring cover art from tankōbon vol. 16
- Book-shaped cushion styled as tankōbon vol. 3, and featuring art from vol. 1 and 4 as well as the title pages of Ranze arc chapters 2, 13, and 52
- Acrylic keychain styled as tankōbon vol. 3
- Acrylic smartphone holder featuring cover art from tankōbon vol. 6