September 27, 2013

Sailor Moon Figure Review (Bandai Tamashii S.H. Figuarts)

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 12:15 PM

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After months of impatiently waiting for her, my new Sailor Moon figure from Bandai Tamashii Nations finally arrived on Tuesday. The first of at least four unveiled figures, the first edition Sailor Moon figure features a total of 6 interchangeable heads, two wands, a bunch of hands and a tiny plastic Luna companion. Usagi’s winking and crying faces are exclusive to the first run of this figure which made it a definite pre-order for me.

(Please ignore the kitchen mess in the background as I had been baking that afternoon.) (more…)

May 8, 2013

Nendoroid Madness: Tales of Series Collection

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Last week I discovered that Good Smile Company had released a set of Nendoroid figures based on the “Tales of” video game series. And because I am addicted to both, there was no way in hell I was not going to have these in my collection.

What I thought was a for sure 6 piece set ended up arriving as a retailer pack of 8 blind box figures, meaning I had to open every one and pray with my fingers crossed that I opened a complete set. Which I did!! I was even lucky enough to acquire the “secret” figure of Leon Magnus from Tales of Destiny (furthest left in the picture).

Beside Leon are: Yuri & Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, Asbel & Sofi from Tales of Graces, and finally Jude & Milla from Tales of Xillia.

There was a bit of a mishap when I was snapping Leon onto his base as his sword snapped off from his hand and this will be remedied with model glue this weekend. Thankfully the other figures with swords had theirs come separately so there were no more broken pieces. The only other issue I had was with Sofi’s pigtails. I had to twist the plugs in which took a few attempts as simply pushing them in was a complete failure.

Overall, extremely happy with these guys and now Haruhi, Yuki and Asahina (Haruhi Suzumiya Summer Collection Nendoroids) have company.

August 10, 2012

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Blu Ray)

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 1:46 PM

Whenever I am asked what I want to eat, sushi is always the first answer out of my mouth. That said, we don’t often go out for sushi since dinner for two often ends up costing a pretty penny in these parts. Even the all you can eat sushi magnificence that is Nori Nori has skyrocketed out of our price range in the last two years. So I’ve learned to savor the opportunities I do have, enjoying and appreciating my favourite meal more than I ever did before.

I’ve always known that it takes years upon years of dedication to become a sushi master. Working their way up from scrubbing pots in the kitchen to the day where the master of the restaurant trains them to slice the fish and prepare the sushi for the guests can seem like a harsh road for some, but those who succeed are truly skilled individuals with a real passion to serve the best hand molded morsels. (more…)

May 16, 2012

Hammer Session

One of my favourite Japanese TV genres has got to be the tough love teaching genre. You know, like Dangerous Minds but with teachers who have a background other than teaching that always comes to the surface at the worst possible time. Gokusen had a female teacher who was the grand daughter of a Yakuza boss, Misaki Number 1 featured a hostess turned teacher, and Onizuka-sensei of GTO fame (my all-time favourite show in this genre) was a yankee/bad-ass biker who wanted to be a teacher so he could get with high school girls. (more…)

February 16, 2012

Boku wa Tomadachi ga Sukunai (Haganai)

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 1:09 PM

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Some people just don’t make friends very easily, especially when you are a blond Half transfer student who looks like a Yankee. So when said transfer student, one Kodaka Hasegawa, walks into a classroom and witnesses another social outcast, Yozora  Mikazuki, talking to her imaginary friend, he quickly finds himself a founding member of the Neighbour’s Club. By forming this club, Yozora and Kodaka hope to change their social situations by making new friends and working on their social skills. (more…)

February 10, 2012

Ben-To

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 1:31 PM

Yō and Hana reach for victory

All Yō Satō wants is to eat food that isn’t ramen every night after school. With what meager funds he has as a boarding student, he heads to a nearby convenience store hoping to pick up a discounted bento box. But when he gets there, he finds himself beaten up as people battle one another for these tasty cheap eats. (more…)

August 23, 2011

Ouran High School Host Club

In the South Hall of Ouran Private School, life for honour student Haruhi is about to become much more interesting. She was just looking for a quiet place to study; instead she stumbled into the school’s own private male Host Club. Startled by this revelation, she knocks over and breaks an expensive vase, which she cannot afford to replace. To make reparations, Haruhi must work off her debt as Host. So she does so, letting everyone believe she is a male student, with only the members of the club knowing the truth. (more…)

August 11, 2011

Japanese Food Drops: Choco Banana Crepe & Cheese Cake

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 12:58 PM

These hard, round candies were introduced in Japan prior to World War II, but thanks to the Studio Ghibli masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies, Food Drops (Sakuma Drops) have become extremely popular, with classic and local Japanese flavours just waiting for newcomers to discover. My first experience with food drops has proven to me why these candies have been around for so long, as well as the reason Japanophiles are importing these unique treats. (more…)

July 14, 2011

Pepsi Dry (Import)

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , — Yukino @ 6:19 PM

Pepsi: my favourite addiction. So delicious my taste buds tingle just at the thought of drinking the stuff. Regular, Wild Cherry, Crystal or Throwback, I love my Pepsi.

While making my bi-weekly rounds on J-List, I saw a listing for Pepsi Dry. A “non-sweet” cola drink promising a refreshing taste.  I didn’t want to miss out on this new flavour as I had the Mont Blanc Pepsi they’d released about a year ago in Japan, so I made sure that I had a bottle of it on my shopping list. (more…)

June 30, 2011

Rebound

Nobuko finally landed her dream job working at a top fashion magazine. Working for an Editor in Chief who wants her staff to keep their petite figures, she puts in long hours doing menial tasks with the hope that one day she will get her first big article. Her opportunity comes when given the chance to write an article about Patisserie Ange, a popular bakery with a very attractive young man keeping up the family business. (more…)

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