September 3, 2014

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

JupiterInBox2 After spending the weekend at DragonCon, I came home to find two goodies from Amazon: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:birth1 for the Vita, and my Sailor Jupiter Figuarts figure. Finally the Inner Sailor Senshi were all together again! I wanted to take pictures and write about her yesterday but I had to get some work done. Here she is now with pictures and thoughts below. (more…)

July 24, 2014

Sailor Moon Petit-Chara Sets 1 & 2


It was been long established now that I am a huge Sailor Moon fan. If you haven’t realized this yet, shame on you! So it should be no surprise that when I found these Sailor Moon Puchi-Chara (Petit Chara) figure sets from Megahouse on J-List a few months back it was important that I get my hands on them. These are part of the anniversary/revival celebration and are just too damn adorable to pass up. Both sets came as 6 blind box packages in a sealed box and ran me $40 a piece before taxes and shipping.  (more…)

July 23, 2014

Sailor Moon Figuart Update: Mercury, Mars & Venus



After months of searching for my digital camera, I finally found it yesterday (where I now recall putting it as soon as we moved). And since I don’t want to delay this any longer, I took a few minutes and cleared off a semi-decent spot at the kitchen table so I could snap some pictures of Sailors Mercury (Ami), Mars (Rei), and Venus (Minako). These are from the SH Figuarts line of toys released by Bandai Tamashii and are officially licensed products.

As with the previously released Sailor Moon (Usagi) figure, each character comes with a few interchangeable faces and sets of hands so you can pose them and attempt to re-create some of the Senshi’s attack moves from the manga and anime. I didn’t really mess around with those today as I just wanted to get them out of the box and need to purchase a storage system for all the tiny parts. (more…)

July 5, 2014

Sailor Moon Crystal Begins, Original Sailor Moon Blu Ray to Drop Nov 11

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 4:42 PM


I could barely sleep last night. It didn’t help that I succumbed to a food coma around 7pm and took a four and a half hour nap. But I kept waking up and glancing at my alarm clock until 6am finally rolled around and I could let myself enjoy my love affair with my pillow, knowing that when I woke up, Sailor Moon Crystal’s premiere episode would be up on Hulu for me to watch.

But then there was this whole deal that I promised my husband I wouldn’t watch the new episodes without him. He’d never seen Sailor Moon before, and if I knew what had happened to my ADV subtitled box set (pretty sure I lost it in my move from Canada), I would have corrected that a hell of a lot sooner. So I had to shake him awake and wait for him to get downstairs so he could hook his laptop up to the TV, allowing for a big screen squee-fest. (more…)

July 1, 2014

Sailor Moon Proplica Moon Stick

Moon Stick on Stand

A few weeks back I received my coveted Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Moon Stick Proplica from Amazon and snapped a whole bunch of pictures that I flooded Twitter with. I meant to post them here as well but with all my cross stitching and book editing duties, I forgot.  All pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S4 camera because I am not sure where my digital camera went after the move. (more…)

September 27, 2013

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

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


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


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

Kodaka, Yozora and Sena playing video games

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…)

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