July 5, 2014

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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…)

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…)

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