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Traditional Japanese tofu shop

A scene from the end of another long day in Tokyo. A day like countless other days: making tofu the traditional way.

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ultraman X episode 3

Another day, another city to be ruined by a giant monster. Yup, that’s Ultraman X’s format for ya. I guess that those pesky creatures just want to walk the Earth after being freed from their toy-like states. Not that it’s a bad thing...Show More Summary

How Much Is A Cup Of Coffee In ‘Coffee Town’, Kiyosumi-shirakawa?

Until recently, the neighbourhood of Kiyosumi-shirakawa in Tokyo’s Koto ward was probably famous for but one thing; Kiyosumi Teien, a splendid Meiji Period garden. These days, otherwise unassuming Kiyosumi, is carving out a new brand,...Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma episodes 13-16

Shokugeki no Soma is quickly turning into the highlight of my week. The only problem with covering a Shonen-type series like this is that each episode isn't very substantial on its own, but the overall package is compelling enough to keep tuning in. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episodes 6-9

We've now hit the middle of the season so it's time for some fan service-y filler episodes. In Haruhi they went to Koizumi's beach house to solve a murder, in Nagato Yuki-chan they're heading to Tsuruya's Hot Springs under the cover of a training camp fib story. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: GANGSTA episodes 3-4

I tend not to look too deeply into a new anime series' before I watch them. If I'm a late comer then I'll do a quick wiki search to get a feel for the show before diving in but apart from that I came into GANGSTA like a spring chicken. Show More Summary

Attack on Titan: Junior High preview released

The mega-popular anime and manga series Attack on Titan has played host to several spin-off stories from the series. Now you can add one more to the list with Attack on Titan: Junior High, where things get slightly smaller, and cute. A preview was released of the newest AOT spin-off series which is about as much of a departure as you can get. Show More Summary

Nisekoi: Who has the best claim to Raku's Heart?

Nisekoi is a series that was a chore for me to watch especially during the first season. Too many overreactions over misunderstandings that dragged each episode out to its obvious conclusion. There wasn't a massive amount of fan service per episode and the characters were charming but also bat shit idiotic especially Raku and Onodera. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 702

Doflamingo remains one of my favourite One Piece villains. Despite the shit I had to put up with in Dressrosa it is all worth it to see the good episodes. Doflamingo has one of the more interesting backstories of all the characters in One Piece and I love how you can see how it had directly affected his personality and actions. Read more...

First Impressions: Bikini Warriors

I think we are all aware of the ridiculous concept of armour for females in a fantasy setting. As males level up they get to wear more extravagant armour while the ladies are rewarded with higher statistical armour but is represented as beach wear rather than fighting gear. Show More Summary

Chibi Figures

Continuing from yesterday's Hobby Maker Show post - chibi figures. Mostly Nendoroids. I regularly com...

Japanator Live: Sal bumps shoulders with Ys I's evil creatures

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] It's finally time for to change things up around here, and I figured that it's time for me to test my ramming skills in Ys I. Of course, I'll be testing my luck in the original game's most recent version, Ys I & II Chronicles+ since it happens to be the most definitive version of the title. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: GATE episodes 4-5

I like GATE so far. Far from earlier rumors seemingly trumpeting it as "Japan's Tea Party: The Anime", the show has been a thoughtful and interesting take on a topic close to my nerdy heart. And with some of the action ratcheted down...Show More Summary

Strong Style: New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS S2 episode 10

Konnichi wa and welcome to Strong Style! The G1 Climax 24 tournament is almost over and the action is heating up. This week we skip ahead to day 11 of the tournament and the last day before the finals. Tonight's show is from August 8th,...Show More Summary

Animator Expo's 25th short is ready to smash things up

It seems that I was right about the Japan Animator Expo project returning this week since their latest short is up on their site. Since this is the first episode of the series' third season, it's fitting for the 25th piece, "Hammerhead," to be a smash hit. Show More Summary

Anime Figures

Got a load of photos taken at the Hobby Maker Show which I had to split into two posts - the first one...

Are You Bugging Out? Products To Fight Insects In Japan!

Ahh summer in Japan; blazing heat, nampa at the beach, crushed ice and … bugs. There’s much to love about ‘sweaty’ season over here but unless you’re an elementary school kid brandishing a new catching net, bugs probably isn’t one of...Show More Summary

Japanese roadside whale

It’s always good to escape the concrete and crowds of the capital. Particularly so in summer when the heat is horrendous. Plus despite Tokyo’s size, you don’t have to drive for that long before it’s possible to enjoy quiet roads, the sight of tree covered mountains, and, erm, roadside whales.

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