Golden Week to Tokushima

Golden week is a time where the people of Japan can take a piece of their lives beyond the daily routine of a repetitive and scripted life. The seeds of creativity were planted on the New Year’s holidays and at last, they are free to bloom on Golden Week. And bloom they did, on our 7-hour drive from Nagoya to Tokushima, you could see cars slow down to embrace the view of the beautiful ocean on top of the world’s tallest suspension bridge. They politely shifted to the left and drove well below the speed limit on the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge as if we were at the Fuji Safari Park enjoying the view of animals. I’ve never seen such a take on driving before! Traffic was backed up but people were enjoying themselves in a polite and very Japanese manner of queuing.

The trip that was supposed to take 4 hours ended up taking 7 instead, but we weren’t even upset. The sunniest and hottest day of the year provided us with much to see around Kansai’s mountainous and sea backdrops and Shikoku’s vast and natural backdrop was the icing on the cake. We didn’t see many whirlpools because of our late arrival, but we got to enjoy a view of the bridge from below, and riverside downtown before the event started.

We got to enjoy food from the famous local “limes” to Tokushima Ramen. Of course, I also ate at the typical chain restaurants ranging from McDonald’s to Sushiro as well. Driving along the rivers was a lot of fun and climbing to the top of Bizan Park by Ropeway was also a blast. Visiting the old castle site allowed us to see many cranes and koi fish.  There were plenty of “Itasha” cars around and on display on the red carpets inside the shopping arcades as well.

 

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Cosplay of Machiasobi

Tokushima embraced Machiasobi, one of the biggest seiyuu and talk show events, this Golden Week. The event also featured small outdoor concerts, all for no cost. The community and volunteers were all supportful, considering the fact that the town doesn’t usually deal with such a large influx of people and traffic. The eateries were booming, the night was lit up with the colorful glow of concert lights, cosplayers were cosplaying and everyone enjoyed over 12 hours of events from Thursday to Sunday night.  One of the final events was a wonderful cosplay red carpet march, typically found at anime events in Japan. The creator of the Occulus Rift was also present, with his significant other, sporting a sunburn and a stomach full of an event packed weekend.

Netflix animes in Japan with English Subtitles

Netflix Japan is bundled with a larger variety of classic and new anime, but lack the subtitles commonly found on Netflix’s library abroad. I will attempt to document over time which ones have subtitles. Anime status subject to changes. Thank you for the help!

Green: Subtitles or dubs Available

Blue: Japanese/etc. Subtitles

Red: No Subtitles

Netflix Japan’s Anime List as of (7/27)

The Garden of Words

Wakfu (English, Portuguese, Chinese also available)

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Children who chase lost voices (English, Portuguese, Chinese also available)

Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi no koe)

Tokyo Ghoul (English Audio also available)

Sword Art Online (Seasons I and II, not extra edition)

Mushishi

Little Witch Academia (English, Brazilian Audio, and multi-language subs/dubs)

Blame (English, Brazilian Audio, and multi-language subs/dubs)

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (English dub only)

Durarara! (Season I and II)

Gunslinger Girls

Magi: Adventures of Sinbad

Kill la Kill

Ghost in the Shell Innocence

The Irregular at Magic High School

Ghost in the Shell Original Movie

Ghost in the Shell Arise 

Gate

Chibi Maruko-chan

Ranma

Dragonball

Nadia

Card Captor Sakura

Cowboy Bebop

Full Metal Panic

Last Exile

Darker than Black: Meteor

Gakkou Gurashi (School-Live)

Gurren Lagaan

Charlotte

Kantai Collection (Kancolle)

The Devil is a Part-timer 

Working!

Non-non Biyori

Magical Girl Raising Project

Inuyasha

Fairytail

Mob Psycho

JoJo’s Bizzare Adventures

Keiji!!!!!!!!

Sailormoon Crystal

No Game No Life

Hyouka (Frozen Dessert)

Log Horizon

A Certain Magical Index

Accel World

Zipang

Devil May Cry

Stein’s Gate

Prison School

Devil May Cry

Terraformars

Knights of Sidonia

Darker than Black

Lovely Complex

Marmalade Boy

Konosuba

Haruhi

Spice and Wolf

Hell Girl

Tsubasa Chronicles

Angel Beats

Toradora

Ping Pong

The Disastrous Life of Saiki

Saint Seiya

Hell Teacher Nube

Ghost in the Shell: 2nd Gig 

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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Planetarian

Saekano

7 Deadly sins

Psycho-Pass (Season 1+2)

Nodame Cantabile

Attack on Titan

Anohana

Gabriel Dropout

Ajin: Demi Human

Is the order a Rabbit?

Terror in Resonance

Kuroko no Basket

Katanagatari

Kingdom

Tales of the Abyss

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Noragami aragoto

By gtr06 Posted in Anime

Ankou News’ Girls und Panzer top 20 characters

Ankou News posted a poll about the most recent top 20 characters from Girl und Panzer! They polled by teams, then took the top number of votes total and put them into a top 20.

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The poll appears to be pre-movie and post OVA, so without delay let’s look at their GuP annual poll!

 

#20 Katyusha (Pravda) T-34/85

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With 96 votes

 

#19 Hana Isuzu (Anglerfish Team) PanzerkfwIV

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With 98 votes

 

#18 Orange Pekoe (St.Gloriana Girl’s High School) Churchill mk.VII

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With 105 votes

 

#17/16 Yuzu Koyama  (Turtle team) 38t & Nekota (Anteater team) Type 3 (tied)

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With 126 votes each respectively

 

#15 Noriko Isobe (Duck team) Type 89

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With 135 votes

 

#14 Azusa Sawa (Rabbit team) M3Lee

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With 137 votes

 

#13 Karina Sakaguchi (Rabbit team) M3Lee

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With 141 votes

 

#12 Taeko Kondou (Duck team) Type 89

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With 150 votes

 

-!!From here seriousness intensifies for top spots!!-

 

#11 Saori Takebe (Anglerfish team) PanzerkfwIV

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With 153 votes

Unexpected 10th place?! Upsetting Saori!

#10 Midoriko Sono (Mallard Team) Char B1 bis

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Medals for bravery under fire!

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With 155 votes

 

#9 Nonna (Pravda) IS2

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Respected for her maternal nature!

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With 157 votes

 

Settling for 8th…

 

#8 Miho Nishizumi (Anglerfish team) PanzerkfwIV

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Daybreak…

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Loved for her variety of expressions throughout the series.

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With 160 votes

 

#7  Duce! Anchovy (Anzio) P40

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Duce! Duce! Duce! With no shame!

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With 168 votes

 

#6 Erwin (Hippo team) StuG III

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Glorious in all art forms.

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With 181 votes

#5 Kay (Saunders) M4

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Small size popped corn…and she needs no permission to touch…

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With 188 votes

 

#4 Maho Nishizumi (Kuromorimine) Tiger I

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I don’t have a sister complex.

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With 201 votes

 

-Top 3 Characters-

By only one vote…

#3 Anzu Kadotani (Turtle team) 38t 

She is a villain of sorts!  Our first antagonist of the series!

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The one and only Student Council President! No one loves Ooarai more!

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With 202 votes!

 

#2 Yukari Akiyama (Anglerfish team) PanzerkfwIV

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The DVD commentator and known as the daughter of Girls und Panzer!

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The loader who sells the most merchandise holds second!

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With 212 votes!!

The girl with the highest number of votes.

The commander of one of the best teams.

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and with 297 votes!

#1

Darjeeling

(St.Gloriana’s Girl’s Highschool)

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The truest connoisseur of tea. Darjeeling is the winner of the Ankou News Annual Poll Awards by an overwhelming number votes.

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-Bonus-

Highest ranking non-main character is the chef working at Cookfan.

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For more about the polls, head to the source! (Ankou News)

 

Highest ranking tanks

 

#5 PanzerkfwIV Ausf. D (Anglerfish team)

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#4 Tiger I (Kuromorimine)

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#3 PanzerkfwIV Ausf.H (Anglerfish team)

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#2  Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer (Turtle team)

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#1 Type 89B I-GO (Duck team)

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Note: Japan loves their Japanese tanks.

By gtr06 Posted in Anime

The Umaru Food Pyramid

Umaru, the new sloth in town, is ready to bring back trends set by our old friend Garfield. Sporting the same orange, hate of Mondays and methods of lazing about, I decided to give her diet a try.

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Here we have her 6 basic food groups.

  1. Meiji Bamboo tip shaped cookie and chocolate biscuits
  2. Calbee Potato Chips, a classic brand. I couldn’t find any sour cream, so I got the soy sauce, avocado and wasabi roulette version.
  3. Mets Cola. Now this one was tricky, Umaru usually gets Cola and her color scheme leans more towards Coca Cola than Mets Cola. However, I felt like sticking with a Japanese brand I haven’t tried yet. Let’s see how this gamble plays out.
  4. Squid! Store brand (undried) squid. These are squid tentacles preserved in some kind of sour vinegar like substance. Truly Japanese inside and out.
  5. Cheese sticks. More like store brand cheese strips. These resemble the cheese sticks you can get back home. Although a lot thinner, they taste just as processed.
  6. Finally, the Glico pudding. There was plain and coffee flavor. Let’s try coffee.

All the snacks were just a smidge over 1000 yen (~$10 CAD) at the Ministop convenient store. Now, let us take a look at the real deal.

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Umaru suggests that we mix Potato chips, which are usually salty with the chocolate cookies, sweet, sweet chocolate cookies and cola. So after launching episode 5 I decided to put her experiment to the test.

These Mr. Potato chips taste like dried seaweed, but slightly thicker, the wasabi is quite strong, otherwise it just taste more like soy sauce most of the time. Don’t get me wrong Japan knows how to do soy sauce chips. Instead of just tasting like processed salt it has a distinct Japanese saltiness to it!

As expected, the highlight of the snacking would be the bamboo shoot chocolate cookies. These cookies in itself are a perfect balance between dry cookie and milky chocolate. They’re neither too small nor too big for your palettes. The flavor absolutely melts in your mouth like nothing else.

The cola helps wash all the dryness away. However, something about this cola was lacking. It tasted like a diet soda, but a lot more watered down than I expected. Considering it typically sells at a higher price than Coke I expected more. It was not a satisfying wash down. Also the warm weather caused the soda to be a less than adequate coolness.

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After phase one came phase two. Squid and cheese mix. Now I got to say this was certainly a strange combination. The squid was soft but not as soft as in Asian cuisine. It was chewy enough, but also came with a tinge of sourness.  Using the cheese right after added a hit of saltiness to it.  Again, nothing special if you’ve eaten squid or cheese before. It’s hard to imagine them as snacks, but in Japan they make a unique combination of sour and salty.  Washing it down with soda did little to relax my taste buds which could still taste the sourness after a few hours.  In the end I decided to throw them together with the chips and the chocolate remains. This way I had a 4 way battle royale for my taste buds.

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If I had to choose a winner, I would definitely say it was the Bamboo Chocolate cookies. Just having those was enough to make my snacking moment a wonder.  If you haven’t, I definitely recommend you try them or their mushroom shaped chocolate cookie counter part. I’ve tried the pudding before, but today I’ve had enough sweets, salt and sourness for the day. I’m saving it for another day. So there we have it. If you’re into strange snacks, or happen to be a chibi midget girl, be sure to give this combination a try.

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Edit: I ate my pudding!

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Nagoya’s World Summit of Cosplay 2015

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Make way established international events, this stealthy, but growing trend is breaking its way to become one of the biggest annual events in the 21st century. The 12th annual World Cosplay Summit took place on August 1st. While certainly, there have been events that fade to fad-om, this summit is here to stay.  Nagoya is not a city known for much, except for Toyota and former military production centers.  However, the former mayor has made it important to put Nagoya on the map, as the 3rd biggest city in Japan, Nagoya finally has an event Osaka and Tokyo would die for.DSC02599

Beginning with only 3 countries in 2003, the World Cosplay Summit has risen to 26 countries as of 2015. When the WCS finally hit 7 competing countries in 2005, they began to hold Championship events for prizes.  Brazil and Italy are tied for 1st with 3 wins each respectively, while Japan comes in a close 2nd.  France and Russia have one title respectively. I had the chance to see Italy win in the previous years and had to agree, they deserved the title for their brilliant performance in 2013.

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Who’s turn was it to win this year? Anime, manga and video game themes filled the Oasis21 lobbies and Osu parade. Most were just fans dressed up, but the professionals stood out with their homemade, colorful and in some cases gigantic weapons and armor. What contestants wore looked better than anything one could buy from any shop, these people were professional tailors and prop makers at heart.  I had a chance to cosplay in 2013 and this year as well, but my store bought clothes came nowhere close to their heart-filled efforts. This years event was slightly different from last year, as it would finally be held indoors with air conditioning.  Previously years had contestants wear their costumes in 35 degrees weather and in humid conditions, which combined with stress and exhaustion is quite dangerous! However, if people didn’t want to pay for tickets they could still watch it outside for free.

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The most popular winners in previously years had cosplayed and performed as the Legend of Zelda characters.  The cosplayers, had to put on a play which best represented the characters they were dressed as. Creativity,dress, authenticity, and design were key in winning.  Therefore, it was no surprise that another Legend of Zelda team won this year. This time it was from the Legend of Zelda’s Majora’s Mask. However, the biggest surprise this year was that the winners this year would be a latino country! Before they announced the winners, Mexico had secured the Nico Nico Live stream award. Then they were in tears as their name was read out for they had won Mexico’s first ever WCS grand prize.  They were filled with unbelievable joy for they were not only the North American champions, but the World champions as well!

DSC02574DSC02587My favorite performers were different, I preferred the Gurren Lagaan performance by Hong Kong. They combined real life and manga flawlessly, their battle and costumes lit up the room. The way they brought people back to the series won them loudest cheers. As I exited my press seat and the building, I learned that there were many fans happy to pose with them outside.  I didn’t have the chance to take great pictures outside the actual event, but I did take many at the Meijimura cosplay event one week before hand and the Osu parade. This year, it was incredibly more crowded than previous years for anime, manga and games continue to rise in popularity in Japan and world wide!

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2013 World Cosplay Summit

Attending the 2013 Cosplay Summit, was a no brainer for someone with a new lens, so I set about a small photo walk to see what I could find.  The greatest shots available this year were groups shots, especially from Final Fantasy and Attack on Titan.  There were great individual cosplayers, but teams were just too great!

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January 24th, 2012
 
My Comiket Loot, 1 month ago. Today, I bought some clothes to my upcoming trip to Hokkaido!
I need to book my flight with TopTours to guarantee my access to Snow Miku!