Thursday, April 6, 2017

Report: Namja Town - Yuri!!! on ICE event

Namja Town is home to, most importantly, Gyoza Staduim, but they also do anime collabs too. This time I went to the Yuri!!! on ICE collaboration event. There's so much food for this event, I'll probably end up going multiple times in order to try everything. Luckily, it lasts until May 7th.

The official artwork for this event is just too cute. God bless.
So the website claims that this event has been running since January, but all of the food and merch have only been there since the beginning of March. For the first two weeks, you have to buy a special limited ticket in advance to have access to the food and the goods, I was fortunate enough that I managed to grab a couple for the last day of the limited ticket period.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Report: Tokyo Dome City Attractions – Yowamushi Pedal Event

So Tokyo Dome is most famous for being where the Tokyo Giants play, but did you know that there’s also an amusement park attached to it? They frequently do collaborations with popular TV shows, anime, and manga, usually media geared towards teenagers and children. Previously this year they did a collaboration with Haikyuu, and the Yowamushi Pedal collaboration just finished.

So a friend of mine had been wanting to go to this event for a while, and we finally met up in Tokyo to go on the second to last weekend!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Report: Shinjuku Animate Café – Yuri!!! on ICE

You may or may not have noticed, but Yuri!!! on ICE has blown up. This is either their second or third Animate collab, and one of three that is currently running. The first was their food truck outside of the head shop in Ikebukuro, the second was a collab with the Fukuoka Animate store, and now they have collabs running in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Thailand. 

This is the first report from my Yuri!!! on ICE Animate Café adventures, and it will not be my last. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Report: King of System Collab Drinks - Yuri!!! on Ice and Haikyuu (November 2016 to January 2017)

I'll be making a guide for King of System soon, but all you really need to know is that it's a karaoke joint that does a lot of anime collaborations. They also do take out, so you can just pick these drinks up at any time from their participating store fronts. Dope, right? 

So let's see what I got this time. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Report: Sweets Paradise - Yuri!!! on Ice Collab

So this collab was my first occasion to go to Sweets Paradise, but let me tell you I want to go again and again because other than the awkwardness of being alone in the center of the restaurant, it was a great experience. I actually enjoyed it so much that I shelled out the 2,180 yen to get the collab menu twice. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Report: J-World – Katekyoshi Hitman Reborn Event

So overall I would say this event was a bit underwhelming, but since I personally got into Reborn 5 years after the anime and manga had ended, I was still happy to see it.

 *Taken from the J-World Website

Monday, February 13, 2017

Report: J-World - JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable

So I’m not the biggest JoJo’s fan in the world (that title belongs to my partner in crime Buttcape), but I’ve been enjoying watching the anime and I would like to start reading the manga because the artwork that I’ve seen is utterly beautiful. What I like about JoJo’s is that the characters somehow manage to be utterly beautiful, but in an incredibly masculine way. What I would say about this event is that it does not really capture that, but most of these events are based on the animes, and while the animes tend to be enjoyable, they do not usually have the same care and skill applied to the art as the mangas do.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Report: Collabo Cafe Honpo - Daiya no A Edition

You may or may not know this, but I’m a huge fan of Daiya no A. It’s my current everything. Since I showed up in Japan just past the Daiya hype, a lot of events for the series have already passed such as various Animate Café’s, stage plays, baseball team collaboration events, karaoke collaborations, and many many more. You could imagine the excitement I felt when I saw the announcement that Collabo Café Honpo was going to do a Daiya collaboration. 

While I was in Tokyo the first weekend of the café for a douj event, I never saw when they’d open reservations and they were all booked up before I could get my chance to snag one, so I made a second 3 hour long trip to Tokyo in order to reach this one. This past weekend I had the honor and delight of going to Collabo Café Honpo’s Daiya no A Café.

Collabo Cafe Honpo
Making the reservation and getting to the café was easy enough. They tell you that it is just in front of the Don Quijote in Akihabara, and that’s true. The photos the café posted to Twitter made it seem like the café was huge, but it was actually quite small. The magic of upward angles I guess.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Catching up.

I moved to Tochigi at the end of August of 2016, so I’ve been here a while. I’ll tell you about some of the processes of moving and a couple things that I wish I had done differently and some things to look out for. I guess I can also throw in what I've been up to.