Cherry Blossoms! A weekend of Japanese Culture

21st August 2016

Dear Chibi,

Cherry Blossom Photobooth by Madman

Today Hubby and I went to see the beautiful cherry blossoms blooming at the Auburn Botanical Gardens :D The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event but for some reason I always miss it! This time I marked it on my calendar so we wouldn’t forget :)

Credit goes to Hubby for all these amazing photos~

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Sydney’s Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!con) 2016

21st August 2016

Dear Chibi,

Sydney’s Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!) is here again this weekend at Rosehill Gardens. It’s celebrating its 10 year anniversary, and I can vaguely remember its humble beginnings back in 2007. It sure has come a long way from being an event with 1000 attendees to over 10,000. This year I was lucky enough to win a double weekend pass to SMASH, so I took this opportunity to wear my Gothic Lolita dress one last time :)

I wasn’t interested in getting autographs this year as I didn’t know any of the special guests. I spent most of the time wandering around the exhibitor area and checking out the artist alley. As always, cosplays are fun to see :D Hubby took most of these pictures (I snapped the Sailor Moon ones XD):

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Sailor Moon R Part 2 DVD Review

17th July 2016

See my review of Sailor Moon: Part 1 & Part 2
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Dear Chibi,

About a week ago I received my copy of Sailor Moon R Part 2 on DVD (AU/NZ Madman release)! This is the 4th volume of the series and contains 21 episodes.

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Sailor Moon R Part 2 is where it starts to get really good…and oh my the feels. I really enjoy just sitting down and watching the show. You might think it’s simply a case of nostalgia, but I’d like to think the charm and appeal of Sailor Moon is timeless. While this isn’t a Bluray disc, I never thought the video quality was poor, or outdated. For a show that’s made in the 90s, these remasters are great.

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Making anime food~ “Gotcha” Pork Roast from Food Wars

18th June 2016

Dear Chibi,

This weekend Hubby and I decided to try “anime food”~“Gotcha” Pork Roast which appears in the first episode of Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma”. The protagonist was challenged to make a meat dish (after all the meat were sabotaged in his kitchen), so he came up with this cheeky idea using his grocery items. It is essentially a “fake” pork roast, which consists of lightly mashed potato; mixed with onions and eringi mushrooms, wrapped in thick-cut bacon and roasted. It’s then covered with a delicious fragrant sauce made of red wine, soy sauce and sake.

While no clothes were blown off when we ate this (that was the characters reaction in the show XD), it was delicious! :D Instead of making one big pork roast, we made two smaller portions for each of us. It’s a very filling and satisfying meal for something that doesn’t cost that much to make.

If you wanna try this recipe out yourself, there’s a few youtube videos you can follow, like runnyrunny999 or Feast Of Fiction. Enjoy!!

Sailor Moon Micro Block

12th June 2016

Dear Chibi,

This morning we built the Sailor Moon Micro Block I received from Kaz :D And when I say ‘we built’ I meant Hubby built ;D The instruction sheet looked intimidating for me, so I just helped sort out the different pieces XD

Work in progress photos:

 

All up, it took around 50 minutes to put together, while we sipped on tea at our cosy kotatsu. Thanks Hubby :D

 

 

Sailor Moon R (Part 1) DVD Limited Edition Madman release

4th June 2016

Dear Chibi,

See my review of Sailor Moon Season 1: Part 1 & Part 2

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Sailor Moon R (Season 2 Part 1) is finally out on DVD in Australia! Part 2 comes out in just a few days. This release consists of 4 discs starting with episode 47 (Moon Returns: The Mysterious Aliens Appear) and ending at episode 68 (Protect Chibi-Usa: Clash of the Ten Warriors). It covers the entire “Doom Tree Arc” and the first half of the “Black Moon Arc”. I was lucky enough to get the limited edition copy, so be prepared for lots of eye candy!! *_*

The limited edition copy comes in a nifty collector’s box, big enough to fit the 2 DVDs from this season. It also includes an illustrated booklet, which I looooove! You’ll find plenty of gorgeous artwork by Italian artist Marco Albiero, who redrew a lot of the old 90s anime art which is featured on a lot of GE merchandise.

Click on the thumbnails for a larger view:

Everything is visually appealing from the choice of colours, to the art and design. No complaints, really.

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Cardcaptor Sakura Movie – The Sealed Card DVD review

3rd June 2016

Dear Chibi,

Over 2 months, Hubby and I finished all 70 episodes from the Cardcaptor Sakura DVD Collection. I found it thoroughly enjoyable, even though at times it can feel a bit repetitive (The Clow Cards all start to feel the same after a while). There are also quite a few filler episodes which could easily be cut out, but every little interaction between Sakura and Syaoran make it worthwhile for me :3 THEY ARE JUST SO ADORABLE I DON’T CARE THAT THEY’RE 10 :’D

The final movie “The Sealed Card” is the ultimate finale to the Cardcaptor Sakura anime. It takes place 4 months after the end of episode 70 and it heavily focuses on this pairing. This is a brilliant movie for all Cardcaptor Sakura fans, but if you want Sakura and Syaoran to get together, you will love this movie!

(Poor Hubby, he was rooting for Meilin D:)

Cardcaptor Sakura The Sealed Card

“Sakura Kinomoto has come a long way since first being chosen to be a cardcaptor. She’s captured all the cards, made new friends and gained some insight into her own heart. Now, she faces her ultimate challenge, finding the strength to confess her feelings to her true love. While struggling with her heart, a mysterious force has begun stealing her cards and threatens to take away what she truly cherishes. Can Sakura find the inner strength she needs to take on this final challenge?”

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Moon Kaleidoscope Proplica April Fools Prank

3rd April 2016

Dear Chibi,

I’m not usually a fan of April Fools, but this year I was tempted to try something myself. The idea came to mind because so much Sailor Moon merchandise have been released over the last 3 years, and so much more are coming. I wondered if I’d be able to convince people of this new Proplica of the “Moon Kaleidoscope”?

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I quickly photoshopped this image together while I was at work (bad, I know :P) This beautiful 3D render of the Moon Kaleidoscope is actually created by digitalAuge. The background was ripped off an official proplica image, and I slapped on Sailor Moon’s 20th Anniversary logo and added a fine print. Of course, the fine print in the real promos are in Japanese ;D

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Catch You Catch Me watching Cardcaptors!

20th March 2016

Dear Chibi,

YASSSS~ Cardcaptor Sakura collection is here! :’)

I really enjoyed this anime in my teens when it was first shown on Cheez TV in Australia. Sailor Moon had already stopped showing at the time, and I was curious to check out another mahou shoujo (magical girl) series. I was first drawn towards the pretty art style and was expecting to see her transformation (much like Sailor Moon), but of course that doesn’t actually happen because Sakura doesn’t transform XD. She simply puts on a different fancy costume designed by her best friend and wingwoman Tomoyo. Kind of trivial but cute :D

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Cardcaptor Sakura follows the story of a cheerful girl named Sakura Kinomoto, a ten-year-old fourth grader who lives with her father and older brother Toya. One day, Sakura accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as ‘Clow Cards’ from a mysterious book found in her basement. These cards were created by a sorcerer named Clow Reed and contain spirits with unique magical abilities. Cerberus, the Guardian of the Cards emerges from the book and chooses Sakura to retrieve the missing cards.

The first 20 or so episodes mostly revolve around Sakura collecting the Clow Cards, with the overarching plot picking up its pace in Season 2. The show has plenty of humour, action and LOTS OF CUTEEEE (I’m a huge sucker for the romance ~Syaoran-kun <3).

10+ years later and I’m re-watching the show again. This time around, I’m forcing getting Hubby to watch it with me ;D He doesn’t know anything about this show, so you can imagine me peeking at him every few seconds to see his reaction ;D So far so good..we’re up to episode 7!

The English version that I grew up watching was censored and cut. Here’s the Cardcaptor Sakura collection, remastered, uncut and provided in original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Sweet!

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Cardcaptor Sakura Collection 1: Clow Book. I LOVE THIS ART!

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The DVD’s only special features are the textless opening and closing songs. It would be really nice if there were other bonuses included.

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Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo Blu-ray

5th March 2016

Dear Chibi,

‘Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo’ is finally out in Australia on blu-ray! 3.33 is the third of four films released in the ‘Rebuild of Evangelion’ tetralogy, with the final film yet to come.

Let’s have a closer look at the packaging~ (Click here for Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22)

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This is the limited edition version which comes with a slipcase and a mini booklet.

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The box is a bit wider than the previous two movies because the booklet is bigger and sits outside the disc case.

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