Sailor Moon Musical ~Amour Eternal viewing

30th December 2016

Dear Chibi,

It’s time for our annual Seramyu viewing again! This year’s performance is titled “Amour Eternal” based on the 4th season known as SuperS/Dream Arc. Fans don’t often quote the 4th season as their favourite, but it’s still enjoyable nevertheless and has a fun group of villains. I’m so glad the Outer Senshi return, because I loved them so much in ‘Un Nouveau Voyage’!

Before we started, I made spaghetti bolognese for lunch and Kat brought along a plate of spinach cob dip! Yum!

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Your Lie in April

19th November 2016

Your Lie In April - Kousei and Kaori

Dear Chibi,

“Your Lie in April” (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) follows the story of Kousei Arima a former piano prodigy who, after the death of his mother, can no longer hear the sound of his piano. Kousei views the world in monochrome until he meets Kaori Miyazono, a free-spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her manic personality. His once monotonous life was about to change forever.

This is a review of Madman’s Australian/NZ limited Bluray release, which comes with a special collector’s art box and 6 gorgeous art cards. (Click on the thumbnails for a larger view)

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Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 (Limited Edition) Madman Review

25th September 2016

Dear Chibi,

Sailor Moon Crystal Bluray/DVD Limited Edition Madman

This post will be a review of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray Combo released by Madman for Australia and New Zealand.

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 contains the entire first season with 14 episodes. It has the original Japanese audio with English subtitles, as well an English dub by Viz Media.

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Sailor Moon Communicator Watches Gashapon Set Review

24th September 2016

Dear Chibi,

Sailor Moon Communicator Watches Gashapon

The shinies are here!! :D Look how pretty they are!

My bro pre-ordered these cute Sailor Moon Communicator Watches for my birthday back in April. The July release date got pushed back, so it took a while for these to arrive from Japan. I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of quality, since these are capsule toys after all. Would I be able to wear it? Can I use it as a real watch? Would it be too plastic and fragile? Seeing how much I loved the Sailor Moon mirror compacts, I had a feeling everything will be alright :D

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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
Sailor Moon R: Part 1

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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