Today’s post is courtesy of Anne from the Cat Obsessed blog. We have the same name and love for animals, so you know she’s gotta be cool! Check out her site for all kinds of cuteness, from Hello Kitty to kitty-themed cosmetics. For now, read on for a slightly different perspective on Final Fantasy XV! – Anne
Episode 33 of Chic Pixel Plus may be slightly shorter than normal, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have lots of things to say! Not only do we cover a new manga in Manga Book Club, but App Attack makes a grand return with Final Fantasy Grandmaster. Be sure to listen all the way to the end of this one (of course you always do, right?!), because Sarah has one hell of a strange tale for this installment of Nippon Neighborhood Watch.
00:06:08 – Neko Atsume English version
00:08:00 – Nier Automata gameplay trailer
00:10:38 – #NatsumeMonth
00:12:44 – Manga Book Club: Ryuu no Gakkou wa Yama no Ue
00:25:36 – The Perfect Insider episodes 2-3
00:34:06 – Concrete Revolutio episodes 3-4
00:44:15 – One Punch Man episodes 3-4
00:51:45 – App Attack: Final Fantasy Grandmaster
00:58:48 – Nippon Neighborhood Watch
Opening ♫ – “Nameko no Uta” by Haruka Fukuhara
Closing ♫ – “Boom Boom Dollar” by King Kong and D. Jungle Girls
Happy Sunday, and thanks for checking out my newest column, Sunday Spotlight! I’ll be using this space to highlight other bloggers, creatives, and otherwise cool people that I think you should know about. If you’re a fan of the kinds of things you see on Chic Pixel, you’re definitely going to want to check out the folks I’ll be showcasing here!
This week, I want to tell you about Final Fantasy Recipes, an awesome Final Fantasy food blog that isn’t quite what you’d expect. Instead of modeling food after the characters and icons from the Final Fantasy series, this blog instead seeks to create recipes that might reflect what the inhabitants of those worlds actually eat! As the Final Fantasy Recipes about page states, it attempts to serve as a bit of an anthropological survey of the Final Fantasy games. How cool is that?!
From the Festival of the Hunt Stew to the Narshe Spiced Wine, each recipe comes with an image and quote from the game that inspired it. I haven’t had a chance to try one of the recipes out for myself yet, but I am really impressed by this different take on game-inspired cuisine. I’ve got my eye on the Zozo Pub Soup – it looks relatively easy to make, but still sounds quite delicious!
Let me know if you end up trying any of Final Fantasy Recipes‘ recipes! Are there any other game-inspired food that have made their way on to your dinner table?
Chic Pixel Plus is officially 25 episodes young, and that can only mean one thing… Onward to season 2! Anne is joined by her brand new co-host Sarah O’Donnell of For Fox Sake to give you all the details on the new show layout. We really hope you like what we have in store!
Topics this week include coffee, Final Fantasy IX‘s 15th birthday, the Death Note drama, Show By Rock, Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, and what anime we plan on watching this season. Be sure to listen to the whole episode for details to win one of three Crunchyroll 48 hour all-access passes we have to give away!
Opening & Closing ♫ – ???
Hello again. Sarah here! At long last, it’s time for my write up on the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Eorzea Café in Akihabara! Sorry to keep ya’ll waiting. I’m going to do my best to write up a detailed explanation of how to get the most out of the experience.
Unlike the Pokémon Café Roy and I went to, you could reserve tickets for the Eorzea Café online. Tickets only open for one month in advance, so you’ll want to keep an eye out on the site if there is a certain window of time you’re aiming for. [Anne’s note: If you don’t know Japanese, Voyagin offers a service to buy tickets on your behalf! It’s super easy!]
For the sake of brevity, I’m going to assume you know how to get the tickets and am going to skip to the part where you arrive at the café. (If you want step-by-step instructions on how to order the tickets and redeem them at Lawson’s, let me know! If there is enough demand I will do a write up with step-by-step instructions, including screencaps.)
You’ll want to arrive at the café around 15 minutes before your reservation, and you’ll notice that you’ll be with a group of other people that will be dining at the same time. When you give your tickets to the person at the counter (there’s only one counter that’s situated between both the Eorzea and Otomate cafés), they’ll hand you a menu and an order sheet for food and drinks. This is so that you can decide what to order while you wait to be seated.
They will also ask if you have a point card, which we didn’t. Since the reservation is under one name, the points would only apply for that one person even though two people are dining (this is important to note only for diners who have their own point cards and want to save them separately).
Once you are seated, the host will explain how the ordering system works. Basically you have a span of 2 hours (!) to leisurely eat, drink, and play the game itself. I highly recommend spacing out your orders as best you can, otherwise you may find yourself actually bored at times. So get drinks first, then a food item, maybe another round, some more food…That’s what we ended up doing. If you are seated at a two-person table there won’t be room for much food anyway.
On episode 21 of Chic Pixel Plus, I bring on regular extra Elliot Gay (@ryougasaotome) to talk about the most important game topic of our generation: kusoge. What are kusoge? Are they so bad they’re good, or just plain bad? We talk about all that and more, plus, related news!
Games included in the discussion range from the Drakengard series to Friday the 13th, plus we get in some Seaman, Vangaurd Bandits, Disaster: Day of Crisis, and Dirge of Cerberus: FFVII talk as well.
This podcast was recorded early/mid-June and is going up quite late, much to my dismay, so while I talk about Puzzle Month, we’re actually already in the midst of JRPGJuly! Sorry about that!
Opening ♫ – Life is Beautiful, Deadly Premonition
Closing ♫ – Seaman commercial
Come one, come all, for a very special themed episode of Chic Pixel Plus! This week, I’m joined by Final Fantasy MMO nut and general nerd Mog for an in-depth discussion of Final Fantasy: XIV: A Realm Reborn! And we make a pretty good duo, if I do say so myself:
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper episode without some news, so we also discuss the pre-TGS Sony Japan press conference that was chock-full of exciting and not-quite-as-exciting game and hardware announcements! What’s this newfangled PS Vita model? Did Sony say something about a Soul Sacrifice sequel? What exactly was so bad about the original Final Fantasy XIV? And why do we keep bringing up that other Japanese online game, Phantasy Star Online 2? Find out the answers to these pressing questions and a whole lot more in Chic Pixel Plus episode 6!
00:00:32 – Introductions
00:00:52 – Sony Japan’s pre-TGS press conference (Soul Sacrifice Delta, Phantasy Star Nova, new Danganronpa, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD PS Vita)
00:13:33 – PS Vita 2000, PS Vita TV
00:24:06 – FFXIV makes Anne consider a PS4
00:30:18 – Main topic: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, our MMO backgrounds
00:35:08 – Final Fantasy XIV 1.0
00:43:43 – From beta to launch
01:00:27 – Endgame
01:20:15 – Closing thoughts
Opening ♫ – By Design – Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Closing ♫ – Akachan wa doko kara kuru no? – The Rub Rabbits! (feat. in Phantasy Star Online 2)