These days, you can buy almost anything from Japan your heart desires online, but there’s one kind of item that’s always been particularly hard to find: Gachapon! Because gachapon toys are generally only sold through machines that spit out a random capsule toy, living outside of Japan means you miss out of the surprise of putting a few hundred yen into a machine, turning the knob, and waiting with baited breath to see what comes out… But with Tokyo Gacha World, a subscription box dedicated to gachapon, you can experience the delight of receiving random gachapon every month!
The holiday shopping madness is now in full swing! Luckily, it’s easy to get in on some great deals without having to manage high-tension shopping crowds, or, if you’re like me, live in a country that doesn’t really do the whole Black Friday/Cyber Monday thing. With so many good deals flying around, I’ve decided to round up my favorites to share! From cute, nerdy apparel and accessories to discount games and figures, there’s more than enough here to get your holiday shopping out of the way or treat yourself for being awesome!
When an English version of Teddy Together was announced earlier this year, I was completely shocked. After the Japanese version came out way back in June 2013, there was not a peep of a localization. All of a sudden, Europe and Australia would be getting the teddy bear simulator fully voiced in English only a few months after the initial localization announcement! While I was initially a little skeptical of the whole premise due to being slightly creeped out by the talking bear character, after spending time with the actual game, I can say it’s actually really cute!
Now here’s a review I’m really excited for! Well, it’s always great to check out something new, but I’ve been especially eager to try Yume Twins ever since the new kawaii subscription box service was launched earlier this year by the folks behind Tokyo Treat. So far, I’ve only tried one kawaii subscription service, Doki Doki Crate, and I was left rather disappointed by the number of low quality bootleg items it contained (though I hear they have improved greatly since). I got my Yume Twins order in just in time for the September box, which had the theme “new lifestyle.” Let’s see what’s inside!
Despite only being a little over a month old, Linda’s Ms. Visual Grammar blog has already rocketed to the top of my favorites! She has a great eye for all things cute and nerdy, and a slightly larger focus on makeup and fashion than you’ll find here at Chic Pixel. I just can’t get enough!
Linda covers everything from conventions and cosplay to cute figures and awesome illustrators, so if you’re a fan of Chic Pixel or any of the things mentioned, I highly recommend her site! I especially love her weekly Fashion Friday series; Linda has a great sense of style, and I’ve already gotten a few ideas for my own wardrobe from her posts!
If you enjoy Ms. Visual Grammar, be sure to also follow her on Instagram. Her photos always brighten my day!
I’ve been a follower of Susan aka Susie Pie’s illustrations on Instagram for many moons, and when I learned she was delving into the realm of enamel pins, I was thrilled! But she hasn’t stopped there – her new online store, appropriately named Shop Susie Pie, features all kinds of cute and nerdy pins and patches, as well as paper goods featuring her gorgeous illustrations. Read on for my full impressions, and don’t miss out on the exclusive giveaway and coupon code for Chic Pixel readers at the end of the post!
I’m super excited for this week’s Sunday Spotlight, because today I’m talking about a good pal Sami Spoon! Sami is a blogger from the UK who loves all the same things I do, but most importantly, she has excellent taste in video games and all things kawaii! Sami recently launched a new personal blog to catalog all her interests, so if you like Chic Pixel, I highly recommend checking it out!
I especially like her recent loot post where she shared a bunch of limited edition New Year PokéCenter goods such as the adorable charms above. Her photos all have her signature rounded corners, which makes them extra cute, don’t you think?