I first became aware of Stasia’s adorable brand Ugly Plants around the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, when photos of her amazing Mimikyu plushies were circulating around the internet. But I soon found out that Stasia is not only extremely skilled at making plushies of Pokémon and other cute characters, but all kinds of other merchandise, too!
I love how my February Favorites roundup is at two extremes: on one end, I purchased a sticker book that is meant for children, and on the other, I’m perfecting the very boring yet adult art of organizing my clothes. At least I keep things interesting! This month’s post will be shorter than previous Favorites, but you may be surprised to read what I have to say about each one of my picks!
In our first episode of 2017, we take a trip in a time machine… All the way back to November 2016 (when this episode was originally recorded)! Times were bleak because Trump was just elected, so really, not much has changed. But never to stay downtrodden for too long, we get those good, good vibes goin’ this episode with comfort media favorites such as Sailor Moon, Pokémon, and Yuri!!! on ICE. Happy year of the rooster, everyone!
00:08:15 – Sailor Moon R movie in US theaters
00:12:49 – Upcoming 2017 anime
00:13:34 – Final Fantasy XV Judgement Disc
00:18:28 – Pokémon Sun & Moon
00:31:05 – Yuri!!! on ICE
00:42:52 – Pokémon Sun & Moon anime
00:49:54 – Poco’s Udon World
00:53:36 – Kimi no na wa
00:58:02 – Sailor Moon Drops
01:07:16 – Nippon Neighborhood Watch
Opening ♫ – “Moon Revenge” – Peach Hips
Closing ♫ – “Stand By Me” – Florence and the Machine
Look who’s back! Chic Pixel Plus makes its triumphant return with a recap of the most recent Nintendo Direct, Japanese film recommendations, yet another Granblue Fantasy update, and Sarah’s full rundown of what it’s like to go apartment hunting in Japan. We also admit how much we love the carnage and despair in the Danganronpa 3 anime… Oh, and of course Anne has to give her impressions of the hottest new otome game app, Mystic Messenger. Enjoy!
00:05:20 – September Nintendo Direct
00:10:08 – Super Mario Run
00:11:40 – Final Fantasy XV delay
00:15:51 – Pokémon Sun and Moon
00:18:35 – Downloading free manga from eBook Japan
00:21:27 – Danganronpa 3
00:33:13 – The Boy and the Beast
00:38:28 – Hausu
00:42:26 – Granblue Fantasy
00:45:52 – Mystic Messenger
00:51:18 – Apartment hunting in Japan
Opening ♫ – “Shirayuki no Yume” – Loverin Tamburin
Closing ♫ – “Discussion -HOPE VS DESPAIR-” – Masafumi Takada
After my first experience using Tenso to forward packages from Japan to Australia a year ago, my buying habits have drastically changed. No more pining away for products that can’t be shipped overseas – now I can order them and have them shipped to me for a reasonable fee with Tenso! I say “reasonable” because if you’re not careful, the cost can shoot up very quickly… But after forwarding a few packages, I think I have a pretty good handle on how to make the most of it. Today I’ll be sharing my most recent haul as well as some tips on using Tenso I’ve learned along the way!
It’s finally time to discuss the new Danganronpa anime! (no spoilers though, we promise). Plus, Sarah gives her final impressions of Lady and Old Man, Anne has a lot of things to say about Sanrio Danshi, and there’s plenty of gushing over the figures announced at the summer Wonder Festival. Sarah also talks about what it’s like to play Pokémon Go in the Pokémon capital of the world (it has to be Tokyo, right?!), and Anne finally watches an anime classic in episode 48 of Chic Pixel Plus!
00:03:50 – Level-5 announcements: Lady Layton, Otome Yuusha
00:09:39 – Summer Wonder Festival figure announcements
00:14:14 – Bleach manga ending
00:19:48 – Sanrio Danshi manga
00:30:52 – Lady and Old Man follow-up
00:34:28 – Danganronpa 3
00:40:12 – Cardcaptor Sakura
00:46:51 – Pokémon Go in Tokyo
00:57:30 – Matsuri season
Opening ♫ – “RAIMEI” – T.M. Revolution
Closing ♫ – “Groovy!” – Kohmi Hirose
It’s July 2016, and we’re watching a puppet show. Who would’ve thought?! In addition to gushing about Thunderbolt Fantasy, we discuss current gaming events, a plethora of exciting otome and BL game announcements, and a bunch of new anime! Plus, Anne recounts the process of publishing an academic paper (you should totally read it, too!), and Sarah gives us the scoop on what might be the next big Japanese app, Shadowverse. Oh, and Pokémon Go.
00:03:07 – JRPG July [Intro post, week one roundup links]
00:09:49 – MangaGamer and Aksys Games Anime Expo announcements
00:17:00 – Bit Summit
00:18:57 – Games Done Quick
00:22:27 – Anne’s Centaur Paper
00:28:49 – Hokusai to Meshi Sae Areba
00:33:15 – Lady and Old Man
00:35:19 – Thunderbolt Fantasy
00:48:25 – Space Patrol Luluco
00:51:44 – Servamp
00:57:26 – What listeners are watching [Danganronpa spinoff manga Killer Killer]
01:06:21 – Pokémon Go
01:17:05 – Shadowverse
Opening ♫ – “Miku ft. Hatsune Miku” by Anamanaguchi
Closing ♫ – Pokémon Go world map theme