Happy first Sunday of October! For the first Spotlight of the month, I’d like to urge you all to check out Mia, an awesome cosplayer and blogger at XOMia.com.
I first learned of Mia’s site after stumbling into photos of her adorable Isabelle cosplay. I love how all of the Animal Crossing characters in the group photo above have been translated to humanoid versions, but Mia’s Isabelle takes the cake. She even has a makeup tutorial if you want to recreate the look yourself!
Like me, Mia specializes in all things cute and nerdy, but her particular area of focus tends to be cosplay and con recaps. I don’t go to a lot of cons myself, so I really love being able to live vicariously through her! If those things sound up your alley too, I definitely recommend her fun site.
Ah October, a time of pumpkin spice lattes and spooky decor! This used to be my favorite time of year when I lived in a country that actually celebrated these things, but now I have to satisfy myself with shrimp on the barbie or some other appropriately Aussie thing whenever the holiday season rolls around.
But I digress! October would be the perfect time to do another horror-themed Community Game-Along like I did last year, but I thought it would be fun to shake things up with a different kind of horror this time. That horror is… kusoge! Literally “shit game” in Japanese, kusoge can range from unplayable garbage to diamond-in-the-rough titles that have some unpolished aspects but shine in other areas.
After the success of my Splatoon nail tutorial, I thought I’d try my hand at another! Themed nails to celebrate the release of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girlsearlier this month seemed only appropriate. I modeled this design after Monokuma and the stylized hot pink blood prominently featured in the Danganronpa games. This can also double as a great look for Halloween!
I shared a glimpse of my new light blue/white PS Vita Slim back in my writeup of the Tenso forwarding service, but if you were hoping for a better look at the system, this is the post for you! Check out the video below for a full unboxing, as well as a screen comparison with the original PS Vita’s OLED display.
If it wasn’t obvious, I’m extremely happy with it! In an ideal world I’d love a system that felt like the slim model but had the screen of the original, but the light weight and more ergonomic feel of the slim has me more than happy with the purchase. But just after I bought mine, Sony announced three new color options for Japan! What do you think of the new version?
The color on the front is an neat touch, but I much prefer the light blue/white combo! If you’re looking to add a Vita to your home, you can find all of the models at Play Asia.
30 seemed like a cool number to celebrate, so we begin this episode with a hurrah before diving straight in to the good word on Japanese Netflix and all our favorite news from this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Then, Manga Book Club dons a ghost costume as Sarah announces her spooky October pick (and relays a related tale of woe). Most notably, we now have show notes so you can skip segments of TGI Anime to avoid spoiling certain shows! Check ’em out:
0:02:14 – Japanese Netflix
0:08:25 – TGS 2015
0:42:40 – Umaru Nendoroid re-release
0:44:26 – Makura no Danshi game
00:47:07 – Manga Book Club: Halloween Edition
0:54:31 – Japanese Kindle PSA
0:58:35 – Himouto Umaru-chan episodes 9-10
1:10:33 – School-Live! episodes 9-10
1:21:08 – Makura no Danshi episodes 9-10
1:29:13 – Wakakozake episodes 10-11
1:36:49 – Gatchaman Crowds insight episodes 9-10
1:55:52 – Nippon Neighborhood Watch
I’m sorry to say, but this isn’t an announcement about a new kitten book featuring cute anime boys (though that would be amazing). Rather, this season’s crazy otome anime Makura no Danshi will be getting its very own romance simulation game! Aside from the fact that it will be for both iOS and Android and is coming out sometime this winter, there’s not much else in the way of information, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to admire the wide variety of content this series is garnering.
If you’ve been listening to Chic Pixel Plus, you’ll know that Sarah and I have been following Makura no Danshi this season. Given the horrendous production values that result in extended still frames, awful animation, and a strange lack of audio during numerous sequences, I’m honestly surprised they’re actually putting more money into this franchise! In addition to the recently announced mobile game, there are also a number of upcoming drama CDs, as well as a sleeping aid app exclusive to au phones in Japan (pictured above).
I guess this is an indication that Makura no Danshi is more popular than I thought… I hope this means we’ll see even more otome anime and associated media in the mainstream going forward! Also, big thanks to Gredlen for pointing out this news to me – I’m honored to have friends that make sure I stay up to date with pillow boy news.
Another Sunday, another Spotlight! This week I’m really excited to share one of my absolute favorite crafters. Cross stitcher aiccio is only on Instagram, as far as I’m aware (update: they are also on Twitter), but their mostly video game-themed projects are some of the best I’ve seen! Video games, particularly ones featuring pixel art, tend to lend themselves really well to cross stitch, but aiccio stands out for highlighting series and characters that you don’t often see get much love.
Of course, no video game cross stitch collection would be complete without some Mario. I could seriously link every single one of aiccio’s Instagram posts, they’re all that awesome. But instead, do head over and check out the rest of their work! They only have about 1,500 followers, which is not nearly enough, if you ask me, so give them a follow if you can! If you don’t have an Instagram account, show them some love on Twitter. Now I want to go do some nerdy crafts…