UPDATE: Good Smile Company has put up a listing for the Red Nendoroid on their website, which includes images of his accessories and the three starters:
Whether you call it Pokémon Battle Trozei or Pokémon Link: Battle!, there’s no denying that the eShop-exclusive match three game’s announcement back in February came as a bit of a surprise. The game’s sudden announcement and its subsequent release in all territories just a month later left this Pokémon-obsessed gal assuming that Pokémon Battle Trozei would be left to die much like poor Pokémon Rumble U. But low and behold, the Japanese release of the game has brought an onslaught of exclusive merchandise, including not one, but two 3DS XLs!
The first item revealed was this lovely white limited edition 3DS XL. It won’t be available at retail, though – it’s a prize for a contest only available to memebers of the Pokémon Daisuki club. If you happen to be a member, you need to watch three videos between March 28th and April 18th and send in your guess of how many different Pokémon icons appear at the end of the videos to be entered in the drawing. There will only be two winners, but 30 runners up will get a cute set of two sticker sheets, which will also be going on sale at the end of April.
A second Pokémon Battle Trozei 3DS XL was revealed in the Japanese children’s magazine Coro Coro, but this one will also be extremely limited – only five readers who send in entries will be selected to win the lottery. In the bottom right corner of the above image it says there are only 5 of these 3DS’s in the world, so it’s probably safe to say we won’t be seeing them elsewhere.
In slightly more accessible Pokémon Battle Trozei merchandise news, Pokémon Centers across Japan are holding a lottery for a slew of adorable limited edition merchandise until April 6th. Anyone who buy the game on their 3DS while in the store will get a voucher for one prize, and after that subsequent entries can be acquired for every 3,000 yen, or $30, spent in the store. Just like the Hatsune Miku lottery event I covered a few days ago, everyone is guaranteed a prize with every entry. Let’s take a look at what’s available to win:
The number 3 prize consists of three different sticker sheets, of which the winner can choose one.
The number 2 prize will win participants one of three different pencil cases. I wouldn’t be able to decide between the first two!
The number 4 prize is this adorable mug – winners can choose either the white or the yellow design. I don’t normally like yellow very much, but I think I prefer that one, personally.
Finally, the “special” prize, which I’m assuming is the most rare, is this very cool 65 cm by 45 cm pillow.
Unlike the Hatsune Miku lottery, the price of entry to this lottery is pretty high, but it’s great that they give people who download the game a free go. While once probably isn’t enough to win the pillow or mug, I wouldn’t mind a free postcard or sticker sheet, personally!
Unfortunately, the chances of any of us outside of Japan getting our hands on any Pokémon Battle Trozei merchandise is quite slim. Here’s hoping Nintendo decides to do at least a little something for the North American release on the 20th!
I don’t know about you, but my jealousy towards Japan comes in waves. During certain months it seems as though there’s practically nothing swoon-worthy in the way of limited or exclusive merchandise that makes me curse the day I chose to move to Australia over Japan, while other seasons make it impossible to ignore all of the awesome-looking collaborations and campaigns. This is probably related more to how often I seek out such things than the actual frequency of which they occur, but this year there seems to be something special about spring…
|Graphic ABS figures – 6 designs|
|Vinyl bag and charm set – 4 types|
|Rice bowl set – 4 types|
|Design tote bags – 2 types
Family Mart designs pictures on left, Tsutaya on right
|Tulip piggy bank – Rin-chan version and Ren-kun version
|Nap set (neck pillow and eye mask)|
|Hatsune Miku school uniform version figma|
|Hatsune Miku school uniform version Nendoroid|
|Hatsune Miku school uniform special color version Nendoroid|
I think it’s safe to say that I almost like talking about Japanese pop culture-themed food items as much as I like talking about the media represented in said food items themselves. And when it comes to “otaku food,” there’s nothing I enjoy more than a good themed café, whether it be a single café dedicated to a certain character, game, or anime series or just a special collaboration that features themed food and drink items for a limited time. So, for this installment of Japan Envy, I’ll be focusing on two recent café collaborations that caught my eye.
|Moogle latte art!|
Since I’ve been on a Final Fantasy kick lately, I’ll start with Square Enix’s special Final Fantasy XI 11th anniversary café series, which will be running for a month at the official Square Enix café Artnia in Shinjuku, Tokyo starting October 11th. Big thanks to Kimimi for tipping me off to this one!
Folks who order a cold drink will be treated to one of two adorable coaster designs.
Speaking of cold drinks, the café will be celebrating Final Fantasy XI‘s main villain, the Shadow Lord, with two themed drinks, one alcoholic (left) and one non-alcoholic (right).
But enough about drinks! How about a three-berry pancake stack with Moogle insignia? I think it’s safe to say that I’d be ordering this one.
They’ll also be offering a “Queen’s Crown” fruit parfait. It contains pineapple, apple, orange, banana, and cherry. Yum!
Finally, Artnia will also be selling some good old-fashioned chocolate featuring a number of Final Fantasy XI-inspired designs. I don’t know if I could eat them! (I’d probably manage)
Next up is the Creamy Mami collaboration with another café in Tokyo (all the best things in Japan are in Tokyo, it seems) called Patisserie Swallowtail White Rose. This also happens to be an anniversary special, in this case celebrating 30 years of Creamy Mami, a magical girl anime from the early 80s. If you’re curious about the show, you can watch it for free, legally, on Anime Sols!
Anyway, pictured above is the first item on the café’s limited special menu, two mini tarts (one sweet potato and the other green tea flavored) and a Creamy Mami mug that you can bring home with you.
Apparently sweets with special characters printed on them is a common item at Patisserie Swallowtail, as a cursory look at their website reveals a couple of different collaborations that feature character macaroons and cookies. The purple macaroon is blueberry flavored, the blue one is pistachio, the yellow-green one is lemon, and the pink one is strawberry. Nothing too special, but the designs are cute!
Now, for the real star of the show: the Creamy Mami cake! At only about $6.50, I’d say it’s a real steal, though I’d imagine it’s probably quite small in person. It contains cheese and raspberry mousse, but honestly, if I could, I would probably buy it regardless of flavor! Too bad the Creamy Mami collaboration is only running for two weeks, meaning even locals would probably have a hard time getting their hands on these limited-run sweets.
Well, this concludes this installment of Japan Envy! Are you hungry yet? I know I am…
Nearly every popular character in Japan gets its own themed train at some point, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that Rilakkuma is finally getting his turn on the tracks. While this may not officially be the first time Rilakkuma’s adorable mug has appeared on the side of a Japanese train, I did do some extensive research (aka Googling in Japanese) and couldn’t come up with any previous examples, so I’m going to go ahead and call this Rilakkuma’s big train debut! It’s as wonderful as you’d expect:
Rilakkuma himself even came out for the train’s debut! Look closely and you can see the Rilakkuma head silhouette on his hat and the buttons of his jacket. Too cute!
The Rilakkuma train will only be running until August 16th, so if you happen to be in Tokyo, make sure to hop on before it disappears!
Of course, there’s always merchandise for those of us who can’t make it or want a special souvenir of the event…
I’m particularly fond of the train design itself, so I’d kill for one of the file folders or the plush train cell phone strap. Or how about that “train enthusiast” Rilakkuma plush on shown on top left? He’s even carrying a little camera!
So, even though it’s only been less than two months since my trip to Japan, the land of the rising sun continues to give me reasons why I have to go back! I think it’s safe to say these Japan Envy posts won’t be going away anytime soon…
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In honor of the recent announcement that Touch Detective 3 will be coming to Nintendo 3DS sometime this year, I thought now would be as good a time as any to talk about more Funghi merchandise. Honestly, I never thought I’d say I’m a fan of Funghi, but I do think the phallic little mushroom is warming on me! There’s something charming about his lack of cuteness, I suppose, or perhaps I’m just morbidly fascinated by the fact that he’s so darn popular in Japan right now. Just like Hello Kitty or Rilakkuma, Funghi, or Nameko, as he’s known in Japan, has spawned numerous lines of stationary and other goods, mobile games, and even a puzzle game for the 3DS!
The official Funghi portal site also features some adorable comic strips, among other things:
|Funghi planting rice|
Anyway, the latest Funghi-related goodness comes from the convenience store chain Lawson, which will be stocking special Funghi food products from the 6th to the 17th of June. The campaign just happens to occur when I’m in Japan, so you can bet your cartridges that I’ll be seeking out a Lawson shop to try them out!
The first tasty treat in the series is Funghi-branded Tirol candies. I don’t believe I’ve actually had a Tirol chocolate square before, but I can tell you I’m already getting hungry looking at some of the delicious flavors shown on their website! The two Funghi flavors are mitarashi dango (a traditional Japanese desert that consists of three glutenous rice balls on a skewer, covered in sweet soy sauce) and strawberry. I think it’s safe to say I’ll go the mitarashi dango route, though the strawberry Funghi is pretty adorable!
Next up is the “neba neba” Funghi soba, which of course consists of a number of toppings including okra, seaweed, and some of Funghi’s nameko mushroom brethren. Try not to imagine you’re eating poor little Funghis when you dig in! “Neba neba,” by the way, means “sticky,” or “gooey,” which probably is an accurate description of what eating the above soba dish would be like. For a great writeup on “neba neba,” go here!
Finally, anyone who purchases two of the Funghi food products at once (you could get two Funghi neba neba sobas, but should you?) will get one of five exclusive Funghi x Lawson clear file folders. I have to admit, I’d probably make all sorts of weird food purchases if it meant obtaining limited-edition goods. I’m particularly partial to the yellow folder on the bottom left – I love all the different Funghi characters in the background and the fact that the Funghi in the foreground is carrying a Lawson bag!
Well, I know what I’m adding to my list of things to do in Japan!
You know what I like? Japan. Oh, wait, you already knew that? Okay, you know what else I like? Coffee. Oh… you knew that too? Well, what if I told you this Japan Envy post combines both of those things into one unprecedentedly awesome Chic Pixel update?! That was obvious from the title?? Okay, moving on…
|Catbus and mini Totoros! (source)|
Believe it or not, I don’t think I ever witnessed the standard heart or leaf drawn in a fresh frothy coffee drink until I went to Japan for the first time. That may be because I went to Japan for the first time when I was 14 and can’t imagine that I even drank coffee before that, but let’s pretend I come from the wilds of Vermont where we’re under the constant threat of being attacked by bears and barely have time to pour a cup of joe, let alone draw hearts and flowers in it.
Recently, I’ve been seeing more and more amazing “latte art” popping up on the internet, and let me tell you, the vast majority of it comes from Japan. Just one more reason for me to be envious of the land of the rising sun, I suppose. The pictures posted above are by my current two favorite latte artists, and I highly suggest following them on Twitter and Instagram if you can, as they update with new creations every day.
The first fellow, George (real name Kazuki Yamamoto), doesn’t use any color, but he crafts some amazing pieces that actually utilize the foam in some pretty crazy ways. He also does famous people along with anime, manga, game, and some Disney characters, which isn’t as common in the latte art I’ve seen.
Sugi, on the other hand, does mostly anime and game characters with a few cute mascot characters and other designs thrown in. Unlike George, she actually uses color, which really makes her pieces stand out (all edible, too!). She has her own YouTube channel where she’s recently started uploading videos of her making some of her creations, and it’s really amazing to see how she makes them. Check out this amazing Card Captor Sakura one, which took 15 minutes for her to make:
|Cobra by Sugi|
|Goldeen by George|
|Little green man by George|
|Sailor Venus by Sugi|