Put in your earphones and get ready for the warm fuzzies that only the Pokémon stars “pika” can provide.
No matter how much you may like your job or school, it’s safe to say very few people get to the end of the week and say “You know what? I’ve got so much energy that I absolutely don’t need a day off.” So if you’ve had a bit of a week, and are looking for a way to unwind now that Friday is finally here, this video is just the thing…and, as is so often the case, the source of our warm fuzzy feelings is none other than Pikachu.
Since January, the official Pokémon YouTube channel has been releasing a series of ASMR videos. Previously editions have starred Charmander, Grimer, and Squirtle, but the newest episode marks the appearance of the franchise mascot himself.
Pikachu by the Patio doesn’t try to be cunning in its title. It is indeed a leisurely one-angle view of the beloved Electric-type in a living room with a stylish wood-floor section, where he alternates between thinking up new ways to play and taking extremely comfy looking maps in the gentle sunlight coming through the window.
Sound is a critical component of ASMR videos, and Charmander’s and Squirtle’s featured crackling fire and ocean waves. This time around, though, there’s no natural environmental noise, and instead we’re treated to Pikachu’s irresistibly cute voice as he scampers all around the house, and occasionally climbs up onto our head, judging from how the audio changes.
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Goro Miyazaki gives us a sneak peek at the puppet show that will mark the debut of Ghibli’s first CG anime film.
For their latest video, they shared an extra special treat for fans, letting us sit in on a meeting with Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki. The younger Miyazaki, who directed the Ghibli films Tales from Earthsea (2006) and From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), is now set to debut his third directorial work, Earwig and the Witch, the studio’s first-ever CG feature film, as a TV special on national broadcaster NHK on 30 December.
To celebrate the big debut, the Ghibli Museum is planning something very special: a puppet show featuring the characters from the movie. As it turns out, Goro is not just a talented director and landscaper (yes, he worked as a landscaper, even helping to design the Ghibli Museum in 1998, before deciding to follow in the footsteps of his famous father). He’s also skilled with puppets, having performed puppet shows back in his student days.
Now, Goro is directing the staff at the Ghibli Museum, who will be helping him put on an Earwig and the Witch Puppet Show, with some awesome-looking puppets that come with glowing eyes.
Take a look at the video below.
The clip shows Goro working the beautifully made puppets like an experienced pro. All the main characters make an appearance, including the star of the show, 10-year-old orphan girl Aya (played by 13-year-old Kokoro Hirasawa in the film).
▼ The movie is titled Aya and the Witch in Japanese.
We can’t wait to see the stunning visuals in action!
Sailor Moon fans…get ready! After a a several-month delay due to the pandemic, the new two-part movie, Sailor Moon Eternal, is finally coming to Japanese theaters next month, and the newly-released key art has us completely pumped to see it!
That’s probably thanks to the fact that production company Toei Animation has been fairly secretive about the movie until now. They let out some visuals months ago to get fans excited for the beautiful art style, which seems to combine the best parts of the original anime and the latest Sailor Moon Crystal series, and they gave us some glimpses of what to expect in a pair of 30-second videos earlier this year, but they kept the full trailer completely under wraps until just last month.
▼ The full trailer
Now they’re releasing more and more visuals, and so far, the art is absolutely breathtaking! The first is a poster that was released together with the trailer last month, and features the beautiful, whimsical pastel coloring of the series that we love, with a slightly darker overtone.
In this poster, the four main Sailor Scouts stand together in a group looking sternly forward, as if facing a foe, as Sailor Chibi Moon, standing in the middle, clasps her hands together in prayer. Sailor Moon is superimposed above and behind them, also looking ready for battle. Between the determination on the Sailor Scouts’ faces and the soft coloring and angelic motifs of the poster, it’s both powerful and delicate, and beautifully represents the entire feel of the series.
The latest visual, just released on November 30, is quite a bit different, but no less gorgeous. It looks more like a hand-drawn …continue reading
Source: Supaku Blog
A short update that I recently took a test for COVID-19 and officially got positive for it yesterday. Fortunately, for the past two weeks, I only have a cough and running nose. No fever or breathing issues. I never got worse. As to how I got infected, I think it’s because of my dad who is also tested positive on COVID-19. Anyway, I hope I’ll be able to finally post soon once I recover or if I’m well enough.
(If I somehow die and you never hear from me for a year, you’ll most likely know why.) …continue reading
Source: Manga Therapy
“I’m so broken…I don’t know where to start fixing myself anymore.”
As someone who’s experienced thoughts of suicidal ideation, I can say that Waka Hirako’s My Broken Mariko is a title that hits me harder than most media do when it comes to the topic of suicide. The manga does not hold any hands throughout the story and there’s so much to unpack. Reading this has made me think about my thought process on suicide and my belief that suicide is a very systemic issue that involves everyone.
My Broken Mariko is about a young woman named Tomoyo Shiino, who just found out her best friend since childhood, Mariko Ikagawa, killed herself a week after they hung out. Filled with despair and unable to process Mariko’s death, Tomoyo decides to go to visit the home of Mariko’s parents and steal Mariko’s ashes from them. Mariko had a history of being abused ever since she was little, so Tomoyo felt it was her duty to free Mariko from that burden. After taking Mariko’s ashes, Tomoyo goes on a journey to a place called Marigaoka Cape as she remembers Mariko wanted to go there with her. Tomoyo goes through hell and back to let Mariko’s ashes be free in nature, but she does eventually start to realize that the best way to honor Mariko’s life is to keep living.
I’m not sure where to start with this. I’ve read multiple interviews with Waka Hirako since there was a good amount of promotion for My Broken Mariko. I wasn’t prepared for how absolutely realistic this story was. And I’m glad for that. Mariko’s history of being abused by her parents (and also a boyfriend when was an adult) shows how prevalent victim-blaming is. Mariko tells Tomoyo that her parents blame …continue reading
Professional tennis player set to be the newest heroine in Japan’s biggest girls’ comic magazine.
Publisher Kodansha’s Nakayoshi is Japan’s most popular girls’ comics anthology, and has served as the home for some of shojo manga’s most beloved heroines, including Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura. Later this month, Nakayoshi will welcome its newest star, none other than professional tennis player Naomi Osaka!
This isn’t a quick one-off chapter just to lure Osaka’s preexisting fanbase into picking up a copy of Nakayoshi either. Osaka will be the main character of a brand-new series titled Unrivaled-Naomi Tenkaichi. Though tankaichi usually means “the best in the world,” the literal translation is “the best under heaven,” and a more celestial interpretation makes sense here, since rather than a straightforward autobiography of Osaka’s real-life sporting accomplishments, Unrivaled-Naomi Tenkaichi is a science fiction sports action series.
Kodansha describes the manga with:
Kodansha isn’t skimping on the artwork either, as the manga will be drawn by Futago Kamikita, the twin-sister artist team who’s handled more than a dozen adaptations of the phenomenally successful PreCure magical girl franchise. Unrivaled-Naomi Tenkaichi’s key art depicts Osaka in a stylized aesthetic with vivid pink and purple hair that’s likely to draw far less controversy than the last time she was depicted in anime/manga form.
Series composition is credited to Tama Mizuno, and Naomi’s older sister, Mari Osaka, is listed in a supervisory role for the series. Following its announcement, the tennis star herself took to Twitter to voice her excitement and mention her love of manga in general.
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Super Mario Maker is about to become just Super Mario Player.
A game that gives players a toolbox with which to build Super Mario levels, then upload them to let other people play online? Super Mario Maker is an idea so brilliant that in hindsight it seems obvious, and from the moment it was released in 2015, Nintendo had a smash hit.
Opening up the design process to fans anywhere in the world not only meant a wealth of innovative, outside-the-box courses, but also a virtually unlimited amount of content for players to enjoy, with over seven million levels uploaded in less than a year. However, the online nature of the game means that those levels only exist for as long as Nintendo wants to keep them on their servers, and it looks like the company’s support for Super Mario Maker is winding down.
Nintendo has announced that it will be removing the digital version of Super Mario Maker from its eShop on January 13, and with physical copies of the game no longer being distributed, that’ll be pretty much your last chance to buy it without dipping into the used game market. The even bigger goodbye, though, is coming on March 31, when Nintendo will be retiring the game’s course upload function, marking the official end of players being able to share new courses they’ve designed.
That day will also see the closing of the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website, which allows you to browse through playable courses on any web browser and bookmark them for later play. The ability to search for courses by which ones have the most likes will also be going away on March 31, so if you want to check out which levels are the most popular, now’s the time.
On the bright side, already-uploaded courses will still be …continue reading
The stars of Hayao Miyazaki’s late ‘80s/early ‘90s hits join the free-image party.
Earlier this fall, Studio Ghibli made the sudden and generous announcement that it was releasing a collection of images from eight of its beloved anime movies, free for anyone to download from its official website and use however they want “within the scope of common sense.” A second batch added another six films, and while fans were happy, there was, of course, a teensy, tiny shortcoming in that there weren’t any pictures of Totoro.
Well, as of today, that problem is solved!
Studio Ghibli has just posted its third set of free-to-use images, this time covering five features from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, each represented by 50 images for a total of 250 pieces of breathtaking artwork. The big deal, obviously, is the inclusion of 1988’s My Neighbor Totoro.
Joining the big guy are several shots of sisters Mei and Satsuki, as well as everyone’s favorite form of animated mass transit, the Catbus.
Ghibli’s next film after Totoro was its adaptation of author Eiko Kadano’s Kiki’s Delivery Service.
To date, Kiki is the only Ghibli theatrical feature directed, written, and produced by Hayao Miyazaki, and the legendry anime creator’s penchant for perfection shines through from start to finish. For example, look at how much detail there is in Kiki’s …continue reading
Source: Supaku Blog
Around a week ago, Vtuber Mori Calliope did a guest appearance in a popular anime Western YouTuber podcast called Trash Taste (hosted by Anime Man, Gigguk, CDawgVA). Mori Calliope reveals her true behind-the-scenes personality and backstory during her interview.
Here are some of my top highlights that I find to be very interesting in specific order.
1. Mori explains why she wasn’t fan of idols until she became one.
2. Mori explains about her origin with her fellow hololive EN cast members.
3. Mori reveals some of her favorite anime.
4. Mori betrays her friends during the vtuber audition.
5. Mori reveals her inspirations for rap singing.
Due to Mori Calliope’s interview and true humble personality on Trash Taste, I’m surprisingly liking her even more.
If you want to see more, feel free to check the full podcast show.
Source: Japanese Language Blog
It’s 2020, so we need to talk about masks(マスクmasuku) – masks that prevent(防ぐfusegu) COVID-19 from spreading, masks that divided (分割する bunkatusuru) the United States, and masks that are new fashion items.
Before we were shifted to work at the home mode in early March, I had a group of Japanese college students visiting from Japan in February. Their travel agent in Japan had a pre-departure orientation and talked about the masks not being culturally(文化的にbunkatekini) familiar in the US. Of course(もちろんmochiron), he could not tell them not to wear it. But he was well aware of an incident in NY, where a mask-wearing Asian had been attacked.
They arrived in the US, and the airport concierge escorted them out of the arriving area of the airport. They were maskless.
I can only talk about Japan, but wearing a mask has been a way of life in the flu and allergy seasons in Japan for a long time. The main reason is not to pass germs to other people as well as not catching them. It is due to the social pressure(社会的圧力shakaiteki atsuryoku) that the Japanese are surrounded by 24/7 – the fear of what people would say if you are doing something different from a group.
With the rise of the COVID-19 cases, the American scene has drastically(大幅にouhabani) changed. Many people started wearing a mask. As disposable masks had never been a staple in the US market, people were wearing a mask made of clothes.
Meanwhile, in Japan, the shortage of disposable mask was as bad as the toilet paper shortage. So they started to wear masks made of clothes. YouTube was full of videos on how to sew a mask and how to make a mask without sewing.
But I found one huge difference between the Americans …continue reading