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General Discussion / Re: Another trip to Japan
« Last post by Jestyn on December 06, 2019, 03:17:02 am »
I went on a 2-week trip to Japan recently and really enjoyed it.

Another interesting place I'd highly recommend is the machiya Starbucks (yes, Starbucks) at Ninenzaka, Kyoto. It is located in a renovated machiya wooden building on a narrow street between Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine. They have an inner garden and tatami mat rooms for enjoying your coffee in a traditional Japanese setting.

I was going to post some photos, but I noticed that my "free" Photobucket account no longer allows free photo sharing! Anyway, I would encourage everybody to visit Japan, and if you need an excuse, go for the Olympics in 2020.


Oh Ive been to that starbucks too, it was very interesting place indeed, if it wasn’t for the fact that people are carrying starbucks cup and Starbucks sign hanging outside and also door curtain you can hardly tell that you’re at starbucks at all lol, although you really have to wait for your turn for washroom. Looks like youve been into lots of places for 2 weeks. Incidentally though, our stay there (japan) corresponds the “beginning of reiwa era” and to celebrate the first day of naruhito’s reign, everyone was granted free entry to nijo castle as part of tradition.
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General Discussion / Another trip to Japan
« Last post by 68neko on December 05, 2019, 03:35:16 pm »
I went on a 2-week trip to Japan recently and really enjoyed it. The main purpose of traveling at this time of year was to see the fall colors, and they were brilliant! Mostly maples (momiji) that ranged in color from green to yellow, orange, various shades of red, and almost purple. Ginko and cherry trees also added to the color with their own leaves turning yellow and red. Cities visited included Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Kyoto, Uji, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka. The most spectacular show of color was on the island of Miyajima, which was somewhat of a surprise since it is the furthest south and theoretically should be changing later than places more north.

I visited two pet cafes, a cat cafe in Akihabara, Tokyo and a Shiba Inu cafe in Kyoto. Interestingly, they had different pricing models. The cat cafe had a base fee plus a charge for every 15 minutes spent in the room. The dog cafe had a set price for 30 minutes in the room, after which time you were asked to leave. Both offered unlimited drinks that were available from vending machines; coffee, tea, beer, sodas, water, juice drinks. I only had one coffee at each place, so clearly the drinks were secondary to the experience. But those cats and dogs were certainly adorable and live luxurious and spoiled lives!

Another interesting place I'd highly recommend is the machiya Starbucks (yes, Starbucks) at Ninenzaka, Kyoto. It is located in a renovated machiya wooden building on a narrow street between Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine. They have an inner garden and tatami mat rooms for enjoying your coffee in a traditional Japanese setting.

I was going to post some photos, but I noticed that my "free" Photobucket account no longer allows free photo sharing! Anyway, I would encourage everybody to visit Japan, and if you need an excuse, go for the Olympics in 2020.
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General Discussion / Re: KyoAni attacked by arsonist
« Last post by Kuro Ken on July 21, 2019, 09:42:37 pm »
I grew up on KyoAni works and hearing about this hurts. There's a gofundme right now to help the victims and their families with this travesty.
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General Discussion / KyoAni attacked by arsonist
« Last post by 68neko on July 18, 2019, 10:23:38 am »
My favorite studio! And I was considering going to visit it when I’m in Japan later this year. Guess not now. What a tragedy!
https://www.npr.org...-killing-at-least-16
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https://youtu.be/kEIuQRHElcQ

Adults who played Pokémon videogames extensively as children have a brain region that responds preferentially to images of Pikachu and other characters from the series.
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Reviews / Re: Movie Review: Uchiage Hanabi (Fireworks)
« Last post by diozknight on December 30, 2018, 02:13:23 am »
thanks for the review neko, will probably give this a watch soon!  :D
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Latest Releases / drifters 72
« Last post by Animeace on September 06, 2018, 12:17:44 pm »
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Latest Releases / Joujuu Senjin!! Mushibugyo 119
« Last post by Animeace on September 02, 2018, 01:29:35 pm »
https://mangadex.org/chapter/442282/1

Animeace Scans still chugging along jinbei x bugyo sama ;)
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Reviews / Re: Movie Review: Uchiage Hanabi (Fireworks)
« Last post by Animeace on July 10, 2018, 02:30:51 pm »
Thanks for the review i was actually just looking at the trailer for this going to give it a watch when streaming is avaible.
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Reviews / Movie Review: Uchiage Hanabi (Fireworks)
« Last post by 68neko on July 06, 2018, 02:39:00 am »

Over the July 4th holiday, there was a one-day showing of Uchiage Hanabi, directed by Shinbo Akiyuki and originally released in Japan in August 2017. The storyline includes a seaside location, summer romance, and time travel, all elements that pique my excitement when watching an anime movie.

Shimada Norimichi and his friend Yusuke are on pool cleaning duty where they encounter Oikawa Nazuna sunbathing by the pool. Both have a crush on her, and after she challenges them to a 50 meter race (she is on the swimming team), she invites the winner Yusuke to go watch the fireworks that evening with her. As fate would have it, Nazuna ends up with Norimichi that evening, and he discovers that she is being forced to move away and is determined to run away from home and elope with Norimichi instead. When her mother interrupts their conversation and drags her screaming daughter away, Nazuna drops her suitcase and a mysterious glass marble that she had found in the ocean earlier in the day. Norimichi watches helplessly as Nazuna calls for help, and after she is gone, he hurls the marble in frustration. This action causes a time shift, and Norimichi finds himself once again at the pool in a position to make changes to the timeline.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

The various cycles through time keep moving forward, so it’s not painfully repetitious to watch, especially with the beautiful scenery and the bright sunlight typical of the Sanyō region along the Seto Naikai. The character designs and tight focus on eyes are classic Shinbo, and I nearly groaned when Nazuna exhibited the Shaft head tilt in the opening scene. The movie has the normal dose of the usual schoolboy lecherousness, but other than the guy sitting next to me laughing loudly at these juvenile hijinks, it was not overly annoying. Some things that were probably meant to be subtle features were so obvious that I wasn’t sure how to react to them. For example, the resetting of the timeline clearly allows new possibilities to be reopened, and the “what if” theme was present in the filaments of a light bulb that glowed each time the marble was activated, and in the town’s name of Moshimo that is the Japanese word for “if.”

The anime was pleasant to watch and has nothing to complain about from a visual standpoint. But in the short 90 minute length, there wasn’t enough time to develop the characters or their relationships enough, and I left feeling something was lacking. I would recommend watching it, but don’t expect greatness. I would rate it 3/5.

https://youtu.be/KG770hOuT2k
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