Category Archives: CULTURE

Labyrinth of the Witch Global Release

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Recently, Labyrinth of the Witch / 魔女の迷宮 got released globally on iOS and Android. The mobile game is a free to play rogue-like RPG about adventurers clearing the witch’s labyrinth. For more details, check out the official website. Here’s a trailer.

Official Website (JP): http://majo-meikyu.com/

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1202139907

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Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari Episode 19 Impression

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On this episode, Naofumi’s and Motoyasu’s parties continues to face against the Pope. Later, some past events on the heroes’ actions got explained by Naofumi.

First off, I was laughing hard when Naofumi’s party commented on Motoyasu and his party’s pointless shouting. Also, it was nice to see some comeback twists against the Pope. Other than that, the events that our male lead revealed is nice. Now what’s going to happen next? I can’t wait for the Queen to finally up soon. Overall, cool battle continuation and some hilarious moments.

Conclusion: Cool battle continuation and some hilarious moments. …continue reading

    

Kenja no Mago Episode 6 Impression

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On this episode, the Imperial faction got attacked by demons during their start of the war with the kingdom. Later, the magic and knight academies begin their joint training.

Oh darn, I was hoping for Shin to get involved in the imperial war, but it ended pretty quickly. Then again, the kingdom will probably have the next real war against demons. Also, it was funny to see more students who reacts to our male lead’s abilities. Other than that, the ending credit is shockingly stupid, because it’s basically a random low budget MMD of the singer’s avatar. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I’ll be looking forward to it. Overall, nice imperial war ending and some funny class moments.

Conclusion: Nice imperial war ending and some funny class moments. …continue reading

    

Wasabeads: the Hot, New Condiment in Japan

Dubbed ‘wasabi pearls’ and ‘green caviar,’ Wasabeads (わさビーズ) have become one of Japan’s most sought-after condiments. They were developed by Tamaruya, a 140-year old producer of wasabi, as well as various wasabi-related products like wasabi salt and salad dressing. Wasabeads, which hit the market in December of 2018, are the company’s latest and are shaping […]

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On Being Alone with Manga Art

Manga mural art in Tokyo, 2019

When you live in a large city such as New York City, more often than not, you feel disconnected. A lot of people move fast to deal with their own lives while leaving many things behind. Not many people say hi to each other in a comforting manner. I recently got through a book about a woman’s perspective on dealing with loneliness in major cities. What was great about this book was her focus on certain well-known artists and learning from their works to combat loneliness.

The book left me thinking about how much looking at manga art over the years has helped or not helped any fans that feel isolated from the rest of the world.

The book was called The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone” by Olivia Laing. Laing wrote about living in NYC while she was in her thirties. She described her time there to be very lonely, but found solace in exploring the city via art. Laing spoke about very notable artists (Andy Warhol was her first big mention) that went through loneliness in their lives and somehow tried to communicate their experiences through their works. In a way, art helped Laing process her own loneliness for the better.

Reading the book made me think about my own experiences seeing manga art throughout my years of being a fan. I thought about some of the manga art exhibitions I visited. There was a part in Liang’s book where she talks about one artist by the name of Henry Darger and his drawings of young naked girls who lead hyper-violent men in a civil war that sounds like a dark fantasy. The first thing that came to my mind was Kentaro Miura’s Berserk.

I once remember browsing through …continue reading