Happy New Year Fanatiks! We kick off this year in full velocity as we ski through a ski anime themed Bento. We learn about skiing in Japan, learn Japanese Ski words, look at the results of The South African Anime Awards. And what is snow without some hot chocolate so be sure to have a look at the yummy food video! Let’s go skiing! Ski shini ikimasho! Itadakimasu!!
Anime News of the past month!
2018 Most watched anime by Region
Last year there were some exceptional anime and streaming service Crunchyroll did some research to find out what the most popular anime is by region. Here is a break down of the most watched anime in 2018 by region according to Crunchyroll.
North and Central America – My Hero Academia
Africa – Black Clover and Boruto.
Middle East – Boruto, Black Clover and Darling in the Franxx
Oceania – My Hero Academia.
South America – My Hero Academia
Europe – Darling in the Fraxx
Asia – Boruto
The Netflix adaptation of Death Note is, to many in the anime scene, a sore thorn. Now the movie’s integrity is in question as Dutch news sources revealed that the film used footage of a real train disaster that happened in Belgium in 2010. That disaster caused the lives of 19 people and injured 310. It was used in a scene in the movie where a news anchor reports a train accident.
According the National Railway Company of Belgium Netflix never asked permission to use the footage. Spokesman Dimitri Temmerman said the following to the Algemeen Dagblad in an interview: “This shows little respect for the victims and surviving relatives, or for the staff of the railway and the emergency services. We are deciding whether to take steps to deal with this matter,”
The families of the victims and the survivors were also not notified about this, and some of the victims of the train disaster, like Anita Mahy are furious “You’ll just sit and watch a movie in the evening unsuspectingly, only to face the accident again.” She said, angrily.
The Death Note movie may be seen as one of Netflix’s biggest mistakes. A huge part the Anime community hated it and now that this new development has come to light even more people will come to despise it. The movie was directed by Adam Wingard and premiered on Netflix on August 25th. A sequel is planned but whether that is a good idea, is to be seen.
One Piece, job pirates
The extremely popular manga and anime One Piece can be very inspirational. One Piece inspired live-action stage adaptations, of which some were Kabuki versions as well as an upcoming American live-action version but so far none of them used an actual reindeer to plat the part of Tony Tony Chopper, the Straw Hat Pirates’ medical doctor.
On December 3,1 a commercial premiered for Indeed, the job search engine that has an actual reindeer performing as our beloved Chopper. In the ad the Straw Hat Pirates sings a sea shanty about the job search site and it is adorable!
The cast for the add is Takumi Saitoh as Luffy, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi as Zoro, Rika Izumi as Nami, Daigo of the comedy duo Chidori as Usopp, and Yōsuke Kubozuka as Sanji. Pirates are hardworking as they pillage coast towns and find treasure so who better to help a person to find a job?
Tidbits from the Realms of Anime
Kawaii Kulture – Skiing in Japan
Winter season in Japan is not just about building snow men, soaking up in warm onsen to drive away the winter cold or making snow angels in the snow. You may not realize it, but Japan is a world-class snowboarding and skiing destination. It offers the whole package of the Japanese experience with scenic views, onsen and magical snow. It is an amazing fact that the island nation can boast with over 500 ski resorts spanning from it’s northern island, Hokkaido to Southern Island, Kyushu and even if there are no ski resorts in Tokyo, it is possible to reach one by just taking a day trip from the city.
Preparing to go on a ski trip to Japan takes some preparation. Pack those ski boots and your gear if you have, but if you forget something you can be assured that the adequate equipment can be rented at most resorts in Japan. Also be prepared that electrical outlets in Japan may be different that in your country, so be sore to pack an adapter, just in case.. Taking a lot of cash is also important as many of the restaurants and businesses will not accept credit cards. It is also good to know that all Japanese 7-11’s does have ATMs. Lastly, having an AAA international driver’s licence is a must if you plan to drive a rental car in Japan. In Japan, the Japanese drive on the left side of the road and they are slow drivers.
To get the best Japanese skiing experience, it is best to visit Japan in January as it is Japan’s most snowy month, but if you want it quieter on the slops mid to late February or March are perfect for you. Not into skiing but in the mood for a skiing anime? Sadly there is no skiiing anime but there are anime with skiing scenes and episodes like Happy Lesson (episode 5), Kimagure Orange Road TV (ep.46 and OAV ep.1) and Shugo Chara (eps. 11, 15, and 16).
Spread the Word (Word of the month is Ski!)
When skiing in Japan it is good to know a few words that may help. Our word for the month is Ski and it is ‘Ski’ in Japanese but you pronounce it ‘su-key’! Say you want to go and ski with friends the best way to say it is ‘Ski shini ikimasho!’ Which translates to ‘Let’s Go skiing!’ The Japanese word for snowboard is ‘sunobo’ (Su-no-boh) and if you invite friends to snowboard with you, you can say ‘Sunobo shini ikimasho!’ (Let’s snowboard!). Having fun while skiiing? Yell ‘Tanoshii!’ It means ‘Fun!’
If you get stuck skiing, you can ask for help. ‘Tasukete kudasai, ugokemasen’ (Help! I’m stuck) will help you get assistance, surely. Did you hit a tree while on your skis? ‘Tasukete kudasai, ki ni butsukarimashita.’ (Help! I hit a tree!) It may cause for a few laughs but someone will help. (and you and they will have a story to tell around the fire that night). If you got a bit banged up while skiing, and is a bit hurt, you can tell people ‘Kega o shimashita’ (I am injured.). Lastly, what is a ski trip without snow. If you remember last month’s lesson, you will remember that the word for snow is ‘Yuki.’
Ski – Ski (pronounced su-key)
Snowboard – Sunobo (su-no-boh)
Snow – Yuki
Let’s go skiing! – Ski shini ikimasho!
Let’s snowboard! – Sunobo shini ikimasho!
Help! I’m stuck! – Tasukete kudasai, ugokemasen.
Help! I hit a tree! – Tasukete kudasai, ki ni butsukarimashita.
I’m injured – Kega o shimashita
Fun! – Tanoshii!
Japanese Recipe: Matcha Hot Chocolate Drink
Sometimes the best way to get rid of winter chill in the bones is with a guilty pleasure, were talking hot chocolate of course. In Japan they spice it up by adding macha tea to the recipe. MosoGourmet is a YouTube channel dedicated to bring the world authentic homemade recipes and we found this video gem on their channel.
Here is their take on the matcha chocolate drink in their own words:
“This is an authentic matcha chocolate drink recipe you can make even if you don’t have a proper tea whisk. You can use a milk frother that’s used to froth up the milk for lattes to make this matcha drink. You can enjoy fine froth just as you would have if you made the tea using a tea whisk. We used almond milk this time around, but you can of course substitute it with milk or soy milk. You can even add sugar to taste (check the recipe for our suggested amounts). It really warms the soul.”
Their recipe serves two and when you watch the video you will see that it is quite easy. They add about 16g of chocolate in a container which is heat-resistant, then add 120g milk (they used almond milk, but any milk will do) and heated it to 65 degrees Celsius. Then they melted the chocolate (and according to them you can add a teaspoon of sugar) and pour it in a cup. Then you add 120g water to your milk frother and heat that to 70 degrees Celsius. Sprinkle into that two teaspoons of Macha and use a tea strainer to avoid any lumps from forming. Then you froth and slowly pour the macha tea to the chocolate and milk. It is best to drink warm to let the magic happens. As MosoGourmet said:”It really warms the soul.”
AMV of the Month
We bring you a snowy AMV with scenes from The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second and Kimi no Na wa. The featured song is Through The Years and Far Away by the Eminence Symphony Orchestra.
Anime Birthday of the month: Hayao Miyazaki
Jan, 5th is the birthday of the epic movie director, Hayao Miyazaki. As a director Studio Ghibli he is known for being the mastermind behind movies like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, and Mononoke Hime to name but a few. He made a big impact on animators and fans alike in Japan and all over the world. He is part of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, putting this anime giant between giants like Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Jules Verne.
So what influenced Miyazaki? Western writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, Lewis Carroll, Edward Blishen, Diana Wynne Jones, Eleanor Farjeon, Rosemary Sutcliff, Philippa Pearce and Roald Dahl. Japanese History and Mythology also inspire him. Miyazaki keeps Ursula K. Le Guin’s books at his bedside and said that her Earthsea book were a great influence in all his work.
Miyazaki and Jean Giraud, (The French writer and illustrator a.k.a. Moebius) have influenced each other and had become friends due to mutual admiration for each other’s work. Moebius even named his daughter Nausicaa after theheroine from the Miyazaki movie Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind
Chances are that you have seen a Miyazaki movie. The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Only Yesterday, Porco Rosso, Whisper of the Heart, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty, From Up on Poppy Hill, and The Wind Rises are some of the movies he either directed or was part off.
Hayao Miyazaki also shares his birth month with amazing anime characters like Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach on the 14th of January and Shino Aburane from the Naruto anime franchise on the 23rd of January.
January Anime Challenge – Aggretsuko
Aggretsuko (known in Japan as Aggressive Retsuko) is our January Anime Challenge. This musical comedy tells the tale of an anthropomorphic red panda named Retsuko. She works in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm and is 25 years old. Our single red panda heroine faces pushy superiors and annoying co-workers on a daily basis and rather than taking out her frustrations on them, she let’s loose her emotions by going to a karaoke bar every night to sing death metal. But after 5 years of torment… er… working the daily grind, her unhappiness causes her to experience a series of events that may cause her job, causing her to change her relationships with her co-workers and transforming her life in unexpected ways.
The anime is based on the character created by ‘Yeti’ for the mascot company Sanrio. It was written and directed by Rarecho at the studio Fanworks and originally ran at TBS Television for 100 episodes between April 2016 – March 2018. It has also recently been pocked up by Netflix. Our challenge is easy. We will try to watch all 100 episodes this month and have weekly goals to help us in the challenge. Don’t worry, the episodes is about a minute minute long, so if we spend about 25 minutes a week on the challenge, we will beat it!!!
BEST OF 2018 ANIME DAY
Another year has come and gone and wow was there tons of good anime to keep us entertained. Some of the series that left a big impression on us were Cells at Work , the new season of Boku No Hero Akademia, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (pictured above) and Megalo Box. There was something for everyone.
This anime day we will be screening the best anime of 2018 as voted for in the South African Anime Survey Awards. Pop in and see if you agree with the winners of 2018.
Entrance is free and there are loads of in-house food and drink specials to enjoy at Cool Runnings on the day. Yum-Mee Treats will also be supplying us with popcorn to enjoy during the screenings.
When : Saturday, January 26, 2019, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Cool Runnings, Centurion (120 Ivan Str, Hennops Park Centurion, Gauteng · Pretoria) The anime day is at the back of the club in the anime screening room.
For more info or to RSVP have a look at our Meetup Page.
2018 South-Africa Anime Awards: Results
You voted and the results are in. The South-Africa Anime Awards was made possible by Shirogane from Anime Awards SA who collaborated with TheEcchiBrosCosplay as well as AnimeFanatika to let South African anime fanatiks make their voices heard about which anime they think are the best. This is the second South Africa Anime Awards and we would like to thank all who participated, from the voters to all the people that made it possible.
Who were the winners? Here is a list of the top 5 winners of the 2018 South-Africa Anime Awards!
5. Overlord 2 & 3
4. Fairy Tail 2018
3. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
2. Goblin Slayer
1. Boku no Hero Academia season 2 and 3
You can find the other winners as well as winners of categories like Most disliked anime, Most divisive anime, Best of Winter 2018, Best of Spring 2018, Best of Summer 2018, Best of Fall 2018 as well the best anime series according to genre by visiting the GCF Manga & Anime website.