The Kanpai Bento Buffet

The Kanpai Bento Buffet

Kanpai minna!

There is a drink that can unite almost anyone in the world; it is served in shebeens in Africa, in London pubs and in Izakaya in Tokyo. Whether you say kanpai or cheers to beer, it is the one drink no respectable establishment look over in their menu. In this month’s bento buffet we celebrate anime and its relationship with beer. We look at a bit of Japanese history surrounding the alcoholic beverage, look at a yummy beer-inspired recipe, and we yell “Kanpai” while watching an AMV. We are your monthly source of Anime News. Kanpai!


Beelzebub-jyou no Oki ni Mesumama

Beelzebub-jyou no Oki ni Mesumama

As Miss Beelzebub Likes It. (Beelzebub-jyou no Oki ni Mesumama.)

One ‘hell’ of an anime will premiere this October called As Miss Beelzebub Likes It. (Beelzebub-jyou no Oki ni Mesumama.) based on the supernatural comedy manga by matoba which was serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine. Castmembers include Ai Kakuma as Sargatanas, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Astaroth, Rikuya Yasuda as Murin, Saori Ōnishi as Beelzebub, Misaki Kuno as Belphegol and Satoshi Hino as Azazel.

Yen Press explains the series: “Beelzebub–the formidable right hand of Satan–commands fear and respect throughout Pandemonium. What her underlings don’t realize, though, is that she’s an airhead with a love for all that is fluffy and adorable! The only thing she might enjoy more is teasing her new attendant, Mullin, who is learning that serving Beelzebub is both heaven and hell…”

The anime’s staff members include Director – Minato Kazuto (Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor), Script Writer –  Yoriko Tomita (Puzzle & Dragons X),   Character Design – Etsuko Sumimoto (Tsuredure Children), Sound Director – Satoshi Motoyama (Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters) and on Music Composition – Kanon Wakeshima (Vampire Knight, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) and naotyu- (Nisekoi – False Love). The anime’s ending theme is “Akumade Koiwazurai” (“Lovesickness to the Bitter End”), performed in-character by Beelzebub (Saori Ōnishi), Belphegor ( Misaki Kuno), and Sargatanas (Ai Kakuma).

Boarding School Juliet

Boarding School Juliet

Boarding School Juliet (Kishuku Gakko no Juliet)

An anime that was in the news almost every other day this month was Boarding School Juliet (Kishuku Gakko no Juliet). It is an anime that retells the tale of Romeo and Juliet in a way only anime can. The setting is at a boarding school where students from rival countries are divided into two separate houses and follow the tale of two students from (a la Romeo and Juliet) two opposing houses and their forbidden love. We have the Romeo, Romio Inuzuka from the Tōwa Nation’s dormitory and the Juliet, Juliet Percia from the Principality of West dormitory. Let’s hope it does not end as tragic as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The Staff includes:

Director – Seiki Takuno (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches), Assistant Director – Fumiaki Usui ( Sekkō Boys), Script Writer – Takao Yoshioka (Ikki Tousen), Character Designer – Yūki Morimoto (Miss Monochrome), and Music Composition – Masaru Yokoyama (Kabukibu!)

The opening theme “Love with You,” is performed by fripSide and the ending theme “Itsuka Sekai ga Kawaru Made” (Until the World Changes Someday) by Riho Iida. The voice cast includes Yuuki Ono as Romio Inuzuka, Ai Kayano as Juliet Percia, Yu Shimamura as Chartreux Westia, Hiroshi Kamiya and Tomokazu Sugita.  The series is set to premiere in October.

Jump Force

Jump Force

Jump Force (update)

In a previous Bento, we brought you news about the upcoming game Jump Force. We already mentioned that anime legends such as Frieza (Dragon Ball), Naruto (Naruto), Goku (Dragon Ball Z) and Luffy (One Piece). It is the game that will bring together epic heroes from the Shonen Jump Weekly manga. The game will be a 3D brawler/fighter where the player would be able to create three-character tag teams from different series.

Now more playable additions to the game have been confirmed! Expect Hisoka Morow and Gon Freecs from Hunter x Hunter leap into battle along with Blackbeard, Sabo, and Sanji from One Piece and Vegeta (Dragon Ball)! A new battle stage, Planet Namek (Dragon Ball) has also been revealed.

As we said the fight will take place on ‘our’ Earth, playing off at a number of landmarks such as New York Times Square. Villains from these series will be plotting to take over our world and it is up to our heroic icons and us to stop them. Watch the new video trailer below for more!

Unsho Ishizuka

Unsho Ishizuka

A tribute to Unshō Ishizuka

AnimeFanatika would like to express our sadness in the passing of voice actor Unshō Ishizuka, a legend and inspiration to many. He will be missed. He passed away on Monday the 13th due to esophageal cancer at the age of 67. Ishizuka has been receiving medical care for some time before his death but it did not keep him from voice acting everyone’s favourite Pokémon Professor, Professor Oak.

Unshō Ishizuka is known for iconic anime voice acting roles such as Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop; Professor Oak, Narrator, and various Pokémon (like Onyx and Steelix) in the Pokémon franchise; Mr. Satan in Dragon Ball Super; and Joseph Joestar in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable. His more recent roles include Willibard Joachim von Merkatz in The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, Dino Golzine in Banana Fish, Cain Ibrahim Hassan in Last Hope, and the narrator of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online. He also did Japanese dubs of Western films, especially dubbing roles played by Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne. We will still hear him in episodes of Pokémon Sun & Moon until the first October episode of the anime where he played Professor Oak and also narrated the anime. His successor has not been decided yet.

Kunihiro Abe

Kunihiro Abe

A tribute to Kunihiro Abe

A second big blow hit the anime community this month after Unshō Ishizuka’s passing. Animator legend Kunihiro Abe passed away on Wednesday, the 15th. He was only 50 years old. His work is legend as a ‘mechanical animation expert and include multiple projects he did in Sunrise’s Gundam Franchise like Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Afterglow of Zeon, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed C.E.73: Stargazer, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mobile Suit Gundam UC, Gundam Build Fighters, Gundam: Reconguista in G, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. His work is also known in great anime such as Bubblegum Crisis, Dangaioh, Vampire Princess Miyu, Dragon Century, Megazone 23 Part III, Sol Bianca, Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, Armitage III, El Hazard – The Magnificent World, and Blue Gender.

It is a tremendous loss for the animation world and various big names in the industry such as fellow animator Kou Matsuo (Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation) expressed their sadness over his passing. We at AnimeFanatika mourn Kunihiro Abe with the world, but we are also touched by the huge legacy of animation he left the world to remember him by…

Sword Art Online Alicization

Sword Art Online Alicization

Tidbits from the realms of anime


Boogiepop and Others

Fairy Tail 

Sword Art Online: Alicization 



Kawaii Kulture – Beer in Japan

Japanese alcohol consumers are not just all about sake, beer is also well-loved in Japan. It all started in the 17th century Edo period when Dutch traders opened a beer hall at Dejima in Nagasaki to cater to sailors that worked the trading route between Japan and the then Dutch Empire. A few of Japan’s famous beer breweries originated in the 1800s.  In the late 1860s a brewery named the Spring Valley Brewery opened that would later become the well-known Kirin Brewery, the Sapporo Brewery was founded in 1876 in Hokkaido and Osaka Beer Brewing Company started in 1889, launching the Asahi Beer brand in 1892. (Japanese beer comes mostly from four major beer producers in Japan: Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo and Suntory.)

Beer in Japan can be seen as revolutionary, even if the country does not have an as long and rich beer brewing tradition, it has embraced it fully and made some amazing advances in beer production.  They do produce beer with traditional ingredients like malt, rice and hops but also craft ‘new breed’ beers with less usual ingredients (like example beer made from Mikan, a small orange-like fruit). It is expected of course since those of us studying the culture of Japan know that they are very adventurous in tastes and textures. Japan may be well known for its clean flavoured pale lagers but they have also brewed their first ‘Black Beer’ in 1895!

As with many cultures, drinking has its own ‘rules and rituals’ in Japan. You will be glad to know that Japan is very open-minded about drinking alcohol. Public drinking and intoxication are perfectly legal, a matter of fact, drinking alcohol is a huge part of Japanese culture, but it does not mean making a drunken Baka (idiot) of you in public! And staying as close to the etiquette of Japanese drinking will enhance the experience.

If you are sharing drinks with a group of people, the first thing to know is that it is considered very rude to pour your own drink. It is as if you are robbing some nice person of a gesture of hospitality. Allow someone in the group to pour you a drink and when you see someone with an empty glass, pour him or her a drink. Example if someone pours you a glass of beer, you can reciprocate by pouring him or her a drink. If you think about it is a nice friendly gesture. Do not keep you glass empty, however, because someone around the table will fill it for you, so if you do not feel like drinking anymore, keep your glass filled to the brim and ignore it.

It sounds easy but if you are in a group and gets deeply involved in conversation, and it happens that one empty cup leads to a filled cup and you forget to stop drinking, well, this custom can lead to you getting intoxicated very quickly, which will be fun for the Japanese because they love to test the drinking progress of foreigners. If you prefer not to go beyond the tipsy stage of being inebriated keep that glass full and don’t sip! Also, and this is very important, never ever forget to say “Kanpai” when you toast. It is as important as saying “itadakimasu” before eating.

Anime is no stranger to beer and here are a few honourable mentions of anime characters that love their beer:  Misato Katsuragi (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Cana Alberona (Fairy Tale) and Revy (Black Lagoon).We also suggest you follow the anime Isekai Izakaya – Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu. It is not only a fantasy anime that plays off in a bar, it also has a live-action part where either a chef shows some nice recipes that go well with beer or an old man visits different Izakaya to sample the beer and food! It is highly entertaining.

More Beer

More Beer

Spread the Word & Word of the Month: Beer

Going to a restaurant or Izakaya it is always good to be ‘armed’ with a few words to make your experience more enjoyable. If you know what you want to eat or drink, you can always say it, by ordering it. Example let say you want some ramen you can tell the waiter ‘Ramen onegaishimasu’ and if you want many types of dishes you can list them easily by saying the word ‘to’ in-between. Like this: ‘Ramen to bīru onegaishimasu’ (Ramen and beer please)

These are a few beer-related sentences that may help as well:

Bīru o nomimashou. – Let’s drink beer.

Nama bīru to raga– to dochira ga ii desu ka? – Which beer do you prefer, draft or lager?

Bīru uwo nihai kudasai. – Two beers, please (or could I have two beers?)

Words of the month

Just say please ;)

It is also very important to be polite as the Japanese are a very polite nation. The word ‘please’ is a very crucial word to know and can take you a very long way. The two most used word for please in Japanese is Kudasai and the more formal and polite: onegaishimasu. Always think of the context of your request in using these words.


Beer is of course also our word of the month! Bīru means beer.

Watch this useful video to learn how to order a beer!

Isekai Izakaya - Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu

Isekai Izakaya – Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu

Recipe of the month: Beer and Chicken

The combination of beer and chicken is well-loved in Japan. One such dish is the Chicken Karaage. Karaage means “Tang (Chinese) Fry” and is a Japanese cooking technique in which foods like chicken, or other meat and fish are deep fried in oil. In episode 2 of the anime Isekai Izakaya – Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu, the palace guard Hans and his company commander goes to our Izakaya, Izakaya Nobu for a ‘beer and eat’ evening. They sample different kinds of food and enjoy themselves until the ‘star of the show’, chicken Karaage arrives. In the episode, we learn with them of different ways to enjoy chicken karaage. In the second segment of the episode, we meet up with foodie and folk singer Kenichi Nagira. He always goes around and samples food and beer at different Izakaya and in this episode he samples garage and shares his passion for it with a beer!

Here is a scrumptious video where we learn how to make Karaage at home! Enjoy!

Zero no Tsukaima

Zero no Tsukaima

September Anime Challenge – Zero no Tsukaima

We thank all who participated in our August Anime Challenge which was the dark harem anime Brynhildr in the Darkness. This month it was Bree from our WhatsApp group’s turn to choose the challenge anime and she first chose the anime Fruits Basket, which is a great anime and we recommend you give it a watch but is sadly a little too big for the challenge. Thus we are going with her second suggestion, Zero no Tsukaima.

Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero) is an anime based on a series of fantasy/comedy light novels by Noboru Yamaguchi. Over 20 volumes were published between 2004 and 2011 at Media Factory, and the light novel was sadly left unfinished due to the author’s death in 2013. In 2016 – 2017 the light novel series was concluded in two volumes by a different author who used notes left behind by Noboru Yamaguchi.

The anime tells the tale of Louise, a girl of noble stock who is bad at magic. This caused her to be nicknamed “Louise the Zero” by her classmates. Now at her school the Tristain Academy of Magic, there comes a time when the students can summon their familiars, but when Louise summons her familiar, she summons Saito Hiraga, a Japanese student from Japan instead!!! Will Saito find his way back to his world? Will Louise learn to control her magic? Join us on this epic challenge in September and let’s find out together.



AMV of the month: The Beer Song

Enjoy the AMV!

Shikamaru Nara

Shikamaru Nara

Birthday of the Month: Shikamaru Nara

Nara Shikamaru, whose birthday is on 22 September, is a lazy, laid-back shinobi. He has a rare intellect that consistently allows him to prevail in battle. The whole Konohagakure looks up to his genius and the responsibilities that go with that is a frequent annoyance, but he gladly accepts them so that he may be a boon to his fellow members of Team Asuma, and to prove himself. He loves his village and friends very much and will do everything to help them. He is fiercely loyal. His tale continues in the anime Boruto – Naruto Next Generations, where he helps Naruto in his office as hokage and even has a son!

Shikamaru’s shadow Jutsu fits him like a glove and makes him a formidable adversary. When he fights the enemy and get them trapped with his Jutsu, only those with tremendous willpower or those with longer mental endurance than Shikamaru might break free. There is more about him to discover. Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of the Naruto manga, likes Shikamaru because of his easygoing nature and sees him as a contrast against Sasuke Uchiha who is intelligent and abrasive in personality. Kishimoto also said that if Shikamaru was a girl he would marry her because women like that would be very successful. When he worked on Shikamaru’s Part II appearance he deliberately drew Shikamaru’s forehead protector on his arm, in order not to obscure Shikamaru’s hair.

Shikamaru Nara shares his birth month with Orihime Inoue (Bleach), on the 3rd of September, Kakashi Hatake (Naruto) on the 15th and Asuna (Sword Art Online) on the 30th.

Blast off

Blast off

Anime Meetup: September – 5, 4, ,3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF!

Prepare to have a blast of fun on our next Anime Meetup on the 22nd September! The Meetup will be Space and space Mecha anime, so be ready for aliens, astronauts, mecha and meteors as we explore the final frontier of space with brilliant anime series and movies. The meetup will run from 12:00 to 21:00 and entrance are free, so grab a friend or two, get some popcorn and join us at Cool Runnings in Centurion (120 Ivan Str, Hennops Park Centurion, Gauteng · Pretoria) for a super sugoi screening. There will be tons of food and drink specials to order as well to add to your comfort and enhance your fun. Who says the future cannot be now!

Get your Fright on (October 13th)

Prepare yourself because our next event after that will be in October on the 13th and it will be a special event! There will be a cosplay competition with a variety of prizes. The theme will be horror so dress as anime horror characters as non-anime cosplayers will not be eligible for the competition. Get your costumes ready for maybe YOU will be crowned Best Dressed Anime Horror Character!

Be sure to visit the meetup group for more detail, and be sure to watch this space for more information on upcoming events too!