Bento Buffet Time Edition

Bento Buffet Time Edition

The Bento of Time

Happy 2020, fanatiks! It is the start of a new year, time for new beginnings. We bring you a bento of time. We learn all about telling time in Japanese, look at time as an instrument of cooking – time is the real main ingredient in fermentation, ne? We reflect on our version of the top ten anime of the last decade, recommend anime that has time as a theme and stay with us, we share a lot more. Time is on our side, so relax and explore time with us. We are YOUR monthly source of Anime and Japan news. Itadakimasu!!

AnimeFanatika: Top Ten Anime of The Decade

We’re releasing our list of our Top Ten Anime of The Decade. It is a completely subjective list and was determined using specific criteria and research. This was a great decade in anime and the choices was tough to make. Some anime is just easy to put on the list and some needed a lot of debate and consideration. There were many super sugoi titles that did not make the list because sadly there are only ten titles in a top ten list.

1. Attack on Titan  

2. My Hero Academia 

3. Kimetsu no Yaiba 

4. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures 

5. One Punch Man 

6. Hunter X Hunter (2011) 

7. Sword Art Online 

8. Shokugeki no Souma  

9. Steins;Gate 

10. Highschool of the Dead 

Anime News

Attack on Titan

Shingeki no Kyojin, known to the world as Attack on Titan has hit a record of titanic proportions – over 100 million copies of the manga’s 30 volumes’ circulation. That include both printed and digital copies and it is for all copies worldwide. This major feat has been accomplished one decade after Hajime Isayama launched the Shingeki no Kyojin manga in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009.

The manga was adapted into an anime and many Shingeki no Kyojin fanatiks may recall the April 2013 premiere of the first season, which was followed by a second season in April 2017. The first part of season three premiered July 2018 and the second part April 28th in 2019. The final season is set to premiere in the Japanese fall season in 2020 and there is also a Hollywood live-action in the works, directed by Andy Muschietti, director of the Stephen King horror, ‘It‘.

In an interview with Muscietti he stated: “I’m fascinated by Attack on Titan. It’s a story that I first saw the anime and then the manga… I find it fascinating. There’s a lot of themes there that attract me a lot, that I want to talk about. It’s also a fascinating horror adventure. There’s also all the elements of human drama. So I really want to do it.” Here is a video of the interview with Andy Muschietti.

Twilight Wings

Pokemon anime fanatiks were quite shocked when the newest Pokemon anime, Pocket Monsters (2019) broke from the usual tradition of covering the newest region of the newest Pokemon game. Pocket Monsters (2019) instead is exploring all the regions. Now there is news that this month, a new series based exclusively on the Galar region of Pokémon Sword and Shield to get worldwide release! 

This new series will be airing on The Official Pokémon YouTube channel on January 15. The series, titled Twilight Wings, will consist of seven episodes with each episode running for approximately five minutes. The official announcement was as followed:

“Pokémon Sword and Shield are being turned into an anime! The original work called Twilight Wings will air its first episode on January 15 worldwide. Many characters from the games will make their appearances in the show. Check the official site for more details.”

Twilight Wings is directed by Shingo Yamashita, joined by screen writer So Kinoshita and character designer Shin Ogasawara. Twilight Wings’ format reminds of the 18-part Pokémon Generations web series that was released in 2016 and was very well received by fans.

Kawaii Kulture: Time

The one thing on earth that every culture learns, that is used daily, wherever a human walked this earth, is the ability to count. That also gave us the ability to understand and tell time. Numbers and time is so ingrained in every culture that we bring you this very special Kawaii Kulture insert. This bento we will learn how to tell time. After today if someone stops you and ask “Sumimasen. Ima nan-ji desu ka.” (Excuse me. What time is it now?) you will be able to help that person.

The first important element to know to be able to tell time is to be able to count. Here is 1 to 10 in Japanese:

1 ichi (一)

2 ni (二)

3 san (三)

4 yon or shi (四)

5 go (五)

6 roku (六)

7 nana or shichi (七)

8 hachi (八)

9 kyuu or ku (九)

10 juu (十)

Memorize this and a whole new world open. Once you can count from one (ichi) to ten (juu) it is very easy to figure out the rest of the numbers in Japanese. To form numbers from 11- 19, the trick is easy, just start with “juu” (10) and then add the number you need. Twenty is “ni-juu” and for twenty one, just add one (nijuu ichi)! Easy!

Let’s look at examples:

11 juu-ichi

12 juu-ni

13 juu-san

20 ni-juu

21 ni-juuichi

22 ni-juuni

30 san-juu

31 san-juuichi

32 san-juuni

45 yonjuu-go

78 nanajuu-hachi

93 kyuujuu-san

Other important words needed to tell time:

Ji(時) means “o’clock.”

Fun/pun(分)means “minutes.”

To express the time, say the hours first, then the minutes, then add desu(です).

There is no special word for quarter hours. Han(半)means half, as in half past the hour.

The hours are quite simple, but you need to watch out for four, seven and nine.

4 o’ clock yo-ji (not yon-ji)

7 o’ clock shichi-ji (not nana-ji)

9 o’clock ku-ji (not kyuu-ji)

Examples of “mixed” time numerals

1:15 ichi-ji juu-go fun

4:30 yo-ji han (yo-ji sanjuppun)

8:42 hachi-ji yonjuu-ni fun

Help list

Here is a list to help you count hours:

1:00 (one o’clock) in Japanese is: 1時 (いちじ – ichiji).

2:00 (two o’clock) in Japanese is: 2時 (にじ – niji).

3:00 (three o’clock) in Japanese is: 3時 (さんじ – sanji).

4:00 (four o’clock) in Japanese is: 4時 (よじ – yoji).

5:00 (five o’clock) in Japanese is: 5時 (ごじ – goji).

6:00 (six o’clock) in Japanese is: 6時 (ろくじ – rokuji).

7:00 (seven o’clock) in Japanese is: 7時 (しちじ – shichiji).

8:00 (eight o’clock) in Japanese is: 8時 (はちじ – hachiji).

9:00 (nine o’clock) in Japanese is: 9時 (くじ – kuji).

10:00 (ten o’clock) in Japanese is: 10時 (じゅうじ – juuji).

11:00 (eleven o’clock) in Japanese is: 11時 (じゅういちじ – juuichiji).

12:00 (twelve o’clock) in Japanese is: 12時 (じゅうにじ – juuniji).


Remember the Japanese counter for minutes is (fun).


3:15 is 3時15分 (sanji juugofun).

3時 (sanji) is 3:00 (three o’clock) and15分 (juugofun) is ‘fifteen minutes’ so when you put them together, it is the time, 3:15 (three-fifteen).

3:30 (three-thirty) in Japanese is: 3時30分 (sanji sanjuppun).3時 (3:00) plus 30分 (30 minutes) is 3時30分 (3:30).

Another way to express 3:30

Instead of using 3時30分, you can also use 3時半 (sanji han), remember (han) means ‘half’ so3時半 (sanji han) is like the English expression ‘half past three’ Of course, the same rule goes for all of the hours. For example: 2時30分 (niji sanjuppun – 2:30) can also be 2時半 (niji han – half past two).

AM and PM:

AM (2 AM, 3 AM, etc.) in Japanese is 午前 (gozen)

PM (2 PM, 3 PM, etc.) in Japanese is 午後 (gogo)

When using 午前 (gozen) and 午後 (gogo), put them BEFORE the time (this is opposite from English). For example, 3 AM would be 午前3時 (gozen sanji).

Help list

Here is a general helplist to help you

Ima nanji desu ka – What time is it now?

Jikan – time

mae – before

tokei – clock

asa – morning

hiru – noon

ban – evening

yoru – night


Food of the month: Fermentation

Time is a huge factor in cooking. Like knowing just how long to cook a leg of lamb for the meat to be tender and juicy or just how long to let the dough rise before making vetkoek (fatticakes). Fermentation is a super sugoi way to use time to prepare food. Japanese fermented foods come in countless forms like soy sauce, pickles, miso, these are a few examples of food that goes through a fermenting process. It is an ingrained part of the Japanese culture. Because fermented foods are highly nutrient en kept well they were historically favoured as the energy food and military provisions. Recently fermentation has also been applied to food supply as well as tackling environmental problems.

Fermentation draws out a savoury taste, it enhances nutritional value and also produces unique aroma as well as textures. It enables food to keep better and for longer periods as well. The fermented process is quite scientific and depends mainly on three types of microbes: moulds, yeasts and bacteria. Here in South Africa we also have our special fermented dishes like Amasi (fermented milk that tastes like cottage cheese and yoghurt), Mageu (the non-alcoholic drink made from fermented maize), Ting (fermented food made from sorghum flour) and umqombothi (a traditional alcoholic beverage). Chances are you have either tried some of these or grew up in a South African household where these yummy fermented foods and drinks were commonplace. Even the much-loved yeast vetkoek/amagwinya (fat cakes) we all love to eat with mince or jam went through a fermenting period before it is baked in oil. When it comes to fermentation, maybe we have a bit in common with Japan! We both cook with time as an ingredient. Here is a useful video on Japan and fermented food

Birthday of the month: Gaara from Naruto

Our birthday this month is Gaara who is a shinobi of Sunagakure. Gaara was made the jinchūriki of the One-Tailed Shukaku before he was born, causing the villagers of Suna to fear him as a monster. With nobody to connect to, Gaara grew up hating the world and looking out only for himself, giving his life meaning by killing anyone he came across.

Time brings change and as you watch the anime or read the manga, you will see him going through huge changes. From being a kind child, to being a ‘hateful monster’ to being a kind and wise leader, Gaara’s story inspire and made him one of the best loved characters in the Naruto-franchise. His father, the Fourth Kazekage wanted to make one of his children the jinchūriki of the One-Tailed Shukaku to serve as a weapon for the village. The eldest siblings, Temari and Kankurō, had not been compatible with Shukaku. Gaara, was compatible, and for that reason Shukaku was sealed into him while he was still in his mother’s womb. Gaara ended up being born prematurely and, from the ordeals of childbirth, his mother, Karura, died.

Our hero was raised in isolation during his early life, taught ninjutsu by his father and cared for by his maternal uncle, Yashamaru. When he was allowed to roam around the village, Gaara would try to connect with the villagers, being kind to them and offering them any assistance he could. However, being a jinchūriki made the villagers fearful of Gaara; adults avoided him and, when they couldn’t, treated him delicately while children would run from him on sight. Gaara would try to assure them he meant no harm, but in the process would inadvertently injure or even kill them with his sand. Gaara did not understand this pain he caused others because his sand protected him from all injury. When he was six years old, Gaara asked Yashamaru to explain pain to him. From Yashamaru’s explanation, Gaara believed he did know pain: the unbearable agony in his heart.

Rasa, Gaara’s father ordered Yashamaru to try and kill Gaara and, if he were to fail, to tell Gaara that neither he nor Gaara’s mother had ever loved him. Rasa’s plan succeeded, as following Yashamaru’s death Gaara stopped trying to connect with people. Rather, Gaara focused on himself, driven solely by his own desires and his own survival. But after being defeated by Naruto Uzumaki — a jinchūriki like himself who found strength in his friendships — Gaara starts emulating him. He becomes Suna’s Fifth Kazekage so that he can protect the village and all those who live there, dispelling the fears he cast on the villagers. He rules not with fear but with gentle wisdom.

Gaara’s bithday is on the 19th of January and he shares his birth-month with Portgas D. Ace (One Piece) whose birthday is January 1st and Director Hayao Miyazaki whose birthday is January the 5th.

Top 5 'Time-related' Anime Recommendations

People always had a fascination with time. It is reflected in literature classics such as The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, movies such as Back to the Future. Anime is no different and this month we focus on time-related anime. Whether the anime is about time travel via Mecha, the ability to see the future, or people with time-related abilities like travelling back in time with a photograph like some of our recommendations, time has a story to tell. Our Anime challenge this month Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) is also about time, so give it a watch as well. Here is our top 5 anime related recommendations!

Buddy Complex

Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)


Sagrada Reset

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

January 2020 Anime Challenge: Erased

Our anime challenge this month keeps up with the time theme. It is Erased, known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi. It is based on the manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe. The manga serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace magazine between June 4, 2012, and March 4, 2016. The anime adaptation was produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tomohiko Ito and written by Taku Kishimoto, with character design by Keigo Sasaki. It also has a live-action movie and a live-drama series that followed in 2016 and 2017 respectively. It also has a spin-off manga and a spin-off novel series!

The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a young man possessing a special ability known as ‘Revival’. The ability sends him back in time moments before a life-threatening incident which gives him a chance to prevent the event from happening. Then a major tragedy strikes: His mother is murdered and his ability sends him back eighteen years into the past when he was still in Elementary school. This gives him a chance to prevent a kidnapping incident that ended up in the death of three of his childhood friends, and by preventing this crime also leads him to save his mother.

Anime Meetup: 18th January - Winter Season Review

Join us as we look at the winter season openers, maybe one slipped through the cracks and we will make sure you don’t miss out on the super sugoi series that start this season! Bring a friend or two and come and enjoy the anime day with us!

Entrance is free and there are loads of in-house food and drink specials to enjoy at Cool Runnings on the day.

When : Saturday, 18th January, 2019, 11:00 AM to 18:00 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.

Be sure to look at our event page on our website as we may update with more news on events.