Nedoroid Bento Buffet

We learn more about Nendoroids!

Konnichiwa Minna! This month we feature double kawaiiness with Nedoroids and cutesy anime! Join us as we explore Nendoroids, look at popular ‘cutesy’ anime and amvs, learn more about Japan’s kawaii sweets, discuss our anime challenge this month and so much more. We are YOUR monthly source on Japanese news, culture and everything anime-related. Chillax and enjoy! Itadakimasu!!

July News Recap

Isekai Ojisan (Uncle From Another World) episode 5 delay

The anime’s official website announced that the anime’s 5th episode and beyond have been delayed due to increases in COVID-19 infections within Atelier Pontdarc’s studios as well as other studios involved in the anime’s production. The 5th episode’s been rescheduled to August 17, with the sixth and seventh episodes due to air on August 24 and 31, respectively. The anime’s first and second episodes will be rerun on August 3 and 10, respectively. The already popular anime premiered on Netflix on July 6th worldwide as well as on AT-X in Japan.

According to the manga’s first volume description:

​Seventeen years ago, Takafumi’s uncle fell into a coma, but now he’s back like a man risen from his grave. Soon, Takafumi discovers two bizarre things: His uncle treasures video games above all else, and, while comatose, he was actually transported to another world as some heroic guardian! Now, not only does Takafumi have to room with an uncle who is literally magical, he also has to catch the guy up on two decades of history—smartphones, high-speed internet, modern anime tropes…and the traumatic outcome of the ’90s console war!

Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre

When you think of macabre storytellers authors like Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft and movie directors like Wes Craven come to mind, but Japan has a master of the macabre that is known to bring forth shivers down the spine when you read his manga, Junji Ito. His horrific horror manga certainly made this writer look over his shoulder a few times…

A new anime, based on Junji Ito’s horror manga, is in the works. It is not to be confused with the 2018 Junji Ito “Collection” which also adapted some of Junji Ito’s work. Ito’s Uzumaki manga is also being adapted, a four-episode mini-series set to premiere on Toonami in the near future.

Some of the cast members we can expect in the upcoming Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre series are Hajime Iijima, Risa Shimizu, Ayaka Asai and Tomoko Kaneda and they all are part of the anime’s adaptation of the “The Strange Hikizuri Siblings: The Séance” (Kaiki Hikizuri Kyōdai: Kōreikai) story. The anime will debut in 2023.

Kyoto Animation Arson Attack – Three Years later

It’s been three years since that deadly day when an arsonist attacked Kyoto Animation’s studio, an attack where 36 victims lost their lives. On July 18th a memorial service was held for bereaved families, paying respect to the victims that perished that day at the Kyoto Animation Co. studio. About 120 people gathered, one of them Hideaki Hatta, the president of Kyoto Animation

That attack, which happened on July 18, 2019, left the No. 1 studio engulfed in flames, leaving 32 people injured and 36 staff that were trapped in the inferno lost their lives. A 44-year-old man, Shinji Aoba was arrested by the Kyoto prefectural police on suspicion of murder and arson in May 2020 and in December he was indicted on multiple charges of murder and attempted murder. Thus far it is still unclear when his trial will begin.

My Hero Academia Season 6

Anime superhero fanatiks, we have news for you, season 6 of My Hero Academia is to premiere on October 6th. That was revealed at the Hero Fes 2022! The new season adapts the ‘Paranormal Liberation War arc from Kōhei Horikoshi’s original manga an all-out war between villains and heroes.

My Hero Academia first premiered as a 13-episode season in April 2016, followed by a 25-episode second season in 2017, a 25-episode third season in 2018, a 23-episode 4th season in 2019, and a 25-episode 5th season in 2021 so the anime is still standing strong, and it seems a lot more stories to come.

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Buddhism with a beat

Only in Japan, you can find Buddhism with beats, as in Buddhist monks putting Buddhist sutras to techno beats, helping new generations get in touch with their spirituality and enjoying techno music in a new enlightened way, breathing new life in temples. Some say it is stepping out of the box, others say there is no box…

Buddhism with a beat
Japan’s DJ Monk Spins the Holiest Beats

Kawaii Kulture: Nendoroids

You have seen the figurines everywhere, characters from anime, comics, video games and manga designed to have large heads and a smaller appearance to give them a kawaii (cute) appearance. They are called Nendoroids. These figurines’ faces and body parts are exchangeable which gives them different expressions and poses.

Nendoroids have been on the market since 2006 when they were created by Good Smile Company in Japan. The first ever Nendoroid character was Nendoroid Neco Arc from the Tsukihime visual novel, released at Wonder Festival 2006. Nendoroids’ original creator was Tsuyoshi Oda (Also known as Oda-P) but soon the project was run by the collective name Nendoron. It is said that the planning and production of a single Nendoroid are done by over 10 people at the Good Smile Company!

The word Nendoroid is derived from Nendo (粘土), which means clay, maybe because they resemble clay models. We have covered a few Nedoroids in the past such as Archer from the Fate/stay night visual novel and anime, Nendoroid Ryoma Echizen from Prince of Tennis, Nendoroid Sakura Kinomoto Angel Crown Edition from Cardcaptor Sakura, Nendoroid Kirito from Sword Art Online, Nendoroid Shiro from No Game No Life, and even everybody’s favourite dark knight, Nendoroid Batman – Justice Edition.

Day in the Life of a Japanese Anime Figure Sculptor

Recipe of the month: Sweets too cute to eat

Japan is the land of cuteness with bragging right for sugoi things like Pokemon, Nendoroids, Baby Metal but also food like Wagashi (和菓子). Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections that are often served with green tea, especially the types made of mochi, anko (azuki bean paste), and fruit. Wagashi are typically made from plant-based ingredients

Wagashi Explained
How to Make Strawberry Mochi/Daifuku

August Anime Challenge: Baccano!

Our challenge for this month is Baccano! which is a 16-episode series from 2007 which was directed by Takahiro Omori and produced by Brain’s Base and Aniplex. The series was adapted from a series of light novels written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Katsumi Enami. Thank you to our readers for suggesting Baccano! for this month’s anime challenge!

Baccano! Is not your usual story. Each story in the series involves unrelated plots that intersect and cross each other as the events spiral more and more out of control. Expect alchemists, immortals, gangsters, outlaws and an elixir of immortality, spread over several years in the Prohibition-era of America in a very Pulp Fiction-esque way.

Anime Birthday: Shino Asada (aka Sinon) (Sword Art Online)

Sinon debuted in the Phantom Bullet Arc of Sword Art Online Season 2. She showed some great VRMMO game-playing skills in both the Gun Gale Online and Alfheim Online games. In Gun Gale Online her nickname is ‘Hecate’ thanks to her ultra-rare PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate II sniper rifle. Her real name is Asada Shino and she started to play Gun Gale Online to overcome her fear of guns. After Gun Gale Online, she started playing Alfheim Online choosing the Cait Sith archer as her race and class respectively. Her birthday Is 21 August.

Top 5 Kawaii anime Recommendations

We’ve looked at the cutesy and kawaii anime out there and complied a list of anime that is definitely high up on the bar of kawaiiness!

Isekai Quartet
Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden
Himouto! Umaru-chan
Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou

AMV of the month: Cute version

We watch some cute AMVs this month, starting with the song One (Always Hardcore) by Scooter with scenes from Himouto umaru-chan, followed by the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku singing Yumeyume. Please visit the artists on their Youtube channels and give them a like!

Himouto umaru-chan