Pink things

My friend took me to a sushi restaurant and the ceiling was decorated with flowers!

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My other friend came back from Disneyland and she gave me a bracelet! I love it because my Disney necklace is from Snow White.

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Mood: Happy and stressed

Listening to: Jay Chou

Drinking: Chatime milk tea (make at home)

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Review: Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa

Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa, also known as The Chronicles of Middle Manager Tonegawa, is my favourite Summer 2018 anime, second to Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3. It is a spin-off series, with the original being Kaiji. The series follows the life of Tonegawa as the middle manager of Teiai Corporation and it is set before he meets Kaiji.

You should watch both Kaiji Season 1 and Kaiji Season 2 first.

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I love this anime because it’s hilarious!!! This series is nothing like Kaiji. You shouldn’t compare the two because this anime does not involve gambling. The goal of it is to make you laugh, and it certainly succeeds at making me laugh.

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Synopsis: President Hyodo orders Tonegawa to organize an entertaining game. Tonegawa takes on the task and leads a team of men in black. Remember the games in Kaiji? Well, those ideas didn’t appear out of thin air. They were carefully planned by Tonegawa and his team! Tonegawa faces many obstacles, from having troubles remembering the names of his men, to having to please President Hyodo.

Watching this anime has made me like Tonegawa. He is one of the antagonists in Kaiji, and of course I was not on his side when I was watching Kaiji. I hated him in Kaiji. However, Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa shows us many sides of Tonegawa that we have never seen before. We even get a few shots of his muscular build. More importantly, Tonegawa actually has a heart! He is hard-working, cares about his men, and does what he says he will do. Tonegawa is a likeable and relatable character in this anime and I see him differently now.

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I give Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa a thumbs up! Nine episodes have been released and I’ve enjoyed all of them so far. This comedy series will have 24 episodes.

My Love for One Piece

This post was inspired by Fed’s blog post on his love for Final Fantasy XIV.

Blocks

Sanji/Zoro

Fan Art

Laboon/Nami/Buggy the Clown and transponder snail

Taking Pictures

The Brook wall art was taken at Ki Tea House Cafe, and the devil fruit cake was made by a cake vendor at Anime Revolution.

Fan & Autograph

The fan was a gift from a friend. Kappei Yamaguchi, the seiyuu of Usopp, signed my fan and wrote ‘Usopp’ under his signature! I waited two hours in total, and it was worth it.

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Posters & Plush

The Chopper plush was a birthday gift. I have several One Piece posters.

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Painting

This Zoro painting was a birthday gift, painted by a friend.

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Takoyaki

I bought takoyaki after watching the Straw Hats eat takoyaki made by Hatchan.

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Straw Hat & Cosplay

Luffy’s straw hat was a Christmas gift from a friend.

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Marimo

Sanji calls Zoro ‘marimo.’

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Gatcha

I got Luffy.

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At Sea

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T-shirts

Chopper/Luffy t-shirts from Uniqlo

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Funko Pop

These were graduation gifts from friends.

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Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think owning stuff makes you a “bigger” fan at all. I don’t own a ton of One Piece things but I do own quite a lot of anime things in general. I like to own anime stuff because it makes me happy. I like to see things that I like around me.

To me, being a fan of something or someone just means that you really like it. You don’t have to own merchandise, and you don’t have to know everything about the show. A word of advice: Don’t call someone a “fake fan” because that’s really rude. 🙂 Maybe you are quick to assume their love for the show, and that kind of elitism is toxic. 🙂

Kaiji References in Anime

Kaiji is in my top 5 anime list. The art style is unique, the music is great, and Kaiji has great style. It’s different in many ways, including the fact that there are no women in the anime (excluding the convenience store co-worker, who is a minor character).

If you see Kaiji’s signature long, pointy nose in an anime, it’s a reference to Kaiji. It is usually shown when a character wants to play a game, and the character’s appearance changes from the original art style.

1. Himouto! Umaru-chan

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VS Kaiji

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2. Osomatsu-san

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3. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

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4. xxxHoLiC Kei

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5. Monogatari

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VS Kaiji

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6. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W

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VS Kaiji

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There is also a Kaiji reference in the video game, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (the Rock-Paper-Scissors Cards)!

Vancity Eats (Part 7)

Some food I ate with the crew this summer break.

May 2018 

Noodles at Cattle Cafe with A and G | Ice cream at Rain or Shine with A, A, C, and V | Brunch at Only U Cafe with A, G, J and V | Donuts at Cartems Donuts with J and V | Drinks at Starbucks with A and J | Ramen at Kamamarui with A, G and V

June 2018 

Beef tenderloin at the The Boss with A, G and G | Sushi at Sushi Garden with A, G, G and V | Poutine at New York Fries with A, G and V | Hot pot at Man Ri Sung with A, G and V

July 2018

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Noodles at MYST with A, G, G and V

August 2018

Takoyaki at the Richmond Night Market with A, B, G and V | Mochi-covered strawberry at the Richmond Night Market with A, B, G and V | Pork cutlet at Dae Ji with A, G and V | Bubble tea at Chatime with A, G and V

GUMI Megpoid Cosplay – Matryoshka

Matryoshka is a song by the vocaloids, Hatsune Miku and Megpoid Gumi. I cosplayed as Gumi from the music video.

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Makeup: @ayyshebitty

Photo credit: @zetsunai

Many thanks to the team! Hope you all like this cosplay and thank you for the support!