2015-07-05

Tsum Tsum Of All Fears.

Tsumu (積む) is the Japanese for "to stack" or "to pile up". Disney stacked this to the next level and came up with Tsum Tsum and created an app where one stacks Disnified cubes into a nationwide phenomenon. (That link will send you to a page where you can buy the game and tons of goods.) Almost every gal (and some guys) in the school has a Tsum Tsum pencil case or eraser or t-shirt or bag. Admittedly, these are incredibly cute and will probably next take America by storm.



This looks far more addictive than Candy Crush. I'd better not get the app!

Recently, 7-11 has come out with some seriously cute magnets that come attached to Pet Bottles of tea yet surprisingly, they aren't stackable!

 Dumbo is definitely my favourite!


Furthermore, they have now began one of those raffles to win Some Tsum Tsum merchandise. I landed a bowl but at 620 a pop, I'm going to hold off on any more of these, until they go on sale that is.


My first introduction to these characters was with some UFO Catcher cellophane tapes. I have a pal who is an avid collector of these and I managed to land an entire set for her plus several doubles for myself.









Any one interested in the above tapes? I have a few spare ones...

2015-07-01

Kinnikumen.

The big news over the weekend was of course that the Americans discovered that Gay Marriage is not the path to Hell, something that Canadians had figured out a decade before. Alas, Japan is still a closeted nation and I don't foresee any changes made on this front for a while. This is why I am astounded that キン肉マン (Kinnikuman) and his colleagues have taken the plunge and come out.


To honour this accomplishment, Sunkus conbini has offered up pairs of wrestlers, sold when you buy a couple of teas. There are 8 pairs in all and I just so happened to collect them all.


The first couple to exit their closet are Kinnikuman and his partner Rikishiman the Wolfman.


Robin Mask and Warsman followed their lead.


Terryman paired up with Geronimo, and they couldn't be happier.

 

Brocken Jr. hooked up with Ramenman.


Nice to see that  Pentagon and Black Hole have gotten past their rivalry.


Buffaloman has gotten close to sidekick Alexandria Meat or Meat-kun.


Asuraman holds hands (all 6 of them) with his partner (whose name I can't decipher. Help me out here!)


Finally there is Sunshine and The Ninja. Don't they look good together?


I fervently wish that these couples find eternal happiness and that one day they can be legally wed in Japan.

Check out the first episode and sing along to their theme song. It's catchy.



ps. these guys were branded M.U.S.C.L.E. when released in the States and if you'd like to learn more, I recommend you check out Branded in the 80s.




2015-06-21

Happy Papa No Hi.

How many kids have dreamed that their father was a hero? Will this wee lass IS the daughter of a true hero.

I present for you Papa is Ultra-Seven written by Tatsuya Miyanishi back in 1999. I discovered this book a few weeks ago but was waiting for Father's Day to present it. I'll let the story tell itself and if you can't read Japanese, you can try and figure it out for yourself.
(Be sure to click on any pic to Ultrasize it.)
































(I doubt whether you'd ever see a page like the above in a North American Children's book.)





And they all lived happily ever after. (They must have for there is a sequel. If interested, I can post it tomorrow.)

By a fortuitous coincidence, a friend of mine went to an exhibition of the author's works today. Here are a few pics that I scammed from her.




I hope the exhibition makes it to Sendai. I'll be there!

There is a movie of his works out right now although unfortunately I think it has reached the end of its run. I'll check out to see if it's still playing tomorrow.

In the meantime, here is another one of his Dinosaur movies. Part One and Part Two of You Are Umasou.

Happy Papa's Day everyone!

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