Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Shane suggested we meet at Hikone but I preferred Maibara so I could get back to Tenmabashi for some drinking. Air's Clover usually closes at 1 on weekdays if there's no one.
It seemed like a bad decision as there didn't seem to be any eating places around Maibara station!
I found two, first of each was the kurobuta place pictured above. The second was a hakata ramen place called Taifuu pictured below.
We only had an hour and a half but it was great to meet an old school momusu fan who likes Nacchi and Ayaya, (damn you Shane for seeing Nacchi in person!) and talking about the perils of teaching Japanese kids.
Monday, November 30, 2015
There was a Scandal-like excessive amount of skits but since the show was 2 hours and 45 minutes it was ok. Scandal would have like a 2 hour show with at least half an hour of talking. Still I was expecting them to pack in more old songs in seeing as its their anniversary tour.
I will never be able to listen to Oasis sing Don't look back in Anger but at least I heard my favourite band sing it.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
The Menma is this story is Naruse Jun, who as a little girl saw her father leaving a love hotel with someone and telling her mom.
Naruse's father blames her for talking too much and Naruse gets cursed by a talking egg to have stomach pain when she tries to talk.
Naruse gets involved with three other students with their own stories and it ends in an AnoHana like way woch is spoiled by the above picture.
The most interesting part for me was Naruse realising that her curse only applied to talking but not singing. They should have done a lot of comedy out of it.
AnoHana fans will love this. For others, its watchable but I don't recommend going out of your way unless you are in Japan.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
I went drinking afterwards and ended my missing the last train. The other regulars were very helpful in looking up cheap places I could stay. One of the places was a nearby sauna and they made jokes about making sure the key is strap is on the correct hand or one could send the wrong signal.
We ended up going to supper with Mama, Miho-chan, Take-san and his friend. Take-san ended up paying and I found out he was the person who gave the very expensive Hyakunen no Kodoku shochu to Mama who gave it to me.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The map on tabelog is easy to follow.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Gate is basically an jietai (SDF) in a fantasy world setting anime. Dragon vs guns! What more do you need?
Yes, it is a harem anime (when is an anime not?) but the good news is all the characters have a purpose to the story and are not there solely to cater to every lowest denominator and the story moves at a very good pace. The harem could get way too crowded pretty quick though.
Love the Ride of the Valyries scene. Makes me want to play more MGSV.
I wish Gate had gone for a more realistic Berserk style but its a lot more mature than most anime. The writing really explores the premise in interesting ways. Very enjoyable anime for me. I can't wait to see what happens next.