It’s time to attend local Natsu Matsuri and Bon Odori festivals.  Here is a link to find one near you.

http://www.japanese-city.com/calendar/events/p/obon-location.php

http://www.jccc.on.ca/en/events/annual/natsu_matsuri.php

https://www.insauga.com/biggest-japanese-festival-in-canada-coming-to-mississauga

Also, for Seattle & Bellevue, WA & Beaverton, OR for Natsu Matsuri festivals check here:

http://www.uwajimaya.com/events

 


One of four new super heavy radioactive elements was named Nihonium.  It’s element 113 and its abbreviation is Nh.  This is an artificial element – so you’ll probably never come into contact with it.


Tierra is keeping her read/watch list updated at times.  So feel free to check out that page.  Amor has been too busy to update in a long time.


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Happy Year of the Red Monkey!

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Happy New Year!

あけまして おめでとう ございます

feliz año Nuevo

bonne année

สวัสดีปีใหม่

عام سعيد

urte berri on

С Новым Годом

manigong bagong taon

新年快乐

新年好

feliĉan novan jaron

שנה טובה

selamat tahun baru

새해 복 많이 받으세요

nav varsh ki subhkamna

ਨਵੇਂ ਸਾਲ ਦੀਆਂ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ

இனிய புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்

felice anno nuovo

Frohes neues Jahr

feliz ano novo

un an nou fericit

Щасливого Нового Року

szczęśliwego nowego roku

Chúc Mừng Nǎm Mới

gott nytt år

godt nyttår

godt nytår

onnellista uutta vuotta

šťastný nový rok

честита нова година

З новым годам

boldog új évet

bliadhna mhath ur

a gut yohr

laimīgu Jauno gadu

gelukkige nuwejaar

onnellista uutta vuotta

hnit thit ku mingalar pa

Καλή Χρονιά

head uut aastat

yeni yılınız kutlu olsun

ਨਵੇਂ ਸਾਲ ਦੀਆਂ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ

head uut aastat

༄༅།།ལོ་གསར་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས་ཞུ།

subho nababarsho

yangi yilingiz qutlug’ bo’lsin

yeni yılınız kutlu olsun

laimingų Naujųjų Metų

سال نو مبارک

ia manuia le tausaga fou

ath bhliain faoi mhaise

blwyddyn newydd dda

sanad wanagsan

mwaka mzuri

bliadhna mhath ur

umyaka omucha omuhle

is-sena t-tajba

e gudd neit Joër

laimingų Naujųjų Metų

laimīgu Jauno gadu

sabai di pi mai

laimīgu Jauno gadu

sala we ya nû pîroz be

bon lanné

ශුභ අළුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා

itumelele ngwaga o mosha

tshidimu tshilenga

నూతన సంవత్శర శుభాకాంక్షలు

sugeng warsa enggal

gleðilegt nýtt ár

nav varsh ki subhkamna

barka’n da djiri tagio

hauoli makahiki hou

gelukkig nieuwjaar

bledhen nowedh da

hnit thit ku mingalar pa

ia orana i te matahiti api

yangi yilingiz qutlug’ bo’lsin

nyak’omtsha

eku odun

eku odun tun tun

unyaka omusha omuhle

Voorspoedige nuwe jaar

e glëckliches nëies / güets nëies johr

aw ni san’kura

gelukkig nieuwjaar

eƒé bé dzogbenyui name

onnellista uutta vuotta

gelukkig nieuwjaar

coudo we yoyo

ose:rase

eku odun

barka’n da djiri tagio

unyaka omusha omuhle

გილოცავთ ახალ წელს

ᐅᑭᐅᒥ ᓄᑖᒥ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒋᑦᓯ


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Happy Samhain/Halloween and ¡Feliz Dia De Los Muertos!

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The animator’s of Fairy Tail didn’t do their research!  In episode 80 of the animation of Fairy Tail Levy used the pentagram for earth and not the pentagram for air when Gajeel asked for magickal air.  Also, it was a banishing instead of invoking pentagram.

Also, I doubt that carbon alone in water (ever heard of activated charcoal?) would be poisonous, unless something weird about the resulting structure.  Of course, you wouldn’t want to breathe it but via absorption or drinking, doesn’t make sense.

Since I’ve recently stopped the manga series.  I’m not sure if that was in the manga or not.  I hope that mangaka and animators would be more careful on real things and look it up – its easy to find.


Even though we’re on hiatus, I just found out that Bakuman バクマン。the movie comes out in a few days on Saturday 3 October in Japan.  The movie is live action.

 


As per the 15 August 2015 post, Seattle Kifujin is on hiatus until further notice.

We will still accept and publish guest articles and artwork.  If you wish to share with our readers please contact us via our gmail account: seattlekifujin.

Thank you for your support!


745548Happy Mabon/秋/Autonme/Autumn/Otoño!

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Both Amor’s and Tierra’s Pages for Suggestions for Reading/Watching have been updated. 

If you’re looking for something to read or watch you may want to check out what they’ve been reading and watching and think is good enough to suggest.


14942442056_13054810b4_oOnce again a great movie by Studio Ghibli: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya かぐや姫の物語 directed by Takahata Isao 高畑 勲 and based on the classic Japanese Folktale: The Tale of the Woodcutter.

I won’t go into the plot, as most of you know it and it’s easily available.  The movie expands on the basic classic tale.  The visuals are beautiful, as you’d expect from Studio Ghibli, with special details to the minutiae, like insects, clouds, shadows, etc.  The story telling is well done.  A must see for Studio Ghibli fans.


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My delivery for July included the movie Quill クイール.  This is the story of a puppy sent to become a guide dog for the sight impaired.  The story continues through the full life of Quill, the guide dog.

This movie is interesting on how they train guide dogs in Japan (not sure how much is the same elsewhere) and the fact that the instructions are given in English.  I’m not sure if the explanation for that is correct or not – they said Japanese was too confusing for the dogs.  However, I’m wondering if it’s just the programs were based in American version that was brought to America an American woman who was living in Switzerland (the first guide dogs were in Germany).

An interesting movie.


Story of Saiunkoku Saiunkoku Monogatari 彩雲国物語 by YUKINO Sai    雪乃 紗衣 and illustrated by YURA Kairi 由羅 カイリ, for me is a fun read.  Another manga/anime based on a novel series that I wish was available.  This reverse harem (done right), romantic comedy/drama, historic shojo leaves me wanting more and really want to read the novels (18 volumes + 6 volumes of side stories).

I recently got volume 9 of the manga and this volume is totally side stories; however, they’re still good enough to make up the whole volume and lots of fun.


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I was reading one of my favorite shojo manga, “Kamisama Kiss” and it’s the school trip arc.  One of the main subtopics for the trip is eating taco rice.

I read that it was invented for the American Troops stationed in Okinawa in 1984.  It’s a combination of what most US citizens think of as taco fillings and instead of a tortilla it’s placed on top of rice and now is the most sought after dish for tourist in Okinawa.

There are tons of recipes online, so you can look them up.

BTW, taco’s aren’t always filled like that, and in Mexican and Chicano families not made with “shells” (what is that? not what I grew up with!), tacos can be the reason for using up leftovers in a meal or tacos can have fresh fillings made.  Tacos aren’t made with flour tortillas – those are burritos (or if fried chimicangas – but to be real they take a special flour tortilla not found in most places – Sonora and parts of AZ, paper thin (you can see through them) and about 2  feet in diameter).

One article on Taco Rice said that it was because it was less expensive than tacos, but another said less time to make.  Making a fresh tortilla from fresh masa is very quick and easy, whether hand-patted or pressed (someone used to hand-patting tortillas can be quicker than pressing them – it’s all about practice).  However, unless they had a press meant for a restaurant (which would be horribly expensive and expensive to import) it really would be faster to make large amounts of rice (and they wouldn’t have access to fresh masa – and masa harina just doesn’t do it – I wouldn’t touch food make with masa harina – has to be fresh masa, or fresh masa that’s been frozen – it’s all about the best taste).

I’m sure someone will ask me now if I’ve tried Taco Rice.  However, I’m not much of a rice eater (some Mexican and Chincano families do eat rice – but not all of them) and it’s so much quicker for me to make a tortilla.  If I was going to have a otaku party, then I would make Taco Rice, but otherwise, doubt it.


8058637596_6becf74bae_oI watched the first 2 seasons (there’s a third) of Psycho-Pass サイコパス.  This is a good science fiction anime, that all the science and technology aren’t science fiction, but exits in some form already, and in many cases for a while now.

Psycho-Pass サイコパス has many influences, including Philip K. Dick and George Orwell’s 1984It reminds us that once we’re stuck in these situations how hard it is to change back to freedoms that were given up in the name of safety, etc. or taken away and how important it is to fight the system for your rights and freedom that have been taken away.

Stuck at home due to weather or recovering from illness or injury, or just a hikikomori ひきこもり this maybe a good way to pass the time.


nuclearnation_splashI can’t believe how many people have already forgotten what happened at Fukushima Daiichi, same as Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the list goes on and on.

Nuclear Nation: Surviving Fukushima is  a documentary to remind us how dangerous relying on these reactors is and how there’s really not just the problems associated with a meltdown, but disposing of the waste, disrupted lives, continuous contamination of the environment, and they’re unusually expensive to build/run, etc.  It seems hard to believe people still aren’t concerned and even contemplate and continue to build these life threatening power plants, especially in this day and age of cheap, clean energy from solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, biomass, etc. (I don’t include hydro-electric as there are other environmental problems with it.)

Funahashi Atsushi 舩橋 淳 is working on a follow-up film: Futaba kara toku hanarete dainibu, which I look forward to watching.

Think that nuclear power is OK, watch this film.  Have one of these just waiting to happen accidents in your area, take action to shut it down.

 


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Another gem in my delivery: Dream Fossil: The Complete Stories of Satoshi Kon (Yume no Kaseki – Kon Satoshi Zentanpen).  This collection of one shot manga is almost perfect for any manga otaku.  Comedy, supernatural, sports, school life, samurai, science fiction, World War II, etc. in this wonderful collection.  One manga, Picnic, is based on Akira.

Kon Satoshi 今 敏 enjoyed and was influenced by the works of Philip K. Dick.

This is one of the better stand alone manga I’ve read in a while, with something for everyone (if you enjoy seinen).  An interview with Hirasawa Susumu 平沢進  about Kon Satoshi 今 敏 is included.


A surprise anime from Toei in 1959 and released by MGM in the US in 1961 was in my delivery: The Magic Boy 少年猿飛佐助 (Shōnen Sarutobi Sasuke).

I thought that this was an MGM film as there were no subtitles, no Japanese version, said MGM on the DVD (until the credits) and the title song sang over and over in English sounds like a song for a western movie (which although not a samurai film MGM was leaving  the impression on the audience that it was if by nothing else the western-style song, as samurai films are often compared with westerns like  Seven Samurai 七人の侍 (Shichinin no Samurai) was made into the western The Magnificent Seven.

This was very much like what Disney was putting out when I was a child (I really haven’t seen any of the recent Disney films), and I’m sure Toei and MGM wanted to compete with Disney for animated movies that become classics.

Anyway, it’s worth watching, although I’d rather have watched it in the original Japanese with English subtitles, and in any case, I’d like subtitles for things in English too as not everyone can hear well, and there were no subtitles for the hearing impaired.

A short anime movie classic for a lazy afternoon.

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Maybe you could tell from the last few months of the blog that I’m burned out.  So, I’m taking a break from the blog. There are still movies, anime, manga, and other things I wish to share with our readers, but just can’t find it in me to write about them at this point.

There are still a few scheduled posts to come – so this isn’t the last.

That doesn’t mean that if someone wants to submit a piece to us that it won’t be posted, and if Amor gets the time and energy from her life to write then she’ll do so (maybe).

I have kept up my suggestion list (Tierra’s Suggestions for reading/watching) for now; however, may decide to stop it and start it up again once I’ve had some space from the blog.  Amor may or may not update her suggestions.

Feel free to submit a guest article or fan art via email, etc.  If you submit a piece, it will probably be run quickly if approved (easy approval with us). 

We appreciate all the support, guest articles, fan art, emails, comments, and likes.

Thank you for your support!

 


Manga_Guide_to_Linear_AlgebraMy favorite subject/class ever was Linear Algebra.  So when I came across The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra マンガでわかる線形代数 (Manga de Wakaru Senkei Daisuu) by  TAKAHASHI Shin 高橋しん, INOUE Iroha, and Trend-Pro, I just had to get and read it.

This book will not take the place of a good text-book on Linear Algebra, and the story is cute and sweet; although, nothing special.  This book is for those math/science/engineering otaku or if you’re taking Linear Algebra and need information about the concepts in a different form. 


MeteorPrince_ch1headerI’ve read Meteor Prince おとめとメテオ(Otome to Meteo) by TANAKA Meca 田中メカ , a 2 volume cute shojo series. 

I usually don’t like many shojo stories, especially if they’re school life and romance; however, the first volume is a bit different and endearing.   It does in the second volume have the cliched people trying to interfere with their romance, which is made it more like other shojo manga.

The story is about a super bad luck girl and a meteor prince and their romance, if I go into more there will be spoilers.  This is not some edgy, mean-spirited manga; even though at first it seems she’s being bullied when in fact it truly is super bad luck.  This story is fun; however, really suited almost exclusively for teens.

Anyway, this is a cute, short shojo romance that’s a bit different.


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EIKI Eiki 影木栄貴 is currently writing two of my favorite current BL manga: Love Stage!! ラブ・ステージ!! and it’s spin-off Back Stage!!  バック・ステージ.  While EIKI Eiki 影木栄貴 is known for mostly BL, she does write shojo too (and is proud of her younger brother, DAIGO☆STARDUST). 

One of her shojo is Train*Train トレイン☆トレイン.  I recently received in my delivery the 3 volumes of Train*Train トレイン☆トレイン.   According to the manga there is a 4th volume; however, everywhere I look, there is only mention of 3 volumes, so don’t know what happened, maybe the 4th volume was canceled (at least in the US – this is old manga).

Train*Train トレイン☆トレイン is about an incompetent and cute 18-year-old, Saruta Asahi, who wants to follow his deceased father’s shoes and work for the trains.  He’s assigned to a crazy station known for its bishonen and crazy antics. This is a comedy with animals too.  Look for Pure the prairie dog, owned by Saruta Asahi, and cat named Stasha, owned by Matsumaru Hokuto.

EIKI Eiki 影木栄貴 worked at a train station and had since wanted to write a manga about it and this is the result.  If you read Love Stage!! ラブ・ステージ!! and Back Stage!!  バック・ステージ, you can see how she’s grown as a mangaka.


ArowanaFishSpeciesI found another manga gem from GEN Manga: Stones of Power by Azumi Isora.   This manga won’t be for everyone; as if this was the past it would be either probably shojo or possibly josei; however, it’s not romantic so has nowhere to go today in mainstream Japanese manga publishing as it’s not true battle manga either, and don’t think would get published as seinen either.  Again, I think this manga is written by a woman, but can’t find anything about the mangaka.

Stones of Power is about a too modern to believe in the supernatural young man named Fujita who is a tropical fish otaku.  And a bunch of coincidences that lead him to Cafe Renard (for those of you that don’t know French renard is the word for a male fox) and to work for the mysterious couple.   Are they brother and sister as claimed by the woman, Youko, or husband and wife as claimed bythe man, Ozaki,  both or something else entirely?  The couple turn out to be foxes and the Arowana fish that Fujita is hired to care for are the dragon king and queen and their children.  Later in the story Costa Rican Oopart (Out-of-place artifact) are involved, yes these stone spheres really do exist in Costa Rica.

Stones of Power left me wanting more of the story.  However, this is not for everyone, especially if they want more of what is generally published out there.  Also, the drawings are fine but not great and the story while very good, the mangaka didn’t do the research needed as it has a lot of mistakes in it (Central America is actually part of North America and the Aztecs and Mayans didn’t live anywhere near that far south either).  There are some proofreading problems also.  But the story is solid, just feels like it should be a series.  If you like supernatural stories and old-fashioned shojo/josei which isn’t romantic or battle, you may enjoy this.

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KenNiimura1I loved reading Henshin ヘンシン (henshin means transformation) by Ken Niimura ケン・ニイムラ.  If I  hadn’t seen his picture I would have thought he was a senior citizen with humor that is usually (at least in the US) found among seniors (you can’t even really call him middle-aged yet!). 

Obviously, he loves cats!  This manga seems at first to be a series of zany one shots; however, as you read you find out that some of these are not one shots but ongoing stories (especially about Ken and his invisible, super hero cat – and there is more).  Also, it seems his knows several languages fluently, and it shows in his manga.  I don’t know but I get the felling maybe he’s spent time in the US and SW Europe  (Spain and  France, maybe Portugal). 

Anyway, this is a wonderful, eclectic, quirky manga and well worth the read!  


4324532-01Apple and Honey: His Rose Colored Life 彼のバラ色の人生 (Kare no Barairo no Jinsei) by Hideyoshiko 犬山ぽち子 is not a stand alone manga but the sequel to Apple & Honey リンゴに蜂蜜 (Ringo ni Hachimitsu) and there is nothing to let you know, you have to figure it out for yourself if you’re unfamiliar with the mangaka’s works.

As usual with June‘s yaoi, I was severely disappointed.  There’s really no story and the 3rd character in these stories is curry; however, not much about curry other than eating it.  I’m not familiar with the works of Hideyoshiko 犬山ぽち子; however, from this volume, not interested in reading anymore of her works.  I’m glad I didn’t waste my time on the first volume.

 


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Flutter フラッター by TENZEN Momoko 天禅桃子 is a generic salary-man, unrequited love, love triangles story.  June publishes it.  Some of the drawings are stilted.  The story is one that’s been done over and over with nothing to add.


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For decades now there have been movies that are so bad that they are good.  Mutant Girls Squad 戦闘少女 血の鉄仮面伝説 (Sentō Shōjo: Chi no Tekkamen Densetsu) is one of these movies.  As with most (but not all of these types of movies) it’s science fiction and bad science fiction. 

Although I think the movie is worth seeing there is one caution that you may wish to know of: there is blatant male fan service in this movie.  Amongst the least offensive male fan service is the girls are often dressed in classic male-favored for women to wear cosplay.


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I just watched the 2 seasons of anime of Himawari! ひまわりっ!.  I’ve not read the manga, and I believe the manga that bridges the 2 anime series has never been released in the US.

This is seinen, slice of life, school life, thinly veiled slow romance, comedy, with some fan service for males – but not so distasteful that it’s not watchable for the female population.

The story revolves around ninjas, scientific experiment on them, school, with kidnapping, etc.  Nothing really fantastic or original but not so bad as not to be watchable.

 

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