11/30/2016

Gudetama Cafe Singapore Opens Nov 30th


Eggcited about the opening of Singapore's Gudetama cafe? Winnie Goh from Channel News Asia tells us what's on the menu in this video, and you can make your way to Suntec City yourselves to give it a try, for when the Gudetama Cafe opens on November 30th!
"The cafe is a collaboration between homegrown brands Joe & Dough and The Soup Spoon, and its menu will feature, among others, 10 main dishes, four sides and five desserts - all inspired by scenes from the Gudetama character." (reported channelnewsasia.com / still images via)

From the launch event we have plenty of video features for the cafe, including the CNA video above, and more featured below! Gawds but I want to try the desserts! LOL

AND, if you are a hardcore fan (I’ve only got gachas and a EZLink card lol), you can even take a Gudetama-themed flight on EVA Air that operates between Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on 24 November. (No, I won’t judge you, but I would LOVE to hear your experience with it!!!)well, so much for flying to Singapore to try out the cafe in an all-out Gudetama-experience! :p


Gudetama Cafe Singapore Promos:



STORY: "The story goes that Gudetama had hopped on a plane to our sunny island one day and stumbled upon a food playground with a beautiful garden – a place that seems to have started him cooking delicious dishes.

Gudetama doesn’t really care about many things but he does care about his food. In his kitchen, the food is freshly prepared using quality and natural ingredients without any MSG and preservatives. There’s always something for everyone from the variety of great tasting, wholesome fare and handcrafted beverages."

Gudetama Café Singapore @ 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #01-361 (www.gudetamacafe.sg / Facebook)

11/26/2016

KHARA Studio 10th Anniversary @ #AFASG16 Anime Festival Asia 2016

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Surprisingly, there was a KHARA Studio presence at Anime Festival Asia 2016 (Nov 25-27), with a sole panel dedicated to creator’s well wishes - celebrating their 10th anniversary - and as well a screen beside it showing AnimatorExpo clips - with “Hammerhead” being played on screen as I was at the stand! Nothing else besides said display panel and video playback though … it would’ve been nice if there was something else hahaha

Khara was involved in some animation for AnimatorExpo, and most notably for “Rebuild of Evangelion”!

Here are a few more select snaps of the hand-drawn well wishes :)

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"Khara, Inc. (株式会社カラー Kabushiki gaisha Karā?, stylized as khara, Inc.) is a Japanese animation studio best known for its work on the Rebuild of Evangelion film tetralogy. Studio khara (スタジオカラー Sutajio Karā?) is the primary animation production studio. It was founded by Hideaki Anno in May 2006, and was shown publicly on 1 August when recruitment notices were posted on his website; Anno remains its president. It has built up appropriate infrastructure. The name khara comes from the Greek word χαρα, meaning joy." (Wiki)
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Pikachu Plush by Ichiban KUJI / Banpresto @ #AFASG16 Anime Festival Asia 2016


I am not above gushing about plush, especially THESE uber-adorbz Pikachu Plush spotted on display at the Ichiban KUJI / Banpresto booth at Anime Festival Asia 2016 (Nov 25-27)!

As part of their “Pikachu Sleeping Bag Collection TOO MUCH SLEEPING BAG” line - the large sized Pikachu Costume plush are 25cm tall (in Pikachu, Lapras and Slowpoke Costume), while the mini plush (where Pikachu dressed up as his fellow Pokemons!) are an adorable 6cm tall. What are interesting ones as well are the two “Sleeping Bag Pouch” figures (13cm tall), which I never did ask it they actually open up into human-sized “sleeping bags” … but I somehow doubt so, unless it’;s “child sized” hahahaha

*Check out MORE images of the Banpresto display HERE on my dedicated Facebook album!


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FRAME ARMS GIRL by Kotobukiya @ #AFASG16 Anime Festival Asia 2016

Frame Arms Girl @ AFASG16
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Frame Arms Girl @ AFASG16

“FRAME ARMS GIRL” from Kotobukiya was out in full force at the Anime Festival Asia 2016 (Nov 25-27), with a wide array of builds on display and available for purchase (check out more booth images HERE on Facebook), and as well was a nifty set-up where folks could have a hands-on opportunity to “play” with the figure sets, in the “Free Touch & Try Zone”!

Both figures and it’s accessories were laid out for folks to work, and even a corner where you can take pics of your build against assorted backgrounds.


Frame Arms Girl @ AFASG16
Frame Arms Girl @ AFASG16
Frame Arms Girl @ AFASG16

WHAT-IS: Frame Arms Girl is a new expansion of Kotobukiya’s Frame Arms series combining the customizability of the Frame Arms plastic model kits with the aesthetics of (their) Ani*Statues.

The standard Frame Arms robots are built around a basic robot skeleton, and features interchangeable body amour and weapons like cannons, missiles, and swords.

Basic figures stand 6 inches tall and features multiple points of articulation, and multiple face parts allowing you to change her expression. (Info)

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#FrameArmGirls catalog available at #AFASG16 from #Kotobukiya #pageflip

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Above: Episode 1 - Introduction to Frame Arms Girl
Below: Episode 2 - Spotlight on Architect


And what’s this about the announcement of a “Frame Arms Girl Animation”? :)

BETSU TEN GAI Nendoroid by Good Smile Co (Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers) Seen a #AFASG16 Anime Festival Asia 2016

Introducing #ThunderboltFantasy #Nendoroid from #GoodSmileCo - seen at #afasg16 #toysrevilafasg16

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“BETSU TEN GAI” from “Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers” as a Nendoroid, seen on display at the Good Smile Co booth at Anime Festival Asia 2016 (Nov 25-27), where scenes from the show were playing beside on a plasma screen.


“Nendoroid Betsu Ten Gai” is currently now on pre-order for ¥5,000 (Pre-order period between the 25th November 2016 (Tue) from 12:00JST until 22nd December 2016 (Thu) at 12:00JST), for an April 2017 release.
“In this world the sword is proof of power. That is a truth that cannot be refuted.”

From the fantasy glove puppetry series with a sequel in the works ‘Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers’ comes a Nendoroid of Betsu Ten Gai - the unrivalled swordsman and head of the Genkishu with the ability to control the spirits of the dead! He comes with three face plates including his standard expression with a cunning smile, a chibi expression based the character drawn by Yuupon as well as an expression based on the actual glove puppet used in the series!

He comes with a small version of the mask he wore when he first appeared in the series as well as a Nendoroid-sized sword! One of the mysterious Miyoku creatures he used for transportation and more is also included! Be sure to display him with the previously announced Nendoroid Lin Setsu A and recreate the Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers atmosphere in your collection!"
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WHAT-IS: "Thunderbolt Fantasy (Thunderbolt Fantasy -東離劍遊紀- Sandāboruto Fantajī: Tōriken Yūki?, lit. "Thunderbolt Fantasy: Sword Travels from the East") is a Japanese-Taiwanese glove puppetry television series created and written by Gen Urobuchi and produced as a collaboration between Japanese companies Nitroplus and Good Smile Company and Taiwanese puppet production company Pili International Multimedia. The series began airing in Japan starting July 8, 2016 and is being simulcast by iQiyi Taiwan,[a] and Crunchyroll under 3 official languages: Taiwanese Min-Nan aired in Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese aired in China, and Japanese aired in Japan." ()
No English Subs / Visual Reference Purposes Only :p

11/25/2016

TOYSREVIL Instagrammed @ #AFASG16 (Day One) #toysrevilafasg16


Managed to brave the Friday Opening Day crowds this Friday morning to peruse the 2016 Edition of Anime Festival Asia 2016 (Nov 25-27), held at Suntec City Convention Centre, on both 3rd and 4th floors!

Before we peer deeper into the ins-and-outs of this 3-day event, here’s a quick recap of my Instagrammed snaps (#toysrevilafasg16), for your blog-viewing pleasures!

*Commentary in image captions, thanks :)



Video Clips of the Crowds… THE CROWDS!!!! And this is just Friday, imagine the weekend!!!

Seen at #afasg16 Day 1 Friday 11:10AM - prepare to queue, people! :) #toysrevilafasg16

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#toysrevilafasg16 you wouldn't go hungry at #afasg16! #wattention food street!

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#cosplay celeb #KANAME on the AkibaStage now at #afasg16 #toysrevilafasg16

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#toysrevilafasg16 #PPAP Challenge at #afasg16

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Nissin pre-releases potato chips (*not noodles) at #afasg16 #toysrevilafasg16

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Introducing #ThunderboltFantasy #Nendoroid from #GoodSmileCo - seen at #afasg16 #toysrevilafasg16

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pika…Pika…PIKA…!!!

#pikachu #pokemon #plush at Banpresto #afasg16 #toysrevilafasg16

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Sleeping Pouch #Pikachu at #afasg16 #toysrevilafasg16

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11/24/2016

TOYSREVIL @ #AFASG16 Anime Festival Asia 2016

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9:45 AM
This time tomorrow I should either be on my way, or have already arrived at Suntec City convention Centre for Day One of the annual Anime Festival Asia 2016 (Nov 25-27)!

This year would be slightly "different" as I'd not be able to buy me some toys, having not rationed my funds at STGCC and IAF before, I'll rather not deplete my savings and will promptly be sucking my thumb this time around :(

I heart AFA for the anime-related toys, an being in a single spot where everyone loves what you like and not be judged ("relative", I suppose), and enjoying the display shelves and stacked boxes ... I am always on the look out for Evangelion, Tokyo Ghoul, One-Punch Man, and more recently Attack On Titan, but I'm losing interest in that tho ~ haha

Wifi is not too bad in Suntec, so I'll be hashtagging coverage at #toysrevilafasg16 :)

Cheers
Andy TOYSREVIL

11/22/2016

Anime Festival Asia 2016 @ Suntec City Convention Centre, Singapore (Nov 25-27, 2016) #AFASG16


The annual Anime Festival Asia is upon us again this year, with this being the 9th Edition, opening this Friday November 25th and exhibiting for three days, ending Sunday November 27th, 2016.

Held on Levels 3 and 4 at Suntec City Convention Centre, this mammoth event encapsulates Anime, Cosplay, Music and all things Japanese genre-pop culture that ”youths, families, anime and music lovers can take their pick among a wide spread of curated content, stars and concerts direct from Japan.”

AFASG16 My Hero Academia
AFASG16 Assassination Classroom
AFASG16 Sword Art Online
AFASG16 Kuro Mukrii
AFASG16 Thunderbolt Fantasy
AFASG16 Ive Always Liked You
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AFA2016 Admission Tix

Admission is a ticketed entry, with Basic Admission priced at SG$13 for Single Day (Exhibition Only) and SG$23 Single Day (for Exhibition Hall + Stage), and more listed here.

Featured here are a few select images of what activities to expect, and as well you can stay connected to the event’s Facebook / Twitter @animefestasia / Instagram @animefestivalasia for further updates! Don’t forget to check out further details on animefestival.asia/afasg16.

TOYSREVIL will be roaming the exhibition halls on Friday, hoping to avoid the massive weekend crowds, but frankly, with the school holidays happening now, I’ve got my work cut out for me!

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AFA had always been about “toys” for me, first and foremost, having been more “tourist” the immersed in the culture - which seemed to be predominantly Cosplay and Anime here in Singapore, although the “music” aspect had been a strongly presented aspect of AFA since near beginning - which is undoubtably a rare(r) aspect locally, as K-Pop dominates as much attention as J-Pop had been, IMHO.

I’m old enough to have fond memories of Checkers, Anzen Jitai, Seiko Matsuda and even Chage & Aska, back in the days (shows my age, but what the heck hahahaha), although I’ve been enjoying my fair share of anime opening and closing songs of select anime I follow hahaha … but a “tourist” I remain, I guess :)

An aspect which I adore about J-culture, is the anime-to-toy-collectibles commercialization which I thoroughly enjoy and embrace, especially when characters from my fav anime gets made into (affordable) action figures!

I held on to the fond memories of securing “Tiger and Bunny” S.H.Figuarts figures from years back, but frankly had not shopped as much in recent years, as the commerciality of “toys” value has caught up expotentially … so instead I blog about them, instead of owning, but lustful still for them hahaha

Here are some goodies to look out for, from Bandai and Good Smile Co.;

Bandai AFA2016
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AFA2016 Framegirls
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