Somehow Japanese food always tops the cuteness scale. From dainty sushi to adorable bento lunches, the astounding attention to detail never ceases to amaze. With that in mind, we embarked on a quest to gather the best Japanese food-themed clothes we could find.
Nekomura Iroha is a Youtuber whose channel is mostly dedicated to collecting piano covers of popular Vocaloid songs from NND. There are a really wonderful selection of pieces on their channel, all neatly arranged into easy-to-browse playlists.
It's worth noting that this Youtuber uses the screen name 'Nekomura Iroha' because the Vocaloid for most of the pieces they upload is called that. They aren't the actual musician, but someone sharing the music of others. :)
Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
It's amazing just how different piano covers can sound compared to the original. You might even find that friends who don't enjoy most Vocaloid songs actually like these versions. :)
You might already be familiar with Pocky - after all, it's one of the most famous snacks from Japan. In case you aren't, it's a thin biscuit stick which is coated in a flavoured cream or chocolate layer. Sadly, supermarkets here usually only stock this treat in its more common flavours... However, in Japan, it seems as if the only limit is your imagination!
See below for a taste of some of the wackier varieties on offer:
Anime-Planet is a website dedicated to anime recommendations and reviews. If you're looking for something new to watch, want to discuss a series or just need a way to keep track of what you've seen, this is a great site! You can mark manga and anime depending on your current progress (watching, stalled, etc.) and get personalised suggestions for similar series. There's also a forum where you can chat with fellow fans about characters, shows and more.
Both of us have accounts on Anime-Planet, so you can check out what we've been reading and watching here:
Strategy RPG has always been one of my favourite game genres. In particular, I love games like Final Fantasy Tactics so, for ages, I'd been hoping to find something similar on the app store. Until recently, all I seemed able to find were games which looked promising at the outset but quickly became tedious or impossible. Fantasy War Tactics is different.
As you'd expect in most games of this genre, the battles progress as the player takes turns with the CPU to move their characters and execute moves to deal damage to the opponent. Winning battles awards you with loot and experience, enabling character upgrades and unlocking the next stage. However, it's not as simple as you might think; as the name implies, tactics are a major part of the game. Every monster and hero has one of three attributes (rock, paper or scissors) which provides an advantage over enemies of the weaker attribute. As well as this, attacking from the side or behind - or from advantageous terrain - boosts attacks in a similar manner. Best of all, if the target is within range of other heroes, they'll team up and perform a group attack. Combining all of these effectively will allow you to dominate the battlefield.
What makes Fantasy War Tactics stand out is the vast array of heroes that are available - there are a whopping 58 characters so far! Each of them possesses four unique skills, different stats, special costumes and their own storyline. Even more impressively, only one of them, Seira, requires an in-app purchase. Everyone else can be obtained from the main story, bonus levels or by collecting event items. With such a varied cast, it's easy to tailor teams to your playing style, making gameplay far more fun.
Speaking of the characters, it seems appropriate to mention the game's plot. Without giving too much away, the so-called protagonist of the game is the incredibly egotistical, self-proclaimed 'Lord'. He's hell-bent on taking over the world and yet, inevitably, ends up saddled with the task of saving it. Along his journey, he recruits - willingly or not - the aforementioned menagerie of characters to join his cause. This mixture of personalities provide frequent entertainment as they interact with one-another comically. Overall, the main story appears to be lengthy and rewarding, offering many hours of gameplay.
Aside from that, the game is generally well made. The graphics are pretty good, both for the 2D pictures and 3D models. The music is nothing extraordinary but there's little to criticise. Similarly, the sound effects are standard but well placed, emphasising various jokes and developments. Additional elements, such as guilds, PVP tournaments and daily dungeons add some variety to the game, whilst longer events offer the chance to obtain powerful heroes, equipment and more, regardless of your level. The only criticisms I can make are the odd (forgivable) spelling mistake and the need to repeat levels so often. Unfortunately, many heroes require the return to their boss level numerous times before they can be recruited. This is especially true of the Lost Island levels, which may necessitate hours on auto-retry before the characters can be obtained.
All things considered, Fantasy War Tactics is exactly the game I've felt was missing from the App Store for too long. Reminiscent of some of my favourite series, it lives up to the genre's reputation with an engaging and rewarding experience.
Fantasy War Tactics is currently available for free on both Google Play and the App Store.
If you'd like to see some of my hints and tips on how to enjoy the game to the fullest, click below.
Cherry blossoms are arguably one of the most spectacular trees in the world. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of sakura-themed clothes and jewellery from across the internet to help you bring a touch of spring to your outfit in any season.
Another one of our favourite singers on YouTube is Lizz Robinett. She sings a mixture of covers in English and Japanese, as well as some songs of her own. Almost all of her lyrics are original and very carefully written. Her gentle voice complements backing piano music really well!
Here are five of her best English covers:
5) Lost in thoughts all alone
I'm sure you’ll have come across at least one cover of this song from the new Fire Emblem game by now. However, Lizz once again puts her own stamp on the piece, bringing out the best in it with a more delicate tone. She's also uploaded a Japanese cover of the same song.
The kitten is so cute! And Lizz's voice captures all of the emotions and adorableness awesomely.
Every time I come across a new cover of this song, it makes me so happy! Lizz and Juby’s are easily the best but they're very different. This version is a beautiful acoustic cover coupled with evocative lyrics.
A sequel of sorts to the well known song ‘Just Be Friends’, Answer holds its own whilst evoking memories of the original piece. Lizz's english cover is thoughtful and optimistic, tinged with hints of sadness and hope.
A nostalgic one for me; this is one of the first of Lizz’s songs I heard and fell in love with. Whilst the lyrics are a bit sad, the song has such a nice rhythm and tune that it's impossible not to sing along.
An amazing self-taught artist, tinyTonbo uses her tablet to draw vibrant characters. Her designs are both striking and full of cute details, inviting you to take a closer look. In the gallery below, we've featured some examples of her stunning artwork. This feature also includes an exclusive interview with the artist herself.
Q & A:
Why do you draw in your current style?
Concerning my drawing style, I'm really fond of bright colors and splashes of detail, and I'm trying to improve lighting contrast and composition to make my drawings stand out more. I want my drawings to seem vivid and eye catching but also fun and cute.
Who is your favourite artist?
Hmm, favorite artist...This will be kind of difficult! ;u; Well, I fell in love with ocono's artwork a few months ago. Her drawing style is very simple, but that's why it's very unique. Other artists include ukkiuki, Kanekiru, empew, Aka-Shiro (i really love her traditional sketches and ink drawings), Hetiru, eaphonia, loundraw (their work is so realistic), Tomiokajiro, etc...(sorry there are so many, I haven't even listed my favorites from Pixiv lol)
Which drawing are you the most proud of?
Anyways, the artwork I am most proud of...Let's see, usually it's one of my Hetalia fanarts or an original character drawing. I guess it would have to be:
Two sisters hoping to share some of the things we love. :3