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Final Impressions: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

I first found Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma through manga. Although I fell out of touch with the anime for several years, I've been periodically reading manga through that time. One of my favorites turned out to be Food Wars for its ran...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma episodes 21-23

I hate how some shonen series are handled. If a shonen manga doesn't have the audience or allotted budget of a big Shonen Jump property like One Piece or Gintama, then its anime adaptation is doomed to "seasons." Instead of continuing week ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma episodes 17-20

In the last annotated recap, I couldn't stop talking about how great the next arc, the Autumn Elections, was going to be. It's the manga's best to date, and if the anime plays its cards correctly, it's going to be the show's best to date. B...

 
 
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Would you like some fries with your Yo-kai?

So, I haven't actually watched a full episode of Yo-kai Watch or played the games. I have just ended up buying gobs of toys for my nieces and nephews, as they are insane about the highly successful series. In some weird way the infection h...

 
 
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Two words: Space Whiskey

In one small step to getting closer to anime space travel, Japanese distillery Suntory Holdings has announced they will be sending various whiskeys into space to age aboard the International Space Station.

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma episodes 13-16

Shokugeki no Soma is quickly turning into the highlight of my week. The only problem with covering a Shonen-type series like this is that each episode isn't very substantial on its own, but the overall package is compelling enough to keep t...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma episodes 9-12

Last time we left off, Souma and the other chefs were taking part in an annual Totsuki Academy camp where they have to pass a few tests. We're currently in the middle of the first test as Chef Inui wants pairs of chefs to cook a Japanese di...

 
 
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Let it go when you poop: Disney's Frozen Sausages in Japan

Sausage marketers have it tough. Their product looks like a dick and is likely made from the most unmentionable mechanically separated animal parts. How are you supposed to sell that to kids? You print a snow queen on it, logically. In Japa...

 
 
 
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Annotated Anime: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma episodes 6-8

With the first five episodes, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma had to establish its wacky as all get out world. Goofy sexualization, heightened environment, and basically had to make sure you could accept this culinary world seriously. Or at th...

 
 
 
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Vitamin Chips. Orange flavoured potato chips return to stores

The mixing of two different tastes is prominent in Asian cuisine. Sweet and Sour, Hot and Sour, Sweet Chili etc. These are all fantastic flavours that give our favourite dishes a kick that we all love. Even the west has some polarising flav...

 
 
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First Impressions: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

I’ve had a lot of trouble catching on to anime over the years, but every so often there’s a show that sounds so incredibly insane that I can’t help but watch it. That’s how I got reeled into a shows like One Piece or...

 
 
 
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KFC and Potato Chips. Together at Last

There are some Japanese snacks that wouldn't fly in the west. Pocari Sweat has the connotation of drinking someone's perspiration, and their eclectic Kit Kat flavours can make some taste buds shudder. But this concept al...

 
 
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Let's take a look at an instant Military meal from Japan

Now I've had my share of US military rations, better known as "Meals-Ready-to-Eat" (MREs) I've often wondered how other countries handled their on-the-go meals for their troops. US military MREs aren't the tastiest and often it's up to eac...

 
 
 
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Want Shrimp Tempura in 3 seconds? Take this cannon

You never know where useful information will come from. For example, would you expect to learn a secret technique for preparing fried shrimp in an instant from...a wireless carrier? Yeah, neither did I.  NTT Docomo's promoting its LTE...

 
 
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Japanator Eats: Taste Japan video unboxing part I

There's few things that I love more than anime and video games. One of them is unfortunately my unhealthy obsession with chowing down on snacks, particularly Japanese snacks! I live in Chicago right now, and actually have a lot of access t...

 
 
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Arrange pigeon drone booze parties with Kirin

Ever wanted to knock back a brew with a bunch of cool drones? Well, too bad, because Kirin's got the opportunity for you, with a new campaign stunt involving a little family of four drones, decorated to look like friendly pigeons. The dron...

 
 
 
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Monkey face jesus returns!

Do you remember a few years back, when a retiree from Zaragoza "restored" the painting of Jesus known as Ecce Homo? Well, the image made headlines due to the poor lady's animu-style paintbrush skills, which made jesus look more like a prima...

 
 
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You wish you had these cucumber skills

One of the foods that I never ate before moving to Japan that I now eat daily is cucumber. Japanese cucumbers are delicious, and I especially like working some insta-pickling on 'em and enjoying them on the side with a meal. This video of ...

 
 
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Make some egg... pudding?

After watching a bunch of British TV show on the BBC I became a bit confused to what pudding is. Growing up, it was always that delicious milky stuff that Bill Cosby was hustling to kids. You'd find it in chocolate or vanilla, and in aweso...

 
 
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Japanator Eats: Green Tea Snacks Part 3

Final installment of the green tea series is up for your viewing pleasure. It was a heck of a ride tasting all the green tea snacks that I got my hands on. Some were great, and some, were not that great... The main thing though is, just ge...

 
 
 
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Japanator Eats: Mango Ritz Bits Sandwiches

I just had to try these when I saw them at the store. I've never seen (or noticed) there were flavors besides cheese for Ritz Bits Sandwiches, and lately I've had trouble finding mango juice in my area, so I figured maybe a mango-flavored ...

 
 
 
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Japanator Eats: Green Tea Snacks Part 1

Green tea snacks are so lovely. If there is a green tea version of any food, I will undoubtedly get that version of it. I'm drawn into the bitterness of the green tea matched with the sweetness of anything else that it is with. For this fi...

 
 
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New grapefruit flavor will make you pucker this summer

Coming to convenient stores across Japan is a new sour popsicle from the maker of the Gari Gari-kun Soda popsicle. Their new flavor puts your sourness to the test by combining lemon and grapefruit together. The bar itself is made up of 50% ...

 
 
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Japanator Eats: Strawberry and Wasabi Kit Kats

It's finally time for some more snack reviews from yours truly! I got my hands on some more of those flavored Kit Kats that everyone likes to hear about. Strawberry and wasabi flavors both had it's surprising side to them, but not like you...

 
 
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Power up your Atomic Breath with Godzilla shochu

I'm not quite sure what most people thought about the recent Godzilla film reboot. Personally, I loved the film. It's actually hard for me to dislike anything Godzilla, so you could probably gues I was excited to see this limited edition Ja...

 
 
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Got a rice cooker? Then you can make some tasty pancakes too!

The rice cooker is an appliance that you see pretty often in anime and dramas. Considering how important rice is in the general Japanese diet, that shouldn't be a surprise. What is surprising are the various other things you can do with a r...

 
 
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Head to Ikebukuro to dine on your favorite Macross F treats

If you happen to be in Japan on July 27th, and love Macross you are in luck. The Namco run Characro cafe will be having a limited time cross over with the Macross Frontier series. The preliminary designs show some pretty cool Macross art wo...

 
 
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Japanator Eats: Mr. Croissant Donut

With my return to Japanator comes the return of videos in which you get to watch me eat stuff from Japan with more regularity. My first entry in this new era of food videos features an inspired dish, the Mr Croissant Donut, which takes aft...

 
 
 
 
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Sushi created with a single grain of rice

The potential of a lone grain of rice has been tested time and time again. It's been used as a canvas for meticulous illustrations, laser engravings, and sculpted on to make micro-masterpieces. This time, it's something with a bit more... ...

 
 
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Burger King Japan wants you to eat their giant sausage

What do you do when your competition announces something special? Usually, you find something similar and ride their coattails into the land of profit. In the case of Burger King Japan, you show everybody your giant wiener. Alright people, ...

 
 
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What in this room is made of chocolate?

You know Japanese variety shows are interesting, to say the least. In this episode, one of the games they had looks awfully salivating. The staff got together some master chocolatiers and had them craft objects within a room setup. The sho...

 
 




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