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14 Oct 16:47

Here Are All 88 Ice-Cream Flavors From the Brand-new Morgenstern’s

by Chris Crowley

Nick Morgenstern is opening the ice-cream shop of his dreams. For the last nine years, the pastry chef and restaurateur has been largely (if not solely) fixated on making the perfect scoop. He ran a cart outside the Fort Greene restaurant General Greene before leaving it and opening a series...More »

14 Oct 16:46

Manhattan Now Has a $40 All-You-Can-Eat Korean Barbecue Restaurant

by James Park
Let’s Meat uses a cast iron lid for grilling

Let’s Meat pivoted to being AYCE and offers less ubiquitous cuts of meat

Manhattan’s newest Korean barbecue restaurant is going all-in on all-you-can eat — an effort to break the stigma of bad buffet dining with Korean traditions and an expansive menu of lesser-known cuts.

Let’s Meat, the first all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant in Manhattan, opened over the summer at 307 Fifth Ave. between East 31st and East 32nd streets, offering more than 30 different choices at $40.

It’s a surprising addition: Even though Los Angeles has an abundance of AYCE Korean barbecue options, New York has been fairly devoid of them due to high rents and cost of operations, especially near Koreatown, where big money funded chains tend to dominate. Plus, in the last year, several more ambitious Korean barbecue restaurants have opened in the area, including SamWon Garden and Yoon Haeundae Galbi, while big players like Baekjeong and Jongro BBQ still regularly have long waits.

Initially, Let’s Meat was not going to be AYCE, according to manager Hue Lee. But the team behind the restaurant became curious that why AYCE had not been possible in New York even though they’ve been popular for years in Korea and Los Angeles, he says. “It’s a thin profit margin, but we realized that it can be done and profitable if it’s played right,” he says.

Let’s Meat Korean barbecue Moon B./Foursquare

Like with many AYCE spots, Let’s Meat has ground rules: First, it’s required to have all-you-can-eat; diners can’t order a la carte. Leftover meat cannot be taken to-go, and there is a maximum of 100-minute dining time. During the given time span, diners can order an unlimited amount of meat within the first 70 minutes, and the rest of the time is used to grill the meat and eat.

In practice, the rules are not enforced with an iron fist, says Annika Lee, the assistant manager at Let’s Meat. Most tables stay around two hours. “We don’t heavily enforce these rules, but we make sure to explain these rules to our customers since most of them are not familiar with the all-you-can-eat concept,” she says.

The menu is divided into two different options, original and premium. The original option, priced at $32.99, includes 27 items — 17 proteins, including tofu, six side dishes, and four vegetables, while the premium option, priced at $38.99, includes 11 items — four side dishes and seven proteins, including seafood, in addition to all 27 items from the original. Side dishes include appetizers like tteokbokki, spicy rice cake, pa-jeon, scallion pancake, and a couple stews and rice. Korean ramyun and naengmyun, cold noodle with beef broth, are also available for an additional $5 or less.

Diners can order an unlimited amount of meat in the first hour or so

What’s different about Let’s Meat is that it goes hard on less ubiquitous cuts of meat. The list ranges from traditional options like samgyupsal, pork belly, to hard-to-find cuts like gopchang, small beef intestine, and dwaeji ggupdaegi, pork skin. There are also seafood options like spicy squid, shrimp, and jjuggumi, short arm octopus, which is commonly found in barbecue restaurants in Korea but is less common in New York.

And Let’s Meat also uses a different grilling system than other places in town. Here, each table is stocked with sot ttukkeong, the lid of the traditional Korean cast iron gamasot, a tool used in Korean cooking mostly in the countrysides. Some Korean barbecue places in NYC use a cast iron pan, but Let’s Meat is the first restaurant to use sot ttukkeong to grill — both a symbolic and practical move. Shaped like a big disk with a handle, the sot ttukkeong works like heavy cast iron, and when used, meat receives a deeply-charred and crispy crust on meat that can’t be replicated on any other grills.

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Meat is grilled on a sot ttukkeong, a cast iron lid of a traditional Korean cast iron tool

A sot ttukkeong represents a part of Korean tradition that’s often forgotten. This heavy, cast-iron lid, used since the Stone Age in Korean history, was essential to make rice or boil water. It represents a slower, different time in the country that often gets ignored in the fast-paced, high-technology version of Korea that exists now. Sot ttukkeong cooking has now become a special dining experience that many Koreans seek out because of the nostalgia factor, especially for older generations, since only a few people who live in countrysides cook with gamasot and a sot ttukkeong.

“There is a Korean idiomatic phrase, ‘sharing a meal with a gamasot,’ which roughly translates as ‘living under the same roof,’” Lee says. “By having introduced a sot ttukeeong cooking to our customers, I want them to feel like they are a part of our family and to experience a piece of Korean tradition.”

Considering a meal at most Korean barbecue restaurants in New York can easily skew over $100, the price point at Let’s Meat is insanely low. At Jongro BBQ, a pork platter, which includes three different cuts of pork is priced at $59.99, portioned to serve around two to three people, and it’s the cheapest option for a set menu. Let’s Meat offers 24 different cuts of protein — pork, beef, seafood, and even tofu — and ten different side dishes to complement the meat for under $40.

Meat, of course, is expensive. The price for Korean barbecue is often decided by the market cost, and depending on the purveyor’s availability and accessibility, many restaurants often change prices regularly to keep buying the meat from the same purveyor, often due to convenience.

Let’s Meat takes a different approach, though. The restaurant keeps costs down by spending more time on finding purveyors, Lee says; they set the price first, then seek a supplier that will be able to provide the same quality of meat with within their budget, says Mr. Lee.

But Lee also says that they’re betting on making profits by not just charging for the meat but by gaining repeat diners who feel satisfied with the service and value. “When customers see that they are getting more than what they pay, they are mostly like to come back to try more,” he says.

Let’s Meat is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and until 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

14 Oct 16:46

‘Shark Tank’-Backed Lobster Roll Chain Lands in NYC This Month

by Carla Vianna

Cousins Maine Lobster started as a food truck and quickly expanded following a $55,000 investment from Barbara Corcoran

A popular lobster roll chain from LA is making its way to NYC. Cousins Maine Lobster — known for its Shark Tank appearance — plans to open an outpost in Kips Bay later this month.

The fast-casual seafood restaurant backed by cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac, who are originally from Maine, began as a food truck in California six years ago, but a $55,000 investment from Barbara Corcoran on Shark Tank led to a robust nationwide expansion. Opening at 77 Lexington Ave. on October 27, the franchise location marks the seafood shop’s sixth brick-and-mortar outpost in the U.S., although dozens of food trucks exist across 21 cities. Besides the shop, a food truck will also roll through NYC next year, the cousins tell Eater.

The NYC location of Cousins Maine Lobster will fit nearly 40 diners and will also have a retail store, where they can purchase lobster cakes, crab cakes, and lobster meat by the pound, as well as a lobster mac and cheese.

Its menu bears some ties to the West Coast, Tselikis says, with a lobster taco and quesadilla representing the “California flair.” Aside from the signature rolls, the restaurant offers additional variations of Maine lobster in a grilled cheese sandwich, or with a side of tater tots. The menu goes beyond lobster with items like a chicken sandwich, fried clams, and fish and chips.

The cousins have traditionally targeted markets where lobster rolls aren’t a commodity like Sacramento, Raleigh, and Nashville, aiming to promote the traditional Maine dish beyond the Northeast region. They have also expanded globally to Taiwan. It was met with long lines when it opened in Charlotte earlier this year, and its L.A. trucks garner a lengthy wait, too.

But New York has its fair share of lobster roll destinations. Luke’s Lobster has more than a dozen locations here, and Red Hook Lobster Pound has several outposts, as well. Lomac says he sees this move the company’s first dive into a big U.S. city that’s considered a major food mecca.

The cousins hope that their broader seafood menu besides lobster rolls will help set them apart, they say. And the new location makes sense, Lomac says, considering the founders’ Northeast upbringing laid the foundation for the restaurant. Cousins Maine Lobster was created to celebrate Maine, and the fresh, steaming-hot lobster they remember eating as children, they say.

Cousins Maine Lobster opens October 27, and most items will be priced between $15 and $17. It will be open everyday starting 11 a.m.

30 Sep 15:52

Preview of “The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of...





















Preview of “The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs” artbook, available this tuesday.
( Amazon USA / France / UK / Canada / Japan )

30 Sep 15:51

Coke Eyes Pot

by Chris Crowley

The weed market is white hot. Coca-Cola, maker of the soda that used to have cocaine in it, is looking into pot-enhanced beverages as sales have flattened. Bloomberg reports that the company is particularly interested in CBD, the anxiety-reducing compound that has become a trendy wellness ingredient. Could this...More »

30 Sep 15:49

Dunkin’ Donuts Is Losing the ‘Donuts,’ Keeping the Doughnuts

by Chris Crowley

Norms keep eroding, and the America we all knew continues to disappear. Dunkin’ Donuts has officially declared that come January it will be known only as Dunkin’ (not the artist formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts). The 12,500-location international chain will then conduct a campaign to erase history, removing “Donuts”...More »

30 Sep 15:39

Disney Bows To Pressure, Reanimates Princess Tiana In ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

by Amid Amidi

Responding to public pressure on social media, Walt Disney Animation Studios is reanimating the scenes of Princess Tiana that appear in "Ralph Breaks the Internet."

The post Disney Bows To Pressure, Reanimates Princess Tiana In ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

29 Sep 15:46

Skrillex, Hikaru Utada Collaborate on Kingdom Hearts III Game's Opening Song

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LOLZ

"Face My Fears" opening song ships on January 18 ahead of game
23 Sep 16:38

Netflix Inks Deal With Shion Takeuchi, First Woman To Get Overall Animation Deal At Netflix

by Amid Amidi

This deal, as far as we know, is Netflix's first publicly announced overall animation deal with a woman creator.

The post Netflix Inks Deal With Shion Takeuchi, First Woman To Get Overall Animation Deal At Netflix appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

16 Sep 22:35

Henry Selick Looks Back On 25 Years Of ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’

by Ian Failes

With a new Blu-Ray release of the film debuting today, director Henry Selick shares stories behind the making of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" on its 25th anniversary.

The post Henry Selick Looks Back On 25 Years Of ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

28 Jul 17:09

Record of Lodoss War OVA Rewatch Podcast: Replay #07

by reversethieves

Many a 90s anime fan cut their teeth on the Record of Lodoss War OVA. This classic high-fantasy series is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the novel and has recently gotten a Blu-ray release.

Join us whether you are re-experiencing or checking out the world of Lodoss for the first time, as we delve deep into each episode with the following sections . . .

  • Welcome to Lodoss Island: A summary of what happened in the episode.
  • Leveling Up: A look into the growth of the characters and players.
  • Sword World Supplements: A discussion of fantasy tropes and role-playing elements.
  • Dungeon Master’s Guide: A comparison of the anime to the book.
  • Revelations from Kardis: Our favorite parts and final thoughts.

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22 Jul 20:13

SDCC’18: Saying Goodbye to Adventure Time

by Beat Staff
By Daniel Lodge Adventure Time is ending this fall.  After 10 seasons of mind bending adventures, psychedelic dungeons, complex character development, and deep world building, Adventure Time will have finally come to a close.  The Beat had a chance to sit down with Executive Producer Adam Muto, and voice talents John DiMaggio (Jake), Jeremy Shada […]
15 Jul 12:59

Voice Actors Threatening To Call Strike Over Streaming Services Like Netflix and Amazon

by Amid Amidi

After a year of failed negotiations with entertainment producers, animation voice actors could call a strike.

The post Voice Actors Threatening To Call Strike Over Streaming Services Like Netflix and Amazon appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

15 Jul 12:59

Animation Workers Set To Receive $170 Million Payout From Wage-Theft Lawsuit

by Amid Amidi

After more than a year of waiting, animation workers will soon receive the first payment from the $170 million settlement they won from various animation studios.

The post Animation Workers Set To Receive $170 Million Payout From Wage-Theft Lawsuit appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

01 Jul 19:37

Record of Lodoss War OVA Rewatch Podcast: Replay #03

by reversethieves

Many a 90s anime fan cut their teeth on the Record of Lodoss War OVA. This classic high-fantasy series is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the novel and has recently gotten a Blu-ray release.

Join us whether you are re-experiencing or checking out the world of Lodoss for the first time, as we delve deep into each episode with the following sections . . .

  • Welcome to Lodoss Island: A summary of what happened in the episode.
  • Leveling Up: A look into the growth of the characters and players.
  • Sword World Supplements: A discussion of fantasy tropes and role-playing elements.
  • Dungeon Master’s Guide: A comparison of the anime to the book.
  • Revelations from Kardis: Our favorite parts and final thoughts.

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25 Jun 21:52

The Speakeasy #102: AnimeNEXT and Tokyo

by reversethieves

Al discusses his time at AnimeNEXT and Kate recounts her journey to Tokyo.

Song: “Don’t Say Goodbye” by Kaori Sawada from Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin

Food for Thought: What anime are you looking forward to in the summer season?

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Other AnimeNEXT 2018 Coverage:
AnimeNEXT 2018: General Impressions
AnimeNEXT 2018: Panels

24 Jun 12:05

Record of Lodoss War OVA Rewatch Podcast: Replay #02

by reversethieves

Many a 90s anime fan cut their teeth on the Record of Lodoss War OVA. This classic high-fantasy series is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the novel and has recently gotten a Blu-ray release.

Join us whether you are re-experiencing or checking out the world of Lodoss for the first time, as we delve deep into each episode with the following sections . . .

  • Welcome to Lodoss Island: A summary of what happened in the episode.
  • Leveling Up: A look into the growth of the characters and players.
  • Sword World Supplements: A discussion of fantasy tropes and role-playing elements.
  • Dungeon Master’s Guide: A comparison of the anime to the book.
  • Revelations from Kardis: Our favorite parts and final thoughts.

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17 Jun 16:11

A New Haven for Stretchy Middle Eastern Ice Cream Has Landed in Williamsburg

by Chris Crowley

Middle Eastern booza (and its Turkish counterpart dondurma) is the showboat of the ice cream world. It has the flexibility of Gumby, a dessert you can stretch, bend, and do acrobatic things with. Salep, ground-up orchid tuber, and mastic, a piney plant resin, give it elasticasticity, and also do wonders in...More »

17 Jun 16:10

Report: Apple Is Getting Into Feature Animation, Possibly With Cartoon Saloon

by Amid Amidi

Gamechanger: Apple, the world's most valuable company, wants to start producing feature animation.

The post Report: Apple Is Getting Into Feature Animation, Possibly With Cartoon Saloon appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

14 Jun 00:30

Record of Lodoss War OVA Rewatch Podcast: Replay #01

by reversethieves

Many a 90s anime fan cut their teeth on the Record of Lodoss War OVA. This classic high-fantasy series is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the novel and has recently gotten a Blu-ray release.

Join us whether you are re-experiencing or checking out the world of Lodoss for the first time, as we delve deep into each episode with the following sections . . .

  • Welcome to Lodoss Island: A summary of what happened in the episode.
  • Leveling Up: A look into the growth of the characters and players.
  • Sword World Supplements: A discussion of fantasy tropes and role-playing elements.
  • Dungeon Master’s Guide: A comparison of the anime to the book.
  • Revelations from Kardis: Our favorite parts and final thoughts.

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03 Jun 14:47

HBO’s “Remixed” Watchmen TV Adaptation Will Be Set in the Present

by Stubby the Rocket

Watchmen TV adaptation remix contemporary Damon Lindelof Dr. Manhattan Mars

Damon Lindelof, showrunner for HBO’s forthcoming TV adaptation of Watchmen, recently posted a five-page open letter to fans of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 graphic novel. The letter, posted on the Lost and The Leftovers creator’s Instagram, provided both an update on the series’ development and reassurance that this would not be a straight adaptation but would rather “remix” the source material. The Old and New Testament were mentioned as well, but suffice to say, this will be an entirely original story—and it will be contemporary.

In a little homage to Dr. Manhattan’s origin story in the novel, Lindelof jumps around in time—explaining his particular connection to the book through his late father, himself a big fan; and how he has been considering an adaptation since shortly after Zack Snyder’s 2009 movie adaptation opened in theaters. He acknowledges Moore’s wish that Watchmen not be adapted and addresses why he decided to do so despite this, citing his own fandom as well as the diverse perspectives of the writers room he has assembled for this project. What he builds to is the “creative intentions” of himself and the other writers involved:

We have no desire to “adapt” the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago. Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.

They will, however, be remixed. Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along, it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.

To be clear. Watchmen is canon.

[…] But we are not making a “sequel” either. This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built… but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary.

[…] The tone will be fresh and nasty and electric and absurd. Many describe Watchmen as “dark,” but I’ve always loved its humor—worshipping at the altar of the genre whilst simultaneously trolling it. As such…

Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising, yet familiar set of eyes… and it is here where we’ll be taking our greatest risks.

You can read the letter in its entirety here, and share your thoughts on another Watchmen adaptation in the comments.

In terms of opening credits, it’ll be tough to top this:

However, absolutely no “Hallelujah.”

13 May 18:12

Nintendo Makes Famicom Mini Shonen Jump Edition for Magazine's 50th Anniversary

System includes 20 games based on Weekly Shonen Jump properties
07 May 11:14

Inside Trader Joe’s Is the New Podcast We Didn’t Know We Needed — Pop Culture

by Elizabeth Licata

Everyone has that playlist or soundtrack that gets them psyched. Whether you're planning a night out, or need some extra energy for a morning run, music and podcasts have a way of making things way more entertaining.

While normally you might not think listening to someone talk about grocery shopping would be considered a pump-up jam, you need to reconsider. Trader Joe's is coming out with its own podcast, and it sounds more exciting than any grocery store podcast has a right to be.

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06 May 16:15

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

by Michael

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Most of the setting of Kyoto Animation series Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! (中二病でも恋がしたい!)—Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions in English speaking markets—is set in the city of Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture. However the second season, subtitled Ren (戀)—Heart Throb, includes two episodes of a school trip to Kyūshū. This article explores locations featured in Kagoshima, the final destination on that trip.

This anime pilgrimage was part of my first visit to Kyūshū, the most southwesterly of Japan’s four main islands. I had traveled to Kagoshima City to participate in the Eighth Butaitanbou Summit, held in 2015 July. This was a big step for me, as it was the first event I attended after becoming a member of the Butaitanbou Community (BTC). Butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting) is an intense form of pop culture tourism in which practitioners identify, travel to and photograph the real world locations used as the basis for settings of manga and anime. Because it was my first summit, I was asked to do a self introduction. With the help of Tachikichi (たちきち @tachikichi) translating, I was able to give everyone a chance to see and hear the mysterious foreigner who had been engaging with them over Twitter for the prior three years. It was a really joyous occasion to finally find my tribe and discover they were as curious about me as I was about them.

As is tradition at these summits, the day following the meeting offered tours to anime pilgrimage locations in the area, led by BTC members. Though a few small groups headed out across Kagoshima Prefecture, like the majority of attendees I stayed in the capital city for the Chūnibyō option. There were so many of us, we were split into several groups to make moving around easier. I ended up in the care of Seki (セキ @seki_saima), the main organizer of the tour, which I couldn’t have been happier about. Seki is a location expert for Chūnibyō specifically and Kyoto Animation works generally, the longstanding manager of the BTC Kansai branch, one of the handful of people who came to see me the first time I met butaitanbou practitioners face-to-face in Kyoto, and a good friend that I rely on for guidance.

Including the tour, I visited the Chūnibyō settings in Kagoshima on 2015 July 18-20. In addition to printed materials provided by Seki, and verbal guidance from him and other BTC members on the tour, I referred to Seki’s butaitanbou articles (Episode 6, Episode 7) for details about the location.

Onsen Hotel Nakahara Bessō

The summit space and our lodging are at the Onsen Hotel Nakahara Bessō (温泉ホテル中原別荘), where the students stayed during their trip. After the conclusion of the main meeting and again after dinner, I join others hunting around the hotel.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

The back of the summit agenda is helpfully filled with screenshots, though many people brought their own references. Before everyone had smartphones and tablets, butaitanbou practitioners used to walk around with a stack of thumbnail sheets like this while searching for locations.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

The people staying in Rikka and Nibutani’s room graciously let us trample over their belongings.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Though early pilgrims who visited shortly after the 2014 February broadcast saw the hotel as it had been rendered in the work, later renovations left notable changes.

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The change from red to blue carpet and from dark to light trim moulding gives the hallway a different feel, though the configuration hasn’t changed.

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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

The lobby is quite different, however.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

There’s a wall in what was originally an open space behind the stairs, and the green desk is just kind of hanging out. The lighter colored marble floor, walls and moulding, as well as brighter lighting, give the whole lobby a more modern and spacious feel.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

There’s a new clock in a new location, and the souvenir kiosk has been moved from the front to a back corner.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

The green payphone is over here by itself.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

The entrance to the onsen is still behind the stairs.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Hotel staff are wonderful throughout our stay. During the summit, the manager talked at length about the original meetings and location hunting with Kyoto Animation during the early production phase, as well as the hotel’s encounters with Chūnibyō pilgrims prior to our event. Service staff in Japan, though generally professional and courteous, tend to avoid straying too far from protocol. But the Nakahara Bessō front desk is eager to go off script and answer our nerdy questions as thoroughly as they can.

Tour Preparation

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Seki is a member of a circle that creates anime pilgrimage dōjinshi, selling publications at Comiket and online. Whipping up a bespoke guide pamphlet for our tour was no stretch for him. The quick reference map is available as a free download directly from Seki’s website.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Central Kagoshima is fairly compact. We can see the Shiroyama observatory, one of our stops, from the front of the hotel, though we have a lot of ground to cover before we get there.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

And we’re off!

Kagoshima Central Park

Many scenes are found in or just off the edge of the park in the city center.

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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Opposite the northwest corner of the park, we encounter our first Saigō Takamori (西郷 隆盛) of the day. Kagoshima was the location of Saigō’s birth and death, and where he led a group of disaffected samurai in armed resistance against the imperial government near the beginning of the Meiji period, known as the Satsuma Rebellion. You can’t throw a rock in Kagoshima without hitting something referencing Saigō.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

From the same street corner, you can use a long focal length to get this shot peering back into the park.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

From the northeast corner of the park, Rikka and Yūta hold back the dark forces emanating from Sakurajima looming in the distance.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Finally, we swing back to the south side of the park, which faces the Nakahara Bessō.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Mikoshi (portable shrines) staged in the park are the first clues that we’re going to encounter a surprise later in the day.

Shiroyama

We take a shuttle bus part way up Shiroyama (城山). We’re bound for the top, but make a quick stop at the souvenir center and Saigō monument en route. It’s also the first of what will become many occasions that I end up sitting with my friend Nobu (のぶ @nobucafe) on a bus. Nobu is a very accomplished butaitanbou practitioner, particularly with regard to works set in Kansai and Hokuriku regions. We have a shared affection for tonkotsu ramen from a shop called Muteppō.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

This is also my first time meeting Tesra (テスラ @tesra1141) face-to-face. Tesra is one of my earliest connections in the community, someone I chatted with often, long before either of us were members of the BTC. His energy and curiosity are so contagious that it’s hard not to be drawn into his world when you spend time with him.

Around 2013, particularly during the broadcast of Kyōkai no Kanata, a small group of butaitanbou practitioners began experimenting with extended monopods to capture the high angle shots often ignored during scene hunting. Tesra was at the center of this “Monopod Cluster”, as they called themselves. There aren’t many high angle cuts to worry about in Kagoshima, but he takes a bunch of fun shots from over our heads to record the events for posterity.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

From the Shiroyama observation platform, though there are clouds and some haze, we can still see most of Sakurajima (桜島), an active volcano that is a symbol of Kagoshima and occasionally blankets the city with a layer of ash.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

The original plan had been to descend via the hiking path, but it is unfortunately closed temporarily after part had been washed out during heavy rainfall. The shuttle bus driver whips around curves and drifts between lanes on the descent. We joke that this attraction is part of the Shiroyama tourism package, as people lose their grip on the straps and fall over one another.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Somehow, we make it to the memorial at the base of the mountain intact and praise the solid ground for its stability.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Shiroyama Iriguchi Intersection

From the entrance to the Shiroyama driveway, we continue back toward the city center on foot.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Never let it be said that Kyoto Animation isn’t thorough with details. Even piles of volcanic ash on the side of the road make it into the backgrounds.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Sanbashi-dori Intersection

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Though tramcars appear in the backgrounds, one feature of Kagoshima all but left out is the grass-lined tramways. Anywhere the trams go, there’s a nice strip of green down the middle of the street.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Tenmonkan Mujaki

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

All groups reconvene in Tenmonkan, Kagoshima’s central business district, for lunch at Tenmonkan Mujaki (天文館むじゃき), where Rikka and Yūta stop for kakigōri (shaved ice dessert).

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Our large group has a special section reserved on an upper level, so we don’t have a chance to observe the dining area used in the anime, but the food is the same.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Mujaki is a full service restaurant—

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

—though most people know it as the supposed originator of the shirokuma, a Kagoshima variant of kakigōri that includes agar jelly, sweet beans and fresh fruit toppings. There are actually several theories as to the origin of the dessert, but Mujaki seems to be credited more often than not. I wonder if kakigōri otaku have heated debates about this sort of thing.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Rikka and Yūta also order a kurokuma, which is flavored with dark brown unrefined sugar syrup.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Of course this happens.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

On the way out, we’re caught off guard as we become stuck behind a troupe of drummers and mikoshi bearers using the arcade as a staging area. The BTC summit and tour happened to end up being the same weekend as the Ogionsaa (おぎおんさぁ), a popular and raucous Kagoshima festival in which women wearing happi coats and men wearing nothing but fundoshi (loin cloths) parade through the city carrying mikoshi. Local festivals are something I really enjoy, so although I had come for an anime pilgrimage, this is a lot of fun for me too.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Kagoshima Port

After finding a tunnel out of the crowd, we make our way on foot to Kagoshima Port (鹿児島本港), short walk from Tenmonkan. Parts of the original port fortifications support modern buildings, while others are left as a record of what it once looked like.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Here is a cut that, while you can get everything in the frame shooting from the ground, requires a high angle shot to get the perspective right.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Perfect for a monopod!

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Tenmonkan

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

We head back to Tenmonkan for the last few shots of the day.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Yūta walks through the Terukuni Omotesandō (照国表参道), a covered shopping arcade that flanks either side of Terukuni-dōri (National Route 225) in the center of the city.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Ogionsaa is now in full swing. As we’re getting our shots in the arcade, Seki looks back and forth between our group and the procession of mikoshi going right through the last location we planned to capture. Eventually he shrugs his shoulders, smiles in resignation and yells out, “Matsuri!”

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Newlyweds Sakamoto Ryōma (坂本 龍馬) and Narasaki Ryō (楢崎龍)—she is commonly called Oryō (お龍)—visited Kagoshima on what is said to be the first honeymoon by a Japanese couple. These statues appear in Chūnibyō, though in all the commotion we almost miss them.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

We manage to get over to the Izuro Intersection (いづろ交差点), though aren’t surprised to see the festival has taken over the space. It’s time to accept the unexpected turn of events and enjoy the moment!

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

I’m able to return the following day to get the last two shots, as I’m staying in Kagoshima to do some shōtengai research.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

But I like to think of the festival as a happy accident. On the surface, butaitanbou is about the discipline of finding and collecting the shots as they appear in the creative work. However it’s often the surprises I find along the way that I enjoy the most.

Pilgrimage to Kagoshima for Chunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren 鹿児島 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

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06 May 11:59

Studio Ghibli Is Opening A Theme Park In Japan

by Amid Amidi

Starting saving up because we're all going to Japan in 2022.

The post Studio Ghibli Is Opening A Theme Park In Japan appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

29 Apr 00:56

Approaching “Isle of Dogs” as an Asian-American Anime Fan

by sdshamshel

Wes Anderson’s Japanese cinema-inspired stop-motion film Isle of Dogs has been the subject of controversy. Accused of racism (or at the very least racial insensitivity) towards Japan and Asian cultures in general, the movie comes at a time when Hollywood has made numerous missteps in their handling of Asian-themed works, such as the casting of non-Asian Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell. As an Asian-American, I initially came out of the film without feeling offended or bothered by its contents and dressing. I still do not believe it to be a nasty film, but as I’ve reflected on my experience with Isle of Dogs by way of my long history as an Asian amd an anime fan, as well as the criticisms others have written, I find that the core issue isn’t so much racism in the “hatred or marginalization of a people” variety. Instead, it’s that the exoticization of Japan in the film can leave Asian viewers feeling we’re being othered, that we’re not the “intended audience.”

As an anime fan for the past two decades, I’ve seen both the anime being produced and my own experience with them change. When I first got into it, anime was something very foreign, very different, very exotic. Compared to the cartoons I was familiar with, it did seem like a new world, made all the better by the fact that I, as an American living in the US, was not its assumed audience. While the anime industry is increasingly aware of the global market (see the whole “Cool Japan” push by the country’s government), some of that “otherness” persists, reflecting the 99% ethnically Japanese population of Japan.

For example, in many anime set outside of Japan, the main character is often still Japanese, or at least half-Japanese—as if to assure the target audience that there is a relatable point. The spacefaring Macross franchise, now decades old, reflects this tendency in its many protagonists’ names—Ichijou Hikaru, Isamu Alva Dyson, Nekki Basara, Kudou Shin, Saotome Alto, and Hayate Immelman. So when the American exchange student Tracy Walker showed up, I saw her in the same light as those Macross characters, even if she isn’t the protagonist. While I don’t agree with the notion that she’s a “white savior” character, but rather an awkward yet well-meaning character with a bit of a self-righteous savior complex, I registered her in my mind as that American audience stand-in character. However, thinking about that moment was when it clicked for me: if she’s supposed to stand in for the American viewer who’s stepping into this film ostensibly about Japan, what does her presentation say to Asian-Americans watching it? One potential interpretation: Asian-Americans are second-class Americans in the theater.

That’s not the message that Isle of Dogs communicated to me, and I think that the lack of Asian actors playing the dogs themselves isn’t too big a deal, but I can definitely see why the film’s presentation can make Asians like myself feel like strangers in our own home. By extension, I can see why non-Asians could be sensitive to what they’re seeing as affronts of cultural appropriation. The film’s decision to leave the Japanese untranslated (outside of a literal interpreter character summarizing what some of the characters say on occasion) didn’t affect me too greatly; I’m fluent in Japanese. But the decision to not subtitle them means that direct engagement with those characters is lost for the assumed audience, and for non-Japanese-fluent Asian viewers, it can potentially create a greater sense of alienation. Again, for me as an anime fan, something like “Megasaki City” isn’t offensive because it doesn’t sound too far off from “Tokyo-3” (the 3’s pronounced “three” like in English) from Neon Genesis Evangelion, but the film is rife with imagery and symbols that might end up feeling less like loving homages and more like snarky plundering if the Asian-American audience already feels like they’re being told to “stand over there.”

I’m not familiar with Wes Anderson films, so I can’t speak to his auteur style. I’m also not an expert on Kurosawa Akira, so I have only a vague sense of how Anderson references him and other Japanese filmmakers. At most I’m very familiar with Miyazaki Hayao. Within this limited personal context, my feeling is that Anderson through Isle of Dogs tries to exoticize not Japan, Japanese culture, or Japanese people, but rather the feeling of wonder and difference that he got from Japanese film and filmmakers. One of his core staff members, Nomura Kunichi, was apparently brought on specifically to help with authenticity and treating Japanese culture with respect.

Because those films are so associated with foreign interpretations and expectations of Japan, however, drawing from those sources so readily while unabashedly acknowledging them through the Japanese setting of Isle of Dogs can make audiences, such as Asian-Americans who have to deal with the challenges of being Asian-American, bristle with suspicion. Bringing up the question of cultural appropriation is important, and I think the film itself has enough teeth (no pun intended) to stand up to the doubts and concerns, but those questions should not be ignored or assumed to “not really matter.”

 

29 Apr 00:04

New George R. R. Martin Book Fire & Blood Arrives November 20th

by Stubby the Rocket

George R. R. Martin’s latest tale of Westeros, Fire and Blood, will be released on November 20, 2018, and is available for pre-order nowFire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) will look back at some of the history that led to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, focusing on the intrigue and tragedy of the Targaryen family. The book is a continuation of a much shorter piece in 2014’s illustrated in-world history The World of Ice & Fire, that was written by Martin and collaborators Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson.

F&B promises the “full tapestry” of the Targaryen’s history, and includes the origin of the three dragon eggs that changed the course Daenerys’ life.

Here’s the full, fiery cover:

 

And the full blurb for the book promises a tangled history told by a maester of the Citadel:

The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than 80 all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

It’s worth noting that as exhaustive as Fire and Blood promises to be, it’s still only the first half of an encyclopedic Targaryen sage—a second volume is planned for release after the final book in the main ASOIAF series has been published. You can learn more about Fire and Blood over at Barnes and Noble’s site.

28 Apr 00:16

The Speakeasy #100: A Celebration

by reversethieves

We celebrate our 100th episode and over 8 years of podcasting!

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18 Apr 00:31

S.W.A.T. Reviews: Spring 2018

by reversethieves

Follow us directlyon Stitcher, or on iTunes

The premise of these reviews is simple: watch the first episode of a series and then immediately sit down to record a review mini-podcast. The reviews are five- to ten-minutes long and entirely off the cuff. As always we only review new shows (so no sequels or continuations) and try to avoid anything that just looks outright awful.

Sentence: Free to Go

First impressions of Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku from A-1 Pictures. It is streaming on Amazon Prime. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Golden Kamuy from Geno Studio. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of You Don’t Know Gunma Yet from Asahi Productions. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These from Production I.G. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Megalobox from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Gegege no Kitaro (2018) from Toei Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Crossing Time from Ekachi Epilka. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Lupin III Part 5 from Telecom Animation Film. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: On Parole

First impressions of Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food from Another World from Sunrise. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Magical Girl Ore from Studio Pierrot. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Gurazeni: Money Pitch from Studio Deen. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

First impressions of Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis from Polygon Pictures. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Kakuriyo Bed & Breakfast for Spirits from Gonzo. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Dances with the Dragons from Seven Arcs Pictures. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Comic Girls from Nexus. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

15 Apr 11:21

Harry Potter Series Will Get New Covers For 20th Anniversary Edition

by Stubby the Rocket

Harry Potter series, 20th anniversary, cover art, Brian Selznick

This year marks Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, and Scholastic is celebrating by giving them a new cover treatment from Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Selznick.

The whole series of covers form one long mural when placed side by side, allowing readers to follow the characters through the entire series. Selznick had this to say about the project:

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (a proud Hufflepuff!) and to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honor. I knew this project came with so much responsibility to the stories, as well as to the readers. I revisited the books and was especially moved by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so I wanted these covers to reflect that. One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the process was drawing seven independent covers that would stand on their own, while making sure that they also lined up to create one single satisfying image. It took dozens and dozens of sketches to get it right, and I am thrilled to share my great love for the books with these new illustrations.

Here are the covers!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter series, 20th anniversary, cover art, Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter series, 20th anniversary, cover art, Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter series, 20th anniversary, cover art, Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter series, 20th anniversary, cover art, Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter series, 20th anniversary, cover art, Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter series, 20th anniversary, cover art, Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter series, 20th anniversary, cover art, Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick

These brand new editions will hit shelves in the U.S. on June 26th. For more info, head over to Entertainment Weekly.