Hakuouki Reimeiroku and Paper-Based Loot from Japan

I went to Japan at the beginning of October this year and I bought a lot of not needed, but much loved goodies! First part of my loot begins here…

Paper-based loot from Japan!

In comparison to my previous visit, I did not buy as many anime-related goodies. A break-down of the paper-based loot above:

- Vampire Knight Artbook
- Hakuouki Clear Folders
- Hakuouki – Okita Souji Key-ring
- Hakuouki – Okita Souji Stickers (yes I am Okita obsessed *__*)
- Hakuouki – Saito Hajime Bag Holder
- Hetalia Axis Powers Poster
- Durarara Poster
- Dengeki Girl’s Style October issue

The Dengeki Girl’s Style magazine came with a special booklet, packed with information on the new Hakuouki game (Hakuouki Reimeiroku)! I am not sure whether anyone is playing the game or has played it already… If you have, how do you find it?

Hijikata is too pretty... *_*

From a quick browse through the booklet,  the game is set before the previous games and the protagonist is a guy named Ibuki Ryuunosuke. The story follows that Ryuunosuke’s mother intended for him to become a samurai, thus he had a very strict upbringing. This led him to dislike samurai in general. After his mother had passed away, he travelled to Kyoto aimlessly. On the way, he got mugged and beaten up (why is he so weak when he had received proper samurai training!?); got rescued by someone who belongs to a ‘aspire-to-be samurai’s’ group and was forced to tag along with them. The group is somehow linked with the Shinsengumi and that is how the protagonist gets all close and personal with our favourite bishies! Some screenshots from the booklet after the cut.

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Back from Hiatus…

Hey everyone! Thanks for all of the comments. I haven’t got time to read them all now but I will reply to them as soon as I can. Sorry for the sudden hiatus… Life and work have caught up with me and I have been dealing with them until now! Back for good this time. Playing Lucian Bee’s RESURRECTION SUPERNOVA on the PSP as of now, so expect a review soon ^^!

Tokyo Kawaii TV!

Do you like Japanese fashion? Yes? Then I would highly recommend you Tokyo Kawaii TV!

Take me to Tokyo!

Official English link for the show here. This weekly program is all about Japanese fashion for girls, made by girls! It is presented by the ultra cute singer and actress Beni and the very handsome and CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY HE DOES NOT LOOK 40+ ojii-san-like Ikki Sawamura. I think they make a great combo! Beni is trendy and young, whereas Ikki looks cool and is up for the show, but he knows NOTHING about fashion and often makes a fool out of himself! He makes perverted jokes and says things that are inappropriate.. just like an ojii-san ;;^^.

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Hakuouki Bath Salt – Hijikata Toshizou & Saito Hajime

Used Hijikata’s and Saito bath salts last week. Each packet comes with a sticker and two separate packs of bath salts. The sticker is printed with the line that the character is supposed to say before you go to a mixed-sex onsen with them *nose-bleeds*!

Mixed-sex onsen is not something of the past: we still get them nowadays! All the onsen hotels I have stayed in before contain mixed-sex onsen! I DID NOT want to go to one at all! If Souji were to come with me then that would be a different story XDD;;.

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Hakuouki – Hijikata’s Route

As promised, I present to you my long rant review on Hijikata’s route! Background on the game in my previous post here (Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD, don’t proceed if you do not want to see the CGs and read rant on the storyline!).

About Hijikata

Hijikata is the deputy leader of Shinsengumi. Along with the leader (Kondou), they manage daily tasks, plan and execute battles and represent the interest of the whole of Shinsengumi. Since he is the one who makes the big decisions for the team, he is more calm, rational and mature than the rest of the Shinsengumi members. However, as the story progresses and Shinsengumi’s fall becomes imminent, Hijikata loses his cool. With the protagonist’s help, he manages to stay strong and maintain Shinsengumi to the best of his ability.

He is responsible, friendly and honest (maybe a little too honest at times): the perfect man to merry in my opinion! His prettiness exceeds all bishies in the game and he is often used in adverts to pull more fangirls into the franchise… ;;^^

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Catching up with Life after the Holiday

March flew by so quickly! From mid March to the end of March, my friends came over and I took them around London and Rome. Travelling was more exhausting than work because you have to be focussed from morning till late evening. After they have left, I went back to work and I needed time to readjust myself to pressure and weekend work. Now I have caught up with life once again – I promise that I will start updating regularly again ;;^^. To start off, some photos from my trip!

Salami and spinach pizza with A LOT of cheese!

St Peter Basilica - one of the grandest buildings I have seen!

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La corda d’oro Goods from Neoromance Festa 11

I want to fly over to Japan now so that  I can attend Neoromance Festa 11 and buy La corda d’oro goods that I don’t need but desperately WANT! Unfortunately the following goods are only available in the event. The only way I can get my hand on them is via expensive Japanese auction…

First up – La corda d’oro aroma lamp:

La corda d'oro aroma lamp

It comes with twelve small bottles of essence oils of different flavours, one for each character. I suppose that there is a bowl inside the lamp for you to pour the oil in and the heat will vaporise the oil to give off a nice aroma. I guess Koei wants to brainwash the fans more into the La corda d’oro characters by smell! Although I wouldn’t mind that at all! I really want to know what Kaji’s oil (named Princess Bouquet) and Kiriya’s oil (named Ocean Breeze) smell like…! More information on the lamp here. It’s yours for 12,500 yen (approximately $140) – so expensive for a lamp!

For something less expensive, La corda d’oro concentrated perfum is available for 2000 yen (approximately $22):

La corda d'oro concentrated perfum

Each flavour is associated with a chase-able male character in the game! The previous perfume must have sold well for Koei to release a similar product. For me, it is difficult to resist getting characters’ goods if I really like them! In a way, I buy to support the character ;:XD (despite knowing that the companies just want to squash money from fans).

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