Reasons I love HobbyOff – Resident Evil nerd haul..

Remember before how I wrote about the wonders of BookOff? “Mottainai” really paid off recently.

Resident Evil fans, did you know these even existed?


HEALTH BAR WASHI TAPE!? And Pasmo/IC card stickers – Jill and Chris S.T.A.R.S ID

I even found some small badges too. I’m guessing an old fan traded them all in.. Each item was 64円. I could barely believe it. They were all sealed too – completely unused.


What should I do with the washi tape?? Some kind of fan art?



A nerdy finding!


Look at this shop I found whilst exploring Fukuoka city!

It doesn’t have anything to do with Final Fantasy 8, but I wonder if the owner is a fan too?

Tomodachi Collection “トモダチコレクション” and discovering the DSi as a learning material

When I visited Tokyo, my boyfriend and I took a lovely pre-pizza evening walk and stumbled across BookOff, which was a welcome surprise. (Yes – before you judge me as crazy, a pre-pizza evening walk is a fantastic way to savor the excitement of having a pizza!)

Recently he has been getting back into retro game collecting, so it was good fun to search through the treasures that BookOff holds. If you’re unfamiliar with BookOff, it’s a Japanese chain of recycle shops where people can trade in books, DVDs, video games and more. The condition of the items they trade in are usually close to immaculate, and unbelievably reasonable in price.

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Animate Cafe: Ensemble Stars Review!

In my last cafe review, I visited some pretty and quiet little cafes that weren’t too out of the ordinary. This review however, will look at the opposite end of the spectrum!

I’ve been trying to get into some mobile gaming recently to pass the time during commutes, but my Japanese level is so low I have been living vicariously through a friend who is a big fan of “Ensemble Stars” – or EnStars as it is affectionately shortened to. Ensemble Stars is an idol group mobile game, set in a high school where young lads who attend perform together. Apparently it’s a spin off of a female idol group game, aimed instead for a female audience. I can’t really comment on the actual game play – I haven’t played it myself.. but I learned how much of a big deal it was once I was invited to a limited run theme cafe based upon the game!

Idol groups are a pretty big deal in Japan – large collectives of beautiful girls and handsome boys who can sing together harmoniously, perform dance routines, attend meet and greets and appear on talk shows. All while looking fabulous and capturing the hearts of the nation. Think AKB48 and the Johnny boy’s.

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