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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer greetings from Japan, and the new Charlotte anime.

Summer greetings from Japan, and the new Charlotte anime.

As usual a new anime season has arrived and I'm still rushing to finish the shows from last season. One show I started watching last night is Charlotte, about a group of high school students with super powers who seek out other espers who are using their abilities in unsavory ways -- for example, the main character has the power to take over other peoples' bodies (but for only five seconds at a time), which he uses to cheat on tests and get girls to date him -- and convince them to stop abusing their powers, lest they end up being experimented on by the government for the rest of their lives. The show is kind of like Code Geass meets Angel Beats! with a little of Plastic Memories thrown in, and is filled with lots of humor, usually centered around the characters' imperfect esper abilities. As usual, characters in anime are able to get away with things no one in real life in Japan could do, like the main heroine Tomori Nao, a self-centered girl with the ability to turn invisible (but only to one person at a time), who does things like eat steaming hot bento inside a crowded train, which is a violation of manners. 

Although I'm not a fan of the heat and humidity, my favorite season in Japan would probably have to be summer. Once the rainy season (mid-June to mid-July) lets up, Japan is transformed into a brilliant world of vibrant green, with lots of fun summer-ey things to do, from going to the pool to wearing a yukata while you take in summer fireworks and listening to the cicadas sing in the trees. Summer in Japan is a great time to drink mugi-cha, the refreshing barley tea all Japanese love, or maybe some ice-cold ramune. Another interesting custom the Japanese have is sending 暑中見舞い shochu-mimai or "mid-summer greeting cards" to friends and acquaintances, which basically are a kind of formal greeting card you send to take each other's mind off the heat of summer. While the custom has faded a bit thanks to the modern world of cell phones and the Internet, it's quite common for artists on Pixiv to create these cards and send them to their fans through Twitter.

Raidy III is now shipping!

One of the fun new game elements in the just-released Lightning Warrior Raidy III is that Raidy can now magically join with the other game characters, for example combining with the wolf girl Fonfon to become "Beast Mode," joining with demon girl Tiss to enter Demon Mode or the Dark Elf Folles to play the game in Elf Mode. This adds lots of fun gameplay to the game, allowing you to clear the game in all three modes, plus using Raidy herself. The ecchi graphics you encounter in each mode is different. Why not order the Raidy III Limited Edition or Download Edition now?

Today's New & Restocked Items

    Dengeki Girls Style August 2015

    Dengeki Girl's Style August 2015

    Lots of great anime magazines in stock today, including the new Dengeki Girl's Style, filled with otome game and anime info of value to female fujoshi fans like Diabolik Lovers, Hakuouki, and UtaPri, plus free stuff too.VIEW PRODUCTS

  • Nakayoshi Other Manga Posted

    Nakayoshi, Other Manga Posted

    Nakayoshi is a great magazine full of cute shoujo manga and cool accessories for girls, and this month's issue is no exception. Check it out.view products
  • Figure King NO 210

    Figure King NO. 210

    Are you a figure geek or a figure king? This magazine takes a look at all the top up-and-coming models and figures from Japan. Browse now!view products
  • Onnanoko Rashii Pose How To Draw Cute Girls

    Onnanoko Rashii Pose ~ How To Draw Cute Girls

    Our customers love the "How to Draw Manga" artbooks we post, and today we have awesome restocked books and more to offer you. They make great gifts!view products
  • Ikkitousen Animation Art Works II

    Ikkitousen Animation Art Works II

    The ultimate collection of ecchi illustrations for Ikkitousen fans, this is volume 2 of the Ikkitousen Animation Art Works with amazing stuff for collectors.view products
  • Beautiful Wind Chimes Other Traditional Items

    Beautiful Wind Chimes, Other Traditional Items

    The sound of the fuurin (wind chime) is one of the best sounds in all of Japan. Discover it for yourself with these traditional wind chimes.view products
  • Popular Traditional Japan Products

    Popular Traditional Japan Products

    Plus many cool traditional items too, like the zarusoba dish, traditional style sake cup, sandalwood JUZU with Natural Stone and more.view products
  • Tons of Sailor Moon Products Posted Today

    Tons of Sailor Moon Products Posted Today

    Enjoy the awesome Sailor Moon products we've got on the site like this kawaii Denim Case which is perfect for iPhones, pens, keys, or anything you fancy.view products
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Utena Rayearth Goods

    Cardcaptor Sakura, Utena + Rayearth Goods!

    Make notes while enjoying the characters from Cardcaptor Sakura, with the notebooks we got in stock today. See fresh stock of Rayearth and Utena products too!view products
  • Love Idol Brassiere and Shorts Otokonoko 3L

    Love Idol! Brassiere and Shorts ~ Otokonoko 3L

    Tamatoys gives love to fans of joso who like to cross-dress for cosplay events or other occasions, with this bra and panty set. So cute!view products
  • Fancy Girls School Uniform Posted

    Fancy Girl's School Uniform Posted

    Here's another item for your cosplay collection, a standard sailor school uniform that's great for anyone who wants to turn themselves into a high school girl.view products
  • New J-List T-shirts In Stock

    New J-List T-shirts In Stock!

    J-List loves to make fun and wacky Japanese T-shirts for our customers. One of our customers' favorites is the Wanted: Makoto Ito shirt.view products
  • Awesome Restocked Condoms from Japan

    Awesome Restocked Condoms from Japan

    Japanese condoms are the best in the world, and we're restocking some great ones for you and your special partner to try.view products
  • Grisaia no Kajitsu Spinoff Game for PS Vita

    Grisaia no Kajitsu Spinoff Game for PS Vita

    Lots of new anime games posted including the epic spinoff game of Grisaia no Kajitsu, the sequel to sci-fi adventure game Chaos;Head, and more.view products
  • Big Restocking of Touhou Games

    Big Restocking of Touhou Games

    The action packed Touhou Project shooting games that formed a doujin empire and took the net by storm are back in stock for you today! Pew, pew!view products
  • We Love Studio Ghibli Plush Toys

    We Love Studio Ghibli Plush Toys

    See the super awesome plush Cat Bus with little Totoros to ride inside, the fun Totoro Stackable Toy + kawaii Totoro stamps, too.view products
  • Fun Silicon Ice Trays from Japan

    Fun Silicon Ice Trays from Japan

    We love to find rare and interesting Japanese ice cube trays for you, and today we restocked the awesome Star Wars ice makers.view products
  • Popin Cookin Neri Can Land

    Popin' Cookin' Neri Can Land

    Don't look now, but we've got another awesome Popin' Cookin' DIY gummy candy set. Includes everything you need to make fun shapes and more.view products
  • You can go to 2D World Candy

    You can go to 2D World Candy

    A wacky new candy from Japan that supposedly lets you go to the 2D world and meet your waifu. With real apple and mango flavor. Order a pack now!view products
  • Lotte Caramel Custard Toppo

    Lotte Caramel Custard Toppo

    Lotte Toppo is a wonderful baked pretzel stick filled with deliciousness, and today we've got the new caramel custard flavor. A great new summer taste.view products
  • UHA Ramune Puccho Ball

    UHA Ramune Puccho Ball

    Yum, yum. Bring home a few packages of fun snacks from Japan, including the new Ramune Puccho Ball. Click to browse our snack section now.view products
  • Delicious Japanese Tea Restocked

    Delicious Japanese Tea Restocked

    Summer is here, and there's no healthier way to beat the heat than mugi cha, or fresh barley tea. We recommend it!view products
  • Green Tea Oreos Other Restocked Snacks

    Green Tea Oreos, Other Restocked Snacks

    Then see today's restocked snacks, including Green Tea Oreos, Sake candy, UHA Ripping Gummy, Lotte Pie no Mi, Soft Tempura Snack, and more.view products
  • Sumikko Gurashi Bento Other Bento Restocked

    Sumikko Gurashi Bento, Other Bento Restocked

    We've got a big updating of bento boxes today, from our cute Sumikko Gurashi bento to Sailor Moon boxes and that lovely Sakura-themed traditional bento.view products
  • Bento Picks Deco Bento Food Shapers More

    Bento Picks, 'Deco Bento' Food Shapers, More

    Another big update of the cutest kitchen and bento accessories ever seen, with panda-shaped bento picks, bento cups and more. Browse now!view products
  • Other Random Products Restocked

    Other Random Products Restocked

    This yellow and green arrow is a universal symbol in Japan, used by beginners after getting their driver's license. See also other random products from Japan.view products
  • New Sailor Moon Drinking Mugs Posted

    New Sailor Moon Drinking Mugs Posted

    Take your love for the classic magical girl anime Sailor Moon, to your office or breakfast table with these wonderful drinking mugs we posted.view products
  • Kawaii Touhou Project Mouse Pads Posted

    Kawaii Touhou Project Mouse Pads Posted

    We love Touhou Project, and strive to carry tons of fun products for Touhou fans like these excellent mouse pads featuring your favorite character, preorder now.view products
  • Tons of Touhou Keychains for Preorder

    Tons of Touhou Keychains for Preorder

    And we've even got some new Touhou Keychains that any collector will want to snap up. Reimu, Marisa, Flandre, Alice, Sakuya, and more.view products
  • Umaru Mug Cup Himouto Umaru-chan

    Umaru Mug Cup ~ Himouto! Umaru-chan

    A great new drinking mug cup coming your way. Featuring chibi art of Umaru-chan as seen from the popular anime Himouto! Umaru-chan. Click to see.view products
  • Umarus Animal Hoodie Himouto Umaru-chan

    Umaru's Animal Hoodie ~ Himouto! Umaru-chan

    Become the lovable otaku girl, Umaru-chan with this cute animal hoodie while you eat junk food, play video games, and watch anime. So kawaii!view products
  • Devil Homura 13 Doll Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    Devil Homura 1/3 Doll ~ Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    From Puella Magi Madoka Magica comes this beautiful doll of Devil Homura with an amazing design. We think you will love this one.view products
  • Saki Nagatsuka 17 Figure - RO-KYU-BU SS

    Saki Nagatsuka 1/7 Figure - ~ RO-KYU-BU! SS

    Then see a cute and sexy figure of Saki aka "Ice Age" from the fun sports anime series, RO-KYU-BU! Preorder her now to complete your collection.view products