Stuff! Match Shoujo (燐寸少女) by Suzuki Sanami


Also picked up the first two volumes of Match Shoujo. Dig the art style

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Since fall is rapidly approaching, I’ve been in the mood for spooky stuff. Give me the spook! Like many people, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I’ve been itching to immerse myself in weird and unsettling shit. I don’t really like straight up horror for the most part, but creepy things are totally up my alley.

Enter Match Shoujo (燐寸少女), or Match Girl. I picked up the first two volumes for superficial reasons (the art, duh), but became totally blown away by the stories inside. (Mild spoilers ahead!)


Stuff! Chiisana Ojisan Series


For our latest Patreon giveaway, Roy and I found these blind boxes of a series of little old man figurines. I couldn’t resist adding them to our lot of prizes.

Who wouldn’t want one of these dudes hanging out with you? I like the sitting one, personally.

The premise translates to:

When I was a student, I lived by myself and didn’t go out much.
One summer vacation, while heading back from the convenience store,
I picked him up…
A little old man!!

And so began the cherished days spent with
A little bit annoying, kind of charming,
And surprisingly selfish,
Mysterious little old man.

After doing some digging, I found out that the Chiisana Ojisan series (which I’m going to now refer to as “Little Old Man”) has its own set of animated shorts based on comics by Asano Noi, which she posted to her blog called Little Old Man Diary (she also has an active Tumblr, where she posts slice of life comics as well).

Translation by moi.

Translation by moi.

The Little Old Man series fits right into the “kimokawaii” category, a sub-genre of the kawaii classification that translates to “gross-cute”. Other examples could be things like tiny human bodies with food where their heads should be, or a slightly realistic depiction of a human face on fungi. Anything that’s slightly uncomfortable to look at, but deep down has some element of cuteness to it. Here’s a list of images considered kimokawaii for the morbidly curious.

Surprisingly enough, there are a number of of the animated shorts available to watch on YouTube. The format is a short 30 second clip with a poetic, dream-like narration juxtaposed on a young woman living with this mute tiny old man.


In any case, I tried to give him milk.

He fell asleep right after he drank it. He must be tired. What do I do with this old man?


“Old man. Which do you prefer for breakfast: bread or rice?”
“Rice, then.”
Somehow I was eating breakfast with an old man I didn’t know.

What do you think? Would you pick up a tiny old man if you happened to cross one?

Jambox: Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland by B-52s


One of my favorite songs from B-52s. I want to live inside this video. Play the song in the ending credits of the 80s movie that is my life.



Roy’s been trying to make me watch more movies, which is difficult because I really don’t care for them for reasons that don’t entirely make sense (“They’re too long!” she says, elbow-deep into marathoning 1-hour episodes of the Sopranos). But he knows what I like: old school stylish sci fi movies (and uhhh, over-the-top action movies).

We watched Dark City on Sunday, and while I can’t say it was a perfect movie by any means, it had a lot of stylistic storytelling elements that I adore. Stop motion visual effects, twisted color schemes, and memorable character designs. Emma gave me Blade Runner Rachel vibes, minus the depth. So…I drew her! I’m trying to draw more fanart to improve my composition and coloring.


Gachi Maya updated as usual this week, with Patreon staying a week ahead.

I also laid down cursory groundwork for some parody comics of Yume100, or what I’ve been referring to as “the prince game”.


The game lends itself to some ridiculous moments which need to be shared with the poor people that follow my work.


My Fair Hunter

Roy has been slammed with work, so unfortunately we weren’t able to record an episode of My Fair Hunter early for patrons as per usual. We’re planning to make it up by recording two episodes this weekend to get back on track. Roy doesn’t know this yet.

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Anne and I recorded another episode this week (due out early next week!). We finally discuss the first manga title of the show! I love the book club-style format we’ve got going on. Please look forward to hearing us gab. There may be an audible point in which both of us mentally break down while trying to recap the latest Makura no Danshi episodes.


Not much progress made with the latest game I’m creating with Roy, but this week has been kind of off for me as a whole and I haven’t got as much done as I would’ve liked. Let’s hope next week is better.

Have a good weekend!

Forever Hungry: Eashion Takeout

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Today we are going to examine some department store takeout.

Prepared meals are readily available everywhere in Tokyo, which is great when you don’t feel like cookin’ on a hot summer day. A lot of department stores and train stations have entire floors dedicated to takeout food, freshly prepared (of course) and teeming with old women looking to feed their families.

Roy was one of those old women on Friday, as he picked up a few items from Eashion–a portmanteau of “eat” and “fashion”–on his way home from work in Shibuya. They sell Western-style Japanese food, which means burgers with rice, salads with sliced ham, and California rolls. Let’s take a look, shall we?


First up, a Nice-style salad that boasted 15 different ingredients. We didn’t count for ourselves, but it was pretty robust!

Because Roy grabbed these at the end of the day, they were all discounted. This salad was ¥200 off, making it a total cost of ¥397 (about $3USD).

The labels indicate that they’d expire at midnight. Good thing we ate them before then. Who knows what would’ve happen? Either they turn into pumpkins or gremlins. We didn’t want to find out.


Check out that egg! I did use a filter on these images, but the color of the yolk is pretty accurate. I’ve gotten so used to seeing orange yolks from eggs that it weirds me out to see yellow ones on Western television. Orange yolks mean that the chickens eat a varied diet (including delicious bugs).


That ham.


Next up, a R A I N B O W R O L L. Americans should be pretty familiar with this. The size is a bit smaller than what I’ve had in the States, but the ingredients were top notch.

I didn’t take a note on the price of this, but the sticker has it marked down by ¥100.


It looks like smoked salmon + cream cheese + lettuce (romaine?) in the top row, and crab with cream cheese and avocado underneath. I like how they sprinkle the egg balls on top for a decorative touch. #decorativeballs

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Finally, we have a burger simmered in a demi-glace sauce made with reduced red wine, complete with a soft-boiled egg, rice, and potato salad. ¥200 off of the price tag, making it a total of ¥556 for the whole shebang. A Japanese burger is normally made with ground meat mixed with egg and panko by the way! So it was less heavy than a straight up American burg.


All this for about $5USD.

But let’s be honest, you didn’t come here to learn about discounts. You came for this:


Can’t beat that, nossir.

All in all, everything came to about $15USD, which is a pretty good deal for two hungry-ass adults on a Friday night. And everything tasted as good as it looked! Which is why we keep going back to Eashion when we’re craving some Western-style Japanese food.

Jambox: I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers


It’s been a long time since I had a Jambox post! I was thinking of retiring the series, but then I remembered that it also doubled as a weekly recap. So I’m reviving it.

This song is for those who want to get better.

Ever since we brushed the dust off of My Fair Hunter, I feel like a puzzle piece I didn’t realize was missing has been found. I’ve been trying to beef up my video editing skills to make the episodes more engaging. This week we posted episode 93, and I edited and uploaded 94 for patrons.


Patrons get my slice of life comics a little earlier than when I post them on Tumblr.



I posted this month’s Monster Hunter wallpaper after stressing a whole bunch on how 2 fireworks.


So for those keeping track, our beloved patrons get the following:

  • My Fair Hunter episodes up to a week in advance
  • Gachi Maya updates up to a week in advance
  • Early slice of life comics
  • The chance to win stuff every month
  • Monthly Monster Hunter themed wallpaper at the $10+ tier
  • A postcard from Tokyo once a month at the $25+ tier

We are working on adding games to the mix, so that our patrons can get any future games we make before anyone else does, and for free if we decide to charge for them.

Which brings me to my next point! Roy and I are working on a new game. This time I’m writing the story and will pass it off to Roy to turn into a game. This week I pinned down the bare bones of the story, to which I’ll add some guts to next.


Monster Hunter X fanart.


What else? Gachi Maya is nearing the end of its first chapter and I canNOT wait to get to the second one. The first chapter is a lot of build up and ambiguity, but the second one will be more revealing.

Episode 2 of Chic Pixel Plus also went live this week, and although we’re still getting settled into this format, I have to say that it is a ton of fun to watch and review anime as it airs! Next episode we’ll be reviewing a manga title that I chose– listeners can follow Anne’s handy write up to get the title on their Kindles.

So yup, that’s abouuuut it. Have a good weekend!

Forever Hungry: Fried Rice, Gyoza, and Mapo Tofu Tips from a Pro

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It should come as no surprise that there exists Japanese shows that revolve entirely around doing things the Correct Way. There is a sentiment in Japan that if you’re going to do something, you should do it right.

I whole-heartedly abide by this idea, and thus join other Type A losers in getting way too much enjoyment out of Kono Satte Nandesuka? (“What’s the Difference?”), a show that provides answers to questions that we never knew kept us up at night. A lot of times they explain minute differences in daily life stuff such as, oh I don’t know, toilet seat shapes:

But sometimes they venture into territory that speaks to the core of my being.

Of course, I’m talking about food. In an episode that was recently aired, they compared the cooking techniques of a home cook and pro chef, revealing the proper way to cook three Chinese-inspired dishes–two of which I happen to make on the regular–fried rice, gyoza, and mapo tofu.

Fried Rice

The home cook made the fried rice in a manner that would be considered pretty ubiquitous: crank the heat on high, throw ingredients in, drizzle egg over towards the end, and toss the ingredients to make sure they get a lot of air. The goal is to have well-seasoned rice that isn’t clumpy.

However, we soon learn that following those steps should result in your arrest and life spent in Culinary Prison, which I imagine would be confined in a cell with Guy’s Big Bite blasting on repeat.


After this professional Chinese food chef gives you a major fuckin’ side eye, he explains that, duh, you (1) mix beaten eggs in with freshly cooked rice right out of the cooker. I mean, duh. This ensures that the rice doesn’t stick together when cooked. Then you (2) mix in the seasonings together with the egg-rice. BOIL THE MEAT ahead of time, which you will then chop up.


(1) Dump that seasoned egg-rice mixture into a pan on medium–not high–heat. And for God’s sake, (2) don’t toss that shit. Let it cook properly and evenly. Professional cooks in a restaurant only toss the rice in their woks because the heat is too high to allow it to sit. But you’re not a professional cook in a restaurant, are you?

…Add the chopped up boiled meat for the last minute of cooking.



Gyoza (Filling)

I make this dish almost once a week thanks to ridiculously inexpensive fresh gyoza I have access to. Probably made by some 80 year old woman earlier that morning, with trembling hands. This luxury enables me to not have to deal with making filling from scratch, but for those of you who don’t have such a privilege, let me pass along some tips on how to do it right.


You might be familiar with this simple no-nonsense technique of throwing meat & cabbage into a bowl and mixing it all together. You might also be pressed to add some seasoning on top of your leafy meat bowl.

If you do the above then you might as well pack your things and get the fuck out of dodge, because this man will not condone those actions in his house.


The face of complete and total disgust.


First, you slap around the meat until it’s a nice pink color. Just smoosh it all around with your strong manly hand. THEN you add the seasoning B.C. (Before Cabbage). He explains–alongside these scientific diagrams–the reason why you should wait on adding the cabbage until the meat is already pulverized and seasoned.


Adding straight up cabbage to the meat will make it leak all sorts of water, which will interfere with the seasoning binding to everything.


If you add the seasoning straight to the meat, then you won’t have to worry about cabbage running its guts out and messing everything up.


Still high from his victory over P.C. (Premature Cabbage), this man pulls out another secret ingredient that will up the juiciness of the meat: a tomato. Chop that sucker up and mix it in using the same strong mannish hand from before. Finally add the blasted cabbage.

Gyoza (Cooking)

I pride myself on cooking up a good batch of gyoza. Laying down some sesame oil, I pan fry the gyoza for about 30 seconds before I add in 120cc of water and steam until it’s mostly evaporated, then take the cover off to let the gyoza get nice and crispy on the bottom. Make Roy transfer them on to a plate and BOOM. Perfect gyoza.

Well, apparently I had better turn myself in to food jail because Constable Secret Tomato smirked and snarked his way through another segment that made me hold my head in my mannishly strong hands and question a God that would let me think I knew what I was doing.


First, you put the gyoza down in a cold pan without any oil.


Then pour some boiling water over the gyoza and cover to steam.


After you steam them, remove the lid and drizzle with vegetable oil.


So, to recap: my normal way of cooking gyoza, as represented by this fucked up reenactment. Pan fry and then steam.


The Lord’s Way of making gyoza, as ordained by Christ Almighty himself. Steam with boiling water and then pan fry.

Mapo Tofu


For those unfamiliar, mapo tofu (or mabodofu) is a Chinese-inspired dish with tofu, ground meat, and spicy seasonings. I normally make this dish from scratch using this recipe, and thanks to that I can proudly say that the technique revealed on this show is one I already employ.


The trick is to boil the tofu before you add it to the ground meat. This will prevent the tofu blocks from crumbling in the dish.


The housewife simply cuts up the tofu block and adds it to the skillet. It’s like she’s not even trying.


Our superior method of boiling the tofu. It feels good to be on our high horse together, grasping the reigns with our mannish hands.

I hope this post has enlightened some to the art of cooking things the Right Way, according to a television show that armchair lawyers probably touch themselves to at night. Look forward to more coverage of other stupid things I watch in the future.

Stuff! Gretel no Kamado on NHK

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This post is for those like myself who watch cooking shows to the point where they might need to seek help.

NHK ETV has a weekly cooking show inspired by Hansel and Gretel. Y’know, the story where two children nearly escape being cooked and eaten by a witch? In a completely sensical remix of the tale, Gretel no Kamado (Gretel’s Stove) is a show where the host–a 15th generation descendent of Hansel named “Hansel”–makes food requested by his sister Gretel with the aide of a talking stove. Gretel may or may not exist as you never see her.

The show is worth watching for the intro credits alone. I love everything about it…

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Gif by Anne.

Gif lovingly crafted by Anne.

Gretel no Kamado showcases a different type of sweet treat each episode. In typical NHK fashion, it is also educational, so you get to learn a bit about the history behind certain foods.


The show often splices in clips from old movies that inspires some of the featured desserts.



I want to live here.



A request left behind from Gretel. “I want to go back to that sweet and sour time. – Gre”

Japanese shows get a lot of flack for their intense set designs, but I personally quite love the little touches found in shows like this one. And it turns out I’m not the only one! Check out this page containing carefully selected screenshots to study the interior design of the show. Food Network could learn a thing or two.



Anyway, the talking stove helps Hansel out with the recipes. Some of the recipes can be pretty technical and time-consuming (this episode includes a recipe that takes 4 days to make), but let’s be honest, I wasn’t about to attempt any of this.

The banter keeps the show’s tone on the lighter side – the stove can get pretty bossy, while Hansel proves to be a bit of a space cadet.


“Wrap dough and let it rest for over two hours.”



Taking the rested dough out of the fridge…



“Ah! It’s cold!” Now we know why Gretel left you with her talking stove, Hansel.


Going back to the educational theme of the show, Gretel no Kamado occasionally goes outside Japan to explore how different cultures perceive the episode’s featured dessert.

Interviewing a French patisserie about putting rings inside cakes.

Interviewing a French patisserie about putting rings inside cakes.

In short, you get to learn much more than you’d ever expect from a cooking show where a grown man in a cardigan takes orders from a stove.

For those outside Japan, you’re in luck! You can watch several of the episodes on YouTube. Just search for “グレーテルのかまど” and you’ll find a lot of full-length 25-minute episodes.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also try your hand at making the desserts featured on the show – the official website has a staggering log of all the recipes.

[Soapbox] Chic Pixel Plus Interview with Anne


Another day, another podcast! A few months ago Anne chatted with me and Roy about the Big Move to Japan. Roy reflected on working as an editor at 8-4, while I maybe gabbed too much about television and literal garbage. You can hear all about it over on her site.

On that note, I am helping Anne kick off the second season of her podcast as her shiny new co-host! Together we’ll discuss manga, anime, otome/BL, life in Japan, and a myriad of other related topics. We have a lot of fun stuff planned to keep listeners engaged, so consider adding her podcast feed to your RSS reader or subscribing to the show on iTunes!

[Soapbox] We Made a Game! Amity Bound for Windows and OSX


This past month Roy and I have been feverishly working on a game to submit to the International Love Ultimatum, a game jam spearheaded by Twitter friend Amanda (@acosmos). We made the deadline! (…with only minutes to spare due to some exporting issues. Welp.)

Roy has forever talked about making a game, so this was the perfect opportunity to dip our toes in the water. He wrote the story in Twine and I did the art and programming with TyranoBuilder.


Our story is a simple dating simulation with 4 different possible endings. We tried to make the first-person experience as genderless as possible so that anyone could play without being jarred out of the experience (we did have a small update after release to remove the word “boy” out of one of the dialogue texts.)


Since this whole experience was the first for both of us, we learned a lot. I loved the way it tapped into both my skillsets as a UI/UX dev and comic person. It has re-energized my interests in studying user experiences and I am more mindful of how games interact with players.


Designing the characters took roughly 5-6 hours on average. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.


Because I hate myself I also spent some time making a little movie for the end credits (this will forever be emblazoned into my brain as the Night I Stayed Up Until 4AM to Make a One Minute Video):

I plan to go more into detail about our process in the future because I think a lot of the lessons we learned are worth sharing. If there’s anything you’d like to know more about, ask away in the comments! We are already laying the groundwork for our next game, so any feedback would be helpful.

Otherwise, head on over to to play the game!

Asobee: Splatoon Episode 03 (Boss Rush!)


(Note: Episode contains story spoilers!)

We beat the storyline in Splatoon and had so much fun that we decided to attempt our first ever Boss Rush. Watch us take down all of the bosses and hold onto your butts as Roy tackles the big kahuna at the very end!

Afterwards, we play some online battles while I practice my sports announcer personality.

Note: People who have pledged $5+/month to our Patreon were able to watch this video way earlier!