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Morinaga releases Attack on Titan ChocoBalls — packages feature mascot bird Kyurochan in cosplay!

Who doesn’t love light, crunchy chocolate snacks that you can pop easily into your mouth, right? The Chocoball chocolates, from major Japanese snack maker Morinaga, have long been a popular snack in Japan and available in a wide range of flavors over the years. And what do you get when you cross over a well-loved snack like that with one of the biggest manga/anime hits in recent years? You get an awesomely cool snack, like these Attack on Titan ChocoBalls that have just been released this week!

Yes, this chocolate and manga collaboration comes in three exciting flavors for a limited time, and we have to say Kyuro-chan, the mascot bird for the ChocoBall brand, definitely looks dashing and ready to take on some Titans as he appears on the packages cosplaying as the main characters from the manga! So, ready to take a look at the special collaborative ChocoBall products?

The three flavors are each available in five different packages, which when lined up together form a connecting picture.

▼Here are the five packages the peanut flavored Attack on Titan Chocoballs come in, priced at 70 yen (US$0.70) for a 24g (0.85oz) pack. They have a peanut and crisp center covered with chocolate — a classic combination. Four of the package designs feature Kyuro-chan as Eren, the manga’s protagonist, and one as Levi, the powerful warrior.choco 2 peanut packages

▼One of the four Eren designs:choco 3 peanut Elen

▼And this is Kyuro-chan as Levi:choco 4 peanut Levi のコピー

▼These are the five caramel flavored packages, with a sweet caramel center again covered in chocolate, sold at 70 yen for a 27g (0.95 oz) pack. Now, caramel and chocolate –that has to taste good together!choco 5 caramel package

▼Four  of the deigns depict Kuro-chan as Armin, one of which is shown below.choco 7 caramel Almin

▼The other package design shows Kuro-chan as Elwin:
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▼And there’s also the strawberry flavored ChocoBalls, once again priced at 70 yen (US$0.70) for a 24g (0.85 oz) pack. This fruity flavor contains a white chocolate and rice puff center covered with strawberry chocolate. Yum … strawberry and white chocolate, that’s also a proven combination! choco 8 strawberry packages のコピー

▼Here’s one of the four designs for Kyuro-chan as Mikasa:choco 9 strawberry Mikasa

▼And this is Kyuro-chan as Zoë, the fifth design:

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▼Oh, and when you open the small retractable lid  on the packets, you’ll be greeted by the face of the Colossus Titan!choco titan

▼And while the product below isn’t an Attack on Titan contribution, Morinaga announced at the same time that they are also selling this new ChocoBall flavor — the Shiratama Anmitsu (70 yen for a 25g [0.88oz] pack), which is a Japanese dessert made with agar jelly and  served with red bean paste, various fruits and small white mochi (rice cake) balls called shiratama. While certainly not a conventional flavor for a chocolate snack, Shiratama Anmitsu is a long-time favorite dessert with the Japanese and may be worth a try if you’re looking for something a little different.choco 11 shiratama

All of these products will be available  until the end of August, so there’s still a bit of time to buy them if you’re going to be in Japan during that period or you can have us send them, as a matter of fact, we can send you all the food you want from Japan…and as usual, for the lowest prices available.

As for us, you can be sure we’re quite happy to see one of our favorite snacks combined with one of our favorite manga. Go kyuro-chan, and fight the Titans for us, but make sure to leave us with plenty of sweet treats!

Source and photos: Morinaga & Co., Ltd. press release

Cosplay and rejuvenate your skin at the same time with new Sadako vs Kayako face masks

ace off with two of the horror world’s most terrifying characters as they make you look both shocking and beautiful at the very same time.

Despite being two of the most feared women in Japanese cinema history, Sadako, from the Ring movie series, and Kayako, from the Ju-on (The Grudge) franchise, are suddenly popping up everywhere in the lead-up to their crossover film, Sadako vs. Kayako, which is due to be released in Japan on June 18. Kayako and her son have been sharing photos of their day-to-day lives on Instagram and appearing with Sadako as terrifying cup clinger figurines, and both of the terrifying women have shown up to implore viewers to vote for them in humorous election campaigns.They even threw and hit the opening pitch during Swallows vs fighters baseball game…the person who recorded this video lost all his hair one day after the match…leaving him bald as cue ball.

Now the two ladies are ready to take over your face with a new set of moisturising face masks.

▼ Sadako (below, left) can be seen with a swath of long black hair covering her face. Kayako (below, right) comes with a bloody wound in the middle of her forehead.

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Containing hyaluronic acid, collagen, and aloe vera extracts, these masks endeavour to keep you looking young and supple underneath, while making you look ghoulishly terrifying on the outside. Sadako comes with the surprisingly non-terrifying scent of lavender while Kayako smells like roses.

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The “Turn into Sadako vs Kayako Face Pack” retails for 800 yen (US$7.30) and contains one of each character for you to enjoy on your own or share with a friend so you can recreate all the terror from the upcoming movie inside your very own home. The face packs will be released in conjunction with the opening of the movie on June 18 and can be purchased from cinemas, drugstores and Don Quixote shops within Japan.

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Source, Images: Tumblr/SadakovsKayako

Style your hair like an old-school Japanese beauty with the marumage hair kit

Once a hairstyle for married women of samurai families, this kit provides the tools for anyone to tackle this traditional ‘do in minutes!

The marumage—a traditional hairstyle worn by married women in the Edo period from the early 1600s to mid-1800s—fell out of fashion long ago, but can still be seen at formal events like weddings, and Himi City in Toyama Prefecture even has a marumage festival, where a procession of unmarried women in kimono and hair styled in marumage fashion go to a local temple to pray to the goddess of mercy. Hair styling packages are often offered at kimono rental studios in Japan to complement the look, and more likely than not you’ll the marumage as an optional style.

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Now, with a little help from a few essentials in this new Marumage Kit, you can recreate this look whenever you want! The kit isn’t exactly a steal, but will pay for itself if you forgo the hairdresser and do it yourself instead. For 8,800 yen (US$80), the kit includes two side pieces and one piece for the back of the head that gives your hair the perceived volume needed to recreate that well-known look. The material clings to your hair without damaging it, allowing for easy styling.

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Also included is a comb, one large and four small elastic hair bands, and four hair pins. The only thing you need to prepare is your choice of gel or hairspray to hold the hair in place.

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The video below demonstrates the styling process, which the website claims can be done in five to 15 minutes. The lovely model in this video completes it in less than 10.

Due to the popularity of the product, it appears there are currently no more kits in stock, but you can enter your email address in at the website to receive a notification when they are back in (sorry, Japanese only). In the meantime, you can stock up on some of their other hair accessories to add an elegant touch to your marumage!

And no, you don’t have to be Japanese to achieve this look. you would look awesome if you go for the “Oriental” look whether it’s for cosplay or to finish off your Y’s outfit!

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Boobs on your phone provide good grip.

Nekomu Otogi is a Japanese co splayer who made a big impact last year’s Comiket,  she has thousands of fans who all adore her good looks and uh other things.

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Otogi is a gravure(sexy glamorous) model for a weekly magazine and appears at conventions in Japan and abroad showing off her countless “talents”.

Well two of her most adored talents are now available for your phone and as a mouse pad!

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kore de gaman shite hoshii/ I want you to keep your patience with this….eh?

As a man I sure respect her talent(s), but they come at a steep price:  4,000 yen (US$33.20) for the Iphone case and 10,000 yen (US$82.99)for the pad. Pricey sure, but I think that you can’t put a price on such talent.

Still not convinced? Just imagine when you’re girlfriend sees this…her reaction will surely sound something like “Wow so cool what a great boyfriend do I have!”, trust me, women are like that, sure.

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An anime recipe cookbook-The perfect gift for your cosplaying foodie friends!

Have you ever watched an anime and thought, “Mmm, that food looks delicious?” Then this is exactly the cookbook you are looking for.

Many of our favorite anime characters have a specific dish associated with them. Naruto loves his Ichiraku Ramen and Gintoki from Gintama loves chowing down on his Uji Gintoki Don Parfait. Seeing them eat it time and time again makes us wish we could make the dishes for ourselves at home, and now, thanks to some industrious cosplayers, you will be able to create some iconic anime-inspired dishes thanks to a new cookbook called Animeshi!

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Cosplayer Yohco, who goes by the Twitter handle @veryprettybetty, is the creative force behind this new cookbook that mixes anime characters and their recipes. Even the title of the book is a clever portmanteau that tells you exactly what is in the book, a combination of anime and meshi (“food”).

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The easy, delicious, and cute recipes will bring you closer to the food that you see in anime than ever before. All the preparation and the photography is done by Yohco. She’s also recruited a number of her cosplaying friends to appear in the book with her, perfectly marrying characters and their recipes.

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Animeshi! will be available at Tokyo Big Sight during Comiket 89 on December 31. If you can’t make, you’ll also be able to mail order the book from within Japan through the Animeshi! website. Even if you don’t want to cook any of these meals, it is still a gorgeous cookbook that would look fantastic on your shelf.

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Images: Animeshi Website

“Straight false eyelashes for dressing up as a man”

If you want to cosplay as a beautiful boy from an anime or manga, then this may be exactly what you need to recreate that cool, long-lashed look!

Assist Wig, a Japanese retailer specializing in wigs and cosplay items, is now selling false eyelashes made especially for cosplayers emulating the look of anime and manga boys with impossibly long lashes.

The lashes are apparently an original item from Assist Wig, and they’re calling it the “Boys Lash — Straight false eyelashes for dressing up as a man“. And as the name suggests, these lashes are straight, not overly voluminous and curled like the standard fake lashes for women.

▼ Here’s how it looks before and after putting on the lashes from the side …

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▼ … and from the front.

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▼ And here, you can see the difference between a regular set of fake lashes (left) and the straight Boys Lash (right).

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Well, we guess the product does seem to add length and volume to the lashes without being overly decorative, and it’s being marketed as a way to simulate the long eyelashes typically seen on the dreamy-looking boys in manga and anime. And if you want to tone down the effect, you can always cut the lashes to the length of your choice.

▼ It actually looks quite nice from this angle (although we’re not quite sure if the lashes really make you look like a boy).

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The Boys Lash comes in a package containing five pairs of lashes in a “brown mix” color for 280 yen (US$2.30), although you’ll need to get your own glue as that isn’t included. While the product description seems to indicate that Boys Lash is intended mainly for women cosplaying as male characters, we’re sure the item can be used by men trying to achieve the anime look as well.

So, all of you brave guys out there, if you want to find out how you look with long beautiful lashes, this is your chance to find out!

Source and photos: Assist Wig online shop

Cosplay comes to the kitchen with the Cardcaptor Sakura apron

Afraid of spilling something on your favorite anime T-shirts while cooking dinner? Protect your wardrobe the magical girl way!

Unless you happen to live near one of the world’s major anime meccas, like Tokyo’s Akihabara or Ikebukuro, odds are you don’t get all that many chances to cosplay. Sure, maybe there’s a local anime convention you hit up every summer, or perhaps on the rare occasion that your favorite series gets a new theatrical installment you dress up for opening night. Aside from that, though, your costume probably spends most of its time in the closet, waiting forlornly to answer the all too infrequent call of duty.

The ideal situation, then, is an anime costume that’s also practical enough to get some use even when you’re not surrounded by a cadre of otaku, and this Cardcaptor Sakura apron fits the bill perfectly.

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Manufacturer Neowing has done an impressive job retaining the girlish charm of one of Sakura’s signature outfits. The frills have been toned down just a bit to ensure easy movement, and the coverage of the chest area has been slightly expanded for extra protection.

The apron keeps the costume’s femininely oversized large bow at the neckline, and for extra cuteness there’s an embroidered Sealing Wand on the torso, plus an image of card-capturing partner/adorable mascot Kero-chan popping out of the pocket.

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The 80-centimeter (31.5-inch) polyester apron is listed at 5,184 yen (US$43), but Neowing is currently taking preorders through its website here at the reduced price of 4,666 yen, which would save early adopters enough to pay for a back issue of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga. Shipping is scheduled for March.

Source: Nijimen

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