Baking Bread: “Slow Bread” Commercials Enter a New Generation


Anime doesn’t have to be a full-cour, half-hour-episode series to tell a story. Sometimes we get attached to short series, or even commercials. And in the case of Francois’s “Slow Bread” line, the story of two young people in love in Europe is about to get a brand new stage.

 

Animated by Studio Ghibli alum Yoshiharu Sato, Slow Bread was created to promote a specific line of bread released by Francois. The story follows 17-year-old Cassis, her baker mother, and Cassis’s sweetheart Arles, the architecture student. Sato, who worked on shows like Galaxy Express 999 and went on to help design and direct My Neighbor Totoro, worked with the bakery to create the characters and their story for the commercial series.

 

If you’re not caught up with the story of Cassis and Arles so far, you can now see the previous commercials spliced together as a short film:

 

 

The latest addition to the series, titled “New Storybook,” shows Cassis and Arles reuniting as their lives move forward together.

 

 

The Slow Bread series originally had a limited run in Kyushu. eventually spreading nationwide and getting a fan following. More information about the commercial series can be found on its official site.

 

Source: Anime! Anime!

 

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Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.



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Watch Full Music Video for “Alice & Zoroku” OP Song Performed by ORESAMA


Lantis today released a four-minute full music video for two-member unit ORESAMA’s latest single song “Wonder Drive” on its official YouTube channel. The song is now used as the OP theme for the TV anime adaptation of Tetsuya Imai’s fantasy manga series Alice & Zoroku.

 

After winning the merit award at the 6th Music Revolution Japan Final contest sponsored by Yamaha, the unit made their professional debut from VAP with their 1st major single “Ookami Heart” (TV anime Wolf Girl and Black Prince ED) in December 2014 and it was their only single from the company. Then they have moved to Lantis and will release their first single from it, “Wonder Drive” on May 24.

 

The TV anime Alice & Zoroku animated by J.C.STAFF (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Sword Oratoria, Twin Angel Break) premiered in Japan on April 2, and has been also available

to Crunchyroll members worldwide except Asia.

 

“Wonder drive” full MV

 

CD jacket illustration

 

ORESAMA artist photo

 

TV anime “Alice & Zoroku” key visual

 

Source: ORESAMA offciail website

 



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Funimation announces “Love Tyrant” Anime English Dub Cast


Funimation has continued their rollout of Spring 2017 SimulDub anime with the introduction of the EMT Squared adaptation of Megane Mihoshi’s comedy manga

Funimation has continued their rollout of Spring 2017 SimulDub anime with the introduction of Love Tyrant. With the premiere of the EMT Squared adaptation of Megane Mihoshi’s comedy manga, they have revealed the series’ English cast. 

 

The Kiss Note is a powerful notebook that makes people written in it instantly fall in love once they kiss. This magical item belongs to the angel Guri, who is tasked with creating couples. But when she accidentally writes Aino Seiji into her book, things become dire. If he doesn’t pucker up soon, Guri can kiss her life goodbye! Worse yet? While setting Seiji up, she finds herself falling for him!

 

 


















CHARACTER CAST
Guri Jad Saxton
Seiji Austin Tindle
Akane Amber Lee Connors
Yuzu Monica Rial
Coraly Sonny Strait
 
Episode 1  
Seiji’s Mother Dawn M. Bennett
Seiji’s Father Jerry Jewell
Seiji’s Grandmother Anastasia Munoz
 
CREW  
ADR Director Jerry Jewell
ADR Engineer William Dewell
Writer Monica Rial
Mixing Engineer Andrew Tipps

 

 

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Crunchyroll – FEATURE: Cooking With Anime


Manju! Who would have expected that these little sweets would show up in Sakura Quest? Koharu, the main character, has been summoned out to a village that has been left behind by the times. Her job is to be their new Queen in the hopes of bringing tourism to the area. The village is a little old-fashioned and quaint, so I guess it makes sense that manju are featured as opposed to, say, a more trendy dessert, like pancakes or crepes. Manju are definitely a more traditional kind of sweet, typically filled with red bean paste. I actually haven’t tried manju in real life, as I’m not a huge fan of red bean paste. However, red bean paste is a traditional sweet in Japan and is commonly found in a lot of confections like mochi, anpan, taiyaki, and manju. 

Koharu and her friends absolutely STRUGGLE to sell these little manju, making for a very entertaining episode chronicling their attempts to offload 1,000 boxes of manju. These manju are decorated with the mascot of the town- a Chupakabra. In case you missed the pun, a Chupacabra is a type of creature from folklore in the Americas. It’s like the Bigfoot of South America, but real, bloodthirsty, and coming to GET YOU.

 

 

From what I was told when I was little, the Chupacabra is supposed to be from Mexico, it drinks the blood of livestock, and has spines all down its back. I know people (*cough* my room mate *cough*) who were absolutely TERRIFIED of the Chupacabra when they were little. In California, at least, the fear is REAL. 

 

You can imagine my surprise when the Chupacabra came up as the mascot of a tiny Japanese village. For real, what the heck? After a little investigating (read: asking my boyfriend, who is fluent in Japanese to translate for me), I discovered that Chupakabra, as it’s spelled in the anime, is a play on the Chupacabra and a kabra, which means turnip in Japanese. Which also makes sense, if you look at the original mascot of the town, which is a large, sad faced turnip boy. In the picture below, you can see his head. 

 

 

Honestly, I think this whole show is so weird and funny. What the heck. Who thinks turnips would make a great mascot??? The Chupacabra is TERRIFYING! Why would be bring people to the village? So many questions, so few answers. But, if manju can do anything, it can provide us wil a snack while we ponder over life’s mysteries. After watching Koharu try to sell so many, I wanted to give the recipe a try, mostly to make my roommate happy. She loves red bean paste, so I thought this would be perfect for her. 

Once again, I made these two ways- gluten free, and the normal way. Both ways worked incredibly well, so I recommend you give either recipe a try. The end result was a crunchy outer layer, almost like a cookie, with a smooth, warm, red bean paste filling. We got our third room mate to try these, as she’s actually eaten manju before, and she said they tasted really authentic! This makes me very happy since I’ve never actually eaten manju before…

As you can see, the original manju have the Chupakabra monster painted on. Despite my best attempts, I found this way too difficult to replicate usinig just my home kitchen. If you are hell-bent on making this happen, you can do it a few ways.

1) Paint on the monster using the egg wash glaze. When it bakes, it should produce the lines so you can see the monster, though I would consider this the most ineffectual of the options. I tried it and had poor results.

2) Make a stencil. Dust chocolate powder over the stencil to create the lines of the monster’s face. I did not try this, because I had neither the right paper, nor the right tools for cutting out slivers of tiny paper, nor the patience to do this.

3) Make a brand out of metal. Heat over a flame. Brand your manju. I did not try this because I’m not a metal-worker, nor do I know anyone who is, nor do I have the money to drop on a one-time-use custom kitchen item.

4) In hindsight, I suppose you could draw on the design with a food-safe marker. I didn’t attempt this because I’m only thinking of it now, but it probably wouldn’t matter anyway because I can’t draw to save my life. However, if you wanted to try this, I think a food-safe marker would be the best idea. 

Watch the video below for full instructions! 

 


 

 


Ingredients:

Recipe adapted from here.

  • 1/2 cup flour or 1/2 gluten free flour (Cup 4 Cup or Krusteaz Gluten Free Flour work great!)
  • 1 egg, beaten and divided
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs condensed milk
  • 1/2 tbs melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup koshian (smooth red bean paste) 

 

 


 

To Make: 

 

1. Combine half of beaten egg, sugar, condensed milk, and butter in a bowl. 

2. Sift in flour and baking soda. Mix together and form dough into a disc. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 hour-overnight.

3. Divide red bean paste into 9 pieces, and roll into equal sized balls.

4.  Preheat oven to 350 F.  When dough is ready, divide and roll into 9 pieces. 

5. Flatten a ball of dough between your hands, and, when big enough, tuck a ball of bean paste inside the dough and pinch the edges together. Roll gently to smooth seams. Place seam down on a lined baking sheet. 

 

6. Using the remaining egg, wash the manju with the egg to give a nice shine when in the oven.

7. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown and tops are shiny. 

 


 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Check in next week for another recipe. To check out more anime food recipes, visit my blog. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below! I recently got a Twitter, so you can follow me at @yumpenguinsnack if you would like, and DEFINITELY feel free to send me food requests! My tumblr is yumpenguinsnacks.tumblr.com. Find me on Youtube for more video tutorials! Enjoy the food, and if you decide to recreate this dish, show me pics! 😀

 



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Toast “Girls und Panzer” with Special-Edition Sake and Cups


Anime-themed sake is becoming more and more popular, with several breweries creating entire lines devoted to franchises. Now fans of Girls und Panzer der Film have a little something for them, thanks to Iinumahonke.

 

 

The set consists of two 300 ml bottles of the custome brew, as well as a set of sake cups modeled on the turret of a Type 97 Chi-Ha turret and the inflatable duck head “disguise.”

 

Iinumahonke, like rival school Chi-Ha-Tan, is based in Chiba. It has been in the business for 300 years, and its ranch house offers udon, curry, desserts, and brewery tours with tastings of freshly-brewed sake.

 

 

The Girls und Panzer sake set is currently available to preorder for 6,156 yen (about $55.31). Preorders close May 8, and orders are expected to ship out in June.

 

Source: Anime! Anime!

 

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TOKU Channel Lines Up “Ultraman Nexus”


On the heels of their Neos plans, Toku, Olympusat’s Asian media network formerly known as Funimation Channel before being renamed at the end of December 2015, has lined up their next Ultraman series. After ending Ultraman Neos, Toku will introduce Ultraman Nexus on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. It will air on the same schedule slot as earlier Ultra series on the channel, weekdays at 7PM ET. It will then run through Friday, June 2nd.

 

They describe the series

Weekdays at 7 p.m. EST, TOKU will feature back-to-back episode of Ultraman Nexus. This 37-episode Japanese television series follows the story of a powerful warrior whose main mission is to protect mankind from destructive monsters and gigantic creatures called the Space Beasts. As a member of the Terrestrial Liberation Trust (TLT), Ultraman Nexus is committed to fight any threats that could endanger the planet. When needed, his powers and abilities can be summoned by the deunamists, a group of young and brave individuals who poses the power of the light.

Starring Takuji Kawakubo and Ysuki Kirishima, Ultraman Nexus was produced by Tsuburaya Productions and directed by Kazuya Konaka. The series is the 18th installment of the popular Ultra series and the 3rd and final product of theUltra N Project. TOKU will now air all 30-minute episodes subtitled in English. The final episode is scheduled to premiere on Friday, June 2, 2017.

 

 

via angelsilvio135 

 

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Toonami Streams “Big O” Anime


Home video release also scheduled for June

It’s show time! Not only is Big O heading back to North America with a Funimation Blu-ray scheduled for June 20th, season one of the 1999 giant robo noir anime is streaming on Adult Swim. The show has been featured on the block’s online Toonami feed. 

 

 

 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Ordinance Concerning “Pokémon Go” Catches the Legal Ire of AR Game Developer


Milwaukee, Wisconsin adopted an ordinance in January that requires virtual, and location-based augmented reality game makers to obtain a permit for their games to operate in Milwaukee County Parks. This was primarily in response to the major popularity of Pokémon Go, but another AR developer, Candy Labs is taking offense to Milwaukee’s permit requirement.

 

According the Milwaukee County’s new ordinance, augmented reality game developers must submit how often “flora and fauna” will spawn, and the county government must be able to determine how appropriate the application will be for use in Milwaukee County Parks based on personal safety risks, projected intensity of game activities on park land, and which sites in parks would be used for AR gameplay. An additional requirement for AR developers operating games in Milwaukee County Parks is that game activities must only be accessible during park hours.

 

Candy Labs has reacted to the ordinance with the accusation that the requirement of a permit is a violation of the first amendment protecting free speech. Candy Labs argues that the law is “unconstitutionally vague” because it doesn’t actually give a reliable process as to how an application would be approved or denied.

 

Additionally Candy Labs argues that AR game companies do not “introduce” a piece of software into any physical location. Instead, a consumer chooses to download software, and past making the software available for download in an app store, a developer has no responsibility as to its physical location. Instead, the consumer is the individual who introduces a piece of software into a location when they carry their mobile device into an area.

 

In response to criticism, Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs has disabled the game in several areas, including the Hiroshima Peace Park in Japan and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. As AR games become more commonplace and more popular, the debate concerning where their usage is appropriate, and how legal it is to suspend their activation, will continue.

 

[via Anime News Network]

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Age-Bending Story Concludes in “ReLIFE: Kanketsuhen” OAVs


Announced at a special event held on April 23, 2017, at the Kawaguchi Lilia venue in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, the story of the ReLIFE anime adaptation will be brought to a conclusion with a 4-part OAV series entitled ReLIFE: Kanketsuhen (“Concluding Story”) that will be released on Bluray and DVD in Japan in March of 2018.

 

 

A preview video for ReLIFE: Kanketsuhen has been released. Aside from the release schedule and the fact that the story will pick up after the conclusion of the ReLIFE TV series, few details about the production are currently known.

 

 

The original ReLIFE manga by Yayoiso is serialized in Earth Star Entertainment’s comico digital magazine, and an English language version is also available via Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll also streams the 2016 ReLIFE TV anime, which is directed by Tomo Kosaka and features animation by TMS Entertainment. Crunchyroll describes the story of ReLIFE as follows:

 

“Arata Kaizaki (27) quit the job he landed after graduation in only three months. His life did not go well after that. Now his parents are threatening to stop sending money, and want him to come back to the country. He has no friend or girlfriend to share his troubles with…as he hits rock bottom a strange man named Ryo Yoake appears. Yoake invites Kaizaki to join a societal rehabilitation program for NEETs called ReLife. This program uses a mysterious drug to make him look younger, and sends him back to high school for a year…”

 

Source: MoCa

 

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“Toriko” Author Lines Up New One-Shot Manga for Fall


Shimabukuro also has a one-shot debuting on Monday

Manga author Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro ended his eight-year run of exotic cuisine-hunting manga Toriko back in November, but he has some more comics on the way. In addition to the 19-page “Chingiri”—which appears in this year’s double issue 21/22 of Weekly Shonen Jump on Monday—Shimabukuro has another one-shot manga planned for a fall debut in Shueisha’s Grand Jump magazine. 

 

Prior to “Chingiri,” Shimabukuro published the 29-page “Warai no Ōji Penpenpen” in Saikyō Jump magazine at the top of this month. 

 

Via Anime News Network

 

* The thumbnail image is from “Chingiri”

 

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