Crunchyroll #43: Manju from “Sakura Quest”

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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. 


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Crunchyroll #42: Scones from Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

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There is a lot of food you commonly see in anime – curry, rice, ramen, crepes. These things are ubiquitous. All well and good, but I have to confess, from a professional cook’s standpoint, you can only make curry so many different ways before you get bored. In part, this is what makes anime great – not all anime takes place in Japan, so not all food is strictly Japanese. Thus, a lot of food from around the world comes into play with some semblance of regularity! Unfortunately, while these instances aren’t rare, they certainly aren’t common in anime in the way the favored foods of Japan are. 

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Crunchyroll #41: Lamb Stir Fry from “Alice & Zoroku”

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Spring Season 2017 has rolled in and, I have to say, I’m pretty happy so far. There’s so many good shows out at the moment and I’m having a lot of fun watching old favorites (The Eccentric Family 2 and Attack on Titan) while also watching the new stuff that’s out! In fact, my life has been so anime centric lately that I even made an effort to scrape myself off the couch and go out to watch Kimi no Na Wa or Your Name as it’s called in good ole’ America. It was superb- I highly recommend you see it, if you get the chance.

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Crunchyroll #40: Elizabeth Onigiri inspired by “Gintama”

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Everyone loves a good mystery every now and then, and my mystery of choice happens to be Elizabeth, the mysterious companion to Katsura (Zura? Katsu?). She is a faintly bird-like creature (with hairy legs) with a human inside her (uhhhhhh) who might be the director of the anime, but no one is really sure. If you’re incredibly confused, don’t worry- so is everyone else, including most of the characters of the show.

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Crunchyroll #39: Sangria from Piacevole + GIVEAWAY for 500 SUBS!!

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Howdy everyone! I come to you as a new woman! Spring has sprung here in California (mostly), I’ve just signed a lease for my own apartment next year (on my own!!! So exciting!!), and I finally bought an onigiri mold for any onigiri dreams I wish to fulfill moving forward in life.

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Crunchyroll # 38: Spanish Omelette from Seiren

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Honestly, never before in my long and varied experience with anime has a food dish overshadowed the very anime it comes from. I mean, guys, let’s be honest. Seiren is a nice slice-of-lifey show about college-age kids who are all trying to just find a true and honest relationship with one another. Theoretically, if we’re going by the most neutral description possible. And let’s be real- there are some sweet stories. It tries to be sexy and cool. And I’ve actually been pleasantly impressed by the amount of food in this show. But who cares about ANY of that when they introduce the SPANISH OMELETTE, the sexiest thing I’ve seen this entire anime, possibly the best food of all, and, I would argue the REAL BEST GIRL of this anime???

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Crunchyroll #37: Shokupan from “ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Department”

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Now that my graduate course is drawing to a close (my final research presentation is this Saturday- wish me luck!!!) I’ve turned my thoughts to contempation of new puzzles of life, such as: Why do the Japanese seem to really enjoy square things??? Why? Why? WHY? Square watermelons, square dogs, square bread. I mean, the list goes on.

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