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Love Nikki dress up game
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Review for Love Nikki Dress Up Queen Game for iOS

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Love Nikki – Dress Up Queen, a role-playing game for phones. It’s produced by a Chinese video game developer called Elex Wireless, but the art style is very anime and cute! 

Let me just start off by saying that the funnest aspect of this…

Natsume Book of Friends anime
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Top Manga of all Time … So Far

I’ve watched anime since before I can remember. Shows like Inuyasha, Digimon, Pokemon and Hamtaro were all really popular when I was in elementary school. Back then we didn’t call them anime, they were just our favorite shows. But I think I was around 12 when I started reading manga.
Now…

best j-drama
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J-Drama Review: Love Affairs in the Afternoon

Love Affairs in the Afternoon was the first Japanese drama I watched from beginning to end, and one of the best. I was drawn to it because it’s about infidelity, which is something you rarely see in a drama. Let alone have it be the focus of the whole story. It…

Leave Me, Stay With Me | 放弃我, 抓紧我
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Top 4 – Best Chinese Dramas to Watch in 2017

Wondering which Chinese dramas to watch next? Check out my best recommendations of the year so far.
Sorry it’s so short btw, I just don’t watch as many dramas from the mainland as I do from Taiwan. Check out my post on Taiwanese dramas here.
The First Half of my…

Akihabara Kurikoan and Japan's Magikarp Taiyaki
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Kurikoan and Japan’s Magikarp Taiyaki

Have you heard of the Magikarp taiyaki? Cool people may think taiyaki are old-fashioned – or so I learned while watching the anime “Orange”. But Kurikoan, a famous taiyaki maker, has revitalized the treat by shaping it into a Magikarp! It was originally only available in red bean paste (anko)…

The Top 5 Taiwan Dramas to Watch This Year
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Top 5 – Best Taiwanese Dramas to Watch 2017

I love Taiwanese dramas.
I first started watching them after my study abroad term in Taipei. The best part was seeing familiar places. I mean, Taiwan is a small country – I can’t tell you how many dramas feature the Dream Mall in Kaohsiung and scenes of the Da’an…

Best international foreign anime Halo Legends | photo by Pat Loika
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Foreign Animation: Best Anime Shows with International Origins

Foreign and Japanese animation styles and stories are traditionally very different. However, in today’s global world, foreign animation is bound to be influenced by Japanese anime’s commercial and cultural success. The expressive artwork that Japanese anime is known for, the heart wrenching storylines, their epic battles and expansive story arcs…

Traditional witches partially inspired the Magical Girl Genre | via Pixabay
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The History of the Japanese Magical Girl Genre

Magical girl or mahō shōjo is one of anime’s most beloved genres. It’s also responsible for much of anime’s success outside of Japan, through hits like Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura. The magical girl genre developed alongside the western world’s new “good” witches, like Samantha from Bewitched and Sabrina:…