Author: Kendra

MAPPA’s 10th Anniversary

Most anime fans aren’t strangers to MAPPA animation studio! Founded on June 14th, 2011, this rad as heck studio has produced works that include Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance, Yuri!!! on Ice, Kakegurui, Banana Fish, Jujutsu Kaisen, and so much more! Oh, see that? June 14th… 2011… Dang! It really has been ten years! And check out the 10th Anniversary main visual they prepa...

New FF9 Animated Series Announced!

Imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up to the news that a brand new “Final Fantasy 9” animated series was currently in the works! Square Enix is teaming up with a France-based company called Cyber Group Studios to produce this chapter of the Final Fantasy series! We’re still at the baby stage of production, but it looks like Cyber Group Studios plans to pitch the series ...

A Trio of Pikachu Sweets at Mcdonald’s!

On June 11, 2021, McDonalds’ all over Japan introduced three new Pikachu-themed desserts to really get the Pokemon hype going! Not that Pokemon needed any help with that, of course! Needless to say, our staff at HLJ got our hands on those sweet treats immediately and gave them a go! Let me introduce you to the electrifying line-up! We’ve got the Yellow Peach McShake, The Chocolate Bana...

Pokemon Cards Are Now Postal Stamps

It’s no secret by now that a whole new wave of the Pokemon card craze has hit worldwide! With tons of internet influencers now opening card packs for content, a whole new community of passionate card lovers has surfaced and that’s driving the demand for these pretty pieces of cardboard to skyrocket. Of course, Japan has its own obsession with the awesome TCG – and now they’...

Mecha Takes Over Tokyo Sky Tree

The Tokyo Sky Tree opened in May of 2012 to the public, and since then the enormous infrastructure and iconic tower has been the home to many collaborations. We wouldn’t consider this “new” news by any means, but did you know that there are two enormous displays inside the Sky Tree at this very moment? Say ‘hello’ to the huge “Evangelion” Unit-01 display a...

Big Figures for Big Spenders!

Furyu’s F:NEX shop has unveiled two massive figures last week that are for the true collectors out there! Say hello to the Nezuko from “Demon Slayer” that comes with an enormous cabinet, and the Evangelion Unit-01 that’s larger than most humans! Nezuko herself might not be all that impressive in size, ‘kneeling’ at about 44cm tall, but the real size comes from t...

Q-pot CAFE and Granblue Fantasy team up!

Hey, “Granblue Fantasy” fans, you’ve gotta check out the newest and most delicious-looking collaboration between “Granblue Fantasy” and the Q-pot CAFE that just started on April 6th, 2021! “Granblue Fantasy” is celebrating its 7th Anniversary this year, and there’s no better way to do so (other than a Gachapin Frenzy) than with a cafe! Q-pot, usually...

Japan’s ‘Twisted’ Obsession

Over the past few years, there’s definitely been an obsession with the villains of the Disney films – manifested in part due to the fun Meet & Greets at every Disney Theme Park, “Descendants,” “Maleficent”… Hey, maybe you’ve even heard about the “Villains Rise Again!” events during Halloween at the Tokyo Disneyland park! Well, the vil...

Pokemon Snap’in to the Switch!

The buzz is true! After 21 long years of us Pokemon lovers begging on our hands and knees for a new addition to the camera clickin’ N64 game, we’re finally getting a brand new Pokemon Snap game for the Nintendo Switch! The short yet fresh reveal trailer showed off some of the basics of the game that we can expect. It looks like the rail-system is back, as are some of the classic items ...

Pokemon Plamo Collection Ho-Oh Build & Review

It’s time to build the first Legendary Pokemon to ever grace us with a presence in the TV Anime itself – Ho-Oh! As usual with the Pokemon plastic model kits, these kits snap together easily and don’t require paint or glue. That’s really a godsend for someone as useless as me. Compared to Reshiram, I could already tell just how vivid the colours of Ho-Oh’s molds were i...

Pokemon Plamo Collection Ho-Oh Unboxing

Pokemon Plamo No. 05 is here with the golden legendary bird and mascot of Pokemon Gold, Ho-Oh! Lots of buzz is always generated around this guy and lots of discussions about whether or not he’s ugly as all heck, but I think he’s an all right dude! It looks to be a simple kit, aside from the absurd amount of stickers, so let’s take a look at the insides! The Box The side of the bo...

Pokemon Plamo Collection Reshiram Build & Review

Let’s get started, folks!  The first step to creating this legendary dragon was actually putting together a part that will fit in the inside of the body. It’s thanks to this ‘contraption’ that we’ll be able to make Reshiram’s wings flap and his head move. It’s a pretty important part of the kit, for how small it is! You can see how the contraption fit...