The star of the original GODZILLA performing "Bendu" for REBELS.
Toho's top leading man of the '60s, Akira Takarada, has joined the Japanese voice cast of STAR WARS: REBELS! Starting with the third season, premiering on December 11th in Japan, Mr. Takarada can be heard intoning the character of "Bendu". In the English-language version, the imposing creature is played by Tom Baker of "Doctor Who" fame.
Tom Baker, best known as the Fourth Doctor, in a recent photo.
After recording, Mr. Takarada said, "Bendu is like a merciful father, so I felt like a good guy, but I had to remind myself to speak to Kanan [Jarrus] right from the bottom of my heart. After recording for eight hours, I felt as though it was a tough job, especially after such a long absence [from voice acting]. But it was very fulfilling." Previously, Mr. Takarada played "Jafar" for the Japanese-language version of Disney's "Aladdin", released in 1993.
Bendu of Atollon, a being who exists at the center of the Force.
Ecstatic was the reaction from REBELS producer-director [and diehard Godzilla fan] Dave Filoni, "Godzilla and Star Wars are both beloved in fans' hearts around the world, and are both similar in that respect. I was really happy to hear that Mr. Takarada was cast, then got to see him recording, which was amazing. The character was magnificently expressed by his voice, and I'm extremely satisfied with the results." Filoni suggested Takarada for the role in the first place.
Yes, REBELS producer-director Dave Filoni loves him some Godzilla.
STAR WARS: REBELS is broadcast nationwide in Japan on Disney XD, over Cable and Satellite Cable, Saturdays at 1:00 pm, with an encore broadcast on Sundays at 1:00 pm.
Original article published November 30, 2016 on Oricon Style (Japan Time), translated by August Ragone.
Meat Beer? The new craft meat only pale ale is here! This is a 350ml beer that is available from November 29. It’s available on Lawson stores for 335 yen including tax. This can is made by Helios Distilleries from Okinawa. It has a gorgeous hop aroma and refreshing bitterness. It’s perfect to enjoy along with meat. Hence, it’s name.
If you’re going to be enjoying Xmas in Japan, remember this beer! Meat is going to taste much better with it!
The can design is also amazing. It has hot colors and it’s a great present to keep at home. You can feel the Okinawan flavor in the design.
Image source: Entabe
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Custom Blythe dolls make great collectibles, like this Ritta custom Blythe Nyanko-chan. This is a sweet doll with a great dress set. The base doll is a Simply Mango. This doll has wonderful lips. This sweet doll will make a great add in your custom Blythe doll collection. She is amazing! Don’t miss her!
Let’s take a closer look at her!
Ritta got rid of the original makeup. She carved her face carefully and put on new makeup. Ritta also put resin clay to make the small teeth.
The new makeup has been done with pastels and acrylics with an airbrush. Ritta used several layers of UV spray to keep it safe. Be careful not to scratch it with the nails directly. The lips have gloss on them.
The eyes are also sweet. The doll has also a new set of eyelashes. She has a cute string.
She has the original hair covered with a wig. You can exchange it for your favorite wig.
The clothes sets are also sweet. The outfit set includes the wig, the clothes and the shoes. Beware, the set of clothes does not include the background.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get this sweet custom Blythe doll! She is amazing!
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Custom Blythe dolls make great collectibles. Today we have a super cute Aguri custom Blythe Rooster doll. She is amazing, and her Japanese dress set is fantastic. The base doll is a Simply Lilac. Aguri has put a wig secured with velcro. Since it’s interchangeable, you can use your favorite wig instead of this one. Or you can play with different wigs and get Rooster with different hairstyles easily.
Let’s take a closer look at her!
She has the default body. Aguri dropped all the original makeup and put on a new one with aribrushes: brown shadows, coral pink and gloss on the lips. Aguri also coated the face several times with matte spray to protect the new makeup. Be careful with scratches.
The eyes are super cute too. The front eyes are purple and blue. The left and right eyes are brown and bordeaux. This doll has sleepy eyes and a new set of eyelashes.
The clothes set is fantastic: a kimono set with a chicken face, socks, sandals, bonnet, and hair ornaments.
Don’t miss this great custom Blythe doll! You must have this one in your custom Blythe doll collection!
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Our Bento Friday comes with lots of kawaii bento box ideas for Xmas (plus an extra as anime). We start with a reindeer Inari and Santa made with inari, rice, red wieners, cheese, fish sausages (or ham), crab sticks, seaweed and mayonnaise. This is a very simple bento that you can create. If you don’t have inari, you can use simple rice.
Let’s discover the rest of ideas.
This is a rice ball Santa bento. It’s a simple one. You only need white rice, crab sticks, sausages and seaweed. You can make as many Santa onigiris as you want. These are also great for Xmas parties with friends and family.
This is another onigiri bento. You need white rice, eggs, seaweed, crap sticks, slice cheese and pasta. The more difficult part here is the face. But, overall, it’s a simple bento to make.
This is a Don Quixote bento featuring Don Quixote’s mascot. You need rice, blue food coloring, crab sticks, cheese of your liking.
And finally, Dr.Slump’s (Arale’s) poop bento box! You need white rice, pink food coloring, nori, mayonnaise, and ketchup. This is a great idea for kids and all the fans of Dr.Slump!
Images source: Cookpad
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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts limited Xmas menu includes super cute donuts. Krispy Kreme usually releases limited donuts along the year in Japan. The new Xmas-themed menu is as delicious as it’s cute. Japanese are used to give food as presents as well. So, these donuts come as a blessing during winter. Krispy Kreme donuts are delicious with sweet cream fillings.
The limited Xmas menu is from November 24 until December 25. The menu includes a Snowman Chocolate donut, a Green Apple Sprinkle donut, a Strawberry Cheese Box donut, a White Caramel Box donut, and a Chocolate Custard Box donut.
The White Caramel Box donut has white chocolate coating with green sugar pearls as decoration. It’s wrapped up in a red icing ribbon. It’s filled with caramel cream with a pinch of Lorraine rock salt from France. It sells for 230 yen including tax.
The Chocolate Custard Box donut has a glossy coating topped with gold powder. It’s also tied up with a yellow icing ribbon. Topped with rich chocolate, and combined with delicious sweet custard filling, this is a great choice for chocolate lovers. It sells for 210 yen including tax.
The Strawberry Cheese Box donut has a shinny red coating with green and white icing ribbon. It’s filled with sweet cheese filling. It’s sweet and crunchy. It sells for 210 yen including tax.
The Green Apple Sprinkle is the only donut without any cream filling. It’s crunchy and has a colorful topping mixture. It has apple flavor and it’s delicious too. It sells for 190 yen including tax.
And finally, there’s the Snowman Chocolate donut. Krispy Kreme makes it every year. It looks like a Snowman and it’s filled with delicious chocoalte cream. It has white chocolate coating that gives it extra sweetness. It sells for 230 yen including tax.
You can purchase a Holiday Gift Box with 3 donuts for 650 yen or a Holiday Gift Dozen for 2000 yen. The side menu includes Hot Apple Cider, Roiboos Tea Latte and Roiboos Tea.
Don’t miss the opportunity to try out these wonderful limited Krispy Kreme donuts if you’re in Japan. They’re colorful, delicious and a sweet present for your friends!
Sources: Krispy Kreme, Rocket News 24
Images sources: Krispy Kreme, Rocket News 24
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Kawaii animal donuts by Ikumimama are a delicious way to enjoy Christmas in Japan. Ikumimama is famous for their cute donuts. Their donuts are so cute that it’s hard to eat them! However, they’re also delicious! From November 27 until December 3 you will find these bird donuts at the Bird Festival in Jiyugaoka. These super cute donuts will be sold during the festival, but you can find others at their store (not birds, but other designs). But if you can make it to the festival you’re going to love these birdy donuts!
The available kawaii bird donuts are:
- Okame-Chan, the cockatoo; 310 yen
- Shoebill-kun; 300 yen
- Mejiro-chan; 300 yen
- Cute Owl; 330 yen
- Peachan, the budgerigar; 330 yen
- Myhah; 310 yen
- White Poppo-chan and Gray Choo-chan; 280 yen each
Donuts are made with colored chocolate, pumpkin, green tea, cranberries, etc. The lovely birds are delicious!
If you’re in Jiyugaoka, and can attend the festival, don’t miss these super cute donuts!
Images source: Entabe
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