Thomas Romain, The Creator of Children’s Dream World

Have you ever drawn anything when you are little, dreaming about your characters having an adventure in this imaginary world? I have. A group of my elementary school friends and me would draw a big house, and each of us design our own character so that we can “live together” as best friends and sisters.

Children’s imagination are one of the most precious and interesting things in the world. A father understands this idea very well, so he uses his talent of drawing to transform his sons’ creation into detailed and fantastic anime characters.

Thomas Romain is a French animator, and he currently lives and works in Japan. His most known work is Code Lyoko: Revolution, which is an animated TV show first displayed in 2012.

He has two sons who inherits his talent of art, and here are some of them from Thomas’ Twitter account. The older son is 10 years old, and the younger is 8.

If you are interested in his work, please search @Thomasintokyo on Twitter. You can also search “親子デザイン工房” or “father and son’s design workshop” for more pictures.

Steampunk Doctor

Blood Dead Prince

K-3 (Keisan, the pronunciation of “calculate” in Japanese)

Fire Guardian

Tulip Brothers

What do you think about these art works? You can also create something with your family members and friends in this way. If you find something that you drew or designed when you were a kid, why not try re-create the characters and make them alive again?

If you design anything after reading this post and would like to share, feel free to share on Twitter and tag me @Purdue_ACG so I can post your creation on this blog. Have fun this weekend by making your old dreams come true! >v<

Video: The Birth of A Piece of Fan Art

If someone tells you that people who love ACG are talented, trust them. I recently spent about half an hour with one of PACGA’s artist, and witnessed how she drew a full piece of fan art. I recorded the process of she creating the drawing, and here is the video for you.

Shujun Yao, the artist, actually drew this drawing for my birthday on March 28th. The person in the drawing was Aiba Masaki, who is the member of the top Japanese idol group Arashi. Using animation to represent real people is very popular in ACG culture because in the 2-D world, these animated characters can do many things and experience more adventures than the real people.

Please enjoy this video, and leave any comments below for our artist!

BGM: Janakute (じゃなくてby Aiba Masaki

Event Review: Purdue Haru Matsuri 2017

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First of all, thank all attendees for coming to the PACGA Haru Matsuri (Spring Fest) yesterday! Also, thank all PACGA officers and managers for preparing and working for the event. Although we cannot recur the real Japanese matsuri, all of us spent time planning and worked together so that we were able to create this great memory.

Haru Matsuri is a celebration of Spring. During the planning process, our officers and managers decide to include most of things that appears in a Japanese matsuri: food, games, snacks, goodies for sale, etc. We also planned to add a photo booth so that customers can try on some traditional clothes and have their pictures taken.

We prepared a table for video games, a section for kendama, and another section for water balloon fishing. Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy, and the goal is to use the wooden lever to catch the ball. There are hundreds of ways to play with this toy.

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A kendama

Water balloon fishing is another traditional game. The player will get a string made of a piece of tissue with a hook at the end of it, and the goal is to use this string to lift up a water ballon from a pond. Since the string is easy to break, this game is quite challenging, and fun for both the players and others who watch.

As for food and snacks, we prepared oden and okonomiyaki as hot plates, and dorayaki and dango as snacks. Hot plates are cooked during the event, and snacks are prepared before.

For the goodies, we invited Emily Han, an expert of making fabric flower jewelries to the event, and she created a hair piece as the final lottery prize. The flower pieces you see in the slideshow are all made by Emily. However, since the winner of the lottery was not very interested in jewelries, he picked a character figure instead.

We set up a photo booth with extra costumes for the attendees to try on. If you have your picture taken, all photoshopped version will be posted on our Facebook page, and we will notify you as soon as possible.

Finally, thank you again for coming to the event, and thank all the workers again for your contribution. If you have any question about PACGA’s future event, please leave a comment or contact me. We are looking forward to seeing you in our future events!

Live Tweet: PACGA Haru Matsuri (Spring Fest)

[THIS DOES NOT COUNT AS A POST OF THE WEEK]

I am live tweeting the 2017 Purdue ACG association Haru Matsuri on Twitter, check it out by searching #harumatsuri2017, #pacga, or @Purdue_ACG for the live tweet! The live tweet event will end at 5pm today.


Haru Matsuri, or Spring Fest, is PACGA’s annual Spring event. Attendees can have free food, play mini games, and purchase hand made goodies such as jewelry.


This year, we have prepared oden, dango, dorayaki and okonomiyaki for food, and we have games such as omikuji (fortune telling), cosplay, photo booth, video games, etc.


The event is taking place now in KRACH Leadership Center on 3rd Street. You can still come at any time!

Interview: The Path And Future Direction of Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch has been on the top of a lot of gamers’ shopping lists for a while. Many of my friends and classmates have received their own Switch, and I have chosen one of them to interview about his thoughts about it.

Steven Osmolski has been a game since forever. As a fan of handheld consoles, he owns almost all kinds of consoles of different platforms. Therefore, he has compared Nintendo Switch with other consoles, and we talked about the advantage and disadvantage of this new gaming device.

Since NS is still a new device, there are only several games publicized on this platform. Steven bought Legend of Zelda so that he can start playing as soon as possible.

“The game is really good I think, Nintendo has focused on good games and they do well.” Said Steven.

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We have also talked about the experience of the new platform system. On this topic, Steven seems to be a little disappointed because the system of the Switch does not match his expectations.

“It’s good that the system is simple. It’s easy to understand. But on the other hand, it is too simple.” said Steven, “I think Nintendo really focuses on game designing, so it focuses less on the system and custom experience.”

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FAN DESIGNED The Legend of Zelda edition of Nintendo Switch.

Steven also thinks that Nintendo will go back to the path of focusing on system design in the future. He thinks the machine design and the game design are not so important as a system that has a lot of useful and helpful functions to enhance the experience of the players.

“In general, I like the Switch very much. I think it’ll have a higher selling point than 3Ds, and I’m looking forward to play more games on it.” said Steven.

What is your experience with Nintendo Switch and other handheld consoles? Do you have any interesting stories with your device? Which game do you want to see on Nintendo Switch? If you have any comments, ideas or questions about this new game device, feel free to contact me for more discussion.


 

Picture source of the fan design:

http://www.polygon.com/2016/11/8/13563254/nintendo-switch-mario-zelda-kingdom-hearts

 

Don’t Lose Your Direction When Spring Comes

You know what’s coming in this period of time if you are a student in the U.S.. SPRING BREAK!! It means home, sunshine, actually good food, friends, sofa and blankets, Netflix, YouTube, Crunchyroll, local comic store…and so on. You name it.

Me, as a student, am also going to enjoy my Spring break with a lot of sleep, a lot of food, and no homework. That means, I will not post anything for the next week (Mar. 13 – Mar. 19). If I have something interest to share, I will probably write another post, but if nothing special happens, I am going to stay in bed watching anime with my cat and party size Doritos.

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This will be me during Spring break.

To make you feel better and not miss me too much, I have a recommendation of an anime movie that fits the atmosphere of Spring. It is an old one, but trust me, you will like it. Especially if you like detective stories.

Detective Conan: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital is a 2003 Japanese anime movie, and it is the 7th movie of the anime series Detective Conan. By the way, the anime first started in 1996 and is still on TV every week, it is surly a very old anime show. The TV version currently has over 700 episodes, so you have enough episodes to amuse yourself.

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The official poster of the movie

Edogawa Conan, the main character of this anime, was called Kudo Shinichi, and he was a high-school student detective. He helped the police to solve many cases, but one day he witnessed a secret organization doing illegal trading, and he was forced to consume a pill, which caused his body to become like a 7-year-old child.

Luckily, his mind remained the same, so he found an excuse to live with his life-long friend Mori Ran and her father, and they started to solve all kinds of cases while finding the chance to beat that secret organization.

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Conan (Shinichi) and the Black Organization

The story of Crossroad in the Ancient Capital happens in Kyoto in the season of cherry blossom. Three murders happen at about the same time in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, and the three cases has a significant similarity: the victims all have a copy of Gikeiki (a Japanese historical story book), and the books are all taken away by the murderer.

Edogawa Conan was invited to go to Kyoto with the Mori family for solving a case. During their visit, they met Hattori Heiji, another high-school student detective, who comes to Kyoto to find his first crush.

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Little Heiji and his crush…awww

When this group pf people travel together for their goals, the unsubs of the murders slowly appears to them, and they finally find out that some historical secret is becoming more and more clear.

A fun fact is that this movie is the only Detective Conan movie that does not have any explosion scenes. If you are not a fan of bomb and love the atmosphere of romantic Spring, this movie will be a great choice for your Spring break.

Also, the theme song of the movie is one of the most classic songs of Detective Conan. It is called Time after time~花舞う街で~, and the Japanese word means “the street where flowers fall”. It is performed by Kuraki Mai, who has cooperated with this anime for a long time and sung many famous theme songs for the show.

 

Detective Conan is THE anime that accompanies me through my childhood, and it is still one of my favorite. I really hope you like my recommendation, and please share your thoughts with me through any possible method. And finally, enjoy your Spring break!

Food in “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma”: How Many of Them Can Be Real?

If you are a food-lover, I mean, if you are obsessed about different kinds of food, then Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma should be on your must-watch-anime list.

The anime tells a story about Yukihira Soma (幸平創真), a young man who goes to this chef school when he needs to inherit his father’s restaurant. In this school called Joichiro, only the top 10% student can manage to graduate, and they all become the best chefs in the world.

To become a great chef and to graduate from Joichiro, Soma has to study hard about food and cooking. During his life in this school, he also has to face the Shokugeki, which is the traditional way for students in Joichiro to solve all disputes.

Shokugeki is a ceremony that the two students make their best dish for the judges, and the judges will taste each dish and decide who the winner is. The winner will also win in the dispute, while the loser loses a lot, including the past status at school, and sometimes friends.

Audiences are attracted not only by the exciting plot of the anime, but also by the food items that Joichiro students make during Shokugeki. On the Internet, many fans of this anime make their own versions of the dishes according to the recipe described in the show, and I have read about one recently.

This chef is called Stanlick in the world of Internet, and he has his blog at AniTAY, a blog website specifically for anime lovers. I have read two of his recipes, and I can’t wait to share them with you. All the information below and pictures comes from this blog, and I will put the link for you to check it out more.


No. 1   Fake Pork Roast (Gotcha Pork)

This is the first main dish that appears in the anime. Although the dish is mostly made of potatoes, and you will be eating potatoes, you will feel like you are eating pork instead. The secret of the dish is to use bacon to wrap the potato when cooking, so that the meat juice can penetrate the potato.

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It looks like this in the anime.

To make this dish, you need to prepare:

  • About 2 hours of time
  • 6 white potatoes
  • 3 Eringi mushrooms. or substitute with 1/4 of a head of cauliflower.
  • 1 large white onion, or 2 medium white onions.
  • 1 sprig of rosemary.
  • Butter. I suggest 2 tablespoons (30ml), but you could always used a bit more.
  • 2 packs of thick-cut bacon.
  • 1 Cup, or 250ml of red wine. We used a Pinot Noir since its preferable for cooking.
  • 1/4 cup, or 60ml of sake. Any sake that is labeled as “sweet” should do.
  • 2 tbs, or 30ml of soy sauce.
  • 1 spring of parsley or any garnish.

Source: Stanlick from AniTAY

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And it looks like this in real life.

For more detailed recipe and instructions to make this dish, please visit the link below.

http://anitay.kinja.com/food-wars-recipes-in-real-life-1-fake-pork-roast-1703359028


No. 2   Transformation Rice (Furikake Gohan)

Have you had egg fried rice in any Asian restaurant? This dish looks as simple as those that you have tasted, but there must be some difference that makes it special enough to be written into an anime.

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The contrast of this dish in anime (left) and in real life (right)

The critical ingredient of making this dish is called Aspic, and it is made from bonito broth and chicken wings. According to Stanlick, although the bonito broth is a fish product, the final product does not smell or taste like fish. Therefore, you can be chill when buying the bonito broth.

You actually need to add gelatin to the broth and freeze the Aspic a little bit to make it look like jelly. After cooking the rice with the meat on the chicken wings, scrambled eggs, and green onion, simply use the broth jelly to flavor the rice and watch it to melt into the warm rice. It would definitely be a pleasure for your eyes and your taste buds.

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Ohhhhh…look at how it melts!

To make this dish, you need to prepare:

  • About 4-5 hours of time (there will be a 2-hour waiting time for the Aspic)
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) of sesame oil.
  • Un-breaded chicken wings (14 medium sized, or 21 small sized).
  • 10 grams (⅜ ounce) of the bonito soup stock (AKA Katsuobushi).
  • 1.5 Litres (6.5 Cups) of water.
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) of minced ginger.
  • 50ml (3 tablespoons) of sugar.
  • 75ml (⅜ cup) of soy sauce.
  • 100ml (.5 cup) of sake.
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) of gelatine.
  • 100ml (.5 cup) of water (for the gelatine).
  • 350ml (1.5 cups) of white rice.
  • 4 green onions.
  • 8 eggs.

Source: Stanlick from AniTAY

For more detailed recipe and instructions to make this dish, please visit the link below.

http://anitay.kinja.com/food-wars-recipes-in-real-life-2-transformation-rice-1711019009


How do you think about the two dishes? Feeling hungry? Share your thoughts with me by leaving comments or contact me! If you have developed any other recipes from any anime, comics or game, you can also share the links with me so that we can be hungry together >w<

Anyways, I am going to make myself some food, and I will see you in the next post!