Category Archives: Little Tokyo

Ronin-Expo 2018

Ronin-Expo was held on June 02 of 2018, at  the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

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So what is Ronin-Expo, you may ask? Ronin-Expo is a celebration of Asian culture, this includes anime, video games, movies, & even a bit history of Japan itself. What makes this expo so interesting though, is the fact that it’s in the center of Little Tokyo district in the city of angels (Los Angeles). This makes it a diverse spot for Ronin Expo to be in, as attendees can further explore Little Tokyo by visiting the surrounding museums and local restaurants.


Here are some more pictures from the event including: cosplayers, event guests, attendees and staff members.

Felt like you missed out? Don’t worry, Ronin Expo will return spring 2019, so mark your calendars and take a trip to Little Tokyo, Los Angeles & make sure to stop by Ronin-Expo!

See you at the next Con/Expo!

 

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Interview with: SARAH WILLIAMS

As we attend RONIN-EXPO 2018, we had the pleasure of interviewing voice actress, Sara Williams! [Don’t forget to check out our related giveaway, details below!]

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Me & Sarah Williams during the interview

Watch as Sarah speaks about her career and how she voice a few of her most recent characters:


Felix Argyle Giveaway!

Thanks for reading/watching our interview with Sarah Williams, now here’s your chance to WIN an autographed print of Felix Argyle!

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All you have to do is, leave a comment on the interview video & subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Refer to our Giveaway rules for more information.

Special thanks to RONIN-EXPO & Danny Gonzalez for the opportunity to attend RONIN EXPO!

Aggretsuko’s Den of Rage: Why do you like Aggretsuko?

Since the beginning of Aggretsuko Den of Rage event, we’ve been covering the event as it took place in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, CA!

On the last day of the event, May 28th 2018, we asked seven different Aggretsuko fans about their love for the METAL red panda, Watch our video, maybe you can relate:

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Til’ next time, Aggretsuko…

Aggretsuko X Amoeba Music

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All attendees received Aggretsuko SWAG plus whatever fans bought: Amoeba X Aggretsuko shirt OR Amoeba tote bag:

Here’s our photoset + small event video:

Want to meet AGGRETSUKO?

Aggretsuko’s DEN of RAGE has been EXTENDED!!! The RAGE will continue at Sanrio Japanese Village until 5/28/18!!! More information here.

AGGRETSUKO APPEARANCE DETAILS: 
-Friday, May 25th – 6pm to 9:30pm
-Saturday, May 26th – 12pm to 4:30pm
-Sunday, May 27th – 12pm to 4:30pm

Aggretsuko’s Den Of Rage (ONGOING Event!) *EVENT EXTENDED*

Aggretsuko made another LIVE appearance, in Little Tokyo’s Sanrio store in Los Angeles.

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As you may remember, Aggretsuko debuted in 2015 and quickly became a sensation! She made her first LIVE appearance in Los Angeles on September of 2017.

In honor of Aggretsuko newest Netflix series, Little Tokyo’s Japanese village Sanrio store set up an ‘office’ pop up with Aggretsuko herself in furson!

 

One the first of the event, attendees were given this holographic limited edition pin:

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MISSED OUT? EVENT is still ongoing, check the dates below!

Check our photoset from the event:

 

I was reunited with my favorite metal girl:

 

AFTER MAY 12TH Aggretsuko will NOT be making an appearance at Little Tokyo’s Sanrio store, however, the pop-up office will still be there until MAy 16th alongside limited official Aggretsuko merch!

DEN OF RAGE event has been extended through May 28th! New Aggretsuko appearance dates are as follows:
-Friday, May 25th – 6pm to 9:30pm
-Saturday, May 26th – 12pm to 4:30pm
-Sunday, May 27th – 12pm to 4:30pm

Click here to find out more! 


WANT MORE?

In collaboration with Amoeba Music, Aggretsuko will be making a special appearance at Hollywood’s Amoeba Music store & its San Francisco store ON MAY 17TH & 19TH:

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HOLD ON, THERE’S A CATCH! 

In order to meet & take a photo with Aggretsuko, you must purchase the Aggretsuko X Amoeba Music Package:

Package: $30 each (limited to two packages per person) includes:

  • ** Limited edition Aggretsuko x Amoeba live screen printed t-shirt or tote bag. =Choose from two exclusive Aggretsuko x Amoeba designs and colors!
  • **Aggretsuko Lanyard
  • ** Aggretsuko Sticker
  • ** Meet and snap a photo with Aggretsuko herself in “rage mode

SEE YOU GUYS THERE!

For more information, please refer to the Amoeba Music event page on Facebook.

Aggretsuko’s DEN of RAGE

Aggretsuko IS COMING BACK TO LITTLE TOKYO, LOS ANGELES!

Hosted by Sanrio Japanese Village store, Aggretsuko will be making an appearance once more from May 4 – May 16 2018 May 28th 2018 (Event has been EXTENDED, more info here). 

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Beginning Friday, May 4th at Sanrio Japanese Village until Wednesday, May 16th, enter this Sanrio pop-up for first dibs on a limited inventory of official Aggretsuko merch, photo ops and appearances from Aggretsuko herself!

     AGGRETSUKO APPEARANCE DETAILS:
– Friday, May 4th – all day 11 am to 10 pm
– Saturday, May 5th – 12 pm to 4 pm
– Saturday, May 12th – 12pm to 4 pm

More information can be found on the event page here.

Blend-S: A New STARBUCKS-like Anime?!

Not quite, BETTER.

From the mind behind “Spirits & Cat Ears”, Miyuki Nakayama, comes:

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Blend-S is combination of Starbucks & a Japanese Maid Cafe. It tells the story of high school student, maikaMaika Sakuranomiya who is having trouble finding a part time job due to her scary and creepy smile, which often leads people to believe she’s a sadist.

 

 

 

Maika later finds herself hired as waitress by a scout/manager of an Italian owned coffee shop, Cafe Stile. However,  Cafe Stile isn’t your average coffee shop. Each waitress (or barista) is given a different ‘fetish’ to serve their costumers with, such as: Tsundere, Imouto, Oneesan & Idol. Since Maika has a unquie ‘sadist‘ smile she was assigned as a sadist barista.04

Although she develops an aggressive and dominate persona, she actually pretty clumsy and shy at times. The series debuted as a manga in Houbunsha’s Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine in 2013, and Nakayama launched it as a regular series in 2014. The anime is just premiered this October and you stream it on CrunchyRoll.

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Maika Sakuranomiya

 

 

Maika is a 16-year-old girl who, because of how scary she looks when smiling, often causes misunderstandings, leading other people to think that she is a sadist, even though she is actually just clumsy. Her looks catch the attention of Dino who scouts her to be the ‘sadistic girl’ waitress at cafe Stile. She comes from a very traditional family and works part time so she could study abroad using her own money.

 

 

 

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Kaho Hinata

 

 

Kaho is a 17-year-old waitress who fulfills the tsundere trait. She loves playing video games and often goes to an arcade, but often runs out of money because of it. Although she plays a tsunderegirl, Kaho’s real personality is not tsundere and like Maika, has to learn to becomes one. She is currently the most popular waitress at Stile.

 

 

 

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Mafuyu Hoshikawa

 

 

Mafuyu is one of the waitresses that, despite of her petite figure, is actually a 20-year-old college student and fulfills the younger sister trait because of that. Her real personality is mature and she rarely shows emotion. She has a younger brother who is taller than her and has always wanted a younger sister, although she will not include Kaho because of Kaho’s body figure.*

 

 

 

 

To honor the series, Aniplex USA & Los Angeles cafe shop, Cafe Dulce collaborated on a two day event.
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This collaboration took place in the Little Tokyo district in Los Angeles.

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Cafe Dulce celebrated the series by giving out FREE Maika decorated donuts with every purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Along side this cute donuts, they also gave out Blend-S Coasters and mini poster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check these photos from the event

Thanks for checking out our Blend-S post, if want to find out Which BLEND-S Character Will Be Your Waitress, take this awesome test, and in the words of Maika:

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Aggretsuko’s 1st U.S. Appearance !

On January 2017 SANRIO announced their newest character, Aggretsuko (アグレッシブ烈子)!

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Although the character debuted in 2015, Aggretsuko began appearing on social media in early 2017 & it seems she quickly found fame among Hello kitty fans.

Aggretsuko, according SANRIO’s official site, is a 25 year old, red panda who works as a office worker with anger issues. Her YouTube shorts tell her daily life, working in an office dealing with the daily annoyances that happen. When her patience is up, she goes on full blown HEAVY METAL RAGE! Check her out here:

More episodes can be viewed here

In the recent months since her appeared on social media, she has gotten a huge following, much like GUDETAMA back in 2013.

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She recently made her first U.S. Appearance at the newly re-opened Sanrio store in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles!

Along with new Aggretsuko merchandise. Aggretsuko merchandise can also be bought on the official site.

Judging by her popularity, there might more Aggretsuko themed events coming soon!

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Who YOUR favorite SANRIO character? Comment below!