Shan Gui : Review

The Visual Novel Shan Gui. I picked this game up as it was on sale and I wanted to try something different. It had been a while since I played a visual novel and it was about time I tried one out again. Having finished this short but sweet visual novel in about 40 minutes, let me just write up …

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Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture : Explained

It took me about six hours to complete Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture. Upon finishing it, I went to bed, only to wake up and play it again to try and make sense of it. Altogether, I replayed the game three times. It takes more than one playthrough to get a complete idea as to what is going on in the …

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Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture: Review

Ever read a novel that made you depressed yet happy? A kind of experience that leaves you with a myriad of emotions, each of them rich and layered in experiences, fond and revelatory? That is what Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture left me with. I say novel, because that is what it is. A beautiful novel full of rich characters with …

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Top 5 Anime : Winter/Spring 2017

With Winter just having passed and Spring fresh on our agenda, its only natural we count down our favourites. So sit back, relax and have a look through our picks for the top 5 Anime of the season! Top 5 Anime : Winter/Spring 2017   1. Demi-chan wa Kairitai: The story takes place in an age where “Ajin” (demi-human), more …

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Top 5 Feel Good Anime

Life is pretty hectic. At the end of a long day, its nice to come home, relax and get away from it all. What better way to rid yourself of your blues than to check out our picks for some Feel Good Anime guranteed to have you mellow and smiling at the end. Top 5 Feel Good Anime 1. Non …

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Top 5 Funny Anime!

trying on bra danshi koukosei no nichijou

Top 5 Anime’s That Will Make You Laugh! We all need a bit of humor in our lives. We all see humor differently. But despite your varied tastes, we are pretty sure that our list will make you laugh. Here is our list of the Top 5 Funny Anime (That we know so far). This is by no means an …

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Restaurants in Japan: Saizeriya Family Restaurant

Saizeriya restaurant

Saizeriya Family Restaurant (サイゼリヤ), is a staple of the huge circle of family restaurants in Japan. Today, we are going to see what its like eating in this popular family friendly restaurant. We will be focusing mostly on menu items and value for money. Interiors : Saizeriya restaurants are quite large and usually only have tables that fit 4 to 6 people. …

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Our Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2017

2016 was a good year for games. And by good, I mean decent. And by decent, I mean it was all right. But, 2017 promises to be bigger, better and more daring than its predecessor! Get ready to keep your wallets stacked with cash and your fridges stocked with your favourite beverage in preparation for our picks for the 10 …

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A Closer Look at Racism in Japan

Despite the pretty bells and whistles, Japan, like any other country has its fair share of racism. Just how embedded this is in the culture is what we intend to look at today. Racism in Japan is a real problem with real consequences. This being said however, you would be hard pressed not to notice the large influx of foreigners …

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Hatsumode: New Years in Tokyo

Shrine during Hatsumode

Hatsumode It’s the start of a new year in the land of the rising sun, so naturally, the Japanese go for “初詣で” (Hatsumode) or First Shrine visit of the new year. For shrines and some temples this is the busiest time of year. As a Japanese resident, I also took part in Hatsumode and wanted to share the experience with you ! First, …

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The Top 10 Anime of 2016

With 2016 just behind us, its a good idea to look back at the last year in retrospective and take a moment to appreciate the best Anime that the year had to offer us. From action and intense violence to lighthearted fun, to drama and fantastical adventures. 2016 wasn’t a terrible year in Anime. So, we here at Ikigai would like …

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Winter Comiket 91 Day 3: Round Up

Learning from my mistake on Day 2, I made extra sure that I reached Winter Comiket 91 Day 3 with plenty of time to spare. As usual, I took the train to Kokusaitenjijou(国際展示場) Station. Ran into Red Cross Japan outside the station. Blood Donation drives are common during Comiket with the huge influx of visitors. Winter Comiket 91 Day 3 Weather tends …

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Winter Comiket 91 Day 2: Cosplay Shenanigans

Winter Comiket 91 Day 2 Winter Comiket 91 Day 2 Commenced early this friday morning!  I, however, was not early! Day 2 started off with me waking up a bit late ( Damn alarm clock had failed me again!). I rushed to my local station without eating breakfast. Luckily, when I arrived at Kokusaitenjijou(国際展示場) Station, there was a Lawson’s nearby with their staff …

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Winter Comiket 91 Day 1: Getting Started

Winter Comiket anime bus

Winter Comiket 91 Day 1 It’s that time of year again! When we find ourselves digging through our wallets and scouring through our bank accounts for much needed cash. Why you ask ? But of course for Comiket! This year saw Winter Comiket 91 Day 1 start off with comfortable weather and much needed gusto! The morning of December 29th found …

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Rabbit Cafe: Cuteness Overload !

Rabbit Cafe in Tokyo

What do you get when you combine the warm, relaxing atmosphere of a cafe and rabbits? A weekend well spend surrounded by the most adorable fluff balls at a Rabbit Cafe! Are Rabbit Cafes popular in Tokyo? Who in their right mind doesn’t want to have a small break while cuddling up with fluffy bunnies? That is why in Tokyo there …

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