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More japanese words for otaku life

Second post of the last two weeks of our Japanese school for otaku life . Words that we like, that you may not need to use them or that you simply like to learn.

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Chica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country

The most watched anime releases of this season by region

The most watched anime releases of this season by region.

With the start of the fall season, and with many anime releases going on, most fans have already discovered what their favorite series are.
Here is a summary of the tastes of the viewers by country or region
Which series triumphs more in each region? And in your country? Join us to discover it!

As an explanation, we remind you that these maps only include series premiered this season and not those that have continued since previous seasons, such as Black Clover or Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Search your area and have fun learning what animes your neighbors watch.

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Europe, region of very different countries where the triumph of Giorno with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is something indisputable, including in Spain and Portugal. Perhaps it is because of its setting in Italy or because it is a series with a very Mediterranean atmosphere, but it has managed to overcome Goblin Slayer, which is less popular here. In second place is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

We also have Sword Art Online, Seuran Kanuga, Zombieland Zaga, and Ulysses: Jeanne d´Arc and the Alchemist Knight.

America

Chica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country US

Only Goblin Slayer in the whole country? Because it is the most popular in each of the states! Although the adventures of Rimuru in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime were in second place in practically every state.

Latin America

Chica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country Latam

The fans of Latin America are full of passion, so they have not been able to avoid placing Goblin Slayer as the most popular series with its harshness, crudeness and interesting background, something that has managed to dazzle the fans of Mexico and Brazil, for example. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and Sword Art Online: Alicization also has its dose of fans, and even Zombie Land Saga appears in Haiti … although we all know that this series is increasing its legion of fans.

Canada

Chica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country Canada

Canada has more disparate tastes than its southern neighbors, and although Goblin Slayer also occupies a large part, there is room for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Sword Art Online: Alicization in Quebec and New Brunswick, and even Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure : Golden Wind.

Australia

Chica Manga anime most viewed fall season by country Australia

The Internet legends  say that in Australia there are a lot of beings that can kill you, but if something does not kill you there are the goblins, or the goblins, as they are also called: Goblin Slayer completely dominates the views of the fans of the country .

Do you agree with this data? What is your favorite anime for this season?

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Japanese words for Otaku life

At the beginning of October, in Chica Manga we decided to start practicing some words in Japanese, in order to color our otaku life.

Today we present the first six, and every Friday there will be three more on the Instagram account, so you can have a look during your weekends.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Bleach and the Kubo returns

Bleach and the Kubo returns.

If you are a reader of the Bleach manga, you know the story of Ichigo Kurosaki and his ability to interact with the spirits. You also know of the great success that it has achieved since its launch, back in the summer of 2001.

I imagine too, that you will know that Bleach is written and drawn by Tite Kubo, who in 2016 ended the saga.

Since that year, Kubo has allmost no intervened  in the manga universe, and it was not until this year that he released the one-shot Burn The Witch.

But the most interesting part of this long-awaited return has been his motives: Kubo was lonely.

As explained by the mangakain a interview, with the end of Bleach he lost a lot of his friends, because the ‘shinigamis’ were his companions. After realizing the loneliness that invaded him, he pushed himself to publish a new story.

For his comeback, Kubo strayed away from his work with Soul Reapers for a different sort of fantasy. The artist published his one-shot Burn The Witch earlier this year, giving fans a look at his take on all things dragon and magic. However, towards the end, fans were teased with some Bleach tie-ins as the one-shot made reference to a western Soul Society and more.

So, if audiences are lucky, Kubo might revive his iconic shonen series for a sequel down the line.

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Hinamatsuri, the japanese Girls Day

In Japan, every year on the 3rd of March comes a traditional celebration known properly as momo-no-sekku, but more casually referred to as Hina Matsuri or Girls Day.

Is a day to wish for the health and success of girls. It’s observed by families with girls until they reach adulthood. It’s a day for the girls in the family to take center stage.

Families with young daughters mark this day by setting up a display of dolls inside the house. They offer rice crackers and other food to the dolls.

Thanks to our friends from Japan Talk, we bring you a summary of what The Festival of the Dolls means and all traditions related to Hina Matsuri:

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The primary observance on Hinamatsuri is laying out a set of dolls. This is generally thought to be good luck for the girls in the family. The dolls are laid out sometime in February before girls day on March 3rd. They are strictly taken down by the 4th at the latest. It’s traditionally believed that leaving the dolls up past the 4th is bad luck that will lead to a late marriage for the girls in the family.

The dolls are in the style of a Heian period imperial court. Doll sets vary greatly in size and price. Some include dozens of dolls that are laid out on a 7 layer platform according to the status of each doll. Other sets only include the Emperor and Empress, the two most important dolls.

In the past, a Hinamatsuri doll set was the most expensive item that a daughter might own until she gets her first kimono. These days many families choose smaller sets for modern apartments.

Historically, hinamatsuri dolls were put on boats in rivers throughout Japan and sent out to sea each year. This is known as Hina Nagashi or “Doll Floating.” It was believed that any potential bad luck and disease could be transferred to the dolls in a special ritual. With time this seemed wasteful and people started keeping the dolls and carefully packing them away each year.

A handful of shrines, such as Awashima Shrine in Wakayama, still offer Doll Floating rituals each year. The dolls are collected after floating them and burned.

Peach blossoms are traditionally used to decorate the house on Hina Matsuri. The blooming of peach trees in Japan often coincides well with the day. If you stay at a good ryokan in early March, you may notice peach blossom decorations.
Chirashizushi is the meal most associated with Hina Matsuri. It’s a dish of colorful ingredients such as vegetables, egg and seafood scattered on top of sushi rice. It’s easy to make, popular with kids and can be made in bright colors that feel festive.

Wagashi is a catch-all term for traditional Japanese desserts. The dessert most associated with Hina Matsuri are diamond shaped, tricolored mochi known asHishimochi. Other wagashi such as sakura mochi may also be served.

Whatever desserts are enjoyed for Hina Matsuri are also placed before the dolls as an offering. Some doll sets include plastic food as an offering.

Tsurushi Bina are decorations on a string that are hung from a ceiling for Hina Matsuri. This tradition started in Shizuoka Prefecture but is increasingly common throughout Japan. The decorations include dolls and other symbols of Hina Matsuri. They are often made of thick Japanese silk and are cute.
Girls are usually presented with gifts of candy on Hina Matsuri. The traditional snack is Arare. Other candies are sold for the day that are usually small and fancy in light colors.
If you’re visiting Japan on Hinamatsuri, there’s not much to do because it’s a family day. Nevertheless, there are a few scattered events on Hinamatsuri at shrines throughout Japan. Perhaps the most interesting is the display of thousands of traditional dolls at Tomisaki Shrine in Chiba.
And if you want to sing and dance for a while, you can do it with Minimoni… Enjoy!

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Chica Manga Says

A few days ago, at ChicaManga we decided to give another design to what we published on Instagram: more fun, and with many stories to tell.

That is why we present a series of the most cute character to tell us in first person how is their life and what is the relationship with ChicaManga. Today we present some of them, with a first part of their history. Surely soon you will find that you can identify with one (or several) of them.

Enjoy the first part of #ChicaMangaSays

 

Chica-Manga-Sakura-Carrot-butterfly-clasp-pinPompom the Rabbit

Pompom the Rabbit loves carrots. If it were for him, he would spend the day (and a good part of the night) eating them. Winter. Summer … in the sun or under the rain. His entire life revolves around carrots, which he considers his best friends. Be like Pompom. Eat them for Breakfast, lunch and dinner, but better if they are Chica Manga carrots!

 

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Whiskers is the most sociable cat you can meet: he loves making new friends every day and showing them they are very special to him. He listens to them, spoil them, adores them. And he always waits for the moment to express his friendship with a Polka Dot Heart pin

 

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Sweety the Cupcake

 

Sweety is a most delicious cupcake. She loves being with her friends, and showing them that she loves them madly. She is always smiling, because she believes that the world is a better place if we are all happy and we can prove it. Would you like your life to be as pink and sweet as Sweety? 

 

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Dark Paw is a panda who loves action movies: explosions, bombs, persecutions. His perfect date is at the cinema, and he loves to comment on the movies while they are showing them. He makes sounds and movements just like the actors, for that reason he often has to leave the room. That’s why Dark Paw carries with he an amulet that defines his style. 

 

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Penguin has recently moved and misses his family. Now he lives in a better place, he is not cold all the time and he has more friends than ever, but his family is very important to him. His mother, his father, his little nieces write letters to him and send him boxes of ice and snow, so he does not miss his home. In any case, Penguin always carries with him the image of his family close to his heart. 

 

 

Nigi

 

Nigi  is a famous sushi chef who has dedicated his life to expand his art. He has traveled the world and has made a lot of friends from all the places you can imagine. If he has time, he send small trasures to his friends. so he can remind them their love. When he has discovered Fruits Basket, he has become fascinated with Tohru: he is his soul mate! 

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Shogatsu: New Year’s Eve in Japan

If you are in Japan today, you may want to know what are the best places to spend the New Year’s Eve with all the Japanese spirit.
Our friends from The Culture Trip bring us all the keys:

The New Year holiday, or Shōgatsu in Japan, is a time for quiet reflection. Many people return to their hometowns to be with family, adhere to tradition, and make preparations for the New Year. As more and more Western-style celebrations pop up, Tokyoites are left with more things to do than they can handle. So whether you feel like making the hatsumode pilgrimage or counting down to midnight, these are the places to be on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo.

Hatsumode at Meiji Jingu-mae

Hatsumode is the first shrine visit of the New Year. It’s often done at midnight on December 31st, but anytime during the first few days of January is also acceptable. Every shrine will have its hatsumode visitors, but any shrine as large and well-known as Meiji Jingu will receive more than its fair share of the crowds and is truly a sight to see. Lineups to make your prayers heard by the gods can last several hours.

Celebrate in Shibuya

Shibuya has one of the most active nightlife scenes in all of Tokyo, so it makes sense that people would come out in droves to soak up the energy and bring in the New Year together. Crowds gather at Shibuya Crossing on New Year’s Eve for the countdown. When it’s all over, the neighborhood has no shortage of bars and clubs to help keep the party going.

Joya no Kane at Zojoji Temple

Tokyo’s Buddhist temples ring their bells an even 108 times at the stroke of midnight on December 31st. In the Buddhist faith, 108 marks the number of desires people have and, thus, the causes of human suffering. Visit Zojoji, or Sensoji, to experience the joya no kaneritual firsthand and have your heart, mind, and soul cleansed for the New Year ahead.

Countdown at Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower in Minato Ward has a modest countdown celebration for its own New Year’s greeting. At midnight, the lights change color, the date display changes, and balloons are released into the air.

Hatsuhinode on Mount Takao

Hatsuhinode is the first sunrise of the New Year. The Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building host viewing parties in their observatories for the event, but the lottery-selected guest list is limited and not easy to get your name on. Another option is to get outside of the city – watch the sunrise from a vantage point on nearby Mount Takao or Mitake.

Hatsuhinode on Mount Takao

Hatsuhinode is the first sunrise of the New Year. The Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building host viewing parties in their observatories for the event, but the lottery-selected guest list is limited and not easy to get your name on. Another option is to get outside of the city – watch the sunrise from a vantage point on nearby Mount Takao or Mitake.

Dance at AgeHa

Welcome the New Year in style at AgeHa, Tokyo’s biggest nightclub. For their ‘Countdown 2018‘ party, they’ll be staying up all night long!

Enjoy and Happy New Year!!!

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Top Reasons Why You Should Read Berserk

If you have been lurking in the anime and manga world for a while, you may have already caught wind of a manga must-read entitled Berserk. Berserk is easily deemed as a classic manga despite the fact that it is still an on-going series until now. For the uninitiated, Berserk was created by Kentaro Miura in 1989. It currently has 39 volumes published in Japan and 38 English volumes published by Dark Horse. In almost 3 decades of Berserk’s existence and 39 volumes released, it would make one wonder, “What makes Berserk a classic?” and “Why should you give it a read?” Well, read on to find out~!

1 Genre and Theme: Seinen. Mature. Dark Fantasy. Medieval Era. Supernatural.

If you would be reading Berserk at about 20 years old or younger, you may find all the carnage and rape too disturbing. However, if you are past your 20’s, Berserk might just interest you for so many good reasons.

In terms of genre and theme, Berserk is classified as a dark fantasy, medieval era, supernatural, seinen manga. It is intended and made for mature readers due to its heavy gore and sexual depictions. If you want to get an idea of what Berserk is all about, just literally look at its title – “Berserk”. The story is full-blown war and punching with no regards to mercy whatsoever. In Berserk, every punch is one that is never held back. The world of Berserk is chiefly ruthless, callous, and brutal. The graphic depiction of dead body trails, torture, murder, and dismemberment is one that cannot be unseen easily. The sexual depictions of rape, incest, nudity, pedophilia, interspecies intercourse, and bestiality were also illustrated in great detail.

But, hang on, all of these violence and sexual overtones are not just here for the sake of attraction or horror. Each piece intricately adds to Berserk’s deep and enthralling story making it look more realistic and immersive. If you have been reading history centered on the medieval times or have watched television series like Game of Thrones and Vikings, you will know that this period is not all perfect and happy. In these TV series, violence can easily boil from a slight mistake, but do not get me wrong, the violence and sexual depictions in these series are easily a walk in the park when compared to the dark violent theme of Berserk, where characters live and fend on their own or die helpless.

2 Berserk can easily trigger your critical thinking skills or initiate a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Berserk is also one of the classic manga titles that can trigger a different array of emotions. It can also trigger your critical thinking skills. The story of Berserk talks about the different sacrifices that people will undertake just to get to their ambitions. It has heaps of vengeful instances as well as passionate hatred and rage. Aside from all of this, other thoughts and emotions can also come crushing in bringing so much confliction to the reader. You will find yourself asking is this considered wrong or is this still right? You will find yourself weighing what matters most and what is more important should you be living the life in the shoes of the characters? You would even be thinking of how you will react when placed in similar situations. What are you willing to do for you dreams and ambitions? These triggered questions and thoughts can easily bring any reader to care about Berserk’s characters and the lives they live in.

3 Intricately made characters given proper development.

The characters in Berserk are, hands down, well made. The time and effort in building all these characters can be seen on the elaborate development that the creator pushed in the entire story. Each of these characters are made in such a way that the reader will be able to understand and invest emotions in. The main character in Berserk is Guts. He is popularly known as the Branded Swordsman or the Black Swordsman. He is a mercenary who earned a lot of titles and nicknames as the story progresses. If you want to get to know Guts more, all you need to understand is what unadulterated raw rage is. This is the perfect description of Guts. That said, Guts has not all been like this. His character was brought about by an extremely hard-hitting past that he underwent. He is one character in Berserk who is consistently pushed to beyond his humanly limitations, hence all the rage and “badass-ness” in him.

Despite all this “badass-ness” in Guts, he is still one of the very few characters considered humane as he can literally go through any pain and ordeal just to protect whatever he treasures the most. This resolve can easily get to any reader and trigger their sympathy towards Guts. If this complex character building still does not intrigue you, I do not what will. You really have to start reading Berserk to experience this for yourself.

4 Exquisite artwork!

Berserk follows a good story and character development. Moreover, it comes illustrated with exquisite artwork that is highly detailed yet still very easy on the eyes. Reading Berserk and looking at its graphic is in itself a very pleasant experience. The mangaka also saw to it that the panels are balanced in every page. Speaking of panels, there are several panels, which are drawn without words yet speaks to our minds clearly.

Berserk was on hiatus until Dec 22th as per announcement made in June of 2017, but that said, Berserk is still a classic manga must-read and must-add in your manga library. It has a deep story, awesome characters, excellent art, and cool manga spines! Easily a keeper for any manga collector.

 

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Tenno Tanjobi, The Emperor’s Birthday

The Emperor’s Birthday honors the Emperor of Japan and the Chrysanthemum Throne, but it is also a time for Japanese citizens to have fun and express their patriotism. On the Emperor’s Birthday, people can enjoy many festivities. Currently, the Emperor’s Birthday is celebrated on December 23. The date of the holiday changes to correspond with the birthday of the current Emperor of Japan. In Japan, the Emperor’s Birthday is known as Tenno Tanjobi.

Birthday celebrations for Japanese emperors date back to Ancient Japan. These celebrations were held to honor the Emperor as a person and Imperial ruler. Prior to World War II, the Emperor’s Birthday was called Tenchosetsu. Tenchosetsu corresponded with Chikusetsu, or the Empress’ Birthday. In 1948, the Emperor’s Birthday became a public holiday in Japan. During the same year, Chikusetsu was eliminated and Tenchosetsu was changed to Tenno Tanjobi. Tennor Tanjobi is a literal translation of the Emperor’s Birthday and matches the current form of Japanese used in Japan. Tenno Tanjobi was a celebration of Emperor Showa’s birthday. During the Showa period, Tenno Tanjobi was celebrated on April 29 each year. When Emperor Showa passed away in 1989, April 29 became Greenery Day.

In 2007, April 29 became Showa Day. Today, the Emperor’s Birthday, Greenery Day, and Showa Day are all celebrated separately. After Showa’s death, Akihito ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne. Today, Emperor Akihito continues to reign over Japan. Empero Akihito’s birthday is December 23. Because of this, the Diet changed Tenno Tanjobi to December 23 before Akihito came to power. Japanese law states that the Diet must change Tenno Tanjobi to the birthday of the current Japanese emperor, so the holiday will be celebrated on a different day in the future.

Tenno Tanjobi currently celebrates the life and accomplishments of Emperor Akihito. Akihito was born on December 23, 1933. His parents were Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako. Emperor Akihito was the first member of the Imperial family of Japan to marry a person from a lower social class. In 1959, Emperor Akihito married Michiko Shoda, a commoner from Tokyo. Throughout his life, Akihito continued to depart from the elitist ideals that the Imperial family had become known for throughout history. Emperor Akihito has also dedicated a large portion of his life to being a humanitarian. Akihito is credited for improving Japan’s reputation in East Asia. He visited many nations to apologize for Imperial Japan’s cruel actions. Emperor Akihito is also known to visit the sites of earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters. Emperor Akihito still continues to do what he can to promote peace and understanding throughout the world. Akihito is also a scholar with a genuine interest in science. Emperor Akihito has published a book on marine biology.

Celebrations

The Emperor’s Birthday is one of Japan’s most unique holidays, so Japanese people have many ways to celebrate.

  • Visiting the Imperial Palace

    Many people use the Emperor’s Birthday as an opportunity to visit the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. On December 23, the Imperial Palace opens to the public. Normally, most of the Imperial Palace is restricted to regular Japanese citizens. On the Emperor’s Birthday, people can take a tour of the Imperial Palace’s inner rooms and courtyards. This is a rare experience, so people from across Japan often travel to Tokyo to enjoy the holiday. There is also a large ceremony at the Imperial Palace. Prior to the beginning of the ceremony, huge crowds of people gather in front of the Imperial Palace to await the arrival of Japanese Emperor. When the ceremony begins, the Emperor will look at the crowds from his balcony. He will often say a few words of gratitude while the visitors shout out birthday salutations. During the ceremony, the Emperor is accompanied by the Empress and other members of the Imperial family.

  • Flags

    Since the Emperor’s Birthday is a patriotic holiday, many Japanese people hang the national flag of Japan on their homes. People also bring miniature flags to the celebration at the Imperial Palace.

  • Letters

    During the week before the birthday celebration, many Japanese citizens write letters to the Japanese Emperor. Most of these letters are generic, but some people write messages that are quite personal. These personal letters often come from individuals that have been directly impacted by the Emperor’s actions. Emperor Akihito often receives letters from people who are appreciative of his dedication to humanitarianism. Before the Emperor’s Birthday, many street vendors sell parchment and postage to people who want to write a letter to the Japanese Emperor.

Since all of the events for the Emperor’s Birthday occur at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo is the best to celebrate the holiday.

The Emperor’s Birthday is a patriotic holiday that honors the current Japanese Emperor and his life.

Source: Public Holidays
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Fullmetal Alchemist: The Story Of Two Brothers

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Story Of Two Brothers is by far one of the most popular manga that won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shounen demographic in 2004. With over 64 million copies in print around the world along with having received two very successful anime adaptions, this is a manga series that redefined what a shounen manga series can be.

Fullmetal Alchemist was one of the few manga series of it’s time that focused more on a narrative than being the typical lighthearted action-comedy manga that shounen was known for. There isn’t just one thing that makes it such an incredible read but culmination of amazing storytelling, character development and action with a touch of romance.

A Story That’s Complex & Captivating

Even after all these years finding a manga with a story like Fullmetal Alchemist is just not possible. The story right off the bat starts on a rather grim tone with both the protagonists losing all or parts of their body’s and seamlessly transitions into a more lighthearted tone before going full dark again.

Each chapter you read will keep you on the edge of your seats always anticipating what will come next only to be left speechless of how the plot paces itself. What truly sets the story apart is that even during the darkest moments of the series there’s always a bit of hope to push the protagonist on.

An Amazing Blend of Action, Comedy & Drama

The action scenes in Fullmetal Alchemist might not be the best but they aren’t definitely bad by any account. Considering the manga is only 116 it doesn’t leave a lot of room for extended fight scenes but the ones we do get are choreographed extremely well and the art is top notch as well which just makes it even more enjoyable to read.

When it comes to comedy and drama, the series tends to lean towards the dramatic sides but manages to add in enough moments of over the top comedy to not let the drama go stale without overstaying its turn.

Character Development Done Right

Even though there is a greater focus on the story but this is still an action-packed manga. Unlike most manga where you have to trade character development for more flashy action panels on the page, Fullmetal Alchemist manages to find the perfect balance and manages to flesh out each character to an amazing detail.

Every character in Fullmetal Alchemist is downright amazing. From their designs to their personality and even their backstory, this manga gets each character just right without even trying to justify their actions which makes them feel all the more realistic. The protagonists, Ed and Al, in particular, go through so much growth over the span of 100 chapters that by the end of it you feel that you have an emotional connection with them.

Should You Read It?

Fullmetal Alchemist is by far not a perfect manga and it has its fair share of problems which include the length of the series among many others. But, overall, Fullmetal Alchemist manages to be incredibly entertaining and thought-provoking while staying true to the tradition of Shounen manga. If you’re someone that enjoys a mind-blowing story with equally amazing characters then reading Fullmetal Alchemist is highly recommended.

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