When anime inspires you to… cook (part 2)

That’s right – part 2. The first post from this mini “series” that I never actually thought of as a series but maybe really is a series was about cakes. Toradora cakes to be specific. Then in this post I shared with you some of the drawings I was making for school. Now we are talking about cooking once again and this time its not a dessert. It’s onigiri. Onigiri Onigiri, or rice balls are a simple Japanese food often used as breakfast or in bentos. They are essentially a triangle-shaped ball of rice filled with stuffings. Usually they are decorated with some nori paper and seeds on top. I’ve seen them across various anime. Most notably, I can recall Aisaka Taiga making onigiri during the Toradora OVA episode, and Hinata Miyake wearing a T-shirt with an onigiri on it. While I’m not sure how well Hinata Miyake prepares her Continue reading…

When anime inspires you to… draw

As a child I loved doodling stuff into notebooks and writing down my imaginary sports results, entertainment shows, and similar stuff. But by high school I more or less stopped doing it. I “grew up” you may say. Fast forward to Summer 2017 and I suddenly got hugely into Japanese “cartoons”. So much that I even felt like drawing again and improving my skills. I watched various tutorials on how to improve, I practised drawing loads of eyes in different ways. But most of the tutorial videos reached a similar conclusion – good drawing skills require A LOT of practice. I guess you could only call it a small phase but I did give it a go. It resulted in a Fumikage Tokoyami drawing with some weirdly colored clothes. I would show it if I had the picture around me right now. Design theory But that wasn’t all. The last Continue reading…

When anime inspires you to… cook

Today is one of those days when I’m home alone. And when that is the case, I sometimes get to experiment in the kitchen. I search for some simple but cool recipes my skills and available ingredients would allow me to prepare. And I love that proud feeling I have when the meal I make ends up with a great taste. Today I wanted to make the ramune candies, which I’ve seen in 3-gatsu no Lion. They looked so easy to make, and so few ingredients were needed. I bought cornstarch in the store. I thought that was the only ingredient needed that I didn’t have at home. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. It turns out powdered sugar was also missing. A shame, but I’ll make those ramunes soon. I’ll probably make them for Christmas. But this wasn’t the first time I “tried” making something I’ve seen in anime… My Continue reading…