Orange TV Anime Announced!

[Versão em português disponível no fim da publicação]


Not so long time ago I wrote a review about the manga Orange and the upcoming live-action movie. Now, Ichigo Takano‘s masterpiece is coming to Japanese televisions this summer (and hopefully Crunchyroll is going to stream it overseas).

Produced by TMS Entertainment and Telecom Animation Film, the anime series is going to be directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki (Gate, TerraFormars) and Nobuteru Yuki (Escaflowne) as character designer.

Crunchyroll Manga describes the series:

‘What can I do now to prevent a future without Kakeru?’ In the spring of my second year of high school, I received a letter from “myself”, ten years in the future. It urged the 16-year-old me to take action so I wouldn’t have the same regrets…”

Futabasha‘s Monthly Action magazine is also going to publish a one-shot special edition of the series on next April’s issue.

Orange Anime

Orange Anime first promo poster

In Brazil, the manga is currently being officially published by JBC.

If you haven’t read this wonderful manga yet, hurry up there’s still time!


[Portuguese translation below]

A não muito tempo atras, publiquei uma review (em inglês) sobre o mangá Orange e o filme live-action a ser lançado nos cinemas japoneses. E a grande noticia é que neste verão, a obra-prima de Ichigo Takano fará sua estréia também em Anime nas TVs nipônicas (e vamos torcer para que o Crunchyroll “streame” por aqui também).

Produzido pelas gigantes TMS Entertainment e Telecom Animation Film, a série de anime terá direção de Hiroshi Hamasaki (o mesmo de Gate e TerraFormars) e Nobuteru Yuki (The Vision of Escaflowne) como character designer.

Descrição via Crunchyroll Manga (tradução livre):
‘O que eu poderia fazer agora para impedir um futuro sem o Kakeru?’ Na primavera do meu segundo ano do colégio, eu recebi uma carta de mim mesma dez anos no futuro. Ela pedia que eu, então com 16 anos, tomasse medidas para que eu não tivesse os mesmos arrependimentos.”

A revista Monthly Action da editora Futabasha também publicará uma edição especial one-shot do manga em Abril deste ano.

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Primeiro poster da série animada de Orange

Vale lembrar que o mangá já está em publicação oficial no Brasil pela editora JBC. E se você ainda não leu este magnifico trabalho, corra que ainda dá tempo!


 

 

Valentine’s Day <3

[Versão em PORTUGUÊS no fim da publicação]


In Brazil, we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day the same day (and way) as in other cultures. As I explained here, Brazilian Valentine’s Day is celebrated in June 12th. Nevertheless, thanks to the wonders of the Internet and globalization, all sorts of holidays are becoming more and more popular around the world and Valentine’s couldn’t be different.

As you probably already know, in most western countries, boyfriends and girlfriends usually exchange gifts and (try to) do romantic things together on Valentine’s. In Asians countries, however, girls are traditionally supposed to give chocolate to boys instead (and receive gifts from them on the White Day, a month later).

As for me, I decided to celebrated it in eastern style (since we already have the all-romantic-gift-exchanging-thing in June): I gave a very popular homemade type of chocolate to Felipe. It’s called “Brigadeiro” and it’s certainly one of the most appreciated deserts in Brazil.


The Brigadeirois a common Braziliandelicacy, created in 1940. It is common throughout the entire country, as well as in Portugal, and is present in practically all the major Brazilian celebrations. The Brigadeiro is made from condensed milk, powdered chocolate, butter and chocolate sprinkles to cover the outside layer. It can be cooked in the oven or the microwave, in the form of individual little balls. It can also be eaten straight from the pot once it is done cooking. – Source: Wikipedia


The Brigadeiro I made is a little different from the regular recipe, since I added some cookie layers to it, making it more pastry-like. If you’re willing to try it and be amazed by Brazilian Brigadeiro, here goes the recipe of the one I made (It’s very quick and easy to cook and speechlessly delicious):

Cookie Layered Brigadeiro

Serves: 2 portions

Ingredients:

For the chocolate layers (which is also the regular recipe for traditional Brigadeiro):

  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp of cocoa/chocolate powder
  • 3 tbsp of fat-free whipped cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Chocolate Sprinkles (to cover the outside layer)

(You can use all-veggie options for those ingredients if you want)

For the cookies layer:

  • 200g of medium-sized cookies of your choice (I used a Brazilian brand called “Passtempo” that is Felipe’s favourite.

In a cooking pan, mix the condensed milk, butter and chocolate powder. Take it to medium fire and keep stirring until it boils and gets creamy and more consistent. Turn off the fire, add the whipped cream and stir to combine.

Keep stirring until it boils and gets more consistent

Keep stirring until it boils and gets more consistent 

In a recipient of your choice, crumble half of the cookies to form the first layer, then add half of the previously made chocolate. Add another layer of crumbled cookies and, finally, the last layer of chocolate (you can add more layers if you want). Sprinkle the chocolate sprinkles (lol?), wait until it cools down a little, serve and be marveled! ;P

You can keep it refrigerated for around 2 days.

Cookie Layered Brazilian Brigadeiro for Valentine's!

Cookie Layered Brazilian Brigadeiro for Valentine’s! 

Don’t forget to tell me what you think of it and please share your chocolate recipes too. Happy Valentine’s~!


[Portuguese translation below)

Valentine’s Day – O dia international dos namorados ❤

No Brasil não comemoramos o dia dos namorados da mesma forma (e data) que em outras culturas. Como eu explico aqui, o dia dos namorados no Brasil é festejado somente em Junho. Todavia, graças às maravilhas da Internet, todos os feriados estão se tornando cada vez mais globalizados e não poderia ser diferente com o Valentine’s Day.

Como provavelmente já sabem, na maioria dos países ocidentais os namorados costumam trocar presentes e (tentar) fazer coisas românticas nesta data – que fora do Brasil é celebrada em 14 de Fevereiro, em homenagem à São Valentim (daí o nome Valentine’s Day ou “Dia de Valentim”).

Nos países asiáticos, entretanto, no dia dos namorados as moças costumam dar chocolates (tradicionalmente caseiros) para os rapazes. Estes, por sua vez, devem presentear as moças um mês depois, no White Day.

Quanto a mim, decidi celebrar do modo oriental (visto que em Junho já temos a troca de presentes romântica tradicional). Eu preparei para o Felipe um tipo chocolate caseiro muito popular no Brasil: o Brigadeiro – o qual é certamente um dos doces mais apreciados do país (e se você está lendo isto em  português provavelmente já conhece, não é? 😉 ).

Pois bem, o brigadeiro que eu fiz é um pouquinho diferente da receita padrão  – É um tipo de torta de brigadeiro com cookies que é super simples e rápida de fazer mas, ainda assim, incrivelmente deliciosa! Se quiserem experimentar, aqui vai a receita:

Torta em Camadas de Brigadeiro com Cookies

Serve 2 porções

Ingredientes:
Para a camada de chocolate:

  • 1 lata de leite condensado (de preferencia light)
  • 3 colheres de sopa de chocolate em pó
  • 3 colheres de sopa de creme de leite leve ou light (é mais saudável, viu gente?)
  • 1 colher de sopa de manteira ou margarina
  • 1 pacote de Chocolate granulado

(Todos os ingredientes podem ser usados também em suas versões vegetarianas)

Para a camada de cookies:

  • 200g de cookies (de sua preferencia) picados. Eu usei o de Passatempo da Nestlé, que é o favorito do Felipe.

Numa panela, misture o leite condensado, o chocolate em pó e a manteiga. Mexa sempre em fogo médio até levantar fervura e ficar com consistencia de brigadeiro de colher. Apague o fogo, misture o creme de leite e reserve.

Mexa sempre até ficar ferver e ficar com consistencia de brigadeiro de colher

Mexa sempre até ficar ferver e ficar com consistencia de brigadeiro de colher

Num recipiente de sua escolha, adicione metade dos cookies picados para formar a primeira camada. Em seguida, adicione metade do brigadeiro previamente reservado. Adicione a segunda camada de cookies e, por fim, a última camada de brigadeiro (se preferir pode fazer mais camadas, sempre intercalando os cookies com o brigadeiro). Polvilhe o chocolate granulado à gosto, espere esfriar, sirva e se delicie!

Se sobrar (o que acho difícil rs), pode guardar por até dois dias na geladeira.

Torta em Camadas de Brigadeiro com Cookies

Torta em Camadas de Brigadeiro com Cookies

Não esqueçam de me contar o que acharam e também compartilhar suas próprias receitas nos comentários. Feliz Valentine~! ❤

 

What if you could change the past? Orange – Manga series

[Warning: this post is gonna be gloomier than usual]
If time traveling was possible, where would you like to go? Straight to the past so you could erase all of your regrets? Or maybe to the future, so you could learn the consequences of all your actions beforehand?

These fundamental issues are the main scenario where Orange, a Shoujo/slice of life/drama manga by Takano Ichigo, takes place.

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“Orange” by Takano Ichigo

Plot: Naho, a sixteen year old girl receives a mysterious letter from her own future self containing many advises in how to prevent one of her friend’s death in a short time from there – by suicide. It’s a very touching story, with wonderful art style that makes you reconsider your life and ponder about that most fatal question “What if…?” What if a single thing you’ve done differently could have a huge impact such as saving a life?

One leaf clover: I think I’ve lost already too many people in my life. Surely there are ones out there whose lost much more than I did but, among my family and friends, I’m probably the one who has experienced death and all its devastating consequences more often. When I was 10 I lost my maternal grandfather and he was a very important person to me. Since my parents got divorced when I was a baby, my grandfather was the only father figure I ever had. Moreover, he was also my best friend –  We used to spend a lot of time together; telling stories, reading, singing and talking about ordinary things of life. When he passed (he had a stroke) I felt way too lonely. Even though I had a very supportive family, nothing and none could fill that gap. But I guess it is like that with mostly everyone, right? People cannot be replaced. But the ten-year-old-me just couldn’t bear with it in a proper way. And I shut myself in.

Time passed, I was able to make a few new friends but I also lost many of them… To life, in this case. Then when I was 13, I met someone at school whom I though could finally fill that gap in me. He also had a gap to be filled and we became instant friends. I like to compare our relationship to Peter Pan and Wendy’s – we certainly really liked each other but we were too young (and maybe too damaged) to understand its meaning and, after 4 years of a close (and a little twisted I must add) friendship, we decided to split. Adolescence sure is complicated.

I needed to make this whole introduction because, even though I was no longer his friend, I would think of him from time to time and wonder if he was doing well and one day a mutual friend of ours came to speak to me. She said that friend asked her if I was still mad at him and in case I wasn’t that he would like to speak to me again. I told her it was ok and short after that he called me.

We talked for many hours just like we would back then when we were children. We saw each other a couple of times in person later but I don’t think I wanted to be too close anymore, maybe I was still mad at him after all. And then a few months after messaging me for the last time, saying how great he was feeling, that he quitted smoking, joined some kind of troupe and how wonderful life was, he committed suicide.

Almost ten years have passed since that but I don’t think I was ever able to completely recover from it, and it gets even worse in December (he was born in December).

And last year my paternal grandmother also died of cancer. We were not very close but the fact that people would always say how similar we were to each other, how my father’s relationship with her (and with me) wasn’t so great at that time and how I was the last person to talk to her before she died shook me up a bit. And I gotta mention her birthday was also in December. Yes, I do have a few issues with December (January as well).

Those three were probably the more impactful losses I had. But besides them, I still have been to more funerals than I wished or I’d like to recall.

Now I get to those “What if’s”:

What if I knew my grandpa suffered from hypertension and was really worried about my mother being under a complicated surgery back then? Could I have done anything to prevent his death? Could I? If only I knew he would never wake up again? I deeply regret I haven’t shared that milk chocolate with him the night before.

What if I have putted aside any grudge against my friend and had been more interested in what was really going on in his life, would I have seen earlier the many signs that something wasn’t right I only realized after his death? I was a psychology student back then, I should have recognized that euphoric state he was in the last message.

What if I knew all those things beforehand? What if? Would I be able to save them? Would I be able to fix anything I ever did wrong and/or I regret in my life?

It’s difficult to answer and it’s impossible nevertheless. Albert Einstein said “time is an illusion” therefore we can’t turn it back. And even if we could, wouldn’t we be destroying things we have in the present? So many things happened to me after all that, so many people I met and so many goals I achieved. Would I risk it all? I cannot really tell.

Maybe everything happens for a reason, maybe everything that happens in our lives have a greater meaning, for the better and worse. I guess all we can do is to move forward and try to cherish everyday we have, with the things and the people we have right now.

Maybe because I had so many losses in my life – some to death, some to life, some to people themselves – That I used to think “failure is death“. I used to be absolutely terrified of failing to the point I wouldn’t even try. But lately I realized it’s not like that. Failure is something that gives us the opportunity to make things again and try to make them not only right this time but also better. If we never fail nor ever get to know how devastating is to lose what we love, how would we be able to learn value the moments we spare with them and value life itself?

All those things were pounding in my head while I was reading Orange. Sometimes I really wish I could turn back time and turn all the wrongs right, but maybe I don’t really have to.

Today I have many great friends, the greatest I could ever ask for. I value the family members I still have as the most precious thing in the world and I have Felipe, who’s filled any gaps my soul could possibly still have. And I’m very thankful and feel blessed for having every single one of them in my life. And well, who knows what else future can also bring?

Now back to Orange, a live action movie is coming to Japan Theaters on December 12 and a long trailer was recently released by Warner Music, featuring the song “Mirai” by Kubokuro:

As far as I could see on this video, I’d say the movie is gonna be very faithful to the manga series. Let’s hope it’ll get to the Western countries as soon as possible.

And anyway, I truly recommend Orange, but have some tissues nearby. Best wishes to you all!


And to all the beloved ones I’ve lost: I’m sure you are doing great, thanks for had been a memorable part of my life! We’ll surely meet someday again and have a wonderful time together. ❤

 

Kakigoria Shu

Japanese shaved ice (also known as Kakigori or “Raladinha japonesa” in Brazil) is a very popular dessert made of ice and syrup (although toppings such as red beans, condensed sweetened milk and ice cream can be added). With around 80kcal per average size portion (without toppings) and a deliciously sweet taste, it’s very popular in Japan, specially during summer.

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Mr. Shiuchi Shioda at Kakigoria Shu’s entrance

In Manaus, a Kakigoria (the place where Kakigori is sold) was recently opened: The Kakigoria Shu (owned by Shiuchi Shioda, a Japanese man who’s lived in Manaus for the past 20 years). “Mr. Shu” brought both the shaved ice machine and the syrup straight from Japan and since Manaus is a reaaaaally hot place, it’s growing in popularity at the speed of light!

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My first Kakigori ever: Blue Hawaii flavored

The prices range from BRR$8-12 (around USD$2-4) which I found reasonable. I hadn’t taste Kakigori before and I must say that I’m completely addicted.

 They offer many different flavours, my friends and I have tried them all already and my currently favorites are Green Apple, Melon, Blue Hawaii and Matcha. But you can also choose from peach, orange, lime, green lemon, watermelon, cola, strawberry, grape, cherry and gooseberry. I suggested them to also provide Kiwii flavor, I hope they make it available eventually.

The standard Kakigori served there has condensed milk as topping, but if you are on dairy free diet you can choose to have syrup only.

Kakigoria Shu is open from 2 PM to 11 PM everyday and is located at “Av. Paraiba, Adrianopolis – Manaus, AM – Brazil” next to “Manauara Shopping Center”. More information at their Facebook page: Kakigoria Shu 


PS: I’d like to say thanks to my friend Mônica for letting me know about this place!

 

10 Japanese Doramas You Must Watch

I’m totally a Japanese Dorama freak! Not that I dislike Korean Doramas, it’s just that since I can’t speak a single word in Korean and I can speak a bit of Japanese I kinda feel better watching the Japanese ones.

I’m always watching some Dorama series (way more than anime or other TV shows) and I made a list of the ones I found more interesting on the past few monthes that you certainly won’t regret seeing. Here it goes:

1 – Switch Girl and Switch Girl 2: Probably one of the cutest doramas I’ve ever watched and very loyal to the manga version. It’s about a girl with ON and OFF modes that can be switched according to the situation. With the amazing Mariya Nishiuchi, who is one of my favourite japanese actresses and co-starring Renn Kiriyama as her romantic partner Arata.

Mariya Nishiuchi as Tamya Nika from Switch Girl

Mariya Nishiuchi as Tamiya Nika from Switch Girl

2 – Detarame Hero: Meaning something like “random Hero”. It’s Funny and yet touching story about the transformation of a slob guy into a real hero after being putted in charge of his 8-year-old nephew and the acquisition of some “strange pills” that provide super powers to those who eat them. Starring Ryuta Sato as the protagonist Kenta.

3 – No Dropping Out: The story of a 35-year-old woman with a mysterious past that returns to finish high school and ends up changing the life of many people, including herself. Starring Ryoko Yonekura as the 35-years-old Baba Ayako.

4 – Death Note: It starts really bad but gets really awesome. It’s not very loyal to the manga or the anime story but it keeps it interesting. The fans opinions about it are very controversal, some of them love it and some of them hate it. So it’s the kinda of thing you really must watch to draw your own conclusions. Starring Kubota Masataka as Raito Yagami (his “Kira face” is pretty awesome), Kento Yamazaki as L and Hinako Sano as Misa Amane. I also wrote 2 reviews about it here and here if you want to learn more.

Raito Yagami and Ryukuu from Death Note

Raito Yagami (Masataka) and Ryukuu from Death Note

5 – Yamada-kun and the seven witches: Also based on a manga/anime, somewhat loyal to the original story. With Yusuke Yamamoto as Yamada Ryu and also starring Mariya Nishiuchi as the first witch Urara Shiraishi. As expect from the doramas she works, with lots of funny moments.

6 – Rebound: It criticizes japanese over skinny standards through the very funny story of a young woman who struggles with her weight to keep her job at a fashion magazine. Things got messy when she falls in love with a Pâtisserie chef. Starring Aibu Saki as Oba Nobuko.

7 – Wild Mom (Abarenbou Mama): Very touching but also very fun Dorama. It’s about a young woman who suddenly becomes her husband’s son “new mommy”. Starring Aya Ueto as Ayu.

8 – Itazura na Kiss (Misschievous kiss) – Love in Tokyo and Itazura na Kiss 2 – Love in Okinawa: It’s a very good adaptation of a manga series and probably one of the funniest dorama series I’ve watched lately.  It’s about a plain girl who falls in love with the most handsome and intelligent boy of her class (kind cliché, I know – but certainly worths watching). It’s nice to see how their relationship develops from nothing (or despise, maybe?) into real love. Starring Yuki Furukawa (I also adore him) as Irie Naoki and the cute Honoka Miki as Kotoko.

Honoka Miki as Kotoko from Itazura na Kiss

Honoka Miki as Kotoko from Itazura na Kiss

9 – Last Cinderella: About a middle age woman who lives a lonely life when suddenly a beard thread appears on her face. Her friends say it’s because she’s too manly. It kinda criticizes japanese patriarchal society as well. I really like one of its theme songs called “Last Love” by Rihwa.

Starring Ryoko Shinohara, co-starring Naohito Fujiki as Rintaro Tachibana and the ubberly cute Miura Haruma! ❤

Ryoko Shinohara as Toyama Tomoya from Last Cinderella

Ryoko Shinohara as Sakura Toyama from Last Cinderella

10 – Kokoro ga Pokitto ne: And at last but not least you definitely must watch Kokoro ga Pokitto ne. It’s a very emotional story about 4 very different people whose lives got completely entwined. With an amazing cast like:

Abe Sadao as Kojima Haruta (I didn’t know this actor before but he totally won my heart with this role)
Mizuhara Kiko as Hayama Miyako
Fujiki Naohito as Otake Shin (He also appears in Last Cinderella)
Yamaguchi Tomoko as Kamoda Shizuka
Tokunaga Eri as Itoyama Fumi
Yamashita Rio as Makino Eriko
Nagase Tasuku as Tomita Ryo
Ikezu Shoko as Shoji Kayoko

You should probably prepare your tissues, tears may come out :~


Most of these Doramas can be legally watched through Crunchyroll 😉