Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed – Awakening #4

acawakening04001This manga mini-series takes place during Assassin’s Creed Blag Flag timeline.  The Black Cross is on the hunt, while Charlotte might change sides!  Find out more with Awakening #4.

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Comic Book Preview: Sherlock – The Blind Banker #2

blindbanker0201Benedict Cumberbatch gets the manga treatment with the Blind Banker mini-series.

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Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed #3

assassinscreed0300The Assassin’s Creed video game franchise over the years have used the comic book format to tell many stories from this universe.  Now the Awakening series takes Assassin’s Creed towards manga-style art and storytelling.  The Brotherhood and Templar Order are once again locked into battle.

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Comic Book Preview: Sherlock #1

sherlockblindbanke00Sherlock done Japanese manga-style with Sherlock #1 – The Blind Banker.  A mysterious bank robbery took place and it’s up to Sherlock to find out what happen.

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Naruto Ramen Tees

naruto00Do you like watching the anime Naruto and eating ramen noodles?  This is a cool looking BAIT exclusive graphic tee picturing Naruto eating noodles.

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Interview with Jrock band Back-On!

back-oninterviewThis video was recorded at FanimeCon 2015, our Ramen and a Half host Eddie Ballar interviews the Jrock band Back-On!  The band talks about how they got together and their favorite anime to watch.

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Interview with Voice Actress Ai Nonaka

jonelleainonakainterviewWith the biggest NorCal anime convention happening this Memorial Day weekend, we had some unreleased FanimeCon 2015 footage that’s out now! From our Retrenders vault, our interview with voice actress/singer Ai Nonaka.  Recored at FainmeCon 2015.

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Yummy Food @ the Gundam Cafe

gundamcaferestaurantgundamsquareI’ve been to Tokyo several times, but have never traveled to Osaka.  Now I have a bucket list item to do, travel to Osaka for Gundam Square and eat some food at the Gundam Cafe.  I’m not the most hardcore Gundam fan in the world, but I do like many of the animations and bought lots of the snap-on model kits as a kid.  But what I really want to do is eat the “anime inspired” food!

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Supreme x Toshio Maeda = Fall/Winter 2015

toshiomaeda“Hentai” apparel anyone?  Well know street brand Supreme is teaming up erotic manga artist Toshio Maeda for a mini-capsule collection.  The capsule collection features a jacket, sweatshirt, long sleeve tee, a pillow and 2 graphic tees.  Look for the collection to drop in NYC and LA Supreme “physical” locations and online on February 27, 2015.

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Japan: Gundam Silverware

gundamsilverwarecoverIn Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture is famous for Kutani-ware, which is a traditional porcelain style of bowls, plates, cups and chopsticks.  To celebrate the 360th anniversary, the Kutani ceramic art style combines with futuristic Mobile Suit Gundam robots on sale for at Premium Bandai online and later at Gundam Cafes.

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The Creator of Attack on Titan: Hajime Isayama

attackontitanmangaThe Japanese manga series “Attack on Titan” has taken the world by storm and has made Japanese artist Hajime Isayama a star.  In this exclusive BBC interview, Hajime talks about the ups and downs of becoming a manga artist and his inspirations on creating Attack on Titan.

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Wizard World 2015 San Jose Coverage Playlist

wizardworldHey Retrenders fans!  If you missed Wizard World 2015 from San Jose a few weeks back and want to see all of our Ramen and a Half video coverage of the 3-day con, well, hit up our Wizard World SJ playlist on YouTube!

 

What do you ask a Pikachu at Fanimecon?

Sayori Chu - Fanimecon Pikachus - RetrendersOkay, not a Pikachu, a Raichu. Anyway, lets find out what Sayori Chu has to ask this Raichu?

SF Anime Festival & Cosplay 2015

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We’ve been a little behind editing many videos from various events we’ve attended this summer.  Here’s a quick recap of the SF Anime Festival & Cosplay in Japantown that took place on July 18, 2015.  The Ramen crew was there to see all the cosplay fun and meet-up with special cosplay guest Reika from Japan.

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A animated tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

tributehayaomizakipcitureOne of the legends of anime is Hayao Miyazaki and this fan-made anime-video tribute is pretty cool.  As you watch the video montage, many of Hayao Miyazaki’s characters appear in a roll call.  Sit back and enjoy.

FanimeCon 2015: Roaming the Vendor Floor

FanimeCon CoverRamen’s newest member Sayori Chu roams the vendor floor looking for cool stuff to buy.  We take a look at the Panda Hat and Tech Shop booths at Fanime.

FanimeCon 2015 Recap

FanimeCon CoverThis is not just a FanimeCon 2015 Recap episode, but the Ramen crew also introduces a new member to the team, Sayori Chu.  Stay tuned to our channel for more videos on FanimeCon 2015.

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FanimeCon 2015 is Here!

FanimeCon CoverFanimeCon 2015 is this weekend!  Stay tuned to our YouTube channel as the Ramen crew cover FanimeCon all weekend long.

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FanimeCon 2015 – May 22-25 @ San Jose, CA

fanimecon2015Hello fans!  If you’re wondering where the Retrenders team will be at this Memorial Day Weekend, it’s FanimeCon 2015!  We will be there Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday covering the anime convention with our Ramen & a Half show.  So come out to the biggest NorCal anime event!

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I Want Some Nissin Instant Ramen Noodles

ramennoodlesnissinadIf you’re an anime/manga fan or instant ramen noodle fan, you might find yourself enjoying this promo ad.  The commercial drops a lot of anime/manga references.  Now I’m hungry.

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In Japan: Sailor Moon Cafe

sailormooncafeIf you’re one of those Sailor Moon obsessed fans, then you may want to make a pilgrimage to this Sailor Moon Crystal themed cafe in Shinjuku, Japan.  Sailor Moon has teamed up with Namco’s Anion Station to create the restaurant for a limited time, well until May 6th, 2015.  The food and drink items are also Sailor Moon universe inspired.

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ULTRA ACT x S.H. FiguArts Ultraman

bandaiultramanOne bada$$ Ultraman coming this summer 2015.

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I Love “Cowboy Bebop!”

cowbobybebopIf you have not seen Cowboy Bebop anime series, you do not know what you are missing out on.  I can’t say enough about this anime, but as you know the Blu-ray drops today.

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Interview with Indie Jrock band Akai Sky

akaiskycoverThis is a Ramen episode flashback to this summer’s Japan Expo (JX) 2014 in San Mateo, CA.  The Ramen crew caught with indie Jrock band Akai Sky.

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Frankie’s Garage: AUTOart ReRelease – Initial D AE86

autoartar86truneocoverI’m looking forward to AUTOart’s re-release of the iconic Toyota Trueno AE86 from the popular anime/manga “Initial D” by Shuichi Shigeno.  If you’re a diecast car collector then you should also know the name AUTOart.  This incredible HK toy company makes super detailed diecast cars, and this 1:18 scale “Fujiwara Tofu Ten” AE86 looks amazing.
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