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Ramen Review: Yamadai New Touch Nostalgic Vegetable Tanmen Ramen

So I learnt my lesson from the last one, and opted for a non-spicy flavour. I honestly just picked it up because it was cheap and didn’t look like it was trying to replicate the breath of a dragon. Oh, and also because I like tanmen (or, at least I liked it the one time I tried it nearly two years ago).

I literally know nothing else because this time, they haven’t cared to even put any English instructions other than a couple of diagrams, so who knows? Maybe I prepared it comepletely wrong.


You know you’re in trouble when the ther instructions have no numbers whatsoever.

Upon opening the pot, the seasoning hit me with a kind of nutty smell, like there was a bit of peanut butter in it, or something (again, no idea, since I can’t read the ingredients). The sweetcorn was…suspect but I gave it the benefit of the doubt as I poured hot water into the pot and covered it for about 3 minutes.

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So, how’d it taste?

20180308_171623Honestly…I don’t really know how to explain. It was kind of salty and kind of trying to be a little bit spicy, but doesn’t even compare to plain at Nando’s.  It did have a flavour though, just not a very strong one.

Despite that, it was pretty good. I’d say that the people at Yamadai did a pretty good job. The extremely mild taste is actually quite refreshing, especially in the heatwave we’ve been experiencing recently in England.

Would I buy it again? Probably yeah, if I can find it. I actually haven’t seen it in the shops near me since I bought it, actually quite a while ago, now.

In a nutshell: Not much flavour, but still refreshing.

I don’t know if this will be the last post for another month, but I do actually have quite a few things I want to talk about on here at the moment. I guess it will depend on how much work I have to do…


Ramen Review: Nongshim Shin Gourmet Spicy

I know I’ve given you radio silence for the last four months(?) but today’s post won’t be where I’ve explain myself. If you want to know where I’ve been, you’re going to have to hand on a little bit longer (I’ve been away so long, what’s another day?)

Today, I’ll be reviewing one of the many instant ramens I’ve recently managed to acquire from the world foods isle of this enormous supermarket that happens to be pretty much opposite my nearest Ikea.

Anyway, on today’s menu is Nongshim’s Shin Noodle Soup Gourmet SPICY (or at least, that’s the name I can gleam from the packaging). As far as I know, this particular variety comes in both pot and brick(?) form. I’m assuming they’re the same, but for reference, I had the pot version because it was cheaper.

So, right of the bat, I was pretty hesitant to touch it, since I’m not the world’s biggest fan of spicy food (anything about a medium at Nando’s will have me buying an entire platter for myself if I have to) and the labelling makes it very clear that this ramen is ‘Gourmet SPICY’ (whatever, that means).

Once I found some food prep gloves, I proceeded to follow the sparce instructions: Empty included sachet on top of noodles, fill with water up to inside mark, microwave for 5 1/2 minutes.

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I’ll admit that the colour and smell of the soup was looking pretty scary, so I poured myself a pint of milk, since it looked like I’d be needing it.

Cautiously, with myhands shaking, I took a small mouthful of the bright red concoction. To my surprise it wasn’t really that…wait a minute…hot, HOT! The noodles were accompanied by half my glass of milk.

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The only measure of hotness where I live.

It’s not the kind of hot that suddenly hits you in the face after lying dormant for a few seconds, but the rarer kind that slowly crawls all over your tongue and the only way to quench it is to down all 568 mililitres of your pint of milk every three mouthfuls or just keep on eating like an insane masochist who doesn’t mind if their tongue falls off.

That being said, I wouldn’t rank it higher than ‘hot’ on the Nando’s Peri-ometer. Nothing a lot of mayonaise can’t handle. As for taste other that spicyness, I’m going to be totally honest and say it was somewhat lacking. I’ll eat the other one remaining in my cupboard, but I won’t go out of my way to find it again any time soon.

In a nutshell: Spicy but not much else.

So, what do you think? Something simple to get me back into writing more frequently. A post explaining my long absense is to come (hopefully sooner than it took this post to reach you), but for now, I guess I’ll be taking requests for instant ramen and this season’s anime (as in winter 2018) that I should totally watch before next season.

Review: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

An anime about magical books set in early 20th century England? Sign me up!

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian ( or Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian as everyone seems to write it as) is about Huey, a young English lord who inherits guardianship over a vast archive and a girl called Dalian. Long story short, the archive is actually full of magic books containing forbidden knowledge, Dalian basically is the archive and, as guardian, Huey (assisted by Dalian) has to seal magic books away to stop them from falling into the wrong hands.

The story consists of episodic mysteries laced with the odd fight scene, just to remind you that that shooting a dragon with a gun will never be quite as effective in killing it as reading it a really old book.

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Even though it’s by Gainax, the animation didn’t particularly stand out to me and I can’t remember a single bit of the soundtrack for the life of me, other than that I didn’t really like the opening or ending. *shrugs* It’s not like any of that took away from the viewing experience so it doesn’t really matter.

The characters themselves are entertaining enough to keep me interested in the mysteries throughout the series, even if Huey isn’t anyone in particular to write home about and Dalian is more or less your cookie-cutter tsundere loli. There are other recurring characters that are equally entertaining, if not more so in the case of Armand’s love life.

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If you like golems, homunculi and automatons with emotions, the mysteries will not disappoint. Unlike certain mystery shows *cough cough* I found myself able to piece clues together and find out the truth myself, but I never figured it all out way before the protagonists. The signs of a well written mystery fiction, right there.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the production team were quite of how to make an ending that would encourage people to check out the light novels. I’ll give them credit for not just leaving it mid-arc, like Pandora Hearts, but it’s still one of the most lacklustre original endings I’ve seen in a long time. From episode 11, I just became very confused and only mildly interested in finding out how everything ties together. I think there were about 5 characters that were just shown and not even properly introduced. Where the hell did they come from!?

In a nutshell: magic books & mystery in 1920s England


The Mystic Archives of Dantalian should  be available to watch on Funimation (and I think Crunchyroll) but that doesn’t include to anyone living in the UK and probably other regions (for some reason) and so you might have to rely on good old DVDs…

Sorry about that. I kind of forgot that I hadn’t actually scheduled this post for last night. Anyway, it’s here now.

Because of NaNoWriMo, I won’t be posting anything next week and there probably only be one more post this month at most. I keep you updated on Twitter.

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The Least Popular Shows on Crunchyroll: Milpom

To investigate various unpopular anime, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting and you can see my previous post about Naria Girls.

MILPOM★Milpom is a six episode ONA by Bandai Namco that was originally released in 2015 but only made it onto Crunchyroll about a month ago. I was mainly drawn to the key visual’s unusual art style.

The first thing to address is that the show is stop-motion, rather than hand-drawn (at least, for the most part). Yes, that still means it’s anime, angry reviewers that only gave it 1 star. The animation is choppy and the camera-work isn’t the best but I quite like the cartoonish overlays and bright colours they go for with the dolls, given that they would otherwise probably be terrifying.

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The actual ‘story’ follows a girl called Milpom and her friends Silky, Cacao and Happy as they mess around Harajuku (or somewhere in Tokyo). Since each episode is only five minutes long, it usually amounts to them simply talking about a particular topic, while supposedly doings something else.

Surprisingly, it’s much more entertaining than it sounds, but that might just because, as someone who used to attend an all-girls school, I can relate to the accuracy of the discussions and the characters’ behaviours, both of which would otherwise seem far-fetched to a normal person.

The masks were weird but the explanation they give for them makes the show seem much deeper, just because they bring up the concept that everyone puts on a persona in public and whatever else it was they said.

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In a nutshell: totally accurate representation of teenage girls

If you’re interested in spending half an hour watching kind-of-pretty-but-a-tiny-bit-creepy visuals and ultimately pointless girl-talk, Milpom can be found near the bottom Crunchyroll’s shows list.

Haha! I posted on time this time! May this be the start of consistent posting!

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Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

I’m sure you’re surprised that I’m not doing a new-season-first-impressions-whatever but I’m saving that for next week when I’ve actually seen everything I’m planning on at least trying this season.

Anyway, you people on Twitter already know of my annoyance last weekend when I was accused of being under 15 (for the first time in my life) but a couple days ago I finally got to see the sequel to my favourite spy movie.


I was mildly disappointed yet pleasantly surprised for a number of reasons…

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The Least Popular Shows on Crunchyroll: Naria Girls

To investigate unpopular anime, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting and you can see my post from last week here.

This week, we’ll be looking at Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls

Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls is a series of 12 8-minute-long episodes that (surprisingly) aired on Tokyo MX and Sun TV during Summer 2016 and was even licensed by Crunchyroll. It’s a story about three ordinary high school girls that become magical girls/idols to fight monsters serving the evil Ice Queen.

Where, oh where, do I start?

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The Least Popular Anime on Crunchyroll: Peace Eco Smile

We’re always hearing about the hottest new shows like Boruto and Classroom of the Elite and the (debatably) worst things ever created like the recent Death Note film, but we rarely stop to examine unpopular things. I’m not talking about shows that aren’t good enough to be entertaining or aren’t bad enough to be funny but shows that are genuinely just never spoken about for some reason or other. To investigate, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting.

PES: Peace Eco Smile is a series of 7 shorts by Studio 4°C in collaboration with Toyota about Pes, an alien who comes to Earth and falls in love with a girl called ‘Kurumi’ (which is suspiciously similar to ‘kuruma’, the word for car). While on Earth, he and some weird alien things that aren’t properly explained become extremely interested in the ‘automobiles’ on the planet, particularly Toyotas.

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