Joan Coello

Native to the sweltering lands of Singapore, Joan spent a substantial amount of her teenage years gnawing through translated versions of Japanese manga and dubbed anime. Picking up the language sparked off something in her to abandon years of education and experience in design to pursue a career in translation instead. After spending a couple of years localizing Japanese product packaging and mobile games for the English-speaking population, Joan gave in to her longing for the magical land of Japan and leapt into the arms of Tokyo (missing by a bit and landing in Kanagawa prefecture). In her free time, she continues to nibble on Japanese manga and anime, now savoring them in full authentic flavor.

All Stories by Joan Coello

Nissin’s new Bukkomi Meshi is the guilty pleasure of rice plus instant ramen broth

Nissin knows what’s in the hearts of carb-lovers way too well.

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Traditional Japanese rendition of Yuri!!! On Ice anime theme is the most elegant yet【Video】

If the anime series was called “Koto on Ice”, this cover would have just landed a spectacular quadruple axel.

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Do manga artists earn big bucks from film adaptations? Gintama author spills the beans

Watching a film adaptation multiple times might not be the best way to financially support your favourite manga artist.

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We visit the limited-time Kapibara-san x Hands Cafe at Omotesando!

We spent an afternoon basking in the understated cuteness of Kapibara-san!

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Black Butler Book of the Atlantic releases second trailer, additional cast info for anime movie

The first trailer was a complete tease, but there’s finally some action and voice in this new preview video!

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We check out the limited-time Sangatsu no Lion Cafe, eat stuff the characters ate!

Sangatsu no Lion (March Comes in like a Lion) has a limited-time cafe serving food right out of the manga!

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Innovative electronic drumming pants makes touching yourself a musical affair

“Ding ding ding-ding! Oh yeah!!” That’s what he said. Or rather, what his crotch said.

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Anime-inspired “Tawawa Challenge” brings on a wave of busty photos on Twitter

Thanks to the new anime series Getsuyoubi no Tawawa, Twitter is now populated with even more pictures of boobs!

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Upcoming Black Butler anime film’s teaser clip is such a tease【Video】

Apparently, there’s a simple trick you can use while watching this teaser video to make it just a little bit more exciting!

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We made actual curry with McDonald’s Singapore’s curry sauce because we had 200 packets of them

Most commonly enjoyed with McNuggets and fries, could this tasty sauce also be a handy condiment for cooking?

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Hot guys on ice! Original figure skating anime Yuri On Ice premieres this October!

Handsome 2-D young men twirling and jumping in body-tight sparkly suits? Of course we’re looking forward to it.

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Start your day with a wake up call from Re:Zero’s Emilia or Rem!

The recently released Re:Zero Alarm smartphone app fulfils your dreams of taking Emilia or Rem to bed.

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We make Russian food based only on the sound of its name, somehow everyone who ate it survived

If you’ve never had Pirozhki (or Piroshki), you might want to see this. On the other hand, if you know what Pirozhki looks or tastes like, you should definitely see this!

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All-Russian maid cafe opening in Japan, crowdfunding exceeds goal by over 800-percent

Here’s your chance to meet, and maybe even take language lessons from or tour Russia with, Russian cosplayer and maid cafe manager Nastyan!

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Kanna Hashimoto to star alongside Shun Oguri in Gintama live-action movie

If you haven’t heard, Gintama is getting a live-action movie adaptation in 2017!

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South Korean “Poktanju Ajumma” wows with her cocktail party tricks【Videos】

Poktanju, sometimes known as Soju Bomb in English, is a cocktail popular in South Korea, and this lady is the queen of making them pop.

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Transform your hairdo in the name of the moon with these Sailor Moon kanzashi!

Wargo Nippon’s new collection of Sailor Moon kanzashi are here just in time for yukata season!

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Personified drinks are are singing, dancing and “Making Love” as Cocktail Princes in Japan

If there’s any trend our posts in the past couple of years have shown, it’s that the Japanese can and will personify absolutely anything.

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Cosplay ideals vs. reality, part 5: Props gone wild edition【Photos】

Sometimes it’s not about the quality of your props, but how you use them.

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We made the biggest burger possible at McDonald’s Singapore’s “Create Your Taste” kiosk!

Because the “Create Your Taste” service isn’t available at McDonald’s Japan (yet).

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