Natsume Yujin-Cho The Movie: Ephemeral Bond

Are you a big fan of “youkai (妖怪)” or spirits? If yes, I would like to introduce to you the new screening Japanese Anime movie, Natsume Yujin-Cho The Movie: Ephemeral Bond.

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劇場版 夏目友人帳 ~うつせみに結ぶ~

 

Release Date: 25 October 2018

Language: Japanese

Subtitle: Chinese / English / Malay

Genre: Animation / Anime

Running Time: 105 minutes ( 1 hour 45 minutes )

Director: Takahiro Omori 大森貴弘 , Hideki Ito 伊藤秀樹

Rating: P13

Distributor: GSC (Golden Screen Cinema) Movies

Official Website: https://natsume-movie.com/?from=lower

Cast:

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Character Information

Natsume

Takashi Natsume  夏目貴志
[ voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya 神谷浩史 ]

Takashi Natsume, the main protagonist has the same spiritual power as his late-grandmother, Reiko which enables him to see “youkai”. He had been transferred here and there between his relatives since his parents passed away during his childhood time. After he inherited the “Book of Friends” from Reiko, he started his journey on returning the “youkai” names to their original owner.

Power and Abilities

  • Returning Names − As Natsume has the same spiritual power as Reiko, therefore he is able to return the names written in the “Book of Friends”, thus freeing the youkai where originally bounded with his grandmother. The process requires him to first picture the youkai in his mind where the book will reacts and flipped to the page with its name written. He then need to rip out the page and place it in his mouth as the ritual requires either the blood or the saliva of the owner. Finally, he will claps his hand and exhales. The whole rituals will drains him a lot of energy which causes him to be very exhausted afterwards.
  • Dream / Memory Reader − Natsume is able to see their memories when he releases a youkai’s name. Besides, if a youkai is emotionally unstable in the same space as sleeping Natsume, its dream may flow into him. While most of the youkai will allow Natsume to see their memories so that he can understand their situation better.
  • Spiritual Power / Fighting Ability − As mentioned, Natsume which is directly related to Reiko, has a strong spiritual power which allows him to see and communicate with youkai that are normally intangible and invisible to other humans. Asides that, Natsume’s strong spiritual power are significantly seen when he punches Nyanko-sensei or other youkai which makes them unconscious.

Nyanko

Nyanko-sensei • Madara ニャンコ先生 • 斑
[ voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue 井上和彦 ]

Nyanko-sensei, aka Madara is one of the main protagonist of the series. Before he met Natsume, he was sealed in a form of “Maneki Neko” (figure of a cat with one paw raised) which makes him commonly to have this form despite of his original form of “Madara”, a powerful beast youkai. He makes a promise with Natsume that when Natsume pass away, he will take the “Book of Friends” with the exchange of him being Natsume’s bodyguard and a pet cat to live together with Natsume.

Power and Abilities

  • Blinding Light − Nyanko-sensei is able to shine a bright light from his forehead (most common seen in his cat form) that will destroys and scares away most of the youkai that might harm Natsume.
  • Flight − Nyanko-sensei has the ability to fly in his original form as not all the youkai are able to fly.
  • Shape shifting − Nyanko-sensei has the ability to transform / shift between his cat form and original form ( wolf- like form ). Besides that, he is also able to take human forms, but only as Natsume or Reiko because they are the only two human that he observed carefully.

Source: Natsume Yuujinchou Wikia


Synopsis / Summary

Takashi Natsume, who is able to see “youkai”, where others unable to see, since childhood. He inherited a special notebook, titled ” Book of Friends” from his deceased grandmother, Natsume Reiko; who collected youkai’s name and bound with them by defeating them. As the “Book of Friends” contains countless of youkai’s names, therefore, Takashi Natsume who inherited it is on his journey on returning the names to their original owners with the help of self-proclaimed bodyguard, Nyanko-sensei.

During Natsume’s busy day spending with people and youkai, he had met his ex-classmate, Yuuki and remembers his bitter memories. At such time, Natsume encountered Yorie Tsumura, who appeared in a youkai’s memory when he is returning its name. The women who knew about Reiko had lived peacefully with her only son, Mukuo. However, there is a mystery youkai that apparently also staying inside the town where they lived. After returning from investigation of the “Youkai no Tane” − youkai seed that stuck on Nyanki-sensei which caused the seed to grow into a huge tree that bare fruits in Fujiwara’s family garden overnight. Nyanko-sensei found out that the fruits somehow resemble himself and ate it which caused him to split into 3 small Nyanko-sensei −−?!

Source: https://natsume-movie.com/intro/ 

Trailer:

Official Aniplex YouTube

Official GSC YouTube


 

While waiting for seating in the cinema hall, I saw the trailer was being shown on the LED screen at GSC Midvalley.

Most memorable part….

The most memorable part that I found throughout the movie is when the mystery youkai requested Natsume to return back his name in order to save Nyanko-sensei which had split into 3 small Nyanko-sensei. Asides from that, another youkai (Shiki) which previously owned by someone but death, was ordered to chase over the mystery youkai at the same time.

Despite of continue to stay or leave to another town at time by time, he then decided to disappear. As when he leaves to somewhere else, no matter how close the relationship he previously had with the people at there, they will eventually forget his existence and memory about him. Natsume, who thinks that it is cruel for him as all the 8 years that he spent with them, will just vanish due to his disappearance. All the kind and sad lies told to them, is the scene that leaves a great impact to me.


Conclusion

Throughout the movie, I felt that the ending was a bit too fast and I think that they should explain more details on why the youkai (Shiki) is chasing over the mystery youkai and etc.

Even though I think that the current ending is good enough, however, if they could explain more precisely would be great as well.


Recommendation

I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone as firstly this anime itself had a long series of 30 minutes animation ( 6 season and 5 OVA ). This animation had made it first debut on July, 2008; and this animation is widely known by others due to its popularity.

After watching the movie and the animation, it had taught me on how the relationships between each other are precious, how one would rather to sacrifice itself just to hope someone to smile, the feelings of trying to protect and comfort those that cares and a lots of more emotions that touches one’s feelings.

Additionally, the music used by the movie itself is excellent as it really makes you feel like you are in the same scene as them, especially when watching in the cinema. The theme song for this movie is “Remember”, sang by Uru. I personally thinks that the lyrics of the song are perfectly fit for the story of the movie and it do brings out the sad, emotional feelings that the scene wanted to portray.


Rating:

★★★★☆

Source: Rating for Natsume Yujin-Cho The Movie

Thank you for Reading!

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Game Review: Angels of Death 殺戮の天使

Reviews

Hello there! It’s been some time since we met on the last post. Today, i would like to review this game, Angels of Death 殺戮の天使 to everyone out there!

This is an offline game so you can play it even when there is no internet connection. I get to know this game as I’ve saw some YouTuber had played this game and it actually got my attention to play it!

The game is categorized as Horror, RPG and Adventure. All you need to do is to solve things out and get out of the building!

The overall storyline is very interesting and also there are some unexpected things had turned out which makes it even more exciting! Well, the unexpected things is….. −WAIT! NO SPOILERS ALLOWED!!!

Oh, the sound effect and opening theme are just perfect for the game itself.

So, why don’t you try out the game and find it out yourself!

 

“Where to get the game?”

The below are some links for you to purchase/download the game.

PC: https://store.steampowered.com/app/537110/Angels_of_Death/ 

Mobile Apps: *only Japanese Language

iOS:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/%E6%AE%BA%E6%88%AE%E3%81%AE%E5%A4%A9%E4%BD%BF/id1278822051?l=ja&ls=1&mt=8 

Play Store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.dwango.satsuriku&hl=ja


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Story

A 13 year-old girl named Ray wakes up in the basement of a building with no memory of how she got there and unaware of the reasons behind her predicament. Wandering around the building aimlessly in search of a way out, she crosses paths with Zack − a psycho killer with his face bandaged − wielding a scythe.

“Please − kill me.”

“If you help me get outta here, then I’ll kill you.”

The bond between them deepens, driven by their demented promise. What kind of hell have they found themselves in? For what purpose are they imprisoned? What does fate have in store for them?

Facing imminent death, the two begin their escape from the sealed building!

From the creator 星屑KRNKRN(真田まこと) of the famous horror game, Forest of Drizzling Rain 霧雨が降る森 new work, Angels of Death 殺戮の天使 was released! 

(source from https://gamemaga.denfaminicogamer.jp/satsuriku/en/story.html )


Walkthrough

First, let me give you a hand with some game walkthrough/Hints….

 

This is the game title (picture on the left) and the game controls (Picture on the right). *PC Version

 

App System control
*For Mobile Apps Version*

Let’s Begin!

You will see this scene when you start the game……..

Scene 1

 Don’t be panic! You will just need to investigate all the details in order to solve the mystery!

Just in case if you are lost, you may refer to Hint 1 ↓

Hint 1: Look for this room and investigate the reflection on the mirror! 

Step get key

Great job! Now, after acquiring the key, you should proceed to the next steps…..

 

Oops! You might be facing some trouble here but fear not! Hint 2 is always for you….

Hint 2: Run to the room on your bottom Right and once enter to the room, run towards the room on your left and HIDE in the locker where you get the bag of snacks for the bird!!

PS: Remember to use SHIFT to run as this will help you to escape faster!

 And now, you are safe!

Make sure you Save all your progress during the game!

You are good to go to another floor now….
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This floor will be a bit challenging as you will need to escape in the dark! So, Hint 3 is here to save your day!

Hint 3: Go straight, turn LEFT and take the 2nd path; RUSH to the end and take the LAST path and exit the maze. Then RUN towards the Switch to turn on the lights! 

PS: I cropped out the picture once I finished this stage. Sorry to creep you all out for the 2 same character in the picture 🙂

Eddie Maze Complete

 

I hope you will find all these pictures useful when you’re stuck!


 

That’s all for today! The above are the Hints that I would like to share with you!
I will leave the rest to you to explore out! Have Fun!

Hope you enjoy the game!

Feel free to comment if you have any games that you would want me to try out!

Food Hunting Journey: Pavilion Kuala Lumpur & Lot 10

“Why Pavilion & Lot 10?”

To be honest, I choose Pavilion and Lot 10 as my first destination of food hunting without any further thinking. When I think of food, I think of city; hence, Pavilion and Lot 10 are my first choice. I’ve always wanted to try out thee food in Bukit Bintang area as it has variety types of food from different countries. In addition, the night view of Bukit Bintang is interesting! You can see LED Billboard shining in the dark, cars on the road, people crossing the road and many more!! Without wasting anymore time, Let’s start our Food Hunting Journey at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur!

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf


How to get to Bukit Bintang?

There are a few ways to get to Bukit Bintang from Seremban using either public transport or driving.

  1.  KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) Seremban → KTM KL Sentral → *MRT KL Sentral → MRL Bukit Bintang [ 1 hour 30 minutes, total fares: RM 11.20 ]
    *interchange from KTM KL Sentral to MONORAIL KL Sentral at 2F of NU Sentral direct exit to MRL Station
  2. KTM Seremban → KTM Kajang → *MRT Kajang → MRT Bukit Bintang
    [ 55 minutes, total fares: RM 11.00 ]
    *interchange from KTM Kajang to MRT Kajang
  3. Take a Grab Car from Seremban to Bukit Bintang [About 1 hour, fares: RM 86.54*]
    *Prices may be different depends on peak hour or toll fees

The picture and file below is the Transit Map in Malaysia.

Transit Map

The links provided below will help you to estimate the fares and time simply by selecting the station that you want.

↓ Click here ↓ to download Grab Car Application for private hire car service to travel around.

iOS : https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/grab-ride-hailing-app/id647268330?mt=8

Google Play : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grabtaxi.passenger


 On my way to Bukit Bintang…


Taking public transport has it pros and cons. We’ve chosen to take KTM as our one-way transportation to Bukit Bintang. We love to take public transport as we get to view different sceneries and how the train system works. Even though getting here will be time-consuming, but we would recommend it for those who are not having a pack travel schedule!

 

1st Stop: Brunch at 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken

Our first stop to have brunch is at 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken, located at NU Sentral. TO reach NU Sentral, you will have to take an escalator after exiting KTM KL Sentral.

The shop view of 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken

As 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken is a fast food restaurant, they perform self-service to the customers. We will have to order and pay at the counter before proceeding to have our meals.

There is a pickup counter where customers are required to collect their food when the table pager rings or vibrates.

Address: 
4 Fingers Crispy Chicken, NU Sentral, Jalan Tun Sambathan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

 

Besides, they also provide the customers a wash basin and dustbin to throw away the waste after the meal.

So, remember to clean up the table after your meal for next customer’s convenient!

 

 

 

 

The shop layout of 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken.

 

 

 

The food menu is shown as below:

We ordered a 12 Pcs Wings Combo which is the signature dish in 4 Fingers. We also get to choose the flavour of the wingettes and drummets such as Soy Garlic or Hot or Mixed.

Flavour choosing is not only for the crispy chicken, but also the FRIES! They have flavour such as Seaweed or Kimchi. So, fear not if you are indecisive on which flavour to choose for your meal.

 

 

 

12 Pcs Wings Combo (Mixed flavour) and 2 Fries (Seaweed and Kimchi flavour) with 2 own choice beverages.

Cost: RM 35.40

 

 

 

 

 

We would highly recommend you to try out this! For the flavour choices, we would recommend both Mixed for the wingettes and drummets while Seaweed flavour for the fries.


Reached Bukit Bintang!!!

Finally we are here at Bukit Bintang! A walking distance of 600m (roughly 3 minutes) from Monorail Station Bukit Bintang will bring us to our destination, which is Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

 

 

This is the entrance of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. You will see a outstanding water fountain decorated on special days such as Merdeka Day.

Address: 
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

 

 

 

2nd Stop: KAKIGŌRI

After a long travelling duration under the hot day, let us have some shaved ice for the day! Nothing is better than having icy cold snacks during the hot day. Do you agree with it?

 

 

The shop view of KAKIGŌRI with the order counter at the front and menu display on the left.

Kakigori - Shop Layout 2
The seats provided by KAKIGŌRI with a classic wood design.

 

 

 

Address:
KAKIGŌRI
Lot P4 17.00 Level 4, 168, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Menu for KAKIGŌRI

We had ordered a Watermelon with Rose Espuma & Red Fruits Kakigōri and each one slices of Matcha Roll Cake & Hojicha Roll Cake. We had visited this shop several times but we still love the shaved ice they served!

 

 

Finally they are here! Our Watermelon Kakigōri and Roll Cake slices! Yum Yum!

Cost:

Watermelon Kakigōri – RM 17.00
Matcha Roll Cake – RM 10.00
Hojicha Roll Cake – RM 10.00

 

 

 

 

The taste of the Watermelon shaved ice is superb. The sweet fragrance of rose espuma whipped  cream with strawberry and grapes sliced as toppings match perfectly!

Right after the toppings, here comes the watermelon shaved ice which tastes like how summer is, Refreshing and Chilling. We extremely suggest you to have yourself a Watermelon shaved ice under a hot day.

The roll cake too, is served excellently. The bitter taste of Uji Matcha with slightly sweet whipped cream makes the roll cake taste bitter and sweet at the same time! As for the Hojicha Roll Cake, we would say that the well roasted tea carries its own unique fragrance which would surprises your taste buds.


As for lunch, we had decided to walk out Pavilion Kuala Lumpur to Lot 10 shopping complex. Lot 10 is just a 350m walking distances (around 2 minutes) from Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, which is suitable for a walk before lunch.

3rd Stop: J’s Gate Dining –Torikin

 

 

Address:
J’s Gate Dining
P1, Level 4, Lot 10, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur

J’s Gate Dining is a place where we had always wanted to go there for a meal as their concept of providing customers authentic Japanese cuisine where customers get to have their meal in a comfortable real Japanese culture. We were astonished by the design of the whole space and we were really looking forward to dine in for our lunch!

 

There is a map layout for the entire floor for J’s Gate Dining which helps us a lot!

 

 

After wandering around to choose which restaurant to have our lunch, we had finally come to an agreement to choose Torikin as lunch place.

The entrance of Torikin restaurant in J’s Gate Dining.

 

 

Torikin - Shop Layout

 

 

 

Torikin - Shop Layout 4

 

 

 

 

Whoops! Look at this! The chef prepares the food in front of you so you will get to see your food is prepare before serving it to you. Interesting….

 

 

 

Food menu for Torikin ↓

 

Torikin serves variety types of food. In fact, Torikin is actually popular for its skewers! They also served set meals and dessert too!

They also have special menu such as the picture shown on the left. So, check out your calendar to make sure you don’t miss the deal!

During the time waiting for our food to be served, the waitress brought us a wet towel. The wet towel (in Japanese, おしぼり, oshibori) offered is use to clean one’s hand before eating. For your information, oshibori has long been used in Japan.

 

 

 

Oshibori offered by the waitress ⇒

 

 

After a long wait, our food is finally here!!! Looks so delicious just by the appearance. Wonder how it tastes like….

 

 

Torimabushi Bento
(Grilled chicken on rice served with chicken broth)

Cost: RM 32.00

 

 

 

Katsudon Bento
(Deep fried pork cutlets with eggs on rice)

Cost: RM 32.00

 

 

Well then, we shall excuse ourselves to dine in these perfectly served meal….

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Wait! It’s not over yet! We still have our dessert ahead, their signature Matcha Tiramisu!

 

 

 

 

Matcha Tiramisu

Cost: RM 17.00

 

 

 

 

 

It is topped with bitterly taste matcha powder and loaded with lots of cream cheese and matcha sponge cake!
You will definitely feel happiness once you have taste it.

We are never full of tasting matcha dessert as they wouldn’t make you feel tired of their taste! So, again we went to hunt for more matcha dessert after lunch. There is always room for dessert, right?


4th Stop: J’s Gate Dining –Tsujiri

Shop view of Tsujiri

We are here at Tsujiri! Another café found in J’s Gate Dining. Tsujiri is well known for its’ Uji Tea. The menu are shown as below.

We got an eye on the shaved ice selection again! Therefore, we’ve ordered their signature shaved ice, Tsujiri Shaved ice with O-Matcha soft serve on top.

 

Tsujiri Shaved Ice with O-Matcha soft serve ⇒

Cost: RM 17.85

The soft serve is very smooth and it match perfectly with mildly sweet red bean.

It also have a chestnut and Japanese sweets and dumplings called dango (in Japanese, 団子) which is made from rice flour. It gives a chewy taste and slightly sweet that improve the dessert with its unique texture.

 

After lunch, we decided to head back to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur again to continue our food hunting journey. Walking back to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur will help us to use up more energy so that we can replendish our energy again with more delicious food!

 


Before we end our food journey at Bukit Bintang area, we went to our last stop for a light tea time at Miru Dessert Café.

 

5th Stop: Miru Dessert Café

Miru Dessert Café simply catch our eyes with their cute mascot, a little friendly honey gnome, Miru.

They prepare seating area for the customers waiting to have a seat with Miru! So cute!!!

Address: 
Miru Dessert Café, Lot 6.35 Level 6 Pavilion Kuala Lumpur 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

The menu also shows beautiful illustrations of their products. Let us take a look at it…

We’ve ordered their signature Shibuya Honey Toast and a slice of Oreo Mille Crepes. They sure looks tasty! But not only the appearance! Their taste are guaranteed to be rate 100/100!

 

 

 

 

 

Hey look! Little Miru is with us too!

Shibuya Honey Toast
Cost: RM 18.90

Oreo Mille Crepes
Cost: RM 15.90

 

 

 

 

 


Oh no! We should head back before we missed the train! This shall end our Food Hunting Journey at Bukit Bintang area.

Thanks for accompany us along our Food Hunting Journey! Hope you see you guys again! Until next time…….

The crowd gathered at the water fountain to celebrate Merdaka Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ending our Food Hunting Journey with Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Night View is sure satisfying.