Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cardcaptor Sakura x animate cafe

Yesterday I finally made it to the Cardcaptor Sakura x animate cafe pop-up cafe!
Sakura + 知世

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Anime Cosme Cardcaptor Sakura Blush and Balm

Most recognizable costume and magic staff

Magical girls are a staple in anime and manga, and in recent years mahou shoujo has leaked into real life!  In addition to cosplay, there is now real, daily fashion, accessories, and cosmetics.  Sailor Moon is probably the #1 magical girl series, but I personally have always adored Cardcaptor Sakura!  CLAMP is my favorite manga creator group due to their art style and the fact they have some of the best costume designs in my opinion.

This year is also the 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura!  Since I didn't have paid TV channels growing up and wasn't allowed to watch much TV at all (books to the rescue!) I had only ever seen snippets of the anime.  Recently, I finally sat down and watched all the episodes in the span of about three days.  Because I'm an adult.  I can do what I want.  

I did watch the series in Japanese with a Chinese subtitles, so if I use some wrong terms when describing some things, that may be why :P

Riding on the high of Cardcaptor Sakura marathon, the very same day I finished watching the last episode, a pop-up cafe of the same theme opened!  I do plan to go if I have friends who want to go with.  Actually, I'd probably go alone just because I want the Clow Card beverage and also to buy some of the goods they are selling.  This is getting off topic.

Anyway, back to the topic of real-life magical girls!  Anime Cosme!!  

Lots of Sailor Moon
I already knew Bandai had created a Cardcaptor Sakura set of blush and lip balm, but never found it for sale in person.  However, I was searching online and found that it could be ordered through Watson's site (similar to Walgreens in the USA) despite having never been in any of the displays!

So of course I ordered one.  It arrived the day after payment and I made a small film to show it!  I've realized that filming is immensely difficult, stock image photography is immensely difficult, and lighting is both difficult and confusing!!  So please excuse the shoddy editing and footage ^_~

EDIT 2016.07.26: Remix music version for copyright block

Though some fans purchase these types of goods for the sole purpose of collecting them, I do intend to use them.  In fact, I've already used the lip balm~  Cosmetics do expire and the main attraction point is the packaging anyway.