Care to share what’s on your Christmas wishlist? We’re about as busy as Santa’s workshop at the Keybie Cafe, with new designs we’re finally releasing (after a long blog hiatus)! Just click the numbered links below to see all the new keybies you can add to your collections!
When we went to Japan last April, we got to visit the cutest museum I’ve ever had the chance to step in: the Studio Ghibli museum in Mitaka, the home of Totoro and No Face! It’s packed with so many visual goodies that we just had to get souvenirs–but I digress.
There’s a magic to be experienced within these walls. Any artist who grew up with Miyazaki’s work can breathe inspiration from the exhibits, traditional tools, and hand-painted cells and backgrounds. Everything was a chaotic mess of creativity, from the paints and sketches and studies that littered the studio areas. My best bud Mishie of MishieWishieput it all in a wonderfully written post on her blog, complete with photos whenever they could be taken (since photos weren’t allowed inside the museum). As she eloquently put it:
The entire place is so calming and yet so filled with the possibility of adventure. It reminds me of the feeling I get when I visit my Ancestral Home. I am very familiar with the place, as I’ve been there so many times in my life, and yet I want to keep exploring–the house is so old that I feel like there is magic in it that makes the rooms reshuffle and everything is new again (maybe I’m weird that way)?
She also includes how to get to the Ghibli museum, as well as how to get museum and bus tickets. We might not have been able to get pictures of the interior, but there are plenty of pictures of the museum’s just-as-magical exterior!
For example–it’s yours truly, meeting the Robot Soldier from Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Credits for the taking and the concept of this Ghibli moment of a photo goes to Mishie! If you’re wondering about the souvenirs, she took lovely pictures of what goodies you can grab, too!.
Speaking of Studio Ghibli–
Which movie is your favorite? Mine is Spirited Away–and I’ve got the mug to prove it (along with my love for iced coffee)! Want your own? Grab a Spirited Away mug at our online shop–where we also have Studio Ghibli keybies up for grabs!
. Care to share what’s on your Christmas wishlist?
We’re about as busy as Santa’s workshop at the Keybie Cafe, with new designs we’re finally releasing (after a long blog hiatus)–just like the egghead hero, his (only) disciple, and his (not really) rival!!
There’s just something about cats. We’ve covered cat items, cat cafes, cat apps–well. Not cat apps.
I’ll say it again: I’m a dog lover, through and through, but while my heart goes out to wagging tails and wet kisses, the allure of soft, purring cats gets me once in a while. One excellent example is the cat app of utter cuteness that is Neko Atsume.
I may not watch as much anime as I once did (I went through my own weaboo phase, believe it), but I can name a few titles that don’t fail to make me feel like a high schooler again. Yu Yu Hakusho, Gensoumaden Saiyuki–these are a few of the titles I grew up with, and are so good that I can rewatch them now and feel nothing but happiness that I was able to watch them at all in a time where dial-up internet was the only thing available.
The age of anime CDs and DVDs. The struggle was real.
I’d happily rewatch those titles, and even reread their manga counterparts (which I’ve come to prefer doing, since manga offers a whole new dimension for story character portrayal), but you can only do so much with going through the same storylines more than thrice.
So imagine my utter glee when one of my most fondly remembered, absolute favorite anime titles is coming back–with a sequel!!
Fruits Basket another
Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket’s mangaka, will be launching the Fruits Basket another sequel manga on the free “HanaLaLa online” website this September 4.
It started with toys with feelings, then moved onto bugs with feelings, then monsters, fish, cars, rats, robots, dogs, and even scotland with feelings–and now, we have feelings with feelings.
Of course I’m talking about Inside Out.
Pixar’s always been able to bring out the feels while delivering good jokes and amazing animation. The stories their movies tell onscreen are entertaining for children and grown-ups alike, and if the buzz about Inside Out hasn’t already given us enough hints, Inside Out’s just as awesome as we all thought it would be since the preview was released.
I personally love Disgust, and my brother has a soft spot for Sadness, but there’s something to love about all the little voices helping us all get through life.
Unleash the inner you with Inside Out keybies!
Want a little Joy in your collection? Maybe a cute bit of Sadness? These Inside Outkeybies are ready for your collections in our online store!
How are you feeling?
We also have a mini-keybie set with all 5 of the little voices in your head all together!
Inside Out Shorts
That said, did you know that there are scenes from the movie that were apparently not included in the final cut?