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Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe; Toronto’s First Maid Cafe!

Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe…

Tucked away in the heart of the Toronto is a huge Otaku secret. In their efforts to expand and introduce Toronto to Japanese food culture, the famous Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake cafe has opened up a maid cafe.

Maid cafes are a prominent and reoccuring theme in Japanese anime and otaku culture, and can famously be found in areas of Tokyo such as Akihabara. Maid cafes combine elements of anime, and cosplay culture – it is often a small, brightly lit, and pastel coloured cafe. Customers are greeted with a hearty “Irasshaimase!” or welcome! Girls in maid uniforms (think more cute and reserved than kinky/sexy) serve desserts such as cakes, parfaits, and teas to visitors, as well as perform dances at set times.

Mle and I decided to visit Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe! Here’s what we discovered…

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SAILOR JUPITER FIGURINE GIVEAWAY!

Hello lovelies!

I haven’t hosted a giveaway in a while. I’ve recently hit a few milestones – 62k on youtube, 14k on Instagram, and I’m almost at 13k on twitter… Many people know me for my Sailor Jupiter cosplay, so this seems appropriate haha. I actually own this figurine and have an extra! So I decided to give away a Sailor Jupiter figurine to one lucky winner!

Let’s take a look at it, shall we?

This is seriously one of the prettiest figures ever. Sailor Jupiter was/is my favourite sailor scout growing up – she was kind, strong, pretty, and super tall! I always felt like I could relate most to her. We’re both amazon ladies. We both like cooking, and sports. I was a bit of a tomboy growing up, so I could identify with her. I always wore my hair in a high ponytail, ~jupiter~ style. My nostalgia rekindled with the Sailor Moon Crystal reboot. I modified the bodysuit from my Sailor Mars cosplay into Jupiter for Katsucon!

UGHHHH SHES SO PRETTYYYY!!! It’s a gorgeous figurine featuring Jupe’s signature crazy long legs, flowy ponytail, and transformation pose. Jupiter is everything that I want to be in life!! I’LL NEVER STOP LOVING HER. I’ll probably still be cosplaying her at the age of 80. That’ll be a sight!

SO…..how can you get your hands on this gem?

Just fill out the rafflecopter widget below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends on July 31st, so you have a little over two weeks! It is an international giveaway! The photos above feature my own figurine, the actual giveaway figurine is in the sealed box. There are lots of ways to get entries! I will post the winner on the 31st, and send them an email. If you want, I’ll even sign the figure! Haha!

Best of luck, fellow moonies!

Recent Shoujo Manga~

Recently I’ve been reading a lot of shoujo manga on my iPhone. I’ve been using the app Manga Rock to read the scans! It’s super convenient to store volumes and chapters on my iPhone so I can read them anywhere! You don’t even need internet – if you buy the full version (which I believe is like $3.99) you can download chapters/volumes to read them any time.

They just came out with a new, Manga Rock 2,  updated app though. It won’t run properly on my iPhone 3GS though, it lags like crazy so I have to stick to the old version.

Anyway, here are some of the series that I’m currently loving! Series descriptions are from MangaFox.
All of these series are shoujo manga, meaning they are series that are marketed towards teenage girls. They typically have a strong focus on romance and relationships. I typically like this category more than josei manga, which is directed towards young/older women. (Don’t get me wrong, I still like josei series, but I tend to like shoujo more haha. I love the fluff~)

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Hajimemashite KamisamaSuzuki Julietta

Momozono Nanami’s dad, a man with a penchant for gambling, disappeared after accumulating a huge amount of debt. Thus, she was chased out of her house by the debt collectors. When she met a timid man being chased by a dog, he told her that he’d give her his house. She believed his persuasive talk, but when she went to his house… it turned out to be a shrine. Moreover, a guy with fox ears appeared, which made Nanami even more confused. What will become of homeless and confused Nanami?

Sachie’s opinion: OH MY GOD THIS SERIES, I CAN’T EVEN. This is SUCH a great series. Definitely one of my favourites so far! I started this series a few days ago and I’m all caught up (66 chapters released as of today.) I’m hooked! I’ve caught myself fangirling and squealing multiple times. The storyline is super entertaining, characters are captivating and the romance is great. The art is beautiful, and the author’s style really reminds me of Special A.  I really adore this series, and I definitely recommend this to anyone whose looking for a good shoujo to read! 5/5!

L-DK — Watanabe Ayu

Shuusei Kugayama is the “prince” of his high school, but he always turns down confessions–including one from Aoi Nishimori’s best friend. Although she initially hates him for this, when Shuusei moves in next door to Aoi, who lives alone, she starts thinking that he might not be such a bad guy after all…

Sachie’s opinion: This seems like the typical girl living alone, hot guy moves next door and they fall in love shoujo manga. However, it has its own unique twists and turns in the storyline. Characters aren’t developed as well as they could be and plot is weak at times, but it’s a cute series. It has some very sweet and some very intense moments that get the heart beating fast! I really enjoyed the intense moments haha, they kept me hooked. Despite the heroine’s weak points, I’m still looking forward to the future chapters. I recommend it for those who are bored and want something cute to read, haha. 3.5/5

Switch Girl!! — Aida Natsumi

TAMIYA Nika is a beautiful, outgoing, popular high school girl. She has just the right look, just the right fashions, and is everyone’s friend. What everyone at school does not know is how hard Nika works to keep up this perfect image, and what she is REALLY like at home. When not at school, Nika is a scary, sloppy, tight-fisted girl who wears glasses, an ugly sweatsuit, and has her hair pulled back into unattractive buns. She lays around playing video games and reading manga. Her attitude is bossy and cranky, and she travels far out of her way to shop where she won’t be recognized.

Every day, Nika “Switches On” with a strict regimen of beautification that involves primping and plucking and careful dressing. The only person who knows about Nika’s Switched On/Off modes is her best friend, who is also aware of the reasons behind the changes.

However, soon a second person finds about about Nika’s personalities – someone who has his own On/Off switch, but in reverse! His name is KAMIYAMA Arata, and he is a recent transfer student. He meets Nika when she is in OFF Mode, and then again at school when she is ON. However Nika can see that he has his little secret. At school, Arata wears thick swirly-eyed glasses and messy hair that make some bullies think he is an otaku. However, at home, he ditches the glasses and is downright gorgeous! He is just the opposite of Nika, but why?

Sachie’s opinion: I originally discovered this series after a friend uploaded a picture of herself to facebook similar to the one posted above. I’m sure alot of girls can relate to being switch girls – looking completely different with and without makeup. (I know I can relate! Hehe~ I’m definitely a switch girl!) Characters are memorable, and the storyline is quite funny. I’ve caught myself laughing out loud a few times! The art style is quite comedic. There are some really great romantic moments in this series! 4.5/5!

There is actually a drama by the same name! I’ve watched a few episodes and I’m really enjoying it. Watch it here!

Those are three of my favourite series as of the moment. I’ll try to do more recommendations for manga in the future if you like! I’ve actually discovered many series through YourGimmick, a manga review blog run by a friend! She’s read hundreds, probably thousands of manga (mostly shoujo and josei I think), and posts reviews on them here. Super helpful website for shoujo manga fans!

Also, I should be posting more cosplay progress + a new video soon! 😀

PHOTO DIARY – November

I think I’ll make this a regular feature – monthly photo diaries! I’m going to warn you now that  they’ll be kind of boring since school is sapping the energy out of me like a spy sapping a dispenser [/lameTF2reference]


This month was probably the most stressful of them all.  My after-midterm projects and end of semester projects were due this month, as classes finish at the end of December! (; ̄Д ̄)

One of the most interesting lectures I’ve had so far haha! Guest lecturer came in and told us about cybersex and avatar sex culture in social MMOs like IMVU and Second Life. As for the picture on the right, apparently according to some statistic people who do cybersex generally get the same about of sex in real life? Food for thought. (」゜ロ゜)」

Went and partied with some friends! It was really fun since I hadn’t been out for a while. 
WIRED SACHIE! ヾ(*д*)ノ゛


My university’s Japanese Connection club held a ‘Japanese Game Show’ event! It was really fun – basically there were different teams and they had to complete wacky challenges to see who got the most points! There was a V taped on the ground (might be hard to see) but you had to keep your feet outside of the wider parts of the V so you were almost doing the splits, and then try to blow ping pong balls off water bottles!

I didn’t participate in the game show because I ended up leaving half way through to finish my history essay  But it looked like lots of fun! ヘ(^o^ヘ)

This was from a while ago – took a pic in my Mio/BGS wig! I love this hairstyle so much, why can’t my real hair be this nice? ヽ(*´Д`*)ノ Used the iphone app moreBeaute2 (which I believe is free). It makes photos so much nicer! ヾ(*´∇`)ノ


As I said in the previous post, LIGHTS came and did a little concert at my university! I LOVE HERRRR /cannot stress this enough. After, Sonia and I went back to my res where we stayed up until 4 stalking Nightbox (the band that opened her set) and watching Sherlock Holmes. 

Started watching Gunbuster 2 (Diebuster), on the left, and continued watching some Hidamari Sketch! (right)
Some plans are forming for a Diebuster cosplay group involving me, Jeanie, and Sami! Not sure when though…

Also caught up with Bara de Hadashi wo Fume. (Left). It’s so cute! I love Rinko Ueda’s art style! It’s a bit weak on plot, but the cuteness and art makes up for it for me! Also started B.O.D.Y., which is pretty cute. I needed a new shoujo manga to read while waiting for class to start hehe, since I read it on the iphone app ‘Manga Rock’.

I recommend both of these if you’re into shoujo manga, but expect a lot of cheesiness.  ー( ´ ▽ ` )ノ


Super boring entry right? Don’t worry, I’ll have lots of interesting things to blog about next month! Exams, DTAC, shopping, Christmas etc! (◕‿◕✿) “A poor student’s guide to Christmas shopping”, lol orz. 


Apparently it’s snowing in Toronto? It hasn’t reached me here yet… Snow go away! (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ
Time for me to go to bed! Good night~