Christmas Shopping over the Weekend? Here’s your solution!

Christmas is round the corner, so are you still having headaches on where to grabs some lovely Christmas Presents over the weekend? Our team at Neko No Gensou have spotted a couple of great places that may be your solutions to getting some neat presents for the festive season.

1. Pokémon Center Plushies

Definitely one of the most lovely things you can grab this year is Pokémon Plushies which are available at your doorstep! Alternatively, you could pop by Zepy Games, Comics Connection, Mega Multimedia, GameScore, and GameMartz to grab them as well.

Not only has the Singapore stores stocked up a whole load of new merchandises, they’re also prepared some lovely limited edition merchandise for the festive season!

Not Christmas related, but this is irresistibly adorable.

Alternatively, you could always bring your friends and family into the world of Pokémon by getting them a limited edition 3DS! Don’t forget to include a copy of Pokémon ORAS. If you get them to start their adventure in ORAS, they are still eligible for most of the special gifts available in the game!

Don’t forget, if you spend above $40 on Rakuten Singapore, you get it shipped right to your doorstep for FREE!

2. Hobby Art Gallery & Hobby Art @ Work

Addresses:

  • Hobby Art Gallery – 91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza #01-44 Singapore 189652
  • Hobby Art @ Work12 Arumugam Rd, Lion Building B #06-04 Singapore 409958

Familiar to many model kit collectors and builders, the Hobby Art Gallery and Hobby Art @ Work outlets have their Christmas promotions as well!

Hobby Art Gallery
Hobby Art @ Work

With a wide range of Model Kits, this makes it ideal locations to grab Christmas gifts for Mecha and Model Kit Lovers.

Shelves Packed with Model Kits at Hobby Art Gallery

 

Wide Selection Available at Hobby Art @ Work

Model kits for the One Piece Boats are up for grabs as well. So you can surprise One Piece Lovers with an awesome present, or two. Or three.

Image from Gundam Planet

If you’re also looking to do some modifications or upgrades to your Model Kits, you’ve a wide range of tools and Kotobukiya add-on parts for selection as well.

Here’s the great news: All the way until 4th January, there’s a 30% off for all Bandai Plastic model kits, 10% off for all paints, tools and accessories (except those with yellow tags. Take note that the discount is only not applicable to Expo limited/exclusives, Premium Bandai (P-Bandai) products and Pre-order items).

On top of that, members will enjoy an additional 5% off.

HGUC Kits are available as well.

Aside from the offer stated above, there’s other great deals waiting for you! One great example is the Nightingale, Up for grabs at only $89.90!

On the Little Battler eXperience (LBX; Danbooru Senki) side of things, the Hyper Function LBX The Emperor is released! This is the also the first series of LBX Model Kits that comes with a separate core skeleton! If you are looking for great deals, the Ikaros Zero & RS model kit (the one with the radio-controlled stand) is only $10!

They also have a New Year Campaign for 2015 as well. Buying participating Model Kits from either of the Hobby Art Outlets will entitle you to take part in this Lucky Draw where you can win awesome prizes, such as a set of PG Model Kits.

In addition, You can join our Hobby Art Gallery giveaway!

3. Otakutachi

Address: 91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza #01-32 Singapore 189652

Located at Sunshine Plaza, we have Otakutachi. A store filled with loads of anime merchandise, with merchandise from hit titles such as Love Live!, Date A Live and Kantai Collection.

With the festive season just round the corner, they now have a $5 Shelf and a $10 Shelf. Many of these items are more than 50% off!

If what you are eyeing are not on these shelves, fear not. There’s still a store wide 30% discount!

Tons of figurines are up for grabs right off the shelf at really great prices.

In addition there’s a large selection of merchandise such as phone straps and keyrings!

If you’re looking for something neat for Love Live fans, the really cute Honoka and Nico Nendroids are up for adoption as well. They’re also on discount!

Do not worry if you’re not sure what your friend likes. You have the option of buying Otakutachi Gift Vouchers (no minimum purchase required!) as well! This way you wouldn’t have a headache choosing something for your friends.

So hurry down to Otakutachi as the promotion ends on 24th December at 3pm!

Remember to join our Otakutachi Gift Vouchers Giveaway right here!

4. Summoners

Address: 5 Koek Road, Cuppage Plaza, #02-17, Singapore 228796

Taking a short walk from Somerset MRT, you could also pop by Summoner’s at Cuppage Plaza.

Not only do they carry a wide range of TCGs, you also could grab awesome card sleeves and deck boxes as well, which would make lovely Christmas presents for card collectors and players.

Great news for Buddy Fight and Vanguard players. Buddy Fight booster packs are for grabs at $1 a pack and $30 for a box. Vanguard is going for $1.50 a pack, $30 a box and $15 for Extra Pack boxes. Do bear in mind that these great deals run for the entire December, so grab them while you can!

Vanguard, Image from Wikipedia
Buddy Fight, Image from myanimelist.net

While grabbing some gifts, you could also grab a cool drink and chill out at the cozy shop as well.

5. Kinokuniya

List of outlets here.

Piled up with tons of books, this is one great place to grab a present for your bookworm fans.

With four outlets: Takashimaya, JEM, Liang Court and Bugis Junction, it’s quite easy to visit one of their stores!

Kinokuniya is also well known to be stocked up with Japanese books and magazines which are relatively rare in Singapore. So it might be a good corner to pick up something special. Whats more, there’s 20% store wide discount for Kinokuniya members and 10% discount for regular walk-ins until 25th December 2014.

The offer runs all the way until Christmas day, so you can still pick up some books last-minute.

6. Takashimaya Christmas Sales

One of the biggest sales I’ve seen in Singapore, would be at the basement of Takashimaya, located near Orchard MRT.

The entire basement space is being taken up for this huge fair.

Here you have a wide range of toys and gifts up for grabs. Ranging from the awesome Baymax Big Hero 6 all the way to Sanrio apparels.

Not to mention, there’s a huge section allocated to Hello Kitty ❤ There is also a small Display for the Hello Kitty 40th Aniversary.

Aside from the sales, there’s the huge Build Strike Gundam statue as well as a Bat Mobile on display as well.

Last minute Christmas decorations are also up for grabs.

Even if you haven’t thought through on what Christmas gifts to grab for someone, especially kids, this large fair would definitely flood you with ideas on what to grab off the shelves.

The fair will be open up till Christmas Day!

Model Kits Heaven – Hobby Art

For our readers watching Build Fighters, keen on getting your own Gunpla? Or possibly customizing them? Well here’s a pretty neat place where you can grab your needs.

Remember some time back where there was a Neo Zeong Group Build? Yup, that place is your answer!

Hobby Art Gallery and Hobby Art @ Work is a heaven for you to get all you need.

Hobby Art Gallery
Hobby Art @ Work

Address:

Hobby Art Gallery – 91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza #01-44 Singapore 189652

Hobby Art @ Work – 12 Arumugam Rd, Lion Building B #06-04 Singapore 409958

With both shops easily reachable via MRT, you can drop by after work or during the weekends to actually have a look at what’s up for grabs. You could also check out their Facebook Page.

So here’s a quick preview of the stash of awesome Model Kits you can grab at these places.

Hobby Art Gallery

 

Hobby Art @ Work

There’s also a great variety of tools that will aid your Model Kit Building as well.

To top that up, there’s also a large spread of third party parts, which are lovely for customization.

And some electronics to light up your kits.

If you’re actually keen to paint or coat your Model Kits, the spread of paint available is also huge.

If you’re keen to grab a couple of Model Kits, you might want to pop by soon as they’re having a 30% off for all Bandai Plastic model kits, 10% off for all paints, tools and accessories except those with yellow tag. Just note that the discount is only not applicable to Expo limited/exclusives, Premium Bandai (P-Bandai) products and Pre-order items. On top of that, members will enjoy an additional 5% off.

If you’re actually keen to learn more or improve your Model Kit building skills, you could also consider dropping by as there’s lots of really friendly people in the shop who are willing to share their experience with you. To be honest, even I myself learned a lot about Model Kit Building from them as well.

Time for some awesome news. We are going to be giving 2 lucky winners $50 Cash vouchers for the Hobby Art Outlets. Simply check out our Giveaway on Facebook to find out how you could get a chance to win these vouchers!

 

 

 

Shopping Spotlight – Otakutachi

With a short walk from either Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah or Bugis MRT, you could find yourself in an Anime Merchandise Paradise.

Previously located in a small corner of Bishan, the new shop that they have boasts a wider variety of goods up for grabs.

 

With a rather cozy and well decorated environment, Otakutachi is a great place to shop and comfortably choose your next addition to your collection.

Otakutachi also boasts a large selection of Pre-order figurines and merchandises which may be hard to get your hands on outside of Japan. You can check out their pre-order listing on their Facebook!

Personally what I really love about Otakutachi is the fact that you can have a great close up look of the Figurine or keychain you wish to grab, before you add it into your collection.

Here’s some great news. Neko No Gensou will be running our very first Giveaway! We’re giving away $10 Otakutachi cash vouchers to 2 of our readers! If you’re keen, you can find out more about the Giveaway right here.

 

Stay tune for more awesome news upcoming! Cheers!

Culture Japan Night 2014


Immediately after AFA 2014, taking place at Jurong Regional Library is Culture Japan Night(CJ Night). Hosted by celebrity blogger and Director of Culture Japan, Danny Choo, CJ night is an event held yearly after AFA. This event is more of a gathering where you get a chance to learn a little more about the industry in Japan. More importantly, making new friends.

Having been following Danny’s blog since before the first AFA in 2008, I can say, he’s come a long way. From simply his blog color scheme being Orange that first caught my attention, to now a blog filled with many awesome information about Japan. In addition, he has been producing his very own line of dolls, the Smart Dolls. To be honest, I’d love to grab one of these dolls and bring them home during AFA. Though sadly, my wallet doesn’t agree with me.

Back to the event itself. It was a rather eye opening event. Not in terms of display, but the things Danny spoke about. Though lots of people brought their dolls and nendroids.

Even I brought Cherio with me.

A few quick highlights of what was mentioned at CJ night.
We start off with Danny giving us a brief, but rather detailed, summary of his life and progress of his business since the last CJ night in 2013.

One thing I really like about Danny, is how he tries to actually make friends with the crowd rather than just give a speech or talk.

He talked about how he had moved offices, about how some new members had join his team, some of the milestones and joys over the year. He also shared the hardships he had gone through as well as the risks he took to get to where he is today. To be honest, its really inspiring to hear him talk about how he made his passion into his career.

Some of the things he brought up during this year’s CJ night are also great news. Some not so great for my wallet XD.

First thing first, he’ll be going to various countries such as, but not only, Philippines for Toycon and Thailand for AFA Thailand. He would also be trying to get involved in fashion events as well. He also mentioned he will be back in Singapore in May for a huge popculture convention yet to be announced! Hurray!!

Mirai has also been doing government jobs as of late as well by appearing on travel maps for Japan and Malaysia. I really hope a Singapore version appears soon.

He’s also planning to grow his Smart Doll product line. Aiming to promote his Smart Doll as the next Global Brand Fashion Doll, such as Barbie, as well as going into the fashion industry. He’s also aiming to bring down production costs to bring down the retail prices! Cheers!

Some of the Smart Dolls on display

 

To top it up, he’s also looking at producing more apparels for not only the Smart Doll, but for humans as well. That’s right, both you and your doll can have matching clothes. He’s also thinking of producing other goods such as wallets ,waist pouches, shoes and spectacles.

Still in the making is the Smart Doll Guy. Though the final name for this series of male dolls is yet to be finalized, he announced that the first doll would be Eiji, a guy in the Mirai Millennium series.

He’s also hoping to produce character dolls for Yagami Light from Death Note and Snake from Metal Gear. I’m looking forward to these releases.

Yagami Light from Deathnote. Image from Wikipedia
Solid Snake. Artwork by Oxeyclean

So how are we going to get our hands on these awesome stuff in the near future? Well, they’re gonna be up for grabs on a online store which is yet to be launched.

Well, that’s pretty most of the key highlights he mentioned. Though I have to say, his talks, aside from the large amount of good news, are actually very inspirational. Especially when he talks about how he got to where he is today. I’d strongly urge anyone who can take some time off to actually join the next CJ night.

For now I’ll leave you with some shots I got during the CJ night.

AFA 2014 – ARCC coming right up!

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Mikaneko here with the latest updates on ARCC at AFA 2014. Happening right now at Suntec City is one of the biggest Pop culture conventions of the year.

Filled with tons of booths and stage happenings, there is no reason for you miss out this awesome event.

So back to the main update I have. ARCC. Kicking off at 2.15pm today, the competitors are all preparing for their big show on stage.
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Check out those awesome props.
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Make up is on the way as well.
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Well, even with air-conditioning, its really warm here.
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They’re also running their final checks on the stage.

I managed to get a chance to speak to some of the contestants just as they standby for the pre-judging.
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First up, Team Myanmar, cosplaying from the hit anime series, Kill LA Kill.
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Consisting of Akemi and Sue, they were the winners of 84 Comic Party and are now representing their country for ARCC.
Sue: We’re so excited for the competition.
Akemi: This isn’t the first time I’ve been overseas in this costume. I’m here hoping for a great experience.

Next up, Team Philippines, bringing to you, BTX. A truly classic series.
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Louise together with Helios, have been through both Regional and National qualifiers before they are given the honor to represent their country.
Helios: We hope to give the audience a good show and hope that their fellow country supporters would enjoy it as well.

Following up is Team Malaysia, competing with Kingdom Hearts.
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Selected through Comic Fiesta Mini, Yuan and Sky are now representing Malaysia here in Singapore.
Sky: We are really nervous and excited to be our favorite Characters!

We also have Team Indonesia here with the hot blooded Dragonball.
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They were selected through the competition held in Indonesia, Mocha and Prince are here to give the audience a Blast.

Prince: We are Really excited and we are ready to give it our 100%.

Last but not least, We have our very own Team Singapore! Saiko and Min.
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Saiko: I’m really nervous and excited. The stage the audience and Everything.
Min: I’m kind of nervous, but We’ll be OK.

Be prepared to catch all their awesome performance on stage right here at AFA 2014 at 2.15pm on the main stage.

CHEERS!

Pokémon Center is right at your doorstep!!!

Hi everyone, its been slightly past a week since the epic launch of ORAS. So I’m hoping by now you’ve caught most of the Pokémons in the game! (My own pokedex is far from completion TwT)

So now having spent hours in the Pokémon world, don’t you hope you can actually cuddle those cute Pokémons? Here’s some great news! Pokémon Center Merchandises are now up for grabs in Singapore! Best part, they’re delivered up to your door step. Well at least in Singapore >///<;

On top of it, theres FREE delivery when you spent above $40!

How can you resist not bringing these fairies home???

Check out the entire range of Plushies and other merchandises right here on Rakuten Singapore!

So a quick summary of the Pokémon Center.

“The Pokémon Center is a specialist store for Pokémon goods, and can be found in 8 locations
– Sapporo, Tohoku(Sendai), Tokyo, Tokyo-Bay(Chiba), Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.
The wide range of original Pokémon Center goods are the most popular items found at the Pokémon Center. ”

– Quoted from Rakuten Singapore Website

So without further ado, lets check out some of the highlights of the merchandises available for grabs!

So first up, Plushies!

The Pokémon Center offers a premium spread of plushies. Ranging from really cute Fairies all the way to the awesome Mega Evolutions!

Not forgetting, there’s the large and huggable Diance up for adoption as well!

Well, if these are too big and space consuming for your liking, you have the options of small Pokémon Plushie Keychains, where you can hang them on your bag or phone and bring them out for your daily adventures!

You also have a wide range of handphone straps to choose from that will surely brighten up your life!

Well, if you’re looking for something really small and neat, there’s always the small handphone charms that you can grab as well.  Personally, I think these charms make awesome pendants. You could always bring them to your neighborhood handicraft shop and get them stringed up with a necklace.

So now you have a quick preview of the merchandises, do visit Rakuten Singapore to grab your Pokémon needs!

Since Christmas is just round the corner, I do think these would make lovely gifts for Pokémon lovers out there.

Special Happenings! Pokemon ORAS player, don’t miss them!

So for those who haven’t gotten your copy of Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (ORAS), go grab them now!

If you’re keen to know a little more about the game before buying, you can check out our overview of it here.

At the present moment, there’s a ton of freebies in the game itself up for grabs!

Lets have a look at whats happening and upcoming!!!

#1 Pokémon Special Demo

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For those who have played the Demo version previously, don’t forget to transfer over your Mega Glalie or Mega Steelix (Depending on which region your 3DS is) and the other freebies over. Just note that they would be at level 40 and you would require the relevant gym badges to command them properly.

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For those who haven’t played the demo, try hunting for demo codes still floating around, or you can obtain them by buying certain games such Pokémon Art academy or hope that someone still has some extra redemption codes stashed somewhere.

To find out more about the demo, you can check out our review here.

#2 Mystery Gift – Shiny Beldum

On going right now all the way till January 14, 2015, as long as you’ve got a copy of ORAS, you would be able to download a free Shiny Beldum through Mystery Gift via the Internet. Do note that this Shiny Beldum is holding a Metagrossite which will allow Metagross to Mega Evolve!

Just remember that the Shiny Beldum is considered a traded pokemon and you will require the relevant gym badges for it to obey you.

#3 EON Tickets

Last but not least, there is the EON Ticket. Depending on you version, you’ll be able to obtain either Latias or Latios through the story. The EON ticket would then allow you to obtain the other one that you couldn’t have obtained initially.

After you obtain the EON ticket, you would be required to bring it to Norman, your father in the game, whom will guide you on a cruise to the Southern Island. On the Island, either Latias or Latios will be waiting for you.

For our fellow Pokémon lovers in Singapore. Here’s the good news. Just keep a close watch on the Maxsoft Facebook page. They’ll be giving away copies of the EON tickets soon. Grab em while stock lasts.

Fret not if you didn’t get the EON ticket. Here’s some good news. When you streetpass a fellow ORAS player with the EON ticket, you get your own copy of it! So to increase your chances of getting your very own EON ticket if you miss the give away, do drop remember to drop by local community gatherings events as well as other Pokémon events that may be held in the near future(really hoping for more things like Pokémon Day).

So what are you waiting for? Grab your very own copy of Pokémon ORAS today!

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire : Overview

Hey everyone, Mikaneko here with an Overview of Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (ORAS). I currently own a Copy of Omega Ruby while Tsukineko has Alpha Sapphire.

Its been about a week since the official release of ORAS here in Singapore. You can read more about the release event itself here.

So over the past week, during whatever free time I can squeeze out, I’ve been traveling the lands and seas of the Hoenn Region. I did play the original Ruby almost 10 years ago back in primary school on the Gameboy Advance. Through the Decade, Pokémon has come a long way and is now presenting to us our childhood in 3D and more with this epic remake.

The Original box arts from 2003.

Graphics

I’m in no way comparing the remake to the original graphics. I mean, its 10 years worth of technological advancement. However, overall the graphics and pretty neat. Most of the battle graphics and system seems to be brought over from X and Y. However, I’d say there’s a vast improvement in the graphics for cut scenes in the game, both in the dynamic sequences and character animation.

One of the cut scenes that I think is really well done is the opening sequence. They started it off by using the original scene in first release. After which, it transited into that screen being on the Pokénav console and later flaunted the graphics from then on.

In addition, the Cut scenes for Groudon and Rayquaza is breath taking. It makes it much more impactful rather than Groudon walks up to you or you simply talk to Groudon who is sitting there waiting for you to talk to it.

Graphics for the moves for the Legendary moves are also astounding, Especially the Rayquaza’s Dragon Ascent.

Which you can view here.

There’s also a large roster of Mega Evolutions introduced in ORAS as well. Not forgetting the Primal Evolutions as well.

The Layouts for the towns are still very similar to X and Y, but I think they did an awesome job with improving the graphics for the scenery though.

Gameplay and Content

Gameplay wise, aside from a completely upgraded story from the Original Ruby and Sapphire, ORAS is relatively similar to X and Y. Some of the notable upgrades include a new Pokénav with enables you to identify Pokémons in the moving bushes. In addition, you occasionally tell what is the Pokemon’s First move, which makes it easier to identify Pokemons with rare moves. On top of that, once you have caught a regular wild Pokémon from the bush, you can search out identical species by using the Pokénav. On top of it, it also includes updates of happenings in-game as well as super-training and Poke-amie.

Something I really enjoy is the Pokémon Beauty Contest. Though the flow of the contests remain the same, the graphics and effects made it a lot more impressive.

Whats more fascinating about the Beauty Contest now, is not only you have a special outfit for contest, Pikachu has multiple outfits! Each outfit gives Pikachu a special move with a different appeal type for the beauty contest.

To top it up, they even added a proper plot to the beauty contest portion of the game.

In the later part of the game, you can also ride on Latias or Latios and fly around Hoenn. This new function is really awesome and the scenery is truly breathtaking.

In additions, there’s a wide variety of legendary and starter Pokémons that you can obtain in this game, even without going for events or getting DLCs.

Disappointments, well, there’s two for me. Unlike X and Y, there was a no changing of outfits and hair for the characters except during the beauty contest and during certain scenes only. Secondly, its a bit of a let down that most of the cut scenes does not use the 3D function the 3DS is armed with. Well aside from that, the game is truly awesome!

Conclusion

Overall, this is definitely a game you shouldn’t miss. With quite a lot of content in the game itself, its takes quite a substantial amount of time and effort to clear the game. To top it up, this game is also made compatible with X and Y, which makes trading and battling between the versions absolutely convenient.

Even if you haven’t played the previous Pokémon games, I’m pretty sure ORAS will leave you in awe.

Hurry down to your friendly neighborhood store and grab a copy of the game! This is one investment you won’t regret.

So why should you grab your game now? How about waiting a little more?

I wouldn’t suggest it, because you’re gonna miss out quite a bit of exclusive in-game freebies if you’re getting your copy late.