Looking for Miku’s (Not) Re-Premiere! [2016]

13 June 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended AGC Pictures‘s Looking for Miku panel at Ronin Expo and who otherwise supported us by sharing and promoting the event!

Very happy to have my friend and the film’s producer David Infante join me! Thanks for all the great questions and I sincerely hope that you enjoyed the film and panel. Please join us again next time!

In the meantime, follow the blog (by clicking the “Resistance is Futile” button) or Like any of my Pages (jimsha, The Vault/Beginning Story, and agc pictures) on Facebook to be instantly notified of new adventures. See you again soon!


Looking for Miku at Ronin Expo [2017]!

23 May 2017

Happy to announce that we’ll be screening Looking for Miku at Ronin Expo! For those of you who don’t know, Ronin Expo is the reboot of Ninja-Con, so we’re happy to be making a (re)appearance there!

We premiered the award-nominated anime fan film in an unfinished state last time so it’ll be the first time the final version of the film will be shown at this venue (admission to Ronin Expo is required to attend). Stay after the show to talk with the filmmakers about the film, con crushes, and other topics! RSVP on Facebook, and hope to see you there!


Ultimate Tetris [2017]

09 May 2017

Sorry for the sporadic updates, but been super lazy busy promoting Looking for Miku! We made an appearance at Coast Con back in March and we’ll be at Ronin Expo (formerly Ninja-Con) this June!

Also, I played the Ultimate Game of Tetris recently, which literally took an entire weekend. ^^; After culling, organizing, and Tetrising all my remaining figures into these boxes, I had to Tetris the boxes themselves into my closet. (The “pillar” in the middle is where the closet doors overlap themselves, since this is a composite photo.) Call it Tetris-ception! And the winner of this game is… YOU! Look for new sales soon, featuring tons of newly unearthed figures!

Can’t wait? Be sure to look at my older sales — anything not marked as “SOLD” is still available! And if you’re looking for anything in particular, be sure to message me through my Fan Page on Facebook or through The Vault on Facebook! 😀


Junk Food Tour! [2016]

04 April 2017

Even on vacation, I manage to find all sorts of nommy noms! Check out some of the treats you can find at your local Asian market and pastry shop!

Welcome to the Land of Snacks!

If you ever get bored of plain rice, try these rice seasonings out!

Halloween-themed Pocky!

Are you brave enough to try Durian Flavor?

I’ve had cheese Ritz sandwiches, but never custard!

Stopping off at a local bakery, I could see why we have an obesity problem — those cupcakes are huge! ;D

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

2016 10 06 Thu: Junk Food Tour!


Kouraku and Canine & Feline Charity Art Show [2016]

14 March 2017

Went to Kouraku for dinner then wound up checking out Q Pop‘s Canine & Feline Charity Art Show, where 10% of the proceeds went to benefit North Central Animal Shelter.

Tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet) is one of my favorite Japanese dishes.

Here’s a look at some of the puppies and kitties your purchases helped.

Didn’t realize that “purrmaids” (cat mermaids) were a thing.

The colors are different, but the blockiness of this unicorn cat reminds me of Unikitty from The Lego Movie!

This Mazinger is pretty impressive even when you don’t consider the fact that a large amount of it is cardboard.

Heroes reference?

Animals driving vehicles — they’re just like us!

You can buy prints from Dreamworks background painter Ji Soo Kim along with the second Cosplay in America book.

There’s always something new to check out in Little Tokyo!

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

2016 09 10 Sat: Kouraku and Canine & Feline Charity Art Show


East Meets West [2016]

07 March 2017

Actually got up early on a weekend (wut?) and decided to run around to some spots I hadn’t been to in ages on the west side (west of me, anyway)! I really need to do a better job of taking pictures of the outsides of these places, lol. (Sorry for the crap cell phone quality. OTL)

First stop on my adventure was Big Lou’s, a consignment shop/slot car raceway on Sepulveda, where you can find all sorts of interesting things for sale.

From plushies to ornaments and from Hot Wheels to Transformers, there’s something for everyone here!

I’m pretty sure all those comic book standees are handmade. :O

Afterwards, made it over to Gardena’s Tokyo Central & Main supermarket, which used to be a Marukai.

Another reason to quit this hobby. DX

Here’s an entire section dedicated to Dragon Ball.

If Dollfies aren’t your thing, you can still invest in an Evangelion action figure that costs more than your car payment!

It’s a good thing I haven’t gotten into Gundam (yet)!

The Pokemon saw me coming, haha.

While I didn’t buy anything at Big Lou’s or Tokyo Central & Main, I did buy stuff at second-hand bookstore Book Off’s Del Amo and Gardena locations. I impulse bought the Nono action figure since I actually wound up liking Gunbuster 2: Diebuster the second time around and finally completed my (regular version) collection of the Japanese version of Your Lie in April — for much cheaper than what Kinokuniya was charging in-store or even at AX!

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

2016 09 03 Sat: East Meets West


TOM LA SALE! [2016]

07 February 2017

When I heard that the Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM) Shop was pulling up stakes and heading up north, I cut out of work early to check out their moving sale! Not sure if they’ve ever opened their doors to the public before, but I order from them all the time online. They usually have some great promos and their loyalty program (in the form of TOM Points) is an added bonus — even though they’ve reworked some of their rules regarding the program.

Most of the items were unmarked so you had to bring them up for them to check the price online. What wasn’t so cool was that the Aniplex+ items were full price (as noted) — which meant they were actually more expensive than buying them on their site!

I’m not a gamer, but all non-figure merchandise was 40%!

Happened to run into Sojian-senpai while I was down there so we did some exploring and wound up grabbing noms at Hakata Ikkousha Ramen.

This was the only loot I wound up getting — a Nendoroid of Best Girl Funami Yui from YuruYuri and a free bag of a Japanese snack that wound up being pretty meh, lol. There were a few things that caught my eye but they seemed to be a bit on the pricey side, even with the discount.

These were taken on my fixed focus cell phone, so excuse the terrible quality. ^^;

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

2016 08 22 Mon: Tokyo Otaku Mode LA Warehouse Garage SALE!


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