Aren’t anime parties just fantastic?

My friends and I just finished up our first anime party of the Fall semester. It went really well! We made a quick trip to the Asian market to get a few things in preparation. Here’s some of what we bought.

This red bean bread is seriously delicious. It’s filled with red bean jam! Yum!

Red bean bread

Red bean bread

These pickled plums are eventually going to find their way into some onigiri. Meanwhile, we tried green tea and regular pickled plums. The regular ones taste better, but both are incredibly sour and raisin-y.

Pickled plums

Pickled plums

I really want to start making bento lunches to take to school. Won’t cold soba noodles and tsuyu (a soy-sauce based dipping sauce) make a great addition to such a meal?

Soba noodles before cooking

Soba noodles before cooking

This pack actually came with five pairs of metal chopsticks with butterflies and sakura flowers on the ends. I kept four pairs and sold one to my friend. The wooden pair in the picture was one I already had. It’s kind of cool to know I have enough chopsticks for five people to eat with.

Pretty chopsticks!

Pretty chopsticks!

When we got back from the Asian market, we rested a bit and then started cooking. We made onigiri, miso soup, and cold soba noodles to eat at the party. It was all so yummy! I just wish we could have found the curry base recommended to me in my last Asian market post. We’ll just have to try another store. Here are some pictures of the cooked food.

This picture was actually taken a couple of nights ago when we made all these things for the first time, but it shows what we ate tonight. The only change is that the miso soup was a little different: it had smaller tofu chunks and we added shiitake mushrooms.

Soba noodles & miso soup

Soba noodles & tsuyu sauce with miso soup

Aren’t these rice balls cute? They’re really fun to make. We made a lot of little ones for this party, so we didn’t fill them, but next time I want to play with those plums. We also had some shrimp seasoning to dip them in.

Onigiri (rice balls)

Onigiri (rice balls)

Shrimp flakes?

Shrimp flakes?

Once everyone got here, we dished up the food and settled in to do some anime marathoning. Everyone was really excited about all the anime Netflix has available to stream…until we discovered everything we tried to watch was in English. That’s okay, though: the ones we did watch on Netflix ended up having pretty good English voice acting. We tried to keep it to one episode per anime to give some new folks a good variety of shows. There was some indecision about our line up for the night, but we settled on Darker Than Black, D.Gray-man (those two were on Netflix), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cowboy Bebop, Code Geass, and even a little bit of Batman. (Batman might not be anime, but it is Batman, and that’s good enough for me.)

D.Gray-man

D.Gray-man

Darker Than Black

Darker Than Black

Code Geass, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cowboy Bebop, Batman

Code Geass, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cowboy Bebop, Batman

Whew, that was a lot of anime! The only show we doubled up on was Darker Than Black. Everyone was pretty intrigued, so we watched the first two episodes. We only did one episode each for the others.

Sometime I’ll start posting my thoughts and summaries for some of my favorite animes, but right now I’m pretty tired, so I’m heading off to bed. I have to have lots of energy for our Doctor Who watch party tomorrow! Pictures from the Who party later if I have them.

In any case, I highly recommend any of the animes listed in this post. They’re all really, really good.

 

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