Whenever you see, read, or hear something about Tokyo Revengers, one element immediately comes to mind — and not necessarily Takemichi Hanagaki, the time-traveling protagonist of the series.

No, we’re talking about the ever-popular Manjiro “Mikey” Sano, president of the Tokyo Manji Gang (or Toman for short)!

Pull your hair back, loosen that jacket, and rev those engines — we’re here to take a closer look at the curious case of Mikey from Tokyo Revengers, and find out just what makes him tick!

5 Hard Facts About Mikey

The great thing about Mikey is that he’s far from your bread-and-butter OP shounen character. There’s a…


“Manga? Anime? They’re just for kids.”

How many times has someone casually dismissed the fandoms you care so much about like this?

One time too many, no doubt.

But don’t worry. We’re here to promote greater understanding when it comes to these two hallmarks of Japanese culture.

After reading this blog post, you’ll be able to politely point out that manga and anime can very often be both educational and inspirational — to people of all ages.

You’ll be able to explain that one particular franchise has important life lessons about human relationships that are just waiting to be discovered.


Pokéball toy and Pokemon cards
Pokémon cards are an investment! (Source: Unsplash)

Pocket Monsters and pocket money may sound similar, but make no mistake: in 2021, they’re polar opposites.

Especially when it comes to the Pokémon TCG (Trading Card Game).

The recent surge in the price of Pokémon cards has ignited a frenzy of interest from collectors and casual fans alike in recent years. Rare cards in amazing condition are being sold for hundreds of thousands of US dollars; it’s like each transaction is doing its best to outdo the last!

Do you find it hard to believe that a trading card can be worth anything more than a couple of rounds…


Sanrio characters wallpaper for Hello Kitty 45th anniversary

Nobody does collaborations like Sanrio.

With Hello Kitty and a seemingly endless legion of other iconic mascots waiting in the wings, it’s little wonder that they’re able to churn out fresh, exciting, and most of all kawaii collabs with tons of brands all year, every year.

If you’re struggling to keep track of all the mashup mayhem, never fear! We’ve compiled this list of the most epic Sanrio character collabs from 2020–2021 to get you up to speed.

Read on to find out the who, what, when, where, and why of all the latest collaborations that Hello Kitty and the…


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Honestly, Pikachu can do no wrong.

Everybody’s favorite non-Disney mouse has an uncanny ability to truly electrify the masses — regardless of gender, age, occupation, and race.

Just look at that heartwarming smile, those rosy cheeks, that unwavering loyalty to its trainer.

What’s not to love?

Pikachu is an unstoppable force of popularity and goodwill — and here’s 3 reasons why.

#1: All Pikachu says is “Pikachu” — and people still love it.

There’s something strangely endearing about a character whose capacity for communication is severely limited.

Take the adorable grunts (and the occasional “Bakketsu!”) from Demon Slayer’s Nezuko, for example. …


The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch hit store shelves on July 16 2021. It’s been a long wait to see the game on modern consoles: the original landmark title for the Nintendo Wii and Wii U came out a decade ago (and, of course, divided opinion and players around the world in the process).

For better or for worse, the HD remake is sure to ignite debate among Zelda fans and the gaming community at large just as its predecessor did, so now’s as good a time as any to take a trip down memory…


Buying clothes for kids can certainly be a handful, can’t it?

Unlike us adults, children aren’t always exactly opinionated or preferential when it comes to the shopping experience — quite often they’re itching to head to the toy store or the food court more than anything!

It’s only after you’ve bought the fateful garment and you notice it gathering dust in your little one’s wardrobe that you realize the dilemma at hand:

Your little one simply doesn’t like the clothes you’ve bought them.

What’s a well-meaning parent to do?

Don’t worry — we’ve got just the ticket to ease your…


Kleio sleeping bag — drinking coffee

With spring in full swing in the northern hemisphere (and stunning fall foliage down south!), all eyes are on camping and the great outdoors once again.

Social distancing is still paramount in 2021, so outdoor adventures that get us out of the house — yet away from the hustle and bustle of the city — continue to surge in popularity.

In fact, the majority of survey respondents in the Fall 2020 edition of the annual North American Camping Report viewed camping and more isolated off-the-grid sojourns as the safest form of travel going forward.


Social Media Giveaways (August 2021)

This set of Official Rules applies to ZenPlus social media giveaways that are not governed by or operated using third-party services that have their own set of Official Rules (such as Gleam).

PREFACE

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Making a purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

1. PROMOTION DESCRIPTION

This prize sweepstakes (“Giveaway”) begins from the time of the Giveaway announcement and ends at the time specified in the Giveaway announcement (the “Promotion Period”), subject to availability.

The sponsor of this Giveaway is ZenPlus via ZenMarket, Inc. (“Sponsor”)…

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