Games & Apps

Sumikko Gurashi Puzzling Ways Game

Posted on September 25, 2017 by

Sumikko Gurashi Puzzling Ways

I’d been looking for a new mobile game so when I heard that my favourite kawaii characters had their own puzzle game, Sumikko Gurashi Puzzling Ways, I had to download it. It’s both totally adorable and incredibly addictive so I’ve been playing it a lot while struck down with the cold.

Sumikko Gurashi Puzzling Ways

There’s nothing hugely innovative about Sumikko Gurashi Puzzling Ways – it’s a puzzle game where you match up characters to clear levels. However, matching up Sumikko Gurashi characters is way cuter than the usual candy or gems. Look how round they are!

As you progress, you unlock extra skills and friends for your Sumikkos so they can help you clear the more difficult puzzles. There are lots of super cute animations too that make even a huge failure a little easier to take.

Sumikko Gurashi Puzzling Ways

There are lots of limited time offers and puzzle sections to keep things interesting but the Halloween games seem to have already disappeared before I had a chance to play through it – no fair! My only other grumble is that it’s making me dislike a few characters – including my beloved Dustball, who makes some of the puzzles extra annoying.

Sumikko Gurashi Puzzling Ways is free to download for iPhone & Android. There are in-app purchases but I haven’t needed to spend any real money yet.

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Super Cute Sponsor News

Posted on September 23, 2017 by

It’s our fortnightly round-up of kawaii discounts, offers and news from our super cute sponsors.

Kawaii Panda surprise box

Kawaii Panda

If you can’t decide what to buy, Kawaii Panda have lots of surprise boxes with different themes including candy, kawaii and pandas! There’s one for every budget, from a €4.99 lucky bag to a €25.99 Harajuku box. You can get 10% off your first order by joining their mailing list.

sumikkogurashi kawaii letter set

Kawaii Depot

Kawaii Depot have just added lots of adorable new San-X letter sets with Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi. I love this cat design! Get 10% off any $10+ order with the code KDSS-10 or 15% off a $50+ order with the code 15PER.

Cakes With Faces

Tips for buying anime figures in Tokyo from Amy at Cakes With Faces – how expensive is Akihabara (it might surprise you!), recommended shops and where else you can find figures.

kawaii halloween bat crochet

DIY Fluffies

Halloween will be here very soon so it’s time to think about some spooky crafts. DIY Fluffies have two bat patterns for either crochet or sewing. Since they’re printable PDFs you can choose your own colour scheme – cute or creepy!

kawaii alpaca squishy

Cute Delight

If you love squishies, you need to check out Cute Delight, who have some really cool ones including ice cream, buns and pandas. These jumbo pastel alpacas are so sweet and include free UK shipping.

kawaii ghost enamel pin

Asking For Trouble

Halloween has definitely started in my Asking For Trouble shop with lots of cute new ghosts! Enamel pins are back plus there are limited edition Evil Twin Ghost and Golden Ghost brooches. Check the special offers for free ghost gifts while stocks last.

Love Meow giveaway

Love Meow Giveaway

One last reminder to enter our surprise box giveaway with Love Meow – ends Tuesday! There’s plenty of time to win Dr. Moku Japanese apps too.

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Events

SCK is at MCM Scotland Comic Con Today!

Posted on September 23, 2017 by

MCM Scotland

I’ll be at MCM Scotland in Glasgow today for the first time. I expect it will be a lot smaller than MCM London but that means I’ll get to see more of it. I’ll be posting updates on the SCK Instagram and if you see me, ask for a free SCK sticker!

Here’s a few things I’m looking forward to:

Tofu Cute

Shopping

A few SCK favourites will be setting up shop including Tofu Cute, Japan Centre and Tokyo Toys so my purse is sure to take a beating. I hope to discover some new kawaii makers and shops too.

Comics Village

I’ve been reading a lot of comics lately so I’m excited to pick up some new reading from this amazing lot.

 

MCM Scotland cosplay

Cosplay

I’m not sure I’ll manage to stay for the cosplay parade since my journey home will take nearly three times as long (thanks, railway works) but I’m sure there will be plenty of great outfits and costumes to spot throughout the day.

MCM Scotland takes place at the SEC today and tomorrow. Tickets are almost sold out for both days so you’ll have to be quick if you want to visit.

Games & Apps, Kawaii Reviews

Dr. Moku Learn Japanese Apps Review

Posted on September 22, 2017 by

There are quite a few ways to start learning languages these days, and many of them are free. Japanese can be tricky to learn, so traditional ways may not always work well for everyone. But that’s where the Dr Moku apps come in! I was very interested in giving the updated versions a whirl, and I’m very pleased to report how effective and fun they make learning the Japanese alphabets!

Dr Moku Japanese apps

The heart of the apps is the use of mnemonics, or quirky memory tricks, to help users learn each of the Japanese alphabets. In total, there are 3 apps to cover the Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji alphabets, and each one includes a good variety of activities to help you strengthen and test your knowledge.

Dr Moku hiragana app

Hiragana is the first and easiest alphabet of the language, so that’s what I started with. In learning mode, you’re taken character by character through the entire alphabet, and with each character there are short phrases and cute cartoons to associate with the sound of that character. Most are quite easy (e.g. TA looks like it sounds, and TSU looks like a tsunami wave) while others do require a bit more time to “click,” but never is it a stretch to memorize.

Dr Moku hiragana app

It’s not taken very long for me to feel comfortable with the alphabets, and that’s with minimal spare time for it! I have no doubt that these apps would make it very simple to master hiragana and katana over just a few days. It helps that there are a multitude of ways to test your knowledge, as well as to keep it sharp after you’ve learned it. There are several quiz types in each section to test your reading and listening skills, as well writing and reading practice sections. I’m a sucker for word searches, so that was probably my favorite, and will be an efficient way to keep my memory sharp on a daily basis.

Dr Moku hiragana app

Alphabets are only the first part of learning a new language, however, and the speak section is there to help put this knowledge to use by teaching essential phrases and questions. There are also handy quick reference guides, audio charts and writing practice if you want a break from learning mode.

Dr Moku Kanji app

Once I have the time to perfectly complete the Katakana app, the Kanji app will be what I move on to next. I’ve always been a little intimidated by the idea of learning Kanji, as it is complicated and can take years to master, but I am actually very much looking forward to it with the help of the Dr Moku app.

I am very impressed with the overall high quality of these apps, from the pleasant graphics and thorough content coverage to the fun exercises. While the apps won’t help you learn every single aspect of Japanese, they offer an excellent foundation on which to start and base your language studies. With the aid of these apps, I’m now confident that I will have enough knowledge to comfortably travel with during any future trips to Japan.

Dr Moku

If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out the Dr Moku website. All three apps are available for both iOS and Android (the Hiragana/Katakana apps are bundled for Android,) and they offer convenient Lite apps so you can try them out for free before making any purchases. Let us know if you decide to try it out, what you think, and if you have any favorite ways to learn Japanese!

Dr Moku Japanese apps giveaway

PS. Don’t forget to enter our Dr. Moku giveaway for a chance to win all 3 iOS apps.

Events

The Most Kawaii Stalls at SacAnime Summer 2017

Posted on September 21, 2017 by

On September 2nd my boyfriend and I attended SacAnime at the Sacramento Convention Center. It was both of our first times attending and we were overwhelmed with the crowd and how busy it was but we had so much fun. Here are some of the cutest things I found throughout the day.

Kimchi Kawaii SacAnime

I was super excited to stop by the Kimchi Kawaii booth, I have been a fan for a long time. I loved all the plushies and my boyfriend treated me to a Biskitti plush.

Mewshrooms - SacAnime

These Mewshrooms from Stitch Mind stood out for sure.

Lokisa - SacAnime

Lokisa had lots of clothing with cute cats, dogs and pandas on it in a range of sizes, including dog sizes!

Cute Parade - SacAnime

Cute Parade had some of the coolest accessories around plus super sweet plushies to cuddle.

Mochi Bear Studio - SacAnime

Mochi Bear Studio had lots of cute food with faces related merchandise.

This was a fun festival. I had a great time at SacAnime and hope to go back again! The next event is in January and pre-registration is open now.