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THE iDOLM@STER SideM – S.E.M Indian curry @ Amiami
THE iDOLM@STER SideM – FRAME European curry @ Amiami
THE iDOLM@STER SideM – Jupiter Chicken curry @ Amiami

There reaches a point where you’re so far into a fandom where you just lose all reason and by the craziest merch because, well, why the hell not?

From Touma’s initial SR where he’s cooking his famous dish to various idol’s love for the food, to the S.E.M and FRAME curry showdown event and this year’s April Fools; the production of actual curry seems like a natural move for SideM, right?

J Dining release three boxed curries for the iDOLM@STER SideM units S.E.M, FRAME, and Jupiter with the flavours Indian, European, and chicken, respectively. It’s a long and boring story to why I only bought S.E.M curry and not the other flavours, but here we are.

Time to cook some anime curry.

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Ookami wa Hana no Kaori volume 2 (狼は花の馨り) by Riyuma Kana

Published by Daria Comics, 2016.
Two volumes, on-going.

Volume one review
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Its been a year since the first volume was released! It doesn’t feel all too long ago that I fell in love with the series. I ended up devouring the volume all too fast and now it’s back to the waiting game.

The second volume of Ookami wa Hana no Kaori brings drama, pain, happiness, and more pain. It’s a series that, underneath Aruta’s innocence and happiness, is a turbulent story filled with deep sadness; a story about two people of different status who are equally powerless against long-standing traditions.

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Rubber Strap Collection THE iDOLM@STER SideM 1st Stage @ AmiAmi

I got these a while back but never posted about them here. The first box of rubber straps contains units Jupiter and Beit in their unit uniform, as well as two special outfit versions of Touma and Pierre.

These are rubber straps released late last year by Kotobukiya. At the time of this post, Amiami still seems to have them in stock, as well as the 2nd Stage box and preorders are open for the 3rd Stage!

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ST@RTING LINE – 10 Cafe Parade @ CDJapan
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WELCOME TO CAFE PARADE!

Yes, I’m trying to revive this blog with a backlog of things. I’ll be making some small changes to this place such as including information in review posts rather than a separate post. If you need up-to-date information you can probably find it on my SideM Tumblr!

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a seat, shall we?

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ST@RTING LINE – 07 Sai @ CDJapan
ST@RTING LINE – 08 FRAME @ CDJapan
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Seems like impression posts are getting delayed longer and longer. I wasn’t sure if I should post this since its been so long, but since I got encouragement to continue here we are!

The pairings for ST@RTING LINE so far had one weaker and one stronger, but 07-08 is quite possibly my favourite batch yet, with both CDs delightful in their own ways.

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Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat:
1. Captive Prince
2. Prince’s Gambit
3. Kings Rising

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Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he is forced to form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .

From reading the title and summary your mind might be flashing red at the words ‘prince’ and ‘pleasure slave,’ but rest assured it’s not that sleazy. In fact, sleazy is the furthest word to describe this trilogy that could’ve easily gone down that path; Captive Prince is smart and highly political, but it also satisfies those looking for a M/M read.

I certainly wasn’t expecting to get so invested in this trilogy when I picked it up out of curiosity. Captivated I was, finishing the three books in a week. It’s quite a feat for me to finish a book, let alone three, in a single week (it used to be possible). The first book wasn’t particularly long, but finishing novels is quite the task I struggle with nowadays no matter the length. I tried brushing off the book as simply average, but who was I kidding? I was utterly engrossed in the characters and relationship. I reread the whole trilogy in the same month.

Warning for spoilers ahead.

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