Category Archives: Culture

Colorado Anime Fest 2017 Cosplay Recap

This weekend the BentoByte crew attended the (recently) annual Colorado Anime Fest. While we are running around getting our cosplay photos and interviews edited, we had our crew put together a little showcase of some of the cosplayers that we met while there. Check them out below! While we realize this isn’t everyone who was in attendance at the fest, this was a quick preview of some of the awesome people from two of the days we were there. Stay turned for more cosplay in the future. Over the next week (or so), we will be bringing you cosplay photos and video interviews!

Bokksu January 2017 Unboxing and Review

A new year, a new year of snack boxes from Bokksu! Fortunately for subscribers, Bokksu is kicking the year off with a really solid box. The theme for January 2017 box is “Maru”, which translates to “circle” in Japan. Maru is associated with “goodness” in Japan, so Bokksu decided to ship a box full of goodness straight to us. In case video reviews are more your speed, you can check out our video review on the BentoByte YouTube channel. All that being said, let’s dive in! The Natural Yeast Bread Hokkaido Cream is about as much of a mouth-full as the name of the snack. This pastry roll was absolutely...

December 2016 Bokksu Review

Gotta say, I’m a big fan of the kind people over at Bokksu. They’ve sent us yet another of their Japanese sweets boxes, this one being the December 2016 box. As we’ve mentioned before, Bokksu is a little different in that the focus of the box is to send you sweets and treats from specific regions in Japan. Less focus on what you may find anywhere in the country, more Mom & Pop sweet shop sorts of snacks. So without further delay, let’s jump on in to the review. One more small delay though. I have to mention this every time we get a box from Bokksu; the box and...

Bokksu November 2016 Unboxing and Review

This week we received a new subscription box from a company we have yet to come across, Bokksu. Bokksu, which comes in a little orange box, has a bit of a different perspective on the whole Japanese subscription box fad. Much like Snakku, they focus mainly on providing snacks that people from Japan actually eat. Not just your run-of-the-mill plethora that can be purchased from a corner store, Bokksu pairs this with a theme and a tea. Yes, that’s right, a tea. Out of all the others we have reviewed in the past, this is the first one to have a tea paring. So from that perspective is pretty neat....

Anime Expo 2017 Invites Fans to Vote for Guests

Anime Expo is a hell of a convention. Being the largest anime convention in the country, it’s hosts an array of amazing guests from artists to voice actors to directors and more. That being the case, I think it’s pretty incredible that Anime Expo 2017 is offering a chance to the fans and attendees to voice their picks for potential guests next year. (I’ll say upfront; if this is a yearly occurrence that I’ve managed to miss up till now, I apologize for saying it’s new. But it’s still a cool thing to do!) Anime Expo is taking interested parties votes through a survey hosted on Zoho, which you can...

Tales of Zestiria BentoByte Playthrough Part 2

In this week’s playthrough of Tales of Zestiria, we pick right back up where we left off last time. We apologize for the delay between this one and the last one. We had recorded the audio but the video didn’t take. So we had to go back and redo part of the game as well as edit some of the video footage to match the audio. Bear with us though, this will be resolved in all future playthrough videos.

Chattin’ with Chris Patton

While attending the 2016 Nan Desu Kan in Denver, CO we met up with a favorite voice actor of ours, Chris Patton. Sorry for the potato quality everyone, we forgot to bring our tripod with us and the camera had a difficult time focusing. Next time we will be sure that the quality is higher. Is there anyone you think we should interview? Send us a message or leave us a comment! We don’t mind asking the offhanded questions.

Top Ten Cosplays of NDK 2016

Nan Desu Kan, or NDK, was my highlight of the Denver Con season for the year once again. To date, I’ve never been disappointed in my time spent at NDK nor the time I spent with the people I’ve met while attending. Most notably, the fantastic crowd of cosplayers in attendance. Once again, NDK 2016 was a time to shine for both local cosplayers local and those cosplayers that traveled from far away to attend. I loved all the cosplays I saw, I have to admit there were some I liked more than others. Due to aspects such as the uniqueness, nostalgia, or effort in construction, these were cosplays that truly stuck...

The Day 3 Cosplayers of NDK 2016

All the final pictures from NDK 2016 have been processed. Take a look below at the cosplayers we met while attending this years 2016 Nan Desu Kan in Denver Colorado. As always, if you would like a higher resolution image than what is here on the site, feel free to contact us through our contact us section.

The Day 2 Cosplayers of NDK 2016

As we get through processing several photos (this can take a little bit of time) here are the folks we met while at day 2 of NDK 2016.   As our website has a 8 megabyte threshold these aren’t the high res versions of the pictures. So if you are one of these cosplayers and want a copy send us an email over at the contact us section.

The Day 1 Cosplayers of NDK 2016

Over the labor day weekend, a few of the BentoByte staff made their way through the streets of Denver to conduct interviews and take pictures of the cosplayers who were at NDK 2016. For those who aren’t aware, Nan Desu Kan (or NDK 2016 for short) is the largest anime convention on this side of the Rocky Mountains. So without further ado, here are the folks we met on the first day. As our website has a 8 megabyte threshold these aren’t the high res versions of the pictures. So if you are one of these cosplayers and want a copy send us an email over at the contact us...

BentoByte Will Be At Nan Desu Kan 2016

Hello everyone! As you all may have surmised at this point, we are constantly going to cons (as is evident with our cosplay photos). This labor day weekend we (a few of us) will be at Denver’s Nan Desu Kan. So if you think you are going to be there as well, be sure to come find us. As with most of the conventions we go to, we will be wearing our BentoByte blue shirts and conducting interviews as well as taking cosplay photos. Unlike other years though, our interviews won’t exclusively be just with the guests who are attending the cons. This time, we are also going to be...

Tales of Zestiria BentoByte Playthrough Part 1

After doing podcasts for a bit we have finally decided to abandon them in favor of doing something else. Since we love playing video games and hearing ourselves talk, the next move was to YouTube. So with the video below, we start our very own Tales of Zestiria playthrough! From here on out we will be doing weekly updates and playing this game (hopefully) until the finish! So be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and tune in. We will do our best to entertain you in the coming months. And as always, be sure to check in with our main website here for everything anime, manga, gaming and more!

Mario Appears in Promo for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Before we dip into the content here, I have a spiel for you. If you don’t want it and just want the news about the 2020 games in Tokyo, skip down to the bold text. Here at BentoByte, we try to cultivate a culture of understanding and curiosity when it comes to cultures there are different from are own. We believe understanding different perspectives is not only something that is important in modern society, it’s a path towards a sort of global empathy that the world desperately needs. That being said, every two years there comes a certain unique time. A time of fun and thoughtless pride in one’s country. A time...