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Friday, November 15, 2019

DCon 2019 Wants

DCon is next weekend, Nov 22-24 and we already want stuff at it, here's some of what'll be there.

Weekend Wonders: The International Banana Museum

Things To Do In LA presents Weekend Wonders, thoughtful trips to take selfies on an hour or more from LA.

This time: The International Banana Museum

Yes, people in LA do actually like driving...if you have a car or at least a friend who has one. And in this new series on the site will be exploring far off, well, more like an hour or two from LA places; that you can visit and take selfies at.

"I just need some time away from the city," as the saying goes. And so we goes, so you can goes. In other words we're selling out and doing those same kinds of posts on places to visit adjacent to the city.

Our first trips takes us to the silly little place that's yellow and has a lot of a-peel, The International Banana Museum. Out in the middle of nowhere, just like in the opening of Courage the Cowardly Dog, is a single room with bunches and bunches of banana paraphernalia. And I think they hid the most obvious of of the banana collection, that you might call a back massager.

They did have an anime section though. Hehe.

Really, it's fun for the whole family and they want you to take pictures. They even have free banana costumes and yellow pants and hats for you to wear.

If heading here:
Look for the yellow robot and the faded sign past a lot of farm land and you'll notice it. Past the door, you'll have to pay the entry fee of the astonishing price of $1 per person, cards accepted.

Then you can order some of the tastiest, thickest and ice cold, delicious banana shakes at the counter or enter non-stop banana picture taking time.

Really, though you have to save room for one of the shakes, which comes in multiple flavors. All with banana of course. We tried Chocolate and Strawberry and were blown away. It's a full dessert onto itself. You can just have banana ice cream or even a banana split, but we recommend the shakes for a taste to remember. They're made fresh, so give them some time or order it before you start exploring the museum.

There's a few seats and tables inside or you can sit your butt down at the banana bar. There's no alcohol, it's just a bar with stools to sit at and order from.

The actual museum doesn't really have history or any sort of facts it's a place to look at the most
banana items as heralded by The Guinness Book of Records and buy banana candy. It's a lot to look at, but yeah, it's a tourist trap. But a tourist trap that can keep you for an hour.

Don't forget the mural outside for in for photos to take or a could place for a pit stop with free restrooms outside.

Just get lost in the bananas for a weekend.

The International Banana Museum
98775 CA-111, Mecca, CA 92254
Sat. and Sun.: 1p.m.-5:30 p.m.
*Mon.: 1p.m.-5:30p.m.
*Monday is their day for maintenance. Only ice cream and frozen bananas are still available for that day.

Hours may vary. Please call them at 619-840-1429

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Game Häus Cafe 6th Anniversary Nov 25th

Well, those guys we interviewed oh, so long ago..about six years...are celebrating their time on Earth playing games and selling coffee. Game Häus Cafe 6th Anniversary is upon us a few days before Thanksgiving. Celebrate with them if you haven't gone in a while or just want to try a new or old board game with friends.

"We're turning six! And we don't feel a day over five and a half!
We're having a six year anniversary party on Monday, November 25th from 5pm to 11 pm! It'll be an evening of games, food and prizes! Tickets will be $6.00 and will include a basic drink (coffee, tea, or soda) and a raffle ticket for some fab prizes that we'll be giving away throughout the night.
Tickets will be available at 818.937.9061. We hope you can join us!"

Game Hype: Tee K.O. Got An Update? Kojima Productions LA Died

-One of our favorite games just got an update out of nowhere and it's ever so minor, yet so much fun for us fans. Tee K.O. of The Jackbox Party Pack 3 has you creating T-shirts for fun with the random images and phrases that your friends create then put them in duels to find the best t-shirt.

The new update has added blue t-shirts and the colors purple and brown to your palette. So make as
many blue shirts with doo-doo on them as you can.

It's funny a game from 2016, just got an update now, but I can't complain as it maintains the fun of playing with friends.

BTW, the shirts you create are available to post online and to purchase to wear in real life.

-Polygon has a very boring article on Kojima Productions LA office.

What it was like working at Kojima Productions Los Angeles

We thought it be filled with more strife and drama, but it's such a boring article we don't know why it was even allowed to be that long. We remember when Kojima Productions opened with a lot of fanfare here in LA and it instead of a compelling story of behind-the-scenes drama it's a bunch of shrugs. This article is too tie something to Kojima's latest game Death Stranding, but boy is it some worthless content. This is a warning not to read it.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Weekly What To Do: Oh Jeez, Are We Doing Christmas Events Already

Flux, Fall 2019
Wednesday Nov 13, 2019 7:30 PM
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
The Flux screening series brings the creative community together to celebrate outstanding short films and music videos from around the globe with wildly inventive filmmaker presentations and performances.
Par of the Israel Film Festival
Nov 13 & 16
Laemmle Theaters 

*The Naked Gun, but if it took place in Israel
The Mossad and CIA team up to save the world from an international terror organization when an American tech-billionaire is kidnapped in Jerusalem. If the mission is a failure, the Mossad’s Director won’t be able to fulfill his ambition of lighting one of the Independence Day torches on live TV, something that simply is inconceivable.
Nov 14-21
Multiple Theaters 
Free, Must RSVP
AFI Fest, the annual free movie festival is happening in LA this week. You can snag tickets for screenings starting today. It's a great chance to see films from around the world, locally and for some reason this year flaunting the fact that 51% of them were directed by women. Oh, and the Midnight section that we love is practically dead with only two movies this year. What happened to horror? Yeeesh.
Game Night! Recurring
Thursdays 7-11pm
Video Vortex Los Angeles
750 S Flower Street, Los Angeles, California

Every week we welcome all you game board lovers to come out and try new games, revisit old classics, or join us for some fun crowd pleasers. Each week we feature a different game or theme.

If you're not sure how to play or new to gaming, that's ok too! We'll have folks there to teach you how to play.

Winter Bazaar / Holiday Night Market
Thursdays Nov 14-Dec 19
Hollywood Night Market @Yamashiro
1999 North Sycamore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068

 A Holiday craft fair & night market, featuring a light festival, live music, food, seasonal cocktails, unique gift ideas, Santa photos, gift wrapping station, and much much more for young people of all ages!

Holiday Market
December 14 -15
11 am – 6 pm
Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles
901 East Third Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is pleased to announce that its third annual Holiday Market will include more than 40 local makers, artists, and performers. The Market will also feature family workshops led by educators; specialty foods prepared by the gallery’s acclaimed onsite restaurant, Manuela; and a robust program of performances throughout the weekend.


Opening Reception: Saturday, December 14, 6-8PM
December 14, 2019 - February 8, 2020
Fort Gansevoort Los Angeles
4859 Fountain Avenue LA


Fort Gansevoort is pleased to announce Drapetomania, the gallery’s first exhibition in Los Angeles, presenting new works by critically admired author and playwright Christopher Myers (b. New York City, 1974). Comprising monumental textile works and sculptures, the exhibition will explore ways in which cherished narratives of freedom are constituted by converse notions of bondage that link history to the present day and call viewers to action.

Film Maudit 2.0
Thursday, November 14 - Sunday, November 17
Highways Performance Space & Gallery
@ 18th Street Arts Complex
1651 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
$40 for a film pass 

Highways' inaugural film festival dedicated to outré films, inspired by the legendary artist Jean Cocteau’s 1949 Festival Du Film Maudit, which celebrated a group of films that were criminally overlooked and neglected at the time.

Gallery1988 x MLB
Pop Toppers Christmas 2019
Opening Friday
Nov 15, 7-9 PM
Gallery 1988

 -An unprecedented partnership with Major League Baseball and pop culture art...Gallery1988 x MLB. See some of your favorite artists create work inspired by America’s pastime.

-A brand new exhibit from Blain Hefner of pop culture tree toppers. Incredibly original and one of a kind, you will not want to miss your first chance to purchase work - like this Shreck’s department store piece from Batman Return seen here.

Adult Swim Festival
Nov 15-16
Banc of California Stadium
Downtown LA
Starts at $49

Part music festival, part Adult Swim experience together is a weird mess of fun. It has you enjoying all things Adult Swim and whatever leftovers the company had from Comic-Con. Check out the full schedule online, but we're guessing you'll enjoy whatever Cat Jousting really is.

Nov 15-17
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

When screened, it created luminous, sharp and subtle images, but at a price: Nitrate is extremely flammable, and will even continue burning underwater. This weekend the Nitrate Picture Show goes West, as the American Cinematheque partners with the George Eastman Museum to open the curtain on nitrate. Join us for screenings of ultra-rare prints of Alfred Hitchcock masterpieces REBECCA and SPELLBOUND, the Powell & Pressburger classic GONE TO EARTH and film noir favorite NIGHTMARE ALLEY and LAURA.

Adult Swim Festival

An Afternoon with Marie Kondo
discussing her book, Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship
Saturday, November 16, 3pm
Aratani Theatre
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012
$35  Orchestra Section + Book
$20  Balcony Section
$50  Orchestra Section for two — a parent, a child (12 and under) + 1 book

Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, bestselling author, star of Netflix’s hit show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc. Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her career as a tidying consultant while a 19-year-old university student in Tokyo. Today, Marie is a renowned tidying expert helping people around the world to transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity, inspiration, and joy.

Yusuke Kozaki Solo Exhibition
November 16, 2019 - December 1, 2019
Nov 16, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
FREE / Open to the public
Nucleus 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
DEMONSTRATION/PANEL (Saturday, November 16, 1pm - 6pm)

Prolific character designer and manga artist Yusuke Kozaki will have his first US solo art exhibition and he will be visiting us from Japan for the opening reception.

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair
Nov 16-17
Central Park, Old Pasadena
275 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA 91105

A weekend shopping destination featuring over 200 curated and hand-selected artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts. Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, photography, food, plus much more.

CSUN Gamer Symphony Orchestra - Fall 2019
Sunday, November 17 at 3 PM – 5 PM
Plaza del Sol Performance Center - CSUN
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, California 91330
Come and listen to the CSUN Gamer Symphony Orchestra in our Fall 2019 concert! We’ll be performing musical selections from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Kirby, Minecraft, Persona, Pokémon, Sonic, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Uncharted, Undertale, and more!

Vans Checkerboard Day
Sunday, November 17th 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Two Bit Circus
Micro Amusement Park
634 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Help us gear up for Checkerboard Day by celebrating your creative expression through cardboard! We'll provide the supplies  for you to build anything you imagine with a checkerboard theme. All ages are welcome!
Starts Tuesday, Nov 19, Recurring 
Video Vortex Los Angeles
750 S Flower Street, Los Angeles, California
Every Third Tuesday of the Month join us for specially crafted tiki cocktails served in Mondo Tee-Kis and mer-folk from Dark Tide Productions.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

MoMA Contenders Tickets On Sale Today

See some of the latest and greatest films with the actors or filmmakers behind them at the Hammer Museum.
Opening the series at the Hammer on December 2 is Dolemite is My Name starring Eddie Murphy, who will be a part of a discussion following the screening. Other highlights include Parasite with director Bong Joon-ho on December 4, The Farewell with director Lulu Wang on December 9, Booksmart with director Olivia Wilde on December 10, and Judy with Renee Zellweger on December 16.

MoMA Contenders 2019 Schedule:
  • Monday, December 2, 7:30 p.m., Dolemite is My Name with Eddie Murphy
  • Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m., The Report with Scott Z. Burns
  • Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., Parasite with Bong Joon-ho
  • Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., One Child Nation with Nanfu Wang
  • Monday, December 9, 7:30 p.m., The Farewell with Lulu Wang
  • Tuesday, December 10, 7:30 p.m., Booksmart with Olivia Wilde
  • Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m., The Irishman with Sebastian Maniscalco (intro)
  • Thursday, December 12, 7:30 p.m., Marriage Story with Laura Dern
  • Monday, December 16, 7:30 p.m., Judy with Renée Zellweger
  • Tuesday, December 17, 7:30 p.m., Monos with Alejandro Landes

Check the Hammer website for details and updates.

Tickets $20 general public / $10 for Hammer members.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Superman Dead

The LA Times has a truly depressing story on how the man of steel, at least the well-known one from Hollywood Blvd in front of the Chinese Theater was recently found dead. Check out the film doc Confessions of a Superhero if you really want it to hurt. Rest In Peace, Sups.

How Hollywood Boulevard’s star Superman wound up homeless, then dead in the Valley

Smash Is For Good Boys & Girls: Mai Is Not Allowed In

A recent Nintendo Direct mistranslated (blatantly came up with) the phrase, "Smash Is For Good Boys & Girls", for the games developer, instead of his real words, as to why the heavy chested Mai from Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series wasn't put in Smash, not even as a background character.

The internet took this in stride with a huge amount of fan art about Mai trying to get in the game and the reason/s she isn't.

New Funko Hollywood Store Opening Soon

All images in post from Getty Images
Funko Pops will be taking over a part of the Hollywood, just in time for the holidays. Rot in Hell, GameStops and Hot Topics nearby, you best fill that wall of pops with more cheap t-shirts. A huge new Funk Pop store with all the Funko character likenesses you could ever want will be in Hollywood with...we guess some sort of paid parking lot nearby.

Funko Hollywood
6201 Hollywood Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Open to public Nov 20

It's set to open on Nov 18th, but word online is that it won't really be open to the public until Nov 20, The first few days are sold out to fans who bought tickets.

via Geekwire

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Media Hype: Chowder Creator ReInventing Yoga Bear Marco, Galaxy Dragon & Who Owns The Anime

U.S. anime market matures in 2019
-Basically goes over what the anime market is in the US and explains who owns what...though it leaves out Viz, which has a physical distribution deal with WB. So, there's really only 4 players when it comes to distibution not counting what goes on other streaming services. Yeesh.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Weekly What To Do: Thanks For The Anime & Art

Throughout November
Alamo Drafthouse Downtown

A month of Tom Hanks movies at Drafthouse.

Nov 6-10
NoHo7 & Lankershim Arts Center

Celebrating sci-fi and horror films, it's an old-school indie film festival chocked full of weird content.

International Games Day 2019 with GME Chamber Concert
Friday, Nov 8, 6 PM – 9 PM
UCLA Powell Library
220 Powell Library Building, Los Angeles, California 90095
-The cake may be a lie but UCLA's 8th annual International Games Day isn't!
-Come join Powell Library for a night of board games and video games as well as GME's first performance of the year!
-GME is collaborating with Powell Library in celebration of International Games Day, which begins at 6pm in the Powell Rotunda. GME vocalists and instrumentalists will be performing music from video games including Pokemon, Smash, Undertale, and more, beginning at 7pm.

59 Parks Poster Exhibition
Nov 8, 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

One night only! The fine folks of The National Poster Retrospecticus will be visiting the gallery and presenting the Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series, a series of posters that celebrate the National Parks. Prominent poster designers from around the world have teamed up with the series to create unique posters for every National Park in the US. The series includes artists like Daniel Danger, Claire Hummel, DKNG, and Owen Davey. All posters at this one-day-only pop-up are for sale.

The Los Angeles Coffee Festival
November 8th - 10th
Downtown LA's Magic Box @ The Reef
$23.00 - $125.00 

Slated to be even bigger and better than last year, the weekend-long event will feature not only exceptional coffee, but also incredible local food, cocktails, live music, art and film. Whether you're a beginner, coffee aficionado, self-confessed coffee geek or key industry stakeholder, it is an event that is not to be missed.

The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Nov 8-9
613 Imperial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

- Over 200+ Local artists and vendors with over 800 works on exhibit.
- FREE All-U-Can-Eat Pancakes
- Live Audio Performances from local DJs and Music Producers
- Live Body Painting & Art

10 Years of Blumhouse Presents:
Nov 8, 7:30pm
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP 

The people behind Blumhouse tell you how it became such a major part of the media landscape.

Starts Nov 8
Monica Film Center
*Director Lily Zepeda and star Jack Sim will be present for Q&A’s on Friday (11/8) & Saturday (11/9) following  the 7:20 pm show at the Monica Film Center. 

To strangers, he’s an eccentric Singaporean obsessed with toilets, but to those who know him, he’s “Mr. Toilet.” A former entrepreneur, Jack Sim uses humor to campaign for something no one dares talk about: shit. It’s a crisis that impacts over two billion people. Having established UN World Toilet Day, Sim plunges into his biggest challenge yet when asked to help implement Prime Minister Modi's promise of turning India into a defecation-free zone. But with few resources and no real help from the government, Mr. Toilet discovers there is a price to pay for being the world’s #2 hero. 
Nov 8, 8:30 PM – 11 PM
Anime Jungle Los Angeles
319 E 2nd St, Ste 103, Los Angeles, California 90012
 Los Angeles' anikura event, OtaCrush is ready to party with you again! 🎃
An anime song club event, short for "Anikura" has been the new trend for those who LOVE anisong all over the world!

This time, the event theme is 【Japanese 2D & 3D idol】!!
That's right, our DJ's set list will be filled with ONLY idols!! 🤩🤩
Example: Love Live! series, [email protected] series, Macross series, Uta No Prince Sama series, Aikatsu series, PriPara series, Hello! Project (Morning Musume), AKB48, Wa-suta, Momoiro Clover Z, Johnny's Idol (Arashi), and more...

Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov 9 at 6 PM – 10 PM
Show dates: November 9th - 30th, 2019
Q Pop
319 E 2nd St #121, Los Angeles, California 90012

QPop is back and bringing an awesome art show instead of a show devoted to a cat/Godzilla hybrid.
Q Pop presents Super Mecha / Super Future: a tribute to mecha anime and the legacy of Japanese futurism of the 80s and beyond. Robots, idols & more!
The Super Mecha tribute art show will celebrate this imaginative and ground-breaking era, and the cultural and stylistic influences, anime, & manga it inspired to this day!
80s anime & idols cosplay is encouraged!

Pacific Media Expo (PMX)
Nov 9-10
Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale & Executive Meeting Center
100 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202
Starts at $50

*So, this is a small scale anime convention, last time we went it couldn't keep our interest for very long, so make sure to check out the full schedule if interested in going.

A new generation of convention for a new generation of fans! PMX brings the cutting edge of Asian entertainment to America, whether it is the newest anime from Japan, the hottest bands from the Pacific Rim, the latest street fashion from Harajuku, or the most disturbing horror films from Asia. PMX seeks to create an entertainment community for artists, industry, and their fans.

Muggle Magic
Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition
Opening Celebration November 9th from 7pm - 10pm
On view: November 9th - January 11th
810 Meridian Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030
SugarMynt Gallery
$15 at the door

This exhibit features 20+ artists creating artwork inspired by the 8 films and 7 books. SugarMynt is transforming the inside into a Hogwarts / Potter world filled with photo ops and decorations that will be continuously transfiguring as the exhibit goes on.

Curated Group Show
Paint Guide (Main Room) Opening Reception with the Artists: 
Saturday, November 9, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thinkspace Projects 6009 Washington Blvd. 
Culver City, CA 90232
A huge group show with new work from Stella and the Perez Bros.

VultureFest LA
Vulture Festival LA - A Community Reunion
*No Chevy Chase or Donald Glover
November 9-10
The Hollywood Roosevelt

Curated with the mind of a critic and the heart of a fan, this pop culture extravaganza brings everything you love about Vulture to life. Vulture Festival is a weekend of live events, podcasts, cast reunions, and unforgettable conversations with the most influential names in entertainment.

Under A Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb
Nov 9-Jun 7
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90012

A traveling exhibition organized by the two affected Japanese cities, will be installed at Japanese American National Museum. Featuring the damaged possessions left by the victims. Hiroshima and Nagasaki collected and preserved these artifacts, including clothing and other personal items. The exhibition is composed of photo panels and text panels that detail the histories of the cities, the development of the two bombs, their detonations, and the immediate aftermath for the survivors, known in Japan as hibakusha, of both cities.

Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22nd Street
November 10, 2019–Ongoing
Resnick Pavilion
$ Admission

A recent gift to LACMA, 348 West 22nd Street (2011–15) replicates the artist’s ground-floor residence from a single New York building. Created in luminous swaths of translucent polyester, the dreamlike rooms and hallways are supported by a stainless steel frame. In this immersive passageway of conjoined rooms, visitors pass through an ephemeral representation of the artist’s personal history. The corridor, stairs, apartment, and studio are each rendered in a single block of color, with fixtures and appliances replicated in exacting detail. Fusing traditional Korean sewing techniques with digital mapping tools, the maze-like installation of 348 West 22nd Street balances intricate construction with delicate monumentality.

Ice at Santa Monica
Opens November 10, 2019, to January 20, 2020
The corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue
Skate rental and all-day admission $15, locker rentals $5.

Every holiday season Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to our beachside community, transforming the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue into the winter wonderland known as Ice at Santa Monica, an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink.

L.A. Comic Art Show Fall 2019
Sunday, November 10, 10 AM – 4 PM
Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Redondo Beach 
2410 Marine Avenue Redondo Beach, California

The LA Show Dedicated to Comic Art, featuring thousands of pages of original comic art from the 40s to present – No comics, just art!

THE RIGHT STUFF with Philip Kaufman In Person
Nov 11, 2019 7:00 PM
Hollywood American Legion Post 43 Theater
2035 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

The American Cinematheque and the American Legion are thrilled to co-present a special tribute to legendary director Philip Kaufman on Veterans Day at the newly renovated Legion Theater at Post 43, located at 2035 N. Highland Ave., just south of the Hollywood Bowl. The only Hollywood theatrical venue owned and operated by veterans, it features state-of-the-art projection and sound systems along with an iconic art-deco bar and downstairs game room, offering a historically convivial atmosphere. Parking is available for $10 in the Legion lot and free across Highland Avenue in the Hollywood Bowl lot.

The event will include a 40-minute conversation with the director moderated by film historian Alan K. Rode, followed by a 35mm screening of his 1983 masterpiece, THE RIGHT STUFF.
Nov 12 & 14
Select Theaters

A video game-loving shut-in, Satou Kazuma’s life should’ve ended when he was hit by a truck, but through a twist of fate, he ends up reincarnating in another world--and dragging the troublemaking goddess, Aqua, the wildly dorky mage, Megumin, and the unrelentingly delusional lady knight, Darkness, with him.

Now, the Crimson Demon village that Megumin and Yunyun are from is facing a threat that could mean its ending. Kazuma and his gang follow Yunyun, who returns to the Crimson Demon village intent on saving it... when they are faced with their greatest threat yet! What will become of the unremarkable adventurer Kazuma’s life in another world?!