Animal Crossing New Leaf: Marshal, Marshal, Marshal!!!

It seems like my Animal Crossing games know when I’m going to busy or on vacation. I got up at 4am Friday morning in order to drive to Las Vegas with a stop in Orange County to drop off Sophie and pick up a kitten to deliver in Vegas (ugh). I planned to play video games the entire way and be very productive—mostly I napped in the car at awkward angles until Sophie woke me up squawking. She doesn’t travel well.

At some point I gave up trying to sleep and turned on Animal Crossing. It was Soleil’s birthday. I had completely forgotten and didn’t have a gift. Fortunately the cell phone reception down I5 has gotten much better, so I was able to look up what she likes and order something.

I kind of want to start saying Elvis' name much like Seinfeld says "Newman".

I kind of want to start saying Elvis’ name much like Seinfeld says “Newman”.

I gave her a floor she supposedly likes. I never give floors as birthday presents.

I gave her a floor she supposedly likes. I never give floors as birthday presents.


Then I noticed that it was Cole’s birthday the very next day and I had to order a present for him too. Geez, don’t they know I’m trying to relax??!

I also got great news that my friend Chris had gotten Marshal for me in his cycling town. I don’t cycle, so I had no idea how long it would take to get him to move, but bright and early at 8:30 the next morning Chris had Marshal in boxes and I was able to collect him. ♥ Thank you!!!!!

"It's decided! By the way, what's the name of your village?...Kasen village?"

“It’s decided! By the way, what’s the name of your village?…Kasen village?”

Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!

Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!

So every morning following I was terribly excited to start up Kasen and see where Marshal had set up residence, and of course meet him.

He didn’t pick the best spot, he moved in just south of my tower and ripped out bushes and stumps, but I don’t even care. In fact, I joke that his house is the prince park tower—a hotel in Tokyo right next to Tokyo Tower. I stayed there when I went to Japan.

This was the view from our room:

Tokyo Tower at Night

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Marshal's house location. Note the tower just behind his house.

Marshal’s house location. Note the tower just behind his house.

While I was waiting impatiently for Marshal to move in I visited Cole for his birthday and gave him a dark polka shirt. Muffy was partying with him. She’s kinda cute. We haven’t quite grown on one another yet, but I like her way better than Elvis.

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Yesterday Marshal’s house landed. I was so excited to go help him unpack…but the Vegas sun wakes me up early and he was asleep still. Argh!!

"I'm sorry but could you please let me sleep a little more?"

“I’m sorry but could you please let me sleep a little more?”

When I finally did get to welcome him, he was still asleep…standing up. OMG THE CUTENESS!

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Since he was busy unpacking and refused my help, I danced with him a little to wake him up and then left.

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Today was the first day I saw him out and about. He was fishing. And we chatted about air mail deliveries.

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We had a camper today. Finally I can enter a tent without worrying that it will be Marshal and I won’t have room! There are a couple other townies I would be sad to see while I have a full town, but this bird? Not one of them.

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I paid a visit to Muffy who, like Marshal, also seems to be narcoleptic. She wanted me to get her a rare bug, but I’ve been awake since 5am and I’m not feeling up to doing difficult favors.

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Obon?

I’ve been meaning to mention that this Friday is Obon in my Japanese game. I will open up Kasen so you can come over, get your eggplant cow or cucumber horse—I hope Isabelle behaves this year. Last year she gave out cucumber horses almost exclusively. Feel free to come over with multiple characters to attempt to get both (and don’t forget to say hi to Marshal!). I’m still not quite up to 500 people for my hosting badge, so the more the merrier. I will open from 10am-noon (GMT -8) Friday August 15 and if requested again in the afternoon/evening.

My birthday is the next day along with the bug-off. I’m going to be ooooooold. :P But I comfort myself in knowing that Kokuto will always be older.

And then Sunday is the fireworks festival.

And I say nothing happens in my birth month!

P.S. I received a US copy of Animal Crossing New Leaf from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!
P.P.S. This update would not be possible without Mayor Chris. Thank you!!!!!

ACNL Hide & Seek Camo Shirt QR Code

ぴこぷり has a lot more dresses than shirts, and the shirts it does have are often girly—this month has two that remind of some ’80s Madonna wear, but this one could be considered unisex. The animal peeking out from the tree makes it adorable [See if you can spot him in QR #1]. I gave it to りゅうじ since he’s often neglected with respect to his wardrobe.

He put it on and went to say hello to our new neighbor, Muffy.

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Follow Me on Twitch?

As some of you may know (or not? I don’t know how much I mentioned it here). I got a streaming Japanese 3DS recently. I haven’t streamed much because I’ve suddenly gotten shy and I’ve always been insecure about my translation abilities. But I’ve streamed a couple times so far and lived to tell the tale! (Mostly because no one was watching :P). Today I streamed KumaTomo (bear friend), an adorable game that I picked up a few days ago.


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If you’re interested, follow me on twitch, give me some feedback, or say “hey, I’d like to see suchandsuch game”, because I might have it. I’m very new to streaming and welcome constructive criticism.

Animal Crossing New Leaf US: Misshapen Pancake

I’ve been surviving the summer heat by wearing sleeveless dresses, a wide-brimmed hat, and visiting Quantico which i haven’t played since…April…so it’s still April there. Ahhhh a bit nippy.

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My residents tell me different ways they beat the heat. I’m surprised Aurora isn’t just diving in the ponds, but she cools off a little differently.

Personally, one of the few foods I truly dislike are watermelon. The texture bothers me.

Personally, one of the few foods I truly dislike are watermelon. The texture bothers me.

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Tia gave me a shirt to beat the heat, but…

Either she's advertising herself or she skinned a relative...

Either she’s advertising herself or she skinned a relative…

We’ve had a lot of short showers followed by gorgeous rainbows. This one makes it almost look like I like Elvis and his house:

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The fireworks festivals start up this Sunday. I’m thinking of opening, but being on the west coast (GMT -8) I don’t think many people will be awake to come see them. Hanabi means fireworks in Japanese, and Hanabi’s town flag is fireworks, so I’m excited about them. Maybe this year I’ll have to try and come up with some custom fireworks for the display.

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Today was Grizzly’s birthday. I bought a tan puffy vest for him and brought it to his house. Who had arrived before me? Elvis of course.

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Grizzly was none too subtle about receiving his birthday gift. That’s ok, he can be pushy on his birthday.

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I handed him his gift and he tore the wrapping off.

What do you mean *finally*? You've lived here for like a month.

What do you mean *finally*? You’ve lived here for like a month.

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I wondered if he’d put it on (you know, since Elvis refuses to wear the shirt I gave him) but he changed then and there and danced around sweating in his puffy vest looking half-silly and half-awesome.

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You. JUST had one. Greedy lion.

You. JUST had one. Greedy lion.

After the party I talked to all the birthday-boycotting villagers and Flurry dropped a bomb:

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This was news to me, because when I talked to Octavian not five minutes earlier all he would talk about is pancakes. Senile octopus.

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I did what any mayor who’s recently lost not 1 (Pashmina) but 2 (Drago) beloved villagers would do, I ran around catching bugs for 10 or 15 minutes.

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Finally on one of my passes looking for Cicadas Octavian stopped me:

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I told him in no uncertain terms that he was not leaving (at least not until or unless I get rid of Grizzly, Aurora, or Elvis). And that’s what’s new in Hanabi on this last day of July.

P.S. I received a US copy of Animal Crossing from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!