• Tokonatsu 2018 News

    Toko-R’s Best bits of 2018 – M pro

    As promised, I’ve been hitting up some of our staff to find out what their favourite parts of this year’s Tokonatsu have been. We all put in a lot of hard work, but we also all had so much fun! Starting things off are Mike’s (M pro) highlights! “Where to start? Well for me Toko 2018 was amazing! As well as Busy! And Hectic! And one more amazing! It was a time of unknowns in many ways. This year it was new tent time for TokoR and unfortunately, due to time restraints, we didn’t get to test the new tent before Toko. Thankfully we didn’t have too many problems, and…

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    Tokonatsu 2018 – The Aftermath

    As the air cools, and the wasps become distant memories, we take this time to reflect on Tokonatsu 2018, how it went for us, and how it went for you. I would lie if I said the weekend hasn’t left us at Toko-R all a little broken, and thankful for the days after to recover, but that’s because we put our all into this weekend, as did all the Tokonatsu Staff, Gophers and Committee that put their heart and souls into this event every year. And If I do say so myself, the work paid off. I personally feel that this has been the best Tokonatsu to date, and that’s…

  • Camping Survival Tips (some might be real...),  Tokonatsu 2018 News

    How to deal with the Heat while Camping

    Well, it’s less than a week until we see you all, and if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, there’s still time! Head on over to <a href=”https://www.tokonatsu.org.uk/registration/ticket” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>the ticket page now!</a> This year has been one of the hottest years on record, and with that heat comes a good amount of danger. At the time I’m writing this, the Met office has issued warnings, suggesting that if it can be helped, you stay out of the sun entirely until the heat wave is over, and to definitely avoid the hours of 11am-1pm. Given the nature of Toko, it’s unlikely anyone is going to be following this advice, so…

  • Tokonatsu 2018 News

    Toko ’18 T-Minus 1 Week – Essentials that you should bring to Tokonatsu

    We are in are last week till Tokonatsu, ONE WEEK!!! If you haven’t already purchased your ticket, there is still time! Head on over to the ticket page now! We brought you this list last year, and it’s just as important this year! It happens to the best of us, we think we have packed everything, and then you wake up in the morning, go to brush your teeth, and oop! No toothbrush! So we’re here today to provide a list of what we think are the essentials that every Con Goer should pack, to ensure they have the bare minimum to get by comfortably for the weekend, and a…

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    Toko ’18 T-Minus 2 Weeks – Toko-Retreat

    With 2 weeks leading up till Tokonatsu, the hype has begun to set in, and the excitement is building.  If you haven’t already purchased your ticket, there is still time! Head on over to the ticket page now! In the run up to Tokonatsu, we like to release some articles relating more to the festival itself, and what is on offer, and so this week is our annual “who we are” at Toko-Retreat post 😀 Toko-Retreat By now, I imagine a lot of you have a better idea of who we are, and what we offer, which is great! For some of you though, especially those that are new, there…

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    Tokonatsu 2018 – The Houses Explained!

    So, we have had the announcement on the new houses, and Tokonatsu 2018 draws ever closer. If you haven’t seen the reveal yet, you can check it out at the bottom of this post! Some of you may be wondering at the new houses, and what is the meaning behind their name? Well, Toko-Retreat has you covered once again 😉 The houses this year are based on The Four Gentlemen, also known as The Four Noble Ones in traditional Chinese art. They are four plants, Bamboo, Plum blossom, Orchid and Chrysanthemum, and stem from Confucianist junzi, or “gentlemen”. They have been used in Chinese painting since the time of the…

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    Zombie Nation

    For weeks, we have been hinting at something coming from the dark… Of a madness spreading throughout Tokonatsu and Toko-Retreat… Of something evil in the winds… Our posts may have left some of you confused, maybe even a little scared. “What could they be talking about?” “Hamburgers?” “Should I be worried?” Today, we are here to bring you answers, but the answers cannot bring you hope I’m afraid…for in your future, there is little hope to be had! Without further ado, the time has come…Tokonatsu Events team and Toko-Retreat are bringing you two new events this year! 28-Minutes Later It starts off as what would appear to be an ordinary…

  • Review

    Thunderbolt Fantasy

    Recently, I was sat watching some Anime with my housemate, and he was like “have you seen Thunderbolt Fantasy? Oh man! It’s awesome, put it on!” So, naturally I was expecting Anime, but what I got I was not prepared for. My first thoughts were, “Japans done a Thunderbirds?” as you are presented with a set of puppets moving in real time, with very extravagant movements and in VERY ornate costumes. Initially, this put me off, but only for about two seconds, as the show immediately kicks off with why it’s amazing. Rarely have I seen fight scenes so well executed, and never have I seen it done with puppets.…

  • Review

    Corpse Party: Blood Covered

    A stormy night. A harmless ghost story. A silly pact intended to symbolize their friendship. I first discovered Corpse Party on Youtube when one of my favorite Let’s Players (Cryaotic) decided to do a walkthrough of the game. Yes this a manga review, but the story of Corpse Party goes way back to 1996. Initially beginning as a horror-survival game developed by Team GrisGris on RPG Maker, receiving a remake named ‘Corpse Party: Blood Covered’ in 2008, which was followed up by numerous sequels including ‘Corpse Party: Book of Shadows’ for more up-to-date gaming platforms. It is the Blood Covered remake which this manga is based upon. The gameplay itself…

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    Hibanacon 2017 – First thoughts

    Hello all! It’s been a couple of weeks now since Hibanacon launched their first convention at the Jury’s Inn, Milton Keynes! We at Toko-Retreat were unfortunately not in full attendance, but we did pop down to say hi to friends outside, and were lucky enough to be invited to be shown around the venue, got to see the Games room, and hung out in the bar area with a lot of the attendees, which was a free access area outside of the convention. The Games Room is virtually fully kitted out by Captain Tyler, and his collection of retro to modern consoles. Needless to say though, there was plenty to…