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Terra Formars

September 29, 2014

One of the first new series to air this fall season is “Terra Formars”, the anime adaptation of the sci-fi horror manga “テラフォーマーズ” written by Sasuga Yuu and drawn by Kenichi Tachibana. Saw some comments that this series might be akin to “Attack on Titan” due to its bloody story full of death and gore, hence decided to check it out.

Unfortunately, am rather let down by “Terra Formars”. Where “Attack on Titan” excelled in building an eerie, oppressive atmosphere of a world where mankind is on the brink of extinction facing a formidable foe in a desperate battle for survival, “Terra Formars” fails to deliver any such gripping atmosphere or story in its first episode.


The “Terra Formars” core plot seems to be a fairly basic sci-fi type story centered on showing the viewers lots of blood and gore, do not expect this series to bring us anything truly novel or even have interesting characters or compelling storytelling like “Attack on Titan” has.

While overall the animation level by studio Liden Films was quite decent, the excessive amount of censoring feels rather silly for such a series filled with gore and am personally not a fan of the character design style which reminds me of older series like “Tenjou Tenge”.

Personally, I will not continue watching this series but if you’re looking for an action packed show with plenty of bloodshed, you can give “Terra Formars” a try. The series is available on Crunchyroll.

Tony’s Heroine Collection “Fairy Garden” Annabel available for preorder

September 26, 2014

During the previous summer edition of Wonder Festival, figure creator Kotobukiya showcased an unpainted prototype of Annabel, the next figure in the Tony’s Heroine Collection series from their 4-Leaves product line.

Following the absolutely gorgeous Tony’s Heroine Collection “Peace Keeper” Daisy figure that was released earlier this year, “Fairy Garden” Annabel is an original character created by Tony Taka and the figure is based on an illustration that was featured in the 2014 edition of the artist’s ‘Self Select Calendar’.


Like Daisy, Annabel will be a sizable 1/6 scale PVC figure with a rather daring costume and will boast colorful butterfly wings. The figure is tentatively scheduled for release towards the end of February 2015.

You can preorder this new Tony’s Heroine Collection “Fairy Garden” Annabel figure from trustworthy online stores such as KotoEU, JList, Hobby Search or Ami Ami.

Personally I preordered the figure at KotoEU, Kotobukiya’s official online store for direct sales to European customers. While they previously only offered shipping through EMS, they now also have a standard air mail shipping option.

Ghost in the Shell Arise – Border 4: Ghost Stands Alone

September 22, 2014

The final “Ghost in the Shell Arise” OVA titled “Border 4: Ghost Stands Alone” was recently released. This fourth episode sees the resolution of the previously mentioned ‘Fire Starter’ virus plot and also shows us how Motoko and her elite team who were working for but still operating independently from Public Security Section 9 now join under Aramaki.

While we do get some brief references to Togusa’s family life as well as hints of Motoko and Batou’s key characteristics as depicted in the “Ghost in the Shell” movies and series, overall this finale seemed to focus the most on tying all loose ends from the previous episodes.


Do feel that the philosophical element of the core plot which revolved around people who struggle with being cybernized casting away their very self and essence onto the net, was somewhat lost due to the fast pace and various political scheming sub-plots.

Of course, it is typical for “Ghost in the Shell” to feature plenty of action, political intrigue, espionage as well as questions about what it is to be human offset against having become fully cybernetic.

While I still do think that Production IG did not achieve the level of animation style with “Ghost in the Shell Arise” compared to the animation seen in previous “Ghost in the Shell” releases, overall this OVA series is a must see for every fan.

Random snapshots of Kyouko

September 19, 2014

Having shifted most focus on playing Battlefield 4 these past months, it had been far too long since I picked up the camera to snap some photos of my Dollfie Dream dolls. The rather mediocre weather with plenty of overcast or rainy days during summer did not help either.

However, when I saw the perfect light cast by the setting sun a few evenings ago, could not resist and made a few quick captures of DD Kyouko before the sunlight faded away behind the horizon.


Wanted a more casual style for Kyouko so clad her in a mix ‘n’ match of different items, with blue jeans and a sleeveless shirt from Dollmore while the hat, necklace and undershirt came from Nine9Style.
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Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san OVA

September 15, 2014

Recently watched the OVA episode of “Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san”, the hilarious yuri comedy adapted from the “犬神さんと猫山さん” four panel manga created by Kuzushiro. As a yuri aficionado who quite enjoyed watching this spring series full of silly yuri shenanigans, was looking forward to the OVA.

Regrettably, the animation by studio Seven was less than impressive, mediocre even, which is a real shame. Although the series itself featured rather plain animation with frequent quality issues, had hoped the studio would go all out on this OVA episode, but alas not.


Luckily the OVA does deliver the typical -near slapstick- yuri comedy that is the show’s trademark. Of course, what else was to be expected with Yachiyo, Suzu and Aki out on a leisurely trip to the hot springs? Hilarity quickly ensues with Suzu’s desperate attempts for skinship with Yachiyo, will Aki be able to relax at all if she has keep those two in check?

While not stellar, the OVA was nonetheless enjoyable, so if you like yuri genre shows, then you might want to check out “Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san”.

The entire season of “Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san” is available at Crunchyroll.

Tony Taka C86 doujin ‘Tony’s 改造 note’

August 29, 2014

For C86, Tony Taka published ‘Tony’s 改造 note’, which unlike the Kantai Collection inspired doujin ‘Tonikore’ from C85 is not a typical T2 Art Works doujin release split between full page illustrations and a black & white hentai story.

This new book is similar to ‘Recollect’ and ‘Recollect2′ since it features all full page color illustration and only a few pages showcasing rougher, unfinished artworks. At 44 pages only, the book is alas twenty pages thinner than ‘Recollect1′ and ‘Recollect2′.


Must emphasize though that ‘Tony’s 改造 note’ features mostly alternate versions of illustrations that were already published in other books or previously appeared elsewhere, but return here, reworked into what is usually a more ecchi version.

Whether that would make this book a worthy purchase, is up to everyone to decide for themselves. Important to mention is that next to shifted or absent clothing, the characters in these alternate versions also feature a different facial expression.
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Kantoku C86 doujin ‘Tachiyoumi Senyou 35′

August 22, 2014

At Comiket 86, this year’s summer edition of the vent that took place last weekend, Kantoku from the circle “Afterschool of the 5th Year” published a new volume of his ‘Tachiyoumi Senyou’ doujin series.

Following volume 34 which was released at C85, this new doujin contains full page color illustrations featuring characters from recent anime series which include “Nagi no Asukara”, “No Game, No Life”, “Atelier Escha & Logy ~Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi~”, “Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okaishiin da ga” and “Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda”


My favorite artwork from this doujin is undoubtedly this gorgeous and somewhat daring illustration of Chisaki and Manaka from “Nagi no Asukara”.

There are also some illustrations in the book from currently airing series like “Barakamon” and “Sword Art Online II”.
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