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Dollfie Dream goods from Nine9Style & Rajikaru

April 14, 2014

Lucky day as two parcel with Dollfie Dream goods were delivered to my doorstep, including one packed with goods from Nine9Style.
Recently been re-evaluating the wardrobe of my various Dollfie Dream and felt some could use a new outfit or different fashion for a refreshed look.

Always been satisfied with the items purchased from Nine9Style and considering the perforated lace dress set previously bought from them looks lovely on Atsuko, took a chance and ordered similar styled dresses along with a pair of jeans and other assorted items.

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The other parcel that arrived is from ラジカル. Although had often admired the more realistic physics and poses that Dollfie Dream comrades managed to capture of their dolls equipped with Peach Pai, never actually purchased them.

Not especially because of the silicone’s maintenance requirements, but mostly because the default Peach Pai size was too large for my personal taste. Considering Rajikaru added the M Plus type, a size about equal to the Volks L bust but smaller than the standard Peach Pai, took the plunge and ordered a set.
Can’t wait to try them on my Dollfie Dream!

selector infected WIXOSS

April 12, 2014

Had initially not planned on watching “selector infected WIXOSS”, an original anime production by JC Staff and Takara Tomy to promote the WIXOSS trading card game, but sampled its first two episodes on a whim.

In simplified terms “selector infected WIXOSS” feels like a dark, dramatic version of “Fantasista doll”, another science-fiction style action anime where the battle cards were avatars of cute girls that were somehow able to interact with their real-life wielders.

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Even though watched quite a bit of “Fantasista doll”, ultimately dropped it as it became rather ridiculous. Must admit am somewhat apprehensive that “selector infected WIXOSS” too may quickly loose any appeal it has because it feels like such a dark, depressing series.

The overall visual atmosphere with its faded colors in a lifeless city landscape where the buildings and somber skies have a real oppressive feeling to them. In that aspect, the studio manages to create a really powerful atmosphere, but it may become too dark and overbearing for my personal taste.
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Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?

April 10, 2014

Often abbreviated as “Gochiusa”, this new anime adapted from the original “ご注文はうさぎですか?” four-panel manga by Koi is likely to become one of my favorite shows this season.

Even though am not a fan of four-panel manga since their particular comedy style is lost on me, must say that anime adaptations of those four-panel manga franchises revolving around cute girls doing cute things often tend to be right up my alley, like “Lucky Star”, “Aiura” or “Kiniro Mosaic”.

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Absolutely adored the first episode of “Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka”, a lighthearted, slice-of-life comedy all about showing the fun daily lives of a group or irresistibly cute young girls working part time at various cafes in a rustic town.

Considering the animation and character design style of the show, it’s much like “Kiniro Mosaic” but taking place at a cafe instead of a school. The emphasis is all on these cute girls whose sheer moe appeal is enough to make anyone’s heart melt.
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Blade & Soul

April 8, 2014

Originally a Korean mmorpg with an open world environment and a martial arts inspired real-time battle system, an anime adaptation of “Blade & Soul” by studio Gonzo has started to air.

Going through the anime spring season line up, there were several series that although they did not particularly stick out, still seemed worth to sample, like “Mahou Shoujo Taisen”, ”Break Blade” or “Blade & Soul”, hence decided to give the first episode a try.

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Unfortunately, “Blade & Soul” did not really appeal to me at all so won’t be watching the rest of this series. Will not label “Blade & Soul” as a bad anime based on this first episode alone, but it lacked anything original and failed to pull me into the story or have its characters and fantasy-like world setting appeal to me.

The overall atmosphere, level of animation, character designs and plot events were similar to other fantasy genre shows like “Queen’s Blade” or even “Koihime†Musou”, although it lacked the ecchi fanservice of the former and shoujo-ai tinted comedy of the latter.

“Blade & Soul” might still appeal to fans of the fantasy genre or those interested in the original game, but personally will not pick up this series.

Non Non Biyori second season announced

April 6, 2014

What a pleasant surprise to read the news that the official “Non Non Biyori” website announced today that a second season of the anime has been green-lit for production!

Based on the “のんのんびより” manga by Atto, absolutely adored the anime adaptation of this endearing slice-of-life story about four school friends in a small, quiet town in rural Japan and their days filled with innocent fun and heartwarming moments.

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Not only was the series itself right up my alley with its leisurely slice-of-life pace, but the voice acting lifted it up even further with terrific work by Asumi Kana as Komari, Murakawa Rie as Hotaru, Sakura Ayane as Natsumi and Koiwai Kotori as Renge. Sincerely hope that all voice talents will reprise their role for the second season.

While it has not been revealed yet when this sequel is slated to air, there will be a “Non Non Biyori” OVA bundled with the seventh volume of the manga due for release in July this year.
Really excited, I can hardly wait for the second season!

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou

April 5, 2014

One of the first new spring series on my watch list that started to air is “Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou”, the anime adaptation of the original comedy manga “僕らはみんな河合荘” by Miyahara Ruri.

Although it is officially titled “The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behaviour” in English, the dormitory’s name ‘kawaisou’ as used in the original Japanese title can be seen as a play on words since かわいぞう can also mean pitiful.

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That play of words in the title seemed rather odd when looking at the lively and colorful illustrations used to advertise the series. After seeing the terrific visuals in the promotional trailer, wanted to try this show and after the first episode, am definitely watching the rest!

In simple terms, based on that first episode alone, the show feels like a mix of classic anime “Mahoraba ~Heartful Days~” with last year’s “Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo”, all with stunning animation from Brain Base whose use of lighting effect and subdued color palette do somewhat remind me of Makoto Shinkai’s work.
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Anime spring season 2014

April 3, 2014

The spring anime season is starting and there’s plenty of series I plan to watch.

Really enjoyed the first “Love Live! School Idol Project” anime, so am really looking forward to the second season. It was an entertaining series about idols, full of catchy tunes and upbeat songs. While it had dramatic events, overall it had an uplifting, positive atmosphere and it did steer clear from having its characters reach impossible goals.

Topping the list of new series is definitely “Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to”, a harem comedy about a perverted mangaka, his assistants and the other poor souls that get swept up in his silly shenanigans. The manga is hilarious, so am anxious to discover if the anime adaptation will live up to the original.

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Judging by the promotional video, “Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san” will be right up my alley as it promises to be a lovely yuri comedy, possibly close in style to “Sakura Trick” with lots of comedy and silliness. Unfortunately, it will be made up of short, five minute long episodes only, though that formula worked well for “Onee-chan ga Kita!”

Also a yuri genre show, “Akuma no Riddle” will no doubt be completely different from “Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san” as its promotional video showcases a dark, action packed show, possibly with quite a bit of drama. Although am a fan of the yuri genre, am unsure if such a dark toned series will really to my personal taste.
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