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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.

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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.

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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′.

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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”

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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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Glasslip

August 15, 2014

After last season’s “Nagi no Asukara”, studio PA Works returns with another original anime project titled “グラスリップ”. In what seems to increasingly become their trademark production style, “Glasslip” is a romantic drama with some slice-of-life elements set in a small town offering plenty of enchanting backgrounds.

Must confess have one major regret about “Glasslip”, this even though the series is nowhere near finished and it is unsure how good the show will have been when all is said and done at the end of the season, but I do feel that the studio is not bringing out the full potential of “Glasslip”.

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Considering PA Works brought us a memorable romantic drama with “True Tears” and an endearing slice-of-life show with believable teen romance in “Hanasaku Iroha”, personally believe they should have kept “Glasslip” realistic and entirely omit the supernatural plot element of Kakeru hearing voices and Touko seeing fragments of the future.

Although these plot items are used to bring Touko and Kakeru together as well as serve as a catalyst for Touko’s inner turmoil, they are a cheap plot gimmick where the writers could have used more realistic scenarios instead. Omitting those elements, they could have made “Glasslip” an enthralling romantic drama.
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Working!! third season announced

August 13, 2014

Read some excellent news, at the recently held “Working!!” and “Servant x Service” summer festa crossover event it was revealed that production for a third season of “Working!!”, the anime adaptation of the four panel style manga by Karino Takatsu, has been green-lit!

Adored both seasons of the “Working!!” anime, it is an outstanding slice-of-life styled comedy about a group of quirky characters and their daily life working together at a family restaurant.

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With its mix of oddball characters ending up in crazy situations, each episode of “Working!!” is full of laughs. Cannot deny though that the comedy highlight of this show for me are the trap shenanigans with the irresistibly cute Kotori-chan!
憧れの少女ですね。だが…男だ!

Can’t wait for this third season and hope that it will come soon in 2015. If we could get a second season of “Servant x Service” in the near future as well, that would be lovely!

Suppose though that a Kotori-chan spin-off anime will forever be a delusional fantasy?

Jinsei

August 11, 2014

Initially had not planned on watching “Jinsei”, the anime adaptation of the light novel series “人生 – La Bonne Vie” written by Kawagashi Ougyo, but after reading good comments about this show from fellow anime fans, decided to give this comedy a try.

The comedy style and main premise reminded me somewhat of “GJ-bu”, although that may be an association made simply because the opening scene of “Jinsei” features a figure of Mao from “GJ-bu”.

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Must confess am not entirely sure whether to keep on watching “Jinsei” or not. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the first three episodes, I did not enjoy the fourth and fifth episodes as much.

Those episodes shifted focus to the feud of the life counseling group with the competing journalism club and featured a more absurd comedy style like “D-Frag!” which for me clashed too much with the style of the earlier episodes.

Preferred the style of the opening episodes of “Jinsei” which revolved entirely on the four main characters and their life counseling section work.
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