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Winter gift

January 26, 2016

Wanted to make some winter season themed photos of Dollfie Dream Tsukiko, however we have not had much a snow filled landscape over here this winter that could have served as enchanting scenery. Save for a few days with freezing temperatures and a single day of snow that quickly melted away, winter has been mostly just gray, overcast days.

To try and convey a winter atmosphere, clad Tsukiko in a (faux) fur lined winter coat with a check pattern scarf and posed her in front of a white background.


In some of the photos, put a small gift wrap box in her hands as if she’s she’s presenting a gift. A Christmas gift, a Valentine’s Day gift? Who knows…

The check pattern scarf used is a bit wide and long, so folded it over and tied it similarly to one of the examples for scarf fashion published in the dollop magazine created by Dollfie Dream enthusiasts silinder, fino and ryou.
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Ojisan to Marshmallow

January 23, 2016

A new anime based on the “おじさんとマシュマロ” manga by Otoi Rekomaru, “Ojisan to Marshmallow” is a workplace comedy about office worker Hige, an older man who can’t resist marshmallows, and his younger colleague Iori, who has a crush on him. Comedy hijinks ensue as Iori tries to win over Hige using his fondness for marshmallows.

There are not that many comedy anime that take place in a real world workplace setting, some I do recommend are “Servant x Service” and “Working!”. Had initially not intented to watch “Ojisan and Marshmallow”, but considering each episode is just under four minutes, it was worth to give it a try and am glad I did, because this silly workplace comedy is hilarious.


The contrast between portly, reserved Hige versus the younger, forward Iori who knows what she wants and assertively pursues her goal to conquer his heart, works well and the pair has good chemistry. The excellent voice work of Inada Tetsu as Hige and Kitamura Eri as Iori contributes greatly.

While the dialogue and comedy scenes of Iori and Hige’s antics are rather typical and classic, they nonetheless entertain, providing plenty of genuine laughter.

This winter anime season seems to be a good one for anime with short running time episodes, there’s several excellent comedies to watch next to “Ojisan to Marshmallow”, such as “Oshiete! Galko-chan”, “Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara” and “Ooya-san wa Shishunki!”.

You can watch “Ojisan to Marshmallow” on Crunchyroll.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

January 21, 2016

Adapting the “この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!” light novels written by Akatsuki Natsume into anime form, “Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!” is centered around an otaku finding himself transported into a fantasy realm, a setting that has been quite popular these past years.

Wondered if this show would be more comedy oriented like “Outbreak Company” and “Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka” or if it would have more serious undertones like “Log Horizon” and “Sword Art Online”.

Unfortunately, was not very impressed by the first few episodes of “Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!”. While I would not necessarily label it as bad, most of its individual elements and the show as a whole are mediocre.


From the lackluster animation of barely passable quality by Studio Deen to the superficial, unlikable template characters, the grating dialogue as well as the uninspiring comedy, not much makes this anime good enough to watch it over other, simply better shows.

Am left to wonder what the original light novels are like, are they rather mediocre too or might “Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!” be a case where the translation from the original medium into anime is poorly done or does this story simply not work that well in anime format?

Although I may still marathon watch “Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!” someday after it aired, personally recommend watching this season’s “Hai to Gensou no Grimgar” fantasy anime instead, its first few episodes suggest it will excel in all aspects over “Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!”.

Ooya-san wa Shishunki!

January 19, 2016

Started watching “Ooya-san wa Shishunki!”, the anime adaptation of the “大家さんは思春期!” four-panel manga by Minase Ruruu. Although am unfamiliar with the original manga, am confident this will be an excellent slice-of-life comedy.

Have good experience with similar anime whose episodes have a short running time such as “Aiura”, “Wakaba*Girl!” or “Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san”. An increasingly popular format, it seems to suit such comedies well.

While the core plot of a cute sailor uniform wearing middle school girl being the landlord at a small apartment complex might sound like it could be the plot of some ecchi anime, everything suggests that “Ooya-san wa Shishunki!” will focus on cute moments and comedy instead.


Even though the typical jokes and innuendo might not be far away considering cute girl Chi is flanked in the character line-up by Reiko, who’s the typical kind, motherly lady, am certain this will be a lovely comedy.

Animation by studio Seven Arcs Pictures is excellent, especially Chie is rendered with lots of care to make her seem as cute as possible and the overall visual atmosphere has a colorful but soft, low contrast look.

You can watch “Ooya-san wa Shishunki!” on Crunchyroll.

Dollfie Dream wrist joint replacement part by Cool Cat

January 17, 2016

Although Volks has released a hand internal frame piece as a separately purchasable part, its limited in-stock availability and the expensive shipping from Volks prompted me to give the wrist joint from Cool Cat a try instead.

Cool Cat recently released their own Dollfie Dream wrist joint replacement part, decided to purchase a set considering I have been satisfied with their other custom parts such as the shoulder and hip fortification sheaths.


The hue of the normal skin color type of Cool Cat’s wrist joint is near identical to the original Volks skin color. Installation of hand parts on the wrist joint was quite easy and even after installing a hand part, use of the additional rotation motion goes smoothly.

As indicated on Cool Cat’s website and on the included note, initial fit of the wrist joint’s shaft into the arm may be tight, requiring either some lubrication or slightly sanding down the shaft. My set was indeed too tight so I opted to trim the shaft ever so slightly with some sandpaper.

Did a few passes using a coarse grit sandpaper and ended with a finer grit for a smoother finish that still retains some friction. It is prudent to regularly check and test fit while sanding the shaft to ensure you do not over-trim it.

Purple feathers

January 15, 2016

On a Sunday shortly before Christmas, took advantage of having some free time and decent natural lighting thanks to clear weather, to snap some photos of Dollfie Dream Sachiko.

Posed Sachiko on a pillow decorated with synthetic imitation feathers of a light purple hue that fit well with the mint color of the off-shoulder sweater and socks set from Purple Dream she is clad in.


Used a basic silver surface reflector to bounce some of the available light from a top skylight window back on to the doll to soften the shadows on her face, else such shadows would have been too pronounced.

Of course, tweaked the raw captures in Adobe Lightroom to make the overall resulting image brighter. Also increased the brightness of the eyes because even though the default blue eyes Volks installs on Sasara are lovely, they can appear rather dark when cast in shadow.
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Oshiete! Galko-chan

January 13, 2016

On a whim, watched the first episode of “Oshiete! Galko-chan”, the anime based on the “おしえて!ギャル子ちゃん” comedy manga by Suzuki Kenya. Was pleasantly surprised by this show and hope its opening episode is a trendsetter for the rest.

Considering the show is centered around the silly and often unrefined daily conversations three friends have in class, there isn’t much of a plot and “Oshiete! Galko-chan” leans towards the slice-of-life genre due to its focus on the idle banter and comical shenanigans of these high school girls.

“Oshiete! Galko-chan” surprised me by its blatant, comical use of stereotype characters. Their names plainly announce it actually, main characters Galko, Otako and Ojou are typical renderings of the gyaru fashionable girl, the otaku and the proper ojousama template characters.


The show manages to make these near-caricature characters work well though, in part thanks to their interaction and verbal banter. Don’t expect innocent and cute conversations like those in “Aiura” or “Yuyushiki” though, because the topics Galko, Otako and Ojou discuss are far more uncouth.

The animation of “Oshiete! Galko-chan” by Studio Feel, who also produce “Dagashi Kashi” this season, is excellent. It is nice to see an anime with short running time achieve such quality as quite often they tend to feature less exquisite animation.

Although the studio does seem to forego using detailed backgrounds but most often opts for plain backgrounds, no doubt so most production focus can into the characters.

Will definitely keep on watching this funny comedy. You can watch “Please tell me! Galko-chan” on Crunchyroll.


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