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Anime spring season 2015

March 27, 2015

As the winter anime season is wrapping up, the spring season is upon us! Might have missed out on a few good series but am glad I limited the amount of shows I watched this winter to only a handful, hence plan to not pick up much new shows this spring either.

While there are plenty of other sequels am looking forward to, am most keen on watching “Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic”, the second season of the adorable slice-of-life anime based on Hara Yui’s yonkoma manga. Loved the first season, recently watched it again in anticipation of the sequel.

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Another sequel am quite anxious to see air is “Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki”. The first season of this science fiction space adventure excelled with epic space battles, political intrigue, lots of mystery and an interesting world setting.

Of course, will watch the second season of “Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works”, was very impressed with studio Ufotable’s work on the first season which had potent writing, good pacing and stunning animation. Considering the poor first anime incarnation of “Fate/stay night”, am glad this franchise’s original story is getting another chance with this excellent new adaptation.
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Sinon and Utaha Kasumigaoka figures available for preorder

March 25, 2015

Although I did pick up a Nendoroid Petite and Nendoroid Plus rubber straps from the Good Smile Company booth at Made in Asia, did not purchase any scaled figures at the event this year. The week right after Made in Asia though, Good Smile Company announced the release of several terrific figures.

While they announced nice figures like Aquamarine’s Saber of “Red” Mordred or Freeing’s Yuuki Yuuna, the figures that really appealed to me are Aquamarine’s epic Sinon from Sword Art Online” and Good Smile Company’s sexy Utaha Kasumigaoka from “Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata” so I pre-ordered those two right away.

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Have been satisfied with earlier purchases from the Good Smile Online Shop, but opted to order at Abysse Corp Direct instead.

As an official Good Smile Company Partner Shop, Abysse Corp Direct not only has competitive prices, they allow payment in three installments and the fact they are situated in France means that European buyers avoid custom taxes. A nice detail which I appreciated on their site is a countdown timer indicating when a specific figure its pre-order period will end.

Ordered both Aquamarine’s Sinon as well as Good Smile Company’s Utaha Kasumigaoka at Abysse Corp Direct, the wait until their release later this year will be long!

Strike Witches Operation Victory Arrow 2: Aegan Umi no Megami

March 23, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the first episode of the “Strike Witches Operation Victory Arrow” OAV that came out last year, hence was anxious to watch the second episode “Strike Witches Operation Victory Arrow 2: Aegan Umi no Megami”.

Recently released on BluRay, this second episode focuses on Francesca and Charlotte as the pair liberate a small island in the Mediterranean from a tenacious Neuroi foe, with the aid of Hanna-Justina and Raisa, two witches from Karlsand’s Africa corps.

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With the OAV’s first episode all about Minna, Gertrude and Erica, this second episode featuring Francesca and Charlotte, and the third episode focusing on Lynette and Perrine, actually do wonder if this three part OAV will have any significant screen-time for Eila or Sanya.

Studio Silver Link once more created a good OAV episode, but must admit was not that impressed with its animation quality compared to the previous volume. Besides the usual Strike Witches’ shenanigans, the highlight of this episode was undoubtedly Francesca’s family background along with her strong bond with Charlotte.

On to the third volume!

Tony’s Fairy Garden Annabel arrives

March 20, 2015

After getting the absolutely gorgeous Tony’s Heroine Collection “Peace Keeper” Daisy figure by Kotobukiya last year, did not hesitate to pre-order the Tony’s Heroine Collection “Fairy Garden” Annabel figure when Kotobukiya launched it for their 4-Leaves product line last September.

Although there was a slight delay with their delivery of Daisy and the inevitable customs fine that accompanies EMS shipping, opted to order Annabel from KotoEU again, Kotobukiya’s online store for direct online sales to European customers.

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Got to collect the parcel with Annabel from the post office today and can’t wait to display her alongside Daisy as Annabel is every bit the outstanding figure creation that Daisy is. Considering her rather sizable 1/6 scale, along with an impeccable detailing and finish, Kotobukiya delivers an excellent figure for a competitive price tag.

With the success of both Daisy and Annabel, there’s little doubt in my mind that Kotobukiya will also adapt artist Tony Taka’s latest similar creation in his series of scantily clad butterfly winged maidens.

Made in Asia 7 loot

March 16, 2015

Like the previous years, attended the “Made in Asia” convention this year too and although I did not purchase any manga, scaled figurines or BluRay, I did buy lots of other nice goods.

Although reputable and trustworthy stores Archonia and La Cité Des Nuages were present, they did not have any products with them that were interesting for me to buy at the event compared to simply ordering them online.

Renowned manufacturer Good Smile Company had a booth this year as well, couldn’t resist to pick up the Nendoroid Petite Kongou from “Kantai Collection: Kan Colle” though I now think should have bought the entire set of six considering they all are so cute. Also picked up three “Love Live!” Nendoroid Plus rubber straps, got Maki, Nozomi and Honoka.

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The comrades from Shadonia also attended this seventh edition of “Made in Asia” and their booth showcased lovely art of their mascot Sana, so I picked up some lithographs, badges and a mug that featured new illustrations of Sana.

Also bought a “Kantai Collection: Kan Colle” doujin from manga artist Raynart (Pixiv) who had a booth in the artist alley.

Last items I got were some tea and ramune bottles, as well as a few boxes of mochi and bags of gummy candy from the Manga Café Concept store who had lots of different Japanese drinks and candy for sale.

女子高生月子

March 13, 2015

Late last year, changed the default appearance of Dollfie Dream Tsukiko by installing a new set of eyes by Hisyo-Hisyo and a Leekeworld LR099 wig in their limited ‘Dark Champagne’ color.

Although opted to use eyes with a yellow tint which is stays close to the Saber Alter v2 original eye color, the new wig’s color is a radical departure from the previous blonde hue. Quickly noticed that Tsukiko’s earlier persona with an elegant, ladylike style did not seem to work as well anymore due to this change.

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Hence, tried a different style for Tsukiko and chose the 女子高生月子 or high school girl look again considering was pleased with the results achieved earlier with her in a sailor uniform.
This time, clad Tsukiko in the Volks “K-ON!” school uniform set but switched its default blue blazer for a gray cardigan from Nine9Style.
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Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou anime announced

March 11, 2015

Spotted news online that the seventh volume of “モンスター娘のいる日常” by Okayado has announced that an anime adaptation of the ecchi harem manga will air later this summer.
Must confess that have been indulging myself in the guilty pleasure that is the “Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou” manga and have been following it for a while.

Usually am thrilled to see good manga adapted into anime form -still hoping for anime versions of “Himawari-san” or “Yotsuba&”- but unfortunately am not convinced that the “Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou” manga will transition well into anime.

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“Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou” is an enjoyable read if you are looking for a comedy harem story with a ridiculous premise, plenty of ecchi scenes and cute but quirky monster girls.

However, my personal experience on seeing similar manga adapted into anime is not that positive, “To Love RU” comes to mind, the perfect example of a harem manga with terrific art, all the typical genre tropes and ecchi events, that alas lost most of its appeal when translated in anime form.

While I do recommend the “Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou” manga to those of you looking for an ecchi harem story to read, am not too sure yet about an anime.

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