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Girls und Panzer final chapter confirmed as 6 part anime

November 14, 2016

Saw articles on Crunchyroll and ANN conforming that during this past weekend’s 大洗あんこう祭 event held in Oarai, the participating “Girls und Panzer” franchise cast and staff revealed that the “ガールズ&パンツァー 最終章” aka “Girls und Panzer Final Chapter” project will be a six part theatrical anime.

The first of these six anime is tentatively scheduled for a theatrical release in December 2017. Considering the outstanding quality and significant length of “Girls und Panzer der Film”, am hoping these new theatrical anime will be an hour in length each. Or that at the very least they equal the “Girls und Panzer: Kore ga Hontou no Anzio-sen Desu!” OVA in length, which would add up to make these six new anime episodes roughly the running time of a one cour anime season.

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Love the “Girls und Panzer” anime, it’s an adorable slice-of-life series of cute girls doing cute things, only this time it’s not silly shenanigans in a music club, cycling club or simply leisurely spending their days, but instead they have lots of fun and thrills driving tanks and engaging in mock battles.

It will be a long wait until the new -but unfortunately final- anime chapters of “Girls und Panzer” are here, but am sure it will be worth it!
You can watch the first promotional trailer for “Girls und Panzer Final Chapter” here on Youtube.

Dollfie Dream snapshots: Shizuko -4-

November 7, 2016

On a dreary autumn day when a cold drizzle from ominous gray clouds chills you to the bone, it can be invigorating to reminisce on the warm summer days, and what better way to think of summer than looking at some photos of Dollfie Dream Shizuko clad in a sundress?

Previously already uploaded photos of Dollfie Dream Sachiko wearing this particular outfit, the ‘Flower Lace Dress Set’ outfit from Volks their Tenshi no Sumika collection. Thought would be interesting to see what this summer dress would look like on Shizuko’s S bust DDS unibody, quite a difference compared to Sachiko’s shapely Peach Pai equipped DDDy body.

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Opted for an off-shoulder style wear of the short sleeve cardigan because it helps suggest a warm summer atmosphere, and it also hides the elbow joint which can help make the arms and their pose look more natural.

You can see more of my photography on Flickr.

Akari Mizunashi figure by Wing available for preorder

November 4, 2016

Spotted tweets from Good Smile Company’s promotional account Guma as well as from Mélytan with news that a new scaled figure of Akari Mizunashi from “Aria” will open for preorder today November 4th 2016 with an expected actual release date around March 2017.
The figure itself is created by Wing and released by Good Smile Company who handles distribution for several manufacturers like Freeing, Max Factory, Aquamarine,…

Absolutely adore the pose they sculpted Akari in, with her skirt raised and boots in one hand while she dips her foot into the water. No doubt a pose inspired by the ‘Festa del Boccolo’ chapter where she heads into the city during the aqua alta, especially with the few roses floating on the water in the figure’s rather quaint base. Am a bit worried though since the base seems to take up so much of the figure’s actual height that Akari herself might turn out rather small.

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The figure’s facial expression is close to Akari’s look in the manga, such a soft smile suits her personality best. A nice detail I do appreciate is how they integrated president Aria into the figure’s overall pose instead of having the mascot cat as a loose accessory or omitting him altogether. Will definitely purchase this new “Aria” figure.

You can preorder this figure of Akari Mizunashi from “Aria” starting today directly at the Goodsmile Online Shop or from other trustworthy online stores like JList, Hobby Search or AmiAmi.

Getsuyoubi no Tawawa

October 31, 2016

Originally created by Kiseki Himura and published each Monday on Twitter, “月曜日のたわわ” is a series of illustrations intended to boost people’s morale on those tough Monday mornings by depicting a simple, yet funny or motivating story usually involving a busty high school girl or shapely office lady.

Although it has only spawned a single compilation book yet, which was published at Comiket 89, a twelve episode short anime adaptation created by Pine Jam and NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan is being released online this autumn season. Took notice of “Getsuyoubi no Tawawa” following Twitter traffic about Youtube’s removal of the first episode from NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan’s channel.

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While the first episode has since been re-uploaded to Youtube, “Getsuyoubi no Tawawa” is now being released weekly on a dedicated channel at Nico Nico where you can watch this slice-of-anime about busty girls warming your heart or motivating you to hang in there when you feel down on a dreary Monday thanks to their spirit and encouragement.

Even though it is a slice-of-life genre series with enough humour, would not compare this anime short to shows like “Yama no Susume”, “Wakaba*Girl” or “Aiura”, instead “Getsuyoubi no Tawawa” seems more oriented to cater to an audience keen on some mild fanservice considering the main focus of this show is its irresistibly cute, busty girls.

You can watch “Tawawa on Monday” on Nico Nico’s “Getsuyoubi no Tawawa” channel and check out the original illustrations on Kiseki Himura’s Twitter.

Stella no Mahou

October 28, 2016

As a slice-of-life genre aficionado, was looking forward to “Stella no Mahou”, the anime adaptation by studio Silver Link of the “ステラのまほう” four-panel comedy manga by Cloba.U. From the plot synopsis to the visuals, was confident this new series would be the type of slice-of-life anime that I adore.

Enjoyed these first episodes of “Stella no Mahou” yet I must confess that alas am not entirely wowed by it. While I do tremendously enjoy this lovely slice-of-life series and would wholeheartedly recommend it, can’t help but think that the show is lacking something.

All the elements for a great slice-of-life series are present, each is properly executed and of good quality yet these elements combined together never seem to create something as soothing, magical or memorable like “Flying Witch” or “Tamayura”.

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Studio Silver Link has already produced several excellent slice-of-life anime, luckily most of these shows hardly resemble each other, for instance “Non Non Biyori”, “Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge” and “Anne Happy” each have their own distinct animation style, look and atmosphere.

“Stella no Mahou” is instantly recognisable as a cute, fluffy slice-of-life anime with its bright pastel yet low contrast colours and is more reminiscent of shows like “Anne Happy”, although the character designs and atmosphere of these two shows are different. Although the animation may look rather simplistic at times, it is sufficiently good and perfect for this type of anime.

Even though it might not become as memorable as true gems like “Non Non Biyori”, “Aria”, “Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?”, “Flying Witch” or “Amanchu!”, am confident that “Stella no Mahou” will be a lovely, heartwarming and fluffy show that all viewers among you that enjoy slice-of-life or moe anime will definitely love.

You can watch “Stella no Mahou” as “Magic of Stella” on Daisuki.

Dollfie Dream snapshots: Tsukiko -2-

October 26, 2016

Uploaded some photos to Flickr that I took a while ago of Tsukiko, my Saber Alter v2 Dollfie Dream from Volks.

Although Tsukiko has a more vivid ‘dark champagne’ colour wig from Leekeworld instead of the lighter coloured previous one, still prefer to clad her in black or white garments as it suits the Volks white skin body hue well and often creates an appealing contrast.

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Made these captures in early evening while there was still plenty of light outside. Previously already shared some photos of Tsukiko in this particular outfit, those were made with the Fujian 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens however, while these photos were made with the Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 lens instead.

Did add a few simple accessories to try and evoke another atmosphere, a plain necklace and black rimmed glasses. Especially glasses can allow you to easily create a different look for a Dollfie.

You can see more of my Dollfie Dream photography on Flickr.

Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

October 24, 2016

Also known as “Kiss Him, Not Me”, had not planned on watching “Watashi ga Motete Dousunda”, the new fall season anime adapting the “私がモテてどうすんだ” shoujo manga by Junko. Did watch the first episode on a whim and will likely keep on watching this absurd shoujo otaku comedy throughout the season.
Although I am curious to discover if “Watashi ga Motete Dousunda” will remain enjoyable, because its core plot being built on a single gimmick makes it likely that the show could collapse in on itself once that gimmick is resolved or no longer fresh enough to carry the series.

Although it is labelled as a shoujo genre series, there is plenty of comedy and typical otaku humour in “Watashi ga Motete Dousunda”. The story centres around overweight fujoshi Kae, who despite being a closet otaku, is on good speaking terms with several of her school’s most popular guys. Unbeknown to them, Kae’s otaku tendencies are not limited to fictional characters, she freely fantasises about these real life acquaintances having bl romances as well.

When her favourite fictional character is killed off, Kae goes into shock and shuts herself in without eating for over a week. Emerging from her seclusion, she has become a slim, attractive girl and not unexpectedly all the attractive guys try to woe her, which Kae is rather oblivious to as she prefers pairing the guys together in her mind, which leads to plenty of situational humour.

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My personal biggest complaint about “Watashi ga Motete Dousunda” is Kae’s incredulous transformation, it is too sudden and too extreme. She does not merely loose weight, but because the anime wants to render her as cute as possible, it turns her from a shabby, unkempt girl clad in trainers into a fashionable style icon. However, I do realise that if they would have handled it in any more serious or realistic manner, then it might have made the core story’s content even more objectionable.

Makes me wonder though if this is because I am misinterpreting what style of story “Watashi ga Motete Dousunda” is actually trying to be, is it a comedy that tries to cleverly accuse and point out how unfair and shallow most of the characters, their motivations and prejudices are? Or is it a shoujo styled comedy that actually succumbs to the very pitfalls it introduced into its own story?

Nonetheless, I’ve really enjoyed this comedy so far and Kae is a cutie, thanks to her many reactions, faces and the excellent voice work of Kobayashi Yuu (even though there was no need for her to use a different voice for Kae before and after the transformation).
I can hence recommend fans of shoujo series or romantic comedies to try “Watashi ga Motete Dousunda”.

You can watch “Watashi ga Motete Dousunda” as “Kiss Him, Not Me” on Crunchyroll.