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Dollfie Dream snapshots: Ayuko -2-

August 22, 2016

Here’s a few more photos of Dollfie Dream Ayuko taken with the Fujian 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens mounted on the Sony A7 MkII using an E-mount adapter and with optional macro ring installed. Quite enjoy the peculiar light haze look this lens makes when used in specific lighting conditions, it helps create a different atmosphere.

Thanks to the macro ring was not only able to move in closer to the subject, but it surprisingly also allowed to make sharper captures compared to when it was not installed.

Ayuko

Made these photos with indirect natural lighting coming from a top skylight and side window, also used a silver reflector to bounce some light back on Ayuko. The indirect lighting and white background help create a soft look, that even though bright is without blown highlights or deep shadows.
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A day in Bruges

August 19, 2016

Had the opportunity to visit Bruges this week when a friend made a brief stopover in Belgium before travelling back to Japan. While a typical tourist destination, knew Bruges was the ideal city to visit for a day with its many historic buildings, cobblestone roads and picturesque canals that earn it the moniker ‘Venice of the North’.

Leisurely walking around Bruges was a visually rich and terrific experience, the city center is filled with gorgeous historic buildings, centuries old bridges, charming old-fashioned houses, green parks, all within walking distance.

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Luckily the day of our visit the weather was absolutely beautiful with warm summer temperatures and a clear blue sky. Although the bright sunshine could be challenging when photographing the sights, captures could easily be overexposed or too dark.

Was the first day trip using the recently acquired Sony FE35mm f/2.8A ZA Zeiss Sonnar*T lens on my Sony A7 MkII, and am satisfied with its performance although I actually appreciated it the most for being compact, light and inconspicuous.
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Kantoku C89 doujin ‘Underwear Party’

August 17, 2016

The summer edition of Comiket was held this past weekend and among the many artists and circles that offered their latest releases, Kantoku from ‘Afterschool of the 5th Year’ published the ‘Underwear Party’ doujin.

This C90 release is not like the omnibus Kantoku published for C89, but a more typical release like the ”Check My Idol’ and ‘Check in Summer’ books, a 24 page doujin featuring several full-page images, pages composed of smaller illustrations showcasing the book’s theme, and concluding with a few pages of black & white line art.

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Following the theme from the ‘Panty x Panty′ doujin Kantoku published earlier this year for Comic1☆10, this new release too is all about underwear. Or rather, it is all about cute girls in underwear, drawn in Kantoku’s typical art style that while sexy still manages to make them look irresistibly cute, innocent even.
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Dollfie Dream snapshots: Yoko -2-

August 15, 2016

Some photos of Dollfie Dream Yoko clad in blue denim suspender shorts that I acquired earlier this year from Nine9Style, a look befitting hot summer days.

These are actually some of the first captures made of Yoko after switching her original DDDy body from Volks to a hybrid body assembled using Dy size Yawashiri and Peach Pai Plus created by Rajikaru with default DDIII parts.

Yoko

The craftsmanship of these parts created by Rajikaru has been quite impressive so far. May still swap out the original Volks neck part for a aftermarket aluminium one from CoolCat for its increased mobility and the more convenient removal & installation of the head it offers.

Did test installing some of my other Dollfie Dream heads on this new shapely Dy style body, but it did not suit my custom DDH03 and DDH06 heads well, so opted to stick to using Yoko’s head for it. Might still try my custom Neris head on it for future photo opportunities though.
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Tales of Zestiria the X

August 12, 2016

For my weekly dose of adventure oriented anime am counting on “Tales of Zestiria the X” this summer, the anime based on the “テイルズ オブ ゼスティリア” role-playing game from the ‘Tales’ game franchise.

Although I have not played the original game this anime is based on, had to give this show a try knowing studio ufotable was producing the anime, was curious to discover what striking backgrounds they would draw for such a vast fantasy world, also keen on seeing the battle sequences considering the studio’s excellent work on “Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works” and “Fate/Zero”.

Been impressed by “Tales of Zestiria the X” so far, it has been everything I seek in a classic, solid fantasy adventure anime with obvious role-playing game roots. Who knows, might just pick up the game afterwards if the anime turns out to be very good, almost fully completed “The Witcher 3” and its expansions anyway.

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Most appreciated that “Tales of Zestiria the X” spent most episodes so far building up the world setting and introducing the main characters, considering its role-playing game origins it could all become rather confusing if they rush through the opening story chapters to get to the action, neglecting the importance of building up the plot and characters.

Was confused though when they took a break from the main story-line to feature a few episodes on “Tales of Berseria”, the most recent ‘Tales’ game that takes place in the same world but in a past era.

However, considering the show’s current pace and the fact it will spend some episodes on another story, do wonder if they will be able to dedicate sufficient time on the supporting cast and further delve into the story. Especially knowing that “Tales of Zestiria the X” is slated for a thirteen episode season, which may result in undeveloped characters or cut story lines. Nonetheless, am curious to watch the rest of this series and am confident it will be a nice adventure anime.

Dollfie Dream snapshots: Shizuko -3-

August 8, 2016

After previously snapping some photos of Shizuko using the Fujian 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens, installed the Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 lens back on the Sony A7 to capture below image.

Taken late in the day with the bright light of the evening sun slipping through Venetian blinds, liked the dynamic contrast that these deep shadows and bright light offered. Did try not to overexpose or blow out the highlights too much.

Shizuko

Purchased some Dollfie bikini sets from CoolCat earlier, including this blue striped one whose design should go well with modest bust sized doll bodies as well as the more generous Dy or Peach sized ones. Did however pick this one especially for Shizuko, was convinced its design would suit her S bust sized DDS unibody well, and the light blue hue would suit her wig and eye color.

Will share more photos of Shizuko in this striped bikini soon. You can see my other Dollfie Dream photography on Flickr.

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

August 5, 2016

Was keen on checking out “This Art Club Has a Problem!”, the new summer anime based on the “この美術部には問題がある!” comedy manga by Imigimuru. Although it is labelled as a comedy featuring the rather classic setting, revolving around the daily activities of the quirky members of a school club, the fact it is about an art club had me wonder if it might be more slice-of-life oriented like the lovely “Sketchbook ~full color’S~”.

Having watched the episodes that aired so far, must conclude that “Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!” is not a slice-of-life anime similar to “Sketchbook ~full color’S~” at all, but instead it is a hilarious school comedy about an art club full of oddball characters, albeit all rather typical and not a very novel anime.

Therein lies my personal disappointment with this series -if I would word it so explicitly- but the characters, situations and jokes don’t feel refreshing, it does lack originality. However, let that not influence you to dismiss “Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!”. Even though I may lament the fact this anime is unoriginal, it has nonetheless provided plenty of laughter every week and makes me look forward to each new episode.

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The various quirky characters are still well balanced, with main female lead Mizuki just perfect as the seemingly only normal, sane member of the art club but of course she can be just as weird, especially with her tsundere behaviour towards Subaru.

Tend to personally enjoy shows that are driven by the unique dynamic of a group of oddball characters who are up to no good with their silly shenanigans, however another main comedy and driving plot thread in “Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!” is Mizuki’s crush on Subaru, which spawns the typical scenes and jokes.
Animation by studio feel is quite good, with most apparent care going to key scenes and close-ups of the characters, especially when they focus on female characters like Mizuki, Colette or Yumeko who do provide moe fanservice.

It might not be like “K-ON!”, “Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de” or “Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?” but if you’re looking for a solid comedy featuring a group of quirky characters in a club setting, then I definitely recommend you try this show.
You can watch “This Art Club Has a Problem!” on Crunchyroll.

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