Skip to content

Playstation 4 Pro

October 20, 2017

When Sony released the Playstation 4 Pro last year, initially opted not to upgrade my original Playstation 4 to this improved version of the console yet. Did take the plunge yesterday though, took advantage of a special bundle offer that included the Playstation 4 Pro with a second Dualshock 4 controller and the newly released Gran Turismo Sport game, all at a very competitive price.

Was pleasantly surprised how easy Sony made it to set up a new Playstation 4 and transfer all your data including settings, games and saved data files from your existing Playstation 4. Simply had to connect the new console, the transfer data option was automatically suggested during its initial set up and the process to copy all data from my old console took just over an hour.

Also grabbed a Playstation Dualshock 4 charging station from Sony to forego having to keep the cumbersome USB cable connected to charge controllers between gaming sessions, this helps reduce cable clutter and keeps the controllers more easily within reach.

Needed a more appropriate television unit without spending a fortune on some flashy design furniture so went to Ikea and purchased a simple tv unit from their Bestä line, along with two additional shelves for it and some of their Romma & Rabalder cable management products to tidy all the cabling in and behind the furniture.
Read more…

Advertisements

Dollfie Dream snapshots: Kyouko -3-

October 16, 2017

Another photo of Kyouko, my Dollfie Dream custom DDH03 head on a DDS body type, clad in a white open shoulder shirt from Nine9Style, skirt from CoolCat and striped underwear set from Volks.

Contrary to the previous photos of Kyouko, this time opted to capture her using soft, indirect lighting on a cloudy day, did use a reflector to reduce some of the darkest shadows and bounce some light back onto her face as the natural light available came from windows on one side only.

Kyouko

While am not thrilled about the quality of the shirt, its thin fabric does lend itself perfectly for this type of more daring photos where one can just about discern the colourful underwear worn underneath.

You can see more Dollfie Dream images on my Flickr photostream.

Blend S

October 13, 2017

Adapting the “ブレンド・S” four-panel comedy manga by Miyuki Nakayama into anime form, was keen on watching “Blend S” as its promotional material suggested it might be the type of workplace-centric comedy with oddball characters that I am fond of, like “Working!!” or “Servant x Service”.

If the first episode is a trendsetter, will undoubtedly love this show. Granted that the core plot premise is not entirely original, Maika is an innocent school girl starting her first part-time job at a cafe where the waitresses play a typical moe persona to appeal to customers. Nonetheless, the character chemistry seems excellent and especially lead character Maika’s typical Yamato nadeshiko archetype offset against the sadistic character she’s forced to portray is spot on.

While some may not be convinced by such a typical gap moe trope, it seems this show will execute it flawlessly, not only in Maika’s case but the first scenes featuring her colleagues Mafuyu and Kaho suggest they are well-balanced, with a convincing contrast between their actual personality and working persona in cafe ‘Stile’.
In fact, “Blend S” may use this as a core element of its appeal, yet somehow you get the feeling they also parody, even mock gap moe and the very nature of character themed series or maid cafe’s.

Visually the animation style used in “Blend S” is reminiscent overall of the look seen in “Working!!” and “Servant x Service”, which may come as no surprise considering studio A-1 Pictures created all three anime and some of the key staff working on “Blend S” was also involved in those other two workplace-centric comedies.

A fun side note for fans who relish in Maika’s sadistic work persona, one of the “Blend S” anime official website’s special pages is the calendar with audio messages from Maika as voiced by Waki Azumi. There you can listen to Maika verbally abusing you in a most rewarding in satisfactory manner for those who may have a penchant for being scolded by a sadistic loli.

If you like slice-of-life comedies set in the workplace filled with oddball characters that are a hoot to watch, or if you have a masochistic streak and are thrilled to be verbally assaulted by a cute sadistic loli, then I definitely recommend you give “Blend S” a try.
You can watch “Blend S” on Crunchyroll.

Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2

October 9, 2017

Adored the original “Love Live!” anime and the “Love Live! The School Idol Movie” which told the upbeat, lively story of school idol group µ’s. Although there are plenty of decent series focused on idols, including “the iDOLM@STER” franchise, personally I have liked “Love Live!” most.

When its first season aired last year, was keen on watching the spin-off “Love Live! Sunshine!!” which stars new idol group Aquors. While it was not a perfect anime by any means as it regrettably suffered a few idiosyncrasies due to it trying to mirror the original show, nonetheless genuinely enjoyed watching this new incarnation of “Love Live!” and was hence looking forward to this second season of “Love Live! Sunshine!!”.

The story picks up where the first season left off, new idol group Aquors their struggle to save Uranohoshi Girls’ Academy from being closed down is far from over so we are in for a new season of seeing these cute, quirky girls overcome the challenges ahead, to become famous idols like µ’s and save their school.

Even though some episodes or subplots may include more dramatic scenes and sad moments, this franchise is a lighthearted one overall so its viewers can rest assured that all will eventually end well. These adorable idols will undoubtedly achieve what they set out to accomplish, making this show a fun intermezzo in one’s weekly anime watching list, offering fans an upbeat, colourful viewing experience with plenty of cute girls in frilly, colourful costumes singing catchy idol pop songs.

While shows featuring engaging dramatic plot with properly fleshed-out characters are definitely enjoyable, “Love Live! Sunshine!!” is all about watching cute idols, giving it their best in an idealised world full of joy and colour.

Production quality of “Love Live! Sunshine!!” by studio Sunrise is excellent, with lots of attention going into how the girls are rendered, especially close-up scenes and dialogues. Of course any scenes where Aquors performs or the girls sing as idols are very well cared and it seems that each year the integration of 3D CGI animation for dance sequences with the 2D animation improves visibly.

You can watch the original “Love Live!” and “Love Live! Sunshine!!” on Crunchyroll.

Konohana Kitan

October 6, 2017

Based on the “このはな綺譚” manga by Amano Sakuya, this new autumn anime is a slice-of-life style story about several girls and their daily adventures working at a traditional Japanese hot spring hotel. There seems to be plenty of yuri innuendo between the girls and the show also has lots of supernatural elements considering the main characters are fox girls and the inn’s various guests are beings inspired from folklore.

With a traditional Japanese town and rustic hot spring hotel as background, “Konoahana Kitan” may remind viewers of “Hanasaku Iroha”, while its leisurely atmosphere, supernatural elements and cute fox girls in kimono are reminiscent of series like “Otome Youkai Zakuro” or “Urara Meirochou”.

One of the first new anime to air this autumn season, the appeal of its cast of cute fox girls was plenty to get me to sample the first episode of “Konoahana Kitan”. Was quite glad because I immediately adored this show which will undoubtedly be a nice weekly rendezvous providing soothing entertainment of watching cute girls doing cute things, one of the slice-of-life genre’s most enjoyable formula to me.

Although it will likely feature serious plot points and possibly even some drama in future episodes, the show’s overall atmosphere seems to be upbeat and heartwarming, its most obvious selling point of course being its cast of irresistibly cute fox girls and their daily shenanigans.

Animation by studio Lerche is decent and of the typical average level expected for such a slice-of-life title, with most attention going to animating the main cast and rendering the historical looking backgrounds of the hot spring hotel. Do hope the studio can avoid fluctuations in quality and keep the animation level up throughout the entire season.

While it may ultimately turn out to be a more generic, forgettable anime, am nonetheless confident that “Konahana Kitan” will provide a fun, entertaining time for its viewers. Those of you who enjoy slice-of-life series with cute girls doing cute things like “Urara Meirochou”, “New Game!” or “Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?” should definitely give this show a try.
You can watch “Konahana Kitan” on Crunchyroll.

Dollfie Dream snapshots: Kyouko -2-

September 4, 2017

Just a quick photo of Dollfie Dream Kyouko taken earlier this summer using the light of the setting sun as it poured through the window blinds late in the evening. Have since removed those Venetian blinds during renovations so will need to look up clever alternatives to filter the sunlight when taking photos to get softer lighting or create more dynamic effects.

Purchased the white open shoulder ribbon shirt Kyouko is clad in from Nine9Style, while it does have a nice and breezy summer feeling to it thanks to its light fabric and design, am not that satisfied about the overall fit or its ribbons being sown on.

Kyouko

Would have preferred a version of this shirt made specifically to fit Dollie Dream, with real ribbons to tie. Still, do want to snap more photos of Kyouko in this outfit sometime soon considering she does look cute in it.

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

Dollfie Dream snapshots: Shizuko -5-

August 28, 2017

Due to allotting time to other activities, have unfortunately been neglecting my Dollfie Dream hobby and not taken many photos these past months. Still had this snapshot of Shizuko to process and upload though.

Taking advantage of the seamless surface of Volks’ one-piece torso, showcased Shizuko in the renowned virgin-killing sweater, which spawned plenty of thrilling fan art of anime, game and other characters clad in this epic garment, as well as Dollfie Dream owners showcasing their DD in doll-sized versions of the 童貞を殺すセーター.

Shizuko

Opted to process the original capture in black & white to enhance the feeling of stark contrast between the deep shadows versus the bright areas where the sun permeated through the blinds.

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