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Anime summer season 2015

June 29, 2015

Am looking forward to the new anime season, there’s a few series that I can hardly wait to watch as well as a surprising number of other new shows that are labelled as slice-of-life genre series, so looks like I may be in for a real treat!

にゃんぱす! Topping my list of must-see anime this summer is “Non Non Biyori Repeat”, the second season of the absolutely adorable and enchanting series based on the manga by Natto. While many slice-of-life shows usually also shift towards other genre elements, especially comedy, “Non Non Biyori” is one of those few shows you could label as a pure slice-of-life anime. While it does have comedy and heartwarming moments, in its truest form it is pure slice-of-life bliss.

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Another show am very much looking forward to is “Working!!!”, the third season of the hilarious workplace centric comedy adapted from the manga by Takatsu Karino who also created the equally funny office comedy “Servant x Service”. “Working!!!” is guaranteed to deliver tons of humor thanks to its quirky characters, silly situations and funny hopeless romantic shenanigans.

Hard to believe it has been a year since “Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei!” aired back in the summer of 2014. This summer we will get the sequel “Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz!” which actually is the third season of the ‘Prisma Illya’ franchise’s anime adaptation. Adored the first two seasons of this spin-off from the ‘Fate’ universe full of comedy, magical girl action and plenty of cute girls.
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Blue eyes~

June 26, 2015

Wanted to share the latest photos made of Dollfie Dream Sachiko to showcase her DDDy body equipped with Peach Pai from ラジカル instead of the default shapely bust part from Volks.

Although those Peach Pai aftermarket silicone parts seem to be more fragile than anticipated and require regular care, am nonetheless quite impressed with the look of the M Plus set which have used on several DD.

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Considering the appeal of the shapely bust part from Volks is limited to specific outfit types, decided to acquire a DDDy sized Peach Pai from Rajikaru for Sachiko, even though was hesitant at first due to its overall size.

What better outfit to display Peach Pai in than a keyhole turtleneck one-piece from Purple Dream which showcase the chest area? Besides the turtleneck dress, the semi garter belt and stockings were also purchased at Purple Dream who recently added an English language webpage, facilitating international online purchases.
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雨の後

June 22, 2015

Inspired by the beautiful photos made by excellent Dollfie Dream photographers like Azure Toy-Box or cnvl of their dolls in or near water, wanted to do some experimenting myself to capture Dollfie Dream with a wet look.

Considering have not secured an outdoor location with a suitable clear stream to snap such photos at, opted instead to start small in a more controlled environment, hence made these photos of Shizuko at home.

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Chose Shizuko as a subject because I thought her facial sculpt and wig styling would suit the theme of a girl completely soaked from the rain rather well.

Applied water using a spray bottle with a small nozzle to get tiny droplets which looks more realistic compared to bigger water drops. Used bottled mineral water instead of plain tap water to try and prevent as much as possible that there would be chemicals or pollutants coming in contact with the vinyl surface or Shizuko’s face-up.
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~Akiko~

June 19, 2015

Here’s some photos taken two weeks ago of Dollfie Dream Akiko, made these captures early in the evening so the bright rays of the sun created a nice play of light and shadow as it sat low in the sky.
Still wanted to avoid the contrast of light and shadow looking too harsh on Akiko’s face, hence used a small golden reflector to enhance the overall light on her a bit.

To simplify preparations and make use of the Peach Pai M bust equipped DDS body, did a simple swap of Kyouko’s head with Akiko’s and switched out the previous outfit for a simple top from Volks and shorts by Puppy52Dolls Fashion.

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Even though I am pleased with the impressive performance of the Sony A7 camera, do feel it captures subjects in such lighting conditions very differently from my Canon 450D, prompting me to rework the raw captures in Adobe Lightroom.
However, shouldn’t forget I needed to do plenty of post-processing on photos made with the Canon 450D too. Still, want to improve more and become better in my usage of the full frame Sony A7.
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I confess to you, Hibike! Euphonium’s Reina & Kumiko

June 17, 2015

Although last week’s “Hibike! Euphonium” suggested that Reina and Kumiko’s relationship would not be one involving romance, this week’s episode throws a powerful lure out to catch any yuri aficionado back.
Considering the tenth episode had a rather indicative title and featured Reina confessing that she loves Taki, most had given up any hope of a yuri development.

While it is unlikely there will be any real romance between these two girls, episode eleven featured a superbly well written scene between Kumiko and Reina, on par with the powerful scenes from episode eight. Kyoto Animation really shines here, not only is the dialogue excellent, but the characters’ body language, their facial expressions, the pacing and terrific play of light and shadow makes such scenes true treasures.

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Still, this latest episode showed us that where before it was Kumiko who had sought support from Reina, even the strong willed Reina also relies on Kumiko for mental support, indicating just how close these two girls have gotten. With Kumiko declaring her ‘confession of love’ for Reina the same way Reina had done to Kumiko before, their closeness affirmed by skinship and body language, one can still dream of a yuri ending, no?

Do feel a certain parallel between Kumiko and Reina’s developing relationship as it is showcased in “Hibike! Euphonium” and one of the main themes in this season’s “Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku” anime where Hikigaya revealed he desires a genuine relationship with real emotions.

Considering most anime series, even good ones, far too often feature rather plain, shallow relationships between its characters, it is refreshing to see “Hibike! Euphonium” focusing on two realistic characters developing a true and genuine bond.

You can watch “Hibike! Euphonium” on Crunchyroll.

キューティーパンサー

June 15, 2015

Want to share a few photos of Dollfie Dream Kyouko shot a while ago, hadn’t made that many captures of her yet after installing new eyes made by Tortei (Kari). Adore the look of these vivid green eyes, they are a lot brighter than the ones that were previously installed, even in indirect lighting.

For these photos, Kyouko is clad in in a camo pattern bikini made by Puppy52Dolls Fashion, a Charuca skull logo off shoulder shirt by Murasaki.me, camo cargo pants by Dollmore and a beanie from Nine9Style.

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To fill out the bikini top better, temporarily swapped the default Volks M bust for a Peach Pai M Plus bust. Would have liked to showcase the bikini top even more, but opted to add the off shoulder shirt to hide the separation line between the bust piece and the lower body piece on the Volks default DDS type body.

While a Peach Pai’s soft silicone is not properly supported when installed on a DDS inner torso frame, which lacks the cover plates of the older DDII type frames, it does still achieve the desired visual effect.
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Crunchyroll exclusive KanColle t-shirts

June 12, 2015

Saw an advertisement a while ago from Crunchyroll that they offered “Kantai Collection: KanColle” T-shirts for sale in the apparel section of their online store, each shirt featuring a Crunchyroll exclusive KanColle character print.

Offered at a fair price, Premium members receive a nice percentage off the default price, so it was definitely worth to try out some of anime themed T-shirts from Crunchyroll.
Wasn’t especially smitten on the design of the Akagi shirt, but adore the Shimakaze and Kongo designs, so pre-ordered them and was pleasantly surprised when they arrived on my doorstep earlier this week.

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First impressions of these KanColle T-shirts by Crunchyroll is positive, their quality seems good, the fabric is very soft and the sizing is correct. Recently many shirts feature sleeves that are too short and small for my personal preference, luckily these have decent sleeves. A feature I appreciate is the lack of a cumbersome sown-in tag, favoring an printed tag instead.

If I were to fault these Crunchyroll T-shirts anywhere it would be that the printed illustrations are a bit darker than advertised and have some aliasing/jagged lines, which is a real shame. While the fabric is nice, it’s not as sturdy as the average Cospa shirt, so overall they’re not quite Cospa quality yet.

You can order these KanColle T-shirts from the Crunchyroll store.

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