Archive for November, 2008

28
Nov
08

Virtual Maid ARis

The virtual maid

The virtual maid

Ohhhh man, just found this while casually shopping. As a maid-fetish man I felt it my obligation to speak of this awesome toy, that’s a must-have on any akiba-kei or maid lover’s christmas list! This handy little toy let’s you interact with a virtual maid! All you need is a webcam and you just aim the cam at the cube that comes in the box and your maid will come out of it with a stick for you to inteact and “play” with her. Sadly by the time I discovered this product, it was sold out, and it was a pre-order too. So all of you guys lucky enough to have one, by all means please share experiences with the maidless. Ah the website I intially found it on sale was http://www.toyslogic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5537. It’s a great store for getting your character goods.

Ah and below is a sample of the dream that is having your own maid.

28
Nov
08

True Remembrance

It’s been awhile since I delved into the world of visual novels. Ever since altogether 2006 passed, I’ve been eagerly awaiting a new visual novel to sink my teeth into. 2 long years have passed…and now it’s finally time for altogether 2008!! Woo hoo!

http://altogether.insani.org/2008/

I don’t want to spend my time talking about the difference between an H-Game and a visual novel. In short, visual novels emphasize developing characters and stories rather than trying to get into a girl’s (or guy’s) pants. In other words, just imagine a novel with pictures and you probably have the idea what a visual novel is like.

Anyway, I just recently read through True Remembrance, a visual novel written by Shiba Satomi and translated into English by insani. As usual, the quality of the translation is awesome. It was released earlier this year on February, but I’ve only recently had a chance to check it out.

The premise of the story is simple with a few interesting twists. A girl named La is under the care of a Mnemonicide named Blackiris. She has a disease called the Dolor, which leads to psyche corrosion (which almost seems like a sort of depression). The disease had led to an increase in suicides throughout the world, so in response, Mnemonicides were created… memory killers. Their purpose is to erase the memories of those affected by the Dolor so they could live life again without the intense feelings of sadness those memories had created.

It has a surprising amount of depth to it There’s even some speculation about memories and the human brain. The art style has a warm feel to it, despite some of its darker themes. It also does a really good job of characterization. The story is told mostly through the first person perspective of Blackiris, but it also shifts between characters throughout the story. It’s interesting to see the internalization of thoughts and actions of some characters that were not necessarily understood by someone else. It’s also easy to empathize with the characters because they’re “human.” They all carry some sort of hardship or concern, but they still try to live their lives.

Oh, and like it says in the opening movie, nothing is what it seems. The story is also part mystery because there are many questions that aren’t immediately answered. It’s pretty much this drive to know more about the characters and their world that kept me hooked on it. And I loved every moment of it. The ending is a little bittersweet (more sweet than bitter I think), and it also has a surprise twist that will probably make you say “whoa” when you realize what’s happening.

Oh yeah.. the best thing about all of this is that it’s free. I’ve really come to appreciate the quality of these visual novel works because of that. People do this to tell a story, not to make money. Anyways, it’s hard to know which demographic to recommend this to because visual novels are a bit of a niche  in the English community.  Heck, if you like anime and/or you’re into more serious, dramatic, and thoughtful themes.. give it a try. You might like it.

You can download it on this website here.

True Remembrance

-PJ

26
Nov
08

Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Episode 8



Continue reading ‘Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Episode 8’

26
Nov
08

Catgirl Counters!

Catgirl 1 Catgirl 2 Catgirl 3 Catgirl 4 Catgirl 5 Catgirl 6 Catgirl 7 Catgirl 8 Catgirl 9

Catgirl 0

h, I didn’t mean to leave out zero!

I found these while browsing an interesting site that has a huge collection of high quality images. However, I must warn you that there is no distinction between whether a picture is suitable for all ages or only suitable for sexual education diagrams for perverted alien tentacle monsters.

Please do not visit this site if you are a minor! Here it is, Nekobooru. I suggest searching for Nekomimi or Catgirl, but that’s just me.

23
Nov
08

Sairenji Haruna Animal Cafe Version

Sairenji Front View

Romanji Name: Sairenji Haruna (Animal Cafe Version)
Japanese name:
Scale: 1/8
Manufactured by: Shuesha Solid Selection
Produced by: Kotobukiya
Release Date: September 24, 2008

This is a cute character from the anime To-Loveる (which I haven’t seen, sorry). You might wonder why I like this one and not the Kannagi Nagi chacater because they both seem to have a boring pose. Well, this works well. The coy facial expression matches with the posture of the body while the Kannagi Nagi doesn’t seem to have any identifiable expression except a dumb smile. Also, for some reason, the flexing of the wrists makes her seem more cat-like, which adds to the charm. Despite the points this one earned for posture, it loses some on painting. The painting is absolutely flat without any depth at all.

This figure also has some features that I didn’t quite expect. First, the bell on her collar is a real bell that will ring if moved. Second, the ears are magnetic, so if for some reason, you didn’t want her to be a catgirl, you could remove them without having to worry about glue marks or scratches in the paint. But if you remove the ears, she still has a tail, right? Well, the tail is attached to the skirt, but if you wanted to you could just remove the skirt and heck, you could remove the top while you’re at it. For those of you with virgin eyes, you need not worry. She still is wearing somewhat of an undergarment that cannot be removed (and no, I did not attempt to try, it’s painted on)

I ordered mine on Hobby Search, but it can also be found at Hobby Fan.

Sairenji Back View

18
Nov
08

Dead Fantasy

Dead Fantasy

Oh my… Pure awesomeness. If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you do it right now! It’s the Final Fantasy girls vs. the DOA girls in an “anything-goes” fight.  Surprise appearances by the Final Fantasy girls. You never know who’s going to show up next. Especially in…

Dead Fantasy II

Apparently the whole thing was made by this one guy. It’s amazing. I heard the next one will come out in 2009.

So.. just watch it, watch it, watch it! It’s purely eye-candy, no major story besides the fighting…

….but how sweet it is…

-PJ

17
Nov
08

Kannagi Nagi

Kannagi Nagi

Romanji Name: Kannagi Nagi
Japanese name: 巫 なぎ
Scale: 1/7
Manufactured by: Kotobukiya
Release Date: March 3, 2009

This is a good example of how things usually happen when a new Japanese item is available for pre-order. If you wait a few days or weeks (depending on the demand) it will sell out long before it’s made. At least that’s the case with CDJapan. If I were to be absolutely critical on this one, I would say that the face has a very mundane expression and the pose is not very interesting. If it weren’t for the fact that she was a catgirl, I wouldn’t even be mentioning this figure at all.

You can find this figure at CDJapan but the pre-orders are closed for this figure. Hobby Fan is taking pre-orders and expects them to arrive one month later than the posted release date. (Much more realistic)




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