Archive for December, 2008

26
Dec
08

What to blog next?

Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions

As most of you may know, Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka has ended, so that leaves me a free spot on a show to blog. Given my normal schedule of work, class, and rest that gives me time to blog 1 or 2 series. Of course I need to like the show to do it, so I’m taking suggestions from people for the Winter 2009 lineup! Give me your opinions and let me know what I should be watching! I recently watched akikan and am taking an interest in that. Send me your opinions and let me know, I’ll base my decision based on the series and the time (since I’m usually busy during the weekdays, I prefer bloggin thursday-sunday shows as I have teh time to blog it before no one cares anymore). Anyhow leave a comment and we’ll see what series I’ll blog next!

Oh and it’s a little late, but as promised here’s the poll for the Akane-iro Ni Somaru Saka HCG, I’ll judge my actions based on the results!

22
Dec
08

Garage Kits! Part 1 of 3

Merle from Escaflowne

Merle from Escaflowne

Most figures that are mass produced by Japanese companies such as Kotobukiya, were created by individual sculptors who became known by selling their own small-scale production figures made from resin. Individual parts are cast in resin and are expected to be painted and assembled by the purchaser to save on costs from manufacturing. Since these kits could be made from negative molds of the original and an easily obtainable material, resin, many of these kits could literally be produced from your garage. That’s why they are called, “Garage Kits.” But don’t be dissuaded from trying to build one because of the humble name or not knowing where to begin. In the following posts, you’ll find out exactly what you need to know about building, painting and displaying your garage kit. You’ll soon discover the high quality of these often overlooked figures.

Where can you find a garage kit?

I haven’t painted kits in a long time and when I tried looking for them several years ago, the ones I wanted were really hard to find. The single largest source for new kits is a semi-annual convention in Japan called, Wonderfest. But for the people who couldn’t go to these places, (like me), it was a great source of frustration because many of these kits were only sold at the convention or sold out due to the popularity of the convention. I browsed Japanese sites, eBay and all sorts of small-time website vendors to find crappy re-casts of the originals or poor service. Now that the popularity of anime figures and garage kits has increased, you will have a much easier time finding kits at quality vendors.

Today, I make it easy on myself and I don’t hunt around for kits since there are so many. I just go to either Hobby Fan or (even better) to e2046. Both provide excellent service and will replace broken parts if you are unable to repair them yourself. I’m pretty sure that both will re-cast originals, but when they do, they are very high quality in both material and manufacture. Just a quick note on what’s “original” and what’s a “re-cast.” The original casts were produced in limited number by either the creator or by the manufacturer that the creator contracted. These kits were made from negatives of the original model sculpted by the creator and will retain all of the details from the original. Re-casts are made by making new negatives from an original kit (not the original sculpted model) and re-casting them to sell. The original creator may not benefit directly from this sale, but originals outside of Japan are truly rare.

That’s all I’m going to write for now. The next section will be about everything you will need to put them together and paint them. Happy Hunting!

Thank you e2046 for the pictures!
You can find Merle here.
Merle in pieces

Merle’s un-assembled parts

19
Dec
08

Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka- Ep. 12(Final)

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17
Dec
08

Plant Girls- The newest line of moe girl?

 

 

It’s recently come to my attention that the amount of Plant Girls is slowly rising. By Plant Girl I refer to a Girl that has plant origins. Plant Girls can be defined by having origin from plants, the first that I recognized a Plant Girl was from some RPG which had a dryad spirit that looked like a girl and that’s the the last time for a while that I saw one. Recently though I have noticed a steady increase in this species of moe girl, particularly in Shonen Jump titles. The first case in which I observed was in MX0 ( a great and hilarious manga series by the way), in this case it was Mandrake girls:

nameless Mandrake girl in MX0

nameless Mandrake girl in MX0

Lucy a supporting character and Mandrake girl in MX0

Lucy a supporting character and Mandrake girl in MX0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12
Dec
08

Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Ep. 11

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09
Dec
08

Minato Hadaka Apron Play!!!!

My god, I’ve been meaning to comment on this yesterday but got busy. There’s been

Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Minato Hadaka Apron Stand

Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Minato Hadaka Apron Stand

If any of you guys frequent the english version of AkibaBlog you might’ve seen the post on this. Apparently, at the Main Branches of Gamers and Toranoana lucky goers were privilaged to see this standee of Minato from Akane-iro ni Somar Saka on display wearing only an apron.  For the full story click the picture to go to the original article. FYI the page and site’s a little NSFW, namely there’s a pic or two that shows briefly what’s under the apron.

I gotta say, Hadaka (naked) Apron Minato, i’ll give it 2 nosebleeds up! and at a height of 3.5 ft, that’s a foot short of the record!

07
Dec
08

Cheers Feena!!!! It’s classy character goods!

I just got my Yoake Mae Yori Ruriiro Na Feena wine glass in the mail!

Here’s the pics!



The glass features a modest image of Feena Fam Earthlight from the series Yoake Mae Yori Ruriiro Na. The glass feels a little delicate but looks quite stunning. Course that’s probably because I’m a sucker for character goods like this. Just look at my Hinagiku Cup!

On to the usage!!!

Ah, first drink with my new Feena glass~~~~hmmmmmmmmmmm, deliteful! the bubbles sparkle a little more and the taste is a little more refined when you have a little bit of Feena in your moth.




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