Archive for May, 2009

29
May
09

Valkyria Chronicles Opening (CLANNAD Ver.)

 

Found this while looking for OP 1.5 of Valkyria Chronicles. It’s just so well done; the music, the scenes used, just spectacular. They even used every female main character; if they went with the girls you can recruit, it’d be like some kind of super harem. On the topic, as Valkyria is on the warfront, would mixing it with School Days be better? With Maximillian playing the part of Makoto; though as appropriate as it is, it is a disturbing thought. *sigh* I just opened up a box I had a hard time closing…………

28
May
09

Hajime no Ippo New Challenger ep 21

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28
May
09

Happy Birthday Konata!!!

 

Happy Birthday Kona-chan!

Happy Birthday Kona-chan!

 

It’s May 28th, and it also happens to be Konata’s birthday! This past year we’ve seen a few things; the most noteworthy one to me being Street Fighter Guile Cosplay Konata!!! We’ve also seen a few things in figurines such Nendroid Konata, or Figama Konata (one of which I have, and one of which I need). What more can we expect from Konata in the coming year? Personally I’m hoping for some King of Fighters XII cosplay (did someone say Iori-Konta) or maybe even BlazBlu (Ragna-Konata!). I have no idea how old Konata is at this point, but Happy Birthday Konata!!

 

Konata School Mizugi Pic to open the Summer Season!!!

Konata School Mizugi Pic to open the Summer Season!!!

27
May
09

Hinagiku Figurine: A Flat Chest is a Status Symbol!!

Look at those eyes! Hina's asking us to take her home!

Look at those eyes! Hina's asking us to take her home!

Look at the detail of that figurene; that’s the Hinagiku Swimwear Ver. Figurine from Kotobukiya! I realize this figure has been out for quite a while, and while I’ve tried to fight the urge to buy it a certain post has me in awe at the detail and sheer greatness of this figure. So great in fact, the creator of Hayate no Gotoku Kenjiro Hata made a short strip praising the figure. The figure is flat-chested, as is Hina; though I suppose it’s a strength in this case since the details on everything from body lines to the details on her face. It truly is a flat-chested marvel (not in a bad way nor in any way a shot at Hina).

Frontside of the  figure

Frontside of the figure

Comic Strip Kenjiro Hata made praising the figurine

Comic Strip Kenjiro Hata made praising the figurine

Now it’s a great figure, and as summer is quickly approaching, a thought pops into my mind “I should buy this!”. I mean the creator is praising this figure! So if I buy any Hayate no Gotoku figurine it should be one that got the creator to mention it in a comic strip right!?!? Also my birthday is coming up in July, so this can be an early gift (from myself to myself). It’s ok to spoil yourself every now and again! The only problem I can think of is that this will spark (what I like to call) “the If-you-give-a-mouse-a-cookie” paradox! If I buy this figurine, I’ll probably want this:

Hina T-shirt! Either I'm blinded by my spend thrifting or this is an awesome shirt!

Hina T-shirt! Either I'm blinded by my spending or this is an awesome shirt!

This shirt caught my eye on  a site where I also found the figurine, granted if I also get the shirt it’ll snowball from there. There’s also the logical side of my brain telling me to think about how I’ll look in public wearing this. Sure you’ll get some praise at an anime con, but in the general public a 25 year old male wearing a shirt with a little girl on it……well I’m sure we all know what kind of looks and reactions that’d get. Well let me know what you think on this; especially the shirt since I find buying it to be a conflict between hobbies and common sense.

Figurine picures from:

http://www.exelica-meteor.com/2009/01/22/hinagiku-katsura-swimsuit-version-16-kotobukiya-review/

Comic Strip from:

http://www.websunday.net/backstage/hata219.html

and I’m still trying to find out where I found the T-Shirt picture from

26
May
09

Gurren Lagann Director/Character Designer Coming to AX 2009!!!

 

Hiroyuki Imaishi & Atsushi Nishigori Coming to AX!!!

Hiroyuki Imaishi & Atsushi Nishigori Coming to AX!!!

 

 

Dear Merciful God!!!! Gurren Lagann’s Director Hiroyuki Imaishi, and character designer Atsushi Nishigori have been announced at guests at AX! I’m so happy I bought that Gurren Lagann groundwork book last year now! I’ll be even more happy if I can get them to sign it! As cheesy as it sounds, it makes me wanna gather tons of people and have us cosplay as the Gurren Dan at the panel; though it’s only a feeling and I feel like my body type isn’t a good fit for any character, plus I suck at sewing. In any case, I expect to see tons of fans at the panel and it’ll probably be a miracle to get into the panel let alone the autograph session. I guess it’s up good ol’ fashioned patience and line-waiting for me…………….or the ridiculously fancy method of standby-sniper-sniping-people-with-tranquilizer move……… though I’m pretty sure one of those methods is illegal. Plus, you know as a fellow fan i would want to purposely deprive them of the chance to meet these guys. If anyone else is going to AX, speak up; maybe we could meet in line to make the wait a little more bearable. This great news reminds me that my Gurren Lagann Kirameki Yoko Box – Pieces of Sweet Stars DVD is coming soon, and I kinda hope some of some Gurren Lagaan seiyūs will come to AX too; particularly Marina Inoue

26
May
09

Hayate no Gotoku Second Season Ep. 8

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Summary:

 

As Hayate is leaving Hinagiku’s house to go back to the mansion, Hina is saying her goodbyes to the cat and asks Hayate to take care of it since she can’t keep it because her mom is allergic to cats. Hina says she’ll try to find it a good foster home, but Hayate says he’ll try asking Nagi if they can keep it. Hayate asks Hina if there’s anything she wants as he wants to show his thanks for being able to stay at her place for 2 days; Hina’s mom tells him that March 3rd is Hina’s birthday so that’ll be his chance to repay her. Hina says  he doesn’t have to, but Hayate tells her to look forward to it. When Hayate gets back to the mansion, Nagi rushes to the door to greet him; Nagi notices the kitten and tells Hayate that it’s not good, but changes her mind after the kitten licks her finger. Nagi tells Hayate she’ll raise the cat as a Sanzenin cat and names it Shiranui , and Hayate questions why she’s naming a black cat Shiranui (means white powder); Nagi says it’s fine since there’s a white cross-shaped mark on Shiranui. Hayate wonders if Maria will object to keeping the kitten, but Nagi tells him it’ll be fine since witches and black cats have come as a set since long ago; Maria promptly appears behind her and asks her who’s a witch? Maria says she’s fine with keeping the cat, but asks if they’re forgetting that they already a large cat. As Hayate is talking with Tama, Tama laughs and says it’s fine since it’s not like he’ll eat the kitten; Hayate comments that Tama’s being pretty relaxed on the issue, but Tama tells him that for an adult like him, that baby is nothing. He also reminds Hayate of how long he’s been by Nagi’s side a long time so he’ll always be there when Nagi needs him; Nagi comes in the room and Tama comes cheerfully meowing towards Nagi.

 

Nagi tells him not to come to her room for a while since Shiranui would be afraid of him. This shocks Tama, and he immediately gets out a bunch of condiments and wonders which one would be best for a kitten; this has Hayate questioning how much of an “adult” Tama is. Later that night Hayate comments on how well Nagi is taking care of Shiranui, and Nagi attributes it to the experiences she had when she raised Tama; such as feeding him, cleaning him, sleeping together, watching anime together, playing video games together, and sending him to get doujinshi. Hayate comments that he understands now why Tama is the way he is; Hayate tells Nagi to be careful with Tama since his situation is like when you get a  new younger sibling. Nagi says she’ll play with him a lot later, and goes to take a shower and leaves Hayate in charge of taking care of Shiranui.  While Shiranui is in Hayate’s care, Tama strikes and reveals he’ll get Nagi to hate Shiranui since it’d be pointless to kill him. So Tama’s plan is tear up Nagi’s manga notebook and blame Shiranui for it; Hayate tells him he won’t let him do that and prepares to fight Tama. Unfortunately, while the two are focused on each other Shiranui is ripping apart Nagi’s manga playfully. This shocks them and Hayate pulls Shiranui aside, and Tama tries to piece the shredded manga together; unfortuantely for Tama, Nagi has come back and places the blame of the shredded manga on Tama. Nagi locks Tama up and leaves with Shiranui; Shiranui flashes Tama a sinister grin as he leaves with a “As I calculated” remark coming fromt he narrator. 

 

The next day at school, Nagi is telling Isumi about Shiranui and invites her over to come see him. Isumi tells her she’ll come over after she goes home to change; Nagi questions the point since Isumi doesn’t wear the school uniform to begin with and is already wearing her normal clothes. Hayate takes this opportunity to ask why Isumi doesn’t wear the school uniform; Isumi tells him it’s because skirts are embarressing and make her legs cold. Later at the mansioin, Isumi comes by in a different kimino and comes to see Shiranui. As Nagi is about to hand Shiranui to Isumi, Shiranui starts hissing at Isumi and gets rather hostile towards her. This depresses Isumi and she goes home and writing calligraphy of basicallythe word “sob” and such. Isumi eventually goes to see Sakuya on advise on how to become a woman who’s liked by cats. Sakuya wraps Isumi’s head with seaweed and puts a some bonito in Isumi’s right hand and lights it on fire. Isumi says she feels like an idiot for depending on Sakuya and prepares to leave; Sakuya stops her and the two get in the bath, with the student council trio coming in to make a fan-service scene. 

 

Afterwards, Sakuya suggests Isumi start her change by changing clothes; since she’s noticed that Isumi is interested in the frilly clothes Nagi wears. Sakuya has her maids dress Isumi up and Sakuy comments on how good Isumi looks in a dress and takes her to Nagis; though Isumi is a little embaressed as she blushes at the thought of Hayate seeing her dressed up. At Nagi’s Hayate and Nagi comment on how good Isumi looks in a dress, but comment that it has nothing to do with cats. Isumi flashes a glare at Sakuya; Hayate tells her if she’s that hated by cats, he’ll use some magic on her and sprays her with a diluted solution. Shiranui instantly jumps into Isumi’s arms, and Isumi asks Hayate what he used. Hayate replies he used some diluted catnip since cats love catnip, and tells Isumi that her previous clothes may have had a scent that cats don’t like. Isumi is surprised that she can be like or hated just becasue of smell, and Hayate replies that cats are just animals; Sakuya comments that Isumi just embarressed herself on wasted effort, and Isumi starts chasing Sakuya with a lighted bonito in her right hand and Hayate comments that the two really get along. Isumi asks Nagi if it’d be alright to play with Shiranui more, and they all play outside. Hayate brings Tama, since Nagi said it’s no fun without him and Tama happily runs to Nagi. Later at Wataru’s video store, Sakuya is selling Wataru pictures of Isumi in a dress for 10,000 yen each.

 

 

Opinions:

 

Well that was definately an Isumi fan service episode. I can’t tell why Isumi looks so darn cute in a dress! Is it because it’s a change of pace as she usually wears a kimino?! Is it because Isumi just looks cute?! I can’t make up or find any reason!!! I did find the Isumi and Sakuya, and the Isumi and Shiranui moments very touching or at the very least quite cute. After the kind of episode this turned out to be, I came to the conclusion that we need more Sakuya to make things a little more interesting than they’d otherwise be. She’s not nearly in the story as much as she could/should be! That said, next episode seems to focus on Wataru and a little Wataru X Sonia development. Man, I wonder if Sonia could be Wataru’s answer to Hayate, he already has Saki and there’s the whole Wataru X Isumi and Watar X Sakuya………. I’ve said/thought this before, but Wataru is well on his way to his own personal harem. Looks like he’s the hidden main character in this series, or at the very least the main character of a spin-off.

24
May
09

Hajime no Ippo New Challenger Ep 20

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Summary:

In the aftermath of Ippo’s 3rd title defense, the crowd is going wild over his overwhelming 1 round KO victory. Ippo tells the coach he won using his style while smiling, but the coach tells him his style is using compact precise blows and quick step-ins to take the pace. He tells him he’ll lecture him on this later, but for now he should greet the fans. Having set the stage, Ippo runs to the locker room to tell Takamura that he fulfilled his part of the promise. When Ippo gets to the locker room, he’s surprised to see it packed with people, some of who are former champions; Ippo sees Miyata, Sendo, and Date there as well. Ippo greets Miyata and Sendou, and Sendou commends Ippo on his 1 round KO. Date asks Takamura why he chose Kokugikan as the venue; Takamura jokes around saying he chose it to correct the mistakes of the previous person, and Date playfully swings at him in retaliation. Date then goes over to Ippo and asks him to thank Takamura for him, since he feels Takamura’s trying to help ease the regret he has. Everyone has gathered to support Takamura as they feel insulted by Brian Hawk’s actions and behavior toward the Japanese boxing community; they’re relying on Takamura to break Hawk’s nose as he’s the only one they can rely on, and they tell him tonight every boxer in Japan and everyone in the country will cheer for him and ask him to win. Takamura responds with “Leave it to me”

Takamura is now dressed up for his match and there are only members of the gym and Nekota in the room now. Aoki comments on how quiet it is now that the crowd is gone and how the pressure’s getting to him now, but Kimura yells at him telling him not to say that. Takamura sits d0wn and comments that hearing that does add some weight to his shoulders, but being here around familiar faces has calmed him down. The coach comes in to signal everyone to leave, and as each of them leaves, they tell Takamura something; Aoki tells him to hit Hawk as hard as he can, Kimura tells him he’s not worried, Itagaki tells him he’ll be proud to say he goes to the same gym as the world champion after tonight, and Nekota tells him he believes in him. When Ippo goes up to him, Takamura reconfirms their agreement that he’ll become champion since Ippo got a 1 round KO; as Ippo stutters, Takamura asks him if he thinks he’d break a promise. Ippo shakes his head and Takamura tells him he’ll show him a real fight, and Ippo tells him that he believes Takamura will be champion when the final gong has rung. The coach gives Takamura one last speech before the match; the coach tells him that while not all people who work hard succeed, all people who succeeded have worked hard. Finally he tells Takamura that everything he’s built up till now resides in his fists.

Everyone leaves the room, and Takamura lies down thinking how everyone will be crying when he’s world champion, even though it’s common sense to him. Takamura starts recounting from when he started boxing; how he met the coach, how weak Aoki and Kimura were, how Ippo was just a kid when he met him and how he’s now the Japanese champion, and all the fun moments at the training camp. Takamura starts laughing as he remembers all of these moments, and starts commenting how he should be crying right now but he’s laughing instead. Takamura says he’s really thankful he started boxing, and he’ll show them how he repays favors.

The match begins with both fighters walking towards the ring. Takamura walks down proudly in his hawk costume and enters the ring, with the crowd cheering for him and chanting his name; Hawk’s entrance is much more flashier with women escorting him and Hawk is dressed in battle armor, and the crowd jeers at him. As both fighters are now in the ring, everyone’s surprised to see the Hawk is wearing a Takamura shirt under his costume; he then rips the shirt off in an obvious effort to provoke some kind of reaction. This obviously pisses the crow off even further, but Takamura is calm. Before the fight begins, the American anthem is plays as is customary since the current champion is American; Hawk and Takamura glare at each other calmly and await the gong. The gong finally rings, and both fighters head towards center ring.

Opinions:

Man, the episode seemed strangely short. Say what you want about Hawk, but he knows how to make an entrance; sure there are more better and nobler entrances, but his is definitely one of the top in terms of flashiness. Granted it’s probably more suited for wrestling instead of boxing. The coach makes a great speech in the locker room about how all those who have succeeded have worked hard; it was a good speech, but for some reason there’s a part of my mind that says “It’d be nice if that were true”. In any case, the match finally starts and we’ll see Hawk show his stuff next episode!




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