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@GeekeryDo: @mikeyturvey I agree with you. I stopped reading them because I got tired of it, though @Sir_Narwhal is correct that it's normal for comics.
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@GeekeryDo: @Sir_Narwhal @mikeyturvey yeh but that's just one arc and it's easy to read it all since, as you said, it's been put together like that.
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Posted by Leah Bayer on November 15, 2013 | 4 Comments
When the Nendoroid version of Kanbaru Suruga was shown off, I was all ready to talk about how boring and dull I found her. I mean, her basic character design is boring and I kind of hate her personality. Unfortunately (for my waller) Good Smile Company has managed to stuff as much awesome as possible into a single Nendoroid and she comes with so much amazing things it’s kind of shocking. They’re usually stingy when it comes to cool Nendo accessories, giving us maybe one or two… but pretty much everything she comes with is totally awesome.
There’s, of course, her basketball and a running effect part, along with a wrapped arm and her creepy monkey paw (which I am desperately hoping fits on other Nendoroids–Monkey Miku, aw yes). She comes with the same terrifying black face (not blackface!) as the figma, along with SO MANY BOOKS. Look at them all! Glorious. There’s an open one for her to hold, along with a ton of stacks for her to sit around in. It’s just… perfect. I love her. So much. Damn you, Good Smile, I was so ready to pass over this pre-order!
[UPDATE] The black face isn’t hers, it’s Hibiki’s. Thanks pandidora! Also, I take back everything nice I said about Good Smile. You guys are the worst.
[via Kahotan's Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 12, 2013 | 5 Comments
There are plenty of things I like about the Monogatari franchise. The character design, the soft color palette, the fact that they take the “harem anime” trope and create strong female characters, the inclusion of Japanese folklore. Things I don’t like: everything else… like the, uh, story. And main character. But despite my dislike of Closeup Eyeballs And Walls of Text, I have a huuuge amount of figures from the show of all the ladies! Except for one, who only has one figure in my collection (not counting review samples): Kanbaru. Because I don’t like her.
So, I’m not exactly over the moon about this Nendo announcement. Hitagi Nendo, yes! Mayoi Nendo, HELL YES! Kanbaru? Wah-waaah. I’m just going to patiently wait for Hanekawa and (hopefully) a Black Hanekawa version.
[via AmiAmi's Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 12, 2013 | 4 Comments
With Good Smile Company’s version of adult Shinobu apparently on indefinite suspension, it’s time for another company to swoop in and fill the vampire-shaped hole in our hearts. And at Wonder Festival, we found out that company is apparently Kotobukiya! Of course it’s not grown-up sexy Shinobu but super-cute kid Shinobu but hey, Bakemono-beggars can’t be choosers.
Unlike the other scaled figure of her that we have (which happens to be from GSC), this features her in a summer sundress and a matching hat! But of course she comes with an extra devilish face if it’s all a bit too sugary-sweet for you. The only thing irking me is her right leg, which is at a super awkward angle… but her face is so adorable I don’t know if that will stop me from getting her.
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 4, 2013 | 5 Comments
Ah, the love story of a girl and her steamroller. Is there anything more classic and beloved? Human meets machine, sparks literally fly, concrete is flattened, hearts flutter. A bittersweet coming of age tale in modern Japan: a young girl discovering the real world, a steamroller discovering new ways to flatten stuff.
We often talk about the importance of a good base. It can make or break a figure: what would you rather have, a detailed woodland diorama or a boring white plastic disk? Before this figure I thought there was no such thing as “too much” when it came to bases. I mean, detailed bases are the best… right? Or are they… dun dun DUUUUUUUNNNN. Hit the jump out to find if this is story ends as a romance or a horror.
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 5, 2013 | No Comments
When Kotobukiya showed off the painted version of their new Hitagi, there was no denying how awesome she was. Their first version of her is my favorite rendition of the character (so far) but I think this one definitely tops that! However, one complaint seemed to emerge: that the creative lighting in the promotional shots might be obscuring some flaws on the figure. I thought that was a bit silly since a stunt like that is something only a rookie figure company would pull off and certainly not one as well-established as Koto would attempt. Well, we’re getting a look at her at the harsh and totally unforgiving lights of their showroom, so does she hold up?
The answer, as it (unsurprisingly) turns out, is yes! Of course the colors look a tad washed out, as every figure there does (for a showroom the lighting sure is atrocious), and the only real issue is the seams on her arm which are kind of inevitable since they swap out. And her toes are a little chunky, but that’s one of my pet peeves so it probably won’t be an issue for most people. I can’t wait to see their Shinobu painted!
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 26, 2013 | 5 Comments
I have a confession: I absolutely cannot stand Bakemonogatari. It’s jokingly referred to as Eyeballs and Walls of Text in our household, and to be blunt any anime that starts out with an opening shot of panties has me jumping ship immediately. It’s just not my cup of tea, though I totally adore the character design and have about a million figures from the series. But I’m getting monogatari fatigue–with Nisemonogatari and whatever the other one is, the new figures kind of have me rolling my eyes. So when Koto showed off yet another Hitagi at WonFest, I wasn’t exactly jumping for joy.
However, their original Hitagi is my favorite figure of her (a controversial opinion, especially since I rank GSC’s at the bottom and Alter’s at second) so I decided to hold out hope–and the picture of her in magazine scans looked great. Well now we’re getting the promo shots and I’m having a hard time lifting my jaw up off the floor. Holy hell, she is PERFECT. Plus she comes with two ways to display her–handcuffs or, um, dripping goo. You also get to pick between ponytail (the clearly superior option) or short hair. I can’t wait for preorders to open!
[via Koto's RED☆STAR Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 22, 2013 | 12 Comments
Another month, another set of magazine scans! But this is no ordinary month, oh no. We’ve got a roller coaster ride of emotions going on here. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll rip out your hair, you will sob with joy at a particular announcement from MegaHouse. Or, well, I did. (Not really because crying about figures is a little weird but my soul wept at a certain sculpt here. You’ll know which one when you get to it QUEEN’S GATE I WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU.)
So hit the jump to see what all the fuss is about! And, you know, to see if any of this month’s ladies catch your eye.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 28, 2013 | 8 Comments
Ah, Sega. Definitely the best prize figure maker in my opinion, but I have a love-hate relationship with prize figures. (Also, just so you know, I originally wrote love-hat relationship. Love Hat.) I love how cheap they are, the variety, the clean sculpts. But… I never display them. Well, almost never–I do have the recent hair-in-the-wind Asuka out proud among my regular Eva girls, and she fits in perfectly. But in my limited display space, they just… don’t fit in. So the boxes collect dust. But they’re so cheap, how can I resist! Space hogging boxes, you flood my apartment. I hate you. I hat you! And yet.. I love you.
I mean, look at all this awesome. The Mikus! Racing 2011, swimming, regular, an announcement for 2012 racing. The Eva girls! Plugsuits, racing queens. There’s Strike Witches and OreImo and Yuru Yuri, there’s Harlock, it’s a cornucopia of delights. And I totally don’t need any of them. But I’ll probably order, like half.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 27, 2013 | 14 Comments
In the past year or so, Alter has consistently been having less than wow-worthy conventions: perhaps splitting their figures between MegaHobby and WonFest isn’t the best idea, since we only get half as much from them as from other companies. In any case, I’m not that impressed by their Summer 2013 lineup aside from Labrys and Soniko who we already covered.
There aren’t a ton of new sculpts: we have Summer Holiday Hayate and child Hayate, who were already announced… and that’s it. Signum, Miu Takanashi and Aty are painted (Aty in particular looks AWESOME). And Zelos Wilder is just kinda hanging out there. Oh, and there are lots of “just announcements.” Natsuki Shinomiya and Shou Kurusu will join their Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ line, there’s a To LoveRU Darkness figure we’re not allowed to see, they’re taking on Akane Isshiki from (yawn), we’re finally getting Tamako Market characters (Anko Kitashirakawa), and… they’ll be doing Shinobu from Nisemonogatari, who seems very popular lately! Some exciting announcements, let’s see if the sculpts hold up.
[via AmiAmi's Facebook]