Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hanafuda


Rarely talked about doujinshi but here is another one worth mentioning.The doujin was released in early 2000s but it hasn't aged since the drawing style is really good for its time. Hanafuda is a love story taken place roughly in Heian period between a Shapeshifting Fox girl and a Noble turned Demon Hunter who went on a quest of vengeance against Onis for his dead lover. As the story unfolds, many things are revealed and the plot twists are well placed. Hanafuda theme is about Love and Betrayal which gives a slight glance on the possible decadence of Heian period which bring its era into an end that eventually lead to Samurai imposed rule. The drawing style is very vivid and memorable which is makes it stands apart other doujins. While it is not for kids due to its nature, you should give this gem a read

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MG Hyaku Shiki Ver 2


One of the MG kit that i least expected to get 2.0 Treatment since the Ballute version is good enough though i admit original is rather dated indeed. MG Hyaku Shiki 2.0 will be scheduled for May this year release for 6800 Yen price which is even pricier than Zeta 2.0 but i assume the kit comes with better gold plating though it is still better if you paint it yourself. Also the joints articulation are better by now and the face plate will look slightly different this time. Personally i still prefer the Ballute System version since it is good enough and articulation is still very good and it comes with extra parts that you can use with certain MGs. You can check my review for MG Hyaku Shiki here

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tsuyokute New Saga


Another promising JRPG manga that i found when lurking /a/ today and just like most of the genre manga i discussed so far, it is also based from light novel. Tsuyokute or be Stronger is about a Hero who fought against Demon King and defeated him with a great cost losing all his allies and lovers, before he become unconscious he reached out to the magical artifact that the Demon Lord protecting and found himself warped back to the past. With this circumstances which is basically New Game+ the Hero tries to prevent the tragedy to occur again and will he manage to succeed? I find the series to be promising but wonder once the plot device dries out will Tsuyokute be consistent or will it end up to be generic Shonen manga, and i think it really depends on the Author's capability to expand the universe of the series. Love triangle is kinda staple for this genre and i find the elf chick and the hero pairing reminds me of Parn and Deedlit from Lodoss Senki. I still wonder what is the significance of the black feather though i doubt the Hero and the Demon Lord is the same guy but i think Hero could be one in the future just like one from Rance verse.

link for the LN translation

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17taISyRebqOdRhIuclyBT94kKbWrJgN3Fc1WvyOWey0/preview

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bio Meat: Nectar


Probably the only post for this month since i am too distracted with monster hunter over this past 2 weeks. Suprisingly decent apocalyptic manga which features monstrous creature. Marathoned the manga in a day and i would say don't be fooled by the cover. Bio Meat takes place in modern era where human civilization began to face food shortage issue thus bio engineers create artifical creature called Bio-Meat that feed on waste as a sustenance while remain palatable thus providing efficient meat source. However it turns out the Bio-Meat is very dangerous creation of human as it runs amok and feed on human themselves and the story focus on the group of kids who survived through the ordeals that lead to great catastrophe. Pandora Box fits the theme of this manga really well, the disaster happens due to the stupidity of human which could have been easily averted but through the disaster it is the courage of the few that allows them to survive. This is one of the few shonen manga that shows the development character of the youth quite well. For a comparison i would say Bio Meat is somewhere in between Kiseijuu and Drifting Classroom, the threat of Bio meat has escalated further than Kiseijuu but it is not as severe as Drifting classroom where the civilization basically went extinct already. If you like aforementioned title you should give this one a read.

Friday, January 16, 2015

MH4U Demo thoughts


When some Some European hunters got their MH4U demo i was kinda jelly and want to get one too but finally got mine yesterday from nintendo newsletter and downloaded it straight away. For a demo MH4U is really good much better than MH3U one from what i know. The demo got 3 monsters to fight with different difficulties and so far i have tried SnS, Gunlance, LS and Lance. I would say i am glad that the main weapons i use still remain mostly the same with addition of new moves or two and jumping attacks. Riding mechanics is quite easy to learn but i find this one works best for multiplayer as it gives opportunity to render the monster helpless for brief time while giving other hunters some breathing space while someone ride the monster, don't hit the riding hunter though.

I have beaten all the monster and my thoughts about them is Jaggi is still a punching bag while Tetsucabura is pushover and roughly as tough as early bird wyverns or other pelagus. Then fought Gore Magara which is interesting fight and it is kinda like mini Kushala though the feral form is very tough and the way it fight is like somewhere in between Tigrex and Zinogre. I will definitely get MH4U and probably going to use 3 characters just like MH3U and Lance will be still my main character's weapon.

Friday, January 9, 2015

MG 1/100 Gundam Double X


Considering Gundam X got an MG already i suppose Double X bound to follow as well. Scheduled for March this year, Double X will be released for the price of 4500 yen which is quite modest. Double X is the second MS Garrod get in After War Gundam X when he escaped from the Earth Federation base from his capture. Like Gundam X, Double X also have access to Satelite system and able to fire two Satelite Cannon at once. Unlike most Gundam protagonist MS, i think Double X is not really good in close combat and given the abrupt conclusion the series, we never get to see if Double X got more balanced variant like X Divider. Nevertheless it still got docking support with G-Falcon which boost its firepower and wonder Bandai will release one too. I still hope Gundam X will get his Divider pack and wonder if Garrod's sidekicks will get MG too.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Genghis Khan (manga)


Yokoyama Mitsuteru is quite well know for his history manga but i think his Genghis Khan is the weakest out of all. Genghis Khan is quite admirable history figure despite his slaughter because he is able to unite Mongol Tribe which is not his an easy feat and conquer so much land creating lasting legacy. I guess to a Japanese mongolian culture is not as easy to get into as Chinese one but the manga doesn't cover the story of Genghis Khan thoroughly. The first half part is decent but unfortunately Yokoyama didn't give good enough coverage on the global campaign of Genghis Khan, the deed he is most well known of and even skip the obligatory "pouring molten metals to that the throat of the governor that dared to kill his merchant" which is probably inspired part of the Game of Throne where Viserys got his gold membership from Drogo. Apart from the major flaw i guess the manga give enough coverage of one the most famous conqueror in history.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Kiseijuu / Parasyte


Last post for this 2014! I like Historie but i never know the author wrote another great manga before! If you ask me how good Kiseijuu is? it is as good as Naoki Urasawa scifi work. From few pages i already knew it was the work of Histories's author. Kiseijuu is a story about interaction between a teenage boy and parasitic alien creature that failed to hijack his body. The aliens aimed to destroy humanity but among that we find that friendship transcends race and this makes powerful message from the manga aside environmental issue that the manga addressed as well. The manga is not overly complicated but very clever in delivering the stories. I gotta respect the mangaka since he could pull gory stuff very well to without overdoing it. While it is abit different with Historie it is a solid manga and you will like it too if you are sci-fi horror fan.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Christmas Greeting and 2014 Review


Merry Christmas 2014 Guys! and it is a week to go for 2015! Hope you guys have a meaningful time during this joyful day. This year marks my less activity for the blog since i have less time now but i still have the commitment. 2014 marks some significant change in my life as in the mid of the Year i left Australia to study Chinese in Beijing but i left no regret since i made the most out of my stay just before leaving Sydney which i will come back again sometime. Christmas in China is rather different in Sydney, everything goes usual in Beijing today which is suppose different culture different Significance. But i hope things goes well next year just like always.

I just finished my Papercraft which is a picture frame with Christmas theme and i spent my Christmas this year doing this. While it is a bit different with making Gunpla, i put my skills which i earned from for the former into some good use. Since it is my first kind of this work the result is not too good obviously but i did have fun along the way even took crash course of sewing and obviously my first few attempts look pathetic. I had fun the most building the fireplace as it reminds me of building Gunpla for some reason while i had some quite hard time making the Christmas tree since it is the trickiest part in the kit. Depending on circumstances i may show some of my future papercraft works so please look forward to it!