Tuesday, July 26, 2016
During my stay China, my exploration on Taobao does not only have me encounter Bootleg Gunpla but also discover new realm of Bootleg Figurines. While i have been aware of the Bootleg Nendoroids existence for long time already but i never expected China had quite extensive industry on bootleg figurine until the recent times. While I tried my best not to get too much of these stuffs, i reserved getting these bootleg figurine as an act of discontent toward some series creator. As for this case i got myself this fake Ryougi Shiki which was based on a Kotobukiya version for the sake of giving middle finger to Typemoon for being a shadow of its former self and becoming money grubbing filth with their shenanigans on Fate series. I used to plan to get the original figurine back in Sydney since i watched all of the Kara no Kyokai movie even though i cant really remember the content now. But at very least i still able to see how KnK which happens to be Nasu's first major work lay the groundwork for Tsukihime which still remains as my personal Favorite. I bought the figurine from Taobao for 55 RMB which is less than 10 USD。 And just like a Chinese idiom says "一分钱一分货“ as the figurine quality is relative to its cost which is certainly nowhere to the original but works good enough as display.
Friday, July 22, 2016
A while i ago i have discussed how SRW further explored the much beloved Gundam series Anti-Hero, Char Aznable. As Alpha series provided the final showdown befitting of the caliber of his character, This time i will discuss the exploration of his character done in SRW MX. While MX did not incorporate much of Universal Century Gundam in its storyline, it does provide an alternate take on Post-Zeta Gundam Char something that is not much explored in the Gundam series outside Gihrens Greed. You can look at the previous SRW and Char discussion here
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Tallgeese III is one my favorite MS from Gundam Wing and i still have the HG 1/100 version even though unpainted. Since Bandai made MG Tallgeese a while ago they also made MG Tallgeese II and III which unfortunately difficult to get outside Japan without selling your kidney. So instead i used opportunity staying in China to get the Dragon Momoko version of Tallgeese III for 68 RMB or roughly 10 USD which is a steal for this guy though i expect it is a knock-off Dragon Momoko since the kit cost around 40 bucks on Dragon Momoko's website. Even though i already had 1/100 Tallgeese III, i just buy this kit out of spite with Bandai since they are sometimes rather douchey toward Modelers outside Japan. I expect the quality of the kit doesn't stay far from the original MG since Dragon Momoko's kit quality is quite decent and apparently the Dragon Momoko version also come with extra parts that Bandai's MG didn't have. If you want to get MG Tallgeese III without forking out too much money then Dragon Momoko's would be a good choice. I think i will probably convert my HG Tallgeese III to Tallgeese II and sometime in near future i will write some post discussing about Bootleg Gunpla for educational purposes.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Patlabor series is probably one the most well known work made by Yutaka Izubuchi and i certainly respect this series alot for having one of the most realistic approach for mecha genre. Little known outside Japan, the series actually had a decent game on PSX which was not too shabby at its time but doesn't age really well at the present with its graphic quality. In any case Patlabor Game Edition offers an interesting experience for a mecha game because it is made by people who understand the series really well.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
It could be said that Ys series is quite an influential RPG series in japan but for some reason it didn't have much merchandise despite it deserved one and even Eiyuu Densetsu series got more love. Up until now there is no proper figure for Adol Christin and at best we got Gashapon tier figurine of him. It is such tragedy for a legendary hero like Adol didn't have proper figurine since Japan didn't bother to make a male figurine unless it is Fujoshi Bait. Surprisingly China beat Japan in the race of making figure for Adol as they made Ys Seven version of Adol Christin as a part of their release of Limited Edition of YS Seven game over there. Got myself one from Taobao for 40 RMB which is really cheap though recently it fetch rather expensive price recently. There's also SD figurine for Celceta version of Adol but it is rather pricey for non posable SD figurine. While it is not the best version of figurine, at least we get slightly more decent figurine for this beloved Red Haired Adventurer on par with Ufo Catcher tier.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
A solid action anime made by Ufotable back when they don't make TYPE-MOON stuffs. Coyote Ragtime Show is a short but intensely fun Space Pirate anime. For such solid overall quality, i still wonder why the series doesn't seem to be that popular and just end up to be anime of the season, i suppose it is not up to the taste of Japanese. Coyote Ragtime Show tells the story of two groups of Space Pirates racing down for a Space Pirate King treasure. One group is led by the Pirate King's best buddy who's an infamous Space Pirate by himself and taking care of his buddy's daughter while the other side is led by a powerful Female Space Pirate who murdered the Pirate King himself in the past and led 12 Gothic Lolitas battle maid android as elite squads.
For a Sci-fi anime Coyote Ragtime Show gets a solid score as its intense actions and compelling story will get you hooked into the series. Best comparison would be that Coyote Ragtime Show is what Baccano will look like if it had futuristic setting and the latter is awesome anime. On the sidenote, the Space Pirate King kinda resemble Tokiomi from Fate/Zero and the Twelve Maids are quite nice eyecandy especially their leader named April which is the character in the header pics of this post. So if you are sick of Shonen protagonists and prefer characters who relies on their wits to solve their issues in a Sci-fi setting, Coyote Ragtime Show is a good choice. I suppose the series got better charm for Western Audiences and i think i will give a watch to Outlaw Stars or Cowboy Bebop eventually.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
One of the manga adaptation of Front Mission series and like the series, it has everything that makes Front Mission such a charming mecha series. Dog life & Dog style roughly covers the First Huffman war which was the first major conflict between OCU and USN in Front Mission mainly through the perspective of a freelance war journalist. In the manga you will see how people from walked from different paths of life affected by war for better or worse and the manga shows plenty of gory bits just to show how horrific war could be. My favorite chapter in the manga is Fruit of Eden which the OCU officer is just a badass guy for the feats he pulled off to survive the odds. Dog Life & Dog Style had finished its original run back in Japan but unfortunately the manga translation had been inactive for years as it stopped at the "Sheep Herder" arc which happen to be the last arc of the series and the longest one as well. While the artstyle might put off some people, if you like gritty mecha series or Front Mission fanboy, Dog Life & Dog Style is certainly not to be missed!
Friday, June 24, 2016
-Wealth and Glory to the Winner!
When i was a kid, i played this game alot with my friend and certainly it was one of my early gateway to the series. Gundam Battle Assault 2 is probably the best Gundam game that was ever released in the west for PSX and still one of the top Gundam Games that got western release. At its release time Gundam Battle Assault 2 surprises lots of people with its solid gameplay, making it a well-remembered classic. While i am not good with fighting game, i really had fun with GBA2 and every now and then still play this awesome gem.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Sakura Taisen 3 Hanabi Ending
Aimed for Lobelia's route at first but got Hanabi's ending due to some stupid mistakes. With this i finished my first playthrough of Sakura Taisen 3. I have to say Sakura Taisen 3 is probably the best overall entry of the series because its production value totally blew out the previous 2 games by far margin. Sakura Taisen series strongest points are always about the heroines and the songs and Sakura Taisen 3 will makes you surprised if you think the previous games are awesome already.
So back to Hanabi, Hanabi Kitaouji is the last member recruited by Ogami for Paris Kagekidan and in the battle she is proficient with bow. In the Sakura Taisen 3 Hanabi's character portrayed as a very gentle girl yet behind her gentle demeanor lies great sorrow from the grief of losing her first lover in a tragic accident. During her chapter one of the Beastmen exploited Hanabi's the weakness of her heart to satisfy his twisted desire and Ogami with his smooth-talking and some help from Paris Kagekidan able to save Hanabi. In the series Hanabi is the third Yamato Nadeshiko after Sakura and Sumire and her personality is the most gentle one out of three. Being a Japanese raised overseas, she yearns to be Yamato Nadeshiko and looks after Sakura and Sumire and from time to time consult with Ogami as well. If you pick Hanabi as Ogami's partner, her route is all about Ogami helping Hanabi to regain her former self after going through so much sorrow by acting as emotional support to lean on. Kinda feel bad if Ogami had to pick other girl from Paris Kagekidan and unable to support Hanabi with her fragile heart.
While Hanabi is not my most favorite character, her character theme "Kokoro no Kasa wa" or Umbrella of Heart is probably the best character song in Sakura Taisen 3 in my opinion for portraying great amount of emotion while at the same time not being overly too dramatic. After Hanabi's ending i will definitely try to get Lobelia's ending next and then Glycine's. At some point i will write Full Article for Sakura Taisen 3 since i got enough material for it. I won't be touching Sakura Taisen 4 until i finished all of the characters ending in ST 1,2,3. You can look at the Hanabi's ending CG on the link below the picture and her ending is available too on Youtube. The video below is Hanabi's character song.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
I think this is one of the few things that i could post earlier in this blog considering i watched enough anime to make the list. While i am able to mention more i guess five would make a solid list. Since this list is made by a mecha fan, the characters are all from mecha series. As a rule of thumb, in anime i really hate Betamax male cast the most as they ruin a mecha show for me with their indecisiveness and thats why i don't watch much the recent animes. Thus you will expect majority of the characters in this list to be Hotblooded. I like them considering when their characters are done right, they are capable of pulling awe-inspiring moments by overcoming extreme odds solely with their courage alone. In any case try your best to guess the characters included in this list!