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Azusa Movic Photoshoot

The feeling of having a box waiting at home for you is always exciting. Today was the first time in almost a month for me, so it took me by surprise. Anyway, here’s a quick photoshoot of Movic’s Azusa Nakano: the youngest member of the light music club in the incredibly popular anime K-ON!! In this figure, the cute twin-tailed (yet often the most mature) K-ON!! star is featured with her red Fender Jaguar and casual clothes. The figure is nice; the hair is well made, and the painting is overall good. Put next to Hitagi, it tends to be outshone due to Hitagi’s array of stationery…but my favourite K-ON!! character Azu-nyaaaaan <3 is still cute :) One thing that surprised me about the figure is that the strings on the Fender are not painted on, but some sort of wire (nylon?). Maybe this is normal, but this is only the fourth PVC figure I own (two being Nendoroids) :P

Well here she is!

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March update

Just a quick update to keep this blog alive and kicking. Seems like I still get hits when I don’t post for weeks! :D What prompted me to squeeze in a short blog post in between my homework was a nice comment I received about this blog from a friend of mine…who I had no idea would come here :P He reminded me of the old times, when I had the Durarara!! inspired chatroom on this blog. Good times…

Life’s been alright, but who cares anyway? Anime, music and tech is way more important. In fact, they are what make it worthwhile to live on earth. It’ll be hard to find anything more exciting than constantly refreshing Engadget during MWC, crying and laughing with the anime characters you hold dear, and listening to some nice beats.

I’ve been watching anime, and I can now comfortably say that Madoka is the best anime this season for me. I absolutely adore the blend of cuteness and grim themes! Other ones I’m loving are Fractale, Kore wa Zombie and Gosick :) Still on the topic of anime, my Azusa figure should be arriving soonish! Will have to blog about that when that happens. In regard to movies, I’ve recently seen Black Swan which was amazing (you’ve probably heard enough about it). This week I’m planning on seeing Rango! Might post a review of that.

How about tech? Well, I guess all I have to say is the iPad 2 was disappointing. Despite the underwhelming specs, it’s still going to sell well. Apple plays the market well; they know they have a solid product, which thrives on ‘Developers, developers, developers!’. With the amount of apps, existing customer base and the influence their brand name has on the general consumer base they really didn’t need to release a spec-beast to keep selling. Well played; they didn’t need to spend more money manufacturing a ‘better’ device. That being said, they still haven’t got my  money. (and thousands of others who weren’t keen on the original).

However, recently I did have an epiphany. My internet line was dead for a few days, which resulted in resorting to tethering, but in that time I was aware that I spent a significant amount of time off the computer. My computer usage was more than halved. Maybe about 20% of usual, just because of the internet. Oh dear.

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Hitagi GSC

Hitagi is badass.

Some random shots here. Many of these will be similar, mainly because I haven’t really bothered going through them :P

Drag and drop photo spam XD

 

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After School Merch Unboxing

Back to school after holidays, and the stress is starting to sink in with assessment notices already. New timetables too, which is always exciting…awesome days where I finish after two or so lessons (not as awesome as a mate who finishes at 9:05am…) and some terrible days with 5 hour gaps between lessons. Anyway, after all the back to school fuss on a hot 38 degree Celsius day, I arrived home to the long awaited AmiAmi shipment in which would be my long awaited (and delayed) Hitagi GSC figure! That’s my one item in this box :P the rest belongs to Roger and another friend.

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Two more weeks is not enough! >.<’

Well into the latter half of the summer holidays here in Australia, and I’m not keen for school starting at all! Friends and cousins of mine who are at uni (and enjoying their longer summer break) tell me to cherish these high school days and enjoy them as much as I can… They say university work is so much harder. While I don’t doubt that in the slightest, at least they (mostly) get to study subjects they enjoy. I just hope highschool flies by quickly and then I can enjoy the social life of university that I’m so envious of at the moment.

First up, stuff about anime and such (get the stuff readers want covered before I go on a rant). I will not be providing episode by episode coverage on this new season unlike my attempt last season. However, I will provide comments within each blog post.

Here’s my remixed song I forgot to embed last time:

So far in this season’s anime offering, I have watched Gosick, Level E, Freezing, Beelzebub, Infinite Stratos and Kore wa Zombie desu ka. Once I finish the last 5 episodes of Samurai Champloo I’ll check out some of the others (Fractale, Puella Magi Madoka Magica). By the way, Samurai Champloo is badass; epic fights, interesting characters, quality production and lots of fantastic laughs. Out of the 6 new anime I have started, my favourite is definitely Level E. It has the humour and a fairly good sci-fi set up, and even potential light romance. It’s absurdity has a slight tinge of Arakawa in it, which is definitely a plus. My close second favourite is Gosick, simply because it looks to be a decent mystery series, and I’m loving the adorable costumes! Next up would be Beelzebub and Kore wa Zombie… tied. They both are action shounen series, both filled to the brim with craziness, but stylistically different. I’m hoping Infinite Stratos turns out well, as I’m quite a big fan of mecha series. So far, I’m having a hard time seeing the ‘mecha’ aspect behind all the clichéd harem. Freezing, an ecchi action flick with female warriors (akin to Claymore) almost had me turn it off and drop it completely due to its dull nature and 4:3 aspect ratio, but the ending gave a glimmer of interest. Nothing special, and not some super ecchi; but a wimpy boy causing trouble…once again akin to Claymore. So basically, this season is a fair bit better than I expected.

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As you might have gathered, I love all sorts of genres: from typical boy stuff to the cheesiest romance. On a somewhat related note, I watched Disney’s Tangled today, and absolutely loved it. I’ll rate it 8.5/10, with marks taken off for some plot weaknesses/lack of smoothness and the fact that it doesn’t do anything new. It takes a classic fairytale and does a top-notch adaptation for modern audiences. Recently I also saw the renowned The King’s Speech, which is one of the highest quality films I’ve seen. It does basically everything well; 9.5/10. I’m not giving it a ten, but depending on my reaction when I see it again, I just might. What makes me say that is it’s not one of my personal favourites…Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction are examples of tens from me.

It seems I have already hit 500 words, so now I’ll move on to my holidays which I know you are keen to hear about. Since last post, I’ve attended a failed Lord of the Rings movie marathon (people lost patience and decided to watch Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy instead), moved to a smaller room and worked a total of one shift. I really hope that job hunt reaps some results soon!

As you can see, this is my new room. Getting the bed to fit right into that spot there was quite a hassle. We measured it and thought ‘hey, this will fit perfectly!’. But deep down in my pessimistic soul, I know things always sound too good to be true. Turns out, the bed was approximately 2 centimetres too long which logically followed with my dad saying: ‘let’s cut off the bevel from the wall!’. Using my exceptional Year 9 and 10 industrial technology skills, I quickly advised him to cut the leg of the beg to form a sort of support ‘joint’ with the wall bevel (see bottom left of photo). After a bit of time and a bit more sweat and blood, I’m happy to say that it turned out quite well! XD

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