Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nendoroid November

Personal:

First off I'd just like to mention that I've finally reached the last week of school. I'd like to say, "The only thing I have to do now is..." but unfortunately things are not that simple. I've become extremely busy of course wrapping up final projects, doing documentation, registering for courses, and preparing for two tests (one Monday one next Friday). I'm frequently seeing my VOCALOID family now which makes me very happy. I wish I could see more of them but unfortunately I'm too busy until I finish tests and projects and they all live too far away. Just when I'm hoping everything is going well I have to get all anxious and overthink things...I really need to learn to take it easy.

On another note, I was inspired by a friend to resurrect my DevArt: HERE. I don't know how often I'll even update it but it'll mainly be random design things or photography since I don't exactly draw anymore. On that topic though, I did enroll myself for a general "Drawing for Inquiry" course this Spring which I get to take with friends. Awesome.

Figures:


Got a hefty box in the mail this week! Finally I get to hold the twins in my hands after months of waiting. Shana and Miyuki are adorable too. It's a shame how all the figure releases have been a bit delayed...The twins were due out in October along with the figma versions. I'm still waiting on Goth Punk Mikuru to come in stock before I ship the figmas or they'll end up getting shipped automatically and I have to pay for shipping twice over (Hobby Search is holding the figmas until Dec 1). The Canadian dollar has sunk down about 20 cents since when I ordered all of these so, you guessed it, I'm paying 20% more for everything now. It's almost becoming more worth it to just buy these at an anime store locally since I'm paying so much for shipping now.

Oh well! Here's some pictures of the loot. You can expect a proper photo shoot once I'm out of school. I'll be so bored here at home I'll probably take at least an hour with each figure to take proper pictures.



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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tsuruya & Kimidori Arrive

Personal:

Sincere apologies if it seems as if I've dropped off the face of the earth. I've got two more weeks left of school so everything is obviously wrapping up. Today I just finished a giant book report and I've got a 10 page documentation to START on tonight...due tomorrow. I managed to get a few shots this afternoon in the light of my new figures. Hope you like them! By the way, I have a big shipment currently in the post. As soon as I get them I'll find a way to take proper pictures of them and post them here ASAP. It's no secret October was very lacking for releases. Most got pushed to November.

Figures:


Two girls who may not be what they seem...




More pictures after the jump:







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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Little Big Experience


I picked up Little Big Planet the day the servers went online and was greeted with the cutest narrated opening credits ever. You start off as your little sackboy and your run by the names, learn to crawl, learn to jump, and learn to burn in a pit of fire as you forget to jump out of the mine cart. The game's story mode is occupying most of my time despite being marketed as a "level-creator" kind of a game. It's the most fun when playing with other people but it can become very hard and frustrating because the camera always seems to follow the wrong person and many times your friends will die and use up all of the spawn points.


The online mode has been quite fun. There are so many creative levels but also so many bad ones. Within the first few days while the servers were getting hammered there was extreme lag which seems to be almost completely fixed now. There's very little time between transferring from your pod into a user made level. Although I haven't made a level myself yet, I'm very interested in making some ramps with a rocket skateboard...those levels are the funnest.
More after the jump:

The pod is where you live, you can decorate it with stickers and decorations (and also yourself while you're at it) and invite up to 3 other people to hang around in here and mess it up with bad-looking props. From here, anyone in your pod will "follow" you into levels.


A common misconception about Little Big Planet has been, "You can't die". This is extremely untrue. Some parts of the levels will be so painstaking you'll have to kick everyone out and do it yourself just to make it easier. First there's spikes...then later there's fire and explosives...and finally...electricity. You'll become very accustomed to the high-pitch squeal followed by a *pop* when your Sackperson touches something electrified. It's all very humourous, though...unless you're going for the "Get through the level without dying" trophy. There's a new costume waiting for you at the end if you manage to do it.


And what customizable game would be complete without popular custom characters. I'm sure most people have seen these by now, but here are some parts to make up a Sephiroth and a Snake Sackboy. I haven't heard of the method to obtain these yet but it just shows that Sony will most likely be holding promotions or utilizing their PSN Store to make some cash off of people who want a little bit more for their Sackperson.





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Monday, November 3, 2008

VOCALOID Formal Cosplay

Cosplay:

Hurrah! I had a fantastic Halloween. I went to an awesome party at SFU on Thursday as Kaito, sat around and played Rock Band in Urahara cosplay on Friday (and went trick or treating as a Bleach trio), and then had the best family reunion - VOCALOID that is - in formal wear @ UBC on Saturday. It was my first time meeting up with them since AE. I somehow won the "bonus cosplay" prize at the dance just for being Kaito - some kind of awesome super sentai mask. We took some really great shots which I'd like to share. More after the jump:



We paid a photographer at the booth set up there to do these awesomesauce shots of us. By far the best one is this, Aku no Musume overdramatic poses:


To Do:
-Catch up on Tora Dora & Hyakko and blog about them
-Think about starting Kyou no Go no ni
-Watch Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (the new OVA release)
-Some time soon start Gurren Lagann
-Blog about Little Big Planet



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DJ Max Clazziquai

Personal:

So Halloween is now over. Sorry I haven't had the chance to post for the last week. I had 3 awesome days of Halloween and I plan to share some pictures with you all later when I get the chance (tonight or tomorrow). I've been playing Little Big Planet for PS3 and DJ Max Clazziquai for PSP. I'll be showing a bit of how that game works in this post. School is getting pretty busy again but I can be thankful the projects are spaced out a little better than the last time I had them all due.

Figures:

There's been some delays...most of what I was expecting to be in stock in October have moved to November releases (this is Griffon Goth Punk Mikuru and the Kagamine twins Nendoroids and Figma). This just means my November shipment is going to be even bigger. I'm looking forward to it. It's a shame our exchange rate sucks so much because I'll be charged more than I was back when I ordered them.

Games: DJ Max Clazziquai

I've been a DJ Max Portable fan since before the second game came out. For those of you who don't know about it, it's a Korean rhythm game for the PSP (not unlike guitar hero) except it is much harder. I hate to compare it to guitar hero because the concept has been around for YEARS...but a lot of people only really know about the new North-Americanized stuff.

This new version has 48 songs, about 42 of them are brand new (not included in the PC version or other PSP versions) and I'm quite impressed with the quality of them. The new tour mode has been keeping me busy. It presents a series of challenges for the player starting off with 2-Button mode then moving them into 4B, 5B, 6B, and 4BFX (which is 4B + the L and R triggers). Once I beat everything I plan on trying to unlock the 6BFX (8B) mode by putting in my old DJ Max Portable 1+2 UMDs.

Apart from DJ Max I've been playing Little Big Planet, I'll make a post about that later this week (when I do my anime blogging).

Videos of DJ Max in action after the jump:


Trailer:



Favourite song - Clear Blue Sky:



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