Sunday, February 15, 2009

KAITO Nendoroid Photo Review


I ordered this back when pre-orders opened up in October last year and he finally came! I was a little bit surprised with poor shipping and exchange rates again but for Kaito I think it was worth it. I ended up getting 3 of them shipped to me (2 for friends) to save a little bit on shipping. Is it just me or does he seem a little bit shorter than the other Vocaloid Nendoroids? Maybe it's just because I'm used to him being so tall. I'm a Kaito cosplayer and I tend to tower over my other family members.

The figure is of exceptional quality as is to be expected of a Good Smile Company product. The hair has a number of different shades in it and the coat is covered in a metallic white paint which makes this figure glisten in the sunlight. I think the popsicle and the blush add just that little bit extra to it. The fact that Good Smile Company has kept up with the memes which make Kaito popular and included the Urotander face and arm-pose cements the fact even further that Vocaloid is a fan-driven series.

All I can hope for now is that they finish the collection and release Meiko and Luka (and maybe Gakupo). It'd be even better if they released figma versions as well. Of course, it'd be very hurtful on my wallet...

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Monday, February 9, 2009

figma: Flame Haze Shana


Yesterday was *such* a busy day. I drove from White Rock (home) to UBC, to downtown for the Game Design Expo at the VFS, wandered around Gas Town a little bit and checked out the design studios, back to UBC, then to SFU Surrey (school). At SFU we filmed in the green screen room for the next film project I'm working on (a live action Kokoro for you VOCALOID fans). My friend cosplaying as Kagamine Rin is just amazing; I'm so anxious to see this turn out well. After that I drove her home to Coquitlam and didn't get home until about 9:00. I'm still trying to catch up on homework and studying for a quiz today...yet I'm blogging in this short period before heading to school. For those who didn't see my last film project, check it out: (Cosplay: Serious Business).


As I promised with my Lolita Nagato Yuki post, I'm now posting the photoshoot I did of Flame Haza Shana of Shakugan no Shana (second). I've had this figure since she came out in December but I haven't had the chance or motivation to do a shoot of her until now. She's really beautiful and the transparent hair adds more opportunity for artistic photography. Photos below, more after the jump:

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Lolita Nagato Yuki Photo Review


I got this in the mail last week and decided it would be best if I got pictures of her up as soon as I could. Today I finally had a bit of time to catch up and take photos of figures I've neglected pretty much since I got them (figma Shana for example). I'll be posting Nagato today and Shana before Monday. I took a special little picture of Lelouch today as well I'll share in due time.

The Gothic Lolita Nagato is a 1/7 scale statue released by Griffon. I ordered her back in November. This marks the completion of the lolita series of Haruhi girls by Griffon. I got Mikuru in December and Haruhi back in August. I'm very happy with the quality of this figure but the only thing I regret is that I paid a ludicrous amount of money for her after shipping and the poor CAD - JPY exchange rate. 9000 JPY after shipping and exchange cost me $165 CAD. I'm never paying this much for a figure again I don't care what it is. When I'm in Japan this April I hope I catch a bit of a break with the exchange rate and at least I won't have to pay shipping on my purchases. I hope you enjoy the photos:

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(gratuitous pantsu shot included)

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Cosplay: Serious Business (A Documentary)

Wow, how long has it been since I was actively posting? Since Christmas? Sooner than that? I missed New Years AND Chinese New Years posts didn't I? It's also shown as my daily visits have decreased about 25% a month since I stopped posting at least weekly (and then spiked back up with the Megurine Luka post). So, to prove how busy school has been keeping me, I'd like to present:

Cosplay: Serious Business

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This is a documentary made in my class at university. I'm in a Media Arts and Design program and one of the classes I'm taking is a film class. We were restricted to 7 minutes but went over the time anyways. If I ever get a chance I'd like to possibly extend this to about twice its length to include more of what we filmed.

The documentary deals with cosplay: The People, The Community, The Unaware. It outlines just some of the basics of what it means to be involved in cosplay at conventions or with friends. The end credits include a special little feature of our narrator singing for us. It wasn't meant to really be shown to the class but we left it on there as a little easter egg to ourselves. The professor ended up having the class sit through the whole thing because everyone found it so amusing. Also, I'm the guy in the credits with the wig on that says, "I feel shameful". I don't really feel shameful, I'm a rather shameless cosplayer.

I really owe it to my friends and team mates who were able to be so cooperative and help how they did. I really enjoyed working with everyone. It's a shame but I didn't get a chance to be involved in the filming of the last 2 sections (I'm only responsible for the first section). I knew all of the people from the convention we interviewed and there were many other people I missed out on seeing who would have recognized me. I'm just glad my team mates seemed to stumble over the people they did.

If you're curious about what else I've been up to, keep reading:


So, now, what exactly have I been up to?

School has been keeping me extremely busy since I started 3rd year in September. This semester I'm taking a film class (obviously since I'm making cosplay documentaries and such) as well as drawing class, fabrication (SolidWorks), and body interface classes. Surprisingly not much involving an actual design process. Next semester (Fall) I'll get more into that. The drawing class I'm currently taking I'm working on 3 pieces inspired by 3 styles of my choice. I decided to draw my original character Cleo in 3 different styles. I'll share those pictures sometime this week once they're complete.

It also doesn't help that since Halloween I've been out practically every weekend to no closer than Vancouver, Ladner, or Coquitlam (which is half an hour away at the minimum) from White Rock. I haven't really had much I've wanted to post about and I'm not one to really rant about personal things on a blog. To be honest though there's been a little bit of drama in my life on and off. But I guess it's what I had coming to me. I really don't know what I should do or how I should act but I get a lot of impressions...negative impressions...about myself.

For those who like to look at my figure photos, I've only got 2 more figures requiring a photoshoot sometime in the future. I'll get to that soon, promise.

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