The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ~ Figure Store Review Edition ~

6 09 2009


These store critiques serve as the sole basis to educate and inform those with as broad a range of an online shopping experience in the anime otaku market from nil to expert about how green or adept my own experiences have been molded through my interactions with these stores. As always, there might or might not be a severe discrepancy to other reviews of exact stores that you may have read or found out in some way. While each individual takes from his or her own experience, I am merely adding my own two cents to help broaden the spectrum of the integrity of stores that you shop or may potentially shop at. Be as it may, this is the interwebs and you are more than welcome to take my ramblings with a grain of salt. In the same token, I am an insanely hardcore collector and will simply not shop at certain places unless I am, ultimately, left with no other alternatives.

Honesty is the best policy and I am a brutally honest person. This store review will be unlike what you have experienced before as I don’t plan to sugar coat or skim through the superficial surface to expose what I feel is pertinent information about where you go throw your hard earned cash at.

Harima says, “You’ve been adequately warned.”

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Am I an android? [ALTER Aegis review]

30 04 2009

“Ah, let’s see… it says you’re… a weapon of mass destruction? Oh. It’s obviously a mistake.”

– Teacher’s comment on Aegis’ first school day

Aegis is the first of several figures to come from ALTER’s Persona line-up. With the videogame experiencing huge success and breaking through to the North American demographic, it was of no surprise that figure manufacturer titan Alter would create a figure from the series.

Note: Much to my noobish amusement, I was tweaking with the brightness and contrast filter and came up with the results in this image. Wheeeeeeee!

Update: My critic wasn’t happy enough with how my previous banner looked and has made some modifications to it.

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Lei Fang at the beach

19 04 2009

Note: This is a very old photo shoot that went unnoticed due to Jem’s severe procrastination. Bad Jem! Bad Jem!

Leifang, an energetic 19-year old, skilled in the Tai Chi Quan martial arts. After being saved from bullies by Jann Lee, Lei Fang decided to hone her own skills hoping to become stronger one day. Fairly inexperienced and naive with the world, Lei Fang has a somewhat unrefined manner and isn’t fully aware of her surroundings or the people that are part of it.

She has many interests such as the color yellow, fans and Chinese cuisine as well as the usual leisurely strolls on one of many beaches on Zack Island.

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Tsuruya in bunny girl form

17 02 2009


Tsuruya is a very unorthodox character. The very hyper and outgoing friend of Mikuru Asahina and honorary consultant to the SOS Brigade. Her appearance in the series seems to be few and far between. Despite that, she has been celebrated by otakus everywhere and is quite popular for someone whose role was fairly trivial. The FREEing bunny line wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include Tsuruya in it. An interesting thing to note is Tsuruya lacks a last name. Maybe she’s like Sting or Cher in that regards.

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Good Smile Company – What the hell is wrong with you?!?!?!?!?!

24 01 2009

(Saber Lily ~Distant Avalon ~ )

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Emiri Kimidori – How I despise thee!

14 01 2009

Emiri Kimidori is a soft-spoken, second year student that is introduced to the SOS Brigade by Mikuru Asahina for assistance towards her missing boyfriend. Apparently, her boyfriend hasn’t been going to school and she wants the SOS Brigade to investigate the circumstances behind his strange actions.

So, it is hinted – by Kyon actually – that Emiri is a humanoid interface and quite possibly the superior of Yuki or just kept there to monitor Yuki’s actions.

Apparently, Emiri later becomes the secretary to the Student Council president. She also works as a waitress at a cafe that the SOS Brigade visit.

All in all, her screen time is next to nothing and whatever she does have amounts to a whopping zero. A lot of things are implied about her character potentially having a more important position, but this has no real significance in the series.

To tell you the truth, she was a weak presence when she was first introduced and her presence was practically nonexistent afterwards that I barely noticed her past the episode where she was initially introduced.

So, why FREEing? Why FREEing? Because it’s easy to make money off of this. Blech.

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Yuki Nagato as a bunny girl

10 01 2009

Yuki Nagato is a very interesting character of sorts. She’s initially met in what will be the future meeting grounds for the SOS Brigade. Unlike the rest of the members of the Brigade, she is technically the only one that joined out of her own free will and not by coercion. She is very quiet and seemingly reserved, enjoying  a good read and not minding the crazy antics that go on beside her.

Yuki, is in fact, a humanoid inteface from the Integrated Data Entity created for the sole purpose of observing events on Earth. Those notable events happen to surround a sole entity. Haruhi Suzumiya. Haruhi, for some reason, can create huge quantities of data out of nothing.

Since Yuki is an artificial “human”, she poses a lot of paranormal abilities that are later witnessed and seen throughout the anime.

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