This figure came out a couple of months ago, but I ordered her from an American retailer (Otaku Fuel, if anybody is curious) so I received her only a few days ago. I also got a second Kotone Ousaka, which was a bit surprising. To my knowledge, Kotone was sold exclusively on Nativeâ€™s website in Japan, but sheâ€™s gotten a regular release among retailers here in the States. I wonder why that is?
Anyway, I wrote Kotoneâ€™s review weeks ago so enough about her, letâ€™s take a look at Nana here.
We have here Iroha, another female combatant from a fighting game. Iroha has had a peculiarly enduring presence in the figure world considering her limited exposure in the Samurai Shodown series. Here we have the latest figure in her likeness, sculpted by diskvision and manufactured by Yamato as part of their SIF EX lineup.
Hobby Link Japan had this free shipping dealy going on a couple weeks ago, and I took advantage of it to pick up Cammy. This version of Cammy comes from the Street Fighter Zero/Alpha games, as does my other Cammy. I like her Delta Red costume more, and it’s a bit curious that figure manufacturers seem to prefer depicting her in her Shadaloo uniform.
Everyone has her.
Words are so many mayflies.
Tier should shut up now.
This news is a few days old, but I do not think many people have heard of this game so I thought that Iâ€™d mention it here. Mushihime-sama Futari is an arcade bullet hell-style shootâ€™em up game from CAVE. Curiously, CAVE is porting this game to the Xbox 360, and even more curiously, theyâ€™re not region-locking the game. Region locking is the second worst aspect of the 360, and virtually all Japanese games are locked so Iâ€™m happy that CAVE is dispensing with it here. Note that they arenâ€™t actually localizing the game; the language is still going to be in Japanese, but I figure that these sorts of games arenâ€™t really difficult to figure out.
One of the gameâ€™s protagonists is named Reco, and she may be familiar to figure collectors due to Max Factory putting out a 1/7 scale figure of her a few months ago. Sheâ€™s gotten a character redesign since her first appearance, but I prefer her earlier look:
Reco from Mushihime-sama
Reco from Mushihime-sama Futari
Curiously, both renditions seem to be done by the same artist. I guess he wanted to change up his style.
I donâ€™t have much experience playing bullet hell shoooters … maybe Trigger Heart Exelica qualifies? I dunno. I did spend a good chunk of youth playing shooters in the arcade though; Tiger Heli, 1942, and Carrier Air Wing were some of my favorite games growing up. I donâ€™t play them as much now since there arenâ€™t very many of them, but I enjoy them nonetheless. I think Iâ€™m going to put in a preorder for this game; it looks like a lot of fun, and Iâ€™m happy to support a developer willing to risk making shmups.
If you want to see the game in action, here is a gameplay trailer. The game comes out on November 26 this year – Thanksgiving Day for the Americans. Preorders can be put in at NCSX or Play-Asia.
Itâ€™s yet another prepainted kit from E2046, but unlike the prior two reviews, this one does not come from an anime. Indeed, Jian Xue may be an original figure; E2046 often sculpts characters from existing properties but I do not think Iâ€™ve seen this character design anywhere else. She looks vaguely reminiscent of something from Dynasty Warriors, or perhaps from Sana Takedaâ€™s artwork, but I dunno. I do know that this is an outstanding figure.
Itâ€™s Saber clone! Like Charlotte, Sylvia is one of the love interests in the game and anime Princess Lover! but her most conspicuous trait is her resemblance to Saber. Sylvia wears trousers instead of a skirt and wields a rapier rather than a broadsword but the similarity is blatant, even egregious. Homage or ripoff, you decide.
Charlotte Hazellink is yet another prepainted, preassembled kit from E2046 by way of Volks. One of these days Iâ€™m going to try building and painting models on my own. However, that day is not today.
I spent some time this evening shooting pictures of Tsukino Azusagawa, and I wasn’t really feeling the way they turned out. Guess it’s back to the drawing board there. Since I have no pictures to post, and since it’s been a while since my last preorder outlook post, I figure why not do one of those? As usual all images are shamelessly taken from Hobby Search (a great place to buy figures from) and AmiAmi (I’m sure they would be a great place to buy figures from if they shipped internationally).
Once when I was a kid living in Seoul, my uncle took my brother and I to a comic book shop near downtown, just a bit west of Gate 1 to Yongsan base. I doubt it’s still there, and I have no idea how my uncle even knew about this shop in that pre-Google Maps era. I was bewildered that such a shop even existed; I didn’t think that Koreans had much interest in American comics (despite being ethnically half-Korean myself, I’ve always identified with being American and I had no interest in Korean culture at that time). I remember the store had a barter system, and my brother traded off some of his books for new ones. I had no comic books of my own so I asked my uncle to buy the comics I wanted for me. One of the books I got was Uncanny X-Men #218, which had some of the female X-Men battling the Juggernaut. I didn’t know much about the X-Men, but one character in particular caught my eye – she wore a tight black bodysuit and a loose green tank top and had an awesome 80s haircut with a white skunk stripe through it. In the issue, she threw a punch at the Juggernaut, took one in return that launched her into orbit, and then she came back for more. It was a great book, and Rogue became one of my first childhood cartoon character crushes.
What? Stop looking at me like that. I know you had cartoon character crushes when you were a kid, too.