More Figure Picture Re-shoots

The re-shooting project continues apace, with my first three reviews ever getting do-overs. Looking back at my older pictures, I cringe at how bad they are. I haven’t been taking pictures for very long but I think I’ve made some improvement. I’m not saying that I’m any good now, mind you, only that I’ve begun doing things differently as of late.

Here’s a few comparison pictures of Haruka:

And a couple from my Nanjyou Ran photo sets:

And finally a couple before-and-after sets of Senhime:

I like how the flowers turned out, particularly on Nanjyou Ran’s shoot; they’re kinda psychadelic. I usually use plain black or white backgrounds but I think I might try to change things up a little bit with props every now and then.

Part of me says that I should keep the old pictures the way they are as a sort of historical record that shows how bad my pictures were. On the other hand, a much more strident and overpowering part of me says that this is my blog and I should do what I feel like and that newbie pictures aren’t something that I want to show off to the world.

Next up for reshoots are probably Lala and Canal. I’d like to re-shoot Alter’s Senhime too; I have some ideas for what sort of setting I’d like to use but it’s going to take some time to put it together.

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Site slowness

This site has been very, very slow recently, with some extended downtime, and I don’t know what’s causing the problem. My webhost’s support staff suggested that the poor performance might be caused by my site’s theme, so if this issue persists, I might revert back to the default theme for a few days to see if that clears things up.

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Villetta Nu from Code Geass


Alpha Omega Villetta Nu from Code Geass Review

Here is Villetta Nu, a character from Code Geass, yet another anime series that I am wholly unfamiliar with. Her hotness is obvious even to one as clueless as myself, though, and it wasn’t a difficult decision to pick up this figure.
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Figure Picture Wallpaper

Sometimes I like to use figure pictures as wallpaper. Here are a few that I thought turned out okay:

Rei:

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Caroline

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Gwendolyn

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Senhime

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Metatron

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Sasara

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Villetta

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Itsuki Kannagi Dakimakura from Sora Kake Girl


Itsuki Kannagi from Sora Kake Girl Dakimakura Review

With two dakimakura in my possession but only one body pillow, I don’t really need any more pillowcases. When I saw that Itsuki was going to be the star of her very own dakimakura though, I had to have it. Itsuki is my favorite character of my favorite anime series in the past few years (not saying much, as I haven’t watched much anime in the past few years). I have this thing for duty-minded, socially inept characters (I wonder if there’s a Japanese phrase for this archetype?). Itsuki’s dakimakura came a few days ago. How did it turn out?
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Hustler from Happoubi Jin’s Sweet Body (NSFW)


Orchid Seed Sweet Body Hustler Review

Orchid Seed dispenses with pretension when it comes to understanding their niche in the figure industry: they make ero figures, and good ones at that. The Hustler girl, sculpted in a solid 1/7 scale, is the latest in Orchid Seed’s burgeoning lineup, and there is a lot to like about her.
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Partial Loot


I didn’t get everything I expected today. How tragic. I did get three things though: the Hustler (they should’ve given her a real name rather than naming her for a porn rag) and Mikuru from HLJ and an Itsuki Kannagi dakimakura cover from Hobby Search. I’m still expecting stuff from E2046 (which was shipped by SAL so I guess it’s not surprising that the package is delayed), Amazon (selected free shipping so I guess I’m getting what I paid for), and Kid Nemo (well, it’s Kid Nemo, so this ain’t surprising. I wonder if they’ve actually shipped my figure?).

The Tonberry was not part of today’s loot but he insisted on being in the picture anyway.

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Random Thoughts IV – BlazBlue Impressions, Figure Photo Reshoots

2009 is a good year for fighting games, with Street Fighter IV released for consoles earlier in the year, The King of Fighters XII scheduled for later this summer, and now we have a spiritual successor to Arc System Works’s Guilty Gear X in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. Players of Guilty Gear will feel right at home with BlazBlue, as many of the basic game mechanics have transitioned to the newer game. I’m not very good at BlazBlue (or any fighting games, really), so I can’t speak to the more advanced fighting concepts. Thus far I’ve played primarily as Noel, the ever-polite, painfully shy grammaton cleric, but from what I’ve seen each character possesses his or her own unique moveset and quirks. This is a good thing since unlike other contemporary fighting games, BlazBlue’s playable roster is comparatively short at twelve characters.

The game uses character sprites rather than 3D models like Street Fighter IV, and they look superb. Even better is the game’s audio. The game features surprisingly good English voice acting; I usually prefer Japanese voices for Japanese games, but this time I’ve kept the language set to English. The music is awesome and is of the same theme as Guilty Gear – that is, the soundtrack principally comprises thrashing, churning operatic heavy metal. Oriental Flower – Litchi’s theme – is my favorite song, but the soundtrack is outstanding in general. Aksys Games has generously included a copy of the soundtrack with the first production run of the game.

I spent some time this holiday weekend reshooting some more old figures to replace some of my poor-quality pictures. Old and new pictures of Gwendolyn:

Gah. Jesus that looks awful. Newer picture uses the black background that is in almost all of my recent figure reviews:

Old and new for Sasara:

I wonder what I’m going to do with all that fabric. On a happier note, I think I’ve figured out how to get a decent white background without massively blowing out the highlights on my figures:

I’ve got a bunch of stuff due in on Monday. I hope the post office guy is driving a pretty big truck.

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Preorder Outlook II

Didn’t I just do one of these?
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Masane Amaha from Witchblade


Kotobukiya Witchblade Review

Looking back at an older figure in my collection, we have here a figure of Masane Amaha, the heroine of the anime adaptation of Witchblade. This particular 1/6 scale figure is from Kotobukiya, who has put out three other Witchblade figures: one of Masane in casual wear, one in red Witchblade armor, and another one which is identical to this figure other than her paint job, which blackens her legs and torso. I guess the sort of half-nudity rife in the anime Witchblade wouldn’t fly even on Japanese television, so the original broadcast censored the character designs by giving them dark tights. That version seems to be all but forgotten now. As it should be.
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