March 24, 2015

Sailor Uranus & Neptune Figure Reviews (Bandai Tamashii S.H. Figuarts)

Neptune and Uranus

It feels inherently wrong to write about Uranus without Neptune and vice versa, which is why I held off on posting pictures of Uranus until Neptune arrived. In Japan, Premium Bandai shipped the two of them together (or so said all the preorders at the time) but when it came to North American distribution, Bluefin Tamashii split them up and sold them at $50 a piece on Amazon et al.

In the original Sailor Moon manga, Uranus and Neptune were a lesbian couple. Haruka (Uranus) dressed more masculine and had an affinity for racing cars, while Michiru (Neptune) was an accomplished violinist and the more feminine of the two. When the original anime came to North America, executives at DIC decided it would be better to change their relationship to cousins. It was the early 90s and gay characters were a pretty touchy subject as it was, so they thought it best not to present that sort of lifestyle to impressionable youngsters. Thankfully we’ve grown a lot since then, and I am looking forward to seeing their relationship unaltered when the second season of Sailor Moon Crystal rolls around. (more…)

March 19, 2015

MGS Solid Snake Nendoroid Review

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , , , — Yukino @ 5:14 PM

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Stealth games are not my forte, not by a long shot. Try as I might, I’m often running to find a locker to hide in or get caught up in a gunfight that I’d rather not have to deal with seeing as 9 times out of 10 I am short on ammo. But Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear series has always intrigued me with its story and blatant rip off of 80s movie era Kurt Russell. True fact: I convinced my District Manager to let me open the EB Games I managed at midnight for MGS4, the only store in town to do so. Then I went home and played the opening hour or so of the game before passing out. The game is still (unfortunately) in my backlog. (more…)

February 25, 2015

Yotsuba Koiwai Action Figure (Kotobukiya)

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 2:13 PM
Yotsubas Chilling

New Yotsuba (left) with my original Yotsuba (right)

It is no secret that a certain green haired 5 year old girl is my favourite manga character of all time (with Usagi from Sailor Moon and Onizuka from GTO tied for the #2 spot). The series is one I like to pull out when I am feeling down or need some inspiration and power through in a couple of days, leaving me refreshed and happy. Her innocent view of the world fills me with all the smiles and laughter.

I have one of the original Yotsuba Revoltech figures. Because it’s an original it doesn’t have many accessories or points of articulation. I keep her in her box stance on the shelf beside my Danboard Revoltech, sometimes holding her ice cream bar. When I found out Kotobukiya was making a new non-Revoltech line Yotsuba with 21 points of articulation and Jurarumin it was an instant preorder.  (more…)

February 12, 2015

Cardcaptor Sakura Kinomoto Nendoroid Review

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 2:23 PM
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Sakura Kinamoto – Nendoroid #400

While I may not love Cardcaptor Sakura as much as I do Sailor Moon, the fantabulous women of CLAMP are a force I am drawn to no matter what work they put out. I’ve read almost everything that’s been translated to English via Tokyopop and now with Dark Horse reprints I’m slowly rebuilding my library.

Good Smile Company announced Sakura Kinamoto as a Nendoroid and since it was 1) a Nendoroid, and 2) a CLAMP figure, it was impossible for me to pass this up. I even made sure to preorder her directly from the Good Smile Shop so that I could get the bonus Sealing Wand charm that I will never use but keep in the drawer with Sakura’s parts forever. (more…)

October 16, 2014

Sailor Saturn Figure Review (Bandai Tamashii S.H. Figuarts)

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 12:00 PM

Sailor Saturn Box

Sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned, but Plan B shows up unexpectedly and you realize that it worked out just as well.

When Sailor Saturn still hadn’t shipped from Amazon, I was starting to get worried. I’d ordered from Amazon, not a 3rd party seller, but all the 3rd parties had her in stock and were shipping them while the only update we got from Amazon was an email asking if we still wanted the item. Concerned and impatient, I turned to Barnes and Noble. Why, you ask? Well, turns out some of the B&Ns in the area have some very nice SH Figuarts and Gundam model display cases now. Of the two B&Ns within 15 minutes of us, one has these displays and thankfully had 1 Sailor Saturn in stock. So I rushed there and with 15 minutes left until closing, Sailor Saturn was mine. It made me a little sad to cancel the Amazon order but that was squashed by the excitement of having Saturn in hand. (more…)

October 7, 2014

Nendoroid More Faces Review

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 4:06 PM

More Faces Boxed

They’re here!!

My first direct purchase from Good Smile Company to arrive are these wonderful extra Nendoroid faces. Well, mostly wonderful. There are 4 of them I am not super excited about for now because I have no figures they’d work with (plus that one squishy face is just ugly). I was lucky enough to get one of each of the nine faces in my shipment, which meant I needed to find a model to show of my favourites of the bunch. I decided to use Teddie (Kuma) from Persona 4 in his human form since I have no other faces for him than the one he came with. (more…)

October 4, 2014

Sailor Moon Petit-Chara Set 3

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 10:37 PM

Sailor Moon Petit Chara Set 3 Box

It’s the first Saturday of October, which meant that after laying in the most comfortable spot in my bed for an extra 40 minutes this morning, I finally jumped out of bed and wrangled my husband into getting Sailor Moon Crystal episode 7 ready to roll on Hulu. I was all warm and fuzzy from the feels between Usagi and Mamoru, Venus’ rooftop reveal, and the general giddiness I get with each new episode. So when the doorbell rang barely 20 minutes later and I realized what was at the door, you could say I had to contain a very loud squee so as not to deafen the poor USPS delivery man.  (more…)

September 3, 2014

Sailor Jupiter Figure Review (Bandai Tamashii S.H. Figuarts)

JupiterInBox2 After spending the weekend at DragonCon, I came home to find two goodies from Amazon: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:birth1 for the Vita, and my Sailor Jupiter Figuarts figure. Finally the Inner Sailor Senshi were all together again! I wanted to take pictures and write about her yesterday but I had to get some work done. Here she is now with pictures and thoughts below. (more…)

July 24, 2014

Sailor Moon Petit-Chara Sets 1 & 2

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It was been long established now that I am a huge Sailor Moon fan. If you haven’t realized this yet, shame on you! So it should be no surprise that when I found these Sailor Moon Puchi-Chara (Petit Chara) figure sets from Megahouse on J-List a few months back it was important that I get my hands on them. These are part of the anniversary/revival celebration and are just too damn adorable to pass up. Both sets came as 6 blind box packages in a sealed box and ran me $40 a piece before taxes and shipping.  (more…)

July 23, 2014

Sailor Moon Figuart Update: Mercury, Mars & Venus

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After months of searching for my digital camera, I finally found it yesterday (where I now recall putting it as soon as we moved). And since I don’t want to delay this any longer, I took a few minutes and cleared off a semi-decent spot at the kitchen table so I could snap some pictures of Sailors Mercury (Ami), Mars (Rei), and Venus (Minako). These are from the SH Figuarts line of toys released by Bandai Tamashii and are officially licensed products.

As with the previously released Sailor Moon (Usagi) figure, each character comes with a few interchangeable faces and sets of hands so you can pose them and attempt to re-create some of the Senshi’s attack moves from the manga and anime. I didn’t really mess around with those today as I just wanted to get them out of the box and need to purchase a storage system for all the tiny parts. (more…)

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