Happy Halloween!

I’ve been assembling all sorts of seasonal stuff for a fun (if less coherent than my first Halloween post) All Hallow’s Eve post.

And I do mean all sorts.  Like, even candy containers.

That little Dracula came with Nerds candy inside him.  The graphic on the plastic wrap showed several colors of Nerds, so I was expecting a bag of rainbow Nerds filling most of his interior.  Instead there was one little box of the pink ones.  (You know, the little boxes you get in the ten zillion pounds of candy to hand out to Trick-or-Treaters bags.)  Fortunately, I wanted the Dracula tin, not the candy, so it didn’t matter. 😛

I’ve got seasonal pins, too.

This was my whole Studio Ghibli fanart pin collection when I took the photo; there’s two more kodama-themed pins now. 😛  (And more of various sorts on the way.  I really need to stop backing so many enamel pin Kickstarters…)  Anyway, as you can see, the set on the right is a Halloween-themed set. 🙂

Though those are obviously Clawdeen and Frankie, the seller (on Storenvy, I think it was) didn’t identify them as such, for obvious reasons.  I had to get that magpie pin because of some books I read over the course of this year. 😀

Isn’t that little witch the cutest?  (The crabby Jack-o-lantern is related to the various crabby fruit plushies I posted about some time ago.)

But pins aren’t what you’re here to see, so here’s more fitting photos. 🙂

Earlier this month, I decided to go (for the first time ever) to Build-a-Bear, because I’d seen how cue their bears were after they donated some to an event at work.  And of course they had some seasonal products available, including a very cute Dracula bear, and this bat.  I couldn’t resist the batbear. 😀  Given that she has BAB written very prominently on her paw, I’ve decided to name her Babs.

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(After School Teatime presents) Death Devil!

The cute and innocent girls of After School Teatime dressing up in the style of their faculty adviser’s former band, Death Devil (Desudebiru), a headbanging death metal band.   (In context of the episode, it did make sense.)  And it seemed to me that a death metal band was an appropriate subject for a Friday the 13th post, right?  (Plus since they’re dressing up in costume, it’s a little like Halloween, right?)

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Kobato-chan

I’ve been silent for a long time when I expected to be, well, not silent.  There’s a reason for that, but I’m not ready to talk about it yet.  :<

So instead, here’s a (quite overdue) post on the completion of my Kobato figurine.

Earlier, you saw her (in small form) in this group shot:

The empty cage she’s holding is one I got at Michael’s, to fill in the gap.  Oh, btw, the original figure (which I’ve learned is Kotobukiya!) was based on this illustration:

I don’t remember how much I said about this figurine when I posted that earlier photo (I know I mentioned her at least briefly) and I’m too lazy to go back and look 😛 so I’ll just give the backstory now, and if I’m repeating myself, I apologize.  As I know I’ve mentioned before, there’s one anime store in my entire town (well, only one anime-specific store; there are several others that sell anime merchandise in addition to other stuff) and they sell used items as well as new ones.  So, the last time I was in there before they moved to their new (and inconvenient) location, I noticed they had Kobato-chan there in the case of used bishojo figurines.  Like Wish (to which it’s kinda-sorta a sequel), I found the ending of Kobato a bit disappointing, but not enough so to sour me on the manga as a whole, in large part because I loved the characters so much.  (CLAMP is good at that, after all.  Well, technically, they’re good at pretty much the whole storytelling package…)

Anyway, when I was buying the figurine (because CLAMP merchandise is scarce, particularly on this side of the Pacific), the store’s owner mentioned to me all the pieces she was missing:  the cage, the little “stuffed dog” in the cage, and her umbrella.  I figured a cage shouldn’t be too hard to find, and I was sure the parasol could be replaced with one of those little umbrella-drink umbrellas, but I knew Ioryogi-san was going to be harder to replace. Continue reading

More than Friends?

I found these two at the local anime store a while back, and I finally started watching the anime of K-On!! earlier this month.   (I’ve read the manga, but considering it’s about a band, it seemed sort of silly not to have heard it, too.)  I wasn’t sure how the anime was going to deal with the implied possible romantic relationships in the manga, especially given that one of the other character seemed to be actively shipping them.  To my surprise (and delight) they didn’t change the way the characters in the ships acted, they just made Mugi even more obviously interested in seeing them as couples.

Of course, who could see Ritsu and Mio together and not think they were (or at least ought to be) involved?

It’s hard to make two non-poseable figurines look like they’re interacting, though. 😦  At least I was sort of able to make both of them use Mio’s stand.  I took a couple of other angles, but I think this one worked out best.  (The other two will be in the gallery at the end of the month.)

Norns

The Oh My Goddess version of the Norns, of course. 😛

Norn 1

I think this was tying in to the movie.  I’m not sure; she’s sort of been fallen over on the back of a shelf for years.

As you might guess, I’m not actually all that big a Belldandy fan.

(Actually, on the whole, I prefer Adventures of the Mini-Goddesses to Oh My Goddess altogether.  Lighter, fluffier comedy, without the romantic melodrama.  If I could find toys of the mini-goddesses versions of these characters, I would so be all over them.)

Norn 6

I’m showing these figures in the order in which I got them.  (Which it turns out is also alphabetical order, so long as you’re calling the middle goddess Belldandy instead of Verdandi.)  Skuld here is my favorite of the trio, character-wise.  She’s totally adorable, and makes all kinds of crazy inventions. 😀  (That being the case, I’m sure she’s fine with leaning against this Project MC² stand to stay up. 😛  The down side of getting used figurines like this is that often you don’t get their stands, or anything even close to useful as a stand.)

Norn 7

Technically, I also got one of her robotic creations along with her, but…he’s missing some pieces or something.  😦

Norn 2

I got Urd here quite recently.  Skuld came from the main used store where I score a lot of my neat loot, but Urd came from the anime store where I have some stuff on consignment.  She still didn’t have a stand though. 😦

Norn 3

A close-up to try and show her face a bit.  Urd’s also a lot of fun, because while she looks all sexy and mature, she’s also kind of a drunkard and horribly bad-tempered.

Um…that sounds worse than it is.  And actually that’s mostly her Mini-Goddesses personality I’m describing.  She’s really funny, in any case, which is what makes her likable.  (Actually, I think that’s why Belldandy doesn’t do much for me:  she’s not funny like her sisters.  There’s a reason I don’t actually like the “romantic comedy” genre…)

Yeah, “N is for Norns” was pretty short, huh?  (The gallery has a few more shots of Urd and Skuld, for whatever that’s worth.)

Well, they can’t all be winners!  (And I’d be exhausted if they all matched up to “M is for Mulan“!)  Tomorrow’s — er, Monday’s, rather — is also going to be short.  I’ll just confess that right now.

Shin Megami Tensei figurines

This is mostly about the figurines I got from Mandarake, but I’m going to start with the Persona 4 figurine of Yosuke that I got from AmiAmi.  (The combination of me, credit cards and the Internet is a dangerous one for my bank account, clearly…)

Hanamura Yosuke
Yosuke Hanamura

Persona 4 is one of those rare games where I genuinely love the whole cast of player characters.  Most RPGs have at least one character I don’t like, but I love all of the party members in Persona 4, and a lot of the NPCs, too.  Yosuke fills very much the same role as Junpei in Persona 3 — the comedic character who quickly latches on to the hero as his new best friend — but he manages to be a deeper and more nuanced character than Junpei did.  (Don’t get me wrong:  I liked Junpei.  But he does feel less than fully fleshed out.)

Yosuke 5

I think the look on his face here sums up Yosuke’s usual personality pretty well. 🙂  I was surprised to hear his voice when I first started playing Persona 4 the Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, however.  I knew Shotaro Morikubo had done his voice — I think I saw that in the author’s comment on a scanslated doujinshi? — so I kind of went in expecting him to sound, well, like Orphen.  ‘Cause a lot of Morikubo’s characters sound that way.  Instead, he had a lighter voice (very fitting for the character) that sounded more genuinely teenage than what I was expecting.  I, uh, still haven’t played the second half yet.  (I can’t help it; I’m not much of a fan of fighting games.  Besides, the explanation I came up with tied back to the PS1 Persona games, and I just know the one in the actual game won’t do that, so I’m sort of dreading it, ’cause it won’t be as cool.)  Haven’t gotten past the first dance-off in Persona 4 Dancing All Night, either, but that’s mostly ’cause the controls are so crazy different from Project Mirai that I want to finish up with that first, rather than bouncing back and forth between them and confusing my fingers.

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