Kurtis (Prinny Version)

So today we’ve got a plushie instead of a doll.  He hails from one of my favorite game series I’ve totally fallen behind on:  Disgaea.  (I can’t help having fallen behind:  those games take so freakin’ long to play!  And I have a lot less time on my hands than I used to.)

Kurtis 3

I wasn’t a big fan of Kurtis when he was still a human, but he’s wonderfully fun as a prinny. 😀  I feel sorry for the people who were playing the game with the English language track selected, though:  at least in the original PS2 version, instead of getting Kurtis’ theme song “My Comrade” for his triumphant return, they ended up with some domestic song.  (There are other reasons to feel sorry for them, too, not least of which being that they missed out on all the wonderful performances, and especially Laharl’s laugh, but…that’s neither here nor there.)

Kurtis 4

Obviously, as a plushie, his eyes don’t change, but a different angle can really make it look like he’s got a totally different expression!

Kurtis 7

I don’t know why, specifically, he’s got a monster head printed on his little bag, but it’s a fun detail. 🙂

Also it gave me one more tiny talking point.

Plushies don’t make for very elaborate posts, it turns out. 😛

But that’s one more letter down!  I’ve gotten all the way up to “K is for Kurtis” now!  Yay!

Tomorrow’s L post will be more involved…but not really as involved as it ought to be, all things considered.  (Photography was not my friend with that doll.  Or vice versa.)

Oh, btw, there’s no Kurtis gallery, ’cause that seemed silly.  Instead there’s a Disgaea gallery, which includes the Etna and Flonne Nendoroids from last year.

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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An unexpected (belated) birthday present

Yesterday, a package arrived at my house.  I wasn’t expecting anything–my only dolly order in the pipes, a 22 inch ballerina doll, is a pre-order not due to ship until mid-September–so I was understandably rather confused to be receiving a package.  (And even if it had shipped early, this package was way too small to be a nearly two foot tall doll!)  When I saw that the package was addressed to my brother, I was like “oh, he accidentally clicked the wrong address when he was making an order from Amazon.”

So I called him to tell him his package had arrived at the wrong house, and he tells me to go ahead and open it in this very mysterious kind of way, and I start getting a little suspicious.  But I was in the middle of trying to do the photo shoot for Kaiko, so I didn’t really think too much of it, and besides I was worried about how I was going to get my laundry done despite my dryer being broken (ugh) and I could draw this story out for a long time, but I’ll just cut to the chase and say that although I didn’t end up opening the package until my brother came over to pick me up to go use his dryer (and buy him lunch), it turned out that the package was, in fact, something he’d bought for me as a birthday present, only it arrived considerably after my birthday, on account of having come all the way from Japan.

Of course, I told him he shouldn’t have.

But I also didn’t say anything along the lines of “gee, you should keep her.”  Because I’ve been wanting this for a long time now. 😀  (And I totally should have taken a photo before I de-boxed her.  Didn’t even think of it, ’cause she’s a statuette instead of a doll.)

Airi Ban
Airi Ban

This is Airi Ban, one of the characters from Devil Survivor 2:  Record Breaker, the Nintendo 3DS RPG I’ve been playing for a large chunk of the summer.  (Okay, technically speaking, this supposed to be tying into the anime version, but…from what I’ve heard, the anime royally screws it up.  This, of course, does not surprise me.)  Airi is one of my favorite characters in the game, and the statuette really captures her beautifully. Continue reading

Per-so-na!

P is for Persona
P is for Persona

I can’t help but think of the ways the various characters would call out “Persona!” as they were summoning their personae in the PS1 games.

Two odd things about the Lisa statue:  1) there’s a sticker on the box saying “for sale in Japan only” 2) her skirt is removable.  (The second one is probably the explanation of the first one.)  But I wonder if the Amazon seller who sold it to me could get in trouble if anyone found out they sold it outside Japan?  (Probably no one actually cares, and that’s just there for legal reasons.  But it’s one of those things that nags at me.  Like the “do not remove this tag” tags on mattresses. :p )