Arrived from space! 707 hugging pillow+plus?!

I can’t get enough of Mystic Messenger stuff. No seriously, Cheritz, you guys need to release more stuff dammit! But today, I can review the new cushion featuring the one and only, Agent Seven-Zero-Seven!

707 seven mystic messenger space station pillow cushion
This is screenshot of when he was featured on the game’s title screen (1024×761). A note, for other pic-saving nuts out there like me, some of the photos here are 500 px and other are 1000 px. I should choose a different blog format but… Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

Step 1, cut the box open!!

Step 2, squeal in excitement! o(^β–½^)o

707 cheritz box

Step 3… wait. what the heck is all that other stuff?
keep reading…

Unboxing Kanato & Shuu – Union Creative figures

They came in the mail yesterday!! And dear lord the parcel was HUGE. (It didn’t help I had Alter’s 1/8 Archer in there too, hehe.) btw important announcement at the bottom of this post. please notice! orz

Like seriously! these boxes are a bit over a foot tall! They look nice, but man they are big.

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

Honestly, I like this type better than window-box display. I want big pictures, not some hard-to-see-thru-layers-of-plastic nonsense. I wish these had official artwork from the game though. Well, at least they aren’t tainted by the anime renditions (not that the anime looks bad! I really like it! I’m just so picky with printed art.)

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

The front opens, um, like a door. If that makes any sense.

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

I lifted them out of the box and pulled off the top clear case. The bases are to the left of each one.

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

Yup, weird triangle bases. Kanato’s has four pegs, and Shuu’s has two pegs. Also that’s Shuu’s jacket. It slips on and off easily, really cool!

Ok well, here they are~

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure
And omg omg- ERMAHGERD! I was SHOCKED at how much more I liked them in real life.

I really anticipated these figures, but was still a little unsure if they’d look as awesome as my other scales. My stupid photos don’t really do them justice (they really don’t! For some reason their shirts look a little blue but they aren’t.) They style feels different than how Alter does their figures, but I think they are just as impressive!

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

There’s a lot of little details, like the seams and simulated stitching and stuff. I like how they took the time to give them different skintones, since Kanato is supposed to be noticeably pale. They even painted their fingernails?!

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

It’s a shame Union couldn’t add in the cord that should go from the mp3 player on his choker to his ear. He’s obviously supposed to be holding an earbud, like the official artwork.

diabolik lovers kanato shuu

So pretty… I’m glad Union used the game’s art as a reference. They obviously used the anime as a reference as well, and I can’t really blame them. It’s hard taking something that’s 2D and making it 3D, especially when the source artwork is really traditional with a lot of complicated shading. The anime has pretty consistent imagery of the characters from many angles, makes it easier I think. These figures are a pretty good mix of both influences. πŸ™‚

And now some pics of them together! Yay!

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

Oh and Kanato’s bear can be shifted out of his arms. Actually, I had to move it to get the packing plastic out. Teddy (not pictured, oops) looks pretty good on his own despite having the necessary indentations.

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

I kind of want to make him hold a watermelon or something…

wait a minute…

I have an idea-

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

AHEM. Moving on. >.>

Where was I? Oh yeah, I was also surprised by how big the figures themselves were. Union didn’t really list a scale, and I didn’t look at the height in cm ahead of time.

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure uta no prince

DEFINITELY NOT 1/8 SCALE OMG. Look at how they tower over my Uta no Prince 1/8 scales! The idols have been dwarfed! X’D

So are they kind of like 1/7 then? I dunno but they look good from across my room. Even amidst all the clutter and stuff I keep on my dresser. ^_^

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure


diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

diabolik lovers kanato shuu union creative menshdge figure

So that’s the Diabolik Lovers figures of Kanato and Shuu Sakamaki, brought to us by Union Creative in their mensHdge line. Here’s hoping they sold well enough to get more characters ;_;

diabolik lovers kanato shuu reiji subaru laito ayato

You can email them too and they reply in english.
info@union-creative . jp (without spaces of course)

Amnesia: Memories Keepsake Box

Seong-min is showing off the newly released Amnesia: Memories -Remnants of Love Keepsake Box-

amnesia memories le limited edition english keepsake box shin
It just arrived direct from Iffy’s online store! The ship fee wasn’t great but it came in fast and secure! (Not all companies seem to pack correctly… I’m looking at you Goodsmile Co. >_> ) The cover is lovely and will make a nice display piece on the top of my bookshelf xD. I chose to buy the “box only” set since I decided to support the Vita version of the game, sold separately on PSN.

Let’s open it up!

amnesia memories le limited edition english keepsake box shin
The first thing we see is a stack of coasters, featuring the “romance-able” boys in the game. I was pleasantly surprised to see these are more than just a light piece of cardboard.

amnesia memories le limited edition english keepsake box coasters
They are thick paper over metal (much like a button/badge) with cork bottoms! These coasters are the real deal! 8D You can use them for your drink or just let them decorate your table or dresser. I love printed artwork that can actually be used around the room. Plus artwork of the usual character sprites is something I’ve been missing from my collection. Love them!

Remove the first tray and you will find the game’s soundtrack CD.

amnesia memories le limited edition english keepsake box soundtrack cd
It comes in its own jewel case, which doesn’t always happen with bonus discs. The artwork on the outside and inside is really sleek and professional. The little things really count.

amnesia memories le limited edition english keepsake box soundtrack cd
I love listening to a game’s soundtrack after playing, since you can re-live the world of the game just by hearing the familiar sound. And there’s always at least one track I’ll be addicted to, so having it on disc is really convenient. :]

The next layer has the artbook. It’s of decent size and excellent print quality. Seong-min is holding it open for us~

amnesia memories le limited edition english keepsake box artbook
Inside is various color art, character profiles, game cgs, and surprisingly- rough drafts and settings. The book’s layout is really well put together. I only wish that a few artworks didn’t get inevitably sucked into the book’s spine. Still a great book though; artwork is a main staple of visual novels after all.

And with that we’ve reached the bottom of the box. Thanks for reading an- wait what?

amnesia memories le limited edition english keepsake box ukyo
What is THAT.

It’s a pillowcase. An INCREDIBLY STUNNING body pillow case!

amnesia memories le limited edition english keepsake box body pillow case
look at those colors! It’s so vivid! and the resolution is excellent! I’ve never seen a pillow case this good. Srsly, good dakimakura are ridiculously expensive so I haven’t owned one- until now! Definitely needs some ironing tho XDD

Let’s just get this to the iron… eh? Hey, now Seong-min…

amnesia memories le limited edition english keepsake box pillow toma
Get off the handsome boys for a second! XD

Btw it’s 100% polyester and comes with care instructions. Use a COOL iron or else you will permanently damage the fabric!! I used a damp cloth under my iron to try and steam out the creases (it also acts as a buffer between the iron and the case.) It will take a lot of patience to get them out. Fair warning!

Ah~ there we go. The pillow fits right in! LOVE IT 8DDD

amnesia memories le limited edition english keepsake box body pillow case gift plush
Haha! Oh no, poor Ukyo. That beachball has escaped the others’ hands, much to their dismay! XD I’m glad the image is so cute without being too racy, as pillow art often is. Srsly, you have to see this in real life, the colorful setting is enchanting. x3

I was surprised when Iffy announced this set for preorder, not too long before its release no less. They must have had this in their back pocket for quite awhile. The Limited Edition Keepsake Box is probably the BEST video game LE I own, despite the fact there wasn’t a physical copy of the game. The set was $40, a pretty good price considering the quality of what you get, so I can feel a little better about paying the $30 for a digital only game (but that is an entirely different topic.) They’ve really done a great job letting the international market get their hands on official Otomate goods, FINALLY.

So support otome games and related merchandise and consider getting yourself a set of Amnesia goods! I highly recommend this box! ^_^

amnesia shin heroine

Kirito GGO ver. Sega prize figure

kirito ggo sega prize figure

I like Kirito, in all of his forms, but somehow the first figure I chose to buy was his Gun Gale Online avatar, which doesn’t appear until Sword Art Online II. So far I’ve had a good haul when it comes to Sega prize figures, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

Gotta just love Kirito’s girly avatar in the anime:

Whee!!! Look at him go! xD

ok ok, on to business. Here’s Sega’s new Kirito!

kirito ggo sega prize figure
I just love how he’s shown actually using both his main and secondary weapons.

Now, let’s turn off that sunset:

Above is probably my best shot, but we’ll turn the figure all around.
(and remember you can see the pictures fullsize in a new tab or saved. duh.)

The light grey rock here is holding him up. The weight of the figure is pretty balanced, but if its gonna bend it’ll be back towards that rock, not his back foot (the one without a peg).

His hair and waist wrap are made of a softer, bendable plastic. Some noticeable seams here and there, but a great sculpt and pretty good paint job (especially for a prize figure).

Now a closer look at his face. Very pretty!! (which makes me happy but I can’t stop laughing at the thought of Kirito… pretty… pfft!!!)

A few pictures of his box:

Here’s his base. It’s simple, but honestly I’m glad it’s a circle, because then he’ll look good turned from any angle, even if the words dictate “the front”.

His photon sword is pretty dang cool. The hilt actually has some molded details, but they are so small they hardly show on camera.

The beam has a gradation from clear to purple, which is cool even if it’s not as gradual as I’d like. It’s made of very stiff plastic and is properly straight. No awkwardly curved swords here! :]

Let’s talk about the most annoying goofs:

I do NOT like this part on his hair. It’s a seam where they cut the plastic from the mold, I assume. UGH.

This one below isn’t so bad. (also you can see the paint lines are pretty close which is good.)

The paint they used on that hexagon plate of armor on his sleeve uses a kind of sparkly paint to simulate metal. The downside is on mine, the paint sprayed all over his shoulder and bit in front (not seen here). The upside is that it only really shows along the wrinkles in his jacket, so I can just pass it off as “Gun Gale dirt” or gun residue since he’s fighting. Meh.

They totally didn’t paint under his hand! LOL. You can’t see it much when he’s actually holding the sword, but still. OH BUT!! You can almost see his painted fingernails here. Yeah, they painted his fingernails with a really faint peach color. It’s nice!!

A few more fun shots:

Well that concludes Kirito’s GGO figure from Sega! I absolutely love it! His pose just hits the spot for me. Besides, it’s Kirito… Maybe next time I’ll get a Kirito with short hair, LOL.

Kudo Shinichi Sega prize figure

During my seemingly futile quest to watch every episode, movie, and special of Detective Conan I’ve taken a look at the figures on the market from time to time. Until recently, the releases were pretty disappointing- doughy sculpts, mediocre paint, and some were just downright odd with giant hands and feet. Last year we were graced with a fantastic Kaito Kid prize figure, and this year we have the great detective himself, Kudo Shinichi!

shinichi kaito sega prize figure

Hot damn.

Now, there are two versions of this figure. This is the matte version that I believe is obtained from UFO catcher machines and whatever prize games they have in Japan. The other version has metallic paint job and is won in the lucky kuji (lottery).

Seriously this figure looks really good! His head sculpt is so crisp and the hair is fantastic, even on his sideburns and nape of his neck they sculpted varying lengths of hair. The eyes look great up close and far away; they’re decals much like Kaito’s. These two were obviously made for each other. (not like that you shipping fangirls!!!)

Here we have the detective implicating the thief:

kaito shinichi sega prize figure

Shinichi’s school uniform has a lot of nice folds and creases in all the right places. I really love the pant seams that run down each side, a nice touch for a subtle outfit. His shoes are simple but they have some definition for the soles. The paint is done rather well too. I wasn’t sure what to expect since this is a cheap prize figure as opposed to a legit scale figure. His green tie looks pretty solid and doesn’t go outside the lines, but the white paint of his shirt leaves a bit to be desired. It just seems a bit thin, on mine you can see a bit of blue on the back collar showing through. Aside from that one, I can’t see any flaws unless I’m examining him very closely.

However, there is one glaring problem:

shinichi kaito sega prize figure

Come on! They were obviously sculpted with the same style! Same company, both prize figures. WHY?? Maybe it isn’t obvious enough in this photo, but it looks really strange, since they are so close to the same scale, but one is just a tad smaller overall like he’s been hit with a shrink ray. Guess I’ll just have to hide it by putting them on different parts of the shelf.

Then I realized there was a bright side to this problem:

shinichi kaito sega prize

He looks pretty good next to the World Collectible Figures of Conan and Haibara! These two were too small next to Kaito, but it’s pretty great putting Conan next to Shinichi. He’s really beside himself. (haha! pun intended, forgive me.) No seriously it’s kind of like the sort of thing I see on posters and promotional art. Also, check out Shinichi’s shadow! I bet with the right light he’d leave a great silhouette.

Incidentally, there’s also a WCF for Ran. She’s pictured with a keychain of Conan from Swing Collection series 1. They fit really nicely together.

shinichi conan wcf

And I might as well post a photo of the two Kaito’s. They really are identical figures, just the one arm and cape are different. (oh and the decal on the base.)

kaito sega prize variant

Personally I like the “prize B” figure better, with the dynamic flowing cape. He looks epic placed on the top corner of a shelf. Still, I ended up buying “prize A” as well, since I like that you can see more of his suit and he’s doing one of his tricks, showing the magician that he is.

shinichi sega prize

Overall I’m very satisfied with the Shinichi prize figure. Honestly, I was really surprised he even got something like a scale figure at all. He’s not really present in the series all that often (and we hardly see him go to school!) Still, this high school detective is such a clever guy and just SO cool! In the realm of figure-collecting he does have a rather mundane design, but the crisp sculpt, and his dynamic and in-character pose make the grade. There you have it, the great Kudo Shinichi! πŸ˜€

Amnesia bookmarks by Gift

amnesia bookmark vol 7 8

Huzzah! Ikki here is showing off a few sets of Amnesia bookmarks, made by Gift. Several earlier sets were available at retail, but volumes 7 and 8 here were event only. NEVERMIND THESE BOOKMARKS JUST WENT STANDARD! Preorders are open, item is set to release August 2014. I bought these a year ago how was I supposed to know it’d go standard oh well atleast price I paid was still pretty low but still this is ridiculous gah.

[Before they went standard] You had to buy them in person at an event in Japan, like a small convention or hobby show. And often wait for hours in ridiculous lines, I hear. I first saw these on Gift’s official site and instantly fell in love. Then I cried a little when a friend helped me decipher it’s limited availability. but… but… I really love the designs of the boys’ cafe uniforms so much!

amnesia otome cafe uniform shin ikki kent toma
^Who wouldn’t want to go to a cafe with staff like this? x3

Only through sheer diligence was I able to catch the bookmarks at auction (checking shops everyday can get tedious…lol). They are really nice! The print looks spectacular, even better than the promo sample. I have favorite characters, but seeing them arranged like this so nicely, I can’t choose a favorite. The uniform design, the background colors and motifs, and general balance of the artwork really makes me squee~~ ❀ ❀ ❀

amnesia bookmark shin toma orion
^Vol. VII out of the plastic sleeve.

I kind of regret taking them out to get a closer look, because as usual, they are pretty fragile. They are meant to be be popped out and used, but really, how often are collectibles actually used for their functional purpose?

amnesia bookmark ikki kent ukyo
Vol. VII here is being displayed without the white backing card. These prints on clear plastic never cease to amaze me.

^.^ So ridiculously happy. Now if only I could get a real one of these uniforms…
amnesia otome shin toma cafe uniform

~(Λ˜β–ΎΛ˜~) *faints*