Archive for July, 2010

Aren’t I Beautiful?

Posted in anime, figures, Kuroshitsuji, personal, preview, shota, Square Enix with tags , , , , , on July 24, 2010 by ampzr

Well I didn’t mean to be gone for as long as I have been. Not that it really matters, but I’ve been ill and we’ve been trying to figure out what the hell is wrong. I get to go to a specialist next week. Oh goodie! For now though I should be fine and able to keep posting! So lets get to something awesome…

This beautiful figure is available for pre-order! I ordered mine over at AmiAmi for ¥7,420. At the time of writing this about $85. Don’t forget that price is without shipping. It’ll be more if you decide to get him.  Here’s a link directly to the figure…Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) Static Arts Ciel Komadori Complete Figure[Square Enix]

Here are some more pictures. I just think the sculpting, painting, and design look great! Plus it’s Ciel in a dress. What’s not to love?

Al Azif, Another Blood Figure

Posted in figures, loli, Orchid Seed, review with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2010 by ampzr

Today I got in my Al Azif, Another Blood figure. I managed to get them used at MyFigureCollection.net.

These figures are absolutely beautiful. They’ve been sculpted with extreme detail and the paint job is very nice. With Another Blood’s outfit all of the wavy parts are made out of a clearer plastic which adds a nice effect. Like it’s all different material. Al Azif and Another Blood are two separate figures and you might be able to take them apart but I didn’t really try. I have to say overall I’m very pleased with this purchase and I’m thankful someone was willing to part with them when they did.

Kuroshitsuji Ep. 3: Really You Don’t Know Me?

Posted in anime, I like hot dudes, Kuroshitsuji, review with tags , , , , , on July 18, 2010 by ampzr

So there has been some debate as to what is happening in the new season of Kuroshitsuji. Many people believe that it’s a rewind to somehow fit Alois into the plot of the first season. Personally I didn’t like that idea and if it were true I thought it would be a cop-out. You already had your chance at the first season you don’t get to go back and rewrite it. However after watching the third episode I believe I can safely say we’re not back in the first season. Something odd is happening that’s for sure but we’re not in the first season.

In episode three we run into Grell again. He’s up to his usual antics of trying to profess his love to Sebby while fighting with him at the same time.

He is really one of the most important pieces of this episode though. When Ciel sees him he appears to have a sort of flash back to Madame Red from season one but at the same time he doesn’t recognize Grell. Grell on the other hand knows both Sebastian and Ciel. He looks a little perplexed as to why Ciel doesn’t know him but doesn’t say anything probably because he doesn’t really care about Ciel just his Sebby.

Otherwise the episode is about a woman who was forced into an arranged marriage going on a murder spree. Her husband apparently didn’t love her enough and the fact that she became ugly is his fault. We find out someone told her to do all of this because she would meet beautiful men that would love her. Also instead of the Queen just having her Loyal Dog, Ciel. She has a “Spider” that works for her too.

Anybody else notice that Trancy sounds like tranchula when Sebastian says it this episode?

Back to the idea of where the hell this season takes place in time. I didn’t think it could be season one due to the flower ring that Elizabeth made at the end of season one showing up in episode two.

Episode three was another great episode and I am loving the mystery that’s surrounding this season. Here is a blip about the manga artist, Toboso Yana,  regarding season two…

“When the second season was announced on January 31st last winter, she received tremendous numbers of messages from the fans. The majority of the messages were criticisms against the absence of Ciel and Sebastian from the second season. “How dare you desert the fans, who have been waiting for the two?” “If you don’t have affections for your characters, you don’t deserve to be the author!” She and the producers had expected the bitter reactions because they intentionally hid Ciel and Sebastian from the announcement. In the first season, director Shinohara chose to bring the revenge of Ciel to an end and Toboso had approved it. The overwhelming enthusiasm of the fans had given the green light to the second season after that. Toboso asked the producers not to reset the finale of the first season. To meet two conflicting conditions: “We must not revive Ciel easily” versus “We want to show the two once again”, she had been vigorously working on the scenario for half a year with other staff. In conclusion, they had created a new rival pair, Alois and Claude. With an intention of showing them “big” and dominant, Alois and Claude were placed in the main of the key illustrations and the trailer and Sakurai Takahiro and Mizuki Nana were assigned to them. Toboso said that the aim of the tricky announcement will be understood if you watch the series to the end.”

So what do you guys think? Has Sebastian maybe somehow brought us back in time? Have we continued on from the end of season two except a lot of Ciel’s memories have been replaced? Some other theory? I’d be happy to hear your thoughts!

Durarara!! Doujin Day

Posted in bad for your health, doujin, Durarara, I like hot dudes, yaoi with tags , , , , , on July 17, 2010 by ampzr

Yay! Today I got in the thirteen Durarara doujins I ordered from Mandarake. I think Mandarake is the best place to order doujins. You can search by series and the prices are the original Japanese prices. Lots of times when you buy doujins at conventions they’re marked up and you end up paying around $15 for one. At Mandarake the majority of doujins I’ve looked at are under $10. I mean I bought thirteen of them and with shipping it coast me about $111.

As you can tell I’m totally all about Shizuo X Izaya. I do like it if Izaya is an aggressive uke though. He just has to be the uke.

Some notes if you want to purchase doujins from Mandarake.

Here’s a screen-shot from their website. Most doujins have sample pages. Make sure to look at the sample pages to see if you like the art style. Cover art whether good or bad doesn’t always represent actual internal doujin art. Also some of the doujins are novels with a few pictures thrown in. If you can’t read Japanese then it’s be a bummer to buy one of those. The Main Character section will always list pairings. For anyone not familiar with pairing listings it’s always Seme X Uke. So if it says Shizuo X Izaya than Shizuo is on top and if it says Izaya X Shizuou then Izaya is on top. Another nice thing Mandarake does is usually list if the doujin is 18+ or not. If you look in the Note section of the page it’ll say. Keep in mind while this is true almost all of the time I’ve seen a few that have 18+ on the cover art but not in the notes.

Other notes about Mandarake. They’re shipping prices are great. They’ll list items as used on your packages (even if they’re new) or send items as gifts so you can pay less in shipping. If you’re going to pay using paypal then you can only ship EMS. I usually use their payment page where you enter in either a debt or credit card and then you can choose SAL. I used SAL for my doujin order. Also another thing I’ve mentioned before Mandarake is a chain of stores in Japan and items may come from different stores. Pay attention to this when purchasing because you’ll have to pay shipping for each store you have to ship from. They make it really obvious in your cart though if you have items from different stores because you’ll basically have more than one cart.

Well I’m off to read the doujins now! I also bought two more Durarara doujins today along with some Haruhi figures!

Everybody Loves A Trap – Hideyoshi

Posted in Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, collectibles, review, shota with tags , , on July 17, 2010 by ampzr

Just a quick review of the Hideyoshi stick cushion I got in on Friday. (Another entry my kidney stone prevented me from posting.)

This seems to have become everyone’s favorite Hideyoshi outfit.  Personally not my favorite, but of course still cute. For anyone who doesn’t know a stick cushion is like a teeny tiny dakimakura. It’s just about 17-inches high and 5-inches long. Basically you can cuddle with it like a stuffed animal and that’s it.

As you can see barely the size of my couch back. So while stick cushions are a lot cheaper than dakimakuras. They really are a lot smaller.

Pluses about the stick cushion are that they don’t take up much room. You can only have so many dakimakuras on a bed, but you can have a lot of stick cushions. They come stuffed unlike dakimakuras which are just pillow covers. Stick cushions are extremely soft too. I’d recommend stick cushions to people especially if you can’t afford dakimakuras. They have great image quality and are extremely cuddly!

I took these photos at the same time as my mug photos on Friday. So…

yes my little dog Mattie. Stick cushions are the perfect size to be dakimakuras for her. Though she couldn’t stay still unless I was petting her.

This Looks Kind Of Good…*Collective Groan*

Posted in bad for your health, horror, movies, preview, supernatural with tags , , , on July 17, 2010 by ampzr

There were quite a few entries I wanted to post yesterday. Unfortunately I’m passing a kidney stone. I’m always saying I never want to have kids, but everyone says a kidney stone is worse than childbirth. Maybe I should give birth…nah still rather have the kidney stones even though they hurt like hell.

Anyway one thing I wanted to write about, but didn’t get the chance was the during the midnight showing of Inception I went to there was a trailer for a movie everyone seemed to be enjoying. It seemed suspenseful and spooky. That is until the entire theater groaned collectively when this…

showed up on screen. Everyone then proceeded to bust up laughing. I can only think though that the sigh happened because the trailer really did look good and we were all disappointed that the movie was made by M. Night Shyamalan. We wanted it to be good. I guess that brings me to a few questions. Has M. Night ruined his name so much that even if he makes something good no one will go see it? How many people out there are still rooting for him? Hoping for that next great movie? I know I’ve seen them all. I’ll probably continue to see them all. Even though me and my friend were so close to walking out of The Happening.

Well here’s the trailer for Shyamalan’s newest movie, Devil. Let me know what you think.

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Mug Set Review

Posted in Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, collectibles, review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2010 by ampzr

Alright well here’s another quick review of the new mug set I got in today.

This set actually came out back in May, but AmiAmi was able to back order it for me. It’s a great set. I was surprised when I opened it today because each mug actually has two pictures. So we get four adorable pictures in all.

The pictures are as I said adorable. The blue mug is Kirishima Shouko centric. While the pink mug is Kinoshita Hideyoshi centric. Hideyoshi’s mug also has his sister on it along with Himeji and Shimada. The mugs are made out of ceramic and only come as a set.

Also just to give you an idea of mug size here are some comparison shots with the Durarara!! mug from yesterday.

And for the hell of it…

One of my dogs, Mattie. She wouldn’t leave me alone while I was trying to take pictures. She even stuck her head in one of the mugs at first.