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Manga binge

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Geeky life seems lend itself to the accumulation of things, many many things, at least in my case anyway. But the time has come for me to cull the excess, a process that is highly emotional and time intensive. For the past few months I have endeavored to cut down on the items that I really no longer need nor will use in the future. Tricky to pick, but space must be made, you know for all the new stuff!

My manga collection recently went through the ringer. However much I love them, I just can’t justify keeping books I wont be reading anymore. So I cut down the collection by almost 200 books. This is them all stacked up:

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While I have convinced myself its time to let go, I can’t do it without reading them all first. Which is what I have been doing, binging on manga. Trying to read them all before I pass them onward.

I’m about two thirds through the stack. So far I’m pretty happy with my to cut selection, have not had any second thoughts. Plus I’ve been inspired to find some new fun books to start taking up all that available free space. =P


Next Gundam Suit Model

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

gundam model choices endless waltz image - token female gamer girl gamer female gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerdNow that I finally finished my first Gundam Model, its time to pick the next, more challenging, project.

These are my two options, both are master grade and 1/100 scale, and both are from Endless Waltz, which is one of the super popular Gundam series. (My favorite is StarDust Memories!)

The real question is which one to pick. Wing Gundam XXXG-01W (pictured on the right) sports massive wings and seems to be able to perform a minor transformation into bird mode. Gundam Heavyarms XXXG-01H (pictured on the left) is the heavy infantry model with Gatling gun and missile launchers.

Both are quite awesome and I’m sure both will get done eventually. Maybe I should look at this as a chance to rewatch Mobile Suite Gundam – Endless Waltz and see which one is more badass in action. It has been an awfully long time since my first viewing.

Just checked and they dont have it on Netflix. I might check my local anime store, but they have been carrying fewer and fewer anime. K-Drama and J-Drama’s are taking over.

I do own Stardust Memories, on VHS. Yes I’m an old, old anime nerd. Might just have to dig out the VCR.

Gundam Completion

Monday, September 30th, 2013

gundam model unicorn Master Gundam and Fuunsaiki 1/144 figure - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer female gamer geek gamer nerd i love gamingThough its taken a whole year, I finally finished my awesome Gundam figure. Its the Master Gundam and Fuunsaiki, 1/144 scale figure.

No step by step pictures this time. I worked on Fuunsaiki a little bit at a time over the past year.

I’m glad I worked on the unicorn second. The white plastic seems to show the blemishes more. =( Good I started out on the darker pieces first.

But by far the hardest part about the entire building process was the inking. It makes the seams really stand out, but oh how many times my hand shook at the wrong time. Thankfully there is this nifty eraser that can be used to fix most smudges.

Onward to the next figure. After I catch up on some reading first though. So much to do, so little time. <3


Studio Ghibli’s Live Action Short Film

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

The trailer for this short film, directed by Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s Shinji Higuchi, from Studio Ghibli aired last summer, but now we can actually watch the whole thing. It was announced not only as the company’s first foray into live action, but also as an attempt to capture an old style of Japanese kaiju filmmaking. Including: no CGI. The God Warriors are the ultimate danger in the world of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and they’re no less ominous for being placed in Tokyo. [via The Mary Sue]

A really stunning debut, I just wish I spoke Japanese.

Ni No Kuni reads my mind!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Amongst other things (~cough~ Puzzle and Dragons ~cough~), I’ve been spending quite a lot of time playing the very fabulous Ni No Kuni. Like most JRPGs it is fairly travel heavy and in my experience, there is only one thing that makes running across the wide expanse of world (aka nothing) fun, and that is jumping. Thankfully Ni No Kuni delivered, and right on time as I was starting to wonder if I had lost the jump button.

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Best Merit Badge!!

God Results

Friday, March 1st, 2013

I had two more Rare Egg pulls after Venus yesterday for God Fest in Puzzles and Dragons. One resulted in Neptune, which I already had (my only previous god). The last pull I saved for my husband since he enjoys the entire process far more.  I like making him happy, plus he seems to have crazy good luck on my account.

This is what his pull resulted in:

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Though I had hoped for Hades, because God of the Underworld is too awesome to not want, the Japanese God Kagutsuchi is even better!

I think these pleasant surprises are part of what I enjoy most about the game, the chance to discover new faces and be impressed by new possibilities. Although right now I do feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of leveling and evolving my monster box has filled up with.


Psych Recovery

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

I have been waylaid by the post Halloween plague. Okay so it is a mere cold, but it has caused much listlessness and lethargy. Sleeping is about the extent of what I have wanted to do the past two days. But tonight, in an effort to right my sleep schedule (didnt want to wake up at 5am again due to sleeping the 24 hours before), I attempted to stay up past 6pm.

Gaming seemed like way too much effort, as did anything requiring thinking at all, so I tuned into Netflix. Thankfully they give out handy suggestions and I took them up on one of them.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi” was my first pick. I thought it was a comedy, because the title is goofy and frankly with Japanese movies you never can tell. Turns out its a documentary about one of the most celebrated sushi chefs in Japan. And it is incredible. Not only is this movie a wonderful cornucopia of delicious looking sushi, but it creates a surprisingly insightful picture of Japanese culture through the love of sushi. This was a true find and makes me want to visit Japan again.

Sadly, Jiro was quite short, so I hunted around for something else to watch and found that Netflix has season six of Psych! As a huge fan of the show, I couldn’t help but watch four episodes in a row.

This might have been the best night of TV I have watched in recent memory, dare I say a miracle cure for the Halloween Plague?! I laughed, I cried, I yearned for Japan, what more could a girl want.

Day 28 – Favorite game developer

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

I am going to go with the obvious choice and pick Shigeru Miyamoto. His contributions, as a director/designer/producer at Nintendo, have had a huge impact on my gaming life.

Looking at it from a broader perspective I could just pick Nintendo EAD. But I have found the gaming industry is rather volatile. Though Miyamoto-san didn’t create games in a vacuum, it is unlikely that the entire Super Mario team is still working at Nintendo. Though, honestly, it is far more likely in Japan than it is here.

Whatever the case, since Nintendo has chosen to give Miyamoto-san his due, I can only assume that the projects he worked on were heavily influenced by his vision for the games.

Shigeru Miyamoto is also one of the few developers to enjoy almost constant success through out a very long career.

I will add that my other pick was the creator of Diablo…<3

Sunday Gundam

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

It feels like I have been trying forever to get my husband to watch anime. Having very little success, I wrote the whole thing off as a lost cause. Then just the other day the husband came home with a Gundam model kit from the hobby store. A rather surprising purchase to say the least.

When asked what prompted this purchase, he told me that he really enjoyed building Lego mechs and this seemed like an interesting new challenge. I was totally floored, because I LOVE Gundam. Whats not to love about Giant robots, come ON!

Of course I found an excuse to get back to that store as soon as humanly possible, so I could get myself a kit. The unicorn one. Oh yeah!

Which is what we did today. Side by side Gundam building. Hubby is working on the Freedom Gundam model and mine is the Master Gundam & Fuunsaiki model.

But the real win here is that he said he will watch Mobile Suit Gundam with me. Thus proving that Lego is a gateway drug for anime. Pure logic there. =)

Lots of photos of my first ever Gundam model building to follow, but first, here is how far I have gotten.


Space BattleShip Yamato Review (Movie)

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

The very first randomly* selected item off of the ‘to watch list’. Space Battleship Yamato turned out to be a fortunate first choice, as I hadn’t seen it yet, plus it was a rather recent purchase of mine, so I was doubly excited to watch it. =)

The movie was actually based on a very popular Japanese anime series that started its run in the early 70s. I am not familiar with this series, was a bit before my time, so I can’t speak to the movie remaining true to the original.

Though there were a few animated movies released in Japan associated with the series, this is the first Live Action version.

I didn’t actually know any of this before watching it. All I really knew was that it looked like a fun Space Sci Fi Action movie. That’s certainly how the trailer sold it.

But like most Japanese movies, it managed to thwart my expectations. There were lots of really decent space battles and good CG, but ultimately I think this movie is really more of a character study. It reminded me of one of those movies that Hollywood actors would do to try for an Oscar.


To Watch List

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Now that my dirty little secret is out, I can share my next hair brianed idea – to finally watch all the anime/movies/tvshow I have always wanted to watch (or rewatch). I even managed to rope in a buddy and between the two of us we created a list.

Currently the list has 155 items. I admit that it is a little ambitious. Even if every item were only a two hour movie, this would be a solid 13 days (24/7) of viewing time. That of course is only true if we manage to not keep adding more stuff to the list. (I haven’t even added any k-dramas to the mix.)

So much to watch. Its going to take a while, especially since we haven’t actually started yet. Now to decide how to pick what to watch. Rolling two d10s would give us random numbers up to 100.

Anyway here is a little selection from our list. Any suggestions?

My name is TFG and I love Asian Entertainment!

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I’m on a serious K-drama bender right now. And before you ask, I am not Asian, not even a little bit. So how did I develop a love of the Asian persuasion? I blame Transformers.

It would probably be more accurate to say that Transformers had me primed for the anime bug to sink its teeth deep into my soul. Win for Saturday morning cartoons.

Fast forward to my teen years, I watch Akira for the very first time. Am completely clueless about plot or storyline, but generally floored by the whole experience. Of course I immediately watch it again (finally figure out what the hell is going on) and am totally hooked.

Ninja Scrolls follows as well as a bunch of fabulous Chow Yun Fat movies. At this point selection is limited (I lived in a totally boondocks town, I’m shocked they even had Ninja Scrolls) so I make due with what I can find.

Forward a bit more, I finally make it to a city that has options. Am introduced to Escaflowne, Macross Plus, Gundum, Manga and much more.

Eventually I add in live action Japanese movies and various movies/shows based on manga I liked. This also introduces me to a bunch of K-dramas (Korean dramas) based on Japanese manga. And so the story unfolds.


Picture > 1000wrds

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Found this at a local Japanese store. I’m shocked they didn’t call this the Official Face Roller, but then the folks who named this probably had no idea. Yaay for engrish.
Next time someone in raid claims to be facerolling, I will know what (wtf?!) they are doing.

3DS price drop

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Nintendo has dropped the price on the fancy 3DS (as of August 12, 2011). Clearly they haven’t sold enough units and are hoping to stimulate the sale of games and 3DSs by making it cheaper.

Totally sold me. I am now the proud owner of a brand new teal 3DS!! I can play Ocarina of Time!!!

As a side note to the awesome power of cheaper 3DSs, the executives of Nintendo are taking a pay cut to accompany this price drop. The press release states that they feel responsible for the poor showing of the 3DS.

I have to say that I find this incredible fabulous, not that they are losing money, but the taking responsibility. It’s something we are sorely lacking in the USA. Then again our culture never involved Seppuku for failure. Can’t help but think that a little more Seppuku would do us good.

Castlevania – Lords of Shadows Review (PS3)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Castlevania, though one of the longest and most glorified franchises, has never really been on my radar. It’s a bit of a drawback really, because I don’t have any warm gushy nostalgia surrounding this franchise, to soften any of its rough edges. In short, I’m less forgiving.

This also means I am not usually drawn to any new Castlevania releases, but a friend of mine insisted that this was the greatest game to evAr walk to the earth, so it had to be tried.

Let the slandering begin.