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Lucky break

June 19, 2015


Managed to snag this one which is long since out of print. A new copy just randomly showed up at AmiAmi as I was passing through that day. I’ve wanted this figure for sure. It’s really cute. I lucked out.

Also, I got the Japanese version of Phantasy Star Nova and the Asian version (Chinese/Korean/English) limited edition of Gran Turismo 6 the other day. Forgot to take and post pics. Oh well. Too lazy to go get them and arrange them and snap them now.

Toradora blu-ray dubbed re-release

March 12, 2014

So does anyone remember when I started this blog and then like a month and a half later the series got licensed and I got super excited but was disappointed because it was sub only? No? Oh, right, no one reads this.


My second con experience

September 30, 2013

After skipping AWA last year from what I thought was a very light and generally bad event schedule (the only two things I really wanted to do were at the same time on the same day and two days basically had nothing going on for me), I went back this year. I had to. After all, ZUN was there.

Yes, ZUN’s first appearance outside the country and his first at any convention (or so I was told by staff) was at AWA this year, not even an hour’s drive from my house. Sadly, I didn’t get to see his panel. I had been stuck in the back of the line for Yuu Asakawa’s autograph (the only autograph I got this year) and we had run over the time. I stopped to get a drink and when I got to the ZUN line, it was 35 minutes before the start of the panel and security was (rather rudely, which I later found out wasn’t just my experience) turning people away. It sucked pretty hard. After all, he was the reason I wanted to go so much. I did manage to catch his other two panels, though they weren’t the same, content-wise, as the one I really wanted to go to. It was very interesting. I’m hoping a recording of his panel shows up on YouTube at some point. There were apparently some super interesting questions. I later found out that according to ZUN, canon of all previous games doesn’t matter once the new one comes out. Thought that was interesting. And I guess it matches his stance on PC-98’s canon.

Speaking of Touhou, I attended the Touhou fan panel this year. Lots of fun. The host was in front of me for the final panel for the Japanese guests and apparently he thinks his panels suck, but hey, I liked it. I just regret not going in 2011, but it was kind of early for me to get up and drive all the way to the con. I sat next to a Meiling that I think might have actually been the one in the 2011 con post, though I didn’t realize that until last night. I wonder if it actually was her…

Beyond that, I mostly just did a lot of shopping. Here’s everything I snagged:

As with last time, I picked up a Taiga figure. Two, actually. So now I have four Toradora figures, three of which are Taiga. Also, you may (or may not) notice that pack of Toradora cards for Precious Memories. Bought ’em just to have ’em.

And here are the trading figures I got. (None opened for display this year because I don’t have room for anything in my house, so they all went back into the box until I can find room for them.)

And yes, that is Tenshi on the AWA 2013 shirt, and yes, that is ZUN’s name on it (not signature, though, just printed name). He designed the shirt for this year and put Tenshi on it because of the peach on her hat. It’s considered official Touhou merchandise. (ZUN’s autograph policy is to only sign official Touhou merchandise and we were told that the shirts do count.)

I’m a little upset that the prices for the con seem to be going up next year. Pre-reg for next year at the con is normally $20, but it was $35 this year. Either costs are going up all the way around next year or they’re just narrowing the margins for the price difference to keep profit up. I’m not sure. Either way, I’m paid up and I look forward to next year.

The tradition continues.

November 24, 2012

Today (well, yesterday, as I write this, November 23rd, Black Friday), I participated in my yearly tradition of watching all of Toradora on DVD. That means every episode, every Toradora SOS special, and every clean OP/ED, all in a single day. This year, I had the honor of adding the OVA that came out last December to the marathon as well. (Everything but the OVA was on the NISA DVD release.)

I know it’s not a big deal, but it’s… fulfilling? to have a tradition that you can stick to. Four years in a row and Toradora still isn’t old for me yet. I love it just as much as I did when I first saw it in 2009. This is a special activity for me now, and one that I hope continues into the far future.

I’m still spending

May 21, 2012

Yeah, I just dunno anymore.

Again, it has lots of neat stuff.

Makoto on the cover of the box/game and Hibiki on the cover of the anime ❤

Also, I bought this:

I can keep that “Support the localization!” thing in the sidebar all I want, but it’s about time I put my money where my mouth is. I can’t even read it, though. No idea why I bought it.

New tradition accomplished.

November 2, 2011

For the second year in a row, I’ve watched the entirety of Toradora on DVD, including all 25 episodes, all 4 SOS specials, and every clean OP/ED, in a single day.

It’s also the third year in a row that I’ve seen the series in full. I decided after managing to do the whole series in a day last year that I’d try to make it a tradition by doing it once a year and sure enough I managed it again this year. The show still hasn’t gotten stale for me. I knew everything that was coming and the impact was just as great as it was the first time around. Still hands down my favorite anime of all time.

Anyone who hasn’t seen Toradora, I highly recommend it. Anyone who dropped it part of the way through, I encourage you to give it another try all the way to the end. Your efforts will be rewarded with the best chick fight and the best kiss scene I have ever seen in all of anime, as well as my absolute favorite romance/pairing in anime.

My first con experience

October 5, 2011

So the reason I couldn’t really get around to the final impressions this weekend was that I finally went to my very first anime convention: Anime Weekend Atlanta.

I love every minute of it. It was all new and exciting. Seeing cosplayers running around, playing games I’d never played before, looking around at all of the awesome stuff in the Dealer’s Room, buying some of the awesome stuff in the Dealer’s Room, checking out panels, getting autographs and photos with some of my all-time favorite VAs… I felt like there just wasn’t enough time in the day to do everything I wanted to. As a matter of fact, I already miss it. Each day since it’s been over, I’ve had the thought cross my mind that there was something to do at AWA that I wish I could still do right now. I keep looking back at the pictures I took and wishing it was already September of next year.

Anyway, not gonna ramble on forever about how much I enjoyed it. I’ll just post a few pictures and let it be until next year.

First up, autographs. I got autographs from both Vic Mignogna and Brina Palencia. Vic signed my copy of Disgaea 3, where he voiced the main character, Mao.

I also got Brina to autograph the inside cover art for Evangelion 1.01, where she voiced Rei Ayanami.

And here’s all the junk I ended up getting.

And here’s a better shot of the figures.

And here are the trading figures I ended up with after I opened the boxes.

I’m really impressed with that Petit Nendoroid Yuno. I’m gonna have to pick up some more Petit Nendoroids at those kinds of prices. I also really love that little Miya (Amagami) with the cat ears and tail.

Now of course the crown jewels of my selection are the Toradora figures. I don’t have a good photo of those yet because I don’t really have anywhere to put them, but I’m really happy that I finally have a Taiga figure.

So here’s the breakdown on cost for all of that stuff:
– Vocaloid wallscrolls: $15 x 3
– AWA 2011 shirt: $20
– shirt: Cheap as free
– Railgun figure (Gym outfit Mikoto): $7
– Ika Musume figure (Nagisa): $10
– Amagami figure (Miya): $13
– Nanoha figure (Yuno): $10
– K-ON! figure (Mugi): $13
– Fumoffu figure (Ren, student council secretary): $10
– Toradora figures: $75 for the pair
– Factory sealed copy of Arcana Heart (PS2) and the satisfaction that I no longer have to regret not buying it when it came out: $35

Total swag cost: $238

Addtional con costs:
– Pre-reg pass (late): $40
– Gas for three round trips: $40

Total con cost: $318

That’s about what I expected to spend. I’ve already pre-registered for next year for $20, and I expect to spend a lot more then. I’ll probably be trying to flesh out my figure collection with some Touhou and Vocaloid items, as well as possibly picking up some more Toradora. Hell, if I haven’t bought it by then, I may try to pick up the upcoming Taiga Nendoroid while I’m there, once I can see it in person.

Anyway, it was definitely a fun experience and I look forward to going back. Hopefully this time I’ll be able to catch the Touhou meetup when it happens instead of at the tail end when they’re shooting group photos…

P.S. If you’re in this photo and you object to me posting a crappy cell-phone picture of you where I can’t even really make out your face and you’re already in disguise, just… lemme know or something. Whatever. I’m sure no one cares or even reads this.

How tsundere should you be to be labeled tsundere?

October 20, 2010

So I was hanging out on a message board earlier and there seemed to be a couple of Toradora topics around. Kind of a rarity these days to have multiple ones on any general anime board. Being the fanboy I am, I hopped in. I saw several people in both topics calling Taiga a tsundere or saying something about tsunderes in Toradora. I simply replied to both with “There are no tsunderes in Toradora” and got (I’d imagine, since I couldn’t see them) some of the weirdest looks people have ever given me. One guy even asked me if I’d actually seen the show. (Unrelated note: I actually just recently rewatched it. I marathoned the whole thing on DVD in a single day, including SOS specials and all clean OPs/EDs. It was a week and a half ago on the 10th and I only casually mentioned it here. Just wanted to gloat a little.)

So this got me to thinking, just how tsundere should a character be to be labeled as such? Really, looking at Taiga, she’s not a tsundere. She shares very little with your common, garden-variety Rin Tohsaka-esque tsundere. She’s bashful and she can be aggressive and violent, but rarely do those traits overlap. In fact, the only instance of tsundere behavior that comes immediately to mind is at the very end of the series. Like, the very last thing we see in the last episode. I’m trying to avoid spoilers, but that’s tsundere behavior from Taiga at its finest, and the only one that immediately comes to mind.

I’ll grant that she shows some tsundere tendencies near the beginning of the series, but they’re really more like violent outbursts as there are no feelings involved. Additionally, they’re almost entirely missing from her character as early as the vacation arc.

Really, Taiga’s the kind of person who wears her heart on her sleeves. She doesn’t really try to hide what she’s feeling. One of the key aspects of a tsundere is that they’re always trying to hide their feelings by contradicting themselves or acting cold/aggressive/violent/abusive toward whomever or whatever is causing them to feel that way. I just really can’t see Taiga as this kind of person. She’s quick to say how she feels and if she’s not then she shows it on her face, making little to no effort to hide it. She may mask it with aggression sometimes, but it always seemed to me more like she was just trying to let off steam. An example of this would be her appearance on stage at the pageant. It never seemed like she was trying to mask her sadness, only to vent and make herself feel better. And she’s certainly not one to mask her feelings of affection. It’s written all over her face every time she’s smitten and she couldn’t possibly care less if anyone knows.

I’ve got more examples, but I’m trying to keep this as spoiler-free of a blog as possible.

This post is really just some food for thought. What’s the minimum requirement for a tsundere? Which characters considered tsunderes may not actually be? Why would they be confused for one? Is it up for personal interpretation or should there be some kind of rule for gauging?

Not like anyone reads this blog anyway, but if you do and you have something to say, feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to discuss this with people.

Support the localization of the Umineko PS3 port!

September 25, 2010

You can do so at both of these publisher forums:

Aksys Games:

You can also show your support at the localization effort’s Facebook group:

I highly recommend showing your support at the NISA forum, as it’s become a huge movement there and registering for an account takes only a few minutes. All you need to do is vote that you’d like to see the game in the thread’s poll, but making a post wouldn’t hurt either. People are also working on making a strong argument for why it’s a financially sound idea for NISA to localize it, so if you have any good ideas that haven’t been mentioned in the thread, be sure to share them.

And while you’re there, why not voice your support for Toradora Portable? :3

Ookami-san loves cameos

August 19, 2010

Apparently, J.C. Staff loves to plug their other work with the Ookami-san anime. Last week, we were treated to this cameo of recolors from Toradora! and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun.

And this week, we got straight cameos from both series.


And Railgun:

I’m just a bit disappointed that there were no opportunities for voiced cameos, despite a good chunk of them having the VAs working on that very episode. Kuroko’s VA is the narrator, Minori’s VA is Alice, Saten’s VA is Ringo, Otohime’s VA is Uiharu, and the resident Kugimiya loli even came back, which could have left an opportunity for Taiga to say something. Oh well. Maybe we’ll end up with even more cameos by the time the show’s over, but I’m not getting my hopes up with only four episodes left.