I think I have to start by saying that I’m pleasantly surprised. I knew ahead of time this would not be a perfect Horo. Between the promoshots and the preview at Hobby Stock it was clear what I was going to receive. Then the poorly lit photos started appearing and everyone complained and cancelled their orders. But I held steady, I’d been through this a hundred times I knew what to expect, and that was not to expect much at all. I think because of my pessimism I’m able to be pleasantly surprised today.
A month and a half after purchasing my big new toy, a Suzuki SV650S, I decided I should get some kind of camera to go with it. Originally wondering if this was a good excuse to purchase a new dSLR w/ video I was instructed that mounting a dSLR to a moving object is better suited to someone with more money than I have, in case the inevitable happens, it falling off at speed and shattering into a million zillion pieces. So I opted to go cheaper and smaller with a GoPro HD.
Wonder Festival, that time of year where we wonder which of these will actually make it into production and how long they’ll actually take to get released. I’m looking at you Good Smile Company, you still haven’t released Kyrie Rason damnit! Of course Wonder Festival happened July 24th but it takes time to compile such information and collect all the imagery required. Especially when you don’t read a word of Japanese and require sites like Neko Magic to compile the information for you (Thanks as always GGT).
Quite possibly the most extravagant figure Alter has ever produced and certainly the most complicated figure I’ve ever had to assemble, though not the most frusterating. That honor goes to Good Smile Company’s original Black Rock Shooter figure and that god damned chain. Houmei raises the bar for Alter, sure in the past they’ve had some extravagant figures but always in a fairly modest posture, sitting, standing, leaning etc. Houmei however is riding a stream of water with her clothing flowing in every direction, far more exciting.
Despite my affection for this extraordinarily long twintailed princess, I still don’t quite understand her success and popularity. Is it really so simple as her possessing just the right amount of ‘moe’ points for appeal? Or is it that she can be and has been manipulated in so many ways she can appeal to a much broader audience. Whatever it is, I’ve ordered or own a total of six Miku figures (seven if you include Kagamiku) with the majority of those arriving in the first half of this year, but today I’ll be reviewing just one of those for now.
A couple of weeks ago I inched another year towards death; I had a birthday. To help hasten the slow inevitability of death I decided to get a dangerous new hobby. I purchased a motorcycle. Admittedly not a very fast motorcycle by some standards but comparatively quick to mine automobile. With a weight-to-power ratio of 3.5 kg per kW (with me perched atop no less) it’s nearly twice as fast as my Saabaru.
Buddy like many figures of mine was whimsically bought on the recommendation of another. Tier at Tentacle Armada had labelled her his favourite figure of 2010 and prior to that had received a favourable review as well. Before this I had almost no opinion of her good or bad and she’d gone largely unnoticed.
Standing Max Factory’s Mari next to Kotobukiya’s, I wish I could send Koto’s back to Max Factory for a repaint. She really looks plain and dull next to MF’s Mari, despite the fact she’s insisting I admire her bottom. A demand I have no issue complying with.