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A-Label’s Black Lagoon Revy – 1/4 Cowgirl Ver.

Posted by zerofigures on February 5, 2012

Wow!  It’s been quite some time since I’ve cleared my mind on here but I’m back. WITH A VENGEANCE! Not really, but I do have some figures to ‘review’.  Recently had a day off and decided to open some figures instead of just storing them away after receiving them.  While I do love buying and collecting figures, I noticed that I’ve haven’t open and held one in a long time.  So today I went crazy and opened four recently received figures.

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OtakunoAnime.com… Buyer Beware!

Posted by zerofigures on February 18, 2011

I titled this posting with a question mark because I’d like to be proven wrong.  I’d like to think that we anime fans and Otaku now have another ally in our quest as consumer for goods.  Somewhere to find that one item we’ve been searching for that sold out months ago.  But lack of information and actions lead me to think otherwise.

I was searching for a figure everywhere, every website (I trust) that I have purchased things in the past from were long sold out.  This lead me to do a long web search to hunt this figure down.  I searched and searched and came upon Otakunoanime.com who had 2 figures I was searching for well below the going prices.  I placed the items in the cart but my buyers instinct kicked in, as well as an old saying, “If it seems to good to be true, it probably is”.

So the research began.  The bottom of their website lists a blog, twitter and facebook.  The blog doesn’t link to a functioning site and the facebook doesn’t either.  The twitter does work but is full of links direct visitors to their main site.  I also found this blog they’ve created which is definitely complete BS.  I feel confident enough saying that due to the fact that a certain Mr. Peter Payne of Jlist.com who frequently updates his blog, wrote that story on Jan 21, 2011 (good eyes Cupcakez89).  I ‘d recommend subscribing to his blog, it’s full of great information on Japan through American eyes.  I did a BBB (Better Business Bureau) search and came up with nothing.  Continued searching and couldn’t find anything except another buyer thinking the same as me  (I hope they do another search and come up on this posting).

I then questioned the authenticity of OnA on MFC and someone  said they thought their cds were fake (I’m inquiring with them now).  So others agree that things don’t seem to be straight with OnA.  I’m hoping that we are wrong and they’re legit and providing our community with some awesomely discounted anime goods, but until then I won’t be providing them with any details of mine.   What’s your opinion on this?

UPDATE – I just got learned.  I know understand why the cd’s are being identified as fake and I agree.  Taking a product, slapping your own catalog number and logo on it , does not make it yours.  The quality of the item is sure to be lower than that of any official product. Thanks MFC.

UPDATE #2 – Peter Payne, jlist.com owner and blogger, has commented and confirmed that Otakunoanime.com is not a trustworthy site. Do not buy from Otakunoanime.com.

Posted in Anime, Figures, Interesting, Japan, movies, Music, PVC | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments »

Satoshi Kon R.I.P

Posted by zerofigures on August 25, 2010

It wasn’t very long ago that I was able to attend a preview of Paprika thanks to NewYork-Tokyo and able to experience the magic that was Satoshi Kon.  The beautiful art led to do more research on Satoshi and learn that many of his films were considered classics.  While there are many works, considered to be classics,  that I have never seen, I felt a need to see more of his work specifically.

Some of his work includes Paprika, Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent and my favorite Tokyo Godfathers.  I’m sure that his influence on Japanese animation will be a long lasting one.   I am happy to have been exposed to his work and am saddened to hear of his passing.

His movies are so easily recommendable as Paprika is bizarre, that you would be losing out if you didn’t see them.  At the time of his passing, Satoshi Kon was working on “The Dreaming Machine”.  I can’t help but wonder what will happen with that now.

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Latest eBayings…

Posted by zerofigures on August 8, 2010

So my massive collection is just getting bigger and bigger, and I’m expecting more.  I’ve decided to make some room for upcoming figures.

I’ve listed many on eBay and while I currently have many watchers, they’re undecided.

Mikuru Asahina FREEING 1/4th scale PVC figure Red Bunny – SOLD

Fighting Vipers Honey 1/8th scale RESIN Figure RED

Amane Misa Death Note PVC Figure Jun Planning

Birdy Cephon Altera by UpLark NEW PVC Figure Import – SOLD

Kanokon – 1/6 Chizuru Minamoto Alpha Max Resin Statue

Onegai Teacher Mizuho Kazami Orchid Seed PVC Figure NEW

Mylene Hoffman 009-1 1/6th scale PVC Figure – SOLD

Haruhi Suzumiya Black Bunny 1/6th scale by Atelier Sai

Bome Tenjho Tenge Maya Natsume PVC Figure NEW

Bome Tenjho Tenge Aya Natsume PVC Figure NEW

Bome Jungle Emmy Combat Version PVC Figure NEW

Fullmetal Alchemist Zipper Charms Ed & Al and Winry NEW

Bleach Urahara Cosplay Hat by Viz Media New with Tags

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann 2009 Calendar USED

MG Gundam Astray Red Frame Custom w/Special Clear Armor

So that’s all that currently available but more may be up soon so check back.  For my fellow collectors I’m willing to offer 50% off shipping, MFC members can send me a best offer on Ebay with their MFC member names and I’ll be happy to oblige.

Thanks for looking and let me know if you have any questions, drop a comment if you are interested in anything.

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Nujabes… Rest In Peace

Posted by zerofigures on March 19, 2010

This may be late , but these are my thoughts.  I just learned of this and have to release.

And here I though today was going to be a good day, just another day.

Was on Kotaku today and was blown away to read the headline “Samurai Champloo Music Producer Is Dead“. How quickly that has changed… The article reports that the accident occurred late February, why am I just learning of this now?!

My memories of Nujabes go back a couple of years when courting my current girlfriend.  Common interests made her recommend the anime Samurai Champloo.  I was was changed.  Easily one of the best anime’s to date.  Simply a must own series for any anime fan.  Great animation, great story and a classic soundtrack.

This greatly saddens me.  To think that we will no longer be graced by his music is horrible.  I can’t even begin to think about how much his music contributed to the success of Samurai Champloo.

I’m unable to come up with much right now but Nujabes was definitely of the primary reasons for my love of Japanese music.  The mixture of rhythm and culture just pour out from his beats.

I’m not sure many will ever come close to his style.  Looking at him sitting with his equipment is pleasing and puts a smile on my face.

Rest In Peace Nujabes.

His personal website is here

wiki here

UPDATE:

I tried unsuccessfully to leave a comment on his main site but I’m not sure if it will go through so I’m posting it here as well.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

You will not be forgotten.  Nujabes helped me to open my eyes and see that Hip Hop is not what radio stations force feed us.
Nujabes is international. Nujabes put my mind at ease.  Nujabes was taken from us too soon.  Much too soon.

NegativeZero – NYC

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Capcom’s Darkstalkers Graphic File by Udon

Posted by zerofigures on January 26, 2009

Just got this book in after nearly a years wait.  I placed my order for this book through Amazon.com on April 7, 2008.  After multiple emails updating me that of released date being pushed back, my order didn’t ship until January 14th, 2009.   If that does show my dedication to this book, then I don’t know what does.

Morrigan Felicia Art

As a long time video game fan and a lover of 2D fighters when this book was announced I knew I had to have it.  I knew very little about what the book would contain but that didn’t matter as it mentioned it would include artwork collected from the Darkstalkers/Vampire Savior series.

At first glance of the Darkstalker’s Graphic File, expecting and a book full of art, I was disappointed to find out that it was not so.  Out of 140 pages it only gives about 23 pages dedicated to the art itself.  I felt quite ripped off immediately.  There are however very detailed biographies through out the book which do provide additional art.  You can also think of it as a game guide since it provides the move lists for the characters.  All Darkstalkers/Vampire Savior games for all systems are listed in the back noting every character and what game they have appeared in.

Art IMArt figure section

This book isn’t really a reader, but instead you should enjoy the art, concepts and ideas.  There’s really nothing to do but appreciate the information which is presented to you and seek to enlighten yourself with things about the series you didn’t know.  I enjoyed the art for Dee, a character I knew nothing about before getting the book.  It’s great to learn about the characters and history behind the games.  There’s even a small section dedicated to figures.

My favorite fighting game company has always been Capcom,  giving us such series as Street Fighter, Rival Schools, Darkstalkers (Vampire Savior), and the VS series kept me indoors (arcade or home) for hours.  Many of those games complete my collection today.  I’ve always been a fan of Capcoms artwork regarding their fighting games and always jump at owning any of it as part of my collection.  I already own Udon’s Art of Capcom book and as a former comic book collector, I enjoy Udon’s work.  Just recently purchased the new Street Fighter Legends Chun Li and I’ve even picked up their trade paper backs (TPB) of the Street Fighter series.

The current generation of fighting games is great (Tecmo, Namco, etc. ), but it’s really nothing like the ones I grew up with.  I remember playing those Capcom fighters in the arcade for hours on end.  Then later, once the game was released for home consoles, like the Sega Saturn, playing an arcade perfect translation for even more hours.  This is a great piece of nostalgia for any fan of the series or capcom.  I have no doubt that there will be some facts in this book that fans will find interesting and fun.

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Demonbane’s Another Blood by Max Factory

Posted by zerofigures on January 25, 2009

AnotherBlood (1b)

This latest review will be part of my elegance series.  I figure that I have at least one figure left before this ideas dies but I’ll enjoy it for what it is.  I’ll also be adding Kokoro from my last posting to this series since she gave me the idea.

AnotherBlood (3)

AnotherBlood (5)AnotherBlood (7)AnotherBlood (9)

As strange as it may seem, the name of the character actually seems to be “Another Blood” and she comes from what I understand to be an anime.   Before being adapted into an anime it was an eroge for PC.  Anyone with better info please feel free to provide it or you can consult the wiki.    The Demonbane series is also responsible for Metatron, Eserudoraida, and Al Azif.  I can guarantee a future review of at least one of those three.  I have not watched the series yet but will be doing so once I have the time.

Demonbane is brought to us by the fabulous Nitro+.  They are also responsible for Jingai Makyo, the series which gives us the Misae Makimoto Fantastica PVC and all of the beautiful Ignis PVCs.

AnotherBlood (16)

I almost passed this figure by but seeing it more and more made me realize just how beautiful it is.  What first turned me off was the loli-ness.  It just wasn’t oppai enough for me.  but her glaring eyes along with that devious smile worked its toll on me.  The color scheme, along with the level of detail in the outfit and hair makes this one a no brainer. The only things that held me back on purchasing was as I said before, the loli-ness and the exposure during her curtsy.  While there have been more shocking poses, the loli factor makes this one kinda controversial.  If it doesn’t spark some questions, it might at least get people thinking …the wrong thing.

AnotherBlood (25)AnotherBlood (21)

AnotherBlood (40)

Depending on how you chose to display it, the figure can be just as safe as any other to display without worry.  The height level matters because the higher you place her, the more you see under her.  The lower you place her, the less you have to worry about. Though if you have any figures which you have to REALLY think about before displaying, perhaps you should have thought about it before buying it.

AnotherBlood (15)

As much as I like this figure, I am not posting all the pictures I can  (makes me feel kinda dirty).  If you don’t like this figure by now, you wouldn’t like the extra pics and if you do like this figure so far then I urge you to buy it and enjoy your own pics. ^_^

Posted in Anime, Art, Cute, Figures, Japan, Max Factory, Nitro+, Simply Elegant | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Dragonball Evolution Movie Trailer = OMG! WTF? WHY? OH WHY?

Posted by zerofigures on December 10, 2008

Title says it all, here’s something that shouldn’t exist, kinda like a live action Akira movie (but that’s TBD).

I’m not even a huge fan of the series but this just seems wrong, and to get Chow Yun Fat involved in this? Don’t bring any more of our heroes down with you American Hollywood!

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Shining Wind’s Kureha by President Japan and Tony Taka

Posted by zerofigures on November 11, 2008

Kureha

In my previous post I mentioned that I had received 3 figures 2 weekends ago.  Here is the third.  Created in the wonderful mind of Tony Taka for Shining Wind/Tears anime and videogame, President Japan brings her to life in PVC form.

Kureha (1)

Besides Gashapon, I believe this is the third incarnation of Kureha.  The first by Max Factory became a favorite of collectors and is a bit hard to find.  The second by Kotobukiya is still currently available at some retailers.

Kureha (36)Kureha (24)

The big thing about this figure is the eyes.  Instead of the normal painted on eyes, this Kureha has inset eyes like the dolls of many little girls.  You know those dolls who’s eyes open and close as you stand them up or lay them down?  Yeah, those eyes.  Staring into the eyes a bit weird because it’s definitely more life like than other PVC.

Kureha (4)Kureha (7)

Looking at pictures at the Kotobuiya Kureha, I appreciate this one more.  PJ’s looks older and provides us with a different post than most PVC.  Her dress adds quantity to the figure as it is sprawled out around the figure.  She almost seems like a bird resting after a long flight.

Kureha (33)Kureha (53)

She’s an elegant and sweet looking figure with a surprising feature. As I unboxed the figure and removed the protective plastic I noticed she became a bit loose around the waist. I totally did not expect to be casting this figure off in anyway but it’s alsways a welcome feature as long as it’s done tastefully.

Kureha (35)

I found it a bit difficult to get many perfect shots.  The position of the figure doesn’t allow for capturing of her entire body in a single shot.  You either capture the face and miss out on the legs or you cature the legs but miss out on the eyes (all four ^_^).

Kureha (12)

In the end she is still a nice figure which would add variety to any collection through it’s color and sitted position.

Posted in Anime, Art, Cute, E2046, Figures, Tony Taka, Video Games | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

eBay Listings Part Deux

Posted by zerofigures on October 27, 2008

Just a preview of what’s to come within the next week in terms of eBay listing.

Ikki Tousen – Ryomou Shimei – Yamato

Shuraki -Nida (Needa) – Good Smile

Shuraki – Char Rhousemann – Good Smile sold

Street Fighter – Chun Li – Organic

Capcom vs SNK 2 – Mai Shiranui & Chun Li – San Diego ComiCon 2005 Exclusive sold

will update with links soon

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