English Hatsune Miku on its way!


A little more than a month ago during the first day of NYAF, Crypton Future Media mentioned at the end of the Vocaloid panel that they would create an English version of Hatsune Miku if 39,390 people liked their Facebook page (as a sidenote for people that don’t know, 39 is the number form of Miku: Mi = 3 and Ku = 9). A couple of seconds ago, it reached the 39,390 mark, which means an English voicebank should be coming soon!

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Big Trouble: Japan Post Restricting Shipments to US

So, something terrible has happened. I’m sure that you’ve heard about the terrorists trying to send bomb packages to New York. Now, because of that, Japan Post is planning to restrict packages over a pound from being sent to Japan. This is bad. I first heard about this in Sankaku Complex about an hour ago. I started getting angry, but then, I decided to go through the web and gather more information on this to make sure that this was not Sankaku blowing a minor event out of proportion.

The actual press release of this news can be seen here. It’s in Japanese (I’m not that great at Japanese), but it is confirmed that starting on November 17, they are going to start restrictions. I’ve decided to go through a little bit more to see how this affects me. From what I’m seeing, it looks like companies with accounts with Japan Post are exempt from this ban. Being that I’m not the only guy trying to get stuff from Japan, there were many people sending e-mails to sites like Hobby Search (my main store for almost everything), HobbyLink Japan, AmiAmi, and other stores to see if they were affected. Right now, it seems like these stores are unaffected. Those that are affected by this restriction will be individuals and small companies that don’t have contracts with JP.

I’ve sent an e-mail to Hobby Search to make sure that I’m not affected (because as you saw from my last post, I’m getting a ridiculous amount of items in the next several weeks) and I will give an update when I get a reply. But let me tell you, this is really ridiculous. These stupid terrorists are really affecting the way we live. And of all places, why Japan?

UPDATE: I got a response from Hobby Search just now and they confirmed that they are not affected by the restriction.

Spending Binge

Well, I knew from the start that when I got a job, I would start buying a lot more figures. As you know, I already bought some things, but that is nothing compared to what I’m buying the next two months and even beyond that. For my shopping, I usually use Hobby Search because of the discounts, reasonable EMS shipping prices, and the points I get which I can use to save me even more money in the future. So here is a list of things I have already pre-ordered and when I expect to get them:

Mid-November:

BakaTest Shimada Minami PVC figure (Retail price: ¥6,648): Minami-chan is my favorite character in BakaTest. This comes with a figure of Minami-chan and her shoukanjuu. At first, I was hesitant on buy it, but Minami-chan got the best of me. It’s already out (but it’s sold out already), but I’m going to have to wait a bit to get it since I have other figures being shipped with it (which are not out yet).

Angel Beats! Nendoroid Petit Set 2 (¥2,000): You saw pictures of the first set already and that set I wasn’t planning to buy at first. This set, on the other hand, I absolutely had to buy as soon as I saw it. Why is that? It has Yui-nyan and Kanade-chan!!! Oh yea, it also has Otonashi, but it has Yui-nyan and Kanade-chan, my number 2 and my number 3. I would be crazy not to buy this.

Nagato Yuki (Disappearance Version) Nendoroid (¥3,334): You know, Yuki-chan wasn’t quite up there in my list of favorite girls before I watched the Disappearance movie. Her alternate version in the movie was so cute, especially since she was so shy. I originally wasn’t planning to get this before watching the movie, but after the movie, I absolutely had to buy it.

Late November:

Mayoi Neko Overrun! Serizawa Fumino PVC Figure (¥6,800): I don’t remember exactly why I didn’t pre-order when I first saw this, but of course, I had to get it because it is Fumino-chan. And not just that, she has that cute “ni-kai shi-ne” look. I wouldn’t mind dying twice if she were to say that to me!

Chrome Dokuro Microfiber Mini Towel (¥476): Of course, since I’m already buying a figure, I had absolutely no reason not to buy this since it was only about ¥400. It’s Chrome-nyan as one of the Seven Lucky Gods, Benzaiten. I really hope this comes in time for her birthday!

A6 Ring Notebooks (¥429 each): Again, these are relatively cheap (compared to the Fumino-chan figure), so I decided to get some of these notebooks. One is with Ryouko-chan and gang, one is with Kanade-chan and Yurippe, one is with Yui-nyan and Iwasawa, and one is with Kanade-chan (FORTUNE ARTERIAL) and Haruna.

Angel Beats! Yui & Iwasawa Tumbler (¥2,000): It has Yui-nyan, so why not?

Angel Beats! Kanade Pass Case (¥800): I wanted to get a pass case, but the ones I saw before (that I wanted) were already sold out. There was also a Yui-nyan one, but it was pink, which was expected, but you know, guys and all-pink things don’t exactly go together, in my opinion (I won’t judge if you think differently). So, I had to get the second best thing out there: a pass case with Kanade-chan!

Mid-December:

Katsura Hinagiku Nendoroid (¥3,620 – Moved to December): When I first saw this Hina-chan nendoroid, I knew I had to get it. Hina-chan is one of my favorite girls, so I wouldn’t I get it, especially since it’s so cute.

Misaka-mori (¥4,800): Haha, it’s such a funny and cute thing. It comes with 9 small Misaka-imouto’s, 1 small Mikoto-chan, 1 small Last Order-chan, and 1 small Accelerator. The Misaka-imouto’s have their trademark shimapan and Mikoto-chan has her trademark tanpan (shorts) (she’s also angry with a lightning bolt)! You could stack them or do whatever you want. You can even have them form a pyramid, with Mikto-chan on the top, or maybe even Last Order-chan on the top.

Yui Pillow Case (¥3,000): Now why wouldn’t I buy this? It’s Yui-nyan and it’s a pillow case!

Chrome Dokuro Amulet (¥667): It’s the same design as the mini towel, but IT’S CHROME-NYAN! It’s also an omamori (amulet). And to top it off, it’s a love omamori! I already have one of those (omamori of Little Buster’s Yuiko-chan), but maybe this will give me twice the luck when it comes to love (or maybe even more because IT’S CHROME-NYAN!!!)

Microfiber Mini Towel (¥476): Again more mini towels because they are cute. One is a girl from Tarot no Goshujin-sama (I just got it because the girl was cute) and one is Ika-chan.

Angel Beats! Yui Parka (¥5,700): Again, it’s Yui-nyan! Why shouldn’t I get this? And it’s the perfect weather to wear this! It has the Girls Dead Monster logo in the front and the back has Yui-nyan!

Late December:

Angel Beats! Yui Cushion Cover (¥2,500): Another Yui-nyan cover!

Code Geass Kallen Kozuki Glass (¥1,000): One of the weird things about me. I like certain girls even if I don’t watch the anime they’re in. This is one example. Kallen-chan is very cute, but I have not watched a single episode of Geass. And since it has Kallen-chan, I’m getting it.

Angel Beats! SSS Wrist Band (¥1,143): I’m getting this because it has the logo of the SSS. If the SSS were real, I would absolutely join it. It doesn’t have the motto of the SSS, “rebels against the god,” in it, but I guess that’s good because my parents don’t need to see that.

*Dengeki G’s Festival Comic Vol. 15 (¥2,600): In occasion, if I see it in Kinokuniya (not for certain magazines anymore, since they refuse to sell certain magazines now) or Mitsuwa, I will get certain magazines, especially Dengeki G’s Magazine. But what makes this so special? IT HAS A YUI-NYAN DAKIMAKURA!!! And the best news is (maybe not for some people, but for me particularly), it’s not ecchi! I have no problem with ecchi stuff but it does become a problem when I’m not living alone. But anyway, I spent a week or so trying to find a place that was pre-selling it (and had a reasonable price). CDJapan was one of the few places I could get it at a reasonable price, but if you want to get it, you’ll need to look elsewhere since they’re not taking pre-orders anymore.

January 2011:

Fate Testarossa Casual Wear Version PVC Figure (¥6,800): There are so many cute figures of Fate-chan, but this one I decided to spend my money on (so far). She looks so cute in those casual clothes…so cute!

Shinryaku! Ika Musume Amulets (¥667): Even more omamori coming in January. There are four available and I’m going to get two of them: one with Ika-chan and one with Sanae-chan. The Ika-chan omamori is so funny because it’s an amulet for human invasion! Now why wouldn’t I get that. And the Sanae-chan omamori is an amulet for love fulfillment. That means by the end of January, I will have three amulets for love fulfillment, in the desperate hope that I can find a cute, nice, single otaku girl (do they even exist?).

Shinryaku! Ika Musume Mini Cushion (¥857): A small mini cushion with Ika-chan, Sanae-chan, and Eiko.

February:

Kousaka Kirino PVC Figure (¥5,800): It’s Kirino-chan and of course she can be this cute. She looks so happy in this figure.

Kousaka Kirino Nendoroid (¥3,334): Even more Kirino-chan and this time she’s in nendoroid form. She has four faces: her tsun-tsun face, her normal face, and her happy otaku face. That Konata look is obviously the best of the three faces available. She also comes with a cell phone, a bag (like the ones you can get in Comiket), and a Meruru DVD case!

Once I get these figures and other things (and once I get a better camera), I’ll start posting them in this blog. Also, I should probably stop spending so much so I have money to spend when I go to Anime Expo and Japan (and AnimeNEXT and maybe Otakon and NYAF) during the summer.

75 Hours of Greatness/Halloween Weekend

So, when is the last time I’ve posted here? I should probably and eventually will get on to writing some more stuff, but for now, let me talk about this weekend.

So, what is the only time of year when you can wear something outrageous (in the eyes of society) almost everywhere and pretty much get away from it? HALLOWEEN! (Well yea, there are conventions, but that only applies for that particular area.) But, if you always wanted to wear something or dress like someone, this would probably be the time to do it.

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