Buon Compleanno Chrome!!!

It’s December 5, which means it’s Chrome’s Birthday!!! She might be shy, but she’s the cutest and kindest girl in the whole world! So, Chrome-nyan, BUON COMPLEANNO!!! 誕生日おめでとう俺のクロームにゃん♥

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Anime Expo 2011: Katekyo Hitman Reborn Cosplay Gathering Pictures (Day 2)

Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 – An early look

Saimoe has not started yet, but since it is about time for Saimoe 2011, I will go through several characters and shows that can (or cannot) push through in this tournament. First, let’s look at veterans that will not be in this tournament:

Nanoha and Fate are very important characters in this tournament. Nanoha was the winner of 2005 and Fate was the runner-up of 2006. They haven’t been doing very well since their wins, but they’re going to have to wait another year if they want to recapture the title since they did not make an appearance this year. Maybe in 2012 or 2013 depending on when the second movie comes out.

Another important franchise in this tournament is Hayate no Gotoku. Nagi was the runner-up in 2007 and 2010 and Hina-chan, who some people consider as a top contender in Saimoe, always seems to get screwed somewhere in the tournament. Unfortunately, they too will have to wait another year to get their revenge. The Hayate(/Negima) movie is coming two months too late for this tournament, so they are not eligible in this tournament.

Saki has been an annoying force for many contenders in this tournament. Unlike Negima, which has lots of girls but few contenders that advance, Saki has lots of girls and many contenders that advance. They managed to get 2 girls in the quarterfinals for the past two years and managed to even get 4 girls in the Elite 8 in 2009. Well, they won’t have a chance this year since it’s been over a year (almost two) since the anime showed. They’ll have to wait until the next season starts (yes, it was announced several days ago).

Now this last one is a little weird for me to put, but Toradora’s Aisaka Taiga was the winner of the 2009 tournament. She didn’t get a chance to defend her title last year since Toradora didn’t show last year. However, in one episode of Ookami-san (which is eligible this year), Taiga-chan, Ami, and Minorin made a surprise cameo. Unfortunately, I don’t think that will be enough for eligibility. I might be wrong. If she is not eligible, she’ll need her older self, Ookami Ryouko-chan, to do well. (UPDATE 7/19: Actually, I just noticed that they are eligible. Their official entry is “The student called ___-san”)

Now on to anime and characters that matter this year. First, let me talk about this year’s veterans (underlined shows are shows with at least one character that I think could possibly win the tournament):

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New Stuff: Part 1 (Non-Figures)

Over the past two months, I have received so much packages from Japan that it’s ridiculous, so I think it’s time to post up some of the stuff I got. I’ll first post the non-figures that I got (mostly from Hobby Search).

The first pic is a Chrome Dokuro mini towel, which I got just because it has Chrome-nyan (of course). The next several pictures are of the Black Rock Shooter plushie (and one of a Minami-chan shoukanjuu that I bought before). I had to put the nekomimi on them. Next, we have the Yui-nyan and Kanade-chan stick pillow, Kanade-chan mug, various small notebooks and tumbler, Tarot no Goshuujin-sama and Ika Musume mini towel (because I can’t resist cute girls!), another pair of nekomimi, Kanade-chan pass case, Yui-nyan/GDM hoodie, Dengeki G’s Comic Festival, Chrome-nyan ‘love fulfillment’ omamori, Yui-nyan pillow case, Yui-nyan dakimakura (that came with Dengeki G’s), Asagiri Mai wall scroll, Mai-chan ‘love fulfillment’ omamori, Mai-chan shirt, SSS Wrist Band, Kallen-chan cup, and Yui-nyan pillow case.

Yes, I couldn’t resist. The Japanese know how to get money from me. I’ll post pictures of the figures I got some time in the next couple of days.

Happy Birthday Chrome Dokuro!!!

誕生日おめでとう、クロームにゃん!!!

Today is December 5. Guess what that means? It’s Chrome Dokuro’s Birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHROME-NYAN!!!!!!!!!! BUON COMPLEANNO!!! 誕生日おめでとう!!!

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.

Anime Saimoe Tournament – First Prelims 9 of 16

Day 8 ended up really close, but Nagi ends up the winner for this group. Here is the top 12 for group 8:

1. Sanzenin Nagi (Hayate) – 462 votes

2. Senjougahara Hitagi (Bakemonogatari) – 461 votes

3. Maria (Hayate) – 423 votes

4. Inami Mahiru (WORKING!!) – 407 votes

5. Aizawa Sakuya (Hayate) – 343 votes

6. Umenomori Chise (Mayoi Neko Overrun!) – 336 votes

7. Asahina Mikuru (Haruhi) – 334 votes

8. Shimada Minami (BakaTest) – 314 votes

9. Akaba Chizuru (Seitokai no Ichizon) – 292 votes

10. Korone (Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou) – 287 votes

11. Tsuchida Satsuki (Hanamaru Kindergarten) – 266 votes

12. Kuranuma Sawako (Kimi ni Todoke) – 249 votes

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