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.

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Ryoushi scared

Ryoushi is getting better...kind of

It’s been a week since Ryoushi has joined Otogi Bank and he’s been getting used to people looking at him…kind of. He’s been some help to Ryouko-chan by being her shield. Though she still sees him as a bum, Ryoushi is happy that he can stay by Ryouko-chan’s side as a companion.

Ryoushi and Ringo

Something you'll learn about Little Red Riding Hood, she's very nosy.

While Ryouko-chan goes to the gym, Ringo asks Ryoushi why he likes Ryouko-chan. He tells Ringo the traits that he likes which girls wouldn’t usually take as complements. But then, he says that notices that the way she acts and looks and her true personality doesn’t match and that he admires how she works hard to be strong. Back at Otogi Bank, President Liszt looks at the video that Ringo took at the very beginning of the series and notices something interesting which he believes would be useful in future missions.

Kawaii Ryouko-chan

See, Ryouko-chan has a cute side...as long as no one else is around.

Ryouko-chan is heading back from the gym when she notices two cute dogs in front of a grocery shop. And since Ryouko-chan loves cute animals, she wants to pet them, but she also doesn’t want anyone else seeing her pet them. She starts petting them, when Ryoushi suddenly appears from the store. She finds out that the cute dogs, named Elizabeth and Francoise, are his and is surprised that the dogs got attached to Ryouko-chan. He asks if she likes dogs, but of course, she pretends that she doesn’t really like them and leaves. Back at her dorm, Ringo tells her what Ryoushi said about her earlier.

IT'S A TRAP!!

The next day, the girls of Otogi Bank decide to go shopping while Ryoushi stays at Otogi Bank with Urashima. Urashima, who we saw for like a second last episode, is another member of Otogi Bank and he basically ignores Ryoushi. However, when a girl comes in with a request for Ryouko-chan, he looks very interested. But, Otohime, another member who Urashima fears, shows up and takes Urashima away. Ryouko-chan gets back, she agrees to the girl’s request to see her ex to see what he wants from her. Ryouko-chan and Ryoushi go to the meeting place where they fall for a trap set by members of another school. Ryoushi is knocked out and Ryouko-chan is unable to resist and is kidnapped.

Young Ryouko-chan

Cute and young Ryouko-chan

Ryouko-chan starts dreaming about her younger self, who asks her why she lies about her strength and tells her that what she really wants is someone to depend on. She wakes up from the dream to find herself in a abandoned factory. She tries acting cool to the boss of the gang but in truth, she is scared and wants someone to save her. Ryoushi shows up at Otogi Bank to tell the others about what happened and they learn that the client was coerced to give Ryouko-chan the request. Ryoushi decides to go ahead and find Ryouko-chan. Using his dogs, he finds her and calls her phone to distract them.

Ryoushi

Ryoushi, the slingshot master

Hidden in the warehouse, Ryoushi uses a slingshot to start shooting pachinko balls. Ringo frees her and tells her how the president noticed Ryoushi’s slingshot ability. Ryouko-chan then decides to join the fight and with the help of an electrified version of Neko Neko Knuckles, she is able to easily attack the enemies. Everyone else from Otogi Bank shows up and also join the fight. Ryouko-chan has a tough time fighting the boss but with Ryoushi’s help, she is able to land a punch to the face. However, he is able to get back up and gets Ryouko-chan. Ryoushi decides to go one-on-one against the boss and after a bit, he is able to beat him. Ringo tells Ryouko-chan how cool Ryoushi looked and Ryouko-chan agreed, but her tsundere personality gets the best of her and she denies that she agreed with Ringo. They leave with a new enemy observing them. Ryoushi wakes up after the fight to see Ryouko-chan playing with his dogs. Then, his phobia gets the best of him and he hides.

"I said Ryoushi was cool?! Why would I say that?!"

Thoughts:

It was cute that Ryouko-chan showed that cute personality of hers. There’s nothing wrong with liking cute things Ryouko-chan. There is also nothing wrong with relying on other people, as long as you don’t always rely on them. She went up my list a bit with this episode.

Ryoushi also showed us that he has some man in him. As long as no one no one looks at him (and as long as someone is threatening Ryouko-chan), Ryoushi can be very useful.

It’s nice to see Ryouko-chan and Ryoushi’s relationship advance, even if it’s just a little. It’ll be interesting to see how this continues. It’ll also be interesting to see who this new boss is and why he wants Ryouko-chan attacked. And what happened to her in the past? That’s something that’ll be good to know. One thing I won’t get used to though is hearing Kuroko narrating.

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Ryouko-chan

My name is Aisaka Taiga. Don't call me flat chested!

It’s the beginning of the summer anime season. Not that much has shown up in my radar, but one anime I’ve decided to try is Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi (オオカミさんと七人の仲間たち). It’s another one of those love-comedy anime that I seem to get hooked on, but we’ll see about that. So, this anime is about Ookami Ryouko (大神涼子), a feisty high school girl that is part of the Otogi Academy Mutual Student Aid Organization (Otogi Gakuen Gakusei Sougofujo Kyoukai), or Otogi Bank (Otogi Ginkou) for short. Basically, this organization is like a bank that handles only loans, hence it’s nickname. You ask for favors from them and in return, you repay the favor at a later date.

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