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Now that I have found a new source for Sora no Otoshimono, I will be resuming work starting late next week on various character pages. #goodtobeback
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Welcome, my fellow AnimeVice members, to this my latest anime figure review for AnimeVice. In what is my 2nd of three anime figure reviews that I am doing this week, my latest review will be on the 1/7th Scale PVC VOCALOID Hatsune Miku figure that I purchased from my good friend Ben Mailey in the United Kingdom this past May. 

 1/7th Scale Hatsune Miku (Box)
 1/7th Scale Hatsune Miku (Box)
 

Some Quick Background Information

Produced by the designers of MAX FACTORY and licensed by Crypton Future Media Inc, the 1/7th Scale PVC VOCALOID Hatsune Miku figure was released in Japan and was made available for sale in December 2009 for roughly 8,800 Yen (including taxes). It was sculpted by famed figure designer Kenichi Tsumura for MAX FACTORY.  
 

Analysis of Figure

Standing roughly 22 Cm tall, Hatsune Miku comes with a stamped black oval base that bears the Japanese logo for Hatsune Miku. The great amount of detail that both MAX FACTORY and sculptor Kenichi Tsumura have put into this figure is quite amazing, from the small details of her entire outfit to the outstanding blue/green color of her long hair. Unlike my 1/7th Scale Selvaria Bles figure, there are no additional pieces for Hatsune Miku that can be swapped in/out and nothing on the figure is removable. 

 Hatsune Miku (with black stamped oval base)
 Hatsune Miku (with black stamped oval base)

My Opinions

Hatsune Miku was the first figure that I purchased to start my humble anime figure collection this past May, and it was mostly by luck that I came across her. Back in April 2010, one of my friends from the Anime Gamer Clan (by the name of Ben Mailey, who lives in the United Kingdom), made the offer to anyone who was interested in purchasing the 1/7th Scale Hatsune Miku figure that his friend had decided to get rid of. Intrigued by the offer and the chance to get a good deal on her, I took up his offer and came into contact via Playfire with his friend Duncan of Lockerbie, Scotland in mid-May. He looked forward to sending me his Hatsune Miku figure, so long as I was willing to pay him roughly $120 for her (that included the international shipping and handling fees). I spent a week thinking it over, since at the time, the same figure on Play-Asia was running around $150 (before S&H fees). 
 
After 8 days, I contacted him and agreed to pay him the $120 via PayPal for the Hatsune Miku figure, and roughly 6 days later, on June 5th, 2010, she arrived in a well-worn Royal Mail box covered in United Kingdom and United States customs stickers. Ever since, she has been on the bookshelf on display for all who enter my room.

 Hatsune Miku (on display on bookshelf)
 Hatsune Miku (on display on bookshelf)

Final Scores

1/7th Scale VOCALOID Hatsune Miku PVC Figure (2009 GoodSmile/MAX FACTORY)

Price: 8,800 Yen (Roughly $95-$96 USD)
Availability: Limited (Currently Out of Stock/Print on Play-Asia)
Detail: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Would I Recommend it to Others?: Yes 


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In what is my first blog here on AnimeVice in over 5 months, I have decided to start writing reviews on the anime figures that I have purchased in the past year or so. Today, I will be writing a review on the 1/7th Scale PVC Valkyria Chronicles Selvaria Bles figure that I purchased from Play-Asia in mid-October. 

1/7th Scale Selvaria Bles (Box)
1/7th Scale Selvaria Bles (Box)

Some Quick Background Information

Produced by ALTER Corporation and licensed by SEGA as part of their "Project Valkyria" product lineup, the 1/7th Scale PVC Valkyria Chronicles Selvaria Bles figure was released in Japan and was made available on Play-Asia for sale mid-way through October 2010 for roughly 9,800 Yen (excluding taxes). It was sculpted by famed figure designer Motokatsu Hane for ALTER.
 

Analysis of Figure

Standing roughly 25 Cm tall, Selvaria Bles comes with a glossy black base with her Valkyria Shield, Lance, and a detachable cape that can be removed for display preference. The amazing amount of detail that both ALTER and Motokatsu Hane put into this figure is incredible, from the intricate details on her military outfit to the detail and coloring of her shield and lance. Her head is easily removable in order to swap in/out the cape and her two hands can be swapped out for either her lance/shield or hands-free depending on what you wish her to pose with. The intricate sword on her hip can be removed if desired, but for overall appearances, Selvaria Bles looks better with it attached. 

 Selvaria Bles (With Valkyria Lance/Shield shown in example)
 Selvaria Bles (With Valkyria Lance/Shield shown in example)

My Opinions

Selvaria Bles was the second figure that I added to my humble collection (and the first from ALTER), and I will admit that she is easily the favorite in my collection to date. With incredible detail, high quality, and great overall presence when displayed on my bookshelf, this is one purchase that I will not regret one bit.  I would highly recommend purchasing her to any figure collector or Valkyria Chronicle fan who would love to own a great piece of VC merchandise.

Slevaria Bles (Close-up Detail)
Slevaria Bles (Close-up Detail)

Final Scores

1/7th Scale Valkyria Chronicles Selvaria Bles PVC Figure (2010 ALTER Co.)

Price: 9,800 Yen ($119.00 USD)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently Out of Stock on Play-Asia)
Detail: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Would I recommend it to others?: Yes


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Occasionally, I have been asked by several AnimeVice members via the Private Messages over what kinds of Hentai do I watch or what I would recommend them seeing. I have posted my feelings and thoughts regarding the world of most things Hentai on prior threadsin the AnimeVice fourms, but I feel the need to expand on this topic, so I wrote up this blog to help enlighten those who do not know my opinions on it.  
One of the few images that I can post that does not feature sex in it from the Hentai Love Selection #2
One of the few images that I can post that does not feature sex in it from the Hentai Love Selection #2

My Opinions on Hentai in General (Theory)

There are many diverse genres, sub-genres and various types of anime shows on the world market, and several types favor the more "Adult" side of animation and thus gain the infamy as being classified as "Anime Porn" (better known to us as Hentai) . Now, I do not support the ideas or would ever promote the Hentai industry to others in general, but as most men have done, I have sampled some of their shows and have come away from my experiences with a slightly sick feeling of shame. I do not think that it is a issue, but I just can't seem to get into it like some of the people I know who support the industry. I only watch these shows on a irregular basis (one show per 4 to 6 months) and when I do watch them, it has to be a certain type of show that does not feature such things as the infamous "Tentacle Rape" or other un-natural concepts within. Otherwise, I get a sick feeling from watching and I have to stop when the ill-feeling becomes too much to stand or I become ashamed with myself for trying that show.

To this day, I have tried exactly seven different Hentai series (ranging from ones that feature big breasts to student/teacher relationships gone too far), and of those seven shows, only three of them were shows that I could honestly say that I could watch and enjoy without becoming disgusted with myself for watching them. They are listed below:  

1. Love Selection #2: A average boy attends a special "Service" night at a local resturant, but comes to discover that it is really a one-night brothel that uses the busty servants as sex slaves working for money.
2. Resort Boin #1:
On vacation to a luxury hotel on a beach, one guy runs into two of his busty female friends, who both seek to make him their man at any cost and are willing to do anything to outdo the other.
3. Huge Tits: Kate One
: Left alone in his house with 4 hot tutors hired by his father to help him study, this average guy goes on to learn more than he could have ever possibly dreamed of with the special methods of teaching these teachers employ.

I am not promoting these Hentai shows, but I list them so that I can show you which shows are the ones that I could stomach watching without becoming ill or light-headed from viewing them. These are the only three Hentai shows that I have watched in the past year (the last being Love Selection #2 back in June) and I think for now that I will give up on watching these type of shows. 
 
I think that I will conclude this blog for now....my darn allergies are flaring up again since my dad mowed earlier today.
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Whew...the past 3 days have flown by as I have been working on this my first of three planned Wiki Projects for AnimeVice. Listed below is all of the submission that I have finished and what I still have to do. This Sora no Otoshimono project has been a lot of fun, and it is almost sad to be near the end of it so soon.
 
As of 11:06 PM, I have completed the following:

Completed Submissions:

1. Added and expanded description and posting more detailed info for Eishiro Sugata (also added images) [Points Earned: 435 Points]
2. Expanded the Mikako Satsukitane page [Points Earned: 267]
3. Added a new anime series page for Sora no Otoshimono: Forte (Will be adding more details/pictures when they are released) [Points Earned: 21]
4. Linked Mikako, Astraea, and Harpies to the  Big Boobs and Revealing Attire concepts [14 Points Earned]  
5. Finished submissions for Angeloid Astraea [Points Earned: 333]
6. Finished submissions for Hiyori Kazane [Points Earned: 590] 
7. Finished Part One of Angeloid Ikaros page re-do [Points Earned: 374] 
8. Finished submission for Harpies [Points Earned: 300+]

Upcoming Submissions:

1. Angel Daedalus (character)
2. Man of Synapse (character)
3. Angeloids (concepts/objects)
4. Synapse (location)
5. Sora no Otoshimono manga (All 9 Volumes @ 41 chapters)
6. Sohara Mitsuki page re-do
7.
Nymph page redo
8. Ikaros page re-do (Part Two)

Points (Before/After)

Before Wiki Project (9/16/2010): 2,427 Wiki Points (highest score being the 250 Wiki Points earned for Kampfer: Volume 2 submission)
After 70% of Wiki Project (9/19/2010): 5,475 Wiki Points (highest score being submission for Hiyori Kazane at 590 Wiki Points)
 

This should all be done by this coming Friday...school starts back up Tuesday to Thursday and college comes first. Whatever I do not complete tomorrow I shall have done by next weekend.
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As of 12:32 AM, I have completed or submitted the following:

Completed Submissions:

1. Added and expanded description and posting more detailed info for Eishiro Sugata (also added images) [Points Earned: 311 Points]
2. Expanded the Mikako Satsukitane page (will add images tomorrow) [Points Earned: 200]
3. Added a new anime series page for Sora no Otoshimono: Forte (Will be adding more details/pictures when they are released) [Points Earned: 21]
4. Linked Mikako to the " Big Boobs" concept [2 Points Earned]
5. Submitted character page for Angeloid Astraea (as of 12:37 AM, it has not been approved by Mods yet).
 

Upcoming Submissions:

1. 2nd Generation Angeloid Chaos: Type Elspilon
2. Hiyori Kazane (also 2nd Generation Angeloid Hiyori: Type Zeta)
3. The Sora no Otoshimono Manga series (all 9 Volumes)
 
4. The Man of Synapse (Nymph's/Astraea's ex-master)
5. Daedalus (Angel who created Nymph/Ikaros/Astraea)
 

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