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FanimeCon 2011 Banner
FanimeCon 2011 Banner
The excitement of attending FanimeCon 2011 tomorrow at San Jose has been building up over the past couple of weeks, since I first purchased tickets for the AMTRAK trains all the way to tonight, when I wrapped up packing for the morning tomorrow. I hope to accomplish three things while at FanimeCon, and they are listed below:

1. Attend FanimeCon and enjoy myself
2. Attend the cosplay gatherings that I have arranged to take photos for (and conduct interviews with cosplayers)
3. Take a heap of great Cosplay photos for both my DeviantArt and AnimeVice profiles.

Everything is packed, all electronics are charged, and thus at 2:40 AM tomorrow (PST), my journey begins. I look forward to when I return, my fellow AnimeVice members, so that I can submit my feature article on Cosplaying at FanimeCon, a feature on the Con itself, and upload as many photos as my computer will tolerate.

It is with this that I bid you farewell....may we meet again, next Monday!
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For those who do not already know, the 2011 edition of FanimeCon in San Jose, California is coming up May 27th thru May 30th, and I will be there to take cosplay photos and do some interviews/write a cosplay feature for AnimeVice. My plans are as follows:

FanimeCon 2011 (San Jose, California May 27th thru May 30th)

FanimeCon 2011 Banner
FanimeCon 2011 Banner
  • Friday: Arrive at FanimeCon 2011 around 12 PM. Register at the line and make rounds of convention center. On Friday afternoon, the VOCALOID and K-ON!! cosplay gatherings will be doing their big photo events and meeting up with fellow Con attendees. I have the consent of each of these group's leaders to take their photos and to let me interview some of their members regarding their history with cosplaying, how much effort/time was spent on their cosplay, and why did they choose the character that they dressed up as on that day? I intend to write a feature on cosplayers at FanimeCon, and both of these groups will be featured in my article. 
  • Saturday: I will be attending the panels, events, and doing more cosplaying photos for AnimeVice. After lunch, the NARUTO and POKEMON gatherings will be doing their big gatherings outside by the fountain, and I have the permission of the leader of the POKEMON gathering to take their photos and interview several of their members the questions seen above. I should also catch the FLOW concert and The Black and White ball as well.
  • Sunday: This will be my last day at FanimeCon 2011, for my ride will be picking me up shortly after lunch to return the 400+ miles back home north to Chico, California. I should be able to be around for the Final Fantasy or ONE PIECE gatherings for photos, but as of now, I have not gotten a response from either group regarding them participating in my feature on cosplaying. Might also catch the Rozen Maiden gathering as well, but that depends on their time and location. 

Website: FanimeCon 2011

KinToki-Con 2011 (Sacramento, California June 16th thru 18th)

KinToki-Con 2011 Mascot
KinToki-Con 2011 Mascot
Within a month of FanimeCon 2011, the KinToki-Con 2011 rolls into Sacramento, California for it's 2-day convention. As of this moment, I am 85% sure that I can attend it and if I do, I will once again be doing cosplay photos for AnimeVice and possibly another feature article, perhaps on the experience of the 2-day con. So far, I am applying for a Press/Photo Pass for KinToki-Con and should get a response soon.

Website: KinToki-Con 2011

SACAnime 2011 (Sacramento, California September 2nd thru 4th)

SACAnime Con 2011 Banner
SACAnime Con 2011 Banner
I am 100% committed to attending this convention in September, for it will be packed with many voice actors from anime and cartoon series there along with some good bands and artists as part of the panel sessions. I will be doing cosplay photos for this event as well, and perhaps another feature on it.

Website: SACAnime 2011


So, if any of my fellow AnimeVice members will be attending any of the 3 Cons listed above, please let me know! I would love to meet up with you and if you are in cosplay, take your photo for the Vice!

(EDIT: Now linked sites for each Con)
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Welcome to this of what I hope becomes a regular series of anime blogs, my fellow AnimeVice members! Inspired by the recent blogs from JJOR64 and sickVisionz that highlights the anime that they have been watching, I have decided to try it out as well. I have been on a anime-watching spree over the past 5 days, completing 25 One Piece episodes as well as the first two Needless episodes. Below is my life in anime since Wednesday. 
 When the going gets tough, Luffy gets going.
 When the going gets tough, Luffy gets going.

One Piece (Grand Line Saga: Skypiea Arc)

The following list details the episodes that I have watched in the past five days:
  • One Piece: Episodes 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, and 165. 

Spotlight Episode: One Piece #163 (Mostly Spoiler-free)

At the moment in the story, the Straw Hat Pirates have been split in two groups and are now on the forbidden island of Upper Yard fighting to stay alive. Nami, Nico Robin, Roronoa Zoro, and Chopper were abducted and taken to the Sacrificial Alter deep in the thick forests aboard the Going Merry as a sacrifice to the God Enel. Meanwhile, Luffy, Sanji, and Usopp are enduring the challenging Ordeal of Balls, the trials of the powerful Priest Satori in the Lost Woods, and are engaged in a tough struggle against a crafty, mind-reading enemy. 
 Priest Satori of the Lost Woods (seen on and around Surprise Balls)
 Priest Satori of the Lost Woods (seen on and around Surprise Balls)
Pros: 
  • With the Straw Hats Pirates split up, the plight of Luffy, Sanji, and Usopp against the abilities and powers of Priest Satori and his thousands of "Surprise Balls" leads to a series of quick, painful losses against their enemy in combat. Watching them struggle on against towering odds makes the fight more interesting.
  • Nami, Robin, and Zoro go off exploring by using a vine to swing across the Skyshark-infested waters. Zoro channels his inner Tarzan by yelling "AAAaaaAAAaaaAAA!" as he swings to shore.
  • The plot thickens when Chopper gets involved in a life-threatening struggle with the Priest Shura and his winged mount Fuza. Chopper enlists the aid of the Knight of the Sky, but the end result leads into a cliffhanger for Episode 164.

Cons:
  • I noticed that the animation regarding the fight with the Knight of the Sky and Priest Shura was off compared to the animation quality of the rest of the episode. 
  • The annoying laugh of Satori really got on my nerves. I look forward to Luffy and company overcoming their Ordeal and taking down this strange character.
 Skypiea...the mysterous world of angels above the clouds
 Skypiea...the mysterous world of angels above the clouds

Needless

I watched the following episodes in the past 5 days:
  • Needless : Episode 1 and 2
 
Needless (Official Art)
Needless (Official Art)

Spotlight Episode: Needless #1 (Mostly Spoiler-free)

We are first introduced to the war-torn world of Needless with a surprise attack by hundreds of armed rebels as they seek to take out the wicked Adam Arclight, the leader of the Simeon Orginization. Using the combined efforts of his Elite Four, the four super-powered allies make quick work of the rag-tag rebels and leads to the brutal slaughter of hundreds of lives. Meanwhile, Cruz and Aruka Schild are fleeing for their lives from one of the massive robots that hunts down Needless, special individuals who have powerful abilities and are considered dangerous by society. After getting pinned in the sewers by the robot, Cruz encounters Adam Blade, who defends the hapless boy and in the process is badly injured. Now teamed with the ranks of Adam, Eve Neuschwanstein (who is a Needless), and their scientific ally Gido, Cruz begins his adventures to stop the powerful Adam Arclight, Simeon, and the Elite Four that threaten the world and who hunt them as part of their "Needless" hunt. 
Cruz becomes the hapless target of Eve's cruel humor to the disapproval of Adam Blade
Cruz becomes the hapless target of Eve's cruel humor to the disapproval of Adam Blade
 
Pros:
  • This show reminds me of the wonderful times I had with Gurren Lagann, from the humor and action down to the characters. Adam Blade could easily be related to Kamina for they share the same drive, pride, and make fights more epic. 
  • The fight at the end of the episode introduces to the powers and abilities of both Eve and Adam, who team up to take down the individual who hunts them.
  • The animation is of great quality, and the humor had me laughing at several points.
 
Cons:
  • Not much to complain about. Other than Cruz suffering a "sister complex" (as Eve tells the poor lad as he cries over what became of his sister), this episode was enjoyable.
  • Oh...the end credits were full of what I deem to be Loli content...young girls doing some things that are questionable in my opinion and was perhaps the one thing that stopped me from saying that the episode was the best 1st episode of any anime series that I had watched in recent memory.
 Meet Adam Arclight, the wicked leader of Simeon, his Elite Four, and obsessed with gaining more power
 Meet Adam Arclight, the wicked leader of Simeon, his Elite Four, and obsessed with gaining more power
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In this new blog series, I will be discussing what I have been watching anime-wise over the past week, as well as any manga that is worth sharing. In this week's discussion: One Piece (Episodes 94 thru 102) and as a bonus, Chapter 47 of the Heaven's Lost Property (Sora no Otoshimono) manga will be up tomorrow. I am sorry if this is long-winded or not 100% accurate, but this is what happened in my past week of One Piece viewing.
 
WARNING: MASSIVE EPISODE/PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD! DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT CERTAIN ASPECTS OF ONE PIECE SPOILED!

One Piece (Episodes 94 thru 102 of the Baroque Works Saga: Arabasta Arc)

Monkey D. Luffy and the gang have arrived in the desert kingdom of Arabasta, home to King Nefertari Cobra (father of current crew member and Princess of Arabasta: Vivi Nefertari). After escaping the clutches of Marine Captain Smoker and his Marine forces (which arrived in Arabasta in search of the Straw Hat Pirates, who escaped from his clutches back in their encounters in Loguetown earlier in the anime) with the help of Luffy's brother Portgas D. Ace, the Straw Hat Pirates begin their trek across the harsh, barren desert toward the Yuba Oasis, where the Rebel forces are stationed.
 Poster taken from the 8th One Piece Movie, which show Monkey D. Luffy, Princess Vivi, and the crew in their struggle to save Arabasta from the clutches of Mr. 0 and the Baroque Works Organization.
 Poster taken from the 8th One Piece Movie, which show Monkey D. Luffy, Princess Vivi, and the crew in their struggle to save Arabasta from the clutches of Mr. 0 and the Baroque Works Organization.
They come across the ruins of the of the once-populated city of Erumalu, which has fallen victim to both the violent sandstorms and the effects of the extreme climate that has crippled the kingdom in a severe drought that has lasted for years. From there, they continue on their way to Yuba, but due to several of Luffy's mistakes, he not only gets lost from the group due to rushing ahead, but he falls victim to the Warusagi Cranes, birds that act injured in order to steal your items when your back is turned. Luffy gives chase to the birds after Vivi tells him what the birds really do and how he was fooled, and comes across a camel in distress, who is in the clutches of a carnivorous plant. After freeing the camel from certain death (and freeing himself from the massive mouth of one of the plants that swallowed him), a massive lizard (one of the giant Great Sandora Lizards) surfaces and gives chase to both Luffy and the camel, which rush off back in the direction of the rest of the crew, which has stopped at the shaded area of the rocky area where the birds had stolen their supplies. 
 
To the shock and surprise of the resting crew, they witness both Luffy and the camel rushing towards them, being chased by what seems to be a massive eruption of sand from behind. Sanji and Zoro step forward, and in a massive set of powerful attacks, they (along with Luffy) kill the massive lizard (along with the other lizards from the pack, with the help of Ace) and use the leftover meat to re-supply their lost provisions. Nami and Vivi both fall in love with the camel (which they name him "Eyelashes"), and since the camel only has interest in letting the girls ride, decide to make him their primary mode of transportation, much to the disgust of the others (who heckle the camel and call it perverted). After finishing their rest, they set back off towards their destination of the Yuba Oasis
 
In their continued travels, the men get separated from Ace (who wanders off in a separate direction, due to his lack of attention) and due to the shifting sands, get lost from both Nami and Vivi, who had taken the lead and expected them to follow their tracks. Nami and Vivi are found by the crew of a massive pirate ship (the Sand Pirates) and taken hostage, with Eyelashes becoming the next planned meal for the crew. The men, who are maintaining their journey in the direction they last saw Nami and Vivi, are surprised when they across come across a startling sight, a massive pirate ship making it's way across the desert. Usopp, using his scope from his headgear, sees that the ship has both of the girls along with the camel on deck and points it out to Luffy. Enraged that his fellow nakama has been kidnapped, he uses his Gum Gum powers to stretch his arms to grab the mast of the ship in the distance, to the surprise of the Sand Pirates. Luffy then pulls himself towards the ship, and slams into the mast at high speed, breaking it in half and sending it crashing onto the decks below, to the shock of the crew and the horror of the Sand Pirates
 
Meanwhile, Ace finally notices that he has become lost from Luffy and the others, and comes across a massive scorpion that seeks to eat him as it's next meal. Using his Devil Fruit powers, he uses his fire-wielding abilities to roast the scorpion, ending the threat on his life. He next comes across a strange lizard as he leaves the scorpion behind, which no matter what he does, copies him and blocks his path, much to his annoyance. While Ace makes his way onward, Luffy and his crew become fast friends with the Sand Pirates and their massive captain, and are tasked with helping find trees so that the Sand Pirates can repair their broken mast. Vivi decides to team up with Luffy, and they make their way towards a distant oasis that has the needed wood for the repair work on a unique boat that surfs along the sand by windpower along with two members of the Sand Pirates crew. On their way there, Luffy and VIvi's boat is rammed by the other boat of the Sand Pirates, sending them into a deadly area of quicksand that threatens to suck them under to their deaths. Luffy, who is ticked off by the current situation, again uses his Gum Gum powers to stretch out his arms to grab onto the speeding boat of the Sand Pirates, pulling themselves out of the lethal trap and into the lead of the trip towards the distant oasis. Once at their destination, the female pirate of the other ship confronts Vivi about how the King of Arabasta promised to help the town she once lived in, and how she stayed behind after the others abandoned the town, almost until her death, before the Sand Pirates found her. Vivi breaks down in tears, and promises to not let the woman down in the promise that her father made long ago.

After returning to the stranded Sand Pirates ship (which came under attack by local forces while they were gone), the Straw Hats make their way towards a nearby town, which they are dropped off near-by by the Sand Pirates (who do not wish to come close to town). Unknown to them, Ace has arrived in the town before them while they were helping the Sand Pirates, and has come across several men that claim to be part of the Rebel forces, to the delight of the local townspeople, who are unaware that they are being deceived. When word of pirates reaches them (from one of the lookouts, who sees the distant ship of the Sand Pirates departing from the area outside of town), the four "fake" Rebels try to slip out of town before the townsfolk come to see them off to battle, but run into Ace, who proceeds to eat their food after humiliating them in brief combat. The men, who later try again to skip town before the people of the town locate them, run into the entire city population outside of their quarters, and are unable to escape. Meanwhile, Ace skips town and finds Luffy and the others outside of town, who are surprised to see him after losing him prior to their adventures with the Sand Pirates, and discover about the "fake" Rebels in town. They decide to teach the impostors a lesson, and approach the town's front gate, while the townsfolk usher the "fakes" towards the gate to defend their town from the other side. 
 
Trapped between Luffy and the awaiting crew and the optimistic townsfolk who expect them to save their town, the fakes are scared witless by their current plight. When Luffy asks who the leader is, the Rebel that steps forward to answer receives a massive punch to the face via Luffy's Gum Gum Pistol, sending him flying hundreds of yards back down the path towards town to the shock of the townspeople and the other Rebels. Nearly knocked senseless from the blow, the bloodied man staggers to his feet, powered by the urge to save the town and show his bravery to the kids who idolize him and his crew, and makes his way back to the confrontation. He delivers a speech about showing bravery in the face of danger and with all of his might, slugs Luffy back in the face, knocking him backwards and onto the ground. Amazed by their companion's bravery, the other men launch in attach against Sanji and Zoro, who dodge their attacks by inches. Nami, who is hiding behind a distant rock with Vivi, gives the signal to Usopp for them to retreat, and the Straw Hats make a hasty escape from the scene, much to the surprise of the fakes and the townspeople. Stunned by their apparent victory in the face of adversity, the fakes are accepted by the townsfolk for their bravery, and with their new confidence, look forward to a better future. 
 
After their escapade at the front gate of town, the gang settles down for the night, and falls victim to a massive sandstorm that sweeps across the desert and escape the ordeal with their lives. When they enjoy their next meal (which Luffy hogs most of the food, to the irk of Usopp and Sanji), Ace is unknowingly targeted by a mysterious bounty hunter and his ostrich, but due to a mistake by the ostrich around the fuse, the bomb shot that the bounty hunter plans to shoot at Ace does not fire. Luffy notices some of the meat being carried off on a string, and gives chase. Unknown to him, the culprits of the theft are two young boys, who are in search of a decent meal for the first time in several days. The boys lose Luffy, and find a spot to enjoy their meal, but are found by Ace after their meal, and try to defend themselves with a pistol. The boy fires at Ace, who stops the shot with a well-timed rock throw and the others come across the uneasy standoff. They settle down and listen to the boy's story about their plight from the Badlands.
 
Meanwhile, Luffy has gotten lost in his pursuit of the stolen meat, and comes across the bounty hunter, who is chasing after his ostrich for ruining his clean shot at Ace. In the chase, the highly-explosive bomb shot falls from the launcher and flies down towards a bewildered Luffy, much to the horror of the man, who tells him to run for his life before hunkering down for the blast. When no blast happens, the man is shocked to discover that Luffy has stopped the shot from hitting the ground and has made his way to the top of the rock to return the explosive bomb back to him. Luffy discovers that this man is the bounty hunter Scorpion, the man that Ace has been looking for in connection to his pursuit of a pirate by the name of Blackbeard. Luffy becomes companions with Scorpion as they set off on the ostrich to locate Ace in the immediate area. As they set off, the crew, along with Ace and the two boys, finish with their discussion and take notice of the approaching ostrich (with Scorpion and Luffy onboard) that is racing towards them. The boys (who told them about how their father is the man that is seeking Ace to prove to them how tough he is, and that he is approaching them on the ostrich). Ace, now faced with the man that he has been looking for, prepares for a confrontation with the bounty hunter. 
 
Scorpion, pleased that he has found his target, takes aim with his Net Gun and fires, hoping to trap Ace in a metal net that will allow for him to be captured, but is shocked when Ace uses his powers to send the net flying upwards in the column of flames. The net soars through the air, and lands on top of Scorpion, dazing him slightly. He then pulls out a pressurized Acid Gun, and tries to spray Ace with the toxic solution, but Ace easily avoids it and prepares for another attack. Using his last resort, he pulls out his Launcher with the explosive bomb shot and takes aim, but stops when he sees his two boys, who race towards him crying, begging him to stop. However, when he puts down his launcher, the bomb fires and explodes against the massive column of rock overhead, sending a cascade of rock and derbies towards the father and his sons. Ace, using his powers, shoots a blast of flame that shields the man and his children from a painful death. Scorpion, grateful for Ace's kindness, thanks him and leaves with his two boys back towards the Badlands. Disappointed that Scorpion had spread false rumors about Blackbeard to attract him to this area, Ace makes his departure from the others in his continued quest to find Blackbeard. Luffy and the crew proceed to make their way towards the Yuba Oasis, in search of the Rebels.
 
This concludes my week in anime. Tomorrow, my week in manga (Heaven's Lost Property Chapters 46 and 47). Sorry if I got carried away in this two-hour rant xD
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ****NOTE****
Due to my current enrollment at Butte College, this will be the last Weekly Figure Preview that will feature 3 figures with a nendoroid in each new preview. Starting next week, all future previews will be only 2 figures along with a nendoroid until mid-May. This will allow me to comply with my homework, studying, and hopefully allows me to continue this weekly feature.

 
Welcome, my fellow AnimeVice members, to this my fifth installment of the Weekly Figure Preview feature here on the Vice. Last week, we previewed three anime figures (Hitagi, Saber Alter, Erica) along with one nendoroid (Kuroneko), and this week will feature the same preview formula. All of the figures/nendoroids that will be featured in this preview can be found on Play-Asia's site. If there are any figures that do not appear on Play-Asia's site, then I will provide a link for the product at the end of the figure's respective article. The line up for today, as follows:
 
  1. Fate/unlimited Codes 1/8th Scale PVC: Saber Lily (Gift Version) (Good Smile Company)
  2. Okami-san and Her Seven Companions 1/8th Scale PVC: Ryoko Okami (ALTER Corporation)
  3. Fate/stay Night 1/8th Scale PVC: Rin Tohsaka (UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS Version) (Good Smile Company)
  4. Fortune Arterial Non-Scale Nendoroid PVC: Erika Sendo (Good Smile Company)
 
I will give the readers a preview of each figure, complete with two images, descriptions, price, and my overall thoughts on each figure.

Fate/unlimited Codes 1/8th Scale PVC: Saber Lily (Gift Version)

Produced by the Gift Company in a distributive deal with Good Smile Company and licensed by TYPE MOON and Capcom as a official product from their hit fighting game Fate/unlimited Codes on the PS2/PSP, the 1/8th Scale Fate/unlimited Codes PVC Saber Lily figure is expected to see global market release around June 2011 in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 9,570 Yen (excluding taxes). It was sculpted by the talented figure sculptor Toda Satoshi in cooperation with figure painter Saura for the Good Smile Company.
Saber Lily (Gift Version) Fate/unlimited Codes
Saber Lily (Gift Version) Fate/unlimited Codes
Earlier this week, I decided that this week's preview would feature at least two figures from one particular anime/manga franchise, and after some thought, I decided on featuring two figures related to the Fate/stay Night franchise. This special version of Saber is her new Saber Lily form from the hit Arcade/PS2/PSP fighting game Fate/unlimited Codes (Which saw release in 2008 in Japan and made it's way to the western audience in September 2009) produced by Capcom. I was unsuccessful in locating much information regarding Saber's Lily form (spent several hours on Wikipedia, Giant Bomb, and various game sites), so I can not elaborate fully into what makes this version of her so special compared to her standard form. What I like about this figure is the attention to detail that Gift and sculptor Toda Satoshi has put into this figure, from her overall appearance to the detail on her armor plating down to the confident smile on Saber's face. As a fan of both the Fate/stay Night anime as well as the manga series, that is perhaps the single biggest reason that I chose to feature this greatly detailed Saber Lily from Gift and Good Smile. She would make a great addition to anyone's figure collection that is looking to add a good quality figure to their expanding collection that will not hurt you in the pocketbook as some figures of the same quality can.
Saber Lily (Gift Version) Fate/stay Night
Saber Lily (Gift Version) Fate/stay Night
Height: 180 Mm (18 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia and expecting global release in June 2011)
Price: 9,570 Yen (roughly $114.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Fate/stay Night franchise, Saber, or anyone looking to add a beautiful, quality figure to their growing collections that will attract the eyes of all who lay eyes upon her. 

Okami-San and Her Seven Companions 1/8th Scale PVC: Ryoko Okami

Produced by the ALTER Corporation and licensed by the joint association of ASCII Media Works and J.C. Staff as part of their officially licensed Okami-san line of products, the 1/8th Scale Okami-san and Her Seven Companions PVC Ryoko Okami figure is expected to see global market release towards the end of this month (February 2011) in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 7,070 Yen (excluding taxes). Unfortunately, I was unable to discover exactly who sculpted this figure, but it was done for the ALTER Corporation.
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Ryoko Okami
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Ryoko Okami
Since I am new to the entire Okami-san and Her Seven Companions anime as well as the Okami-san franchise, I had to at first research more information regarding the Okami-san anime as well as it's main female protagonist, Ryoko Okami on both AnimeVice and AnimeNewsNetwork. I first came across this figure when browsing the line up of upcoming figure releases on ALTER's site (through Google Translator, since the site is in Japanese), and had originally intended to feature her two weeks ago, but I decided to wait until a later date closer to the actual release date. Scowling at those who dare to look her in the face, Ryoko Okami shoots a cold, intense glare at all who attempt to make eye contact with her. The intricate detail and care that ALTER has put into her is nothing short of amazing, from the details on her school outfit down to the stern expression she has on her face. She comes with her infamous Neko Neko Knuckles on her belt and to my knowledge, she has no swappable/removable parts on her. I am not 100% sure what about this figure captured my attention to the point that I decided to feature her, but in the end, I know a good figure when I see one, and with ALTER behind the reins, this figure is sure not to disappoint whoever decides to add her to their expanding collection. She would make a great addition for the figure collector who is looking for a high-quality figure that will not break the bank in the process. Perhaps one of these days I will look into Okami-san and Her Seven Companions, especially after reading the good things that FoxxFireArt had to say about it in his earlier blogs.
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Ryoko Okami
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Ryoko Okami
Height: 195 Mm (19.5 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia and expected to see global release later this month [February 2011])
Price: 7,070 Yen (roughly $84.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Okami-san and Her Seven Companions franchise, Ryoko Okami, or anyone looking to make a great addition to their figure collection that will not put the hurt on their wallets. 

Fate/stay Night 1/8th Scale PVC: Rin Tohsaka (UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS Version)

Produced by the Good Smile Company and licensed by the joint association of TYPE MOON and the Fate-UBW Project as part of their official line of products related to the hit anime movie Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS, the 1/8th Scale Fate/stay Night PVC Rin Tohsaka figure is expected to see global market release in May 2011 in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 8,730 Yen (excluding taxes). It was crafted by the talented figure sculptor Ken Yokota for the Good Smile Company.
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS)
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS)
As a fan of the Fate/stay Night franchise (having both read the entire manga series and completed 70% of the hit anime show), I was interested in the fact that there was a movie that re-told part of the Fate/stay Night story, so I decided to take a deeper look into it. After browsing around for several minutes, I came across this amazing figure of female character and powerful magus Rin Tohsaka, surrounded by various swords and holding her red pendant in her hand as her long brown hair swirls around her. She comes with a swappable sword Azoth that replaces her pendant on her left hand and to my knowledge, that is the only part of her that can be changed. Seeing the great quality that both sculptor Ken Yokota and Good Smile have put into her is amazing, from her flowing brown hair to the swords sticking out of the base down to the overall appearance of her outfit, this is one figure that is sure not to disappoint whoever adds her to their collection. She would make a great addition to the figure collector that is looking for a high quality figure that will make a eye-catching and interesting addition to their collection.
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS)
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS)
Height: 180 Mm (18 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia and expected to see global release in May 2011)
Price: 8,730 Yen (roughly $104.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Fate/stay Night franchise, the Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS film, Rin Tohsaka, or the figure collector looking to make a great addition to their collection that will get noticed by all who lay eyes upon her.

Nendoroid Corner: Fortune Arterial Nendoroid Non-Scale PVC: Erika Sendo

In this installment of the Nendoroid Corner, we will be looking into another of Good Smile Company's amazing nendoroids. This week, we feature Erika Sendo from the popular Fortune Arterial franchise, known for it's Japanese adult visual novels and the recently released anime show. Produced by the Good Smile Company in cooperation with Nendoron and in the joint association of ASCII Media Works, AUGUST, and Zexcs as part of their official line of Fortune Arterial products, the Non-Scale Fortune Arterial Nendoroid PVC Erika Sendo figure is expected to see global market release around June 2011 in Japan and via Good Smile's site for roughly 3,500 Yen (excluding taxes). It was crafted by the talented figure sculptor JUN (E.V.) for the Good Smile Company.
Nendoroid Corner: Erika Sendo (with Chair, Tea Cup and Saucer)
Nendoroid Corner: Erika Sendo (with Chair, Tea Cup and Saucer)
Being new to the Fortune Arterial anime as well as the Fortune Arterial franchise, I had to spend some time researching this franchise on both AnimeVice and Wikipedia at first so I could learn more information regarding 5th-year student Erika Sendo, the main female lead in both the Fortune Arterial anime and visual novels. She comes with multiple swappable arms and legs that allow for various poses, as well as a chair along with her white tea cup and saucer to pose with. Erika comes with 3 faces, her winking face (pictured above), a smiling face, and her red-eyed serious vampire face that can be changed to the collector's preferences. I am still not a big fan of these nendoroids, but with each one of these Good Smile nendoroids that I feature in every new preview, I am slowly becoming more and more interested in these mini figures and their unique appearances compared to normal scale figures. Once again, Good Smile along with Nendoron and figure sculptor JUN have done a incredible job with this nendoroid, from her overall appearance down to the colorful details on every visible part of her. She would make a colorful and cute addition to the collector's expanding nendoroid collection who is looking for a good quality figure that they can purchase for a decent price and make the centerpiece of their collection.
Nendoroid Corner: Erika Sendo (with Serious Red-Eyed Vampire face)
Nendoroid Corner: Erika Sendo (with Serious Red-Eyed Vampire face)
Height: 100 Mm (10 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Good Smile's site via the Sofmap link. Expected global release is June 2011)
Price: 3,500 Yen (roughly $42.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Fortune Arterial franchise, Erika Sendo, or anyone looking to add a bight, adorable nendoroid that is of high quality coming from Good Smile and Nendoron.
 
LINK: Fortune Arterial Non-Scale Erika Sendo (Good Smile)
 
This concludes this week's Weekly Figure Preview. Next week's line up to be announced on my AnimeVice profile by this weekend. 
 
* William Anderson is currently attending classes at Butte College in the process of earning a Radio/TV/Film Bachelor's Degree by 2012. He writes short stories, regularly contributes to both AnimeVice and Giant Bomb's wiki databases, and is trying to catch up on the anime shows that he has fallen more than 3 months behind on. If you have any questions or figure requests, please PM me today!
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