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July, 2010:

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep preorder

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep


(image from the amazon pre-order page)
(イメージはアマゾンの要約ページから)

I’ve been on a little bit of a pre-order binge lately, and this is my latest: KH:Birth by Sleep for PSP. I love the Kingdom Hearts series – I’ve been following it ever since the first PS2 game came out in the US (somewhere in 2002 I think?).
最近ちょっと要約買いすぎで、これは昨日要約したの:PSPのキングダム・ハーツ:バース・バイ・スリープ。アタシ、キングダム・ハーツが大好きです!最初のPS2ゲームがアメリカで出た時からずっと好きでしたよ~(あれは2002年ぐらいだったかしら)

After I played through the game, I really wanted to hear the Japanese voice acting, so I bought KH: Final Mix (and a shiny silver Japanese PS2!)….
ゲームをやった後、日本語の声優がどうしても聞きたかったから、ファイナル・ミックス(とキラキラして銀色の日本のPS2)を買っちゃいました…
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settling for a temporary layout

No end to the sky-scraping adverts
(photo mine, of Akihabara in January, 2006, during my first visit.)
(写真は自分の、2006年1月に秋葉原、アタシの初めて行く時に)

So, since I’m leaving for Japan in less than a week (!!) I’ve decided there’s no way for me to finish a complete blog layout (my coding skillz are kinda rusty… :bhdown: ) I’ve just hijacked this rotating headers one and created a few headers for now. Hopefully I’ll take some better photos soon so I can make prettier ones XD;
んで、一週間以下日本に行きますから(!!)、新しいスキン作れるわけない(アタシのコードスキルズはけっこうへたくそになっちましたorz)ので、この変わるヘッダーのスキンを使って、新しいヘッダーを作りました。もっといい写真をとればいいのにね、もっときれいなヘッダーを作りたいのですから~

I also owe reviews for figma Mio, figma Yui, figma fighting waitress!Mikuru, figma Kagami (winter ver)…. -_-; er, I’m pretty behind :skulldown:
あとは、figma澪、 figma唯、 figma戦うウェートレス!みくる、 figmaかがみ(冬服)…. ずいぶん落ちてしまいましたね :skulldown:

Oh! and these smilies are courtesy of Mitsu @ Universal Doll (the text-based ones) and Jays @ Babydoll.nu (Marie & other animated) :pachi: (well, I haven’t uploaded the Mitsu-emoji yet, but I probably will)
あっ!それで、この絵文字はMitsu @ Universal Doll (テキスト系の) と Jays @ Babydoll.nu (マリーちゃん & そのほかの動き絵文字)のおかげですよ!(まっ、まだテキスト系のをアップしていないんだけど、もうすぐそうするかもしれません。)

notice of content division

So, I’ve finally decided to segment my online blogging life and this blog has been more or less split in two!

milkypink.net will continue to exist as a personal blogging space for talking about random things.

miuofstars.net will take over Japan-related subjects, such as dolls, figures, games, manga, and anime. in addition, I’m making an effort to maintain it as a bilingual blog. I’m nowhere near fluent in Japanese, but practice has to happen somehow, right? XD; I’ll probably also post things from my upcoming trip to Japan there, as well. I haven’t yet decided whether I’ll copy over entries from tokyo-shoujo.net yet or not. I may well repost the 2008 trip reports on mos.net with photos included, though XD;

I’ve already copied over the relevant posts from here to there, but I won’t remove them from this blog (although I may link them later, not sure).

Sorry if this split makes things more annoying for anyone – I figure there are people who want to read about specific subject-related stuff and skip all the personal junk XD; everyone is still welcome to follow this blog, I’ll continue to post non-Japan reviews and maintain my 365photo task here so it won’t be completely neglected!

みぅのほしいもの

(there ought to be a better pun in there but I’m at a loss for now…)
(もっと面白いだじゃれがあったはずなのに、今思いつかないのですぅ -_-)
So! let’s start things off with the first edition of Miu’s Want List~
んじゃ、初「みぅのほしいもの」にレッツゴー!

Today it’s this:
今日はこれです:

colorware'd ipod touch, pink
image from Colorware
イメージはカラーウェアーからです

I want a Colorware’d iPod Touch in Glamour. 64GB of course, you shouldn’t expect anything less from the girl who insists on carrying her music library around with her all the time (although I think I might cut back a bit to make room for vids on it…) and in reality, there’s no way I’m pulling the trigger until this year’s update comes out (hopefully with a camera!).
「グラマー」色のカラーウェアーしたiPodタッチがほしいのですぅ~もちろん64GBのですよ~いつも音楽コレクション全部を持つ少女はそれ以下を買うわけがないでしょうねぇ。(でも今度ちょっと遠慮した方がいいかもと思います。ビデオ入れるためにね。)現実には今年のモデルが出る前に、買うつもりは全然ないのです。(今度は絶対にカメラ付き!絶対にね!待ってましたからね!)

But, I want~~
Glamour is really a gorgeous color, super sparkly and shiny in person~ (I ordered a swatch to be absolutely sure I loved it. I do.)
でも、ほしぃぃ~~
「グラマー」は本当にものすごくきれいな色ですよ~キラキラしてかわいいですぅ~(サンプル買ったんだから、ちゃんと気に入ったのを確かめましたw)

what tech are you lusting after lately? any experience with Colorware? good? bad?
皆さんは今、何のテックがほしいのですか?カラーウェアーの経験がある人いますか?勧めます?勧めないのですか?

まだ未完成。。。

186 of 365

サイトはまだまだ未完成ですけど、なんか、「もう書きたいもん!」って思ってたから、ついスキン選んで、自分のを完成してるまでにこれを使うのですぅ。
So, the site’s still not finished yet, but, I kinda felt like “I want to write already!!” so I chose a skin and will use it until I finish my own.

じゃ!はじめに、このブログのトピックは何でしょう~?
What will the topics of this blog be?

まずは、かわいいもの!
First of all, cute things!

それはもちろんですねぇ~
Naturally~

次はディジ・テックのものですぅ!つまり、ノートとかカメラとかiPodとかPSPとかね!
Also, digi.tech things! In other words, things like laptops, cameras, iPods, PSP…

ほかには、人形やフィギュアです。
Other than that, dolls and figures.

まっ、たぶん2Dのことも話すかもしれません。アニメや漫画、ゲームも少し話すかもっすね。
Oh, I’ll probably also talk about 2D stuff. Anime, manga, and maybe a bit about games, too.

あっ!もちろん日本に関係のことも話しますよ~
Ah! And of course anything related to Japan~

実は、これはアタシの2番目のブログですよ。ほかのは「milkypink.net」なんです。
Actually, this is my second blog. The other is “milkypink.net”

じゃぁ、なぜこれを作ったのでしょうか?
So, why did I make this?

それはつまり、ここが興味のとこで、そこは自分だけのとこなのです。
いろんなメディアがすきな人はたぶん、アタシのことをどうでもいいかもしれないですけど、アタシが買ったものとか、何のアニメが見てるのか、興味がありますから、わけにしようと思いました。
The reason for that is, this is the place for my interests, and that is the place for things just about me.
For people who like various types of media, they might not care about me specifically, but they have an interest in what I’ve bought, or what anime I’m watching, so I thought I’d compartmentalize things a bit.

あとは、日本語を練習しようと思ってたんですから、これはいいチャンスだと思います。
Also, I was thinking I wanted to practice my Japanese, so this would be a good chance for that.

もう一度、よろしくお願いします!
Once again, thanks for reading!

(img mine, of Kagamin~)

Hogfather & All She Was Worth

A couple of mini-reviews of the books I’ve read lately:

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

The 20th book in the Discworld series (and yes, I’m reading them in order – I find they tend to make a little more sense that way), about average Discworld length, possibly a bit longer than that, and focuses on Death (and his granddaughter, Susan). I tend to prefer the books involving Death, so that automatically makes it interesting for me, but I found Hogfather to actually be a bit creepier than most of the Discworld novels I’ve read. I can’t quite pinpoint why (although it might’ve been Teatime). Reading it now gave an additional “Christmas in July” feel so I’m not sure if it would have seemed less strange and/or more appropriate if I’d read it in December XD;

All She Was Worth – Miyuki Miyabe

This book was written by an author I’d never heard of previously, but happened to pick during a particularly ambitious book-buying spree on amazon. (I have two more books by completely new authors still waiting for me.) I don’t quite remember how it got recommended to me, I imagine it was through a (Haruki) Murakami page. ASWW is a fairly straightforward detective novel, in the sense that the protagonist is a detective and spends the entire time trying to unravel What Happened. Naturally there are some additional scenes, giving background on the protagonist and his life, but that’s generally overshadowed by the investigation and the information learned about the subject’s life and personality. I was a little disappointed that there was no shown confrontation at the end, as it felt a bit like things were left hanging. I suppose you can come to the conclusion that everything unfolded just as the detective had discovered it, and I suppose the motive for the actions was clear enough… but I somehow still prefer to hear it straight from the character’s mouth. It wasn’t a bad ending, just not my preferred one. (Also, the fact that there were at least three or four blank pages at the back of the book didn’t help any, but that’s a publishing/printing choice, I believe.)

I should note that I read these two books in quick succession, as I seem to always do. Hogfather at least took a couple nights to work through, but All She Was Worth was read from beginning to end last night XD; That was unintentional, but not unprecedented. I’m wondering whether to wait a bit before starting on In the Miso Soup or Out (I’ve also got Kinki Lullaby and Jingo but I’m saving those, one because KL’s the last Billy Chaka book and Jingo because, well, I just read a Discworld book.)

I always welcome book recommendations and questions about books that I’ve read! Feel free to leave a comment here, or on my 2010 book list page :hee:

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