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September, 2010:

Recent arrivals

The other day, I received a package from Hobby Search (my first order from them!).
A fairly small order, but it contained two things I wanted and couldn’t buy elsewhere.
最近、ホビーサーチから注文されたものをもらいました。(初めての注文です!)
結構小さな注文なんだけど、ほかの店で買えなかったものが入れていました。

Aryanna + new goods!
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new K-ON!! chara songs


When I found out K-ON! was getting a second season (twice the size of the first, even!) I was really excited not only for the adaptation of the comics, but also the new music. I’ll leave my opinions for the OP/EDs for another post because what I want to talk about today is the new character songs!

Yui’s tracklist is as follows:
1) Oh My ギー太!! (Oh My Giita!!)
2) しあわせ日和 (Shiawase Hiyori [“Blissful Weather”? this is a little hard for me to translate, seems like it would be more like “a great time to be happy” or something like that? I’m unsure ^^;;])
3) Come with Me!!(唯Ver.) (Come with Me (Yui ver.)
followed by instrumentals of the three above tracks

Oh My ギー太!! is really cute, essentially a pop love song to her guitar (very Yui, right? XD). This makes two Yui songs dedicated to her guitar (ギー太に首ったけ was the first).
しあわせ日和 is the more mellow track, although it still has a beat, much like Sunday Siesta. It’ll probably grow on me eventually, but right now I’m not enjoying it as much as Sunday Siesta and the lyrics are kind of meh, even for Yui XD; (I appreciate her…. quirky style sometimes but I can’t help tuning out when I listen to this one. The spoken bit is classic natural-airhead Yui: “That puppy just now… was it really a puppy I wonder. Maybe it was a small dog, an adult dog… Haa… it was so cute.”)

Come with Me!! was actually pretty disappointing for me. It’s not bad per se, but “Let’s go” was a lot more exciting and had a rock feel to it. Come with Me!! is… I’m not sure how to describe it, but… I almost want to say a carnival feel? Not even pop – this is way too childish for standard Japanese pop (or at least the stuff I end up listening to). It’d be less of a disappointment if this wasn’t the group song that will be on every character’s single :/

Moving on!

Mio’s tracklist:
1) 青春Vibration (Seishun Vibration [Youth Vibration])
2) 蒼空のモノローグ (Soukuu Monologue [Blue Sky Monologue])
3) Come with Me!!(澪Ver.) (Come with Me!! (Mio ver))

青春Vibration is a nice pop-rock track that reminds me of my favorite Card Captor Sakura song XD (sorry, that’s the first thing I thought of!) I’ll have to go through the lyrics more carefully, but they seem to have some potential and aren’t forced rhythmically speaking.

蒼空モノローグ is Mio’s requisite ballad. It’s very calm and full of (presumably Mugi’s) keyboard as the main accompaniment. As with Yui, I prefer Mio’s first track-2 (Hello little girl), but I don’t dislike it. I just keep losing focus, so I suppose that makes it suitable background music… XD;

And we already know how I feel about the last track. (No, having Mio as a singer does not save it, sorry.)

So, should you get them? It depends.
If you’re a serious K-ON! fan, then you’ll probably want them no matter what.
If you’re a casual K-ON! fan and Yui and/or Mio are your favorites, then it’s probably worth your money, since the covers are gorgeous and singles are comparatively inexpensive.
If you don’t really care about K-ON! there’s nothing to impress you, so I wouldn’t bother, unfortunately.

DD Rin want!


(Image from Volksusa’s site)

I wanted to wait to post about this until I’d actually obtained her, but I have to mention it.
もう手に入れたまでに黙りたかったんだけど、もう我慢できません!

I want DD Rin!! :nibaihato:
DD凛がめっちゃほしぃ!! :nibaihato:

Every time I see her, my heart stops~ :kiraheart:
いつも見てると、ハートがきゅん!としちゃいます~ :kiraheart:

aaah so gorgeous~ :nibaihato:
あ~ぁす・て・き~ :nibaihato:

*coughs* anyway.
えーと、ま。話は続きますね。

She’s currently going for around ¥120k on y!Ja. Including deputy fees and shipping, that becomes about $1700USD.
ヤフオークションに12万円に売っているそうです。買うサービス料金と送料をこめて、約1万7千ドラルになります。

Right now that’s just too expensive. I can’t afford it. (T_T)
今にはなんか高すぎですよぉ。買えないのです(T_T)

But, definitely, one day.
でも、きっと、いつか。

I will have her!
手に入れるもん。約束します!

Umineko PS3 Adaptation Announced!

Umineko no naku koro ni will have a PS3 adaptation done by Alchemist, who also did the adaptations for the Higurashi games.
うみねこのく頃にはPS3バージョンになりそうです!ひぐらしが作ったアルケミストは作りそうです。

Although I have a certain fondness for the original sprites (Maria and Gohda’s faces in particular just don’t come across the same way in other styles, somehow), I’m excited for this release and have already placed a pre-order through amiami.jp :hee: (The 15% discount on the price definitely didn’t hurt!)
オリジナルのたちえが気に入った(特にまりあと郷田の顔がほかの描き方に全然違うになると思います)けど、私はこのゲームソフトにすごく楽しみにしています!もう予約しましたしね :hee:

The best part about this announcement is that the original bgm tracks will be used :uehato:
最高のニューズはサウンドノベルに使った音楽が使いそうです! :uehato:

It’s just not Umineko without them :nibaihato:
あれがないなら、やっぱり「うみねこ」じゃないでしょうね! :nibaihato:

I’ve also placed a pre-order for note.13 of the anime adaptation but since there aren’t any good promo images for that yet I’ll save it for another post~
あとはノート。13のDVDを予約しましたが、今はあまりいい写真が見つからないので、まだそのことを書かないほうがいいと思うのです。

New shiny arrival!

Yesterday I sat anxiously waiting for a package to be delivered to me~
昨日、ある小包を持っていました~

new shiny arrival!
What could it be~?
何でしょうねぇ~?
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Hand knit 60cm size sweaterdress test

After missing out on the knit set on the Volks website (I was only a few minutes too late! but it was :ng: ) I decided to whip out my knitting needles and make something.
ボークスのニットセットが買えなくなっちまったから (3分ぐらいミスしたけどもう :ng: になちゃった)自分で何かを作ろうと思っていました。

This was the result.
これはその結果なのです。
This is actually my third prototype of the dress, and I think I’m finally happy with the design (first was too tight, second was too loose… kinda like Goldielocks and the three bears.. XD)
実は、これは3番目のプロトタイプなので、このデザインは十分いいと思います。(最初は狭すぎで、次はルーズすぎで。。。まるでゴールディロックスですねw)

pink sweaterdress
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