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K-ON! plush guitar and Super DX Yui plush

While I was traveling recently, I visited an anime shop and, despite just having been in Japan recently, bought a couple of interesting things…

K-ON! plush ギー太
I initially discovered this pillow on jlist months ago, but couldn’t bring myself to buy it because I wasn’t sure if I would like it.
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Madoka Magica BD Vol 1

So I wasn’t sure if I’d be buying this BD because Madoka isn’t my most favorite series ever, but after episodes 11 & 12 I’ve really come to appreciate the series as a whole and I’d like to support it.

まどか☆マギカ BD vol 1
Overall packaging (with my lovely assistant Saku to help out, of course~ :heartbounce: )
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May Expected Arrivals

It’s time for May’s list!

Kousaka Kirino figma
(img from amiami) I’m a little less fond of Kirino’s figma incarnation than I am of her nendoroid, but she’s still cute XD and I love Kirino as a character (yes, even though she can be abrasive at times).

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January Arrivals

So this was meant to be an “expected arrivals” post, but I slacked off and didn’t finish it in time ( ; A;)

First up is the Golden Overload Trio!

Umineko no naku koro ni chiru: Twilight of the golden witch (うみねこのなく頃に散:Twilight of the golden witch)
(img from amiami)
episode 8 of the Umineko series which ostensibly brings the story to a close and answers all the questions Ryuukishi is going to answer XD; (until Umineko “Rei” gets released, perhaps…)

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December Expected Arrivals

This (past) month’s list is going to be a long one. I don’t know why everything comes out in December (Christmas, maybe?) or perhaps it’s just everything I want coming out in Dec, but either way…

Here we go…
Umineko no naku koro ni: Ronde of Witches and Deduction (PS3)
(img from amiami) It’s no secret I love Umineko, so this should be no surprise. Supposedly all pre-orders come with red & blue truth pens XD; We’ll see. I did take a look at the other preorder items from various stores, but some of them are kind of… strange XD; (the Ange money clip is pretty epic, though, I have to say.)

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HTT Cassette Passcase (K-ON! merch)

I first saw this passcase when I was in Tokyo recently, but passed on it initially due to me having no particular use for it.
But… the more I thought about it, the more I wanted it. Especially with the end of the anime T_T

HTT tape passcase
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October Expected Arrivals

this list is subject to change as I order more things but at this point it’s not likely until the end of the month, anyway.

figma Dead Master

I, er, still haven’t seen BRS, but I saw her and said “YES, MUST HAVE.” >_> Maybe it’s the curls, maybe it’s the expression…. or the fact that she comes with two floating skulls. Who knows~ :hee: but a very appropriate October release, assuming she gets here before Halloween XD;
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A Certain Language Study

とある語学の勉強

I love getting 2D merch that’s actually practical, because that way I can get things done and enjoy seeing my favorite characters~♥
For this reason, I own a lot of clear files and pencil boards XD; (My stationery collection, let me show you it.)

Currently I’m attacking grammar for the JLPT N2. The book on the left is the original study guide (which is actually sitting on top of the book I’m using to cross-reference so you can’t really see it XD;), then my notebook with Railgun pencil board, and finally my chosen writing arsenal for this task: a 0.3mm pink mechanical pencil, click eraser, and five colors of double-tipped hi-lighters (all bought from JetPens, by the way – I love that store :hee: )

Bonus closeup shot of Kuroko~~ (and her oneesama)

Kuroko~♥

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.

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