Friday, 31 December 2010

J's Chimes: Cleaning Clearing Models....


It's the time of year once again and had decided to do a major spring cleaning of my cabinets that houses my scale models and figures. It is wise to check your models and clean them occasionally because it might be stained or dirtied after exposing to the environment, which is especially so in Singapore because of its wet and humid weather.


I just had to take out and clean every single one of the models, figures and Gashapons that I had. Just as mentioned before about how PVCs may melt overtime, it is wise to clean it so that further damage would not occur to your hard earned models... This is especially so to gashapons as they are made of poor quality plastic materials that may melt overtime when exposed to the environment...


After which, I would rearrange the placement of the Gashapons at the bottom of the display cabinet. I absolutely adore the Mecha Musume series which look similar to Sky Girls or the anime Strike Witches. However, the materials melt and thus would have to do a really thorough cleaning to wipe off the stickiness of the melted plastic that covers the figure.


The second level displays my classic anime figures that I collect from years ago till now. The arrangement is kinda bad though because of the mixture of small to medium sized figures... Well, due to space constraints it is inevitable to place it properly though...


The 3rd level contains mostly the BOME series from Kaiyodo and some miscellaneous models from Evangelion to The Revoltech figure boxes behind... I love BOME series models because its rather detail and nice. However, it seems that the series had stopped somehow...


My favorite models are placed on the 4th level within eye level. Scale models include Pixie Hoyori, Nagato, Mina, etc. My figmas are also placed behind in boxes... One of the problems with figma figures is that I just do not know where to find a place to store their additional parts. And I just couldn't make a wonderful pose for the figures to display, and thus they stay in the box for safe keeping... Occasionally took them out to play for a bit...


The 5th level also displays some of the few models that I loved too. Also making way for this shelf space for the newer models am getting next year... Yup... Some of my scale models are still inside the box. Sometimes I just couldn't bare to expose them into the environment. And the box looks so cool too that its unbearable to throw them away...


The highest level sits a couple of models which also may be retired soon enough as newer models are being bought next year. Behind sits 2 figures of Mikuru which is wrapped in plastic. The top of the cabinet is considered as the blind spot of my collections as you'd rarely paid attention to it because its so darn high... Ya can't put Gashapons there and would seem to be the most neglected corner of all...

Thursday, 30 December 2010

J's Chimes: TA-Q-BIN


TA-Q-BIN is a courier service based in Japan but had recently establish itself in the Singapore market. I only got to know of this company back when they had displayed their services at the Anime Festival Asia X (AFAX) back in November 2010. A survey was done to allow more people to get to know about TA-Q-BIN and a gift will be sent to them upon completion of the survey. Well it had finally arrived at my doorstep yesterday and am eager to open up the contents...


Was rather happy with the service as they would message you about the product date of arrival and will call you on that day of delivery. Rather smooth transaction which is similar to Speedpost in Singapore. But sad to say I would rarely use this service because ain't really got anything bulky to send or received in Singapore, not to mention overseas... (Unless... J's Chimes could have a contest and would use TA-Q-BIN to deliver the goods to those lucky winners...lol)


The contents include a TA-Q-BIN mascot plushy, a 'manual' fan and a letter of gratification. Not much for a surprise but its the thought that counts. Imagine having to deliver the same stuff round Singapore for those who take the survey and got the freebies... Anyway, now the Cat is displayed on my computer desktop... (Because it looks like Fenix the Cat from a classic cartoon...)


For more information about TA-Q-BIN, you might wanna visit their main website for Singapore residents at http://sg.ta-q-bin.com/. Perhaps you have some stuff to deliver so a best time to find a courier would be now...

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

J's Chimes: Time For A Drive...


Late posts nowadays? That's probably because am learning to drive now starting this month at the Bukit Batok Driving Center in Singapore. Too much Itasha influence too also resulted in me wanting to get a license too so that I could one day own a car and start scribbling it too with some anime characters... Well perhaps it's still too early to say since there's a sudden increase in car taxes and expenses in Singapore. Even so it's still vital for me to get a license so that it would be beneficial i future and when I wanna get my car to have a complete makeover... lol. Danny Choo here I come!

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

J's Chimes: Capsule Hotels


Capsule Hotels are unique in Japan because of the rooms that guests checks in and offers a cheaper alternative for those staying for a night. Hotels are really expensive in Japan and especially so in busy areas like Central Tokyo. Thus to maximize usage, Capsule Hotels offer guests a room in a shape of space capsules and basic amenities for a night's stay.


A typical example of a capsule room is as shown above where guests climb into their rooms or known as pods. These rooms are design just enough for you to sleep inside comfortably for the night. However these area is shared between other guests so it might get a bit noisy at times.


An example of space limitations for a simple capsule room. Perfect for anyone who just needs a night of sleep and traveling. Seriously why spend more for a hotel stay when you could have this at cheaper rates.


Basic amenities would include a tv, hanging rack and lights in a capsule. You would probably have to sleep with your bags inside unless you'd wanna use the lockers provided but it would cost more. Other than that, there are other amenities which include toilets and a eatery which is shared and located in the vicinity.


An example of a small canteen in the hotel. All food can be bought via vending machines. And 1 thing amazing was that the hotel is almost self-service without staffs in operation besides the room servicing and maintenance workers. A truly unique concept which could be seen in Japan as most things are automated.

Monday, 27 December 2010

J's Chimes: When Management Meets Manga


Surprisingly, Peter Drucker; a management guru, has somehow blend into the Japanese culture as a book by Natsumi Iwasaki. A pure coincidence maybe since am doing a Management Degree too. I guess management practices will soon be a hit in Japanese animes prompt the industry to go into that genre real soon... But who knows? But whether or not the public would accept this is another story... Click on the picture to read more about it.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

J's Chimes: Reaching You Live...


With the second season of Kimi No Todoke announced coming next year, let's look back into the previous storyline in part 1. Well it seems like the first season has received great popularity that it has become a live action movie in Japan. Somehow or rather this wasn't shown in other countries though. Anyhow, this is the trailer for Kimi Ni Todoke back quite some time ago.


The live action movie trailer is more or less the same as the anime and in comparison, the female lead actress for Kuronuma Sawako resembles a lot. But it's just too bad this movie wasn't shown elsewhere... In any case, season 2 is coming real soon after this season's anime so am looking forward to it...

Saturday, 25 December 2010

J's Chimes: A Ronery Christmas


Christmas is supposedly a day of joy and giving but to ronery people out there, it may be somewhat of a sad day where you'd would probably be celebrating at home with your anime characters. Couples wouldn't probably understand why and think these are creepy...


Some would go to the extend of purchasing a sumptuous meal to ease their loneliness and indulge, while other worship their favorite anime characters and spend this special day with them.


Don someone with dakimakura and you'd get an anime character in 3D right in your house to celebrate with.... What a great ideal. Somehow or rather, KFC is pretty popular as a christmas meal...


It somehow even looks like a praying altar now that you mention it... Well, this is the life of a single guy without any girlfriends to celebrate with...

Friday, 24 December 2010

J's Chimes: Happay Christmas Eve Greetings


Today's Christmas Eve, so have you bought your presents yet or prepare to have a sumptuous meal and party all night long till tomorrow? 2010 is ending real soon and looking back, one could only wonder what the future might hold. Anyway let's keep our heads up high and look forward to celebrating and wishing all the best for the days ahead... And more good animes to be aired real soon...

Thursday, 23 December 2010

J's Chimes: Cupboard Gundam


Someone has extremely lots of free time and decided to make a Gundam out of ordinary cupboard boxes. Surprisingly, it turns out really well for a mere USD$25. I seriously do not know how he did it because cupboard boxes are quite fragile and bulky pieces to work with. Not to mention it doesn't really last long...


Well what ever the case, this is really awesome as its posable and looks fantastic and detailed. However the case, this is not a cosplay but just a statue but with works like this, nothing really comes close...

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

J's Chimes: Animes Worth Waiting For...

1.) Freezing

The coming season will be a killer with plenty of nice animes coming your way. And amazingly, the manga 'freezing' is apparently in the list as an upcoming anime. Been waiting for this a long time just like Highschool of the Dead.

2.) Kimi Ni Todoke 2

Yup, it's back again! The ever so popular and romantic anime that even had a live action drama is back with season 2. A definite must watch because the storyline is really nice. So now's the time to watch season one for those who had yet to watch it.

There are also plenty of new animes coming up next season. However I really do not have any idea of what these will be but they are some of the popular ones that are most anticipated for 2011.

3.) Puella Magi Madoka Magica
4.) Yumekui Merry
5.) Go Sick
6.) IS (Infinite Stratos)
7.) Dragon Crisis!
8.) Level E
9.) Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
10.) Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!

Hopefully they turn out just as well like these season. But only time will tell next year...

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

J's Chimes: Season Anime Ends


This season's end is fast approaching and most animes will end either this week or the next. Popular animes like Ore No Imouto had already ended and many others will follow. However the fate of anime lies in the balance with only 2 more seasons to go until June where the new ordinance will kicked in to restrict adult themed animes from appearing. So it's best to enjoy them while ya still can and hope for a miracle to happen...

Monday, 20 December 2010

J's Chimes: The Difference between 2D And 3D...


Unless you are born rich, charismatic, good-looking or masculine, you would probably be able to get a beautiful girl on the left. But mostly, this isn't the case with people like us. And as such, 2D anime would be the only option for a girlfriend that could accompany you at home. Much of these examples could well be seen in love simulation games in the market. So what exactly are the differences between 2D and 3D girls?

1.) Proportions - You could probably get the right 3 sizes of your favorite girl with little flaws...
2.) Personality - From Tsundere to Yandere, Cute to Bossy types, you could get your favorite in these games...
3.) Money & Dating - Ya don't need to spend a single cent on dates and stuff. (Except the price of your game and electricity bills)
4.) Feelings - Somehow or rather, 2D doesn't betray you. (Unless you got a bad ending) Nevertheless, they won't cheat you of your feelings.

However so, there are certainly some things you couldn't do without a 3D girlfriend as feelings in real time are different in comparison with something out of your monitor screen. But points 1 - 4 will probably be something to toggle with...

Sunday, 19 December 2010

J's Chimes: Console Gaming


It's been a long time since I've touch my game consoles and would probably be spending some time playing my xbox 360 these days. Bought Final Fantasy 13 just recently so thought of trying it out. Yup, regardless of many bad reviews and stuff, I'd still bought it due to the fact that Final Fantasy had been with me for a long time since childhood. Hopefully it doesn't turn out just as bad as the reviews...

Saturday, 18 December 2010

J's Chimes: Japan Love Hotels


Ever wonder what love hotels would look like inside? Well surprisingly, it's not your average hotels in which you would see when you travel. The interiors are so well furnished and attractive that it would amazed you with each room you visit. Yup, the rooms are furnished into many different themes and taste preferences according to customers demands... One such example would be this Hello Kitty above.


Even the common corridor is well furnished and look different. Perhaps to get people into the mood and arouse your excitement?


There are seriously many different themes in each room and one such would be this cage-in bed which sort of gives an SM theme to it. Talk about creativity...


And if you'd like to reminisce your childhood past, how about a room which reassembles a carousel? I didn't even know they could actually do that in a small room...


The bathrooms are also uniquely design and could well be better than your house... Well, if you love some bubble time with your loved ones, I don't see why not...


Some themes for the rooms are absolutely beautiful that they look so much like a museum of arts rather than a love hotel room. I think one would spend more time admiring the room rather than doing what you'd supposed to do here...


However, these rooms doesn't really come cheap. What surprises me is that Love Hotels are able to scrap out a profit though Japan is ranked as one of the least sexually active country in the world as to compared with others.

Friday, 17 December 2010

J's Chimes: Creative & Humorous Condom Ads


One of the most least talked about topic would be sex due to the fact that Singapore is a very much conservative country. And even if you do, there certainly will be stares around you and people would be disgusted about this. However so, condoms have a very long history and first developed about 90 years ago and were made with many different types of materials. Not to mention different sizes, fit, flavor... er, you get the point. Anyway, let's just look into 10 ads that would surely lift your eyebrows...


Well, Durex fits all sizes as depicted on the ad... The third person is probably the strangest of all that's for sure...


Looks kinda pure and innocent but you should get the picture what it's trying to say... For others, let's just say that is a very long pencil with toy on it's tip...


There's only one word to describe a guy in that position and that is 'overload'... whereas there are plenty of words for the other...


It would be really bad if you were in a situation such as this. Really heavy and so much so that you'd need to drag it down the beach with you...


I remember Duracell batteries uses a pink rabbit for its ads depicting that it could last very long with its batteries. Well, Durex got a bit more creative by making it everlasting just like the power of that battery...


Features lubricants that could help with a smooth entry... But it wouldn't be this hard until you'd scratch the table without it ya?


Does so means that it feels.... good... Even with it on, it feels.... good....


What it means is that it could last so long that you'd even drink tons of water to avoid exhaustion... And it still doesn't break and goes on and on...


The worse thing that could happen is to have our third leg hitting on the pole when in the competition... Though you'd manage to jump past it, doesn't mean your other leg have similar reflexes...


Personally, my favorite ad would be this because in many sense it is simple and yet still depicts what it supposed to. Probably the most creative of them all...

Thursday, 16 December 2010

J's Chimes: Anime Roundup

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How would you like to see many different animes come together all in one into one flash animation? An amazing animation by go-devil-dante which features theoretically some famous animes you've seen on tv. Having said so, its a bit of BL content but the animation makes up for it as its transitions and quality is really good. Ya can visit his site at deviantart.com. For a higher quality version of this animation, you can visit the link here.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

J's Chimes: Anime For President!


Well even the president loves anime... But for some reason or another Shinyaku Ika Musume is being aired somehow. Anime has been around for many years and loved by many fans alike. However in recent events happening in Japan, it seems like the government is taking action against matured theme and ecchi animes that might harm their society. It is especially shocking because animes like To Love Ru were also affected by the ordinance and laws to be implemented real soon in the middle of next year. Hopefully someone is able to do something about it before it passes down and becomes a real law, else the anime industry will perhaps suffer a really big blow and dampens the industry...