Monday, 28 February 2011

J's Chimes: 2D Becoming 3D Reality...


It's amazing that 2D graphics have achieved a level whereby such artwork made with 3D technology has advance so much... Compared with pictures a decade back, this is certainly stunning in anyway...


Don't really know who made this but it certainly looks real alright... of course I don't mean the face, but the outlining of the fabric from her clothes and even down to the strain of hair on the model. Reminds me of the CG animation movie Final Fantasy The Spirits Within...


Well... whoever says 2D girls aren't nice so think twice now that CG works are getting better and better in future... Even games like those from the Eroge Company Illusion had already made games with CG engines and 3D ready... Perhaps holograms would be a dream come true too...

Sunday, 27 February 2011

J's Chimes: Sushi Making Fun...

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I for one find this little toy pretty amusing and sushi making fans might probably like... Seems that some company decides to make sushi making into a little toy in which many could play with. It's pretty amazing how ya can make such stuff using just water and the powder given. However the case, these are none edible because of its chemical content... Nonetheless, it does look appealing even though its rather small... Such toys would probably not last because of what it's made off... Perhaps just for a short entertainment sake...

Saturday, 26 February 2011

J's Chimes: Scale Models Taking A Break Part 2


And so the mischief continues on with 'adorable' poses using your figma figurines of Nanoha and Lelouch. Now that's one way to play with your figures...


And here ya got Nagato solacing Rin... Perhaps Archer breaks her heart again for some apparent reason or another. Nevertheless, its cute to have Nendoroids dispaying facial expressions such as this.


Seems like Miku joins in the fray with Fate to kill Kyon... That is seriously some crazy mix of animations ya got there... Wonder where does Miku got her sword... Poor Kyon, killed with a smile on both his murderer's faces...


What do you get when you mix Kaito's dressing with Miku? Looks pretty cool though and makes me wanna do the same to my Nendoroids too... Didn't really tried mixing and match with their parts before and would probably do so some time...


Gundam and Zaku battles it out on a somewhat weird location where even the coffee table is not spared from the fight. Perhaps the tea is too hot for them to enjoy...


It's a revolution I tell ya... You may never know what happens to your models when leave unattended... They make very likely prepare for war with Fate and Nanoha in command...


And meanwhile, Lelouch is once again spoted doing some lewd things once again by kidnapping girls and exposing their pantsu for our viewers to see... talk about fan service...


Yotusba will become the next generation stormtroopers that will take over the galaxy...


Miku Kick proves fatal on just about every guy's privates. Never mess with the Vocaloids no matter how strong you may be...


And finally, Haruhi can't take Lelouch's betrayal anymore and decides to shoot herself... A shocked Lelouch watch her lying motionlessly on the ground with a smile on her face...

Friday, 25 February 2011

J's Chimes: Scale Models Taking A Break Part 1


Scale models are still humans and they do take a break from all that tiresome posing too in your display cabinets and cases. And some of their owners will then probably do some amazing tricks and stuff with them which is downright hilarious and a brand new way of playing with your models and figurines... And so you have lelouch doing his thing while watching something as censored in this photo above...


On the backstage, Lucky Star characters do hate their own counterparts and you could even see some of them fighting for no apparent reason. And there ya see the twins laughing and taking photos of poor Konata...


Oh no! Ultraman is set ablaze by an intense inferno as emitted by Haruhi... And exactly from her butt... Morale of story? Never eat something hot and spicy...


Dinner is never moody with Reimu and Marisa... I just love it when they use Nendoroids for such instances... Pretty cute and nice.


And what will you get if you decide to piece up every single piece onto a Busou Shinki model? Not at all a pretty sight but probably a monstrosity... And just when ya thought it is supposed to be cool...


Rayman Rabbid decides to become a diva too together with the Idolmaster Girls... Somehow or rather, his fur blends with their costumes...


It's already a bit redundant to own 2 similar scale models. But a few hundred of them? And all of the same pose and looks... damn this looks creepy... Perhaps the owner wants a harem of girls to conquer the world...


It will be nice f your scale models or figurines decides to help you with the household chores. And here ya see Nagato beating some err... sweets for dinner?


It's kinda nice to mix your Nendoroids with other characters from different animes. And here ya have Binchotan and Nagato to spice up this awkward scene that supposed to be Kyon's part for staring at Nagato.


It's sometimes nice to have an artistic view of Saber with the house chandelier. Hmmm... Maybe I should do so too when I have the chance to...

Thursday, 24 February 2011

J's Chimes: Signs To A New Meaning...


Learning to drive due to the fact that the license may come in handy when I out to work. Then somehow or rather had come across these signs that gave a whole lot of another meaning to it. Kinda creative to a certain extend. Perhaps I may attempt to Itasha my car if I will to buy one in future too. Provided there would be a day till then... In any case, click on the picture to view a larger version of it...

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

J's Chimes: An English Surprise...

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Episode 7 of the famous ecchi anime Oniichan No Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara Ne (I don't love my brother at all) comes as a surprise to me due to the fact that the opening theme song is replace with an English song titled 'What Is Love?' sung by Haddway. I truly did not edit this as this is what's really being aired in this latest episode...

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The original opening theme song title Taste of Paradise can be view here as shown above. Still can't get used to the surprising theme song for episode 7 but somehow its unique in a way or another...

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And the original song 'What Is Love?' sung by Haddway can be viewed here. Retro songs MTVs are weird in some sense or another. I guess we are living in the 21st century now that's why...

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Perhaps the most shocking one was the ending theme of Oniichan No Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara Ne being replace with Lady Gaga's Bad Romance... With no apparent reason at all, this however seems pretty nice and strange for it to appear in an anime such as this. Not that I want to complain because it seems pretty cool in a way or another...

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And this would be the original theme song for the ending credits of Oniichan No Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara Ne. Suddenly this song seems so cute as to compare to after hearing Lady Gagas voice... It's kinda hard to adapt back now lol...

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The original MTV of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance can be viewed as above. So much more different than I would expect so why the heck is it suddenly put into this anime as an ending theme song is truly a mystery...

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

J's Chimes: Black Rock Shooter


An ordinary day indeed last Saturday for me until I received a mail that had won a prize for a draw and any ordinary kid would just go 'wahhh' in such circumstances. Known as Hobby Frontier, this online shop specializes in selling merchandises like scale models, figurines to anime goodies, etc. It comes as a surprise for me to won something on the net because I never did before in my entire life. Anyway, a special thanks to the people of Hobby Frontier for this amazing prize.


Received it yesterday evening and I must say, it's a little bgger than I would expected it to be. I saw this model being displayed in the Anime Festival Asia X convention held last year and was pretty much drawn by it... But because of its hefty prize tag, there's really nothing I could do unless I decided to crack more of my piggy banks.


Retails at around SGD$150 and above, this cannon version of Black Rock Shooter is probably one of the nicest scale models I'd ever seen. However it makes me ponder whether to get Gold Saw and Dead Master. Like any excited kid, first things first is to open up the box and play with the model...


This 1/8 scale model comes in 5 different parts namely the Rock Cannon, BRS herself, a unique base of a broken chunk of flooring, a chain and an interchangeable hair for her blue flame that runs in her eye. Sometimes its weird that the cannon is even larger than her body size... So how the heck is she able to use it as a weapon?


Had to use a bit of lighting to brighten up the figure for a photoshoot. In this case a warm light from a table lamp I found in storage for a long time... It sure brightens up certain areas alright...


Looks pretty impressive nonetheless and made me photo trigger happy. It's been awhile since there isn't really much anime conventions at this time of year.


For more details on Black Rock Shooter, you could visit their main website here or perhaps in Wiki to find out what it actually is here. There's also a free a 50min anime DVD of BRS if you do purchase GoodSmile's BRS Nendoroid or Figma so you could find out more about it.

Monday, 21 February 2011

J's Chimes: Catherine Parody...


This puzzle solving genre game titled Catherine had certainly been set sights by artists around to create a parody of it. I had yet to played this game before but from what I'd heard is that the puzzles are certainly difficult as hell and even the most veteran players couldn't very much complete it with ease. Leaving at that, the game cover is used to create something similar with other anime characters...


The very first would be from the anime Gintama where Hasegawa Taizou is being gobbled by Catherine's blossom... Perhaps a bit worse than the Catherine in the game... The cover and design totally resembles the one above except the looks are more hideous...


I totally had no idea what this anime is but it seems like a fan art or something with the exact similar poses but of different characters and name... Perhaps this looks to be the most pleasant of the ones above without a doubt. Who wouldn't want to be cupped in between a girl's blossom? But beware... both Catherines above are demons if ya haven't already know what their characteristics are...

Sunday, 20 February 2011

J's Chimes:Model And Scale Model


It's quite rare to see models posing with scale models of the very same kind. And even more rare to see a model cosplaying the exact same costume as Suzumiya Haruhi and her black bunny suit. Even better is that she looks about the same as her toy counterparts...


Whoever says 3D is bad should reconsider this... seriously... Perhaps this would change much of your thoughts...


Unfortunately the popularity of Suzumiya Haruhi has been dwindling ever since the new season's animes are up. Probably much of the fans now look up to Kirino Kousaka and other animes airing now... Maybe if you're fortunate enough, someone may just cosplay as this in some conventions happening around the world...

Saturday, 19 February 2011

J's Chimes: Touhou Monopoly...


Its bound to happen that the famous board game of all would come into anime customizations with the help of Touhou fan artists. Nicely done I must say and could even be used as a real Monopoly game board... Just simple click on the picture to enlarge and print it out. lol.


Monopoly has certainly come a long way and had most certainly played it when I was a kid. Though the original board looks like this, Monopoly has come into collaboration with many popular titles such as Star Wars to Transformers to create a board game of such. Well whatever the case, the Touhou version kinda looks nice...

Friday, 18 February 2011

J's Chimes: Dead Island


With the success of other zombie or apocalyptic games like Left 4 Dead, Dead Rising to Dead Space, it seems like a new type of survival horror game is in the works somehow. Titled Dead Island, the apocalypse now takes place on an island resort. Not much other details are given though expect that this would be another FPS game.


It is yet unclear when will this game be release but it would be the next best thing in zombie warfare after Left 4 Dead. Hopefully, there would be more reviews on such in the coming days ahead.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

J's Chimes: Kaomoji & Emoticons


Emoticons (emotional icons) are used to compensate for the inability to convey voice inflections, facial expressions, and bodily gestures in written communication. Some emoticons are better known as "smileys." Emoticons can be very effective toward avoiding misinterpretation of the writer's intents. In Japan, such emoticons known as Kaomoji Emotions are quite a norm in messages as a better way of expressing one's thought or feelings. Like they say, a picture speaks a thousand words. Some examples are as seen below...

m(_ _)m – I’m sorry. If you look good you’ll see a man nodding his head.

(^_^)/ – I’m excited.

(^_^;) – I’m uncomfortable/embarrassed. A man with a drop of sweat on his face.

(>^_^)> ( ;_;) <(^_^<) – several emoticons together meaning two friends hugging their crying friend, or actually laughing at him.

>_< – Something on my mind.

T_T – crying.

@_@ – puzzled.

=^.^= – a cat.

There are many different variations and types of Kaomoji, some which requires a Japanese Input keyboard to type out the symbols for it. Kaomoji are also commonly use in sites like Facebook or even when talking to your friends. Yup they do originated here....

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

J's Chimes: Japanese Culture In Other Countries...


Anime and such aren't just popular in Japan, but also to other parts of the world as well. One such example would be Finland where this news and documentary titled Uutimixi tells us about the increasing popularity of this culture in their own country and such has led to fashions such as Lolita outfits and such worn there. Sometimes just thinking about it is amazing... And to think many people weren't very much in tune with the Japanese culture...

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

J's Chimes: At Least 2D Cares...


With Valentine's Day, manga artists scrambled to get their artworks of anime characters done with chocolates at hand. Probably because it is known that there would be people still being single on that day and a virtual imaginary girl giving chocolates would be the way to go to give some love to them... how ronery... But even so in this occasion, there are plenty of artworks worth looking for as some were pretty nice indeed.


And definitely for all K-On! fans... Wouldn't you love it if Azusa gave you some chocolates?


Anime To Aru Majutsu No Index. Probably one of the best side stories beside Railgun.


Infinite Stratos gets people to envy the main character really much due to his situation in which many guys would want.


Even if you gotta dream something bad, probably Yumekui Merry would help ya in your sleep. A chocolate isn't so bad too...

Monday, 14 February 2011

J's Chimes: Single On V. Day...


Once again the much dreaded Valentine's Day has come once again to haunt all singles out there and making people like us emo for the next 14hrs (Time may differ from different countries...) So what the heck could you do to make this a pleasant day without worrying over something like this? Perhaps this 10 tips may help you...

1. Stay Home, Stay Home And Stay Home

Perhaps the most effective way of not getting all emo is to stay at home... Valentine's Day is definitely not a day for singles to be walking around crowded streets filled with loving, hugging couples. There is no temptation at home, only your own stuff to keep you from having crazy thoughts.

2. Play A Game, Surf The Internet, Watch Some Videos

Things like playing a game or just surfing the internet for your favourite stuff might keep you from thinking about Valentine's Day. Time flies when you do just that and you'd realize that there are some things better than V. Day... Spoil yourself and play for longer hours to keep yourself occupied...

3. Avoid The News Or Any Other Forms Of Media On This Day...

I for so am 100% sure that something in regards to Valentine's Day would be aired on tv or any other forms of media, whether it is the news or some advertisements. So do stay away from such for just a day and your thoughts will not go wild then.... Rent a video, or just watch YouTube for some other forms of entertainment.

4. Get Busy With Your Hobby

Whether it's watching an anime, fixing up your Gundam model or taking photographs of your anime models, do something you like and continue to indulge in your hobby so that your spirits are lightened. It's never a dull moment playing with your passion...

5. Pamper Yourself, Order Pizza And Do Some Self Maintenance

Pamper yourself for today. Order some expensive food to eat, go to a spa, enjoy yourself as much as you can so that you know you are worth it. Make yourself happy instead of sulking on this ordinary day.

6. Buying Something Expensive For Yourself

Been saving your money for a rainy season? This is the one so it's ok to spurge now and buy something expensive for yourself so that you'd be happy. Get that item you'd always dream of... Pre-order your favourite toys or accessories. So now you'd have something to think of instead of some day like today...

7. If You Have A Pet, Play With It...

Your pets will bring you bundles of joy on this very day because when you show affection to it, it loves you more in return. Perhaps one of the best substitute for the crave of love for the time being. What other living things could give you joy now that you are alone on this very day being single?

8. Clean Up Your Room, Learn A New Skill, Do Something New

A good day to do something new for a change. Learn to cook, clean the house or even do some DIY for your own home. Learning to do something new is fun and obtaining a new skill could help you in your future endeavors through life... You may never know when you gonna need them and could come in handy...

9.Count Sheeps, Take A Nap Or A Good Sleep...

The best way to get through this dreaded day? Sleep! Yup... Time flies real fast when ya sleep. Forget about this ordinary day. Dream something nice. Rest your body well to prepare yourself for the next day....

10. Tell Yourself It Only Lasts For 24 Hours And Nothing More...

What the heck... Let's get this over and done with... Valentine's Day only last for a day and nothing more. It's just an ordinary day, a day that only happens once a year. Ya still got another 364 more days to be happy so why not just ignore this day for once? Perhaps this might straighten you up and look forward to the coming days ahead instead of just this...