2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Little Busters! Anime – Episode 01 Impressions

So, after more than one month without posting anything new (for various reasons I’m not going to rant about right now), I’ve decided to restart things with something I’ve been planning to do for a while – write about an anime at the same time it airs, and give my personal impressions regarding each episode. Well, what anime would be perfect for this? Little Busters!, of course~

It was with a great sense of trepidation that I, on the evening of Saturday, October 6th 2012, sat at my computer waiting for the first episode of the new Little Busters! anime to finish downloading. The feeling is the same as when, for example, your favourite book gets a movie adaptation – you can’t wait to see the characters actually moving around and speaking, instead of being stuck in the pages of the book and in your imagination. You can surmise, then, the immense feeling of joy I felt when an anime adaptation announcement was ‘unofficially’ (mistakenly? xD) leaked by Dengeki Magazine, and then promptly ‘officialized’ it on April 1st.

However, months later came some not-so-good news, which made me (and pretty much everyone who played the LB! Visual Novel) start to have a slight feeling of apprehension, because unlike all the other Key VNs that received anime adaptations, this one isn’t being made by Kyoto Animation. Following several rumours in late June/early July that KyoAni didn’t have any plans to produce Little Busters!, came the announcement that shocked quite a lot of fans – the production studio chosen by Key was J.C. Staff.

Now, I usually don’t worry too much about which studios produces which animes – I’m more interested in the stories of those yet-to-be animes, where they come from (Light Novels, Mangas, Visual Novels, original works, etc.) and how faithfully the studio transposes the stories to animation. The announcement that it would be J.C. Staff animating Little Busters! made pretty much everyone (including me, I’ll admit) moan in displeasure, because there’s this unwritten rule that says every Key Visual Novel that gets adapted to anime, must be adapted by Kyoto Animation. Unfortunately, I have yet to watch any of the three animes they made based on Key’s VNs – Clannad, Air and Kanon (I know, shame on me!). And while I do agree that KyoAni is one of the best, if not the best animation studio around, I don’t like assigning these labels to things. ‘Key VN adaptation must be made by KyoAni, otherwise => crap’. I say, let’s see what J.C. Staff can do, and then we’ll judge. I do want a perfect Little Busters! anime, mind you. I’m moments away from finishing the Visual Novel, and I absolutely loved it so far. It’s a story that has everything, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you stop and think about yourself, and crucially, it touches you deep in your heart when you’re least expecting it. I love it. And because of that, I’m secretly praying that J.C. Staff doesn’t mess everything up. There’s lots of stuff that can go wrong – they might compress and shorten the story so much to fit in 26 episodes, and it’ll lose much of its impact, they might focus less on certain characters, when I think everyone is equally important, the animation might suck… it could be a disaster. Or… it could be J.C. Staff’s greatest anime to date. Here’s hoping it’s the latter option!

So, after this rather long intro, let’s get down to business, shall we?

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Tea Time with Kud!

Hey again, everyone! Long time no see!

First of all, I’d like to apologise for such an extended absence on my part! >< The main reason was, of course, Summer vacation. Not my Summer vacation, per se, but my family’s. Since my parents had a few weeks off during August, we used the time to go out more often, and we went to the beach and other places. As such, I changed my ‘timetable’ a bit, and instead of staying up all night and sleeping in the morning like I usually do, I had to go to bed early and get up to go out early in the morning. And, since I always edit my photos and write my posts during the night (trust me, I’m a lot more creative when everyone else is asleep xD ), everything kind of ground to a halt~

Sooo, with that out of the way, I’ve decided to re-start the works with a post about what I did during this last week! I was sitting at home, quite bored, when I thought, ‘why not take some of my figures outside and take a few pics? The weather’s sort of nice and all (it wasn’t sunny xD ).’ But then I remembered, I did that twice already, and a third time wouldn’t be that original. So I thought, ‘why not change the place I go to?’ And that’s exactly what I did.

I decided (after taking several courage pills) to take Kud and go to a downtown shopping mall, and take some photos there!

This is where I went, it’s the building with the huge glass roof and glass dome. Thankfully, my city has some quite pleasant, not excessively modern malls, and this is one of them. It’s a quiet place, especially on a week day, which was good for me. ><

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Going out with Kud and Menma, Part Two!

Hello everyone! Today I’d like to share with you what happened yesterday! Finally, I managed to take a couple of my figures outside again, and this time I think everything went better than before! At least I managed to take more than 4 or 5 pictures. xD

So, since I had some free time this Saturday, and the weather was pretty nice, I decided to grab Kud and Menma and head out to the same park I went to last time with Menma and Erio! You can check out what happened that day here:

Going for a walk with Menma and Erio!

Even though the park was the same, this time I picked a slightly different spot, with a great view to the lake and crucially, with less people on it. ^^;
This is more or less where I, let’s say, set up camp. xD

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Gift Noumi Kudryavka Plushie Review -Part Two-

Hello again! I’m so behind schedule with this review, it’s hilarious. xD I said I was going to post it on Sunday, but I only finished it a few minutes ago… >< Sorry!

So, just as a reminder, today we’ll be taking a look into a plushie; more specifically, this one!

This is a prototype photo, so you can use it to compare to the end product! And as you can see, it’s a Kud plushie! And it’s my second plushie from Gift (first one was this one).

Oh, and if you’d like to read what happened during the unboxing of the plushie, please go here:
Gift Noumi Kudryavka Plushie Review -Part One-

So… time to get started!

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Gift Noumi Kudryavka Plushie Review -Part One-

Hey again, everyone! Today I was planning on reviewing a Kud plushie I received the other day, just like this one…

…but unfortunately, I won’t be able to finish the review until at least tomorrow! ><

Because of that, I thought about showing you something related instead – the moment when the plushie arrived! This happened during last week, and I was quite surprised when Kud (my Nendoroid, not the plushie!) asked if she could help me open it! Of course, there was no way I could say no!

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-White Fairy- Artbook review

Hey there, everyone! Today I’ll be bringing you a review of something out of the ordinary – an artbook. More specifically, a Kud artbook! (you saw that coming, didn’t you?) I did say when I started blogging that I’d be reviewing artbooks as well as figures, so this is the first one! And of course, the perfect artbook to start is this one – White Fairy 能美クドリャフカ写真集.

Published by Ascii Media Works (the link to the book’s page is here) on March 10th, 2010 (first release date), this artbook features Noumi Kudryavka, the main character of Kud Wafter and one of the heroines in Little Busters!. All the gorgeous art is by Hinoue Itaru (artist that worked on Kanon, Air and Clannad, and one of the founding members of Key) and Na-Ga (computer graphic artist for Key, also main character designer for Little Busters!, Little Busters! Ecstasy and Kud Wafter).

Please say hi to Kud! Even she is excited about the book!

Okay, before getting started, I’d just like to say that, even though I’m not going to show every single page of the book, some of the pages I do show contain underaged girls in innocent but suggestive poses, sometimes clothed, sometimes in swimsuits, and once or twice with a bit more showing. This is not a pornographic book, though; no need to remind you that Kud Wafter is an R-18 Visual Novel, right?
Also, please beware of eventual spoilers, since some of the art bits used in this book are actually game-CGs, meaning they depict scenes that happen both in Little Busters! and in Kud Wafter.

Onwards!

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Kotobukiya 1/8 Erio Touwa review

Hello again! Today’s review won’t be a Nendoroid like last time, but instead it will be a scale figure! Also, it will be the first scale figure I review specifically for my new blog!
I’d love to be able to review a Kud scale figure, but unfortunately I don’t own any yet! But rest assured, Kud fans, I’ll be reviewing at least two Kud figures (or possibly more!) in a near future!

So, who will we get to know a bit better in this review?

Do you know the anime Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko? Today we’ll be looking into a scale figure of the main character, Erio Touwa, who is… let’s just say, quite a mysterious character.

Onwards with the review!
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Going for a walk with Menma and Erio!

Hey everyone! Today I’d like to share with you something I did last month. I decided (after a lot of thinking and rethinking) to take a couple of my figures outside and take some photos of them. I’ll be honest, at first the idea terrified me – I was really scared I might lose them somehow, damage them, they might get dirty, etc. But I finally braved up and, after some careful planning, took Nendoroid Menma and Nendoroid Erio to a nearby park!

This is where I took them!


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Nendoroid Noumi Kudryavka Winter Uniform review

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first review I’ve written for my new blog!

So, which would be the perfect figure for me to make my first review on NoumiKudryavka.net?
Of course, it would be a figure of Kud! Specifically, her Winter Uniform Nendoroid, which I have wanted to get even before I knew who Noumi Kudryavka was~

Okay, let’s get started!
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