Summer 2019 Anime: First Impressions – Part 2

Time for a study break! So continuing from where I left off last time, here’s a few more that I’ve watched:

Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (世話やきキツネの仙狐さん)

I’m a big fan of kemono/nekomimi, so when I saw this series, I jumped on it. This slice of life comedy follows main protagonist Nakano, who is a salaryman. He is constantly overworked, but one day foxgirl Senko arrives and pampers him.

Apart from my obvious bias towards nekomimi, the OP and ED songs for this anime were really catchy for me. Really upbeat and happy overall, perfect fit for the genre that this anime is. I’m really enjoying this one. It’s a comfortable one that just makes me smile when I watch it: so cute and adorable :3

Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu (ひとりぼっちの○○生活)

This one is another cute girls doing cute things anime. Bocchi is a shy girl who promised her childhood friend that she would be friends with everyone in her high school class.

This shares a similar theme to Senko-san: another comfortable show to watch. For me, it reminds me of my past self, who was more of a shy person. Seeing Bocchi take steps to improve her life, or rather, to take on her challenge of becoming friends with everyone does make me think that I can be just like her and try my best at whatever challenges I’m facing, or will face. It makes me want to cheer her on.

The humour in this anime is pretty cute too! Nothing crude or questionable, just cute, making it a good one to watch if you’re in a bad mood or something.

Anyways, that’s all I have for now, time to go back to studying.


Summer 2019 Anime: First Impressions – Part 1

The summer anime season has started, and I finally got a chance to check some of the new series. Here are my first impressions of some of the ones I’ve watched so far. I’m going to split this into a few parts, since I literally have no idea how much I will get to today.

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (ぼくたちは勉強ができない)

So I actually found out about this one (also known as Bokube) from Sakura-con: the Aniplex booth there was handing out promotional stuff to watch on streaming services. Anyways, it’s basically about the main character, Nariyuki Yuiga, who is given an opportunity to receive the school’s special VIP recommendation. This recommendation allows someone to get into an affiliated university without having to take entrance exams, and is given full ride tuition. A student’s dream if you ask me. The only catch is: he has to tutor the school’s two geniuses. How hard can that possibly be?

So after watching a few episodes, I liked it. It is a rom-com harem anime: that much can be said. It did remind me a little bit of last season’s Go-toubun no Hanayome, whose MC was also tutoring others, and also came from a “not so wealthy” family.

I also like the voice actors in this one. Tomita Miyu voices the red haired genius Ogata Rizu , while Shiraishi Haruka voices the blue haired genius Furuhashi Fumino . Shiraishi-san has previously been in voice acting roles, such as Misha from Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru!, and Tomita-san has voiced Gabriel from Gabriel Dropout, as well as Riko from Made in Abyss. Osaka Ryota also voices Yuiga in this series, and he has a large portfolio of previous roles. If they are your favourite voice actors, do check this series out.

Animation in this series has been pretty consistent so far. There haven’t been any major mishaps that I’ve seen in some other series. Bless everyone working behind the scenes of this series.

Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (淫らな青ちゃんは勉強ができない)

Big mood ngl.

Continuing on the subject of studying, I found this series to be hilarious. It follows the main character Ao, whose father is an erotic author. She was traumatized when she was little, when she explained how her name came to be, and since then, has vowed to study hard and be independent from her father, sparing no time for boys. Then comes her classmate, Kijima, who confesses his love for her. The series follows her attempts at trying to decline, with various strings being pulled from “behind the scenes”, as well as her impure monologues.

This 10 minute episode series is hilarious, and isn’t something you want to watch when there are kids around. Nonetheless, the random perverted jabs left and right, along with seeing Kijima and Ao’s reactions to each other’s misunderstandings were really funny.

In terms of voice acting, Ao’s voice sounded really familiar. Taking a look at the end credits, it turned out to be Waki Azumi, who voices Katagiri Sanae from the [email protected] Cinderella Girls franchise, among a list of others. I also took a look at Kijima’s VA, who is Terashima Junta. I’m not familiar with his previous roles, but I liked his voice. I’ll keep an eye out for him in other series.

Similar to Bokuben above, the animation is pretty good here too. The characters are pretty cute. Can’t wait for the remaining episodes to air!

Anyways, that’s all from me for now. More to come later.


Figure Spotlight: Plachta

This past April, I went to Sakura-con 2019, an anime convention in Seattle, where I found an in-box and sealed figure that I regretted missing out on when she was out for pre-order last year: a 1/7 scale figure of Plachta from the game Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, released by Alter. She was beautifully sculpted by Makio Munetoshi, and my goodness, she looks amazing!

The box: frontal view.
The box: angled from the side. There is a little of bit of damage on the corner.

Plachta is also the first figure that I have in my collection where I had no context of where she was from. Before getting my hands on her, I had never played the game that she came from. It was only until I got her that I bought the game off of Steam, and now I’m going through the game.

For several months, I’ve been keeping an eye on her through MyFigureCollection, and on many occasions, she was selling for ~$200 USD (before shipping): some new, and some opened. Other online shops seemed to list her at ~34k JPY, which was about ~$410 CAD at the time. I managed to pick her up for $225 USD, which came out to a little over $300 CAD. Comparing this with the the original retail price of 19,224 JPY, plus additional costs for shipping and import taxes, it seemed alright, given everything else I saw at the time. Nonetheless, it was still quite up there in price, but the detail on her is just amazing.

When unboxing her, I had the option of swapping her hand parts with books.

Plachta out of the box, but still surrounded by plastic. Swapable hand parts included.
Plachta is mesmerized by her books on alchemy.

Anyways, like I said, the amount of detail is amazing. For example, the book she holds in her right hand has a detailed front and back cover. Bookmarks are also protruding out from the top and sides, and the book is also partially opened.

A closeup of Plachta’s book in her right hand. It is very detailed
The stack of books on her left hand. They also look carefully painted.

Viewing her from the back, no effort was spared. Her flowing hair was captured beautifully, along with her back spinal line. Her arm sleeves and hair are also slightly translucent as well. A neat little touch, if you ask me. In addition, her hair accessories are detailed as well!

A view of Plachta’s back. She has flowing hair.
Plachta’s hair accessories are really neat, too!
Full back view of Plachta from the left side.
Full back view of Plachta from the right side.

Back to the front, her clothes have been faithfully recreated from the game. Her belly button is clearly visible, and the rifts on her kneesocks and skirt are defined. Her chest piece that holds her arm sleeves up is also there. Her kneesocks are also detailed too; stitch-like markings add another layer of realism to her.

Frontal view of Plachta’s clothes
Some garters visible on her legs here, as well as her skirt-like belt.
Plachta’s right leg. Look at that detail!
Here’s another photo of Plachta’s right leg.
And now her left leg.
Her underskirt has been sculpted really nicely, too.
Her shoes and her butt have been really nicely sculpted too.
Top view of Plachta. Her hair lines are also well defined.
Another top view.

Overall, I was very happy I found her in the end. Makio has done a great job sculpting her, and Alter has made sure that Plachta maintains the high standards of figures that they release. Adding her to my figure collection was definitely not a mistake!

Overall view of Plachta.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed those photos of Plachta as much as I do! There’s more information on her on MyFigureCollection and on Fandom (there may be game spoilers).


Room Diary: May 2019

I used to do this a lot on facebook, but I haven’t recently, so I’m going to bring it back here instead. Enjoy some photos below.

This is how my room looks today. I’ve gotten most of my posters from anime conventions. The ones above my window I self-printed way back in the day. The larger ones are part of calendars that I’ve bought over the past four or so years.

View of my room from the doorway.

Here’s another angle in my room. I have two bookshelves shown here. Realistically, there’s only one shelf that has books. The other ones all hold figure boxes. I’ll need more room in the future as I collect more figures, but I’m somewhat managing now.

Another angle from inside my room.

Anyways, I have the majority of wall space covered in posters. There’s just one exception right now, and it’s this wall below. It’s hard to find ones that fit that narrow strip of space, but hopefully I’ll find some soon. 🙂

View of the other side of my door.
The bookshelves are mostly filled with figure boxes, with calendar pictures and wall scrolls hanging from them.
My battle station setup.
Some of my desk figures that I look at while working. Have to dust these frequently.
Maekawa, Miku figure from [email protected] CG:3
Sakuma, Mayu figure, also from [email protected] CG, along with some acrylic stands from Chroneco
Here’s one of my many Rem figures, and Suenaga Mirai to the right of her.

I do have one wall in my room that is slightly NSFW. I’ve contained it on that corner of my room, and so far, it hasn’t spread, and I intend to keep it that way for the foreseeable future haha.

My Sisti daki on my bed: the safer side.
The slightly NSFW corner consisting of many catgirls from artist Syroh.

UPDATE: I was also asked how I put my posters on the wall. I use bluetac that you can find at your local dollar shop, or an arts supply store. It looks something like this:

Bluetac that I use to stick my posters on the wall.

If you do use bluetac, I suggest that you put tape at the back first, as I’ve had some of my posters get stained from the tac being on for too long.

For the ones hanging off of my bookshelf, I use some big and small clips. I attach the big clip to the bookshelf itself, and use two smaller clips, manually connected to each other, and clip one side to the bigger clip, and the other to the poster.

Clip method of attaching posters to a bookshelf or another solid object.

Similar to the blue tac scenario, if you don’t want to damage your posters, you can also tape the back of your poster first. After that, attach a small piece of cardstock to the back of your poster on top of that tape. This way, you can just clip it to the cardstock instead of the poster directly without leaving clip marks on your poster. And since you taped it on top of tape, you can easily remove the cardstock attachment later if you don’t want it.

Taping a little piece of cardstock on top of tape, which is stuck to the back of a large poster.

In My Spotlight: Co-op Experience #2

Although not so recent, I did a second co-op during the summer of 2018 at a local software company. It was my first ever job being paid to write code, so it was very exciting for me. It was a valuable experience for me to share.

During my time working there, I was blessed with an amazing mentor that gave me a lot of freedom to explore the code base within the company. On-boarding consisted of me following this one document that gave an introduction to the various systems that they had in place for developers to code. I had seen source control before (namely git), but they were using a different system called Perforce, so that was something new. The one thing that was really cool was that all coding was done on the command line using your favourite text editor, whether that be vim, emacs, nano, or whatever else is out there. Since the terminal was all I had, it took me a little bit of time before I was used to using tmux for multiple windows, and vim with their various key commands. Heck, even now I’m still learning new things left and right.

Nonetheless, their on-boarding was pretty cool. Back to the freedom I had, I felt that I really thrived off of that. I got to explore things, and our CTO even encouraged us to try stuff out and not be afraid of breaking things. After all, we couldn’t really break things as we can try stuff out in an isolated environment.

Another thing is that I felt pretty included and could express myself at work. I brought my figures to work, not only to keep myself calm, but to serve as a conversation starter if anyone wanted to ask. One of my mentors did ask me, and we talked a little bit about how the hobby was expensive, so that was kind of neat. It was also a sight among the other co-ops.

The small subset of figures I brought to work while on co-op

I also had the ability to work from home, which I did sparingly where needed. For example, there was one time in August where a local anime convention spanned Friday to Sunday. Since I didn’t have any time off, I asked my mentor if I could take the day off in exchange for working from home the previous Sunday, which I was allowed to do. That was pretty cool, and gave a totally different feel from the workplace. This is totally doable when working on individual tasks, but I still like working at the office, since it’s easier to ask questions when the need arises, or for meetings.

As well, I’m very lucky to be able to go back after I finish school for full time. Co-op, or work integrated learning, is a great way to try out different jobs to see which type of job is suited for you, and it also allows the employer to hire someone that may potentially come back for full time. If you’re not the right candidate, so be it: you’re only there for a short period of time. If you fit in, then employers might want to hire you back: you don’t need extensive on-boarding later on. It’s a win-win for both sides.

I also did some informational interviews with some engineers there, so I’ll post those later. They give some insight into what technical skills and whatnot employers look for in technical interviews, which is applicable to those in computer science or engineering.

Anyways, that’s all I wanted to share for now. Until next time!


In My Spotlight: SFU Anime Club

Since there’s a lot of catching up for me to do, I’m going to split it up into various posts. Today I’m going to start with the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Anime Club.

So over the past 5 years, I’ve been attending Simon Fraser University for my undergraduate degree. At first, I was only an ordinary club member, attending events and whatnot. Two years later, our lord and savior, Hish, started a Discord server for the club. It was pretty cool seeing people talk and stuff outside of events. It was pretty accessible and the new “in” thing, so it caught on with people quickly. Two months after its inception, my friend Ashton helped me transfer our club’s Discord bot (bless open source project Red-DiscordBot) from one of our exec’s computer (Julian) to my server. Ever since then, I’ve been helping to add new features during my free time. The code for all of that stuff is available on GitHub.

Ren Kitagawa, one of the SFU Anime Club mascots (art by Aeria)

Aside from working on code stuff, I’ve met some cool people from the club through the Discord server. Aside from the usual events hosted by the club, various people also host events for other club members outside of normal gatherings, and I thought that was kind of cool. Those kinds of things were a highlight of my experience being in the club.

As I wrap up school soon, I do owe a lot of my great experiences to this club, and hope to keep in touch with these people in which we share a common interest: anime.

Fast forwarding to the present

So it’s been a long time since I’ve actually updated this blog. Looking back at my previous entries, the last time I actually consistently updated my blog was back in early 2012, so it’s been roughly 7 years. Time has definitely flown by quickly.

Since then, I’ve changed, and everything around me has changed a lot. Back then, I was still in grade school, and basically wrote whatever I felt like back then. I have no intention of taking those entries down: they serve as a moment in time (whether good or bad), and they’ve become the stepping stone to who I am now. I have yet to revisit these entries yet, but maybe I will soon:tm:

As a university student about to graduate now, I’ve spent a lot of time just studying, doing assignments, and working during co-op. I’ve also done various side project, of which some have fallen flat, while some I still continue to work on today. Many of my personal projects can be found on GitHub.

Aside from school, I’ve continued to enjoy anime, and have become an avid figure collector. What started off as a few prize figures from 2014 has now grown into a small collection of figures consisting of prize figures, Nendoroids, and scale figures. They are amazing to look at, and for those debating on whether or not to get into it, I recommend having some sort of budget to keep yourself from overspending 🙂

My figure collection, consisting of various prize figures, Nendoroids, and scale figures.

These are just some of the things that have changed over the years. I think I’ll probably do some “In the Spotlight” posts that will highlight some of the more recent things I’ve done as a way to revive my blog. Anyways, until next time!