All posts by Injabie3

A random person that loves Japanese Pop Culture, specifically Japanese Anime and Music. =D

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.

~Lui

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.
<3

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).

~Lui

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!

~Lui

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!

~Lui

Co-op Term 1: A 2-month reflection

It’s been almost two months since I started this co-op position, and I’ve been learning and doing lots.  Recently, I received an email from my co-op advisor for a site visit, and was given a form to fill out.  Most of it was based off of how I was doing in terms of learning, and my accomplishments at the workplace.  At the end, there was a section to fill in anything else.  Everything I wrote there was similar to my thoughts being thrown onto the page, and I thought it would be suitable for a blog post, so here it is below: Continue reading Co-op Term 1: A 2-month reflection

Co-op Term 1: First Impressions

This year, I began my first co-op work term as a Junior System Administrator.  My workplace is very close to my university, and as such, my commute is not bad.

As of today, I finished my second week on the job.  I feel very fortunate to be working with very kind, intelligent, and helpful people, providing me guidance where I needed it.

As a Junior System Administrator, I currently help the company keep track of where location of assets are, and respond to support calls from various locations across the country.  I learned how to create shipping labels for items such as printers, barcode scanners, USB cables, and AC adapters.  These items need to be shipped ASAP to minimize the disruption of service for the company.  When these items are shipped out, I receive the faulty equipment back usually within the next few days, where I process them in our database, and send them off to their respective locations, whether that be for disposal, for repair if I can’t fix it, or for storage if I manage to fix them.

On the topic of disposal, there are many things that I have learned in regards to that.  First, when things are marked for disposal, it means that you can essentially play with them during your spare time.  In one case, I received an old receipt printer that was sent back because it was “dysfunctional”.  Because it was also an obsolete model, it was being decommissioned and “disposed” of, so I ended up trying it out.  I managed to get it working, and with rolls of extra receipt paper lying around, I got it up and running, making it my little “label” printer for things I have to ship out during the day.  It was pretty cool.

Aside from shipping and receiving, I am also learning how to effectively communicate with others via phone and email.  For example, in one case, my supervisor asked me to verify the location of a few assets.  In order to do so, I had to either email or phone each location to ask and verify.  At first, I emailed each individual store, receiving prompt responses from about half of them within a day.  For those that I received no response for, I sent another email at roughly the same time the following day, of which I received a response for around half of those as well.  On the third day, I switched to phone calls for the remainder, and received the final confirmation.  Through this experience, I learned that email is very good during times when you need to request something without a need for an immediate response, such as when you have other things to do like preparing shipments for the current day.  When you need an urgent response, a phone call is the way to go.

One thing I noticed about myself during this process was that when I first started the task, everything felt really daunting.  Perhaps it was the fact that I was communicating with people I didn’t know, or the fact that I have never done such a thing before.  Regardless, once I actually “began”, things started to feel a little better.  I feel like that’s how everything goes, though, and for me, it’s all a learning experience.

 

Anyways, now that this second week is complete, I feel like I’ve gotten used to this workflow for shipping and receiving.  That first and second day on the job, I was very careful in getting everything down, so I was slow, but paid close attention to everything shown to me, and as these past few days went by, I’ve gotten more efficient at processing things.  I got my own excel worksheets to keep me on track, and to constantly help remind me of what things I’ve done, and what things I still need to do before I leave at the end of the day.

To wrap things up, these past two weeks have been a learning experience.  Getting to know your coworkers, being creative with the things you have, getting used to the workflow, and, most importantly, enjoying the experience and having fun is definitely awesome!  These past two weeks have been lots of fun learning, and I’m looking forward to learning some more.

 

Until next time, take care!

~Lui