So I bought the Denpa Onna Blu-rays...

... and that got me wondering, how many of you my lovely figure loving readers do you actively buy anime?

After all, for a great deal figures they are based on anime shows, or other mediums such as manga or light novels that were adapted to anime.

In my case, I actually do not buy that many official anime releases, mostly because of all other things I do buy such as games and figures which together with my other financial obligations don't leave a lot of money for anime. I end up buying a handful at best every year, when I do is the shows that I really, really enjoyed and would like to revisit. I like the idea of being able to rewatch them on my nice fancy TV which is considerably bigger and has a better picture than my monitor in gorgeous Blu-ray quality.

At least for American releases, I do not mind waiting a bit after the show has come out. After all I already watched them and the reason I want to buy them is because I liked them, I don't think I could simply buy shows blindly. The prices that I can get through Amazon and Rightstuf are low enough that is not a bank breaking investment like in Japan and those two outlets tend to have discounts and sales throughout the year. I don't mind paying a bit higher as with Denpa Onna where I can get nice extras such as both Blu-ray and DVD discs, nicely designed packaging and this book that has episode commentaries, staff interviews and character design drawings.

Plus, besides buying merchandise such as figures this is another nice way to support the industry, indirectly as it might be. Although I do worry how profitable this endeavour might be, I once read an article giving sales numbers which were much, much lower than I would have ever imagined for the American domestic anime market.

I wanna hear about you, do you buy anime? Is it domestic releases or do you go straight for Japanese releases? Do you watch a show because of figures you bought or vice versa, do you buy figures because you watched the show?

PLUM's Touwa Erio - She is falling out of her clothes!!!

Hello, who is up for a look at the walking mountain of moe that is Erio?

This lovely Erio comes from PLUM, a manufacturer that I can't say I have more experience with.

I must say it was a hard choice, having to pick between Koto's and PLUM's Erio since they both came out on the same month.

In the end I chose this one since I could wait on Koto's version and get it from a local shop here in the US. Although now there is Ques Q charming take on her as well, I might just end up with three Erio figures by the end of the year.

This figure was based on an official illustration from Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko.

Not exactly a 1 to 1 conversion, there are some slight difference with the positioning of some things.

Now, let's go over why this figure is so nice.

First of, Erio has a really pretty face, nice clear bright blue eyes, with an adorable expression.

Given the right angle, that same expression can become sexy and alluring!

Erio showcases her round and plump tushie quite nicely which is covered by her cute pink string panties. String panties are at least 50% cuter and/or sexier than regular panties.

Which seem to be a size too small as they reveal quite a bit of "butt cleavage"...

Erio has always had the pretty long legs going on for her. For those people who somehow keep arriving to the blog looking for sexy long legs, here you go.

Ever since exilhero's Append Miku post, the blog has been getting a few people searching for foot fetish stuff. Good thing that Erio is right up that alley if you ask me.

Although here you can see some of the rough edges the figure has, the toe nails are very badly painted.

Erio always seems to be falling out of her clothes, given the right angles this figure can give you a nice peak.

Alas, every thing that should be covered is, oh Erio you are such a tease <3!

I always loved Erio's long sparkly hair, quite a everyone goes for the matte look instead like PLUM did. Although Ques Q's Erio went with translucent hair, wonder how that will turn out.

PLUM did a good enough job with the different strands, so happy it is not just some big clump. The shading on the hair is not bad either, looks decent. although there is some very noticeable seam lines.

The hair has some literal rough edges as can be seen in the bangs and the back of Erio's hair.

I apparently like Erio quite literally from head to toe, who can't say no to such cuteness?

I'm also quite fond of her personality and character, I find her very charming. This reminds me of something exilehero said once, I apparently have a thing for socially inept girls like Erio.

Must not forget to mention, Erio comes with a simple pink glossy base.

Erio does not actually attach in any way to the base, so she pretty much relies on balance to stay in place. Reminds me of my old Shana actually, she had a base like this.

Besides the hair the figure does have other rough bits such as the ribbon that has this PVC string thins coming out of it.

Erio also got some black spots on her knees and foot that rests on the floor.

I'm not entirely sure but it seems they were made by simply setting the figure down.

Over all I'm quite pleased with this figure, it captures Erio's distinctive features and followed the source material well enough.

This figure is listed as the only work so far by the sculptor on MFC. I have no idea if he or she has worked on other things before but the sculpture itself is well made.

All the rough bits are more along the lines of the manufacturing side, so for that I will blame PLUM.

As my first experience with them it is not wholly negative, for such a big scale like 1/6 I would expect more.

Overall I'm willing to buy more figures from PLUM given they do another character I like in a nice alluring pose like they did with Erio.

As always, hope you enjoyed looking at this figure.

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Top 5 Anime Openings!!!

Lets take a collaborating look at both mine and exilhero's top 5 anime openings!

Do keep in mind this is our opinion and you might disagree and comment about it. Better yet agree and comment about it. Also the listing of the openings are in no particular order.

We had only some simple rules:

Only one song per franchise and only 5 songs for each one of us.

Miette's picks

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THIS IS IT!!! My favorite Precure opening at this point. From the original Futari wa Precure to the currently airing Suite Precure.

This overly energetic song has everything I love about Precure, the excitement, the girls, the flashy transformations poses, hints to the drama. I specially love how the song has a nice build up through out culminating with all the girls running t up to the last boss to punch, kick and use awesome dramatic finishing moves.

 

I also really like this song. I love how dramatic it is with the backup singers going "fire fire~" and all. I also like that it gives a little bit of time to each one of the girls so you get to see what makes each girl unique. I guess that's what openings are supposed to do. Though Precure 5 sounds a little different than the rest of the Precure. It  feels more Super Sentai kind of deal, so I wouldn't call this a representative song for Precure as a whole. It's really awesome still.

Also, I like the fact that neither of us has actually watched Go Go 5 but still you chose this opening.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCnk5BQqtiE]

Gundam sure has had countless openings through it's long run and I have yet to watch them all.

Ash Like Snow sure is a somber song, not necessarily something that hypes me up as openings are probably intended to. However, I think it reflects the sudden change in Gundam 00 to a more darker tone. In particular, I love the scene with the Thrones and the moon, combined with the song at that point I find it quite foreboding.

Not silly like that original Gundam opening.

 

Yeah while were were talking about the post we came across a bunch of Gundam songs. I like a couple form SEED, Destiny, Zeta, and hell I also like the super cheesy first Gundam opening.

I think I like this opening because it was at a very dramatic part of the anime. So I always watched right before the show and got me ready for some mecha/politics/angst fuck yeah!

I would like to mention that I was gonna pick the Zeta Gundam opening but since Miette chose this I decided that gundam was well represented already.

Also, Sumeragi's boobs! yay!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px2zX-M2alQ]

I love Pegasus Fantasy, always reminds me of the how this show filled my childhood with so much hot bloodiness. This song has always been memorable since it would tend to play in key scenes that were filled with pure awesomeness.

Scenes such as when Seiya takes on Gemini Saga at the end of the 12th Zodiac Temples in a last ditch effort to save Athena.

 

This opening is gonna attract the Latin America, and Spanish peninsula people. For some reason there's a bunch of Saint Seiya fans there haha.

I like this song too. I like a bunch of arrangements that are on YouTube. Those guitar riffs are really neat. Though the opening itself is kinda cheesy for my tastes. I used to like the show a lot as a kid but looking back at it now I'm not as thrilled. Maybe it's because I haven't watched it properly now that I've grown up.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pdqeu9LW2c]

Eden of the East was such an unexpected favorite with me. The characters, the visual style, the plot, all so endearing and interesting to me.

The opening is quite different from the norm as well. I like how it used a western song, in this case Falling Down by Oasis, and focused on typography and art design.

 

I liked the ending better for Eden of the East, but this isn't an ending top 5!

I guess what strikes me about this opening is that I can actually understand what they're singing. Other than that I don't really find it particularly interesting. They went for a more metaphorical approach of showing what the anime is about, guess It fits the style of the show.  I like the show regardless.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHup5T-6jqg]

Denpa Onna probably takes the prize for cutest anime show in recent memory for sure. I love this silly opening focusing on simple shapes and the characters.

I specially love how it showcases just how cute the girls are in this show are. The part with Ryoushi, ah I mean Ryouko, ridding the bicycle always makes me smile. Silly people kept saying it was kinda bad, they just lack refined ears.

 

I get the feeling you're just picking this one because you're pissed at the internet people calling this song bad. Though I see nothing bad about it. Maybe people didn't like the high pitch sound of the voice, I think it's fine.

I think this song fits the quirqiness of the show really well. I love the last part with the umbrella, I think it sums up what the anime was about nicely in a very symbolic kind of way.

Exilehero's picks

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I think I picked this one out of nostalgic feelings. When I watched Fullmetal Alchemist I was really getting into anime again so I remeber it fondly. I also like L`Arc~en~Ciel (fancy name) so I guess that plays a part too.

I like that the song kinda pumps you up for the actual episode so I remeber getting really excited right before waching. Fun times.

 

Ah, the original FMA, one of the first shows to elicit an emotional response from me. Just remembering that dramatic few final episodes reminds me of those feelings. Still, not particularly fond of this song, if anything I like it more for it's inclusion in Ouendan.

I prefer Golden Time Lover from the Brotherhood the best if it's about FMA openings.

 

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlTsZ_Y81xE]

I love this song. It feels like a mix of surf music and a romantic ballad, with some guitar riffs here and there, very cool. As for the actual opening itself, I don't know if it describes the show well or not. Then again the show is kinda all over the place so descriptions are probably not gonna make it jsutice. Nevertheless it had more Yakuza than I expected. I really like when they dance in the middle there. It shows all the girls making cute poses. I think I chose this song because I really like the show more than anything.

 

 I love Seto no Hanayome.

Best love comedy show with yakuza mermaids. Plus, Sun-chan is just so awesome, I would totally like to marry her even if she is a mermaid.

I like how the opening starts quite typical and turns into something more unique reflecting the show... may be.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L49mJLk_w1U]

This opening is pure awesomeness. You get typical shaft silliness, guitar maids, colors everywhere, boobs, orgasms etc. It also has some really nice animations, Mariya jumping on the ladders and the ripping open of Matsurika's bluose are really neat. I don't know if the rainbow motif is suppsed to be a shout out to the lesbianism in the show or not, but it makes the opening very bright and erm colorful.

The whole love and peace theme that flashes every now and then makes it seem like Kanako is begging Mariya to not do any more mean things to her, hilarious.

 

 This opening is cool, it's Shaft being Shaft. Shaft always likes to do and use strange things in their openings, for a more extreme example there is the Zetsobou Sensei openings. Hmm... Madoka was pretty normal though... then again..

Anyways Maria+Holic was such an enjoyable show, not at all what I expected.

 

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRe9A7sA6hw]

I like a lot of little points of this opening. The really detailed drawing of Ikaros in the begning, the pointing to other characters as if passing the scene to them, the little relation diagram that Ikaros is drawing. All in all I think this is a really well done opening. It tells you everything you need to know about the show, who the characters are, the silliness, the ecchi parts etc. I really like the tune too. It's catchy and I can't get it out of my head.

There's an alternate version of this opening by the way.

 

 This manga is fun, so much ecchi, so much awesome, so much stupidity.

The funny bits are well, funny, the more serious bits are awesome, I like it all around. Never watched the actual anime of it though.

The opening is a pretty apt description of the series in my opinion.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNF_Wyc1pqo]

I chose this one because of the song. I like a lot. The guitar, the unusual voice, the excellent use of silence, the sustaing if the voice where you least expect it. I love it. It has this feeling of anxiousness that goes really well with the zombie apocalypse kind of thing.

I don't see why Miette didn't like the show. Boobs, guns, zombies eating people, boobs, zombies getting splattered, did I mention boobs? what's not to like?

 

Ergh... this stupid show, by the end I was forcing myself to finish it.

Still, the opening is fun, I love the how the animations and transitions are in sync with the song. The paint splatters and colors really do reflect a world gone mad for me.

 

 

There is probably some missing awesome songs that we just didn't remember that we probably will after the post has been published. If you noticed it is mostly relative resent stuff, probably since it's more fresh in our minds.

If you want to look at some of the other openings we considered take a look at this youtube playlist.

This list is again our opinion, the openings chosen for a variety of reasons. The animation, the song, how well it reflects the show as well as many different things or just one of them.

So, do you skip openings and endings? Or do watch them every time? What are some of your favorites?