It's loot time!!!

Alright, lets play a game, can you guess which item cost me the most money? Also, I apologize for the pictures, I put zero effort into them.

I can't believe I got Rei in my hands so long since she was supposed to be released.

Do people still hate Kirino? I heard the last episode made people's opinion of her go up.

Got my Misaka-imouto, number 3345. It seems the coveted MISAKA 10032 was raffled, I find that lame. It would have been more fun if she was shipped with the rest. As for me I wanted MISAKA 9982,  she made a bigger impact than any other Sister. Railgun manga is awesome.

Got a couple of Gift's plushies. Pretty neat they have an internal skeleton of sorts so you can pose them to some extend.

On the console gaming side I got Goldeneye for the Wii. Being curious about it so I bought it when it went on sale.

Also bought Modern Warfare 2, I had denounced this game last year after the rampant cheating and hacking, that seems fixed for now. Plus the main reason I got interested in this game in the fact I can use the same weaponry as the Sisters, namely, the F2000.

On the handheld side got myself Dead or Alive for the 3DS. Nice game if you are a fan or want to see what the series is all about.

Got BlazBlue CS:II, mostly for the extra content since re-balancing aside it's essentially the same as CS on the consoles.

DQ9, lots of people praised this game last year, when it was on sale went and picked it up.

Radiant Historia, collaboration between Tri Ace and Atlus? I'm in. Pretty cool time traveling and battle mechanics.

Got Phantom Brave, a port of a port, released as a budget title by NISA. Has extra content not available on the previous versions, neither of which I own.

Bought Knights in the Nightmare again. Extra content, free game and ridiculous low price was enough to make me buy it twice. Too bad I already own the game I get for free.

I got the first K-On! volume. Boy did KyoAni take some artistic liberties, a testament of their skill I would say.

I was worried about Negima with Del Rey closing doors and Kodansha Comics taking over. Other than a logo change it seems all is up the quality Del Rey was pumping out.

Finally got my hands on a blu ray copy of Summer Wars, been wanting one since I originally saw it. I love this movie, always reminds me a lot of family.

Also got the original Alien movie on blu ray, which was actually a mistake. I wanted Aliens but picked up the wrong movie at the store. I blame the cover it's essentially the same just showing the Alien warrior from Aliens instead of the original.

That's my loot for now, just realized though that I forgot to include my LX5 and Flame Haze Shana from Max Factory.

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orz I think I went a little over board this time...

... I failed horribly at not spending money. Then again it has been a couple of months since my last loot so stuff did pile up.

On the figure side I got a couple of Touhou girls.

Hopefully you still remember Aya's lovely intro with that "special report" of hers. Speaking of which that sequel I had planed is way over due by now.

After hoping to buy her for almost a year I'm overjoyed to finally own Marisa and look forward to taking several pictures featuring her like last time.

Did I mention I'm a pretty big Precure fan? While the original pair is what got me into the franchise and love those two, it's Heartcatch Precure that became my favorite show.

Heartcatch is what you get when someone goes all out when making a Precure show. I mean just look at the transformation sequence, so awesome.

That 100th post I was planning was gonna feature them but alas, a shipping delay threw that out the window. Not bother, I will just make that post in the near future.

There was a sale recently with everybody's "favorite" game retailer and picked up a few titles I wanted for a while for cheap.

Picked up a couple of NISA published RPGS.

I picked up Neptunia based solely in it's premise and pretty characters.

An anthropomorphizing of the current console wars, quirky RPG genre savvy characters, moesome girls, and a boat load of gaming references. Sadly enough this game wont blow anyone away, enjoyable for me but it does have it's share of problems.

Also picked Ar tonelico 3, I heard positive opinions about the series so I thought to give it a try.

Picked Ar tonelico 2, while not necessary I did read playing the previous Ar tonelico games would increase my enjoyment of the third. Still need to get a hold of the first.

Finally managed to find a copy of Yakuza 2, I look forward to playing it so I can finally play Yakuza 3 and 4.

Bought Breakdown an FPS, by Namco, for the original Xbox. There was probably a really interesting reason why I wanted to buy this, that reason escapes me right now.

Lastly, bought Trauma Center Second Opinion, a remake of the original on the DS. I'm hoping the Wii version has a toned difficulty as I was never able to finish the original.

On the hand held side it's all DS titles.

Bought Pokemon White, I wonder why thought. I just don't have the same drive as a kid to finish a Pokemon game anymore. Just Diamond took me four years and over 80 game play hours. Who knows how long Soul Silver will and when will I get to White.

Picked up Atelier Annie pretty much on a comment made by Radiant about it. Starfy a Kirby like platformer I been curious about for a while too.

After Persona 3 and 4 made me an Atlus fan I been wanting to play their more typical RPG experience of which Strange Journey is a perfect example. The game comes bundled in with a soundtrack CD which is pretty nice.

Got myself Sigma Star Saga from the good folks at Wayforward. A unique mix of an RPG and a shmup.

Now that I finally got a job, one of the things that I want to do is to get rid of my fansubs and replace them by their licensed releases where applicable.

To start off I went with the always awesome FLCL, the blu ray looks great.

The best for last, I splurged and bought a 3DS. If you own one and want to do a friend code exchange I would be more than happy.

I would be feeling pretty miserable at the amount of money I spend in a couple of months if it wasn't for the promise of a stable income. Yes, good thing for employment.

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Last day of the year, last loot of the year!

I so totally wish Santa had brought me all of this instead of buying it myself. =_=' Lets see the last loot I posted was back in October about two months ago.

First up is some BRS stuff.

To be honest I was actually gonna cancel both these; however, I took too long with the scaled Dead Master and she came in stock. Still, it is a nice looking figure so I don't regret it in the end.

As for the BRS blu-ray I was going to until fellow Twitter comrade Mr. Optic posted a picture of the awesome looking packaging and contents. After all it comes with the blu-ray, dvd, a full storyboad book, an art book, something or other code for the PSP game and the petit nendos. Plus, it's cheaper than your average Japanese anime blu-ray.

On the figure side I also got these couple of S.H.Figuarts, the original Pretty Cure duo.

I talked about Precure not too long ago too.

Got the fourth Haruhi novel, the ever so popular Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. So far this is the novel I liked the most, I attribute that to being the first novel that contained material I hadn't watched in the anime before.

By the way, the movie was a really awesome adaptation of the novel.

Not enough people have been talking about Bakuman, not even with the anime currently airing. I heavily suggest you should check it out, Bakuman is my favorite Shonen Jump series.

Got Negima volume 28, it saddens me Del Rey wont be publishing it anymore but er... Kadokawa's American branch will? Is that right? I hope the new volumes will have the same care that Del Rey puts into their releases, I hope it has the same design too. I will have to wait until April to see how that works out.

If you are not reading Yotsuba yet what are you waiting for, remember same author as Azumanga, also probably the most fulfilling slice of life manga I ever read.

I was planning on getting all these games on Black Friday but only bought one. I got my self the first Uncharted. I got sick and tired of everyone saying how mind blowing awesome Uncharted 2 was last year. So in order to see why I bought the first game planning to pick up the second after I finish it.

Also picked up Gradius V on the PS2, can't say I am fan of the franchise though. I picked this one up since Treasure was involved in it's development and I am a big Treasure fan.

On the Nintendo side I picked up Metroid Other M, shaky storytelling aside mostly everyone liked the gameplay part of it. Once it was on sale on Amazon picked myself a copy.

Picked up the Super Mario Allstars collection for the Wii. Talked a bit about its contents too. A nice item to pick up for all Mario fans.

Finally there is Golden Sun Dark Dawn, I was one of those people waiting seven years for it. The original two Golden Sun on the GBA were my gateway drugs into RPGs, the genre that dominates my game collection nowadays.

That's it for this year.

Happy New Year's, hope to continue blogging for the next year and hope many of you will come back too.

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It's time for some loot

Nothing makes me both happy and sad at the same time than looking at my loot. This month I got a couple of figures.

The awesome Selvaria Bless from Alter, I said it many times before already but go give Valkyria Chronicles and its sequel a try if you own a PS3 or PSP.

Also got the cool Dead Master, I really like her design much more than BRS. So, I couldn't pass up on the figma nor the scaled version next month.

Earlier this month I got loli Haruhi and snapped a few pictures with her.

Late September or so I received Sakuya, my first purchase from Otacute. I gotta say that it was a bad first impression.

Sakuya was listed for $29.99, I reserved her for that price, got invoice for that price, and I payed that price. Then another email from Otacute demanding another $10 because they listed the wrong price. Pretty much a ransom for a product that I had already paid.

It doesn't bother me that they made a mistake or that they raised the price. What does bother me is that Otacute demanded the extra payment after I had already payed the price they had listed in my invoice.

Not that it matters, in the end I will continue my business with them since Otacute is the only place where I can reliably get the Touhou figmas and nendos.

Only a couple of PS3 games this time.

The awesome Vanquish from the guys at Platinum Games, I beg of you, if you like action games buy it. Platinum Games goes and creates a unique game that builds upon well established gameplay elements and expands on them and people just ignore it. Instead buying the sequels that will have no problem selling enough copies.

Also picked up Atelier Rorora, part of GUST's Atelier series that debuted in the west back in the PS2 with Atelier Iris. Atelier Rorona is GUST's first full 3D game, all the ones before had been spite based.

I got to mention, Atelier Rorona was an unplanned purchase it's all Radiant's fault.

I did not know there was a special edition that included an art book and the soundtrack if you bought the game directly from NISA, the publisher. Sadly that was sold out, but Gamestop carried the art book too but not the soundtrack. To ensure that I would get at least the art book I rushed out to buy it.

I don't regret it one bit, it is the latest game I been enjoying lately on the PS3.

I picked up Zone of the Enders, a wonderful non Metal Gear game produced by Hideo Kojima. While I had already played it and finished I never owned a copy and when I saw it for dirt cheap I bought it.

Quick history lesson, in the mid 90s Sega launched the Saturn. It failed horrible but it still had its share of excellent games, most of which did not came over to this side of the pond. One that did though was the Panzer Dragoon saga.

Both the Saturn and game cost more than I'm willing to pay for them. Luckily for me Sega released a sequel on the original Xbox that includes an unlockable copy of the original Saturn game.

Lastly, I pick myself a copy of Final Fantasy The 4 Heroes of Light. Charming old school styled RPG.

For those that complained about FF13 you can't get anymore straight up RPG than this.

Somehow it feels like less than last time, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't any cheaper.

March Loot

March has finally come to an end and so has my "March Madness", and I have this loot to show for it.

As you can all see this month is almost all games with a couple of manga volumes. The main reason for that is delays, Alter's Yui got pushed to April, so did Gift's Reimu and by extension Stand By Nanoha that was going to ship with her.

Besides, I'm a gamer first and foremost and my figure collecting can and has taken a back seat to my gaming hobby.

I got a few things to say about some of these games.

First up is Fragile, I been wanting for this game to be released since I saw it at a TGS a few years back.

What caught my attention was the atmosphere of the trailers and the theme song. I will admit I have yet to play this game; however, what I have heard is making look forward to it.

In particular Pete Dorr over at Youtube said something quite interesting, he compared the story and atmosphere being similar to 5cm per second and Voices of a Distant Star.

If you watch anime you probably you heard of Makoto Shinkai and his acclaimed films and know they are worth watching. Just with that comment it made my already high interest go even higher.

One last thing, again contrary to popular belief the Wii does indeed have games worth while playing Fragile is one of those games in my opinion.

Next up is the PSP Lunar Silver Star Saga remake Silver Star Harmony. If you played games and RPGs in the 90s then you probably know or heard of this amazing Sega Saturn RPG and it's later legendary release by Working Designs for the PSOne.

I heard so much about this game that I been wanting to play it for a while. Never really owned a PSOne until its last couple of years and rarely indulged myself in PSOne games. Add to it the high price the PSOne release carried back then and I never played this game.

Luckily for me, xseed brought this over and I bought the special edition that includes the game, the soundtrack and trading cards depicting the some of the female characters from the game. I'm looking forward to playing this.

These three games should need no introduction. This month for some reason I got this urge to buy some Dreamcast games.

Funny thing is, I already own Skies of Arcadia and Soulcalibur on the Gamecube and Xbox 360 respectively and owned Crazy Taxy and sold it.

I have played through Skies of Arcadia three times, and the last time I did it was a nearly 100% run. Even so, I find owning the original version of this RPG appealing. This is probably one of the best RPGs of the past decade if you haven't give it a go.

As for Soul Calibur, I prefer this over SC4 on the PS3 and 360 although SC2 on the Gamecube is my favorite in the series. The one released for the 360 already came with everything unlocked so there is not really not much for me to do in that game other than playing against other people.

I must say the original Soul Calibur is still fun and looks great on the Dreamcast. If you haven't played the original and liked later incarnation I suggest picking it up on the 360 if you are able to.

The last game I want to talk about is GunValkyrie for the original Xbox. I liked what I read about it over at the racketboy about its difficulty and gameplay add that this game is dirt cheap and I had to pick it up.

You may wonder why I added Chiaki-sama to the picture, the reason being is that that's how I feel about this game.

The reason behind that is that I don't own an original Xbox only the 360. The Xbox 360 does not offer full backwards compatibility since it uses software emulation.

You can probably guess what happened, my 360 cannot play this game. Therefore, until I obtain an original Xbox I probably wont be able to play this game.

That's my rant about this loot, don't forget I finally got into Twitter and you can follow me to know when I make new posts @Miettechan.