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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Earlier this week was that day...

That single awareness day... People at several places were happily posting their pictures commemorating St. Valentine's day. I was happily gonna join in the fun too, but by the time I took mine it wasn't the 14th is some places.

I also tend to get discouraged when everyone does the same thing at once.

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That heart Nanoha is holding reminds me of this song with the wings it has, "Flyin' to Your Heart" from the awesome rhythm game that is Gitaroo Man.

Something much more memorable happened last week though.

I bought a couple of Nintendo DS games, games that I wanted to get for a while. When I stumbled by chance when they were on sale for $15 each I picked them off without a second thought.

In case you are wondering the two games were The Legend of Starfy and Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey.

What's memorable about that you might ask? If you take a look at that badly white balanced picture of my shelf you might notice those stacks of DS games. With my new acquisitions I now own 60 games for the system.

Still falling a bit short of my PS2 where I own close to 80 games for the system.

Sigh... I should stop adding games to my backlog.

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New year, new loot

Not a bad loot to start off this year with. To start off on the figure side I got straight front the front lines in the war against pants Miyafuji Yoshika from Strike Witches.

From the epilogue of chapter of Persona 3: FES comes Metis, Aigis' little sister. I talked about the Persona franchise a bit last year.

Finally there is the well known Asuka in her lovely test type plug suit. While not a big fan of Evangelion I still liked both Asuka and Rei, specially Asuka after her display in the movies with the finale.

Also picked up the figma version of Biri Biri that just so happens comes with a game as an extra. From what I seen the game is a decent fighting game.

On the gaming side I picked up Killer 7 from the eccentric Suda 51, the man responsible of the recent No More Heroes games on the Wii.

I picked up Nier an action RPG that was released last year that has become a cult hit. I been hearing good feedback about the game from various sources so I thought to pick it up when I saw it on sale for a mere $15.

Ghost Trick is a game I had been looking forward for a while, after all it comes from the people responsible for the popular Ace Attorney series. Interesting game play mechanics, full of style and clever dialogue just as the afformentioned Ace Attorney games and I was sold on it.

I talked about the Valkyria Chronicle pins I got as a prize from Radiant already.

The last item is a mouse pad featuring Biri Biri and Kuroko, I must say though, I'm a bit disappointed. This mouse pad is way smaller than I thought it would be and also way thinner than I thought it would be. 1mm, that's how thick it is. Doesn't feel like a mouse pad at all.

There you have it, the first loot to start off 2011's loots.

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I sure played a lot of games last year...

... and you know what? I don't think it was enough. That's the stack of games I finished last year.

Several things to mention, Halo and Perfect Dark are missing as I played the Xbox 360 digital versions of those games. While the Metroid Prime Trilogy is in the picture I only finished Metroid Prime but not 2 or 3. Peace Walker has an extra chapter to play through after the credits roll so your mileage may vary whether I finished that game or not.

In total, I finished 27 games last year, my personal best. Usually I finish about half or a little less than that number.

However, most of those games I bought this year but that's not all of the games I bought. Just take a look a my loot posts and see how many games I bought last year.

Plus, I have literally hundreds of games in my backlog. My backlog spans at least three generations, both consoles, handhelds and PC. The games spread across seven different consoles and three different handhelds.

That's why I said even though I never played as many games in one year before it was not nearly enough.

I seriously own and buy too many games. I wonder though, how much more would I buy if I didn't buy figures as well.

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Urgh! I still buy too much...

Alright, this time I wont neglect to talk about my loot for three months like last time.

First up is this trio of figures.

Just like with Yui, when Mio was originally out up for reservations she was sold out before I even loaded Hobby Search's page. With that I ended up getting Mio in her second shipment.

First, I got to mention something I find extremely odd. Ever since I started to buy figures not once did I get a scaled figured without having to wait after a delay.

Momohime from the game you all should probably buy, Muramasa the Demon Blade, and Misaka Mikoto from A Certain Scientific Railgun were both released as originally scheduled.

Are you doing your part in the war against pants?

I sure am!

This Strike Witches American release is great, whoever did the PR for it deserves a price. Not only does it spoof WWII era propaganda but also the well-known fact that the girls don't wear pants.

I really like to support my hobby's industries, when Amazon had a DVD sale I took the opportunity to buy Strike Witches.

Three things to mention about it, it is indeed uncensored for those that care, it comes with a reversible cover that shows the girls info such as name, weapon, rank, panties, etc. and that it comes with a 501st patch.

July also coincided with the usual every three months release of  Negima. I really like this manga, I seriously put Ken Akamatsu as my favorite manga author.

Next is Bakuman, from the creators of Death Note. Ever wondered how manga gets made? What goes into going from an idea on your head to getting published? How manga authors and editors work together?

Bakuman is the story about a couple of friends, an illustrator and a writer, and their journey and tribulations to achieve their dreams of being a famous manga author.

Every week I look forward to Shonen Jump not because of the trio of shonen mangas that is Bleach, Naruto and One Piece. I look forward to Bakuman and Bukuman alone.

The final book is by Kotaku correspondent Brian Ashcraft. This book is all about the cultural phenomenon that are Japanese schoolgirls. It covers everything from the origin of the sailor uniform to the various incarnations of school girls in various types of media. Really good read if you like modern Japanese culture.

Trio of DS games.

Lunar Knights, you know Hideo Kojima? That man used to do other games that didn't have Metal Gear in the title such as Zone of the Enders. This game in true Kojima fashion is quite good and quirky.

Knights in Nightmare, a Sting developed RPG published by Atlus part of the same series of games such as Yggdra Union and Riviera.

Megaman Zero Collection, this is my favorite Megaman series and my favorite set of games from GBA in one single package. This collection contains all four MMZ games which you can choose to play individually or play through an arranged mode that combines all four games into one.

Persona 3 Portable, I talked a bit about it on my Shin Megami Tensei Persona post, a portable tuned port of Persona 3 from the PS2.

Persona 3 was the best game I played in 2007 and one of the best RPG experiences I ever had. Persona 3 Portable is a port of the PS2 original tuned for the PSP and portable gaming, adds several game play enhancements from Persona 4, and adds a new female protagonist that changes various aspects of the story if you play as her.

While I recommend Persona 3 FES as an entry point for the series, P3P is also another good way to try the series out.

Most probably haven't heard about this game at all. I picked it up for one reason alone, Treasure. I'm really biased towards Treasure games in general. For those that don't know who Treasure is they have developed games such as Gunstar Heroes, Ikaruga and Sin and Punishment.

I want to buy as many of their games as I can, when I saw this for $4 I was not gonna pass it up.

Another interesting thing to mention is that it's one of the last few games Working Designs localized before going down under.

I'm slowly trying to build up my Dreamcast collection.

I picked up one of the best RPGS for the system, Grandia 2. While I do own the PS2 port I wanted the original as well plus I was lucky this seller included the extra music disc that came with the game.

I really fail at not ranting about my loots, oh well.

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