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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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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I wont even bother complaining anymore!!!

Instead I will just happily talk about my latest loot.

First up the figures, pretty light this time around with only two figmas.

I'm happy to say my After School Teatime band is complete with the arrival of Azusa. Even if Mio and Yui kinda made me angry at their sudden sale at the beginning of the year.

I don't particularly like BRS but I did enjoy the OVA and was pleased to see it included with the figma. Now why did I buy BRS? Simple, you can't have Black Rock Shooter without Dead Master and vice versa.

Technically I only got one book this time the third volume of Otacool since I had Spicy Wolf volume 1 for a while. Just kept forgetting to include it in the pictures.

As far as Otacool 3 I liked this theme, workspaces around the world is pretty cool. Plus I got featured this time since unlike Otacool 1 and 2 I was able to participate.

I didn't wanna buy Spicy Wolf at first because of that cover fiasco and what not. I ended picking up the second volume on a whim so I decided to buy the first too. Rightsuf had the dust jacket with the original artwork so I bought it in the end.

I kinda wish it had been like the Haruhi novels, one version with the original cover and one with whatever the publisher wanted. I suppose the dust jacket approach is fine too.

I do however, wish there had been consistency. First volume has the original artwork on the jacket and not the novel itself. For the second volume it was reversed, dust jacket with western cover and original artwork on the novel itself.

I recently played through the story mode on BlazeBlue: Calamity Trigger and after becoming invested on all the characters and the cliffhanger ending I needed to play more. So, I went and bought Continuum Shift to continue the story.

The sequel added gameplay tweaks, stages, modes, characters and a continuation of the story. I played it through and look forward to the next game as well as the new DLC characters.

As far as Resonance of Fate I wanted to buy it since it was released but that month saw me buy Final Fantasy 13 and Yakuza 3 among other things making it not feasible at the time.

When Amazon had it for half price I jumped the gun and bought myself a copy.

On the Xbox side I picked up three games.

I been hearing many good things about Lost Odyssey lately so I got it used for a nice $10. Game is pretty much new so not bad when I see it for $30.

Battle Fantasia is a fighting game by Arc System Works, the developers behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. Although available on PSN I wanted a physical copy plus it was originally made for the Xbox 360 in the first place.

Ah, updates are nice, Jet Set Radio Future and Sega GT play just fine in my 360 unlike the one I tried them on before.

Should pick up an original Xbox one of these days.

For the PS2 I picked up Nightshade a spin off the well regarded Shinobi series from the Mega Drive/Genesis days.

Disaster Report is this interesting game where you make your way through a city wide disaster as several characters. Interestingly enough the actions of one character affects the ones that come after them. This game has a sequel in the form of Raw Danger on the PS2 and an announced third game on the PSP.

For the PSP I bought Valkyria Chronicles 2, sequel to the Valkyria Chronicles on the PS3. Just buy both games.

The PSP version has all the well designed gameplay of the original plus several new additions.

Yggdra Union originally released on the GBA and was ported to the PSP. Tactical RPG goodness on the go. If you buy Knights in the Nightmare for PSP you can get Yggdra Union as a free PSN download.

Finally, Sega Tennis 2k2. I see this pop up on worthwhile Dremacast games to play lists so I got it. For a buck, sealed.

It's tennis on the Dreamcast, nothing else I can say.

That's it for now anyways.

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I really dig robot girls :3 - Alter's Kos-Mos

Kos-Mos, is the one robot girl I dig the most.

After all, no one can simply forget their first robot girl. You can look at my original write up of Kos-Mos from before I even had started this blog.

I'm not really fond of that post, so I decided to make a new one.

 

Kos-Mos really is one of my top three favorite characters, sadly I only own two figures of her. This initial release and the sexy swimsuit version I featured before.

I really want to pick up at least Alter's V4 release someday.

This is quite an old release almost five years old and one of Alter's first releases as well. This version of Kos-Mos was released in December of 2005 at a 1/8th scale for 4750 yen.

I ended up buying this figure from some random retailer online for a price much higher than that.

I like Kos-Mos' pose in this figure, really dynamic compared to other figures available at the time.

Looking at these pictures of Kos-Mos it's making me go down the memory lane and reminiscing about playing Xenosaga Episode I. Xenosaga together with Golden Sun on the GBA were my gateway drug into RPGs.

I still really like the series of games from Xenosaga, too bad it met a premature end with only three games out of the planned six.

Even though this is an older figure it still up to par as a quality release.

After all this Kos-Mos is still an Alter release, the sculpture, the painting and the details are up to par from what I expect from Alter.

Except for one thing, for some reason the gloves and the garter belt are this ugly brown color instead of the original black as seen in the game.

One thing that really caught my attention was how Kos-Mos' hair was translucent instead of a solid color.

Looking back Alter as well as other figure producers would later use this same approach for future releases of the character.

Taking a look at Kos-Mos face her looks and facial features changed quite a bit in between the first and third entry in Xenosaga.

Another thing that changed as the games progressed was Kos-Mos' bust, it grew as the games progressed.

The base is pretty boring, a featureless white square quite similar to Alter's Nanoha StrikerS figure bases.

Thinking about it, it would have been nice if Kos-Mos' base included a short bio like the Nanoha StrikerS did.

I'm happy I finally let this out of my system. I never felt I did this figure justice plus it being my first PVC figure I always felt I shout re-shoot her.

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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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