Let's do a quick unboxing - PSP Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable

Today we'll take a look at this nice bundle.

This is the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable special edition bundle which includes a variety of items along with the game.

When I first received this bundle I was surprised with how big the box was. Here next to HomuHomu you can appreciate how big it is. I suppose to carry all the nice goodies it couldn't be that small to begin with.

Apparently the box illustration was made specially for this bundle. I find it a nice illustration showcasing one of my biggest unfulfilled wishes from the actual show, seeing the five girls together. If you are a Kyouko fan it also gives you an opportunity to see her in a school uniform.

Compared to previous figma and PSP game bundles it is a meatier release with more things included. Previous releases I gotten as a figma + game where essentially the PSP game and the bonus figma included in a wider figma box, at the very least that was the case for the Index and Railgun games. Other games such as the Nanoha PSP games have also gotten nice big boxes like this.

The back of the box shows you information typically found on the back cover for game releases as well as the contents of the box. Most importantly for me, it shows the included school uniform version Madoka, the primary reason I bought this bundle in the first place.

Here you can see all the contents of the box. The PSP game, a blu ray disc with bonus material, a handkerchief, a pouch, and a special clear card.

Let's take a closer look at the contents.

Here are the game and the blu ray disc, both share the same cover illustration featuring all five girls.

The blu ray disc includes bonus content such as voice actress interviews, promotional videos, illustrations, the game soundtrack and wallpapers for the PS3 and PC.

The game, is what I find very interesting. It is a collaboration by Bandai Namco, Nitro+ and Shaft. You get the producers who were responsible for games such as God Eater on the Bamco side and Steins;Gate on the Nitro+ side with collaboration with Gen Urobochi for the scenario and Shaft providing the illustrations.

The game is a combination of a visual novel with fully voiced dialogue and branching path with a variety of routes and endings for the girls, one route for each of the five girls plus a final bonus route. The other part is a Roguelike RPG played in a first person view with dungeon crawling, battles and boss battles. Not only do the choices you make throughout the visual novel affect the routes and endings you get but also your actions in the battles as well.

The game contains a lot of interesting fan service and I mean in the form of providing interesting material for fans to experience rather than the erotic kind. You get to experience a lot of "what if" scenarios, for example what if Sayaka was saved from her fate as a witch or Mami survived her encounter with Charlotte.

I think this game is way more fulfilling than just a straight up visual novel as anime adaptions tend to get. Here you can watch a trailer for the game.

In case you were wondering what that Kyubey face was it's a nice pouch. The pouch is made from a furry material on the outside, a way to emulate Kyubey's fur? Although because of the color and the material I suspect it would get dirty and stained quite easily.

As you can see the pouch is a fair size, enough to carry a PSP to play the game with as well as few other things such a figma for example.

The handkerchief included is adorned with an image of a cat and pink in color. It is also listed as Homura's handkerchief, I don't particularly remember but did she use one like this in the show?

Oddly enough the clear card includes only half of the illustration, as you can tell by Homura's hair it has been cut off. Weirdly enough I seen photos of a clear card including the whole illustration, I don't have any idea why I only got half of it.

The figma is of course the main focus for me as my enjoyment of the game is hampered by lack of Japanese proficiency.

As you can see this figma is pretty skimpy in terms of accessories, only two alternate expressions for Madoka, the school bag and an attachable Kyubey to go on the shoulder. Although I see it more as an extension of the Puella Magi version more than anything else.

When you remove the figma from the box you get a nice surprise with the background illustration! I didn't take pictures of it but Kyubey's face also adorns the UMD for the game.

Over all I'm quite pleased with this special edition of the game Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable, a nice collector item for fans with quite a bit of content.

I actually had no intention of buying this at all. That changed though, when Max Factory announced they were doing school uniform versions for Mami and Sayaka, and I suspect a casual clothes version for Kyouko as well. I already owned Homura's school uniform version after I bought her from the GSC web shop. I started to look into buying Madoka as soon as possible before the others released and she came to be in bigger demand.  As I was looking for a good deal I came to notice the game bundle with Madoka was still in stock in AmiAmi at a discounted price, essentially half off around 5000 yen. A price that was very close to what the figma was going for alone at Mandrake at the time. I figured, if I'm paying the same price might as well get all the other goodies as well.

With that I now own the two exclusive releases, Mami and Sayaka school versions are regular releases, so is Madokami and probably Kyouko as well. I own the five Puella Magi versions already giving me the chance to collect the whole set of Madoka figmas in a nice and easy manner with nice retail prices.

Alright folks, I'll catch you later!

Thanks Radiant!

Radiant is such a cool guy. I'm such a bad prize winner, I received this price from Radiant like two weeks ago. A prize for what you might ask? For making a comment, in this post.

You should head over and check his blog. He posts this nice combination of figure pictures, drawing videos, some slice of life and my personal favorite the more serious posts looking at Otaku culture.

Radiant's recent post about Otaku fashion is a good example of the latter.

Once more I will make a plug for the wonderful series that is Valkyria Chronicles. An excellent mix of strategy, third person action, and a unique artistic presentation. You can easily find the first game for less than $20 on most places that sell video games.

I look forward to have the third entry of the series that goes back to a story style more similar to the first game. Although I should probably go back and finish up the second game.

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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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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