Max Factory Tharja

It's been a long time since I played Fire Emblem: Awakening but I did sink over a hundred hours into it, so it is still very memorable to me.

In this turned based, tactical RPG, there exists a system in which units get closer to each other if they fight together; eventually leading to marriage. There also exists a custom character that is supposed to represent yourself in the game. So I did what any sensible person would do and married the creepy stalker. In reality the choice was really hard because Awakening has many beautiful girls, all  which are really sweet in their own ways. Anyway I chose correctly because my in-game wife would eventually get a figure and here it is:

I was supposed to take photos that were closer to a review but I was having too much fun and just took what I wanted.

It may seem I went for Tharja for her looks alone but she's actually really nice and a bit shy in the game, if you ignore the whole dark magic hexes and stalking. No wait that's kinda neat too. She also has a really nice laugh "Fufufu".

You don't really notice at first glance but Tharja has quite a bust. In the game you don't notice either since she's always holding a big grimoire close to her chest. It's not till they mention her "boing-y" parts in a side skit that you realize her assets.

The right hand sucks. She has sausage fingers and the ring that is supposed to go on her finger just kinda hovers on her knuckle.

This figure's all about legs.

10/10 would marry again. (except for the knuckle)

All these poses have left me wanting to see more of her so I'm off look for pictures at gelbooru.

See ya~

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!

ques Q Purple Heart - Hypersexualized young girls inside!

Every once in awhile I come across a game, a game with such an amazing and clever premise that instantly grabs my attention.

I sit and can’t help but think, how come no one thought of this before? Hyperdimension Neptunia is one such game, when I first read about it I was hoping for a localization and sure enough Nippon Ichi Software of America delivered and the game was released in English.

What premise does this game hold you might ask? The anthropomorphization of the current generation console wars. You got four different countries along with four goddesses each being a representation for one of the three current generation consoles the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360.

The fourth goddess, Purple Heart, protagonist of the game is a representation of the unreleased Neptune from Sega which would have combined the Genesis/Mega Drive and the 32x into a single console.

The countries and their ruling goddesses display traits associated to their console counterparts. For example you get Black Heart ruler of Lastation, a haughty, slightly arrogant girl who presides over a heavily industrialized country in a seemingly technological arms race against the rest. The game rolls with this and fills the game with nods to the console wars, the gaming industry and a bit of anime.

The game is filled with references ranging from things such as Pitfall to current generation stuff like Gears of Wars, then current anime like K-On! and even game developers all but in name. Sadly enough rather than being woven into the storyline of the game plays these out as optional skits featuring character conversations with each other or NPCs or as side quests.

The game gets a jump start when after a long lasting stalemate the three other goddesses gang up on Purple Heart and defeat her in order to change this stalemate.

Afterwards  she awakens to find herself with amnesia, can now hear the voice of a mysterious girl in captivity that needs rescuing that no one else can, has a flashy transformation into a more powerful form, and sets out on a quest with her newfound allies to save the world because she is an RPG protagonist and that's what they do.

The lovely Neptune is voiced by the equally lovely Rie Tanaka, who actually cosplayed as Purple Heart. She is a rather simple minded, happy go lucky, always positive, somewhat flat chested girl. Which is quite jarring when compared to after she transforms into Purple Heart who is a bustier, confident, colder, more prideful and totally not dojiko at all. I think she is a really fun character. Rie Tanaka does an excellent job when she switches between personalities, sometimes it's hard to tell it's the same person doing the voice work.

The storyline sequences are presented in a visual novel style dialogue boxes with character portraits. The illustrations are provided by the artist Tsunako whose art style I have come to like after playing the game. Interestingly enough the character portraits breathe, blink and occasionally are bouncy to add some movement to the otherwise usually static character portraits.

The actual game part though, is where thing start to get shaky. While the various descriptions and reasoning for the various dungeons that are present in the game are fairly entertaining for both storyline and side quest sequences the dungeons themselves are not. You get the same repetitive dungeons, the lay out may be different but they all share a look and feel that tend to repeat. The same can be said about the objectives it is one of four, find the exit, defeat the boss, find a specific item or defeat a certain number of an enemy type.

The game has a nice battle system where you can create your own custom combos and do fairly involved stringing of attacks between characters. However, once you find the one combo that works for you, the one combo that leads to the desired result such as switching characters or the transformations there really isn’t any need to do anything else. This results with the battles consisting of stringing the same combos over and over again.

Then you get to the true ending which requires grinding for a game mechanic that is not properly explained within the game. In my case it consisted in doing the same dungeon over and over again until I had grinded enough. I had to do this three times once for each goddess in order to recruit them and unlock the true ending and final boss.

All things considered if you can put up with the grinding it is a fun experience that gets more fun given how knowledgeable you are concerning the gaming and anime references. As much as I complained about the game to exilehero I apparently liked it enough that I bought the sequel without much thought, as well as buying this figure of Purple Heart.

Hyperdimension Neptunia is what I would consider a niche game, the type of property that I would not expect a figure from unless it was in the form of a garage kit. Happily enough for me ques Q went out to prove me wrong by releasing this rendition of Purple Heart.

I will express my biggest disappointment first, Purple Heart did not come with her fancy armor parts or weapon. Sure enough, some of the armor is not actually attached to Purple Heart and it just hovers around her but I’m sure that ques Q could have worked something out.

Well, here is one thing that I was pleased with the figure. Certain parts that should be plump are just as I would have liked after playing through the game and looking at the illustrations.

I'm a big fan of the skin tight plug suite like outfit Purple Heart and the other goddesses get after transforming, the figure reflects that nicely.

What I am happy with though is the nice sculpting of the body and the body suit. I love how the suit hugs her body at all the right places, lovely! In particular I love how it looks in her nice tushie! I suppose the way it looks reminds me a lot of a one piece swimsuit. Hmm... I do wonder why it has her name on it.

Overall this figure is quite decent if only a bit boring. However, once you start to look closer you start to see some literal rough edges here and there. The painting for example while good looking from afar once giving a closer look in some areas does not keep with in the lines. The hair while having a nice two tone purple giving it nice highlights is literally a bit rough.

Interestedly enough, her hair adornment holding her braid together can glow like in the game if you shine a light at it. Apparently ques Q though it was important enough to point it out in the box.

The base is a bit on the boring side, clear plastic circular base, can't get any more vanilla. Everyone once in a while I see people complain about bases like these, as for me as long it works and is not overly obtrusive I don't really care.

I think if I have a problem with this figure it would be the face. The expression is in par with her personality and in game apperance but it is the lack detail that dissapoints me.  I'm happy with the eyes, it follows the glowing "on symbol" form the game. There is a lack of detail in the mouth plus her nose lacks definition from some angles so it looks like she doesn't have any depending where you look from.

All things considered if you are a fan of the game or character it is a figure for you.  Some rough edges around but it is  a decent figure all around.

Perhaps a bit expensive at 7600 yen for what you get but it has apparently been on sale at several places closer to the 4500 yen mark which is easier to swallow.

Now, ques Q has had my attention lately because they figures that have shown off look very appealing to me. However, after their Yukari from Touhou and now this Purple Heart I’m unsure what to think of them. They release figures of characters I like, have a good enough quality, but it’s the prices bothers me. If their prices where some 1000 - 2500 yen cheaper depending on the figure it will just right in my opinion.

Well, that's that. Hmm.. this was more about the game than the figure. I guess I'm living up to the gamers part in Otagamers.

quesQ Yukari Yakumo - the Border Between Posts and No Posts

If there's a touhou that comes close to being my favorite it’s probably Yukari, she’s in my avatar and all. Yukari is from the 7th Touhou game, Perfect Cherry Blossom.

Her main power, and what makes her famous, is her ability to manipulate borders, also called gaps. The most convention use of her power is just to use those gaps as portals, so she's often seen zipping in and out of scenes in the most improbable ways. However the border manipulation also extends to abstract concepts, like the bordered between life and death, or maybe the border betwe-

Yukari is the hidden boss after the hidden boss, so her stage goes beyond the normally hidden “extra” mode and is classified as “phantasm”. All of this makes you think that she’s quite strong, and well I believe she is. I tried many times to get for her stage in preparation for this review, however I have yet to get there. I however watched a lets play of her level so it’s as if I had played it... right?

It’s hard to really grasp the personality of a touhou because half of it is taken from random lines from the games and half of it is made up. So you end up getting your own interpretation of how the character is. Yukari is one of the characters whose interpretation varies widely, from very cutesy demeanor to dark and twisted witch.

But to me, because of her relationship with her minions/family, she seems a bit more like a gang boss... that’s really bored and sleeps all day... Well maybe she’s more like spoiled brat that does whatever she wants, maybe this is one of the reasons I like her so much. She may threaten to unbalance the nature of the world in itself (like she did in Touhou 7), but i believe that her intentions were in good spirits!

Anyway on to the figure! Yukari is made by quesQ, they are a company i had no previous experience before getting Yukari so I decided to give them a try.

Her hat is removable. But don't do that, everyone knows that touhous die when they are killed- I mean touhous die when if you take their hat off.

One of the better aspects of the figure is the shading, here you can see a slight brownish shade on her hair that really gives it volume. On the downside the ends of the hair a rough and you can see a molding line on the right side near her head.

Another great thing about this figure is that it's sculpted in such a way that her outfit hugs her, ahem, body really well emphasizing her figure which really brings out her perky personality.

Yukari comes with her signature umbrella. It's quite simple. Her hands lack detail aswell, though it's nothing major. The umbrella fits into a little hole in the base that at first glance seems to be chip damage but is actually a feature!

Rather shameless mold line on her other hand, tough this is rarely visible when displayed. You can also see Yukari's other signature item, her fan. This one is rather nicely made with pretty nice details. It's a little scary to pu on since you have to kinda shove it in stretching Yukari a bit in the process.

Yukari's base is a gap. It's kinda roughly made and one of the pegs scarcely helps to hold her in place since it's not tight at all. Think they could have done a better job on this. Yukari is able to stand without her base if needed.

On to more fun suff. She comes with an alternate hairstyle with her air picked up. She looks a bit more conservative but extremely cute this way. To change hairstyle you take her face off and put it on the new hair. They share the fringe though. The picked up hairstyle has its own hat to accommodate the large bun that results from picking up hair.

One of the wonder of a picked up hair is that you are able to peek into one of the forgotten points of female beauty, the nape, or the back of the neck for the uninitiated.

More fun stuff. Her skirt actually is able to come off in pieces. First off, if you cast off the bottom most piece, her outfit turns into a bit more modern skirt that goes slightly above the knees.

This is as naked as Yukari gets, no hat, miniskirt.

Taking off the final skirt peace leaves her in miniskirt mode. You can see her garter belt and everything! I think it looks very nice. Also notice the slight fold in her stockings around the knee area, aswell as the shading there, pretty good.

Miniskirt mode results in some pretty sexy shots.

I'm conflicted with what's under the curtains. On the one had details like the painted garter belt and the little dimples that result from pulling on the stockings along with he little indentations done on the flesh by the tightening of the clothes are really nice. However there's very noticeable mold lines and the panties are pretty rough in comparison with the rest of the undergarments.

Overall I wish Yukari was of slightly better quality, she has a lot of very nice features like the hair and the nice sculpt, but the lack luster quality really ends up making me wanting more for a character that I like so much.

While I don’t want to make my writing longer without a good reason, I do believe that I can make these reviews a bit more clear and give them a sort of structure. So I plan to add the following section after the regular pictures and random incoherent banter.

The good

  • Two different hairstyles, three different length of the skirt and the accessories give you a wide variety of ways to pose Yukari.
  • Good sculpting, sexy body / underwear.
  • Nice shading.

The bad

  • Molding has many rough edges and mold lines.
  • Butt’s a little small and flat, seems disproportionate to the rest of the body.
  • price is a little too much at 10,500 yen, and that’s with the amiami discount!!

The extra

  • She comes with an extra faceplate that's exactly the same for some reason.

Who should buy this?

I’d recommend you buy her only if you’re a really hardcore Touhou or Yukari fan. Anyone else might want to pass on her given the price. Perhaps consider Phat’s Yukari as an alternative, tough even that one isn't completely to my liking. I don’t think there’s been a Yukari figure that I really liked but this one and the Phat one are the ones that come the closest. I’ll continue to hope some other company steps up to make more Touhou figures, because so far it’s been somewhat underwhelming. Till next time~

Selvaria Bles - Alter's Bikini Clad Commander

Hello boys and girls! Today I have a post about one of my favorite female characters, Selvaria Bles by Alter. You might know her from games like Valkyria Chronicles, or Valkyaria Chronicles 2, or Valyria... 3, well you get the idea.

As I already mention Selvaria is from the video game series Valkyria Chronicles, which is developed by SEGA, and she's a design by Raita Honjou for the games. The games are a sort of strategy/action mix that works very well and I'd highly recommend them.

You might notice that this Selvaria's face and overall style looks quite different from the older Alter Selvaria with lance and shield. It's seems to me that this is because this one is made with reference to one of Raita's sketches directly, while the other one seems to be more akin to the 3D model of her from the games. Interestingly enough the original sketch included a summer hat and beach ball. I think I would have like that better since it gives her a more summer-y and soft look, rather than the weird shower head thing. She is sculpted by Yagyuu Toshiyuki which has done number of other figures which I find very appealing. There was also a limited edition version of this figure with white bikini rather than black.

Whenever Raita draws her, her eyes become intense, serious, but melancholic almost sad as well. I think this better fits her character best. In contrast others will make her come off as simply an angry and domineering drill sergeant, which is pretty far removed from how she really is. Selvaria is a woman with a troubled past and is trying to cope with her life by doing her duty as a soldier, not an S&M queen trying to destroy the world.

I think this warm feeling was translated well into the figure, as her eyes and face are quite beautiful.

You probably already noticed but, Selvaria has enormous tits, which is not a deterring factor in the slightest. As a very nice detail, here you can see the bikini top pressing against the breast to create an indentation on the flesh.

You can also appreciate how the breast begins near the arm pit and on the upper chest and flows down on to the actual mass of the breast. On the upper part of the breast you can see that the skin has separated from the cloth, leaving behind a tense golden string that seems to barely be able to contain the weight. These details really give a sence of weight to her bosom making it feel more life-like.

Her hair is of a blueish silver color instead of the usual silver, almost white, that she is usually portrayed in. This doesn't really bother me since whenever she has her powerful Valkyria aura her hair glows with a blue outline, so this color seems natural to me. The hair is also quite soft and each strand can bend quite a bit. I don't think I saw any seam lines either, as far as figure hair goes, Selvaria's is pretty damn beautiful.

Her abdomen is actually pretty well toned, she's a soldier after all. Here you can also see her fancy belt which is supposed to be for the sheath of her sword.

It connects to that belt thing with shiny gold patterns. You can see the hole where the peg goes into. You can also see her wonderfully nice buttocks and delightfully plump legs.

The sword has been inserted.

Her sandals follow the same gold pattern on black background. You can also see the finely sculpted feet and painted toenails. She connects to the base only though the peg on the rock beneath her foot here. The base also has a little seashell which is surprisingly soft.

While she only connects with one peg the was is sculpted so that it fits almost perfectly into her lovely bottom. This and the fact that she's holding on to the shower head with her right hand makes her very stable.

Her outfit has the imperial army sigil and is in its colors. She even has a choker very similar to her battle uniform. Makes me wonder if the imperial army has an official swimsuit uniform. Hmm maybe the empire is not that bad after all.

Selvaria seems to be ready for battle even when taking time off on the beach.

She even has a backup knife just in case.

Overall I really liked this figure. I was a little hesitant that her proportions would be a little too ridiculous but once I had her with me I thought she looked good. Very darn good actually. Writing this has reminded me of just how much I liked Valkyria Chronicles and how much I liked her as well.

Till next time~