Figure Unboxing: Nendoroid Shima Rin, Touring Version (Max Factory)

It’s been a good long while since I last wrote about anything to do with anime, and even longer since my last figure-related post. Time to address both gaps with this review of a new acquisition: Max Factory’s nendoroid depiction of Shima Rin from the series Laid-Back Camp.

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Cheer up, Mio-chan.


We’re outnumbered nine to one, but at least we’ve got our own pseudoholiday.

She speaks all of two words . . .

. . . and I suddenly find myself wanting to know her better.

2008: The Year of the Taiga


Aisaka Taiga.

She’s rough. She’s tough. She’ll eat you out of house and home and won’t even thank you for it. But hey, we all love her anyway.

And that’s why 2008 is her year.

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Saimoe 2008: The triumph of the avenger

All I can say is: Brilliant. Bloody brilliant.

In the epic Duel of the Twins that marked the end of Saimoe 2008, Lucky Star‘s Kagami emerged triumphant over her younger sister Tsukasa to take the crown of victory 1037-976. Unlike most of the previous battles, the outcome of the final match was far from certain for much of the day, with the hourly results showing frequent overlaps and the slimmest possible margins. A clear advantage in Kagami’s favour only began to emerge sometime after 7 PM, and Tsukasa’s supporters virtually closed that gap as voting entered its final agonising hour – but in the end, the elder sister’s minions came through for her and propelled her to victory on a 61-point margin.

I wish I could turn out something more substantial to top off this year’s Saimoe coverage, but I’m pressed for time at the moment so this brief write-up is all I can give for now. Though I’m really itching to compose something similar to the “epic” that reported the results of the Battle of the 30th.


Saimoe 2008: The Duel of the Twins is nigh

It appears that Nagisa’s final curse has come to pass.

In the Battle of the 31st, Lucky Star‘s Tsukasa sustained an early lead against Hayate no Gotoku‘s Hinagiku to win a spot in the finals of Saimoe 2008, 1137-1096 – a margin of just 41 votes. The hourly chart shows that the gap between the two contenders narrowed to virtually nothing just before midnight, yet even that late surge in Hinagiku votes failed to thwart her opponent.

Which means that come 2nd November, we will have an epic Duel of the Twins between the Hiiragi sisters.

I can’t wait.

Saimoe 2008: The sword of the avenger

I sing of arms and of a woman:
servant of Themis, handmaiden of Nemesis,
from whose hand the justice of the gods
was dealt. Hear me, O Muse! Let thine ears
embrace the voice of my supplication.
As I drink from the waters of the Kastalian Spring,
assist me in the great labour of this history
that all the unborn ages may know of the terrible battle
that rent the sea and sky, and brought order
to a world mired in chaos.

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