Miniatures Unboxing: Re-Ment’s “The Japanese Room ~Chigaidana Set~”

I’ve started a new hobby: collecting Japanese miniatures. This was partly to take my mind off dark and depressing thoughts—but on some level, I also wanted to bring Japan a little closer to me during a time when travelling there isn’t possible. Since I couldn’t experience my favourite holiday destination in full-sized reality, a scaled-down facsimile would have to do.

In today’s unboxing, we’ll take a close look at Re-Ment’s 「THE 和室 ~違い棚セット~」(THE Washitsu ~Chigaidana Setto~ / “The Japanese Room ~Staggered Shelves Set~”), part of its Puchi Sample series.

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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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Oh, I just happened to be in town . . .

. . . and picked up one of these.

Is what I’d like to say in a few months’ time, anyway.

I’m deep into planning a trip to Sapporo for the 2014 Yuki Matsuri, but the festival’s link with the nendoroid incarnation of a certain very famous – and very nonexistent – singer completely escaped my notice until this morning. (Tip of the hat to ANN for carrying the story.)

Truth be told, I’m not particularly fond of next year’s design; the second and third versions rank far higher in my book. But hey, if I can get the chance to snag one of these right on Miku’s home turf, I won’t be complaining too loudly.


Ryougi Shiki 1/7 PVC figure (Good Smile Company)


She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes.

– Lord Byron, She Walks in Beauty

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And today’s guest is . . . ?

Today, I spotted a very special cameo in Episode 11 of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu:

Of course, nothing beats a live appearance.

Sword + kimono = pure win

I have never seen Kara no Kyoukai. Until today, the name Ryougi Shiki has never passed within my hearing.

All that changed when, on my usual random browse-through of a certain online retailer, the stunning vision of a sword-wielding woman clad in a kimono appeared in front of me.

And before I knew it, my hands were scrambling to submit an irrevocable pre-order.

Details on Good Smile’s official website. She’s due out in November.

EDIT (09:16 PM): I just realised something – this is my 100th post. Break out the pocky!

The world is not beautiful . . .


. . . but she certainly is.

(Sadly, I can’t say the same for the quality of my pictures. Rush job + old camera + lack of photographic talent = Disaster.)

Today the spotlight falls on Good Smile Company’s 1/8-scale figure of Kino, the title character of the 2003 animated series Kino no Tabi.

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