Before there was anime…

Posted by Neko Kyou in Random Fun on April 28th, 2008

Chances are before any of you started watching anime, you were or used to be entertained by “regular” cartoon shows, such as those from Disney and Warner Bros. I used to love shows such as Duck Tales (which still ROCKS btw), Ghost Busters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and much, much more.

If you’re like me, you’ll probably find some this to be a trip down memory lane, and even realize that you’ve watched something which you didn’t even knew you watched. Heck I didn’t know I watched Legend of Zelda and Dungeons & Dragons until after watching this YouTube video showcasing cartoon openings from the 80’s

While I can’t name every series shown in the video above, I can more or less recall and name all of the openings from this 90’s cartoon openings except a couple.

You can really see that Disney classics are truly timeless and are still good to watch even now… Most of them, anyway. No wonder Osamu Tezuka took his inspirations from Disney.

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Pokemon 11th Movie Trailer: Giratina and the Sky’s Bouquet

Posted by Neko Kyou in Coming Soon on April 25th, 2008

Looks like the next Pokemon movie is going to be released pretty soon, this time featuring Regigigas, Giratina and Shaymin. Not to mention looks like Dialga would be making a re-appearance as well.

I don’t really care what others say about Pokemon, I still like it. Sure, the plot is recycled every other episode and is very inconsistent, but the movies have always been pretty good – with a few exceptions.

The trailer looks quite impressive:

The last movie was quite good, so I’m looking forward to this as well. Gi gas gi gas!

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Nendoroid Get-to!

Posted by Neko Kyou in Random Fun on April 24th, 2008

Less than 24 hours after saying that I wouldn’t buy the Hatsune Miku nendoroid from J-List, I broke down and bought not only 1, but 3 of them, effectively leaving one single unit left in stock. No, I didn’t go nuts and all will be explained in a while.

My J-List checkout

J-List only listed 7 units in their stock and HLJ was supposed to get the new stock as well. But I didn’t really want to leave everything up to chance since they still had not listed it up so I shot HLJ an email earlier today asking them about it. This was their reply:


Sorry to inform you that the second batch of the item had already been sold out. You will have to look for the item elsewhere.

Thanks for writing!

That effectively leaves J-List as the only other place I know to get Muki’s nendoroid and it actually went down to 3 units this afternoon but when I checked again right before I placed my order it went back to 4. Someone probably canceled their order or something.

Since I would be going off to Australia from the 28th of this month until the 6th of May, I was going to have the nendoroid shipped to Dyna‘s place instead. When I told him about it over the phone he suddenly decided that he wanted one, too. And another friend of ours also wanted one, which is how we ended up with 3 😀 I would put all the blame on that YouTube video in my previous post for this.

The nendoroids should arrive by next week, that means I can just pick it up from Dyna once I’m back from the land down under.

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Hatsune Miku Nendoroid

Posted by Neko Kyou in Random Fun on April 23rd, 2008

Been looking for a Hatsune Miku nendoroid figure since I saw this video on YouTube about a week ago:

The bad news was Hatsune Miku’s nendoroid figure was already sold out and I could not find it anywhere at all. The damn thing sold over 50,000 units even during the pre-order period. That’s a huge amount! And since it was released at the very beginning of the month, I really didn’t have much hope of getting one anytime soon.

But a couple of days ago Shingo posted that Goodsmile had released a new batch of the nendoroid and were on its way to some of the online stores as well. I actually spent the last couple of days refreshing pages at J-List and HLJ, hoping to see signs of the new stock up for sale. And today it FINALLY appeared on J-List.

I’m not sure if Goodsmile actually bumped up the price, but J-List is currently selling it for $52.00. It’s quite obvious that they J-List always bump up the price a little, but unless the actual item really increased its price, they really bumped it up high this time. HLJ is listing their Miku Nendoroid for ~$28.00, which is almost half the price being listed in J-List.

At first, I was really about to jump on the offer, even if it did cost more, but after a little more thinking I came to the conclusion that if J-List really did decide to sell it at nearly 2x the original price for more profit, it might not be very worth it for me. Even if I do want a Miku nendoroid, I’m still not so obsessed that I’m willing to fork out double so I’m just going to take a chance and wait for HLJ to receive their supply. Hopefully, the price stays the same (2,857 Yen). Might even decide to pick up 2 of it, although if it doesn’t show up over the next couple of days, I think I’ll probably end up getting one from J-List after all.

But for those who can’t wait and not willing to take the chance (it did sold out incredibly fast the first time), you can hop over to J-List now and get one right now. They listed only 7 units in their stock, although I’m kinda skeptical about it.

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Devil in disguise!

Posted by Neko Kyou in Thoughts on April 20th, 2008

When you put ninja and anime together, you usually get lots of sneaking around (with the exception of Naruto), plenty of ninja action and ninjutsu. Nabari no Ou, while still have those elements, throws in a new twist. The one who holds the hijutsu Shinrabanshou and destined to be the ruler of the ninja world is not only a weakling brat, but a little devil trapped in a lolishota body.

Rokujou Miharu


Thanks to Miharu, this show dangerously wavers towards BL and I’m sure the fanfiction world would see an explosion of Miharu X every other guys (and girls or that matter) in the series stories. There doesn’t seem to be any yet, but mark my words, give it another couple of weeks more and we’ll definitely see a lot of them.

Miharu’s mischievous behaviour is what actually draws me into liking the show. His “Master of Apathy” character and shameless abuse of his build and look are deviliciously fun to watch. Now if he could start using bunshin and henge jutsu’s, we’ll probably see him abuse it way more than harem no jutsu.

He appears to be pretty smart and cunning, too. Maybe not on the same level as Lelouch, although Miharu does resembles him, especially his oh-so-evil grin. At the same time, his devilish pranks and expressions also reminds me of the Hitachiin twins of Ouran.

Miharu devil in disguise

Bat wings, checked. Pointy tail, checked. Miharu is definitely a devil in disguise.

The devil aside, Nabari no Ou still stands out on its own. It’s not everyday you find a main character in a ninja series who not only can’t fend for himself (so far) but lacks the motivation to do anything about it despite knowing that he’s being targeted. Instead of trying to do something on his own, he decided to stick to his nonchalant behaviour and even abuse those who are trying to keep him safe from harm.

While he does seem to have some principles of his own, and probably doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt because of himself, it’s possible that he really just don’t care. When the Shinrabanshou offered to give him anything he wants, there was nothing. I was expecting one of those cliche “I want power to protect my friends” but that didn’t happen and that was somewhat refreshing.

Miharu in action

I think the guys on the receiving end of this actually fell for him…

Nabari no Ou is currently my #5 favourite among the Spring season lineup, although this could change since we’re still at the start of the season. But considering this is animated by J.C. Staff, I have high hopes for it.

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