29 Sep 2007

PVC figures for sale on ebay

A selection from the bowels of auction lots on ebay, as numbered:

1 Ayane 12" vinyl statue
2 Gunx Carmen 99 1/8th scale PVC
3 Star Wars Princess Leia 10" tall
4 Shunya Yamashita Art SERA CHAN 1/7 Statue PVC Figure
5 Batman 12" Kotobukiya figure
6 8" Marvel Catwoman Vinyl statue
7 Poseable 6" action figurine of Yuna from Final Fantasy X-2
8 Rei Ayanami 200mm from Kotobukiya
9 Witchblade Amaha Masane 1/7 Statue Figure from Toranoana


27 Sep 2007

What is a Bishojo Game?

A bishōjo (bishoujo) game also known as game of beautiful girls is a genre of Japanese video game dealing with interactions with female game characters delivered in graphic style similar to manga or anime. Most bishōjo games involve some semblance of romance or seduction, leaning towards adult versions, which are destinctly not for the faint hearted.

A phenomenon in Japan, Bishoujo games comprise an important segment of the gaming industry there, with some games selling more than a million copies. The bishōjo game industry has little presence outside of Asia, only a few titles have been translated or commercialized for Western audiences. In the West, bishōjo remains one of the least-known genres in the video game industry.

Indepth Bishojo guide on Wikipedia
Jast USA (licensor and distributor of English bishōjo games)
Freetype Bishojo game site
Pete's Bishoujo Games Essential links
renaigames bishojo guide

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26 Sep 2007

Air Gear Wallpaper

Air Gear is both a manga and an anime series by the mangaka "Oh! great". More recently it has also been adapted into a musical.

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23 Sep 2007

Seven Swords DVD

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Seven Swords is a 2005 Hong Kong film directed by Tsui Hark and adapted from renowned Wuxia writer Liang Yusheng. In the mid-1600s, the Manchurians take over sovereignty of China and establish the Qing Dynasty. The new rulers immediately impose a ban on the practice of Martial Arts Ban, seven heroes each with uniquely fashioned swords take on the might of a mercenary army hell bent on imposing sovereign rule.

The unedited film was approximately four hours long, but was cut to 153 minutes. Viewers have expressed interest in seeing an extended version, but no such version has been released.

Official Website (UK)
Official Website (with english translation)

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14 Sep 2007

1/8th Scale PVC Ira Blanc Neige Kotobukiya

Full name Ira Blanc Neige Gardenias, crown princess of Runevale Kingdom Neige and a character from the Ps2 Game and anime series "Shining Tears X Wind"

Often referred to as the Ice Witch due to her specialization in ice magic, but just as likely because of her temperament cold, sarcastic and antisocial. Her Japanese voice actor is Megumi Hayashibara, the same voice behind Rei Ayanami in Rebuild of Evangelion (2007.

The sculpt is based on the character designs of bishoujo master artist Tony Taka, the sorceress has been rendered in three dimensions by Hojun Otoyama. Blanc stands 8 2/3" tall (1/8th scale), and has been acclaimed by game producer Tsuyoshi Sawada as a great quality sculpt.

I'm Sorry Figure no longer available :(

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Wallpaper of the Week

Final Fantasy watercolour artist unknown.

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Pic of the Week

from bbs.ent.tom.com graphics forum

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12 Sep 2007

Chain & Jane Fantasy Artists

Jiansong Chen and Jie Jiu aka Chain and Jane. Six galleries of full-sized images and a tutorial on their website.

Official Website


11 Sep 2007

Kabuki David Mack Wallpaper

Kabuki is a comic book series by artist and writer David Mack, first published in 1994. The series concerns the struggle of an assassin belonging to a special, government-backed circle of masked and costumed female enforcers called the Noh.

Kabuki: Circle of Blood (collects Kabuki: Fear the Reaper and Circle of Blood 1-6)
Kabuki: Dreams (collects Kabuki Color Special, Kabuki: Dreams of the Dead, Kabuki #1/2, and The Ghost Play)
Kabuki: Masks of Noh (collects Masks of the Noh 1-4)
Kabuki: Skin Deep (collects Kabuki: Skin Deep 1-3)
Kabuki: Metamorphosis (collects Kabuki 1-9)
Kabuki: Scarab (collects Kabuki: Scarab 1-8)
Kabuki: The Alchemy (limited series - 8-9 issues)

David Mack Website


Yin: Darker than Black Wallpaper

Yin is a character from the anime television series by Tensai Okamura. Yin is an emotionless spirit medium known as a "Doll". Very passive and speaking rarely, she is described as having no emotion and incapable of such processes.

Darker Than Black Website (Japanese)
List of Darker than Black Characters
Darker than Black DVD's on Playasia.com


Rahxephon Opening

A 26 episode anime series directed by Yutaka Izubuchi, who is quoted as saying he wished, with the release of Rahxephon to set a new standard for mecha anime. The story follows Ayato Kamina, his ability to control a godlike mecha known as the RahXephon, and his inner journey to find a place in the world around him. The opening theme "Hemisphere" is composed by Yoko Kanno and sung by Maaya Sakamoto.

Rahxephon Wallpaper on Forbidden Forest


10 Sep 2007

Witchblade Wallpaper

Wallpaper from the Top Cows, Comic Book version of Witchblade.

The series originally starred Sara Pezzini, a NYPD homicide detective who comes into possession of the Witchblade, a supernatural, artifact with immense destructive and protective powers. Through the Comicbook series Sara struggles to hone the awesome powers of the Witchblade and fend off those with a nefarious interest in it.

There have been many spin-off titles, which place the Witchblade in other times and settings. The character of Sara Pezzini was also featured in crossovers with characters from other franchises, including Lara Croft, JLA, and the X-Men's Wolverine.

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8 Sep 2007

Sword of the Stranger Wallpaper and Trailer

A new feature length Anime Movie Set for Japanese release on September 29. Directed by Masahiro Ando, a first-time director who has been a key figure in the animation of Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Memories, Evangelion, Jin-Roh, Cowboy Bebop, and Gundam Seed.

Official Website
Famitsu Stills


5 Sep 2007

Ikki Tousen Kanu Unchou Grey from Yamato

Kan'u Unchou is a Character from the 13 part anime series Ikki Tousen* (aka "Bakunyū" Hyper-Battle ) Kanu Unchou is seen as the most feared and powerful Toushi around, wielding the nearly invincible Blue Dragon Crescent Blade as well as the legendary sword Kusanagi.

Recommended for mature collectors.
Kan'u stands 8 1/2-inches tall and has an arsenal of killer weapons at her disposal. She's made of PVC plastic and comes packaged in a window box with a display base. Featured in her gray-variant torn school outfit with a see-through shirt, Kanu is a limited edition of 1,500 pieces. Now available in "Red" and "Blue" versions.

*The series is known for it's notable fan service, featuring a very large cast of attractive young women, who fight in short skirts and dresses, in addition to numerous other ecchi situations.

Available on Amazon:

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3 Sep 2007

WAR Age of Reckoning Wallpaper

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR) is an upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy setting.

Official Website
Concept Art on Download Munkey

Kotobukiya Figures