31 Dec 2011

Ichigo Kurosaki 黒崎 一護 Anime Wallpaper

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Ichigo Kurosaki 黒崎 一護 principal character from the anime and manga franchise Bleach by Tite Kubo.  First appearance, Bleach Episode 1, "A Shinigami is Born," 2004
An orange-haired 15-year-old teenager with the ability to see spirits. Gifted with Soul Reaper powers by Rukia Kuchiki a Soul Reaper who is forced to give him her powers in order to fulfill her duties.  He fights to protect people from evil spirits called hollows and sending good spirits, wholes, to Soul Society.

Considerate and thoughtful, worrying about his friends tends to put him in danger

Ichigo Kirosaki Wiki

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30 Dec 2011

Pic of the Week Kiyo Murakami


Photo edit "Night scented girl" from remarkable Tokyo based Kiyo Murakami.

Higher res images from her Official Website and on Flickr

Wallpaper of the Week Mario Wibisono


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Stunning CG artwork from Indonesian artist Mario Wibisono, image entitled "Superstar".  See the rest of his awesome portfolio on
Official Website
On Deviantart

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29 Dec 2011

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Wallpaper Widescreen


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aka Mission Impossible 4, 2011 action spy film, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Academy Award-winning Brad Bird.

Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates "Ghost Protocol". Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency's name and prevent another attack.

Official Website
On Twitter
Movie Poster on eyesurfing

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27 Dec 2011

Sylvia Ji Art


Born in 1982, San Francisco, USA
Ji says of her work, it’s “a passionate appreciation of simple aesthetic pleasure fused with intimately complex subject matter.”

Official Website Portfolio selections from 2005
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26 Dec 2011

Street Fighter X Tekken Character Art





Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, Playstation vita, Microsoft Windows
US March 6, 2012
EU March 9, 2012

2D fighting game from Capcom, Street Fighter x Tekken combines characters from the both Street Fighter and Tekken franchises. Leading the line up are Ryu, Chun-Li, Kazuya Mishima and Nina Williams headline. 

New Characters include:

Street Fighter, Zangief aka Red Cyclone
Russian hero whose love for his country outstrips anyone else, and to show the world the strength of his motherland, he fights day in and day out. He is a man with a finely honed body of muscle and power.

Tekken, Lili,
The daughter of a world-famous oil czar. She has a haughty, arrogant attitude but also a penchant for fighting.

Gameplay movies, and more character art on the Capcom website.

Just to confuse the matter, Namco (publishers of the Tekken franchise) are set to release the 3d game Tekken X Street Fighter sometime in 2013.

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24 Dec 2011

ファイナルファンタジーxiii-2 デスクトップの壁紙, FFxiii-2 Wallpaper

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Platform: Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Released Japan, Dec 15th 2011.
US Jan 31st
Aus Feb 2nd
Eu Feb 3rd
Sequel to Final Fantasy xiii and set three years after the events of the first game.  FFxiii-2 uses a variation of the Active Time Battle (ATB) system and the Paradigm Shift system. The new system promises to address issues with the previous game.

FFxiii-2 features two new playable characters: Serah Farron, Lightning's younger sister, and Noel Kreiss, a mysterious young time traveler from 700 years in the future who uses dual combinable swords. Lightning the principal character from xiii-2 has gone missing in an unknown world and Serah and Noel set out to find her.

Lightning will be playable in the game though with brief appearances, in addition Snow Villiers and Hope Estheim  return but with drastically new appearances.

Other new characters include Caius Ballad, the bad guy, his companion Paddra Nsu-Yeul, a mysterious Pulsian seeress and Alyssa Zaidelle, a young girl with short blonde hair who works as part of the Academy organization as Hope's assistant.

The game's theme song for the Xbox 360 release is "New World" by Charice, while the PlayStation 3 releases is "Yakusoku no Basho" 約束の場所, "The Promised Meeting" by Mai Fukui

Final Fantasy xiii-2 Official Website

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22 Dec 2011

Aegis, Aigis アイギス Persona 3 Figure from Alter






Aegis, Aigis アイギス is a character from the 2006 game Persona 3, the fourth game in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series of role-playing video games developed by Atlus.

Introduced during a summer beach vacation,  Aegis is a humanoid android with short, blond hair and dark blue eyes. Aegis immediately shows an instinctual interest in protecting the Main Character which even she cannot explain.  

The last surviving model of an experimental anti-Shadow weapon, her body is mostly mechanical, although she retains a human-esque figure with a face.  In combat, she uses a wide variety of high-tech weapons, from machine guns and rocket launchers to long range guns and “rocket punches.

Aegis Wiki

This 1/6 scale prepainted PVC figure from Alter, stands approx 285mm tall on a specially designed base. Sculpture design comes from artwork by Shingenori Soejima, art director for Persona 3 and 4.

Figure Available from Playasia

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Shigenori Soejima Art Works 2004-2010 showcases the artist's illustrations from the games Persona 3 & 4, along with Stella Deus and a handful of other miscellaneous works. Available from Amazon.

21 Dec 2011

Lecca "Right Direction" MV Full Video


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Lecca "Right Direction" 3 minute version below


Apologies but it appears Wat have blocked the embed code, so I've included the 3 min version at the bottom til I find the full 5min version elsewhere or Wat unblock the vid.

Lecca レッカ  is a Japanese reggae singer-songwriter, debuting in 2005 with her album "Rekka". 

Though fans won't be disappointed with the "B" side offerings notably "Hinkou Housei", her latest single, "Right Direction" is a brave and laudable step away from her reggae origins. 

The single is taken from her sixth  album "Step One" due for release on January 25th 2012.

Though billed as a Jpop release, the production steps between both Jpop and R&B, but it's Lecca's unique vocals which shine through the track marking a unique offering from a talented songstress.  But don't take my word for it take a listen.

Track listing

1. Right Direction
2. Hinkou Housei
3. Aniki

Lecca Official Website

Available on Playasia.com
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17 Dec 2011

Soul Eater Anime Wallpaper




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ソウルイーター Soul Eater began as a manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo

The 51-episode anime adaptation first aired on April 7, 2008 on TV Tokyo.  The series faithfully follows the plot of the manga until the first major battle against Arachnophobia, at which point it heads off on it's own tangent.

Soul Eater Official Website (Japanese)

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15 Dec 2011

Black Widow Figure from Kotobukiya Marvel Comics






Continuing the series of Marvel Comics superheroines presented in Bishoujo style by Kotobukiya. Based on original artwork by Shunya Yamashita.  Sculpted by Yu Ishii, the Black Widow PVC figure stands 7 and 3/5 inches tall (1/8 scale) tall, poised atop a specially-designed base.
Black Widow is the codename for the character Natalia "Natasha" Alianovna Romanova from the Marvel Comic collection.

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See also Black Widow Movie Costume on Forbidden Forest

14 Dec 2011

Supernatural The Anime Series DVD

First ever American live-action TV show to be reworked as a Japanese animation series.

Sam and Dean Winchester are Hunters, licensed officers who travel the length and breath of the United States, pursuing demons, ghosts, vampires, and other evil spirits. They're also looking for their father, a Hunter who's chasing the evil entity that killed their mother.

With storylines mirroring Supernatural’s first two seasons plus supplemental tales derived from prequels and spinoffs, this 22 episode supernatural and horror series is spread across 3-Discs, expanding the dimensions of the familiar Winchester mythology.

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13 Dec 2011

Supergirl Cosplay Enjinight





Character: Supergirl
Cosplayer: Enjinight on Facebook: Deviantart
Photographer: Balazs Sarmai Official Website

Last Image in wallpaper size on Enjinight's Deviantart home.  More extraordinary photography, cosplay and full size images available from respective links above.

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