Madoka Magica movies in LA

Ah. So. Thought I should do a short blurb on the Madoka Magica movies. I went to the Sunday @1pm LA screening. Please note that there may be spoilers.

–I got there at 10:45am approximately, to wait in line. I was probably 7th in line. They still ran out of booklets, tapestries, and some other stuff before I got to the front…

–The “Head of Shocking Moments” title for Mami’s seiyuu got a lot of laughs.

–Oh my god the new OP theme HOMU/MADO MOE FEST (◕‿◕✿)

–There was an audible D’awwww from the audience during a particular snuggling scene in the OP theme. Just watching it is almost too much

(。・ω・。)ノ♡

–And the hand holding part. Happiness ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ

–Poorfag got some shout outs when she appeared on screen. We do love Poorfag.

–It seemed like they really set it up even moreso than the TV series so that Mami was SO FREAKING HAPPY…and then suddenly lolcharlotte.

–There were a few guys in the theater that yelled “NOOOOOOO” when Mami met her fate.

–It seemed like Mami got less movie-specific development than the other girls. Of course, when you’re dead for 75% of the series, you know…

–Movie started freezing and glitching during the new scene that comes after Kyouko’s final part where she sacrifices herself to stop Sayaka. Audience was like “lol shaft special effects” ∩( ・ω・)∩

–Which was sort of ironic, because the part right after the part that glitched looks pretty glitchy even when it’s played right.

–The part from Episode 10 where Homura appears in Madoka’s window randomly at night (STALKERhomuhomu) got a ton of laughs.

–Also, the Kyubey quote, “Any time you feel like dying for the sake of the universe, just call me!” got some ironic laughs.

–I think a lot of people were crying during the final parts of the second movie. That…probably goes without saying. But it’s kind of neat how even though 90% of us had already seen the series multiple times, or knew spoilers, we still got emotional.

–Personally, that part where Madoka saves other magical girls from their despair always gets me worked up. I can just imagine how anxious they are, how they can see their soul gem clouding, and how much they don’t want to fall to despair and hopelessness and hurt their loved ones as a witch… And then Madoka shows up and takes it all away so they can disappear peacefully with a quiet smile… It’s really one of my favorite moments of the final episodes   (´°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ω°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥`)

–Also, of course, crying is almost obligatory as Homura and Madoka converse in space. That part when Madoka apologizes for not realizing how great of friend Homura had always been is another of my favorite moments.

–It was interesting how in the last parts of the 2nd movie Homura offered Madoka’s ribbon to her mother as they conversed. I was glad Homura kept the ribbon in the end, but still, I think it showed how Homura realized other people like Madoka’s mom also lost an important person, even if they don’t realize it.

 

–Adding more as I think of it.

Overall, it was a really, really nice set of movies. And I can’t wait for the 3rd one. I’m really hoping Aniplex likes the response to the 1st/2nd movies, and releases the 3rd one in a similar fashion in 2013 when it comes out. There’s really nothing like seeing magical girls on a huge screen with huge audio and a lot of sniffling people who love those darn magical girls just as much as you do.

Also, MORE MERCH PLZ.

Arrivals: Max Factory’s 1/7 Scale Meiko Honma (Menma)

A few weeks ago, a huge package came! It’s certainly the biggest package I’ve ever received; and it carried my AmiAmi September order~


Slowly, I’ll be getting through posts about all these figures, hopefully. They’re all wonderful, and I regret nothing ∩( ・ω・)∩ (okay, i might regret it later)

First up is Meiko Honma (Menma) from AnoHana!

Her box is really nice, it’s a real space saver and aesthetically pleasing.

Nice blister pack, included plastic to prevent paint transfer and scratches.

As you can see, she’s a lovely girl. Menma is definitely skinnier than even the average anime girl, here and there, you can see her bones right through her skin. You probably noticed her inner tube as well; it’s decorated with all of those kanji from Jin-tan’s shirt throughout the series! It can be removed easily, since Menma separates at the upper chest area to allow you to place that inner tube through her arm. Since I took these pictures at varying times, she’ll have her inner tube off and on during the review.

She’s wearing the lower part of her bikini a bit low, which gives a nice view of her pelvic bones and stomach. That flower on her navel is so cute! Her eyes were done nicely, and I love that pop of red the Hibiscus flower in her hair gives her. Nice use of clear PVC for her hair ends~

That expression of innocently eating that ice pop is just lovely.

Her ankle bones are really nice; they really go well with the shape of her body. There’s not a ton of paint details on her, but the polka dot frills and nail polish are both executed wonderfully.

Some more random pictures…

 

As you can see, Menma’s a really nice looking girl! She’s got a really accurate sculpt that accentuates her thinness and bone structure, and her paint is great. I also really like the accuracy of her face on this version. I feel like the Kotobukiya version’s face is off, and I really don’t feel like the Beach Queen ver. has Menma’s face at all.

…now if we could only forget the irony between Menma wearing a swimsuit and the incident that sets up the premise for AnoHana…

In any case, we’re still not over the Super Peace Busters yet, as Alter has a really nice looking Menma release scheduled for later this month. It ‘is’ Alter though, so a delay might occur. (Since I’ve got her on order, I hope she’s not delayed!)

In case you needed more, Ques Q also has a version coming out in December. (Which I do not have on order; she doesn’t quite catch my eye like Alter’s and Max Factory’s versions.)

Purchasing:

She’s in stock at AmiAmi!

Arrivals: Griffon’s 1/8 Scale Ran & Chen Yakumo

Yesterday, a package came! Two of the Yakumo girls are here; Yukari-sama will be arriving shortly. (A copy of Project Diva f is in there as well; that’s my brother’s.)

First up, Ran Yakumo!

The tails are a key point of her design. From the back, she looks really nice. Those tails are heavy!

Unfortunately, there are seam lines that are pretty visible from a side angle.

Fortunately, I have no plans to display her from that angle, and from the front she looks really nice.

Nice desu ne~

Next up, it’s CHEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNN——

Chen is pretty small, so she’s not a figure I would display alone. She looks best with Ran and Yukari.

Ran and Chen look much better together than apart. Especially when you stick Chen on Ran’s base, instead of using Chen’s own base.

Chen has the classic Griffon base that’s OBNOXIOUSLY big. It’s like twice her size. Seriously.

The red of Chen’s dress really stands out against the blue of Ran’s blue…cloth thing. Only problem is that in photos, either you have Chen looking at the camera and Ran staring out into space, or Chen staring downwards and Ran looking at the camera. Decisions, decisions…

Chen photobomb START.

My kitten loved the boxes and the plastic wrap more than the figures though. (He did swat Chen’s bonnet around a few times, I guess.)

Arrivals: Good Smile Company’s Snow Miku 2012

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Snow Miku came in the other day! Finally, after 2 months of delays and a lot of defective Snow Miku’s being sent out, she’s arrived at my house. If you’re not familiar with the Snow Miku story, then a quick rundown.

Snow Miku 2012 opened pre-orders in February 2012, and was scheduled for release in July 2012. She was delayed for another month due to an unexplained problem. Then, August rolled around, and she was delayed once again for unexplained reasons. September rolls around, and some people have completely lost interest in her, others have become fed up with the delays and have passed on their pre-orders, etc. Then, the kicker. Good Smile announces there’s defects in a lot of Snow Miku’s, but it’s ‘too late’ to stop the shipment, so they ship anyways, regardless of issues. Needless to say, people weren’t terribly pleased. Japanese user images popped up, and they were not good.

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pikcarlos on MFC made this funny little image above.

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So. Onto the actual figure. First, the blister packaging. On initial inspection, everything seems okay.

Even taking her out, she still looks great! No broken joints, no terribly noticeable paint errors, and she seems to work just fine. There were a few points that could have been done better though, so we’ll take a look at those.

This is on the top of her head, on the right side of her bangs. There’s a slight paint smudge that’s barely noticeable, right below her headband. Not much of an error, but until I can take a really close look at her, I’m being super picky.

This is a problem I think ‘everyone’ has with their Snow Miku. The gem on her ribbon is supposed to be a crystal, and clear, but instead it’s cloudy. This apparently can be fixed in a ‘do it yourself’ fashion with some plastic polisher or something, but Good Smile will be automatically sending a replacement ribbon later on, with a (hopefully) clear gem.

I didn’t get time to take a really close look at her skirt, but so far, my Snow Miku is looking great! Luck of the draw, I guess.

(I should note that if you’re able to get a WonFes Winter 2012 version of Snow Miku, you should go for it; those early releases don’t have the defects the online order ones do.)

Bonus pictures I found laying around my camera…

Promise I’ll use a different face for photos next time.

Arrivals: Alter’s 1/8 Scale Shizuo Heiwajima

Quick post, need to finish some school work I’ve been procrastinating on…

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Alter’s Shizuo Heiwajima came in the mail the other day after being delayed a week. Of course, it was over the August/September borderline, and thus, AmiAmi had to ship Shizuo separately. More shipping costs yay. I took the opportunity to pick up a few cheap prize figures to ship with Shizuo though, which I’ll take pictures of later.

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Alter did a perfect job. From all the wrinkles in his clothes to the way that sign post looks ripped out of the ground, Shizuo looks awesome. I do wish he was in a more dynamic pose, but then again, he lines up better with their Izaya in this pose. (and we all know that’s what 60% of the buyers are getting him for, delicious Shizaya durr hurr.)

I’ll have more details later, but really Shizuo is great. If you’re looking for high quality male figures, and you don’t mind delays, Alter’s ALTAiR line is your best bet.

We got a new kitten and dog.

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The new kitten is named “Toasty” in honor of another unfortunate cat named “Matches” that we couldn’t adopt a few years ago. He is so cute. Way too cute. He sits on pillows and trots around the house looking so happy~

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And the dog, who we named “Rommel” after another dog my family used to have when I was younger. (That’s not heterochromia, it’s just my terrible picture taking skills.) He’s extremely friendly, although he’s been chasing our cats, and he’ll be in a lot of trouble if he hurts one of them…

Both are from the SPCA, and they’re both lovely and so friendly. It’s nice to see them looking so happy when I come home~