Saturday, June 24, 2017

MG 1/100 Gundam TR-1 Hazel Kai


 Even though it is Premium Bandai stuff, it is really a surprise that Advance of Zeta stuff made it into Master Grade Lineup. Scheduled for September Release, MG Hazel Kai will be sold around 4800 Yen. I don't know much about Advance of Zeta but Hazel Gundam is a Titans Prototype Mobile Suit based on GM Quel and some traces of Chobham Armor system as well. This version of Hazel Gundam doesn't have anything special yet other than the shield booster though its later iterations are pretty armed to the teeth. AoZ got some really cool design some of them are rather crazy in a good way. I am rather curious why Bandai decide to release AoZ MG out of sudden but i think if this goes well even Hrairoo could make it to 1/100 Scale.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Some Boardgame Expansion Acquisition


 I don't post much about boardgames in this blog but i have been dabbling in this hobby for 3 years already and it drains your wallet as good as collecting Japanese Toys. I like Horror themed Boardgame and Lovecraftian ones satisfied my need quite well. Ever since i played Arkham Horror, i become the closet fanboy of the subgenre. Fantasy Flight Games made some of the more popular and accessible Lovecraft themed Boardgame which i subscribe to Eldritch Horror for some heavy duty stuff and Elder Sign when i need a casual one.

 FFG is quite notorious for chugging out expansion and i am among the helpless fans who keep buying the expansions even though the base game works well by itself. Thus recently i got myself the latest expansion for Eldritch Horror and Elder Sign which are Dreamlands and Omens of the Deep. So far i didn't have time to make full use of the Expansions for both games so far but i should have plenty of opportunity to use them this year especially on Halloween. Perhaps i could post some session report for both games one of these days.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Song of the Long March 长歌行


 A good Feudal Chinese manga is rare and even rarer the one that sets in Tang Dynasty Period. Chang Ge Xing is one of those rare gems coming out from Mainland China showing that Chinese could make some Manhua that outshines the Japanese counterpart. Chang Ge Xing is a story about a Princess who seeks Revenge by Overthrow Tang Regime and a Young yet Powerful Turkic General whose fate intertwined into an epic journey.

 While Tang Dynasty hold special place in my heart for being one the highest point for Chinese Civilization, i follow Chang Ge Xing more than that reason. Kingdom might be another good Feudal Chinese manga but it lacks the finesse of Chang Ge Xing. The storytelling and the art of this manga are simply top tier stuff and it even treads deep on Chinese philosophical value, something really rare coming out of this media. The Character Development of the Two Protagonists are just complex and satisfying, while both start as enemies the Princess and Turkic General are basically two sides of a coin, having so much in common and at the same time complement each other. Both are outsider of their society and seeks the truth of their lineage. One of the best pair from manga series i have seen for a while. I am rather surprised that the author of this series is a young girl in her 20s which makes her certainly very talented if she do everything by herself. I am rather sad that the series is on Hiatus for some reason because Masterpiece like this deserve a proper Conclusion. If you seek a good Feudal Chinese manga that is more than just a Battle Manga than Chang Ge Xing is one of the best one out there. Here is some of my favorite part from the Manga.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars


 Kinda surprised that the Starship troopers going to get another CGI Movie considering Starship Troopers Invasion feels rather Lukewarm. Nothing much known about the new Movie except that it continues after the event from Starship Troopers Invasion and stars Johnny Rico as the protagonist once again. The Movie will be scheduled for release on August this year and i hope it got international release. It feels kinda weird that the sequel movie takes place on mars as the setting considering Bugs are infiltrating the earth already but i guess the new movie will give an explanation on it. By this time the Movie series are nowhere close to the Novel  but i will expect some good action and gore considering the previous did it quite well. The Starship Troopers Novel itself is a good read but mostly for its idea on society rather than the dakka action. I do hope Marauder Armor have more screentime in the new movie.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Liu Jian Piercing I (刺痛我)


 一切的偶然都是必然 - Coincidences lead to Destiny

 Seeing Liu Jian's work of "Have a Nice Day" attract some sensation being featured in Berlin Film Festival while Chinese Government attempt to censor which piques my interest on Liu Jian's work. As i haven't find available copy of "Have a Nice Day", i watched Liu Jian's Previous Work instead which is 刺痛我 or dubbed as Piercing I. Despite its arguably terrible animation, Piercing I has simple yet superb story and it is also a good commentary on Chinese Society in particular on the lower end. The story is about a young migrant worker who met series of misfortune which made him decided to return to his Village. Trying to do the right thing he met with injustice instead and one thing leads to another, his friend coax him to commit theft to get even with the person who wronged him. Trying to convey the message of "What goes around comes around" The movie set up lots of coincidences that leads to Bizarre event but somehow believable conclusion making thing going in full circle. I am not good at describing things but watching this movie feels like watching Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. The Reason why the movie is exceptional is that it shows an undiluted glimpse of the nature of society corruption in Mainland China which is something rare coming out of that place. I am expecting "Have a Nice Day" will have the same vibe of this movie and really look forward to watch it once available.

Monday, June 5, 2017

DX Chogokin Combattler V


 If there is such thing as Overkill for toys then this one would be one of them. For those who wants something more than Soul of Chogokin, Combattler V is getting one called DX Chogokin. Slated for End of this Year, DX Chogokin Combattler V will be sold for Hefty Price tag of 55000 Yen. For the double price of the SOC, you will get 35 Cm Tall Combattler V with complete set of the weapons and sound effect when Combattler gets combined. For me i will just stick to the regular Soul of Chogokin if i ever get Combattler V but i guess DX certainly worth it for Diehard fan of the series. Speaking of the series, Combattler V had profound effect on Sentai series despite its Anime Background mainly because it provide the mold of 5-People Special Squad with Combining Robot. If this Chogokin DX sells well i think Voltes V will follow up.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku Wo


 I generally avoid Isekai series because it is the cesspit of poorly written escapism story but Konosuba piqued my interest due the amount of merchandise that Konosuba had over short period and so i thought giving the anime a chance. My expectation wasn't that high but certainly Konosuba is quite entertaining to watch. Konosuba is a series that make fun of Isekai trope by having bunch of Misfits as the protagonists. Having a Neet Betakun protagonist accompanied by dysfunctional harems of Pathetic Goddess, Explosive obsessed loli magician and Sadomasochistic Knight does make good combo for an amusing story. In a way Konosuba entertained me like Haiyore Nyaruko San because the series doesn't take itself seriously. If i can't have my decently written High Fantasy like Lodoss then i don't mind some distractions like Konosuba for a while. So far i have finished both seasons since 10 Episodes for each are quick to finish. Personally i find first season is good while the second lacking, but i think the series easily could continue until the 4th Season. I suppose Deen Studio will have something to keep them afloat after struggling in recent years. Konosuba won't be a good fantasy story, it will give you a good laugh while it last!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Non Scale Twinbee Model Kit


 This is rather out of Blue for a Old School Series to get new Plastic Model but Plum did it. Whether it is for some kind of Anniversary, Plum is going to release Twinbee Plamo with price tag of 4000 Yen slated for October this year. Twinbee is one of the Konami Classic shooter series where one of its most known Gimmick is that in 2 Player Mode you can stick both Twinbee to pull out some powerful Shots. I started the Game from NES but really attached with the series with Twinbee Yahho! which i played quite a few times in Arcade when i was a kid. Twinbee also make its appearance in Parodius series which is quite fun Series. I wonder if Plum is going to release the Blue counterpart but the only difference is that it is Pink in Color and comes with a Ribbon. One of these days i should do some coverage for Twinbee Yahho which is available on PSP. Though it is a long shot, The Twinbee Plastic Model and Castlevania Animation might be part of the attempt of Konami trying to get its act together which might be a good thing if the gesture is genuine.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MG 1/100 XN Raiser


 Few Years ago Bandai released XN Raiser parts for HG 1/144 00 Gundam as a part of Hobby Japan Exclusive. I remembered the exclusive deal created quite a fuss as people hoarded the particular Hobby Japan just for the XN parts and scalped them for considerable price. Now as a part of 10th year of 00 Gundam series anniversary Bandai released XN Raiser again as Master Grade. The catch is that the kit will be P-Bandai Exclusive which is kinda hard to import without a reseller. XN is slated for July 2017 with the price tag of 8000 Yen. If you think your 00 Raiser doesn't have enough sword then XN would be another good addition apart from Seven Sword for 00 Gundam. Though i personally find regular 00 Raiser is overkill already and the bulk that XN added doesn't make 00 Gundam able to fight melee properly. The XN Buster does look cool but 00 Universe it feels out of place and a lazy copy of Astray Gundam's tactical arms. If you happen to live in Indonesia, Multitoys opened a preorder with rather good price which you can check Here but the Preorder closed by 21 May so better grab it fast!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Total Warhammer 2 Lizardmen Faction Trailer


 I don't talk much about Western Games in my blog but this news is noteworthy enough for me to make an exception. As a closet Warhammer Game. i am very thrilled that Lizardmen is one of the faction that will make it into the second Total War: Warhammer installment. While i never play the tabletop game, Lizardmen is the faction that i find to be the coolest! Who doesn't like Jurassic Park and Warhammer Lizardmen allows you to field Aztec Dinosaurs riding on Dinosaurs. For now only three out of four Factions to be revealed in Total Warhammer 2 but many people speculate that it will be Skaven. Even if it is not, The Skaven will make into Total Warhammer eventually because these infighting rat people are the most amusing faction in the series. As for the WHFB series itself, i do hope that Games Workshop will lend its IP to someone to release some more accessible boardgames, I like my Chaos in the Old World but i don't mind some Warhammer-themed Talisman!