Why is Waifu famous in the anime

In the world of language, at present few people know what is Waifu? Only a few fans of the anime or manga know this term. Waifu is a term that’s used in the Manga and Anime world. We can understand waifu is a term used to refer to a girl that you have special feelings but that girl is completely not fact in real life.

She’s just a fictional character in comic books, cartoons, video games. They often call that to as “2D wife”, this term comes from the story of Azumanga Daioh. Waifu is the Japanese word for Wife in English, it means wife. When used for the male version we have another term that is Husbando.In English means Husband means Husband.

You like a female character in anime or manga to an extent that can not stop the flow of emotions, can not stop thinking about that heroine, especially every time looking at the image of that girl you will can not control his own feelings. When it comes to this level, you are showing signs of “romance”. This situation is not only in Japan but in China as well, they even live dead with a girl is not true.

For many people, Waifu only stopped at the level of admiration or only the most beloved. However, there are some people who have real feelings, feelings grow increasingly deep and eventually want to get married with his waifu. Sure to hear this you will find ridiculous and weird right? But that is absolutely true and is still happening in reality.

Waifu is often described such as shy, self-deprecated, weak … This is the first one of  reasons many fanboys choose female characters with similar characters in comics Manga, or in animated cartoons Anime as waifu. When they are in front of such people like waifu, they will feel able to love and protect their waifus.

The unique learning culture in Japan through Anime and Manga

Manga and Anime is an industry of comic that brings in billions of dollars every year in Japan. Those are the important part of contemporary Japanese culture. Manga and Anime have brought the image of Japan around the world through characters such as Songoku, Doraemon, Pokemon and more recently that’s Luffy and Naruto.

Every week in Japan, there are dozens of comic magazines published, including Shounen Jump or Magazine Special. The Anime is screened on all channels with higher rating than regular TV series. Some of Studio Ghibli’s films also earned over $ 100 million in cinemas and many prestigious awards.

One of the highlights of the Manga and Anime is that it brings a wealth of knowledge and diversity. The content of them rated even more important than the image. So artists have to read a lot of material to be able to build rational and compelling stories.

Each Manga is often associated with a specific subject or occupation. So readers can gain more expertise from it in a more understandable and dynamic way more than passive lectures at school.

For example of the comic books like Conan or Kindaichi. They provide a wealth of scientific and criminal knowledge. Adachi Mitsuru’s dramas describe the details of sports such as baseball, boxing or swimming. It provides a lot of useful medical information. Comics can not replace textbooks, but it does help to get more specialized knowledge. It makes people more to be interested in learning.

The Japanese also use Manga and Anime to help young people have more love with Japanese history and their culture. “Rurouni Kenshin”, “Kaze Hikaru”, … help Japanese youth pay more attention to their important historical events of this country through the lively and fascinating story.

There are a lot of comic books and cartoons that bring deep messages through close, natural expressions. They are not dogmatic or rigid as ordinary moral teachings.

The Miracle called Manga

Japanese Manga moved in by the late 1980s and simply took the world by storm, it also became the most popular export in Japan’s export. The origins of the global miracle were recently traced by the Japanese Office WIPO, while it also explored the economic significance.

Manga Origin

Manga, like most comics, can be described as whimsical pictures, an art form rooted in the sequential form of art, the narrative made up of different images presented in a specific sequence. The earliest examples of the sequential Japanese art form dates to the twelve century and animal scrolls called Chōjū Jinbutsu.

Manga, the term was first used back in the 16th century by the renowned woodblock print ukiyo-e artist, Katsushika Hokusai. Together ukiyo-e and Chōjū Giga had a massive influence on the production of low-cost kibyōshi or yellow-backed illustrations used in late 18th century novels, which was the start of the modern manga. What massively increased the popularity of the emerging art called manga was the contributions of Kitazawa Yasuji’s contributions to the Jiji Manga, in the early 20th century the weekly comic page in the newspaper Jiji Shimpo.

Amongst adults, the low-cost red books or akabon became popular during the mid-1940s. One of the popular authors of the akabon was Osamu Tezuka, became known as the grandfather of manga due to his implementation of sound effects, cinematic techniques, the development of deep characters and long story arcs across several different genres of manga. What fuelled the expansion during the 1950s was the appearance of manga gekiga volumes and by the 1970s it grew into quickly into the mass media industry.

Cultural and Economic Significance of Manga

Manga plays a major role in the publishing industry of Japan, it accounts for more than 25 % of the country’s printed materials. Manga offers something for everyone and is available for purchase from a wide selection of online and retail stores. Manga has a huge fan base according to the former Director of the Public Diplomacy Planning Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan and Public Diplomacy Department, Mr Teiji Hayashi, it is enjoyed by young children as well as senior citizens due to the clear storylines and the rich in human characters. Manga is often used for entertainment while it also offers an uncomplicated explanation regarding complicated matters such as social issues, natural science and history.

Manga due to its popularity has a far-reaching influence and while many features in books, they also became collectable figures, are used in video games, television shows and anime2. Almost, every aspect of this popular cultural Japanese production can be traced to the industrial complex into which manga has spread into in the culture and economy of Japan.
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Manga’s thematic and striking artistic styles transcended all cultural barriers making a lasting impression on global audiences while it is also unlocked a gateway into the Japanese culture. It remains one of the most profitable exports both socially and economically and has assisted Japan in becoming the largest exporters in the world of cultural products.

What is Cosplay?

If you happened to be visiting New York City over the weekend, you might have been privy to many characters standing in line at Starbucks or other eateries in the city. You may also have seen an increase of pictures on Twitter or Instagram – all thanks to Cosplay.

While not all have heard the word “cosplay” before. It is the combination of play and costume – hence the term “Cosplay”. It sees those engaging in it dressing up as characters from their favourite video games, comics, movies, manga television or anime.

The story on this is that the writer and founder of Studio Hard, Nov Takahashi had been assigned to attend the 1984 World-Con science fiction convention and was impressed by those attending who were dressed up in elaborate costumes. Upon his return to Japan, Takahashi coined the word “cosplay” based on what he had observed.

Fans of Comic Con love Cosplay

Many who attend Comic Con are fans of cosplay, and this weekend’s expo in New York was no exception. There were literally dozens of people dressed up as Iron Man, Wonder Women and Batman, let alone others such as Japanese amine characters and even some from the 90’s such as Hey Arnold.

The design and quality of the costume differed in intensity. Some are more resourceful than others and use props within their costumes. Others however simply went with over the shelf costumes versus those that went to extremes.

There are many costumes you can purchase that will not break the bank. This includes Her Dragonball Z, it retails for a mere $21 online. Yet, others often will go to online stores such as Cosplay House or Milanoo. The Dragonball Z jumpsuit was on clearance this weekend for just under $200, a small investment that can be used multiple times.

Those wishing to take it up a notch will hire others who are costume specialists to create unique one of a kind costumes. Many of those offering that type of service sell their wares on Etsy and all you need to do is send in measurements, pictures of the character you like and any special instructions.

Remember, buying costumes can become an expensive hobby. What is most important is to remember that you need to factor in the cost, the time and the quality of the costumes you want. If you want to look good, then it is going to cost you to do so and as many are only allowed one costume per event, putting thought into this is critical.

A recent panel that was put together to talk about Cosplay included Lindsey Celak. She describes to those attending the sticker price shock she felt several years ago when wanting a Giselle costume from the animated Disney movie “Enchanted. After requesting a quote, she learned it would set her back over $850. Commenting, Celak stated, “If you’re going for accuracy of the character, you’re going to pay for it. Close enough usually suffices.”

C3xHobby + other updates

Some figures updates from C3xHobby event that was held recently, for more photos and information do visit AkibaHobby.net. Most of the figures on display was already shown during Wonfesu, so I just posted some of the more interesting ones.

Photos via Akibahobby.net and Figure/GK
First look at Azu-nyan nendoroid prototype. So the K-ON! Nendoroids is now complete.

Some tako Luka thingy.

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A promo video of the soon to be release Black Rock Shooter pilot animation. The promo vid looks good.

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Black Rock Shooter, I hope she’ll be release very very soon

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Black Rock Shooter Alternate, still doesn’t have a  release date yet I think

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The DVD that contains the pilot animation for BRS, releasing next month.

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Reimu getting the figma treatment

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Valkyrie Complex, Kyrie Rason

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The girl with a chain, can’t remember her name actually haha

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Queen Blade Nendoroid

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Canaan and Alphard, too bad the base can’t be connected together

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Kokuto Azaka

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Senhime from Hyakka-Ryoran

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Megahouse Ranka “with a pau”

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Hattori Hanzo from Hyakka-Ryoran

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Looks like the new Maid Saber from Alter is the Saber Alter version.

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The very very expensive  Kos-Mos GK, 54k yen. From Volks

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Bonta-kun, I so want this.

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Yui doll from Azone

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There’s gonna be a Mio too.

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Some Bleach figures from Alpha Omega

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A magazine scan of Hot Toys Battle Damaged Iron Man Mark III, looks really awesome, click on the image for a larger version.

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Fenrir

Fenrir is Cloud new bike in Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, a replacement to the Hardy Daytona he used in the game. Fenrir have a more futuristic design compare to Hardy Daytona. Beside that, another cool thing about Fenrir is that it can store all of Cloud’s swords, but this is not shown in this die-cast model though. Fenrir is part of Final Fantasy Mechanical Arts series that present some of the most popular vehicles and ships from various Final Fantasy games.

Fenrir comes with a very nice base painted in gunmetal and with a nameplate on it.

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Even though it’s small, measuring only 12cm, it is beautifully sculpted to the smallest detail.

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In the movie Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, this is the part of Fenrir where Cloud’s new swords is stored.

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The intricate design on the Fenrir.

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Beautifully detailed and scuplted. The paint job is superb as well.

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Fenrir
Anime: Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Material: PVC and die-cast metal
Company: Square Enix
Price: 3300 Yen
Released: Feb 2007
Added to collection: Feb 2007
Availability: Hobby Link Japan
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Revoltech Saber

Saber was given the honor of becoming the first Fate/Stay Night character to be release by Revoltech, she’s also the first figure from Revoltech 2G line. I ordered Revoltech Saber from Play-Asia because of the cheaper price, she arrive on Wednesday just as I had expected. As usual there wasn’t much protection around the box but fortunately Saber’s box was not damage. Before she arrive, it was posted in forums by some people who already got her she got a broken elbow right out of the box. This really got me worried but there was nothing I could do about it as P-A already shipped her out. So as soon as I received her I quickly took her out of the box and check for any broken parts and was relieve that she’s perfect.

I had actually took some photos of her on the day I received her, but I decided to retook them after I adjusted my mini photo booth a bit. I use the background cardboard from the box for the first photo. I tried to get Saber into the same post as the picture on the cardboard and this is the closest that I can pose her.


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The articulation is pretty good as usual but I wish she comes with different set of hands so that I can make a proper pose for this shot. But still it came out pretty good.


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The skirt armor have joints that allow the legs to move around. There’s a joint between the hand and the arm as well, this makes it easier to make her hold her sword with both hands.


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She comes with a base to help her stand and also an extension to the base for jumping and flying pose but it’s not easy to pose her in the air as she’ll needs to be properly balance otherwise she’ll just fall down.


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She comes equip with two swords, one a transparent sword which should be her noble phantasm “Invisible air” and the second sword is Caliburn. She should have comes with Caliburn and Excalibur though and maybe with Excalibur scabbard Avalon as well, oh well I can dream :D .


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Quite detail face for a small figure, I should stop calling her small as she’s actually about 14cm tall standing straight, only a head plus shorter that Kotobukiya 1/8 Saber.


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Kaiyodo will also be releasing Revoltech Dark Saber in July which is even cooler looking. It seems Dark Saber will comes with Excalibur. If she do then it will be great.

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Saber
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: Non-scale action figure
Company: Kaiyodo Revoltech
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: April 2007
Added to collection: May 2007
Availability: Hobby Link Japan
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

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More photos of Dark Saber here.

Another Saber

I seem to be posting a lot of Saber lately, but what to do I have quite a number of Saber figures :) . This time is a 1/8 Saber by Kotobukiya, she was the first Saber I added to my collection after failing to get Alter Black Dress Saber. Here she’s depicted in her casual wears a simple very white blouse with blue ribbon, a dark blue skirt, a pair of brown boots with black pantyhose. In the anime this is what she wears most of the time. She’s also holding Caliburn partially out of the scabbard.

She’s come with a very simple blue base, but she can actually stand without the base.


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I decided to use a black background for her, this is the first time I am using black color so took me a while to get the photos to come out nicely.


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Her sculpture is quite simple and with minimal detail. Still it’s quite nice for a 1/8 figure. The detail on her sword is superb though.


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I never did notice that her eyes are green until now. Kawaiii face as usual. :)


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Her eyes color can be seen more clearly in this photo.


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Nicely done hair.


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The overall quality is pretty good though not as detail if compare to Alter Black Dress Saber which is also a 1/8, will be posting her soon :) .

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Saber
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Kotobukiya
Price: 3480 Yen
Released: Feb 2005
Added to collection: Jan 2007
Availability: Sold Out
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Bio Booster Armor Guyver

Bio Booster Armor Guyver is a long running manga series by Yoshiki Takaya that begins in 1985. Currently the manga is at volume 24 and doesn’t seems to be ending anytime soon. The main protagonistis a 17 years old student name Shō, who merges with Guyver unit 1 by accident.

This figure is was release by Max Factory as part of the Bio Fighter Collection line of action figures. It’s fully articulated and comes with additional hands, head and weapon. It also comes with a simple black base with the name Guyver on it which I had forgotten to take pictures of.


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At first I wanted to use red background for this photo session but somehow the red came out too bright, I wanted dark red but can’t seems to get it. So in the end I resorted to black instead but suprisingly I had to use -1 2/3 EV to get the black to look really black instead of just -1 which I use for my previous photo session with Saber. Must be something wrong with the light placement, will need to try out more on that.


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Even though it’s fully articulated, it’s not easy to pose him as some part of the armor are blocking the joints movement. Also the exchangeable parts are joint together using a simple small rod, so it’s quite lose and will usually drop off when you are trying to pose him. The shoulders armor also drop off quite easily since it’s just slotted onto the shoulder ball joints.

“High Frequency Swords”

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Alternate head where part of the face armor is torn off and a corresponding alternate hand tearing off the armor.


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“Gravity Cannon”

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“Mega-Smasher”

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Overall quality of the sculpt and color is pretty good but the articulation definitely needs some improvement. I got this as a b-day present from my ex earlier this year, wonder what I’ll get next year hehe.

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Guyver Unit 1
Anime: Bio booster armor guvyer
Scale and Material: action figure 
Company: Max Factory
Price: ?
Released: ?
Added to collection: January 2007
Availability: Sold Out
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Unexpected haul

Decided to visit my local hobby store today during lunch hour as it’s been a while since I been there. Check out their website before hand on what’s available, especially those older figures that I plan to get. When I reach there something else caught my eyes instead, lo and behold, its Shunya Yamashita Rosanna starring right at me.

Now Shunya’s stuff been getting a lot of spotlight lately with Danny’s review on Mirei-san and super rats beautiful photos of Rosanna, so I have been planning to get one of Shunya’s figure myself. I wanted to get Mirei-san, but she’s sold out everywhere, so I though I might as well wait for Non-non in August. Never would have thought that I will still be able to get Rosanna and here she’s on the shelf starring right at me.

It would have been quite an easy choice but then I was quite interested in getting another figure that’s just next to Rosanna, and she’s Amaha Masane casual dress version by Kotobukiya. Well if you compare the two of course Rosanna would have win hands down but Amaha Masane was cheaper :) .

After looking at the two and putting them down, and looking at them again I guess the guy there decided to help me out by telling me that’s the last Rosanna they have, non of their branches have her anymore. So in the end I took both of them and put them on the counter. Few minutes later I walk out of the store with my wallet lighter but with a grin on my face for getting two very nice figures :) .

Oh well enough of story, now for a preview pictures….. tada

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And here’s a link for you to enjoy more of Shunya Yamashita’s artwork