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Japanese anime – The characteristic Japanese cultural

In Japan there are many unique interesting things. Japan is the country with the second largest economy in the world with many industries ranging from industry and agriculture to services. One of the highlights of Japan is a good anime that people call animated movies (they are often adapted from comic books).

Anime is a Japanese-style cartoon. Anime content is very diverse for all subjects and all ages. Currently hot anime is often anime adapted from popular comic books. Previous anime was popular only in Japan but later it was popular worldwide.

The first anime appeared in Japan in 1907 with a length of just 3 seconds but was also considered the first anime. In 1932, the dubbed Anime was released, but it still did not attract many viewers because it was a golden time for Western animated films like Walt Disney.

From the difficulty in the animation market, animation companies combined with manga to produce a series of anime based on the story of popular popular manga.

At first, Anime often adapted robot stories with content based on popular manga, gradually the anime went deeper into the content and details to suit the viewers’ tastes. Nowadays, Anime often has simple drawings, vibrant colors and many children are characters.

Anime usually follows the plot of popular manga. Some popular anime on the market will be adapted into manga. Even some anime are adapted into games. Anime – Japanese animation accounts for 60% of cartoons worldwide.

Anime content is often adapted from manga, so the image and the dialogue will be similar to manga but there is a difference in the voiceover. In Japan, there are professional voice acting classes for Anime. Many voice actors for Anime are famous singers in Japan. Some people with special voices suitable for “moe” or “kute” characters are always welcomed by Anime directors.

When you come to Japan you will meet many anime fans and Japanese call them Otaku. In addition to the Anime hobby, otaku also collect all the items related to the anime characters they idolize. Cosplay festivals are mainly attended by the otaku and disguised.

Some practical things you can learn from watching Anime

Anime not only teaches us bad habits such as laziness, illusions, … but it also teaches us very practical lessons in life. So what can Anime teach us?

We can learn to read faster. This is the most practical thing that everyone must recognize. Obviously one thing is that most anime only has subtitles, so sometimes the audience has to strain their eyes or read it quickly before the subtitles move. By keeping up with the subtitles without swallowing the words, perhaps your fast reading skills are on the rise.

We are increased understanding of Japanese culture. When the anime was acknowledged as a Japanese culture, in every movie we could see many unique cultures of this cherry blossoms. Never ignore the culture mentioned in the film, learn it because sometimes it can become your life later.

From its natural turn-around scenes, anime helps us learn how to communicate. For example, when we are confused, we should say something, or how to know how to handle it properly. Perhaps the most common thing that the anime teaches us is “to say thank you” and “sorry”. If you don’t know how to say these words, start right away.

The anime proves that every movie has a different character from each other, more specifically, it’s always changing. In addition, some art effects in the anime help stimulate our imagination and creativity. So, why don’t we take a moment to consider whether we can promote creativity after watching anime?

Anime is full of messages of life. It teaches us many things such as: Sometimes you will be battered by life, worse than you can be pushed to the bottom. So what will you do then? Sitting crying and giving up. No, the anime doesn’t teach us how to give up, no matter what, we still have to stand up, have to rise.

Manga and anime series associate with the childhood of every young girl

These are classic Japanese manga, almost every girl has read through they. Hana Yori Dango is the best selling shoujo manga of all time in Japan and is popular in many countries. This manga has been put on screen many times, making the name of many Taiwanese, Japanese, and Korean actors.

Hana Yori Dango

The story revolves around the little girl Makino Tsukushi. She is the poorest at Eitoku Academy and the F4 group consists of 4 handsome, richest boys in the school. Tsukushi confronts F4 several times and then falls in love with leader Tsukasa. Still the tip of the prince – the familiar cork but Hana Yori Dango created an unprecedented high fever, making her Tsukushi beautiful, personality and handsome guys of F4 becoming idols of many girlfriends.

Glass Mask

Glass Mask is a touching story about poor girl Kitajima Maya who always dreamed of acting as a drama actress. Because she was too poor, she left home to teach a drama teacher to Tokyo to fulfill her dream, and proved to her mother not to be useless. The Maya images with passion for burning drama left a deep impression on fans and motivated girls to pursue their dreams.

Egyptian queen

Because of the curse of Egypt descended on the family, Carol Rido – an archeology student was brought back to Egypt in ancient times. With her beauty and talent more than the one who had an affair with the Memphis emperor, Carol became a royal admirer.

The Queen of Egypt attracts a large number of fans thanks to beautiful drawings, romance, intrigue, drama, timeless elements and many historical events. The powerful and imperial Memphis emperor did not take Carol talented, leaving a deep impression on the girls.

Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon is an adventure story, myth, revolves around the journey to destroy the evil that protects the Earth, more broadly to protect the solar system, the galaxy and the universe of the solar system warrior group. Handsome, talented sailors and princes Tuxedo have loved many young women, becoming the childhood memories of a generation.

 

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.

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

Gothic style Saber

Ok another Saber is up hehe. This time is Alter version of Dark Saber but instead of wearing armor, she’s wearing a black and grey Gothic dress. She looks real good in it too, one of the best looking 1/8 Saber in my opinion. I first saw pictures of her on Riuva’s blog, so I went looking for her at some of my local hobby store. I was quite surprise when I found one store that have her in stock, because they were selling it at about 9000 yen. Only after I did some search on-line did I know that she’s actually discontinued and a pretty hot figure as well hence the high price. She’s also one of the first figure that I have seen bootleg on, practically most of my local shop is selling the bootleg version. Well with the help of a friend, I manage to get her in the end at about 7000 yen, so she’s actually the most expensive 1/8 that I have in my collection. Well worth it though :)

The highlight of this figure is the Gothic dress, the detail in it is superb


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Same as the Saber-Alter I posted up recently, her eyes and hair color are different from normal Saber and she also lost her “ahoge”. Here she still retain her cute face while in Griffon version her face is more serious.


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As I mention earlier the dress is very detailed.


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The skirt is made of two layers, a grey layer at the bottom and a black on top. All nicely detailed and removable too :)


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A closer view of her dress.


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I am very satisfied with the quality of this figure, she may cost me more than the other 1/8 that I have but it’s well worth it. The production quality is really good and the amount of detail they put into her is superb.

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Black Dress Saber (Dark Saber)
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Alter
Price: 4200 Yen
Released: July 2006
Added to collection: March 2007
Availability: Sold Out
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Rosanna

Finally I have completed my photo session for Rosanna. Took longer than usual for me to post up photos of my latest girl but I think it’s well worth the wait :) . Before I bought Rosanna, I have already seen some figures based on Shunya Yamashita’s illustration, the first being Sera-chan. At the time they don’t really attract me much until I saw the Kotobukiya exclusive Mirei San, she caught my attention and spark my interest in Yamashita’s work. Rosanna wasn’t my first choice as my first Art of Shunya Yamashita figure, she was more of an impulse buy. Taking a closer look now and I am really glad that i bought her as she looks really great. She’s a mix of fantasy and heavy metal style as can be seen from her physic defying outfit and huge sword.

Now on to the pictures….


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Instead of the usual plain background, a wrapping paper is use for this photo session. It works pretty well and using a netting as a veil, she looks more mysterious.


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She’s most probably the only figure in my collection with a more realistic body propotion.


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She was sculpted by Eiichi Ishida who did a good job in capturing her looks based on Yamashita’s illustration. The design of the outfit is very nice and very revealing too.


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See how physic defying her outfit is, makes you wonder how it stay on, hmmm…


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Very nice eye, too bad the other is covered though


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super rats review of Rosanna here
Belela-san article of Shunya Yamashita in general here

Art of Shunya Yamashita Rosanna
Anime: none, based on Yamashita’s illustration
Scale and Material: 1/7 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Movic
Price: 6090 Yen
Released: April 2007
Added to collection: May 2007
Availability: Sold Out
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS