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July 2012

Wonder Festival Summer 2012 News and Thoughts

Note: No pictures are mine. They’re either from twitter or from MyFigureCollection.net. If they are yours and you would like them removed, please let me know.

WonFes is a wonderful even that takes place twice a year. Once in the summer and once in the winter. It’s when all the big companies like Alter, Good Smile Company, Max Factory, FREEing, and Kotobukiya (among others) all announce new figures. Some are announced in name only, some have prototypes and some are completed and available for sale shortly. It’s also a chance for independent groups to showcase their garage kits, which you can usually buy there.

There are plenty of places to get Wonfes news and updates but I have mostly been following on, as I already mentioned, MFC and tracking the #wf2012s tag on twitter. Tons and tons of figures have already been announced but here are just a few highlights that I’ve taken notice of.

(Updated as news becomes available)

  • Chariot and Dead Master from the Black Rock Shooter TV anime are both getting nendoroids. Dead Master is also getting a Figma and Black Gold Saw is getting a new figure release.

I’m not a big fan of Dead Master’s new design so I’m going to pass on both. Chariot has a really cool design though so I might consider getting the nendo for her. I think a scaled figure would be the best for her though and here’s hoping that is still a possibility in the future.

  • Kotobukiya starts new line of chibi character figures that will include Dark Magician Girl, Kirino, Saber, Madoka, Mami and Idolmaster characters.

I believe they announced the Co-Poche line here? I had never heard of it before and the only figures in the line were all announced here with most of them being still prototypes or designs. Kotobukiya is a great, high quality company but since they only really did scaled, PVC figures, they can be inaccessible.  So this is a smart move for them. However, I don’t really find the designs that cute. They also picked a lot of popular characters that already have a ton of figures so it’s more reason for me to pass over the line for now.

  • New Steins;Gate figures so far include an Okabe by PLUM and a Suzuha by Alter.

This is really good news too since there are so few Steins;Gate figures that aren’t Kurisu. I’m still hoping they do a Suzuha nendoroid though.

  • Fujiwara no Mokou nendoroid announced.

This surprised me since they haven’t done other characters like Yukari or Patchouli but I’m really pleased with it. Definitely going to order this one. It would be nice if they did some newer characters from SA and up but that is pretty unlikely.

  • Yet another Miku Hatsune nendoroid announced.

Really? Enough is enough, please. Interestingly enough, MFC listed her as TV Animation Ver but removed the subtitle. So it might have been a mistake. Likely since Miku hasn’t made an anime apperances worth another nendoroid and I doubt they would let a VOCALOID anime slip in such a way. Actually, this is a giant Miku nendoroid.

  • Tons of Idolmaster Cinderella Girls stuff announced including Anzu Nendoroid Petite, a Rin figure, and Anzu and Kirari PHAT Company trading figures.

Well that was quick? There are so many CG idols that have great designs and look really interesting so I guess this is good in a way. Though I’m bored of imas merchandise, I can see this getting out of control pretty quickly.

  • Prize figures of Double H (Hikari and Hibari) from Mawaru Penguindrum
I was so excited about this. I still am. I love Hikari and Hibari. They’re cute and mysterious and awesome as kids. I never expected to see figures of them. Problem is that Sega prize figures can be… bad. Still. Probably definitely going to get both. Here’s hoping they aren’t completely terrible though.

 

DECO*27 feat. Shoko Nakagawa – Taking Sweet Shelter

Deco’s latest album, Love Calender,  is out on the 25th and here we have track three from it. I was surprised (and excited) to see Shokotan doing a song with him. I adore Shokotan (her cover of Rinbu Revolution is still my favourite version of said song) so I was pretty hyped to hear it. I wasn’t let down!

(There’s also a track with vocals by Aoi Yuuki (Madoka’s seiyuu) which is even more surprising, I think)

 

MGX, Jormungand Final Impressions and AX Blurb

I would have liked to write a bit more about AX but I didn’t really do much so I can’t really. I went for all four days but all we did was shop. I spent about upwards of $600 on the first day alone though everyone advised me to wait until day four to buy stuff. Actually though I hardly saw much of a price difference on day four. Nothing I wanted was on sale though. Besides shopping I did go to the Kajiura/FictionJunction concert. I absolutely adored it but I’ve been in love with her music ever since I first saw .hack//SIGN years and years ago so it goes without saying. The only panel I had set my sights on was the Chihayafuru/Madhouse panel but due to a mix up I didn’t get to go and I was really upset about that.

Since I only watched two shows this season (and I barely kept up with them) Im not really going to write any final impressions about them. I’ve already talked about my issues with Mysterious Girlfriend X so go back and read that. I will add that instead of critizing his attitude and behaviour, I should first address the fact that he is a guy who licked the drool of some girl he barely even knew. His problems started waaaaay before where I started complaining.

I loved Jormungand. It wasn’t what I expected and it wasn’t very impressive but it was entertaining in it’s own special way. The characters were all kind of interesting, even if they weren’t fleshed out. The way they interacted and worked together was what I did like. I also loved the music. I pretty much always love Iwasaki’s OSTs. Time to Attack (the Loco Koko song) is especially fun. I will be waiting warmly for S2. My fear that it will have a really stupid, Jonah-kills-Koko ending has long died down. Still, I do hope for something dramatic to happen.