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AX Live + Desu Nation - The Crowd

Large groups of people inside anime/manga stores, a couple of colorful sets of clothes and hair, cameras, and music can only mean one thing: mini-convention! I had the opportunity to meet a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in a while, and even some of my photos hosted by someone who works in the industry! Find out who it was after the break, as well as details behind my experience at AX Live/Desu-Nation’s St. Patrick’s Day Event.

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Megurine Luka: Tony Ver. - On-stage

The addition of 1/7th scale Vocaloid Megurine Luka to my figure collection came as no surprise considering how much of a fan I’ve become of the music she has been featured in (Just Be Friends, anyone?). In some ways, a 1/7th scale figure feels like homage to my first ever figure purchase of similarly scaled Saber Lily ~Golden Caliburn~ back in September 2010. Whereas Saber Lily sparked quite the fan in me for future nendoroid purchases, Luka may just reignite it. And where I used to take casual photos of the figures I acquired, I now have a better sense of understanding of how creative I can take those photos. Check out more of them after the break to see whether I really was able to step up to the (in Luka’s case, vinyl) plate.

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For 2013, I thought it would be nice to re-photograph all of my figures from different perspectives (and hardware) that I hadn’t tried before and never had ready access to. The above shot of this rather famous figure (some of you may be able to figure out who it is right away) is an example of just that, as well as being a preview to something different and fun coming soon. I plan to tie in more background elements with this figure to make the shots more unique and, say, relevant to the subject’s contextual theme. Needless to say, I think the initial teaser results came out great! It certainly helps that she has partially transparent hair.

Having been away for some time with some (positive) career changes and physical relocation, I am now ready to pick up my momentum again with a new season of shows to follow, figure photo projects to commence, and comments to get back to. Stick around for some more posts and feedback this coming week!

Nikon L105 Test-0011

Free time at the office, a coworker’s new Nikon COOLPIX L105, and a demanding Haruhi Suzumiya can only mean one thing: be prepared to be a little saddened that you didn’t decide to pick this camera up for only $100 during this year’s Black Friday specials.

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Thoughts in Jeremyville @ DesignerCon 2011

Life has a funny way of throwing things at you. In my case, an entire week and a few days worth of familial situations, a major workplace move (and being in charge of possibly the single-most important aspect of a tech company: the tech), and sharing some time with precious friends has taken me away from the steady stream of anime/photo blogging I’d been slowly veering from. Does that mean I’m closing up shop or fading away as a result of the rookie aniblogger’s syndrome of sudden brain fart and disinterest in sharing with the world why I still tsun-tsun and dere-dere over particular shows?

Far from it. As a matter of fact, I’ve been actively watching all the fall anime shows I’ve come to love, attending conventions like DesignerCon most recently, and I’m even preparing for a third convention in the past two weeks. The next few days will be “at-a-glace” posts to consolidate the episodes of each show I’ve been following so as to keep the catch-up duties short and get myself back on track, followed by some photo-blog posts like this one to share with what I’ve really been up to since I last talked about a show like C3 or Working’!!

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Tako Luka Invasion, 5 of 5

I’ve slowly been turning into a Megurine Luka fan since my days at Anime Expo and the Vocaloid experience’s first American debut at Mikunopolis in Los Angeles. So, it was only natural that the merchandise soon followed. But what does this wannabe Luka octopus have anything to do with the actual human-form character? And why do I suddenly have a craving for some takoyaki, as terrible as that may seem in the context of said octopus?

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Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival - Two-Lobster Ticket

Going back a few weeks to photos I took during a day at the Port of Los Angeles’ annual Lobster Festival, held September 16-18 at the San Pedro Fish Market in Long Beach, California. I typically don’t eat shellfish aside from shrimp, so this was a nice experience for me to quite literally break out of my shell of food I usually stick to and try something new.

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2011 Cherry Blossom Festival, Day 1: Ramen Tree + Choichi Kai

The 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival of Southern California went off without a hitch, and I was on-deck to experience both days of the festivities. Come inside as I give you a tour of the food, music, dancing, and cultural demonstrations that made up for one strange weathered weekend and why you should consider going to next year’s event.

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Los Angeles-bound for Saturday and Sunday for Little Tokyo district’s 10th annual Cherry Blossom Festival! This year’s theme: “Blossoms in the Fall”. It’s a shame the festival had to be postponed this late, but at least it didn’t get cancelled; now we’ll be able to enjoy our first cherry blossom festival before the year ends!

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Right after Japan Fair 2011, I took a trip up to Los Angeles to spend the rest of the day with some more friends that I haven’t seen in a very long time! Moon Festival was fast approaching, and the outdoor festivities in Chinatown were in high gear as usual that weekend. Between Chinatown and our later trip to Little Tokyo, we’d walked a few hearty miles, saw some interesting things, and ate lots of food. Check out the photos and some thoughts about our adventures after the jump.

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OC Japan Fair 2011, Parade Antics

This year’s Japan Fair 2011 at the OC Fairgrounds was quite the experience. Being the first of two shows (the second one being in San Diego two months from now), it really set the standard for what I hope will be a another great festival next year. And if the girl’s playful gesture in the photo above doesn’t convince you enough of how much fun the fair was, then I don’t know what will!

More photos and festival notes after the jump…

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Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 + HMO Hatsune Miku (4 of 4)

I decided to switch keyboards out recently in favor of something more lightweight, compact, and functional to my needs as a blogger/photographer nowadays. Come check out what Logitech had me sold on, as well as why Hatsune Miku is also as thrilled as I am to be posing next to it.

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Comic-Con International 2011, Day 4

What was only supposed to be a casual stroll through downtown San Diego wound up being much more – a detour into Comic-Con International 2011 itself. Join me as I take you through my roughly five-hour experience through the convention itself, and the little adventures around the convention center that my friends and I got ourselves into.

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Tokyoplastic Geisha Girl(s)

Random Desk Series returns with Tokyoplastic’s geisha girl vinyl series, made popular by their infamous flash-based performance in Drum Machine. I didn’t think I was going to Comic-Con this year, so I asked my sister to help me snag (the white and red) one. All that’s left is the SDCC 2010 exclusive with black hair and a red kimono; perhaps I’ll be able to add her to my collection when SDCC 2012 arrives!

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Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L with Mio Nendoroid

I just came back from a long and fun weekend of shooting and exploring with friends, which gave me lots of time to practice shooting wider and at a fixed focal length. The public broadcast production I shot behind-the-scenes photos for required ample focal coverage in tight, dimly lit spaces, so I saw fit to rent the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L lens for the weekend and take it for an extended test drive. After having a whole 72 hours with it, I can definitely vouch for its quality despite some minor hiccups and handicaps I found along the way.

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GSC's HMO Hatsune Miku Nendoroid

Not quite the Mikatan of Good Smile Company, but it sure is nice to be inspired. This week’s ‘random desk series’ showcases my Hatsune Miku Absolute HMO Edition Nendoroid in full percussion function on top of my desk at work. Perhaps the most fitting accessory would be her headphones that burst open to the sight of some computer cable connections. Now if she can only charge my laptop!

It’s only a matter of days before the Cheerful Japan! Hatsune Miku arrives at my doorstep, so this is a nice little lead-in to the delivery. As far as Hatsune Miku Orchestra itself, shame on me for not having had a chance to listen to it yet. But wouldn’t it be great if Crypton hosted a followup to this year’s U.S. Mikunopolis concert with a HMO model of her for the audience? I’d approve in a heartbeat.

About ‘Random Desk Series’ – a work in progress, like many other things in my mind for the blog and my photography. It’s more or less a continuation of the Haruhi Disappearance post earlier this year, and a nice little experiment to keep my figure collection updated with new photos to share with others. Who knows, Cheerful Japan! Miku could be next!

I saw this last night with the help of my friend Anthony after he was showing me some of Mikatan’s blog regarding the 1/1 scale Kyubey. Now that Good Smile Company’s landing page shows the Puella Magi Madoka Magica quintet in full color, we get to see some details of their yet-to-be-released Nendoroid Petite series for this show. What do I have to say about all this?

“Shut up and take my money!!!”

Well, not really, but I’m still really excited about GSC’s decision to make these. I’d say the details on the Petite line are *almost* up to par with their Nendoroid counterparts, and I think that’s really good judging by their size differences. And if they’re anything like their past Petite series like my most recent Katanagatari set, then the Madoka Magica girls should also be pose-able to a certain, acceptable extent.

I would probably still prefer the original Nendoroid since all we’re missing is Sayaka and Kyouko. Any Madoka fans looking to get either version or, if you’re dedicated enough, both?

Nendoroid Petite Puella Magi Madoka Magica Announcement! Those of you who visited the GSC yesterday or today would have seen this! You might be wondering a few things! “Who are they?”, “Are they Nendoroids?” “Nendo Petites?” “Show me more!!”, and perhaps a few other things – but let me clear up a few things for you! Nendoroid Petite Puella Magi Madoka Magica! How could something this incredible be announced just before WonFes!!! I managed to grab these unpainted models of them, so we can take a quick l … Read More

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