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Monday, April 29, 2013

Hot Toys War Machine MkII

Although War Machine MkII didn't appear in the movies it doesn't stop Hot Toys from releasing it! The Mark II was showcased in the two part Iron Man 3 Prelude comic series which tie in with the movie. Its a tempting purchase. I think this would be the final Iron Man related post for a while.

We Got A Record!

I think its been a while since I have watched so much at the same time! I am juggling five shows at once this season!

1. Gargantia

2. Valvrave

3. Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride

4.  Jyuden Sentai Kyouruger

5. Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger Season Ita

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Even Superman Can't Save This Relationship!

I was on my way to the city on Friday and came across this interesting article in the MX about a guy who divorced his wife choosing his Superman collection instead of his wife. So yeah a pop culture related divorce it's a bit sad but amusing at the same time! I took a pic of the clipping to share with you all enjoy! By the way Injustice is an awesome game!

SH Figuarts Kibaranger!

It is good that Kibraranger was in the second season of Akibaranger! I can definitely see this figure selling well in Australia. It will be EPIC! The figure looks so good!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Black Is Best!

As an advocate of otaku fashion I have long been trying to find decent designs in different colours. The final consensus is black works best it complements any design! Which raises a problem.... my waredrobe will soon fill up with an infinite supply of dark clothing! My next purchase to tie in with Iron Man 3 which I have seen already is the following purchase on Ebay!

Edit: After visiting Jack of All Trades (the brand) I also ordered the Iron Patriot print.
Theres some gems on this site it definitely (DOESN'T) have my seal of approval!

Edit 2/6/13- These shirts don't look like this they are much inferior.

OMG! Kabuto!

Ok I will be forward and upfront... In my sea of Kabuto related posts on ODU here is the "one ring to rule them all", this is not a figure but a cosplay costume! Anyone want to donate 3000 to me so I can wear it at a convention? :D

Link provided below, the same people also do Iron Man costumes.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Strike Freedom Tshirt

To date I still do not own a Gundam themed t shirt. I have looked but never came across a design that has compelled me to purchase at all costs. Cospa is one of the larger companies which deal with anime themed fashion goods and it seems they got a Strike Freedom shirt in the works!

Coming in May!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Scarlet Blade

For a free to play this game is a ripper! I guess they make up for it by having special items available for purchase via the online store. The characters are smashing HOT and the world is all female! To date I haven't been much of a MMORPG fan after trying WOW and Aion I lost interest in playing the genre, but Kenji raised my curiosity and I took the plunge. My main character is a level 17 Medic named Moemoekune (Moe) and I am on the Valkyrie server. If you guys are interested in gaming with me here is a link to download the game.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Akibaranger Season 2

The season begins with flashbacks from season one and a series of events which lead to a mock battle with SH Figuarts figures. In this chapter we see Mitsuki leaving to persue alternate goals which leads me to believe a new Akiba Blue will be scouted and shes quite KAWAII!

As always Akiba has many twists and turns to keep you guessing and it seems like they became official and took over from Dairanger....

The series is shaping up to be quite interesting can't wait to watch some more to begin an official review! As usual the "otakuism" prevails in this episode I love Akagi and the store manager's debate about the "17th Sentai series" after Akagi claiming to be in the top three in Japan in regard to Sentai knowledge..
Goren, JACKQ, Fever, Denji, Sun Vul, Goggle, Dyna, Bio, Change, Flash, Mask, Live, Turbo, Jet, Zyu.....

Love the fly on the store manager's arm from Gekiranger (forgot its name)!
15/4/12 At the end of the first episode they had SH Figuarts commercials (the source of my earlier post). Here is a higher resolution image of the line up to come

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Audi have shared a close partnership with the Iron Man movies since the very beginning. I remember seeing the R8 from the first movie and thinking to myself, thats one hot car! Now two movies afterwards I can't decide which is hotter Iron Man Mk42, Iron Patriot or the Audi R8 E-Tron!

Papercraft...New Hobby?

Who would have thought I'd post something from 9Gag here? With the help of 3D modelling software these days there seems like there is nothing that cant be made out of paper/card stock. I should really consider getting into this to make an Otakun armour!

Friday, April 12, 2013

1/8 Megahouse Yamamoto Akira figure


Gunjap has provided me with many insights within the pop culture industry. This piece of anime goodness from Yamato 2199 seems to be a cracker! Okay Ill admit I am unacquainted with the character or setting but theres no reason to not pick it up hey? This Akira figure is fantastic the character is HOT! So who's in? Who has preordered this hotty?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

00 Qan[T] Special!

Have you ever imagined what 00 Qan[T] will look like with the special buster sword, XN Raiser and 00 Seven Swords packaged equipped? It my friend equals to this piece of pwnage! Who is keen to get all the special kits to put this beast together? :D



Sankaku Complex

Sankaku Complex was a website than Kenji recommended to me in my early days as an anime fan. It has since become a daily habit hence we have inducted SanCom into the ODU hall of fame. With a collection of interesting surveys, saucy anime news and regular anime and related topics Sankaku Complex is without a doubt a powerhouse in the pop culture community. On a side note please check out the comments attached to the individual posts they are good entertainment value...

Suisei no Gargantia Initial Thoughts

I started this one as a recommendation from Sankaku Complex (Note to self I so need to create a link for them on the side pane!). Suisei no Gargantia opened to highly positive comments so I went to check it out myself WOW! The colours designs and details are top notch and the plot although a little recycled is not too bad! So lets run through a basic plot sypnosis


Red is a soldier within the Galactic Alliance armed forces. He has one more mission before he earns the right to visit the galactic stronghold of humanity, Avalon. The military strike led by the Alliance was the largest to date against their sworn enemy the Hideauze which are these weird plant like organic cannons! The strike ended in failure. Whilst the Alliance forces were to retreat via wormhole Red was still engaged in battle. As Red made his attempt to escape, he deviated from course and end up on Earth. In this anime, set in the distant future, Earth is only a source of legend to where humanity originated.

I really like the mecha design for the Machine Caliber. I really wouldn't mind buying a model of this! The Machine Caliber is backed up by a super computer known as Chamber which functions like Iron Man's JARVIS. A talking AI which acts as a source of knowledge and offensive system.
I really like Red's pilots uniform its so colourful the flourescent lines really remind me of Tron. However talking about reminders Gargantia has many recycled elements like

1. The human race drifting within the cosmos in persuit of a home
2. Large scale battles against an alien race deemed to be a lower life form.
I wonder where we heard this before? However recycled elements aside at least when Red lands on Earth the anime starts fresh with some very different story telling techniques. Most notably In a traditional anime setting when a visitor comes from the future they still speak the same language. Red is lost in translation and requires Chamber to analyse the speech pattern. The first episode ends with Red in awe that he is on a planet where respiration is possible and he had discovered the birthplace of humanity.
Final Verdict- 7 Otakun Helmets

Overall this anime opened up to an impressive opening episode and I recommend this as a title worth watching for the new anime season.

The Good
- Humour, Red is a pretty interesting main character he has the cool vibe with a hint of sarcasm to his style.
- Big budget visuals nice opening scenes and impressive action
- Overall attention to detail  check out the rust patterns on something as simple as this stair case
The Bad
- As amazing as the opening scene looked in the first few minutes it gave me a Macross Frontier vibe it didn't feel fresh. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Anime 101: Attraction Through Design Traits.

Welcome to Anime 101. From now on I will try to post one of these every month detailing my experiences in the world of anime which I am sure other anime fans have experienced at the same time. We all have been there where certain design traits attract a viewer to an anime. It is like a fail proof formula that would suck you in  for example I was looking at a post at Sankaku Complex promoting Suisei No Gargantia, it wasn't the weapons or the colour pallete that caught my attention. Can you guess what it is? Well it is anime girls with red/maroon hair!

This is not the first time this has happened, here are a list of some other anime characters which got me in the same way... It is like a magnetic attraction!

Kouzuki Kallen- Code Geass
Yoko Littner- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Jubei- Hyakka Roran
Airi- Queen's Blade

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Gundam V Fin Periodic Table

A distinguishing feature of a Gundam is definitely the V Fin. The following is a neat guide to distinguish/identify the Gundam you are after, from UC to Age it has got your heroes covered!

Gundam Planet

As I am lurking in the shadows of the internet, I happen to once in a while stumble across a rare gem! Well I guess its news to me, others may have used these guys for a long time now. I was looking for more info in regard to SH Figuarts and got led to Gundam Planet.This is a very well organised American based site which shows the product out of the package and perfectly posed. They ship all over the world and the prices are quite reasonable too.

SH Figuarts.... Aggressive Super Sentai Expansion GO! GO! GO!

With the recent second season airing of Akibaranger it seems like SH Figuarts has a line of figures in the making! The figure I have the most interest in is the Kibaranger (circled aka MMPR White Ranger). This is what you get for being a Jason David Frank fan...

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Loyal Subjects Optimus Prime T Shirt

I first came across The Loyal Subjects when they released a Chinese Zodiac figure collection at Kinokuniya. As time passed by they expanded their intellectual property licencing and had more cross over merchandise including Transformers and GI Joe. I first saw the Optimus Prime tshirt design at 78dm and immediately commited to buy! They also have Starscream, Grimlock, Jazz, Bumblebee and Megatron. Of course at ODU our stand is if we dont want to buy it or already own it we wont promote it so here is a pic of me in this shirt!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Gundam Slippers? It's a dream come true!

The perfect set of slippers for a Gundam fan. Winter is on its way kids best to keep warm with these! I think mecha fans will agree with me on this, sometimes i would make mecha walking sounds out of the blue... UNGA! UNGA! UNGA!

So that you don't look like an idiot to the unenlightened these slippers are battery operated and play mecha walking sounds, ooh the possibilities!


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