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R. Kasahara

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#14010874 RPG Thread XX has over 100 hours of gameplay

Posted by R. Kasahara on 13 June 2018 - 01:43 PM

I like how that Vesperia remaster is announced after I get 40+ hours in on the original :lol:

It's all good. However, I do think I'm done with Tales games after this. I enjoy the stories and characters, as anime as they are, but they're all quite long, I've never been a big fan of the battle system, and certain other aspects which are important to my enjoying a JRPG (dungeon design and music, mainly) are usually not to my tastes. If I get through the mountain of other JRPGs currently in my backlog, maybe I'll pick up a Tales game again, but that seems to be rather unlikely.

I just got back from vacation, so I'll have to refresh my memory of where I'm at in the story, but I'm guessing that I only have about 1/4 to 1/3 left to play now.

Speaking of which, I started the 6th Stratum of Etrian Odyssey V while I was away. (ETA: It was my first time picking it up again since beating it last month.) I've never completed a 6th Stratum in any of these games, and I don't think this one will be an exception, but I'm looking forward to seeing how far I'll be able to get. Currently on the 27th floor and haven't hit the level cap with my party yet :razz:

#14005040 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 05 June 2018 - 02:03 AM

Hobby Search sale starts in about an hour!

#14001856 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 29 May 2018 - 09:55 PM

Those shiba were in a TOM crane machine for a while. You got one a lot cheaper than anyone who played for it, lol.
If you don't mind me asking, what figures did you end up getting from this deal?

Yeah, I attempted getting one of those plushies via Net Catcher quite a few times XD

Besides that plush, I got Nendo Atlas, Nendo P-body, figma Fuu Hououji (have to complete that Rayearth set), and figma Higma. After the coupon and using about $12 in points, everything came to an even $150.00.

I remembered too late that my husband wanted Nendo Guardian, so I feel bad about that, but depending on how many points I get credited thanks to this new deal (ETA: $15! Thanks, TOM!), and/or whatever the next Sakura Coupon ends up being, I may pick it up for him soon.

#14000897 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 27 May 2018 - 05:48 PM

Via wewe at MFC, here's a new 30% off coupon from TOM (expires May 29th): FLUFFY

This coupon affects the entire cart, but said cart must include an item with the "Plushies" label. Fortunately, there's a ton of cheap options if you aren't much of a plush fan. They have some video game-related plushies, too: Square Enix, Kirby, etc.

There's also a 10x points promo going on through May 28th, so a pretty good discount, all in all (yes, I took advantage of it!). It gets even better if you're into swimsuit figures, for which there's a sale going on.

#13986446 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 26 April 2018 - 02:56 PM

I'm not a huge Japanese figure expert or collector- but anyone think it's worth picking up the Bring Arts 2b figure? It's a pretty pricey figure for me and I don't really know anything about Bring Arts (in terms of quality and whatnot). 
Nier was a dope ass game and I do want the figure but I collected a few of the Kotobukiya bishoujo figures (only Japanese series I'd say I collected) and found out recently that they're re-releasing some of the ones I already have (vs some of the older ones I missed). It makes it hard to justify paying so much for something.

No. The 2chan link lilman posted earlier no longer works, but it seems like the figure turned out pretty badly. Bring Arts is a pretty new line, so no one knows if it's decent overall or not, but Square Enix's previous history with action figures has been hit or miss.

I might go for the machine lifeform set, as the one that came with 2B looked okay, but 2B herself is an easy pass (gotta finish Automata first, though). Not sure if trading figures are your thing, but Square Enix makes good-to-great ones, so the NieR:Automata Trading Arts Mini set will probably turn out well.

#13973912 The unOFFICIAL Art Book Pre-Order Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 30 March 2018 - 10:45 PM

That Yoko Taro book is awfully tempting, especially since the man himself is involved. (ETA: Backed, and getting the Zelda book as well for my husband.)

Here's a licensing announcement from Anime Boston that should interest people here:

I have the Japanese edition of this book and it's wonderful; it's a must-have if you're a Dragon Quest and/or Toriyama fan. Glad that it's being localized, and I hope Viz does a great job with it.

#13957189 The Video Game Soundtrack Deals Thread (OP Revamped 04/28/16)

Posted by R. Kasahara on 03 March 2018 - 12:08 AM

Yeah, I ended up ordering the LE from Amazon.
What's up with the Amazon exclusive edition? Google Translate says, "Benefits Contents Undecided. There are a limited number of benefits. Please note that it will end as soon as it is gone." Sign me... up?

What the store exclusive bonuses will be hasn't been announced yet (related: seems like CDJapan will also have one). They could be stickers, clear files, posters, etc. These types of bonuses go out of print very quickly, so preordering's definitely the way to go.

#13956846 The Video Game Soundtrack Deals Thread (OP Revamped 04/28/16)

Posted by R. Kasahara on 02 March 2018 - 05:28 PM

Wow, $19.90 for Play-Asia to ship that soundtrack? I'll have up to settle for humming.

Amazon.co.jp's shipping should be about half that. It's fast, too.

Here's all the editions of that OST they have up for preorder, including an Amazon.co.jp exclusive version (sorry, seems like the URL code won't work with this one) - http://amzn.to/2oKTJe5

#13955102 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 28 February 2018 - 03:20 AM

So i got my tracking number for an sal registered i ordered last week. When i tried looking at the tracking infl there was a message saying delays in delivery inthe USA. The message was marked in january 2018. Anyone ordered in feb got their shipments already? Does it really take almost a month for sal mail to arrive? Thanks

SAL's been normal for me here since the holidays ended-- in other words, my packages take roughly three weeks to arrive. Sometimes there are delays, though. I wouldn't get worried until six weeks pass with no sign of a package.

#13954409 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 27 February 2018 - 05:52 AM

New figma preorders!

Widowmaker (Overwatch) - AmiAmi, HLJ, Hobby Search


Pixie (Shin Megami Tensei) - AmiAmi, HLJ, Hobby Search


The Pokemon Company also announced a new, Pokemon Center-exclusive figure line: Gallery Figures DX. First in the series will be Charizard, who will go on sale tomorrow for $28.99, according to Game Informer. The "regular" Gallery Figures are pretty decent, so I'm looking forward to seeing how this spinoff line does.

Finally, I found one hell of a deal over in MFC's figure sales thread: TOM is having a 30% back in points for premium members, also add the new "KOTOBUKIYA" coupon to get 20% off your order if you include a koto item, most items are already 5% off for premium members , so play it well to snatch around 50% off your order :)

I took advantage of this earlier today and ordered figmas Atlas and P-Body along with a cheap Nyanboard strap by Kotobukiya, then later preordered figma Pixie with the points earned. Each figma came to around $50-55 including shipping, which is pretty good considering how much the first two normally go for.

The Kotobukiya coupon (the code is literally "KOTOBUKIYA") is reusable and expires on March 1st. The 30x points deal expires the following day.

#13949733 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 20 February 2018 - 06:39 AM

The Other List is up!

#13948665 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 18 February 2018 - 05:33 PM

Thanks for the reminder! Just a single figma Snow Miku for me this year.

As for WonFes itself, not much new for me on that front. Video game-wise, there's a handful of new Persona 5 and Pokemon figures, as well as some others. A bunch of previously-announced figures have gotten updates as well (colored prototypes, etc.). As usual, MFC's WonFes master lists should be going up later.

ETA: The List (new announcements) is live and in progress. Covers WonFes, Toy Fair, and announcements made just prior to those two events. The Other List (updates) hasn't gone up yet.

#13944949 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 13 February 2018 - 06:09 AM

Anyone buys banpresto here?

I just bought this on amiami


Havent gotten my invoice yet but it was priced at ¥1300 yen and chose SAL unregistered. Was that a good decision?

Yup. I have a handful of Banpresto prize figures and they're generally quite good for the price. Obviously, don't expect 10k yen figure quality, and be prepared for potential flaws.

Coincidentally, my most recent Banpresto arrival is also a Dragon Ball figure, albeit of Bulma; she turned out really well. I also have the rerelease of Midoriya from My Hero Academia on order.

#13924498 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 10 January 2018 - 05:01 PM

So random question, I searched and thought this was as good a place as any to ask...
I don't normally collect these figures, but I happened to buy one on a whim at Goodwill recently. The figure is fixed, no movable limbs. There's a pin in the right foot though, that's really long. Almost as tall as the whole figure and slides into the foot. I can't tell if it's supposed to be that way, maybe it connects to a stand that wasn't included? It's this Sega figure from 1998 - YURIKA MISUMARU Nadesico

I found your figure in the MyFigureCollection database; the info does match the eBay listing - https://myfigurecoll....net/item/12308

As for the pin, the only thing I could think of is that the figure is hollow. This is a common indicator of a soft vinyl figure, but those often don't need stands. The MFC listing doesn't include any information that indicates either soft vinyl or a stand, but when checking on a couple of more popular figures from the same product line (Utena, Anthy, photo of both), that info came up.

So yeah, it seems like your Nadesico figure originally included a stand (as well as a trading card and CD), and the reason why the peg is so long is because of the material used and the manufacturing process.

#13920463 RPG Thread XX has over 100 hours of gameplay

Posted by R. Kasahara on 03 January 2018 - 09:53 PM

Well, just posted my annual "best games I played in the past year" list. Spoiler alert: my top pick is Nier, and like JEKKI, I'll be playing Automata sometime this year, hopefully sooner rather than later. Maybe we'll end up playing it around the same time, just like with Nier :razz:

I also still haven't started EOV, but at least now the holidays are over, and I don't have any pressing extra obligations, so I should be able to find the time... once I've recovered from my jetlag, anyway.