Down the Slippery Slope: Why I Collect Anime Figures

I NEED MORE SHELF SPACE

I had to squeeze two smaller shelftops’ worth of figures on here for this photo (some figures are hidden in the back and not visible), but the point stands: I need more shelf space.

Froggy-kun over at Fantastic Memes wrote a post the other day asking “Anime Figurines – Are They Worth It?” My answer, as it is to most questions, is “it depends.” Many of the downsides are pretty obvious – they’re expensive, they take up space, they don’t really do much, they can be fragile, the list goes on. So what’s the appeal of it? Why do people even buy figures at all? I, as far as I am down the so-called “slippery slope” of figure-buying, still occasionally find myself looking at my shelf full of figures and asking myself what I’m doing with my life. Why am I even spending my hard-earned money on all these useless things? Here are a few of the things I tell myself in response.

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Top 20 Anime of 2013

the senpai we all need, the senpai we all deserveAfter a barrage of really good series last year, 2013 stepped things back a little to take a breather, slowly working its way up from an empty winter season to a promising-but-disappointing spring to an acceptable summer before finally pouring its heart and soul into the fall. Continue reading

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12 Days of HOTBLOOD 2013, Day 1: Baron Ashura The Magnificent

NOTE: If you’ve seen Shin Mazinger Z, you noticed that there’s something I pretty blatantly handwaved over in my previous Mazinger posts. If you haven’t, I would heavily advise you to stop reading before the break unless you want the crap spoiled out of the best part of an already amazing series. I’d also advise you to just watch the show already, but if you’re comfortable with your poor taste, then that’s your own choice.

baron ashura

It’s been pretty obvious for most of the series now who Imagawa’s favorite character is. With significantly greater screen presence than anyone save Kouji Kabuto himself (and maybe Tsubasa, but I’m not as sure of that one), Dr. Hell’s right-hand wo/man has been given the lion’s share of directorial love. Baron Ashura gets all the best backstory. Baron Ashura gets all the best cinematography tricks. Baron Ashura gets all the best fanservice scenes. Baron Ashura is, quite simply, the best. Continue reading

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12 Days of HOTBLOOD 2013, Day 2: The Perfect Being

the perfect being

This is it! We’ve reached the epic final showdown – the final battle with the final Pillar Man for the Red Stone and the fate of the world. Continue reading

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12 Days of HOTBLOOD 2013, Day 3: Grand Finale

this battle is HAIR-IGNITINGLY AWESOME

The final battle of Shin Mazinger Z is so awesome that not only does it span the final five episodes of the series, it wraps around and reaches its ultimate conclusion in parts of episodes 1 and 2. And it’s not like the Shingeki type of long battle where it takes forever because nothing happens. There’s amazing stuff going on pretty much constantly, wherever you look, from all characters.
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12 Days of HOTBLOOD 2013, Day 4: Balls of Steel

time to oil up mk2
Oh, look, it’s this joke again. Continue reading

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12 Days of HOTBLOOD 2013, Day 5: The Fist of Zeus

the fist of zeusThe second half of Shin Mazinger Z is a turning point, where what was once amazing becomes even amazinger. At the halfway point, we get an excellent new OP, full of truly epic imagery (I don’t use that word lightly), in which the hotblooded super robot theme song champions at JAM Project definitively prove that they can, in fact, make ANYTHING awesome. But it’s at episode 16 where the show proudly proclaims that “a new world of Mazinger Z awaits.” And a new world we get, indeed. Because it’s at this point that director Yasuhiro Imagawa hits the gas and does what he does best: rocket the stakes up to eleven and keep on going. Continue reading

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