My WonFes Wants…

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer has come and gone, and Good Smile Company are getting ready to catch the money that I’m going to chuck at them for the following Nendoroids:

  • Darth Vader and Stormtrooper (Star Wars)
  • Asuka and Rei (EVA Racing)
  • Tomoyo Daidouji (Card Captor Sakura)
  • Sakurai Aoi and Haruka Koumi (Rail Wars!) - previously announced
  • Suigintou (Rozen Maiden) - previously announced
  • Erica Fontaine (Sakura Wars) - previously announced

Also of notable mention are the Nendoroids of Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and Batman. If Good Smile Company get their marketing and distribution right they could make a lot off those Nendoroids.

I picked up The Illusionist as a speculative purchase in CEX as I spotted it was by the same director, Sylvain Chomet, as Bellvue Rendevous which is a fantastic art house animated film that I absolutely loved when I saw it.

The Illusionist is also an animated production and, putting aside the wonderful story for a moment, I’m impressed at just how well animated it is. Even background characters and details such as window reflections are attended to carefully. A blend of 2D and 3D animation is used and for the most part blends in nicely together to achieve the slightly sketchy and quaint style..

Moving on, the story does a fantastic job of portraying the struggle of the titular illusionist to keep his relevance - and employment - in a world that has rapidly changed around him. It’s a bittersweet tale and there are some very touching scenes that portray the naivety and the ignorance of the world he lives in. I guarantee that even if you’re not in tears by the end of the film, you’ll at least be able to sympathise.

If you see a copy for sale I highly recommend picking it up to watch. Whilst it is an art house film, it is a very accessible and yet very moving tale.

For the attention of doll fans - check out the latest volume of Dollybird, which eschews the useful clothes and patterns for dolls to bring you accessories and diorama ideas and tutorials instead. Check out https://www.1999.co.jp/ for more information!

WonFes 2014 Summer Wishlist (aka The Aftermath)

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer has come and gone, and Good Smile Company are getting ready to catch the money that I’m going to chuck at them for the following Nendoroids:

  • Darth Vader and Stormtrooper (Star Wars)
  • Asuka and Rei (EVA Racing)
  • Tomoyo Daidouji (Card Captor Sakura)
  • Sakurai Aoi and Haruka Koumi (Rail Wars!) - previously announced
  • Suigintou (Rozen Maiden) - previously announced
  • Erica Fontaine (Sakura Wars) - previously announced

Also of notable mention are the Nendoroids of Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and Batman. If Good Smile Company get their marketing and distribution right they could make a lot off those Nendoroids.

Cowabunga! Whilst they’re not quite the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles as lovingly censored for the UK market) of my youth, it’s still fun to see Revoltech versions of these iconic cartoon characters.

What… well, basically it’s Hello Kitty X Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My only question is that are they: cats cosplaying as turtles, turtles cosplaying as cats or a disturbing new mutation of both…? Help us, Splinter!

What… well, basically it’s Hello Kitty X Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My only question is that are they: cats cosplaying as turtles, turtles cosplaying as cats or a disturbing new mutation of both…? Help us, Splinter!

Okay, this is officially awesome. The Bearbrick interpretations of the original Transformers do actually transform. This level of thought and dedication to the Transformers concept, I like.

What I’m Watching - Summer 2014 Season Anime

Free! Eternal Summer

The original Free! was such a breath of fresh air, whilst being comfortably stereotypical, that I couldn’t help but want to watch the second series as well. Whilst the opening and closing tunes aren’t quite as catchy, and the formula is still the same, it’s still an entertaining watch.

Sailor Moon Crystal

As my partner is a big fan of Sailor Moon, we are watching the reboot series which has some very glossy animation but at the moment is as familiar as both the manga and original series. Although I haven’t seen the original series, I’ve heard that it suffered from a lot of filler and censorship in translation so here’s to hoping that this version will get it right.

Rail Wars!

I’m secretly (not so much now I’m admitting it?) a railfan and thus this series is on my radar. It’s not very well executed, is very boob-a-licious and overall extremely mediocre - so unless you’re like me and enjoy the train references (especially in this alternate reality where the nationalised Japan Railways never privatised), then it’s not really worth prioritising on your watch list.