New Fan Art: Alisa’s Birthday Suit

I’ve uploaded a drawing for mature people to my pixiv gallery. This is another picture of Alisa Southerncross (from the manga and anime called Sgt. Frog) and it was drawn especially for a buddy’s birthday. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊

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New Fan Art: Alisa Southerncross

Alisa SoutherncrossI have uploaded a new piece of fan art (for mature people) to Enty, for everyone. You can also see a smaller image on pixiv.

My Enty page’s URL: http://enty.jp/en/maruserino

My pixiv account’s URL: http://pixiv.me/fubori

Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!

Mai, the Psychic Girl

Who remembers Mai, the Psychic Girl? It was a manga series written Kazuya Kudo and illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami, which was originally serialiazed in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1985 in Japan.  It was then released by Eclipse Comics and Viz International from 1987 in America, first as a biweekly comic, then as four graphic novels (which are pictured below) and finally as a three volume “Perfect Collection”.

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Mysterious Girlfriend X Vol. 11

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I have just finished reading the eleventh volume of Mysterious Girlfriend X by Riichi Ueshiba, which came out in Japan in February. So yes, it took me quite a while to get around to reading it, but nevertheless, I’m a big fan of Mysterious Girlfriend X. Although the premise behind it might be a turn off for some people (it involves saliva), at its heart Mysterious Girlfriend X is a really fun boy-meets-girl comedy and Mr Ueshiba’s artwork is beautifully textured. Having said that, however his latest drawings actually lack a bit of texture and he is instead relying more on tones (probably as a time-saving measure), but it is still great artwork. Also, I personally like the very 80s setting of Mysterious Girlfriend X. There are no mobile phones, digital cameras or computers to be seen anywhere.  As someone who grew up in the 80s, there is something reassuringly familiar about this kind of environment.

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According to Wikipedia, the only English versions of Mysterious Girlfriend X are online versions, which is a bit of shame. The animated version however is available in English. If you are interested in Mysterious Girlfriend X and you are unable to read the comic, I recommend watching the animated version. The art style and narrative are faithful to the comic, the soundtrack is entertainingly quirky and Ayako Yoshitani does a great job as Mikoto Urabe, the eponymous girlfriend of Mysterious Girlfriend X. Oh, and as a bonus, the English dub is well done, too. I remember the days when English dubs were simply horrendous, but nowadays they are generally pretty good.

I’m surprised at the lack of Mysterious Girlfriend X goods available at the moment, but I guess this means that while apparently well-received in Japan, Mysterious Girlfriend X hasn’t been popular enough to generate much in the way of merchandise. But I keep hoping that one day at least a PVC figure of Mikoto will be released, preferably in her black bikini and brandishing her trademark craft scissors. And if you’re wondering what that is all about, you’ll just have to check out Mysterious Girlfriend X for yourself, won’t you?(^-^)

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Tomoko Kuroki Nendoroid Petite

Well, unfortunately I haven’t been able to do anything on this blog for months, but now I think I may be able to finally dedicate some time to it.

I was planning to write about the New LovePlus Plus game for the Nintendo 3DS first, but there was an unforeseen problem with it… Anyway, I’ll write more about that when I’ve actually got it up and running. So instead, the first thing I’ll write about is the figure that comes with the special edition version of the 6th volume of the Wata Mote (aka No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!) comic: a Nendoroid Petite of heroine (or should that be anti-heroine?) Tomoko Kuroki.

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It’s very cute, isn’t it? I’m sure if she looked like this in the comic, she wouldn’t have trouble being popular! Being a Nendoroid Petite, The figure is only about 6cm tall. There is also a standard Nendoroid of Tomoko available, but I won’t be getting that one as I’m not a Nendoroid collector.

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The cowlicks on the back of her head are a nice touch, I think.

The 7th volume of the comic, due out in October, will come with an OAD (Original Animation DVD), which I’m looking forward to. However, it won’t be cheap.

I won’t be writing anything about the Wata Mote comic itself this time, since the purpose of this post was to write only about the figure. However, I probably will write about the comics in the future, as it is one of my favourite comics at the moment.

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