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Archive for December, 2018

He Who Controls the Past, Commands the Future

Time, the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession.

The past eventually becomes the present, and the present will greet its future. A chain of unending passage of eternity…

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Well let’s not think too deeply on this. XDc 2018 is coming to an end, and a new dawn is upon us!

I’ll take this opportunity to once again look back at what my past year has been through all my blog posts, starting from the first half of this year…

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Defining the Resolution of a Crimson Frame

Jokes on resolutions of digital outputs like 1080p or 4K aside, the Hi-Resolution Model line (Henceforth referred to as HiRM) of Bandai’s successful Gunpla model kits is one of the newest entry in the 1/100 scale, introduced back in late spring of 2016. 

The HiRM line comes with a pre-assembled inner frame complete with die-cast parts, much like a ready-made action figure similar to Metal Build, but also include runners of the outer armour for Gunpla builders to work on, much like any other kits. As such HiRM can be categorised as a tween of action figure and a kit, albeit with a higher price range than the usual Gunpla kits available around… 

The first 2 entries to the line, Gundam Barbatos and Wing Gundam Zero Custom, drew a slew of criticism due to the looseness and brittleness of the outer armour pieces, most likely due to separate production process of the inner frame assembled in China while the runner produced in Japan, causing incompatibility between the two.

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However, the 3rd entry to the series, the HiRM Astray Red Frame, pretty much rectified many of the flaws present in the previous entries, slowly gaining praises and renewed interests from builders all around.

When first announced, many builders including myself condemned the idea of a super-buffed Astray, due to its overall design getting a lot of beefy parts, along with more muscle mass added to the inner frame. It appears the design principal of the kit is based upon accurate depictions of how muscle move around on a human body.

As time went by, I’m beginning to accept the HiRM line as it is, an alternate depiction of your standard design that amplifies the beauty of the original. Although the original design of a Gundam Astray is supposed to be a barely armoured unit with agility boosted to the extreme, the idea of it being a down-to-earth, highly skilled and experienced samurai in Mobile Suit form, is a welcome thought.

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The Days During C3 AFA 2018, Vol. 03

Finalising the after report on C3 Anime Festival Asia 2018…

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Let’s have a look at the doujin, the cosers and the dolls today…

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A Singularity at C3 AFA 2018

Fate/Grand Order, the phenomenal mobage available to the Android/iOS, is one of the main attraction for C3 Anime Festival Asia 2018…

The main stage event for FGO were held on day 2, featuring the Chaldea Radio Station duo Takahashi Rie and Tanaka Minami, alongside Fate series veteran Kawasumi Ayako, and last but not least, the Creative Producer, Shiokawa “Salt River” Yosuke himself.

As no photo-shooting and video-taking were allowed, there’s nothing from the stage hall I can show you here…

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There was a brief talk on the game itself, but from the perspective of the US version instead of the JP version, which is a bummer to many of us.

The guests each talked on various part of the 1st arc of the story, as well as holding a live-dubbing session for each of their voiced character in-game. Kawasumi-san provided the most fan service by reciting Noble Phantasm lines of Altria Pendragon, Altria Pendragon (Alter) and Altria Pendragon (Archer).

TFW Nitoris (VA: Tanaka Minami) and Mash (VA: Takahashi Rie) were surprised most of us are Masters of the JP version instead, brought a smile to our face. Another highlight of the stage was Tanaka-san noticing various Medjed cosplayers within the stage hall. XDc 

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The Days During C3 AFA 2018, Vol. 02

Let’s continue our after report on C3 Anime Festival Asia 2018…


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