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Zephyr's Compass

A blog about writing, photography, and everything in between.

Vocaloid – Hatsune Miku – 1/8 – VN02 (Max Factory)

August 19th, 2012

Looking around the internet, chances are you’ve probably stumbled upon something that you just have to have. I’ve had my share of those… and the Miku VN02 was one of them. I mean, there was just something about it that just oozed awesomeness. The futuristic, sleek design. The bright green that’s amazingly flashy, yet not overly so, nor to the point where it detracts from the rest of the design. It’s just a great figure. Never mind that I’m  generally not interested in anything relating to Vocaloids. The VN02 was something I just had to have. Sadly though, it was long, long sold out by the time I found it. There were still some on Amazon and other sites, but yeah, as expected, were exorbitantly priced as a result. Anyway, long story short… I managed to acquire one the other day via a friend (Many thanks!). And well, it’s time to share the wealth a bit with some pictures and a quick review.

Game Preview – The Last Story Limited Edition (w/ Artbook + Soundtrack)

August 18th, 2012

Finally released yesterday, The Last Story arrives in North America amid quite the hype. Along with Xenoblade and Pandora’s Tower, The Last Story is one of the “big three” JRPG’s of the generation. However, the big problem was that it was never released outside of Japan. Cue years of effort from a passionate fanbase though, and eventually Xenoblade was localized (and released in NA earlier this year). Now,  The Last Story gets its moment in the limelight… leaving ultimately only Pandora’s Tower left, though hopefully not for long.

Either way, here’s some of the promised pictures of the pre-ordered, Limited Edition version of The Last Story. Pre-orders came with a free copy of the soundtrack for those ordering from Amazon, Best-Buy, or Gamestop. All pre-orders and all first runs (launch copies) of the game also included a special box containing a 44-page artbook. What’s significant about this statement? Well, it means if you still want the artbook, you might very well be able to acquire it. Every game store’s first run will include it, but once it’s out of stock, that’s it. So if you’re interested, time’s a wasting.

Anyway, without further ado…

EDIT: Link Issues Fixed

Graphic Novel Preview: Titanium Rain

August 12th, 2012

Before going to Comic Con the first time last October, I’ll admit I was one of those people that wasn’t overly that intrigued with things like comics or English versions of the graphic novels. But, that all changed when I spotted this beauty on sale over at the Archaia booth. And well, let’s just say that this book made me realize what I was missing. Also picked up a few comic books from some new and upcoming artists, but that’s a topic for another day. Check out some previews and the premise after the break!

Summer Slices of Life: Kokoro Connect, TARI TARI

August 9th, 2012

Going into the summer anime season, the expectations weren’t quite that high. It’s no surprise considering the greatness of the previous spring season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t shows worth watching this time around. So today, I’ll talk about a few of my favorites from the season in Kokoro Connect and TARI TARI. The interesting link? They’re both of the slice-of-life variety.

Site Issues

August 3rd, 2012

UPDATE (8/8/12): New theme implemented, some HTML issues and problems with picture viewing on browsers other than Google Chrome also fixed. leetNEET and Random Curiosity post pages have been updated.

New posts to resume in the coming days.

Some issues cropped up with the old theme, so doing some random maintenance at the moment. Sadly this means there won’t be new articles for a few days…