shinaka photography


Current anime/manga collection:

  • Azumanga Daioh: Vol. 1-4 (ADV); Complete
  • Bleach: Vol. 5 (Viz); Only collected because of Chad/Karin interaction
  • Cardcaptor Sakura (Dark Horse): Omnibus Vol. 1-4; Complete
  • Cardcaptor Sakura (TokyoPop): Vol. 1-2; Stopped collecting (due to having Dark Horse editions)
  • Fruits Basket: Vol. 1 (TokyoPop); Only collected because manga was found on street
  • Hetalia: Vol. 1-2 (TokyoPop); Still collecting but can’t afford outrageous Canadian shipping for Vol. 3
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (Walt Disney): Complete
  • Koi Kaze (Geneon): Vol. 1; Still collecting but can’t afford the rest of the DVDs due to out of print status
  • Koi Kaze (Bootleg): Complete (but for reasons such as better subbing, I still want the official version)
  • Moyashimon: Vol. 1-2 (Del Ray); On collecting hiatus due to Kodansha USA not releasing new volumes
  • Sailor Moon: Vol. 1-5 (Kodansha USA); Still collecting
  • xxxHOLiC: Vol. 1 (Del Ray); Still collecting
  • Yotsuba&!: Vol. 1-5 (ADV), Vol. 6 (Hand-bound printout from the BF during the weird years after ADV dissolved but no one had picked up the Yotsuba&! license yet), Vol. 7-11 (Yen Press); Still collecting 

So a close friend gave me ACTUAL Good Smile Charlotte (PMMM) figurines as a belated birthday present, so I really wanted to repay his generosity by posting up an unboxing pic set. :D

Big!Charlotte was relatively easy to put together, though you needed to shove her wings into her head some in order for them to not fall off. Her nose was a bit trickier but applying a lot of pressure helped as with the wings.

Now, small!Charlotte was all sorts of challenging. I didn’t know to do this at first but I tried to put her ribbon!arms on while her head was still on. BIG MISTAKE. I left a scratch on one arm (it’s covered up by the cape in the pictures though) before I realized, DUH, I should try to take the head off. (Ironic, I know.)

Even then, the arms took sooo long to put on - there were just so many ways for them to pop off and I was scared of putting more scratches on the arms. SOMEHOW, I prevailed eventually.

I futzed a bit with the cape and putting the head back on, before realizing that putting the figurine on the pedestal first might make putting together small!Charlotte easier. Afterwards, putting the cape and the head on wasn’t that bad, although the cape tended to shift a bit.

Anyways, so this pic set was about how I constructed my first set of PMMM figurines, after a few hiccups XD


Figurine/button/keychains/misc. collection:

  • 2 Bleach teacups: Gin Ichimaru and Izuru Kira 
  • Pikachu plush (technically on loan from phoeny)
  • A. oryzae keychain
  • Yotsuba&! (Raincoat Yotsuba) keychain
  • Minako Arisato keychain
  • Jake keychain
  • Finn (NYCC 2011 Finn) figurine
  • Haruhi Suzumiya figurine (missing its stand and guitar due to my mother -.-)
  • Domo plush
  • Assorted buttons (KH, Mario, Domo, etc.)

With the $200 Amazon gift card I won from doing random surveys on campus, I preordered SMTIV and was able to open my package today (I picked the slower but free shipping, hence why it didn’t come on the 16th)!

And now that I have SMTIV, I can register it at Club Nintendo for the $30 Nintendo eShop credit and get me so awesome Fire Emblem DLC for free! :D

Lastly, using the coins I accumulated at Club Nintendo via ACNL, Fire Emblem, etc, I was able to get a super cute red Mario drawstring bag for my 3DS~

Yes, the purpose of this post was just for me to brag