Happy birthday, Makoto! The 29th of August is Makoto Kikuchi‘s birthday, so for today it’s time for this idol to stand center on the stage.
Makoto is an idol within the fictional 765 Production company in the games and anime universe The Idolm@ster. As you can tell Makoto is a bit of a tomboy and is said to be more popular among girls than boys in the Idolm@ster universe. She’s one of my favorite characters from the anime and I consider her to be more a cool girl rather than a tomboy as she is still quite feminine. With such a dynamic and good looking figure being made of her she was rather irresistible to buy.
Makoto is appropriately dressed for a hot summer day so I took her on a stroll in the forest and we had a fun time together. It was totally not a date, I swear.
From the other side of the portal in the anime series Gate comes Rory “The Reaper” Mercury, a demi-goddess, an apostle of Emroy, the god of war, violence and death. But despite the rather terrible sounding job description Rory is very friendly and adventurous, though not if you happen to be a bad guy.
I figured a rocky setting, with a red sky to match her dress, would suit this figure best as it’s one of the settings used in the series.
I was reminded (but don’t remember by what) of an old photoshoot I did with Kuroyukihime three years ago in the summer. I was driving home from work one day and found the sunset behind my house could be a perfect backdrop for a photoshoot. I quickly grabbed the camera and the best fitting figure I could think of and headed into the forest behind the house. It’s been fun to compare my new post-processing with the first release of the photos I did on figure.fm back in 2013. Interesting to also find discarded photos for my first release that just needed more attention and skill to make them work. Enjoy!
We received a heavy package one day, though the contents of the package wasn’t meant for us, but the package had lot of post stamps plastered on it and one set was of particular interest to me; Snow Miku was on them!
These post stamps feature the different variations of Snow Miku from the years 2011 to 2013. Most of them are Nendoroid but also illustrations and renders are used. You can read more about them here.
Fittingly, I have non other than Snow Miku herself present them for you!
Gothic should be dark, mysterious and probably outright scary, but that doesn’t always fit Victorique de Blois, I feel, so I wanted to depict her in a much more colorful setting, something that suits her colorful personality a bit more. Not only that, but these photos were made for someone’s birthday, and no one wants a gloomy birthday, so cheerful and over-saturated colors is a must, after all!
The japanese have their own unique take on what Maids are all about and have made a whole subculture and following of their own of this phenomenon. @Home Maid Cafe (http://www.cafe-athome.com/) started back on 2004 in Akihabara and definitely knows how to make a Master feel welcome. Read on for more about my visit to @Home Cafe with Shurikn Ibuki!
Here’s continuing with photos from my trip in Japan 2015, this time showing you Akihabara!
I actually didn’t go around Akihabara alone. I met up with Shurikn Ibuki, a fellow blogger who lives in Tokyo. I’ve been following him online for quite some time, so it seemed natural to ask him to meet up at Akihabara and guide me around the constantly changing Akihabara for an evening.
It’s been a while since my last post and the excuse is that I’ve been busy planning and making a trip to Japan last November. Those who follow my personal Google+ will know about this and also the reason behind the trip; My family and I went there to attend a Shinto-style wedding (It was different and very cool). With only 10 days in Japan the schedule was quite hectic and I didn’t have time to do many visits to “anime” places, but I was able to quickly go to Kyoto Animation’s (KyoAni) merchandise shop and Akihabara. Today I’ll show you KyoAni’s shop!