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「毎日楽しいの為に」 Flawless Passion

1/144 ヴァルヴレイヴⅠ火人 Valvrave I Hito

革命機ヴァルヴレイヴ, or Valvrave the Liberator, was a series that I was very interested and had high expectations for during 2013. Browsing through the usual website I utilize for the latest hobby news, I saw the prototype for this “Valvrave”. It looked amazing. That very moment I knew I had to watch the show. After all, Bandai was making plastic models for a series that was neither Gundam or Macross. The highly anticipated first episode aired, and it did not disappoint. In fact, the entire first season did not disappoint. It is no exaggeration to say that it was on my list of favorites. …However, the second season… somehow failed to answer any of the mysteries that the first season set up and instead introduced confusion. Not only that, but what was most unacceptable for me was the slaughter fest throughout the second season.

Regardless of the anime, the mecha itself, the Valvrave, is an awesome design. For this post, let’s take a look at my build of the 1/144 Valvrave I Hito model from Bandai.

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「Restart:またゼロから」 – Life in Japan 4 – January 2017

January. New year. 2017.
However, for me, this January did not represent a new beginning. The situation has not changed. Injured, I am still crawling through the mud, trying to get out of this swamp. December 2016 was the end of many things. And now, I must restart from zero. Despite being in Japan for 4 months, I have not moved on from square one. Absolutely pathetic. //Continue Reading//

「転落」 – Life in Japan 3 – December 2016

I am in a labyrinth. And unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of taking my time to find the way out. In every turn could be a dead end or a trap. And this month, I fell into a pitfall.

A lot went on during this month. Initially, it appeared that my situation was finally going to stabilize a little bit. I came across some cheap used bookshelves that were just perfect for manga. I immediately purchased one of them, carried it home, and arranged my room to what I currently feel to be a very comfortable layout. The desk shifted to the left side and the bookshelf took the desk’s former place, while the bed now lays horizontal to the desk and I can now be on the PC being wrapped in my futon to survive this cold winter. Continue Reading

First Christmas in Japan – 2016

Merry Christmas! Although this year’s Christmas was another lonely one that went by with little celebration, I did whatever I could to make the day a little more special. To celebrate, I bought myself some presents and a cake. Unexpectedly and very gratefully, my little brother bought me the game Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization. I also kept Christmas BGM on loop for a few days to get into the holiday mood. |Continue Reading|

十一月の購入物 November Loots – 2016

Compared to the first month, the amount of loots for this second month in Japan is quite tame. For myself, I had purchased four boxes of gunpla, while everything else were free goodies I received through campaigns, events, or friends. In particular, a booster box of Cardfight Vanguard G Set #8 was split between me and my friend, Xyrenth. Perhaps “split” not the right word, as more accurately, she bought a booster box and presented me the cards she doesn’t want. Anyways, let’s go onto the details of the loots.

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「迷路の中で小さな一歩」 – Life in Japan 2 – November 2016

While November was not a short month, I can’t believe that it is already the end of 2016. Soon another year will pass, and yet, I have not moved very much towards my dreams and aspirations. Coming to Japan was a small step. This month, I made just another small step forward. However, I am in a maze. I think I know where I want to end up, but have no idea how to get there. I am in Japan, surviving, trying to settle down comfortably, searching for opportunities to leap forward. My situation isn’t the best, but it is also not the worst. The chances are here. I can work with this.

For the first weekend of this month, on Saturday the 5th, I went over to Kanamachi in Tokyo to hang out with Xyrenth. For lunch, we ate at Mos Burger. During my first time there, I had the モスバーガーof the same name as the restaurant and it was delicious. This time, I tried their 野菜バーガー, which was also great. Afterwards, we went to karaoke at JoySound for an hour. Oddly, we didn’t get an option to extend the time. Without other things to do, I went with Xyrenth to her apartment for the main purpose of this visit, to checked her in-progress HG Schwalbe Graze. Upon Xyrenth’s request, I repaired the blade tips of the wire claw, and painted some parts in gold. Before returning back to Chiba, Xyrenth treated me to a standing ramen shop for dinner. I enjoyed the food and experience, but I can imagine different if hot and crowded. Continue Reading

HG Gundam Exia Renewal (2015)

During my childhood, I have built some Gundam models to play with on a few rare occasions. However, the series Gundam 00 revolutionized a number of things in my life. For one, it is the first Gundam series I ever watched every episode of, from start to finish. It made me a Gundam fan, got me into other anime, and of course, steered me into being a modeler. The HG Gundam Exia was the first model for me to go beyond a straight build. Looking up info on the internet, I painted, panel-lined, and even attempted modifications. That was over 6 years ago, using improper and makeshift supplies. I am still not a pro, but I have came a long way since then. Taking the very same HG Gundam Exia, I redid every piece. Here it is, my renewed HG Gundam Exia.

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十月の購入物 October Loots – 2016

At long last, I am in Japan once again. This time, I will not be a temporary visitor here to shop and sight-see. For that reason, I am surprised at the amount of loots I ended up with. It is nowhere near the amount I purchased on my previous visits to Japan, but it is quite more than my recent loots this year. Besides getting lured by the crane game for the ご注文はうさぎですか towel, in my mind, all I did this month was buying a couple model kits and a few manga. Putting it that way, it doesn’t sound like a lot.

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「俺の始まりはどこにある?」 – Life in Japan 1 – October 2016

If I were to give last month a subtitle, it would be “A Monument To All My Sins”. For this month, it would be “Where Is My Beginning?”. My time spent flying to Japan was a travel, but my time here in Japan will be a journey. My real life, the beginning of a personal journey, of which the destination being a future I desire. However, nothing has started. The whole month was all preparation and settling in. Most of which I had no control over. Is this my beginning? My real life, where and when is it? Perhaps it started already. Perhaps it can’t be found here. I am not quite ready yet, but surely I will start.

This month started on a weekend, and I decided that the first thing I will do for this month is to go to Akihabara. After waiting for so long to come to Japan, it was hard to feel that I really am here. To reorient myself, I did what I have always done in Japan, shopping. It had been over 4 years since my last visit to Akihabara. But this time, I was not alone. I was joined by my good friend Xyrenth who started her life here in Japan 2 months ago. The entire day will be talked about in detail in its own post later. After Akihabara, I returned with Xyrenth to her apartment where we checked out our goods. I slept over and the next day, I stayed in the apartment, taking the time to relax. I started on a gunpla, booted up a game on the PSV, and also helped Xyrenth with her RG Sinanju. In the evening, I returned back to Chiba. By then, a few housemates have arrived and I greeted them. Some more people arrived later that night. Continue Reading

Flight to Japan -Part 2- (TPE→NRT) – September 27th, 2016

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Continuing on my travel to Japan, I am now waiting at the designated gate in Taiwan. I have about 3 hours until my next flight to Japan. I spent the time getting a bit of rest and also typed on the blog. The waiting area was quite empty when I first got here, but soon filled with people after an hour. It turns out there was a flight to Korea ahead of the one to Japan.

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