「毎日楽しいの為に」 Flawless Passion
For this month of December, I have two packages from AmiAmi. I have been wanting to keep my spendings down, but I am sucker for limited editions. To speak of loots in December inevitably relates to Christmas, but disappointingly, I did not receive any Christmas presents this year.
Altogether, here are my loots for December:
- ロボット魂 焔龍號 Robot Damashii – En-Ryuu-Gou
- PSV ToLoveる ダークネス トゥループリンセス [限定版＋予約特典] PSV ToLove-Ru Darkness: True Princess [Limited Edition + Pre-order Bonus]
- PSV ヴァルキリードライヴ －ビクニ－[限定版＋先着購入特典] PSV Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- [Limited Edition + First Edition Bonus]
Here is the new PS Vita game from ToLove-Ru. While not necessarily a direct sequel to Battle Ecstasy, the previous ToLove-Ru game, I have not started that game at all, so I will withhold unboxing True Princess for the time being. The pre-order bonus that is a product for in-game goodies being a physical card is really quite nice. Usually, they just give you a slip of paper.
The Robot Damashii Villkiss was quite neat, and I long awaited the En-Ryuu-Gou ever since. When I finally saw it with my own eyes in person, I was disappointed. Almost devastated, since I had waited so long. While a few aspects were improved over the Villkiss, namely the visor and overall integrity, I was not at all satisfied with how the main red-ish color turned out. Not just the red, but the green glowy parts were also unspectacular. Once again, for whatever reason, they did not include opened shoulder parts for the ultimate attack. Perhaps most unforgivable of all though, is the limited articulation on some areas. The most noticeable one being on the hips, where the legs can barely spread to the side, killing a lot of posing possibilities as a result. Maybe I am being too harsh, but this Robot Damashii is not a good representation of the En-Ryuu-Gou that I like from the anime. I would love for Bandai to make model kits from Cross Ange, but it doesn’t look like that will happen, sadly.
Moving on to something that I was really really happy with, the limited edition NyuuNyuu DX Pack of Valkryie Drive -Bhikkhuni-. Initially, I really contemplated if I should place the order for the limited edition, and I have no regrets that I did. The game was made by the same people as Senran Kagura, and plays quite similar to Shinovi Versus and Estival Versus. So if you enjoy those two games, then I am sure you will love this one too.
Let’s unbox this and see why I like this limited edition. First, you just saw the front of the box along with the First Edition bonus, which is a shiny holo card with a product code for in-game goodies. The illustration on the card features characters that are not the main protagonists, which I am happy to have goodies of these characters. The box itself is also quite gorgeous, with a special glittery finish, but I couldn’t take a good photo to show that.
Here are the respective backsides. Of course, the box just shows some screenshots and talks about what is inside the limited edition. The First Edition bonus packet also contains another card with a product code, a real card version from the related social game, Valkyrie Drive -Siren-. This is of the main character.
Upon opening the box, the first item to show itself is this sheet with a nice illustration, featuring the two main characters. It serves as a cover page I suppose, but the material used for it is no ordinary paper. I want to say that this was printed on wax paper? The texture is nice and unique. The back side is blank by the way.
Uncovering the first sheet reveals the art book. The “VD” on front cover is actually embossed and glossy, giving it a premium feel.
Here are some sample pages to give you an idea of what is inside the art book. This was exactly the kind of content that I wanted in the art book because I am always interested in the designs of a series. This alone is my favorite piece of the limited edition bonuses. Sometimes such art books are simply a compilation of full illustrations, which this art book does have, but I am so happy that these reference materials make up the bulk of the art book.
Under the art book is a case containing CDs for the soundtrack and drama CD. The illustration for the case is once again the two main characters. I think you can see why I liked how the First Edition card gave variety to the goodies included.
The back side has the list of the music in the soundtrack. I am not really a music person, so I am more interested in the drama CD over the soundtrack.
The last item inside the box is the game itself. The cover art is different from the regular edition. There wasn’t anything special inside the case. The instruction manual was the booklet kind with thickness to it, rather than a slip of paper.
And that’s everything in the Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- limited edition NyuuNyuu DX Pack! Personally, I am very satisfied with the contents in this limited edition.
Lastly, here are the AmiAmi illustrations for the two shipments.
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