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Black Rock Shooter Gold Saw

Black Rock Shooter seems to be everywhere these days. A new figurine Black★Gold Saw, is part of the supporting cast of the OVA series Black★Rock Shooter. Her relevance to the plot is still unclear, and her origins, along with her human counterpart, have not been disclosed. It is presumed that in the beginning of the OVA, she fights Black★Rock Shooter and is victorious, giving Black★Rock Shooter her scars. It is unknown if she is an “other self” at all, and if she is, whom she is one for and how she relates to Black★Rock Shooter or Kuroi Mato. Her possible human counterpart in the real world was sitting on the chair of the train at the beginning, but this is unclear as the hairstyle is very common and the eye color is difficult to tell.

Images/credit from Dannychoo

Figma version

Black★Gold Saw is a girl with red eyes and long black hair. A red flame shoots out from her right eye. She has a pair of curved black horns whose color turns to red as it reaches the tip. Like Dead Master, Black★Gold Saw also has skeletal claws. Her outfit is similar to Black★Rock Shooter except for the design of her jacket and her bikini top; her jacket extends into a worn-out cape which is dyed red at the end.

Like all of the “other selves”, her eyes have a circular pattern in them. Her weapon of choice is a large black sword with a long handle and a curved hilt shaped like a pointing-down crescent.

PVC version

PVC Version part 2



Japanese Sex Toys

Japan is widely known for it’s unique and unusual culture of sex. It’s so unusual that Japan is considered the most perverted country in the world. Now I would normally rant about the justification of this statement as opinion based or actual fact, but I’ll leave that up to you.

This is about one particular company that makes special “toys” for guys, called Tenga. Their moto goes

No baggage

No Headaches

No String Attached

[think of it as dating without the drama]

This is from the official American Tenga distribution website where the products innovated in Japan can be easily purchased in America rather than buying them over in Japan. It seems they are targeting single guys and trying to make them feeling better by saying “your better than those other guys who have to deal with a significant other”.

“TENGA products are engineered to produce a potent, but controllable, sucking sensation without motors, pumps, or somebody that just might not be in the mood. TENGA’s don’t get tired. They don’t get headaches or PMS, and they don’t stop working if a storm knocks your electricity out. With a TENGA in hand, YOU control the experience – when, where, and how.”

The best part is how they boast in how awesome their products are. Using the latest technology and scientifically tested to produce the best sexual sensation-to replicate actual sex, Tenga does it all! The tutorial videos do seem to show some justice to what they say. When you see the tenga at work, literally doing work on your badongadonk, it looks rather painful or if your into the sadistic stuff, the most amazing thing to go inside your dingle-ling. They do have more than just one type of Tenga. In-fact theirs a bunch of different ones..

  • Tenga Black Deep Throat Cup
  • Tenga Black Rolling Head Cup
  • Tenga Egg Lotion
  • Tenga Eggs (Season 1 and 2)
  • Tenga Fliphole
  • Tenga Fliplite – Melty White & Solid Black
  • Tenga Hole Warmer
  • Tenga Red Air Cushion Cup
  • Tenga Red Deep Throat Cup
  • Tenga Red Double Hole Cup
  • Tenga Red Rolling Head Cup
  • Tenga Red Soft Tube Cup
  • Tenga White Air Cushion Cup
  • Tenga White Deep Throat Cup
  • Tenga White Soft Tube Cup

Each supposed to intimidate the best possible feeling of sex in different ways, for example the Tenga Red Air Cushion Cup is supposed to feel of one acting in missionary position. Each have their own chart of arousal and a very imaginative diagram of how its supposed to work. I would put up the rest of the other Tenga products information up, but you get the point.

The Hole and Lite versions come with lube and here are the descriptions of each.

MILD : Wrap yourself in a gentle touch. Let it envelope you in warmth and kindness.

REAL : Relish the feel of superb moisture for a realistic experience. For those who want it real!

WILD : Stimulation explosion! Enjoy every single inch with Tenga Hole Lotion Wild! Tenga Hole Lotion is a watery liquid

Red Air Cushion Cup Chart

the scheme of how it works

One interesting fact about the Tenga products is that some have a number of uses before it should be discarded. The Tenga Egg is a portable version of the series, small and compact, but can only be used once per egg. The Tenga FlipHole and Tenga Fliplite (smaller version of the hole) was constructed to be cleaned after use so it can be used multiple times. Now I saw some sources say that it should be used 50x or so then thrown away, but I don’t see why it needs to be thrown out at all if it can be cleaned the same every time.

I haven’t personally used this myself, nor will I ever (I think), but it’s interesting all-together. A couple years back I  browsed the site and they were in need of testers. I actually filled the online application because of these reasons.

1)Get paid to feel good (unless it’s a failed product that might cut your special part off)

2) Go to Japan for free as they pay for everything, housing, tickets, etc.

3) I’m single

I never got a call back, but perhaps it was for the best. It makes me wonder what kind of tests they would’ve done on people….(shutters). Anyways, here are some videos


K-On!

Story 7.5/10 It’s simple, which is a good thing. Basically, there isn’t much of anything to expect as K-On! gets to the point. As in every anime that involves the daily life at high school, plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members. Then Yui, the clutsy, “stupid” character can’t decide which club t go to. However, when she accidentally signs up to join the light music club, she decides to become a guitarist. There’s just one problem: she’s never played the guitar before in her life. So it’s unique that she learned to play it and everyone else (including her younger sister) to know how to play the guitar well. K-On! Lacked much on the learning aspect of playing an instrument all together. As she meets up with new friends, her and the band aim for the bokugan, a show or competition bands go to.

Animation 8.5/10 It’s your typical 2005 and up type of animation. Such as Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Clannad, etc. but this is good. The only difference from the other shows is the way the facial expressions on the characters faces are portrayed for certain events, making the characters ‘cuter’ and laughable. My personal favorite would be the repeated drawn circle on the eyes as some sort of fluster feeling or perhaps when they feel oblivious to what is going on (which happens quite a bit). The last important bit is the way the music the band plays goes very well with the animation, drums hitting where the drum at the right time feeling like they really are playing a song.

Characters 6.5/10 All the characters were ‘lovable’. Of course they each had their unique perk, reaction, and all that jazz. You have the sane normal girl (Mio Akiyama) who plays the bass and tries to get her friends to act accordingly. The rich, blonde girl Tsumugi Kotobuki, who instead of acts like a stubborn, spoiled brat is innocent and forgiving. The crazy and misorganized Ritsu Tainaka who happens to be the manager of the band. Last but not least, the protagonist of the show Yui Hirasawa. In some shows we determine what kind of personality the character has; how they react to situations. This show tried not to have the characters overreact too much, so it feels more realistic and not so absurd to make it more funny or dramatic. I hate shows where the character exaggerates to the problem making it bigger problem than it should be. I know it’s hard to mix a character’s personality to more than just one particular category, but it’s the same pretty much through any other anime based off a group of friends. Same personality quirk, different face. It tends to get ‘boring’ sometimes.

Overall 7.25/10 I wasn’t hooked like I wanted to be. I’ve seen and heard remarkable reviews for this show. It’s everywhere in the anime world, like the next Haruhi. From all this hype comes disappointment. I did laugh a couple times and it was a relaxing show, but that was it. Through the last half of the show I thought to myself “there is potential”. There is a second season called K-On!! (with two ! instead of one) and hoping they fixed the problem the first season had. Now it doesn’t sound professional to not exactly know what is missing or how it could be better, but I know it can be done. If you feel the need to watch a semi-comedic, not over-the-top ridiculous, relaxing show, then K-On! is for you.


Samurai Champloo Scratch

It’s sometimes hard to find a good AMV these days. Most of the time the one’s I do enjoy are usually found through other people. An anime fan told me about this AMV and I’ll admit, it’s badass. I am a fan of Linkin Park, though that is fading away rather quickly, but I’ll always remember a few of their songs. This AMV in particular matches perfectly with the beat of the song. Subtle and not too ridiculous to where the viewer can’t tell what is going on half the time. Overall, great AMV; I hope to find some more in the future.

Good work Suckafish80!


Black Rock Shooter Dead Master

New to the vocaloid project, comes Dead Master. I found her while searching for new Black Rock Shooter figures and fell in love with her instantly. There’s not much detail about her other than what is seen on the figure itself. What we do know is that her real name is Takanashi Yomi.

She is a girl with wavy black hair and straight bangs, and neon green eyes.

Her outfit is similar to a simple Gothic lolita costume. She wears a black dress and a black bolero; her dress extends down to her thighs and is accented with a white ribbon attached to her waist. Dead Master also wears a pair of leggings and a pair of black pumps. She wears a pair of black gauntlets on each hand. On her head is a pair of long horns which resemble a pair of vertebrae with each tip made out of three tips joined at the end. Dead Master also has a pair of wings which sit low on her back, looking like a thick zigzag.

Her weapon of choice is a large scythe with an unusually-shaped blade and a long handle with vertebra-like detail.

Most of the time she is accompanied by two skulls, each with glowing cavities.

Dead Master is the primary antagonist in the OVA anime series Black★Rock Shooter. In the early stages of the animation project it was presumed that she was Black★Rock Shooter’s sister, but is more accurately played as Black Rock Shooter’s best friend before she turned into Dead Master.

Figure is currently set for Pre-orders! Releases November 2010!


Pixels

If you’ve been a gamer since the 1980’s, back where the Atari, NES, Genesis etc. this video is for you. Not only is it reminiscing, it’s very well done. The CGI is extremely high quality, the story…well let’s say that’s how things should end…

Just watch the video


Eden of the East

Story 9.5/10 – The story was well written. It keeps the viewers intrigued on how the story unfolds as old questions are answered and new questions arise. Feeling like a Bourne movie where the protagonist, Akira, has lost his memory. He has a history

eh!?

that made him widely known as that “special someone”. So the story goes…It’s held in the year 2010, on a day called ‘Careless Monday’. Ten missiles hit the cities of Japan and oddly, there are no casualties and the event quickly fades from public memory. Akiraholds a phone credited with 8 billion electronic yen and a female voice on the other end called Juiz who will fulfill his every wish. Having no recollection of his past and calling himself ‘Akira Takizawa’, the young man accompanies Saki back to Japan in the hopes of discovering who he is. Akira’s enigma quickly proves fascinating and Saki decides to help him rather than reunite with her family; but what neither realizes is that Akira is embroiled in a dark game of life and death linked to the Careless Monday missiles.

Animation 9.5/10 – It was obvious that their was funds available for this series. CGI was common and didn’t look too terrible. The rest was top-notch. Ran smooth and looked good. The landscapes, buildings, cars, and all other things not to be ignored.

Characters 9/10 – I had trouble deciding what score this category deserves. No one really felt “stupid” in the show, which is a problem in most shows these days, so that’s a plus. The Protagonist’s development reveals a fascinating duality in his personality as being very likable, but

hard to know if he should be liked. His whimsical nature belies an underlying quick mind and a surprising level of gravity, the unnerving themes of misfortune he may have put onto others is a definite plus in the show.

Everyone else who gets involved in the show, sort of just shows up with no real character development. The good news is that the supporting cast, being ordinary people with ordinary problems, generally behave within the familiar boundaries of reason. While that sounds like it wouldn’t be a problem, with the events and story that occurs in Eden of the East, it seems out-of-place. It’s like people running around aimlessly, like zombies,

Shoot those missles

headless zombies, with no legs. At some point, I began to get a little annoyed watching Saki mope after Akira, worrying about his terrible secrets without being able to help uncover them. Her behaviour is always understandable, of course, but also off-putting for being redundant.

As far as the antagonists go, I don’t see a real problem, except who the true antagonist is, which is conveyed in the last few episodes of the show. Of course, there is the other people with the phone with 10 billion dollars, can make anything happen, and use that power for “bad” things, and feel as though they are the antagonists. They aren’t. My guess is Mr. Outside, the creator of this ‘game’. It’s hard to explain and don’t want to spoil too much.

Yes, that is indeed a robotic walking bear

Overall 9.25/10 – It was definitely a good show. I had not set my expectations high nor did I have a clue what I was in for, but it turned out for the better. I was undoubtingly interested throughout the whole show, wanted to keep watching more to get the questions answered. The biggest disappointment would be the ending and I would add that onto here, but I can’t because it’s not over yet. Not much later after air release, they made a movie that continues where the last episode left off. I also heard that the ending of the first movie ends more abruptly than the series did. Thank god theirs a second movie coming out to fulfill our disappointment. Then again, following the trend it may not end there and a third movie may be in production. Anyways, highly recommended, especially for those who enjoy the Bourne series.