If A Certain Magical Index is a wild, unfocused exposition of superpowered fantasy, then its spin-off A Certain Scientific Railgun is a slightly more grounded work that mixes in character development and an actual plot. I’ve always preferred Railgun to Index for that reason – superpowers are more fun when you care about who’s wielding them. The continuation, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, takes the same approach as the first season but moves away from the mostly lighthearted feel of the original.
I think I’ll try something different today. I’ve been pondering doing a post about my photographic gear for a while, but I’m not sure how much people would actually get out of looking at my kit. Instead I want to highlight just one piece of equipment in particular: Canon’s EF-S 60mm macro lens.
It’s Friday night so that means we get back to my favorite time of the week: shout-out time! I haven’t done the separate anime and figure posts in a while, although I did somehow manage to write both an anime review and a figure review in the same week. Strange things do happen. Read on to see the most exciting things and stuffs in my otaku world.
It’s been nearly four full months since my last honest-to-goodness figure review! I’ve shot some smaller photo sets since then, but I think it’s time I got back to what I do
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About a year and a half after releasing the final episode of Bakemonogatari, Shaft followed up with its sequel Nisemonogatari. Although shorter than its predecessor with only 11 episodes, watching Nisemonogatari nonetheless felt like a long, drawn-out affair. I watched the series over the course of a weekend, but I wouldn’t suggest watching more than two or three episodes at a time. Despite my intrigue and mild excitement going in, it was a pretty exhausting anime to sit through.
Wonder Festival came and went over the weekend. It’s kinda insane that such a huge hobby event only happens for one day (although it does happen twice a year). On the one hand, you get all the news you want right in one giant news-splosion. On the other hand, you don’t really get to savor the new stuff over the course of a week or so. It would take a long, long time for me to post about everything I liked out of this WonFes (everything is what I liked), but I do want to go through the top figures that have me bouncing up and down.
Well, all good things must come to an end. And while the best word to describe four days (plus a bonus night for press) of Comic Con coverage is “grueling,” it takes a while to adjust to the pace of normal life afterward. The world did not just freeze while I was in San Diego, though. Happily, there are plenty of shout-outs to give and news to cover.
In case you haven’t been following Tomopop’s SDCC coverage, I wanted to post a bit here about the toys and figures that caught my attention. As you’d imagine, SDCC isn’t really the place to go for Japanese or anime figures. There wasn’t much at the convention to appeal to fans of that particular aesthetic, and as such a lot of the figures that were on display fell outside my area of expertise. Still, I’m a sci-fi movie and TV show fan, so there was still a lot to get me salivating.
Makigumo is all about materialism, so the first thing I want to write about Comic Con isn’t the experience, meeting people, or anything about the show. The first post will be all about the loot – sweet, sweet loot. I didn’t keep tabs on how much money I spent there, but my haul was modest relative to those of my fellow Tomopop editors. Still, I’m really happy with everything I bought. I tried to go for items that would be interesting aside from being Comic Con exclusives, mainly because they would cost less and you wouldn’t have to wait in line to get them.