the otaku wonderland
What is a foil? This is a literature term where it defines a character trait contrasting to another character, usually the protagonist in this case. The contrast can be acquired in a number of ways – by showing extremely different designs, personalities, ideals, mindset and mentality between the two of them. However, even though they are very blatantly different, both of them have a few similar qualities that will help tie both of them – so that, we, the third-person viewers, can compare them in the first place. Basically, in order to create a foil pairing of characters, they obviously had to be different so as to contrast, yet, possessing a similar foundation beneath their character design. Evangelion plays with this concept a lot, and chances are, if you had watched Death Note, Kira and L as well, is a prime example.
Height: 154 cm
Weight: 42 kg
Three Sizes: B73/W53/H76
Blood Type: O
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
King Arthur, the same character from Fate/stay night. Known as the King of Knights, she maintains a high code of honour. Though she and Kiritsugu are Servant and Master seeking the same ultimate goal of peace, their differing ideological perspectives result in a strained relationship where Kiritsugu does not directly acknowledge Saber.
When this figure was released, I was immediately drawn to her, but decided to let her go since she’s so pricy. Sometime later, I was beginning to regret and buying her from sites like amiami or hlj was pretty much impossible since she was all sold out. However, I had a chance to attend a minor local anime event one time and saw her on sale in a figures booth, of cause, I immediately nailed her. To avoid cases like this, I think figures buyers should have motto – “buy first, think later”. This saber figure remains my most expensive figure I had ever bought, costing me around $270 (akin to 20,000 yen) and as such, can probably remain in the top of that list for a long while.
What is NaNoWriMo? The full abbreviation is “National Novel Writing Month” and with the full abbreviation, the basis and objective behind NaNoWriMo is pretty self-explanatory. Each year, NaNoWriMo will host a novel writing competition – the novels are submitted on the month of November. Other than that, there are also a lot of other features and events aside from the novel submissions in November, something which I didn’t explore as much.
Monolith Soft is a game studio that was pretty much responsible for the whole Xeno series. Their first release was Xenogears, an old classic game way back during the PSone era, and aside from Final Fantasy, it still remained one of my favorite classic RPGs to date. Although back then, a majority of the staffs from Monolith Soft were still with Square, but soon, producer Hirohide Sugiura and director Tetsuya Takahashi founded their very own game studio, and that is, Monolith Soft. As Monolith Soft – a full independent game studio away from Square, they created the Xenosaga series – a series of lengthy sci-fi RPG games for the PS2. Then on 2010, Monolith Soft released Xenoblade Chronicles, probably one of the best RPG game for the Wii.
Anime crossovers – the act of combining two (or maybe more) anime shows together in an episode. Crossovers is a great way for showcasing the interactivity of two different worlds, and the interpersonal relationship between characters from each respective worlds. It’s incredibly fun to have your favorite characters entering an unknown world – a world with a totally different format and rules, and forced to align himself to the properties of the new world.