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Review: 1/7 Saber ~Triumphant Excalibur~

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For a site without a whole lot of content, we have already reached the fourth Saber-related review here at Hobby Hovel, and boy is it getting hard to rub out an introduction. It’s not as if there’s anyone who hasn’t heard of character before, because with the recent BD/DVD release of the Unlimited Blade Works movie, even the newest of the newfags would know who this blonde chick with a big-ass sword is.

But as ridiculously popular as Saber is, I gotta give it to the old girl – she is a great character. Saber is strong-willed and mature, yet her appearance as a petit teenage girl and the tender/funny moments in the plot allow the reader to emotionally invest in the character with startling ease. Unlike her tsundere and kouhai co-stars, it is hard to place Saber neatly in a trope. Instead, author Nasu Kinoko put the character of a respectable heroine into moe-friendly packaging and fully embraces the seemingly paradoxical nature of the combination right down to the ahoge sticking out of her head, and I think this absurd matchup is the key reason behind her charm as a character – after all, what’s cuter than the King of the Britons getting flustered over a home-cooked meal?

But enough of this wannabe aniblogger nonsense and let’s get down to Good Smile Company’s highly-anticipated figure. Long story short: if you have procrastinated on deciding whether or not to order this figure to this day, it’s time to stop dicking around, because despite the presence of a significant flaw, Saber ~Triumphant Excalibur~ is without a doubt the definitive Saber figure out there – and that’s saying a lot, considering the sheer number that has been produced to this day. Read more »

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Weekly Highlights SPECIAL: 2010 Summer Season Wishlist

Chag: Time sure flies when you’re not shooting photos and not writing reviews, and before we knew it, another season’s with of anime has come and gone! So Ash, what did you think of it?

Ashlotte: Mediocre – Lots and lots of mediocre. It’s not a terrible season by any stretch of the imagination, but it certainly lacked in memorable shows.

Chag: I know what you mean, dude. To further complicate matters, out of the few series that did catch my attention, a bunch of them (Strike Witches, Highschool of the Dead) already have figures! As a result, making the subjects for this entry is nowhere as easy as it was for the last.

Since the last figure wish list, we have seen the announcement of a Tenshi figure and a Celty figure. The rest of the gang weren’t as lucky, though I wouldn’t give up on Sawa-chan just yet. In any case, let’s hope we get luckier this time around!

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