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Double H: Episode 2

Bam, another episode of Double H! This week we loosened up on the structure and time limits, so it ended up being a two-parter. In the first half we talk a bit about the new eye candy from the Mega Hobby Expo 2011 (all links open up new windows):

  • 0:43 – ALTER’s Kasugano Sora
  • 5:01 – ALTER’s Aegis

In the second half, we revisit some of the figures that we’ve talked about before, but with more starfish nipples and giraffe people:

  • 0:01 – ALTER’s Black Hanekawa
  • 2:25 – Megahouse’s Captain Liliana
  • 4:18 – RAH Black Rock Shooter

So what do you think? If you like it, please give it a thumbs up and/or a favourite, as this would make it easier for strangers to bump into the video on YouTube. If you really like it, pimp us out — tweet about it or give it a mention somewhere! We’re probably not good enough for that yet, but I want to ride this pony far. Who knows — maybe we’ll eventually get big enough to become a partner channel and get around that pesky 15-minute limit! It’s a long shot, sure, but you gotta start somewhere, right? 😉

I know I said that Double H would be a “podcast” in episode 0, but in all honesty, I don’t really understand what a podcast is. For a visual-dependent show like this, I think I’m going to leave it on YouTube for the time being. From what I understand, there are video podcasts out there, but I’m not sure how to integrate that with the blog itself, and that leaves me all kind of confused. I’ll leave that battle for another day!

By the way, I (Chag) will be attending Anime North this weekend. I’m not deluded enough to think that we have a big following, but if you happen to be there and if you see a guy wearing a black hat, glasses and a black Hobby Hovel T-shirt, make sure to come up to say hi — it would make me all sorts of giddy if you do. =)


Review: 1/8 Yakumo Yukari

When we took a look at Suika and I managed to determine Griffon’s “quality control” is still absolutely abysmal, but also that they do have it in them to make a pretty decent figure in spite of this large handicap. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at the only other Touhou figure they’ve made since then that has managed to pique my interest…Yakumo Yukari!

First I’d like to apologize for the delay on this review…Originally it was because she took so long to get to me, but during the course of that I determined I didn’t have the proper equipment to do the shots I wanted of her so this was cause for further delay. Hopefully the resulting eye candy will be enough for you to forgive my lateness. Or not…*explanation at the end* Read more »


Double H: Episode 1

After the Golden Week break, Double H is back with its first “official” episode — now on YouTube! Here’s what we ranted about this week (links will open a new window):

  • 0:17 – Megahouse’s Captain Liliana
  • 3:58 – ALTER’s Black Hanekawa
  • 8:37 – Good Smile Company’s charity goods.

I confess I’m still pretty tense on the microphone this week, especially with the new under-15-minute goal in mind (you wouldn’t believe how many takes it took for me to say the introduction). But thanks to all your feedback, we were able to make the show a lot more focused this time around. The annoying clicking noises are gone too, now that Ashlotte has got a new headset. The show sure as hell isn’t perfect yet, but I’m pretty with the progress made since episode 0. I still have to figure out this whole podcast distribution thing, though, but for the time being I’m going to throw these on YouTube.

Once again, comments and feedback would be greatly appreciated — feel free to tell us how much we suck! =D


Review: MG Shenlong Gundam (Endless Waltz ver.)

Long before Hobby Hovel, before my Flickr account, and probably before I could speak English properly, the 13-year-old Chag made his first website – a Gundam Wing fansite. Hosted on Geocities, there was nothing on the site other than reposted official art, screencaps and animated .gif files, but of course, my silly younger self didn’t think anything of it and worked eagerly on it through his dial-up internet connection. A part of me wishes that Geocities hadn’t gone down the path of the dinosaurs, but another part of me is thankful that my little clusterfuck of .gif files will never see the light of day again.

Of the few things I still remember of my Gundam Wing fansite was this picture, which I used for my title page image. No prizes for guessing who my favourite character was.

New Mobile Report Gundam Wing is a child of the 90s Gundam boom along with G Gundam, Gundam X, Victory Gundam, and 0083, F91 & 08th MS Team if you’re counting the movies and OVAs. There was a fuckload of V-finned giant robots during this decade, and naturally the staff at Sunrise wanted to experiment with the Gundam formula. Whereas Wing’s predecessor G Gundam did this by injecting a heavy dose of the super robot genre into Gundam’s real robot conventions, the people behind Wing tried to venture into territory that is absolutely foreign to the franchise: the female demographic – and what better way to rein in the fangirls with some BL undertones?

THIS was my childhood? No wonder I turned out the way I am!

As I barely remember anything with regards to the story of Gundam Wing, I was probably too young /illiterate/stupid to wrap my head around the plot, let alone THE GAY. Now that I look back at some of these official illustrations, all I can do is shake my head. I wonder how much they actually reflect content of the show itself. I should really give it a re-watch one of these days.

My favourite of the 5 gundam pilots was Chang Wufei. This is probably only because he and I both share a Chinese background. I have completely forgotten what his character is about, but in all of his crossover video game appearances (SD Gundam G Generation, Super Robot Wars, Another Century’s Episode), he comes off as a guy with a lot of misdirected frustrations – the type of guy who would come home every night to beat his wife. His mobile suit, the Shenlong (which means “divine dragon”) also carries some Chinese favour in its design, which made it a favourite in my book. I remember getting action figure of the Shenlong for my birthday and playing with it until the arm joints were completely lose, then taping up the joints to give them more traction, then wearing them out again.

However, this particular model I’m about to review isn’t the Shenlong that I knew and loved – rather, it’s based on the redesign by Hajime Katoki, the man responsible for the design of the OZ suits and all the mechs in the Endless Waltz OVA. The redesigns of the 5 original gundams have been floating about for a long time, but recently they’ve been dredged up to be used in the manga New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz: Glory of the Defeated (CHRIST that’s a long name). Do I like Katoki’s redesign? Sure I do – the lens on my nostalgia goggles aren’t think enough make me blind to a good design. Do I like the model based on the redesign? Well, hit the jump the find out! Read more »

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