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Author: Chag

Weekly Highlights: Flat cheeks, Furries, and Nuclear Apocalypse

June 20

Chag: Hey-hey-ho boys and girls, here’s another installment of the weekly rant coming your way! Ash has been busy this week (with legitimate business) and I’ve also been busy (hooked on MGS: Peace Walker) these few days, so, I apologize in advance if they aren’t as meaty as before. Before we start:

I looked into the question of limit on comment length. Turns out this has been a long-standing issue with IntenseDebate. To further complicate things, my attempts at switching to Disqus was unsurprisingly unsuccessful. Maybe I should switch to WordPress eventually, but until then, please feel free to make multiple posts if necessary!

The weekly review has been pushed to mid-week from now on. This is partly because I dropped the ball this week and partly to space out the updates more evenly across the week. A MG Exia review will be post around Wednesday, so look forward to it, plamo fans!

Without further ado, let the ranting begin!

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Review: MG Gouf Ver. 2.0

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Of the many virtues of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series, its memorable antagonists always held a special place in my heart. After running away from the White Base with the Gundam, the young Amuro Ray meets the charismatic Zeon lieutenant Ramba Ral and his lover Crowley Hamon – arguably a pair of parental figures in Amuro’s troubled emotional life. However, as fate would have it, Amuro and Ramba Ral soon discover each other’s identities as the ace pilots of opposing camps while locked in deadly mobile suit combat. While Amuro respects the skilled veteran, his obligations to the crew of the White Base (as well as his concern for his own survival) demands him to exercise his duties as a soldier, making for another tragic chapter in his odyssey.

Of course, this review isn’t about Rambal Ral, but rather his big blue bruiser – the MS-07B Gouf. As Ramba Ral himself puts it: “This is no Zaku, boy, no Zaku!” Caught between the Zaku II and the Dom, this land-oriented mobile suit was never produced in significant numbers during the One Year War. However, as a bigger, faster, and stronger brother to the Zaku II, the formidable close-range capabilities of the Gouf were demonstrated plentifully in Ramba Ral’s assaults on the White Base. However, as the 2.0 version of the MG Gouf was released after a string of Zaku II variants based on the new 2.0 frame, the suspicion of a rehash inevitably hovers around this new take on the Gouf. Well, rest assured – while the MG Gouf Ver. 2.0 does share a number of traits with the MG Zaku II Ver. 2.0 kits, it sufficiently sets itself apart from the pack.

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Weekly Highlights: June 13

Chag: I thought this article needed a header image, so this is what I came up with:

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I. Need. Photoshop.

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Review: Chozou Art Collection Jotaro Kujo

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So, did you think because Ashlotte has become the figure guy around here, you wouldn’t hear any more figure-related stuff from me? Hohoho, how mistaken you are…

…Though this is a little different, to put it mildly.

Jotaro Kujo is the protagonist of “Stardust Crusaders”, the third arc of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures. As a delinquent with a good heart, Jotaro is your typical strong silent type character. What isn’t typical about him is his possession of a stand named Star Platinum – a guardian-spirit-like entity with supernatural strength, agility and precision. Though I typically steer clear of shounen fighting manga, Stardust Crusaders was an absolutely magical experience for me. With its not-too-serious approach to the genre, its bold and unique art style, its limitless creativity, and its gripping action, I knew that I had to get something JoJo related after I finished reading. (I actually wrote a review for Stardust Crusaders a long time ago on MyAnimeList.net. It’s one of my less shoddy attempts, so check it out if you’re curious about the manga!)

In the end, the decision boiled down between this Chozou Art Collection Jotaro and the Super Action Statue figure, both produced by Medicos Entertainment. Since JoJo’s art is so detailed, I decided to do it justice by avoiding action figure joints that would slightly blemish the presentation (though the Super Action Statues do a good job of preserving the aesthetics). Now that I have the figure in my hands, I am pretty confident that I made the right choice, as this figure captures Araki’s art as much as reasonably possible in a three-dimensional medium.

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