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Myethos strikes again – Best figure of 2021? Feat. Hatsune Miku

Saturday, August 29, 2020 / No Comments

Hello readers and fellow figure collectors, hope you are all doing well. I have some incredibly exciting news to share today. The painted prototype of the figure which many collectors including myself have been eagerly waiting for has finally been completed.


She is none other than the lovely Vocaloid Hatsune Miku from the figure company Myethos. Myethos is one of my favourite figure companies and one that I whole heartedly recommend as they make really high quality figures as mentioned in my figure collecting guide here. I am happy for Myethos as this figure will certainly boost their recognition in the Figure Collecting Community although more people are already becoming aware of them. Miku is scheduled for release on June 2021. This article is my review on the figure based on the prototype pictures that were posted by the company yesterday.



Despite being a Chinese Figure Company that has to compete against the big name Japanese players such as Good Smile Company, Myethos has once again knocked this figure out of the park. Phenomenal, breath-taking and dazzling are some of the most apt descriptions of this figure. Let’s take a closer look at the detailing of Miku in some close up shots below. 



That face. OH MY GOD!! That is perfection, literally. Myethos figures have some of the best details but this face sculpt and detailing on Miku are on another level, simply out of this world. Just the face alone is a 10/10. The whole face was sculpted immaculately, from the nose, mouth to the ears even. But what stood out to me the most were the eyes. Myethos nailed the eyes down flawlessly, just look at the intricate details such as the eyelashes and slight gloss paint finish on the upper portion of her eyes that is cleverly balanced out by the lower portion. This face sculpt of Miku easily blows the face sculpt of most figures from Japanese Figure Companies away. I am sure many collectors are thinking of displaying her without her fan accessory just because of how beautiful the face is.




Moving on, the hair sculpt was also well executed and the individual strands were meticulously sculpted as shown in the picture above. I feel that Myethos also chose one of the best possible color gradients for Miku’s hair as it stands out but is not too overpowering and melds well with the darker brown coloured base. Her hair also extends onto the base, just look at that flow, simply amazing. The eyebrows are also an important detail not to overlook as they blend with the face really well. There is also excellent detailing on the upper portion of her dress which are the intricate patterns that are only visible upon closer inspection.



Now let us take a closer look at her accessories. Right off the bat, we see that Miku comes with a hair accessory in the form of a pink flower. The pink flower hair accessory is quite small but easily noticeable because of the color contrast to Miku’s hair.


 

Miku also comes with a brooch attached to her dress. There is some detailing on her brooch but I would not say it is the most detailed as I have seen other figures with even more detailing on the accessories. However, I must say that Myethos chose a good-fitting color for the brooch as it does not take away all the attention from the figure. The fan accessory is a nice touch and the details of the swallows and branches are also magnificent as they add a lot of detail and depth to the figure. The ribbon end of the fan is also not to be overlooked. 


Miku also has a flower bracelet that has some detailing on it but is hard to see unless up-close.


Miku’s nails are also painted!



Miku’s heels and laced ankle socks/stockings have also been sculpted perfectly. The detailing on them is superb and the color scheme is great once again. 





Miku is undoubtedly beautiful but a large part of what makes this figure stand out so much is definitely the base. You seldom see such an elaborate base coming with most figures. Many figure companies these days use generic round and flat bases that often come in one color. Some collectors prefer generic bases as they take away less attention from the figure itself. I feel that a unique and well-designed base add so much more overall depth to the whole figure. Miku’s outfit and the base give the whole figure a very oriental aura. Take a look at how well the flowers on her base were sculpted above. 


Miku, her accessories and the base all combine together to form an incredible unit and an amazing figure. The color combination of the respective parts of the figure all complement each other very well, creating one of the most eye-catching figures. It is still too early to say but in my opinion, this will be the best figure of 2021, at least for now. Overall, I rate this figure 11/10. She is just that good to be honest, a true masterpiece. 


Although I am not a Miku Fan as I personally do not know much about her and have not listened to her songs, this figure is definitely a guaranteed pre-order for me. She is too gorgeous to skip out on and I am really excited to have her as my first Miku scale figure. Pre-orders will start on August 31st and end on October 31st according to Myethos’ Weibo. You can order this figure on Taobao like most Myethos figures but AmiAmi should have her up for sale on their site as well like with most Myethos figures. Going with AmiAmi is a safer bet as they do replacements or refunds if the figure arrives damaged while Taobao most likely wouldn’t. 



I highly recommend pre-ordering this Miku figure if you like her because I can guarantee that she will be sold out within a short period or immediately upon release. She is one of the most talked about figures on MyFigureCollection and the demand for her is very high. Do note that Myethos has never done re-runs for their figures. If you miss out on this pre-order, chances are you will have to buy her from another seller but at an astronomical after-market price. Miku will make a lovely centrepiece to your collection for sure.


Thank you for reading and have a great day! Stay safe!


Written by Kou


 






Kiss... Goodbye?

Saturday, August 15, 2020 / No Comments

Hello everyone! It's been a while, I hope all of you are keeping well amidst this crazy period~

Recently, I have heard news that the kissanime site will be down forever, and obviously, I couldn't believe it at first. But alas, when I went to check, it seems that the news has certainly proven to be true. :( 



I'm sure for some, it might not be that much of an issue, considering how many anime titles are in Netflix right now, but for someone who has grown up under the likes and nostalgia of kissanime, kissmanga etc. it definitely made me a bit melancholic. I still remember my first anime binge on that website; it was Anohana


I remembered being curious at first--I only got into anime at a later part of my life (about 5 years ago) so kissanime was the go-to site to watch this. Over time, I grew accustomed to pressing the "next episode" button, and I would be able to watch the next episode quickly without any buffering issues. I would also look forward to hearing the iconic kissanime intro at the start of each video: 



Ah, the memories :')

Over time, I gradually began to love watching anime, and even found my favourite anime and fandoms to be in. Most importantly, there were a lot of anime that I could only exclusively find on kissanime. (I'm sure there are other streaming sites, but kissanime was still a site that I find myself gravitating to) 

Anyway, I guess just like the website, it's time to accept it and move on. And who knows, maybe they'll come back again sometime!

For now, we still have Netflix. Granted, they don't carry a lot of titles (at least for me, because most of the anime I watch are a bit more secluded (or just, a little less talked about)--e.g Nana, Princess Principal, Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu... And it goes on. And even some popular titles aren't there yet, at least for now. 

Well, on the bright side, at least there's still plenty other good anime to stream and watch. Here are some of my favourites that I have binged on Netflix so far! I'm a little biased towards the slice-of-life/cute girls doing cute things genre, so if you like those type of anime too, maybe you'd like to check out some of these! Or if you already have, then that is nice! 


Zombieland Saga


So many memes have come out from this anime, and it's amazing because it's a really fun-loving and entertaining anime. I mean... Zombies and idols?! It really doesn't get any better than that. Here's one of the rap battles they did which truly encapsulated the entire series.  



Asobi Asobase 


Another super fun anime~ I find myself cackling at the antics these girls share, and it's really just a light-hearted, comedic watch without much intensity of a storyline to follow through.

Carole & Tuesday


This anime is one of the most underrated anime I have seen. It might be a slow watch for some people as it goes through 24 episodes but the production quality and voice acting are amazing. The friendship between Carole and Tuesday is so wholesome, and well developed that it made it such a comfortable watch. Also, the music is amazing!

Little Witch Academia


Another long episodic anime. But one that is so wholesome and colourful that it makes you want to keep watching to follow on Akko's journey as an eager, wide-eyed witch student.


Shirobako


And another long episodic anime. I seem to have a knack for these type of animes huh? Shirobako is essentially an anime about making anime. I think that's the best selling point I can give out, haha. But well, we get to take a peek of what it's like to work in an anime industry, as we revolve around a few high school friends. Friendships and passion makes the dream work~

Violet Evergarden


One of the more popular animes out there on netflix. I'm sure we all know by now the beauty of KyoAni, and it is further reflected here in Violet Evergarden! Despite its beautiful production quality, the story isn't compromised because it is equally as engaging and heartfelt. A really beautiful anime that is worth all their praise is all I can say. 

And now, a bit on the more... Grip-on-the-edge-of-your-seats anime.

Scum's Wish 


This anime was such a wild ride. It's lethal, it's heartbreaking, but it's also so emotionally charged. There's something that just draws me to this anime, despite how many times I feel myself wanting to tear away at the screen for the dangerous decisions the characters make. But really, it's a nice watch.

The Tatami Galaxy


I was really happy when this anime came out on Netflix. When I first watched it on kissanime, it was quite an obscure anime because of its quirkiness, to the point I felt like I needed some level of intelligence to watch it. But it's definitely an interesting watch, and we learn some valuable life lessons too. 

Kakegurui 


And yes... Kakegurui, our favourite anime about high school gambling which can go to the... Extremes. Looking forward to the third season! 

Well, to conclude, although kissanime may be ending, I'm sure there's still resources out there to fuel our anime needs. Netflix is a good option, but hopefully you'll be able to find some of your favourites on there. And hopefully, I've managed to introduce or allow you to revisit some anime listed here!

Have a good day and stay safe everyone~

Written by Kimizomi 

Miwa Haruka & Moo Chan "Singapore National Day" Whatsapp and Telegram Stickers

Friday, August 7, 2020 / No Comments

With the long weekend and Singapore National Day just round the corner, we had designed a pack of adorable Whatsapp and Telegram Stickers to commemorate this occasion. Given the current Phase Two, this year's National Day celebration will be different. Instead of our traditional congregation of thousands of citizens living in Singapore, the celebration will be telecast online. This is a time for us to come together as one united people, renew our pledge and continue to contribute to this wonderful nation. 


Please feel free to download this pack of "Singapore National Day" Whatsapp and Telegram stickers featuring Miwa Haruka and Moo Chan.


Moo Chan


WhatsApp & iMessage

A) Download the free stickers here or
(You need to download the Sticker.ly app on your phone)

B) In the top bar of Sticker.ly app, search for 'Moo Chan', 'Milkcananime' or the Pack Code "6BMN15". Then follow the instruction in the app to download.

Telegram

For Telegram users, click here to get the Telegram stickers

Miwa Haruka

We hope you love our Character Stickers Pack. If you like more, do visit MILKCANANIME.CO for more Stickers Download. Please share our Stickers pack with your friends and loved ones!

Designed by Max Wong and Shirielise 

We believe in a world full of imagination


Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: A Celebration of Humanity

Sunday, August 2, 2020 / No Comments


WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

 

My mum and I always had a tradition of watching anime together ever since I was a little kid. And because of the COVID-19 situation, both of us had been relegated to staying at home for ungodly amounts of time since, as far as possible, telecommuting has become the norm, and I had three months of summer break before my next semester of school started. So we thought, in the midst of a global pandemic, what better than to start (and complete) a new anime series?

 

A quick scroll through MyAnimeList found Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to be the top rated anime of all time, standing at a solid score of 9.23/10 above other classics like Stein’s Gate, Hunter x Hunter and Gintama, which generally averaged around 9.12. Of course, I knew that ratings were subjective and tried not to pay them more heed than necessary, but the fact that I’ve so often heard of the masterpiece that is FMAB and to see it unanimously agreed upon to be the best anime/manga of all time no doubt caught my attention very much. So it was decided, that that would be the next show we would watch.

 

I know I’m late to the show (literally), but FMAB it is undoubtedly one of the most complex shounen series I’ve watched. In essence, alchemy is, as the narrator frequently reiterates, the science of understanding, deconstructing, and reconstructing matter. However, it is not an all-powerful art. It is impossible to create something out of nothing. If one wishes to obtain something, something of equal value must be given. This is the law of equivalent exchange; the basis of all alchemy.”

 

Simply put, alchemy involves the manipulation of natural and man-made resources, such as water, fire, ice or metal, and many more. It’s a similar concept to elemental bending in the well-known Nickelodeon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, except that it veers more in the direction of science and modernity.

 

Edward transmuting his metal arm

Roy Mustang basically fire-bending

 

At this point, one might think that alchemists are overly-powerful, given that there seem to be almost no limits to what alchemy can achieve. That would almost be true, if not for the great forbidden taboo amongst alchemists, which is human transmutation. In short, the only thing that alchemy cannot create is human life, because nothing of an equal value can be exchanged for the gift of life. That is exactly the taboo that the main characters, two brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric, commit as they engage in a naïve attempt at human transmutation as children to bring their dead mother back to life. Not only does it fail terribly, Alphonse loses his entire body and is relegated to using a suit of armour as temporary vessel for his soul, while Edward loses both an arm and leg that has to be replaced by “automail”, the show’s term for prosthetics. The rest of the story revolves around their journey to get their bodies back, no matter the cost.

 

Alphonse loses his body

Ed loses his leg


The Elric brothers' new forms

 

Yet, despite the supposed emphasis on alchemy, the show slowly but surely makes clear that power derived from alchemy cannot be the main goal of the characters. The real beauty of the show lies in its ability to encapsulate both the humorous and uplifting traits of a shounen anime, while delving into complex issues of the human condition that have plagued humanity since the beginning of time, such as the value of life and the strength of human conviction and familial love. These are the lessons and experiences that the main antagonist fails to grasp in his self-serving and devastating pursuit of power at the cost of great destruction. The main antagonist, referred to as Father, is one of many homunculi in the series, artificial human forms created through alchemy. Arrogant and prideful to the point of playing god, he craves divine power over the world and sees himself as unquestionably superior to the entire human race, who become nothing but pawns to him in his quest for power. He also spawns seven other homunculi from himself, which are named after the seven deadly sins: Lust, Greed, Pride, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Gluttony.


Father and the Seven Deadly Sins

 

But what sealed the deal for me was no doubt the ending of the show. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been emotionally invested in an anime only for it to have ended too abruptly (or lazily). FMAB, thankfully, did no such thing and in fact, managed to conclude on both an unexpected, yet completely believable and extremely heart-warming note. While the brothers start off the anime vehemently believing that only alchemy will get them their bodies back, to the point of obsession, they mature considerably throughout the series and demonstrate impeccable character growth by the end, understanding that alchemy is not the all-powerful and infallible art form they once thought it was. In the end, the answer is simple: Edward gives up his alchemy in exchange for getting his brother’s body back as he finally comes to the conclusion that he does not need alchemy to be truly happy – what’s most important are the relationships he forged along the way with his brother, his friends and his many mentors.

 

Ultimately, both Father and the Elric sought the truth; the difference was that while the Elric brothers had to undergo the inescapable trials and tribulations of life and learn from their failures with the help of the people who cared for them and loved them, Father sought the easy way out, opting for power and allowing his hubris to get in the way of experiencing the variety of life.

 


Father fails to see the truth and dies


Ed gives up his alchemy for Al


Al gets his body back


The brothers are back

 

The experience of FMAB cannot be possibly encapsulated within a single blog post, but I hope that I’ve sufficiently interested you in the show. FMAB is a wonderful testimony to the strength of humanity even in the most of trying of times, and is that not apt in the current reality that we live in right now? We can’t say we’ve truly lived life if we haven’t experienced both the good and the bad. Although times may seem bleak, let’s try our best to take things in our stride and overcome whatever life throws at us!

 

Thanks for reading and take care everybody!

 

 

 

Written by Gin

 

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Review

Thursday, July 30, 2020 / No Comments
During the circuit breaker period, I started feeling bored out my mind, so I thought I should probably start watching a light-hearted, comedy anime to feel better. My friend recommended Kaguya-sama: Love is War to me, mentioning that it made her laugh on multiple occasions, so I decided to give it a shot.



It immediately reminded me of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, where the episodes were short, standalone skits featuring the main characters. It was immediately very dramatic, the way Shinomiya and Shirogane calculated their every move in order to avoid embarrassing situations that would expose them as being interested in each other.


Shinomiya scheming and plotting against Shirogane

From small things like what kind of birthday present to get for each other, to simply following each other online, the anime heavily dramatizes how each small action they take would lead to the other finding out about their crush.

Shinomiya contemplating the very small decision of whether or not to go to the movies with Shorigane as if her life depended on it

The anime is not as relatable as Saiki K, because Shuchiin Academy itself is full of elite students from rich families, or extremely talented and hardworking students like Shirogane.

Shirogane flexing his perfect grades

Shinomiya standing humbly in front of a collage of her achievements

Shinomiya, daughter of the esteemed Shinomiya Group, who has so many expectations pinned on her not only from her family, but also from the public, acts completely differently when she’s hanging out with the student council, or when she’s panicking over her feelings for Shirogane.

Shinomiya secretly freaking out over Shirogane's cat ears

That is what makes this anime quite amusing to watch, I think. While the two of them maintain composed and professional on the outside, their internal monologues are very relatable, and it is fun to see them have their own personalities outside of being the school’s model students.

Shirogane doing an excellent job at hiding his feelings for Shinomiya

Even Fujiwara, who many people find annoying because of her complete ignorance to the unspoken war between Shinomiya and Shirogane, started to grow on me throughout the series.
Fujiwara dancing without a care while Shinomiya tries to talk to her

She can be annoying at times, when her ignorance and naivety completely ruins the plans of both Shinomiya and Shirogane, but no one can deny the fact that she is absolutely adorable, and her ignorance is even endearing at times.

Fujiwara looking cute while not knowing things


A dance that she did for one of the ending songs went viral, and people all over the world reacted to the video and even shared their own covers of the dance. You can watch it here.

My favourite character of the series, however, is Ishigami. Originally, I didn’t really like his character design, because he just looks like a sleazy loser who plays video games and smells bad (which might actually be true), but I also found him the most relatable out of the main cast.

A dramatic low-shot with cinematic lighting of Ishigami shamelessly declare his desire to play video games and nothing else

He is lazy, unmotivated, and constantly has bad grades, which is something that I think a lot of us have experienced before. His outlook on life is also very depressing, which is something that I relate heavily to. It’s also funny sometimes how melodramatic he can be about things.

Ishigami turning to death at the slightest inconvenience

He does not care about things like reputation and appearance, but he gets the job done as the treasurer of the student council.

Shinomiya and Fujiwara reacting to Ishigami's passionate speech about his opinion on men who wear boxer briefs

During the sports festival arc, a major incident in his past is revealed, and it really confirmed for me that he is my favourite character in the anime. Despite his sluggish and gloomy behaviour, he has a strong sense of justice and will not back down when it comes to standing up for the right thing, which I think is really respectable.

Ishigami speaking his truth, with not a single care in the world

While there are some episodes that make me laugh, there were also episodes that tugged on my heartstrings and made me feel really emotional.



The student council making it just in time to watch fireworks together

Although this is considered a gag anime, I think it definitely has a lot more to offer as well, and I think it’s definitely worth a watch if you’re in the mood for something light-hearted and wholesome.

The student council gathering to take a wholesome group picture



Written by yin