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Belated Happy New Years

This post is kinda random and will hardly be as seasonal as some others out there but might as well make one while it still lasts – not sure when a Shogatsu/New Years Holiday ends for most people but mine ended last Wednesday (‘ω`;) Looking back, a lot has happened in the past year with me graduating from college, becoming a 社会人 [Shakaijin=member of the society] and switching jobs. Not everything went as planned due to the external forces, but all things considered I guess I should be grateful that I’m still able to continue this hobby as I’ve been for the past 2 years. Dollfie Dream is an expensive hobby as its body parts, clothing, accessories and related events can cost a bundle and even lead to other addicting hobbies like camera or traveling – both which thankfully I’m not much into…yet. The comments, favorites, retweets and reblogs were also what helped me continue this hobby so many thanks to everyone for their support. Just realized that the stats hit 100,000 (views/visitors?) over the weekend. And of course, my girls were also equally important and have to thank them for posing/being stuffed in a carriage bag hours on end. IMO, Sora was the MVP last year so I’ll be posting several pics of her in the military uniform and a few in the black & white miko outfit just for the occasion. There’s also a few photos taken at Volk’s new photobooth with comrade Jeremy at the end of the post along with other random pics.

(皆さんどうも明けましておめでとうございます。挨拶が大分遅れてしまった上に正月とは全く無関係な写真ばかりになってしまいましたが、漸く時間に余裕が出来たので最近撮った写真や娘達のアップデートを近況報告。先ずは個人的に去年のMVPだったナギサ/斑鳩風のソラを色んなポーズでパシャリ。)

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Must’ve taken countless photos of her in this outfit this year but it never gets old. I try to work with different angles, come up with new sets of pose and learn from how other people would shoot her like in this one. Am still using Lumix GF1 with the 20mm lens I bought over 2 years ago but Lightroom and the editing techniques I picked up on the job helped quite a lot I think.

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I’ve always admired how the DD Akiyama Mio face mold can display many different expression with a slight change in angle. Sad that it’s a type of face we’re seeing less and less from Volks.

Haven’t gotten around to showing her 1/3 scale antique telescope so will throw in pics of that as well. It seemed like a good idea to buy one at the time since she was dressed in a Japanese Navy uniform but you can only do so little with telescopes…

(何時買ったか忘れた1/3スケールの望遠鏡など。物はいいのですが、ポーズがまるで思い付かないという。)

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Sora: I’m bored~.

Right…let’s just get you in your Miko outfit while you’re still in the mood.

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Sora: Hey master, this smells funny.

Well, it has been in storage for 1-2 years you know. Don’t worry, it’ll only be for a few seconds ;)

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Some of you may not remember this outfit but this was the 1st clothing I bought from a dealer at Yahoo Japan Auction. Was a little crazy back then and competed with another bidder until the price reached XXXXX yen. Good memories…(‘ω`) Sora’s attitude hasn’t changed much tho. Should’ve gone to a 初詣 [Hatsumode] to bring back some shrine ornament stuff but this will have to do for now. Akemashite-omedetou!

(そして時期が時期なので2年前に購入した白黒の巫女服に着せ替えてみたり。調子に乗ってオクで○万円もぶっ込んだのは良い思い出…。)

Below are a couple of pics taken at the new photobooth at Volks Akihabara last Saturday. Ento-san was there too but not with his daughters. The booth was pretty well made with the stairs and chandelier but couldn’t utilize the setting to it’s fullest. Probably due to doing too much close-up pics at home and no outdoor photoshoot.

(以下の写真は先週の土曜日にJeremyさんと一緒に秋葉某の新ブースで撮ったもの。偶然にエントさんとも遭遇しました。最近自室の卓上でしか撮っていないせいか背景を上手く取り入れた構図が思い付きませんでしたorz。)

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Jeremy’s cute Saber Alter dressed in casual clothing and short brown wig. I keep telling myself to buy some casual clothing for the girls but always end up buying weapons or some weird military items…P1160552

…and before I knew it, I had a small squad in my room XPP1160911

So I decided to lighten things up a little by changing Xera’s wig for the first time. The old white one was damaged pretty badly and hairs kept coming off every time I combed them. Platinum blonde because she reminded me of a character I used to adore. With an optional red eye, she could also pass for Kobato whom I’m also quite fond of :3 Bought her daki recently btw.

(白黒/軍服もいいんですが、少し変化が欲しかったのでセラのウィッグを白髪から蜂蜜色に変更。某先生のポトフちゃんやはがないの小鳩をリスペクトしてみました。)P1160925

A_3NOC1CMAAljxlAnd lastly a pic taken with an iPhone shortly after trimming down/styling the wig. Naked because I didn’t want to bother cleaning up hairs from her clothing. No, really.

…anyways, getting back to the topic, Happy New Years everyone :3

(そしてウィッグのスタイルングを終えた直後にiPhoneで撮ったセラのえっちぃ写真など。ええ….大分脱線しましたが、今年もよろしくです。


14 Responses to “Belated Happy New Years”


  1. January 8, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Akemashite-omedetou to you too!

    I would have loved to written down a entire patch of text, but I read it over a few times and it sounded funny and awkward so I passed it up :P

    Looking forward to what you will hit me with in 2013!

  2. 3 Q
    January 8, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Happy New Year!

    It’s good to see the miko outfit again, and it’s a nice that it’s black and white rather than the typical red and white; fits Sora pretty well I’d say.

    Xera in platinum blonde wig looks sweet! The final picture blew me away lol!

    Let us hope that 2013 will be a good year for us and for our hobbies!

    • January 13, 2013 at 4:49 am

      Happy New Year to you Q-san!
      These miko outfits are quite hard to come by (and strangely costly when it does) so am kinda glad that I’ve been sticking to the black and white theme ever since I first gotten Sora^^;
      Still contemplating on Xera’s new hair color atm but thanks!
      Am also hoping for the best of us this year :3

  3. January 8, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Happy New Year!

    Lovely girls as always with the awesome outfit. Glad I got to see the miko outfit again. Still got the umbrella? Haha! Expensive hobby indeed and very well worth it when it come to travelling and such.

    Ready to slice you, or the enemy up ^^ – http://lycorisoradiata.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/p1160640.jpg?w=655&h=367

    Curious as to what 2013 will bring you and the whole anime community of ours.

    • January 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Happy New Years to you man :)
      And thanks! The red umbrella is still hanging but got slightly torn in one of the photoshoots. Good thing there’s plenty of places where you can find these now ^^;
      Costly yes, but traveling is definitely something I want to try to work on more this year. Need to show the girls that there’s a bigger world out there and take more lively pictures of them ;3
      Hoping for the best for all of us otakus this year :)

  4. January 8, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Sora-sama~ ♥♥♥

    Hopefully 2013 will bring more interesting and more positive challenges than those you faced in 2012. ^^
    Though it’s great to read this -even though expensive- hobby has managed to be a bright note during the tougher days, that’s what hobbies should be all about. To be fun! ^^

    Spotted Jeremy’s photos of Sora & Saber on Flickr and compared to your photos noticed how much more adept you are in capturing the Mio sculpt well with just the perfect angle and composition. Don’t get me wrong, Jeremy’s photos were excellent, but in yours the expertise of capturing the Mio sculpt -which can be tricky to render well- does show. No doubt, experience plays a part in that too.

    Keep up the nice work and have fun! ^^

    By the way…. no nekkid pics of Sora-sama? Or Aura-sama? XD

    • January 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks Smithy! Hoping for the best for your girls too :3
      A positive one I do hope so indeed. Whatever the out come though, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give up my girls since they’ve been and still are large part of my hobby life ;3

      Tks. Knowing which angles suit best for a particular head mold does prove to be helpful when photographing them, but because of that I tend to take the same kind of photos that I know will work and no challenging ones ^^; Photos like Jeremy’s helps bring new insight on the angles and composition.

      Yeah, naked picks of Sora and Aura is something I have to work on provided I don’t get chopped up into pieces…but am somehow not so motivated as I was with Xera’s. Think 60cm dolls look sexier with their clothes on IMO

  5. January 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Happy New year Haku-kun! ^_^ Can’t wait for Lyra’s intro and what you plan on doing this year in the upcoming hobby! <3 Your posts have made me realize omg it's been forever since I have posted (lazzyyy). See you around on Twitter! Happy new year girls! :D

    • January 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Happy New Year to you Mitsuki :)
      Lyra’s intro may not be as dramatic as the others, but I’ll think of something when she’s ready ^^; Hard to fit her into a story when her character is still a bit of a mystery XP
      The posting I wouldn’t worry too much about since I also take forever to post…
      I also see you’re kept pretty busy with the ongoing project for the girls as well.
      Anyhow, will be seeing you around :)

  6. January 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Your girls always look so good ^o^b!!

  7. January 9, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Glad to see you again hakusan,, ^_^ btw..

    2013新年あけまして、おめでとうございます!!


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