• PureNeemo Ram
  • Precure Style Cure Coral
  • Precure Style Cure Flamingo
  • Precure Style Cure Summer
  • Precure Style Cure Papaya
  • Pullip Kinomoto Sakura
  • PureNeemo Chino
  • Chibicco Doll Remilia Scarlet
  • DOLPokke Chiisaku Natta Nezuko
  • DOLPokke England
  • Shimamura Uzuki Uniform Set
  • DDS Shimamura Uzuki Smile and Treat Ver.

dragonball

On this day, 30 years ago, the first episode of Dragon Ball was shown on TV!

Dragon Ball Super Anime

Featuring Dragon Ball Funky Pet Series: Funky Kame Sen'nin, Tenkaichi Budokai Kuririn, Tenkaichi Budokai Goku, Goku Kamehameha, Ochamena Goku, Bubatto Kame Sen'nin.

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I have never thought I would be reviewing a Courtney Love doll. Well, frankly speaking, this is not Courtney Love herself, this is her Mary Sue... I mean, alter ego called Princess Ai. Ai is Love in Japanese, so the pun is obvious. The manga about Princess Ai was written in 2004 by Courtney Love (of course!), D.J. Milky and  Kujiradou Misaho, with character designs by none other than Yazawa Ai. In 2005 Bleeding Edge released several figures and dolls based on the manga. Each doll had up to three variants; the one I own, Borrowed Threads basic (red) variant, is surprisingly very rare and expensive in the aftermarket.

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 Ai is wearing a Punk Lolita jersey outfit decorated with "borrowed threads".

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 It is pretty inventive and nice looking, although the zip on the back could have been hidden better.

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 The doll's body is not particularly flexible, neither her legs nor her arms bend. The undressing has also revealed that the clothes stain.

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 Ai's Medusa hairstyle includes buns and bows.

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 Ai's face, stylized and triangular as it is, somehow channels young Courtney Love very well, although it has a more austere look.

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 The bonus is a manga chapter.

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 However, I think that the most important part of this booklet is the report revealing how Ai dolls were made.

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 An American doll of a manga character is a rare sight, so I think this Ai was worth buying. After all, she can even be displayed as a rock-themed curiosity!

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Nyan Nyan Nyan no Hi (にゃーにゃーにゃーの日), or Cat Day, is celebrated in Japan on February 22, because this date can be read as Ni Ni Ni, close enough to "nya".

Nyan Cat Emoticon

Featuring: Midarezaki KyoukaPink Kitty SakuraSatonaka KozueKiwidoll Kitano KamuiIketeru Arale-chan NekoCharacter Costume Series Shuchikan Gakuin Bika Iin Seifuku.

Super Excellent Series (スーパーエクセレントシリーズ), or SES, is a doll line by Marmit. Not much is known about it, although the dolls are still very popular (and cheap) in the aftermarket. SES include popular anime and video game characters as well as an original character doll Etoko-chan.

The first SES dolls were made around 1996 as doujin (amateur) goods and distributed at Wonder Festival. It seems that they had no boxes; at least all ToHeart dolls were sold in plastic bags. Later all SES dolls got white boxes:

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Several dolls had silver boxes, but this was a rare occasion:

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Although the box design is unified, almost all SES dolls have different bodies, most of which have a limited range of movement, even though they are listed as "Super action dolls". Here are three dolls to compare.

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As you see, the bodies, the hair, the molds and the skintones are totally different. Only the third doll's waist and legs can move; the other two have welded seams. At the same time, some SES dolls were fully poseable. This body resembles Obitsu but has visible metal screws on the knees: 

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Actually, there are even more SES body types, all produced within the same time period.

Another distinctive feature of SES is that many dolls were made in several colours, without any other major differences:

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Other doll series by Marmit are Super Action Heroes and Memorial Super Heroines, the latter sharing multiple body types with SES.

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It is difficult sometimes to establish the dates, but it seems that no SES dolls were released after 2002.