Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pixiv- some more advices

When I wrote my other pixiv-guide posts I pointed out that there still are some things I do not know how to do myself. Recently I took the time to try out some options.
So now I can bring you the last one of my epic guides :)
picture by やじるし   (the duck! LOL XD)

This time covered: Adding tags to fav. images, deleting fav. images and deleting artists from your watchlist +more

How to add tags to (your favourited) pictures 
Very useful when you already have many fav. pics. If you add tags to them you can browse the pics by the specific tag. Surfing your favs gets a lot easier with this.

1) adding tags when favouring a picture: 
When clicking on the "add this picture to my favs"-button you get this page:

The red arrow shows you the row where you can type in tags. Circled in green are the tags of the picture, you can click one of them to use it as your tag. Beneath the pictures tags you will find a list with the tags you choosed on other pictures. (Mine hidden under the black line)
Of course the tags are only for yourself, so you do not have to use Japanese.
If you want more than one tag do it like this: "Vocaloid Miku Cute Whatever".

2) adding tags to already faved pictures:
Go to the picture and click it.
As you can see the "add to favs" button isn´t there anymore. (of course..)
The writting circled in green says "compilation", click here. You will be linked to the same page as when first time adding a picture. See 1).

In the navigation of your faved pics there also is a option (at the bottom of the page) for taging more than one picture at once. Will talk about later.


How to delete favourited pictures
Only ading would lead to overload, don´t you agree? Also taste changes with time, so it is a good thing if you now how to do this.

Go to your fav. pictures. You already know what you can do with the top menu. (eg change between visible and hidden pictures)
Scroll down. At the very bottom you can see some art that has the same tags as you use. (or that is what I think)
Above that, and beneath your pictures you will see this navigation:

1) Add tags to all images with checked boxes
This is what I was talking about earlier. Choose all images you want to add a specific tag to by checking the boxes you see beneath each picture. Type in the tags and then click the button.

2) Move or Delete your images
Be careful here! Do not confuse this two buttons!
The LEFT one will move the picture(s) to the other section. Means if you are in the "Visible to everyone pics" section a click on this will move the picture to the "Hidden pictures" section. And the other way round.
The RIGHT button is to delete checked images from your favs. When clicking pixiv will ask you if you really want to delete.


How to delete artists from your watchlist
Almost the same as with pictures. You will find this options at the bottom of the "watched artists" page:
Again LEFT one moving to the other section and RIGHT one deletes an artist. (if the box is checked)



Some more navigation knowledge about surfing your fav images:
The tags you added are listed on the left. (see green circle) I put a grey area above mine, hope you understand. (I left two as an example)
Beneath your tag-cloud you see the number of taged and not taged images eg the ones in visible and hidden section.

In red:
First one: Surf your fav. pictures
Second: Surf your watchlisted artists
(3. Shows usere who faved pictures of you)



Searching a user by his/her ID
You can use this url:       http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=......
Just copy&paste or type in the ID of an artist you want to look at. I already posted some IDs of artists here. (opens as a new page)


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And to end my pixiv-guide posts;
Some reminders of the most important stuff I covered:
  • Don´t forget about the Rankings at the right site of pixiv, they show off the most often looked-at pictures so you are sure to find good stuff here.
  • もっと見る (=see more) since we always want more don´t forget it :)
  • Still remember how to ad pictures and artists?
  • Where can you surf your fav. pictures aka your fav. artists?
  • Don´t forget that you can see the latest works of your aded artists at your HOME page, at the bottom. 

Hope I at least helped one of you with my pixiv guides :)

It´s likely that there will be more pixiv posts in the future, not about navigation and that, but featuring artists and showing samples.

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Figure Review: Fuura Kafuka+Kitsu Chiri

Name: Fuura Kafuka and Kitsu Chiri
from (series): Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Manufacture: Pair-Dot
Scale: None (both ~ 16cm)

Todays review is about two lovely girls from one of my favourite animes Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. It is a very funny series, though the way the story is telled and the art-style may not be the taste of everyone.
Kafuka is a exceedingly optimistic character and Chiri demands all things in her life to be precise, equal and conforming. They both visit the same class, teached by "Mr. Despair" Nozomu Itoshiki. The anime is quite absurd and got alot of slapstick.
Somehow I did not manage to take a pic where they look at each other..
I later made one of them when they stand in my showcase, and had more luck:
The bench and the poles are nicely done, but very fragile. (As you can see the ropes are thin, hard plastic and not soft PVC, same for the leaves.)
I wonder whats written on the papers.
Here a close up of the Itoshiki doll. I love the idea of including this with the figures XD It resembles the "spirit" of the series quite well. However, his rope is very fragile, be careful. I broke mine :(
It seems I managed to glue it somehow, but I am only waiting for it to fall down..

Since the manufacture of this two was not known to me before I was unsure what will await me. I have to say I am happy that I gave it a try.
The main attraction of this two, at least for me, was that they wear Kimonos. Strangely not many figures wear traditional japanese clothing, I really wonder why.

As you should be able to tell from the pictures (click for biger images) the kimonos are nicely done. However, Pair-Dot is no Alter, so don´t have to high expectations. 
For example; there is no real shading on the clothing. However that is no big deal since with its folds the clothing still creates a dimensional look. There also are not much of the details a manufacture like Alter would have ad; eg no paint on their nails. 
Beside that I can also spot the one or other flaw, but I had to look close. Thanks to the folds and natural seam lines of the kimonos the production seam lines almost vanish. And don´t get me wrong, it is not like they got many flaws, just some. I would say not more than your averrage Kotobukiya figure, maybe even less.
The plastic they used is nice, not shiny or cheap looking. If something to complain here it would be that it is very stiff. (like already said that leads to easy breaking of the thin parts. Though the two girls themself aren´t affected)
I love how good they pinned down the kimonos. The patterns, the colours, the getas (their shoes) and the Obis (the ribbons around their chest).
Beside the surprisingly good quality they also did a good job at catching the characters. The poses fit their personalities; Kafuka joyful and open, Chiri straight and closed.
They also have the same elements of the art-style the anime has. Long necks, big ears, pointy nose + chin.

Overall I really like this two. They are a liitle bit small, but very lovely done. 
If you are a fan either of the series or traditional japanese clothing Kafuka and Chiri won´t disapoint you.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Birthday Loot

Can´t believe I am already turning 22 today. Time sure is running quickly.
As you can see I got quite some stuff^^
However, they are more like a present to myself. I mostly got money for my birthday. (My parents know I will be happiest when to decide what stuff to buy myself, or better said they do not know what they should buy so they leave that decision to me)
I just went and orderd some stuff from Archonia, so that it will arrive today. Some preorders of me happend to be available too.
From left to right:
One Piece - Strong World Zoro (MegaHouse)
Queen´s Blade Rebellion - Ymir (MegaHouse)
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Kafuka+Chiri (PairDot)
Urusei Yatsura - Figma Lum (MaxFactory)
Vocaloid - Miku (SEGA)
And a small Ace figure aswell as 4 blind boxes of Spice and Wolf tradings. I happend to get the secret :P

Zoro and Ymir are typicall, very good quality, MegaHouse figures. Lum-chan is nice, she will definitly be one of my favourite figma. The Sayonara Z S ones are better than I thought, however the used PVC is very fragile. I broke Itoshikis rope :(

Btw; I think this bathroom window may become my favourite place for taking pictures. Natural lighting seems to be good there and it makes a keen background.

Since this is some kind of loot post I want to mention that recently two other figures arrived too:
Touhou Project - Eirin (Griffon)
Odin Sphere - Velvet (Yamato)
Both a very nice buy.

So, I am looking forward to another year full of figures, real life adventures and whatever to come. Since I soon will have to find a real job (at the moment still in trainig) it may get a though year.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Collection Shots 2

Here come the pictures for my bigger showcase. There is also non-manga/anime stuff in there, as you will see.
Below the glas-part there are also some shutters, but I didn´t take pictures of them.

Tons of Nendo petits. And yes they are standing on an empty Nespresso box. - what else XD
LOL when looking where to put my new Shana I came up with the idea of letting her ride an animal. Was quite surprised that it worked out so well. Sitting on it as if it was made for that purpose.
And Jun-chan!! I looove this figure. It´s the most perverted male figure I own XD

The two drossels are cute together :3 (bought the smaller one so that drossel-figma has someone to tease)
Let´s play a game - who can spot the two traps ?

Gorgerous wooden dragon, a present from my aunt. Also gorgerous; my Raquel Gathering.
One more game; spot Garfield XD nice place to relax XD

Not many figures at the bottom. Took me ages to make Marisa fly like that. (kept falling down all the time)
The picture behind them is self-painted :) 
And that dagger reminds me of The Little Mermaid.

Too bad I do not have more room. Still better than nothing I guess :D

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Collection Shots 1

Yesterday I finally got a second showcase. So I thought it is time to show my collection around^^
Though, sadly, still not all my figures are on display. To few space :(

Since my room at home is only 12m2 big I only had room for smaller showcases. I am still surprised the second one (white one) even fit in..
Now, if I want more space, I will have to move out..

About the showcases: larger one 190x71x34 / smaller one 200x40x28 Billy from Ikea
(other one is already quite old..don´t remeber where I bought it.)

Since there are a lot of pictures I splitted them into 2 posts. This one is for the new showcase^^
Still not decided what to put in at the buttom..most likely I will fill it up with Mangas.

Close-ups:
Gwens wings are soo big, taking away a lot of space >.<    Oh, and Velvet is a beautiful figure.

My One Piece Collection. I love them. give me more Male figures ^-^

Finally a good place to show-off the Miku. And I still can´t believe that Rei is a Kotobukiya figure, her quality is very good.

I own far to many Nendos..have to think out some staircase-system.

And below them some stuffed fellows:
Behind Hitsugaya a Mokona is hiding. Isn´t that Stitch plush super-cute? I really like it.
The pink bunny resembles Honeys in Ouran HighSchool HostClub and also the one from Gravitation.

Pictures of the bigger showcase in the second post.

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