Cheap Anime Nendoroid Figures Available on Amazon UK

IdolM@ster’s Miki Hoshii; one of the cheapest Nendoroids available at present

As I’ve discussed previously, starting your otaku collection can prove expensive, especially when it comes to figures. My favourite figures are the Nendoroids, which tend to be fairly expensive, but there are some pretty affordable ones available, often dispatched directly by Amazon UK with the option of next day delivery.

As I write this, one of the cheapest anime Nendoroid figures I can find on Amazon UK is actually from a pretty popular idol series: The IdolM@ster. It’s of the character Miki Hoshii and the current price is less than £22, but make sure to snap it up fast if you’re interested because these price tags are known to fluctuate.

Another nice figure retailing at less than £30 is Futaba Ichinose from the lesser known anime series Seiyu’s Life! which takes a look into the world of voice acting. This one even comes with the character’s plush doll, called Korori.

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Most Promising Anime of the Winter 2020 Season

Graphic featuring Darwin’s Game, Magia Record and RikeKoi

It’s now January 2020, and to my shame I haven’t posted anything here since August last year. Time to change that as the Winter 2020 anime season is now in full swing, and while I find it a bit lacking compared to the last few seasons, there are still some fantastic shows you should be watching.

First up, we have Darwin’s Game. This series follows a high school student named Kaname Sudou who suddenly finds himself involved with a mobile app called Darwin’s Game, which proves to be especially dangerous when he realises there’s no way to quit the game. The concept is similar to other death game series like Battle Royale, Btooom! and King’s Game, and if you’ve seen more than one of those already, you’ll know the formula can turn out either perfectly, disastrously or somewhere in between.

So far, Darwin’s Game has been fun and the team behind it is great at building suspense. The characters are likeable and it hasn’t devolved into the oversexualised mess of a certain other death game show that I’ve already named. There’s still potential for everything to go downhill, but I like what I’ve seen so far and have faith in it.

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Underrated Gems: A Beautiful Ride to Carlisle

Dana and Sharon, the only characters in this visual novel

I’m a Brit, my family is mostly from Cumbria and the Scottish Borders, and I like trains – I have visited the National Railway Museum in York on several occasions and I can name every locomotive used on the National Rail network. I also like anime and visual novels.

So the moment I heard about a visual novel called “A Beautiful Ride to Carlisle” my interest had already peaked. That’s the city my grandparents hail from, and its where I hope to live again in the future.

When I found out it was a cute yuri romance about two girls meeting on a train, I picked up my debit card and bought it instantly. That was a decision I have absolutely no regrets about.

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What’s Wrong with Arifureta?

Hajime, the protagonist of Arifureta

Readers of isekai light novels have been hyping up Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest for several months, and there was considerable excitement for its anime adaptation airing this season. That was, of course, until the first episode aired.

The Arifureta light novels have a score of 8.03 on MAL, which is reasonably high, and the manga isn’t far behind at 7.74. The anime also started off with a similar score, but it went downhill soon after the series started airing.

Most of the reviews are also negative, and it has received critical coverage from several prominent YouTubers in the anime community. General consensus is, it has become the dumpster fire of the Summer 2019 anime season. But what went wrong?

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Farewell, Golden Wind

From the moment I started watching the first episode of Phantom Blood, I fell in love with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. The characters were well-written, the Victorian England setting was relatable and the interactions between Jonathan and Dio really fueled my emotions.

I marathoned all nine episodes in a day, and finished Battle Tendency that same weekend. I’ve seen plenty of shounen anime, but none touched me as much as JoJo. The idea of an adventure across real world locations resonates with me as a regular traveller, and the show’s quirkiness fits my sense of humour to a T.

A few months later, the manga volumes started releasing in the UK and I made sure to pick them up. They did not disappoint – we really are incredibly lucky to have beautiful hardback editions of such an iconic series.

After becoming so invested in the series and adoring the first four parts, I was somewhat apprehensive about the fifth: Golden Wind. After all, it was so different to the previous parts in terms of art style, characters and setting.

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