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selidor Member since 2009/01/21

21-year-old Japanese studies student from the UK.

Sheffield, UK · Student/Amateur Artist ·

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  • commented on 2010/09/14 23:10

    Three months before a student can shoot? That's pretty tough. I do Western archery and I was shooting arrows from my first session, but I guess it's a different discipline and my archery club is very laid-back anyway. I'd like to try kyudo someday, just to have a go at a different type of archery.

  • commented on 2010/08/08 23:09

    I've been interested in languages since about the age of 8, and particularly East Asian languages. I've also been drawing from a young age because I come from an artistically-inclined family. Somewhere around 13 or 14 these two things converged when I discovered translated comics from Japan and Korea in my local book store, and I started to casually study Japanese language and culture in my spare time, eventually taking evening classes at my local adult education centre. I didn't get really serious about it until applying for university, when I realised that there were actually degree courses in Japanese Studies, and it didn't take much thinking before I had made up my mind to apply for Japanese (much to the initial dismay of my parents who wanted me to take something like computer science or graphic design). Now I'm just finishing up my year abroad in Japan, with plans to return after graduating next summer.

  • commented on 2010/02/07 20:54

    They'll be available on GSC's web shop from tomorrow so they'll be purchaseable with a proxy service, but they probably aren't going to see a standard release.

  • commented on 2010/02/07 20:01

    There were quite a few figures of Senjougahara on show, but this one was definitely the best. The cascading stationery and that facial expression really make it stand out from the ones by other companies.

  • commented on 2010/02/06 19:17

    I'll be there tomorrow. It's my first trip to the event, so I'm quite excited.

  • commented on 2010/01/21 22:04

    I'm in university dorms and get my internet for free (or included in the very cheap rent, to look at things from another perspective).The downside to that is I have to share it with a lot of other people. In the mornings my internet speed is great, but in the evenings it's not so good. Testing at 10pm: DL: 11.70 Mb/s and UL: 16.26 Mb/s Tested a couple of months ago at about 9am: DL: 93.21 Mb/s and UL: 34.84 Mb/s Quite a big difference!

  • commented on 2010/01/21 08:07

    I flew with JAL to Japan back in August, and I'll be flying back to the UK with them in July hopefully, so I've been keeping an eye on the news about them. They're the only direct service to the UK that I can get at student prices, so I'm hoping that everything will still be operating as normal when I'm due to go back home again.

  • commented on 2010/01/12 20:48

    The only people I saw wearing them in the UK were exchange students from Asia at my university. I wore one for a day or two when I had a cold here in Japan. I can't imagine that it did a lot of good, but since everyone else here does it I'd feel awkward going around without one when I'm obviously ill (and I can't stay home unless I absolutely have to because my attendance affects my grades, and if I miss more than three classes in one subject per trimester I fail automatically).

  • commented on 2009/12/27 16:01

    It is rather linear, but I don't think it's necessarily a bad game as a result. JRPGs are usually pretty linear, and I've found XIII a lot of fun so far anyway.

  • commented on 2009/12/21 15:40

    The shoulders look a bit off and the joints are a little too visible, but I don't think it's bad for a first try. If they brought out a character I was interested in I'd probably buy one.

  • commented on 2009/12/17 07:18

    I haven't even got around to watching the anime, but this figure of her is so cute that I kind of want it anyway. If she wasn't an exclusive I'd probably have gotten her.

  • commented on 2009/12/12 23:08

    They look really useful - I hope they eventually go on regular sale. I always get paranoid carrying Nendoroids around because it would be too easy to damage one. I have the Puchi set, so I might give the postcard thing a try.

  • commented on 2009/12/11 20:30

    I had a school girl falling asleep on my shoulder a few weeks ago. I ended up sat amongst a big group of school kids for lack of somewhere else to sit and they were all falling asleep on one another. The girl's head kept slowly edging towards my shoulder, and I didn't want to wake her because it would probably have been embarrassing for both of us. Luckily the school kids all got off before my stop, so I didn't have to extract my shoulder out from under her head or anything.

  • commented on 2009/12/10 18:40

    She's gorgeous and I really like her face regardless of whether or not it has cute appeal, but she's too expensive for me to actually get her.

  • commented on 2009/12/07 08:24

    That's DD Yoko! She's gorgeous, but rather difficult and expensive to get hold of now.

  • commented on 2009/11/19 00:52

    I read DC because it neatly covers a whole group of my interests in one site - anime and manga, Apple, figures, Japan and dolls. I really like the community aspect to the site, which separates it from other blogs. I appreciated the addition of the new Tokyo Livebloggers feature, which as a foreign resident in Japan I can often relate to. My favourite posts are the photo articles, because I enjoy photos of beautiful and interesting places and because it gives me inspiration on interesting places to visit while I'm in Japan. One of the smaller aspects of the site I appreciate is the fact that you don't allow negative comments when posting about idols and other celebrities. While I love to discuss things, it's refreshing to be able to read through the comments on an article like that and not have to wade through hundreds of crude, misogynistic remarks as can be found on most of the rest of the internet. I feel that it helps foster a friendlier community. As for things I'd like to see more of, obviously I'm interested in seeing more of the parts I particularly enjoy, like the photo articles. I wouldn't mind seeing more Apple-related articles as well. I'd also be interested in seeing articles about aspects of Japan that don't normally get covered, for example the disabled facilities article you mentioned working on. Personally I have a particular interest in minority groups, so it would be interesting to see articles on that sort of thing. I always find it interesting to read about the side of Japan that isn't either weird gimmicks or mainstream stuff. I'd also like to see more content that encourages discussion rather than lots of individual comments, although I appreciate that this one can be risky given the internet tendency to stir up drama. [Kanade]

  • commented on 2009/11/15 12:12

    I'd definitely get one at $100, but then I've just spent an awful lot more than that on a Super Dollfie so even the current prices don't deter me.

  • commented on 2009/11/12 00:39

    I don't think they want to stop their customers having a good time, they just don't want the women working there to be treated disrespectfully or prevented from doing their job properly. I honestly wouldn't call any of the forbidden behaviours friendly - just harassment, and you can't blame the maids for not wanting complete strangers hitting on them all day. The sad thing is that there are enough people out there making common sense like not asking for her contact details necessary as rules.

  • commented on 2009/11/11 23:24

    Yeah, there are people around who won't follow the rules no matter what, but there are also people with the courtesy to keep to them, so posting the rules will at least keep the amount of trouble lower than it would be otherwise. Plus it's harder to keep things orderly if you don't set some ground rules first.

  • commented on 2009/11/11 18:18


  • commented on 2009/11/04 10:47

    I live in dorms, which I guess is kind of half way between the two. I have my own room that I can do what I want with and I can keep whatever hours I want, but I have to share facilities like the kitchen, toilets and shower with other people. I hate the sharing part - none of the people on my floor seem to have much sense of proper hygiene, they all gave their door codes to their friends so we get people from outside the building coming and spending ages in the shower, and one of the people on my floor always has loads of friends over and makes a lot of noise, uses the kitchen for hours on end etc. However I did share a house with friends last year and hated that even more than dorms, so for me the ideal right now would be completely alone or with considerate strangers.

  • commented on 2009/10/31 09:31

    I was going to be in Akihabara today (and had planned to make a trip to the Volks store there) and would have been able to go to the signing, except one of my lecturers went and rescheduled one of my classes to a Saturday.

  • commented on 2009/10/27 17:07

    I prefer number 2. DC has a lot of content to fit onto the regular users' page, but the second layout managed to fit everything together in a way that was easy to understand. I especially liked the side-box for the live bloggers.

  • commented on 2009/10/16 18:44

    +1 on Hetalia Nendoroids! They'd be adorable, and a good choice since they have a large fanbase.

  • commented on 2009/10/16 08:10

    +1 on Sakura - a Figma in particular would be great