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Akiyama Mio ~ 秋山 澪

Posted by meronpan on February 14, 2010

Let’s see… when this post goes up I should be in… Tokyo? ^_^  Trying to churn these reviews out before I leave.  今は東京にいるはずです。 ^_^ 出発する前にこのレビュー書きました。

At any rate, today’s subject… mio! とにかく、今日は澪ちゃんです!

萌え萌えキュン♥

Not really sure what to say… I assume you’ve already seen k-on! ^^; Or maybe not? 何書けばいいんでしょう。 皆さんはもう『けいおん!』を見たんでしょう。 見てないのかな?

If not, I guess it’s pretty quickly summed up as a slice-of-life-school-club-moe-band anime. 見てないのなら…一覧と言えば、日常学校軽音楽萌アニメ…かな? ^^;

Personally I didn’t really understand the hype at first.  After seeing the first episode I still wasn’t really into any of the characters. 実は、これ、どうしてそんなに人気あるのかなと思ってさっぱり分かりませんでした。 第1話見た後で誰にも萌えなかったです。

But, remembering having had a similar reaction to hyakko, which I ended up loving, I kept watching. それでも、大好きなヒャッコと同じようなリアクションを覚えて、もうちょっと見ることにしました。

mio and azusa go the top of my character ranking for the show… straight black hair (or twin tails) ftw ^^ 一番好きなキャラと言えば、澪と梓ですね。 やっぱ黒いストレートヘア(ツインテールも)いいな

Girl in seifuku… I’d say the off balance pose and guitar help this one from being too boring ^^; 制服と少女それだけで何だか普通って感じかな…バランスを崩してベースを持ってこのフィギュアはもっと面白くなったと思ってます。

Speaking of the guitar… took some rather lousy macro shots for ya :P  I say lousy just because the framing and subject matter didn’t really end up being terribly aesthetic.  But it’s sharp!  ^^;; ベースと言えば、下手に接写撮影しちゃいました。 あんまり面白くなくて綺麗じゃないと思うんですが…シャープに見えます ^^;

Just a warning for those eyeing macro lenses… easy to get carried away :P マクロレンズを買おうと思う人に注意:接写撮影しすぎしやすいですよ~ (ん~ん何か変な日本語書いたかな、今の…^^;)

Well, I almost like how the above shot turned out.  … Almost.  For those who like lens talk, it took all of f/11 to get that single machine head in focus (is that the popular word to use? i know nothing of guitars/basses/stringed instruments ^^;;;) まぁ、上の写真が好きかな。 F/11も必要でペグ一つだけはシャープに見えます。

I love the cold, but the only downside is that it makes skirt sightings like this even more of a rarity. 寒い天気が好きだがそうなったらこんなスカートも見えなくなっちゃいますね。

Not much to complain about, but not much to praise for the seifuku.  Standard fare, nothing to drop your jaw. 嫌いなところはないが、これは超素晴らしいところもありませんね。

Mmmm almost didn’t include the below shot but a little more post processing and I think I saved it ^^; (was a bit under exposed) 下の写真は使わないところだったけど何とかPhotoshopで救いました。 (ちょっと暗かったです。)

Highlights maybe too strong on her hair now, but better than how I originally shot it ^^; 今はハイライトはちょっと強いと思ってますが前よりましかな。

no review is complete without pantsu. フィギュアレビューと言えばやっぱ…パンツ?

I wonder if someday I’ll look back at this blog and marvel at my insanity.  … … nah :P いつか、このブログを読んで、何考えてたんだろうと思っちゃうかな。 … … いや、ないな :P

In case you’re new here, lots of these pics are uploaded 1920×1280 (or 1280×1920) so click on ’em if you’d like to see a huge version. 初めての方へ、一つ伝えたい事があります。写真の大分は1920x1280(もしくは1280x1980)だからもっと詳しく見たいのならどうぞクリックして下さい。

aaand saving the best for last… or rather, my favorite shot for last: それでは、最後には僕の一番好きな写真:

I dunno, but I really really like how that shot came out ^_^  Actually, excuse me a sec while I change my wallpaper… ^^ … … hmmm prolly shoulda closed up the aperature a little to get both eyes perfectly in focus…  ah well. よく分かんないけどすごく好きです。 ^_^ ちょっと待ってね、今壁紙変えますから… ^^ … … え~っと開口をもっと小さくした方が良かったですね。そうしたら目は両方シャープ… 仕方ない…

A very nice figure though if you’re not afraid of her going out of stock, it may be best to wait for the wonfes aftermath to see if there are any other versions which catch your fancy.  It seems we’ll have quite the selection ^^ なかなかいいフィギュアと思うけど完売が怖がらない場合…もっと待って他の澪フィギュアと比べればいいんでしょう。きっとたくさんから選べられますからね。 ^^

If a more shy mio is your thing, punynari’s got some sexay pics of future mios here.  I don’t know how I could not buy the moe moe kyun maid ^^;; もっと恥ずかしがる澪が好みでしたらpunynariさんのブログにはそのフィギュアの写真もありますよ。 萌え萌えキュン♥の澪ちゃん…絶対買っちゃいますね、僕。 ^^;;

More mio love can be found: 澪のレビューはもっとありますよ~

~foo-bar-baz – i think you know the drill by now.  lovely review ^^ もう知ってるんですよね。foo-bar-bazさんのレビューはいつも最高です。

~tentacle armada – i think tier wins a prize for most words talking about her bass ^^ tierさんはベースの事を以外とたくさん書きました。 ^^

aaand I think that’s it for now?  As usual I’ll update as I come across others. では、そこまでかな? 他見つかったら追加します。

以上!

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28 Responses to “Akiyama Mio ~ 秋山 澪”

  1. Smithy said

    Waw, Alter’s Mio looks really lovely, nice to see thanks to there macro shots that the production version is really flawless. Alter is becoming the best figure maker in terms of finish and quality, surpassing GSC and Max Factory.

    As usual for any figure I ordered, mine is stuck at customs (since February 5th).

    Love the quality of your photos. Think I do need to get some new backgrounds and better lighting (but most lighting rigs here are a big investment in terms of price).

    • meronpan said

      becoming the best? i think some would argue alter has held that honor for a while :P at any rate, yes, they’re definitely top tier ^^

      glad ya liked the pics ^^ lighting can definitely be expensive but can make a huge difference ^^

  2. yamada said

    This is the best details of Mio. Gotta love Alter products.

  3. AT said

    Do you think the nose is a bit low?

  4. phossil said

    Really like your photos.
    Hey, have a nice trip and stay in Tokyo! :)

  5. Tier said

    The bass is <3 Best 1/8 scale musical instrument I own, bar none. Really nice pictures, too; I wound up ordering the lens earlier this weekend and I'm feeling better about the hit to my checking account already. I'm not too keen on the figures of the other girls in the series but I'm kinda interested in Daiki Kougyou's Mio figure. The pose is boring and she's wearing the same school outfit, but it's 1/6 scale and they recognized that you can't play an electric bass without an amp … that's gotta count for something.

    Hope you're having fun in Japan and if you're not feeling well, I hope you're spreading plague and disease, cuz in my experience, nothing makes you feel better than sharing the misery. Well, nothing makes me feel better under those circumstances, anyway; other people's opinions may vary.

    • meronpan said

      doumo ^^ and grats on the lens! i think you’ll be very pleased.

      i’ll have to look up some more shots of that daiki kougyou mio… 1/6 should be pretty massive!

      i actually got a mask for the heck of it ^^; when in rome… hehehh. actually though it has helped keep my face warm so for now i’m wearing it mostly for that ^^;

  6. punynari said

    I almost bought Alter’s Mio just a few days ago but they wanted 10,000 yen for her. I kind of wanted her to go with my Alter Azusa that I preordered but I think I’ll wait for a figure with shimapan before I dish out the yen. :3

    As always, loved the review and high quality pictures. Stay warm in Japan and hopefully this rain will stop soon. ^^

    • meronpan said

      gaaaa 10,000 yen? that’s like a 50% markup! -_- yes, i’d definitely hold out for shimapan :P

      was lucky to have the rain let up but was feeling a bit down today and had to cut it short -_- gah, running low on days! orz

    • superchan said

      you should check out AmiAmi I have saw 2 times a restock of more then 35 pieces each time.
      I order it last week 6800 yen -10% and also this month was -50% shipping price for international members.

  7. Ninjovee said

    Boo! Mio didn’t have her canon Shimapan.
    But other than that, she’s very lovely — although since she’s in seifuku, she’s not really special.
    If only Don’t Say Lazy Mio wasn’t a KyoAni website exclusive! *shakes fist*
    Have fun in your Tokyo trip! Looking forward to an entry about that XD

    • meronpan said

      maybe they’re saving shimapan for a future release? ^^; but yeah was too bad :P

      exclusives aren’t so bad if you’re willing to pay a bit for proxy services. and usually better than trying to get from ebay later ^^ but yeah, definitely annoying to have to jump through hoops for exclusives orz

      have a small entry on my trip so far, will definitely be writing more once i get back (and recover ^^;)

  8. Blowfish said

    Having not watched one episode of K-on im hardly qualified to comment about Mio.Thats why Im going to talk about her bass: Awesome!

  9. Ah, nice. I had her on order but later canceled to free up funds for other, more desired goodies ^^; While she looks like a perfectly fine figure, the school uniform was just a bit too normal. I may instead for for one of the school festival Mio figures.

    I see you went for a white background this time. What material did you use for that? Or is it a light box?

    • meronpan said

      yeah, judging from the wonfes coverage i feel like i jumped the gun on this one. will be interested to see what goes up for preorder soon…

      the white background this time if from the light tent/cube i got. i don’t have powerful enough lights to consistently have a pure white bg so i just let it go gray ^^;

  10. Shiddo said

    Can’t play guitars or bass (well maybe some very minimum) but I just love designs of those intstruments. And K-ON girls have some rly nice models/colors. Can’t resist girls with guitars ^^

    Loved Haruhi and Yuki Extravagana, these K-ONs look awesoem as well.

    Maybe Alter could use some different “color” for strings. These transparent ones look kinda weird sometimes. Silver/grey would look better… but maybe they were afraid they wouldnt be that thin.. dunno.

    Also one more minor thing is, that unlike the prototype where strings are “mounted” on that metal “head”, in mass production they make holes in guitar body near that spot and mount them inside the guitar ~_~ But Max Factory done same with Haruhi.

    Can’t wait for Yui and Azu~nyan ^^ (But I sure wana se Ritsu and Mugi with instruments. Specialy drums!)

    • meronpan said

      it’s funny when you consider than compared to a school uniform personally it seems like a bass would be a more complicated object to reproduce well? and yet it’s definitely the bass that stands out in this figure ^^;

      not knowing anything about the instruments i’m not sure if the transparent ones are supposed to emulate what’s used in real life… but agree that the metal looking strings would look nice (as they do for the haruhi extravaganza release ^^)

      you’ve definitely got a fine eye for noticing the string mounting difference ^^;; had no idea

      guess it’ll be awhile but i’m also lookin forward to azunyan

  11. lovelyduckie said

    ” After seeing the first episode I still wasn’t really into any of the characters”

    I actually had the Alter figures on pre-order until I saw the anime. The figures are lovely, but I really don’t particularly love the characters from this series. Of them all I prefer Ritsu, but not enough to buy a figure of her. This is one of those situations where not caring about a series hurts my potential love for a good quality figure.

  12. meronpan said

    ya know, if it weren’t for niconico douga & that moemoekyun tetete video i prolly wouldn’t have gotten as into it either :P perhaps part of the plight of being a slice of life show… there’s no big drama to *really* get you emotionally involved with the characters ^^;

  13. superchan said

    nice review like always.
    mine just arrive today i must say ALter did a realy good job.
    The the detail on the bass is much better then mine other figure Max Factory Suzumiya Haruhi Gekisou Ver. guitar.
    What do you think about that CD/DVD rome base :p
    Are you also buy all 5 of them is look like Alter will make a version for all caracters ??

    • meronpan said

      doumo ^^

      base isn’t bad i guess… i woulda kept the guitar off it to keep it more subtle i think?

      i’m considering getting all the k-on girls ^^;; we’ll see…

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