Holy damn! Halfway through March already? My birthday just days away? Wow. Probably the most concentrated, contested and colorful week so far this year! But first, before I forget, don’t forget to vote for my “Angry Momo” fanart entry at Angry Mimi’s Peachy Blog — First Round and Final Round, lol. Vote! Do it! Do it now! Secondly, my Trendy Toyboxers, welcome to another five-course meal of humming-and-sizzling images and dozens of ruminating-and-illuminating leaps on art, anime and life. What else? This week, we dart around angry young mascots, peek backwards at scantily-clad police-girls and hot-wired cyberpunks, rewind across motorized birthday gifts, and hopscotch through a haphazard maze of random sandwiches, felines, smog tests, supermarkets, dentists, girl scouts, spanked maids, double laptops, and MP3 players! So what are you waiting for? Let’s pump up the volume and begin the show…
Part 1 of 5. March 2009. Momo Mascot Madness! To jumpstart this March-packed broadcast, remember my first fanart of “Angsty Momo” back in November 2008? Here she is.
Well, when Mimi-chan announced her fanart contest on Feb 20th, I initially had no plans for a new piece by March 7th. But as reader interest somehow began to snowball, I found myself becoming more and more swept by the idea! Despite my overwhelming Tiger Team duties, and with the help of Mimi-chan’s one-week deadline extension, I finally began tweaking my original “Momo” on Saturday, March 7th. Four nights later, I actually completed my new “Angry Momo” fanart! Here’s my message to Mimi-chan on Thursday, March 12th.
Well, I actually finished my contest entry! Who’d’ve thunk? It’s my glorious “Part 2” companion to “Part 1”. The only thing I wasn’t satisfied with in “Part 1” was that Momo-chan wasn’t “angsty” or “angry” or emotional enough, lol. So this time, I infused as much emotion as I could. Hope it comes across!
Then on Saturday, March 14th, the fanart contest voting began! Spanning three days, this “First Round” voting continues through March 16th. So don’t forget to vote! For *me*, preferably, lol. I’ll be your best friend?
Part 2 of 5. Massive Masamune Attack. Ah, Masamune Shirow’s glorious cybergirl art! Continuing my retrieval and re-exposure of my ancient figure photoshoots like “To Heart” (Nov 2006) and “Shuffle” (Nov 2006), I decided to bring back my “Sexy Cybergirls” photoshoot from March 2007. Hehe, yup, March, of course! Almost exactly two birthdays ago, lol.
But before we flash back to 2007, here are some revealing scenes from Masamune Shirow’s 2002 poster series Galgrease featuring the silver-haired Galhound herself! Here’s the cover of Series 1, Collection 6. (Sorry, Mimi-chan, if this is too ecchi!)
Inside, we enjoy our first glimpse of the black-capped Galhound!
Whoa, someone’s being inspected for naughtiness, lol.
But being naughty can sometimes be nice, lol.
At last, the sizzling poster featuring Galhound’s definitive akimbo pose!
Whattaya think? Nice? Hehe, feel free to enlarge these eye-popping posters to their fully greased glory! Now that you’ve seen Galhound’s 2002 origins, let’s flash forward to my March 2007 figure photoshoot, just five years later.
Part 3 of 5. March 2007. Sexy Masamune Cyberpunks. Yup, here they are! Like I hinted above, here’s my pic-for-pic “Sexy Cybergirls” photoshoot from two birthdays ago. Featuring the hot-wired cyborg Motoko Kusanagai from “Ghost in the Shell”, my 48th figure (of 92) in March 2007. Plus the silver-haired police-girl Galhound from “Galgrease”, my 2nd figure (of 92) in May 2006. Here was my amusing description back then (edited for accuracy), lol.
March 22nd, 2007
Okay, enough with the high-school childishness, lol. Bring on the full-figured women of cyberpunk sci-fi! For this post, I introduce one of my newest and rarest pieces, the raven-haired 1/6-scale “Motoko Kusanagi Hard Disk” (in resin) based on the original 1991 sci-fi manga Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow. Sculpted by Yoshimasa Nakao and released by ALPHA, Motoko stretches to a towering 13-inches tall.
In addition, I welcome the return of one of my earliest pieces in May 2006, the lavender-haired 1/8-scale “Galhound” (in PVC) from the 2002 poster series Galgrease, also by Masamune Shirow. Released by Yamato, Galhound stands about 7 inches tall. One background note: While Galhound wasn’t the first figure I acquired, she was the first figure that caught my eye before I ever thought of starting a collection. You could even say she planted the idea in my head!
As of this post, both figures are pretty rare on eBay or otherwise. Furthermore, it’s interesting to note Masamune’s fascination with black, silver, and purple color schemes. Not that I mind. LOL!… In this Canon photoshoot, I saved 45 shots, then narrowed it down to 35 shots.
Finally, here’s the 35-shot photoshoot! Recognize Galhound’s akimbo pose?
Motoko comes into focus.
I love the use of wires and cables in her overall design. But a bitch to clean!
Despite their similar color schemes, their huge gap in scale was a major photographic obstacle.
But I did the best I could back then.
A closer view of Motoko’s hard disk connections.
Another view of her (umm) intriguing (cyber) surf wear, lol.
Galhound surveys her surroundings.
While Motoko arches her lovely back.
And reveals her rear ports, lol.
Another back-arching stretch.
Another hard-disk connection.
If this is the future of an all-female police force, where’s my time machine?
Ahh, one of my favorite Motoko shots!
Unfortunately, her gaze is rather dazed and distant. Intentional?
While Galhound’s stare is dead-on deadly.
Even more hard-disk connections!
Galhound: “This is the police! Have you been naughty?”
“Have you been nasty?”
“Or have you been nice?”
Motoko: “Unknown cyberbrain detected.”
“Prepare a Triple-A viral barrier.”
“Correction. Make that a Triple-X viral barrier.”
“Viral penetration neutralized.”
If you haven’t seen or read any “Ghost in the Shell” titles, the above probably made no sense, lol.
But that’s okay. I’m sure Motoko will forgive you.
If anything, check out the “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” Season 1.
That anime series is probably the smoothest and easiest dive into this cyberpunk universe.
The more-political manga and more-philosophical films might be a little tougher to digest.
Then again, the array of enhanced female forms are rather easy on the eyes.
If you know what I mean, lol.
Yeah, you know what I mean!
Too bad Galhound doesn’t appear in any “Ghost in the Shell” title.
And that’s it! My cyber-indulgent rewind back in time, lol. Need I say more? Next, from one set of shiny black surfaces, we reflect off another set of shiny black surfaces below.
Part 4 of 5. March 2008. Midnight Murano Memory. Leaving 22 March 2007, let’s leap forward to 22 March 2008, lol. Why that day? Because on that day last year, I finally bought my most-affordable “dream car”, the 2005 Nissan Murano! With an approximate worth of 400-500 anime figures, hahaha. Damn, one year already! In fact, here’s what I named her back in my Human Pets & Masters post, lol.
My metal pet “Jemma Chernaya”, haha. “Jemma” came from my friend’s name “Meg” reversed into “Gem” but with a J. Luckily, “Jemma” still means “gem or jewel” in Latin, lol. And “Chernaya” came from my friend Lena in Russia, where her nickname “Chernaya” is the Russian word for “black”. Put it all together, you get the “Black Jewel.” Something Lulu of Code Geass could be proud of, eh?
Yup, here’s my brief photoshoot on 22 March 2008, after bringing “Jemma” home. Just three days after my birthday! Here I am, still stunned by what I did, lol.
But hey, why not? My 1991 Toyota Camry was falling apart anyway!
Oh yeah. Finally. A motorized vehicle which finally fits my artistic style.
Unfortunately, I’ll be paying for it for a while, lol.
Here’s another brief photoshoot taken the following week. Both of my cars. In fact, I owned both cars for two months until I sold the Camry to my friend Vanessa’s colleague Barbara in May 2008. Yeah, it was nice switching back and forth from compact sedan to cross-over SUV. Nice while it lasted, lol.
Yup, 1991. I’d driven the old Camry since my parents bought it for me for college in 1991-1992. That’s about 16-17 years straight! And Barbara is still driving it one year later!
Yup, out with the old…
And in with the cool, hehe.
So what’s the lesson to be learned? Well, even now, I still love looking at and driving my “Jemma”. Like a visual breath of fresh inspiration to start my day. Maybe someday I can find a new girl who can infuse the same kind of illogical (yet logical) inspiration. Of heart and mind.
Part 5 of 5. March 2009. Random Ran Dumb. Hahaha, that’s funny. Random. Ran dumb. Okay, maybe not, lol. But now, we’ve finally reached the random portion of my mega-post. Yup, the Tiger Team tactical task force continues! Week 2 of 7. Between non-Tiger technical training sessions, here’s a roast-beef sandwich to power a Thursday lunch-time Tiger flowchart brainstorm.
A tasty close-up.
A feline close-up of Sylvester the Cat, lol. Guess what I’m drinking?
A couple of days later, Saturday, finally did the annual smog test for my “Jemma”. Epic pass!
After the smog test, grocery time. Such a beautiful 70-degree Fahrenheit afternoon!
Yeah, that’s the Vons supermarket, lol.
A view towards the west. Wow.
A view towards the east. Spectacular Vegas skies. Feel free to enlarge it, lol.
Guess who’s wearing a “Firefly” Browncoat T-shirt?
Okay, time to back up. Why is a photo of my dentist Tiffani here? Well, during my Wednesday lunch (the day before my Thursday roast-beef sandwich), I finally drove to her dental office and picked up her daughter’s Girl Scout cookies, haha.
2008 | My Dentist Tiffani
Yup, “Crispy Cinnamon Snacks” on the left. “Peanut Butter Sandwiches” on the right.
Oh, remember spunky NaTasha from the departmental party a couple week ago? Well, these are her cheesy-but-free MP3 players, lol. I still gotta download and transfer dozens of Rhythm-n-Blues and Hip-Hop tunes onto them. Bahhh, lol.
Also on Wednesday, I finally finished the post-modern magical-realistic “Spanking the Maid” by Robert Coover. It’s barely over 100 pages, but it took over 3 months of sporadic bathroom reading since January 2009! Even scarier is that while I received my “Genshiken” Volume 9 back in December 2007, I forgot that I *never* finished it! So I’m finally going back to it 15 months later. In fact, I realized this fact only because I was looking for “angry face” manga references for my new “Angry Momo” fanart! Gahhh!
At last, here’s everything thrown together. My “Angsty Momo” home laptop. My “Tiger Team” work laptop. My Girl Scout cookies. And my unconventional books.
Whoops! Don’t forget NaTasha’s MP3 players, hehe.
Ahh, and finally back to my pissed-off punk-parented “Angry Momo”, lol.
Wow. March 2007, March 2008 and March 2009. What a way to kick-off my March birthday week! Did you stay awake through another five-course meal of art, anime and life? Did you enjoy our angry young mascots, scantily-clad police-girls, hot-wired cyberpunks, motorized birthday gifts, and haphazard maze of random sandwiches, felines, smog tests, supermarkets, dentists, girl scouts, spanked maids, double laptops, and MP3 players? No? Well, you must’ve enjoyed the company of Momo, Motoko, Jemma, Tiffani, and Galhound, right? Not even Sylvester? LOL, no worries, I forgive you. As long as you vote for my fanart entry at Angry Mimi’s Peachy Blog — First Round and Final Round, lol. Vote, my Trusty Toyboxers, vote. Like I mentioned, this “First Round” voting continues through March 16th, while the “Final Round” voting continues through I-don’t-know-when. Wait, let me check — through March 19th! Coincidental day! And if you’re interested, here’s Mimi-chan’s reply to my “Angry Momo” entry (edited for safety), lol.
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahahaha I love it!! OMG! Hahaha you are great Jay you leave me speechless like this haha. xDDDD … Ahaha LMFAO you are epic >:D Wooo!
Awww, with her enthusiastic reaction, who needs a contest? ^_~