Where I’m At: April 2017

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It finally feels like spring in my city, which is giving me some much-needed energy. April is going to be a busy month! It is also the month of my birthday, which has become something I look forward to less every year. I’m still relatively young, but I let the pressure of not being successful (or even stable!) yet bother me a lot. Actually, that was the big theme of the past month for me: pressure.

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Great 90s Magical Girl Series that Aren’t Sailor Moon

I love Sailor Moon to death and I think that it deserves all of the love that it’s given. Even if you don’t like the show, you can’t deny its contributions to pop culture and to the magical girl genre.

But the 90s were a golden age for magical girls and there are several other series worth checking out. Some of these are more well-known and respected than others, but I enjoyed them all. I intentionally did not include one of my favorites, Revolutionary Girl Utena, because it deserves an article of its own.

Magic Knight Rayearth (1994)

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“Magic Knight Rayearth focuses on three eighth-grade girls: tomboyish and headstrong Hikaru Shidou; the quick-tempered and no-nonsense only child Umi Ryuuzaki; and intelligent and ladylike Fuu Hououji. While on a field trip to the Tokyo Tower with their respective schools, the girls find themselves drawn into another world, Cephiro. There they learn that Cephiro is influenced by one’s will and that the Pillar maintains Cephiro through prayer. The girls are then tasked with rescuing the current Pillar, Princess Emeraude, from her abductor, the high priest and antagonist Zagato, after which they will be returned to Tokyo.” (Wikipedia)

Magic Knight Rayearth is one of my favorite series of all time. This is mainly because it combines two of my favorite genres: magical girl and mecha. It is also because this show offers a great (if not soul-crushing) twist on the typical Hero’s Journey.

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My Favorite Beargguy Customs

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Out of all of the custom suits in Gundam: Build Fighters/Build Fighters Try, the Beargguy probably gets the most shit. The Beargguy and its many incarnations get even more shit than the typical because it is so cute and silly. It is also the most girly, and the most popular choice for female characters in the series who know little-to-nothing about gunpla. This is a bit bothersome to me as a female gunpla builder who much prefers the more menacing suits in the franchise (as well as some of the stereotypical “ugly” ones, like the Zaku I and II). But it didn’t stop me from buying the Beargguy II kit when it came out, and it didn’t stop me from having a fun time building it. It is also by far the most popular of my kits on display in my apartment. Most of my guests aren’t anime fans, but are always drawn to how cute and ridiculous it is. Those, along with its sheer scale in comparison to other HG kits, makes it stand out among my others.

The Beargguy has probably been customized more than any other gunpla kit out there. There’s a few good reasons for this:

  1. It is cheap, and because it comes with some of its own spare parts it is an even better value
  2. It is an incredibly simple build
  3. It is cute and simple – the simplicity makes it easy to customize, while the cuteness makes it amusing

Here are a few of my favorite custom builds. These are primarily customizations of the HG Bearguy III kit. I know that this kit has been out for a few years, but its still being customized and I think that it is still worth discussing.

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