Saturday, May 24, 2014

Gundam Double X

The foundation of my love for Gundams is probably the Gundam X series. I was really at awe on the power of the Gundam X Unit even if it seemed still a bit lukewarm - until The Gundam Double X came about.

Gundam Double X is the reversed engineered version of the original Gundam X, doubling its destructive power via the Twin Satellite Cannons. (More of this later)

This 1/144 scale model kit comes w/ an array of weapons. I also got a free gattling gun from the current anime series Gundam Build Fighters.

Rifles and shield is standard to gundams and they are DX's primary weapons.

You gotta love these contrasting colors.

Beam sabers are another standard weapons...

and DX has two of them.

But of course, DX's main weapons are these Twin Satellite Cannons.

The power of the cannons come from those gold fins at the back. They are reflector panels that

You don't want these aimed at you like this.

Check this out.

I also got a gattling gun for free. Nice, eh?

The Satellite Cannon System can be removed from the back.

This really look nice even from the back.

Actually, the only reason why I got this gundam is because of the free movie tickets for the special screening of the Gundam Unicorn Episode 7.

But yeah, I really love this kit, hopefully I can get the 1/100 scale. hehe :)

Thanks for viewing! :)


Thursday, May 1, 2014

One Piece Journey: The all important Water 7 Arc

To those who are new to One Piece and wanted to start watching, I suggest that the best place to start is at Water 7 - around episode 230++. This is definitely a major check point for everyone's intergrity both literally and figuratively. 

A lot of things has been settled on this stop, particularly, these 5 things:

1. Trust issues with Robin 
Everyone in Luffy's crew was chosen by him - except Nico Robin. She's the one who presented herself, telling Luffy that she becomes his responsibility by saving her. She really is the least trust worthy in the crew since we don't much is known about her. Zoro is also right to note that she is an enemy to begin with.And with her mysterious and quiet personality, you can't help but to find her as someone suspicious.

2. Usopp's insecurities

Probably the weakest in the team in terms of physical strength and bravery, Usopp will always feel insecure - that anytime, Luffy would just leave him behind. Unless these things that destroy him from the inside, Usopp will be difficult to trust as well.

3. Finding a Shipwright

The crew is made of brave and strong people. They can face almost any enemy there is. The problem is, there's no one who knows how to take care of the ship. Usopp can fix the damages to Merry, but knowing how to avoid those damages and how to properly fix them is not his expertise. If only they had the right shipwright, Merry could have gone father. Good thing Water 7 is the land of Shipwrights and they were able to convince one to join them. I think, even if they have bought a new ship but without a professional shipwright to take care of it, they would not go very far in their journey. The ship is important in their journey - equally important is someone who knows how to take care of it.

4. Ship Transition

Theoretically, if we measure the distance their ship Merry has travelled, I would say that she already encircled the world. Measure the distance from where they got Merry to the entrance of the Grand Line and then add up the distance they travelled from the entrance of the Grand Line to Water 7 and that would be probably enough to encircle the world. One way or another, they have to let go of Merry - and this is probably the best place for that - in the land of shipbuilders.

5. Luffy's Solid Leadership

Luffy's conviction to his decisions as the captain is probably manifested best in this Arc. Whether to trust and save his comrades, or find an additional one, or let go of the ship they had for so long and buy a new one, these are tough decisions to make. Never the less, they've been made no matter how absurd they are. Like Zoro said "We are not playing pirates here." True enough.


The journey is still quite far, but this stop defined what this crew is made of.