My my my, has it already been two weeks?! My sincerest apologies, but this last month has been quite busy. Graduation, trip to Kansas City, and work all occupied my attention for the whole month. Nevertheless, I have returned! Aside from dealing with real life, this last month was also filled with a great acquiring of goods, including everything from Shinkis to the new Spice and Wolf novel. I purchased Shimada Fumikane’s artbook, beat Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and Crazy Dave and I are in the process of receiving press passes to the upcoming Fandemonium convention! Expect many, many more reviews and ravings from me over the next few months!
So, as tribute to my return to good ol’ Z-Chan, I have decided to do two posts highlighting and reviewing two of my most recent, and greatly hyped purchases. As you may have read in my last post, I jumped on to the Busou Shinki bandwagon and decided to purchase two figures as an initial “investment”. This review will cover my first, and personal favorite Shinki, Strarf, or more specifically, the newer Strarf Bis.
Note: All these pictures were taken with my new iPhone! Also note, I’m no photographer!
When I first opened the box, I was so overwhelmed with just how many pieces they pack into these things! Busou Shinki figures are pretty famous for their sheer level of customization, and I can certainly attest to those claims. My post on Arnval has better pictures of the complete set of parts that comes w/ each figure, so see those for reference. With all of these awesome parts together, it’s hard to figure out just where to start, but that’s a good problem to have, no?
1) Strarf’s arm apparatus, complete w/ “DOOM Hammer”. 2) Strarf and her standard revolver. 3) Strarf and her awesome grenade launcher!
Busou Shinki are war machines, so it is only appropriate that they come with a threatening assortment of weaponry. Like most other Shinki, Strarf comes with several mecha attachments for added effect. In the above pictures, you can see Strarf’s set of mecha-arms, which can be used to showcase her ridiculously awesome hammer, which I have simply dubbed the “DOOM Hammer”. The revolver and grenade launcher are the two guns in the set that she can wield, and I must say, I love that grenade launcher something fierce.
Strarf Bis “suited up”!
Naturally, the Shinki merged with her mech armor is quite awesome, no? All in all, it makes for a very impressive set. There’s just so much you can do and different combination you can make for various degrees of awesome.
Now, as my last post explained, there’s more to Busou Shinki figures than their corporeal greatness. Once purchased, each Busou Shinki comes with a code that can be activated in the online game Busou Shinki: Battle Rondo. After activation, your account acquires all the parts and pieces included in your Shinki’s set, and you can use these Shinki for online battle. Now that I’ve finally figured the game out, there is a great deal of fun to be had, and I greatly enjoy Battle Rondo overall. So far my Strarf, Lilith, has been met with some success, which only serves to make the game even more addicting! There’s a lot of technical work to be done in developing your Shinki over the course of the game, and the Japanese do have a significant advantage over English-speaking players, but I would certainly encourage anyone interested in the Busou Shinki universe to give Battle Rondo a try. It even comes with a free Fubuki Shinki to start with, so you don’t even have to make a monetary investment!
So this concludes my review and summary of my Shinki, Strarf Bis (or Lilith!). Overall, these are very fine figures which are very fairly priced. It may be difficult to find them in stock, as I came to find out, but anyone interested in this very cool universe will be pleasantly surprised. My next post will be a review of Arnval Tranche, the next Shinki I got this month. Look forward to it!