31 December 2014

Year In Review 2014



We have come to the end of the calendar year 2014 and it is that time again when we take a look back at where we have been and what we have done thus far! The calendar year 2014 has been a rather long journey filled with great challenges and achievements, but there is also a fair share of downtime and losses that we have to accept with great humility.

Image: Photo Collage of Selected Activities in Calendar Year 2014

26 December 2014

JeForce Journal 2014:12



We have come to the next instalment of the JeForce Journal series of feature articles where we take a look at the designs, developments, and layouts of executive workspaces as well as suggesting changes and improvements to create a fun-filled and exciting yet relaxing place to get serious work done.

Photo: Overview of the Executive Workspace

19 December 2014

Anime Festival Asia (Singapore) 2014



It is that time of the year again when we celebrate our love for Japanese Popular Culture! Anime Festival Asia (Singapore) 2014 happened on 05 - 07 December 2014 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

There are mountain loads of contents lined up ranging from Anime Merchandises, Character Figures, and Special Experience Zones to Anime Showcases, International Cosplay Guest Appearances, and Anisong Concerts!

Cover Photo: The Main Entrance of Anime Festival Asia (Singapore) 2014

05 December 2014

Anime Picks - Winter 2014 / 2015



The season of Winter 2014 is upon us and that usually means new Anime titles will be released for our eyes to feast upon! We take a look at our top 5 Anime picks, not because they are popular among the masses, but because they are awesome, tickled our fancies, and attracted our undivided attention. ^^;

The Anime titles are featured in the alphabetical order and are not based on any known (or unknown) public rankings.

Image: Screenshot of AniChart Website - Winter 2014

07 November 2014

Well-Deserved Rest 2014:11



It has been a quite a while since I last took a break from the weekly publication of feature articles here on Project JeForceX. Life has been kind of challenging throughout this calendar year and more challenges await in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. I have been working hard and it is time to reward myself with a 'short break'.

Photo: Nendoroid Plus Hatsune Miku Plush Toy relaxing on the bed with Izayoi Miku Dakimakura.

31 October 2014

Time Management



What are your plans at the end of a long schooling or working day? How about the weekends? As we continue to age and become a much more senior member of the society than the day before, more responsibilities are being piled up onto our shoulders, demanding for more time out of our already busy and tight schedules.

Photo: figma Nyaruko staring in awe at the imaginary watch on her wrist.

22 October 2014

Nendoroid Shimakaze



"A second release already!? Of course! I'm always the fastest!"

From 'Kantai Collection ~KanColle~' comes a Nendoroid of Shimakaze, one of the cutest and fastest battleships you'll ever see! Shimakaze includes various optional parts including three of the cute 'Rensouhou-chan' naval artillery cannons!

- Good Smile Company


It is that time again when we take a look at another character figure release by Good Smile Company! We take a look at Nendoroid Shimakaze, one of the most popular characters from the Kantai Collection ~KanColle~ series.

Photo: Cover Photo of Nendoroid Shimakaze Feature Article @ Project JeForceX

15 October 2014

Take Control of Your Life



Have you been doing what you always wanted to do because you really love doing it or is it due to some kind of unfortunate situation regardless of whether you like it or not? Ever since the day we are brought into this world, we have been following instructions from the older folks without needing to think twice or question why must we do this or that.

Photo: Front View of figma Archer and figma Nyaruko protesting for freedom.

07 October 2014

Figma Archer



"I can easily buy you some time... but can't I just defeat that thing instead?"
From 'Fate/stay night' comes a figma of Archer, the Servant bound to Rin Tohsaka!
- Good Smile Company

It is that time of the season again when we take a look at Character Figures and comment on how great they are as companions who make our hearts lighter just by simply being there at the corner of our workspaces! We take a look at figma Archer, a pose-able character figure for one of the notable characters from the Fate series by Type-moon.

Photo: figma Archer in one of the Signature Poses

30 September 2014

JeForce Journal 2014:09



We have arrived at the next instalment of JeForce Journal series! Business as usual, we will take a look at the latest additions, changes, and enhancements done to transform the executive workspace into a much more interesting and enjoyable location to get serious work done as well as bringing the fight to the monsters of gloom. ^^;

Photo: Overview of The Executive Workspace

23 September 2014

Nendoroid Kongo



"It's my turn to join the Nendoroids!! Everyone, follow me!"

From the popular browser game 'Kantai Collection -KanColle-' comes a Nendoroid of the Super Dreadnought Battleship, Kongo! The large turret battery on her back featuring four separate turrets are each separately articulated for all sorts of poses!

She also comes with a tea cup, saucer and chair to display her relaxing for tea time as any ship originating from England should! Alternate parts that allow you to display her in her half-damage form are also included, leaving fans with all sorts of different options to choose from!


(Source: Good Smile Company)

Photo: Nendoroid Kongo in the Signature Pose

15 September 2014

Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2014



The Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2014 (STGCC 2014) happened on 06 - 07 Sep 2014 at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. It is an event, exhibition, and convention which brings the best popular culture contents from both the eastern and western worlds to the event visitors!

Photo: The Entrance of STGCC 2014 for visitors arriving from Bayfront MRT Station.

08 September 2014

Anime Picks - Fall 2014



The season of Fall 2014 is upon us and that usually translate to new Anime titles being released to go on air! As for this season, we have picked up a total of 7 titles that tickled our fancies which includes previously known titles returning to steal the spotlight with their sequels.

The titles have been sorted in the alphabetical order for easy reference and no particular title is being ranked based on any criteria. Video trailers have also been included (where available) which will enable folks to have a better idea of the look and feel of the Anime title.

Image: Screenshot of the AniChart Home Page - Fall 2014 Season

03 September 2014

International Cosplay Day Singapore 2014



Taking place during the same period as the rest of the world, International Cosplay Day Singapore 2014 (ICDS 2014) is an annual special interest and cultural festival which happened on 24 Aug 2014 at *SCAPE in the midst of Singapore's iconic shopping belt. Many folks from all walks of life made their way down to the event grounds and celebrated their passion for the Cosplay hobby.

Screen Capture: Home Page of the ICDS 2014 website.

25 August 2014

[Anime Review] No Game No Life



There have been a sudden surge of postings on social media platforms as well as pop culture websites throughout the period of Spring 2014 about this certain Anime series known as No Game No Life. Being curious, I have decided to give this Anime series a try and find out what the hype is all about.

Screen Capture: No Game No Life title during the opening sequence.

18 August 2014

Figma Snow Miku



The Winter Songstress is joining the figma series this Winter!
- Good Smile Company

In this instalment of the Character Figure series here at Project JeForceX, we take a look at Figma Snow Miku, a modified and themed version of the popular virtual diva loved by millions of folks across the globe.

Photo: Figma Snow Miku having fun with snowman construction.

11 August 2014

EOY Cosplay Festival 2014



EOY Cosplay Festival 2014 took place on the 02 - 03 August 2014 from 10AM - 7PM at The Marina Barrage in Singapore. It is a cultural festival organized for the community by like-minded members of the same community who share similar interests, hobbies, and passion for J-Culture.

Photo: Overview of EOY Cosplay Festival 2014 @ Marina Barrage
Copyright: The EOY Logo © Events of the Year

04 August 2014

Getting Started with Life Improvement



How are you doing in your life? If your answer is somehow good, would you like to make it better than just good? And if your answer is somehow not so good, would you like to have it changed to at least a good or even better?

We have always been told the same old grandfather and grandmother advices but no matter how hard we try, we are still not getting any closer to what we have always been pursuing, a perfect life, or perhaps a less ambitious one, a peaceful life. What are we doing wrong or missing out?

Photo: Figma Nyaruko posing with a shrug and wide open hands.

28 July 2014

[Anime Review] Black Bullet



What comes into your mind when you are presented with the words 'Black Bullet'? Sounds like a story that involves guns and bullets, duels taking place in the middle of the nights, and perhaps adding some kind of espionage and assassination plot as creamy toppings on the cake.

The elements as mentioned are present in the story but those are just the tip of an iceberg.
So what exactly is this story about?

Screen Capture: Black Bullet Title

21 July 2014

Phantasy Star Online 2



Developed by SEGA Japan and published by AsiaSoft in the SEA region, Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2) is a Free-to-Play (F2P) Massively Multiplayer Online Action Role-Playing Game (MMOARPG) set in the age of space travel and exploration.

Screenshot: Launch Screen of Phantasy Star Online 2

14 July 2014

CosFest XIII - The Final Fantasy



CosFest XIII - The Final Fantasy happened on the 05 - 06 Jul 2014 @ D'Marquee, Downtown East, Singapore. It is an annual cultural festival which brings together the best of visual artists, singers, dancers, cosplayers, photographers, and many other folks from all walks of life to celebrate their love for Japanese Popular Culture.

07 July 2014

Figma Eren Yeager



"I will kill every single one of the titans!"

From the popular 'Attack on Titan' series comes a figma of Eren Yeager, titan slayer, and member of the Scouting Legion!

We have arrived at the next instalment of the Character Figure series! We take a look at Figma Eren Yeager, the second male character in our Figma collection. In the previous instalment, we had Figma Emiya Kiritsugu with us and now he has a new challenging rival, or perhaps a valuable comrade-in-arm, to join him in the battle against the Forces of Boredom.

30 June 2014

JeForce Journal 2014:06



We have arrived at the next instalment of the JeForce Journal series of feature articles which I will be sharing the latest photos, changes, and enhancement plans of my executive workspace with my comrades. Time sure flies and a lot of changes happened to our lives while we were least aware of them!

Photo: Perspective view of the Project JeForceX Executive Work Space

16 June 2014

Difference between Work, Job, and Career



What is the difference between a work, job, and career? These distinctly different words with different definitions and meanings have very often been mistakened by many folks and used in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is a lot of work to be done to improve the quality of our lives but may not necessary be a paid job or a potential career choice.

Photo: Figma Nyaruko & Figma Emiya Kiritsugu in a Handshake

09 June 2014

Good Smile Company



While we have written about the various Figma figures that we have in our collection such as Figma Emiya Kiritsugu and Figma Nyaruko, it is about time to bring the spotlight towards Good Smile Company (GSC), a true blue Japanese organization behind the creation of all these wonderful hobby products!

Screenshot: Good Smile Company (English) Website - Home Page

02 June 2014

Anime Picks - Summer 2014



The season of summer 2014 is upon us and that also means a new wave of exciting Anime titles being released to satiate the hunger of our eyes and brains! This season has a lot of promising Anime titles that will be worth our time watching and we have picked up to 10 titles from our usual source of information - AniChart.

The Anime titles as presented in this feature article are sorted by alphabetical and ascending order, not based on any known ranking systems nor personal or community preferences.

Screenshot: Home Page of AniChart - Summer Season

26 May 2014

Asia Cosplay Meet @ DBS Marina Regatta 2014



The Asia Cosplay Meet @ DBS Marina Regatta 2014 took place on 17 & 18 May 2014 at The Promontory @ Marina Bay in sunny Singapore. It is a cultural event which celebrates the interest, hobby, and passion of Cosplay as well as being a Regional Cosplay Competition which showcases the creative performing talents of Cosplayers from different parts of Asia.

Photo: The Stage Backdrop of Asia Cosplay Meet @ DBS Marina Regatta 2014

20 May 2014

MyAnimeList



As we all begin to watch more Anime titles in our J-Culture pilgrimage, we tend to lose track of which episode we stopped at and it is a frustrating experience to re-watch a random episode just to find out what appears to be familiar and then trace our way back to the episode which we truly stopped at. Fortunately, there is a web service on the internet that solves this problem!

Screenshot: The Home Page of MyAnimeList

12 May 2014

Mascot Character (F) Design : Character Concept



We have arrived at the 2nd instalment of the Mascot Character (F) Design series. In the previous instalment, we mentioned about how and why we are influenced and motivated to design our very own mascot character, explained about the importance of creating a profile for the character in question, and the design direction which we have adopted and work towards.

Image: Cover Image of the Mascot Character (F) Design Series

06 May 2014

Valkyrie Crusade - Gaming Journal 2014:05



It has been more than 4 months since I first started playing Valkyrie Crusade on my Android smartphone. I have secured many areas in the celestial realms, defeated countless evil maidens, battled against countless archwitches, received many war trophies, upgraded my kingdom, evolved my maidens, amalgamated my maidens, so on and so forth.

Screenshot: The Kingdom screen in the Valkyrie Crusade game.

28 April 2014

Challenging Yourself



Have you ever questioned yourself about what you should be doing in the coming days, weeks, months, and years? When reporting to school, work, or National Service has become a daily routine for yourself that it no longer means anything other than fulfilling the mandatory obligations forcefully shoved down into your throat regardless of whether you like it or not, you will begin to feel the need to break free from the 'Status Quo'.

Photo: figma Nyaruko striking the same pose as shown on the Product Packaging.

21 April 2014

Diablo III : Reaper of Souls



Ever since its public release about a month ago, I have been playing Diablo III: Reaper of Souls on the PC Windows platform, hunting down the reapers who brought death to the city of Westmarch, saving the world from the brink of death, and chasing down Malthael, formerly the Archangel of Wisdom, and currently the Angel of Death through the Pandemonium Fortress.

Image: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Logo Wallpaper (Source: Blizzard Entertainment)

14 April 2014

Dealing with Exhaustion



Have you ever been in a situation when you just do not feel like doing anything productive and just want to curl up in a dark corner of your room? If you are currently not experiencing this situation, you are doing great in life! However, if you are experiencing this situation, you might be in a state of exhaustion!

Exhaustion might sound like a very simple problem to deal with simply by 'taking a break'. However, different types of exhaustions require different types of breaks. In this feature article, we will discuss about 3 different types of exhaustions that happen and affect the way we live our lives in this modern day and age.

Photo: Figma Nyaruko in 'OTL' pose.

07 April 2014

Mascot Character (F) Design : Character Profiling



Project JeForceX has been greatly inspired by what Culture Japan has done and the joy which their Mascot Character has brought to the hearts and minds of the people around the world. We have plans to design our very own mascot characters, both male and female, many years ago but did not have the resources to put our plans into actions.

Neither do we have our very own in-house illustrators, nor do we have excessive amounts of cold hard cash sitting idly by in our vaults waiting to be splurged on commissioning freelance illustrators to design characters for us. However, we have some things that money cannot buy, regardless of the amount, which are 'passion for J-Culture' and the 'drive to pick up new skills'.

We will learn how to create and design fictional characters through online resources and practicing with our own sweat and blood efforts. Should you be interested in creating and designing your very own fictional characters, you are most welcomed to join us in this learning journey of endless discoveries!

Image: Cover Image of Mascot Character (F) Design

31 March 2014

JeForce Journal 2014:03



How does a modern Executive Producer's workspace look like? As for the Executive Producer of Project JeForceX, a workspace does not necessarily have to be a matte gray desk cluttered with documents, arch files, and sticky notes littered all over the place. Find out how to one can be motivated with a fun workspace!

Photo: Quarter View of Workspace

24 March 2014

Love In Japanese



If you are interested in dating a Japanese boy/girl, the need of understanding Japanese love culture is not only inevitable but crucial. The aim of loveinjapanese.net is to provide a platform where we can explore Japanese love culture topics.
- Love In Japanese

We came across an interesting website which publishes informative articles and guides about Love in Japanese, catering its contents to english-speaking folks regardless of whether you are a native Japanese person or foreigner (gaijin).

Image: Screenshot of Love In Japanese Website

11 March 2014

AmiAmi Online Shop



Where would you normally buy your Anime Merchandises from? Ever since I first discovered the AmiAmi online shop while being a regular follower of Culture Japan, majority of my Character Figures and Anime Merchandises loots are purchased from the same merchant.

03 March 2014

Anime Picks - Spring 2014



The spring season of calendar year 2014 is upon us! During this season, we will get to see a lot of interesting and exciting Anime series with some of which are already popular and loved by many folks around the world!

We take a look at our Top 5 Anime Picks for Spring 2014 which have attracted our undivided attention and tickled our fancies. The Anime series which we will look at are sorted in the alphabetical order, not based on any known ranking systems.

Screenshot: AniChart Website

24 February 2014

fripSide



FripSide (stylized as fripSide) is a Japanese trance and pop duo, originally formed by composer Yaginuma Satoshi and singer Nao in February 2002. fripSide released their works under elseena-music entertainment and many of their songs were created for Visual Art's games, as well as other erotic game companies. - Wikipedia

We take a look at fripSide, a Japanese music group which produces amazing songs with a well-mixed combination of trance and pop themes for popular Anime series such as To Aru Kagaku no Railgun and Hayate no Gotoku.

Screenshot: fripSide GENEON UNIVERSAL OFFICIAL WEBSITE

17 February 2014

Afilia Saga



Afilia Saga (アフィリア・サーガ), formerly known as Afilia Saga East (アフィリア・サーガ・イースト), is a Japanese idol group produced by Halko Momoi and Shikura Chiyomaru, Executive Producers of 5pb (a Tokyo company dedicated to video games, animation, etc). Both compose the songs for the group. - Afilia Saga Wiki

We take a look at this young and energetic female idol group which has performed opening and ending theme songs for popular Anime series such as Hyperdimension Neptunia and NouCome!

Image: Screenshot of Afilia Saga Official Website

10 February 2014

Friendship & Social Circles



How many friends do you have? What about the number of new friends you have made since the beginning of this year? Different folks get acquainted with you for different reasons fueled by different motivations. Let us take a look at the different types of friendship and social circles in our modern society.

Photo: Figma Nyaruko and Figma Hatsune Miku hugging in celebration of their friendship.

03 February 2014

Valkyrie Crusade



Invoke in the World of Crusaders and Dive into Epic Fantasy Card Battle Game!
“Strive for Victory, Peace and Love with the Beautiful Maidens of Valkyrie Crusade!
A brand new kingdom building and RPG Battle Game!”
- Nubee

The era of premium quality games on mobile devices is upon us! We take a look at Valkyrie Crusade, a multiplayer online hybrid empire building and card battle game available for free to play on the iPhone and Android mobile operating systems.

Image Source: Brawl Custom Music

27 January 2014

Nyako Cosplay



Nyako is a Cosplayer from China who has done quite a number of remarkable Cosplay works from popular Japanese Anime series such as Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Sword Art Online, and Oreimo. Shown above is Nyako cosplaying as Nyaruko from the Haiyore! Nyaruko-san series.

Image Source: WorldCosplay

20 January 2014

Figma Emiya Kiritsugu



"I have no interest in justice. It cannot save the world."
From the popular anime 'Fate/Zero' comes a figma of the 'Magus Killer', Kiritsugu Emiya!
- Good Smile Company

Welcome to the next publication of the Character Figure series here at Project JeForceX!
This time, we will take a look at Figma Emiya Kiritsugu, the very first male character in our collection.
Kiritsugu is sure to be enjoying his current harem treatment with Homura, Nyaruko, and the other lovely ladies! ^^;

13 January 2014

Anime Picks - Winter 2013 / 2014



New Anime titles for the winter 2013 season have been announced and have already started airing! Let us take a look at the list of Top 5 Anime Picks for Winter 2013 which have tickled our fancies. The Anime titles mentioned below are sorted in the alphabetical order and are not representative of any rankings or preferences.

Image: Screenshot of AniChart Home Page

06 January 2014

Brand New Year 2014



A brand new calendar year 2014 has arrived, bringing along a brand new journey for everyone around the world! Regardless of whether we had a wonderful or not very good year before, we must continue to stay positive, keep moving forward, and build a better and brighter future for ourselves.

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