Monthly Archives: April 2013

Pre-order limited stock Madoka Magica Ultrabooks today! Stock is running out fast

Mouse Computer will release Ultrabooks in collaboration with Madoka Magica characters in June.
Pre-orders have already started, and they are going away really fast!
There will be 800 of them manufactured total, so hurry and get it ordered today at our Rinkya Stores.

We have two models for pre-orders right now (until stock runs out).

Kaname Madoka model

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Specification:
Display: 14′ Ultrabook
OS: Windows 8
CPU: Intel Core i5-3337U
Memory: 4GB
SSD: mSATA 64GB
HDD: 500GB
*Ask stores@rinkya.com individually if you want to upgrade specs (add memory, HDD, MS Office, Optical Disk Drive, notebook cooler, etc)

Madoka Magica Model (full member)

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Features that are packaged with both models:

  •  20 different voice recording for system sound effects (error message, start up, emptied trash bin, etc) For Madoka model, voices are recorded by Madoka. For Madoka Magica full member model, voices are recorded by Kyubey.
  • Dog tag with serial number etching on
  • Desktop mascots will tell you what time it is, greet, smile, and interact with you at all time.
  • 20+ wallpapers
  • Screensavers showing memorable scenes from the show
  • System icons featuring Madoka Magica characters

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Dog tag with serial number

Dog tag with serial number

Madoka Magica Ultrabook Desktop Icon

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Madoka Magica system icons

Madoka Magica system icons

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Orders will get shipped in June.
Pre-order Madoka Magica Ultrabook Madoka model today!
Pre-order Madoka Magica Ultrabook Full member model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madoka Magica Key Animation Note vol.1-6 Complete Set + Movie Extra

As new merchandise and new movies continue to come out, popularity o Madoka Magica seems to never cease. Animation sequence in Madoka Magica is extremely sophisticated and beautifully done, as animation studio SHAFT usually does.

Don’t you want to see how it is made?
Madoka Magica KEY ANIMATION NOTE vol.1-6 contain more than 800 beautiful gengas in each volume, where you can admire each and every frame of selected scenes. This auction item sells a fantastic set of KEY ANIMATION NOTE complete box 1-6, an exclusive Mini Illustration Booklet available only for people who ordered all 6 volumes, KEY ANIMATION NOTE extra for the theatrical version Madoka Magica, and Madoka Magica Production Note. This is a chance to get all of them at once!

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Madoka Magica KEY ANIMATION NOTE vol.1-6

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Sample from KEY ANIMATION NOTE vol.1

Each of the KEY ANIMATION NOTE volumes includes extra collectible items in addition.
For instance, Vol.5 contains #10-C89 ANIMATION SHEET SET, which is an exact replica of what was delivered to animators participated in episode 10, including more than 100 layouts, time sheets, gengas, douga, and an envelope.

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Extra item for vol.5

It’s this scene that’s replicated in above sheets:
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Extras for vol.4 are storyboards for opening/ending themes.
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Each volume has special something to go with!

And this is Madoka Magica Production Note, an earlier publication of Mado Magi gengas. madokamagica03
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And these are Special Picture Booklet exclusive for people purchasing all 6 volumes of KEY ANIMATION NOTES (left), and an KEY ANIMATION NOTE extra for Madoka Magica Movie (right).

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Bid on Madoka Magica KEY ANIMATION NOTE vol.1-6 Complete Set + KEY ANIMATION NOTE extra + Production Note + Picture Book on YJ auction now.

With Madoka Magica’s new movie’s coming out this autumn, and Ultrabook coming out this summer (I will write about it soon), fans can enjoy Madoka Magica universe for all year!

60s Batman Battery-Operated Tin Toy from Nomura Toy

America’s classic superhero show 60s Batman TV series was very popular in Japan too. Lots of toys, comics (manga adaptations), and other merchandise produced exclusively in Japan were sold and marketed to kids at the time.

This Batman tin toy was made by Nomura Toy in 60s.
Nomura Toy made a lot of battery-operated tin toys, and this is one of them.
Batman walks forward, and his soft-vinyl face lights up when you push the button on his belt buckle.
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Watch this video to see Batman in action! Pow!! Kapow!

The details of his face, vivid coloring, and boldness achieved from the shape of tin are particularly wonderful in making this Batman. The toy is highly desirable among Japan collectors too, and many people have already started bidding.
You can bid on battery-operated Batman tin toy by Nomura Toy via Yahoo auction too!

*Note about this item: Its original box is missing, so it will be just the toy itself. Batman’s face light doesn’t stay on all the time. It sometimes lights up and sometimes doesn’t.

80’s independent short film Creamy Mami + L-Gaim crossover ‘Pony Metal U-Gaim’ and its related items

Today I’m going to feature a sort of odd item, Pony Metal U-Gaim.
Pony Metal U-Gaim is an independent short film made in 1988, which was a parody of mahou shoujo anime Creamy Mami and robot anime Heavey Metal L-Gaim crossover. If you get to know even a little bit about Japanese anime, you realize people love to combine robots and cute girls in a single universe. That’s what exactly people thought in the time of Creamy Mami and L-Gaim too!

Directed and created by a group of young and talented animators of the time (big names in present day), this short film ended up to be an extremely high-quality piece.

It is quite amazing, as if everything great about late 80’s anime is represented in it.
Artists involved in the project include Kazuaki Mouri (known for genga Ideon, Samurai Trooper, Pastel Yuumi), Yamashita Ikuto (mecha design Evangelion), Hiroyuki Okiura (genga  SPT Layzner, AKIRA, director Jin-Roh), and various other artists from animation studio Anime R.

It is unfortunate that U-Gaim didn’t get made into an actual TV show or an OVA due to copyrights conflicts, but some merchandise and doujinshi came out of this short film.

Pony Metal U-Gaim 1/6-scale Garage Kit
Comes with a pair of decals for eye parts.
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*Actual kit is unpainted. Images on the box is an example of a painted/finished kit Bid on U-Gaim cast kit via YJ auction now.

 

U-Gaim book of storyboards, character design model sheets, and drafts
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Bid on U-Gaim book of storyboards, model sheets, and drafts on YJ auction.

 

U-GAIM Items Combo: Doujinshi, books of storyboards, designs, genga, etc. mug, and a 1/6-scale cast kit.

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Bid on U-Gaim goods combo on YJ auction!

If you like Creamy Mami and L-Gaim, this would be a perfect crossover. Let’s hope some day it will make a comeback!

Mandarake big auction starts April 5th! Rare toys, cels, genga, dolls, vintage collectibles… Bid on anything you want through Rinkya

 

Update (04/10/2013): MANDARAKE BIG AUCTION has started. Check the list of all items being auctioned on Mandarake Auction Site!!

Mandarake – Japan’s largest used manga/anime vendors will begin its quarterly Big Auction through April 5th to April 17th this spring (Japan time).
Mandarake Big Auction (大オークション) is held every three months each year, and quite literally it is a HUGE auction specializing in highly collectible anime/manga/toys. There are approximately 1,500 rare and hard-to-find items auctioned each time. On their website Mandarake has a preview of a few selected items that are planned for auction.

WE CAN BID ON ANY MANDARAKE AUCTION ITEMS. If you have any items you are interested in bidding, just email us at stores@rinkya.com. We can discuss what and how you want to bid, and how much you want to bid up to, etc (10% Mandarake charges + Japanese tax + Rinkya Stores commission apply, see below for details). Feel free to ask any questions!

From the preview I’ve personally picked some items that I like to share with our Rinkya blog readers.

#1 Popy Chogokin Mazinger Z first edition

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Height: 114mm | Including:protective sponge cover for the body, protective styrofoam for missiles, 2 punch hands, 6 missiles, a mint-condition instruction manual.

Mazinger Z first edition, the origin and a masterpiece of Chogokin series, is planned to be sold on auction. It is in a beautiful condition without any paint chips, damages on stickers, missing parts…It looks almost brand new. Starting bid is 2,000,000JPY.

In addition to Mazinger Z, they are putting a heavy focus on Go Nagai comics and related merchandise/items for this auction including life-scal Devil Man, Jumbo Machineders, some rare magazines, collected editions, encyclopedia of UFO Robot Grendizer, paper craft kits that came with magazines, etc.

#2 Revised rough drafts of Castle in the Sky, revised by Hayao Miyazaki.castleinthesky  castleinthesky02

#3 Original painting (genga) used for the cover jacket of Tetsujin No.28’s Asahi Sonorama sonosheet (Flexi disc).tetsujin28

#4 Vintage motorcycle tin toys
One of the large featured collections in this season’s Big Auction also includes vintage tin-made mortorcycle toys. More than 150 tin motorcycles will be available on auction. Don’t miss out on it if you are collecting them!

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#5 8-man B/W anime cel
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#6 Jumbo Machineder Spartan K5
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#7 Prince of Tennis autograph and original sketch by Takeshi Konomitennis

#8 Astroboy wooden truck toy
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Extra fees: Please note that after the final closeout price, Mandarake charges 10% auction fee, 5% sales tax, and Rinkya will charge commission at Rinkya Stores rates (800 yen base, plus 100 yen per 1,000 after). Shipping not included.
I recommend you read Rinkya Stores FAQ if it’s your first time using Stores service, and ask any questions via email if you like :)

You can check out more items on Mandarake’s web preview here. All items on Mandarake auction are checked and evaluated by their experienced specialists. Cels and gengas above 10,000 JPY are accompanied with certificates of authenticity (unless the original seller specifies not to). Contact us via email at stores@rinkya.com to request bidding on Mandarake Big Auction, discuss bidding prices, and ask questions if you have any! We’ll do our best to get you what you are looking for.