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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

After reading Komatta, I have been searching for a place similar to the one mentioned in the manga.  Was extremely happy when found this place today: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.  This is such a beautiful place! Can't believe I've never heard of it even though I only live hours away. Will definitely visit with my family when the flowers are in full bloom next year~

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Ebishi Maki I Give to You

Just finished reading Kimi ni Ageru and thought I should write some comments about it. First and foremost, I love this book! It has everything that I look for in a BL story (except smex, there are just 2-3 quick scenes if I remember correctly, thus explains why the book is rated 16 and above.) Though even without the smex, I'll still find myself enjoying this title greatly. The story is well thought out and written, with lots of drama and lovable characters. The art is very nicely drawn, a "clean" style that I love very much. The art on the cover and the title were what attracted me to buy the book in the beginning. The title is translated to "I Give to You" in English, so I expected a sweet loving story. Though clearly, it's not like that at all. Ren's past is what surprised me the most. I did suspect his family background, though I never expected his relationship with his brother. I can't help but feel sorry for the brother, even with what he did, I hope he'll find his happiness eventually. Ren is so sweet at the end. I love how the author incorporates the title into the story (like how Shimizu sensei did with Ze). Brilliant! I think the author wrapped up the story very nicely. Really look forward to reading more of her work, and hopefully she'll consider writing more about Tohki and Ritsu in the future, this would make me so happy. ^^

Akira and Shiki Figure by Kotobukiya

Finally found a picture of the upcoming Akira and Shiki:

Photo taken from Tsukiboard

They look amazing! I'm so glad they decided to follow the artwork and have Akira shows a bit of his undie. XD  I'm really excited now, and hope they won't mess up with the painting.  Nonetheless, I know for sure now that I will get them when they come out!

On another note, my Military Akira arrives today.  Have heard that he would be small but didn't expect he would be this tiny! Hopefully the new Akira will be bigger than this...
Just found out that Kotobukiya will be releasing another figures of Shiki and Akira, and prototypes will be shown in this coming Wonderfest.  They're to be released as an anniversary project, so hopefully they're not exclusives.  I missed the previous releases, so I must get these when they come out this time.  Can't wait til next week! I didn't care much about this Wonderfest until I heard this news.
Prototypes are not shown yet except this picture which was posted on Koto's website:

So exciting! XD