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Hi everyone! This little tale I'm about to tell you dates back to June of that year: it came back to my mind as I was looking again at my collection page.

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A tale of MFC database additions:
Determined to find data and pictures!

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Ever since I've started adding items to the database (which was not very long after I've subscribed to the site, so about a year ago), some of the items I've always wanted to add, as they're my top Holy Grails, were the four Kaiyodo Mitsumete Knight figures: ITEM #225147 ITEM #225149 ITEM #225148 ITEM #183392

However, since Mitsumete Knight is an old franchise that lasted only one year (1998) before Konami put the lid on it due to unsufficient reception to their tastes (compared to the steamroller that was Tokimeki Memorial 1), finding data for its relatively large number of goods is quite a challenge. Indeed, the rare internet pages (all Japanese, of course) talking about those figures were barely able to give me data: just the manufacturer, the price and the scale. That's definitely not enough to start an MFC entry. Plus I wasn't sure if they were ever released.

It was then I discovered an old Yahoo auction for the Anne figure aucview.aucfan...., which had a small picture. Thanks to it, I had the confirmation those figures did exist, and with it I was able to add that specific figure to the database.

However, the problem remained with the other three figures. I really, REALLY wanted to add the full set, but without some data and, more importantly, pictures, what to do?

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I then remembered that one of the internet pages I mentioned earlier also said there were some old books and magazines talking about those figures.
So I had no other choices: let's get on a quest to find and buy those books!

I was able to quickly find and get one of the two, the "Konami All Products 1998" catalog. So when it arrived at my home, I hurriedly went through it, hoping to find data and pictures.


And in the end, it was indeed invaluable. It had all the data I needed (catalog ID, release date, price)... SAVE FOR THE PICTURES!!!

Upon discovering this, I was like:

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So back to square one. I had to find the other book mentioned in that webpage. Unfortunately it was a magazine, the July 1998 issue of Dengeki B-Magazine; and on top of that most of the pictures I needed were in a demo CD bundled with the magazine. So I had to find a complete copy of that issue.

It took me several more months before I finally was able to find and secure such a copy.
And again, one it arrived at home, I frantically opened the magazine and straight away ran the CD on my computer.

And io and behold, the pictures were indeed available on it!
Problem is, only the Sophia figure had painted ones, the other three were unpainted. So I was only-half satisfied, I was telling to myself: "oh well, even with only unpainted pics, you still have enough material to create all three entries!"

And then I had a curious check at the magazine itself. And at page 152 of it...

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After I saw that page, this was my reaction:

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Manly tears were shed indeed. That page has the painted version of the Hanna and Raizze figures!!
Now I'm golden and can put up proper and detailed entries for those Mitsumete Knight figures!


So it took me quite a while and lots of determination and patience, but I was able to satisfy my wishes and my OCD regarding those figures :p
But honestly, it's unlikely I'll do that kind of stuff again, it was an exceptional case.
And thus ends my little tale. I hope you enjoyed it! :)


What about you? Would you go to such great lengths to be able to create an MFC entry you REALLY want to add to the database?
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Maestro5 vuotta sitten#2430979Clicked on post expecting rant about overzealous database mods rejecting contributions. Finished article pleasantly surprised.jkb5 vuotta sitten#2430844Any archive place in the world looks like a holy ground, thanks to you.Altayrl5 vuotta sitten#2430970View spoilerHide spoilerhttp://memecrunch.com/meme/31JPF/we-salute-you/image.jpg
Yeah, with such a title, I now can see why you first thought that way, MAESTRO.
Truth to be told, I myself was aware of how a bit silly my little story was, hence why I wrote it in a jokingly, slightly sarcastic, and overdramatic way at my own expense and for entertainment purposes :p

Moro5 vuotta sitten#2430694lol I'd never go to the lengths you did! But I added one old-ish obscure thing and after a lot of time spent looking for pics of it, gave up and just used a picture I took instead. I had no other solution. ITEM #245086
Ah yes, I remember about that item and your efforts to try and find its origins! Too bad you couldn't find them in the end. :/

Ricotta5 vuotta sitten#2431089I had some difficulties when I uploaded some Dark Souls GK, mostly because I didn't know the Japanese names of the characters, and the pronunciation was extremely tricky to find since I only got results in kanji. Also, I had to make screen captures to get the pics, since the right click was disabled on the website of the circle. To this day, I still haven't uploaded them all, searching for the very exact pronunciation sure is boring.
Adding doujinshis is also a pain, mainly because of the mandatory shop link rule. I bought tons of doujinshi last summer, and I really want to add them to the database, but since I found them in Mandarake, they are unavailable anywhere else.
Finally, I really like adding OST and remix albums, thanks to vgmdb.net/ it's really easy to look for informations. Doujin CDs, on the other hand...

Yes, I too at first thought the mandatory shop link rule applied to doujin books as well.
Doesn't VGMDB, which you mentioned, list some doujin CDs as well? Sure, not as many as commercial and promotional ones, but... And, it's not as good as VGMDB for what I've browsed of it (lacks tracks' time), but if you can read Japanese, maybe this site could help you: www.dojin-music...
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Ricotta5 vuotta sitten#2431103Whoa, thanks a lot for the info, that's a whole new realm of possibilities for me now! Are doujin games (like Touhou or 07th Expansion) considered goods?Games are media, and in terms of media, only doujinshi are allowed.
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Katto5 vuotta sitten#2431090That rule is actually only for Doujin goods. Doujinshi can be added without a shop link, though it's preferred if possible if you have one. :)

Whoa, thanks a lot for the info, that's a whole new realm of possibilities for me now! Are doujin games (like Touhou or 07th Expansion) considered goods?
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Ricotta5 vuotta sitten#2431089Adding doujinshis is also a pain, mainly because of the mandatory shop link rule.That rule is actually only for Doujin goods. Doujinshi can be added without a shop link, though it's preferred if possible if you have one. :)
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I had some difficulties when I uploaded some Dark Souls GK, mostly because I didn't know the Japanese names of the characters, and the pronunciation was extremely tricky to find since I only got results in kanji. Also, I had to make screen captures to get the pics, since the right click was disabled on the website of the circle. To this day, I still haven't uploaded them all, searching for the very exact pronunciation sure is boring.
Adding doujinshis is also a pain, mainly because of the mandatory shop link rule. I bought tons of doujinshi last summer, and I really want to add them to the database, but since I found them in Mandarake, they are unavailable anywhere else.
Finally, I really like adding OST and remix albums, thanks to vgmdb.net/ it's really easy to look for informations. Doujin CDs, on the other hand...
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Clicked on post expecting rant about overzealous database mods rejecting contributions. Finished article pleasantly surprised.
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http://memecrunch.com/meme/31JPF/we-salute-you/image.jpg
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Any archive place in the world looks like a holy ground, thanks to you.
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lol I'd never go to the lengths you did! But I added one old-ish obscure thing and after a lot of time spent looking for pics of it, gave up and just used a picture I took instead. I had no other solution. ITEM #245086
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Gigan225 vuotta sitten#2427945I've encountered similar problems adding doujinshi to the database. Thankfully, doujinshi.org has been a godsend. If I can't find info there, I then visit various websites who sell doujinshi to see if they have the info. Lastly, I go to the artist/circle's site to see what I can find there. Though that's the last option because usually their sites don't have any information at all. After that I throw my hands up, lol.
Yes, finding doujinshi data is quite tricky, even more so when it's decades old. I recently had my hand adding some: specificially, Mitsumete Knight ones (again! XD). I've added all those I could find on Suruga-ya (which is one of your webstore sources, I guess?), but I wouldn't be surprised if there are a few more.

Cyril5 vuotta sitten#2428099Oh, I admit it's not terribly obscure, it just had a bit of a small budget and doesn't have a lot of merchandise in the figure-department. And by "not a lot" I mean the first game in the series has none other than GKs. About half of which aren't in the Database.
It was Ar tonelico 1. Ar tonelico 2 was definitely a good deal more popular.

Ah I see, I've heard about the Ar Tonelico games before. Thanks for your answer! :)
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