I survived Comiket 80!

But holy hell was it hot! 35°C and not a cloud in the sky. The picture above is taken the second day, around 09:00 when they started to move the queue up towards the halls. I was aiming for the company booths that day, so I had arrived quite early, hoping to get at least something before they sold out. When we reached the compound we were split up in three lines: Aniplex, Type-Moon and the rest. The lines were about the same length, so I’m glad that I’m not all that into the really big ones.

I actually went in to Tokyo the day before and spent the night at a manga kissa together with Kuroneko. I live almost 2 hours train ride away from Big Sight, so I figured I’d try this method this time. Took the first train (04:47 man!) and that was quite the experience in itself. As you get closer and closer to Big Sight the amount of otaku in the train steadily rises. The last stretch were pretty much only people heading for comiket, packed as sardines in the poor train. The whole ordeal payed off though, as I got what I wanted: Dog Days goodies!

An anime T-shirt that does not scream anime T-shirt by having a huge character plastered on the front! Instead it sports the Engrish-y “I’ll return to that place to become a brave again!!” – just pure awesome. The mark on the back is the Galette coat of arms – I personally like the dogs more, but the cats have the nicest shirts by far.

Ricotta dakimakura cover! Wasn’t really sure if I should buy it , but actually standing in front of the booth made it clear that I couldn’t leave without her. I had hoped for an Éclair cover though (Dog-eared tsundere, yes please!), but no such luck. Hopefully they’ll sell it somewhere else later.

Something hit me when I got home and started unpacking her though, it went a bit like this: “Wait now, just how old is she? To Wikipedia!” And the answer?

13

By the way, Éclair is 14.

Yeah.

My brain tells me that this is bad, but my heart tells me not to care. The power of moe is terrifying ^-^;

Bought this as well, is artbook what you call it? It’s pretty much the designs for all characters in the series, their clothing and weapons, plus a few environment sketches as well. I’ll post some shots of the contents in a separate post later.

The bag I got for the goodies was kinda neat, but I’m a little disappointed as well. Part of the experience is carrying bags emblazoned with cute girls on the train back home – at first there are many people with similar bags, but as you get further and further away the amount goes down until you’re all alone, telling yourself that you are just imagining the weird looks your fellow passengers are giving you. Ah, well, maybe next time.

I spent the rest of the second day walking around and looking at stuff, mostly cosplayers, before heading back home. Returned on the third and final day to attack the circles, which resulted in the following loot:

I stopped by MelonBooks and Toranoana in Omiya on my way home to buy the four lowest in the picture – they were either sold out or I couldn’t find them at Comiket.

I think you should be able to guess what I like based on this picture. Also, if you haven’t already, what my latest favourite show is.

By the way, did I mention that it was HOT?

Salt stains. Seriously.

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The Coffee of Nagato Yuki + loot

I somehow found myself in Akihabara last saturday, without really meaning to go there. It just kind of happened. So I was walking around, not looking for anything in particular when I came upon came upon the coffee cans above inside Gamers. 200 yen a piece, grabbed them without a second thought.

The text says 「長門有希の珈琲」 (ながとゆきのコーヒー), The coffe of Nagato Yuki. So in addition to getting some absolutely adorable pictures of Yuki, I also learned the kanji for coffee. Didn’t even know there was a kanji version, but it is most likely an older loan word so it makes sense when I think about it.

The ingredients list says milk, sugar, coffee and emulsifer. Well shoot, I prefer black coffee. On the other hand, I’ll probably keep these unopened. There’s also an ad for the DVD and BD of The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi on the back of the cans.

I also bought a bunch of other stuff:

Most of it I found in Leonardo, a tiny shop located on the backside of Toranoana and Animate. Danny Choo has a nice write-up with lots of pictures here. There’s a shitload of stuff crammed into the very small store with no discernable order, so it is easy to spend way too much time rummaging around in there. They also stock items that normally are given away as extras with magazines and the like, which is great for people like me who don’t buy those normally.

Ookami-san to shichinin no nakama-tachi. Watch that anime if you haven’t already, great show. I fell in love with Ookami-san at first sight…ahh… Ahem, the book in the top left contains Q&A, character descriptions, comments from the creators, two short stories and the second chapter of the manga version. It came bundled with a Durarara!! note book and a nice suprise in the form of the large poster, folded and hidden between the books. Also got a T-shirt that I think actually is a price for a UFO-catcher, the quality is not very nice, but hey, I can wear it at home at least. Last but not least, a shower poster.

The backside of the poster features Shana. I watched four episodes of that series a while ago and found it boring. Might have to try again sometime.

I have been on the lookout for Utawarerumono posters every time I’ve been in to Akiba, but haven’t found any until now. A whole bunch of them too, eight to be exact. The only problem is that they have been stored folded for Haruhi knows how long, leaving nice, hard bulges through their midsections of them. Have not yet managed to get rid of them.

I’m not only an anime otaku, I’m also kind of a Nintendo nerd, right now focusing on the Famicom. This is the Game Repeater. If I have understood correctly it records your button presses and lets you replay them, essentially having the machine play the game exactly as you did. You can also copy the recording to cassette tapes for later use…wonder if it’s possible to record directly to a computer, since it records through a standard mic connection…hmmm… I haven’t been able to try though, since it requires an external controller, which I don’t have. Yet.

I saw a review of this somewhere on the internet, which stated that it was hard to find and quite expensive (I think…), so when I saw this one complete with box and manual for around 1000 yen I just had to buy it.

A Horo cellphone strap is also something I’ve been searching for for a while. Ookami to Koushinryou / Spice and Wolf is my favourite anime of all time. Currently reading the manga, but it is probably the hardest I have in my small collection, so i might have to wait a bit and study some more Japanese first. The watch is another UFO-catcher prize that I bought from a shop, since that is likely to turn out cheaper than trying to actually catch one, if it still is available in machines at all.

Now, get ready for a huge dose of awesomeness:

Lucky☆Star crossed with Strike Witches. Does that blow your mind, or does it only have that effect on me? It is an alternate cover for volume 8 of the manga series with Konata geaed up as Yoshika, and Kagami and Tsukasa as Barkhorn and Hartmann. Add to that a dash of engrish on the backside, and you have something really great. Only too bad I don’t own volume 8 itself yet ^^