I now have a huge Ore Imō wallscroll hanging over my bed.
Hey guys! I’m back from school, and raring to post coverage on my experiences at Fanime 2013. Fortunately (or rather, unfortunately?), Fanime is the time of year where I stop giving a shit about college in favor of catering to the weeb inside of me, so I’ll start posting more often on my own damn blog again and talk about shows I’ve finished and started. At least before Wahfuu gets tired of giving my blog respiratory aid. Ahem.
Anyways, I’ll begin the Fanime coverage by talking about the awesome swag that I acquired during my trip at Fanime. I made a decent amount of money this year, and therefore I bought a lot more merchandize from the Dealer’s Hall compared to last year. Of course, it was limited to stuff I couldn’t find anywhere else otherwise, as Region 2 DVDs and the like tend to be pretty cheap when ordered off of sites like Right Stuf, so I limited myself to buying mostly imports and merchandise that are hard to come by normally.
Beware: Photos were taken from my crappy 3DS camera.
Here you have em’. All the books that I’ve managed to buy at Fanime 2013.
It should be clear from the shot that I love artbooks. Almost all the books I bought are pretty much just artbooks besides the last two Cardcaptor Sakura omnibus volumes. Opening up an official one reminds me of how much I love a particular series and artist. Opening up an amateur art book like the Anime Angels book (at the very bottom of the photograph) reminds me of how much I appreciate the fanartists we have in the fan community of Japanese media.
The first notable mention is this art book of Samurai Champloo. For an anime with really impressive art and style (practically MADE for an art book), I’m surprised i only cost me $20. Guess it wasn’t a limited print.
Also note that the title of the book is Battle Cry: The Art of Samurai Champloo. Nice reference to the opening theme there (
the best opening ever). Nujabes deserves all the respect he gets. Rest in peace, man. You know, it would have been awesome if the artbook came with a soundtrack from the series. In fact, that would have been *perfect*.
The trio: Mugen, Jin, and Fuu
Some pieces from the opening, as well as some bonus art
Now these just made me grin from ear to ear. I’ve seen this online, and I’ve had my eye on the individual pieces of art in them for quite a while. Now I own hard copies of these books. You don’t know how much of a happy boy I am right now. I only got a hold of #2 and #3 though — seems like the dealer didn’t have the first one. That, or they already sold it before I got there. Oh well, at least the two pin-ups included in each of the books make me happy. Although I don’t really want to ruin the pin-ups by… pinning them up.
Am I really going to buy frames for them…? Erm… uh…
Best anime couple. PERIOD.
This was the first page I turned to when I opened up the third book. Talk about good first impressions!
It has an awesome dust cover to boot.
Next up is 蒼炎―いとうのいぢ画集 (Itou Noizi Illustrations SO-U-E‑N). It contains mostly her Shakugan no SHANA illustrations, although it also contains stuff from her other other works, such as her illustrations for visual novels such as Nanatsuiro★Drops and Flyable Heart. There’s also a depiction of Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s a shame there’s no The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya illustrations, though. That would have made up for the lack of Haruhi merchandise I brought home.
“Shana is hot” as always.
What a cutie!
I love the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, so I couldn’t resist buying this art compilation by Hiromu Arakawa (Japanese edition, 荒川弘イラスト集 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST ３). The dust cover alone was pretty badass, and totally caught my eye.
Along with the manga artbook, I got the memorial fanbook for the second movie, which contains some production sketches, summaries, and interviews.
Finally, my official entry into the Weiß Schwarz card game. I got the Puella Magi Madoka Magica deck, which was the second-to-last one sold at the Bushiroad dealer’s booth. Apparently they sold like hotcakes. There were still plenty of Fate/Zero decks left, but I wasn’t interested.
I HAD to buy a weeb deck box to go along with my weeb Madoka deck. This one features Iori Minase from THE iDOLM@STER (according to the wrapper, it’s the anime edition)…
I’M HAVING A HEART ATTACK
…and all her sugary glory.
I seriously would have killed my debit card if they had deck boxes of all the idols. They had a Joshiraku one and a dozen of Da Capo III deck boxes too, but I had to restrain myself. If Bushiroad made a Cardcaptor Sakura one, I would have definitely thrown away my money.
The biggest ripoff of my Fanime hunting spree. I don’t know why I paid $18 bucks for blank card sleeves.
What was I thinking?!
My crappy old flip phone is all pimped out now. Yeah, an Angel Beats! phone charm and a Madoka Kaname keychain. Be jealous, guys. Be jealous.
Last but not least, I snagged this Pikachu doll/backpack. While I love Pocket Monsters, this was actually a present for my little sister rather than myself. She literally spazzed out when I brought it home along with all of the Cardcaptor Sakura stuff.
Well, that’s basically all the swag I brought home from Fanime 2013. Stay tuned for coverage of all the cosplay I saw and the experiences I had at the event itself.