Fanime 2013 Haul

Sweet dreams to ME

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.

NERD SWAG!

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.

BATTLE CRY!

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

The trio: Mugen, Jin, and Fuu

Some pieces from the opening, as well as some bonus art

Some pieces from the open­ing, as well as some bonus art

Sakura swag

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.

Best ani­me cou­ple. PERIOD.

This was the first page I turned to when I opened up the third book. Talk about good first impressions!

God tier Noiji Itou artbook

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

Shana is hot” as always.

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

Arakawa's Masterpiece

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). The dust cov­er alone was pret­ty badass, and total­ly caught my eye.

Damn, my fingers are small.

NAKAMA POWER!

NAKAMA POWER!

Sacred Star of Milos Artbook

Along with the man­ga art­book, I got the memo­r­i­al fan­book for the sec­ond movie, which con­tains some pro­duc­tion sketch­es, sum­maries, and interviews.

I need to blog about the movie some time.

One of the three English decks in existence.

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.

CARD GAMES just got moe

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)…

HNNNNNNNNNNGGGG

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.

AKARIN~

AKARIN~

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 phone IS my power level

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.

The best present for the best little sister

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.

3 thoughts on “Fanime 2013 Haul

  1. Nice haul!

    I think I have the first of those CCS art­books. At least, it says “Chee­rio!” on it and does­n’t have a num­ber. I got it years ago and it’s quite nice ^_^ Did­n’t know they made two more.

    Awe­some to here that you’re get­ting into Weiss Schwarz! It’s unfor­tu­nate that Eng­lish ver­sions of the cards are so few and far between. I’ve been build­ing a Haruhi deck and it lit­er­al­ly took sev­en months for me to track down the boost­er box — the old sets of cards like that one are just so rare (and expen­sive). But what’s cool is that Heart of the Cards, a site ded­i­cat­ed to WS, has paper inserts you can print out and put into your card sleeves that pro­vide Eng­lish trans­la­tions of all the cards. So if you’re con­cerned about buy­ing Japan­ese WS cards because you can’t read them, fear no more!

    Also, $18 for authen­tic ani­me card sleeves isn’t that expen­sive actu­al­ly. I have Angel Beats! and Shana sleeves and they each cost $20+. They’re sort of col­lec­tor’s items, with old­er ones being up to $40+, so that’s just how it is XD

    BTW, since you’ve gone to a Cal­i­for­nia con like Fanime, do you have any plans to go to the state’s biggest ani­me con, Ani­me Expo? As you prob­a­bly know, I go there every year and it would be awe­some to meet you =D (and play WS pos­si­bly, LOL).

    1. @Yume­ka: “I think I have the first of those CCS art­books. At least, it says “Chee­rio!” on it and doesn’t have a num­ber. I got it years ago and it’s quite nice ^_^ Didn’t know they made two more.

      You have the first book? I’m guess­ing it cov­ers the first sea­son of the ani­me as the two oth­er books cov­er the last two sea­sons. I was plan­ning on buy­ing the whole set, but was sad­dened when they only had two. 

      Awe­some to here that you’re get­ting into Weiss Schwarz! It’s unfor­tu­nate that Eng­lish ver­sions of the cards are so few and far between. I’ve been build­ing a Haruhi deck and it lit­er­al­ly took sev­en months for me to track down the boost­er box – the old sets of cards like that one are just so rare (and expen­sive). But what’s cool is that Heart of the Cards, a site ded­i­cat­ed to WS, has paper inserts you can print out and put into your card sleeves that pro­vide Eng­lish trans­la­tions of all the cards. So if you’re con­cerned about buy­ing Japan­ese WS cards because you can’t read them, fear no more!

      Yeah, I wished Bushi­road released more Weiß Schwarz decks/boosters in Amer­i­ca. The con­cept of Japan­ese anime/manga/visual novel/video game char­ac­ters duk­ing it out as a card game is real­ly cool. I guess they’re test­ing the waters, but the Dis­gaea deck they released a long time ago is so hard to come by now. I’m tempt­ed to import cards from Japan and build more decks, I real­ly want toplay with oth­er series like Haruhi and Clan­nad. Thanks for that help­ful tid­bit, I’ll def­i­nite­ly be print­ing out card descrip­tions. I don’t think my Nihon­go is sol­id enough, at least not enough yet to play a card game. lol

      Also, $18 for authen­tic ani­me card sleeves isn’t that expen­sive actu­al­ly. I have Angel Beats! and Shana sleeves and they each cost $20+. They’re sort of collector’s items, with old­er ones being up to $40+, so that’s just how it is XD

      Yeah, I know. 😛 I was actu­al­ly mak­ing a Yuru Yuri joke.

      BTW, since you’ve gone to a Cal­i­for­nia con like Fanime, do you have any plans to go to the state’s biggest ani­me con, Ani­me Expo? As you prob­a­bly know, I go there every year and it would be awe­some to meet you =D (and play WS pos­si­bly, LOL).

      My friends and I were actu­al­ly plan­ning on going to Ani­me Expo 2013 in July instead of Fanime 2013. Thing is, we end­ed up not hav­ing enough funds to go and end­ed up going to Fanime again this year. The last minute motel book­ing sort of soured the expe­ri­ence, but we still had fun at Fanime 2013. We may go to Ani­me Expo one day, but total­ly not in the near future. I do hope I get to play WS with you even­tu­al­ly though! lol

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