This time,in terms of shopping for imported anime novelties,it was fairly weak.Other than a plush P-chan
(different from one I've had for years)and plush Pen-Pen
;my haul of imported items included a couple of items(a plush mini-Starman
and a Super Mushroom
cosplay cap),plus various pencil boards and other novelties from various series(two Akane-less Ranma ½
pencil boards,an Urusei Yatsura
pencil board,a Tokyo Babylon
pencil board,an Aa!Megamisama
pencil board,a Mahou Kishi Rayearth
pencil board,a Card Captor Sakura
keychain or cell-phone charm,a coin purse and hand warmer each from One Piece
,three Kouryu Densetsu Villgust
pencil Boards,and various Fruits Basket
items some of which were furoku
from when it was still running in Hana to Yume
However,unlike previous editions,I attended on more than one day:yesterday and today.Additionally,I also attended viewings of anime(series samplings consisting of the first two episodes).Yesterday,they showed fansubs of recent and/or current series;and the ones I tried out(Clannad
and Rental Magica
both seemed surreal to me).Today's viewings consisted of series already available in region 1:Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
isn't nearly as simple as the other universes of CLAMP
(some characters are original ones not found on their other series).However,School Rumble
(which I do have imported and domestic manga of but haven't managed to read yet)was full of hijinx(mainly 5 to 10-minute mini-episodes,similar in concept to a couple of other school-comedy anime);and I just had to get the DVD starter set at a booth.I also grabbed some domestic manga:all 4 volumes of the Majo no Takkyubin
film manga,volume 4 of Nosatsu Junkie
,and the respective first volumes of Madara
(a franchise that also an anime OVA,a RPG video game,and a series of audio dramas;with Kappei-sama voicing the main character in all applicable versions)and Suzuka
(which ended a 3-year serialization in Shuukan Shounen Magazine
this past fall,later chapters can be found in the back issues I have)...
Quite frankly,it was a decent trade-off...
Well,Da Capo II is actually being fansubbed by 2 different groups.Though the group I follow has fallen behind the other group,I'm taking my chances with the second group's version at least for now...
Good thing the leather case on my ZEN Vision W is sturdy,because its belt clip doesn't always stay on my belt.In any case,I've ordered the 32GB version(largest capacity in its class)of Creative's new flash-memory ZEN as a spare.Large enough for my music collection and fansubs,this is only availble directly from Creative's online store and is often out of stock...
Happy 36th birthday to
Ayumi Yoshida Yukiko Iwai...