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 3). 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).

  2. @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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