Not that anyone still reads this?….. maybe a few *hopes* XDD……. but I’ve bought hosting and am now at http://avenger.mirrorshades.gs So adjust your bookmarks and reader feeds (if you have me in one) because that’s where I’ll be from now on ^_^
See what I did there? :3
Ok, so a while back CatchFiveBats linked some magazine scans from a gaming magazine featuring Takahashi Ai from Morning Musume. Of course that is quite awesome and I needed to own it XDD So when my first try at procuring a copy failed (thank you maiZe for looking♥ ^-^) I asked CFB for the link he found to get it on Amazon.co.jp, but he offered to just add a copy to his order for me!…………….. I said yes of course (paid back in full now :3)
And now it’s arrived!!:
I was so excited when I saw who it was from! I was actually a little confused since I wasn’t expecting anything for a few weeks (forgot about it xD) But I opened the package and out it popped. Once the packaging was safely put away I noticed a piece of plastic sticking out of the magazine:
I figured CFB had bookmarked where Ai appears……. Well, he had, but with a most brilliant bookmark!:
It was bookmarked but with an Ai-chan photo!!!!!! Best bookmark I’ve seen in ages XDD Had to stop myself from letting out a laugh of joy and from doing a little jig ._. So I want to thank you soooooo much!! *uber hug* Below you can see the pages that Ai-chan appears in
(click images to go to where I found them. My scanner is non-existent T_T And this is the link to Amazon if you should wish to get your own copy :3)
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Categories : Hello!Project, Morning Musume
Ok, I’ve talked about my City trip now it’s time for Animania 2009!! I only found out about Animania a few months ago through spying a promotional postcard sent to the library I work for……… I took it and photocopied it to take home XD I was so excited about finding out about it I immediately wanted to buy my tickets, but as I found out pre-reg wasn’t open and wouldn’t open until weeks before the event. I bought a full two-day pass just to have the option to return on the Sunday if I felt like it, which I didn’t as A) I was buggered and B) I ran out of money after like an hour or two of getting through the doors XD The following is a shot of the front of Bay 8, where Animania was held.
I got a lift into the Australian Technology Park on Saturday morning, getting there at 9:30-ish AM. The lines were already damn long, the funny thing being that the line for pre-registration was double the size of door sales XD Only by chance did I end up in the right line since they weren’t labeled with signs saying “Door Sales” and “Pre-Reg”. Well at least none that I could see. I didn’t remember I had a camera with me until I was happily in the line, so I don’t have pictures of the lines (… the above picture was taken after I’d left the event for the day XD …) The following is the floor plan for the event:
And the schedule for the event over the two days:
This is the inside of the main entrance:
It took about a half hour to get inside the doors then another 15-odd minutes to get to the book-in place where they scan your ticket. At which point you were allowed into the inner sanctum The first thing you walk into was the Cloakroom (… area C on the map …) which was one of two Photoshoot areas where you could find cosplayers awaiting to have their pictures taken (… but in honesty you could just ask anyone around the event if you could take their picture and they’d strike a pose for you Nice people …) The following pictures are from the “Cloakroom” :
As I was taking the second photo up there a member of staff who was also taking a photo of him looked at my camera and said to me “We have the same camera! =D” The expression on her face was really cute XD Ok, next I headed over to the Cosplay Expo in area D, Cosplay HQ. They had costumes displayed that had won previous cosplay competitions, but without the people having to hang around all day long for you to gawk at XD They were really nicely done and you could see some serious work went into them. Here’s some photo’s of the costumes:
They also had a display that people couple enter their weapons in, like swords and delicate pieces. I could have sworn I took a photo of it but going through my camera I can’t find it ._. I kinda suck at this don’t I? T_T Next was the Stallholders Area, area N:
This photo was taken pretty early on and was already pretty full. You kinda had to either wait for an opening or push your way in……… I’m a waiter XD I was rather eager to find a stall called VOID (stall 16) run by Itasugen who I had contacted and gotten her to hold somethings over for me:
That stuffed bunny up there was a gift I signed up to deviantART just to ask her to keep the artworks for me and she said she’d have a gift for me. I didn’t remind her or anything because I didn’t want to take something she’d made without paying for it but she remembered and handed it over when I came to the stall ^_^ It’s so neat and cool. I like the fact that it’s hand-made, down to the little dress…….. I’m a sucker for those sorts of things XD The poster and the postcards (the ones in the middle) will eventually be framed and hung on my wall
Next I went to the Kiseki stall (#18), which is an all Australian Manga Magazine which has just started being published. I bought the first two issues :
Kiseki has an online store and an online community forum. I suggest if you like manga and are Australian then you give Kiseki a thought and support them Tell your friends, talk about it on your blog and join the forum. That’s the end of my sprooking Next I wondered through the Games Zone, area F:
This place was popular! They had a PS2, PS3, Wii, Gamecube, SNES (?)……… those are the ones I can remember. Some of the people playing these games were brilliant and obviously played the games for a long time. One guy won 15 times straight at Soulcaliber on the PS2 before he got up and walked away with friends. They also apparently had Nintendo DS Pictochat sessions set up, which sucks big time because I was this close *holds up fingers close together* to bringing my DS with me. Really wish I had brought it, it’s always easier for me when it’s not face-to-face but through typing. Kinda pathetic I know ._. Next was Cosplay Chess at Cosplay HQ (… it’s the chess board on the map …):
The picture’s not that great because I couldn’t get a better one. It was pretty popular with the spectators I think White won, but don’t quote me on it XD It actually looked pretty fun. Oh, and you see that box? That was a player hoping for a little protection. It actual had the cutest vampire under it…….. I was going to get a photo of her but once the game ended I couldn’t find her ._. So next was the Cosplay Competition, held on the Main Stage (H):
You had to remember it was on and when it was on to get a seat or get close to it XD No hope for those who forgot about it. Some of the outfits were rather good from what I could see (… I didn’t stand around for too long …) and some got loud applause which could be heard everywhere. By this time I was hungry so went to the Food Area (E) to get a bite to eat. Ended up getting noodles and a chicken-on-a-stick, rather tasty but way too much for me to eat…….. I have the stomach the size of a pea XD Bought some Japanese Lemonade (… the ones with the marble in it …) and I now want to know where they got it because it’s the nicest lemonade I’ve tasted in ages ^_^ Next I went and watched some of Baccano! at the Screening Theatre (M), then back to the Stallholders Area to finish emptying my wallet XD I stopped at Transreality Simulation (#23) and picked up a “Your Eyes Only”, a Chobits Art Book:
Just ignore the disembodied fingers in the pictures XD Chobits is suck a quirky, odd and cute as hell manga series and I saw this. The images inside, as I’ve tried to show are really cute and well done. There was other things I could have bought….. wanted to buy XD….. but I knew I was going to be getting this next:
I wasn’t surprised to see her sitting on the shelf of PININ (#24) stall, but I was excited as anything~! Actually, I saw the same guitar wielding Haruhi figurine that MB got, but even discounted it was more than I had with me at the time XD I’m quite happy with what I got in any case :3 I’m not sure if I’ll get her out of the box as at the moment she’s easier to display in the box. Also just have to say that the guy that served me was just a tiny bit cocky for my taste. I also picked up three Animania Pins:
I also picked up a Master Grade Gundam model:
I also picked up these superb prints of Mio, from K-ON! (She’s soooo CUTE! :3 Also a little hot XD) and the other I’m not sure of (I have seen her before, just can’t find her name in my head ):
Well, that pretty much wraps up my experience at Animania. I didn’t go to any of the Talks held in Panel Rooms 1 & 2 (J & K) I was going to go back in on the Sunday, but I didn’t get in to it, so I am a little disappointed with myself about that because they had some interesting looking things happening in the Panel Rooms. There was also a mini-games area (I) where at the start they had a large game of twister, Judo (… I think …) demonstrations and many more little things throughout the day. There was also a Karaoke area (G) where there were some good and not so good renditions of Anime themes, J-Music etc… but it was all pretty fun looking and they looked to have enjoyed themselves And no, I didn’t have a go I suppose that just leaves the rest of the photos I took. Here they are:
If you want to see a LOT better photo’s than the ones I took, then click here. They’re damn good There was also a little girl dressed as Amulet Heart from Shugo Chara. She was so cute. The previous link has a few shots of her Maybe next year I’ll plan my trip better than I did this year and get some better pics, as well as not be as socially awkward as I am (… which I am and is really annoying because it makes making friends really hard as well as just participating in normal social things …) ._. and have some more fun Oh, and the following video isn’t mine, again, but has some good photo’s from the event Ja ne~
P.S: On the back of the “Animania Passport”, the pamphlet they gave out at the door, it says that Animania 2010 will be held at the following times:
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Categories : 2009, Animania 2009 - Sept, Sydney Trip
Well, this is my only holiday away from home in years ._. I usually try to get down to Sydney once a year and stay with my sister for a few days, but of the last past few years that hasn’t happened (last year she got married, the year before couldn’t work out a week I could come down blah, blah, blah…) So right now this is the best.
Yesterday I caught the train in to Wynyard Station on George Street, which is basically where all the places I wanted to visit are located, which is lucky I wanted to visit Kinokuniya (C), Galaxy Bookshop (D) (a sci-fi and fantasy bookshop), a model shop in Pitt Street Pedestrian Mall (B) and Paddy’s Markets (E) and Market City (E).
Now I was planning on taking tonnes of pictures to illustrate my adventures, but like me having lunch I completely forgot T_T I was so looking forward to eating at Ichi Ban Boshi, which is a kick ass Japanese restaurant. Goodbye my salty Miso Ramen, until next year *tear*
So, my first stop was JB Hi Fi which is on the bottom floor of The Galleries Victoria (where Kinokuniya is located) because Kinokuniya didn’t open ’til 10am and I was in there at 8-something. To get to the right entrance of TGV walk up George Street from Wynyard Station and walk into the second (I think) entrance which is the one with the shops Superdry and Mook at the front. Then walk towards the escalators and go down then turn right, then right and then take the first right. JB Hi Fi is at the end of the hallway (… along with EB Games …) Sorry about my directions being convoluted Anyway, the last time I was in at this JB Hi Fi they had a HUGE collection of J-Horror and J-Film in general, but this time round they merely had an Eastern Eye/Asian Cinema section wich was about a meter wide (and the majority was Chinese films) I did pick-up a copy of The Host  and was half tempted to buy their entire Anime section XD
I left JB and headed over to York Street to visit Galaxy which I’d been looking forward to since the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section at my local bookshop is rather lacking. You walk in and down into the store and are greeted with a wash of “Science Fiction/Fantasy” genera signs. It was brilliant! You kinda get lost in it all though, well I did, since there are so many books I hadn’t seen or heard of. They didn’t have the books I was looking for (… they were out of stock XD …), but I picked up the fourth volume in Michael Pryor‘s “The Laws of Magic” series; Time of Trial, which I didn’t know was out, and the third volume in Jim Butcher‘s “The Dresden Files” series; Grave Peril. I highly recommend both series
By this time it was 10 o’clock and I headed to Kinokuniya. Now, to get there you do the same thing as getting to JB except you take the escalators up two levels. The following picture is the stores layout:
The big red arrow is where you get off the second set of escalators, which is the stores main entrance. The two red dots are the Manga/Graphic Novel section and the Japanese Book Department, which includes Japanese magazines Those are the main sections I head straight for. I picked up the following:
From top left: Negima! Magister Negi Magi Vol. 9 to 11, Air Gear Vol. 1 to 3, Naruto Vol 36 to 38 and Vol. 44 & 45, Fables: Legends in Exile and Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 (on the recent publication)
Now, I love Negima, it’s so cute. And yes, the fan service is brilliant They’re all so darn cute~! Air Gear is awesome, I’ve been reading the Scanlations from Sora-Scans for ages. I love the whole AT idea and the premise behind the series. Also Oh Great! can just draw some of the hottest looking girls out……… what’s with me and fan service in manga? XD Volumes 36 through 38 of Naruto I got because these are the volumes that have Shikamaru’s coming of age after Asuma’s death. Shikamaru is my favourite character. They also deal with Naruto’s learning of Wind Style: Rasenshuriken, which I enjoyed And volume 44 and 45 where the latest two they had so I got them. I would also like to say that official translations always seem to fail to impress compared to fan translations, and I don’t get it: The companies are paying people to translate these and they come out crap, a fan translates a volume in half the time and is 100x more enjoyable to read :S Fables I got on a customers and staffs suggestion after them seeing me getting Transmetropolitan, so I haven’t read it yet but it looks pretty good. Transmetropolitan I have read all the way through, I think, and loved it and wanted to own them. It’s a post-cyberpunk graphic novel full of foul language, violence, drug use etc… so although I strongly recommend it I have to say that if you have delicate sensibilities then don’t read it~! Next the magazines I got:
I got the latest edition of Hobby Japan, Bomb! and last months U.T.B because that’s all they had But all is well Hobby Japan is the best model magazine ever~! It’s given me model envy XD I can’t paint for anything and the few I tried to paint ended up looking like sh-t, so I’ve stuck to pre-painted ones ever since. It came with a Gundam accessory (the box next to the magazine) which won’t be put together since it needs painting XD I got Bomb! because A) I really wanted it and B) it has Idoling!!! on the cover and had articles about them :3 It also came with a poster of Idoling!!! which is going to be put up on one of my walls in the near future One thing though, I had no idea it was so small ._. And finally U.T.B……. well it’s U.T.B XD It’s got Maimi on the cover and inside, Maimai and Airi spreads as well as the cards you get (… I got pack C featuring Suzuki Airi, Yay~!, and Mayu Watanabe from Team B of AKB48, my favourite Team B member …) and a look inside Miya’s bedroom XD There’s also an abundance of AKB You can see a few scans at MB’s blog Sort of sad now since I wont be able to get anymore magazines for a while (… unless I get my sister to get them, but I’m not to sure about that option :S …) I’m also kicking myself for not picking up the copy of Sabra they had, but oh well.
Now for my pride and joys of my trip
From top left: Yuko Fukudome – 17才のlive, Niigaki Risa – Happy Girl & Risa Niigaki, Suzuka Morita – HAPPYですぅ!!, Suzuki Airi – Airi, Tsugunaga Momoko – Momo no Mi and Haruka Suenaga – １８－ｅｉｇｈｔｅｅｎ－I got the Yuko and Haruka PB’s based on suggestions made by Morning Berryz And I’m glad I listened. They are both beautiful books, albeit one of them is smaller than I would have ever had thought, but I think it’s cool. Now, Niigaki’s self titled first PB came with a poster (score~!) which will take center stage somewhere on my walls.
I had to get them to order these in from Japan for me since they don’t carry Photobooks for some reason (… maybe not a big enough market for them? …) So I was a little anxious about it all. Don’t know why, but I was. But for no reason it turned out. I went to the Japanese Book Department Info desk and told them who I was and I had an order waiting for me, got my lovelies and went and paid for all my stuff. Then I got a happy surprise, they were having a 20% off sale and I got my 10% members discount on the magazines Really nice place to deal with, and the staff are really great and helpful. If you’re from/in Sydney and want to use Kinokuniya to get Photobooks then have the ISBN of the book and then call 02-9262-7996 (ext.5), which is the Japanese Book Department. They really are the nicest place to deal with The following are the ISBN’s and prices (… just if you want to order them …) for the PB’s:
17才のlive = ISBN 9784087804621 about A$61.88
Happy Girl = ISBN 9784847040801 about A$68.64
Risa Niigaki = ISBN 9784847028274 about A$61.88
HAPPYですぅ!! = ISBN 9784775602744 about A$68.64
Airi = ISBN 9784847040078 about A$68.64
Momo no Mi = ISBN 9784847041389 about A$68.64
１８－ｅｉｇｈｔｅｅｎ－ = ISBN 9784764820319 about $61.88
Now, of course I did all my book buying at the beginning of the day and had to cart them with me for the next umpteenth hours XD My shoulders are still aching and hurt to lift them, but it was worth it After my buying spree at Kinokuniya I went up to the Pitt Street Mall in search of a model shop on the top floor of a building there, however it was no longer there and the building was being redone. I was quite sad at that, I was looking forward to getting some more Gundams (… edit: there is actually a model shop on Dixon St, aka: China Town, opposite Market City. It’s at the end of the street and I found it from their stall at Animania …) There’s nothing that beats walking into a store and finding exactly what you want. It’s just not the same buying online, the thrill doesn’t last as long XD
I spent the rest of my day walking around Paddy’s Markets (… I got an Itachi and Naruto figurine. Only cheap PVC copies, but they’re not bad for the price …), playing at Galaxy World in Market City and watching District 9  at Event Cinemas on George Street. All in all not a bad way to spend a day in the city, would have been better only if I wasn’t by myself I’ll have my Animania report…… no, not a report, more like my views about it…. up soon. Untill then, Ja ne~ and I hope I didn’t bore you too much.
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Categories : 2009, Sydney Trip
I wasn’t going to write anything, because if you haven’t heard by now you either live under a rather considerable boulder or don’t know how to use a feed reader XD But, I actually want to say something, so why shouldn’t I say it~?
I woke up, turned my computer on and went to Google Reader (… since I like to be informed …) Once it loaded all I could see was “Umeda Erika to Graduate”. A few clicks later and I was a sad wota
Now, I’m not going to say that
Oh no~! I loved her, my life is ruined!!!! Bawwwwwwww!!!! She was the best and only great member of °C-ute!!!
….. because it’s not and I didn’t (… she is however my 7th favourite H!P member …) I will however say that I am sad because she’s leaving and I’m a fan of all of °C-ute and, but as there is supposed to be a silver lining to everything, happy because it seems Erika-chan will be happy in her graduation …………. and it’s an actual, proper graduation, finally~! Really wasn’t nice or fair of UFI to not give Kanna a ceremony.
Like Kanna, I had a soft spot for Erika…… more so actually for Erika ever since my watching of the 2008 Wonderful Hearts concert (… read my review if you want. I have a picture with a rather large red arrow on it that is relevant …) Erika was always in the far background and to the corners of all the PV’s for °C-ute, which apart from Maimi and Airi is pretty common for the girls, but she was particularly in the “shadows” for whatever reason. I too don’t think that her lose will be felt straight away in the singles, but the PV’s will feel even more empty now (… she worked super hard, even though she wasn’t front and center …)
From what I’ve read she’s pursuing a career in modeling…….. she’s certainly got the height. You can read a translation of the official statement here. She’ll be sticking around until the current concert tour ends, which is the 25th October, so there’s time to a) come to terms with it and b) to support her, if you so choose to (… I can see fans stocking up on Erika merchandise now …)
To end things, I suggest you read CK’s post about this Oh, and I’m nowhere near finished my Alo-Hello! 3 reveiw XD I’m a slow ass everything. Ja ne~
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Categories : °C-ute, Hello!Project, Random Thoughts, Umeda Erika
I’d been waiting for months and months to be able to pre-register for Animania (… hell, the Brisbane event has had pre-registration open for donkey ages XD …), but now I’m finally registered to go to the Sydney (September) weekend of Animania!! I went for the full weekend because I could. It also lets me split my days.
This is going to be my first Anime Con ever. Woop! Unfortunately I don’t do well in large groups of people, so this should be interesting XD
If you live in Australia and on the eastern seaboard and like anime then consider going, it should be awesome! Click here to go to the Sydney (September) mini-site. (… there’s also an event in Brisbane and Adelaide, so there’s options …)
Anywho, it’s not Hello!Project related but I just wanted to post something because I’m über excited! Ja ne!~
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Categories : Animania 2009 - Sept, Random Thoughts
I checked my WordPress stats page the other day and my mind boggled. My hits had shot through my rather low roof~! XD I didn’t know why it shot up until I looked in my inbox and saw that CK (… from CK’s H!P Blog, Chuo Dori and My Sweet Meetan. If you haven’t visited them, you should …) had used my “Farewell Kana T_T” post for filler in an International Wota post………………… which is the only time that my blog gets this many hits XD………… ._.
Also if anyone cares, posts of more substance than my last ones should be up sooner rather than later Ja ne~
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Categories : Random Thoughts