Unbridled Cynicism

less bullshit, more often?

Continuation of 2010-2011 Japan trip

  • 2010-12-24 to 2011-01-13
  • Visiting Tokyo, Shirakawa, Kanazawa, Nagoya, Matsushiro, Nagano, Ueda, Yokohama
  • Comiket 79
  • Buying stuff
  • Photos

Comiket 79 doujin acquisitions

This is not comprehensive, just the stuff I could get out of my luggage easily.

eefy

  • new book “Revery!”

As a “A”-column wall-circle this was my first target.

は?なにこれ。。? 「すみません、さいこうびですか?」 「ええ、どうぞ♫」

There was literally one guy in front of me in the queue. GETTO DA ZE~!

My doujin-hon can’t possibly be this cheap!

Actually, I’m kinda worried that I only got the book, and missed something else there :/ Can’t dismiss the thought that I should’ve gotten more than a pair of copies.

lunatic joker

  • book + clearfile set

Second on the hit-list, had no trouble grabbing four of these for 4,000yen of damage. God knows why lunatic joker isn’t a wall/shutter circle; probably not even gentei’d.

dmyo

  • book + clearfile set
  • La Vie en Rose (multiple artists collaboration)

On my way over to Z-column, this was another easy get. Two of them for 600yen damage each.

nozomi

  • Espoir
  • Asterism

Wildcard impulse purchase, this artist sorta has the Naoko Takeuchi-esque paint spattering technique happening.

Nardack

  • BUTTERFLY GARDEN book + clearfile + postcard set
  • Artworks 2008-2010

God this is gorgeous. Island-circles ftw.

Soy->Sause

  • Cigarette personification book

Impulse purchase. I really love finding stuff that’s a bit off-the-wall, or simply different. Anthropomorphosis has like a +10 bonus vs. my wallet.

I think this is because in my mind I associate a greater deal of passion for the work. Is this exploitative? Sure, but if you’re moe-fying cigarettes, I bet you really love your tobacco. That says a lot to me personally.

Woyoyo(?)

  • Tea Time – Tea personification illustration book

Another impluse buy, see above. I’ve heard of hardly any of these teas, and I live in a Britannian colony! Apparently the teas featured in the book were sold at a cafe the artist used to frequent. That’s passion.

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Chokushin Helicoid / Shikaku Onchi

  • Nostalgic Future

Impulse buy – Japanese people love their trains. This book is about the Toden Arakawa Line (都電荒川線), a streetcar tram system. Just little observations about things seen along the route. The minimalist art style was quite attention-getting, helped by being on the end of a column.

Totenkreuz

  • World Tuning System

An easy buy at 840yen, full-colour.

Kazuharu Kina

  • Heikou Shoujo Sekai
  • Shouzou Shoujo

Tohru Adumi

  • Pretty Cute Charming

またfull-colour. There were other things on the table, but given my illiteracy and poor comprehension, the story and drama CD set couldn’t be justified.

tearfish

  • Fuyu no Mori

Column-end table. Their table-mate (canaria mint?) was queued up, but tearfish was easy. I spent a minute perusing the offerings then picked up the shiny new full-colour book.

COSMIC FORGE

  • new book “chocolate drops”

You don’t say no to girls with chocolates.

Nekoyanagi

  • book + minibook + bag set
  • Chapeau #06

I’m really glad I got this when I did. I hadn’t hit any shutter circles so I didn’t have a bag to carry things in, and the pile on my arm was a couple of inches thick by the time I got here.

Angeltype

  • Inu-Sakuya book + clearfiles + mousepad + ?? set

いぬさくやさん だ~い好き!

Der Wald

  • Classic

I also 大好き regular Sakuya-san.

tangent

  • Present

Impulse purchase. The cover art style reminds me greatly of Oyari Ashito’s earlier works.

Lunade Luna

  • toho antique book + mini-calendar set
  • Boku no jinsei wo kimi ni ageru – CD

My research had suggested that Lunade Luna’s table would be at some inconvenient wall/shutter location, so I was quite surprised when I shuffled past some island tables and saw a saikoubi marker. I think this was the one thing I ever had to queue for at ‘ket this year.

This was also my introduction to the “fake saikoubi” – it’s what they use to mark the end of a queuing block and point to the next segment of the queue. This is done because snaking a crowd of people around a very crowded hall is a Bad Idea, so they manage it in chunks.

Advice for the new kids: the real saikoubi sign uses three kanji. The fake saikoubi takes four kanji, meaning you should look around for the next chunk or just ask someone. Or you could attempt to like, learn the kanji themselves. shrug

Boku no jinsei wo kimi ni ageru is a CD (songs plus a long drama track) by Samurai Girl that Lunade Luna did the cover art for.

Maaaan, the fujoshi next to me in the queue seemed really awkward and nervous; I think she was talking to herself. There’s certainly selection bias in my observations, but all the girls attending that I usually notice are calm, collected, and well turned-out. I guess social awkwardness isn’t just for the guys.

H-colors (check this when I get back)

  • colorful
  • ?? toho illustration book

meola

  • A.L 01
  • A.L 02
  • Collapse of the sky

Collapse of the sky is a CD by yuyoyupe that meola did the art for.

TIES

  • OreImo book + extrabook new set (not sure of contents)
  • Zutto Fire Sisters

One of my comrades decided to hit up TIES, so I asked them to grab me a set. As a result, it’s one of the few 18+ things I got.

Oh Kuroneko-chan, I’m so ハァハァ for you

Alphonse

  • White Radio book + clearfile + poster set

What can I say? DAMN. I don’t even remember how I found their table, or how much I paid. This was just so gorgeous I had to hit it, twice.

Dhiea

  • the equinoctial line book + clearfile, new set (not certain of contents)

A member of a circle with Alphonse, unless I’m mistaken.

Kantoku / Afterschool of the 5th year

  • book + folder new set

Also a comrade-purchase. I was umm-ing and ahh-ing about this one, but it wasn’t too expensive in the end, so I took it off their hands. I haven’t watched KamiNomi yet, so I don’t know if this’ll necessarily be a hit for me.

Oyari Ashito

  • book + artbook + bag new set

This was a no-brainer for me. NOCCHI’s art seems to gather heavily divided reactions, but I’ve liked it for a long time. While the main book here is Kuroneko-exploitation, the side-book has some great coloured works, so I think it comes out on top for me.

Besides, the front cover is Kokoro-chan (「こころちゃん」ってういな!), and she’s a short, blonde, twin-tailed, tsuntsun lolikko.

A++++ would take home again!!

C79 doujin prices

Damn, did I really spend that much..? Most prices are rough guesses, but still… ;_;

  • eefy – 2×500 – 1000
  • lunatic joker – 4×1000 – 4000
  • dmyo – 2×1100 – 2200
  • nozomi – 2×600 – 1200
  • Nardack – 2×1600 – 3200
  • Soy->Sause – 1×800 – 800
  • Tea Time – 1×600 – 600
  • Nostalgic Future – 1×500 – 500
  • Kazuharu Kina – 2×500 – 1000
  • Tohru Adumi – 1×800 – 800
  • tearfish – 1×700 – 700
  • COSMIC FORGE – 1×800 – 800
  • nekoyanagi – 1×1200 – 1200
  • angeltype – 1×1500 – 1500
  • Classic Der Wald – 1×600 – 600
  • tangent Present – 1×800 – 800
  • Lunade Luna – 1×1000,1×500 – 1500
  • colorful – 2×600 – 1200
  • meola – 2×500,1×1000 – 2000
  • TIES set – 1×1000 – 1000
  • White Radio – 2×1000 – 2000
  • Dhiea – 2×1000 – 2000
  • Kantoku – 1×1000 – 1000
  • NOCCHI – 1×1000 – 1000
  • Touhou Hakugyokurou keychain – 1×400 – 400
  • Creatronic CD and PIC chiptunes – 1×300,1×200 – 500
  • Totenkreuz World Tuning System – 1×840 – 840
  • Fancy Fantasia – 1×1000 – 1000
  • H-colors – 1×500 – 500
  • H-colors C78 book – 1×500 – 500
  • mof*2Empire – 1×400 – 400
  • Miyabi Amano postcards – 1×400 – 400
  • Syrufit x Cytokine pair CDs – 2×1000 – 2000
  • Technofuyuno set – 1×1000 – 1000
  • Abstract art touhou book – 1×500 – 500
  • Chika-tama Patchy books – 4×500 – 2000
  • rondo bell Mod P:D Gen1 – 1×500 – 500
  • Pocket AD, My Satori can’t possibly be this metal – 1×500 – 500
  • 38BEETS Ring CD – 1×1000 – 1000

I count that this adds up to roughly 44640 yens. Plus I might not have counted everything yet.

Comiket hitlist

Since C75 all our tastes have become a bit more refined, and we know how to restrain ourselves a little more. Neither a larger stack of books, nor waiting 3hrs in line for moe goods assures feelings of self-satisfaction.

More than anything else, we want to have a good time – you have to learn to take it easy. Fuck camping out all night, leave it for the “pros”. Hang out with your bros instead.

Each day tends to have an overarching theme:

  • Day 1 – Industry booths
  • Day 2 – Touhou
  • Day 3 – All the stuff that you want, all on the same fucking day

Industry booths are open on all three days, but all the hard-to-get merchandise will sell out on day 1, hence the rush.

Some things haven’t changed: Nanoha is still ridiculously popular, and fans will queue for hours to get the merch.

Day 1 – Cosplay

Remember how I said that Day 1 is Industry day? Yah well y’know what; fuck it.

We’re lining up for industry halls on day 1, but the whole place is a shitstorm of crowds and queues. We’ll have a look to see if there’s anything worth buying, but life is meaningless without Littlewitch in the house.

Ayu and I had roughly agreed earlier that if we were going to cosplay, day 1 was the day for it. It’s what I’ve packed a 15kg “overnight bag” for, and I’ll be damned if that’s going to waste.

Besides, dovac makes an adorable Kirino, and we can’t let this chance for him to unleash his imouto-radiance pass.

Day 2 – Touhou

Despite the name of this page, I wasn’t specifically after a lot of Touhou. I’m happy to take whatever I can find that looks interesting.

  • Lunade Luna – East halls – O-41a
  • meola – East halls – Y-13b
  • 38 BEETS – East halls – P-46a
  • Dhiea – east halls – S-45b

There was no big Maikaze item to acquire this time (thank christ), so it was all very easy-mode.

Day 3 – everything else Ordered by priority then optimised roughly for an efficient path

Must-hit (or investigate with high priority):

  • eefy A-34
  • lunatic joker Y-24a
  • dmyo L-45b
  • Nardack Z-41a
  • Tohru Adumi Z-05b
  • Kazumi (PLASTIC MOON) Z-07b
  • Nekoyanagi Z-10a
  • Wada Rco Z-39b
  • Cosmic Forge Z-35b
  • Kazuhara Kina Z-28a
  • Totenkreuz ア-12a
  • Canaria mint ク-01b
  • Tearfish ク-01a

Investigate if possible:

  • Murakami Suigun セ-11a
  • Chilled house セ-14a
  • Technofuyuno (Doc to buy) シ-31
  • Cradle (Shini to buy) シ-05
  • tete a tete fragile J-07b
  • Re:drop I-25a
  • HyocoRoad J-15b

West halls (fuck it unless you’re still not broken and not broke and still feel ドM):

  • Yukiwo あ-18b (wall/shutter)
  • Hisuitei あ-19 (wall/shutter)
  • Tinkle あ-20 (wall/shutter)
  • WNB れ-33b (wall/shutter)
  • Oyari Ashito (Ast to buy) れ-44a (wall/shutter)

Receipts

Don’t expect this to be perfectly comprehensive, plenty of stuff will slip through the cracks. Big cracks like vending machines…

2010-12-24

  • JR Group – Suica purchase – 2000 yen
  • JR Group – extra 2000 yen on Suica – 2000 yen
  • Sakura Hotel – 1 night – 4200 yen
  • Club Mogra – entry – 2000 yen
  • TOTAL – 10200 yen

2010-12-25

  • Yamamoto ?? – OA Cable – 250 yen
  • Akky II – Overnight bag – 1050 yen
  • McDonalds – Quarter pounder set – 620 yen
  • JR Group – Nozomi shinkansen and Hida ticket – 14800 yen
  • Train cart – coffee – 300 yen
  • Train platform Bellmart – coffee – 147 yen
  • Train cart – coffee – 120 yen
  • Country Hotel – 1 night – 4500 yen
  • TOTAL – 21787 yen

2010-12-26

  • Shimizu Inn – 1 night – 10100yen
  • Shirakawa – onsen – 500 yen
  • Shirakawa – lookout cafe – 1200 yen
  • Shirakawa – many vending machines – 600 yen
  • TOTAL – 12400 yen

2010-12-27

  • Shirakawa – Doburoku goods – 2000 yen (estimated)
  • A Coop – ??,pan,?? – 368 yen
  • Train cart – orange juice – 120 yen
  • Train cart – ice cream – 270 yen
  • Train kiosk Nagoya – beer,?? – 460 yen
  • JR Group – Suica 2000 yen recharge – 2000 yen
  • Yoshinoya Akiba – gyuudon – 480 yen
  • Sakura Hotel – 1 night – 4200 yen
  • Various arcades – UFO catchers – 7000 yen (estimated)
  • TOTAL – 16898 yen

2010-12-28

  • Vie de France – pastries,coffee – 747 yen
  • Toranoana – doujins – 4095 yen
  • Cosmate – pad(!),socks,neckscarf – 5980 yen
  • Mandarake – 5x doujin CDs – 5460 yen
  • Mochi Cream – coffee,white-choco – 346 yen
  • Newdays – ichigo milk,tea – 250 yen
  • Karaoke (no receipt) – 1hr – 1000 yen
  • Tsuruha Drug pharmacy – Vicks drops,hairpins,pin-style alice-band – 823 yen
  • Sunkus – Calorie Mate,3x facemasks – 433 yen
  • TOTAL – 19134 yen

2010-12-29

  • Sunkus – onigiri,strawberry smoothie – 283 yen
  • Family Mart – sheer tights,drinks,food – 911 yen
  • Comiket – Cosplay registration – 800 yen
  • TOTAL – 1994 yen

2010-12-30

  • McDonalds – Quarter pounder set – 680 yen
  • Sunkus – drinks,food – 810 yen
  • Family Mart – drinks,food – 429 yen
  • Akira – Shin-Kiba payment – 1000 yen
  • TOTAL – 2919 yen

2010-12-31

  • McDonalds – Quarter pounder set – 680 yen
  • Sakura Hotel – 2 nights – 8400 yen
  • Comiket – aggregate all doujin purchases into one transaction – 44640 yen
  • Big Echo – few hours of karaoke – 2000 yen
  • TOTAL – 55720 yen

2011-01-01

  • Taxi – Kanda to Jinbocho – 980 yen
  • Seijou pharmacy – chap stick,toothbrush – 627 yen
  • 7-11 – onigiri – 130 yen
  • Vie de France – pastries – 313 yen
  • Shrine near Akiba – Hatsumoude stuff – 250 yen
  • Kebab cart Akiba – Big Boy kebab – 600 yen
  • TOTAL – 2900 yen

2011-01-02

  • Train station Bellmart – food,drink – 355 yen
  • Bus – return ticket to KinDai – 700 yen
  • Cafe ガスと – my share of pizza,curry,steak,parfait,drinks – 1673 yen
  • Kanazawa Toyoko Inn – 1 night – 3990 yen
  • TOTAL – 6718 yen

2011-01-03

  • Daily Yamazaki – bread,coffee – 460 yen
  • Toyoko Inn – 2 nights – 7208 yen
  • Nagoya castle – entry fee – 500 yen
  • Yamachan – dinner – 1376 yen
  • Comtech game centre – 2xjubeat,2xDDR,1xProject Diva – 500 yen
  • Vending machines – 3xdrinks – 360 yen
  • Lawson – food,drink – 365 yen
  • TOTAL – 10769 yen

2011-01-04

  • Some soba place in Nagoya-eki – ramen in curry – 800 yen
  • Toranoana – UGO Marileaks set – 1260 yen
  • Toranoana – Umineko8,misc doujins – 5670 yen
  • Toranoana – Cradle new artbook – 4800 yen
  • Lawson – food,drink – 408 yen
  • Yabaton – miso katsu for dinner – 1600 yen
  • TOTAL – 14538 yen

2011-01-05

  • Train platform kiosk – Gekikara Jigoku soba – 600 yen
  • Toyoko Inn Nagano – 2 nights – 8190 yen
  • Train fare – Nagano -> Suzaka -> Matsushiro – 1000 yen
  • Matsuya supermarket – bread,tea – 574 yen
  • Train fare – Matsushiro -> Suzaka -> Nagano – 1000 yen
  • McDonalds – 2xMcPork,2xCheeseburger,Shaka-chicken – 500 yen
  • TOTAL – 11864 yen

2011-01-06

  • Newdays – 2xSandwich,drink – 790 yen
  • Nagano Dentetsu – Return ticket to Zenkoujishita – 320 yen
  • McDonalds – 2xMcPork,Cheeseburger,Shaka-chicken – 400 yen
  • TOTAL – 1510 yen

2011-01-07

  • Nagano station – coin locker – 150 yen
  • McDonalds – Texas2 set – 730 yen
  • Seijou pharmacy – emery board – 399 yen
  • Vending machines – various drinks – 450 yen
  • Sakura Hotel – 5 nights – 20000 yen
  • Toranoana – CHOCO gouache book – 6980 yen
  • Toranoana – Ignition,kuroashi book – 1785 yen
  • Zin – lunatic joker’s girlish gene – 1050 yen
  • Coco Ichiban – katsu curry oomori – 840 yen
  • Sakura Hotel – laundry – 570 yen
  • TOTAL – 32954 yen

2011-01-08

  • Fujiya supermarket – onigiri,sandwich – 455 yen
  • A Button – booze – 2280 yen
  • Vending machine – coffee – 100 yen
  • McDonalds – Icon chicken burger – 390 yen
  • TOTAL – 3225 yen

2011-01-09

  • Seijou pharmacy – Vicks throat lozenges – 249 yen
  • Akiba konbini – USB charger,chocolate – 1223 yen
  • Tokyu Hands – poster tube – 231 yen
  • Tokyu Hands – pens – 1300 yen
  • Tokyu Hands – cardboard box – 238 yen
  • McDonalds – 3xCheeseburger,1xMcPork – 460 yen
  • JR Group – Suica 1000 yen recharge – 1000 yen
  • Kebab cart Akiba – Big Boy kebab – 600 yen
  • Kebab cart Akiba – Big Boy kebab – 600 yen
  • Umineko mansion near Ueno – Entry fee – 400 yen
  • Vending machine – coffee – 130 yen
  • Vending machine – coffee – 120 yen
  • TOTAL – 6551 yen

2011-01-10

  • Sakura Hotel – towel rental – 100 yen
  • Supermarket – Onigiri – 300 yen
  • Mister Donut – 5xDonuts,coffee – 954 yen
  • Vending machine in Ginza – coffee – 130 yen
  • Fujiya supermarket – large bottle of milk tea – 298 yen
  • Liberty – Sawa-chan mini-figure – 400 yen
  • McDonalds – 5xCheeseburgers(?) – 600 yen
  • Konbini(?) – Chocolate – 100 yen
  • TOTAL – 2882 yen

2011-01-11

  • Japan Post – EMS box – 200 yen
  • Japan Post – EMS shipping of 2 boxes and a poster tube – 19180 yen
  • Train platform kiosk – Tempura Udon – 370 yen
  • Akiba vending machine – Dr Pepper can – 100 yen
  • D-Stage – Bernkastel keitai strap – 420 yen
  • Ishimaru – Faylan CD Honnou no DOUBT – 960 yen
  • animate – Panty and Stocking OST – 3045 yen
  • McDonalds – 2xCheeseburgers – 240 yen
  • Supermarket in Nakano – tea,ichigo soda – 296 yen
  • McDonalds – 3xCheeseburgers – 360 yen
  • TOTAL – 25171 yen

2011-01-12

  • Gogo Curry – chicken katsu curry – 750 yen
  • Hirose Arcade – Metal Gear Arcade – 200 yen
  • Hirose Arcade – Jubeat – 100 yen
  • Akiba vending machine – Dr Pepper can – 150 yen
  • Mandarake – doujin – 1470 yen
  • Toranoana – doujin – 1050 yen
  • TOTAL – 3720 yen

FINAL TOTAL

263854 yen – 3298 AUD

Shipping stuff home

I brought a lot with me, and have a lot to take back. I’ll just EMS that shit home, it’s better than trying to put everything in checked luggage. I can’t hax it and take it carry-on because my backpack doesn’t have that much room.

Stuff to ship

  • Cosplay gear (bulky)
  • 18+ doujins (don’t really want them accompanying me)

To do in preparation

  • separate out doujins 18+ doujins for shipping
  • measure weight
  • estimate size of box needed for shipping
  • acquire suitable box
  • acquire packing tape
  • acquire poster tube
  • pack it all in
  • pad with other items as needed
  • send it!

Visit Tokyu Hands for packing materials.