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27 January 2005 @ 01:33 pm
Go Go Gan Gan!  
So I finally got my hands on a copy of Gan Gan, the manga magazine that carries the FMA manga, at the New York Asahiya.

First impression: Damn, that thing is BIG! It's one of the thickest manga magazines I've ever seen. It's really deserving of the term "phonebook." I did like that it devoted a lot of pages to Hagaren, though, not only with the manga itself but with game previews, movie preview, etc. -- plus some fanart!

But the best thing was the extra that came with it! Inside the pages was a *box* which turned out to contain a chibi Roy keychain! It's adorable! And they're going to be giving away a chibi Ed (a redundancy, I know ~_^) in their next issue.

I usually don't pick up phonebook mangas anymore -- they take up a lot of space, especially when they begin to pile up, and the material is only going to come out in a tankubon eventually anyway -- but this one is definitely worth getting in the future. (If only for the chibi keychains! Wonder if they're going to do the whole cast?)
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
billypilgrim on January 27th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
It's actually it's the second Ed figure coming up, there was one in July, then there was an Al in the August issue, and now Roy.
リミックス・サクラremix_sakura on January 27th, 2005 10:41 am (UTC)
where in New York is this magical Asahiya you speak of?
Sailor Mac: edtomorrow -- by deraltesailormac on January 27th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
East 45th street, about a quarter-block in from 5th Avenue. You have to look for it because it's easy to miss. The building is kind of silver, there's usually a window display of Japanese books and the words "ASAHIYA BOOKSTORE" are over the door. The manga section, where I found the Gan Gan, is all the way at the back of the store and to the right. You can also find the first anime artbook there, although they're low on supplies of the tankubons at the moment. Also check the stationery section in back of the cash register for FMA clearfiles, notebooks and (if they're in stock) even a chibi fingerpuppet set!
リミックス・サクラremix_sakura on January 27th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
I shall go looking (Kinokuniya is in that area too, and I haven't been there in a while). Thankie. =)
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Sailor Mac: Without Sacrifice -- by psychodragon82sailormac on January 27th, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
It looks like the Roy from the cell phone strap series they were selling at Ohoyocon -- it also had an Ed, an Al, a Riza and a kiddie Al and Ed.

(And it occurs to me that I need to find a Roy icon. I have a ton of Ed icons, but no Roy and no Al).
CphT, bitches.ladymetaka on January 27th, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
O_o wonder if I could order it online... <3 Keychain goodness.
patosanpatosan on January 27th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
I want it too <3 Online is my only option, it seems... Maybe they'll have somehting over at Forbidden Planet, mmmmh.
Sailor Mac: edtomorrow -- by deraltesailormac on January 27th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
I know Jpophelp.com sells some manga magazines. You might also want to try Sasuga Japanese Bookstore. (They have an ample supply of Hagaren stuff, which I raided with a vengeance at their booth at Ohoyocon!)
swirling_chaos on January 27th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
... ;__; *wants one*
Colleen: Communitywater_alchemist on January 27th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Was that the January issue you picked up? If they're putting keychains in them now...I'm gonna have to start getting them ^_^.