I've been waiting for volume 8 of hagaren to come out for a while now, so I was wondering... Is it out yet? The ad in the back of 07 only says VOL 8 - "07/2004" or something to that effect.
Just wondering if I should be on the lookout for it next time I go to kinokuniya. Which reminds me, does anyone else lvie near the SF kinokuniya? It's so incredibly creepy - they have like half the manga sectino DEDICATED to hagaren, Matantei(?) Loki, and Monster. I was in heaven when I first saw it, until I realized all they had were 1~4 and 7, and I couldn't buy 6.
...in Singapore, that is.
The FMA TV Animation Artbook and Official Fan Guide Vol 3 (with binder) have finally made their long awaited appearance at Kino. Because of that, I am now officially broke for the rest of the month. T_T
The artbook costs about S$31+ and has Ed in side profile staring off somewhere in the distance while looking disturbingly like a girl. (Look at those eyelashes of his, dammit.) Most of the pictures in the book are full page versions of tart on the official website and that have been used in magazines like Newtype, Animage, official merchandise, etc. At the back of the book are artistically arranged screenshots of the first OP and ED animations, line art of selected images in the book, and what I think is an article on the technical aspects of the animea and the motivation behind it, or something.
The latest issue of the Fan Guide comes in a fairly large wooden box to contain the binder and costs S$29.50. The binder is absolutely GORGEOUS, I kid you not. It's black and red overall, VERY hardcover, the front is that infamous image of the Hagaren cast staring down at you for some reason, and the back is a really large version of the symbol on the back of Ed's coat, can't remember what it's called now, but it's thinly outlined in red with an alchemical array behind it on a black background.
It comes with instructions on how to store the Fan Guide volumes in it. There's a row of white plastic clips on the top and bottom of the spine inside the binder. You open a book in the middle, slide the bottom part of the bend in the book in one of the clips at the bottom of the binder, then bend the corresponding clip at the top of the binder to the side and slide the top part of the book into it. Repeat for the rest of the volumes. The clips are quite bendable, but in case you somehow manage to break one there's a plastic bag of 2 extra clips given with the entire set as well.
There are seven clips in the binder altogether if you count the extra ones given in the plastic bag, so that means there about three or four more Fan Guides to come. The free poster that comes with the latest Fan Guide has Winry holding and sparkling madly over the wrench of her dreams with Ed and Al going ._. and just sweatdropping in the background. XD
In other news, is anyone else having problems downloading the mpeg movie file on that doujin game website mentioned in an earlier post? I either can't download it or else the download stops at 1% and claims to have completed itself. -_-;;