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27 July 2005 @ 01:48 am
The kitty's great Japan adventure comes to a close!  
Wah~... I'm home, and I come bearing pics! This is everything FMA-related, all taken in Tokyo, or in my house when I got home Tues. night.

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This is the one exception to the all-in Tokyo rule. This was in the Mirage department store across the street from Kyoto station. Top floor bookstore. They're Anime-style art sketches of (left to right)Fuhrer Bradley, Armstrong, Hughes, Hawkeye, Mustang, Ed, Al, Winry, Izumi, and Scar.

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This is my hair me and my brother by the stand up sign outside the theater. We didn't want to get busted for taking pics (we didn't), so we were being all ninja about it. Rich looks like he's staring at Riza, while I'm poking at Roy's flame like "Is it hot?"... I'm a dork... see pikachu below

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This isn't FMA-related, but it's me being a dork again, pretending to be zapped by the inflatable Pikachu on the first floor of Tokyo Tower... yup I'm a dork.

And now for goodies!

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In this pic you can see the full Gashapon set Series 2, minus Roy (I had already bought him single, and he's on my shelf already... double is going up for sale... same with Trading Arts Series 1 Ed double). Trading Arts Series 2 Ed, a silver Al, and Izumi. I have the little statues of Envy and Royai (Envy has no arms... they're not missing... they simply do not exist... think Venus de Milo). A set of 5 little bootleg chibi things, they were only 520 for the set. And those little keychains cost me 300 yen for two, in a capsule machine in Gamers in Akihabara.

About that Gashapon set... I was in a Mandarake satellite store in Nakano. I spotted them in the case, and they were 820 yen. I though that was individually because the price was so good (guess I'm too used to getting bent over by con dealer's rooms). In a combination of my limited Japanese and the guy's limited English, I confirmed that it was in fact 820 for the whole set, and promptly bought them, along with one box each of the two Trading Arts series. When I saw the set in another store for 1240, I cackled.

Oh, and see the pile of books they're all standing on? More on that later.

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This is a bootleg phone strap I bought along Asakusa Shring shopping street. It was too cute to pass up. Roy has a weird mark on his face though, I'll see if I can round up some matching paint.

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The mother lode. Here we have at the top, two cups from the theater, they're poly... whatever, they have a different picture depending on how you look at them. To the right of that are the doubles of Ed and Roy I talked about earlier, still in plastic, and they will be shipped to whoever buys them (post with details forthcoming, please post no offers here) like that (boxed too, of course). And Morizo and Kiccoro found their way into the picture... they're everywhere. Under the cups, angsting at you, are the ultra-smexy Ed and Roy pencil board that my brother spotted, also on Asakusa shopping street, as well as the Hughes songfile.

Then we have the manga art book, Complete Book Story and Material Side, a Movie promo guide thing, an issue of Cosmode, and the latest Animage (It has the big Ed and Al movie poster inside it). On the Animage are the admission passes, and ticket stubs for th three of us (Me, my brother Rich, and my dad). Oh, and a pack of playing cards with pretty pictures.

... And that's a Bowflex with random Expo crap on it in the background, FYI.

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Closeup of the chibis. Does anyone have any idea where these were bootlegged from? I found them in a store that sold garage kits, and the packaging was definately not legit looking.

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And closeup of the Trading Arts. I bought a box each of series 1 and 2, twice, and thus, there are four.

And that's it! At least FMA-related. I will create the pictorial guide to my trip sometime in the coming weeks... If you're lucky.

Edit: I lied. That's not it. I bought volume 11 of the manga too.

And now, I sleep. I've been up nearly 40 hours with only a couple hour or so naps on the plane. 'Night!
Current Mood: tiredJetlagged
Zakraikou_25 on July 27th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
Awesome pictures. And awesome icon.
Captain Chrismyuutsuuman on July 27th, 2005 07:03 am (UTC)
I assume so much money is now gone after getting all of those things, eh? :P

It seems both HAGAREN and Pocket Monsters share two similarities. You can find ANYTHING related to them laying around in Japan and both just recently had movies released in theaters.
ayamikage2004ayamikage2004 on July 27th, 2005 07:32 am (UTC)
Hey, I have those same Ed and Roy phone straps! And my Roy one had something on his face too, but it just wiped off.
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Captain Chrismyuutsuuman on July 27th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
Seeing the movie will be great for us all, but I think seeing it in the theatre must be the best experience.

Agreed. It's a real shame the only anime movies that're put in theaters anymore are Disney-paid ones like Howl's Moving Castle. And I mean, in theaters all around the US rather than just select cities like they did with Cowboy Bebop and InuYasha. >\ FUNimation should REALLY think about at least trying to get this movie in theaters. They missed out with the Dragon Ball/Z movies (it's top selling franchise) when 4Kids went and shelled out cash with KidsWB and Miramax for the first five Pokémon movies to be in theaters and had the original Japanese animators MAKE an entire Yu-Gi-Oh! movie for the US first.

It'd be a crime NOT to bring Conqueror of Shamballa to theaters. :\ Especially with all the goodies one could get like Japan did.
Jiah Pet: Just Add Water!jiah on July 27th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I don't see why the crappy kiddie animes should be the only ones to be in theatres EVERYWHERE. And actually, Howl's was only in select theatres, also. Only reason I didn't see it (didn't feel like going all the way to Toronto to see a movie >.>)
kiida_ne on July 27th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'd actually be happy to just have that. Over here in Canada the only anime movies I can remeber us getting are the Pokemon movies and the YuGiOh movie XP
Feria: [Hagaren] Sunsetwithout_reason on July 28th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
It depends where in Canada. Here in Montreal, I got to see Spirited Away, Pokemon, Howl's Moving Castle and Digimon in theatres.

And because of the annual Fantasia Film Festival, they showed tons of subtitled anime like Laputa, Princess Mononoke, Millenium Actress, Tamala 2010, Le Portrair de Petit Cosette, Ghost in the Shell 2, Coybow Bebop, etc...

But I highly doubt they'll show FMA. :(
Ziggy says I have to go your funeral tomorrow...scico on July 27th, 2005 07:58 am (UTC)
cute Al chibi! :D
kiida_ne on July 27th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
Looks like you had fun! And that big pikachu looks so glompable *.* Give me a call next time you go, I'll hide in your suitcase
(Anonymous) on July 27th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
that is not fair i am speachless i love fma that much!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ღ a b b yalistaere on July 27th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
>_< You suck for having so much fun! I want to go to Japan. ._.
Look for me with the sun bright sparrow ##: Ed is so~ emoviolent_aki on July 27th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
Omg, the merch~! *envies* XD Glad you had fun, though. ^_^ God damn my age since I know by the time I go to Japan FMA fandom will be dead @_@
GTK: Prettygtkyo on July 27th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
*steals everything from your house*

I know where you live! *shakes fist*

Squee~! You have to tell me all about your trip the next time I catch you on AIM! (randomly...try a mr. clean magic eraser on Roy to see if it'll get rid of the paint?)

No idea about the chibis O_o but if it helps any, I saw a guy in an arcade when I went with a crap load of them... he won some out of one of the machines there?
purplemewitpurplemewit on July 28th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
It's you! 0.0

Rember that outfit that yu went to Dear Friends in? I think I saw it in Harajuku... dark blue pants suit and a white shirt with really big cuffs, right? I think I saw something just like it. Weird, huh?

GTK: Braingtkyo on July 28th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
I did buy it in Harajuku XD; At a place called Yellow House (hahahhaa, I can't remember -where- it is, but you have to go down some stairs?).

*counter molests*
葉麗雲nibantaichou on July 27th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
Oooo, lucky! I was in Kyoto earlier this summer...::sighs:: oh well, one day I'll return to Japan.

It's awesome that you've got all this stuff! Did you go sightseeing to Kiyomizu or Nijo?
purplemewitpurplemewit on July 28th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
I went everywhere, Nijo, Kiyomizu, Meji, Osaka castle, Sanjusangendo... and a half dozen more I don't remember right now. Saw a lot of Tokyo Tower, went up at night and during the day, and our hotel was right by it and we got a Tower view window from our hotel (Tokyo Prince Park Tower)
葉麗雲nibantaichou on July 28th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
THAT is... wicked and awesome. I so ENVY thee.