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27 August 2004 @ 01:47 am
Oh the pain!  
Was at Kinokuniya today and saw the FMA Fanbooks and the TV animation book thingy... and gosh darnit why does FMA have to have so much merchandise!?!?!?!? My eyes were bugging out at all the stuff I wanted soooo badly but totally can't afford. And despite my love of other anime/manga series, for some bizarre reason, FMA has hooked me so much that I really am so much more into the merchandise. I don't know what it is! Although I haven't bought nearly as much FMA stuff as other anime (thus far nothing has rivaled my old fanaticism for Sailor Moon ... but let's not get into that... -.-;;;)

So can anyone please help me in at least spending my $$ wisely? Is the TV animation guide worth getting? How about those awesome fanbooks with interviews and such with the VAs?

Well there was one thing I just absolutely HAD to purchase and that was Book #8!! Woohoo! I've been waiting oh so long!

For those of you who have read it or at least some of the chapters, is there a lot of technical information in it? My boyfriend kindly donated his old electronic Japanese dictionary to me and I was hoping it would help make reading manga much easier, but the thing about FMA is there is so much scientific, technological, or theological stuff that might not be in a regular dictionary (or an old one at that). So I was just wondering how much help the dictionary would be.

Sorry for the really lame post but it's 1:45am (although to me it's 4am since I'm still on East Coast time...) and I just had to let something out =P
 
 
Aya: Haaai!//by teruteruboozukawaiiaya on August 27th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)
I've actually been getting the fanbooks. It's a good review and some interviews and shows the lyrics of the current OP/ED. It's actually a good review book. I got the last fanbook a month ago (no.3) I got the limited edition which had the binder. I would say look for those. They have really nice pictures from the anime and a fold out poster.

I haven't bought the TV animation guide yet.. I was hesitant to get it actually.. So it just depends if your willing to spend your money on a lot of things. Every month I buy the animedia magazines.. those are defintatly worth your money. They usually come with stickers or pencilboards and posters. I reccomend getting month 7 and 8. Those issues came with a lot of FMA stuff.

I usually don't use the dictonary since I wouldn't want to look up every word.. x.x;; It already takes me 2+ hours reading one book.. I've taken Japanese for three years and that's enough to get by. There are some terms like the whole military thing.. I don't know how old your dictonary is but my dictonary is kinda diffcult to go through unless you know what the meaning is.

I know what you mean with all the merchendise.. x.x;; i have at least half of the merchendise on the FMA fanbooks.
Terraunmei_no_yume on August 28th, 2004 12:55 am (UTC)
Thanks sooo much for the good info! I don't think I can afford the books now but I will definitely try to save up for those issues. I'm all for bonus goodies XD

I've taken 2 years of high school Japanese and upper division Japanese in college but it's been so long since I've actually sat down to read a manga that I'm out of practice. =P The worst part of the dictionary I was given is that I don't really know how to use it and my bf lost the instructions -.-;;;
Poison Envywinter_ruins on August 27th, 2004 07:24 am (UTC)
Pfft. I've never bought anime merchindise in my life. By saying that, I mean I buy too much manga to afford much else.

....I spent about $30 on FMA stickers the other day. I spent about $27 on FMA figurines a couple of weeks ago. I've spent $3.50 on a keychain.

.... >.> I'm a little too obsessed, me thinks.


But no, I'm really bad at spending my money, so sorry I couldn't help.
Terraunmei_no_yume on August 28th, 2004 01:00 am (UTC)
Lol I don't think you're too obsessed at all! Especially not when we're talking about such a great series XD I used to be really big on stickers but I've been good ^.^ Luckily I never got into figurines so that's one thing I suppose I save on =P
Kristenneo_queen157 on August 27th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
I would feel lucky to have found FMA merchandise. Around here it's like a myth. ;_;
Terraunmei_no_yume on August 28th, 2004 01:15 am (UTC)
aww I'm sorry that really sucks! But at least you don't have to worry about spending too much money... =P
Kristenneo_queen157 on August 28th, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
Heheh... Yeah I'm not very good with my money... ^^;;
uchiha_sucksuke on August 27th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)
Haha, I guess it all depends on what you're willing to spend for this obsession ^^;. Decide what having those images, those interviews, the merchandise means to you... and then decide if it's really necessary. If you're hesitating so much, it might just not be worth it for you and maybe you should try finding other ways to release this "otaku steam" ^^;.

As for myself, I'm very into art and making things, so my crazy otakuness gets funneled into fanart and cosplay... and I honestly find those much more satisfying than buying merchandise. As a result, manga is probably the only anime-related thing I buy... but even then, I wait until the release of a translation I can actually read (for me, that's Chinese, so I usually don't have to wait very long). I'm the kind of person who doesn't like being spoiled, so I don't like to look through newly released Japanese manga ^^;.

Really, though... all of that is up to you. I doubt you'll have much success with the dictionary if you're not somewhat fluent in Japanese yourself (ever try reading something translated by an online translator? I think it'll be like that but much much slower +_+). But anyway... you gotta figure out your own way of dealing with the mechandise craze, so good luck deciding! @www@;;
Terraunmei_no_yume on August 28th, 2004 01:18 am (UTC)
Yeah as much as I want things I usually am pretty good about buying merchandise...at least now I am (although I'm sure part of it is cause I don't have $$ to spend hehe)

I try not to read full translations because I like to read it in Japanese - there are just some things you can't really translate -ya know? Although in manga that have historical or technical info that's too complicating to translate, I totally turn to translations. Oddly enough, although I've taken a few years of Japanese at both high school and college levels, I feel my ability to really read manga has decreased mostly because I haven't had the time to actually sit down and read it. I hope my last month of summer can change that =P