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Katsucon 16 Loot

Katsucon 16 Loot
15 Feb 2010 20:22:23

Following in the footsteps of pluvia33, who wrote a journal entry on his trip to Ohayocon (and his trips to the Dealers' Room), I decided to share my experience at a convention's Dealers' Room. For me, the convention of choice this time around is Katsucon, an annual event in the Washington, D. C. that I've been attending since 2002 (yep, I'm a vet when it comes to anime conventions). The following is a report of the various purchases that I made at the convention.

Anime:

This convention around, my shopping list when it comes to actual anime DVD's/Blu-Rays is rather light (in other words, there's nothing on it) as a result of most of the titles that interest me not coming out until March. However, I didn't leave the convention without any DVD's, since, after hearing so much of how much better the dub of Ghost Stories is when compared to the original Japanese version, I decided to buy it in order to give the title a try.

Manga/Books:

Going into the convention, there were three books on my shopping list (two American releases, one Japanese release):

1. Lucky Star vol. 4
2. Negima vol. 25 (was hoping that one of the dealers was selling the English version early)
3. Negima: The Ultimate Guide Bible 2003-2007 (ordered this at HLJ.com, but it's currently on backorder, so I was hoping that I could simply find that book at the convention and cancel my HLJ order in case they won't be getting any more copies of the book).

When it came to the Negima books, I was unable to find either of them at the convention. However, I did manage to find Lucky Star vol. 4 during the trip, cutting down my shopping list of stuff to look for at Borders in the next few weeks.

Figures:

Being how the main focus of this web page is anime figures, a Dealers' Room report wouldn't be complete without mentioning figures.

When it came to figure shopping, I had a first priority and a second priority. My first priority when it came to figures was the 1/4 scale figure of Fate from Nanoha StrikerS in a swimsuit. Sadly, that figure was nowhere to be found on the Dealers' Room floor. However, the Dealers' Room did have one box left of the other figure that was on my shopping list, the "Beach Queens" series version of Yui from K-On!. So, naturally, I picked up that figure.



The same dealer that the Yui figure also had a Nendoroid figure of everyone's favorite lover of smoked cheese, Churuya. While I'm not a typical Nendoroid figure collector, given how this figure is the perfect size for Churuya, I decided to buy it as well.



Plushies:

Besides figures, I also collect plushies of various characters, and once again, the same vendor that had the figures that I've mentioned above had plushies of the girls from K-On!. Hence, along with the figures (and the Ghost Stories DVD set), I picked up a plushie of Mio.



As for my current status when it comes to the K-On! girls in plushie form:

-Yui and Tsumugi - Got in December via eBay dealer
-Mio - Got at Katsucon
-Ritsu - Pass
-Azusa - Pre-ordered from Play-Asia

Pins:

Yep, there's other things that I collect that's anime-related: pins. However, I'm not in the same "collector mode" as a certain second grader from a certain animated series that is way past its prime (although last night's episode, which I'm referencing here, was one of the better ones this season). Rather, it's more of a "see a pin of a character that I like, pick up that pin" buying plan (with me displaying my pins on a Kisuke hat). This time around, I only bought one pin, with the character being Italy from Hetalia (PASTA!!!). Not much, but at least I don't go around selling my clothes and being a street performer just to get money to buy pins.

Video Games:

With an anime convention Dealers' Room, one thing that definitely comes to mind is seeing the various "import" video games that they have a available there. Going into the Dealers Room, I was hoping to pick up a certain shooter for the Xbox 360 that was region-free. Sadly, they main video game dealer didn't have it. However, I did hit the pay dirt when it came to games for the PSP.

First, having collected PSP versions of the other "Konami shooter" video game collections (got the Gradius collection on the PSN Store, and bought used copies of the Twin Bell and Parodius collections at Anime USA), I was able to continue (and maybe finish) finish the collection with the PSP collection of Salamander video games.

Second, like Pluvia33 at Ohayocon, I picked up the Japanese special box edition of Higurashi Daybreak Portable Mega Edition. After finding out that one of the figurines that came with it was of Mion in the waitress uniform, I had a little idea for a fun photo opportunity. Basically, I kinda fantasized what it would be like if one of my favorite anime girls, Nodoka Miyazaki from Negima, wore the waitress outfit from Higurashi. Considering I now had access to a trading figure that wore said outfit (and plenty of Negima trading figures on my bookshelf), I decided to have one of my Nodoka-based fantasies finally come to fruition. The following is the end result of my plan:



Rounding out my PSP purchases were games based on the Macross and Gundam franchises (I want to check out import video games that will unlikely be released in America, but I don't want to check out RPG's just yet since I don't know much when it comes to kanji).

That about sums up the purchases that I got at Katsucon this year. To bring things to an end, here's a picture of the current state of the Detolf cabinet that I use to hold most of figures. Please note the themes that I have have when it comes to the figures (although one figure on the third shelf sways away from the intended theme).



P. S. Like Pluvia33, I did take a few cosplay pictures at the con, but since I'd like to relax a little bit, I didn't post them in this blog listing for now. However, if there's a demand for it, I don't mind posting these pictures in a later blog post.
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Velorn
Velorn (Russia)
15 Feb 2010, 11:55:10
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Kanata *_*
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I'm sorry for my bad English xD
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
15 Feb 2010, 12:32:53
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I inspired something! A number of things, actually. ^_^"
I actually have a friend who works in DC. His fiancee has been bugging him about going to another convention. I'll need to tell him about Katsucon. Too bad it just past this year.

I'm actually not a huge fan of Nendoroids either. My first Nendoroid was of Shana because I pretend she's the chibi Shana-tan from the DVD specials. Then I got Zetsubou Sensei because I thought it was funny and we probably won't get any other figures of him. And then I'm in the process of getting the Kodomo no Jikan girls (got Rin and Kuro so far) because they're really cute and look like they do in the ending animation. Only other one I'm really interested in tracking down right now is Binchou-tan because just like Churuya and Shana-tan, she looks exactly like she does in the anime as a Nendoroid. I also only have 4 Nendoroid Petites, but I'll have much more of them when the Bakemonogatari series starts coming out.

Yeah, I noticed Mion in your Churuya picture before. I was wondering if you bought the game too or if you found someone who was actually selling them separately. Glad I ended up helping you decide to buy the game. =D

And I for one am interested in seeing your cosplay pictures. ^_^
ToonAddict
ToonAddict (USA)
15 Feb 2010, 19:25:17
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When it comes to you friend who works in DC: is said person aware of Anime USA, another anime convention that is held in the Washington D.C. area (with this one taking place in the fall)?
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pluvia33 (USA)
15 Feb 2010, 22:45:42
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Probably not. He's more of a casual anime fan (very casual person in general). Most of the anime he's seen is stuff that I've shown or recommended to him. Thanks again for the info! I sent him their websites on his MyAnimeList profile.
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usagi_joou (Russia)
15 Feb 2010, 13:31:55
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Mio plushie is so cute!
I don't buy plushies only because I have too much plush toys from my childhood, which I just can't throw or give away.

And I'm also interested in cosplayers!
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
Glory
Glory (Russia)
16 Feb 2010, 11:42:22
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Maybe I'm a bit late, but... congratulations with your new purchases! :)
Do you intend to collect all Beach Queens K-ON! girls? Once I was really bursting with a desire to buy them, but finally resisted...
Why skipping Ritsu plushie? :P

Ah, I don't own PSP... yet. I can afford it, but I don't have time to play :( There are enough games on PC and PS3.
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ToonAddict
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16 Feb 2010, 19:42:55
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When it comes to the rest of the K-On Beach Queens figures, I haven't decided on whether or not I'll be getting them yet or not. Two reasons for this:

1. The others didn't impress me as much as the Mio Beach Queens figure (although Tsumugi is still a possibility).
2. Given how the Beach Queens line focuses on many different anime titles, I'm also interested in seeing what other figures Wave will offer in this line. As for characters from other titles, the ones that currently caught my eye are Konata and Kagami from Lucky Star (which I pre-ordered) and Mylene from Macross 7 (still up in the air about that one).

As for the K-On! plushies (and why I have no interest in Ritsu), I kinda felt that the Ritsu plushie wasn't as cute as the rest of the gang, so I decided to pass on that for now.
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18 Feb 2010, 02:32:51
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I agree, Mio Beach Queen is the cutest. I also like Azusa; and that's probably the only chance to get her tanned version. But Lucky Star girls are a real chef d'oeuvre. Better to save money on them, no doubt :)
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