The Anime Festival Asia and I have a strange and tumultous history. AFA 08 for me was about LaMB, the Frankenanime I worked on and tried my best to avoid at the festival. AFA 09 I was on duty as an exhibitor with my then-company, the ill-fated Storm Lion, giving out paper bags you could hide a dead body in. AFA 10, aka AFAX, is the first year I’ve attended the convention without having any professional stake in it whatsoever.
Maybe my lack of personal commitment to the con was why I found this year’s exhibition somewhat underwhelming. I went on a Sunday, accompanied by Avariel. We stayed for maybe two hours, mostly looking & buying figurines, before getting bored and hightailing it. Compared to the years before, con seemed smaller somehow– the lights less shiny, the displays not as impressive, the levels of energy lacking. Probably part of the apathy that I felt was due to the fact that it’s been more than a year since I’ve dropped out of most of my anime/manga fandoms and I have no idea what is going on with most of the scene anymore. Or maybe it was because it felt like I’d seen it all before.
But it it did remind me of the glory days when I was a huge, massive Gundam00 fannit. (Seriously, check out the crazy-ass stuff I used to post on my LJ about the show.) Damn, I miss stanning for that show so much. Setsuna the Gundambaka! Gender-bending Innovators! Saving the world with RAINBOW SPARKLES! Those were good times.
I still have not managed to catch the movie yet. This both dismays and disheartens me.
More photos of the event under the cut, including: itasha, cosplayers, my personal swag, and BANDAI’S DUMBEST PRODUCT WARNING EVER.
To be honest, the real reason I went down to AFA was to catch up with my friends Sou & Kidchan, and to buy their pretty, pretty, AMAZINGLY PRETTY art. Every time I go to a con and see their what they’re selling I die a little on the inside. OF THE PRETTY.
When I went to Sou-chan’s booth her friend was doing detailing on an amazing Black Rock Shooter illo made out of 9 sheets of A4 paper taped together. Sou said: “We were so busy packing for the convention that we forgot to print posters for the booth! So we decided to make some ourselves.” Damn, but talented people are TALENTED!
The exhibition itself wasn’t all that much different from last years’: a lot of outfits selling figurines and merchandise, the Animax try-for-a-voiceover! booth, Bandai’s rows of glass-walled displays. The stage area this year had been cordoned off into a separate hall, which I thought was a pity because the stage brought a lot of energy to the entire exhibition area.
I was highly amused, however, by the Gundam00 itasha. I WANT!
It’s a car with Virtue on its ass, how could I say no??
I didn’t get a lot of good pictures of cosplayers this year, unfortunately. I think I visited the exhibition too early to catch the bulk of the cosplayers. I was also reminded of how much I had fallen out of touch with the whole anime/manga scene in general, because I hardly recognized any characters at all. How sad is that!
So. I got paid over the weekend. It was a fairly large paycheck, for one of the bigger contracts that I had been working on for the larger part of September and October. Flush with cash after having been so very broke for so very long, I thought to myself, “Wait, what if I take advantage of my sudden non-impecuniousness and spent a shitton of money on completely pointless stuff at AFA?” Then I remembered that I’d been out of anime & manga fandoms for more than a year, and there wouldn’t be very much that I would be interested in on sale, and therefore was reassured that my wallet would be safe.
I learned a very important lesson on that day.
I cannot resist the allure of cute tiny plastic figurines.
I got these out of a gashapon machine. I WANTED A TIERIA ONE AND DID NOT STOP UNTIL I GOT ONE. For the record, these are the most dastardly adorable things to pop out of a machine that I have come across, not just because they are tiny and plastic and perfect, but also because they come in a funsize clear bag that you can pick up by the string and cart around!
Modeled by Avariel
It’s like Meister to-go! HOW ARE THEY SO CUTE FFFNNGH
I also bought Death Note Nendoroid Petits.
…except that I bought myself an ENTIRE BOX OF THEM. One whole dozen containing the entire set of figurines available. Oh fucking dear. I was deliberating about buying them for the longest time, and when the salesperson came out to assist I asked him, “Is it a hundred dollars for the entire box?” as I wasn’t sure if they were really selling the figurines by the dozen.
He said: “I’ll let you have it for ninety.” SOLD!
Whatever, no regrets, 好马不吃回头草 etc. etc. etc. NOW THAT I AM STARTING A NEW JOB IN DECEMBER AND WILL BE HAVING A DESK, I NEED TOYS TO PUT ON IT SO THERE WE GO. Not a waste of money! Not at all!!
My Tieria-in-a-tinybag gashapon has also taken pride of place in my room, right in front of all my graphic novels.
Also, Bandai toys come with the strangest product warnings. The STRANGEST I SWEAR.
Because when someone is drowning in a pool, the first thing I’d think of would be to throw a 1.5-cm-tall plastic figurine at them. HOW DOES THAT EVEN MAKE SENSE. It says the same thing in Chinese, so I very much doubt it was a lost-in-translation thing. In fact, the Chinese version actually says: “Only for use in shallow water. Do not use as lifesavers.” Hmm, guess I’ll just have to put these in my bathroom sink then!
(Because, seriously. What. Bandai.)
AND JUST TO BE RANDOM:
HERE IS A PICTURE OF CAKE. THAT SARAH BROUGHT TO SUNDAY’S NANOWRIMO WRITE-IN AT THE EARSHOT CAFE. YOU GUYS WHO DON’T GO DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MISSING OUT ON, MAN.