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11 August 2008 @ 19:34
I went to the first steampunkjapan meetup on Sunday in Yokohama. I went with kuroe and aionwatha and, as we came out of the station, Aion immediately spotted two Victorian ladies. We didn't believe her at first since they vanished soon afterwards, but they turned out to be bucktick and thucyken.

We got to know each other while the organisers (cortigiana and Duke) made their way back to the station (they had been there earlier to scout out all the different areas). What they hadn't counted on was every single member being a coffee fiend and needing a fix almost immediately.

One coffee shop later, we headed to the Tin Toys Museum. It was the stuff of nightmares. In between the model dirigibles and planes, there were tin clowns, metal babies with fading paint, blank painted faces with thinning hair, mismatched features... It was terrifying! One of the attendants showed us a mechanical pig cooking bacon and eggs. Pure nightmare fuel. I liked it.

They also had the biggest dog I've ever seen in Japan, called Robby (after the robot). He seemed to be as famous as the toys on display. Absolutely adorable -- I can only presume he functions as a guard and stops the clowns from escaping.

After that, we went to a cheesecake and waffle restaurant and I had some great pine-ade (with a cheesecake, of course). After that, it was off to the Iwasaki Museum, which is devoted to fashion. There were some nice clocks, artwork by Alphonse Mucha, some replica dresses and a place to sit down that could double as a photo area.

Bucktick // Bucktick // Thucyken // Omi Achaknimu

We had a rest in the museum cafe and tried some spicy lemonade, which was great. After that, we went to Harbour View Park and took a bunch of photographs.

Bucktick and Thucyken // Duke and Kuroe // Achaknimu // Myself // Myself

Now the group photos...

Group // Full group

I think Cortigiana is the only one whose dress you can't see in detail. She had a kimono that had been transformed into a bustle skirt. You really had to see it in person.

After that, we headed into Chinatown and wandered around. Everyone was staring and secretly taking pictures -- it was very, very strange. We'd got a few reactions like that in the park, but nothing on this level. A guy asked if he could have his photo taken with us and lovers were nudging their partners to make sure they seen us.

aionwatha got a coconut from a street vendor -- they stabbed it open and stuck a straw through the hole. She passed it around, but I think I was the only person who liked it. Then a few people got juice with tapioca.

We sat down at a cafe quickly because a few people felt tired, but it wasn't particularly good. Duke ordered Super Special Coffee of Excellent Quality and I had Russian coffee (chocolate and coffee, but tasted of neither). After that, Duke and cortigiana went home and we were left figuring out what to do.

The answer was obvious... eat chuukaman! Chuukaman are often referred to as 'meat buns' in subbed anime and, as such, I never wanted to try them until I heard them referred to as chuukaman. They're steamed bread with different kinds of filling inside -- you can even get chocolate or cheese ones. The ones in convenience stores are rubbish -- you need to buy them from Chinatown.

We pledged to go to karaoke in Shibuya, but when we got there we realised we were too tired, so we parted ways. aionwatha, kuroe and I briefly stopped off at the Animate in Kichijouji because it was raining. I ordered the Sebastian figure still dressed like a Victorian butler... It's okay, I don't think they noticed.

Anyway, it was a fun event and I'm hoping to go to the next one. Or maybe just karaoke. Why has no one else posted about it so far?


The seiyuu for Sebastian and Ciel have been announced. They are...

Sebastian: Ono Daisuke
Ciel: Sakamoto Maaya

It seems that 2ch were on the mark, once more. I really want to know who the rest of the cast are now.

They also announced that anime!Kuroshitsuji will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newtype, Animage, Pash! and Animedia. Each magazine will devote two pages to it except for Pash, which will have two pages and a pinup.

From Moonphase:

  • Official Casshern Sins site now open. It will be broadcast from October.
  • Official Koukaku no Regios site now open.
  • Seiyuu Fukuen Misato has dropped out of GaRei-Zero due to "poor health".
  • One Outs, from the same mangaka who did Liar game, will be animated.
  • Tales of the Abyss official site. Koyasu Takehito is one of the main cast members.
    キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on 11th August 2008 18:09 (UTC)
    You guys look amazing! i really love Ami's outfit! :))
    Williamgenkischuldich on 11th August 2008 21:47 (UTC)
    Thanks! I hope Ami will be posting her own photos very soon.
    (Anonymous) on 11th August 2008 19:09 (UTC)
    Wow, Tin toys museum sounds interesting. I don't know there is this kind of scenario in Japan, your clothes really matches the scenario anyway ^^.

    I'm so waiting for Tales of the abyss , it's one of my beloved game coz Koyasu 's Jade Curtiss is really very attractive. I'm glad it got adapted to anime and I can hear Koyasu's anime voice in winter. It's boring that he is not in anything this summer so well, looking forward to it XD.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 11th August 2008 21:49 (UTC)

    I was very glad they kept(?) the original cast for Tales of the Abyss. I'm sure I saw Koyasu as being listed in something else recently and I can't remember what.
    susperia1susperia1 on 11th August 2008 19:09 (UTC)
    wow, looks like a whole lot of fun there lol!!
    the outfits look really cool!!
    each day brings us close to the day Kuroshitsuji is out lol
    have you heard of this new anime coming out soon it's called moryo no hako, it looks interesting but i'm not sure when it's out.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 11th August 2008 21:52 (UTC)
    I hope anime!Kuroshitsuji isn't a disappointment. Actually I'm just about to head into town to get a pile of anime magazines that should feature it this month.

    I haven't heard of that as an anime, although there was a film of the same name last year.
    百加☆nitaspitas on 11th August 2008 22:13 (UTC)
    lol, i actually like the combini pizza and curry-mans :P but probably because i grew up eating "real" chuukaman... i've never had chocolate or cheese, though... but i like coconut, too ^^ i used to get them all the time at the flea market near my house :D
    百加☆nitaspitas on 11th August 2008 22:14 (UTC)
    you guys look great, btw~ ^_^
    Williamgenkischuldich on 11th August 2008 22:20 (UTC)
    I won't eat meat ones from the conbini... the pizza, cheese or chocolate ones are pretty good. But if it's pork, it has to be from Chinatown. Honest. :P
    百加☆nitaspitas on 11th August 2008 22:21 (UTC)
    ok, that's probably true ^_~
    Linstarrbeam on 12th August 2008 10:02 (UTC)
    you guys look amazing!
    Awesome pictures :D
    Williamgenkischuldich on 12th August 2008 15:07 (UTC)
    Thanks. :)
    amelia cavendish: codename_windy yami yugi fetishyami_tai on 12th August 2008 11:56 (UTC)
    Such amazing costumes! Thanks so much for sharing ^_^!

    The ones in convenience stores are rubbish -- you need to buy them from Chinatown.

    Oh, I loved the convenience store ones... what can I say? I have low standards *G*!
    Williamgenkischuldich on 12th August 2008 15:07 (UTC)
    Gah, I'm sorry for insulting convenience store chuukaman! ;_;
    amelia cavendish: vanillafire yuki heeyami_tai on 17th August 2008 16:42 (UTC)
    Don't worry, hun! I'm sure the Chinatown ones are far superior ^_^!
    snakesinspace on 13th August 2008 20:35 (UTC)
    It was lovely to meet you this past weekend.

    Thank you for posting the photographs (both here and in steamfashion.

    I just started shrinking the photographs I took into an Internet friendly size, but have to stop as I need to go into Kyoto today (3 hour car ride = o.O !), I should be able to send/post them when I return this weekend.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 14th August 2008 00:03 (UTC)
    It was great meeting you too. Would love to see the photos when you're done with them.

    Btw, as you know, I posted the photos on steamfashion... Did you read any of the comments? Many of the members would love to see more detailed photos of the skirt you were wearing.