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18 August 2008 @ 15:13
 
Friday, I went to Comiket. As per the common theme on my flist amongst those who went, everyone was subjected to long waits in high temperatures outside the venue. A girl near me looked as if she was close to fainting. I, stupidly, had no water on me. (Mainichi Shinbun says that over the course of the three days it reached the record high set by Summer Comiket 2007 which was 550,000)

I was dehydrated when I got inside, so the first thing I did was head to the Aniplex booth to get my Kuroshitsuji goods. *rereads that sentence again -- hmm* After all, they said they had limited numbers of the clear file and to get there early. Anyway, I got the goods set I wanted with a minimal queue and rushed to queue up again for the vending machine.

When I got there, all the water was sold out. Since I didn't think it would be a good idea to drink coffee again that morning, I got two bottle-cans of Pepsi Nex Zero. I drank one and felt very, very ill. It was nasty, but I was still contemplating drinking the second anyway because I was so thirsty.

At that point, a blogger from Venezuela came up to me and asked if I could speak English. This kind of delighted me since most people just assume I'm American. We got chatting and, since he was disappointed that he could only get canned coffee, I rather cruelly gave him my unopened Pepsi. In my defence, I should point out that I told him exactly what was wrong with it. That it's so horrible even dehydration might be better.

We found a place selling bottled water and I reached out to buy it, stretching... OUT OF NOWHERE Rikkai showed up, walking in my path. Yukimura apologised and Kirihara laughed at my surprise. They were the first cosplay group I'd seen that day.

After that, we walked around the booths together and I found him the ufotable booth because he was a Kara no Kyoukai fan. It was pretty cool because there was zero overlap in the series we liked and so we talked for quite a bit as we walked around. We shook hands and parted when it got to the doujinshi, because it was all yaoi.

I had previously told him that I was burned out on doujinshi and I was only here to buy Kuroshitsuji goods, but when I saw all the rows of stalls displaying Higa (Tennis no Oujisama) doujinshi, something inside me... stirred. Well, I bought one, plus the final installment of Super Tennis Robot Wars. Higa and Rikkai are really popular recently.

Then I found Kuroshitsuji doujinshi! I don't know really... I hate SebastianxCiel, but as long as that's the only thing out there, I guess I'm buying it. It's been pointed out that they are the obvious pairing in the series and I guess that's true if you think about BL genre conventions and character archetypes. But in terms of their interaction, and particularly considering Ciel's maturity levels, it's not something I want to see. Worth noting that the only non-SebastianCiel doujinshi there had already sold out.

I'll talk about suikawari and Tenimyu either tomorrow or later this evening, since I have to go to my Japanese lesson this evening and I haven't done any homework. I was supposed to have written this huge amount since last week was a holiday due to Obon.

The rest of Japan celebrates Obon at a different time from Tokyo. However, since many of these people became farmers working within Tokyo, you can usually see the traditional vegetable animals around town. The courgette/zucchini represents a horse and the aubergine/eggplant is a cow. We want our dead ancestors to arrive as quickly as possible, so we offer them a horse made of a courgette with wooden sticks for legs. To return to their graves, they can use an aubergine cow, which is a much slower animal. It's difficult to explain when I'm typing so fast... I need to do my homework!

(Oh, right. I made the icon from a wallpaper on the Kuroshitsuji computer accessory CD. It now replaces the 1893 world map of "cannibalistic tribes" which I was using before.)




As promised, I did translations for Bosanova, Casanova and sped up the one for Tokyo Sling.
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Floor No Battleblodeuedd on 18th August 2008 04:03 (UTC)
Wow, it sounds like quite the event, dehydration and all! I would have gone, but couldn't make it because I was travelling. I went to the last winter Comiket, but didn't go early or have to stand in line or anything like that. I wasn't into Prince of Tennis yet, and only picked up a couple of Gundam Wing books. Because I'm old skool like that. :D
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th August 2008 09:52 (UTC)
I didn't really go early. People were starting to go in when I arrived.

Hey, if the Weiss Kreuz fandom wasn't dead in Japan, I'd be picking up everything they had. Old skool what? :P
susperia1susperia1 on 18th August 2008 06:53 (UTC)
oh wow cozy event!!;)
i'm really not bothered by the pairing since i haven't read it yet (i'm so slow i'll get around to it one day!) but how old is the boy i just think he looks to young for my liking! ;) i prefer them older! ;)
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th August 2008 09:56 (UTC)
Ciel is twelve and I don't think Sebastian is into him at all. I'd be kind of disappointed if he was, really.
piperindirect on 18th August 2008 07:17 (UTC)
...I was utterly amazed at all the Kurotsuji goods I found at AnimeIowa this weekend. It's quite pretty and now I think I need to poke at it a little more to see what it's all about~
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th August 2008 09:57 (UTC)
Heheh, you definitely should! It's not just pretty, but genuinely funny.
Thomas Vye: Aoi Filthy Horrorthomasvye on 18th August 2008 07:23 (UTC)
Summer 2007 Comiket was hellish. My mind is scarred; in fact, the heat and the dehydration and the sheer tiredness are the reason I am going to Tokyo in October this year. I just didn't feel I could repeat that, in that weather. I salute you for your bravery though. U_U I am glad you got the haul you wanted! ^-^b
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th August 2008 10:15 (UTC)
Autumn is a much nicer time to see Japan -- you have chosen well. Let me know if you want to do something -- I have a nice mountain close to my house.