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24 October 2008 @ 18:35
 
So, I actually went to the Marui Department store to look at the Kuroshitsuji/Atelier BOZ collaboration. The Shinjuku store is located a short distance from the East Exit, a little way from Kabukichou, the host club district.

I noticed the lit poster of Sebastian and Ciel early on, when I was heading to my Japanese class. Sadly, when I took this picture, only Ciel remained. Not that you can really see Ciel either, but he's the one in the greenish pillar at the front of the store.

The clothing is on the top floor, next to Angelic Pretty. The girls in that store are terrifying, as proper Sweet Lolitas should be. I thought they were mannequins at first.

For what it's worth, there was also a full store for "Alice and the Pirates", which is somehow attached to Baby The Stars Shine Bright. I only know that because dilettantka likes a boy who modelled for them and told me. Ah... all the stuff was very nice (even though I'd be likely to wear only a fraction of it), but I wonder if we're missing the point by dragging gothic clothing into the world of high fashion.

Anyway.

First of all, the mannequin was tiny and female. This clothing is definitely not intended for cosplay (it wouldn't be accurate). It consists of a a tailcoat that has the chest stitching carefully tailored so that whatever you have there, little or otherwise, is emphasised. There is also a strange little mini-cape that I thought quite nice, although it's part of the whole set. Overall, it's great if it's what you're looking for - if you're female and want a classy tailcoat, although not necessarily Sebastian-ish.

There are three companies participating in this, the others being Black Peace Now and one that I can't remember. They are all on display at different times, so I may have missed one display, with another to come.

In other news, details of the first Kuroshitsuji DVD release are now available.

Limited Edition
Price: 3,150 yen
Release date: 21st January 2009

The DVD contains the first episode, with audio commentary from Sakamoto Maaya (Ciel) and Ono Daisuke (Sebastian). The special edition also has a cover drawn by Toboso-sensei, an amazing digipack (whatever that is), design sheets from Toboso-sensei, a sixteen page booklet and a CD with recordings of the Kuroshitsuji Web Radio broadcasts.

The regular version (2,625 yen) has a jacket drawn by the character designer and comes in a super jewel case. There is no audio commentary.
 
 
 
Thomas Vye: Ariabart Tytaniathomasvye on 24th October 2008 12:18 (UTC)
I think I got a photo of that display that showed Sebastian - i'll have a look. :)
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th October 2008 12:27 (UTC)
I never thought to ask if I could take photos -- I just assumed I couldn't. Love to see it, if you have it?
Thomas Vye: Irako Katanathomasvye on 24th October 2008 12:30 (UTC)
I meant of the pillar display outside, but I usually would just ask. The etiquette seems to be not inside the shops really, but I will surely post it. :)
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th October 2008 12:37 (UTC)
Oh, that would still be great. I walk past that thing twice a week and only decided to take my camera out the day they changed it.
Thomas Vye: Ariabart Tytaniathomasvye on 24th October 2008 17:50 (UTC)
Here we are; only seem to have got the Ciel bit, but better than nothing. :D

Williamgenkischuldich on 25th October 2008 08:06 (UTC)
Thanks! That's much better than my own photo.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: epicenester (i'm digging your)dilettantka on 24th October 2008 12:25 (UTC)
SOUL-PINGED 8D
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th October 2008 12:29 (UTC)
I WISH I KNEW WHAT THAT MEANT. Honestly, the Alice and the Pirates stuff was the only stuff that really caught my eye. I wanted the strange waistcoat/tailcoat combi thingys. One day I'm going to learn how to sew my own clothing designs. Seriously.

Going to a all-night live tonight -- want to come? :P
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: disposto a salire a le stelledilettantka on 24th October 2008 13:31 (UTC)
...Does the word ping make sense at all?

I want to get a sewing machine! Too bad about the lack of money and skill, lol.

Hahaha, no, sorry XDDD You live such a cooler lifestyle than i do. i would need at least a week's notice XD
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th October 2008 08:10 (UTC)
I think I get the gist of it. XD

Some sewing machines are quite cheap, but I don't know how to follow a pattern or how to put clothing together. Besides, we all know I'd just produce variations on the theme of 'waistcoat'.

Heh... I wore a top hat and I suppose that does make me cool on SOME level. XDXDXDXD You need to come! I will lend you clothing! It won't even consist entirely of a a waistcoat!
Eskelxoxeskel on 25th October 2008 01:54 (UTC)
Yeah, Alice and the Pirates is a line (sub set?) by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. XD
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th October 2008 08:11 (UTC)
That shop had the only stuff I was really interested in. And the Angelic Pretty girls are scary.
Eskelxoxeskel on 25th October 2008 09:03 (UTC)
Lol, Angelic Pretty is about as sweet as a brand can get. I'm pretty sure it's even branching into decora territory. XD

I'm guessing you go for the goth more than lolita? Try Moi Meme Moitie -- they're fairly toned down and goth, and a little less punk than Alice and the Pirates.
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th October 2008 09:10 (UTC)
Moi Meme Moitie has probably the most intimidating shop design of them all! :) My usual stuff in h.naoto (via Closet Child) with stuff from the second floor of Zen Mall. I recently got a really nice coat from Atelier BOZ (again, via Closet Child).
Eskelxoxeskel on 25th October 2008 09:24 (UTC)
Oh, H.naoto is very nice. Their designs are lovely and can be incoporated into lolita, but I prefer classic lolita, so I lean towards Victoria Maiden.

Ah, you would expect Moi Meme Moitie to have the most imtimidating shop...they have the most intimidating designs. Nice, clean cut lines, and not very nice price tags attatched. @.@
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th October 2008 12:42 (UTC)
Oh, I'm definitely no lolita. :) I go towards Victoriana, steampunk and just plain goth and choose the clothes that work with those ideas.
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on 25th October 2008 15:10 (UTC)
I'm curious since you mention Kabukichou, is that are all host clubs? The new Petshop of Horrors manga is set there and it's full of little jokes about the area, how dangerous it is, and all the men who look women there^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th October 2008 15:49 (UTC)
Men who look like women? Hige-gals, perhaps? The area's famous for its focus on sex though and you can see lots of yakuza guys there (the tattoos and designer handbags give them away).

But yeah, there's more than host clubs. There's a theatre and lots of restaurants as well.
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on 25th October 2008 19:54 (UTC)
I don't know if you're familiar with the manga but the main character gets accused of selling girls and there are lots of little jokes that don't work unless you're Japanese or know about the area.

Thanks for the info!