「毎日楽しいの為に」 Flawless Passion
For most of November, I was traveling abroad in China and Hong Kong, bouncing back and forth between the two. Now, I have returned with some loots to show. I actually didn’t buy very much. After all, China isn’t Japan. Not only do most of my hobbies originate from Japan, but I knew what to look for and where to look. In China, whenever I do come across places that sold things that I was interested in, the selection was often quite limited.
The packages you see above are actually ordered online from Taobao, a popular Chinese shopping website similar to ebay. Long story short, a relative helped me carry these back to the States for me. While I prefer to shop in person, either I couldn’t find them or there wasn’t time for me to shop around.
Here are the hobby-related loots I got from China/Hong Kong:
- 食戟のソーマ15 Shokugeki no Souma Vol.15
- 源物語8 Minamoto Monogatari Vol.8
- HMM ライガーゼロ シュナイダー ユニット HMM Liger Zero Schneider Unit
- HMM ライガーゼロ パンツァー ユニット HMM Liger Zero Panzer Unit
- PSV ファンタジースターノヴァ PSV Phantasy Star Nova
If it wasn’t for the Taobao orders, then these 2 volumes of manga would have been my only loots. It wasn’t easy to find manga in Japanese. I went through a few shops where they sold manga or light novels in Chinese, and later had to look up where in Hong Kong might have manga in the language it was originally written in. I ended up going to a mall called SOGO, where there was an Asahiya bookstore (旭屋). The selection of manga was really small, but they had the newest volumes of Shokugeki and Minamoto Monogatari, so I am happy. Though this bookstore also had the “no first volume” syndrome…
I remember when I bought the first volume of this series in San Francisco’s Japantown. With me on that day was Ry and my roommate during my first trip to Japan. I was hesitant on buying it back then because I only had the cover art to go off of. As you can see now, I did not regret it.
As tempted as I was, I knew that I didn’t really want to buy any models for myself, as I have such a huge backlog already. But HMM Zoids are quite the rarity and quite expensive to get shipped. I wanted to shop in stores, but got limited by time. After some thinking, I got these two sets of exchangeable armor for Liger Zero because I want to complete the set before moving on to other Zoids. Thanks to Kotobukiya for releasing the armors individually because I already have Jager with the liger. Although I missed out on cool box arts, I saved a lot of money and luggage space.
I regret having bought this a little bit. Not that I regret buying the game, but I regret having bought this specific copy. I didn’t have the time to shop for games, and ended up purchasing one online with the help of some relatives. They were showing me Taobao and wanted me to browse around with their phone. Maybe I didn’t pay enough attention or maybe the photo was inaccurate, but somehow I didn’t see the orange 15+ logo on the lower-left corner of the cover art until I had the game in my hands. That’s not Japan’s rating system and it visually sticks out among my collection of Japanese PSV games. I insisted and confirmed prior to purchase that the game I was getting will be in Japanese. Indeed, the game is in Japanese with no content changes. But then why the cover page different? This was the moment I found what an Asian edition was. Yes, that orange 15+ logo really bothers me.
I came across a card shop where a pack of Gundam Duel Company 02 costed 10 HK dollars (<$2 US), so I tried out one pack. Even though I got a neat shiny Gelgoog card, I really don't have an interest in UC stuff prior to Unicorn. I wanted to get a couple more packs, but never had another chance the rest of my trip. I ended up giving these to my little brother.
The two items you see above are not loots pertaining to my hobbies, but are neat things I picked up in China. On the left is a new set of PC headphones with mic, and on the right is a phone holder meant for car interiors.
First, here is a bit about the phone holder. The included picture of a girl in red isn’t bad, but you also have the option of taking off the plastic cover and inserting your own picture. The grips of the holder itself can be extended by holding down a button and extends quite a bit (up to 4.5″/11.5 cm). The bottom of the holder also has legs you can flip out to prevent the phone from slipping down. The back of the holder has a rotatable mechanism and even orientation lock at a number of angles. I even use it for my PS Vita sometimes. The holes on the grips allow me to charge my PS Vita with no problems at all. While this item was meant for cars, I have a glass table and it has been working perfectly.
Here on the left is a photo of the headphones out of the box. I am no audiophile, but the sound quality sounds good and is comfortable to wear. This was meant for a desktop PC, so the headphone and mic are separate wires. On the right is the phone holder in action.
That is all for my loots originating from my trip in China and Hong Kong! I’m pretty satisfied with what I ended up with. If it wasn’t for the online Taobao orders, then it would have been even less. If I didn’t search for the Asahiya bookstore, then I might not even have had those manga. So I’m glad that I returned with anything related to my hobbies at all.
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