「毎日楽しいの為に」 Flawless Passion
This month, I had loots coming from various sources: purchases made in stores, bonuses from movie theaters, online orders, and also gifts from friends. Most of the items this month were unplanned purchases that I just happened to stumble upon by chance, and given the opportunity of crossing paths with me, I had to buy them.
My April loots full of unexpected items:
- Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 プレミアムバスタオル［エミリア］ Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Premium Bath Towel [Emilia]
- 【PSV】 ガンガンピクシーズ ［通常版・予約特典・アークオンライン特典］ Gun Gun Pixies [Regular Edition + Pre-order Bonus + Arc Online Bonus]
- 君の名は パンフレット Kimi no Na ha Pamphlet
- ソードアート・オンライン劇場版 “裏” 記録全集 (オーディナルスケール 8週目来場者特典) Sword Art Online Movie “Secret” Reports (Ordinal Scale 8th Week Viewers Bonus)
- ToLoveる ダークネス １８ ［アニメイト特典］ ToLove-Ru Darkness Vol.18 [Animate Bonus]
- 新妹魔王の契約者 ８ ［アニメイト特典］ Shinmai Maou no Testmament Vol.8 [Animate Bonus]
- この島には淫らで邪悪なモノが棲む ３ Kono Shima niha Midarade Jaakuna Mono ga Sumu Vol.3
- 【Metal Build】 ガンダムエクシア リペアⅢ Gundam Exia & Repair III
- 【GBA】 ロックマンエグゼ １、２、３ ［ホワイト］、４ ［レッドサン・ブルームーン］、５ ［チームオブブルース］ Rockman.EXE 1, 2, 3 [White], 4 [Red Sun/Blue Moon], 5 [Team of Blues]
While out and about one day, I entered a game center where one of the crane game machines had this full color bath towel of Emilia from Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活. The other version with Ram and Rem was apparently all gone already. It is rare to find a crane game prize that interests me. With regards to towels and fabric items in particular, they are usually mono-color or abstract in design, so I am quite happy with this full color towel.
I actually didn’t won this from the crane game. Given their evil and tricky nature, I simply purchased the item online instead (although I admit I did want to try the game). I am hesitant to take it out just yet as I don’t exactly want to make actual use of this bath towel, and at the same time, I lack a proper space to display it on the walls. For the time being, I will display it in its packaging until I decide how I want to make use of this bath towel. Maybe I will hug it to sleep?
During this month, I watched ひるね姫 〜知らないワタシの物語〜 and 君の名は。 in theaters. The latter of which I bought the official pamphlet for. 君の名は is one of those shows that makes me want to see more of after watching it, and the only source where I can get “more” are books like these with additional info on the characters, setting, and etc.
Here is a peak at some pages inside the pamphlet. Really, I love stuff like this. And yet, at the same time, I always feel a sense of melancholy. Given the huge success of the movie, they made a second volume of the pamphlet containing a bunch of interviews with the staff and cast of the movie. Not interested in just interviews, I only bought this first volume.
So I went to the theaters to watch SAO:OS for the fourth time and this was the 8th week’s bonus, a short book containing concept art, boss info, as well as discussions between leading staff members of the movie. Like the cover of this book indicates, the contents have spoilers on the movie.
The book is fairly thin and spoiler heavy so there isn’t that much I could show, but here are two pages that seem safe to take a peek at for those who haven’t had the opportunity to watch the movie for themselves.
I am incredibly behind on following up with all the manga series I am trying to read. Not just in reading the manga themselves, but also in buying the latest volumes. Here are some more volumes I am missing, picked up in stores while out and about this month. If I am correct, this vol.18 of ToLoveる ダークネス is the final volume, with regards to the main story line at least.
One of the reasons I came to Japan and a reason for me to keep up with the latest releases, the store bonuses. These two store bonuses are from Animate. The card with Haruna is my first A.B-T.C (Animate Book Trading Card). Kind of ironic that my first A.B-T.C is from what might be the last of volume of the series. I was lucky with the 新妹魔王の契約者 vol.8 bonus as this was the only copy of the book with the bonus attached to it. I believe it would be safe to say that I bought the last one…
The biggest unplanned purchase and the most expensive one, the PSV game of Gun Gun Pixies. On the hobby news site I frequently visit (TAGhobby.com), I saw the PVs for the game and got interested. Much to my surprise, the game’s release was in just a couple weeks. It was either buy it now or don’t buy it until years later, so here it is in my hands.
Front and back of the PSV game case. As of the time of writing, I have yet to start the game yet, so I can’t give any comments on the gameplay. However, from the PV and just my personal expectations, interactions with the various characters will be the core of this game’s enjoyment for me.
Here are the bonuses I received along with the game. On the left is the Arc Online store bonus, which is a A4 size Micro Fiber Towel. On the right is the pre-order bonus, a card containing a code for in-game goodies. It took me a while to decide which store bonus I wanted the most (as always), and I ended up following a friend’s advice in getting the micro fiber towel, which I like quite a bit and believe was the right choice.
Alright, receiving yet another Metal Build as a gift was in no way predictable or even a thought that ever comes up. With that said, here is the Metal Build of Gundam Exia + Repair III right in front of me. Yes, I have a friend does this, from across the Pacific Ocean. Thanks a lot, it is especially cool to finally see the Repair III in person.
A small thing I didn’t include in the group shot, a set of Rockman.EXE GBA games (still missing a few games though). A personal project I started with a friend, to play through all of the Battle Network Rockman.EXE games. I played the English version of these games when I was young and they were such a huge factor in my exposure to Japan. Now I want to dive into nostalgia and retake what I have lost.
Although the loots for last month was what I thought to be very luxurious, this month also ended up quite luxurious (and pricey) from the sudden and unexpected purchases. However, I can promise you that this is but a short moment of luxury. In other words, this is my absolute limit of freedom with regards to expendable budget. I simply pray that no other must-buy games pop up for a while…
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