Comiket: The Looting


I should probably talk about this a little. When I went to Comiket, I went with the intention to totally dominate the event. I wanted many doujins, I wanted as many of their “novelties” (explain later) as possible. For that purpose, I slept after I have planned my “routes” and was up at 4.30 am everyday to ensure my stuff was packed and that I had all that I need. I was ON POINT.


My interests vary, so there was something, some reason for me to go everyday. AND SO I DID! sure, I didn’t end up getting to see great cosplays (sadface). But, overall, I had a ball of a time! I had loot on all 3 days, though I am missing my day 3’s loot pictures for some reason – BUT IT’S ALL MADOKA, that’s all you need to know lol!


If it isn’t clear in these pictures, and previous pictures, Comiket is attended by thousands of like-minded fans. Comiket has many fan made products that, for many, is only available at Comiket, especially the novelties. Novelties are basically little gifts that each doujin-ka has made, sort of as a thank you, for their fans. These novelties are limited, so once they are gone… THEY ARE GONE. you can potentially buy them from mandarake and other second hand places, but they are often over priced. Eg, the queue you’re looking at is for INUMOG’s latest Tourabu doujin, which came with a choice of 3 novelties. I think they were 2000yen with the novelties. by the time it got to Mandarake, it was 8000 yen for 1 doujin and 3 gifts.

So, yes, they are hot items.


So, why would I attend comiket? what could potentially convince me to join the madness? isn’t that plenty of translated scans online? 

I totally can. But, I truly appreciate fan made stuff… They are so great, I can’t even describe. I even found a continuation of Inuyasha that completely aligned with what I had hope was the ending – that’s how great it was to me. So, sure, there are scans online, but me visiting these artists, throwing my money at them…

I helped a friend bought a doujin last year, and met the artist in place of her. She told me to thank the artist and what not. The artist was sitting in her alley, there was no queue at all in front of her booth. I went in and swooped all the sequels for my friend, and asked the artist to sign. I explained why and who it was for – I swear she was trembling with happiness, to the point where she signed the wrong name on the doujin (her circle name instead of her name). This kind of happiness, I can’t repeat with scanlations.


I follow the artists on twitter these days. I barely really look at my twitter, but, each time there’s a big event, I have a good look. I see them engaging, see the artwork they make in appreciation of all their fans. it made me so happy. That’s what I am supporting – them to continue their art in happiness.


So now I have a bunch of doujin at home, I have barely touched them since I came back XD I have been so busy and I am a slow reader in Japanese. I suppose, by the time I can read them with speed and sureness, I had probably be a retiree. but hey, I love them all the same.


Your otaku-ness cannot compare to the comiket attendees :p


A few years ago, I got my first Kindle. I don’t know how to explain it, but for a while, I found my love for reading again. It is not that I have truly lost it, but I have allowed the tide of time carry me away on it, looking rarely at books or even thinking about books, my first love.


So, finding my love again was a very fortuitous moment for me and it helped that I didn’t need to feel guilty buying yet another book to take up space in a, then, tiny messy home – it didn’t take up any space at all. and it allowed m all the escapism in the world.


But, of late, I haven’t felt a connection to my Kindle. I have probably read less than 10 books on it in the last 2 years. I have left it not charged for months on an end. but when I did, sometimes the Kindle’s performance was worse than disappointing. It lags. It sometimes freezes. Sometimes, the battery is out even though seconds ago it stated it’s full. This doesn’t happen often by the way, in fact, it’s rather sporadic. but it was enough to jar my reading experience and I contacted the customer service.


At first, I was told to update my kindle. Fine, it was done. and, I believe they were about to send me off. Then, I mentioned about the battery issue again. At which point, they asked me for my address and basically told me I have a new Kindle coming.


The new Kindle Paperwhite.


I have heard plenty about Amazon’s excellent customer service, but to truly experience it on my own for the first time was… a truly blissful experience. there’s plenty of gratitude from my heart. Me, who used to cling to my kindle for weeks on an end. Me, who eventually gave up bringing the kindle to work because the external light was just too… off. Me, the one sitting in the dark trying to not read a book on the kindle or the ipad, because I can’t read on the kindle and ipad gets a little bit sore on the eyes.


Me, who is now getting a paperwhite because my old one is potentially getting faulty due to age. The paperwhite that can now sit in a dark room with me, allowing me to touch the other world where stars blossoms into fireworks and fairies roam the earth.


To say I am thrilled barely cut it. I am ecstatic, yet cautious. I have been eyeballing a paperwhite or a voyager for months. I don’t think it would arrive and disappoint me. On the contrary, I am afraid I might be a little lost in different worlds, inside different books.


So, thank you Amazon, for letting the little girl in me loose again. <3

Comiket Trip 2015: The fooding


I guess I should really talk more about the comiket trip as I intended. It was probably the most fun I had in 10 days or something, the most tiring and also the most exhilarating. To go back a bit, this particular trip was extremely otaku-themed. I went to the Eva store for a friend, went to pokemon store, went to Otome road… Even the shops next to my hotel had a second hand games shop – was awesome!


So, this particular time, I decided to stay in Uguisudani, as the branch of the chain hotel that I like to stay in happened to have one sitting right on top of a train station that’s on the Yamanote line. Prior to going there, I have figured out that the location is basically a love hotel zone – which led to a few interesting finds around the area. notably, there’s a lot of “street food” in this place and izakaya, which allowed me to prowl as much as I please for interesting foods from back alley shops

Notably, this particular Izakaya across the road. After a long, long day being an otaku, I needed to unwind on good food and decided to try this shop out. There were already a few customers in there at that time, but still seemed a little quiet.

Despite it being a disgustingly hot summer day (Tokyo’s summer is humid, stinkingly humid), I wanted to have some warm comfort food. like udon. So I ordered some Tempura udon, totally anticipating a normal bowl of tempura udon.

then this monstrosity turned up.


I eat alot, but this was beyond me lol! this was a giant bowl of gorgeous udon and tempura (mixed seafood and veggies). The tempura coating was nice and crunchy, the prawns were huge, sweet and delicious. The veggies were soft, melt in your mouth perfection and the udon. oh the udon. perfect al dente. Mmmm thinking about it takes me back.

The serving size was big enough to feed 2 people, yet, I was glad I had it all to myself. 10/10 will return again this year <3