wednesday_10_00: (KageHina - !!!)
Before I talk at great length about Haikyuu, I want to talk about deputy shopping services. I have been using Noppin for years (since they were Crescent, even) and have been happy with them. At the end of December, however, just as I was getting ready to place a bunch of bids on Winter Comiket doujinshi, Noppin closed for a week for the holiday and server maintenance. I panicked and started looking for a different deputy service, because what if I missed all the Comiket doujinshi?? But I soon calmed down and realized that 1) everyone was going to be closed at least for a few days for New Years, and 2) I already have a sizable deposit at Noppin, and it's kind of annoying to have to make a deposit elsewhere as well. So I decided to be patient and wait out the holiday, and of course I didn't have any trouble getting anything I wanted.

The reason I tell this story is that while I was panicking, I found a service called Goody Japan. They don't have real time bidding the way Noppin does, so I doubt I'll be using their auction services. BUT their fees for shopping services are way cheaper (¥400 + 7% vs ¥1000 + 10% at Noppin), and placing orders is much easier compared to Noppin's clunky message board. (Since I mentioned the deposit above, I will say that with Goody's system, you make a deposit for each shopping order, and then it's subtracted from the final total you owe, so they don't keep money for you the way Noppin does for their auction service.) Frankly, it makes it dangerously easy to order things from Animate, or Tora no Ana, or any number of shops. They also were super fast in getting my things packaged and ready to ship out (Noppin can take days to get a package ready, especially when apparently they think your package is going to get confiscated because it has freaking udon noodles in it), and everything was packed perfectly. I kind of laughed that they made a big deal out of the air pocket padding, but the box really did seem lighter compared to just newspaper. Anyway, I will definitely be using Goody again--in fact, I just placed another doujinshi order this weekend because Haikyuu!! (Those exclamation points are in the title, but they are also the punctuation for that sentence.) This is...as good of a segue as any, I guess?

let's talk about volleyball )
wednesday_10_00: (snow)
I think I am too late for any religious observances, but I hope everyone is enjoying whatever holiday break they may be having or have had. anime, fic, other things )
wednesday_10_00: (...)
but have bought anyway stupid TRSI sale:

* Yuu Yuu Hakusho Blu-ray bundle - 64.99
* R.O.D. complete Blu-ray set - 99.98
* Special A, set 2 - 5.99
* Yawara collection 1 - 34.99
* Kobato bundle - 37.99
* [thing which is a present for somebody who is probably not reading this, but I won't say what it is, just in case] - 12.99

also, from Amazon [insert long, boring tale of woe here]:
Special A, set 1 - 18.39 + 2.98 shipping

(also the third set of Utena, but I knew that was coming and had budgeted for it, so it doesn't count but if you WERE going to count that, and the next disc of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, it would be another $120)

total damage to December budget: 278.30

(My favorite part of that is the 12.99 present. $265 for me, $13 for you! I am a terrible person.)

In my defense, though, the retail price for all this is over seven hundred dollars (714.78 to be precise), and I did actually manage to restrain myself from buying everything I wanted, so...it could have been worse?

oh god my poor budget orz

miscellany

Nov. 8th, 2011 10:17 am
wednesday_10_00: (seekrit OTP)
Phoenix Wright live action trailers are up at the official site. Gah, want to see this SO BAD.

re: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi episode 5 )

randomly, Hikago )
wednesday_10_00: (nyanko-sensei: noodles)
1. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (obviously) - so far I'm loving it, though the compete cutting out of sex sort of makes me roll my eyes. In the first episode, it's obvious that something happened, and coupled with Ritsu's beer-induced amnesia,* I thought it worked pretty well. [Though Crunchyroll's translation of the "sempai" line as "Saga" failed utterly for me.] But the second episode was like...they had sex there, right? I had to go look at my manga to make sure.

*[livejournal.com profile] collarnojutsu, I don't know if you remember this, but we once had a conversation about Ritsu being in denial, and I said there was one specific example where he was actively trying to not remember something. I was talking about this episode, and please also see a line early in the second episode.

Next episode will be Chiaki. :/

2. Hunter x Hunter remake - It seems to me like this version is moving a lot faster than the original. (Which is OK, because I found some of the filler in the original a little tiresome.) The new cast is REALLY weirding me out, though. Gon, Kurapika, and Leorio's actors all seem to be doing their best to imitate the original actors. They do a pretty good job, although it was obvious to me right away that it was a new cast. (Really, really miss Takeuchi Junko as Gon.) When we meet Hisoka and Killua, though, they sound COMPLETELY different, which is even more disorienting. I wish they had gone all or nothing with trying to match the original cast.

To be honest, though, I'm still not sure what the POINT of this remake is. Surely the original isn't so old that we can't watch it anymore? It's just strange.

3. Chihayafuru - This is like Hikaru no Go, only with karuta. And the main character is a girl. And I think there's a love triangle? OK, so not really that much like Hikaru no Go, but you guys it is so rad when Arata throws the cards so hard they end up embedded in a wall. The characters are really fun, too, although Taichi is as annoying as all get-out. (Hopefully he gets better, I don't know.) But Chihaya is hilarious and Arata is adorable and I sort of love the big teddy bear dude who runs the local karuta club.

Anybody else watching something worth checking out?
wednesday_10_00: (bookcat)
Gah, my journal looks like a Valentine's Day card exploded. I think I need to stop experimenting with color schemes.

Last week, [livejournal.com profile] collarnojutsu came up to visit. She flew into Chicago (at my suggestion), so after I picked her up at the airport, we went to Sanseido (formerly Asahiya) and the aquarium. Sanseido was sort of under construction, so it was TINY. (I still managed to get quite a stack, mostly catching up on some shounen and shoujo series I've fallen behind on.) We had a good time on Saturday, but I'm never suggesting that a friend fly into Chicago again, because driving down there twice in less than a week (during construction season, no less) is kind of a pain.

Other than that, [livejournal.com profile] collarnojutsu amused herself by raiding my bookshelf, we read through some G-Defend summaries (another successful convert!), and we watched a bunch of porn culturally enriching animation. Stuff we watched: )

Pumpkin report )
wednesday_10_00: (bookcat)
Gah, my journal looks like a Valentine's Day card exploded. I think I need to stop experimenting with color schemes.

Last week, [livejournal.com profile] collarnojutsu came up to visit. She flew into Chicago (at my suggestion), so after I picked her up at the airport, we went to Sanseido (formerly Asahiya) and the aquarium. Sanseido was sort of under construction, so it was TINY. (I still managed to get quite a stack, mostly catching up on some shounen and shoujo series I've fallen behind on.) We had a good time on Saturday, but I'm never suggesting that a friend fly into Chicago again, because driving down there twice in less than a week (during construction season, no less) is kind of a pain.

Other than that, [livejournal.com profile] collarnojutsu amused herself by raiding my bookshelf, we read through some G-Defend summaries (another successful convert!), and we watched a bunch of porn culturally enriching animation. Stuff we watched: )

Pumpkin report )

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