Best First Day of Summer EverJune 20, 2008 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Merchandise | 20 Comments
Well, for those who are unaware and pay no attention (like myself) today is the first day of Summer. And it’s another wonderful addition to my wonderful week! Because at noon today I found this on my front doorstep:
A package~! My magazines from Japan finally arrived~!
This includes: Animedia June 2008, Megami July 2008, an issue of Nakayoshi, and an issue of Ribon.
I took a lot of pictures so, there’s ton of images beyond this point! Keep it in mind.
I ordered all this stuff a couple of weeks ago from Sasuga. But they didn’t have Nakayoshi or Ribon in stock so I had to wait for them to get a shipment from Japan. It was brutal. But they sent me an e-mail saying they received the items a couple of days ago (Wednesday I think) and now I have them~!
I’ve really been the most excited about Nakayoshi. I’ve been holding off on trying to find the scans so I could actually look at them normally…you know, not on a computer screen. I miss a lot of stuff that way. I think a lot of people found the scans through all the random ever-changing sources, but I’m satisfied paying through my rear to be able to look at something without getting a headache.
So, I now have Shugo Chara! chapter 30 in my hands. And before anyone asks, no I won’t give you scans. I don’t have a scanner. If enough people ask I could take pictures I guess, but the quality would be crappy (besides, hasn’t almost everyone besides me seen them anyway?).
I’ll go on about this chapter of Shugo Chara! at the bottom of this post. For now…first page in color.
First, my posters from Megami (and animedia). The two Shugo Chara! posters in the two magazines are the reason why I really ordered all this stuff. I added in Ribon and Nakayoshi so I could get free shipping (though oddly enough they’re what I enjoyed most).
The two Shugo Chara! ones are obvious and all of you should have seen the images of them around somewhere by now. Amu as a bride was necessary because…now I can imagine her getting married to Ikuto every night. Yes~! And the Amu and Utau one was just hot. I never use the word “hot” for anything, but that’s the best way to describe it. It’s a perfect combo of cute and hot.
I’m going to hang the Vampire Knight one up even though I dislike the series. The art’s just so great in both the manga and anime. As soon as I run out of room it’ll probably come down.
The Special A poster was a nice surprise…and a lulz-worthy one too. I’d already seen the picture, but seeing it again just made me laugh. Engrish is always good for a laugh. And notice that Hikari’s the only one who can use proper English. That’s why she’s ranked second in the school, even though she’s as dense as a brick.
And the Lucky Star one is going up because I can take non-canon yuri if they’re very much showing that it’s non-canon (because Hiyori is imagining it). I have a dislike for non-canon yuri and yaoi. But this poster willl probably come down once I run out of room also.
Now…I just need to find my poster tape…
I didn’t really get the magazines for the articles, since I can’t read them after all. Just another reason for me to spend the summer learning Japanese. Though I had fun going through the magazines anyway. Here’s some random stuff I found in Megami: Little Busters! trading card ad, Nagisa fanart, Utau article. That wasn’t all, but it’s all I feel is relevant to share.
There was some fun stuff in animedia too. Like Vampire Knight cosplay (is this official or something…?). Then there were a couple of chibi stand-up things of Suzaku and Lelouch. I’m totally putting them up on my desk once it’s clean again. The next time either of them piss me off (it’ll more likely be Suzaku) I can just knock them down. Now…I just need a stand-up thing of Tadase…
Animedia also came with a neat little folder thing for Code Geass…that I would like a lot more if it wasn’t so obviously designed for yaoi fangirls. Not that I have anything against, I’m just you know…not a yaoi fangirl.
Ribon was a lot of fun to go through especially because it did the unthinkable.
See this is the issue of Ribon with the last chapter of ShinKuro. So…I went through the raws in a very relaxed mode in my room. Then, I hit that page with Haine smiling at the end and it finally happened! There were tears in my eyes! First time that’s ever happened when reading a manga. I guess because I was holding the last chapter of ShinKuro in my hands…? I don’t know. Maybe I’m just being all womanly or something lame. But definitely, somehow it’s just different holding a manga in your hands.
Because of this being that special super Arina Tanemura issue of Ribon, there were two beautiful postcards of each series in the front. I know you can find a scan of the ShinKuro one on minitokyo right now, but I don’t know about Mistress Fortune. Either way, the images are just great. Arina-sensei you rule~!
The rest of the stuff wasn’t that important. I saw chapter 11 of Chocolate Cosmos, but since I’m on chapter 5 I didn’t look at it (avoiding spoilers). I saw some wtf stuff, but really…nothing important.
There was a cute little calendar thing for Mistress Fortune (and lol, according the words “Gentlemen’s Alliance” as well). I also got some markers or something, but not from a series I’m familiar with, so it doesn’t really matter.
Ah~! Nakayoshi~! Saving the best for last~! (Actually Ribon might have been the best for me, but I’m sure not for any readers of my blog)
Let’s work our way up to the most exciting stuff, shall we?
Ah! I was excited to see a cover of one of my new favorite manga Koko ni iru yo! but unfortunately, I’m on chapter 3 and the manga seems to be up to chapter 13. So I couldn’t really look at it. But the cover along is enough to tell me that, as expected, Koko ni iru yo! will have a stupid love triangle after all. Ugh.
Usually I’m all for drama, but Koko ni iru yo! is so cute and fulfilling without any lame love triangle.
Meh…either way I still recommend it. You can check it out at the scanlator’s site. This time I like the nice boy because a nice shy girl needs a nice boy, right? Of course. Stupid triangles messing up my pairings.
But anyway, I also got a cute eraser for Koko ni iru yo! At least I think it’s an eraser…either way I’m not using it.
The other big furoku that came with Nakayoshi was a little Shugo Chara! towel (or wash cloth or something). So I’m very pleased that the two series I really like from Nakayoshi both happened to be what the furoku were for. It’s great luck for me!!
Now…onto Shugo Chara!
There was a pretty cool image for the obligatory anime page next to the manga. I hope a better quality version becomes available sometime soon, because exluding the fact that Amu is transformed as Amulet Heart, this image has all my top three characters in it. Awesome. There’s only one image from the manga like that too.
Also there was a small ad for some items. The two to the right just seem to be the flow cards. The one that’s second to the left seems to be that wrist band Kairi gave Amu in episode 33 (has she worn that btw?) and on the left (you can’t see very well) looks like some little chara action figures that come with their own eggs. I…want Eru. If someone finds these for sale anywhere, let me know because I want Eru.
There were some more things (like more card things) but I can’t take pictures of everything.
Alright, this is what I’m sure some people are looking for. Small little spoilers if you haven’t seen the scans. Though first here are two non-spoiler manga images. Ikuto reading…what looks like Nakayoshi (lol, Ikuto’s reading shoujo). And the best picture from the whole chapter (beware of sudden nosebleeds). And to answer any questions…don’t let your minds get too carried away, but yes…Ikuto’s taking a shower (there were slightly better shots of him, but this one has Amu~!).
Now for some spoilers (which are unreliable and crap, I’m just repeating what I’ve been told and what I see and can guess at). I just wrote all this up so I could go on about some drama a bit. The spoilers are all in white so you have to highlight to read them.
The chapter starts with that color page from before with Amu waking up with Ikuto once again (and it seems she’s gotten used to sleeping with him). She pokes him in the face and then smiles as she watches him sleep (lol, Amu really is a pervert like Ikuto said in chapter 28). But then Amu notices a cut on Ikuto’s arm. She wonders about it briefly, but it seems she then just heads off to school.
She meets up with Tadase on the way to school and gayness ensues. If I may interject for a moment, I thought Tadase confessing back in chapter 28 might redeem him, but it just makes me hate him more. Because now he’s trying to be all gay and “forward” with Amu and telling her how much he likes her all the time. It pisses me off because he’s acting as if he never rejected her in the first place. I really do hate him.
Back on track, at the school Nagihiko is introduced as the new Jack. Meaning Rima gets to meet him for the first time. Either Rima is suspicious of Nagihiko for some reason, or she’s jealous about how close he seems to be with Amu (or something entirely different, I can’t read). Either way…cute~! Because then Nagihiko seems to tease Rima a bit (yes, feel the Rimahiko love~!). (went back and it seems Rima might actually be jealous over Nadeshiko specifically, awww).
Then it seems they talk about whatever happened at the end of the last chapter. All that stuff we didn’t get to see. And I can say nothing about what’s going on here of course (haven’t even heard spoilers from anyone).
Then Amu seems to be feeling down and talks with Nagihiko to feel better (yay! It’s been so long!). She then talks with Tadase and begins to wonder why Tadase hates Ikuto so much (good question…I’m betting the answer is just that Tadase’s a brat).
Amu comes home to Ikuto reading manga and somehow ends up bringing him into the bathroom to take a shower. She has to be in the bathroom the whole time so her mom thinks she’s the one in there (ah…this scene ranks right after the bed stuff…seriously). Amu even gets dressed while Ikuto’s in the shower! >////<
Then as Ikuto and Amu are leaving the bathroom, Amu’s mom is waiting just outside with a very unhappy face (lol, I can imagine). It seems that things get explained and there are a ton of cute panels in all of this. I think the outcome is that Ikuto gets to saty, just not in Amu’s room anymore (aww….). There seems to be a semi-Amuto moment going, but it’s ruined when Amu and Ikuto leave the room and meet up with Tadase in the hallway.
I’m not sure exactly what Ikuto said (something about hearing Tadase’s confession) but Tadase gets all hurt and crap and runs off. I didn’t feel bad for Tadase and once again, I ended up hating him more. Because he’s always all mad at Ikuto, but all Ikuto does is tease him. It’s obvious that Ikuto could hurt Tadase’s feelings anytime he wanted to. But he doesn’t (and this time there’s a reason), therefore…hate Tadase more, love Ikuto more.
Seeing Tadase got Amu all upset and she gets angry at Ikuto and tells him to leave. Ikuto does leave and it seems he only said what he did to make Amu hate him on purpose (he doesn’t want her getting more involved I guess). Then Ikuto runs into some jerks from Easter…ugh.
Meanwhile, Amu is crying when Yoru shows up in the last page which we’ve all probably seen already and tells Amu that if she doesn’t help him, Ikuto will die.
Oh my, more drama.
I’m hoping all this drama leads to the Amuto OTP like it should, but Tadase’s been getting an unusual amount of time with Amu recently, so I’m not as, “99.9% positive” like I used to be. You have to remember what kind of magazine Nakayoshi is, where princely characters generally win. But Peach-Pit aren’t just shoujo manga-ka, so they probably don’t play by the shoujo rules. I’m hoping they don’t anyway.
Someone please correct me if I got anything wrong (or feel free to add to it, just give a warning of any spoilers).
I want the new chapter now. Damn it. With this cliff-hanger I have almost no choice, but to go crazy looking like everyone else. Or I can just buy the next issue of Nakayoshi.
Yeah…let’s do that. It’ll probably piss my parents off, but who cares!? I need my Shugo Chara!!! I got a whole package full of stuff with Shugo Chara! in it and it’s still not enough!
Hmm…I wonder if maybe I should get a subscription. I’m going to send an e-mail asking Sasuga about the shipping right now and then I’ll decide! Either way, I think I have to at least order next month’s issue.
…Well, for now I’m just going to look at chapter 30 again (it’s all I can do).
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