Birthday Swag ’08August 5, 2008 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Merchandise | 8 Comments
Title used because I’m pretty sure that this blog will be around next year too (for Birthday Swag ’09!). Also…wanted to use a picture of a pirate (plus the word “swag” is fun to say).
I’m going to start looking now and try to find a picture of an anime girl pirate celebrating her birthday for next year (awesome).
First of all, thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday. I did have a very fun time turning eighteen yesterday (ah…that’s a little better, the way I worded that sentence before sounded perverted on the first read).
Now then, continuing with my birthday post from yesterday (actually written on August 3rd), I do feel a little different now that my birthday has gone by.
Basically, I feel the same as ever, but with a certain sense of entitlement. I’ve always hated a lot of people my own age, teenagers and stuff. People keep telling me that I’m being “unfair” and that I’m a “traitor” to my generation. Yeah…if my generation keeps killing itself off by texting while driving, then I don’t mind being a traitor.
Basically, I’ve always acted unusually immature or like an adult complaining about young’ns and is too into politics. Now I feel kind of feel like I’m not so weird about half of it anyway. I’m an adult. I can vote now (even though I was always going to be able to vote in the next election), I’m a little entitled to be boring as hell and cranky sometimes.
That’s it though. I feel better about the way I act (half the time), but I still act the same. I’m still technically in high school though, so I don’t have to start acting like a complete adult just yet.
Now then…my swag! (Still fun to say)
I really didn’t get much that is anime-related. Everything that I’d want for my birthday comes out after. All those wonderful DVDs from Funimation (like Ouran…) and certain Shugo Chara gashapon and chibi awesome figures (Ikuto~!) that aren’t out yet either.
I didn’t ask for much (because I like getting surprises), so I got a lot of stuff from the Disney Store. Mostly Tinkerbell stuff. So, I was very pleased with all of that. (Yes, the stuff I like to buy is almost always somehow connected to some sort of animation)
So, I wasn’t really expecting much for my birthday this year. Nothing exciting. Everything came out after my birthday, blah, blah, blah. Here’s what I had on my list:
- Short-Tempered Melancholic and Other Stories
- Ballad of the Shinigami (vol. 2)
- Fruits Basket (vol. 20)
- Code Geass Limited Edition Boxset1
- Meikyuu Butterfly CD
- Black Diamonds Limited Edition CD
I didn’t get the last three things because they haven’t arrived yet. Code Geass comes out today, and Black Diamonds comes out tomorrow (apparently). The Meikyuu Butterfly CD is getting shipped with the Black Diamonds CD, so that one is arriving late too.
All of the things I was even excited about getting, I don’t get until after my birthday. But, my parents said they’d also buy me a wallet when we went to Boston for the day (We went to the aquarium and saw penguins!). So we went over to Harvard Square in Cambridge and stopped off at Tokyo Kid in the Garage Mall.
I must have mentioned Tokyo Kid at least once before, but in case I haven’t…it’s a really great anime store in Cambridge (in the Boston area). They sell stuff imported from Japan and stuff from the companies in North America. They sell some of the basics, manga and anime DVDs, but I hardly ever buy any of that stuff there (I have Best Buy, FYE, Barnes & Noble, and Borders for that).
But they have some great plushies, a wonderful selection of wallscrolls, imported Japanese albums and OSTs, and quite a few figures (imported and from N. America). The only problem is…they don’t have a lot of current stuff. The series I regularly find in there include: Sailor Moon, Fruits Basket, Tsubasa Chronicle, InuYasha, Kingdom Hearts, and CardCaptor Sakura. I don’t really mind though. I can find new stuff online. If it weren’t for Tokyo Kid, I’d be missing out on a lot of awesome CCS merchandise (it’s usually what I leave with).
Of course, you can also find Haruhi stuff in there now too. That turned out to be great for me.
First, I got a pretty cool Haruhi wallet.
It’s a good wallet. Better than my last one. It just happens to be a bonus that it’s for an anime I like.
Here’s the back. It had a section that’s almost an entire wallet itself. At least it’s similar to a wallet I used in the past with a small pocket dividing the place for bills and coins.
And here’s the whole open deal. It’s got a lot of pockets for all of my cards. Which really aren’t entirely filled up because I only have gift cards, a library card, and a reward card. That’ll change once I get my credit card. *evil laugh*
I also have my brand new license that just happened to arive on my birthday too. Normally it would go in that nice clear spot in the middle. But even if I was ready to let the many people who cause at least 1000 views per day on this site to see my picture…I wouldn’t want them to see the picture. That’s a bad picture (I never look good in “Say Cheese!” sort of photos).
So…that’s what my parents bought me at Tokyo Kid. Which is great. It was the second best present I got that day.
My brother however got me the best present from this year or last year:
Epic, isn’t she? She looks like an amazing chibi God.
Yes, my brother got me the Haruhi nendoroid from Good Smile. Every so often I forget my brother can be nice, so this was a really big surprise for me.
Basically, we walked into Tokyo Kid and I was expecting to walk out with some cheap little plushie and a wallet for my birthday. I headed right for the display case to look at the wallets (I made up my mind pretty quickly too). Then…I happened to glance to my right and saw…it.
The Haruhi Nendoroid.
I was in shock. I’d wanted it so badly for a while, but when you’re broke, what can you do? But I can ignore things when I can only buy them online. I can just distract myself with random stuff online and wait for it to sell out everywhere so I can forget about it entirely. But there was just one box left sitting there, taunting me.
Then right next to it is the Haruhi Figma. More out loud “AGH!” ensued. Two things I’d wanted, but had to turn away from so many times online were sitting right in front of me. Bother of them were around 30 dollars and I didn’t have that much “extra birthday present” money coming my way. And my parents wouldn’t lend me that much either since I already owe them quite a bit.
So, my brother hearing me going “Agh!” came up to me and made some sort of rude comment (I’ll keep it to myself to keep up my “I love you oniichan!” attitude) and asked what was wrong. I told him in the most pathetic little girl stressed out and whining way about my dilemma. “They have both of them! And I want one…but…but! I can’t get one!”
Then he just says, “Okay. I’ll get one for you.”
I just automatically said, “What? No.” Because I thought he was joking. It’s a common joke among my friends and family. “lol. Buy this for me” when it’s something expensive.
Then my brother’s like, “Why not?” and I just stared at him like, “They’re each thirty dollars…” And apparently he didn’t care. I was still all thinking it was too expensive and completely thrown by the fact that he was being so nice too.
My brother is nice to me at the most random times. He suddenly buys me ice cream and stuff all the time. I’m used to that by now. But this was different. Ice cream costs five dollars at most.
So, my brother had to call my dad over to convince me and after a minute or so, I was reminded me that it was my birthday (and a landmark birthday at that). Eventually, still feeling very suspicious, I meekly agreed. (Seriously, I sounded like a pathetic little girl the whole time)
Then I had to chose between Haruhi nendoroid and figma. I chose Haruhi nendoroid obviously. Figmas are most fun when you get the whole batch, and I didn’t really intend to do that.
So…I’m reminded once again why, even though he’s pretty mean to me and ignores me a lot, why I remain a younger sister who completely adores her older brother. He’s fun to talk to and he’s actually nice sometimes.
Basically…he’s like a lot of the awesome brothers everyone wishes they had from anime. He teases me all the time and makes fun of me, but when it comes to it he’s really nice and protective of his younger sister. He was even feeling sick that day, but he came all the way to Boston with the rest of the family because I asked him to (since it was my birthday).
Um…wait…I got really off-track there with my story. I almost forgot that this was about the stuff I got for my birthday.
…Well, I didn’t get anything else, so I might as well end it with a 4-koma from Little Busters! that I’ve been reminded of.
Now with this and the talk of figures…I really wish I had that one of Rin. I had it pre-ordered, but I’m not sure I’ll be getting it…
I should probably have taken more pictures of nendoroid Haruhi (maybe I will later), but I tired myself out playing with her last night. I just like her in super cute angry mode right now.
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