No. Heck no. A million times “no”.

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There’s usually nothing wrong with people trying to make a quick buck, especially if the ones on the other end of the transaction think they’ve ended up with a good deal.

Besides, I’ve bitten into a lot of anime-related merchandising offers myself. DVDs, CDs (character and soundtracks), fanbooks, figures – the list goes on. If it’s affordable and in good taste, I’ll probably buy it.

But this . . . THIS . . .

To collect, perhaps. It might be fun to have them mounted in gilt-edged frames and hung on the walls to frighten the kiddies. (And any sensible adults within viewing range.) But what self-respecting person would actually wear these?

Now I realise that we can’t stop anyone from snapping this stuff up – and having seen what sorts of things they peddle in Akihabara, I expect there are many who will. Tastes differ; it takes all sorts to make up a population. De gustibus non est disputandum.

So by all means, carry on and close the deal if you feel you must. Just be aware that the hacking, retching noises in the background are coming from my throat.

Unlucky☆Star

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Life is a stern teacher. And some of the hardest lessons life can give come in the form of missed opportunities.

All right, enough with the melodramatic lead-ups. Here’s the dirt on what happened just a short while ago.

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Kannagi makes my day

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Behind Door No. 301 . . .

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Moral of the day: if you open Door No. 301 in a karaoke bar and find someone other than the Four Lovely Ladies from Saitama inside, make a beeline for the counter and ask for your money back. You’ve been ripped off.

Saimoe 2008: The triumph of the avenger

All I can say is: Brilliant. Bloody brilliant.

In the epic Duel of the Twins that marked the end of Saimoe 2008, Lucky Star‘s Kagami emerged triumphant over her younger sister Tsukasa to take the crown of victory 1037-976. Unlike most of the previous battles, the outcome of the final match was far from certain for much of the day, with the hourly results showing frequent overlaps and the slimmest possible margins. A clear advantage in Kagami’s favour only began to emerge sometime after 7 PM, and Tsukasa’s supporters virtually closed that gap as voting entered its final agonising hour – but in the end, the elder sister’s minions came through for her and propelled her to victory on a 61-point margin.

I wish I could turn out something more substantial to top off this year’s Saimoe coverage, but I’m pressed for time at the moment so this brief write-up is all I can give for now. Though I’m really itching to compose something similar to the “epic” that reported the results of the Battle of the 30th.

Cheerio.

Lucky Star – Special Edition DVD Volume 3 (review)

Today the spotlight falls on the third volume of Kadokawa/Bandai’s special edition Region 1 Lucky Star DVD series.

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September goodies

A couple of days ago, I took delivery of the first item on my September-October shopping list: the LE version of Lucky Star Volume 3. Expect a photo-heavy review within the next week or so. [UPDATE (14 September 2008): Review published. Click here.]

Another special treat arrived with the Lucky Star video: a copy of the two-disc R1 DVD release of Miyazaki Hayao’s 2001 film Spirited Away. With a tight work deadline looming, I can’t guarantee a review for this in the very near future (although there’s a good chance I’ll write one eventually).

Lucky Star – Special Edition DVD Volume 2 (review)

Today the spotlight falls on the second volume of Kadokawa/Bandai’s special edition Region 1 Lucky Star DVD series.

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