Lepetit89Lepetit89 The Running LibraryI collect, therefore I am.


Hello and welcome to my page.

I am, as you can guess, an avid collector of various kinds of items which include, of course, figures, but also music CDs, Doujinshi and games.

I spend most of my income on my collection and, quite frankly, I don't regret it at all; there is something strangely satisfying about owning things, particularly owning many things. Due to that, I like buying many things, which results in severe neglegience of most other things I could spend money on.
However, I think we must come to terms with our shortcomings, and if this ambitious greed is my shortcoming, then I'd rather just put it to something useful.

As much as I love the "buying and acquiring"-part of collecting, I also love sorting my collection and indexing it. That's also part of the reason why I currently spend most of my time after work adding entries to the database. I want to add everything I have, seeing how I can be sure that the information is correct and it also helps improve the database.

Most of the data I have is data I already collected once since I'm also doing the same for the Doujinshi and Manga Lexicon.

However, since this is a database which covers several areas I focus on, I figured it couldn't hurt to do it a second time. It's still going to be some time before I finish, but it's a lot of fun; though I hope we'll be able to add Doujin-CDs in the future.

Anyway, since this says "Bio" I suppose is this is also where I'll take the liberty of explaining the roots of my collection and how I discovered the joy of collecting. It's long, but alas, I enjoy writing.

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Everything began in a winter night towards the end of December 2009. Back then, we still had actual winter here, and I spent my evenings playing Oblivion when there was nothing going on in FFXI (so it was rare for me to play Oblivion).

For some reason, I checked my Youtube favourites and found a remix of a Touhou Project BGM linked. One thing led to another and, a few months later, I bought all the games and started playing them somewhat religiously, making my way up to clearing Lunatic in all games as the years passed.

Along the road, I, of course, also greatly enjoyed the music. However, in November 2009, I lost almost all data on the partition my music was on in a bizarre accident involving a failed installation of a certain Poker-game that I do not wish to name.

Nonetheless, the timing couldn't have been better, for I had been saving money and thus, I looked into ways to purchase the CD's, mainly because there was nothing else I could spend it on.

As a result, I bought everything of interest Paletweb had to offer, moving on to WhiteCanvas a little more than half a year later because they offered items Paletweb did not and provided me with terribly friendly service, which I had not experienced from stores up until that point.

When I began collecting CD's, I also ceased downloading music and the only thing I kept downloading were Doujinshi because "I could not purchase them here, so it's okay", as I told myself.

However, my stance on that radically changed after yet another bizarre incident which involved a trip to my grandma, drugs and a Japanese 60GB PS3 (CECHA00) which I foolishly left to its own devices in my absence (this might sound a little more exciting than it actually was; please note that it was simply stolen in order to acquire drugs).

Long story short, I returned and, next to boundless rage, I also felt something else - complete and utter powerlessness.

A few days after that, I paid a little more attention to the friendly reminders in Doujinshi, telling the reader that uploads are prohibited - and started wondering if the artists also felt powerless, seeing how their works end up on all sites anyway.

Due to that, I no longer download anything, no matter how much I want to read it or listen to it. However, I also understand that reasons for illegal downloads go beyond simply wanting free stuff - I simply do not wish to partake in it. I do not bear particularly ill feelings to those who engage in piracy (at least some of them with more complex reasons) - however, if possible, I'm always happy to simply avoid the topic.

Nonetheless, my abstinence didn't change the fact that I was a huge fan of Doujinshi, especially of the kind suited for adults. However, in many countries, import of pornographic media is very problematic, Germany being no exception, and I knew how thorough the local customs office was.

However, after moving to another town in October 2010, when I started going to university, I took a gamble with the customs office there and started ordering huge amounts of Doujinshi. I was somewhat nervous about the whole matter, but I succeeded - which also had a lot to do with the sellers being prudent about the packaging.

So there I was, collecting both CD's and Doujinshi. I was young, ambitious (at least as far as my collection was concerned) and, in an unexpected turn of events, I was lacking funds, even though I only focused on Touhou Project Doujinshi to restrain myself from feeling tempted to purchase too much.

However, those were the times that taught me how to use money efficiently - how I could save money, how I could get through months without ever having to touch my salary for trivial things such as food and, most importantly, how I could acquire more money. Granted, a lot of that was simply me working part-time as translator, but I managed to expand my collection on a monthly basis.

Now we're finally getting to figures!

Truth be told, I always thought figures were awesome, but considered them to be a waste of money because I didn't value aesthetics as much before that fateful day in 2011.

On that one day, when I caught wind of Griffon Enterprises being about to release a figure of Byakuren Hijiri, my favourite character, I could no longer resist and, at last, started collecting figures. "I'll only buy this one" turned into "But she'll be lonely without her friends" to "Having figures of only one group is somewhat boring".

Nowadays, I maintain a steadily growing collection of PVC-figures, with, as usual, a strong focus on Touhou Project. I make it a goal not to have more than one figure of each character, unless they can change shape or something to that extent. I would love to have one figure of each character in the series, but it seems that Touhou Project has become slightly less popular among figure producers, which is somewhat detrimental to my ambitions, I suppose.

However, towards the end of the year 2014, this growing lack of interest as well as my refusal to buy from stores that do not sell items internationally finally allowed me to expand. I lifted my restrictions on figures and Doujinshi, which I only bought if they were related to Touhou Project, and started including items related to Kantai Collection.

From this point forward, I intend to keep doing the same - my collection has become a bit of a life purpose for me, as I started greatly enjoying archiving new acquisitions as part of various projects on other websites.

Finally, please allow me to say that I'm always happy to meet people and make acquaintances. However, a friend request isn't necessarily the best way to achieve that, so if there's anything you'd like to talk with me about, please use the comment-function or send me a message.

I'm sure that if we get along, we'll be exchanging friend requests soon enough.

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06 days agoRicottaRicotta
Oh god, how embarrassing! I don't know how I made the mistake, but I'm really sorry!
06 days agoRicottaRicotta
Après, la Vita arrive un peu en fin de vie, non ? Pas sûr que Sony retente une portable après le flop de la Vita (du moins ici, je ne sais pas si la console est populaire au Japon).

Oh, je vois. Du coup, des trois versions, Kanzeon reste ma préférée, je trouve que c'est la plus élégante. Les imageries religieuses classiques me plaisent beaucoup en général, surtout les imageries bouddhistes et hindouistes (il faudrait que je m'intéresse de plus près à sa mythologie d'ailleurs).

Pas fan du style victorien honnêtement, j'ai jamais trop compris l'engouement pour cette période de l'histoire. Je cherche juste à avoir un look vaguement goth, c'est ce que j'aime bien.
Détrompe-toi, pendant les vacances, je me suis fait Nantes Saint-Nazaire à vélo, et comme une idiote, je n'ai pas pensé à mettre de la crème solaire, du coup, je me suis chopé un gros coup de soleil sur le visage. Je pense que je vais m'acheter un tube pour cet été, même si je n'ai pas l'intention de partir en vacances, ça cogne pas mal à Paris.
Ça a l'air effectivement très pratique, tu dois pas mal économiser sur les transports aussi. C'est quand même sécurisé de se déplacer à Tôkyô à vélo ? Je sais qu'à Paris, je n'oserais pas.

OK, merci beaucoup.

Lol, wtf, il y a de l'or incrusté sur la couverture ? Sérieusement, le mec a édité son bouquin à dix exemplaires ou quoi ?

Oui, voilà, je parlais de l'OP de Monogatari.
06 days agoneyney
Lepetit89 (7 days ago) #21329837Now that you mention it, I certainly wonder if there are any of the angry type here. I recall someone mentioning that it's annoying when so many entries for Doujinshi are added, but I don't think anyone's ever found it offensive or disgusting so far (or at least hasn't openly voiced their opinion).
However, I do recall a few instances of people asking artists to stop drawing erotic works on Pixiv (or rather, demanding it), so there certainly are those guys out there, too.
By the way, did you see Mike's tweets about her works being uploaded illegally? That's exactly why I just cannot bring myself to like piracy.

I had some of my entries reported (FuniFuniLab's Fairy tail parody) because one user doesn't seems to appreciate that or to be more correct, feels disgusted by those.

Ero aside, some fan's reactions about some character can turn to a drama really quickly (Adachi from Persona 4 for example) and the escalation is sometime really crazy. I understand their PoV but turning to an inquisition war isn't a good thing to do too. And TBH, a big part of pixiv lurker are just here for ero illustration of their favorites characters.

I've seen the Mike tweet and i feel really sad of her decision but she's right. A lot of their recent works have been uploaded by a chinese group on a larger piracy hub (when it's usually limited to private chinese website). A recent cosplay website have a disgusting behavior about how they "stole" the work of cosplayer explained on their website policy but it's also impossible to fight them since a lot of users consider it as "free stuff" like you have already mentionned.

It's sad to say but the only way to prevent this is to limit the sell to Japan only during convention :/
012 days agoneyney
I do not except people understand my taste or my choice, and honestly i don't care at all. They are free to love or hate, to discover a circle or feel anger, i'm only putting what is in my collection , filling the blank, fixing mistakes and complete the chronology of a circle.

A good friend of mine pointed out some of them like giving a romanization of a title when its compound with Kanji + the Romanization making the result so weird. But i think when the author used a abbreviation(more for the stylising on the cover than laziness) it's OK to write Illustration instead Illust.
014 days ago (14 days ago)Lepetit89Lepetit89 The Running Library
ney (16 days ago) #20970160View spoilerHide spoilerI rather prefer a long-term working visa instead experience :P It fell very different from just going for vacation but i really enjoy it. It's about the same in France, Canada and Australia are really popular as choice for WH and Japan doesn't seems to interest that much since the quota is never reached. I think liking Anime and all stuff related to this isn't enough to decide to move to Japan THB, people should be aware about the language barrier and learn the basics (real ones, not only anime catchphrases) before considering to do their "dream".
Yup, a lot of them love Japan but only as a hobby-related interests and so only see a very small portion of the whole thing, i don't say it's a bad thing but it's not enough. And also it's more like a trend for teenagers who idealize what they saw on animes to the real life or what they are reading on Internet about how European/American are famous here, it's not working like that.
I started and discovered practically a big amount of my doujinshis with that way, and i continue to think i can be a good thing if the circle/author has stopped or if the title is pretty old. The topic is very sensible on Internet like you mentionned and i totally disapprove the way some translation team works and provide translation just the day after the initial release. That's why during the last Comiket i spent a lot of money to buy the latest one of each circles i like. It would be more easy for me to wait a little and to find them in second-hand but it was more to balance my "dark" years. If you really like the work of someone, even if it's expensive, people should consider to buy at least one of them to support him.
In some Japanese learning textbooks, they even give you the advice to NOT use the romanized words to be more efficient and confortable with hiragana/katakana/kanji. And this point is understandable, if we romanize a whole sentence we also tend to separate words for making it more grammatically correct to us even if some particles are dependant for words. Finally, we got something better to read but lose accuracy. Some authors bring their translation but their english is so poor when they don't making mistakes with some words that make the situation worst. The most ideal situation is where there is a romanized title (when the fu become hu or this kind of stuffs that drive me crazy…)

Okay, seems like we're at least 90% in agreement there; always had the feeling that we're somewhat similar in some regards when it comes to adding books here, especially regarding some particular quirks, but it seems it's not quite limited to that. Nice!

But yes, romanizations can be frustrating; some of it is downright mind-boggling and I'm still not entirely sure as to what to do with abbreviated loanwords, such as イラスト; on one hand, the rule of thumb is to romanize them using their actual spelling, but Illust looks kind of stupid, though there are plenty of other examples.

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