Hello hello! It’s been a while since I posted something here. The world has changed a lot in 11 months has it not?
Last year, I originally was drafting an August - November haul but then my work ate away at my free time and before I could return to it, the world shifted my focus. In March, I stopped actively collecting and spent March through May binge playing Animal Crossing New Horizons. Thankfully, my special edition switch arrived on the release date (3/13) My partner is too nice!! and I preordered the game digitally. In April, I very graciously had a change of job and now work from home. With new income flowing, I can pick up collecting again.
If I’m being candid… I have a bad habit of stress spending so... I think I have been collecting too much. I blame summer sales. haha Though I will be limiting my spending from here on out by only preordering. I picked up a large variety of video games and manga/light novels recently. I forgot to take pictures of the unboxings, so I will not do a haul with these items.
Since November, I have not received any new figures due to Japan Post’s ban on US shipments.
I will not be switching my orders to DHL. Honestly, my hobby purchases are not essential items and I do not need them ASAP; I trust AmiAmi and the figure distributors to take good care of my orders for the time being. But rest assured! Once I get all my AmiAmi orders in, I will do another picture-filled gush-fest of a haul post.
In the meantime, I want to talk about my current pending orders/preorders as well as what weeb adventures I’ve been up to outside of collecting.
Back in November, I preordered ITEM #805863 from Crunchyroll. Bunny Girl Senpai was my favorite anime from Winter 2018 and I fell in love with Mai (and her relationship with Sakuta). While I didn’t get to see the theatre run on the movie last year, I just had to order this lovely figure!
At the time, the only preorder that was still open was through Crunchyroll so I took the plunge and tried out their partnership with Sezzle. I paid my last payment in December and in May, it was inevitably delayed until June due to production delays.
During Funimation’s Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl event in April, I finally got to catch the movie and what a great tearjerker! It really gave me Disappearance of Haruhi vibes - how nostalgic! I’ve seen lots of beautiful pictures of Mai’s bridesmaid release and I’m excited to get her box in my hands. Needless to say, I do not regret jumping on this figure! However…
June has passed and still no word from Crunchyroll. The last word I heard from them was in May about the production delay. Now, let me be clear, I’m not upset about the delay or that I didn’t get my figure on release month. I’m frustrated by the lack of communication from Crunchyroll. I am a longtime subscriber to their streaming service but I’ve never ordered from their shop before and this isn’t the brightest first impression. Next month, if I still don’t hear from them, I may have to shoot their customer service an email. (Not trying to be a “Karen”, I’m seriously okay with waiting. I just don’t like being left in the dark.)
#2 AmiAmi June
I also ordered ITEM #911799 in November. Holo is an instant preorder for me but I did deliberate for a night over the sculpt/paint of her expression. In the end, I decided to place my order. AmiAmi still has this order in their storage but I’ve already paid this one off as to not worry about shipping in the future.
I’m excited to take a closer look at her sculpt and add her to my Holo shrine! (I’ve already made space for her. haha)
#3 AmiAmi July
A more recent order, I was browsing for Spice & Wolf merch after paying off the previous order and I came across some Holo acrylic stands. Originally, I was not really phased by acrylics but after recently setting up my new Mai stands (ITEM #882760 img.amiami.com/...) I’m smitten! I immediately wanted to order these Holo acrylics, but alas one of them was unavailable to preorder.
Fast forward a few weeks, the acrylic keychain set (pictured above) was finally available! So I quickly added them to my cart along with ITEM #937889, a Zaregoto Series Travel Sticker, and a Kaede Takagaki keychain (late July preorder).
Last week, while browsing the preowned section, I encountered ITEM #131143 and ITEM #115137. After much internal debate, though I like it’s colorful base, Natsume’s face in the second figure is just too bizarre! Ultimately, I added ITEM #131143 to my July order. Natsume Yuujinchou is one of my happy place anime so I'm excited to add my son to my collection!
#4 AmiAmi August
I first saw the garage kit (ITEM #941279) on Shirahama Kamome's twitter and instantly loved this sculpt. When Ques Q's Coco prepainted figure went up for preorder in April, I preordered right then and there. Despite the drama I've seen on here about it's price versus ITEM #872645, I don't regret this order.
Maybe later I will pick up Kotobukiya's, but for now I've already cleared a spot on my shelf for this lovely Coco.
Last month, I also decided to grab my son's nendo while his preorder was still up and added him to my August order.
#5 AmiAmi September
To add to my Natsume collecting binge, I also picked up the Natsume Yuujincho movie merch for September that included cute face masks from Takara Tomy A.R.T.S and a 2021 planner (no image available).
#6 AmiAmi November
My November order is actually a special gift for my partner: ITEM #945911. I've gifted him other Red figures before and hope he likes this addition to his Red collection.
#7 AmiAmi December
I'm a huge fan of Odin Sphere and I have all the released Alter figures (except ITEM #3671 - by choice, I don't really like this sculpt). So of course Alice's diorama was an instant preorder for me!
All the little details are delightful! And the color production is delicious!! Cannot wait to add this lovely figure to my Odin Sphere display.
#8 Play-Asia July
This is my first time ordering from Play-Asia and I'm hyped to start collecting other region games! The switch is region free and has a very easy system to change languages, so this will be my first real introduction to importing.
I've been growing my Switch collection and picking up some missing 3DS games lately from GameStop. Honestly, I want to find other stores to preorder games from so hopefully Play-Asia's reward system will be worth the shipping.
I have been eyeing Clannad on the eshop for a while but would prefer picking it up physically considering the price. So thankfully this edition has the english text on the cart. I've actually never seen the entire Clannad anime to completion. When I was watching it back in the day on Wii Netflix the buffering and dub just were a bad combo (I know I'm old). It's definitely on my watch list!
I also preordered these cute stick covers. Hoping I can use them with my Pro Controller, but if not they'll be cute on my JoyCons.
#9 Play-Asia September
To pair with my Clannad pickup, I decided to go ahead and preorder Tomoyo After while it's still retail price. Tomoyo is my partner's favorite Clannad girl and he says that this story will be really emotional and intense so I'm excited!
I missed picking up Rune Factory 4 on the 3DS and the European version was a pretty decent price so I grabbed this one as well. Same thing with Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy. Hyped to give these two a shot!
So I feel like I have to justify myself on this one. I actually got TMS#FE on WiiU on release and played half of it. It was a super fun time! It was like a refreshing Persona-lite adventure and I desperately wanted to return to it. But... (this seems to be a trend) work pulled me away and I fell off the wagon.
Now I'm itching to play it again soon! And yet, thinking of hooking up my WiiU again kinda bums me a bit haha! So this purchase is really just for convenience sake more than anything else.
I ordered from RightStuf for the first time at the beginning of their July Birthday sale and I was so impressed by their secure shipping and discounts! Wow, why haven't I been ordering from them all along?? While I don't necessarily mind B&N and BAM, I have been less impressed with their shipping and sales over the years. And there's a lot to say about Amazon... After their recent light novel purging and comparing the prices, I've cancelled my book preorders with Amazon.
Here's a quick list of what I've ordered from Rightstuf.
View spoilerHide spoilerMy Broken Mariko
PENGUINDRUM Novel Volume 1 & 2
My Senpai is Annoying Volume 1
I Had That Same Dream Again Novel
I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Novel
Wotakoi Love Is Hard for Otaku Volume 1 - 4
Three Days of Happiness Novel
Something's Wrong With Us Volume 2 - 4
Pretty Boy Detective Club The Dark Star that Shines for You Alone Novel
Maison Ikkoku Collector's Edition Volume 1
Katanagatari Novel Volume 4
Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji Volume 2
Orange The Complete Collection Volume 1 & 2
Orange Future Manga
View spoilerHide spoilerDescending Stories Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volume 2 - 10
Fruits Basket Collectors Edition Manga Volume 1 - 12
The Conditions of Paradise
The Conditions of Paradise Our First Time Manga
The Conditions of Paradise Azure Dreams Manga
Excited to experience Vanillaware's new game! The gameplay is apparently divisive in Japan so I wonder how the West will respond. But I'm more interested in the characters and story.
Unannounced Wishlist/Instant Preorders
ITEM #604572 ITEM #676116 ITEM #676114
The House in Fata Morgana (Switch)
Yoru, Tomosu (Switch, ENG release)
SMT V (Please Atlus)
Other than collecting, I've been exploring other hobbies and projects. Last year, I started taking care of house plants and I'm so grateful for this habitual routine! Great source of morning serotonin!
I recently picked up a Pro Controller shell replacement; I want to mod the controller so it matches my ACNH switch. I also have been diving into my backlog and watching/reading/playing a lot more things.
Recent things I've finished: Secretly, I've Been Suffering About Being Sexless by Togame, The Delinquent Housewife by Nemu Yoko, Spice and Wolf VR, and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu Season 1 (watching Season 2 now).
Currently I'm working on The World Ends With You (DS), The Golden Sheep by Kaori Ozaki, Fruits Basket Season 2, and Rent-a-Girlfriend (anime).
Next up I want to tackle Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Blue Flag by Kaito, and Fune wo Amu.
Outside of those, I've been debating if I want to start a Youtube channel or a blog to talk about hobbies. I've written several scripts and recorded some audio but editing takes a lot of time which honestly I don't always have. For now, I want to continue writing articles on here and see where it goes.
Thank you for reading!
If you got to the end of this, thank you for wading through my anecdotal rambles!
Like I said at the beginning, it's been a hot minute since I've posted one of these but I enjoy this community and lurk often. I hope to write more posts - the next one will probably be a collection tour whenever I get around to scheduling a photoshoot.
What preorders do you have pending shipment? What other hobbies have you picked up during this crazy time? What summer anime or games are you enjoying?
I hope you guys are staying healthy and hanging in there! Thank you again for reading~!