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gwendal738-2gwendal738-21 month ago
APR 2020-DEC 2020 LOOT

And I’m back with one of these again! I decided to bust out the camera and actually put a bit more effort in my pictures this time X’D I really do love using natural light. I have no idea how to use the camera professionally (I pretty much just set it on auto and let it do the work) or how lighting really works, so natural light + automatic settings is the best combo that works, haha. I don’t do any fancy editing either; just a bit of cropping and maybe increasing exposure or something so it’s not so dark, but for the most part these are unedited. Maybe I’ll have the patience to take actual photography classes someday ^^;;;;

I attempted to use a Lightbox (pretty much the pictures with a white background), but I failed. X’D None of the pictures I took were nice at all. Today happened to be a super hot, super bright day, so I took the opportunity to use natural lighting instead. They definitely look better than the ones taken in the Lightbox ToT

FIGURES
Rather than dividing these by month (because, quite frankly, I can’t remember - as usual), I’ll just divide them by types.

NENDOS/CHIBI

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More presh Tourabu boys. I am a bit worried though because GSC/MF hasn’t announced new Tourabu boys since Chougi… Could this be the end of the line? I really hope not, because there are so many swordbois that still don’t have a nendo! Tonbokiri, Nagasone, Jirou/Taroutachi, Gokotai, most of the Toushirous… the list goes on. ToT

That aside though, these two are positively adorbs. I don’t really know them because I don’t play the game and they don’t appear in the anime, but I’ve made it my ultimate collection goal to get all of the Tourabu swordbois because each and every one of them are precious, okay. I am just in love with this franchise. If they ever release an English version of the game, you bet I’ll definitely play it.

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HETALIA IS COMING BACK IN 2021. Just when I thought I was over this franchise, but I am so not. Old habits die hard, I suppose. X’D Hetalia was literally my childhood, and the Germanics were my favorite group. My most favorite characters are Austria and the Netherlands, but Germany and Prussia come as a close second, and the Nordics in third place.

Fun fact: I’ve been in the fandom for so long that the human name I gave Denmark back in my forum roleplaying days was thought to be his canon human name for a long time. Apparently someone edited his wiki page or something, lmao. And yes, I gave him the name Mathias Køhler because… idk, Mathias sounded cool, and Køhler, well… I thought it was a brand of Danish toilet at the time, but apparently it’s American X’DDDDDDDD Don’t ask me why I thought of naming him after a toilet brand, lmao. This was back in 2008 or 2009, if I remember correctly.

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IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME THAT NATSUME GOT A NENDO. God. This was a LONG time coming, seriously - this need should have existed years ago, especially with how popular this series is. My only gripe is that it still seems very lazy (Natsume’s eyes are supposed to be closed when he’s giving names back, and I wish there was some other way to pose Nyanko-sensei or he was at least given an alternate body - this Maneki Neko-esque pose isn’t doing it for me), but other than that he is adorable.

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Do I have any idea who this character is? Nope, just like with all the other FGO figures that I own - but I absolutely love Ancient Egyptian aesthetic, so I couldn’t pass up on him. Plus, as a PoliSci major and a history buff, I could technically “justify” this purchase by saying that Rameses II is my favorite pharaoh. Which he is, actually. X’D

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Nope, I haven’t had the chance to open these babies, lmao. Actually, I just want to open MTC all at the same time, and Riou isn’t coming until March. I don’t know if I can or will wait until then, maybe I might open them one of these days, but I like waiting for my orders to come in and pile up before I open them all at once. Especially now that I’ve slowed down with collecting overall and I don’t have as many things coming in per month, I really do have to wait some months before opening things.

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This figure is positively adorable. I only have a shitty phone camera pic because he’s at the office (I did not bring him or Saber home, because we’ve been in and out of the office so much it’s just too much of a hassle to bring them back home every time), but it brings a smile to my face whenever I glance over during my work and see this cutie staring back at me, lmao.

PRIZE FIGURES

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For some reason, 2020 was prize figure year for me. I don’t know what possessed me to buy so many prize figures; maybe it was just the desire to put stuff on my work desk to decorate it? We all know how well that went though, mostly because I had to take these plastic children home anyway since I was not (and still am not) in the office like 99% of the time, but I don’t really regret buying any of these.

Ghost Miku is gorgeous (especially for her price point!), I love her hair. Sakura Miku is just so cute and girly. I would love to have more pink-themed figures in my collection, but I never usually like characters whose image color is pink for some reason, even though it’s my favorite color. X’D

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Dis boi was elusive af. It took me months of stalking AmiAmi preowned to finally nab him. He usually goes so fast (like, gone if I mistakenly refresh the page), so I was lucky that I finally managed to snag him. Now Norman won’t be so lonely anymore. X’D

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Dis was another elusive boi. Also took me a few months before I could nab him off AmiAmi preowned. I’ve pretty much been stalking this figure since it was announced, and had been checking AmiAmi preowned religiously everyday upon his release. Thank god I finally got him - my precious WBC, protecting my body from all diseases and COVID <3

SCALES

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This is another one I bought for purely aesthetic reasons, and I don’t regret it. Jr. Ootengu is absolutely beautiful ToT I just love Japanese mythological creatures (youkai, mostly) so much, and he is an absolutely breathtaking rendition of a tengu TvT I don’t have any desire to get into the game he is from, but this figure just called out to me as soon as I saw it.

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Is this a haul without my preshbab??? Tanjiro is beautiful. I still haven’t figured out how to display him in his full glory though ToT

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AAAAAHHH I AM SCREAMING AT HOW PERFECT THIS FIGURE IS. The only glaring flaw that’s really present is the fact that those bases are just huge white circles (really, why can’t companies take a hint from Kotobukiya and actually make the stand a part of the figure? I hate that they’re always an afterthought or just something to prop the otherwise gorgeous figure up), I would have preferred maybe a sandy beach type of thing that you could connect to each other or still display them on their own. I bought the premium box so I also got the framed artwork, which I have yet to hang up in my room somewhere.

GOODS/OTHER

Admittedly, I am still not fully back in the figure collecting game, but I did focus my collection more on manga in 2020. I also bought a few goods here and there, though.

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I wear the haori everywhere, honestly. It’s so comfortable AND you can hide a whole ass book in those sleeves X’D I regret not ordering Giyuu’s haori now ToT The bag is also a bit covered in dog hair, because I’ve been using it a lot when shopping, haha.

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Banana Fish stuff, specifically two acrylic stands and a clear file. No, I am not over Ash and Eiji. Never. I will always hold them near and dear to my heart. In fact, I plan to make a shrine for them similar to the Hitorijime My Hero shrine I have going on.

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Speaking of which, I made new additions to it. I’m pretty satisfied with what I have for it so far and I don’t really want to add anything else, but in the future if there’s a cafe event or something with cute acrylic stands, I might nab them.

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Another one of my collection goals for 2021 is to nab all of the missing Touken Ranbu artbooks that I haven’t bought yet. So the first Kenran Zuroku, as well as the 2nd anniversary commemorative album. This is one they just released recently, which I managed to preorder; the art is gorgeous, and features a full body shot of all of the swordbois from the beginning to the latest one.

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Lastly for the goods/other section, a new bookshelf! Of course I needed one because I plan to focus on collecting manga. It’s a pity that this is situated behind my display so I can’t actually see it unless I deliberately go to the back area of my room, but at least it can store a lot more manga. TvT

MANGA

Hooboy, I think I cleaned out my local Kinokuniya, hahaha. I’ll divide this by genre/series/author (whichever makes sense) so it’s easier to see just exactly what the heck I added to my mini library. X’D

Nagabe

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I fell in love with his works from the very first time I encountered him. I think I read “Daisy, Mata Ashita” first, which led me to looking him up. I actually was quite neutral about The Girl from the Other Side at first, but when I re-read it again, I decided to buy all the released volumes because it was just so good (I also have Volume 1, but it’s not pictured because it’s with my mom as she is currently reading it).

I am really not into furry relationships, but Wizdoms was such a well-written and good manga that I overlooked it. I actually read his other oneshots compilation first, Love from the Other Side (which features straight and BL couples), which I also own; and then I ended up picking up this one too. And I don’t regret it at all, his works are just so hauntingly beautiful. He is so underrated it hurts.

Witch Hat Atelier

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For some reason, Volume 1 didn’t come at the same time I ordered these other volumes ToT But I’ve read the first 4 or 5 chapters online as a sneak peek, which is why I decided to buy the series. It’s so beautiful and fun and it reminded me of Magus of the Library in terms of the fantasy and lore; I have yet to read the rest though.

Random Straggler Volumes

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Just one or two volumes I’m missing of series I’m already buying/following. I’m collecting Black Butler slowly; I plan to binge it all and re-read and catch up once I have all of the released volumes.

I also bought Blue Period Vol. 1. Not pictured here because it’s also with my mom X’D

Shoujo/Straight Romance

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Yep. Despite being a hardcore fujoshi, I do currently like some straight romance series sometimes. I AM ROOTING FOR GOJOU AND MARIN, OKAY. They need to get together already, they are so perfect for each other. ToT

I realized that I tend to like straight romance if they have any or all of these elements:
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- gyaru
- age gap (with an older male)
- nonhuman male x human female
- youkai
- male teacher/non-annoying female student
- yandere female
I don’t exactly know why I can tolerate straight romance stories when they have these elements. I guess it’s because they’re also some of the ones I really like with BL as well (save for gyaru, because I just really love that type of female character)?

Another straight series that I really love is Itou-kun wa Koi wo Shiranai, which I really hope gets translated into English someday ToT

Shounen

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I still have not caught up to these so no spoilers please X’D I’ve just ordered the latest volumes and they’re still in Kinokuniya’s mail, lmao.

BL

Of course, the genre I absolutely adore, although admittedly… don’t buy much of. Most of my favorites don’t have official translations, so to support them I buy the Japanese ones. Otherwise, I just read scanlations because let’s face it, it’s not worth it owning 99% of BL out there… It’s pretty much the same rehashed plot and tropes with different art and names. X’D Leave it to me to roast BL, but as problematic as it is, I still freaking love it.

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To be honest, I didn’t really like I Hear the Sunspot when I first read it. I thought it was a bit boring, so I put it on-hold for quite a long time. But after finishing a bunch of slow-paced, well-written shouhen-ai, I had the sudden urge to pick it up again; I felt like I might be more engaged if I read the physical copy, and it turns out I was right. This is one of the hidden gems out there, BL with an ACTUAL plot and ACTUAL characters that act, yanno, human. Sometimes I feel like with most BL the characters are mere animals that follow only their instincts to mate, lmao. But this is different.

Monster and the Beast is also something I just randomly stumbled on while browsing twitter. I think Yen Press themselves tweeted about it. I LOVE it when middle-aged/older men are the star of a BL manga, so when I saw that this did not only have a middle aged man, but his partner is also non-human… well, I immediately had to buy it lmao. Honestly, I read the whole thing online because I was too impatient to wait for Kinokuniya X’D And when I finally got it, I read it again. It’s just so goooood.

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Ongoing BL series that I am following, and these are just straggler volumes. I have been anxiously waiting for Hitorijime Vol. 8 for about 3 months now. Dammit. ToT

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JP BL manga, to support the authors! I can’t read them just yet, but I found that owning these helps me with my Japanese studies. I listen to the BL CD alongside the manga, and I found that I could understand so much now that I can follow along and understand even if they change/cut out some scenes (which they usually do when recording a BL CD - there are some scenes that are rearranged, cut out, made shorter, described, etc. etc.). Plus, Mother’s Spirit comes with furigana, which really helps me out because aside from like, 水 or 本, I still have no idea how to read Kanji lmao.

LGBTQ+ Themes

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These manga are not actual BL, but do deal with LGBTQ+ themes. High School Life of a Fudanshi is legit my biography lmao, I can relate so much to the MC’s feels as he fanboys over BL X’D Unfortunately, Kinokuniya didn’t have volume 1 in stock, so I had to read it online.

BL Metamorphosis is also a great, wholesome manga; the MC is an old woman (in her 70s or 80s?) who discovers BL by accident and ends up befriending the fujoshi who runs the cashier at the bookstore she picked up BL manga from, and it covers their unusual friendship started by BL. It’s very heartwarming.

Love Me for Who I Am is a very tasteful (in my opinion, at least) depiction of a person who identifies as non-binary. It really gives me a whole new perspective on what the MC must feel as they try to exist in a very gender-specific society. Heck, even the boys who surround the MC (and are all gay) don’t understand their plight! They really do go through similar but different problems than LGBTQ+ people who identify with a specific gender, and I think this manga sheds some understanding on people like them. The author is really brave for putting out work like this, because I think it also helps raise awareness on such issues. It’s important to be understanding and tolerant; it doesn’t cost any effort to be kind and to refer to people with the pronouns that they prefer to be addressed as. Let’s all just get along with each other and accept each other’s differences, the world will be better off that way, dammit.

I really hope I don’t cause any weird wars in the comments with that little spiel lmao.

I almost put this manga in the BL category as the MC is born male, but as they do not identify as such (nor do they identify as female), I thought it was more appropriate that I put them in LGBTQ+ themes rather than BL.

GRAND TOTAL: 16 figures (17 if you count Victor and Yuuri as separate, 61 media (manga/artbook, including the ones I mentioned but not pictured), 10 goods/other

And that is it for 2020! I have high hopes that 2021 will at least be better than the shitstorm that was the beginning of the decade, so hopefully it will be. I have made some collection goals for myself as well, which I might put in a separate article, who knows. I also need to finish the manga collector questions I made, haha.

See you again soon~!
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fantasy_trance1 month ago#89844986OMG, GWENDAL!!! YOU LIKE "LIFE OF A HIGH SCHOOL FUDANSHI" TOO?!!? I LOVE YOU!
I am SO impressed with all the booty you've collected here. There's a lot of really cute stuff! Show us your display sometime owo
They can't quit the Touken Ranbu line... They just can't! Mutsunokami was like my dream boy; I was so surprised when they made him a full size Nendo. I was so happy.
I'm glad you got your Yuri On Ice figures in. Mine are still stuck at the GSC warehouse; hopefully I see them in the next few months. I thought the base would be clear :( I was looking forward to taking them to the beach, but those hard white bases might be an issue.
Great stuff ^w^


YES OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH! AND I LOVE YOU TOO FOR LOVING IT! X'DDD

I think I'll show an updated display sometime soon! :D But I haven't done to my room what I've really wanted to yet. Combination of no time, money, and energy hahaha X'D

The good news is, within the past few days there was a Mutsu scale and a re-release of JIji announced!!! I cannot freaking wait for Mutsu. I've needed a proper scale of him for SO long T^T But I know what you mean, I thought I would have to settle for the nendoroid petit, but then a full size nendo was announced and I think I broke my finger clicking on the preorder button lmao.

I hope you'll be able to get the Victuuri figures soon! If you're posing them at the beach, maybe it won't be too much of an issue if you just pile sand on top of the bases? Granted it will probably be hard to clean later but that is the only solution outside of photoshop I can think of. Or maybe you can shove their foot in the sand deep enough to get them to stand upright? X'D I really wish they put more thought into the base...

Thank you~ Hope you're doing well! >w<
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OMG, GWENDAL!!! YOU LIKE "LIFE OF A HIGH SCHOOL FUDANSHI" TOO?!!? I LOVE YOU!

I am SO impressed with all the booty you've collected here. There's a lot of really cute stuff! Show us your display sometime owo

They can't quit the Touken Ranbu line... They just can't! Mutsunokami was like my dream boy; I was so surprised when they made him a full size Nendo. I was so happy.

I'm glad you got your Yuri On Ice figures in. Mine are still stuck at the GSC warehouse; hopefully I see them in the next few months. I thought the base would be clear :( I was looking forward to taking them to the beach, but those hard white bases might be an issue.

Great stuff ^w^
1 month ago
AkibaMelon1 month ago#89609904I don't really comment on MFC a lot anymore, but I just had to let you know that this was such a lovely and wholesome read ♡
I feel you on the Tourabu figs >.< The fandom seems to have cooled down quite a lot and I'm afraid that a lot of my faves won't ever get the figure treatment anymore ._. (hope it ain't so >.>) There are still a lot of characters for me to get though and one of my own goals too is to collect the gorgeous artbooks ^-^
Seeing your BF merch is so heart-warming as well ♡ There will forever be a little spot in my heart reserved for Banana Fish :')
I also really enjoyed your Manga loot (huge BL fangirl here myself lol ^^;;;) and I have to thank you for bringing some unknown titles to my attention! I'm super interested in High School Life of a Fudanshi now! And BL metamorphosis would probably never crossed my way otherwise! So, thank you •^-^• And best of wishes for collecting in 2021 ♡


Awww, thank you so much for taking time to leave a comment, then! That makes me happy <3 I'm glad you enjoyed the article too!

I'm really sad about Touken Ranbu too. There are new gorgeous swords still coming out but people don't seem to care about them anymore ToT ufotable should make another season of Katsugeki, or the studio that made Hanamaru (I forgot who) should make a season 3 with all of the new swords... I just really hope they do Nagasone at some point, Hachisuka is lonely ToT even if he won't openly admit it

Ash and Eiji are eternal for me too ToT I just love them so much.

I'm glad I managed to give you some good recommendations! :D I'm pretty much a self-proclaimed BL connoisseur, so if you need manga recommendations feel free to hmu anytime~ I gotta spread the love for BL after all >:3c
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Marshmallowpie1 month ago#89569603The Denmark story is so funny. Love the YOI figure, even if the base kinda makes it look like they're running barefoot through the snow. And I love the Banana Fish merch too. Even though it's so good that the anime has the complete story, I kinda hate how there can never be a season 2, lol.

Honestly with Victor being Russian he could probably run barefoot through the snow X'D

And please, if you haven't read the Banana Fish manga, don't. Just let the anime be your ending and make your own canon. I'm saving you from heartbreak //sob

Rikoei1 month ago#89605101Wow and I thought I got a lot but damn
I mainly buy tapestries though so it’s ok haha
(Since they are cheaper)


Ahahaha, I wish I could buy more tapestries but there's no more space to put them on my wall X'DDD
1 month ago
I don't really comment on MFC a lot anymore, but I just had to let you know that this was such a lovely and wholesome read ♡

I feel you on the Tourabu figs >.< The fandom seems to have cooled down quite a lot and I'm afraid that a lot of my faves won't ever get the figure treatment anymore ._. (hope it ain't so >.>) There are still a lot of characters for me to get though and one of my own goals too is to collect the gorgeous artbooks ^-^

Seeing your BF merch is so heart-warming as well ♡ There will forever be a little spot in my heart reserved for Banana Fish :')

I also really enjoyed your Manga loot (huge BL fangirl here myself lol ^^;;;) and I have to thank you for bringing some unknown titles to my attention! I'm super interested in High School Life of a Fudanshi now! And BL metamorphosis would probably never crossed my way otherwise! So, thank you •^-^• And best of wishes for collecting in 2021 ♡
1 month ago
Wow and I thought I got a lot but damn

I mainly buy tapestries though so it’s ok haha
(Since they are cheaper)
1 month ago
The Denmark story is so funny. Love the YOI figure, even if the base kinda makes it look like they're running barefoot through the snow. And I love the Banana Fish merch too. Even though it's so good that the anime has the complete story, I kinda hate how there can never be a season 2, lol.
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