In a very sudden last-minute decision, the wife and I ran off to Tokyo to be here for Comiket and New Year’s Day. This afternoon is the first chance I’ve had to play catch up to let you know where I am or what’s happening.
I took a very few pictures already that I want to share:
In the parking lot next to our hotel is this Type-Moon itasha.
The sigil lines are painted in silver, but the flash made them pop out.
We woke up the first morning and came downstairs to see the line for Comiket running right past our hotel:
When we got in, we headed straight for the JESUS DRUG table and for the first time, I was able to meet Hayate x Blade creator, Hayashiya Shizuru-sensei. I fangirled all over her, poor thing.
We found a little Marimite section, and then just threaded our way around all the halls. The wife found some doujinshi she liked and we headed back to the hotel to crash and burn.
In a crazy coincidence, my commanding officer Ana is staying in the hotel around the corner, so we caught up, and had a visit with Dan Kanemitsu, to discuss his work opposing Bill 156.
Day 2, today, we had only a very few tables marked off to visit. First, we headed to the Yuri section, greeted circle UKOZ and then walked around. A few circles I hadn’t seen in years were there. Then we wandered through the halls, stopping at random tables. We ran into the bara section and it was wonderful! Both men and women were selling and buying, but more men, and they were all so happy. I bought a doujinshi (O-san Love, how could I pass that up?) and they guy said, “It’s a gay manga.” I said I know and I think it’s terrific! It’s smiles all around. A gay manga! How awesome is that?
We utterly flipped two circles out. I picked up a Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei/Madoka crossover and the guys just stared at me, like “WHY would you get this?!?” and two women were floored that we knew Tezuka. Oh, oh, oh! And George Washington gave us a US colonial coin, that was swell. We were in the East Halls in the “anime series that never die” section, to check out Sailor Moon stuff, when we gaped at a Violinist of Hameln doujinshi and the circle gaped at us for knowing that series. That was pretty funny.
Late lunch with the C.O. and then we dragged back to our room where we are very busy sagging into throbbing balls of pain. Cement floors are not your feet’s friend.
Tomorrow is ero-day and we have a few circles to find, and a vast crowd to navigate. Time to rest up and build up energy.
Anyway, I’ll do my best to get the Top Ten List together before end of tomorrow, but if I don’t have a Happy New Year!