This is sort of what I feel like, sans the bags and paper tube, and that rather than exhaustion, I feel disappointment.
a mediocre con. It was plagued with a lot of problems (like most cons here). Too crowded, not a lot of things to do if you’re not with a group of overly lively people (I was more or less alone both days), and so on. However, what I love about the cons here is that anyone can get a stall and sell whatever they want, as long as it’s related in some way. In the Philippines, because most collectors generally belong to a group that encompasses anything nerd-culture related, anime, cosplay, and everything else is included, so even if you’re just selling random anime merchandise, or stolen fansubs (shame on you), or old, second-hand stuff you wanna get rid of, then you’re allowed to.
Because I don’t care much for the con (cons themselves here suck in general), I will refrain from talking about the event itself. That and I forgot to bring a camera to take pictures so I’ll just leave that to whoever else writes about it. Or Google.
I’ll cut this off here because one of the three things I bought is rather not worksafe, so just hit the jump for the stuff.
Anyway, all that said, I only bought like, two things from it, but ended up spending roughly 67 USD (taking into account I get what, roughly 11 USD a week, and had less than half a month to prep for it, that’s more than enough for me (and I still have 340 USD worth of deliveries yet to come):
A Di Gi Charat trading card binder with most of a set completed, plus some other cards, all drawn by Koge Donbo (yes, I like her art, surprisingly). What kinda sucks is that I was originally planning to get a cheaper one with less cards but some jerk bought it before I did, which sucks. That bastard. Di Gi Charat is cool too though, despite my not having watched the show ever.
And Shoujo Sect 1. If you don’t know what that is, it’s, to be blunt, yuri eromanga – the normal, no tentacles, no futa, no bondage kind. Bought it on impulse because there was a stall that had the audacity to sell this kinda stuff. They had some other things, like boy->futa, bondage, and “Guilty Sacrifice”, which I’m assuming is also bondage/rape. What made this so outrageous is that these were being sold alongside perfectly safe things. And mind you, there were a lot of kids there – put two and two together and… yeah.
Later today, I visited a manga cafe that was closing, Manga Kissa 10, for unknown reasons (probably business isn’t going well? Or perhaps relocation?). Apparently, they were selling off all their Japanese tankoubon at like, 50 Php – a little over a dollar apiece – and I had to jump at the opportunity to complete my Chobits collection. While I had to buy the entire series (8 volumes’ worth), it was still an incredibly good deal. On a side note, I saw a guy getting the Prince of Tennis. Good God, that was funny. 50+ volumes would total about, what, nearly 60 USD?
So now I have duplicates of volumes 1, 2, 3, and 6 now. Wonderful.
For those in the Philippines planning to get themselves some cheap Japanese manga, the place is located near WalterMart on Pasong Tamo, Makati. Their business continues until tomorrow and after that, they’ll just be selling off their manga.