Hello everyone! Well now, it feels almost like forever since I was last in Overland Park but really it was only…4 days ago? Ok so maybe it has been a while…that’s weird, how did we get to Thursday so soon?
Anyways, as many of you may know, I went out to Overland Park, KS for my first Naka-Kon convention this year at the recommendation of OGZ and Takuto, two really cool guys in the anime community. Haven’t checked out their content? Well, what’re you waiting for? Click them links and send them some love~
Aside from this being my first Naka-kon, this was also the first badge I have where my name is Crimson613. Since I started going to conventions, my badge name has alays been Artemis (for the notorious Artemis Fowl) but I thought it’d be nice to start using Crimson on my badge this year. To kind of make myself a bit more ‘official’ (whatever that means). So yeah, there’s my sloppy handwriting, haha
Also, there’s a review coming but I thought I’d get this post done first because it’s more fun!
Lots of Free Books!
If you guys haven’t noticed with all of my recent purchases, I am both a Daiya lover and book lover. When I walked into the dealer’s hall on day 1 I was on the lookout for manga and Misawa merchandise, however, it wasn’t until around the third day that I finally picked up some of my purchases.
I don’t know about you guys but I LOVE free things and even more if they’re books. At Naka-Kon there was actually something going on that I’d never seen before at a convention, which I thought was really neat. The (I think) Kansas public library had a booth where they were giving away free books to people with the condition that we congoers write down on a sticky why we loved our library. I’m actually a frequent library visitor so I went out there and wrote stuff on all three days and my sticky was filled, haha
In terms of books, the library didn’t have much variety and when I was interested in a book I realized it was the second or third in a series so I couldn’t take a lot of the fantasy books I found. Instead, I picked up a few YA titles and some books for kids in the 5th to possibly 7th grade range. I picked them up for my brother in hopes that he would read them. Some I know he will while others may end up for me to read.
At their booth they also had some shirts, some posters of movies (I think it was from the Divergent series), and discarded manga books they were making into pins. We were allowed to grab as many books (they didn’t say we couldn’t) but the pins were supposed to only be 1 per person so that it didn’t get overly crowded and more people could get stuff. I was there during its less crowded times so I took advantage and got me a few extra pins and good thing because on Sunday it was packed!
The Kansas public library wasn’t the only one offering free books at the convention. There was also the World Con, which is a science fiction convention. This year they’re actually going to be hosting the event in Kansas and so adopted the name MidAmeriCon II. It’s a 5 day event starting August 17 and running until the 21st. It’s pretty much like any other convention except for sci-fi nerds where events like signings, awards, masquerade, gaming, and writer’s workshops will be happening.
I actually met (along with OGZ and his friends) a very enthusiastic man (Jeff I believe) from the convention and he was telling us all about it. It sounds like a really cool event and I honestly would consider going if it was fantasy instead of sci-fi. I’m just not a sci-fi person, especially when it gets really into details about the technology and setting. It may be because science is one of my least favorite subjects. Anywho, if you’re into the genre, in the area, and/or love books, I’d definitely consider checking out more info.
I know I’ll be following their Twitter to see if they might come up to the Chicago area!
Out of the pile of books, I only ended up taking a title by Naomi Novik who is the author of Uprooted (a book I reviewed a while back). The book I picked up was His Majesty’s Dragon, which is a sci-fi, dragons, fantasy, war, and aerial combat book. After checking out Uprooted I really wanted to check out what other books she’d written and I found her only other series spanning 9 books. I wasn’t really captured by the summary or the sci-fi genre but I figured I’d pick it up here (for FREE) and start it!
Ok so those were kind of my non-anime/manga goodies, but manga still falls under the book category so we’ll go there next.
When I walked into the Dealer’s Hall I was on the lookout for manga booths, which I unfortunately didn’t see much of. There was one stationed right next to the Funimation table, but their prices ran at nearly retail value. There was also another booth that had manga titles at 40% off but their selection wasn’t all that great. I had pretty much resolved myself to no manga buying this time around but then Sunday happened.
Like many people know (maybe), once Sunday rolls around some vendors try to get rid of their merchandise and the prices go down. That’s when I found some of these titles!
The booth next to the Funimation table ended up selling what they had left for $5 each and I didn’t hesitate in grabbing Attack on Titan: Before the Fall volumes 5 – 6 and 16 of the regular series. I also nabbed Noragami volumes 7 -8, which leaves my collection missing 6 and beyond 8. I do know my brother grabbed a few titles, some of them being from Food Wars. 5 Books! That’s an improvement from when I had gone in Friday and Saturday but it still wasn’t ‘enough.’ Yes, I have a quota of books I must buy at a convention before I feel satisfied, haha
That same day there was a Swap Meet, which is where congoers go out and try to get rid of their goods. I’ve only ever gone to the one from Yaoi-con and Anime Weekend Atlanta, but there’s usually some good deals. I was going to go to Naka-kon’s Meet BUT in the schedule they said no buying. I don’t trade my things, if I buy them it’s because I want them so I didn’t go. Lo and behold, after the swap meet I bumped into some people who still needed to get rid of some of their load and being the very kind and generous person I am, I bought more books
I picked up all the books that are placed horizontally in the photo (Maid-sama, No. 6, Gakuen Polizi, and Magical Girl Apocalypse) and the second volume to a light novel called Missing (can see it in the first picture). This purchase actually includes my first ever yuri title so I’m slightly excited about reading Gakuen Polizi by Milk Morinaga, a really well known yuri mangaka.
If you guys remember, Kausus had been diligently keeping us all updated on his Naka-kon trip and Omakase giveaway that he was going to do. He explained in his YouTube video that he was probably going to be giving two items, a lanyard and a shirt, to anyone who approached him at the con and expressed interest.
Of course, things didn’t turn out exactly as planned (I think). He actually ended up giving the lanyard to Erica Mendez, one of the voice actresses at Naka-kon.
And I got the other item on Sunday just before he left the convention. Thanks a bunch! I was actually considering using my brother to get this shirt, haha! It does look a bit big (it’s a large) but that’s fine. At least it’ll fit
Anime from Funimation Booth
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before or not, but it’s been a really long time since I last bought a physical copy of an anime. My last was Haikyuu and even now I’m slightly regretting that decision (it’s only part 1) and before that was…actually I’m not even sure. I have bought anime on iTunes (Tokyo Ghoul and Attack on Titan) and I will be getting Vision of Escaflowne and Escaflowne in the fall (Kickstarter), but other than that it’s been a while.
Why? Costs. It’s a pretty expensive hobby and sometimes I just don’t have the time to watch anime like I was able to when I was a kid. Also, I can just watch stuff on Funimation and Crunchyroll so why bother? I will buy if they’re some of my favorites but otherwise there’s no real incentive for me to do so, which is why I surprised myself at Naka-kon.
These aren’t new titles, which is probably why they were cheaper? So we have two CLAMP movies (I haven’t seen the series yet), Black Cat, and Big Windup. I got Black Cat because Dreager mentioned that it was a pretty good series (though they expressed more interest in the manga which I also picked up), so thanks for that! And Big Windup…well, it’s baseball and a sports anime and I’m in my sports anime phase, what more reason do I need? 😛
But yes, I’m hoping to get to these soon. I know I’ll definitely be watching Black Cat soon for blogging purposes
And since I’m already talking about Funimation…I did get a freebie when I went to their industry panel! They encouraged the audience to go on Twitter and use #Funimationpanel and if they liked our tweets then we’d get a prize. Being the Twitter addict (or Twitter Queen as Lyn calls me), I was pretty much responding to every trailer they showed us. In the end I got a little card that I was to redeem at their booth and I got me a nice bag. The prize also included a free month of Funimation goodness 🙂
I ended up using it to carry around my manga
But of course my Funimation stuff doesn’t end here because I also got some posters! At the Funimation booth they had a little corner where we could fill out a survey and then get a free poster. Depending on the poster, I may or may not stop by. This time around they had a Boy and the Beast poster and I was like, must get! So I stopped by and filled it out.
It was a simple little thing where we had to fill in our name, email, and our favorite anime. I ended up writing Daiya and Cardcaptor Sakura. I also found this DBZ poster, which I think I got at the Funimation booth. I could be wrong but I think I got it with my anime purchase…
The Best for Last
You read correctly! This is now the best part of my purchases because *drumroll* MISAWA. There really wasn’t much in terms of Daiya merchandise at Naka-kon, which doesn’t surprise me. I mean, if I couldn’t find things at larger conventions, I wouldn’t really expect much from smaller ones. There was one booth that had a couple mystery boxes with keychains and the likes, however, they were pretty overpriced if you asked me. For example, one them I recently found at the Kinokuniya near my house and it was $2 extra at Naka-kon. Am I exaggerating? Absolutely not! Haha
But yes, it was the third day at the convention, I was losing hope at both merchandise and cosplay when I suddenly looked to my right! There, among a dozen stuffed animals was none other than my husbando Miyuki Kazuya. We made eye contact and I immediate went up to the vendor to ask how much he cost: $30. Was this Kazuplushie worth it?! Well, considering it’s in my bedroom right this instant, I think it was.
And that’s not all. I also ended up finding some other plushies at another booth, a Ryousuke plushie and I thought, if they have him here they must have more Daiya ones! So I dug through some small plushies and found both Miyuki and Sawamura! 😀
I swear my day had just gotten so much better and my experience with Naka-kon too. And do you guys know what people do with plushies?! Well I’ll tell you…they take OTP pictures!
Have you ever felt so happy that you start crying? Yeah, that’s what I was feeling when I found this stuff.
And that’s all for my Naka-kon junk. I probably would have spent more if the dealer’s hall hadn’t been packed with figures but that’s fine. Saved me some money for the next convention. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find anything legit yaoi like guys getting handsy and the likes. No R18 signs anywhere, no rainbow banner…ah well, I know where to get the good stuff 😉