Today was our MANDARAKE ADVENTURE!
We were going to go the same day as Animate, but I was struck down by a migraine. Fortunately, I bring meds with me every where. Damn you, genetic predisposition! Anyway, we hopped the train down to Nanako (and arrived all starry-eyed from the MANY GORGEOUS PEOPLE) and found Nakano Broadway Shopping Center!
According to the guidebooks, Mandarake is scattered into part across the four floors of mall. And we did find some of them. Specifically, the manga and figurine parts. But the part we'd come for, doujinshi? No where to be found. Nor was cosplay, which I was really looking forward to. The trouble is that a lot of these buildings are built up over time, so there isn't really any rhyme or reason to them at all. Add in the fact that no one gives maps, and you can end up wandering a building for hours without any clue where the hell you are. Which is kind of what we did.
Fortunately, Nakano Broadway is a really fun little center, and we did manage (♥) to spend some money. I bought 'Kitto Daijoubu' and the 'Iza NOW!' tour DVD, Chiyo snatched up 'Vex' and... whatever Yanagi's second DVD is called, and we bought many shiny magazines of a secrect nature to send to Becca. I tried to find 'Signal', but either I'm blind or stupid, because it has thus far elluded me. BLAST!
Tomorrow is ARASHIC. We'll be spending the whole day in Yokohama~! YAY ARASHI! I'M SO EXCITED!
Oh, and speaking of Arashi, we totally have seen 'Tensai Shimura Ken no Doubutsuen' twice, AND 'G no Arashi'. And my magic remote skills brought KAT-TUN to us via 'Utawara'. According to KAT-TUN, Junno is the one who least matches his image, and Koki is the one everyone would date if they were girls. Also, Kame fails at Sumo.
OH, JAPAN! ♥
P.S. Mum, I hope my registration went okay? And would Chiyo's mum kindly email her about whether or not you'll be moving? We're getting curious!
I'm sorry you had a migraine but thankful you had your meds! The registration is today, and as soon as they have called (waiting, waiting....) I'll post and let you know how everything went. Hey, the Comiket is supposed to happen every Summer and Winter. Are you going to be there during it's run? Crap- it's in August... go here to read about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comike
Love you and wish you'd write more (frequently), even just a "we're fine" ;) Love, you- mommasan