FanExpo Canada 2014 Artist Alley Haul

Hey guys, here’s are all the artwork and fan art that I got from FanExpo Canada this year. I went much lighter in the Artist Alley shopping because there are less anime fan art-artists than at Anime North. Nevertheless, I got to visit some of my favourite artists and meet some great new ones =) No Dealer’s Room Haul feature this year because I really didn’t get a wide variety of merchandise. However if you’re looking to check out all the manga I got last weekend, click the link here.

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FanExpo Canada Photography Part 2

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FanExpo Canada 2014 Photography Part 1

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Haruhi Suzumiya Artbooks~~

CALLING ALL SOS BRIGADE FANS!

Yesterday I finally got the chance to visit my local bookstore and I saw these two awesome Haruhi Suzumiya Artbooks all new and recently in stores. Didn’t get a chance to go earlier because of exams and whatnot so I’m here to share a little intro on them today.

If you’re a huge fan of the series and you already have the “Haruhi Suzumiya  Illustrations Spring and Summer” collection you definitely want the artbook with Yuki on the cover, the “Haruhi Suzumiya Illustrations: Autumn & Winter” collection. I also happened upon a copy of bright red artbook featuring Haruhi herself is entitled the “Haruhi-ism: Noizi Ito Artworks” released just this summer. All are published by Udon Entertainment in North America featuring illustrations from the anime DVD cover, promos, posters, manga covers and more. They’re about two thirds of an inch thick and really vivid gorgeous illustrations on gloss paper. There usually isn’t any difference between the Japanese original copy and the North American one just because it’s all visuals. If there’s any Japanese text, it’ll usually be translated.

So I took some photos for you guys, if you’re interested and you live in Canada or the United States, you can probably find a copy at the Chapters and Indigo’s Official Website or Amazon or Barnes and Nobles’ Online Site since they’ve been officially licensed on this side of the world.

– Cloudy

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Vocaloid Artbooks

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Hey guys! I visited the bookstore on the weekend and I Just wanted to let you guys know that Hatsune Miku and Kagamine Rin & Len artbooks have been officially released in North America. The books have beautiful metallic cover designs and contain over 150 illustrations of its featured character. They’re a good collection of fully coloured illustrations for the price that they’re sold for. They go for about 30-35 Canadian dollars over here (U.S. prices will vary)

Volume 1 features only Miku while the second volume features Rin & Len. Volume 3 of Megurine Luka will be released in stores on October 8 so be on the lookout for that if you’re planning on collecting the trilogy. If you’re a really huge fan of the vocaloids, the artbooks are really worth purchasing because you’re getting officially licensed art.

– Cloudy

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Animate!!

DSC_1130Hi guys! Today I’m really excited to review this AMAZING store in Japan called Animate. It’s the largest retailer of anime, manga, hobby and game goods in Japan. Though I do love scoping the streets and stores for deals on figures, Animate is probably one of my favourite stops in Electric Town, Akhiabara just because it has all the new anime merchandise that I’m looking for this year (i.e. K Project or Karneval).

There are seven floors in total with each level specializing on a certain aspect of goods. The uppermost floor is a special feature floor, below that there is one floor for audio CDs, one for video and visuals, two for merchandise – separated into shonen and shojo goods, as well as one floor for manga and a ground floor for weekly manga magazines souvenirs and art books. From what they showcase in the store, you’re also given a pretty expansive outline of what animes are a hit, which games are new and what manga is being anticipated. It’s also a great place to look for cosplay!

I would definitely advise a trip to Animate if you’re looking for some sweet new merch and considering that there are thirty-eight stores spread out across Japan, it won’t be hard for you to find one wherever you happen to vacationing.

Check out these cool photos I snapped while browsing through the store!

 

– Cloudy

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