Anime/Manga Head Trip: bookstore closure, Afro Samurai art for sale, Cosmode, anime I’m enjoying…

I was upset to find, that the Japanese OCS Book store I walk past everyday has closed down. Well I did wonder who was buying all the expensive Shugo Chara merchandise…clearly no one! I guess there’s just not enough interest for a little shop in an obscure location in Ealing.

If you are a rich anime fan, then The Animation Art Gallery has Afro Samurai art, signed by Samuel L. Jackson for £125 only 6 left! There is also some cheaper Afro Samurai art at £25 if you’re feeling poor!

Cosmode has a free issue online so I thought I’d register and take a look. I’ve only cosplayed once as Natsuki Kuga. I wonder if reading this will inspire me to cosplay again. Well I flicked through and wasn’t inspired, I expected interviews with the cosplayers about how they made their costumes, and maybe costume patterns - not pages and pages of photos.

When introducing a friend to April’s season of anime, the worst two episodes to randomly watch are a yaoi, where a man goes running into another man’s arms, and a detective show where two of the officers have a bizarre yaoi moment and a mad man runs off with his wife’s brain… it’s not really going to show them why you love anime! Then I raved about Kaiji, only to happen upon the one episode where he’s working in a shop and nothing adrenaline pumping exciting happens. Gah!! The two series I felt I might enjoy were Toshokan Senso and The Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of Uruk (although I might change my mind when I’ve watched both episodes all the way through). I used to watch the first episode of anime all the way through and decide whether to drop it or not at the end, but I’ve become impatient and time conscious, dropping series ruthlessly for poor artwork, and all the usual cliches that leave me feeling something is lacking.

I’m quite surprised to be enjoying Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files. Army mecha doesn’t rush to mind as a genre I’d get really excited about, but now that Chiroco’s mysterious past is coming to light in episode 5, I’m really excited about watching episode 6 when I go home tonight! I was thinking how I was enjoying it in the same way as I enjoyed FLAG, albeit a little less arty, and it turns out they have the same director. It’s not just the one character it’s the teamwork, the character disputes and the feeling of an evil conspiracy that keeps me watching. I’ll aim to finish watching Bamboo Blade and Kaiji this week, and catch up on reading Vinland Saga such a huge backlog! Better there’s too much to watch than not enough :)

2 thoughts on “Anime/Manga Head Trip: bookstore closure, Afro Samurai art for sale, Cosmode, anime I’m enjoying…

  1. Well I’m even sadder that I found out this shop closed before I even got the chance to check it out! Any other manga/comic book/japanese convenience stores in Ealing?? I just moved here a couple of months ago ^.^

    S.

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