Yesterday morning was my second early Sunday in a row, coming on the heels of Comiket for a summer double-header that proved lethal to the pocketbook and several hundred skin cells. Xiarobo (henceforth referred to by the Chinese romanization of his handle due to the recent discussion thereof on his blog) came by at around […]

Yesterday morning was my second early Sunday in a row, coming on the heels of Comiket for a summer double-header that proved lethal to the pocketbook and several hundred skin cells. Xiarobo (henceforth referred to by the Chinese romanization of his handle due to the recent discussion thereof on his blog) came by at around five and we headed over to Oizumi, a town in Gunma, the neighboring prefecture. There we met up with one of Xiarobo’s friends I hadn’t met before, a fellow who goes by the handle “Tetoto” and is a fan of Ojamajou Doremi, Marimite, and Transformers. An interesting combination and an interesting guy, a bit more outgoing (or a bit less socially sensitive) than either Xiarobo or Eima, I found his somewhat random pronouncements to be pretty funny in a “this guy definitely fits the otaku stereotype” kind of way.

We switched into Tetoto’s car in Oizumi and made the trek over to Miyahara station in Saitama, catching the Takasaki line to Ueno and the Yamanote over to Shinbashi where we caught the monorail to Kokusai Tenjijou and the Big Sight. Wonder Festival is an event of roughly one tenth the size of Comiket (though not spread over three days) and as such the Big Sight is easily able to accomodate its flood of dealers and participants; as at February’s iteration I was struck by the vast emptiness of the place as we entered to get things set up. This time around Xiarobo hadn’t finished the new figure he was planning in time, and was only selling the Monar-capped girls from the earlier event – or “girl”, I should say, as he only had one sale copy of the item on hand. This freed him up to make a few of his own purchases as myself and Tetoto minded the table, although as usual Xiarobo did most of the serious table camping while I ran around taking pictures.

Having very little in the way of funds left over after Comiket and the month’s earlier figure and game procurements I was limited to the purchase of only two figures at this event, this ludicrously-bosomed Godannar Kiriko as sculpted by Yoiko Q, and this Fujisawa Koiki, a Cherry Blossom original. Though I would have liked to pick up a few more of the kits pictured in the earlier post, with these and the backlog from last winter’s event I should be busy enough through the fall. In addition to this pair I tried to acquire this item for fellow #marimite junkie Roobar, but just as I made the head of the line at about fifteen minutes into the event the last of the dealer’s stock of five hundred was sold. As Xiarobo commented on the drive home, it’s to the point at these events that if you don’t make it into the hall in the first half-hour there’s really no point in coming, at least if you’re after the good new releases. If I were an economist in pursuit of such items I would have committed ritual suicide long ago.

After making the day’s purchases I spent the bulk of my free time wandering systematically around the garage kit dealers’ area, racing against the clock of my nearly dead camera battery as I took as many pictures as possible. I managed to clear the bulk of the kits and catch a few cosplayers in action, but when it came time in the afternoon to head over to the industry side the battery pretty much bit the dust, so I’ll have to rely on my (sadly incomplete) notes to fill in that part of the day’s report.

  • Aside from the already announced Re Mii, Rushuna, Ureshiko and Teni, Yujin had completed versions of Okusama wa Mahou Shoujo’s Sayaka and Rozen Maiden’s Suiseiseki on display.
  • Konami boasted mock-ups of a second series of Mechamusume trading figures (there’s no way in HELL I’m missing this release) as well as a lineup of Rumble Roses PVCs.
  • Max Factory had a set of three Street Fighter figures on display (Cammy, Chun Li, and Sakura) as well as a pair of Mais from My HiME and the vaguely Shipon-esque lead girl from Makai Tenshi Jibril II.
  • Goodsmile reports a My HiME Natsuki in the works, along with a character from Mabinogi whose name I can’t decipher from my handwriting.
  • Last but not least, the new kid on the block Alter was flaunting a set of mock-ups of its series of Last Exile busts, a Fate series, a completed (not ero) Nagisa PVC from Maid in Heaven SuperS, a plug suit Asuka, a KOS-MOS, a Becky from Paniponi Dash and a bikini-clad Rin from Fate.

That’s the lot, at least as I have it in my cryptically scrawled notes here. Albert has posted a bevy of other Wonder Festival reviews, among which pictures of the abovementioned items no doubt can be found.

Xiarobo’s one kit had been sold earlier in the day so there wasn’t much to do until the clock hit five PM, at which point we packed up and shipped out. Xiarobo’s next event will be ABC in September, which I might not have the finances to attend; for next February’s Wonder Festival he’s planning a kit based on a popular trading card character known as Astaroth (google アスタロット for an idea of what’s in store). I’m certainly looking forward to it, but I’ve got plenty figure-wise to keep me busy until then – not to mention regular site maintenance, which I really do intend to resume very soon here. For now, though, this is Shingo signing out.