The path of otaku righteousness is straight, narrow, and paved with many thorns. In which another night’s Akihabaran escapades are documented against nigh-insurmountable odds!

There’s nothing quite like working a full day, hopping a train for two hours, engaging in the frenetic mating rituals of consumer whoredom – without getting it all over a friend who happens to be accompanying you, hopping the train for another two and a half hours, biking home, and sitting down in front of the computer to document the experience. Highlights of which were:

Today was a BIG eroge release day, and it showed. Sizeable queues were in evidence at all of the major retailers in Akihabara, and only one still had Sengoku Rance in stock. Asobit City (the Akihabara otaku branch of electronics store Laox) had set up a table in front of the store and they were hawking copies of the game along with a special addition of boxes of rice crackers with characters of the game printed on them; this let them sell the package for about ten dollars more than it would probably retail for, and as they were the only ones with it still in stock I had to suck it up. Not too bad a markup all things considered, and well worth the price to carry the game home on release day.

G.J?’s Queen Bonjourno and Ail’s Ma wo Jutai Seshi Otome no Kuetsu (aka. the game with the name of irresponsible length) were both acquired without incident, as was Marry Bell’s Towazu Gatari. I’m not sure when I’ll have the time to play all of these, but it will happen eventually, as will reviews. Maybe. If I keep on telling myself this it will come true!

Rabidkimba brought Mousou Shoujo Otaku-kei to my attention the other day and I picked up the first two volumes for reading material on the train ride home. It’s a shoujo-style romantic comedy about a quadrangle of two fujoshi (i.e. otome, female otaku) and two straight (though very bishounen) guys, and thus far (half way through the first volume) it’s quite amusing and educational in the fujoshi arts to boot. I’ll try to get a review of this up at some point soon.

I met friend and fellow doujin enthusiast Animaestro in Akihabara and he was kind enough to accompany me on this rather frantic shopping excursion. We had a drink at Cafe With Cat before calling it a night, and our (very cute) waitress struck up a conversation with us in which it came out that I’d attended Comiket as a circle particpant before. She wanted to know the genre, and it’s at times like this that I wish I were into something a bit more mainstream than futanari… an assist from Animaestro salvaged the situation, but in hindsight I should have just given her one of the HD “business” cards I made awhile back, ostensibly for occasions such as this. Oh HD, you are my living testament to not being (quite as much) a freak (as my doujin collection would suggest)!

There were several times tonight that I should have taken pictures of things, like the queue for Rance and the cute chocolate illustration the waitress drew on the dessert I ordered. Alas, I am crappy at spontaneous photo shoots (this must be improved). At the least I can whip up some loot pictures (especially of those Sengoku Rance rice crackers, which are positively wacky), but they’ll have to wait ’til tomorrow.

[edit] lost in the flurry was notice that I picked up the CD-ROM catalog for C71 as well. Some heavy browsing on the horizon…