Hello everybody! How are you all? I missed you!!!
As you may know, last week I went to Paris for Japan Expo 2012 ;D From Wednesday to Sunday evening ^-^ Right now, I haven't got the time to check up on LJ, so I'm quite late on everything (more than 800 unread messages on my LJ inbox and more than 100 on my mail one T__T''). Sorry if you're waiting on me for something :3
JAPAN EXPO WAS JUST AWESOME! ~ Anyway, here is my report ;D
I left Switzerland by TGV the Wednesday morning (at around 8am) and arrived at Paris a bit after 12am. With all my baggage, I went to eat to the "Place de la Bastille". I already went there last Japan Expo with my parents and I liked that little bistro so I choose to go there again to eat. My hotel was far from the city center (around a bit more than 1hour I guess ?) so I didn't want to go put my things in the hotel and go back to the center, I would have lost TOO much time. So I took my baggage all the afternoon. It was quite disturbing but I did with it ;3 After eating, I went to Le Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre. I wanted to see "Le passe-muraille" (a Statue) but wasn't able to find it and got lazy because of my baggage :3 Another time ;D
After that, I went with a friend to two shops in Paris that are Junku and Book Off where I found lot of Johnny's magazine really cheap (well cheaper than buying them online with shipping charge ;o). At first I thought: I might wait because in Japan Expo, tomorrow, I will find some as well. Hopefully I didn't wait, because NO Johnny's Magazine in Japan Expo! NOTHING!! o-o' I was kind of disappointed! I remember that last year, there were a lot of them! Anyway, I bought them in these shops, so it's perfect :D
Total of my buying: 4 Myojo, 1 Cinema Cinema, 1 Potato, 1 Wink Up and THE Popolo THAT WAS MISSING IN MY COLLECTION (2011-12) *so happy* Now I've got all the Popolo from 2011-09 to now and all the Myojo from 2011-10 to now :3 (Plus some more of course ^^)
With all my buying, my baggage ( still XD ) I went back to the hotel :3 Hopefully with the help of a gentle bus driver, I found the bus and was able to join the Hotel without much damage :) I was already tired (walked a lot ^^) but really motivated!
To begin my talking about Japan Expo, these little pics with the program from three of the four days (I forgot to take the one from Saturday *hum*) and the map :) And of course, I couldn't see these cute Pandas without falling for them and buy them ;) One was for a friend from work (the smaller) and the other for me. Aren't they cuuuute? ;) And of course a little purse :) Not a great quality but so cute!
I've got so much things to talk that I don't know where to begin! :3 I left the Hotel at around 8am, the convention opening at 9am. It was tuesday so not much people would be there (comparing to the 3 other days ^^). I was quite in a good place in the queue (well knowing how long the queue is XD) but they opened the doors late by 35min, I don't know why :( So at 9.45 it was OMFG IT'S OPEN I'M IN ♥
Kazé got a BIG space ! With the stands where you buy mangas, dvd, cds..., the geek café and the shojo café (where you could go take a drink they gave and sit to read a bit the first book of one of their serie ^^ I went there a bit once and read the "Chocolate" one :o Don't remember the title right now :o) Anyway! HERE IS THE AWESOME BUS BEELZEBUB on Kazé Stand!!!!
Next is also some things you could find in Japan Expo / Comicon. The first was a HUGE Naruto statue! Really really huge! The small paper is well.... A4 size! :D And the second was in the air on top of a stand (Ki-OON) - GOD PANDORA HEARTS ! I love it! I got this pics as a poster but sadly it was crushed during my way back home.
On the first day, I got to see "Momoiro Clover Z"
in Showcase ^^ The beginning was pretty cool! Sadly people weren't much excited in the crowd so I found it a bit awkward :O But sincerely, I went to see them because they were in VSA :3
These three pics are some cosplay
. I've seen other but well, I won't put everything here ^^ I liked these ;) I haven't took much cosplay pictures like I was kind of too shy to ask :3 The first one might be a professional thing because the girl always was in front of one stand :) I think it was some promotion ;D
Like Naoki Urasawa
was the main guest of Japan Expo 2012
(Mangaka of Monster), there was a special exhibit about him and his mangas! There were awesome pics and everything was pretty interesting ;) I liked it! Some pics here ;)
There is also lot of galleries, like Aoji's
stand that showed AWESOME
drawings ! I loved all of them ^^ The first pic is from the Shojo Café of Kazé
(if I remember right :3) and the other 3 are from Aoji's stand
The first pic is from an exhibition about Ghibli studio
:D It's lovely isn't it? I was *___* CUUUTE ~
! There also was a space called "Le Japon c'est mieux en vrai" (Japan is better for real
) where you could find some calligraphy and the second pic under. (Might be Momoiro Clover Z
if I'm not mistaken ^^ Like they were guest of Japan Expo 2012 ^^)
I'll stop there for the first day in the convention. (It's hard to seperate days like the pics are from every parts of the convention.) At around 17.30 pm, I left the convention and it was "almost" raining. I went back in the Hotel to put my things and go back to take the bus to go in Paris meet a friend there and eat. At that time, it was REALLY raining a lot and everybody was leaving Japan Expo (it close at around 19pm but lot leave a bit earlier) so it was so HARD to go in the RER ! Everybody was pushing everywhere and I was really happy to get into it (after missing 3 RER ><'')
With my friend, we met near Notre Dame de Paris and went to a Japanese Restaurant :3 I was SO happy! It was really good! I took a whole Salmon menu with all these awesome sushis :3 So good ♥ After eating we went to walk a bit around the Seine and I came back home.
Coming back was a horrible because:
-> From what I got to learn, my RER wasn't stopping at my station because of work on the line.
-> I was told to go to one station, go out and take a bus but once in the station well, no bus there and people told me it's not that one it was two stations earlier. So OP at 11pm, let's take a new RER back.
-> I got back and OUF, could get the special bus. I was left at Parc des Expositions (next to the convention) station but then, NO MORE BUS to go back to the hotel.
-> I needed to go back by feet, but HOW? I kind of did with the way I remembered the bus taking the morning but by night in the "dangerous" part of Paris, I got quite scared :3 I was taking my umbrella in my hand (we never know, I can defend myself with it XD) and was trying to find the way back.
-> Once in the right street (I was so happy!) I kind of went the wrong way on the street. So instead of going to 309 from 215 I went from 215 to 105 and THEN I discovered my mistake -___- So I went back the other way of the street (you couldn't see the numbers, only the hedge of foliage). ... Oh did I tell you that in the middle of my walk, my phone ran out of battery? XD I've kind of a bad luck :3
-> I arrived at 1am in the Hotel (yep I did it!) I was so happy to be back seriously! I was tired (all day walking in the convention + in the evening was horrific for the feet !) and well, woke up at 6am for the second day of the convention XD Hopefully my tension was really high because of Japan Expo ;D
Friday, I left before 8am to go to take the bus and get to Japan Expo. Queue and then, opening at 9am :3 First I went to the "Signing Desk" and waited, waited. First for Naoki Urasawa, but the queue got stopped and they told us we couldn't get anymore chance. And secondly for Marcus but I got a "Loose" ticket so I didn't get it :( (YES! It's horrible! You can wait hours and after you get NOTHING because you're unlucky!). Hopefully this system is only for "Official Signing".
This same day, I tried to get Rei Toma signature at 12., but I was said that they wrote everywhere the wrong time and that it was earlier. When I got there it was already full and they had closed the queue. Hopefully, I went earlier for the one of the afternoon and I got mine ! I'm so happy! I had to wait a lot but I've it! ;D First picture : Rei Toma (I'm next to her on the original pic ♥), second picture: my dedicace, third picture : every buyings and gifts when buying Rei Toma items/mangas ;D
Under are also two pictures from Japanese people. The first was for a demonstration (showing) in one of the Scene and the second is a calligraphy girl (she's so cute!)
Next is Yuimino, a group of two girls. I didn't know them (and I still don't really know them :d) but they were cute and I'll try to check them out to know more ^-^ They've got a live a bit after but I couldn't stay :( And A LOVELY PIKKACHU ~ I want the same big Pikkachu home ~
On Friday I also went to see Momoiro Clover Z again, in a special event about Sailor Moon (Don't ask me why, I don't even like Sailor Moon XD). They were cosplayed in Sailor Moon characters it was kind of funny :) And they made some announcement about the anniversary of Sailor Moon and it was LIVE in Japan at the same time! It was pretty exciting ! There was a Paris-Japan talk at one moment ! It was great :3
When I left that evening, it was raining as well. My package got wet and was breaking, so my buying were falling most of the time :3 Hopefully, I got into one of the bus (everybody was leaving in the same time of course) and went to ........ FLOW CONCERT!!!!! (I know, with all my buyings leaking XD Hopefully I got to put it on the floor during the concert).
THE CONCERT WAS FUCKING AWESOME! SERIOUSLY!! We are fighting dreamers was so exciting in live! I was jumping and shouting and everything! Just thinking of it now is exciting me again :D Everything was awesome!
When we left, there was a surprise waiting for us but you'll read that on Sunday report :P) I needed to walk a bit back but with my excitation from the concert I didn't mind at all! I went to the bus stop and everybody here was waiting from the concert so it was fun! People shouting "We are fighting dreamers" in the bus and all :D
After that, I stayed in my hotel (it was already around 11pm) for the night and the day after was SATURDAY! A big big day in Japan Expo so I left earlier. That way I wouldn't have to wait too too much in the queue. Hopefully it worked and they even opened the doors for the 4 days tickets at 8.50 instead of 9am :D
I immediately went to the queue for Tetsuya Tsutsui (Prophecy, Reset..). It was before 9am and the signing began at 11am but I wanted the dedicace so much! So I waited a lot ^^ I was the 12th waiting ^^ (In arriving directly at opening time XD). At 11am, Testuya Tsuitsui arrived with the mask from Prophecy (third picture)! It was pretty cool! But sadly like I was in the queue I couldn't take better picture :(
I was SO happy!! I got the signature :3 Isn't that awesome ♥ I'm so so so happy!! ♥
Next is some pictures from different stands of artists! First is Jupiter (*___* I fell in love with this art!).
After the signing, I saw Moko-chan and other Arashi fans. It was really great ! We even were filmed and all :) Thank you all for your gentleness ;D It was fun fangirling with you!!
This year, there was almost NOTHING Johnny's related. Just these CD/Single in one stand but beside that, ONLY K-Pop! I could have killed so so much ! I mean it's JAPAN Expo, not Korean! (Same with japanese artists not in Johnny's by the way! They weren't there either T___T'). I almost got Time Limited Edition for 25€ but sadly at the last minute the seller understood that it was 400€ and not 40€ -____-'' SERIOUSLY I really want the Limited Edition but I'll NEVER spend 400€ in it!!
Great new however, I bought Kis-my-1st at 23€ and the day after when I got to the stand, it was written at 53€ ! Seriously I was so surprised and happy! XD I think somebody knowing Johnny's went by at some time because they also changed and put the Limited Edition of Meikyuu Love Song on TOP of the regular one (at first it was stupidly the contrary XD). I was happy to see that NEWS Best seemed to sell well because the last days they didn't got much copy left anymore ! :D YAY for them ;D
Like I'm talking Johnny's, here are my POOR buying T___T'' Some cards NOT official (seriously normally I would be : ONLY OFFICIAL but there it was the last day and I was GIVE ME ANYTHING ARASHI BECAUSE I CAN'T NOT BUY ANYTHING) and some hand bands (YAY! I'm wearing Arashi's and NEWS's everyday XD) I seriously feel so disappointed of these buying because it's so small! I was ready to go crazy on Johnny's and all but NOTHING T___T''
Next is the part where I'll talk about almost nothing XD It's all the things I got on the touristic stands. Made me wanna go even more in Japan T___T'
FUKUOKA ♥ Lot of love to my lovely Miho there ♥
I got Shiitake's and Alice Birère-Haquet's signing :D The drawings and poems in the books are lovely! I also wanted Ein LEE signing but I couldn't be on time for it :( Next year maybe?
Saturday evening, I made it to (almost) the closing time! Well I made it PAST the closing time (19pm) because I left at 19.30. However when I left there was still so much people in it! I made some buying in goodies stands. It was more enjoyable "after" closing time because lot of people have left already :)
On Sunday, I met a friend there and we walked a bit around Japan Expo, made some buying and all. After that I left her for..... HEMENWAY's Concert! Let me explain everything to you ;D To tell you the truth, I didn't know about them before Friday evening. In the end of Flow's Concert, they were outside and people were giving us papers and saying : They're tomorrow and on sunday in concert in Japan Expo, please come. They're here. And there you just look outside and they're truly here! The 4 of them! And well it made me kind of excited even without knowing them XD So I asked for signing my paper (we were more than one to do so ♥) and it was kind of fun! They were really great and gentle and so cute when trying to talk in French ! The first one in the pics above asked me to come and when I answered : "I'll come" he looked so happy!
The one above is the leader :3 He's really good looking! Even more in live! I was *____* all the time XD I'm sorry, I almost only took him in picture during the concert :3 So as I promised I went to the concert on Sunday ( I wanted on Saturday but wasn't able to make it :3 ) and there was even a special guest.. the mangaka Naoki Urasawa (Yep! The one who did Monster!) who played and sang a bit !
It was a great concert ^^ Not as great as Flow but really interesting and liked it :D I might follow them a bit more from now on :)
After the concert, I rushed to go take my baggage back from the set point (there was a queue that panicked me XD) and left to take the RER back to the train station, to finally take the TGV back home. I was stressed all the way back to Gare de Lyon, but hopefully I had planned 30min advance on my train to arrive on time so even with my 10min lateness (because of the queue), I was still 20min in advance XD My TGV got a bit more than half an hour late so I came back home at 11pm, exhausted and ... worked directly on monday morning and was up at 6am XD.
It was a tiring holiday but I seriously enjoyed it SO SO much! I spent lot of money but well, if I'm not making myself happy NOW, when will I ? :D
You thought it was finished ? Hell no! I still have to talk about my buying!! ;D
First of all, the mangas ! The last volume (released) of Claymore (20), Sawako (Alias Kimi Ni Todoke - 13), Judge (5), Fairy Tail (25) and two new that are a One Shot (from the mangaka of Pandora Hearts ♥) and Bloodlad (that sound fun). I also bought two Beelzebub and got a glass as a gift ♥ So cute! And a mask XD (Useless but lovely~)
I also bought the last volume of Soul Eater (20) and got a free pencil case, badge and hand-band. The last release of D.Gray-Man (YAY! I waited so long! - 22) and bought a little fan-badge so lovely!
I also got crazy with the last release of Katekyo Hitman Reborn (GOD This manga is the best of the world!). I love Enma in this part of the story! Soon I'll be on "unread" part (like I stopped reading the scan long time ago)! I also found a lovely Spanner Card ♥, Tsuna Bookmark, Hibari Badge and Hibaba's Tonfa's Keyring ♥♥♥ And I wouldn't finish my fangirling if not with TEGAMI BACHI (French title : Letter Bee). Seriously this manga is awesome and .. even better ! I FOUND WATER ARTBOOK! Let me explain it to you! In CDJapan, I can have it at around 2800 yens (29€) without shipping charge. I found it in Junku in Paris at 58€, that was too expensive for me. And then at Japan Expo I found it at ....... 20€! (And NEW!) I didn't hesitate and bought it ! ♥ I'm so happy! I also got the last release (13) and a keyring ♥
Now are some awesome cards I fell for :) Most from fan-artists! Aren't they LOVELY!? However, I was really sad not to find Lancha in Japan Expo this year! I was SO looking forward to buy her work!!
Above, all the free uchiwas I got :D So much, this year again! ;) My favorite is, of course, the niconico one ;D
Under is my room in the middle of my tidying of buying and stuff ! It took me so long to organize and tidy everything ! :3 And all the buying of food I did! The sweet are just so good! I don't buy them because of Kanjani8 advertising but because it's just so good! (Even if the fact that Kanjani is advertising is a + XD). I tried the mochi but got a bit disapointed at first. Might try again (I've only eaten one). I LOVED the Ramen so much I bought 3 cups. I would have bought more but it was sunday and I didn't have much money left T___T'
There! I think I finished ! Thanks to everybody for reading (if you did! Because it was kind of long so I'm sure it bored more than one T___T'
I wish everybody is fine ;D
Lot of love !