Ahhh I do love a good geek binge don’t you? Recently my anime cravings have gone through the roof and everything EVERYTHING I’m buying currently is based on some anime or another!! Recently I went on a trip with my merch team to Birmingham to visit the new John Lewis store (which, by the way, looks amazing!! It’s definitely worth a look), while I was there I decided to pay Tokyo Toys a visit and bought one or two items as well as buy one or two online. So without further ado’ here is my mini geek haul of this winter!!!
Attack on Titan Backpack
Here is my first of my Tokyo Toys purchases and it’s the most practical. On my way to Birmingham the bottle of water in my bag decided to empty it’s load (PHRASING)) all inside, getting everything wet including my phone, it was the best excuse to buying this awesome bag which has tonnes of hidden pockets as well as being light on the shoulders. The straps are easy to change and the colour does go with just about anything. It’s quite vast on the inside so you can easily pack quite a bit in it. I recently took it to London instead of a suitcase and I managed to fit everything I needed inside for my weekend. The bag is based on the very popular anime series ‘Attack on Titan’ which is also a live action film (with two parts). It follows the story of Eren Yeager his foster sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and their childhood friend, Armin Arlert. After the wall which protects their hometown of Shinganshina is breached by Titans, Eren watches in horror as one of them eats his mother. Vowing to kill all the Titans, Eren enlists in the military, along with his friends. I absolutely love this bag and it’s a great start to my ‘Attack on Titan’ haul.
Makoto Tachibana Plushie
I have a swarm of plushies covering my bed but of course I REQUIRE MORE!!! And from visiting their website every now and then I found out that they sold Free! Iwatobi plushies!!! I love Free! Iwatobi as well as Free! Eternal Summer it’s adorable and the abridged series created by Octopimp is laugh out loud funny!! If you have seen 50% off you can view it on his youtube channel. The story begins with four boys—Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin—before they graduate from elementary school. They all participated in a swimming tournament and won, though they parted ways. Years later, Haruka and Makoto reunite with Nagisa when he enrolls in their high school. Not long after, Rin, who was thought to be in Australia, turns up and challenges Haruka to a race and wins. Afterward, Nagisa suggests creating a swimming club and using the school’s run-down outdoor pool. Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and later on, Rei, create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club and work together to make the club a success. Anyway back to the matter at hand…. How cute is he?! He is so adorable, just like in the show. The only ones I would like to buy now are Rin Matsuoka as well as my favourite character Sousuke Yamazaki who unfortunately I cannot find in plushie form (sad face).
Dragon Ball Z by Adcart
I’ve been following Adcart on Instagram for a while now and he is a very talented artist. As soon as I saw this piece I bolted to his etsy store as quickly as my fingers could click. The work depicts Goku and Vegeta who are characters on Dragon Ball Z one of my favourite animes, my favourite abridged series as well as my main inspiration for my gym training. Dragon Ball Z picks up after Dragon Ball where Goku is all grown up and the father to a young Gohan. All the main characters from the first series make their return including Tien (beast) and Mr Piccolo. Vegeta is, without a doubt, my favourite character in anime history!! He developed so much throughout the series as well as training exceptionally hard to reach his goal. He never gave up even when defeated by his opponents. The artwork is fantastic and if you want to purchase one his awesome pieces please visit his website!!
Gintama Wall Scroll
You know that Ebay find that you really really can’t ignore well here is mine. Gintama is an anime I’m currently watching and I fell in love with it instantly. It’s so random, eccentric and some of the episodes will have you crying in the corner. It’s the futurama of anime. The story is set in the late Edo period. Humanity is attacked by aliens called “Amanto” (天人?, “Sky People”). The samurai of Japan join the battle against the aliens, but when the Shogun realizes the power of aliens, he betrays the samurai and surrenders to the aliens. The Shogun writes an unequal contract with aliens which allows the aliens to enter the country and places a ban on carrying swords in public. The swords of samurai are taken away so they can no longer resist the aliens. After that the Shogunate becomes a puppet government.The plot is focused on an eccentric samurai, Gintoki Sakata (aka Odd Jobs Gin) who helps a teenager named Shinpachi Shimura save his sister Tae from a group of aliens who want to make her part of a brothel. Impressed with Gintoki, Shinpachi becomes his apprentice and works with him as a freelance odd-jobs man in order to pay the monthly rent on Gintoki’s combination home and office, as well as to know more about him.The two of them rescue a teenage alien girl named Kagura from a group of Yakuza who wanted to use her superhuman strength to kill people. Kagura joins Shinpachi and Gintoki to work as freelancers and the three become known as “Yorozuya” (万事屋?, “We do everything” or literally “The Anything Store”). Gintoki Sakata is one of the best characters around!! He’s so lazy and chill you cannot not love him. I’ve been wanting a wall scroll of Gintama for a while to go alongside my amazing Vegeta scroll (as you can see I like having my favourite characters in scroll wall form) and I found this beauty on Ebay I love the colour and the intensity of it. The attention to detail is immaculate as the shading on his face is just perfect… He’ll fit quite nicely next to the Prince of Saiyans.
The Pride Comics #4 and #5
I’ve blogged about these once before and I was waiting for the next Comic Con but couldn’t wait another week and bought them online and OH MY GOD!!! IT WAS WORTH IT’S WEIGHT IN GOOOLD!!! The pride comics is about a group of LGBT superheroes lead Captain Fabulous and show how they face homophobia as well as facing their first super villain. I don’t want to post any spoilers BUT the reason I bought the next two chapters is because there are two characters (not saying which ones) who I really really wanted them to get together and…something happens hehehe (I’m not telling you!!). If this has piqued your interest please please PLEASE(!!) buy their comics, I promise you will definitely won’t regret it!! What I also love about the last issue was that they had a series of artists so the style changes from page to page!!