I recently moved and this meant getting the chance to go through all my piles of accumulated swag from years of fandom, convention attending and learning the wonders of credit card + internet (a dangerous combination at times!). Best part of this necessary clean-out evil is rediscovering some of my favorite things, the selective cream of the crop, so to speak, of my personal collection.
It got me curious, what’re other people’s favorite things? What do you display most proudly or feel the most giddy about when it crosses your mind? What’re your absolute best finds, purchases or discoveries in your collection? Or the goodies that have the most nostalgic value? I invite gloat-age and love on this pleasant summer Saturday!
To inspire, here’re some of my own under the cut. While like any other I could gush about how I love being surrounded by all my favorite stuff, in my manga collection there’re still a couple gems that stick out:
My full English floppy runs of Cardcaptor Sakura and Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon. Sure they’re flipped, but I adore the larger cut size and the full colour back and front covers. And the direct translation of Usagi’s name to Bunny I think is absolutely adorable. Also, as I love collecting replica memorabilia of anime/manga in-story items, my Clow Card books and Sailor Moon locket always make me smile too, along with my Naoko Takeuchi art books. Gotta love that added nostalgia factor, right?
I own Be Beautiful’s full catalogue of yaoi titles, including the elusive 1-4 volumes of Amano Yamane’s Finder series. Even when each one is often seen selling on eBay for $100+ a piece, I’ve never seriously considered selling. Collector’s pride I suppose!
I also recently received a lovely doujinshi as a gift. Not only was it a surprisingly high-quality release in both cut size and print quality, but it’s a new work by Nadoma Kodaka, one of my favourite manga-ka, and signed on top of that! Certainly a present that made my day when it appeared in my mailbox.
Ah, and let us not forget, the first manga volume I ever purchased. Viz’s original edition of Fushigi Yuugi, volume three. It was the start of something, that’s for sure.
So what about you? I invite my readers to share their favorites! It’s time to gloat, glee and share your favourite/most valuable/would-never-part-with goodies. What on your shelf puts a smile on your face?