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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Anime Madness @ tHe Spring

A long, long time ago, in the days of old when I was younger, going fishing in the drains, flying kites & collecting stamps were what you call a legitimate hobby.

And if you happen to think that was pathetic, our grandfathers had it even worse. They had to contend with just playing sticks & stones.

During my days, buying plastic toys at the typical neighbourhood Chinaman grocery store was considered a privelege. There were lots of varieties - plastic cowboy revolving pistol & belt with bullets, plastic bow & arrows with rubber suction cups, toy soldiers with plastic jeep, etc. Even then, you'd only get to buy something when you pass your exams & get something within the first 10 positions in class. There were about 50 students in my class. Imagine at every end of the term, 40 students wouldn't get a toy reward.

But nowadays, kids have it going for them. They've got everything - mobile phones, PCs, Playstations, Bionicles & tons of manga & anime. And these things don't come cheap man.

This Japanese anime schoolgirl would probably set you back by about RM200-400.

Oh, I happened to pop by tHe Spring today, & LO & BEHOLD, Japanese anime has decended upon Kuching.

I think the word convention was a bit of an overstatement. It was more of a toy exhibition rather than anime.

There was only one small anime stall in the whole of Spring.

But all the same, although small, the collection of anime models were impressive enough. As usual, Gundam was there.

Till today, I'm still wondering about the correct pronunciation. Is it Gun-damn? Or is it Goon Dumb?

Of all models, Gundam is the most popularised with probably countless new models being designed & produced every year. The designs do tend to overexaggerate as they have to outdo the previous year's & sometimes they border on torture. Here's a Gundam model working hard & sweating it out to save the universe.

And I thought this couple looked nice.

I have no idea who they are supposed to be, but it seems that in the world of anime, everyone's at war with something, even schoolgirls.

I don't think you'd be interested in the appearance of the bunny mascot, but you might be interested in the following:
Thu Aug 21: Appearance of the Clone Trooper (around 3-4pm ish)
Fri Aug 22: Appearance of the Clone Trooper again with Cosplay (12-1pm, 3-4pm)
Sat Aug 23: Trooper & Cosplay again (11ish - 1pm)
Sun Aug 24: Cosplay (10ish-1pm)

Oh, I think the Cosplay is done by the Swinburne University's Anime Club. (Somebody please confirm!) Have fun!


WoMbOk™♂ said...

I was there last night! Expected to see more hard to find toys actually, but still something to see.

Greg Wee said...

So, you're one of them! I thought you're of the generation that played in the longkang.

Heroes said...

Oh... I missed this one in Kuching.... it will cost a lot of money if one would like to collect every generation of Gundam. Are you one of the collector?

Greg Wee said...

Oh no. I usd to be much more nerdier. I collected stamps.

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