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I say love is like an abyss. People fall in it. 
24th-Aug-2006 04:24 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
Before I launch into a very long post about doujin, a quick word about what I like to call the price of everything.



A copy of Asuka in London costs approximately ¥1,500. A copy of Animedia goes for about ¥2,200 (that's £10) in London (and it retails for ¥640 in Japan). Abyss doujin on Ebay can go for approximately US$20, which is ¥2,300. An anime calendar in London goes for £50, which is a stunning ¥10,900. If you have to have your anime anything in London... heh. And not to mention the only Abyss anything you get in London is Abyss fanart at the back of Animedia. (If you feel like converting, here's a good site)



And since I've been living in London for the past three years, Tokyo was heaven in more ways than one.

About three months ago, I was responding to one of maiki's posts and saying that I was happy she'd found some, because"I was wondering if there was Abyss doujin in Japan."

Is there Abyss doujin in Japan?

Oh aefallen, you of little faith.

Is there shonen-ai in KKM? Do things mieu in Cheegle Woods? Does Mr. NO IT'S NOT A SKIRT seriously need to stop being a pain in the Asch? Does a bearbee - okay, let's leave it there.

BUT HELL YES THERE WAS ABYSS DOUJIN IN JAPAN.

And I reacted just like maiki to Mooche doujin, too, and I'm not even as passionate an Asch fan as I am a fan of cheegles. And I was rereading this and I am happy to say that now, the Tales section in Mandarake is FILLED with Abyss doujin. It's an entire Tales section and it's 98% Abyss and 2% other Tales series. Also, even if you visit Mandarake early in the morning, visit again later in the afternoon, because the shelves get restocked and updated, and I picked up more Abyss doujin that wasn't there in the morning when I went back in the afternoon.



Got ranchelle Mooche's STAY BLANK DARKNESS doujin. Didn't have the time to scan it before I gave it away, but its cover art is GORGEOUS, (the quote was different, though, and very, very Asch-appropriate), and it had a postcard inside it, and there was an adorable chibi!Asch on Mushroom Road artwork behind that postcard. It's extremely rare for me that I know a doujin's worth however much it costs the minute the cover flips, but this is one of them. I personally am not as great a Mooche fan as some people I know, but this artist does covers like no one else. I can't tell you how strange it felt to be standing in a bookshop holding this doujin in my hands. It felt like everything that I did online was real, as if everything I'd only ever imagined before, everything that I only see in the darkness of night was before me in daylight, and it was almost unsettling. I usually keep the series I'm interested in firmly inside my head, and my fandom/RL divide is very very strong, even if it doesn't seem so. When I was looking at all of this it felt like the divide dissolved.





I actually thought the words on the cover of Mooche's doujin were the most fitting and lyrical words I've ever seen set to artwork, so I set out to research them. The quote for Sordino comes from the Flaming Lips song The Sound of Failure, and here it is:

Standing there in the graveyard
While the moon sprays its fireworks in your hair
The sound of failure calls her name
She's decided to hear it out


Here's the rest of the song: She can't pretend to know what it means to be dead.

Now the quote for the Asch doujin sent chills up my spine when I read it, and the minute I found the song it came from the feeling only intensified. The Asch quote is the song Already Dead by Beck, and here it is:

All the pleasures of the day
All the treasures you could hold
Days turn to sand
Losing strength in every hand


Here's the rest of the song: Love looks away in the harsh light of day.


I scanned in approximately 100+ pages of doujin covers and doujin pages. *blinks at the files*

GOD THERE ARE NO PICTURES YET. I WILL FIX THIS. THIS POST IS JUST HERE TO REMIND ME TO GET ON TO IT EVEN IF I DON'T SLEEP TONIGHT.
EDITED TO ADD: WE DID IT! NEVER let me see a CAN WE HIT 100/1000 comments challenge, because I will feel that it is my BOUNDEN DUTY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROMISE IS FULFILLED IT IS DONE. ♥

ALSO I AM SO SORRY for anyone else's LJ I spam tonight, because I am just so FULL OF HIGH and EVERYWHERE TO SPREAD IT TO. ♥
Also raethes is love because I have never met an LJ comment I wanted to eat so much.
Comments 
24th-Aug-2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
you know, despite what they say about how things are expensive in Tokoy (and they are) doujin and manga are *extremely* cheap there *got the whole series of Fake for less than 20SGD*
24th-Aug-2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
XDDD!!! Many things were expensive in Tokyo, but manga was AMAZING. They even sold CURRENT magazines at half price at this K-books store in Ikebukuro, I KICKED MYSELF SO HARD WHEN I SAW IT. The doujin and manga go for IMMENSELY INCREDIBLE PRICES, IN EVERY GOOD SENSE OF THE WORD. ♥

XD OH MY HEAVENS I DIE OF ENVY, I acquired Fake in Singapore and London and HELL, THE PRICE. XD (Although I collect mostly English translations now where they are available, because I realised I stopped reading when they were in any other language.)
24th-Aug-2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
A copy of Animedia goes for about ¥2,200
Meep. That's more than half the original price!!!

Uhm... maybe because it's published there are there's no need to raise prices for import taxt and stuff like that? ^^;

24th-Aug-2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
London is the most insane place in the world to be if you're an anime/manga fan. On the plus side, EVERYTHING is better after that, EVERYTHING. XDDD

Heh, I think so too. *grin* And also if it's published in Japan, far far less middlemen to mark up the prices. The worst markups I've ever seen are Ebay doujin. Hands down.
24th-Aug-2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, if you want to put up scans, better not plug Mooche's site. D: A friend has taken a photo of a doujinshi's cover and plugged the website of that doujinshi's artist on the same entry and that artist scolded her for using her art without permission. D8

But wow, you actually own "Stay Blank Darkness"!? *grovels at Chris' feet* I couldn't get it before Mooche completely ran out of print of it so I had to go with her new book "Unterwegs", which has her old out-of-print Asch doujinshis all compiled into a small book. The book covers are still in colour in that book, though!

And yes, gotta love how everything manga here is so damn cheap. 8D
24th-Aug-2006 04:41 pm (UTC) - *runs off to edit like WHOA* Thank you so much! *grin*
Thank you so much! *grin* Ran off and got rid of all the links right away. My apologies, and do feel free to let me know when I'm doing something I shouldn't be. Would it be safer to link no sites at all, in general?

I grovel at your feet! *wild grin* It was your entries on Abyss doujin that GAVE ME HOPE. *grin* XD Got "Stay Blank Darkness" for ranchelle, though, so I no longer own it, but even if I hadn't bought it as a gift, it would have been one I'd have wanted to own for myself, it is that good. THE COVER ALONE is worth the price of the book, and I'm not even an Asch fan.

I actually got 'Stay Blank Darkness' off the larger K-books store in Ikebukuro? I didn't expect to ever find it! The one above Kings' Kings? They have a massive Abyss section there, and I was there for ages. There was so much I wanted to get there but I really had to stop myself. *grin*

XD Y'know, I thought I'd bought enough Abyss doujin to last me a lifetime, but about a month later I read your Comiket post and something inside me says, No, you'll never get enough.

UNTERWEGS IS A COMPILIATION? WHY THAT IS LOVE. *grin*

It is so damn cheap, and THERE IS SO DARNED MUCH OF IT. I'm homesick for Tokyo and I've only been there for FIVE DAYS.
25th-Aug-2006 02:02 am (UTC) - *rudely jumps into conversation*
I *heart* Unterwegs. I can't stop myself from flipping through it xD
28th-Aug-2006 12:05 pm (UTC) - JUMP IN ANYTIME *grin*
You know, I thought I already had more Abyss doujin than I needed for a lifetime, until I heard about Unterwegs. And saw other really good Asch/Luke doujin. *grin* It seems like I can never have enough. *smiles*

I'm like that with some of my doujin too! *grin* I should demonstrate soon!
26th-Aug-2006 01:16 am (UTC)
Never been to Tokyo but ;_;
28th-Aug-2006 12:06 pm (UTC) - Noooo, Guybrush! Come back out of the Abyss!
Is that drowning!Guybrush I see? ; )

One day you'll go to Tokyo though, I think! ; ) And it will be UTTERLY worth it. *grin* ; ) Don't be sad, the longer you wait to go, the better it becomes when you get there! ; ) And you like Jrock, so you'll have even more to see there than I did! ; )

THERE ARE HOST CLUBS IN JAPAN. ; )
28th-Aug-2006 12:44 pm (UTC) - Get drunk...?
Yes, drowning!Guybrush is funny. His options are "Bob, Rot, Bloat, etc".

Yes, one day I'll go to Tokyo. Hopefully with friends so we can do fangirly stuff. Although... not so much into JRock now, just still loving the L'Arc.

Host clubs? A la Ouran? For real or ... D: Did you meet your Tamaki-kun? :D
28th-Aug-2006 12:52 pm (UTC) - HEEEEEEEEE :D
He actually has OPTIONS?

I find myself very amused by 'Rot'. And BLOAT, indeed.

TOKYO MUST BE DONE WITH FRIENDS. I cannot imagine going to Tokyo with parents and going, "Mom, can I spend an entire day at Ikebukuro?" XD Friends, why, THEY'LL BE THERE WITH YOU. ♥ And you can read way more Japanese than I can, so it will be a much more enriching experience for you, I think ; )

L'Arc! ; ) I've only ever loved KKM for so long. *grin* Sometimes I wonder how it feels for people who stay with one band/series for a long time.

YES! XD A LA OURAN! XD FOR REAL! : ) There is even one at the basement of this place with two doujin shops! Ran into one of the hosts giving out leaflets when we were exiting the place. He was actually cute! And in a blond wig and smart clothes! I got all tongue-tied and quiet the way I do when I'm around awfully good-looking people. *grin*
28th-Aug-2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oh snaps. D: I didn't show that image to you?



HEHE. Tokyo with parents. I think they'd think we're an odd generation. I really don't wanna go into explaining the concept of their maidcafes. x_X Or if Hard Gay pops out of nowhere. OMG. I'd be like "OMG HARD GAY!"

Parents: D: You know this crazy person?

Yes, I wonder how people are able to stick to anything, but I guess, it's all a matter of putting it aside, and recalling the fond memories later on.

D: T_T Now I really need a friend who can also be a tourguide just so I don't miss anything out if I do end up going to Tokyo!
28th-Aug-2006 01:27 pm (UTC) - I NOW FEEL COMPELLED TO SHARE ABYSS ART WITH YOU :D
EEE I see it now!! And am amused by the matching of bloat and float. : )

"Bob! Where's ... JIM?" XDDD

ORDER HINT BOOK?! I KIND OF HAVE GOT TO LOVE THAT ONE, A LOT. :D

Oh, don't worry! ; ) The maid cafes are in Akihabara, and the waiter cafes are quite discreet - they're all closed-door, so you can't even see what's going in them! Akihabara was TERRIFYING. Life-size girl dolls. *scrubs mind out* In minimal clothing. *more scrubbing of mind*

HARD GAY. XDDDDD *dies laughing* I did actually buy doujin in HK while with my parents. While my mom waited outside the store. XDDD

Hee, or of making happy new memories, for that matter! ; ) I'm a big fan of making new happy memories. :D

Dude, if we're ever in Tokyo together, I'd be your tourguide. ; ) But methinks you'd have quite a few people jumping at the opportunity! ; ) At the very least I'd be able to tell you where to go! EAST IKEBUKURO!! XDD



"GET YOUR HANDS OFF MY LUKE, WOMAN!"
28th-Aug-2006 01:47 pm (UTC) - What if I fell in and couldn't get back out again?
Poor woman. She was just teaching him stuff he could do with other guys, right?

Wait. I thought maid cafes weren't that bad- I thought they were decently dressed, and nothing pervy goes on? I thought it was a "SEE BUT NOT TOUCH" policy. D:

Yeah but Hard Gay wouldn't pop out in HK now, would he? XD I wonder if your mum even knew why she shouldn't follow you in??? XD
28th-Aug-2006 02:23 pm (UTC) - THEN I'D FALL IN WITH YOU :D (We'd have lots of company! :D)
DIES LAUGHING SO HARD, NOW that is HILARIOUS. XDDDDD THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH, now I have a perfectly INNOCENT explanation for this picture. XDDDD *grinning evilly*

I don't think maid cafes are that bad, but I've never seen one before. ; ) I should think it's SEE BUT NOT TOUCH as you've described. ; ) The waiter cafes are definitely see and no touch. : )

XDDDD My mom offered to wait outside while I did my manga shopping. ; ) While she was outside, though, she saw two men dragging another man off into a toilet. She thought the dragee was on drugs.

Hmm. I never thought of it as dodgy until this moment.
24th-Aug-2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
OH GOD. ISNT IS LIKE 4 AM THERE? HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY BE THIS HYPER AT 4AM?? :|

*laughs* You are so hyper it is kind of scaring me. :D I don't think I've ever seen you quite THIS hyper and I've known you for a while now. :D ITS FUN, DO IT MORE OFTEN.

T.T I just wish I got home earlier. I missed half of it. *g*

COMPLETELY random: this morning I had the KLM-stolen-blanket wrapped around me and as I walked by the mirror, and I SERIOUSLY thought "what's Chris doing in the mirror?" xD My blanket is the same colour as your Paris!cosplay oufit, omg. FOR ONE SECOND I thought you were there. :| (I just woke up, lol)
28th-Aug-2006 12:24 pm (UTC) - You know me, my natural mood tends towards GENKI DESU NO. :D
*laughing* It was near 4am, yes. ; ) But you know me, my natural mood (when in a good mood!) tends towards being hyper and excited over everything. ; )

XDDDD Hyper is GOOD. ♥ I met up with a really old friend that day, and I was so happy! ; ) She'd just come back from the US, and we hadn't seen each other in ages! *smiles* So glad to know that some things don't change, no matter how much time and distance passes between you. ; )

XDDD DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT DEAR. ; ) I think we have enough fun on your LJ as it is. ; )

*dies laughing* YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE ME?! WHAT IS THIS, TALES OF THE ABYSS?! *DIES LAUGHING* That is so amusing! ; ) DRESS UP IN IT while Niisan is over and see if it fools her!! XDD
25th-Aug-2006 02:01 am (UTC) - I say love is like an abyss. People fall in it. I tripped.
I want a spam party 8O
25th-Aug-2006 02:40 am (UTC) - Re: I say love is like an abyss. People fall in it. I tripped.
Watch out or you'll get one XD;
28th-Aug-2006 12:28 pm (UTC) - *grin* Because I'm all too happy to indulge requests for spam parties! ; )
I'd give you one if you wanted one too. ♥
28th-Aug-2006 12:27 pm (UTC) - LET'S FALL INTO THE ABYSS TOGETHER!~
You know, if you asked, I'd give you one. *grin* I used to be very good at epic commenting, and then life got busy. *laughing* ; ) But it's a skill that never goes away! ; )
25th-Aug-2006 02:43 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun and I'm looking forward to the monster post! XD And "Mr. No it's not a skirt" is a great name for him, I laughed for five minutes straight over that one. :)
28th-Aug-2006 12:30 pm (UTC) - Luke also agrees on the Mr. No It's Not A Skirt front! ; )
I am very certain that the name had something to do with Mr. No Socks. It'll be a trend before I know it, this whole Mr. Articles of Clothing Or Lack Thereof. ; )

*grin* I scanned about 100+ Abyss-related images in one week, and then I got very tired. *laughter* I'm slowly putting up everything I scanned. ; ) You will certainly see it! *beams*

!!! *griiiiiiin* I'm so glad you liked the name! ; ) I THINK IT SUITS HIM. ♥ Mr. Grumpy Skirt was another option, but I liked Mr. NO IT'S NOT A SKIRT because I could see him snarling it. ; )
25th-Aug-2006 03:28 pm (UTC) - I have fallen and I CAN'T GET UP!
Man, I'm envious, your doujin finding sounds like quite the party. XD
And about Unterwegs as mentioned above, I'm at broken_melodie's place right now and I can't stop looking through it either. :D;;
28th-Aug-2006 12:44 pm (UTC) - then, LET ME FALL WITH YOU :D
XD! It was immensely fun! ; ) I never really thought that there could be so much doujin. In Tokyo they sell doujin like ordinary books. It's like walking into a store and finding doujin sold just the way magazines are. ; ) It was unbelievable! *grin*

XDDDD I bet if I had it in my vinicity I wouldn't be able to stop looking at it either! *grin* The strange thing is of my own accord I wouldn't like the artist quite as much as I do now, what with EVERYONE's influence. *laughing* ; )
28th-Aug-2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Your title is reminiscent of this Relationships class I took two years ago :D:D:D

The teacher asked us, 'What does it mean by 'falling in love'?"

And when I was asked to answer, I said, "Uh, well, love is like a hole you fall into?"

Similar concept, except I should've used Abyss 8DDDD WHY WASN'T ABYSS RELEASED EARLIER STUPID NAMCOOO ARGHHHH
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