Trip to Japan recap! (Part 1 - The Shoujo stuffs)
I don’t usually post off-topic (other stuff than manga caps or answers to asks) but I thought this might interest some of you. I’ll start with the shoujo manga related stuff and then put the rest in separate posts.
Okay to begin with, here’s a poster for a light novel (Cake Ouji no Specialité from Takafumi Nanatsuki). I thought the guy really looked like Kakeru from Orange. And I was right since Takano Ichigo illustrated the covers. xD
I went to a bookstore in Kyoto so here’s some series I recognized. There were a bit more than I took pictures of, but a Caucasian dude was staring at me weirdly as I took pictures. Maybe he was surprised to find a young guy with such interest in shoujo mangas?
Koe no Katachi by Ooima Yoshitoki
Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare by Sakisaka Io
Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet by Yamamori Mika
Short Cake Cake by Morishita Suu
Takane to Hana by Shiwasu Yuki
Konyakusei by Iwa Chika
ReRe Hello by Minami Touko
Honey by Meguro Amu
Tsubasa to Hotaru by Haruta Nana
Niijiro Days by Mizuno Minami
Aozora Yell by Kawahara Kazune
ALL THE SHOUJOSSSS 8D
Kyou no Kira-kun by Mikimoto Rin
Chihayafuru tie-in snacks!
Koi to Uso ad in the train
Kimi no Na Wa tie-in products at Akihabara
Some detergent with cute shoujo manga-like artwork on them :D
In Ochanomizu (neighborhood to the southeast of Akihabara), I passed by the headquarters of Hakusensha, a magazine, manga and light novel publishing company that has, among other unsavory stuff, Melody, Lala and Hana to Yume (and their deriviatives) magazines under its belt.
Notice the Madara (from Natsume Yuujinchou) plushies and the posters for Fukumenkei Noise (AKA Anonymous Noise) and 3-gatsu no Lion (AKA March Comes in like a Lion).
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In Harajuku, there were cute billboard ads with shoujo manga-like art. ^^
EDIT: These are parodies on shoujo tropes. xD See: http://utsukushiishoujomangas.tumblr.com/post/164085761818/you-are-right-i-cant-speakread-japanese-i-was
Next we went to Ikebukuro, a neighborhood like Akihabara (in the manga/anime sense), but catering more to the female crowd (shoujo/josei manga/anime, boy bands/male idols, BL/yaoi, butler cafes instead of maid cafes, etc). I personally found Akihabara a bit crude with the maid cafes (there was even a high school girl cafe) and the few adult material shops in the sidestreets, but whatever floats your goat. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
There’s also the biggest Animate of all of Japan (or so I’ve heard). Animate is a chain store selling manga/anime merchandise (magazines, manga, anime CDs, figurines, charms straps, posters, cups, clear folders, plushies, doujinshis, you name it).
Here was part of their shoujo manga magazine selection:
Their selection of shoujo mangas were on point, as expected :3
Omg Queen’s Quality volumes on sale! 8D
Too bad I can’t read Japanese… :/
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii art on the elevator wall xD
Sono Voice, Yuuryou Desu ka? by Sanada Hatsune and Amazato Sugar. No scanlations yet I’m afraid. :P
And a sneak peak of what’s inside~
Hope you guys enjoyed it and stay tuned for part 2!