This year, Kazé have again the "bento box operation" : purchase 2 mangas of theirs and you get one box (only at bookshops running that promo). You'll get either an Ao no Exorcist/Blue Exorcist (KATOU Kazue) box or a Reimei no Arcana/L'arcane de l'aube (TOMA Rei) one.

This year's novelty looks to be the addition of a fork and a spoon. Even though I don't read these series, I like how the boxes look from Kazé's previews. This year too will deplete my wallet so that I can get these pretty giveaways.
I'm still wishing they'd release some BL box like the first year when this promo started running. Lord, I so wish for a Viewfinder or Crimson Spell bento box.

Will take pictures of the actual bento boxes when I'll be able to get them.
The promo will start mid-March.
Today, it's sunny and I had a little time for myself. So I decided to take pictures of my latest acquisitions.

2 bento boxes from Kazé/Asuka.
Last year, the publisher offered BL bento boxes. This year, we have shojo boxes bearing images of Happy Marriage by Enjoji Maki and Dengeki Daisy by Motomi Kyousuke.
I also purchased Kazé's limited editions of Happy Marriage #6 and Dengeki Daisy #9. Each limited edition consists of an exclusive cover, the book that is the same as the regular edition, 3 cards and a bookmark.

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What are they like inside? )

2 mugs from Kurokawa publishing.
This year's promotion is a frosted glass cup, bearing an image of either Les vacances de Jésus & Bouddha/Saint Oniisan (Nakamura Hikaru) or Saint Seiya ~The Lost Canvas~ (Kurumada Masami and Teshirogi Shiori).

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1 Übel Blatt (Shiono Etorouji) poster from Ki-oon.
It's huge! Dimensions: 59,4 x 84,1cm.


2 sets of magnetic bookmarks from Pika.
Each set comprises 4 magnetic bookmarks bearing pictures from either Maid Sama/Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Fujiwara Hiro) or Black Bird (Sakurakouji Kanoko).


1 Naruto (Kishimoto Masashi) bowl with chopticks, from Kana.


And 2 Japanese artbooks I told some friends I had intended to purchase: Guin Saga Illustration Book by Tanno Shinobu and Santa Lilio Sangre by Kojima Ayami.

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Snippets )
All right, I'm updating about the goodies I've received from French manga publishers.

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There, from Doki-doki, I got chopsticks made of bamboo. They are simple but I like their looks. A Japanese friend once offered me chopsticks and I noticed that they are either coarse at the pointed ends or with grooved tips. I'm used to smooth chopsticks so I thought that was a genius idea to help people get a better grip on the food.

The Stupid Story (Anna Hollmann) note book is from Taifu comics. Not bad. I'll keep it maybe for writing down recipes.

The Vampire Knight (Matsuri Hino) necklace is a goodie from Panini. I'm not into jewelries. I should wait for my sister coming back home this Christmas to ask her if she wants it — she's into that kind of stuff.

The 2 Kilari (Nakahara An) clearfiles were given by Glénat. I don't know the series. I'll see if a daughter of my friends will be happy to get it.

So today, I've unwrapped the volume 6 of Viewfinder French version, published by Kazé/Asuka. It's nice that the price is the same as a regular volume. The cover of the booklet is softer than the Japanese version because the paper used is thinner. I regret that French publishers use such thin paper but I should still be grateful that the prices are reasonable.

VF6 front VF6 back

Pictures of volume 6 )

Pictures of the booklet? )

I've mentioned in a previous message the French Be×Boy #13 because of the stickers. So here is the magazine.


What's inside? )

And last, it's not manga related but about French comics. I received this promotional mini artbook, Les Dragons, from Soleil Celtic. You can get it if you purchase 3 of their comics — and darn they are expensive! @_@ The illustrations aren't really to my taste but it is still nice to get that kind of artbook. Here, I've taken photos of all illustrations. I like best the painting for the cover by Laurent Miny and Alain Brion's illustration. Leonid Pilipovic's drawing is also quite eye-catching here.

Dragons front Dragons back

Pictures of Dragons )
My goodies collection is slowly building. I'm updating here with my recent acquisitions.

Kurokawa's 2010 thermos cups and 2011 DS cases featuring the series Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas and Blazer Drive.

2 cups and 2 cases )

Kazé's Toriko/Beelzebub fan.

1 fan )

Kana's Kuroshisutji straps.

2 straps )

And though I still wonder why I got them, I also received these goodies: 1 Marge Simpson plush toy keychain and a lithography of the Petit Prince comic.

Here's the screencap of this Petit Prince illustration taken from the official site.

How I love those videos showing how an artist draws/paints/works! Toko Kawai's sketch is not impressive but so very sweet and sensitive.
I can watch for hours these kinds of footage.

I've just read that the French version of Be×Boy magazine #13 will be sold with cute stickers as giveaways.

stickers are sticky )
NostalgiaI'm enthralled by Nostalgia, Nao Tsukiji's artbook. Received it a few days ago. It was my first time ordering at cdjapan and I'm pretty glad I did. A pity they don't sell the BL magazines. You can special order them but that would put a great dent in my budget as the only shipping method is EMS so I'll continue using yesasia for them.

Ah, those illustrations in Nostalgia are so goddamn beautiful!

Everyday, I open the book randomly at a page, just to look at some gorgeous piece of art, then close it relishing that the following day, I'll open it again at another page to some other shining masterpiece.

I love the texture of the paper. It's like there's a glaze over the illustrations, making the vivid colours so very soft. It gives me a comforting feeling, wanting to sit before a fireplace with tea and biscuits on my table while I browse this artbook lazily. *sighs*

previews )

This summer, I was able to get some nice goodies from the French publishers' promotions.

Ex libris Silen love & Gate 7

I couldn't go to Japan Expo 2011, though I won in a contest the third volume of Silent Love and a lithography signed by honor-guest Takanaga Hinako. And though I'm no Clamp fan, I found the illustration of Gate 7 lithography rather pretty so I did buy the book #1 to get it. That's really a problem when you can't resist an illustration just because you find it pretty even though you don't even like the artist or aren't a fan. LOL

2 other nice goodies I got from Pika publishing house are this year's bags: X-Blade (Shiki Satoshi) and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (Clamp)

Pika bags
what does it look like? )
And finally, Asuka/Kazé have announced they are going to release a limited edition of Viewfinder #6 on November 17. They say they will print 2000 copies of the collector edition which will include Libre booklet — the one with the 3some. *cough* — at the usual price of 7.50€. They will sell the regular edition after the limited edition is sold out.
I've asked them if they intent on printing the Animate exclusive booklet too, but Asuka/Kazé replied they won't. T_T
Ah well, I should be happy nonetheless that they release a booklet without any increase in the book price.
I didn't intent on taking photos of them because my camera is a bit blurry, then I told myself why should I feel shy? So there, the latest goodies I was able to lay my hands on.

Here are the official photos for the products because they are far sharper than mine:

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Or my blurrier pictures :

If you'd like, there's a link to the pictures Asuka/Kaze, the French BL publisher, took when the first boxes arrived at their offfice: the publisher's goodies gallery.

No Money / Okane ga Nai (Shinozaki Hitoyo & Kousaka Tohru) bento box

Photos here )

Silent Love / Bukiyou na Silent (Takanaga Hinako) bento box

Photos there )

Kurokawa is another French publisher who does not publish BL for the moment. But it's been a tradition for a few years that they offer thermos cups for special occasions. It's the first year I've gotten my hands on them, mainly because it's the first year I was interested in obtaining goodies and could actually have them... like the BL bento boxes from Asuka. So I got curious to see what the other publishers were offering.


Kurokawa's version of Vinland Saga (Yukimura Makoto) and Chocola & Vanilla / Sugar Sugar Rune (Anno Moyoco) thermos cups

Photos everywhere )

I'm not even a fan of Vinland Saga or Chocola & Vanilla. But my parents can use the thermos cups to go camping or picnic. I will keep one for myself since I drink hot tea all day long.

Edit 05/27/2011
I won the mousepad that is offered when you purchase the French version of Be×Boy magazine #11. I will buy several copies of the magazine anyways. I'm still wishing for Asuka to release some Viewfinder goodies. I sure would ruin myself to get as much of them as I can. Nonetheless, the mousepad for this issue is real pretty and I'm a fan of Suzuki Tsuta, so it's fine.

Konoyo Ibun / A Strange & Mystifying Story / My demon and Me (Suzuki Tsuta) mousepad



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