Of Christmas Loot, Random Thoughts, and Ugly Christmas Attire

Everyone has an ugly sweater but I have a dorky T-Shirt.

Another year and another Christmas passes by. Still I hope everyone had a Happy Holidays and aren’t wanting for food or shelter. While much will be said about how Christmas is Jesus’ really late birthday, how this part of the season is all about family, and in anime how this time of year is wonderful time to confess, I’d rather celebrate the Great Capitalist Holiday where massive quantities of goods are purchased with some of them gifted to others for gifts to oneself.

This year I did not get much in the way of anime related loot, I say this without shame because my friends and family have no idea about what I want nor would I be all that able to explain my appreciation for 1/8 Scale figures especially Sheryl Nome’s also I have pile of unassembled kits from Gundam and Macross which is becoming a rather permanent fixture. In short thank goodness for Ghibli and Disney’s licensing of their films because those titles are the only ones I got this year. While my anime habits aren’t fully known to my friends and family my obsession with sports is and I got handsome haul of San Francisco Giants gear which is another rather nerdy though more mainstream pursuit. Still I am grateful that my family understands how much I love my baseball team I just wished they realized that its football season and that the Giants didn’t make the post season this year. Nevertheless better than a lump of misshapen coal.

While material goods are the lifeblood of capitalism I think the best gift I got for Christmas was the chance to celebrate a winning season for the 49ers and it was a two-fer because it was also a sweep of a hated division rival. It’s been a long time since I ever had this chance it’s been nine years since the last winning season and I have had to endure a hateful Seattle Seahawk dictatorship as my once glorious team seem destined for obscurity. Still Christmas did come and I finally get to see my team do something other than lose week in and week out. Long have I wished for this day and it finally came, I am just surprised to see a redemption story play out before my eyes week to week for the much maligned Alex Smith.

This season did get me wondering though if anime fans in general get gifted their anime goods or if we simply gift most of our collections to ourselves. In fact during this time of year do many of us wave our fan flags high? The last Gundam t-shirt I had was back in middle school and these days NBA, MLB, and NFL merchandise make up the mainstay of my attire. Come to think of it I wonder if people buy a whole lot of anime related clothing given the rapid turnover rate and given how we are prone to celebrating the show of the moment. More likely I think anime fans are probably loaded with DVDs and figures. Given how niche anime is I wonder if we more often than not celebrate our fandom in smaller circles face to face and while the internet is a great way to spread gospel and talk about things I am a bit old fashioned in that I would much rather have face to face discussions. It’s been a well past a decade since I saw my gateway anime and I have seen people “grow out” of anime because real life took over and there was less and less time to watch anime. It makes me wonder if the older we get the possibility of keeping up starts becoming a losing battle.

Anime isn’t like sports; anime isn’t ubiquitous in daily life outside of Japan. It’s easier to be a sports fan given how many there are and how sports talk is the “safe” office topic that more often than not is inescapable. In any case I hope everyone will have a Happy New Year and do all the things they meant to do that never got done.

Didn't get much in quantity but got plenty in qualtiy.

I am glad my folks understood enough my inane babble to not just gift me the super cheap Beltran gear.

If nothing else Ghibli will always be the safe anime to ask for without the awkwardness. I think I am going to have to find My Neighbor Totoro on my own.

I didn't get any NBA stuff but considering the state of Golden State, I probably should finish Skyrim before playoff time...

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7 Comments

  1. Posted December 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    My anime collection is trimmed down to jpop cds and a few dvds in which I buy myself. I actually prefer buying my anime gifts myself because family and friends would give me crappy bootleg Naruto merchandise if I ask them for anime related gifts.

    • Crusader
      Posted December 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

      Ah the bootleg problem, I had that happen to me early on when my family would go to Hong Kong and China back in days before broadband was widely available. I guess I should count my blessings since I got the real thing this year and not some grainy bootleg with weird English Translations. I remember when licensed stuff cost an arm and a leg but what a time to be alive given how you can get a whole series for what used to be the cost of two DVDs.

  2. Posted December 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas Crusader! Very nice gifts and wooo! Skyrim and anime great stuff right there.

    I got Ika Musume season one DVDs and a Ika shirt from my brother, I wanted Redline! But I will have to buy that later.

    • Crusader
      Posted December 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

      Good to see that your brother was considerate enough to get something that wasn’t mainstream. Hopefully you can share your fandom with your brother for years to come.

      I hope you and your family had a Happy Holiday and I wish you all a Happy New Year, and maybe respectable NBA Season for the Orlando Magic. If I ever get back out there on a mission I will make it a point to take you to a Buccaneers game so you can see the Pirate Ship, though I cannot say much for the play of the Bucs.

      • Posted December 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

        Ohh I have been watching anime with my brother for a long time I have even got my dad into some, even thou its stuff like Bleach,Cowboy bebop or even HoTD! Yeah seems odd but guns and zombies seemed perfect.

        Ooooh yes! That would be so much fun! I will watch some basketball in your honor xD

  3. Posted December 29, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Daw, those Ghibli films! (I got into anime late compared to many in the ani’sphere, so Spirited Away and Ghibli will always hold a special place in my heart). And yes, you simply must watch/ aquire Totoro (remind me to show you a pic of the cute Totoro bag I bought a few months back at London Expo ^ ^).

    This season did get me wondering though if anime fans in general get gifted their anime goods or if we simply gift most of our collections to ourselves… Given how niche anime is… and while the internet is a great way to spread gospel and talk about things I am a bit old fashioned in that I would much rather have face to face discussions.

    I guess I’d buy films for myself, series not as much as they can get pretty pricey and there aren’t many I’d watch in their entirety over and over again, as opposed to a 1.5/ 2 hour film. Though, in the last couple of years, I found out that one of my colleagues is into anime too, so we seem to have been buying each other an anime film for our birthdays (in the same month) for the last two, which has been nice.

    Still I hope everyone had a Happy Holidays and aren’t wanting for food or shelter.

    Hear, hear! And a very merry holiday to you too, senpai!

    • Crusader
      Posted December 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

      I am still looking though I want it for the right price, of course one can hope Santa will get me a copy next year…

      At least you have a gift exchange going, the only thing I got close are friends gifting me games through Steam.

      At any rate have a Happy New Year.

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