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Scribbles In the Midst of QuarantineScribbles In the Midst of QuarantineDiary

evenstar88evenstar883 mies. temu
This is just a normal diary + semi-loot post, borne of weekend rest and a need to write something. No warnings and not too picture-heavy.
**~ Evenstar's Scribbles ~**
I was resting at home and being a bit restless and on the spur of the moment I decided to write out a diary post.

So the majority of people are stuck in quarantine worldwide as respective countries struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic (except for several managing to flatten the disease curve including China and South Korea - I have to say I am personally impressed by their healthcare systems, both countries used different approaches to curb the pandemic and both yielded positive results). My country is also on quarantine but I still work the 5-days-a-week routine due to my job in the medical field - I work on the frontline now.

On weekends, I don't do much - I am supposed to be studying but exams and result releases are on hold anyway and with this pandemic, I just don't have the mood to take serious reading... well, seriously. XD So I just spend my off days chilling, streaming online shows, writing online fiction, checking out figure sites, reading a novel, and doing relaxing stuff I have not done in a long time. I just completed a 3km virtual run indoors two days ago, and my underused hamstring muscles are still groaning to this day XD It feels good though, taking a breather from all my usual activities.

The figure releases have seen significant push-backs on their dates owing to manufacturing country China being at the heart of the pandemic (and once again, it's incredible that they have bounced back and started production again).

One resin figure I have preordered due in March was pushed back to an uncertain date (probably requiring another 1-2 months more) and the Kotobukiya Tanjiro figure ITEM #813035 due this month that I have also preordered was delayed to May.

I used to purchase several scale figures a month and now I have actually gone one month without purchasing a single figure. I will readily admit I currently have buyer's itch. I am so used to waiting for monthly figure packages (I know I am not the only one) that the past month has been dreary for me. On the bright side, my credit card bill is looking extremely clean XD

To offset this itch, I have turned to purchasing ready-stock merchandise instead, cheaper stuff like clear files and postcards (the exchange rate isn't great at the moment and I have not found worthwhile figure bargains in the past month). I mainly focus on merchandise from the Kimetsu no Yaiba series because that is currently at the top of my manga/anime series list - I highly rec it if you have not got into that series, the storyline is creative and the Ufotable Studio did a fantastic job with the anime (also, the manga is currently at a very exciting place).

The special Kimetsu Cafe (a special collaboration between Kimetsu no Yaiba and Sweets Paradise) ran for a limited time from January till March this year in Japan. I watched the Youtube videos of people going on excursions to the place (and there's apparently always a long line to be seated) and I was really envious. The food not so much, but the merchandise were mouthwatering! I decided to buy their postcards online because I just wanted to have the theme but not something too big. The design is adorable - I got all six postcards :)

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I especially like Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke's colour design (Tanjiro's is especially soothing with the green theme)

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I managed to get my hands on this complete set of A5-sized mini clear files of all the Hashira - and I absolutely love them! The background colours are nicely representative of each Pillar. My personal favourite is Giyuu's.

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I also have some more Kimetsu clear files ordered - they are already sitting in the proxy warehouse with a few other merchandise awaiting that glorious time when SAL Small Packet shipping is reinstated to all countries.


And since I have never done a loot post before, I decided to throw in photos of some old merchandise I accumulated on my prior two trips to Japan before I started my figure-collecting hobby. I love Hakuouki Sweet School Life items - the guys are absolutely dreamy as students.

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My favourite character is ovbiously Hijikata ;D (and I am still waiting for a nice Shinsengumi scale of him *coughKotocomeoncough*)

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This clear file is my favourite so far.

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Random note: I picked up an autumn leaf in Japan and pressed it into one of the files - it's lost all its colour naturally but I still keep it. I can't wait to go back there again now that I also collect figures (was supposed to have the third trip this year but it has been put on hold for now due to the pandemic)

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I am also a fan of Bleach since university days - well, at least till the end of Hueco Mundo arc because up till the end of that arc, it was a mindblowing series. As a passionate fan with heavy IchiRuki bias, the rest of the series was CRAPPY like hell. Bad storyline, poor development of previously well-built up characters and then the worst ending and endgame pairing. Regardless, that series has given me my all-time favourite manga/anime male and female characters in the form of the beautiful Kuchiki siblings. So on my previous two trips to Japan, I took the chance to obtain some Bleach merchandise too. I even bought a few sets of exclusive art coasters from the Jump Shop in Osaka and Tokyo. These are a few but I have more than 20 of them - the coasters are in blind packs so you don't know what you are getting and try as I might, I failed to get a Rukia coaster.

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I ended up selling some of the merchandise, but I kept the playing card and the 2-sided clear file as my favourites. I don't care much about Ichigo, but Rukia looks so pretty on her side of the file <3

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I also sold some of the Naruto merchandise that I bought in Japan, and these two are all that remains. The Naruto bear and the playing card were purchased in the Jump Shop and Animate in Osaka respectively.

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And just to throw in my favourite souvenir that I bought from the Universal Studios Harry Potter in Tokyo during my first visit there - the Chocolate Frog box - which I adore and still keep to this day because of the beautiful design. The edible chocolate frog was eaten long ago though XD I got a Rowena Ravenclaw card upon opening the box, friends always said I was either a Ravenclaw or a Slytherin anyway ;)
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I can't wait for things to get back to normal but the natural progress of pandemics have historically taken significant time (I am actually predicting a proper recuperation phase in June). The most important aspect at this time for me in terms of the hobby is the halting of the Japanese SAL Small Packet - which is my ONLY shipping choice from that region (I have never gone EMS/DHL from Japan in my 3 years of collecting), so I hope that straightens out promptly. The figure delays are painful, but still bearable.

Hope everyone stays safe and sound in the meantime. Till the next post. :)
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Cloudberry3 mies. temu#77277129God, the Hueco Mundo arc was mind numbingly drab. I think I gave up Bleach because of it :{ Those Bleach merchandise did bring back some fun memories I had for Bleach though!
Thanks for sharing!!

You are welcome, and thanks for reading :) I actually quite liked the Hueco Mundo arc, the Espada like Ulquiorra, Nnoitra, Neliel, Grimmjow were well conceptualized. But everything after that just went down the hole - the Fullbring arc was ridiculous.
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God, the Hueco Mundo arc was mind numbingly drab. I think I gave up Bleach because of it :{ Those Bleach merchandise did bring back some fun memories I had for Bleach though!

Thanks for sharing!!
3 mies. temu
Wario543 mies. temu#77222653I just went to check out your collection and I just posted on the wrong blog haha sorry! ^^; Anyway, it’s so nice to see some Hakuouki love! I adore the SSL designs as well. It’s such a shame that there aren’t many figures, you’d think the main guy would at least get more. My favorite is Harada so I’m pretty much hopeless haha. Those Bleach coasters are so pretty! Kubo sucks at wrapping up a story but he’s a great artist lol. And the chocolate frog box is super cute! I sooo want to go to Universal someday just for Harry Potter. So cool that you got Ravenclaw too; I’ll have to hope for Hufflepuff if I get one. XD
Stay safe!! Having time to relax is so important in these crazy times, especially if you’re in such a stressful field. Here’s hoping things calm down everywhere soon.

Thanks for the comment :) I hope Kotobukiya would complete a Hakuouki line, they did such a fantastic job with Saitou and Okita. Harada is pretty famous too so you never know ;)
You stay safe too.
3 mies. temu
I just went to check out your collection and I just posted on the wrong blog haha sorry! ^^; Anyway, it’s so nice to see some Hakuouki love! I adore the SSL designs as well. It’s such a shame that there aren’t many figures, you’d think the main guy would at least get more. My favorite is Harada so I’m pretty much hopeless haha. Those Bleach coasters are so pretty! Kubo sucks at wrapping up a story but he’s a great artist lol. And the chocolate frog box is super cute! I sooo want to go to Universal someday just for Harry Potter. So cool that you got Ravenclaw too; I’ll have to hope for Hufflepuff if I get one. XD

Stay safe!! Having time to relax is so important in these crazy times, especially if you’re in such a stressful field. Here’s hoping things calm down everywhere soon.
3 mies. temu
yakushining3 mies. temu#77203196nice loot! haven’t got into KnY yet, but the clear file/postcard designs are very pleasing to the eye haha. also love the chocolate frog! would kill to have one of those right now XD
Thanks! Yes it was the colour scheme that made me get them :)
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yakushining your Highness
nice loot! haven’t got into KnY yet, but the clear file/postcard designs are very pleasing to the eye haha. also love the chocolate frog! would kill to have one of those right now XD
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