Received free from YesAsia with a CD order: Natsume Yuujinchou's Natsume Takashi Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. trading figure.
When you buy 2 or more qualifying Japanese CDs at YesAsia they let you add a free gashapon toy— you get to choose from about 16 different lines (which change all the time) and you just get a random figure/keychain/whatever from that set. I totally lucked out and got Natsume, who would’ve been my first choice anyway. He’s tiny (maybe 3cm or so) but adorable.
…And yet I did not manage to snag this pair at Big in Japan. I’m desperately hoping they’ll be made available again after their release.
I am absolutely ecstatic that NISA has picked up Natsume Yuujinchou (a.k.a. Natsume’s Book of Friends) for a R1 DVD release. If they follow the example of previous releases (such as House of Five Leaves *heart*) we can expect a pretty nice artbox with a hardcover artbook too.
Season 1 can’t come out soon enough (I know, I know, it was just announced today but still…).
Catboy meets Boy (& Cat): Just a fun picture I took back in July of 2010 when I realized how nice Konoe and Natsume & Nyanko-sensei (from Lamento and Natsume Yuujinchou, respectively) looked together.
In the last few years I’ve somehow become a collector of figures and yet I don’t feel I’ve really explored the possibilities therein. mrgigante has put me to great shame in this respect (among others).