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All for the Merch: Shopping Quest in Osaka

Before the Autumn ended, I went on a trip to Osaka, specifically in Den Den Town (literally Electric Town). It is dubbed as the Akihabara of Osaka, streets littered with gaming, collection and mobile stores. It is also colorfully laden with game centers, manga shops, toy stores and media stores, and it was perfect for any shopping quest.

Den Den Town early in the morning

My hotel is conveniently located right in front of this Gunpla store, and my window view was a delight.

View from my Hotel Room Window
Where I stayed

I only spent three days in Osaka, but it was really memorable. It’s not everyday that you are in Japan so, why would I pass up this chance to shop around?

I know it is kinda rude to take pictures inside a store, but I don’t see why. I went to Pokemon Center in Umeda and everyone was just taking photos, so… eh.

The first thing that caught my eye was this Kaito Kid dakimakura (body pillow). It is pretty expensive (I am pretty sure it is 16,000¥) for me but I think a standard price for dakimakura. I genuinely love the design because it is not naked like most dakimakura and Kaito Kid would be just laying there on your bed with you. Beside it is a Ran magic pillow that costs 3,000¥.

Kaito Kid-sama 😍

After walking around, the ground floor of this building is actually filled with random anime goodies, but unfortunately I cannot take photos as there were a lot of people and many staff that may kick me out of the store if I do.

So I just left and walked around the gaming centers when I spotted these Amuro and Akai merchandise posters. Apprently, you can win these in one of the machines, but yeah, I can’t take photos because of the staff. Anyway, it is worth checking out if you do plan to go to Osaka.

Hanging off keychain
Premium Birthday Cards

And last but not the least are doujinshi. They are literally fan fictions and apparently a lot of publishers produce them for the fans. I am not quite familiar with licensure or anything, but I guess that is also one reason why they prohibit pictures (but heck, you can Google everything now). I won’t be naming the shop, but, hello, it’s not like it’s not everywhere.

Sneak photo of one of the many displays

Standard price of each book is 380¥ and I would have bought a lot if I was not living with kids at home. So I’ll save it for some other time. And of course, it is in Japanese. Better work that language skills if you want to fully enjoy the experience.

And back in my hotel, they also have the complete collection of the Detective Conan manga, free for everyone to read. It is conveniently located near the laundry area and I only saw it while doing my laundry on my last day. If I only knew it earlier. I don’t have a decent photo of it but apparently you can see it on Google.

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Parting Shot

Well, don’t be sad if you can’t visit Japan any time soon because here in the Philippines we can find thrift shops and conventions where they sell Detectove Conan merchandise. A good example of thrift shop that sells authentic Detective Conan manga for 100 pesos can be found in Araneta Square in Monumento, Caloocan City (one ride from any LRT-1 station). But be reminded that they are all in Japanese.

Manga for 100 pesos

If Japanese is something that you are not willing to learn anytime soon, you can check out the licensed version here in the Philippines… in our very own language! J-Line Comics is too kind to bring us Volume 1 – 10 of the manga. Click here to know more about J-Line and their titles, but basically you can find it in bookstores nationwide.

Speaking of which, would you like to know more about Japanese animation and the whole process of making an anime episode like Detective Conan? We are having a talk on that exact same topic in collaboration with J-Line Comics and SEACAT. Click here for information and free registration. See you there!

WELCOME!

Welcome to Detective Conan Philippines Official Site!

First, I would like to greet you, merry christmas and a happy new year! 🎄

So to start it all off, this is my gift to DCPH Community! ❤

As a part of establishing a local fanbase for Detective Conan, we have started off asking you to answer a survey about some details for the membership. The next step is this, a website for you to visit from time to time. We’ve been preparing this for you since November 2016. But wait, the surprises are not yet stopping to this, because we have one last thing to end 2016 and to start off the year 2017, so make sure to visit this site from time to time, because we will announce it through here or on our facebook! So better watch out!

This site will serve as our homepage, aside from the Facebook page. Here, we will feature the local fanclub activities and updates, different things about Detective Conan especially the local and international news, local events, cosplays, and lots of fan related stuff, well because this is a fanbase, so we want to make sure the most of fan related stuff will be featured here! We will update this site periodically as we also have jobs in real life too and some of us are still a student, like me. Please take note that we won’t be subbing any episodes, movies or manga translations since we are not a fan-subbing team but we will make sure that you will enjoy and get the important updates from the series.

The whole website is not yet completely finished, as we are still filling up every page one by one. But together with you, we hope to complete this by early next year (2017). If you may we can also use some of your help for this website, we will be accepting some contributors, and we are also looking for team staff for the fanbase.

We hope you enjoy exploring the site, as we have prepared all of this especially to all of you.

As for the membership, we are still preparing for it, and will be tentatively available by next year, 2017.

Lastly, for everyone who supported us from our First Fan Gathering held last October 8, 2016 in Makati, thank you very much for the love and support, and the trust you’ve given to us to organize that event, we really appreciate it! We hope that this next step we will face for DCPH, will also be another success. Don’t forget that without your help and support, we won’t be able to do this alone, it is our vision; “to unite all the Detective Conan from the Philippines”, and from that very first event we organize, we have seen the unity even though, we, DC fans, have met for the first time we were able to see you team up and enjoy the presence of each other, you even helped us prepare for that day and ‘pack up’, we really appreciate it!

Once again, Thank you very much! ❤

Sincerely,

Ruffa Aquino
Founder of Detective Conan Philippines