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.

©TripAdvisor


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!

Gathering of the Detectives: First Fan Gathering of Detective Conan PH


If you have been an avid anime fan, I’m sure you’ve heard of Detective Conan, one of the longest running series of manga and anime created by Gosho Aoyama. The manga was first read on 1994, and two years after that, the anime was launched. From 1996 to this year, fans watching have long waited to see if Conan will be able to reclaim his body as Shinichi Kudo, after being drugged by the Black Organization. The long stretch of the story have mysteriously kept the fans glued to the series. I have personally been a fan since 2007, but I have been watching it long before that. Detective Conan has that unique charm to drag but be still very relevant. Fans just laugh away the fact that within the anime, technology had been evolving, but the age of the characters seemed frozen.

Here comes the conception of the Detective Conan Philippines to have an event: it started with a survey, asking likers of the page if they’d be willing to share and celebrate the love for the series. Shortly, it was set on October 8th in Warehouse Eight, Makati City, with RSVP only 250 pesos (about 5$). It was meant to be a small gathering, limited only to 50 people in ticketing . Preparations of the page administrators, sponsors and volunteers loomed towards the date, while everyone else waited with much anticipation.

As soon as it was announced, I already had my eyes on cosplaying Sonoko Suzuki. I intentionally bleached my hair for weeks (since lace wigs are next to impossible to acquire) and I had to remake my vest (sordid saga on tumblr). I was also one of the people who heed the call for volunteers in its ingress and egress (there’s nothing I wouldn’t do in the name of fandom *lol*).

It happens today!
Fellow cosplayers as our favorite characters
Movie Pop Quiz Top Three
Team Yellow with our puzzle

The day finally came, and I have treasured every waking moment of it. The venue was fantastic (by now, I am so used to travelling from North to South), had room for all 47 guest and admins, and as cozy as it can get. Fellow cosplayers graced the event. The activities were also fun, which made me wish I had reviewed more (blame memory gap), and tickled the mystery solver in everyone of us. The sing-along, the filmshowing, the pop quiz, the fan art, the jigsaw puzzle, the clue hunting, the code-breaking and the raffle! EVERYTHING! I actually wished the time was longer. I am a freakin’ social butterfly and I would have loved the chance to know everyone by name, because it is the best thing to do in gatherings like this. Or maybe… Time just flies by faster when you are having fun. The food was quite unexpected, but I liked that cake because I am a sweets monster.

The winning fan art ©Jenghis Gochangco
My friend Angelie, cosplaying as the Queen Sonoko as well! ©Ma Angelie Maglana

I personally loved how I was reunited with a friend, Angelie, for the first time in a long time. Cosplaying with my friend China as Makoto was spazzing in disguise (we extremely love SonokoXMakoto). I also met a lot of wonderful people, which is quite refreshing for me, because we are all in the same boat that day.

The fan art winner Jenghis, with me and China.

No one left empty-handed as there were prizes more than enough for everyone. Fan artists received special gifts and badges, winners of the games took home posters, figurines, comics and watches… and the standees were even raffled out. The event ended with hopes to see each other on the next event. I personally would like to congratulate all the administrators: Ruffa, Lei (who is a fellow educator by profession), Jec and thanks to the sponsor J-Line Comics, who publishes Detective Conan manga locally. It was a job well done, and everyone will definitely look forward to the next one.

© Detective Conan Philippines
Selfie with the page owner and admin, Ruffa

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

[ENG SUB] Movie 21 Teaser

 

So here it is Movie 21 Teaser.

We only hard-subbed this.
Credits to the translators and soft-subbers.

I edited the video’s brightness so you might notice the inconsistency of the lighting, and also added slight old style film filter but barely noticable to avoid the copyright claim.. because I always get this Blocked worldwide.. so yeah better watch it before this video gets traced.

This video is unlisted. You cannot find this on the search box.
Only those with links can see this. But feel free to SHARE this to your friends!
https://youtu.be/FfCgGA-V4AM

 

A/N: I just tried subbing this one video to practice. This is my first time subbing a video.

 

Photo above from: Conan Portal

Uniting Filipino Detective Conan Fans