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April 10th, 2009

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06:03 pm - Hetalia Merch.
So far as I can see in APHetalia there's a lack of keychain/cell phone charms merch, but browsing Taobao for the first time I came across:

So. Very. Want. Gah.

It looks pretty official, but I haven't seen any other countries as keychains in this series so is now I don't know if  this is some fan-made product or just extremely hard-to-find official merch.  Anyone know how to register in Taobao and if this particular seller ships overseas and accepts paypal?  I tried registering but it asked me whether I wanted to register by cell number or mailing address...and being in Canada I'm not sure which I'm suppose to go with O__o

[EDIT]: Ah, after stumbling over the description I think the seller doesn't ship overseas, darn.  If I wasn't going to Japan in September where I'm pretty sure I'll be able to buy some APH merch first-hand in-stores I'd so email my family in China to get me some merch >__<

Body length pillow of China and Russia
- This one I KNOW is fanmade as I have the artist friended on deviantart, but isn't it gorgeous?  She has such amazing talent.
China cellphone strappy
- Looks fanmade/non-official, but so CUTE! 

There's also cosplay unfiorms for a bunch of the countries...around $300RMB...so...$50 CAD, wow, I probably can't even buy all the fabric I'd need for those costumes here in Canada for $50.

[EDIT3]: Hehe
S. Italy mini-plushie on chain.
America alarm clock (Saw a few for other countries too...but no Canada ;A;)
Shinatty-chan cell phone strap (Is it called Gitty in the Chinese fandom?? O_o)

And are these DOUJINS??

I need to start digging into the jargon used in Chinese anime fandoms.  同人apparently means fan-made?  And so a fellow Hetalia fan on my f-list kindly told me 同人文 is fanfics?

Also, I've seen a few times the Chinese fandom call China's panda 滚滚/GunGun (pronounced GoonGoon, not "gun" as in the weapon), is the panda's named mentioned in the official webcomic??

[EDIT5]: Whee~
France cell phone strappy
UK cell phone strappy

Looks to be by the same person who made the China cell phone strappy under Edit2.


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Date:April 10th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Saw the Hetalia clocks on EBay too. It's so hard to tell if something's official or not. T_T

There's also doujinshi on ebay!! They are just wiiiiicked overpriced. o_O I'm like "$30?!?!?!?!" It probably originally cost $5-8! I'm waiting for the anime con to see if I can find some for cheaper.
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Date:April 10th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
$30 for a dj?? O__o Yowza. I can wait until I get to Japan and buy stuff from there without all the in-between prices, plus it'll give me an incentive to practice reading Japanese XDD

[Edit]: Oh, I found an Italy charm that looks to be from the same series as the China one in the picture I posted:

Then where are all the other countries?? There's got a be a set floating around somewhere...

Edited at 2009-04-10 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Date:April 11th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Send me cheap doujinshi from Akiba XD

Hmm, I wonder if there is a series for those keychains and an America one.
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Date:April 11th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Yes, I most certainly will :D Well, if I get stations in Tokyo, if not I'm sure whichever city I go to will have doujinshis that are cheaper than what's on Ebay, lol.

Yeah, I really want that keychain series, it looks well-made and the drawings are from the official drawings from what it looks like :O
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Date:April 11th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
The first keychain is definitely official~ =D I've been stalking YJ!A every now and again and they seem to have all the Allied and Axis powers in that form of keychain =D

OISJFSOD. I always look at TaoBao but then I have to go away for a while because I can never get them ;_________________; My parents are really against me spending my money on anime/manga/merchandise D= So no help from that quarter OTL.

<3 I can try helping you with the fan jargon if you wish =D; But keep in mind I'm quite bad at it myself LOLLOL. I don't think the Panda has a name in the official comics, the Chinese fandom seems to have just named him that in majority?

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Date:April 11th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm surprised people aren't all over those keychains if they're official, they're gorgeous *O* I hate that right now I have to like, extremely cut my spendings back to buying only the necessities until I get settled into my job in Japan where I'll actually have an income, grr.

I wonder if any of my cousins in China use Taobao...if they have paypal I can just send them over money to bid on stuff for me and ship it over..hm. I swear sometimes I wish Mathew would move his house closer to Kiku so we can have better access to all of Kiku's...goodies XD
Date:April 18th, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
I read somewhere that 滚滚 is a general Chinese nickname for pandas because they look so cute when they roll around in playing.

I have seen real pandas when I was a child (in a zoo).I'm not that crazy about them though.

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Date:April 18th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Ooh~ Well that makes sense, lol. I guess rolling around is easy when you're like a fluff-ball anyway XD

Yeah I saw them when I was in Beijing on my last visit at the Beijing zoo too, all of them were sleeping except one that was gnawing away at bamboo. What a life, lol. Totally coming back as a panda in my next life, good food, good facilities, free porn supplied (XDD), they even get their own fed-ex plane when travelling:
Date:April 18th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
I don't want to be a Chinese human anymore, I want to be a Chinese panda! Then every country will be dying to have me live there...I won't need a green card or anything. (cries)
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Date:April 18th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
I know! And to "invite" you for a year it's like, $1million!! Of course that money goes to the Chinese government, but at least you'd get a state-of-the-art residence with all-you-can-eat buffet everyday *O* All you have to do is eat, sleep and look cute, which is your default look anywa :3
Date:April 18th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Plus no one will suspect a cuddly panda of being a Communist spy.

Have you read this? 山寨熊猫

Lol Though the names 团团 and 圆圆 are as subtle as a brick to the head...PRC needs to improve their PR...
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Date:April 18th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
They've always been weak in their PR department, especially against the West. I mean censoring things from networks like the BBC by blacking out sections of their reports? Or censoring the search of certain words/phrases/terms on the internet so no search results show up? Come on, if you're going to censor, do it so at least people don't suspect (well, a little late for that now I guess).

Chinese PR's so stiff and easy to spot the motives behind them, actually makes them a lot less threatening to freedom of speech and fair media than the news here in the West where they'll come up with buckets of "legitimate" reasons not to broadcast you're side of the story. Can't solve a problem until you admit there's a problem right? At least we know there's a problem over there, here we haven't gotten to even acknowledging there's a problem yet.
Date:April 19th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
I just checked out that body pillow. Whoa! Yao really looks super sexy(and feminine) and look at the position of Russia's hand (drools).

Sheesh! Why don't I look like Yao??? He's way prettier than I am despite being 4000 years old! (cries)

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