April 5, 2010

Yuzuruu no kobeya visual book arrived

For some reason I bought this. If you were a yuzuruu follower you probably remember getting bombarded with hype for several days. I guess tweet spam got to me and I had a moment of weakness.

Originally a C77 product, Yuzunee's venture into doujin publishing recently became available for mail order on Kirakira Shokai..

Seiyuu doujinshi is not unheard of. After all, Halko Momoi has manned Comiket tables herself and already published two volumes of Siesta, each containing her essays, short stories and other bits of literature.

Yuzuruu no kobeya of course, is just a leeeetle bit more lowbrow. Not that I'm complaining. It is a visual book and I knew what I was getting into.

That's actually just the back cover. I didn't get lucky with a signed one (1 in 30 odds). Rats :(

The contents are a mixture of cheesecake, photo montages, and scrapbooking.

Considering her past, I don't think anything here qualifies as risque though, contrary to some more outlandish claims on her site. It's actually pretty tame and you won't have to worry about the mailman looking at you weird if he sneaks a peek into your package.

The highlight is probably a four page feature inside where guest seiyuu doodle animal representations of Yuzunee. I didn't post the inside since she has been using it on her interview as a big selling point, but there are plenty of recognized names in there including Ueda Kana, Kugimiya Rie (lazy lazy tsk tsk), and Nakahara Mai among others.

If you buy the CD, you are also treated to two half-hour recordings, and a mini exercise track (see "yuzuruu to issho ni training" above). Supposedly, they are all recorded on location by what seems to be handheld equipment given the enormous amount of background noise but they do have a nice amateur feel to them. The first track is Yuzuki chatting with Koyama Tsuyoshi and has a home video kind of feel to it. The second track is supposedly a "real life bath" but it was so awkward and embarassing I had to turn it off. I can't listen to someone talk with running water in the background. Maybe you'll have better luck.

Ordering both book + CD as a set (now sold out) netted a bonus gift of Tirol chocolate squares with a special Yuzuki wrapping paper. Apparently, Tirol is known for its collectible wrappers and there are even hobbyists who dedicate their lives to cataloging candy packaging.

Since I am a rube I just opened it up like a normal person - no gloves or tweezers involved.

The chocolate itself is nothing special, but it looks nice and has a tasty chewy filling inside.

Posted by Paranda at 11:52 PM | Comments (0)

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