Lepetit89Lepetit89 The Running LibraryI collect, therefore I am.


Hello and welcome to my page.

I am, as you can guess, an avid collector of various kinds of items which include, of course, figures, but also music CDs, Doujinshi and games.

I spend most of my income on my collection and, quite frankly, I don't regret it at all; there is something strangely satisfying about owning things, particularly owning many things. Due to that, I like buying many things, which results in severe neglegience of most other things I could spend money on.
However, I think we must come to terms with our shortcomings, and if this ambitious greed is my shortcoming, then I'd rather just put it to something useful.

As much as I love the "buying and acquiring"-part of collecting, I also love sorting my collection and indexing it. That's also part of the reason why I currently spend most of my time after work adding entries to the database. I want to add everything I have, seeing how I can be sure that the information is correct and it also helps improve the database.

Most of the data I have is data I already collected once since I'm also doing the same for the Doujinshi and Manga Lexicon.

However, since this is a database which covers several areas I focus on, I figured it couldn't hurt to do it a second time. It's still going to be some time before I finish, but it's a lot of fun; though I hope we'll be able to add Doujin-CDs in the future.

Anyway, since this says "Bio" I suppose is this is also where I'll take the liberty of explaining the roots of my collection and how I discovered the joy of collecting. It's long, but alas, I enjoy writing.

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Everything began in a winter night towards the end of December 2009. Back then, we still had actual winter here, and I spent my evenings playing Oblivion when there was nothing going on in FFXI (so it was rare for me to play Oblivion).

For some reason, I checked my Youtube favourites and found a remix of a Touhou Project BGM linked. One thing led to another and, a few months later, I bought all the games and started playing them somewhat religiously, making my way up to clearing Lunatic in all games as the years passed.

Along the road, I, of course, also greatly enjoyed the music. However, in November 2009, I lost almost all data on the partition my music was on in a bizarre accident involving a failed installation of a certain Poker-game that I do not wish to name.

Nonetheless, the timing couldn't have been better, for I had been saving money and thus, I looked into ways to purchase the CD's, mainly because there was nothing else I could spend it on.

As a result, I bought everything of interest Paletweb had to offer, moving on to WhiteCanvas a little more than half a year later because they offered items Paletweb did not and provided me with terribly friendly service, which I had not experienced from stores up until that point.

When I began collecting CD's, I also ceased downloading music and the only thing I kept downloading were Doujinshi because "I could not purchase them here, so it's okay", as I told myself.

However, my stance on that radically changed after yet another bizarre incident which involved a trip to my grandma, drugs and a Japanese 60GB PS3 (CECHA00) which I foolishly left to its own devices in my absence (this might sound a little more exciting than it actually was; please note that it was simply stolen in order to acquire drugs).

Long story short, I returned and, next to boundless rage, I also felt something else - complete and utter powerlessness.

A few days after that, I paid a little more attention to the friendly reminders in Doujinshi, telling the reader that uploads are prohibited - and started wondering if the artists also felt powerless, seeing how their works end up on all sites anyway.

Due to that, I no longer download anything, no matter how much I want to read it or listen to it. However, I also understand that reasons for illegal downloads go beyond simply wanting free stuff - I simply do not wish to partake in it. I do not bear particularly ill feelings to those who engage in piracy (at least some of them with more complex reasons) - however, if possible, I'm always happy to simply avoid the topic.

Nonetheless, my abstinence didn't change the fact that I was a huge fan of Doujinshi, especially of the kind suited for adults. However, in many countries, import of pornographic media is very problematic, Germany being no exception, and I knew how thorough the local customs office was.

However, after moving to another town in October 2010, when I started going to university, I took a gamble with the customs office there and started ordering huge amounts of Doujinshi. I was somewhat nervous about the whole matter, but I succeeded - which also had a lot to do with the sellers being prudent about the packaging.

So there I was, collecting both CD's and Doujinshi. I was young, ambitious (at least as far as my collection was concerned) and, in an unexpected turn of events, I was lacking funds, even though I only focused on Touhou Project Doujinshi to restrain myself from feeling tempted to purchase too much.

However, those were the times that taught me how to use money efficiently - how I could save money, how I could get through months without ever having to touch my salary for trivial things such as food and, most importantly, how I could acquire more money. Granted, a lot of that was simply me working part-time as translator, but I managed to expand my collection on a monthly basis.

Now we're finally getting to figures!

Truth be told, I always thought figures were awesome, but considered them to be a waste of money because I didn't value aesthetics as much before that fateful day in 2011.

On that one day, when I caught wind of Griffon Enterprises being about to release a figure of Byakuren Hijiri, my favourite character, I could no longer resist and, at last, started collecting figures. "I'll only buy this one" turned into "But she'll be lonely without her friends" to "Having figures of only one group is somewhat boring".

Nowadays, I maintain a steadily growing collection of PVC-figures, with, as usual, a strong focus on Touhou Project. I make it a goal not to have more than one figure of each character, unless they can change shape or something to that extent. I would love to have one figure of each character in the series, but it seems that Touhou Project has become slightly less popular among figure producers, which is somewhat detrimental to my ambitions, I suppose.

However, towards the end of the year 2014, this growing lack of interest as well as my refusal to buy from stores that do not sell items internationally finally allowed me to expand. I lifted my restrictions on figures and Doujinshi, which I only bought if they were related to Touhou Project, and started including items related to Kantai Collection.

From this point forward, I intend to keep doing the same - my collection has become a bit of a life purpose for me, as I started greatly enjoying archiving new acquisitions as part of various projects on other websites.

Finally, please allow me to say that I'm always happy to meet people and make acquaintances. However, a friend request isn't necessarily the best way to achieve that, so if there's anything you'd like to talk with me about, please use the comment-function or send me a message.

I'm sure that if we get along, we'll be exchanging friend requests soon enough.

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7777 doujins! Nice!
This it what I found when I asked Google about this number's meaning: "The number 7777 is one of the most powerful spiritual numbers. Seeing this number sequence signifies that great progress is being made by your self for the new beginning you have always desired."
How fitting :)
022日前 (22日前)neyney
I totally understand you can have some attraction for 2D characters and have some favorites that's motive you to buy some related stuff but calling them "wife/husband" is just too crazy for me (it's recall me some fans how have tear up their Kannagi books, and the same of OreImo)

I'm not an expert but by looking on The Scene for illegal cosplay sharing, there is a Polish guy how claiming Japanese creations are just too expensive considering the average income of his country and like others ones so that's why he want to share with others "fan" and created a website with some premium contents that's require a monthly payement and shared buys.
For doujinshi, it's mainly Chinese and Korean people who bring raw contents to warez scene. The reason is kinda the same but more private way , the stuff is only shared with people of the same website since they use a coin-system for buying stuff and/or being allowed to download then uploaded elsewhere to gain some money with advertising with other websites.
As you mentioned, there are also some Japanese people doing sharing too but it's more focused on video games, not because doujinshi is less lucrative but because it's something more respectable and sharing others people creation is no more like blackmail them.
All is about money, that's sad but that's the way it's working.
Lepetit89 (27日前) #21531012Happy Birthday, friend! Not too much time left until the big three.
Thank you! This is the first time in my life I actually feel that I'm getting old(er). But I have no reasons to complain - this was a very exciting year for me and I hope the next one will be even better View spoilerHide spoilerand by that I mean getting more rare doujinshi!
Oh god, how embarrassing! I don't know how I made the mistake, but I'm really sorry!
Après, la Vita arrive un peu en fin de vie, non ? Pas sûr que Sony retente une portable après le flop de la Vita (du moins ici, je ne sais pas si la console est populaire au Japon).

Oh, je vois. Du coup, des trois versions, Kanzeon reste ma préférée, je trouve que c'est la plus élégante. Les imageries religieuses classiques me plaisent beaucoup en général, surtout les imageries bouddhistes et hindouistes (il faudrait que je m'intéresse de plus près à sa mythologie d'ailleurs).

Pas fan du style victorien honnêtement, j'ai jamais trop compris l'engouement pour cette période de l'histoire. Je cherche juste à avoir un look vaguement goth, c'est ce que j'aime bien.
Détrompe-toi, pendant les vacances, je me suis fait Nantes Saint-Nazaire à vélo, et comme une idiote, je n'ai pas pensé à mettre de la crème solaire, du coup, je me suis chopé un gros coup de soleil sur le visage. Je pense que je vais m'acheter un tube pour cet été, même si je n'ai pas l'intention de partir en vacances, ça cogne pas mal à Paris.
Ça a l'air effectivement très pratique, tu dois pas mal économiser sur les transports aussi. C'est quand même sécurisé de se déplacer à Tôkyô à vélo ? Je sais qu'à Paris, je n'oserais pas.

OK, merci beaucoup.

Lol, wtf, il y a de l'or incrusté sur la couverture ? Sérieusement, le mec a édité son bouquin à dix exemplaires ou quoi ?

Oui, voilà, je parlais de l'OP de Monogatari.




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