Yesterday, my buddy Kris let me read a graphic novel called We3. It's about a dog, a cat and a rabbit who were turned in to living weapons by the government, and it's probably the best graphic novel I've seen since V for Vendetta. So, yesterday, Kayla and I went to our favorite collectibles store to procure a copy.
There it was - softcover, twenty-six bucks... but for some reason I demurred. We're trying to save money lately, and maybe I'd feel a bit better about spending it on the book in the future. Kayla, meanwhile, found herself smitten with the four hundred and fortieth Nendoroid - Suigintō, from Rozen Maiden, which I've never seen.
I had no idea she was in to the gothic lolita thing, but there you go. I, for my part, am thrilled she went out and bought herself a Nendo with her own money. She has, in doing so, tacitly enabled my own predilections, and there was in fact a figure I really wanted to find in the store.
She's a "cast off," for those of us who know what that means, but I prefer the way she looks just like this:
- short hair
- conservative, professional blouse
- military markings and a bullpup sub-machinegun.
I love all these things - and obscenely long legs don't hurt, particularly when the piece is such an excellent representation of Shirow Masamune (Ghost in the Shell)'s style. I thought they might have her because they have an older Masamune fig - a cowgirl in a bikini - and so I asked about Cyril.
Kayla and I milled around the store, and I bought the Hannibal FunkoPOP.
I love that Hannibal TV series. I turned to FigureGAF for help, and they almost-instantly found a Cyril Brooklyn for sale for about ten thousand yen, from a seller who we can be assured is not hawking bootlegs (for bootlegs do indeed exist of Cyril).
I went to the site they directed me to. I signed up.
I didn't order Cyril Brooklyn.
Do I want that figure? Yes I do. But maybe that's a line that shouldn't be crossed. I can't... defend her purchase to myself by saying I love the anime or I love the game she's from. She's just a super-sexy figurine, and that...
That is perhaps a first step I'd rather not take.