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Anime Boston 2015: My Secret Shame: Dealer’s Room


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I don’t know why, but anime conventions tend to bring out a truly unusual side of me. Each year I go in, promising myself that I won’t overspend, that I’ll stick to the budget, and that I’ll keep my wallet on a tight leash.

And yet, every year, I find myself happily dropping hundreds of dollars on DVDs, Blu-Rays, and goodies that will likely remain untouched for months to come.

I like to joke that coke would be a better investment. It’d do wonders for the update schedule, after all!

Joking, aside, I do adore the Dealer’s Room. It’s a wonderland of merchandise, where nearly any title can be had. Every time I step inside, my eye wanders to titles that I adored but never got to owning, odds and ends to fill gaps, and “must-haves” that are on my radar.

Then there’s the Bad Anime Night candidates. With the wealth of titles, it’s easy to replenish the supply on a budget.

In short, wallets cry, and common sense is just thrown out the window as I pack up my haul at the end of the weekend.

This year proved to be no different, as I fell into the same binge-buying habits that hit every year. The final take-home, pictured above, contains the following:

  • Ghost Sweeper Mikami, Set 4
  • Koe de Oshigoto!
  • School Rumble, Season 1
  • Doggy Poo
  • “Mecha Masters” Boxed Set (M.D. Geist, Genocyber, Cybernetics Guardian)
  • Pani Poni Dash, Complete Collection
  • Marmalade Boy, Set 1
  • Marmalade Boy, Set 2
  • Paprika (Blu-Ray)
  • Ranma 1/2, Set 3 (Blu-Ray)
  • Boys Be…, Complete Collection
  • Dramatica, CD by Yoko Shimomura
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by Shotaro Ishinomori (Manga)
  • Spinnerette, Book 1
  • Attack on Titan Armin Plush (Not Pictured)

If you attended a con, what big dealer’s room scores did you come home with this year? Let us know in the comments!

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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