OK, readers, it’s that time of year again, where I stand before you and admit that I have a problem.

Anime cons bring about a fairly odd side to me. By nature, I’m pretty frugal. I buy groceries at Aldi, purchase clothes at places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, and I pretty much try to keep as much saved for a rainy day as possible. When it comes to anime cons, though, a different side of me arises.

That said, it’s not like I go in trying to waste cash. I go in with a budget, attempt to stick to a budget, and hope that I’ll have a chance of leaving Boston with more than bus fare.

And, each year, that doesn’t happen. I end up spending like mad as I try to fill my collection out with Blu-Rays, DVDs, and toys that will likely go unwatched for a healthy number of months (or even years!)

This year, though, I think I did it! I went in with a budget, and left the convention with just five items, and relatively little-

Oh, who am I kidding? I bought the freakin’ $800 Blu-Ray set. My pocketbook weeps, and requires some very real therapy sessions before I can win its trust back.

My final take-home, pictured below (minus the Legend of the Galactic Heroes set that hits in July), is as follows:

  • Hell Girl Season 1 (DVD, $30)
  • Gurren Lagann Complete Collection (Bandai Entertainment ver., DVD, $40)
  • xxxHOLIC Complete Collection (DVD, $20)
  • FLOW: The Best (CD, $35)
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Limited Edition (Blu-Ray, $799)
  • Total: $924