Anime Boston 2018: My Secret Shame (Dealer’s Room)

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

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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