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Japan Expo (day two) : CLAMP, CLAMP, CLAMP!!

July 4th, 2009 (12:09 am)

current mood :: ecstatic
Current lullaby :: Romance Way, Issei

Day two at Japan Expo, but first day for the our favorite studio!!
Main events : the Cosplay contest and the signing cessions!!

To get an autograph, you had to win a ticket in a lottery, either organised by Japan Expo or Kaze and Pika. Some had already won one on the internet (which was my case), but others to queue. And what a queue!! All the tickets were gone in thirteen minutes on the Kaze/Pika booth and the line for the Japan Expo lottery counted several hundreds of people. It went all the way down the hall... A friend of mine got the last winning ticket ^^
In the alleys, there were many cosplayers. Here are a few of them :
Maru & Moro from Holic

Lil' Kuro from TRC, with his mother ^^

Yuuko and Himawari from Holic

Akira from Clamp School Detective

Kurogane & Fye from TRC

Kobato from... Kobato (I met her at the C&M booth ^^)

I didn't get a very good seat and I could only stay for a little while, because I had to inform the organisators of the signature cessions of my presence...

Still, I can tell you that before the actual show, the CLAMP were on the scene. All of them said a few words. From what I remember, Nekoi said it was her first time in Europe and all of them were very excited because it was there first time watching a cosplay show.


chibiyuuto-san already gave the winners of the contest in his own report so I won’t repeat it. A friend who was there told me that all the winners got to hug the CLAMP (so lucky!!) and that some were crying a bit.

I met with the girl who won the Ioryogi-san plush toy at the end of the signature cession. Her Shaolan had also won a ticket, and as he was among the last ones to arrive, when the CLAMP saw him, they told him to get his Sakura with him. It was quite funny, because with her wings it was not easy to move.

So pretty!!
The Oh-so-famous Ioryogi-san plush!
In this one, you can actually see the stage the CLAMP were on.
And here with Shaolan

 When we arrived in the queue, they told us three things :

1.       No photo allowed for non-professionals (it was the same during the cosplay contest by the way)

2.       Only official products could be signed. (I had problem with my page from the calendar but they finally agreed after showing it to the man who was, in my opinion, CLAMP’s agent.

3.       The CLAMP would be late, so no questions. (the fact was that CLAMP were the ones to ask questions to the fans the end so… XD)

What can I tell you… my heart was beating like crazy, to the point the staff asked me if I was okay XD I almost stumbled when it was my turn.

First, you talked to Ohkawa-sensei and Nekoi-sensei, though their translator (a very nice young lady ^^). Ohkawa-sensei thanked me for coming and I couldn’t help asking the translator to tell her it was the other way round, especially because my first manga was CCS and I was turning 20 this year too. That made them laugh. She also asked me about my pendant, which was Fye’s stick. I also noted that she signed next to Fye in the drawing, but well… Nekoi-sensei did not say much, just “thanks for coming and reading our works”, but she seemed quite intimidated and her smile was so cute! But really, the cutest one in my opinion was Mokona-sensei! I thought I would be nervous in front of Ohkawa-sensei (well, it was the case too), but Mokona-sensei is so much… well, not impressive – she has such a friendly expression – but yet… she immediately said a bright “Konichiwa!” and so I answered. She also asked about my pendant (everybody loves Fye XD) and finally it was the turn of Igarashi-sensei, who said in a pretty humorous tone “sorry for the wait!” before telling me “thanks for coming!”

I was so happy, and that must be why some reporters I had not noticed – how can you notice anything when you’re close to you idols? – asked me how I felt. I repeated what I had told to Ohkawa-sensei and added that it was a dream come true. And then I had to move, and for a moment I feared my legs were going to give up under me XD

Here are some pics of the signatures:



Posted by: Noir (la_vie_noire)
Posted at: July 4th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
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Aaah, I always appreciate these! I would love to have that illustration singed.

Posted by: clampholickyou (clampholickyou)
Posted at: July 4th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)

Thanks for reporting ^ v ^ The signed illustration is my favourite illustration in Tsubasa..Hey!!!I hope I can get one as well =]
Yes...everyone likes Fye, I love him TOO!

Ohkawa told a Syaoran to get his Sakura...that's,,,,so...I don't know how to say...XD (Can anyone give a suitable adjective???)Those Syaorans and Sakuras in the Clamp world were so confusing but now it semms quite clear, thanks to the last chapter.

Posted by: ロッティ (radiantdove)
Posted at: July 4th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
a new future for tomorrow

Strange that there's no Asian cosplayers LOL

Anyways, Thanks for the report again! You summarzied it very well and it was really interesting reading it,you made me want to go there ;___; and OMG YOU SPOKE TO CLAMP *A* ahsdkjhsadkjhsajkd that's soo awesome<33

Posted by: M (mairenn_k)
Posted at: July 4th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)

Again, thanks you so much for your report! It means a lot to those of us who weren't able to go to Paris ourselves. ♥

Posted by: v_chan_paradise (v_chan_paradise)
Posted at: July 5th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
nigthmare princess

Yeah,I saw them ask if they could sign on your calendar ^_^.
There was many people here but with friends, the help of 3 specials tickets and a internet connection, me and my friends got a grand total of 7 signatures (lucky us). But even then, we couldn't get one for everyone in our group.... And THAT was a pain because let's face it how do you say to a friend, well the bonus dedicace I got i'm not giving it to you but to XXXX?

You totaly should have handed to them the whole calendar, they probably would have signed on several pages of it.... They often signed on several things if you handed it to them. The MAX I saw was this one girl who gave them a manga, then asked i they could sign a bonus one on one of 4 card she had. They said yes and asked her wich one. She was hesitating sooo much *fake* that in the end they signed everything... She was good, I must say, lol.

Posted by: romanchan (romanchan)
Posted at: July 5th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)

Thank you so much for you report, 'lil kuro with his mother look adorable n_n
i saw some pictures from the '1st winners' and i really liked their costumes better :p
Nice you got your calendar signed

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Posted at: August 11th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
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