November 27, 2006
Over on Digital World Tokyo, J. Mark Lytle described the charity auction as "nirvana for anime fans." He's not far off. Since its inception, fps has had more anime coverage than any other non-anime-specific animation magazine, and that's reflected even in our auctions.
Let's start with the gem we have pictured here, the limited edition of the seventh and final volume of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig. Not only does it contain the last three episodes of what is arguably one of the best science-fiction shows on television in both Dolby Digital and DTS, it comes with a limited-edition figure of the Major and the third Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex soundtrack by Yoko Kanno. Oh, and did I mention the whole thing is wrapped up in a collectible tin case?
While not as lavish, we're featuring several other DVDs like Elemental Gelade, Kannazuki no Miko, Gun Sword and Kyo Kara Maoh! (God Save Our King) that include "art boxes"—stylish containers for holding the rest of the DVDs in the series—as well as collectible items like pencil boards and figures. We also raided our own shelves to put together some complete series, like New Fist of the North Star, Tsukikage Ran and The Daichis, so you can have your own marathon viewing session the moment you open the box.
PSP owners can tote their anime with them, as we've got four UMDs in the mix: Ninja Scroll, the CGI Appleseed movie, Karas: The Propechy and the first two episodes of Samurai Champloo. If you're into anime for the music, we've also got the soundtracks from Totoro, Spirited Away, End of Evangelion and Metropolis.
Remarkably enough, there's more—quite literally, there are dozens of anime and manga items to be found this year, including t-shirts, wall scrolls and even two sets of Japanese commemorative stamps. With so much stuff and only two days to go, you'd better start exploring the auction page pretty darned quick.