March 1st through the 8th I was out in San Francisco while GDC was going on, catching up with old games industry friends and locals.
Paste Magazine asked me to compile my experiences! For the past two years I actually haven’t bought a badge for GDC, just attended the periphery events and enjoyed the sights of San Francisco for the weeks I’m there. It’s great if you can manage the expense!
Part of those expenses are my annual visit to the Kinokuniya bookstore in Japantown, San Francisco! I love this store because compared to the New York flagship there are a ton more goods and books for shows and games popular with women and girls. Lots of Free!, DRAMAtical Murder, Uta no Prince-sama, Gintama, Tokyo Ghoul, Girls’ Monthly Nozaki-kun, Yowamushi Pedal, Haikyuu!! and Diabolik Lovers, among many others. Tons of artbooks and magazines from otome games and a larger than usual BL manga section.
And as you can see from the above photoset of my haul, the store also sells a large selection of doujinshi, unofficial fancomics. Last year when I went there were a lot of Kuroko’s Basketball anthologies but this year Haikyuu!! definitely reigned. My friend and I divvied up what little Yowamushi Pedal doujin we could find (I grabbed the Arakita stuff) and I snagged lots of Haikyuu!! books, particularly the rare ship anthologies as they interest me the most. There was not one but two OiKage anthologies! And then a KuroTsuki one. Also lots of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure doujinshi was there, I grabbed a couple for a friend back home.
Another interesting find was a copy of the Hentai + Kareshi PoeBack book I had been eyeballing for some time.
Since last year’s trips out I’ve started collecting some of the boyfriend book series since I find their first-person almost game-like style super unique. My game developer friends I show them to are fascinated by the concept! They started coming out too fast for me to keep up, though. So nowadays I usually only snag the weirder ones, like Kuroko BL Days, Kuroko Do-S, and now this one. The book is pretty lewd and I hadn’t even heard of half of these fetishes!
If you’re in the San Francisco area I recommend checking out the mall at Japantown! They even have a cute arcade with Pop’n’Music machines and the table flipping game. Also down the street is the adorable New People building where designer Omocat currently has some awesome clothes for sale.