Saitou cel ramblings mostly...
last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 (2:49:32 AM)
Ah I can’t wait to work on my gallery again. I haven’t had time to really update with my new acquisitions nor fix all the thumbnails or add my old artwork. I changed job twice the past year and it’s only now that I’m getting some free time... Well not actually I won’t get time until mid-May which is sad. Everytime I look at my gallery all I can think of is, I got to work on it.
The good news is I do have some new artwork to post up and included in that is truly a holy grail cel that I’ve worked so hard to get for the past six months. I really can’t wait to see it come in this May. Yes it’s a Saitou cel but it’s truly a keeper. It’s not on my wishlist because quite frankly I just didn’t think it would ever come into my hands but don't be mistaken I have -dreamed- about this cel more than once. But through the help of some generous parties who located the cel, gave me some good trade value and negotiated a price scheme I can manage, the cel is just waiting for my very last payment. Had it been any other circumstance I don’t think it would’ve been possible, but somehow the stars aligned and I took the chance because it was once in a lifetime for me. I think you’ll see what I mean once I post it up. It’s truly a gem!
Speaking of Saitou cels and generous people, I do have a Saitou cel coming in this week. It’s not so much a head turner (it’s quite ordinary and maybe no one will understand my excitement for it) but it’s a very special cel to me. I guess once I post up the description of that cel things will make a lot more sense. I just can’t help but talk about these two cels as I’m so excited to get them. It’s been a long time since I felt this way about a purchase. So rest assured there is going to be a very long fangirl rambling along with it.
I also got a couple of sequence mates for some of the Saitou cels I own. I used to have a rule that due to the price of this character I would stay away from sequence mates but one of them was just bundled with something I wanted to buy. The other one was offered to me for sale by a friend and the other one was a much nicer sequence mate than what I had and for the price it was offered to me, I couldn't pass it up. Funny thing is each one of those sequence mates I still get a thrill from. I did ponder the consequences of getting them, after all they still cost a fair amount of money, plus I considered Sensei's paper wherein there seems to be some attrition needed to be made to the collecting community if the act of certain acquisitions are considered selfish. But really when I think about it, I and two of my friends are probably the only ones who really would want Saitou cels. Besides if others really wanted them I'm sure they would've gotten them before I did except maybe one which was directly offered to me. I don't know... I just love buying Saitou cels. It's truly like a drug to me... LOL.
That’s not to say that my other purchases lately, haven’t given me any joy. They have in fact and I look forward to uploading them but the scale is just too different compared to those two that I can’t wait to put up. I’m always satisfied with anything Shinsengumi after all and all of them save for one was Shinsengumi related.
Which brings me to a final point. I’ve collected many artwork over the years (quite a few of them not uploaded anymore but I suppose I will upload them again soon), and I realize it might be time to do a massive culling of my collection from other series. Mostly to bring my collection to a lot more focus and to recuperate some cost. They’re probably better off with other owners who may well feel like I usually do when I get a nice RK, Saitou or Shinsengumi artwork in. It’s not that I don’t like them anymore, in fact I plan to keep my favorites but I need to start really putting a wall up between what truly has moved me (and continues to do so) versus ones that only moved me during the time. I think all cel collectors get like that at various points, we all go