Lepetit89Lepetit89 The Running LibraryI collect, therefore I am.

À Propos

Hello and welcome to my page.

I am, as you can guess, an avid collector of various kinds of items which include, of course, figures, but also music CDs, Doujinshi and games.

I spend most of my income on my collection and, quite frankly, I don't regret it at all; there is something strangely satisfying about owning things, particularly owning many things. Due to that, I like buying many things, which results in severe neglegience of most other things I could spend money on.
However, I think we must come to terms with our shortcomings, and if this ambitious greed is my shortcoming, then I'd rather just put it to something useful.

As much as I love the "buying and acquiring"-part of collecting, I also love sorting my collection and indexing it. That's also part of the reason why I currently spend most of my time after work adding entries to the database. I want to add everything I have, seeing how I can be sure that the information is correct and it also helps improve the database.

Most of the data I have is data I already collected once since I'm also doing the same for the Doujinshi and Manga Lexicon.

However, since this is a database which covers several areas I focus on, I figured it couldn't hurt to do it a second time. It's still going to be some time before I finish, but it's a lot of fun; though I hope we'll be able to add Doujin-CDs in the future.

Anyway, since this says "Bio" I suppose is this is also where I'll take the liberty of explaining the roots of my collection and how I discovered the joy of collecting. It's long, but alas, I enjoy writing.

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Everything began in a winter night towards the end of December 2009. Back then, we still had actual winter here, and I spent my evenings playing Oblivion when there was nothing going on in FFXI (so it was rare for me to play Oblivion).

For some reason, I checked my Youtube favourites and found a remix of a Touhou Project BGM linked. One thing led to another and, a few months later, I bought all the games and started playing them somewhat religiously, making my way up to clearing Lunatic in all games as the years passed.

Along the road, I, of course, also greatly enjoyed the music. However, in November 2009, I lost almost all data on the partition my music was on in a bizarre accident involving a failed installation of a certain Poker-game that I do not wish to name.

Nonetheless, the timing couldn't have been better, for I had been saving money and thus, I looked into ways to purchase the CD's, mainly because there was nothing else I could spend it on.

As a result, I bought everything of interest Paletweb had to offer, moving on to WhiteCanvas a little more than half a year later because they offered items Paletweb did not and provided me with terribly friendly service, which I had not experienced from stores up until that point.

When I began collecting CD's, I also ceased downloading music and the only thing I kept downloading were Doujinshi because "I could not purchase them here, so it's okay", as I told myself.

However, my stance on that radically changed after yet another bizarre incident which involved a trip to my grandma, drugs and a Japanese 60GB PS3 (CECHA00) which I foolishly left to its own devices in my absence (this might sound a little more exciting than it actually was; please note that it was simply stolen in order to acquire drugs).

Long story short, I returned and, next to boundless rage, I also felt something else - complete and utter powerlessness.

A few days after that, I paid a little more attention to the friendly reminders in Doujinshi, telling the reader that uploads are prohibited - and started wondering if the artists also felt powerless, seeing how their works end up on all sites anyway.

Due to that, I no longer download anything, no matter how much I want to read it or listen to it. However, I also understand that reasons for illegal downloads go beyond simply wanting free stuff - I simply do not wish to partake in it. I do not bear particularly ill feelings to those who engage in piracy (at least some of them with more complex reasons) - however, if possible, I'm always happy to simply avoid the topic.

Nonetheless, my abstinence didn't change the fact that I was a huge fan of Doujinshi, especially of the kind suited for adults. However, in many countries, import of pornographic media is very problematic, Germany being no exception, and I knew how thorough the local customs office was.

However, after moving to another town in October 2010, when I started going to university, I took a gamble with the customs office there and started ordering huge amounts of Doujinshi. I was somewhat nervous about the whole matter, but I succeeded - which also had a lot to do with the sellers being prudent about the packaging.

So there I was, collecting both CD's and Doujinshi. I was young, ambitious (at least as far as my collection was concerned) and, in an unexpected turn of events, I was lacking funds, even though I only focused on Touhou Project Doujinshi to restrain myself from feeling tempted to purchase too much.

However, those were the times that taught me how to use money efficiently - how I could save money, how I could get through months without ever having to touch my salary for trivial things such as food and, most importantly, how I could acquire more money. Granted, a lot of that was simply me working part-time as translator, but I managed to expand my collection on a monthly basis.

Now we're finally getting to figures!

Truth be told, I always thought figures were awesome, but considered them to be a waste of money because I didn't value aesthetics as much before that fateful day in 2011.

On that one day, when I caught wind of Griffon Enterprises being about to release a figure of Byakuren Hijiri, my favourite character, I could no longer resist and, at last, started collecting figures. "I'll only buy this one" turned into "But she'll be lonely without her friends" to "Having figures of only one group is somewhat boring".

Nowadays, I maintain a steadily growing collection of PVC-figures, with, as usual, a strong focus on Touhou Project. I make it a goal not to have more than one figure of each character, unless they can change shape or something to that extent. I would love to have one figure of each character in the series, but it seems that Touhou Project has become slightly less popular among figure producers, which is somewhat detrimental to my ambitions, I suppose.

However, towards the end of the year 2014, this growing lack of interest as well as my refusal to buy from stores that do not sell items internationally finally allowed me to expand. I lifted my restrictions on figures and Doujinshi, which I only bought if they were related to Touhou Project, and started including items related to Kantai Collection.

From this point forward, I intend to keep doing the same - my collection has become a bit of a life purpose for me, as I started greatly enjoying archiving new acquisitions as part of various projects on other websites.

Finally, please allow me to say that I'm always happy to meet people and make acquaintances. However, a friend request isn't necessarily the best way to achieve that, so if there's anything you'd like to talk with me about, please use the comment-function or send me a message.

I'm sure that if we get along, we'll be exchanging friend requests soon enough.

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0Il y a 6 joursneyney
Lepetit89 (Il y a 7 jours) #20147519Yep, that's probably the greatest Aavantage since many older entries lack a lot of the Information that couldn't be added at the time they were originally added.
Which reminds me, very good catch on Dadachame's works being linked to Idolmaster 2 instead of 1, didn't know that Iori's haircut changed from 1 to 2, thanks for that.

That's the same deal on doujinshi(.)org : for some entries, the event field is empty mainly because the users wasn't aware when it was occured. Now, i tend to use official picture from the pixiv of the author/circle and lurk for additionnal information, that's a lot of work but stil more accurate.
Yup, there are plenty of characters like Iori that have some minor difference like encyclopedia #6554 or characters from Monogatari and sometime it's not really obvious at the first sight.
0Il y a 6 joursGCNessGCNess
Lepetit89 (Il y a 7 jours) #20147384Ah, hey there! I've been collecting Doujinshi for a little less than seven years now, so a lot has been piling up in that time. Aside from that, I don't have too many other expenses, so most of my income goes towards my collection; works out since I enjoy adding entries here.
ah, I see
0Il y a 15 joursGCNessGCNess
How have you gotten so many doujins?
0Il y a 16 joursneyney
Lepetit89 (Il y a 16 jours) #19831462Hey there! It's not listed on all books, but I think two or three I own have it listed on their back. item #567261 actually has it written on the front, though.
And congratulations on VIB-status! Should be tremendously helpful given how active you are.

Forget to start by "Hi", sorry !
My bad, i haven't checked on the non R-18 doujinshi of this circle… It's really a good thing, it's such a pain to not have an official one so GJ !
Thank you, it was a surprise for me too and it'll be really usefull for some entries with missing event.
0Il y a 16 joursneyney
I'm really curious about your recent change about this circle encyclopedia #115588 with the note : "Romanization as listed on various works by the circle."
The last time i spend time to check the existence of official romanization for this one was inexistant, i checked all the recent books and the ancient one and wasn't able to find something accurate.
Did you have a source ?

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