The order I made from HelloStoreUSA way back in the first week of June has finally arrived. I love HSU for the opportunity it offers international fans of Hello! Project to buy various goods but it can usually be a long wait when you order from them. I know why this is the case and I know some people kind of enjoy the wait as they love the surprise of having a HSU order pop up on their doorstep while they themselves have long forgotten it. For a person like me who is the “recheck order status every day” kind of guy, that wait can be akin to a mild form of torture.
My order did finally arrive though so what did I get? (pictures were taken with an iPhone 3GS instead of my usual camera so please try to tolerate the possible lack of image quality)
Like the visual book before it, I don’t think I’ll buy another one of these, but I’m of the opinion that any self-respecting idol fan should at least try to own one uchiwa in his or her lifetime.
Next up we have a S/mileage S/mile Factory T-shirt.
With the S/mileage audition results to be unveiled in four days, I’m sure I’m not the only one who went ahead and bought something to remember the 4nin S/mileage before the group goes off on its hopefully glorious future (as an aside: Uchouten LOVE just gave them their best first week sales ever). This shirt also comes with four photo’s. I myself do not buy idol photo’s yet I seem to be amassing a small collection composed solely of pics included with T-Shirts. It’s an added value so I’m not complaining.
Finally we have a Heroine ni Narou ka! Shirt and another S/mileage shirt, this time the one that was released with their single Koi ni Booing Buu!. Yes, I bought the evil pig shirt, although to be fair the back (not pictured) is well designed