Now that the drafting stage is over, I can now unveil the complete team photo of the Gashapon Gang. These 12 that are assembled are some of my most favorite characters in anime and thus, I have figures of these character. I prefer collecting the small ones (gashapon) rather than the bigger ones since doing this allows me to fit more characters into my tiny living space and they are far less expensive than these full-sized figures. That's not to say that I won't buy them as some of these draftees are full-sized. I just have a stronger preference to collect the small ones over the bigger ones.
Now why did I decide to go with this theme? The answer is that there were three possible ways I could have played this game: go with a theme, draft all the popular characters, and draft favorites. I wanted to implement all three into my game plan. I thought of some themes and all of the rejected themes would involve kicking off someone I really want to take. For example, with the Rock Band theme, that would have meant taking only Yui and Alice while switching Kagami with Konata to be the drummer (I'll assume she loves to play the drums on Rock Band since her K-On counterpart is a drummer.), and with no possibility of taking characters like Konoka, Shiro, and Fuko who I really wanted to select. And so, I looked around in my room and realized that all of these figures are among my favorite characters in anime. So I have my theme, which is to pick characters for which I have a figure of. Since popular characters are the ones figures are made for that it allowed me to mix in some popular characters into my team. And most importantly, it allowed me to draft more of my favorite characters as possible.
Alright, enough said. It is time I unveiled the team photo of the complete Gashapon Gang. Although it is a reference to the small figures that often come is blind boxes, I would run out of series to draft from if I restricted my draft board to those. So I opened it up and allowed any figure in my collection to become eligible. However, the team name was more catchy than anything I could think of, so the name stuck. Here is the photo.
Now I will describe each figure, giving details about where and when I bought it, as well as maybe a story or two about why I decided to buy them. If you want to get a closer view of the figures individually, click on the character names.
(K-On!) - Bought at Anime Central 2010. This gashapon set came in a collection of the main K-On girls. I have lots of K-On! merchandise as I love the characters in this anime.
(Aria the Animation) - Bought at Otakon 2009. She is supposed to be holding an oar, but I accidentally broke the part that connects the handle to the paddle, so regrettably, Alice is not holding anything. Alice is dressed in her winter Orange Planet uniform.
(Lucky Star) - Bought from Hobby Search in September 2010. This is part of a set of Lucky Star nendoroid figures with the girls dressed up as Street Fighter characters. Kagami is cosplaying as Ryu and about to fire a Hadouken.
(Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) - Bought at Matsuricon 2008. This figure came in a blind box and this is Mikuru dressed up in her magical girl outfit that she wore for the culture festival video. I bought two of these and I got a figure of her and Kyon.
(Code Geass) - Bought at Ohayocon 2009. There is also a version where she is holding a pizza, but when I decided to buy the figure at the last minute, this was the only version left.
(Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)- Bought at Otakon 2009. This was bought as part of a five-figure set of the girls of Higurashi along with Rena, Satoko, Hanyuu, and Mion. There were two sets available: one with normal expressions and one with different emotions and this figure belongs to the latter set with Rika's "nipah" facial expression.
Asuka Langley Soryu
(Neon Genesis Evangelion) - Bought at Ohayocon 2011. This is one of my newest figures to my collection and while most figures of the Evangelion characters are terrible (especially those where Rei and Asuka are wearing some ridiculous outfit that's not a plugsuit or a school uniform), this one I just had to get. Asuka has that sparkling chibi expression on her face while showing that angels are no match for her.
(Negima!) - Bought at Ohayocon 2009. I really love Konoka, and she looks very cute in her pactio outfit. This is the pose that is shown on her pactio card.
(Fortune Arterial) - Bought on eBay in 2010. This is one anime that caught my attention when searching through Crunchyroll one day, and seeing how the character designs looked great and that it is based on a visual novel, I decided to give it a try, and I really loved the characters in this series, especially Shiro. Shiro is a shy girl and this figure reflect that personality as she is hiding behind a concrete pillar.
(R.O.D. the TV) - Bought with the Geneon LE release of ROD Vol. 7 in 2005. This is such a nice figure that I am most certainly glad that I passed on the first LE release when it came out since throwing away cases didn't sit well with me. The art box that came with this is one of the best-looking boxes in my collection. I love this anime, and especially Anita. I also bought a figure of Michelle later on, as well as a gashapon set of the ROD heroines.
(Clannad) - Bought from Anime Corner in 2009. This figure comes with three different facial expressions as well as dog ears and a tail. Since I love the spacing out expression the best that I stuck with this face.
(Inuyasha) - Bought from Anime Corner in 2006. I bought this while finishing up the Inuyasha TV series. Back then, Inuyasha was one of the my favorite anime series and it was so addicting that I continued to watch it even though the plot seemingly goes nowhere shortly after the Band of Seven arc ended. I didn't like the way it ended as most episodes sucked after that arc. Nonetheless, I really loved the characters in this anime, especially Sango.