of wonderful little and incredibly hard to find items are
available for this series. What the fan must keep in mind
is that the manga was created in 1995 and the anime aired around
1999, so most of what you can find has been hiding in people's
collections and must be bought secondhand. To the right is
a photo of my Sakon shrine.
Merchandise I do not have individual scans
of yet: bookmarks, postcards, small promo posters (the
latter two are in frames in the photo). The huge poster (aka
holy grail) pictured is autographed by Ukon Seiyuu, Kumai Motoko,
and Sakon Seiyuu, Megumi Ogata. The crappy Sakon plushie
on the bottom left behind the geta is made by me...
The majority of my collection is doujinshi, self published
comics by fan circles in Japan. Their quality range from
professional to amateur. That collection can be found on
click for larger image
close up of
right half of shrine
close up of
left half of shrine
On average, these will run you $20.00 to
$50.00 on auction sites. Unless you are lucky. I
do not have any of these...
The Japanese name for these is Shitajiki.
I have only found one for this series; it is two
sided. Usually it turns up on ebay.
CartoonPassion has it listed for $4.99.
Interesting fact! Ukon's jacket in the image was
coloured wrong. The green is not supposed to go beyond
the yuigesa (lapel of sorts).
I have found one "official"
notepad for this series, plus a couple made for fanclubs
of doujinshi circles. The one pictured here is the
one made by the company. It is carried by
CartoonPassion, and sells for $4.99. In their
info they say it is only one image repeating, but in
fact it is two.
The cover image is the
first half of pages and then the image featured on
the front of the shitajiki takes up the rest. The
image above is borrowed from their site.
When Sakon was released on VHS and DVD you
could buy them all, save the postcards and proof of
purchases and purchase your very own limited edition Ukon
UFO catcher doll! Or you can hang out on Yahoo Japan
like I did.
The Sakon coaster came free with the first
VHS or DVD of the anime. The Ukon coaster came free
with the first anime drama cd. Since I don't have the
Sakon coaster...you'll have to imagine what it looks like...
There are many many mini posters that were
inserted into volumes of Shounen Jump and magazines like
Newtype. But there are a couple full size posters for
both the anime and manga. Those I have only seen on
Yahoo Japan. The poster pictured here measures 20
inches by 29 inches. I managed to find this one signed
by the seiyuu.
For collectors of cels, it is always sad to
find out a series has been animated solely on computer.
However, one can find the sketches used to plan the
A very hard to find collectible. This
image comes from an auction on Yahoo Japan well over a year
ago if I remember correctly. Too bad for me I didn't
win them. ;)