Today we went to the Free! Premium Shop in Marui City Shibuya! This is a limited-open shop (open for only a few weeks) with special goods and very long lines…
Try to wrap your head around it. First, you have to apply to win a chance to even go into the shop through an online email lotto. Then, if you won, you got a time slot on whatever days you applied for. Mine was 17:00-19:00 on August 13th, the only day I could go!
The ticket said to get there at 16:30. We had to go to the sixth floor of Marui City (a big department store in a very crowded part of Tokyo). There, we found the start of the line, which wound down the stairs ONTO THE B1 LEVEL. Then, the line began to move. We showed our lotto email tickets and had to THEN select PAPER TICKETS from a CARDBOARD BOX to find out our NUMBERS that would tell us when we would be allowed to enter. We got ‘lucky’, if lining up again on the hot no AC stairwell is lucky :P and were in the 200s, when tickets went past the 500s.
And then we got to go in as the line inched forward at the slowest crawl. We got in about six PM! This was seriously the most effective system they could come up with?!?!?! Anyway…
The shop was really neat, even if goods had strict buying limits (blind packed clearfiles five a person, everything else one per person). I really wanted the chibi Megane Makoto secret clearfile (photo of the secret Haruka and Makoto designs thanks to tsuchinok_o2!), which I did not get, but I did get chibi Rei, regular Makoto and also the non-chibi Rei, and the group shot of the Marui City Shop original art, the best thing to remember the occasion by, I think!!!
My haul also included all five main character chibi straps. Adorable!!!!
I think to be able to buy the items in person and once again experience the insanity of the Free! fandom made it worth it, especially since I am sitting in a chair with air conditioning right now, but what a bad system it was! Do the thing better, people!
Thanks for reading :D