I watched one of my friends play basically the entire game because we had nothing better to do over the summer. Now, I'm button mashing my way through the game. I've been a bit too busy for gaming recently
and I'm stuck at the point where I have to fight Fugue (and actually beat him). UGH He's so annoying. And I also have the PS3 version. When I was thinking about buying a gaming console, my friends were like, "Don't get an Xbox, whatever you do".
My favorite characters are Chopin, Polka, Allegretto, Jazz, and Viola. And I also hate Salsa... she's really obnoxious (not as bad as Fugue, though).
I love all of the art in the game. It's so pretty and colorful. And I agree that the costume designs are awesome. I should cosplay as one of the characters and see how many people recognize me.
A lot of my friends who have seen me play Eternal Sonata were like, "When they made this, were they on drugs?", but I kind of like I because it's weird. Unique games can be hard to find.
I think Kuroshitsuji will still be popular. I have a lot of friends who are still talking about it. Also, since it's ended, you might get a lot of customers wanting to fill the "Oh no! My favorite series is over. What do I do now?" void.
I'm wondering if Naruto fanart will still be popular. It seems that Naruto isn't "cool" anymore... or maybe this is just me. I didn't see as many Naruto cosplayers at Fanime 2011 as I did during the previous couple of years.
My definition of close isn't the same as everyone's definition, but there's an Office Max in San Jose that's about 2.5 miles from the convention center - in other words, close enough to drive to during a lunch break. I'm fortunate enough to have a minion (my mom) who can run some errands for me, assuming that she's allowed to leave the table at all. I don't know how strict they'll be about the whole "minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times" thing.
There's also an Office Max that's about 5 minutes from my house that I can stop by on my way to or from the convention. I live close enough to Fanime to make staying in a hotel kind of pointless.
If you haven't gotten prints made yet, I really recommend Office Max. The staff are fairly helpful, and the quality is really good. The colors were nice and accurate. Also, it's inexpensive. 8.5x11 prints on glossy paper are around 70 cents each, I believe. They also do 11x17, legal size (8.5x14), and two sizes of postcards.
I love my friends. They're basically typical anime fans, so they're a good indication of whether or not something will sell well. I show them some art, and if they like it, then several other people will probably like it enough to buy it. The only downside is that my friends keep begging me for free art. >.<
I actually check out deviant art to see if something is popular. If I notice that something has a lot of fanart, I'll look it up and see if it's good. I'm a bit slow to pick up on trends, though, so usually, someone will tell me, "Hey, this series is good. Go watch it".