Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Koko ni Iru Yo!" (I am here!)

Hikage is so moe.. moe.. moe.. moooooeeeeeee~~~~ HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG! I recently bought volume 2 of "I am here!" (English translation of "Koko ni Iru Yo!") at Borders the other day. Must say that while it was a tad expensive, it was worth it. In case you're wondering, I spent near 14 dollars or so, I believe. But it was a rather large manga volume, imo. A year or two ago, I started reading "Watashi ni  XX Shinasai!", then loved that shoujo series so much that I decided to pick up one of Tōyama Ema's earlier works, which ended up being this. It was pretty short, but it was very heart-warming to read such a cute story. Instead of trying to sum up what it's about, I'd figure I'll just upload some images. Here's the back of the first volume:

See? Doesn't that sound cute?!? I mean, look at that! That's fucking inspiring! Anyways, here are more images:

As soon as I heard that "Koko ni Iru Yo!" was going to have an English release, I quickly thought: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!! , because I really love the series. Anyways, I won't bore you guys anymore, but here's a super moe picture of Hikage. HNNNNNG!  -clenches heart-

PS: Hikage is inspired by the eroge "Sharin no Kuni" as well as "Saya no Uta", which is why you can resemblances from Saya as well as Natsumi. DAT HAIR@@@@

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My first anime (18+) convention?

Remilia's face = How I felt
Sakuya's face = typical con go-er

Well, I guess I can sort of see why conventions are fun. Maybe it's because I went to a relatively small one in the Pittsburgh area that kind made it 'eh' for me. It was fun in the sense that I could meet people with the same interests and stuff. Problem here was that I think I'm too tainted by the internet. I mostly blame /jp/ for my social awkwardness, along with my inability to accept that a lot of people can be supah weeaboos.

Some people were pretty cool though ; met a guy that sets up the Touhou arcade machine at Tekkoshocon, or so he said. That was interesting. Besides that, no one really knew what Touhou was, so I felt like I was at the wrong place or something. But it was a small and 18+ convention, with retro video gaming and old school stuff, so I guess I'll give them a break.

On Friday night, as soon as I got to the hotel / inn, I rushed in around 6 PM, thinking that I might be late. I started seeing a big line for registration, so I knew I was at the right area. Long story short, I was the only Asian at the con. Feels bad, man. Anyways, after like 10 mins of being in line, I finally got my name badge, schedule, and a little booklet about the events, etc. 

Friday night, didn't really do much. Just sorta wandered around because I didn't know who to talk to, or how to fit in. As soon as I came into the gaming room, this one guy asked: 

"Are you the Touhou person?"

He asked that since I was requesting to have a Touhou Hisoutensoku gaming corner in the room on the lolFB group page. Here's the problem, I only had one controller with my setup ( yay for a broke-as-shit otaku ! ! ! ! ! /o/ ) I guess I had to explain what Touhou was to some people, I was extremely disappointed, but I'm glad they were open minded about it.. I was carrying my Reimu plush that I bought on AmiAmi (several months ago) in my arm as I walked around, and I guess some people recognized the character, at least.

On Saturday, I arrived at the con around 10 AM or so. I met more people here and there. There was this really cute chick that was cosplaying as Taokaka. I'm glad I didn't pay close attention to how she actually looks, or it would always ruin the character for me. I'm picky. Anyways, I just ran up to her and gave her a hug and told her how adorable I thought her outfit was. I saw some other BlazBlue girls up there too, pretty cute stuff. Even if they weren't 100% precise or had the body for it, I thought the costumes were pretty good.

Then the convention had an event where Matt K. Miller, the English voice actor for "Tenchi" in Tenchi Muyo was doing Q&A. He was a pretty cool guy, wasn't annoying like I was assuming. Pretty down to Earth kinda guy, though this still doesn't change the fact that I detest dubs with a raging passion of the north star. Then me and my one friend went around and wore out Pedobear hats for a while, and we had fun here and there.

I also met some other IRL friends at the con, so that was cool too. Ok, summing this up now..

I can see why people attends cons, they're a great place to meet weeaboos otaku. I dislike dealers, a lot. From what I've read on /jp/, doing lolGoogling, along with reading other blogs, just seems like a rip-off. I'd rather buy authentic / official figurines directly from the manufacturers themselves, or at least credible websites that sells them. I saw a Kotobukiya Magician Girl figure for like 75 dollars, and it seems like the same amount of price (maybe a tad more expensive? Idk) that AmiAmi had a while back, but in JPY. 

I didn't buy anything in the dealers room at all, eh. Waste of my time and money. I guess my view may be biased since I went to a smaller convention, but it was okay. The people (very little of them) made it fun for me, while for others, probably annoyed the shit out of me. 

There's a guy that was cosplaying as Zack Fair from FF7, he was pretty cool and shit. Invited me to drink sake with him, and he was pretty nice. There was that one other Touhou guy too, he was pretty chill too. He told me he lurked /jp/ when the topic of /jp/ came up. That was pretty awkward. But cool, I guess.

Overall, I'd give it a 6/10. Only because once again, I was pretty displeased in some areas. There were some really annoying chicks too, they kept touching my Reimu when I was standing next to them in the elevator. Ugh. I hate that. So much. 

ITT: That feel when you're too srsbsns otaku for most people. Yeeeeah. THAT FEEL.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Doujin Music of the Week #2: W-w-why Doujin music?!?!

Decided on explaining what doujin music is all about, and why I have an extremely unhealthy obsession with it. Months ago, some of my friends, along with myself, decided to compare our doujin music collection. Apparently, I had the largest amount in comparison to my friends. Some of my friends only saved several albums or even tracks that they love, me on the other hand, pretty much anything I can get my grubby hands on, since I like to explore around with the doujin circles. 

Now, you might be a bit confused and you're asking me what the hell "doujin" even means, mirite?

Doujin music is fan-made music that is based off of original and official music. I'll give several examples below:

"Dark Road" (original)

Doujin versions by several circles:

As you can see, same 'theme', but there are differences in comparison to the original. I really like doujin music because you're using something 100% official and original, and then you're turning it into something else. You're basically expressing the song into your own way, using your own emotions, thoughts, and soul put into it. I get bored with regular stuff nowadays, so I often listen to doujin music. Well, I'm sure not everyone are big fans of doujin music, but for me, it expresses creativity. I've even seen original songs being arranged and re-done in a metal or rock genre. It's just fascinating to see how creative the fans are. This is why I also love the Touhou fandom, because people are fucking nuts and they'll go very far out (in Japan only, Americans don't count, k?) just to do fanwork. 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

If you think Vic is an anime seiyuu god, you must have shit tastes.

Only in AMURIKA will you ever see raging fangirls swarming all over Vic..


I still don't see why all of these fangirls thinks he's like the best thing ever that's happened to anime. I think the fangirls ruins the experience for me when it comes to English dubbed anime. It's not because of their wild obsession as it is their SHIT-TIER TASTES IN DUBBING. Yeah, that's right. They wouldn't even be able to differentiate between a good seiyuu and a bad one. Vic has only voiced some protagonists, most notably known for his homosexual and pedophile voice-acting, Vic has swayed many innocent girls' hearts. Sadly, as a real otaku, I must say that those girls have no tastes in voice-acting, and it makes me sad. 

First off, guy's a Christian. Ok, religion, I'm fine with that. But if he's SUPAH HARDCUUURELOLOLOLOL@@@@, then I don't want to see his faggy face at any convention. Go away. I've heard of con-horror stories all over, don't even get me started there. If I saw this guy in real life, I should push him and shit all over his face.

Anyways, his voice is really notable because it sounds the SAME regardless of which character he's voicing. I would know because I had ...dreadfully.. sat through and watch every single fucking episode of Fullmetal Alchemist ..in English dub. My ears have never bled so much in my life. I thought the horror was over, until one fateful day when I went to a local GameStop and bought my copy of "Ys III: The Oath in Felghana" for the PSP. I started playing it, and I remembered playing as the protagonist, I walked up to a priest in a church, and I swore.. it was Vic's voice. I was like "Wait a fucking minute.." and talked to the NPC again, it WAS Vic's voice. I almost threw my PSP against the wall. Get this shit-tier voice actor off of my games and animu please.

Comparing Japanese seiyuu to Vic, though, note that Japanese seiyuu are a lot more influentual because they voice over 60% of all animated series in the world. Plus, did you know that Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric (from FMA) were voiced by females? Alphonse was voiced by ... yes, Kugimiya Rie while Ed was voiced by  Paku Romi (also known as Romi Park). Yeah, female voice actresses plays a more influentual role than most male voice actors, in my honest opinion. I can't even think of a voice 'actor' on the top of my head, since a lot of females can voice male characters rather well. 

Rie herself has voiced many characters from anime series as well as several from popular video games, such as Rise Kujikawa from Persona 4, etc. Though I guess I'm not that much of a Rie fan as of late, though I do know a lot of fanboys that are into her. I'm more into HorieYui (or Yui Horie) , since her voice acting is rather distinctive, though they don't sound THE SAME for every damn character. 

Even Hirano Aya (or Aya Hirano) has gained success just for voice-acting the role of the character Haruhi. You all know how fucking popular Haruhi is in Japan, I fucking hope. I don't even like that show, and I know all about it because of how large the fandom is. In Japan, there's multiple voice seiyuus that are popular, and people actually argue about which is often the best. Where as in AMURIKA, every single fucking fangirl wants to rub their body all over Vic's cock. It makes me angry because the guy sounds the same for every role he's voiced, and he's an arrogant airhead. Honestly, whenever I see fangirls, I instantly get angry because they all have shit-tier tastes for liking Vic. The fandom in America makes no sense at all to me. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Otaku Eats [2]

I really do love cooking, especially if it's in my spare time. I would hate to have to do it for other people though, because there's expectations. Though I guess I wouldn't mind too much once in a while.. Anyways, last night, after work, I decided to head to the grocery section to pick up some backribs since they were cheap. I forgot how many lbs it was, but the price came up to $9.95, I figured that was good enough. Too expensive = do not want.

Anyways, here's a picture of the ribs and the marinade sauce as well as the recipe:

-Ribs (chopped to each individual pieces)
-BBQ sauce
-Tobasco sauce
-Spiracha hot sauce 
-Chili powder
-A1 steak sauce (very little of it) 
-Honey bourbon (any brand)

Might kill your tongue a bit though, cause it'll be spicy. I don't like using precise measurements or anything though, whatever looks good to my eyes. I've been cooking since I was near 13 years old, since I was always home by myself until 8 or 9 PM almost every night, cause my parents never get home from work until late at night. Because of that, I had to learn how to do things by myself. That's how I learned how to cook over time.

Anyways, oh right, the pic!

So yeah, you want to marinade it, then keep it in the fridge over night. Next day, you can start putting it in the oven at around 350 degrees for about an hour up to an hour and a half. Keep turning it once in a while so that it's cooked all around. 

Besides that, uhhh.. yeah.

Happy eating, otaku!

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