Sword Art II is pretty good so far. Slower than the first, but on point with the light novel. I swear they were in that cave for 3 episodes!
I’m sad that Nickelodeon took off one of its best shows (Avatar: The Legend of Korra). Now all we get are trash re-runs of SpongeBob…
Anime Los Angeles is an annual 3-day convention that’s located at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Like most anime cons, it pretty much includes any other fandoms (American comics, TV, movies, etc.) My friends and I went on Saturday January 5, 2013 for one day. This con is bigger than PMX, but smaller than AX.
At one point, we had 19 people going as a group in a Facebook group, but it was kinda my fault. They made other plans with family/friends. 5 people went, though. I asked my friend’s grandma to sow me a Kirito costume, but there wasn’t much time.
I was reppin’ Reddit here and I met a fellow Redditor, who was a voice actress in League of Legends. She says she browses the My Little Pony subreddit. I took less pics because we went to panels. My friends and I went to this panel that was titled “How to Make Anime Music.”
I made a mistake of not buying stuff early at the exhibition hall at my first con (Pacific Media Expo). My friends made fun of me for waiting -_- I didn’t know the shops closed that early. I made sure this time to buy my anime memorabilia on time. I think at this con, we watched episodes 1 and 2 of Planetes.
My friends and I went to the video game room and I was happy to see Playstation All-Stars being played because we played that a lot at the time. At night time, my group split apart. My friend and I wandered (read: got lost) and found the Marriott hotel pool. It was awesome sitting poolside at night with the lights on and everyone in cosplay!
The rating: 4/5
A KILL LA KILL TRIAL DECK?! Sign me up! For those who don’t know, Weiss Schwarz is a Japanese collectible card game based off anime series (Angel Beats!, Log Horizon, Nisekoi, Guilty Crown, and more). I’ve got some free cards from cons like Natsu, Asuna, and Yui. It doesn’t help that I (sorta) play 4 card games (Yu-Gi-Oh, Vanguard, Magic, and Pokemon). Now what deck should I choose? Hmmm…
For those who play Weiss Schwarz, how is it? Do you guys play any other card games? Leave a comment below!
Mitsuwa Marketplace is a Japanese supermarket chain in America. The one I went to was in Costa Mesa, close to San Diego. The restaurant in the marketplace boasts the “#1 Ramen shop in Southern California”. While that’s a bold statement to make, I won’t disagree with them. Their ramen is AMA-zing! The udon is delicious as well.
Besides the restaurant, you will find the book store, where manga, magazines, and other Japanese books are sold. There are tasty Japanese treats like Ramune, Hello Panda, Hi-Chew and Pocky (Oh Gawd, I love the green tea flavor).
At the back of the market, there is a store that sells anime key chains, wallets, bags, DVDs, shirts, wall scrolls, and figurines. There’s a lot of merchandise for the recent popular anime like Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online. Some of the lanyards are only $3 and I’ve built up a collection of them, haha. I saw some DVDs of the Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films in Japanese.
Close by Mitsuwa is Book-Off (I guess I’m reviewing the plaza, lol), which is a store that sells used CDs, magazines, video games, DVDs, books, and comics. They sell both American and Japanese products. You can usually find used video games here noticeably cheaper than GameStop.
I bought The Last of Us for $51 when it was released a week or so at the time. I was pretty psyched to find BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Limited Edition (PS3) used. It had everything!! The box came with the game, a calendar, an art book, and the soundtrack for $15. There are some anime DVDs that are only $15 for one season (typically $30-60 in other places). I bought UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie Season 1 with OVAs and Shakugan no Shana Season 1 for $15 each.
I have lost a lot of money to this place (Shut up and take my money! /FuturamaMeme). My friend and I have this joke where we say “Everytime we go to Mitsuwa, someone ends up buying something.” It’s true, xD. Highly recommended if you’re in the San Diego area!
Do you have a favorite Asian marketplace you like to go to? If so, what’s the name? Comment below 🙂
Pacific Media Expo (PMX) is a small, annual 3-day convention that was created by Mike Tatsugawa. It is mainly an anime/manga con at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport on November 9-11, but there is anything nerd culture pretty much (video games, movies, TV shows, comics).
It was my first con ever. My friends and I went Saturday, one day ($40). I told them a week before the expo so we couldn’t plan to cosplay. I knew a month or two before, but it just crept up on me suddenly. The con wasn’t that big so we didn’t have to wait a long time to get our badges. It was located at a hotel so I’m sure people who didn’t know about the con turned their heads.
I got excited every time I saw Adventure Time cosplays, lol. I met Little Kuriboh of the Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series YouTube fame and was super psyched about it. He was extremely friendly and chill. Oh Gawd, I was starstruck! I wish I got him to do some of the voices, xD I also met Filipina cosplayer Mizziemie without realizing it. She had a spot on cosplay of Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagan.
I don’t remember going to a lot of panels. We just took a bunch of pics. I remember lining up for a Hatsune Miku concert outside, but getting kicked out because there was too many people. There was also a video game room, but I’m terrible at fighting games, haha. There was a Naruto fighting game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Persona 4 Arena, and Resident Evil 6.
The exhibition hall wasn’t that huge. You can walk around and see the shops in a short amount of time. I bought some buttons and pins to put on my backpack. One of them was the “L” symbol from Death Note and a button that says “Anime: Drugs would be cheaper.” Other than that, I forgot if I bought anything else. My friends bought swords and gifts for other people.
The rating: 3.5/5
Don’t go expecting it being like Anime Expo status. I guess I gave it a little bit of a higher score because it was my first con.
You must’ve heard about a hundred definitions of an otaku. I don’t self-identify as an otaku (please just call me an anime/video game fan), but I’m here to clear up some misconceptions.
According to Wikitionary, the etymology (word origin) means “nerd”. Originally it’s attributed to a person’s household, which makes sense because a lot of them spend their time there (no offense, it’s a generalization).
Let’s check out an excerpt of the meaning at UrbanDictionary.com, which is the Oxford/Webster dictionary of the internet (not).
“…Usually an otaku person has nothing better to do with their life so they pass the time by watching anime, playing videogames, surfing the internet (otaku is also used to refer to a nerd/hacker/programmer). ”
This definition has some truth to it, but it comes from a really negative perspective. Yes, otaku “pass the time by watching anime, playing video games, and surfing the internet.” The “nothing better to do with their life” is subjective.
I don’t think it’s right to judge other people’s hobbies so harshly, as long as it’s not infringing on other people’s rights. I believe there is certainly other worse hobbies you can have that are more detrimental to your health.
Otaku (Yes, the plural of otaku is otaku, no “s”. I just checked, haha) are people who are hooked on and obsessed with anime and manga. That’s just a basic definition, but you can be an otaku for other things, such as cosplay, figurines, video games, light novels, visual novels, etc.
I guess the best synonym for an otaku is a “geek” here in America, but I believe otaku take it to a more extreme degree.
My friend and I have this joke where we give you a “level” of otaku. We don’t take it serious, but it’s fun to think about. Remember, I’m just being facetious.
Level 0 – A normal, functioning human being. This person is able to hold a conversation for a decent amount of time. Probably likes sports and working out like normalcools do.
Level 1 – Watches very little anime, most likely the mainstream shonen (Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Fairy Tail) ones. Probably knows about anime because of Toonami. Possibly labeled as a “weeaboo”?
Level 2 – Watched the ’90s anime when they were younger. Watches some current, top anime series on sites like CrunchyRoll. Talks about it with friends, but doesn’t flaunt their hobby to strangers. Will talk about it for a bit if it’s brought up.
Level 3 – Watches a good amount of series. Talks about it with friends and has a few anime memorabilia. If they hear someone talking about anime, they would talk about it for some time and move on with their day. They play the video games and have some manga on their bookshelf.
Level 4 – Watched a lot of anime series (100+) and is up to date with the current season. Goes to cons and probably cosplays. If you mention their favorite anime, they would be able to talk about it for a looooong time. They play visual novels and read the light novels.
Level 5 – Watched an incredible, massive amounts of anime and has seen animeyou’veneverheardof (pshh, hipster, jk). Will go back to anime they’ve watched previously and marathon it like it’s nothing. They have the waifu pillow and the mouse pad with “cushion” (you know what I’m talking about). Their entire shelf is anime figurines, plush dolls, manga, and h-games.
Level 6 – ??? I haven’t decided a description for this one. I’m making this up as I go along.
(This is a placeholder for the obligatory “Level OVER 9000” joke, but I refuse to make that. That would be clichéd, right? Does anybody like meta humor?)
Ok, I need to study for my final exam for Psychology (grrr, summer school). Don’t get otaku confused with NEETs and hikikomoris. That will be a post in the future. Until next time!
tl;dr: An otaku is someone who is obsessed with a particular entertainment medium.