My experience @ Arcane Maid Cafe in Anime Impulse 2016

arcane-maid-cafe

The maid cafe (Arcane Cafe) was probably the highlight of Anime Impulse 2016. Arcane Cafe has the cutest maids this west side of Mississippi (Just kidding, I can’t claim that for sure, that should be their hook though). There were 4 people hanging out with a maid. It was a chill environment. The food and drink was pretty good. I had strawberry cake, a latte, and Bawls energy drink.

We played Jenga (Which I’m horrible at), Cards Against Humanity, and sang karaoke (John Legend and Frank Sinatra). I lost at Jenga so I had to do an embarrassing dance in front of everyone. Cards Against Humanity was too funny because most of us have a twisted sense of humor, lol.

After playing, we sang “Hotline Bling” by Drake to another table. Their reaction was awesome, haha. Then we played Counter-Strike (I’m not very good at this game) and League of Legends (ARAM mode) on their latest gaming computers.

All in all, I made friends (the party). If you were thinking of going to a maid cafe, I’d recommend it. It was a blast!

anime impulse arcane maid cafe squad pic
Squad pic with new con friends and Maid Lulu ^_^
Advertisements

The Top 7 Ways to Get Out of “Tilt” (or Losing Streak) in Competitive Video Games

Whether it’s League of Legends, Fortnite, Overwatch, Player’s Unknown, Call of Duty, or some type of fighting game, I can help you get out of a slump! c:

stock-photo-an-asian-young-man-throwing-video-game-controller-away-with-anger-concept-of-aggressive-serious-506972260

What exactly does “tilt” mean? Tilt was originally a poker term for being in an “overly emotional state where you make less than optimal decisions.” This can be cause by bad beats (poker hands you thought you were about to win, but got outplayed in the end) or failing a bluff. Nowadays, it can be applied to anything competitive against people.

  1. Listen to music. Lo-fi hip-hop, electro, or anything instrumental are my favorite so I don’t have the lyrics distracting me. If you are a complete music lover like me, I would describe that I would get “in the zone.”
  2. Go on Discord, Skype, League Chat, or another voice chat with friends. If you’re friends are good-natured, they can pick you off the ground if you’re feeling low. Connect with people!
  3. Relax and take more frequent breaks in between games. Sit in the lobby longer and don’t queue up right away. Breathe, my friend. Your mind tends to go on “auto-pilot” for extended gaming sessions.
  4. Play another game of a different genre. Look up the “Casual” and “Relaxing” tags for Steam games. I like playing simple puzzle games like Match-3. Bejeweled 3 actually has a mode called “Zen” where you basically unwind from stress and play to soothing music.
  5. Mindfulness and awareness. Acknowledge the fact you are on “tilt.” Admit you have a problem. Ok, that sounds like the Alcoholic Anonymous 12-Step Program, but you know what I mean, haha (Nothing wrong with recovery).
  6. Practice another one of your hobbies. Exercising, reading, gardening, drawing, and playing a musical instrument are totally good stress relieving activities!
  7. Listen up, this is sort of a big one and a hard pill to swallow. *Accept* that some games are out of your control, especially if it’s loot-based like Fortnite or Random Number Generated (RNG) like Hearthstone. Also, sometimes you just get queued up with bad-mannered or unskilled teammates. The chances are the equal for the other team to have bad teammates as you, believe it or not. At this point, I would distance myself, analyze the problem, and take a break. Sorry! The odds are sadly, aren’t in your favor </SubtleHungerGamesReference>

Keep keeping on, Gamers! I’m rooting for you guys. 😀

Fellow bloggers, how do *you* get out of tilt? Let me know and leave a comment!

-Taiki

My past experience at Anime LA 2013 (California convention)

https://tkthemainhipster.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/aff21-256522_459908510699625_1122206339_o.jpg

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

 

13 - b5AJ8

29 - rNi4X

38 - nL1Mr
This pic was cooler in person. The wall was glowing blue.
39 - OFulf
Kickin’ it poolside at the Mariott.

02 - ZlSH4 03 - xn2mL 04 - 6wC3N 05 - Ijcna 06 - 9mxmc 07 - M77ey 08 - VU0OR 09 - ClqTi 10 - ix1lb 11 - TV9jU 12 - Rq4Ew 14 - tS87n 15 - 6uErZ 16 - hl1Qo 17 - M70yT 18 - ajBBf 19 - 5fvw9 20 - ycMOU 21 - qNbhv 22 - 0nvxg 23 - 9CNgG 24 - rPxQw 25 - PcFdu 26 - TUaMT 27 - kqJBh 28 - HNcZB 30 - ayk8F 31 - 7UtR2 32 - 12pdH 33 - DfTJ9 34 - ihhfE 35 - WteNs 36 - M6HTv 37 - QpacD 40 - 4pv1j  42 - Nj4gP

Review: Mitsuwa Marketplace and Book-Off at Costa Mesa, CA

https://myjobot.com/img/files/company/1/0/1036/recruit/1098.jpg

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.

http://www.bookoffusa.com/

book-off-logo-400x400

Rating: 5/5

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 🙂

23321_4747719565135_849320492_n 58239_4747719485133_1406671689_n 64506_4747717285078_1431139155_n  254626_4747718245102_622441917_n 282859_4747716605061_1372541206_n 293562_4747718845117_1880789572_n 298914_4747718365105_1058882274_n 307609_4747721045172_963457586_n 392985_4747714885018_440996613_n 421003_4747717685088_1616213596_n 426960_4747719685138_995340889_n 431245_4747720485158_269292149_n  524628_4747715725039_1602466933_n 530283_4747714965020_481890020_n 537274_4747720205151_1584787550_n 538575_4747718445107_1288404463_n 540897_4747718645112_1662950972_n 543429_4747716885068_1863164715_n 545247_4747717805091_1649404287_n 580630_4747716645062_819237819_n 580673_4747717405081_1187933325_n 582318_4747716085048_2145048332_n 582371_4747717205076_662644051_n 582506_4747714925019_1910618572_n 602850_4747720445157_698861845_n 603015_4747716445057_921951329_n 603126_4747720885168_1333840310_n 734321_4747717885093_480274747_n

My past experience at Pacific Media Expo 2012 (PMX) in LA, California

pmx12-logoname-01pmx12-tdp-3line-01

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.

01 - XDhj0 02 - RYSUu 03 - JItMY05 - SbhgJ06 - ECqp307 - LMMbK08 - fvZYl12 - BUbQm13 - dliEc 14 - 3tqp3 15 - 0r0lr 16 - 77kpy 17 - JxWww 18 - OcCPS 19 - UiUeS 20 - skX6M

21 - yHq2z22 - rCyNs 23 - bHvGk

25 - kbms4
LITTLE KURIBOH!! OMG. The dude that makes the Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series on YouTube.26 - Z2Vpt42 - YqHUP43 - CYPhg 44 - DjkGH 45 - VncwW 46 - 7WOEa 47 - DUeRw 48 - ffL9R 49 - eUog2 50 - baZMQ

51 - ZeqLo52 - 82Y4k 54 - FlVLB 55 - ZwPrI 56 - stmBc 57 - urEzl 58 - sBfnu 59 - Ad3RX 60 - AQy1W 61 - Yaz7x 62 - 6Ycyi 63 - o2Bsl 65 - FsFH3 66 - 9V4ch 67 - K9Q1A68 - PRTG3

69 - Q2O8M 70 - kYreO 71 - ObQsq72 - CNlQF

73 - oVFSM 74 - sTmOr 75 - fPZ9o 76 - iSsif 77 - ZUnqA78 - A7apt79 - NBvdd 80 - NHz7Y 81 - 9VvjY 82 - I9kNq 83 - gO9ci 84 - jVtYe 85 - VDPoh86 - ZDAQc88 - PMF2c

87 - Coqc2  90 - dMN6G

What is an Otaku? – Basic and Clear Definition

lhs-028-1600-1200

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.

– wins