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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 5: Favorite Anime Opening Theme

I’ve been looking forward to Days 5 and 6  of this list. I love music.  I love anime.  This will be a challenge indeed. There are far too many opening songs I love that I can not possibly just choose one as my favorite.  I’m going to do ten songs, five opening and five ending themes for each day and let you in on why I love them so much.

Keep in mind that there’s order to this list (although number one is based off personal bias)

  1. Dan Dan Korko Hikareteku (lit. Bit bv Bit My Heart is Charmed)
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    By Field of View

There are only three good things about Dragon Ball GT –  the animation, the new ideas presented (that were poorly executed sadly), and the music.  When I’m talking about GT’s music, I am not speaking of the horrible American original soundtrack (OST).  And I’m especially not talking about horrible attempt at hip-hop that is “STEP INTO THE GRAND TOUR”  trash (still to this day I cringe every time I hear that shit).

I’m talking about the superior Japanese OST, mainly GT’s opening theme song “Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku” or “Bit by Bit My Heart is  Charmed”.
There’s a certain, nostalgic charm with this song,  setting it apart from other Dragon Ball opening themes.  To start, Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku is actually a love ballad. The character iit reminiscing on the first time he first met the one he fell in love with . On the surface, it seems out of place to have a long song in the Dragon Ball series, but if you dig a little bit, it make sense (plus, original Dragon Ball had a few romantic ending themes and as of recently with the Tournament of Power Arc , “Boogie Back” [the second ending theme of that arc] also carries that romantic feeling of longing).

Dragon Ball as a whole, is a charming series of adventure with unique and lovable diverse characters.  Plus, I can promise you that we Dragon Ball fans can remember the first time when we first watched Dragon Ball and fell in love – our hearts charmed by the show bit-by-by.  It works.

Finally, the best thing about the song is how it was used in the final episode of  Dragon Ball as we relive main character Son Goku’s life, trails, and victories from Dragon Ball, Z, and GT.

‘You see, when I met you
I remembered the view which I had treasured when I was a child’

  1. Smile Bomb

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Sung By Sara White

Another intro that gives me a sense of nostalgia.  Maybe it’s how the English version still kept that 90s Shonen  anime vibe with the lyrics, instrumental arrangement, and  singing. Maybe it’s the lyrics and it reflection on friends supporting you on your journey. That’s probably it.

  1. The Hero!!
    One Punch Man OP 1
    Performed by JAM Project

Have you ever listen to an anime song that you just knew it fit just right with the series?  The lyrics fit perfectly with the series’s tone, or the song was just full of so much energy that it felt just right using it as a theme song?  That’s “The Hero!!” to me. I don’t think words can even describe the emotion in it, so I’ll just provide the full version below.

‘I wanna be the strongest HERO’

 

Seriously any version of the iconic Lupin the 3rd Theme
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Composed by Yuji Ohno

Do I really have to explain why I love this song? Seriously I kinda don’t wanna because I have to go to a friend’s house soon.  Fine, I’ll explain why.  Ready?  70s acid jazz in an anime with a charming thief, the OG Femme Fatale, the stoic wandering samurai, and a smooth gunman.   This song makes me want to go out and do some high level criminal things with my crew.

Theme of Lupin the 3rd

1. Tank!
Cowboy Bebop
Performed by The Seat Belts

The moment when I first heard the horns section blaring in the first bar of Tank, I knew Cowboy Bebop would be dissimilar to any anime series I’ve watched prior.   Cowboy Bebop’s opening combined two of my loves: jazz music and anime.  Never would I imagine that somebody in the world would put those two things together and make it work.   Let me tell you something, It was at that moment in the year 2001 at the age of 12 that I knew Cowboy Bebop would be a game changer in the American anime fanbase.

With that, those were my favorite anime opening theme.  Stay tuned in the future when I’ll drop my top 5 anime ending themes!  In the comments, please tell me some of your favorite anime theme songs of all time!

 

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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 4 – Most Overrated Anime: Attack on Titan

I can not believe I fell for that Attack on Titan bullshit hype.

It was the Spring 2013 anime season. I havent’ watched a new anime series in years and I was wanting to get back into anime, so I could stay current with the new anime trends. I wanted to  fit in with the popular weeaboos (a paradox yes) and get on whatever they were on.   Attack on Titan was poppin’ up on everyone radars  Everywhere on social media, otakus were talking about this new series.   AOT made the weeb block hot like the cops during the last day of the month for those quotas. .It was clear that Attack on Titan was the number one contender of “Anime of the Year” in 2013.  I wanted to be a part of the new trend.

The premise was interesting:  Humanity is being annihilated by enormous human-like titans of enigmatic origins.  It’s up to the last reminding humans to fight back against the threat.

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One day, my homeboy “Alan” invited me to his place to smoke blunts and watch Attack on Titan.  Two birds one stone.  Two weebs getting stoned.  Perfect.  Alan pulled up AOT on Crunchyroll while I was grinding up our trees and packin them into his bowl (I didn’t know how to roll blunts back in 2013).  We both took turns taking hits from the bowl, getting ourselves nice and right for the new series.

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The episode starts.  Mikasa and Eren are running around playing in the walled city Maria  having fun doing whatever kids in a fucked up future do.  Suddenly, titans appeared – wreaking havoc.   There’s chaos and panic everywhere. These massive monsters are eating people, poppin’ them in their mouths like ravers poppin’ pills on the dance floor.  Eren and Misaka rush home to safety, only to watch helplessly as his mom is snatched up by a stoned looking smilin’ titan like an unattended white kid left alone in a park.

The kids can only watch helplessly as the titan shoves Carla into its mouth and consume her alive.  Or dead.  I don’t remember.

Alan and I watched in awe as we witnessed a new era of “great” anime.  We were blown away by the animation, the suspense, and drama. We declared Attack on Titan the best anime of 2013, and it only has been about ten minutes into the first episode.  We were hooked like suckers. I packed another bowl, took a hit, and pass it to Alan as we enter episode 2.     I think we watched about 3-5 more episodes until we were too stoned to watch the show and decided we would pick back up on it the following day.

The next day came.  We got some Fruity Pebbles kush off our boy and decided to blow some trees and marathon Attack on Titan before we had to rest up and travel to Chicago for Anime Central the next morning.  We resumed from episode 7 and here are things I started to noticed about the anime that made me regret even wasting time watching it.
“Okay,  why is it taking so long to get to the damn point?”
“Why are they pussy footing about the basement?”
“This has become another typical entry-level shonen anime.  Yay.”
“Nice main character powers with becoming a titan Eren didn’t see that coming.”
“I’m in love with Misaka’s abs.  I want Misaka to dominate me and make me call her ‘mommy’ while I lick her abs.”

I didn’t say that last part out loud I kept that to myself.  But the point reminds!  Attack on Titan was trash.  Overrated trash.  A complete let down.

I do not know if it was the Fruity Pebbles kush that made me aware that Attack on Titan was actually shit or if the hype died for me too soon, but I was disappointed by the anime.  I was hoping that it’ll get better by episode 8.  Nope.  Maybe episode 9 will make me forgive the series.  Nah.

Alan, our homegirl “Claire”, and our homeboy “Dante” (who sold us the Fruity Pebbles) all agreed  that Attack on Titan was overrated trash.  Hell, Dante even predicted that Eren would have titans powers and the identititly of the Female Titan and Armored Titan before we all knew who they were.   That’s how predictable the series was to him.

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On the bright side, Attack on Titan has amazing art, animation, music, and sound design.  Also Sasha and Misaka are best girls.   Just suck that the story wasa bland and the hypetrain led to nowhere.

Oh well.  Never again.

 

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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 3 – Most Underrated Anime: Outlaw Star

Outlaw Star is underrated.

Seihō Bukyō Outlaw Star (lit. “Outlaw Star: Starward Warrior Knight), or simply Outlaw Star is Sunrise Studio 10’s 1998 anime adaption of the manga series of the same name by mangaka Takehiko Itō.   Outlaw Star aired in the West in three years later in early 2001 on the Cartoon Network’s dedicated anime and action block, Toonami, alongside other anime series such as Sailor Moon S, Dragon Ball Z (Cell Saga), Tenchi Muyo, and so forth.   While not as massively popular and successful as the series mentioned, Outlaw Star devolved a cult following in North America, which stands strong even today – nearly 16 years since its original North American airing.

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What’s Outlaw Star premise and why do I consider it underrated?

Outlaw Star follows  bounty hunters Gene Starwind and his business partner the child genius Jim Hawking as the two make ends meet by taking up odd jobs, chasing bounties on  criminals across the galaxy, and wanting to achieve  their  ultimate goal: discovering the legendary omnipresent data repository – The Galactic Leyline.  During their adventure, the two add to their motley crew Aisha Clan Clan, military officer and ambassador to the Ctarl-Ctarl military, the beautiful assassin Twilight Suzuka, and the mysterious bio-android Melfina.

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Melfina

What makes Outlaw Star underrated is how underappreciated the narrative themes explored in the show;  confronting fears and questioning one’s existence being two of the main key narrative themes.

At the tage of 15, Gene helplessly witnessed the murdered of his father at by space pirates.  He narrowly escaped  with the help of his father (who threw him into an escape pod moments before their ship exploded).   Such a horrific event would devolved into a phobia of space exploration in Gene.  It wouldn’t be until five years later when Gene meet up with fellow bounty hunter,  “Hot Ice” Hilda, who would inspired him to get over his fears for his dream to find the Galatic Leyline (and to protect Melfina).

‘You gonna just keep running away?’

-Ice Hot Hilda to Gene

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No one’s going to give you a map, you’ve gotta walk your own path.

As an artificially creation, Melfina questions her existence and her reason of her creation.  Resulting from her unnatural creation, Melfina views the world with a lens of innocence and naivety, allowing her to give a straight forward opinions and viewpoints in the world she lives in.

 

As the series progress, Melfina comes to terms with her existence and overtime discover her purpose in life.

Who am I? Why was I made? Who made me? And what did they make me for?
-Melfina

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And that’s what I can remember from her personality and character developments as I haven’t watch Outlaw Star in years.  I do plan on watching the entire again in the future, so I can give you guys a much better run down of the series later on.  In the meantime I would recommend you to watch the series if you love space opera  such as Cowboy Bebop. While the story pacing is tedious in terms of not getting to the point and the show visuals are outdated compared to most shows from that area, Outlaw Star is nonetheless a great watch.  Please check it out!

 

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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 1 – Anime I Want to Watch

Well, I did say I’ll return to writing about anime soon.  I’m always good on my word (okay I’m lying about that part). From seeing blogger Karandi’s post, I figure that I’ll do the 30 Day Anime Callenge as well!  I have nothing better to write about for the next 30 days (outside my planned posts) so why not!

Day 1 – “Anime I Want to Watch” (boy where do I start?)

Bubblegum Crisis

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Bubblegum Crisis was recommended to me by a friend recently. I’ve heard of this legendary cyberpunk OVA  series by studios Youmex, AIC, and Artmix during my early anime viewership days, but I never had any means of watching it up until my adult years.  While I’m not super deep into 80s and 90s cyberpunk anime, I do love the a e s t h e t i c visuals of that era (there’s something about cel animation man it’s so beautiful).  Four kick ass women mercenaries in exoskeleton suits destroying robots and doing whatever kickass women do in 2032 Japan?
Yes please.

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This makes me wanna get stoned, listen to vaporwave, and be a s a d b o y.

Nisemonogatari.

 

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Bakemonogatari was a visual and story masterpiece. Can’t believe I slept on  the show for seven years.  So glad my homeboy got me hip to this show and it’s characters, including best girl Hanekawa (and second best Hitagi). So why I’ve been sleeping on the second animation adaption? I do not know (okay I know it’s because I’m lazy).  But I do know that Akiyuki Shinbo is back as chief director with Nisemonogatari. That’s great!  You know why? We get his outlandish directing style that we all know and love from him.  Yay Shinboism!

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My reaction to this scene is likewise.

I’m going to have some E&J for the infamous Toothbrush scene on standby.  I have yet to see the scene in full, but I heard it’s quite…interesting. Cringe-inducing creepy incestuous fanservice interesting.   Alcohol is needed for that shit.

The anime adaption of the third volume, Owarimonogatari, is coming soon.  I best knock out Nisemonogatari and the moves out as soon as possible before that drops this Summer 2017 season.

 

 

Summer 2017 Anime

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How to ruin your chance of getting a date.

I’m a shitty anime fan.  I’ve been lacking on the recent anime game. I’m screwing myself over with my laziness by not to investing the time on watching new shows.   If I’m gonna be about this anime blogger life, that means I best expand on the anime I watch.   Here are two shows I’m eyeing from the upcoming season!

Gamers!

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Looks promising, but I’m not holding my breath on another light novel anime adaption doing well or at the very least blow me away.   I do not know much about studio “Pine Jam”, so that will be something on the field of  first impressions. From what I’ve researched, it’s like a group of high schoolers forming a video game club  with fellow other gaming otaku.  Getting some Genshiken vibes here, but I’m doubtful it’ll go heavy with the gaming nerd culture like the Genshiken manga and anime series.

Hajimete no Gal

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I’m going to be completely real here.  Up until three minutes into writing this paragraph, I’ve never heard of Hajimete no Gal (First Time Girl) and its My Anime List (MAL) synopsis left much to be desire in explaining what’s up with the show (as most MAL synopsis are).  I took it upon myself to researching the upcoming anime by studio NAZ (hey! That sounds like Nas the rapper.  That must be a great sign!)

After completing my quick lackluster research, I found that Hajimete no Gal is  based off  Shonen Ace’s  romantic comedy manga of the same name by Meguru Ueno. Main character Junichi  is pressured by his homeboys to seek out a girlfriend and lose his virginity to her  during his first year of high school.  He encounters the alluring gyaru Yukana, who shames him for looking at a porn magazine openly in school.  Junichi decides to make it his mission to confess his feelings towards Yukana and get with her.

To his surprise, Yukana is incredibly sexually forward, teasing him about how much he wants to sleep with her by flashing her panties and revealing her cleavage towards the kid.  From my first impression off two chapters, the art is amazing and the story is funny enough to catch my attention.

I have high hopes for the adaptation!
There are my anime I want to see soon! With that, the day 1 challenge is completed! Onwards to day 2!

Here’s the list!  Enjoy! 30-day-anime-challenge-e1495940169705

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What NOT To Do At Cons (Text Version)

NOTE: This is the text version of the audio discussion between my friend DJ Killzown and myself on the same topic.  The link to the YouTube will be provide below.

A convention is a wonderful place to meet and befriend new people who share your passive for nerd pop culture.  You can be yourself without being ridiculed for who you are.  However, just  like in the real world, you still have to obey the laws of the land, use common sense and logic at conventions.  Just because somebody is cosplaying as a sexy Slave Leah outfit doesn’t give you the right to touch her.  Somebody has a cool prop you’re admiring?  That’s great!  Just ask permission to hold and touch it first.    You don’t wanna ruin the con experience for yourself or somebody because you’re on some childish crap.  Don’t know what not to do at conventions or need a refresher?  Well, we’re here to help!
Not Taking Care of Your Personal Hygiene
Look, there’s no excuse for not taking care of your hygiene; both in the real world, and at conventions.   You need to shower and take care of other hygiene issues before you hit the con floor.  Take a damn hot soapy shower.  Use deodorant. Brush your teeth. Comb or brush your hair..  Freshener your breath. People are sensitive to body odor.  You are being selfish when you do not bathe.  Again, there’s no excuse.

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Disrespect Personal Boundaries.

People attend conventions to have a good time. They don’t want it ruined by some creep or somebody breaking their props.   It should go without saying, but think before you act.  Keep your hands to yourself; cosplay is not consent.   People have worked hard for months on their costume and props.  They don’t want it destroyed by some touchy grabby idiot.  Please ask for a picture before you snap one.  Don’t become that one creepy photographer that gets talked about within the community.

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Ghost the convention
Please, support the convention.   If you want the convention to flourish, you must buy a badge.   Ghosting hurts the convention as they lose money to stay afloat.  Every penny counts.  If you want better and bigger guests, convention to expand, and an overall better home con, supports the convention.  Buy a badge.

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Consume drugs/alcohol beyond your limit

Partying is not a secret at the convention scene, so I’m going to say this: please know your limit when consuming drugs or alcohol.  Don’t consume drugs or alcohol on the convention grounds. Leave that shit in your room If you smoke trees in an illegal state, spray yourself down or cover the smell with tobacco smoke.   Be aware if law enforcement catch your ass with that shit, you’re getting locked up, no tolerance.  Do not drink if you’re underage.    Do not serve underage people alcohol. . It’s not worth it.

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I hope our tips will help you improve the quality of your experience at conventions.  We wish you a great and happy convention season!

Please!  Check out our audio discussion on the topic on YouTube!

Drunk 2hu art souce:
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=27755916

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What NOT To Do At Cons DJkillzone Feat. weebtrashyuki (Collab Video)

 

Audio collab between my boy DJ Killzown Jones and myself.  With the convention season well into the summer season, DJkillzown and I figure we will be nice and give nice audio guide on NOT to do at cons.

TOPICS INCLUDE:
Cosplay is NOT Consent
Respecting Personal Boundaries
Personal Hygiene
Ghosting Cons
Alcohol/Drugs Consumption
Hotel Partying
Creeping on Women

TEXT VERSION COMING SOON!!!

DJ Killzown Jones’s social media accounts:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwO0lojnveRjDrVyJyl167A
https://www.facebook.com/Killzown314/?ref=br_rs

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FREEWRITE: Haruhi Suzumiya and Law 6 of the 48 Laws of Power

‘Law 6: Court Attention at All Cost’

-Robert Greene, author of the 48 Laws of Power

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To say that Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melachonholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) is a bit of an attention whore is a grave understatement.  Haruhi lusts for attention.  She demands notability.  She wants all eyes on her like Tupac.  To Haruhi, the world should  and must revolve around only on her. (of course, she’s God after all, so she’s not. She’s not wrong to think that [despite unaware of her godly reality wrapping powers]). Every day, she makes an effort to be noticed, to have people know her name, and who she is.  She doesn’t care if people speak of her in a negative light; it keeps her name circulating. She loves it.

Haruhi  doesn’t want to fade in the background.  She does not want be average, or one of faceless many in the world. Haruhi’s drive is to become extraordinary and different from the rest of the world.  To understand this drive, we must look at her flashback scene from episode 13 of season 1.

‘So I figure I would change myself in middle school. Let the world know that I wasn’t a girl content with sitting around and waiting.’
-Haruhi Suzumiya

As they’re walking home from school, Haruhi tells Kyon the story of her family going a baseball game as a child. Haruhi was amazed at the sight of the overflowing, sold out stadium. She believed that the entire population of   Japan came together at the venue to watch baseball.  When she asked her dad about the number of people in attendance, he told her around 200,000 people. These people, including herself, only made up very small fraction Japan’s population (around 128 million during the show’s original run in 2006).  After returning home from the game,  she did the math, breaking down the attendance , compared it to the entire population of Japan, and discovered that it only made one two-thousandth of the population of Japan.

Haruhi was just one of many. A  drop in the massive and everlasting ocean.

Realizing this, she no longer felt special.  Haruhi was just like everyone else; doing the same shit (brushing her teeth, eating breakfast, going to school, etc.).  Life became boring. What’s life when you’re just like everyone else? Maybe in the world, there was somebody amazing, unique, and extraordinary And yet, it wasn’t her.

At this  revelation,  Haruhi  had to  stand out from the rest of the world. She to get up and demand change by her own will. To  not become content with being average.  She had to make her mark in the world by any means. To court attention at all cost.

 

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Be obsessed or be average.’

-Grant Cardone, American CEO, Author, and motivation speaker

 

Later, Haruhi set out to achieve her dream of being noticed and not average. On her first day of high school, she proudly introduces herself and states that she isn’t interested normal humans.  Rather, she wants to meet with time travelers, aliens, and espers. This caused a stir in her homeroom, making people think just who the fuck is this childish girl, and why does she still believe in such things at the age of 15?

Throughout the series, Haruhi attempts (and mostly succeed at) various actions to be noticed.  She devolved a system to change her hairdo by style (she even went as far to wear a different hair ribbion each day).  She stripped down from her school uniform into her gym clothes, not caring if her male peers were watching. She attempted to join every school club, only to dip out from each and forming her own club: The SOS Brigade. She stole the show at her school festival, filling in for a sick guitarist ( revealing that she’s an amazing musician in her own right). All in the name of courting attention.   She places herself at the center of it all, regardless of what others may think.

It’s her world.  She just want all the attention.

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‘A normal life’s boring’

-Eminem, American Rapper

Haruhi’s World art source:
http://photobucket.com/gallery/http://s634.photobucket.com/user/MawsCM

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Anime Central – Day 1 (Part 2)

Okay, so I lied about taking a break from drinking.  I took another shot of Viniq because I’m an alcoholic and it’s delicious.  But mostly because of the fact that I’m an alcoholic.  Okay, now I gotta prep and get somewhat sober for the Umineko/Higurashi meet.  I checked my phone for the time.  5:20PM.  Good.  Just forty minutes until I have to meet up with the cosplayers. That’s more than enough time to get ready which is great, given an old friend just messaged me on Facebook.

“Hey Ben! We drinking at the Red Bar!  Wanna join us?”

Tyler is an old online and ACEN  friend of mine.  I’ve known him since maybe around 2010 on the old Anime Central’s forums and /cgl/ (the cosplay and gothic lolita board of 4chan), way before the ACEN’s Facebook groups grew and became the shitholes that they are today.  He invited me to the Red Bar, one of the Hyatt’s overpriced bar and grill restaurant (great food though).

“They’ve food down there?  My dumbass started drinking on an empty stomach. I need some food badly.”  I replied.

“Yea, they got a great menu.  We’ll still be here by the time you get here.”

“Alright bet!” Food sounds great along with old friends and I already know I need the food for extra drinking.  Well, time to make my way to the Red Bar.
I hit the Red Bar up.  I spot Tyler and his crew sitting around a tall, smooth white glass table.  They had already finished eating and drinking, but stuck around for my food to arrive and eat.   The server gives me a menu and I look over it, trying to search for any foods with meat.

 

“Ben, you like pineapples and hamburgers?” Tyler asked.

“Yep, separate.  Never had the two combined. What’s up?”  I questioned him.  What weird food entrée  you’re trying to convince me to eat?  Ya white people be eating some weird shit.

“Try the Tsunami Burger.  It sounds weird, but trust me, it’s great.  It’s a little sloppy though.”

“Hmm, it does sounds good. I’ll take it!”

I placed my order.  As we waited, we reminisced on our wild days of /cgl/  and the ACEN message boards.  One topic that was brought up was whiny old ass, entitled ass nerdy crybabies who  blamed the rave for the parties and bad things happening.   They would spend hours from the precious day to bitch about how ACEN focused more on the raves and parties, than the actual anime related content.  Each rant ended with the following:

“I’M NEVER COMING BACK TO ANOTHER ACEN AGAIN!”

“IF ACEN KEEP THEIR FOCUS  ON THE PARTIES THEN I WILL GO TO ANIME MIDWEST INSTEAD!”

“Can I get a 420 hook up for next ACEN?”

“Who was that cute guy I blew at the rave you had such a huge dick I need it inside me again”

I tend to reply with a smartass remark such as “So we’re seeing ya next ACEN?” or “Nobody cares.  You’re coming back next time.”  I tend to get blocked bythe butthurt nerds as an result.

As we finished the story, my Tsunami Burger arrived.  As a proud, card carrying member of the FatAss Hamburger Eaters Society of America (FAMESOA for short), this burger gets my personal rank of “Top Tier Burger”.   Visually, the burger has a vivid aesthetic as supported by the chopped bright yellow Pineapples, flashy green from the green peppers, teriyaki paints the buns coast-to-coast, which overlaps the veggies and fruits toppings.

 

The sweetness from the pineapples and the light spice from the peppers work in synergy to provide a salty and sweet flavor from each bit- fuck this burger the buns are falling apart too much sauce and water based veggies and fruits. 0/10 this burger is banned from FAMESOA.  I do not recommend it to any other members.

Seriously, it was a great burger but again, tomatoes, pineapples, and teriyaki sauce weakens beard, thus creating a finger food mess.

 

Fuck, its 6:00.  Gotta head out!   I paid for my food and bid farewell to Tyler and his crew, and head to the smoker’s area, which the Higurashi/Umineko photoshot was taking place.

Wow.  Fuck, there’s only six When They Cry (WTC) cosplayers this year (Beatrice, Battler, Willard, Tohya, [Umineko], Rena, and Mion [Higurashi] cosplayers) compared to years past (I think there was about 15-20 WTC cosplayers in 2015 when Ryukishi07 was a guest).  The fandom is dying in the ACEN community.  It’s  disheartening to see a cosplay group I’ve supported for about 5 years fading away.   Maybe I should had brought my Goat-Kun cosplay with me this year despite years of damage on it.  Oh Well.

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Beatrice, Battler, Willard, Mion, Rena, and Tohya (Umineko and Higurashi)
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Sniff, sniff, sniff.  No.  That’s not me crying at the eventually death of the Higurashi/Umineko cosplay community.  I’m sniffing some good kush.  Normally,  I’ll be okay with people smoking tress, but around an area where there are photoshoots  going on? You know ,there are young kids and non weed smokers around my dude?  Come  on now!  At least wait until after sunset when all the straight edge baby nerds are gone. If you gotta smoke, at least get a vape so you won’t have that loud smell carrying over or go to the woods by the Hyatt.

Goddammit you fucking stupid idiots are ruining this shit for everyone else.

After the photoshoot (which was literally 10 minutes), we spent the reminding 50 minutes talking about the When They Cry series, Touhou, and general otaku shit that I forgotten over the course of a week due to alcoholism.  Tohya, the leader of the WTC cosplay group, brought up the Umineko fighting game “Golden Fantasia”, and my face lit up.  I have the game on my laptop, and I haven’t play against a human opponent in years. Chance time!

(If you do not know about Golden Fantasia, imagine Marvel Vs. Capcom 1 meets Guilty Gear, but with Umineko no Naku Koro ni characters throw into the mix.  It’s a fun but obscured anime fighting game, but with a very small community. It is getting an official English release soon, and I hope it’ll revive the community.)

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Golden Fantasia CROSS box art
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Lucifer performing her Meta Super “Seven Sisters of Purgatory”

Seriously,  I want more people cosplaying from Umineko at ACEN next year.  If you’re an Umineko  or Higurashi cosplayer reading, please cosplay as a character from the series next year. I won’t though ha ha ha!

Tohya and I headed back to my room.  Upon arrival, he was impressed by the alcohol I had laying around the room.

“Are you planning to make a bunch of screwdrivers tonight?” I had some vodkas and a giant bottle of orange juice on the table of my room.

“Nah, just have them around for a friend’s party tomorrow.  Although having some Screwdrivers don’t sound too bad right now!”  I laugh while setting up my laptop and the game.  God I got a problem with alcohol.

 

Alright! Game is booted and we’re ready to roll!  I gave him a fair warning that I wasn’t going to go easy on me, in which he replied he won’t do the same for me.  I like that!  The respect between two fighting game players that understand you must play at your full best.  We chose our characters, me with the sibling team Battler and Ange, and him with the “Oh you piece of fucking  shit you’re making me hate you” team of Dlanor and Ronove.

So, Dlnaor and Ronove.  Fuck them.  In Golden Fantasia’s meta, the combination of these two gives the player a pure defense  heavy team, as they’re consider to have the best defense in the game, and it doesn’t help that their already large health stack up with one another.  Yay.

And then we have  their godddamn synergy of their fucking skills. Jesus.  Dlanor’s skill is “Armor Boost”, which  does what it says on the tin.  It increases her and her ally’s defense by 50%. Ronove’s skill is Counter Boost, which increase damage from counter hits. Dlanor has great poking counter tools, and Ronove, who’s already a fucking walking brick wall can do stupid bullshit by having Dlanor’s Armor Boost on him.  It’s annoying.

So if you ever play this game I hope you enjoy fucking fighting a loli tank with a sword and a butler tank with a sexy mustache.  Because I did not for the first match.

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Dlanor of Golden Fantasia.  Overpowered loli tank of the game.

We’re playing, getting into the fight.  Tohya’s jamming to Jay Z’s “Dead Presidents 2”, which I “modded” into the game’s music soundtrack (I just simply replaced the audio track of Ange’s stage). During our first match of the game, I combo into  Battler’s grope special from his bread-and-button combo.  Tohya’s friend Battler (the Battler cosplayer who I also invited) made a funny in-fandom joke.

“Why is Battler trying to grope Dlanor?  There’s nothing there! Also, I wonder what happens if  he tried to grope Ange, his sister, with that move?”

 

I replied “Well, I’m pretty Ange would enjoy being groped by her own brother.  She has a pretty heavy brother complex.” We all laughed because it’s the truth.

(One of her in-game endings has her stepping and grinding her shoe on Battler’s head, demanding that he calls her “Mistress Ange” each time she spanks him.  See, that would be incredibly hot if it wasn’t her brother.  Maybe if the sub was either her friend Lucifer or best friend Mammon, then it’d be totally hot).

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And this is why she’s my Umineko waifu

We went on for a few more matches, and talked about how deep and fun the game is.  He also shared my hopes that MangaGamer’s English release will bring back interest to the series to the West, as we  are passionate about the Umineko series and want the community to strive once more.

Okay, enough of that heart felt sappy  side of me and my weeaboo longing for my favorite fanbase  to be revived.  You guys are here to read about my tales of debauchery and I promise to deliver!  As Tohya and I were finishing up some final matches, my boy “Bucket Wave” (fake named inspired by his love for vaporwave and bucket hats) came through with his giant Bluetooth speaker, lights, trees, and Whiskey!

Yea, it’s turn up party time!  It’s Friday night of ACEN and we’re getting fucked up.

Fair warning: The following is straight up pure debauchery.  Some debauchery I may have forgotten over the course of the aftermath of ACEN.  To remember some things from the ACEN weekend, the following paragraphs were written with me under the influence of alcohol pre-editing.   Took some shots of the reminder Martell I had and some UV Blue mixed with sprite while watching Otaku no Video (it’s a great OVA).  Hopefully it’ll give me drunken recall.

You’ve been warned.

 

Alright, so drunken memory recall did not work.  It only made me drunk.  Fuck it, here’s what I can recall from Friday night up until I had passed out around 5 in the morning the following Saturday (which was more of an exciting day).

 

Bucket Wave and I took some shots of  whiskey, waiting for my boys “Bowser”, “KW”, and “Yakuza” (he’s not an actual Yakuza, he’s a fan of the  Sega video game series) to come up and pre-game with us.  I owed Bowser some money for a blunt, Yakuza is an old internet friend of mines from the Persona group “Shin Megami Tensei Network” (who apparently members of said group were helping co-hosting the Persona orgy at ACEN) and I promised JW I’ll drink with him and do shots to help get us right for the night.

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Yakuza fanboy and myself

Following the whiskey and Hennessy shots (provided by Yakuza), Bucket Wave suggested we do some dabs off his wax pen.   Usually, dabs get me incredibly fucked up.  Like you ever seen the Truth Commercial with the girl “Sara” straight up melting into the couch, stoned the fuck outta her mind?  Yeah, that’s me off dabs.

Oh well, it’s Friday night of ACEN, and we’re getting fucked up at 9:00PM. I plan to be fucked up throughout the night. You think I’m just gonna  end with 3 shots of Hennessy, 3 shots of Whiskey, an alpha version of my Sailor Saturn cocktail, and hits of dabs?  Nah fuck that! We’re about to head to the smoker’s circle and smoke some blunts too!

The Smoker Circle is already bumping.  Nigga, there are half naked ravers and cosplayers walking about and shaking their asses and doing cool tricks with the raver sticks (I don’t know nor care about what they’re actually call), some young college-aged nerds doing keg stands (how the fuck did these white boys manager to sneak in a keg I dunno),   s a d b o y s sippin’ lean and listening to vaporwave, crazy cosplayers snorting Special K, and us smart niggas smoking trees and drinking alcohol because we are good noodles.

Fuck that lame ass rave. The Smoker’s Circle is where it at.

My crew settled at the little cut inside the stone pillar (the cut that has the door that leads into the maintenance center of the Hyatt) and sparked up a blunt.  Maybe two blunts?  I can’t remember, I should have made notes as I went along.  Just know  the kush was making me feel good along with whatever else I had in my system.  I get a message from my boy “Flash” asking if I was still pregaming and if I wanna kick it with “Bgod” (actual nickname) their crew.  Of course I’m down.

 

So, here’s a funny story about Flash and I.  Around pre ACEN 2015 (or 2014, can’t remember), me and Flash had an online beef.  I was doing my usual shitposting and trolling on the groups when I had went  after Flash. Flash got mad and wanted to meet up to fight in Chicago, so I could back up my “internet tough guy” talk in real life.  I was like “Alright.  I ain’t from Chicago, but meet up in ACEN wit that shit nigga”.
ACEN 2014 or 2015 came about.  I’m at my boy’s party smoking a Black and Mild on the balconey.  I spot a group of young cats breaking down trees, upset they forgot to grab a rillo (White Owls, Game, Zig-Zag, etc.) beforehand.   Me being the utter asshole I am, I gave them my last Black and Mild so they didn’t have to walk 20 minutes to the Moblie station for a rillo.

As I gave a random guy form the group a rillo he asks “Are you Ben Snow?”

“Yes.” I replied back.

“I’m Flash.  The guy who wants to fight you.  I didn’t know you were actually nice and chill in real life!  Sorry about that whole shit, it just that people love to run their mouths online around Chicago and not back it up in real life.”
This dude wasn’t an internet tough guy as I originally thought.  The dude was well built as well as looking like he can legit fight physically.  We talked about nerdy shit for about an hour and clicked well, and ended our online beef right there.    Back to the present,  I’m up in their place smoking one of my blunts with his crew, just chilling and talking about our own ACEN plans and trying to find more parties to kick it.  As we are trying to figure out our next move, something told me to check my phone.

‘Room 10xx.  Throwing a crazy party like last year.’

“Ayy, ‘Sid’ is throwing a party at his suite again this year. Let’s hit that up!” I suggested to everyone.  So Sid and his legendary parties he hosts at ACEN.  Oh man, holy hell! For the past five years I’ve known Sid and attending his parties, they always are so lit and wild.  There’s a 90% chance that it’ll get shut down by the police, hotel staff, and convention security because of noise complaints.  And I don’t mean his next door neighbors bitching.  I mean, the entire floor in which he host his parties tend to rant and bitch about the noise levels.   When you go to this man’s parties,  it’s standing room only. Good luck trying to find space to sit down and chill, because you won’t.

Well, time to go to one of the ACEN’s masters of lit parties.

 

As always, Sid’s party is packed and wild.   Even with him having a two story vast suite, the room is jammed with people.  Music and voices are sounding thunderous,  dominating all other noises. Do not try to speak over the music, you’ll lose. That’s how lit Sid’s party can be.

While chatting with people I know who’re already at the party, Sid comes up to me and we reunite for another night of alcoholic and drug fuled madness.   He jokingly tells me that he was hosting one of the many ACEN origies on the top floor, and that I should join in.  I laughed, and headed up there with Bucket.

There were people on the top floor, but no fucking.  One very small (perverted) part of me was low-key hoping there was an orgy going down.  However, I’m socially awkward and shy around people I do not know, so I wouldn’t get any action regardless.

Poor me I blame society and Christianity for making me like this. Especially Christianity

I’m on the top floor, talking to Bucket, drinking beers and what now when our friend came up to us. They’re clearly distressed, upset, and scared.  Something happened.  Something that pretty much made me want to fight.  Somebody who I thought was a friend did something to another friend of ours ( I won’t go into details because I don’t wanna stir up drama).

I was furious.  How could somebody who I called a “friend” for years could do this to another friend?  Nah, nah, nah, fuck this nigga, I’m killing him in front of all these people for what he did. How could you do that to a friend man? Before I lost wheatver  sense I had left, I decided to leave the party.  Alcohol+my temper+that bullshit =  me being arrested for murder.  Somebody in our crew suggested to go to one last party.  Good.  Because I can’t be here any longer.

My boy heard word about a VIP suite party going on in the Hyatt.  A VIP suite party must be banging as hell. I mean, it has the word “VIP” in it, so it must be a great party.  Let’s head there!  We get to the room, and it’s mostly dead.  I can’t really be too upset, it’s almost 3:30 in the morning, and most, if not all parties  were wrapping up.  There were a few stragglers partying about but nothing major really.  Eh, nothing is really going on here, the alcohol and weed is getting to me, and I’m tired as all hell.  I’m gonna head back to my room and past out.

I get near my room, and outside of it I see my friend “Goro” either getting in or out of his cosplay (Goro from Persona 5), I dun care, I just wanna past out (and finish this part of the story).  I get in our room and crash on the bed.

“4:00am?  Fuck, I’ve been out that long huh?  Fuck it, I’ll get up the morning and go to a few panels or something.”

Oh, Ben.  You’re cute.

Stay tune for Night 2! Wait, night 2?  You mean Day 2 right Ben?

Nope!

 

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THEORY: On the Source of Kale and Her “Legendary Super Saiyan” Power (Part 2)

In my last post,  I  explored  bullying as a possible source of Kale’s rage, which served as a catalyst for her faux “Legendary Super Saiyan” state.  Supported by theories such as her  shyness , timid nature, and socially withdrawn, I theorized that Kale may had been bullied in the past, and  bottled her anger of being bullied within her.  Bottled up until Cabba managed to enrage her, sending her over the edge, and triggering her transformation.  Caulifla managed to chill her friend out, telling her that she wasn’t into Cabba romantically (which Cabba  assumed was the source of Kale’s anger from his interactions with Caulifa).  Hearing this, Kale reverts to her normal state and passes out with a smile on her face.  Kale was pleased to know that the two weren’t that close and that her mentor respects her.  Maybe Kale likes Caulifa beyond that of a friendly relationship, and seeing Cabba and Caulfia all chummy with each other might had been the cause of her rage.

Is jealously the true link to Kale’s rage?  Let’s examine this theory!

In the previously episode, Kale is “spying” on Cabba training Cauifla to become a Super Saiyan.  She smiles when Caulifla snaps on Cabba for making her angry.  Kale becomes at awe, amazement ,and admiration  when Cauifla obtains Super Saiyan with ease.  Kale is impressed by her mentor’s achievement, but beats herself up as she states she could never be a Super Saiyan like her.  Later (in the following episode), Cabba and Caulifla are encouraging Kale how to become a Super Saiyan.  Cabba attempts first.  He focus his energy and displays the Super Saiyan form to Kale, who is completely unimpressed by his power.

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Caulifla encouraging Kale. 

When Caulifla shows Kale her Super Saiyan transformation, she starts blushing and flash a bashful smile towards her.  It’s clear that Kale is more impressed by Caulifla’s efforts.  Perhaps Kale has a secret gay crush on Caulifla or just really looks up to her.

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Either way, Kale has a strong interest towards Cauifla.  Too strong maybe, as Kale ggets rather jealous with Cabba and Caulifla’s interaction.   Kale assume that they’re too friendly just to be that close.    It’s possible that Kale gets jealous quick.  A little too jealous for the good of her friend’s sake, and her own sake.

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Kale: The Yandere

Kale’s jealously (and inner rage) hits maximum  when Cabba and Caulifla are trying their absolute damn best to help Kale tap into the power of the Super Saiyan.  After a barrage of insults by Cabba, Kale becomes agitated and discouraged.  She loses hope of becoming a Super Saiyan, telling Caulifla that she’ll never reach that level, and that she’s just an useless and pathetic excuse for a  Saiyan.  Cabba’s words triggered Kale’s emotional state, causing her power to soar. She loses control of all sense and self awareness and finally achieves the Super Saiyan transformation!  However, there’s something  quiet different about transformation compared to Cabba and Caulifla.

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Kale transform into a hulking monster, influcned by her rage and jealously.  She focus her attention towards  Cabba, and vows to make him her first victim.  She lunges at the man with furious anger, completely ignoring Caulifla, who seems to be pretty excited that her friend achieve a greater level of Super Saiyan.   As Cabba and Caulifla tries to combat against the berserk Kale,   Cabba theorized that Kale’s  rage is rooted in assuming that  Cabba and Cauifla were a bit wee too close to be just friends.

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Caulifla just scoffs at Cabba’s theory and tells Kale that she isn’t so cheap that she would be romantically involved with such a low class Saiyan like Cabba (ouch).  Kale hears this, and stops her attack.  Caulifla then praises Kale, admiring her superior power.  Kale calms down, reverts to her base form, loses consciousness, and falls towards earth. As Kale is falling , Caulifla rushes towards her, catching her in her arms.  Cauilfla praises her friend once more, smiling at her sweetly.  Despite her unconscious state, Kale herself wears a warm smile across her face , happy to know  that Caulifla and Cabba aren’t an item as she originally believed, and her mentor  lauding her power.

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With the examples provided, I can conclude that Kale’s initial transformation was inspired by her jealously towards Cabba. She assumed that Cabba was romantically close with Caulifla (whom I can  assume Kale may have a possible crush on).  In addition of Cabba’s insults and her own frustration of feeling useless and fear of failure, Kale unlocked her Super Saiyan form out of pure hatred, jealously, and rage.  Thankfully, with Cauilfla’s calm words of respect, and reassuring her that she does not like Cabba, Kale managed to snap out of her rage.

 

With that all said I hope you’ve enjoy reading my theories on Kale’s power as much as I’ve enjoyed analysiing and writing about it!  Stick around for more theories and thoughts on Dragon Ball and other anime series in the future!

 

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Otaku no Video: Tatake Otaking! – Lyrics Analysis

 

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Lyrical analysis of the theme song of the 1991 anime OVA Otaku no Video, “Tatake Otaking!” (Fight Otaking!) by Gainax.  Tatake Otaking describes the main character’s journey to become the king of all otakus, becoming whatever he desires, despite others telling him  he’s wrong to pursue his otaking dreams.

‘Over the endless wasteland
I run alone for all I am worth
embracing the hope
of an unseen world far away.’ 

When you start  the dream journey you’ll be alone on the path.  The  faraway world of your dreams unseen, but you must keep on pressing on.

It’s your dreams. Chase it, even if you can not yet see the end results of it.

‘The only thing I believe in is glowing passion.
I will be a raging inferno!
No one will be able to stop
my heart’s beat!’

Believe in your passion, it’s your main focus and at times, it’s the only thing that you can believe in.   Envision yourself as an unstoppable inferno, and do not allow anyone to attempt to put out your flames.  There will be people who’ll want to stop your shine.

Do not let them.  No matter what.

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‘One of these days, I will find out the truth of
love. Everything in this world will be mine.’

Love created from  the passion of the grind and hustle from chasing your dreams and you doing you.
This world can be yours if you put your mind to what you seek, and imply effort through actions.

Also, does the line “everything in this world will be mine” reminds you of a certain quote from an early 80s gangsta movie?

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‘We’re bound together by friendship.
It’s a thick bond.’

The otaku community, for the most part, is a close-knit one.  Our community is forged from many outcasts, shun by society for the common passion, which we all come together and support one another.  Naturally, (everlasting) friendships are created from this.

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Our little group has always been 
And always will until the end

‘I won’t let anyone block me!
(I won’t let anyone block me!)
I will go my own way!
(I will go my own way!)’

You can never allow anyone to stop you from achieving your dreams, no matter what.  On this hustle and dream path, there will be people who want you to steer off it.  They will attempt to  block your progress, or tell you shit like “Oh, you can’t do this.” Or “You’ll never make it.”

Fuck them.  Do you. If they ain’t paying your bills, fucking you, or feeding you, don’t let their opinions get to you.  Do you.  Do your own shit.

Besides, people like a man or a woman with her own path and goals, and can stay focus on them.

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People will hate and ridicule.  Fuck them.


‘Fight! Fight!
Fight! Fight!
Fight! Otaking! ‘

A possible reference to the original otaking himself, former Gainax president  (and company co-founder) Toshio Odka.

 

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‘I abandon the one I love and keep on running
believing in a shining future
and staking my dreams on it.’

On the hustlers  and dreamer path, you may have to abandon friends and family members who won’t support you and your dreams.  If you have people like that in your life, cut them out now.  They’re holding you back.  Keep running towards the shinning future you want in life.   

Ken Kubo (main character) had to abandon his girlfriend  off, who was on his case for being otaku and chasing his dreams.

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Hey, she doubted his shit, so he had to cut that bitch off like K Camp.

‘The sweat that soaks my T-shirt
is the medal of a man.

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Yeah no.

‘My tears won’t stop!
I won’t forget the beating
of my heart’s refrain!’ 

(It’s not that deep)

‘I will rise above the drifting time and be reborn.
The time will come someday when I
will be known as Otaku.’

(It’s not that deep)

‘I won’t let anyone block me!
(I won’t let anyone block me!)
I will go my own way!
(I will go my own way!)
Fight! Fight!
Fight! Fight!
Fight! Otaking’! 

(Already given my analysis on the hook)

‘I’ve thrown away
everything in my life.’

For some otaku, in order to become the ultimate otaku, they’ve thrown everything out from their lives.  Friends. Family. Work.  Everything just so they can invest in their passion and dreams.  (Although I personally wouldn’t recommend tossing love ones and a job aside just to watch anime all day)

In some cases, you may have to throw many things out of your life, so you can pursue a better life.

You have to be willing to give up something to get the real shit.

 

My goal is the world!
(My goal is the world!)
I’ll be the greatest man!
(I’ll be the greatest man!)
Fight! Fight!
Fight! Fight!
Fight! Otaking!

 

Going back to the “The world is yours!” mindset mentioned earlier.  People with drive and purpose want the world.  They want to be noticed by the world, and want everything within it.

Who’s world is this?
The world is yours Otaking.   The world is yours Otaqueen.

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Anime Central – Day 1 (Part 1)

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You know what’s awesome? Having a Hilton Hhonors membership.  A Gold tier membership at that.  I don’t have to pay for breakfast as a perk.  And goddammit, I need the early morning fuel.  Can’t make fun of weeaboos on an empty stomach ya know.  I mean, I could, but I’d pass out. I’d wind up in the  hospital or something . That’ll be an unfavorable position; giving the weeaboos and the ACEN community the power to make fun of my dumbass mistake.

Can’t have that.  No I cannot.

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If you knew how the kitchen in were the prep their food look, you wouldn’t wanna eat Hilton food. Just from personal experience. 🙂

I’ll spare you useless details about my breakfast and jump to me meeting up with my boy “Alan” at the Hyatt.

Alan is one of my closest and bestest friend in the whole wide big ass fucked up world we call planet Earth.  We’ve been buddies since high school (or about 13 years).  Honestly, he’s somebody I can call a brother.  Not a lover (I doubt his girlfriend would like that) but a brother.  Check out his blog and give him a follow.

Alright, fuck this sappy heartwarming bullshit.

Alan needed to use my room to prep for his cosplay.  There was time left before I had to check out from my Hilton room.  However, he wanted to get stoned first before working on it. I like his idea.  Smoke some trees and get right before we start the day.  Funny enough, my new homeboy “Bill” wanted to smoke as well!  Kill five birds with one stone.  I, and I alone, can perform such a feat because I am  Benjamin Snow the Greatest.

(I’m so full of it it’s not even funny)

As we waited for Bill’s arrival, an Incident Response Team (ACEN’s volunteer security team, or IRT) member approached me.  Goddammit.  It’s only a quarter to nine, and already, I’m in trouble.  And fuck, I must be in deep trouble.  Like I’ve done something illegal (not yet) trouble.

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ACEN’s  Jr. Rent-A-Cop Brigade: IRT  (Source: https://www.acen.org/about-us/volunteer/department-descriptions/)

“Are you Benjamin Snow?  I’m here to beat your ass for runnin’ your mouth online.”

 

I never imagined that somebody forreal  would take my offer to confront and fight me in real life. Honestly, I was shock.  I didn’t know how to respond.  As my mind process what I should do, he followed up with

“Nah, I’m just playing.  I’m Orion’s Belt, a Facebook friend of yours.”

Whew!  Okay, I don’t have to assault an IRT member today.  Not that I would actually do it any other time.  Perhaps I will in a few years down the road when I have mental breakdown phase due to my B-list celebrity status.

We spoke briefly about my online persona, refering to me as the (in)famous Benjamin Snow to his teammate. (I kinda sorta hate it when people say I’m famous in the convention scene because I’m really not). He praised my legendary trolling skills are (they’re nowhere near legendary).

Look, I get that that you, the  fans,  admire me  and everything, but please; stop calling me famous and legendary.

After exchanging farewells with Orion, Alan brought up that I have at least one IRT member in my network.  That’s something huh? Being somewhat known in the community, I have a personal IRT acknowledgement. May it be one guy, but still  my network is slowly becoming diversify.

Still waiting for Bill and wanting to pass time, Alan and I decided to create a cosplaying drinking for the convention. I think it’s a very easy game, take a shot for X cosplay Y series you spot at the convention.

The rules were as followed (taken from my original Facebook post):

‘ACEN COSPLAY DRINKING GAME. Take a shot for:

*Sailor Moon. Triple for Galaxia or Saturn or any evil Scouts. Take a Molly for a Molly (Naru) cosplayer.
*Dragon Ball. Triple for Merged Zamasu or outside of Z/GT
*Virgin Killer.
Wendy’s. 4x if they work at that place.
*Dragon Maid. Triple for male characters.
Attack on Titan. Triple for Titans. 
*Touhou. Triple for actual female cosplayers
*My Hero Acamedia
*Overwatch
*Final Fantasy 15
*Star Wars.
*Street Fighter
*Undertale
*Pokemon
*Rick and Morty. Nigga you may as well cosplay as Rick.
*Soul Eater
*Fate/Zero 5x for Saber cuz she’s the worse girl unlike Rin
*Disney’

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Yea, you might had well done this off my drinking game.

I, Benjamin Andrew Snow, do not claim responsibility for any idiots who may had die from this during ACEN. I’m just simply cleaning out the gene pool.  Following the creation of the game,  Bill finally arrived! About time nigga!  To the smokers’ circle we go!

Anime Cental’s infamous smokers’ circle. A grey and stone grey circular structure, divided into 4-6 separate “pocket” spaces .  It winds itself around Hyatt tower, supported by featureless pillars.  Early morning, it’s pretty mellow.  People tend to just chill, smoke, and drink coffee while reading the news, may it be old media (newspapers) or new (cellphones).

Nothing exciting happens around this time.   I like it like that. I like the peaceful mellowness of a morning smoke.

We encountered Alan’s friends in the circle, inside one of the smaller pockets, cut into the support pillar.  They  were pregaming since Wednesday night, and claim they had broke into the convention center late that night.  Jesus, maybe I should do that next year.  Day -1 drinking and partying. However, breaking into the convention center for fun and exploration? Nah. They’ll shoot my black ass.

Real shit tho, Day -1 sounds like a great idea for exploring Downtown Chicago.

Once Alan and I got our minds right off the demon grass and devil’s wax, we marched back inside to the Hyatt, meeting   up with two of our other friends. These  friends, I’ve known very well through a secret Facebook group chat.

Our friends “Miku” and “Scotch”.

Miku is rather well known throughout the ACEN community due to her shitposting efforts (her level of shitposting isn’t as superior as mine) and unfortunately, drawing in the (creepy) thirsty fucks towards her.  Thirsty fucks, she often has to reject on the daily.  People lack personal boundaries. She’s an all-around cool girl.

Scotch, as his name implies, is a huge fan of scotch liquor, and has an expansive knowledge of top shelf liquors (thanks to getting me hip on that $40 whiskey fam).  He does a commission work for cosplays.  He’s pretty short, and looks about 20 despite being 30.  That’s  dem Asian genes for ya.

Since Alan and I had most of our crew together, we decided to check into our respected Hyatt rooms.  However, our rooms weren’t ready yet. More sitting and  looking awkward stupid!  Go us!

Speaking of looking stupid,  get this;  I’m looking around my surroundings when I spot this dude with a red hat, white lettings, and a certain front and format.  You get where I’m going with this right?  No? Its okay readers, I didn’t expect you to get it.

I’m straight giving this white boy this vicious look.   Like, I can’t fuckin’ believe this alt-right edgelords are forreal wearing these hates at the cons.  Great.  Trump supporters at muh SJW left wing ACEN.   As I’m giving  the guy my infamous death stare of doom, Alan was like “Dude chill, it says ‘Make Konami Great Again!’.

Whoops.

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Build the wall around Kojima Productions

I want a hat like that now.  I mean, Konami will never be great again, but I want it! Granted, I would probably receive some strange looks, and black people coming up to me and asking me if I’m on some coon shit.  Ah well.  Thanks Trump. Thanks Obama. Seriously thanks a lot guys.

 

Since neither Alan nor my rooms were ready, Scotch requested if Miku and I could help in carry some drinks form his car into his room in exchange for beers and shots.  I’m down for free alcohol! Plus I was getting bored.

Look, if you want me to help you out, you gotta give me great shit. Alcohol.  Weed.  Food.  Money. Sexual favors (18+ only).  Or all five! I do not care!  Just pay me in alcohol and I’ll help ya out things for ya.

Well,  off we go! A black man, an Asian man, and a white chick together in harmony.  Racial unity at ACEN (sans my racist comments and jokes)!

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Labeled under: “Things that will never happen”.

A wistful tone  sat in as we walked thorugh the skybridge (it connets to multiple hotels and the convention center itself).  Years ago, the skybridge was decorated with creepy, disturbing surrealism paintings.  The hallway hosted eerie paintings;  humans starring you down and unsettling landscapes.  You felt at  unease walking through the humid corridors, questioning if the painitngs are watching you.  It wasn’t a great place to walk about intoxicated.

Today, the Hyatt’s skybridge is bland,  just like your sex life.

As we trek through skybridge, we caught a glance of the enewly located, enormous, and dully illuminated game room.  We didn’t see much of it, since Miku didn’t have her badge yet.

“I do not have my badge. I wish I could get inside, but I can only look.” Miku lamented.

“I wonder how many guys have said the same line about you.” Scotch replied in jest.

We all laughed at his diss towards Miku’s creepy fanboys. Poor Miku though.  Can’t imagine how she has to deal with the creepy dudes on the ACEN groups.  Seriously, ya niggas need to learn personal boundaries.

(By the way I’m totally stealing Scotch’s joke.  I’m getting rich off that one when I start my comedy tour in 2020.)

Eventually, we reached Scotch’s car, which surprising wasn’t a rice burner as I was expecting it to be(goddamit Ben). We grabbed the goods (cases of Monster, Root Beer, and Pepsi), and headed to his room.  Miku was struggling to carry the cases, due to her props and cosplay.  Some nice young, dude came along to help her out.  An extra party member to help us!   What a nice fellow!  He did depart after we got to his room. Kinda like in Final Fantasy 2 where the fourth party member is just a temp.

(In her words : “He probably saw a cute girl struggling, and wanted to help her out,  in hopes he’ll hook up.”  Something like that I don’t fucking remember.)

For my peerless efforts of the Great Soda Case March of 2017, Scotch rewards me with beers and a Bloody Mary!   Thank you, Scotch!  I needed the 1:00PM pregame, and an excuse to support my undying alcoholism.  Alright! Got my mind right for the day. Alan hits up my line, telling me that his room is ready. I end my mission with one last beer (for the time being), and proceed towards Alan’s room for a nice, warm shower.  Besides, I’d be a giant hypocrite for mocking unwashed weebs, yet I am unwashed myself.
As I  head back to the Hyatt lobby , my eyes caught an offensive sight.  Such a sight that will even  enraged even more the most chill person.
“Ya crackas are really this bold this year, huh?  Blackface? Really whiteboy?!”  I’m infuriated.   It’s 2017, and we still have people think it’s okay to wear blackface.

“This white boy is out in public, forreal in blackface.  This cracker’s really fuckin’ using blackface for his cosp- wait it’s actually a black guy with an obvious skin condition.  My lord I’m a piece of shit I need to stop doing this!”

Whew boy.  Ben, what is wrong with you today?  You know what, just go take your shower, because you need to wash away some shame, boy. Just go!

Alright!  I’ve arrived at Alan and his fiancé “Emerald” room at last!  Finally, I can take a shower, and after that,  belittle all the other weeaboos who refuse to!  They can’t say shit, because they smell like shit, and I won’t.  Besides,  I gotta smell good for all the fine ass kohai who want Benpai to notices them.  I can’t disappoint them at all.  Okay, maybe in bed, but that’s another story.

I gather my body wash and soap, hop in the shower, and got the Drake and Big Sean bumpin’ off the Bluetooth speaker.  Drake and Big Sean are my biggest motivators for the convention (besides making money), especially with their song “Blessings.”  I’m at ACEN for a goodtime and not a longtime. Get my networks right, make money off bartending the homeboy’s engagement party, have a cute, shy, quiet kohai get super happy I noticed her.

Hopefully one that’s  cosplaying as one of my waifus (Rin from fate/zero, Misato from Evangelion, Sailor Saturn from Sailor Moon, or Sabrina from Pokemon to name a many, many few)  take her back to my room, and fuck brains out from behind while she is in said waifu cosplay, moaning out my name in a hentai-like voice.

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Me (in white-face) and your bitches  I took at ACEN.

…A nigga can dream. Sigh.  My luck with women is low despite my confidence (I’m so oblivious to flirting my lord.)
‘K. Out of the shower Benji.  I get that you wanna be fresh and all, but that Irish Spring soap and bodywash gotta last you the entire weekend.  But hey!  Do you  smell fresh as fuck, Ben! I’m feeling good.  Finally, I can make fun of smelly weebs, and not be a hypocrite.  To the con floor!

 

Or not.  My phone start’s buzzing, the T-Moblie jingle plays off the speaker, and I pick up the phone.

“Eto…Moshi moshi.  Benyamin Yuki des.”  I answered in my most faux Japanese accent.

“What?” The hotel clerk responded.   “Mr. Snow, you’re room is now ready!  Please come by to pick up your room keys!”

“Arrigatou!”

“Please stop sir.  You’re not Japanese.”  The clerk hung up.

Damn.  I was hoping to impress her with my fake Japanese accent, and butchering of the language.  She sounded cute.  That what I get for trying to flirt with everyone, including hotel clerks. Well, my room’s ready. Adrian and I need to drop our shit off, so off I go.

I enter  the check-in line.  Thankfully, it’s short.  Good. The quicker I go through the line, and get into my room, the quicker I can make fun of nerds, to build my massive ego and arrogance up.  Alright, finally it’s my turn! .  I step up to the clerk, a cute woman with a purple wig.  Awesome!  Purple’s my favorite color! And hell, she sounded just like the woman whom I was failing to impress over the phone.  Maybe if she notice how handsome and fresh I am, she’ll be sworn by my fake Japanese.

“Hi!  I’m here to pick up my keys to my room!” I don’t know how to say that in Japanese, so I went for the English route instead.

“Here’s your keys Mr. Snow!  You’re in the Executive Wing rom 2432! Enjoy the con!”

She hands the key over to me and send me on my way.

Wait, did I hear her right?  Executive Wing!?  As in, the exclusive large rooms only reversed for the most balling of niggas? And I only paid low tier room pricing for it? Fuck yea, this is gonna be a great ACEN!  Let’s make it  greater by flexing on niggas on Facebook (even though I didn’t pay full price for the room, and I had to stack, invest, and save money for the convention with extreme discipline)

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I had to grind hard to bullshit you people.

Hooray for lying like I got it!

I’ve arrive at my room. It’s  slightly larger than the normal rooms. The room featured two queen size beds, a nice marble table, an Eazy-Boy type chair, and shelves.   Hey, at least the area is quiet; it’s not too far off from Alan’s room.  Plus, I don’t have to deal with the infamous congested elevators of the main wing.  I take this unexpected upgrade and it’s benefits!

My phone goes off again.  It’s Adrian. He informs me that Alan, Emerald, and he were off to some store I don’t care about, and that it’ll take them a while to get back. Oh.  I was hoping they’ll come with me to the liquor store. Guess I go myself. Back to theworld of weebs and normies.

I leave the building, ready to walk for twenty-four  minutes for booze.  Hold up! That black Nissan mini SUV parked out front with the Punisher logo on the back.  Don’t tell me that’s…nah.  That can’t be my boy “Punisher” (I’m running out of fake names to protect my friends).  Holy fuck, I can’t be that lucky!

“Hey Ben what’s up man!” Yes!  It’s my boy Punisher indeed! Cool country white guy from my home area.  Man, I really am lucking out this year.  If I can just throw him some gas money, I can totally not have to walk in the rain like a sad, lonely alcoholic nerd, and have him take me to the liquor store!

“Hey bro, could you take me to the liquor store?  I’ll throw in some gas money or something!”

“Sure man, I didn’t want you to walk in this rain in the first place!”

Thank god for great friends.

Back to Rosemont Liqour. Now, common sense would had  your boy  to get all, it not, most of my alcohol when Joe had took me up there the day before, but  I was waiting for extra money that I was owed to me from various people.  Plus, I didn’t wanna spend any cash I had in my bank from the other day (just in case ya know).

Time to go shopping!

I have a main quest, and two side quests.  The main quest  requires me  finding the indigents for an fishbowl-type drink Alan and Emerald requested me to make: Mermaid Water, a cocktail created by popular YouTube bartender “Tipsy Bartender”.

Here’s the details  of the drink from his website:

The Mermaid Water Cocktail is the type of drink that will have you asking if you ever feel like a pirate. If you want to feel the gentle breeze of the ocean punch you in the mouth, then this is a drink for you. It is basically a bunch of delicious alcohol mixed with delicious juice. The exact sort of thing that pirates need when crossing vast seas of water in search of various forms of plunder.

(source: http://www.tipsybartender.com/Mermaid+Water+Cocktail)

It’s not that deep.

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Jug of Mermaid Water  I made for my homeboy’s party.

Main quest easily completed, sans Punisher and I having  difficulties finding Blue Curacao (which was in front of us, just on a lower shelf).  Alright! Now onward to my first side question: the indigents to my new cocktail creation: Sailor Saturn.

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Pretty much how I describe my cocktail

[Sailor Saturn cocktail]

Prior to ACEN, I planned to create a cocktail based off the Sailor Scouts from the anime and manga series “Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon”.  I already made one based off my second favorite scout;  Sailor Mercury (UV Blue Vodka, Blueberry liqueur, Sprite. Might throw in Blue Cuacao next time I make it. BTW OC dough nut steel), so I figure why not make one  based off my first fictional crush favorite Sailor Scout of all time?

With the Sailor Saturn cocktail, I was thinking of going with aesthetic look; I needed either a purple colored liquor or liqueur to match her visual design. Next, I wanted to play off her powers of death and destruction, so I need liquors that represented destruction perfectly: 100 Proof Vodka and Hennessy.

(I was originally going to go with Everclear, but I also didn’t want niggas to think they’re a Solider of Destruction.  I get that Hennything is possible but I didn’t want people dying off my shit.  Ya can’t rebirth like Saturn)

Unfortunately (or fortunately), the store didn’t have 100 Proof vodka on stocked.  Goddammit.  But they had Hennessy!  Go me…or I would say that,  if I didn’t saw  Martell Cognac for under $27 (special deal), as opposed to the $40 of Henny.  Hennything is possible, including a discount on a competitor’s product! GO ME INDEED!  I love saving me money and acting like a cheap ass! Plus, I never tried Martell before.

You gotta try new things.  It’ll get you far.  Trust me.

Next, was finding a purple colored liqueur.  I  wanted Hpnotiq Harmoic, which is an uncommonly known version of the original Hpnotiq.  If you never had Harmoic, it’s congac, vodka, mixed berries, and I think lavender extracts.  The lavender (and possibly mixed berries) provides Harmoic it’s purple color, which would had been perfect for the Sailor Saturn cocktail. Sadly, they also did not carry that version.  Fuck.  Looks like Saturn won’t be destroying anyone soo- hey what’s that beautiful purple glowing bottle with the white swirls  liquor over there in the vodka aisle?

“Viniq? Oh wow, you’re so pretty.”

Yeah no, I’m using this for the cocktail.  If you do not know what Viniq is like, here are some details from the official website (please sponsor me Viniq I’ll be your spokesman for the alcoholic weeaboos niche):
‘Sweet refreshing, and glamorous, VINIQ’s purple shimmer cathes your eye before you hit your glass.  Bursting with peach, berry, and citrus flavors, it’s the perfect complement to any occasion’

(Source:  http://www.viniq.com/)

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(Viniq has mosacto wine infused with it,  but the website forgot to mention that. Thought I throw that lil tidbit in there)

Cool.  I’ll take it. Throw it in the basket with the rest of my booze and onwards to the second and final side mission: Dirty Princess Peach, a drink  I created at ACEN 2015.

Dirty Princess Peach, (as the name suggest), is named after Nintendo legendary princess, Peach. Ya know, the woman who has a thing for giant Koopa cocks, had both kidnapping and imprisonment fetishes, and enjoys wearing, and showing off her lacy thongs while playing Tennis.  There’s a reason why I’m calling her dirty.

I’m just going to post a link to the cocktail repiece below because I’m wasting time and I wanna get to the next scene asap.

[Dirty Princess Peach cocktail]

Alright, got everything I need for the weekend.  To the checkout line! Let me tell ya something; If you have a cart full of booze at the liquor store, you’re gonna get some looks and question.  No lie: I love this part.

“Are you guys planning  for a wedding party?”  One guy asked in the check out line.

“Nah.  Planning a party at a comic book convention.” I replied.

”Wait what?  Comic book convention?  Ya drink and party at those things?” The dude was bewildered.  I blew his mind, man!  I love it when people are surprise that us nerds party and drink heavy. I can’t lie; When I first got into the cosplay and convention scene, I was shocked that nerds drink, smoke, and party.  The revelation changed my entire point on view on the nerd community.

I legit enjoy explaining to non-nerds how there are after parties, and many crazy shit that goes down during the conventions.  Things that people would not associate nerds with.   It legit get people interested in what we do.

Hey, if I can change one person’s bias about our community, then I guess I’ve done some good.

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Collection of the alcohol and mixers for the party

After paying for our stuff, Punisher and I headed back to the Hyatt.  He had to go do something, so I was left alone with a heavy box of mixers and booze.  Fun.  I get to carry around a box of booze throughout the convention hotel with thousands of eyes on me like I’m 2pac.  All eyes on me.  Me and my box-‘o-debauchery!

Yes, I want all your attention!  Watch me be Mr. Stongman carrying this heavy box with no effo- okay  ouch there goes my back.  And my legs are cramping up.  Fuck I’m old.  Oh great!  Service carts!  This will be easy!  Just place this heavy ass box down and…

“Sir.  We are a full service hotel.  We have to carry your things for you.” An older black gentleman looks over at me as I attempted to lay my booze box on the cart.

‘Fuck.’ I thought to myself.  I don’t have cash to tip him, but this is super heavy. Oh well.

“I can help you carry your alcohol up to your room if need be.”

“Sure.” Sigh.  He’s gonna expect a tip, ain’t he? Don’t get me wrong, I tip service workers.  Just that I don’t have cash, and I’d feel like a piece of shit if I didn’t tip him.  I let him carry the cart through the hotel to a secret exclusive elevator for ballin’ niggas like myself (stay jealous).  We hit the elevator from the bottom floor to the main lobby.

“So, how much this all run ya?”
‘Make up a complete lie Ben.’

“About $230.”

‘Benjamin, you’re fucking stupid.  He’s gonna press you for a tip you know how this game works.’

“I see you got Martell .  That must have run ya .” Yep.  Here’s the begging ass nigga asking for a tip in a few. Sigh.  Broke niggas I swear.

“Yep.”  I just replied back.  Here we go.

We reached the main lobby.  He took me over to another attendant.  Before he took me over to him, he finally pop the question.  I’m the luckiest man in the world!
“So, you gonna tip me?” He begged.

‘Nigga.  What kinda bullshit is this?  If I was a white boy you wouldn’t be on this crabs-in-a-bucket shit.’

“Yea…where’s the ATM?”  He just points behind me towards the ATM.  I follow his finger  to the ATM, and withdrew a $20.  10 for him and his coworker, an older white gentleman.

“Ya got change?”  I asked.  The white attendant had change alright.  And by change I mean some bands.  Like 1s, 20s, a few 50s.  I take it he gets all the tips.  I doubt he’s on some begging shit. He gives me two 10s, allowing me to tip them both the 10.   The second attendant helps me to my room with the booze.

“Which room are you in?” He asked

“2432”. I replied back.

“Ahh, you must have a party room huh?  No wonder you have so much alcohol.

“Heh heh yeah!   I’m just having a smallish party with some friends, nothing major.” I replied with a sly smile. Boy, I’m helping my friends host a rager old man!

Back on the trek to my room!  We head to  another secret side elevator, pasting the mess of the overflowing elevators. An older white IRT lady caught a quick glance of my box-o’-debauchery, and gave me the most “I fucking parties like you” look I’ve ever received from a con staff.  I dunno if it just she was jealous she had to work all weekend, or she thinks I’m gonna get caught slippin’ with my party, but holy that bitter white woman death glare man!

Bitch you’re getting mad!  I’m having fun!

Finally, after that bullshit, we arrive at my room!  I thank the guy and we went our separate ways.   I pull out the Viniq first.  I want to taste this alluring, enticing, sparkling violet liquid.  I take a small shot.  My lord, the taste of Viniq is astonishing. Delicate and sweet like Hotaru Tomoe. And yet, destructive and dangerous like Sailor Saturn.

…My weeaboo ass just fucking compared alcohol to a fucking Japanese anime character. Whew lord I need Jesus.  Or another shot of this Viniq, this is good as fuck. Wait hold up, it’s almost 6:00PM. As much as I wanna get a little tipsy,  I gotta meet up with some very old friends from my first Anime Central.  My day ones from my first cosplay group: The Umineko and Higurashi cosplay group.

 

I’m gonna save that for the next post.  Eleven pages and nearly 4700 plus words is more than enough for night.  Day 1 will be split into two parts (with this being part one of course).  Stay tune in the future in which I take a short delicious food detour before meeting up with the Higurashi and Umineko cosplay group!  Following that, I will introduce ya to one of my favorite Chicago citizen and I’ll treat ya to my wild partying lifestyle! Oh and the part on how hard I really had to chill out before killing somebody who I thought was my friend.

 

All that, plus not that much more, next time! I’ll post a link the Part 2 once I am finish with it! Be good ya’ll!

 

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Anime Central – Day 0

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Ahh Anime Central.  Chicago’s ultimate otaku convention for partying and debauchery.  It’s a great convention to find hard drugs like coke and acid. There’s alcoholic beverages flowing  about.  Take a few shots for liquor courage to dick down  that Cecilia cosplayer!  Hey, Gotta celebrate Fire Emblem Gaiden’s  3DS remake somehow. There are also Persona orgies hosted by a kinky Shadow Rise cosplayer hunting down guys to run a train on her.   ACEN has the great shit for ya if you want it.

Oh yea, they have cosplaying nerds who ain’t fuckin each other in orgies and industry panels. That shit is boring. As an (somewhat) honest person, I’m gonna tell you what really goes down outside the panels and normal convention shit.  Autograph and photo sessions? Pfft. I rather waste time on my grind, writing passion, and networks. Why? So the anime and video game industry can notice my hardwork. I want to become lifelong friends with the niggas you stand in line for hours just to talk to them for twenty seconds out of your life.

Look, fuck all that lame boring shit that the average con attendees will tell.  I’m here to too you the  the real grimy shit.  You can trust me on keeping it real. I’m a real nigga.

Let’s start.

My friend “Adrian” (name changed because I’m the star and he’s not) and myself arrived in Chicago at 2:00pm Thursday afternoon after a long 10 hour trip from St. Louis via Amtrak.  You see, Amtrak was running a special deal. Riders will have to suffer through delays and constant route changes with no explanations!

Something about a fatal train derailment was thrown in, but we didn’t get that option.     Oh well.  Public transit is better than Amtrak. You don’t get that fine Chicago-style  piss smell on the Amtrak unlike Chicago’s CTA public transit.   CTA ride was nice, sans some homeless diabetic begging money for heroine.  Or was it insulin?  I dunno I don’t do (hard) drugs, and I’m not hip on the new and upcoming drug trends.

Following that  45 minute ride, we arrived at Rosemont, Il! Home of Anime Central.  Yes!  Finally I can make my grand announcement to my haters that the guy they secretly want to fuck but can’t has arrive!  The guy who they want to fight, but are too pussy to step up because they can’t carry their keyboards around.

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Me calling out the ACEN group’s internet tough guys who wanted to jump and fight me.  Never happened.

It’s me: Benjamin Snow.  I am the greatest otaku to have ever lived (one day I’ll snatch the Otaking title away from Toshio Okada) . I am the promised child of otaku culture niche, whom the prophets once warned the basement dwelling beta white cuck virgins weeaboos.   I am the main character of my haters’ lives.  I am the anti-hero protagonist of this tale.

I’m honored that you, the reader and haters, are focused on me. All eyes on me.

Adrian (I almost forgot about him) and I checked into our hotel, the Hilton, which is right across from the Hyatt, the main Anime Central hotel.  Hilton’s a nice hotel chain for lodging space.  Not a nice company to work for however unless you’re a masochist who hates their life.  Oh wait I forgot you ain’t supposed to talk shit about shitty companies you used to work for.  Actually, I take that back.  Hilton’s 3rd party contractors can be hit or miss.  Not the company itself.

Fuck you, Lodging Hospitality Management.

Grudges and come up revenge aside, my boy and I got a top floor room. We’re top tier men so we gotta be at the top.  After showering (not with Adrian, that’s pretty gay), I decided to head to the Hyatt to scan the place for anyone I know.  Encounter another homeboy, “Joe”.  Joe’s a cool guy who I really wish I could hang out with more often despite we live in the same city.  Big black guy  fighting game fan such as myself. After some small chat we decided to roll out to Rosemont Liquor, a super nice liquor store in Rosemont that you already know is gonna love the money they racked in from us alcoholic weeaboos.

Went in and brought a bottle of pineapple New Amsterdam, a pack of 312 Goose Island Wheat, and big boy beer: My first 12% beer in my life.  Trust me, drinking 12% beer is like smoking some fire ass kush after smoking that weak ass reggie for years on end.  Forgot the name of the beer but they’re not sponsoring me nor this blog, so it doesn’t matter.

Following, Joe and I drove back to my hotel.  During the drive, we spoke about fighting games, with Casual Player Neglect Fighter V being the main topic (Street Fighter 5) and how garbage it lowkey is. I brought up how for some reason despite not playing in months, I was able to beat my friendes who play nearly everyday with Karin.

 

Oh Capcom.  I hope one day, you guys figured out why nobody enjoy this game.

Joe dropped me off at my hotel, as he had prior plans with a friend.  Cool with me, given I had plans to kick it with another friend, “Vance”, and his Touhou cosplay crew at Hofbrauhaus.  I “met” Vance back at my first ACEN in 2013 as he was cosplaying as Momiji (from Mountain of Faith or whatever idunno I don’t play Touhou like that).  His outfit and the craftsmanship of it was amazing, and (at the time) Momiji cosplays were rather uncommon, so your boy had to take his pic.  I would not realized I met him at ACEN until later.

I officially met and hung out with Vance at Anime Crossroads 2013, at his Touhou Panel he was hosting.  We spoke about the series, our love for alcohol, and the convention scene in general.  We naturally clicked and overtime, he became a good con friend.  On some real shit, I wouldn’t mind being friends outside of cons with the dude…if I didn’t live in St. Louis but there’s always non-con traveling plans. Enough of my longing for networking with folks, to Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus’s food is amazing.  I could tell you the fantastic variety selection of dishes and drinks they have , but my black ass is too lazy to look up their menu online.  Settle with a picture of one of their dishes I that  cannot for the life of me pronounce.  I’m an American.  Not German.  We speak American in America.

After showcasing my quietness to people I don’t know outside my established friends in the group (I’m lowkey shy around strangers) and appropriating German culture (because I’m slightly racist), I  walked back to my hotel and holy fuck! It’s fucking cold and windy as fuck outside! You see, my dumbass thought it would had been a great idea to wear a light T-shirt and shorts earlier in the day, despite knowing the fact the tempts were dropping..

I’m pretty sure some folks saw me walking around shivering in shorts and a t-shirt and were like “This stupid ass nergo.”  Okay, I hope not.  Rosemont is mostly white people, and they don’t have the right to say Nergo. Kinda like how I don’t have the right to make racist jokes about the Germans in a German restaurant (inside my head of course). Das boot! Big titty thick Germans girls wearing those Dirndi dancing with giant beer mugs!  I swear I’m not racist towards Germans!

…fuck I’m racist.

I arrived back to my hotel to change into some warm clothes. Perhaps the harsh winds were karma for my inner-racism, but oh well. To help prove to myself I’m not a complete racist, I took up an offer to kick it with my white friend, “Beared Chibi-Usa” at ACEN’s infamous smoker’s circle.  Great source for debauchery.  And drugs!

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Bearded Chibi-Usa, as his name implies, is a guy who has a beard and cosplays as Chibi-Usa from the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon series.  Maybe he’s actually cosplaying an alternate timeline of Chibi-Usa, who is actually a female-to-male transgender, and they have a beard. Who fuckin’ knows.  All I know is that this man is cool ass businessman and has his own online advertisement company. Make that new money young nigga.
During our chill and smoking (tobacco) session, we overheard a rather interesting conversation between two guys talking about a stillborn dead ass baby.  So, this loud ass guy was broadcasting how he may or not had been cucked by his (ex?) girlfriend at the time, and how his girlfriend felt so bad about it that she let the guy have pity sex with him.  Like, raw dog busting all types of nuts inside the girl’s pussy pity sex with a creampie ending.

As we all know, sex makes babies. Sometimes, stillborn babies. Hey, that’s life.  Some win.  Some lose.

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Despite people giving this guy confused looks and laughing at him, he kept going with the damn story.  Bearded Chibi-Usa and I exchanged “what the fuck” looks and walked away, trying to contain our laughs to no anvil.  We needed to drink after that, man. That was too much for us and this was day zero.  A fuckin’ Thursday night.

People; keep your personal business about being a cuck with a stillborn baby to yourselves.  I will laugh at you.

To keep your mind off how much of a fucked up piece of shit person I am for laughing at that poor guy, let’s go back to a certain point of this story.  Remember how I told ya Beared Chibi-Usa is a businessman? Well, some non-nerd businessman got on my boy case for being him; a nerd.  I don’t remember much of the details due to the alcohol and drugs, but I recall him shutting their ass down, talking about how he’s a businessman himself and that his company has clients from the companies the non-nerds work for.

Needless to say, he shut their ass down.  Ya non-nerds should really let go of the stereotype of the broke basement nerd still in their parents’ basement. But hey, they’re old fucks.  They have about what? 20-30 years of life left, and us young folks are gonna take their jobs overtime. No big deal.

We settle back to my room and we spoke upon various topics, such as grime rap, weight lost, and business.  Grime rap.  My god, no wonder it has that name.  Angry.  Aggressive.  Blunt.  Take what you know about (real) hip-hop culture,  give it steroids and make it British.  No, not fucking high class sip tea and eat crumpets British.  I’m talking the low income, brutal lifestyle of the the British.  Rap battles taking place inside decaying buildings and under bridges. Harden street rappers going berserk with their personal attacks against rivals and enemies.   You got your feelings hurt?  Fuck you,  you’re a grime rapper. Suck it up.

 

No wonder my boy got me hip to this genre.  I can see myself bumping this type of music and applying the story behind the music in my writings. I get inspired easily ya know.  Speaking of, his talk about business, and how his networks pretty much inspired me to work on my grind, hustle, and brand.  Here’s a young dude around my age with his own company, out here making moves and great money. I’m sitting here listening about his work.  I’m like “man, if he can do it, so can I.” Granted, it takes hard work, dealing with self-doubts, and overcoming both haters and personal failures to reach what you want in life. This shit doesn’t come overnight.

 

I’m dragging this story with nonsense filler and I pretty sure you guys want me to talk more about partying and less about my sappy self being inspired.  A couple of more folks came over to pregame (who I won’t mention because my uncreative ass can’t come up with fake names).  I think we played the godawful broken Sailor Moon Super S fighting game on my laptop, as well as a real fighting game like Super Street Fighter 2.  I got bodied in both because alcohol. One of my friends noticed my Sailor Saturn sticker on my laptop and we had a nice chat about why we like and relate to her (socially awkward but love having few but very close friends).   Come to think about it, I honestly forgot what happened from between me light partying and when I woke up the next morning.

Fuck it, onto Day 1.  A day in which gave me more inspiration from dudes doing better than myself, an convention and hotel staff hating on my alcohol collection, and me having to control my temper to prevent killing somebody who I thought was a friend.

 

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So You Wanna Throw a Convention Hotel Room Party

Gotta love room parties.  Where else can you find a normally socially awkward  Uthena cosplayer  drunk off shots of Hennessy flirting with other women, a Future Trunks cosplayer high off coke that he snorted off a Hex Maniac cosplayer’s ass,  and two stoned Persona fans talk about who’s best girl(s) in Persona 5? (the answer: Tae and Ohya)

Yea, you could visit multiple room parties. That’s cool and all.  But, what is cooler is hosting your own room party.  You can become the source of otaku debauchery!  I’ll teach you how!

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Cosplaying nerds aren’t innocent.  Also this blog does NOT promote illegal drug usage. 

The Hotel

To host a room party, you obviously need a hotel room. Make you have booked a room. Location is key.  You want to host your party at the primary convention hotel.  Hosting at the secondary hotel isn’t bad either,  just as long as it’s not too far from the main hotel(s). Ain’t nobody gonna drive 20 minutes to your lame ass hotel party.  A suite, a large single king-size room, or two rooms that are linked are best choices for room partying (depending on how the size of the party you’re planning).

If the convention hotel has a dedicated floor/wing/etc. for parties, request a room on that floor.  Some hotels will move your room to the party floor for free, while others require an additional fee (around an extra $100 a night).

Anime Nebraskon (Omaha), Anime Midwest (Chicago),  Anime Weekend Atlanta (Atlanta), DragonCon (Altanta) , and Archon (St. Louis) are conventions that I’ve personally attended in which they have a select floor or wing for partying.

Hospitality

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If you were Rika from Higurashi you’d be an alcoholic too.

The job of a host is showing as much hospitality to your guests as possible.  Greet everyone with a smile.  Show them respect. Make them feel comfortable and welcomed.  This means cleaning the room hours before the party and throughout it, having liquor, juices, soda, food, and water available (which I will cover later). Talk to as many of your guests as possible. Be friendly.  Trust me, doing these things will net you repeat visitors for future parties.

Cleaning Supplies

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Spills and party fouls happen.  It’s  unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t clean up (plus, you don’t want cleaning fees on your bill). Cleaning supplies will help you in the long run, and plus, cleaning goes hand-in-hand with hospitality.

Here what you’ll need:

Trashbags: Hotel trashbags are small, weak, and will overflow quick.  You want something that’s heavy duty, like Hefty trashbags.  3-7  heavy duty trashbags should be more than enough for your party.  Tie a trashbag on the door handle for easy access for trash and waifus alike.

Paper Towels: Paper towels are godsend for messes.  Get something strong and absorbent like Brawny or Bounty.

Tip: Don’t use the hotel towels.  You’ll need them to dry yourself off , after you’ve washed off the shame of sleeping with that Black Lady (Sailor Moon) cosplayer after the party ended. You know,   the one who was way into character calling you “daddy” while you were raw dogging her from behind.

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Sleep with crazy. Don’t date crazy.

Dish Soap: For difficult stains. Plus the best dish soap smells good.

Disinfection Wipes: Great way to kill germs and reduce con pluage from unwashed, unhealthy virgin nerds.

Febreze:  Because people don’t fucking shower at conventions.

Having these simple cleaning products will help you in the long run. You don’t need everything on the list, but it’s useful to have at least trash bags, dish soap, febreze,  and paper towels on stand by.

Food and  Drinks:

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What’s a party without food or drinks? A rather boring one,  run by a host who’s most likely a freeloader, expecting others to bring things but not providing anything in exchange.  Nobody likes those type of people.  You gotta  have your own set of food and drinks at your party.

Here what you’ll need:

Alcohol (LEGAL DISCLAIMER: DO NOT SERVE ANYONE UNDER 21)

3 Bottles of plain Vodka
2 Bottles of  plain White Rum
2 Bottles of Dark Rum
1 bottle of tequila
1 bottle of gin
1 bottle of Triple Sec
1 bottle of Schnapps
1-3 bottles of Liquer (Peach, Sour Apple, Midori, coffee, etc.)
1 bottle of Rumchata
1 bottle/box or red wine
1 bottle/box or white wine
Case of beer (24-36 pack work best)
1-6 bottles of fruit flavored vodka/rum  (pineapple, mango, raspberry, etc.)
 

Juices:
Orange Juice
Pineapple Juice
Apple juice
Fruit Juice/Punch
Lemon/Lime juice
Cranberry Juice
Sweet and Sour Mix
Tonic

Sodas:
Coke
Lemon-Lime
Dr. Pepper
Ginger Ale
Root beer
Club soda

24-36 case of bottled water

On the food end, pizza and chicken wings work well.  You can order 1-3 pounds of wings and 5 boxes of cheap pizza for an entire party. Convince party goers to put in on the food.  Don’t let others mooch off your shit.

Promotion

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Nobody will come to your party if they’re unaware. You must promote it.  Create a Facebook event.  Speak to people at the convention.  Networking is key.  Now, if room partying is against hotel rules, keep it on the low.  Only tell a very select few people that you can trust.

Besides, you don’t want your party shut down because you let the wrong people in.

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Oh, this can happen too.  Don’t violate disturbing the peace laws.

Rules

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As a host, you gotta have rules.  Yeah, parties can be chaotic, that’s a given.  But you need to lay down some rules and have order to ensure a safe and happy party for you and your guests.

 

My general rules:

  1. Respect the host and host’s room
  2. Don’t be a creep and make others uncomfortable
  3. Don’t fuck/sleep on my/our bed
  4. Don’t steal. You steal you’re getting your ass beat and booted.
  5. Keep noise at a reasonable level to prevent noise complaints.
  6. No smoking unless it’s a smoking floor, 420 friendly hotel, etc. Also match me. I’ll match you too.
  7. No one under 21 (if serving alcohol)


Just simple universal rules that should work.  You can add your own rules for your party depending on the nature.

 

Hope these tips help! Feel free to apply them to your own parties.  Be safe and have fun this con season!  If you have any suggestions and advice, please post them in the comments section below!

Further Reading:
https://matadornetwork.com/nights/how-to-throw-a-secret-party-in-a-hotel-room/

http://www.betches.com/how-to-throw-a-hotel-party

Art Sources:

Second best Hotaru making terrible life choices:
http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=55182233

Featured image source:
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=929247

Sakuya cleaning:
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=40230929

Black Lady fanart (WARNING: NSFW wesbsite):
http://www.hentai-foundry.com/pictures/user/utilizator/165232

Gundam getting arrested:
https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=9441297

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Nerd Gatekeeping, Quizzing, and Understanding.

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We nerds are goofy.  You’d think that from experiencing rejection and exclusion  by non-nerds, we would be welcoming of our fellow nerds nerds.  But nah, we’re not.  Some indulge in repeating the same exclusion and rejection cycle they faced in the past to other nerds.  Elitist nerds will play the gate keeping game; allowing certain “real” nerds in their circle.

Others will quiz people who they deem fake; asking questions and checking if a person is knowledgeable to their personal level.  This essay will explore gate keeping, quizzing, and understanding the causality of such acts.

Gatekeeping is common, yet old practice, existing before the social media and nerd culture boom.  Gatekeeping is the act of not allowing certain people into the community; fearing that they’re fake, attention seeking fans (nerds blessed with good looks are often accused of being fake), or casual fans who don’t appreciate the source material.

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Example: Some Shin Megami Tensei (SMT) fans believe you’re not a real fan of the SMT series if you started out on Persona, or haven’t branched out to other games of the franchise.  Some hardcore SMT fans have belittle, mock, and excluded the newcomers; judging them for not starting or being interested with the archaic (but fun) early games such as SMT 2 or Megami Tensei.

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Elitists feel that to be a real fan, you must have outlandish amount of experience and knowledge before joining their ranks.  It’s really just their insecurities speaking.  They’re afraid of the inclusive.

But hey! What’s a great way to cope with your insecurities?  Showcasing your superior, yet unimportant knowledge by quizzing folks!  Elitists quiz others on topics that only the truly hardcore (virgin) nerd knows.  They’ll ask things like “Who was Akira Toriyama’s first editor”, or “What comic issue did Raven (Teen Titans) debut”?  It’s a test to prove you’re worthy to call yourself a real fan.   Honestly, it’s stupid and it makes you come off as an asshole.

You know some useless nerd trivial.  Congratulations.  Nobody is trying to play your quiz game. Nigga you ain’t Alex Trebek.

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It’s articles like these that make me an borderline alcoholic.

 

When compared to their male counterparts, female nerds are more likely to be subjected to quizzing.  These beta ass males can’t believe that women have nerdy hobbies and interests, so they gotta drill them to see if they’re not “fake”.

Oh, you’re a pretty girl at a comic book shop who takes care of her personal hygiene, rock a My Hero Academia snapback, and wear a Captain America shirt because you’re a legit fan of the comics before the movies because your dad passed down his Captain America comics to you?  If you’re a real Captain America fan, then name the main staff who worked on the June ’97 issue of Captain America!

Can’t answer?  You must be a fake nerd girl.  Girls don’t read comics!

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I mean, I get that these dudes are (probably) still mad about being bullied and rejected for being nerds by girls back in their high and middle school days, but let that shit go.  Don’t become the bully  fucking with a chick just because she’s a nerd and you assume she’s not a real fan. Go get help or something bruh.

While I do not agree with the gatekeeping, nerd checks, and quizzing, I can somewhat understand why they do such actions.   Nerds were/are ridiculed, bullied, and mock for their hobbies for decades.  Prior to the recent nerd boom, nerds weren’t accepted by the mainstream.  Having nerdy interests was considered weird; nobody wanted to fuck with you.  People were on  that “Oh I’m a nerd!” game,  only to play the real nerds and hurt them for being nerdy.

When you’ve been bullied and teased for your hobbies, you tend to be defensive.   It’s a shame that people are like this, but it happens.

Maybe if these elitists weren’t so hurt. Not saying what they’re doing is right though.

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We nerds are goofy.  You’d think we would be more welcoming of other nerds to our circle.  Sadly, with elitism, quizzing, and “nerd checking”, this isn’t the case in our community.  Quizzing and nerd checking may leave out some and expose “fake” nerds, but is it worth making newcomers feel excluded?

I can understand why the elitist do this due to ill experiences, however, you got to let go of the past.  Past experiences shouldn’t’ determine that everyone on that fake shit based off assumptions.

I would say it’s possible to end this but that would require humanity to end as well.

IMAGE SOURCES:
http://thomwade.tumblr.com

http://www.not-literally.com/2013/12/11/the-problem-with-true-fans/

https://www.wattpad.com/story/61718884-make-the-school-nerd-tears-fall

https://www.facebook.com/playarealsmtgame/

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The Narrative Themes of Sailor Moon S/Infinity (Analysis)

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I’m a huge fan of the Infinity arc of Sailor Moon. I  love it. It’s my favorite arc of the franchise and was my first exposure to the series.  The soundtrack is amazing, the characters are lovable, and there are a slew of amazing scenes.  It is just a wonderful addition to the lore of the Sailor Moon series.

However, I think one thing that some people may have overlooked about this arc is the theatrical and narrative themes.  I believe that if one were to analyze and break down the arc’s themes, they could gain a better appreciation for it.

Join me as I go in-depth in the themes of the Infinity Arc.  I hope that after reading this article, you’ll gain greater love for arguably the best arc of the series.

PART 1

Science and Technology

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‘Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.’

Ian Malcom – “Jurassic Park”

The theme of science and technology is one of the best things of the arc.  It’s a refreshing addition to the lore of the series.   While prior villains Queen Beryl and Wiseman were versed in magical arts, Infinity Arc villain Professor Tomoe used science and technology to combat against the Sailor Scouts’.

From genetically engineering superhumans such as the Witches 5 (manga and Crystal anime), transforming his own  daughter  into a cyborg, implanting himself with an alien egg, and constantly performing experiments, Tomoe had various tools of in his arsenal in relation to science.  I mean hell, the man was even blacklisted from the scientific community for his illegal and unethical experiments (manga and Crystal).

The brilliant Tomoe wasn’t alone in using science against the Scouts.  His assistant, Eudial had her own tool set as well.

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Toasty!!

Eudial (of the Witches 5) fought the Scouts using her own tools such as poison gas, a shotgun that exacted a victim’s Pure Heart, a flame thrower that even surpass the strength of the Sailor Scouts,  and perhaps her most dangerous tool; her wits and mind.

While she wasn’t a total genius like her superior, her  wisdom could not be ignored.  The woman even wrote a computer program that hunted down possible owners of pure hearts and the Holy Talismans. In addition, she built a super computer made from peach cans.  Hell, she even worked on dimension transporter device in her downtime.

Granted, she did realize there were fatal flaws with the device. Something that her hater I mean partner Mimete learned the hard way.  Boy did she learn the hard way.

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It was at this moment that she knew, she fucked up.

I can’t forget the more science fiction elements of Sailor Moon S.  The invasion of the Daimons  felt like something out of sci-fi movie; strange aliens from a foreign galaxy attempting to take the  world over,  using humans as their host.  Or whatever cheesy plot they thought of.

Even Mistress 9’s theme sounds like a track from a sci-fi film:

I wonder, was Naoko Takeuchi and the Toei writing staff were on a sci-fi kick during the development of the Infinity manga and anime arc? The sci-fi aesthesis are way obvious.   Cyberpunk and sci-fi culture were dominating and influential in the anime and manga culture of the early 90s. I would not be shocked if Naoko and Toei were influenced by the cyberpunk culuture for the arc.  In any case, the sci-fi elements were a breath of fresh air after compared to two anime season and manga arcs of magic and fantasy.  It brought something new to the series.

PART 2

Father and Daughter

Father, you left me but I never left you
I needed you, you didn’t need me
So I, I just gotta tell you
Goodbye, goodbye

– John Lennon “Mother”

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The father and daughter  narrative isn’t anything new in the series. You have Usagi and her pops, Kenji. Then we have Chibi-Usa, and her dad, Mamoru (and of course, Chibi-Usa’s dark persona Black Lady with  her Electra Complex with Mamoru).

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When he finally lets you call him “daddy”.

Those examples of fathers-and-daughters are stable. However, with the introduction of Hotaru,it broke the mold of the stable father/daughter relationship in Sailor Moon (excluding Rei and her dad, but that’s for another alcohol fuled writing)

The manga and the original anime continuity depict Hotaru and Souichi’s relationship in polar opposites.  To put it nicely, Souichi was a piece of shit to Hotaru in the manga.  The selfish asshole viewed his daughter’s injuries resulted from a fire in his lab as a blessing. Taking advantage of the newfound “blessings”, Souichi fitted Hotaru with cybernetic implants, as well as genetically modified her by infusing the kid with the egg of Daimon Mistress 9 (given to him by Master Pharaoh 90).  Souichi’s selfish actions, and his desire for revenge ruined not only Hotaru’s body, but her life as well.

Hotaru had some well… daddy issues.  She went off on her dad, frustrated with him for allowing Kaorinite  in their house.  She also moped about her dad being consistently away, focused on his research rather than her. Thus, Hotaru felt lonely.

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Just an average day in the Tomoe household.

It doesn’t help Souichi’s case that he only cared about Hotaru to awaken Mistress 9.  In addition, he only saw Hotaru as a science experiment, a perfect hybrid of cybernetic, genetic, and alien technology.   Yea, the dude saved his daughter’s life.  Yet, he only did it to make her into a living puppet.

Sometimes, family ain’t shit.

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There’s something else Kaori likes to suck up from her dad but this is a Christian run blog. There are h-doujins of these two online if you’re into that.

 

Back when I was a child 

Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me’

-Luther Vandross “Dance with my Father”

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When “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” goes horribly wrong.

When it comes to their relationship in the first anime, Hotaru and Souichi were close.  The two loved each other dearly.  Souichi gave up his freewill to Germatoid , in order to Hotaru’s life, who lost it in a lab explosion.  Souichi was supportive of Hotaru, always there for her and made the girl his number one priority.

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Despite not being his fault, Souichi regretted ruining Hotaru’s life.  In his defenese,  he wasn’t unaware that Germtoid made her a vessel for Mistress 9. Souichi even risked his own life to protect Hotaru, taking blows from Mistress 9 and attempted to restore his kid (Even though Mistress 9 used Hotaru’s voice to trick him and Sailor Moon).

While I’m on the subject on Mistress 9, I love the more sinister side of Hotaru and Souichi’s relationship; Germatoid and Mistress 9. Although indirect, they did have some interactions while under the possession of their alien overlords.

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It’s strange to think how opposite their relationship were when comparing the anime and manga. Souichi was willing to save Hotaru, even if it meant becoming a servant to Germatoid. While he was noble for doing so, it did spite him, as Hotaru would become Mistress 9’s vessel.  Souichi had enormous remorse for allowing Hotaru to be possessed, despite he knew it wasn’t his fault. Unfortunately his manga counterpart did not share that guilt.  He felt prideful about his actions, thinking of Hotaru as just a project and not his daughter.

PART 3

Conflict and Division

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Sailor Moon: Civil War

Why can’t we be friends?
Why can’t we be friends?
Why can’t we be friends?
Why can’t we be friends
?

-WAR “Why Can’t We Be Friends”

Most fictional team up will have their time of division and conflict.  The nWo splitting between the nWo Black/White and nWo  Black/Red,  the Avengers splitting up between Team Iron Man and Team Captain America,  and Spider-Man and Venom’s team splitting during the events of Maximum Carnage.   It’s bound to happen.

With the introduction of the Outer Scouts, and their goal of saving the world by any means, including sacrificing the wielders of the Pure Heart Crystal, the Inner Scouts will face their biggest problem yet: Inner conflict and division.   It doesn’t help that the problem increased  with Hotaru revealed as the Messiah of Destruction, but more on that later.

I love the clash between the two teams. Right from the jump, the Outers didn’t play with Usagi’s optimistic, idealistic views.  Hell, they flat out told her to stop being childish and selfish; bigger things were at stake.

Episode 21 of Infinity arc, “The Death of Uranus Neptune?!” expands on this:

Usagi is desperately pleading Haruka and Michiru to join forces with the Inner Scouts.   You can feel her emotions as she wants the pair to unite with her team.  Usagi wants nothing more but to unify her friends.  Despite Usagi positive attitude, Haruka snatches Usagi’s transformation brooch and  gives the girl a chilling warning:

“Don’t ever show yourself in front of us ever again…Sailor Moon.  Or else.”

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Haruka and Michiru ain’t playing games, even if it meant threatening to kill Usagi to save the world.

Speaking of killing, The Outers had no issue with wanting to kill a sickly 12-year-old child, Hotaru Tomoe, whom was confirmed to be the Messiah of Silence, Sailor Saturn.  The second Saturn awakens in Hotaru, the trio went on the attack, not caring if this was a damn kid.  They wanted her dead, for the sake of the great good.

By the way, Hotaru is the best friend of Chibi-Usa, who just happens to be the future daughter of  Usagi.  One of the Outer Senshi is Setsuna/Pluto, who just happens to be a second mother to Chibi-Usa.

So this whole “Kill Hotaru” thing was going to be fun for all parties involved, right?  Two group of allies and friends split into two opposing teams.  You have one team aiming to save the person because it wasn’t their fault that they are a puppet for the bad guy.  Then, you have the other team wanted to kill the person regardless.

Hell, even our heroes weren’t the only ones with team work issues. The Witches 5 (anime) weren’t too keen on sticking together. Mimete and Eudial had their beef with one another.  In Eudial’s defense,  Mimete was a complete and jealous idiot who wasn’t  shit.  Their beef escalated to life-ending heights, with Mimete destroying the break system in Eudial’s station wagon, leading her to a watery death.

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Mimete’s petty shit starting would catch up to her, leading to her own death at the hands of another member of the Witches 5, Tellu.  You see, Mimete thought she was slick, calling up Tellu and pretending to be Professor Tomoe (using a voice changer), reliving Tellu of her duties.  All so she could could take Tellu’s spot in the upcoming mission.

Tellu wasn’t playing that shit.  Boy, she wasn’t playing that shit.

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Man, it’s such a damn shame that even the bad guys, who are supposed to work together in order to defeat the good guys, are beefing.

Teamwork makes the dream work but not with these fools…

 

PART 4

Messiahs

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‘The time has come
O Messiah.  O Messiahs.’
Dragon Ball Z Soundtrack “Day of Destiny – Spirit vs. Spirit”

Messiah of Creation.  Messiah of Destruction. They’re like ying and yang; one can’t exist without the other.  Sailor Moon is the fabled as the messiah; the one whom will bring hope and salvation against the taboo messiah of destruction and death; Sailor Saturn.

We are introduced to the Messiah of Destruction in Rei’s horrifying premonition.   The world is frozen, painted in red.  Rei, (the only person who isn’t frozen), spots a destruction force of light and energy approaching.  It’s dreadful.  As Rei is violently pushed back by the energy, a light shines behind her.  She turns to it and in despair ask is it the Messiah.

The light ignores her cry.  Rei can only watch as the darkness consumes her allies the world. Never get your hopes up, children.

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As the series progress, additional information of the Messiah of Destruction are presented.  In episode 30 of S, we are revisited by Rei’s nightmare.  This time,  there’s a feminine figure with a scythe (hmm…), standing on a cliff menacingly, illumined in a bright white light.  Rei’s vision ends with the figure violently descending towards Rei, bringing her scythe down on the girl ending with blood splatter.

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Rei awakens, recalling the dream.  She notices the figure has a recognizable face, but quite can’t put her finger on who it is.  It’s totally not Hotaru as Sailor Saturn who’s the malevolent messiah.   Trust me; I have never misled people on the internet.

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Not Hotaru.

As for the true Messiah, she is hinted as Sailor Moon. After Neptune’s death, and the revelation of the two being the Talimans wielders, Uranus questions the Messiah.  She asks their deaths were divine punishment for their crimes of their mission.   In her despair, she envisioned the messiah, whom in actuality is an untransformed Usagi.

Usagi envisioned as the messiah is fitting.  Time and time again, Usagi is willing to put her own life on the line for both the world, and her loved ones.  Usagi even risked her life to save Uranus, the same person who threatened her earlier in the episode.

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When the Outers tried to kill Hotaru, Usagi pushed the girl out of the way of a combine energy blast that may had otherwise killed her.  Usagi defends her new friend, stating that it’s not her fault that she is Saturn, and that she shouldn’t have to die.

Usagi still had the drive to protect Hotaru, even after her transformation to Mistress 9. Usagi took an energy blast from Pharaoh 90 head on, (who attempted to kill Mistress 9).  Before that, Usagi attempted to restore Hotaru back to normal by giving her the Holy Grail.  Granted, it was a trick from Mistress 9 (who was using Hotaru’s voice) to manipulate Usagi into giving her the Grail.

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Finally, Usagi tried to save Hotaru (as Saturn), who jumped into the core of Pharoh 90 to kill him and save the world.  Despite being warned by Saturn that she may not survive inside Pharoh 90, Usagi still went in. While Usagi “failed” to save Hotaru, who had  died using her destruction powers,   Usagi managed to recover a reincarnated, newly born Hotaru.

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By the way, did you notice that both Saturn and Moon were introduced as messiahs at right around the same time? It’s like both the Toei writing staff and Takeuchi knew how to directed these two  to meet at the end of the arc. It gives a sense of duality with Saturn, being the Messiah of Destruction, the one who would end the world, and Sailor Moon, the Messiah of Creation, the one who will save it.  Of course however,  Sailor Saturn became the savoir of the world, sacrificing her life in the progress.

‘If you have feelings for other people…anyone can be a messiah.”

-Hotaru Tomoe
Sailor Moon S Episode 36

PART 5

Sacrifice

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‘Logic dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…or the one’

-Spock
Star Trek

The narrative theme of sacrifice returns in Sailor Moon Infinity and boy, do they shove it down our throats.  From Uranus and Neptune’s willingness to sacrifice the live of pure heart owners, to the two losing their own lives to ensure the world’s protection, to Profressor Tomoe surrendering  his freewill to save Hotaru in the anime, to  Hotaru herself  giving up her life to save the world, sacrifice plays a huge role in Infinity.

As previously mentioned, Uranus and Neptune’s prime objective was to track down the Holy Talismans, sealed within three Pure Hearts.   The Three Holy Talismans (The Mirror, The Sword, and The Garnet Orb) were tools to summoning The Holy Grail (or Sailor Saturn in the manga/Crystal anime).  Once summoned, the true Messiah will use the Grail’s everlasting power to stop the threating silence and Messiah of Destruction.  However, in order to unseal the Holy Talismans, the Pure Heart owners had to be sacrificed.

As time went on, Uranus and Neptune were revealed to be the wielders of two Talismans (by Eudial). Upon her death, Neptune ‘s Pure Heart transformed to the Deep Aqua Mirror. Once Uranus realized she too held a Pure Heart, she took her own life to exact it, in hopes that Usagi will use the Talismans to summon the Holy Grail and save the world.

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(Of course Uranus and Neptune were brought back to life, so their sacrifices were somewhat meaningless.)

After concluding that Hotaru was Sailor Saturn, the Outer  Scouts decided they needed to kill her in order to prevent the world’s destruction from Saturn.  Take an innocent girl’s life to save countless others.

It’s heavy, isn’t it?

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I do find this funny:  the Outer Scouts wanted to sacrifice Hotaru  life.  The Inner Scouts were all gung-ho against it.  Despite the conflicted groups’ back-and-forth aguring,  Hotaru ‘s life was still sacrificed.  Just not in the way anyone expected.  After Hotaru accepts that she is Sailor Saturn, she jumps into the core of Pharaoh 90, and destroys him, killing herself in the progress, but saving the world and her friends (and of course her father in the first anime).

While sacrifice was always a theme prior and after, I love how it’s portrayed in the Infinity Arc.  It wasn’t just about Usagi, or the other Scouts putting their own lives on the line. Others may have their own life sacrifice if needed be.   Eventually, one life was taken to save the lives of countless others.  This arc did brought up the ethics of sacrifice. It is like to to say is if really okay to (unwilling) sacrifice one person’s life to save the lives of others.

Conclusion

Sailor Moon S/Infinity is my most beloved and favorite of the series.  The narrative themes oof this arc made it interesting and analyzing the themes makes it a renewing experience.  The Science and Technology theme was refreshing in a magic based series. The paralles of the father-daughter relationship of Hotaru and Souichi from the anime and manga were conflciting,  The Outer Senshi brought in something that the Inner Scouts never dealt with in the past: division and in-fighting.  The Messiahs gave the arc a near  religious side to the series.  Finally,  the sacrifice theme presented the issue of is it ethic to take a life of a person to others.

On the surface Sailor Moon S appears to be that of a simple shoujo magical girl series but once you dig into the narrative themes with an analytical mindset you’ll uncover that there are hidden meanings behind this excellent arc.
I hope with this in-depth look of the themes of S you have gained a better apperication for the season as much as I have.  Thank you for taking the time out of your life to read this article.

Thanks to everyone who supported and believed in me.  Thank you so much.

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Digibro – Oh Shit…

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“Holy shit!  This is gonna be good!  My lord, this is gonna start some shit within the community!  Can’t wait to get home to watch this shit!”

Just shitalkin other anime youtubers for like half an hour, oh god what have I done’.

As soon as I saw the title of the ever controversial Digibro’s video, I knew I had to hurry up with my work, get home, and watch it.  I could had play the video on my phone while at work, but something of this caliber needed to be experienced a larger screen to be  great detail.

Plus I can’t drink at the job so there’s that.

“Oh fuck, who pissed off this nigga this time? Who is he gonna go in on this time?”
Digibro’s rant videos are like special events for me.   There just this feeling that know there’s gonna be some backlash and butthurt off of his  drunkenly brutal honestly.  It’s a fun time for the anime community.

 

Right off the bat he’s going off on niggas with bravdo.  My dude is straight up telling these cats that  they suck and their videos are garbage.  He ain’t being subtle with disdain either.  He’s name droppin’ like crazy; Mother’s Basement.  AnimeEverday RCAnime.  The Canibal Effect.  My dude  Digi out here callin’ folks out on their “flaws”,
negative” points of their content, and overall “lack” of quailty  This dude doesn’t’ care  and I love it.

He’s like the weeaboo Tupac.

(It is dishearting to hear him talk shit about anime youtubers I do enjoy. I can’t even lie because the people he name dropped do have great content. )

“Oh shit! Oh shit! Oh shit!  Is he trying to start beef with these guys?  Does he want the rest of the community to hate him?  I mean, he already got haters so why not more?  More haters and drama make the world go round!  Haters are motivation!”

As I predicted, the community was shaken up by this.  For the past 72 hours since his rant,  people on both sides have given their views and expressed their feelings.  Some are understanding upset by his words while others are supportive of his rally call to improve the community.  I’m in the middle but I’m learning towards supporting him.

Personally, I don’t think he should have called niggas out and their works like how he did.  But sometimes, you just have to be that guy.  The bad guy; like Scarface.   I mean forreal the liquor was flowin’ in him and certain substance make you tell the truth without a filter.

I do feel Digibro on his stance on the community.  Some people aren’t reaching out to one another and helping folks come up and improve.  People are putting out the same old bullshit and there ain’t much diversity.  It sucks.

Maybe I’m somebody who is way too optimistic for my own good  but I love it when people help each other. We need more diverse content from all range. I want to see this community improve and grow.  I may not be as harsh and brutal about it as Digibro was in his video, but I’ll be direct and blunt.

If I see a flaw in one’s works, I’m going to try to help that person out because I like seeing people improve.   I feel that people should strive to do better in their craft.  I don’t mind it myself when others tell me the areas I need that I need to improve on.  I welcome it.

Also, tell me that I suck and that I’ll never get better.  Not because you wanna feel better about your miserable life but because I’ll prove you wrong one day, work my ass off fixing my flaws, and come up.  Thus so when I come up and fix my weaknesses I can make you angry that I stop sucking. ❤

But that’s just my good ol’ pride talking shit!

What I’m trying to gain from Digibro’s controversial video is the sense of the community helping one another.  We all in this together ya know?  We all want to be successful and we want others as well.  I mean fuck, my homeboys and I are almost always on each other asses on our goals and passion, checkin’ one another and telling each other if they’re doing something wrong, how to correct it.

But that’s just me.

‘The question everybody wants to know is why they got this nigga started?’

-Reporter (Tupac – Bomb First)

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