Tag Archives: Japan

Did I mention I’m a Pokedork?

8 May
Dude.  This Pokémon arcade game gives you poke-tokens made of win.

Take all my moniez!

As part of my Nintendorkery, I also play Pokémon.  I am very far behind, and don’t have any friends, so I don’t get all the evolutions.  I played with my sister and always tried to use sleep on hers during battles. It was kind of a cheat, but I always wanted to win. Don’t all kids?

Anyways, there’s this new prototype Japanese Pokémon Tretta arcade game which I really, really hope does come out in July.  Not only can you play Pokémon on it, but every time you catch one, you get their token (Tretta)!  Then you use the tokens to recall Pokémon if you play at a later time!  I hope they also give you new tokens on evolution. I am so gotta catch ’em all and want the tokens. All of them.  Would I eBay for them? Mayyyybe, if it was Corsola, my ultimate favourite Pokémon!

What’s your favourite pocket monster?  Do you want to be my DS buddy? (No, I don’t have a 3DS tho…)
 

DistrictGeek’s post-Otakon Report 2011, Part II!

16 Aug

And now, part two of my Otakon 2011 venture! (Otakon 2011 Part I is here)

EAR! OMNOMNOM!

Saturday

Brookshire suites has a Shark Mascot and a free buffet breakfast which drew me in.  After our impromptu photo shoot, I wolfed down some grease and spent the day in my Gatomon (Digimon) costume.  Predictably, the first thing I did back at the con was to queue once more.  This time it was for a Baby, The Stars Shine Bright (BTSSB) and Alice and the Pirates fashion show, which featured Japanese Lolita fashion.  I met more local Lolis there, and they convinced me that Lolita is a branch of costuming that I would like to venture down.

I then made time in my schedule to visit the dealers hall by skipping the showing of Trigun: Badlands Rumble.  Afterwards, I joined in a fur-meet (to show off my catgirl outfit) and visited a Lolita clothing swap.  It was at that point that I realized I hadn’t eaten in eight hours.  I dashed off to my hotel for a bite and then it was back to queue for the US Premiere of Fullmetal Alchemist: the Sacred Star of Milos.  In contrast to Shamballa, this movie was exciting, fit well with FMA: Brotherhood, and cued a lot of insane cheering when certain well-loved characters appeared.  The action, though repetitive (and becoming a lot like Harry Potter) was exciting and gory.  I would highly recommend seeing it when Funimation releases it to US theatres.

(For those interested, a good SPOILER-full review of Otakon FMA Milos is here.)

The Masquerade literally fills the lower level of Baltimore’s sports arena as costumed otaku hold their talent show.  This event can be awesome, but also sometimes awful.  Hence, I allowed it to pass without me.  Instead I decided to hit the rave again.
At 10pm I queued for a Midnight Burlesque show.  It was a packed house; the combination of anime cosplay and a peep show was distinctive and worth the wait.
Sunday
The final morning of Otakon always has a bit of a slower pace, and the halls are lined with people wanting hugs.  There are still panels and a replay of the Anime Music Video contest, but I managed to miss everything either because the venue was full (damn thinking I didn’t need to queue Sunday!) and picking up my art from the show.  I sold 6 of 9 pieces, at a net loss of $10, but I found it an educational experience for my first entry.  I then got sucked into the art auction, where the most successful pieces in the art show were sold.  To the chagrin of many competing otaku, I kept my hand up for one piece.  Now, I have a Catbus Sleeping on telephone wires above my bed.

Mineeee<3333333

I made my way out at 1pm, with the auction still in full swing.  It’s always a bit of a downer to go, but as I looked back at all that I saw and did, all who I met and how much money I spent, and I was content.  I did all I wanted to and started some great friendships which I hope will continue.  One unique thing about conventions is that even if you only ever see your con buddies the following year, you still know that you’ll have some great people to hang out with next time.  In the meantime, the interwebz is always here.

Shoe WIN /FashionWeek

2 May

Super. Mario. Converse.

Super Mario 8-bit 25 Anniversary Nintendo Converse

I read on bradchannel that Converse Japan and Nintendo will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Super Mario by making it into a Chuck Taylor shoe.   There will be shoes in white and black, high-top only, with the invincibility star in place of the traditional All-Stars logo.  It looks way too adorable!   Also, Mario is in four poses, all from his 8-bit days.

The sad news is, it’s only for Japan at this point.  I’m wondering if it’s worth staking out an eBay search for these babies or not.  Either way, I hope that a sticker/patch of the star logo shows up, because that would look rockin’ on my bag.