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On this episode of Damn Right Everything Anime & Manga we e are taking a little detour and are heading east to the motherland of our beloved mediums of anime and manga JAPAN!

Today we have a very special guest of honour who joins me on the mic to discuss a wondrous 11 day trip to Japan that happened back in 2009

You may remember this young fellow as the gentleman who defended and clarified the many interesting aspects of the Brony Subculture in the presence of Spill.com podcasters Korey Coleman and Leon on the ACOCO podcast last August *LINK PLUG*

Kimono Joe is his name and everything in geek subculture is his game.

It was a pleasure to share the mic with this humble young man and on this episode he gladly divulges his goings in the anime motherland.

To name just a few things discussed….

Japanese food / landscape, Temples, The manga museum, Wakfu, Otaku Shopping, travelling etiquette, Jiro, traditional hot springs, unpleasant travelling companions and generally some advice for people who may be thinking about going to Japan for the first time….to name a few topics

Joe has also been kind enough to share his youtube picture slideshow

And as mentioned on the podcast Joe is looking for some constructive criticism on his growing artwork so hit him up on his deviant art page below….as well as his other social channels’

Catch Joe @ FACEBOOKDEVIANTARTSPILL PROFILE

Again, thanks for coming aboard Joe, hope to have you on again in future episodes

Dewa mata'

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GUNDAM STYLE BOYYEE

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Now I should say for the record I did actually want my two guests from this and last week on at the same time to discuss their journeys in Japan on a single episode but each had so much to offer I decided to split this into two separate podcasts and it’s certainly clear to me after this episode…..that was a damn good idea

Most of y’all know I have been waiting a good LONG TIME to have M Habib Rahman on the podcast in general, well today he is going to share his experience with us on HIS trip to Japan which for the record is not quite the same adventure as Kimono-Joe’s from our last episode.

As you’ll soon find out Habib is a BEAST on the mic and on this ep he gives us an extremely comprehensive look at his dealings in Japan. LOL I really could have called this episode “OTAKU UNLEASHED” cuz this dude really went all out…..I find myself jealous just listening to Hab go on about such things as

The Tokyo Game Show, Maid Cafes, Akihabara, Mandarake, Muv-Luv, Otaku Shopping, The Resident Evil Bar, The Gundam Bar, The Capcom Bar, Star driver, More shrineing / sightseeing and a WHOLE LOT MORE…..including some quick chatter on the FATE franchise near the end of the cast.

ALSO...

I implore you guys to check out these AWESOME blog write ups by Nick Tapalansky of AnimeVice.com which cover EVEN MORE ground on travelling to Japan…AWESOMENESS

Real Japanese Cuisine for the Traveling Anime Fan

A Photologue of Nerdy Japan!

It's Not So Fun to be an American Otaku in Japan?

Golly, between this episode, the previous episode and the before-mentioned blog write ups how can anyone not want to check out Japan… be you Otaku or otherwise.

Personally I’m revved up to go to Japan myself

Thanks again to my guest’s – M Habib Rahman & Kimono Joe for the insights.

YOU CAN CHECK OUT ALL OF HABIB'S JAPAN PICS ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE WHICH WILL HAVE THE PHOTO ALBUM PUBLIC FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR SO (LATE-JAN 2013)

And that’s all folks…next time…business as usual

I’m Out…One love…Peace….and….Sayonara!

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“You guys are doing another podcast about Japan?!?

Oh yeah baby…we certainly are but not only will this be our final look into the Anime motherland but on this particular episode we are speaking to a young lady who actually LIVED thre for three years….unlike our two previous guest

That’s right folks…today we have the lovely and dedicated YouTuber CAFFINEJedi on to give us the female perspective and a more in depth look at what it actually takes to set roots down and actually live in Japan

CJ has already chronicled he experiences pretty thoroughly on her own YT channel but I’d thought it would be cool to talk to her and get an overview of sorts on what it was like to live there

ALSO

More recently CJ has started to make a more professional move into the world of professional film and media creation, so we also talk about her upcoming web series and future endeavors

* TOPICS MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE *

How a westerner can make a move to live in Japan, Making friends, Japanese Food Healthy?, J-COPS, The Japanese dentist, Dating in Japan, Love Hotels, Being a gaijin, Common misconceptions, De-fantasizing Japan, Thoughts on Hentai, The Ramen Girl, Sexless Japanese Men?, J-Girls, Climbing Mount Fuji and a whole lot more

A Few Other Cool Japan Video’s By CJ

What Japan Taught Me About Fashion

Japanese DMV

Japan Q&A

My Favorite Things About Japan (In Song)

Again, I want to give out a big thank you to our guest this episode CAFFINEJedi

Catch her on: YOUTUBE - TWITTER - FACEBOOK

And as usual folks - Thanks for listening!

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Welcome to the first entry of Japan Uncut! This series is a supplement to Japan: The Series. Videos with the "Japan Uncut" label are videos that were either too long or too shaky to include in the main series.

This video takes place on July 17th, 2010, as my brother and I explore our first Japanese arcade: Akihabara's SEGA GiGO complex. Knowing I wasn't supposed to be filming, I kept the camera at my side, resulting in the footage being very shaky. I've done everything I can to stabilize the image as much as possible, but I understand and apologize if it's not enough. I thought that some might want to see what the inside of one of these places looks like, however, so I decided to upload the video we shot in its entirety.

SEGA GiGO is a six-story complex full of arcade machines, claw games, and capsule dispensers. The first couple of floors are filled with these last two, where players can win trinkets, figurines, stuffed toys, and body pillows of various anime characters, with the music of Hatsune Miku nearly drowning out whatever sounds these machines would make. The third floor and up are where the actual arcade games began. (I have a detailed list of the machines at the bottom of this post.)

It was the third floor where I discovered Pokémon Battrio, the first Pokémon arcade game ever made. I didn't even know it existed (I had to create its wiki page on Giant Bomb) and decided to make it my first Japanese arcade game. And for my first time playing an arcade game in a language I didn't know, I didn't do too bad! I actually won a match, somehow, and it wasn't until reading about the game later that I realized just how clueless I was. It turns out there are pog-like items that you purchase separately and then position on the grids near the buttons (I was wondering what they were for...) and a bunch of other mechanics I had no hope of figuring out. It was at this machine where a nice Japanese lady walked over and made a giant 'X' symbol with her arms, politely telling us we weren't allowed to film there.

After failing Chimchar and the rest of my Pokémon squad, I decided to try one of GiGO's many claw games. A slime from Dragon Quest caught my eye, so I tried my luck, receiving five tries for 500 yen. My mom took the fun out of these games when she told me the operator of the machine simply sets how often the claw will actually grasp something, so I didn't bother wasting more money when I didn't win.

Exiting the escalator on the fourth floor, my brother and I were greeted by eight massive P.O.D.s (panoramic optical displays), which, after a little examining, were for Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senjō no Kizuna (Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield). Near the P.O.D.s were two "pilot terminals" in which you could watch the games being played on an LCD screen or buy game cards to save your own progress. A bit too intimidating for me, I opted to play the Tekken 5 machine in the back (I unknowingly passed Street Fighter IV). As I sat down at the cabinet, I remembered a 2008 Giant Bombcast I heard during the Tokyo Game Show in which the crew discussed the difference in setups between Japanese and American arcades. In America (in my experiences, at least), a fighting game like Tekken 5 would be played side-by-side with your opponent on the same cabinet, with a player needing two out of three wins to be declared victor. In Japan, each player gets their own cabinet, which is placed back-to-back with their opponent's, and the winner isn't decided until a player nets three out of five wins. I prefer the Japanese way since you get your own screen, don't have to acknowledge your opponent, and get to play longer. It's like playing online, except there's no lag and way more cigarette smoke! Speaking of which, each cabinet had its own ashtray (I thought they were to hold 100 yen coins, at first). No one seemed to actually be smoking there, thankfully.

After warming up with the familiar, my brother and I headed to the fifth floor to find something a bit more ... foreign. While we passed by eight Border Breaks, an interesting-looking mech-based action game that supports up to 20 players via network connectivity, we decided to skip it since it looked too complicated. The fact that there were four "GiGO Border Break Rookie Guides" laying on a table didn't encourage us. So we went up to the sixth and final floor and found another mech game called Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Force. Attracted by its 4-player setup, I played as a lolita robot against my brother and a random Japanese dude. I won the second round, but I never grasped the controls and was merely haphazardly mashing buttons and wiggling the joystick around. Eventually losing and seeing everything GiGO had to offer, my brother and I descended the complex and left.

It was nice to exit an arcade without thinking, "Man, that employee was an asshole," or "I wish that machine had actually worked." GiGO was a place full of people there to have fun and play games. It was a place with employees on each floor willing to politely assist if needed. It was clean, every machine worked as it was supposed to, and it had the latest releases. It even had a designated area to trade cards and read guide books for the more complicated games! GiGO represented what an arcade was supposed to be, something I hadn't experienced for a quite a while prior to my visit. I knew the best was yet to come, however, so my brother and I went to further explore Akihabara.

Here's a list of everything I took notes on in the arcade:

B1 - Caffe Pasta Restaurant

First Floor - Various claw games and capsule dispensers

Second Floor - More claw games: pillows with anime characters, anime figurines, slimes, stuffed Rilakkumas etc.

Third Floor - More claw games and capsule dispensers. One Piece, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade, World Club Champion Football, Pokémon Battrio, Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road II Legends

Fourth Floor - Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senjō no Kizuna (8 P.O.D.s), Tekken 5, Street Fighter IV

Fifth Floor - Border Break (8), Sangokushi Taisen 3 WAR BEGINS

Sixth Floor - Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Force (12), DVS (6), MJ4 Evolution (11 - Mahjong), Shining Force Cross (8)

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Japan Uncut is a supplemental side-series to Japan: The Series. These mostly unedited videos are either too long or too shaky to include in the numbered episodes and will be released in between them.

I'm currently working on Episode 02: Electric Town which is far more difficult to edit than Arrival was. There's so much I want to show, and putting it all together is harder than throwing together a train montage set to music. One of the places I want to show is my visit to Akihabara's SEGA GiGO arcade. You're not allowed to film inside there, so I kept the camera on and at my side which resulted in a lot of shaky, unusable footage not fit for an episode in the main series. I thought that some people might be interested in the sights and sounds of a place like this, however, so I decided to start this side-series to show off stuff like this. The first video in the series will be released later this week. It may be unwatchable for some, but hopefully implementing some image stabilization and such will help.

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I was wrong, as saying so feels like drinking a milkshake made out of battery acid.
 
Topic of discussion: Article over the idea if Michael Moore was working on a Documentary in Akihabara.
 
While it would be comfortable to blame Sakaku Complex (or Kotaku) for displaying the seemingly misplaced information, it was my own fault for accepting it as was given to me. I allowed my own personal bias against Michael Moore (however slight) to influence how I perceived the data I was given.
 
I don't necessarily feel bad for my level of fear/anxiety over the idea of him doing a documentary over Japan... I mean, if there was money in it, I'd have no doubt he'd do it. Also, as we all know, Japan is an easy mark for obvious ridicule. Where I lament in earnest is that my strongest evidence, the quote in which he robustly told the maids at the maid cafe that "I am not your master! We're all equal," was not near as inflammatory as it was initially made to seem. 
 
 
In the actual segment, he was considerably more like a deer in headlights. Taken out of context, his actions feel like a page out of any movie he's worked on.

Telling people to take off their face masks and cough on each other when sick 
Saying that the consumers in Akihabara are lying to themselves 
Accosting picture taking pedestrians by taking pictures of them, and calling their family 
Assessing a maid cafe as a pedo ring, presumably about to be broken up by the police.

But that's just it. They're all taken (some more than others) out of context.
 
I really, really, really hate admitting I'm wrong, but I know I'd hate it a lot more if I was coming off like a self righteous-douch.
 
Respectfully yours,
John Martone 

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