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One possible meaning of her name means "cold". More likely, however, Rin is one of the readings of the kanji hayashi, Rin (林; Literally meaning "forest/woods"). Usually when used for a woman's name it's written with the kanji for suzu, Rin (鈴; Literally meaning "a small bell"). Which meaning her name has is unknown, other characters from Konoha have names related to trees or leaves, but bells does have a relation, the bells used in the training by both Hiruzen Sarutobi and Kakashi in the series.

 Kakashi Gaiden

She was a sweet and friendly woman who cared for her teammates and leaders. She shares many similarities to Sakura Haruno, such as the medical skills and similar hairstyle. She also had the same position in the love triangle of her team; Obito Uchiha had a crush on her, but she had a crush on Kakashi Hatake. Still, she was much more passive about it than Sakura; while Sakura repeatedly insulted Naruto, calling him stupid and such and almost always siding with Sasuke, Rin actually never called Obito any names or shouted at him, and when trying to break up arguments, she did not take sides. Her crush on Kakashi was not anywhere near as obvious as Sakura's crush on Sasuke, either; up until the time that Rin openly admits her feelings for Kakashi, the caring attitude she showed towards him could have been easily mistaken for teammate-like caring and concern.

When Rin was captured by enemy shinobi from Iwagakure, Obito and Kakashi went to go save her though it takes some prodding to get Kakashi to help.

Later, half of Obito's body is crushed by a rockslide in an attempt to save Kakashi. At Obito's request, Rin implanted Obito's remaining Sharingan eye into Kakashi's damaged left eye socket. After the cave collapsed on Obito, killing him, Kakashi told her that Obito had feelings for her, and she remained silent for a second before admitting her feelings for Kakashi. Kakashi told her that because he had deserted her, he was "nothing but scum" and then vows to protect her with his life, at Obito's request.

She is presumed dead, as Kakashi mentions he failed to protect her during his final thoughts before he seemingly died. .


As a medical ninja, Rin's primary duty in missions was to give support to her teammates. Despite her age, she was shown skilled enough to aid a team on a high-ranked mission. She also demonstrated high skill by quickly and successfully implanting Obito's remaining Sharingan eye into Kakashi with only basic medical tools.


Some believe Rin might be a member of the Inuzuka clan because of the marks on her face resemble that which all of the Inuzuka members have. However, Rin's markings are a different color and shape to those of the Inuzuka Clan and she does not have any dog with her. Also some have stated that if she is indeed a member of the Inuzuka clan this could explain Kakashi's use of ninja hounds, as it could be a trait "garnered from friends" of sort. Also some think she is part of an unknown clan because in a flashback of Choji Akimichi one of the kids he was playing with had the same markings. Some also believe Rin may be related to either Naruto Uzumaki or Sakura Haruno. Another speculation is that Pain's new Animal Path is Rin, although this is highly unlikely.

Debut (Manga)

Chapter 16 (Photo)-Chapter 239 (Kakashi Gaiden)

Debut (Anime)

Episode 72 (Flashback)

Appears in

Anime and Manga




November 15 (unknown)

  • Kakashi Gaiden: 13


Blood type




Previous team(s)

Team Minato

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New York Toy Fair Day 3

Last day at the show for me. Everyone else has another day to go.

I finally stopped by the Square Enix booth to say hello. The Rights & Property manager T-san was there too, so we chatted about how the manga industry in the US is doing. But after all that chatting, I forgot to take pictures of the products they had on display. Whoops. I also forgot to ask Sales Manager T-san if they're going to start selling DQ slime merchandise... cuz I'd really promote it here and everywhere. Slime stuff is cute, yo.

Sega license manager Jerry stopped by again, but he had another meeting to rush off to. Busy guy. He did take the time to introduce me to other licensing folks from the Japan office & US offce. I guess we'll have to catch up some other day.

After that, I headed off to JFK to catch my flight.
I heard it's been raining hard in LA for the last couple of days. I hope it clears up by the time I get home.

PS. There were couple of things I missed in previous entries.

A booth displaying some Crayon Shin-chan plushies.
They were rather big, and it seemed so weird to think some kid would be sleeping next to these plushies (dolls?).

Dark Horse booth.
Decorated with multi-colored Domo-kun panels.

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Damn facebook and nosy relatives. I'm too lazy to set filters for everyone and everything on facebook, so everyone can see my status and such.  I have a cousin whom I have an  awkward love-hate, distance, respect , and mutual calm existence now that we're all twenty something and not little kids fighting over the Ninetendo relationship with. I  know he's always been a big anime fan and gamer. I haven't always been a major otaku--I was in middle to early high school, then left it behind, and it wasn't until I my sophmore year of college that I started becoming one again.

Getting back to the story which eventually will lead to my question and main point. :p  So I guess he's been nosing around on facebook and saw my status about how pissed I was at the ending of Tsubasa. So he writes on my wall, "So what are you getting into anime now?" I don't know how to respond.  It makes me feel really awkward and embarassed. How am I supposed to respond to that? For one thing we don't have the kind of relationship where we frequently talk with and write on one another's walls. Two, we're at seperate ends of the spectrum--he likes DBZ and I like Sailor Moon; I assume his intrest, like mine, has broadened but to what I don't know. Third is I've never expressed or shared my interest in anime before around him--then again he's never been willing to share his interests with me. Telling him I like anime could go one of two ways: we go back to when I was 10 and he was 14 and making fun of me for everything (though in this situation I will be the first to say that's the pot calling the kettle black) or it could  possibly make us *gasp* friends.

I feel like this is going to be a test of my "cool-ness" and "true anime fan-ness."  I'm all open about being a fangirl and anime otaku on the net and in a select group of friends. However, I keep it on the downlow outside because of the stigma and it's not something generally accepted by the academy. Also, I'm sometimes hestitant to talk about my favorite series with other fans because even in the anime community there's a sort of snobbery too based on what you watch/read. I'm kind of behind in the anime world, the most recent things I've watched are Soul Eater and Haruhi; I've spent most of my time watching older series that I previously had no access to or knowledge about before Baku; plus I'm a big fan of shojo type series. I think back to Ohayocon when I was waiting for the elevator and one guy was talking about how almost all anime sucks because it's colorful, cutesy, magic girl shit and harem animes are the devil. The only good ones according to him were Gurren Lagen, Black Lagoon, and Hellsing; Tenchi was an exception to the shitty harem anime because "Tenchi actually fought people."  My cousin strikes me as that sort of guy.

We all get those moments of self-conciousness. The anime geek stigma is there for a reason--there's a whole lot of people who fill it, and they're the ones people seem to notice the most. So my questions: How public are you about your otaku persona? Have you ever been in a stituation where you had to admit you liked anime/manga and explain why? Do ever find yourself having to justify why you enjoy a certain series? What sort of responses do you get when you say you like anime/manga? How should I respond to my cousin --"Hey, F' off; it's none of your business, so stop being so nosy. But for your information, yes I do like anime and have for a while"  or just ignore his comments like I have been? Note: I really don't expect a serious response to the last question. ;p

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Well just last night me and lightalia thought  "While waiting for the materials..why not lets make some kitty ears?" it came off my mouth and lightalia agreed and took her coconut midribs (which she kept for some reasons O-O) and there we planned how to make it. lightalia bended one midrib and place it on the triangular midrib which she broke in half (did that sound right?) and there got the thread she always had (she has loads of other colors believe me XD) and tied it..with my help. i continued holding it and soon my both my arms went numb. being so bored i asked a stupid question"Why are you putting those bendy thingies dude?"  and she replied as she rolled her eyes "It will have no shape crazy" and the crafting continued on. soon our mom went down and had a "what are you doing" look on  and she asked anddd i replied "KITTY EARS!!" "Kitty ears?" "Kitty ears!" i repeated "crazy things" my mom said and left i was like O-O. and we continued again. soon we were almost done with the first arms were totally numb and had cramps so i was like "arrghhh" but continued anyways till we took a break, there i randomly got the wrecked things that were used in making the first neko ears and made a roof. (which i accidentally threw away soon lol). then watched the tv. a show i like was on, it was about should i say this..illusions? *shrugs* the show was entitled "Masquerade" and in it, people do some things like forming a dog's face. making the sunrise and sunset. well it's awesome to be short lol, then we continued making the 1st neko ear till the structure was complete (HORRAH) and all that was left was to make the second ear and then put the rest of the materials.

Now the only problem is..batteries for the camera!! take pictures and put em up here XD haha.

end of blogpost for now ;D i will update when..i get pictures and if it completes woooha! +_+
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 Flower Mound, TX –  February 18, 2009 – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired home entertainment and limited broadcast rights and digital rights to the 26-episode romantic comedy anime series My Bride Is A Mermaid  from Media Net.

The series is directed by Seiji Kishi (Ragnarok The Animation) and is based on the serialized manga "Seto no Hanayome" in Gangan WING magazine.

About My Bride Is A Mermaid
Nagasumi Michishio is visiting his grandmother for summer vacation when one day he is saved from drowning by a mermaid named Sun Seto. According to Mermaid law, if a human sees a mermaid's true form, both must be killed. The only solution to the problem is for him to marry her -- but can they keep her secret?

FUNimation Entertainment will release the series in two half season sets beginning later this year.
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I am going to do two episodes today of various lengths and one episode by Friday – so by next week Monday this aspect of this ongoing series will end so it will be picked up in a later date. Therefore, the next post of the Era of the Lost and Generic (these will be parts three and four) will be on here and Cartoon Electro so that the epilogue of that series will become either episode 6 or 7 of Virtuous Queen.

Before all this, we are going to take a short trip back to the 1970’s – remember last episode that 1970’s Japan was undergoing a conversion to the right (i.e. back to a monarchy) and those that stood against them (i.e. the counter cultural folk) were fighting back. The whole world was going through massive changes and to give you aspects of the worldwide view of these, there needs to be a time line of events. (Even though the era started around 1957 – 1965/66 are the years were it got started)


January 4 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his "Great Society" during his State of the Union Address.

January 26 - Anti-Hindi agitations break out in India, because of which Hindi does not get "National Language" status and remains one of the 23 official languages of India.

February 21 - Malcolm X is assassinated in Manhattan.

March 7 - Bloody Sunday: Some 200 Alabama State Troopers clash with 525 civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama.

March 9 - The second attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., stops at the bridge that was the site of Bloody Sunday, to hold a prayer service and return to Selma, in obedience to a court restraining order. White supremacists beat up white Unitarian Universalist minister James J. Reeb later that day in Selma.

March 17 - In response to the events of March 7 and 9 in Selma, Alabama, President Johnson sends a bill to Congress that forms the basis for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is passed by the Senate May 26, the House July 10, and signed into law by President Johnson Aug. 6.

May 22 - The first skateboard championship is held. In addition, several hundred Vietnam War protestors in Berkeley, CA, march to the Draft Board again to burn more cards as well as Lyndon Johnson in effigy.

August 11 - The Watts Riots begin in Los Angeles, California.


March 26 - Demonstrations are held across the United States against the Vietnam War.

March 27 - In South Vietnam, 20,000 Buddhists march in demonstrations against the policies of the military government.

March 29 - The 23rd Communist Party Conference is held in the Soviet Union; Leonid Brezhnev demands that U.S. troops leave Vietnam, and announces that Chinese-Soviet relations are not satisfying.

May 15 - Tens of thousands of anti-war demonstrators again picket the White House, then rally at the Washington Monument.

May 16 - In New York City, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his first public speech on the Vietnam War.

August 7 - Race riots occur in Lansing, Michigan.

August 16 - Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee starts investigating Americans who have aided the Viet Cong, with the intent to make these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 are arrested.


April 4 - Martin Luther King, Jr. denounces the Vietnam War during a religious service in New York City.

April 15 - Large demonstrations are held against the Vietnam War in New York City and San Francisco.

May 6 - Hong Kong 1967 riots: Clashes between striking workers and police kill 51 and injure 800.

July 12 - The Greek military regime strips 480 Greeks of their citizenship.

July 13 - The Newark, New Jersey race riots occur.

July 15 - The Detroit race riots occur.

July 23 - 12th Street Riot: In Detroit, Michigan, one of the worst riots in United States history begins on 12th Street in the predominantly African American inner city: 43 are killed, 342 injured and 1,400 buildings burned.

July 24 - During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! (Long live free Quebec!). The statement, interpreted as support for Quebec independence, delights many Quebecers but angers the Canadian government and many English Canadians.

August 1 - Race riots in the United States spread to Washington, D.C..

September 17 - Jim Morrison and The Doors defy CBS censors on The Ed Sullivan Show, when Morrison sings the word "higher" from their #1 hit Light My Fire, despite having been asked not to.

September 18 - Love Is a Many Splendored Thing debuts on U.S. daytime television and is the first soap opera to deal with an interracial relationship. CBS censors find it too controversial and ask for it to be stopped, causing show creator Irna Phillips to quit.

October 8 - Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.

October 9 - Che Guevara is executed.

October 16 - Thirty-nine people, including singer-activist Joan Baez, are arrested in Oakland, California, for blocking the entrance of that city's military induction center.

October 30 - Hong Kong 1967 riots: British troops and Chinese demonstrators clash on the border of China and Hong Kong.

Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson holds a secret meeting with a group of the nation's most prestigious leaders ("the Wise Men") and asks them to suggest ways to unite the American people behind the war effort. They conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war.


January 19 - At a White House conference on crime, singer and actress Eartha Kitt denounces the Vietnam War to Lady Bird Johnson while attending a "ladies' lunch".

February 8 - American civil rights movement: A civil rights protest staged at a white-only bowling alley in Orangeburg, South Carolina is broken up by highway patrolmen; 3 college students are killed.

February 11 - Border clashes take place between Israel and Jordan.

February 13 - Civil rights disturbances occur at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

March 8 - The first student protests spark the 1968 Polish political crisis.

March 12 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson edges out antiwar candidate Eugene J. McCarthy in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, a vote which highlights the deep divisions in the country, as well as the party, over Vietnam.

March 19–23 - Afrocentrism, Black power: Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., signal a new era of militant student activism on college campuses in the U.S. Students stage rallies, protests and a 5-day sit-in, laying siege to the administration building, shutting down the university in protest over its ROTC program, and demanding a more Afrocentric curriculum.

March 21 - Vietnam War: In ongoing campus unrest, Howard University students protesting the Vietnam War, the ROTC program on campus and the draft, confront Gen. Lewis Hershey, then head of the U.S. Selective Service System, and as he attempts to deliver an address, shout him down with cries of "America is the Black man's battleground!"

March 22 - Daniel Cohn-Bendit ("Danny The Red") and 7 other students occupy the administrative offices of the University of Nanterre, setting in motion a chain of events that lead France to the brink of revolution in May.

March 31 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he will not seek re-election.

April 4 - Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot dead at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in major American cities for several days afterward.

April 11 - Josef Bachmann tries to assassinate Rudi Dutschke, leader of the left-wing movement (APO) in Germany, and tries to commit suicide afterwards, failing in both, although Dutschke dies of his brain injuries 11 years later.

April 11 - German left-wing students blockade the Springer Press HQ in Berlin and many are arrested (one of them Ulrike Meinhof).

April 11 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

April 23–30 - Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university (see main article Columbia University protests of 1968).

May - May of '68 is a symbol of the resistance of that generation. Agitations and strikes in Paris lead many youth to believe that a revolution is starting. Student and worker strikes, sometimes referred to as the French May, nearly bring down the French government.

May 17 - The Catonsville Nine enter the Selective Service offices in Catonsville, Maryland, take dozens of selective service draft records, and burn them with napalm as a protest against the Vietnam War.

June 5 - U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy dies from his injuries the next day.

October 2 - Tlatelolco massacre: A student demonstration ends in a bloodbath at La Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, Mexico, 10 days before the inauguration of the 1968 Summer Olympics.

October 5 - Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of The Troubles.

October 16 - In Mexico City, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, 2 black Americans competing in the Olympic 200-meter run, raise their arms in a black power salute after winning, respectively, the gold and bronze medals for 1st and 3rd place.

October 16 - Kingston, Jamaica is rocked by the Rodney Riots, provoked by the banning of Walter Rodney from the country.


April 9 - The Harvard University Administration Building is seized by close to 300 students, mostly members of the Students for a Democratic Society. Before the takeover ends, 45 will be injured and 184 arrested.

April 9 - Fermín Monasterio Pérez is killed by the ETA in Biscay, Spain, being the 4th victim in the name of Basque nationalism.

May 10 - Zip to Zap, a harbinger of the Woodstock Concert, ends with the dispersal and eviction of youth and young adults at Zap, North Dakota by the National Guard.

May 21 - Rosariazo: Civil unrest breaks out in Rosario, Argentina, following the death of a 15-year-old student.

June 18–22 - The National Convention of the Students for a Democratic Society, held in Chicago, collapses, and the Weatherman faction seizes control of the SDS National Office. Thereafter, any activity run from the National Office or bearing the name of SDS is Weatherman-controlled.

July 20 - Apollo program: The lunar module Eagle lands on the lunar surface. The world watches in awe as Neil Armstrong takes his historic first steps on the Moon.

July 24 - The Apollo 11 astronauts return from the first successful Moon landing, and are placed in biological isolation for several days, on the chance they may have brought back lunar germs. The airless lunar environment is later determined to preclude microscopic life.

August 9 - Members of a cult led by Charles Manson murder Sharon Tate, (who was 8 months pregnant), and her friends: Folgers coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring at Tate and husband Roman Polanski's home in Los Angeles, California. Steven Parent, leaving from a visit to the Polanskis' caretaker, is also killed. More than 100 stab wounds are found on the victims, except for Parent, who had been shot almost as soon as the Manson Family entered the property.

August 10 - The Manson Family kills Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, wealthy Los Angeles businesspeople.

August 15–18 - The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.

December 6 - The Altamont Free Concert is held at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. Hosted by the Rolling Stones, it is an attempt at a "Woodstock West" and is best known for the uproar of violence that occurred. It is viewed by many as the "end of the sixties."


March 31 - Japan Airlines Flight 351, carrying 131 passengers and 7 crews from Tokyo to Fukuoka, is hijacked by Japanese Red Army members. All passengers are eventually freed.\

May 1 - Demonstrations against the trial of the New Haven Nine, Bobby Seale, and Ericka Huggins draw 12,000.

May 4 - Kent State shootings: Four students at Kent State University in Ohio are killed and 9 wounded by Ohio State National Guardsmen, at a protest against the incursion into Cambodia.

May 6 - Arms Crisis in the Republic of Ireland: Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney are dismissed as members of the Irish Government, due to accusations of their involvement in a plot to import arms for use by the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland.

August 26–30 - The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 takes place on East Afton Farm off the coast of England. Some 600,000 people attend the largest rock festival of all time. Artists include Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Jethro Tull.

Japanese Counterculture: The Fleshbombs Second

That was just several aspects of life that the world went through – and where Gekjia was formed. One of big stars of the style and one of Japans most famous manga artists is Miyaya Kazuhiko. As the author of Manga Zombie states:

Miyaya was especially drawn to the image of the downtrodden loser, desperately trying to make a comeback. His fictional heroes and his real-life hero were losers in the end. Just like the Japanese Empire was the loser, in the end. For Miyaya, this was an integral part of the fascination. Like Mishima, he was spellbound by the titanic violence and energy of pre-war and wartime Japan. Like his hero, he searched for some way of focusing that energy and violence on the present day, and reviving it some form - if only on the page. In different ways, both of them paid the price for their delusions. The gekiga in the title of the series Nikudan Gekiga (Fleshbomb Gekiga) is a play on words meaning 'starving to death'. This may be a pointer to Miyaya's state of mind - he believed in illusions, but he knew at the same time that they could never be real. Just like pre-war Japan.

The style he employed was more towards a very graphic and loose model of human structure. His drawings of men were wrinkled, haggard. Strong in looks but weak in the whole structure of things. He borrowed a lot from the literary works of the that time, mostly from in Toyko and Osaka; from such men as Oe Kenzaburō, Haniya Yutaka, Mishima Yukio and Tsukamoto Kunio. Along with the Rolling Stones and John Cotrane his works brought the Gekiga style to a new era.

Manga Zombie author continues…

The savior of gekiga didn't have to wait long to gather a great many disciples around him. The core of the group consisted of artists who worked as his assistants before going independent - Sakaki Masaru and Hiroki Mafuyu. Other gekiga artists like Fukushima Masami and Nakajima Norihiro (both covered elsewhere) were not so directly affected by Miyaya's style, but they were certainly conscious of his work as they drew their own material. For a time, the mags were flooded with wannabe Miyayas. And for a time, Miyaya was up there with Tezuka Osamu, the revered 'god of manga' himself.

Just a side note – Tezuka did three important works during this time that set the stage for manga and anime to come. The first was Buddha. The second being Ode to Kerhetio, and the third was MW. One Anime that did air at this time that was partly from the Gekiga style was Marvelous Melmo – which in turn created a famous trick, the panty shot that is now a part of the whole aspect of the anime realm. Its still one of the most controversial anime series in recent memory – not since Evanglion in 1996 and others in the 2000’s (which lead up to Jikan’s editing in 2008) that there has been a backlash.

Nevertheless, even love can boom in the dark world:

Miyaya's work got a lot more political between 1969 and 1970. This shift was accompanied by a love affair with a woman called Nishiyama Naoe, and this was probably one reason for the change. For Naoe was the daughter of Nishiyama Kōki, a hardline right-winger who had major backroom influence in the political world. Japanese ultra-rightist groups form an underworld of their own, with their famous black 'sound trucks' as their most visible symbol. The trucks still ply the city streets, blaring propaganda and WWII marching songs - with the police turning a blind and fairly sympathetic eye. The movement's foot soldiers are a saddish mix of dropouts, nutcases and members of various downtrodden minorities, but the top brass live comfortable, well-connected lives. Nishiyama pere was one such man, the head of a group called the Shōwa Restoration Union - the idea being that the emperor should take all political power back again. There were lots of radicals before WWII who believed in this idea, and it was sometimes hard to tell the extreme right from the extreme left among them. In the post-war period too, writers like Mishima Yukio found inspiration and food for their obsessions in radical emperor-centered fantasies. It was fairly natural that Miyaya, who was smitten with Mishima, would fall for a woman with Nishiyama Naoe's connections.

However, the path of true love doesn't always run smooth. Naoe's father was incandescent with rage when he heard of the proposed match between his daughter and Miyaya. So, the pair was forced to elope to the large industrial city of Nagoya (think Pittsburgh) in February 1971. (Miyaya covered the story in his autobiographical Like a Rolling Stone (1969) and again in 'Live and Love' (Sirene, 1978). Happily, Nishiyama Senior soon bowed to the inevitable, and wedding bells rang out a few month later. The ceremony was lavish, and the tabloids had a field day. Headlines about the "Gekiga Artist Planning Revolution" and the "Right-wing Big-wig's Daughter" confirmed Miyaya's A-list enfant terrible status.

The marriage made Miyaya a stand out artist. Even some European countercultural magazines, covered the story (it was a part of a longer range based story on Japan’s changing dynamics)

However, as all artists go through – he headed into a slump:

Miyaya kept pushing the limits of the gekiga genre through the mid-seventies. But not all of these works sold well, and gradually he made his style more purely entertaining. This was to keep Naoe and himself in the style they were now accustomed to. One of the outcomes was the series 'Wrestling Circuit: Hell Version' (Puroresu Jikoku Hen), published in 1973 in the mag Gekiga Gendai. It was scripted by Kajiwara Ikki, his writing partner since 1968. As the title suggests, this is another behind-the-scenes look at pro wrestling, based on the life story of the villain Nikkei (ethnic Japanese) wrestler Great Togo. However, Kajiwara just couldn't seem to get the main character both right, and Miyaya bowed out of the series. Although the series continued with a fresh artist called Ishiwata Shūichi, it was eventually pulled.

Miyaya's comment on the failure of the project sounds pretty thin - that he was writing "gekiga for the hard core fans, not hit comics for the masses". This was not the only damage his career suffered around this time. Another series in the mag Gekiga Sunday, which had been developed as a masterpiece, was cut. The series, 'The Geocentric Theory' (Tendōsetsu), was a hardboiled story about a politician's bodyguard versus a right-wing gang out to assassinate his boss. One part of the plot acts as a chilling prophecy of real-life things to come: the gang plans to plant nerve agent on the bullet train. Twenty years later, the religious cult Aum Shinrikyō attacked the Tokyo subway system in the same way, using the nerve gas Sarin.

There is a concept in recent years and its becoming almost a quaint observation: Artist as Prophet. This is nothing new – Edgar Allen Poe did it in his last work, George Orwell did it in 1984, William Gibson in Necromancer. That is a study that must be looked at…

But Miyaya comes up with something big:

The gekiga genre entered its golden age in the late seventies. A string of artists found a forum for their highly experimental work in the youth-oriented Zōkan Young Comic, published by Shonen Gekiga-sha. They included Hirata Hiroshi, Sakaki Masaru, Suzuki Ryosei and Ishii Takashi. They also spread the good word about current underground American artists like Frazetta and Richard Corben. These were legendary times for hard core gekiga fans, who read manga like some kind of new bible.

Needless to say, the folk at Zōkan Young Comic followed Miyaya's career with close interest, and 'Wrestling Circuit: Hell Version' made a big impression. The magazine now gave him a chance to    break out of his ongoing slump by commissioning a three-series Fleshbomb project. The result was his masterpiece, which came out as 'Fleshbomb Life: Onizō's Story' (Nikudan Jinsei Onizō Hen), 'Fleshbomb Life: Resurrected Motherfuckin' Giants Baseball Team' (Nikudan Jinsei Fukkatsu Mamauri Giants) and 'The Fleshbomb Age' (Nikudan Jidai).

Part One - Onizō's story - is a wrestling adventure, but Miyaya's take on the sport is well ahead of its time. This was an age when pro wrestling had a large, fanatical and naïve following. By contrast, Miyaya was one of the first commentators to look at wrestling as a performance art, and to accept that the games were rigged as a matter of course. In a kind of high-octane version of Fight Club, a handsome but third-rate wrestler called Yashagami Ryūzō spends his time out of the ring taking on lions in a series of fights to the death. These underground bouts finally make a superstar of him. (In his looks and career, the hero weirdly foreshadows the real-life career of the wrestler Ōnita Atsushi.)

Speaking of which – there is a book that came out about 10 months ago – that dealt with Chris Benoit and what might have lead him to do the heinous acts he did. It talks about Japan as well, and boy – it’s really, really close to what Fleshbomb Life Onizo’s Story is about(there is another Wrestling manga and it gets really close – almost to the point of maybe the artist was a insider in the wrestling industry back then- to what this book was stating in the Japan side of Chris Benoit’s career). The book is called aptly: Ring of Hell by Matthew Randazzo V – and is available on Amazon and other bookstores of note.


Part Two takes us into the world of baseball, hence the title Mamauri Giants - a pun on the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. The hero, Donoue, is a pitcher (oddly resembling Giant Baba) with a serious problem: he's not confident about his looks or his abilities. This causes him serious problems on the field, until Yashigami Ryūzō - the hero of Part One - takes him in hand. Thanks to Ryūzō's mind control, the wimpy Donoue turns into a ferocious, straight-down-the-line winner, a champion worshipped like a god by the fans.

Indeed, the whole story has a rater trippy, religious feel to it. Ryūzō is an ex-wrestler now able to let his pent-up inner violence really rip; Donoue, as the story progresses, reaches the point where he takes on yakuza in hand-to-hand combat to the death. But when these ultra-violent scenes are being splashed across the page, we find inserts picturing Donoue's state of mind - with the pitcher floating in space, in yoga poses. This probably means that Donoue's mind is now approaching some sort of unity with the divine. But why is he in space? And why the yoga? Maybe it was just the drugs kicking in for Donoue (and Miyaya himself).

This lead into the biggest work Miyaya ever produced:

Part Three of the 'Fleshbomb Life' series was titled 'The Fleshbomb Age' (Nikudan Jidai). It's a form of nightmare, you could say - Miyaya's apocalyptic alternative rendering of Japan's twentieth century, in all its pulverizing violence. The story features a writer called 'M', who resembles Mishima Yukio in more ways than just the initial. He doesn't just look like Mishima. He also leads a fanatical private army much like Mishima's Shield Society - a group of muscular young men bedazzled by the author, who dolled them up in outrageous Captain Scarlet/SS-style uniforms. This time round, M is the mentor figure to a washed-up boxer called Takei Suteo. Under M's guidance he makes a miracle comeback, culminating in a bout against the former World Champion.

Meanwhile, M's private army kidnaps a gaggle of the nation's best and grayest politicians and financiers, forcing them into Tokyo's Budokan arena. There, they're forced to watch the fight of the century - a loser-dies gorefest between Takei and the World Champion. But why, why? M explains that the show is all about "giving some bollocks to a society that's descended to brown-nosing the impossible". Which straightens things up immensely.

One thing does become clear when the revels begin in the ring - Takei has surpassed his mentor to the nth degree. With his back to the wall, the only thing that can save the challenger is his iron will and honed-to-perfection physique. A final last-chance punch finds the champion's jaw, and he drops KO'd to the canvas! At the very same instant, Takei's life deserts him. He's given it his all.

The 'Fleshbomb Life' series brought Miyaya a second round of commercial success, and in this final installment you can see a return to his former radical, experimental style. In terms of his career this was a disaster, and he would later end up on the ropes himself because of it.

Aspects of battle scenes, dramatic endings and so on, were taken from this particular work – into the Kinnuman Anime – Dragon Ball Z, Fist of the North Star; multitudes of other Shohen/Seinen anime and  OVA’s. Those aspects later became integrated in later American series such as Gargoyles, The 1990’s versions of the Superman and Batman animated franchises, TMNT  2k3 and so on. They also entered the Video Game world, Via Devil May Cry, Street Fighter Series, Metal Gear Solid and Xenogears.

However, Miyaya got divorced. Naoe was out of his life. He became isolated and drew more manga dealing with it. He continued to write about his past – about the love that got away. He entered more and more into depression but still kept a reality. In the end he was left out:

For good or ill, the old radicalism of the sixties - with its heavy overtones of machismo - was on the way out. New critiques like postmodernism and feminism moved center-stage. What emerged from the wreckage was the otaku cult, trapped in the endless apocalypse of the everyday. The otaku set off on a vector away from the body and from heartache, in quest of the perfect fantasy image of safety: the pubescent computer-graphic idol. Left high and dry, the gekiga mags changed course or died. Such were the eighties.

Miyaya followed his own extremist path to the end of the line. However, his narcissism led him back toward himself. In addition, now he got there, he saw something that even he could not draw. The implosion was magnificent.

That is the story of the majority of the baby boomers who were in the artistic milieu. Many of them (after the 1970’s) imploded, while others made the 80’s an interesting time to behold. By the 90’s they were gaining power and making money hand over fist. A counterculture without them was no culture at all. They stopped it at its tracks. This is what pretty much happened to most of the artistic industries in that twenty-year period. It is a sad end.

But, maybe he has a little spark left:

Still Miyaya soldiers on in some unknown location, despite his divorce and rumors of his death. He has announced that he's still working, and storing up material for future publication. When I heard that, I was overjoyed in a simple, straightforward way. Hope at last for Fleshbomb gekiga! But at the same time I wondered why Miyaya has kept going in this extremely difficult genre. What is he going to draw now that Naoe's out of the picture?

This generation needs to hear it – now more than ever.

Next Up – Hell Boy to Death Note...and Ge Ge Ge... and other ghosts of note.

Until Then, this is


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Tokyo-based iPhone application developer Appliya Announces Unprecedented International Release of A series of “Rebuild of Evangelion”

Applications For iPhone and iPod Touch

Tokyo, Japan, February 17, 2009 - Tokyo-based Appliya Inc., a leading publisher of Japanese mobile applications, has obtained a license to provide anime fans with the world’s first iPhone and iPod Touch applications based on the highly popular Rebuild of Evangelion films produced by Khara Inc.  The apps will be the result of a joint production effort between Appliya and Japanese game publisher BROCCOLI Co., Ltd.  Their first Evangelion-related products are planned for submission to Apple in February 2009.  More information can be found at  

Appliya’s initial offerings for Evangelion will be “casual” apps that utilize the visual style, characters, and storyline from the Rebuild of Evangelion movies.  These applications will take advantage of the innovative touch screen on the iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as the device’s camera, calendar functions, and clock.   

Neon Genesis Evangelion first aired on Japanese television in 1995, and then went on to become a multi-billion dollar international anime franchise.  The story is getting a modern upgrade with the new “Rebuild of Evangelion” films, a series of four movies that retell the original story with new animation, new characters, and some new plot twists.  The release of the first movie, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, was an exciting event, and the film won many awards, including the 2008 Tokyo International Anime Fair award for Anime of the Year. The second movie in the series, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, is scheduled for release in Japan in the summer of 2009.  Appliya’s license with the franchise producers provides them with unprecedented use of elements of the new Evangelion story including character designs, weapons, and the signature giant cyborgs known as the Evas.

Appliya’s applications should appeal to an international fanbase that has long been starved of digital Evangelion merchandise.  Anime fans outside of Japan often feel neglected since it takes months or years for the hottest anime products to reach them, if they are exported at all.  Evangelion is just one of many anime franchises with video games, applications, and other digital products that never left Japan, but Appliya’s Evangelion apps will be released to a wider range of audiences, and in many cases fans will have the apps before the Rebuild of Evangelion DVDs are even available in their area.
About Evangelion

After a catastrophic event called the Second Impact, the Earth’s population was halved.  All that remains of Japan is Tokyo-3, a city that is constantly attacked by giant creatures that seek to eradicate the human race, called Angels. Fourteen-year-old Shinji Ikari is summoned by his estranged father to urgently come to the headquarters of NERV, a military organization that deals with the destruction of the Angels through the use of giant cyborgs called Evas.  Shinji's objective is to pilot the Eva Unit 01, while teaming up with the Eva Unit 00 pilot, Rei Ayanami, and Eva Unit 02 pilot Asuka Langley Soryu.  Together, these three teenagers will battle the Angels, and decide the fate of the world.

About Appliya Inc.

Appliya specializes in the production and publishing of iPhone and iPod Touch applications, and has released 26 iPhone applications since October 2007. The company has recently partnered with Japanese mobile industry giant Softbank Mobile Corp. to bring the unique elements of Japanese culture to an international audience through mobile applications. Their efforts include exclusive licensing deals with major anime and manga producers.  Appliya will also have collaborations with Japanese artists and photographers, Haraju-ku fashion related applications, Akihabara otaku related apps, and other applications focused on more traditional aspects of Japanese culture. 
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Bamboo Blade. Tama-chan's power level is maximum.

But I think everyone will agree here that Dragonaut is a giant pile of crap....hell, I think the true holy grail in Fate/Stay Night was less filthy than it...
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Yay for minimal cosplay progress. -_- I'm getting there... slowly that's why it's progress number 1.5 rather than 2. I'm in no rush since I have plenty of time for this cosplay (Fanime is during Memorial Day weekend in May) but still. You know the drill, click the image to see it zoomed.

So here's what I have so far:

Yoko Bangle stuff
Yoko Bangle stuff
So this is my newly spray painted bangle thingies. Those bloody yellow half-balls are so annoying. When I colored the flat side of them, the paint was not dry enough apparently and grabbed some of the newspaper print. That was annoying because it would not peel off so I had to add even MORE yellow paint... that was not cool. The black paint on the bangles turned out spiffy though. Random fact: Most stores sell plain, black bangles for 7 USD! That's insane for just ONE bangle... I've looked for cheaper in store but I said screw it and bought it on Ebay.

Chopsticks and Bikini top unfinished
Chopsticks and Bikini top unfinished
I bought some bamboo chopsticks that came in a set. I didn't want to hang them on strings to spray paint them evenly so I just stuck them into a styrofoam circle thing I found in my house. You can see it deteriorated from the paint.
Here's what I have of the bikini so far. My sewing machine ate one of them pretty badly but it isn't noticeable unless you really stare at it so I'm okay with it. I'm waiting for my bikini straps to flatten out since I can't just buy vinyl bias tape (or I haven't found them anywhere...) so I'll add those once they get flattened. You can see the vast improvement from the template in my previous blog post versus this one right here. =) Well it's obvious that a template is just a template but still.

Okay mini-rant time!
Despite living in California, it's cold. Annoyingly cold. I know I know I shouldn't complain because CA actually has awesome weather but it makes me want to work less on my cosplay. For one thing, it's too cold to try on the cosplay stuff I make (hello Yoko, she wears barely ANYTHING) so I'm feelingGUH whenever I have to try anything on right now.

Tiny rant is tiny. I think I'll work on Yoko's scarf while the weather is icky and cold. I bought plain fabric though... I'm not sure if I should just buy fleece or stick with the plain fabric. I may make both we'll see. I should also order my wig and boots soon so I can get started on those. I found the perfect boots but they're... fifty bucks. Bye bye money~~~
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I'm definately most excited for Blassreiter. From the director of Gantz, which I absolutely love, and I did see the first ep at expo and it seemed interesting enough.
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — February 16, 2009 — Fairview Press, an independent publisher of inspiration and wellness books, announced today that it has signed Queenie Chan (artist of the best-selling manga In Odd We Trust, with Odd Thomas author Dean Koontz) to create sequential art for a middle-grade advice book called The Boy's Book of Positive Quotations (Sept. 2009, $13.95).

The books in Fairview Press' Positive Quotations series—which have sold more than 500,000 trade copies—originally began as reference anthologies. In recent years, author and series co-creator Steve Deger has re-envisioned them as illustrated gift books. Enhanced trade distribution in leading Big Box and nontraditional book outlets have helped individual volumes spend more than two years on Nielsen BookScan's bestseller reports for adult self-help and historical juvenile nonfiction.

Queenie Chan, author of the popular mystery-horror series The Dreaming and co-author (with Dean Koontz) of In Odd We Trust, will draw the manga for the The Boy's Book of Positive Quotations. The graphica will follow the life of a boy who receives mysterious text messages from a beautiful ninja. Her proverbs guide him on the honor code of the aspiring ninja and tie in with the rest of the book's modern-day advice, written by Steve Deger as well as compiled from various pop culture sources.

Says Deger: “The age-old storyline of the sensei and student gets a makeover in this hybrid manga/advice book. I'm excited to bring Queenie Chan’s brilliant artwork from the manga shelves to the inspiration aisles. It's proof that virtually any message can be communicated via graphica.”

Queenie Chan comments: “I want my artwork to inspire people to widen their horizons. Learning about the world, history, other cultures and having an appreciation for things outside your own little box is important. So I'm excited to have my artwork paired with the insightful thoughts of accomplished people from all corners of the globe.”


Steve Deger is the co-creator of the Positive Quotations series. A past speaker, fundraiser, and "Big" for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, he lives with his wife and frequent co-author Leslie Gibson in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Queenie Chan was born in 1980 in Hong Kong and migrated to Australia when she was six years old. Her three-volume mystery-horror series The Dreaming was published by L.A.-based manga publisher TOKYOPOP, and has been translated into six languages. She collaborated on the graphic novel In Odd We Trust with publisher Del Rey, a prequel to the Odd Thomas series of novels by New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz. The book was published in June 2008, hitting #1 in graphic novel sales in the first week. She is currently partnering with Koontz on a second second Odd Thomas graphic novel.


Founded in 1989, Fairview Press publishes books dedicated to physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Their authors have appeared on Oprah, the Today show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and in hundreds of other media outlets. They are headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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International Film Festival

The Japanese hit animated film EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE has been selected to screen at the AFI DALLAS International Film Festival Presented by NorthPark Center, Founding Sponsor Victory Park.  Grab front row seats for this sci-fi action adventure!

Created by the same production team behind the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion that aired on the TV Tokyo network in the 1990’s, the film tells the story of schoolboy Shinji Ikari as he is summoned by his estranged father to the vast city of Tokyo-3. The tearful reunion he was hoping for does not materialize as his father has a far more nefarious reason for wanting his son by his side again. Led down into the underground labyrinth of NERV headquarters, he learns that he is one of only a few children that can pilot one of the enormous Evangelion robots against a terrifying enemy.

Tokyo-3 is under attack from the terrifying Angels, creatures of an unknown origin bent on laying waste to anything they find. However, there are greater forces at work behind the scenes, and is the true enemy the angels, NERV, the mysterious SEELE, or the demons held within the hearts of the people involved?

The dramatic thriller received Animation of the Year and Best Director Award at Tokyo International Fair in 2007.

 Screening dates, times and locations will be announced in March.

AFI DALLAS 2009 will run March 26 - April 2, 2009. Passes go on sale February 6; tickets go on sale March 2. Passes and tickets will be made available via online (, phone (214.720.0663) and in person at the Box Office located at the AFI DALLAS locations at NorthPark Center and Victory Park.
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I got added to the Mod Squad today and i`ll try my best to help the site :D
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It looks freakin awesome

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the second episodes has been posted however the first has been removed in its place.
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Taking a break from writing my research paper which is almost done. Finally getting around to posting photos of my FFIII Devout Cosplay and Ohayocon. I just uploaded a few of my favorite photos from the con; everything will be posted up eventually. Okay I lied; I'm having epic techonology fail moment here, so for now there are just the cosplay photos on here and the flickr album will have to wait. Just so everyone knows, Baku sewed the entire ensemble in two days. I cut and pinned all the fabric and watched my boyfriend become a domestic housewife...househusband...? His first time sewing too! Sleeves were made by the wife of my friend Simon who went with us. And the cat ears were bought at the con. Everything else though, totally Baku. Apologize for the ghetto looking post--it's late, I'm tired, grumpy and don't feel like fussing with this thing.

Baku sewing my dress.
Baku sewing my dress.

Took at least 45 minutes to figure out thread and get the thread to catch on the sewing machine. But after that, everything went smooth.

Dress from the back.
Dress from the back.
Does this dress not look amazing? And then the final product. on the far end...dun...da...dun!!!

Dress together with hood and cape.
Dress together with hood and cape.

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It was a fun watch. I can't get into Blassreiter, but I've heard some people say it was decent. Dragonaut is a waste of money, though. Licensing that train wreck was a mistake.
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New York Toy Fair Day 2

Day 2 of the Toy Fair.
I met a lot of people today, so hopefully I can remember them all.

I bumped into Toei USA licensing manager Junko-san. I haven't visited the Toei offices for a long time, so it was great seeing her again. I promised to visit their office when we get back to LA, and we might talk about Anime Expo and such. Oooh, fun!

I also met Cosprints photographer Judi. Although I'm no longer working on the COSMODE USA book anymore, I thought it would be good to know more photographers, in case COSMODE USA gets picked up by another publisher in the US.

Then I spotted AAA Anime president Richard by the Diamond booth, so I chased after him. And when I was talking to him, Sega licensing manager Jerry passed by to say hi (that would be the infamous former Bandai Entertainment marketing manager Jerry Chu). Although he had to dart off for meetings and such. He's such a busy guy... geez. Jerry said he'll call me, so I told him to give me work.

And Image Anime's  Wing and Benny came by, and so did Yes Anime's Henry. They were all wondering what's been going on after Broccoli closed, and I've been asking them how business has been. It seems like there's a convention rush with NY Comic Con last weekend, Toy Fair this weekend, Magic in Vegas, then Mega Con in Florida. Damn, how can they survive that kind of schedule?

It ended up being a pretty busy day.

Oh, I did go around the upstairs hall too.
There was a Lego man you can take a photo with... but I didn't go with anyone, so I had to take a picture of a stranger sitting next to the Lego man.

That's it?
Yeah, there isn't a whole lot to take pictures of...

At night, we went to a little French bistro that we saw on the way to Kinko's.
There was a three-course meal special, so we all got that. Since you can choose between all sorts of things. I got calamari in tomato sauce for my appetizer, pork medallions in mango sauce for my main dish, and creme caramel (ie. flan) for dessert. Yum!

Okay, I'm finally caught up with my NY Toy Fair reports.
Tomorrow is my last day here. I don't know if I'll bump into anyone else, but maybe I can get in touch w/ ADR director/voice actor Michael Sinterniklaas. He should be back from Virginia by now...

Hm. I didn't get to do any sightseeing this time.
Maybe I'll wander around during the day.

PS. Broccoli USA president Kaname booked a bunch of dinners with industry people for the next two weeks (before he heads back to Japan), so I'll have plenty to write about when I get back to LA too.
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New York Toy Fair Day 1

So today was the first day of Toy Fair.
Although the day started early and busy by taking a taxi to Union Square to go to Staples, buying extra supplies, and rushing back to the convention center. One good thing that came out of the trip was that I discovered the Whole Foods that's right there. Yay for yummy baked goods first thing in the morning!

I wandered around the downstairs hall today.
I didn't have the energy to fight through the traffic upstairs... plus if you're not a buyer, you're not wanted in any of the enclosed booths (ie. all major companies).

I went to the Square Enix booth, but everyone looked busy so I decided to swing by later.

I wandered through some of the smaller booths, and I chatted up with a company founded by these brothers. One is an artist and one is a writer, so they created a series of animal characters that teach kids about different cultures. They have books, figures and plushies. It has nothing to do with anime, but they were nice so I thought I'd help them promote their books and stuff.

Oh, I bumped into Anime Insider editor Summer! Wizard Entertainment has a booth where they give away magazines. I guess the main push is ToyFare, which is a hobby magazine? It was fun to catch up with her. I guess she RSS's AnimeVice, but she didn't know I write a blog here. So I'll have to send her an email w/ the URL.

For dinner, the Organic staff & I went to Korea town (again).
We were talking about the little trendy looking bar, and we peeked in & found out that they are a BBQ place too! You can't even tell that it's a BBQ place just by looking through the window. So we decided to go in.

The seats are the type where you seat ground level and there's a hole under the table so you can put your feet down. Of course the seats are slightly raised from the floor (like a porch)... and it felt weird not taking our shoes off, since we're all Japanese. But we saw other folks getting up on the raised porch section with their shoes, so we were surprised.

For food, we got galbi, bulgogi, sauteed mushrooms and bibimbap.

The bulgogi was a lot different than what I'm used to. It was a lot like sukiyaki, and tasted like one too. But the food was delicious!

Hmm, not much reporting for Toy Fair, huh?
Maybe tomorrow will be better.

But I finally got online! Horray!
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Lately i`ve been making lots of custom Yu-Gi-Oh cards just for fun like 3 every hour XD
So much that i think its blog worthy again i already made my old blog here
I`ve made 3 gallery`s  to kinda put some order into things XD
so here is my current collection enjoy :)
Pretty much every card in here has either to do with Vice RPG characters or has no place in the other 2 gallery`s
My Kamen Rider Gallery most of them are fails because i forgot to put a Shotaro Ishinomori Copyright on them which is kinda dumb XD anyways i`ve put the Eletro Wave Human Tackle, the Skull Man and the SkullRider in there even though the are not counted a true Riders.
Ishinomori/Toku cards AKA misc, lol im gonna put alot here in the incoming days i love making cards of those classic heroes.
BTW 009 and Ogon Bat do count Ogon Bat has a live-action movie and Joe is a creation of Shotaro Ishinomori.
Also my favorite cards in this gallery are the Kikaida brothers even though they are kinda simple lol

In the next coming months im gonna start with the occasional anime character maybe some more Trap/Spell cards.
And i still do requests btw so if you want one sent me the details and i`ll have it done by the end of the day :)
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