January 7, 2011 in hilarious
October 8, 2010 in hilarious
I had some good laughs on this Itasha video posted by youtuubeblows! Especially at the part where everybody starts dancing (@3:11) in their cosplay outfits and with the Evangalion itasha-van (or should that be dekoitasha?)! Not only does it show some Itasha to look at but also a serious otaku driftcar:
The Haruhi Racing Silvia S15 is a very beautiful one and apparently, judging by the screams by the Itasha girl, it can go sideways as well as any other drift car!
Now how long would it take before the Itasha catches on like this?
November 22, 2008 in Anime
No, this is not about auto-otakus who love JDM machinery like me, but cars of real Japanese otakus in Tokyo.
The otaku car festival featured many many cars all dressed up with anime/manga figures and stickers. Highlights are a Ferrari F430 spider, Lancia Stratos and a BMW M5.
I was looking through the photo gallery and did not really find any interesting JDM cars for the auto-otakus, except for some skylines in the background.
I do not particularly like the way these two AE101s are painted/stickered/etc. but actually I was thinking something like: damn shame of the nice silvertops in those cars… I would certainly know a much better use for those! Does that mean I’m no longer an anime-otaku but rather more an auto-otaku??
May 8, 2008 in reading
I’m currently reading Densha Otoko (Train man) novel.
The book originated inside a thread on 2Channel which is a forum in Japan. This thread was meant for single men on the forum and the writer, later on called Densha Otoko (which mean train man, however Otoko is actually worse than Otaku), wrote that he saved some women on the train from a drunk man who was herassing them. He received two thank you gifts from the women, from which one of them was sent by a young girl. He actually meets the girl again and has dinner with her and that’s the actual start of a long story of “coming to age” for an otaku.
I must say the book is very readable if you are used to read forums, and lucky enough I’m quite an expert in that. ^_^
I do find some translations very annoying, like for instance otaku gets translated into “techie” or “geek” which does not cover it at all. Ah well, you can’t have everything and lucky enough I already watched the J-Drama.