Jump a train to Nerima, Tokyo, Japan!

Sean Ranma sketchWhile on vacation, I met a man who quite possibly has the largest collection of merchandise from popular 1989-1992 anime Ranma 1/2, or らんま 1/2 if you are from Nippon.

When he told me that he needed help fulfilling the bucket list entry visit a real life location from the aquatic gender bender comedy, as a fellow fan, I had to help.

So what location in Nerima was this? Furinkan High? The Tendo Dojo? Shakuji-Koen Park? Hah! No. We went to the famous fence alongside the river that was used in many episodes, especially when walking to or from school!

Ranma Fence

While most of the photos were taken with his camera, here are some of the results that I captured from this trip to the real fence seen in Nerima!

River walk in Nerima.jpgOne path on each side, one lane street in between. Not much to see, or too much? Who knows. This was an interesting place for a cosplay photo shoot.
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This area is west of Oizumi-gakuen station along the Seibu Ikebukuro line. While to many, this may not seem like a worthwhile excursion, I actually had a lot of fun going along!

Wait… why was Urusei Yatsura’s Lum in one of those pictures?! The Oizumi Gakuen station is the closest station to Toei, known for shows like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon, so naturally this is known as the birthplace of anime!

Oizumi Anime Gate

They have statues out front from Astro Boy, Tomorrow’s Joe, Galaxy Express 999,  and even one of that obnoxious alien from Urusei Yatsura!

Urusei Yatsura Lum statue

Astro Boy

Tomorrow's Joe

Galaxy Express 999Also, I got to see the Galaxy Express 999 train! Or rather… a train promoting this 1977-1981 Manga and Anime!

Galaxy Express 999 trainEven if the photo shoot would have been a bust, which it was not, the station alone made the trip completely worth it!

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All shall be revealed…

In time. I’m back from Japan, but between Jet Lag, unpacking, and sorting through things from comiket and Akihabara, I just haven’t had a real chance to make a new post. Below are some collages from some of my pictures though to wet your appetite!

Toei Supper
Dinner with animators from Toei
Akihabara
Akihabara
SNK
SNK @ Comiket
Kimonos
Kimonos @ Kyoto

There will be a Mer-Monday this Monday that is Japan based. Figured I’d give everyone  a heads up, as starting next week I’m going to attempts to get back on schedule.

I played SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

DSCN0067.JPGWhen I went to Comiket today, I did not anticipate seeing SNK there… but, to be fair… I way underestimated the scope of this event, as it is a lot more than indie manga comics, like I had been led to believe… more of that though in a later post. though.

Since I was there, I got a chance to play their upcoming game SNK Herines Tag Team Frenzy… so what did
I think? Well… it may not be the game for me.

DSCN0063I love King of Fighters and Fatal Fury… but sadly, it doesn’t play like that. It seems SNK is continuing the trend of games like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom… by sounding and looking like games that I
should be great at, and simplifying the controls to the point where I’m horrible at the game. AWESOME.

I played the game on PS4, after a Caucasian woman let me see the controls on a laminated piece of paper that was in Japanese. Awesome. I immediately made a fool of myself trying to start the game by pressing X, which she corrected me by telling me that it is O to start. I should have known that.

DSCN0068Once into the game… I tried doing Terry Bogard’s moves, but eh… I ran into the problem that this game doesn’t quite work like that. While she didn’t explain the controls, it was easy enough to figure out that there was a light, heavy, and special… where you can literally just push the special down to do a move that used to require multiple button presses, such as down back punch for a Burn Knuckle. I believe you can also push a directional button to change up the super used. This should make the game easier, but my mind routinely goes back to Street Fighter II every time I pick up a traditional appearing fighting game. Furthermore, you have to perform a move called a dream finisher to defeat your opponent.

DSCN0057Oh, and there’s a button to switch out a character, and it was more fluid feeling than the last few VS. games.

This game… umm… what?! I… *sigh* okay. Also, there’s tons of weird emojy like things and sparkles or whatever when your character is doing a move tat actually look pretty annoying?

I love the fact that they added a rule 63 Terry Bogard, but I just can’t fluidly play this game based on muscle memory, and that sucks… for me. But it’s 2018, and lately I’ve had to come to terms that continuations of things that I like might not necessarily be for me? Which once again… what?!

My review thus far is that… I’m iffy if this game will have lasting appeal for me. Below is some more pictures from my time at their booth.

I don’t care about She-Ra enough.

she-ra-reboot750x422I missed most of the twitter storm about She-Ra… and… eh? My feelings are luke warm to it all? Like… visually I went ‘Oh. She looks like a white Korra from The Legend of Korra. K…’

I didn’t watch She-Ra… I watched  a little bit of He-Man… but honestly? I was more of a ThunderCats fan.

she-ra-netflix-catra-adoraI just… There’s so much going on in the world right now… I just can’t with all of this.

Below, I’ve included a rant against and for it all… but… yeah. Ultimately, I’m cautiously optimistic for this, but I dunno… I’m not paying to watch this show, I don’t have kids who are watching this, But honestly… as someone who is not a fan of She-Ra? I’m more likely to watch this She-Ra than the classic one… but honestly… I do not have a horse in this race.

 

Rumiko Takahashi wins Eisner!

rumiko takahashiRumiko Takahashi just won the judges award for the Will Eisner Hall of Fame!

Let this sink in. Rumiko Takahashi sits alongside the greats now, such as Stan Lee (most of Marvel Comics), H. G. Peter (Wonder Woman), George Pérez (Comic book legend from both Marvel/DC), Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), and Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away)

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This is just… gah…. so amazing. Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikoku, Ranma 1/2… there are just… so many! INUYASHA!!!

For more of the 2018 winners… go here: https://www.comicsmnt.com/?p=1103

 

I Leave for Japan on August 4th!

Which means that I will be there August 5th? 10 days in Japan! Hiroshima, Tokyo, Kyoto! The trip should be really fun! I thought it would be cool to look at some of the collages that I made from my 2010 trip that are currently in my photo album!

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Sapporo

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Near Hostel in Tokyo

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Amerikamura

 

Also, here are some videos.


And now… to finish getting ready for my trip.

 

Animation crew the musical?

I was first made aware of Boyinaband via people sharing one of his videos on youtube about how he hadn’t learned certain real life things in school… that was interesting. He’s friends with Jaiden Animations, as well as TheOdd1sOut, and here are two music videos that were made in collaboration with those two.

Pretty cool videos! Jaiden’s deals with her own personal experiences, while Jame’s (TheOdd1sOut) is the polar opposite almost!