< Piro >
Tuesday - September 12, 2000
I know that Monday's comic might have gone over a few heads - a half-dozen in-jokes and a spoof that only makes sense if you are an anime fan or have familiarity with some of the more bizarre things on Japanese TV. If you were confused, I apologize. I figured that it was enough of a site gag that people would at least find it amusing. :) Not that largo in a bunny suit isn't adorable... :P
This, of course, is one of the problems that we are facing with megatokyo - how do we make a comic that most everyone will 'get'. Largo and I come from different worlds - I barely understand some of his gamer stuff, and he shakes his head at some of my obsessions. I guess it is the common ground that tie it all together... not really sure what the common ground is, other than a certain level of a not-so-mild mental condition. ^^;;
First off, I've mentioned Kidou Senkan Nadesico a number of times in the past few weeks. It's a anime that aired on TV back in 1996, and has become a cult classic of sorts. The show had many spoofs and internal jokes and poked fun at anime fandom within the context of the show. The 'Naze Nani Nadesico' bit was a attempt by the captain (Yurika, who wears the bunny suit in the original) to lighten the mood of the crew on the ship. Ruri, who was there to describe in detail the technical aspects of the ship itself, doesn't really find the 'kids show' setup amusing, but goes along anyways. Ruri worship is not an uncommon thing, and she still ranks #2 even 4 years later in Animage polls. I was a little surprised how well Piro fit into the roll of Ruri... for some reason i think this should worry me. Nadesico is available in the US from ADV films. The translation is very good, tho I would still recommend the subtitled version (I've talked a few times with Dan, the guy who did a excellent and thoughtful job translating the series).
Cosplay is another oddity in the world of anime. Basically, it involves dressing up as your favorite character when you attend conventions. It's almost turned into a sport both here and in Japan. Often cosplayers have little skits that they will perform on stage for prizes that are awarded later. Weird stuff, but a lot of fun. Monday's comic really could be considered a cosplay, as Largo is dressed up in Yurika's outfit, and Piro is dressed up as Ruri (hm, the kitty outfit... hmmm..... sorry, no, that might not be a good idea... ^^;;) Some good sites to check out for cosplay picks would be Mokkori and Fansview, which are at least in english. :)
But then, perhaps it went too far:
Speaking as a Nadesico overrabid fanboy...heheh. Sorry Chris. ^_^ The idea of embarrassing one of my characters is not new. In the pic linked to above i lost my head and put Saeko-chan (in normal garb here) in a Card Captor Sakura outfit from the second season. No, i wasn't on drugs when i came up with the idea... poor Saeko...^^;;
This is wrong!@$!# all wrong$#$! Largo should not be in the bigass bunnysuit ;.;
it's just wroooooooong ;.;
Oh, and another little tidbit - just found out from Tsubasa that the new True Love Story official site is up. Check it out. Finally, some more info on TLS3!