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< Piro >

it's mine!

"DannyChoo Belong to Me"

Tuesday - April 1, 2008

[Piro] - 11:24:07 - [link here]

I have some rather exciting news to report this morning. As all of you should know by now, the intent of Megatokyo is to further my PGD project (Plan for Global Domination) by using the power of cute, moe, sad girls and lots of snow to take over the world. By contrasting these powerful (but subtle) forces of mind pwnage against the asinine badassery and insanity of a typical gamers brainspace, Megatokyo has proven itself to be a potent vehicle for luring people in so I can burn out their souls with lots of snow.

Of course, a lot of the Cute and Moe moe stuff I use are pale second-hand home-baked reflections of the real thing, shadows of the really powerful stuff you find in the alleys and small dingy apartments in the darkest corners of Tokyo. I needed claws on the ground in Japan itself - a way to not only leech from the source, but expand my PGD there too.

The first step was to sign a HEOAGD (Helping Each Other Attain Global Domination) pact with Kodansha, who will soon be seeding Japan itself with localized print versions of Megatokyo. The next step was to find a local organization I could take control over and use as a digital conduit to facilitate this two-way leeching. Obviously, the best choice was Since Danny is already used to working with evil empires, he was a perfect targe... I mean, choice for us. Dom was able to seal the deal fairly quickly, and now we can officially announce that Danny Choo and his figure collection has been assimilated.

Here’s the official press release, all sweetened up to sound like It’s not me being UTNG (Up To No Good):


I Am thrilled that our acquisition of has closed.

With, MegaTokyo now has the ability to use's Mirai Gaia platform to launch localized versions of MegaTokyo with ease enabling us to make MegaTokyo a truly global household brand name.

As you may already know, MegaTokyo with the help of Japanese publisher Kodansha will be releasing Japanese language titles of MegaTokyo.'s Mirai Gaia web application will enable us to instantly create not only Japanese but French, Spanish and other localized online communities with a push of a button and at extremely low cost due to the automation and artificial intelligence systems available in the platform.

This acquisition also means that we will be able to bring you even more MegaTokyo - 3 times a day! The automation tools of the Mirai Gaia platform mean less time preparing content and more time available to do the illustrations.

We will also be working with Azami Yuko sensei to pro actively introduce Mirai-chan into MegaTokyo as one of Piro's secret admirers.

All the MegaTokyo websites will be merged into a global site entitled "Gaia Tokyo" and the user database for Mega Tokyo and will be merged together to form an account that we are calling "Orion."

Danny will continue to serve as website manager of for the forseeable future and will be reporting directly to me.


The best part of this acquisition is the use of Choo’s Gaia Web application to help give the feel that you will be getting MT comics ‘3 times a day’. That’s how we’ll know if you have been assimilated - you’ll actually believe that you are getting three new comics every day, not just one every three weeks (BTW, if you believe you are getting 2 or 3 comics per week, that’s a sign that the process has started working on you [insert evil giggle here]).

And, of course, Piro is looking forward to adding Mirai to his harem. Kimiko needed a cute rival.

All that’s left now is for Danny to wake up and discover that he now belongs to me,. Dom will be telling him in person when he arrives to pack up that figure collection. :)

Next stop for Dom will be the GoodSmile company, where I expect his negotiations will be very, very ‘fruitful.’

[Insert another evil giggle]

< Dom >


Saturday - March 29, 2008

[Dom] - 08:35:43 - [link here]

After two weeks, I feel like I'm just about settled in to the new place. My bed feels comfortable again, I'm getting a feel for the neighborhood, and it's starting to feel like Home instead of The New Place. It's a great, relaxing feeling.

Which, of course, means that yesterday I got on a plane and flew to Seattle for a weekend.

I'm at Sakura-Con this weekend, though not in any truly official capacity. I'm here because, on a fundamental level, I still enjoy going to conventions for the fun of it. As some of you at ACen 2006 found out, one of my favorite activities is just wandering around and hearing people's stories.

In that spirit, I spent some of yesterday stalking my old friend Genjitsu of American Cosplay Paradise. My time in Seattle started in the basement of a Barnes and Noble talking to him about his current site growth projects as well as our various states of employment, but after talking shop it was back to business for him.  Not wanting to get too far separated from people I know, I spent some time following him around as he flitted from cosplayer to cosplayer taking pictures like a bright pink butterfly.

I said it once before when I want to Winter Comiket a couple years ago, and I'll say it again now: cosplayers are crazy folk.  I saw people running around shirtless or in shorts + bikinis in the Seattle weather, and it wasn't just raining yesterday - it was snowing!  In March!  That's crazy talk to a Bay Area boy like myself.

After a few minutes of following my boy Genri, I floated around the convention floor, and eventually found myself in the State of the Industry panel, which was interesting but almost turned into a shouting match at times.  Midway through the panel, a staffer seemed to recognize me, and grabbed me for the Meet the Guests reception, which started immediately after the panel.

The funny part about the Meet the Guests reception?  Yeah, I had fun talking to some America n voice actors and Takarano Arika of Ali Project.  But then I sat down to talk with Rob and Sabrina, two of their executive staffers, and two hours melted away as we talked shop about the sustainability, security, growth, and planning of conventions.  It was a fascinating, involved discussion of the various dos and don'ts of convention planning and management, and was also probably a sign that I'm getting old, since I didn't feel an urge to run around getting autographs or anything.

Today?  Well, I think I'm going to run around in costume to try and get back in touch with my inner nerd, and who knows what else will happen?  All I know is, this is a lot of fun, and given that people are practically begging for me to make more appearances, I might just wander the convention circuit again on an unofficial tour.


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