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  1. Panel 1:
    Well, this is Shinjuku. My friend Tsubasa lives around here somewhere.
    Wonderful. I am in awe of your uselessness.
  2. Panel 2:
    Maybe if I get online, I'll be able to get a hold of him.
    Also shown:
  3. Panel 3:
    <piro> tsubasa!
    <tsubasa> hello! How are you?
    <piro> well, I'm standing in a Gateway Country store in Shinjuku.
    <tsubasa> ... what? You are in Japan?
    <piro> yea. I need a favor. We need a place to crash.
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  4. Panel 4:
    <Sir, what are you doing??>
    <Help! Fire!!>
    <tsubasa> ah... let me guess, Largo-san is with you.
    <piro> uh, yeah. Could you hurry?
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< Piro >

Saeko-chan cosplaying as Sakura-chan


Tuesday - September 12, 2000

[Piro] - 10:02:00 - [link here]

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...

This is wrong!@$!# all wrong$#$! Largo should not be in the bigass bunnysuit ;.;

it's just wroooooooong ;.;

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...^^;;

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!

< Largo >


"tribes goodness"

Thursday - September 14, 2000

[Largo] - 13:01:00 - [link here]

Well It's been a fun ride so far, We've been up a month now and we're still here, hrm, who'd have guessed?

Doing the comic has been, an interesting experience. Piro and I are new to this stuff, and to be honest I had no idea the amount of time that would be required to make the comic. What amazes me is our strip is only three a week, yet we barely have time to do even that, I have no idea how all those daily strips out there get done. For those people who do their daily comic on the side and maintain a 40 hour/week job as well, I am in awe.

For those interested I ran across a site thatsdedicated to showing all the 'engrish' or bad/fake english being used over in Japan. For the more l33t types among you, you may prefer this instead.

Today I saw that GameStop had moved the release date forBaldurs Gate II from early october to lateseptember. As the release date draws near, I have began having dreams about Imoen...

Yesterday's rant seemed to spark some interest in Afterlife. I received a few emails of people asking whyI didn't link directly to the page with it, the reason for that is Lucasart's websiteis setup so you can't link directly to it.. may their webmaster burn in hell for alleternity or worse... run out of gin. Anyways, to find it, click on their 'store' sectionand then on their 'classic games' link at the bottom of the page. It is sold by itself andas part of one of their archives collection packs. If memory serves me, it comes with a few other classics like The Dig and Full Throttle, definitely worth checking out if you want some gaming nostalgia.

Even with all the pretty new engines which use sexy words like bump maps and inverse kinomatics, I'm still playing the original Tribes. I couldsay it's because I have a love of good solid gameplay that transcends my shallow desires of drooling over new 3D engines, I could say that - but I'd be lying. The truth is I've been practicing my Stormhammer skillz. As all of you should already know, unless you've been living under a rock on mars, Tribes 2is coming and when it gets here, I'll have the pleasure of fragging you all...

What more can be said about this game that hasn't already, hrm.. it rocks! Yep, you heard it here first,this game rocks. The feature I'm most looking forward to in this game is all the new vehicles, from ground assault to fighter craft, to flying fortress's this game will have it all. From all the reviews I keep reading everyone seems to say the game will have all the basics that made the first one rule, add in a new engine you can drool over, some new weapons, more teamplay options, and all those sweet vehicles, and you've got me sold.

This reminds me, This week the notices for those selected to be in the Tribes 2 beta are to be sent out. So to those lucky few of you who got into beta, I say ... damn you all!


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