We have: fingerless gloves!
I wonder when "muscular anime dude" will become a linked tag.
I live 15 minutes away from this store. no fucking lie.
My hands are trembling, I didn't know how close to home this one would hit.
Please, please, take us on a video field trip. In fact, video field trips should become a thing here.
FYI that dude is muscular like the DPRK is democratic.
Has there ever been a brick and mortar "anime superstore" that wasn't creepy? Especially in the U.S.
There was a comic shop that shifted focus after a change in management that I went into once to see what happened with the makeover and it was almost all anime DVDs and video game stuff covering the walls and all sorts of overpriced, cluttered otaku-riffic 'collectables' on display including creepy anime girl figurines. There were a few manga trades on a few racks, along with some individual manga comics, probably holdovers from the old shop. There were two TVs near the door blaring some sort of magical girl heroine cartoons and the whiniest emo music playing over the PA system. Now the thing is it was brightly lit and actually clean and all but poorly laid out and people were having to edge around each other when they were caught in the narrow paths between displays for mecha model kits and bug-eyed moe girl statuettes or whatever. I ducked out after looking around a bit because the place was sort of giving me the creeps despite being clean and well lit.
Back in the early 90's, a friend of mine at work took me to an anime store where he was getting one of the final fantasy soundtracks on CD. It wasn't creepy so much as jam-packed. It was like seeing a booth at a comic convention where they'd shipped three times too much junk but were determined to have it out for display anyway. It was run by an actual Japanese guy, so maybe that made some difference. He also went for a bright white decor motif, so it looked less like a converted dive bar and more like a place that had recently been a hair salon.
I wasn't "scared" so much as skeeved out a bit, though I'm sure you would have loved that place. WAKKA WAKKA.
I'll admit my experiences with that store was partly sour because the comic shop it had replaced had been the Gallant to the area's other Goofus store - a well organized layout with a diverse selection, including various indie publishers and even undergrounds and such stuff. Then the owner had to give it up and turned things over to an employee who completely overhauled it into, well, that. I was perhaps not feeling very charitable.
Don't try lying to me.
I can taste your fear in every one of your words.
What a sweet bouquet of terror.
Water the blossoming flower of my pleasure with the sweet nectar of your panic.
|Reefer Fez |
Sorry, but Calpico isn't a Japanese drink.
Jet Bin Fever
No, no.. That's fair! I hate how they changed the name in the states. It's sugary weirdness either way though. Never cared for milk soda.
Do they really call posters "wall scrolls?" And areas lacking at least one or more walls "viewing rooms?"
Nice to hear his shirt rack works.
There's a definite difference between wall scrolls and posters, but I'm too ashamed of knowing that to explain it.
BEARDO STAR POWER, MAKE UP!
A poster is a glossy sheet of paper with a picture on it to go on your wall, like this:
A wall scroll is a much more expensive roll-up piece of cloth (or cloth "scroll" if you will) on a string with a picture on it to hang on your wall, or from the ceiling, if you so desire, like this:
In other words, a wall scroll is a Japanese poster.
Reminded me of the Road Gym in this review: http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/roamin-dad-60.php
There's an anime store at the Metrotown Mall. My boyfriend and I went there awhile ago and their were three middle aged fatties at the back with giant binders full of pokemon cards. They were "working" on their decks and shitting themselves because the next worldwide tournament (wtf?) is going to be in Vancouver.
If this tournament actually has a 30+ age category, we may have to go with a video camera.
YEAH! FUCK those stupid man-babies!
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
Not exactly an Anime SuperDUPERstore, is it?
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
"Can you see these okay?"
No, Dave. .What the fuck are they?
|Caminante Nocturno |
There should be a rule against watching non-anime in the viewing room, and it should be heavily enforced.
The Anchorage anime convention is held in the student union at UAA. Last time I went, the viewing room was showing Rush Hour 2.
I think the critical piece that is being missed is that even anime nerds are ashamed to admit to anime nerds that they are anime nerds...
so yeah, watch Rush Hour 2 and keep your mouth shut.
|Jet Bin Fever |
Those fucking murals. Dear lord those fucking murals.
The sign outside is especially confusing.
It actually just looks like your typical small-town mom and pop shop, except covered with nerd crap.
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