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ABOUT ME

You can call me The Mask. In some sites, I'm also known as Detective Mask. I was born on April 12, 1990, making me 25 years old as of this time. I've been a theOtaku member for over 10 years already.

I'm a wandering teacher striving to enhance my skills. I'm also a longtime anime fan, and my all-time favorite anime/manga franchises include Detective Conan (Case Closed), MAJOR, Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X), Silver Spoon, and Death Note.

Some other notes: I'm a loyal Detective Conan fan for over a decade already. I'm also a pro-wrestling otaku, mainly with WWE. I love learning about history and I have a soft spot for social psychology.

It's great to have you in my Cafe. Feel free to browse around. Take care and may you have a nice day!

Top Ten Signs Your Friend Watches Too Much Anime

READER DISCRETION: This bit may contain themes and language not suitable for very young children.

On May 20, 2015, the "King of Late Night" David Letterman will officially retire after more than 3 decades on the air. As we celebrate his contributions to late night and to the entire comedy world, I decided to bring back this neat segment that I borrowed from his show a long time ago.

Back in 2006, I've become such a fan of the Late Show with David Letterman that I made my own series of Top Ten lists, just like what he'd normally deliver on his show. Since I was more associated with the anime community theOtaku, my lists tend to be related to anime. I had Top Ten Answers Anime Characters Would Give to the Question "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?". Back when Gundam Seed Destiny was quite hot, I also had Top Ten Dumb Guy Thoughts About Gundam Seed Destiny. But the list that started it all was Top Ten Signs that an Otaku is Going Insane.

Now that was 2006. Since then, a lot of things have changed. If I delivered that list now, I'd sound like the ghost of anime past. And that ain't cool with big daddy cool. (Okay, maybe that made me sound like the ghost of pro-wrestling past.)

Anyway, I decided to bring out a new list to pay tribute to David Letterman on his retirement. It's more of an updated list, though, since this is based on one of my old lists. And even though I dedicate this to Dave, I'm pretty sure he won't get a lot of the in-jokes here.

Tonight's category: Top Ten Signs Your Friend Watches Too Much Anime

TOP TEN SIGNS YOUR FRIEND WATCHES TOO MUCH ANIME

NUMBER 10:
When a girl uppercuts him, he suddenly jumps way above the ground.

NUMBER 9:
Ask him who Masashi Kishimoto is and he'll give you a very detailed answer. Ask him who Barack Obama is and his mind goes blank.

NUMBER 8:
His weird fashion sense involves a white shirt, lots of cake, and the 12th letter of the English alphabet.

NUMBER 7:
He always tries to use a transmutation circle to turn a piece of paper into his homework.

NUMBER 6:
When he ran an errand to buy some bleach, he came back with a book about an orange-haired teen.

NUMBER 5:
He came out as a ripped, shirtless pink-haired guy for the school's fairy tale prom.

NUMBER 4:
While his Australian teacher was talking about the Yowie monster, he raised his hands and screams "That's wasn't me! I like girls!"

NUMBER 3:
He freaked out when his spelling test had the words hen, tie, lowly, cone, show, tack-on.

NUMBER 2:
You tried to give him one piece of advice, and he screamed, "It's one piece of Oda, idiot!"

AND THE NUMBER 1 SIGN THAT YOUR FRIEND WATCHES TOO MUCH ANIME:
In an NFL game, he's wondering why the Tennessee Titans doesn't just bite their thumbs and eat their opponents alive.

And that's it for tonight's Top Ten list. Thank you for reading. And thank you, David Letterman, for the laughs and the memories that you have given to everyone, including me. Take care, Dave.

Good night everybody! #ThanksDave

The End of Naruto

Naruto has finally ended. It's not a series I followed faithfully through the years, but it's a series that has definitely marked my growing years, as well as that of many other kids and teenagers from the 2000s.

Seeing Naruto end feels strange. Like I said, I didn't really follow it. But I got the general plot of the story, and I'm familiar with its main characters and some of the supporting cast. So even if I barely followed the series, I still got teary-eyed and felt emotional as I saw its ending and how the kids and teenagers that we've come to know through the years have now become adults. It really is strange.

As I mentioned in my Naruto fan art tribute earlier this week, seeing Naruto end really reminds me of "Final Burning", which is the sold-out and emotionally-fueled retirement show of Japanese pro-wrestling legend Kenta Kobashi last May 2013. It may be weird for some, but that's just how I see it. Orange streamers flying around the ring, fans and co-workers emotionally paying their respects, and Kobashi bringing that fighting spirit as always and giving out his very best to the crowd before taking his final bow. Replace Kobashi with Naruto and it feels exactly the same. I wish I could draw this out to express how I feel about this, but at this point I can't really say if I can give this idea justice. (If someone is willing to draw this, please feel free to do so, or contact me so that I can try to see if we can work out a commission.)

In a sense, Naruto's end feels like the end of an era. For many adults, the end of Naruto has essentially marked the symbolic final curtain of their pre-adult life. For me, someone who wasn't an avid fan, it feels pretty close. (And I shudder to think how I'll feel once the manga that ultimately defined my life, Detective Conan, finally ends, when Naruto's end made me feel this way already.)

Congratulations to Masashi Kishimoto for 15 years of Naruto. As someone who was not Naruto's biggest fan, I still thank you, Mr. Kishimoto, for giving us a series that had become part of our childhood and teenage lives.

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