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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

Posting and Catching Up

If you didn't notice, my seventh fan word is up. It's a re-submission of my Top Ten list from 2006. This list explored how anime characters respond to that infamous chicken joke (How did the chicken cross the road?). If you haven't read it, you can always take your handy-dandy mouse (or whatever device you're using) and click here.

On other stuff, I got to read the Detective Conan manga today. I'm at Volume 2, in the "One Billion Yen Robbery Case". Quite a powerful story, I gotta say. And yeah, I'm still so way behind. Hopefully, I can reach whatever the latest chapter is by the end of this year. That way, once Gosho Aoyama ends Detective Conan anytime soon, I'm more or less prepared to know the ending.

On more stuff, tomorrow I'll be taking my final midterm exam, which is for Psychometrics. Right now, I'm making my project for the subject. It's simply a case study of myself with some psychological stuff involved. It's fairly easy, but I'm trying to make sure I don't go out and revealing everything about myself. It's just a project anyway, and printing costs are not that cheap.

And that's about it. Nothing too exciting, huh? I guess that's what college does to you: it makes your life less interesting than high school.

Anyway, take care and have a nice day.

Top Ten: The Chicken Joke

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This Top Ten list was originally posted on April 14, 2006 in the old Articles section of theOtaku. Back then, people were raving and ranting about Gundam Seed and its sequel, Rurouni Kenshin was still doing pretty well in terms of popularity, and most people thought of L simply as the 12th letter in the alphabet.

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Today's Category
TOP TEN ANSWERS ANIME CHARACTERS WOULD GIVE TO THE QUESTION, "WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?"

NUMBER 10: "If I had the power to cross the road back then, if only I can get a hold of such power... Any chicken who has cried over his lack of power will think that... Probably... But from the time it gets a hold of that power to cross the road, it becomes the one who makes others cry." - Athrun Zala (Gundam SEED Destiny)

NUMBER 9: "The chicken is simply following the fundamental law of nature. The strong shall live and the weak shall die." - Shishio (Rurouni Kenshin)

NUMBER 8: "It is because the chicken that crossed the road was not an amateur. It was a specialist." - Sousuke Sagara (Full Metal Panic!)

NUMBER 7: "Bansai, bathtoy, wise guy, waterboy, chickens cross the road tonight! Yay!" - Ed (Cowboy Bebop)

NUMBER 6: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth about why the chicken crossed the road." - Conan Edogawa (Detective Conan/Case Closed)

NUMBER 5: "You know why big chickens cross the road first? To protect the little chicks that come after them." - Ichigo (Bleach)

NUMBER 4: "Crossing the road because another chicken crossed the road... crossing the road because it crossed the road... will peace really come from that in the end?" - Cagalli Yula Athha (Gundam SEED)

NUMBER 3: "I believe that a road is a structure, and a chicken has legs for walking. Ms. Kaoru believes that a chicken cannot cross the road... *smiles* I just love her naive impression of the chicken! I wish that it's the truth, but I'm afraid it isn't." - Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)

NUMBER 2: "If the chicken has the power to make a difference, why not cross the road?" - Kira Yamato (Gundam Seed)

AND THE NUMBER 1 ANSWER ANIME CHARACTERS WOULD GIVE TO THE QUESTION, "WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?":
"It's... actually, It's a super-magical chicken. It has been hiding this fact for a long time. But it has this precious kingdom to go back to. The reason why these super chickens have to cross the road is that their great chicken king Rubalru had a miracle vision when he was about to die. The person who gave him this vision is called Great Kandora! When Kandora used his super magic power, King Rulbaru's Super-Ultra-Magical-Force was freed like a bird and made him cross the road! Just then, what happened was when King Rulbaru was resting, an enemy kingdom suddenly attacked him. He was in such a terrible situation! He then asked Kandora for power! And then-!" - Ayame Sohma (Fruits Basket)

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AUTHOR'S NOTE: Just so you know, if I pushed through with changing the list today, Number 2 would've been Naruto saying "Because the chicken believed in it!" and Number 1 would be Death Note's Light Yagami saying, "Because the chicken whose name is written in this Note shall cross the road."

Some Things Are Just Surprising

- Putting all political controversies aside. The opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics was --- SO AMAZING! The choreography was so cool, music was so nice, effects were so great --- it was just SO DARN AMAZING! I'm not a huge fan of the Olympics, so I guess it means a lot for me to say how much I enjoyed watching the opening ceremonies. (More of it can be read in Only In Asia.)

- I just learned that Detective Conan is coming back once again. Same time, same channel. This is great news for me. Although I'm kinda wondering where they'll start off. Will they go back to episode 1 or will they start off to where they last ended? One thing's for sure: I really need to catch up on the series.

- I'm surprised the Top Ten list I've re-submitted did pretty well. Actually, it did really, really well. In just a day, it became my highest-rated fanword. Wow. Never really thought that would happen.

- That's about it for today. Gotta go study for next week's midterms.

Top Ten: Insane Otaku

(AUTHOR'S NOTE: This Top Ten list was originally posted on April 2, 2006 in theOtaku's articles. This was back when Gundam Seed and Fullmetal Alchemist were the most popular anime series around, Bleach was now beginning to emerge as a hit anim...

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