It's part of an all-new English-language website called CNNgo Tokyo. And while you're there, don't miss the great stuff by other secret agents, like Andy Szymanski's expose on Gyoza Town in Utsunomiya and Patrick Macias' 6 Tokyo movies that get it all wrong. This is an ongoing new gig, so look for more reports in the coming weeks and months!
In the coming new media age, a television that can accommodate a variety of electronic equipment connections is best. However, televisions with A/V inputs are quite expensive, so a standard, color tone stabilized color television can be used as well. In the latter case, a large cathode ray tube set will offer a better viewing experience than a compact type.
A full-featured video tape recorder with more features than a standard model, such as a remote control, is a necessity. It can be purchased by saving money from a part-time job. The reason for needing such a high-end model is so as to satisfy the needs of someone who will be using it every day. It's a little luxurious, but purchasing both VHS and Betamax types will give you more freedom for dubbing. For those who can't afford both, most anime fans prefer Beta.
Yappies tend to be visually oriented, but it's still a good idea to purchase a mini component stereo system tailored to the size of your room. The most important consideration isn't audio quality but rather to pick a system that has a timer feature and can play multiple cassette tapes in succession. Remember: this will be the background music machine for your anime life.
You may find a "dubbing controller," which will allow you to dub videos, and a portable home computer useful as well.
In this September 11th interview (Japanese language) with "Golgo 13" creator Takao Saito, the legend claims to have a softer side. "Right now, I'm feeling like I want to do something for kids, like Doraemon or Anpanman."
I can't think of anyone better qualified to teach the tykes that despite what they may have heard on Sesame Street, a silenced, pushbutton triggered M-16 will get you a lot farther in life than "sharing."
Other insights from the 72-year-old master of mayhem on the comic page, who declares that he'll "keep working as long as he possibly can": "With a fun job like this, who needs hobbies?" I couldn't agree more.
Sobering up between bar hops Friday night, Andy and I decided to warp a few parsecs over to Shibuya Kaikan, but the once-legendary top floor, formerly filled corner to corner with retro arcade games priced cheaper than anywhere else in Neo-Tokyo, real classics competing for attention in all their polyphonic bitpoppy glory, the place I spent I think half of my off-hours and most of my weekly food allowance during college, the place I actually was (and this will date me) when I heard Kurt Kobain died, while playing Time Pilot as it so happens, me not him I mean, a shadow of its former self, filled not with Dig Dug and Elevator Action and the rest but rather rows of several-year-old head-to-head Gundam Versus Whatever cabinets instead, tended by a clone-like army of chain-smoking college kids and first-year hires in moptops and cheap suits and thick-framed glasses, who quickly scanned us for the dinosaurs we were, and after a desultory round or six of Time Crisis 2, at which Andy kicked my ass, we traveled floor to floor, a two-man lost tribe from an eight-bit era, bearing gifts of frankincense, myrrh, and fifty-yen coins, eventually landing amidst a paltry handful of vintage games in the manger-like basement, upon one of which which Andy proceeded to kick my ass again. Then the drinking.
It's elementary, as this still from an episode of Mazinger Z explains.
There isn't really any need for alarm, though. As I reported a few years back, there's at least twelve giant robot bases in and around central Japan. In case of robot monster invasion, contact the one nearest you.
Andrew WK joins the ranks of foreign rockers who've been asked to cover the theme song of the original Gundam series. Compare it to Richie "Mr Big" Kotzen's previous version here. Both suffer from what I'd like to dub the "Mobile Suit Holstein" phenomenon: given the structure of the lyrics, there's no way around having to pronounce "Gundam" as "Gunda-moo."