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Just because I am the Psychotaku, doesn't mean games are all I think about. Here are the things I find interesting, check it out

Tuesday
Jun012010

Pyschotaku Shoot Episode 9

Yesterday we had the video shoot for the 9th episode for the Psychotaku. It was pretty amazing. Just to give a teaser, I didn’t shave for 3 weeks to prepare myself for the character portrayed yesterday. I was still the Psychotaku, but took it on myself to give the character a slight twist.

During the Professor Freddie and the Cosmos shoot, I was getting pretty down. Mainly because as Freddie would change and create an exciting new character each episode, I realized the Psychotaku was basically the same each time. I was worried the character may get stale and boring. It was at that shoot I decided to tweak the character for yesterday’s shoot.

Inspiration comes at strange times. Usually when I have no way of writing the idea down. In the shower, driving, on the toilet or even at work while doing some menial task. And then it just makes the task even more weird. Driving while repeating the idea out loud, over and over again until getting the chance to stop and frantically scrounging for a pen and paper to write it down. Thus is life.

But it’s better to write ideas down. Who knows you may find it years later when you actually have the time and means to actually do it. That and you save yourself the aggravating time wasted thinking about, “What was that idea I came up with? I remember it was awesome! Dammit!” Because sometimes it wasn’t so awesome.

So I’m glad I wrote down the idea for the Psychotaku so that I can share it with all of you guys!

Tuesday
Jun012010

I love Disneyland... and here's why.

This weekend my girlfriend and I stayed at the Grand Californian, at Disneyland. Actually it’s closer to California Adventure but who’s counting? Usually I tend to think that all hotel rooms are the same (except in movies. It’s amazing what Hollywood thinks the average joe can afford.) but this is not true. The size was pretty much the same but the attention to detail was amazing. Flat screen TV with RCA hookups, DVD player, rotating shower head and everyone was extremely polite and kind, making the day that much more enjoyable.

But we’re not here to talk about the hotel room, we’re here to talk about why I love Disneyland. Well let’s start off with the basics. I’m Japanese. Japanese people love Disneyland. Tokyo Disneyland is smaller than Anaheim’s Disneyland, but it always seems to have more people. And I have a theory that it’s ingrained into our DNA. So at some microscopic levels, even though I was pretty much raised in California, I must love Disney. Even though I know about most of the scandals, coverups and the mistreatment of their employees, deep down I must love Disneyland. That and I’m a kid at heart.

The next reason is more grounded in reality. On Saturday I headed over to the gift shop in the Grand Californian to pick up some water. Now, I knew ahead of time that I was going to be hosed. $2.75 for a bottled water, can you believe it? So regardless I shrugged and paid the lady. Upon payment I noticed she had a lanyard with pins on them. In Disneyland, they have something called “pin trading”. Basically, you can buy pins and some employees are required to carry lanyards with Disney pins on them. So if you see an employee with a pin that you like, they are required to trade that pin for any pin of your choosing. A cool concept, but something that I never got into… until Saturday…

On the lanyard the lady had a “Fozzie Bear” pin. I love the muppets. Something about them always puts a smile on my face. I love the way they flail their arms about. I love the absolute ridiculousness of them interacting with real people. I love small muppets. I love big muppets. The main reason I created Rai-kun. And I’ve seen most of the muppets pins that they have in Disneyland. Most of them are wearing “Mickey Ears” or have some blatant Disney iconagraphy. But this pin was different. There was only a subtle “hidden Mickey” on the dot of the “i” of “Fozzie”. It was awesome. So I told her, I was admiring her “Fozzie Bear” pin, but had no pins of my own to trade. Immediately she took off the pin, handed it to me and said, “Oh, here you go.” I was flabbergasted. I responded with, “Nonono that’s okay.” But she insisted. So I thanked her and left mesmerised with my new treasure. Sure I had to pay $2.75 for my water, but she had given me a pin that was at least worth $5.95, for free!

However it goes beyond this story. Apparently the pin I had received, was never available for purchase. It was a special “employee only” lanyard pin. Which meant the only way to get this in Disneyland was to find an employee and trade for it. I also noticed it was pin 3 out of 5. Instantly I was on the internet to see which pins I was missing out on. And they were all awesome! As it turns out there were more muppet pins than just the 5 in my set. Then it hit me. I was now a pin trader. In this small gesture that I had thought was good and pure, I was now realizing, this employee was a pusher. Sure the first taste was free, but now I had to pay. Not just monetarily, no. Now I was one of “those” people, always hovering about employees with their pin lanyards, searching for muppets and turning away, looking disgusted as I realize they’re only filled with “pooh”. Forever searching. Curse you Disney! You have my soul!!

And that’s why I love Disneyland.

Tuesday
Jun012010

COSPA STORE!

I love Akihabara. The last time I was there was on a business trip. We were actually filming 2 documentaries. One on Robotech and the second was on Power Rangers. I had the pleasure of accompanying Tony Oliver who was both the voice actor for Rick Hunter and Saba the talking tiger saber, not to mention the producer of Power Rangers. Unfortunately I only had 2 hours to spend in Akihabara. Which I used the majority of the time in Cospa. This awesome little Anime goods store. Ever wanted a ring that gave you +3 intelligence? Or how about a cup from the White Base cafeteria? You can get it all and more at the Cospa Store!

Tuesday
Jun012010

Behind The Scenes

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a Psychotaku shoot? Well, I’m here to show you the shenanigans that happen when the cameras aren’t rolling. Please forgive the unprofessionalism, but be sure to sample the fun while you’re scrolling through the pictures. Enjoy!

Me, Matt, and Roy (TheAfrotaku) sitting in the cornerSee more Behind The Scenes here! 

Tuesday
Jun012010

Psychotaku gets Interviewed!

Hey guys! So just wanted to let you guys know that I got interviewed the other day. It’s so awesome! Check it out:

The Yamagato Industries Business Report are the official Comic/Anime Podcast of the Game Heroes. These guys are awesome. I got to talk to all three of them, Link, Beezlo and Mongo and they’re stand up guys. The interview was so much fun and they even let me cohost the episode. I’m always up talking about Comics and Anime and these guys know their stuff. So take a listen and let me know how I did.