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!
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Ah the memories. I know it was only about a year ago, but it still feels like forever. I came across these pictures and realized I hadn’t put them up yet. So here they are for your viewing pleasure.
Man, I totally remember this shoot. Just the uncertainty of if this would even work. If what I was trying to do would make sense to those who watched. But at the same time the excitement of the potential this shoot had. This was where it all started, the beginning of not only Freddie but the Psychotaku as well.
We trekked for about an hour, with equipment in each hand. Over hills and valleys just to make it to this secluded stream. Granted the location was perfect, no signs of technology anywhere, but it came with a price. My crew, with only my ramblings of the vision I had, had little knowledge of what I was doing. However they too contained the excitement of the unknown ahead of them.
In the end, everyone witnessed my vision first hand and each shoot became that much easier. I could do more because my crew knew because of this first shoot we could all pull it off. But a little piece inside of me knows that the mystery of the unknown of the fishing location held a little bit of magic that could never be recaptured.
This past weekend the Speed Gamers held another stupendous marathon. They played all of the Metroid games. And just by chance, the Psychotaku was there to help. Unfortunately, a miscommunication made it so I wasn’t on the schedule, so it just made it that more Psychotaku!
Thanks again to all my fans on the Speed Gamers. You guys made it a blast. I had so much fun talking to everyone, getting to know you more as you got to know me more, and showing you guys stuff from the set. And my apologies go out to all of my fans who missed me, I assure you that next time I’ll make sure I’m blocked out so you can schedule ahead of time, if you want to see me.
And a special thanks to Sub-Laguz, for taking screen shots so the rest of the world can taste a sample of what it was like on that magical day. You can check them out below.
As you know, I am a fan of Japanese Import Games. And last year, I took it upon myself to become a reviewer of such media. At the time, I searched around and couldn’t find any other import reviewers. But after I stated production on the Psychotaku, a few started popping up. Including fellow import reviewer Jew Wario. I am a big fan of his reviews, as he isn’t constantly angry. Funny thing, being the Psychotaku and all. Anyway, he brought to my attention one Retro Game Challenge. Being the same kind of gamer as he is, I knew I had to pick this one up. And I wasn’t disappointed. I soon learned that the game was based on the Japanese show, Game Center CX.
This guy is awesome. Basically, the premise is that they got a middle aged man, who isn’t a gamer, to play all of these classic retro games. I also like all of the extra segments where he goes and finds retro arcades and games stores. Super Awesome.
The ironic thing is that if I would have seen Game Center CX first, the Psychotaku may have never even come to be. Well, if not that then the Psychotaku may have been very different. I mean the reason I created the Psychotaku was because there wasn’t any import reviewer out there. Well, there may have been import reviewers out there but there weren’t any good ones. (Remember this was pre-”You Can Play This”.)
I wanted to share all of the cool games that I grew up on. Sure I played Super Mario Bros. 3, the Megaman series, Castlevania and the rest. But there was no representation for the Japanese games. Classics such as Umihara Kawase Shun, Tobal 2, the Parodius series, and every Anime game that never made it to the U.S.
Now, I’m not your biggest Harry Potter Fan. I’ve never read any of the books and, in fact, I thought the second movie was kind of ridiculous. By the time the “Half Blood Prince” came out, however, I was hooked. Like any geek, I love fantasy. Witches and Warlocks, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic and Mystery …are part of their history. So, when I heard they were making a theme park in Universal Studios Orlando, I was at the website lickity split!
I love when fantasy meets reality. Whether it’s live action Anime, a 1/1 scale Gundam in Odaiba or a whole theme park dedicated to a fantasy novel series.
I think it just took me several movies to get into the series. My girlfriend says you’re supposed to pick up the first book as a child and the novels grow up with you. Which I understand, but I saw the first movie when I was in my 20s and it didn’t help that “The Fellowship of the Ring” came out a few months later. But years after the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy had finished I was still getting my fantasy fix from the “Harry Potter” franchise.
And now there is a theme park. Well, a section of Universal Studios Orlando anyways. But how cool is that? I can’t wait to pick out my own wand or check out the cool candy store, not to mention explore Hogwarts! Awesome! Spring 2010 here I come! (Or maybe a little later after crowds die down a bit.)
Now, if they only made Star Wars based theme park. Oh well… I guess I’ll have to live through Star Tours.