I spent the day reading manga at a manga cafe. I couldn't buy anymore manga because it wouldn't fit, so my only option was to read everything I wanted before I left.
At the manga cafe, I got an email from a new client asking me if I would be interested in translating something for them. I love working on video games, so of course I said yes. I hope it works out!
At night, I went to dinner with a bunch of industry people. Sato-san, who I always see at Anime Expo, was there. He's in charge of the noitaminA stuff...I think. I'm not really sure.
Konno-san, former Bandai Visual USA president, was there too. I haven't seen him since BV USA left, so it was nice to see him again.
Tezukacchi from Bushiroad was there. I just saw him a few weeks ago. He said that because his president Kidani-san met with me, he was gung-ho about taking Vanguard to the United States now. So you'll probably see them at a convention or two this year? Maybe?
And the last one to arrive was Hidehiro-kun, the super otaku. Actually, he's former industry. He was a staff? or something at Viz Media, and I think he was staff at Sakura Con too. I'm not sure... But I just know he came to talk to my sister because he is a huge Galaxy Angel fan, lol.
We had okonomiyaki, because that's what I requested.
The store was Gottsui, which has a store near my house.
I went to Akihabara to shop for Monster Hunter goods. I needed to eat lunch, so I went to the Gundam Cafe.
Haro strawberry latte.
I ate the Char Curry at the Char table. I'm not even a fan of Gundam... I felt a little bad.
I didn't have to go to the bathroom, but I knew that they would have something in there, so I went.
And just as I thought...
Later that night, I went to dinner with Shigeto Koyama-san, Hiromi Wakabayashi-san, and Atsushi Nishigori-san.
I think the last time I saw all three TOGETHER was when we were out taking pictures of Southern California for Panty & Stocking purposes. (Individually, I see Koyama-san and Wakabayashi-san a lot, haha.)
We went to eat monja and okonomiyaki.
It was a fun night.
I think we were at the restaurant for about 4 hours.
I met up with Bamboo-san because last year at Anime Expo he promised he would take me to eat good monja.
We met at his office. He had a pretty spiffy-looking studio.
Singer and superstar yozuca* came along, too! I haven't seen her since she came to Anime Expo back when it was in Long Beach, so it was fun.
We went to Tsukishima, where monja was invented, for dinner.
We talked about how Bamboo-san could get married. He always kids that he wants a girlfriend from the U.S.
So I told him he should go meet girls at Yaoi Con this year, especially because it's going to be in LA. We even joked that he could be auctioned off at the Bishonen Auction. Although even if Bamboo-san looks young, he's XX years old. It would be a Bichunen Auction...
I don't even know how one gets into the Bishonen Auction. If someone from Yaoi Con could tell me, I would appreciate it.
I went to see the TRIGGER office. They had just recently finished furnishing the office, and it was nice. I think their biggest draw (haha) is the customized tilting tables for the animators. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of them...
I met up with Masahiko Otsuka-san, the president of this new studio, and Sa-san of GAINAX, and Yamada-san of Sanjigen.
We went to dinner, and after that we came back to the studio.
Hiroyuki Imaishi was there, so we talked for a long time about the anime industry. He said he wanted to come back to the United States, maybe next time to the east coast.
By the way, this day (Dec 23) was a holiday, and the first of a three-day weekend. There were many, many staff working late at night as if it were a normal day. This is the anime industry, everyone.
I went to GAINAX, mostly because I haven't seen their new office. I think every time I go, they're in a new office.
Anyway... I forgot to take pictures because I spent most of the time talking to various people.
Kazuya Tsurumaki-san was there for a meeting, and I haven't seen him for close to 10 years, so I was talking to him for a while. With him was Yoji Enokido-san, script writer for Evangelion and Utena, among other things. I'm actually a huge fan of Enokido-san, so I was pretty excited.
Enokido-san is called "Prince" and I saw why... He looks like he's in his twenties!! I thought he was an assistant or something because he looks so young...
I then went to go see Yoshiyuki Sadamoto-san. He told me about his most recent project, "The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki."
I also said hi to Su-san, who is part of the licensing team.
After saying hi to everyone I know, I went to dinner with them.
It was a nice, fun evening. I forgot to take pictures, but I did take pictures of the stuff they gave me.
Flyer for "The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki" and "Believe in Yourself" samples.
My cousin wanted to go out to buy FF13-2, so he was nice enough to take me along. I wanted to go buy a new camera, because my FujiFilm broke for the 3rd time. (I will get it fixed... I needed a new one to use during my trip in Japan.)
After our trip to the electronics store, we went to eat ramen.
This is what the store looks like.
It looks like a Capsule House from Dragon Ball, yes?
It's a tiny place, but they have huge ramen servings.
I got the normal size...
Shio ramen with spinach and egg topping.
My cousin and his friend got the large.
It's hard to tell, but please compare the size of the bowl to the chopsticks.
They even have a size larger, extra-large. It's in the same bowl but with way more noodles.