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I’m going to Japan

…on vacation that is….

For years my dream has been to go to Japan.Actually I originally planned on teaching English in Japan,that’s what inspired me to come here(Korea) to begin with,I wanted to get experience for J.E.T. I’ve been watching anime since I was a kid,and took Japanese in high school.With so much love and passion I had to figure out where to go.But here’s a basic look on how I’m planning my trip.

Where am I going?

Japan has a lot to offer.Multiple province to look at,but for me the choices were easy .I’ll spend most of my time in the Kanto region and a little time in the Kansai region.

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LOL what I meant to say is that I’ll be spending most of my time in Tokyo( it is in the Kanto region) and a few days in Kyoto(is in the Kansai region).

 

Main attractions I plan on seeing:

Studio Ghibli Museum

Pokemon Mega Center

One Piece Tower(Tokyo Tower)

Owl Cafe and/or Falcon Cafe

Any Onsen(but I really want to go to  Ooedo Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba)

Inari Shrine

Hachiko Statue(shibuya crossing)

Swallowtail Butler Cafe

Final Fantasy Cafe

Alice in Wonderland Cafe(There’s like 3)

Artnia(Square Enix Cafe)

 

Areas I’ll go to :

Akihabara and Nakano Broadway(Tokyo)

Both known as being good places for nerds.Akihabara is considered king,but people always say that Nakano has the better prices.I want to put these two areas head to head to crown the place of the nerds.

Harajuku(Tokyo)

I kind of want to go to a couple of lolita shops particulary BTSSB.People always talk about the different styles people wear on Sunday,so I would love to see the street fashion.I do plan on doing a little shopping there as well.

Nara(Kyoto)

Adorable deer that will bow to you.

Gion(Kyoto)

Geishas(That is all).

Odaiba(Tokyo)

They have a giant gundam,a theme park built by Sega,an Edo styled onsen theme park, and a place called Pallet Town.I find that not going would be a bit blasphemous to my life.

This isn’t my itinerary but I’ll get that to you soon.

As always,

BlerdLikeMe

 

Blerd Life · Blerd Trek · Gamers Unite · Uncategorized

Playing EarthBound for the first time:My impression

With the coming of the Ness amiibo I thought I would play Earthbound for the first time(sorry guys I skipped Super Nintendo,I had a Sega).It makes me miss old school games,I can’t wait to get home so I can play my NES.

First I don’t know how old Ness is, I know he’s a kid but he runs his house,he’s the/a boss.He parent’s have no control of  him.His mom’s response to him investigating an asteroid in the middle of the night is “Well I could tell you not to go but you’re going to go anyway so why waste my breath”.His dad is your save point ,it seems to me you just call him when you need to save.The mom  is like, your my little fighter,oh ok, your about to go with your friend in the middle of the night to investigate,uhh take your dog and the baseball bat in your sisters room.Be safe ,I love you come back if you get hungry.But I like her though.When your HP is low you come to her,and she’s like :

To you:

“You’re hungry already.Why don’t you have some pizza”(Replenshes HP)

To your friend.

“Pokey,you don’t like pizza….T-O-O Bad.”

Game Play:

So far I only have my baseball bat as a weapon.I have a party of three Ness(me),Porky,and his dog King.It’s a basic turn based, though what is really interesting is that people in your party follow you around.Which actually makes a lot of sense.You see all the people in your party because you are travelling together.In most games,you just see the protagonist and you can check the menu to see your party.Though it does seem so far that you have no control of the others in your party.What I really think is hilarious,is that although you are a party of three, only you and your dog are attacking.Porky is playing dead,smiling insincerely ,uses you as a shield,and inching forward without attacking.

….a little later……

Story-line thus far:

A meteor has fallen in the middle of the night. You go to investigate,your mom doesn’t fight this, you wouldn’t listen to her anyway.You eventually get close,but there’s a police barricade,and your friend Porkey, is bothering the cops.So much so that the cops are asking you to stop him.You say he’s your friend, but you do nothing to stop him from bother them.The fact is he’s so delusional he thinks it’s you that’s bothering the cops.So you go back home and go to bed.Only to be woken up by someone knocking at your door. You’re the man of the house,so everyone’s waiting for you to open the door.Who could it be….well surprise, surprise it’s Porkey. The cops had to leave to deal with a group of juvenile delinquents, so he went to go see the meteorite,but then he lost is brother, Picky.Your mom understands that your a fighter and that you have a responsibility to your friends.So she tells you go in your sisters room,get a baseball bat to protect yourself, and to also take your dog.So you wake your dog and he reluctantly joins your party.And now you can finally go up to see the meteorite, or you would if  every spiteful crow ,snake and dog weren’t attacking you.Eventually you make it to the meteorite, at which time your dog is like, this is too scary,you didn’t warn me about this,I’m going home(you can read his thoughts).In which he leaves you…. ….  man’s best friend….and you find the brother sleeping next to a  tree.You wake him up, and he tells you how he was looking for his brother….because his brother ran away.He sometimes can’t believe that Porkey is his older brother.He then joins your party.

You touch the meteorite,a light shines from it and a bee comes out.Or at least it looks like one, but it’s states that it isn’t, and that it’s from ten years in the future.A future in which this guy named Giygas has thrown the world into eternal darkness.He states that where he is from there is a legend.That one day a boy will reach a point where he finds the light and will then shatter the nightmare stone and reveal the path of the light(Not my words).The three major components of this will be wisdom,courage,and friendships.The heroes will be three boys and a girl.He tell you that he believes you, Ness are the boy of legend.His name is Buzz Buzz and he joins your party.Pokrey says that he hopes that he’s not one of three.

My score:

Six out of seven dragon balls

I love it ,I love 2d so much,and the story seems pretty interesting so it pulled me in.I just wished i could control the other characters.I love have feisty almost all the characters are.I just wish I could buy this game on steam,though I’m sure I could play it on Wii,if I could afford a Wii that is….So for the moment I’ll just keep playing it online.

 

Have fun Gaming,

Blerdlikeme

Cosplay

Cosplaying at AWA

AWA is coming and although I am in Korea,I’m coming back a couple of weeks before it happens.So here’s a first look at what I’ll be cosplaying as.This will be my first cosplay I’m super excited and scared all at the same time.

1.)

So first I want to do Yoh Asakura from Shaman King.I haven’t decided if I want to do regular him or a gender bend of him.Maybe both…IDK

 

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Requirements:

Oracle Bell

Necklace

Forrest green pants or skirt(I actually have a green skirt that I bought for this cosplay but IDK I’m weighing my options for another skirt)

Orange headphones

Amitamaru totem

Sword(I haven’t decided if I want to invest in that yet)

Blouse(short tie blouse)

Black/brownish wig

 

 

2.)

So I want to do a gender bend Luffy(One Piece),I was going to do a regular Luffy but why try to be a guy when I don’t have to be.Also, if something happens with one of my other cosplays Bulma Luffy  is a fall back.So if I do the Bulma Luffy, I’m changing this from the original One Piece x Dragon Ball figurine.It will basically be the same as the gender bend Luffy cosplay plus contacts and a wig.

 

 

 

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Requirements:

Vest:i will intend to make this

Blue shorts

Luffy’s hat(I’ll get it when I visit One Piece Tower)

Sandals(I don’t have any)

SIDENOTE: This isn’t my drawing of the gender bend,I borrowed it from google so you could have an idea of what I plan on doing.All shout outs to the original artist I love the pic.

3.)

Red Dress Bulma DBZ(I mean I kind of love Future Trunks and Vegeta it’s only logical that I’d be Bulma)

Simplicity.

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Requirements:

Square cut red dress

Yellow Scarf

Blue Wig

Shoes

4.)

I feel like this is the one I can do most confidently.Mira Nygus from Seoul Eater.

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Requirements:

Military Pants

Belt

Pockets

Bandages

Black Marker(for tattoo)

Blue contacts(I’m going to use the same contacts from the Bulma cosplay)

Braids(the problem is if I actually get in braids it would be hard to wear the wigs for the other cosplays)….hmmmm decisions… I might get braid pieces…that could work)

 

A gif for you

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From,

BlerdLikeMe

Blerd Life · Blerd Trek · Life in Korea

Nerd things I miss while in Korea

Living in Korea,here’s are a few things that I really miss.

Western Style Anime Conventions

Yes Korea does have an Anime Conventions it’s called Comic World(it’s a monthly anime convention, one in Seoul and one in Busan), so I’ve heard that if you are cosplaying it’s pretty awesome.But for a person who is going that doesn’t(yet), it can be pretty boring.So there are two main display rooms.The artist sell bags,small artwork pieces,pins,posters,and doujinshi(orginal manga/manhwa).It’s basically a dealer room for independent artist,and that’s it…. there is a cosplay contest I believe, but as stated if you don’t cosplay….There is a mini-outside dealer-room type place.A few things are sold,one piece hats things like that.There’s no dance, no real dealers room,no gaming room,no anime viewing room,no lolita panels,no maid cafe,no panels at all,no people just doing caricatures, it’s really missing all the things I love about conventions.Also it’s super crowded and hot,it’s really shoulder to shoulder.Like I feel like it’s Comic Con busy,without all the fun that you would have at Comic Con.Though it’s not someplace I like to frequent it’s worth going to at least once.

Comic Book Stores

Yes, manga and anime are popular in Korea, and you can find English version of manga in almost any major book shop such as Bandi Lumi,you could also go to What the Book in Itaewon.But when you’re looking for, just good ‘ol monthly American comics that’s something that you’re just not going to find.

BRICK & MORTAR COMIC BOOK SHOPS DON’T EXIST HERE!Yes you can cry, it’s ok,sometimes I want to,too.

Now you can find some volumes of some series, but that’s about it.I’ve bought a volume of Young Justice and Batman,I’ve been so desperate I’ve even had some sent to me. I’ve bought hundreds of comics since I’ve been here, but they’re all in America,in many cases I would be paying more in shipping them here than I paid for the actual comic,so I have then sent home instead.

Seeing other nerds

What do I mean,OK in Seoul the other day I saw two guy that came into a burger restaurant  and while waiting for their waiter, they whipped out their 3ds’s. It’s not huge but, it’s really rare to see people just doing nerdy stuff.You know people just wearing random nerd graphic tees,playing their 3DSs in the open,random D&D and Yugioh playing.Yes I know a lot of Korean people game,but that’s actually not nerdom here,it’s just the culture(guys just game here it’s the norm).Bumping into people wearing their fandoms boldly, that is something I really miss.Now when there are events such as the celebration of the Pokemon world tournament winner it was packed with people or when the 12th doctor and the Tardis came here those tickets sold-out in less than three minutes.So I know there are nerds here,it’s just not all open like it is at home.

I just miss doing nerd stuff with nerds,aint nothing like walking into a room full of people who enjoy your same fandoms.As soon as I get home I plan on going to AWA and DragonCon and meeting up with other nerds ,not just that I’m working on a couple of cosplays.

Anyway just a few things that I miss,

BlerdLikeMe

Sidenote: MyNamesNotAlic e(really it isn’t)