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Forum Games / Re: Random thoughts or things you just want to say...
« on: May 27, 2011, 09:32:02 PM »
Dood! I saw you! I was right there at the front of the reg line when some random girl called you an effer and told you to give her a hug Then you just ignored her and walked away. XD  lmao

THAT totally sounds like something The Stig would do!!  It's hilarious in a TopGear sorta way.

^ @c2: aww, I'm really sorry to that person that called me an f-er. It's really hard to hear in that helmet. I'm embarassed.

It's not your fault you couldn't hear in that helmet!

Things in the Universe / Re: How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: May 21, 2011, 11:15:33 AM »
Sure! I hope it benefitted you in some way! : )

Unfortunately, I hate to burst your bubble, but if you get a JR pass, you don't go through the normal ticket gates, you have to show your pass to the person in the booth to the left/right of the ticket gates so that they can let you in. It only takes a second and isn't a hassle, but you don't put your tickets through the ticket gates like everyone else.
Seeing it live in person would be cool too  8)- but from what it sounds like I may be using a combination of tickets so its all good!!

Again. You need to learn the lines of where you're going. There are JR lines in Tokyo, but the majority of lines are not JR. So it's very based on where you're traveling in Tokyo whether or not you're using a JR. Also remember, JR passes are weekly passes. They are roughly 350$ for a single week, I think 480$ for 2 week and 560$ for 3 week. So when you activate your pass, how long of a pass, etc. are very important. I stayed almost exclusively on the Western side of Tokyo so a JR was almost useless. So plan appropriately which cities your visiting while your pass is active and when it is not.
WOAH thats a lot of $! Thanks for the heads up! I better start saving up as much as I can right now

Echoing what Pyron is saying, most of the lines that run through central Tokyo are Tokyo Metro rather than JR.  As Pyron can tell you, my home is nowhere near a JR station, and I live about as centrally as you can get.  (I have a view of Tokyo Tower from my living room.)  As a resident of Tokyo, I think I ride the JR at most once or twice a month and that's usually to go to places like Costco.     

However, many great tourist spots are accessible by JR.  If you're traveling outside of Tokyo frequently, then I think the JR pass could be worth your money.  Otherwise, I'd just stick to the Suica/Passmo (the cards that you touch down on the reader at the gates) and refill those as you go.

Edit: I forgot that you could walk to Tokyo Tower from Hamamatsucho which is a JR station. 
Ahhh I see, thank you for the recommendations! Good to know I can refill them as I go [that sounds super awesome too]

Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Guests I Want for Fanimecon 2012!!!!!!!
« on: May 17, 2011, 11:10:35 PM »
In Alphabetical Order of first name (not in increasing/decreasing order of favorites):

-David Hayter
-Hideo Kojima
-Shoko Nakagawa
-Suda 51
-Tetsuya Nomura
-You Yoshinari

Quote from: Tsuchimi Rin-chan on January 26, 2011, 10:45:46 AM

Today Nabeshin (Shinichi Watanabe) the Director of Excel Saga and other anime is wondering on his Facebook why USA conventions have not invited him for this year.

Is there a way for Fanime Guest Relations Staffing to invite him over to Fanime Con 2011?  I already met him at last years Anime Expo 2010 and he is a very nice and funny guy when I got to know him at their meet the guest reception.

Just a suggestion if Fanime Con 2011 can pull off this miracle as I want other fans to enjoy his company.

Also, ^^^support for this recommendation^^^

[This is the same post from the 2011 Thread but I still feel the same about these guests since most likely none of them made it this year (2011)

I have no idea of how suitable they all are :P]

Registration / Re: Getting in line on Thursday and what time?
« on: May 17, 2011, 10:53:13 PM »
Registration information, and more @ >>>Registration FAQ<<<

I'm 17 and my dad bought my pass, so will I need him to show his drivers drivers liscence to get the four day fanime badge?


"Q: I am under 18 and do not have a driver’s license or passport, what do I do?

A: All FanimeCon members must have valid government issued ID. The only exceptions are those under 18 attending with a parent or legal guardian. The parent or guardian must have valid government issued ID and will be responsible for the minor and all his or her actions. However, without a membership, the legal guardian can only roam the concourse area and are not allowed into badged areas. Do not bring a birth certificate as it does not count."

"Q: What do I need to pick up my badge if I purchased my membership online?

A: Please bring a valid government issued photo IDs like a passport, driver’s license, or California ID, along with your electronic postcard that will be attached to your registration account sooner to FanimeCon. School IDs, Driver’s/Learner’s Permit, and Birth Certificates do not count."

Quote from: SoupSoup
What time should I get in line to get it?

"Q: What time/days is Registration open at FanimeCon?

A: We will be open from Thursday to Monday of FanimeCon. Thursday, will be pick-up exclusively for Pre/Early-Registration attendees only. Times will be announced later."

Quote from: SoupSoup
What's the process?

Sorry, I don't know what to tell you, what do you mean specifically by "process"?

Hope this helps!

Things in the Universe / Re: How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: May 17, 2011, 10:35:17 PM »
...if you're in central Tokyo, I see no reason why you couldn't almost exclusively use your JR pass.

Thank you for contributing your experience about the JR pass!  Hopefully this simplifies everything a little :)

[it's gonna be so awesome swiping those train cards over the scanners!]

Things in the Universe / Re: How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: May 12, 2011, 07:45:46 PM »
i would actually recommend talking to gilles poitras at the convention (or attend his panel at least) because he can give you some really good insights into how the locals treat foreigners in japan.

Cool, didn't know they had panels like that, I'll definitely try and make it.

i would highly recommend picking up a jr pass before you go though - it'll save you a lot of time in the train stations because you wont have to worry about tickets on any of the local trains.  it also allows you to ride the shinkansen (bullet train) for free.

Good point, I can't go to Japan without going on the bullet train at least once! XD

i agree with the venture south suggestion.  kyoto was an awesome place to visit and i didn't get enough of it when i went.  it's beautiful and full of historical significance.  one place i also regret not making it to was osaka - amazing food from everything i've heard.  if you feel like taking a little side trip, heading out to nara is worth the trip - especially if you're there for the beginning of spring festival (early february) and so is himeji (the largest wooden samurai castle is there).  tokyo has a number of areas which are really worth checking out like akihabara (otaku capitol), asakusa (giant gray? market), harajuku (go on a sunday for cosplayers), and of course ginza and other fun sites but because it is so metropolitan, it loses some of the charm you'll find in the smaller cities.

I don't know how well I'll be able to time my arrival, but I'll keep early February in mind anyways.  I've heard about Harajuku but almost forgot about it, great suggestions!

Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge! :D

A JR pass is only worth it if you're taking the Shinkansen and staying somewhere not in Tokyo. Most of Tokyo doesn't use JR, so it'd be kind of worthless. Odakyu, Oedo, etc. etc. etc. is what you'll be taking around Tokyo which aren't part of JR. If you go to Kyoto or Hokkaido (basically if you take a trip to the Northern or Southern areas)then the JR pass is worth it. Buying a ticket to Kyoto is about the same price as getting a week JR pass.

Oh, I should explain. A JR Pass is basically an unlimited use train pass on the JR Lines. This pass is ONLY available to foreigners and you must buy it in advance before coming to Japan. You local travel agency or what not will have information on this.

Sounds like I may be venturing South a bit then, thanks for the valuable info!

Buy/Sell/Trade / Re: WTT/WTS (FREE) Gurren Lagann - Nia figure
« on: May 03, 2011, 03:42:29 PM »
Fun way: Find someone cosplaying Nia. Give it to him/her. Everybody wins.
Or, give it to me and I'll gift it to one of my Gurren Lagann-loving friends. =p
Ohhhh good ideas :) EDIT: When/Where should we meet?

Holy crap... this is the dumbest thread in the world then.
"Can I give something to someone"
"... ... yes. Why wouldn't you be able to give something to someone."
How/why does this belong in the convention section, let alone "live programming".
If you want to give someone a figure... just give it to someone. Holy crap.

Iono lol, it just seemed like a situation where security would see it as suspicious activity and I don't wanna go through all that just to give it to somebody, I posted it in the LiveProgramming section because it felt "Swap-Meetish".  Good to know there are no problems with doing it though. I tend to be paranoid about these things :P Like after searching for threads similar to this I saw somebody got an allergic reaction to food from one of the vendors and sued the vendor because of it.

for example, a little girl fined $50 for selling LEMONADE without a PERMIThttp://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,539865,00.html

leave it on a table with a note that says 'FREE'.
I wasn't sure if that would look weird, but I guess its okay to do things like that.

Daimyo, You don't give out free figurines away pal. What you need to do is have people earn it, dude it is worth $$$. Here is my suggestion. Since this is Live programming and Events.  
Use the item as a prize. Give this item to either the Console Gaming Department for their tournaments or to Stage Zero for their Game Show. I don't know if you know anyone who staffs those departments but see if you can donate it to them.
I don't know anyone who staffs those departments, the Stage Zero Game Show sounds like a good idea tho EDIT: I just realized that there might be somebody who wants it but the GameShow would leave it up to chance or skill and it might end up with somebody who doesn't really want it, thanks anyways tho.

Buy/Sell/Trade / Re: Giving a Figurine Away for Free?
« on: May 03, 2011, 11:37:28 AM »
Here's what you do. When someone buys a bunch of stuff, tell them you'll throw that in for free for being a good customer.

YAY... done.

The thing is I'm not selling anything :S

EDIT: ...and I won't be @ Fanime until Saturday.

Video Programming / Re: Nostalgia Room ideas
« on: May 03, 2011, 11:10:24 AM »
Um your under arrest?

Is that an old one?

Ya it counts :) but there's a lot to choose from-

List of Y.U.A.'s ranging from the 1990's-2000

Buy/Sell/Trade / WTT/WTS EDIT: Thread Question Answered
« on: May 03, 2011, 10:53:13 AM »
Mod Edit: does not belong in Fanime Forums. Moved to WTS threads

!!! UPDATE: Figure has been claimed. !!!

Things in the Universe / Re: How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: April 29, 2011, 07:28:21 PM »
Yeah, the train thing is totally true.... If you have personal space issues, avoid rush hour.  If not, do it once.  It will give you funny stories for later.
LOL!!  It would depend on who is around me if I cared or not ;) haha! jp :P

Venture south, though, seriously.  Suck up the dirty looks and curt clerks.  Tourists generally avoid places in which they don't feel welcome and you might see a few things you didn't expect.  I asked for trouble.  I'm a history teacher so I went to Hiroshima.  Oooooh, got the dirtiest look from this tiny old lady (not that it was unexpected), but it was totally worth it.  That place, aside from being a fantastic city choc full of cool stuff (including the coolest arcade ever!) but the Peace Park still haunts me.  It was cool.

Interesting suggestion!  I'll most likely be with my brother when I go to Japan, so it would probably not feel as bad being with company (especially if I get the chance to be with a group).  If the worst happens to be mostly dirty looks it may not come out as bad as my imagination makes it out to be.  The arcade definitely sounds appealing, and what happened in the Peace Park? (if you don't mind sharing, again)

Things in the Universe / Re: How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: April 29, 2011, 02:17:35 PM »

The half-thing is alright now though because I'm considered a fetish :D haha

Thank you for sharing your experiences and for your confirmation! It helps ease the anxiety from the many "What-Ifs" that have been kicking around my thoughts.

Good to know you got back safely! :)

Things in the Universe / Re: How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: April 28, 2011, 11:04:25 AM »

Ahhhh.. Well that's still cool because I enjoy the city atmosphere over here in the U.S. anyhow XD Thanks for the additional input! :)

WOAH! public cell phone charging station!?  Thats so awesome!

When you got in the train did you see this too? >>>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0A9-oUoMug

Things in the Universe / Re: How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: April 27, 2011, 10:36:51 PM »

WOW that is crazy!! and funny the police was scared too!

I guess I'll just stick North, I don't know how exactly I'd react to the fascination reaction but it might workout because I'll be fascinated with everything over there while they're "fascinated" with me.  I really like all the miscellaneous stuff like the design of their sewer caps, electric sliding doors that open with a button instead of detection, their different vending machines, "rotating" parking garage, etc.)

It sucks that you had to go through those inconveniences,
but I'm glad that event ended on a fun note (laughing till you couldn't breathe) :D

Things in the Universe / Re: The Awful Truth(s)
« on: April 26, 2011, 07:35:50 PM »
PSN won't be back until the end of Spring Break.

Not only that, but I just got a warning from a friend that the hackers who brought down the PSN also took and used credit card info from PSN users.

Things in the Universe / Re: How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: April 25, 2011, 02:33:19 PM »
Elegance. Females in Japan like ELEGANT looking men over manly looking men. So "female" or "feminine" is actually not correct at all.

Oh wow!  That's interesting I did not expect that at all, sort of relieving in a way.  Thank you, I'm very grateful for this wealth of information! I was so confused before but now it seems more reasonable from the way you put it.

Things in the Universe / Re: How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: April 24, 2011, 08:43:52 PM »
To expand on this. There is a rising fetish for halfs in Japan, but it's a small percentage, and it's focused on halfs that are attractive and are fluent in JP. Outside of that, it pretty much goes with what I already stated. Generally you'll be fine and shouldn't have to worry about a thing. In the end, you're a tourist, and you're bringing money, so they'll treat you like a tourist.

WOOHOO I'm already half-way there! (pun not intended) lol.  That's some comforting news, and even though its a small percentage hopefully it will increase significantly by the time I get there.  I'm definitely going to save up and spend like crazy over there too.

Thanks again for this valuable info. :D

EDIT: Btw, while the topic of attractiveness is still up, I was have also been wondering about how it seems that females in asia like males who look feminine?  Is that just a big generalization or is it significantly true?

Things in the Universe / Re: How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: April 24, 2011, 02:30:46 PM »

I do plan on learning the language, for reasons you said and also it would be really awesome to be able to watch anime without subtitles lol. I would also very much appreciate those books you can suggest to get me started too. Thank you for sharing your experience!

Btw, I'm curious about the hair-ripping story if you don't mind sharing (you can PM it if you want).  Maybe I can avoid a similar misunderstanding when I go (even though my hair is short and I'm a guy) :P


Ya I was wondering about the different locations, I was thinking about going to Tokyo, Akihabara (I think thats what its called), wherever the gundam statue is and the eva bust, Otaku stuff, etc.

My other half: Portuguese, Chinese, Panamanian, Irish (smallest part)

That half-JP factor was the main reason for making this thread because I saw/heard on the internet and in RL about the possibilities of them looking down on being Half.  There is even a Facebook Group about being Half, and it LOOKED like there were Japanese users from Japan hating on the group saying things like "F---! It is like you are two different things and not a whole entity!"

That fear of English is weird.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

Things in the Universe / How are Foreigners Treated in Japan?
« on: April 24, 2011, 02:34:32 AM »
I have not been to Japan yet, but I plan on going some day.

One thing that I have always wondered about was how Japanese view foreigners, and by "foreigner" I mean more specifically half-Japanese foreigners because I am half-Japanese.

EDIT (I also put foreigner in the title for anybody who is wondering the same thing and are not necessarily Half/Full Japanese)

So if someone who has been there in recent years or knows someone who has been there in recent years could shed light on the topic I would greatly appreciate it!!  :)

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