This months edition features an interview with some mad dude who goes round Tokyo in stormtrooper armor and loves anime and Gundam. This bloke is asked a hundred Otaku questions where some of those questions are picked up and used in the mag.
Lemme translate some of the Q n A’s
Q:Tell us about some “happenings” at Amazon.
A:Amazon has a system called Marketplace which enables one to list their second hand/used items along with the same product that Amazon carries in their catalog. When Health Care products launched in the US, it was possible to list “used condoms”…
Q:How do folks react when they see you?
A:People who don’t really know Starwars say things like “Its Darth Vader!” and “You Gundam?” Most people whip out their mobile phones to take pictures though.
Q:What advice would you give to people who are about to take up watching anime?
A:Watch Cowboy Bebop or else.
Q:What aspect of Gundam makes it Japanese?
A:Recent Gundam series (Seed/Destiny) always has a wobby boob seen – you wouldn’t see that in any other countries anime.
Q:Tell us how you came to like Gundam.
A:Lived in Japan for 5 years and took no interest in Gundam whatsoever. I was in Tokyu Hands one day and saw GP01 Fix Figuration – thought to myself “Coool!” and made the purchase.
Then proceeded to find out which Gundam anime GP01 was from and was mighty impressed with Gundam 0083.
And here are a few questions from the CD that comes with the mag.
Q:What is your favorite proverb, maxim, or a phrase?
A:"Your future is what you make it - so make it a good one.
Q:What do you hate?
A:Cigarette smoke and racism.
Q:Tell us of a recent event that made you happy.
A:dannychoo.com recently reached an average of 10,000 unique visitors per day.
Q:If you was going to be stuck on a desert island, what one item would you take with you?
A:Doraemon - because I can pull anything out from his magic pocket.
Q:What do you do on your days off from work?
A:Maintain our affiliate sites, research internet technologies and news.
Q:The world is going to go boom next week - what do you do with the remaining time?
A:Drop everything and spend it with my wife.
A:Devil May Cry series, Metal Gear series, Advanced wars, Shooting games.
Q:Whats your fave Mobile Suit?
Q:If you could be any anime character, who would you be?
A:Anybody who rides a Mobile Suit - Probably Amuro Rei.
Q:Your fave film?
A:Trading Places with Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd. This film really helped me think about what I was doing with my life and what I should be doing.
Q:Where did you learn Japanese?
A: When I was 16(?) back in the UK, I got myself an imported Sega Mega Drive console. I wanted more info on import games so I went to the Japan Center bookshop in Piccadilly to get some mags - I couldn't read and decided that I wanted to so I started to self learn Japanese.
One day when I was in the bookshop, I came across Young Jump mag and saw a VERY cute girl on the cover - it was an idol called Hikaru Nishida. I wanted to know more about her so I increased my learning speed! Mastered basic Japanese grammar in two weeks and managed to remember about 50 kanji per day. Wanted to learn kanji quicker so I dropped learning the stroke sequence.
Got my Japanese language proficiency test level 4 and then level 2 the year after. Then decided to go to university to learn Japanese - took Korean at the same time.
While I was going to university, I worked part time at a Japanese restaurant every night from 6 to 10 pm. The money saved was used to travel to Japan every year to absorb the culture - ended up spending most of that money in the first day at Akihabara.
All 100 questions can be found on the CD rom that comes with the mag ;-)