Ok. Here I am prancing around Akihabara and babbling on about Figures on episode 8 of Tokyo Eye. Keep in mind though that I take no personal responsiblity for playing with Ultraman toys in front of the station exit and trying to kiss a lifesize Ayanami Rei...
The location footage for the figure segment was shot in a two-day blur in Akihabara. I think we spent about 4 hours in the Radio Kaikan. While the crew was getting coverage, I got to stand around and watch various lost-lonely male otaku customers shuffle in, sit down on some stadium benches, and stare off into nothingness. We tried to approach them occasionally for an interview, but all withered away in terror (although one did tell us his life story and invited us out to karaoke…we just couldn’t film him and his entire collection of Thunderbirds candy toys). The next day saw us stuck on the Moe Figure floor of Asobit Chara for a good three hours. The mood in Akiba was high that day as it was just prior to the launch of the PlayStation 3, and camera crews were crawling all over the place looking for targets. Then we were whisked away to Fujita-san’s house near Sugamo where I did the “gaijin home invasion” thing yet again. Like most Japanese otaku, he was really interested to hear what American fans were into. You could see the confusion on his face when I told him “Naruto and Bleach, mostly.” In response to many (white people’s) complaints about my lack of fashion sense during the Gothloli segment, I am seen modeling an authentic "Center Guy" jacket from 109-2 and some giant silver Adidas. Chris Peppler seemed to like the results, but will you?
Fun fact: Lisle Wilkerson is the voice of Nina Williams from Tekken.