Ok. Another couple of months, another issue of OUSA…and here is sexy ISSUE 6 to smack you upside the head cha-la with hot fierce fighting. “Why duh Dragon Ball Z on da cover?” the dullards moan and groan. Well, it’s only the best selling anime in the USA and I knew that Daryl “Super Saiyan” Surat and Joseph “Broly Again” Luster were born to team up, power up, and destroy the world with their combined Toriyama-taunting prowess.
Also inside, Dave Merrill delivers THE Speed Racer retrospective of our times, while Masaya Honda and myself interview Tatsunoko honcho Ippei Kuri about inventing and directing Speed all those years ago. Question: Is anyone else out there likely to interview Ippei Kuri aside from OUSA? Answer: no! There’s also our legendary manga coverage overseen by Jason Thompson and Ed Chavez and contribs from the usual cast of characters including Clarissa Graffeo, Paul Thomas Chapman, Mike Dent, Shaenon Garrity, August Ragone, Dave Riley, and so on. And we also welcome all new contributors Gilles Poitras, (we got him at a fire sale) and zany Zac Bentz of Japanator.com. Also in this issue: maids, maids, maids, and the return of wildarmsheero and his all-moe, all the time hug pillows!
'Mondo Tokyo' at Other Cinema in San Francisco, April Sat/19
Here's the national magazine editor of 'Otaku USA', Patrick Macias, with his outrageous subcultural survey, taking us on a breathlessly wild ride through Weird Tokyo. Macias has become the main agent for interpreting Japanese youth genres like anime, manga, and cult films, and his years of trans-Pacific travel have generated a veritable encyclopedia of bizarre fan-boy obsessions. Among the features of the feverish J-Pop imagination are the “maid cafes” of Akihabara, the action-figure fetish cults (both erotic and warrior), costume role-playing, and delinquent bikers, revealed in all their exotic detail through Macias’ anecdote-rich live narration. Consummating the program is a monstrous sample of old-school exploitation, the incredible last reel of 'Gamera, the Invincible', in glorious 16mm B/W, with live audio “enhancement” by Hans Grusel-san and the Anti-Ear. Free robot model-kits, and magazines, too!
Come in COSPLAY costume for a dollar off admission price.
SAT. 4/19: MACIAS' MONDO TOKYO + GAMERA (AMPLIFIED) +
The May issue of "Multi-Media Mix Magazine" STUDIO VOICE features a scintillating 40+ page feature on "Gravure Magic". Lots of photo (ahem) spreads, interviews with models, photographers, and a dizzying history of the genre since the '80s.
The mag also features my monthly "Paranoid States of America" column. This time, I'm on about RFID "Spy Chips" which, co-incidently, are going to be used shortly at an Ohio anime con to "track attendees."
As the New York Comic Con looms on the event horizon, Peerless Pat of OTAKU USA magazine interviews Stan “The Man” Lee about ULTIMO, his upcoming manga collaboration with Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King) for Shueisha. The comics legend also waxes rhapsodic about the Japanese live-action Spider-Man, sumo wrestlers, and the lasting appeal of heroes in a world gone mad! Jolly Joseph Luster dons a long blond wig to read aloud from Thor #171 (written by Stan, natch) and confesses his love for the Black Cat, while the all-new, all-different OTAKU USA theme song arrives like you always knew it would courtesy of the sensational sounds of Marxy.
The current issue of Koakuma ageha has a pair of styling suggestions on how to make your Nintendo DS Lite the "sweetest" with the help of possibly-affordable "love dot" and crown encrusted deco-cases and custom jackets. Just don't play it, or that Brain Age game, on "the job"!
Sun/13, I'll be delivering a presentation in San Francisco sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan as part of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival.
Lecture- "JAPAN: Games for OTAKU and EVERYBODY" by Mr. Patrick Macias
Together with anime, manga, J-pop and fashion, computer and video based gaming is another major aspect of contemporary Japanese pop culture. Popular writer, editor, and internationally recognized Japanese pop culture expert Patrick Macias, will give a power point presentation entitled "JAPAN: Games for OTAKU and EVERYBODY" In his presentation Mr. Macias will provide a broad overview of modern game-based culture in Japan beginning with a look at the uniquely Japanese cultural roots of gaming. He will discuss the emergence of otaku culture in the late 20th century and show how gaming in Japan has broken into new markets both domestically and internationally while still maintaining the public "Game Center" as a social gathering space.
WHEN: Sunday, April 13 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Kabuki Hotel, 1625 Post Street, Spring Room 'B' (across from the Imperial Ballroom)