The year is 2X0X…A Counter ESPY teleportation experiment goes haywire and rockets Patrick Macias into an alternate universe where he resides in a Tokyo2 luxury apartment known only as “Chogokin Heights”. The resulting reality vacuum also pulls in man-beast Matt Alt who – together with Patrick – vows justice on the streets of Roppongi leading to explosive warfare, horrendous violence, uncontrollable lust and supernatural forces beyond comprehension.
$9.95, VHS/LD, DUB, HiFi Stereo & Mono, Out of Print
Supposed Former Otackers Pat and Matt search in vain for the toy show at the Kichijoji Anime Wonderland, witness a spectacular musical performance, make a hard pitch for their new web, TV, and book projects, break into a house, and tell heart-warming tales of life and hearty food at Abashiri Prison.
Hey, there's an interview with me in the new episode of the Vcinema podcast talking about yakuza movies, tattooed hit men, TokyoScope 2 (!???!?), the New People lecture series and hot stuff like that. Link here.
Episode 37: "i here the Nakano Broadway center period."
Madness and mayhem ensue as officers Matt Alt, W. David Marx, and Patrick Macias climb into a heavily armored Go! Go! Patocar and make for Nakano, Asakusa, and points in-between. Blood curdling screams are heard as the trio fill out illegible surveys, search high and low to find the legendary Lost Apartments of Nakano Broadway, and barely avoid being killed by a Shambling Mound.
DISCUSSION TOPICS Can otaku content spread to the mainstream? Otaku subculture vs. mainstream anime and manga Divisions within the otaku community Moe and new models of creativity Otaku power, sexuality, and identification Ukiyo-e: 2010 is 1910 Japan as “the Other” Pachinko! Anime as nationalist propaganda machine Galgames and the end of the Japanese game industry
Nakano Broadway strives to always be lively and foreigner friendly.
NAKANO SHOP ONWERS ARE ALWAYS POSITIVE. This
Multilingual Information website shows their gratitude to foreign
shoppers. ‘Yokoso Nakano’ You are always welcome!!
That is...until a shop owner goes insane and accuses Matt Alt and "Patty Mac" of a crime they did not commit!!!
Attention all Laser Disc and Old Magazine Otaku! Here is the complete audio of my lecture last week as delivered at California State University at Monterey Bay. While some of this territory was covered before in my speech earlier this year at Temple University Japan Campus, there’s a lot of new stuff here (including sections on American fandom and Hating the Otaku Wave) in this one hour-long recording.
Disclaimer: this lecture is not really about The Drifting Classroom manga...
Yeah, so I was a guest on the Anime300o podcast last week, talking about something that is incredibly vital to man's continued survival on this planet: THE STATE OF THE ANIME INDUSTRY. Anyway, here's the pitch and the link...
Anime 3000 Panel - S02E01 - State of the Anime Industry
In the past six months, we’ve seen various anime companies fold under the weight of an economic recession as well as a decrease in demand from anime and manga consumers. This week we will discuss what role digital distribution has played in the success and failure of anime sales and print media. Will we witness a mainstreaming of anime in America, or will we see a decrease in hardcore anime fandom? Additionally, well forecast the future of the anime industry. Our panel this week includes Patrick Macias, Justin Sevakis and Michael Pinto.
According to Japanamerica author Roland Kelts, Patrick Macias
is “an American otaku and blogger extraordinaire.” More accurately, he
is the author of multiple books in both English and Japanese and
currently the Editor-in-Chief of Otaku USA. Mr. Macias was in Tokyo a few weeks back, and we met over a discount tonkatsu lunch to talk about the state of Japanese recession and the current yankii
cultural takeover. Luckily, a recording device captured our dialogue
(and my total inability to enunciate words or complete sentences).
Lost in a haze of bad Xanax and good jetlag, Pat and Matt break into Bandai HQ by way of a rickshaw in Asakusa. The B-club has airlifted a priceless toy robot over from the states to spice up a corporate event in Akihabara and the Otackers want a piece of the action! But a mysterious ticket stub hidden away in an old toy box quickly leads them astray on a newer and deadlier mission in darkest Kuramae.
Post-humans, put on yer thinking caps! Here’s the complete audio of my “Otaku Power – Trivia, Desire, and Transformation” lecture as delivered at Temple University Japan Campus on March 13, 2009. Thanks to the Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies and the TUJC anime club for inviting me over, making it happen, and for the hot slices afterwards.
Sorry you can’t see the pictures that make up the visual portion of the presentation, but above is the Keeper: a key image from Kaichiro Morikawa’s book “Learning from Akihabara – The Birth of a Personapolis” (Gentosha, 2003).