A look at the various school bags that Tokyo’s famous gyaru and gyaru-o will be carrying to class this year.
So what else is going on? I'm working out of Crunchyroll's office in San Francisco these days. Going back to Tokyo in August to shoot Season Three of OTAKU-VERSE ZERO. Good old Otaku USA magazine is still going strong (our August issue is on sale now). Assorted freelance work on some other stuff in the background. My new book-in-progress is set be serialized by the publisher in Japan soon. More details on that when they arrive. Busy here, and trying not to make a mess of things.
Daddy needs a brand new set of shirts from Rotten Cotton! And maybe I can finally place an order considering I just landed a new gig writing for the Tokyo Fashion web$ite. Look for updates from yours truly there every week. Expect a mix of interviews and this-blog-like spotlights on oniikei, host, dandy, hostess, and kyaba craziness. In the meantime, things kick off with a report on the fun, but also confusing "Oshare Macross" event at Marui One (hey, I used to work for them...).
The new issue of tres oshare magazine Studio Voice goes on sale today in Japan. This means J-folks can now read the first installment of my new column 'Paranoid States of America' that will examine the witchy world of conspiracy theorists, paranormal hoodoo, and post-millennial backwash.
Things kick off in aggressively un-otaku fashion via an interview with Detroit's Matthew Smith, front man for "the most paranoid band in the land" Outrageous Cherry. Together, we wonder if the OC's magik and occult-tinged pop music "opened a door to cosmic wisdom" and wound up predicting 9/11 months before it happened.
Expect a new book, and perhaps even increasingly paranoid podcasts, to rise from the wreckage.