Monday, July 19, 2010

Arcana Heart 3

This weekend, I went to monte 50 sunday night and played arcana heart 3 for a few hours. None of the other games really had people playing them, but there were many people playing AH3. I got a 12 game winstreak, a 14 game winstreak, and a 26 game winstreak with my Petra. I felt kinda bad for the other guys so I decided to try my side characters. I messed around with Maori and Lilica. At first, I had no idea what to do with Lilica, because she's so changed, however, after a few games, I started getting the hang of it. She's more fun than I originally thought, and it's nice to now have another character I can use. Plus I use the love arcana with her, and that's what I started Arcana Heart 1 with (Love Lilica). It's nice to go back to my roots a bit and see how the same thing is so changed, but not necessarily for the worst.

I also played Blazblue at A-cho for a while. That went pretty well for the most part too. I'm getting more used to Noel, despite her flaws. I'm looking forward to Makoto DLC for the 360, but even if I don't use her, I still have Noel no matter what.

Also, I found out that I probably won't be able to attend SBO this year due to work related issues. :(

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Celebrity status?

Sunday, right outside of outback steakhouse, Myself, Dan, Toshi, Alex, and a friend of Alex's, CJ, just got done eating lunch. Alex and CJ came to Osaka to go to a Hanshin Tigers baseball game, and CJ (tall white guy) was wearing a hanshin tigers jersey.

So while we're standing there waiting outside, a bus of people sitting at the stoplight start pointing at us standing there and looking at us. Then, instead of just looking for a bit and turning away, they continued to stare the ENTIRE time until the bus drove away. We waved to them and some of them waved back, but it was extremely bizarre that a bus of people would all be staring at us nonstop.

Our theory is that they probably thought CJ was one of the white guys who plays for the Hanshin Tigers and since all white people look the same to the Japanese eye, they probably thought they spotted a celebrity. No other explanation makes sense as far as I'm concerned, and if you tell me I'm wrong, you're stupid.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The insanity that is Project Diva Arcade

So for those who don't know, Project Diva is a PSP music game involving the popular vocaloid Hatsune Miku. It was pretty popular, and had pretty good sales. It was so popular, in fact, that they decided to make an arcade version. It just came out a couple weeks ago, June 25th to be precise.

Anyways, I figured "oh, it's out, I guess I'll try the game!" So I went to Sega Avion in denden town, and I walked in the arcade. Near the door, they had a big LCD tv set up showing a direct feed from one of the arcade machines. I walked toward where the setup was, and there were two machines. In between the two machines was another huge LCD screen showing the same thing as the other one. There was also a long line of people waiting to play. There were at least 10 people in line to play the game. Granted, it was release day, but it was way more popular than I thought!

The next day, Dan and I went to a Kyoto arcade and I saw it again. There, there was only one machine, and about 6-7 people waiting in line to play. It's crazy. It's such a long wait for only a couple of songs.

Skip to the following weekend and yet again, there's a long line of people waiting to play no matter where I go. Even at the two arcades in Sannomiya (Kobe) that have it, there were 3-4 people in line both times. I really want to play, but I don't want to have to wait in a line to play.

Then, this past sunday, something amazing happened. I was at Magical Space in Sannomiya, and there was a guy playing, but there was nobody in line behind him. Just as I started watching, he finishes his 2nd song and gets the game over screen. Without even trying, I have a chance to play!

I went and tried it out. It was pretty fun, a little difficult to get used to at first, but the graphics are amazing, and overall, it's just a lot of fun. I dunno how often I'll be able to play thanks to my dislike for waiting in line to play a game, but I'll definitely play it again if I get the chance! Who thought that a music game would be so popular? I look forward to seeing how well the game does ranking-wise.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


At TGIF, the American restaurant in Kyoto, I went with Dan and we had an awesome meal. Afterwards, our server, "Purin" (Japanese for pudding), came up and gave us a reciept. I was like "oh it's ok, we don't need one" but apparantly, it was some sort of 10% off coupon that I have to go online and fill out or something. So she was like "wait...this is Lucky...lucky...lucky...lucky..." and she just kinda said "lucky" a few times cause she couldn't quite explain it. I was like "ok then I guess I'll take it, thanks!" Overall it was really cute cause she just didn't really know what to say, so she just repeated herself a bunch with the word "Lucky!"