Loves anime, games, manga, light novels, visual novels, eroge, japanese media in general.
Did you get to try out any of those public baths they have over there? If so, how was the experience?
I didn't use any public baths and only showered every night at my hostels.
Are onsen trips really that relaxing? They always make it sound like the go-to option for a vacation over there.
I didn't use an onsen, unfortunately.
I'm sure someone else can tell you what that's like though.
Will you dare try giving a girl the kabedon of her dreams next time you visit Japan?
I will do nothing that makes me stand out in a significant fashion over there for any reason.
Were there actually any stray animals in cardboard boxes with “Please take me home” on the side of the road, or is that just a gap moe meme for delinquents?
I didn't see that once, but it might happen in less densely populated locations.
It does sound super cliche and probably rarely happens at all lol
What’s the best vending machine drink you had during your trip? Do they really have some weird flavors in stock like they keep joking about in anime?
It's an energy drink that's incredibly tame in it's ingredients compared to energy drinks across the globe and drinking it once a day would make me feel very energized without feeling jittery or nervous.
Besides that, this one vending machine in Osaka had this delicious dessert cake drink that was so good but I never saw that drink anywhere again.
Also this same vending machine gave me a coffee along with my drink, so getting lucky with double pulls from machines is definitely a thing!
What was the biggest anime being promoted the most in Akihabara when you were in Japan?
Shield Hero, without a doubt.
Then beyond that, Go-Toubun no Hanayome was heavily promoted in bookstores and bluray shops, ReZero was also getting promoted, there was a gigantic Hitori Bocchi no marumaru Seikatsu advert on a building in akiba, Bandori adverts were across tokyo in general.
But Shield Hero for sure had a lot of promotion in Akiba. I just remember seeing it everywhere.
I heard they really frown upon wasting food in Japan, do they put good sales on those bento boxes in their convenience stores which are close to its end date, or do those just sell quickly anyway?
I was curious about this but never actually bothered to really check if they did give food nearing expiration fat discounts.
This is something I'll for sure keep a lookout for next visit because I really do love saving money.
I saw some posts of your BangDream merch, but who’s your favorite BangDream girl?
This is such a difficult question but I'll just answer anyway;
Did you see any martial arts related activity during your stay in Japan? If so, what was it like?
Actually no, I did see a lot of musicians and singers doing their own public shows in crowded spots. But nothing related to any sort of martial arts.
Why is it that Western otaku make a big deal over paying for stuff, despite how price tags are much more insane for anime BDs in Japan with generally lower wages? JP fans may not complain but the amount of sales are insanely low too.
I think buying/pre ordering blu ray volumes for currently airing anime in japan that you like as they release is the ideal way to go.
You're watching broadcasting anime and there is one you already are floored with.
First volume is up for pre-order and you get it after getting paid.
Next month the second volume goes on pre-order and you get that.
This way the purchase is spread out and you don't break your bank.
Buying all volumes at once will absolutely wreck your wallet.
But with localized blu rays and such, I just think the localization companies are desperate to make a profit from sales, despite the fact that the sales overseas literally have nothing to do with whether the anime will get another season or not. It's determined mostly by pre-orders in japan.
In the end, I think I'd end up buying tons more manga and light novels because of how cheap they are, and bigger purchases would go to eroge. Video games are expensive as well but they go on sale at select stores.
Were the trains actually confusing to navigate there or is it just one of those things that gets exaggerated by tourists?
A little bit.
It's hard to know if the train you're taking is exactly the right train that will lead to the stop you want.
I've gotten on the wrong train twice the entire trip, but in the end it's not that bad and very very streamlined for english speakers as well.
I seriously wish american public transit was as good and wasn't just "uber"
Are there any places you feel you missed out on? Alternatively, if you went back where would you want to go?
I wish I spent my time in Osaka much better and I also wish I went earlier to attend the Persona Super Live but eh, I'm still happy with what I did during my time there and in the end don't regret nothing.
Future visits I'd like to visit Nara, Nagasaki, Fukuouka, Ikebukuro, Nagoya, and more temples in Kyoto that I missed.
Did everyone actually say Itadakimasu around you before eating? I see a lot of people say they care about food way more than they do in the States, is that true?
And I never heard anyone say ごちそうさま when they were done.
They probably say it to themselves in a whisper but everyone is very silent when eating.
They eat with undivided attention, that's for sure. It rubbed off on me so I'd find myself finishing my food as quick as possible and then leaving immediately. I did this primarily to free up space because almost everywhere has a line waiting outside.
Also the lines aren't bad. Service is fast. Longest I waited was about 15-20 mins for ramen.
People see a long line and immediately go "nope" when it is not even that bad.
Top 3 spots you visited?
Tokyo (Akiba, Shibuya, Harajuku, Asakusa)
Everyone keeps saying the public toilets are super clean in Japan, but do you think it’s just a result of their culture? They get students to clean up in school to learn their mess affects others.
To me the public toilets were about the same as any toilets I've been to before. But without any of the vandalism and the toilets also actually FLUSH.
The whole making students share cleaning duties I think is a huge fucking thing for why there is far less filth and litter over there than in america. Cleaning being a DUTY and not a PUNISHMENT is what reinforces a sense of community. Because it's more often a punishment for students here, it just reinforces that shitty attitude people have towards workers they see as serfs, failures, deadbeats.
You see parents yelling at their children when they pick up litter in a public restaurant "DON'T DO THAT, LET THE WORKERS DO THAT"
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