For a couple of days, I hadn’t had time to access the usual animu & mango boards I frequent to for some reason and another so I was quite curious when I first learned about the fiasco involving Silver Link, mainly the staffs of Kokoro Connect, and a B-grade seiyuu (or just call it VA for short) named Mitsushiro Ichiki. Of course I feel obligated to give summary of what happened to those of you have been living under the rock like me. First, yes, the dinosaurs are extinct already so we’re safe to go out now and second, this is probably the best (worst?) possible matchup of your typical ‘PR stunts gone bad’ with typical ‘internet hate machine’ we know and love. Basically this, Silver Link’s PR team for some reason or another decided to pull a prank on a not-so-famous VA named Mitsushiro Ichiki. It’s something they consider funny and believe would boost their rating  but definitely will not bite them back in the ass. So with all their wisdom and total lack of ass insurance, about two months ago in June, slightly before the airing of the TV series, they offered Ichiki an audition for a role as an anime original character. For this, they prepared rough sketch of what supposed to be the ‘character design’ of said character complete with dialogue lines for Ichiki to read (mainly contains embarrassing lines fitting this kind of juvenile prank). They also didn’t forget to tape the whole thing because COMEDY. They also taped more correspondents with him and further details like how he treated his mom for dinner for this joyous occation because HILLARITY. Then they invited Ichiki to a live event, featuring several VAs from the series, to introduce him to NicoNico audience only to tell him that SPOILER: It was all staged all along! Lulz were had among them as they played back all the records and in the end they offered him the job to drive around Japan promoting the anime. There are also stories on how they said that he’s too talentless for the project and should be janitor instead but these are . Fast forward to couple days ago, as we were staying under the rock enjoying whatever detritus was available, Ichiki made a guest appearance in Tomokazu Sugita’s (Kyon, Gintoki, the guy who I wish would narrate my life along with the Wakamoto) radio show and told him the story (because the story was relatively obscure at that point) and Sugita himself was not amused. After that the internet RAGEs, boycotts were called, the other VA’s twitter are harassed, and everybody live happily ever after.
No phrase can perfectly describe my struggle for higher education than this post title. If one week ago I became all optimistic because I just got accepted by a lab in Japan for Ph.D research, this week fate decided to throw that optimism to the ground and rape it so hard while I watch to the point where said optimism can’t think of anything outside fate’s dick. Basically, I failed to pass the selection for scholarship. It sucks so hard that black hole looks like a nun who vowed to protect her mouth virginity.
The funny thing is the same thing also occurred when I tried to apply to the Netherlands early this year. All went well and got accepted easily to the university but hell breaks loose when I was trying to secure funding. The government realized about this little thing called ‘European debt crisis’ and all of the sudden BAM! No more scholarship program.
So yeah, I have returned to point zero. But you know what they say, negative multiply with negative results in positive. So maybe after all this shit bath I’m going through, I will discover the hidden treasure of sir Poop-a-lot. I still have my chance with scholarship to Australia, Belgium, and the Ersmus Mundus. All of them are considerably as exciting as Japan and definitely more exciting than the Netherlands (except Australia. That place is way more exciting because their monsters are around level 90 or more). It can’t be helped but it is my noble duty to show that it CAN be helped.
Long time since last update and this time I have a valid and SCIENTIFIC reason! Basically I’ve been spending the last two weeks working on preparation on of my interview to apply for university in Japan. In the end all’s well end well and all I got to do now is working on the scholarship. I never by the time I got the chance to go to Japan it will be because of SCIENCE (thank you, based SCIENCE!) and I will be staying there for a long time. Basically since I’m an otaku (gah! I hate to admit that!) Japan is like my personal Mecca.
Still, I know I’m not enthusiastic compared if I had received this offer maybe five years ago. It’s funny because in the span of my path to adulthood (that is filled with perils and bear-eating men), I have lost my unhealthy lust towards Japan. I can feel I’m metamorphosing from a weeaboo into euroaboo. Yes, it’s my greatest shame that I fell in love with Europe (except Italy because it’s filled with ugh Italians). And don’t let me start on Switzerland. I love Swiss so much I often subconsciously masturbate to hot chocolate, Swiss army knife, and cow bells.
So in the end I’ve decided to renew my love for Japan. I need to commemorate the reason why high school me spent his time adoring Japan and learning their language (aside from so I can enjoy their pr0n without waiting for translation). I have decided to list the amazing stuffs that I will see in Japan so I don’t end up screaming for cow bells in my sleep.
- Fast internet: My number one priority especially considering the internet in my country is slower special olympics for snail
- Comic Market: All the sweat and waiting line. This is like BDSM session for otaku
- Money: The scholarship is quite a rich one
- Xenophobia: I bet they taste like chicken
- Road free from idiotic motorcyclists: To make sure I’m not in Indonesia
- Japanese tsundere girls: I-it’s not like I’m expecting them or anything, silly!
- Maid cafe: I need them for routine room cleanup
- Kyoto: And the wacky magical adventure that will follow
- Late night anime: So I can download fansubs without feeling guilty since I’ve enjoyed them the way they’re intended legally
- Tora no Ana: The Vatican for otaku
- Ramen: The proof of god in this multiverse
- Sushi: Hmmm… I love sushi
- Gaming: Fighting game arcades. here I come!
- GIRUGAMESH: Mandatory meme insert
- Hot chocolate, Swiss army knife, and cow bells: DAMN!