Nightmare in Akihabara

June 10, 2008 at 1:51 pm (general)

 Even if you are not an otaku, I think you would be sure of the nightmare in Akihabara where an insane man stabbed several people at random last Sunday afternoon. Tell me this is just a bad dream!! If you happened to be kindly worried about me, I must say I am okay. Hopefully, I was not there on the day, but at the local karaoke to clear my frustration. All of a sudden, a friend of mine called me, and she was so upset. She told me about the incident and two of our mutual friends were at the site at the moment. I immediately tried to ring them, but neither answered the phone. But after some calls, one of them finally answered and told me the both were okay. Even though I wasn’t there at that time, I was there before the day, around the same hour as the incident. What if it happened one day earlier?

 Following the incident, I got a lot of e-mails and phone calls from my friends to make sure I was okay. The news spread out so soon that even my friend in UK mailed me. I am working near Akihabara, so I went to the site next day. A lot of flowers were dedicated already…

 Now I am so scared, and really worried about what will happen after this in Akihabara. I guess the main boulevard woundn’t be blocked off as a walkers’ paradise for a while, and the police would be patrolling more strictly. Nowhere is safe, you know. Anyway, as for the murderer, it needs more investigation. But what I want to know is that he is actually an otaku or not. If he is, the media would paint a dark image on otakus like they did so when Miyazaki Incident happened. If he is not, why did he choose Akihabara? He came all the way from Shizuoka Prefecture in order to kill people? Anyone should be fine? No reason? Did he think it is okay to kill otakus? What deserves to die is not otakus, but him.

 I can’t help but praying for people who had to leave this world…Ah, rest in peace, rest in peace…

* All the photos are taken by the certain writer I work with.


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June 10, 2008 at 12:51 pm (BL, cosplay(コスプレ), doujin(同人), otaku word)

 OMG, this has got into the mainstream already, so there’s no need to explain…However, I thought this genre of moe is supposed to be for men. But actually even among female otaku including fujoshis, this is getting very popular. To get to the point, ケモミミ[kemomimi] is an abbreviation of 獣の耳kemono no mimi], which means animal’ ears. If he/she has an animal’s[bat, pig, fox, rabbit or whatever] ears, whatever it is, it shall be called ケモミミ. And if this turns on you, you sure have ケモミミ萌え[kemomimi-moe].

 First, it used to be just a cat’s ears thing, 猫耳[nekomimi]. Those cute girls who have cat’s ears on their heads can count. Whichever the ears real or fake doesn’t matter. Speaking of a 猫耳 girl, I can immediately think of Shugo Chara!, Di Gi Charat(I know it’s a bit old), OMG, Arare-chan in Dr. Slamp also cosplayed a nekomimi girl…, however, even some maids poccess a cat’s ears lately…At any rate, humanized cats used to play an important role not only in anime, but any other genre of arts. Personally, I wonder why it had to be a cat. Cats are moody but adorable, I daresay they are kinda tsundere whereas dogs are obedient. In fact, I had a cat years ago, and she used to cling on me when she got hungry, but left again after I fed her. >< When she felt lonely, she showed her dere-side. I suppose this tsundere attitude quite embodies girls’ temper, so that’s why nekomimi has become a kind of moe…no?^^ Just kidding.

 But this nekomimi thing is not for male otakus anymore. Female otakus and fujoshis are intrigued to it for sure now. Come to think of it, we have seen girls always make guys dress as a cat in anime, haven’t we? In Code Geass, Miraye made Lelouch and Suzaku cosplay a cat, and the same went to Maebara Keiichi in Higurahi no naku koro ni. Why do girls make guys dress as a cat?? Yes! Actually this happened to me! Anyway, there are even some anime where bishounens with nekomimi show such as LOVELESS or Lamento

 As I have said, nowadays other animals’ ears are also getting popular like a fox, a racoon dog, a frog, a sheep, a pig, or anything. There are all classified as a ケモミミ[kemomimi]. Speaking of a ケモミミ anime, I can think of A Wolf and Spice, Shugo Chara!, Inuyashiya, Utawarerumono, or Gintama.

 On a side note; there’re a lot of Comic Markets in Japan, but if you really love nekomimi or kemomimi, you can even find a comic market selling ears-related comics only. We shall call this minor event みみけっと[mimiketto]. Oh, it should be written in hiragana.     

 Alright then, I shall upload a photo of me with kemomimi. If you don’t mind, I hope you could see. But I don’t take responsibility if you get sick. Read the rest of this entry »

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