Monday, October 29, 2012

Akihabara, The Most Animated Place On Earth

Yesterday, I met up with Grant and Andy at Grant's place and didn't get lost O__O! A great start to the day. We had been planning on going to Harajuku with Luke, but he had to cancel, so we decided to go somewhere none of us have been yet, Akihabara.
We had to stop at the local Stargate and make a pitstop at Atlantis, first.
After preventing another Wraith attack, we found some very helpful signs at the subway upon our return.
I feel like Beth took the picture on the left. Lauren and Shawn are the ones sitting down, Jeremy is the one on crutches, and I'm the strange Monkey Bear Child.
In the right picture, Lauren is the yellow guy on the right, Shawn is the Green guy, I'm the pink one, and Beth ran away from pushing Lauren in. Jeremy is conducting the train.
Then we made it to Akihabara ^_____^!
If you don't like video games, manga, anime, action figures, dolls, animated boobs, or electronics, this place is not for you.
Aw man, not Mother 3. But I'm holding an original Mother 1&2 box! Even though I already have the game. lolol.

This is really good, you guys. Whatever is happening here, it's really good.
Possibly Christmas Card to Grandma. There's even speech bubbles. It's perfect.

The buildings that we went into had at least 8 floors to them, so when you enter one, you best be prepared for some stairs and exploring. When you leave, you feel like you've been in a ton of different stores and then realize you were in just one. It's like the Black Omen. We gained so many levels before leaving.
We went to a place called World Radio first.
The Magic card shopping begins:
Then, I got told that I couldn't take any pictures by an employee. heh heh heh.
This floor was filled with figurines like Nendoroids and even figures of Mr. Saturn and quite of few of very promiscuous ladies.
When we go up a floor and I stopped and said, "Oh nOoOoo, Grant."
 And then this display...

This is just ridiculous. Yeah, yeah, Lauren. I picked up another thing for you. Ugh.
Oh yeah, and risked my life taking these pictures. Hey, it was on another floor. Different floor, different rules. Right? Wut?

So many statues and figurines. Like Sailor Moon! AwWWWww YeAAaaHh, giiIrRrRllL.
 And these huge statues:
After exploring the 8 floors, we wandered a bit outside and Grant spotted another Mandrake. Only, this time instead of being 8 floors underground, it was 8 stories high.
Second floor - I'm making a note here, huge success :
 Hot diggity, pricey little buggers.
 She was great at posing for the camera:
So, I bought a folder and calender notebook with this girl on it and was hoping she was a stock Blythe and she is! Her name is Red Delicious, my new dream Blythe. I remember admiring her when she first came out, but I was phasing out of Blythes at the time and didn't want to invest in any more. She costs about the same as rent x___X. It's about the same on eBay, but those are NRFB, so they're a little more expensive.
 Woof, maybe one day.
 PLUM, what are you doing in there?! What happened to your bangs?!
 And there were some magazines and books with Blythes too:
So many much manga...
 Samurai Champloo:
 Sweet fer-eeking custom Pokemon Nintendo DS consoles:
 And a FF XIII-2 PS3 bundle:
 And games from every console ever heard of:
This was taken right before I got caught again with a camera. Apparently, you're not supposed to take any in Mandrake either. Dangit! There were some Earthbound/ Mother 2 figurines that I found soon after. Sorry, Lauren >___<
Well, here's some Godzilla figurines. I took these for my sensei (teacher), Dr. Jones.
We left and found another gaming store where I may have picked up a game, wahaha. It was about 7 'o clock and we were pretty hungry after venturing for about 5 hours. Woof, it did not feel like that long. The info on that Stargate picture says that it was taken around 2, so I'm going believe it.
Grant and Andy had been talking about this Ramen place that they ate at a day earlier and how amazing it was. After looking at the choices in Akihabara to eat, we decided to go to Shinjuku to eat at this Ramen place.
In one of the stations, there was a bunny acting a fool:
Tattoo idea?! I want to shake hands with the creator of this.

The ramen place was really small, with one row of about 12 seats available to eat at. If you were to see it on the street, you would probably pass it up and think "Who. Would eat there. I'mgoingtoBurgerKing." But then there were these magicians:
They reminded me of monks that learned the way of making ramen the right way and decided to come together and make a small business out of it.
Thank all that is fluffy and happy that they did because it was the best ramen I've ever had in my life. Hands, eyes, spleen, down. The best.
Yeah, that's right. I made this pic X-Large so you can appreciate the greatness. They created our orders right in front of us in about 1 minute. I ordered the Kimchi Ramen. It was so good to mix the two together. The broth was different than regular ramen, as you can probably see. After eating this bowl, they offered us all another order of noodles, in which we all accepted. If you were to go by the Nutrition Facts serving size, we probably had about 4-6 servings of noodles. Our bellies were noodles by the time we left. Our souls, too.
Andy lives farther away, so he decided to depart, so Grant and I of course went to local grocery stores to explore.
While in one, I had this strange feeling to check if I had my Passmo (Train Pass). I checked and it was gone >___<. It must have fallen out. I keep putting it in a pocket that is easy to access, but it's also the pocket I put my ipod in. When I take my ipod out to take pictures (which is extremely often as you probably noticed), sometimes the Passmo falls out without me noticing. I really have to stop that habit.
Since we had only been one other place besides the Ramen shop, we went back to the magicians. I walked inside and was searching around all panicky and the 3 magician ramen makers immediately knew what I was looking for and all said "Ahh!, Passmo?" One went into his pocket and brought my card out. Oh gosh. These people. I'm telling you. Magicians! And kind ones, too.

After that brief panic attack, Grant and I walked around Shinjuku a bit more.
This picture is for MoMo:
 We also found a temple along the way:
Under construction...
lolol, and this building is for Lumberjack Shawn:
It was getting pretty late, so I went back home after a pretty darn awesome day.
Here's the haul (not including presents for several people):
And then....ho ho...
BAM, MOTHER 3. WE FOUND IT. Yes! Win! Magnificent! And in the box. I could have bought just the cartridge, but I felt like this game, of all games, needed the box. Same with SNES Chrono Trigger if I find that...
lolol, maybe one day. I think I'm set, though. This is really, exciting, you guys. I woke up thinking "Hey, I had some really great purchases yesterday." Well, actually this morning was more like "Coffee. I love...COFFFFEEEE."

Today was pretty much an ordinary day. Studying, Class, and Track practice. I increased the weight on barbell squats to 70 kilos, which is about 154 lbs. AwWwW YeaAhHhh, progress! Then, Wendy and Antony wanted me to show them some more moves, so I ended up training Yuuki, Wendy, and Antony.
It's really funny when we go to the gym now because Sou san and the others from track club do moves that I taught them now, like the Statue of Liberty. Oh gosh, what have I done? XD

Yuuki invited me to go to Disney Land with him and his hometown friends on Friday! Since we have off, I definitely want to go. So pumped. But first, the Halloween Party in Shimokitazawa on Wednesday ^___^.


  1. While I went to scroll down to your previous posts, I saw all these Blythe photos flash by me. You don't know how difficult it was to not stop and look at them first. >_<"

    Hahahahaha. "Local Stargate." I really hope Shawn reads this soon. I'll have to point it out to him if he hasn't seen it by the time he gets home later.

    Omg, why is that kid in a bear suit hanging on a pole in the subway?!

    I think you're right with what characters we are in that sign. Lolz. And... HAHA. I like how I'm the yellow guy on the train tracks. GEE, THANKS. But yeah, I think you're right about those characters as well. xD

    Hey, I like games, manga, anime, action figures, dolls, animated boobs (eh, maybe) and electronics! I THINK THIS PLACE IS FOR ME.

    That photo of the guys with all the boobage is pretty fantastic. If you have to choose a photo to define your stay in Japan, I hope it's that one. Oh, and I love the idea of using it as a Christmas card for Grandma. YES, PLZ.

    Grant must have been in Magic heaven! That's so cool. Did he buy any new cards?? I always get excited for people when I know they're surrounded by a hobby they love so much, because I know that's exactly how I feel about dolls.

    BLYTHE HEAVEN. *dies and comes back to life to look at more dolls* Ughhhhh. Why am I not living there?? I think I've seen photos of this store before because I recognize some of the large displays in glass cabinets. So... many... dolls... I don't see any Plum sisters though! I remember there being one in a cabinet there.

    Another present for MEEEEE? You are spoiling me so much. I'm going to have to hug you for a year when you get back. Sorry, Momo, Beth, Shaw and Grant. Kathleen will be busy with my hug so she will be unable to hang out.

    I really like those large anime-ish statues. They're cute, but they're also elegant.

    Hahaha. All those Woody figurines! I don't think they're the same one as I got Beth last year though. I think these are cheaper because I know that other companies tried to copy the original Revoltech doll.

  2. Lolz. My comment was too long so I had to split it into two separate ones! I didn't know Blogspot had a limit for characters. OOPS.


    AHHH. Another Mandrake?! WTF, MAN. This is amazing. And I see Plum's sister! *sigh* So amazing.

    Ooo, so you like Red Delicious. =D She's a very new stock release-- she just came out like two months ago. (So you might be thinking of a different doll.) I'll let you know if I find out she could be cheaper somewhere else in Japan. If you want, I can ask around!

    You know what I love so much about Japan? There are so many places that carry both old and new dolls there. Stores in the US mostly carry only the newest toys, which is no fun for collectors.

    Pshhh, that's no Plum! She doesn't have Plum's mustache bangs. xD But she still seems like a very nice doll. I'm sure Plum would love to meet her someday. I wonder how long she's been in that display case. o__O

    Ugh, I should have told you I wanted the Ness and Jeff figures. I was going to order two on eBay or ask for them for Christmas. I might be able to find them cheaper on eBay actually, because there are some US sellers who don't charge as much as Japanese sellers.

    By the way, thanks for risking taking photos for the blog! You're awesome, bb. At least you didn't get caught while on the Blythe floor, heh.

    Those stained glass windows are so great. Totally perfect tattoo ideas.

    Wow, the chefs really do look like monks perfecting their magical craft. I'm so envious of your ramen experience! You don't know how badly I want some.

    Bellies and souls full of noodles... New CD album name?

    That was so nice that the magicians helped you out with your pass. What kind people. <3 I would have been all panicky, too. I lost my plane ticket when I was at the airport going to Portland. That was a horrible feeling.

    Whoaa, congrats on finding Mother 3! Ahh, I want to play so badly. *cries*

    This is such a great week for you. I can't wait to hear how your adventures in Disney Land go! I bet it's even cooler than the ones here in the US. ^___^

  3. It took me a lonnnnnng time to read this blog--lol. I kept stopping and looking at all of the Blythes--and then Stargate!---and more Blythes! This whole blog was eye candy for me. The whole country of Japan is beginning to look like one giant toy store--plus they have great food and no fat people--ha ha. Bless the magicians for giving you your pass!

  4. Hahaha, I understand! =]]

    THAT PLACE IS FOR YOU! Seriously. Do you know how hard it is not to buy everything in sight…FOR YOU?
    By golly, I would be set on Birthday and Christmas presents on you for 5 lifetimes.

    He did buy some cards! It really is exciting when Grant buys things for himself because he hardly ever does and he deserves way more than he gives himself.

    Bb, lemme know if there’s any Blythe or ANYTHING, books, magazines, notebooks, etc. that you’re looking for. I’ll keep an eye out. =]]

    Omigosh, I feel so silly. I have no idea who I liked before then! Maybe I saw her prototype? But that still wouldn’t make sense since this was a long time ago. Anyhoo, I really want her! But I don’t think I can justify spending that much on her.

    Seriously, I couldn’t believe Plum was there. Man, if there was a Kenner, that would be insane.

    I think the Ness and Jeff figurines were around $25 each. I think. The Ness one that they had was the old-school one though, I think. Like this one:

    Seriously, best. Ramen. Ever. You must have.
    WE ARE THE RAMEN MONK MAGICIANS. Please buy our new album, Bellies and Souls Full of Noodles! Yes, I like this.

    I was so excited to post the picture of the Stargate for you. So happy you liked all the pictures, MoMo! =^.^=