Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Akiba-blog makes me laugh. Usually it makes me shudder, but then it makes me laugh.
For those of you who are not quite as unabashedly nerdy as myself, you may not be familiar with Japan's Akihabara, but basically it's this section of Tokyo that has long been storied among video game nerds as the greatest place in the world. I've read countless blog posts and features on nerd sites detailing the amazing and often times astounding retro gaming items that can be found here.
Based on what I heard on various podcasts after this years TGS, it sounds like Akihabara might be on the decline. Gone are a lot of the sweet mom and pop game shops replaced by Maid Cafes and Mega Electronics chain stores.
Still, if I ever had a chance to go to Tokyo, this would be a place that I would have to go check out. Towards those ends I have had the NSFW Akiba-Blog in my RSS feed. Akiba-blog is basically an "interesting news of the day" blog for the goings on around the neighborhood. I was hoping that it would help inure me to the ins and outs of the culture of Akihabara. I was hoping that it would give me a little insight so that when I did visit I wouldn't be totally lost.
But instead I have found that Akiba-blog is basically 10% interesting tidbits and anthropology and 90% reviews of Adult Anime and inside tips on where to score pornographic Manga.
The upside of this is the hilariously terse text that accompany NSFW images such as this. Here's a good example:
Manga of Girls' Internal Organs": Probably, Selling More than Expected
An adult comic " Eroguro " by faith is a groce manga: scenes of crushing the head, internal organs coming out, arms and legs are cut off, being eaten after coming, dumping internal organs, etc appear in each story. As I reported, at a store in Akiba, a warning POP for its sample, "This Book is for Advanced People. Even to Turn the Pages of Its Sample, Be Careful" was out. On the 3rd, the whole 90 books that were out at a store were completely gone.
This stuff isn't really engrish. It's just more like the most emotionless translation possible. Most of this stuff is chilling. It's like...what the fuck is going on here. What am I missing. And then I just shake my head and laugh. But it does break up the monotony of the day a little when I see lines like "Yosuga no Sora: The Power of Small Boobs & Wearing Only a Shirt" scroll across your RSS feed reader.
Anyway, browse if you dare.