Perhaps my best post ever incoming....
It has now been 2 weeks since I arrived in Japan. On my first day I obviously booked it to Akihabara and looked for .hack goods. Here's some of the stuff I picked up in the Kotobukiya store:
This Chimchim is the pass case one, but I'm not man enough to wear it outside...
I also bought some Solatorobo and Tail Concerto keychains, but I don't have a photo handy.
Then, I remembered I now have a Japanese address, so I began to order nonsense online:
The G.U. magazines came with a couple extra goodies, one with some sort of special Trilogy soundtrack (which I will upload to my Youtube channel
eventually) and one with an episode guide to Roots. I was impressed these Amazon sellers selling these for dirt cheap maintained those too. This stuff is mega cheap when you don't have to use a mail forwarding service.
I also have a couple posters still in the mail.
But the real treat came during TGS......
After the show itself, I went out with a Japanese CC2 fanclub. I wasn't the only foreigner, thankfully, but we all got by okay. It's fun, we're having a good time, it's nomihoudai so you pay a flat fee and get unlimited drinks for a few hours. I'm downing some highballs, straight chilling, and then I am told: Matsuyama will be coming.
Lo and behold:
I apparently was the only person who did not know. The 10 minutes between when I was told and when he arrived were perhaps some of the most stressful in my life. I was trying to sober up as fast as I could (which I would later find out was unnecessary, since he had been coming from Bandai Namco's own party).
Anyway, I was able to tell him thanks for absolutely everything, that I had been a fan since I was an actual child, and that I was in Japan because .hack started this crazy chain of events in my life. I also told him I'd like to work at CC2 after I graduate as a translator, so this was like my preliminary interview, haha...
Niizato was also there:
I thanked him profusely as well.
Here's the autograph in full (I asked for Tokio):
I haven't taken it out of the plastic wrap because the next time I do will be to frame it.
He didn't know how to spell my name, so I wrote it out on his hand in permanent marker (so he definitely remembered me the next day):
I have a cornucopia of photos I am not really allowed to share, so...... teehee. I think I got to meet the most honest, no nonsense Matsuyama. I'm really glad I got to meet him in this setting and not at a more formal thing like a convention or something.
I also asked him about "the truth of the truth of Emma Wieland" to which he gave me the most evil, demonic laugh.
In general it has been a really good two weeks in Japan. I also got to meet SUDA51, another one of my biggest inspirations (in fact I'd probably say the only series I care about as much as .hack is Kill the Past).
Here's one final bonus:
From the May 2008 issue of the .hack//G.U. magazine. It's interesting to see that as early as 2008 they were showing off this kind of third season imagery. The kanji on the right means "next." Someday, we'll know the truth of truths....
As for now, I had the time of my life. I seriously think this was one of if not the best nights of my life. Someone I've had so much to say to for so long, and I got to know him pretty intimately in the first go. Meeting both Matsuyama and Suda were like two of my goals this year, and I knocked them off within 2 weeks. Next up, I guess, is to somehow get absolutely hammered with Hideaki Anno. Might be a bit harder, though.
Expect plenty of more posts from me. The year is only beginning.