Friday, December 3, 2010
The week of New York Comic-Con, Kurt told us that a Japanese TV crew would be coming to our offices film a segment on the American manga industry. Kinda cool, not a big deal, right? But what Kurt failed to mention was that the interviewer was a pop idol, Sho Sakurai from Arashi, a group whose songs come up at nearly every one of our karaoke sessions. Unfortunately, those karaoke sessions are my only real familiarity with their music, and with Kurt's "no fangirling" order looming overhead, it was a very tense encounter for all of us. But boy, is he pretty.
The truly tragic thing is that after Sho left, JuYoun and Tania couldn't help gushing over the experience, and the director told us that Sho would have been thrilled to find out that they were fans. So our forced politeness worked against us. Next time, we seize opportunity!
Cosplay... I've become known as the Yen cosplayer, though I've only dressed up twice on behalf of the company. I actually don't mind it, but making the costume is the most fun part of the experience, and in both cases I didn't really have to do anything. Ah, well. Maka is still in the works, so maybe I'll have something fun together for the next con...