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Japan 2014 – 05 Giant Gundam at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba (2014-10-02) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 22 OCT 2015

Having seen Tokyo from above thanks to our trip up Tokyo Tower, we next started making our way towards Odaiba, the popular sightseeing and shopping district that is situated on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay!

DSC07204 yurikamome tracks - going to odaiba, tokyo, japan

In order to ensure the best views, we took a trip aboard the elevated Yurikamome train line, and indeed were treated to some spectacular views of first of Tokyo and then Rainbow Bridge itself as we cruised in towards Odaiba.

Our intended target was very clear, and beautiful walkways guided us to Odaiba’s DiverCity – and more importantly, the 18 meter high, life-size Gundam model standing guard in front of it!

IMG_20141002_061043 craig lotter in front of full-size gunam statue in front of divercity in odaiba, tokyo, japan

If you are (or ever were) into anime then there is no way that you won’t get a kick out of seeing this gigantic, hulking figure spewing smoke and moving a couple of joints, all accompanied with a booming sound track and big screen visuals projected behind it.

(DiverCity actually hosts a big Gundam shop and a bit of a Gundam museum, so you can pretty safely say that this is sort of a Mecca for Gundam fans!)

DSC07206 full-size gunam statue in front of divercity in odaiba, tokyo, japan

Anyway, after our first official cup of coffee at one of Japan’s many coffee franchises, we headed into DiverCity to explore our very first Japanese shopping center – where we also encountered what was to become my little ‘thing’ for the rest of the trip – hunting down Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlours!

(This being Japan, the flavours are pretty out there. After all, Japan generally doesn’t do sweet, meaning some pretty interesting – if sometimes strange – flavours were waiting to be hunted down! Oh, and because it was getting close to Halloween, pretty much everyone had something spooky to go along. Turns out the Japanese are quite fond of co-opting American holiday customs!)

IMG_20141002_135756 terrance brown and ryan lotter eating baskin-robbins ice cream in divercity, odaiba, tokyo

Also, we stumbled across a game arcade on one of the top floors – which excited Terrance to no end as he immediately made us challenge him at a drum beating rhythm game.

IMG_20141002_141359 playing a drum rhythm game in the divercity arcade

It did not go well for me.

Sigh.

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Related Links: Odaiba | DiverCity

Review: Comic Party (2001) Anime | My Reviews 03 OCT 2012

Kazuki Sendo is in his third grade of high school. Because their school is on an “elevator” system of promotion, Kazuki can relax because he already has a college entrance permission. On one lazy day, Kazuki and his best friend, Mizuki Takasei, are intercepted by another one of their eccentric friends, Taishi.

He leads them to Odaiba – to Kazuki’s first ever Dojinshi Convention. To normal people like Kazuki and Mizuki, such a convention is a very strange place indeed. The convention centre is crammed with all sorts of Otaku, Dojinshi artists and cosplayers. It’s an overwhelming situation that threatens to drag one under in its eccentricity. And it literally does.

Kazuki is sort of saved from the masses by a young girl called Yuu Inagawa. She is the creator of the doujinshi called “Heart-Beat”. At her side, Kazuki slowly comes to realise just what an interesting thing manga really is, and with Taishi’s influence, perhaps he too should pick up the pencil and brush.

And the next day when the eccentric Yuu joins his class, he knows for sure that his journey into the world of doujinshi has begun!

Comic Party is a 13 part 2001 slice of life, romantic comedy anime series directed by Sudo Norihiko and produced by KSS and OLM.

An anime series poking fun at the anime, manga and otaku scene is generally quite fun and in this regard Comic Party doesn’t let one down. It’s a decent, if a little slow paced slice of life drama with a lot of laughs, a hint of romance (with harem elements I guess), and thanks to the eccentric Taishi and all his shenanigans, interesting enough to stick with for its short run.

To be honest, based on a romantic adventure and dating sim video game means that most of the characters come across as a little bland, particularly the doujinshi girls, thankfully the quite eccentric Taishi does stand out as being brilliant addition to the cast, adding a bit of excitement to what is a sometimes plodding show.

The animation is of a good standard, and it is nice seeing that they aren’t being forced to switch to a deformed style to depict the humorous events of the story. The voice acting is a bit annoying though, especially for the girls’ voices. It’s just to cutesy for my liking.

It’s not an exhilarating watch by any means, but it will pull a couple of laughs and it is an interesting look at the world of otaku and producing doujinshi.

(Historic Note of interest: This review was written back in 2004)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Party