So, my otaku friends talked me into playing some Japanese Mahjong with them. I reluctantly followed suit because I don’t even have an idea on how to play. After five hours, I became somewhat addicted to it.
It all started on a Saturday night. I was playing Ys Origins on my laptop. I received a text message from one of my friends, inviting me to a game of mahjong. I thought “Hey, what the heck, it’s better than playing a game by yourself on a Saturday night”. So, long story short, I went up to his room and I was greeted to “the dark side” by my fellow, similarly creepy, otaku friends. They said they’ll teach me step by step — and they lived up to their word.
So, what’s with the weird tiles? They’re similar to cards — clubs, spades, hearts,and diamonds — instead, mahjong uses numerals, circles, and bamboo as their suits. There are also honors — wind and dragon — somehow similar to kings, queens, and jacks.
The technicalities are way too complicated to write here, so here’s the Wikipedia article about Japanese Mahjong. Also, here’s a great website for learning mahjong. Since practice makes perfect, here’s an online mahjong game which you play against the AI. If you’re willing to go against real humans, visit Tenhou (some Japanese proficiency required).
Out of 8 plays, I only won once. Though sickening, I think I may have found a new hobby. Thus, I now spend my spare time playing mahjong against the computer just to learn about the different hands and create my own strategies. So, have you ever played mahjong before? If so, please share!
Among my otaku friends, I’m the one who’s the most idiotic. Maybe it’s because I don’t take the otaku path that seriously. Compared to my friend who plays visual novels and figmas all day, I’m nothing. But, after seeing him have so much fun with his figmas and PVC figures, I decided to buy one myself. Of course, I could never afford a scale-figure. Instead, I chose the nendoroid path. Nendos are way cheaper than scale-figures which can cost over $100.
The chibi design makes them even cuter than scale-figures, and you can customize the faces and accessories! Inori also comes with her sidekick, the robot Funnel. Her accessories include two small handguns and a scarf-like garment. Besides that, she also has a Void-like vortex (as seen in the anime) which you can put on her chest. She also has additional limbs so you can position her anyway you like. On the downside, I don’t like arranging this nendo too much because her joints are a bit loose. Every time I try to put on her scarf, her right arm tends to come off, which is quite a hassle. This nendoroid cost me around $43 (shipping included). I had to save up my pocket money for a month…
This is my first Nendoroid, Hatsune Miku original version (Code 33). Nendos are coded according to a system at Good Smile Company, the company that makes Nendoroids. Don’t ask me about how they code nendos. I bought this Hatsune Miku at Anime Fest Indonesia 2012. Good Smile Company opened up a booth there and it was freakishly crowded. When I got to the counter, I was hoping they had more nendos in stock, but only the Vocaloid nendos remained. So, I went home with a pack of Moekana cards and this little cutie. Since Miku is an earlier nendo, compared to Inori, Miku has a small variety of add-ons. She has the Hachune Miku face (Ievan Polkka), a laughing face, a leek, and additional limbs. The only flaw from this nendo is her lack of add-ons, which limits my creativity. Miku cost me around $36.
What’s so fun about nendos? You do anything with them. Since I like photography, I use them as models — human models tend to be too fussy. With a bit if imagination and tricks, you can take a variety of photos. Besides photography, you can simply put them on your desk and have them accompany you while studying — their cute faces will give you that boost you need when pulling an all-nighter. Or, if you’re a hardcore collector, you can put them behind a glass shelf (or in a box, never allowing them to see daylight…)
The best things that I like about nendos: they’re cheap, cute, and don’t need too much maintenance. Scale-figures are way too expensive and need extra care so that they don’t break. Nendos are somewhat sturdier, but they they still have those small parts that could go missing. However, if we’re talking about elegance, PVC scale-figures win hands-down. Nendos are just plain cute.
Do you have a nendoroid or scale-figure? Share it here and it may be posted on Ahotaku!
You’re probably thinking, “Great, another anime blog. Would those weeaboos stop posting about Japan already? It’s the era of K-Pop!”
I appreciate your thoughts and would rebut with this picture below: (never mind Miku and Inori; please focus on the gun)
What’s with the name “Ahotaku” anyway? It’s from “Aho” which means “idiot” and “Otaku” which you might consider Googling if you’re not familiar with it yet.
I’m a huge fan of anime and anything related to anime. The picture above are my beloved nendoroids (Google that if you don’t know). What I’m trying to say is that I’m just blogging about anime because I like doing it.
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