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Cute Maids and Good Food at Akiha Bali Maid Cafe

It seems that there’s a bunch of energetic cosplayers and/or weebs in Bali. This is me judging solely from the increasing amount of maid cafes that have suddenly sprouted up, usually in partnerships with local, small Japanese-style restaurants in Denpasar.

The most recent café features ten lovely and cute maids ready to serve their masters over a two-day period from 11-12 June 2016 at Sushi Tsuki restaurant, located at Jalan Gatot Subroto in Denpasar. The maid café, hosted by newcomer organizer, Akiha Bali, adds to the diversity of maid cafes that the island has seen, such as the Love Live! maid café last year and Dream Chamber. Continue reading Cute Maids and Good Food at Akiha Bali Maid Cafe

First Love Live! Maid Cafe in Bali

If December rains makes your day gray, perhaps you need nine school idols to lighten you up! Serving mouth-watering sushi from Zushioda, the characters of the hit anime series, Love Live! are dressed up in maid outfits and will be at your service through the dreary rain.

The Love Live!-themed maid cafe was held on 6 December 2015 at Zushioda Mahendradatta Selatan in Denpasar, Bali. It is the first ever Love Live!-themed maid cafe in Bali.

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Due to a sudden heavy downpour, the maid cafe experienced a slight delay. But the wait was worth it, because as soon as the doors opened, customers were immediately greeted by the cheerful voices of the personnel of Hallow Muse, a Love Live! cosplay group in Bali.

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Once the first wave of customers were seated with their respective maids, the maid cafe had officially started.

At their tables, the customers were provided with not only the companionship of a Hallow Muse member, they were also given playing cards as an activity to do while waiting for their order. Customers also had a chance to get a Polaroid photo taken with their maid of choice. And as a souvenir, they also got special exclusive trinkets from their respective maids.DSC_0125 DSC_0049 DSC_0042 DSC_0239

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The food was provided by Zushioda, which included a roll of sushi (10 pieces) and a choice of a drink. The items on the menu are named after members of Love Live!; I would have had the Nozomi-themed Giant Washi Roll and a Nico-themed drink.

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The maids also provided some fan service to please the customers. Now, now, get those minds out of the gutter. It’s all safe. And of course, there’s the obligatory Nico-Maki pairing.

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People’s Talk

I got a chance to talk with the second-in-command of the maid cafe, Adit from the Love Live! Bali Nakama group. Here’s what we talked about:

Adit, second-in-command.
Adit, second-in-command.

So, what inspired you to start this maid cafe?

You know, we just had this crazy idea to start an event, because we saw that there are few Love Live!-related events in Bali. Honestly, it all started from a random idea, and it actually came true!

Why a maid cafe?

There are very few maid cafes held in Bali, especially ones with a Love Live! theme. We have a community that is highly interested in Love Live!, and we also have a cosplay group that likes Love Live! as well. The theme was also good, you know, Love Live with a maid cafe, so there’s that.

Has it been hard making the maid cafe a reality?

Of course. We faced many obstacles along the way. We had a hard time finding sponsors, so we all had to chip in. It was also hard assembling a team together and furthermore, motivating the team to keep on going. But in the end, we finally did it.

What do you see in the future for the maid cafe? I mean, it is the first in Bali.

In the future, I personally would like to continue the maid cafe and make it bigger, because it is the first Love Live maid cafe ever in Bali. I think as long as the community is supportive, we would be able to make it bigger.

I also got to talk with one of the customers after their session was over. Here’s what Angga and I talked about:

What did you think about the maid cafe?

I thought it was a really fun experience. Most maid cafes that I’ve visited are rather strict with their rules and the atmosphere is rather rigid, but this maid cafe was really different. The maids were fun and they were really friendly. It’s like the “barrier” between customer and maid is really thin.

Do you think the maid cafe can be improved?

So far, the maid cafe was very good. I just felt that the session should have been longer, because one hour feels too short for me.

To end a good day at the maid cafe, the members of Hallow Muse sang the song Wonderful Rush as the customers exited. Now that’s a great antidote for a boring rainy day! When they came out, the rain had already stopped, so what else to do than a group picture?

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored event post written as part of my partnership as media partner with the Love Live! community in Bali.

An Update on Bali Weeaboo Events: Cancellations and (Potentially) False Promises

You guys remember when I said it was a great time to be a weeaboo in Bali? Well, fuck that shit.

Seni2Negeri Fails Spectacularly

The first event on the roster, Seni2Negeri Natsu Gakuen managed by Dewata Nihon Academy (DNA) has already crashed monumentally and blew up in an orgasmic and angry shade of red. Weebs were infuriated by the lack of communication from the EO, and even the partner EO abolished their partnership. And now, it’s up to DNA to salvage the situation and at least save themselves from the wrath of angry weebs.

You’d think that once they failed, they’d have the decency to at least issue a formal apology (not a bullshit one like on their event page) and try to refund tickets. They did that, actually. Last month, a meeting was held between DNA, booth owners, and the general weeb public to discuss what should happen. Luckily it didn’t end up like Battle Royale (though I really wanted for that to happen; I wasted my time popping popcorn in the microwave). Refunds were to be commenced as soon as possible. Everyone was expected to remain calm.

And now, on the 6th of July, just when I was checking my FB news feed after a jog, I found more shattering news. Take a look:

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In sum, DNA has agreed to refund ONLY tickets priced at 100K (for the general weeb public). These tickets were the last wave of tickets sold to the general weeb public and were regarded as “regular tickets”. Sounds great? Think again.

During the first phase of their sales, DNA sold tickets that were priced at IDR 25K. These were known as “pre-sale” tickets. Now, since there was only a limited amount (around 600 according to Kotakotak Organizer, DNA’s partner EO), these tickets sold out like a fat American drinking beer on Independence Day. As for the refund of these 25K tickets, Kotakotak Organizer has agreed to exchange them for tickets to another event they’re hosting called the Tokyo Fiesta (not discussed here).

After these pre-sale tickets were gone, DNA issued another batch of pre-sale tickets, only this time, they were priced at IDR 50K. They have deleted the post on their page, but luckily, the Internet never forgets. See the pic below.

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In the post, DNA explicitly states that 50K tickets are also regarded as legit pre-sale tickets. Also, see that Rp 50.000 on the left side? These tickets were sold at 50K a piece. This means that these 50K tickets should also be refunded. But here’s where things get fucked up. In the comment thread of Pic 1, the admin states that 50K tickets ARE NOT eligible for refunds. DNA admin also goes as far as denying they even sold 50K tickets in the first place, despite evidence showing otherwise. Go deeper into the comment thread and you’ll find the admin being a total dick.

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This is a real problem. It shows a major blunder from DNA. It’s like they’re not even trying to set things straight. It’s like they’re trying to run away from responsibility. It’s like they’re asking disgruntled weebs to come at them with pitchforks and dakkimakuras. And how is it that this admin still alive?

Anyway, for DNA, my condolences. Next time, when you try to organize an event, get your crew in check. Make sure they’re trained in public weeb relations.

False Promises from Dewata Anime Festival

With Seni2Negeri out of the picture, it now falls on to Dewata Anime Festival (DAF) to become the beacon of hope for Balinese weeaboos. So far, they’re doing quite well. They began promoting tour packages, both domestic and international, and cosplay guest stars are confirmed to come. Tickets are still on sale. All seems to be going well.

A minor issue regarding guest stars happened a while back. Ying Tze was displayed as a cosplay guest star on DAF’s official poster, but Ying Tze herself has not concluded a contract with DAF.

Another issue happened last month regarding DAF’s guest star lineup. You might have heard about it.

On their page, DAF revealed Babymetal as a confirmed guest star for DAF (the post has been deleted). This caused a sudden uproar. Amuse Singapore, Babymetal’s official rep in Southeast Asia, declared that Babymetal has no scheduled appearances in Southeast Asia. Of course, this caused confusion among people. Their hopes of seeing underage girls trying hard to play metal music were diminished. DAF then changed their post, saying that they’ll wait until Babymetal officially announces their appearance.

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What is it with false promises and Bali weeaboo events? Is it a marketing ploy to increase publicity? Whatever it is, the “fake” announcement was a real dick move by DAF. I guess someone’s getting fired over there. Also, since the event will be held in November, there’s still some time for DAF to conclude an agreement with Babymetal. I just hope things go well, not like Seni2Negeri and their failed  attempt to get JKT48 to come to Bali.

All in all, with an event failing spectacularly and another I’m still skeptical of, I really consider retracting my statement of now being a great time to be a weeaboo in Bali. Now back to watching my Chinese cartoons in peace.

Seni2Negeri Natsu Gakuen on the Verge of Failing?

A month ago, I was frantically searching for pre-sale tickets to what was supposed to be the “largest” J-event in Bali, second only to the upcoming Dewata Anime Festival. I even tried resorting to petty politics just to obtain free tickets. My efforts failed. I was unable to procure cheap tickets and decided to just wait for a random nice guy to sell their pre-sale tickets.

But then, today happened. A stream of evidence showing that the event, Seni2Negeri Natsu Gakuen, is on the verge of failing before it even starts.

Now, I’m not pointing any fingers here. There’s supposed to be an official explanation of what’s going on and customers who have contributed to the hype and bought pre-sale tickets deserve to know what’s going on. But let me show the signs of imminent failure for the event.

Expectations: ERMAHGERD JKT48

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Seni2Negeri was expected to be the first and largest J-event held by Dewata Otaku Academy (DOA). The poster boasted Bandai as an official sponsor, along with Pocari Sweat and Suzuki. Holy shit, that’s a lot of dough. Also, they promised a load of awesome guest stars like JKT48, J-Rocks, and famous Indonesian anime dubbers.

You know what’s the kicker? Pre-sale tickets went for as cheap as IDR 25K (that’s less than USD 2!) during the initial sales. Now, pre-sale tickets have doubled to IDR 50K (USD 4). Even AFAID doesn’t have tickets THAT cheap! So, the thing going on in people’s minds is “when else can I drool over JKT48 for only 25K?”

The event was expected to be held on 20 June, which is just shy over a week from now. A month ago, I and a bunch of other friends were patiently waiting for the event. I even tried to persuade Kevin Wilyan, the head honcho at KAORI, to come and cover the event.

Reality: Everything Falls Apart

Nearing the 20th of June, everything seems to be falling apart. Let’s start with a few exhibits.

First, I present Exhibit A: tweets from the official Twitter account of J-Rocks, the second main guest star of the event. As you can see, the tweet was tweeted 20 hours ago. It mentions that J-Rocks has NOTHING planned for the 20th of June, indicating that the event organizer of Seni2Negeri Natsu Gakuen has yet to conclude an official contract with J-Rocks. It would be impossible for DOA to get J-Rocks over here in time; the contract process would take too long.

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Also, yeah I have Twitter.

Next, I present Exhibit B: JKT48’s event calendar, straight from the official website. It shows the activities of the boner-inducing idol group during the month. Notice that there is NOTHING scheduled for the 20th of June, indicating that once again, DOA has yet to conclude a contract with JKT48. This is a disturbing predicament for the hyped fans.

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Those are the two strongest evidences pointing towards the imminent failure of the event.

Here’s where it gets more interesting. Just this morning, the event consultant, Kotakotak Organizer (KKO) published their MoU with DOA. By the terms of the MoU, KKO’s only responsibilities are to “provide” guest stars for the event ONLY AFTER DOA completes all the tedious financial matters related to the contracts. This means that KKO is acting only as a middleman between DOA and the guest stars.

In the Facebook post, KKO also states the following:

Bahwasanya pada saat ini kami benar-benar tidak mengetahui jelasnya tentang acara tersebut (simpang siur) baik dari segi manajemen acara, ataupun pelaksanaan, kebingungan yang kami rasakan ini kami anggap sebagai kegagalan sebuah profesionalisme kerja yang sempat tertuang pada surat kerjasama yang sempat dibuat.

Mulai dari :Segi Publikasi Acara, Penjualan Tiket, Jumlah Pengunjung, hingga segala macam tindak kegiatan yang kami anggap merugikan pihak kami (KOTAKOTAK Organizer), mulai dari kesalahan penyebutan penempatan dalam poster, jejaring sosial, pembayaran jasa konsultan, hingga pembayaran kepada calon artis yang akan diundang dan dengan ini kami memutuskan untuk membekukan perjanjian hingga pihak yang berkaitan mampu meluruskan dan menyediakan kebutuhan yang tertera pada surat perjanjian kerjasama.

In summary, KKO officially terminates their MoU with DOA until DOA can sort everything out. This means that KKO will not provide guest stars for the event or any of their other services by the terms of the MoU. No JKT48 for you, weebs! Anyway, this is a really serious blunder on DOA’s side. The event is supposedly a week away, and everything is falling apart!

If things couldn’t get any more suspicious, the admin of the official FB page for the event has suddenly started purging their newer posts. I can’t really tell what’s actually going on.

With High Expectations Come Great Responsibility

This catastrophe is a big stain for the track record of DOA.

Hyped people are already demanding explanations from DOA. Disgruntled ticket buyers are already regretting their purchase. And there are people like me who are suddenly grateful they didn’t buy tickets.

My forecast for the event stays the same as before: it is doomed to fail. There are too many blunders and inconsistencies for it to actually happen. And even if by a miracle the show goes on, it will be a largely down-scaled event with local bands and a very small audience. This means no JKT48, no Bandai, and no J-Rocks. If the event does fail to get off the ground, I strongly hope that DOA has the humility to return everyone’s money, no matter how big their losses might be. It’s the only right thing to do. At least it shows that they are fully committed to their customers.

And if they chicken out, I’ll be here, watching an angry mob run them out of town, boycotting their future events, and staining the community for all eternity.

Of course, let this be a lesson for all: it is never wise to bite off more than you can chew. 

A Great Time to be a Weeaboo in Bali

Holy fucking shit. I never thought I’d live to see the day when an event organizer can arrange an event on par with AFAID. And in Bali, of all places too! With high-profile names on the guest list and a number of unconfirmed additional guests, Dewata Anime Festival (DAF) may just be the biggest weeaboo convention ever to hit Bali. Coincidentally, DAF is to be held after another event arranged by, as far as I am aware, a different organizer: the DNA Seni2Negeri. These two events add to the list of yearly weeaboo events in the small island of Bali. And as of this post, both events have already burned through their stock of presale tickets.

Now, I’m not in the mood for blazing the drama weed (yet), so let’s start off with a warm, welcoming post first.

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Most of the major anime events are held in the gloriously fucked-up city of Jakarta. Flying from Bali to Jakarta on a low-cost carrier nets the same price of a Bali-Singapore ticket. I’d rather be in Singapore than that fucked-up congested shithole. Transportation and accommodation costs poses a problem for people living on the outer islands and any attempt to bring a taste of weeb events in Jakarta to the smaller islands is more than welcome. We’ll have more money to splurge on merchandise we’ll throw away after a month or so, buy concert tickets where we’ll end up uploading shitty fan-cams despite the rules clearly prohibiting such behaviour, act like perverts during VIP Meet and Greet sessions, and get high on the drama weed because someone chose to be different.

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I’ve been sensing some competition among certain groups in Bali. In fact, the competition has been getting quite out of hand. But now, for the first time ever, I’ll admit the competition has yielded good results. In a capitalist system, healthy competition among sellers is what keeps the economy going. It’s also what keeps the people stuffed and content (mostly with shit they don’t need). Now, regarding these two events, I once, being the pessimist I was, thought that it would breed bad blood between two major groups in Bali. You know, the “bigger dick” foreign policy? That event organizer has a better event, ergo we should trash them. It turns out, I might be wrong. Seni2Negeri, backed by a huge sponsor, has confirmed that it will bring JKT48 and J-Rocks straight to Bali. Rejoice you stinky middle-aged men wielding lightsticks, for your idols are to descend! I’ve also got a tip from a reliable anonymous source that DAF (also backed by loaded sponsors) will bring out Babymetal, One OK Rock, and possibly AKB48. More idols, more big names, and a whole lot of cash flowing around. Holy fucking shit indeed. And my, look at what healthy competition produces!

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That’s all I can say for now; I’ll be doing more digging regarding these two events. I’ve already purchased my tickets for DAF, so you can all expect an event review (except if my schedule says otherwise). I’m not so sure about Seni2Negeri though; I was a little late in procuring the presale tickets. In the meantime, you weebs in Bali (and perhaps neighboring islands) might want to prepare your moneybags. You wouldn’t want to miss a chance to touch and lecherously pant all over Aza Miyuko or Misa TW, am I right?

All in all, it is in fact, a great time to be a weeaboo in Bali.