I am sitting in a manga kissaten (manga cafe), side by side with [livejournal.com profile] telophase, [livejournal.com profile] bravecows, and [livejournal.com profile] sho_sunaga, all of us typing away on our respective LJs. It is a great moment in the history of geekdom, especially since it is the culmination of a day which also included manga-shopping, doujinshi-shopping, and a dinner in which we regaled each other with tales of how we discovered slash, fic, and fandom.

Meeting [livejournal.com profile] bravecows and [livejournal.com profile] sho_sunaga was definitely one of the best bits of Worldcon for me. I think some of you know the former already, but the latter is newish to LJ; she is a Japanese fan who is into manga, SGA, Supernatural, Sentinel, Star Trek,, and fic.

Today, after a brief stop at an English used bookshop, Good Day Books in Ebisu (where Stephanie was briefly trapped in the elevator), we met up at the statue of Hachiko the loyal dog at Shibuya station, along with approximately one thousand others attempting to meet friends at the same coordinates.

We went to a bookshop, where I bought several copies of Saiyuki Gaiden 3 and was irritated that many of [livejournal.com profile] sho_sunaga's favorite manga have not yet been translated into English, and where [livejournal.com profile] telophase [livejournal.com profile] bravecows bought bilingual Tale of Genji manga.

Then we went to Mandarake, a massive doujinshi shop, where [livejournal.com profile] bravecows talked me into buying a mysterious doujinshi with the subtitle "The love between an animal and a plant," from the RPS section-- I think it might be Russell Crowe/Paul Bethany. [livejournal.com profile] telophase made an astonishing find, detailed on her LJ.

Then we proceeded to an izakaya, where I had a lychee soda, and we all had a fantastic appetizer of Vietnamese/Japanese/California spring roll sushi-ish thingies, before proceeding to sashimi, fried chicken wings, soup with noodles and cabbage, and oyakodon (chicken and egg over rice). It turns out that me and both had original Trek as one of our first fandoms, and discovered slash when searching for it online. [livejournal.com profile] bravecows, the baby of the group, began with Hanson fic at the tender age of ten!

[livejournal.com profile] sho_sunaga showed us some downloaded manga she can read on her cellphone (which also connects to the internet.) When it gets to the rape scene, the phone vibrates!
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From: [personal profile] astolat

Hey! We have gotten to Tokyo with luggage and sanity intact and are settled in right across from the Palace. Tomorrow we are going to Nikko in the morning. You guys want to meet up for karaoke somewhere in the evening? :D Drop me a comment or email, or I'll try and give you a call when we get back from the day-trip, as no one seems to be able to call *me* although vice versa is working okay.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

Maybe! Though Nikko is kind of far-- you might be tired by the time you get back. Also, we have a meeting in the morning, and what happens then will determine the rest of our day.

Can you email me your plans when you know what they are, so we can meet you somewhere if we can make it?
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From: [personal profile] astolat

Hey -- so you were right, it was a long day, plus I managed to slip and fall on my ass and the evening is being spent in a regime of ice and advil, doh! Let me know if you're around still, but if not, have a great rest of your trip. :D

From: [identity profile] sho-sunaga.livejournal.com

Can I entice you to....dive into Otaku world?

Hi I hope you remember me/ I'm Riko(asked you about mangaka covers at the con and Rachel introduced me to you)Are you doing anything on Tuesday or Wednesday? Can I take you out for a Geeky trip, too?
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From: [personal profile] astolat

Re: Can I entice you to....dive into Otaku world?

Hey Riko! We are going to the imperial palace tomorrow and then going electronics shopping, to replace my destroyed camera, snif (cf comment above). We're thinking we would really rather wander and see more of the city because we are leaving weds am, so probably no to manga shopping, but we would be happy to get together for coffee or lunch along the way. :) maybe e me your cell to astolat at lj?

From: [identity profile] sho-sunaga.livejournal.com

Soo Tokyo Touristing a la "Lost in Translation" Style?

Oh no... I hope you are feeling OK. I just got back from work and just sent you an text mail (right term?) from my cell to astolat at lj.com with my cell number. I hope that was the right thing. I would sincerely love to get together with you. Please call me in the morning or at night(if you are still awake..)
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From: [personal profile] astolat

Re: Soo Tokyo Touristing a la "Lost in Translation" Style?

Hey -- the text message didn't come through alas and I don't want to post my cellphone # in lj, as it's my permanent one, but julad's temporary cellphone which should work is 090 1767 9667 -- we are heading out now, but call us if you are free. :)

From: [identity profile] sho-sunaga.livejournal.com

Just to make things clear

When Rachel says "rape scene" its a BL and not really a rape scene. Sort of bondage scene...not that it makes it better, but still. if you are interested this is the manga. http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%A9%E3%83%96%E3%83%97%E3%83%AA%E3%82%BA%E3%83%A0-%E6%9D%B1%E5%9F%8E-%E9%BA%BB%E7%BE%8E/dp/4896440994/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b/249-9491120-3197928
I already have it as a comic but downloaded a sample. If you are in Japan and have a cell phone samples are free... try it. It's too small(the screen) for my taste but you can at least see what's inside before you buy the manga at a book store.
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From: [personal profile] octopedingenue

Re: Just to make things clear

I would love to have sexy action manga on my cell. Its screen is tiny & only black-and-white, but it can vibrate very enthusiastically.

It looks like that manga ("Love Prism"?) has been scanslated into English! No vibrating, though. I'd never heard of it but now I'll have to try it.
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From: [personal profile] oyceter

So awesome! Also EEEEE! GAIDEN 3!!!!!!
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From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu

There is bilingual _Genji_ manga? This makes me sad. Or rather that I didn't go to a bookshop with a Japanese-reading guide makes me sad.

Have fun in Kyoto!
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From: [identity profile] bravecows.livejournal.com

It is pretty darn awesome so far! It's all petals and swooning and pretty, pretty angst. *thumbs up*
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From: [identity profile] bravecows.livejournal.com

I haven't read the original, but he seems a pretty big ass. The hilarious thing is that he's such an excellent shoujo hero that you forget what an ass he is in the flowing of his glorious robes ...

Um, yes. Haven't got to the vengeful ghosts yet, but I'm sure they will be!

From: [identity profile] sho-sunaga.livejournal.com

Genji Manga

Genjimanga is actually called "Asaki Yumemishi" by Yamato Waki. A manga classic"!!! Beautiful art work as well as wonderful adaptation of Murasaki Shikibu's story. Hey I got through French Revolution by "Rose of Versailles." I just wish this manga was finished when I was in high school, the agony of reading Genji in old Japanese was pure torture. Anyway, it is published from Kodansha (koudansha bilingual Comics), and if you are still in Japan you can go to Kinokuniya in Shinjuku (next to the huge Takashimaya) go to the 6th (7th?) foreign books floor and the people there should be able to help you. I'm afraid there are none left in Book First now^^
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From: [personal profile] chomiji

>> When it gets to the rape scene, the phone vibrates! <>:

It is indeed a wondrous age in which we live ... !

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From: [identity profile] bravecows.livejournal.com

Meeting [info]bravecows and [info]sho_sunaga was definitely one of the best bits of Worldcon for me.

Oh, same, same! Only, um, the other way around. Meeting you guys totally made my WorldCon x1,000,000 times more awesome than it already was! ♥

Do post about "The love between an animal and a plant". I thought it was lotrips, but your suggestion that it's Crowe/Bettany makes me even more excited.

Also, cough, I actually discovered fanfic through Gargoyles* fandom at the age of 10, from where I went on to Star Trek: The Next Generation. I read Hanson fic at 11 because fanfic had become the only way I knew how to enjoy fandom. *is/was dork*

*Disney cartoon. You may not have heard of it? It was AWESOME.

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