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G933 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset

23 Jun , 2016,
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I am not a huge fan of wireless headsets until Logitech passed me their G933 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset during their Pizza session held at Colosseum at Bugis+, Singapore. Wireless PC peripherals are often overlooked by gamers no thanks to naysayers. But when it comes to setting up a gaming station at a LAN party, one less wire goes a long way. Since I game on a netbook on the go, that’s one less wired inconvenience for me.

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The G933 improves on the successful G430 Gaming Headset with its minimalist design and stylish sleek curves making it a trendy headset for the fashionable geek on the go. It features 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound, washable ear cups and concealable mic that makes the G933. Its ten-hour inbuilt  battery completes the headset as a portable fashion accessory as well as an extension to a gamer’s unfair advantage on the virtual battlefield.

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The distinct advantage wireless headsets have over its analog counterparts is the missing audio input which has been problematic for most of my headsets. Going wireless allows Logitech to address the problem that plagued many traditional wired sets without redesigning and/or reinventing the very product audiophiles and gamers are familiar with. Now, you won’t have that pesky problem where one side of the earpiece will malfunction after some months and the temporary solution is to toy around with the audio jack or the wire leading up to the headphones itself; and pray that it works. There’s still the option to wire up the headphones using the USB adapter or analog audio input, which means wires. But with such convenience and performance, I’ll rather leave them in the box. The G933 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset is definitely one of the best premium wireless headsets on the market.

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The Logitech G933 also works with PCs, mobile phones, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The headphones are also compatible to your home theater, as long as they have USB ports and RCA audio out.

The product is available from December 2015 at the MSRP of SGD 299.

Technical Specifications
System Requirements
– Windows 7 or higher
– Internet connection for Logitech Gaming Software installation
– USB port, 3.5 mm audio port or RCA audio output ports
– 7.1 surround sound, DTS Headphone:X*, lighting configuration, and G-key programming require Logitech Gaming Software

Product Specifications
Headphones
– Driver: 40 mm
– Frequency response: 20 Hz-20KHz
– Impedance: 39 Ohms (Passive), 5k Ohms (Active)
– Size 190 mm x 180 mm x 94 mm
– Sensitivity: 107dB SPL/mW
Microphone
– Size 4mm
– Type: Condenser-Cardioid
– Frequency response: 100Hz-20KHz

The Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset comes with a 2-year limited hardware warranty.

THE MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES OF AN IRREGULAR OTAKU LIVING IN TOKYO — EP08

30 Aug , 2015,
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After being left out of the fun at ICDS, our Otaku at large decided to pay a visit to the Charlotte (not ours) showcase at UDX, Crossfield, Akihabara. Other than the flea market usually held on most weekends, UDX Akihabara also hosts anime related exhibitions at their premise.

Who knows what will be on display next month as Charlotte comes to an end tomorrow.

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The Mysterious Circumstances of an Irregular Otaku Living in Tokyo — Ep07 Comiket 88 Edition

25 Aug , 2015,
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This year, our in-house Otaku decided to visit Comiket 88. We didn’t hear from him since his last comment about the weather being very hot. We’re worried that he might have been too engrossed with his new doujins instead of setting his priorities straight.

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Morning crowd before Comiket opens.

Find out more from Arvin’s 101 Guide to Surviving Summer Comiket.

The squeeze to buy Doujins at 11:07 AM

The summer edition of the bi-annual event held on 14th – 16th August has come and gone with more than 600,000 attendees and 40,000 participating Circles. While Comiket has been foremost, a doujinshi and creators affair, there has been an increasing number of cosplayers braving the summer heat to attend the convention, dressing up as various anime, games and movie characters.

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There’s a wanted wizard ‘Arry.

While there were some who wore armor, most prefer the use of cloth. Others decided to go along with the summer festivities with summer friendly costumes of their favorite series.

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Love Live! Cheerleader costumes.

Some of the major players helping circles get their goods out to the masses also made a strong showing at the commercial halls.

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Comic Toranoana, one of the major distributors of Doujinshi and other anime related products in Japan also have a booth with some original works from various artists.

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We can’t get enough of Melon Books, another major distributor of Doujinshi and other anime related products in Japan.

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Lashinbang, a retailer that specialize in second goods decided to bring in some exclusive first-hand loot just for Comiket.

Game companies also made a strong showing with exclusive Comiket goods and upcoming titles.

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SEGA too turned up for Comiket showing off their upcoming figures yet to hit the arcades.

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ATLUS showed up as well with loads of Persona loot which was sold out by the end of day 2.

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Everyone wants a cute mascot and now, Unity Technology Japan too have Unity-Chan.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a hot topic for Comiket this year, after fears of copyrights law changes might affect the future of doujins and Comiket. A premium membership is required to rewatch the discussion held on Friday on Nico Nico Douga (Japanese Only).

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The TPP saga has ruffled a few feathers at Comiket.

See you at Comiket 89 from 29th – 31st December.

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The Mysterious Circumstances of an Irregular Otaku Living in Tokyo — Ep06

11 Aug , 2015,
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The Irregular Otaku managed to visit The Art of Gundam at Mori Arts Center Gallary in Roppongi during his summer break.

We can never get enough of those giant robots Gundam ever since the first animation took the world by storm. They were never meant for kids. Interest in space drama grew in the 1970s, with Space Battleship Yamato and Starwars. Yamato, in particular, changed the perspective that animation was for kids.

Early concepts for the original Mobile Suit Gundam, took shape in earlier titles like Freedom Fighter, Chronical of Drifting Journey of J Boys and Space Fighter Battalion Gunboy. Gundam would later incorporate these ideas. The success of Gundam revolves several critical elements, still prevalent in popular Gundam titles today. The story is about a group of boys thrown into an extreme condition of war and how they would react within their respective organizations. Of course, the use of giant robots known as Gundam became necessary tools of war with a great emphasis on realistic designs of sets and equipment.

The story was unusually weighty for children and its intended audience of Junior Highschool students with topics of realism and foreshadowing of how our world might become in the near future. It was meant to stimulate the imagination and create a strong sense of empathy from the viewers. Where the idea of humanity moving into space is exceptionally real in the 1970s with overpopulation and a looming environmental crisis.

The concept of a space colony is not plucked out of pure fantasy but based on American physicist, O’Neil’s concept of a space settlement. However, there are storytelling tools involved, like the concept of Minovsky Particles. We know that this functional technology blocks the use of radar and communications, making long distance battles impossible. But it also served another purpose and that is to make the story more convincing and personal. Its boring to watch a space light show right?

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The new Gundam Movie, GUNDAM: The Origin II will screen in Japan from 31st October 2015.

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Fans of the tradition Gundam stories will have more to cheer this October. A new Gundam anime will be screened from 4th October 2015, remember to mark your calendars.

The exhibition runs until September 27, 2015. If you’re a fan of Mobile Suit Gundam and you’re in Tokyo from now until end September, don’t ever miss this fine collection of Gundam artifacts.

Link: http://www.gundam-ten.jp/en/

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This article is made possible thanks to the folks over at Attn. Japan. Find out more about Japan by checking out their magazines. If you are interested in various attractions around Tokyo, Tokyo Convention & Visitor’s Facebook page has the most up to date most happening events around the city.

The Mysterious Circumstances of an Irregular Otaku Living in Tokyo — Ep05

4 Aug , 2015,
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Our Otaku Professor headed down to Meguro last week to have a look at what’s going on at Meguro Gajoen. The Wanoakari X Hundred Steps, presents a cultural exhibition of various events and artworks from around Japan.

Room of Jippo

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Room of Gyosho

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Room of Souku

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Room of Seisui

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Room of Seikou

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Room of Kiyokata

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Room of Chojyou

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They bothered to number each step.

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There are some props that are way too big for the rooms…

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We last heard that the Otaku Professor was also spotted loitering at a Gundam Exhibition at Roppongi.

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The Mysterious Circumstances of an Irregular Otaku Living in Tokyo — Ep04

21 Jul , 2015,
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Without a cell phone number, it is would be impossible to open any bank account anywhere in Japan. For a tourist, subscribing for a roaming plan or purchasing some voice-enabled SIM card without a number is easily available at most major electronic stores like LABI Yamada or BIC Camera.

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BIC Camera sells all kinds of electronics goods; not just sell cameras.

But a phone number, that’s the big problem. Fortunately, Softbank has a solution to this riddle.

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A Softbank store at Ikebukuro.

The Softbank Simple Style is a prepaid service where a they package a phone together with a USIM card. Nothing too fancy if it’s a number to work around the administration red tape.

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The phone I got just to open a bank account.

It is quite expensive to make any phone calls using this service; and much more for SMS, Y!Mail and Data plan. But at least, there’s no 2 years contract to service which doesn’t make much sense if you’re not planning to stay in Japan for more than a couple of years.

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The Mysterious Circumstances of an Irregular Otaku Living in Tokyo — Ep03

14 Jul , 2015,
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It took me almost a week to get put things into place since arriving in Tokyo. After a luggage delay thanks to some shenanigans from Scoot (I would not patronise them in the future). So what happened?

Living in a country for an extended period of time require a bank account, and a mobile phone. Sounds simple?

Registering for a bank account is a daunting task. Most banks in Japan would only consider your application only if you have been in the country for more than 6 months. Mizuho Bank was my first attempt and was politely shown the door when they found out I arrived the week earlier; and so would most major banks.

Other than Japan Post Bank, Shinsei Bank is the other foreigner friendly with their English speaking staff without the 6 months rule. Moreover, the bank doesn’t charge clients a fee to use the ATM. That’s another perk to leave your hard earned cash with them. A Hanko is optional for registration. If you do not have one made by this point, you are fine.

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Shinsei Bank’s Ikebukuro Branch.

Documents Required:

  1. Residence Card and Passport
  2. Home Address and Contact Number
  3. Hanko (if you already made one; or bad at signing)

Oh wait, they need a local phone number. Not just any phone number but one registered to your name. The “Mobile Phone Improper Use Act” passed in 2006 made it impossible for anyone staying on a short-term visa to register for a phone number. A phone plan requires a bank account or a credit card (which I lack). Right… I’m so $%#@ed…

– To be continued –

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The Mysterious Circumstances of an Irregular Otaku in Tokyo — Ep02

7 Jul , 2015,
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Every country has something that makes it special from another. Some (like those toilet bowls that spray water at your butt) are a stroke of genius while others are just annoying.

Despite its readiness to adopt new technologies, Japan still found itself reluctant to let go of old tradition like the common usage of Inkan (official seal) for signing off official documents and various day to day paperwork.

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Some of the more exquisite Hankos on display.

It’s hard to get around Japan without this handy item, just like how we can’t survive the office without our favorite signing pen. There are several shops that have ready made Inkans for sale, and Daiso sells them at 100 yen (+8 yen tax) a pop.

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A wide selection found at Daiso, only with Japanese family names. Too bad Gaijins; oh wait, that’s me.

What if you can’t find your name on one? Make one at your friendly neighborhood store! It takes a few days for them to craft the item.

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A custom made Hanko bearing my last name.

Like your signature, the Inkan can be used to sign off any official documents. If you made one, remember to keep it secret, keep it safe (almost left mine behind at the post office the other day). A custom made Inkan also a great souvenir item if you want something more personalized than a mass produced doujinshi.

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The Mysterious Circumstances of an Irregular Otaku in Tokyo — Ep01

30 Jun , 2015,
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Shit happens; it always does! All hail Murphy! Yes, it happened to me as well. How bad was it?

Fortunately, I have been through an entire week without bathing thanks to the Army. Powder, mints and always remember to keep your toothbrush with you at all times.

Still, it’s really not a great feeling when you’re sweating from head to toe and your baggage (with your change of clothing) that was supposed to arrive on the same flight is delayed by 2 days. Imagine the same stinking clothing that went through everyone at the airport, cramped public transport and whatever. Then, imagine sleeping in it for 2 nights straight.

Not to mention they’d already made me pay an additional SGD 200 for extra baggage.

While I am appreciative of the effort put in by the staff at Narita Airport to locate my bag, I am still horrified that Scoot was unable to tell me where my luggage was. It could have been in Singapore or Taiwan or on the wrong flight!

Having the opportunity to serve my conscription in aviation logistics allows me to shed further insights as to the cause of the blunder.

One, Scoot should have been honest with me that my luggage had been offloaded* in Singapore. That would assure me that my luggage is accounted for and it is in safe hands.

Two, despite me sending an email to their agent in Singapore, I haven’t heard even a single squeak on their end. Only their agent in Japan contacted me to deliver the luggage.

Three, I have the hunch they did not bother to expedite my luggage; causing the 2 days delay.

While it is common for anyone to be unhappy about their precious necessities being offloaded. I believe that they would be infuriated should their belongings be unaccounted for. So don’t ever Scoot off without a proper explanation!

*Offload — In aviation logistics, it means that an item on board the plane has been taken off because the pilot has deem that the aircraft is too heavy. Usually the last baggage that gets loaded onto the aircraft gets taken off should such an event occur.

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Journey to the East

29 Jun , 2015,
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Studying Japanese in Japan sounds cool and is most Otaku’s wet dream. But is it easy to live the Tokyo dream?

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Ticket to Shinagawa cost ¥1500.

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The trip from Narita International Airport to Tokyo takes about an hour.

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Getting bored >.<

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Making the transit at Shinagawa Station is an alternative to Tokyo Station.

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Housing in Japan is really small by most standards and the rent; not very appealing.

Now, if only my luggage wasn’t offloaded by Scoot e.e;;

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