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You can call me The Mask. In some sites, I'm also known as Detective Mask. I was born on April 12, 1990, making me 24 years old as of this time. I've been a theOtaku member for over 10 years already.

I'm a wandering teacher striving to enhance my skills. I'm also a longtime anime fan, and my all-time favorite anime/manga franchises include Detective Conan (Case Closed), MAJOR, Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X), Silver Spoon, and Death Note.

Some other notes: I'm a loyal Detective Conan fan for over a decade already. I'm also a pro-wrestling otaku, mainly with WWE. I love learning about history and I have a soft spot for social psychology.

It's great to have you in my Cafe. Feel free to browse around. Take care and may you have a nice day!

Fan Comic Featured

So my fan comic for Manga Pro-Wrestling: Eren vs. Jean 2 is now featured in the main page of theOtaku.

This is actually a pleasant surprise. I posted that comic a couple of months ago, so it's nice to see it get featured despite the fact that it's not exactly new.

It's also great to see that it got featured in the first place. It made me happy to know that the moderators thought my works were worth featuring. It inspires me to further improve my art skills and to work harder in the next installments of the MPW series.

My Mysterious Visitors

I make a post about me changing my name to Detective Mask, and then my website gets 80 hits in the past two days. Now I find that to be particularly odd, especially since the whole site has been inactive these days.

Heck, I've always thought it was odd to see that my world is one of the most popular Worlds here in theOtaku for quite a long time already. And as Dolph Ziggler, this isn't showing off when I can back it up.

But despite that, I barely get any comments or feedback in here. And now, my latest post invited a considerable amount of hits in the past few days. Honestly, what's going on?

I'm under the impression that I have regular visitors from other websites who have no theOtaku account. But if that's the case, why hasn't any of them commented about my posts in the other websites? It is really strange.

To try and settle this once and for all, I've set up an page. If you're a visitor who isn't a theOtaku member, or if you're just a curious theOtaku member, I invite you to come and give me questions in my page. I'll try to respond as much as I can, and I would also request that you introduce yourselves a bit as well in your questions. At this point, I really wanna know who are the people that drive the traffic in this World of mine.

Here's the link:

I await your responses.

The Year of Detective Mask

Four years ago, I had contemplated changing my username to Detective Mask. This largely came about as a result of the podcast in the site not too long ago. Since I was The Mask and I was acting like a detective, Detective Mask sounded like a cool name to use. However, I decided against it because I didn't have money for premium membership yet, and it posed the risk of possibly losing access to my myOtaku page.

That was four years ago, when theOtaku was quite active and I was on a roll in what I thought was the final year of being a student. (And we know how that turned out...)

Now, things have become different. TheOtaku is no longer as active as it used to be. If it is active, it's full of the younger generation now. The last time it got a lot of the old members back, it was in the theOtaku chat reunion. (And that reminds me of something, but that's for another post.)

And while The Mask has been inactive in theOtaku, Detective Mask has been active in other websites. I've been having some success with my drawings in Pixiv, and it doesn't hurt that NJPW pro-wrestler Hiroshi Tanahashi retweeted one of my drawings. To a lesser extent, I've also done well in deviantART. I've also started to make a name for myself over on Twitter.

This has now opened the doors for me in the world of illustration. I once dreamed of being able to publish my own manga series in Japan, and with my drawing skills beginning to improve, I feel that trying to chase that crazy dream is worth a shot. Anyway, it's something that I'll be practicing in the sideline while I work on my teaching career. Plus, I feel that if I could go to Japan through this, it would also get me a step closer to my other dream of being able to work in the pro-wrestling industry. (I'm looking at you, NJPW!) It doesn't even have to involve performing; just the idea of working behind-the-scenes in a pro-wrestling organization already thrills me at this point.

Yes, this dream is freaking crazy. I talked about this to a few colleagues of mine, and they also think it's crazy. But hey, as long as I take careful steps and I don't lose sight of reality, I really feel that it's worth trying.

So we go back to Detective Mask. Why is the name so important in all of this? Because I think it's time for me to adopt a uniform pen name from this point on in order to facilitate those dreams. I've been known as Detective Mask in the other sites, and I think it's time for me to be known as such here in theOtaku. And since the names aren't that much of an issue these days, I'm really getting closer to making that change.

It's gonna be something I'll observe in the next few months. And when the time is right, I may officially change my nickname.

At the beginning of 2014, I told myself that this year was going to be my year. Right now, this year might become the year of Detective Mask.

Shameless Comic Plug

I've recently submitted my latest comic, which I've entitled "Eren vs. Jean (Manga Pro-Wrestling). The comic is essentially a pro-wrestling match between Attack on Titan characters Eren Yeager (Eren Jaeger) and Jean Kirstein (Jean Kirschtein).

You may notice that the comic contains the colored versions of the wrestling drawings that I've been working on in the past month, plus some extra pieces. By submitting it as a comic, I'm actually putting the drawings altogether so that it could tell the story within the pro-wrestling match. After all, a pro-wrestling match is supposed to have a story to tell, so that the audience would be able to be hooked by it.

Anyway, here's the link to my comic:

I hope you enjoy it. Your feedback is highly appreciated.

The Mask. Age: 24

Alright, time for my annual birthday post. Since I really don't have a lot to say, and since I share the same birthday as David Letterman, I'm gonna list down my thoughts in 10 statements (or as I would lazily call it, "Top 10 style").

1. It's my birthday! OMG! Much awesome! Such old! Very adult! (Yeah, I'm trying too hard with the Doge meme.)

2. Whittaker's Peanut Slab is my birthday chocolate this year. And honestly, I couldn't think of any other chocolate to celebrate my birthday with.

3. For today, I bought myself pinhole glasses, training chopsticks, an earbud yo-yo, and some peanuts. Pretty odd personal gifts, huh?

4. Daniel Bryan is now the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. So allow me to use this line to shout YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

5. Okay, one line is not enough. Here I go again: YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

6. Gifts I would've wanted for my birthday: a Daniel Bryan Yes! T-shirt and a paperback book on how to run a pro-wrestling promotion. What's that, you're gonna buy it for me?

7. What was my birthday dinner? Chinese dimsum buffet! So fulfilling yet so cheap.

8. Something to rave about: Silver Spoon is one amazing manga and anime series. Kudos to Hiromu Arakawa for making an intelligent, realistic, and genuinely hilarious agricultural manga.

9. Allow me to formally introduce my current fan art pastime: manga pro-wrestling drawings. It would be great if you checked it out and left some feedback, since it is my birthday and all...*nudge*

10. I'm sad that my fellow birthday celebrant David Letterman is retiring from the Late Show. But I'm sadder that they chose Stephen Colbert as his replacement instead of ME! C'mon guys, I'm a funny guy with glasses too! (Just kidding! Best wishes to you, Dave and Stephen!)

That's about it for today. To end this piece, here's the song that inspires me the most these days: Kokoro E (from the anime "Major") by Road of Major . It's in Japanese, but if you get to understand the lyrics, you may be able to see how it gets to energize me a lot as I face the challenges of life.