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ABOUT ME

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 25 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!

Thanks Dave!

David Letterman has officially retired from late-night television. I've already expressed how much Dave influenced me and how much he meant to me in my fan art submissions (here and here) as well as my last Top Ten list (here), so this post is really going to be short.

All I wish for Dave is that he would have peace and happiness together with his wife and his son. Thank you Dave and God bless.

Top Ten Signs Your Friend Watches Too Much Anime

READER DISCRETION: This bit may contain themes and language not suitable for very young children.

On May 20, 2015, the "King of Late Night" David Letterman will officially retire after more than 3 decades on the air. As we celebrate his contributions to late night and to the entire comedy world, I decided to bring back this neat segment that I borrowed from his show a long time ago.

Back in 2006, I've become such a fan of the Late Show with David Letterman that I made my own series of Top Ten lists, just like what he'd normally deliver on his show. Since I was more associated with the anime community theOtaku, my lists tend to be related to anime. I had Top Ten Answers Anime Characters Would Give to the Question "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?". Back when Gundam Seed Destiny was quite hot, I also had Top Ten Dumb Guy Thoughts About Gundam Seed Destiny. But the list that started it all was Top Ten Signs that an Otaku is Going Insane.

Now that was 2006. Since then, a lot of things have changed. If I delivered that list now, I'd sound like the ghost of anime past. And that ain't cool with big daddy cool. (Okay, maybe that made me sound like the ghost of pro-wrestling past.)

Anyway, I decided to bring out a new list to pay tribute to David Letterman on his retirement. It's more of an updated list, though, since this is based on one of my old lists. And even though I dedicate this to Dave, I'm pretty sure he won't get a lot of the in-jokes here.

Tonight's category: Top Ten Signs Your Friend Watches Too Much Anime

TOP TEN SIGNS YOUR FRIEND WATCHES TOO MUCH ANIME

NUMBER 10:
When a girl uppercuts him, he suddenly jumps way above the ground.

NUMBER 9:
Ask him who Masashi Kishimoto is and he'll give you a very detailed answer. Ask him who Barack Obama is and his mind goes blank.

NUMBER 8:
His weird fashion sense involves a white shirt, lots of cake, and the 12th letter of the English alphabet.

NUMBER 7:
He always tries to use a transmutation circle to turn a piece of paper into his homework.

NUMBER 6:
When he ran an errand to buy some bleach, he came back with a book about an orange-haired teen.

NUMBER 5:
He came out as a ripped, shirtless pink-haired guy for the school's fairy tale prom.

NUMBER 4:
While his Australian teacher was talking about the Yowie monster, he raised his hands and screams "That's wasn't me! I like girls!"

NUMBER 3:
He freaked out when his spelling test had the words hen, tie, lowly, cone, show, tack-on.

NUMBER 2:
You tried to give him one piece of advice, and he screamed, "It's one piece of Oda, idiot!"

AND THE NUMBER 1 SIGN THAT YOUR FRIEND WATCHES TOO MUCH ANIME:
In an NFL game, he's wondering why the Tennessee Titans doesn't just bite their thumbs and eat their opponents alive.

And that's it for tonight's Top Ten list. Thank you for reading. And thank you, David Letterman, for the laughs and the memories that you have given to everyone, including me. Take care, Dave.

Good night everybody! #ThanksDave

Detective Mask. Age: 25

I've been doing these annual birthday posts for a long time already in my theOtaku site. I'd like to believe that each post represents how much I've progressed through the years. And as you can see in the title for this year, there's a significant development going on.

In the past 12 months, I've become more known as Detective Mask rather than my old username The Mask. It's how I call myself in DeviantArt, in Pixiv, and in pretty much every other online platform I have access to. For some sites, I still keep my old username, only because it's hard to change it at this point. So yeah, The Mask has essentially evolved into the less copyright-infringing Detective Mask.

Ans you'd probably know by now, I have just reached my silver year in this world. Nothing much happened for my birthday celebration this year, apart from the usual family dinner and the greetings that I got from my friends and relatives. I did get to buy my own unique cake this year, so that was really cool.

For gifts, I haven't really thought about actually buying one this year. I guess my mindset has slightly changed since outlining some of the goals in my life for the next few years. Normally, I'd think about buying myself some clothes, books, or other fun stuff. This time, it never really crossed my mind.

Maybe it's because at the moment, I've become quite busy with three key things: (1) improving my drawing skills, (2) learning Japanese, and (3) learning how to drive. If I can get some concrete proof that I have reached a satisfactory level in each of these goals, it would be a great "birthday gift" for me (even if I won't exactly receive it in my birthday).

The Manga Pro-Wrestling series may have been a factor as well. Sure, the art isn't perfect, and the concept might be unusual. But man, working on this piece has been the most creatively fulfilling time in my life. It really makes me wish that this was something I'd actually make money in. If not now, then I wish it could help me make more money in the future. Still, the joy I feel every time I finish a drawing I never thought I could actually succeed in making is a wonderful gift for me already.

Things have changed since embracing myself as Detective Mask. And now that I'm 25, I wonder what else is going to happen.

That should be all for today. Have a nice day and happy birthday to me. :-D

The First 2015 Post (a.k.a. The Last 2014 Post)

For the past few years, I'd normally make my last post of the year on New Year's Eve so that I could reflect on the year that has unfolded. Unfortunately for me, I kinda forgot to do that before 2015 began in our country. But hey, there are countries that are still in the year 2014 at the moment, so I guess this could still count as a 2014 post.

Anyway, the year 2014 was a good year for me. I told myself at the beginning of the year that this year will be "my year", and it didn't disappoint. I left my college teaching job of 2 years, which I always thought was the right step forward so that I could actually grow properly career-wise. It took me months to get a new job, but thankfully I got it before the year ended. My full-time job as an ESL teacher is fun so far, despite having lesser pay, and I really think I could grow properly with this experience. I still have a part-time college teaching job on Saturdays, which I honestly dislike, and I hope to end this job in the next few months. I kinda realized that I don't want to teach psychology in college, at least until I graduate with my graduate studies.

Speaking of graduate studies, everything seems to be doing well in my life in that aspect. I do feel that the lack of a college teaching job would actually be more beneficial for my graduate studies, since that would mean that my mind is more focused on the lessons in the courses I'm taking.

As for my dream, I'm glad that 2014 allowed me to build a new dream for myself. I said before that I felt lost and aimless back in 2013, mainly due to what I attribute as a "quarter-life crisis". But now, I found a new dream, and that dream involves Japan. I'm already starting to build up on this dream, and if the cards fall properly I'll be getting much progress in reaching this dream by the end of 2015.

Artistically, 2014 will remain as the year that I created Manga Pro-Wrestling. I've said it before and I'll say it again: this series has been the best thing that happened to me as an artist. After wandering aimlessly in my doodles, thinking of what to draw, I finally found a niche that suits me best. It also helps that the Eren vs. Jean feud is one of the most engaging feuds that I've ever seen, leading me to make 3 matches based on this feud. (NOTE: The 3rd match will be released a few hours from now.) Drawing manga characters as real-life professional wrestlers was also fun, and it always thrills me whenever I remember that NJPW ace Hiroshi Tanahashi once retweeted my own artwork. So yeah, 2014 was a great year for me and my drawing skills.

When the year 2014 ended in our place, I kinda wished the year didn't end. The year allowed me to get up of the hole that I felt stuck in for the past few years. But life goes on, and I do hope that the year 2015 will be a good year for me. The year 2014 was indeed "my year", and I hope 2015 will also be "my year" as well.

That should be all for now. Have a nice year everyone!

Christmas Update

Hello everyone. I just wanted to give a little update on my life in time for Christmas.

In my personal life, I'm enjoying my work so far as an English teacher to Korean youth. The job can be tiring and frustrating at times, but I'm pretty contented with it. I think it's the best for me to actually work on my teaching skills. Besides, I'm actually getting paid already after being jobless for many months, and I got a bonus for being the best teacher of the month. It's pretty cool.

As for my art, I'm continuously working on my next batch of pro-wrestling drawings for Manga Pro-Wrestling: Eren vs. Jean 3. Like I said before, I intend to release this by next month, preferably during the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom season. This happens to be the New Year holiday season as well, so that would mean that I'm planning to release this by next week. Thankfully, I have just enough holidays to finish everything.

Because I got very busy with real-life work in the past few weeks, I couldn't do my original plan of releasing weekly previews of the series for this month. Plus, my home had no Internet connection last week, so that complicated things for me. However, I do hope to release the previews in the next few days, so please watch out for it.

That should be it for now. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Take care!