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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!

Pending Work

After months and months of waiting, I'm starting to have some progress in my job search. I now have two appointments set for tomorrow for a full-time teaching job. I hope to get hired soon, though part of my dilemma now is which company I would end up working for.

Apart from that, I also have a part-time Saturday teaching job in a small college near my place. The job itself is study-heavy since it involves major courses in psychology, although the bright side is that I only have nine students to think about. I hope to do well here, and then devote greater attention to my full-time job months after.

On other stuff, I've already finished my initial draft sketches for the entirety of Manga Pro Wrestling: Eren vs. Jean 3. I'm now starting the traditional inking method on the sketches, and I hope to be able to begin coloring it by the beginning of next month. I may already release a teaser for the project next week, if everything goes well.

The target is to finish everything by January of next year, in time for the biggest pro-wrestling PPV of Japan. And that's why I'm giving this much more of my effort compared to my past drawings. To be honest, I'm pretty excited about it, especially after seeing how the draft looks at the moment. It ain't flawless, but I feel that I'm having greater development in my drawing skills already than I ever did at the beginning of the year.

I'm also considering doing a few commissions here and there in the future, once the dust settles with my teaching job. However, I'm still trying to look into the legalities of it before pursuing this. I'd like to earn some spare money, but I don't wanna jump right away with this.

That should be it for now. Have a nice day!

The End of Naruto

Naruto has finally ended. It's not a series I followed faithfully through the years, but it's a series that has definitely marked my growing years, as well as that of many other kids and teenagers from the 2000s.

Seeing Naruto end feels strange. Like I said, I didn't really follow it. But I got the general plot of the story, and I'm familiar with its main characters and some of the supporting cast. So even if I barely followed the series, I still got teary-eyed and felt emotional as I saw its ending and how the kids and teenagers that we've come to know through the years have now become adults. It really is strange.

As I mentioned in my Naruto fan art tribute earlier this week, seeing Naruto end really reminds me of "Final Burning", which is the sold-out and emotionally-fueled retirement show of Japanese pro-wrestling legend Kenta Kobashi last May 2013. It may be weird for some, but that's just how I see it. Orange streamers flying around the ring, fans and co-workers emotionally paying their respects, and Kobashi bringing that fighting spirit as always and giving out his very best to the crowd before taking his final bow. Replace Kobashi with Naruto and it feels exactly the same. I wish I could draw this out to express how I feel about this, but at this point I can't really say if I can give this idea justice. (If someone is willing to draw this, please feel free to do so, or contact me so that I can try to see if we can work out a commission.)

In a sense, Naruto's end feels like the end of an era. For many adults, the end of Naruto has essentially marked the symbolic final curtain of their pre-adult life. For me, someone who wasn't an avid fan, it feels pretty close. (And I shudder to think how I'll feel once the manga that ultimately defined my life, Detective Conan, finally ends, when Naruto's end made me feel this way already.)

Congratulations to Masashi Kishimoto for 15 years of Naruto. As someone who was not Naruto's biggest fan, I still thank you, Mr. Kishimoto, for giving us a series that had become part of our childhood and teenage lives.

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.