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v1cious



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:29 pm Reply with quote
what the world? was he homeless? or does he just love reading manga. Wink
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Nabeshin



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:41 pm Reply with quote
Maybe he's a variant on the gamer cafes there that have resulted in a handful of deaths from overplaying... Laughing
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Kouji



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:02 pm Reply with quote
If that guy wants to do nothing but read manga all day without paying anything, he should just come to Books-a-Million stores in the U.S. where it's perfectly legal. Rolling Eyes
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Romuska



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:02 pm Reply with quote
Whoa whoa whoa, wait a minute! You can order food at a manga cafe?
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abunai
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:13 pm Reply with quote
This is an amusing tidbit of news from Japan, but it has to be said that it has very little to do with manga or anime. For the life of me, I can't really see what it's doing on ANN's news coverage.

- abunai
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jmays
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:16 pm Reply with quote
abunai wrote:
For the life of me, I can't really see what it's doing on ANN's news coverage.

Because I thought folks would find it entertaining, nothing more. ;p
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Zutto



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:37 pm Reply with quote
wait, so did that guy like live there? LOL. This is a funny article. Razz
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NeonGEvangelion



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:53 pm Reply with quote
Haha, very funny article. Poor lad, must have been utterly embarassing.
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FeralKat



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:55 pm Reply with quote
How'd he live in a cafe? Wouldn't the employees kick him out? Shocked Funny though!
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x_silversurfer



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:19 pm Reply with quote
JMays wrote:
abunai wrote:
For the life of me, I can't really see what it's doing on ANN's news coverage.

Because I thought folks would find it entertaining, nothing more. ;p


Well, I do and thank you JMays, that just lightened my day Smile

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hikura



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:06 pm Reply with quote
It took them that long to realize that he was living there?That is an incredible length of time.I find it amusing though.
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abunai
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:08 pm Reply with quote
JMays wrote:
abunai wrote:
For the life of me, I can't really see what it's doing on ANN's news coverage.

Because I thought folks would find it entertaining, nothing more. ;p

Well, I'll have to admit that I did find it amusing -- not least because I'm currently watching Maid in Akihabara, where the lead character is living in an internet café stall.

So, I'll buy into the whole human interest / man-bites-dog reasoning and admit that I was wrong... it does sort of belong. Like Zac and his kitty fetish, it lightens the mood.

- abunai
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RadicaLElly



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:35 pm Reply with quote
I've been trying to figure out how the total came out to 150,000 yen. He was there for 34 days. That's 816 hours. The cafe charge 1,000 yen for every 9 hours. That comes out to around 90,667 yen. He ordered a grilled beef dinner his first day, but spent the other 33 days eating only coffee and toast. Does that much food really come out to nearly 60,000 yen!?!? That must have been one expensive beef dinner!
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astra



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:12 pm Reply with quote
Manga cafes can have tiny cubicles with doors that close. The cubicle is big enough for a nice chair and a desk with computer and tv. I imagine he just stayed in there. They are pretty comfy but they feel constraining after awhile. You can spend the money for a night rate and its alot cheaper and more comfy than a hotel if you miss the last train. You get a card when you enter that says when you entered and are charged based on the time you spend in the cafe. Usually, they have the cashier by the exit., so I guess he never even left the building. Like a mole. And I guess nobody realized he had been there that long/ were too polite to say anything Very Happy
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Abarenbo Shogun



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:11 pm Reply with quote
RadicaLElly wrote:
I've been trying to figure out how the total came out to 150,000 yen. He was there for 34 days. That's 816 hours. The cafe charge 1,000 yen for every 9 hours. That comes out to around 90,667 yen. He ordered a grilled beef dinner his first day, but spent the other 33 days eating only coffee and toast. Does that much food really come out to nearly 60,000 yen!?!? That must have been one expensive beef dinner!


If the factoid from Negima #9 about Bottomless No-Panties Cafes is right (¥2700 (around $23.00 right now) for No-Refill Coffees), then I wouldn't put it past these cafes to have overpriced food.
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