A very strange experience...

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A very strange experience...

Postby Ben-Jammin » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:03 pm

Okay, so today I decided to take a trip to my local mall, seeing as how it was Sunday and therefore would probably not be very crowded.

I walked into fye (yes, we still have one), and much to my surprise, I was right. There was practically no one inside except for me, the cashier, and perhaps two other people. I walk through the soundtrack section to see if there's anything worth looking at. Unsurprisingly, nothing, as it seems like their stock hasn't been updated in a month. So, I start looking at movies, and eventually find myself in the Anime section. The whole time, its completely silent except for the music from the speakers. I'm browsing the merchandise; nothing new, mostly collections of Naruto and DBZ, with other stuff like Code Geass, Vampire Knight, Full Metal Alchemist, and Death Note. I was looking at a copy of FFVII: Advent Children when the strangest thing happend. From right around the corner stepped perhaps the greatest redneck-esque man I'd ever seen. Blue baseball cap, slight gray stubble with large underbite, white confederate t-shirt with some stains on it, and ripped shorts. The only thing he was missing was a beer and a pair of boots. Some woman which I assumed to be his wife was with him, a short old woman with a white dress and short black hair. I'd say they both in their mid-sixties.

The man steps behind me and walks toward what appears to be the Naruto selection (I couldn't see past him). Then he looks at his wife, who starts shuffling around through the dvds (keep in mind that this is anime), and says "Just keep looking, I'm sure they got it!" Then his wife offers him some dvds and says "Is this them?"

"No," he replies, "I've got every one from 2000 up."

"Oh okay," she says.

The two of them continue looking through the selections, eventually browsing through almost every item looking desperately for whatever it was. The entire time, I stand here dumbfounded with a copy of Advent Children in my hand. I had flashbacks of Jurassic Park, thinking of when Sam Niell keeps saying "THEY CAN'T SEE US IF WE DON'T MOVE!" Sadly this was not the case. The woman turns to me and gives me a look like a lost dog then goes back to the anime. After, the man then turns to me and proceeds to give a rather chilling grin, showing some of his missing and yellowed teeth. I smile back for politeness and then turn on my heel and book ass out of there. At first I was disturbed, but after I left it was all I could do to keep from falling over and laughing right in front of everyone in the mall.

Looking back on it, I can think of only these things that he could have been:

6. :pedo:
7. I would have thought that he could be looking for something for a younger relative, but then I realized it was father's day, and he said "I GOT EVERY ONE...."
8. True anime enthusiast who has been collecting for some time (unlikely)

I can honestly say I have never felt more sorry for the characters on the covers of those dvds.

One of the strangest experiences of my life.
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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby Thesson » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:36 pm

...I got punched by a hobo after he read this over my shoulder. I'm at McDonalds looking at the forms and this happens. I don't even know why either.
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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby Ross_Varn » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:50 pm

Ben-Jammin wrote:8. True anime enthusiast who has been collecting for some time (unlikely)

uh

why not? The dude obviously has a carefully cultivated Redneck look. He actually runs his own Naruto fansite and attends cons in costume. It's all a ruse.

Maybe I'm missing something but I don't get what you're trying to say here
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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby mgb519 » Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:02 pm

Why? Do you know of such a website?
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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby Ben-Jammin » Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:29 pm

mgb519 wrote:Why? Do you know of such a website?


BTW, mgb519, could you send your orders for MoO79?
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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby samuelzz10 » Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:54 pm

Yeah, I have seen weirdos buy DVDs. I can't think of one off the top of my head though.
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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby Whiteagle » Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:14 pm

Well perhaps he is from the fabled "Village Hidden in the Trailer Park"?
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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby IVhorseman » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:00 pm

What anime comes in 2000?
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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby Zupponn » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:34 am

IVhorseman wrote:What anime comes in 2000?

The only thing I've ever heard about animes is something about 9000. :?
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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby Ben-Jammin » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:31 am

IVhorseman wrote:What anime comes in 2000?


He meant the year that they were made. I know some anime movies (like Jin-Roh The Wolf Brigade) were made in the late 90's, while anime itself has roots dating back to WWII, when popular art styles at the time were used for Japanese military propaganda. These styles eventually became more popular with the Japanese public, and during the early 80's if I'm not mistaken began to first appear in American culture. By the early 90's, anime was growing and today is as popular as ever.
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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby Arkbrik » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:55 am

From the guy's perspective:

So, me and the wife go to the mall to see if they got the 90's episodes of [INSERT ANIME HERE]. I've been looking everywhere for them, but someone told me they had seen them here. If I can find them, my collection of [INSERT ANIME HERE] will be complete!

We walk into fye, there's almost no one else there. When we get to the anime section there's some teenager looking at a movie, but I don't take much notice of him. We start searching the shelves.

As we go on, we can't help but notice that the teenager is just standing there, frozen to the spot, with the movie still in his hand. Occasionally glancing at us. My wife gives him a look back, I smile nervously at him. He smiles in return, and then leaves.

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Re: A very strange experience...

Postby Tzan » Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:38 am

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