Tanjyoubi no Ichiban Special: It Was A Dark and Stormy Night…

…with no frigging trains for a number of trajectories! Wait a sec, I am getting ahead of myself: the how and why this party was organized is more or less explained in A Couple of Things on the Horizon, where I also did a first introduction for Nozomi Ongaku. Now, there are a few other things you should know, concerning the background of the party (the Director’s Cut, if you will). First off I would like to take a moment and thank Akai Panda’s Namida, who participated as our surprise DJ, as well as Raven Sweetwater for helping with suggestions for the playlist (seriously, few people know J-Rock as she does and I am certainly not one of them). As for the co-organizer, KrizD, what can I say? The dude started off with Prodigy, just for the heck of it (in fact, some of you had requested it of him personally but I won’t give you away)!

At any rate, we knew this party would be choke-full of surprises for all involved, but it seems one can never plan enough: talking with Raven, it was pretty obvious she was quite downcast and going through a rather hard time on many levels. So we put our heads together with Kyoshiro to think of something that would cheer her up. Her birthday was a week away from the party but maybe, just maybe… Of course! There’s nothing like the pick-me-up of knowing how many people care and feel for you, so all we had to do was a… demonstration; and what better way than to make a vinyl poster, of one of the most popular pictures of this here blog, Raven, Sweet Death (to be exact, it’s the second most popular post). Now, that would be surprising enough, sure, but Kyoshiro thought that it would be even better if we had a marker, so that anyone who wished could write a dedication to her.

It was a bit of a race: I gave the file to the print-shop on Friday afternoon, then Saturday I had to go pick it up before the science theater rehearsal (14:00-19:00 somewhere near Gazi). Just my luck, it started to rain… Thankfully, Dragonbunny provided me with a resilient poster-case to protect the poster from the rain, but my *ehem* rather particular association with time, accompanied by the foul weather, stopped me from going to look for a marker. As for Kyoshiro, she would be busy with work until late in the afternoon and she did not have such a marker on hand. It was starting to go tits-up real fast… My last resort was to call Dragonbunny on the cell and ask her if she could go look for a marker, but after a while she called back with a “nada”. Hence, we resigned to having the poster as was – it wasn’t such a bad thing really, but you know how it feels when you come up with an idea you find really cool and then it is somehow flawed, beyond your control. That was not the end of it but we will get to that later.

After 5 straight hours of rehearsal, I jumped into my change of clothes (looking at me in the morning, you would think I was going away on atrip, loaded as I was with two bags – and then added one more, with the poster case – one filled with notes,  CDs and DVDs for the party, the other with said clothes), but before I could run back to Da Sein, we had to talk shop with the theater troupe, accompanied by Tsipouro (note, I had not eaten anything since my morning coffee). That said, I managed to be at Da Sein (Solomou 12, Exarheia) at around 20:15, srpinting from Stadiou, where a friend dropped me off. Along the way, I bumped into Sokail who was wandering around, looking for the place. I was around 45 minutes early and that was good, since we had to do sound checks and set up the video projector, transfer the files into the PC and so on and so forth: it was then I realized that the PC did not have dual projection (i.e. the screen would show either on the PC OR the projection canvas), but optimist that I am, I just figured I would work the thing from a distance – not one of my brightest ideas but all went well with a little help from our friends (“Oooi, Velvet, go up there and tell me where ‘Interstella 5555’ is!” for instance).

People started showing up at 21:00, but I started playing my first set at around 21:30, so as to have both the projector ready and allow for a few more people to show up (seeing as they would miss some songs I knew they wanted to listen to, otherwise). I must admit, learning along the way that some train trajectories were off due to station repairs on that day, coupled with the rain, made me worry for a little while. It needn’t have. The show was on…!

Well, that’s as well as it could have been, indeed. As for those pictures of me, they were posted  on pain of death and I regret that they hurt your sensitive eyes, after all those cool boys and gals. I believe I have said all I could and have mushed over it ad nauseeum. So instead of elaborating further, on how fun, warm and fuzzy that night was, I will restrict myself to posting my playlists:

Playlist – 2009-03-21 – Schuldig Engels Gedicht Verse III – Arcturus

01 – Luna Sea – HURT .mp3

02 – Rental Magica – Faith (TV OP).mp3

03 – Acid Black Cherry – Scar.mp3

04 – Sci-fi Harry – Mysterious.mp3

05 – Gundam SEED Destiny Special – Enrai Tooku ni Aru Agari (TV ED 3).mp3

06 – Acid Black Cherry – Murder Licence.mp3

07 – FFX – The Skies Above.mp3

08 – Luna Sea – IN SILENCE.mp3

09 – Shaman King – Northern Lights (TV OP 2).mp3

10 -Tsubasa Chronicles – Blaze (TV OP).mp3

11 – Nishi no Yoki Majo – Starry Waltz (TV OP).mp3

12 – Neo Angelique Abyss – Second Age – Silent Destiny (TV OP 1).mp3

13 – Juushin Enbu Hero Tales – Flashback (TV OP 2).mp3

14 – 3×3 Eyes – Owari Naki Tabiji .mp3

…from 21:30 to 22:30 and:

Playlist – 2009-03-21 – Tanjyoubi no Ichiban Special

01 – Bulldog Mansion – Happy Birthday to Me.mp3

02 – Uchyuu Senkan Yamato (TV OP) [1978-10-14].mp3

03 – Iga no Kabamaru – Circus Game [1983-10-20].mp3

04 – Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs [Extended] [1984-10].mp3

05 – Dragonball – Makafushigi Adventure [Greek] [1995].mp3

06 – Fullmetal Alchemist – Melissa (TV OP 1).mp3

07 – Bleach – Hitohira no Hanabira.mp3

08 – Hakushaku to Yousei – Feeling (TV OP).mp3

09 – Bleach – Rolling Star (TV OP 5).mp3

10 – Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – Hitotoshite Jiku ga Bureteiru (TV OP).mp3

11 – Perfume – Chocolate Disco.mp3

12 – Transformers Galaxy Force – Itsumo (TV ED 1).mp3

13 – D-Gray Man – Innocent Sorrow (TV OP 1).mp3

14 – Claymore – Raison D’ Etre (TV OP).mp3

15 – Basilisk – Kouga Ninpou Chou (TV OP).mp3

16 – Bleach – D-Technolife (TV OP 2).mp3

17 – Tytania – Lost in Space (TV ED 1).mp3

19 – Trinity Blood – Kresnik.mp3

20 – Kotoko – Real Onigokko.mp3

21 – Bleach – Velonica (TV OP).mp3

23 – Black Lagoon – Red Fraction (TV OP 01).mp3

24 – D-Gray Man – Doubt & Trust (TV OP 3).mp3

I am fairly certain that this list was not played as is, since some songs were requested in the interim (such as Sailor Moon and something from JAM Project, eh Six-Winged?) and took the place of others –  no matter, there will be other times. However, I feel I owe an apology to KrizD and Namida for monopolizing the post-birthday-wishing-and-cake time slot. I assure you, it was not done on purpose: we had some glitches in finalizing hours and I will admit to getting caught in the moment… After all, I am a sentimental old man.

Thank you all,



26 Responses to “Tanjyoubi no Ichiban Special: It Was A Dark and Stormy Night…”

  1. […] Report and photos (90 of them) posted in Otaku Lens people. Clicky! […]

  2. Akai Panda Says:

    Akai Panda would like to thank Speed-kun, for letting them participate in the event. It was sure a huge success, thanks to all of you.
    Namida would also like to thank Raven-san, for her help with the playlists.

  3. FlexXxible HATES Fle-chan but loves Flexxxisterone Says:

    1. Poly wraio party, klima, kosmos, dia8esh, sygkinhsh…GRTZ GUYS, eyge, ausgezeichnet!!!K THANKS!!!Perasa teleia!!!Eyxaristw Speedo k Krizd g ta FULFILLED requests!!!!!
    2. Kapoios prepei na tsekarei sth geitonia toy an gemisthke kanenas foyrnos, an o Nibiru perase hdh apo th Gh, an hr8an oi EL. H XXXXXX (I censored her, so she doesn’t castrate YOU) AKA KYO SE FWTOGRAFIES!!!NAI!!BREAKING NEWS!!!!KAI ME POZA OXI KYNHGHTO, DODGING!!Nea ta3h pragmatwn milame!!!!!
    3.Ti tromerh idea to poster g thn Kathy!Mprabo…
    4. Oxi, telos!!Den 3anatslaakwnw etsi to image moy!!!kAt arxhn eimai xontros k fainetai h tsoympwth fatsa moy se kapoies pics me grimatses. Telos!Diaita twra, kai apo dw kai sto e3hs hyperposer kai armYra sto fako!!!
    5.CHOCORATO DISUCO!CHOCORATO DISUCO!DI-SU-CO(trala la la…)Teleiooooooo!
    6. And please cut that Fle-chan, it’s killing me, edw to FlexXxy kai moy fainetai oti eimai kanena stuffed kouklaki san ton Kon.
    PLS Speedo-sama!!PLS!!PLLLLLSSSS!!!!
    *down on his knees, begging!!!How embarassing…*

  4. Ego den eimai Lolita.
    Eimai Loli-HTAN….

  5. Fenete pos perasate poli kala gia alh mia fora.Elpizo na to euxaristithikan to komati pou protina!:P


  6. speedxgrapher Says:

    @ Lia: Nai, alla htan kaloooooo…!

    @Zauk: Nai re Zauk espeire to kommati – trelo gelio!

    @ Fle-chan (you are SOOO not getting rid of this): no, comments do not vanish when you change nicknames. They simply do not show until I approve them.

  7. FlexXxUAL kEI Says:

    egw nomizw oti otan to kanw mpainei kai analogws an einai against policy terms, deleted…
    Pw prepei na frikares otan ta des dipla!!

  8. SixWingedAngel Says:

    Good to see you rocking again at the desks after such a long time man! To party opws itan fisiko ta espase (kiriolektika, se kapoia fasi mazevame potiria XD) ! genika perasame apithana, mallon to kalitero party gia fetos! Teleies pics, ..hohoh se mia eimai san uruk-hai X_x!

  9. Kyoshiro Says:

    Kratatemeeeeeeee paroligo na me dosei to Fle-chan???
    De tha tou minei petsa..grrr..
    Tha vgalo to katana tora…
    Ontos ztamato party na zisoun oloi oi eortazontes an kai gia ton Fle chan den perno orko >=[

  10. speedxgrapher Says:

    @ Fle-Fle: Ti les vre dimagoge…? Ta monadika policies einai: non-cussing the people in the pics, no giving away stuff before their time (a-hem) and no accusing me of assisted suicide when you piss off Kyoshiro.

    @ SWA: Thanks man! Uruk-hai rule. “Baruk-kazad, baruk-kazad, kazad aime nu!” Opsometha gia to epomeno ton Akai kai…. tha doume ti allo, hehehe.

    @ Kyo: Eaaasy, eaaaasy there Kyo-kun. Look, look it’s *******-chan!

  11. speedxgrapher Says:

    Note to all: more than 50 comments and counting. Keep on shooting, people!

  12. FlexXxual Kei KILLS Fle-chan Says:

    HAHAHA!ETSI!H kobete to apaisio Fle-chan h sas dinw se international mystikes yphresies :PP How I love blackmail hehehe
    1.KYO:EGW?? re s edwsa?? ESY exeis paei k exeis pozarei se OSES PICS den katadexesai na bgeis ENA XRONO oloklhro :PPPPPPPPP Poy na 3erw oti 8a se peiraze to nickname meta thn apokalypsh ths fatsas soy dhmosiws k ektetammena???????
    2.A kai poy sai Speedo exw monadikes photos KYO apo to Visual poy xrwstas!!!xaxaxa!!nia nia nia
    Kai telos…egw SOY eipa, efoson einai against policy kai…”edwsa” to party purpose, sbhsta!An 8es anatrexeis na deis thn apanthsh soy, KAI NA LOIPOYN TA “A-HEM” :PP KAI STHN TELIKH POY STO LYKO NA 3ERW EGW TI SHMAINEI “TANJYOUBI”???????
    y.g.:pasta paparouaz ZAUK an to blepeis ayto steile thn freakin selida na th metafrasw epiteloys!!!!

  13. speedxgrapher Says:

    2. Ki ego exo… 😛 Sou exigisa: den itan kai kamia dramatiki zimia i apokalypsi, opote den tin esvisa. Vreeee lyssa me ti leksi “policy”. Episis, internet den exoume, lexika den exei mesa? Gia na min piaso to patroparadoton: “den ikseres, den rotages?”… Fle-Fle? 😛 😀

  14. FlexXxual Kei KILLS Fle-chan Says:

    Great…Fle-Fle, pws leme Ten-Ten, Frou-Frou??
    H’ pitses Fle…
    Who cares I’m dead aNyway LOL

  15. speedxgrapher Says:

    Einai opos me fonazei to Dragonbunny Dre-Dre… 😛

  16. Kyoshiro Says:

    Htan special occation!!!
    Visual photos???
    You soooo pissed me off now!!!
    I just became Kyo you walk close to walls ….hahaahahaha

    Put the pic an mporeis Dre Dre giati de ksero an tha fenetai hahaahahaha

  17. Tis pics ths kyra-asprokyo tis bgalame, e? ha! siga mhn menane epanw…! 😛

  18. speedxgrapher Says:

    Ti?! Ti enois? Oles i photo sti thesi tous einai!

  19. hoummm… nai ontws… Mallon htan poly nwris akomh… Isws ftaiei kai to plh8os twn fwtos… H’ mhpws einai allo ena trick twn Masonwn??? Gia na eimaste ligo se epifylakh parakalw…!!! 😛 ax0a0x0ax0a0x0a0xa0x0a0xa!!! 😛

  20. FlexXxual Kei Says:

    In any case…
    u NEVER know…
    Exw egw fwtos poy fainetai mia xara mh skas NIAAA NIAAA -NIA NIA- NIAAA!!!
    Esy 8a gineis KYO?
    Egw 8a ginw FRAOULAS kai 8a se nikhsw me BANKAI STRAWBERRY MARMELADE!!!

  21. speedxgrapher Says:

    Ep, ti egine edo? Ksexasame to verykoko kai to riksame stis fraoules???

  22. Fraoules e?Xmmm ANoiksa to psigio prin kai eixe mesa fraoules alla den mporo na tis plino kai na tis kopso me to ena mou xeri…DAMN IT!

  23. Kyoshiro Says:

    “Marmeleid dance” mathe fraoula giati standar tha gineis “marmeladen” an do tis foto pouthena…
    Sti kaliteri Afisokolisi gia to next party hahahahahahaha

  24. speedxgrapher Says:


  25. speedxgrapher Says:

    Paides, kapoios mou eixe steilei ena comment me link gia ena poly endiaferon tragoudi kai kapou ston paniko tou comment management xathike. Please, please repeat!

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