Inside Looking Outside


Perspective can sometimes be a mindf*ck. When you learn to view things at different angles, you slowly but surely come to form well-rounded stances on things. Take for instance anime. Before joining the Strawberry Scented Burnout crew, the only thought I had about anime was that it was a cartoon. A cartoon filled with exaggerated animation and subtitles. After speaking with various people about anime, I have come to realize that there is so much more to anime than meets the eye – Transformers! – and that there are deeper messages ingrained into these so-called “cartoons”.

The more angles I get to view, the more intrigued I am by this anime world. I no longer feel as if I am an outsider looking into this world of anime, but I now see myself as a student that has entered this anime kingdom, ready to absorb as much knowledge as I can. A part of me wonders why people think of this world as “geeky” because it seems that a lot of it is quite beautiful. The creativity that goes into the graphics and storylines is amazing. This Otaku culture that I keep hearing about proves to be more and more interesting. ūüėČ


Happy Drunk Day Twitch!

Tomorrow is Twitch’s birthday fellows, brethren, sisters and friends. Tonight the craziness begins! I don’t know how long i’ll be at this party, but I DO know that i’ll be spending every minute trying to get him drunk as f*ck. Last year I had to stop him from reenacting the scene from the movie Kickboxer¬†where JCVD repeatedly kicks the sh*t of a tree…instead of Bangkok we were at Min Sok Chon. Instead of a tree he wanted to kick a light post instead. Needless to say, Twitch is an amazing drunk.

I personally think, getting shit faced is a bad look buuuuut,

  1. It’s not me, who looks the fool.
  2. You only turn 30 once.

I’ve been all over this weekend which is my excuse for the lack of blog posts but I’ll be back better than ever when all of the crazyness has subsided. 30 crazy years of life. From deep in the archives.

Happy Drunk Day 2012.
Here’s to you, Twitch!

Social Media Blackout Day #1 – It feels weird.

Allowing Neggy to let this bet commence is weird. ¬†I can’t status update or anything. ¬†It feels like I’m detached from the world. ¬†Recently I started thinking about how things were 10 years ago. ¬†Before Facebook. ¬†Hell…I think Friendster was still around. ¬†Myspace was the big thing. ¬†I can remember being 19 going on 20. ¬†My car was a 1991 Toyota Camry LE v6. ¬†I was well on my way to becoming an otaku, though Mae stopped that from happening. ¬†Sort of.

What would 19-year old me say to me now?

Hang on, I just beat Sakura’s World tour in Street Fighter Alpha 3.



It’s a strange feeling to let go of all my outgoing connections. ¬†Throughout my whole life, I was always the one that made my presence known, for better or worse. ¬†I was never content to sit on the sidelines, I loved talking and being around people. ¬†I suppose that lead to me to being who I am now.

Being forced to sit on the sidelines watching….this is one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do. ¬†And I took a pretty nasty beating a couple days ago.

I guess what I’m most afraid of is people forgetting that I exist. ¬†I think that goes for most people, actually.

Meet the cast of Strawberry Scented Burnout!

from left: Sandra Kumakawa, Jay Bautizo, Justin Cristiano, and Lee Mina.  Team Strawberry, yo.

from left: Sandra Kumakawa, Jay Bautizo, Justin Amador, and Lee Mina. Team Strawberry, yo.

In this run of Strawberry Scented Burnout, Jay Bautizo is an ex-SEAL leading a group of Spec-OPS operators from around the world in a mission to protect the geek world from those that would fuck it up.  Oh, and bad people.  Because bad people suck.

Jay Bautizo – Jay is the leader of Team Strawberry, the international spec-OPS squad dedicated to protecting the geek universe and fucking up bad guys. ¬†He’s a hardcore otaku and an ex-Navy SEAL. ¬†When people give otaku a hard time, he’s usually the first to speak up against it. ¬†He can’t keep his powerlevel hidden, it’s over 9000.

Justin Amador – Justin is a suave ladies man, or he’d like to think so. ¬†An ex-Delta Force sniper, he spent some time with the FBI HRT doing hostage rescues and investigations. ¬†He knows how to get the job done. ¬†Justin likes to keep his geek powerlevel hidden, because he thinks it would “kill his image”. ¬†Whatever that means.

Sandra Kumagawa – Sandra is a half-British/Japanese agent from the British SIS. ¬†Her work ethic is impeccable, and she serves as Team Strawberry’s technology and intelligence officer. ¬†She hails from Manchester City, and is a huge soccer fan. ¬†She’s clear, concise, and to the point, but she’s still kind of shy around guys. ¬†However, get a couple pints in her, and another “chavvy” side comes out. ¬†Don’t speak ill of Manchester United when she’s within earshot.

Lee Mina (Western Reckoning: Mina Lee) – Mina was Jay’s taekwondo student. ¬†After going back to Korea, she joined the ROK Army’s 707th “White Tiger” spec ops squad. ¬†She also received a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo, outranking her former instructor. ¬†Mina serves as the squad’s explosives expert and is very energetic, brash, impulsive, and loud. ¬†She’s got her eyes set on a certain guy, and she won’t stop until she’s got her claws dug into him.

Want to see how this will all turn out?  Chapter 1 is being worked on as we speak!  Stay tuned!

2012 in review – Thanks, everyone!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 26,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

To all of our readers and fans, thanks for sticking with us!  2013 will be even better!

From destruction comes rebirth.

“From destruction comes rebirth.” I’ve heard that numerous times. ¬†However, that above line rings true for us today.

I founded Team Mixed Nuts in September of 2008. ¬†Bad breakup, writing a comic, dealing with emotions….you know the deal. ¬†That was in the past.

Strawberry Scented Burnout’s been our pet project ever since 2008, and so far it’s been working out quite well. ¬†After some discussion, Justin, Ro, and myself have decided to change ourselves. ¬†For the better. ¬†Our website is our crown jewel, our baby, and it represents us.

From this moment, Team Mixed Nuts exists no more. ¬†Team Mixed Nuts is now…..


We figure that it flows better.  That is le bidness.