So sometime during the summer I started getting into Japanese slot machines. It was all a natural process: I saw a PS2 port of the Fist of the North Star slot machine at the import shop I go to. I bought it out of curiosity, and it hit me that this machine actually existed in the real world. I went looking, and not only did the things exist, they were being imported to the US for reasonable prices. Madness! So I bought Fist of the North Star from cool dude Gaku, and I figured that would be it, you know? I only need one surprisingly affordable slot machine. The guys on the Pachitalk boards (heroic men who have converted entire living spaces into tiny Japanese casinos) hear that line all the time, and they laugh, they laugh, and they laugh.
First I wanted an Ultraman Club ST. Then I got sorta fickle. Gamera High Grade Vision was looking pretty sweet, but the Ultraman was a lil' bit cheaper. But you know, when you're buying a permanent fixture like this, you gotta really love it. So I went for Gamera.
Gamera spends most of his time sleeping, as you can see here. Sometimes he sees fish and lights from the sky and stuff like that. Sometimes he fights Guiron. Sometimes he fights less awesome but still pretty awesome monsters. Most of the time he gets his ass kicked. Eye-lasered or stabbed (complete with green arterial spray) by Guiron's head. Really rough stuff. Sometimes he wins, though, and that's when the machine pays out, or as the Japanese seem to like to put it, you GET. If we were playing with medals that we could trade for goods (which we then trade for money around the corner), like they do in Japan, we'd have it made. But we're not. We are satisfied with the ch-ch-ch-ch-ching when the tokens fall.
This is a lot of GET to GET. It's so much GET that the machine gave up: When the theme song played, and Gamera swam out into the sunset, it spit out all the credits it had, and the Game Over light lit up. Lower right corner, there, in that picture. In a parlor setting, this is the machine's way of telling you you won enough, and to go home already, for christ's sake. The Fist of the North Star machine does this by re-enacting the final scene of the fight between Ken and Raoh. It's totally awesome (spoilers, naturally). It's also so rare that I've never actually seen it on my own machine. When Gamera hit the jackpot it didn't do anything special, but I figured it might never happen again, so what the hell. I took pictures.
I'll take more pictures, probably; I need to spend a good long time playing the slots and taking pictures of rare occurrences, and technically, not matter how much I slack off, I have to say that I don't really have any time. You know, finals. Really.