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From: Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Job: Student; Being Exiled; Pokemon SalesGin
And: Gin wants to learn Japanese very fast with as little study and bodily harm as she can manage. That means moving to Japan and creating friends who speak absolutely none or very poor English. She would rather browse LiveJournal and read comics all day instead of study, but she is slowly and surely getting the language down and earning credits towards graduating college one of these days. How can you have a chat with Japaneseys if you don't speak Japanesey?
First Appearance: lucious
PYON-PYON
From: Nara, Japan
Job: Underpaid Muscian, Superhero, Etc.
And: Pyon (it's the sound of bounciness) is trying hard to become a famous muscian, but sometimes lacks the motivation to remain awake during the day. Actually, he usually lacks that sort of motivation. An English failure since high school, his ridonkulus English, synthesizer collection, and Japaneseyness, mean he might be ripped to shreds at any Anime Con. And he writes songs from morning 'till night for the most mininal paycheck of  them all. Such is the life of a not-famous muscian.
First Appearance: boobs and english
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SOSHI
From: Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Job: Ace Attourney; Mixes Good Drinks, too
And: After getting turned down by the snobbier schools, Soshi was accepted to the same foreign study program as Gin (JSP), after having been told to attend by her. Now in Japan, she wages an angry war against all the stupidity she can find, whether its taking down bad Japanese-English one person at a time, or the greasey, sweating, stinky, nardy anime fanboys who fly across the world just to continue oogling magical girls. Fight the good fight against moronocity!
First Appearance: sweet potatoes
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SARAH(THE JEW)
From: Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Job: Student; Future Model
And: Sarah(The Jew) is one year ahead of Gin in everything: schooling, Japanese skill level, fashion trends, passing entrance exams. There's only two things she's not ahead of Gin on: romance, as they were pretty much each other's first everything when they dated in high school. It should suck when your ex-girlfriend is better at you in everything possible, but Sarah's sweet enough to make it pleasent, and it never hurts to have someone doing everything you're planning to do before you have a chance to fuck it up.
First Appearance: cyanide
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KITSUNEFOXY
From: Osaka, Japan
Job: Self-Appointed Go-Between
And: Foxy is a dedicated fan of music, Dai-chan, and collecting things Dai-chan makes. If you do not do this, you are not a true fan of Dai-chan. She also likes telling stories. Stories about people she knows. Whether they are true or not is questionable, but she believes them with all her heart, and tells them with such conviction. As a Self-Appointed Go-Between it is her job to literally (and verbally) get in between people and do as she will with them in this position. Fun, yeh?
First Appearance: boobs and english
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MIKI
From: Beyond the Grave
Job: Zombie, Student
And: Miki is a JSP kid with Soshi and Gin, and is also a zombie, who eats flesh of the living (she seems to prefer shoulder-flesh). Because she is very small some people think maybe she is very sweet,  but in fact she is brutually honest, and will gladly tell anyone who she feels deserves it to die of stage three colon cancer. Her dream in life is to watch someone jump in front of a train (Japan's most popular method of suicide). People doubt that she is actually real, as Gin claims all her characters are real people, but zombies aren't real? Gin argues Miki is very real, and really is a zombie, so there, take that.
First Appearance: holygodwhyhello
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HIKARI
From: Tokyo, Japan
Job: Some Kind of Secretarial Thingy
And: Hikari was Gin's first real Japanese friend, helping her go to concerts, letting her stay with her family for a month, teaching her ...gently... to learn to eat more vegetables and various assortments of food and get used to some of the more strict aspects of living in a Japanese home. Uh, really strict. It's all about tough love nowadays, right? Anyway, Gin owes a lot and should be grateful to her, or something politically correct sounding like that.
First Appearance: see food diet
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BEC&MONICA

From: North Carolina, U.S.A.
Job: You Can't Handle the Hot
And: Maybe Bec and Monica are never. ever, apart. No, never. Except whenever they are, but I have yet to lay eyes on one of them without the other right there as well. Anyway, they give great advice, like "don't start drama in LiveJournal, Gin", and "it is obvious you are lying, Gin" and "start with something small, like a pen, and work up to using bigger things, Gin." They love to (pay a lot of money to) come to Japan and see Dai-chan play live, or to go see the Manbou Fish and stuff.
First Appearance: that problem
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MITCHY
From: Osaka, Japan
Job: Nobody Is Really Sure; Owning Too Many Synths
And: Mitchy is like, one of those guys who isn't shy about being interested in how large his friend's cocks or boobs are. He'll ask you straight, which is rather abnormal in Japanese culture - and he'll ask you in the middle of a restraunt. He owns enough synthesizers to please a hundred needy children and enjoys sitting around discussing technical things with his best friend, Pyon. They are close. So close, Foxy'll tell anyone willing to listen that they once dated. We're convinced. Mostly.
First Appearance: boobs and english
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HIROKEY
From: Nara, Japan
Job: Vocalist/Producer; "Cutey Gay Boy"
And: Adorable, wonderful, talented, and very very tall - Hirokey. And we're talking like, six feet tall or something... which is damn tall for a Japanesey. Hirokey is a vocalist and song writer in the group of friends including Pyon and Mitchy who write music together...and he's an out-of-the-closet gay boy who is really, really, really pretty. That's the problem with being gay in Japan - or anywhere - almost everyone you like ends up being straight (although Hiro still hopes Pyon might come around/out eventually). 
First Appearance: that is why
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DAI-CHAN & KEN-CHAN
From: Asakusa (Tokyo) and Saitama, Japan (respectively)
Job: UnFamous Musicians; Being Flamboyant
And: Dai-chan and Ken-chan are muscians who used to work together that Gin likes a lot, so they appear in the comic from time to time. They are not-so-famous, not-so-well-known, and in Dai-chan's case, maybe not-too-straight. Dai-chan's music is famous throughout all of Japan, but as a producer only written into booklets, nobody quite knows to thank him. His fans love him though. We go see him as often as possible and buy all of his cheaply made, fall apart the day you buy them keychains, and so on, so forth.  As for Ken-chan, well, he is even less famous, but a hell of a lot funnier, doing all his own music himself - including strange lyrics and bad vocals. He is also incredibly tall for a Japanese dude - what do they say about incredibly tall dudes? No really, I forget. And both of you, quit smoking, already!

First Appearance: (Dai-chan) after-finale buttsex (Ken-chan's arm) look at me (Both) hot gay relations

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