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29120 No. 29120 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How do I become an Otaku? I've liked anime and manga forever but "otaku" stuff has eluded me forever. I've been aware of these things but I've always associated them with a layer of the internet where everyone is aware of what's going on except for me.

I have no idea where to go to learn about otaku stuff except imageboards, because everything is always in japanese. Anime is easy and I've always watched it, but I've never pierced (successfully) past that layer where I could just go and download an anime after reading about it on wikipedia or MAL.

"Franchises" in particular, things that aren't actually based off an anime (the other way around often) are very difficult for me to "get". Stuff like Touhou or Idolm@ster and stuff like that.

Every time I see someone post something "otaku" that isn't anime and instantly recognizable I feel like I'm missing out on something everyone else "gets".

So where do I go? Niconico or something? Everytime I see a post about J-Pop or something like that everyone seems to know what every group is and every member's name etc. If I try getting into something like that often enough I'm just presented with a PV with the artist's name and song title in block letters and everything else in nip scribble.

It's a world of figurines and body pillows and light novels and stuff, MMD's and MADs and all sorts of music and I feel like, for someone who has been browsing imageboards as long as I have, to be missing out and not being "in".

I don't know about or have ever associated with otaku stuff outside of imageboards but everytime I see an otaku person or someone posts a picture of a touhou or something I'm left completely lost as to why every otaku seems to know everything there is to know about otaku stuff but I'm left completely lost as to how they learned these things and got into them.
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>> No. 29134 [Edit]
'Otaku' is pretty much the Japanese word for 'Nerd'. It's not something you try to become but are labeled for being passionate of a subject quite a bit more than other people would be.
>> No. 29151 [Edit]
Too late buddy. I'm already a "otaku" in the legitimate sense i.e. social anxiety, never go outside, everything thinks I'm a drug addict/potential shooter, never even held hands with a girl, browse wizardchan etc etc

This is just the icing on the cake, don't get me wrong. I've already learned half the hiragana since I started on Monday, only practicing during my breaks at work, or when I go to take a piss I'll take 5 minutes to practice etc. I work 10 hours a day Monday-Saturday so I'll get a big chunk done on Sunday and be finished sometime next week. After that comes katakana and that shouldn't be hard because a bunch look the same.

This isn't nearly as hard as people make it out to be. Sa is the smiley face with 1 slash, Ki is the smiley face with 2 slashes, Ku is just a greater than sign, Su has a loop-de-loop

Once I can speak glorious nihongo then I'll really be able to swing my dick around these normies
>> No. 29154 [Edit]
You aren't an "otaku" at all because none of those things make you an otaku. In reality, you're the only normalfag here because of your desperation to prove that you're not like them and your desperation in having something that makes you different.
Of course you browse Retardchan. You know what you are? You're a failed normalfag. You bring up that you've "never held hands with a girl" and such. You don't belong here at all. Fuck off and go back there.
>> No. 29178 [Edit]
The most important step in being an otaku is learning how to be alone & be yourself.

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27208 No. 27208 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
The old one has been on autosage for a long ass time, guys. Make a new one already. Old thread: >>24879
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I miss WoW so much. I can't to afford to play it these days, but every now and then Blizz emails me one of those free 7 day offers and I give it another shot. I always end up hating what the game has become and wishing all the more to play it again as it once was. 2007-2009 was by far the best time of my life and back then I spent just about every waking hour playing WoW. It feels sort of silly to miss a video game so badly and to value time spent playing it so highly but it made me genuinely happy.
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why don't you find a Vanilla / TBC / WotLK server anon? There are a lot of active, stable servers out there. Here's a TBC server that was recommended to me, but I haven't played it myself. https://www.vengeancewow.com/ Here's the statistics for players online: https://www.vengeancewow.com/realm-status
>> No. 29177 [Edit]
I've tried playing on loads over the years but they're always in various stages of broken, the community is generally awful, and they're prone to suddenly disappearing one day because of admin drama or a cease and desist notice. They're just not the same.

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29121 No. 29121 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Do you guys enjoy any non-anime shows?
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>> No. 29159 [Edit]
American Football/Gridiron. I'm sorry.
>> No. 29163 [Edit]
I used to watch American TV series back in the day, until they adopted the format of First season's great and receives a lot of viewership, then some corporate executive decides they want to milk it so the writers make shit up as they go along, write themselves into a corner and ruin everything the series had going for it.

Examples: Lost, Fringe, Spartacus, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones ―all of them shows that had great potential, ruined by lazy/uninspired writing past season 1.
>> No. 29174 [Edit]
Finished Daredevil season 2 just the other day. Not as good as the first season but still very entertaining. The whole ninja thing felt a tad silly at times to be honest and made things a little too campy, which is a shame since it worked surprisingly well as a gritty crime drama. I know it's a major part of the comics but still... I mean the material was handled as well as they could have to be fair. The thing with him not being able to hear where the ninjas are kinda bugged me too, as they couldn't possibly have been more quiet than the inanimate objects in the area, yet Mate doesn't seem to have problems with telling where walls or furniture are. Another thing that annoyed me a bit was that the punisher looked a lot like that asshole from the walking dead and I couldn't stand that guy. Thought they were the same actor at first and it was a bit distracting. Anyways it was good, just not as good as the first season. Final scene was so cheesy though it could make a mouse jiz themselves.
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I love a lot of Comedy shows. Seinfeld, The Thick of It and Arrested Development are my favourites. As for Drama, I'm pretty ignorant. Black Mirror, The Wire and The Sopranos are the only ones I've seen that I'd recommend to anyone. I plan on watching more eventually.

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29166 No. 29166 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
If you could have any one supernatural ability or 'superpower' (barring omnipotence), what would you choose?
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>> No. 29170 [Edit]
Definitely a solid choice, as long as you avoid creating any temporal paradoxes.

I'd be just as apt to choose simple invisibility too, though.
>> No. 29171 [Edit]
That is pretty good, but my choice would be to be able to venture into the Astral and Mental Realms at will, for as long as I want.
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Mind control, obviously.

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29083 No. 29083 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Imagine if someone handed you a box full of all the items you have lost throughout your life.
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>> No. 29088 [Edit]
I've already thrown away so many things of hobbies that I intended to start but ended up simply trying for a week and never again. While I imagine that it would be curious to find these again, I honestly do not want to face those items of my past self. I think it would be a terrifying experience.
>> No. 29118 [Edit]
On an unrelated note, I haven't been around here in a while. When did tc get a captcha?
>> No. 29164 [Edit]
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"What the fuck? How did you get this? Where did you get this? Why the shit are you giving me this garbage? You keep it, pawn it off to some shop you find or whatever, just get it out of my sight. Except my copy of Sonic Heroes, I want that but you can get rid of the rest, it's all useless to me you shady weirdo."
>> No. 29168 [Edit]
I can finally play Shadow the Hedgehog again.

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29114 No. 29114 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Gimme what you got.
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Not a joke but this comment made me laugh.
>> No. 29158 [Edit]
What is love?

The delusion that one woman differs from the others.
>> No. 29161 [Edit]
Why did scarecrow win an award?

Because he was out standing in his field.


Baby don't hurt me.
>> No. 29162 [Edit]
Tohno is bohno.

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29153 No. 29153 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What do you think about IRC and other chat services like discord
Do you use them? I think it would be cool if I found one where I could jump in and casually talk about things like the game I'm playing right now, but so far I haven't
>> No. 29157 [Edit]
I prefer anonymous desynchronized communication because there you have no obligations. You don't need to reply if you don't want to even when you're OP, you can reply hours or days later depending on the board. Nobody knows who you are, the only things that matter are the content of the post.
In chat rooms everyone has a name and if they write more than once automatically a personality associated to them, you have to reply, preferably instantly, unless you want to leave a negative impression.

I understand why some people prefer chat communication but it's not really my preferred form of communication. I like communicating through the Internet exactly because I can avoid this type of "normal" communication.

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28568 No. 28568 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Is it my imagination or does it seem like the non-narutard part of the english anime community has been slowly dying over recent years?
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>> No. 28642 [Edit]
From what I've seen many of them still haven't moved on from the big 3, as well as exclusively playing games like final fantasy, kingdom hearts, and fire emblem to this day.
>> No. 28693 [Edit]
If it's the "casual" viewers, the best way I can describe it is the Naruto of today is SAO and Attack On Titan. But these new casuals I find think It's cool to like anime or this hipsterish mentality they have. They think its cool to like unpopular things. Thus, the decline in the quality of people who like anime. I would rather the old stereotype of anime nerd of being a scrawny 15 year old kid, instead of the kind of person who thinks anime is an accurate representation of Japan, and are obnoxious and, I don't know, It's just cringy to have the same interests as these people. Sorry for my rambling. Anyway,if your talking about literal Narutards, a year ago after I graduated HS, there were a group of Narutards who only did watch the big 3. They had there own little group, I never had hard feelings for them because they never bothered anyone. But either way, the mentality of Narutards, and Narutards themselves are still quite big.
>> No. 29148 [Edit]
Sums it up perfectly
>> No. 29150 [Edit]
I say it's the opposite.

Back in the day it was all naruto and bleach and black butler and shit, today they have one punch man and kill la kill and SNK and SAO and shit

The narutards still exist, the bad part is how "otakool" exists and you have these people and other casual normies getting dakimakuras and watching moe and shit

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29143 No. 29143 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What's yours?
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>> No. 29152 [Edit]
Apathy and laziness.

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After seeing the immense popularity of the what bugs you thread, I decided that I would make a thread for people to post all the awesome things (big or little) in life that simply make you happy. I understand Tohno-Chan has a lot of gripes and resentments, but we cant all be negative all the time. After all, what is negativity if we have nothing to compare it too?

<-- Obligatory Kamina Pic Related

Post edited on 29th Mar 2013, 4:42pm
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>> No. 26199 [Edit]
I like soft things especially my blanket/pillow and t-shirts.
I also like drinking mildly fresh water while eating something very hot, feels good.
>> No. 26209 [Edit]
Listening to fresh 90's Japanese romance pop/power ballad songs and albums.
Every time I hear a new one it makes my day.

for something a little less /mp3/

Finding new things to buy or spend on, whether they're collectibles or just stuff that adds content and activity to life.

I know what you mean about the smells of the outdoors. I have a keen sense of smell and it's a very strong emotional tool for me. Many smells are nostalgic or remind me of particular things.
I very much miss the wet smells of spring and the sappy scents of fall. Reminds me of when I was a kid and did stupid shit outside.
>> No. 26219 [Edit]
I also like the winter, and going in my back yard in general when it's cool, it's really relaxing. In fact, I think that's just a general trait of recluses.

Things that personally make me happy are daydreaming about my continuous story, and of course music, maybe Castlevania or Silent Hill music. I also love Castlevania 64, especially the speedruns, Cosmo's runs are amazing. Watching those really relax me for some reason, I could watch that game be played all day. I also program and draw sometimes, not as much as I should though.
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Snow, rain, frozen yogurt, having self-esteem for a little bit before it shrivels and dies, salsa with chips, chili dogs, fish sandwiches, cats, finding good stuff at garage sales, Saturday morning donuts with pigs in the blanket, actually good pizza (none of that Papa John's garbage), Kirby games, being able to like things without getting hate for it, sleeping late on rainy days, having a good run in otherwise difficult weather, voices that sound nice, and really soft things.

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29096 No. 29096 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Who would win?
>> No. 29098 [Edit]
High-fibre diet
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Comes down to whether EVA-01 had an AT-field during the fight. If we're talking about the whole of NERV here, then most assuredly them.
>> No. 29116 [Edit]
But what is the AT-field?

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