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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. 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.
>> No. 29215 [Edit]
"Otaku" isn't really something you try to become, it's more of a murky swamp that you just sort of gradually sink into if you have the right type of personality. Before you know it you realize that you're in so deep you might as well get comfortable. Anyway I think I roughly understand what you're trying to ask so here is my personal experience:

Around 2003 or so I kind of got hooked watching the anime that Cartoon Network would run at night (Inuyasha, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, etc), and got interested enough in a couple of shows to start collecting them on DVD. When I started college the following year I saw a flier for a school anime club so I started going to that. Most of the people there knew a lot more about anime than I did and had been into it longer so I felt kind of out of place. However I got to be friends with some of the people in the club and I just kind of got sucked further and further into that world. In addition to the club we started going to conventions and the like, and we would frequently hang out and watch each others DVDs. I learned about 4chan from one of those guys too, and that was really the point of no return for me. Before I got into this stuff I was basically just a somewhat awkward and socially beta but still relatively normal male; I now live in a world of plastic figurines and erotic visual novels. My only close friends are the anime club friends I met in college.

Anyway, being otaku is basically like having any other interest that you're very deeply into, like being into a music genre or something. If you want to get into it just start looking into titles that sound interesting to you, learn all you can again, and go from there. One of two things will happen: either you'll find out it was just a phase, or you'll become one of us.
>> No. 38375 [Edit]
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Too hot to think straight. I'm a fan but not "otaku" (ie.hardcore) enough.

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33200 No. 33200 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Let’s talk about escapism.

What is escapism exactly?
>the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.

What are the benefits and downsides of escapism? Do you think it’s an inherently bad thing? Do you knowingly/unknowingly practice it or do you try to stay grounded in reality? In what ways do you usually practice it?

For me my big escapist thing was I couldn’t wait to get to sleep because after a long day I could lay there and fantasize about whatever I wanted, it was a nice carefree time but lately I have taken to staying up as late as possible and constantly consuming some sort of media while posting on image boards. If I don’t do that I feel that my time and day is wasted. It’s awful and while in the moment I feel happy and manage to get away from reality, as soon as I stop and step away I become high strung and anxious about things. I can’t even take a nap in the middle of the day out of fear of wasting time

Im not sure if it’s just my habits or me myself who changed but I’m going to try to reevaluate and readjust so I can get back to my day dreaming and early bed times, but I’m not sure where to begin. I prefer that more relaxed type of escapism, it’s soothing
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>> No. 33885 [Edit]
I prefer daydreaming as my way of escapism. I like to create my own stories. I wish I had writing talent to make them "real" and get paid money though.
>> No. 33886 [Edit]
>I believe that fiction is desensitizing.
That's not what i've experienced. Normally i'm mostly numb to what the people around me are feeling, but if i'm in the middle of a book, I'm already in the mindset of empathizing with others so I feel a little more. The brain gets better at what it's trained to do. Fiction doesn't actually have stakes to it, so I don't think it's desensitizing.
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>> No. 38378 [Edit]
Stop posting this low effort shit.

No. 38058 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Non Japanese speaking & writing MOSAIC.WAV enthusiast here. Does anyone know if there may be more good videos of their live shows around somewhere than just this one that I was able to find on Youtube?

I don't know, maybe some of you might have some saved or know what terms might be useful for finding what I'm looking for. I looked up that ライブ, ライヴ, ヴ are used for 'live' in Japanese, but these terms aren't finding anything useful on YT / NND either.

Please help me, tohno-chan, your noble house is my only hope.
>> No. 38060 [Edit]
Look up "モザイクウェブ ライブ"
>> No. 38063 [Edit]
Much obliged.

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29200 No. 29200 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I actually have a couple bags of sand, if anyone wants to know what they feel like. I went to the beach & brought home some sand (i like to keep it around just in case any of my potted plants get fungus gnats) and i realized I could make bags of sand pretty easily so I did. I image this is what anime girl's tits feel like, yes?
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>> No. 30275 [Edit]
you defense seems to turn on the idea that OP is confusing because of your lack of reading comprehension and your extremely short attention span.
>> No. 30276 [Edit]
You're slightly right, but I see a loy of projecting. You confuse reading comprehension and attention with interest. The thread is written avoiding general writing conventions and board standards, to the point it's erratic: There is no title, the topic is presented only in the very last sentence, and the idea before it elongates unnecessarily.
>> No. 30277 [Edit]
>but I see a loy of projecting
Trace on.
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29679 No. 29679 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How do I become a paid internet shill? People often seem to think paid internet shills exist, do they? I would probably be pretty good at it if they paid me enough. Who are they and how do I contact them?
sorry if this is bad
>> No. 29680 [Edit]
Thanks to the information provided by Edward Snowden, the existence of paid government shills that misdirect and manipulate political discourse on the internet was confirmed a while back. I don't recall any mention of how they picked up these people, though. The NSA and CIA scouts hackers in relevant colleges, so my only guess is that they'd do something similar for paid shills/trolls.
>> No. 29682 [Edit]
I've seen ads for entry level shilling on amazon's mechanical turk before.
That was an ad for actual political canvassing before.
The jidf as a particular example has both unpaid shills and paid shills, and in both cases it uses software to track the activity of the users (especially important for the paid shills, who were paid using a fairly complex metric according to anons who claimed to be paid jidf shills on a site which was confirmed (by the twitter feed of the actual jidf) to be shilled on).

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34481 No. 34481 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
It's that time of year again!
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>> No. 38011 [Edit]
This theme is sooo cute!
>> No. 38013 [Edit]
I really love it too
>> No. 38014 [Edit]
Will it stick around as a theme option after today ends?
(Tohno-chan always has the best april fools jokes, retaining that organic playfulness sorely missing in the modern web).
>> No. 38017 [Edit]
This theme has been available on TC for more than a few years now, I see no reason not to keep it. It actually is the one I prefer to use myself. Similarly, when the theme "awesome" was made for a previous April 1st, that was simply added to the list and has been there since.

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37557 No. 37557 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What do you think the world would use as currency if and when everything collapses? Bottle caps, gasoline, sand?
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>> No. 37923 [Edit]
I find it absurd that some people think you can just live without weapons. Can a population really get so complacent so quickly? You shouldn't be worrying about whether food or weapons are more important, having a weapon should already be a default assumption.
>> No. 37924 [Edit]
There's nothing natural about guns, a weapon which training to be good with takes a lot of time and doesn't necessarily carry over in a real fight, and which can't be consistently defended against.
>> No. 37926 [Edit]
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It does seem like this thread fits better there. I wonder if someone's against moving this thread to /tat/
>> No. 37930 [Edit]
I guarantee you if I went around with a spear you'd be horrified at how nasty it gets. Good luck defending consistently against a retard with a spear if you didn't train extensively with shields. All it takes is a few janky jabbings and the enemy gets all confused and then his stomach is outside his body.

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35362 No. 35362 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Shougi. Let's play shougi. Let's talk about shougi. I think it's harder than chess.

Basic rules
Intro to castles
Rudimentary strategy
Essential tactics
Essential principles
Mating problems
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>> No. 35363 [Edit]
Do you know any good shougi video games?
>> No. 35364 [Edit]
The first link is a pretty nice web-computer ai with different levels. Piyoshogi is a really nice mobile app.
>> No. 35365 [Edit]
Here's a quick comparison of chess vs shogi rules:
>> No. 37925 [Edit]
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Here's a new shougi site for english speakers to play together and an ai option. The interface is impressively clean and modern.

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37494 No. 37494 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Does anyone here have aphantasia? If not, how good are your visualization skills?
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>> No. 37508 [Edit]
The two are separate I think. I've read lots of anecdotal reports of people who have no problem being able to "imagine" music, but are very weak at visualizing. It's the same for me: I can recreate in my mind music with incredible fidelity, but my visualization skills are very weak. If I "imagine an apple" it's basically just an acknowledgement that an apple exists, and any attributes are only added when I consciously decide to add them. I'm also not good at remembering faces, and I couldn't describe how my favorite characters' appearances looked like outside of basic things (e.g. potato-ish head).

I do have dreams though, and they are quite vivid and lifelike (I've also had occasional lucid dreams). I don't think aphantasia requires inability to dream though. And conversely, even though I can't imagine specific scenes or images I nonetheless seem to be able to have "spatial" visualization in the sense that I can "imagine" (not vividly mind you, it's more just being able to recall and being to conscious recognition) being spatially oriented in some room and then walking around it. For instance, "imagining" being an ant on a square and visiting all four vertices.

Maybe I only have mild aphantasia, since I can still for instance "imagine" geometric shapes and perform transformations on them (rotate them, flip them, etc.). It's a lot harder to do these visualizations in 3D though (visualizing a pyramid and then strains my imagination, and I give up at doing anything more complex like coloring the edges of a tetrahedron).

>This idea of playing a movie in my head sounds crazy, like some sort of special power
That's what I'm able to do with songs at least. In a perfectly silent room with enough focusing it almost feels like there's an actual speaker playing it (albeit subtly). Maybe everyone can do this though since auditory aphantasia seems to be r
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>> No. 37572 [Edit]
Pretty good. They could be better but I visualize scenes in a real enough way that when it happens I get a sense of presence in that scene. I need to learn how to paint, I'd be a damn good painter. I picked up drawing rapidly over the course of 2 months once and was starting to get the hang of human form from still-lifes until I got to depressed to keep going
>> No. 37834 [Edit]
>Does anyone here have aphantasia?
I have total aphantasia, can't see images, hear sound, smell smells, taste tastes, feel textures, it's fucking awful. Only fucking thing I like in life is escapism and my stupid fucking worthless brain can't fucking imagine shit while every other riajuu cunt can. Don't know what I did in a past life to piss off kami-sama but it must have been bad for this to be my punishment.
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Well, maybe there will be a way to treat you one day. Have a picture as compensation. At least you're not blind.

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33467 No. 33467 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Does tohno-chan like monster girls?
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>> No. 33504 [Edit]
Here you go:
>> No. 33505 [Edit]
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That guy's an anti-monster girl, furry faggot. Don't conflate monster girls with furshit.
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I really only like a few species. Holstaurs, Yetis, and Krakens are my favorites. Bunyips are cute too. The rest I don't know about and/or don't care for. Unfortunately despite the intensity of the monster girl craze it didn't leave behind too much art of the species I do happen to like. Maybe I need to check some other sites like deviantart but I never liked the idea of doing that. Thinking about the lack of images makes me wonder if most of the art made is lewds and I'm missing out on it by not looking for those.
>> No. 37833 [Edit]
They can be nice but I find that they tend to gravitate towards two extremes - either they are too human like or they go in the complete opposite direction. I used to like Niku Drill's stuffs. Thinking about it I probably like Yokai more and wish they were as/more popular.

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I heard there is a torrent for this up on AvistaZ but that's a private tracker does anyone know any other high quality Zatoichi TV series torrent?
>> No. 37594 [Edit]
It's DVD quality and 40 GB for three seasons, if you really need it I could do you the favour since my ratio is decent enough.
>> No. 37618 [Edit]
Someone was kind enough to get it for me here is the link for anyone interested.
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Thanks for sharing, was actually looking for this since I plan to go through the movies soon.
>> No. 37641 [Edit]
All of them?

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