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37742 No. 37742 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Have your tastes in otaku media changed over time? How has it changed? Are there specific works that are influential in defining/changing your tastes? Do you have specific quirks or patterns pertaining to how you enjoy otaku culture?
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>> No. 37830 [Edit]
Its kind of bizarre, because western "Adventure" is quite close in format to what we call VNs, maybe a bit more interactive.
Its semantics, I think.
>> No. 37831 [Edit]
The term "Visual Novel" has its origin in Japan and is indeed probably derived from Chunsoft's "Sound Novel". Earlier Japanese Adventure games were similar to their western counterpart and Visual Novels only branched off from it after Leaf released their Visual Novel series and is considered distinct from Adventure games in Japan. Visual Novels weren't a thing in the west until post 2000s.
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Perhaps the only change my interests have gone through is becoming smaller and more specific since so little can even hold my attention anymore. Despite this, most of the only anime I ever want to watch is slice of life as an escape, however brief and ineffective, from the knowledge of the blackpill. It doesn't work since hentai was very sure to make sure I don't even have that, but I guess it's like looking out the window from a jail cell. Sure, there's a bunch of animals probably ripping each other to pieces, but I can't see them at that point in time and at least the trees look nice, if that makes sense.
For VNs I play those dumb gimmicky VNs on steam and maybe obscure games I can manage to find somehow like Feathery Ears or the Null Peta game. I was never someone who played the popular normalfag games like Call of Duty or the newest Monster Hunter or whatever they're playing now. I never had the console or PC to play it on but now that I do I just don't have the interest. Plus I never cared for games with realistic brown and gray graphics. I might be too bored to lift my finger for much anyway but if I'm going to waste money and time on a video game I want some creativity. Manga follows those same trends I mentioned earlier.
But it's not like any of it matters because my attention span is shot and I barely do anything at all.

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>> No. 37872 [Edit]
>Visual Novels weren't a thing in the west until post 2000s
I assume you mean WVNs. I remember a lot of people getting into otaku culture beyond the usual toonami shit through eroge back in the early 2000s.

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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:
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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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32810 No. 32810 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
I drink coffee. What's your drink of choice?
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>> No. 36191 [Edit]
Chun-li looks like she's masturbating.
>> No. 36318 [Edit]
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That time of the year again?
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>> No. 37731 [Edit]
Mmmm... chocolate powder.

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37201 No. 37201 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Growing veg is easy. During spring & summer, got a lot of cherry tomatoes. Now in winter, eating the ones I pickled.
>> No. 37490 [Edit]
Fresh is best. But preserves are necessary to make it last longer.
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I've planned on digging five deep beds this year for a 5 year rotation. So far I've managed one and it's taken me over a week. A lot of work, but it's supposed to bring 3-9 times as much produce.
We'll see how much I actually manage this year. My NEET body is starting to creak from all this manual labor.
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Rain makes everything grow

No. 37590 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
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.
>> No. 37625 [Edit]
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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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37622 No. 37622 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I feel like getting into card games since they're new to me and can have pretty pictures on them. I've said negative things about yugioh before(mostly the business side of it) without ever playing it, but for the last three days I've got into it using an unofficial online client(money not required).

I did the bare minimum research and made a deck by randomly selecting cards based on the picture mostly and in the recommended numbers of each kind. For obvious reasons I immediately gravitated towards traptrix monsters, bug and plant lolis. After playing with a computer, reading a bit and refining my deck into something usable, I became competent enough beat an actual person and have an opinion on the gameplay.

At its core, yugioh is a game of luck. You start the game with 5 random cards from your deck and each turn draw one random card from it. The main strategy of the game boils down to making it less luck based. Having multiple copies of the same card(up to 3), having a smaller deck, using card effects to select specific cards from anywhere in your deck. In the end though, you and your opponent either start with and draw something better or worse. Who goes first is also based on luck and being first is mostly an advantage. The game only has a very limited form of resource management where you can only "normal" summon one monster per turn(from your hand to the field) and normal summoning something with higher stats requires sacrificing one or two monsters that are already on the field. Most of the time though, people use card effects to circumvent these requirements.

Most cards you'd want to use aren't general purpose. They only apply to specific types of card. There's thousands of yugioh cards, but most fit into archetypes/series or have some effect which only applies to an archetype or even a specific monster. You can't pick random cards and have something usable, disappointingly as somebody who only wants to use monster cards with cute girls in them. Traptrix fortunately also has a gameplay style I like and meshes well with a few outside cards that also look okay. One consequence is that cards have become increasingly verbose over the years, since there's only so many simple cards that could exist and konami needs to release new cards to get people to keep buying.
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>> No. 37636 [Edit]
Plus I think collecting the cards is part of the fun of the hobby in itself.
>> No. 37637 [Edit]
It's single player and not deeply strategic, but I'll still mention monster monpiece, lest it be forgotten.
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Most (adult)yugioh players would give the advice that you should buy single cards from 3rd parties when making a deck. This can still be expensive, but removes the luck of buying booster packs. You have a point about the meta, but I think people online are less invested in each game and therefore more willing to try other stuff out because otherwise it gets boring.

One good thing about yugioh is that there's so many options, no singular deck could ever be made that's definitively "the best" and certain worse decks can counter better ones.
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Looks like fun. Thanks for the suggestion.

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37399 No. 37399 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
tohno is on google!
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Now do it again with safe search off this time!
>> No. 37404 [Edit]
Interesting results...
>> No. 37407 [Edit]
Well that's it. Nuke the site from orbit.

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32371 No. 32371 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I miss the days when fan subs were still a real thing.
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Since horriblesubs is kill now, we might see a reemergence in fansubbing.
>> No. 36300 [Edit]
Other people are doing their work better than they did. Don't bet on it.
>> No. 37370 [Edit]
Commie can be hit or miss. When they stick to just typesetting the original CR script their stuff is fine. When they try to get clever with their localized translations, they're utter garbage.

I bring this up because I recently found out that there are "uncommied" versions of some shows (yuyushiki and aiura are the two I found about) which preserve commie's typesetting but have the original CR script. I was intrigued enough to do a line-by-line diff to find out how bad the commie version was, but surprisingly for these two shows in particular it wasn't too bad. Generally for both commie removed the honorifics -san/-chan and added "Mrs." for okaasan-sensei (I'm not sure why they used "mrs." since that implies she's married, when that's not likely to be the case in the show).

For Yuyushiki in particular, I noted the following changes between the original CR script (equivalent to the uncommied version modulo typesetting):
Slightly better phrasing on some English (technically less of a literal translation but I doubt even pedantics would mind the below):

"The cost would end up pretty high." -> "It'd be pretty expensive."
"If you were going to die the next day, what would you eat on your last day?" -> "If you were going to die tomorrow, what would you eat as your last meal?"
" Yui is the most shining of all of us." -> "Yui shines the most out of us three."

and eliding repetition of the object in favor of using a pronoun when the antecedent is clear (which I don't mind since it matches the jp and improves conciseness)

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>> No. 37371 [Edit]
The asian anime licensors (Muse, AniOne) manage to release better quality English translations than Aniplex/Funi. It's simply astounding that those (relatively) smaller companies who are probably paying a pittance to translators for whom English isn't even a first language can pump out better subtitles than the American conglomerate can. And Muse even releases their licensed shows for free on youtube while the others have the gall to charge money for their garbage.

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29143 No. 29143 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What's yours?
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>Being unable to decide what to do, or even know what kind of thing I would like to do. And I mean in every day situations, like not being able to decide on milk or soda
My tip: Just flip a coin. Or if you have more than one choice, throw dice.

If one choice were really so much better than the others, you wouldn't have such trouble deciding, so fuck it and pick whichever, then go on with your life. Just about anything you can possibly do with your time is better than worrying about unimportant decisions.
>> No. 37275 [Edit]
Food and porn
>> No. 37296 [Edit]
I do this sometimes. Especially when it comes to food, or classes in a game, or something that gets me wondering what the optimal choice is. I try to never spend more than 30 seconds in a menu if I have to.
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Motorbikes & coffee are my demons.

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33889 No. 33889 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How did you get into otaku interests to begin with and how do you think it's affected your life, personality and outlook? What do you think your life would be like if you never became interested in otaku media?

Besides whatever dubbed, public access shounen I consumed, Lucky Star was the first anime I watched. Watching these characters behaving in such an alien way compared to what I was used to gradually opened my mind up beyond the example real people around me set. I imitated slice of life characters a bit by being more polite and gracious than I would have been otherwise. I slowly became very reserved and quiet. At one point, I was a very loud motomouth.

Over the years, I started rejecting societal norms around me and became more and more alienated with real people. I became desensitized to taboo topics and developed "deviant" tastes. I'm still being influenced like this.

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>> No. 37337 [Edit]
>I'm genuinely curious as to what media you were consuming before finding anime to have that impression.
Not him either but the drugery of fiction that we were forced to read all throughout middle and high-school killed any interest in pursuing reading as an independent hobby. It was always the most boring books with themes I couldn't care less about – Scarlet Letter, Beloved, etc. not to mention the insanity of reading Shakespeare's plays (that's like reading a movie script and expecting it to be any fun; not to mention that some of the puns get lost as a result of vowel-shifts). Even supposed "classics" like Great Gatsby or To Kill a Mockingbird were boring and predictable.

Maybe I'm just not the kind of person who's good at visualizing because for me reading things lacks the visual emotions that can be wrought from watching an anime. The only two books that I can remember sort of enjoying were The Stranger and East of Eden. I might have liked other stuff from Camus as well (and I've heard Dostoevsky's works are also similar in this vein) but at this point I've mostly given up on fiction entirely – reading something like Hōjōki or the biography of Yukichi Fukuzawa has been much more captivating and insightful than I ever remember reading fiction to be.

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>> No. 37338 [Edit]
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>Great Gatsby or To Kill a Mockingbird
Yeah, both of those sucked. In my school we also had to read The Giver, Odyssey and Farenheit 451, which I really enjoyed. We were only assigned excerpts from the Odyssey, but I went ahead and read the whole thing. The ending when he takes off his old man disguise off, brutally slaughters the suitors and then has all the female servants who slept with them hanged was awesome. That part wasn't assigned, but I made sure to tell everybody in the class about it.

It's funny how much lipservice is constantly given about how getting kids to read more is important(or at least people used to say that), but they blatantly ignore the parts about books which would actually be attractive to young people.
>> No. 37345 [Edit]
I read quite a lot of literature growing up, actually reading was pretty much all I ever did before I was in highschool. I can't say I ever read anything that really dug into a few specific themes I really found interesting in anime, maybe Childhoods End. Now there's a certain kind of style western literature uses in an attempt to approach philosophy, and maybe my patience is just too low, maybe the way japanese movies and stories use exposition is more to my liking, but I find that it tries to be TOO serious and takes the setting and characters so seriously that it almost has trouble actually daring to make any real point. Anime has its fair share of shitheaps, and there are no end to the amount of cliches based around being the typical good japanese citizen. But I have never seen a western piece of fiction approach the real world phenomenon of being a hikki NEET. Sure there's stuff that deals with depressing isolation, like jack london, but NHK actually shows a real hikki and to some people that would probably have been their first and only exposure to the concept in its proper form. There's tons and tons of western mdeia, too, that lauds and talks about individuality, but even the most esoteric of stories sort of dance around the concept of the seperation of peoples thoughts in the very real world and depressing fact that you will ultimately only ever know yourself, and that you can never completely connect with another person. Do writers get close? Yeah, they do, but japanese media has a way of just getting right to the point and depicting the problem as an actual element of its setting in no unclear terms. I guess to me, it feels like japanese media actually adapts western and eastern philosophy of the ego to a fictional medium, whereas western fiction tends to only skirt around it and occasionally reference it. Obviously I'm referring to a certain subgenre of anime but even really fucking dumb anime will sometimes touch on philosophical themes in a more substantial way that any popular movie or even book. I think actually seeing philosophy applied to a scenario and ran through as a simulated test of its validity is pretty important. There's something about the way jap
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>There's tons and tons of western mdeia, too, that lauds and talks about individuality, but even the most esoteric of stories sort of dance around the concept of the seperation of peoples thoughts in the very real world and depressing fact that you will ultimately only ever know yourself, and that you can never completely connect with another person.
I think American Psycho did a good job at this.
"It's hard to choose a favorite among so many great tracks, but "The Greatest Love of All" is one of the best, most powerful songs ever written about self-preservation, dignity. Its universal message crosses all boundaries and instills one with the hope that it's not too late to better ourselves. Since, Elizabeth, it's impossible in this world we live in to empathize with others, we can always empathize with ourselves. It's an important message, crucial really. And it's beautifully stated on the album." - Patrick Bateman.

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