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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. 33895 [Edit]
I saw Slayers when I was a kid. I remember loving it.
>> No. 33897 [Edit]
Through Konachan, somehow I found that and I thought that the images on it were really nice which drew me towards watching anime.
>> No. 33902 [Edit]
Same as this guy >>33890
I watched Cowboy Bebop and Lucky Star because I heard about them on 4chan. That's what sparked my interest in anime, and from there I became interested in Japanese related things in general.
>> No. 33903 [Edit]
I didn’t realize it when I was younger, but many of the things I liked had Japanese influences. I was a huge fan of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and 90s movies, and had all of the games and VHS tapes. I loved the original Power Rangers, and of course, Pokemon cards and Gameboy Games were huge.

In middle school I discovered JRPGs like the Playstation Final Fantasy games, and I started collecting rare JRPGs and Yugioh cards with my friend. Of course, I watched things like Pokemon and DBZ, but I never really understood they were anime. It wasn’t until Adult Swim came around that I watched random anime and realized what they were. I remember a few shows specifically turning me down the road of no return, like Inuyasha, Last Exile, Ghost in The Shell, Big O, Cowboy Bebop. Then I started downloading things off Kazaa and Limewire, eventually moved to torrents, and downloaded from specific fansub torrent trackeds, and from there found 4chan, and from there found Tohno-chan.

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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. 33862 [Edit]
I call it solipsism.
>> No. 33883 [Edit]
I try to direct my escapist impulses towards things that are at least somewhat beneficial, i.e. that help me acquire knowledge or skills of some kind.
I learned Japanese and English through escapism. Indulging in manga and American video games and internet memes is a lot more enjoyable than dealing with the people around me in my native language.
Nowadays I've largely lost interest in fictional media, I just can't get myself to care about the human relationships that most of it deals with. In fact I consciously avoid fiction now, only watching 1 or 2 movies and maybe one anime show per year.
I believe that fiction is desensitizing. Think about it, your subconsciousness did not evolve to differentiate between things happening on a screen and things happening IRL, so e.g. seeing people die in stories a thousand times is bound to blunten your emotional response to people dying in real life. I figured that engaging in relationships with others might become a more appealing idea to me when I don't constantly satisfy my natural need for human interaction with fiction and porn.

I noticed that I can spend a lot of time doing logic puzzles. It started out mainly with video games like Prime Mover, later I redirected this hobby towards programming. Mainly in assembly language, where making the computer do even simple things like outputting a number on screen requires you to solve all kinds of little puzzles, such as converting binary numbers to decimal using artithmetic and binary logic. By now I'm probably a more proficient Assembly programmer than 99% of professional software developers, who usually just learn some of it in a college class and never touch it again.
>> 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]
>>33883
>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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31813 No. 31813 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Time for this year's secret santa. Last year was our first and we had four people take part, lets see if we can do better this time around!

https://sneakysanta.com/invite.aspx?i=852e3153

As before, sign up at the above linked site if you're interested. make a list of what you want and we'll use the site to randomize who gets who. You've got until December second to sign up, at which point we'll draw the names.
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>> No. 31920 [Edit]
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
>> No. 31921 [Edit]
>>31920
Yeah, Merry Christmas everyone.
>> No. 31922 [Edit]
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Merry Christmas
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Merry Xmas 2019

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31444 No. 31444 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What's your living situation like? Do you live with the folks, rent an apartment, or what?
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Busking now; getting paid in coins & notes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDVdPlGmXLg
>> No. 33807 [Edit]
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I live with my mum, two sisters and my brother, but I live in a shed so I get a reasonable amount of privacy. The people in my family are all degenerating over time though, when they were kids I didn't mind them, now I hate them and barely feel any kind of attachment to them, somehow it makes me feel lonelier than not having anybody around at all. I really want to move out but I would need Autism payments or something of that nature to do it, if I did move out I don't think I would have anything to do with them again.
>> No. 33809 [Edit]
I live on my own. Technically my mother owns it, but it's a bit of silly mess.
Third floor, near Venice. I do miss having a garden, but luckily I work in the fields so I can vent my "botanical frustrations" there.
>> No. 33818 [Edit]
>>33809
That sounds peaceful and nice.

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12292 No. 12292 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
what are some things that really bug you?
things that genuinely piss you off?

I thought it would be nice to have a thread to vent about any little annoyance, no mater how big or small.
Any and all complains about the world around you are welcome here!
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>> No. 33816 [Edit]
>>33814
>And as my luck has it, I'm always left with a group that does jack shit while professors tell you to suck it up and work it out yourselves.
This is the teeth-kicker. I don't understand people who go to school but act indifferent and aren't motivated--especially if you're paying for it. The best part is when one group member does close-to-nothing, and you tell the professor that she doesn't deserve credit.
>> No. 33904 [Edit]
bumb test
>> No. 35173 [Edit]
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Summer heat makes me mad.
>> No. 35431 [Edit]
>>35173
So hot & humid here.

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30919 No. 30919 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What are you thankful for?
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>> No. 33731 [Edit]
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33731
My mom and my waifu, as well as japan and japanese culture.
>> No. 33732 [Edit]
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I'm also thankful for my mom (and dad). I'm a leech, but they're so very kind.
>> No. 33754 [Edit]
My personality disorder. Some might see it as a problem, I see it as liberating. I have schizoid personality disorder, which suppresses a lot of emotions and romantic/lustful desire. social shit is hard annoying and time consuming anyway, and here I don't need any of that.
>> No. 33756 [Edit]
Literally nothing. Things are garbage and people are cunts.

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30771 No. 30771 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What is your favorite holiday, Tohno-chan?
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33524
Every person should get their birthday as a day off....
>> No. 33530 [Edit]
>>33524
I enjoy working on my birthday because it distracts me from the yearly reminder that I'm indeed alive.
>> No. 33730 [Edit]
XMAS
>> No. 33748 [Edit]
I hate the consumerist aspect of Christmas, but the idea of a day to celebrate charity, kindness, and goodwill is appealing to me. Likewise, I like the concept of Thanksgiving being a day to express gratitude and reflect on the things we are thankful for, but people just eat a huge turkey dinner and go buy half-priced garbage the very next day. In general, I think it is very regrettable that normalfags typically prefer celebrating days like these by purchasing cheap garbage, eating excessively extravagant meals, or selfishly enjoying the receipt of things from others.

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29121 No. 29121 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
Do you guys enjoy any non-anime shows?
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>> No. 33699 [Edit]
>>33696
Same, it's a good channel.
>> No. 33707 [Edit]
>>33696
theres actually a tank museum near where i live, not the same one as this channel though. its only open a select few times a year but i still managed to go, it was really cool
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>> No. 33738 [Edit]
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33738
BazBattles
www.youtube.com/c/bazbattles

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21334 No. 21334 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
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

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>> No. 33093 [Edit]
>>33088
Sure. About two thirds of us are overweight, across all of Europe. What I meant was not that Italians are unusually fat, just that they're also as fat as us.

The differences between 'national diets' aren't that big anymore. We all stuff our gobs with the same shit. Same 'imported' internationally popular dishes, fast food, sweets, snacks, soda, beer. Local cuisine got overtaken by the global favourites.
But I think even before globalization food in most regions was based mainly on cereal and starchy vegetables. That's what agriculture was always focused on, probably everywhere. But today barely anyone gets enough daily activity to eat all of that high energy food and not get fat.

Could be the only thing Europe is united in is obesity. We grow fat together, that should be our motto.

I don't know how we compare to the USA.

>>33091
Carry on then. Personally I can't tell the difference.

>>33092
Italian Italians. I don't know why so many of them come here when our country is worse off than Italy in most aspects.
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>>33093
Italy's economy is stuffed due to austerity measures. Also Italy's resources is nothing compared to USA.
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>>21334
A good meal makes me happy.
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Free time makes me happy.

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29221 No. 29221 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How do I stop fapping so much?
I spend too much time sitting in front of the monitor and then it just happens
I don't think this is healthy, I need to stop
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33697
23 days into No Nut Nov
>> No. 33701 [Edit]
>>33697
Proud of you anon.
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>>33697
How can you even do that?
My record has been four days and my balls almost exploded. I couldn't even watch anime because everything aroused me.
>> No. 33703 [Edit]
>>33702
Not him but I go weeks at a time without doing it all the time. It's one part personality disorder, one part age and loss of drive.

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23041 No. 23041 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
① your country
② are you a NEET?
③ did you ever shit on the floor?

OP starts:
luxembourg

yes

not yet, but i pee in a 500ml pyrex measuring cup that i dump out the window. almost overfilled it a few times
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>> No. 29711 [Edit]
>>29710
>I'll never understand this anxiety, I just ignore people when I don't want to talk with them.
It has more to do with their mere presence than [potential] conversation.

A fear of other human beings is probably nigh-impossible to imagine if you don't have it, but that also applies to virtually every phobia, along with certain elements of other neurological disorders (for example, the fact that many people on the autism spectrum are completely unable to perceive sarcasm, irony, and metaphors).
>> No. 33648 [Edit]
>>23041
What's the deal with question 3?!?
>> No. 33652 [Edit]
① Australia
② Yes
③ No, I'm not an animal
>> No. 33670 [Edit]
① france
② yeah
③ no, even if I were camping and I had to I can't

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