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  1. Some long needed purging is being done all around the forums, a rogue moderator had been deleting posts and topics but that has been resolved for now. Soon I will be stepping in as new Community Manager, it's nigh time to rebuild and restore this charming site!
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  2. Hi everyone, It has been hard reading this topic, I accept full responsibility for the current state of the community and issues that have occured due to my long absence. Back in 2019 I started a role at a mine site doing FIFO (fly in fly out). This is quite a strong industry here in Australia where personnel are flown in to remote mine sites to do a work roster (typically 12 hour days), then you fly back home to have days off at home. It depends on the company and your contract but some example rosters include: 2:2 (2 weeks on-site, 2 weeks break), 8:6. The intention of the Community Manager role that appeared around this was to give me an opportunity to take a step back from the Admin daily duties as I felt I didn't have as much spare time to commit to AF. I would continue to keep the server and software platform up to date and assist with any escalations and general guidance on the platform. By around Mid 2020 onwards it became apparant I was becoming more and more distant from AF due to the increasing demands and rigours of the job. Even on my rostered days off I was feeling disillusioned and seemed to have lost that creative spark I had prior to commencing that role. I was no longer engaging with AF at all except for just the usual server and software maintennace (and escalations via Discord). In October 2022, I resigned from my FIFO job. I was completely burned out in the role. I took two months off, clearing through my personal backlogs and catching up with friends and hobbies that I missed out on for so long. before deciding to finally return to the workforce looking for a new job. I recenetly found a new job with a much better work life balance and finally started to review AF in more detail to catch up when I came across this topic. Regarding the statements about my "intentions" This forum has always been a personal hobby, with the vision to unite like minded anime fans. To offer a fun alternative to the other forums that were out there at the time (with perhaps some nostalgia as forums were really popular back in the early 2000s). It was originally founded back in late 2012 under a different name "AN Community". In late 2014 I paid a considerable amount for the animeforums.net domain as it was an opportunity to help make it easier to find. Interestingly enough around this time we had other visitors confuse us with the preivous animeforums.com ... There are ongoing expenses including the software license and web server hosting fees (a VPS currently hosted in the US in Atlanta). Back in 2012 we started with MyBB (free open-source platform) but the features were lacking, so we migrated to XenForo. Then finally Invision Community. I don't have any intention of selling the domain or the website, especially after having paid expenses for so long to keep AF online. Next steps I have applied the changes to the Moderator team for those that want to move on, and you have my sincerest apologies for the ridiculous amount of time it took for me to reach this topic. I thank you wholeheatedy for your previous contributions. I am currently reviewing all the logs and recent activity feeds, if there are any outstanding issues please don't hesitate to reach out to me or @Myouya and it will be addressed promptly. I am reviewing the state of the platform and associcated add-ons and themes. I will be looking at putting together a new team to help revitialise AF. As I am now back in a typical job with normal working hours I will be able to step up and engage with the community. Again I am really sorry for my long absence and the state of AF, I make no excuses for that.
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  3. I've now finished watching Bocchi the Rock. And I have to say I'm a bit disappointed with the series, most of it seemed to revolve around Hitori/Bocchi's insecurity which resulted in her zoning out for a while which was shown using a very cartoony sequence, this was OK at first but by episode 10 the gag had gotten rather old and tedious and I kept wishing that they'd stop wasting screen time on it and got on with the story. I felt that Hitori/Bocchi's 'zone outs' cost character development for the other 3 girls. Overall, I thought it a bit of fun to watch, but ultimately disappointing.
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  4. I started watching My Dress-Up Darling slice of life anime.
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  5. Oddly enough, I think this is probably my first ever time seeing the official video for this song when they aren't performing it live in front of a crowd.
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  6. Threshold - The Man Who Saw Through Time
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  7. I like all forms of animation because it gives the content creator(s) more freedom to share their vision than a lot of other forms of media. It is also cheap enough that more content creators can share their visions. Visual media such as animation is also more accessible to content consumers than other media, such as books/text. (I love books too, but text does require that people know how to read, and have an imagination that can animate the story internally.) That said, I typically dislike content from companies like Pixar and, especially, Disney. Their stories are like something put together by committee, filtered through political-correctness focus groups, greenlighted by the accounting department, etc., etc. Certain topics, characters, and situations are forbidden, even if they add value to the story. Their content is always, always more concerned with the bottom line and corporate image than telling/sharing a good story. I often get the feeling that the only reason that there is any entertainment value at all is because if there wasn't any then there wouldn't be any profit to be made either. The best that can be said for a lot of it is that it is technically well done. Not to say that I think all anime is great of course. In fact, I'll put it on the record here and say that most of it is not. A lot of it is crap and not even worth the time to watch it. A lot of it is low-budget, and it shows. But when it is good it is really good. The best anime is not something that would have ever even been allowed at someplace like Disney or Pixar. With anime I don't feel that there's a lot filtering/distortion (aka censorship) going between me and the author(s) like I do with a Disney production.
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  8. I have just started rewatching Your Lie In April. It’s beautiful.
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  9. Rin is one of my all time favorite anime characters, largely due to the fact that she doesn’t fall into the usual anime trope for introverts. And her friendship with Nadeshiko is truly charming And once you’re done with season 2, there’s a movie on CR which has the crew getting back together after graduation from high school
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  10. This might or might not make you want to go hug and/or high-five a tree.
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  11. What do you call a Frenchman wearing sandals? Philippe Flop.
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  12. My first manga was Ranma 1/2.
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  13. I drew some Danganronpa fanart <33 Kaede, Shuichi and Kokichi from V3. I literally love this so much ignore Kaede's giant hand lol also Kyoko carrying Makoto from V1!
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  14. Flights are booked! I'll be living in Spain working (part of my degree) for 4 months in about a month!
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  15. Thank YOU for your efforts!
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  16. Hi everyone, I'm a new member here and I'm trying to get into more anime as what I've watched so far is great. This is what I've watched so far, so feel free to recommend me something. Death Note Erased Re:Zero - Starting Life In A New World (Currently Watching) Attack On Titan Loving these forums!
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  17. Thank you for the reccomendations, I'll definitely get around to checking some of those out. Me right now:
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  19. Yes I do The app is called Tachiyomi and is very easy to use and you can get every single manga on it.
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  20. I like all kinds of animation! Especially stop-motion
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  21. This evening I spent a highly enjoyable 2 hours watching the Laid Back Camp Movie. I'm often a bit wary of movie versions of popular series because far too often they're just recaps of the TV series and usually end up changing the story to fit the run-time of the movie. The Laid Back Camp movie doesn't fall into that trap and stays faithful to the original by creating a really beautiful original story. And as ever, Rin and Nadeshiko steal the limelight they're such a great double-act. Oh, and I've read that there's a third TV series in production.
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  22. This evening I finished the second series of Laid Back Camp. I've really enjoyed watching this series the artwork, animation and background music all combine to make this a beautiful series. The storyline and characters are also excellent, but Rin and Nadeshiko steal almost every scene they're in as they make a great pair. I'm looking forward to watching the movie tomorrow.
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  23. We watched Black Adam after watching Shazam. Excellent movies. Shazam is hilarious. lol
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  24. It's been a while since I drew something for myself, even longer since that something was fanart. So here's Miss Cloud getting ready for her debut on the town.
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  25. I've started watching Laid Back Camp. And it's just that, very laid back, in fact it's so laid back it's horizontal. It's basically a Slice of Life - Cute Girls Doing Cute Things series and the cute things the cute girls are doing is camping. While it's a simple story the antics of the girls are great fun to watch.
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  26. Last time I went clothes shopping, I was looking for a dress shirt and a neck-tie to wear to my dad's funeral the next day. The nearest clothing store was about a 30-minute drive from my house. I got there and started searching for dress shirts. They did not have any white shirts at all. All they had was one blue shirt that actually fit me. All the neck-ties they had were goofy-looking and not really appropriate for something like a funeral (although, I think dad would have gotten a kick out of a couple of them). Luckily, I already had a coat, slacks, shoes and found a solid dark blue tie in dad's collection to wear, but man..... I'll be absolutely amazed if this particular chain of department stores is still around after the next 5 to 10 years with the poor selection and high prices that they had.
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  27. Tell me about it! There are no shops in my town that sell men's clothes, and the other two neighbouring towns aren't much better. They both got large(ish) clothes shops, but 80% of the floor area is for women's clothes and only 20% for men's stuff, and what there is of it is just dull and boring styles!! My local supermarket has a clothes section, but it's 100% women's clothes! The other week a clothes catalogue came through my letterbox, 22 pages of women's clothes and 2 pages of men's.
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  28. I realized that in a few months it will be the day where I start being depressed. shit i hate it. it has been so long since the start... I thought all of this could go away eventually but I'm still affected by it. the more time it pass the more I'm scared it will continue. i hate this. all i want is to be able to watch anime and play video and be happy. what am I even supposed to do now. it has been so long that I'm starting to forget what it is to be happy. i don't know what to. the more time pass the more it seems to become worse. Everyone i talk to about this keep brushing it off and sort of forgetting about it. Now I'm not even able to feel emotions when listening to music or watching anime or even in my daily life. i just feel like a robot. on top of that my grandpa died not to long ago, my grades keep getting worse, i keep having insomnia and waking up at 12am. this is the only place i know that i feel a little bit myself. before the winter week I would be so exhausted that I would sleep in the bus and sometimes sleep pass my stop. I thought that i could finally figure out what was happening to me and try to have time for me but here i am being lost again. I always felt alone with nobody who could understand me but anime was always there to cheer me up. I could always just go and watch any anime and be happy in a way. my life finally was coming to be better but this fucking depression made it even worse. I was finally starting to have fun but it just scraped everything over without me knowing why. my parents always tell me that I should go outside and do sports (which I already do) but I have always done that and on the opposite side I am always more happy when being in my room doing my things than having to do sports my parents would want me to do. all I want is one hint of me being happier and getting out of this hell. please just one. also just to not make you worry i don't want to kill myself i just want this depression to finish because after all anime, manga, video games are the reason im doing this!
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  29. Thanks for the shout out. Naturally I'll have to start my list with the titular Mobile Suit Gundam Series Mobile Suit Gundam Char's Counterattack Mobile Suit Gundam Chars Counterattack serves as the final resolution of the conflict between Char and Amaro, the lead protagonist and antagonists from the original 79 classic anime, its one of my all time favorite both Gundam film, Anime Film and Film in general though I'm probably bias as I'm a big fan of the franchise, however if your not a fan ands haven't watched the original and some of the other shows like Zeta and ZZ Gundam I wouldn't' recommended Mobile Suit Gundam F91 Another great Gundam Film would be Mobile Suit Gundam F91, a beautifully animated film of the early 90s, though unfortunately thanks to Sunrise medalling originally promising lead writer of Gundam Fam Yoshiyuki Tomino, a series, before walking back to a film, the story is very crammed in. I still enjoyed the film and the manga continuation is turning out to be a great read. (Still thou best headshot in U.C. arguably) I have yet to watched the original remake films yet, so can't comment on them (I weep) Legend of the Galactic Heroes My Conquest is the Sea of Stars If I was going to sit thought the 110 episodes of this legendary bemouth I was gonna watch the film as well, the film is thematically dense with a lot of philosophy and political speculation of the back of it. I really enjoyed this one and its a great way to warm up to the show. Crusher Joe A underrated classic, Crusher Joe is a forgotten relic of Japanese's sci-fi and the source of inspiration for future works like Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star, More people should check out this anime gem which drips of 80s nostalgia Venus Wars this is a personal favourite of mine, stunning visually and thematically deep. YAS (character designer on the Gundam series) wrote the manga and directed the film, it bombed on release but still the visuals are so priceless and the film has grown a cult following. Akira Its probably an anime film that everyone and their grandmother has watched but that's with good reason, stunning animation thought and thought and a very good adaptation of the manga Ghost in the Shell One of the first anime films I watched I highly recommend thought I think other Mamoru Oshii works are his best. Patlabor the Movie & Patlabor 2 speaking of which, being a MECHA fan I had to check out the Patlabor Movies, which were surprisingly deep especially the second film with the JDF deployment in Tokyo, the films scream atmosphere from the wide shots to the intense if brief mecha battles. Jin-Roh The Wolf Brigade Based on the Kerberos Panzer Cop, the manga written by Oshii and part of the Kerberos Saga, Wolf Brigade is a deep film and dispute its links to the manga and the Kerberos Saga you can pretty much watch and enjoy without any knowledge of the other works, naturally with Oshii the visuals are mind blowing. That's all for now though thier are a lot of other films on my list to watch including Captain Harlock Arcadia of my Youth, the Galaxy Express 999 Films, Mobile Suit Gundam Trilogy, Space Battleship Yamato and many others.
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  30. GKids does well. Welcome to the Space Show Cat In Paris Belle Summer Wars Wolf Children Kaku ren Bo
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  31. Damar Hamiln (24 years old) of the Buffalo Bills in critical condition after making a tackle in tonight’s game in Cincinnati. Praying for the best
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  32. Hope everyone had a great New Years
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  33. Congratulations. You are now officially a teenager. So enjoy your teenage years.
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