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  1. 13 points
    General - applies to ALL areas of Anime Forums NO ADVERTISING your website / forum / YouTube / Discord / channel / etc. in any of the content areas. Only advertise in your profile and signature. If you have joined AF just to advertise you will immediately be flagged as a spammer and banned. Be courteous to ALL members, it's OK to disagree about differences in opinion but you must not resort to personal attacks. No linking to unlicensed downloads and streaming sites. No SPAM - no memes or pointless posts except via private Messaging and in the Forum Games section. Profanity is allowed, but should be used with restraint within topic discussions. No racism, no politics, no discussion of general illicit activities. Do not harass other members via Direct Messaging and Profile Posts. No R18 content in any of areas EXCEPT in private, unlisted Clubs, and the Creative Corner. Do not impersonate staff. Forums Please try to post at least 1-2 sentences in your posts. Others are more likely to respond and discuss the topic further if your post is of decent length. Chat posts and casual posts should be moved to the Messaging feature or in the Random section in the Forums. Blogs Blogs and posts should be related to anime, Japanese culture, your personal hobbies or your personal life. Blogs are public. Please do not divulge personal information. Clubs There is a set limit of 2 clubs you can create and manage. Open/Public Club content may be featured on the front page from time to time, be mindful of this. Gallery If you are uploading fan art / images that someone else has made you MUST provide a link to the source and name the creator. The creator reserves the right to request it be taken down if permission wasn't granted. If you are feeling threatened, being attacked or find content that is inappropriate at Anime Forums: Report it. There is a report link below each content item. A staff member will respond to your report ASAP. Do not respond directly to the content or member as it may compound the problem. Account Deletion Policy Anime Forums is a public community. If you have had major discussions in forum topics, removing your posts can significantly affect the flow of the discussion as you may have been quoted. If you've been a member for sometime, and have made significant contributions to the community - your account will not be deleted. It will be anonymized. We will endeavor to remove any personal information during the process. After an account is deleted or anonymized by staff, we won't be able to restore it. Please think carefully before making this request. If you have any further questions please feel free to ask a member of AF staff.
  2. 11 points
    Hello everyone, Anime Forums now has a Virtual Shop system! You can earn credits by posting in various Anime discussion sections and adding Vocaloid videos in our Media section. More details below! Earning Credits Subject to change based on feedback! Daily login bonus 10 points Creating a new topic in the Anime sections (General Anime / Title / Episode Discussion ) 200 points * Minimum 50 characters or you won't get points! * Replying to an existing topic in the Anime sections (General Anime / Title / Episode Discussion ) 100 points * Minimum 50 characters or you won't get points! * Adding a Vocaloid video to the Media section 120 points Credit Balance Your credit balance is shown in your post bit when viewing forum threads and posts: It is also on the left sidebar in your wallet when viewing the Shop: Spending your Credits There are currently two shops, the Anime Forums Official Shop and my own shop called "Optic's Shop" Feel free to take a browse by clicking the Shop link on the navbar: The difference between the two is that items in my shop are services I offer, whilst items in the official shop are for things like adding a glow to your username. Interested in opening your own shop? You should be able to do so clicking Shop Management and then Add New Shop. Do send me a message if you want to do this as there are quite a few things to check. You will also want to consider what services you want to offer (such as a graphics shop) and also prepare some images to go with each item in your shop, as well as how much they should cost. We are open to feedback and hope you have fun using this system - hopefully this will also encourage more participation in our Anime sections. Any issues do let me know.
  3. 10 points
    It hurts when someone leaves you then not saying why. But I discovered I guess that person didn't care after all and you need to let go and move on. Since there are many others out there who do care and will stay by your side, I hope to find those people.
  4. 10 points
    Thank you to all who participated! @Cy~ @RyePotatoes @Nectar @Nutty @Sekkarou @GreenEyes @Wet Would also like to show appreciation to @Optic by extending all the love letters that were written for you: [spoiler=To:Optic From:Cy~] Dear Senpai, The other night, I had a dream of us, just the two of us. In this dream, we sat on a beach at the end of the world. It was not long after the sun had set, and there was, above us, just a slice of moon, a delicate light. A hint of sea breeze tinted the air. The stars slowly flickered above us. It was a beautiful night, and we were spending it together - just looking out at the sea, watching the waves play in the sand. I remember your hand in mine… It was so warm, so pleasant… When I awoke, this morning, I felt so sure that the dream had been real. I was certain that we had fallen asleep in each other’s embrace. When my eyes opened, I just knew that you would be there with me, still holding me. I looked to my left and my right, but I was alone, so alone and lonely. My heart broke in that moment. Now, I am writing this letter, in the hope that you can mend it again. This may seem quite sudden to you, I suppose. You and I have scarcely exchanged but a few words since we each entered the other’s world. Now, you receive this letter from me, someone that you, perhaps, have never really noticed. I can understand if you feel strange when reading this, but while you have perhaps never noticed me, I have noticed you, I have watched you, and I have admired you intensely… But, more than all of this… I have loved you, Senpai. I have loved you intensely, from the moment I first saw you. This seems sudden, I’m sure, because I have loved you without telling you. I… I couldn’t tell you, because I suffer from a shyness that holds me unmoving, like a set of heavy iron chains. Even to write this letter to tell you of my love, it takes all of my strength. If I could only show you, all of the times that I lingered around you, hoping you would see me. All of the times that I supported you and yours from the shadows, hoping you would notice me. All of the times that I approached you, filled with words to say and choked pitifully on them as you walk away from me. With all of this, my love has built up like a crushing, strangling weight on my soul. The crushing weight on my soul, it compels me to write to you. Senpai, I love you with my heart, my soul, my body. I want to be with you, to feel your warm arms around me, to be with you in your loving embrace, to please you, to love you with all that I have as no one else could. Even as I write, I feel my heart yearning in my chest… Our love, this love, it was meant to be - we were fated before time to meet and to love. Please… I would like nothing more than for us to be together… I can promise you, with all that I have, that I am the one for you. Love me, Senpai… Your love is all that I ask. - Cy~ [spoiler=To:Optic From:RyePotatoes] Dear Senpai, I've been meaning to send this letter for a while now but I can't bring myself to send this to you via postmail cause I'm afraid that if I do you might end up marrying the postman and that would mean additional work to do in terms of combusting, poisoning, murder and of sorts. If you're wondering why you only have this letter on your mail box it is because I've already burned the other love letters and accidentally included your electricity bill for the month Anyways, here is my poem for You: Dear Optic Senpai, This poem starts with roses are red Red like the blood she will soon shed Inside her head she must embed My mad love for you or she's dead Are you either scared or misled? I'll change to a tsun tsun instead I'm a hotheaded potato With face red as a tomato Everytime my eyes detects you I send you love in my deathblows My denial in every punch combo *points at my psycho self* You don't want that Yuno Psycho (No-no-not th-th-thaat you want me either or anything---- I'll kick you!) *girl with knee-high socks with neko ears with abnormally flat chest enters* Excuse me aunties, let me through I'm a lolita through and through These deres are so overdue Senpai, it is me you're into, This neko loli's just for you Optic Senpai Daisuki da yo Three of my personality One can make you a casualty, (Tsundere) Other causes brutality (Yandere) And one brings hospitality (Loli) In my love you shouldn't worry I'll be yours for eternity. Forever watching not because I like you or anything *imitates a neko loli and purrs* nyaaaaa, RyePotatoes [spoiler=To:Optic From:Nectar] Hey Optic. Now I know you’ll be extremely busy but please read this. The whole thing. It’d mean a lot. I’m gonna be really blunt and just say this… but I’m in love with you. I’m completely and hopelessly obsessed with you. I find myself at your profile tens, maybe hundreds of times every day, gazing at every post you’ve ever made in awe... for you. It’s silly really, but your words, and your work for this community, they have really changed a lot about my life. Learning about everything from how you use superglue to whether pineapple works on a pizza… it all just seems so profound in my eyes, and I find that I’m transfixed by your words, always. But most of all, what I love about you the most is the elegant, beautiful and arguably sexy forum that you have single-handedly raised. Suckled by your devoted, seemingly magical bosom of management and infinite understanding, you have produced a website so grand that it turns trolls to dust and jettisons their defeated ashes far from your wake from a metaphorical leaf-blower. Born from between your ever-loving legs has come this: the Anime Forums, a community not limited by its name but by the contents of its member’s breakfasts, the last thing that they bought, and occasionally… their shoes. You have done all of this, from your IKEA desk in the company of half a dozen Hyperdimension Neptunia merchandises, lit by your wonky adjustable lamp that watches over you and the suspiciously over-refilled tissue box. You, Senpai. For that much, for all of the tireless hours of playing with default settings, for spending your hard earned cash on your own tissue refills, for actually appreciating pineapple on a pizza, I love you. And I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that you love you too. Because damn. You a sexy admin if I ever saw one. [spoiler=To:Optic From:Nutty] [spoiler=To:Optic From:Sekkarou] To my beloved Senpai, I can still remember the first time you noticed me. Back when nobody noticed a newcomer like me, you came. I think it was the nicest and sweetest thing ever. We had similar interests and I enjoyed talking to you about it. That game we were talking about, I replayed it again, because it reminded me that you enjoyed the game also. I’m so glad I got to meet you, Senpai. You are always so nice to me, even willing to go extra lengths for me. I found that extremely sweet. That kindness might not be exclusive to me, but I’m still happy that you put in extra effort for me, something other people rarely do. I know that you’re going through so much right now with life and the forums both, but no matter what happens, I just want you to know how much you and your effort means to me. Keep being the awesome and lovable Senpai that you are, please. I wuv you, Senpai~ Love lots, -Sekkarou [spoiler=To:Optic From:GreenEyes]Dear Optic Senpai, since I have joined the forums I have seen the work you put into them and the community that they have brought together! I have joined this community you have worked so hard to make for us all! You have helped many members with problems that they had and did your best to fix them, and you succeeded many times over for anyone who needed it! Not only did you help people fix problems you improved features and worked hard to make the forums one of the best out there! I will always be apart of this community you have made! You have started contests, made us laugh, give a place to come together, worked hard and so much more we probably don't even know about! You greet new users with open arms to join AF and be apart of our community! My favorite part of you and what you have done is how you haven't given up, you work, laugh, smile and sometimes cry but will never give up! You give many things to our community to improve it and bring more people together, to make a place for people to ask questions discuss and debate on anime! Thank you for your hard work Optic Senpai! You are the best! -Greeneyes Please Notice me Senpai! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! [spoiler=To:Optic From:Wet]Optic Senpai... Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb In the shape of an "L" on her forehead Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running Didn't make sense not to live for fun Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb So much to do, so much to see So what's wrong with taking the back streets? You'll never know if you don't go You'll never shine if you don't glow ... ...SENPAI YOU'RE THE GREATEST. I had my eye on you for a while and I am a traveler that comes and goes on these forums. However the two things that always stays is my love for Senpai and belief that Kirry is really Beyonce. And no, I didn't prepare a damn speech for this love letter, I'm actually typing right now off my feeling and emotions. I'M PUTTING EVERY SINGLE EFFORT INTO MAKING SENPAI NOTICE ME RIGHT NOW, AT THIS MOMENT. WHAT'S DIFFERENT FROM ME AND THESE OTHERS IS THAT I'M NOT FAKE LIKE THOSE POSERS... You may not know me and that's okay, but you're the greatest Senpai. Now, what's even more important than winning these credits Senpai, is something completely different. I'd be honored i-if you could be moist with me and join the first ever Anime Forums guild called the Moist Guild. THIS IS MY TRUE REQUEST. MONEY DOES NOT DEFINE LOVE, WHAT WILL TRULY MAKE ME HAPPY IF YOU JOIN THIS GUILD SENPAI.
  5. 10 points
    HOSTED BY @Kirry and lovely ladies @zoop and @Kohloo YES, I'M DRAGGING YOU INTO MY FUN Want a chance to win 10,000 credits?! Write your love letter to Senpai @Optic ~ This game is simple. Here is what you need to know before playing: Also known as our Founder and Senpai, @Optic runs and operates this forum. Love AF? Love Senpai? Want Senpai to notice you? Send him your love letter! Rules: * Nothing inappropriate, this is all suppose to be a fun game. I should not have to elaborate on what this means, but if you have any questions, send me @Kirry a PM to discuss further. * Any length is appropriate, any style of writing is fine. * PLEASE SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO @Kirry VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE [Title the PM: NOTICE ME SENPAI!] Contest begins today, 5/27/17 and ends 6/3/17 @8AM EST. FIRST PLACE: 10,000 CREDITS SECOND PLACE: 5,000 CREDITS THIRD PLACE: 1,000 CREDITS ENTRY PRIZE: 200 CREDITS JUDGING WILL BE DONE BY @Kirry @zoop @Kohloo BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY @Optic WILL WEIGH IN~ GOOD LUCK! Feel free to discuss below~
  6. 9 points
    Hi everyone, We are continuing to have ongoing SPAM and new registrations from those trying to advertise. We have had manual approval put in place for new members but I am currently not able to sift through the queue in a timely manner because I am currently undergoing some challenging life circumstances. In the small amount of free time I have in ensuring the upkeep of AF, I am spending the remainder on moderating new registrations/posts instead of being able to participate in the anime discussions. In future I do intend to recruit moderation staff but I need to write guidelines and processes to accommodate this platform which I still have not been able to do yet at this time. In the meantime I am suspending new member registrations until my life circumstances improve. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
  7. 9 points
    Not sure if this is the right spot, but here's stuff I have made, I make signatures and other designs Hope you like, feedback is optional.
  8. 9 points
    What are the things that cause you to raise your estimation of someone? I don't mean the things that impress you. Nearly anyone can be impressed by anything. I'm talking about the things that IMPRESS you. Capslock, underline, italics, bold impress. Things that force you to think of someone in a better light. For me - Acts of tremendous kindness, for the fuck of it. It's way too easy to just go on, every single day, living the same way without acknowledging others. I think it's important for people to give forward. Getting the shit kicked out of you and getting back up. Toughness is a virtue to me. There aren't many that I respect more. Someone that can fall apart and put themselves back together, emotionally or physically, I have a lot of respect for the simple ability that some people have to keep standing back up. Creativity. It can be writing, it can be talking, it can be reviewing, it can be anything. I just respect people that can be creative in any way form or fashion. What about you?
  9. 9 points
    Hi there, I'm new here. Nice to meet you all. Here are my sketches. Hope you like it
  10. 8 points
    Hi everyone, Finally got around to adding new sets of anime character type images. You can select the one you want by editing your profile. Many thanks to @Wedgy @Izzy and @xWickedNekox for contributing these. Set 1 by @Wedgy Set 2 by @Izzy Set 3 by @xWickedNekox Thanks again to those that contributed full sets. We may be looking at other personality types in future.
  11. 8 points
    Hey folks, new to the forums. I just wanted to share some of my pencil sketches to get some feedback. Hopefully, you guys will enjoy them. Cheers. Some older sketches from a few months back. I use to really love Naruto and Monster Rancher. I haven't watched either one of those in years. Just started this sketch this morning, before having to get ready for work. I will add to this piece at a later time, but till then I give you Soul from Soul Eater!
  12. 8 points
    I'm feeling 100% again so I can finally resume the task at hand...
  13. 8 points
    Do you have anyone in your family that you look up to? Any role models or inspirational figures? This topic is a place to shout out to non-fictional (real) people that have made a positive (or maybe just a large) impact on your life. For myself, this may sound really cheesy but I admire my spouse - @zoop. (Go ahead, judge me, but read the whole damn thing first.) Zoop and I actually met online, on a forum that was not too different from this one. She was an administrator there and I was, initially, a member. Actually, our very first interaction was her responding to a status update of mine. I hated her almost immediately, hahaha. She didn't even bother replying to my welcome topic, and her profile seemed to paint her as being a jerk. Anyways, after I volunteered to help save the site following a disaster, I was made into a moderator and then a server administrator. From behind the scenes, I had a chance to see how Zoop worked as a moderator. She was professional, measured, and really really really tough. During an average week, there would be hundreds of reported posts and mod actions, about a half-dozen lengthy arbitrations (they had arbitration available for all mod actions), and at least one total and complete community disaster (drama queens everywhere). Zoop handled more than eighty percent of this shit. She did it while holding down a full time job and making time to think of ways to improve the community. She was basically a super mod. She also took time to argue with me. Hahaha. We both loved the community, but I was constantly grappling with the fact that the site owner insisted on running a bloated, outdated forum software. Sooo, I would be busy putting out fires and she would be all like, "I need this extra feature! Hey, can you change this theme? Is there a way to automate this? What about that? Holy shit, a SQUIRREL!!!!" It was funny, because a simple "no" never actually worked with her. I would have to prove my point, arguing against her in lengthy legalistic format. That's how we fell in love, I guess? Hahaha. Up until that point, I had never met anyone that could match and beat me in wonkish argument, persistence, and general energy levels. Overtime, I was completely filled with admiration for this weird creature. Sooo, I decided to put a ring on it. Now, she's mine. o3o *ahem* Soooo, what about you? Anyone that you admire?
  14. 8 points
    Do you ever feel really self-conscious about watching anime? Is there a person or group of people that you absolutely would NEVER want to know about your hobby? Don't worry, I promise that they will not read this topic. I'll start. If I'm hanging out with friends or people around my age or younger, then I really don't care. Anime is disturbingly popular up here in the northwest of the USA, and I have never really felt a need to avoid mentioning it. With *that* said, whenever I'm watching anime on the commuter train to home, I like to ensure that my back is up against the wall so no one can watch over my shoulder. The fact that there's so much fan service and shit in most anime make me extremely reluctant to be seen by someone that may just interpret things as, "OMG THERE IS A GROWN WOMAN WATCHING ANIMATED PORNO ON THE TRAIN." Besides this, I tried introducing anime to my mom and completely made a mess of things due to some very, very bad choices on the part of myself and my sister. To make a long story short, my mother currently believes that anime is satanic and completely horrifying. And, with my mom, first impressions are everything - gg no re. So, yeah... I guess my own situation is half and half. :'(
  15. 8 points
    Really? I hate them Lol Blueberry~
  16. 8 points
    Congratulations Minna!!!! Waaaahh, all the Love Letters are very inspiring
  17. 8 points
    @Optic, @Kirry, @zoop, and @Kohloo - thank y'all for wading through the entries and running this contest. It was extremely fun to write for! Though, I have to say that I feel no small amount of discomfort when I realize what I wrote...
  18. 8 points
    Some really old photos: [spoiler=Shameless] [spoiler=Aspiring Tarantino...] [spoiler=The latest out of the lot] Look at how smug that fellow is. Ugh.
  19. 8 points
    I am jelly. As for myself... 1: I'm horrifyingly lazy, shy, and and socially timid offline. 2: ... and yet, when push comes to shove, apparently quite good at hiding this and appearing to be extremely outgoing and charismatic. 3: Before becoming a housewife I've worked as both an IT manager, and as a locksmith. 4: ... yes, I know how to pick locks, among other things. 5: I absolutely friggin' love trashy pop songs.
  20. 8 points
    Dear members, staff and visitors, Wishing you all a Merry Christmas for 2016 and a Happy New Year! Best wishes, Optic ~ Founder of Anime Forums Feel free to discuss your Christmas plans here too.
  21. 8 points
  22. 7 points
    Hello everyone, First of all thanks to those that applied for the Community Manager, Moderator and Anime Page Curator roles. Recruitment is now complete and here is our new line-up: https://animeforums.net/staff/ Community Manager @ArchieKun Moderator @the_twig @Roxeg @Beocat @XII360 Anime Page Curator @awesomedude20 @Neptvne Mini profiles and distinct rank images are work in progress to better distinguish them. Please extend a very warm welcome to these new staff of Anime Forums.
  23. 7 points
    I am hoping to re-open AF member registrations and open staff recruitment towards the middle of this week.
  24. 7 points
    I'm glad this forum is so strongly connected with one another. Everyone is so kind, and sticks together when it's needed. I'm so happy that I came back. It's places like this that make me realize that not all of humanity is bad, even in a negative moment. People still lift others up and shield those who aren't strong enough to do so themselves. Thank you, thank you all so much. I hope to grow more and learn more about the members of this wonderful site.
  25. 7 points
    I thought it might be a nice change of pace to share the positive bits of our day. Sometimes life can be rough, and they say it takes ten positives to equal a negative. So in an effort to focus on the positives, here's a place where we can state one (or more,) "small victories" we accomplished in a day. Aced that job interview? Cooked a fantastic dinner in a crunch? Talked to grandma? Put on pants today? Really anything goes, and if you're proud of it, then let's hear it! I'll start off by saying that I made a really nice pink pancake today. I've been trying different increments up until now, but while the batter was bright pink, it never baked that way. But this time, I got it just right. Behold, my pink pancake. It was delicious.
  26. 7 points
    My name is Tialynn, but you can call me Tia. Let’s be friends & explore anime, manga, & music together!
  27. 7 points
    I am mine. Before I was anyone else's. ~
  28. 7 points
    If you live for the approval of others you'll die by their rejections. ~~
  29. 7 points
    Have you ever done anything a little, well, humiliating? Something that left you completely rolling around on the ground, laughing at your own ridiculousness? If you have, don't worry, I'm sure you're in good company... I know I have, so I'll kick this topic off by sharing a few "glorious" moments of my own. At work, about two weeks ago, I sent out an email to a few coworkers about our most recent public announcement. I forgot an "l" in there. I'll let you figure that one out. :'( When I was about 7 years old, I had a terrible fear of water (still do). I was at this water park (don't ask, okay, I'm a lesbian and the cutest girl in class asked me to go with her, you figure it out). Anyways, I decide to show off by taking this huge water slide. (I am an idiot, generally.) I took the slide and hit the pool at the bottom and started panicking, because I thought I was drowning. The life guard walks out and offers some sage advice, "You could try standing up?" About one week ago, I was trying to send a message on discord and misclicked. That was how I sent the message "fuck me" to my mom, with absolutely no context. (Thankfully, I was able to convince my sister to hunt down mom's phone, steal it, and delete all notifications.) Approximately 25 minutes ago, I attempted to take a bath. Unfortunately, the shower head was on. Even more unfortunately, I didn't notice. So, I walked out and walked back in. When I did, I noticed that it had fallen (it's one of the removable ones) into the tub. I thought, "Oh, okay", and I turned up the water. (I'm sleepy as heck atm, okay. ) Anyway. The shower head tilts due to the flow increase and shoots water out of the tub and into my face and the ceiling. After considerable swearing and panic (fear of water), I manage to get things under control. The ceiling is now a little moist. (@zoop I'm sorry, I think I made a bit of a mess in there. ^^;;;; ) I've heard that confession is good for the soul. So, like... DON'T LET ME BE THE ONLY ONE TO POST IN HERE. :'(
  30. 7 points
    Hello I've been in search of a new community to involve myself in for a while. I recently stumbled upon this place, so decided to join. After all, this place where I can talk about something I like a lot. Wine. I love it so much. I even named myself after a vineyard. So, let's get drunk together. Oh, I'm also here for anime. I guess I'll be here for that as well. I've watched a variety of stuff from Death Note, Durarara and Hellsing Ultimate to stuff like madoka, angel beats, durarara, watamote, lucky stars and Mrs Kobayashi's dragon maid. That last one was definitely one of the highlights of this year so far. I also marathoned part 3 and 4 of Jojo's bizarre adventure a few months ago. So, yeah, I'm a a Jojo fan. As for anime I'm currently watching, there's Youjo Senki and Drifters. I also intend to watch A Silent Voice today. It, along with Your Name, is something I've heard a lot of good things about and I can't wait until it gets released on bluray, though I will end up purchasing it if it's remotely as good as everyone says it it is. I'm currently seeking to watch more things with the kind of emotional weight these two films are said to have and would appreciate recommendations from fellow members. I also intend to start Kyoukai no kanata and Little Witch Academia today. I'm also waiting to purchase My Hero Academia when I can, since I've heard nothing but good things about it. I'm also awaiting the release of One Punch Man, which I have watched, this year, after watching Mob Psycho last year as it was aired online. I'm also interested in visual novels. My favourite is Umineko, which I'm sure is a surprise, given how my username comes from it. Anyway, I also like Steins gate and have also watched the anime. I intend to get Steins Gate 0 very soon. I also intend to reread Umineko and some of the routes of Katawa shoujo soon. I also enjoy games with visual novel elements like zero escape, danganronpa and ace attorney. I'm currently replaying Virtue's Last Reward and am waiting for the PS4 release of Zero Time Dilemma. I've also been getting back into gaming in general, since I recently gained the means to play a lot of games that I couldn't before. So far, I'm playing Nier Automata and Resident Evil 7. I do intend to get Persona 5 and Final Fantasy 15, because what I've seen of P5 is amazing and I have an interest in Final Fantasy, but had been put off by the reputation of FF12 and 13 and don't play MMORPGs. So, it's been quite a while since I've touched a Final Fantasy game. Apart from that? Well, I'm currently excited that Undertale is going to get a physical PS4 release. I did write fanfiction for a bit and have an interest in getting back into it. Here's a link. So, what else is there to say? Well, I'm an introverted person seeking a community to involve myself in and have been after a new one for quite a while. My efforts to find a new one to be a part of have been very unsuccessful. But this place looks very good. So, I hope this works out and that I'll get along well with you all.
  31. 7 points
    How much patience do you have while you're out in public? As I'm getting older, my patience level for being out in public is getting much smaller. I've come to despise the city! I find that many city-folk are always in a big rush, are more judgemental, and tempers are thin. It constantly feels like some sort of rat race. And what's the end goal? Nothing really. Not to mention the city never sleeps, you can hear traffic at absolutely any time of night. While I'm out in public, whether it be for travelling or grocery shopping, I find that I am eternally getting frustrated and like I'm about to completely lose my mind. It's honestly gotten to the point where I'm fairly certain one of these days I'm going to completely snap. I'll probably lose it in a grocery store and go shrieking out of the place in a frustrated rage, away into the wilderness. I'll go live with the darn bears. I'm sort of glossing over everything at the moment, I could go on an endless tirade about how I feel about the city. It's everything, the people and the sounds and the mentality and the constant go go go. I'm constantly stressed out and anxious and I can actually feel my heart rate and blood pressure rising dangerously. Let's just say I wouldn't mind living in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Preferably before I have a complete meltdown... As much as I hate the city, I am very guilty of being one of those city-folk. It's actually what I've become that makes me hate the city. It turns me into a different person (a miserable person). I wear headphones specifically so I don't have to deal with the people around me. I'm always in a rush. I'm just as pushy and rude as everyone else around. I never take the time to relax or try to think positive during my travels. All of these traits are -extremely- prominent while I'm going about on public transit. When I'm out of the city, I'm a very different person. I'm calm, I'm relaxed, and I'm actually happy in life. I properly feel like myself during those times. The city is fun to visit every once in awhile, but it obviously isn't suited for me to live in it. I've also only just recently consciously realized that I tend to feed off the energy of the people around me, you can imagine how that gets. Alright, now let's try something different. [spoiler=Rules]After spending a week at my parents' house, today is the day where I make my trek back into the city. It's also the day where I've decided to challenge myself. Here are the rules: •No headphones •No playing on my phone •No rushing •Try to smile at least once •Pay attention to what's around me •Remember to breathe, seriously That seems like a lot of rules, and impossible ones at that. Let's try it anyway! Ready? Okay. [spoiler=Lonsdale Quay]My aunt had an appointment today, so for the first part of my journey I got a ride. Gives me a chance to mentally prepare myself for what's ahead. After waiting with her until her appointment, I begin my trek. First up, big ass hill. Thankfully, my journey is down the hill. No music? Kinda weird, but I think I can dig it. Crossed paths with a friendly old lady, I got to try my hand at smiling and saying good morning (turns out, I've still got it in me). Okay, this walk is a pleasant way to ease myself into the challenge. Take my time, do a bit of window shopping, try to resist the urge to run down the neverending hill like a maniac (nothing to do with patience, I just want to see if I'm capable of stopping myself before momentum launches me into the ocean at the bottom). It's the next part where the challenge really begins. [spoiler=SeaBus Pt 1]Okay, here we go. The next chapter in my saga? The SeaBus. For those of you that don't know (which is basically everyone that hasn't been to Vancouver BC), the SeaBus is part of the public transportation system. Vancouver has a lot of water going through it and fairly large docks for the shipping industry. There are bridges and you can go around the water, but as you can imagine it adds quite a bit of time to your commute. For those travelling by transit, the best option to deal with the water is to go straight across it, that's where the SeaBus comes in. It's a very small passenger ferry and it only takes about 10-15 minutes to get across the water. One of my favourite things about showing Vancouver to people is taking them on the SeaBus. It offers a unique transit experience and the view is pretty fricken cool. Unfortunately, I personally lost the wonderment of the SeaBus because it became a regular part of my commute. For me, it was just another part of transit, another part of dealing with people. The charm was totally ruined for me. [spoiler=SeaBus Pt 2]My usual SeaBus travel routine? •get there fast. I'm either running to catch the boat about to leave, or I wanna be first for the next one. •don't sit down, don't even look at those benches in the waiting area. •line up at the first or second boarding doors until it's time to get on the boat. •while boarding, go all the way to the other side to get a seat right next to the front exit doors. •be standing and ready to get off the boat before it's even docked. •put those lovely long legs to use and stay at the head of the pack to beat the crowd. [spoiler=SeaBus Pt 3]This time though, I'm doing things a bit different. There's a boat about to leave. If I run, I can make it, easy. But that would defeat the purpose of the challenge before it's barely even begun. Time to slow down, I'll catch the next boat in 15min instead. After all, I'm not on any sort of time limit today. So I missed the boat, and I feel good. Today, no queuing at the boarding doors, I'm actually going to sit down on one of the benches. Getting a bit fidgety because I can't play with my phone, but I can cope. Started to get a bit anxious as more people arrived and started queuing up at the doors. I had to put in a conscious effort to not sit on the edge of the bench and resist the urge to grab my stuff and line up with everyone else. I made myself stay on the bench until the boat arrived and the ramps were down. Once the ramps were down, I couldn't sit still any longer and had to stand up in the line. I managed to stay at the back of the crowd though and was one of the last few to board, so I did okay thus far. I deliberately chose one of the seats far away from the exit side. At this point, I was starting to feel anxious and on edge. Rather than dwell on it too much, I looked at the scenery for the duration of the ride. It helped calm me down, and for the first time in years I actually really enjoyed the SeaBus. Turns out the charm never left, my vision was just too clouded to see it. For departure, I remained seated until the ramps were down and I stayed at the back of the crowd while getting off the boat. So far so good, I think I'm ready for the next part. [spoiler=SkyTrain Pt 1]Another thing I've enjoyed showing people is the SkyTrain. For those that are wondering, the SkyTrain is exactly the same as a subway. The main difference is that it's above ground (and even above the roads), rather than being underground like a subway. It offers a really cool view of the city. It is, once again, something that lost charm for me years ago. It's also complete madness during peak times. Fortunately I dealt with the SkyTrain before the usual morning chaos, otherwise my challenge would have utterly failed. [spoiler=SkyTrain Pt 2]So how do I usually go about riding the SkyTrain? •gotta rush, no patience. •stand right behind the yellow line. •choose where to board the train based on what station I'm getting off at. •I became a master at knowing where to stand for the doors to line up when the train came. I also memorized all of the stations, so it was extremely easy for me to know which door to go to so that I get off right in line with the exit from the station. •be as unapparoachable as possible, there's always people around that need help figuring out where to go. •stand on the side of the train I'll be getting off. •play on my phone or stare at the floor, heaven forbid I look out the windows. •those lovely long legs get a lot of use while travelling transit. I like to stay ahead of the crowd and I really know how to haul ass when I'm on a mission. Unfortunately I can put myself in mission mode without actually having a mission, so I always haul ass. [spoiler=SkyTrain Pt 3]But, in theme with today's challenge, I am once again doing things differently! Transferring from the SeaBus to the SkyTrain, I took my time. I sauntered along almost lazily (which hilariously took a lot of internal effort). At the platform I didn't line up for a change. I stood back and waited patiently. I managed to distract myself by staring intently at the train map. I'm not real sure if I actually looked at it or if I just gave it a borderline death glare. I must have seemed approachable enough though because a lady asked me for directions. I managed to quickly quell my annoyance. I was friendly and actually helped her. She was thankful, smiles are contagious, and what do you know? Not everyone is an asshole and I actually enjoy the pleasant interaction with strangers, who knew. So I'm able to peacefully board the train and carry on. As someone that used to be addicted to my phone, and still occasionally struggling not to relapse, not playing with my phone while on transit is exceptionally difficult for me. [spoiler=Phone Addiction]When I say I was addicted to my phone, I don't mean the, "oh haha I love my phone lol," like most people. I was genuinely addicted to the point where it was starting to seriously negatively impact my relationships with the people around me. It got to the stage that I actually had to give up my smartphone cold turkey and switch to a basic flip phone. It's only in the last couple of months (beginning of April) that I've allowed myself to get a smartphone again (iPhone 7, 128gb). It's been a struggle for me not to relapse, and recent life stress hasn't been helping. Fortunately this time around I have people to support me. But I do have my weak moments, and it takes incredible willpower for me to overcome them. I know it seems like a strange addiction, but it is very real for me. It just serves as proof that addiction can come from anywhere and that we need to take care of ourselves. Anyway, I thought I heard my phone get a message so I took it out. Turns out the person in the seat ahead of mine just has the same ringtone, it was hard to put the phone back away. I made it this far though, I'm not gonna let myself fail now. So I looked out the windows. Apparently I got too invested in the view because I almost missed my stop. It was kind of pleasant though because I was actually enjoying the ride, for a change! [spoiler=SkyTrain Pt 4]This stop wasn't actually my final destination, but where I had to make a quick transfer to a different train. I didn't quite pay attention though and I got off the platform on the wrong side of the street. It aaaalmost pissed me off. But I forced myself into my happy place and decided to find some positives. First of all, all I had to do was cross the street and re-enter the station on the proper side (hardly an inconvenience really). Secondly, it gave me the opportunity to treat myself to something to eat along the way, I was starting to feel hungry! So I stopped at the cafe. It was my intention to get something cool to drink and something savoury to eat. I left with a cinnamon rasperberry hot chocolate and a rocky road bar (a chocolate fudge and marshmallow monstrosity with nuts in it). So instead of cool and savoury, I got hot and sweet. Do I regret my decision? Yes. Was it still delicious despite the regret? Of course. Did I feel like I was going to die from a heat and sugar overload? Most definitely. We live with our choices, moving on! Heading back into the proper area of the station that was someone handing out a free local newspaper. Usually I never bother with it, but I decided to grab one anyway (besides, it gave me a chance to practice being friendly and smiling), I figure it'd help keep me distracted from my phone for the last part of my journey. I got on the second train much the same as the first one, calm and not rushed. Turns out the newspaper was a silly idea, not only is it awkward to look at on a train (people make it look so easy, I had no idea what I was in for), it was also very small and took me mere minutes to get through the parts of interest. So it was back to looking around. My phone came out for a second time during the trip, however this time it was in response to an advertisement in the train I would have never seen during my usual routine (in the interest of bettering public information and knowledge, the Canadian Red Cross is currently giving away first aid pocket guides, the ad provides a number for you to text the word 'guide' to and arrange where you want your free first aid guide sent to). So it was actually something useful and I had an easier time putting my phone away compared to the first time. [spoiler=Final Leg]So now the transit portion of the journey is completed and all that's left is the short 15min walk to Tim's place (my home away from home). At this point the sugar really hit me and it took practically all of my self-control not to just book it. Sugar and caffeine missions are worse than my regular missions, it usually results in what feels like a millimetre away from death. The last approx. 5min of the walk is this super steep as heck hill that is utter bullshit to go up. Going up it while trying to fight off a sugar rush is absolute ridiculousness and should not be done. It's amazing I survived, I didn't think I'd actually get myself calmed down just barely enough to get up the hill without being a complete spaz [spoiler=Conclusion]Overall, I think I did fairly well. While quite frequently during the trip I felt anxious and impatient, I didn't let myself succumb to it. I managed to slow down for a change and enjoy the commute. I will say this though, because of my constant vigilance to remain in my happy place, I found the trip to be very exhausting. It definitely took a lot more energy than normal. I won't complain too much about it though, because it's something that will get easier with time. Plus, even though it was tiring, I feel much more in a pleasant mood compared to normal. Also, as an aside, I had an extremely busy weekend (lacking in sleep, no less) and only got 3 hours of sleep last night. So I'd say I did pretty fricken awesome! What about you? Do you have minimal patience while out in public, or do you thrive in the crowd? Has your patience capacity changed as you've gotten older? Have you ever challenged yourself to try and have more patience?
  32. 7 points
    I am super shy, like the highest level of shyness you would ever find in a human being ... I struggle with social anxiety and it can completely ruin my day, change my plans, or just keep me stuck in the house for as long as possible. Before going anywhere I take into consideration where I'll be going, and then I get emotionally prepared for the long and terrifying day ahead. I have had a few moments where my anxiety disappears and I just kick someone's butt with no mercy because I finally hit that breaking point of not just shutting up and letting people do whatever they want, although this rarely happens because I don't find most things worth my time and effort. Talking to people both in real life and online is really hard for me ... I get anxiety whenever I'm in public or around people, this then leads to me just freaking out inside and toying with my hair, clothes, or an item I'm holding while staring at the ground and making absolutely no eye contact with anyone. If I have to talk to people I will most likely freak out for 10 minutes before hand and then manage to squeak out some reply before feeling like I just died inside. I have no idea why my anxiety is so bad, it's probably because I have a total of .2 experience in the "Human interaction" category of life. Online it's pretty bad as well ... I never start conversations unless we've talked before and you initiated them, this lets me know that you like talking to me and I could possibly start a conversation later. I also struggle with actually talking in chats or group chats and instead opt to just watch what everyone else is saying because I don't wanna interject with something that could possibly not be what they're talking about ... I'm also a really strange person and none of my talking points are what any normal person would find good small talk. As you can probably tell from what I've already written, I absolutely suck at making friends. I've never really had any friends in my life, there was one girl who was super shy as well who I hung out with and stood up for before moving, but I'm not sure if that really counts as a friendship since we almost never spoke to each other and just respected the fact that we were both majorly shy ... I also have no friends online, on any site, because I can never talk to people ... I also don't really have a personality online, because my real personality is a bit ... Umm, "Strange". Since my anxiety is so bad I still haven't found a way to cope with it, I usually just end up shutting my brain down when in public and then spending the night (After a day in the public eye) locked away from the world so I can recover from the events that occurred.
  33. 7 points
    this photo is from a little while ago but;;
  34. 7 points
    Last picture with purp before I go back to blue and being a blueberry~ < 3
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  36. 7 points
    A lot of care and effort has already been put into making both the front page and forums responsive and very usable on smartphones. If there are issues with the theme on your smartphone I'd much prefer to work with you to help resolve them as opposed to making a separate app. There are ongoing costs with apps. I once experimented with Tapatalk's branded app version and to keep the Apple iOS version going it cost $10 USD a month (Tapatalk) + $99 USD a year (Apple Developer Program) . And with Tapatalk the experience was so different, especially with how topics and user profiles were displayed. I'm not ruling out having an app in future - I would LOVE to have the ability for the same alerts you get here on AF to be sent out as push notifications on your smartphone, which only an app can reliably do. But our community just isn't large enough to warrant it at this time due to the cost and time needed to develop and maintain it. If we ever get an app developed, I would want it to be done right - to maintain many of the features we have here because I know some of you have made your profiles really pretty with the covers and background images.
  37. 7 points
    Hello everyone, Please welcome the following new members that have joined the Anime Forums staff team: Kirry — Moderator @Kirry has a huge amount of passion for this community and its members. It made me really happy when she accepted my offer as I feel we both share the same passion to make Anime Forums a great place to be for anime fans from around the world. Kohloo — Media Moderator @Kohloo has been helping me to test and break new features before releasing them on the forum. I also reached out to her to see if she was interested in helping to keep an eye on our new Media section for the Vocaloid Project and was happy when she accepted. Kohloo will be keeping an eye on this section to ensure inappropriate, lewd videos aren't added here. ChibiChan12 - Welcome Team @ChibiChan12 will be helping us out with greeting new members and making them feel welcome! mechaBD — Anime Team @mechaBD will be joining the existing Anime Team to help out the anime discussion areas. The anime discussion sections are of course are bread and butter - you all love anime right? Please make them feel welcome!
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  39. 6 points
    how.. is.. it.. GOING?!? I know it's been awhile since I've shown my face around here, let alone anywhere really lmao (status: Hermit) but I've been having life slap me in the face continuously this year of crap '17, but today I had some time to at least hop on and say 'Hi, how's everyone? Hope the AF family is all good'. I dont know when I'll be able to get back on a regular schedule for any community based stuffs but hopefully I will get some time this autumn to come back for a bit and see everyone again. Miss you guys and hope everything is going smoothly for everyone.
  40. 6 points
    Contents I. Introduction II. I Wanna Be the Very Best, Like No One Ever Was III. The Long and Winding Road IV. His Name was Tobias V. You're Such a Little Kid! VI. You Really Are an Amazing Person VII. “Kalos League Victory! Satoshi's Greatest Decisive Battle” VIII. To Be Continued: The Cycle of Failure IX. A Jobber in Alola X. Closing Remarks As this is a subforum where discussion of the Pokémon anime is allowed, I feel this is an appropriate place to make this thread, for discussion purposes. The following below is an incredibly long rant about the state of the Pokémon anime. I make no attempt to hide any salt and I have no intention of trolling anyone, only to narrate and tell from my heart my deepest feelings about the anime. Although it's quite long, the message of this work is very simple. The essay was originally posted in unedited form at Serebii Forums on December 31, 2016. So have some popcorn, sit back, and relax. I. Introduction My first foray into Pokémon was back in 1998, when I got the Game Boy Camera that summer (might've been my birthday, can't really remember). I had a ton of fun with that little thing—the games, the DJ, the photos, among other things. What was particularly cool was being able to place silly stamps on the photos. There were eyes, mouths, accessories, various Mario characters, and some creatures that my older brother referred to as generic “dinosaurs” or “monsters”, can't exactly remember which word he said. But I used them on my photos anyway, cause why not. Little did I know that wasn't going to be the last time I saw those critters, oh no. Come Autumn later that year, my brother tells me all the neat things about a new craze going on in school called Pokémon. He introduced me to the TV show, where we watched it together. I, being but a young boy at the time, was hooked and completely loved every minute of it, and just wanted to watch more and more of it. I made sure to watch every new episode premiere to the best of my ability and was happy to watch the reruns. Around the same time, I saw the commercial to the games, and wanted to play them badly. Soon enough, I got the game, and was completely hooked to it, and became a young Pokémon fan. Every Pokémon fan has likely heard of and watched the anime at some point in their lives. When we saw the anime for the first time, plenty of us found it exciting to see Ash and others traveling, battling with their critters and getting stronger, strengthening the bonds and friendships with each other and their Pokémon, helping out others, earning badges, fighting evil, and so forth. Many today still have nostalgia for those days. But today, the Pokémon anime is scorned by both Pokémon and anime fans, something that gives both the franchise and the medium a bad name. What went wrong? Let us review Ash's journey throughout the years. II. I Wanna Be the Very Best, Like No One Ever Was According to Wikipedia, the premise or synopsis of the entire anime is this: “After he turns 10 years old, Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan) is allowed to start his journey in the world of Pokémon and dreams of becoming a Pokémon master.” Remember this carefully. So our boy Ash, despite getting up late, manages to begin a brand new journey in a new region, with Pikachu by his side, in hopes of becoming a Pokémon Master. The Pikachu, given to him by Professor Oak, at first does not get along very well with the newbie trainer; but not long after they get along very well and become a strong team. They later get joined by Brock and Misty, two people who are in charge of Pokémon Gyms, a place where trainers are tested by battling such leaders in hopes of defeating them to obtain a Gym Badge, of which eight are required to enter the Pokémon League. As Ash desires to win the league he tries hard to get these badges, all while going through some extra battling, capturing more Pokémon, visiting places, helping out strangers, and stopping Team Rocket, a trio consisting of Jessie, James and Meowth, who hope to capture his Pikachu due to their impression of how strong he is. In addition, he hopes to win his rivalry against the snobby Gary, the grandson of Professor Oak. Misty herself desires to become a Water Pokémon Master, and Brock desires to become a Pokémon Breeder. Ash manages to get all of the Gym Badges at Kanto, though sometimes by unconventional means (he was simply going to get the Cascade Badge without a battle, he got another by making its Gym Leader laugh, and yet another by not fighting the actual Gym Leader). Nonetheless he was happy with his badges, and went off to enter the Pokémon League. Ash had a bit of struggles with his opponents, among them a long green-haired weirdo and a woman in traditional Japanese clothing with an overpowered Bellsprout. But despite those, Ash manages to win four 3v3 Pokémon matches. Ash is now in the Sweet Sixteen! So he faces off against a trainer that isn't so different from him—he is similar in personality and fights with similar Pokémon. His name is Ritchie. Like our boy Ash, Ritchie resembled and was loosely based on Red, the protagonist of the first Pokémon games. He marked his Poké Balls with stars and gave nicknames to each of his Pokémon. He similarly had a Pikachu that was always with him by his side. He too wanted to become a good trainer. Unsurprisingly, Ash and Ritchie became good pals and always want to see each other succeed. However, the time came where the two trainers had to face each other in the tournament. The two felt conflicted, and yet were ready to engage in a battle. The two fought valiantly, but thanks to some poor refereeing and the stupidity of Ash's Charizard, Ash loses the match. He is eliminated from the tournament. Unlike his game, manga, and Pokémon Origins counterparts, Ash does not become the Pokémon Champion. Ash does not obtain his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master. While many of us were disappointed with the outcome, plenty of us also thought, “Well, losses happen. It's okay to lose.” 255 trainers had to lose the tournament, and Ash (and Ritchie) ended up becoming one of them. Losing is part of life. Time to move on. Little did plenty of us know that this was just the beginning of would later be an awful predicament. III. The Long and Winding Road After the league ended, Ash decided to continue traveling. He and his companions enter a region called the Orange Islands. Brock was replaced by an artist named Tracey, while Misty continues traveling with our protagonist. We continue to see much of the same—battles, catching Pokémon, helping strangers, Team Rocket blasting off again, and so forth. Ash gains four more badges by doing non-battle challenges, which qualifies him to enter the Orange League. The battle was Ash against Drake in a full 6v6 battle. It was quite exciting to watch, and the great highlight was seeing Ash's Pikachu take down a mighty Dragonite, giving Ash the victory. It was not a true league however, so Ash's journey is not quite over. But hey, it's something, right? Well, not really. So off he goes to Johto. Brock returns and replaces Tracey, who didn't really get anywhere with his goal; we're back to the original team. Meanwhile, Team Rocket continues to attempt getting Pikachu but never succeeds. The Johto saga was notorious for its heavy amount of filler, yet despite that Ash manages to get eight more badges, qualifying him to enter into the Johto League. Misty also decided to do something with her goal as she and Ash enter the Whirl Cup, a tournament where trainers are only allowed to use water-type Pokémon. Despite Misty's apparent expertise at that kind of thing, she is defeated, and thus does not really fulfill her goal in becoming a Water Pokémon Master, whatever that is. Brock continues to tag along, flirting with women along with other activities. Eventually Ash arrives to the Johto League. He defeats a good number of opponents, among those were a girl who was heavily infatuated with him and his biggest rival Gary. But despite this great accomplishment, he gets defeated by Harrison at the quarterfinals, in a match that unlike against Ritchie, turned out to be a good loss for our hero. He got further than he did before, and was finally able to overcome Gary, who reconciled with Ash and then quit becoming as a Pokémon Trainer, joining his grandfather in his research. But Ash's adventure is far from over. So next he arrives to Hoenn. It wasn't without a bit of controversy—Misty fans were enraged as the tomboyish mermaid was getting written out and replaced by May, who was the female protagonist of the then new Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire games. With an emotional goodbye to Misty, Ash continues his adventure, catching all sorts of new Pokémon, meeting various people, engaging in many battles, fending off Team Rocket (who continues but fails to capture Ash's Pikachu), and winning another eight badges to enter the Hoenn League. Meanwhile, May finds her own goal—become a Master Coordinator. In her attempt to reach her dream, she entered so-called Pokémon Contests, which are more or less Pokémon pet shows plus some battling, in hopes of winning some ribbons. She manages to get the five ribbons required to enter the Grand Festival, where the winner will be donned Master Coordinator. Despite her hard work however May is defeated in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Ash himself is yet again beaten, this time by eventual Champion Tyson and his Meowth at the Hoenn League quarterfinals, yet he was able to make it that far using only his Hoenn team. But that wasn't enough for our boy. He travels on, as the journey continues! IV. His Name was Tobias By this point, Ash had become an experienced player. He, Brock and May return to Kanto and do stuff; May tries again with her goal but fails a second time, this time being defeated at the semifinals of the Kanto Grand Festival. Ash himself enters and wins the Battle Frontier, which seems to be the Pokémon equivalent of an All-Star Game or the International Champions Cup, which although impressive, was not an important competition like the regional Pokémon League. So Ash heads off to Sinnoh. May (and her forgettable brother) get written out without getting their goals accomplished and Dawn, the female protagonist of the Gen IV Pokémon games, now takes the spotlight. Brock tarries on longer, practically getting relegated to a shadow of what he used to be. Team Rocket still stalks Ash in hopes of getting that Pikachu of his, yet again they do not succeed. More of the usual happens—Ash captures Pokémon, Ash does more battling, Ash wins some badges, etc. Dawn, like May before her, desires to become a Master Coordinator. She too enters contests and despite some struggles gets the ribbons necessary to reach the Grand Festival. Unfortunately she only gets so far just to lose to rival Zoey at the finals, thus being unable to fulfill her goal. Too bad. As for Ash, he enters a Pokémon League for the fourth time. This time he goes really far, and manages to defeat rival Paul in an epic battle that lasted three episodes, sending him to the semifinals for the first time in his history as a Pokémon Trainer. Having momentum by overcoming a fierce rival, Ash looked on his way to the long awaited victory after 13 years worth of episodes. But not so fast. In comes a man in a cloak, named Tobias. He had swept all of his previous opponents, using a single Darkrai. Yes, Darkrai, the legendary Mythical Pokémon. This same Darkrai ended up taking about half of Ash's entire team. But Ash wasn't just going to roll over and die. With great effort, the Darkrai was finally taken down by Sceptile, yet those efforts came in vain, as Tobias sends out a second legendary Pokémon, Latios, who managed to wipe out the rest of Ash's team, though it was not without Latios himself fainting together with Pikachu. Just when Ash looked to be on a possible road to victory, he gets crushed by this guy who has a team of multiple legendary Pokémon with him. For the fourth time in a fourth region, Ash again does not fulfill his dream. Tough luck. Let us review the premise of the anime again: “After he turns 10 years old, Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan) is allowed to start his journey in the world of Pokémon and dreams of becoming a Pokémon master.” For some reason, the writers felt that they didn't really want to have Ash make any further progress towards that goal, and as a way to do that, we get a God-mode trainer that stands in his way, one I would like to call a pastiche of players who enter Pokémon Leagues using legendary Pokémon in the games. So Tobias just comes into the anime as a plot device who only exists to do just that, halting the fulfillment of the premise of the anime by defeating Ash with overpowered legendary Pokémon. It is quite disastrous. But hey, to those who looked on the bright side, Ash proved himself to be the second strongest Pokémon Trainer by performing best against the eventual Champion Tobias. Surely, this could mean that Ash could make progress towards his dream and win the next league at Unova, right? Nope, instead it would only get worse. Much, much worse. V. You're Such a Little Kid! Brock more or less outstayed his welcome, having been relegated to a mere background character and did almost nothing towards fulfilling his goal of becoming a Pokémon Breeder. So he changes his goal to become a Pokémon Doctor instead, and then is subsequently axed from the show without really seeing him become one. As for Dawn, she was going to go with Ash but suddenly gets written out thanks to some unforeseen circumstance. So despite her popularity Dawn too gets axed, and she becomes the third Poké Girl who doesn't reach her goal—Ash must be some kind of bad luck charm. So Ash heads alone to Unova, where a new adventure awaits him. You figure that with all those strong Pokémon he's collected over the years he could finally create the team necessary to get the badges required to enter the Unova League and eventually give him the Championship win he deserves. Oh wait, over the years is very misleading. Because at the very first episode of Best Wishes, we Ash's age retconned back to 10 by the narrator even though an anniversary scene existed in the original series. Worse, we witness a battle where his Pikachu, who just battled Latios a couple of episodes prior, faced a brand new Snivy... and lost. Though Pikachu was partially handicapped this was still an embarrassment for our veteran trainer. It was just the beginning of the problems the Unova saga had; that one match symbolized the horrible things that were to come, resulting in many anime viewers panning it. Pikachu was made weak and Ash regressed as a trainer. Far from the guy that took on Tobias, we see Ash make some ridiculous noob mistakes like not knowing how to catch a Pokémon, not knowing about type weaknesses, scanning a Koffing as if he never knew the Pokémon. Those are not things a veteran trainer like Ash should've done; those kind of mistakes allowed Iris, a girl with insane hair with an affinity for dragon-type Pokémon, to belittle him with destructive criticism, constantly calling him a kid. She aspired to become a so-called Dragon Master but does not achieve it, making her a real hypocrite. They are accompanied by Cilan, a Pokémon Connoisseur, one that although skilled does not achieve the top rank. All while getting pursued yet again by Team Rocket, who actually changed up a bit for a short time before going back to the comedic trio that unsuccessfully attempts to get Pikachu. The Unova League was the pinnacle of how bad the Pokémon anime had gotten. Despite the incompetence of Ash, he again manages to get eight more badges, along with other accomplishments, like being able to face Team Rocket boss Giovanni for the first time (though he got creamed hard), and witnessing the return of his powerful Charizard. So he comes into the league, takes down a few opponents, and proceeds to fight a trainer in the quarterfinals named Cameron. This should've been an automatic win for Ash, as Cameron didn't even get the required amount of badges to enter the league, and thought he could only enter five Pokémon in the match. Yet thanks to rubbish nonsense, Ash loses that match as Cameron's Riolu evolves to Lucario. Cameron proceeds to get smacked 3-6 in the semifinal match. This was followed by an arc made entirely of filler in the Decolore Islands. It seems that all of that development Ash had prior to Best Wishes was deliberately thrown out by the writers, showing a gigantic middle finger at the premise of the anime. To those who wanted to see the anime's premise fulfilled, Best Wishes went the opposite route. In terms of fulfilling the premise of seeing Ash become a Pokémon Master, the writers have failed tremendously. It was mainly thanks to this series that the anime got the notoriety it is known for. Furthermore, the TV ratings had decreased from good to bad, where the effect had carried over to XY and now Sun and Moon. Allow me to quote from a user in a Pokémon forum at how bad the anime had gotten: Another user from the same thread said, “I’m sure it was the intention of both series that Satoshi would grow from where he started out, but whereas DP was able to show this competently, BW failed to show he went through any growth at all. And as far as I'm concerned, failing to show that growth in the main character of the show severely hurt the quality of Best Wishes and is one of the biggest reasons - though there are several outside of that - why I personally rate it the worst [series].” At the end of the series, Iris and Cilan get written out by taking a train. But we're not finished with Ash. Oh no. VI. You Really Are an Amazing Person After the disaster in Unova, five-time loser Ash is back home in Pallet. Ash again has not fulfilled his dream. There goes a moment where he is pondering about his adventure, thinking about many folks in he's known in his journey—Gary, Misty, Brock, Tracey, May, Dawn, Iris, and Cilan. He also reunites with the Pokémon he's collected over plenty of time. As his dream remains as strong as ever, he heads off to Kalos in a brand new outfit along with his trusty pal Pikachu. Team Rocket continues to pursue the duo. So when he arrives there, much to the pleasant surprise of people, and in contrast to how bad he had gotten in BW, Ash is made a strong trainer again, almost as if he picked up straight from the end of Sinnoh. By the second episode we see an epic story that involves Pikachu nearly losing his life and Ash jumping off Prism Tower to save him. He and Pikachu are accompanied by three others—Clemont, the Lumiose Gym Leader, whose goal is to gain more confidence (a noble albeit subjective goal), Bonnie, his younger sister, who desires to become a trainer in the future, and Serena, a girl whom Ash met in their childhood, who at first did not have a goal but eventually decided to become a Pokémon Performer by participating in Pokémon Showcases (which you can say are basically beauty pageants with Pokémon), in hopes of ultimately becoming Kalos Queen. In deep contrast to the treatment Ash received from Iris, everyone seemed to admire him and his qualities, both his traveling companions and his rivals (detractors call them a fan club), and for once, Ash was no longer reliant on an older guy for advice or something; he felt like he was a true leader in his group. In the meanwhile we are introduced to a young man named Alain. He was the protagonist of the Mega Evolution specials, and desired to become the strongest trainer. He sure had power indeed; his Mega Charizard X was able to take down ten other Mega Evolved Pokémon in a row. He was accompanied by a young girl named Mairin, a beginner trainer who was in many ways the opposite of Alain, being both bubbly and clumsy at the same time. Throughout the Kalos saga, Ash seemed like he was taking his goal very seriously; he is seen training his Pokémon often, and with great effort wins another eight badges, along with the usual affairs of fillers, catching more Pokémon, helping more strangers out, fending off Team Rocket yet again, and other activities. Serena on the other hand, gets the three Princess Keys needed to enter the Master Class, where the winner would receive the title of Kalos Queen. Yet despite her great efforts, she is defeated by reigning Kalos Queen Aria. Like all of Ash's female companions before her Serena fails to achieve her dream, this time of being Kalos Queen (all this despite a closing credits dedicated to it). She was so close yet so far. Poor girl. Plenty of viewers saw that coming, however. But Ash on the other hand had become a really strong trainer. As a matter of fact, Ash was perhaps at the strongest he has ever been, surpassing the level he was at the end of Sinnoh. He had a solid team with him of fully evolved Pokémon (except for his trusty Pikachu of course), a team of Pokémon that had amazing accomplishments by taking on Mega Evolutions and/or Legendaries. In particular, his Greninja, whom Ash had found as a Froakie, created an enormous bond with him, to the point where he would transform into a more powerful form known as Ash-Greninja. The bond is considered so strong that Ash himself would share whatever pain Greninja received while on this form. This was prophesied by one of the Kalos Gym Leaders, Olympia, who stated that Ash and the then Frogadier that they would reach levels never seen before. The strength of Ash-Greninja gave Pokémon Champion Diantha and her Mega Gardevoir a run for their money before abruptly ending as Ash was unable to handle Ash-Greninja's power, causing him to faint and thus be unable to battle. However, after several losses and then some subsequent words from Serena, Ash and Greninja received important development that allowed them to master the transformation, which proved to be crucial for winning that last badge. VII. “Kalos League Victory! Ash's Greatest Decisive Battle” With the eight badges Ash got at Kalos, he was ready to enter the Lumiose Conference. The number of entrants were quite low, only 64 I believe. Ash easily wins the first four rounds with his Pokémon, but before he was able to begin his match against his friend and rival Sawyer, he was stopped by a punk who wanted to battle him. After Ash took care of him, the punk confessed that he was saddened that he did not get the badges necessary to enter the league, and begs Ash to win for him. In front of a crowd, Ash vowed that he would win for all of those trainers who couldn't enter the league. The semifinal against Sawyer was a hard fought battle, where it came down to Ash-Greninja vs Mega Sceptile, but Ash came down victorious despite the type disadvantage. The other semifinal on the other hand was seeing Alain destroy Louis 6-1 in embarrassing fashion. The final was going to be tough. Ash had never made it this far in a tournament, making this the biggest match he's ever had in all his tenure as a Pokémon Trainer. Alain on the other hand didn't really care for the title or the tournament itself and only wanted to become the strongest and battle Ash and collect some energy for his boss, Lysandre of Team Flare, who was misguiding him that the energy would be used for righteous purposes. Both characters had a very strong team with them. The previews made sure to hype up this huge match, making emphasis that Ash had never beaten Alain before since they met, having lost to him twice previously although Ash was close in one of those matches. Team Rocket themselves commented in the anime that Ash could finally win one of these leagues. Would this be the time where Ash finally overcomes his rival? Will this be the time where Ash wins his first ever Pokémon League title? Watch the match to find out! So after an intermission, the Kalos League Final commences. Although Pokémon never really had good animation, the battle scenes were beautiful to the eye and the action was epic. Ash was doing very well as a trainer, and I personally believe that the matches against Tyranitar and Metagross was undoubtedly one of Pikachu's finest moments in the entire anime. His efforts helped Ash be put into a 3v2 advantage by end of the first episode, with only Alain's Bisharp and Charizard remaining. Pikachu would continue to battle, putting on some hits on Charizard including a powerful and supereffective Thunderbolt. Alain later withdrew Charizard after taking down Pikachu, and eventually the match came down to Ash-Greninja vs. Mega Charizard X. Having previously taken down a Mega Sceptile, Greninja was primed to take on Charizard, and was gifted with a type advantage. With his powerful bond with Ash they achieved a power that was never previously before seen, a bond far more impressive than by comparison a mere Mega Evolution. And for most of the match, it showed. Ash-Greninja was doing more of the damage against Mega Charizard X while keeping damage against him at a minimum. Stacked with the damage Pikachu had dealt against Mega Charizard X, Ash-Greninja appeared to be winning. We soon see Ash-Greninja perform a wild gigantic orange Water Shuriken which he is soon to throw at Mega Charizard X. Let's pause here. Look at that beautiful thing. Look at it. Amazing. Unto many viewers, it looked to be the finishing move. It looked like victory was coming. The premise of the entire anime boiled down to this. Ash had his highs and his lows. Of all the stupid mistakes, errors and shortcomings Ash had made in the past, of all the failure he had to endure, they don't matter anymore. He was going to win that Championship. He was going to accomplish that dream of his. That Water Shuriken looked to symbolize the victory Ash deserves after 900+ episodes of experience, trials, happiness, sorrow, and accomplishments as a Pokémon Trainer. It looked to give the positive message that all of Ash's hard work, time, effort, training, teamwork, discipline, strength, endurance, speed, determination, patience, diligence, passion, desire, heart and love was finally, finally going to pay off. On we go! Kalos League Victory! VIII. To Be Continued: The Cycle of Failure Alain, perhaps in panic, causes Mega Charizard X to counter with a Blast Burn. A great explosion results. After the explosion, both Pokémon are seen standing. Mega Charizard X shakes a bit. But Ash-Greninja falls down. Ash-Greninja reverts to his original form. Ash-Greninja fainted. Ash is out of usable Pokémon. Ash has lost the Kalos League Championship final. Alain is awarded the Championship trophy. His Charizard is standing right there, appearing unfazed, showing that despite the improved bond Greninja actually performed worse than before. Ash is seen smiling like the good boy he is. There are so many things wrong with what happened at that scene. This is Best Wishes level writing here. Ash had just lost the biggest match of his life, and yet he is smiling. In contrast, let us look at three real life athletes, all who lost earlier that same year in the finals of a major sporting competition. Look at Cam Newton at Super Bowl 50. Look at Stephen Curry at the 2016 NBA Finals. Look at Lionel Messi at the Copa América Centenario. Did all three of them just move on and smile after losing those huge games? No! They all took their losses hard. Newton was so bitter that he walked out in the middle of a press conference. Curry was seen crying in the locker room. Messi temporarily quit the Argentina national soccer team. These are human responses. I can't really blame them for their actions there. I likely would've done the same thing if I were in their spots. Ash on the other hand, seems perfectly content with his loss. To quote one guy from Reddit: “He takes it instantly. Not a single second of disappointment or frustration, even after having come so close. No human acts like that. Everyone would at least need to breath deep for a second there. But not Ash, because the narrative bends him into getting over it immediately. Poor kid.” It is almost as he is fine with a lower standard and not fulfilling his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master. This is a massive contradiction to the premise of the anime! It makes no sense. How can people relate to this? If the writers are trying to teach that it's okay to lose, then they've failed this badly with such execution. While I agree it's okay to lose, it's also okay to feel disappointed. The anime didn't do this (and arguably didn't even do the first part either). Let us use an altered quote of the late Roger Ebert, because it perfectly sums up my thoughts on what happened at those very moments: To me, this was the absolute worst moment in all of Pokémon, and that really says something. The league was soon interrupted by a crazy invasion by Team Flare, yet the excellent Team Flare arc and succeeding episodes could not save the disastrous conclusion of the ending: That after about 940 episodes and 20 years of anime production, Ash Ketchum is back at Pallet, still beginning a brand new journey in a new region, with Pikachu by his side, in hopes of becoming a Pokémon Master. * * * The reason the writers had Ash lose was clearly because they wanted to continue this anime. I can't think of anything else. The status quo was in full power in that scene. The status quo of the Pokémon anime runs a cycle like this: 1. Ash enters a new region with Pikachu by his side in hopes of becoming a Pokémon Master. 2. Ash meets the professor of the region and gets a starter Pokémon from that region. 3. Ash also meets some people who'll end up being his companions in the region. Some of those companions have goals of their own that they want to achieve. 4. Team Rocket follows Ash and his crew in hopes of obtaining Pikachu. 5. Throughout the region, Ash and his companions do some Pokémon battles, enter some unimportant competitions, win some Badges or equivalent, catch some regional Pokémon, fend off Team Rocket over and over, help random strangers, etc., etc., etc. 6. After doing all that, Ash enters the region's Pokémon League, but despite his valiant effort, he is defeated. His companions likewise fail to win in their respective competitions. 7. At the end of the region, Ash's Pokémon and companions (except Pikachu) are all written out, and Ash returns to Pallet. 8. Ash enters a new region with Pikachu by his side in hopes of becoming a Pokémon Master... and proceeds to lose that region's League. The consequences of the status quo results in these: 1. Ash does not obtain his dreams of becoming a Pokémon Master. 2. His companions also do not obtain their respective dreams, and will likely never do so thanks to getting written out of the anime. 3. Ash's Pokémon except for Pikachu also get written out despite their hard work and achievements throughout his adventure. 4. TRio, despite failing over and over again to obtain Pikachu or some other goal, nonetheless continue to stalk him. 5. Thus, any existing bonds or relationships between Ash and his Pokémon and peers are gone, because the latter groups are no longer in the anime. 6. Finally, the entire region becomes filler, as Ash remains in the initial state he was at the beginning of the saga—ready to start a new adventure with Pikachu by his side. Plenty of us love to bash Ash for the repeated failings he's had and point out his mediocrity as a Pokémon Trainer. For a long time, Ash's incompetence was a pretty valid argument on why he kept losing. But this is no longer the case. It's just no longer Ash's stupidity or mediocrity, but vile and rubbish codswallop that caused him to lose. The message is really no longer “It's okay to lose” (though as far as I know the anime has never actually taught this), but rather “No matter how hard you try, you will always fail.” This is downright insulting, even for a kids' show. The status quo has caused this Reddit post to happen after Ash's loss: Ash is not the only person who has failed to reach his dream. In the 20 years the Pokémon anime has run, his companions also all have failed to achieve their respective dreams. These are the results: -Misty has failed to become a water Pokémon Master -Brock has failed to become a Pokémon Breeder and has not become a Pokémon Doctor -May has failed to become a Master Coordinator -Dawn has also failed to become a Master Coordinator -Cilan did not become a Class S Connoisseur -Iris failed to become a Dragon Master -Serena has failed to become Kalos Queen Failure and defeatism is the recurring theme of the anime. Failure for just about every major character. No one ever seems to win anything. For Ash's traveling companions, they get a goal, they fail at reaching the goal, and then they all get written out, never to be seen again, never ever fulfilling their goal. For the Permanent 5 (Ash, Pikachu and Team Rocket), they get a goal, they fail at reaching the goal, then they fail again, and again, and again, and again, ad infinitum. All in a show full of broken promises and unfulfilled dreams. I am sick of it all. This crap normally comes from politicians for crying out loud. I have never seen such a lack of respect for the protagonist or any of its characters like this. I ask you: How on earth is this a good thing? How is this good? I honestly want to know. I want answers. What I have shared is nothing new. This is not some kind of grand revelation. It is a problem that has existed for a while. I have repeatedly said in the past how much the status quo damages the quality and reputation of the anime. The status quo is something that has bothered me and other people for years, and plenty of us wanted it gone. XYZ looked like it could finally destroy the status quo after so long. And yet the writers completely blew it. Those kids that watched the anime back in the late 1990's are adults now. Deep inside we all wanted to see Ash win. It is a long time. The anger that resulted in the Kalos League loss is justified. One person from a forum said this: IX. A Jobber in Alola We now know that the anime staff (writers, directors, producers and executives) had no intention of actually making a meaningful and lasting impact on the show and instead continue to make Ash a jobber at every place he goes, bringing about all of his companions down with him. Ash and Pikachu are running around in circles now. I cannot help but believe that the writers do not really care for their audiences, both kids and older viewers; the older viewers for repeatedly angering them with bullcrap like the Kalos League loss, and the younger audiences for assuming that they're stupid and don't know any better, to the point where they can rehash the same plots from previous episodes. I honestly think they intend to please no one but themselves. Three times has these people deliberately gone against the premise of the show for the sake of keeping the show to continue for who knows how long now. First with the existence of Tobias, second with the entire Unova saga, and third with Ash's Kalos League defeat. That's three strikes now. The fact that they could pull garbage decisions like those can very well indicate that they can continue the anime for another 20, 30, 50, or even 100 years, with Ash never fulfilling his goal. I hate this show now. Hate it. It breaks my heart to see my childhood show come to this. I never thought that after watching XYZ it would come down to me hating this show. Believe me, I truly detest this anime. If they continue this approach, then there is no point to speculating what will happen in the Sun and Moon anime, no point in what character will get what Pokémon, no point in what character development will come, no point in discussing how a battle will turn out. What's the point of discussing what'll happen to Rowlet and Lillie (just to give two examples) if they're only going to get written out in the end? If they just get thrown out just like every other character and Pokémon (except of course for the Permanent 5), then there is no point to their existence in the anime; hence, no reason to talk about them. Nothing matters. I was modded for posting about this in some threads at Serebii, where the moderator said to me that I was “forcing [a] nihilist mindset onto others”, but it seems that the “nihilist mindset” is truly the case for this anime. Whatever merits the Sun and Moon anime may have, it is not worth seeing a show where the premise seems to take a backseat to comedy (never mind that comedy was never the main focus of the anime). It is not worth seeing Ash run and around in circles and lose again. I will go and make a prediction: Ash will not become a Pokémon Master in this saga. I feel that as Pokémon fans we deserve better than this embarrassment. We as a fandom deserve a better anime than this. We really should be watching a good show instead of one that has debased itself so badly it may go down as one of the biggest wastes in animation history. To use a quote from a Yahoo user (misspellings corrected): Plenty of these essays typically come with a solution to the problem. Time would fail to tell me the many, many ways they could've improved this. After all, wouldn't the show be so much better and more interesting had Ash actually won that Kalos League final? I wish I could translate this essay into Japanese and send this straight to TV Tokyo so they could know about how I and thousands of others feel about the anime. Sadly, I feel powerless right now and have no choice but to acknowledge the existence of the continued anime: an endless and ultimately worthless adventure of an allegedly eternal 10-year-old boy. The worst thing about all this is the fact that people are willing to go to far lengths to defend this tripe. I'll briefly counter a few common arguments: 1. It's a kids' show. Being a kids' show is no excuse for bad writing. 2. It's a 20-minute advertisement. Being an advertisement for the games is no excuse for a bad show. Pokémon Adventures alone disproves these first two excuses. 3. The anime is teaching kids it's okay to lose. Except I don't believe it ever actually did this. Even then, with a goal like Ash's, you're supposed to win after by learning from the losses. Losing once for a protagonist is okay; losing twice is pushing it; losing six times is unacceptable. 4. The term “Pokémon Master” was never defined. While it's true that the anime hasn't exactly explained what a Pokémon Master really is, the fact that Ash is trying to win these leagues should give us a good idea, at least by the anime's definition. At the very least, winning a league is a step, and thus required, in his path to becoming a Pokémon Master. If you're telling me that's not the way to go and that the whole thing is a big red herring instead, then that makes this show even worse than it already is. 5. If Ash won that finals match, then the anime would have to end. Have this quote: And even if we granted this argument, is that really a problem? The status quo problem should've never existed in the first place, and should've been eliminated a long time ago. Ash, Pikachu and Team Rocket have all outstayed their welcome and should've been written out by now. Why does the anime still need them? Since the writers are willing to boot everyone else out, they may as do the same with Ash by replacing him with a new protagonist, give that person his/her own Pikachu or some other Pokémon, and replace Team Rocket with another comedic team. Plenty of other animes do something like that; no reason why Pokémon can't do the same. 6. It's all about the journey, not the destination. This one gets two quotes. Here's the first: And the second: X. Closing Remarks Long ago I felt very underwhelmed about Pokémon Sun and Moon after seeing some early footage of it. Since then, I went from being underwhelmed to being on the fence when it came to getting the game. I determined that I would get the game if one of two conditions were fulfilled. One of them was to see Ash win the Kalos League. It would've been my way to thank the writers for giving my childhood hero the victory he finally deserves. But because that didn't happen, I will not get the game. (This may actually become a blessing in disguise if the Pokémon Stars rumor for the Nintendo Switch ends up being true; I'll just get that instead.) Unfortunate, but I want to stay true to my word. I cannot in good conscience watch a show where there exists a premise of Ash desiring to reach his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master, yet instead we see him and Pikachu running around in circles, forever chased by Team Rocket, and where everyone else—from Gary, Butterfree and Duplica to Jessebelle, Greninja and Serena—all get axed out of the anime without making even a hint of a permanent dent. Seeing Ash lose over and over again is the opposite of what I and many others wanted from this anime. I hate it. So if the anime tries to lure you with a premise about a kid hoping to reach his dreams of becoming a Pokémon Master, with little critters and legendary creatures, along with flashy battles, humorous scenes, worthy goals and cute girls, I implore you: youtube.com/watch?v=OLKDV-_SCBs Now that is one quality cartoon. Now what was the other condition? I will confess it: It was to see Ash and Serena together in a romantic relationship. I am a so-called Amourshipper; however I concede that thanks to Serena getting axed out of the anime, where it continues Ash's adventure with Sun and Moon, Amourshipping is dead. You win, critics. But know that it came at a heavy, heavy cost. However, allow me to close my post with this dialogue between Ash and Serena from the 40th episode of Pokémon XY. Regardless of what you may think of Serena and Amourshipping, please put your love or hatred for them aside and read the passage below: I admit it, I thought all this really meant something when it was first aired. I really did. I sure was deceived. TL;DR – Although the Pokémon anime's premise is to see Ash become a Pokémon Master, the writers have repeatedly failed to fulfill or make any progress towards it when there was ample opportunity to do so, instead making huge, lasting decisions in the story to ensure that premise doesn't happen. Ash's repeated failures and subsequent move to a new region renders everything he does pointless. None of Ash's actions ever amount to anything in the end. Well, time for some eggnog. That's all, folks!
  41. 6 points
    I spent an insane amount of time on my new cover photo ... I think it looks pretty good though.
  42. 6 points
    Note: Apologies if posting this seems a little presumptuous of me. With that said, I think that every forum needs at least one topic like this. I find them handy to link to in a pinch, and they're actually decent references when crafting any kind of lengthy piece of writing that contains an opinion of some kind. Introduction Bam! You have carefully crafted your argument and the post button was clicked. There it sits, a masterpiece of argument. Are you certain that it is? Now, you await a response that is equally glorious. Instead, you receive utter drivel, allegations of your own insanity/hysteria, or (my personal favorite) discussions of your clearly deranged emotional state. Sadness overtakes you, because the Internet has once again supplied you with another sad reminder of the death of critical thinking. :'( If only there was something that you could do to redeem the discussion. ... Well! Now there is! For only 5,000 easy payments of souls, limbs, and liters of human blood, you can both gain and spread the knowledge of effective argument. What is an effective argument? It turns out that a very smart person has already written a fairly decent guide on the art of argument. If you don't feel like reading it, then don't worry! I have a lovely picture! I also have a summary. An effective argument is one that lands somewhere in the top three tiers of the hierarchy of disagreement. Keep in mind, the goal of an effective argument is not to "win" a discussion. Instead, the goal of an effective argument is to communicate - to give your point of view the best possible platform that it could have. But, but, but... I don't want to argue? Yet, here you are! Even a statement that you don't want to argue is an argument. There's no escape really. If you're writing on the Internet, even if you agree with 99% of what other people say, you'll still find yourself in a position, eventually, when you need to say what you think about a topic. It's unavoidable. :'( Okay, fine, but like - how do I use this pyramid thing? It's actually really easy! Whenever you're writing up an argument, open this topic up in another tab or browser window. Then, ask yourself, "Where does what I'm writing fit into this?" If you think that you're on a tier that's a little bit too low, then stop what you're doing and UP YOUR GAME! Well, that's cool and all, but this just seems stupid. Why should I care? First of all, you just made an ineffective argument , but I digress! You should care, because bad arguments make it harder for people to communicate with you. If you're harder to talk to, then you may find that it's harder to build and maintain friendships. Good arguments, however, can build both friendships and mutual respect. Even if you don't agree with others and they don't agree with you, you can both shake hands and walk away with more than you went in with. That's what it's all about, really. Good argument teaches and shares. Bad argument simply takes away. Okay, I'm convinced! But, like... Do you have any other examples? Yes, actually! Let's take a simple "argument" and look at how it changes as we move from the bottom of the hierarchy to the top. Let's pretend that someone named "Julie" is planning a party and has decided to schedule it during the middle of the week, in the middle of the day, because this works best for her. Let's also say that she's already upset because you declined the invitation due to your busy schedule. I am going to make this an extremely informal example, just for the sake of showing how you can apply the general principles in this topic to just about anything. 0. Name-Calling - Well, Julie, you're a total <censored> <censored> <censored>. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ 1. Ad Hominem - Julie, I don't think that you looked at this seriously enough. o3o 2. Responding to Tone - Julie, I think that what you wrote is way too emotional! :0 3. Contradiction - The party should happen on a weekend. 4. Counterargument - Most people work during the weekday, so the party should be on a weekend. ^^; 5. Refutation - When you said, "the party should be on a weekday because that fits my schedule", you overlooked a bit of a problem. No one else is going to be off work on that day, at that time. 6. Refuting the Central Point - If you schedule a party on that day and at that time, then I won't be the only person to turn down your invitation. While it may be a holiday for you, not everyone is out of work during that particular day. You would get more attendees if you scheduled for the weekend, including me. Did you see it? Did you notice the thing? As you move further "up" in the hierarchy of argument, it tends to take a little more effort to communicate your point. However, look at the outcome. Even if you're right, Julie will have no clue what your point is if your argument lands from 0 - 2. You have contributed absolutely nothing of value to the topic. This is why better skills in building an effective argument can lead to friendship. An argument doesn't have to be a deleterious grudge fest. Instead, it can be a simple discussion, between two people that are mutually respectful. For an excellent example of the absolute highest form of argument on this site, please see this topic and the discussion between @Orius and @Nectar. I hate calling them out like this, but that really was good stuff. For an excellent example of the lowest form of argument... Actually, I don't think that I need to link any of these. They're surprisingly common, and I'm certain that we have all seen or been involved in at least one or more. Any other tips? Don't bludgeon people with a link to this topic if you think they're making a low grade argument. Feel free to growl at them a little and then move on. It's a waste of a good link to throw this thing at people randomly. This is a self-help reference, nothing more and nothing less. Remember to See Randomness. Don't assign malevolent intent or negative emotions to someone if you don't know them intimately. Doing otherwise is a great way to burn bridges. When in doubt during an argument, walk away from your computer for a few hours. Try to clear your mind. Maybe listen to music that you're fond of. Then, come back and see if you still feel as strongly on a topic. Maybe it isn't quite worth it, after all? Not everyone is going to get along! That's okay! However, if you think that you don't mix well with someone, don't throw yourself at them. Instead, give a healthy and intelligent amount of distance. It's the respectful thing to do. And, that's all there is to it~
  43. 6 points
    I've been doing Photoshop stuff for quite some time but it was always on/off but now im back into it and i wanna share what i have so far. Oh and btw if anyone wants something like an avatar or a signature just let me know.
  44. 6 points
    My list is probably a lot different now so I will update it here~ I would snog: Everyone in my harem. So hard. @Kohloo @Sekkarou @zoop @Cy~ @RyePotatoes @zin I would marry: @Davis and bust his balls for all eternity. I would avoid: @Nectar because you tried to lick my frost.
  45. 6 points
    Haha! Don't worry, I felt that all the way through writing mine Anyway, thanks guys for hosting this competition. I really appreciate it! If possible, I would love to participate in more AF competitions in the future I read through all the entries too. Good job everyone! Your pieces were great!
  46. 6 points
    @Nutty @Nectar @Muco @Teru @Wet @RyePotatoes @Sekkarou Just a heads-up, entries are due on this Saturday, the third! Be sure to show us your letters, your poetry, your death threats, and/or any combination of the above.
  47. 6 points
    Okay I share! Drunken Kohloo Computer Kohloo Little Kohloo
  48. 6 points
    This may cause me to seem like some sort of grinch. I apologize if that is the case, but this has been kind of bothering me for a while now. The Creative Corner board on this forum is bogged down with threads that serve no purpose beyond advertising Youtube videos, posted in large part by folks who have displayed no interest in the forum beyond that purpose, who in some cases don't even bother with an introductory thread before they begin their advertising spiel. Case in point, taken from the first page: https://animeforums.net/community/threads/check-out-my-youtube-channel-doki-doki.3777/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/re-anime-podcast-new-episodes-every-friday.3774/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/need-some-help-please.3767/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/hi-may-you-check-this-yuri-on-ice-vid-i-did-comment-feedback-very-much-appreciated-3.3765/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/top-10-anime-quotes-fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood.3764/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/may-you-wonderful-people-check-my-new-original-anime-vid-i-posted-the-other-day-3-commentfeedback.3762/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/animania-tv-recommendation-s01e01.3755/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/may-you-awesome-people-check-my-new-anime-original-video-about-bleach-fairy-tail-naruto-shippuden.3752/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/may-you-wonderful-people-check-out-my-new-original-anime-vid-may-you-comment-feedback.3746/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/may-you-wonderful-people-check-my-new-original-anime-yt-video-i-posted-on-yt-comment-feedback.3742/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/my-2-videos-i-posted-yesterday-today-may-you-wonderful-people-check-it-out-comment-feedback.3739/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/my-new-video-i-posted-the-other-day-may-you-awesome-people-check-it-out-comment-feedback.3734/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/%E2%9C%96-top-10-anime-quotes-death-note.3730/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/hi-may-you-amazing-people-check-my-new-yt-video-on-my-yt-channel-i-made-an-original-anime-video.3723/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/%E2%9C%96-top-5-anime-quotes-masamune-kun-no-revenge.3708/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/%E2%9C%96-top-5-anime-quotes-detective-conan.3686/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/hi-people-call-me-bell-and-i-love-anime-games-etc.3663/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/my-new-youtube-video-may-you-give-me-feedback.3678/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/celestia-community-invite-3.3650/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/one-punch-man-english-song-cover-kanashimi-tachi-wo-dakishimete-tv-size-version-ft-lollia.2230/ https://animeforums.net/community/threads/my-song-covers.3562/ Twenty one threads - that's half of the front page being taken up by people who have never posted outside of their own advertisement threads and/or their own welcome thread. So --- what's the big deal? This box provides at-a-glance information regarding what people here are talking about. It seems like, more often than not these days, it is taken up in large part by "Check out my thing" threads posted, again, by people who have displayed absolutely zero interest in this community. Instead of having topics that are likely to be of interest to the community and worthy of actual discussion being highlighted at the top of the index page, we instead have nonsense that, frankly - based on the average number of replies these threads get - nobody cares about. In addition to jumbling up the content listed in the New Topics side bar, it also pushes topics that might be of actual interest to folks down amongst a mess of spam threads. Given that this forum often tends to be fairly low activity (which is okay), this means that posts to threads that actually have some degree of substance can take a while - meaning that they can get pushed down far enough that members who don't scroll beyond the first several threads (and could they be blamed, if all of those threads are simply video advertisements?) or beyond the first page of threads won't even see them. With that in mind, I very strongly request something along the lines of these three options be implemented. There may be better courses of action available, however this is what comes immediately to mind. 1: Prevent members who are under X posts (where X is a small and easily reached number) from making threads in the Creative board, while also removing any threads advertising Youtube channels or videos that are created elsewhere in an attempt to sidestep this. 2: Remove threads located in the Creative board from the Recent Topics side panel. 3: Allow people to advertise their channels and videos without restriction, however limit them to one thread and require that any new videos or content they wish to advertise be placed within that thread, something that is most courteously done in the case of this thread. Apologies for the rant, but I rather like this place and want it to do well - as such I strongly urge that any and all actions that can be taken to make it more appealing to people passing through be taken. While the impact of this particular bit may admittedly be limited by itself, there are probably a fair number of other such minor improvements that can be made... and little things do add up. Anyhow, thank you for taking the time to read my ranting.
  49. 6 points
    ok here's my latest sketch~ (for some idiotic reason the pic is too big and it ruins the resolution ;-; ) [spoiler=Behold...] [spoiler=Behold...]
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