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    Hi I was looking for a community to join so I thought I would give Anime fourms a try.
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    Well...we can't have a turnout for everything I spose. Ha! We'll try some of these more elaborate contests another time. Meanwhile, since we did have one entry, that means we did hold and maintain the part two of the contest. Congrats @Rini Akemi. This is where I make a "your check is in the mail" joke - but since it's a gift card, and it's instant and electronic - yeah. There's a dad joke here, but I seriously can't even. Till next...well, later this year folks!
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    Hi welcome to AF!
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    Welcome to AF community glad you joined us and nice to meet you
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    What hobbies, activities, or subject matters are you passionate about? What do you consider yourself an expert on, or want to be an expert at?
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    One subject near-and-dear to my heart is science fiction, with extreme emphasis on the science. Star Wars is not what I would call science fiction. It is swords and sorcery with fantastic, impossible weapons and “space ships” that fly and maneuver like airplanes.. even in the airlessness of space! It doesn’t care about physics, not even its own. It doesn’t even understand that a parsec is a distance, not a speed. It is “science” fiction only because somebody dropped it in the genre and was too lazy to fish it out. Star Trek is also not science fiction. It uses science-ish words in a generally self-consistent manner, but it abuses them to hand-wave impossible technology like “warp” drives into existence. It is about as plausible science-wise as Neon Genesis Evangelion. A more appropriate name might be bafflegab fiction. And just to short-circuit any heated "discussion" about the relative merits of the above as they pertain to entertainment, I happen to like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. I'm not saying that they're in any way "bad". However, for the purposes of this topic they are hereby declared to be "not-science fiction". Not what I'm looking for and not what I'm here to discuss. I cite them only because they are well-known examples of the sort of "science" fiction that I'm trying to get past. ----- No, what I’m looking for here is science-themed anime (or manga, or books) based on real science. What I mean by science-themed is that science or technology or engineering must be a central element of the plot, character(s), and/or setting, and nothing important to the plot or setting of the story should contradict generally-accepted, real-universe physical laws as science currently understands them. It may extend them, or speculate at the edges of that body of knowledge, but it must not contradict their core. Tools and devices used must at least be theoretically possible to create and operate in the real universe, and ideally practically so. Space ships made out of unobtanium or requiring energy equal to the mass of the universe to function for example are not practical and would be disallowed. Likewise things like “psionics” or “superpowers” would be considered to be just different pronunciations of “magic” and likewise excluded from the category. Note however that applications of Clarke’s 3rd law are allowed, even encouraged, provided the “magic” can be explained using science and fabricated with real-world engineering techniques. In other words, no wizards, unless they’re really cyborgs with their own wifi-controlled nanite swarms. "Telepathy" between normal humans is allowed, if they've had the appropriate hardware surgically implanted. If you’re still not clear on the concept, take a look at this page (Mohs Scale) I’m looking for a 5 or 6 on the “Mohs scale”. Examples of anime that might make the cut: Planetes Dennou Coil (basically AR, just with really advanced hardware, and we already have stuff like pokemon go and Minecraft Earth) Sword Art Online, "Aincrad" arc (fantasy on top, yes, but a “hard” core of plausibly real-world technology underneath) Ghost in the Shell Space Brothers (borderline, could be considered simply slice-of-life or drama, but a focus on science and engineering as central to the setting and plot development saves it.) Moonlight Mile Rocket Girls Note that I’m making no claims as to the entertainment quality of any of the above, just stating that they have reasonably solid basis in real-world physics and engineering. IOW, they could be real in an alternate timeline or at some point in the foreseeable future. I've seen all of the above. If anyone has any others to recommend I’d love to hear about them. Many places, even book and movie stores, have “science fiction and fantasy” sections. Ugh. Do a google search on “science fiction” and you’ll get Star Trek, Star Wars, Dune, etc. at the top of the list. With so many not-science topics obscuring the field it is hard to find the “real” science fiction that I’m after here.
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    In my time the most popular anime's would be Naruto and One pieace this was around the 2000s but the first anime I watched well it was more of a anime movie it was Totoro. My first anime series I watched was Naruto when I was 5, i've watched it from the year it was released to the year it ended it was one of my favourite anime's back then it still is to this day.
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    Hi there! The more Naruto fans the better
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    @Ino Yamanaka Greetings to you. Welcome to Anime Forums. I am Keiko.
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    I wanted to come back to this, because it's actually a very important statement. Many people hang up on the Holocaust - probably for all the right reasons. However, it presents something that we see often in history, and even more-so in military history: the dampening problem. The Dampening Problem works in two different capacities: 1, It establishes a peak of which all other events can seem insignificant if not relative in comparison, and; 2, a repetitive nature of minute events can become more significant than a peak. It's a really fancy way of saying "people have warped perspectives on subject matter." In this specific case, one thinks of the Holocaust as the most significant genocide in human history. True, it is likely the most deadly - and it certainly was one of the worst. But the problem is that by and large, all many subsequent genocides have been ignored. I'm not a big fan of Wikipedia, but their lists sometimes are good starting points: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_genocides_by_death_toll A few interesting notes about the first five. Three of those are carried out by the Nazi's. Six million approximately were Jewish executions. But there were far more than that - yet they are generally not discussed, overshadowed by the Jewish Holocaust. That includes the systemic execution of Poles, the execution of Soviet POW's (due to resource shortage), and the execution of civilian "sympathizers." The sixth references Pol Pot's extermination of anyone who opposed Leninism - which included all Vietnam residents within Cambodia (that sounds familiar...wait...that's just like the extermination of the Poles...my bad). And if that isn't bad enough for you, you can just take a look at the ongoing genocide being carried out presently by IS. The worst anything in my recent memory was probably the Yugoslavic War crisis in the 90s, and that was bad enough - the last time we staged coalition intervention for humanitarian and human rights violations (you know, when NATO had a backbone). Here's another good article that excludes the Holocaust: https://www.theclever.com/the-15-worst-genocides-aside-from-the-holocaust/ Again, atrocities are everywhere in the world around us. Many of us sadly have just grown deaf or blind to them. It really is a shame that more people are more worried about small police actions here and there rather than bloody and inhumane escalations that are happening elsewhere.
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    </me actually reads the topic title for a change. > If I had to pick one thing it is that I'm passionate about the future. Charles Kettering, an engineer and inventor once said, "My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there." Same here. And by extension science, technology, and especially space. From everything I've read and heard, the type of future we'll have is overwhelmingly determined by the human population of the planet. There's already way too many people on the planet to live "naturally", so we have to somehow learn to be more efficient with what we have. Science and technology can and has been helping with that. A lot. However, that's not enough. No matter how small an environmental footprint an individual has, when multiplied by the billions and billions of us it always adds up to "too much". And the population in most parts of the world just keeps growing exponentially. (Worldwide it is just over 1%/year last I checked.) True the population is showing signs of an S-curve, but that just means we're already running into resource limits. Worse, our economy and social structures are all geared towards infinite expansion as well. Companies have to grow profits year over year over year. The Fed targets a 2% per year expansion of the economy and panics if you even mention the word "deflation". Unfortunately the simple fact is that there can be no such thing as infinite growth on a finite planet, and we never learned how to live sustainably on our own without nature taking drastic measures to keep us in check. I'd rather we learned how to live sustainably and comfortably. Certainly we should give up on boneheaded, wasteful ideas like "consumerism", and burning "fossil" fuels for energy. Thing is, we don't show many signs of doing so at the scale necessary. Likely we don't have the time to do so at this point even if we wanted to, at least not without major disruptions and severe consequences. So that just leaves one place to go for the resources. Or rather, everywhere but one. We need to get into space in a huge way. Industry would work better and certainly pollute the Earth less if moved to space anyway, provided it has a resource base to work with. I've spent pretty much my entire career working with projects that help us learn how to operate in space and to explore space. My favorite projects have always been either the ones like Pathfinder or Deep Space One (and later Dawn) that test out new technologies or ones like MRO, Odyssey, or LRO that find and map out where the basic resources like water and thorium are. Also of course the projects that help better manage the resources we have here on here on Earth. I love seeing the advancements made by companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin. We need to do this.
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    Hello and welcome to AF! I’ve just recently returned here myself, it’s a pleasant place
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    Hello! Welcome..
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    Can’t not mention this one
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    Welcome to the forums. Hope you enjoy it here
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    Oh my god, I totally missed the post about espresso and redbull. I think I would actually die! My heart gets panicky just thinking about it haha
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    I used to have the same problem here, not ever finding time/motivation to read. As for Andy (my boyfriend), he didn't enjoy reading because he's dyslexic and it takes him a long time to finish a book. It's become part of usual routine to relax at bedtime and read before we go to sleep though. I love it because it's getting me reading more, and he loves it because he's actually enjoying reading now. Plus, making a point of having some no-screen downtime before I sleep is a huge positive for me. It's impossible for me to sleep a whole night through (I'm constantly waking up), so being mindful of what I'm doing the hour or so before bed helps at least make it more bearable!
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    I actually really like Prometheus! It has a different feel, but it's still good. Not too sure when we'll get around to watching Covenant, but I can't wait
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    Another one... Not exactly an OP/ED but I always liked this song from Clannad...
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    I really like this song Amazing animation and my favourite FMA opening.
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    I played the first one excessively I also played Starcraft 2 but only the 'main campaign' and didn't get around to the new campaigns they release later. I hope to do so, but you'll have to ask me in almost a year from now because only then I'll hopefully have the time A starcraft movie on the other hand, now that would be something that would definitely peak my interest quite a bit! (also #TeamProtoss )
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    I prefer the Toybox myself. May not look like much, but she's got the dV to get the job done!
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    Reading Inuyasha, One Piece, and recently I started reading Komi Can't Communicate to try a different genre.
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    That's a good question, and you'd be surprised how little I've heard the topic discussed outside of Art History channels. I think you're on the right track in your assessment of the economic and political climate of Interwar Europe. The Entente really shot itself in the foot during the Versailles meetings. They essentially guaranteed a disgruntled Germany, and the U.S. Congress' lack of foresight with the League of Nations just added more tinder to the fire pit. I really think it was just a matter of WHO, not IF with World War II. Let us not forget that contemporary to Hitler was Mussolini in Italy and Stalin in the Soviet Union. Then there was also Hirohito in Japan. With the whole world struggling for economic stability and resources, I think the notion of a war starting was inevitable. As for Hitler being the centerpiece had he been accepted into the art school in Vienna and not being the Germanic dictator - maybe, but maybe not. I've been of the camp that Hitler's anti-Semitism was a character trait, not something that was progressively developed. If that is the case, he'd have been of the opinion of exile (which he wanted first) then extermination. That being said, Hitler wasn't alone in his thought process. What made him Chancellor wasn't his ideas, which were a common theme among some really deranged individuals, but his charismatic behaviors. I think if any of those people who shared those thoughts could have developed the charisma, the result in Europe would have been the same. There's a great book by David Clay Large called Between Two Fires that examines Europe during the Interwar. When you hear stories of German marks all over the streets because they were worthless - it's really quite sad. You don't sympathize with the Germans, but you do understand why they might think SOMETHING needed to change. A great history to read and think about, especially considering current world affairs.
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    @The History Kid Do you think if Hitler had been accepted into the Vienna art school, would there have been another dictator who would likely have risen to commit the same crimes he did? It seems to me the political climate at that point in time had morale low and it could have been any other unhinged dictator in power if not him.
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    I love this! If i have the time, I may just try to squeeze an entry in!

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