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  1. There's a bunch of lunatics on this forum but they're pretty harmless, you'll be fine.
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  2. Charge nurse caught me singing the underpants gnome song while I was testing the crash cart. I hope she doesn't think I have a pants fetish or something...
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  3. Youtube decided to recommend me the first and second openings from Blue Exorcist and I just choose the only option I had, binge reading the entire manga with the anime openings in the background. GLORY TO THE MACHINE GOD.
    5 points
  4. DART launch team photo. (I’m the guy in back with the lid.)
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  5. So what anime are you watching at the moment? For me it's Psycho-Pass. I'm loving it so much! It's a Sci-Fi detective thriller but It's quite deep, alongside the depth and action of Ghost in the Shell. And Shakespeare, lots of references to English literature! How about you?
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  6. On top of the world! Though, I would love to dedicate that feeling and this post to @XII360 for inspiring me to take the necessary time out for myself. To nurture my dreams and aspirations in the arts. When I was in college one of my instructors had told us that we would have to sacrifice a bit of freedom to accomplish demanding goals. It was more than evident at the time but you always end up thinking you can maintain a certain momentum in your life. Without realizing how easy and how common it is to be blindsided by extra responsibilities that come along the way. The last few years I had turned passions into hobbies in order to prioritize more important things. It was a strange place to be, living on autopilot. Exhausting! I couldn't finish projects because something was usually demanding my attention. I didn't protest. There were always more important things to attend to. The pattern to be helpful and reliable to those you love; often of authenticity and sometimes plain old exploitation. Lately I've been wielding the power of "no". Despite it hurting. Some of the people I gave a good amount of time to seemed confused, which broke my heart. There was little room of understanding and appreciation to be found. Subtle manipulation to make me think that I was being the worst kind of person. It left me with a lot of doubt. Sooo, I chilled with my favorite musical and thought to myself, what would Lin-Manuel Miranda do? I recalled one of his sessions with art students that was about the importance of forgoing moments in our lives for our own success and health. Then I came across this gem a few months ago: It helped me check back in on where I left off at my local art school some years ago. Though done differently, thanks to Covid-19. They sent me a registration form for the classes I still needed to finish and that sat within my e-mail for three days. At this point, I was biting my nails because I'm a caretaker now. Realistically speaking, was art even still something I should be emphasizing on right now? I missed it. Terribly. Seeking advice, there were countless others whispering in my ear about how much of a privilege it would be to have the choice. The guilt swelled up. Was I being selfish? It didn't feel like a privilege. Carefully maintaining career, family and a close social circle. The stress, the hours put in. Was having a goal to experience one of my greatest loves in life to the unknown extent of my abilities, selfish? Chatting with XII360 was a huge game-changer. If you ever end up reading this, I was inspired by your aptitude to maintain balance in work, interests and your creative passions. You're a workaholic because it means something to you. Something I lost in order to accommodate people and situations and my role between it all. Just finished my first week in school. I had the courage to participate in a modest section of the Music and Arts competition we had. For me, it was more about learning from other participants and what I could take away from the experience but I ended up making second place out of forty-nine. To have my piece displayed on a large stage projector with a live orchestra competing in the music section, was insane. I still think that it's a mistake that they're being too kind about fixing. Here's a sample of half of the painting I did. The whole piece and somewhat the making of, is on my YouTube channel if anyone is interested. I have yet to share my channel with anyone else, much less be active on it. Please excuse the emptiness you might find there. I also won two tickets to a Van Gogh exhibit in NY. Huge thank you to XII360 for the extra push into all of this madness. You never know who you're going to be inspired by or inspire. I would not have made the decision to chase the meaning in my interests, if you were not a contributing factor. I'm feeling motivated on where I'm at right now but more than anything, at peace with my doubts. As we all end up inevitably facing when they come. Thanks for the growth AF.
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  7. I have acquired a kitten. She's super sweet and she runs on a V8 or higher for sure. Feels like forever since I've had a cat who isn't a dickhead.
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  8. I'm pretty sure the first manga I read was Fruits Basket. My friend was buying the series as it came out, so I got to read them pretty quickly as they were released.
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  9. Upgraded from a 50 inch TV to a 70 inch Samsung. Can't wait to play Mass Effect on that thing
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  10. Wonderful that you're taking care of your mother. I do the same for mine. She was involved in a bad car accident and almost paralyzed. It can be a challenge at times for sure. Gosh, it's got to be really difficult saying goodbye to a parent. My father is getting sick from years of smoking. I didn't know him too well, so I feel like time is taking something precious away. Sorry about your lab! I love every pet I have and it's the worst saying goodbye to a friend. They really do make you smile in ways only they can.
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  11. Thought this was pretty yesterday
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  12. I think I found the original...
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  13. I've been studying statistics to much, when I used to think of moe I thought of cute anime girls now when I think of moe I think of margin of error. Help...
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  14. It's crazy to have been part of this community for over 5 years, though I may not be as active or apart of the newer community I still find myself checking here every couple of days and love to see that place still active.
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  15. So I know that we are in a pandemic and all, so meet ups and con's are pretty much off the table for a while yet. But I wonder if there are any of you on here, like myself, who live in really rural areas and have limited access to the anime/manga community outside of online? Growing up I had no idea that anime or manga even existed. Growing up in a pretty conservative house I had only brief glimpses of such things through mediums like Pokémon and my friend's interests, but even these influences were limited by my parents. When I was in probably the 5th or 6th grade was my first real introduction to anime through some fellow classmates, mostly because they wanted me to understand why it was so cool. Soon after I began spotting Japanese styled books and shows everywhere and became pretty obsessed with the language and culture as well. I even started a club with my school mates (though honestly there were only like 4 of us and all we did was meet at my house to watch shows and eat snacks). But soon enough that small group disintegrated, either by moving away or the slow ebb of communication once I went off to high school. In high school I went to a coed academy in the middle of nowhere (very generous private sponsors my whole life), filled with lots of young people my age from my church denomination. Strangely enough there were quite a few like myself who enjoyed the medium! To the boys dorm I became the download queen (Our school rules prohibiting private movies and dvds for our laptops), they would come to me for absolutely any and all anime, because unlike the other girls in my dorm I liked ALL anime and manga, not limiting myself to genera. Several of us made far off distant plans to travel to cons and experience the American world of anime, others (including myself) wanted to travel to Japan someday (though by this time my interests were not solely weeb and I had actual interest in the country itself). But time went by and people moved on. I graduated and went to China for 2 years (again sponsors), and while there never really lost my love for Japan. After two years I returned to my small hometown in the middle of the US. and here I have remained for about 6 years now? But unlike the rest of my story I have been pretty alone in my interests up to this point. There are a few fellow weebs where I live, but I am not particularly close to them. My closest book/entertainment store is severely limited in both the anime and manga sections, with prices being jacked through the roof for conveniences sake. So now at 25, with two years of Uni down and another two to go, my single and alone ass is out here looking for other people like myself just to have a conversation with about our mutual interests. I am also wondering where all the guys from my church who liked anime and manga went... did yall fall off the face of the planet? Yall need to come back because ya girl never left. But seriously though, I'm not alone in this problem right? At least the rural living, with limited access and few if any friends who share this interest?
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  16. There is no such thing as too many books!
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  17. Hello everyone, new members and old! We'd like to take this opportunity to re-introduce our staff to you. For some of us, it's been far too long since we've joined the forum, and our introduction posts have since become an ancient relic; for others it's been a short time, but still, intros fall to the wayside and are forgotten once you've been around the forum for a while. Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are your staff, and we're here for you. So without further ado, I'm Seshi, your friendly AF Community Manager. It's my job to host Events for our community, and to make AF a fun place to be. I enjoy being a part of this forum community because of its unique character. We have a thoughtful group of members in our community who take time to share their knowledge and experience in their anime ventures with us, making this a great place for new anime fans, or hyped returning fans. Us longtime anime fans enjoy ourselves here too, and I'm happy to be a part of that. As your community manager, I just want to say welcome. And if you have any ideas for helping the community have some fun, please feel free to bring them up to me, I'm always on the look out for some new event ideas, and am quite a good listener I promise.
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  18. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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  20. A pun has not completely matured until it is full groan. Until then it is just puny. ok I’m leaving…
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  21. So not a big achievement or anything but I did drop 4 pounds!
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  22. Anime Database Request This thread is where you can request anime to be added to the AF Anime Database! Prior to now, the general public was allowed to add anime, however this was rather messy when it comes to duplicate posts and general quality control! As such, after checking the database first, you may simply request to have an anime added via this thread, and an Anime Curator will get to it!
    3 points
  23. A friend of mine told me he joined this place, and he suggested I come here again, so here I am. It's been a number of years, really; some of you may recognize me, and some of you may have completely forgotten who I am. To those who remember, you may have noticed I don't have my Amitie avi anymore; I still love her, but I decided to use my OC as an avi instead. Her name is Amelia. To all new members who joined since I disappeared, I hope we get along! To those who remember me and haven't seen me in a while, I hope things are going well for you.
    3 points
  24. Hospital called. Mom’s been in for a couple weeks of treatment for pneumonia with IV antibiotics but she’s finally ready to be discharged. However, she also has aphasia (dementia) and after neurological evaluation she’s not well enough in the head to be cleared for anything but transfer to a skilled nursing / long term care facility. Kind of a good news, bad news thing.
    3 points
  25. Hey RZ, Unfortunately MAL is separate from AF and there isn't anything we can do here to help you, although I do understand your predicament. Perhaps all you can do is attempt to get ahold of a staff member over there. If they have a discord it may get you quicker results to ask through their server. Best of luck.
    3 points
  26. Welcome to the forums, hope you enjoy it here I got my first taste of anime in the late 70s/early 80s, but didn’t really get into it till the 90s. Got away from it for awhile when streaming became the preferred medium since I lived in a rural area where highspeed internet wasn’t reliable. Since moving I’ve been making up for it & think I appreciate anime more now than when I was younger.
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  27. I've been around for a month but, yet, haven't made a proper introduction -Call me Soda or Raine. I am female and SE Asian. Age 17. English is my 3rd Language -I like Mechs, Mystery and Shonen animes. -I like reading, writing, illustrating, gaming and studying. Also to watch animes and vtubers -I play guitar. Hope to be acquainted with y'all.
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  28. actually, technically, a good while longer, since i vaguely recall sitting through an episode of ROBOTECH as a very young boy around what must have been sometime in 1986 or so. a nephew gave me his old 1985 REVELL ROBOTECH CHANGERS VEXAR transformable model (U.S. market reboxing of 1983 IMAI MACROSS VF-1S Focker 1/72 VARIABLE TYPE) around 1988/1989 or so, and then i got a taste of Mecha Anime tropes at a more readily-impressionable age around 1991, thanks to the Mecha action-platfomer game "ASSAULT SUIT LEYNOS" (TARGET EARTH in the U.S.) on the SEGA GENESIS games console. my Anime fandom truly began to consciously coalesce around 1995, when my dad bought me an old IMAI MACROSS 1/100 VF-1J Ichijo GERWALK mode model kit, and PLAYMATES toy company reissued the old original MATCHBOX-made ROBOTECH Mecha toys under their "EXO-SQUAD" line. around that time, i discovered SUNCOAST VIDEO at the mall, and their Anime selection. first i concentrated on ROBOTECH, -via the dual-episode FHE VHS cassette volumes- found VIZ MEDIA's ANIMERICA Anime magazine, and began picking up issues often as i could, and then i discovered MANGA VIDEO's MACROSS II and MACROSS PLUS movie compilation releases, Pure, uncut MACROSS, for the first time. from there, i began to branch out from Mecha-themed anime, with series such as Galaxy Fraulein Yuna and Tenchi Muyo! and then the early-21st-century and the DVD Anime boom hit, and i was well and truly off to the Anime Races. i'm about as hardcore today as i've ever been, and, thanks to the internet, i now have the kind of Mecha and Character-themed merchandise that i would have killed for as a young teen, two-plus decades ago...
    3 points
  29. Reflecting back on joining this forum 6 years ago at 13 only entering secondary school and just realising how much the community has changed over the years but still stayed such a welcoming and safe place, you realise how quickly time goes by when you realise you're 18 and less then a month away from finishing school and feeling like it was only yesterday that you joined this amazing community.
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  30. i grow up in my auntie's household. had cousins treating me like their big sister. and with my furry babies, lovely cats. but just last 5 years, i finally got to be with my Mom. we were apart. she was working at the capital region. only gone home once a year because don't have my father anymore. She has decent job of course, until now at pandemic times. So, even though I've never experienced having a complete fam, got good natured ppl around me.
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  31. I have parents; trying every new social apps these days just to stalk their children -two young brothers; deep drowned into games - a lazy bunny, a spying neko chan, a berserk while little mouse, 3 Australian budgies and a sweet finch -then comes me; working 16 hours a day to earn as much as possible Posting pics of my babies
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  32. No kids. Almost married a couple of times. I do have a dog that I absolutely spoil like a daughter though. I also have my sisters cat now who is the new woman in my life. She is a sweet old girl.
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  33. Night duty be benign af
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  34. Started watching the Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) recap specials as a refresher before going to see the Mugen Train movie friday evening.
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  35. just got contacted by the hospital i intern'ed at ara ara~ looks like ryu-kun is getting a job soon~ my mom/dad is so happy right now >.>
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  36. My ptw for anime keeps on growing
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  37. I am so ready for warmer weather! Getting some stuff for the beach. Goodbye snow and rain. Think I might actually use vacation time and disappear from responsibilities for a bit. Anyone want to come?
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  38. I'm posting this for the future me and anyone who needs a chill nostalgic song to listen to:
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  39. Got a new lapel pin to add to my collection. Just one problem.. I need a bigger shadow box to display them all now too!
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  40. I literally haven't left the house all week and only left my room to use the bathroom. I turn into an honest to god NEET when I'm off duty. It's pathetic
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  41. Closest I’m going to get to Mars for a while.. ( it is actually bigger than you might expect. )
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  42. So I've been doing some remastering using AI algorithms on an old anime, hajime no ippo, a boxing anime and have just finished it. The type of remastering I did was to enhance the resolution, clean up artifacts/noise, and frame interpolation. I've made my own subreddit, in there I've got more info, as well as some FAQs. Check it out! https://www.reddit.com/r/InterpolateAndEnhance/ For now I'll be doing anime, the next series will be the old hunter x hunter. At some point I want to try out live action content, specifically action stuff like martial arts movies, or straight up action, but for now the interpolation algorithms aren't quite good enough, or well actually they kinda are, at least the high end ones, but good luck trying to interpolate anything with those on anything other than a RTX 3090.
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  43. I think the decline in activity is due to new anime fans who search a place to share their thoughts are often recommended to go either discord or reddit by major "influencers" from other media like youtube and twitch. Which means publicity wins. I particularly don't have the knowledge to resolve this problem, so I'm sorry for not being helpful. The reason I came here was running away from the toxicity often found in places like discord and reddit (not every place is bad, but the bigger ones very often are).
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  44. Just graduated and got my Bachelors Degree! ♥ Also, that light novel I mentioned in my last update? I've finished 3 chapters! :D
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  45. I’m mentally screaming over the fact that I understood exactly what you mean, lol!! Thank you for the warm welcome, everyone! I’ll be sure to make myself comfortable here.
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  46. Welcome back to confirmation biases. Last time, I explained that to avoid confirmation bias, you'd have to view a perspective on both sides. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest you do. So, what did I mean by viewing a perspective on both sides? Well, simply put, I meant what I said. You find both proving and disproving evidence of a topic. Well, how do you do this? Think of it this way - "Does this evidence give clear evidence that this might be right? If not, is there any counter evidence?" If the answer to this is yes, congratulations - You've found sound evidence that does not confirm that your belief is 100% right. At the most, you've most likely only confirmed a very small portion of your claim. If the answer to this is no, however, you then look for counter evidence. Counter evidence to see if your not-clear evidence is incorrect. Let's use an example, again. You're investigating a murder. You have solid evidence that the murderer is a 15-year old child from... I don't know, Kentucky. However, you know that this one piece of evidence doesn't confirm it, and therefore, look for counter-evidence. Then, you do find counter-evidence. You find counter-evidence that they're not from Kentucky, and that they're actually from New Jersey. So, you put both of these aside and begin battling out which seems more likely. If, however, you can't find a conclusion, then set them aside for later until you find more evidence/counter-evidence. Once you have enough, argue with yourself, then make your case. This has been Week One of Logic Lessons with L, stay tuned for Week Two, which we'll be discussing about planning and unplanned executions of... anything.
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  47. https://myanimelist.net/animelist/castigear just started it, it’s about 1% complete.
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  48. I'm only listing a few that I feel we are sorely missing. I expect you to have them all up in the next 24 hours! Hop to it Anime Curator In all seriousness though, I really just picked a few anime from each group that I thought most people might have seen (and that we are missing). Magical Girl series Cardcaptor Sakura  (The original series of 70 episodes) Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card series Selector Infected WIXOSS Selector Spread WIXOSS Lostorage Incited WIXOSS - I believe some of our members have some strong opinions on the Lostorage series Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Space Opera Bodacious Space Pirates Bodacious Space Pirates Abyss of Hyperspace Knights of Sidonia Season One Knights of Sidonia Season Two Galaxy Railways Galaxy Railways A Letter from the Abandoned Planet Romance Engaged to the Unidentified Isekai Log Horizon Season One Log Horizon Season Two Overlord (Season One) - somehow we have Overlord III but not I or II Overlord II Scifi Solty Rei - honestly, it is partially a Space Opera too.. Harem Kanon And last but NOT least, Reverse Harems Fruits Basket Hiiro no Kakera ~ The Tamayori Princess Saga Season One Hiiro no Kakera ~ The Tamayori Princess Saga Season Two Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 1000 (season one) Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 2000 Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love Revolutions Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love Legend Star
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