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  1. Due to some neglect on my own part and the forums dropping out for about 36 hours earlier last month, I've decided to extend this out to 31 December. Y'all have till the end of 2019 for it now. Main post will be updated to reflect this shortly.
  2. Of course. Usually I'd suggest against touching the bottoms with your fingers. But using a small microfiber cloth usually is practical to determine if a scratch is dug in or not. I do this if I discover that discs have become dislodged in shipping - as it seems to becoming more and more common (though that's a USPS/UPS/FedEx issue). That being said, the finger prints are what lead me to be skeptical of the purchase. Scratches and glance-scuffs are common in shipping (as I said), and they are usually superficial and low to no impact. Fingerprints however require manipulation of the packaging. So I would definitely contact someone regarding that.
  3. Too? I'm crushed. I thought I was your one and only.
  4. I've never ordered anything from those locations, but I will say that for the most part, BD's are much more durable and resistant than DVD's and CD's were. The laser on BDP's is also usually pretty good, it takes an awful lot for them to not read a disc. A question, are the scratches actually deep enough you can really feel them or are they scuffed? If scuffed, sometimes warm water will take care of them. That being said - if you purchased a new item, these are clearly opened (by someone obviously not yourself). Bad advertisement for sure. Good luck with the results.
  5. What would ever give you such a lavish impression? I am literally the evil incarnate of @brycec if he choked on a pretzel and was forever enraged by the experience.
  6. What are you trying to say? You calling me blind or something? Harumph!
  7. The state of the world on the eve of World War I was a culmination of events that had spiraled out of control over the previous several centuries. The most important components begin during the age of revolution from the late 1770s through the 1850s. From this point, much of the world's boundaries had been re-established. The creation of numerous new nations marked the collapse of old world kingdoms, empires, and colonial assets the world over. With the establishment of new nations that were previously under the thumb of political and military oversight from larger superpowers, a new set of agreements and treaties were established between nations to reinforce their own national security from outside threats. Such alliances and treaties included the Triple Alliance (among the Germans, Austrians, and Italians), the Triple Entente (among the British, French, and the Russians), and the Slavic Alliance (among the Serbians and Russians). Agreements were also in place in the Pacific and the Americas where the Americans and the Japanese co-policed the Pacific against existential threats. Lastly, the collapse of the Roman Empire in the previous generations had left the old Ottoman Empire largely unopposed, but inner turmoil resulted in a fragmented and shaky relationship with its own citizenry. Instability was not limited to the Ottoman Empire, however. Further west, in the Balkans, the region had been destabilized due to conflict similar to the uprisings in the Middle East. Minoritized sects, mostly religious, were being suppressed and silenced in favor of ruling majority - a trend that would continue until the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1992. Austria-Hungary had annexed portions of the Balkans previously in the late nineteenth century, and was recognized as a foreign power. The presence of this power led to an increase in terrorist activity against western and central European entities in the Balkan states. In particular, Serbia took great issue with the Austro-Hungarian presence in Bosnia. The Balkans marked a location where the east met the west. The Austro-Hungarians aided Ottoman resistance within Bosnia during the war of 1878. However, by the early 1900s, the Slavic states of the Balkan territories had established an alliance with its Slavic parent, Russia - who was also angered by the annexing of Bosnia. On a June day in 1914, the presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Ferdinand, was in the former Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Six assassins from the Black Hand terrorist cell gathered in Sarajevo in a conspiracy to assassinate the Archduke with the intention of reuniting all of the Slavic states. The assassins were all Serbian nationals. The first attempt failed, but by coincidence a second opening presented itself. Gavrilo Princip was the assassin that killed both Franz Ferdinand and his wife. Despite weak public outcry in Austria-Hungary at his assassination, the Emperor was outraged at this violent outburst. By July, it was determined that Serbia was officially behind the attacks and that diplomatic communication and apologies were necessary. When Serbia refused, Germany's agreement with Austria-Hungary was activated. This in turn activated a partial mobilization of Russian forces to support the Serbs. By August, Germany had decried both the Russians and the French to stand down to prevent escalation of the war. However, Germany itself was not drawing down any of its own forces and deploying them on national borders with both countries. When the requests were denied and responded to with continued mobilization, Germany subsequently declared war on both nations. This in turn activated the Triple Entente agreement with Britain by September. By the middle of the war, and the interception of the Zimmerman Telegram, the United States entered the war after a perceived German threat from Mexico and continued unrestricted submarine warfare. This in turn activated the agreement with Japan in the Pacific. Little did the United States know at the time that this would play into the hands of the Japanese later in World War II. Two modifiers to the treaties occurred during the war: the first was the withdrawal of Italy from the Triple Alliance, the second was the withdrawal of Russia from the Triple Entente. Truly, World War I is a clusterpluck of treaties that sat upon a pedestal built on an unstable world full of outrage.
  8. *loud abrupt waking up noises* Huh?! Who?! NOISES HAPPENED! EPSTEIN DIDN'T KILL HIMSELF WITH A RUBBER CHICKEN! Oh... Hi.
  9. The taco truck came back today...…...I have emotions!

  10. I've noticed that. What is disconcerting is that they clearly put an incredible amount of effort into mastering that doesn't translate well into the streaming bandwidth. The amount of clipping in Apocrypha is enough evidence of that for me. Boo...
  11. I've just used Amazon lately. No good place for English dubs really it seems. I've been trying to find an English dub BD now for weeks of Fate/Apocrypha, and no luck anywhere though...bummer.
  12. Welcome aboard. "Intense High School Weeb" - sounds like an amazing occupation. Good choice on the favorite topic, though...Hetalia hurts my head. If you have any questions, feel free to holler.
  13. I'm more interested in knowing what the production value and impact is of anime shows in Japan to the overall GDP of Japanese economy. It surely can't be that high. Thus I'd find it reasonable that one would call the salary "mediocre."
  14. I am displeased. It is way too early to be this cold.
  15. I mean...I park my cars in my garage, so I'm not going to go outside when there's a perfectly good door right there. As for guests, it really just depends - but most people go to the front door, even though the side door is technically at the front as well. Two doors off the sun room, but unless we're counting dogs - most of the time they aren't used.
  16. I mean...... I do educate (sometimes), yes. Just trying to get more people into it - story of a profession and all that jazz. Especially jazz. Erm...sorry, my puns are showing... Didn't you already discover me? Rere...re...discovered? I'm like muricuh...
  17. The announcement thread with all of the rules and info is over here:
  18. UPDATE: Both parts extended to 31 December 2019. Depending on where you are in the world, it's one of the best times of the year. Fall. The leaves are changing, sweatshirt weather has appeared, and we can sit and sulk as we realize another year has gone by without skydiving or bungee jumping. (Or just celebrate that you made, it - I won't judge.) To celebrate this, we are kicking off with a series of contests I've wanted to experiment with for a while. There are two parts to this contest, but the rewards and method of posting to enter them are the same. The Gist: 1. Make sure you have an AnimeForum.net Blog. If you don't head over here to get one! 2. Read the rules of each part. You may participate in one or both of them (or none, I'm not the boss of you). 3. Write your entry in your blog. 4. Post a link to your entry in the contest threads. Part One | Part Two 5. That's all there is to it. There are first, second, and third place prizes for each part. The first prize winner will win a $15 Amazon gift card. Rules are posted in each thread, but I included them here as well. Be sure to take your time and have fun. These contests have about a month a piece to work with. Incidentally, I will only be judging one of these (Part One), we will have another lavish and extravagant judge to work on Part Two. I hear this other judge got into an arm wrestling match with Chuck Norris and won, so no cheating! Cheaters will be forced to fight to the death against the Berenstain Bears and Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory. Have fun, y'all!
  19. This thread is for the Part Two submissions for the Fall Festival Contest. See rules below, or see the main thread for more details. Link to Part One Link to Announcement
  20. This thread is for the Part One submissions for the Fall Festival Contest. See rules below, or see the main thread for more details. Link to Part Two Link to Announcement
  21. This is your daily reminder to protecc dat smile.


    1. Musuko


      Have you ever seen a head so pattable before? I haven't.

    2. The History Kid

      The History Kid

      Indeed I have not.  Protecc the protecker.

  22. Heading into the weekend totally ready...
  23. This cycle is the reason for alcohol. It is also brought to you in part by alcohol. Alcohol: The sponsor of life, the universe, and everything.
  24. I'm a Mordred fan as well. But perhaps I should clarify - I'm asking what historic figure you'd add to the series that isn't currently in the Type Moon anthology. There's plenty of people who should be in the mix that aren't (and a few I'm surprised are in there at all - but I'm splitting hairs). haha!

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