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  1. My brain says no. My heart says YES YES YES. My brain reminds my heart that in such a world I would probably die an agonizing death in the first 10 seconds, so it's a nope from me lol.
  2. A song as fitting in 2020 as it was in 1980
  3. An OK anime (the plot doesn't begin until Episode 15 lol) but a very good portfolio of music. The intro song 'Shell' by Bana is awesome too and probably more appreciated than the outro track which is just as good: Then there's this from Inuyasha. Everytime this started playing it was pure excitement
  4. I'm a big fan of the PBS Space Time channel which deals with all sorts of different astrophysics and cosmological stuff - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ_7g
  5. World Without Logos is grimey, fits Hellsing well. It reminds me of the alternative intro to Speed Grapher which they used for the American DVD releases when they couldn't get the rights to Girls on Film by Duran Duran. That's a nice little piece. I've not even heard of Ookami Kakushi so I'll have to add that one to my list
  6. It's a pretty obvious point that music is important in any visual medium for creating atmosphere. To me at least, it seems to have even more of a bearing in anime, as I often pick the shows I'm going to watch depending on how much I like the intro/outro tracks (not always a great idea :D). Music is also the deciding factor in whether I think something is good or great, or indeed a masterpiece. 'Blue' from the end of Cowboy Bebop, or 'Kom Susser Tod' from End of Eva are iconic. Does anybody else feel this strongly about music in visual media? What's some of your favorite musical pieces from anime?
  7. I don't go back too far I'm afraid. I think the oldest I've seen was the 1986 movie Hokuto no Ken. From my plan to watch list, I still need to watch Nausicca (1984) and Gundam (1979), so they will likely be the oldest at some point. There may be one I saw as a kid that was before any of these that I've simply forgotten about though
  8. My go-to are dubs, but some shows don't have dubbed versions (e.g. Pandora Hearts, Zetsuen no Tempest, etc) so I'm forced to watch in sub. I'm very tolerant with dubs and poor voice acting or off-putting dialogue doesn't really phase me. There are some occasions where I have chosen sub over dub because the dub really was THAT bad (e.g. I will never watch the Netflix dub of NGE again, and the Revolutionary Girl Utena dub isn't even properly synced with the animation). There's also probably a lot of terrible subbed shows out there too that we simply don't pick up on because we're not Japanese speakers.
  9. I'm currently back at home with my university studies seemingly on hold for the forseeabe future. I'm in a lucky position as I have a fair chunk of student loan to fall back on, plus savings if worst came to worst. Others are not so fortunate. The UK is likely to follow a similar course to Italy and Spain due to the slow initial response of our government. The economic impact of Covid-19 will be far more damaging than the actual virus and will persist longer than it too. People think that C-19 has caused this economic crisis, but in reality it has only catalysed an already existing issue. There was going to be a major crisis before 2030 and it's just come sooner than expected. It'll be the same again - bail out the banks, a few $Trillion to big business, workers/vulnerable/unemployed told to grit their teeth and pull through as best they can. A sorry state of affairs, and perhaps something we may be experiencing a lot more over the next century. I'll try and be optimistic though and say that this crisis could spur on the radical political and economic changes the globe needs.
  10. Seven Deadly Bins Bitch Hunter Robin
  11. My favorite would be either Evangelion (but I can only watch it in a certain mindset) or Darker than Black. I also really like Inuyasha, though because of its length I don't have time to rewatch as often as the others lol
  12. Thank you for reminding me that I still haven't finished Texhnolyze Here my shelf at uni + other non-anime shows I like :
  13. What ticks me off the most about this so called "panic" buying is that none of it is really out of "panic". If you're panicking in anticipation of an apocalypse then surely you'll go for whatever you can get your hands on. People are still choosy though. My local supermarket is completely sold out of milk chocolate biscuits, but the less popular dark chocolate ones are plentiful. All the expensive, highly quality cheeses have gone, but the cheaper ones are still in stock. It's nothing but pure greed. Hopefully they spend themselves into oblivion.
  14. Ergo Proxy, Ghost in the Shell, Gunmm, Mardock Scramble, Psycho-Pass, Cashern Sins - some of my favorite cyberpunks. Legend of the Galactic Heroes or Kurau Phantom Memory - If we're talking pure Sci-Fi. Full Metal Panic, Neon-Genesis Evangelion, Soukyuu no Fafner, Aldnoah.Zero - if you're in mechas. Hope that helps
  15. On their own I take on side off, eat the side without filling, then the side with filling. I've recently discovered the art of crushing them up and sprinkling them on ice cream though so perhaps that's my prefered method
  16. People who are high in creativity, which many here are, tend to be interested in lots of things and flick between those interests quickly. I'm interested in everything (literally) and it's very hard for me to maintain a passionate focus on any one thing. The other week I was fixated on work for my degree, before that I was spending 5-6 hours a day world building, at Christmas I was at home dabbling in music for days on end, right now I'm way too focused on my video games . Sometimes I want to study philosophy, a few days later it's building something in Minecraft. Finding a routine seems to have helped me a little bit. I now always do some work for my degree on a morning, usually from about 11 to 2-3 in the afternoon. After that I can do whatever I want. Not sure how I'll handle the commitment of full time work though lol
  17. Legend of the Galactic Heroes 100+ episodes in 7 days, that sounds like a challenge to me!
  18. Speak all languages as that'd guarantee me employment as a teacher/translator and I'd be able to watch all the animes that don't have English subs Would you rather be a bird that can't fly or a fish that can't swim?
  19. Here in the UK it seems to be that people are either going completely nuts and clearing the shelves of ibuprofen, paracetamol and toilet roll (for some reason), or they're not giving it anywhere near the concern required and are complaining because the football might be canceled. There is no in-between
  20. "I seek nothing more than to battle the most powerful beings alive, which excludes the lowly likes of you" - Lord Sesshomaru
  21. One of the most messed up series I've ever seen and that's why it's awesome It's only Blue Gender: Warrior which you can find on amazon pretty cheaply. The TV series is harder to find but I think it might be on Ebay.
  22. RZ.


    Welcome! I'm watching Black Clover but I'm only about 30 episodes in atm
  23. Speed Grapher is a good shout if you haven't seen it. Early 2000s and has that dark, gritty urban vibe too it. Also the premise is... um, yeah.
  24. I had a similar ponder about vegetarianism and the meat industry when I first started watching Seraph of the End. Sadly the show didn't really explore the aspect of humans as "cattle" as much as it could've, going down the root of Human vs Vampire instead. I haven't read the manga so maybe that's a different story. I've had similar philosophical thoughts about Psycho-Pass, Lain, Ergo Proxy, Shinsekai Yori, etc too, so it isn't uncommon. This is probably why NGE sits so highly for me as an oddity and a masterpiece. I've never come across another anime or piece of media in general that has had that level of impact. Not that I'm a total fan boy though. The show has a lot of problems that I'm just good at ignoring
  25. It's a typical evening, lying in bed, getting ready to sleep and I decide to listen to the piano version of Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude. I glance up at my End of Evangelion poster (the one with Asuka and Shinji looking over the LCL ocean with giant Rei on the horizon) and perhaps unusually, gain a sense of tranquility and calm. Neon Genesis Evangelion was one of my first animes and changed my life permanently. It sparked an interest not just in anime, but in psychology and more pungently, philosophy. Without NGE I would have never discovered the works of some of my favorite philosophers like Schopenhauer, Cioran, Nietzsche, etc (OK, I might have found Nietzsche unaided :D). I would also have never been able to reconcile many of my negative feelings of social anxiety, loneliness and the depression that can accompany them. Despite the month of emotional turmoil that proceeded my first viewing, I know feel happier, more certain of myself and more at peace than I did before. Has anybody else had this kind of intense life changing experience after watching a particular show? Or at least has an anime introduced you to a subject you otherwise may not have stumbled across? (history, politics, science, etc)

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