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  1. I'll just use this opportunity to plug this wonderfully insightful video I found on the intertoob. There are 3 videos in this series (so far), one in fact focusing on Minecraft, and I recommend them all if not just for entertainment. As for the anime, I'll probably check it out. I find it hilarious the title of the anime is so absurdly long it couldn't fit in the thread title, though.
  2. Nah, I'm not giving up my ink just to visit a hot spring. There are a few which accept tattoos, and some I think you can notify them ahead of time and they can set up a private room. I respect their culture but I'm won't forsake my own to please anyone. If I can't find any that accept me, I simply don't go. No hard feelings to be had.
  3. Nah, not for me. I'd love to visit, though, just for the experience. I would love to learn to cook some of their foods, go hiking, and visit an onsen if I'm allowed (I'm covered in tattoos, I understand I wouldn't be welcome at many.) I don't think I'd be especially interested in the anime-related things there. It would just be spending money on nicknacks I wouldn't want to keep in the long run. But I agree with Kohloo. Any chance to travel abroad to live and learn another culture is a treat and you should go for it!
  4. Wedgy

    Old real time chat

    That's ok. I might just have an exceptional memory for people and names, even when I didn't see them for long.
  5. Wedgy

    Old real time chat

    Hey, welcome back Teru, I remember you. AF moved platforms sometime late 2017 and with the move the live chat went bye-bye. If you're interested in joining a discord group in the meantime, you can find the link in this thread. Again, nice seeing some old faces back!
  6. I enjoyed it, although it did surprise me with its more somber tone. If you're used to Trevor's usual humorous approach to his stories, it certainly feels different (especially for me in audiobook format in which he himself is narrating). But it was nonetheless a good read and I feel like I took away a lot of perspective about racial prejudices in S. Africa, with and without the context of the apartheid. There was a lot in there about his mother and everything she had to do to raise him against all the odds stacked against her. That part I loved. You really walk away from it with a healthy respect for her. Overall, it was a great book and I would recommend it.
  7. Ahh yeah I can see that now! And I do understand where you're coming from. There is a thing as too big, and it's overwhelming.
  8. I can't say for certain what my last theatre experience was-- might have been Endgame? I haven't been since my daughter was born. But we stream our movies now, so I keep up somewhat. We watched Code 8 last night!
  9. I would have thought BOTW to totally be your thing! As a fellow fan of casual titles, can I ask why you didn't like it?
  10. That's fair! Besides, it seems unlikely to me we'll see a 2020 release, since they're only just starting to film. If I had to guess, it might be a Q2 or even Q3 2021 release. Funny, I never watched Korra, either! It wasn't necessarily that I didn't want to watch it, in fact, I have the blurays sitting under my tv set right now (friend lent to us.) I just haven't found the time to dedicate to it. I heard some things about the series being frustrating to watch due to it wanting to be more but being unable to send the messages it wanted to because of its PG rating, so I wasn't in any hurry. I'll probably just end up giving them back. The only piece of hardware I have which can play them now is our Xbox, but it's not even connected and will soon be going in a box in the basement while we put our house on the market. I just can't be bothered to set it all up just to watch Korra.
  11. I renewed my audible membership and have been audiobooking like crazy the last few months! I just finished The Turn by Kim Harrison, a prequel to the Hollows series which I'm a longtime fan of. I'm looking forward to American Demon later this year. I've also read a number of other titles including Girl, Stop Apologising (Rachel Hollis), Becoming (Michelle Obama), Born A Crime (Trevor Noah), Precious Little Sleep (Alexis Dubief), and Unfollow (Megan Phelps-Roper). But my absolute favourite book I've read in the last six months: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Lori Gottlieb). I can't recommend this book enough! Certainly a book I'll remember. I hear it's been picked up by NBC for a television adaptation. I wish they would do that with the Hollows, lol.
  12. The infamous M. Night Shyamalan film is 10 years behind us, but even if you're not familiar with the legendary Nick cartoon, you're no doubt aware of the epic dumpster fire its adaptation was. It was announced in Sept 2019 that Netflix would be taking the reigns to do right by a live-action adaptation, this time as a proper, multi-season series helmed by none other than the original co-creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. While we've seen that authors of successful media playing a role in subsequent media doesn't explicitly guarantee it will be a hit, I have a good feeling about this given what we already know about this production. I've been making threads about Netflix's adaptations here on AF whenever one catches my attention. Obviously, the overdone Death Note film with a white-washed Kira and a demonic Willem Dafoe was less than stellar. However, I like to think we learn from mistakes, and Shyamalan's 2010 disaster provides a filmmakers' handbook for everything not to do. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast.” After the dubious success of The Witcher with Henry Cavill, it might be appropriate to say that Netflix has had a better track record adapting full series rather than standalone films. Taking up such a highly regarded title while the wounds of a passionate fanbase still burn at the butchering of Aang's name (the least of its crimes, to be clear,) those in charge of the project are well-aware of the responsibility they hold to do this series justice. I'm taking my usual stance on this as I do with previous Netflix titles-- I reserve my judgement until I see the final product, which is still a long way off from now. But I do feel optimistic about this one. Granted I'm not what one might call a "superfan" - after all, I only watched the series for the first time in May 2019. I liked it, of course, and I never did subject myself to the full blast of the scorned film. What do you guys think? Predictions? Impressions? Are you a fan of the original series? What are your expectations?
  13. This and, we can't forget the Holocaust wasn't entirely unique. It wasn't the first time history has seen genocide, and it hasn't been the last. It's not the novel brainchild of our aforementioned dictator and therefore was a hurricane that was bound to have happened whether or not the proverbial butterfly flapped its wings.
  14. This is in line with what I was thinking, I just didn't want to dip too far into the psychological aspect of it in attempt to keep to the subject. No doubt this was a character trait that was present even before he let it ripen and subsequently fester the way it did. I also agree that he wasn't made Chancellor by accident. He was appointed that position. He was viewed as a great leader during extremely harsh economic and geopolitical times. History knows it was ultimately a catastrophic decision to put him in power- but not specifically him, as in such desperate times, anyone who stepped up with that level of passion to lead their country out of the rampant stagnation could have done it. I can't help but roll my eyes at that credit scene in Deadpool 2 where Wade travels back in time to Austria 1889 and it is implied he harms or kills infant Hitler. Somehow I doubt it would have stopped the Holocaust, and certainly would have had null effect on Germany's role in WW2.
  15. @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.
  16. I'm tickled to see more Given fans popping up, how could you not just love Mafuyu? Glad you're here, welcome
  17. I've never played Skyrim with mods (more of a Fallout fangirl,) but my understanding is that while the console versions have mods available, the difference between Xbox and ps4 versions is huge. Xbox supports all modding. Ps4 supports modding with only elements which already exist in the game. This means if you play on a ps4, you won't be able to play sexy babes or fight Thomas the Tank Engine or hit Rainbow Dash with a Sonic Rainboom shout. I don't believe modding is available on Switch, but you never know.
  18. I've been hearing a lot about what's going on with the fires in your corner of the world. Just wanted to wish you a Happy 2020 and I hope you're safe and well. ❤️

    1. Optic


      Thanks Wedgy, Happy New Year to you too! Yes the bushfires have been very ferocious and we're not even in the peak yet... I'm in a different state but we are still impacted, though not as badly as NSW.

  19. Took the words right out of my mouth. I really hate when anime does this. With this being an actual societal issue in Japan itself, you'd think there would be a little more effort to provide better representation to impressionable youth. Pretty disgusting and irresponsible in my opinion.
  20. I've used GIMP since about 2003, and the only plugin I ever recall using was the GAP animation plugin. Besides that, its basic setup was always effective for whatever I have needed it for in the past. In 2016 I bought the Affinity software and have enjoyed that as a Photoshop alternative since. I still use GIMP, although not as often because it takes a long time to open.
  21. With how full of other concerns this year has been for me, video games were about the last thing on my mind. I did however have the brief joy of playing through Three Houses during my leave, and it was wonderful on all counts.
  22. I remember my skateboard! My brother was the rollerblader. We used to do it a lot, sometimes we would bike, too. Grab some change and try to out-trick one another in a race to the convenience store a few blocks away. We'd usually buy an ice cream or something easy to hold, then ride back as slowly as we could. Thanks for the memory!
  23. I did dream journaling for a bit before losing interest, but I do remember some dreams that stood out to me throughout my life, in some way or another. Usually they stood out because they were so detailed I ended up thinking about them for a long time, enough to commit them to memory. I recall a particularly quiet dream in which there were people fighting but, they weren't actually fighting in the sense that they were throwing down. They were actually just standing still. Their shadows were the ones doing the brawling. Another where there was this airship/spacecraft type of vehicle, and it was transporting prisoners. A dangerous prisoner dies in his holding cell and by some unknown development he becomes one with the machine and begins to terrorise everyone on board. He's nearly about to send it into the ground but I guess his lover was on board and she makes it to his body and stops his reign of terror. It was one of those out of body types where you're a spectator rather than a character in your own dream. When I was pregnant with Allie, I had something like a spiritual dream, I guess. I was dead, but I don't know how I knew this. I just did. I was walking around a house full of people like I was a ghost, and the more I believed I was a ghost the more I panicked and started trying to get someone's attention. Of course we all know if you try to yell in a dream, your voice is mute. Nobody acknowledged me and they were having a party. Everyone was happy, drinking, dancing. It wasn't clear what they were celebrating. I don't think there was any resolution to that dream. I just woke up suddenly.
  24. I recommend this one a lot. It may or may not be for you-- it's a bit on the short side. Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Hear me out. The anime's overall look is cutesy and looks like it's intended for a younger audience. It's not. It's very deceptive in this angle. It's about a young girl who one day has the "fortune" of meeting a rabbit-like alien creature named Kyubei. He makes her an offer: she becomes what's called a Magical Girl and dedicates her life to fighting witches, and in return, he grants her one wish. Anything she asks for. Seems like a pretty good deal, right? Over twelve episodes, Madoka mulls over what her wish might be. While she ponders, she meets other magical girls and is pulled into their struggle as the curtain folds around them. She learns the horrid truth behind Kyubei's motives and what it actually means to be a magical girl. Can't say much else here without spoiling it but it explores a very dark existentialism you might find appealing. It ticks most of your boxes here save for length. Great fights, dark, very well written plot, fight for survival (especially this), and strong bonds. I think it's still on Netflix.

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