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  1. Welcome to AF! Your struggle is all too familiar to me. 🤣 I live in a scarcely populated, small-minded, and rural town in the middle of nowhere that's covered in snow half the time. Seriously we don't even have a Starbucks anywhere closer than maybe a couple hours away. There is nothing here but places to drink, a few churches of varying denominations, and sometimes we do rodeo and play hockey.

    Despite all that, my husband and I managed to identify a handful of other weebs. I suppose the key item here is being able to ask it up front if they like X or Y. As long as you have a little circle of people you're comfortable being around (safely, of course, minding the pandemic,) then that's all you really need. If cons are more your thing, I suppose it'll just have to join the queue (Coachella, Olympics, Sturgis, TED, etc.)

    All said, covid hasn't been making it easier, especially for us rural folks. Social functions have been largely trampled on in just about every way and Japan has already appointed a Lonliness Minister to address this very problem. Maybe more of us could use such a reach out. 😅

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  2. 4 minutes ago, RepentantSky said:

    As a bi person, I fully feel that. Took me 10 years to come out after I was sure because it got so bad sometimes, and just online but in real life.

    I'm bi as well and find it especially frustrating that a bisexual who just happens to be in a relationship with the opposite sex is no longer 'accepted' within the LGBT community itself. If that's not gatekeeping I don't know what is. My experience was similar to yours in that I internalised the idea that the assessment of my own identity was wrong, and it only caused more confusion and self-destructive habits until I was able to reassure myself that it was just bad actors gaslighting me.

    Not trying to derail here, just wanted to add that.

    I made my points above. Gatekeeping is silly and just don't.

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  3. I feel like people who engage in gatekeeping of any sort are insecure in some way and feel threatened by invalidation occurring when larger volumes of people identify in the way they do. I guess the suggestion here is that if you like "mainstream" or popular things then you're not putting in the work to dig through titles and find the lesser known gems. There are so many different ways to gatekeep, but I think that's the core of it, really. And the more something gains in popularity, the more of it you see, because inevitably you will find individuals who aren't content being categorised with the larger picture of said fandom as it grows and evolves.

    If you ask me, I think most cases of gatekeeping can simply be ignored. It's not productive in any way, and at the end of the day who cares? It's just anime. Or music. Or games. Or whatever. If you happen to like One Piece or MHA and consider yourself an anime fan, then who are you hurting except someone on Twitter with backwards priorities and unaddressed insecurities?

    That all said, I have seen more nasty gatekeeping toward social issues I consider to be more harmful than gatekeeping a fandom. Bi erasure, breastmilk purists, certain mental health communities, to name some. These can often put toxic and even misleading ideas in a particularly vulnerable person's head that somehow what they're doing is wrong.



    1 hour ago, RepentantSky said:

    I'm a little tired of subbed anime since so many lines are stereotypes in anime, and because VA work in Japan often has similar voices, hearing those same lines said the same way, by the same sounding voice in the hundreds of anime I've watched over the years, has caused me to feel like all those elements combined cause a character to lose a sense of identity.

    1000% agreed.

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  4. I'm going to be perfectly real with you guys, I think I only watched one anime this year and that was Fruits Basket season 2. (and maybe the odd anime movie mixed in sometimes, but I'm not sure those count exactly.)

    It's just been too wild of a year for me. At least I can say the one I was able to watch faithfully was a gosh darn good one. I hope next year I will have a little more time for R&R. Maybe I can even catch up on some 2020 titles I've missed.

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  5. On 11/20/2020 at 9:04 PM, Beocat said:

    The Dragon Prince really is very well animated (reminds me of anime) and has a great story too. I actually enjoy The Dragon Prince far more than Avatar.

    The animation style took some getting used to on my part, but it certainly grew on me. That whole series is just delightful and the fact it's totally PG and still manages to be inclusive is super refreshing. 

    Going to have to agree, I like it far better than Avatar.

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  6. I have a small one but an observation I find a little irksome in writing.

    When referring to a body part, why is it always necessary to specify if it is left or right? It's never just "My arm is injured", it's always "My left arm is injured." Establishing whether it is left or right is prudent only once, past that it becomes repetitive and irritating. But you see this in anime all the time. 

    It's never just Allen Walker's eye, it's always Allen Walker's left eye.

    It's never just "I lost my arm and leg," it's always- every time is it mentioned- "I lost my right arm and my left leg."

    It's almost as if the left or right detail is incorporated as the identity of the body part. This to me is poor writing. It assumes the audience has forgotten this insignificant detail, heaven forbid, when it makes almost no difference whatsoever and one can easily answer this question by observing the visual representation. Either that, or, the writing team has no faith in the animation team to accurately represent such a simple detail that they feel the need to clarify in words.

  7. On 10/6/2020 at 8:56 PM, Ohayotaku said:

    My commenting earlier that this aspect seemed to be downplayed by the adaption & would probably affect how she was viewed. My current theory is taking into account the tirade she goes on before attacking Rin & her hysterical fear of abandonment is that her mother left her father for another man & he took his resentment out on her, raising her to believe women are deceitful & untrustworthy, basically hating & rejecting her own gender. She also seems to be in the unique position of being both spoiled AND neglected. Raised being told that she is special but still treated as a figurehead or tool by the clan’s elders. Supposedly honored, but not shown any genuine affection, given the zodiac members as “pets” to be treated as she sees fit. And essentially told that the only reason anyone would ever love her is out of obligation or being forced to.

    I like this theory, it's not super far off from the truth. But it looks like we'll have to wait for season 3 to have that discussion. :(

    I'm honestly surprised they cut it off where they did... but now I know the next season is going to come in with a strong YEE-HAW. Can't wait.

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  8. 11 hours ago, Leone said:

    I finally 100% the three modes. I got nothing for it and that's low key kinda dumb.

    Oh, hey I played the H*ck out of THPS2! That was so fun back in the day. Shame it doesn't unlock anything, that's how they used to do 'secret content' back then, but now it's probably just gotten moved into DLC.

    Still, props for the 100%! Bragging rights if nothing else.

  9. On 9/25/2020 at 1:31 AM, EnviousEnvy said:

    Would be cool if they did a spin-off series focusing on Haru.

    You might find this ANN article from 2018 to be of interest, then. :)


    Manga artist Natsuki Takaya announced on Twitter on Monday that her Fruits Basket Another manga will end with the next chapter. She acknowledged, however, that it is only "tentatively" the final chapter because she would still like to draw one-shots.


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