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  1. On 9/25/2020 at 2:31 AM, Shiv said:

    no one cares what you do at 70

    Hoo boy that's a big yikes from me. 

    But anyway, I don't think this question is framed right. It's indirectly implying that finding underaged children attractive at the age of 70 is any more unacceptable than at say, 35. 

    Teen anime characters are often oversexualised and that's just one of the many characteristics of anime as a whole that set it apart from Western media. This is in part thanks to Japanese culture and age of consent, which, when put into context, makes it a little more bareable. At that point it falls on you and where your own boundaries lie.

    However, anime characters who are under the age of consent are where we should collectively draw a line. I can't agree with it not hurting anyone just because it isn't real- providing fodder and content which directly appeals to individuals who actively seek it out only serves to validate and embolden them.

    My opinion is that we shouldn't tolerate any form of media which paints children in a sexual or provacative situation, including anime. With all the unified "ree-ing" toward the Netflix film Cuties being a catalyst for recent conversation on the subject, I expect some takeaway should be "Let's not open Pandora's Box."

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  2. 1 hour ago, MeandMyImaginaryFriends said:

    the other attempts she's made with happiness have been very shallow.

    This is very true. The OTM arc seemed so promising and it's a shame what happened. I had hope she would stick it out with them because for once she seemed pretty confident in herself, even going so far as to tell Ton that he didn't own her. 

    I guess what bothers me so much about Haida is that besides his wild crush on Retsuko, the series hasn't given him much of a personality of his own and it makes him seem like this underdog character whose only function in life is to chase after the MC. I would love it if the anime gave me more of a reason to like Haida other than just overstating how much he wants Retsuko. He got a little bit of screen time this season, but it wasn't sufficient to establish him as a relatable character.

  3. So, if you've been watching Aggretsuko, you can probably recognise how relatable it is. The characters are all a part of this adult 9-5 ecosystem. I can't help but root for Retsuko and her quest to find happiness and fulfillment in her life.

    Currently, we've made it to season 3. I have to get something off my chest here. So-- spoilers ahead.

    The whole dynamic between Inui, Haida, and Retsuko. I don't feel good about it. This entire time, the series has been spotlighting Retsuko making hard decisions for herself. FFS she has turned down life as a billionaire's sugar baby and rockstar fame-- both whilst finding herself in dire financial straits. It's also been, on the side, building up Haida to be the underdog who is bound to win the girl in the end.

    I just can't help but feel like Retsuko doesn't want that. Or maybe she does? She's turned him down twice. Inui was totally into him, and it can only be assumed Haida was interested to some degree. I love that Inui had grace in finding out his heart wasn't in it. But where does that leave Haida and Retsuko? He basically forced himself in at the end of the season there. I'll give him points for the confidence, but Retsuko literally told him she wasn't okay and didn't feel safe.

    So where does this go from here? The season ended on what might have been a cliffhanger. Do you think she will give things a try with Haida? Will she stay or ultimately end things with him? In a narrative sense, I expect the writers will give the prize to Haida. But damn it if that doesn't leave me disappointed. I guess I just don't want her to 'settle'. It seems like the wrong outcome for a character who has such big dreams.

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  4. Hmm. I can't say I feel empty, necessarily? Whenever I finish a good anime-- or, more broadly, a good series of any medium, books especially-- I do feel a bit sad that there isn't any more to consume. It does provide content to reflect on and digest, however. And there's always another series to begin and fill the 'void' left by the last. You know it's good when you're left longing for more.

  5. Boomerang // Smash Into Pieces :: My whole life took a tumble when I was around 18, ended up homeless for a brief period and everything. But I can proudly say I picked my own ass up and cut the toxic people out of my life, and I'm generally better off now than I was a decade ago. 

    How Did You Love // Shinedown :: I can't think of a single song that more accurately describes my philosophy on how to live better than this one does.

    Very Busy People // The Limousines :: I do what I want. Lol. Definitely nails my more eccentric side.

    Semi-Automatic // Twenty One Pilots :: I frequently have these episodes where I feel despair for the state of the world, the fear makes me physically ill. They are soon muted by the day-to-day task of living. But they're always there, either lurking under cynicism or emerging to cause chaos in my headspace.

    Hard Out Here // Lily Allen :: Not that I've hidden it or anything, but I'm a feminist. There, I said it! And I have this mama bear in me when it comes to women being told they're 'too this' or 'too that'. It took me nearly my entire life to break away from feeling obligated to conform to how people think I should be, and now? I find it utterly ridiculous, and the acid sarcasm in this song is spot on.

     

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  6. 3 hours ago, Scarlet Rose said:

    The limited time for purchasing Super Mario 3D All-Stars is at best a weird move though. I have pre-ordered All-Stars as a result as I had heard stores were selling out.

    That's a frowned upon marketing scheme on Nintendo's end to create artificial demand and push presales. Disney did this for years with their Vault scheme. I won't be pre-ordering it for certain, as I'm opposed to both practices on principle. I might consider buying it at some point however, because I did enjoy SMS. 

    Can't say I'm impressed with Nintendo's tactics here to say the least. Especially in the midst of a pandemic where some people are tightening their coinpurses just to be able to afford to eat. In the future, when those people are able to afford something fun, they would have to find the game on eBay and pay an exorbitant price just because Nintendo arbitrarily cancelled production of a hot button series that would sell widely regardless.

  7. On 7/26/2020 at 10:27 PM, Zila said:

    One night, it was raining and I was inside a Starbucks, sitting at the window. It was near a crosswalk and the scene was absolutely magical. People passing with their umbrellas, the street lights glittered in puddles on the blacktop, the Coffee House Jazz in the background.

    What a scene you've painted here. I can smell the cool rain and coffee beans and picture ritzy little multi-colour lights reflecting off of puddles. There's something so uniquely cozy about autumn.

  8. Another heartwarming Yuki-centric episode, with a few more plot breadcrumbs. Did anyone notice the Kyoko teaser? 😇 I can't wait for the reveal-- I'm interested to see what you guys all make of it.

    It's so remarkable how Kyo can go from needing to be smacked upside the jaw, to melting your heart in the very next scene.

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    Watching him cuss out Yuki, and knowing what we know about Yuki and how Kyo really has no idea was frustrating, but there was a somewhat redeeming moment where Kyo realises Yuki is absolutely right and that he needs to take it down a notch. At least he knows that, even if he won't admit it. And I won't go into it further because plot stuff.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. The development these characters see throughout the course of the story is both incremental and astounding for its genre.

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  9. 1 hour ago, Streak said:

    There's always a feeling of apprehension when coming into a community like this...like "Am I too old to even be here?", I definitely don't want to be that old creepy guy that you always see creeping around cons with grey hair and a walker XD but I'm glad you all have given me such a wonderful welcome!  Makes me feel a little better ^,,^

    There are a few 'older' members around who are also a joy to interact with, so no need to feel strange, you aren't alone at all and are quite welcome in AF! We're a big basket of variety if anything.

    I can totally relate to the rp itch. I heavily frequented some rp communities myself 10-15 years ago, and while I don't have time for them anymore between my career and family, they remain some fond memories of very formative years. I learned many a lesson in not only how to post six-paragraph replies, but about respecting the person on the other side of the screen and other fun friendship things that would make Twilight Sparkle proud. 

    1 hour ago, Streak said:

    so want to invite people to my community and welcome them into my discord, etc. I have this amazing RP planned and all of that...but if I start posting Discord Links and web links I'll be docked for advertising :(  *sad* 

    You can of course link to it in your profile (I see you have,) and in your signature as well. I'll let you in a little secret, too; if you stick around the forums and get to know the community, you'll unlock a special hidden forum where you can post links. 🙂 

    In any case, welcome! I'm glad you decided to stick around and I hope you'll feel comfortable here. 

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  10. On 8/18/2020 at 11:59 AM, Ohiotaku said:

    I’d watched the original anime adaption decades ago, but it honestly didn’t make much of an impression on me. Not sure how much the difference now is because this version is so much better or because I’m in a very different place in my life than I was back then.

    It didn't make an impression because it was garbage. It missed the entire point. Because this one seems to be following the manga almost verbatim, the contrast is just.... night and day. They really did it dirty and it didn't help the manga was still ongoing at the time.

    In spite of my criticism, I'll admit one thing about the old anime that was good? The opening song is and will remain hugely nostalgic for me.

    It's looking like we're about half way here. I'm still expecting four seasons. I have some catch-up to do on the anime, but, I'm not worried. I think I know where it's at about now.

    On 8/11/2020 at 10:31 AM, RuthisianCodex said:

    This show should be required viewing for people looking to get into the mental health profession in regards to trauma survivors. Seriously. 

    This is such a spot-on statement. You really have to look at this through the lens of allegory to truly see the beauty in it. The anime isn't there yet, but there is a massive piece of the puzzle concerning the Sohma curse we learn of later which is a clear as day metaphor for cycles of abuse. I'm enjoying watching this unfold again in anime form, and was in absolute tears with how well Rin's story was represented. Tears, guys.

    Plus, watching the speculation in real time has been a treat. I'm going to be a bit sad when we're between seasons again but it'll be well worth the wait. It just keeps getting better. I can't think of many anime/manga series that dive this deep into real life problems.

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  11. 23 minutes ago, Supernova1! said:

    One of my favorite games i've ever played has been Shadow of the Colossus. Thoughts on game play and that in general?

    I played the shit out of a promo disc I found in a magazine back in, I wanna say 2004, holding me over while Twilight Princess kept getting delayed. It only featured the first boss, but at the time it was just... amazing. When I finally got to play the full game a number of years later I remember trying to compare it to the monster hunter franchise. You're fighting this massive creature you can climb all over, you have to observe it and determine its weakness. It's not always obvious. What I found sets it apart was the story, the lack of fancy weapons, the lack of hand-holding, simplistic concept, and overall gothic tone. Everything about that is appealing. Sometimes you just want to hop into a game and slay an epic monster without all the gish-gallop and SotC delivers on that better than any game I've ever seen.

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  12. Welcome! Forums can be so long-standing compared to other online communities, so I hope you find it comfortable here and choose to stick with us. The good news is we love to talk about anime, of course, so you're in the right place. The other bit of good news is we're all over the board, too. You're bound to find some cool folks to vibe with. If you ever need anything, I'm just a PM away. Cheers!

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  13. 19 minutes ago, The History Kid said:

    I do not believe EV's are anywhere close to feasible for everyday vehicles just yet.  HEV's on the other hand are the way to go right now.  They have added reassurance of being able to handle fuel if need be, generally can travel farther distances, and most eliminate the need for plug-in electrical consumption (which is arguably just as eco-negative as gas is, but more expensive).  For me, I believe I'm a generation or two away from full EV.  My Hybrid gets 700 miles to a gallon, coupled with it's EV component, and it recharges simply by breaking or mid-drive.

    Agreed, I see it as a step in the right direction. From where we are now, going straight to full electric would be too far of a stretch for most people. There's not enough will to make that leap. HEV as you say is a more incremental middle ground and certainly more realistic if we are speaking short-term. Long-term, who knows? More research can develop substantially more efficient energy, and as efaardvark pointed out what we have today will look like stone age technology compared to what may emerge in the future. It's all an exciting concept to me.

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