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  1. There used to be a function on profiles that revealed past names, which was useful in keeping track of who changed their names. Since it disappeared, I've lost track of some people. I like this idea.

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  2. 1 minute ago, Ohiotaku said:

    @Wedgy just out of curiosity. I haven’t read the manga so have no idea where we are on the overall story. Do you think 25 or  so episodes in season 2 will finish things or will we likely have to wait for a season 3?

    It wouldn't surprise me at all if there were 4 seasons.

    Season 1 covered up to right around volume 6 of the manga. So if we see similar pacing, and so far that's what it's looking like, season 2 should end around volume 12, and so on. With a total of 23 volumes of the manga, that does leave a little wiggle room. 

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  3. 8 hours ago, Ohiotaku said:

    My thoughts on Akito is that on one hand she was raised believing that she was essentially a god as far as the Soma family was concerned anyway. But at the same time with no regard as to her individuality, just the role she was expected to play. The result is an arrogant, self centered but miserable person (if “god” is unhappy, what right does anyone else have to be happy?)

    You're close. Akito's upbringing is brought up very, very late game. But it's a good healthy speculation.

  4. 1 hour ago, RuthisianCodex said:

    These types of things don't just happen in anime, they happen in REAL life. That's what makes this hit so hard for me. People get bullied, kill themselves, leave their significant others, & even get jailed due to not being what society may deem as acceptable every single day.

    I'm starting to think that's what the Real™ message of Fruits Basket is. This is what I was thinking about earlier, it was hard to put into the right words. No matter how many fluffs, feel good vibes, and happy faces take the center stage, there's still the ugly looming behind it and in all the little corners. Just like real life.

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  5. I wanted to expand on this a bit further with a couple more thoughts.

    I find a link metaphorically between the Zodiac curse and the abuse. It represents the difficulties they face with trust and love that were broken in some form or another by their upbringing. I don't know if it was intentional or not on the author's end, but I find it uncannily representative. When a victim of abuse is offered love and comfort, they can sometimes become a cornered animal and this can change how others view them, so they push people away. The Sohmas quite literally will push people away. 


    When you're in the midst of such a situation, you're likewise afraid to part ways with the abuser. Often, the abuser also is a source of dependance for the victim. As explained in a recent episode, the parents of Zodiac children are given a much higher salary from the family for their burden. 

    This brings me to my next observation. Tohru exists as a clear picture of cutting the cord. She has no parents, and effectively lives on her own. We saw early on that her home situation wasn't great, either. But, in emancipating herself, she's happy at the end of the day, even if it's not easy for her. One could make the argument she depends on Shigure and the boys, but I see that as an example of a healthy codependency.

    Sorry for the soup of inner musings. That's what happens when you take a good shower I guess.

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  6. I was thinking about Kureno's appearance (finally!) and it had me thinking on something that I can't precisely recall about the manga because it's been so many years since I read it. Kureno is basically enabling Akito by allowing her to control him- he even says as much to Arisa (even if she doesn't understand the context) that he isn't allowed anywhere. This is because he is another victim of Akito's abuse. I'm noticing now a lot more about the larger, darker themes of Fruits Basket and the domestic issues it brings to the viewer's attention. Almost every Zodiac has experienced some form of abuse, and Akito's name is written all over it. However, they all accept it that "this is just how things are"; Kyo doesn't even seem to consider the option that he could simply run away, to a different country if he has to, to avoid solitary confinement. And there don't seem to be many other Sohmas willing to stand up and say "that's not right!" There could be an element of their curse that keeps them tethered to the family, but if there was, I don't remember it ever being brought up. 

    Any thoughts about this?

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  7. As pointed out above, one does currently exist and you'll have to earn access to it by sticking around the forums and just being an active member. :)

    You can read this old thread if you're interested in some context about why this is:

    (The server discussed in this thread was the old one which was shared publicly, it is not the same one we have now.)


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  8. I will never not recommend Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Looks cute and kid-friendly on the surface. Poses deeply moral questions and a bit of mind-fuckery when you get into it. If it's the thoughtfulness of Death Note you enjoy, I think you may like this one, too.

    Also check out Bungou Stray Dogs and Fullmetal Alchemist. They both have a familiar vibe to Death Note.


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  9. I've made the case before. Discord has its niche and it does not and never will replace forum discussion. I'm also of the opinion reddit can just be toxic simply in thanks to the karma system. It's so hard to have a constructive conversation when anonymous voting decides whether your post is seen or buried and hidden.

    Anyway I hope you like us! We don't bite far as I know.

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  10. I must say having read the books and admittedly only playing a few hours of the games (just wasn't into them) I rather enjoyed this as well. I took a break from it after I think it was episode 4? I was mother to a four-month-old at that time and was incredibly sickened by the imagery. But I did eventually press on and what remained of the series was satisfactory. I'm very pleased with Cavill as Geralt and would love to see more of him in that role.

  11. On 4/7/2020 at 11:37 PM, Shejoestar said:


    I really didn't need the Village People stuck in my head, but here we are.


    8 hours ago, efaardvark said:

    How about Midori no Hibi?  Ok, probably not THE wierdest.  Pretty high on the list though.  :D

    I remember this one! And I know I did at some point in time watch it. I feel like someone was told "your girlfriend is your right hand" and that person took it as spiteful inspiration. 


    You want a weird anime? Look up Sekko Boys.

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  12. 40 minutes ago, The History Kid said:

    That makes sense.  I suppose I had imagined that there was some form of survey that was being carried out since the CDC is heavily involved in this pathogen.  If there isn't, and I can certainly understand why, then it makes sense that those numbers wouldn't necessarily be as quickly reflected.  That being said, you'd think there'd be more interest in "active" cases, rather than "confirmed" historic cases.  I think a lot of people are sitting out there assuming there's over 100,000 active cases - leading to increased panic - when in fact there may not be that many. (100,000 in this case is simply for reference.)

    If there are surveys in the US, they aren't provided by CDC that I've heard of. That could possibly change, but with the CDC itself suffering for funding like many others, including hospitals (non-emergency surgeries halted + nurses working overtime + overload of patients = budget crisis) it's got to be on the backburner. 

    Anyway, as for the news media, I encourage everyone to turn to independent media outlets. They're usually funded by their viewers directly, rather than big businesses and shareholders, and are therefore obligated to report honestly and don't cater to any corporate interests.

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  13. 12 hours ago, The History Kid said:

    They're focusing really hard on the new cases, but they aren't doing much reporting on the recoveries.

    Recoveries are harder to keep track of in the same way unreported cases are. A large majority of cases are sent home to recover, hospitals are saving their beds for only the most serious and high risk cases. If a patient recovers at home, those numbers often go unreported as it would be up to the patient to follow-up, and simply put many don't unless they actually perish. Cases which close in hospitals are recorded no matter the outcome- so baring in mind what I said earlier, this naturally all adds up to having more new deaths to report on.

    We can safely assume therefore that the trend of recoveries is a greater number than new deaths using statistics, however unreported. I hope that brings some comfort.

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  14. 9 hours ago, cowboy said:

    and they always give me the DIRTIEST looks when they catch me out there, like they think im going to trespass on their property or something. its a public road! 🙄 maybe i should start making goofy faces at them.

    What you do is make prolonged eye contact with them until they become uncomfortable and ask what you want. Then you smile, wink, and walk backward until you disappear mysteriously into the cornfield.

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