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  1. Sounds a lot like Kokkoku https://myanimelist.net/anime/36548/Kokkoku
  2. Welcome! I'm not familiar with yaoi/BL myself, but perhaps this club might be able to point you in the right direction https://animeforums.net/clubs/19-the-yaoi-corner/
  3. 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.
  4. wikkidgrace

    Fruits Basket 2nd Season

    If you’re here, you may be asking: “What’s all the hype about this anime?” It’s not exactly action-packed like Attack on Titan, or over-the-top with political caricature as in Hetalia. It isn’t a brilliant cat-and-mouse supernatural thriller like Death Note. So what exactly has people talking about a slice-of-life reverse harem where people get turned into animals? Assuming you’ve seen season one already, (and if you haven’t-- you should watch it like, yesterday,) then you should be familiar with the basics. Tohru Honda finds herself entwined with a cursed family- literally cursed in the sense that thirteen members transform into animals of the zodiac when embraced by a member of the opposite sex. We learn their names and zodiac spirits, and we learn about Akito, the feared and revered head of the family. Season one ends with Tohru discovering the first of many better kept secrets about the Sohma clan. Season two picks up by shining a blacklight on some of the darker breadcrumbs from the first season, and begins to show us what this series is really about. If it at all went over your head in season one, it won’t miss again this time around as the message takes front and centre. The Sohma family is completely dysfunctional. Each and every member cursed by the zodiac is bound by a larger, invisible chain of abuse which begins and ends by Akito’s hand. Kyo struggles with his own self-worth, is shunned by the rest of his family, and fights to change his fate despite a growing sense of helplessness and guilt. Yuki feels unheard, unloved, and trapped, having been gaslit by Akito from the very beginning into believing the only way to justify his existence is to live under her cruel thumb. Not even the contagiously cheerful Momiji is safe from tragedy, forced to watch his own family from afar after his mother’s traumatic rejection and attempt on her own life. The series becomes more and more emotionally charged every episode, coming to a climax when we finally meet Rin and learn of her mission. Yuki’s shell begins to collapse. Beautiful friendships come to form as Tohru's influence emboldens the zodiacs to reach out. We see love budding in the margins, some a long time coming, and others a complete surprise. We see Tohru begin to awaken to the fact that something has to change in all of this. And, above all, a looming sense that walls are crumbling and long-standing traditions are breaking as Akito desperately tries to keep it all from unraveling. If it isn’t obvious by now, Fruits Basket speaks to victims and survivors alike of abuse and trauma. It is, at times, heartbreaking to watch as the Sohmas experience situations you may find all too familiar, whether that be yourself or through someone you know. Akito’s crimes against the zodiac members begin to mount from episode one, and can be identified as real-world tactics used by perpetuating abusers. Despite the emotional rollercoaster, the anime does manage to install a sense of hope in the form of Tohru- the outsider who will bring the cycle of abuse to a reckoning. There isn’t a single anime out there brave enough to address this quite like Fruits Basket does, and for that reason, this is absolutely a must-watch anime.
  5. 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.
  6. You might find this ANN article from 2018 to be of interest, then.
  7. I welcome them to the fandom and offer them recommendations.
  8. 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."
  9. Happy (belated) birthday @efaardvark! Take a day off work and celebrate yourself! . . I swear I want to get a calendar together for all your birthdays. Yo everyone send me a pm with your month and day.
  10. Everyone has to have their first two posts approved after they join. This is to help filter out spam/bots. You should be good to go from now on!
  11. Happiest of birthdays @RuthisianCodex!!
  12. BXYYT: Botched X-Rays Yellowed Your Teeth UVJML
  13. Saw your comment about not knowing where to start with sports anime, and I raise you Iwatobi Swim Club. That was my bridge into the genre and you might like it.

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      @wikkidgrace Thank you,  I'll definitely check it out!

  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. I'm in the process of repurposing one of my clubs- Gaming Hub- into a totally different type of club. At the time it was made, I believe the gaming forum was out of commission. However, since its return, the club has become obsolete. Since I'm maxed out on slots, one of them needs to be sacrificed to make room, and it made more sense to reform GH. So please don't be alarmed if you are removed, I'll open it back up again when I'm ready to introduce my newest little corner to AF, and anyone will be welcome to the new one. :)

  19. Death Note was brilliant and I would love to read the manga if I ever find the time. Welcome!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. I didn't make that connection before, but I love this sentiment. Well-spotted!
  23. 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. 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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