Ikusagami | Today, 8:23 AM
Not everybody's learning Japanese; I've seen people claim to be otaku just for occasionally watching anime in English dub. That's like saying I'm a porn star because there are pictures of me floating around the internet.
True; everybody wants to go to Japan. . . for some reason. (???) For me, the appeal would be in training in a traditional ryuha and some of the historic landmarks. What do the modern obsessed have to love, astronomical living expenses?
One of the reasons I always considered myself anti-otaku was because I quite dislike Japanese modern pop culture, and what the society has become. Expecting Japanese media to reflect its society is like expecting to go to America and find a bunch of Miley Cyrus' and Justin Bieber's walking around. . . and really, who the fuck would want that?! (oh wait. . . that's pretty much what it is)
It's understandable why many don't care for generalizations. As somebody who actually enjoys profiling, I find various categorizations useful, but, admittedly, the Hannibal Lecter, "A+B+C actions = X cause" is only a shuffle step from, "X skin color/nationality/gender = A+B+C actions" I just don't take categorizations too seriously.
As for Eastern languages. . . yeah. The amount of time it requires to study would probably cut into your family time dramatically.The need for visual memory in Japanese is ridiculous, making the constant study necessary absolutely absurd.
Over two years of study and I only know about 1500 kanji. I can get through ARPGs without getting lost too much, and a basic understanding of the plot, but I thought I'd be frikkin' fluent by now (HAHAHAHAH!)
There are times I'll understand everything I read for a good long span, and think, "yeah! I know Nihonjoe!" . . . and then I try an RPG (or Kaze no Densetsu: Xanadu), and after fifteen straight text blocks crammed with combinations I can't even guess at, I throw down the controller, pull bloody tufts of hair from my scalp and chest, hurl the tv out the window, and run screaming, naked, into the night. *
Okay, athleticism cancels out figurine collecting. You're not an otaku. ;)
I'm curious, do you keep the shoulder joint around just for a conversation piece, or is there some kind of psychological motivation in it? --reminds me of the protagonist from my trilogy, who keeps his father's skull on his desk to remind him of his duties.
If I ever have my own skull removed I'll probably do the same.
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Yae-Yae | Yesterday, 10:10 PM
Something of beauty...something to ponder. ^^
"Like every other moment of your life, the first taste is an epic event in disguise..."
Epheresce | Yesterday, 2:03 PM
Hi, I just came across your reviews and spent quite some time reading through them! I love your style; it's very personal yet doesn't lose the informative aspect of it. Looking at your anime list, I really think you should pick up the second ef series, a tale of melodies! I personally liked it more than the first, though only by a little bit. I'd love to know what you think about it! :3
Great job on your reviews. :)
Ikusagami | 05-16-13, 9:20 PM
It would be facetiousness, not intentionally annoying. :P
One of the reasons I restrain myself online is because it's proven all-too-easy for people to misinterpret teasing humor and general facetiousness with offensive intent.
Personally, people can say anything they want about me, as a joke, without causing offense, but the same things, said with the intent to insult, will offend me. I tend to act accordingly, myself, but it seems that, online, only Brits "get" me. :-/ (ie. if I say anything offensive, rest assured it's not intended that way)
Oh, I'm aware of the pejorative meaning.
And intended it.
I think people embrace something negative out of pride for their fetishistic nature (better than shame), much like some people refer to themselves as perverts, or fat kids who make fun of themselves are usually popular.
And going by the the size of the bars in the lists of some of those older otaku, I'd say the shoe fits. Honestly, going by the time and effort most people seem to put into their page, I'd say the term fits quite a lot of people. Definitions stand regardless of connotation, after all; one man's virginity is another woman's chastity.
--Personally, despite my lifelong obsession with Japanese history and the budo, I never considered myself an otaku (anime is just one of many hobbies, and I seldom touch manga). . . but then I started teaching myself the language just to play classic JRPGs. . . and realized the shoe fit.
"pieces of my shoulder joint sitting on my desk"
Well that sounds delightfully morbid. May I enquire?
And if you collect figurines: otaku! :P
(teasing; not offensive. cf. first paragraph)
Ikusagami | 05-16-13, 10:33 AM
Same reason I left it blank, and why I suspect older MALians do. Old otaku are just too much of an oddity. :P I thought that if the whippersnappers are already going to label me, "retard", "troll", "faggot", "butthurt", etc. just for having different tastes, I didn't need to look like the old dude hanging creepily around their park. (....yet I leave up the gag avatar which does exactly that.... *facepalm*)
Though there ARE older otaku around--
"people still send me random friend requests all the time despite that humongous picture in the middle of my profile telling them not to"
I. . . almost did. Every SINGLE time I see somebody complain about friend requests--a complaint I recently added to my own profile--my inner jackass screams, "DO IT! DO IT!" -
But if anybody accepted, I'd have to immediately unfriend them. . .then I'd feel like a dick. :(
--Anecdote time: I recently got a random request from somebody I'd never even seen before; I responded with
and a comment that he could earn my respect through dialogue. . . he deleted the comment instead. Can't risk hurting morale with your 108 stars of destiny by letting your "friends" know that not EVERY random stranger is eager to become a notch in your cyber-bedpost without any preamble.
I haven't seen many harem comedies, but what I have seen does seem to aim at generic cliches more than any other genre. I don't mind some cliches, but stale cookie cutter copies excite my bile duct. Same with ecchi; every guy likes fanservice, but it should be a means, not an end.
As for Clannad: I didn't DISlike it. It's actually the highest rated show on my dropped list (Angel Beats almost joined it), because I initially just meant to put it on hold to watch something more my style. . . and just didn't care enough to get back to it.
Novelists are particularly sensitive to pacing and thematic consistency, and stories chopped into arcs or lacking an overarching plot feel weak to me. I'd have probably liked it if the character development was structured more like a normal story, but the whole, "okay, done with her, let's move on to the next girl!" felt contrived.
Like with Angel Beats, my opinion was, "enjoyable, but not good."
Have you written a Clannad review? I'm curious what you thought about it in detail.
Ikusagami | 05-15-13, 7:25 AM
Harem boob comedies. Heh.
While I've yet to see Nisemonogatari, I can sympathize. Kore wa Zombie desu ka? really amused me at the start; I typically avoid comedies, but it really fit my zany sense of humor. . . then mid-way through it shelved that and seemed to think it could get away with a half-assed attempt at a real plot. I think I lost interest in Clannad for the same reason; there were times it made me laugh out loud, but the focus on characters and attempt to make me actually care about them watered it down for me.
Like casting Leslie Nielsen as Hamlet. Not all good things mix like chocolate and peanut butter.
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do not EVER knock on the high art of skirt flipping and boob-face-planting! :P Just because something can't be assimilated properly into entertainment media doesn't mean it's not an art--it means it's a transcendent art! ;D
I've scanned quite a few profiles--my main purpose here was to pick up good series from those with high compatibility. . . thus far, an epic fail--and most users seem to be post '90 babies. Although, I have admittedly noticed most people with a grownup vibe (and older anime preferences) have no date listed, whether out of shame for being decrepit old foagies, or fear of being stoned by trolls for being in their kids-only clubhouse.
I've been starved for intelligent discourse lately, and thought MAL would be a good place to remedy that. Sadly, I've seen mostly biting and hair-pulling.
You can set PMs to friends only, by the way, forcing them to spam your comments instead (where they'd see your response from the last dozen people who asked, and possibly muster the sense to put two and two together).
And I didn't know where your avatar was from either--haven't gotten around to FMP yet.
...but I'm fighting the urge to send you a PM query just to be a smartass.
Actually, you're only ranked #3 on Dokuro-chan. Over 50% positive is pretty good, relatively.
You may find this amusing:
Ikusagami | 05-13-13, 6:41 AM
--Apologies in advance for the loquacious reply; I tend to address everything, and some people are put off by the fact that I'm a walking text wall--
Guess that's my problem then--things don't appeal to my emotions very easily. One of the trademarks of the ENTJ personality type (Light Yagami/Griffith for reference) is "emotionally stunted jack-ass". ;D The ludicrously high ratings on anything slice-of-life (a genre which defines "plotless" and bores me to tears rage) serves to back up a global emotional rating system.
I typically give an extra point to anything that does manage to chisel through to the heart, but adrenaline-soaked action doesn't even chip the ice. I have the attention span of a rabid squirrel, so aside from kendo and Bruce Willis, action without plot tends to leave me restless.
I'm just surprised to hear that's the meat and potatoes of TTGL, considering two of the people I've heard rave about it had quite similar tastes, and one was my age (30) and extremely jaded on anime having become hollow and devoid of merit. I guess I just expected more from it, since things with such a strong fan-base usually have SOME substance (NGE is overrated, but still stands out from the crowd, and Berserk actually lives up to the hype).
I was going to check out your Dokuro-chan review, but. . . holy shit! I'd need wading boots and a caged canary to find it from your review list! :P Somebody's been busy.
I'll look for it on the anime's page to give it a scan later.
I think that kind of attitude boils down to insecurity. People with a strong sense of self don't care if others think exactly like them or not. Personally, I don't care if people hate the shows I like, or vice versa, so long as their criticism or praise has actual merit.
But then, I'm probably one of the only people who tries to temper my judgment with objective analysis. Did I like Angel Beats? Sure. Was it good? Fuck no.
Oh, and I like the snark factor--normally I wouldn't read through a review or profile that long. A tediously dry and objective review is boring; you manage to keep it fresh. --I just now noticed you wrote the Ys review I read a few months ago.
And while I agree with your assessment of the vocal minority, you do have to admit that the majority of MAL seems to fall into a certain age-range, and it could be assessed that certain other traits could be profiled statistically. (before learning about MAL I thought otaku stereotypes were entirely unfounded)
Ikusagami | 05-12-13, 2:59 PM
I just read you Gurren Lagann review. Glad to see I'm not the only person who didn't love it--even if I had to drop it during the part you did like. I've often wondered what it is that people love about it so much. Oddly, nobody else can actually EXPLAIN what makes it great, just repeat insipidly that it is.
From your description, I almost want to give it another chance. . . but it was a painful effort to get even as far in as I did, it felt so hollow and. . . unexceptional.
--but if there's a "seven-year-itch" in there, there's no way the writing could survive my patience. One of the things I loved about Eureka 7 was that they didn't wait until the final scene for the characters to "hook up". . . but then they spent the second half of the series as good friends who hold hands.
Guess they didn't know you can get pregnant that way.
And reading your profile, this
"I have little patience for children who regard their opinions as facts."
made me smile. Seems 99% of MAL is teenagers (in mind, if not age) calling each other "retarded faggots" for having different tastes.
Always good to see another adult.
Also, what is the "Worst Anime Ever" screen from? That just strikes me as a "worst moment" :P
fchanz | 05-11-13, 4:18 AM
oh, i see..
try my recommendation, you might like it.
well, i cant say for sure since i dont really know what your tastes are but judging from your list, may be you'll like it.
just may be though.
Miguel01237 | 05-09-13, 8:29 PM
what anime is the one in your profile picture?
fchanz | 05-09-13, 2:42 AM
Hi Skadi, Shakugan no Shana is your most fav anime right? then why dont you watch the 3rd season of shakugan no shana?
also if you love supernatural genres i recommend you watch kokoro connect and anohana
i think its a great anime, you might like it !
DonKangolJones | 05-04-13, 5:49 PM
Sorry, I told you I barely get to come here anymore. It's blocked at my job. And all I want to do when I get home is watch anime and lesbian porn. But lesbian porn anime.
Tatarata | 05-04-13, 5:22 PM
Hi Skadi, I've read some of your reviews and been convinced to watch some series because of them. Right now I would like to see an anime with a good romance in it but I don't really know witch one would be ok. I tried to see if you had any recommendations on your blog, but it's private. Can you give me the names of some that you know about? I would appreciate it a lot, thanks :)
DonKangolJones | 05-03-13, 5:40 PM
I know I'm a terrible bum. We gotta find some other way to talk aside from MSN Messenger.
tehnominator | 05-02-13, 7:33 PM
Or be Clint Eastwood and get a giant gun and say get the fuck off my lawn :)
tehnominator | 05-02-13, 7:12 PM
Hahaha, I don't know anyone from Shake It Up. I just saw two snotty girls being boogers and I turned my eyes away.
iCarly and Victorious is pretty horrible too. They're these really famous ones from Nickelodeon. I can't imagine what generation of kids will want to put themselves on YouTube because of iCarly (though admittedly, the show itself is not as fucking terrible as it could be). And as for Victorious, I don't know any teenagers who honestly behave this way, but maybe I'm wrong and maybe these are how kids are. And if they are, I want to punch them in the face for being that moronic and offensive. There's a character on the show who does like this "black guy" voice and he's this white Jewish nerd. I don't know how anyone thinks this is funny. He also has a puppet. The 1990s called and want their sense of humour back.
The Barbie ones aren't as bad either. While Barbie is about instilling values and stuff, I still don't like that it trains girls that there's ultimately a "princess" way to be. Even the ones I've seen that don't involve a princess... somehow still involve a princess. Like this mermaid Barbie one where she's the daughter of a mermaid queen but was raised as a regular teenage human girl. But it's still strides better than these vacuous wastes of DNA that are the Disney girls.
tehnominator | 05-02-13, 6:50 PM
It's like it inspires stupidity and I can't stop my siblings from watching it either. Shake It Up, Sunny with A Chance, Hannah Montana, Ant Farm, Suite Life-- they're all so, so dumb and all of them encourage kids into thinking this brainless shallow behaviour is good. Worse yet: they're not funny at all. There's this one that I can stomach from time to time. Good Luck Charlie. It's about a big family, middle-class, who have a baby sister named Charlie and they're basically just going about their day to day lives. But these other ones are so superficial and escapist. Nothing is wrong with escapism, but this is influential escapism and it makes these girls think that being a fucking diva at age 12 is okay.
There's only one cartoon I watch on Disney. It's called Gravity Falls. I think it's pretty great and hilarious and there are some touching moments in it. It has a brother and sister in it and rather than do that typical cartoon thing where they fight one another all the time, they're actually really supportive of one another. It's a huge nostalgia factory too. I'd recommend it if it's ever on TV.
But yeah, Kim Possible was sooo cool. I remember being a kid and watching it religiously! It was fun and smart and had a kickass role model type of character who was intelligent, responsible and caring.
tehnominator | 05-02-13, 6:23 PM
Hahaha, that's their attitude about it. They want the TV or computer to teach their kids about the world.
I mean, I was young. I saw porn and gore when I was under 10 years old. I don't think it scarred me. If anything, it made me get to watch a lot of better movies at a young age as opposed to watching Disney-fied mush that I see is turning a lot of kids into thinking they deserve to live in fancy homes, get all the shit they see those entitled Disney kids have or basically just be little Americans.
tehnominator | 05-02-13, 5:07 PM
Steups, I don't get censorship! It wasn't a naked ass anyway. It was a fine, fine ass and now we're denied seeing it.
tehnominator | 05-01-13, 6:40 AM
Ah, well over here the 3DS and 3DS XL are still waaay cheaper than the VITA.
The 3DS is about 240 USD, the 3DS XL is about 320 USD, and the VITA is about 350 USD without the memory card which is about 50 USD over here too. So I'd have to pork out 400 bucks to buy a VITA and have no games to play for it either :(
Whereas you're right, the compatibility with the old DS was a big selling point for me too because I don't have any 3DS games either since I spent all my money buying the console :P But I got a DS game collection available to me so I'm playing that for now.