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Anime Stats
Days: 109.6
Mean Score: 5.26
  • Total Entries666
  • Rewatched47
  • Episodes6,495
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV
Apr 13, 4:52 AM
Watching 1/5 · Scored -
Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt
Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt
Feb 23, 4:01 PM
Watching 2/4 · Scored -
Shin Kabukichou Story Hana no Asukagumi!
Shin Kabukichou Story Hana no Asukagumi!
Feb 17, 5:59 PM
Plan to Watch · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 79.3
Mean Score: 5.82
  • Total Entries403
  • Reread9
  • Chapters13,561
  • Volumes1,522
Manga History Last Manga Updates
Boku wa Mari no Naka
Boku wa Mari no Naka
May 26, 7:27 AM
Reading 73/? · Scored 5
Aku no Hana
Aku no Hana
May 26, 7:18 AM
Completed 58/58 · Scored 6
One Piece
One Piece
Apr 28, 7:56 AM
Reading 771/? · Scored 7


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ZetaZaku May 30, 9:28 PM
What are good exercises for practicing reading hiragana and katakana? I'm lazy and my progress is pretty slow when it comes to learning them, but I'm doing hiragana fine in realkana, so I'd want to practice actual reading. I tried reading Yotsubato since everyone recommends that, but it's a bit difficult when you're not able to check symbols you're not sure about. Still need to work on my katakana though, which is what I need the most, since I'm mostly learning that to be able to read stuff in games. In the past five or so years I've been playing so many simple Japanese games that not learning runes would be just stupid. I'm mostly playing Super Robot Wars and SD Gundam G Gen games, so being able to read names and attacks is the main goal (but I'll probably move up to kanji as well at this point).

It's such a weird reason to learn Japanese, but I figured that since the games I play the most will never get localized, might as well learn to read at least. And not like it would go to waste, there are so many untranslated manga, especially from iconic authors like Yokoyama, Ishinomori and Nagai. Didn't Yokoyama even have a record for most released pages of manga? Yet I think only two of his works are translated (Mars and Giant Robo), while his Romance of the Three Kingdoms is being translated.
Xykko May 26, 7:45 AM
a scalation group picked up i am a hero again, they already covered 2 volumes, they are currently in chapter 218.

meanwhile i'm waiting for more yotsuba&! scans, but it looks like it isn't popular enough around the scanlation groups, since it's stuck at chapter 97 for a while now.

how's work going? you got back in tokyo right?

and by the way, did you start that thing i sent you?

good to hear from you mate.
Xykko Apr 25, 4:02 AM
nice, i think i'll just look for some raws and read them. did you read it? do you think it's reaching the conclusion?

i'm interested in the movie. the cast is almost spot on, especially hideo. i just hope the adaptation doesn't disappoint as usual
Soki Apr 23, 3:29 PM
I'm too broke.
Valkqt Apr 17, 10:56 AM
I heard in japan schools force elementary schoolers to write compositions in polite language until middle school so they learn how to use it later in life when it could be necessary. It's second-hand information though so it might have as well be completely made up (hence the 聞いた).

>Are you a sponge?

The trick is really just mixing fun and studying... like playing games with text hookers, but I did study hard the first two months or so. That said unfortunately my skills are limited to reading and it takes great effort to write more than basic sentences since I don't have many people I can practice with yet. Speaking would be a lost cause entirely lol... however those are improving as well albeit slowly but aren't as important as reading considering I don't live in japan :)
Valkqt Apr 16, 9:25 AM
小学生の時に全部のの作文を丁寧語で書かせると聞いたから、それで両形に慣れる為に俺も丁寧にした。 普通形「正直に本の名は知らない」ならいつも読んでいるから練習など必要がない。



Valkqt Apr 4, 1:51 PM

Ducat_Revel Mar 25, 5:26 AM
I once heard Neane call it the discount Oyasumi Punpun but after reading it, I have to say that Neane's comment almost comes off as an insult to Punpun (I know he didn't mean it that way, hehe.) The ending is all scattered, the characterization is a mess, the spiral into madness lacks any real humanity and is greatly undeserved, and all the characters just piss me off.

I'm more curious about what you think of it. It's been awhile since I read it so if you mention specific scenes, I'm sure it'd jog my memory and I could give better feedback on it.
Xykko Mar 24, 7:21 PM
no, i think it's way more. the magazine publishes weekly, and the last update on the translation (it's nearly a year, they were waiting for a volume, so i believe that i am a hero is behind around 50~70 chapters, assuming he author might have taken some breaks.
reagarding yotsuba&, which i'm loving, according to the lastest chapter i've seen translated, they are behind 2 years. is the magazine (dengeki daioh) monthly or weekly??~
plus if you have the time i reccomend you to read inuyashiki, from the same author as gantz. the story is good, sadly it gets edgy from time to time when they focus on the villain, but overall its good
Nagisa33 Mar 13, 4:30 PM
Wow, you've been busy!

Great but a lot of of work, especially since I'm in the middle of midterms. It's going well and I did a bang up job on my presentation if I do say so myself! Got into an internship for next year. Yay! I'll be working with teenagers with behavioral difficulties. Abuse, neglect, etc. It's certainly going to be a different and difficult experience and I'll be learning a lot. It's going to help me become a better counselor and I'm looking forward to help teens cope.

It's getting warmer and the sun's out for longer where I'm at, which is quite, quite, quite nice. I grew vines + some herbs like basil, rosemary, and parsley. I bought some posters for my room to add some color. Some video game ones, and some Mucha ones. Some christmas lights too. Other than that I got to see my parents and brother this weekend so that was fantastic. A much needed breather from work and school.

I've been listening to some audiobooks and I really enjoyed The Trial by Franz Kafka. Good stuff. Not sure what I want to listen to next.

As usual, I get my anime discussion from the Uber club, Anime World Order, AAA podcast, and The Cart Driver. It looks like The Cart Driver isn't going to last with one blogger leaving, and another writing for MAL now. I've been following them for quite a while and so we'll see what happens. Nothing definitive yet but I'll be sad when they go. Maybe I'm looking for a new blog to follow like them with a lot of humor and silliness? I've been looking for some other sites for discussion. Any suggestions?

Also, I've been thinking of how I enjoy anime and if I want to change anything. I share my thoughts as I watch different shows and it's fun to hear what others think. I'm liking where I'm at though. In college I joined an anime club and that was fun. Not sure if I want to do that again but I do love face to face discussion more than anything. I had the opportunity to go to some conventions but I passed them up for whatever reason. I'm debating on going to Anime Boston but idk. I'm slightly curious to see what it's all about. I was debating on writing a blog but I'm terrible at writing, I'm inconsistent in posting, and I'm pretty lazy! :) How do you enjoy anime besides watching it?

I've been looking for some sites for videogame discussion as well. I listen to Kinda Funny now and I really enjoy them, even if I don't agree with everything they say. I was looking at neogaf but I'm not sure. I also follow a few people on Twitch like Dans Gaming and some people I met while playing Dark Souls. I do enjoy backloggery but I'm not sure how to engage in discussion there. Any suggestions for videogame discussion that has a solid community?

Some video games I've been playing are on my profile. They're Firewatch, Life is Strange, and Persona 4 Golden. All great. I'll be sure to post as I continue to play them. To The Moon and Undertale are probably going to be next. I've been pumped for Uncharted 4 from the trailers and gameplay. Looks fantastic. I need to start from the series beginning though before I touch 4! Dark Souls 3 looks like more Dark Souls, which is totally fine with me. I won't be able to play it bc no PS4 access. Any games you've been enjoying? What are you looking forward to?

As for animoo I've been taking it very easy. Just watching Erased right now. Rakugo is up next. That's all I want to watch from the current season I think. I took a break from everything else. I don't want to watch Oniisama e... even though some people have been singing its praises in club and I heard it's fantastic. Honestly, I'm laughing at how melodramatic it is. I feel like I should stick it out even if it's for a piece of anime history. Anyway, there's shows I want to finish and series I'm excited for the future. Any series that you're enjoying now or looking forward to?

Whew! That was more than I expected to write! Anyway that's what I've been up to recently.
Xykko Feb 28, 4:44 AM
aizo what chapter is i am a hero currently in? it's been nearly 6 months since the last update on the manga
Soki Feb 18, 8:46 AM
Finished 2 years ago.
Soki Feb 17, 6:14 AM
As a neet I can't even afford to leave my room.
zodac Feb 10, 6:05 PM
GN = graphic novels, i like alot of autobiographical/memoir selfpublished/small press graphic novels, but lately i buy way more than i've been reading. i think the last boom series she read was Burning Fields, idk if shes started anything new. yeah i heard Giant Days is great but idk if i wanna do another ongoing, i was probably going to check out some of their finished series and minis. Irredeemable and Incorruptible have been on my read que for ages......

Yeah most of my ongoings are Image, Dark Horse and Valiant (how I get my superhero fix)

Oh i read Jupiter Legacy but havent gotten around to Jupiter Circle yet. But i like Mark Millar stuff, hes entertaining at the very least, I heard his new series Huck is one of his best. Nah i didnt know there was an image humble bundle. i bought a Marvel Unlimited subscription over the Holidays, annual fee was 50 bucks instead of 70. so for its been worth it for me, kinda into superheroes lately >_>

just curious, since i dont come across many western comic readers on mal, and most people here suffer from "all comics = marvel and dc" much like how non anime watchers think "all anime = naruto and hentai" how do you feel about western comics (specifically american ones) vs manga? i usually dont like to compare because i find them grossly different and they both had different evolutionary tracks, but just wondering
Jodyqt Feb 8, 10:49 PM
As for the one's that I like the most from the WMT...

- Akage no Anne (Would probably be my favourite for varying reasons - namely how Isao Takahata managed to put the spotlight on the condition of an orphan in such an empathetic manner - also what I greatly appreciated from the series was its attention to details regarding Anne's tendency to overcompensate for her insecurities by using her imagination.)
- Ie Naki Ko (NOT the WMT, but the story structure is quite similar to a lot of them, so it wouldn't be far removed from them as a recommendation. I would have to agree with the sentiment by many people who have seen it that this is one of the best anime ever made and I'd urge anyone to check it out who have not done so as of yet. Depicting in the most avid detail social conditions that faced the French peasantry and the struggle of a cultured and once privileged man to educate and give young Remi the lessons in life to survive)
- Flanders no Inu (Primarily a recommendation of the movie but you can check out the series if you wish. One thing that struck me about Flanders no Inu's story particularly though is how Nello becomes an artist to put to paper his own personal experiences and the genuine emotional intensity behind his art - no matter how untrained he is. The relationship with the dog is not superficial either, in fact the companionship only harnesses and manages to detail the real social inequality of his society.)
- Oniisama E... (If you are after a slice-of-lifish series, that has received some mute comparisons to the WMT (I personally don't really see it), then you should definitely check out this series. What you have here is melodrama at its finest, and quote on quote - probably the most serious slice of life anime in existence - what makes the melodrama in Oniisama E... work is the intrinsic artistic value throughout the course of the entire series. The whole story is primarily an allegory for the 1789 French Revolution and captures the grotesque bureaucratic qualities of the aristocracy, the paranoia and anxieties that comes with the absolutely relentless competition among the students at this all-girls school.)
- Romeo no Aoi Sora (Following a young man sold into slavery, and manages to find a job as a chimney sweep in Austria/Switzerland (can't remmeber which one it was), a nice short WMT series that had more of an orientation to action to drive the story forward unlike its counterparts in the WMT)
- Les Miserables (As I said in the previous post. The best part of this adaptation was the really characterization they gave to Cosette herself. The first arc was quite phenomenal and the dramatic story of Jean Valjean make this a hard one not to recommend, but I think primarily what was so gerat about this series was it's ability to detail the story of the people leading up to the French Revolution of the 1830s)
- Kemono no Souja Erin (Probably one of the best anime in the past decade. It has its issues - namely pacing - but the growth of Erin as a character is quite simply remarkable, what is amazing about this series was that it was able to capture her development and connect it to the political intrigues of the world around her and feed that into developing her character)
- Marco (The breadth and scope of Marco's character growth is as epic as the journey itself. Travelling to find his mother in colonial Argentina, it has its pitfalls (namely some pacing issues towards the beginning and at the very end) but overall this was one solid episode after another)
- Candy Candy (this one isn't the WMT either, however it has many qualities similar to some of the WMT so I may as well. Whilst it's length can come across as somewhat daunting. Candy Candy has some of the most dramatic moments in anime history. Despite myself giving such praise, I can't not issue a warning that Candy Candy's biggest problem is using deus ex machina as a central component to plot development - where the primary driving force of the plot at given intervals is either so horrible that it defies comprehension or so hilariously convenient that it kinda just leaves you speechless. Nevertheless it is a quality shoujo series that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend despite these issues.)
- Kaze no Naka no Shoujo: Kinpatsu no Jeanie (I have yet to finish this series as of yet but I would recommend it from what I have seen)
- Alps no Shoujo Heidi (Like the above, I have yet to finish it and make a full summary of it, but I would recommend it based on what I have seen)
- Tanoshii Muumin Ikka (Same as above)

These are probably my favourite or the ones highest on my recommendations list for what you are asking for.