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Anime Stats
Days: 124.2
Mean Score: 6.24
  • Total Entries1,038
  • Rewatched0
  • Episodes8,098
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Anne Happy♪
Anne Happy♪
4 hours ago
Watching 5/12 · Scored 8
Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?
Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?
6 hours ago
Watching 5/12 · Scored 7
Flying Witch Petit
Flying Witch Petit
Yesterday, 2:46 PM
Watching 4/- · Scored 6
Manga Stats
Days: 10.6
Mean Score: 6.96
  • Total Entries110
  • Reread0
  • Chapters1,902
  • Volumes104
Manga History Last Manga Updates
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
Apr 28, 2:34 PM
Reading 2/- · Scored -
Ookami to Koushinryou
Ookami to Koushinryou
Apr 28, 2:16 PM
Reading 21/102 · Scored -
Sakura Trick
Sakura Trick
Apr 16, 5:29 PM
Reading 24/- · Scored 6


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JanusPrime Today, 8:28 AM
Mostly safe he says
JanusPrime Today, 8:26 AM
What anime is this one? Looks interesting
Cratex Yesterday, 4:00 PM

(I need to get around to watching this)
Cratex Yesterday, 3:23 PM
Acinonyx May 2, 5:18 PM
Gah, It's even harder than I originally thought to watch anime lately. I'm even having trouble watching some of my favorite shows from the past. I've been chewing through LNs lately, so at least there's that.

I've started a weekly roleplaying group for Dresden Files with a few other people. I don't really care for western urban fantasy, but creating a character and a backstory was kind of fun. I wish we'd started with D&D or something, but we'll see how long this lasts.
mora404 Apr 30, 8:24 PM
Flying Witch ep 4. I loved it when Chinatsu kept playing with Inukai's ears. I hope Makoto's witch skills improve... I would think she would have a teacher/ elder witch mentor to help her along.
dmrch Apr 30, 3:53 PM
> but since it was one character per panel the girls didn't think to read it right to left and instead first read ゆのさま (grin)

All Japanese people exactly experience such things in their childhood at least once. haha.

> Oh, before I came here my son and I had just watched Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova DC.
> Have you seen this series, and if so what did you think of it?

I have watched Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova. In my opinion, both the story and the plot were in focus very well. (I regard that the main story is about character development of the artificial intelligence girls getting human identity. And I regard that the main plot is about tactical win of protagonists's team in very disadvantageous battle for them). Thus, I think it was a very good anime, so I gave a 3 to it.

... Yeah, it was a 3.

Simply, I usually don't give a high score to anime which light-heartedly utilizes names of the Empire of Japan's things. Those names of the battleship girl characters in the show were taken from Japanese battleships of WWII. Because of that, I gave the low score, but I thought it was a very good anime.

> 甘 (あま) ⇒ (adjective) あまい, sweet

I feel that I have to tell the following just in case. Other than the meaning for taste, the English word "sweet" seems to have something like good implication. (e. g. "It's so sweet", "You are sweet" etc).

However, the Japanese word "あまい" doesn't have good meaning other than the meaning for taste. The word means "too indulgent", "too optimistic", "not facing to reality" and the like. In battle anime, really many villains shout "あまい!". It means "your move is not effective!", "You're too weak!" or the like. If you literally translated "You're so sweet" into Japanese for saying it to a Japanese woman, it will bring a disaster to you. haha
dmrch Apr 30, 11:17 AM
> ->And all battles in it are taken as Hanafuda match. Yeah, it is comedy.
> Ah, that actually sounds cool :)

Having said that, there are somehow serious and "Fate"-like emotional scenes. In Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald scnerio, Kayneth finally admits that Lancer (the Lancer of the fourth Holy Grail war, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne) is a great knight who is devoted to Kayneth. And he finally wants to become a great Master for Diarmuid. In other words, Diarmuid's wish is completely fulfilled. And Kayneth and Diarmuid fight together, with holding their bravery and pride, against the overpowered villain Gilgamesh... in a HANAFUDA match. LOL

> Then The other day I discovered a cool feature of the Windows "language" bar tool (I use Windows 10, but I suspect this is in 7 as well since I started using the language bar in 7).

Oh, that feature has been added to IME pad since Windows 98, but I forgot it until today because I have almost never utilized that. (Native Japanese speakers living in Japan commonly learn and memorize about over 2000 regular-use kanji letters, so we don't need the feature so much).

Maybe you know the following, but I'll write this just in case:

(1) Kun-yomi (Kun reading) and On-yomi (On reading)

> When you hover your mouse over the options, it even pops up hiragana/katakana pronunciation guides.

On such usage of dictionary, hiragana indicates Kun-yomi and katakana indicates On-yomi. Regarding one letter words, Japanese usually regard them as Kun-yomi. For instance, "庵" is "いおり" and means "hermitage" for Japanese. But, when "庵" is used for combination with other kanji letters, that is usually "アン" or "オン". In other words, it will be extremely rare that native Japanese speakers can link the pronounciation into the word "庵 (いおり)", when you say "アン" as one letter word to them.

(2) Direction for reading

> Actually, possibly my biggest issue was realizing the correct *direction* to read the sign over her shop (right to left...) (haha)

haha, I know your feeling.

In tradition, vertical writing was only one proper way in writing of the Japanese language. (In this method, lines are written from right to left). This is still one of proper writing ways. For instance, almost all of Japanese manga now takes the vertical writing style, so multiple speech balloons are put from right to left in a manga cell and also the order of manga cells is from right to left. (I guess that this way confuses European language speakers at the beginning).

Then, since 1853 (the start of the Japanese modernization), horizontal writing was considered as one kind of vertical writing in Japan. In short, it was regarded that each line has only one letter in vertical writing, so you need to read them from right to left. And finally, after WWII, horizontal writing from left to right has been accepted. But, in very rare cases, horizontal writing from right to left is used for showing "archaic" in present day. The sign of Chiya's cafe is that.
dmrch Apr 29, 9:16 PM
> Favor: in "Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?" I'm trying to figure out the name of Chiya's cafe - is it: 「甘兎庵」 ?

Oh, I think it was really hard for you to type those kanji letters.

Yes. And "甘兎庵" is read as "あまうさあん".
FYI: the meanings of the kanji letters are:
甘 (あま) ⇒ (adjective) あまい, sweet
兎 (うさ) ⇒ or 兎 (うさぎ), rabbit
庵 (あん) ⇒ or 庵 (いおり), hermitage. Small restaurants in Japan sometimes use this word to their names.

> but the game you are playing seems to be a typical adventure game (I looked it up). Is it an actual combination of the two?

(If the word "adventure game" that you mentioned means games of showing stories to players, almost equal to "visual novels"), yes, it is. The scenario is about Illya, Miyu and Chloe's fight against other Servants and Masters, in order to get the Holy Grail... the Holy Grail Hot Spring (!). And all battles in it are taken as Hanafuda match. Yeah, it is comedy.

That is a very common way of anime/manga characters game in Japan. And Type-Moon is a visual novel company. (Firstly the company was founded for releasing novels of Nasu Kinoko, the writer of Type-Moon now). So, scenarios of Type-Moon characters games tend to be very long. Regarding that, the most famous scenario is the Caren Hortensia route of Fate/Tiger Colosseum Upper (that is a boring action game but an interesting story game). You can actually play as Caren in some battles two or three minutes in the route and also you need to read Caren's story over 60 minutes in it. haha
Cratex Apr 28, 3:45 PM
"Life is Suckware. I want to quit playing."
-- Ako Tamaki
JanusPrime Apr 28, 4:58 AM
Well that is a bit more harsh, but that is not what he was meaning anyway.
JanusPrime Apr 26, 8:13 AM
Arpeggio is on my need to see list so will watch that one. Will have to look into the other.
JanusPrime Apr 25, 9:16 AM
It is not for everyone. The mecha only play a small part, but the people part did not get a real good mix either. The relationship was always forced feeling. I just like that he blows things up, she hits him, and the teachers are ok with it.
Cratex Apr 24, 1:19 PM
High School Fleet Episode 3 - still not sure what to make of this this yet. In this episode, even with the sudden help of somebody who know what she was doing, it was a series of not impossible but rather highly unlikely events that allowed them to win the battle with that sub, but in other respects is was a little (a little) more reasonably "realistic" than their previous battles. But all together, it's almost like the folks they've encountered so far aren't really trying...

Otherwise, all the cuteness mixed with their very deadly serious situation is a little to incongruent. I've nothing on which to anchor my perspective (pun intended).