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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
May 3, 2017 12:42 PM
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Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
May 3, 2017 12:41 PM
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Renai Boukun
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Tokyo Ghoul:re
Tokyo Ghoul:re
May 9, 2017 3:03 AM
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Haikyuu!!
Haikyuu!!
May 3, 2017 8:34 PM
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Dr. Stone
May 3, 2017 8:30 PM
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vulturs Feb 25, 5:08 AM
Multi-tasking social responsibilities is a nightmare, somewhat. It's taken me some time. Don't sweat it - honestly.

I think most of all I'm interested in the South Korean obsession with beauty. Though I'm not exactly sure where I'll go to sate that curiosity - perhaps get my face scrutinized by a plastic surgeon then shriek in horror. I'd take it all with a grain of salt, though. All societies have admired certain types of faces and bodies and this hardly changes in largely homogeneous populations I would assume.

Most places I visit for leisure I like to explore as much as humanly possible at a very slow pace, so usually a city would take me two weeks or more. Cities I've combed through at leisure are not nearly as many as I've had to visit for work and when working we have hardly any time to peruse. A good way for me experience a place while working when I have little time is when I have meals - depending on the circumstances, I can dine at a local restaurant and see how people socialize and have a good time in the company of locals and other international workers. Eating a guinea pig in Peru.. I'll never forgive myself for that. but experience is experience.

Where do you plan on going next?

I'm pretty curious as to how many in NK would willingly defect if given a free pass. I want to know how many actually buy into the regime. I understand the idea that many would be too afraid, but if they could somehow, I don't know, vanish and reappear in SK I'd like to know who and how many actually would.

I guess its the homesickness again that makes me want to go back to Europe. I miss the thick beer, the local dialect in my home town - listening to the varied German spoken in my local Goethe Society group is so grating and I'm often having to ask people to repeat themselves and such. I figure I'm doing a good thing though sometimes as plenty of learners of the language come in to speak with us for genuine language immersion experiences.

I've picked up a bit of Japanese from my ex, but I'd be pretty interested in learning the language if I wasn't so fearful of the additional logogram aspect. I admire people who have made significant effort to learn. It does help having such a significant cultural media such as manga and anime. Perhaps continue with the Japanese?

Moving is probably one of the most emotionally and physically taxing things a person can do and the less times one has to do it in their lifetime the better. I'm finding that a lot of gen y is having to become quite mobile, often at little notice and at an increasing cost each time. Rents here are absolutely ridiculous and the tenancy laws outmoded. Hopefully no more moves for you in the near future, ja?

The internet certainly isn't a bad way to become more social again - a stepping stone, if you will. I certainly hope you start feeling more like your old, more open and social self soon :)
vulturs Feb 21, 4:49 PM
I'm glad that it made you happy as opposed to creeped out. I had a bee in my bonnet for a while because I was looking at my friend list and thought.. wtf happened to that guy. How dare thee abandon thy conversation! Nah, it's fine - when working on abroad I make and maintain friends from all over the place via email etc and as I'm approaching the last year in my twenties, I'm kind of thinking a year is a mere blink nowadays. We all get busier and busier as our ability to pay more and more tax grows higher hahaha.

Well, you got back from Seoul in one piece! Great! I've got it on my list as I'm dying to see the everyday South Korea that isn't so present in dramas and music coming out of there. I definitely want to go to a soju bar and see if I can rattle off a few convincing phrases. Among other obviously more culturally enriching experiences.

I went to Japan for the first time on my way back from Germany after spending Christmas with family and friends in Celle and then in Hamburg. I've since practiced the Söl'ring dialect with my mother a few times and it really isn't sticking. If anything, I speak Danish better than I did this time last year. Figures.

As for Japan, it was merely in transit. A few hours to float about and buy as many trinkets as I could fit into my laptop bag - clearly not much! I do plan on going back but I'm not really sure when. I think I mentioned my partner was Japanese previously. After four years we parted ways - so unless work takes me there, I'm keeping Japan on the back burner for now because I'm still having a sulk about it.

North Korea poking its head out of its shell a bit further has made me a little cynical, if I'm honest. I understand that for a lot of Korean people, seeing a unified Korean team walk through a stadium together in an Olympic opening was rather significant - but is that all the people are going to get, seemingly token gestures of unity? Perhaps its just the start. The reunification of Germany happened not long ago. These things take time. I don't know why I had such a strong cringe reaction to the opening also featuring a massive dove and a rendition of Imagine, peace being the theme of the night. You wouldn't throw a food-themed party with flashing images of burgers and healthy drinking water in South Sudan, so..

I'm too cynical.

I've been too many places to list off. A lot of Europe and South/southeast Asia, the Pacific and North Africa. I was fortunate enough to train emergency service workers in Nepal last year after some significant flooding and for the past few days I've been working with some emergency teams here after an ex-cyclone decided to pay a visit in the southern parts of the nation. Out of most emergency situations, it's flooding I loathe the most - a lot of sewerage overflow getting into peoples homes, gastro illness etc. Kids and the elderly get it the worst.

Congratulations on your promotion. More responsibility? Less sleep? Sleep still evades me and I've got a sleep clinic appointment coming up. I'm pretty sure they're just going to say its my job. surprise surprise.

So I suppose I've mostly been fine. I've been thinking more about moving back to Europe, really. I always forget how convenient it is being not so isolated in the world.

What's kept you so busy? and speaking of KFC, the news networks have been harping on about them running out of chicken there. Seems they care more about lack of chicken than lack of funding for the NHS.

It's been good hearing from you.
vulturs Jul 10, 2017 7:22 PM
...h-hello?
vulturs May 6, 2017 2:34 AM
I suppose its nice having a bit of time between messages as there's a lot more time to consider what to put in a reply. Usually I'm quick to get back to people, but I've been lumped with a whole lot of paperwork that usually comes around this time of year when audits are being done and suddenly management wants data about every little thing they could otherwise care less about.

As annoying as it was for me to go through being a conscript, it wasn't as physically demanding as I imagined it to be - it was mostly boring and the training felt like a sloppy boot camp for delinquent teenagers. I felt that we were simply a waste of time and energy for the Bundeswehr and it didn't surprise me at all when conscription was finally eliminated. I think it was getting too expensive for the government to justify, especially since most German soliders were needed abroad, not at home. There was the option to conscientiously object military conscription and just do civil duties (Zivildienst) instead, but you had to write a letter to the draft office for approval.

World peace is quite a naïve wish, I suppose. Although it does make me think of the way we like to portray utopian societies in fiction - and this reflects what you say about our tendency to seek faults in our peers - I've seen a lot of sci-fi films that portray utopias of the future as dominated by clean lines and without clutter, people dressed similarly and more often than not within the same set of colours. I suppose this tells us a lot about what we think is important in a so-called peaceful setting - uniformity and lack of resistance.

I suppose people might say that North Korea is the polar opposite of a utopia. but I can see the same uniformity there, too. There's odd little parallels I see here and there between utopias and dystopias. I'll save that tangent for another time.

I definitely think submerging yourself in a language by living in a country where it is spoken predominantly is a great help. I myself am trying as much as I can to learn a language my mother speaks that only has around 400+ fluent speakers left (maybe even less). I can understand Danish pretty well, but it's not really as important for me to pursue that. Are you good with any languages other than Korean?

I understand you're leaving for South Korea this month - if I've managed to reply in time, I hope you and your partner travel safely and that you find the inspiration there that will help fuel your drive toward achieving your future plans. Travelling really is the only thing that gives me an unrivalled rush of excitement. Where else in the world have you ventured to?

Citizens here qualify for a myriad of work and study visas in other countries because of agreements made between governments to encourage youth mobility and cultural understanding. I think these are hugely beneficial and definitely see the advantages - which brings the EU to mind, of course. I suppose if it all falls apart such agreements might become commonplace across Europe. I suppose I was a little concerned with Britain leaving the EU - if France left too, that'd leave Germany in a pretty interesting position. When I think of home, I kind of see it as a ship that's sinking slowly.. and its on fire.. hah. Perhaps Germany ought to learn something from Britain's departure.

Indeed, Christmas is just another day. People panic for weeks on end prior to the event, ending in a few hours of fuss on the day itself. I think I'll just adopt the Japanese tradition of eating some KFC on the day and leave it at that. My partner is Japanese, so that's a good enough excuse in the event of any complaints. Such convenience!

I've had a small bit of success taking melatonin to help regulate my sleep - some of my colleagues swear by the stuff, especially when the other option is usually zopiclone (a benzo) to induce sleep. I try to avoid sleep aids like that because they're often addictive and their usefulness wears out in the long run. My partner is a specialist registrar and he will usually offer me general advice if I seek it, but if there's anything he'll nag me about most its that I don't see a general practitioner often enough. I guess I just have this idea that if there's nothing seriously wrong about my health (a broken leg!), I shouldn't have to see a GP. I'm not very proactive about regular check-ups. How ironic. I get to see the fruits of this lazy attitude towards health so often and here I am, being lazy myself. Oops.

Anyway, I hope you're well. Bis später (until later).
vulturs Apr 13, 2017 5:45 AM
No problem, was just a bit concerned. Take your time. I have a stellar memory, so not to worry - whatever you choose to do with previous comments is up to you. I just didn't want to miss out on a decent conversation with someone like yourself and opted to drop you a bit of bait. Now where does the interest in testing memories come from?

I've seen the military transform my peers in both good and bad ways. With conscription, even with the opportunity to conscientiously object and be granted the option to do civilian service, there was always pressure to just go through with it like some sort of coming of age ritual and disregard any negative feelings about the prospect of military life - or at least that's how it went for me. Some men benefit from hyper-masculine bro-culture (though not to the benefit of others hah) and finding their strength in the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment in service to their country that the military can provide, but when it came to me it wasn't what I needed at all - I just wasn't prepared to voice it and face the consequences.

I suppose when I think of the military and its primary role, I think of defence - and perhaps increasingly so given the world at present but having said that, many contentious things have happened in the name of defence that have increased our need for more defence force personnel in the first place. At least the servicemen in the JSF might not have the feeling that they're part-time soldiers of fortune. I'd be happy with just peacekeeping and rebuilding.

I really should have explained what Laugengebäck was. Sometimes I'll mention German things to people in conversation and forget that they might have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about.

Enjoy your trip to S.K. in May. Are you going alone or with company? As for moving there, three years sounds like a good timeline - I think it's great that you're willing to allow yourself that time to learn more about their language and culture. It'll go a long way.

Christian 'converts' getting a free ride to Japan!? I must say that gave me a good laugh. I don't think my conscience could tolerate that kind of deception, and I'd be rather wary of those who could. A friend of mine moved to Japan to teach English with AEON and taught for four years and came back with hardly any skill in the Japanese language - having to speak English all day and then coming back to living quarters surrounded by other English teachers made for very little time to immerse themselves enough to catch on to Japanese. I was rather stunned to hear it, but it made sense.

I suppose working on occasions like Christmas or Easter is a way for me to curb loneliness, yes, but also a way to allow some of my colleagues to enjoy these occasions with their families. I don't mind it as I don't have family here and I don't always like spending so much money flying back to Europe every year. At times where I've not worked during Christmas I've either travelled back to Germany, spent it with the Brits I live with (who are usually completely inebriated) or curled up with a ridiculously large book and a couple of beers. Plus, one nice thing about working during Christmas is the amount of food/gifts/treats we get when visiting homes. Which our boss knows about, but doesn't ;)

What does an Englishman, or you in particular, do for Christmas celebrations?

I think the only health issue that has arisen from my partiality to night shifts is my inability to sleep. It's never bad enough to affect my ability to do my job properly, but I do wonder sometimes what else it might be doing to me. I'd hate for something bad to hit me out of the blue later on.

I also wanted to know - what do you think of the Brexit?