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Zurel Jan 31, 2015 9:41 AM
The last PM I got was the one about your story. So you didn't get my reply? It was pretty long-ish and I sent it long ago. I replied it late, like one week after you sent, so I did wonder if that somehow offended you >.<

I overtook a dead club so I am real busy. I have to turn off all form of communication for now, or the messages just wouldn't stop (and I just kept answering, it got exhausting). I will open my PM at least when things have slowed down.
Zurel Jan 30, 2015 7:34 AM
Hey, Tsuneki. Urm, I have been wondering if I said something wrong in my PM? Or maybe it didn't reach you or something? Urm, I didn't get any reply you see... Ah, it's okay though if you prefer to cease contact. But can you at least say why. Thanks?
Zurel Dec 23, 2014 5:08 AM
Do you have plan to try a different job, or different place? Does it mean you have a lot of free time, enough for writing?

I will reply to your PM later. Philosophy is not my forte so I am going to read some stuff first. I already have some questions though, especially about your violinist. Why a violinist, though?
Zurel Dec 22, 2014 6:02 PM
A programmer's way of thinking is different from uninformed laymen like me. It's because we do not know that we fear even more.

What kind of work do you do, Tsuneki? The only programmers I have stumbled upon on the net so far work in aread related to gaming, either for mobile games or as GM in mmo. Do you have office hours or do you work from home?
Zurel Dec 22, 2014 10:47 AM
I should be careful of programmers who should know a lot about hacking, no? In this faceless world, it doesn't hurt to be more careful.
Zurel Dec 22, 2014 12:45 AM
Yep, totally interested. Though, can't you PM me instead?

To totally unrelated question, Christmas in Russia is celebrated on January 7th right? I am real interested in other cultures of different countries, think you can recount how it's celebrated there? I don't celebrate Christmas however, and my idea of a 'typical' celebration is based on what is shown on the mass media in my country.
Zurel Dec 17, 2014 7:35 AM
How has TV Tropes helped you? Ignorant me had never even heard of it.

I must say I actually agree with your antagonist, to some extent. I don't believe two people can 100% agree with one another. For the most part we weigh argument, consider the risks and benefit, and either agree, disagree, or tolerate. And tolerating doesn't mean we agree, but we decide that the risk of disagreeing is higher than the benefit. Like Akane who doesn't believe Sybil is right, but knows the importance of maintaining the society. Thus exists politics and diplomacy. Still, for society not to exist basing on this... Do you think you can elaborate more Tsuneki?

Of course the views of the characters', be it the protagonist or the antagonist, the anti-hero or the anti-villain, cannot be said to represent the author's. But Masashi Kishimoto said that each of his characters has a little bit of him in them. I agree with him and I think the characters are shaped by the author's personality, likes and dislike, people that he meets, etc. What do you think?
Zurel Dec 13, 2014 7:52 AM
Aye, Kamui's existence is just beyond my suspension of disbelief. And Togane never intrigues me the way Kougami does, despite the intentional similarity they have. I suppose we are expected to be surprised by who Togane is (he is not assisting Akane like Kougami, kyaaa), but when we don't care about him in the first place, we just don't care. How I miss those two archenemies quoting books at every possible chances, sigh.

I grew up in a very cloistered environment so my reading was limited. At the age of 20, I was introduced to a new circle of readers, and dystopian YA was the mainstream at the time. So I will be forever associating dystopian to Hunger Games whatnot, arghhhh. I read the trilogy, and I liked the first book. But from there it was a ride all the way downhill. I don't watch the movies either since I am more of the book type. I heard it stresses more on the romance side of the story, so it's understandable why your friends called it the new Twilight. The only YA dystopian movie I tried to watch was Divergent, because I liked Ansel Elgort (girls are silly like that, bear with me) but it was accursedly slow and Ansel only appeared for like five minutes, so I gave up not before I even reached halfway.

Dystopian is just the other side of utopian. To someone, that kind of world must the right one, the perfect one. Maybe a world without war, without conflict. For example, if someone believes that religion is the root of all evil, he will strive for an agnostic or atheist world. Or the demolishment of racial identity to create a homogeneous society. But human logic is flawed and no matter how we try, there are always variables that we will miss. Not everyone will be happy.

You really know your stuff, don't you Tsuneki? Impressive. Are you a movie buff? As I said, I am not much into movie since I have short attention span. But I rather like period movies, or ones with psychological undertone.
Zurel Dec 12, 2014 4:52 AM
What do you think about the latest psycho-pass episode? I think it's quite okay, and for once I don't feel so disappointed, now that it has been revealed that it is intentional for Kamui vs Sybil to be on more personal level. I actually look forward to the next episode. It is the last episode, right?

Do you read or watch dystopian sub-genre? The thing that captures me so much about Psycho-Pass is, nowadays the genre is completely overtaken by YA and has become so formulaic. Hunger Games, Ugly, Divergent, they all go by the same trend: first, book, the protagonist realised the system she is in is not utopian; second book, she chooses to break through; third book... Whatever. It annoys me how these young peeps supposedly are so capable to change such corrupted systems and societies. I know that some people ask why Akane does nothing despite knowing the truth about Sybil, but as pointed out at the end of season one, Akane does not approve of Sybil but she knows the stability of the society is important.

Anyway, I really miss Kougane. It is just as well you don't approve of Togane. He is the bad guy after all.
Zurel Dec 10, 2014 5:20 AM
That sure did cross my thought. Though at first QB was behaving differently from the series, kind of like Kero-chan from Cardcaptor Sakura, and he wasn't talking. I was deceived into thinking maybe the Incubators had nothing to do with the illusory world, that Kaname Madoka's sacrifice had rendered them incapable to meddle with mahou shoujo anymore.

I couldn't hold it in so I watched Psycho-Pass anyway. Except for Tsunemori, everything else is disappointing. Even the OST. Kamui is nothing compared to Makashima, and even though his motive is still to annihilate the Sybil System, somehow I cannot get the feel that what he is doing is for the good of society. Things are confusing and at personal level, there is nothing philosophical about it that sets me thinking the way the first season did, and it certainly is not as intelligent. The first season explores the possibility of future based on our current society, like the question of online presence and monoculture. And season 2 is what, 200 people's body parts on one person? Three brains? The heck is that!? And gore, gore, gore that just frightens me visually but does not touch me emotionally. I am so frustrated!
Zurel Dec 9, 2014 3:55 AM
Ahh, I found the first our not that bad. In fact it was until Homura realised which of the mahou shoujo had turned into a witch, I quite enjoyed it. Like Homura, I too thought Bebe was the culprit. It was a bit like a whodunnit when you were given all the facts but you still got tricked. Do you like whodunnit, Tsuneki?

After that though, it became all haywire. I could not figure out which way was up and which was down. It was as if the writer wanted to twist everything for the sake of twisting it, logic be darned. Remimded me of manga like Tsubabsa Reservoir and Pandora Hearts (you must be glad you don't read manga). I agree whole-heartedly that the TV series was perfect and the ending was neat. Of course the open-ended fate of Madoka make some of us hunger for more, sort of. But many good stories are like that, and it's not like the movie gives us a more satisfying conclusion. Well, I will just pretend the movie never happens and that Madoka is over at the end of the season.

Anyway, can you suggest other works by Urobuchi Gen that you think I can watch?
Zurel Dec 7, 2014 11:08 PM
Hello, Tsuneki. How are you? I see you have watched the 3rd Madoka movie. What do you think about it?
Zurel Dec 2, 2014 5:13 AM
It's not that I don't know that it's impossible to read all the books out there. Still, I cannot help to feel insignificant, realising how little I know. While I do love fiction, I also strive to learn more so I can understand more about the world and myself. My way of thinking is an idiosyncrasy however, to the current education system and society of my country.

Sadly I will never be able to read your short stories. I also love to write, but my progress has been slow because of some in incidents in the past. Even though I was born not as a native-speaker of English, right now I prefer writing in English than in my first language. But being multilingual means there are some things I cannot convey in one language so I keep switching languages. Do you do that too? How many languages do you speak?

What I do for fun is rather hard to say, since sometimes I mix work up with pleasure. And it's not like I am currently fixedly employed. I am on study leave from uni, really. So let me see, apart from watching anime, I watch British dramas including old sitcoms like Blackadder, documentaries, Japanese dramas, and some Korean variety shows, and sometimes just trying to keep up to date with what currently interets the mass. Then there is reading book and magazines. Once I tried to play mmo but right now nope. And I love to sketch and paint. I am not an outdoor person, so I am basically a very dull existence.
Zurel Dec 1, 2014 4:43 AM
No matter how boring the story is? Well, I guess since you limit your genre, you feel less pressure than I do - you know, the feeling that there is infinite number of books out there but definite time, that art is long but life is short?

What is the language you use for your short stories, and what is the genre?
Zurel Nov 29, 2014 11:06 PM
Mmm, Perdido sure is a must-read according to Miéville's fans, and that was the steampunk subgenre that I was talking about. Currently though I am stuck among a pile of books with painfully slow narrative. Are you the type that easily abandon a book when it bores you, or are you like me, who stupidly persist until the end? One of my friends said that life was too short to be wasted on boring books.

If you don't mind, what is your background? You said English was not your first language. Also, how or what should I address you?