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Days: 89.7
Mean Score: 7.32
  • Total Entries369
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K-On!
K-On!
Nov 28, 2012 1:45 AM
Re-watching 8/13 · Scored 9
Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Nov 20, 2012 4:17 PM
Watching 19/60 · Scored 8
Love Lab
Love Lab
Nov 20, 2012 2:52 PM
Plan to Watch · Scored -
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Days: 16.0
Mean Score: 7.65
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Naruto
Naruto
Nov 15, 2012 11:42 AM
Reading 608/700 · Scored 5
Soul Eater
Soul Eater
Nov 6, 2012 10:47 PM
Reading 5/117 · Scored 8
Touhou Suzunaan: Forbidden Scrollery.
Touhou Suzunaan: Forbidden Scrollery.
Nov 6, 2012 8:07 PM
Reading 1/54 · Scored 9

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Norman87 May 3, 2013 5:35 PM
Happy birthday!
Norman87 Nov 24, 2012 10:15 AM
I agree with you, I don't think compulsory military service makes sense any more. I can see the value in compulsory public service, but not when it's only military service. I think that pressure comes from outdated ideas of "manliness". Because fighting and killing things is somehow supposed to be more manly than real responsibility and respecting your fellow human being. At least those types of ideas are slowly on the way out.

Exactly. The best way to combat hatred and racism starts with education. It's especially a problem here because the American school system is so screwed up. There's the belief here that private schools offer a better education, but they don't have to live up to all of the same standards as public schools so students who go there can be taught horribly biased curricula and even outright lies in some cases. Public schools aren't great either because their funding is being reduced so they don't have as many resources for students. Yet many Americans will still tell you that we're the best country in the world with the best everything, including education. =/
Norman87 Nov 16, 2012 5:09 PM
Don't worry about it~ Is military service required in Finland?

While it's true that a lot of western culture is based on ancient Greece and Rome, those certainly aren't the only influences that have shaped the modern western world. And the world today is a mix of so many different cultures that's it's a disservice to students to not teach them about other ones. I think it contributes to racism and hatred between groups, too. People who aren't interested enough in history to read about it outside of required classes can grow up knowing nothing about any other cultures and think of them as nothing but those people that the Europeans killed/conquered.

I agree. I don't have to deal with the expectations as much since I've started college now but that's still something that I expect to be brought up at this year's holiday gatherings.
Norman87 Oct 31, 2012 8:41 PM
That's definitely true in regards to city size. Traffic in Chicago even in good weather probably dwarfs that in Finland, so when you throw in a blizzard like that it's even worse.

That sounds like an interesting class. I can't say Mesopotamia was given much attention in the world history classes I've taken. Those focused mostly on ancient Rome and Greece and Western Europe and just glossed over everything else. Such balanced history classes they make us take. =/

I know how that is. While it can be nice to see family once in a while, I definitely miss the peace and quiet around here when they show up. As for the snow clean up, plowing is what machines like a snow plow do. I'd guess that you weren't driving one and used a shovel, so in that case you'd just say that you shoveled snow.
Norman87 Oct 24, 2012 8:36 PM
Yup. There's this iconic picture of the snowstorm that you may have seen already:



That's Lake Shore Drive, one of the biggest roads in Chicago, where hundreds of cars were stranded when the blizzard hit. It took days to get all of them out of there. Most schools and workplaces were closed for a few days. (If I remember correctly I got two days off afterwards.)

Nice. Roman history is definitely an interesting period. I love reading about the earliest civilizations and empires. Military history and the Cold War period are especially fascinating to me as well. Really I can enjoy anything that isn't American history. That gets crammed down our throats in school way too much here.

Yeah I see what you mean, it can be boring if a game is too easy and doesn't come as a challenge at all. Though I would still prefer that to one that's way too hard even at the easy difficulties. =P
Norman87 Oct 21, 2012 11:36 AM
Awesome. Most people around here don't like snow because it can cause traffic problems, but I still love it. I guess last year was making up for the year before, when we got a lot of snow here, including one of the biggest snow storms in the history of the midwest.

That sounds pretty interesting. I love history myself and even considered studying it, but decided against it because a history degree isn't good for much besides becoming a history teacher. >_> But I do like to read about all sorts of history on my own time. Do you have any favorite historical eras/topics?

I see. I've heard that some of the Touhou games can be pretty brutal, though I've never played any of them myself. The videos I've seen on Youtube certainly support that idea.

Haha yeah the finger-spinning scene from the OP seems to be making the rounds around the Internet rather quickly.
Norman87 Oct 18, 2012 8:59 PM
Nice! I love snow too. I'm sure you get much more of it in Finland that I do here. Last winter was no fun because it was so much warmer than usual and there was almost no snow here. :c

I see. What sort of classes are they?

Yeah I loved that scene with Nori too. XD I've done that before myself when a game crashes or something.

Rewatching the previous seasons of Hayate no Gotoku would probably be a good idea if I had time for it. I want to say the third season isn't as good so far but it's hard because it's been so many years since I watched the first.
Norman87 Oct 16, 2012 7:33 PM
I do know what you mean. My mind wanders all over the place when I've got nothing keeping me busy. I get distracted way too easily. A part-time job would be a good thing to have if you could get one.

I'm watching a lot more new anime this season that previously.

Chuunibyou: Possibly my favorite one so far. It's hilarious and Rikka is awesome.
Hayate no Gotoku season 3: It feels a bit lackluster compared to the previous seasons, but at least the addition of Ruri could be interesting.
Hidamari Sketch season 4: You already heard about that one. =P
Little Busters: Not much I can say after only one episode, but I'm expecting it to be good since it's Key.
Robotics;Notes: Well the first episode was definitely easier to follow than Steins;Gate. XD Akiho is a fun character too so I'm looking forward where this goes.
Norman87 Oct 11, 2012 10:22 PM
You are right. It's nice to actually have my life headed in a meaningful direction instead of just working for the sake of a paycheck. And while I don't think too much free time makes me think myself into depression, I do end up wasting too much of it on the Internet anyways. XD

For Little Busters, I was wondering the same thing myself. I've been wanting to play the VN but haven't gotten around to it. I figured I'd go ahead and watch the anime since it may be a while before that happens. If you think you'll get to it soon I would wait and go for the VN first, but that's just me.
Norman87 Oct 9, 2012 7:35 PM
I think that is the correct term, but most people here just shorten it and call them final exams. =P Must be nice having free time. I've been good, but pretty busy since school started. I haven't had nearly as much time for anime or this site as I would like. (And I have a lot I'd like to keep up with this season, too.)

It was good! Pretty much what I've come to expect from Hidamari Sketch. You definitely won't be disappointed with it. The only things I didn't like as much compared to the previous seasons were the opening and ending songs.
Norman87 Oct 7, 2012 7:51 PM
Hello again~ It's been a while. What's up? Enjoy the first episode of the new Hidamari season (if you've seen it)? :3
Norman87 Jul 30, 2012 8:56 PM
Welcome to the NHK? I've seen about two episodes at an anime club but that's it. I used to be a bit more sociable in online games too. Though this was more like 10 years ago instead of just 2 or 3, back in the days of Starcraft. I was young enough then that the immaturity of online gamers in general didn't bother me.

Hmmm, I don't remember thinking that Tomoya was more of a jerk from the parts of the VN that I played. But I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing. Starting off on a lower notes fits hits growth over the course of the series better.

Spanish certainly isn't a global language yet, but it's rising the fastest I think. Hispanics are spreading so fast in the U.S. it's almost becoming a requirement in some areas to be bilingual in Spanish and English to get many jobs.

I wouldn't necessarily say that's self-centered, people just have different preferences. I'd guess that you're more fond of the Scandinavian languages than I am given where you live, as they just sound awful to me. (Despite that I would still like to learn Swedish eventually, since I have some Swedish heritage.)

I feel kind of the same way about Jinrui. I liked the first two episodes better than I liked the third. I've got the next two episodes now so I'll have to see how they turn out.
Norman87 Jul 19, 2012 1:04 PM
Oh I didn't mean to imply that the game made people play solo, rather that I ended up choosing to do it that way. I'm just not the biggest fan of playing online with random people in the game that I don't know. So when my friends aren't on or are busy with different quests, I just end up soloing. I tend to be a loner like that. =P

Tomoyo's route was definitely my favorite of the Clannad routes I did complete. She made a really great couple with Tomoya. I didn't complete Kyou's route so I can't really comment on that one (and I'm sure the anime that I saw didn't do it justice).

I think English being dominant in entertainment worldwide is more the result of its spread rather than the cause. It spread at first due to British imperialism and the size and breadth the the British colonies, and was further entrenched by American dominance in world affairs, especially in the Cold War period when most of the world was aligned with the U.S. against the Soviet Union. If any language does overtake English in becoming a global language it will be Spanish (Spanish speakers from Latin and South America are already starting to take over here), Chinese, or maybe German.

As far as what sounds best, English is nice, but it's definitely not my favorite. The romance languages in general sound the nicest to be, especially French. I don't mind Russian either, in fact when I go back to school this fall I'm planning on learning Russian.

Jinrui was very, very bizarre. There were a few moments that had me laughing quite a bit (especially the one with the bread) but overall I'm not really sure what to think yet. I've got the second episode downloaded so I'll probably watch it later today.
Norman87 Jul 15, 2012 12:43 PM
I definitely agree about shooters. Even the ones that have better stories compared to other shooters still are dwarfed by most JRPGs or VNs story-wise. I'm not too interested in multiplayer modes, either. Even the few MMOs I've tried I just end up doing quests and stuff on my own instead of playing with others like the game was made for. >_>

I see. I probably won't add it to my list then if it's nothing special. Your mention of Tomoyo After also reminds me that I still haven't finished the Clannad VN. I played through two or three routes a few years ago when it was only partially translated, but I still have yet to finish it. Some day I'll get to it...

You're right about people outside of the U.S. and U.K. learning English. You get exposed to it much earlier than most people here get exposed to any other language. It's becoming a global language that's being used everywhere. I'm not sure that it's the best choice given how inconsistent spelling and grammar can be in English, but there's not much to be done about it at this point. =P

I haven't gotten to Ai's route yet. Out of the one's I've seen I'd have to say Kaoru is my favorite.
Norman87 Jul 10, 2012 5:46 PM
I see, I'm much closer to you when it comes to gaming. The bulk of my gaming is visual novels and JRPGs. I'm usually interested in a game for the story like you. I'll also play a few games here and there in other genres except for first person shooters. Those are the only ones I don't care for at all.

I'm not familiar with Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka. What's it about? Gekkou no Carnevale is the one I'm most hoping to play eventually. There is a completed Russian translation of it, however, and I'm planning on starting learning Russian this fall, so maybe I could play that version if the English one is never finished. XD

As far as learning Japanese through anime, I don't think it's possible to get a comprehensive understanding of the language that way. You can learn some words and phrases, but it's easy to mishear or misinterpret something. Without a teacher, lesson plan, or at least some native speaker (if you're trying to learn by immersion in a country where a language is spoken), you can just keep thinking the wrong thing. Immersion through media is a useful tool for learning a language, but I don't think you can learn one well through that method alone.

Amagami is pretty decent so far. The characters are mostly enjoyable (Except for Haruka. Someone needs to run that spoiled bitch over with a bus.), but I don't think they're getting enough episodes per character to develop them as well as they could be.

I see. You're not the only person I know who's said good things about Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, so I will definitely check it out later.