Heyoo, Welcome to my profile, This is Nalusa Falaya, I started to avidly watch anime in late 2019 with anime like Golden Time, Death Note and Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo, They were the first shows I watched when I got interested in the medium but none of them was the actual first anime I've watched, I used to watch hundreds of Detective Conan episodes in 2015-2019 and it still stands as my favorite anime ever made.
One of the biggest reasons why I made this account is to talk to new people, So if you want to send me a friend request or generally interact with me, I'll be happy to reply, Although I can be pretty bad at communication, Especially considering that my English is kinda meh.
I don't know what more to add in this bio, I'll just put my 3x3s...
(I limited it to a 3x3 just out of style, If there are more than 9 entries I favorite then I'll just say them underneath the picture)
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Made in Abyss
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Video games 3x3
GTA San Andreas
Doki Doki Literature Club
Persona 4 Golden
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag
Resident Evil 4
Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Minecraft: Story Mode are among my favorites as well
Western movies 3x3
1: Harry Potter series
2: The Lord of the Rings series
The Dark Knight
Catch Me If You Can
The Shawshank Redemption
Léon: The Professional
My top 8 favorite characters in fiction, I like them all the same and give the work they're in an easy 10 with 0 hesitation
Delilah from Firewatch
Monika from Doki Doki Literature Club
Severus Snape from Harry Potter
Meruem from Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Komugi from Hunter x Hunter (2011)
John from Unordinary (Please read this webcomic)
Joker from The Dark Knight
L from Death Note
-I'm an INFP-T
-My favorite musician is Michael Jackson, Although I don't listen to many artists specifically, I don't know the artist behind 90% of the songs I listen to
-I watch subs
-I spend more time on Youtube than watching movies, watching anime or playing video games
-I can speak Arabic
-Nalusa Falaya is a mythical creature
-If a piece of media makes me cry, It gets a 10, without any other requirements.
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Well, since I'm also using Anime-Planet, and I like the interface of that site very much, my perceptions on what I'd like in an anime website are colored by the features already present there. On the other hand however, MAL turning into a clone of A-P interface-wise wouldn't do all that good, since then I'd have almost no reason to use it in addition to A-P other than the social stuff.
So I guess, assuming minimal changes are made, I'd appreciate having a bigger default font size, as while zooming in is a way of dealing with that problem, sometimes I forget to do so and end up reading those letters made for ants, which isn't good for my eyesight. A lot of people are clamoring for dark mode too btw, but I wouldn't strictly require that, as, while I do use dark mode on A-P, MAL's light mode isn't as bright as A-P's to my experience so it suits me just fine.
Something that would really benefit everyone else using this site that isn't aware of the existence of A-P and its features though would be to further develop the genres and themes thingy (the also recently added - last year iirc - equivalent to A-P's 'tags') so that people can look up using combinations of genres and themes, or excluding genres/themes e.t.c (for example search for Detective and include or exclude Sci-Fi e.t.c); this would help people to find stuff more catered to what they'd want to see instead of just seeing what has a high average score or is the latest seasonal fad or whatever. The way I see it, the fact that more obscure anime is harder to find here in comparison to A-P might even play a non-negligible part to the mentality seen a lot on this site of obsessing over seasonals and high scores and dismissing older or lower scored shows. So yeah, I'd appreciate a better implementation of the genres/themes in the search, since as it stands, it's prejudiced towards the popular and new shows in expense of everything else. Not that this feature being implemented will change these mentalities overnight, but it could perhaps at least help some people find stuff they wouldn't have otherwise.
Thank you for the picture. (Also you remembered about me liking Ultraman (as I think we talked about that before iirc), that was kind on your part - I wouldn't think you'd recall something like that after all those months after all (so perhaps it's also kinda impressive in a way too))
It's pretty cute indeed, and though the Ultramen in this picture are from series I haven't watched as of yet, I can thankfully recognize most of them due to having frequented the r/Ultraman subreddit enough to get acquainted with them too.
(Btw, I'm in a hiatus from anime - and watching series or movies in general - atm, but I'm thinking when I leave that hiatus to watch an Ultraman series again, since it's been a while since I last saw one.)
I'm doing pretty good too, thanks for asking. Are you planning on going to college or whatever after you finish highschool?
(Thanks. And yeah, the artist did a great job! Much better than my original reference, LOL.)
I hope you're having happy holidays, if you celebrate anything around this time of year, too!
Oof, yeah, school sucks. Sorry to hear that, but I'm glad you're managing, at-least. And thanks! I think the artist did a very great job with it! :)
I've been doing alright, thanks for asking! Suppose the biggest news I have is either that I left Honeyfeed and moved to Scribble Hub, or that I started reading the JoJo manga, lol
It's been a while indeed. I was a little bit worried tbh, as when someone doesn't login for a while, sure it might be because they have other things to do irl, but there's also the thing that I can't know if anything might have happened irl (knock wood), so that when I happen upon accounts that haven't logged in for a while (especially if it's been years) I think that it might be that they moved on from anime, but there's also the chance they could have, y'know, passed away (again knock wood). And this ties into a wider consideration that nobody on the internet knows you well enough to know if something happened to you, but I guess this goes hand-in-hand with the nature of most online communications that don't take place in privacy-invading social networks so oh well. (So tl;dr good thing you're okay)
Good thing you found something that automatically saves your progress. I looked at its website and Nimbus does seems a little bit overkill to me (since as you said it has a much wider purpose than autosaving), but since it works for you, all's good. (when it comes to stuff not imposed to them by work/school, people should use the tools/software they are most comfortable using imo)
Btw, in other news, recently MAL finally bothered to introduced an actually useful change, a new WYSIWYG BBcode editing interface similar to Anime-Planet's (thought I'd mention it since iirc we had talked about more comfortable editing interfaces before). For the moment it only appears on the forum posts and PMs, but they said they'll add it to the comments section as well 'soon' (when that will be remains to be seen ofc though). So at least you might be able to more easily style the text after pasting it from Nimbus or something. Autosaving/drafts-saving and dark mode still isn't on the horizon however, but even this is something I guess.
It's all right. As I said above, I did think you were probably busy. And you can take as long as you want with replies, no problem, as indeed along all those other irl concerns, there's also the matter of deciding what to say, phrasing your reply e.t.c which does indeed take a while.
Thanks for the Xmas wishes. :-)
Btw it occurred to me, we're closer to New Year rn, though it might probably be a tad too early to wish Happy New Year from now. (Stay tuned for the actual New Year's wishes tommorow night then I guess :-) ) Hope you'll have an enjoyable New Year's Eve with all your loved ones then.
Beyond that, not much has been going on. However, I sadly lost my job (sort of) in August. Basically, I was suspended for getting drinks from the soda fountain (mainly frozen lemonade) without paying for them (there were other small things, but this was the big one). Per advice from my parents, I resigned that evening to avoid being fired. Sure enough, I got a call a couple days later saying I *was* fired (until I told them I'd resigned via email). Anywho, I've applied for a couple jobs since then, but nothing has come up. Dw, though, I should be able to find something :)
How have you been?
I hope both you and your family are doing well, and wish that this new year of your life goes well for you.
(Also, here, have an image of Detective Conan holding a bday cake I guess :P)
No need to apologise; hope everything is all right now and that whatever happened didn't affect you too heavily.
And losing what you were writing due to a powercut must've been really frustrating; it's been a while since a power outage in particular affected stuff I was writing (using laptops helps with that too, since the laptop battery gives a bit of a safety net of at least half an hour whenever this happens - which thankfully isn't too often), but other factors (like user error and program crashes) can also cause this, so I know all too well how it feels.
What might help in case something like this happens again is to write your stuff in general (and specifically MAL replies in this case) in programs where you can save your progress often, like for example Notepad or Word (I personally prefer Notepad for this case, as I can write the BBcode without the program judging my spelling or anything, but Word has this feature where it can restore the document in case the program closes suddenly due to e.g. a powercut, so that can be useful in cases when powercuts are frequent), and copy what you wrote in the MAL text field after you're done.
(Personally I started doing this so I could write my replies in an interface more comfortable than the MAL text field as well as be able to take breaks between parts of a long reply, that is write part of the reply at one time, do something else and continue later, which really helps with not having to write the reply in one go and getting tired because of that, but it can also help preserve the stuff written in case anything happens as I said above.)
Yeah, this is the gist of it basically. And in regards to enjoyment of stuff being subjective, that's why I find previews (or demos in the case of games) pretty useful in helping with judging whether to buy something, especially when its cost is higher, but sometimes (in the case of manga in particular, as with games, even when there aren't demos, there are playthroughs that one can watch while trying to think if the sort of gameplay shown would be something they'd be able to pull off) the like 5 pages of preview might not be enough to judge, so I often use pirate sites for a more extended preview, with the result that I often however get carried away and read the entirety of what's on there which means I don't need to buy the manga volume anymore. In at least a couple cases though, I first read what was on the pirate site - which was what had been released thus far -, and when the next volume came out, I bought it as the series was kinda niche so it wasn't pirated even after 5 days or so passed, and I was kind of impatient so I didn't feel like waiting any further in case it got pirated, since there was also the possibility nobody would do it anytime soon (so pirating could also lead to a legal purchase in this roundabout way, though that's rather rare).
Of course though, when something is low in price (below 3 euros in the case of games for example) I often forego trying a demo or watching a playthrough and just buy the game (in that way saving the time I would've used doing these things; time is money as they say), as even if I don't like it and end up dropping it like half an hour in, at least that wasn't such a big loss moneywise.
(I don't recall if I said it before, but I tend to avoid pirating games, as them being essentially software means there's a real risk the pirated copies might have viruses in them, and most games are discounted a lot anyways, so monetary considerations are less of a factor most of the time as oftentimes waiting long enough means the game will go to a price I'm willing to pay eventually; of course there are also games that seldom go down in price, like japanese games, but I have enough of a backlog so I don't bother with pirating these as well most of the time, especially since worse case scenario is I might resign myself to watching a playthrough instead when I'll want to experience them)
Well, the cd cost like 1 euro (so it also wasn't such a big deal moneywise), so I guess it felt easier to just let it slide in that one case, as making a ruckus would just make me seem like an asshole and this was a one-off incident too (hasn't happened before or since), so it wouldn't be worth it, especially if it meant risking to get on the store keeper's bad side.
In terms of consoles, I got a Wii (which I've stashed somewhere since it turned out most of its lineup is either Nintendo titles or shovelware, without much in between) - but, despite that, I haven't played Super Mario Galaxy as I didn't happen to buy it - , a DSi and a PSP (gotten for a low price when a local electronics store was clearing up old stock), a 2DS (again gotten for a low price when a new electronics store opened and had discounts on the occasion of it opening), and a PS4 (gotten for my birthday around 3 years ago).
I don't really use the portable consoles anymore, especially as it's hard to find games for them nowadays (though I did use the PSP for slightly more time as I used a hack so that I'd be able to put emulators and pirated PSP games on it), and I use the PS4 more rarely than I thought I would as well, as most games sold in physical format (it's a bit of a pain to try and download digital games, and especially those with a bigger file size) are action games (pure action or action-RPGs) and, the way the controls are in general, most other genres aren't that comfortable to play on it, so in practice I only use it when I'm in the mood to play games of these genres. (Now that I listed them, it seems like indeed I have more Nintendo consoles than non-Nintendo ones, but that's only due to the portable devices)
But at any rate, I still mainly use the pc when it comes to gaming, as the pc as a platform has a wider variety of games available for it, as well as a wider selection of games in general since the game selection isn't limited to a specific span of time like what happens with the console generations (so I don't think you've missed out on much by not having a console; heck, I wanted a "proper" gaming console even since I got the Wii and saw it wasn't that, and now that I got it after wanting it for so long, it just sits there most of the time...).
It was a great day :)
Once again, no need to apologise. I had thought playing Cinderella Phenomenon would take quite a bit of time, since when I myself played it, it iirc took me around a week (or a bit more) to play all the routes and this playing it like 8 hours a day (it was summertime), so I figured it would probably take you more than that if there was other stuff in your life as well, so I expected your reply to "delay" a bit, so no problem.
I'm sorry to hear that these last few days didn't go that well for you btw: I hope that at least you had things like your hobbies to help you cope through all that, and that things will go better from now on.
Yeah, I really get that, and did think that this was probably the case, since as a teen without any disposable income of my own as well I wanted to minimize the expenses I incurred on my parents so I tried to avoid spending on any non-essential stuff, which included stuff like purchases I could avoid or subscriptions for stuff only I was interested in, and a result - especially after getting an internet connection at home - I ended up pirating stuff a lot (unlike you though, I was a rather more unscrupulous person, as I didn't think about supporting anyone). Even nowadays that I have some disposable income of my own, and that along with gaining that financial independence I started having considerations about supporting stuff I like using or the content of which I enjoy, I still have this mentality of hesitating when it comes to non-essential subscriptions/purchases, so I still pirate stuff quite a bit - old habits die hard I guess...
So I think you thinking about supporting creators even at this phase is quite admirable of you, especially considering a lot of other people (like past me, but also many others e.g. many of those who reply in favor of piracy when such a discussion is brought up in the forums here) are unscrupulous like that and don't consider this stuff at all or use excuses (like bad localisations or whatever in the case of anime) to avoid thinking about it.
I thought the way you phrased it was fine, and yeah, as I said above, you being principled like that is rather praiseworthy as it's rather easy to not feel guilty since in many occasions pirating stuff is as easy as visiting a certain website (which can happen as easily as clicking on a search result of the title, especially when it comes to manga/webtoons) and clicking on the title you want to watch/read, so that the brain simply doesn't have enough time to make the thought process that would bring forth this sort of guilt.
I wonder then if using an adblocker on just Spotify in particular would do the same thing or not, but I can't check since I don't use it. As for the method used to 'pirate', I'd imagine it's probably something like constantly signing up for trials of the premium tier with different emails or something - this is at least what people who "pirate" Netflix over here do afaik, but it sounds kind of inconvenient as a method.
Also not all older stuff was more convenient. At the risk of continuing to sound 'old', I'll just say I also had a portable cd player (won it from a Christmas school raffle iirc) prior to getting my mp3 player, and once when I went to an elementary school field trip I had filled my bag with cds, and when I wanted to listen to something from another cd, I had to stop the current cd, switch out cds, start the new cd and go to the track that I wanted to listen to with the next track button; it was already kind of inconvenient when I used it at home, and attempting to use it in a moving bus made it even more so - at least I thankfully didn't lose any cds. So I was pretty glad when my parents got me an mp3 player for Christmas 1-2 years later, since I thought "Yay, I can now listen to stuff from lots of cds all in one place! :D".
Garage sales aren't really a thing around here, though thrift stores are, but I usually don't check the electronics section there, as on one hand there is indeed the risk of stuff there not working properly (the people working there offer to demonstrate that something at least turns on, but not much further than that) and nowadays there's also the added risk of said objects being contaminated with disease (I'd presume the people of the thrift store might at least clean up a bit a newly received item, but I've no idea whether it's thorough enough to eliminate all disease particles, plus other customers with the disease might've touched it in the meanwhile). What I do buy from thrift stores are movie dvds and music cds, since they're usually so cheap (1-2 euros at most) so that even if they aren't working (they are sealed with tape, so I can't know whether they work before buying them) or are a completely unrelated cd (has happened once with something that at first sight seemed to be a pirated copy of a film, but turned out to be a video recording of a cultural event instead) it's not a big deal, plus it's easier to clean these up due to them not having as many different surfaces that could've been contaminated.
Ah, I see. Well, when it comes to finding stuff, there's also the aspect of what you happen upon, so you might also have been unlucky enough to not happen upon anything you'd like well enough.
I haven't played the games you mentioned actually: I haven't played Mother 3 (looked it up and seems the english translation is unofficial btw), but I played Earthbound a bit though it didn't draw me in enough to continue with it. I also haven't played Undertale - but did watch a playthrough of it - as I'm bad with shmups and stuff (I might've mentioned that earlier too, not sure) and Undertale has this thing where you have to at least avoid these bullets and stuff and I thought I'd be bad at this avoiding part. And I haven't played Shining Force or Virtua Cop 2 either iirc; Shining Force seems interesting btw - I'll keep it in mind to play later. I also own Papers Please (got it from a bundle or something) but haven't played it yet.
In case you wonder what I played instead in terms of retro games, iirc on the Nintendo side I've played various Mario installments, Duck Hunt, most Donkey Kong installments, a bit of Legend of Mana and Chrono Trigger e.t.c., and on the Sega side a bit of Sonic (I wasn't very good with its gameplay though, so didn't get very far), Alex Kidd games (who was also the mascot of Sega prior to Sonic, and is my pfp rn btw), a bit of Phantasy Star (though I played more a bunch of niche text adventure games set in that setting) e.t.c. In terms of pc games, I've also played various DOS games, mainly adventure games - point-n-clicks but also text adventures - , but also other genres as well, as well as various early-mid 2000s games (I did play a few of those when they were still new, but played most of them later).
In regards to emulators, it indeed seems like you've managed so far just fine (given how Shining Force is a Mega Drive/Genesis game, and Virtua Cop 2 is an arcade game apparently), but in case you need help with other console systems, there is this site that helped me somewhat when it came to the emulation of systems I didn't have as much familiarity with (and yes, that site is literally called Fantasy Anime, and it indeed has anime as well).
As for the remakes, personally I'd think that it's not so much that the companies care, but rather that they see that there's a demand for this kind of stuff, and so make these remakes (especially in those releases where they don't add as many improvements) in order to make money (you might say though that they wouldn't have released them if they didn't care at all, especially when it comes to a few more obscure titles that still got remade, so in some cases at least it's probably a combination of the 2 instead).
I also almost never listen to the radio on my own accord, though I used to do so a lot more before I got an internet connection, since I could discover new songs that way. Nowadays I only listen to the radio when my parents turn it on during lunchtime to listen to the news and the preceding and following noon/early afternoon shows, which talk about both stuff covered on the news, and other topics that are more like empty talk to pass the time (at least imo).