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Manaban Jul 19, 3:16 AM
It depends on where you're at in the country pretty heavily, honestly. For most of our history we weren't a united country (that didn't happen until 1871, we're almost 100 years younger than the US technically) and it was a collection of these tiny little HRE lands that were loosely organized and still German and such, but it's kind of like, imagine a place where the federal government (or in this case the Emperor and the electors who determined which head of state was to be the Emperor) of the USA doesn't have a ton of centralized control over the states within the country, and if Ohio claimed part of Indiana or something and wanted to go to war over it, or Pennsylvania wanted to rent its army out to other countries as mercenary forces then it wouldn't really step in. That's basically what the First Reich was. There's a whole lot of little complexities to how the First Reich was ruled and governed and that example doesn't do it justice, mind you, but it explains the point well enough and those would just be a pain to describe and wouldn't really add much to the overarching idea.

So like, because so much of the history was spent pretty autonomous compared to other states and such things developed pretty differently rather than alongside each other as a unified nation, more or less. Things like local dialects can be so far removed from each other depending on where you're at that some don't even make sense to me when I hear them and I don't know what they would be saying unless we were speaking high German, which is the most neutral/national way of speaking the language. Most people speak high German alongside or even over local dialects these days, though, so learning that is going to be enough if you want to travel anywhere in the country.

And most of the cultural imagery stems from things people from Bavaria do, for example. Lederhosen, beer purity laws, so on and so forth are their things and don't tend to be present anywhere else in the country, so like, asking me if I owned Lederhosen would be like asking somebody from California if they owned Cowboy Boots and a Cowboy Hat because they are from America. Here in Hessen it's much more like, idk, ribbed drinking glasses and Apple Wine/Cider and stuff. We have a much more mercenary oriented history than other states, too, and often rented out our army to whoever would pay well. When George Washington crossed the Delaware river, he had fought some of our boys the British had hired xP We had that reputation for providing mercenary soldiers to where people like the British or other bigger countries would seek to hire our armies to aid in their wars and that was kind of a big deal.

In a broader sense, we have that thing we call Germany, Land der Dichter und Denker, which is Land of Poets and Thinkers. There is a huge emphasis on things like innovation and the sheer amount of contributions we have made to these areas is something I am kind of proud of tbh. Here is a list of things we've invented.

Hmm, religion is very diverse here as we are a largely populated state by European standards and we were also the home of the Protestant Reformation. Many states are slight majority Lutheran in the West, sans Bavaria which is still majority Roman Catholic, and in the East Athiesm is very prominent and tends to be dominant. I myself come from a Roman Catholic background and that is tied into my work pretty heavily, but the state I live in is majority Lutheran. We had the whole 30 Years War a long time ago and that is a war that is a very big deal towards how we developed as a country.

There was a very long time where we were generally highly militarized - that was not an invention of the Second or Third Reich and existed for hundreds of years, particularly under Prussia - which historically has allowed us to punch well above our weight class in terms of conflicts with other countries. France was historically much larger and had more resources, population, and military personnel than any of the states for most of history, let alone a place like Russia, yet we were able to hold our own in military operations against either if the need popped up. When Americans and Allied forces came in post WWII to try to denazifaction things it was actually generally quite ineffective and most allied countries backed down and didn't want to interfere anymore after a few years, and it wasn't until Adenauer came and instituted Deprussianization that things kind of began to actually shift away from that heavily military and pro-authoritarian mindset in earnest. You don't kill a weed by chopping off the part above the surface, so to speak, you have to uproot it and go beneath the surface. The allies didn't really understand how we had developed culturally with their policies so they were generally ineffective and trying to cause social upheavel, and due to the turbulence of the times Adenauer was able to kind of use that to reshape things in a way that was much more domestically in-sync. If you are interested in my country, I really do heavily recommend reading about Adenauer, honestly, he was a great man and kind of an unsung hero outside of the former West Germany, I feel like. I admire him greatly, personally, and view him as an ideal leader in many ways.

In the East, things are different than they are here. They are not as prosperous economically, and have many societal and social elements that are still somewhat closer to the post-Communist regime eastern nations than we do here in the former West. Reunited on a national level, sure, but the East-West split has had implications that we're still attempting to deal with today. This is probably one of the most complex things to explain to non-Germans I can think of, though, so finding the right words is somewhat difficult tbh.

Hmmm, nationalism isn't seen as a good thing by and large and while I believe most people like Germany and the people who go around holding signs saying we deserve another Dresden are few and far between, seeing things like flags or displays of patriotism are rare outside of like, World Cup/Euros or Olympics or any international sporting competition time, particularly when football is involved. In the west, at least, which is where I am from, the East is not the same in this regard. I do love my country quite a bit but I think the only thing I don't store away for international football match purposes is a little sticker I have on the back of my computer. In general checking it at the door except for when it is socially appropriate is the best way to go.

Bureaucracy is everywhere and navigating it tends to be a pain. It was enough of a pain for refugees that some people developed a mobile app a while ago to help them navigate it and understand what to do and where to go for things and it may seem like areas of our bureaucracy can be very precise while also taking months upon months to get anything done in regards to an individual case.

Modern day, socially we tend to be a comparatively moderate state as opposed to somewhere like France where they will flip cars and burn shit in protest and have like, some 76% population who denounce moderate reviews. Albeit the goalposts are still a bit moved towards the left on a domestic political spectrum (The CDU is basically one of our most right-wing major parties but I am not convinced that they would be considered right-wing in most other European countries, let alone somewhere like America.) We have a reputation for being somewhat reserved, not to the extremity of the Scandinavian countries in terms of social distance but definitely not as close or personal or loud as Americans can tend to be. We are also very densely populated and often live very close together and tightly packed together, which is common in Europe relative to America, which is very sparsely populated, but it is much more of a thing here than most other European countries for the most part. I live in a small flat and have 7 neighbors in a relatively small and confined area. In the state of Texas, which is not densely populated, they have 27 million people, and we have 82 million. But Texas can fit two Germanys inside of it landmass wise.

We work less hours per week than many other countries technically, but those hours are spent working and foreigners can have trouble adapting to the work culture here if they seek out a job. Concepts like water cooler breaks or playing on your phone while you are on the clock are very much not things here like they seem to be in other countries, it is very much sit down and do your job, nose to the grindstone style, wait for a break to stretch or get a drink at the designated time to do so. We have a long history of workers' rights protections and social welfare provisions that date back to the Second Reich at the very least, if not before, though, and so we tend to offer good protection and benefits from even the most basic employers.

I see jokes like this and feel there is a bit of truth in them. Like, do not cross the street unless the walk light is green, even if there are no cars, and I have waited in groups on an empty street who are doing the same thing, just waiting for the green light, but that was in broad daylight. I find that kind of funny. That said, things are kind of mechanical in that non-mechnical sense. Prostitution is legal here completely, but there are methods and practices towards doing so rather than just kind of like street hookers that turn it into a full-fledged line of work. Our drinking age is lower than almost anywhere in the world - 16 to drink beer by yourself, 18 for spirits, and 14 to drink beer with your parents permission - and laws aren't designed as a sin prevention type deal as much as trying to encourage responsibility towards alcohol consumption than anything. Stuff like that, there's a bit of mechanization to it still but it isn't totally humorless or anti-fun, even if I do enjoy projecting that stereotype for a bit of humor when I speak to non-Germans online. Go to Obimarkt, see where they have that little thing where you can flip through posters to buy, see that they sell uncensored posters of naked women alongside the Pokemon posters. It is very funny to me but I appreciate that we do not seem to be prudish when it comes to these sorts of things other societies view as morally corrupt, and instead have laws and regulations that are more in-line with a healthier understanding and consumption of these things.

Swearing is not as big of a deal where I live and people tend to do so in relatively normal conversation and so that has created problems with my tone when I speak English on this site, causing people to think I am reacting more strongly or more personally than I am really feeling. They are still swear words, sure, but I do not think it would be seen as natural here to cover a child's ears whenever somebody says Fick or Scheiße or something or even that big of a deal if they said it themselves.

People tend to start smoking relatively early here - I started at 14 - and that is a problem we have and have been trying to fix and disencourage. It is also much more socially acceptable to smoke around others or in public than it is elsewhere, though, I can light a cigarette as I walk down the street and not get any particularly strong reactions. I have qualms about smoking around children still, though.

The language has a reputation for being very difficult for foreigners to learn. Der, Die, Das - functionally they are considered gender pronouns, but there is a large degree of randomness in how they are designated and it's really mostly learned through memorization. Der Kaffee = The Coffee, so the coffee is basically being referred to as a male. Die Toilette = The Toilet, the toilet is spoken of with the female pronoun. Das Boot = The Boat, the Boat is spoken of with a neutral gender pronoun. That goes for basically every object and there is no definable rulesets to how we assign gender pronouns to objects, so learning the correct version of "The" to use tends to be a task for people, let alone when we get into elements like sentence structure - if I were to say "Would you like to meet here?" in German, I would say "Möchtest du dich hier treffen?", which literally translates to something like "Would like you you here meet?" and makes perfect sense and sounds perfectly correct in German but you can see where it'd sound goofy as shit in English - and the inverse is true, "Would you like to meet here?" does not roll off of my tongue very easily and it's things like this that cause me to kind of not like the English language much compared to my own. There are different ways of approaching people depending on their rank or status relative to you (If I were to refer to somebody as "you," I would say "Du" to my roommate but "Sie" to my boss) and conjugation tends to be a big thing, with basic words changing depending on how you are referring to somebody ("Du bist" and "Sie sind" are both "you are," but with the same roommate/boss context being taken into consideration would mean I would say them differently.) And same-words are a thing, ("Sie" is the formal "You" but it is also used to refer to multiple people and has things conjugated the same way to refer to multiple people as "they.") And verbs are also almost always conjugated, unlike in English - ("You speak" = Du sprichst, Sie sprechen, etc.) These differences to English are hugely pronounced compared to French or Spanish, for example, and I know that when Americans train ambassadors in languages for foreign countries, they had to create their own designation for German language courses because they did not feel it was as far removed as the Slavic or East Asian languages but grouping it with the other west European languages wouldn't have adequately prepared English-speakers to come here. That kind of sentence structural differences makes translating from German to English and vice versa a massive pain imo so I tend not to do it for people if they ask unless it's pretty brief and simple ._. Not really willing to do like, full articles or anything.

That's about the gist of it, I guess. There's a lot to talk about and I didn't get to everything, so if you have any specific questions this didn't cover feel free to ask away.
Fvlminatvs Jul 6, 11:06 AM
CLANNAD is a way more complex work than I had originally thought. Granted, I still don't think it is a masterpiece, but I've come to realize that it is far from average. Having completed AFTER STORY, I will also concede that AFTER STORY is actually pretty exceptional. Again, not a masterpiece but still extremely good.

The phrase "emotionally manipulative" has basically become a buzzword at this point, which means nobody can use it to describe anything without implying all of its attendant baggage. I do believe certain choices in CLANNAD's and AFTER STORY's narrative take shortcuts and don't entirely earn the emotional payoff they are trying to elicit, there are many moments in the shows that ARE successful at building up to that emotional payoff.

I've got a lot of questions about why they chose certain things. It really feels like two entirely different shows after episode 9 or so of AFTER STORY. The ending was also a bit abrupt and I would have preferred a full entire episode that really showed how everyone was living and getting along as a dénouement. Much of that, though, comes from the characters simply being so likeable. Even Nagisa--at first, she came off as really shallow and bland but I realized that she has as many issues as Tomoya, such as being extremely needy. I kind of wish the show would have confronted the psychological issues of Nagisa a bit better but the show really laser-focuses on Tomoya's issues after episode 8 or 9 of AFTER STORY, and I think that actually helps keep it strong.

Thanks for the link. I'll stick it up on my profile page as well.
Manaban Jul 5, 1:33 PM
I don't really think you understood what I was getting at, to be blunt with you. The concept of categorization isn't being treated as a be-all-end-all, something people have to do hardline, and it isn't being treated as a sort of self-labeling machine; it's the simple way of expressing the different ways people can seek some kind of empowerment or investment from anime/manga. What they're here for, what they want most. These things aren't necessarily static within any given individual and can change based on whatever variables going on for them, but in a general sense the greater subculture is currently largely defined by interest groups more geared towards specific areas, and they don't need to be exclusive towards that specific area to be geared towards it. There are reasons that they're seeking out certain areas more or far more than others and understanding where the preferences lie and using that to develop a stronger sense of identity that can be articulated to others is the first step towards encouraging a greater sense of subcultural unity within the correct environment, which can be achieved through proper approach in the discussion. That's the whole idea in a nutshell.

And frankly, any concept of a broader anime/manga subculture seems more like a carcass to me than a reality and I think that arguing otherwise is a bit detached when I look at the bigger picture and how discussion and the way the community operates has developed. Fvl told me it used to be a lot different in our talk, but in the current setting I don't see it as anything even close to being something that isn't a set of interest groups looking for self-preservation.

People tried to push for banning ecchi forum sets, but nobody lifted a finger outside of ourselves and we were practically left to die just because of disinterest from anybody else. I have seen multiple people, many times, over the past few months, express similar sentiments in regards to any other topic - "I don't care, not my problem, I don't have any investment in that subfandom, etc" - and that isn't how an actual community would function in the slightest. If there were a greater sense of subculture then people wouldn't be so quick to leave each other to the vultures just because it falls outside of their realm of interest. Instead, the subculture is being defined by these sorts of fragmentations into more dedicated areas and that won't be sustainable with what may come. We will just keel over and die. Libido is making a video on that soon - the sorts of things that are posing a sort of existential subcultural threat - and the video I put in my profile is like a preface into that, and I will show you when he puts it out.

But, if you want to think that any context of "just an anime fan" can exist in a broader sense under those circumstances, then be my guest, but it won't happen or be sustainable past some individuals self-labeling themselves as much, because, even if you got people to accept it, you'd just be putting a band-aid over a third degree burn wound that is the fracturing of this subculture. That's why my idea is to push for understanding of where one belongs within a greater subculture and redeveloping a sense of literacy along those lines, since most of the literacy of this subculture has degraded into memes or misusing literary terms like "self-insert" rampantly with the understanding it's being used incorrectly. We will never co-exist as a community unless we understand that we have become fragmented - and not in the "different opinions/views" way as much as just breaking off into sects within a greater subculture - and that these sorts of behaviors and approaches are what leads to that fragmentation more than anything else. If you don't mind that, then that's your prerogative, but I'm pretty sure that the alternative towards trying to nurture a stronger sense of unity should be pretty clear and you don't seem to be a fan of it at all.
Manaban Jul 5, 8:51 AM
I don't think it's necessarily exclusive to genre(s) in the grand scheme of things as much as it is a matter of viewer approach to any given series, and that the common elements of interest within a specific viewer will tend to align with what sort of thing they watch the most. Those who tend to seek the same thing tend to have a stronger tendency to group together, and thus the concept of a subfandom is born out of the common elements of said approach. You can see it past just the harem/ecchi thing, hobbyist critics tend to have their own little hubs and seek each other out, fans of older stuff specifically tend to do the same. It's nothing new if you skulk about people's profiles enough. People who agree with each other the most and share similar perspectives tend to group up the most.

These things happen pretty much naturally, so what the approach would be would to break things down and encourage recognition of as much within any given individual - what they hope to achieve through watching any given product and why they're partaking in this kind of consumption. It doesn't need to be complex, it's just understanding their motivations, whatever that might be, and being able to articulate as much to each other in a way that's at least somewhat meaningful. That's the basis of the whole idea to me, and the sort of genres people will group together around are closer to being the consequence of said identity as a fan rather than the most important aspect of what type of fan they are. Not "what are you here for?" as much as "why are you here for that?" I say I'm a harem/ecchi fan, but I'm not here for harem/ecchi specifically, I'm here for entertainment value based sexualization and attractive female characters. You say sakuga, action, mahou shoujo, but what is it drawing you to those three things over all else? What do these things do for you to cause them to want to approach them with a sense of priority, and when you approach them, how do you do so and why do you take the approach you do?

That doesn't need to be determined on a level according to the collective or anything, either, that's done individually and then the position in the grander scheme of things is uncovered as a result of that sense of self-determination. The way to achieve as much is something that can only be done through encouraging that kind of self-introspection within more people. Breaking things up on that level is achieved through as much, and that's achieved through encouraging and provoking discussion that leads to this sort of self-understanding.

I also think that "action" or "moe" are just kind of umbrella in the same sense as "anime fan" currently would be because they're two separate kinds of empowerment that tends to house many smaller sects with different ways of approaching the grander idea and so they don't necessarily function as subfandoms. They're closer to being a primary divide. Mecha, shounen, sports, generally closer to action, CGDCT/SoL and such closer to moe, so on and so forth.

Also, dividing things up too heavily is not really necessary or achievable and it is entirely possible, if not more common, for people to have a variety or multitude of interests with what they seek from anime as opposed to just singular, narrow interests. The majority absolutely will not fall under the sort of umbrella of "neutral" though, as much as they will have their own areas they tend to prefer and there are times when they try out different things in an adventurous, "beyond the safety net" sort of way. I think this is a good thing in terms of co-existence for the most part and more people trying out things that other sorts of interest groups will circle around is generally a good way of trying to understand that perspective better.

I spoke with Fvl and Libido Kamen both about this on Discord for a bit, but I really am convinced that we're approaching that position where we'll have to unite or die, and things are just too fragmented right now according to a variety of interest groups that we can just really be picked off one by one by a hypothetical invasion of sorts. Trying to further co-existence for the sake of preserving a subcultural identity as a whole is how I think we should go about this, and the best shot at achieving as much would be through understanding the different forms of empowerment that different types of fans offer. And not in the "it's just muh opinion" way that runs rampant on AD, and is ostensibly a result of these sorts of divides and perceived inability to co-exist.
Fvlminatvs Jul 2, 3:10 PM
I can't remember if we got into a big to-do over the "emotional manipulation" thread a few months back. I know I ticked you off pretty bad and I think it was in that thread where I said that I thought Clannad took a lot of short-cuts to elicit emotional responses from the audience and didn't earn the pay-off.

Well, I've rewatched Clannad and am almost finished After Story.

I figured it might be worthwhile to admit that I think I was wrong about the shows. Yeah, I still think some of my criticisms were valid (especially for certain story arcs) but at the same time, I missed a lot of what makes the two series really good. So, yeah, I was wrong about Clannad being mediocre. It's good. And After Story so far is really good.
Pullman Jun 26, 11:06 AM
Oh, I've also gotten into real crime documentaries which have to some degree replaced the crime drama TV shows in my watching patterns. Making a Murdered, Confession Tapes, The Staircase, Wild Wild Country etc...
Some of them can be really haunting and hard to stomach but they're certainly gripping and intense on a whole new level because you know everything you see or hear about affected real people. If you like crime stuff I definitely recommend checking out one of those at some point.
Pullman Jun 26, 10:13 AM
I guess the thing that I keep coming back to when I draw the line is neither animation/live action nor 2d/3d but simply subtitles/no subtitles. But I guess Trollhunters was maybe the first 3dcgi animated series that wasn't anime, and it was pretty cool. Only got into it because it's Guillermo del Toro and it came with a rec from someone, but I stayed for the charming characters and fun fantasy adventures. There's gonna be 2 more series to complete the Arcadia trilogy too, so a lot to look forward to. And Over the Garden Wall I also hadn't heard about until recently, but it's by the Adventure Time and won an Emmy and it's only 10 eps so I'm definitely curious.

Gravity Falls was pretty charming for sure. Personally it didn't resonate as much with me as Steven Universe (which is probably one f my favorite shows, in the 10/10 range) but it felt kinda similar in terms of art and humour. Fun stuff.

As for live-action, I don't really watch anything non-narrative. Used to watch UFC but not anymore. I love me some crime stuff (although less the episodic kind these days and more the ones with ongoing plotlines like Alienist, Mindhunter, The Bridge etc...) and ofc sci-fi, as well as the occasional (as they are rare) good comedy or dramedy series.

Funnily enough Lost in Space was something I got hyped up for when it came out, but then dropped it after like 5 episodes or so. It just wasn't very interesting, I didn't really care about the characters and it developed differently from what I thought it would be after I read the synopsis. So unless you have some personal attachment to the franchise there's other sci-fi stuff I would recommend over it right now for sure. Here's my reasons for thinking of this as a kind of golden age for TV sci-fi right now:

Black Mirror (I'm not as big on the franchise as a lot of others, but it definitely got some real gems in)

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (basically a bit weirder version of Black Mirror, courtesy to Philip K. Dicks fantastic short stories)

The Expanse (Best political sci-fi show out there atm, with a very intriguing extraterrestrial mystery plotline going on as well. Not perfect but always an entertaining watch. Even tho I wish it would have focused more on the politics and not gone off on that extraterrestrial plotline, but well)

Killjoys (just pure fun with a charming cast. Doesn't take itself as seriously as the others and I always have a blast with that show)
Altered Carbon (slightly style over substance-ish, but still a very cool setting and interesting concepts and a decent crossover with the crime drama genre. Could have been better, but there's more seasons coming so it can still improve)

Westworld (just HBO levels of quality + an extremely exciting premise, great actors and fantastic directing. Simply great.)

Dark (possibly my favorite time travel related story ever, and I love time travel)

Stranger Things (if this counts as sci-fi and not just simply fantasy. I love the show)

Legion (the one Marvel/X-men related thing that really blew me away because of the directing, the acting and the general psychological approach and air of mystery to it. You can check out one of my favorite clips from it here if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-WWoGOf8fY)

Counterpart (just recently watched this and while it can be slightly predictable in some ways if you've watched other stuff about parallell universes interacting with each other before, it's still pretty thrilling and JK simmons is a beast.)

Silicon Valley (not really sci-fi, but more of a sitcom situation in Silicon Valley that involves a lot of modern technology like cryptocurrencies etc. One of the funniest shows on TV right now and one of the rare comedies on american TV that don't make me cringe.)

Another show I recently fell in love with is Donald Glover's Atlanta. Loved the guy in Community, and I was reminded of his new show when his This is America music video went viral recently so I went back to it and it's just so beautifully absurd and surreal and observant in just the right ways. Haven't really seen any other show like it, it's just very unique and very fun to watch.



In terms of Movies I still haven't seen Infinity War and I don't like a lot of the Marvel stuff in general. Superhero can easily get too silly for me. I never liked the flashy, patriotic, overpowered ones like Superman or Captain America and in general I only really enjoy the movies/franchises that don't take themselves too seriously and/or don't have any real superpowers and are basically just vigilantes. Batman is cool, Ironman is fun and Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool are my favorite superhero movie franchises because of their humour. Aside from that there isn't much I care about tho in terms of superheroes. I did enjoy Dr Strange because of Benedict Cumberbatch tho ^^.

In the superhero TV scene I enjoyed the early seasons of Arrow before it turned into a silly magic show, I enjoyed some Legends of Tomorrow because of the time travel premise (but I got tired of it eventually) and I'm liking Jessica Jones as the only show of the Netflix universe that's really recommendable because of it's dark and oppressive atmosphere and because I love the actors for both Jessica and the antagonist a lot and their interactions are just amazing. I also liked the SHIELD TV Series that links to the movie cinematic universe, but after the first 2 or 3 seasons it just got too silly and OTT, with every normal character from early on suddenly developing some superpowers for sketchy reasons and I discontinued that also. But I'm still probably gonna watch Infinity War just because I watched the other avengers stuff and I want to keep semi up to date at least.

The bottom line is that it's hard for superhero stuff to walk the line between serious and silly imo, so I tend to gravitate to either side of the spectrum. Either serious stuff, without any silly powers, just grim vigilantes on a mission, or stuff that can really have a lot of fun with itself. The stuff in between that ranges from Superman to Thor to Captain America, most X-Men stuff, but also includes something like Hulk which I'd consider watchable in comparison to the silliness that is Thor for example, but I still wouldn't watch it.

There's some fascination for these huge, linked universes in me that prevents me from completely abandoning my interest in the whole thing, but it's not big enough to make me keep up to date with those parts of it that I just don't like. But I, for example, enjoyed the Young Justice animated series quite a lot just because of the huge linked universe, even tho I felt quite lost in all the characters that I never heard of before for a lot of the show. That's why I'm gonna keep up with the Avengers stuff too, when universes are linkd together like that it's just almost always fun to watch ^^.
TripleSRank Jun 25, 6:41 PM
>Browsing through friends’ profiles to see what everyone’s been up to
>Get to silverwalls’ profile
>Notice an attached twitter
>Click
>”Wow, silverwalls always finds the impressive Precure fanart somehow.”
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>See a Hugtto! Precure spoiler so absurdly and ridiculously unexpected that it would otherwise be completely unimaginable
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Pullman Jun 25, 5:25 PM
No I don't really have such a list, the closest thing are simply my 10/10s as those are already rare for me to hand out and the favorite status is mostly what sets them apart from 9s. I can't really rank my favorites so I was never fan of attempting to do so or limit them to a round number just for the sake of it. The only thing I can say is that Bebop has been my #1 but even with that I'm only really confident in the first few months after the latest rewatch. Stuff like favorites just seem like a more dynamic thing to me over time so I always felt putting it in some static list was meaningless as it would only be capturing that one moment in time anyway and soon be outdated or just slightly different because of my daily moods. Limiting to a vague-ish group of shows is the best I can do :>.

Recently I haven't been enjoying anime at all tho, I barely even watched any in the last month or so. Maybe I'm finally over it or maybe it's just a slump but I'm all about western stuff right now since anime can't even keep my attention for one episode. Been exploring some animated series from the last couple of years that I neglected because I mostly had eyes for anime for so long, like Gravity Falls and Trollhunters and I have Over the Garden Wall and Wakfu lined up next and I'm looking for more stuff to check out as well, like maybe Clone Wars. Considering a TLA rewatch as well. Meanwhile I can't even get motivated to finish the 3-min shorts of the current season when it comes to anime xD. Movies, live action, twitch, anything aside from anime seems to go atm ^^.

Not sure if I just didn't pay enough attention the last 5+ years or if there is just so much more good stuff coming out on TV and Netflix & co in the last ~2 years, but it's the first time my non-anime currently watching/ongoing list has surpassed my anime one. Partly because I overload myself with mediocre seasonals every season and partly because there's just more good or at least decent stuff catering to my tastes in live action lately. It's a sci-fi paradise lately <3.
Pullman Jun 23, 7:06 PM
Yeah Flip-Flappers had great vidual direction and was a generally fun and varied watch with a lot of enjoyable stuff going on. I didn't get super into it like I know a bunch of other people did, but it was definitely a good show all around.

And nice to hear about Urusei Yatsura. But yeah, there isn't a whole lot in terms of satisfying character developments. Some glimpses here and there, but nothing really lasting. Which is a bit frustrating since Lum deserves better but what can you do.
What are you other favorite characters aside from Lum btw? Personally I think Mendou is my favorite in terms of comedy (he's similar to Kuno from Ranma 1/2 who I also loved) and the 3 idiots from class are also pretty funny especially when they get more screentime. Plus I really like Ryuunousuke, even tho her dad is even more frustrating than Ataru and I feel even stronger about her deserving better than I feel about the Lum/Ataru think.

As for my favorites, I don't really rank them the order is just random, or rather the most recent additions are usually on top and I generally rotate them infrequently (with a few exceptions like Bebop) from all or most of my 10s, which does include 3-gatsu. Tbh I should probably add S2 of 3-gatsu since that had my favorite arc of the show so far.
Manaban May 24, 1:16 PM
Alright, alright. Next episode for you is when Ran comes up though so I'm kind of interested in that on your end xP
Fvlminatvs May 21, 11:05 PM
No worries. I know I can be a bit abrasive at times, even when I don't mean to be.
Manaban May 20, 4:02 AM
Mendou is pretty hilarious, yeah xP I'm glad you're enjoying it. I'm kind of shelving it until you catch up to where I'm at so we can kind of keep at each other's pace like you were wanting to do, so 'til then.

My favorite episode was 18, but I did hype it up for myself a lot prior and didn't end up being disappointed. It's one of the main reasons I wanted to watch this and all, Ran is kind of like old school (and much more devious and mean-spirited) Run, the basis for her and all. The other main reason I wanted to watch it was because it did play a significant role in the development of harem and ecchi shows, kind of in a pioneering way, even though it's not really ecchi whatsoever and harem is quite debatable.

And Ran is my favorite, but I kind of went in expecting as much and wasn't disappointed. I just lowkey hope she appears more, but with my luck in regards to screentime I'm not counting on it ._. I've got a reputation to uphold and all :P Second would be Lum, third would be Mendou or Ataru because I do kind of think they get the funniest moments.

I also lowkey kind of like Ataru's mom for some reason ._. Like she's really cute, somehow, in a weird way.
Illyricus May 19, 3:24 PM
Yep, its Togame, the one and only.
Glad you like it, because it's a great gif.
Ayumu_yuu May 17, 2:46 PM
Dunno what made me check ur profile, ur pic? the fact that we're both '95 kids or that awesome poem in ur "about me"-heading. Anyways, all 3 are on point