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I hate it when people perpetuate false information... I guess this is a reminder to always triple-check compatibility. 

As an aside, I had some kind of driver issue with my basic scrub webcam/mic that chipmunked me and rendered me completely unintelligible (one of the more frustrating yet hilarious software issues I've had) so someone gifted me a Blue Snowball mic, and it's by far the nicest USB mic I've ever used. The sound quality is noticeably improved from before, even just in game chat. (Maybe I'll get noticed on Twitch now lol ^^; )

INtellectual Exploration / Re: Food and Cooking Thread
« on: 2017-04-06 01:31:23 »
I've recently started making batches of miso soup to save for a quick breakfast. You can make the quick & easy kind or go all #effort on it and do it the real and proper way, which is surprisingly rewarding. The finished soup only keeps 2-3 days FYI.

The full recipe is here.

The quick recipe is here. (Makes soup FULL of greens; I'd add half as much for a more traditional broth-y soup.)

About the ingredients:

  • You can use any kind of miso; it's at most supermarkets. Red (aka) is more strongly flavored than white (shiro); I use awase miso, which is both together. It keeps for a long time, basically until you see mold or if it dries out too much.
  • You can soak the wakame beforehand in warm or cold water, or just pour the soup over it; there are different schools of thought on this but it doesn't seem to make too much of a difference.
  • You can add dashi broth or not, but I think it enhances the flavor. I use little dashi sachets that I got at the fish market on West Main; just simmer for 5 mins and you have broth. The instructions on all the ones I found are in Japanese, but they should be easy to follow with a little Google Translate (or send me a pic and I can help).
  • Firm tofu seems to work the best IMO.

For an alternative recipe you can use mushrooms, potatoes, seaweed, onion, shrimp, fish, clams, and/or sliced daikon (according to wiki). They usually try to follow the seasons and mix contrasting ingredients, like floating/sinking or mild/strongly flavored. In a pinch I have made carrot and onion miso soup and it was not bad at all.

Or you can just use the instant packets; I won't judge you. :P

Animation / Re: New Game! Appreciation Thread
« on: 2017-04-06 01:05:31 »
   (((o(*°▽°*)o))) So hype!!!

Also when I get the chance I'll post a pic of the New Game PS Vita game promotional flyer I got at Comiket 90; it's hanging up as a poster on my wall.

Animation / Re: The Best of Haruhi Dance Parodies
« on: 2017-04-03 03:37:16 »
This is great, especially the inmates' version; they did a really good cover of the Lucky Star dance as well.

I was surfing YouTube and I found this cover of the dance by Kpop girl band Girls Day? They did some kind of official promotion of the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, so they made this video to go with that, thus proving that doing this dance well at full speed is humanly possible (with nearly-inhuman levels of talent at least.)

I've had a hard time keeping up with things, so I just stuck to a couple of shows this season.

Kobayashi-san chi no Maid Dragon: I was really iffy about it at first, but this is probably the show I've enjoyed the most. It's really heartwarming and funny by turns, and it makes me happy to see that they actually don't play their romance off for laughs (much). I am kind of troubled by the whole Lucoa situation (child harassment isn't that funny??) and the weird sexualization of Kanna's friendship with her classmate, but I've kind of put that on the "cultural differences" shelf for now.

Gabriel DropOut: the most #relatable thing I've seen in a long time. (If anything would make you completely lose your faith in humanity, it's playing a healer in an MMO >_>) To me some of the comedy scenes fall just on the wrong side of obnoxious (or maybe I just relate too hard to Vigne's daily struggle to keep her friends in line) but there are plenty of genuinely funny and feel-good moments as well.

I might go back and watch more from this season later, but for now I'm happy with skimming the cream off the top lol. I'll leave you with this thought: the voice of Yasuraoka Hanabi (main girl) from Kuzu no Honkai is actor Anzai Chika, who also played everyone's Best Girl (tm) Merry in Grimgar and also Reina from Hibike! Euphonium.

Animation / Re: Live-Action Anime Movies
« on: 2017-04-03 02:40:29 »
I just wanted to add that I'm hype anti-fungal fucking hype (damnit, XT) for the live-action adaptation of Hyouka, the first novel in the Kotenbu series next year. More info here (Japanese).

I'm pretty excited for that, too; aside from a few fantasy scenes there isn't really any need for special effects, and the character interactions might come through more strongly in some areas with real people. My only concern is if they cast pretty people who can't actually act... >.> I feel like it really matters that the characters' inner thoughts and motivations get conveyed to the viewer in this story.

I will say I dropped the Amnesia anime adaptation like a hot rock, but maybe it was just a bad adaptation.

Noted; sometimes that happens. I bought the game in the steam sale so I'll report back later.

Edit: I also bought Eden*, Planetarian, and Hatoful g­irlfriend. I'm really slow to get through games so that should last me a while.

Thanks for posting the recs list; there's a weekend sale on Steam so I'm looking up some of these. Some other titles I've heard recommended but never played: Amnesia, Dandelion & Nameless (by Cheritz, who made Mystic Messenger) and Hakuoki.

Animation / Re: Sakura Quest Hype
« on: 2017-03-23 01:44:14 »
I'm getting a little hype about the voice actors they've got for this show. Chika Anzai (Reina in Hibike, Merry in Grimgar), Tomoyo Kurosawa (Kumiko in Hibike, Sylphy in Amagi Brilliant Park),  Mikako Komatsu (Yume in Grimgar, Miuna in Nagi Asu, Totsuka Saika in Romcom Snafu), etc.

The main girl, Ayaka Nanase, is pretty inexperienced, but it'll be nice to see a fresh face I think.

I don't watch Crunchyroll's streams that avidly anymore, especially not for old titles (I had a glitch where CR's ads wouldn't load right but also wouldn't let me reload or even exit fullscreen mode so I'd have to restart my laptop 1-3 times per episode; aah, that #relatable rural internet feel) but I do watch releases on airing shows so I understand why people would be upset about this as it would directly effect me too. Also, just saying, I'm pretty sure sites like KissAnime use Horriblesubs' rip of Crunchyroll releases, so it would effect a wide range of viewers...

That said, I'm not really wading into the thick of the argument either. I'm glad they seem to be addressing it, and hopeful that they'll at least return the quality to around where it used to be, and I'm leaving it at that for now.

I'm sure anything would be helpful, but especially art! TBH we haven't really talked about this at CAINE meetings yet, mostly just here and in social meetups, but maybe we can talk about it along with the workshopping for Misspent Youth next meeting.

Edit: I'm sure we do NOT want to get this dark with it, but as an example of the kind of seamy underbelly that UVA has to explore, here's an article about the since-destroyed Anatomical Building Jefferson designed for the medical school:
This is pretty gruesome and has some nasty racial overtones, but there are a lot of dark secrets like this hiding in the school's past that we could shamelessly appropriate. 

« on: 2017-03-23 00:43:31 »

I'm in favor of an occult kind of storyline too--there's enough history with secret societies, etc. at UVA to make that work, and that kind of serious plotline was surprisingly popular in Mystic Messenger and other recent games. Are we looking at something Persona-esque? I know a lot about occult/New Age topics such as tarot and other kinds of divination,  ancient symbols/omens, Freemasonry, etc. through my family's eccentric friends, so I might be able to get us some resources on that stuff too. I'd like to help with the project no matter what kind of story we choose though.

I would like to volunteer to help with the writing (I think I can do passable dialogue and help plot broader storyline elements) and editing and checking for the finished work. I can also take pictures/video of scenery and backgrounds, though maybe you already have that covered? My Instagram has a few informal shots I've already done of UVA buildings, etc.

I can help plan characters' personalities and provide prompts/exercises/lists for character and story development, but I cannot contribute to the art in any significant way. If few CAINE members step forward I might be able to rope some of my friends into helping a little though.

INtellectual Exploration / Re: Music Thread
« on: 2017-03-05 19:14:42 »
I really loved the music in KokoSake too and I'm definitely getting the soundtrack after this. I also liked the music by Radwimps in Kimi no Na Wa, though maybe that's just because I heard that main song on every single radio in Japan last summer lol. Hearing the Chihayafuru ad also turned me on to Perfume, though I'm not usually an idol fan.

I'm also weeb trash so I listen to a lot of OP/EDs and artists I found through their work in anime. I used to listen to a lot of Wakeshima Kanon, LM.C, Girugamesh (I know), and vocaloid/nico nico vocaloid covers, but I haven't had much time to find good new stuff lately.

You: submit!
CAINE members: never! >:|

Seriously though, I wish I had a better idea of what to do for this. I could take pictures of someone's cosplay if they wanted to submit that? I could ramble or do a guide on Japanese culture stuff? I could do a critical review of some anime or other? Do some kind of song/short story translation? The main things I can't really do are the traditional doujin things, like fan art and short fan fiction. Maybe everyone else is thinking the same thing?

I'd also like to offer my services as an editor, because I do that semi-professionally and as a favor to friends, and I'm generally pretty decent at it.

Edit: post #50 woo!

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