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Spam / Re: I'm hosting a contest!
« on: 2018-04-01 00:24:23 »
I couldn't find any games that would let me move things around like in the example picture; I guess I'm bad at games like this...
That aside, submitted here for your consideration: The Babadook

Nearing-end-of-season updates:

Takagi-san: AOTS, universally appealing and genuinely funny.

Violet Everdarden: I was pretty hype for this but I ended up getting behind on it... It's mostly aesthetic and ~feelings~, so teenage me would've been SO THERE lol. I lost some interest when I realized MC is only 14? I'll still finish it though.

Darling in the Frankxx: disappointingly average. I was hoping they'd do something really outside the box or transgressive to justify the extremely sexual overtones but I guess it's mostly fanservice and reinforcing the status quo re:sex in society. (Waiting on those last 2 eps.) Still enjoyable in a general mecha/relationship drama way.

Citrus: contrived, stereotypical, trope-heavy, and full of needless drama and fanservice, but still weirdly enjoyable? My trash of choice this season.

Junji Ito: I only saw 2-3 eps but it started off really weak. I wanted the raw horror of the first time I read "The Enigma of Amigara Fault" but I was just vaguely uncomfortable instead. I might go back and watch some more but I'm starting to think most of his work just isn't for me.

Koi Ame: I couldn't get past the age gap. It just has so much potential to be predatory that I couldn't relax and actually enjoy the story. It might actually be good depending on how it all plays out but it's probably just not gonna be my thing.

I heard Gakuen Babysitters actually has a pedophile character played for laughs? (He gets nosebleeds from being around children apparently? Somewhere around ep 3) so between that and Ryuuo no Shigoto this is officially pedo season.

Stuff I still plan to watch later(tm): Yuru Camp (comfy and funny), Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho (Japan's AOTS), Pop Team Epic, Card Captor Sakura. Also maybe Devilman Crybaby.

Spam / Re: Overwatch Thread
« on: 2017-12-05 00:31:39 »
Bringing this back cause more people play this now.

PC and console cannot play together unfortunately, so it's worth mentioning which one you use. I'm a PC player; all my console attempts have been hilariously bad.

Also I main Rein and Mercy now, with D.Va and Lucio as seconds if/when there's already a tank/healer. I can play Soldier 76 and Reaper a tiny little bit but mostly I'm super inexperienced with attack heroes cause that's all anyone else ever wants to play lol.

Lastly, any commentary on the new heroes? I like Doomfist's character design but he's super annoying to play (cause of all the bugs) and play against (cause he's super strong anyway??). Also I think they added Moira to Comp wayy too soon; she still feels so unbalanced and not really integrated into the meta yet.

INtellectual Exploration / Re: Translation stuff
« on: 2017-12-05 00:22:57 »
Thanks for posting those PVs!

And I know I'm super late on this but I wanted to reply a bit to sarawr:
This whole thing is really fascinating from a linguistic perspective, and I don't think there are a lot of wrong choices necessarily, but some things that sound wrong to different groups of people. Sometimes the Japanese pronunciation of borrowed English words can sound a little cringy to us, and there are some fully "Engrish" songs I could never bring myself to sing. :/ If you can do it without messing up the rhythm I think it's totally fine to use the English pronunciation, and I've noticed some bilingual artists do that as a way to show off their fluency.

But like Tormaid said, there are loaner words that are used in daily speech ("rirakkusu" means relax, etc.) and some of them can be used very differently from their original English meaning. Some examples: "mai peesu" (my pace) means doing things at your own pace; 'Kare wa mai peesu sugiru," meaning "He's too 'my pace,'" is a correct statement in Japanese even though it isn't in English. Also "saakuru" (circle) means school club, and "kurabu" (club) actually refers to a nightclub most of the time. "Nansensu" (nonsense) can refer to a popular fiction genre of the early 1900's. This is a bit profane, so sorry in advance, but
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So tl;dr sometimes changing the word back to English is inaccurate because it's the Japanese meaning of the English word that's being used, so that's something to be aware of when thinking about this. I doubt words like "emotionography" or "snowhalation" have a long history in Japanese though, so for many pop songs either pronunciation should be fine with just a few exceptions. I guess ultimately you can do whatever you want, but it's always good to know why you're doing it!

Animation / Re: The reason I am watching Blend S
« on: 2017-12-04 23:43:04 »
That said, I did kinda want to watch it because she looks just like Ririchiyo from Inu X Boku (complete with having an inappropriately older foreign g­f ORZ) and I really liked how Ririchiyo actually was kind of horrible without really meaning to be, and then I guess this girl has to pretend to be super mean to people even though it's hard for her? It's an interesting reversal. I never did get around to actually watching it but maybe I will sometime.

Animation / Re: The reason I am watching Blend S
« on: 2017-12-04 23:32:43 »
The reason I'm not watching Blend S:

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Animation / Re: The Best of Haruhi Dance Parodies
« on: 2017-12-04 23:28:35 »

Trust Kizuna Ai to do a classic like this lol

INtellectual Exploration / Re: Kumihimo
« on: 2017-07-26 17:30:37 »
I've learned a lot since I last posted here. I won't bore you guys with all the details but basically if you actually want to learn real kumihimo and not just friendship bracelet stuff, you need to buy books. Specifically books in the series by Makiko Tada, because she is THE expert source on kumihimo in America. Here is a list of her books, though some are cheaper secondhand on Amazon marketplace. I bought book one, Comprehensive Treatise of Marudai Braids, because I'm building a marudai loom (I special-ordered the top, but the rest can be made with easily-sourced materials) and takadai looms are more difficult to work with and tend to run upwards of $500 so that's a strong nope from me. The book has side-by-side English and Japanese text, and though the English is flawed it does communicate all the important details. Many of the patterns in the book can also be adapted to the kumihimo wheel, and that's what I've been doing until I can get my marudai set up. She did also write several books for the wheel, but that's not really my area of interest so I didn't spring the $30-$50 for those.

I also learned why my first braid wouldn't lie flat; the picture I linked was for color placement for a different braid pattern than the one I used. It's extremely difficult to find instructions for that pattern (or actually any alternate round braid pattern) online, but now that I have the book I might try to re-make it or design my own Your Name-inspired color pattern.

Lastly, I have some information resources about buying or making a marudai loom on the off chance that anyone else is interested. This post outlines the importance of a dipped "well" on the braiding surface around the center hole; many of the cheap looms I found on Etsy, etc. don't have that well, and according to the Japanese experts it's vital. Carving this well requires a lathe or similar woodworking tool, and since I don't have that kind of skill I ordered the "mirror" surface on Etsy and now I'm working to assemble it according to my own height. Here's a measured drawing of the required dimensions of an official Japanese marudai, if anyone's curious:
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Just mentioning that someone should make the thread for this upcoming season.

As a follow-up, I didn't really have reason to change my initial assessments of the few shows I watched this season, except for Eromanga Sensei (worse than I thought, get that shit out of my face) and Kemono Friends (I'm gonna have to watch it now since it's such a Cultural Icon now.) There was a lot of pure fun entertainment last season that I didn't really feel this time, but there were some solid shows. My top show would probably be Sakura Quest because it gets pretty deep into the unpretty parts of rural development and the not-nice parts of early adulthood, but ultimately it is still a feel-good show and I enjoy that escapist element.

Animation / Re: New Game! Appreciation Thread
« on: 2017-07-26 16:47:37 »
Thanks for doing that!

Are we gonna talk about "Nene Quest" because I would play that game

Animation / Re: New Game! Appreciation Thread
« on: 2017-05-23 02:16:27 »
Nice! I can't wait to see how the new characters settle in to the mix.

I'm really interested in the "foreign worker" aspect myself; they also listed "skinship" (i.e. platonic naked companionship in bathhouses, etc.) as something she's bad at, so they do seem to be going for a "foreign character" vibe here. In other anime (Love Live! for example) they portray half-Japanese characters by having a Japanese VA do a "foreign"-sounding accent and peppering their speech with words from their second language (English, German, etc.) which makes a great Idol gimmick but isn't actually all that realistic. It would probably be too much to ask for them to hire a foreign VA, but I would like to see something a bit more realistic in terms of speech and maybe even some common workplace challenges. Either way, I'll be looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

P.S. I probably would've romanized "Hochiduki" as "zuki" or "dzuki" because I think that would encourage the closest correct pronunciation in English readers (since づ isn't really a sound we have in English) but "du" probably is the most technically correct.

Spam / The Mobile Games Thread
« on: 2017-05-14 01:29:52 »
Because I'm mobile game trash and I know some of you are too, I thought I'd make a thread where we can all talk, exchange user IDs, make recommendations, brag about our gacha pulls, etc. We can also talk about the future of mobile gaming, whether RPGs and VisNovs should port to mobile, if mobile will ever be a real platform or if it's doomed to Candy Crush-level inanity forever, etc. I'll make an #effort post with all my games and user IDs later, but I wanted to get the topic started and see who else is interested ^^

P.S. For the record, I actually bought an Nvidia Shield tablet and 120 gig micro SD for playing mobile games (also for lightweight word processing, but w/e) because I spend that much time on them... ^^; It runs very smoothly and the graphics are beautiful compared to my tiny iPhone. Despite this, I'm not a whale! If you spend money on a game even once, it's all over... At least, that's my experience.

INtellectual Exploration / Re: Kumihimo
« on: 2017-05-14 01:13:48 »
Additionally, a few extremely lucky fans were given a one-on-one kumihimo lesson by the craftsman Shinkai commissioned to make Mizuha's hair tie in real life; you can read an article about it here.

I've also made my own simple braid inspired by the movie. If you'll forgive the bad lighting, I've enclosed a picture:

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I used red and orange embroidery thread in pattern 3 below, though for some reason it insists on twisting instead of lying flat as shown. It's approximately 1 foot long, but it's too short to tie a bow like Mizuha does in the movie, so if I made another I'd make it at least 2 feet.

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I'm also planning to use a small flat loom I have at home to make a takadai braid. I believe this pattern is technically macrame, but as it's worked in a very similar style I think it will be good practice.

I'm in the process of making a flat marudai braid using this pattern, but it's a lot more challenging than I anticipated; I don't know if it's my inexperience or my homemade cardboard wheel but the tension is all over the place. I might see about ordering some real wheels online; they tend to be around $10.

INtellectual Exploration / Kumihimo
« on: 2017-05-14 00:53:32 »
The movie Kimi no Na Wa has set off a resurgence of interest in kumihimo, or traditional Japanese braiding, both in Japan and abroad. I dug into this a little bit and I was amazed that it can range from the ridiculously easy to the amazingly complex. I've talked to Franklin about doing a presentation and how-to event next semester, but I thought I might share some thoughts here as well.

You may be surprised to learn that you've probably already made or at least seen a kumihimo bracelet in the past; it's one of the most popular methods of making friendship bracelets in the US and Japan, and I know my friends were all over it in middle school. The bracelets are made using a small wheel with notches in it; this image illustrates the most popular patterns:

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The arrangement of the threads at the beginning determines what the pattern will be; they are all braided the same way regardless. After setting up the wheel (which can be bought at Micheals for $1 or made using cardboard) with thread (embroidery floss, crafting string, or slim crochet thread) measuring 2-3 times the desired finished length, the threads are braided as shown in this tutorial. This page goes into more detail, and additional types of round braids can be found here. It is also possible to make flat braids using this method, though it is considerably more difficult and you will need a square wheel.

These are all modern derivatives of the traditional marudai loom. If you'd like to see someone using a marudai, this video is a good example:

The other method of braiding uses a takadai loom, and I've found it to be more similar to macrame. It's more challenging than marudai braiding, so traditionally apprentices would need to master the former and several other methods before moving on to takadai. In these pictures, you can see that Mizuha is using a marudai loom while her grandmother uses a takadai.

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If you're interested in the kumihimo braid that Mizuha wears as a hair tie, I've found a youtube video with detailed how-to instructions:

Warning: this takes some skill and 30+ hours to complete. It is worked in takadai style. I plan to try it at some point, and if/when I do I will post pictures.

Animation / Re: I'm Trash, Someone Tell Me What to Watch
« on: 2017-05-14 00:03:56 »
No, but I saw the memes of it. Is it that good?

Is it that good he says

Shingeki 2 is also coming out if you wanted to catch up on that

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