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  1. Winter 2019 Anime Discussion

    I suppose this is gonna be the first season in over a year since I watched more than 3 ongoing anime. If my grades dip at all, I'm blaming you entirely. But in all seriousness though, Tate no Yuusha has been a surprisingly interesting isekai that seems to not only be aware of its tropes, but puts a nice spin on things as well. I also appreciate the amount of world-building the first episode had to offer; it's the one of the qualities I'm most drawn into with stories of this subgenre. I haven't watched the second episode yet since it's getting a little late for me now, but I'll give that a watch tomorrow.
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  3. Winter 2019 Anime Discussion

    Okay, this season actually does interest me a little, so I'll add a couple more. Yakusoku no Neverland didn't disappoint at all. The end of the first episode was very engaging, and it has a nice feel to it overall. I don't like the character designs at all, though. Watching Domestic na Kanojo too... Yeah, I got baited by the damn OP, lol. The writing is awfully contrived at the start, but I am willing to forgive that if the story is at least able to build on it in a meaningful way. Plus, the first episode was classy af, so I don't think it'll be that much of a struggle to keep watching.
  4. Fuwanovel Confessions

    That's good to hear. I'm happy for ya. How does Ghandi's saying go now? "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." There are still a lot of good people in the world. Ya know, I'm beginning to think that even financial freedom (in the short term I mean) won't do much to help resolve issues like this. Apparently it takes a lot of hard word, planning, and commitment to achieve a comfortable lifestyle, so you may very well find yourself stuck in this kind of rut until retirement. But it's not all doom and gloom; I have come across several strategies to make life a little less unbearable through various self improvement techniques. One of the more promising guides I've come across recently is the Tamed Course on Improvement Pill's Youtube channel. His videos are packed with insightful details on personal development, and he's really good about backing up his ideas with hard science. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE_vQWWxgaiH1Xcri6_WJDZnC_XezkyAO The only thing I disagree with him on is that silly NoFap or NNN nonsense that's been going around lately. Granted, he is the first sane person I've come across who buys into something like this, but I still don't. He even admits in his own video that there's not much science to go off of, and his evidence is purely anecdotal.
  5. Fuwanovel Confessions

    Lise's route in Symphonic Rain comes to mind... It's not a bizarre work by any means, but the ending will definitely inspire strong, negative emotions.
  6. Winter 2019 Anime Discussion

    As much as I'd like to, I'm still a bit hesitant to watch anything this season. But I would like to point out that there is a Tezuka adaption this season. Dororo has a pretty solid rating right off the bat too, so it might be worth looking into. Edit: Ah, screw it, it's been too long since I enjoyed a good samurai anime. No regrets picking it up at all though; this is a damn good anime.
  7. Peria Chronicles - upcoming anime mmo.

    Mmm, I'm not sure if this'll be my kind of game based on my previous experience with Nexon's Mabinogi. That game was very pretty, and even had a few interesting gameplay ideas like the Compose skill, but the skill grinding pretty much ruined it for me (and this was back when I was more tolerant of grinding mechanics). I'll keep my eyes on it for the time being, but I'm not expecting much.
  8. Post pics you like (Powered by Jun Inoue™)

    Been a while since I posted anything from Pixiv. Here's an adorable Mashu art to make up for that. https://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=83739
  9. When does Dies Irae get good?

    I'm kinda with you on the SoL scenes. It's not that I didn't expect them at all, but due to months of anticipation and elevated expectations from its opening scenes, I felt extremely drained after that initial shift. But you know, that's kinda my fault for letting my expectations get the better of me; and now that I think about it, I was being way too harsh with my standards. And now that I know what to expect going in, I think I'll be able to put in a little more effort into reading further.
  10. Fate/Grand Order

    Man, f2p games are so expensive.
  11. Fuwanovel Confessions

    Confession: Today I decided on a New Year resolution that I feel fairly comfortable with. I wasn't planning to have any this year, but then my therapist suggested that I make it my goal to stop being hard on myself. With it being a strong source of anxiety for me, I think it might be worth pursuing this new line of thought and making it my primary focus for 2019. Even though I wasn't quite able to reach my weight-loss goal, I did lose a substantial amount of weight (58 pounds) and I'm about 15 pounds away from getting out of obesity. And since I've already developed the habit of working out every day, and I won't have that much more weight to lose before I'm in a semi-comfortable range, I think I can leave this as a secondary focus. I'm gonna aim to be a little more outgoing this year too. So far the only thing I've really done in college is go to class and get good grades. I did have some interaction with one of my coding professors and came up with a few ideas on how to improve my employability, but I've yet to actually do anything to get me in the right direction. That definitely needs to change if I want to stand out a little more to potential employers. Overall, 2018 was a phenomenal year for me. It was probably the greatest period of growth I've experienced in my whole life, and I'm excited to see how things turn out for me this year.
  12. My top five visual novels for 2018 that I read.

    I haven't finished any of the VNs I started this year. I am a good ways into Symphonic Rain though, and I would say it's definitely at the top my list. From what I've read so far, this VN is surprisingly depressing for a nakige. It definitely distinguishes itself from standard-fare nakige in terms of character direction, but it ultimately delivers the tear-jerking experience I cherish so much in this genre. Oh and this is just from finishing one route. I haven't even gotten to Al Fine, which seems to be the most popular.
  13. Happy New Year 2019

    Happy New Year!
  14. Fall 2018 Anime Discussion

    Yeah, that was my main draw to the series when I watched a Wisecrack review breaking down the anime's philosophy. It does look pretty interesting.
  15. Your once in a lifetime VN

    Little Busters
  16. I saw that; it's a really dumb patch. I imagine anyone with the money to buy two games will probably just buy the console version and play it as is, and just about everyone else will probably either be driven to piracy to avoid buying it twice or just avoid playing it altogether. But on the plus side, we did get a pre-patched version of the game, even though it requires pirating. It's a shame this has to be the only consumer-friendly option since I wouldn't mind buying it myself.
  17. Fall 2018 Anime Discussion

    Shite, how the hell did you miss that? That was the one anime that almost pulled me into watching something ongoing. I take it you don't follow any anitubers? Gigguk has a nice video on it.
  18. Merry Christmas Fuwa!

    Hope you all had a Moe Christmas. https://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=101500
  19. Nekopara. Whoever thought to utilize bouncing boobs in that game deserves a Nobel Prize.
  20. Favored text box presentation in VNs.

    I prefer a mixture of the two. ADV for general dialogue and NVL for the lengthy narration segments. The VN I'm reading right now, Symphonic Rain, makes pretty good use of the technique. But where I draw the line is when the VN uses ADV for every other bit of content, and then makes a full switch to NVL for the final route, like with Rewrite. Idk what inspired that design choice, but I'd much rather see a work go full NVL than to switch styles for just one route. It's not like you can't see the visuals at all, and the combination choice-based storylines and background music still give visual novels an edge over standard novels. The reason NVL is used at all is to emphasize the story over the aesthetics while still keeping VN aspects in tact and delivering a storytelling experience that is unique to this medium.
  21. For those who suffer from any sort of mental health issue, you are probably going to have the worst time staying committed to studying. But with the right kind of mindset and a practical approach, you may find yourself well within reach of your goal. While this guide is not a suitable replacement for real treatment from a specialist, it may give you a few ideas on how to deal with your own issues. But everyone has their own unique issues and complications, so there isn’t a single correct answer for everybody. Oh and be very careful about self-diagnosing these types of illnesses. Mental health is a complicated subject that requires a lot of training to make the correct judgment, so please seek confirmation from a professional before you decide to take on that kind of baggage. Sadness and fear, even on a regular basis, are normal human emotions. It’s only when they affect you in an abnormal way (which, again, needs a proper diagnosis) that you need to be concerned. Okay, so some of you may have noticed I’ve been severely behind on updating my blog. Well, as it turns out, the solution I had in mind for anxiety didn’t pan out very well. I had gone through another bout of anxiety, lagged behind on my homework, and was left with virtually no time to put out another post. But I’m actually really happy I delayed it since I’ve gained so much valuable knowledge about anxiety since September. When I initially started writing this entry, I had written about the success I was having with positive self-talk. At the time, I was extremely focused on repeating a single line to myself in order to stay motivated, and it was working for a good while. But see, once the idea had lost its novelty after a couple months, I wasn’t getting any kind of benefit from it. I did feel a sense of confidence I hadn’t felt in a long time, and it was making me more productive, but it wasn’t the answer I was looking for. What I’ve learned since then is that I need more than false confidence to drive me forward, and I think I may have come up with a more reliable way of coping with my emotions. I’m still using positive self-talk in order to combat negative thinking, but I’m doing so in a much less specific way. For my most recent episode, I was unable to pull myself out of it, but I had managed to escape after two whole months of misery by focusing on the more crucial flaws with my mindset. I happened upon a simple, yet insightful comment on Quora that helped me ground my thoughts and properly outline my path to improvement. One of my key takeaways from this was to focus on what could happen rather than what has happened already. If your mind is stuck in the past and all you can do is think about is how much you haven’t accomplished, you won’t have much to look forward to. Additionally, you need to accept the problems you have in front of you and see them more as opportunities for growth rather than as barriers. If you can find a solution to the problem at hand, then you’ve exercised the part of your brain that solves problems. And if you can’t find a solution, then your accomplishments will be much more meaningful because you had to jump through extra hoops to succeed. Another issue I’ve had the most difficulty with is blaming my problems on everything. I can’t get good sleep because of my noisy surroundings, I’m not losing weight because of all the sweets around the house, I can’t concentrate well because I’m under a lot of stress, I’m unhappy because I can’t afford to support my emotional needs, my life sucks because society sucks, my parents are the reason I’m not that smart, and so on and so forth. I was always thinking about how much crap I had working against me, and yet I never wanted to see myself as the source of my misfortune. Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to preach personal responsibility or anything as mundane as that. I do understand that the human mind is easily susceptible to influence, and that we aren’t in full control of our decisions or circumstances. However, I do think there is something to be gained by taking ownership of your problems. What this does is take you out of a state of hopelessness and entrapment, and empowers you to pursue your goals further. When you decide to take life into your own hands, you can then mold it into something you want it to be. Probably the most important lesson I’ve learned is to accept myself for who am. I am a nervous wreck. I freak out whenever I set out to do any kind of improvement. Having to make major life adjustments always puts me on edge. I will panic even as I’m handing in a homework assignment, terrified of how the professor will grade it. And my response to these dilemmas has been to either pretend the fear isn’t there, convince myself that I can’t keep living this way, or beat myself up when I let my nervousness get the better of me. But instead of just working against my anxiety, I decided it was time I started working alongside it and let it be. What I’ve come to understand since then is that fear hurts my motivation a lot more than it does my performance, so I don’t even need to acknowledge it as an obstacle. I eventually came to the conclusion that it’s better to focus on resolving issues that I have immediate control over rather than the ones I can’t do anything about. There is still chance I’ll be able to find a fix eventually, but I have no way of knowing what that is at this very moment. And you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that. And to wrap things up, I’ll jot a few quick tips you may have heard about already, but are still important to know. There won’t always be an ideal time to get something done; do it anyways. Try to focus on what went right rather than the opposite. Don’t be afraid to work hard; working hard will generally give you advantage over others. Finish what you’ve started, even after it loses its novelty. Don’t ever feel discouraged if you can’t solve a problem in a timely manner. Afterword: So, did anyone miss me at all? Yeah, this one was a real doozy. I was putting myself through even more stress trying to find time for this blog during college, but I wound up having to wait until Winter break to finish writing this entry. Thankfully I won’t have any more classes to take until next year, so I’ll have all the time I need to keep this blog up and running… and to get caught up on all the dust I’ve let accumulate in my room and bathroom. Oh and I started my Japanese studies back up again yesterday too! I’ve been kinda behind on them up until now due to excessive stress (to the point of neck injury) and my scramble to get homework turned in on time, but I’m 50% sure I’ll be fine in the near future. Next week’s topic will be on living a healthy lifestyle. Once you’re able to find proper coping methods, the next step toward building momentum is figuring out how to best optimize all the other factors that impact your brain’s performance.
  22. Interesting news, but I'm gonna keep my expectations low since Urobuchi isn't writing it this time. I haven't forgotten how terrible the sequel to Psycho-Pass was.