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Not sure if anyone who knows me is still active here, sure would be nice too hear from some old pals here from Fuwa.

 

Long story short, I was a regular here for a couple of years and a neet Otaku 100%, because of some irl problems that come with neet lifestyle and some major differences from majority of other Otaku I went a bit crazy for a time and I left Fuwa as I realized that talking with other people here really had a bad influence on my already declining mental health, as I started having a big problem with anger issues that stopped me from enjoying anime and stuff like I used to and I couldn't do anything about that I realized I will at least do something about my IRL problems and make some money so I can support my otaku neet lifestyle in future. I didn't go about it the legal way, I made quite a bit of money but I eventually got couch and got sentenced to 20 months in prison, with good biheivor I got out after 13, now that;s not bad at all, I got to keep all the money I made, now I have a place of my own and enough money to live as a neet for some time, not to mention so much new anime, VNs, JRPGs to watch/read and prison was mostly good for me honestly, it give me some space and time to just work on myself and I had solved most of the mental problems I was struggling with during this time, the only problem is, now that I am out I can't really get back into anime, and that is a massive problem because if I don't I don't have anything to do with my life and my time, pretty much noting other than anime had interested me in last, like 13 years (There was one exception but that is a dead end), so does anyone have any suggestion for getting back into anime?

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Long time no see Okami, good to see you back ūüôā¬†hope that with the time given with keeping money and all gets to help you mentally more.¬†

not sure what i could do to suggest. maybe something to motivate watching it? write reviews based on it etc. but should ofcourse be that you enjoy watching it. 

maybe just start with jrpg¬īs. im sure the others can come to better suggestions. but once again good to see you again.¬†

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Hi back, not sure you will remember me since I didn't post a lot during the old days, but I actually remember you because you were quite active. Fuwa changed quite a bit somehow became a struggling/warzone for power (I say power but it was more of a way to impose your vision of things) for some native speaker vs non native speaker (believe it or not Decay was of those people) but maybe you happened to see most of those events since it happened in 2017, the forum lost some people over the last few years (it happened in 2 steps I'd say, but we are not here to talk about that).

Hard to give suggestion regarding animes since I can't recall your tastes. Isekai became pretty populars nowadays, I think I can safely recommend Re zero and Mushoku Tensei as they are the most populars in my opinion.

 

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1 hour ago, Kirashi said:

Hi back, not sure you will remember me since I didn't post a lot during the old days, but I actually remember you because you were quite active. Fuwa changed quite a bit somehow became a struggling/warzone for power (I say power but it was more of a way to impose your vision of things) for some native speaker vs non native speaker (believe it or not Decay was of those people) but maybe you happened to see most of those events since it happened in 2017, the forum lost some people over the last few years (it happened in 2 steps I'd say, but we are not here to talk about that).

Hard to give suggestion regarding animes since I can't recall your tastes. Isekai became pretty populars nowadays, I think I can safely recommend Re zero and Mushoku Tensei as they are the most populars in my opinion.

 

Hi there, Honestly I don't remember you but it is still very nice feeling to meet someone who knows me of back than when I was more active. To me back then Fuwa was my whole social part of life and I honestly thought about it and missed it quite a bit during my time in prison, true at a same time I found it surprising how many people I couldn't remember by username or even avatar I just remember generally that there was a person I talked to often but I have a hard time attaching "name or face" to a story. True the same is true for a lot of other things I thought I would never forget, the most surprising part was how my general memory of Anime and VNs has faded. When I was still watching Anime on daily basis I would always compare anime I watched with others, Fix my lists and refresh my memory but once I was away from all that... Anyway I have changed a lot during this last few years, more than I thought I would ever, I didn't even relaize it myself just how much I changed untill I experienced some big shoks regarding looking at some of my old posts and private notes. On positive side I am not so easily irritated by things not being my way like I used to be and I am not so much bothered by presence of some aspects in Anime that I don't like such as ecchi and H-scenes in VNs, true to begging with I wasn't as much irritated by them in begging ether, I didn't like, found them dumb but I didn't really have problem with even watching titles like Higschool DxD and To love-ru if I liked some parts of anime I could still enjoy them despite not liking the ecchi part, but with time and constant exposure to them I just got sick of those and some other aspects of anime I hated and this was hitting me a lot harder then it should because to me Anime was my piece of haven in a world I otherwise heavily disliked. This getting to extreme to the point I couldn't enjoy any anime and would get furious at any little thing of those kind combined with fact that after nearly 1000 anime I couldn't enjoy just anything like I used to, my criterium has simply risen and the fact that I had at a time mostly run out of anime to watch, or to be more presice I run out of Anime I really wanted to watch was what led me to go more than a bit crazy and to not be able to enjoy anime any more, and this was always something I feared because I knew that if I lose interest in anime thre is just noting else for me to do with myself anymore as I am practically not really interested in anything else in this world, at least not to the point I can say it really fulfills me and gives me, well anything, feelings, joy, future.... Anime was my whole world really. Add to it IRL problems related to neet lifestyle and....

 

Now although I have solved all of those issues I have a completely different problem, I can't really concentrate and really get into anime, not to mention I get easily bored of "filler" like parts in anime (Parts that are unrelated to a main story and are just... I don't know how to explain it well, but basically parts in witch noting really happens). I still get exited when watching some PVs and or AMVs but when I actually start watching Anime I get bored by vanila parts of anime. I was thinking that if I find a few anime that I really liked a lot that it might help me start my otaku "carrier" again but up till now I haven't had much luck, in fact even when going for sequels of anime I liked like Tensura 2 it's just not the same as it used to be, in fact I kinda get the opposite effect by disappointment because I remember it to be better than this.

 

So I guess I am looking for something that is pretty fast pieced and doesn't have many "boring" parts and that has a lot of really amazing parts that can move me (Although the last part is probably too subjective to be of use in recommendation asking). As for my tastes in general, I like "serous" anime, anime that takes it self seriously and doesn't have many comedic, easygoing parts. I also like deep philological and/or philosophical anime that make you think or at least have a lot of those parts, example would be this quote from Adolah zero:

"What does it take to end a war? Well, if both sides wish for peace and set aside their hatredc No. Warfare is nothing but a means of negotiation between states. Wars break out even when there is no hatred. Territory, resources, or interests that you are determined to own. Ideology, religion, pride. Wars are fought over those objectives all the time. Meaning that when those objectives are met, the war will end. That, or the war will end when the human cost outweighs the gains. Anger and hatred are only tools to tilt a war in your favor. Im not interested in those emotions. So I wouldn't hate anyone just because they're Martian" Inaho Kaizuka

Or this qute from SAO:

"It is pointless to question who someone really is. All you can do is believe and accept. Because the way you perceive someone is their true identity." Kirito

Quotes like those are some of my favorite parts in Anime. those parts make me feel like I am not just watching Anime for enjoyment alone but that I am also learning and gaining experience, growing etc. And since they make me really think about things they help me to get into it all more.

My current top choices to give them a try from Anime I know of are Goblin Slayer and Tate no Yuusha also (At least from PV) looks like something I might be looking for, but I find it hard to actually sit and start watching since I am lacking that "Oh, I really want to watch this" and what's more every time I do start watching something and it doesn't turn as I expected it (I don't get into it) I get furred away from my goal of getting back into anime.

I was also thinking of going for some JRPG or VN/JRPG hybrid instead of anime like Emy suggested since I am thinking that interaction/gameplay part might help with getting more into it and a switch from gameplay to story and vice verse might make it harder to quickly get bored, not feel like watching/playing/reading it now. But at a same time I feel a bit lazy for searching a JRPG or VN/JRPG hybrid that I would like to play. Additionally while I did of course have a high end PC that I booth first thing after an apartment I sold it to pay bills for internet that have accumulated while I was in prison, I had enough to pay them without selling PC but then I wouldn't be left with a lot to live my neet life and rest for long and silence Anime/VNs/Manga/JRPGs/Browsing net/Music/writing notes are pretty much the only thing I am using PC for (That is I don't play western games that require strong PC, or use hardware heavy programs) and everything I do use PC for except JRPGs (and even half of JRPGs) can be run on pretty much any old PC I sold my high end PC and got an old one so I am left with money to spare. So point is my choices of JRPGs are now limited to ones that don't require a  strong PC.

I was thinking of maybe going for something from Eushully as I remember Kamidori had a superb gameplay but from what I remember story was mostly Vanilla, I see Kami no Rhapsody has been fully translated and Amayui Castle Meister has a patch that claims to translate nearly 3/4 (as for parts that it doesn't translate I can use that machine translation patch, I understand enough Japanese that as long as lines are voiced I would understand nearly everything even without translation anyway), but I don't feel like going for something that long right at a star, especially when I am not sure if I would like it.  I was also thinking of going for Seinarukana -The Spirit of Eternity Sword 2- as I had missed that title because I couldn't find a steam (No H-scenes) version anywhere and I had actually both it right before I ended in prison and never had played it. First part was once my favorite VN, but that was back in the day when I was satisfied way easier, plus I know Celphes said that second VN is not as good as First and I kinda believe his tastes, so it rises the same problems.

 

Yea I was still somewhat active in 2017 as far as I remember, I remember saying it was the worst year in my life as that was actually when things started going down for me, I guess I had yet to meet 2018 and 2019 when I said that....

 

This turned into a way longer post then I had planned so I will leave it here for now, any suggestions, comments, questions are welcome, I don't have much to do with my time anyway and I do feel like talking with someone to be honest, and this is meant to be more my coming back topic rather then just asking for recommendations topic anyway.

 

I hope more people that I know come by this topic, Here I try inviting some whose usernames I can remember from top of my mind (And help from my inbox) @Steve @Deep Blue @Zander @MikeY91 @Clephas @Monmon@nohman @Down @Eclipsed @Nosebleed @OriginalRen  @babiker  @Tay

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Man, trying to summon Steve like that, you really just want to see the world burn. :notlikemiya:

And hey! Not sure you'd recognize me, but I'm definitely familiar with many of your posts just from exploring Fuwa and talking to other old-time members. The site has really went through some turbulent times and than a massive dip in activity in past few months, but there are changes coming that might invigorate it. The past few weeks were already having a massive rise in posting. Hope you'll join that resurgence. :)

When it goes to anime, you set up pretty strict requirements there... Asking for a series without comedy and slice of life fluff goes a bit against the core of what anime is. ūüėú¬†Maybe I'm just being weird, but if I were you I'd kind of ignore what I'm theoretically looking for and focus on finding something well-paced and well-written, that is likely to suck me in quickly. Spy x Family is being regarded as one of the highlights of recent anime seasons. Also heard great things¬†about Summertime Render. Both should be easily-digestible and might get you into the mood to watch something more demanding. When I get back from a break with anime going for serious stuff is usually the surest way of getting immediate burnout. :)

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5 hours ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

Man, trying to summon Steve like that, you really just want to see the world burn. :notlikemiya:

And hey! Not sure you'd recognize me, but I'm definitely familiar with many of your posts just from exploring Fuwa and talking to other old-time members. The site has really went through some turbulent times and than a massive dip in activity in past few months, but there are changes coming that might invigorate it. The past few weeks were already having a massive rise in posting. Hope you'll join that resurgence. :)

When it goes to anime, you set up pretty strict requirements there... Asking for a series without comedy and slice of life fluff goes a bit against the core of what anime is. ūüėú¬†Maybe I'm just being weird, but if I were you I'd kind of ignore what I'm theoretically looking for and focus on finding something well-paced and well-written, that is likely to suck me in quickly. Spy x Family is being regarded as one of the highlights of recent anime seasons. Also heard great things¬†about Summertime Render. Both should be easily-digestible and might get you into the mood to watch something more demanding. When I get back from a break with anime going for serious stuff is usually the surest way of getting immediate burnout. :)

I get what you mean about slice of life part, I mean honestly I am kinda surprising myself that I want something without it as I used to love those parts and I loved stories being as stretched out as possible, not to mention I was always someone who was putting characters before story, but currently that is just not something I feel like going for. Comedy on the other hand was never really my thing and comedic relief was one of things I hated in Anime alongside fanservice.

But you might be right about ignoring what I am theoretically looking for and just going for something else, I had plenty of cases before where I kinda had an idea of what I feel like watching just to go for something completely different and probably enjoying it even more than if I found what I was looking for. True I guess for now I really should just go for anything and start watching something already as prolonging to watch anything at all just makes it harder to start/decide. I'll let everyone know how it went.

If I remember it right Fuwa already started declining heavily in activity around 2017-2018 (While it never had a huge member base those that it had where extremely active often getting replays in a matter of minutes after posting), well I hope I do menage to get back into everything and be part of Fuwa once again. Hail to resurrection of Fuwa :)

BTW what happened to Steve?

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6 minutes ago, Okami said:

BTW what happened to Steve?

As I understand it, he was on the frontline of Fuwa's Great Loli War and when loli content got effectively banned he left pretty quickly. Understandable, considering that was his preferred stuff. Someone correct me if I missed anything. ūüėÜ

Also Fuwa was on decline ever since the torrents were removed, but the second part of equation was the leadership crisis. Tay was mostly AWOL since 2017 I think and without anyone steering the ship and being able to access the site on administrative level, it languished. At the same time fan translations started slowly losing steam, the community was shrinking... So while the site was still going by pure inertia, with some limited attempts at revitalisation, it was a downwards trend all along. Not to sound megalomaniac, but I think I had a part is keeping it alive throughout 2018 and 2019, posting tons of EVN-related content. It steered the whole Forums slightly away from JP-only elitism too. ;) Than I got burned out, and than I got health problems (not extremely serious, but annoying and hampering my ability to read VNs and write content, as I'm still dealing with chronic back pain and have to limit my time sitting)... In the meantime Forums reached extremely low activity, and to save what's left of it admins negotiated a merger with the German site VN.Info... With one of their admins, Hata, being very serious on salvaging Fuwa, as an English-language affiliate/partner site. That's where we are now and however one might think about it, things look more lively than they did for a long while. :3

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On 8/21/2022 at 6:15 PM, Plk_Lesiak said:

As I understand it, he was on the frontline of Fuwa's Great Loli War and when loli content got effectively banned he left pretty quickly. Understandable, considering that was his preferred stuff. Someone correct me if I missed anything. ūüėÜ

Also Fuwa was on decline ever since the torrents were removed, but the second part of equation was the leadership crisis. Tay was mostly AWOL since 2017 I think and without anyone steering the ship and being able to access the site on administrative level, it languished. At the same time fan translations started slowly losing steam, the community was shrinking... So while the site was still going by pure inertia, with some limited attempts at revitalisation, it was a downwards trend all along. Not to sound megalomaniac, but I think I had a part is keeping it alive throughout 2018 and 2019, posting tons of EVN-related content. It steered the whole Forums slightly away from JP-only elitism too. ;) Than I got burned out, and than I got health problems (not extremely serious, but annoying and hampering my ability to read VNs and write content, as I'm still dealing with chronic back pain and have to limit my time sitting)... In the meantime Forums reached extremely low activity, and to save what's left of it admins negotiated a merger with the German site VN.Info... With one of their admins, Hata, being very serious on salvaging Fuwa, as an English-language affiliate/partner site. That's where we are now and however one might think about it, things look more lively than they did for a long while. :3

That is a solid summary :)

Welcome to another of our manifold projects, but with this one it'll sure require big effort!¬† And welcome back to Fuwanovel ūüėÜ

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I don't know you, but I'd suggest getting out of the NEET lifestyle. It's just not healthy mentally. It might be a good time to try and find something new outside of anime.

 

For anime recs, I'd suggest NHK ni Youkoso and Yojo-Han Shinwa Taikei for a start.

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22 hours ago, Nemesis said:

I don't know you, but I'd suggest getting out of the NEET lifestyle. It's just not healthy mentally. It might be a good time to try and find something new outside of anime.

Considering the "back from prison" part I imagine he's quite aware this is not optimal.¬†The only person in history that ever though being a NEET¬†was cool was that lady from Net-juu no Susume, and she was an anime character*.¬†ūüėõ

* and to be fair, it's pretty obvious she also knew how bad it was, she was just so burned out by her corporate job that she didn't care any more and made up a few arguments on why she's better than your average hikikomori.

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16 hours ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

Considering the "back from prison" part I imagine he's quite aware this is not optimal.¬†The only person in history that ever though being a NEET¬†was cool was that lady from Net-juu no Susume, and she was an anime character*.¬†ūüėõ

* and to be fair, it's pretty obvious she also knew how bad it was, she was just so burned out by her corporate job that she didn't care any more and made up a few arguments on why she's better than your average hikikomori.

Well to be fair I do still think that being a NEET is better than working a 9-17 jobs and/or working at a job you hate and do with money as your sole reason/motivation for working. I also think that taking a few months or so to live a NEET lifestyle can actually be very good for you, especially when you are burned out from work, or well in my case when you just get out of prison and need some time to just figure out what to do with your life, this goes even more so when money isn't an issue. (And to be fair in cases where money is not an issue i bet about every second person would like to not work and just do things they like, but this is a bit moved from your general image of what a NEET is).

Figuring out what I actually do want to do/work, that's a lot bigger issue, especially when noting other than anime interested me and now even that doesn't really do the trick any more. And I am not saying this cause I haven't tried many other things, it's cause I did that I know that pretty much everything else bores me within few days if not few hours, so I guess for the time being a NEET lifestyle is simply better than any other alternative I can think of. The problem is, if I don't menage to get back into Anime, NEET or no NEET, than WTF am I going to do with my life? Even when I was the most hardcore Otaku NEET there is, I was never your "Regular" hikikomori, the kind you usually think of when talking about NEETs and Hikkikomoris, outcast etc. I simply never had any interest in a normal everyday life and things that normal people find joy in simply bore me, well to be more exact pretty much everything IRL was boring me and I would find it empty and pointless and fiction/fantasies ware the only things that made me feel anything at all. 

Even now, I am just out of prison, I am supposed to have tons of wants and desires and things I missed from life outside, but really I don't, most of the time I just sleep all day long and the novelty of freedom has wore down in about a day.

As for Anime, I watched Goblin Slayer, I did get to finish it and I even found myself wanting to watch more after finishing it, but there wasn't really that spark, that feeling of fulfillment, of deeply getting into it, that I had before when watching anime, at best it was an interesting pastime, I also watched Tatte no Yusha and a first season was similar experience while the second bored me for most part. I started watching Tokyo Revengers but am stuck after 3rd episode. While all 3 anime are something I generally recognize as good, they don't really do anything for me anymore, no strong feelings or anything like that... I guess for now I will just watch more and hope that feels returns to me with time.

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Hello, Okami. I might not know you, but since you are not on the discord you may not know what is going on here and why there is suddenly activity. I'm actually trying to contact quite a lot of old regulars to restore the "old fuwanovel" active posters again, because I think that it would be cool if the site came back with its old userbase mostly intact - for as much they are still interested in VNs literally 10 fuwacalpyses and years of inactivity later.

What has happened?Fb6tohrWQAUj3CI?format=jpg&name=large

Basically, our German website called visual-novel.info (that's the one you see in my signature) has reached out to Fuwanovel's staff to assist them in restoring it, but we decided that a general cooperation is the better way. Fuwanovel is now something like the international arm of Visual-Novel.info and we're aiming to restore the page to a considerable degree as a community for everyone. Piracy discussion and distribution is effectively banned, but as you see we're still having fan translation projects here all the same - so everything is fine.
Hop on discord if you wanna talk to some familiar faces and lotta new ones, it's up there in the top bar.

I hope you can assimilate quickly to the style the new Fuwanovel is going towards and we can keep an active and contributing person such as you as a regular in the future. Ah, and enjoy our attached blog's content or make your own one!

Nice to meet you, I'm HataVNI. Don't you dare go to prison again :)

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Just now, HataVNI said:

Hello, Okami. I might not know you, but since you are not on the discord you may not know what is going on here and why there is suddenly activity. I'm actually trying to contact quite a lot of old regulars to restore the "old fuwanovel" active posters again, because I think that it would be cool if the site came back with its old userbase mostly intact - for as much they are still interested in VNs literally 10 fuwacalpyses and years of inactivity later.

What has happened?Fb6tohrWQAUj3CI?format=jpg&name=large

Basically, our German website called visual-novel.info (that's the one you see in my signature) has reached out to Fuwanovel's staff to assist them in restoring it, but we decided that a general cooperation is the better way. Fuwanovel is now something like the international arm of Visual-Novel.info and we're aiming to restore the page to a considerable degree as a community for everyone. Piracy discussion and distribution is effectively banned, but as you see we're still having fan translation projects here all the same - so everything is fine.
Hop on discord if you wanna talk to some familiar faces and lotta new ones, it's up there in the top bar.

I hope you can assimilate quickly to the style the new Fuwanovel is going towards and we can keep an active and contributing person such as you as a regular in the future. Ah, and enjoy our attached blog's content or make your own one!

Nice to meet you, I'm HataVNI. Don't you dare go to prison again :)

I tried sending some PMs to some people I had talked to more often back in the day but aside from sending PMs here or mentioning people in posts I have no other way of contacting any of the other old members, but I think it would be really cool if more old members really did come back.

I always wanted to try and opening a blog of my own, and an old me would definitely be able to contribute a lot to a whole VN info thing, I also find it a very interesting idea to switch from Visual novel fan translation and VN promotion site/forum to a more of "pro VN wikipedia" now that VNs are way more known of then back in the day and that an old mission is kinda complete, or at least has become way bigger  picture than what one forum/site can drastically influence unlike back than. but as I am now, I am waaaay out of date with VNs and all to be able to add much to the whole picture, maybe once I am back into the whole anime and all once again...

As for discord, well I was never a big fan of discord or any of the chatting sites/apps and had always preferred forums and blogs more, so unless if there is some big old members gathering special thing/event on discord I am gonna stick to forums.

PS: I find it a bit interesting that Fuwanovel made such strong ties with some German website while I was in a German/Austrian prison, I guess it's like as if Fuwanovel has fallowed me in spirit lol.

 

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