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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:33 pm 
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So, I managed to scream (well, more like a moan) in my sleep, become aware I was dreaming based on the sound, "wake up," get out of bed to confront someone in my living room, become aware again that I was still dreaming, sleep talk more coherently (as in, proper words), "wake up" a second time, get out of bed again, realize for the third time that I'm still dreaming, sleep talk in whole sentences complaining that I'm dreaming, give up, and go back to bed, all without actually waking up.

Needless to say, I was exhausted this morning.

Oof. That sucks. I had a less than restful night myself because of strange dreams (including serving as bait to trap a serial killer for some reason...) but it doesn't sound as bad as yours.

I hope your day is restful, at least!

Odd dreams seem to be the call of the night.
I "woke up" to find my electronic devices smoking, tried like hell to fix them, clean everything, but to o avail, going "back to bed" and "waking up" to wonder if the previous sequence of events was just a dream, to confirm that, no, my electronics were indeed smoking and there's nothingbI could do to stop them.

The biggest problem with having a dream in a dream is determining how much was false.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:36 pm 
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I feel like giving Yu Yu Hakusho another point of positive critique, after watching Genkai be given some time in the limelight. Having the trope of the old martial arts mentor be filled by an old woman is actually quite a good thing, as I recently saw someone pointing out that women just tend to not exist in anime once they're past their 20s. There are all sorts of examples of middle-aged men acting as mentors or villains or occasional helpful side-characters, but it's much, much rarer for middle-aged women to be found in those roles.

I think this is another artifact of the show's age, from before anime had really started its incestuous (by which I mean drawing inspiration from other anime rather than from outside sources) spiral down to the most marketable and shallow features, where most modern anime all share the exact same aesthetic and there are only about 4 body types among all the characters.

Or maybe I've just been too embedded in older anime to really be in-tune with the trends of modern anime. Correct me if I'm wrong, but to me it seems that the few exceptions just proves the rule due to the overwhelming majority.

As much as I consume what is genuinely an abominable amount of anime, there are a lot of people that don't get why I'm nostalgic for the older stuff despite the oft times awful production qualities.
I think what you've said touches a bit on it.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:22 pm 
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I stopped watching new anime mostly bc all the new stuff looks the same and I can just go watch better older stuff tbh. Most recent new anime I saw was the first season of One Punch Man.

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Animal Crossing has changed my wakeup time to 4 30 AM lol. Day rollover is at 5 AM.

8 AM is shop opening.

11 AM is when turkey wakes up. I have to talk to everyone once and everyone else is up by 8:01.

4 PM is when good fish show up.

7 PM is Tarantulas.

10 PM is Wisp. Also shop closing.

I’ve kind of been playing from 5:30 to 8:30 and 7:30 to 10:30. Harvest all resources before 8 AM. Half hour to do all shop things. Bunch of time to do whatever prior to 10 PM. Handle Wisp event if it spawns then get off lol. Has been a fun launch week.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:29 pm 
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I had an interesting dream this morning that I was sad to wake up from; let's see how much I can remember to describe it.

At first, I was... a bodyguard of sorts? I was escorting Aang and Katara somewhere, I remember that. The scenery was kind of East Indian / Hindu inspired, and while I clearly remember the very white facades of the buildings, I can't remember how populated the area was.

They were shortly captured, by invaders with guns and flying scooters (Like a levitating segway). The three were taken up into a grand flying pyramid-castle, where they were lectured on the greatness of these invaders' pantheon and where the gods had originally come from. The lecture was accompanied by visual representations of the gods forming along the high walls of the... I guess it would have been a foyer, as the captain who had captured us talked. Though their names escape me, four I recognized from the Egyptian pantheon, several more gods were accompanied by scarab symbols which similarly marked them as Egyptian, two were Hindu gods, then we got to a hawkish/vulturish god which my mind labeled as Mesopotamian, but who was referred to simply as "Guardian," though I somehow knew that wasn't its real name. The hawk-god's stone image came to life, flying away in response to some prayer or call, as the captain told us, and at that point I as the bodyguard was separated from Aang and Katara.

Queue a dramatic chase and escape sequence, where I first bided my time being led around, before breaking away and maneuvering around the perilous outside platforms (the pyramid/castle was above the clouds at that point). I somehow knew that Aang and Katara had also gotten free by that point, and they might be plummeting to their death at that point because they didn't know how these invaders' hover-technology worked. I grabbed one of these hover-scooters, but had to jump off the pyramid because I was cornered. I knew that the hover-technology took time to start up, but I just had to hope there was enough time before I met the earth for that.

As I fell through the clouds, I saw Aang and Katara where I knew I'd find them, on a floating rock in the gloom (hey, it's a dream, don't ask me why). While the hover-scooter had yet to start up, I was still their only hope, so I landed one foot on the platform (hard, but not bone-breaking) and brought it falling earth-ward with me.

By the time the three landed, I was no longer the bodyguard, but an observer of the dream (we'll get to that in a moment). The hover-scooter had managed to start up just in time to save their lives, and they started rushing through the grid-like streets of the city, the invaders hot on their tail. As they twisted and turned down streets and alleyways, I laughed maniacally, in such a way that I knew they could hear me. I had literally become a god -- one from the invader's pantheon, but a maligned one like Set or Loki might be; a mischief-maker and chaotic being -- and their antics amused me. I told them I would help them escape, and so I used my semi-lucid control of what I knew was a dream at that point to help them out.

At every corner they passed, and whenever they turned, they were accompanied by a burst of cherry blossoms and an illusory copy taking some other route. Somehow, the flower petals had become my god-symbol. It was during this chase scene that I woke up, and could not finish it to see them escape.

(This is not a weird dream for me, by the way.)

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7 PM is Tarantulas.

I'm sorry,
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:59 pm 
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Tarantulas only spawn after 7 PM. They are an important part of one’s daily routine so you need to know when to find them.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:52 am 
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Something tells me Luna would not enjoy the current meme trifecta of tarantulas, high fashion, and bloody axe murder.

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My most recent media exploit was a chinese movie called White Snake. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautifully animated and I'm looking forward to seeing if any more of that studio's work manages to hit stateside. I think they're also responsible for another movie called Nezha, but that one was undoubtedly more for kids. The visual elements are still solid in that fare, but if it weren't for the cultural folklore being something I'm less familiar with, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it terribly much because of the main character.

White Snake, on the other hand, is much more polished and appeals to a greater age range.

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White Snake, on the other hand, is much more polished and appeals to a greater age range.

Plus, they sing "Here I Go Again," which is a good song...

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Barinellos wrote:
White Snake, on the other hand, is much more polished and appeals to a greater age range.

Plus, they sing "Here I Go Again," which is a good song...

:paranoid:

No lie, the music really is really good in it.

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Tarantulas only spawn after 7 PM. They are an important part of one’s daily routine so you need to know when to find them.

why would you want to find tarantulas

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Speaking of Chinese animated films, I had been looking forward to one called Jiang Ziya... you know, before the second coming of the black plague. I had literally never heard of any other Chinese animated movie before then, and there are still only 2 Chinese-anime that I'm aware of: The Silver Guardian, which is horrible awful trash that my friends and I only tried watching by means of an anime randomizer as part of an "anime book club" experiment, and The King's Avatar, which I only know of as "SAO, but done right" based on a single video by an anime youtuber. The point is, I'm kind of blown away by the technical detail as well as stylistic design of these new Chinese movies, especially since I mostly know Chinese cinema for it's usually B-grade kung-fu movies (and some amazing comedic spoofs like from Stephen Chow).

In other news, with my hours cut down, I decided it was as good a time as any to finally try playing Persona 4. I picked it up a year or two ago, and I remember being told how good it was back in the day, but I'm finding it an incredibly slow start so far, and the vibes I'm getting is making me worried I might end up hating it. On the bright side, it's adding to the amount of people from Critical Role that I've heard -- still no Mercer, though.


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Speaking of Chinese animated films, I had been looking forward to one called Jiang Ziya

That's actually by the same company.
It looks really really good too.

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In other news, with my hours cut down, I decided it was as good a time as any to finally try playing Persona 4. I picked it up a year or two ago, and I remember being told how good it was back in the day, but I'm finding it an incredibly slow start so far, and the vibes I'm getting is making me worried I might end up hating it. On the bright side, it's adding to the amount of people from Critical Role that I've heard -- still no Mercer, though.

I personally love it, though 5 was better.
Buuuuut,... if you think you might hate it, chances are you won't be wrong.

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In other news, with my hours cut down, I decided it was as good a time as any to finally try playing Persona 4. I picked it up a year or two ago, and I remember being told how good it was back in the day, but I'm finding it an incredibly slow start so far, and the vibes I'm getting is making me worried I might end up hating it. On the bright side, it's adding to the amount of people from Critical Role that I've heard -- still no Mercer, though.

I personally love it, though 5 was better.
Buuuuut,... if you think you might hate it, chances are you won't be wrong.

I mean, it's not like any of the characters are grating (yet; I'm not discounting the possibility), but it's had a lot slower of a start than I expected. Nearly 3 hours before it gave me any meaningful control, and I'm not even talking tutorial; it's all been cutscene to cutscene. Also, since last I posted I lost about an hours' progress because the very second battle they put you in is a solo boss battle, before the battle system has been fully explained. So I'm kind of moody over that.


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Tarantulas are easy to find and sell for 8000 bells. The next best target only sells for 4000 bells and is harder to find. The third best atm is 2500 bells. All of the fish worth more are significantly rarer too. And as bugs and fish are the only things to grind; tarantulas are extremely popular.

If it makes you feel better, they are scorpions instead half of the year although same mechanics. ... Although those mechanics include attacking the player via leaping at the player at super speed.

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Barinellos wrote:
In other news, with my hours cut down, I decided it was as good a time as any to finally try playing Persona 4. I picked it up a year or two ago, and I remember being told how good it was back in the day, but I'm finding it an incredibly slow start so far, and the vibes I'm getting is making me worried I might end up hating it. On the bright side, it's adding to the amount of people from Critical Role that I've heard -- still no Mercer, though.

I personally love it, though 5 was better.
Buuuuut,... if you think you might hate it, chances are you won't be wrong.

I mean, it's not like any of the characters are grating (yet; I'm not discounting the possibility), but it's had a lot slower of a start than I expected. Nearly 3 hours before it gave me any meaningful control, and I'm not even talking tutorial; it's all been cutscene to cutscene. Also, since last I posted I lost about an hours' progress because the very second battle they put you in is a solo boss battle, before the battle system has been fully explained. So I'm kind of moody over that.

I mean, it's a typical JRPG. It's a +100 hours game so it does have a really slow burn.

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I guess I'm just not used to JRPGs, then. I think the last one that I played, if it can even count, would be FFXII or FFX (I think I played XII first), and that was, oh... 5 years ago at the very least? Probably closer to 7?

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Tarantulas are easy to find and sell for 8000 bells. The next best target only sells for 4000 bells and is harder to find. The third best atm is 2500 bells. All of the fish worth more are significantly rarer too. And as bugs and fish are the only things to grind; tarantulas are extremely popular.

If it makes you feel better, they are scorpions instead half of the year although same mechanics. ... Although those mechanics include attacking the player via leaping at the player at super speed.

Jesus H. Crhist!
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It gets better. They are semi realistic and regularly jump scare me. Well... except on Tarantula Island. There’s too many there for it to be a jump scare.

The game lets you pay Nook Miles to go to a random excursion mini island. Tarantula Island is the one everyone wants to go to.

Edit: the game likes to make fun of how hairy they are lol

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I think this is another artifact of the show's age, from before anime had really started its incestuous (by which I mean drawing inspiration from other anime rather than from outside sources) spiral down to the most marketable and shallow features, where most modern anime all share the exact same aesthetic and there are only about 4 body types among all the characters.

I sort of see where you are coming from. I watched Cardcaptor Sakura lately and I noticed the show being distinctly less angular in the one released a few years ago. I feel like a lot of shows are doing a pretty good job at being unique within the archetypical design (Sarazanmai, Beelzebub-jou, Hoshiai no Sora) as well as being distinct with a small adjustment (ID:Invaded, Dr. Stone, Kimtsu no Yaiba), but it might be that it's mostly comedy shows that get the radically different aesthetics.

I pulled a bunch of images from recent shows to try and make an example, but I ended up convincing myself that they were pretty quite similar-looking. That said, I think a fair amount of anime does a good job of creating distinct-looking characters without relying on hair color, there's quite a few where I don't see body types being an issue.

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Huh, bit of a coincidence, I just finished watching through the original run (first 70 episodes) of Cardcaptor Sakura. Not going right on to the movies and Clear Card, but I honestly felt like it wasn't as different from modern Anime as it could have been.

When it comes to style differences, I really noticed Shakugan no Shana at first because, as big as anime eyes normally are, those eyes are HUGE. And the faces and bodies are a little different. But the one that really stood out as a different art style for me was Noein.

Noein's also a pretty amazing show in general.

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I bought the series last November, so I just recently finished rewatching it as well.
Which, all added up is... kinda weird.

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I need to rewatch Noein seriously, because I know when I first watched it as a teen (or early twenty-something), I didn't let myself buy into its world because I thought I knew better how quantum mechanics worked.

I'd like to say that when I'm complaining about the blandness of styles across anime I'm more talking about the gross homogeny rather than the minor diversity. Like, I'm not going to complain about shows (especially those with obviously large animation budgets) having eye candy for visuals, but I wish there was more variation in the more obvious qualities, like the color palette of Tatami Galaxy, or the lanky character designs of XXXHolic, or the pencil-like linework of Crayon Shin-chan or My Neighbors the Yamadas, or the Flash-like simplified abstract base designs of Pop Team Epic or Aggretsuko or Panty & Stocking w/ Garterbelt.

I would like to make comparisons to Western animations, but I think Mown has a point about comedy shows getting more variation, considering most of the ones I would point to are either comedy shows aimed at adults or kids' shows with a heavy comedy leaning. The one show that comes to mind that isn't quite either of those is Over the Garden Wall, but I wouldn't call that particularly distinct the same way shows like Archer or Bob's Burgers or Regular Show or Adventure Time or The Amazing WOrld of Gumball are. All of those have super-distinct styles that wouldn't be confused for another show, IMO.

And I'm still not entirely convinced I'm standing on solid ground as I'm saying these things. As I say, I still mostly watch shows not from this decade, so it's entirely possible that I just don't have the experience to really see how varied the art is across anime right now.

I think complaints about sameness of plot or themes will always be true of any industry this big, though; isekai is the big "you can't get away from it" genre for anime right now the same way battle royale is the big "you can't get away from it" genre of video games.

In other anime talk, I am having a harder time working through WataMote than I did with N.H.K., even though I'm finding the main character's actions and thoughts more believable because she's a teenager (at best), rather than a grown-ass adult, and all the stupidity, hormones, and social anxiety that comes with that. Also because I got downvoted a bit, I finally started season 3 of Attack on Titan. The first few episodes were surprisingly good, but then it started on its old tricks and has been making me really ANGRY.

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So, I learned about the New Guardians and I was wondering if Barinellos had any familiarity with it or the people behind it. Supposedly it's written by a comedy writer, which is why it feels so stupidly overblown, but at the same time I can't help but feel that's not quite the saving grace it should be. I can see it being very tongue-in-cheek, but from the design to the announcement it feels like it's made more for outrage marketing instead of being a good property on its own merits. Thoughts?

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It gets better. They are semi realistic and regularly jump scare me. Well... except on Tarantula Island. There’s too many there for it to be a jump scare.

The game lets you pay Nook Miles to go to a random excursion mini island. Tarantula Island is the one everyone wants to go to.

Edit: the game likes to make fun of how hairy they are lol

I'm just gonna... go hide.


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