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hot blog

starting to melt in my blankets
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Does /qa/ like milk?
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Nenpo Refugee Thread

This is a thread on /qa/ to help facilitate discussion among wandering nen friends that have recently lost their home board. There is already a thread on /jp/ here: >>>/jp/36668 but due to /jp/'s nature as a board for general nonsense it could quickly be displaced onto page 3, so this thread will also exist on /qa/.
You're certainly not constrained to this thread, but if you want a primary thread to make future plans among yourselves then I figure /qa/ might be a better place. We'll see which thread picks up more steam, but I think I'll link this one to a blotter which I'll update after this thread is made.

To kissu friends: Answer their questions and help if them adjust if they choose to stay here. Respect any decision they choose, however!

Welcome to Kissu, temporarily or permanently!
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Utwarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen Streams

We're in the home stretch of catching up on shows with sequels coming out in the Summer season!
Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen's first 13 episodes will be streamed this Friday, and the final 12 episodes + Bonus will be next Friday, both at my usual streaming time of 6PM EST/11PM UTC!
For those who may be new to this, kissu has an anonymous-supporting fork of cytube and the channel we're using for this is:

Utawarerumono is a trilogy close to my heart, so much so that I can type it by memory!
Grand story, amazing characters, beautiful art, atmospheric music (RIP Mameda ;_;) and the gameplay in 2 and 3 are actually pretty great if you ask me. I'm going into the anime adaptation blind, however, but if it's half as good as the VN then you're in for a treat.
This is technically season 2, but it's not too strongly related to season 1 which had released a decade earlier. The VNs also share a similar gap in release dates. I'll see if I can find a relevant summary somewhere, though, if people are going in blind.

I will warn you ahead of time if you're someone that avoids conflict in media then this isn't for you. It's a world at war and it also has some really sad moments in it that aren't directly related to war. But, there is also lots of slice of life moments and positive emotions of comradely and romance in it.
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Slow days are best spent gaming
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Do you like tracked music? What are some of your favorite songs?
Preferably post song link followed by a few words describing song.
I'll start below.
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/qa/ works out!

Whenever you see this thread go and get some exercise! You can't just laze around all day as a NEET!
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/qa/ - pout

Bump limits are for DORKS
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Spring 2022 Anime Thread: I hate making these edition

Somebody's probably going to bitch if I don't make a "proper" seasonal catch-all thread for the season or create another lame one that has the same fornmat as always if I don't do it just right so here it is.

I'm going to watch these ones:
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari Season 2
Kawaii dake ja Nai Shikimori-san
Yuusha, Yamemasu
Date A Live IV
Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita. Heart
Shijou Saikyou no Daimaou, Murabito A ni Tensei suru
Honzuki no Gekokujou: S3
Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechuu
Machikado Mazoku: 2-Choume
Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai 2
Magia Record: FINAL
Black★★Rock Shooter: DAWN FALL

I may watch whatever other people think is good.
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/qa/ bump when drunk

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imageboard happenings thread

Post interesting or unusual stuff concerning imageboards, textboards or related stuff here. This thread is for a more centralized place of limited discussion, but please feel free to make new threads if you want something more thoroughly discussed.
Imageboard Happening Archives

This thread is cyclical with old replies removed as new posts are made.
Last Archived: April 2nd, 2021
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Post something cool that youtube has recommended to you recently. Note: this is not meant to be a music thread, it can be any kind of video.
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Learning Photoshop with Kissu!

Hello, friends. Would you believe me if I told you that the attached image is an edit? It does not exist! It's crazy, isn't it? You assumed there was a Mewkledreamy/Elden Ring crossover, but it's not actually real. This is the power of photo editing.
Photoshop is expensive, though, and these days you have to subscribe. I heard there's a way to bypass that, but this isn't the thread for it. I heard someone might have uploaded it somewhere, I think a bird was talking about it.
Anyway, where was I? Ah, yes. I think we should talk about photo editing to encourage more kissu creations since people might want to participate in the random nonsense people throw together here now and then.
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I'm a VR now.
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Have you been working on anything? Art, programming, etc.
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Does /qa/ know any fun facts?

One I just learned is that copper is actually more dense than iron.
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media screenshot/video thread for stuff you don't necessarily want to make a thread for
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Filesharing Thread

It's a thread, and you share files in it.
You can link them, or possibly upload them directly if they're small enough since kissu supports archive files.
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for posting your good musics and remusics
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Dreams thread

What have you been dreaming recently?
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AI Writing Thread

/qa/ is far overdue for an AI writing thread!

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Let's do another neural network AI filter thingie. This one seems to be popular on 4chan lately and the results were pretty nice.
This was "Tropical Rouge Precure"
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What are /qa/'s favorite scores for anime and such? Are they mostly comprised of scores for older series or has anything recent really drawn your attention and favor as well? Or, do you even notice the soundtrack while watching?

Also I don't mean an anime with say 1 good track throughout the whole thing with the rest forgettable, but one where the music as a whole is good.
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*shouts into the sky*


100% /qa/
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Summer 2022 Anime

There's a new season on the horizon, kissu. So that means it's time for you to sift through this list and find me the good ones to watch.

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Do you use speed up when watching videos? What are the speed up factor you use?
I usually don't speed up when watching anime, but for some YouTube videos I speed up by a factor within the range of 1.3x-2x, depending on the speed of the speech and how interesting the videos are.
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Would you rather get another season of Akebi or another of kunoichi tsubaki?
Both have plenty of characters that didn't get enough time along with plenty of source material to work off of, and are fantastic in their own way.
Preferably there would be a season 2 of both, but lets assume it has to be one
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If you could be a character from anything, who would you want to be? (Setting counts, you're not just turning into Flandre Scarlet in downtown Manhattan)
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>It has an extremely potent, unpleasant odor, making it one of the worst-smelling chemicals.
>The cyclic trimer of thioacetone (trithioacetone) is a white or colorless compound with a melting point of 24 °C (75 °F), near room temperature. It also has a disagreeable odor.
>Thioacetone has an intensely foul odor. Like many low molecular weight organosulfur compounds, the smell is potent and can be detected even when highly diluted.[8] In 1889, an attempt to distill the chemical in the German city of Freiburg was followed by cases of vomiting, nausea and unconsciousness in an area with a radius of 0.75 kilometres (0.47 mi) around the laboratory due to the smell.[9] In an 1890 report, British chemists at the Whitehall Soap Works in Leeds noted that dilution seemed to make the smell worse and described the smell as "fearful".[10] Thioacetone is considered a dangerous chemical due to its extremely foul odor and ability to render people unconscious, induce vomiting, and be detected over long distances.

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Is the 'Golden Age' of visual novels over? What was the last notable VN released in the last 5 years? I can't think of anything. I can name a lot of stuff from the early 00s though.
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Are you nearsighted? I am. It means you can see stuff fine when it's close, but it's blurry as it gets distant.
Were you nearsighted before you started spending so much time looking at a screen near you? I wonder if there's a "cause and effect" thing going on.
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Character Alignment Charts

Lets make some D&D alignment charts of our favorite stories!
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Stupid questions thread

How I stop Furryfox from saving images as .webp?
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The Kissu Reviews

In this thread you can submit your reviews of video games or other media so that we can keep our pulse on what's hip and cool in the kissusphere. That sounds kind of restrictive, but I just mean it's going to be a place where I (and hopefully others) post about games I've been playing instead of making a thread each time that tends to die off pretty quickly.
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Have you played any "ero" (a Japanese word meaning 'erotic') games lately?
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Pixiv vs Twitter

Which side does /qa/ take? Obviously pixiv would probably be better for searching (although boorus are even more preferable for that) and viewing a long list of art at once. However, in recent days I've been using twitter's feed more and I think that in terms of discovering new artists and likewise finding interesting stuff from people you haven't already followed it's a lot more convenient. Also the previews are a lot easier to see. So in terms of finding content, which do you think makes for the better go-to feed?
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Japanese Learning Thoughts

I want to nakadashi *girl* has become a popular phrase on imageboards (mostly 4chan). But it's a mix of Japanese and English. If I was going to say "I want to cum inside Holo" fully in Japanese, how would I go about doing that? In the English sentence, nakadashi is a loan word and it is the action being done, but in Japanese I don't think 中出し is a verb. Can it be verbified by adding する to it? And then you conjugate it to say you "want" to do it. So the end result would be 私はホロで中出ししたい which would translate to I want to cum inside Holo. Am I correct?

Japanese is fun to learn.
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What do you do when you want something good for dinner but your motivation is almost rock bottom?
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Let's play a game.
Someone picks a word and we post images on our hard drive with that word in its filename, assuming they're not horrible or anything. If you're like me and you've forgotten at least half of the images you saved, so you can find some cool things that you forgot about. You can also just find loose game files or other things you've never actually seen. It would be cool if you have any story or description to go along with the images, but that might be too much effort.
If you're on Windows I highly recommend using 'everything' to search for stuff on your drive as it's 500000x faster than windows default search: https://www.voidtools.com/

Anyway, the first word is turtle
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Imageboard post text and personality link?

I've read several articles about how the languages posted on the internet can be analyzed which words are categorized into different types and establish a link between these and the various info about the posters including gender, age, personality, income, etc. The results show huge difference of word choices between different class of persons.

For example, one paper analyzed this connection for Big Five personality traits using social media posts and visualized the results with word clouds so the significance is readily interpreted.
For Kissu posts, a casual examination reveals the following placement in the personality scale:
extraversion - introversion: huge introversion words bias
neuroticism - emotional stability: there are words from both
agreeableness: same as above
conscientiousness: high for /qa/ but low for /jp/
openness: very high

In other words, the user base of Kissu shares the following traits: introversion and openness (in MBTI words, INXX); /qa/ is more "serious" while /jp/ is less; medium in scale of negative emotional ranting and unfriendliness, which shows up in cases of heated arguments and vermin.

The word analysis seems to be consistent with the general impression of the boards mentioned. The question is, are imageboards expected to be a community of like-minded individuals, so the prevalence of specific word choices indicates the common personality trait of their posters, or are the variations of posters too large to be analyzed with this method?
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Kissu multiplayer games?

Do you play any online games you'd like to play with kissu people?
Maybe this could be a thread to play some games together online? I think the stuff should ideally be free, cheap, or already have multiple players here.

Personally, I'd like to start playing Power Bomberman together again. It's a free fan game it's really fun, featuring a crapload of characters (including the new slutty ones) in beautiful pixel form and lots of cool maps. We had a thread for it about a year ago.
You can play it offline too, if you want to practice.

So, what multiplayer games do you want to play?
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I figured out that being able to identify with a character and them being able to express an often overlooked perspective regarding their feelings, that makes a show feel full.
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Anime Blogs?

Does Kissu read any anime blogs or find nice posts to read?
I used to have a wordpress site something like this where I would write about what I felt about certain anime series but no one ever finds them unless you have God tier clickbait SEO skills and talk about it on anime forums.

They're kind of nice and make me nostalgic of when I was trying to become pro-blogger. I probably wouldn't even know that Vinland has a season in progress if I didn't stumble across it looking for some sort of image.
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What kind of occupation do you consider for your next life?
I think I will become an organist, playing that giant instrument in an institution for a local community once per week and at the rare occasions when somebody's born, dying, marrying or it's a national holiday. While the elder wastes everybody's time with his speech, I take a cigar break. The community doesn't see or thank me for my service but I don't need their recognition anyways, I only need the sonorous harmonies.
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Sono Bisque Doll got me thinking... does Kissu have a favorite cosplayer? Do you even follow any cosplayers (that aren't just ecchi ones, you PERV)?

I'm a big fan of SeeU. She's really cute and her outfits are pretty impressive.
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Every year that passes by streamers become bigger and bigger and the newer generations show no sign of losing interest in them, in fact they're most likely only growing in popularity compared to professional journalists or TV news. Their influence has for some time been creeping its way into the domain of regular media and now you even have them hosting entire events that have actual 3rd party participation within the games industry.


Seeing this my line of thought has somewhat drifted from whether ecelebs will be incorporated into regular TV/News media, into whether streamers/ecelebs are going to surpass and supersede regular news media in the coming generations. Televised news has been going down in popularity for a while now and as the trend of cable-cutting continues so too will its influence, leaving it wide open for more dominant personalities to come in and take over. Now, the interesting thing to take away from this shift is what the impact of random people who gather online fame becoming a mainstream source of news will be. Also who will account for these individuals and what standards will they be held to?
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¥Dogeza de Tanondemita
¥Miru Tights

Which one of these masterpieces of short animation in recent memory is your favorite? Mine is Dogeza. I even started reading the manga of both Dogeza and Iyapan. Miru Tights is overrated compared to them. Also, Kanan-chan best girl.
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How often do you see a pic and think it's made by an artist you know but then you see it's made by another artist?
And is it disappointing for you to see there's an artist who draws similarly to the super-special acclaimed artist you know?
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Did you know that there's more seinen than shounen manga? Why is there so much more shounen anime in comparison though? The most popular and successful manga are shounen, but that still doesn't explain the disparity in the number of adaptations even when accounting for that. Would things work better for seinen adaptations if the OVA format was taken more seriously? Berserk suffered a lot because of that for example. It got an underwhelming TV adaptation in 97 and the modern ones are godawful. It should've been a fucking high-budget OVA like Gunbuster. I don't understand why chose the TV format in the age where OVAs were still common.
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Gelbooru: tag division

Gelbooru decided they were going to split their rating:safe tag into two distinct categories of safeness.

at a glance it seems completely arbitrary, complicated and defeats the purpose of Booru usage.

How Gelbooru defines the two new categories
Examples of General content:

G-rated, completely non-sexual, completely safe for work content. Things you can safely view in front of others.
Fully clothed characters, innocent comics and 4komas, portraits, faces, chibis, cute things.
Scenery, still life, no humans, text-only pages, food focus, animal focus, SFW pokemon, animals, and other things without people.

Examples of Sensitive content:

Ecchi, sexy, risque, or suggestive content, even mildly so.
Skimpy or revealing clothes (including swimsuits).
Anything focused on the ass, breasts, cleavage, feet, armpits, etc.
Anything not G-rated, not 100% safe for work, or not safe to view in front of others.
Anything you're not 100% sure is General.
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> gpt-4chan
tell me that kissu are not bot.
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Do you have any special abilities?

I can defocus my pupils at will.
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Is it coincidence or self-deception that seasons with legendary anime are often accompanied by other anime that go far beyond the seasonal norm?
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When it comes to political intrigue in isekai I kinda prefer it done the way Overlord did things. With establishing first Ainz and Nazarick and focusing on developing the world through their lens first before delving into it from the perspective of completely separate factions. I think just shoving intrigue in the viewers face without proper establishment of it from the main character's point of view leads to people not caring as much about it as they maybe should.
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Do you miss school?
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¥eyes/eyebrows over hair
The animators were lazy and drew the hair before drawing the face.

¥transparent hair
The animators don't want the hair to obscure the character's emotions.

¥hair that properly covers the eyes/eyebrows
The animators pay attention to detail and don't care about whether it obscures the emotions or not.

¥hair that goes inside the eyelashes but not the eyes

What is the last one supposed to accomplish? This is theoretically possible but the eyelashes would have to be those enormous fake ones.
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How does /qa/ go about decorating their room?
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Has a longer anime ever gotten out of a lull in quality ala Twin Peaks? Seems like most series that do start to drop never fully recover.
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Why the HELL does American TV get so much time allocated to each season while in anime you usually only get a measily 4 hours of watchtime!
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Serious Business Slang Translations?

What's your opinion of slang stuff in translations? Some people object to any divergence, while others have generational objections and still others feel it's a localization choice. One thing we must all accept though, is *click on the mp4*
(Moving a discussion from a thread into here)
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There's little to no difference between 2012 and 2022. 2012 feels like it was yesterday to me. I feel sorry for people born in this time. They weren't able to experience the marvelous transformations the world had to offer. It's an era of technological, scientific and cultural stagnation. Anime from 2012 feels exactly the same as anime from this year for example, while anime from 2000 and 2010 are vastly different.
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Honzuki no Gekokujou

Seeing the display of magical power recently in this anime has me wondering how the topic of magic itself will be addressed as Myne ages and learns to wield it more efficiently. The anime thus far has gone to great lengths to avoid becoming a magic battle shounen so I don't see it becoming the norm, but it most certainly has to be addressed given how powerful of a tool it has proven to be. However, I think that as long as it doesn't lose sight of making slow progress towards mass literacy and somewhat modern printing I'll enjoy the ride it takes me along, since the strength of the characters still has yet to waiver.

Those are my thoughts on Honzuki so far, what does kissu think? Are you guys enjoying it?
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So the DDDDD thread made me realize that kissu doesn't really have any threads dedicated to manga that I could find. The focus seems to be too much on seasonal anime. I realize that this is because manga is much harder to find/follow than seasonal stuff as there are no clear guidelines for it and Westerners don't read comics nearly as much as the Japanese do.

Anyway, what manga have you been reading recently? I just read the latest chapter of Shimeji Simulation a few days ago. As with anything made by Tsukumizu so far it is great. Definitely recommend it to everyone here and I do hope it eventually gets an anime adaption as well like SSR.
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Voiceroid fun!

Thanks to a link from a guy that lead to discussion and a link from another guy, we have links to software that makes cute voices!

I'm using the first link personally because it has Zundamon, which is the absolute cutest artificial voice. I'm making a thread here on /qa/ because the original thread is on /jp/ and /jp/ threads can fall off after a couple weeks and this is too cool to lose that quickly.
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To get a better view/understanding or for your own entertainment, have you ever rewatched an anime? Or more have you ever done it without a stream to encourage you to rewatch?
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What's your criteria for rewatching something? For me it has to be either a favorite show of mine, something I watched in my childhood or something that was heavily censored. The latter is the only occasion where I'll go out of my way to actually download the bloated BD release.
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Still waiting for Dejiko to come back...
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Do you like light novels? Honestly, I don't and think they are the reason behind a lot of low quality anime adaptations. The ones like Spice and Wolf are greatly outnumbered by trash like SAO and company. They are just manga for people who aren't talented enough to draw in my opinion.
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What are the most outlandish things you had to learn in school?
I don't remember the learning part, but in language class I had to write an exam with the task of writing a horror story and another exam's task was writing a report for a missing dog.
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shes a clown
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What does /qa/ think of fonts/typefaces?
Do you care enough to notice differences like between Arial and Helvetica?
What are some of your favorite fonts? (something other than comic sans of course)
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How do you decide what seasonals to watch aside from the seasonal stream? Also how often do you ever keep watching stuff that the stream decides not to vote for?
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Wait a minute... How much isekai has there actually been before it "blew up"...
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The pain we experience may be on a different level than what you'd experience from cosmic horror or hell. Pain and pleasure are relative and operate on a sliding scale. Increasing your tolerance to pain would allow your to lower your standard of living and thus experience greater highs. Might be why people choose to take cold showers, since cold showers aren't dangerous.

We disguise the pain we feel in our pursuit of pleasure as struggle, and as pleasure evolves, so does the sophistication of the pain we feel. By doing so, we raise the boundaries for pleasure directly and indirectly. But pain is inherently unpleasant, so the ideal would be to set a low baseline to begin with instead of introducing pain later on. Not sparing the rod and spoiling the child. This also means not jumping the gun and injecting yourself with heroin.

Pleasure itself operates on two levels - quantity and quality. There is a limit to quantity, but it seems like we can increase our quality indefinitely. The optimal approach to maximizing pleasure is to increase both as life progresses. This can be thought of in an individual and generational sense. Perhaps we sacrifice individual pleasure to ensure the increase in generational pleasure. This would require the ability to transcend the self. There should be a single consciousness and it expresses and divides itself as multiple identities. This could be another sense of pleasure, spiritual.

It is strange for us to get sick of learning. Like how we're not supposed to get sick of eating, but it can happen. Boredom is a form of disgust, or revulsion for the familiar, or a form of pain. Manually breathing becomes tiring quickly, but our minds divert our attention away so we can do activities that bring us a higher quality of pleasure.

Is it possible for us to ensure our curiosity is continually satisfied, the same way we can ensure we are always well fed? We have the basics down, but it still takes a considerable effort to learn some things. Yet as we increase our lifespans and our mental ability, we can approach the limits of knowledge and ascend to growing our spirituality, which can be seen as a purification of sorts. At this point, however, we can genetically modify ourselves to become more spiritual. I believe the limiting factor is how lucky we are, which cannot be determined by genetics.

Control over our environment and ourselves is good because that means we have control over how much pleasure we choose to give ourselves. Our mental efforts can overcome our more base urges with some effort and I assume as we grow more sophisticated, we will be able to automate our more primal pleasures to best support our pursuit of higher quality pleasure.

Some knowledge can only be acquired by going insane. Sometimes, we can find a way back to sanity. This is like when we sponsored overseas expeditions back in colonial days. One way to explore is through the use of clones as save states. Your clone goes insane and tries to find his way back. And you just keep making clones until one can return. Although we have cut off the generational connection to these clones, this may become more palatable morally if we can connect to them spiritually.

Let's say we didn't use clones, but selectively bred organisms. Perhaps we are a farm to gather generational or spiritual pleasure, in preparation for a more advanced civilization's attempt to increase the quality of its own pleasure. Subtle selective breeding, probably by changing the environment without our knowledge. Not to mention the question of how closely they made us in their image.

There is a feedback loop between knowledge and its application. Between consumption and production. We need knowledge to make things and we get bored of making the same thing over and over again, which spurs us to learn more. At a lower level, there's a feedback loop between consumption and action. Is there such a feedback loop at the most fundamental level?
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/qa/ quiz time

1) Have you ever watched this video/swf before?
2) Can you name every single show/media that is in it?
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A whole day for kissu
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what happened to himasugi?
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What are your thoughts on how a "Dino Friends" show would look like? To begin with, it would lack the kemonomimi aspect, but what else?
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What have you tried recently, /qa/?
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Do you know how to play any instruments, /qa/? My family has a piano that passed from generation to generation which is almost 200 years old, so I had to learn how to play it from a young age. I took classes and stuff, so I'd say I'm kinda decent at it.

I tried learning guitar before too but I CANNOT do it. It just doesn't click. It seems very complex in comparison to just pressing keys. Of course I had to be bad at the one you can actually take to social gatherings and impress your friends.
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Towards A Srs Analysis of Vtubers

I can already tell this thread is going to go great.
If we want to gain an understanding of the vtuber boom that goes beyond calling them the spawn of the devil, we have to take a proper look at all of their characteristics and seriously consider what could make them attractive. Otherwise, you might as well dig your head in the sand.

First, the claim that they are simply LPers. There are a number of very important differences here: let's players don't put out songs, they don't go on concerts, don't go on seiyuu radios, don't appear in gachas, and, most important of all, don't appear in so many doujins.

So, why do they play videogames all the time?
First, a digression. You don't need me to tell you that when someone likes something, like say an anime, they often wish they had more of it. See: fanfiction, creating the content yourself. Videogames are a trivial way to pump out hours and hours of new content. The chat is key to the whole thing, they help set up situations that the vtuber works with to better entertain, a thing that is indeed a lot like regular streamers. But, you can see vtubers are far more character-centered than common LPers due to the prevalence of zatsudans and superchat readings to which thousands tune in to, in those streams there is no activity other than interaction and blogging. If people are attracted by them being good at games, that's more of a coincidental thing.

Now you may ask, what character? It's a real person. Absolutely true. Compared to a fictional character whose story must be written, the vtuber supplies their already existing story. The more unique parts of it are highlighted, as there is a charm in a fictional-sounding story being real, actualizing fiction. For example:
If someone, say, goes into an /ss/ thread and posts about how he had sex with his babysitter when he was 14, he's likely to get a standing ovation. Stories about your very real imouto are also likely to be well received. A relatively recent post in /ec/ commented about an artist and his failure to carry out his femdom fantasies. None of this is novel, it might be impure but it is what it is.

Moving on, they share vocabulary with idols and that's not without reason. Not only are both quasi-real people with evolving stories, many (even those with like 20k subs) are formally part of agencies or other kinds of groups which help with logistics, general organization, they have managers, video editors, illustrators, etc. They collaborate with other vtubers within the agency, in game shows, music, or, most commonly, LPing. And of course, there is a very idol-like demand for purity demonstrated by the controversies that came from someone having a bf (while fans ship chuubas with each other).

I'm not the biggest fan of the "it's on a spectrum" thing, but here I believe it to be accurate.
At one end you have actors playing the same roles they played in a work of fiction but outside of it, like Jashin 3D, Kobayashi's seiyuus making live action MVs, or the oft-mentioned Hatoba Tsugu which is in fact franco-japanese neoneorealist fiction. In the middle are those with a backstory, verbal tics, and the like but typically still blogging about real stuff. At the other end, 100% real people who straight up don't pretend to be fictional.
However, even the 100% real ones work within otaku culture in a way unlike LPers do. They do the funny anime voice(s), talk and make jokes about otaku stuff (powerlevels vary), sing jap songs, and use often detailed anime models which facilitate 2D fanart. Their voice is a crucial thing too, as can be seen by how common karaoke and ASMR streams are. Many stand out because of their unique voice. Others draw as well, sometimes at a professional level, and stream it. Finally, they can actually make content that isn't a stream, like song covers, short animations, or whatever else it is they do.

Thus, we can say that they are a blend of LPer, idol, comedian, different types of artist, and a thoroughly Japanese phenomenon. We must not forget, a huge quantity of people who make traditional otaku content interact positively with vtubers. Those aren't sheep who know no better, they're out there in the thick of it. Don't come at me with the old "japs have shit taste", just don't.

Allow to end saying that this is not apologia. I'm not the biggest fan of SoL, much less the blogging of streamers. I don't care for LPs. Paywalling interaction is disturbing. I obviously have watched some of their content, otherwise how would I know this. But this is only an analysis.
?inb4 die, go back, lol didn't read, &c
It's too late. It is too late.
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Throughout the course of human history, it seems to me that there has been a general trend of innovation and creativity coming from people who are able to focus, often to an autistic, self-detrimental way towards realizing something. Be it discoveries in mathematics, physics, or geometry, or discovery through general experimentation. At the crux of it, these figures often focused on solving something that they're fascinated by and want to understand better, or wanted to create because it solves some issue that they had. In large part, both creatives and intellectuals were only able to achieve their goals because they had some patron. Although it's clear that some amount of work is necessary to keep society from collapsing, modern society forcing everyone into individual roles and requiring that you be "productive" to survive seems pretty counter to human discovery and innovation, even if innovation has been exponential in the most recent decades and century.
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Kissu dot Pantsu

Bringing you over 2 minutes of shiroi-pantsu per episode
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Kissu! Kissu! Would you be interested in playing some Minecraft together?

Last time there was a server, people were a bit divided on whether it should be creative or survival, so I set up a basic hub when you first spawn in so you can choose which you'd rather play on. At any time you're free to head back and swap which world you're playing on as you see fit.

The server will be based on 1.16.5, but is mostly client agnostic. You can play on just about any version of Minecraft from the past few years, including Bedrock Edition - which includes phones, and consoles. But, if you decide to play on an older version, things will look a bit different since new blocks and items will be rendered as older blocks and items depending on what version you're on.

There is just one limitation to the server itself, however... Because it's a free server, if no one has been online for about 5 minutes, the server will automatically shutdown beyond my control. I typically have #qa open all day, so if the server goes down, either say something there, or make a post in this thread.

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them.
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Eating some cup ramen, Nissin's tonkatsu flavor. I can definitely see why people would eat this all the time compared to crappy stuff like Maruchan, since it's big, filling, tasty, still relatively cheap, and doesn't make me feel like crap afterwards. With that in mind I wonder what kind of ramen /qa/ sustains itself on?
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What the hell happened with fansubbing? The list keeps getting smaller every season. The Slyfox one for Summertime is a fucking bait and switch too, should have a strikeout. Slyfox only did a single ep and then switched to the official shit and now we have to see everyone speaking like Wakka from FFX.
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Will Excel still be used 20 or 30 years from now?
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cold blog

weather sure has improved from summer
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I've been thinking that I need to make a good computer-in-bed setup, but just for gaming when I'm tired or when it's near the end of the day.
About a decade ago I had a Vita that would use Moonlight and Nvidia Shield for windows to stream the PC screen to the vita and I could use the vita buttons. It worked pretty well, but it had so me pretty big limitations like the vita's unusual resolution and input lag which made action games a bit too annoying.
I think I want a tablet or something, and then have a metal 'holder' thing and some switch joycons and an adapter.
Does /qa/ have any knowledge or experience with such a thing, or general advice?
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Would you give up your ability to cum? You'd still be able to orgasm the usual way.
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what is the difference between calling something fried chicken or torikatsu or even a chicken nugget? is it the panko? the katsu sauce? eating it with rice?
Does /qa/ think naming matters?
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Tenshi (corndogless)
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Relevant events from each year in imageboards + relevant anime that aired at the time

2007: The Fox News reportage on 4chan (hackers on steroids), Rickrolling being conceived as a meme and Gurren Lagann, Lucky Star, Clannad, Kaiji, Kodomo no Jikan, Baccano, Minami-ke, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Moetan, Potemayo, School Days, Bokurano, Claymore, Nodame Cantabile, Darker than Black, Gundam 00, Devil May Cry, Denno Coil, Mononoke, 5cm per second, Kara no Kyoukai, Eva 1.0 and Hidamari Sketch airing. Gurren Lagann was huge on /b/ at the time with the ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER memes and stuff. Katawa Shoujo was also apparently conceived as an idea on /a/ in this year. This is when I started using imageboards. I can't go back further than this.

2008: The channology crap, the creation of /jp/ as the sewed off conjoined twin of /a/, GEASS SUNDAYS, Spice and Wolf, Rosario + Vampire, To Love Ru, Kannagi, Toradora, Chi's Sweet Home, Strike Witches, Hyakko, Soul Eater, Jigoku Shoujo, Chaos;Head, Ga-Rei-Zero, xxxHOLiC, Detroit Metal City, Kissxsis, Macross Frontier, Gurren Lagann movie and Index airing. This is when I first started using /a/.

2009: The Boxxy shit on /b/, Bakemonogatari, Umineko, Railgun, Redline, K-ON, Saki, Sengoku Basara, Kimi ni Todoke, Maria Holic, Sora no Otoshimono, Seiken no Blacksmith (the infamous katana gif), Kämpfer, Nyan Koi, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Fairy Tail, FMAB, Hetalia, Redline, Gurren Lagann movie, KnK 7, Eva 2.0 and Haruhi S2 airing. Also the Lanced Jack/Taiga mass shitposting on /a/ and /v/ which culminated in moot changing everyone's names to Lanced Jack and Taiga on /a/ and leaking Lanced Jack's tripcode. Very chaotic year.

2010: Nothing special happens that I can recall. Oreimo, Amagami SS, Angel Beats, Durara, Soremachi, Nyaruko, Arawaka, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Panty & Stocking, Ika Musume, Shiru Sekai, Sora no Woto, Bakuman, Tatami Galaxy, Katanagatari, Heroman, Shiki, Yosuga no Sora, Kiss×sis, Highschool of the Dead, Mitsudomoe, Heartcatch Precure, Milky Holmes, Eden of the East and Haruhi movie airs. Boring year.

2011: Madoka, Yuru Yuri, Nichijou, Usagi Drop, Steins;Gate, Fate/Zero, Carnival Phantasm, Deadman Wonderland, Mirai Nikki, Kaiji S2, Denpa Onna, Hanasaku Iroha, Hyouge Mono, Chihayafuru, Gosick, Guilty Crown, Penguindrum, Haganai, [email protected], Anohana, Kore wa Zombie, Dog Days, Majikoi, Fate UBW movie and Infinite Stratos airing and Watamote becoming popular on /a/ and /v/, perhaps resulting in the anime adaptation later. Also, galo sengen, fukkireta, constanza.jpg, gachimuchi, etc happening on /v/ at the time. This is a year most /v/ users remember fondly. /pol/ is also made in this year after the deletion of /new/. This is when I started actually using /jp/, I would just occasionally lurk it before.

2012: Katawa Shoujo is released. Sword Art Online airs, popularizing the crappy isekai genre in that style. Girls und Panzer, OniAi, Little Busters, Medaka Box, Chunibyo, Hyouka, Another, Jinrui wa Suitai, Kill Me Baby, Acchi Kocchi, Accel World, High School DxD, Teekyu, Moretsu Pirates, Wolf Children, Eva 3.0, Nichibros, Symphogear, Magi, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Psycho-Pass, Shinsekai yori, Robotics;Notes, Upotte, Joshiraku, Kokoro Connect, Jormungand, Pet na Kanojo, Berserk movie, Muv-Luv Alternative and Jojo also airs.

2013: The downfall of /a/ and /jp/. /jp/ is splintered into numerous different spinoffs and moot destroys /a/ with N/a/ruto. He also told everyone at the 13th anniversary panel that /jp/ was "the new /b/" and for everyone to go post there, resulting in the board title being changed into "Weaponized /a/" and then "MISUNDERSTOOD GENUISES". I guess he was pissed at the shitposting happening there and the users constantly challenging and insulting him every time he went there. Other boards such as /mu/ also go to shit in this year. 13 is the bad luck number after all. Love Live, SnK, Kill la Kill, Inferno Cop, Nagi no Asukara, Valvrave, Golden Time, Yahari, Non Non Biyori, Kin-iro Mosaic, Prisma Illya, Date A Live, Log Horizon, Yuyushiki, Love Lab, Strike the Blood, Machine-Doll, Samurai Flamenco, GJ bu, Kotoura-san, Garden of Words, The Wind Rises, Little Witch Academia, Madoka Rebellion, Sasami-san, Hentai Ouji, Noucome, Watamote, Tamako Market, Kyokai no Kanata and Free! airs (this one caused a huge meltdown on /a/ at the time from KyoAni moefags).

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Are you capable of enjoying the silence?
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How do you heal yourself from paranoia caused by consumption of scary media?
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Film Remasters

If people are perfectly capable of restoring footage like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu9HhYv0C7E to 4k becuase it was shot on film, and tons of old movie have seen amazing remasters because of this, why is it that anime seems to be sorely lacking? There's certainly a good portion of older anime that was certainly recorded on film, and yet their BD releases see only crappy upscales of whatever they aired on TV with. It's a real disappointment to see this occur and feels only like sheer laziness to not make a proper remaster, why does Japan do this so often?
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Do you like it when anime has references to other works in it? I like it when it's a relatively obvious like this and: >>>/jp/34173 but not if it's about some Japanese book/novel I'm never going to read in my life.
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Dance Dance Danseur and Paripi Koumei are spreading awareness of a style of bullying that isn't as blatant as defacing your desk, beating you up, or spreading vicious rumors. It's badly and loudly pretending to be friendly, which implies the victim is socially inept and the bullies aren't doing anything wrong. Even though I view incorporating bullying as a cheap way of playing with the viewer's emotions and developing characters, I'm willing to put up with this new type of bullying in anime because it hasn't entered mainstream awareness yet and needs to.
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Goodbye Eri

Going to dump the new Fujimoto Oneshot if anyone is interested in reading it here. I was apprehensive of doing it at first because the person who dumped DDDDD had to delete it later to free up server space, but it shouldn't be a problem in this case as the whole thing is only 35mb long.
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/qa/ music creation thread

i've seen dedicated drawthreads and writethreads here, but never once saw a music creation thread. considering you can post sound files here i wonder why it happens, because i did see several posters here said they made music. is it because many consider the stuffs they make have no merit to be posted? or because many have some musician profiles that they want no connection to this place...?
anyway, post some musics you made!
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Apparently EA is switching over to using Unreal 5 as its main engine, and my question is, is it really that good? What makes this one so special that everyone seems to love it?
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How often do you use phones? Do you post on imageboards using them?

I use mine so little that I lose the number most of the time. I find it very annoying to type on them too. It's something I'm not very used to yet.
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I hope the James Webb telescope breaks when they try to launch it, I don't care about the beginning of the universe and it would be funny to see how mad those nerds would get.
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Comedy is going to become uncool in the future. People will want super serious works and jokes will be seen as childish and stupid. Norms need to laugh now while it's still socially acceptable.
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Bump when Drunk!

Drinking to ring in the new month! It's still early enough for that probably I think
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There are people in a NEET phase or in a hikki phase but have you ever gone through an extended phase of being offline, possibly while staying at home? Tell me about your experiences.
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What genre does /qa/ think is the most expensive type of anime to make? What would be the least?
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Are you capable of enjoying the sensation of achieving victory without actually achieving victory?
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Increase in quality anime?

Last year had Odd Taxi and Mushoku S2 as really stand out anime, and this year is shaping up to be even more abundant with at least one amazing hit each season, with Bisque Doll being winter's; Spy X Family and Bookworm being Spring's contenders; Utawaremono III, Made In Abyss 3, and Shadow's House 2 for the Summer; Then to top it all off Chainsaw Man in the Fall with whatever else may air then. For myself I don't think there's been a year this packed in decades possibly. Is this a sign of good things to come?
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How does Kissu sit?
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Let's post on /qa/!
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My... My /qa/ friends are here!
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Analyzing the different types of human love

So there are four main different types of 'love' in my opinion. I think everyone knows about "Platonic love" and "sexual love", but there are also some that are 'in the middle' that are not talked about often, not even in the color wheel theory of love: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_wheel_theory_of_love and that is: love with pseudo-sexual characteristics. It would be a mix of Eros and Storge in this case. I have dubbed it "Erostorge". To put it simple; it means you want to kiss, hug, cuddle with the person but not necessarily have sexual relations with them. I feel this type of love myself to some characters I get emotionally attached to and I always wondered if my brain was 'wired wrong' or something, because this can't be evolutionary beneficiary. It is similar to Platonic love but with the added detail of actually wanting to be romantically involved with the person without having s*x with them.
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><Anonymous> like say someone starts a thread about mecha it's gonna take two years to reach 200 posts

Let's prove him wrong.
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Try to find something in your screenshot folder of a random seasonal anime a few years ago. How much do you still remember it?
For Last Period, even when I tried to rewatch the first episode I only have memory of this white haired girl and the ED.
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What do you think is the best approach to moderating topics which are okay in moderation but which you wouldn't want to become a large fraction of discussion on your site? This seems to be a common issue on imageboards, and probably other types of sites as well. Do you leave it alone until it's already grown too big and then try to clamp down at the risk of alienating your userbase? Do you try to contain them in a separate board at the risk of that board becoming what your site is about? Do you try to exclude people who seem to have a larger interest in the side topic than the main topic(s) of the site at the risk of driving away people who might otherwise have made good posts? Or is there a better approach?
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For the longest while I haven't really been that big of a coffee fan, but recently I've been wondering if that's just because I haven't put the effort into making a quality cup. As lately otouto's been preparing nice coffee using grounded beans and a French Press. Are there any better methods for preparing good coffee, or is this the peak?
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Does /qa/ listen to danger music? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_music
>As with many forms of concept music and performance art, the lines between "music", "art", "theater", and "social protest" are not always clear or apparent. Danger Music consequently has some things in common with the performance art of artists such as Mark Pauline and Chris Burden. For instance, some extreme examples of danger music direct performers to use sounds so loud that they will deafen the participants, or ask performers to throw antipersonnel bombs into the audience.

>Yamantaka Eye's noise project Hanatarash was notable for its dangerous live shows, the most famous instance being when the Japanese artist drove a bulldozer through the venue at the back of the stage. There were also reports of audience members being required to fill out waivers before shows to prevent the band or the venue being sued in case of any potential danger caused to them.

>Other pieces involve more symbolic forms of "danger", such as Nam June Paik's "Danger Music for Dick Higgins," which directs the performer to "creep into the vagina of a living whale",[7] or a piece may direct that the volume of the music steadily increases causing the audience to fear that it will make them defecate (the hypothetical "brown note"), although it might never reach that point.
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Elden Ring thread hit the bump limit, here's a new one in case anyone is still playing. Maybe post a cute Ranni if you feel like it.

New patch is being released today.

>Multiplayer servers for #ELDENRING will undergo maintenance today, April 19, 2022. It is expected to last about 1 hour for all platforms and will include an update to version 1.04.
>Maintenance will begin at 1:00 AM PDT | 10:00 CEST | 17:00 JST. Thank you for your patience.

I'm expecting bleed to get nerfed hard.
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Could the desire to have media delivered to oneself rather than being sought, like flipping through TV channels hoping for something to catch your attention, be linked to the success of the new wave of social media stuff like TikTok? Now I'm no expert in how it works, at all, but every time I've seen my imouto browsing through it she's flipping through different things on it and pestered about it she doesn't really have an answer for what most of the stuff she's watching is or is about. It seems to me kind of like telesurfing on steroids, since I don't think there's any long videos on that platform.
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Your daily learning: the Diesel Cycle.
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Has /qa/ ever cummed handsfree? Or at least ever achieved weensperm through some unconventional means?
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This article made me miss physical media
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What is your opinion on 'old guard' vtubers such as Eilene, Azumalim, PokoPea, Omega Sisters, etc? I know some people have a visceral reaction to hololive and their copycats, but I'm interested to hear the opinions on those. I guess Tsukino Mito, most of Nijisanji and 774 also fall into that category since they didn't really benefit from the explosion in popularity that hololive had.
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From simply desiring some books she could read to wanting to kickstart the printing revolution, Myne's ambitions sure have come a long way.
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Why does hitting buttons on a keyboard sound so beautiful, with Enter, Space, Backspace and the arrow keys being the highlights, while the sound of a mouse click only reminds me of the thought of having wasted another moment of my life?
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trying to figure out how to get over the cliff here in Getting Over It
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Grammer thread

Why do native English speakers make the confusion between "your" and "you're" so often even though their meanings are different? Is it because they sound the same since English pronunciation is retarded? Ironically this isn't a problem for me as a non-native speaker. I learned the difference as soon as I started learning English and never made that mistake.
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Has /qa/ watched Adachi to Shimamura? If not, /qa/ should! It has the purest and the cutest form of (one-sided) yuri love. Adachi is as autistic as they come and I loved it; the first friend she makes and she realizes she's (probably) gay! All the antics that follow of her trying to get flirty with Shimamura without coming off as a weirdo, it was the cutest, the purest!
Adachi's development from looking and acting like a rebel, indifferent to other people, to the cute maiden in love that she always was within was fun to watch! So was Shimamura's from being truly indifferent of others and the relations surrounding her to actually caring about being with Adachi. Looking at them make each other happy made me the happiest I've been in a while. Watched through the whole show with a dumb smile on my face, typed this post with one as well!
While Adachi and Shimamura were very lovable, the one-off side characters weren't plain/boring either (except for when they were expected to be plain), a lot of them had some type of charm to them, even if they were just there for one episode or one part of one episode. The longer lasting side characters were of course all lovable.
While the art had a lot of room for improvement, the story was great. There was no drama, just pure love and CGDCT. Though, they did hint at possible drama from time to time, keeping me at the edge of my seat. The slight (yuri) fan service scenes were great as well.
All in all, it was great. Can't believe I waited this long to watch it, but at least I did, at least it didn't stay in the black hole of my "anime to watch" list forever, and binge watching it wasn't a bad idea either. Being the autist that I am, I probably missed a lot of the underlying non-verbal story telling going on in the show, but I loved what I watched.
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Can you pass the sub challenge? If you choose any Commie translation you lose!
You must choose 1 out of the 4 which you think is the best, so no N/A this time.

My scores:
Commie: 0 times
Doki-Chihiro: 4 times
Funimation: 1 time
Mori: 9 times
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Is it wrong to give a fight to those who ask for it?
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Do you have a favorite type of candy?

I think my favorite is probably hard butterscotch candies.
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/qa/nime: continued!

I was reminded that another year has passed since the last time the /qa/ anime chart was updated, so I thought it was as good a time as ever to bring it back, update it, and improve on it a bit in the process.

The format for deciding on picks this year will be the same as the last with the addition of maybe singling out a specific anime of each year to be the most /qa/ anime of the year. For the current candidates that should be easy since there's only 4 of them, but for this year we'll have to conclude all the seasonal polls first and then afterwards decide.

The polls will be made separately and then linked in the thread with at least 3 days allotted for people to decide on winners, and I'll make a new poll for each season every day, starting with Winter 2021 today. To not make cheating so easy I'll make it so an IP needs at least 3 posts to vote, which shouldn't really be hard for anyone I hope. Also the AOTY polls will probably all be at the end or sometime in-between since they shouldn't be as hard of a decision.
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What kind of anime did you watch as a teenager? What I remember watching: Naruto, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Panic, Death Note, Hellsing, Devil May Cry, Elfen Lied, Chobits, Code Geass, Gurren Lagann, Desert Punk, To Love-Ru, Rosario + Vampire, School Days, Fate/stay night, Higurashi, Spice and Wolf, Darker than Black, Bakemonogatari, etc.

The only one I'm ashamed of is Naruto, but it wasn't that bad until the chunin exams in my opinion. I dropped the manga when the gay dude with the paint jutsu showed up.

This is an age revealing question, so be careful with that. I think it's easy to tell I'm in my late twenties from this post.
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It's so much easier to remember things when you have someone else to quickly suggest mnemonic ideas, but only chat/instant messaging is fast and casual enough. Struggling by myself was such a waste of time, don't believe all those websites that say you should only rely on your own mnemonics.
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Do you read manga often? How do you know what to look for? There seems a far greater variety than with anime, and a big dissuader for me is seeing unfinished translations.
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I didn't see anything about a starship troopers anime this season! How did this fly under the radar?
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Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction!

Guess what manga is getting an anime adaptation? The annoying-to-type Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction! To celebrate this I think I'm going to dump some of it now and then.
I've talked about it before and posted a chapter. It's pretty cool. I don't really read manga, but I was drawn into it after tracking down the source for a crop a few years ago.
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I had no idea this existed until now. It seems to have been based on that 'enby' meme which a mod forced on 4/qa/ and [s4s] back then. It's already dead and it was made on 2021, so it only lasted a few months. This late era of 4/qa/ (that I didn't browse to know anything about) was pretty strange.
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Every now and then do you look over your image collection?

Every so often while scrolling through, I'll see a nice image that I'll pass through SauceNAO and see if I'm not following the artist who made it and stuff like that.
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Who wants piss eggs?
>Virgin boy eggs are a traditional dish of Dongyang, Zhejiang, China in which eggs are boiled in the urine of young boys who were presumably peasants, preferably under the age of ten.
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Would it be possible to learn Japanese solely through romaji (while being illiterate on it in the process)? It's not really necessary for anime but you could play untranslated visual novels with voice acting that way.
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Come to think of it, I think I might be responsible for the revitalization of machikado mazoku manga in the west.
Around the time the first season started airing, I found that anons said that only the raw of volume 1 was available and only the first few chapters were translated and there was a lack of interest because the rest of volumes weren't available.
However, I found that the Chinese fan translation was already into volume 3 at that time, and I found a download of 02-04 raw volumes on a Chinese forum. That download was already over a year old at that time so I wonder why none of them were available on the Western internet.
So I reuploaded them and posted it on 4/a/. Soon after I did that some other anons repacked them into cbz and uploaded them on nyaa where they were the first upload of the manga. The translation effort resumed, and the rest was history.

Do you have any experiences like this, where you found something on the regional internet and wondered why no one in the west seemed to know about it?
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Do you prefer your 2D girls with sharp or round jaws? It seems most of them have very sharp angular features, but when you want to make them cuter than usual they'll usually be round instead, sometimes to the point of being a potato.
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With Elden Ring coming up it dawned on me that compared to most everything else coming out, nothing really excites me as it does. This is despite the gameplay revealing that it's just Dark Souls again with added verticality/sneak/exploration from Sekiro. All stuff I've played before, but the formula isn't at all tired out, and they just keep tweaking it in ways to make it more enjoyable. I think I can go back to any Souls game and still enjoy it (except DS2's DLC with magic) despite knowing all their is to know about the games because the experience it offers allows you to play the games again and again trying out new things along the way, like increasing the challenge for yourself by limiting what you do or approaching the progression from a different path. Also despite the many who tout the games as heralds of difficulty they're actually not too hard if you play them right, since sufficient grinding/preparation can allow characters to achieve most anything in the main game. To me DS1 and BB are still the crowns of the series because of how nicely interconnected their respective worlds were alongside being the nicest design/directionwise, with the sequels to DS being a bit linear and DeS being nice, but not naturally interconnected. So what's /qa/'s take on the series and which of the games do you think is the best?
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Do you prefer instrumental or lyrical music? I listen to instrumental 90% of the time. The human voice is just not as pleasing to hear as actual music instruments most of the time.
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If there's a collection of works(e.g. an album) you like but some parts of it seem uncommonly bad, do you blame your own senses before blaming the author?
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/qa/ recommendations thread

Was thinking recently and a thought came to me that it'd probably be a good idea to have a recommendations thread for people to simply recommend others things they've been watching and/or enjoyed.

The idea came to me when I was thinking about wanting more people to watch the Black Jack OVA, since it's got a nice variety of stories and some great emotional pull in episodes.
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One day kissu is predominantly /jp/ when it comes to activity and the in the next one it's predominantly /qa/. It's a strange duality don't you think. It's like there's an on/off switch for serious discussion and fun posting.
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Is otaku buying merch of their favorite shows consumerist or a modern form of patronage? I think that this is a difficult question to answer as it relates to the variety of different reasons for buying it, but still there is the question of if this is a system in which figures and character song CDs are an outlet for fans to show support and encourage studios to make more of something they appreciate or if buying merch is an act of self satisfaction which studios just provide the means for. This question is further confused in that buying merch can be done out of love for a specific character/person, an example I can think of is how a fan bought over a hundred copies of a solo single by a love live seiyuu out of his love and support for her. Another alternative is that some simply could just like how it looks but I would think that this would lead back into the system of patronage.
Why do people buy merch and what purpose does this merch fulfill?
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I often wonder how people in the far future will look back on the internet of the past. So much of the culture is a "you had to be there" type of thing. References and jokes that only make sense to the small group of people it was directed to. Will they even understand all the all the in-jokes and references that we talk about today? Or will it just seem foreign and alien to them? Maybe it will just be chalked up to some type of "lol so RandUMb" humor. Even today, if you showed any of it to someone who wasn't well versed in internet humor, they probably wouldn't get any of it. When you look at it from an even further outside lens, it probably wouldn't make any sense at all.

I wonder if we'll start to see internet history become a popular field that's studied in universities eventually. There's a lot that can be gleaned I think from studying the trends of the internet and how they were impacted by, or impacted current events of the time. Of course, maybe they'll get it all completely wrong, because of how esoteric and insular much of it is. Can you really get any of it if you weren't there at the time it happened? The explanations people try to make today for internet culture is often grossly incorrect.

Of course, it's quite possible that the only thing people will ever document or study is surface level social media like facebook and twitter. Which mostly consists of bastardized versions of older culture from deeper in the proverbial internet sea. To get to the root of a lot of it you need to go past that top layer, which most people aren't aware even exists.

I think it's an interesting topic to ponder. There's a ton of different ways I think it could go, and I have to wonder how accurate any of it will be when it eventually comes, as someone who experienced it first hand for most of my life.

Have a cute Miyu.
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The diagnosis is in /qa/, my nutbladder has officially burst and I've only days to live.
R:6 / I:0
Been on a bit of streak of malaise for the past few days and I noticed that while I'm posting less often, the general density of words per post seems to have increased. Wonder how these two are correlated, if at all.
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What do you do when you are bored?
R:2 / I:0
What are the prerequisites for a good costume switch?
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What would you do if you couldn't buy a dildo or whatever without your parents finding out? What if you were too innocent to even kiss? I have done research on this hypothetical scenario.

- braided hairjob
- clothespins
- cold or ice water
- doing it while asleep
- fingers inside mouth
- grinding
- holding your breath
- licking armpits
- olive oil lube
- paintbrushes or sharpies
- pee in hands
- tickling
- using a 9V battery
- writing on tape
R:2 / I:0
Skyrim is 10 years old without a sequel. Can you believe it?
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What does Kissu think of dakimakura? Do you have one?
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When does sameface become a problem for you?
Is the perception of this problem's severeness inversely proportional to the severeness of an obsessiveness-factor in human brains?
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Are people who like 2D-related content nicer than other people on average? It does seem like they are in the imageboard context at least.
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The Healer Girls anime seemed like a pretty ambitious and extremely well produced project for an anime where I didn't instantly recognize any of the main cast's voices. So it got me thinking and an idea popped into my mind, which looking at the seiyuu pages pretty much confirmed.


The anime seems like a test of promising new seiyuu talents with the supporting cast being mostly already confirmed pros. And so far I think they're doing a pretty good job. I think it's interesting to see things like this that show a promotion of new talents over staying with the same safe bets forever (like dubs do), what about /qa/?
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why do they make wine in such a gross way...
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I have a confession to make: I don't like the way K-ON looks. It's stuck in that weird transitional KyoAni artstyle that also made Haruhi look weird at the time. Euphonium, Amagi and Dragon Maid look much, much better than it.

What are some other anime artstyles that you are put off by?
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pout thread

Can't believe the last one hit bump limit!
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Post a word which you think it sounds funny, from any language. I'll start: flabbergasted.
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How do you find an image which you want to use but don't have it saved with you at the moment? Google images? Archives? Boorus? I saved this one from warosu for example. Sometimes archives don't work because they don't always keep the images.
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Why did stuff from the 90s and early 00s used to be so careless with spoilers? A popular example would be next episode previews of anime, but here's a more subtle one; the Silent Hill 2 opening. If you have played and finished the game you'll realize it's absolutely full of spoilers. It begins with a Maria scene which happens pretty late into the game and reveals a lot about her.
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Takagi-san is like a sweeter and non-gross version of Nagatoro. Why is Nagatoro so much more popular than it though? Because it's shocking sometimes? The internet does seem to be somewhat obsessed with shock stuff.
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Winter 2022 Anime

Looking forward to watching anything?
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One thing that gets in the way of people trying to learn Japanese is that your memory is like a hard drive with only so much storage space it can take, so in order to memorize all those kanji you have to discard other information that your brain deems unnecessary. I have no idea how this works, but I often find myself forgetting things I used to remember easily before, so it must be my brain filtering out that information which isn't necessary anymore (in its own opinion). This is the same reason why Japanese people have trouble learning a second language. All the storage space is already taken by theirs.
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Big Reveal

The VTuber Review!
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moriyashrine.org, the famous touhou fansite where a lot of people downloaded Touhou games from back in the day is suffering from a DMCA armageddon of sorts:
I don't think this is going to be very detrimental to people that know their way around the internet, but this could be a blow to people new to Touhou that actually want to play the games in English. The follow-up posts are saying he's looking for a new host, but that'll take time and this serves as a reminder that we live in a different kind of internet these days.
I wonder if this means ZUN is becoming more interested in further commercializing Touhou, or if this is just something that somehow escaped his or his lawyer's notice for so long somehow. He's been aware of Western stuff like this so I think the latter seems unlikely.
What's your opinion on this?
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A meta comedy about Sentai... I feel that if Flamenco taught me anything it's that I can't expect anything.
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The creator of the GIF has passed away.

Let's post some GIFs to honor his memory.
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Seems like crowdsourced research projects are basically clicker games that don't make me feel as bad about how I'm spending my time. I'm going to see if I'm still interested after a week of doing this.
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I've been giving it some thought, and now I want to know what /qa/ thinks of the disparity between closure in OVA/Movies and TV anime? With an animated movie or OVA usually you get a nice story that comes and finishes with a clear conclusion and maybe a bit of sequel bait. However, in the case of TV anime more often than not, or at least for more recent adaptations, a bunch of them "end" on some climactic point in a story while lacking conclusiveness. Which may be expected as many anime today serve more as a marketing tool for manga/LNs, but it sure leaves a sour taste when a show is going quite well and then it just ends without wrapping up much of anything. Especially worse is when you actually go to check out how the story proceeds in the source material and the quality of said series becomes exponentially worse as the author stretches out the story to ensure it keeps running while it should have ended ages ago.

So what does /qa/ think? Do these non-endings you see all over the place bug you as well, or do you just not care? Or do people even notice how much more satisfying a story feels when it actually concludes?
R:10 / I:6
Does kissu believe in ghosts or the paranormal? Usuallly people refer to them spookily or treat them as malicious, but I wonder why that is. Can't there be good ghosts?
R:6 / I:4
Do you follow any "serious" artists online? By this I mean it's not just all cute or pretty girls, but stuff that's a bit more nuanced in subject matter.
I saw this Ouken art in my pixiv recommendations and it reminded me that I really don't. I should try to expand my horizons, so to speak.
R:10 / I:7
I just found out that my sister has Covid but I don't want to catch it. How transmissible is it? I don't like my sister so I don't talk to her much but I still live with her but I live in the garage, do you think I will catch it? Has /qa/ ever lived with somebody with Covid and not caught it?
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Can even devils be loved?
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Ever wonder why Vtubers have exploded since 2020 and Covid exploded since then as well?

It's because one of the symptoms of Covid is to lose your sense of taste.

Thank you I'll be here all night.
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What would you do if society were to collapse or if the unthinkable were to happen?
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You get five new episodes(each one 30 min. long) of your favorite show, those are as great as the show, in return you lose a year of your life expectancy, you can repeat this exchange as often as your heart desires. Would you take the deal or not?
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Do you delete shows after you're done watching them?
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WTF man, I JUST (reluctantly) moved to 10.

>Microsoft has been teasing a “next generation” of Windows for months now, but new hints suggest the company isn’t just preparing an update to its existing Windows 10 software, but a new, numbered version of the operating system: Windows 11.
Well, I'm not going to use this until 2025 based on the previous time I've "upgraded", not least of which because people will need time to crack all of its data harvesting that I'm sure will be even worse than 10's.

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Fanbox/patreon for hentai artists?

One thing I have noticed on the recent uploads/translations of the panda is usually well-known and regarded artists like Ankoman and Terasu MC kind of milking the fanbox system. Now since there's been a lull in conventions I get it but some artists do it weird or disappointingly.

Like ankoman for example makes a bunch of 6-8 page one shots that are fairly hit-or-miss and annoying to collect (and to be fair, that isn't the fault of the author, the quality is) and this seems to be a common format for this type of distribution. Some also use it to release chapters of longer-form stories, this is a less of a pain, although when downloading it is quite odd to see hentai in individual chapters. Kind of like downloading from MangaTraders in the old days.

What do you think? Have you even noticed? Do you not care? Does it bother you?
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What are your experiences with the dreaded automobile and its locomotive functions, aka of the worst enemies of hikkis and neets? I have a driver's license but can't remember the last time I picked up a wheel. I probably forgot how to do it at this point. Driving is scary as hell for me. I was extremely nervous during my test and wanted it to be over as soon as possible. It's one of the most terrifying things you can do a daily basis. It's more dangerous than being a police officer or a security guard for example. Drivers have a much higher death rate than people in those professions. I had a friend who got killed in a car crash and have gotten myself involved in two accidents before, one of which could've easily killed me as well if the stupid trucker actually banged on the car instead of just scraping it, so that definitely contributes to my fear of driving.
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Whats the point of hentai?
Whenever I see hentai it looks so high quality just be jerked to for a few minutes, then just go on with your day like normal. Am I doing it wrong or something? I feel like hentai is always made to be so much more than it actually is, but its always the same feeling.
R:5 / I:2

Archive discussion

What the hell happened to rebeccablacktech? Why does it redirect to desuarchive now? I'm pretty sure it was working not too long ago. I wanted to search for something in the /mu/ archive and now I'm extremely saddened. Desuarchive for /mu/ only goes back to 2012.
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Do you prefer 'tasteful' fanservice like in Akebi or more 'direct' fanservice like in Bisque Doll?
R:22 / I:12
How well can you stomach gore, be it animated or real? Personally it doesn't faze me at all as I've been looking at it on /b/ since I was a teenager.
R:47 / I:10
What would an amalgamation of ideal kissu traits look like in a 2D girl?
She would need nekomimi, and maybe a nice Koruru-style tummy, but what else?
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What are your standards for quality?
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1. Black Company
2. Tsuki ga Michibiku
3. Tensura
4. Genjitsu Shuji Yuusha

(Power gap)

10. Isekai Drugstore
11. Seirei Gensouki
12. Hamefura

(Didn't even bother watching)

999. 100-man blah blah blah
R:12 / I:3
hey dudes, want some wings?
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Those articles from 2018 announce that Aoki Uru should air this year.
Considering that we did not receive any update for almost 4 years i guess it's maybe a dead project or maybe they will postpone it again later this year?
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Do you keep any plants? I have some spider plants and an aloe plant that I got from my brother recently. I think plants are good to have around because not only are they soothing, but indoor air is prone to stagnation and having oxygen factories in your house is pretty cool.
R:23 / I:6
What's /qa/'s thoughts on making a series more fan service~y to appeal to a broader demographic?

The best example I can think of is probably the Atelier series of games. Although the games often featured fan service elements like character outfit DLC, the games themselves were rather conservative in the appearance of the characters. However, with Atelier Ryza the main character's design was notably more... "appealing". Previous games featured younger girls with flat chests and frilly (although a bit short) dresses to Ryza with plump thighs, large breasts, hotpants, and asymmetric garters.
R:11 / I:7
I'm wouldn't be surprised if real human-like AI girlfriends/companions are first widely available as mobile games, as gacha girlfriends.
It makes the most monetary sense to me; the market is there and once investment into the tech is done the overhead will likely be very low, while the income reasonably high from lonely whales.
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Can /qa/ take a fight?

If one day you had to fight to defend the honor of your waifu against a decently built opponent, would you be able to?
Despite my delusions of grandeur, I am fairly certain I will lose to even a 15 year old. My only memories of school fights are ones where I was too afraid to do anything because I didn't want to get suspended and/or expelled. Then as I grew older, I started realizing how weak the human body is. Mostly due to all those rekt threads on 4chan...
I don't understand how people can take part in fights, the human body is so weak. (Well, of course, if not trained properly.) Take a hit in one of the many critical hit areas of the human body and you could possible die or worse; turn into a vegetable.
Hence, as much as I despise myself for having to say this, I for one could not fight to defend my waifu's honor. I am simply too pussy. Gif related will be me.
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What kind of house will the /qa/ mansion be?
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How does /qa/ facilitate the reading and understanding of papers online? Many a time I've come across something that grabs my interest but I just can't for the life of me understand it. Knowing that many papers are written for those that specialize in a specific field, is there really any way to learn or gleam some info from subjects that fall far out of what you know without divulging a potentially very long time to learn the subject field of the paper itself?
R:16 / I:3
When you desire to appear sophisticated in English you simply use a loanword derived from French/Latin in place of its Germanic equivalent (sophisticated is a Latin loanword). For example; saying 'sentiment' instead of 'feeling', 'fatigued' instead of 'tired', 'possess' instead of 'have', 'detest' instead of 'hate', 'ruffian' instead of 'gangster', etc.

This is a related video which does the opposite and makes you sound stupid instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIo-17SIkws

Come on, attempt it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_words_with_English_derivatives
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What is Patchy eating?
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What exactly makes a gyaru a gyaru? Why is Marin one? Is it just someone who dresses up in a somewhat western fashion at this point? The gyarus that I have in mind look a lot more exaggerated than her.
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Does (serious) bullying happen in public schools/interns as often as what media leaves me to believe? I studied in a private one and never saw it happening to anyone. The most that people did was calling each other nicknames, throwing paper balls at each other, etc. Someone would compare me to Jesus and a cocker spaniel because of my long hair and also imitate my raspy voice for example, but that was the full extent of it.

Share your experiences with the subject ITT.
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Uma Musume Season 2 Stream

I'll be hosting an Uma Musume Season 2 stream at 6PM EST (5PM CST) this week Friday. You'll catch on fine and maybe even enjoy it more without watching Season 1. If you still want to prepare, know that this show is based off real racehorse trivia but also career records, so be careful when looking things up. For those of you who join a little early, I'll be playing half an hour's worth of Umayon shorts. Hope to see you there.
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Do you ever think about the origin and establishment of "life" on Earth? It's such an absurdly illogical thing to me- order arising out of chaos.
I just read this and I guess it seems to bring a bit of reasoning to how it could have happened, but it still seems like such an impossible occurrence, even with the incomprehensible numbers involved with the universe.
Do you think humanity will ever be able to create it somehow? It seems like it would require an understanding of the universe that is far beyond our current understanding. It'd probably be easier to create sentient AI.
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Is Tsukihime Remake seriously going to be stuck on consoles forever? Why the hell are VNs neglecting what used to be their main platform now? Who even plays VNs on a Switch? Reading stuff for hours on that tiny screen must be awful. And the PS4/PS5 isn't even popular in Japan anyway.

Has anyone tried to see if it can be emulated with the English patch yet?
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How come youtube videos get so many damn views nowadays? They must've changed something in the system with how works. There's no way it's a natural evolution even when accounting for more people gaining internet access over time. Kony 2012 has 'only' 103m views today, but it was literally what everyone was talking about back then. 100m is pretty much nothing nowadays compared to shit like Baby Shark and Despacito. Baby Shark having a whopping 10 billion views also do not make any sense to me whatsoever since it's targeting a specific age demographic not very vast in numbers.
R:5 / I:0
What's your opinion of "log in with [service]" to comment on websites? I absolutely hate it.
I wanted to congratulate Moyai Subs on finishing Kiratto Pri☆Chan, but I'm not going to make a social media account to do it.
In theory I could make a wordpress account, but it's also an account that will would follow me if I ever wanted to post on another wordpress page. Surely there's a way to combat spam while not also being tracked, right?
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The great debate

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Everyone seems so on-edge recently, so how about talking about ways to take it easy despite all the occurrences. For myself I've just been getting lost in video game. It's nice to lose yourself in another world that lets you forget all about the one you're in.
R:5 / I:1
People say series are either convergent or divergent, but if that's true then where's the border between the two? Checkmate nerds!
R:9 / I:2
Back when I was learning that the mitochondria was the powerhouse of the cell, I thought the key to learning anything was through analogy. It oversimplifies the process, but learning is fundamentally about using prior knowledge to understand new ideas.

Now you can expect someone to bring up false equivalence as soon as you make one and that person might be stupid enough to insist an analogy is bad because it's an analogy. They could be right about the false equivalence, depending on the argument, but this instinctive backlash may also be the product of a changing culture. Do you think this is a good thing?
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Now that Russia is being cut off from foreign businesses, I'm thinking about how this can affect the state of piracy.
As we all know, Russia is a major provider of pirated contents, especially professional software. On one hand, now that they cannot obtain contents legally, more Russians will resort to piracy as an alternative which can boost the piracy community. On the other hand, Russian pirates will have more difficulties in obtaining legal contents for them to crack or to distribute, and maintaining their distribution infrastructure located overseas.

What do you think of how the global piracy status will evolve by this change to a large piracy provider? Will make us pirate easier, or harder?
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Anime CG is scary.
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How do you watch your anime? Just on your computer, or do you have a bigger screen set up
R:4 / I:2

Now that the dust has settled,

Have the things you thought would stand the test of time held up as well as predicted?
R:9 / I:1
I think I just might possibly have an image hoarding problem.
R:2 / I:1
Sometimes I wonder if indifference is the key to satori
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Has anyone here downloaded everything, or just the good stuff, or just the exhentai exclusive galleries (toddlercon for one)? I would download them but I haven't been able to visit exhentai for the past year or so. I have downloaded about 10% of nhentai, though. Would be a shame if all those galleries were to disappear or something, the exclusive ones at least.
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I disagree with the sentiment that you reach peak enjoyment of something the first time you experience it, and it only goes downhill afterwards. I recently played Bloodborne, and despite having finished Bloodborne twice years prior, I still had my best experience this time going through the game after all this time and finally getting the platinum trophy. Believing that having already experienced something means you can't enjoy it anymore than you already have is a terrible mindset that sets you up to believe that life will only get worse the more things you experience. There's a reason that people will sometimes talk about how a second watch of a film/series was better than the first because they were able to find more things to appreciate about the art the second time around.
R:30 / I:12
How often do you go back to something you skipped to see if you'd like it more after time has passed?
Saki has a lot of fanservice of various types, but Mahjong still does not interest me and as a result I think I can only watch this if I skip past those parts.
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Don't stop dreamin'
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Is it okay to not be perpetually unhappy with my work? Is it okay to value product over process if I like the stuff I make? How do people find joy in self-improvement and learning? What makes good art? I noticed art I consider good brings considerable enjoyment or makes me feel strong emotion. What else does art need for me to consider it good?
R:38 / I:22
Lala Lala Lala!! Her voice so sweet!! It's been over a year since we've had the pleasure of seeing Lala here on Earth.
Well, the Starscape alliance is always working tirelessly to protect the universe.
In the name of all the magical girls around the world, our top secret ally Lala has returned from her mission on earth.
On top of that, our beloved friend Lala has been taking pictures of the magical girls for the Starscape alliance. (She's on the left side)
I hope to see many more pictures soon!!

And there's that magical girl friends are so awesome. I wish I could make magical friends like them!
And so there you go, the reason why I love Lala and why I'm so happy to see her around every time.
R:38 / I:28
Post an image that you have saved but can't remember why you saved it
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Anyone want to play Age of Empire 2 DE?

Anyone want to play Age of Empire 2 DE?

On sale until Feb 3 (looks like 8 USD). Playable on Linux with the various Proton or Wine emulators. Has a good handicap system if you want to have an easy time.

Military strategy game where each civilization is basically the same with small differences. Makes it easier to pick up the game for a first time player. Has a bunch of european, asian, african and mezoamerican civilizations.

We already have 6 people who are interested in the game on kissu(Steam). If you play good or you play bad it doesn't matter. Or maybe you'd rather just watch. Game has a lot of amazing observer tools that are used by professional observers and streamers, I can stream too and post about it here(I probably will anyways)
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How does /qa/ quench their thirst and refuel their electrolytes?
R:42 / I:2
How do you work up the motivation to start and complete really long series?
R:6 / I:3
Why do shows seem to never have their holiday episodes on the actual holiday?
Or even worse why do some have them after the holiday? Surely it makes more sense to have the holiday episode right before the holiday?
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What kind of mouse do you use and are you happy with it? My left clicker on my razer adder is messed up and it's time to get a new one. I don't think I want to get another one because this was after only one year. The rainbow lights are kind of cool, I guess.
I use a mix of relaxed and claw grip and have small hands so it's seemingly impossible to get something that's fully comfortable. Maybe I should try a trackball or something, but can those be as accurate as mice?
Uhh... post about computer mice or something.
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Last thumbnail wasn't befitting of a good music thread, so have some chocominto aisu
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Questions and Answers

What is she looking at?
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Would /qa/ be interested in watching A Penguin's Memories? It's an anime movie starring talking penguins during a fictional Vietnam war dubbed the "Delta war", and their time returning back home with the memories they have. The movie was produced by Suntory Beer for some reason.

If so, what time would be best? I was thinking 5PM EST this Thursday, the 17th, perhaps.
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What's Kissu's favorite food? It had better not be fast food!
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It's valentines day so why don't you post some good lovey-dovey romances /qa/?
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MS Paint drawthread

/qa/! It's time to show off your MS paint skills! Try drawing a character and seeing if others can guess at who it is. Starting off with an iconic one so that the first picture isn't impossible...
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What do you like to do while you're not watching anime or playing video games?
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would this be considered wide
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Been thinking of playing that new Lost Ark MMO and I'm pretty sure once I start playing there's going to be builds and guides for everything down to the smallest detail and everyone's going to be minmaxed to hell and back within the week. So that made me think, has the development of the net ruined MMOs to an extent?
R:16 / I:5
When you think about it the lies scientists tell you to explain tides don't make any sense at all. For the water to be moved by the gravity of the moon the gravity from the moon would have to be stronger than the gravity on earth, but we know that's just silly. And also, if that was true it would impact more than just water, bits of paper and sand would start flying up to the moon and peoples' hair would stand on end, yet this does not happen, the only thing the moons gravity is said to affect is the water. It's yet another story made up by scientists to explain something they know nothing about, just like induced drag.
R:19 / I:4
I believe the widely held belief that anonymous communities' strengths are that places you can converse with strangers misses the mark. Anywhere on the internet can be a place to talk with strangers, with or without names. Just because someone has a name attached to them doesn't mean you know them any better than you do anyone else online, all you know is that they are just another person on the net. Since anonymity removes that identifier of otherness, the real benefit becomes that you can assume and treat Anonymous as your friend.
R:12 / I:7
Do you like monster girls? What's your favorite monster girl species?
R:16 / I:2

An Informal Study of Taboo-ness

What exactly is taboo, objectively? Well, something taboo is seen as "wrong", but in reality we can simply think of it more so as how disliked or unpalatable something is. To begin, we generally hold the view that less common a particular tag (fetish) is, the more taboo it is. Unfortunately, this view is somewhat flawed. For instance, "mini guy" isn't particular objectionable or disliked on it's own, but it's neither very enthusiastically like either. Something such as this we could consider as being in a sort of neutral territory. So, if there's a neutral territory and a taboo-ness representing dislike, what is converse to taboo? We can call this vanilla. The more well received something is, the more vanilla it is.

To begin, our sample of preferences will be based upon tag occurrence on exhentai.org. Below are preliminary results. All data is final besides the degenerate points themselves; the initial formula used was wholly inaccurate, as is visible below. The BBM and Lolicon groups have one additional column. This is the expected value column. Based on our preconceptions of taboo-ness, each has been given an expected value range from high to medium to low. If the value, relative to the others aligns with our notions on taboo-ness, then the value passes, but if not, then it fails. As is evident below, not every value passes, in fact most do not. This points in a clear direction: the formula for calculating taboo-ness is flawed.

Or is it? Yes, and no. For our purposes of determining a generalized list of tags by taboo-ness, it does not actually do this. So what does it show then? Well, it shows the how relatively taboo tag pairings are on Exhentai.org. From this perspective it makes much more sense that Lolicon be considered frankly rather tame, whereas Incest is middlingly taboo, and BBM is VERY taboo.

Hypothetically, it should be possible to get more generalizable data by taking into account more tags. The selection provided is a rather small sample compared to the over all 703 tags available on Exhentai. Of course, the methodology may need to change when taking into account this greater number of tags. For instance, female:maid only has 9,022 entries, but it should be fairly obvious that the maid tag is not more tabo than netorare purely by virtue of occurring less.

Before getting into the data itself, I've provided some definitions and equations.

Relative Frequency     = Combined Occurrence / Standalone Occurrence
Frequency over Average = Relative Frequency - Standalone Frequency
Frequency within Genre = Combined Occurrence / Standalone Occurrence 
Degenerate Points      = (Good luck on this one, Einstein)

Combined Occurrence:  The number of entries for a secondary tag and a primary group tag. E.g.: BBM (Primary group tag) + Shotacon (Secondary tag)
Standalone Occurrence: The number of entries for a primary tag.
Standalone Frequency: The relative frequency of the standalone tags.

Total number of non-translated Exhentai entries: 309,910
R:24 / I:10
You know I've noticed that among my favorite anime all of them either have great production or a unique style. So that leads me to wonder, can you make rough determinations about an anime's overall quality based solely off its visuals alone? And given cases where an anime's got everything going for it but sucks anyways, how often does the opposite exist?
R:10 / I:1
The /qa/ meetup
R:20 / I:9

happie shows

leds post shows that are not edgy and have happie endings
that doesn meen they cant have sad parts but no overal melodrama or tragidy or dum psychologikal components post ur happy shows
R:2 / I:0
Thought up a really neat thread idea and thought it was really funny and then never posted it.
R:20 / I:3
How does /qa/ feel about wasting food? I feel terrible if I ever let food go to waste so I always end up eating too much to try and let nothing be wasted. Then I feel sick because I ate too much...
R:3 / I:0


What are your favorite episodes or just interesting concepts from the anime? I thought that the idea of "Shrine in the Sea" was worth a thought in how functional a community where people are "reborn" and expected to take on the exact role of those who they used to be was interesting. Makes you wonder about the lives of the villagers outside of what's just shown in the episode. Such as if they really feel like they're who everyone else says they are, or if just having it being told to them their whole lives made them accept it.
R:29 / I:6
Where do you think you got your taste in music from? Or what influences do you think had the biggest impact on what you listen to now?
R:313 / I:110
How am I supposed to enjoy, or at least tolerate cooking? It takes so long, and you need to give it lots of attention. It's pretty obvious cooking was invented before recreation, so how are people doing it today when you can have fun instead?
Maybe it wouldn't be as bad if I didn't have to clean up tools afterwards, but I do. The only thing that makes sense to cook is huge portions that will last for days, but that seems to limit what you can cook reliably.
R:10 / I:6
Don't get why people feel the need to angrily reply and shout at ignorable things they don't like when they can ignore it or humorously mock it. That'd at least be doing something productive with the topic instead of turning all talk about them into pissing contests. Like you'd think people would've learned to take it easy after all these years.
R:7 / I:3
ids still heer.................
R:41 / I:15

Kizuna Ai - hello, world

R:17 / I:5
Would you still want to go back even if the things you care about now wouldn't turn out the same?

Kissu is never created. /qa/ only lasts a few months. Your favorite artist, or author passes before creating anything. You use your knowledge of future events to become wealthy, but the things that made you happy are nowhere to be found.
R:19 / I:4
Does anyone else think this is really stupid? I don't drive or own a car, but physical buttons and switches seem like something you don't need to change.

The physical feedback from a button being pushed seems like something that you can't sacrifice for some lame "modern" design. Also, buttons are fun to push. Part of the reason of having a mechanical keyboard is the strange satisfaction I feel by pressing each button and feeling it on my fingers while also hearing a sound associated with it.
Would YOU want to use something like this?
R:4 / I:0

Moe literature

Okay hear me out. Is there such a thing as an slice of life equivalent in literature? I know there are a few books about the daily lives of people living comfy lifes such as Heidi or Anne of Green Gables but I mean it in a more anime-oriented way. The literature equivalent of K-On, Non Non Biyori or Yotsuba!&. Not only focusing on day-to-day activities but also pursuing moe in all its beauty. Something like girls messing around town talking about silly stuff, not having much worries. No drama or sadness (well, maybe some feels here and there).
Asking because I'm thinking about writing stuff like that as short stories. But is the west ready for such level of moe? Also some weeks ago in the Katawa Shõjo aniversary thread someone mentioned it having a highly western style. Well, I would like to avoid this and try to be more akin to the japanese storytelling style. What do you think? Is it even possible?
R:17 / I:5

what tabletop games are you playing?

there was a thread for vidya on here not too long ago. What about Kissu's tabletop gaming scene?
What have you been playing on tabletop, Anon?
R:9 / I:1
So much of the universe can be represented and modeled by algorithms, does this mean that there may be an underlying algorithmic nature to the world itself? And we just don't have the means to see the true code.
R:12 / I:1
R:15 / I:7
How fast is /qa/'s typing speed?
R:4 / I:0
At what point does a rule cease to be? Once people forget it exists, or if it's no longer enforced? How long does it need to be before something is "no longer enforced"? To what extent then are "rules" just social rituals?
R:6 / I:2
Does /qa/ watch CMVs?
R:2 / I:0
another day in the life of /qa/
R:10 / I:5
I figured out I like sad/emotional stories that even (especially) children can relate to.

Non Non Biyori: Losing a friend.
Uma Musume S2: The intrinsic inequality in sports, no matter how nice people are.
Spirited Away: Being lost and scared when away from home.
Star Twinkle Precure - Conflicted between learning + making friends and taking the easy way out to fit in. Also being untalented/starting too late to accomplish your dreams.
Brave Little Toaster Flower Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8kQDNLkT3c

Tropes I don't like/get bored of:
- Important character dies.
- Supernatural torture.
- Bullying/domestic abuse/rape/NTR.
- Post apocalyptic setting.
R:15 / I:3
Why do so many open-world games end up feeling so hollow, repetitive, or dull? When I play something like Nier Automata there's plenty of content in missions to do as well as a good variety of faffing about to potentially be done when exploring its world. However, I open up something like GTA V and after maybe 30 minutes I'm completely bored of it if I'm just trying to enjoy the world, I can shoot up some place or steal some vehicles and then get bored because I've basically done all there is to do.
R:8 / I:3

The Great Temptation: Anime Food

Whenever I see the dishes made in these fishing anime it always makes me want to go out and fish something up to eat it... But then I remember that this requires actually going out and fending off armies of bugs if it's not cold weather and I feel disheartened and concede to just getting something from the local market. Is the rumor really true that fish tastes better when you catch it yourself, or would a pro-catch be around the same level? Also what anime have inspired /qa/ to try their hands at a dish?
R:4 / I:2
You know those threads that go like "___ thread, bonus points for ___"? Well, not to brag or anything, but I've amassed quite a sizable amount of these bonus points over the course of my posting career. However, after all these years I still haven't figured out how to redeem them. Hell, for all I know they could have expired already.

What about you, /qa/? Have you redeemed your bonus points? What did you spend them on?
R:40 / I:14
It seems a little strange to me that the appreciation of Japanese stuffs here is limited to only 2D media and language, while all other aspects of the Japanese culture get no mention at all.
Even for foods no one seems to appreciate Japanese cuisine and snacks here and everyone seems to enjoy typical Western foods.

Why don't you appreciate these other parts of Japanese culture? Is it because you think Japanese culture is nothing of worth outside the 2D related stuffs?
R:41 / I:8
What ever happened to the prospect of human's living in space, or greater space colonization? It seems like such a rare thing to see now even though it was all the rage until maybe a decade or two ago.
R:7 / I:4
Is /qa/ superstitious? Do you believe in luck?
R:22 / I:7
Do you ever learn a language to read porn in it?
R:9 / I:3
Should one fight the urge to funpost?
R:12 / I:4
Don't understand why LN authors feel the need to force isekai upon everything. Especially in basically fantasy stories in which the MC being reincarnated has almost zero bearing on the story or could have easily been rewritten, and thus made better, without necessitating any changes to the story at all. It just seems like a lazy crutch to rely on in an attempt to explain away a character's feelings instead of trying to think of a proper reason why a character experiences a certain emotional state. Like in this anime the MC experiences loneliness and feelings of isolation from being near the peak of the world's strength, and instead of realizing that such feelings could arise naturally in such a situation the author believes they need to somehow justify it through the fact that they were a loner in a past life. What really gets me about this, and other stories where the isekai theme is simply shoved in, is that aside from essentially their time as a toddler the MC comes off mentally as no different from any other character their age. It's just a waste of potential for molding an actual character and I hope it ends someday.
R:40 / I:12
Do you ever listen to music while watching anime or reading manga? A few years ago I listened to some japanese shoegaze albums while watching Yu Yu Hakusho and really liked it. Recently I read chainsaw man while listening to hyperpop and also really liked it.
R:7 / I:1
Where did your sense of humor come from?
R:5 / I:0
Why is it that when you move the skin around your bellybutton left and right, the bottom of the bellybutton stays in place. What's it attached to?
R:17 / I:5
What does /qa/ think about the idea that your consciousness shifts realities? That without noticing it you could shift into a different version of the world, with there being no way to prove the past happened as you remember it its completely possible that our consciousness could shift into a slightly different reality in our sleep, this could manifest not only in memories over the same thing not lining up but the world as a whole feeling different for little reason. Maybe the idea of reincarnation takes root in this as peoples minds are shifted into a different form in a different reality upon death.
R:2 / I:1
What advice would you give to someone that wants to establish and grow an internet community?
They want it to be big, and round, yet healthy and cute.
R:8 / I:3
How did /qa/ learn economics?
R:14 / I:6
Do you guys want to play some Left 4 Dead 2? If we can get 4 players including myself - or even 8 for versus mode - I'll make a lobby that you can join through the steam chat. https://s.team/chat/NUIbnP7U
R:23 / I:8
5ch has started voting on their AOTY poll. Let's laugh at their shitty taste. Or not.

Pic related - the real AOTY.
R:42 / I:12

/qa/ thread statistics

Recently I have a feeling that the contents on /qa/ is drifting farther away from my taste. Rather than simply bickering about it, I think it's best to provide objective data so that everyone can see how /qa/ has changed.

Now, pic related is the contents of /qa/ categorized by me, for first 5 pages in bump order (recent activity) and rest rest of pages (past activity). The categories represents different topics on /qa/ (colored to my personal preference):
Act off-board: invite /qa/ to do something together off-site, like for gaming or anime stream etc
2D media: any discussion of Japanese 2D contents (mostly anime though, which I personally don't like to discuss)
General media: any discussion of games or other media that is not Japanese 2D contents
General QA: general random questions and answers discussion
Creative: draw/writing/music/program creation, DIY, image editing
/jp/ like: things that normally go on /jp/ after split
Internet: discussion about internet culture, websites
Meta: discussion about imageboard posting/moderation, site issues
Others/news/blog: Anything that is not above, mostly news and blog

From the statistics, we can see the categories have relatively changed activities recently:
Large increase: Act off-board, General media
Some increase: 2D media, /jp/ like, Internet, Others/news/blog
Some decrease: General QA
Large decrease: Creative, Meta

Clearly, the categories that have decreased activity are mostly my favorite, or I consider an integral part of /qa/ (Meta discussions). The most saddening part is that the creativity on /qa/ just suddenly disappeared. The Meta discussions also suddenly disappeared around the same time. The question is that, what happened? Why did this happen?
Meanwhile, the categories with large increase includes "Act off-board", which itself can be good if occasionally used, but I feel that it's sapping out the activity on /qa/ in some fashion.

Also, I want to mention that /jp/ is becoming increasingly fast and outpacing /qa/, which makes the whole site (/all/) more /jp/ like. For the last 10 pages of threads created, /qa/ took 3 months, while /jp/ took only 1.5 months. But most importantly, I feel that the "/jp/ like" contents on /qa/ before the /jp/ split has far less portion, so the split strongly encouraged /jp/ like contents to be posted and changing the balance of contents on the whole site to be less of my like. I also fell about the mentality from other /jp/ spinoffs is increasing presence on /qa/ because of this.
R:18 / I:2
Why were girls allowed to watch boys when they swam naked at the YMCA?
R:20 / I:5
Does Kissu ever think about how watching a series after it has already aired robs it of dramatic tension? Oftentimes I'll watch some show only for a dramatic moment to happen where it's framed as if a character might die, but the very fact that there may be however many more episodes left makes it not probable at all for anything to actually happen. For instance, I've been watching a lot of Star Trek lately and there are lots of moments where something happens to the effect of "Oh no! Captain Picard might die!" but there's still 4 entire seasons left...

Are there any other downsides to watching something after it has already aired?
R:11 / I:7
Greetings to you all. I am from the future, from the year 2022. I hope all of you backwards people are doing well in your backwards lives in your backwards places.
R:8 / I:2
So /qa/, what's your New Year's resolution?
R:18 / I:4
Can someone explain audio to me? People talk about FLAC and 320kbps MP3s and stuff, but I'm not sure I can even tell the difference between 128kbps and 320kbps. What am I supposed to be listening for?
R:42 / I:1
I'm looking to make a list of all suffixes used in imageboards to create names for people. So far I've got:
- fag, faggot
- friend, fren
- tard
- nigger
- poster
- anon
- mod, min
- cuck, chad
- bro

Is jan/janny/janitor ever used as a suffix? I can't recall any specific instance of it, but there should be.
Normalfag has the most variations, but they're unique to it. You can't generalize the less popular endings.
R:5 / I:1
How accustomed are you to your usual habits?

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