Dāku Sheimu wa fukou daa.
As for Dark Shame, it is misforturne.
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そうか。全巻セットじゃなかった。それにしても、すごいよ、そんなに沢山漫画を買っちゃった！それに日本語！どこで買った？何時か、僕がお金持ちに なったら、もっと漫画を買いたいな、１０００冊くらいに。良いアイデアと思えない？ お金持ちになって君はどうしたい？日本で生きたい？黄瀬を殺したい？
Indeed, you certainly are an anomaly for reading (and re-reading) the quantity of manga that you do. Despite all of its merits, though, anime does have some legitimate advantages over manga that you're probably very familiar with by now. In particular, scanlation drama becoming more pervasive was a significant factor in encouraging me to switch to raw manga. Seriously, closed groups are the cancer of scanlations and I love when they cry about people redistributing their stolen scans. Anyways, here's MAL's top manga list. Comparatively, here's their top anime list. Big difference, don't you think? I'm planning on picking up Assassination Classroom soon, as I heard it's going to end soon (and Nagisa seems pretty moe), but I'm somewhat expecting it to get an anime announcement and usher in an awful fanbase just as I begin to read it. Such is my eternal misfortune.
Don't fret, only those who are either dead on the inside, like me, or the bonified insane can make it through TiTP. On first glance, it looks like some sort of sick joke, but in actuality, it really is almost 520 pages of baseless exaggerations and falsehoods perpetuated by landwhales who blame everyone but themselves (especially their genetics) for being hamplanets. On the bright side, because of TiTP, I found a hilarious parody blog on Tumblr called "This is Bicyclist Privilege," with some genuinely funny entries, especially if you've waded through the God-forsaken hellscape of TiTP. For example, "bicyclist privilege is getting to use downhill momentum for free while pedestrian-Americans have to adjust their walking to it" and "bicyclist privilege is not being barred entry from the Tour De France simply because you refuse to ride a bike. If I want to drive the race, that’s my choice as a free person. Who are you to judge?" I don't know, which made you want to gauge your eyes out more, TiTP or all those Kise pictures from DA I put in Dropbox?
Ditto, I'm so glad I've never had to worry about you being a fanatical shipper of any sort. Yeah, I do remember reading a long time ago that Oda never had any intention of having romance between the main crew members of OP. I feel like that truly was the best decision, as now I don't have to worry about awkard romance shoe-horned in where it doesn't belong. More shounen series should take note of this. It sure didn't stop crazy shippers from writing 25k fanfictions for One Piece, though. Creepy, don't you think? You know what's even creepier, though? Some of them are written by Kise. And it's because your initial conversations about it. Let that sink in. Yeah, I did notice that you never discussed series you enjoyed around anyone. That was... probably wise. Lust picked up One Piece because of you as well, right?
Poor llama. I wonder if he's still drawing that terrible manga that, let's be honest, was more like a western graphic novel trying to imitate DBZ than a manga. Remember how he inserted that guy with the fedora and cane who blasted weeaboo music around campus, called "Nutcracker?" Our weird manga we did for our Japanese presentation (that Sensei never even saw) was way better. I guess I'm glad we didn't have to explain the content of the blackboard and Medaka Box in general. At least we know Sensei liked Kumagawa, hehe. I think I did address yellow as Kise once, but she either didn't hear me or I told her it meant something in Japanese that she didn't know. It's a good thing I'll never see her again, or I'm sure it would slip out unintentionally more often than not. I'll never forget seeing you glare at her out of the corner of your eyes just about every time she spoke, since Kise spoke the language of fujoshit, spoilers, and nonsense. Hahaha, she still calls you Senchou? I would have thought she would have forgotten about that by now, honestly. Shame she ruined one of your titles, since it was a pretty good one. How did both Lust and Kise come to call you Senchou anyway? Alright, I'll be the Banchou of your ship (how does that work anyway?) as long as it means never talking to Lust and Kise. Can we elect a third-in-command that can handle matters on the ship and relay information to us while we drink tea, watch animu, and read mango? Who do we even like enough to task that to? And for that matter, who's competent enough? And what's the name of our ship?
For my OC, I was thinking definitely white hair, since it's my favorite animu hair color. As for the eye color, I'm debating between gold, orange, or burgundy. What do you think? I'll probably make him around 12-14 years old because WISH FULFILLMENT. If you were to design an OC, what kind of design would you go with? Your answer may end up being important so really think about it. Also, give me a couple adjectives to describe him/her. More detailed is better, obviously. And a name.
Then you got a good volume of Medaka Box, indeed! Kumagawa is in all the volumes following 7. Volumes 7-11 are the Minus Arc, so I guess those would be the most Kumagawa-centric. Hahahaha, well, at least I knew One Piece would be included in there somewhere! I'm also not surprised to see HanaKimi, since I know you like your reverse traps so much. I'm not familiar with the other manga you mentioned, so maybe I'll pick them up some time when I'm in the mood for something different.
うん、おやすみプンプンは僕の一番好きな漫画だよ。きっと、その真実は長い間に変わらない。早く読めば、君もきっと分かると思うよ、おやすみプンプ ンのア ピールを。でも、今思えば、君は悲しい話を気に入らないんだろう？確かに、おやすみプンプンは鬱陶しい、シリアス な話だけど、君も好きになって可能性があると思う。
Well, in the west anyway, reading manga is already a somewhat uncommon occurrence in comparison to watching anime. Stupid ADHD children don't like to read, apparently. Oh well, it's better for us that they don't know that manga is far superior to anime in practice. Even then, they're likely reading shounen manga like Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tale, Shingeki, FMA, etc and not the obscure shoujo that you read. I have to say, though, looking at MAL's top manga list makes me a little happy and maintain some hope for western taste, but then the top anime list is complete shit. At least LoGH made it on there, I guess. You know, most western fans seem to prefer and prioritize anime/manga made in recent years over older, arguably better series. It's kind of nice for me, because while they're reading Naruto, I'll be reading Houshin Engi and never have to worry about a cancerous fanbase ruining my enjoyment.
You laugh at my comment regarding Tumblr's landwhales probably because you don't know about the HAES (Health at Every Size) movement that's toted around there as being the pinnacle of health and social equality. Read this and just TRY not to commit sudoku.
Trust me, I know what kind of relationship Zoro and Sanji have -- and I already know it's very far from Kise's delusions of romance. It's weird, I've seen a lot of shows with homolust in them, it's a popular convention in Japan after all, but One Piece has, and never will be, among them. Well, it's true that those who watched OP at WAC were our acquaintances, but isn't that largely because they picked it up due to you talking about it? I feel like llama may have been the personification of my masochism. Speaking with him brought me both unspeakable pain, because of how he dared to praise Berserk, 20th Century Boys, and Monster in the same breath as claiming Sasuke is a good character, and hilarity, due to the the combination of his gullible, trusting nature, his lack of social skills, and his eagerness to earn our acceptance. I doubt I'll ever forget the "5 dates" comment and him trying to figure out what you meant by "Jonny sexual." He tried so earnestly to figure out which Jonny you were referring to, naming at least a dozen Jonnys at WAC. Oh, and then there were the few times he inexplicably appeared at my door, explaining that he waited for someone to come in East so he could sneak it. Yeah, that was around the time I started locking my door.
I want to make a quick note that I actually had to think pretty hard about what Kise's real name is, because I'm so used to calling her by her yellow nickname. I consider that a shining success. Seriously though, I would love to see how long Kise would make it into LoGH before dropping it. I really despise it when people watch exclusively newer anime, or anime with art styles they find aesthetically pleasing enough for their precious eyes. There are so many wonderful shows to be missed with such ridiculous standards. I really should have recommended something terrible for her at least once. Oh well, thankfully I'll probably never talk to her again. Regarding our baseball games, Kise's love for you, despite your constant verbal abuse, would mean that she most certainly would watch our games from the stand. Worst part? She'd probably spend the whole game convincing other poor, unsuspecting patrons of the wonders of One Piece. Didn't she call you Senchou a lot? Yeah, she'd be yelling that at you in the stands as well every time you pitch.
Well, I can at least feel comforted that you somewhat tried to keep me from the yellow menace. I think I may have preferred you keep me from Lust instead, though. Her fistbumping me... I mean raping me multiple times that night we went through my anime list is still a source of nightmares. Thankfully, moving to East so we didn't have to meet in your room, in addition to them dropping Japanese, reduced my exposure to yellow and purple radiation considerably in the second semester. Kise was gone at home like half the week too and purple was probably drunk half the week.
Wow, don't bring up my estranged son. Stupid Egger. Him and his mother were the biggest mistakes of my life. I still find it funny that we have like 6 different Kise's that we can tell apart. You see, Lust commenting on the pyramid I made is proof of her deeper connection with the character. I mean, my favorite part of the picture was Yosuke's stupid face (what sexuality tear did I put him in again?), so the fact that she picked Lust to fawn over can't be ignored.
Nah, my OC is just going to be a character design with a name. I don't do background stories and all that jazz. Problem is, I have a lot of hair/eye color combinations that I like, so sticking with just one's going to be hard.
Oh, and why volume 20 of Medaka Box? Is that the one that has child Kumagawa? I should pick up some of the Kumgawa-centric volumes of the manga too someday. With as much manga as you've bought, I'm picturing your entire walls lined with manga now. What is your favorite manga you own? (Can be either a series or a volume)
I'm ready. In fact, I'm going to one-up you by making this retardedly long. Are YOU ready? だから、僕は責任を取れない。そして、僕は悪くない。
I was actually writing the entirety of my previously deleted message on notepad and saving it to my downloads folder. Unfortunately, when I was reformatting my dad's computer using my HDD as a backup, it got deleted. So really, it was due to me backing up my message that I lost it. Ironic, isn't it? I'm a fairly finicky writer who can only construct proper syntax that satisfies my crippling OCD on auspicious occasions, so losing my previous work meant that my second attempt would be considerably less impressive in both style and substance. I think I may have written something somewhat similar.... I think.
You share my desire to only like unpopular shows, I see. There's an ongoing trend I see in the western anime community that dictates that fans of a popular franchises must be as autistic, belligerent, annoying, and destructive to the reputation of the series as humanly possible so that anyone with a shred of sanity will be left with an uncontrollable hatred for said series without even being given enough exposure to the actual show to form an informed opinion of it. (See: Naruto, Sword Art Online, Free, Madoka, Kill la Kill, Shingeki, etc) So, in affect, whereas most people would want their favorite series to become acclaimed by the public, for better merchandise, socialization, and other factors, the combination of the horrible fanbases that plague popular shows and the reputation of those popular shows perceived by non-fans of the show, makes me wish for nothing more than for my favorite series go unnoticed and remain unpopular. Thankfully, a lot of the shows I like, for one reason or another, will never even be known outside of dedicated anime fans with more developed tastes, and not screeching landwhales on Tumblr, or the meme-spouting unoriginal morons over on Reddit, or the casuals who have no discerning taste over at MAL or Animesuki.
There ware multiple, agonizing occasions when Kise tried to indoctrinate me, Jehovah Witness style, into watching One Piece... for the most disturbing reasons. She spent over an hour in the stairwell of East telling me all about how "beautiful" the relationships in OP are, and how much Zoro and Sanji care for each other (eww). On the bright side, outside of our circle of acquaintances, I don't think many of WACs denizens had watched OP. The really awful anime fans that were part of JPN101 and the Gamer's Guild tended to be more of the Naruto/Bleach/Yugioh/flavor of the season variety. Llama liking Berserk will probably haunt me to the grave though. Fuck that.
I would pay to have Kise watch LoGH, you know. She wouldn't get through even one episode, claiming it's too boring or the animation's too poor, I'm sure. Also, not enough bishounen fanservice. She already claimed she wasn't too politically minded, which is a large part of the appeal of LoGH outside the wonderful characters. Can you see her watching this? As for HxH, I shudder at the thought. You know she'd like it, and that's why she must never know of it. Hisoka x Illumi? You underestimate our yellow fujoshi. She would ship Gon x Killua, Chrollo x Kurapika, Hisoka x Illumi, Uvo x Nobunaga, Wing x Zushi, and many more! I don't know, while I detest even the possibility of her touching HxH with her disgusting yaoi tainted fingers, would it be worse for her to watch Kuroko or OoFuri? The former, less because we genuinely care for it, and more because an important piece of our color-coded hidden language would be deciphered should she watch it, and the latter because it is good and she might want to join our baseball team because of it?
I was about to call you out on being a content and innocent girl, because of Kodomo no Jikan and that one BL series you read by accident (Vanilla Ice, was it?), but I suppose compared to the many horrifying non-sexual horrors I exposed you to, maybe your description is apt after all. I have to say, though, what you saw was the tip of the iceberg. There's much, much more you've yet to see! Wait until you see my Tumblr social justice folder!
You know that one acquaintance of mine who came up to us while we were playing Naruto and said, "I'm judging you so hard right now?" That's probably how most people viewed us. Oh, gosh, that stupid kid who didn't understand that the student center and all its games and consuls are for STUDENTS OF THE COLLEGE. It definitely reinforced my pre-existing insecurity that I'm bad with kids. Hey, hey, hey, if you saw Kise's incoming attachment to me, why didn't you prevent it? Were you trying to get rid of me? Yeah, Kyou Kara MAO was one of the biggest red flags for me too, especially when I watched it. Made me glad when I made her evacuate your room because I laughed at her precious English dub. Acually, more than laughing at the horrid dub, I was really laughing at your reaction to the horrid dub.
Thankfully, I had already seen more than enough of OP prior to WAC to taint my perception of the merits of the show. Now Sengoku Basara, on the other hand. Let's just say it's staying dropped. Whatever amount of the story Kise had spoiled for me is probably long forgotten thanks to me tuning out most of what she said in regards to anime. Hehe, yeah, YYH is pretty campy, but still great, even after all these years. I'm not sure how much of that is because of my nostalgia goggles though, so you'll have to let me know. The first opening (the superior English version) is still one of the best anime OPs, really.
Oh, but that Buu was a woman. Here, have another.
Do you like strategy RPGs? Because if you don't FEA probably isn't going to convince you to like them. On the other hand, you have your own character that you design and you can marry and have children, as well as determine who else gets eloped and has children. It's pretty amusing... especially when you do really passive aggressive things, like how I made Sully marry Donnel because I dislike them both and wish for their misfortune. Talk about an awkward couple. Downright pedophilia, really. Also, you can marry the other character's children as well, which is really creepy when you consider you'd be becoming their son/daughter-in-law.
ありがとう、兄ちゃん。君のために作ったの絵が好きって言われて、本当に嬉しいよ。That picture was quite the labor of love, so I'll accept any displays of affection (except from Kise of Lust) when I give it to you, because just like the picture you made for me, it really is 僕達の兄弟の絆。You'll also be getting something else back. You know, lately I've had a mysteriously strong urge to make an OC as sort of an avatar. I guess the idea that appeals to me the most is that an OC is your character and thus can't be ruined by having a horrible fanbase. What do you think?
Nice avatar, by the way. 何
So, I had typed a mostly completed, very long, detailed response to our last overly long addition to the comment chain, when I stupidly deleted it while transferring data between computers. First world problems, man. I'll do my best to replicate my former magnum opus, even though by this point I don't even recall what I wrote.
It's such a depressing turn of events that your previous devotion and enjoyment of One Piece depreciated because of your fujoshi roommate. At the very least, you are now free to pursue your obsession once more. I cannot express enough my relief that Kise had never watched and thus couldn't taint any series I was/am passionate about. Honestly, while I'm usually not swayed by the obnoxious banterings of fujoshi and otaku, Kise probably would have killed my enjoyment of anything with her suffocating obsession.
I miss our perilous adventures through the cancerous slums of the internet. Next time I see you, we'll have to go touring again so I can introduce more disturbing things to you that you never asked for. I still maintain that the crayfish Aomine picture was not my fault. (僕は悪くない。) I do have to say though, even though I am NOT gay... (I hope you remember this), taking quizzes on which Narooto character you'd be stuck in a closet with for 7 minutes based on a color were blissful times indeed.
I don't think that anyone was delusional enough to think we were normal after all the crap we pulled at WAC. Just to name a few things:
Speaking bastardized Japanese everywhere, playing overly-violent video games (and Naruto) in the Student's Center, singing UtaPri's opening loudly outside at night, maintaining a firm realist position in World Politics, writing oral reports about stealing babies, killing Kise, Medaka Box, and Catherine, constantly talking about colors, being in the Llama's presence... period, animatedly discussing a farming video game, stealing honey mustard sauce, doing exhibitionist cooking, hoarding water bottles, laughing hysterically at Terra Nullius running like a T-Rex, playing P4 and Skyward Sword in East's basement, DARK SHAME, carrying crawfish (or, according to Sensei, a lobster) and scissors keychains, doing anything with the Gamer's Guild, drawing weeaboo stuff on our room's whiteboards, learning lewd/obscene Japanese terms in conversation hour, living off of bagels and popsicles, confusing the heck out of Kise with inside jokes and ERUERUFU. Etc, etc. I have to say though, I completely thought you were a fujoshi when I fist met you. I mean, c'mon, some of the first anime we discussed was KuroBasu, UtaPr, and Hetalia. Conversely, I thought Kise must have decent taste because we talked about 12 Kingdoms and Seirei no Moribito. OH, HOW WRONG I WAS.
I want to see your manga collection someday. I've always wanted lots of manga of my own, but due to the outrageous prices here in the US, the mistranslations, horrible typesetting, and my lack of a bookcase, I never indulged myself. I'm starting to buy some in Japanese, because I can mostly read them now and they make a good language learning tool.
I really do want to pick up OP again soon, and rather surprisingly, my backlog is slowly dwindling with continued effort. What I really need to do is stop picking up so many seasonal anime. By the way, since you're looking for a new anime to pick up for marathoning purposes, why not try Yu Yu Hakusho. While I don't particularly like it as much as I did HxH (they're both by Togashi), my childhood nostalgia prevents me from thinking ill of it. Unfortunately, though, whereas Naruto heavily copied HxH, Bleach copied many ideas from YYH, so in a lot of ways the initial plot may seem unoriginal. I assure you, though, the Dark Tournament Arc is great and really shows how great Togashi is at writing good tournament arcs.
じゃあ、ご褒美あげるよ。Just a preview though. I made it really small so as not to spoil you too much.
Also, when I saw this, I thought of you for some reason.
So, I bought my brother Fire Emblem Awakening for the 3DS for Christmas, and he's been too busy with work to play it so I have. It's really fun. Definitely worth the purchase, if you're looking for a good time-sucker. Of course, being the idiot I am, I started a file on normal mode, decided it was too easy, and promptly started a new file on lunatic mode. Well, it's certainly more challening, to say the least.