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Post videos related to living in japan
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Englishman's comedy and lifestyle blog. He lives and works in Japan and likes to interact with the locals


A bit about the difficulty of renting as a foreigner in Japan.



Hope this isn't too outer-orbit for this thread but I watched these and enjoyed. Embed is a run-down on imperialist Japan.

Follow-up, Japan in the Post WW2 years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grqtxI_MJC0 (embed it at https://youtubemp4.to to skip age-restriction)


"Yuki no shingun" (雪の進軍) was an Imperial Japanese Army march composed in 1895 after the First Sino-Japanese War by Second Army Headquarter Orquestra member Nagai Kenshi.

It contains the feelings experienced by Nagai after the Battle of Weihaiwei between the Japanese Empire forces and the Chinese Empire forces.

It it somewhat considered a too depressing song by its suicidal spirit and by some of its phrases. For that, it was forbbiden after the start of the Second Sino-Japanese war.

Marching in the snow, stepping on ice

We can't even tell road from river

The horses are beaten, but we can't leave them

Just what is this place? It's all enemy country

Oh well, if we breath a little bravery

I'll only ask for little: a couple ciggies

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Happy New Year 2019, everyone. Cheers! What was your fave anime of 2018?
Mine was Hataraku Saibou & Goblin Slayer.
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Also it's the 2019 version, so it skews to most recent or more mainstream (for jp anyway) anime.


Penguin Highway is technically a 2018 anime… the official english subs came out now though.


Detective Conan and Lupin are for the entry-level mainstream anime. I recognise the main male protag from Attack on Titans & Sword Art Online.


i know lupin and conan, megumin was hard to tell without her lothes but the eyepatch clued me in, succubus in the center is from osomatsu san but I can only tell from the art style. I think the two succubi to the right of her are from some idol show, except the bottom one might be from succubi und panzer. The guy playing guitar is from some tezuka manga but that's all I can tell.


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One Man Punch may be having its 2nd anime season now but I binged on it during 2018.
Strange that the titular One Punch Man isn't featured too much. Garou's motives as a hero-hunter still seem weak though.

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The most fun part about anime for me are always the cool fantasy settings that have integrated magic or spirits or robots into their culture or something like that. Sci fi future dystopias or post-apocalyptic societies or idylic fantasy tribal settings are way more fun that boring old real world settings. I don't want a boring slice of life in a japanese high school, give me some fucking cool fantasy worlds please!

Anyone got any recommendations for good fantasy worlds in anime? I've seen a lot already but I know there's more out there.
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>Attack on Titan (story is dumb but the setting is unique at least)
>B: The Beginning (Pretty normal but with twists here and there)
>Black Clover
>Black Lagoon (pirate/gangster city)
>Blue Exorcist (again a meh story but interesting world)
>Code Geass (again again, world more interesting than story)
>Cowboy Bebop
>Demon King Daimao?
>All of Dragon Ball
>Ergo Proxy
>Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
>Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
>My Hero Academia (Top tier world design
>Neon Genesis Evangelion (Also top tier world design)
>No Game No Life (Interesting to say the least)
>One Piece
>One Punch Man (Kinda)
>Psycho-Pass (Future ""utopia"")
>Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
>Soul Eater (Halloween themed world)
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Even in alphabetical order, nice.

I watched a lot of them already but there are some on there I've never heard of that I'll check out. Thanks!


>Do you know which is better, the original OVA or the TV show?
Dunno about the TV show, I have only seen the old OVA.


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Made in Abyss has pretty nice fantasy world building, I would recommend checking out the manga instead of the anime because it goes into more detail.


>Do you know which is better, the original OVA or the TV show?
The ova is way better, the tv show has very poor animation quality

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I want to learn Japanese! Where do I start?

Here's some useful links to get you started.

-https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pKgBm8Aa58mjB1hYhbK-VOPZsRBTXBuPBzw8Xikm2ss/pub?embedded=true (A basic walkthrough of what to do first and what to expect)
-http://realkana.com/ (tool to learn the kana)
-http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar (grammar guide)
-http://pastebin.com/kXqhRbWi (setting up Anki)
-http://jisho.org/ (Japanese-English dictionary)
-http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/ - (Actual Japanese dictionary for rare words and alternate definitions)
-https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/rikaichan/ (Popup dictionary definitions when you hover over a word, Chrome version is called Rikaikun)
http://rikaisama.sourceforge.net/ (alternative to rikaichan)

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is there a difference between




The difference is in the feeling.
そうなの has an explanatory vibe (like "oh, now it's clear to me")
そうだろう is kind of confirmatory (like "oh, that's what it is, right?")
simply そう is neutral
You have to develop the feel to such things through lengthy exposure to the language (by watching Japanese media for example), as I daresay it is nearly impossible to grasp such nuances otherwise.


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Learning japanese helps me read anime twitter-posts and websites. Yeah!

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I'm kind of surprised this isn't already in the catalog. So, uh, let's talk about Evangelion?

The first time I saw it was actually on an online stream organized on…either here or back when wizardchan was still up. In retrospect, I don't know HOW I managed to watch the anime I did and not run across NGE. It's like never hearing about Star Wars, but that's how it was. In any case, I thought it was a sort of Plan Nine kind of thing, because I came into the stream midway through the series, and particularly after seeing Episode 25 and 26. It felt like the narration at the beginning of Plan Nine. I also wasn't too phased by the apocalypse because…isn't that how all anime end? So many JRPGs and anime have to have some sort of over-the-top climatic ending that I sort of just shrugged it off.

Afterwards, I thought that others would have funny stuff to say about it, but then realized that…this was something pretty serious to a lot of people. It sort of annoyed me because it came off as horribly pretentious to me. Since then, a few years have passed and I've forgotten about it. But then recently it nagged on me, and I saw it again. It struck a chord with me. I hate to say that because I don't want to give an inch to all the pretentious reviews I read. Why it has done so NOW I wish I knew why, and for some reason that really disturbs me.

I think the best review I've seen on NGE is a single sentence long, "You like NGE in inverse proportion to the amount you like yourself."

It's disgusting.
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>However I fucking hate the rebuilds. They are fucking garbage
So does everyone else including Anno I think… or maybe he just doesnt care and wants a paycheck at this point idk


The first time I finished the series I was depressed for like two weeks


What did Fukuzuki mean when he said "The doors of Guf have opened"?

Guf (גּוּף, also transliterated Guph or even Gup) is a Hebrew word, meaning "body". In Jewish mysticism the Chamber of Guf, also called the Otzar (הָאוֹצָר, Hebrew for "treasury"), is the Treasury of Souls, located in the Seventh Heaven.

According to Jewish mythology, in the Garden of Eden there is a Tree of life or the "Tree of Souls":[1] that blossoms and produces new souls, which fall into the Guf, the "Treasury of Souls". Gabriel reaches into the treasury and takes out the first soul that comes into his hand. Then Lailah, the Angel of Conception, watches over the embryo until it is born.


Fuyutsuki was talking about giant naked rei sucking up all the souls to merge within unit 01


You can't take all the symbolism in eva that far. It's usually pretty face value stuff, or at least the biblical references. The doors of guf are just what they called it when everyone's soul got sucked away. Just like how a sea of dirac has fucking nothing to do with pocket dimensions.

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Do you ever watch shitty/obscure/forgotten anime just for the hell of it?


I haven't kept up with anime trends in a long time, last thing I really remember was when K-on and PAnty stocking were all the rage
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>Do you ever watch shitty/obscure/forgotten anime just for the hell of it?
All the time.
Currently watching a show called
Those who hunt for elves.
The first season was abysmal but the second one has gotten the hang of the jokes, tone, and animation/budget limitations.

Me and most of my household loved how silly that show was. Mom hated it and thought it was incomprehensibly dumb though (she wasn't wrong). Didn't even care that most of the jokes were Japaneses puns that didn't translate at all. The whole thing was absurd and the nonsensical puns that didn't translate just added to the charm.


The promised neverland was pretty good.


How modern is modern? Hunter x Hunter was made in 2011 or so, also JJBA is still airing. There's also mushishi and monster for more toned down stuff.


LOL weebhurt.


I remember being a big fan of Ranma when I was young, that series used to be pretty big in my country, to the point that they even sold stuff like coloring books of it.
Its a pretty fun series, but drags on at times, specially when they focus on Happosai who is really annoying.


Any wizzie who haven't seen this should. Definitely has some interesting philosophical content and a very atmospheric and oddly comforting world imo. I'm sure many other wizards would find a barren, gray waste devoid of people as comforting at least.
Basically a cyberpunk world in which the remnant of humanity inhabit various "domes" spread across the wastes, and they are guarded over by divine seeming creatures known as "proxies".
Don't wanna say too much and spoil.
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you a dead man


Someone tell me if "EP is awesome" is just a meme to make shitposts, or someone actually likes this retarded crap.


You need a high IQ to enjoy it. If you can't notice all the philosophical themes in it's wasted on you.


I really disliked the pacing of the show. It really killed my enjoyment of it. Which is a real shame since it touched on very intresting ideas and had a great style. The pices were all there for a great, thought provoking show, but it just wasn't executed well.
It is a show that I avoid rewatching because honestly the vast majority of run time for most eps are boring, with the strong feeling that they are stalling to spread the story out much longer then needed to fit a certain number of eps and hit runtime goals without enough content in the script.
It has the same problem Witch Hunter Robin has.
Good style, interesting premise, brings up interesting ideas, but because of shitty pacing and story structure as a whole the show is more boring then not.


it should have been cut to 13 episodes

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Satou would about 37 if we base it around the time the original Welcome to the NHK book was published. If they made another book or series that revisited his life in the present day what do you think it would be about?
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So you're not a failure?,what the fuck are you doing here then chad? You shouldn't be getting sum pussy out there?


Fuck this stupid wish-fulfillment series.


This is correct. Think if you've read the novel you're more likely to read the flashback in the anime as clearly the time they did it in the club room.

It's kinda funny but a "real" Satou isn't an incel and would actually be up for banning here.

To answer your question though it heavily depends on who "they" are. The last update in the NHK novel was the author relapsed back into the hikki life and is living off the royalties so wouldn't be surprised if he wrote a much more depressing sequel. At the other end if the Jap gov has any hand in it the sequel would be about how he gets his shit together by joining the salaryman rank-and-file and procreating. Pull himself up by his bootstraps, "hard work", accepting society's values like a good drone and all the other stuff that is willed by the state.


I've only ever seen the anime. Should I read the novel? I know the anime is a lot lighter but if the same stuff happens I probably wont bother


if you're a fan and want the source material, yes

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I want to watch more anime that is focused on nature scenery. I really enjoyed Yuru camp, but I felt the last few episodes were too focused on high school slice of life crap. I want to see more anime like Non Non Biyori, or if there is a series out there about a guy that lives off grid that would perfect. Thank you in advance.
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Hakumei to Mikochin
Mokke(more in the spirit of nature than actual nature scenes from what I've seen so far, though the first episode has a lot of nature in it)
Nastume Yujinchou


Studio Ghilbi has a lot of nature themes especially Mononoke Hime.


Yama no Susume


Mokke has a fair deal of beautiful nature visuals, but thematically it is an exploration of mental illness on a background of japanese folklore. So I think it might be an off-the-mark recommendation for this thread since OP noted Non Non Biyori as an example of what he wants, though it is an excellent show.


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These wizards know what the fuck is up.

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I always fantasized about going to Japan and Hong Kong but beeing a poorfag I can obviously not afford it. Do any of you know some good tourism simulations (can be either video games or documentary movies)?

Here is a list of things I already watched/played:
>yakuza series of video games
>sleeping dogs
>various HK movies from the 80s - 10s
>doc about the suicide forest in japan
>doc about homeless people in japan
>doc about tokyo beeing destroyed and rebuild 2 times in a few decades

What I sometimes also do is just use Google street view and browse around. ARTE is a good tv station for doc movies (those of you in yurop might know this german/french coop station).
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ok I tried Persona5 and it works fairly nice even though its only tiny parts of city but compacted With nice OST it works well and I sometimes just run around streets


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Read that as AKIBA STRIP… going around stealing panties off females going pass.


Uh, that's exactly what the game is. Like the name is intentional.


I was about to say, yes, that is actually the game.


I hate Persona games wish SMT had the popularity instead

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