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  1. Smeelia

    Blu-Ray versus DVD: the ongoing format war and DotW discussion

    I find that things often look better in my memory than when actually watching them, although the experience of watching things tends to be superior to the experience of remembering them (with some exceptions, especially with older things). It wasn't my intention, but that statement seems like...
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    Overseas Upcoming Non-UK Anime BD/DVD Artwork

    I didn't cry watching Grave Of The Fireflies and I cry pretty easily (I cried a few times watching Nichijou, which is technically a comedy). I'd probably say the film did affect me but not in a way that led to me crying. It's certainly an interesting film and I don't think a strong emotional...
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    Your viewing journal

    Yurikuma Arashi Episodes 1-12. Gao. I've posted more thoughts in another thread, basically I enjoyed it and think everyone should give it a go. Interviews with Monster Girls / Demi-chan wa Kataritai Episodes 1-12. Quite a pleasant show with reasonable character development. It's not a...
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    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    To be fair, that's probably the most accurate and appropriate meaning anyway.
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    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    Does it still work as "Lily Bear Storm" or would that be written differently? Also, puttng the first two words together could have some relevance (in the show, Yuri and Bear are kind of separate worlds/peoples and a Yuri-Bear could be a whole other thing). Most likely, I'm just overthinking it.
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    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    Yurikuma Arashi (or it could be Yuri Kuma Arashi, I'm not sure and maybe it doesn't matter) I really enjoyed this. I didn't know a lot about it in advance and it wasn't at all what I was expecting based on the information I had but even so, it was surprisingly fun. I'm not really sure how...
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    Your controversial anime opinions.

    Hmm, how about "explaining the joke can be a valid form of humour itself".
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    Your controversial anime opinions.

    I guess my controversial opinion is that no type of content is inherently more or less valuable than any other. That does mean I'm technically suggesting that an Imouto Fetish show has the same potential to be worthwhile as a show that explores important current social issues or the next...
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    UK Anime Blu-ray & DVD Bargains

    I don't think anyone mentioned it, but some standard Blu-ray players can also play geo-locked releases. I watch most of mine on a Region B Sony Blu-ray player, it says BDP S790 on the front so it might even be the same or similar to the player you have. I've watched a good number of Sentai...
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    Legal Streaming 2017: Q2 Spring season | Stream Wars: The Amazon Strikes Back

    I wonder if Amazon will have all of those shows in the UK. If there's a deal between Sentai and Amazon then it may not always include UK rights for those shows. I can't say I'm confident that Crunchyroll would pick up UK specific rights for any shows that were missed (though I suppose it's...
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    What Games Are You Playing?

    I've also been playing NieR: Automata, although I've now completed it (almost everything, except a few entries in some of the lists). I enjoyed the game quite a bit overall. I think my playtime was around 80 hours, I can't say I played particularly efficiently but I enjoyed taking things at my...
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    Your viewing journal

    It can be a silly show at times but I don't think it's wrong to take it seriously. Maybe taking certain things too literally could be a problem, the show does have Humans, Tanuki and Tengu but they're all really just people who happen to have different backgrounds, experiences and beliefs (and...
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    General Cartoons Thread

    Maybe it's just my imagination, but the theme tune sounds ever so slightly less enthusiastic than the old one. I suppose it's been a while since I actually watched any DuckTales and I'm probably just overthinking it.
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    Most You've Spent and General Pricing Discussion

    Well, I wouldn't say there's anything wrong with getting some money back for trading things in either. The buyer still gets what they want and you can put the money towards getting something you want. In an ideal situation, everyone is happy and no one has to give up more than they're okay with.
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    Most You've Spent and General Pricing Discussion

    I don't tend to sell things or get rid of them too often anyway but, if I was to do so, I'd lean towards giving things away (preferably to people that I can reasonably expect to enjoy them). In a practical sense it'd be nice to have some of the money back or even a profit that I could spend on...
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    Most You've Spent and General Pricing Discussion

    I don't tend to spend an awful lot on any individual anime, especially if you measure on a per episode/per minute basis and account for any extras in the price. The exception would be She and Her Cat - Everything Flows -, I imported the Japanese release to get around 30 minutes of anime for...
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    What Games Are You Playing?

    I played a lot of Stardew Valley, saw pretty much all of the story and completed the "main objectives" (such as they are) and I've probably achieved everything I'm likely to. I wouldn't mind completing the trophy list, but one of the trophies requires you to complete a mini-game that is...
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    Review of The Ghost in the Shell: Deluxe Edition

    The scene might not contribute anything to your interpretation of the work but it does contribute to the interpretations of others. It is a part of the work and is as open to be engaged with as any other part of the work. There are a few examples above of why the scene might be important to...
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    Review of The Ghost in the Shell: Deluxe Edition

    It's still subjective, people get to decide for themselves what's good or bad about a work as well as what's important and what isn't important. Even the author doesn't have the right to decide for them, some people may choose to defer to the author's judgement but that's still their choice...
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    The General Conversation Area

    I'd expect the advanced AI beings to find a way to co-exist with us, otherwise they'd just be repeating our mistakes. Maybe that's what The Matrix was really about. Humans do seem to have a kind of tribal instinct, where we consider a select group to be part of our tribe and pretty much...
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