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What're some comfy anime series?

I'm relatively new to anime and am looking for something slow paced in story line, and atmospheric in terms of soundtrack/sound design or animation. Only ones I can think of are Mushishi and House of Five Leaves.
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Kaguya-sama Love Is War.

It's very cute and wholesome! The way the characters try to outsmart eachother is very similar to Death Note. Also Chika is an S-tier waifu.

Season 2 starts pretty soon so now is a good time to get into it!


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I didn't know that, thanks.


Streamer here, I'm totally down to stream Niea_7 after Texhnolyze as well. It was a tossup between the two as to which one to do first, and of course the more people the merrier.
O-oh, is it that grim? Well I trust myself not to let the situation color my impression of the show in any case. I've never seen it or Niea_7 but I adore what I have seen of ABe's other stuff. Haibane has been my favorite anime for the longest time.


Seconding Sketchbook ~Full Color's~, it's a really great show and it isn't talked about enough. Kate is a best.


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>Is it that grim?
It's not meaninglessly edgy, it all has a purpose. That said, the show is indeed quite dark and not everybody's cup of tea.

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Let's talk about the books/manga/etc that you are reading.

I'm halfway through After Dark by Haruki Murakami and I'm loving it, already bought another 3 books from him to read after this one
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I bought a NRSV bible under the impression it would be better, but I see so many people hail the KJV as the best bible. Should I continue with what I have or just read the KJV?


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Currently reading The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson for some reason. It's pretty silly. I was at the library the other day and they just happened to have The Early History of God by Mark Smith, which is considered to be one of the seminal studies of early Israelite religion, so I'm reading that as well.

Not that sushi roll, but I study biblical exegesis at university.
The NRSV is a good purchase. It's both literal and readable, and has the added advantage of being the closest thing there is to a standard translation among English-speaking academics. The idea that the KJV is the best translation follows from a religious conviction that the translation itself as well as the base New Testament text, called the Textus Receptus (which is different from modern critical editions of the NT), were divinely inspired. The majority of biblical scholars do not believe that the KJV is more accurate than modern translations, and most modern translations do not use the Textus Receptus.
Unless you're sympathetic to KJV-only denominations, from a practical perspective you're better off just reading the NRSV anyway. The language of the KJV is so archaic that many familiar words have completely different meanings, so you will either not understand or outright misinterpret it without some kind of commentary (I haven't read it personally, but I've seen the Norton Critical Edition of the KJV recommended). A common example of this is the word 'conversation' in e.g. Philippians 1:27, which has nothing to do with talking. The NRSV is also a revision of the KJV and the footnotes (if your edition has them) should point out the major passages where the NRSV's NT disagree with other manuscripts, such as the ones used in the Textus Receptus, so it's also good preparation for reading the KJV.


I think everyone should read both, or at least multiple translations. I like the archaic language of the KJV myself, although I'm also a huge fan of Shakespeare and other 16th century works. From that perspective, it's an incredible work of art.


If sushi is really into it for whatever reason, they could even learn some ancient greek and read the original


Started my rereading (almost 20 years later) of Capital Volume 1 and I'm aiming to work my way through all three volumes this year. The current downtime will aid this immensely.

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My office sent all of my stuff home with me yesterday, and I'm working from home until further notice. So that's actually kind of neat. This is happening all over California right now. Is anyone else working from home or having their social lives or work culture change in notable ways due to coronavirus fears?

I'm going to be doing tech support calls and customer trainings in my underwear; it's kind of surreal.
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Security is a big issue now that a lot of our customers have home offices. We've configured VPN for them, but since a lot of people use their own private computers to remote in, they get access to company resources from an insecure system (outdated software, no functional security applications).

If it was up to me, they'd only have RDP access to their work computer, and nothing else.

I think there will be a lot more cryptolocker cases over the next few months.


Uni is closed and is going online. I still lack the motivation to focus on doing assignments regardless so not much has changed. Oh well.


My university was closed and that flipped my life over. They also shutdown my gym and workplace. I went back to my home city, where all I could do was hang out with boys. Now it is literaly illegal. In my college city I am pretty much different person, fully motivated and wishing to learn - but here it is very hard to do anything productive.


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Currently in college. All classes have been cancelled and moved online. Half my classes were online already and most teachers found it easy to transfer work in an online format so I'm OK. The weird part is my toughest professor is pretty chill online.
My main problem is my time management is shit so I always spend to long or to little on my work.
What I can't take is that I'm stuck at home with my mom. I thought living with my parents while taking gen ed courses in community college was a good idea to save money, but no that I'm stuck with her I can't take it. She tells me how to manage my diabetes in ways that aren't possible and pseudo science, she nit picks everything (sushi roll you have your backpack on wrong, sushi roll your jacket isn't right, sushi roll your pajamas are ugly), and she can't cook (vegan cheese, yeast powder, and hot dog sandwich)


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I've got a paid vacation starting march 17. It was planned earlier and happened to start exactly the first day of quarantine in our country by coincidence. Our cafe was shut down and everybody is home under quarantine, until further notice. I'm drinking tea in the comf of my house; people outside were panicking at the beginning, but it seems they've calmed down a bit.
That's it so far. Here is a picture of a blooming peach tree on my backyard.

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When the economy tanks, more people go to trade schools or study STEM as opposed to art. Studying art is seen as a bad financial decision. What kinds of cultural effects do you think this has, when art and literature are seen as frivolous?

My mom studied art because it's supposed to be enriching, even though it's not all about career goals. I was basically forced into a STEM major for economic reasons. It has a very clear career path, but that's about it.

Or do you think some good things can come of it?
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I personally find subjects such as art, philosophy, and music to be incredibly important to humanity. Quite frankly, a large number of jobs don't require a college degree, much less one in STEM. All it takes is a decent head on your shoulders.

In fact, working in IT I have discovered people who major in any arts or philosophy to be far better than someone with a computer science degree. It takes a lot of creativity and abstract thinking to be exceptional in that field. Not someone who was only ever taught how to follow a process and think in a straight line.


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I think the average IQ of an artist has dropped because only passionate and stupid go into art. 70% of those in art colleges are often stupid because unless you got to the cream of the crop art school most art college are degree mills. A lot of people I see going to art schools are the 'I wasn't really sure what to do in college (I'm a slacker with no fore thought), but my friends said I was good at art (they usually are a big fish in a small pond, lack a grasp on fundamentals, and turd polished their way to 10,000 Instagram followers) and I like art (they like doodling art for their forgiving audience that lets them slack on their comics month on end, refuse criticism, and start shit. They would burn and crash in an actual job), so I'll go to an art school'. The only places willing to accept these types are degree mills who wont really prepare them. Stuff like pic related want to make art their career
The other 30% know what their doing and if they get into a top college they can connect enough so they can get the job they want. The other half art stuck on instgram/youtube as hobbyist who will have hard time getting professional work because they lack connections. If you look black comics, cartoons, and the like were a wild west, but now it's don't have '50 connections? Go away'.
The biggest effect I see is the 'starving artist donate to my ko-fi' will increase. As I said 705 of artist are stupid so they will suck at budgeting their limited funds, get fired from any real job, and refuse to listen to criticism. A lot of kids get high off their blind fanbase giving them commissions, but aren't ready when they become 20 and selling pic related isn't a good career choice.
This is all the digital art, and not the modern art community.


inevitably the whole trade school meme is going to self implode because the reason trade schools were so cheap, and trade pay decent, is because nobody was going to them in the first place. Now that trade school is starting to become a popular option due to redditors constantly shilling it, the pay will decrease and the price of the schools will increase because of the increased supply of students.


To many people will cause a bubble to burst like the other sushi roll said, but we also can't forget what trade does to the body. Being a welder, constructor, or lineman sounds good till all that hard work- climbing, carrying, smog - catches up to you in your late 30's to early 40's. Do you know how fucked the economy and the children will be one they're stuck caring for for their parents at age 40? Also trade people are hit the hardest when the economy tanks if I recall correctly


Do art as a hobby instead, no one needs an art degree to do it

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Lets draw stuff sushi's! It doesn't matter how bad u think it is, any drawing is good for you! (I hope this is on the right board…)
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Very bad at using a mouse but :v


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I couldn't find anything like this in the catalog, so I'll be making a general art thread! Post art you like in this thread. No other rules or genres. Just art you like.


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tried to show some variety


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I know bronies are made fun of but this person has got to be one of my favourite artist. In only a few years they went from the that first picture to these other ones. I don't think I've seen anyone else improve so much so quickly.

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Who likes pixel art?
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>pixel dark souls

I never knew how much I needed this.


Why is the one with the sea life cut off on the edges?


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seeing games cut up like this really makes you appreciate the art a lot more than playing them somehow. anymore like this?

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I sometimes draw maids for fun. Since I think this place is nice and relaxing, I wanted to set up shop and have a fun little Maid thread.
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Haha, that brings me back. I thought likewise and only drew on A4 copy paper before I started my apprenticeship, because I got a box of 2500 sheets as a present for Christmas. It was a great present.

Don't worry! Paper is cheap. Don't let yourself get hindered by such concerns! Drawing on huge sheets is fun because you can utilize your elbow instead of doing everything with your wrist. This will improve your skills and might help you finding your style.


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Don't mind me, just a maid poster passing by~


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Don't know if OP is still watching this thread but your drawings are cute. Hope you're doing alright!


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While not as thorough as yours, this image is pretty inspiring as well.


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I've been ill for a time, such that I couldn't draw, in addition to many other things. Once I feel better, I'll be drawing more.

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If you like fantasy (specially Tolkien and early 20th century fantasy books) I recommend you to read Lord Dunsany. I'll be nice and share this with you (from the gutenberg project)

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Do sushi have their favourite magazines?
I thought that reading them may be good way to "deboor*" myself.
So what are you reading? Do you have a ritual that accompanies the act?
Maybe you found something extremely interesting in a publication and
want to share?

*deboor - no idea if this makes sense in english, but it is literal
translation of my country's saying "when a boor tastes some culture".



Lapham's Quarterly. It's a great way to get a wide survey of a lot of different writings that you'd normally have a very hard time finding in print. I used to read Cabinet, but it's not in print anymore, thinking about buying back issues and reading them as a supplement.

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