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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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I love Gin no Saji as well. I think it's cool that Hiromu Arakawa was able to write something so great but also so different from Fullmetal Alchemist.


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Hi No Tori is now one of my new favorites. It has the same empathy for life that you see in Mushishi and Kino's Journey.

The retro Tezuka art style is also fairly relaxing


I don't understand what nyanpass is for. Could you explain?


It appears to be for にゃんぱすー


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Natsume Yuujinchou.
Surprised no one mentioned it yet, maybe it's not as famous as I thought.

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Thought this would be a fun idea. Each week there will be a theme or prompt. Draw something relating to that idea and post it here. You can put as much or as little effort into the drawing, this is all just for fun. New topics will be posted some time on Sunday.
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tfw no cute tanned beach self conscious gf…


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Almost forgot about this! The only beaches I've seen are at lakes.


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Here's a fun one. Next theme is going to be Yume Nikki.


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Cheers to all the uboa friends


just make sure you get the checkered pattern in the right order! it's two black squares in the top row, and only one black square in the bottom row.

sometimes you see it done upside down…

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Any manga/anime/VN with an atmosphere or story like nausicaa of the wind valley?
I would kill for something like it, as i am tired of the usual anime and manga tropes.


I would suggest doing a tour of all of Miyazaki's films. I find that all of his movies have a similar vibe that can't be parallel even by other Anime.


Sherlock Hound (1984)

First 6 episodes were directed by Miyazaki, he had to quit in order to work on Nausicaa. It’s much more light hearted.

You remember the scene "The seven days of fire" ? it’s was realized by Hideaki Hanno, who later on directed Neon Genesis Evangelion.

I’d recommend Berserk. The atmosphere isn’t exactly the same tho.


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You must watch Porco Rosso if you haven't already, I can't believe I put off watching it for so long, it's beautiful.


Mononoke Hime.
Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa.
Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku.


If you liked the ecological themes you might like Gon, which is a superb drawn story of a little dinosaur engaging with other animal forms. If you want a graphic novel there's Puma Blues which is a beatiful story as well.

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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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Since my last post I've read:
Slan by A.E Van Vogt, a very good short sci-fi book about a young boy who is a Slan(a mutant) trying to survive in a futuristic world and find other Slans;
Permanent Record, Edward snowden's biography, he is a very interesting person, the type who you'd only see/read in crazy conspiracy blogs
I've continuing to read Lovecraft's stories, Call of Cthulhu deserves the recognition it has

I am currently reading Do androids dream of electric sheep, i am a fan of Blade Runner, especially 2049, and plan on reading Neuromancer, Gaiseric the vandal who destroyed Rome and Where wizards stay up late: The origins of the internet

yes sushi roll, I've read it a couple of months ago and it's probably in my top favorite books, I've liked it so much that i even bought it physical and watched STALKER(very good movie btw)


It's a non fiction book so I dunno if it's the right kind of book for this thread but I'm reading - 1587: A Year of No Significance; the Ming Dynasty in Decline - and I really like this style of historical literature. Anyone else have books like it?


Really great manga. As far as sci-fi manga goes imo it's only surpassed by Akira and Alita. Also, read Eden! if you haven't already.

How's 1q84? Diving into a long Murakami's novel feels comfy but I think that over time I grew tired of his style, he just uses the same characters archetypes and plot structures in every novel.
I want to give a shot to his short stories tho, can anyone recc a good one to start with?


I think this theme is quite common with japanese literature. Most authors tend to focus mostly on the aesthetic and atmosphere while leaving the real content behind. There are some exception tho.

A real masterpiece, read "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" if you haven't already


I just finished Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, and was hooked all the way through from the second page. Excellent fantasy novel. I am now a few chapters into House of Leaves, and it looks like it's going to be as spooky as people say.

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Let's post our favourite movie of all time or a great movie you recently watched.

I'll start.

My favourite movie is Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove. The movie is amazing, very funny while maintaining the seriousness of the topic. [spoiler]The Coca-Cola part is fantastic[/spoiler].

Another movie that also really like is Persepolis (yeah, I'm reposting from the .tokyo thread). It's an animation film that tells the story of the author during and after the Islamic revolution. The art is quite unique and the main character is lovely!
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"Mary & Max" is the coziest of them all


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I've always been a sucker for a sweeping adventure like The Great Race (1965) or Jason and the Argonauts (1963). I think my favorite movie would be Gladiator. It's a bit formulaic, but that doesn't matter to me if the formula is done well. I personally can't wait for the comic book genre to become less dominant so that we can get back to butchering ancient history and myths.

I've also been watching a lot of Japanese horror recently, and just watched the first Ring film. I can definitely see why it became a classic, but it's fame raises the question of why Pulse (2001) had less staying power, despite being in my opinion superior. Is it simply that the message of the film, how the internet can erode social relationships and mental health, hadn't yet come to pass for the general populace?

Princess Bride is a fine specimen of comfy.


I watched this recently and while it didn't blow me away, I think it was good. It's tense all the way through in a way that's hard to describe. The only scene I didn't really like was that like 7 minute one where the main character sleeps next to a river and a camera pans through objects submerged in the water. Everything else was cool


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I'm not really good at coming up with favorites, but the first one that comes to mind is Gran Torino. I feel like a grumpy old man who doesn't understand the new world from time to time and Gran Torino, aside from just generally being good, pleases that part of me. Nothing bad to say about it other than some of the dialogue from supporting actors is corny.
I also like Rocky, those movies with Ryan Gosling everybody likes, Porco Rosso and other good anime, some Korean stuff.

Writing this made me realize I should probably make a list of good movies I've seen so I don't forget them


> I feel like a grumpy old man who doesn't understand the new world from time to time and Gran Torino, aside from just generally being good, pleases that part of me

The Mule.
Unsurprisingly also Clint Eastwood.

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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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A fine gentle-sushi picked me out of a crowd and wanted me to bump my thread here, so I'm making good on that request.


I'm so glad you came back! I was worried you died or something.


Far right girl is unbelievably cute


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Oh, they're adorable!
Emmy here is technically a nanny (or Nandroid) but has a similar aesthetic. The blue dresses are nice.


Fortunately things never got that bad, but I wasn't able to think straight any amount of time, and drawing required brain power that I just couldn't give. Even so, I was determined to keep up with the practice, so I went right back to it when I could.

Honestly I'm more surprised peeps here actually remembered this set of work enough to recognize a drawing of mine near instantly.

I figured the kind of outfit I was working with was actually a waitress' dress rather than a maid's, but by the time I really started realizing that, I had already established it as an aesthetic, so I kept going with it. I intend to play around with the designs more later, I do like experimenting with visuals like that.


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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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I hope you mean your last noodle, and not your last lunch


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here is me sitting on my computer in a sleeping bag


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I edited an drawing i did some months ago, before the oekaki with me with a third eye, brought memories


This reminds me of that thing in art class where you'd color a sheet, paint it all black then scratch off the paint. This looks super rad.


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Listening to music~

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been trying to watch cyberpunk stuff that i used to like, but im realizing i just dont enjoy it as much as i did as a teenager. feeling like ive just become jaded to stuff about the internet in a way i didnt used to be. changing is weird


internet's gay, boss. Get life. Become wizard. I say witch but negative/retarded connotation. You get?

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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.


I've been thinking about buying random fashion magazines and making collages for fun


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I finished reading The Three-body Problem from Liu Cixin and I really like it. If you like scifi you sushis should give it a try.

Let's talk about sci-fi books!
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coming back to recommend the quantum thief. Has a cool take on data management in the future, not as cold as peter watts stories, but still interesting and articulate. Same goes for "life artificial".


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Thanks for the Jean le Flambeur recommendation. I immediately downloaded and look forward to reading. When you said that "The Martian" is your favorite you mentioned no author and there are far too many hits on an internet search of "martian" for me to tell which book you like. Can you specify?

Nice to see that threads can come back to life.


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Currently trying to get into sci-fi right now I'm reading
>Blood Music
It's about a scientist who injects himself with some cells he's working on. It follows how said cells affected him and the world around him. It's not much of an action sci-fi story and more of a watch how shit goes down story. It's nice if you want details, but the characters are kind of flat and serve more as mechanisms for the story. It deals with themes of consciousness, hive minds (which is why I read it), and post humanism. The far side pick kind of reminds me of the book

>Biopunk Dystopias: Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction

It's academic so you need to know a few literacy concepts, but it's nothing you can't google. So far it just covered the history of biopunk and tried to define it, pretty interesting stuff. In later chapters it's supposed to define why modern culture likes biopunk so much.


The Martian by andy weir. I figured it would be kinda known because of the movie. I read it when it was a web serial, so seeing it get made into a movie was a really cool experience.
Also while I'm here I've got to recommend the sci fi compendium "the ascent of wonder" I'm only about a third of the way in but I've enjoyed every story so far.


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Finished A Fire upon the Deep, and got partway through the sequel.
An overall good book, though I enjoyed it more for it's sci-fi world building than the political intrigue aspects. It takes place in a galaxy where fundamental physics change as you further from the core, allowing ftl travel and more complex technology.

Also tried the sequel a deepness in the sky, but it spent much more time on the politics than the original and I didn't make it to the end

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