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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


Been watching any animation movies (japanese or otherwise) recently?
I didn't find a suitable thread so I figured I'd start one. It's strange that we don't have this thread yet anyway.
I recently watched "The boy and the beast" and "The girl who leaped through time", really good stuff. The same director of Summer Wars.
What have you been watching lately rolls?
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Any recommendations for french movies?
Recently watched 5 centimetres per second, really enjoyed it. Character writing left some to be desired imo but it made up for it with atmosphere and hitting a little too close to home.



I remember watching a rip of the movie when it first came out. Someone shot it in a movie theater or something, but I still got to watch the movie on youtube. I remember that memory very fondly.

There's also an offshoot called "The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan". I've never seen it, and it's been so long since I've seen Haruhi. It was one of my first animes.


>The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
I've actually seen that series, but sadly I didn't find it to be that good. The new Nagato in that series was too clumsy and moe I guess. I liked the version of her in the world of the Disappearance of Haruhi more. While she was shy and nervous, she wasn't nearly as dumb or as irrationally shy as in the spin-off. The best part of the spin-off was the actually the "Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan" arc in episodes 10-13 in which the personality of the old Nagato from the original series comes back for a bit.


Yeah the Yuki-chan anime kinda sucked. Sad case because I even watched Haruhi for the first time ever in preparation for it, since it somehow passed me by back when it was actually popular. At least watching all of endless of 8 in one sitting getting progressively more drunk while texting a friend was a fun experience.


Watched Padak. It follows the small society formed in a restaurants fish tank as they try to escape or cope with their eventual death. The film gets pretty depressing as multiple main characters die trying to escape or get served as food, with he implication they're still alive. The CGI animation is a passable telltale games level, but it really shines with the short 2D animated songs. Although the songs are were the film gets somewhat un subtle, the most blatant being the end song that out right states the movies thesis.

The most interesting part about the movie is that it's entire point was to be an anti-fishing, or even vegan, movie yet it isn't over the top in how it expresses those themes, outside the songs. It doesn't come off as patronizing and the movie is fully enjoyable even if you disagree its points.

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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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oh yeah baby this thread was made for me! i love chinese science fiction. (not mentioning what's already been posted here)

cixin liu's ball lightning is: great
ken liu's broken stars: awesome
i like xia jia and expect her to be translated more.

definitely looking forward to the fan addition to remembrance of earth's past by baoshu when it's translated to english (and released here).

there's also a three body problem movie in the works supposedly.

stuff that i enjoyed that seemed similar to me (except for chiang but he's ethnic so does this count?):

everything by ted chiang is amazing. if you enjoy liu cixin you should absolutely read everything he's produced. i've watched him in interviews online. i especially liked the lifecycle of software objects and this one where it was an essay, can't remember the name! his two released books are "stories of your life and others" and exhalation.

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The Martian is my favorite sci-fi book. Hard sci-fi in Mars exploration era, so no aliens or weird tech, just a bunch of nice people vs nature story.
Blindsight and other stuff by Peter Watts is good for depicting the future with more mind mods which it probably will have.
Cookie monster and True names and anything else by Vernor Vinge are awesome. My favorite author for early cyberspace stuff.
Life artificial is good and all online.


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This thread is a time machine. Look at you all there in the past! Even one of my posts with a hard-to-believe date-stamp.

Three Body Problem is good. The pessimistic Dark Forest argument is persuasive; even compelling.

Recently I read Tau Zero by Poul Anderson and am drunk enough to give an unsolicited opinion: to wit -
It is one of those "SF Masterworks" so we are probably obliged to read it. The writing is somewhat stilted, as if Poul knew that that he should have humans in his spaceship, but had only a rough, theoretical idea of how they work, and especially, how they talk. The scientific premise is good, though it might seem over-familiar these days to people who grew up with relativity. The implications get bigger as the story progresses, and the ending is as large-screen as you could get - literally cosmic. On the whole I give it 5/10 plus 2 points for being in the csushi roll. Worth reading.


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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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've recently reread the Wheel of Time. Egwene and Rand are both more insufferable than I remember but Mat and Nynaeve don't annoy me as much this time through.

>three body problem
Did you enjoy it?


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I just finished Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.


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Reading through Anti-Oedipus, Feels more like solving a puzzle than reading a book, I go very slowly through it while taking lots of notes in hopes of piecing it all together.

Unfortunately i'm not very familiar with Spinoza or Marx, There is a constant barrage of unfamiliar terms from them.


Going through The Craftsman by Richard Sennett. Quite interesting so far. Here are some quotes.

“Craftsmanship names an enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake.”

“Issac Stern rule: the better your technique, the more impossible your standards.”

“Developments in high technology reflect an ancient model for craftsmanship, but the reality on the ground is that people who aspire to be good craftsmen are depressed, ignored, or misunderstood by social institutions. These ills are complicated because few institutions set out to produce unhappy workers. People seek refuge in inwardness when material engagement proves empty; mental anticipation is privileged above concrete encounter; standards of quality in work separate design from execution.”


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I agree with the readers who say Murakami keeps banging the same drum. He wrote his heart and kept pouring it out over several titles. For me that works. The repetition ensures that you don't miss his obsessions. I find it pleasant - the expectation of a hole in the ground, some fun jazz and classical music, an incomprehensible woman, and a supernatural sheep dream makes it a delight when, as expected, those things occur. He says that his first novels were not up to his present standards, and although I agree, I recommend reading those rat and pinball things. The are the key to everything he wrote after.

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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 drew this today


W-why does this loli have a blowtorch?


I drew it for someone on another board and they asked for a welding mask so I gave her a blowtorch as well. The mask was badly drawn though, so I turned that layer off.


That's not a blow torch, it's clearly for creme brulee.


It's a nice drawing, good job.
Oh, an aspiring chef, how nice.

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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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Is that so? Tbh I watched this film some years ago and I found it to be really boring, which is a shame, it has always got my attention
It even made me skeptic to watch another movie from him (Ivan's Childhood, that one I really liked), but now that I see you mentioning it again I'd like to give it another shot


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my favourite movie is paprika. my favourite directors are stanley kubrick and mike judge.


Not sure if I could pick a favorite. I like Blade Runner and the sequel a lot, as well as some silly stuff like the Princess Bride. But as you can probably tell I'm not really a movie person, most of the classics I have not seen, let alone all the well regarded artsy stuff everyone talks about online.


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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.

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Let's make and share glitches.

https://archive.sushigirl.us/culture/res/480.html Cont.



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Making a full music video with a friend, hopefully I can make it interesting enough.


does decasia count as glitch art?


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Trippy, man

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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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god i miss tosh :( i used to have entire folders of his art from around 2009-2016, he was hugely influential to me, sadly i lost those files

i mean he's still on social media and somewhat active but after the tumblr drama and lolcow threads its not the same


I dunno who you're talking of, but those are cute pokemons


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just an artist who draws cute animals, furries, pokemon, etc. in a childlike style also occasionally loli/shota and guro


I see I see, their art is pretty cute, I like the style.
Well I'm not a fan of guro but I don't mind the other thing. It's interesting that those sorts of tastes tend to go together, along with the furry stuff.

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What are some good slice of life anime to watch? I liked Nichijou, Non Non Biyori and Azumanga Daioh.
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I don't even smoke cigs, only got them cause I smoke a pipe (as in, actual tobacco one) like once a month or less.

I gotta say though, you wouldn't believe how satisfying that model is to use. Nothing like a bic, not really like a zippo either. Sometimes flick it open just to feel how nice the mechanism is. That clunk.
Got them for like $5 each at an army surplus store.


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id reccomend tamayura its very wonderful and relaxing. also sketchbook full colors.
seconding aria its amazing


Everyone who likes goofy and heartwarming SoL should watch Sketchbook, it's really fun.


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GochiUsa. Comfiest, coffiest SoL anime ever and it's getting an S3 this Fall. If you'd like cute baristas doing cute things in a beautiful small town w/ bunnies, then this is for you. Also, Chino is a big mood.

They look wicked cute I'm gonna watch this soon.


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>They look wicked cute I'm gonna watch this soon.
Hooray! Post about it on the new board when you get the chance to check it out. I might rewatch it as well.

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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 Iyashikei anime, Lot's of great recommendations in this thread. Two really great and lesser known comfy anime's I recommend are

Someday's Dreamers II Sora ( https://www.anime-planet.com/anime/somedays-dreamers-ii-sora )

Kamichu! ( https://www.anime-planet.com/anime/kamichu )


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I loved Kamichu but I hadn't heard of Someday's Dreamers, I'll check it out!

My niche recommendations would be Zettai Shounen and Figure 17, they're both very slow and a bit odd but I really enjoyed them.


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Ah it seems like most things that come to mind for me immediately have already been discussed. I'll throw Yama no Susume into the mix though, it's a very nice series of shorts about cute girls climbing cute mountains
I want to marry Miyako!


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>no one mentioned Gin No Saji
Story is settled on an agricultural highschool, lots of nature atmosphere, comfy watch.
Nourin also has the same theme. You'll like both if you like nature themes.

Flying witch, one off and barakamon are also cozy country side animus.


Oh, definitely I would second some of those! I've never seen One Off or Nourin, but the other three are all top tier anime.

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