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Welcome to Sushichan!

Original Samachan.org migration discussion thread at >>>/yakuza/776

This board was made to handle some of the discussion topics that were common on Samachan but not so common on Sushichan. Japanese and Otaku culture as well as Anime-related discussions can go in this board, whether you were originally from Samachan or not. In addition, if you are from Samachan and you're not sure if your topic would fit in one of our other boards, you can post it here. If the moderators think it would be a better fit for another part of the site, it might get moved.

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Archived copy of Yuno's goodbye message that was posted on Samachan.org before the 4chan redirect: https://web.archive.org/web/20200517154448/https://samachan.org/

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Last thread hit bump limit, so here we are!

Right now I'm doing streams every Saturday at 17:00 EST/14:00 PST, on https://cytu.be/r/SushiStream! I'll post here before every stream but feel free to make suggestions or ask questions as well.

If you want to check what shows we've watched before you recommend something, you can consult https://pastebin.com/pgK1NFDJ
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Stream tomorrow!


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Stream today! In 4 hours from this post we'll be watching the Patlabor movie! Hope to see you there @ https://cytu.be/r/SushiStream


live in 1 hour!


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Last one hit bump limit, so here we are
Talk about whatever non-airing anime you've been watching lately, ask for recommendations, whatever!
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I've been watching Taisho Baseball Girls with a friend. Is supposed to be based on the first female baseball team in Japan. Is not historically accurate in the slightest, the viewer can very much figure that out immediately. The female character designs look really good, i wonder why the designer hasn't done more work on that field, maybe because this show probably flopped and didn't feel like doing the same job again. The show is very cute and i highly recommend it if you're into SOL and cute girls doing things.


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I've been on a sort of otaku nostalgia kick lately and decided to rewatch Lucky Star, my initial watch was back when I was barely getting into anime and Japanese media in general, and catching a lot of the references to things I didn't back around 10-12 years ago has been adding to experience in a way. It's almost definitely some placebo sort of effect but I really do get some sort of different very "wintery" feeling from a lot of the stuff around this 2000s-early 2010s stuff, it's rather nice even if it does make me sad that I don't get quite the same feelings from anything new now.


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Related more to Konata when it first aired, related more to Akira when I rewatched fairly recently.


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I watched Onihei. Here are my thoughts:

I dropped this halfway through but picked it up again a few months later and managed to complete it. Overall it was pretty mediocre but did have a couple positive qualities. Foremost, this show does a good job of depicting the 18th-century Japan setting, both visually and from a sociological perspective – many social themes that prevailed during that time period are featured in the writing (ex. caste system, prostitution and infidelity, criminality and law enforcement, gambling and drinking). This anime can be interesting from a sociological perspective. That said, I found the constant focus on burglaries became boring and repetitive, even from early in the runtime. The screentime used to demonstrate the thievery (like sneaking in, etc.) is often quite dull and repetitive, as well as lacking creativity. The low-budget undynamic animation also certainly did not complement these burglary scenes. Although there are many frames in which the setting (ex. building architecture) looks nice, the animation is not dynamic at all – it often feels like a Powerpoint presentation. There are certainly some nice static shots in here, but the character animation feels very low effort, including during the short-lived action scenes.

The plot is mostly episodic with stories that are self-contained within their respective episodes. However, there is a core set of characters who persist across episodes. Unfortunately, these recurring characters are underdeveloped and not particularly likeable or memorable in any way. The episodic plots usually involve the characters reacting to some kind of conflict (i.e. generic burglary scheme #9001 + ratchety hoodrat drama that belongs on Jerry Springer), leaving little room for any kind of character development – this issue is compounded by the large size of the cast. Overall I found the storywriting tedious and repetitive. The episodic plots are quite generic and felt like they came off an assembly line – there was nothing in here that I hadn't already seen many times before in fictional writing. Like, a third of the episodes somehow involve a guy falling in love with some dumpy hooker friendly lady – this gets tiresome very fast, yet the theme gets repeated over and over in the writing; it was eyeroll-inducing.

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Watching this on stream was a blast
I love Koume!!!

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As always, post some of your favorites.
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nai nai nai watashi janai~



VN OPs are allowed as well, right?


Of course
They are neat

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What are you watching this summer?
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god I wish that was me


she's probably gnawing on it with her teeth


worth it


Really enjoyed this season overall. Yofukashi no Uta and Yurei Deco have been my favorites and I'll be sad to see them go

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hello i am a sushigirl and this is my first post on the boards, sushigirls taught me about ichigo mashimaro during my time of lurking and it was very special to me. i have made this pixel fan art of the characters. thank you


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I love it! Great choices on the outfits, Chika's sweater and pink shirt is one of my favorites. Super cute.




great work!



It would be cool if Chika was a bit more dynamic, she's kind of just t-posing lol.


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I've seen this image many times but I only just now noticed the little Deltarune patch on Chika's skirt. Neat! Not surprised with Barasui's penchant for putting band logos on his girls. I wonder if he played it?

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Talk about what manga you've been reading!

I've been reading an older manga called Yume Tsukai by Ueshiba Riichi. It's about magical shrine maidens with weird powers solving paranormal mysteries and stuff. Fairly standard concept but what makes it good in my opinion is just how crazy and bizarre the stories get, as well as some really fantastic art and a nostalgic sort of comedy. It's sometimes goofy, sometimes quite emotional, and other times borders on Junji Ito-esque horror scenarios. I really like the creepy body horror stuff, and the comedy between the weirdo cast is fun. I especially like the over the top lolicon character.
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Inspired by our very nice sushi anime stream I've started reading yofukashi no uta. I like the exploration of the feeling of walking in the abandoned cityscape at night. I used to do that all the time and remembering it through this comic has been nice. Also nazuna a cute!


nice, I've never really lived in that kind of "downtown city" area


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>reading in mangadex
>font changes to comic sans on the next chapter
Ehhh, I need an alternative to mangadex that has more consistency between chapters.


Mangadex isn’t the problem.
You’re reading the work of multiple translations or scanlation groups.

It’s because the original group didn’t finish or didn’t upload. Mangadex is trying to make your life easier. Your other option is to download directly from the groups.


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Been reading Asper Girl, Shiori Experience, and Area 51, rather unfortunately Area 51's translation is incomplete and doesn't seem to have any active TL effort going on, seeing as the last translated chapter seems to have been done over a year ago. Pretty unfortunate, it's got some of my favorite art in any manga I've ever read with its use of stark black and white tones and how its pages often use only the silhouette or shadows of a character to show them. The mangaka's a master of this style.
Douman's one of my favorite mangaka, all of his stuff has this wonderfully unique feeling to it and his art style is up there as one of my favorites.


Post MAD and YTPMV
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I saw the guy who made this on an animecon, because my friend stalked his twitter and found him there to say we grew up watching his stuff(?).




Finally, I missed it.


indeed it is

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It turns out that if I don't make this thread then nobody will.
Anyway, new season, for those even following seasonal stuff anymore.
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gonna watch the last ep on stream in a bit, can't believe it's gonna be over ;_;


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Very beautiful and heartwarming show.
I like how they included some nice changes and original content and how they managed to fit it all together.
They OST is simple but fitting. I appreciate tracks that make use of dynamics as they can evoke powerful emotion at moments. I'd love to listen to the full thing.
The complains I have about it is that at times it looked inconsistent, and I feel 12 episodes is not enough for all these characters.
Overall this adaptation managed to exceed my expectations and I must say that I'm quite saddened that it's all over.
I hope there will be an eventual second season or at least an OVA covering the Tokyo trip.
What were your thoughts on this show sushis?


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Feel free to post about your favourite characters and episodes too


I loved it, one of the best fanservice shows I've ever seen in that it focuses on so many more aspects of cuteness and attractiveness than just tits and ass. It was also an incredibly beautiful show, both in showing off its beautiful characters and in terms of animation, OST, backgrounds, and atmosphere. I found it interesting how many tricks they used to make the show look so good, and how well most of them were hidden. There's more CGI here than anyone would notice at first glance, and while I have mixed feelings about that in general, there's no denying they did a great job with the visuals.

I also really liked the character designs. Some people found them off putting but I found them really expressive, attractive, and fitting for the tone of the show. They feel supernaturally cute in the way that anime girls should.

I agree that my biggest complaint about the adaptation was that it suffered from character bloat. I'm lucky in that my favorite girl (Usagihara) got lots of screentime, but I still felt like I wanted to see more of everyone else. I mean, Akebi's pink-haired friend had what, 3 very short scenes? Same with the tiny blonde girl. My second big complaint is that Akebi as a character felt a little *too* perfect. It was never enough to bother me in the moment but looking back I roll my eyes a little at how all the other girls basically worship her, especially when they did such a good job at characterizing the side characters and giving them believable flaws, aspirations, and personalities.

My favorite episodes were the one where they hang out in Usagihara's dorm, the fishing episode, the one where Akebi gets stuck in the rain with glasses girl, the people-watching ep with the bug girl, and the one where they hang out at the mall. I think I liked this show best when it was focused on the friendship aspect of the characters.

For fanservice the best episodes were the one where they all strip in the gym, the lewd selfie episode, and of course the swimming competition.

For emotional impact the episode with the guitar girl, the chubby tennis girl ep, and the finale were the best

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Let's have a thread to discuss visual novels, light novels, and other non anime/manga related otaku media! I would preffer if we avoid v-tuber discussion in this thread, I personally consider it more youtube/streamer culture than otaku culture. However if you feel differently that is okay.

Recently I have been getting into visual novels and eroge. My favorite so far is subarashiki hibi.
Right now I am playing chaos;head and Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo. Chaos;head is pretty good, but it's a little frustrating, because it feels like characters often speak in a cryptic way to the main character for no reason other than to stretch out the plot. I find myself frustrated with the characters sometimes although in general i would say the vn does a good job with regards to making the reader unsure of what's real and what's delusion, putting them in the emotions of the main character.
I am not really far enough into sharin no kuni to make a judgement on it yet, but I thought it was interesting the the mc is a stoner. Not something you see often in japanese media.
What is your favourite vn? what have you been reading lately?
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I played Katawa Shoujo, I have known about it since 8 years or maybe 9, but never picked it up until now. This is because I often stumble across something on the Internet that makes me think I could enjoy it, but then it slips my mind a few hours later. Luckily I have encountered it again and had free time too, so I finally gave it a go. After having seen all scenes and endings I have no idea what to think. Media that makes me think and feel is my thing, quite a few things gave me stuff to think about, made me cry, helped me coming to terms with something and much more. Until now Va-11 Hall-A was what touched me the most, but Katawa Shoujo, damn.

While the game itself has hentai, it can be turned off. I had it on because I entered it blindly, afterwards I got the feeling that it is out of place though. On the wiki someone called the hentai even awkward and the game being better without it. Sooner or later I will surely play it once more to see for myself if this is the case, I imagine this being true, because the hentai didn't add anything of value at all. The characters will talk about the h-scenes now and then after they happened, but during the scene itself nothing of value is being added and it is enough to know that they took place. Furthermore the stories are so touching that wanking to them feels straightforward wrong. My guess is this is why I considered them out of place, even though they get mentioned a few times and even drive the story forward in a few cases.

The strong points of the game are the characters and the stories about them. Every route hits hard, I was especially left with a lot of feels after Rin and Hanako. So much about it were exactly things that I have already thought about, that I went through too or I am still going through now. Hanako's statement of having given up on friendship even made me flinch, then this is something I did subconsciously too. After all those years with countless of experiences, feelings, decisions, ups and downs, somewhere along this I grew tired of reaching out. Tired of making people like me. Tired of sustaining a friendship. Tired of the exchange of giving, taking, hanging out, talking. Just like her I yearn for more. What good is it when they live their life and you yours, you still sitting there, being alone, only sharing an evening or a day now and then. Yearning for something deeper, closer, more intimate. With more interactions with each other, more affection, tied so close to ePost too long. Click here to view the full text.


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This whole ride lead to old ideas emerging again, ideas that I have forgotten like many other things. Learning Japanese, traveling, learning how to draw and making a game. Unfortunately I know absolutely nothing about Japanese, drawing and creating a game, while traveling is nothing my introverted character wants, even though a part of me is curious about things. Thinking about what I could do opens up the question why I want to do so. Why learning Japanese? My motivations are being able to enjoy things that have not been translated and otherwise not having the need for translations anymore. It also helps regarding traveling, because Japan is one of the locations that would interest me. Why traveling? Now and then I see and hear things that look simply beautiful and create the urge to see for myself, I also hope to learn and experience new things that can help me to grow as a person. Why drawing? So I can draw what I want, not having to search around to find things I like. This could also help for creating art for a game. Not to forget that it would also be a huge personal success for me, because I have trouble doing activities that involve fine motor skills. At last it could also help to leave something behind in the vast Internet, somewhat like a legacy, in a place that helped and hurt me alike. Why developing a game? With how much games gave me they also nourished the thought of creating one. To give something back of what I have received, to participate in this whole beautiful mess I love and once again to somehow leave something behind. As a last point I could create a game how I want it, which interests be a lot to see if people would like it. Thinking about this makes me tend to lean towards drawing and developing a game, but who knows. I am tired right now and tipsy. And I miss my cat. And would lowkey sell my asshole for a hug.

Overall I recommend Katawa Shoujo to everybody, I think with the stories it tells it can offer everybody something, to some more, to some less, but I am convinced nobody will be bored and just press space bar to be over with it. A Advice I can get is to avoid the bad endings at any cost, they hurt like nothing else I have ever experienced in a game. Keep a save before every decision too, in case you mess up and to go back and get every scene.


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Without meaning to be adversarial; I started reading Katawa Shoujo some months ago, and stopped partway through shizune's route. I found the mc to be boring and unlikable, the music sounded repetitive; had an elevator music feel to it most of the time iirc, somehthing that annoyed me particularly were the shoehorned comedy interactions with kenji which were interspersed often, lame & uncalled for.

Given; My interpretation of it caliber might be misled via having accidentally gone down shizune's route, which seems to be considered the worst and was one of those less appealing to me; I find rin to be a wonderful character even though I had so little dialogue with her when I read it, the sort of rare constitution I wish was embedded in a piece of art I would care for, I would definitely go with her route if I were to try reading it again (I have since learnt reading other vns that I should take the choices more seriously). Also should be mentioned that it's a non-profit doujin game and in that sense it's impressive I guess.

On a separate note, I relate to your yet unrealized aspirations; I have been meaning to learn japanese since I was 12 and have only this year started properly yet slowly learning it; Japan is probably where I would most like to travel to, though I have various apprehensions relating to it. Not to mention drawing etc. sorry if this writing seems robotic; i'm not used to articulating myself.


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>What is your favourite vn?
Little Busters was a great time, good fun and big feels. The VN is by far better than the anime. I was really frustrated when it came out, knowing that this will be the first and only exposure to the story for many people.

>what have you been reading lately?

Subarashiki hibi


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>What is your favourite vn?
Aiyoku no Eustia. Nothing really comes close, best world- and character-building I have ever seen in a VN so far.
>what have you been reading lately?
Natsuiro Recipe, it's nothing special but comfy. Standard slice of life romance but in a Non Non Biyori setting.

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