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Not looking forward to my "facilitated meeting" with my online Biology professor tomorrow... But want to get the plagiarism accusation dealt with. Like, when describing a biological process that you learned about, you can't change some terms because they are literally a specific anatomical object. Plus, if a student has been dealing with a disease for over 11 years, maybe not best to say you think they got their definition of the disease from an outside, uncited source just because they use a word with more than three syllables in it Heck, "extraintestinal" isn't even a super complicated word, the make-up of the word literally means "outside the intestine"

At least I can look forward to the weekend knowing an animator I enjoy the works of is putting out something new
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Ah, plagiarism and academic dishonesty. The only other offense that will get a tenured professor terminated, besides screwing the university president's wife on the front steps of the campus in broad daylight.
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jcal94 wrote:

Not looking forward to my "facilitated meeting" with my online Biology professor tomorrow... But want to get the plagiarism accusation dealt with. Like, when describing a biological process that you learned about, you can't change some terms because they are literally a specific anatomical object. Plus, if a student has been dealing with a disease for over 11 years, maybe not best to say you think they got their definition of the disease from an outside, uncited source just because they use a word with more than three syllables in it Heck, "extraintestinal" isn't even a super complicated word, the make-up of the word literally means "outside the intestine"

At least I can look forward to the weekend knowing an animator I enjoy the works of is putting out something new


The idea of citation is mildly arbitrary, though I understand why someone would not wish to "over-cite", especially in subjects in the sciences, where depending on the level of education of the writer and the course being dealt with, can literally be every other sentence. Apparently, one has to cite for when things that are not common knowledge for the intended audience, even if such things were known beforehand.



And I AM DEAD. Working and studying for 20 hours a day for my math and physics exams. I do it for you all, my beautiful and lovely little imouto blossoms!
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I forgot what a visual treat Kimiuso was. It's got KyoAni/Hyouka vibes going just at a different tempo. Wish it wasn't quite as emotionally heavy though, kind of makes going back and trying to enjoy any part of it difficult now.
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I forgot what a visual treat Kimiuso was. It's got KyoAni/Hyouka vibes going just at a different tempo. Wish it wasn't quite as emotionally heavy though, kind of makes going back and trying to enjoy any part of it difficult now.


That series annoys me, I take it more as a cautionary tale than anything lol. I just can’t get behind a romance where


I’d say my favorite realistic romance (as in not high fantasy) is Natsuyuki Rendezvous. I just like all those characters. I love the main character’s determination too. I kind of skipped being a teenager, I was 12 throughout high school and then I turned 30 sometime during college. I can deal with kids, I can deal with adults, teenagers just irritate me though.
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Edit: You know if CR could host their forums on separate servers that'd be great.

Though I guess if that was a viable option it wouldn't be an issue.


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Insomnist wrote:

I forgot what a visual treat Kimiuso was. It's got KyoAni/Hyouka vibes going just at a different tempo. Wish it wasn't quite as emotionally heavy though, kind of makes going back and trying to enjoy any part of it difficult now.


That series annoys me, I take it more as a cautionary tale than anything lol. I just can’t get behind a romance where


I’d say my favorite realistic romance (as in not high fantasy) is Natsuyuki Rendezvous. I just like all those characters. I love the main character’s determination too. I kind of skipped being a teenager, I was 12 throughout high school and then I turned 30 sometime during college. I can deal with kids, I can deal with adults, teenagers just irritate me though.

Just rewatching the first episode there's a lot of dramatic excess that doesn't help matters. Kaori's behavior, Kousei's mother, and the fact that everybody's fourteen in a story where nobody's part seems written for a fourteen year old.

I have a headcanon where Kousei's mom passed when he was 15, Tsubaki and Watari are both in college, Kousei has taken a year or two off after high school working odd jobs still putting off his future, Tsubaki is making it a regular effort to get Kousei out and about whenever she can and that leads to him being involved in the meeting with Kaori. And they could make Kaori's interest in Kousei more organic rather than weird master plan to kind of sort of something.

    (Although I have an argument for that actually being one of the best parts of the story in concept for several reasons, but just that it's executed very awkwardly and I'm not sure how to make it less so without losing it.)

But I have no idea why Kimiuso wasn't set in college except to avoid the audience expectation of sex being on the table if the author didn't want to go there. And the compactness of adolescent social groups. And one other thing... but Kimiuso is a great example of spice being nice but if you dump the whole container on top of the plate you're putting a lot of extra work on the audience who have to pick their way through the story instead of just being able to be immersed in it.

But there are also things it did really beautifully so it's a mixed bag.

I feel like Kimiuso and Violet Evergarden have demanded the most extracurricular headcanoning out of me.

Edit: It also probably didn't have a tone problem as a manga, moving pictures are weird like that.


I haven't seen Natsuyuki Rendezvous before, until this moment I thought it and Natsume Yuujinchou were the same somehow. Romance isn't my strong suit, if I had to pick a contemporaneous one it'd probably be Toradora by default, I'd prefer to pull KareKano out of the 90s though. Besides a few other things like 5 Centimeters per Second and Saint Tail, even when there's a central romance my investment is usually riding in some other part of the story.

I guess there's also The Adolescence of Utena, lol. That was such a glorious fun-loving troll of a movie.

But like watching Shiki and Mikiya reenact Kusanagi and Batou in Kara no Kyoukai, relationships are great but I guess I'm mostly interested in what the relationship brings to the story rather than the reverse.

Although now I'm going to be stumped why that's the case with some stories but not others.

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I haven't seen Natsuyuki Rendezvous before, until this moment I thought it and Natsume Yuujinchou were the same somehow. Romance isn't my strong suit, if I had to pick a contemporaneous one it'd probably be Toradora by default, I'd prefer to pull KareKano out of the 90s though. Besides a few other things like 5 Centimeters per Second and Saint Tail, even when there's a central romance my investment is usually riding in some other part of the story.


Normally I'm not big on romance anime either, primarily though because romance tends to involve petty drama ( people who don't know what they want hurting each others' feelings ). However there are certain ones that are more wholesome.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous is kind of a simple story. It's about an aimless 20 year old who falls in love with this 28 year old widow that runs a flower shop. The main character for some reason can see the ghost of the woman's dead husband. Her husband is the only man the woman was ever in a relationship with, and she isn't really ready to move on. It's essentially the main character helping the woman cope and learn to love again while learning about her from and dealing with the ghost of her husband. If I remember there is no sex until the last episode or so, so it's quite wholesome.

Other series I really like are like Clannad because it's focus is more on family and romance ends up being just a piece of the bigger picture. Nagi no Asukara because it's about growing up, I didn't think I would like it because Hikari's jealousy came on strong at the start, but as we see him grow the beginning felt like a necessary growing pain. And I can't really think of any more off the top of my head.

I'm generally not too much into shoujos (Clamp is an exception, I like pretty much everything they've produced) mainly because shoujos usually thrive on evoking jealousy. It's not my thing.
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So, best non-romantic pair of the season is definitely Natsumi and Yoshino. So much cuteness, they compliment each other well both in personality and style, plus when you add Natsumi's ability into the mix, you're golden, chief
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As for anime romance:

I thought ToraDora was rather good. It defined Rie Kugimiya for me. It's characters even seem deeper and more mature than Golden Time's by the same author in spite of ToraDora's still being in high school.
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Nana explores a wide range of romance for a young adult. Really one of the better anime for it, but you should be prepared for a lot of drama.

I've heard Paradise Kiss is similarly good, but I haven't watched it.

I did enjoy Natsuyuki Rendezvous, but calling it realistic is a laugh. It does start to explore a good range of spiritual elements for the living and dead. The romance feels rather mature though.

If you want some cheeky bite size romances I thought Amagami SS wasn't bad. If I'm remembering the right one, while the protagonist started basic, it was kind of fun seeing how he changed with the different heroines.

And speaking of bite sized romances, give Tsurezure Children a chance. It gets better, but one episode is all you'll need to know if you're interested.

I think White Album 2 might be one of the best
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romance stories I've seen in general. Enough to be what I think is my favorite anime romance anyway. You don't have to see White Album 1. It doesn't add anything beyond music references and it's trash by comparison.
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Think I'm going to watch it again now to see how it holds up for me.
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I tried that Caligula anime again but only made it about halfway into the second episode.

I feel like if I'm going to power through a show like this it should at least be one of the Personas.
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I tried that Caligula anime again but only made it about halfway into the second episode.

I feel like if I'm going to power through a show like this it should at least be one of the Personas.


I'm a little sad with the Persona series, really, game-wise at least. Persona 3 (Portable, I played the male route one PSP) was great with a dark, heavy story, and Persona 4 (Golden) was pretty good, with a focus on really growing up and accepting yourself, but I feel like didn't hold up to Persona 3's story overall. And then Persona 5 felt like it just aimed even younger with the "Adults are bad people, let's show them the true way to live!" thing, and I made it the least way into that one out of the three. It kinda feels like over time, Persona went from a more gritty series with a more mature audience to pandering a bit more to young-mid teens and making them feel like they're the justice of the world and are right with adults being wrong all the time.

Personally, I liked the edgy nature with Persona, but whatever. Hopefully we'll just finally get a Devil Survivor 3 some day, cause I still find DS1's story to be the best SMT story I've played (which admittedly isn't tons, but enough to rank it top)
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As for anime romance:

I thought ToraDora was rather good. It defined Rie Kugimiya for me. It's characters even seem deeper and more mature than Golden Time's by the same author in spite of ToraDora's still being in high school.
(GT narrative spoiler)


Nana explores a wide range of romance for a young adult. Really one of the better anime for it, but you should be prepared for a lot of drama.

I've heard Paradise Kiss is similarly good, but I haven't watched it.

I did enjoy Natsuyuki Rendezvous, but calling it realistic is a laugh. It does start to explore a good range of spiritual elements for the living and dead. The romance feels rather mature though.

If you want some cheeky bite size romances I thought Amagami SS wasn't bad. If I'm remembering the right one, while the protagonist started basic, it was kind of fun seeing how he changed with the different heroines.

And speaking of bite sized romances, give Tsurezure Children a chance. It gets better, but one episode is all you'll need to know if you're interested.

I think White Album 2 might be one of the best
(brief minor narrative spoiler)
romance stories I've seen in general. Enough to be what I think is my favorite anime romance anyway. You don't have to see White Album 1. It doesn't add anything beyond music references and it's trash by comparison.
(major narrative spoilers)

Think I'm going to watch it again now to see how it holds up for me.


I said that by realistic I meant non-fantasy as you can can’t really classify anything as actually realistic since it’s usually either idealist or heavy on melodrama.

That said it’s that melodrama that I try to avoid which is why most romances don’t work for me. I also hate tsundere Kugimiya. Granted Taiga is one of the more tolerable offenders, but I’ve never recovered from Louise and Aria.

My favorite romance in an anime is probably from Grancrest, even though the anime is pretty shitty overall. My reason for this is because 1) Theo is a straight up alpha and 2) it’s not a Shojo. That is a powerful combination right there. Shojos ruin alpha males and normally non Shojo things have either a borderline autistic protagonist or a straight up beta. It’s extremely rare to get an alpha protagonist in a non shojo.
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Why were there four Boogiepop episodes yesterday?

I decided to marathon it later so I haven't been keeping up.
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