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Posted 11/1/19 , edited 11/2/19
I was super ready to be wowed by wow's Shadowlands expansion trailer but I'm feeling really underwhelmed.

The ending was "oh that's neat" and I'll be interested to see gameplay, but hype from the cinematic was lacking.

Edit: D4 trailer was pretty sick. Release is a long ways out yet though I think.

Edit: Wish they'd get over the time gates in pathfinder, content gates should be enough.
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Posted 11/5/19 , edited 11/5/19
There was an OVA in 2016 for the first season of Kekkai Sensen directed by Rei Matsumoto I didn't know about.

Huh. Will go track that down somewhere.
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Posted 11/5/19 , edited 11/5/19


I had a dream to be born handsome and marry a rich girl.

didn't come true HA!
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Posted 11/5/19 , edited 11/5/19

AnimeKami wrote:



I had a dream to be born handsome and marry a rich girl.

didn't come true HA!


You don't look that bad. You're taller than me. LOL

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Posted 11/5/19 , edited 11/5/19

zendude wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:



I had a dream to be born handsome and marry a rich girl.

didn't come true HA!


You don't look that bad. You're taller than me. LOL



WOAH....

I mean the marry a rich girl clause.
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Posted 11/5/19 , edited 11/6/19

AnimeKami wrote:


WOAH....

I mean the marry a rich girl clause.


That's fair. "LAWL"
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Posted 11/5/19 , edited 11/5/19
Wow, I'm genuinely enjoying Sword Art Online... Beware of falling frogs and swarms of locusts.

Reading posts from reddit and other outlets about ep 4 and their reactions to the villain, I’ve realized that a huge part of SAO’s viewers must be anime newbies. SAO finally has a villain that is on par with like Berserk villains or Psycho Pass villains instead of just being a cartoony rapist. Yet from what I see most people are more shocked with him than with the cartoony rapists, and he doesn’t rape, he’s a fully developed sociopath much like Makishima Shogo or the like.

They also show a scene where a little girl gets murdered and people are shocked about that, yet it’s nothing that fate/ or higurashi or just about any other violent anime hasn’t done. The a large number of these people are just clamoring for Kirito to come back and kick everyone’s ass. Having a well written episode and seeing the reaction that a lot of people have to it makes me realize that a lot of people who watch SAO really don’t watch much anime or in fact probably any American dramas. There is actual well thought out conflict development and they just want nothing to do with it.
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Posted 11/5/19 , edited 11/6/19

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Wow, I'm genuinely enjoying Sword Art Online... Beware of falling frogs and swarms of locusts.


I've always heard that Alicization was peak SAO. It started off strong. Then it soon got a bit disappointing when it felt like more of the same of what the previous seasons had to offer. Kirito's strong. Enemies aren't interesting. But so far this second half is off to a good start. Just like with Mother's Rosario and SAO Alternative: GGO, the story is much better when the focus is no longer on Kirito.
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Posted 11/6/19 , edited 11/6/19
SAO is still in my catch-up-when-it's-over box so I can't comment.

I was thinking earlier though about how bizarre the simultaneous highs and lows are in it. Usually shlock factor is to cover up for something that just isn't that great to start with, but SAO actually has engaging concepts and characters. The recipes are good but every season has had at least one rotten ingredient thrown in that undermines the meal.

Since Alicization/Underworld is the end of webnovel territory I'm very curious to see what kind of new stories we get since I don't think Kawahara has written any new story arcs for SAO in ten years, it's just been adapting WN to LN and then iterating on the existing material with Progressive/etc.; besides Ordinal Scale which is just one movie.

I think Ordinal Scale showed a lot of progress and critical self-awareness though.

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Kawahara plans on writing "one more big arc" called Sword Art Online: Unital Ring that will go "back to the real world," and it is the first arc not based on the original web novel. The Unital Ring story arc began in volume 21, which was released in Japan on December 7, 2018.

Ah so it's already in progress.

Not sure how close it is to done though, third volume for it is scheduled for next month.
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Posted 11/6/19 , edited 11/6/19

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SAO is still in my catch-up-when-it's-over box so I can't comment.

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Well so far ep 1 was beautiful, ep 2 was kind of uneventful, while eps 3 and 4 were something you’d expect to see In a properly good anime like Berserk or Psycho-Pass. I really hope the rest of the series continues with this style, SAO could then be redeemed. More likely than not it will go back to its old tricks tho.

Funny enough the Only fight thus far I’ve actually liked was when Kirito fought Sugou outside of the game. That was the only fight that really seemed like it had any urgency, especially since it was a real fight and not super swordplay bullshit. You had two men, neither of which was especially strong, trying to kill each other quite viscerally. If this season goes into more fights that are visceral like that it will be great.
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Posted 11/6/19 , edited 11/6/19
A very much needed opinion because this shit hole is at a crawl:

I am beginning to see why people pay for erotica. However, when your product are photos or videos there isn't much to protect your product.

I see a paywall, then think to myself how are their photos not leaked. What is stopping someone from leaking their products?

Anyone?

edit: it can't be goodwill
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Posted 11/6/19 , edited 11/6/19
I can think of two reasons. The first is paying members probably aren't going to go out of their way to give away what they paid for. The second is the final product might not be what's actually valuable so leaks are immaterial. The internet is up to its eyeballs in free porn, but in this case people are paying for access, interactivity, requests/commissions, live streams, and reciprocal acknowledgements that you don't get just from the pictures or recordings by themselves.

In both cases there's no self-interested reason to leak, in the first case because it would cheapen your own investment and in the second because the media itself doesn't hold the value over the reciprocity and rapport it represents.

In the end though I wouldn't be surprised that everything does get leaked if you know where to look, but that it just doesn't matter to the performer's bottom line since that's not what their business model is built off of anyway.
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Posted 11/6/19 , edited 11/7/19

AnimeKami wrote:

A very much needed opinion because this shit hole is at a crawl:

I am beginning to see why people pay for erotica. However, when your product are photos or videos there isn't much to protect your product.

I see a paywall, then think to myself how are their photos not leaked. What is stopping someone from leaking their products?

Anyone?

edit: it can't be goodwill


I have a theory about this that I have discussed with other degenerates and my exploration in the Man-o-Sphere and working in the wedding industry.

Couple of explanations:
- It is more or less that these kinds of men are expressing, role playing, their sense of "protector and provider" to Twitch girls and camgirls because they couldn't really do so in the real world. Plus, there are just a lot of cucked out thirsty men.
- It is not so much the pictures or video but the performer behind it. Let's take for example Twitch girls. They provide some kind of personality to what they provide. It is so much more the person being the product rather than the pictures themselves. Think of how much Youtuber gamer are out there playing the same game but only a very few are at the top because of their character.
- "Branding" was the word that I was looking for the previous point.
- The pictures and video are more of a lead loser; if anything they are more promotional kind of things to get more people to the cause. They know this very well in the porn industry, and this is to why they don't really crack down on the online content; just think of Anime. The real money is in the Patreon, merch, sponsors, and donations for Instagram Models, Twitch Girls, and so on.
- Talking with one of the top YouTube producers about this subject itself, he said that you only need 1% of your subscribers at 100,000 to buy everything you release and you'll have a comfortable enough life, not rich but comfortable. Even if you have 99% of the people getting your stuff for free, despite paywall and such, that 1% carry is just so hard that it makes up more than for the loses. They actually count on it.
- This 1% buy in crowd is actually more than feasible.
- Then it goes to more of a more niche market which is a crazier thing to go into that is just blue waters for profit fetish generation.

Suggested reading for this:
Expert Secrets by Russell
Guerilla Marketing by Levinson
Ted Talks by Carmine Gallo
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Posted 11/7/19 , edited 11/8/19
I was watching some Kaichou wa Maid-Sama clips on YouTube, and there were a lot of female viewers in the comments saying “Real boys completely suck compared to anime boys.” So I started to try to apply Usui to real life standards.

He is indeed a handsome guy who comes from a rich family. However, he’s constantly approaching a girl who keeps rejecting him, and he has physical contact with her, almost always without her consent, that could be considered as sexual harassment if not rape in today’s day and age. Meaning for a real guy to approach a girl like Usui does Misaki, he’d literally either have to risk becoming a sexual offender, or be willing to have his rich family shut the girl up somehow.

Meaning that, even if a guy wanted to be like Usui, it wouldn’t be a smart decision for him. Or he would at the very least have to be willing to abuse the girl he supposedly likes under the circumstance that she turns on him.

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Posted 11/8/19 , edited 11/8/19
I feel like guys could just as easily say "Real girls suck compared to anime girls" although there are many, many, many awful anime girls that even though we may waifu we know even in universe they're just awful. That said, there are still many hyper idealised anime girls whose flaws somehow also end up being an endearing trait. Whereas irl everyone comes with some baggage that we'd rather not have to deal with, but it's all just a part of working at a relationship.

It's never a good idea to take relationship tips from fiction, animated or otherwise, because the rules and logic usually tend to work differently. Basically, people won't react the same way they do in a fictional world. Or rather, you can't expect people to act the same way fictional characters do, in a fictional world, separated from our rules and logic.

Take a violent tsundere, for example. Yeah, she may have cute moments where she has difficulty expressing her feelings, and to some that may be an endearing trait, but once that becomes violent, in the real world that's just straight up abuse. No sane guy is going to fall for a girl who repeatedly attacks him. And I don't think I even need to get started on yanderes.

Yeah... basically, I sure as hell hope there aren't a bunch of people sincerely basing their ideal partners on fiction... Then again, I distinctly and sickeningly remember people saying crap like #RelationshipGoals about Harley Quinn and The Joker when Suicide Squad came out...
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