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  1. This is the off-topic section of the forum, I guess an off-topic thread works as well. This originally started as a series of comments in the anime art style thread, but I have decided to dedicate it a special thread where to port the info and some fanart I really like. And maybe talk a bit about it, just like I did with the Len'en thread. Therefore, get ready for me talking about something not Touhou-related: Some time ago, as I was randomly going through Pinterest, I randomly found this image: Due to a lack of context behind it, I just saved the image in a collection I have dedicated to nice-looking anime art style. Skip forward a few months, I found the character again as I was looking through the art galleries of Danbooru. At the time, I still did not really keep count of who she was, but I was happy to find the design again as I though she looks very pretty. This is an image I remember from back then: Art by takemi kaoru - source: https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/35052311 Following this, it seems like I forgot again about the discovery for a few months, until about a couple weeks ago. Again, I have rediscovered it through Danbooru, and this time it actually caught to me. That was the beginning of me starting a fall through another rabbit hole. Now to connect it with the original two posts from the anime art style thread. Another thing about anime art style. And quite a detour from the previous sub-topic (still open for discussion on that one though). Had I not been told this is the same character, I would have thought they are completely different ones. The style used can make quite a difference, and is one of the things I like a lot about art in general. Good connection with the overall topic since this is based on an anime: Artist: I think this is official material. Character - Tanamachi Kaoru from the video game Amagami (which was also turned into a manga spinoff series and anime, naturally) Artist: miura-n315 (https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/71716971) Artist: 薫風と共に去りぬ (https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/91641564) No matter the art style, this is awesome. I just very fond of young women with black, wavy, shoulder-leght haircuts. It is my weak point; also make the hair a bit fluffy, and I feel like in heaven. And now with this, you are also aware of my tastes, at least in terms of art (gonna be interesting to actually rest this in real life at some point...). Plus, who can resist a cute, wholesome smile? (Again, this looks very much like a screen capture from the anime adaptation of the game) Now, for some more info on what is going on (with the whole show, or at the very least this character; I ae no idea why I am suddenly feeling so attracted to the traits and features of the design...). I made a little bit of research in regards to Amagami. To my surprise (pleasant or not, I have yet to decide), the original game is... a dating sim. Also this is quite on topic with the latest Amagami-related product... which I was honestly not expecting to be an ASMR (Artist: takayama kisai - source: https://mimicle.com/lp/amagamiasmr) Danbooru takes the cake for the way to describe the series in their wiki section for Amagami: I do not necessarily hate the genre, but I am not the most fond of it either. I am feeling way too shy and easily flustered for even trying to play such a game, and maybe it is not my cup of tea. However, this Tanamachi girl has left a strong impression one me. I like the design - quite a lot actually, and like I have said further down the line in the post, she really fits into most of the design features (and overall physical appearance) details I like a lot. I think a series of comments on Danbooru for a not-so-safe art piece sum up very well the feeling given by the design: That moment there is a naked woman in front of you, but you decided to focus on her haircut than the body itself (can't blame anyone here, that haircut really seems like the defining physical feature of Tanamachi Kaoru, it really steals the show) Am I just slowly descending into madness? Down another rabbit whole of obsessions? This time, it is not about an entire series anymore, but just about a single element from a series. She (Tanamachi Kaoru) is very cute though, and that is something to probably appreciate, I guess... If I actually were to play the game, or read the manga/watch the anime, I would probably solely watch it to see her. Again, I am really fond of young women with black, wavy, shoulder-leght haircuts. It is my weak point; also make the hair a bit fluffy, and I feel like in heaven. And the art style in which she is depicted can sometimes make the whole difference. That is why in the previous comment, I posted a variety of images about her - some of them from the official anime adaptation, others from the various artists. Overall, I really like the dedication of Amagami fans, as they are still drawing their series even of the oldest drawing uploaded to Danbooru for example are almost 15 years now. (Imagine this was about 10 years ago...) Artist: takemi kaoru (source: https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/42937270) Bonus, more interesting content I have found about that series: A bit more of the cast from the game. Given it is a dating sim at origin, you sure can expect to have a lot of choices to pick from (Not pictured: probably like half of the girls) And I think here we have all of the girls from Amagami... (pictured: surprisingly, a rather canonical outfit of Tanamachi given one of her mundane tasks as a waitress) Artist: takayama kisai - original source dead, still maintained on Danbooru (https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/687156) Probably the actual, canonical waitress outfit... And now for some lore (you can't escape me without having served some lore...): General introduction (thanks to the Amagami wiki): Kaoru Tanamachi (棚町 薫 Tanamachi Kaoru) is one of main characters of Amagami SS and Amagami SS+ plus. She, along with Rihoko Sakurai, is a childhood friend of Junichi Tachibana and a student of Class 2-A with Junichi. Appearance: Kaoru has black, curly hair, black eyes, and an average bust size. She is described as "stylish" or "trendy". Personality: Kaoru is a tough and hardworking girl who is both lively and unpredictable. She also has a habit of teasing and hitting Junichi Tachibana at seemingly random moments. She is also the main target of Junichi's perversion and she is also seen with Masayoshi Umehara (Junichi's best friend). She works part-time as a waitress at a family restaurant and sometimes in other part-time jobs to help her mother maintain their ability as a two-person family to live independently. Consequently, she is totally against it when her mother dates another man. I will not spoil the rest, since most of the relevant stuff on the wiki comes from the endings of the game. I will not go into information about the anime either, as I think it would be better to be explored by everyone individually (I may do that at some point, perhaps). I will just leave a clip here though. I have not checked it yet, but I think it will not create any problems around (also spoiler for potential spoilers - again, I am not so sure if it is an actual spoiler, or just a moment selected by the user because it looked funny/cute in the anime): EDIT: Now I actually know what is going on in that video. The action in the video may seem like it's going one direction, given the way it is built up and if you are to go according to steretypes, but the twist turns it into wholesome at the end. What I was surprised of though was the...squishy voice they gave Tanamachi. I'm not sure what I should have expected, but this one sure was a surprise when put next to the design itself. Alright, so har far gone am I down the rabbit hole? I think this is the first time when I get interested in just a character from a series, and not the series as a whole. I just really like the design, and can always appreciate good fanart of any character. This is one of those perfect instances I kept mentioning in the past of how good fanart of a character can actually make you interested in a series. I may be one of those "posers"/"fake fans", only brought in for the waifu/cute young women part of the thing, but screw it. But in a way, I guess it works, given the nature of the source material (a dating sim game). I think I will try watch the anime at least one day. (Also reminder I have to write a thread soon enough about what makes one a Touhou fan, so see you there in terms of new content)
  2. Interesting, this is exactly one of the things I was talking about in the past page of the thread. And speaking of isekai genre, how did it become so popular? Was there an anime.manga that became extremely popular, then everyone decided to copy it? Or does i have success through the simple fact it works as wish-fulfilling fantasy for a life that is generally felt as unfulfilling? (insert stereotypes about Japanese work ethics... or lack thereof) The problem about "animation/anime = for kids" still truly is a problem. I guess it is mostly a western problem? Especially since at least until recently, there have been few good animations for adults. Animation should be a medium of expression, not something that is strictly limited to the younger demographic. I feel the west took the lesson wrong though. When you think of animations for mature public from the west, you usually think of stuff like South Park, Family Guy or maybe Primal if you are going for a more recent example. For the former two (Primal is actually surprisingly good, but I guess that just comes from being a Genndy Tartakovsky animation), the "adult" element seems to mostly focus on the use of profanity, gross humour and violence. Which none of them would be necessarily needed for a good series. I think they still have to learn a little bit about how to make adult animations. interesting, because at least from my own experience here in Romania, anime is not really that much of a geek thing anymore. Especially since many of us born in the late 1990s - early 2000s grew up with anime broadcasted on TV. As for the geek part, again, based on experience, it is rather mixed. In high school people may have looked a little weird on me, but now in college, it was either treated as just something normal, or someone actually getting excited to hear I have a geeky side. Now coming back again to the original post of the thread, I may wish to return to some questions of that post: PS: given my Amagami related posts from Page 2, I will probably start a special thread about that, and move information from here to there.
  3. Looks like it is time for another news roundup. The only way I cans sum up things is the good, the bad and the ugly: News and updates First of all, Global will be going through another maintenance on Friday, 2nd December. Let's see what the game has to bring us: Wriggle is making her debut as a playable character in Global. Now I guess we have every General pool unit MOF Suwako retro is getting a rerun Ringo is getting her Fantasy Rebirth Event EX unlocked - nothing new, as this is a rerun of the same event from one year ago Gensokyo Tales of Fantasy continues - a note from last week: this event is the one that unlocks you the manga bits that have been announced. Complete a few daily missions, gain points and use them to unlock each of the 16 manga pages. They are 4koma comics, in a pretty chibi style, each of them a new slice-of-life story revolving around the world and mechanics of LostWord from an in-universe perspective Fumo campaign continues Now, time to move to the news regarding LostWord JP. Oh boy, there is quite a bit to chew... Beginning with the prettier part. New Christmas outfits for Shizuha, Chimata, Misumaru, Aunn, Suwako and Kanako. I really like the one for Tenkyuu, and I will most likely get it just because I like the character and like the vibe it goes for. More outfits, this time Fantasy Rebirth costumes for Shizuha and Minoriko. Just one question: is it just me, or Minoriko looks even more THICC than usual? I mean I first saw it done in Hina Chan's Big Trade Millionnaire (thank you, Mizusoba art style) with the exposed thighs, but now... wow. Also funny how the younger sister is the one with the bigger rack, even if that was already established in the default art of her. Is it a common thing in Minoriko fanart? I mean I can understand the idea she is a goddess of plentiful harvest, therefore why generous shapes. And likely I would believe you if you told me why that is the explanation... (bonus: the Mizusoba version of Minoriko) Probably the best quote coming out of the whole moment in regards to how the chat reacted when this Minoriko appeared in the Hina game: "Hina is hungry and the chat is thirsty" Well, JP is doing it now. Fantasy Rebirth is coming for SFES units. And as seen the first 3 characters to receive it shall be exactly the first 3 SFES characters introduced - Red Marisa, Black Youmu and Loli Yuyuko. I am not even sure what to say about this one... I guess that is why we recently had banners for multiple SFES characters in one place? From discussion I have seen, these are expected to come at the time of JP's third anniversary. BATTLESHIP KANAKO INCOMING! On a more serious note, apparently the next Relic FES unit is going to be a version of Kanako. I am not familiar with the music videos, so I have no idea what the gimmick about this Kanako is or what makes her unique besides the use of Relic Paper Dolls. Together with that MV Kanako banner, a new music video has also been announced featuring Suwako. So get ready for yet another Relic character to come into the game eventually... There is also a new Retro unit coming. This time, it is EOSD Rumia. Looks like the game is back at milking EOSD Two new SFES units have been announced. I am not very sure about this one. Given the style of the costumes, I guess we are getting a continuation of the Hifuu story? Also, besides giving them maid outfits and literally just swapping the color of the hair between Orin and Okuu, I see nothing very special. But I can guess two things: 1) they will be very strong units (power-creep maybe), and that their banners will be released separately. "They refuse to release Red Sanae to the point of introducing characters who are COMPLETELY new before they appear in the story lmao, not even the slightest reference of them, I assume they're S2 Satori's pets but like, bruh they're gonna release Red Sanae for the anni as a new rarity or something" (u/Kdog8273) "Now we're getting new SFES who haven't even appeared in the main story period. I do like their designs, but yet again, they have literally no presence in the story. Did JP confirm more main story? If they dont have any new main story in December, that would be around 4 whole months of no new main story. Starting to think that they stopped caring about main story." (u/TraditionalCycle6279) Community discussions and memes This weeks, it seems like I finally have what to talk about and share with you. There have been some interesting discussions worth bringing up: Actually a good question, especially if one wants to build a chart regarding the interactions of MC-chan with everyone in Gensokyo and beyond. Even if it's quite possible the answer would simply be "Everyone because its a trope in gacha games" as u/D3ppress0 has pointed out. But on a more serious note, I guess the interaction/relation with the sages, as well as the totally-not-simping on Sakuya would probably be some of the most relevant. Or even just Reimu, given the fact MC was allowed to stay at the Hakurei Shrine for... how long did she actually stay in L1 Gensokyo before getting snatched into the Summer Beach Realm? Was it a few hours? Maybe days at most? As we were still meeting Gensokyo inhabitant when Chapter 3.5 happened. Alright, another interesting discussion, still focused on MC-chan. The idea it goes for is interesting, as we still have absolutely no idea what "Lossy" is or how she looks like (or we know is that she is a girl, or at least the fact she belongs to the feminine world). I mean a lot of expectations have already been crushed when the very same Chapter 3.5 I talked about in the past paragraph revealed MC is a little girl (WHAT WERE THEY THININKING?!), when everyone was expecting her to be around the same age as Reimu and Marisa. Yet another theory in regards to MC-chan. I see there has been a lot of interest for her reignited recently in terms of fan discussions. [LOSSY INTENSELY BLUSHING IN THE BACKGROUND] Time to move into the memes. Oh boy, there's quite a few of them this time... Is Sagume trying to imply something here? I can't remember if this this is a legit quote or someone edited it in, although I may have a rough memory of something akin to that line at some point in the game. Average Phantasma simp be like No, Hecatia, don't do the no-no hand gesture...! Come on, we all really want to see that PC-98 stuff. Why is LW trying to stay so far from it? I think most of us want more than just mere cutscenes. We want to actually be able to play as these characters, and I do have a list of PC-98 characters I would be interested to get in my collection. Closing thoughts This thread is slowly becoming more and more tedious for me to maintain. I like covering the news, but I felt like slowly having started to lose interest again in this game. I was extremely dedicated to it back in spring, but after the end of July-early August and debut of Chapter 4, I felt like something broke for me, and the game lost its magic. However, I will probably keep this going as I have nothing better to do, and someone really does need to keep a log about what is happening in LW and the other Touhou gacha/mobile games. If not me, then who else? There was no discussion on the topic until I arrived, and latest one was from July last year. Therefore, it has become a mission of sorts for me to keep people updated in a digestible way about these games...
  4. @Nekofire and @adzi please, let's keep this calm. I really do not want to know I have started a heated argument on such a sensitive topic, even if said topic was to be mentioned due to it being usually thrown around as an argument on the "why anime sucks" camp. Therefore, let's try keep it more connected to the general topic of the thread, or at least try to slowly reintegrate things together. After all, this is a thread about the stigma anime/manga gets (or at least used to get). Even though perhaps your points may have a place in this whole greater talk. So... anime and the artistic style, and why the style gets so much of a stigma in society outside Japan...
  5. I ill be honest right now. The claim for what I have said in regards to the status is something I got from Turbonator, the way he said it on the 28th May this year in "Why are Touhou fans so thirsty?" thread: I would definitely call it a slip on my side when it comes to professionalism and sourcing. Therefore, my bad. Also, I did not even interpret the text of my colleague correctly. It was supposed to be "cultural and artistic activities", not "pieces of cultural heritage". Therefore, I committed two mistakes, not just one in terms of researching. I should have definitely taken a look into sources afterwards, and not just take the words at face value. Also HOLY COW thank you for all the research. I am sorry you had to go down a rabbit hole just to find, only for you to still remain with the feeling you may have needed to go one more hole just to make sure the topic is properly covered. But I would like to tell you a huge thank you for the research. I think it really sheds some light on this whole topic, as well as clear up misunderstandings. Besides, just from the way you presented it, the arguments pointed out remind me of what people tend to use as ammo against anime and its style. You know, the whole debate of... everything you have pointed out. "Well, even if simulated, it still looks like CP to me; and the style really makes everyone look like a child". Be it a weird loophole or not in the Japanese law, culture or whatever, it is still a weird thing to see. It feels as if it's just another casual drawing theme for them do depict small-looking boy/girl characters getting into those... not so family-friendly situation, given how many images of this kind exist. I would have used Danbooru to keep track of the numbers for example, but the problem there is that they only have the tags called "boy" and "girl". For that website, a girl is both a 5 year old child and a fully grown, mature man or woman. Oh, let's not get started on some of the tropes people tend to stereotypically associate anime/manga with, even if just at the level of jokes... That one is another can of worms, but which brings the whole discussion in a circle with the opening post of this thread. I really did not know about the VICE thing. Do you have any link for that song, if it is any good? I am quite curios now. [...] Also, has anyone noticed I a behaving a little strangely recently? At least when it comes to this whole personal Amagami mania thing. Or there is nothing strange at all? And speaking of that, I have checked the video I linked earlier in the thread: Now I actually know what is going on in that video. The action in the video may seem like it's going one direction, given the way it is built up and if you are to go according to steretypes, but the twist turns it into wholesome at the end. What I was surprised of though was the...squishy voice they gave Tanamachi. I'm not sure what I should have expected, but this one sure was a surprise when put next to the design itself.
  6. It's bee a while since I last updated this, and am slowly feeling less and less inclined to do so anymore. however, it is my job, so here we go: News and updates Maintenance is due to begin in a few hours. A few new things seem to be coming: - Relic FES Sakuya banner will appear - 150 free prayers - I guess we are getting 10 free prayers daily for the following couple weeks - Gensokyo Tales of Fantasy - I am not very sure what this is, but I do not thin it will be an event due to the following - Seiga Nyan Nyan Social Club is back - due to the lack of details and rather low image resolution compared to general, not fully sure if it is a rerun of last year's event, or it will be a "Part 2" - more banners for FES friends - more Fantasy Rebirth - guaranteed friend and story card pool will be updated While Global has Relic Sakuya announced, it seems like JP is going to have another Relic, this time being Satori. o, we have: L1 Satori, retro Satori, UFES Satori, and now Relic Satori. If you are a fan of the older Komeiji sister, I guess you are lucky: And to keep it in the JP area, they also showed a new alt character: Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/touhou_lostword/comments/z1pmxf/jp_spoilers_new_alt_character/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 Community discussion and memes I really do not have what to write about this week, sorry. Just someone who really likes Momiji.
  7. Language, my dear colleague. I was hoping this forum at least would be a little more mannered in terms of the use of slangs and slurs. Even if I am not the biggest supporter of... whatever is going on nowadays in society, I still find the use of words like the N-word to be in poor taste. Even if just for a joke. I find it funny how that word would get you banned on pretty much all Discord servers I am part of, yet the Moriya Shrine Discord allows it without any issue. Thank you, now I guess I know one thing to avoid. Just out of pure curiosity, is it really that bad though? Funny how out of all my rambling about Tanamachi, you decided to just focus on that part. In regards to my mention from the previous reply, I did write an entire thread covering the conclusions I got to after a little experiment: There have been quite some surprises with the results (especially when it comes to some of the statistics in regards to the amount of R18 Touhou content). Many of them also reflect the views of the people on the issue, and just an overall feeling that does not contain itself to Touhou, but goes into other media in general - PEOPLE ARE HORNY. But I definitely recommend the read. (Also imagine over 43% of the Idolmaster fanart, at least on Pixiv, is mature-rated) This reminds me of another comment I have done in the original thread about Touhou fans being horny. It was a comment on the legality of inappropriate depictions of "loli"/underage looking characters in both the United States and Romania (SPOILER: it is illegal), as a way to compare it with Japan. If you are to believe it, in Japan both "lolicon" and "shotacon" have some sort of special legal status that protects them because they are, allegedly, "pieces of cultural heritage". Really? This sure is the most legal statement of all times.
  8. Yes, Fusu is indeed not the only on who makes this kind of PoV art. Actually, I have seen quite a bit of it recently, be it Touhou, other series or original works by just a simple search on Danbooru. Now for the question why i focused on Fusu. The reason is very simple: last year, The_Entire_Circus (the user who started the whole ruckus), posted for about 2 months ONLY FUSU IMAGES on a daily basis, which greatly exasperated the users of r/touhou. When I saw The_Entire_Circus came back with new posts this year, I was very sure it was going to be Fusu art again. His initial poll whether he should post Fusu art again happened not long prior, then the initial posts of this year reminded me of the early works of Fusu himself. However, I was wrong about about it, and and misidentified the artist. This year, it was another artist, known as sin0w. But the confusion was already too late discovered, just after I started the thread and decided to brand the thing as "Fusu-posting". But if you are familiar with the context from last year, I would probably say the term "Fusu-posting" is rather justified (not that he may also be the most famous Touhou artist who does this kind of images - at least after the whole debacle of previous autumn). If you have any other question, I am here to answer.
  9. Don't worry about it! I love whenever I can chat with someone. And with forums slowly becoming an extinct species, we really should appreciate this one for as long as it will be active (probably a little if I am still around). Anyway, feel free to post wherever you like, or create your own threads if there anything you may wish to share with us. Just like I was saying, manga and anime is becoming increasingly popular in Romania. And in all of that, I see people are (still) moderate. We may have some of those stereotypical "geeks" or even "weebs", but in general, people are very chill. Had they not told you they are into anime/manga or saw them in a big book shop at the manga section, you most likely would have had no idea they have such interests. And in a way, I like as such. People are chill, will not try to shove their favorite things down your throat, and can actually start up very interesting talks. Just yesterday, I was in a book shop selling manga here in Bucharest. There were a lot of people in that part of the shop, everyone with their own interests as there was quite the variety of manga to pick from. Even I was geeking out at one point, to be honest, after I found a special edition of Khota Harano's Hellsing manga (my initial trip to the shop was for checking out of they still have any edition of Forbidden Scrollery - probably the only official Touhou manga I have found here in Romania, and which I still need the final 3 volumes to complete my collection). I knew the series, was familiar with the anime adaptation, and was pleasantly surprised to hold one of those in my hands. Only problem: the price. Manga is still rather expensive here in Romania, especially if you are looking for a more famous series. However, despite the high price, they still sell. People really want to read those things, or are extremely curious to read this kind of media. Again, what would be the most common stereotypes/ tropes regarding the current anime community? I am not very familiar with it, as I usually prefer spending the time and dedication in a small bubble made out of myself, my best friend (who is also keen into this kind of content - and who I managed to convert to Touhou soon after I found the series) and you guys. Trust me, I have seen that argument used against the Touhou community way too often. 2022 made me question a little more the validity of the argument, and the conclusion I came up with was that this 50% or more of the Touhou community is either horny for mommies or goes "cunny loli " (god, I ended up hating this emote so much...). But I wrote probably en entire PhD study on that if yo are to read a lof of my initial threads on this forum: Fanservice in the official Touhou works (with a deviation towards fanworks in the second half) Why are Touhou fans so thirsty? (caused a big ruckus last summer when ported to r/touhou) Touhou and mature content - the conclusion (yeah, it ended up turning into a trilogy, that you can find spread through the forum) I knew the big sensation for repetitive anime was in regards to the ones about heroes (I am not sure how to better call them - maybe you could help me?). Protag gets spirited away to another realm, gets bullshit OP abilities, saves the day without breaking a sweat, gets harem of shallow anime girls only good for their... "interesting body". You can add more here, but I think the idea I am point towards is clear. Or at the very least I hope it is... In my previous post, I was talking about Kyoro-Chan. I have very found memories about that anime. I watched as a child before the year 2010, together with my mother and younger sister. As I was not yet in school, and therefore could not read (anime broadcasted in Romania was mostly subbed, but voiced over), my mother was reading the subtitles for us. It was a period I have fond memories of, since it was something we were doing every evening (at the time, one of the animation channels was broadcasting anime after 8 PM, and Kyoro-Chan was usually squished in between Naruto and whatever else was broadcasted at the time). And to make it even funnier, apparently Kyoro-Chan was only broadcasted here in Romania and in Slovakia out of all places outside Japan. I made a little bit of research in regards to Amagami. To my surprise (pleasant or not, I have yet to decide), the original game is... a dating sim. I do not necessarily hate the genre, but I am not the most fond of it either. I am feeling ay to shy and flustered for even trying to play such a game, and maybe it is not my cup of tea. However, this Tanamachi girl has left a strong impression one me. I like the design - quite a lot actually, and like I have said further down the line in the post, she really fits into most of the design features (and overall physical appearance) details I like a lot. I think a series of comments on Danbooru for a not-so-safe art piece sum up very well the feeling given by the design: That moment when people become more excited about a character's haircut than her body... (which I really sort of agree, that haircut really steals the show) Am I just slowly descending into madness? Down another rabbit whole of obsessions? This time, it is not about an entire series anymore, but just about a single element from a series. She (Tanamachi Kaoru) is very cute though, and that is something to probably appreciate, I guess... If I actually were to play the game, or read the manga/watch the anime, I would probably solely watch it to see her. Again, I am really fond of young women with black, wavy, shoulder-leght haircuts. It is my weak point; also make the hair a bit fluffy, and I feel like in heaven. And the art style in which she is depicted can sometimes make the whole difference. That is why in the previous comment, I posted a variety of images about her - some of them from the official anime adaptation, others from the various artists. Overall, I really like the dedication of Amagami fans, as they are still drawing their series even of the oldest drawing uploaded to Danbooru for example are almost 15 years now. (Imagine this was about 10 years ago...) Artist: takemi kaoru (source: https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/42937270) Bonus, more interesting content I have found about that series: A bit more of the cast from the game. Given it is a dating sim at origin, you sure can expect to have a lot of choices to pick from (Not pictured: probably like half of the girls) And I think here we have all of the girls from Amagami... (pictured: surprisingly, a rather canonical outfit of Tanamachi given one of her tasks) Artist: takayama kisai - original source dead, still maintained on Danbooru https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/687156 Probably the actual, canonical waitress outfit... And now for some lore (you can't escape me without having served some lore...): General introduction (thanks to the Amagami wiki): Kaoru Tanamachi (棚町 薫 Tanamachi Kaoru) is one of main characters of Amagami SS and Amagami SS+ plus. She, along with Rihoko Sakurai, is a childhood friend of Junichi Tachibana and a student of Class 2-A with Junichi. Appearance: Kaoru has black, curly hair, black eyes, and an average bust size. She is described as "stylish" or "trendy". Personality: Kaoru is a tough and hardworking girl who is both lively and unpredictable. She also has a habit of teasing and hitting Junichi Tachibana at seemingly random moments. She is also the main target of Junichi's perversion and she is also seen with Masayoshi Umehara (Junichi's best friend). She works part-time as a waitress at a family restaurant and sometimes in other part-time jobs to help her mother maintain their ability as a two-person family to live independently. Consequently, she is totally against it when her mother dates another man. I will not spoil the rest, since most of the relevant stuff on the wiki comes from the endings of the game. I will not go into information about the anime either, as I think it would be better to be explored by everyone individually (I may do that at some point, perhaps). I will just leave a clip here though. I have not checked it yet, but I think it will not create any problems around (also spoiler for potential spoilers - again, I am not so sure if it is an actual spoiler, or just a moment selected by the user becuase it looked funny/cute in the anime): Anyway, Count is out now. Time to find some more good Touhou fanart, r just go to sleep if I feel as such (it is already past 1:30 AM, and I have been writing replies for over one and a half hours by now).
  10. Oh, do not worry about that. I think all of us have something to vent out eventually. In a way, that even is one of the reasons why I started this thread to begin with. Looking to let out some of my negative feelings, and try to understand some things I am still very confused about. Also I wish you good luck with your case. It looks like an extremely delicate situation, and I am not very sure what would the best course of action be sadly. But I guess whatever makes you happy would be the best option. Anyway, I really hope the conclusion reached will be amiable for both of you. Also, please excuse my lack of decency, but how old does it happen for you to be? In my case, as I may have already declared through different threads, I am 20.
  11. Many months later, but I am coming back with further details and context in the case of Romania. For the first part, I will copy a few stats from Wikipedia, then then perhaps I will add some info from experience with films and TV programs. In the case of films: Ratings in Romania are set by the National Center of Cinematography (Romanian: Centrul Național al Cinematografiei) (CNC). AG (audiență generală) – General audience. AP-12 (acordul părinților pentru copiii sub 12 ani) – Parental guidance for children under 12. N-15 (nerecomandat tinerilor sub 15 ani) – Not recommended for children under 15. IM-18 (interzis minorilor) – Prohibited to minors under 18. IM-18-XXX (interzis minorilor și proiecției cu public) – Prohibited to minors under 18 and projection in public. IC (interdicție de comunicare) – Prohibition of communication. In the case of TV programmes: The Romanian content rating system has changed frequently. The ratings of the programmes broadcast often caused legal interferences, since the radio and television authorities have stricter guidelines about age appropriate rating categories for programs. If a programme is not marked with the television authority's choice of rating symbol, the airing channel often has to pay large penalties to Romanian authorities, except with 24h all-news channels, 24h advertising channels (teleshopping), pay television or pay-per-view channels (like Eurosport, HBO, etc.) and foreign broadcasting TV-channels (like TV5Monde, Deutsche Welle, arte, etc.) that are subjected to foreign audio-visual regulations from their country of origin. The first rating symbols were adopted on May 2, 2000, as follows: Unrated – programmes can be viewed by any age. ● (green circle) - programmes are recommended with the parental guidance, may not contain any violence or sexual content. ▲ (yellow triangle) - programmes not recommended for children below the age of 12. ■ (red square) - the programme is recommended for adult viewers (for ages 18 and up), may contain explicit violence and explicit sexual content. May only air from 11 PM to 5 AM. Few television networks (such as Antena 1 or Prima TV) used the same symbols, but in a green, yellow or red ring with a transparent symbol. In 2002, a new rating system was devised. Ranking programmes and displaying the rating symbols became compulsory on every Romanian television network. The new rating system caused trouble within these networks, because the channels were required to display the ranking symbols during the entire duration of their programmes. The symbols were distracting to viewers, and networks feared that their constant presence could damage the television screen. Due to the complaints, the television authority allowed channels to choose to show the rating symbols on the left or on the right side of the screen. Later, channels were also allowed to increase the transparency of the symbols. The current rating symbols were adopted in September 2002. On July 12, 2005, the symbols became transparent. In this system, the rating symbols are as follows: Unrated – programmes can be viewed by any age (generally news TV-programmes, mostly 24h news channels, reportages and documentaries with some exceptions. Most offensive and sensitive contents are censored during newscasts, exceptions are made when they are broadcast live and therefore sanctioned by the CNA) ; AP – programmes are recommended for children with parental guidance, may not contain any violence or sexual content. A white ring with a transparent circle with the font AP written inside is used for this rating. Until 2005, the symbol was put in a red circle. 12 – programmes not recommended for children below the age of 12, may contain light sexual content or explicit language. Most films without serious violence or sexual content fit into this category as well. May only air from 8 PM to 6 AM. A white ring with a transparent circle with the number 12 written inside is used for this rating. Until 2005, the symbol was put in a red circle. 15 – programmes not recommended for teens and children below the age of 15, may contain more intensive violence and sexual content. May only air from 10 PM to 5 AM. A white ring with a transparent circle with the number 15 written inside is used for this rating. (Until 2005, the symbol was put in a red circle, and the classification was 16. The 16 rating was replaced by 15 on April 3, 2006, for a short time it was used with a white ring and transparent circle.) 18 – the programme is recommended for adult viewers (for ages 18 and up), may contain explicit violence and explicit sexual content. May only air from 11 PM to 5 AM. A white ring with a transparent circle with the number 18 written inside is used for this rating. Until 2005, the symbol was put in a red circle. And now, for a few comments: 1) There is a number of paradoxes in regards to Romanian media. Probably one of the most blatant ones is the treatment of old films. If you are to watch a film made before 1989, there is little chance any film will be rated as 12 and above. Even when the films may contain nudity or violence, the AP is used at most. 2) As I was talking about old Romanian films, there has been a drastic shift in the creative process following the December 1989 Revolution. If before that date, films were going under strict communist censorship, afterwards, film creators found themselves with unlimited freedom. Nudity and sexual content were pretty much forbidden to be shown in films before the Revolution, but afterwards, they have become an almost integral feature of Romanian films of the 1990s. It was very easy to confuse, at least through the eyes of a modern viewer, a 1990s comedy film with a softcore porn, given the content of films such as Miss Litoral or The Second Fall of Constantinople. Surprisingly, none of these films gets even up to these days a rating higher than 12, and can be broadcasted at any time of the day Violence and dark themes also became prevalent at the time, as they were another subject prohibited by communist cinematography. Films started becoming more brutal, trying to delve into the misery Romanians were living in through the early years after the fall of the communist regime. That trend has remained up to this day, giving a rather depressive tone to most Romanian (I would have initially said drama, but now I noticed it spread to comedy as well, as it was making fun of the stupidity of the people) films. 3) Romania does not really have a lot of violent films, at least not in the kind of police/thriller, slasher kind of films. Only recently (about a few weeks ago) did a horror film actually got produced and released in Romanian theaters. At least as far as I am aware. Violence in films did exist in one form or another during the communist regime as well, but it was mostly relegated to ''historical" (BIG QUOTATION MARKS HERE) war films, where they used to resent large battle scenes with thousands of extras (it was the communist era, it was very easy easy to get extras from the Army). During the 1990s and after, war films have dramatically decreased in number, with the last big scale war film being realized in 1998-99. Ever since, Romanian films have felt limited in their scope and sets, particularly due to the high production costs a modern historical or war film would take. That is why I was very surprised t find out a historical/war film has actually been produced recently, and will be brought into theaters beginning with December 1st this year. A good beginning for a potential revival of this film genre, even though the film looks rather low budget. Or maybe I am history buff raging at any kind of inaccuracy I can spot in a film/TV series, especially when it comes to the military history of Romania. 4) And speaking of big costs, most films here in Romania are still state-funded. You go with the request for making a film, the Commission evaluates your request, then they declare if it was accepted or not, together with the allocated budget. The one horror film I was talking about is one of the few exceptions, being entirely private-funded. Dut this does not happen very often. 5) In regards to the use of age rating for documentaries. There have been cases when, even if the overall documentary was rated as AP, for specific sections of it the rating was increased. Best example I have witnessed is that of Teleenciclopedia (the Tele-encyclopedia). Probably one of the longest, still running TV programmes in Romania (started in 1965 or '67 and going up to this day), it is part of the programmed broadcasted by the national television (TVR) every Saturday. For most of the time I have watched it (about 15 years), the Teleenciclopedia used to be unrated. Afterwards, it was moved to AP. And despite being overall an AP collection of reportages and foreign documentaries dubbed and cut into 10 minutes pieces (usually one Teleenciclopedia edition has 4 segments, each segment being continued the following week if a 50 minutes documentary was cut into 5 pieces for example), some segments may get the "12" rating if the topic is more sensitive (like in regards to wars or any documentary containing light nudity). 6) Generally, there is a lack of 18+ productions created locally (besides probably a few films like the one I mentioned earlier). A local porn industry probably exists (like in most other countries), but it is not very known, or at least I have no information in regards to its existence. In the case of TV broadcasting, 18+ content is rather rare. Most often, whatever programme broadcasted under that branding is very violent action films or horror productions - and these are mostly broadcasted on dedicated TV channels for films, late in the evening. Pornography is EXTREMELY RARE on any Romanian channel, and if it exists, it i again relegated to a handful of TV channels. Besides the channels that locked under code (so that minors may not accidentally watch them), there are only other 2 general film channels that have broadcasted such content. Both of them kept in the legal limits - the channels, more precisely were TV1000 and Film Café. TV1000 kept its adult content for the 23:00-6:00 time range, and was going into actual porn films. Film Café did similarly, but never went into actual porn films - at most, they focused on broadcasting erotic productions/films with high amounts of nudity. TV1000 dropped porn films from their broadcast schedule more than half a decade ago, and in the case of Film Café, I am not very sure what they are broadcasting anymore - it's been a while since I last opened a TV to watch something. As a side note, both Film Café and Film Now (formerly Digi Film) still use the red circle with the number 18 written inside for marking this kind of content. And with this long lecture, I hope I did not forget to cover anything I was looking for ever since I started the thread.
  12. Also I forgot to reply to this part, but yeah, I know the kind of videos you are talking about. As far as I am aware, I found two of them. They seem to be done in MMD animation, not really VR. Anyway, the two I know are one about Youmu (a rather weird experience for me, someone who just got into Touhou at the time and was beginning to form opinions on favorite characters and sympathies - before my current preference for Akyuu, I used to like Youmu quite a lot in my early days as a Touhou fan) and one about Shion (which I found through bait-and-switch memes).
  13. Rest assured, the not safe for work Fusu art will not be featured here. Everything (maybe besides some use of words) here will stay as family-friendly as possible. I am not sure of I can define the lat year's TLED thing on r/touhou as spam, but I guess it can also be called a such due to the high frequency at the time (one upload every day, for about a couple months), followed by a counter-movement that became a spam in itself too. Anyway, the opening post of this thread covers very well the entire context in regards to the posts of last year, and the buildu-up to the posts of this year. As for the forum itself, we are chill. Maybe sometimes we could end up touching more sensitive topics or use colorful language, but overall things are pretty chill in here. So don't worry, and expressed any way you considered it is the most suited for the situation.
  14. Yeah, unfortunately that's the situation of my students accommodation. If you are to compare it with any images I've received from fiends and former colleagues who now study abroad, conditions here in Romania are an absolute joke. The room (mind you, a 5x5m room I think) has 2 wardrobes, 3 beds, a desk, 2 chairs and a shelf. And that's it. We don't even have a fridge, and some other people here had decided to bring their own fridges. It's supposed to host 3 students, even though they used to shove 4 people in the past with a slightly different configuration. I'm glad we at least finally got heating, provided starting with last Friday. But yeah, I don't have any cooking facilities in the room itself, nor do we have dedicated kitchen areas where we could cook. People either bring their own small cooking devices from home, or go to the cantina (mind you, opened Monday to Friday from 11:30 to 17:00) or eat somewhere else.
  15. Unfortunately, I had to skip breakfast today? Yesterday however, I did have yoghurt with museli. And I guess a slice of break with chocolate. Since I moved for college to a students dormitory where I don't have access to cooking devices, my breakfast has become very light, mostly something I can improvise in a few minutes without having to cook it. Same goes for dinner, unless I have leftovers from lunch (my de facto main meal of the day - thank God with the cantina) or buy something cooked to specially eat for dinner (rather rare sight).
  16. Hello there! and welcome to the forum. It is always good to have new people joining the talk, and anyone is welcome. Do not worry, your English is actually very good. As for myself, I am not a native English speaker either (I am Romanian), so we are in a similar situation. Alright, this is fascinating. From my limited knowledge, anime was seen as a rather niche thing, mostly an interest of those creatures known as "(mom's) basement dwellers" and "neckbeards". However, those days FilthyFrank was talking about almost a decade ago are pretty much gone. Sure, the basement dwellers and neckbeards are still in there, but I knew anime and manga have become mainstream. It i funny how the average comic store in the United States nowadays (at least from what i have seen/was told) seems to be 3/4 selling manga and only 1/4 selling American comic books. The explanation I commonly hear for that is that we are in a state where either the American comics are so bad nowadays manga is seen as better, or manga in general is better written then said US comics. Here in Romania, even if manga/anime culture is not so widespread, it is slowly starting to make room. And nobody seems to be OK with it. "Oh, you like anime? That's cool, good for you" seems to be the general answer, as more and more young Romanians I came in contact with seems to have a preference for Japanese media over the American counterpart. It is not seen as a weird thing, just another interest/hobby, nothing unusual. I am not really sure how the "weaboo" cultures nowadays. Again, my main image in mind is that described by FilthyFrank long ago. Are they still just as bad as the old stereotypes describe them? As for "not making a good image for the people in Japan", the Japanese themselves are not much better. But that goes into cultural differences, which in itself can be a long discussion if anyone is interested. I guess that one depends on the anime genre and taste of the viewers? Indeed, it can be polarizing when you look into the tropes, themes, or even just the manner in which a lot of manga is written or anime done. Just like any other media source, it can be a target of stereotyping. Stereotypes will always happen, it depends a lot on the way they are executed. We are not talking about the questionable looking loli characters involved in naughty and inappropriate acts, or the whole tentacle thing (that one is, funny enough, a trope that has been up for like 350 years now) Do not worry, I absolutely love reading long comments. You mean that anime was better until a decade ago? And is this related to the common complaint that anime/manga has become a series of stereotypes acting more like bait to gather... certain people in? Like a shape without any substance? Personally, I have not watched more than 1-2 anime my whole life (Kyoro-chan when I was a little child, and Hellsing Ultimate last year) besides half of Touhou Memories of Phantasm, so I cannot confirm. My main source of getting some info on 2-3 anime was through AspreyFM reading every Saturday anime reviews from My Anime List for a few weeks last summer.
  17. Another thing about anime art style. And quite a detour from the previous sub-topic (still open for discussion on that one though). Had I not been told this is the same character, I would have thought they are completely different ones. The style used can make quite a difference, and is one of the things I like a lot about art in general. Good connection with the overall topic since this is based on an anime: Artist: I think this is official material. Character - Tanamachi Kaoru from the video game Amagami (which was also turned into a manga spinoff series and anime, naturally) Artist: miura-n315 (https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/71716971) Artist: 薫風と共に去りぬ (https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/91641564) No matter the art style, this is awesome. I just very fond of young women with black, wavy, shoulder-leght haircuts. It is my weak point; also make the hair a bit fluffy, and I feel like in heaven. And now with this, you are also aware of my tastes, at least in terms of art (gonna be interesting to actually rest this in real life at some point...). Plus, who can resist a cute, wholesome smile? ...what is going on with me?!
  18. No, I do not think in the Touhou universe is one, especially Reimu. This is not Len'en, where characters are androgynous/genderless, and therefore fans can interpret them as whatever they want them to be. I mean not even Toyosatomimi no Miko, who was initially a man (but ended up becoming a woman once revived because, I guess ZUN-ification beam?), is now a woman without a doubt. If you ask fanart however... Nah, I'd prefer not have to bleach my eyes again.
  19. Surprise, I am reporting the first day without any Circus activity. Does this mark the end of the daily posting, or just a temporary hiatus until more stuff gets translated? It remains to be seem in the following days. Huh, just as I noticed that as well. The_Entire_Circus made no post announcing the end of TLED, which is contrary to the usual (or at least the Fusu-posting last year actually had a conclusion). Closest thing we have canonically is Gun Sign ~ 3D Printed Gun, used by miss Sumireko Usami during the Urban Legend incident if I recall correctly.
  20. I have heard of the connection between stress and aging more quickly. I really need to relax, as I am way too stressed in general... Honestly, quite ironic in my case. I am not much than the guy next door when it comes to staying far from that kind of content (more like neither trying to avoid it at all costs, nor constantly looking for it - I have explained in the past where my standards stay). Anyway, point is I might be a little lazy in general and have a hard time starting a project, yet once I start it, you can't get me out of it until I finish it - just takes a bit until I start it. As for replacing real life interactions with R18 content... again, the only feeling it gave me was, besides a small dose of temporary dopamine, that I actually want to spend more time together with real people, interact with them, and just enjoy the company of not being alone. I may not be having a girlfriend (nor be too lucky with it when I get the feelings for someone), but I am quite happy to have friends and be able to befriend more people since I finally got to college. Real human interaction is just so precious. I still do not have a clear answer on "how would normally look/the degree of maturity of a human body around the age of 20?" (of course, if a "normal/average" does exist to begin with). Given how confused I got after 2 years of daily Touhou (and anime by extension) fanart overdose. It's that scary stage when you start looking around and "wait a minte, this (irl thing) doesn't look even a tiny bit like that!". It's one thing to get used to anime style art, but another to forget how a real human body looks like. Especially when you have no feasible way to know how it looks like besides...you know. Sometimes a very young anime/manga character will look like a "mommy" because the artist gave her exaggerated features, while other times a fully-grown adult character could be easily confused for a child. (just trying to tie things again into the main topic of this thread)
  21. Today, Furandooru Sukaaretto: Also, it looks like today other people also caught the spirit of the Circus, and posted their own images: Source - https://www.reddit.com/r/touhou/comments/yxs701/a_true_friend/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3
  22. Oh, nice to see this series still going. It's been a while since I last got wind of new content
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