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Uboachan's scanlation group Patchy Illusion Team has just released two new Yume Nikki Doujins: In the Shallows and Refrain. You can see all of our previous releases here.

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 No.18111[Reply]

Christmas thread.
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 No.18239

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>>18111
merry christmas everyone!

 No.18240

Merry Christmas, uboa!

 No.18241

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Merry christmas ubuu

 No.18242

love and joy!

 No.18246

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It's not Christmas anymore ubuu. Christmas is dead and this thread is its rotting corpse.



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 No.18129[Reply]

I remember reading somewhere a while back that a lot of the, "unanswered questions", in SEL were actually answered in Digimon Tamers. Both were directed by the same person and DT is notable for it's darker tones and bizarre themes. Do you think there's any merit to this, or was it just some guy looking too deeply things and seeing something that isn't there? What do you think the parallels are, if any? At the very least, both have sentient digital beings.

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Nice thread.
Well I'm not certain if there's a legitimate connection between SEL and DT, but I do agree there's definitely some influences. I guess a possible example of this is Jeri's character whose apparently supposed to be based off Lain. Both personalities and the way they're played out throughout the plot awfully resemble each other.
(Pics related)

 No.18189

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>>18129
I'm not finding Ryuutaro Nakamura's name on Digimon Tamers, but I will add that I do think there is correlation among his work. I know Kino and Lain shared a lot of similar themes, although I will argue that those two shows were already similar in tone to start out with.

 No.18193

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Nakamura did not direct Digimon tamers. The director is some other person.
Interesting enough, Nakamura directed Sakura Taisen, a series for who Yoshitoshi ABe drew the manual of the first game.

 No.18195

>>18189
>>18193
Why are you talking about Nakamura? I'm talking about Chiaki J. Konaka. I guess, "scenarist", it different from director, but he was a writer on both too.

 No.18196

>>18195
Well ya dingus, you said "director" in the OP but didn't provide any name.
He's got an interesting repertoire though.



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 No.18161[Reply]

What was that thread that way just posted and deleted by that 18 year old girl? It was so painful to read. Jesus how pathetic. Complaining about shit when she had pretty much every advantage. Oh boo hoo, rejected by any ivy league when you got bs and cs from your ap classes and didn't even do sports when you had a talent for it? I'm just sobbing for that poor girl. How tragic and not all all predictable. But, seriously reading that shit made me want to drown a puppy.
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>>18162
A thread was posted in hikki and seemed to be immediately deleted. Op asked for where her life should go now that she is, "newly 18". She then told a sob story about how was too tired to spend time with her friends and quit doing volleyball when she started freshman year for no reason. She was in ap classes and got mediocre grades, unlike her classmates, and was for some reason surprised when the ivy league school she chose as her early decision didn't accept her. What a massive fuck face. It reminds me of the story about a miserable king who saw a lowly servant always being happy and humming music. He wondered why the servant was happy and asked his aid about it. The aid later put a gold coin on that servant's door step. The servant was of course happy. The aid then started putting more and more coins. The servant started arguing with his family about how the money should be spent and he started worrying about losing it all the time. He became just as miserable as the king and hummed no more.

 No.18164

She realized her mistake and got rid of it. What's your problem? Why didn't you let it stay dead? By the way, I did see her post and I'm not defending her in the slightest, just saying it's gone so let it die.

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>>18164
>What's your problem? Why didn't you let it stay dead?
It reminded OP of nasushit and didn't let him sleep through the night. I'd be mad as well.

 No.18169

This is a bad feels call out thread.
Why not just keep it to yourself?

 No.18180

>>18169
Because, if I don't let out my bad feels, I'll implode.



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 No.18160[Reply]

Who else likes Golden Boy? I watched it a few years ago and ever since I've been smitten. It kind of represents an unrealistic ideal that you still strive to come closer to. As far as, "ecchi", shows go, it's definitely one of the best as that part is only in the side-lines and never gets in the way of the plot. I like its episodic nature, which I think should be more common.


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 No.18159[Reply]

Discuss


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 No.18028[Reply]

Does anybody still care about Thanksgiving?
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 No.18092

Why do amerifats need 2 festivals in the same season? Can't you just give yourself turkey nuggets on Halloween if candy is not enough? This sounds exhausting

 No.18104

>>18092
One to circle jerk over patriotism and being a good person, and another to buy shit while pretending to give a shit about Jesus.

 No.18139

>>18092
Americans are just fat fucks. You nailed it on the head right there. They will use any excuse to stuff their face with a cheeseburger - i've been to America and seen this happen first hand.

Once, while I was in New York for a holiday, I walked into one of their infamous feeding zones known as "McDonald's". Right as you walk in you're overpowered with this sickening stench of sweat, rotting milk and aged cheese. This family was sitting in one of the booths eating their happy meals. The matriarch of the group, who appeared to be nearing a hefty 250 lbs, was enthusiastically encouraging her offspring to gulp down one of those processed prole-slop sandwiches.

"Git it down yee boy" She squealed in her piggish, high pitched manner, inherent in most American females of her stock.

"Yessir, Mamma I certainly will"

The she-baboon then forced the entire cheese burger into the boy's mouth and you could obviously see he was in pain. Meanwhile, his surrounding family were supporting him with their animalistic whoops and jeers. Not to mention the fucking clapping. Anyway, the kid seemed to swallow the entire thing in his tiny wee mouth, tomato sauce and tears streaming down his face and mixing in with the relish. He spluttered and coughed but you could see this twisted pride in his eyes. He was going through some kind of rite of passage. After he has slid the monstrous girth down his pie hole and into his gullet, all his family members stood up and started clapping. A young couple from the next table over (both fat fucks) congratulated them through grunts of acknowledgment while simultaneously gorging on french fries. Everyone in the restaurant starting a round of applause for the chap and he leaped up on top of the table, with his potbelly proudly sticking out, and starting singing the star spangled banner. It was fucking horrifying. Never going back to that shithole.

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>>18139
Nice story, but people who actually live in NYC don't tend to be fat. If you're talking about New York State, you should specify that.

 No.18142

>>18140
nigga america is fat the world knows it get out of the closet



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 No.18119[Reply]

So, what are you up to today, ubuu? I've finally managed to have some free time so I'm wasting it drawing a bit and translating some songs I've had on queue for a while.
Also sei, for the love of god, change the snow to damn snowflakes already, please. It's getting on my nerves that tohno has proper snow while we don't.
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>>18126
Typical sleep procrastination. I don't have much to look forward to during the day, so I stay up late browsing. Going to sleep is like instantly transmitting your consciousness into the shitty next day rather than enjoying yourself for as long as possible at night.

 No.18128

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>>18127
Ah yes, I know what you mean. I'd use all the hours I could at night to do things at peace knowing that everybody was in bed and nobody would bother me. Unfortunately, I also had to wake up quite early, so I'd spend my days tired and sleepy. Back then I was still in school so things were more or less okay since I had good grades, didn't need to study and could nod off there. That still didn't make me feel better, since I didn't particularly enjoyed leaving my house for so long.
Now that I'm on college I need to study more, so I find it difficult to give my nighttime to physics and math. That's why I started studying in the mornings and using the night to relax, which also includes more sleeping. Somehow, having to go through long periods of time using your brain does really strain you enough mentally to make you rather sleepy at night. It's a good thing I can sleep more or less after a few minutes of being in the bed now, contrary to the past when I could go for hours just looking at the ceiling no matter how tired I felt.

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>>18128
You probably live in a dorm, right? Do you think things would be different if you were a commuter?

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>>18130
Since I live in my house, I'm already one.
On the other hand, if I had to live on a dorm, it'd really depend on who my dorm mate is. I'm not comfortable living around people I don't know, more so if I have little to no privacy. That would definitely mess my time set up even more and I'd end probably going back to extending night hours in order to counterweight the stress of daylight, and thus tiring myself even more.

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>>18126
>What MMORPG?
Warframe, strictly speaking it's only MMOish, but when you run every mission on public because it's easier to grind it may as well be. They did also added new open world area recently, complete with more new resources in it for you to grind.



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 No.18039[Reply]

I know this might sound edgy, but here I go anyway. I've been thinking about human predictability a lot lately. It seems to me that with a lot of things people seem to follow some kind of program, like their actions and words are automated and not their own. This is both on a day to day basis, and during unusual events. It's not just going through the motions, it's too exact. Let me use an inevitable event as an example: the death of Miyazaki. Thinking about this is actually what triggered this train of thought. When Miyazaki dies, I can already tell what will happen in far too exact detail. At first everybody will be in shock, but then they'll once again go into autopilot… Big news sites and tabloids alike will all publish the same article as each other about what a great man and inspiration he was and how he shaped the dreams of children and all of that white noise. People on social media will talk about they watched his movies as kids and how upset they are. Some people will make memorial videos on youtube talking about how great he was and they'll all go on and on like they're reading the same script, but slightly doctored to give the illusion of diversity. Ghibli will make a statement about it and maybe even make something in memorial to him. Right after that blip in time, it'll be gone and people will almost instantly snap back into their regular programming. That's it. It didn't even happen, and yet the feeling of it is already palpable. I wouldn't be too surprised if all of those articles were pre-written. My point is it's not like Ghibli will use their remaining funds to build a plane and kamikaze it into the United Nations head quarters. This example is just on the big scale, but I see it everywhere. Am I alone in this, or does anybody else feel it?
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>>18075
Huh, I personally have never experienced any desire to protect my identity because my identity always felt completely natural to me. I acknowledge to myself that I put on a facade around other people. I know that that's not the real me, it's the me I present to other people. This in itself a facet of my identity, the fake identity and desire to maintain it. Maybe it's because I always have spent so much time in my head, but I always saw a very clear and absolute line between my true self and who I present to the outside world. I even put on a mask when using ubuu. The mask is closer to who I really am, but I certainly withhold information. I do this as a defensive mechanism against other people because I know my true self has a lot of off putting qualities. It has nothing to do with a desire to fit in, it's a desire to not stand out. In an argument, I always start by being almost certain of my position. If the other person starts to beat me in the argument, I have a tendency to bend the definitions of words and logic to try and twist things so that i'm still right. If I fail to do this, I might actually change my perspective on something. I don't feel that defensive about my identity. I have no problem with the notion that in ten years I might be totally different. The hope that life might make me a superior person to who I am now is actually comforting to me.

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I don't know, I guess with human predictability, the reason it seems so predictable is because for every situation (in the example you give for instance), there is a limited amount of possible reactions. This is especially relevant to culture. The way humans react must in some way be shaped by our culture, values, self preservation, communal perception etc, so I feel to some degree, reactions will only fall into a certain general set. This set might be diverse—in the case of mourning, think of how many view death in the context of reincarnation—but it will ultimately have a general feel. Thus, it's probably best to look for the subtle nuance in how we react, and to be genuine. Being contrarian doesn't make sense as a general life strategy, but being critical and sincere in your thought and will at least allow you to understand our predictability.

 No.18079

>>18076

>> In an argument, I always start by being almost certain of my position. If the other person starts to beat me in the argument, I have a tendency to bend the definitions of words and logic to try and twist things so that i'm still right. If I fail to do this, I might actually change my perspective on something.


>>I don't feel that defensive about my identity. I have no problem with the notion that in ten years I might be totally different. The hope that life might make me a superior person to who I am now is actually comforting to me.


Isn't that moment of maintaining correctness still in some deep rooted way preservation of identity? I guess realising that your opinion changes and that you put on a mask, as well as fundamentally understanding your self preservation in argument negates that to a degree, but I'm not sure it totally separates your identity from your opinions.

 No.18080

>>18079
I do that because I hate losing. I have a stubborn streak and it extends to other things.

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>>18078
>The way humans react must in some way be shaped by our culture
Why is that a necessity? There lies what my problem fundamentally is. All humans experience the emotion of grief in the same way. The feeling is consistent, yet the reaction to it is not. Is mourning a cultural exercise, or a personal affair? Common practice in society is inevitable and necessary in some cases, I understand this, but the way in which we mourn in modern society rubs me the wrong way. There is nothing natural about it as it is only possible because of technology. There is no diversity in society's reaction to something. The diversity you speak of is from one society to another, it is not from individual to individual. Mourning is an emotion that is experienced by an individual and an individual can only truly feel their own pain. Because of this I feel that the emotion should be reacted to individual(or with people who you actually have a strong relationship with). No click bait articles, no capitalizing on the object of mourning, no social media posts. I believe that these practices cheapen death and turn it into a digital circus act for people to gawk at and feign empathy for. Even if participating is a, "good life strategy", I want no part in it and it disturbs me.



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When I was a kid I used to kill ants for fun. The methods in which I did this were peculiar enough for me to want to post about them. Just to be clear, I have never hurt any other animals, nor have I wanted to do so as a kid. Besides insects and spiders, I actually love animals. Ants were in a strange sort of limbo for me because while they weren't large enough for me to be afraid of them, I still could not feel even a shred of empathy for them. Being in this limbo is what allowed killing them to be fun to me.

My favorite weapon of choice was a serrated butter knife and my favorite method of killing was to very slightly tap them with the flat part of the blade. Even the tiniest bit of force would cause sever damage to them. I would scout for a victim and once they were selected let them know of my presence by tapping the knife on the ground near them. I would chase them around for a while before finally landing a blow. After the first tap they wouldn't be able to run anymore, but they would still keep moving. A lot of the time their antenna would be bent and some of their appendages would be broken. I would let them walk around a little before tapping them again and again and again until they stopped moving. Here's the first interesting observation that I made about their behavior. If an ant is still capable of moving it's body, but it is sure of its own death, it will curl up into a ball and twitch until it stops moving. Most of the time I tapped them to death before this could occur. The second method of killing would be to simply cut them in half, which required more coordination than I thought it would. I was surprised to discover that if cut low enough, they would continue to walk around after. On some occasions, I thought I saw some kind of trail of flesh following behind them.

I discovered a few, "human", like traits in the ants behavior, although, I may be projecting. For instance, ants that have been cut in half seemed to display more erratic behavior than tapped ants. They were more aimless and frantic in their movements. The reaction of ants to them was also far greater than tapped ants. Ants seem to show some form of fear. Besides killing ants, I also used the knife to both illicit a reaction from them and push them from one location to another. When two healthy ants were pushed into each other they always panicked greatly when put into contact with each other. This panic was far greater when one of the ants was damaged in sPost too long. Click here to view the full text.
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>>18065
I remember now that after a few hours of killing ants, when I went to bed at night that day and closed my eyes, I would see countless ants crawling on a floor and totally covering it. It was like when I played the game boy non-stop and couldn't help but have the image of the game screen in my mind when trying to fall sleep.

 No.18067

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Nah, you aren't a psycho. I used to do the same with grasshoppers, like cutting their limbs and seeing how they react, beheading, I even made a forest of impaled grasshoppers à la Vlad III and I'd drop the others there to see how they reacted before making them join the party.
Nowadays I regret being such a cunt with the poor things, but at the same time I understand I did it because I lacked empathy, and I simply lacked empathy because I was a child. You'd be surprised, but kids are just like that, they… kind of lack the idea of being in the shoes of the other, so they will remorselessly kill and torture bugs without a whit of regret simply because they don't think they are doing anything wrong. We usually gain a sense of empathy around 9 or 10, I think. I remember reading about this once but can't quote the source.

As for the behaviour of your ants, they work with pheromones. I think the others tended to avoid that place because they can spread a smell that's basically like "If you walk about this place you're going to die". As for moving so erratically when tapped, I think it wasn't so much fear as pain. I'm not entirely sure they can sense fear, however I'm no specialist.

 No.18069

>>18067
That makes a lot of sense, but as I already said, I had no desire to hurt any other animal, so I do think I had some concept of empathy. Looking back on it I don't bad, just sort of intrigued. That might be because I am dead scared of all insects. I can't bring myself to empathize with them because they seems like monsters to me. I stopped killing them out of boredom.
>I think the others tended to avoid that place because they can spread a smell
That makes a lot of sense, but I also feel that ants must also react to visual stimuli, as the one that stumbled upon the ant grave did. That also doesn't explain the utterly callous way that healthy ants reacted to injured ants. The healthy ant wouldn't run away to some place totally different, they just avoided the dying one. In my last story, behavior of the ant became more erratic even without additional pain. I think ants are more complicated than people give them credit for.

 No.18070

>>18069
I think it's easier to empathize with a dog or a cat because we're surrounded by them constantly and told they're living beings, and also we can see them defending themselves if we try to harm them, which may discourage us of doing so because a) it can hurt us b) we can see plainly it hurts them. Back then I had a cat and I really loved them (in fact I still do love animals in general), but I didn't flinch my eyebrows while bisecting grasshoppers, crushing ants, or tearing earwigs apart, simply because I couldn't recognize anything on their features that indicated pain, though somehow I acknowledged they were suffering since I was testing how they reacted to my little garden of legs and heads.

>I can't bring myself to empathize with them because they seems like monsters to me.

I've actually come to love insects for this. They're as alien as you can get on earth.

>That makes a lot of sense, but I also feel that ants must also react to visual stimuli, as the one that stumbled upon the ant grave did.

I'm not saying they don't react to visual stimuli, but most ants have really poor sight, and some species are even completely blind (it'd be interesting if we could track what species were you playing with). Here's more info on the composition of their eyes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant#Head
On the same article there's more info in #Communication about how they use pheromones.

>In my last story, behavior of the ant became more erratic even without additional pain. I think ants are more complicated than people give them credit for.

I wish I could go deeper on this, but I've never actually studied animal behaviour (other than my experiments). I think ants are more complex than we think too, but we've managed to crack most of their basic traits and can predict their activity with a fair amount, of accuracy (though not perfectly).

 No.18071

>>18070
I'm sure I got some kind of sadistic glee out of it. Even now I have a tiny bit of those tendencies. Well, whatever.
>it'd be interesting if we could track what species were you playing with
I have a suspicion that they might be pavement ants. My kitchen was directly connected a patio. I sometimes saw ants slipping through the separating door. The location and behavior seem to match, but on the patio itself I only ever saw really tiny brown ants, so that kind of throws me off.



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 No.18054[Reply]

The 4400 is just a shitty version of Jojo. I don't know whether you heard of the 4400, here's a summary: 4400 people are abducted by aliens over varying points of history. All of them are returned to earth at the same time and they're all the same age as when they were abducted. When they land they have special powers for some reason. Every person has a unique power that is somewhat reflective of their personality. The show itself follows a special police force made to monitor the 440 and apprehend any of them if they cause trouble. The show starts of being episodic with them finding and arresting various dangerous 4400 members. Shit starts to get more convoluted when scientists figure out that the powers are caused by some green ooze and if people inject that into them self they can either develop powers or die. Somehow this green ooze start being distributed illegally. The police team now also has to combat any person who developed powers and uses them for criminal actives. All of the powers are kind of dull like making people do what you want, or killing people around you when you get stressed, or never forgetting anything. Nothing very interesting. People don't use them in creative ways. The story gets more and more convoluted with time travel and mind control and eventually some guy gets the power to make the people around him either die or also get powers and the whole thing becomes a massive cluster fuck that didn't even get a proper conclusion because it got cancelled. Has anybody else watched this train wreck?

 No.18055

No, but it sounds stupid as fuck.

 No.18057

>a shitty version of Jojo
As if jojo wasn't already shitty enough

 No.18058

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>>18055
You don't even know the start of it. One guy gets the power to make shitty b movies that predict the future. When time travel starts being part of everything, people are basically sent back through nanobots. So they don't actually go back in time, they possess people in our time with the nanobots. So there starts being this conspiracy aspect because the police team doesn't know who's real and who isn't. Everybody like Bill Gates and Steve Job gets replaced. The people from the future are all a bunch of rich capitalists who don't want the Earth to be healthy, because they control all of the natural resources. The aliens are actually also people from the future who oppose the rich capitalists and want to do so by making the world better by giving people super powers. One of the original 4400 was like a rich guy, but then he got killed off, and then he inexplicably was resurrected by the good future people. After his resurrection he starts acting like a Jesus type prophet who wants to spread the ooze everywhere and, "purify", the world of people who would die from the ooze. The baby of two of the 4400 has ultra special powers. She basically turns into an adult by turning her mother into a really old woman. She then starts having a really weird sexual relationship with one of the police force members. She ends up being used by the evil future people, but ends up killing them at the expense of killing herself. There's so, so, so much more.
>>18057
Take that back.

 No.18059

https://youtu.be/auMuuPJe8eg
The first episode. The audio goes out a bit at the beginning, but it's mostly fine. I fucking dare you to try to finish it.



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