Woes of Loneliness

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Loneliness seems to be something we all suffer from every now and again. Nerds seem to have it worse because they can enjoy individual activities. However, when they do finally come up for air, having no one to talk to can be demoralising.

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Review: Hot Gimmick

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This is a fairly unknown manga in the subculture of otaku and anime. First, it’s shojo. This means it’s written for girls in mind. If I’m correct, otaku in Japan are primarily young men who respond to the -kun honorific. Also, manga and anime are things you’re supposed to grow out of. They’re something “meant for kids” but it seems a lot of people secretly enjoy the two as they grow older. I would assume that’s why seinen (the adultier version of shonen) and josei (the adultier version of shojo) exist. By the way, all of what I know about Japanese culture has been learned primarily through inference. I’ve never been to the country. However, I would like to say I have a basic understanding from watching videos, reading historical novels over their culture, learning their cultural interactions and the significance of them, and how certain characters in their syllabaries (hiragana, katakana, and kanji) affect their overall communication.

So the reason why you’ve never heard of this series is: shojo is generally unpopular and Hot Gimmick‘s counterparts (Hana Yori Dango, etc.) that came out around the same time received far better reviews and appreciation both in Japan and around the world.

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Intellectual Playground

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Right, let’s get on with it.

I am a self-described “intellectual”. I am intelligent and I love more than anything a good, calm debate. I won’t engage myself into a chat where there’s no hope for anything good to come of it.

This is why I love political science. This is why I love Japanese Role-Playing Games (JRPG’s).

I have rules for those that want to play with me on the playground.

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