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  1. Thanks again for the fun and games on Sunday, @MadCast: Kitty Stark! Next time I will definitely try and beat you at Pictionary, only to choke at the end and have you win on another fluke guess.
  2. I watch a lot of anime, so quite often I'm listening to opening and ending themes. The one I'm loving most right now is the first OP from Dororo. It's got a great beat.
  3. I really enjoyed My Roommate is a Cat, it was always fun to see the two of them worry about each other in very similar ways while also being so confused when it came to caring about someone. And that Inu x Boku SS OP gave me flashbacks, it's such a good song. These days I'm all about the 1st opening song for Dororo.
  4. I usually do the pumpkin carving, we're slowly making our way through some pattern books we picked up years ago (because my art skills aren't that good). Here are a couple I found pictures of.
  5. Not my dog, but I spend a bunch of time with my sister's miniature poodle. Named Lucy after the Peanuts character. She likes cheese, scratches behind the ear, and sticking her big nose in everything.
  6. I'm back with more anime recs! Both of these are currently airing, so if you do want to check them out you'll have to wait week to week. First is Fire Force. It's about Shinra, a new recruit to the Fire Force's Company 8. He joins the team going around defeating monsters born out of spontaneous human combustion. Or so they think. There's a deeper meaning to what's been going on in the city. The world-building is pretty cool, the action scenes are fluid and well-animated. But I could do without the occasional fan service moments, they bring down the whole tone of the show for me. Second is Ascendance of a Bookworm. A young librarian dies suddenly and is transported to another world and into the body of a sickly 5 year old girl. Desperate to get back to a life full of books, she sets out on a long mission to make them, as in this world, paper is expensive and not everyone knows how to read or write. It's a gentle, laid-back kind of show that makes me laugh.
  7. They do! Their season is over right now, they generally live stream their dives on their site or YouTube from May to October. This year they've posted their full dives to YouTube, so if you head to their live dive recording channel, you can rewatch this year's streams. They found a lot of cool things this year.
  8. LizzieJay

    Books of My Past

    Tamora Pierce and Mercedes Lackey were definitely the authors of my teen years. Pierce's Circle of Magic series and Protector of the Small series were ones that stuck with me over and over, Circle of Magic because of the 4 main characters, how different they were and how atypical their magic was compared to so many others, and Protector of the Small because Kel was stubborn, determined, and fiercely loyal. She's like that always in your corner ready to fight for you friend. I read them again a few years ago and, to me, they still held up as smart books that could be both strong and compassionate. (These days, from an adult fantasy series view, my favourite author has to be V.E. Schwab, especially her Shades of Magic series. V crafts worlds and characters so wonderfully and always explores the complexities that people carry day to day. So if people are looking for a complete trilogy to check out, I would hard suggest looking for A Darker Shade of Magic. Or Vicious, if anti-superheroes and shades of grey are more to your liking.)
  9. Yes! The one 2 weeks ago was so much fun. I'll definitely try to be there on Sunday to play more games.
  10. It's definitely weird when you think about it, but it's also evidence of the cycle of life and eating and death that a lot of sea creatures follow. And their comment of the whale being a last meal for a bunch of octopus was interesting. The only reason they were diving in this area off the California coast was because last year they found thousands of female octopus brooding their eggs. So they'll feed on the whale, fill up on calories and energy, lay their eggs against some rocks, then cover them and sit there for a year or two until they hatch. Coming across that whale might mean the octopus will have more than enough energy to keep their eggs safe from predators. Here's the video from last year:
  11. For @MadCast: narucabra, as far as I know, there is a dub of Kids on the Slope. And no worries, you watch however you want to watch. And (if you haven't seen it) here's a counter-counter rec for And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online, one called Recovery of an MMO Junkie. It's about a newly unemployed 30-year-old woman who decides to now spend her days playing a rather dashing male hero in an MMO. It's a bit different, the characters are all adults and it's only 10 episodes, but I still enjoyed it. There's also a dub of this as well.
  12. Hello there! The other night, me and some people in the Destiny channel on Discord started talking about anime, and I thought I’d start a thread in order for a bunch of people to share what shows they think other people might want to check out (beyond the classic suggestions of Dragon Ball, One Piece, Attack on Titan, or Fullmetal Alchemist). My tastes are a bit varied (some slice of life, some fantasy, some sports anime, some high school set stories), so hopefully there’ll be something that’ll interest most people who check out the post. I’ll try and quickly summarize it without giving too much away. Most of these will be available to watch on legal sites like Crunchyroll, Funimation, or Netflix for the US/CA crowd, others might want to give it a Google as I know there are different anime streaming sites in different countries. Sakamichi no Apollon/Kids on the Slope: set in the 1960’s, it’s one of those thoughtful heart-warming but heart-breaking stories of two very different high school students discovering they have 1 thing in common: music. (12 episodes) Gin no Saji/Silver Spoon: not really sure what he wants to do with his life, Hachiken enrolls in an agricultural high school in Hokkaido, knowing nothing about farming or livestock, and proceeds to have his mind blown over and over. (2 seasons, 11 episodes each) Anasatsu Kyoushitsu/Assassination Classroom: after the moon is suddenly turned into a premanent cresent shape, a class of middle school students is tasked with assassinating the monster who caused it to happen, who also happens to be their new teacher. (2 seasons, 22 and 25 episodes) Amaama to Inazuma/Sweetness and Lightning: a super sweet story about a widower trying to continue on after the death of his wife and ends up bonding with a high school student while trying to find a nutritious meal for his young daughter. Note: this show will make you hungry. (1 season, 12 episodes) Haikyuu!!: the trials and tribulations and long matches of a high school boys volleyball team. I know, sports anime can drag on sometimes, but the characters in this one makes it worth it for me. (3 seasons, 25, 25, and 10 episodes, with the 4th season starting in the new year) My Hero Academia: if you like superheroes, you might want to give this a watch. It can get pretty serious at times, there is some good honest fighting crime/life or death talk. The first few episodes lead into the overall story so it might be a little boring, but I won’t blame you for skipping them. (2 seasons, 13 and 25 episodes, with the 3rd season currently airing) Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san: sometimes hilarious, sometimes depressing, and always honest stories of customers, co-workers, and general working retail struggles from the point of view of a bookstore employee. (1 season, 12 episodes) Kimetsu no Yaiba/Demon Slayer: set in a time similar to the early 1900’s, the story of a young man who returns home to find his family slaughtered and his sister a demon. He’s on a mission to join the Demon Slayer Corps, to defeat the demon who killed his mother and siblings, and to find a cure for his sister. (1 season, 26 episodes, with a movie of the next story arc out in 2020) Plus there’s way more titles I could list, shows like Tsuritama, Blue Exorcist, Tokyo Ghoul, Cells at Work, Tsurune, Kill la Kill, Waiting in the Summer, Phi Brain, Gingitsune, Mushishi, Dororo, Land of the Lustrous, Barakamon, Bungo Stray Dogs, Uchoten Kazoku 1 and 2, and the new Fruits Basket remake. Also, the absolutely heartbreaking movie Koe no Katachi (quick note, this movie does discuss bullying/assault, suicide, and death, so heads up for anyone uncomfortable with those topics). So, there’s a bunch of titles for people to check out. And I’d love to know what you’d suggest I check out, if I haven’t mentioned it here.
  13. Thanks so much for the chance to hang out and play silly games and meet some new people in the group outside of the Destiny players. It was so much fun.
  14. So last year I discovered the E/V Nautilus live streams. They're basically live videos as unmanned vehicles explore the bottom of the ocean. Sometimes they're looking for fish or coral samples, sometimes it's wrecked ships. The 2019 season is over now, but on their very last dive of the year they came across something I thought was interesting. And thought maybe people here would also enjoy it.
  15. Hello again, all. It's LizzieJay, just Lizzie is fine, sort of doing another intro post because it's been maybe 6 months since I did my last one and because I was recently slightly nudged to apply for full membership. So here I am, applying for full membership. And was recruited by MadCast: Doublestufforeo. Some quick info on me, again, since it's been a while. I live in BC, Canada, where there are mountains and rain and sometimes snow in the winter. I mostly play Destiny 2 as well as a bunch of mobile games. Pokemon GO, Two Dots. Just a bunch of collecting and puzzle games, I'm a pretty casual kind of gamer. Outside of games, I read a bunch of books and comics and watch anime. With Destiny 2 I mostly run around and do PvE stuff, collecting bits and doing triumphs, with the occasional (extremely twitchy) PvP game. If you're looking for help with quests or working through the campaign on an alt, hit me up. We can run something (I have a very baby Titan that I'm slowly running through all the campaigns with because I never bothered to create a Titan before October). I'm usually on in the evenings around 7pm west coast time/10pm east coast time. So that's it. Looking forward to seeing how this goes.