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General Anime Discussions / Re: Serial Experiments Lain
Last post by TwitchisMental - Saturday, March 18, 2023, 10:42

Oooo this one sounds interesting.

General Role Playing Discussions / Villains
Last post by Kokoro - Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 17:04
Have you ever played a villain in a game?  Or maybe not the "bad guy" per se, but not necessarily the hero type.  I'm thinking of starting a game using these character types.  Who's interested?  I recently watched Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey and, yes, I'm a Harley Quinn fangirl!  I think it would be a fun change of pace to play a character like her.
General Anime Discussions / Serial Experiments Lain
Last post by Kokoro - Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 16:40
You cannot view this attachment."Lain Iwakura, a junior high school girl, lives in suburban Japan with her middle-class family, consisting of her inexpressive older sister Mika, her emotionally distant mother, and her computer-obsessed father; Lain herself is somewhat awkward, introverted, and socially isolated from most of her school peers. The status-quo of her life becomes upturned by a series of bizarre incidents that start to take place after she learns that girls from her school have received an e-mail from a dead student."
General Anime Discussions / Cute High Earth Defense Club L...
Last post by Kokoro - Monday, March 13, 2023, 11:31
You cannot view this attachment.The Earth Defense Club at Binan High School (Yumoto Hakone, En Yufuin, Atsushi Kinugawa, Io Naruko and Ryuu Zaou) who regularly attend a local bathhouse run by Yumoto's brother, are approached by a strange pink wombat-like being from another planet who charges them (rather involuntarily) with the task of saving the world. Using a set of "Loveracelets" he gives them, the group transforms into Battle Lovers (バトラヴァーズ, Batoravuāzu), who use the power of love to combat foes intent on spreading hate and discord. As they battle, they encounter the Earth Conquest Club under the influence of a small green hedgehog-like creature named Zundar; student council members Kinshiro Kusatsu, Ibushi Arima and Akoya Gero become their enemies who are also responsible for creating the monsters the Lovers fight.
General Anime Discussions / Re: Oniichan wa Oshimai!
Last post by Kokoro - Friday, March 10, 2023, 06:21
Yeah, I just downloaded an episode.  I might get to watch it next week. LOL :nosweat:
General Anime Discussions / Re: Oniichan wa Oshimai!
Last post by TwitchisMental - Thursday, March 09, 2023, 23:39
Oh geez sounds like he has some challenging adventures ahead XD.
General Anime Discussions / Oniichan wa Oshimai!
Last post by Kokoro - Thursday, March 09, 2023, 14:25
You cannot view this attachment.The series follows Mahiro Oyama, an otaku living with his scientist younger sister Mihari. One day he wakes up as a young girl, a result of one of Mihari's experiments. Mahiro must now learn to live as a middle school girl, all while making friends in his new school.

This is a current and ongoing anime that is still being released in Japan!
Creative Corner / [March Contest] Fate Testaross...
Last post by Kokoro - Saturday, March 04, 2023, 13:16
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Fate Testarossa (Harlaown) is the primary antagonist from the series Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, and starts out the series as a nine year old girl who, like Nanoha, is collecting the Jewel Seeds, magical artifacts that have the ability to grant simple desires.  While Nanoha is learning to be a mage to help Yuuno collect these dangerous things, Fate is on a mission to collect the Jewel Seeds for her mother, because it is her belief that these things will make her mother happy and healthy again, and that will cause her mother to love her again.  Throughout the (first) season, Nanoha notices a sadness in Fate's eyes, and is curious about why.  Nanoha is relentless and continues to fight Fate, since that is all Fate seems to care about.  By the end of the season, Fate looses to Nanoha, however the two become friends, very close friends.  In later seasons, the two of them become partners (both at work, and in life).  In fact it's revealed in one of the radio dramas that Fate is actually a lesbian.

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I'm a fangirl of Fate because her and I share a lot in common!  First, she's determined as hell!  Even when being pressured by Arf, her familiar, she continues to serve her Mother.  Her devotion to her mother is probably a bit extreme, I mean, she risks her own life in an attempt to save her Mother's life, even after her Mother's true feelings are revealed to her.  Later on in the series, many of the other characters comment on how "kind and gentle" she is.  She's also beautiful/cute and is very smart, seemingly only struggling with Japanese (language) in her studies.  She has Mana Conversion Affinity, and is super fast and agile!  As a bonus, she rocks those pigtails!

Fate feels intuitive to me.  Her personality is very similar to mine, our childhoods are similar,  however, she's more outgoing than I am, albeit, she is shy in new social situations, which is cute!  As a result, I've written many fan-fiction stories using her as the primary protagonist, and I can easily get into her head (writing as first person perspective), which has helped me therapeutically heal some of my own past trauma.  Fate has been my heroine since 2010 when I discovered her, and probably will be for many, many more years to come.  I have yet to find a character so relatable to me.

Fate's First Mall Trip

"Nanoha, I don't understand why this is a big deal."

"It's a big deal because you've never been to a mall before, Fate-chan!  It's an amazing place, with lots of stores -- every kind of store you can imagine all in one place!"  Nanoha smiled at me with her large blue eyes nearly bursting with excitement.

"Don't forget about the food court."  Hayate added.

"But I have been to a mall before.  I --"

"Fate.  Fighting in a mall, and shopping in a mall are totally different things."  Nanoha said.  "That one time three weeks ago doesn't count."

"I guess you're right.", I replied.  "How do I look?"

"You look nice."  Chrono said as he entered the kitchen, walked toward the refrigerator and grabbed an orange juice. "As you always do."

I blushed.

"Awwww!  Chrono!  You're so sweet!"  Miss Amy said, following him into the kitchen and taking the juice out of Chrono's hand.  Chrono looked as though he was going to object, but reluctantly got another juice for himself.  I just blushed more.  "Fate is so lucky to have you as her step-brother.  You're the perfect role model for her."

"Amy--"  Chrono started, but Nanoha cut him off.

"Fate really is lucky to have you, Chrono.  And all of us too."  Nanoha paused, "And today we're going to have a special day!"

"I'm sure you three will."  Chrono replied, taking a sip of his juice.

"You're not coming?"  Nanoha said.

"No, I'm sorry, Nanoha.  I know you wanted all of us to come, but we've got some work that popped up."  Chrono said.

"Maybe we shouldn't go."  I said.  "If there's work that--"

"No no, you three should go.  Have some fun, and relax for a bit."  Miss Amy said.  "This stuff isn't too important, and we'll have it done in short order."

"Okay.  Thank you Miss Amy, Chrono."  Nanoha said.  "We should probably get going, or we'll miss the bus."

"Oh right!"  Hayate said and went to grab her jacket.

"Come on Fate!  This is going to be fun!"  Nanoha said cheerfully.

I followed Nanoha and Hayate to the bus stop after putting on the jacket that Hayate made for me and the three of us walked to the corner bus stop by the city park.  It was a sunny day, but the air was still chilly, being that it's only March.  We sat down on the bench and watched the cars pass us by while we waited for the bus.  It wasn't too long before the bus came and stopped for us.  We each boarded, and took seats in the back.  For a weekend bus, it was pretty empty

"Don't worry, Fate-chan.  It's still early."  Nanoha seemed to know that I was a bit uncomfortable.  How does she do that?

We rode for about ten minutes and arrived at the mall.  The three of us and another younger man stepped onto the curb and we walked into the mall.  Nanoha was right.  Fighting in the mall and shopping in it were two different things.  First, there were lots of people in the massive building.  A bit too many for me.  It was bright and noisy.  There were babies crying and lots of different conversations going on at the same time.  A large group of girls walked in front of us and giggled loudly at something.  There was an old man sitting on a bench near the front door just watching everybody who entered and left the mall.

"Come on, let's go in here."  Hayate was the first to lead us into a clothing store filled with cute outfits and cosplay items.  And of course, she insisted that we all try some of the clothes on.  First she modeled for Nanoha and I, and then Nanoha did.  I didn't really want to, but Hayate shoved some things in my hands and Nanoha dragged me into a changing booth.

"But I don't have money for these things."  I protested.

"That's not the point.  Just put them on, and let's see how you look, Fate-chan!"  Hayate said.

I did what she said, and after a few outfits, this was becoming fun.  Then Nanoha led us into an arcade.  She put a few bills into a machine and filled a bucket with tokens.  Then she divided the bucket three ways.  She challenged Hayate and I to a game of tossing balls into rings.

"Wow!  Fate,  you're really good at this game!  Look at all those tickets!"  Nanoha cheered.

"I guess I am pretty good at it."  I couldn't help but to smile, but then out of the corner of my eye, I saw the man that got off the bus with us, staring at us from outside of the arcade.  Upon making eye contact, he smiled slightly.

I bent down and picked up a ball, turning so that my back was facing the man.  "We're being followed."

Nanoha looked around.  "Why do you say that?"

"There's a man outside the arcade in the mall corridor.  He's probably been watching us the entire time we left the bus."

"I don't see anybody."  Nanoha said.  I glance out of the corner of my eye, and noticed he wasn't there anymore.

"He's still around.  I know it.  He smiled at me."

"Caution."  Raising Heart said, just as a purplish-grey aura filled the room.  Everybody vanished.

"A barrier."  I said.

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That's chapter one!  It's short and I'll end up using this for a much larger story that I'm (now) working on!  The image above was inserted using the Float Left BBC code and the width was set to 250px.  Fate Testarossa and the anime Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha are copyrighted 2004 - 2023 © Masaki Tsuzuki
Website Updates / Monthly Contest: March through...
Last post by Kokoro - Saturday, March 04, 2023, 11:03
Usually a person dedicated to a particular anime has a favorite character.  Maybe it's the what the character looks, or a piece of their personality.  Maybe it's their voice, or perhaps it's because that character is the underdog, or isn't very popular among other fans.  For the month of March, I'd like to read about your favorite character(s) and why.  Furthermore, because this is a friendly, creative place, I'd like to read about a mini adventure that you create for your favorite character.  Just to be clear, this contest will not judge on how in-character you write, however, your piece must have the following:

1.  Each article may only feature one character from any anime.
2.  In the introduction (opening paragraph), please explain the anime (to include the title, the setting, and general plot).
3.  Explain in the second paragraph, describe the character how they look, dress, and their personality.  Also write why you admire or like them.
4.  The final part of this piece, you'll write a little story about your character.  This could be an intro to another story (like a chapter one), or it could be a full complete work.  Do something fun with your favorite character.  Please keep in mind that since people under the age of majority can and do see this site, to keep your fictional works non-hentai.
5.  The minimum will be 1,000 words (although, that's pretty easy).  All submissions should be posted in the Creative Corner board no later than midnight June 30, 2023.
6.  Prefix any entries with [March Contest] in the Subject.
7.  You may submit as many characters as you'd like, please create a new topic for each submission.

(Note, that you may write about the same character somebody else has already written about!!)

Oh, and the prize for this month will be a one-year Mega Fan CrunchyRoll subscription!  I will be posting an example of what the team is looking for.  As Administrator, I'm exempted from participating in this contest.  If there is no winner, this prize will be lost (meaning that if mine is the only submission).

Now, what will make your submission win?  I'm looking for a decent summary of the character.  Introduce me to him, her, or them, and allow me to feel your passion for this character.  I'm also looking for creativity!  The winner's submission will leave me begging for more after I've read your story. ;)
Website Updates / Re: The Anime Brigade Monthly ...
Last post by Kokoro - Saturday, March 04, 2023, 08:57
The final results are in!  (Sorry it took so long, I was moving! :nosweat:

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And the winner is:  avatar_TwitchisMental  (TwitchisMental)!  Congratulations!  Happy shopping!