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  • My wife messaged me asking what a “blue tsunami” is so I explained how it’s the idea of a sweeping Democrat/political left victory through the Presidential, Senate and the House elections. I then explained that the opposite is a “red wave”. I was surprised to find she was really offended by this but it makes sense now so that’s why I’m making this profile post. Tsunami, in Japan, is obviously not a positive thing. It’s a deadly thing that we saw firsthand in 2011 when the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami combo killed over 15,000 people. I’m not asking people to stop using “blue tsunami” but please be mindful in its usage and, if possibly, please inform others about it.
    People underestimate the voting power of expats (Americans living in foreign countries). I don’t have an official count but, from my connections and travels, I’ve ran into only two vocal conservatives/trump supporters out of the hundreds of other expats that I have met. Most others are center left to far left. This leads me to think that a decent majority of expats identify as Democrats and vote as such. We have eleven English teachers in my small rural city in Japan and all but 1 is liberal. The non-liberal subscribes to QAnon/Infowars/Gab/DailyStormer and he’s typically forgotten/shunned by the rest. Many expats are extremely critical of America and may even view their “adopted country” far better than America. Furthermore, many expats really hold onto thier American citizenship (if dual isn’t an optiom) just to vote in elections even if they haven’t been back in over a decade.

    So while some may threaten to leave if Trump wins, that doesn’t mean they can’t vote. Sure, it’s a few extra steps but it’s worth to to get the vote out. For this year, I had to contact my district, send a scan of my id SSN, and ballot request form. I then got my ballot which I then filled out and printed. From there, I sent it to the Embassy in Tokyo who then shipped it off as priority mail to the States.
    Today was a holiday (Culture Day) so i took my family today to a popular sightseeing spot that has beautiful fall colors. I was shocked to see very few people, especially those from out of town like Tokyo, not wearing masks Meanwhile my wife and I were in masks as well as my three year old. The one year old obviously wasn’t in a mask. In addition, the place is pretty crowded and since it’s near a waterfall, you have to grip the railings to stable yourself. I was trying to social distance my family from everyone else but I eventually threw it out of the window as it was impossible

    Probably the most jarring was buses of Chinese tourists (japan opened up the borders to select Chinese cities I guess) and groups as large as 15 walking through - each group not wearing a mask or anything. It seriously felt like pre-COVID times and it was jarring to see. I even happened upon a group of Americans who live in Tokyo who weren’t wearing masks. It just felt strange and it wasn’t a good trip. At least an elderly couple with a dog let my daughters pet it. My kids love dogs and cats.
    Japan has very low COVID numbers in contrast to its elderly and crowded population. For a country that relies on public transit and other ways to transmit germs, it has caused confusion as to why Japan doesn’t get so many cases compared to other countries.

    Please read this 2014 article and this will explain and hopefully shed some light as to why wearing face masks is a good thing.

    No matter how hard the Japanese media tries to spin it - they always tends to catch footage of obese America when reporting on American affairs. It’s no small wonder that many Japanese people has an image of Americans as being “loud, obnoxious, obese, and having sharp noses (on the flip side, the Japanese more or less lack noses)”. It’s true though. I weigh around 160 lbs but the rest of my family are between 280-360 lbs and smoke, eat, and drink like they are in the top of their health. Even if I try to mention their health issues to them, they say that “It’s America and I can eat anything I damn well please!” I eat healthy and in moderation, have largely cut alcohol out of my diet (only special occasions), and drink lots of water. For whatever reason, my mom still thinks I’m starving over here and places part for the blame on my wife. She says I need less fish and rice and more meat and potatoes.
    Regardless who wins, I’m still going to continue with the immigration process for my wife so we can move our family from Japan to America. However, if you guys get all salty about the elections and start shooting, I’ll probably pull out the process (despite paying $2000 for the whole thing thus far) and keep my wife and kids in Japan. It sucks but my friends and family are on their own. If the country goes to **** and things turn bloody - I’m officially done and out. I’ll still keep my citizenship though so I can continue to vote Democrat despite not being the country for more than 3 weeks in over 11 years lol. Ain’t that great?
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    1) Better job opportunities. I’m constrained to only teaching English in Japan.

    2) We don’t live near any family members.

    3) My wife wants to live in America.

    4) My parents have 5 years tops left if I go by their general health.

    5) My job has increasingly thrown me under the bus, slashed my pay, and continued to show they don’t appreciate my work. Despite that, this is still a better paying job than the rest out there.

    6) I’ve been in Japan for almost 11 years. I’m ready for a change. Considering we are still young, it’s easier to move back.
    Velveeta Dream
    Velveeta Dream
    Ah that's understandable. If you do go forward with your plans on moving here, I hope things go swell for you and your family.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    I have permanent residence in Japan and if I renew that every 8 years, I can come and go as I please without worrying about immigration. If we ever decide to move back, it’s very easy. Immigrating my wife to America has been a headache and a half. Tons of paperwork and documents to file like taxes, statements, forms, and everything else.
    With Halloween here, I want to focus on a fighting game that I consider to be one of the best. The mechanics, gameplay, roster, and visuals have always been top-notch; even if it hasn’t been touched in years. That’s Darkstalkers. I truly hope we see a reboot/resurrection of a new game in the series rather than an enhanced port/collection with online. I’ll be posting the new characters I would like to see but, if you like Darkstalkers, what new characters would you be interested in seeing be included?
    Two years ago was the Grinch Leak which saw B&K, Mach Rider, Ken, Geno, Isaac, Shadow, and the Chorus Kids in a mock Ultimate mural. The leak has gone down in infamy and crushed many fans; particularly because many of them were highly-requested and/or loved by fans. While Ken and B&K would go on to be playable, the rest are a no show. However, having them in the mural brought lots of excitement (for a short time) for those fan bases. Many of them saw a surge in popularity that continues to this day.

    So here’s my question: What if you made the Grinch Leak? Which 7 characters would you have included instead?
    Champion of Hyrule
    Champion of Hyrule
    I don’t know about my other picks, but I definitely would pick Ken because he was already leaked at the time
    D
    Deleted member
    If I could pull out something which looked as good as Grinch I would go full-on ****post Mode and add these:

    Megamind
    Tom Cruise laughing
    ****ass from the Minecraft memes
    John Wick
    "Aw **** Here Come Pac-Man" Pac-Man
    Lou Albano Mario
    Chris McLean from Total Drama
    Greg Heffley
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Here’s my list:
    1. Ken (makes sense in order to give this alternate Grinch leak some credibility)
    2. Incineroar (adding further credibility and would have made that final direct even more crazier)
    3. Dixie Kong (another safe bet that’s in a similar situation as Chorus Kids and Mach Rider)
    4. Balloon Fighter (adds credence to the Grinch leak along the same lines as #3)
    5. Steve (The B&K/3rd Party of the leak)
    6. Rex & Pyra (The new addition which would have destroyed the leak when confirmed to be a Mii costume)
    7. Hilda (A zelda echo that replaces Shadow)
    I took my family to the mall for the first time in a long time. I was surprised to find the mall parking absolutely packed but inside relatively few people. We went closer to the mall cinema and found it jammed packed with people obviously not social distancing (but wearing masks). I was wondering what was causing this and found out why: Kimetsu no Yaiba movie. Even with other 18 of the screens showing this movie ten times during the day, tickets were sold out and people were waiting for an opening. This series is freaking hyper popular right now. All I saw in the mall was the music, promotions, costumes, and what not. I haven’t even seen it yet and have zero interest in it. My wife likes it though and has been watching it on Netflix.
    Janx_uwu
    Janx_uwu
    Wow, I just looked it up and apparently yeah, this movie is huge. I will definitely have to watch the show sometime.
    TheIrepan8
    TheIrepan8
    Really been meaning to get around to watching it at one of my friends behest. Definitely one of the biggest movies this year in Japan. Plus it's a Ufotable animated movie (same guys as Fate and Tales of anime) so its very flashy.

    Have may or may not listened to it's opening song way too often.

    To me, this is a shining ray of hope. I’m glad this program was able to come back after being unable to recruit this year. I first came to Japan on JET, intended to stay 2-3 years but finished my 5 years and ended up staying for another 5 and counting. If you are interested in teaching and living in Japan and will get your Bachelors by Spring Semester 2021, I highly suggest giving this a try.
    I’ve been interested in learning more about Dark Souls and the Chosen Undead as a potential newcomer. I was on the fence about it but I’ve been warming up to the idea.
    I published my article concerning the origins of the Party Ball. This was the product of a month’s long research and collecting info. I hope you enjoyed it!
    Also, in the Presentation, Sakurai mentioned about the Acacia trees in the Savanah Biome. The Bump of Chicken song in the Pokémon music video was called “Acacia”. Hmmmmmmmm
    The Japanese language has the word magma (マグマ, maguma) which is written in katakana which is typically for foreign loan words like hamburger (ハンバーグ). Lava is written as 溶岩 or Yōgan (ようがん). However, much like many words in Japanese, both マグマ and 溶岩 is lumped into the same context. This is the same thing like squirrel and chipmunk all being called リス or (risu) for common discussion and generalization but the chipmunk is technically called シマリス (shimarisu, stripped squirrel). The same is for frogs and toads, bee and wasp, etc. However, Sakurai’s mention of this isn’t because that マグマ isn’t into the Japanese language but to help differentiate between the two and perhaps help younger views be able to know the difference. Lava and magma plays an important in Japan’s geographical topography (I live on the slope of an extinct volcano). Because these two features are so common in Japan, it’s easier to just refer lava and magma to 溶岩 for general purposes and discussion.
    Well, I’m glad I didn’t have to throw away any character news articles like I did with Byleth and Heihachi. Travis was one my list but sadly I will be removing him since Assist Trophies and Mii Costumes are still not eligible in my opinion. Steve was also on the list but obviously I won’t be covering him anymore.
    While technically only 2 characters in Vol 2 have been released (or soon to be), 2020 did see three overall characters released with Byleth early in the year. If we somehow magically get F8 in December, that’s technically four characters in 2020... that’s the same amount as 2019 if you don’t count Piranha Plant. Even if it’s only 3, that’s still pretty good considering the current situation in the world.
    Sakurai’s office...

    Sakurai’s Boss: Sakurai-san, we would like for you to work on a Volime 3 pass that runs from 2021 to 2023 and adds eight new dlc fighters.”

    Sakurai: ...... Do think I use magic to spawn these characters and make them work? Do you think I say some magical spell and suddenly all the planning and programming is done? DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE ASKING OF ME?!

    Boss: : peers over his glasses: Sakurai-san, surely you can do a third volume pass. : clears his throat:

    Sakurai: ..... :gulps:

    Boss: ..... : continues peering:

    Sakurai: Hai, dekimasu. (Yes, I can.)
    I’m calling it. Master Chief Mii Gunner, Fulgore Mii Brawler, Ender Dragon Mii Fighter costume, Rash Mii Brawler, and a Creeper Hat for the Mii costumes. Or maybe a Gears of War costume as well lol.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    I wouldn’t be surprised at this point. I was honestly pulling for him until this. Still am but I’m fine with a Mii Fighter costume at this point.
    IanTheGamer
    IanTheGamer
    I'm not. Chief might as well not even be in the game at all, at that point..

    Sorry if I'm kind of salty, I know Minecraft deserved representation in Smash.. I just think the idea of a character as iconic (at least in the West) as Master Chief, being relegated to a crappy Mii costume is insulting.. It's not even like Altair or Vault Boy... Sure, Assassins Creed and Fallout ARE known game franchises, but not on the level of Halo... Even though the series is not as popular as it once was, it's still well known to the general non gaming public
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    That’s understandable. I’m just drawing from my personal point of view as I tend to enjoy Mii costumes. Like, I really want Dante but if he ends up being a Mii Costume to go with a Monster Hunter character or something; I’m fine with that.
    Steve was one of the characters that I was pretty much “yeah, I don’t want him”. I still feel that way but I’m glad to see him nonetheless. I’m happy to see the fans happy and, I admit, the moveset looks pretty amazing. The trailer was also very memeworthy.
    I wish they do more presentations like ARMS. That’s to say it’s subtitled and not overladen with an English script. I like hearing Sakurai’s voice and it’s perfect Japanese practice to listen to the presentation while I work. Of course, I can always just listen to the Nintendo Japan channel version but it felt good to have his voice be featured in the English version of the presentation.
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    LAA9000
    LAA9000
    Nintendo UK's livestreams are subtitled instead of dubbed. I also prefer it that way, since the dub's voice doesn't sound very natural, and Sakurai likes to make jokes that often come out awkwardly in the dub.
    TheIrepan8
    TheIrepan8
    I'd watch it from the UK version. Easier and well it's my region.

    You have it subbed and the only other difference is the standard dates lineup switch.
    Champion of Hyrule
    Champion of Hyrule
    Iwata always used to let his voice be heard in presentations despite him not having the best English skills. It made his presence memorable, so I honestly would wish Sakurai would do this.
    I’ve noticed whenever I say a fighter isn’t coming...that’s it’s too soon...they get announced shortly after. I’m always glad that I end up being wrong.

    Still though, it being 3 minutes and a brief word after from Sakurai is a bit foreboding. Feels like I’m in trouble and going to get a talking to by dad.
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    Champion of Hyrule
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    Where does it say it will be 3 minutes long? I’m not doubting you, I just can’t see anywhere where it says so
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    The next #SmashBrosUltimate DLC fighter will be revealed tomorrow at 7am PT! The video presentation will be roughly 3 minutes long, followed by a brief message from Director Masahiro Sakurai. Tune-in here tomorrow:
    Champion of Hyrule
    Champion of Hyrule
    Oh. Yeah... I’m a little disappointed we won’t get Gameplay footage, but I’m fine with that. I just wonder what the new system for announcing characters and gameplay trailers will be
    Well, after some thought, I’m not “Team No Show” for F7 next week. I know the 7-11 ads plus the missing news articles discovered on official pages as particular indicators F7 will be revealed but I think we won’t be seeing F7 until after next week. The reasons being is the 7-11 ads. With Joker, Hero, and Banjo, the ads were erected to promote these dlc characters. For whatever reasons, Terry never got an ad. Byleth makes sense as we knew nothing about him until his presentation video. We just got Min-Min’s promotion. While I do see them changing the ads after 10/4 to promote the new character, I think this isn’t as likely. We will be getting a similar situation as Byleth I think and so the ads can’t be an indication that we will be getting a reveal/presentation next week. I’ve been wrong lots of times though so I hope I am.
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    KirbyWorshipper2465
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    If it helps you feel better, there currently isn't any big Nintendo-related thing being released between Mario 35 and Pikmin 3 Deluxe/New Horizons update on the 30th. We'll see what happens next month, I guess. At the earliest I wouldn't expect much until the first full week.
    Speculation theory of the Day in Japanese Smash groups: the 7-11 pop up ads are just advertisements to help recover sales and interest in a dlc season that’s underperforming. The 10/4 date will pass without so much of an announcement of Fighter #7.

    I personally don’t subscribe to this but I just felt like sharing it.
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    This isn't a matter of sales at all. I figure that we'll hear of the next character when there are NO EVENTS and NO HOLIDAYS to step on the toes of (with some of said events having been delayed, on top of that). Which should theoretically be after the 4th and sometime before Halloween.

    At least :ultjoker: and :ulthero: fans are given room to breath to buy their amiibo in the meantime.

    To put it in short:

    Shroob
    Shroob
    No one's expecting anything until after TGS to be fair.
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    Yeah, though Mario 35 may also get in the way.

    Luckily Crash 4 is in a week, so those of us who are interested in that will be too distracted to notice much after October 2 anyway.
    Finally got around to going to 7-11...

    In Japan, you can send kids to a preschool midway through the year. Technically, preschool is classified as kindergarten in English and kids go to there from 3 years old to 1st grade. However, most preschools have room for so many students so if the nearest one is full, you have to go to a different one. At times, none are available so tough luck; your kid can’t go to school until first grade. Some families will commute more than an hour to go to an available preschool/kindergarten. Plus, the government is closing many of them for reasons unknown to me. In my city alone, we have ten schools and they are closing five of them within three years. We are trying to enroll my daughter in one so she can start in October but of the ten available to us, 8 rejected our applications and interviews either due to space or simply they won’t want her attending. So one of our last options is the Christian kindergarten that’s ran by a local church. As much as my wife and I are against organized religions, our options are limited. They were actually one of the more accepting and friendly of the kindergartens though which was nice. One of the principals at one of the places we tried earlier flat out said “we don’t accept foreign students” even though my daughter is technically half American/Japanese and was born in Japan. She said my daughter’s appearance and mannerisms wouldn’t suit the environment of the kindergarten and may upset the other students and parents.
    Q: What characters and series would you like me to cover in future Smashboards News Articles? Please pick three from this list and reply back!

    1. Master Chief (Halo)
    2. Rex & Pyra (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)
    3. Geno (Super Mario RPG)
    4. Dante (Devil May Cry)
    5. Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
    6. Kratos (God of War)
    7. Steve? (Minecraft)
    8. Morrigan (Darkstalkers)
    9. Nightmare (SoulCaliber)
    10. Dragonborn (Elder Scrolls)
    11. Spyro (Spyro)
    12. Katalina (Granblue Fantasy)
    13. Tracer (Overwatch)
    14. Bill Rizer (Contra)
    15. Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
    16. Hunter (Monster Hunter)
    17. Ahri (League of Legends)
    18. Jibanyan (Yokai Watch)
    19. 8th Gen Pokémon (Sword and Shield)
    20. Rayman (Rayman)
    21. Agumon (Digimon)
    22. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
    23. Monokuma (Dangaranpa) (sp?)
    24. Ezio (Assassin’s Creed)
    25. Professor Layton (Professor Layton)
    So I found Xenoblade 2 used for ¥2,000 ($20). Is it worth buying and can you switch the languages?
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    Dr. Metal X
    Dr. Metal X
    I say it's worth buying, the beginning is rough in some aspects & the tutorials aren't great, but chuggacconroy is going to start very soon a let's play on it & he is going to do a better job explaining the game various mechanics, so you can follow it if you have problems in some parts. Just make sure to take your time with it, and get ready for some anime tropes of various quality. (Again, it get better with time)

    For language, I know you can switch the voices via a patch, for texts tho, I heard it depend of your version of the game, Japan only as Japanese & Chinese. Europe version as multi-languages like French, Deutsch, etc.., and English version as only, well, english.

    Let me know if I'm wrong on that last part tho, if you do play it, hope this help.
    Next Monday and Tuesday are national holidays in Japan (Respect for the Elderly and the Autumn Equinox). Historically, Nintendo doesn’t make announcements, reveals, shadowdrops, or anything of that nature on Japanese national holidays. If we get anything, it’ll be later in the week or sometime the week after next.
    :sets money aside for Rise:

    Im not much of a Monster Hunter fan but Rise looks amazing. I really like its style and atmosphere.
    Solar Nyan
    Solar Nyan
    I really love Rise's aesthetic. I've only played a bit of one of the 3DS ones, but Rise and Story 2 have definitely gotten my attention.
    Playstation 5: Yep, we got a new FF game! Hope you guys like it! :trailer shines with fantastical goodness;

    Partner Showcase: Well....we got....My Life as a King Switch Port! Boooyah!
    TheIrepan8
    TheIrepan8
    I have a feeling something that would normally be announced somewhere else is going to be announced at the partner showcase.
    Something from Ubisoft is my guess. Gut feeling.
    SneakyLink
    SneakyLink
    My Life as a King Switch port?

    I'd be okay with that. Bought My Life as a Darklord before the Wii Shop closed and have yet toast down and give it time.
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    I mean, games on the scale of things like FF15 and KH3 are practically the only examples of games that aren't able to run on the Switch let's be real. Sure a lot of the Switch versions have very minor downgrades in graphics and framerate, but most of the time the Switch versions are still good to go. Team Sonic Racing is the only game I can think of where the lower framerate actually affected my enjoyment of the game.
    If you ask someone in Japan if they like Cowboy Bebop/Sailor Moon/Outlaw Star/Trigun, half of them would say they have no idea what those are (well, maybe Sailor Moon) while the other half will say they know they are but only because what they were very popular in the West but virtually unknown in Japan.
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    StoicPhantom
    Outside of certain major cultural influences like Gundam and Doraemon the anime industry has far too much coming out of it to focus on one thing for any great length of time, especially ones that have concluded almost two decades ago. Even before getting into how the aforementioned shows were deliberately marketed to the West and have qualities that appeal to Western taste more; it's not that uncommon for people to not know of shows that aired before their time. Most of what shapes people's knowledge is marketing and cultural influences of a particular time period. Thus there's going to be a lot of people liking whatever is popular at a given time. And if you were to ask a bunch of people what they like it would be whatever is currently airing that is popular.

    As far as general attitudes go, it is a major cultural export and Japan wastes no time branding it as such, but I believe it is still viewed as something only kids and losers watch. Manga and possibly mobile games are an exception due to being easy work commute entertainment, but I believe the anime/videogame/LN/VN sphere is generally considered a waste of time that could be better spent building a career and family or whatever is appropriately considered productive for one's age.

    Basically you still have "Turn that garbage off and go read a book, ___ rots your brain" in other countries too.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    S StoicPhantom I should have prefaced it with this “This is a common mistake foreigners make coming to Japan that any Japanese person knows their favorite anime/manga.” I made this mistake almost 15 years ago when I was surprised to find that my Japanese friends that had no idea what Cowboy Bebop was.

    Anime isfar more mainstream and accepted than in the West. Of course, to what level they will watch it is the deciding factor. Lots of people casually watch anime shows but then you have the group of people who attend anime concerts, travel to places while taking pictures with their anime figurine princess, or those who idolize the voice talent. And, of course, there are even more extreme examples of those. Both of these are typically viewed badly or negatively. To draw from personal experiences, my wife isn’t an anime fan but she likes to watch ONE PIECE, Ghibli, Makoto Shinkai movies, Dragon Ball, and Pokemon when she has time. Another example is a 60ish year old 5th grade homeroom teacher at my school who is a huge fan of Attack on Titan and so he decked out his entire classroom with stuff and goods from it. The guy isn’t a nerd or a social reject by any means but he simply enjoys the show.

    Anyways, to go back to my original point, lots of foreigners come to Japan expecting that 1) everything is as they saw it in their favorite anime and 2) everyone in Japan will know their favorite anime. Sometimes they do cause it’s a classic popular one like the anime about a white lion by Tezuka Osamu. But then again, sometimes it’s something that was only popular in the West like Cowboy Bebop.

    Fun fact, despite almost no one knowing or watching Cowboy Benop here, the opening song is is used almost constantly on tv and event. No one knows where it’s from. They just know it as the “badumbadum dum dum” song. Also, fun fact, Tom and Jerry is immensely popular here. Like, it’s everywhere.
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    StoicPhantom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom Venus of the Desert Bloom Don't worry I got the general idea of what you were getting at; I was more addressing the other posters. I probably should have tagged them though. That was my bad.

    Though to me liking a medium is more about liking everything related to that medium and not necessarily just liking certain works. Like, I like certain movies like the Terminator or 28 Days Later, but I don't like movies. I don't like the format, I don't like the way they have to be constructed to appease said format, I don't like the general culture surrounding them, and I especially don't like anything about Hollywood or its actors. I do however like anime, its format, how they're constructed and directed; its trends, tropes, and cliches; and the general culture surrounding it. I probably wouldn't want to watch any movies that strays outside horror or 80s type action flicks, but I would watch almost any type of genre or show in anime.


    So I think things like Ghibli and One Piece are along those same lines for Japan as DBZ and Cowboy Bebop are for the West. Shows that got popular among those particular demographics but not really indicative of liking the medium on the whole. And thusly, it isn't really more or less mainstream in either region, as neither region really looks on it any more positively than the others. It's more like SciFi here in the West where everyone likes Star Wars but nobody looks fondly on SciFi nerds. You're allowed to be obsessed with one particular property in mainstream society (Star Wars/Attack on Titan), but not form an entire culture around it, I guess.

    Liking DBZ/One Piece/Ghibli/Shinkai is a bit different than saying you're an anime/SciFi fan. Not just in my opinion I laid out above, but even culturally as well. You can be a fan of Disney and Ghibli in America, but people are going to judge you if you still have a general like of cartoons as an adult. This is what I was referring to when I said "As far as general attitudes go, it is a major cultural export and Japan wastes no time branding it as such, but I believe it is still viewed as something only kids and losers watch." The difference between watching normie approved titles versus making something relatively niche a hobby. And you don't necessarily need to go as far as waifu body pillows and knowing everything about your favorite Seiyuu to have this stigma.
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