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@puchiko: I never felt like they were ever gonna be able to recover from the flawed premise of Hanebado anyway. How could a mother abandon her child simply because she lost a game while extremely sick and no one points out how fucked up and wrong that is!? And then she brings the excuse of wanting to make her a better player on her own, when all it did was make her quit the sport altogether.

The real problem with the show though is how they seemingly change Hanesaki's character at the drop of a hat. First, she doesn't want to join the club, then they make her remember how much fun she had playing Badminton, then she's excited to have teammates that support her and bam, psycho Hanesaki is back treating everyone like garbage. Also, Connie's backstory seemed awfully melodramatic, although I did like that they showed her actually being a decent person later on (although the bathing scenes were really dumb fanservice.)

I like that with Hanebado! the show didn't try to redeem the mother. There was a lot of concern early on that whatever reason was given the show was going to try to present the reason as, "See? She was a good mother all along!" What we saw was a terrible mother admitting she did a terrible thing by abandoning her daughter. The really important point is that she specifically states that she doesn't regret her decision.

I don't agree that Hanesaki's personality changed at the drop of a hat. She had very specific triggers that set her on this downward spiral. The appearance of the pink haired girl Kaoruko made her relive the loss that she attributed to her mother's abandonment. To make matters worse Connie then shows up and essentially declares that she's the one that took her mom. I'll link the scene as it's a clear demonstration of her breaking point. The mom finally showing up at the end only reinforces Hanesaki's delusion that she needs to beat everyone to have the right to finally abandon her mother. It's a common sentiment shared by kids in similar situations to want to reject their parents for leaving them alone. I've seen it myself in real life.


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Realize that the people will likely not give you a second glance. Most people feel that all eyes are on them when they just start, but know that people are into what they're doing and now what others are doing. Figure out what you want to accomplish. Lose weight? Tone certain areas? Get muscle? Once you answer that question you can start to figure out the specific things you need to do. I recommend you check online, watch tutorial videos, or get a personal trainer to figure out your exercise. Once you know that you can start off slow by going a few times a week for 20-30 minutes. You'll naturally ramp that up over time. The key to success is to make going to the gym part of your routine. As long as you stay consistent you'll get results.

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Not sure how many people are on the Hanebado! train, but episode 7 was savage. I don't think I've ever seen a girl's sport anime unless you count Keijo, but this one is amazing.

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Breath of the Wild is still amazing. The scope of the world and the feeling of discovery is exactly how I used to feel when I'd play games as a kid. Mario Odyssey was good, but I preferred the feeling I got from Super Mario Galaxy.

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@golguin: I was dying in the last episode, with the shoe tossing bit. Did you happen to catch Hinamatsuri from the past season? That's another very funny one, if you need one to fill the wait between episodes of Asobi

The shoe part was pretty great. I haven't seen Hinamatsuri, but the premise sounds pretty interesting. I may give it a shot.

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The rumors are true. Asobi Asobase is probably one of the funniest shows in a long time. My voice feels hoarse from how much I laughed.

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@efesell said:

Feel like a bunch of y'all are coming at this mechanically when the opening was very specifically talking about everything around that.

Yes, that's right. The mechanics and gameplay are not really evocative of the Soulsborne formula aside from the shortcuts and getting back your souls upon death. I'm talking about the lore, environment, tone, level design, enemies, and NPCs that makes it feel like a Soulsborne experience.

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@golguin: Right now the only (new) shows I've checked out are comedies. Of them, I think Asobi Asobase has probably made me laugh the hardest and already rivals Hinamatsuri in the reaction faces department. I've also enjoyed Grand Blue (I'm normally not the biggest fan of the whole "drunken college hoolganism" style of comedy, but it's just weird and off-the-rails enough that it works for me) and Chio's School Road (which I've found a tad inconsistent thus far.)

I'll probably check out Asobi Asobase if it's a good comedy. I have been hearing good things about it.

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@golguin: Asobi Asobase has given me a few good laughs (particularly the latest episode). All around, it's a pretty fine slice of life, but the art style helps sell the jokes well.

I only watched one episode of Cells at Work, but it seemed way too committed to its gag (moe-ifying bodily functions) in a way that I was not into. Are the other episodes pretty much the same as the first?

So far each episode has been a monster of the week with the addition of new cell characters. It's a pretty light hearted show (my girlfriend is a registered nurse and she likes it) and I'm digging the JoJo undertones in the characters designs and fight scenes.

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I'm currently 20 hours into Hollow Knight, but I think I've played enough to know that it nails the Soulsborne formula. It doesn't exist in the same genre, but Hollow Knight has the lore, environment, tone, level design, enemies, and NPCs that drives me to discover more of the world. The gameplay is solid, but I wouldn't have the drive and enthusiasm to play more if the game's world wasn't pulling me in.

I used to think that I needed more games that play like a FromSoftware game, but Hollow Knight made me realize that it's everything surrounding it that pulls me in. There are several games out there that borrow heavily from the Soulsborne series when it comes to gameplay and combat, but I haven't heard of any game that does what Hollow Knight did with everything else. Are there other games that successfully do it?