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Do you still plan to stay in Japan forever??and do japan really have one Kawaii culture??

I'm heading back to Canada in a couple months again, maybe permanently this time, since the girl has been pressuring me into marriage and kids, and Japan is a terrible place for that if you are a foreigner. I'm also just kind of bored with Japan in general. I've spent 2.5 years of my life here and seen both the best and worst the country has to offer.
Granted, I would have liked to live in Kansai once (rather than just visiting the place), but there's more countries to experience.

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That 4/10 for Sunshine S2 didn't look so good, haha. What did you think of it?

Yeah, so, Love Live Sunshine isn't too great.
Whereas the second season of the original series had entire episodes dedicated to each character, which made them fully fleshed out and interesting, the girls in Sunshine have nothing of the sort, with most of them just having a single gimmick to define them. Yohane suffers from a terminal case of chuunibyou, Ruby makes squirrel sounds or some shit, Mari speaks random and terrible English, Hanamaru says 'zura' for whatever reason, Dia has a mole and screams 'buu-buu desu wa!' at the top of her lungs, and that's about it. OK. Thanks!
And then the melodrama. Oh god, the melodrama. It just never ends. That's the entire show. There's no fun, slice-of-life moments to bring a smile to the viewer's face-- hell, there aren't even any training segments that I can remember, whereas the original constantly had them on the roof practicing or them exercising outside, which actually made them feel like idols. Here it's just melodrama. Start to finish. And minivans flying into outer space.
There isn't much good music in Sunshine, either. Maybe there's something better from Aquors' catalogue outside the show, but "Aozora Jumping Heart" is the only one I remember or would ever bother to listen to again, and even that doesn't hold a candle to songs like "Snow Halation".
I gave it a four but even that feels a bit generous in retrospect. Just a big disappointment after what was showcased in the original. Hopefully the third series is better, otherwise I'm gonna drop that sucker and stick solely to the original.

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why do you hate code geass

I did hate it, and as of a week ago, I don't! (Or at least not as much as before.)
It's fun, dumb entertainment, with a focus on the "dumb" part. The recap movies, though severely flawed themselves, have made me take a more forgiving perspective on the series.
Or, it might just be with the pass of time-- I had not watched anything Code Geass for 10 years until now-- I felt a sort of nostalgia for how anime was and probably will never be again. The mecha genre? Code Geass represented one of the last of its genre. Lelouch's lies, betrayal, and twisted morality, along with the killing of major characters, wouldn't really exist in anime today, either. So maybe when these kinds of shows were the norm in the 2000's something like Code Geass didn't feel like anything too special. But now in 2019, almost two decades separated from the series, maybe I'm starting to think Code Geass wasn't bad so much as it was merely OK.

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Why did you rate White Album 2 (3/5) in Japanese Level?

Lots of casual speech and more gramatically complex (and ambiguous) sentences which most learning material wouldn't prepare you for and which beginners wouldn't be familiar with.
But that list is extremely old (probably not updated since 2016), and doesn't really reflect my opinions as well as it used to. After a while everything just becomes 'Japanese' or 'not Japanese' and so difficulty levels kind of cease to exist, or are at least much more difficult to differentiate.

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Why did you start learning Korean? Did you gain interest in some part of Korean culture (k-drama, k-pop, etc.)?

I figured it was time to learn a new language since I pretty much achieved all my goals with Japanese and Japan as a whole. European languages seemed like a waste of effort, and South Korea is to me the most interesting culture in Asia after Japan, so there's I went. Korean dramas are also cool.

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You've watched a ton of anime, how much enjoyment does a typical anime bring you? As a hobby have you found it less entertaining to watch as you've watched more of it? Or do other elements about the hobby in general hold your interest more now?

My interest in anime comes in phases. I'll have periods several months long where I watch almost nothing, barely do anything on MAL, and enjoy other hobbies instead. But then I'll start missing anime again, watch a bunch of stuff, write more reviews and so on. It's like a sibling you want to get rid of but can't.

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Seeing your scores, is the WA2 anime a bit better than the part of the VN it covers? Asking that because I don't want to be disappointed due to expectations set too high. (though I guess I don't have to be worried about Closing Chapter)

I'd say, yes, the White Album 2 anime is better than the Introductory Chapter VN. Tighter, more focused, even if it does lack Maruto's emotional writing, which is much more pronounced in Closing Chapter and is what makes it the masterpiece it is.

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I've finished Tae Kim's guide and started a visual novel that is supposed to be easy, but honestly I feel like I barely understand stuff. Got any tips for that?

If it's something like Hanahira or some other galge where the story doesn't mean anything, I would just treat it completely as study material rather than "I must understand and enjoy all this game has to offer." Go slow. Absorb whatever you can. Everyone has to start from zero when they pick up a new language.
I'd recommend saving the easier, story-driven visual novels like Eustia or Baldr Sky for your second or third visual novel, since by that point you'll have most of the basics down and be capable of better understanding what you're reading.

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Just got started on Tae Kim's guide and am feeling hopeless, it's so confusing and I don't know what to do. Any tips?

All you need is to understand the basic point of each lesson. Japanese and English have such vastly different grammar that no guide will ever make complete sense to a beginner. You just take what you can get-- the gist-- and then focus on absorbing the grammar in its natural form, whether through movies or manga or what have you, to get a sense of how it's actually used. The guide is just a stepping stone. Absorb what you can for now, and ditch it as soon as you are able to start reading.
I actually had this exact same issue with Korean lately. I tried an English-language grammar guide and found it largely incomprehensible. But switching to a Japanese-language guide for Korean makes a hell of a lot more sense. Particles like は、が、and の have an almost 1:1 Korean equivalent. It's sure as heck true that a second language makes learning a third language easier.

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do you still play visual novels?

Sort of. I've been trying to finish some, but lately I'm having trouble finding one that can keep my interest.
I've been going through Hatsuyuki Sakura-- about halfway now-- for the past few months, which I'll inevitably finish some time soon. It's pretty fun. The dialogue is amusing, and the heroines endearing. But there's also too many routes to go through and the plot is getting a bit repetitive.
I also read a couple chapters of Senshinkan recently, but immediately lost interest as I got to one of Masada's trademark never-ending fight scenes. The rest of Senshinkan is cool, but I seriously do not have the energy for all the excruciatingly verbose descriptions and metaphors in the fight scenes. In an hour, you are forced to read what could (and should) have been described in about ten minutes. There's also no pauses in these scenes, so if you have limited time like me you're in trouble. Nope. Not a NEET anymore. I have things to do. Maybe I'll continue at some point.
There's some others I've dabbled in-- the original White Album, Aokana, Saihate no Ima, various nukige, and most recently the Riddle Joker trial-- which I may or may not finish some day, but I'm getting to the point where I'm considering just re-reading my favorites instead. SubaHibi, Sakura no Uta, Muramasa again? Yes, please.
I guess the issue is that I've already read most of the 'best' visual novels, and none of the new ones coming out (at least not since 2016) have been notable. We'll see!

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do you still think learning japanese through eroge was worth it, or would living in japan right off the bat be more efficient? I assume you could only comprehend, but not speak it when you started living there. How quickly did you get used to speaking it after only having read it for a while?

I definitely would not have learned Japanese as quickly as I did if I wasn't reading eroge all day every day like I was in 2014/2015. Living in Japan helped tremendously, too, but by that point I was already on my own two feet, at least with regards to comprehension.
Speaking it was a different story. That shit terrified me for the first few months, and so I hung out with Japanese people who knew English so I wouldn't have to speak Japanese. But eventually I got over it. Maybe after a month or so of actively typing and speaking it, every single day, I felt pretty comfortable speaking Japanese. Now I can talk about politics and economics and things like that with my girlfriend without any real trouble. Even if I forget or don't know a word, I can just describe it with the vocabulary I do know. The ability to speak Japanese was always there, I guess, and just needed a little kicking to activate. Comprehension and production are separate but linked.

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are you pro or against abortion and why?

Depends on the situation. If a couple in a serious relationship decided to have an abortion then I would have no respect for them. On the other hand, if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or some other extreme situation then I can see the argument supporting it. But I don't think I could have ever been in a relationship with someone who thinks it's 'her choice' to kill our unborn baby whenever she pleases. That's pretty sick, hey?

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Did you ever experience any earthquakes in Japan? I would like to visit eventually but the thought of even minor earthquakes worries me.

Yeah, but nothing dangerous. I was woken up a couple times to my desk and the figures on it vibrating, but I was too sleepy to care and just went back to sleep. Other times, I just felt the floor rumbling a little bit and the lamp above me swinging back and forth slightly.
It's more the typhoons that scare me, since you really can't go outside during one. The wind will just destroy your umbrella and then you're left to soak and be pushed around by the wind until you reach the nearest station.

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