Otherside Picnic, MH 

In other words, ultimately it's about two queer women using altered states of mind to avoid dealing with their past trauma, so of course it's the sort of thing I think is compelling.

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Otherside Picnic, MH 

In fact, she tends to dismiss her past trauma as a normal occurrence. She also has dependency issues (both of them, really) and her misanthropy borders on sociopathic sometimes... but that could also be her being an unreliable narrator. The point is that both of them are very fucked up and while their exploration of the Otherside brings them closer together, it's almost more of a coping mechanism than anything because, at least at this point in the novels, Sorawo hasn't really actually properly confronted her experiences.

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Otherside Picnic, MH 

One thing I dig about Otherside Picnic is the way it handles the whole "unfathomable horrors causing you to go mad". Namely because seeing a big octopus isn't going to break my brain in any way, even if it might be scary.

However, the Otherside alters your cognition, it twists pattern recognition and other things in a way that feels consistent with actual altered states of mind due to psychadelics, etc. things might take on sinister meanings, for instance, because your brain is firing all its pattern recognition circuits on innocuous things.

Having said that, Sorawo (and Toriko, but the books are from Sorawo's perspective) actually DOES have some serious mental health issues, for instance, dissociative episodes due to past trauma.

COVID 

I should be able to get the vaccine is a little bit but it makes me feel a bit guilty because I feel like some other people I know should get it first... but... it's not like I can just give it to them and they expire so I might as well take it and consider myself lucky.

So I'm a Spider, So What? Minor Spoilers 

As someone who has read the light novels up to the current english translation, the webnovel (most of it), and the manga. I do wish I had other light novel fans to discuss the series I like, but nooo.

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So I'm a Spider, So What? Minor Spoilers 

If anyone watches the first few episodes and goes, "Okay this is interesting but it seems like it's going to be as much about Shun's wish fulfillment isekai adventure as it is about spider girl" I assure it's not.

I have permanently banned the president of the united states from posting on radical.town.

I'm almost done with Subnautica, are there any games like it that are, like, done?

Anime 

One thing I'm pretty sure about is that they'll do the first three volumes, which is reasonable, because it does make for a natural stopping point.. in fact, the volumes are basically split into 11 different episodes already, almost as if the author was writing in the hopes of getting an anime adaptation. Which is fine!

Except it doesn't make the gayness explicit until the fourth volume. Now, it's not a romance and I wouldn't say their romance is a healthy one, but, like, that's drama.

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Anime 

Toriko comes across mostly the same in every version, which is kind of funny. I did notice that she wasn't inserting random English, which makes me wonder if they're just going to leave it out and translate all the English dialogue into Japanese... which would sort of be my preference rather than how jarring it is when you have characters who are supposed to be bilingual but can't speak English at all.

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Anime 

So, my thoughts on now that the first episode has come out:

It's pretty good! I kind of feel like the Otherside isn't... blue enough, but frankly, it's not like any of the depictions are going to be the same as what I had in my mind while reading.

I do think the choice to have very little internal monologue is interesting, because the novels are very much written from Sorawo's perspective and she actually comes off as less of a weird jerk when you don't hear what she's thinking.

But probably won't be since it's not like my boss understands it.

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Anyway I have to get back to doing my own stupid job which absolutely can be automated away.

AI doesn't need to be smart enough to solve very hard problems as well as a very smart human can, it just needs to be able to add a new widget and do the grunt work thousands or millions of times faster than you can and there's no reason it can't do that.

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