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I didn’t say he had no personality, I said he barely has one, yet still manages to represent utilitarianism well despite this.

That’s just rhetorical to me. I would even argue that he has one of the more in-depth personality in the show. He’s one of the few characters in the show that actually had a decent reason to participate in the war (explained in the flashback).

Personality “has to do” with all of this, but the actual definition of the word is that it’s a collection of characteristics or qualities. Yes, motivation and reasoning can influence personality, but that doesn’t make them part of personality itself.

Personality is made up of all those things. It doesn’t “influence” personality, it is part of the personality. If personality is “the collection of characteristics or qualities”, then the characteristics or qualities would be the things I listed. I don’t really see how you’re getting the idea that those things aren’t part of it. All those things are exactly what makes up personality.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

He has almost no personality, but his character still makes a strong statement against Utilitarianism.

Not having emotion doesn’t mean he doesn’t have personality.

I disagree. Personality is what is directly observable about the character, while his method of reasoning falls beyond that.

Wikipedia’s definition: personality has to do with individual differences among people in behavior patterns, cognition and emotion.

Personality is the combination of motivation, reasoning, attitude, and other mental attributes. They’re all interrelated.

 
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What about someone using the philosophy of utilitarianism for his own purposes, to achieve his own goals?

That still falls in the realm of personalities though. What’s motivating him to do so? What’s his mental process that causes him to certain actions? Personality isn’t simply X is optimistic, Y is short-tempered either, it’s also how someone reasons. If a character is using utilitarianism for his own purpose, they have a reason for doing so.

 
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A character’s personality can be irrelevant to his/her role.

Not sure if I can agree with that. How can you infer that a character symbolizes utilitarianism without having certain personality? A character with selfish nature wouldn’t be a good representation of utilitarianism.

I originally asked why you found her character as a whole more unique, not just her personality, which I think is where we differ.

Out of curiosity though, what do you find so unique about their personalities?

 
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So basically, if a character has no known backstory, all that’s left to judge him/her by is his/her personality?

Yes, pretty much.

I mean, there’s a lot of more ways characters are generally portrayed, whether as personified worldviews, symbols to support a theme, or even as self-insert characters, just to name a few.

Those are simply the interpretive byproduct of a character’s personality. You can’t have any of those without the character’s personality. At this point, you’re pretty much dissecting the show as a whole rather than simply focusing on one character. I’m sure every character in Monogatari is meaningful in some way, but some character personalities are just more appealing than others.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Do you own any historical objects?????

Yeah, I have had this trustworthy water bottle with me for about two years now.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / How I feel about OT

Is this a home appliance store? Because I’m seeing a lot of kettles and pots.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Would it make you gay if

Like a tomboy? It’s not, and I wouldn’t care.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Which implied that a character’s uniqueness is ultimately determined by their interactions w/ Araragi, when actually that’s just part of it.

Yeah, I should have corrected myself way back. What I meant was “characters’ personalities”. I just used character and personality interchangeably because I didn’t know this would turn into an argument about characters.

Not really sure why you’re bringing this up. Can you elaborate please

Because that’s what you brought up. The example you gave was related to her backstory.

“the fact that she appears to be an innocent schoolgirl, yet knowingly prevents Araragi from reaching his home”

Essentially, a character is based off of two observable factors: backstory and personality (there’s appearance, but that’s usually not important). I value personality more than backstory most of the time because that’s what’s usually prevalent throughout the show. A backstory allows us to understand a character, but personality is what makes a character good. You’re right that characters are defined not just by interactions with another character, but in the context of Monogatari, it is a big portion.

 
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For example, the fact that she appears to be an innocent schoolgirl, yet knowingly prevents Araragi from reaching his home

Heh, I totally forgot about that. It’s been a couple years since I saw S1.

Sure, that’s something about her character, but it only pertains to her specific arc and doesn’t necessarily reflect what she’s like in general. When I was using her interaction with Araragi, it was more to define her personality (which was the topic then since you were asking about unique personality). Every character is unique in the sense that they all have a different backstory.

 
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but you’re almost practically defining the characters by their interactions with and relationship to him, when there’s a lot more to them than just that.

But by how much? Anything they say or do always ties back to Araragi. You can’t really come up with an analysis of a character in this show without mentioning interactions with him. What more can you say about Hachikuji or Shinobu or any other characters outside of their backstory?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Wait…what? Can you explain how you reached this conclusion?

Yeah, I misunderstood you. I thought you meant Monogatari as season 2.

I understand what you’re saying about their interactions, but I’ m referring more to the pure character aspect

To be frank, the show is nothing without Araragi. He’s the one bringing out the personality since he’s practically the only one other characters talk to. You can’t just judge one character without mentioning their interactions with Araragi.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Would you rather know your date of death or how you will die?

Die before the death date to prove that I’m a true shadow realm anarchist.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Hachikuji’s interactions with Araragi is fun. I just enjoy her cheeky personality and the constant jabs she and Araragi threw at each other. She’s the only truly sassy character in the show that can elevate the heavy atmosphere of the show.

but they never really stood out to me as unique characters in particular, especially in the context of Monogatari.

Monogatari S2 was practically a show dedicated to Shinobu. This is a season where you should be observing the most out of her personality. Shinobu’s emotionless personality makes her interesting. Even though she hates Araragi, their intimacy and respect to each other as soul partners is outstanding.

I guess you can say every character in the show is unique to their own, but some character interactions are just more interesting and likable than others. I just find Hachikuji and Shinobu’s chemistry with Araragi to be more enjoyable than Kanbaru.

 
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Hachikuji and Shinobu are both more “normal” than she is character-wise.

I think them both being spirit loli rules them out of being normal. Both of them have pretty unique personalities if you ask me.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / in this thread we pretend that the entire worlds electricity has been run out

I would probably row a boat to Norway and live with a farmer and graze cows for the rest of my life.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Do you think Kongregate OT has a bad reputation?

she asked 4 reputition of OT not a selfbiography

I’m framing this on my wall.

OT is mostly terrible, but you will occasionally see great posts. Like what Maowee just posted.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

I’ve been thinking about watching this, and the reviews I’ve been getting from other people seem really polarized.

Really? Most of its reception I have seen are positive. Most of the criticisms I have seen are more targeted towards the aesthetic of the show.

I heard it’s a really good romance series though?

There’s a couple in there, but you will be disappointed if you’re watching it for the romance. It’s not the strong point of the show because that’s not the focus.

It’s a show that gets better and better as long as it suits your taste. The first season is fairly mediocre for me, but the show really does pick up starting season 2. Also, it requires a shit ton of reading because there are a lot of dialogues between characters, so you might wanna watch something else if you don’t want to pause every ten seconds.

As long as you don’t think the first season is unbearable, I highly recommend sticking to it even if you thought it was meh. As I said, it gets better.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Am I a gamer?

Why wouldn’t you be a gamer? You’re playing games.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

I didn’t like it as much because I think monkey is worst girl. Also I’m mad because I watched it on a shitty site the day before it was on crunchyroll.

I have her pretty down on my best girl list. Her personality isn’t as notable as the other girls, she’s pretty meh-looking, and the constant fanservice thrown at the audience whenever she’s onscreen gets stale. You can say she’s the “normal girl” of the show (but it’s Monogatari, normal means a lot more in this show).

It doesn’t really deter my enjoyment of the show, though.

 
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k finished watching the first season Hamatora. That plot twist ending, though.

The show definitely reminds me of Durarara with the episodic worldbuilding in a metropolitan setting while reserving a small portion of the episode contributing to plot progression (which was also similar to DRRR, creating chaos in the city). The antagonist’s character design kind of irks. I have no problem with his ideals, being an antagonist and all, but I don’t like it when shows make them look and sound like a villain. The characters are fairly uninspiring except for two or three, character development is non-existent, and there are a couple plot holes as well. It’s not a bad show if you don’t expect much from it and just go along with story.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Do Gameboy Advance games saves delete after a while?

If the battery dies, sure.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Do thoughts take up space?

Thought itself doesn’t take up space, but the electric impulses you have in your brain does (neurons). You’re not gonna gain mass from thinking. I have a major in neuroscience, trust me.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Are you going to buy THE NEW NINTENDO FLOP?

Just curious as to why they keep focusing on handhelds, aren’t they sort of a thing of the past?

Is it due to the fact they are really the only ones in that market (besides the vita as far as I know)?

Yep. They have no real competitors, they have no need to take risks innovating anything. There’s no point in trying to focus on console because it’s obvious that they’re going to lose to the other big two (see Wii U).

Edit: ^Not sure if you edited your post after I already posted, or I just got hardcore ninja’d.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Have you ever lied and said someones cooking is good when its not?

Not really. I’m not picky, most things I eat I enjoy.