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What's your main media leaning: Western or Japanese?

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  1. 1. What's your main media leaning: Western or Japanese?

    • 100% Western, 0% Japanese
    • 80% Western, 20% Japanese
    • 60% Western, 40% Japanese
    • 50% Western, 50% Japanese
    • 40% Western, 60% Japanese
    • 20% Western, 80% Japanese
    • 0% Western, 100% Japanese

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100 claps for Japan, but this should be east really.

Some western games are good, but too many shooters and racers.

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As far as games go I would say about 85% of them are Japanese. Music is about 85% western as for TV about 50 50.

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I'd have to say easily 50/50 for me both music and tv/movie wise.

 

There's not a lot of Japanese music that I know of other than the anime opening/ending music that I enjoy, but I watch more anime than television nowadays, but I can still watch tv whenever I'm in the mood for it

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Most of my favorite games are from Japan (Final Fantasy, Tales games, Souls games, Persona) but there are also some pretty solid western games out there.

Pretty all the bands I listen to are from the U.S., with the exception of a few artists, I do like the unique and unrestricted style of music the Japanese make (I only know most of their music from anime. :P) but there are also western bands out there that also do this in their own way as well. Speaking of anime it's pretty much the only thing I watch, western shows bore the hell out of me lol.

So I'd say about 50/50.

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When I was in high school it used to be 80% Japanese 20% Western. Over the years it slowly changed to the polar opposite, so it's about 80% Western now. I was quite infatuated with manga, anime and Japanese video games in the 90s and early 2000s, while they still were right at the leading edge of world pop culture. But with the gradual rise of kawaii culture and the mainstreamification of the otaku, something I poetically call "The Death of Japanese pop culture" happened and I haven't looked back. It's all devolved into a neverending cycle of rehashed moe elements/designs, repackaged, remixed, catering to the modern pillow hugging maid cafe loving virtual girlfriend obsessed otaku crowd. Way back when, anime and games used to be the equivalent of the underground rap scene. They were edgy, they were original and they weren't afraid to take risks. While there are still exceptions to this rule (I'm not saying everything is bad), I feel like the overall number of interesting and high quality content has been on a steady decline for many years now. Most of the manga I read and anime I watch now is from the 70s, 80s and 90s, because it just has a lot more to offer.

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80% Western, 20% Japanese
 

To tell the truth, I'm getting more and more annoyed by the Japanese stuff as it lost its originality. I don't care AT ALL about manga and/or anime, and the video game culture is just a sad joke. Thr western producers don't even try to be innovative, so I prefer their way of being more honest about that. I don't know how many JPRGs I've played which are basically all the same. So why should I even care about that anymore? I was born in Germany and grew up in the heart of Europe, the root and epicentre of western culture (no, fellow Americans, you're just copycats ;) ). During the 90's it was kinda exciting to shuffle through Japanese stuff, but as of 2015 it's the same stuff it was back in '95. Sad but true.

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Maybe 90%+ Western as aside from the occasional Japanese games that I enjoy (mainly FF + KH) no other aspect of their media interests me at all. If the question was expanded a bit to "Western v Asia", however, the percentage would be lower as I listen almost exclusively to Korean music...

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99.99% Western. I watched an anime once, am I Japanese yet?

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For me, I'd have to go ahead and say 80% Japanese and 20% Western, and that's probably being a bit generous. I've always been an anime junkie and I play a lot of Japanese games. The western part comes in from a few shows/movies and books.

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99% Western, 1% Japanese. 

 

Other than games like Final Fantasy and Zelda, Japanese media products are unintresting to me. Can't stand anime (watch the fanboys slay me), and the only Japanese musician who comes to mind that i'm an avid fan of is Tokyo Shoegazer. 

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I am studying Japanese from this coming Wednesday (2 days time) for 11 straight weeks until early December where I get 1 month off, and then again studying for 16 more weeks with another 1 month break at the end before again another 16 week course in June 2016 which takes me to about this point next year, and then I go all over again with what would be the last 3 x 16 weeks courses through 2017 (unless my head explodes lol).

The 2015/2016 sessions are booked already, I cannot book 2017 yet.

All together it is about 2 more years to reach 'fluency' or grade A level standard, and this is ONLY if everything goes perfectly, if it does not you can add more time/money on top of that.

We will see how it all goes.

Not too much time for games but that's ok, I will play when I can.

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Read a lot of Manga, plays tons of JRPG, watch a bit of Anime.

 

60% Japanese, 40% American coming from TV Shows and Movies.

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95% Japan, 5% Western.

I am studying Japanese from this coming Wednesday (2 days time) for 11 straight weeks until early December where I get 1 month off, and then again studying for 16 more weeks with another 1 month break at the end before again another 16 week course in June 2016 which takes me to about this point next year, and then I go all over again with what would be the last 3 x 16 weeks courses through 2017 (unless my head explodes lol).

The 2015/2016 sessions are booked already, I cannot book 2017 yet.

All together it is about 2 more years to reach 'fluency' or grade A level standard, and this is ONLY if everything goes perfectly, if it does not you can add more time/money on top of that.

We will see how it all goes.

Not too much time for games but that's ok, I will play when I can.

The japanese use JLPT and measure their linguistics through n1-n5, so you'd hope to be N1 in 2 years time, though you have to take a JLPT at an embassy somewhere to authenticate it. Edited by TigressLion
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In the UK there is a government funded test that comes at the end of my final course paper, it it does receive a certificate of completion which is equal to A level qualification standard (UK).

To complete N1 would take about 2 years?

The UK JLPT is held in London and/or Edinburgh.

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In the UK there is a government funded test that comes at the end of my final course paper, it it does receive a certificate of completion which is equal to A level qualification standard (UK).

To complete N1 would take about 2 years?

The UK JLPT is held in London and/or Edinburgh.

N1 standards is I believe around 2000 words of japanese you need to know, as long as you learn Japanese and the grammar you can take the test whenever it is offered. Could take a year, could take 5 it all depends on you.

http://www.jlpt.jp/e/

That's the official japanese literacy test site for world wide.

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Thank you.

To be honest I was suggested it would be about 3 years, but this might have been conservative to allow for movement in learning capability or missed lessons etc.

Have you been down this road yourself?

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I voted half and half. Most of the games I play are from Japan, while most of the TV and movies I watch are Western. As much as I love anime, I find it a pain having to watch it on my laptop. Laptop's are for picking at while watching TV. Sitting and not picking at something is impossible for me. Manga makes up about 20% of my bookshelf.

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I'd say it's about 50/50. I like Western TV, movies, and books, while I also like Japanese games, anime, and manga.

I like Western and Japanese music too, but that really depends on the genre of music.

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