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Old 2013-06-10, 10:37   Link #7001
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What's the deal with specifying the blood types of certain characters and almost all seiyuus?

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Old 2013-06-10, 10:50   Link #7002
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What's the deal with specifying the blood types of certain characters and almost all seiyuus?

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I think some Asian believe the blood type dictate one personality. So it kinda gives an insight about her character
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Old 2013-06-10, 14:50   Link #7003
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There was a Youtube video on the topic on why exercising is bad. While that video is played for humor, it did nevertheless had a good point about working out with your buddies. You know it can be really discouraging when you are exercising in a gym, you struggling to do an exercising while your friends can workout as if there were machines. You are struggling with a routine but your friends can routines easily and without much effort, you feel really embarrassed about this and it it actually discourages you from going to a gym. What do you do about this? You may not hate your friends but it is embarrassing to see yourself struggle while your friends can the routines easier.
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Old 2013-06-10, 14:54   Link #7004
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What's the deal with specifying the blood types of certain characters and almost all seiyuus?

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It's like a really bad version of astrology ... so uber-nonsense way to guess at personality or tell fortunes.
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Old 2013-06-10, 14:58   Link #7005
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There was a Youtube video on the topic on why exercising is bad. While that video is played for humor, it did nevertheless had a good point about working out with your buddies. You know it can be really discouraging when you are exercising in a gym, you struggling to do an exercising while your friends can workout as if there were machines. You are struggling with a routine but your friends can routines easily and without much effort, you feel really embarrassed about this and it it actually discourages you from going to a gym. What do you do about this? You may not hate your friends but it is embarrassing to see yourself struggle while your friends can the routines easier.
I don't know about other people, and the whole 'work out together' thing. I've always worked out alone, it helps me focus more, and I don't need to feel self conscious if there are only strangers around me. Plus, invariably working out with friends wastes time, and if you're going for at least an hour (personally when I go to the gym I'm like a little kid and want to try out a lot of toys, so spend at least 1:30), with 10-15 minutes travel one way, there's not much more time to waste.
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Old 2013-06-10, 14:59   Link #7006
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As a kid it surprised me when most of Americans I met did not know their blood type. Back in Korea, most kids knew their blood types, or at least made it up to fit in.

However, blood type personality never made sense to me, my sister and I had the same blood type, yet our personality was polar opposite.
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Old 2013-06-10, 20:11   Link #7007
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I think some Asian believe the blood type dictate one personality. So it kinda gives an insight about her character
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It's like a really bad version of astrology ... so uber-nonsense way to guess at personality or tell fortunes.
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As a kid it surprised me when most of Americans I met did not know their blood type. Back in Korea, most kids knew their blood types, or at least made it up to fit in.

However, blood type personality never made sense to me, my sister and I had the same blood type, yet our personality was polar opposite.
Huh, I never knew that. I always wondered why that bit if info showed up on character/seiyuu bios. I was thinking it was some weird way to feel "closer" to their favorite character/seiyuu.

"We're the same blood type, let's date!"

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Old 2013-06-10, 20:39   Link #7008
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Just to ruin your day, this currently rather harmless if absurd blood type personality belief entered Japan when, um, eugenics was all the rage among the intellectuals in Europe, particularly central Europe (ifyouknowwhatimean), and consequently Japan.

It's, uh, you know, just before that big ruckus in the Pacific and stuff.

Though it faded and came back again when a quack wrote a book and it got popular.
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Old 2013-06-11, 05:34   Link #7009
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Huh, I never knew that. I always wondered why that bit if info showed up on character/seiyuu bios. I was thinking it was some weird way to feel "closer" to their favorite character/seiyuu.

"We're the same blood type, let's date!"

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Details available here in Wikipedia.

Also available here in Japan Today.

The salient points:
  • One's blood type was said to determine one's personality. As Irenicus mentioned, this flimsy theory was popular when eugenics was at its height in Europe.
  • The theory faded away, but interest in it was revived in 1970s Japan following the publishing of a popular book.
  • Unfortunately, this has led to some cases of blood-type harassment. The blood type B is relatively rare in Japan, compared to the other blood groups. People with the type B blood are thought to be mavericks, happy-go-lucky types who like to do things their way. In other words, they're not as likely to "fit in". And, in Japan, the nail that sticks out gets hammered...

Yup, it's completely stupid. But then, so are horoscopes and astrology. Unfortunately, lots of people are prone to such silly superstitions, so it's hard to stamp out. I'm just glad that the silliness has not spread much beyond Japan and Korea.
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Old 2013-06-11, 05:50   Link #7010
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There was a Youtube video on the topic on why exercising is bad. While that video is played for humor, it did nevertheless had a good point about working out with your buddies. You know it can be really discouraging when you are exercising in a gym, you struggling to do an exercising while your friends can workout as if there were machines. You are struggling with a routine but your friends can routines easily and without much effort, you feel really embarrassed about this and it it actually discourages you from going to a gym. What do you do about this? You may not hate your friends but it is embarrassing to see yourself struggle while your friends can the routines easier.
Lower the resistance?
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Old 2013-06-11, 06:01   Link #7011
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That does not answer my question through D:

Well my curiosity on that died out. But it probably will raise up one day again...
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Old 2013-06-11, 07:16   Link #7012
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That does not answer my question through D:

Well my curiosity on that died out. But it probably will raise up one day again...
Well, what I'm asking (in response to your question is)

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Old 2013-06-11, 08:39   Link #7013
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Well, what I'm asking (in response to your question is)

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You can't answer a question with a rhetorical question when the implied answer does not answer the first question in the first place!!
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Old 2013-06-11, 09:01   Link #7014
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You can't answer a question with a rhetorical question when the implied answer does not answer the first question in the first place!!
It totally does. I'm asserting that it doesn't exist, that's my hypothesis so seiyuus don't do anything to make that sound. If there is, then I don't know. Also that's not a rhetorical question, that's just a regular question.
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Old 2013-06-13, 06:46   Link #7015
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Ok this has been bugging me for years now: why are the circle and x button functions on playstation swapped outside of Japan?

The best I could come up with was why they have the meaning they do in Japan but I can't for the life of me find any reason for Sony to change them for the western market.

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I gave each symbol a meaning and a color. The triangle refers to viewpoint; I had it represent one's head or direction and made it green. Square refers to a piece of paper; I had it represent menus or documents and made it pink. The circle and X represent 'yes' or 'no' decision-making and I made them red and blue respectively. People thought those colors were mixed up, and I had to reinforce to management that that's what I wanted.
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Old 2013-06-14, 02:52   Link #7016
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Old 2013-06-14, 02:53   Link #7017
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Ok this has been bugging me for years now: why are the circle and x button functions on playstation swapped outside of Japan?

The best I could come up with was why they have the meaning they do in Japan but I can't for the life of me find any reason for Sony to change them for the western market.
Maybe I'm confused. Are you asking about the fact that X is generally used as a 'cancel' instead of an affirmation, or that it's the opposite?

For as long as I can remember the majority of Japanese games ported to the U.S. continue to run the flip that X is 'cancel'. As far as I'm aware this is still largely a standard practice, but sometimes the buttons remain on the western standard of X being 'continue/OK' instead.

You're right though, in Japan the circle is generally presented as an affirmation, while the X is the opposite.

If you're asking why X is generally used as an affirmation in the West I think the answer to this is probably simple (but I can't say 100% for sure). On an Xbox, A is the 'affirmation', and on the PS3 it's X. A good thing to note here is that both of those buttons are closest to the stick. This is true on the Wii as well. It makes more sense to make the affirmation button the button closest to finger that actually presses it. If the button is O, then you may find yourself craning your other fingers in some situations to press it.

I was really confused as to why I wasn't able to submit this post. Now I know...
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Old 2013-06-14, 03:41   Link #7018
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Maybe I'm confused. Are you asking about the fact that X is generally used as a 'cancel' instead of an affirmation, or that it's the opposite?

For as long as I can remember the majority of Japanese games ported to the U.S. continue to run the flip that X is 'cancel'. As far as I'm aware this is still largely a standard practice, but sometimes the buttons remain on the western standard of X being 'continue/OK' instead.

You're right though, in Japan the circle is generally presented as an affirmation, while the X is the opposite.

If you're asking why X is generally used as an affirmation in the West I think the answer to this is probably simple (but I can't say 100% for sure). On an Xbox, A is the 'affirmation', and on the PS3 it's X. A good thing to note here is that both of those buttons are closest to the stick. This is true on the Wii as well. It makes more sense to make the affirmation button the button closest to finger that actually presses it. If the button is O, then you may find yourself craning your other fingers in some situations to press it.

I was really confused as to why I wasn't able to submit this post. Now I know...
Well, the "switch" happened back in the PS1 days. Like you noticed yourself: in Japan the circle button is the confirmation one while here on the "west" it's the opposite and X works as confirmation.

I just never figure out why someone originally made the decision to go with this inconsistency. My best bet is that it has something to do with the way RPGs (jRPGs mostly) worked on the SNES but I never actually played one so I wouldn't know.
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Old 2013-06-16, 18:44   Link #7019
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Anyone know where this is from? And who she is?
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Old 2013-06-17, 06:54   Link #7020
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