It's been months since I last posted on this board. Glad much hasn't changed. I take solace in that, despite how turbulent and stressful this year has been for me both online and in my personal life, I've managed to sort out most of it. Now, I'm looking to enjoy the rest of the year with my bucket list of anime, visual novels, doujin games, manga, and my stash of vodka and whiskey to keep me company, no matter how much shiptier the world will have become by the end of it, and even beyond that. I'm doing well self-employed, so I don't have much else to worry about for now. Better to be comfy than fearful when the current world order ends.
I stopped using Discord last year. It's semi-unarchived environment is just too prone to attracting the most ostentatious holier-than-thou types, underage wannabe edgelords, and more insipid cretins than you'll ever find on 4chan.
I couldn't agree more. Free will is a myth, human behavior is determined by economics, and the course of human history changes like the seasons no matter how much people clamor for no winter.
Can't say I've seen a lot of anime like Kaiji, but if you like anime about complex competitions and clever strategizing I recommend Girls Und Panzer, which is a sports anime about girls in tanks (pic unrelated). Ignore Das Finale, though. It doesn't have as much substance compared to the entries before it and just feels like treading water. If you liked Gurren Lagann, Eureka Seven is right up your alley (Just the original TV anime, ignore eberrything else.) It leans more towards being a real robot show, but the action, animation, characters, and writing are all exemplary.
I also recommend Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and its sequel Second Gig, Strike Witches, Summer Wars, Princess Principal, Texhnolyze, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Bacanno!. For the best of slice of life and romance try KOn!! and Bakemonogatari respectively.