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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #30 on: June 24, 2011, 11:26:18 PM »
Sadly, most of us are probably so used to Americanized Mexican food we probably wouldn't be too down with the real thing.

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-What keeps you hangin' around us mugs?
-Why am I your favorite?
-How long have you been in Japan, anyways? Sorry if I missed that question already.
-What's a day in the life-a Forza like?
-Roguelikes?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #31 on: June 25, 2011, 12:00:22 AM »
Uh, are we really going to go there?
Drunk fairies pull strange pranks. Just hope Aya doesn't find out, she'll probably assume you did something to each other.

If a fairy did pull that prank on you, how would you respond?

Ever been to a wild, drunken party?

What's one thing you hope to accomplish within the next year?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #32 on: June 25, 2011, 02:19:30 AM »
Sadly, most of us are probably so used to Americanized Mexican food we probably wouldn't be too down with the real thing.
Uh, are we really going to go there?
:P

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #33 on: June 26, 2011, 11:48:52 AM »
Sorry for the delay. I was in Tokyo for the weekend since my circle participated in another Touhou event and didn't have access to a full-sized computer, or even a lap-sized one.

What's your preferred method for keeping in touch with family/friends in the US?
AIM, Skype and sometimes Facebook. My brother likes to bug me on Steam, too.

FORZA!

-What keeps you hangin' around us mugs?
-Why am I your favorite?
-How long have you been in Japan, anyways? Sorry if I missed that question already.
-What's a day in the life-a Forza like?
-Roguelikes?
- I have no idea. Mostly my store thread, but I kind of got tired of posting in CPMC after it all melted into drama. I mean, I like Touhou and all, but the only thing I really really like is the music, and it can be kind of hard to talk about it IMO.
- If I may be frank, you're not. I really don't agree with a lot of your political views, and while that's not my problem and I totally see where you're coming from, you kind of come across as a jerk about it. I still think you're a cool guy and generally pretty funny, you're not my favorite. Sorry for taking everything at face value, but you asked. (FYI, I am "conservative" but that's mostly on the financial end. Socially, I think quite a few changes could be made and do no real harm to everyone who oppose them. If you want to discuss more, fire away. I don't normally like to debate on the Interbuttz anymore but that's what this thread is for.)
- This is my fourth year here.
- Bike to work, teach some Englishes, come home, take care of shipping stuff, work on translation/doujin stuff or play games. The weekends are usually more interesting.
- Never really got into them. I can see the appeal, but I don't know. There was just other stuff that was more appealing.

If a fairy did pull that prank on you, how would you respond?

Ever been to a wild, drunken party?

What's one thing you hope to accomplish within the next year?
Get a dog.

Drunken, a few. Wild, not really.

Get this translation patch I've been working on out the door.

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #34 on: June 26, 2011, 01:02:24 PM »
Favorites:
  • Bemani series
  • Jubeat song
  • Jubeat chart
  • IIDX song
  • IIDX style
  • IIDX girl
  • DDR song
  • Fighting game
What else do you usually play at the arcades?  Initial D?  Wangan Midnight?
Where else have you taught besides Haruna?
Do much traveling in Japan besides to Tokyo?
What other countries have you been to?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #35 on: June 26, 2011, 09:44:07 PM »
What's your favorite track from an official Touhou game?

What's your favorite remixed Touhou track?

How different do you think your life would be if you didn't end up moving to Japan?

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Oh, don't worry, that cat will carry off your body, so you'll be able to live in our place!"

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #36 on: June 26, 2011, 10:12:50 PM »
Brought to light when Hele posted about Hang In There Kogasa-san, they are taking a super long trip. I've heard of these kinds of All-Of-Japan trips everywhere and due to living in Canada, our "long trips" are essentially "visit two cities and drive for 99% of the trip". What do you think about long country-wide trips in Japan, and have you ever taken any?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #37 on: June 26, 2011, 10:21:36 PM »
こんばんわ or こんばんは?  :derp:

What is your dream sandwich? In other words, describe in as much or as little detail as desired, the best sandwich ever.
[16:25] <Kuruminut> Shut up MS Word, "fangirlism" is totally a word
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[07:59] <Sapz> ベーティさんは馬鹿っぽいだろう、この「っぽい」好き者

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2011, 01:53:29 AM »
If you could go back in time and change any one historical event to have the outcome of your choice, what would it be and why?

Favourite book, if any?

What in Japan has left the strongest impression on you-- anything at all?

Forgive me if you've been asked this question before and I just didn't notice, but do you intend to go back to your home country? Why or why not?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2011, 04:46:31 AM »
Have you had any random encounters yet, like spring is about to come?

Do you plan to study another language?

How long did it took for you to arrange all papers to be sent there? and how hard?


Spoiler:
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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #40 on: June 27, 2011, 05:13:15 AM »
Favorites:
  • Bemani series
  • Jubeat song
  • Jubeat chart
  • IIDX song
  • IIDX style
  • IIDX girl
  • DDR song
  • Fighting game
What else do you usually play at the arcades?  Initial D?  Wangan Midnight?
Where else have you taught besides Haruna?
Do much traveling in Japan besides to Tokyo?
What other countries have you been to?
- DrumMania
- Eyes or Polaris
- I don't know, maybe YMCA
- Fly Above
- Red, Happy Sky, or Gold
- Iroha
- Brilliant 2U
- Mark of the Wolves or CVS2

Sometimes I'll play SFIV, Melty Blood, Initial D or shmups if I'm in the mood. I used to play quiz games too but I kind of stopped for some reason.

I've worked in Kazo in Saitama and Futtsu in Chiba. And it's not Haruna, it's Shibukawa

Not really. The way I see it, it would theoretically be a lot easier to tour Japan than work and live there, given enough money, so I decided it would be more interesting to live here for now. Maybe if I have the chance, I will do a bit more wandering around.

I've technically been to Mexico but I never had a passport before I went to Japan so I don't really know how that worked.
What's your favorite track from an official Touhou game?

What's your favorite remixed Touhou track?

How different do you think your life would be if you didn't end up moving to Japan?
Probably Wind Goddess Girl.

Border Of Life (Piano House Mix) by Hatsunetsu Mikos. Never before has "more than the sum of its parts" been so applicable.

Well, I probably wouldn't even consider translating at all. I likely would've tried to get a more normal job but seeing as how the economy tanked soon after I left, I don't know if I would've kept it. Maybe my dad could've help me with his connections but it doesn't matter at this point. But then again, I would've had a bit less debt to worry about since I had to borrow a decent amount to get over here, not that I regret it.

Brought to light when Hele posted about Hang In There Kogasa-san, they are taking a super long trip. I've heard of these kinds of All-Of-Japan trips everywhere and due to living in Canada, our "long trips" are essentially "visit two cities and drive for 99% of the trip". What do you think about long country-wide trips in Japan, and have you ever taken any?
Countrywide as in travel all over the country or going from one end to another with nothing in between? I'd say both are entirely possible though. There's a lot of interesting stuff in the cities, but the same can be said for the countryside. You just need to know where to look. Driving can be be a bit expensive, but it's usually possible to get to anywhere of interest via train or bus. Still, nothing wrong with just hitting up Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka.

こんばんわ or こんばんは?  :derp:

What is your dream sandwich? In other words, describe in as much or as little detail as desired, the best sandwich ever.
no

Bacon, sliced turkey and ham, lettuce, cheese, tomato, mayo, toasted wheat bread. Sorry if it seems boring, but I just had lunch and I'm not really in the mood to think about food all that much. But it still sounds pretty good.

If you could go back in time and change any one historical event to have the outcome of your choice, what would it be and why?

Favourite book, if any?

What in Japan has left the strongest impression on you-- anything at all?

Forgive me if you've been asked this question before and I just didn't notice, but do you intend to go back to your home country? Why or why not?
I've read enough science fiction to know when to leave well enough alone. However, for purely selfish reasons, I think that I could have done without that Tohoku Earthquake, assuming I could control it anyway.

Mr. Popper's Penguins. Don't even mention the movie to me. Just the fact that they used 6 Gentoo penguins versus 12 Adelies is reason enough to deny its existence.

Probably the biggest is how different people are here socially. People rarely like to interact with each other in real life, out of shyness or whatever. Unless they work together or went to the same school or are a friend of a friend, meeting completely unrelated people is a rarity. Maybe it's just because no one really talks to me even in usually social places like arcades, but even there, I rarely see anyone talk to people who even play the same game unless they walked into the place together or knew each other ahead of time. On a more positive note, I do like how it is very safe here. I mean, I was rarely scared of being robbed or anything even in the slightly slummy parts of Atlanta, but here, it's like people don't even lock their doors when they go out sometimes.

It depends on where the job opportunties are. Mostly I want to translate for a career, and I could easily do that in Japan, America or anywhere really. But I am more or less content with living in Japan for a longer period of time. I don't really feel an attachment to any one place or thing right now, and both places have their advantages. It just comes down to where I can support myself best.

Have you had any random encounters yet, like spring is about to come?

Do you plan to study another language?

How long did it took for you to arrange all papers to be sent there? and how hard?
I have no idea what you mean by that. Encounters with what? Girls? Aliens? Pokemon?

Not at the moment, but if I were, I would try to pick up where I left off with Spanish.

Well, it didn't take that long since I got lucky with how fast the passport was sent to me, and requesting the necessary forms from my college wasn't that bad. Probably the worst part was the doctor exam but that was just because it needed to be scheduled. Once I got to Japan, I got the visa with no problem after a short wait at the immigration office.

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #41 on: June 27, 2011, 06:47:40 AM »
I saw a video once of someone driving the downhill of Mt. Akagi and it was littered with speedbumps to stop drifters.  Is Mt. Haruna in Shibukawa the same way?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #42 on: June 27, 2011, 06:54:07 AM »
Sometimes I'll play SFIV, Melty Blood, Initial D or shmups if I'm in the mood. I used to play quiz games too but I kind of stopped for some reason.

Have you played the Current Code?

I have no idea what you mean by that. Encounters with what? Girls? Aliens? Pokemon?

With the Goddess, with strange girls, with espers, aliens, time travelers, with pokemon, and also with Hatsune Miku
Well, it didn't take that long since I got lucky with how fast the passport was sent to me, and requesting the necessary forms from my college wasn't that bad. Probably the worst part was the doctor exam but that was just because it needed to be scheduled. Once I got to Japan, I got the visa with no problem after a short wait at the immigration office.

Spoiler:
No. Way.
Let's hope I get a quick, safe, and secure process to once I start to make my trip to Nihon.


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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #43 on: June 27, 2011, 07:52:25 AM »
Alrighty: Why do you believe in fiscal conservatism? In choosing between it and social liberalism, which tends to win out?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #44 on: June 27, 2011, 10:05:52 AM »
Think you'll find a Japanese waifu?

Had any girlfriends since you made the trip?

The greatest challenge you've overcome?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #45 on: June 27, 2011, 10:08:49 AM »
How did you get into the creative side of the doujin scene? Did you venture in by yourself or you were in contact with Talka and the ddiction folks beforehand?
Also, I'd be interested in any other impressions as a foreigner in said scene you might want to share. (As in, how hard it is, how the workflow goes, relations inter- and intra- circles, etc.)

Oh, and how do you like Gunma compared to the other places you've been to?
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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #46 on: June 27, 2011, 12:06:47 PM »
I saw a video once of someone driving the downhill of Mt. Akagi and it was littered with speedbumps to stop drifters.  Is Mt. Haruna in Shibukawa the same way?
Yeah, they'll have them at certain corners. I get the feeling they've been there for a while now.

Have you played the Current Code?

With the Goddess, with strange girls, with espers, aliens, time travelers, with pokemon, and also with Hatsune Miku
Spoiler:
No. Way.
Let's hope I get a quick, safe, and secure process to once I start to make my trip to Nihon.
Yeah, although I only started recently and only play Hisui for now, so I have no idea what I'm doing for the most part. I prefer Full Moon though because I am bad at combos.

No, yes, no, no, no, no and no.

If you're only here as a tourist, it's even easier, since all you really need is the passport.

Alrighty: Why do you believe in fiscal conservatism? In choosing between it and social liberalism, which tends to win out?
Admittedly, I might not have complete understanding of the subject or I might be completely misunderstanding what you say, but from what I learned in my business management program, it's generally a lot more efficient for "money" to be concentrated among a few people. If they're doing it right, this wealth should be in constant circulation, putting money into the economy almost as fast as its going in. Of course, human nature makes it so it doesn't run nearly as smoothly as it should. In fact, the same could be said for liberalism, except instead of value being more evenly spread out, this makes things even MORE troublesome since more people are involved, even though it seems more "humane."

Also, I believe in less government restriction on how this money is spent, to a degree. Obviously, you need to stop clearly illegal or scummy activity, but as companies find workarounds, you eventually get to the point we're at today, so I don't know. Again, this is human nature at work, but it's better than having to jump through a million hoops just because you want to run a pottery business out of your own home.

Finally, I believe in that in conducting fair and honest business, you will build a lot more wealth over time. However, there are understandably a lot of people who just want to make money as fast as possible so they cut corners, and they just end up falling into a vicious circle and won't improve without effort. You need to start a business with the right mindset in the first place. This could apply to either system though.

Think you'll find a Japanese waifu?

Had any girlfriends since you made the trip?

The greatest challenge you've overcome?
It's possible, but I'm not really looking for one at the moment. If it were to just happen though, I wouldn't turn it down if it were meant to be and all that.

No, for the aforementioned reason. I'm not asexual or anything, I just have different priorities.

I really don't know. They all kind of blur after a while, and I felt like I've never had to WORK work to get to where I am. It's not like I'm a slacker or whatever, I'm just not terribly ambitious, I guess. Learning Japanese has been pretty hard though, and the JLPT was pretty rough, although level 1 is going to be even harder...

How did you get into the creative side of the doujin scene? Did you venture in by yourself or you were in contact with Talka and the ddiction folks beforehand?
Also, I'd be interested in any other impressions as a foreigner in said scene you might want to share. (As in, how hard it is, how the workflow goes, relations inter- and intra- circles, etc.)

Oh, and how do you like Gunma compared to the other places you've been to?
I had no almost no idea what Touhou was before coming to Japan, but after about a year I started getting into it, including some fan works like Walfas' stuff, mostly watching his videos on Nicovideo so I could see the Japanese fan reaction to them. At almost the same time, some guy I kind of know on another forum posted about this doujin English textbook he bought with a bunch of sex terms. It was obviously done by a non-native speaker, but it was an amusing enough idea. Then I saw that Walfas was going to be selling stuff in Japan though Talka. That gave me an idea. I contacted KirbyM first to see if he was up for it, then talked to Talka at an event and they both seemed to be cool with the idea.

As far as the workflow goes, I write the book and layout the pages, then send them to KirbyM. He makes the artwork, I put them in, and send off the pages to Talka who sends them to the printer, although I could probably do that step myself by now. In the circle itself, we pretty much have to make sure that at least one person is there at the booth selling stuff, which is a lot harder than it sounds. The other two main members like to cosplay so changing before and after the event takes forever, and we both have our own agendas during the event as well, talking to other circles and doing our own personal shopping. Despite events lasting around 5-6 hours, at places like Comiket there is just SO MUCH STUFF and SO MANY PEOPLE that it's easy to lose track of time. Between circles, I will generally introduce myself, we exchange name cards and usually our latest works. Not a whole lot of time to talk at the event, but Twitter is usually a sufficient alternative.

I think I like Gunma more than the other places. I find myself liking the mountains more than I thought I would, despite things like wind.

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #47 on: June 27, 2011, 04:26:11 PM »
How bad is the xenophobia/racism/nationalism in Japan? Is it as bad as they say, or do people just exaggerate about it?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #48 on: June 27, 2011, 09:34:00 PM »
What's the one event you had the most fun with?

Have you ever met the emperor before?

Ever run into a random American?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #49 on: June 27, 2011, 09:59:40 PM »
How good are you at the Touhou games?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #50 on: June 28, 2011, 06:31:23 AM »
How bad is the xenophobia/racism/nationalism in Japan? Is it as bad as they say, or do people just exaggerate about it?
It's there, but it really isn't all that blatant nor common.

What's the one event you had the most fun with?

Have you ever met the emperor before?

Ever run into a random American?
I really don't know. I'm not one to "rank" memorable events because they don't really work that way in my opinion. I will say I do enjoy conventions and general get-togethers with friends.

No.

All the time, but mostly in Tokyo.

How good are you at the Touhou games?
I can 1-cc Easy Mode on in anything on a good day. Have yet to clear one on Normal, but I've been "slacking off" lately. I'd like to think I'm better at the fighting games, but I get whipped all the time in network play over here, so probably not.

Last call for questions. Speak now or forever hold your peace.

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #51 on: June 28, 2011, 06:47:57 AM »
How did you study/learn Japanese when you first came here?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #52 on: June 28, 2011, 07:15:14 AM »
Related: for a guy with one year of formal classes, going for a second, along with immersion limited to internet. Once most points of grammar and such are out of the way, what do you think would be the best method for furthering fluency (whether it be vocabulary or colloquial phrases or kanjigrinding or whatever) and where could I learn such things?

- 渋川に来るので君は私を食事に招待してくれたなら、どこに行きたいですか?(私の好み構いない)

無関係、http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm506752
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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #53 on: June 28, 2011, 07:44:55 AM »
What's your favourite out of the Touhou games?

What would a perfect day go like for you?

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #54 on: June 28, 2011, 08:33:17 AM »
The racism question reminds me, what've you seen about the drama between Japan and Korea? Is that mostly trolling, or does that tend to be a sore spot?
There was something here once. Wonder what...

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #55 on: June 28, 2011, 10:01:58 AM »
How many anime/gaming merchandise stores are within walking distance of your home?

How often do you frequent them?

Iku vs. Godzilla: who wins?

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Oh, don't worry, that cat will carry off your body, so you'll be able to live in our place!"

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Re: Ask a Not-Staffer Ep. 19 - N-Forza
« Reply #56 on: June 28, 2011, 10:35:10 PM »
How did you study/learn Japanese when you first came here?
This flashcard/drilling program called "Kanji Box" and reading stuff in Japanese, not to mention what I learned by absorption.

Related: for a guy with one year of formal classes, going for a second, along with immersion limited to internet. Once most points of grammar and such are out of the way, what do you think would be the best method for furthering fluency (whether it be vocabulary or colloquial phrases or kanjigrinding or whatever) and where could I learn such things?

- 渋川に来るので君は私を食事に招待してくれたなら、どこに行きたいですか?(私の好み構いない)

無関係、http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm506752
I don't know. Again, it's not just knowing the kanji and grammar, it's knowing how to use it. The Internet seems pretty decent for that, but I heard there are services that will match you up with willing partners to have Japanese conversations over Skype and things like that. I'm not sure where they would be found though.

If I'm understanding your question right, there really isn't too much special about the food here, although it's apparently famous for "yaki-manju" so if you like that, you're golden.

And yeah, that's the video I saw way back when that kind of introduced me in a roundabout way to Touhou.

What's your favourite out of the Touhou games?

What would a perfect day go like for you?
Shoot the Bullet. I love the premise behind it and it works out pretty good.

I have no idea. There are lots of things I would like to do, but again, I have a hard time "ranking" things that would let me clearly say which one is best.

The racism question reminds me, what've you seen about the drama between Japan and Korea? Is that mostly trolling, or does that tend to be a sore spot?
At times, maybe. I imagine most of that is just trolling on the Internet though. Only ultra-nationalists really care.

How many anime/gaming merchandise stores are within walking distance of your home?

How often do you frequent them?

Iku vs. Godzilla: who wins?
They are actually building one just down the road from me. It was an old shoe store, abandoned since before I got here, so it's about time something moved in.

I go to the other ones by bike, but I only go about once every two weeks. I don't really have the budget for it, and Amazon usually has better prices, so I just go when I feel like browsing for a bit.

Depends on how resistant Iku is to electricity/fever.

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