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    Yoko/葉子 got a reaction from Mr Loopone in Christmas 2016 (How's Your Christmas/Christmas Haul topic)   
    My gifts were cash, mythology books, earphones and DVD's of non-mainstream anime that few would even know about, but matter to me.  At least my cousin got me an obscure one that sounds good and I had not heard of. 
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to Kiah in 2016 Positivity Thread (Good things that happened, you came across, etc.)   
    2016 has been absolutely the worst year of my life and I have been adamant in expressing that for reasons I won't be getting into due to this being a positivity topic, of course. But despite that there has definitely been some positive things that have happened:

    2016 marked the 25th Anniversary for my favorite character of all time: Sonic the Hedgehog. While there were no major games to coincide with the anniversary there were plenty of events, announcements and merchandise to keep us Sonic fans occupied (and broke). I can't recall everything that I bought as far a 25th merchandise but it includes plushies, books, hats, comics, figures...As for the day of Sonic's 25th Anniversary, my niece, 3 nephews and I celebrated by having a Sonic party complete with Sonic goodies galore including chili dogs .
    After waiting a year, Sonic Boom made it back on the air with Season 2. I'm really enjoying it so far amid its improvements and I'm glad that I have the opportunity to make my takes on each episode in the Sonic Boom cartoon thread like I did with Season 1 as I really enjoy doing this .   
    While there were absolutely no video games that was interested in 2016 (I think this is the first year since 2010 I haven't bought a new video game), it is going to be a totally different story in 2017 due to the announcements of Sonic Mania and Project 2017 back in July as I've been hyped for both since the initial trailers and my hype for Sonic Mania has increased with every new discovery .
    Zootopia was an amazing movie! I've honesty lost count of how many times I've watched it as it is that awesome and hasn't gotten stale in the slightest.
    On more of a personal note, I got a new niece back in February. Her older 2-year-old sister calls me "Auntie", and out of the 6 nephews and 4 nieces I have, she is the first and only one to call me that (aside from the baby who isn't talking much yet, they all call me my my nickname that the rest of my family calls me) so hearing that was like music to my ears.
    I was able to attend a professional pre-season football game for FREE back in August courtesy of my boss giving me 4 tickets (I invited 2 of my nephews and one of my managers to come with me). What made this more sweet in addition to me being a big sports fan is that I had an opportunity to do this the year before but I missed out due to a terrible car accident that had me stuck in traffic for over 4 hours so I missed the game so this was an unexpected and unbelievable second chance I got here. Even better as my team won the game . 
    For the first time in my life I am living on my own as I managed to get my own place back in October and the peace and quiet I am experiencing and enjoying is absolutely priceless. Right after I moved I went to North Carolina 2 of my really good friends' 10th Wedding Anniversary party to find out it was a "family only" affair and I was invited because I am "family". That made me so happy and feel so loved as they as well as their family have always treated me as such.
    My baby brother got married at the end of October and the wedding was beautiful and very festive. I put up a picture from the wedding in the Picture Thread here. Speaking of pictures, I had my biggest photography outing ever as I took over 700 pictures (something else positive is that I've gotten back into taking a ton of pictures again as I slacked off recently and photography is my favorite hobby so I'm very glad to get back into it again). I definitely had a field day with my camera and then some! It was great to be around friends and family and to see everyone so happy and enjoying themselves. Especially my father.
    Regarding my father, I have mentioned several times here that he is currently battling cancer. He is doing a lot better recently and is staying busy and has even gone back to work full-time. He recently bought an antique car and is really enjoying it as well as being in better spirits and having more energy. Aside from feeling total relief, this makes me so happy as the happiness of others means so much to me. Especially that of my family.
    All of these positive things here definitely helped counteract a really rough year for me as well as gave me something to smile about and memories to always cherish .
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to sonicgirl313 in 2016 Positivity Thread (Good things that happened, you came across, etc.)   
    I might sound like a broken record for saying this but Transformers. Basically the whole franchise in general. I know it may seem odd for me to suddenly become this huge fangirl that constantly geeks out over the franchise these days, but I do so because how the franchise led to a chain reaction that helped me. Some time early this year, I had slipped into deep depression. I was desperately missing my deceased dad who died nine years ago. I was forgetting what he looked like, what he sounded like, and the things we did together; and it was deeply disturbing me. Because of my depression, I ended up waking up early in the morning before dawn. One day I was browsing channels, trying to find something to cheer me up. Then I saw the Transformers was on. I recalled mildly enjoying the movies and a few series and decided to give it a watch.
    From the first episode I watched, I felt myself overwhelmed with joy. So I continued watching and watching, episode after episode each day. I starting learning about the characters, laughing at a few moments, humming a few notes from the theme song. The more I did this, the more I noticed that the show made me feel not just any kind of happiness, but I happiness I had with my dad as a child. I admittedly felt like my dad was alive again and enjoying the show alongside with me. It was then I decided to embrace that feeling. I began doing researching for stories, watching the many different shows, watching every movie, collecting the figures, and so on.
    That's why 2016 is so memorable to me, it's because of how a franchise manage to help me pull myself out of depression. Now I can't wait for 2017 to see the movie and more.
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to Mad Convoy in 2016 Positivity Thread (Good things that happened, you came across, etc.)   
    Honestly, this year was fantastic on a personal level. I graduated high school with an IB Diploma this year, which was very exciting considering how many hours I've devoted to getting it. Got to go to a special brunch that the school organizes every year for the seniors, as well as the graduation ceremony. Then my family and some friends got cupcakes! Yummy!
    I also got into my dream college and spent my first semester there. Its every bit as good as I thought it would be for me. My roommate is super nice and tolerant of my lack of organizational skills, which is great.
    As for games, I got Sonic Colors DS, which was really fun.
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to Pompadour in 2016 Positivity Thread (Good things that happened, you came across, etc.)   
    On a personal standpoint, 2016 was better for me than 2015. I finally got the medical help I've needed physically and psychologically for years, and I can't recall the last time I've felt this okay on a day to day basis; It's just been a relief being able to walk, go out, and just do whatever without it feeling like my body is about to collapse from stress.

    I've also been pretty happy about my art. There's still more I need to push myself with, but I'm just glad I can look back and say "Wow, I made a lot of progress this year!". My biggest wish is I'll do even better next year regardless what ups or downs may await.

    As for media... Games I had been excited about finally came out this year and I enjoyed all of them very much. Up until then I hadn't sat by a console in ages, so being able to once again brought back a lot of nice feelings for me. I even got into a new series (well, new for me) that has really helped make the stressful parts of this year more enjoyable too. Regardless what happened this year, I'm able to look back on how much fun I was having anyways, and I'm very thankful for that.

    So with those things, some new friendships, and an improved outlook on my life and health... I'm more content than I was just a year ago.
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    Yoko/葉子 got a reaction from MightyRay in 2016 Positivity Thread (Good things that happened, you came across, etc.)   
    I am getting a new home. 
    I entertained my niece, whom is a huge priority.
    Watched the entire second Godzilla timeline with mom.
    My first game may start production, soon. 
    My interest in Kinoshita-sensei's manga has helped me as a person, even more.
    Not long after a voice actress I love the work of perished, earlier in the year, I started a writing project in Yuko Mizutani's honor. 
    I learned that I can sing in Japanese, in the same style as Mamiko Noto. 
    I had tons of birthday wishes on Facebook. 
    *can't say for personal reason 
    I found an interesting image. 
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    Yoko/葉子 got a reaction from PaulyBFromDa303 in Christmas 2016 (How's Your Christmas/Christmas Haul topic)   
    My gifts were cash, mythology books, earphones and DVD's of non-mainstream anime that few would even know about, but matter to me.  At least my cousin got me an obscure one that sounds good and I had not heard of. 
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to MightyRay in Christmas 2016 (How's Your Christmas/Christmas Haul topic)   
    Well my dad went ham with the chrissy lights. It actually looks quite nice.
    I got some clothes, a set of fabric pens, a christmas chocolate house mold, a sketchbook and some money. All in all a good christmas haul so far! Oh and a IRL mate of mine got me some Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Failinhearts drew me a cute little picture of Ray!
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to Lucid Dream in Christmas 2016 (How's Your Christmas/Christmas Haul topic)   
    So I've already had my Christmas Party today and I have to say, this year was a really fantastic Christmas. My Sister and her husband couldn't stay for very long, so it was fairly short, but it was perfect. It was relaxing, peaceful and fun which is just how I love it. I love spending time with my family and just relaxing and enjoying their presence more than anything. Also, amazing food. It was really excessive, but we finish it all the next day. We have a tradition where I make the same desert every year, which is my dulce de leche trifle. This is about the only thing I can make that tastes really nice.
    As for what I got, there was the computer I got last month from my Mother and Father, which is seriously so awesome (it's this one). My Brother in Law got me the surprise gift of Pokemon Sun, and my Sister gave me £100. My Father and Mother gave me another present, which was a white jumper I really needed, and a new bag, since my old one isn't holding up too well anymore. I feel like a money sink.  
    I really appreciate every single gift I got, and I love them all. I feel really guilty about it (oh god it's so excessive, I'd be more than happy with just the computer!), but I am really grateful for my family for doing this for me. I decided I'll just accept it and try to do something special for them when I can. I'm happy my family enjoyed and appreciated all the gifts I gave out. It was a wonderful and pleasant time. 
    Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you have a wonderful time!
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to DiamondX in Christmas 2016 (How's Your Christmas/Christmas Haul topic)   
    Hey guys! Its 2 hours until Christmas here so I decided to let you know what I got.
    Final Fantasy XV (PS4) Pokemon Moon (3DS) 50$ for PS Store A lot of chocolate Happy holidays and merry Christmas to you all.
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to Teoskaven in Christmas 2016 (How's Your Christmas/Christmas Haul topic)   
    No real presents for me, my parents had to pay for my plane back home in my country and that's enough. As for myself, i'll have to decide; who knows, if my paycheck arrives at the end of the month, i may end up getting a PS4 in Januray, but it's still all up in the air.
    However, it's a slightly more hearthwarming Christmas than the last one, maybe because my family can stay united and happy for one day after a lot of time were we pretty much scattered. Wich in turn, connects to my phylosophy of Christmas itself: reguardless of religion and consumism, it's still an occasion for people to stop for a day and spend some time relaxing and loving with those who are dear to them.
    I just wish this year wouldn't have been so bleak with an ominous shadow covering the future; it's like being at the center of a tornado.
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to Haalyle in Christmas 2016 (How's Your Christmas/Christmas Haul topic)   
    Gonna be a bunch of surprises of the presents I'll get (except one, I know what one of them is, hoping to open it first honestly). I'm just looking forward to spending more time with the family. Though, as for Christmas Eve, it's pretty darn busy. My dad is getting calls all over the place!
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to Mr Loopone in Christmas 2016 (How's Your Christmas/Christmas Haul topic)   
    While our family doesn't really celebrate Christmas, I still managed to get a few things:
    - Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS) [Technically got at launch day but played it during the period]
    - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (3DS)
    - Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS3)
    - Lego Movie: The Videogame (PS3)
    Weirdly enough, I was going to personally purchase these and most apart from the collection were on special offer anyway. As in that the store as selling off its PS3 range and many 3DS games. Luckily and greatfully they were on the house. I also personally bought for myself Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded on the PSP, surprisingly great and not just the games on it too. Sometimes yourself needs a treat now and again.
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to SurrealBrain in Christmas 2016 (How's Your Christmas/Christmas Haul topic)   
    Well, I got a few presents.
    -Super Puyo Puyo Tsu
    -Skylanders Imaginators (Wii U version; no bundle, though, so I'll have to buy figures separate)
    -Pit amiibo
    -Wario amiibo (classic outfit)
    -A safe with chocolate coins (which the Wario amiibo was also in)
    -Lupin the 3rd: Episode 0: The First Contact
    -And a T-shirt with renaissance artists with colored bandanas of the Ninja Turtles that are named after the artists. But what's particularly awesome is that the person who gave it to me had it signed at a convention...by Kevin Eastman himself. In other words, I have something signed by one of the creators of the TMNT! How awesome is that?!
    I can even show you!

    Aside from that, I got some air purifier thing, some gift cards and some movie tickets.
    And Bod spray. That will be the traditional joke gift from my brothers, won't it?
    I had better Christmases, but the presents I got were the highlights.
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to CC14 The World in Christmas 2016 (How's Your Christmas/Christmas Haul topic)   
    Had a fantastic (and frankly exhausting) Christmas. We got to celebrate on the actual day, much delicious food was on hand, and my close cousin who spent a good portion of her life living with my family even dropped by for both the Eve and the day, so this was the first time in years we were all together for a close family Christmas without just seeing her at my Grandma's annual dinner or going up to her apartment to exchange gifts. All in all just a really great time. As for my haul:
    Stocking loot:

    Deadpool (Blu-ray Combo)
    Finding Dory (Blu-ray Combo)
    Pokemon: Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Volume 2 (Actually something I pre-ordered from Amazon myself, but I was too lazy to tell anyone it wasn't a gift and I didn't mind waiting.)
    CANDY
    Main gifts:

    Paper Mario: Color Splash 
    Mario Party Star Rush
    Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (PS4)
    Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)

    Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: Day One Edition (PS4)
    Dragon Ball Fusions
    Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)

    LEGO Dimensions Supergirl Starter Pack (PS4) (Definitely the biggest surprise out of everything I received this year. Only asked for the Sonic pack and was okay with waiting to get the game itself next year, but my family found it super cheap, so they went ahead and got it for me! It's the Supergirl version, too! Extra neat!) 
    LEGO Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack

    Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F (Blu-ray Combo)
    Dragon Ball GT: Season 1 (DVD)
    Dragon Ball GT: Season 2 (DVD)

    Pokemon: Master Quest The Complete Collection (DVD)
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 1, Volume 1 (Blu-ray)

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (Blu-ray Combo)
    Ghostbusters 2016: Extended Edition (Blu-ray)

    PS4 Dualshock 4 Controller
    S.H. Figuarts Donatello

    S.H. Figuarts Bowser

    "Look at the Time" T-Shirt
    "Throne of Dragons" T-Shirt

    Build-A-Bear Sonic the Hedgehog Set 
    Build-A-Bear Tails Plush
    From my Sister:

    Samus amiibo
    Pit amiibo
    From her Fiance:

    PDP Pixel Pals SMB3 Mario Figure
    PDP Pixel Pals Mega Man Figure
    Quite a haul this year. Definitely gonna have a lot to keep myself busy in 2017. (Though, I still have a gift from my cousin to open this Friday and my Grandma's dinner on January 1st, so the holidays aren't quite over yet for me!)
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    Yoko/葉子 got a reaction from Snowragnarok in Popular and unpopular Sonic opinions you agree and disagree with!   
    Unpopular: I'd love to see another Death Egg Robot, but with the mustache being a weapon. The Chaotix should have their own music game and I like the New York cast, the best, overall. I should, Jay Snyder/Dan Green and Bella Hudson/Erica Schroeder are my voice coaches. Mephiles reminds me of surreal wackiness, such as Alice in Wonderland, Bo-BoBo, Warioware and others, especially if you watch his little dance, when he's your shadow, in the first fight. Cream needs her own spin-off for small kids. 
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to The drunkard from space! in What's the origin of your username?   
    I like Satam, and I like Kirby. Therefore my username is Saturday Morning Kirb. Simple enough.
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to DanJ86 in [ARTWORK] SMILE Inc. or Dan's Art   
    SMILE is the new name for my artwork. It's just something fun I like to add to things and it's only real purpose is an excuse to play with the English language, which I kinda enjoy. It stands for Simple Manga Inspired Laughter Excuse. If you've been keeping track of my previous status updates, you would've already seen them.
    Sunset Run:

    *edit* Fixed Knuckles shoe. Volcanic Ambush:

    I intend to try two or three more pictures to further learn ins and outs of the new software and equipment I now have access to. OpenCanvas 6 is the drawing software I am using and is seems to automatically record what I'm doing and is able to convert that into an animated GIF. So I attempted to do that with the Kirby picture. If it works correctly, you'll notice that it took several attempts to get his body the way I wanted it. When he disappears with the background up, keep a close eye on the grass.
    http://i.imgur.com/X6r5qYR.gifv
    Now that I'm using a tablet, I'm not forgetting to write my name on my work. I used to do that a lot. lol
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    Yoko/葉子 got a reaction from Potada in TecToy Resurrects Genesis/Mega Drive Carts   
    http://www.seganerds.com/2016/12/09/tectoys-ceo-confirms-new-genesis-carts-will-be-produced-possible-other-products/
    According to the article, not only is TecToy making a new Genesis, but if it does well enough, we might even get a new Master System. They are even trying to get licenses to bring old carts from our glory days back into print.
    I'm personally, very happy about this. How about y'all?
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to Kintor in TecToy Resurrects Genesis/Mega Drive Carts   
    This is actually a really good idea if TecToy can match the quality of the original Mega Drive cartridges.
    I know that it can be done because I have one of the reprint cartridges of Pier Solar, which is a brand new RPG that works perfectly with my 20 year old Mega Drive. So, if a small Indy developer can successfully manufacture authentic Mega Drive cartridges I'm sure that a major company like TecToy can do the same.
    Honestly, it's quite a feeling being able to open a new Mega Drive game and play it for the first time in the 21st century. TecToy could make a lot of money here if they get this right.
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to Scott in Classic SEGA Franchises to Be Adapted for Film & TV   
    I'd be on-board with this too! More so on a movie! Big fan of Vectorman. Would also be great for the central plot to really put an emphasis on pollution and Global Warming being the result of the current order of things on Earth, etc. 
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    Yoko/葉子 reacted to Marcello in Classic SEGA Franchises to Be Adapted for Film & TV   
    http://variety.com/2016/film/asia/altered-beast-streets-of-rage-sega-movies-shows-1201933661/
    Should've been Typing of the Dead.
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    Yoko/葉子 got a reaction from Jetronic in TecToy Resurrects Genesis/Mega Drive Carts   
    http://www.seganerds.com/2016/12/09/tectoys-ceo-confirms-new-genesis-carts-will-be-produced-possible-other-products/
    According to the article, not only is TecToy making a new Genesis, but if it does well enough, we might even get a new Master System. They are even trying to get licenses to bring old carts from our glory days back into print.
    I'm personally, very happy about this. How about y'all?
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    Yoko/葉子 got a reaction from NikoS in TecToy Resurrects Genesis/Mega Drive Carts   
    http://www.seganerds.com/2016/12/09/tectoys-ceo-confirms-new-genesis-carts-will-be-produced-possible-other-products/
    According to the article, not only is TecToy making a new Genesis, but if it does well enough, we might even get a new Master System. They are even trying to get licenses to bring old carts from our glory days back into print.
    I'm personally, very happy about this. How about y'all?
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    Yoko/葉子 got a reaction from The Chairman Of The Board in TecToy Resurrects Genesis/Mega Drive Carts   
    http://www.seganerds.com/2016/12/09/tectoys-ceo-confirms-new-genesis-carts-will-be-produced-possible-other-products/
    According to the article, not only is TecToy making a new Genesis, but if it does well enough, we might even get a new Master System. They are even trying to get licenses to bring old carts from our glory days back into print.
    I'm personally, very happy about this. How about y'all?
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