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Oh wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous CL-kind is! Oh brave new world, that has such people in it!


Normal student. Enjoys doing fun things, day dreaming, and the ship TaroxBed. I like my mecha and shounen but also anything grimdark.

skype - taro_tanako



More loce..

Uber loce..

Taro_Tanako joined on Feb 2nd, 2013, since that has made 1072 posts that are still accessible today, 14 of which are threads. Helping shape the community, Taro_Tanako has given 1338 upvotes, and was last online on Oct 14th, 2019.

  • In Fencing v Kendo

    @IrawaWeirHolo not quite true. Rapiers (well, those from the "Golden Age" of fencing) do have a cutting edge. But you're correct to assume the katana has significantly more power and utility as a cutting weapon, at the cost of reach though. Rapiers are definitely primarily a thrusting blade.

  • In Steam Sale Sins

    I haven't bought much that's embarrassing really on Steam (or anything else...I'm a pure virgin angel). But I did buy Akiba's Trip a while back. You beat people up and take their clothes. Kinda lewd really.

  • In Fencing v Kendo

    I found this video of some guys sparring with cavalry sabre and shinai (practice katana). The sabre looks way more effective but a lot more tiring.

  • Fencing v Kendo

    Fencing v Kendo

    Someone at my fencing class showed me this photo and we got talking about an age-old argument that sometimes comes up between European-style fencers and people who practice kendo, that is, which of the styles would win out against each other?

    Being a pretty keen fencer and having also learned a little kendo, I've always been kinda fascinated by this subject. The styles have never really clashed in history but fans of both sport love to speculate the merits of one over the other.

    Kendo and the use of a katana really represents a powerhouse of the two styles with it's two-handed grip, relatively heavy weapon, and torque-harnessing technique from those torso twists to generate amazing energy through the arms and body.

    By contract, fencing employs a very mobile and lighter attack method, greater reach and versatility, but rarely a one hit one kill outcome. It's more like death by a thousand cuts.

    Well, I have my favourite but I wanted to know your opinions and thought it would make a nice discussion. What do you think?

    Also, here's an exhibition piece of fencing v kendo which is pretty neato:

  • In CL Chess Club [Summer Tournament, Fail]

    In the battle of wits in the square ring @AshitoKenji vs Taro proves that playing in your pyjamas is not enough to coerce your luck...I lost ;_;

    Good game from AK. See my humiliation here:

  • In Post what you're listening to.
  • In CL Chess Club [Summer Tournament, Fail]

    Farris vs Taro

    Farris wins!! Well done ^_^

    A cautious long game of cat and mouse tactics...

  • In CL Chess Club [Summer Tournament, Fail]

    Would also be really useful to know what TZ participants are. I know this causes difficulties for some ppl when combined with school or work and it just helps to try to work around this.

  • In CL Chess Club [Summer Tournament, Fail]


  • In CL Chess Club [Summer Tournament, Fail]

    @Kirn are you gonna post a list of participant? Only saying as I'm not sure if I said I was in..I'm in btw.