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What's the IQfy equivalent besides Hard Boiled Wonderland; fiction that evokes the same uncanny curiosity and existencial dread?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Somebody answer this guy. I want to know too, thanks.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Supposedly Hard Boiled Wonderland was partly inspired by In Watermelon Sugar by Brautigan.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Actually own a copy, but have yet to really dig into it. Supposed that'll be next on my priority list.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Existential dread is not really something In Watermelon Sugar is likely to evoke unless you already live in a profound state of existential dread. It can certainly evoke uncanny curiosity but thats almost Brautigan's mo. So The Wind Won't Blow it All Away might work and more like Murikami from what little I have read of him but I never read Hard Boiled Wonderland. Sombrero Fallout may also suit. An Unfortunate Woman is probably his most applicable to existential dread since he had a shotgun in his mouth while he wrote it and can certainly evoke uncanny curiosity but the curiosity is that of a man taking one last look at the world before he pulls the trigger, a seriously depressing book.

      Never seen OP pic so can't really help, just came to click the thumb nail to see what it was and stayed for the Brautigan.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I watched this because of lain and it fricking sucked. Even Texhnolyze was better.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I watched this because of lain and it fricking sucked. Even Texhnolyze was better.
      Care to elaborate?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Nothing happened and I stopped watching it midway through. It had atmosphere but that was about it.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          The atmosphere is one of the best aspects of the show in my opinion. To each their own though. I suppose if you can't stand slice of life, those episodes might come off rather boring. I see them as luring you into a false sense of security before the second half; when things actually start to get interesting.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Nothing happened
          nothing screams "I am a filtered midwit" more than that statement. and it's a common one among midwits.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Nothing happened
          What a way to miss the whole point of the show

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            The point was that nothing happened?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >nothing happened
            wrong.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >muh nothing happened
          Stick to watching shounen shit, moron.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Rakka is my daughterfu.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Opposing Shore by Gracq sort of

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Aldo certainly gave me a feeling of existential dread but that was primarily because of his insufferable narration. Balcony in the Forest would probably work better but not really, neither really get the existential dread and the curiosity is very much that of the characters and not evoked in the reader, at least not for me.

      Aldo is one of my most hated characters in literature.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    There's no IQfy equivalent because tranimeslop sucks.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    One of the few tasteful anime in existence.
    Anons go watch it, its really comfy (or get filtered because you have no soul).

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game
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    my gut says Who Do You Think You Are? as well, but its been like 10 years since I read it so maybe not.

    I love Haibane Renmei so much. Ive spent at least 4 new year's eves marathoning it. One year I even got the fireworks at the end of episode 12 to time up pretty close to my local NYE fireworks

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Appreciate the suggestions anon, it's my favorite as well. Just bought a bluray a few months ago. What is described as "slipstream fiction" seems awfully close to what HR would be catagorized as.
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slipstream_genre
      I have yet to delve deep into anything in that ballpark though. Christopher Priest's work seems like a good place to start though.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Kind of. It lacks the fantasy and moe/feminine/cute elements though. I think it will be difficult to find something that comes very close. Even Hard Boiled Wonderland is ultimately very different.

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