This Anime Is Discord

June 12, 2019

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With a girl only able to use a Senryuu board along with a few other classmates that come with their quirks, they represent as almost any kind of Discord community in existence.

 

They are depicted as outsiders from everyone else in school as they have odd personalities: Nanako unable to speak but uses a poem board, Eiji with his loud and menacing personality, and Kino only able to express emotions through her sketchbook.

 

All three of these characters specifically use a non-traditional form of communication like Discord does for people to talk with each other.

 

 

 

 

Both Discord servers and the Literature Club in the anime bring communities together without using traditional means.

 

The Literature Club at their school acts as a place the main characters are able to get together in as well as exploring both poetry and drawing as ways to connect with each other.

 

This club functions just like a Discord server in which few words can be enough at times to have a conversation with other individuals in a chatroom as a Senryuu board doesn't require too many words for Nanako.

 

Most of the characters within the club, of course, are able to talk verbally as if using the voice chat feature of Discord while, metaphorically speaking, having Nanako talk through a #voicechat channel so she can partake in all conversations they have together.

 

All in all, Nanako is the sole symbol of people not able to openly speak with others due to shyness but comfortable enough to communicate online. Even if one is too nervous to use a voice channel, anyone is welcomed to communicate through #voicechats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As for Kino, she represents as artists that use social media like Discord to show their art or as people that use emojis as a form of communication; often reacting to what's said in chat.

 

Artists are able to have their very own channels on servers in order to have somewhere to express their creations. The club room proves as an excellent place for Kino to be herself unlike anywhere else at school.

 

As said before, she uses her sketchbook in order to display what she's feeling towards others as she's unable to form emotions on her face.

 

Lots of people on Discord use emojis to represent how their day has been or to react to something said in chat. For example, if someone says something funny, then one individual may react with an emote that represents them laughing.

 

And of course, there are other social media sites such as Twitter that apply to this as well. Often times, people online may even react with memes instead of emojis to convey their reactions to something posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only do they hang out in the club room but outside of school as well; giving Nanako and Eiji further character development along with their other friends tagging along.

 

And there are a few times in this anime where the club members decide to go out and do something for a retreat such as going to the pool or even an amusement park.

 

Time outside of the club room represents how some Discord servers hold events for others to socially engage more.

 

They can range anywhere from movie-watching sessions to karaoke competitions. Even gaming chat rooms and voice channels are other features a server may have to bring gamers together so anyone can find someone to hang out with for a specific game.

 

These kind of events allow people to get out of their comfort zones and socially engage more with others; making them feel more part of the servers they are in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But what does all of this mean for Eiji? He doesn't use a Senryuu board or sketchbook to express his thoughts and is able to speak verbally. How can he still represent as someone on Discord?

 

Whenever he chats with others he's not acquainted with, he comes out with a menacing attitude that makes others misunderstand him; some becoming afraid of him.

 

He tends to overreact to the littlest things at times whether he's in school, the club room, or anywhere outside of school.

 

All in all, he shows off these characteristics as someone who's born with autism as his intentions upon speaking with others aren't to be menacing but just trying to talk with them normally.

 

There are some autistic individuals in the spectrum that are born with a lack of certain communication skills and display the opposite emotions than intended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an autistic individual myself, I can relate to his disruptive behavior as I once caused scenes in school and got called out for them; one of which a vice principal took me out of my classroom to talk to me.

 

Even though I have grown most of my autism out, I don't have much of a social life besides hanging out with one friend as there's hardly anyone with the same interests I have; almost making me feel like an outsider.

 

And Discord proves as a great place for me to be in as I have met others with the exact same interests as me. Not only that, but few of them have at least a bit of a mental disability and don't have a social life in the real world. In which case, Discord is the only place for them to not feel alone.

 

This social media platform proves to be a great place for not just me but others like me to find friends online and establish great relationships. I met so many wonderful people and feel right at home in the servers I'm a part of.

 

Most importantly, autistic individuals that lack communication skills in the outside world can join Discord as it allows them to not come out as the opposite of how they sound but use text to express their true thoughts and emotions.

 

Eiji found his kind of place in the Literature Club as Nanako is able to understand him and sees past his violent self from the outside. Throughout the anime, he gets better with his communication skills by learning how others feel and properly understanding them.

 

With those he establishes as friends, he becomes less disruptive so as to properly have a good time with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And what about you guys that are reading this?

 

Are you able to relate to this anime on how you are not like anyone else walking around school but instead are just like the characters featured in this anime?

 

Has Discord proved as a wonderful place for you to be in with awesome people to come across?

 

If you know anyone that doesn't have a social life and/or has a mental disability, then bring them over to Discord and find them a server that's right for them!

 

 

 

 

Check out Senryu Girl on Crunchyroll to start watching!

 

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