Gratitude - An Ode to the Wonderful Durtles


Well, its hard to make Edward Elric silent, but your powerful writing can do it!


Thank you for this incredible Christmas gift!

Honestly I’m failing to find adequate words to explain my emotional response to your post.

Happy Holidays and all the best to you!


Is this the “The Good Place”?

The forum is a collection of countless durtles. To manage the forum and make sure that things are running smoothly while also accommodating the weird and wonderful quirks of durtles is not a child’s play.

Thank you @Mods for all your hard work in making this place the real “The Good Place”. Thanks to all your efforts, maintenance and development we are able to have a Jolly good time on the forum :slight_smile:

For tirelessly spreading the gospel of Crabigator to all corners of the world, I bestow upon you the title of Apostle Durtle

Note 1: A special shout-out to @TofuguKanae and @RachelG for personally helping this durtle :raised_hands:
Note 2: Sorry for the ping. I wanted the mods to see this message and understand we appreciate your work :slight_smile:
Note 3: Yes, This is “The Good Place”!!


If we only focus on making the best moves, we will never get the better of our opponent. When necessary, we must be willing to take big risks, and be prepared to lose everything. Unless we change how we fight, we cannot win.

-Erwin Smith (Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan)

If you take the sweetness of a lush strawberry and mix it with the character of a strong commander, what do you get? You get @CDR-Strawberry :slight_smile: or Danchou for cadets like me :stuck_out_tongue:

As the name suggests Danchou is a gentle durtle that embodies the kindness and love of the best of durtles and at the same time they are true to their convictions even if they are being battered by the worst of the storms. They are the kind of durtle that wants to shelter and save a stray cat. They are the kind to be filled with joy to see a family of foxes play around.

It is not just kindness and strength, Danchou is a rockstar when it comes to cosplay or photography. They can make custom anime masks or 3D plastic fish or durtles and you can see the tens of hours of love and efforts that went to making the items.

Danchou is also one of those rare durtles that step towards their dreams even though it is terrifying. They engage their fellow Japanese workers using their WK Japanese and go through extra efforts to incorporate Japanese into their daily life. They started wonderful threads like Japanese sentence of the day, small talk in Japanese etc. As they are fond to say "We rise and fall and break and we make our mistakes…"

Thanks for being a wonderful role model Danchou. We will gladly dedicate our hearts to the cause :grin: I bestow upon you the title of Danchou Durtle


Oh my goodness, that was quite a while ago!! I actually didn’t even remember that I had posted here about it! But I do remember collecting Vivillon and have a box of them still stored in my game. It’s great because the different patterns come from all over the world, just like people here :grin:

:open_mouth: You just blew my mind!! That’s so cute, hahaha. I love it!

I see you’re working hard on more lovely posts, so I won’t take up too much space here. But thank you :two_hearts:




Obviously you meow!

I left a cute chibi collection of trash heap volleyball idiots kitties there for ya

I love ya so I bully ya!

how i wish but suave is true on occasion while coder is a dream in a land far, far away!

i’m training sky kitteh but his admiration seem to be focused on the nunchuk rather than the wok alas…


i feel i must clarify the whole kitty cat situation here
i’m eren

a name given for hissing savagely at a few hours old… a cat’s gotta defend themselves y’know!

iris - cat’s eyes makeup - the cat is mama!


hehe you’ll find that i made a meme of that in the WK meme thread a while back with nearly the same spelling!.. great minds and all that!

Apologies for the late reply to your ode. It got me all teary eyed when i first read it but thankfully, rereading now makes me smile!

Lotsa love to you, you’re just something else and i’m terribly glad i got to meet you via WK.

Here’s to more play fighting in the POLL thread


Thanks for your kind words @RoseWagsBlue san :slight_smile:

While we may not have chatted with each other, I have read your responses on multiple threads and enjoyed them :grin: You are a rockstar :metal:

I love this idea. Sometimes it is hard not to feel the FOMO (Fear of missing out) on the forum, but I love your words since they imply a view point of abundance :heart: I will imprint the words and the feelings on my heart :slight_smile:

I will do my best Rose san :bowing_man: :bowing_woman:


My pleasure sansarret san :slight_smile:

I am happy that you felt that way :grin:

Thanks! All the best to you as well :four_leaf_clover:


That’s the reason the post is titled in such manner :wink: Each post is customized based on the durtle’s actions, their past posts and my interactions with them :slight_smile: Since you love scavenger hunting, you can try to find all the easter eggs I inserted in each post including yours Saiba sama :stuck_out_tongue:

Hahaha, no worries. Family and festivities come first :slight_smile:

I am happy you felt that way :smiley:

Moi Aussi, Saiba sama :grin:


@Saibaneko さん、congratulations on your new nyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaice nyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavatar! :cat2:

Here’s the new upgraded version of Saibane-coin:



Here is a little something for everyone here.
A friend in 京都(きょうと) just sent me this お(まも)り named アマビエ who is a three legged mermaid who has been helping 日本人(にほんじん) fight コロナ.
I have heard of her on the news, but this is the first time someone has sent me one.
I am sharing her with you, because you are all my frens, and she will help you fight コロナ too.



When you awaken to your dream

What will you see in your eyes?

  • Raison D’etre

Every generation of Wanikani learners has a few stand out leaders who organize, lead and make durtles feel at home with their interactions. This durtle is one of the outstanding leaders from our most recent generation, their name is @quimda san :slight_smile:

Qui san is a soft spoken and natural born leader. Their initiative to create “Level 7 Leaderboard group” thread towards the tail end of 2020 became an accountability and collaboration thread for all the durtles who joined in the last quarter of 2020 and the returning durtles who have reset.

They are also a durtle with a fantastic sense of humor and a lover of EVE music. Thanks for introducing EVE music to me Qui san :grin: Pop into the POLL thread and experience their awesomeness for yourself.

Thanks for being a lovely and lively member of the community Qui san :bowing_woman: :bowing_man: You have bought a new cheer to the poll fam and the forum fam :star_struck: I bestow upon you the title of Eve Durtle

Note: I can see a new generation ROCKSTAR in the making :metal:


I’m sorry but I only just now saw this. Thank you so much! You’re really too kind :orange_heart:


My pleasure danchou :slight_smile:

Also, I posted it just now. I actually allocated the post to you 10 days ago but took an unexpected break due to holidays. So, I restarted the thanking process today and updated the post with actual content. That is why you got the ping today :slight_smile: You are good.


So what drink can I get ya? How about a CosmoPOLLitan or a Moscow Coelacanth?

-Wise Words from a Sage Durtle Coelacanth

“Who am I?”

It is one of the most intriguing and profound philosophical questions of life. Your interactions with this durtle makes you think “Who is this durtle?” and it becomes your overwhelming obsession :joy: This durtle frequently changes their name. While they may change their name, their nature doesn’t change. They are still the same Intelligent, Sassy and Wildly entertaining durtle :grin: It is none other than @santanjirou san :slight_smile:

When I first met Tanjirou san, they were known as “YesWeCoelacanth” and had a frightening profile picture (I don’t want to know what that is :stuck_out_tongue:). Everything changed the moment we interacted. Every group of friends has a person who has the craziest stories, among the POLL fam that durtle is Tanjirou san. Whether it is heating up ramen on laptop battery, eating the spiciest food for the kick of it, posting hilarious Japanese videos, Come what may, you will be entertained :grin:

Tanjirou kun has learnt in multiple countries and they are soon going to be a KyoDai grad (Kyoto Daigaku). I am happy for them to experience the Japanese way of life :slight_smile: They are a hardcore gamer (plays games with JP language settings) and they work as hard on Wanikani as well. They also put the Japanese knowledge to good use by reading delightful light novels as Tenki no Ko, Kimi no Na Wa etc. If I had spent as much time as Tanjirou kun in Japanese, I would be writing this article in Japanese :stuck_out_tongue:

They are a pro at Paticle Physics :wink: and they are involved in the making of one of the biggest anime hits of all time known as “Attack on Durtle” :stuck_out_tongue: If you ever find yourself looking for the right Black Pink gif for any occasion, they are your go-to person :grin:

Their description of POLL thread is probably the truest statement on this forum :wink:
“It’s one of the special features of the POLL thread. You start into a productive morning, have a quick look inside the POLL thread and boom, it’s midnight.” I have experienced it multiple times and can confirm the validity of the theory :joy:

Among all their usernames, their current name of santanjirou suits them the best because they are a joy bringer like Santa and 温かい (atatakai - warm) like Kamado Tanjiro. Thanks for adding joy to our lives Tanjirou san :bowing_man: :bowing_woman: I bestow upon you the title of Atatakai Durtle


I wonder, Who that would be?
My guess is, that would be someone truly ワンderful:



:speak_no_evil: ^^
this is probably one of the nicest things someone has said about me, thank you so much :heart:
you really made my day (and probably my week too :joy:)
it means a lot :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


well deserved! That leaderboard thread has given me so much motivation - thanks so much for organising @quimda!


“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.”

-Rachel Carson

When I was a little kid, one of my favorite shows on Cartoon Network was “Captain Planet.” Nearly 2 decades later, I still hum the title song…



With your powers combined I am Captain Planet!

Captain Planet, he’s our hero,
Gonna take pollution down to zero

I am so happy that I remember this title song when I think of this durtle. Because they are someone worthy of the title “Captain Planet”. Among all the durtles I have met in the last 10 months, I haven’t met a durtle who cared about nature as much as this durtle. They are as gentle as summer breeze and as powerful as the greenery protecting our planet. I affectionately refer to them as Midori because they remind me of a wonderful character called Midori Sakurazawa from Chihayafuru. They are none other than @Windgreen san :slight_smile:

I have met Midori san on the POLL thread. They were kind enough to offer me homemade cocoa chocolates :smile: When people are asked what do they fear most, the number one answer is not “Fear of Death” - it is “Fear of Public Speaking”. Midori san also belongs to the above said category, yet they struggled and fought through their anxiety, fears and worked hard to present a brilliant TED talk in front of hundreds of strangers. and it was not just a talk, it was a masterpiece :clap: It was witty, useful and had a clarity of thought that is rare to find. There is only one word to describe such a feat “FABULOUS”. I bow to your patience and perseverance to break through your barriers and fears to help the society :bowing_woman: :bowing_man:

The way they present their advice to overcome anxiety and fears through meditation permeates gentleness through out the conversation. It is non-judgmental, helpful and encouraging to the recipient. I can’t fathom the level of effort that took to reach that stage and still maintain the urge to improve while also staying humble :slight_smile:

If you think that they are all work and no fun then you are sorely mistaken. They are an absolute fun to be around. They draw, color, read and write (I am jelly of their beautiful handwriting :stuck_out_tongue: ). They are also the creator of one of the most creative and entertaining threads called “Stationery Thread”. If you love your stationery, hop over and share your favorites :grin: They also created the “Sticker Durtle” :metal: They sing in Choir and are a massive Pothead Potterhead :raised_hands: There is still a lot more to them. Fun fact: They are also the leader of Team Wind in Olympians XXXII thread.

Midori san, you once said:

I wish I was better at acknowledging and celebrating the achievements I do get

I hope you got better at this, because you are one of the most fantastic people I have ever met and you deserve the praise, satisfaction and happiness :slight_smile: I bestow upon you the title of Captain Planet Durtle


Thank you very much! I won’t write a lot now in this reply but I want you to know that I deeply appreciate your post. It definitely made my start into this day a lot better :smile:

And sorry to all the Attack on Durtle fans that there hasn’t been a new episode last Sunday, especially after last episode’s end