With my low post numbers for the past few months, I wasn’t sure if I should write something up for the Real Neat Blog award when I was nominated by Overlord-G, but then I was also nominated for a second Liebster by FiddleTwix, so… here we go with a two-for-one post!
If you want to see my first post from when I received the Liebster award back in March, you can go here.
First up are the questions from FiddleTwix for the Liebster Award:
1: Worst Plot Twist in an Anime? (Spoiler tags galore!)
Pretty much everything in Mirai Nikki / Future Diary. Especially the main one leading to the ending.
2: What is Your Current Opinion on the First Anime You Ever Watched?
That would be Pokemon. It’s not very good. A few months ago, I actually watched a few random episodes from the first season and… it wasn’t any good. In any way.
3: What is Your Favorite Animation Studio?
Either Kyoto Animation (K-ON!, Suzumiya Haruhi series, Hyouka, Hibike! Euphonium, etc) or Shaft (Madoka Magica, Monogatari Series, Hidamari Sketch, etc). They both definitely have their stinkers though, like Kyoukai no Kanata and Mekaku City Actors. Eww.
4: What Anime Character Do You Most Relate To?
The obvious answers would be Kyon (Suzumiya Haruhi series) and Oreki Houtarou (Hyouka). I’m scathingly sarcastic, generally like to do as little as possible, and prefer to observe over interact. However, with the right catalyst, I can easily become invested in some activity. Although it’s not generally women. Kyon also has an appreciation for ponytails, so there’s that too.
In a less direct sense, Miyamori Aoi (Shirobako). While it’s not a 1:1 comparison, her character development through the show, trying to find her raison d’etre, is pretty similar to what I went through during college.
5: Favorite Movie/Anime Genre?
I don’t have a particular favorite. I like a little bit of everything, but I guess I tend to watch more comedies.
6: Favorite Drink?
Dr. Pepper. It is an intellectual drink for the chosen ones after all. But seriously, I think I’m addicted.
7: Favorite Fictitious Place?
Academy City from A Certain Magical Index / A Certain Scientific Railgun. It’s an interesting combination of a recognizable contemporary city with a dose of sci-fi, and then the supernatural abilities of the esper students.
8: Weirdest Outfit in an Anime?
Okay, so it’s not quite that excessive, but the dude with the belts looked so stupid. If I remember correctly, everyone in that show (Amnesia, don’t watch it, it sucks) had ridiculous outfits.
9: Least Favorite Anime Opening Theme?
The one that always comes to mind is Azumanga Daioh. Not necessarily because it’s the absolute worst I’ve ever heard, but because I don’t like it at all, but it’s catchy. So it’s burned into my mind whether I want it there or not.
10: Favorite Weapon from a Movie, TV show or Anime?
Misaka Mikoto (A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun) or Thanatos (Persona 3).
11: Favorite Voice Actor? (From western cartoons or anime)
I don’t have a singular answer to this. There are some people whose natural voices I just love hearing – Sawashiro Miyuki, Sugita Tomokazu, James Earl Jones, etc – and others that I like more for their variety and talent – Saito Chiwa, Tim Curry (his accent in Congo is gold), etc.
Update – here are questions from Aaronelpis for the Liebster (excluding duplicates):
1: What was the first anime you finished?
The first show that I properly watched every single episode of was probably School Rumble, during my senior year of high school. Besides that, it would be either Spirited Away or a Dragon Ball Z movie.
2: How much time do you spend watching anime each week?
I’d say anywhere between 0 and 20 hours.
3: How do your friends and family feel about you watching anime?
My friends are indifferent, my mom thinks they’re “stupid kiddy cartoons,” and my dad’s never really commented on it. I normally don’t openly talk about anime (or even games) unless it’s relevant to the topic at hand.
4: Have you ever cosplayed?
No, for a multitude of reasons.
5: Do you buy merchandise for your favorite shows?
Yes. In general it’s just blu-ray copies for stuff, but I’m waiting for the day a Miyamori Aoi figure is released, as I will not hesitate to spend money on that.
6: What was the funniest anime you’ve ever seen?
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun as the most consistent, but I think Gintama has had funnier instances, just not as frequently.
7: Where do you get your anime and manga news?
8: What’s the prize of your anime collection?
Umm… my Aoi dakimakura?
If we’re talking specifically about anime DVDs/BDs, then either the Madoka Magica movie limited edition sets or the Shirobako BD sets – I’ll have the full collection at the end of next month.
Update 2 – Here are the questions from Marvelously Mismatched for the Liebster:
1: What is your greatest strength and weakness?
I’m good at adapting to situations (even if I complain about it), but I’m lazy and procrastinate too much.
2: If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else who would you be, and what would you do?
A totally average harem protagonist who just happens to attract pretty young anime girls like a neodymium magnet. Or, I’d wake up in the body of someone rich, then send lots of money to myself for when I return to my normal body.
3: Do you do a crazy dance when no one is looking?
No, I don’t dance. Ever.
4: What’s your favorite day of the year?
Any day where it’s nice out and I can just relax in peace. And Thanksgiving because so much food.
5: Something you secretly enjoy?
If I told you, it wouldn’t exactly be a secret. Although I can’t actually think of anything I enjoy doing that I keep a secret.
6: If you won the lottery, what would you do?
First, pay off student loans. Second, depending on how much I get, set aside enough to live comfortably each year for the rest of my life or at least for many years down the line. Third, travel a lot and eat plenty of delicious food.
7: Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving?
None of the above, I’m not into those types of thrills. I did go parasailing once though, and that was enjoyable (albeit far tamer).
8: What is something you’ve always wanted to try but have been too scared to?
Nothing in particular. If there’s ever been something I wanted to do, but couldn’t for some reason, it wasn’t because I was scared of doing so. Normally it’s the type of thing that would require travelling somewhere or paying a lot.
9: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
Assuming I could retain all knowledge that I currently possess, 2007. Otherwise, I’m not sure if I would, as I would probably make the same decisions to get to the exact point where I am today. Ideally, I’d avoid
a few many mistakes.
10: What’s your favorite food?
Tacos, cheesecake, sushi, watermelon, Dr. Pepper. buffalo chicken wing pizza, curry, (dark) chocolate, and bacon, in no particular order.
11: What’s one thing no one knows about you?
I hate the US’s military/gun culture (just to clarify, I am from the US). I watched American Sniper a few weeks ago and… couldn’t enjoy it for many reasons. I remember one critic compared it to the propaganda film in Inglourious Basterds, and I agree.
The only reasons I never really mention this kind of thing are that some of my family members were in the military, and I prefer not to discuss politics. And most people who do discuss politics are extremely stubborn in their beliefs and won’t even acknowledge differing opinions.
And now Overlord-G’s questions for the Real Neat Blog Award:
1: Favorite anime male/female character personality trait? What I mean here is a recurring anime character archetypes: Examples include, tsundere, genki, angsty, etc.
In general I tend to like kuudere or “normal” characters. For the latter, the easiest example is Miyamori Aoi – she doesn’t fit any particular archetype, but feels like a very genuine and realistic character.
2: Favorite anime battle? Can be “of all time” or recent.
Homura vs. Mami in Madoka Magica Rebellion – every time I watch that scene, my eyes are glued to the screen. As a close second, the last episode of Katanagatari both because of the role of the fight(s) to the story, and just how awesome it all is to watch.
3: Favorite cosplay outfit?
To see other people wearing? I really can’t think of anything in particular.
For something I’d wear? I have a lab coat and love Dr. Pepper, so Okabe Rintarou from Steins;Gate (although my hair wouldn’t work). I was originally planning on doing this when I went to Comiket, but it was hot as balls.
4: Is there a certain anime character quote/speech that somehow impacted your life?
The “Strawberry Milky” speech from Gintama gave me a new appreciation for strawberry milk. I feel like there’s something else that would be a perfect answer to this question, but I can’t think of it right now. “People die when they are killed.” My life changed after being exposed to that concept.
5: Strangest anime you ever saw?
I’m not really sure. Probably Tsui no Sora.
6: Thoughts on anime (those whose plot as a whole or a specific story arc) that revolve around a real life religion?
The only shows with a heavy religious focus I can think of that I’ve seen are A Certain Magical Index and Hellsing Ultimate, neither of which particularly portray religion accurately (or maybe they do). If a show came out that dealt with religion a bit more seriously, I wouldn’t mind as long as it wasn’t preachy. That’s basically my opinion on religion in general.
7: Thoughts on anime that mix “silly willy” with random super serious stuff, like Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, Stella Academy Group C3, Punch Line, Mekaku City Actors or any others you can think of?
Off the top of my head, the only shows that I can think of that pulled off this type of approach well are Hibike! Euphonium and, to a lesser extent, Amagi Brilliant Park.
With things like Hanasaku Iroha or Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, the goofiness worked, but the drama was nearly always lacking. And Mekaku City Actors had several other issues dragging it down. Like the animation, story, pacing, etc.
Since I already did a Liebster post just a few months ago, I’m not going to propose additional recipients or questions. However, I’ll link them again since I definitely recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.
Once again, thanks to those who nominated me, and thanks for stopping by!