The Anime Blogger Interrogation Game

The anime blogger interrogation game, is an interesting game introduced by Iso, which is literally as it’s name implies, a game of interrogation within anime bloggers. The game serves as a purpose of interaction between bloggers, and to know more about another blogger’s interest or background.

Here are the rules by Iso:

  • Each person is supposed to follow the rule of fives.You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
  • Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so fourth. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
  • In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
  • To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
  • Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.
  • To potentially prevent an endless game, this round of games will end on the 8th September 2012, 12pm JST (GMT +9). After which, no more bloggers can tag others to answer their questions.

Kai’s Answers to Iso’s Questions
Here are my responses to Iso’s questions.

1) What is/are your favourite anime(s)? Why?
I like a dozens of anime for various reasons. I like Clannad and their fairy-tale like romance and drama, I like K-ON and their adorableness, I like the Monogatari series and their in-depth dialogue, I like Fate/Zero at their in-depth exploration of philosophical themes, I like Aria for their pristine tranquility, I like Higurashi for it’s mysterious, yet violent vibes, and I like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann for it’s simple display of epicness.

For all the anime I watched though, my all time favorite anime is still the one and only Gintama. Filled with randomness, seriousness and fun, quirky characters, Gintama remains at the top spot in my list of favorite anime, and will still be the top for years to come.

2) What is/are your favourite anisongs?
I certainly have a lot of favorites, in fact, anything from Nana Mizuki, KOTOKO or Mami Kawada becomes an instant favorite, as they are such lovely singers. I also like a majority of openings and endings like LM.C’s “Boys & Girls” (Hitman Reborn), m.c.A.T’s “Bomb A Head” from Tenjou Tenge, Mai Gouto’s “Egao no Chikara” (ef – A tale of melodies) and so on. For the more recent anisongs, I had taken a liking to Nakajima Megumi’s TRY UNITE! from Rinne no Lagrange, the piano version is lovely!

For soundtracks, Aria’s soundtracks are always calm and soothing to listen to, then recently, we also had Sakamichi no Apollon’s lovable jazzy soundtracks. Other soundtracks albums from Kara no Kyoukai, Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Yuki Kajiura ftw), Anohana and Fairy Tail are good to listen to.

3) Do you like Vocaloid? If so, who is/are your favourites? And your favourite song(s) is/are? If not, why?
Sadly, I’m not a big fan as I rarely even listen to them much nowadays, since they release singles and albums too rapidly for me to keep up. However, I don’t hate it though. From within the small portion of Vocaloid songs I listen to, I had even taken a liking to tracks like “Black Rock Shooter”, “Love is War”, “from Y to Y”, “SOU CORE”, “The secret garden”, “Far Away”, “Centrifugal” and among others.

4) Have you ever been to Japan? If yes, please share your experience. If no, where would you go if you had a chance to visit Japan?
I’m sure everyone, and especially anime fans, would love to visit the Land of the Rising Sun at least once in a lifetime. I haven’t been to Japan myself but if I were to go there, just being able to visit Tokyo will be a once in a lifetime dream. The place I would prioritize the most in Japan would be Akihabara, as that district specifically sells computer, anime and other otaku related stuffs. For me, I always like to call Akihabara “an anime specialized dealer town in a country specifically dealing with anime.”

That’s not to say I won’t go to other places in Japan given the chance. Aside from Akihabara, I would love to visit places like Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Hokkaido and so on. If possible, I might even have a taste of Edo Wonderland! Who knows, I might even become a ninja.

5) What are your hobbies outside of anything related to anime, manga, visual novels and blogging?
Aside from anime, I had studied music before but as of now, I’m getting less serious about it and just take music as a hobby I do if I could find some time. In fact, my guitars are already collecting cobwebs. I genuinely learned guitar from a teacher before but never took any examinations and just learned it on an “entertainment” level. I self-taught myself piano and drums too and was somehow able to handle them. I had been trying to learn violin but wasn’t used to the fretless board.

I also did gfx on minor levels, while of cause, I can’t do major stuffs like vectoring, designing and so on, I made signatures and wallpapers. I also had a side blog to showcase my GFX stuffs.

Kai’s Questions to the Five Lucky Bloggers
I’ll be tagging Nopy, Ace, Yerocha, Marina and Justin. Feel free to post at your own leisure (without passing the deadline of cause) and have fun! I’ll be looking forward to all your responses.

1. Do you study the Japanese language? If so, how is your progress?
Quite a few months ago, when I was still overly-obsessed with visual novels, and play them on daily basis, I thought I should learn a bit of Japanese so that I will have a lot more choices of visual novels to play, since with my limited knowledge, I won’t be able to play most of the new, untrasnlated visual novels. So off I go with my hiragana and katakana. After I memorized them, I read from somewhere that it’s possible to just learn Kanji while playing visual novels, and there I go. The result is that being the lazy me, I just read my translator program instead of actually looking at the dictionary and breaking the phrases down; learning the kanji word by word. In the end, I’ll just have to rely on my Chinese to decipher the meaning of Japanese Kanji if really necessary.

2. *What’s your most embarrassing moment?
I remember back when I was a middle school student, I joined basketball in my school’s Sports Day. Because of my carelessness, I ended up falling and hurting myself within ten minutes just as soon as the match starts. My teacher decided to replace me with a substitute and I was forced to sit along the sidelines waiting for the match to finish. While the injury isn’t serious, I think my pride was hurt more due to my embarrassment.

3. What kind of anime world would you like to live in?
I would love to live in a magical medieval world like Fairy Tail. Existence of magical, supernatural creatures like dragons, is lovely, and the ability to use magic is an interesting experience.

I also would love to live in a place where science and magic are merged together as one. We could be seeing magically medieval creatures like dragons and ogres, implanted with cybernetic parts all around. Likewise, humans would look cybernetically similar, while possessing supernatural magical abilities as with mythological magicians.

4. Is there any anime/manga which motivates you to learn something?
Quite a lot. In the previous questions, I mentioned about learning violin, and it’s actually an anime, La Corda d’Oro: Primo Passo, which inspires me so. K-ON also had me interested in playing bass guitar, but so far, I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, as most of my friends within the musical circle don’t own a bass sadly, and I don’t plan to buy it for myself since ultimately, I will still choose guitar as my main instrument.

Although a manga, Liar Game also had me immensely interested in psychology. A lot of anime and manga uses psychology as an element to heighten the thrilling experiences but in my opinion, it’s Liar Game which applies this to the utmost abilities. Last but not least, I’m currently learning shogi, in preparation of reading some shogi related manga.

5. Which anime character you feel you can relate to the most?
Currently, Nishimi Kaoru from Sakamichi no Apollon. During the early episodes, he is obviously not used to being crowded with complete strangers. But being with the right people, allow him to open up and have fun, just as any other high school student. That’s a situation I can totally relate to, I experienced school transfers myself and was even forced into different educational tutions, constantly seeing faces of students from every other schools. Given time though, I was able to ease up and have fun with them, just like Kaoru.

As per the game’s purposes, I hope with my answers to these questions, everyone will be able to know more about me, both as a blogger, and as a person behind the blog.

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41 thoughts on “The Anime Blogger Interrogation Game

  1. You watched La Corda and liked it? *starry eyed* I loved it, too. Kanon in the OP was gorgeous

    question: the participants answer the questions that they ask to others, too? Coz I got a bit confused

    • Perhaps my passion for music was even more so stronger then now, and musical themed anime back then was pretty hard to find, so finding out about La Corda is like finding a treasure chest. The only musical anime I know back then was Beck until I found La Corda. And that’s a good song indeed.

      Yep. The participants had to answer the questions they are asking to others too.

    • Actually, I originally intended it such that you only answer the 5 questions of the person who tagged you and that you need not answer your own 5; only a person who wanted to initiate the game by him or herself would need to do so.

      However, it seems to work better this way since we can learn more about each other if we answered our own questions as well, which is the whole point of the game. Let’s make it as such then, since all the people who have replied so far have answered their own questions.

  2. A Fairy Tail world… that’d be crazy XD When I was young (and even at times in the present world) I always thought of what it’d be like to live alongside Pokemon’s and become a Pokemon trainer ;D

  3. Aw man, I’ve been tagged! No….My post will be so boring!!!

    Thankfully, I have time to prepare :D

    BTW, living in a Fairy Tail world can’t be all fun unless you have magic powers Kai :p What powers would you want?

  4. It was nice reading your answers!

    Some comments:

    It’s nice to see another Nana Mizuki fan out there… She’s one of my all-time favourite seiyuus and singers! I’m kinda lukewarm towards KOTOKO; some of her songs I like, and some I don’t. I like Kawada Mami’s songs more than hers to be honest but that’s just my opinion.

    And wow, I had no idea you were so well-versed with musical instruments… Are you a prodigy or something?

    I’m in the midst of self-studying Japanese as well. For the love of Japan!

    Also, it would indeed be really interesting living in the world of Fairy Tail… I myself have always wondered how it would be like living in the world of D. Gray Man.

    Finally, when I saw the line “I also would love to live in a place where science and magic are merged together as one.”, the first thing I thought of was To Aru Majutsu no Index… Anyway, if you’re interested in stuff like this then you might want to check out this manga called Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei.

    Thanks for sharing about yourself!

    • Nana Mizuki’s voice is very strong and she’s also one of my most favorite seiyuu/singers! Most seiyuu/singers are mediocre in comparison, so Nana Mizuki is a rare exception. I like them both just as much, I especially love their songs on Shana.

      Not really, actually, I couldn’t read music notes even now, even if I could, I had to break down each note slowly and practice. I would rather use guitar tabs, easy, lol.

      Nice :D Good luck with the kanji.

      D.Gray Man’s world is a nice place but perhaps a bit chaotic with all those Akuma.

      That’s certainly one example, but I would also like to point out Demonbane too, for it’s interesting blend of alchemy, magic and science. Ahh nice, just when I was looking for a new manga to read, but I see there’s a light novel for it too? Might go for the novels instead but we’ll see.

  5. Nishimi is an interesting character to compare yourself to. He never felt like the most ridiculously out of place individual, especially sense Tsuritama was airing right beside it, but it’s true that he always had trouble fitting in and getting close to others. I can understand relating to him because I can somewhat relate to him myself.

    Thanks for the tag, I’ll get on this as soon as I can. But that embarrassing moment question…that’s gonna be a tough one.

    • Indeed, before this aired, I think I would say Narukami Yu (of Persona 4) but I feel I can relate to Kaoru more, actually, I think I could relate to most stoic characters. That’s because Tsuritama’s full of ridiculous aliens (but it’s still a good show), but I can relate to Yuki since I’m quick to feel nervous too. I didn’t experience the thing Natsuki did so can’t relate to him, but he’s also another realistically relatable character too.

      Just reveal your deepest secret xD

  6. I guess a whole lot of otaku have the “if-it’s-my-favorite-singer-who’s-singing-it-then-it’s-automatically-awesome syndrome XD Like in my case, Maaya Sakamoto/Elisa = epic win ^^ And same here, La Corda was actually the anime that inspired me to study the violin (still nowhere as good as Len though XD)

    • Yes, and I will admit that I’m one of those D: Ahh those two are incredibly good artists too. I love Elisa’s god only knows^^ So you play the violin? I wonder if I got too used to guitar before the violin but I just can’t get used to the violin’s fretless boards, have no idea where to place my fingers D:

      • Never played an instrument before the violin so I wouldn’t know XD (I consider the harmonica a toy so, yeah XD) Took violin as something casual (only a few classical pieces and anime EDs then done) can’t say that I play well . . . .

        • Now that when I think about it, I barely even know any classical pieces. When I was “learning” songs back then, I just looked at whatever song’s popular at the moment and learn them D:

  7. Ha ha someone else likes “Bomb A Head” That song was so great and I’m not even sure why.

    Interesting questions with equally interesting answers. I’ll answer them in a post on the weekend. Well I’ll try to anyway ^^;

    • Also, that song may be the one and the only song which I prefer the TV-size version rather then the original :D

      Take your time, I believe there’s still lots of em :D

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