Liebster Award: Part 2
Well, I was nominated for Liebster, something which I had done sometime ago if any of you still remember. I don’t mind more, of course, but here’s a reminder of what it’s about:
The Liebster award is intended to give some exposure to small blogs with less than 200 followers. The rules are as follows:
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
4. Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.
I actually was nominated twice this time, first by Cho, who is also the blogger for English Light Novels-a great site advocating translated/licensed light novels. Second-by Nick of Anime Corps, so I’ll be answering both sets of questions here.
1) What is O-N-E word that describes you?
Ordinary, boring, dull, any of those works, though Aki may have something to say about it.
2) What animal would you be, if you could be one?
Dragon… does it count? (Also this feels like deja vu)
3) What’s your favourite book?
The only books I read these days are all light novels. My favorite one is definitely HakoMari. I also like Iris on Rainy Days, Sayonara Piano Sonata, Gekkou and All You Need Is Kill. For the record, I have an odd habit of reading only obscure, unknown light novels not being adapted to anime, or at least, have not been greenlit as of yet. I stopped keeping up with Heavy Object recently ever since I heard it’s going to have an anime adaption soon. I guess I just have a preference to certain media over others.
4) What are you most likely to do on a rainy day?
If I’m at home, I’ll rejoice, and do the usual-anime/games/fighting the urge to sleep. If I’m out, I’ll curse, since nobody likes rain when they are out and get soaked. I know I don’t. The usual trope of having a cute anime girl getting soaked by the rain and coming to your house to take a bath doesn’t happen either :-(
5) What fictional character do you identify with the most?
Throughout all the questionnaires I had answered, this question had been asked for a number of times. And now, I realized something, there is honestly not a character you can identify with the most. Sure enough, a character may represent some flaws and personal hardships you identify with, but those are just one facet of his or her personality. There is no way a character in a 10-20+ (maybe more) episodes show can reflect the many things you experienced throughout your life. If I were to list though, I identify a lot with Hachiman’s societal views, even though I don’t really agree with them. In a working standpoint, I identify with Shirobako’s characters. I even identify with Oreki Houtarou. Something I didn’t mention in that post however (and also ironically the more important point) is that I can really relate to his struggles in seeking a “rose-colored” life.
6) What, if any, is your favourite subject/class?
7) Who inspires you?
Frog-kun inspires me to find my own harem.
8) Where and/or with whom would you rather be right now?
I would like to be in an alternate universe with all my waifus in one place.
9) What’s your favourite gadget/‘toy’? (i.e., phone, tablet, PSP, you name it)
Tempted to make a joke here (that “toy” part is extremely tempting), but I will be serious. I have quite a number of portable devices, whether it be tablets, phones or portable gaming devices. I’m liking my Dell Latitude 10, but it’s heavy weight is a problem at times. I used to read e-books (manga or light novels) on it sometime ago, but nowadays, I just use a cheap, knockoff tablet you probably never even heard of for reading e-books, since it’s just more lighter and convenient. PSP is still serving me well even though it’s been here since forever, and I have a love-hate relationship with my 3DS.
10) Would you like to try, for one day, the life of a member of the opposite/another sex?
Of course. Preferably mahou shoujo with twintails.
11) Are you mad at me for coming up with these questions? (if your answer is ‘yes’… I’m sorry)
(Jk.. I think :p)
1: In your opinion, how long should the perfect anime series go on for?
Depends, but I’m actually liking the current trend of mostly 10-20 episodes. Focus isn’t too widespread, and there are less possibilities of having fillers or original branching content. Think I posted something about this sometime ago.
2: What has kept you watching anime?
Time sure passes by, before I even notice, it had been nearly a decade since I last watched anime. Honestly, I’m not even sure. I have a higher preference for anime over other media (with the exception of games), so even if I stop watching it, I’m not sure if I want to actually watch live-action TV series or movies and the likes. If I really were to give reasons, I think what had kept me so far is the aesthetic design which you wouldn’t find anywhere else, and the wide array of stories.
Anime looks “pretty”, for a lack of better word, and exactly because it’s not real life, it’s able to pull off distinct, abstract designs at times which you wouldn’t be able to pull off in a real life TV series. I also personally think anime is more expressive than real life in general, since the former is 2D, they can express themselves without boundary.
The medium is also appealing to all kinds of demographics, especially if you notice how some manga genres are marketed-shounen, shoujo, seinen, josei and so on. Because of that, anime has a lot of different types of stories, so much that I honestly don’t see myself moving away from the medium anytime soon.
3: What is your favorite genre of anime?
I don’t really have a preference for specific genres as I’m usually pretty open-minded. Though I definitely have a less preference to mecha.
4: What is one anime everyone should watch?
Aldnoah Zero *lol*
If you prefer a serious answer though, this is actually a pretty tough question. I would say Gintama, but some of it’s jokes might not be for everyone. If you can stomach the jokes though, you will be looking at one of the best comedic anime of all time.
5: What is your favorite book?
I think I answered almost the same question on Cho’s side, so I’ll just c/p.
“The only books I read these days are all light novels. My favorite one is definitely HakoMari. I also like Iris on Rainy Days, Sayonara Piano Sonata, Gekkou and All You Need Is Kill. For the record, I have an odd habit of reading only obscure, unknown light novels not being adapted to anime, or at least, have not been greenlit as of yet. I stopped keeping up with Heavy Object recently ever since I heard it’s going to have an anime adaption soon. I guess I just have a preference to certain media over others.”
6: Why did you start a blog?
The reason was actually pretty dull. I started collecting figures around the same time I started blogging. My reason was to show my figures on the blog. But since I don’t buy a lot of figures, there will be a long gap between posts, and that means I’ll be seeing a lot of inactivity, so I made a point to make some posts in between as “filler”.
Little did I know these “filler” posts ended up becoming the main bulk of the blog while figure posts pretty much fade into the background.
If you’re curious, here’s an index of all figure posts on my blog.
7: Who is your number one all time favorite anime character, and why?
Again, pretty difficult to answer. And since I had been obsessed with a certain green-haired, twintailed idol recently, I’ll just post a picture of Miku here.
8: Would you ever consider cosplaying as one of your favorite characters?
I thought of cosplaying before, but I’m actually more particular about fitting body statures and shape of said characters. Since I’m skinny as heck IRL, characters like Lelouch and Accelerator will be great choices for me to cosplay.
9: What are three hobbies you enjoy?
If you mean outside of anime and related Japanese visual culture, I like listening to music and had been listening to a lot of Vocaloid lately, and for the good or bad, probably the only thing I had ever been listening to when I’m at home. I do know how to play piano and guitar and play them whenever I can find some free time. I also had been watching WWE again lately and thought this rekindled interest would be pretty short lived; but surprisingly, seems like I still somehow managed to keep up with it even now. Last but not least, I enjoy making lame jokes on twitter.
10: What is one anime that needs a sequel?
J.C. Staff, I’m still waiting for Index Season 3…
11: What does blogging mean to you?
An outlet for my thoughts.
Anyway, that’s about it. If you read the rules above, you will notice that this Liebster award is aimed to give exposure to bloggers 200 followers and lesser, though these rules are getting pretty loose. Even when I did the Liebster award last time, I didn’t really follow the rules properly either, and I probably won’t follow them strictly here either. I’ll still provide my own set of questions though, here they are:
1. Which anime character resembles you the most in terms of personality?
2. Anime or manga?
3. If you were to recommend an anime to someone who had never watched one before, which one would you recommend?
4. Have you attended any anime conventions before?
5. Do you listen to any Jpop/Jrock? Any favorites?
6. Do you prefer gaming on the PC or on consoles?
7. Do you think virtual gaming like ones we see in Sword Art Online possible in the future?
8. What do you think of fanservices?
9. Do you listen to Vocaloid music? Any favorite Vocaloids/songs?
10. Favorite anime quote?
11. Stranded on an island, what do you do?
Just like before, I won’t nominate anyone, I’ll keep these questions open so anyone can answer them. You can do them on your blog or in the comments section here…
Bending rules since day one.
Anyway, have fun, guys.
I started watching Gintama last month, and I really like it to the point where it is in my Top 15, the show is just too funny, even though I am 90 episodes in. I cannot wait for the return this April.
Favorite episodes/arcs so far?
Episode would have to be the ninja one, arc the male host club or the one when the sister is off to get married and they fight to save her.
Ahh, that one. Zura is as badass as ever.
I actually wanted to find the “It’s not Zura, it’s pine tree!” video, but can’t find it :-(
I think my favorite arc even now, is still the Benizakura arc. Ironically less comedic, but it always has a special place in my heart since it’s the very first major serious arc with a lot of badass actions.
Neo Armstrong Jet Cyclone Armstrong Cannon as well as the super early joke with the Time Machine are some of my favorite jokes. In the male host club episode, I had to pause the video for 5 minutes since I could not stop laughing at the reveal of that guy actually being a girl.
Unfortunately, I forgot most of what happened in the host club episode ;-( I do remember a Sengoku Basara reference being made (or maybe it’s in the later host club episodes). If you mean the Time Machine joke during the early episodes, I actually feel it’s kinda weak compared to Gintama’s other jokes. Have you reached the screwdriver episode? That’s probably the most funniest episode for me in the entire season 1 :p
And indeed, Neo Armstrong Jet Cyclone Armstrong Cannon is pure golden.
I do not believe I reached the screwdriver episode. I am in the mid 80s for episodes.
“8. What do you think of fanservices?”
That’s a good one. Should have some interesting answers from it.
Nobody’s answering though :-(
Think I should be a morally good blogger next time and obey rules like a good, innocent kid if there’s another Liebster for me.
I’ll give your questions a try sometime.
Miku is love. I took a breather from PDf 2 but will get back to it soon. Back to anime mode for now.
I plan on watching Death Parade soon as I’m collecting the episodes.
So Señor Frog inspired you to create a harem eh? That magnificent bastard.
Frog-kun is magnificent.
Btw, Kai, good luck on finding your harem!
That he is.
This is me atm
This is me in the future (hopefully)
Such ambitions, Kai. Bless you b”d
100% agree with you. Miki is the love. I forgot to ask you about PDF2, how is it so far? Managed Hard Mode yet? I’m managed to clear most of Extreme songs by now, but still got a lot of unlockables.
Think there’s about 3/4 of the show by now, good time as any to watch if you can spare the time for it, lol.
Come on man, broke the rules on the FIRST QUESTION =P
Jokes aside though, I didn’t really enjoy Index…was there anything in particular that you liked about it?
My personality is too vibrant to be described in just one word.. >_>
Honestly by now, I like it lesser and lesser now. The whole series is pretty much a guilty pleasure for me, lol. I remembered when I watched Index the first time (think it was around 2008 when the first season just aired), I was amazed by it’s settings-combination of magic and science in one setting is pretty rare for me at the time (No, Mahouka wasn’t released at this point, obviously). I also like how Index feels like it has two different settings at the same time, instead of combining both magic and science, the two settings feel separated, especially with how they have “specific” science or magic characters respectively. Though the narrative do like joining them together at some point for the sake of “epicness”, i.e. “Magic and science clash! It’s a war!” or something along the lines.
But yeah, like I said, I like it lesser and lesser now. Especially now that I had a stronger perspective on light novel-based anime.
Ahh well, at least there’s still Biribiri.
Biribiri >>>>>>>> Index
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