Wow, my third award nomination. Thank you very much to Mochirochi for nominating me for a Liebster award! I felt like I skimped on the nominees for the Real Neat Blog Award, so I scoured my follow list for a hefty pack of awesome, yet below 200 followers, blogs that everyone should check out. 🙂
Here are the rules of the Liebster Awards
1 – Thank and link back to your nominator.
2 – Answer the 11 questions given by the nominator
3 – Nominate 5-11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
4 – Create 11 new questions for your nominees
5 – Let your nominees know that you have nominated them via social media or their blogs.
Answers to Mochirochi’s questions
1 – What Made You Start Blogging?
I wanted a more organized and ‘legit’ place to put all of my budding anime reviews/analyses/sub dub comparisons and whatnot. After years having them be merely posts on a forum to eventually get buried and probably forgotten, I wanted a place of my own to not only keep the ball rolling on my reviews etc. but also discover other anime reviewers, have great discussions and discover new things.
2 – What is Your Favorite Anime/Drama?
This is always a very tough question since my ‘lists’ in these regards are constantly changing while rethinking things. Since I listed FMA: Brotherhood in my 30 day anime challenge, I’ll step down a peg and say…Fruits Basket, though I still have to keep knocking off points for not having a very solid resolution and not getting to two members of the zodiac (Kureno and Rin, the rooster and horse respectively) I just love all of the characters, the art, the story, the great mixture of comedy and drama; it’s just fantastic.
3 – If You Could Live Anywhere in the World, Where Would You Live and Why?
I….don’t really know. I mean, I’d love to live in several places for a while to enjoy the scenery, culture and history such as Ireland, New Zealand, Italy and, because it’s totally not expected for an anime fan to say this, Japan, but if it was for years or permanently, I really wouldn’t know where I’d most like to live. Hell, I haven’t even really had time, money or anything to explore my own country, haha.
4 – What is One Trend in Anime/Dramas That You Hate?
I’m gonna list two because the first is really predictable from me; the School Days Effect, which is what I’ve named the trend that is most common in harem anime where pretty much any girl in the show instantly falls for the main lead guy no matter how boring or terrible of a character he may be (See – Makoto) For reverse harems, you could probably rename it to the Fushigi Yuugi effect…
And poorly executed fanservice. Notice I didn’t say fanservice as a whole. I’ve come to accept that fanservice is never going away, and I can’t knock it too much without being a hypocrite because I do like fanservice aimed at female viewers. What I don’t like, however, is when the fanservice is just lazy. Some instances of fanservice have made me laugh out loud simply because of how ridiculously convoluted and even clever a situation turned out simply to get in a panty shot or a boob grab.
However, the most common forms of fanservice are the most lazy. Have a character in completely ridiculous and barely-there clothing so we can always see her panties and her boobs have plenty of bounce room. Have the main male lead accidentally fall somehow causing a female character to lose clothes, or have him land on top of her for a boob grope or a suggestive position. Have a female character be super clumsy for loads of panty shots and boob bounce-age.
The worst offenders here are when the fanservice actually interferes with the plot. I have seen several instances of characters talking about plot points and story developments only to have the shot rest on a girl’s boobs, or in the case of 11Eyes, just unashamedly directing the camera up a girl’s skirt during an important conversation. That’s basically a big red flag for me that says the people working on the show are outright telling me that the story is not worth paying attention to. There’s panties or boobs in the room, it’s much more vital to look at those! Drives me nuts…
Sorry, hehe. Ranty side got the better of me there.
5 – What is Your Favorite Anime/Drama?
Come on, Mochirochi, I know I said my list changes all the time, but it’s only been a few minutes!
6 – What is One Thing That You Didn’t Like About It?
One thing I didn’t like about Fruits Basket? Outside of the ‘unfinished’ ending, the lack of insight into Akito was also a negative to me. He’s such an important character to not have much exploration. Hell, Ritsu got way more exploration that he did.
7 – What is Your Least Favorite Anime/Drama?
I’ve wailed on Fushigi Yuugi Eikoden and School Days enough for now, so I’m gonna throw the baton to Eiken. I haven’t posted my review on that yet, but in a nutshell it’s a completely unfunny, ungodly huge boobed, horribly written, awful visual and audio experience that’s best feature is being mercifully short. It’s not even good for fanservice, unless your preferred bra cup size is parachute.
8 – What is One Thing That You Liked About It?
Outside of being short?……uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……….Errr…….Uhmmmmm………..One thing….liked….about…Eiken….
…….There was a giant teddy bea—no that was badly designed, didn’t do anything, and wasn’t even a robot, just a girl in a costume.
…….Kyoko was okay?
9 – If You Could Change One Thing In Your Life, What Would It Be and Why?
I’d be more socially outgoing because not being so, at all, is a real crimp on my life.
10 – What’s Your Favorite Joke?
Wow, that’s another tough one, especially since it encompasses so much media. Instead of an actual answer, I’ll just say the joke that instantly came to mind upon reading the question. From Futurama:
Robot: “Is heaven missing an angel? Cuz you got nice cans!”
11 – What is One Thing You Want Readers to Take Away from Your Blog?
Appreciation and heightened enjoyment of animation as a whole. Being critical of it to see more improvement, not blindly following junk to perpetuate it, and respecting the work that goes into every frame.
Well, that was a tough set this time around, but I had a lot of fun! I’m losing a bit of creativity with my questions for these awards, but let’s see what I got in me.
First off, here are my nominees!
1 – Worst Plot Twist in an Anime? (Spoiler tags galore!)
2 – What is Your Current Opinion on the First Anime You Ever Watched?
3 – What is Your Favorite Animation Studio?
4 – What Anime Character Do You Most Relate To?
5 – Favorite Movie Genre?
6 – Favorite Drink?
7 – Favorite Fictitious Place?
8 – Weirdest Outfit in an Anime?
9 – Least Favorite Anime Opening Theme?
10 – Favorite Weapon from a Movie, TV show or Anime?
11 – Favorite Voice Actor? (From western cartoons or anime)
Happy blogging, everyone, and thanks again to Mochirochi for nominating me!
Edit – Honorable Mention: One Stop for All Entertainment
I accidentally wrote a Liebster message on their page without realizing, but their blog is cool and check it out. One more blog won’t kill ya. 😛