Site Update: 8/23/15

Hey everybody, Fiddletwix here with a site update. I’ve been having a bit of a sudden hiatus, and I apologize for the lack of updates. My family recently adopted two young black lab puppies and I’ve been assigned to much of their care, which eats up a good chunk of my spare time especially considering that I have a crazy adult border collie to look after as well. They’re adorable puppies, though, so I can’t complain. I haven’t even really had much time to watch anime or read manga with school and work stuff to deal with as well. Additionally, I’ve just been overwhelmed emotionally and mentally for various reasons, so I’ve been struggling with that. However, I hope to get some new stuff out soon.

In the meantime, wow, awards. I currently have a grand total of six awards that have been graciously given to me by Fujoshika of Fujoshitep, Muranodo of Otaku Academia, Krystallina of Daiyamanga, Shiroyuni of The Limitless Imagination, Lazarinth of Fantasy and Anime and finally Cassidy Cornblatt of Funny Anime Pics. Thank you guys very much for all of your award nominations; and rest assured that I will be doing all of them. Nominations might be an issue because I tend to nominate as many people as humanly possible, but considering these are all new awards; four Creative Blog awards, one Free Spirit award and one Infinity Dreams award, I will be able to sort something out….it’ll just take me a while.

Things are getting a little more organized on my end, I think anyway, so hopefully I’ll be getting back to my rhythm. In the meantime, though, thanks for continuing to visit The Anime Madhouse, reading the post things, pressing the star and posting your thoughts and kind words through the magic box of commenting. You guys are the best. ๐Ÿ™‚

Real Neat Blog Award #2 and Liebster Award #2

I’ve been nominated for another Real Neat Blog Award by Marvelously Mismatched, and for another Liebster Award by Caddidy Cornblatt of Funny Anime Pics! Thank both of you very much for the nominations! ๐Ÿ™‚ However, I am running into a roadblock when it comes to blogs to nominate and questions to ask. Many potential nominees have already done these awards or similar ones several times, and in my quest to showcase as many great blogs as possible here, I’ve pretty much exhausted my own followย list. Plus I’m having difficulty coming up with new and interesting questions. So I hope no one minds if I make this post a Q&A session only.

If you’d like to catch onto some cool blogs, though, check out my nominees for my previous award posts. ^_^

Sunshine Award

Real Neat Blog Award #1

Liebster Award #1

For anyone who’d like to partake in these awards, here are the rules.

Real Neat Blog Award

1 โ€“ Put the award logo in your blog.

2 โ€“ Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3 โ€“ Thank the people nominating you, linking to their blogs.

4 โ€“ Nominate any number of bloggers, linking to their blogs.

5 โ€“ Let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.

6 โ€“ Ask the bloggers 7 new questions.

First up is Marvelously Mismatched’s questions for the Real Neat Blog Award.

1 โ€“ If You Could Teleport Anywhere in the World for One Day, Where Would You Go, What Would You Do and Why?

Probably Disney World because I’ve always wanted to go and I can’t really see a trip there happening in my near future. I’d do as much as humanly possible in one day and buy all the things!

2 โ€“ What is Your Favorite Anime Character of All Time?

Wow, that’s even tougher than the favorite anime question. Off the top of my head, probably Hatsuharu from Fruits Basket. He’s very caring, kind and gentle, while also being tough and kickass as Black Haru, and his backstory is both sad without being overly dramatic and sweet in his crush on Yuki. In addition, he makes for one of the funniest and most memorable scenes I’ve seen in an anime in episode 13.

3 โ€“ What is One Thing You Can’t Live Without?

I’ll take one thing as being one material object instead of making a sappy or joking response. Probably my computer, or just a computer. Sad as it is that I am also one of the many people somewhat dependent on technology, I do a lot of stuff on my computer such as schoolwork, work-work, my blog posts, watching anime, catching up on news, even some therapeutic activities. It’d be a major pain to not have a computer.

4 โ€“ Do You Want an Anime Girlfriend or Boyfriend? If So, Who Would it Be and Why?

Zuko from Avatar the Last Airbender. I’m counting anime as a style here since I discounted him during my 30 Day Anime Challenge. He’s a great character with a complex personality and great backstory. And I won’t deny that I’ve had a crush on him since pretty much the first time I saw in the series way back when it first aired. There is no shame here.

5 โ€“ If We Had a Massive Power Outage that, For Some Reason, Only Took Out the Internet, Would You Read a Book and Survive or Would You Go Insane at the Lack of Wifi?

Despite my reliance on a computer, I have lived in a world without heavy Internet use before. It was a long time ago, back when things were younger. I’d probably be very pissed for a few days or weeks, but I’d manage I believe.

6 โ€“ If There Was No Such Thing as Manga and Anime, What Would You Do?

Probably get into comics, get more into video games or rely mostly on Western Animation.

7 โ€“ What Makes You Mad Enough to Want to Go Super Saiyan?

Animal abuse. I have a lot of pet peeves, but if you want to get me insanely mad in a short amount of time, any story of animal abuse will probably do it. Even fictional just makes me rage.


Rules for the Liebster Award

1 โ€“ Thank and link back to your nominator.

2 โ€“ Answer the 11 Questions Give by the Nominator

3 โ€“ Nominate 5-11 other blogs who have less than 200 followers.

4 โ€“ Create 11 new questions for your nominees.

5 โ€“ Let your nominees know that you have nominated them via social media or their blogs.

And now for Cassidy’s Questions for the Liebster Award!

1 โ€“ How Old Were You When You First Started Watching Anime?

I was either eight or nine. It was 1998, I believe, right when Pokemon started popping up in the states. If I was eight, I was eight bordering on nine. As you can probably predict from my previous statement, technically the first anime I watched was Pokemon after I started getting into the games (Pokemon Red was my game of choice โ€“ Also started with Charmander because I had no clue of type advantages early game back then. Was a great challenge though. I think I actually still have my first save file on that game.) Then I quickly got introduced to Sailor Moon and Digimon.

2 โ€“ What Do You Like To Do When You’re Not Watching Anime?

Draw, play with my dog, listen to music and play video games.

3 โ€“ Are There Any Genres of Anime that You Avoid?

Harems. It’s like watching the same anime over and over, and most of them simply don’t have the humor or plots to warrant my attention. I try to give every other genre a shot, though I do prefer some over others, but harems are the one genre on my ‘avoid’ list.

4 โ€“ What is Your Favorite Name of an Anime Character?

A completely minor character in Pokemon the First Movie, in the original, is named Voyager. That is such a kickass name that I really believe a much more important character should have gotten.

5 โ€“ Do You Generally Watch OVAs?

Yes. You never know what kind of hidden gems you’ll find in the world of OVAs. They typically have some great original content. As for OVAs that are based off of an existing series, yeah I typically watch those too. Those are big hits and misses. Some of them just seem to be pointless extensions of the series, others are really dumb parodies, and few and far between seem to have interesting and worthwhile stories.

6 โ€“ How Do You Determine Which Anime to Watch Next?

My watch list is very much random. I have series (nerdily) organized by length and I randomly pick of a pool of each length and then watch the series altogether to help break things up. When I finish an anime, usually a short series of course, I pick again from the pool of the finished series’ length. If someone really urges me to watch a series, I’ll put that at the front of the line, but yeah my watch list is both organized and random at the same time. I’m trying to strive to have as diverse of watching experience as I can.

7 โ€“ Do You Have a Favorite Japanese Word?

Not really. I find the language to be quite beautiful, but I’d be hardpressed to think of a favorite word. I really like most of the words for colors and flowers, though.

8 โ€“ Do You Buy, Download or Stream Anime?

I typically stream anime and buy DVDs of those that I’m really interested in or particularly love. Usually anime movies.

9 โ€“ Have You Ever Traveled to a Foreign Country?

I have gone to Canada once on a snowmobile with my dad for about 20 minutes. Lol. I’ve stayed in the states my entire life beyond that.

10 โ€“ What is Your Dream Job?

Anything where I can work with animals, helping them, taking care of them, finding them good homes etc. I’m aiming to be an animal behaviorist, so hopefully that will come true.

11 โ€“ Do You Prefer Long Anime Series or Short Ones?

This is an interesting question that I’ve never really considered before. On one hand, short series are, well, short. They can be over and done with in a short amount of time. However, short series usually mean sacrificing some character development and perhaps having rushed pacing.

On the other hand, long series have much more freedom to fully develop characters and make more satisfying stories. However, long series can easily overstay their welcome with overt amounts of filler, may not take up the opportunity to flesh out characters or stories and require a bigger commitment.

I would probably say shorter series in that case. Short series that can actually manage to have well-fleshed out characters and interesting and complex storylines move fluidly in a short amount of time deserve applause whereas long anime basically start with an advantage in that regard, and many simply don’t take the opportunity to do anything worthwhile with their added length. Plus, even anime that don’t have much in terms of filler can seem like they’re dragging on for way too long in long series.


Great questions, guys, and thanks to Marvelously Mismatched and Cassidy Cornblatt of Funny Anime Pics again for their nominations!