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! πŸ™‚ 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 followΒ 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 – Put the award logo in your blog.

2 – Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3 – Thank the people nominating you, linking to their blogs.

4 – Nominate any number of bloggers, linking to their blogs.

5 – Let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.

6 – Ask the bloggers 7 new questions.

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

1 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

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Rules for the Liebster Award

1 – Thank and link back to your nominator.

2 – Answer the 11 Questions Give by the Nominator

3 – Nominate 5-11 other blogs 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.

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

1 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

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

Liebster Award!

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. πŸ™‚

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.

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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 beaβ€”no that was badly designed, didn’t do anything, and wasn’t even a robot, just a girl in a costume.

…….Kyoko was okay?

Yay!

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: β€œIs 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.

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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!

Nominees

The Anime Reporter

Otaku Orbit

Fantasy and Anime

The Garbage Man Reviews

World of Yamaguchi Hoshiko

Too Old for Anime

Sekinetsu

Daiyamanga

That Baka Blog

Aniwhat? Aniwho? Anime.

SenpaiEats

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My Questions

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 –Β Honorable Mention: One Stop for All EntertainmentΒ 

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. πŸ˜›