One Lovely Blog Award Nomination – Thanks Arthifis

I’ve been nominated by the lovely Arthifis for this award. Thanks for the nomination and hopefully you enjoy my answers.



  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they ask.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family.
  • Ask them 11 questions that you are dying for the answer to


01. Do you share your birthday with one of your favourite anime characters?

I did not know but apparently I share the same birthday as Teito from 07 Ghost and Crowley from D Gray Man. Neither would be my favourite character but that’s still kind of cool.

02. Following on from that, do you share your birthday with a character you dislike?

Not particularly, though plenty I’ve never heard of.

03. If you could be the protagonist of an anime, what type of protagonist would you be and what would you call yourself?

Honestly, I can see myself being just like Morioka from Recovery of an MMO Junkie, except maybe slightly more functional outside of my house (very slightly).


04. Which pet peeves do you have?

Too many to list, though my current one would be people who overtake unsafely on rural highways. Some people seriously do not respect their own mortality which would be fine except that their choices seriously impact on others.

05. What kind of trait is a red flag when it comes to an Anime that says to you right away that you won’t be finishing this one?

Really stupid comedy, particularly toilet humour. Just does nothing for me, though in fairness that is true of all types of stories and not just anime.

06. As you know I’m doing the Hunger Games: Anime Edition at my blog… If you had to choose ONE character from Anime to compete in the “real” hunger games to win which one would it be and why?

Sebastian from Black Butler. Who is actually going to beat him? Not to mention, if I was watching the Hunger Games, that’s what I’d like to see.


07. Have you ever deleted a post completely after writing it and don’t publish it at all? If yes, what was the theme and why?

Regularly. I always have a lot of post ideas and some of them when I read them back are pretty stupid. Usually I delay the posting date. Then I rewrite. Then I delay again. If I get to another total rewrite I usually just salvage any material from the post that is usable and scrap the post.

08. Would you accept the challenge to write about something you never write about? Let’s say you only cover Anime and someone comes to you and asks for you to write about what do you think about astrology… Something like that!

I love to write. I started writing about anime at the suggestion of someone who knew I was unhappy that I wasn’t writing anymore. So, I’d pretty much write about anything provided I was in the mood at the time.

09. What are 3 positive traits about you that immediately come to mind? and 10. On the other hand, tell us one thing that you would like to change about yourself and why do you think you need to change it.

Um… Hard working? This one is kind of a struggle. Always aspiring to improve? Oh, enthusiasm. I have a lot of enthusiasm. Okay, this is why I can’t write a resume or sell myself or my blog particularly well. I actually told someone at an interview once when asked what I felt my assets would be as an employee that I was ‘mostly functional as a human’.

So what would I like to change? I’d like to be more willing to take risks and go after the things I want, but given my general craving for stability I doubt that change will happen.

11. What anime are you planning to watch from the spring season?

Not 100% certain yet but hopefully I will finalise a watch list by the end of next week.

The Nominees (not 11 and no obligation):

The Spooky Red Head – Does some great lists on their blog.

The Lily Garden – Well, you probably all know Remy Fool already, but if you don’t, their blog is awesome, check it out.

Amiranda Reviews – This is a blog I only recently started following but I’ve enjoyed their reviews so far.

The Ani-Messenger – Some strong opinions on some anime but don’t shoot the messenger.

A Reluctant Hero – Always entertaining and most recently been focused on Harry Potter.

Questions, Questions, Questions:

  1. Toast or bread?
  2. Anime with the best food?
  3. If you could only have one book or DVD with you on a deserted island, which would you take (assume you can watch the DVD)?
  4. Coolest anime fight ever?
  5. Favourite non-anime franchise?
  6. Feelings on the Avengers?
  7. Aliens finally come to earth, what do they look like?
  8. Twitter, Facebook, or other?
  9. Headphones or speaker?
  10. How many times have you changed your ringtone?
  11. Geekiest thing you own?

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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Nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award

First up a huge thank you to Fiddletwix from Anime Madhouse for the nomination. I really appreciate it. Now, given in the rules it asks me to give the history of my blog and I’ve kind of done that a couple of times now, most recently here, and then it asks for advice for new bloggers, and I’ve kind of done that a lot too, I’m actually not going to follow the rules but I did want to take a moment to recognise some other fantastic bloggers out there and their contributions to the great community on WordPress.

Unfortunately, I haven’t included everyone who deserves a mention, there are just too many people, so please feel free to add other bloggers who deserve some recognition in the comments below.

I have included the rules so if you would like to respond to this award, they are down the bottom of the post.


Irina (I Drink and Watch Anime): Running a fantastic blog and spreading positivity through the community. Also, putting up with my erratic schedule as we try to write another collaboration. She is definitely deserving of the god status that was bestowed upon her through the very official twitter channels.

Raistlin: Let’s be honest, you probably already know Raistlin. however, outside of being an excellent supporter of everyone in the community, he runs an amazing blog covering movies, board games, TV shows, and of course anime.

Keiko’s Anime Blog: Gives some great thoughts on the shows of the season. While our watch lists seldom have much in common, I enjoy following each season through with Keiko and I particularly enjoy their weekly round-ups.

Where-ever-I-Look: Want anime coverage but would also love to see TV and movies covered with depth and thought? This is the blog to check out with a huge number of posts coming out each week covering a variety of media.

Jon Spencer Reviews: Again, most of us probably know Jon Spencer as he runs his ABC polls, reviews anime, started the creator’s showcase, and is incredibly supportive of the community.

Never Argue With A Fish: Presents some series reviews with interesting observations and a clear opinion. Never afraid to say what they are thinking and well worth the read even when I don’t agree.

Floating Into Bliss: For something a little more thought provoking than episode reviews, this blog continues to put out some very interesting articles that are thought provoking.

The Visualist’s Veranda: You want a critical review with a clear and honest point of view supported by great reasons? This is the blog for you. Kapodaco isn’t one to play nice when something doesn’t work but their passion for anime (and other media) is on clear display.

Mechanical Anime Reviews: Consistently interesting posts on a range of anime and ideas. Scott puts in a lot of thoughts, even taking content down when he’s not happy with the result and reworking the post.

KawaiiPaperPandas: Some really thought provoking episode reviews as well as a range of other great anime content to check out on this blog.

Lethargic Ramblings: Not afraid of unpopular opinions, Lethargic Ramblings posts some personal and thought provoking content on a range of anime issues as well as their thoughts on shows and games.

Arthifis: They are a relative new-comer but they are fast making their presence felt in the aniblogging community and I really hope that they are here to stay.

Marth’s Anime Blog: Marthaurion was one of the earlier bloggers I came across and he continues to post some really interesting episode commentary. I love it when I happen to be watching the shows he is covering because it really adds something to the viewing experience to catch Marth’s take on the episode.

A Nerdy Perspective: Recently hit 100 followers and continues to put out some excellent content following some seasonal stuff and also writing some interesting articles.

The Rules:

1.Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that persons blog.
2.Give the story or history of your blog.
3.Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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Nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award

The Rules:

-Display award
-Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog)
-Share seven things about yourself
-Nominate bloggers of your choice


I’d like to thank ospreyshire for this nomination. Now, if you don’t follow them, please go check out the link and their blog. Actually blogs. Ospreyshire runs multiple blogs to cover different topics and I have no idea how they manage it because that would be an organisational nightmare, so nothing but respect for their ability to seemingly do so without a hitch.

Seven Things:


01. I hate spiders that drop from ceilings. A spider in a web in some tree isn’t going to bother me. Nor is a spider just kind of crawling along doing its thing. But a spider above me that might drop down, will freak me out. And yes, this is because of numerous experiences of spiders doing just that.


02. I have always wanted a dragon that would stay small enough to fit on my shoulder. Seriously would be the cutest thing ever, particularly if it would breath flames at people who annoyed me. My kitten did used to ride on my shoulders when I would try to get ready for work but then she got just a fraction too big so now she sits on the window sill while I prepare. Still, shoulder dragon. Must have item in the future.


03. I love confetti. And bubble wrap. And glitter. This is something that surprises a lot of people about me because they think I’m too serious for these things, but it is impossible to be unhappy when it is raining glittery confetti if you have some bubble wrap to pop.


04. While I can cook (I usually claim a lack of ability), I get bored very easily while preparing food so have many mis-fires due to not paying attention, walking away and forgetting about something, or just because I stop reading the recipe mid-way through the process and just kind of throw stuff in. Sometimes it works out and my ‘concoction stew’ is one of my best dishes now – named by the poor person I inflict it on. It looks like a witch’s brew but it tastes pretty amazing.  At the very least, it will clear out your sinus issues with the amount of ginger and garlic that goes into it.


05. I sometimes come off as cynical or pessimistic because I like to point out the issues with an idea. It isn’t actually the case as I’m genuinely an optimistic person who wants the best to happen. I just know that pointing out the issues early on is the best way to avoid them and that can usually lead to a good outcome. People who misunderstand that about me, like to gloat later about how things worked out. I just kind of shrug and let them gloat knowing that they only avoided x, y or z because I pointed out that they hadn’t put anything in place to deal with it.


06. I never need to be woken up. Mostly that is because I don’t really sleep well in the first place, but I’m a huge morning person. If I set an alarm, no matter how tired I am, I will always wake up about twenty minutes before it goes off.


07. I always feel like I am behind when it comes to what is going on. I know that isn’t true, but I feel like I miss so much and then am always playing catch up. The problem is, by the time I catch up something new has happened and then I feel behind again.

The Nominations:

Sorry, but I’m letting this one end here for now. I’m pretty sure most people I thought of have already had a nomination for this one.

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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Real Neat Blog Award Nomination

Rules for the Award:

  • Display the award logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-10 bloggers.
  • Ask them 7 question

Thanks for the nomination, Rossiroad from My Brain Is Completely Empty. I only started following you recently but I’ve dropped by your blog fairly regularly and have always found it interesting. Most recently your month of Evangelion posts really grabbed my interest and definitely made me want to watch Evangelion again, and eventually get serious about actually writing a review of it which is something I have so far avoided doing.

The Questions

01. What is your creative process for writing your blog posts?

Do I have a process? Does closing my eyes and typing really fast count as a process? That’s more or less how I start writing anything because if I think I’ll talk myself out of committing anything into words and basically paralyse myself. So I write. I just type. And then I read the incredible mess of word vomit that has been produced and I figure out what the key points are that I’ve clearly wanted to express, and then I write it again with those in mind. Usually that works. Sometimes I need to walk away and consider how to link ideas, but mostly my posts are pretty short so I don’t really need much of a plan, though they do need a fairly heavy edit before they are comprehensible to people who aren’t me.

Features I will admit usually have a dot point layout before I start but I still begin simply by writing whatever I think of under each point and slowly something takes shape and then I take a breath and write the article I actually think I want. Usually it will get rewritten multiple times before I’m happy enough to schedule it. Even then, I sometimes go back and scrap a post and start again.

02. Who are your main influences as a writer?

Honestly, no one. I’ve read such a huge range at this point and I’ve probably picked up a little bit from all over the place. While I love fantasy fiction and find authors who use sarcasm and irony fairly liberally kind of entertaining, I don’t think I would ever try to use their style because it isn’t me (Pratchett etc). Even in primary school I would start at one end of the library shelf and work my way through the books so I doubt any one style or writer has had all that much sway.

In terms of what I aim for on my blog, I try to keep it conversational as I really am looking for a response from the readers and to talk about anime.

03. If you had an infinite amount of time and money to do one massive blog post series what would you write? Something that you couldn’t possibly hope to do now but could with the time and money.

I’d probably like to delve more into how Japanese culture is reflected, reinforced, challenged and addressed in anime. This would take a lot of research and time to really give even a semi-decent attempt to do in any way that wasn’t just superficial identification of things that happen in Japan, but I’d really enjoy the process of learning more and discovering new things about the anime I really enjoy and the culture that produces it. But yeah, infinite time and money and maybe a squad of research monkeys (real monkeys as they are adorable).

04. What do you think of anime OP’s? Do you listen to them in your spare time? Do you skip them? I want to know your attitude and thoughts on OP’s!

There are some OP’s I love and I have actually got quite a lot of OP’s and a more than a few anime soundtracks that I’ve bought. Sailor Moon in particular features heavily in my phone play list with both the English and Japanese soundtracks being included. That said, there are plenty of OP’s I actively skip when watching anime. I may watch them episode 1, given them a second go episode 2 and then never listen to them again.

05. Why should a person follow your anime blog? I’m interested to see you try and sell yourself!

There’s a reason I’m not actually in sales, despite currently trying to sell an ebook. I think what I’ve tried for with my blog is regular content and covering a range of genres, looking at seasonal and older anime, so hopefully most anime fans can find something on my blog that appeals to them and that they’d like to discuss. I know some of my followers only really check in on the features and top 5 lists whereas others check the seasonal episode reviews and others still prefer the full season reviews.

06. What’s your favourite fake vehicle? Mine is the Nissan Golf!

I don’t think I have one of these.

07. Why did you get into anime blogging or reading anime blogs? If you never got into anime why did you decide to follow someone who only talks about anime? I really want to know!

I want to talk to people about anime, though the longer answer can be found here as I was recently asked this question as part of my ‘inquiring minds’ series of posts.

The Nominations

  1. WeekendOtaku
  2. Rose
  3. Aldael
  4. Lethargic Ramblings
  5. Mistress of Yaoi

The 7 Questions

  1. If you had to sum up your life in a hashtag, what would it be?
  2. I’m stealing this question because I liked it: What is your creative process for writing a blog post?
  3. Share your favourite screen cap from an anime (or favourite image from a manga). Or, if you can’t pick a favourite, what is one that you’ve really liked recently?
  4. If you could take any two characters from different anime and put them together in a story (not necessarily romantically), who would you choose and why?
  5. How do people react when you tell them you write a blog about anime?
  6. What is your favourite collectable from anime? (Or if you don’t have any, what would you love to have?)
  7. When travelling, what are three things you absolutely have to take with you where-ever you go?

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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Nominated For A Liebster Award

Thanks to MangaKast for the nomination. I’m usually pretty bad at responding to these but with a few anime drops last week I had a space in my schedule and it has been awhile since I’ve properly followed through with an award. The rules and my nominees are at the end of the post.

01. If you could be any animal, what would you be?

If we’re talking real animals it would have to be a cat. They are so graceful and yet so strong (for their size). Also, even when the klutz up they usually manage not to hurt themselves.

02. Do you have a favourite font?

Century Gothic. There’s just something very clean and appealing about it.

03. When you were small, what did you want to be when you grew up?  What’s your dream job now? Has it changed?

I kind of always wanted to be what I became and while I am looking for a change in my lifestyle (because too much work can really tire you out after awhile), I do love my job. I just wish it didn’t consume the lion’s share of my existence.

04. Do you have a pet?

At the moment I have a cat and some chickens (though I don’t give my chickens names anymore because getting attached to them is a bad idea). The cat has a name but generally responds to cat.

05. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and how long would you like to stay?

I’d love to go back to Japan. I want to go to most countries in Europe. Eventually I’d like to get to Peru and Canada. I wouldn’t mind New Zealand again. Visiting China would be awesome. Vietnam… Well, more or less anywhere I guess. I’ve learned from travel that three to four weeks in a country is enough. By the end of three weeks the novelty of living out of a suitcase is wearing thin and I really start wanting my own bed.

06. If you could live in any fantasy setting (book, movie, anime, manga, comic book, game, etc.,) where would you chose?

Preferably one that wouldn’t kill me. On that note though, I wouldn’t mind Aincrad from SAO provided they removed the whole if you die in the game you die in real life aspect.

07.What’s the last thing you read? Did you enjoy it?

I’m drafting this post pretty much after finishing reading the first volume of The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth which I’m reviewing in March. And given my first impulse on finishing the book was to hit the book depository and add the next three books to my wishlist to wait for a sale, I’m guessing I enjoyed it.

08. What is to the right of you right now?

A really ugly fan/heater that isn’t on because the using a fan in 40 degree heat just blows hot air at you so the air conditioner is running and giving me a wondrous power bill for the month.

09. What’s to the left of you right now?

A filing cabinet that is also pretty ugly, but made better by the many magnets, including Sailor Moon, Johnny Depp, and the Dark Crystal, and they are all pinning down photos and post cards from various people and places.

10. Do you have a favourite colour? If so, what is it? Has that changed since you were little?

I’m into dark colours. Dark reds, purples, navy and that sort of thing. I’m not overly picky about exactly which colour but I don’t like pastels or neon colours.

11. How annoying do you find lists of questions you’re required to answer on a scale of 1 (being “I love them, are you kidding!”) to 10 (being “with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns!!!!”)?

I would say maybe a 4. I enjoy answering these because when I read other people’s responses it gives me a chance to see more about them than you might just from reading their normal posts.

My nominees (tagged on twitter) – and probably tagged before but I’m curious as to their answers, but no pressure if you don’t want to play:

  • Raistlin
  • Amari Sali
  • Arthifis
  • John Samuel
  • Arria Cross
  • Irina
  • Remy Fool

The Questions:

1. What is the best place you have travelled to in the last five years and why?

2. What has been your favourite meal in the last month?

3. Do you cook or do you eat out or does someone cook for you?

4. What character would you name a pet after?

5. If you could summon any fictional character into existence (with some hope that they would be loyal to you and that you could somewhat control them and they won’t kill you), who would you summon?

6. What is the best movie you have seen in the last 12 months?

7. Is there a blog post topic you’ve always wanted to cover but haven’t because you were worried about the reader reaction?

8. Assuming blonde, brown, black, and gray are all off the table, what colour would you dye your hair if forced to change your look?

9. What is your favourite Keanu Reeves movie (yeah, weird question, just go with it)?

10. If you had the option of being on the first colonising space ship sent to another planet (assuming we knew human life could survive on said planet), would you go?

11. Who were the last 5 people who commented on one of your posts?

Nominees, your rules are below!



  1. Display Award (Official site here)
  2. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.
  4. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers.


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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Nominated for the Liebster Award

Perlem from Purposefully Lackluster and Thero from A Reluctant Hero nominated me for the Liebster award (as did many other people who I would love to link to but do not remember which ones). No, I am not playing favourites in responding properly to this nomination, but I’m not really watching much at the moment so figured I may as well take a stab at completing one of these properly for the first time in awhile. So, a big thank you to everyone else who has nominated me for a blog award and has put up with me just responding in the comments and not actually passing the award on.


  1. Display Award
  2. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.
  4. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers.

Perlem’s Questions: 

1. Have you ever encountered anything in real life that could be straight out of a fantasy.

Does my cooking count? My basic meal usually gets described as a ‘concoction’ though everyone who eats it tells me it tastes fantastic if they can just get over how bad it looks.

2. What is your favourite colour and why? (I really want to know why blue and purple are so popular, for me nothing beats the beauty of orange)

Red and purple. Why? Because I do.

3. Do you have any posters? If so what are they of?

I have, somewhere, a massive poster collection from my teen years that mostly consists of Buffy and Stargate characters and scenes. I’m positive I still have that box somewhere in storage. As to current posters, I have a whole bunch from Bleach, Soul Eater, one Attack on Titan poster (won as a prize), and then I have a stack of mini-wall hangings from a whole range of shows including Snow White with the Red Hair.

4. What made you start blogging, any particular goals or motivations?

Really the blog was to get me writing and to find someone to discuss anime with. I think it accomplished both of those goals.

5. What is something that can make you fall in love with an anime immediately?

I don’t think there is any one thing. I think it is a combination of genre, music, presentation, and characters and if the anime gets all these things right in one scene sometime during the first episode, I’ll probably be hooked. But yeah, I couldn’t just say it an anime does this I will like it. I’ll certainly try any anime (or movie or TV show) that has a dragon in it. Problem is, most of these end up being pretty terrible.

6. Is Avatar the Last Airbender an anime? (this one’s just childish I know)

Given anime translates as animation, then yes. Is it something I am particularly interested in, not really.

7. Something you hate about the internet?

Nothing. The only thing I actually hate about the internet is that not everyone has free and decent access to it. That and my internet connection is pretty terrible and inconsistent because of where I live.

8. Any hidden talents?

None really hidden. I read incredibly fast and type really quickly too. I’ve previously mentioned that I’m fairly good at being invisible but that isn’t so much a talent as just a reality.

9. Any words you catch yourself overusing in your writing?


10. Last movie you saw at the cinema?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

11. Favourite voice actor?

Daisuke Ono

Thero’s Questions:

01. What is your favourite anime/book/TV show/film/video game?

I seriously hate getting asked favourites. For anime I have some favourites that I went through when I did the 30 Day Anime Challenge but even then that didn’t cover all the anime I love. Actually, the easiest one to answer here would be TV show because that would definitely be anything by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly, Angel, or Doll House).

02. In your favourite anime/book/TV show/film/video game, would you be a hero or a villain and why?

I would be a background character with no name. I think both a hero and a villain need to be just a little bit more willing to involve themselves directly in things than me.

03. If you could visit any fictional world, which one would it be and why?

I don’t know which world I would want to visit but I would want to visit a world where people could use magic. Like studying a foreign language or learning history, I think studying magic could be really fun even though I would probably be dreadful at practical application. Yes, I am strange.

04. If you could have any fictional vehicle or mount to get around in/on, what would it be?

This is easy. None. I don’t like vehicles or really anything that moves. They are a necessity but I don’t like them. Preferred mode of transportation would be walking.

05. If you could time travel, what time period would you visit and why?

Definitely the future because I just have to know if people ever learn from the past and stop repeating the same stupid things over and over.

06. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

I’ve been thinking about this since I answered this question in one of these previously, and I’ve decided I’d like mental coercion. Not because I want to do anything in particular with it, but just to avoid tedious circular arguments with people. And again, I don’t plan to use it to convince the person that I am right, simply to agree to disagree and to go away.

07. What book/film/video game/TV series/anime are you hyped about being released this year?

New Sword Art Online and My Hero Academia kind of have me excited but I really do try to avoid getting too excited about things until they actually are released and are actually good.

08. What was you favourite book/film/video game/TV series/anime of 2017?

That answer will come out on the 12th of January for anime and I didn’t see very many films. Games I didn’t play anything new spending the early part of the year still on No Man’s Sky and then the later half of the year doing replays of Final Fantasy X and Baldur’s Gate 2.

09. If you could time travel back to last year, what advice would you give yourself for that year?

I would probably just let myself know that I will still have a job next year and leave it at that.

10. What was your favourite blog post to write in 2017?

I think my favourite post to write was probably the feature I wrote when I looked at the Death Note and Ghost in the Shell movies and why fans needed to stop judging them based on the source material and just look at them for what they were (not arguing that either film was actually particularly good but that they weren’t as bad as some people made them out to be either). This generated some interesting discussions and I think I just needed to write it because I was sick of seeing that Death Note was the worst movie ever. Sure, it was pretty bad but there are plenty of worse films out there. I finished Death Note (twice) and some films get turned off in ten minutes because they are unwatchably bad.

11. What is your blogging goal for 2018?

2018 and my goal remains to continue growing my blog and to have fun engaging in discussions with other about anime. Though, I do want to continue dipping my toes into reviewing light novels as that was kind of fun for a change of pace at the end of 2017.

My Questions (New Year Theme):

01. One thing you loved about 2017.

02. One thing you hated about 2017.

03. One thing you learned during 2017 that you think you will use in 2018.

04. What did you do for New Year’s Eve?

05. If you could change something that happened in 2017 (only one thing) what would it be?

06. What is one goal you have set for 2018?

07. What are the odds of you actually meeting your goal?

08. What anime are you most looking forward to in 2018?

09. What are you most excited about for your blog in 2018?

10. Are you going to any conventions in 2018?

11. What advice would you like to give other bloggers for 2018?

The Nominations – please feel free to ignore as I am sure you’ve all been nominated before: 

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Unique Blogger Award

Okay, it has literally been forever since I”ve responded to one of these due to my already hectic blogging schedule so I do want to thank everyone who has nominated me and apologise for not really getting around to responding. That said, this nomination came from Thero159 on A Reluctant Hero, so a big thank-you for the thought.

The award rules, which are as follows:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

Thero’s Questions:

01.  Why did you decide to start blogging?


I’m pretty sure I’ve answered this one before but basically to have someone to talk to about anime. My main purpose is finding and participating in a community of people who just enjoy stories and like to discuss them. So far that’s been going pretty well and I really have enjoyed meeting new people through blogging.

02. If you could talk to yourself from the past, what advice would you give?


I would hope I would be smart enough not to try to second guess my actions and that I’d leave my past self alone. Maybe some things didn’t work out brilliantly, but I have no way of knowing if altering my actions would make things better or worse so might as well leave it all alone. Though if I had to give advice and I was talking to a young enough me, I might point out that while blue seems like a cool hair colour, as it washes out it kind of goes milky green and isn’t exactly flattering on anybody.

03. If you could visit any fictional world/place, where would it be and why?


It would have to be The Library, from Doctor Who. Seriously, every book ever written. Sign me up. If it also contains a DVD library I might never ever leave. And yeah, I know it didn’t work out so well in Doctor Who but I’d try to visit the library before all the death and disaster. It hardly happened on the opening day.

Now I am going to be a little bit of a killjoy here and not pass on the nomination. Mostly because I’m not sure who has already been nominated at this point. However, another big thanks to Thero159 for the nomination.

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The Worst of Winter 2017

Later today my Best of Winter post will come out and I’ll celebrate all those wonderful moments that got people talking (or at least entertained me during the past three months). But that is not his post. This post shares the worst and the lowest moments of the season as well as the reader’s choice for worst anime of Winter 2017.

My Least Favourite Show

Chosen only from shows that I watched from beginning to end during the Winter 2017 season (or completed in 2017 if they carried over from the previous season), this is the show that I cringed at the thoughts of watching but still managed to string me along with the faintest of hopes that eventually it would reveal something of note.

Yep, Hand Shakers.


And no, it never did produce anything of note other than just how awful it was. Then again, anyone who has been following my blog is not even remotely surprised by this.

It should probably be noted that I literally hated everything about this show, however, in order not to let Hand Shakers get a big head by letting it take out every worst of category, I’ve pretty much excluded it from this point forward.

My Least Favourite Character

So, this had to be someone I bothered to remember but I actively disliked them as a character (so not just because they were a villain). And once again, I had to have finished watching the show so all the characters from Fuuka were removed from potential nomination because otherwise my decision would have been easily made.

I’m kind of going to have to go with Chuta from elDLIVE.


I really wanted to see him grow as a character and I did enjoy the few kind of moments of growth he got, but he pretty much instantly regressed right after and given they are playing his insecurities for laughs it really doesn’t have quite the same appeal as some other emotionally damaged characters this season.

My Least Favourite Story

Again, I had to have finished the story to make this decision so Iron Blooded Orphans Season 2 and Zestiria are momentarily given a reprieve as neither of them have actually finished, though both would have been contenders given their season 2 plots have mostly just gone through the motions and added little of significance. And on that theme we have the winning anime:

Blue Exorcist Season 2


All build up and hints at later plot threads but the plot delivered in this season is strictly side-story material and the final villain is all but inconsequential (and treated as such). Basically, if you have been reading the source material, you might get a lot out of this in terms of the set up for later events, but if you view this just as an anime season and ask it to stand on its own two feet in terms of plot, its going to fail miserably.

My Least Favourite Opening Theme and Visuals

Okay, these categories are only combined because the answer was one and the same. Not a lot to explain about the category other than this is an opening theme I couldn’t stomach listening to and visuals that were just hideous to look at (and I already excluded Hand Shakers from nomination).

I give this dubious honour to Spiritpact.


As much as I ended up enjoying the show by the mid-season point, the opening was terrible as were the visuals. While the visuals improved in the second half, there were still some really questionable choices and to be honest the whole show would benefit from a total remake as the story is actually kind of good once you get into it.

Reader’s Choice – Worst Anime of 2017

Here it is:

Hand Shakers, you did it again.

Admittedly, there was a pretty short time frame on this poll and Fuuka was definitely rallying there at the end so maybe if I’d left the poll open a bit longer we’d have a slightly different result.

Now, I’ve had my say on the worst of Winter 2017. What do you think? Who would you have nominated for worst character? Which show had the worst opening, visuals, or storyline? Share your opinion in the comments below and be sure to check out the best of post later today.

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Nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award

Yes, I know I leave too long between being nominated and responding to these things.

I want to thank all of the following for nominating me:

I may have missed someone so apologies. I really am thankful for the nomination and I am happy that my blog is being read and enjoyed.

The Rules

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

Give a brief story of how your blog started

Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers

Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to (Sorry, but I’m passing on this for the time being)

How I Started

Pretty sure I covered this in a previous post but essentially I was looking to talk to people about anime and wasn’t really finding the discussion boards or groups on Crunchyroll particularly inviting. A friend of mine suggested I write a blog because they knew I hadn’t been writing much recently and they thought it would get me typing again. Two birds, one stone, and 100 Word Anime was born. The word limit was imposed to encourage me to write. I knew I could write 100 words on any anime episode so there would no excuse not to write. Now of course the problem is keeping episode posts short because I usually go way over. Mostly though the blog wouldn’t still be here now if it wasn’t for the people I met through blogging. I love reading the posts of others, people following the same shows, people following different shows, and I love reading all the different opinions and talking with people about anime. That’s pretty much why this blog still exists.

Two Pieces of Advice

Don’t listen to me for advice?

Um, everybody already stole the advice about interact and be part of the community. This is hard.

Okay. Number 1 – Express an opinion. The posts I most enjoy reading on other blogs are ones that express and support a point of view. It’s all well and good to recap the events but how did you feel about it or what are you thinking? That’s what makes the post interesting and uniquely yours.

Number 2 – Have fun. For me, blogging is not my job it is something I do to wind down from my job and to further my hobby of watching anime. Therefore if I’m not having fun I have to wonder why I would still be doing it. I love that my first thought after watching an episode or a series is instantly how am I going to write about this. I love that my next thought is I wonder what everyone else thought. I think having fun with your blog and with your hobby is really important.

Right, so I passed on passing the award on, not to be a pain but just because I’ve done a few of these recently and while I can think of 15 bloggers I’d love to recognise they’ve either been recognised or I gave them a different award recently. Thanks again to everyone who nominated me and I hope you all keep reading my blog.

Unique Blogger Award Nomination

I’d like to thank Weeabootaku for nominating me for this award (a fair while ago now but I’m only just getting around to it, sorry).

The Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the questions
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award
  • Ask them three questions

The Questions

01. What anime character do you most relate to and why?

This changes on any given day but mostly I would answer Ririchiyo from Inu x Boku. Socially awkward individual who overthinks everything and becomes paralysed in social situations kind of sums up my teen years perfectly. Fortunately, I grew out of the worst of these tendencies though I definitely still understand exactly where this character is coming from.


02. What fictional setting/universe would you most like to live in?

No Game No Life’s world (Disboard) would be pretty cool. I like games and the rules are really clear and there’s a definite purpose for being there. That said, the possibility of losing makes it not quite so appealing. Same with Aincrad in SAO (losing there would kind of suck). So, taking that on board, I’m going to have to go with Clarines (Zen’s Kingdom from Snow White with the Red Hair). Not the most exciting choice granted but it would be like living in a Disney movie with a perfect sunset every day.


03. If you could swap lives with one person, real or fictional, who would it be and why?

I’m not really big on the whole life swapping thing but I would probably have to pick Leeloo from The Fifth Element. She’s nearly unkillable (given the situations she manages to survive) and can memorize the entire history of the world in about 24 hours.


And because it took me so long to post this I was also nominated by D Talks Anime. Thanks for the nomination. D’s questions:

01. If there’s a zombie apocalypse, would you rather become a zombie during the first wave of infections or survive (to possibly be eaten by zombies)?

I don’t really think I’d get a choice on this one. I’d probably hide out in my house and hope that living in the middle of nowhere worked in my favour but in honesty my only survival strategy for zombies is to trip someone else and run for it. So no, I wouldn’t really like to become a zombie early on but depending on the nature of the outbreak who knows what would happen. I assume we are talking viral zombie apocalypse and not mass mind control.

02.Five anime you plan to watch?

Hunter X Hunter because it has been on my list forever. Fairy Tail because I don’t even remember how many episodes I was into it before I lost track and moved on but I loved it (I think I was at around episode 60). Drifters because everyone keeps telling me it is amazing. The second season of xxxHolic because until recently I didn’t know that was a thing. Lastly I’m putting a rewatch of Bleach here because I’m currently very slowly working my way through it with a friend (they only do like two episodes at a time and its usually a couple of weeks inbetween sessions – we’ll be watching it for the rest of our lives at this pace).

03. Your least favourite and favourite time of the day?

I’m a morning person (as in once I wake up, I’m awake), which kind of explains my hitting the internet at 4 and 5 most mornings. Essentially from when I wake up until my alarm actually goes off is my time to watch anime, read blog posts, write posts, and whatever else because I refuse to do work before my morning alarm so that’s my favourite part of the day.

My least favourite time of day is between 2 and 3 in the afternoon. Mostly because I wish I could take a nap then and my brain feels all sluggish. I get a second wind soon after but that hour would be the perfect time to take me out if I were in some sort of action film because it is definitely when my senses are at their weakest.

My Nominees (Sorry if you’ve been nominated before or you don’t like these, feel free to ignore.)

My Questions

01. The modern world ended but you have a working TV and DVD player. What three DVD’s did you save and why? (Don’t question why you have a working TV, you just do.)

02. Name a story you would like to see adapted into an anime that hasn’t currently been done? (Novel, movie, play, legend, whatever)

03. Favourite opening line of any story ever and why?