Real Neat Blog Award – Nominated by Voyager

Real Neat Blog Award

I’d like to thank Voyager from Galvanic for this nomination. Last week I responded to another one of these and hopefully I don’t end up nominating the same people twice. A huge thank you for the award and now I’ll get on with it.

The Rules:

  1. Display the Award Logo.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  5. Ask them seven questions.

The Questions:

Thanks Voyager for some interesting questions. Hopefully the answers make sense.

01. Do you have any writing habits on your blog that bug you and you try to stop doing?

Since blogging I’ve found I start a lot of paragraphs and sentences with unnecessary conjunctions (‘and’, ‘so’, and occasionally things like ‘okay’). I’d really like to edit all of these out though I suspect that is going to take quite some doing. I realise it is because I’m writing more conversationally in my blog than I do elsewhere, but I hate it when I read it back and I notice how often I’ve done it.

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02. Is there any particular type of character arc that really appeals to you? (i.e Redemption Arc? Revenge Arc? Romance Arc? Be The Very Best, Like No One Ever Was? etc.)

I don’t know that there is any particular character arc that appeals. I know tournament arcs in plots usually bore me, but in terms of appeal almost any character arc can be brilliant if well executed. Still, I will admit a well written Revenge Arc will usually hook me right in (too bad so many are poorly written).

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03. What’s a character that you like despite normally being a type of character you really don’t care for?

I really like All Might as a character, which kind of makes no sense to me because he’s this brash, intrusive character who is always smiling and just assumes that by declaring things are okay they will be. Admittedly, he won me over when I saw the genuine effort he put into things, when I realised the smiles were entirely for the benefit of others, and because he knows when he needs to be serious.

My Hero Academia Season 3 All Might

04. What’s a story you revisit often, just to relax?

Obvious answer: Natsume Yuujinchou. Also, Kimi ni Todoke and Snow White with the Red Hair. Pretty much guarantee at the end of a long week I’ll be curled up on the couch with one of these.

05. What’s a series you think had potential but could’ve used a little more time in the oven?

So many choices. This year I’d have to pick Caligula. There were some genuinely interesting ideas in that anime and I’d really love to see the concept, with that art style and music, done again but with significantly more work put into the plot and characters. They could really have had something phenomenal if they’d actually thought about what to do with their set up.

06. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do with your blog that you couldn’t/can’t, for whatever reason?

While I love writing and will keep my blog text based, I would genuinely love the time to produce other content. The problem is at the moment I get half-way through editing a video project and then life takes off on me again and by the time I get back to said project I pretty much need to start over because I’ve lost  any sense of what I was trying to accomplish. Realistically I just want to make my blog my full time job and I’d love to be able to put time and energy into writing better posts, doing some audio based posts each week, and periodically putting out video content. Of course, I think that’s what a lot of bloggers would like and I’m just not in a place where I can do that at the moment. Still, long term goals.

07. How’s your year been, so far? Good, I hope ^_^

2018 is going to go down as the year I absolutely had a blast online with my blog and on social media, and the year where I more or less dreaded everything else. Between poor health and excessive working hours, realistically it has just been a bad year. Admittedly, my health has been better the last few months so even though I’m still being monitored at intervals, I think things are in the clear (fingers crossed and all that).

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The Nominations:

As always, there is no obligation. Thanks for being awesome.

My Questions – Same as last week’s:

  1. We’ve just made this an official award’s ceremony. What are you going to wear?
  2. What vehicle will you rock up in?
  3. And who is accompanying you?
  4. Who would you like to present you with your award?
  5. When you accept your award, who do you thank in your speech?
  6. After you have received your award you decide you want to give a message to the audience, what is it?
  7. Finally, after the ceremony is over where do you go for your after party?

And that is it for the post. Hopefully you enjoyed reading my responses and I will get on to the other post for next week sooner rather than later. Thanks again, Voyager for the nomination.

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The Real Neat Blog Award – Nominated by Lynn Sheridan

Real Neat Blog Award

I’d like to thank Lynn Sheridan for his kind nomination. Now, I do have another one of these award nominations to respond to but I will tackle that in a separate post, probably next week. For now, I’m going to get on with this response and hopefully you will all have some fun reading my answers.

The Rules:

  1. Display the Award Logo.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  5. Ask them seven questions.

The Questions:

Here’s the setup. You’ve just received a letter in the post. I know, how old fashioned. Anyhow, the letter tells you that you’ve won a massive prize. It is a rent-free house/apartment of your choice for life, but before claiming your prize you must make some choices. Remember these decisions are for life too. There are no take backs.

01. You will need three anime roommates. Who are they?

Okay, I’m definitely going to want someone who is quiet but independent and functional. Preferably someone who will cook for themselves and generally not be in the way. Choice number one is Shizuku Mizutani from My Little Monster.

Shizuku Mizutani

Second choice is going to need to be the people person. You know, the one who answers the door and deals with telemarketers in a way that doesn’t lead to the phone being strapped to the speakers and blasting the person on the other end. For the Mr Everybody I’m definitely choosing Kazehaya Shouta from Kimi ni Todoke.

Kimi ni Todoke - Kazehaya and Sawako

Lastly, I’m going to want someone in the house who will inspire me and push me to want to do more than I am. Okay, there’s probably plenty of other reasons for this choice, but I’m so taking Victor Nikiforov as roomate number 3.

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02. You can have one anime pet. What is it?

Easy question. Nyanko-Sensei from Natsume Yuujinchou. Who wouldn’t choose him?

Nyanko Sensei

03. You can have an anime vehicle to get around with. Which one?

You know, I think I’m just going to stick with walking and public transport (I’m assuming I am in Japan and public transport is an option.

04. You will receive an anime robot to help around the house. Who is it?

I’m going to pick Chamber from Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (that would also take care of a lot of the transport issues as well).

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05. You will receive a new wardrobe. Which anime character will you dress like?

If I had to pick an anime character to dress like for forever, I’d have to go with Madame Red from Black Butler. Not practical, but that woman had some style.

Black Butler

06. For protection, you can select any anime weapon or ability. Which one?

Totally picking Kuroko Shirai’s teleportation from Index/Railgun.

07. And lastly. You can have your house/apartment in any anime world. Which one?

And yeah, I’m going with Aincrad (after the game was cleared and it isn’t trying to permanently kill its visitors). I’d love a house right next to the lake where Kirito and Asuna set up house. Beautiful.

The Nominations:

As always, there is no obligation. Thanks for being awesome.

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My Questions:

  1. We’ve just made this an official award’s ceremony. What are you going to wear?
  2. What vehicle will you rock up in?
  3. And who is accompanying you?
  4. Who would you like to present you with your award?
  5. When you accept your award, who do you thank in your speech?
  6. After you have received your award you decide you want to give a message to the audience, what is it?
  7. Finally, after the ceremony is over where do you go for your after party?

And that is it for the post. Hopefully you enjoyed reading my responses and I will get on to the other post for next week sooner rather than later. Thanks again, Lynn for the nomination.

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Nominated for the Unique Blogger Award

Apparently, I’m unique. A huge thank you to Eumiiboo for the nomination. Now if you haven’t checked out their blog you really should because while I think they are covering one or two seasonal shows, they write some really great posts on manga and just some great discussion pieces. Great blog to follow if you are not.

I’m definitely learning that if I just don’t close the post that I’m nominated in, I’m actually far more likely to remember to post my reply because I’ve got a tab open in the back of everything else I’m doing reminding me to actually do it. Hopefully this system will mean I won’t neglect so many in the future (though, I get that it is far from perfect).

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Rules:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. (Try and include a little bit of promotion!)
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family

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Questions:

01. If you were to describe your life based on an anime character, who would it be, and of course why?

Probably some sort of cross between Ririchiyo from Inu x Boku with a little bit of Rei from March Comes in Like a Lion and Yuri from Yuri on Ice (yeah, I have some issues I need to sort out with self-confidence). Really though I am drawn to all three characters because I find their struggle reasonably relatable, in a much more low-key manner) and I really respect the work ethic of all of the characters. watching Ririchiyo take an entire night not to finish drafting a letter because she kept restarting was something I could definitely understand.

02. Now let’s try to get personal, what was one of the anime’s you’ve watch that left an impact on your life, or perhaps change your view in a certain point in your life.

I’d have to go with Sailor Moon. It was among the first anime I saw and I watched it when I was younger. But it was more that I finally found a group of female heroines who genuinely fought real danger and not some watered down version of villains, and they actually killed their opponents rather than making friends and playing nice with them (at least some of the time). I think Sailor Moon was my gateway to then falling in love with characters like Buffy, Xena, the cast of Charmed and so on. At the time it was just such a novelty to have that sort of female character in a story, particularly one that, in Australia at least, was being marketed to kids.

03. Imagine, you have been chosen to create a crossover between three anime series, which would it be and why?

Okay, so Syaoran and Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicles happen to travel into the world of Aincrad from SAO during their journey looking for Sakura’s memories. They meet Kirito who can’t ignore the damsel in distress aspect and so he joins them dragging Asuna along for the ride. After they defeat a floor boss and retrieve the feather they jump worlds again, this time ending up in the Black Butler universe where Ciel is holding a bunch of Sakura’s feathers and isn’t planning on handing them over any time soon. Sorry, who doesn’t want to see a fight between Ciel and Sebastian with Kirito and Syaoran? That would be straight up awesome.

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Questions:

01. What story made you incredibly angry and why?

02. If you could rewrite the ending to anyone story which would it be and what would you change?

03. Easy one – favourite opening theme song ever?


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Brotherhood of the World Award Part 3

I must be getting better at this as I definitely got this nomination turned around faster than most (or it could be that Steins;Gate didn’t air and I had some free time I wasn’t anticipating). Whichever way, I would like to thank Average Joe for the nomination.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate around 10 bloggers (3 is around 10).
  • Create your own set of questions for your nominees and display the rules.

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Questions:

01. Which western produced cartoon do you think would work best in an anime format and why?

Does Archer count? I’m going to be honest, I don’t watch a lot of western produced cartoons nor do I really think things that aren’t anime need to be presented in anime format. Still, I think Archer could be kind of fun as an anime.

02. Which novel series do you want adapted into a movie or show?

I’d really love to see Tracy Hardings ‘The Ancient Future’ trilogy turned into at least a tele-movie at some point. It would be visually fantastic to see the story play out, though they would probably need to do some deep cutting of the plot to actually get it down to something manageable within a movie. That, and some of the stuff in the third book probably wouldn’t go over so well with a wider audience so might need to be hollywoodified to actually make it successful. Still, just the thought of seeing the characters brought to life would be pretty cool. If not this series, then I would have to say more or less any of David Eddings book series would make for a cool movie or TV show.

03. What candy is your favourite and why?

Do I just say chocolate? Actually, I’m pretty hooked on minties as well as m&m’s so maybe just anything with sugar counts.

04. What fictional universe would you most want to live in and why? P.S You would be integral to that universe.

Let’s go with Sword Art Online, because the plot armour is strong with that one for the main characters and that sounds good to me if I’m integral. Unless I’m the person who dies first to bring home the tragedy. Oh no.

05. In an essay of no more than 300 words, if there were any anime you wish had been written differently, what would you have written?

Let’s bring back Kado: The Right Answer.

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Only this time, after the issue with the Wam is resolved through japan handing over the ones provided because they can make their own, instead of introducing further devices and the like, let’s actually just deal with the way unlimited power actually changes humanity. Also, let’s spend some episodes dealing with the clear change in Shindo due to the fact that he was the first human Yaha-Kui ZaShunina processed. And then, let’s not make ZaShunina some comically bad villain but let’s actually just have him be genuinely curious about humans will respond to these advances and changes.

And let’s erase the time travelling future daughter who deus ex machina’s the heck out of the ending. instead, let’s just see how Japan and the world progress, build a conflict between either nations or some kind of economic upheaval due to the new power source, and use that as the final boss to be overcome.

Seriously, up until the midway point this show was excellent. The next third was passable and the anime still could have pulled off its ending. The final third was a train wreck that should be destroyed.

06. Who’s your waifu or husbando and why?

I think I’m going to pass on this one. Though if you just want a crush, Sebastian always works for me.

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Nominations (feel free to pass):

Questions (same as for part one + 2):

  1. What would you most like to change about yourself or your life?
  2. If you could travel in time to the past but once you were there you had to stay, would you go and what time would you go to?
  3. What technology are you most excited about for the future?

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Brotherhood of the World Award Part 2

I want to thank RossiRoad for nominating me. I don’t think it’s taken me quite as long to respond to this one as to Ya Boy Jack’s, but it has still taken probably a bit too long to get around to this.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate around 10 bloggers (3 is around 10).
  • Create your own set of questions for your nominees and display the rules.

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Questions:

01. Who is your favourite comedian and why?

Well, I’m not much for comedy at all, but if I had to pick one I’d go with Tim Minchin. Mostly because he worked on the Matilda stage play and I just really enjoy some of his music. Still, for the most part I’m not big on comedians.

02. What do you do that you would describe as noteworthy? As well as that what do you do that is so unnoteworthy to be in itself noteworthy?

That’s a fun question to read aloud. About my only noteworthy trait other than a fast reading and typing speed is a very good memory. It is one of those things that mostly just annoys people though when you remember stuff they’d rather you just forgot.

As to something I do that is unnoteworthy… that would be most things. I’m a fairly invisible human and I’m actually okay with that.

03. What is something that you want to get into but just haven’t been able to?

I don’t think there is anything in particular. I tend to do or have done most things I’ve wanted to. The biggest issue is of course having more time to do the things I love. Though I would like to be much better at learning languages because I always thought it would be fantastic to be able to read and listen to things in their native language and understand rather than relying on translations.

04. If you could learn/obtain one skill instantly what would that skill be?

Is this allowed to be fantasy because I’d love to throw teleportation in to the mix, or telepathy. Um, if it had to be a real skill, maybe I could go with learning how to actually style hair at some point. I’m pretty hopeless at that.

05. You have two machines. One can take you into the depths of space and you can travel across the universe. The other is a time machine which can take you to whatever point in time in the past or future. Which do you choose and why?

I have zero interest in space travel. This world is full of more than enough to keep me happy so realistically I would choose the time machine. And if I had to choose I’d go into the future because I can always experience the past through stories, and i’m very curious to know how humans go.

06. What do you do job/school wise?

This one I’m going to pass on. I work full time and do a lot of overtime (like way too much). I spend too much of that time at a desk and in meetings. And that’s about the extent of talking about my job that I want on my blog.

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Nominations (feel free to pass):

Questions (same as for part one):

  1. What would you most like to change about yourself or your life?
  2. If you could travel in time to the past but once you were there you had to stay, would you go and what time would you go to?
  3. What technology are you most excited about for the future?

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Brotherhood of the World Award Part 1

I want to thank Ya Boy Jack for nominating me. I know it has taken forever for me to reply to this one, but I do appreciate it.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate around 10 bloggers (3 is around 10).
  • Create your own set of questions for your nominees and display the rules.

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Questions:

01. Has your blog ever affected you positively in your personal life, aside from the benefit of being able to write?

I think my blog has made me more open and expressive than I was. I really struggle communicating in real life and blogging has helped me to become a bit more open. I still find real world conversations incredible taxing and get quite tense when I have to engage in them with people I don’t know very well, but I think it has gotten a little better since becoming a blogger.

02. What time period in history do you find most interesting?

I’m not super into any historical period (prefer mythology over actual history in the first place) but in terms of what I have studied the most probably the British Industrial Revolution. The transformation from a agrarian society to a more urbanised one and the factory model is interesting in its own way and a lot of the issues we are still dealing with come directly from developments during this period.

03. What is the most interesting place you’ve been?

I think anywhere can be interesting depending on your frame of mind and who you are with. I loved travelling around Japan, but equally I have a lot of fun visiting small towns in Queensland that some people would say don’t have anything in them (and they would be right and wrong at the same time about that). One place I’d love to have longer in would be London because the museums there are amazing and I didn’t get to spend enough time visiting them.

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Nominations (feel free to pass):

Questions:

  1. What would you most like to change about yourself or your life?
  2. If you could travel in time to the past but once you were there you had to stay, would you go and what time would you go to?
  3. What technology are you most excited about for the future?

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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.

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Rules:

  • 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

Questions:

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).

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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.

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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?

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