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: 

Thanks for reading.

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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?

Nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award

I’d like to thank Lethargic Ramblings for the first nomination. Despite their continuous claims to being lazy they have a very active and interesting blog so definitely worth checking out and following if you haven’t already.

A couple of other thank-you’s for nominations.

Thanks to D from D Talks Anime for their nomination. D does some great reviews, however my favourite posts from D are their discussion pieces where they look at the ideas presented in anime. Again this is a great blog to check out so if you haven’t already you definitely should.

Thanks to Cauthan who also nominated me.  Cauthan does some great reviews and episodic thoughts and is one of my must visit blogs so if you haven’t visited this blog, go check it out.

And thanks to Tessa on All About Anime for their nomination. Tessa seems to do a little bit of everything on their blog with news, reviews of anime and some manga, and recently their responses to the 30 day challenge. Definitely a blog to visit.

Another thanks to Prattle for nominating me. Prattle is still pretty new but often gives me something to think about with some of the current shows in their let’s talk posts so if you haven’t stopped by their blog it might be worth a look.

Finally, a thank you to Raistlin0903 for their nomination. Raistlin has been a great supporter of this blog and a regular commentor for a while. Their blog is also great to visit with a range of reviews of anime, movies, boardgames etc. If you haven’t checked them out already, you should head over to their blog.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write then 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

The Questions (I’m kind of combining both Lethargic Ramblings and D’s here):

01. Your opinion on the manga vs anime discussion?

I’m all about anime. I’ve said it before on my blog that I just don’t do manga, though I have read a couple in desperation to find out how a particular story has developed. I just don’t enjoy the medium. The thing is, I am a voracious reader but manga slows my reading pace down and I lose immersion because I’m tracking between images and text and not really taking in either.

Honestly, this one all comes down to personal preference, however I will say that telling someone an anime isn’t rubbish because the manga is good is not a valid argument. The manga could be off the wall amazing and it still won’t improve a poor adaptation.

02. What’s your all time favourite Anime series and why?

I really don’t have an all time favourite. My most common answer to this would be the original D Gray Man series. However, my love of it probably came more from the fact that at the time I had maybe 20 – 30 series under my belt and D Gray Man was incredibly different from anything I was watching. It had the frantic energy and battle sequences of Bleach with the darker and more serious tone (at least the overall plot) of something like Death Note and for me, at the time it was exactly what I was looking for.

That said, most of my love for it now probably comes purely from nostalgia because objectively looking at it, while there are still some really incredible things about the series, it doesn’t do all that much that you can’t find elsewhere (though perhaps not that same combination).

Other favourites include Bleach, Sailor Moon, Death Note, Darker Than Black, Angel Beats, Baccano, and pretty much whatever grabs my fancy at the time.

03. What’s your favourite Anime genre and why?

Again, this one is hard to answer. Looking at my DVD collection, I definitely favour darker anime. Anything leaning toward supernatural, horror, psychological or thriller is usually a winner. But, I have a whole bunch of stupid high school romances, slice of life comedy, sci-fi, straight action, and magical girl series as well so like the last question, I really just watch whatever grabs my fancy at the time.

04. The anime character you hate most?

Excalibur from Soul Eater. Hands down, most irritating character ever. There are characters who are written badly, and characters that are annoying, and there are villains who do horrible things, and none of these characters will ever induce the same amount of aggravation that Excalibur can in his brief appearance in Soul Eater. It does not help that you realise he is supposed to be annoying and the other characters are annoyed by him too. From his ridiculous character design, to his affected way of talking, to his total lack of relevance to the story,  I really hate Excalibur as a character.

05. What’s the most important aspect of an Anime series for you? (Eg – Setting, script, themes etc).

I would say it is a combination of character and story. I don’t mind plot driven anime with fairly shallow characters and I don’t mind slower stories as long as the characters are interesting and have sufficient depth to hold my interest. The other elements can make the experience better or worse but ultimately whether I watch something or drop it will come down to whether I am interested in the story or the characters.

06. A story/song that always makes you cry?

Angel Beats.

Yes, I know it is working very hard throughout most of the second half to stomp on your heart and it isn’t really trying to disguise what it is doing, but it still works. I cannot watch the final episode without being in tears.

07. What’s your main reason for watching Anime?

As it says on my about page, I love stories and anime has yet to bore me as there is always something new and even when you are getting an old story they continually find new ways to present that story and to surprise the audience. That said, I engage with almost any kind of story (book, video game, movie, TV show, anime, etc). As long as it is interesting and well told I’m in.

08. What’s your favourite thing to do outside of Anime and Blogging?

In all that free time that isn’t work or anime or blogging? Um… gaming? No, that’s pretty much the same thing. Reading? If I have to go for something outside of my house, I’d have to say travelling.

09. The last complete anime you watched/manga you read?

Gangsta. I was busy and it is short. Plus I realised I hadn’t written a review on it yet so decided to take some notes so that I could add it to my review list once I’m done with Summer 2016 anime.

10. If you had the choice of eating only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chocolate. Was there ever a doubt?

11. What’s your biggest fear/phobia?

Well, we already established that I have water issues though mostly I would say that I’m not big on risk in general.

Nominations (feel free to ignore if you have already been nominated or you aren’t into these awards):

  1. The Mad Narrator
  2. JAPANime Talks
  3. Weekend Otaku
  4. The Lily Garden
  5. Schizoidmouse Squeaks
  6. In the Cubbyhole
  7. Strictly Ridiculous
  8. KKSparrow
  9. Little Anime Blog
  10. WeeaboOtaku
  11. Bobble Anime

New Questions:

  1. What made you decide to start blogging and how long have you been doing it for?
  2. What is your favourite anime series?
  3. If you could change one thing about your favourite anime series what would it be?
  4. Least favourite genre (anime/tv series/books/anything)?
  5. Fictional character you might have a crush on?
  6. Favourite opening theme for an anime?
  7. Favourite source of anime news?
  8. An anime cliché you wish you never had to see again?
  9.  Most interesting premise for an anime (whether or not the anime was any good)?
  10. Main reason you would stop watching an anime?
  11. Do you collect any anime related merchandise and if yes, what?

Thanks again for the nominations. I had a lot of fun answering these.

Nominated for the Liebster Award

Thanks to Pink-Chan on Pinky’s Palace for nominating me.

What is a Liebster Award?
Well, it’s an award that typically recognizes up and coming bloggers, by helping others discover new blogs and facilitate community building.

How does one get it?
In order to receive a Liebster Award, you must be nominated by a fellow blogger.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.
  • Nominate 11 people and give them 11 different questions to answer.


What is your favourite game genre?

Probably RPG but I also kind of like turn-based strategy games and the occasional shooter.

What is your favourite book genre?

Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Within fantasy I prefer high fantasy and paranormal stories and within sci-fi I have a real thing for survival stories.

What region do you prefer for comics? (Asia, America, Europe?)

None of the above. I’m not much for comics, manga, or any written text that is combined with visuals. I like to read novels or I like to watch TV. Don’t like the inbetween.

Why did you start blogging?

I answered this question when I got the Entertainer Blogger Award but essentially I’m just looking for people to share a love of anime with.

What is the trashiest game you played or book/comic you’ve read?

The trashiest game I played would probably be Vampire the Masquerade. I don’t think it has to be that trashy but I went with a character that seduced most people to get around conflict. It got pretty trashy.

Have you ever tried surströmming and if not, how do you think it tastes?
Have you ever tried mämmi?

No clue.

What is the most disgusting (tasting, looking and/or smelling) national delicacy you know of (where you live?)

I’m just going to go with Vegemite and call it a day. That is not food no matter what people say.

What is the funniest word you have heard? (And if not in English, what does it mean?)

I love defenestration (throwing someone out a window). I love that there is a word for this and I loved when I first read it in a David Eddings series and someone mistook the meaning of the word with fairly amusing results.

Please share one personal thing about you. Why that one in particular?

It’s probably become obvious by now but I am an absolute control freak. I like things to go according to plan.

In the console war, where do you stand?

I’m definitely for Nintendo but in honesty I haven’t really played console games for awhile (I do have a Wii but it is most definitely used more for socialising than for anything resembling serious gaming). Still, I went from the SNES to the N64 and they were my main consoles growing up.


Okay, I know that’s only 5 people but most of the people I thought about nominating were already nominated elsewhere.

While I’m at it, Cat on Another Gaming Day also nominated me for the versatile blogger award. Thanks for that. I’ve been nominated elsewhere since but I forgot to save the links. Sorry but thanks for the nominations.



  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person/people who nominated you
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 10 blogs

7 things about me:

01. I love the colour red.

02. I’m a picky eater.

03. I don’t have a favourite style of music.

04. I can type up to 120 wpm but to ensure reasonable accuracy usually have to slow down to around 90 wpm.

05. While I can write about anime all day apparently thinking of 7 things to share about myself is difficult.

06. I have a preference for darker storylines but feel that they need to have some sort of overall message or theme that they are conveying.

07. Sarcasm is my go to defence when I’m feeling uncomfortable.

Nominations (and yes I am short again):

Thanks again for both of these nominations. I tried to remove people from the list who I knew had been nominated but I may have still doubled up on some. Sorry.