Brotherhood of the World Award Part 3

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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

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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?

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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Brotherhood of the World Award Part 1

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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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Tuesday’s Top 5: Anime Characters with a Tragic Backstory

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Are there any anime protagonists who have a happy backstory? Because that might be something a bit different given the sheer number of characters who come from a past of misery and despair. Okay, I hadn’t really thought about what I was in for when I started drafting this list and to be honest, it was a bit of a nightmare thinking about whether having your parents burned to death after being sewn together was more tragic than having your entire country torn apart by war and to be honest, those kinds of decisions really can’t be made objectively. This list is definitely based on how emotional I became while watching the characters’ tragedy unfold rather than any kind of definitive measure.

Which anime character has a tragic back story that hit home for you? Let me know in the comments below.

Please note, there will be spoilers below.

Honourable Mentions: The entire cast of Angel Beats and Lelouch from Code Geass.


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Number 5: Vash (Trigun)

The guy can’t catch a break in the present with everyone wanting to get the bounty on his head and he’s blamed for so many different disasters. He just wants love and peace. But his current circumstances come directly from the tragedy in his past and while it is pretty much impossible to talk about without spoilers, there’s definitely an evil twin brother involved. Regardless, Vash’s pacifist attitude is almost a protest against the horror that his life has been.

Number 4: Gray (Fairy Tail)

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The entire cast of Fairy Tail should probably be on this list as well, though I haven’t really watched far enough along to the know the details of all of them. But fairly early on in the series we have quite the extended arc that delves in Gray’s past and his training by his teacher and to be honest, that was pretty heart breaking. While Gray came out of it better than his fellow student did, there’s still some pretty deep scars and emotional turmoil there. If we think back even further, the reason he was with the teacher was because of the tragedy with his parents so to be honest we’re just kind of lurching from one disaster to the next when we look at Gray’s childhood.


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Number 3: Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)

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What is more cliché than tragic backstory? Tragic backstory that leaves a visible scar. Despite making fun of it, Scar’s story is really quite horrific no matter how you want to look at it. As a survivor of a war that was more of an extermination than a fight and as someone who was forced to carry a power he found repulsive, Scar’s general anger towards everything kind of makes sense. Still, the nightmare doesn’t end as he goes out for revenge. It kind of prolongs the misery of this story.

Number 2: Ciel (Black Butler)

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Child with dead parents cliché? But this one is so much better than just that. Set in the Victorian era a conspiracy of monumental proportions brings down the family that serve the Queen and the child, tormented and humiliated, decides that the perfect solution to this is to take them all down even if he has to sell his soul to the demon who becomes known as Sebastian. The real tragedy here is that even if Ciel succeeds at his plan, his young soul is going to be devoured so he has no future. This isn’t just a tragic backstory. This is a living and breathing tragedy.


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Number 1: Yato (Noragami)

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While we haven’t yet heard all of Yato’s backstory, the pieces the audience have seen don’t exactly paint a great picture. Known as a god of calamity who would take on any wish isn’t exactly something that seems like it would be a pleasant existence. Couple in some real daddy issues with the as yet unseen string puller and Yato’s past is complex and has some fairly far reaching consequences. For those who know the silly facade Yato puts on in the presence, even they can see that there’s some deep pain buried underneath. I’m hoping when we finally get the whole story it manages to match the build up but to be honest, a lot of the time seeing Yato’s past makes me want to bring him home and feed him cookies.

And that’s my list but I’d love to know what would make your list.


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