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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Nominated for the Liebster Award

Thanks for Elisabeth O’Neill for her nomination (ages ago) for this award. This is my second time responding to a nomination for this award and I want to thank everyone who has nominated me at some point.


  • Post the award in the post.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.
  • Nominate 11 people (give or take) and give them 11 different questions to answer (Sorry but I’m going to let this one go this time).

 The Question:

01. What started you off writing? Not necessarily blogging, but being creative in writing down your thoughts.

I’ve always loved writing. Mostly fiction. This is the first year I’ve really focussed on writing reviews or anything other than fiction so it has been an interesting transition. What started this? I’ve just always loved words and written words are awesome. As they are described in ‘The Dark Crystal’ writing is ‘words that stay’ and that is something that I think is amazing.

02. Which anime is the most special to you? Doesn’t have to be a favourite, just one that has the most meaning for you.

Genuinely no idea on this one. It really depends on my mood and what is relevant in my life at any given moment as to which anime I would answer this with. Right now it would probably be My Little Monster because of the moment when Shizuku faces a question she can’t answer and for the first time she just tosses it aside. That fits some of my current real life situation where I have a few things I need to let go of because I’m just going around in circles and getting nowhere. But, next week it will probably be something else.

03. What are you most looking forward to right now?

For my blog, I’m looking forward to making it to May 2017 (1 year). Although I am also looking forward to catching up with a few people over the holiday period.

04. You can keep any fictional animal as a pet, as fantastical or normal as you’d like. Which would you choose?

I want a shoulder dragon. That’s all. Just a dragon that can sit snugly on my shoulder (like a small cat) and can blow fire at anyone who annoys me. I’d be a very, very happy person if I could have that.

05. Poof! Sparkle sparkle. You are now a magical girl (or boy, if that’s your preference) with a maximum of three powers at your disposal. What would they be?

impenetrable shield, ability to rewrite reality at will, and an endless supply of chocolate. Okay that third one was trite but after the first two I didn’t really need any other power.

06. You’re heading off on an adventure. Name your fictional weapon of choice.

Soul from Soul Eater. Someone to talk to and a weapon. Of course Hyourinmaru (Hitsugaya’s weapon from Bleach) would be an excellent second choice.

07. What’s the silliest thing that makes you laugh?

Horror. I have a really warped sense of humour and I find most horror movies hilarious which is why I enjoy them so much.

08. If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would it be?

Right now, Shizuku Mizutani. But again, this answer will probably change next week.

09. Is there something you wish you could fix?

I’d really like to have either 20 or 30 hours in a day rather than 24. It would be so much easier to divide up tasks it we had a round number of hours in a day. And a ten day week. 7 is really not a good number when trying to figure out when things should happen. While we’re at it, let’s just make the year either 300 or 400 days and I know someone is going to tell me that will mess up the sesaons but most of us aren’t farming these days and as long as the calendar clearly indicates when the next season change will occur I don’t think it is going to cause too much of a problem.

10. Here are two lists of four nefarious anime characters, one for male characters, one for female. For your own personal harem, you can choose either:

  • Light Yagami from Death Note
  • Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z
  • Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass – assuming he’d already used his Geass on me and I was now immune.
  • and Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter


  • Queen Beryl from Sailor Moon
  • Yuno Gasai from Future Diary
  • Ragyo Kiryuin from Kill la Kill
  • and Caster from Fate/stay night

11. Now, for each character in the list you selected above, who would you:

a) date: Light

b) marry: Lelouch

c) ignore: Hisoka (haven’t watched Hunter x Hunter completely yet – or much at all)

d) throw off a cliff: Vegeta

As I said at the start, I’m not nominating anyone at this time because I’ve responded before and I’m pretty sure most people I’d be about to nominate have already been nominated. Still, I quite enjoy thinking through the questions.

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.