Inquiring Minds Want To Know 2019 #9

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A rather intriguing question this week and one I am keen to get into. I’m also excited to know what other people think of this one. As always though, if you have a question you’d like me to tackle please feel free to complete the survey below or follow this link.

If you could reset your memory of two particular anime series — one that you don’t mind forgetting about forever and one that you want to re-watch again without prior knowledge — what would those two series be?

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Okay, let’s start with the one that I wouldn’t mind forgetting about forever… the thing here is I actually don’t mind having watched most things even if they are bad. That is because it gives me something against which to compare stuff that is only kind of okay and stuff that is actually good. So forgetting something terrible would just make me more critical of stuff that is actually kind of competent.

Still there’s a definite temptation to throw Hand Shakers into this one. I just couldn’t find anything to recommend about that anime and it was an incredible time suck that gave very little back. Diabolik Lovers would be another anime I’d like to just pretend I hadn’t given in to temptation and watched it.

However, anime I’d like to rewatch again without prior knowledge is actually a harder question. There’s quite a few that I’d love to experience again for the first time.

The one that immediately springs to mind is Natsume Yuujinchou. I love that anime and I’ve rewatched the earlier seasons a lot of times and it certainly doesn’t have diminishing returns as that lovely relaxing and calm feeling as well as the general cathartic nature of the anime really hits home each and every time. But the first watch was something special. Watching it was genuinely like experiencing falling in love and while the anime remains amazing after repeated viewings having that initial rush of emotions and that unexpected blossoming love would be amazing to re-experience.

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The other anime I’d like to throw in here (though there are plenty of others) would be March Comes in Like a Lion. Meeting Rei for the first time and seeing his growth all over again and how he struggles, moves forward, falls back, is lifted up and helped by the sisters, finds his own feet and moves forward, to continue to struggle… there was just something really incredible about his character journey and while rewatching March Comes In Like a Lion was a great experience, seeing it the first time was almost overwhelming emotionally.

So those are my two picks for the second part of the question. But again, I’d love to know what my readers would choose so be sure to leave us a comment and if you have a question for me it is as simple as completing the survey below.

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Inquiring Minds Want To Know – Send Me Your Questions

Well, we’ve gotten to that time again where the backlog of questions have been answered. If you would like to ask me something and have it answered on my blog, please send me your question by completing the survey. Thanks to the couple of people who sent me through questions last week, I will start writing answers again next week.

Questions can be on any topic, though I am primarily an anime blogger so questions about anime are kind of appreciated.

If you don’t want to do the survey you can DM me on Twitter and just let me know it is a question for Inquiring Minds.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed a question to this blog series. I’ve had a lot of fun trying to answer your questions and hopefully you enjoy reading my responses. Hopefully we’ll have some more questions for next week.

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Inquiring Minds Want To Know 2019 #8

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Such a classic question this week and one that is sure to spark some interesting discussion amongst the readers – no shipping wars please. If you have something you’d like me to answer be sure to ask using the survey by following the link or scroll down to the bottom of the post. I’m looking forward to whatever question you want to throw my way.

Who’s your biggest OTP in anime?

Anon

I’ve previously looked at my favourite couples in anime from 2018 with Ash and Eiji coming up tops and I’ve looked at my favourite romantic anime with Kimi ni Todoke being my favourite and Snow White with the Red Hair being a close follow up. Surprisingly though I’ve never looked at my OTP (one true pair) though so I’ll probably have to do a top 5 list at some point this year on it.

Honestly I don’t know who my biggest one would be. I’ll probably have to sit down with all the options written out and do some pro-con listing to narrow it down and even then I’d probably be dissatisfied with picking just one.

However for this post let’s go with the first pair that popped into my head when I read this question.

Yuri and Victor from Yuri on Ice. I know, who is surprised that these two are the first that come to mind when I think about a couple I absolutely want to be together and get a happily ever after. Seriously, these two are perfect and seeing them together is sheer beauty in and of itself. If anyone even suggested someone else for either character I just don’t think I could take that seriously as they so obviously belong together.

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Fortunately, though the anime aired in 2016, the past two years have been full of beautiful fan art and absolutely gorgeous imaginings in fan fiction and the like of what life for Yuri and Victor was like after the final episode. And while none of these events may even be canon, they’ve certainly been enjoyable. Besides, until there’s an actual follow up people can fill the gap with whatever they can dream. And Victor and Yuri make people dream big.

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So yeah, I’d have to say these two are the OTP that first come to mind when I start thinking about it. Zen and Shirayuki are certainly high up there as are Maka and Soul, though Maka and Death the Kid could be something (wow, that opens up a whole other can of worms). But really, anime has given us so many fantastic characters and relationships that narrowing it down to just one is nearly impossible.

Still, I’ll turn it over to the readers and ask, who is your biggest OTP in anime? Keep it civil and have fun in the comments.

By the way, this was the last of the backlog of questions, so if you have anything you’d like to see me answer, leave me a question using the survey below.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know 2019 #7

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Back again with another tricky question that took a bit of self-reflection. As always, if you have a question you’d like me to answer just complete the inquiring minds want to know survey either by using the link or at the end of this post. I’d love to know what’s on your mind and have a go at answering your question.

What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your career?

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I don’t tend to talk about my day job on my blog other than I have a career and it takes a large chunk of my time. And honestly, while I have plenty of small victories there I’d say my biggest accomplishment is actually just still being in that career and building up a reasonable amount of respect for the job I do. It isn’t much but we can’t all save the world.

And yes, there are plenty of really great moments in my career I’d like to highlight (I’ve been doing it for thirteen years) but its just not something I put on my blog so I’ll leave that there.

However, if I look at my blogging career and its wondrous span of almost three years, I’d say building what I have right now is the biggest accomplishment. With the readers that I have and the progress I’m making each day is the best day and I am just going to keep working on making this something I might be able to do full time one day (though that means making the blog actually profitable).

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Still, I never would have even dreamed of getting the kind of views I get when I started. I genuinely believed I’d write a few posts and maybe ten people would follow my blog and maybe I’d make a friend to discuss anime with. So realistically, my blog as it is right now is my biggest accomplishment and I’m going to keep working to make it bigger and better.

That was a pretty short one but I’ll turn it over to the readers: what would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your career?

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Inquiring Minds Want To Know 2019 #6

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This week I’ve got an interesting question to address where I’m asked to compare anime and live action cooking shows? Trust Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews to come up with something fun. As always, if you have a question you’d like me to answer you can use the link to the inquiring minds survey here or just scroll down this post and fill in the 2 question survey.

How do you feel about cooking anime versus live action shows like Iron Chef?

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I’m going to start with a confession, I don’t like live action cooking shows. At all. Watching someone else cook is right up there for me in the list of things I would absolutely rather not do. In fact I’d rate the average cooking show in terms of how much I’d like to watch it as on par with watching golf, a contortionist, or Hand Shakers (again).

Maybe part of this is my natural aversion to cooking anything that isn’t made of chocolate. Admittedly, I can cook better than I let on however I don’t care what the names of the utensils are, I honestly don’t need a specialised bowl to spin salad in, and if you tell me you bought a device that only cooks one thing I’m going to look at you like you grew a second head (a waffle iron not included in that because those things are essential). My idea of a serving suggestion is to put something on a plate.

However, the question does specifically ask me about something like Iron Chef and I did watch the Japanese version of that for quite awhile. Though, quite literally because of the time slot it was on and I only have two channels on my TV that get reception with consistency so it was Iron Chef while prepping dinner on the weekend or watching drought stricken farmers cry. However, one recent development with digital TV means the Food Network now actually has the clearest signal on my television and when we just want background noise it is usually what ends up on so I’ve certainly seen a wide variety of Chefs travelling around the world and sniffing various things and stirring stuff up.

I didn’t really like watching the cooking part of Iron Chef. I never really understood why you would try to cook something with a time limit. Good food takes time. And watching them run about and chopping wasn’t exactly riveting. My favourite part came when they served the food and the various tasters would take a bite and then try to put together these thoughtful descriptions of the flavour and usually it just made me laugh how hard they were trying to describe something and use different words from the person before who had literally just described it.

So live action cooking shows and me are pretty much a no-go.

Now when asked about anime cooking the first thing that comes to mind is Food Wars. And I actually did enjoy a season of that though season two gave me fatigue and I dropped it early in season 3. But again, it wasn’t really the cooking that drew me in. It was the discussion about the food and the ridiculous way they described flavour, and the visual metaphors when they were trying food. It was like the panel from the Iron Chef but exaggerated to an extreme in the way only anime really can.

However, I then thought about anime food in general and found that there are a lot of shows I love where cooking plays a central role. Recently Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori really worked for me and it focused around four guys working in a cafe making tea, terrible late art, and great food for their customers. The food shots in that anime were enough to make me hungry every single week and I really enjoyed watching them preparing their food or tea. Of course, you aren’t going to learn how to make the dishes from this one, but still, enjoy the food.

I think the easy answer to this question is, I don’t like cooking shows. However, shows where characters happen to cook aren’t a problem and anime food looks amazing.

But I’ll turn this question over to my readers. How do you feel about cooking anime compared to live action cooking shows?

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Inquiring Minds Want To Know 2019 #5

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This was a bit of a more recent question but I felt this one really needed a more immediate answer so it jumped the queue a little bit. As always if you have something to ask you can send the question my way by filling in the simple survey at the end of the post or you can use this link to the inquiring minds survey.

Do you think someone who only watches dubbed anime could write an anime blog?

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This one could have a really short answer and be done: Absolutely.

While I personally prefer subbed anime and tend to watch in subs with a very small handful of exceptions (or when watching with a friend who won’t read subs), that doesn’t make me any better at writing an anime blog or reviewing anime than someone who watches dubbed. Both subs and dubs are translations, some subs are great and some are terrible, some dubs are great and some are terrible.

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Looking at the anime community, there are quite a few bloggers who watch and review dubbed anime because they prefer it. The only downside they really face is that if they review seasonal anime there’s often a delay between a release of the episode in subbed form and dubbed form meaning those who watch the episode subbed will have their reviews out first.

Still, that minor issue isn’t something that should stop you wanting to write about anime if you want to write about anime. If you love it, or are at least really interested in it, and you want to write an anime blog, go for it.

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However, I would suggest thinking through what sort of a blog you want to build. Are you wanting to review seasonally, write articles about the industry, review older anime, more researched pieces, opinion based pieces, etc? I kind of started my blog without having a real plan and I very much had to figure out what I wanted to write on the go and if I could do it over, I probably would like a do-over of starting my blog with everything I learned over the last couple of years because I’d definitely waste less of my time and be a bit more focused.

Given I don’t really want to open up the subs vs dubs argument again, this week I’m going to ask my readers a nice simple question: What do you think you need in order to write an anime blog?

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Inquiring Minds Want To Know 2019 #4

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Rise is back with another Netflix related question. I’m sure there are some mixed opinions out there on this one so I’d love to know your answer if you would like to leave a comment below. As always if you have something to ask you can send the question my way by filling in the simple survey at the end of the post or you can use this link to the inquiring minds survey.

How do you feel about Netflix producing their own anime verses a traditional ‘Japanese studio’ producing them?

Rise

I’m actually pretty indifferent about who produces anime or any kind of media really. My only real concern is whether it is entertaining and accessible. I was previously asked how I felt about Chinese co-productions and mostly again, while some of these have been terrible, I don’t dislike them just because they were co-produced. And some have actually been pretty good.

When it comes to Netflix, they definitely are making things accessible (even if they don’t stream weekly for the seasonal anime they get the rights to at this point in all countries – and they really, really should). But, when it comes to being entertaining, I’m guessing someone is entertained given how well Netflix is doing, but so far their anime has been, well, not to my taste.

Basically, of the Netflix anime (or one’s I think are Netflix) I’ve watched I really enjoyed Ajin and Kuromukuro. I found A.I.C.O disappointing but watchable and had a similar experience with Knights of Sidonia. However this year ID-0, B the Beginning, and a number of other titles just haven’t hit their mark for me. While they aren’t necessarily bad, they just aren’t what I’m interested in.

But, that doesn’t mean I want Netflix out of the industry. They are making anime more accessible to a wider western audience. What they are producing is entertaining some people. They are generally working with Japanese studios (as far as I am aware) in producing these anime which means there is money going back to the industry that might end up going towards other projects that I do enjoy. And that’s a fairly good thing.

I know some people don’t want to see anime go mainstream, but I think with the number of genres within anime, some being quite niche even within an already niche market, even if some anime ends up being mainstream, there will always be those smaller projects that hit the spot for those who want something a little bit different.

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But, that’s just my opinion. As I said at the start, I’d love to know how the rest of you feel about this so please give us a comment below.

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