Wow. So Keiko over at Keiko’s Anime Blog nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. (My smart-aleck nature wants to turn that into a sunshiny blogger award, but I’m not sure how far off the rails I can get.)
You can read her answers here. Thanks for letting me ruin everything and for nominating me 🙂
There are rules I need to follow and one of the rules is that I need to list the rules. So here they are:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
OK. So now to the questionating:
What got you into blogging?
This is going to be a shortish long answer. If you search through the blog you will find places where I’ve talked about this before, but I want to actually answer the questions.
So way back in the before times, I wanted to be a writer. Well I’m not a particularly great storyteller. I mean I’m reasonable at telling other people’s stories, but I’m not great at making stories up whole cloth.
Well sometime in 2007, about the same time I was deciding that I wasn’t interested in being a fiction writer, I started watching a YouTube series called Brotherhood 2.0. Well I really dug that, and I wanted to talk about something I cared a lot about at the time, so I decided to write about anime.
Around this same time, I was coming to realization that I hadn’t watched an anime in a while that really moved me. That’s where the title of this blog came from.
I was on a search for my ninth favorite anime of all time.
Then, in August 2008, I got my dream job, packed up and moved across the country. I wrote a few blog posts, but they weren’t that great, and at least one of them makes me cringe now that I look back on it.
So how do we get from 2009 to now, well by way of Magic: the Gathering. So sometime in 2013, I discovered I really liked playing card games. I’m not necessarily good at them, but I liked the fact that they involved my entire attention.
Well, I eventually burnt out on TCGs, and then I picked up video games, and they are fun. For the last six months or so, I’ve had an itch to get back to writing. I mean I write for my job, but I wanted to do some heavy analytical stuff and really try to pick apart shows.
Do I think I’m qualified to do it? Not really. But do I love trying? Sure. And if other people like to read my ramblings, I’m grateful.
The biggest compliment that I can receive is that I left you with something to think about.
What do you enjoy about blogging?
So the writing I do for my work is relatively structured, and I have to consider how I say everything, and whether I’m redundant. Am I focusing on the right element? Did my source really say that, or am I just inferring based on my own preconceptions?
My job can be really stressful, and it can have real consequences to real people. Sometimes it can have imagined consequences to real people, which is even worse.
In comparison, trying to do thought puzzles with Japanese cartoons is pretty stress free.
What has been your favorite post that you’ve written this year?
So I’ve only been back a couple of weeks, but the post I wrote about The Big O, women and noir was probably my most stressful fun, because I thought I was going to get a lot of backlash on it.
And my post about how RWBY is not anime was the most fun fun, because I got to open up with both barrels.
What got you into anime?
So this one is probably going to be another long one. So back when I was growing up in Massachusetts there was a collection of anime that were localized and packaged as Force Five. Here’s an ad for it.
If I remember right, they were all Go Nagai super robot shows, and looking back on them the dubbing was pretty bad.
The thing is the art style never really left me. Then I watched a little bit of Robotech. My friends and I were really into playing the Palladium roleplaying game as well.
But what really opened my eyes, was that I found an art book for Robotech at my local library, and I discovered there was this thing called Japanimation. But I don’t know anything about it. I really wanted to find it though.
Well two years later, I was in college in Ames, Iowa, when I talked about Japanimation with some friends at the time. They told me it was called anime. Then one evening, they invited me to watch Oh My Goddess! on a dorm room VCR and I was hooked.
I can’t remember everything we watched, but it included El-Hazard, Slayers, Ranma ½, and a few other things.
Then cut to five years later, and I had just bought my first DVD player, and I found out that there were anime DVDs at Sam Goody. Well I started buying X (TV), and I was hooked. I amassed a pretty sizable collection of anime.
What new anime are you excited to watch this season?
Unfortunately, I do not have a good answer to this question. I’m working my way through Armored Troopers VOTOMS. That’s new to me. 🙂
So far, what’s been your favorite anime of this year?
So I watched Garo: Vanishing Line this year. That was pretty good. I’m not sure when that came out. I also think I rewatched Scrapped Princess as well, which is a sadly underrated show.
Do you think you’ll ever stop watching anime?
Probably not. While the way the Japanese use animation is not as unique as it used to be, it is still unusual. I feel like Castlevania approaches animation like a moving comic book, and the other shows ape the style but to tell what is a very western story.
So no. I’m 40-something now. Why stop?
What is a good anime to watch for Halloween?
So my smart aleck brain wants to answer this: Legend of Galactic Heroes, because it’s always the right time to start LoGH.
But really, I would recommend Shiki, Higurashi or Another if you’re looking for good spooky shows.
What do you love the most about autumn?
That it means winter is coming. And winter is the opposite of summer, which means that it’s great.
Do you like drinking pumpkin-flavored drinks in autumn?
Like real pumpkin? You know that’s a squash, and most squashes are bad.
But to answer the question you’re really asking, and to stop being a jerk, I like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, and I’m not adverse to having them in a hot drink. But it’s not something that I go seeking out.
What was your favorite piece of merch that you purchased this year?
So I don’t really buy merchandise. I’m not opposed to it, but the idea of walking around with NERV emblazoned on a handbag just doesn’t strike me as fun.
That said, I like looking at stuff that other people have bought. I remember there was a blog that I really enjoyed called Happy Soda, and he took amazing photos of figures. I read his posts just because I liked his pictures so much.
OK, so those are my answers. Now I get to write some questions. From what I gather there are no rules to these questions. I think they’ll all be two parts, because I’m interested in why you made the choices you did.
- What was the first time you cried during an anime, and why?
- What is your favorite series that you will never watch again and why?
- What is your favorite series that you know is terrible, but you still love it. Why do you love it?
- What is your favorite blog post that you haven’t written yet? Why haven’t you?
- What blogger do you secretly wish you could be more like. What do you admire about them?
- Is there an anime where you think one change would fix it? What anime and what change?
- If you crashed on a desert island, what three people would you want to send you anime? And what anime would it be?
- Is there a series you wish you could buy on DVD/Blu-Ray? What series would it be?
- What anime creator would you want to talk to, and what series would you like to talk about?
- What anime should I watch that I probably haven’t from the last five years?
- What is your favorite fruit?
I see Keiko nominated some of the same people I would nominate. So I’m going to go to my WordPress reader and I’m going to nominate the first 11 people on there. Well excpt for Keiko, because it doesn’t say I can’t do tagbacks.
3. Anime Herald
4. D&A Anime Blog
5. Anime Feminist
6. Someone at Honey’s Anime
8. Scott (sorry, I know Keiko taggged you, but you were number 8)