Entry #15: Arslan Senki (SoA 2017)

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(Recommended by Cake-o’s Bakery.)

Officially halfway through the Summer! Ensue whistle-blowing and party poppers.

However, the halfway point was plagued by a long and unfulfilling series written by the man who penned Legend of the Galactic Heroes, a common choice (especially by elitists) for the GOAT anime. One has to wonder how faithful this recent anime adaptation is to the original novel, which was written nearly thirty years before. Perhaps it’s entirely faithful and the story is just oversaturated drivel pretending to be an “epic.” Harsh as it is, Arslan Senki is an anime full of not only holes, but missed opportunities.

I’ve discussed to some degree the argument that anime can never improve from its inception, and while I don’t normally disagree with it, Arslan Senki is a case of a series that hinders itself the longer it charges forward. Initially, the series introduces a number of done-before plot developments that, while nothing extraordinary, were easy to follow and executed in an entertaining way. These events set the stage for a long and arduous journey for the crown prince, Arslan, whose demeanor is quite unlike his royal peers, to grow within his role as inevitable king and his own identity. Things occur afterwards that isolates him from his kingdom, giving him the freedom to assemble his party of “friends” to tame his untested ability as a leader. At this point, the series really begins, though to some extent, it doesn’t, and already had. And then suddenly Arslan’s growth isn’t important for the sake of the kingdom’s safety, only for the focus to venture forth to other kingdoms and… are you beginning to sense something?

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Arslan Senki is a story that reaches ambitiously for every unscrubbed corner in the fictional realm of fantasy. The spectrum through which it tries to detail is so wide, so vast that 33 episodes will simply not cut it. Legend of the Galactic Heroes had the benefit of having over a hundred episodes to elaborate on the things it wanted to do. Arslan Senki gets 33 episodes, and eight of those episodes are basically simplified build-up and no payoff. Because of the much shorter allotted space, much of what was initially hinted at in the beginning are shoved aside to get the plot moving along. Things such as genuine character development and interaction only reach a minimum of what they could be, as the emphasis is more on political relations between kingdoms and the main characters completely decimating opposing armies with their ACME plot armor. On the subject of plot armor, that is likely the series’s most prominent issue.

The major characters are immune to death because, despite constant threats of danger, no one ever dies. Some get stabbed, cut, or bruised, but quickly recover without a care in the world or any hesitation going into battle the next chance they get. This destroys tension because one knows they’ll survive and be successful, because nothing is proven otherwise. A character may be on the verge of defeat, only to have one of two things happen: A. Someone steps in and saves them at the last second (This occurs A LOT), or B. They suddenly find the strength or the strategy to topple the immediate adversity. Through most of the series’s second half, I fought against boredom as the anime decided to follow the same formula every episode, filled to the brim with what had happened just one or two episodes before.

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At first, characters gave a lot of spirit with their personalities—again, nothing great, but spirited. Their “shticks” are presented well and could’ve been used for some clever interaction and tonal shifts, but to no avail. The once art-minded strategist simply became “The strategist.” On a bit of an off-topic quip, the strategist knows everything and justifies it with “As I suspected.” You can’t just “suspect” everything without valid evidence and expect viewers to take you seriously! You’re just OP! Anyway, only one character comes to mind who exudes some of their established personality all the way through: the “traveling musician” who fancies women and tangible pleasures. There’s also the strategist’s so-called “wife,” but her only identity is that she claims to be his wife and nothing more, which hardly counts as a personality. Every character eventually swirls into the pool of blandness that wouldn’t quench the thirst of a desert wanderer.

Everything after a certain point feels so forcibly “for the plot” that the audience really has no reason to care anymore. With the introduction of every new character, new development, and new twist in the motivations of pre-existing characters, one has to wonder what it really means within the context that the anime will not be even close to finishing its story, and how basic all the characters and their moral compasses are. Arslan Senki is pretty blatant in its use of a black-and-white moral system, with good people being good because it’s good and evil people being evil because they’re evil. On occasion, people will be given time to gray out their motivations, but by that point, it’s all for naught, as they either retcon themselves soon after or no one cares because they’ve already been told off by the good guys.

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For an anime made in 2015, design and animation are pretty standard for the times. Crisp and within the setting, and nothing more. Not often did I spot any shortcuts in animation or lazy bouts of fluidity. Some designs are nice-looking, while others are simply standard. The most of what I can state is that it’s standard. Rather, a lot of what I can say about the series overall is standard, at least for a while. I found myself mentally awarding it a six, then a 5.5, then a five, then a 4.5, then a five again. It has the right tools to become something immersive and worth following, but it doesn’t seem to emphasize the things that make a truly enriching experience, most notably the characters.

Essentially, a lost cause, which is more prominently shown by its half-assed, eight-episode sequel season. There are things about it to like, especially when given such a diverse main cast and a world both like and unlike our own. Throw in some implied wizardry and it immediately sets itself up to be entertaining, at least. But it doesn’t, and it isn’t. It’s a standard series at best, with a lot of baggage dragging it to bargain-bin levels of mediocrity. More time, more freedom; whatever the issue may have been, its current state isn’t recommendable.

Personal Score: C-

Critical Score: C

The rating for this title and all others can be found on MyAnimeList.

Thoughts on Tsuki ga Kirei

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Oh, heavens! An anime about middle-school students trying to understand their place in society through the trials of love and loss (but mostly love)? Is this, dare I say, the anime I was expecting Kyou no 5 no 2 to be? Well, yes and no.

Tsuki ga Kirei is a slow, but meaningful exploration of young love. Riveting topics such as “I hope this girl texts me back” and “I want to run fast” are exposed for the first time with such tender expression that few can help but be charmed. For those looking for more “pure” slice-of-life titles, Tsuki ga Kirei manages to take the mundane and make it into a somewhat humorous, somewhat relatable chunk of bliss, minus the episodic nature of most slice-of-life’s.

One thing it is not is complicated. Likely due in part to its gradual climb, the anime doesn’t cover much ground in terms of story or character development. There are particular characters that the viewer is given insight from, and others who simply interact with said major characters. These characters specifically are Kota and Akane, the main couple of the series and the only two characters that hold the story afloat. Minor characters come and go—effectively cementing themselves within the reality of the setting—without any reason to stay once their use has been expended. The story itself is simply “young love,” with little sub-plots involving Kota’s desire to become a respected author and Akane’s somewhat aloof hobby of track. Not often does the focus shift from establishing these two as a couple and how they continue to grow closer to one another.

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To some extent, this could drive people away. Its synopsis is quite vague and in hindsight, not much actually happens. Simplicity without risk is something that normally draws my ire, but the execution of the one-track mind of Tsuki ga Kirei makes up for its lack of variety. Not many anime make me truly care about the relationship between two people, mostly because I don’t feel chemistry between characters or the process of bringing them closer involves clichés or hamfisted coincidences. The grounded approach here makes it somewhat unique, yet familiar, with help from the leads having more in common than not. Both are shy, preferring to talk on LINE than in person, and hold a quiet determination in their respective hobbies. The awkwardness they have at the beginning of their social relationship only makes it more apparent that these two have an assured connection.

It is rather flimsy a product, as it relies almost entirely on its charm and relatability to connect with the viewer. There is little in terms of entertainment value, as everything is incredibly realistic, dialogue and design and all. It’s slow and it saves a lot of its more “dramatic” moments for the end of episodes, slowly building up to most of them. A waiting game disguised as a TV series. Its only source of something different are various short animations revolving around minor characters in humorous situations at the end of most episodes. Surprisingly, these shorts are pretty non-distracting and clever. Tsuki ga Kirei is a delicate process of tracing its foot steps as accurately as possible, following a path that one hopes would result in something spectacular.

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What isn’t spectacular, at least not very often, is the show’s animation. Design itself is fairly different, as characters are given more human-like appearances and a very, very glossy-looking illumination most evident on their cheeks. It makes everything feel picturesque and soft, almost as though the anime were made inside one’s imagination. However, one need not much imagination to see how awful some bits of animation are. Countless times characters move faster than humanly possible, continuing streaky movements as though they were robotic. It’s almost humorous, as some scenes have characters move tremendously fluid and even impress with the amount of small detail. I suppose they used up the budget for those better scenes and had to compensate for looking shoddy in non-important scenarios.

While a final push from SaeKano 2 made the seasonal rankings close, Tsuki ga Kirei still managed to come out on top in terms of MVP honors. I adored the realistic approach to the most innocent of affections, discarding the typical muck of hand-holding as the gateway to immorality. The anime served itself better without relying on all the unnecessary sexual fluff that Kyou no 5 no 2 seemed to gorge on in each episode. Occasionally slow and occasionally dull, the final product is so sugary sweet that romanticists will ooze at the name once all is said and done.

The rating for this title and all others can be found on MyAnimeList.

Entry #14: Ghost Stories (English Dub) (SoA 2017)

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(Recommended, once again, by this cheeky bastard.)

The story is infamous, but I’ll go over it for anyone unaware. In 2005, ADV Films acquired the rights to make an English dub of Ghost Stories, a harmless, episodic anime involving kids encountering ghosts in their daily lives. Instead of taking what was already there and translating it, ADV decided to write a completely different script, only retaining basic storylines and the characters’ names. The end result became something of a tall tale, as nothing has ever been done like it since, despite positive impressions from “fans.” In the end, the Ghost Stories English dub became known for its abrupt vulgarity, offensiveness, and constant references to pop culture. Allow me to share some lines one can expect when diving in:

“Imagine a black guy chasing you!”

“[Talking to a young boy] You shouldn’t be worried about drag queens. Watch out for priests.”

“When a girl bunny and a boy bunny love each other, the boy bunny sticks his penis into the girl bunny’s vagina. Then the girl bunny acts like she owns the penis.”

“[Incoherent screaming]”

Admittedly, Ghost Stories has made me laugh more and harder than any anime I have ever seen. It is precisely because the humor is by no means “anime” that it has managed to do so. That’s actually pretty sad. At the same time, it becomes difficult to really rate this when the original form has been changed so drastically, but still has some semblance of his former self sticking through. On one hand, I could rate this as a comedy, but then what about the anime’s serious attempts at family bonding and the threat of each episode’s ghost(s)? I can’t take that seriously. I could rate it as an episodic series, but the comedy ends up taking out all the context and one can only use established clichés to fill in the void. With my hands tied, I can only go with what I feel is stronger of the two, which is obviously the comedy, while still stringing along what it shows outside of it.

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As stated above, this is the funniest anime I’ve ever seen. My preference for humor is a controlled chaos/dark hybrid that’s really hard to find, but Ghost Stories does it fairly well. Never was there a dull moment (outside of the serious moments) when each character were allowed lines to vocalize. They also did a phenomenal job of making clever inputs about what was originally shown and how they had to sacrifice the translation for the sake of making sense. Almost as though the English translation really were the true form, but in an amateur-ish style that’s campy fun. Though, when the anime turns to its darker scenes, the comedy runs dry and the audience has no reason to care anymore. Some episodes have less of these scenes than others, with the humor feeling a little repetitive in bits, bringing various episodes down to forgettable parody.

Another great is vocal performance. Indeed, one of the few anime I can praise the voice acting is when the voices are English. Irony is funny. Each of the main characters, and even one-off characters, have a great control of their vocal roles and what they wish to convey within the context of their character’s stereotype. A whiny, high-pitched Jewish stereotype, a calm, soft-spoken Christian stereotype, the rowdy, aloof playboy, and the ordinary tomboy. Oh, and of course, the shrieking terror of the five-year-old crybaby. These voices will forever be embedded into my soul, and not just for what they say, but how they say it.

Everything else is forgettable. And that’s the major issue with the work. The comedy is typically good, if not great, and the vocal performances are just as well. Everything else, however, is mediocre, or not even taken into consideration. Characters are whatever, art is whatever, plot is whatever—lots of whatever. The only thing that sticks is the presentation of comedy. And if one can adore this series simply from that, so be it. For me, I need something a little more, something that’ll tie it all together, so that by the end, I feel as though I worked off some calories rather than held my breath for three hours. A worthwhile experience one, maybe two times around, but nothing more.

Personal Score: B-

Critical Score: C-

The rating for this title and all others can be found on MyAnimeList.

Entry #13: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (SoA 2017)

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(Recommended by a pretty humble guy, completing his recommendation trifecta.)

Will make this entry quick. Want to get a move on.

I would encourage anyone interested in my semi-quick thoughts on the first season to check here, as this post will deal primarily with the second season, the one I hadn’t seen coming into this. I will note that upon rewatch, my impressions of the first season were more positive than before, but only slightly.

The second season is a MASSIVE OVERLOAD OF FUCKERY. While it deals with a lot of the same conflicts and characters as the first season, R2 has a tendency to not only alter one’s expectations, but completely overloads them with mindfucks and retcons. It’s too abrupt, too glossy for its own good. To some extent, it’s hard to watch because it’s so horribly overdramatic, but one must admit that it’s by no means unentertaining.

There was a nice potency to the emotional value in R2 that, while somewhat better handled in the first season, was spectacularly used to create one of the most intriguing and twisted endings I’ve seen in all of anime. People whom I would have never expected to die are ripped from the world cruelly and coldly. If only the series did that more often. With the first season going more for intellectual set-up and strategy, the second season kind of just throws logic into the afterlife and employs all sorts of different strange scenarios, some I feel could ultimately have been avoided.

To some extent, it becomes a soap opera. One that is not handled in the best manner and cannot seem to find that same balance as once before. Its ambition is admirable, but their effort is wasted on trying to make it all seem true and real. And the manifestation of everything into a single line of thinking for the ending to indulge in is just insulting. It made for a bitter taste. Certainly not as good as it could be, but better than most that would rather go for clichés.

Personal Score: B-

Critical Score: C+

The rating for this title and all others can be found on MyAnimeList.

Nympho Waifu++ Review

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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this game by its producers, Marble Syrup, for the intention of review. This in no way influenced my overall rating or my thoughts on the game in general.

About a year ago, this blog took the first step into the world of indie adult visual novels with my thoughts on studios Marble Syrup and Paper Waifu. Despite not writing about anything of the two—or anything within the specific genre—since, I’ve quietly been keeping tabs on their progress and their future plans, as well as supporting them (one of them financially) from the sidelines. Paper Waifu is still updating their first full-fledged game, The Ramen Prince, and a text-based novel/RPG called The Godhood Chronicles, while Marble Syrup is hard at work with other games. A few weeks ago, one of the heads of the studio commented on my blog asking if I would like to receive a review copy of their latest game. Under the whimsy of being asked for my opinion specifically for the first time ever, I gladly accepted and we rolled from there.

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Nympho Waifu++ is an updated version of the original work which I could’ve sworn was called Nympho Wife at one point. It comes prepared with the tried and true visual novel experience, complete with choices to make, intertwining paths, and specific to its “adult” moniker, sex scenes to peruse. Plentifully so with this last point, as the concept of a nymphomaniac as a wife is guaranteed to create every opportunity for sex and things of the like. If people were irritated by the general lack of sex scenes in the studio’s last game, Re:Maid, they more than make up for it here, with more sex scenes than I can count on both hands. With the premium version (the one I used), one can also exploit cheat codes to make the experience somewhat different for added replayability and diversity of dialogue.

The one thing that should be made perfectly clear is that for those looking for a splendid story and developed, heart-warming characters more akin to the studio’s work with Re:MaidNympho Waifu++ will not be for you. Indeed, while the idea of a riveting narrative in an adult visual novel may seem far-fetched to some, some prefer to, how should I say, cry with their dicks, instead of crying out of them. Unfortunately, I am one of those blasphemous people, as I prefer my sex-filled games with writing geared towards making targets as submissive to the player as possible to have said targets feel realistically inclined to favor my player’s strengths and charm. Or, the desire to have the player feel as though they deserve and/or work for the “prize” of sex.

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My biggest issues with Nympho Waifu++ are predominantly personal issues. Preferences that are not accommodated by the overtly sexual nature and specific taste of the game’s purpose. To say this title is vastly different from Marble Syrup’s past work would be both right and wrong. It is right because it is, by far, the most blatantly “It’s a sex game”-type of approach to writing and character interactivity. It is wrong because all of their games are within that degree; the argument is that it is far too much so, at least for my taste. This isn’t to say it cannot work, but that it is only geared towards a certain niche of audience, one I’m not part of. Every character has tremendously large breasts. Every character is familiar with the main character in some way, whether his wife, his childhood friend, or his co-worker—all of whom developed feelings for him before the start of the game. The game’s cheat codes allow for players to indulge their incest fetish, and also has a few endings touching on rape fetishes. Note: the prior sentence also has no effect on the overall score or thoughts, as I believe fantasy is fantasy for those mature enough to handle it. Nympho Waifu++ has the intentions of getting the player horny, though not necessarily involved mentally.

On a more technical light, the game is fairly good, but not great. Through my multiple runs at the game, I found a few glitches, two of which are pretty jarring. At one point in the game, the player is sitting with his childhood friend in the park eating lunch. At the beginning of the game, the player has the choice of naming themselves whatever they want, but the default name is “Minoru.” At one point in the conversation, no matter what the player’s name is, the childhood friend will playfully call out “Mi-no-ru~.” Another instance is along the later portions of the game, when the player is out to dinner with his nympho waifu. If I recall correctly, the player can compliment her dress or tenacity (or something), to which she responds with disappearing entirely. Her model just fades out of existence for the next line, then reappears as if nothing happened. Some spelling errors here and there also popped up, though a few glitches are not too harmful to the overall experience, just somewhat alarming.

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The pride of Marble Syrup lies within their art, which once again, completely knocks it out of the park. Somewhat too sexually-stimulating for my tastes, but there’s no questioning the talent behind whoever the head artist is, as they create some truly spectacular work. It helps to embody the purpose of the game and makes the girls’ every expression instantly charming, especially the childhood friend. Text works quickly and efficiently, the skip feature had no issues, everything worked correctly and as intended, and the gallery is bursting with sexual imagery, in case anyone wanted to skip to “the good parts.” A cleanly-coded game with great art and only few bugs and glitches is sure to please just about anyone not looking for a story to go along with it, which is admittedly far too short and simplistic here.

In the end, it’s almost pitiful that I found so little to like with Nympho Waifu++. It’s a case of not being able to fit the pieces correctly where they should, as the game isn’t really directed to my priorities; a contrast to Marble Syrup’s other works. Even Crusoe Had It Easy, with its incredibly short timeframe, held a little more impact on me than this latest entry. By game’s end, I remained passive and calm, without any desire to really go back to it, lest I were in the right, er, mood. I suppose the one truly great thing I could say is that its Title Screen theme is seriously fantastic. Go play it just to listen to that.

Final Score: 4.5/10

Entry #12: ‘Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya’ series (SoA 2017)

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(Recommended by an unnamed lurker.)

I cannot take this anime seriously with ten-year-olds. I cannot take the drama seriously with ten-years-olds. I cannot take the drama seriously when the episode before featured ten-year-old girls making out with one another in their underwear. I cannot take this anime’s constant back-and-forth tone of silly and overdramatic seriously with ten-year-olds who are clearly written to be “clever.” Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya is a spin-off designated to sexualize children and shoehorn the popularity of magical girls in a serious light due to the rampant success of Madoka Magica.  The fact that this series got three sequel seasons and countless specials, when many much more deserving titles pray to get even a sequel OVA, makes me sick.

What I say is what I mean, too. This series is destroyed upon the fact that ten-year-olds are running around facing concepts such as sacrificing one for many or the finality of death. Angsty teenagers? Fine. Children? C’mon. Stop it. They’re clearly not developed enough mentally to fully grasp half the shit that’s highlighted in this series… both from the serious and the silly situations. What ten-year-olds are closet fujoshi? What ten-year-olds are hinting at sexual innuendos when opposite (or same) genders are paired? What ten-year-olds can properly react as a straight man to others’ rambunctious antics? I’ve seen ten-year-old behavior. I live with a twelve-year-old. He does not act like the little shits in this series. In the slightest. And he’s twelve.

Many will likely accuse me of being too harsh. I won’t deny that, as I’m being a little too overcynical about a series that probably shouldn’t be taken seriously, as it’s a soulless cash-in spin-off with a familiar (and also popular) franchise stuck to it. Doesn’t help that when the series drowns the viewer in writing that one would expect to see in the main parent series here, where ten-year-old girls are shown naked every other episode and touching themselves to the thought of their onii-chans. It does not blend. It does not match. It destroys any sense of seriousness when a product is trying to parade itself as a self-aware knockoff (lots of meta humor present) and continues to indulge in what it’s supposedly mocking, then trying to be serious anyway. It doesn’t work. It almost never works. The fact that it has “Fate/” attached to it probably makes it more damning.

I didn’t like it. I’m sure you couldn’t get that from reading this to this point. Jokes aside, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya has very few redeeming features, including nice art and spirited voice acting. Y’know what else has those two perks? Most other anime. Enjoyment is shot, and the fact that this is a fine example of Shounen I cannot help but groan at, this was a match made in Hell from the very beginning. But if one enjoys seeing kids being sexualized to death, give this series a shot. It will not disappoint you in that regard.

Personal Score: D-

Critical Score: D+

The rating for this title and all others can be found on MyAnimeList.

I’ve Been Nominated for the Entertainer Blogger Award

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Many thanks to the not-always-so-lethargic Lethargic Rambles for the nominating me as a suitable entertainer. Chances are, if anyone reading this enjoys the content on this blog, whether it be anime reviews or thoughts on various video games, you’ll also adore LR’s styling of fighting back against the trolls of anime and delivering heartfelt odes to all things Nintendo. In all seriousness, while his posts are somewhat infrequent, most of his posts are ones I would willing recommend to anyone looking for a dependable and knowledgeable source on anime to go to.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and most important of all entertaining.

I was somewhat confused by the rule “Answer all the questions below,” as there are no questions actually provided, unless they’re just in the original post and no one bothered to copy/paste them. I’ll just go ahead and answer whatever anyone else answered.

Also, I’m removing the unnecessary u’s to these questions because I’m AMERICAN and we don’t need them got’dam u’s!

Questions:

1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?

My answer isn’t very interesting compared to most others. While many respond with “I wanted to interact with the community” or “I wanted to voice my opinion,” my response boils down to simple boredom. I made my blog, primarily, because I was bored, and I saw a MAL friend had one and thought, “Hey. That looks cool.” Thus, Criticism and Thoughts was born.

What some may not know is that I created this blog back in 2013. I’ve had this place for nearly four years now. I never really took it all that seriously, as I used it as a dumping grounds for thoughts I would already put down in the comment sections for individual anime on MyAnimeList. The first time I even thought of putting pictures into my blog posts was in June of 2015, and I didn’t start advertising my work on Twitter until 2016. That’s why if one were to dig really deep into my blog’s past, they would see a lot of picture-less pages with loads of text and no likes or comments. Experimental times, back in the day…

Now, I see my blog as a sort of catalyst for my dream job, which is to be a critic of visual media. It’s not much, but I adore the feedback I get for each post and, when I eventually find the time/motivation/courage to expand further, I hope to make something out of what was, initially, a hasty and thoughtless nothing.

2. What is your favorite book?

Not much of a book-reader, but I have a huge fondness for Suzanne Collins’s Underland Chronicles. She’s much more famous for her work with The Hunger Games, but I fell in love with her storytelling years before then. Even now, I clamor for some sort of media acknowledgement of her other books by means of film adaptations or otherwise. Gregor the Overlander as a film would be fucking great… if handled correctly.

3. What do you dislike the most?

I’m not sure how anyone could really like the mainstream media. I’m not usually very political online, nor do I make the effort to show my affiliations, but if there’s one thing about the mainstream media I despise is their subtle use of cherry-picking, framing words and sentences, and biased attitude. It’s much more prevalent online than not, but many, many, many news sites are filled to the brim with “holier-than-thou” writers who cannot help themselves and spew their political garbage whether it pertains to the article at hand or not. Furthermore, whatever’s popular is what gets written about, so imagine my absolute glee when I get to see headline after headline, image after image, late-night TV-show host after host, bitching about Donald Trump at every, little, miniscule, cell-sized opportunity, just so they can feel relevant, feel better, or advance their own status. It’s absolutely disgusting, and I get so unbelievably sick of this click-first, think-later mentality.

[Removes tin-foil hat.]

4. What is your favorite food?

Pizza. Any kind, really. Bread with marinara sauce and cheese melted on top. All I need. If I didn’t get fat immediately upon eating it, I’d have it at every meal.

5. What is your favorite past time?

Very likely football (Americano). Anime and video games are also both up there, but there’s something about football that get me so riled up every time I watch it. The players, the positions, the strategy, the organization, the coaches, the drama, the history, the execution, the [insert everything else here]. Football is so multi-faceted that it becomes more and more interesting the further one gets into it. Even the offseason is exhilarating with all the upcoming events like the Scouting Combine and the Draft and Free Agency. It’s kind of a lot to take in, but man, I love football with all of my soul. Wish I was fit enough to play it.

Nominations:

Not going to recommend anyone specifically, but I would like to encourage any reader to check out my Recommended Ani-Bloggers list for people within the aniblogging community who I, personally, find to be the best people to follow. While I’m not tagging anyone for this award, if anyone there would be willing to do so, by all means, have at it. They’re all pretty cool people, too. Definitely have a look-see.

Thanks again to LR for the nominations and thanks for the continued support!