I’ve Been Nominated for the Unique Blogger Award (Again)


My thanks to Keiko for the nomination! She’s primarily an anime reviewer, dealing with the standard episodic reviews while occasionally delving into whole series. She’ll also talk at some length about music as a subject, which is an interesting differentiation from the typical aniblogger. A follower of my blog for about half a year (though I could’ve sworn she was around longer than that), I appreciate her taking the time to continue with my output.

The Rules:

1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.

2. Answer the questions.

3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.

4. Ask them 3 questions.

Keiko’s Questions:

If you were stuck in an anime universe, which would it be and why? 

I’ve never been good at answering this question, because a lot of variously absurd and intriguing anime universes have tremendous drawbacks. Dragon Ball Z has constant threats of alien invaders. Pokémon has terrorist groups running amok every couple of years. And with the abundance of high school anime, there’s nothing to really draw inspiration from aside from appealing characters.

If I really had to choose, based on the way I could use it to play out my own narcissistic fantasies, I’d probably go with the hot hand and say Boku no Hero Academia. The idea of collecting one’s own superpower, and having it be commonplace, is something that’s really easy to get excited about. I’ll also admit that I’ve thought at length about the kind of power I would have (think Todoroki except electricity instead of fire), and it’s really fun to be so imaginative about it. Again, constant threats of opposing villains would be a solid nuisance, but I can’t pass up superpowers being the norm and the fascination that brings.

What anime left the biggest impression on you? 

Oh, that’s easy. Toradora!. It was the anime that really got me into anime—past the stereotypical mainstream of shounen/action titles and rambunctious emotional appeals. It revealed to me what anime could be apart from what was naturally assumed of the medium, and was the “gateway drug” into the many different varying types of anime. Before Toradora!, I really did have the mindset that most anime are the absolute same. It wasn’t until I got my feet in the door that I realized its scope and overwhelming quantity.

I was also a sucker for romantic comedies back in the day (still enjoy the genre now, but not nearly as much), and having an anime actually show characters being intimate after years of having it only be implied or teased was mind-blowing. Had I watched the series now, I very likely wouldn’t have found it so amazing, but it came at the right time for me. And that’s part of the reason it’s my favorite anime.

If you were an animal, what would you be? 

Angry Rabbit (New)


Anyone who has read my award posts in the past know that I don’t really care to nominate a wide variety of people (I only follow, like, ten people on this whole site). So, once again, I’ll refrain from nominating anywhere near 8-13 people, and instead will ask people to look at my recommended ani-bloggers list and discover those I feel are good for those interested in anime-esque criticism and fascination. That being said, I won’t ask any questions.

Just kidding. I will ask questions.


“Wait, who are you askin—”

You. I’m asking you, the reader, to answer my questions. Of course, you don’t have to, but it’d be pretty rude of you to outright ignore me, right? You wouldn’t just ignore someone asking you a potentially personal question in real life, would you? No, but seriously, if people wish to discuss my questions in the comments, I’d be more than happy to take part.

  1. If you were to direct an anime film, what aspect would you most likely prioritize over others? It can be the traditional story, characters, art; but could also be as direct as character interaction, detailed animation, or a certain tone.
  2. How would you try to attract the attention of a male (or female) harem protagonist? Asking under the assumption that said protagonist actually deserves your attention. No “Nothing—harem protagonists suck” answers.
  3. What would be more intriguing as an anime adaptation: Super Mario or Legend of Zelda?

Thanks again to Keiko and for those who continue to read my blog. Until the next time!

I’ve Been Nominated for the Unique Blogger Award


Apologies for the sudden influx of award posts. I’ve been getting nominated for these things for the first time and I want to highlight each award at least once.

My sincere thanks to Lethargic Ramblings for nominating me for this award. Their blog deals with anime from the perspective of a relatively laid-back reviewer. Also included are posts critiquing Sword Art Online haters, a 100% accurate guide to anime elitism, and the occasional Top 5 list.

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Answering the Questions:

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

The praise.


Actually, my favorite thing about blogging is the process of writing, critiquing, and getting feedback from a number of different people and knowing that my work could have an impact on people’s perspectives. My dream job is to become an actual, professional critic, so I kinda see my blog as a “first step” in that process. In essence, my favorite thing about blogging is blogging itself; forming my craft as a critic and (hoping that) people enjoy my ramblings.

What is your favourite genre of Anime and why?

Favorite genre of anime? Or favorite genre in general? Because if in general, it’s romance. I’m not typically very empathetic, so to become invested in something as powerful as love between two people is an ultimate sacrifice for my occasionally cold nature. I find the concept of two people sharing all of themselves with one another through every concept of life a beautiful thing. All the more so when a story gets it just right (Oh, how rarely it does, too). Katanagatari is an example of an anime that I think handles romance in a genuine and heartfelt way, even if it’s not the major focus.

If in anime, that’s a tough question. I do tend to be allured by the prospect of (non-harem) romance, but anime is so fickle on the subject that I almost don’t bother. Perhaps fantasy, because at least anime has shown to be incredibly imaginative over the years. Maybe historical, too (Hyouge Mono was so great).

Assuming you play video games—

I do.

what’s your preferred platform of choice?

In recent years, I’ve become somewhat of a “PC MASTER RACE” kind of guy, as Steam has given me a lot of freedom with a large selection of games and little to no hardware issues. Not to mention, most games are compatible with the Xbox 360 controller and that controller feels so nice on your hands. I’ve even gotten into downloading emulators straight to my laptop so I can play games I don’t have physical copies of right away.

Prior to then, however, I was what I like to refer to myself to as “Nintendo’s bitch.” I would (beg my mother to) get basically every console they released along with about eight games out of every major franchise. To this day, the only systems from Nintendo I haven’t owned at one point are the NES, Gameboy Advance, New Nintendo 3DS/2DS, and all the obscure ones from before my time, like the Game & Watch and Virtual Boy. The Wii U was a horrible disappointment for me with not a lot of games I really care about, which made me question my allegiance to Nintendo. The trailer for The Switch and how the gimmick didn’t interfere with the gameplay slid me back into their corner. Hoping it works out.

The “Nominations:”

I’ll say it clearly here: if you don’t want to take part in these awards, I don’t really care. I use my nominations more as a shout-out to great people for their effort in a thankless job like blogging. Well, not necessarily thankless but… you know what I mean. Following with my own tradition, I’m only nominating three people.

  1. Lethargic Ramblings: Is it illegal to nominate the person who nominated you? Well, call me a rule-breaker. A recent follow, but a blogger I knew of for some time, LR has a vast resume of posts under their belt ranging from a wide variety of different subject matter. They appear to care deeply for the art of blogging and that in itself is worth following. They also have a good head for quality, along with an easy-to-read and calming (dare I say “lethargic”) manner of voice within the words.
  2. Naja B.: Apologies for putting your actual name and not your blogging name here. It’s how I know you (I blame Twitter). A somewhat different perspective than most blogs, I followed Naja due to a post concerning her love for Pokémon. Her usual forté is otome games, which she reviews with such glee that I can’t help but find them charming, despite having no interest in the subject. Except My Horse Prince, of course. Anyone intrigued by the world of cute anime boys (and occasional Fangirl flip-outs) is guaranteed a good time on her blog.
  3. Yuri-chan’s Blog: Highlighted her blog to a minimal degree during my first award post, Yuri-chan is one of my first ever follows here on WordPress. One may not know it, by I really enjoy artists and watching them paint and draw or whatever else. While she doesn’t post very often, Yuri-chan has a collection of anime-esque drawings that I feel are fairly good—well enough for a follow at the least. And if she’s reading this, keep up the good work!

The Questions:

  1. How often in a single day do you dedicate exercising your body (any amount counts, such as walking, stretching, etc.)?
  2. Do you prefer anime on rainy days or manga on sunny days?
  3. What is your earliest memory?

As always, thank you for reading my blog and all the nominators in the past for encouraging me to write on. Tally-ho!