Welcome to the second installment of the Award Tag Burrito, in which I continue my attempt to answer all awards I’ve been nominated for! Once again, if you’ve nominated me for an award and I didn’t like or reply to the post, I probably haven’t seen it, and you can comment below if you still want me to answer it. I doubt anyone’s dying to read my answers, but just in case.
Blogger Recognition Award
This one is from Jenn @ Welcome to Hellzone! I told her I had already done the award when I saw myself nominated, but since I’ve decided to answer every award, I put this one back into the list. Jenn writes the most original posts on topics we all care about as anime fans (yuri, anyone?), so go check her out if you haven’t already!
Story of My Blog
I’ve told this a few times, but I guess you can have it again! I’ve been in a perpetual moya-moya mood since…high school? Perhaps since the end of elementary school. Was a melodramatic teen preoccupied with the idea of being in an identity moratorium, hence the name of the blog. The blog wasn’t born until late last year though! My moratorium…um…lasted.
University hit and I forced myself to apply for jobs and volunteer opportunities, and realized that many positions I came across required WordPress or some other set of computer skills. I set up a blog and hastily made a post a few days before intern applications for the sake of an extra line on my resume. And I blog on anime because what else is there to blog about! I don’t know about that many things.
2 Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers
Ahaha, advice from me. Hmmm….
- Get a Twitter account (so I can follow you!). I was never much of a social media user before, but I found the Twitter account I made in 2014 and linked that to my blog. It really helps you get to know the rest of the people in the aniblogging community better, and can help increase traffic to some extent. I’m honestly having fun with it now.
- Thoughts mean more than summaries. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really see much point in blog posts that consist primarily of synopses (or worse, synopses copied and pasted straight from MAL). Keep the summaries short, because what really matters is your insight on whatever work you’re talking about! Long blog posts encourage skimming, and taking out lengthy summaries can make your posts more succinct.
Sunshine Blogger Award
Next up is a nomination from magicconan14 @ The Animanga Spellbook! Magicconan writes thoughtful analysis posts on various topics related to anime, manga, and things of the like. I highly recommend checking them out.
If you had to play tug-of-war with a group of anime/manga characters, which characters would you pick and how would it pan out?
Oh dear…there are many big and strong anime characters out there. A titan? Ugh, they’re so unpleasant. Let me see if there’s someone pleasant… Rider. The Fate/Zero one. My team will feel very overpowered, but I’m sure the battle spirit will still be there. It will feel like a conquest.
What would you call your worst anime at the moment and why does it hold that position?
I hesitate to name anime I haven’t finished, so my choice probably isn’t the most offensive anime in existence. I choose Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase. I watched the entire damn thing because I had a crush on this guy with tastes I can’t appreciate no matter how much I try to. This guy actually asked me about plot details every time we met to make sure I got to all his favourite parts. Vampire loli(s) and a hopeless guy she calls her oniisan, just what is this abomination?
What is the most terrifying experience you remember?
The first that came to mind (most likely not the scariest), is when I had a dream of myself dying in an unknown house. Swarms of rats emerged from every direction to consume my corpse. The way they gnawed at my right neck was especially disturbing. Ever since I woke up, I’ve been musophobic, and I jump a little whenever somebody touches my right neck, or even taps at my right shoulder.
Next up is a Liebster Award from Zainou @ This Title is (Not) Acceptable. Why, I find the site name perfectly acceptable. Zainou’s style is casual, and they “write about whatever.” Well, it’s definitely a good kind of whatever! They just finished the 30 Day Anime Challenge recently, so go check them out if you’re interested in their thoughts!
If you could change/ make one law what would it be?
I don’t feel confident about messing around with the legal system. Hmm…raise minimum wage? That might be a pleasant change.
If you could eat one thing forever and never get sick of it, what would it be?
Rice. I have no particular feelings about it, but I eat rice for the majority of my meals anyways and haven’t gotten tired of it yet.
If you could live a life of immortality would you?
Yes. Most people have fears about leaving loved ones behind, but even with a regular lifespan, you often end up having to part with loved ones anyways. It’s not like me living a longer life would affect their lifespans in any way. Just think about all the potential in an extended life. You can take all the risks you couldn’t afford to take. You can probably make some pretty great contributions for the world too (hmm, be an exceptionally good historian?). The human lifespan is too short to satisfy my desires. I would say yes in a blink.
If you had 1 billion dollars (or whatever your currency is) what would you do?
Save half, buy a house, donate the rest. Then find someone to marry and fulfill my dream of being a stay-at-home mom.
If you could bring one character from a fictional work into real life who would it be?
Doraemon. That dude is way too useful. Would clean out my closet for him.
If you could have dinner, or a coffee, or whatever with any real person (a director, and author, an actor etc.) who would it be?
Hmmm…I’d probably just end up being very awkward. Does it have to be someone alive? Perhaps it would be cool to meet Chopin. Pretend the language barrier doesn’t exist.
If you had infinite resources to fund someone to make a piece of media for you (movie, anime, tv series, video game etc.) what would that project be?
Anime or TV show. I like things with episodes. I want Kajiura OSTs (and ideally Kalafina EDs?)! I don’t have ideas for plot though. Maybe a cooking show. A cooking show with Kajiura OSTs, I’m sure you’re all thrilled to watch it!
What’s the best thing you’ve ever written?
Probably not a blog post, if I’m honest. It would probably be one of the university essays that I poured my soul into. I am fond of a certain essay I wrote on sound and silence in Toni Morrison’s Jazz. I promise I’ll pour my soul into a blog post someday, but it can’t be this month!
If you could have one skill you don’t currently have, what would it be?
The ability to speak German. Not sure why it’s the first thing that came to mind, but I’ve been interested in the sound of German recently. It’s a language with the most incredible vocab too!
What’s something you could watch endlessly and never get bored of?
I get bored of things really fast. Rarely ever re-watch shows. Hmm…Kalafina lives? Yes, that might be the answer (sorry, Kalafina’s been occupying my mind these days).
Who’s your favourite director (anime or film)?
Don’t have one.
So rossiroad @ My Brain is Completely Empty nominated me for a Liebster as well! Some questions overlap with Zainou’s, so I will skip those in this round. Rossiroad writes great (Evangelion) posts, and is also currently working on his own novel! It’s set in a medieval fantasy world (with a beautiful map and all), and the premise is looking great. Go check out his blog!
What video games do you like?
I only play really unintelligent computer games for the sake of de-stressing. Ahem…Candy Crush and Bingo Bash. Not truly video games, I don’t think. So many pretty colours to mend the essay-weary soul…
You see a hot boy/girl (depending on your sexual orientation) at a place of your choosing, how do you approach him/her?
I’m a pretty passive person, so the best I can do is smile pleasantly and hope that I’m being lovely (*internally screaming senpai notice me!!!*). May try to talk (and fail miserably) if given the opportunity.
How do you watch anime? I’m interested to see if you binge watch, watch every so often and what websites and hardware you watch it on.
I stream, and usually watch 2-4 episodes a day for shows that have finished airing.
How do you get over it when you feel sad? What do you do?
I used to have a cool system where I would think about all the sad things in my life and make a story inspired by it. I would immerse myself in that tragedy fantasy for 30 minutes to an hour and come out feeling cathartic.
Nowadays my methods are less advanced: 1) Eat crunchy things. 2) Huddle in a ball on the floor and sing soothing/edgy/inspiring songs to myself depending on the mood.
What kind of person annoys you the most?
Closed-minded people who advocate narrow views.
Are there any non-scientific/ more spiritual things you believe in e.g crystals or things like that?
I grew up in an environment where most people believed in spiritual things to some extent and has a few uncanny/supernatural experiences to back up their beliefs. Having moved to Canada (from Taiwan), I’ve become a lot more skeptical, but it’s hard for me to entirely dismiss the whole belief in spirits/ghosts and stuff. I’ve simply heard way too many anecdotes as a kid from adults I never thought to doubt. I like the idea of crystals and am fond of the concept of rituals, but wouldn’t truly energy in such things.
What have you always wanted to be able to do but aren’t able to do?
Construct beautiful sentences without having to think too hard, and be grammatically correct all the time. I’m a slow writer and any in-class paper is sure to drag my marks down. I also suck at descriptive writing – it requires deliberate effort, and I don’t usually end up producing anything too inspiring.
So, if you accept the nomination, you can choose to do any of the three awards! I will provide 11 questions if you choose to do the Liebster or Sunshine, and just choose any 3 out of the 11 if you choose Sunshine!
- A Nerdy Perspective (I do not know why I wasn’t following you before! This is a problem – I’m sure I was because I remember reading your posts…)
- What’s something you do under stress?
- What’s your opinion on abstract art?
- What’s your opinion on poetry?
- Do you believe in long-distance online relationships?
- Do you think you should have a deeper understanding of your best friend or your romantic partner?
- Favourite season and why?
- Which ancient civilization is your favourite?
- When do you think the world will end, if ever?
- What’s the scariest horror movie (or any type of horror fiction) trope?
- If you murder someone, how would you dispose of the body?
- If you murder someone, how would you commit the murder?
That got dark real quick. Don’t ask me how I came up with my questions – they were totally spontaneous.
Sorry for a real long post! I crammed 4 awards into one – maybe I shouldn’t do that next time.