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Sunshine Blogger Award: Finally, an Award Post

Hey, it’s been a while I’ve done an award post (and by a while, I mean…*checks,* 2 years. *Gulps*). Apologies to all the people who came up with the greatest questions ever that I never answered, some of whom have since left the blogsphere. I do really love answering random questions, so idk why it took me so long.

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Here are the rules:

  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.

Combining two awards in one like a true procrastinator. Some music to go with the slightly longer award post:

Merlin’s Questions

Gotta give it to Merlin @ Merlin’s Musings for coming up with all the very important questions.

1. Who is your favorite celebrity crush, real or fictitious? By all means, include a picture. 😉

I’m not really a celebrity person, but I really like the voice actor Jouji Nakata, who voiced the Count of Monte Cristo, Kirei Kotomine, Kongo-sensei, and so many more. Also, he has a wholesome Twitter account that contradicts with the personalities of nearly all the characters he voiced.

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Jouji-san is a Kalafina fan too!

2. What would your Patronus/spirit animal be?

I once did that test on the Harry Potter website and got the supposedly rare Runespoor. True Slytherin I am…

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3. If you suddenly had superpowers, what would they be (you can pick up to three of them) and what would be a practical day job to use them in?

The power to stop time. It’s useful in any job, particularly those with deadlines (like the freelance translation gig I currently have). Also, healing powers would be amazing, and much needed during this time.

homura time

4. Be it the Shire or the Federation of Planets, storytellers tend to make up some society which is their ideal. Mine is an extended clan of half-demons who prioritize honor, compassion, freedom, and strength. What would yours be?

I don’t think I have one! My personal fantasies tend to be dystopian in nature, because I have trouble envisioning utopias.

5. You are captain of a starship that has discovered a habitable planet. What did you name your ship, and what would you name this planet?

Galatea, because this myth-inspired name sounds right enough and vaguely galactic. I would avoid naming the planet, because there’s a good chance that a habitable planet has already been inhabited by some lifeform, who may have named the planet already. Don’t want to be the colonizer!

6. You can visit three worlds from anime/books/TV/etc., for twenty-four hours each. Which ones do you visit and what do you do while there?

Day 1: The Night is Short, Walk on Girl. A seemingly never-ending night fueled with suspicious cocktails, an old book sale, and a spicy food eating contest?? Who doesn’t want that!?

Day 2: Howl’s Moving Castle. Howl’s is a long-time favourite, with all its wild steampunk magic (I’m among the minority that prefers the movie to the book, btw). I don’t care what happens to me there–if I get served thick bacon that’s probably too tough, get turned into a 90-year-old woman, or get deposited to wastelands by a magic portal.

Day 3: Sword Art Online. I rarely ever game, but getting stuck in a world where making a sandwich only requires pressing buttons in the air (I think that’s how it went?) and slaying monsters comes with no ethical consequences sounds pleasant, if just for a day.

Asuna (Cooking) - Sword Art Online (With images) | Sword art ...

7. What is a book, comic/manga, or game you’d love to see in a cinematic form? Or the other way around, what is a movie, TV show, or cartoon/anime you’d love to read in written form?

I recently fell in love with the 2004 anime Gankutsuou, an adaptation of Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. I would love to see more classics as stylized anime, especially those with supernatural/Gothic elements. I think A Picture of Dorian Gray would make an excellent anime, if Mahiro Maeda is the director! Or if they made a series based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, kinda like what they did with Junji Ito, except with better execution.

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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

8. What is your favorite color?

Purple.

9. Your favorite supernatural creature is real. What is it, and can humanity coexist with it?

I once designed an abominable creature with a friend in eighth grade. It’s a winged weasel-reindeer species called a “fynta.” Fyntas drift around with no objective other than to listen to people’s secrets and spread them. Humanity can coexist with it, but it might go extinct very soon…

Quick doodle

10. What would love to get for Christmas, or a birthday?

“Aww, don’t get me anything,” I’d say to you politely. But the truth is, food! Edible gifts are so underrated these days. People often try hard to avoid “generic” holiday gifts like Ferrero Rochers or shortbread cookies, but I honestly love those more than, say, blank bulletin journals. And homemade food is even better!

eating cookie

11. What are your most and least favorite parts about blogging?

Favourite: getting interaction. It could be a private chat, comment, link, or even something like a quick retweet. Knowing that my thoughts/feelings towards something resonated with someone to any extent always makes my day.

Least favourite: Episodic reviews sometimes tire me out, especially seasonal ones. You have to follow a more rigid schedule, and sometimes you just can’t think of enough to say each and every week! Irina’s post on episodic reviews sums up those feelings quite perfectly.

MIB’s Questions

I don’t watch nearly as many films as the the highly prolific MIB, but these questions were certainly interesting to consider.

1. What is your movie monster preference – CGI or man in a rubber suit?

Rubber suit, possibly.

2. Did you have a nickname at school, and if so what was it and why (if there is a reason or story behind it)?

None of my nicknames have been consistent, but I’ve been called “weeb-lord” before, for…obvious reasons (I co-ran an anime club in high school).

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Reasonable approximation

3. What do you have more of in your film collection – Hollywood/English language films or world cinema/foreign language films?

I don’t collect films (wish I did!).

4. If you were to introduce someone to a genre of film or TV they are not familiar with – for example, anime, silent movies, world cinema, sci-fi, etc.- which title(s) would you choose?

I’d argue that anime isn’t a genre, but I might introduce them to…Attack on Titan or Death Note? Thinking back to what I watched with my mom. Things that are distant enough from the “questionable” side of anime, but nevertheless iconic.

light yagami potato chip

5. Do you think there needs to be a moratorium on wildly bushy/hipster beards or is it a harmless fashion trend that is here to stay?

Nope, this is one moratorium I can’t care less about. 🙂

6. Do you play any sports? If so which ones? And if you don’t, is there one you’d like to be good at?

I suck at every sport except dodgeball (I have a bad fear of flying objects and am consequently good at dodging). I would like to be able to play pool.

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That’s me, every time.

7. Is there a word that you absolutely cannot spell correctly without any help from a dictionary or spellchecker regardless of how many times you’ve written/typed it?

“Uzbekistan.”

8. How do you pronounce the word “either”? Do you say “eee-ther” or “eye-ther”?

Both, but more often “eye-ther.”

9. What is your all-time favourite music video?

Not sure if an “all-time” favourite, but I continue to like this video (TW: mutilation of dolls):

10. For those you who still pay in shops using money, do you ever feel embarrassed paying with loose change – coppers or smaller silver denominations – rather than a pound coin or five pound note (or your country’s equivalent currency)?

No. I was a cashier before, and I take pride in my ability to calculate change rather quickly!

take my money

11. Have you ever seen a fictional film which strong social themes that has forced you to completely rethink your attitudes towards the issues discussed in it?

Recently, it would be Parasite. My family isn’t exactly wealthy, but I have certainly enjoyed some of the privileges of the Parks during my childhood (e.g. English tutoring, birthday parties, instant noodles fancified with meat).

Ram-Don from Parasite (Jjapaguri with Steak) | Mission: Food

Sunny Nominees

Your turn to answer utterly my random questions, mwahaha! It’s your fault for being such sunny bloggers.

The Questions:

  1. In a situation where you must initiate small talk, what’s your go-to topic?
  2. If there are 25 hours in a day, what would you do with the extra hour?
  3. Would you prefer to commute to work/school by flying carpet, pumpkin carriage, or ventilated glass coffin carried by coffin dancers?
  4. How many hours of sleep do you need each night to feel rested?
  5. What’s the best food to eat when stressed? (Don’t tell me I’m the only stress eater here…)
  6. If you must immigrate to another country, where would you go?
  7. What kind of songs do you listen to at the end of a frustrating day?
  8. What’s the best dish you’ve made recently? Mind sharing your recipe with me?
  9. My mom wants to learn more English by watching more TV shows. She enjoyed Grey’s Anatomy and The Handmaid’s Tale, and likes “deep” stories with diverse casts. What TV show would you recommend my mom? (Totally not asking because I don’t watch enough TV.)
  10. What’s your favourite fairy tale, and why?
  11. On a scale of cotton candy to razor blade dripping with your enemy’s blood, are you more wholesome or edgy?

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And that’s it for the post! As always, pick this up if you’re interested, but don’t fret about it if you’re not. And for the many people who have tagged me over the last 2 years, I’ve saved the links to those posts, and promise I’ll try my very best to get to them in due time…

27 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award: Finally, an Award Post

  1. Thank you for the nomination. Since the pandemic hit I have been contemplating my own death and blogging about the end of life on Earth, so an award as a Sunny Blogger is ironically perfect about now. If you don’t know me by the purple mouse portrait, this is Mickey responding. I promise I will get the questions answered. But I cannot promise to be fast. And if I expire from Covid 19, then I will have to respond as a ghostwriter.

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    1. Of course I recognize your avatar! Despite the grimmer content, I think your posts ultimately lean towards optimism, so you’re one of the first people I thought of nominating.

      Stay safe, you can get through this!

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  2. Congratulations on the tag! Very cool!

    And thats for the nomination. You’ve asked some really interesting questions!

    And that doll video? Pretty sure I’m going to have nightmares after watching that. I’ve always gone overboard with anthropomorphizing everything. I figure if I can extend human dignity to sometimes like a doll, then it’ll be easier to do for the worst examples of humanity.

    And it seems like a lot of them are in power right now…

    Seeing those dolls mutilated was tough. Beautiful song, though!

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    1. Oops, I should go and add a trigger warning (sorry)! But I’m glad you enjoyed the song. Amazarashi’s MVs can be difficult to watch, and I totally get the experience you described.

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  3. Congrats on the award! Major props for mentioning Jouji Nakata and Gankutsuou. That futuristic take on Count of Monte Cristo was one of my favorite anime series during my high school years. That was such a good watch and the animation style was so unique.

    Funny you mention Galatea since I have a character of that same name in my Revezia series who’s an evil hydrokinetic princess who’s part of a faction to cleanse the planet of “ugliness”.

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    1. Sorry I missed this comment (did not get a notification at all). But yay, a fellow Gankutsuou and Jouji fan! I am still obsessed.

      Galatea is just such a pretty name. Have you seen Claymore? There’s a badass character by that name too. I see nothing wrong with your hydrokinetic princess!

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      1. No problem. It happens from time to time and there were times where I didn’t get notifications. I’m glad someone knows about Gankutsuou. There’s a hilarious in hindsight element in the Japanese version since Jouji has also been a vampire character in another Gonzo work…Alucard from Hellsing!

        It truly is a pretty name. I’ve seen a little bit of Claymore, but not the whole thing. I may have missed her. Hahaha! Yeah, it was fun making that princess character and her faction known as the Paragon Tiaras who wreak havoc on multiple kingdoms.

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      2. Jouji Nakata has the best mature antihero voice ever.

        Galatea appears fairly late in Claymore, and doesn’t get important until later on in the manga, so it’s no wonder. Paragon Tiaras sounds glamorous!!!

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  4. Of all the patronuses… runespoor? That looks terrifying. 😭

    I would like to join you in the Night is Short world and challenge you to a spicy food eating contest. If you’re okay with losing that is. I’m not the best at cooking, okay at baking, but I can make amazing shortbread cookies, so that’ll be your consolation prize for losing. Don’t say I’m not generous.

    Deep down in my heart, I just knew you were a purple girl.

    Thanks for the nomination, I loved reading your answers! ☺️

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