In my second Sunshine Blogger award, it took me five months to make the time to respond. This time, it took six! That’s not going in the right direction! So, please accept a) my apologies for the delay and b) my gratitude for nominating this site. I appreciate the thoughts!
The nominators in order of nomination are:
- A Geeky Gal
- The Otaku Author
- Never Argue with a Fish
- Umai Yomu Anime Blog
- The Moyatorium
- Anime as a Cup of Tea
- Foovay’s Cauldron
Again, thanks for the nomination! I’ll try to make the answers worth your while.
Here are the Sunshine Blogger tag rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog so that other people can visit them
- Answer the 11 questions put to you by the nominator
- Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing and provide them with a new set of 11 questions to answer
- Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts
- List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo within your post or on your blog site
Since I’m answering 8 nominations at once, I’ll pick three questions from each. I hope I pick the nominator’s favorites!
Where would you like to be in 10 years?
I guess it’s a sign of the times that my first answer is “alive.” I know that’s not a place — but like I said, that’s just another sign of the times!
My second thought was: I’d like to have between 5 and 10 moderately successful novels published by then. Also, I’d like to be just about ready to retire from my “real” job so I can write full time. I’ve started a web site about my novel writing. I’m trying to use it to share my progress and shame myself into writing. So far, well, the results are mixed…
What game are you currently playing?
I’ve been playing a lot of Dying Light. It’s by the same folks who make Dead Island. Both are zombie games. They share the same physics engine, so your weapons degrade. I can only bang zombies on the head with a pipe for so long before I either have to fix the pipe or discard it. My character also gets tired after swinging the weapon for too long.
Dying light has beautiful graphics and physics that at least feel realistic. That crow-bar, for example, degrades every time I use it. Oh, and if you ever get a chance to get a 3440×1440 monitor? Take it. They are awesome!
The game has great graphics, solid soundtrack, and good story. Really good story, now that I think about it. I like stories where as the main character, you stand up to illegal or immoral orders.
What is one thing you want to change about your blog?
I’d like to change the skill level of the guy writing it! After all these years of practice, I really expected a bit more polish and a much more consistent and accessible style. Really, I’m going to give myself a stern talking to!
If you could see one anime again for the first time, what would it be and why?
There was just so much about this series that I enjoyed.
But in terms of pure enjoyment, I think I’d go with Gate. It’s everything I look for in an anime series. Solid plot, very interesting characters, deep, well-designed world, and lots of humor and action.
The show even inspired some great figurines, like this one of Rory Mercury.
And maybe I could do a better job if I reviewed it now for the first time! My first reviews certainly had room for improvement…
If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?
It’s a toss up between public speaking and writing. Given the state of the latter, I’ll go with the former. Maybe I could become a politician and fight some of the more blatant evils we’re seeing fight now.
The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are the three anime characters you want on your team?
If you’ve read my site for any time at all, I think you can probably guess this one. I’d go with Saeko Busujima from High School of the Dead. I’m tempted to stop there. I mean, really, who else would I need?
Saeko was initially ashamed at how much she enjoyed killing zombies. Turned out, though, that’s exactly the kind of mindset you need to thrive in an age dominated by zombies. Capture from the Hulu stream.
But in all honesty, she’d need some down time. She’s not a machine! So looking over the anime zombie-killing landscape, I think I’d choose Ikoma and Mumei, both from Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. Left alone, he can get a little whiny, and she can get a little off task. But they’re good for each other, though, so I’ll take them as a pair.
What’s one language you’d like to master more than any other?
English. I’d love to master English some day. After more than a half a century of trying, I’m still not there. But I refuse to give up! I will write and write and write until…
Well, I’d say until I can’t write anymore, but I think some could argue I’m already there!
This question is mostly filler, what score would you give it out of 10?
I’m going to give it a 10 because it reminded me of a delightful line from “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For hilarious reasons, the cast had to sing their lines, but what was even more amusing is that not all of them could sing well. There’s a song called Walk through the Fire that contains, as far as I can remember, Willow Rosenberg’s only line:
I think this line’s mostly filler…
To be honest, I thought Willow’s voice sounded just fine. Capture from the Hulu stream.
It’s at 2:51 if you watch the YouTube video.
How much anime is too much anime?
I’d like to say it’s a nonsensical question! Is it possible to have too much anime?
But seriously, I’d say that if I ever start watching anime just to pad my resume, so to speak, then that’s too much anime.
Do you prefer cookies or doughnuts?
Come to think of it, I wonder if there’s a legitimate kind of cookie I don’t like?
What was your first job?
I grew up on a family farm, so my first job was farming. I still remember sitting on a John Deere Model L equipped with single row cultivators. It would take me weeks to remove the weeds between the rows of corn in the 40 acre field north of our house.
But you know what’s interesting? I got more short story and novel plotting done during those hours than at any other time in my life.
Maybe I just need to plant 40 acres of corn and have at it to make progress on my novels?
What’s the next anime on your watch list?
Fire Force Season 2 is next on my list. I need to watch the first episode because I can’t write my Best in Show review until I see it! I have high hopes for this season. I’m looking forward to seeing Maki again, for one thing. Arthur and Shinra have developed a great dynamic, for another.
And it’s always fun to watch Hibana wield her powerful, weaponized sexuality!
I’m really looking forward to seeing Shinra and friends back in action. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Now, if we could just keep Tamaki’s clothes on… Or at least let her control when her clothes fly off! Then the show would be close to perfect.
Would you prefer to commute to work/school by flying carpet, pumpkin carriage, or ventilated glass coffin carried by coffin dancers?
The first question to spring to mind was, “What kind of dancers?” Then, because my wife and my daughter have, let’s say, shared their perspectives with me, my second question was, “How do we ensure a high qualify of life for those dancers? How will I provide health insurance, vacation time, and the other basics?”
So I’ll go with pumpkin carriage. Assuming I can pay the driver and maintain the vehicle. I’d prefer to have a roof over my head since I life in Ohio and we have nasty winters. Well, nasty by my standards, anyway.
If you must immigrate to another country, where would you go?
Canada. Southern Canada, to be precise. I could keep the same language, get to my new home country in just a few hours, and pick up universal health care in the process.
A big selling point: They seem considerably less “guano crazy” than so many Americans. I mean, come on: Politicizing wearing a mask? Really?
On a scale of cotton candy to razor blade dripping with your enemy’s blood, are you more wholesome or edgy?
I’d like to say that as the host of a site that celebrates anime and tries to focus on the positive, I’m close to the cotton candy side of things. But if you’ve read my discussion of the Listeners episode that featured Pink Floyd, you might have your doubts.
I’m probably in between. I’m a typical human male: capacity for infinite violence with an aspiration to do better.
Remember Kaede Fuyou from Shuffle? Sweet, always helpful Kaede? There are times I feel like I’m shooting for that and end up more like her back story, before she knew the truth about who killed her mom (and when she blamed Rin Tsuchimi).
I think we need a few more thousand years before we humans get this civilization thing down. Capture from the Hulu stream.
What is your favorite moment from a Kyoto Animation anime?
Wow! Talk about a hard choice! Each anime from Kyoto Animation is made up primarily of favorite moments. Like, tons of them per episode! So choosing one is a challenge.
The first scene to come to mind was from Bitter Orange, an episode of Beyond the Boundary. It’s the scene where Mirai Kuriyama learned that Akihito Kanbara, the goofy guy who adored her glasses, was actually half monster. A group of his friends were trying to restrain him as he turned, but they failed.
They failed because with his powers, he blew the top off a mountain.
Mirai saved herself using her own powers. Her reaction (17:25) to seeing what he’d done, coupled with the realization of wrong she’d been in her opinion of him, was a fantastic moment.
Do you have any other passions besides anime?
I love writing. The way I look at it, writing can take the form of blog posts, short stories, scripts, novels, or even computer programs. I get strange looks from other programmers when I talk about this, so I’ve kinda stopped. But to me, a large financial wire processing system is a novel. Classes make up its chapters (I’m primarily a Java programmer). The climax is when the wire gets processes by the federal reserve.
I have a strange perspective on the world, don’t I?
Do you like Japanese food?
I love Japanese food. I used to belong to Umai Crate. They increased the price and changed the mix of foods, but before they did, I got to try genuine Japanese yakisoba. It was completely unlike anything I’d tried from the US. It was amazing!
I may or may not be addicted to this brand of yakisoba. Okay, okay. I’m addicted.
I recently found out that I can buy Myojo Yakisoba instant noodle bowls from Amazon. They’re a little pricey, but good heavens they taste good!
Umbrella, or no umbrella on a sunny day with pouring rain?
I picked this question because it got me wondering: Why is it pouring rain when it’s a sunny day? I mean, I’ve experienced sprinkles or brief showers while the sun was still out, but pouring rain?
Is it really rain? Am I being pranked? Is it some kind of prelude to an invasion by Cthulhu cycle deities?
Since there’s no way to know, I’ll go with umbrella. I’d prefer not to get soaked.
Horror-genre movies/anime/manga, what would be your top 3 picks?
Oh cool! A list within a list! For my three top horror anime picks, I’ll go with:
I used My Anime List’s genre listing to be sure those qualified as Horror. I don’t want to cheat anyone!
Naivety in characters, what are your thoughts on it?
It depends on what it’s used for. If it’s used to ridicule a character, I don’t think much of it. But if it’s used as a starting point for character development or audience perspective, then it can be seriously cool.
Combine that with a character who’s naive in unexpected ways, and it can a lot of fun! Take Ledo from Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, for example. In many ways, he was anything but naive. He was an experienced combat pilot. He was a respected and seasoned officer. Yet, when it came to the world as seen by Amy, including the realm of romance, he was completely naive.
At first glance, Ledo was anything but naive. Change his environment, though, and his perspective changed. Considerably! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
What is your number one feel good piece of media, be it a book or anime or TV series or movie, the one that will always make you feel better on a bad day.
Of all the series I’ve enjoyed, there’s one I can always go to if I need to chill out. It’s The Asterisk War. The characters are why. Individually, they’re interesting. Ayato’s wildly powerful, and he’s trying to solve the mystery of what happened to his sister. Julis is a princess who’s driven to help a group of people who are precious to her, but who her society looks down on. Saya’s a geek who loves the guns her dad makes for her.
I could go on about the other characters individually, but what I found so healing about the show is how much they all support each other. No matter the academic or societal forces array against them, they watch out for each other. Just knowing something like that exists, even if it’s in fiction, is reassuring to me.
What is the best book you’ve read this year?
This year, at least so far, the best book I’ve read was Stars Beyond, book two in the Stars Uncharted series, by S. K. Dunstall. It’s a combination of hard science fiction and character-driven drama, and I can’t get enough of that. The author has written several other series, and I unreservedly recommend all of them — particularly the Linesman series.
What game currently has you completely in it’s grip? Why?
I’m going to go with Dying Light again. It’s challenging, the characters are interesting, it rewards exploration, and it’s beautiful to look at.
Dying Light looks amazing. The smoke effects are convincing.
Skipping Nominations and Questions
Since is my third go-round, I’m going to skip the formal nominations. Instead, if you haven’t been nominated, please consider this your chance!
And if you’d like me to make it official and add your nomination to this section, just say so. I’ll be happy to edit the post!
Thanks Everyone: Nominators and Readers!
If you’ve read this far, thanks! I hope the answers were entertaining. I also hope they don’t make you feel generally uneasy about my state of mind! And if you are one of the nominators, I really hope I picked some of your favorite questions.
Did any of my answers touch on a topic that’s near and dear to you? Who would you pick to combat the zombie horde? Let me know in the comments!