In all the time I’ve been writing, I haven’t really had much opportunity to do many of these Blogging Awards. I have Alyssa of Al’s Manga Blog to thank for this nomination, which comes at a time where I’m not exactly at my most prolific when it comes to writing on here.
Alyssa has been kind enough to throw some comments on my video games posts as I’ve been taking a mini break from writing about anime, but I recommend checking her blog out covering a lot of comic books and manga, as well as the odd video game review herself.
As per the rules of these award thingies I have to post the following:
• Display the logo.
• Thank the blogger for the award.
• Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.
• Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.
• Ask them 7 questions.
So here are my answers to the questioned posed in my direction:
1. What anime would you recommend as a way to introduce someone to anime who hasn’t watched any before?
I have done a lot of recommending anime to people. Unfortunately, living in the barren wasteland of nerd culture that I do, my recommendations often fall of deaf ears. To me, this question comes down to my audience and whether they want to watch a shonen or not. Because, despite watching a hell of a lot more anime than I used to, my brain still seem to classify them into two main genres: Shonen and Not Shonen.
The obvious answer for the Shonen genre is My Hero Academia right now. It’s recent, it’s well animated and it’s just good all around. If you wanted something a bit weirder; I’d recommend Hinamatsuri from last year. It’s a show that jumps totally clear of its original premise and ended up being something I loved a lot more than I’d ever expect. A show that starts about yakuza and ungodly powerful psychic children that turns into a story about parenthood and growing up.
2. What was the first anime that you can recall watching and what did you think of it at the time?
I’m 30. So Pokemon. I wasn’t even aware that anime was a thing before Pokemon started airing back in the very late 90s. It hit me in all the ways that Pokemon is intended to hit children. From there it was a snowball effect where I would watch any show which looked like it had the same anime art style:
Dragon Ball, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Cardcapters, Samurai Pizza Cats. I’d eat it all up.
My obsession for Pokemon has never dulled, with the franchise just growing without any signs of stopping to this very day.
As a bonus answer, the first anime I watched that wasn’t aimed a really young kids was Full Metal Alchemist, which really gave me an idea of how much broader anime actually was.
3. What anime are you currently watching?
This season hasn’t been the most amazing for me. Currently, I’m watching My Hero Academia (Season 4), Fire Force, Dr. Stone, Ahirun No Sora (The basketball anime) and Ascendance of a Bookworm. There are some good shows in there, I’m just a little burned out on writing about them episode by episode. I think I do have some things to say about them building up in the future though.
4. Is there an anime that you’ve changed your mind about upon rewatching it (either you liked it more or less than the first time you watched it or saw it in a new light)?
I haven’t really been back into anime long enough to rewatch anything at this point. In fact, I don’t make a habit of ever rewatching tv or movies in general. Rewatching the Marvel movies for my revisit series has been more a slog than I’d have expected it to be.
If I’m honest, I’d probably have to say Dragon Ball is the show I’ve both rewatched the most and seen in a new light more than once too. Since Super rekindled the series, I’ve seen opinion on Dragon Ball sway back and forth as people both praise and criticise the series. It’s really made me think about the franchise a lot more than I ever did before, especially now that I know a lot more about the processes behind the scenes.
One of my most popular posts I’ve ever written on my blog is an extended tirade of me complaining about the Majin Buu saga of Z. Today, I feel like I have a far better context to understand why that series was how it was. I also have a greater appreciation for it in hindsight.
So Dragon Ball would be my answer by default purely because it’s the anime I’ve spent the most time thinking about by far over the years.
5. Do you listen to any anime or manga podcasts? If so which ones?
I couldn’t even name you an anime podcast. While only tangentially related, what got me back into watching anime again was Teamfourstar’s short lived anime series called AnimeFMK. It was basically a panel show where the hosts would talk about shows in a season and “kill” one off every week.
While it was a Youtube video and not a podcast, I always ended up listening to it at work as though it were a podcast. While they don’t produce the series anymore, I feel like I need to shout them out because if not for Scott, Kirran and Ben, I don’t think I’d have gotten back into anime and this community to the extent that I have.
In terms of podcasts though, I haven’t searched any out, which is surprising considering how many podcasts I do listen to.
6. Do you play video games? If so which ones are your favourites?
The gravity of this question is overwhelming me. I play a lot of Video games, it’s actually one of the primary reasons I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like these past couple months. And picking a favourite is also a task whose enormity feels beyond me right now.
So to keep it brief, some of my favourite games ever include: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Borderlands 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Pokemon (I can’t pick just one), Monster Hunter and Destiny
My favourite games this year include Apex Legends, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Control
7. Is there an older anime that you’d like to see receive a remake?
Not really. I’m not a very nostalgically driven person. I’d rather spend my time with something new than see something I’ve seen before. It’s an aspect of my life that extends to most corners of my life: Video Games, Movies, Food and Drink, Holiday Destinations. It’s also part of the reason I avoid reading ahead when it comes to anime I enjoy.
Knowing what’s coming kind of ruins the experience for me.
Erm… I don’t actually have anyone to dominate… Honestly though, this is me being very self conscious about how I don’t feel like I’m a proper anime blogger and how I’m just trying to elbow in where I don’t really belong. It’s just my massive self worth issues coming to the top again, but I don’t want to feel like I’m burdening anyone who feels like they need to respond.
Also, I can’t think of any questions to ask… It’s the reason I’ve both envied and dreaded the day I would get one of these nominations myself. Although I feel doubly bad for not propagating the point of these awards. If I get in trouble for this, I’ll go back and make one of my own, at least then I know people won’t get mad for me asking the same old questions.
Thanks again to Alyssa for the nomination.