Since I’m still taking a short vacation in Boston, I decided to entertain some people with five questions I came up for a game by Iso. Thankfully, I haven’t been tagged for any questions yet, so I won’t be listing any unless somebody decides to.
If you are wondering about the rules, here they are.
- Each person is supposed to follow the rule of fives.You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
- Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so fourth. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
- In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
- To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
- Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.
- To potentially prevent an endless game, this round of games will end on the 8th September 2012, 12pm JST (GMT +9). After which, no more bloggers can tag others to answer their questions.
So let the games begin. (Image Source)
1. Which Anime from 2011 do you enjoy the most?
Well, 2011 was a great year for Anime since a lot of good shows aired, so its tough to pick which one that I enjoyed the most. For me, I think Madoka Magica is the most enjoyable show for 2011 since it takes the Magical Girl genre and deconstruct it. From Urobuchi Gen’s work on Fate/zero and Saya no Uta, I think he did a tremendous job on giving the story a dark feeling. Most importantly, he gives the birth to Kyubey, which became popular for his tendencies to create contracts with young girls.
Aside from Madoka, probably 2nd Idolmaster Anime takes the runner-up position mostly for the girls’ personality, enjoyable story and the singing.
2. Do you play video games? If so, what kind of games do you play? Also, what consoles do you currently own?
Yes and I consider myself a core gamer since I play a lot of games, mostly Japanese RPGs, rhythm, platformers, racing and simulation games. However, I do not play first player shooters and most western games since they don’t interest me. Also, I hate mobile games because idiots like Pachter keep saying that handheld gaming is dying and that iPhone games are better, which gets me angry. Additionally, the shallow gameplay from most of these games and lack of physical controllers are also factors why I don’t like them.
For the consoles I own: Nintendo Gameboy (All except Light and Micro), Playstation 2, Playstation 3, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, DS (All except DSi XL), 3DS and Vita.
3. Do you currently study the Japanese Language? If so, what method did you take. If not, why?
日本語をわかれる？うん。(Can I understand Japanese? Yes.)
I know Japanese at an Elementary Level. I have started teaching myself back in October of last year when I wanted to play Idolmaster 2 on the Playstation 3. I had to do it alone since my college doesn’t exactly have a course on Japanese. Therefore, I used a textbook called Genki to learn all the basic grammar.
So far, I’m pretty confident with the language, even though I haven’t focused much on Kanji. However, I’m working on that before I start intermediate level Japanese.
4. What are your favorite Japanese singers and/or composers?
Lia: I really like her singing as she has a very nice voice. The first song, “Bird’s Poem” (鳥の詩) really impressed me as did with her other songs like “Light Colors” and “A Song Engraved in Time”（問いを刻む詩）.
Sakamoto Maaya: Although she is a voice actress, her talent is mostly known for her singing. Her voice is rather gentle and sounds pure, but its kind of a shame that her older works isn’t as widely available since I heard that they sounded great.
Mizuki Nana: When I listened to “Scarlet Night,” I started to like her singing. It’s not surprising since she was trained for Enka during her childhood before becoming a full-fledged voice actresses. Believe it or not, I didn’t realize that she did the opening song for Nanoha until I listened to some of her music.
Kalafina – This is another project that Japanese Composer, Kajiura Yuki started years ago and I have to say, it lives up to their name. The members in this project consist of two consisting from her previous project, FictionJunction with an additional girl. They give a very enjoyable listening experience as seen with the Madoka Magica Ending and the second Fate/zero opening.
Sphere: It’s a known fact that I look down idol groups since they are more about pretty looks than singing talent. However, Sphere defies that since the members consists of voice actresses that actually has talent (most notably Tomatsu Haruka and Takagki Ayahi). For the most part, I enjoy most of their songs.
Other notable singers: Imai Asami, Takahashi Chiaki, Hara Yumi
5. How do you taste test shows you haven’t seen?
Unless it’s a sequel, I typically watch three to five episodes to see how the plot develops before deciding to drop a show. Since I’m pretty lenient, I typically don’t drop shows unless it’s very boring, has very annoying characters, has too much fanservice or I hate what I saw. As of today, I only dropped eight shows for various reasons, mostly for annoying characters and/or too much fanservice.
Since I have answered the five questions that I created, I will reveal my victims who will give answers to the questions I came up. The people are…
feal87 of Emptyblue
Draggle of Draggle’s Anime Blog
BeldenOtaku of NewAnimeThursday
Cholisose of Cholisose
Lostty of Anime Princess
Feel free to tag me. I’ll update this post if you have any. However, I won’t post them until next week after I recoup from the short vacation.
Also, if you on the list, don’t feel obligated to do so since I’m doing it for fun. I don’t mind how it’s done either, so feel free to put them in the comments or make a separate post on it.
1. Do you consider any single series unwatchable?
It mostly depends on the show’s content. For the most part, I do not watch shows that I have no interest in such as Mecha or Yaoi. For the most part, I have to watch at least three episodes to see whether or not I will enjoy it or not.
2.Is there a single series that spring-boarded you, per se, into a wider obsession with anime?
This is a tricky question, since I never got to the level of becoming really obsessed. A series effect doesn’t have a long-term effect unless it’s a big franchise that has a lot of materials like video games, visual novels and such. Otherwise, most of what I see and review just gets stored deep into my memories.
3. Name an anime/manga character (from any series) that most closely matches you in appearance (or in personality, if you want).
Can’t say as I never witnessed a character that is close to my personality.
4. When you read other bloggers’ posts about a series you are also watching, if they post about an episode you have yet to see, do you read it, or do you avoid it until you’ve written your own post about it?
It depends on if I’m actively watching the series or not. For the shows I watch, I usually write my post before reading other people’s post and writing comments. For shows I’m on the sidelines, I read other people’s post to see what it is about before deciding to watch it.
5. If you could be present at any point on the Earth, at any point in time, when and where would you go? Explain.
Future may look cool, but I’m content with what is happening in the present.
1. Which anime would you consider as your guilty pleasure(s)?
I don’t specifically designate shows as guilty pleasures. If I have to name one, probably say Milky Holmes because the premise wasn’t too spectacular at a glance. However the sheer craziness of the whole thing makes it a very enjoyable and unexpected comedy of the year when it first aired in 2010.
2. What is your least favorite anime? Why?
For the most part, I never complete shows that I don’t like since I usually drop them very early on. Out of the dropped shows, I hated AKB0048 the most for the fact that it’s another marketing gimmick from the Music Manufacturing powerhouse named AKB48. Second, I’m not a big fan of real life Asian idol groups because all of them lack any real talent and they are there just for the pretty looks and maybe sexual tension.
Also, Nagisa from that show has the worst voice I seen in any Anime I watched. It almost made my ears bleed. As for the runner-up, Rio: Rainbow Gate takes that spot since an Anime about a Pachinko game is never a good idea.
3. What was your first anime?
My first Anime is not a TV series, but a Miyazaki Film. No need to go in full detail since I explained it in my other recent questions post.
4. How often do you rewatch anime (if at all)? Are you rewatching something now? If so, what?
I don’t rewatch shows too often since I’m busy with all the currently airing stuff and life to spend some time. Even so, the re-watching of shows are usually reserved to the ones I really enjoyed.
Back in May, I re-watched all of Clannad After Story for the Remembering Love project. Right now, I’m re-watching most of the Idolmaster anime with Kevo and company.
5. If you could adapt a live action show into an anime, which one would you choose? Why?
I think Harry Potter would make a nice Anime since the original source material is already there. I think it’s mostly depends on whether or not the original creator wants to do it and there is a studio willing to do it since we all know how well those Marvel anime adaptations went.