Guess what? I’ve been nominated for Liebster Award again.
EDIT: Apparently, I was also nominated by madreceiver of DadWatchesAnime, but I didn’t get a notification (and I didn’t initially get to see his Liebster post orz). I’m including his questionnaire as well, though answers are very brief this time. Thanks, madreceiver!
I did this some time ago, but I enjoy doing this sort of Q&A thing so new nominations are always welcome. Thanks to FabledHunter over at Anime Ataraxia for this second chance. As an alternative, you can send me questions at my ask.fm profile.
Basically, this Liebster Award thing that is passed around bloggers—of course, not limited to anime bloggers—aims to recognize blogs with 200 or less followers (I’ve seen <1000, too), helping each other out in gaining a wider readership. Nominees are tasked to answer a set of questions and create their own questionnaire for others, i.e. the new nominees, to answer. This isn’t some compulsory survey that all nominees need to finish, but it won’t hurt to decline the nomination with courtesy if one does not wish to continue the chain.
In simple terms, these are what the awardees need to do when they receive the nomination (You can choose to deviate from the rules, if you want. It’s your award and you can do anything with it.):
- Thank the person who nominated you by linking his award and/or blogger
- (Optional: Provide some background information and the rules on Liebster Award)
- Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you
- (Optional: State 11 facts about yourself)
- Nominate 3~10 bloggers to do this, too
- Write 11 questions for your nominees to answer and notify them of your nomination
Now that we’re ready, here we go!
- Do you have any hobbies which aren’t related to anime?
Is drawing a valid answer? I like to draw, but my subjects are mainly anime. These days, though, I haven’t been able to properly sit down, think, reflect, and sketch what I want. You can call it a ‘slump,’ I guess.
Still, I hunt good art works, anime and non-anime, from time to time. I look up to my friend IRL, japhers, because he’s seriously good at what he does and his style has remained unique throughout its continuous evolution. My current favorite artists include Kuvshinov Ilya, Miguel Mercado, and Yuumei. Atmospheric works always mesmerize me.
Lately, I’ve started to listen to some Filipino music again. Most of the songs on my music library, however, are the old songs. Well, not really old , but about pre-2010 era? I mean, the first decade of 2000 is like the heaven of Filipino music that I grew up with. Around that time, many bands debuted and they played really good music. Their music, along with American punk rock hits, was what every 90’s kid in our country would know by heart and sing along.
Because I want to rekindle my love for our own music, I began translating some of these songs, which I think are worthy of more attention. It’s mostly for fun on my part, but I created a separate blog for it (Gigs and Crowds). There are several other songs and translated lyrics that I have prepared and scheduled for publishing. Drop a visit if you’re even slightly interested.
Also, I don’t know if you could call this a hobby, but when I listen to anime songs, and other rock songs, I almost always do the air drumming. Now, don’t squint your eyes. It’s real. It’s what drummers do to practice a song when their drum set is not nearby. In my case, a drum set is nowhere to be found and used. So, really, air drumming is the best I can do (for now), rarely with my sticks, to keep up with my desire to play the instrument. I used to play in a band and would like to play with friends some more, though real life matters just won’t let me off the hook that easily.
- What is your favorite scene or moment in anime?
I have lots! But let me pick a recent famous scene:
- Do you wish you did anything differently when you were younger?
Not really, no. I do regret some decisions, but what is life without regret? You won’t be who you are today if it weren’t for the mistakes we did. Of course, we can’t keep fooling around and do the same mistakes over and over again.
While I did say I regret some decisions, I won’t outright say that I want to change them. Because of the series of choices I’ve opted for, I met and got to know various people that I can’t exchange with whatever ‘redo’ I may be able to think of.
- Is there any anime which most people you know thought was bad, but you really enjoyed?
Kakumeiki Valvrave, perhaps? I haven’t seen any anitwitter or blogger that has genuinely liked the show. I thought it was good. I mean, I enjoyed watching it and was always looking forward to the next episode. I can’t remember much of it, though.
- Are there any anime characters you admire, while not being able to agree with their values or choices?
I admire Lelouch Lamperouge (or vi Britannia, if you want). A lot. I admire his tenacity to fight and overthrow the tyranny, though it was mostly for the fulfillment of his own desires and dreams (for Nunnally to boot). I was first doubtful if he would even succeed with his plans. But he did, with unspeakable consequences along the way.
I hate war. I hate the thought of ‘spending’ human lives on a pointless battle of contrasting ideas, beliefs and philosophies and of selfish and unlawful acquisition of resources. Even laws have holes in them and, to some extent, are written to the benefit of a few elites, leaving the humble people unprotected just because they do not have the freaking expensive documents that may support their rights and claims.
But let’s get back to Lelouch. He kind of reminds me of a certain ruler, someone who really exists and oversees his citizens. I’m one of those citizens who feel safe under his strict governance. He hates terrorism and terrorist, and aptly sets up check points at the areas of entry into our city. Police, police boxes/stations, and traffic enforcers are scattered throughout the city to ensure the citizens’ compliance to the laws of peace and order. Thus, he doesn’t hesitate to punish criminals, if the need to do so presents itself. He advocates peace, building a city where good citizens live in safety but violators live in fear.
- What underrated anime or manga series do you think needs to be exposed to more people?
I think open-minded people should watch Watamote, or read Tomodachi no Hanashi. The latter isn’t exactly underrated, but not a lot of people have read it. It’s written by Kawahara Kazune, the one who wrote and drew Koukou Debut and wrote Ore Monogatari (which, according to what I’ve heard, is really good). Tomodachi no Hanashi is a simple but a thoughtful tale of and commentary on friendship and romantic relationship, to a lesser degree. If you’re looking for a fast read but is certainly worth your time, do check it out.
Of course, if you’re looking for yuri, I strongly recommend the breezy comics by TanJiu and Ssamba.
- If you were able to live in an anime or manga universe, would you? and which one?
If that’s just possible, why not? But anime exists exactly because it can’t be real. Most anime universes are fictional, anyway.
Okay, let me drop this kill-joy façade and answer this question honestly, like every other weeaboo. I have two universes in mind.
First is Aria’s Neo Venezia. It’s basically a futuristic Mars. Alas, it’s filled with unlimited seascapes and skyscapes! Needless to say, I’d get to see the beautiful Undines. Life would really be peaceful there. Why would I not want to travel there, if it were just real?
Second is Gintama’s futuristic feudal Japan (and spaaace), where eccentric is normal and normal is eccentric. I’d apply to become Yorouzuya’s apprentice, and have the gang teach me how to dougi–umm–make jokes that aren’t awkward. Me and my horrible sense of humor, or the lack thereof.
P.S. Well, this is also my little reminder that we’re getting new anime for these two shows. 😉
- What is your favourite visual novel? (if you haven’t played any pick an anime which was adapted from a visual novel)
I don’t have much exposure to visual novels. Having said that, the first and only VN I have ever finished was Utawarerumono. I’ve touched a little but of CLANNAD, Fate/stay night, and Cross+Channel, but I’m nowhere near completion of those titles.
Utawarerumono is actually an enjoyable SRPG visual novel, and it’s mainly because of the SRPG element that I looked forward to playing it the next day every time I closed the window and went to sleep. I didn’t watch the anime, so the story was fresh and intriguing, enabling me to complete it even though the first I tried playing was CLANNAD, which was just dull in comparison.
- What are you most looking forward to during 2015?
In terms of anime? Well, answer #7. Spring is really looking good, but I doubt I can get around to religiously watch all of the 16 shows I want to watch.
- Would you consider yourself more a S or M?
Without the sexual attachments, I’m a mix of both but leaning to S, which is a bad thing, I know.
- What anime series would you prefer to have a new season announced?
Spice and Wolf? That’s a common answer. Honestly, I want to see the last two arcs (Inheritance Ceremony arc and Curse of the Rainbow arc) of Katekyo Hitman Reborn! in animated form. I wonder how it would look like in today’s animation aesthetics. Even at its time, KHR! is one of those long-running series that had a thoroughly consistent animation, thanks based Artland.
Quick Answers to Madreceiver’s Questions
- What are your top 3 animes?
I still don’t like the idea of ranking anime into their respective spots, but I guess top three wouldn’t hurt. So my answer’s just going to be spontaneous, off the top of my head: Gintama, FMA: Brotherhood, and Major (the entire anime).
- Which anime(s) has made you cry the most?
CLANNAD ~After Story~, I think? Episodes 6 and 18 are my personal timeless episodes. I still get pretty emotional whenever I rewatch them. Code Geass comes close, with the last episode of the second season a total face destroyer. Hotarubi e no Mori (from the mangaka and studio that brought us Natsume Yuujinchou) dealt a huge blow to my heart, even though it was a short movie. This just implies how well made and legitimately beautiful it was and it definitely deserved the hype it was getting.
- Which anime that you were looking forward to disappointed you the most?
Fate/stay night: UBW. It just wasn’t for me (i.e., I just wanted to see more of Saber). But then, it was Rin’s route. Saber simply wouldn’t get the much of the air time.
- What character have you despised most? Why?
Almost all of Yuki Kaji’s mainstream roles. Want me to mention them? Ouma Shu (Guilty Crown) and Alibaba (Magi), to name a few. I don’t hate the man, though.
- Your top 10 favorite characters?
I just don’t like the idea of having to rank all my favorites into neat “places”. At least, not now. Because they always change. It takes a lot of energy for me to answer this kind of questions.
Excuses aside, you can check my MAL profile to see my current 10 favorite characters from anime and manga. Please note that I have more favorites in mind.
- Your favorite OP or ED?
- What do you watch aside from anime?
Random music-related videos on Youtube that ranges from classical to pop and rock. I also try to make it a habit to at least watch a documentary every one to two weeks.
And no, I’m not too fond of movies.
- What upcoming shows are you looking forward to?
The new Gintama and Aria are two. Silent Voice/Koe no Katachi anime adaptation also counts.
- How did you get into anime?
That’ll be a long story if I have to tell exactly all the details, so I can only give a TL;DR answer for now: I’ve watched anime when I was young, but got reacquainted to the medium when my high school friends recommended me some good series to watch—Code Geass, Ouran, and Honey & Clover, to name a few.
- Have you attended any anime conventions?
Yes. I used to attend anime conventions, with MCS 2009 being the (not so) latest.
- How do your family or peers feel about your anime viewing?
They’re cool with it. Several of my closest friends are anime enthusiasts, too.
11 Quick Facts about miharusshi
- I’m a shy person IRL
- I love cats, if it wasn’t obvious enough.
- I love animals, though.
- My favorite color used to be blue, but now it’s red (thanks to my Cassiopeia days)
- The longest time I was absent from school was for one week, when I was in 3rd year of high school. Thanks to acute sinusitis.
- I used to be one of the most talkative brats in elementary school.
- I passed the high school admission examinations without preparing for it. (This is an ancient story, I can’t brag about it anymore.)
- I used to be popular in school. (High school changed that, though.)
- But it’s more peaceful for me to stay at the background.
- Lastly, and more like a recent discovery, I’m bisexual, though I’ve never been in a relationship yet.
Now I’m done with mine, I’m passing the baton to:
(EDIT: I failed to see madreceiver’s Liebster post that was published recently, and Denny and mii-chan don’t seem to do this sort of thing.)
Dear reader, feel free to answer these questions, too. The nomination is simply for formality. These questions aren’t only for my nominees. Alright, boys and girls, these are my questions for you:
1. Has there been a seiyuu/voice actor that you really dislike? Why (not)?
2. What are some of your least favorite genres? Or at least, genres that you tend to avoid?
3. Do you read manga? Has there been an instance when a scene/chapter has moved you that you couldn’t help but cry?
4. What do you think is a romantic deed (e.g. confession, kiss, hug, etc) in any romance anime? Why?
5. Do you have a MAL account? Follow up questions: [5.a.] If you do, show off your MALgraph awards (anime and/or manga, whichever is fine with you) by posting a screencap. Which award do you wish to level up next and why? [5.b.] If you don’t have a MAL, do you have a profile on any other anime listing service? Why prefer that over MAL? (Or why not keep any at all?)
6. Do you keep or wish to keep a pet/s? Describe your bonding moments.
7. In which of the 16 personalities (Myers-Briggs typology) do you classify? (Click here if you haven’t taken a test.) Do you agree with the result?
8. Whatcha say?
9. How did you come up with your username? Do you use other usernames in other sites?
10. What do you do to unwind?
11. Do you hate these questions? Was this reward too troublesome for you?
Thanks to everyone who read this until the end. Two thousand words is no joke.