Have you ever wondered why some Sunshine Award badges take the form of a… sunflower? Instead of looking for an answer, which is probably as plain and boring as “… because sunflower has the SUN in sunshine!”, I’m just going to use my own favicon as my custom badge. (I love making custom stuff!) My nominees may or may not use the same badge.
Or you may enlighten me.
Having done two Liebster Award posts before, I assure you that Sunshine Award doesn’t differ a lot from Liebster. The only difference I can spot is that this has, apparently, only seven questions while Liebster has up to 11. Of course, the purpose behind these nominations and awards is to get to know other bloggers, sort of advertising each other to their own readers. It’s a friendly gesture. There’s no harm in trying to answer and pass it on, but a nominee also has the right to decline.
A short recap of how this works: Thank the person(s) who nominated you > Answer their questions > Nominate others > Present your questions for them to answer > Notify them > Put the award badge on your blog
Now all the introductory stuff is out of the way, let’s get this done.
1. What made you start blogging?
More than a year ago, a sudden realization hit me. “Oh, I think I want to share my thoughts and insights from watching this anime or reading that manga.” Japanese geeky visual media has some nice things to say that others, even non-fans, might find interesting. Now that I think about it, that sounds plain. (Haha)
2. What are your favourite anime series?
I don’t keep an actual list of favorites because that’ll require to spend a lot of my energy and time just thinking which series I should and should not include. For now I will just play it safe and say that FMA: Brotherhood first comes to mind. Then there’s Code Geass (the entirety of it). And Gintama (everything that is Gintama). And Hunter x Hunter. And I can actually say I love Gin no Saji (again, the entirety of it). This might go on and on if I don’t stop here.
3. What is the funniest thing that has happened in your life?
I don’t know if this sounds funny to you. When I was in high school, I was so excited to borrow this one book from the library (I forgot which one, though) that I ran swiftly. I forgot that the floor was kind of slippery (or almost frictionless?). You can guess what happened next. My butt hurt a lot. And man, people around me witnessed the whole thing and I just stared back at them and laughed sheepishly for my clumsiness.
But if that wasn’t enough, here’s another story. First year of high school. In a room full of teenagers (including me), a foul scent spread. It smelt like fart. A classmate complained, “Who the hell just released his ominous gases?!” No one answered. Of course, who would in a situation like that? Of course, I wouldn’t.
4. Outside of blogging what is a hobby that you enjoy?
Watching anime and reading manga? Of course, that’s a given. What else? Hmmm. I’m getting into reading novels lately, so maybe that counts. Also, it is a given that I listen to music almost everyday.
(See #4, Winny’s questions below)
5. If you are watching the new anime season, what is your favourite anime? If you are not, what was a show or movie that you recently watched that you really enjoyed?
Since this nomination was sent last season (Spring 2015), I guess I have to answer this using my spring anime watch list. The only two shows I was actively keeping up with were Hibike! Euphonium and Sidonia no Kishi. And yes, I love both series. I can’t really pick my one and only favorite among the two. I haven’t finished Oregairu Zoku at the moment, but I’m delighted by what I have seen.
6. What is your favourite live-action television series?
Does this only pertain to American/Western series? Are Eastern series also allowed? Anyhow, I don’t watch Western TV series. I mean, BBC’s Sherlock is the only thing I’ve seen.
Benedict Cumberbatch The series is really close to my heart.
Among Eastern TV series, my favorites are Seigi no Mikata (Japanese) and My Love from the Star (Korean). I just love it when these squinted eye neighbors never fail to make me laugh and fall in love.
While it isn’t very phenomenal, The Rich Man’s Daughter is the only local television series I am truly interested in. But I’ve already missed three week’s worth of episodes. At least I know I can always marathon it whenever I want to. And with English subs, too (not that I even need them in the first place, but it’s really cool however I try to think of it). Hurrah!
7. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
As much wood as a woodchuck would chuck if the woodchuck could chuck wood
1. What made you decide to start blogging?
See #1 from Dandylion13’s questions
2. Who is your inspirational role model (can be either real or fiction) and why do you look up to them?
Some people I know in real life, because they’re “reachable”, I guess?
3. Are you a fan of sports? Why/why not?
I don’t think I’m a fan, as in, someone who actively follows sports teams and/or athletes. I don’t hate sports. In fact, I enjoy watching most sports-themed anime and I (used to) play basketball and some badminton. I wished that I could play baseball, too, after watching Major–yes, the anime. It’s just that I’m not too fond of the “business” thing going on around sports, though that’s what makes those matches and games more entertaining. In other words, I like sports in itself but I wouldn’t spend my time and energy on them.
(Maybe in another life, I’d rather be an athlete than a fan, but I’d still watch and fangirl over sports guys who play sports and sweat a lot in my animu)
4. What sort of music do you listen to?
My music taste is hard for me to describe. You be the judge. Here are some screenshots of my iTunes library:
Or you can take a look at my last.fm profile. Maybe we can compare our music preferences.
5. What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you?
What’s weird for me may not be weird for you. Excuses aside, I can’t think of a “weird” event in my life. I lead a pretty lackluster life.
6. Do tell us your favourite novel, and why you enjoy it so?
My favorite right now is The Giver by Lois Lowry. You see, I’m not a reader (as I hinted in #4, Dandylion13’s question). It was when I finally read this book that I realized how deadly it is for my well-being, if I really want to learn a lot, to not have read anything. It’s not like I interact with a lot of people nor watch a lot of stuff on the television or cinemas to know more about this world, about humans, or just how humans think and behave. It’s precisely because I read The Giver that I became awakened and aware of the curiosity that I’d unknowingly put down to sleep for a long time. Really, that book is a life-changer for me.
7. Finally, do you see yourself continuing your blog in, say, five years time?
I can’t say for sure. But now that I’ve reached my first year milestone, I’m setting the fifth year as my goal. But I really can’t say if I’ll remain blogging about anime by then. And as stated in my anniversary post, it wouldn’t be strange if my blog goes on indefinite hiatus any time. Time will tell.
- This may be weird to ask, but what do you love about blogging/writing?
- Name some bloggers/writers you look up to. Why do you look up to them?
- Have you ever owned a pet? Why or why not?
- Name an/some anime you thought was/were decent and tried to like or love but couldn’t.
- Briefly list some of your favorite movies and what you like and dislike about them.
- Do you have other hobbies aside from consuming anime/manga/LN/VN–or basically aside from Japanese visual goods?
- Since it’s still the buzz these days, kindly share your honest thoughts about same-sex marriage.
Have a nice day, everyone!