Now here’s something interesting. Developed by Iso, this is practically a game where bloggers ask other bloggers any questions that they’ve always wished to say but could never find an opportunity (or the guts) to say it. In other words, the game aims to promote interaction and bonding between bloggers but also a little insight into the bloggers themselves for the dear readers. Here’s how the game works.

The Rules of Iso

  • 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.


Iso’s 5 Questions for Tofu

1) What is/are your favourite anime(s)? Why?

I have a bunch of favourites which includes the obvious Top 1 being K-On. Though throughout the time I’ve been aniblogging, I’ve met many people along the path who’ve recommended me shows I’ve never heard of. Though merely talking about the predictable favourites like K-On isn’t something you readers want to hear constantly so I’ve decided to showcase a short series that I absolutely adored and is also the oldest series I’ve seen. Their names are Gunbuster and Diebuster.

Recommended by Lvlln over at Metanorn, I initially thought it would be quite boring. The quality back then is garbage compared to the animation I’ve grown up with. The story had to be told within 6 episodes for both Gun and Diebuster which worried me in terms of pacing. In fact, the story was so cheesy too which I had feared but funny enough, I loved every bit of it. The cliche’s were everywhere (which is expected) but even within mere 6 episodes, Hideaki Ano and the brilliant staff behind both Gunbuster and Diebuster was able to tell a beautiful story about humanities survival and how our characters grow within the world this chaotic galactic war.

I’ll be honest with you, I practically predicted how they’ll end Gunbuster from a major spoiler image (also from Lvlln). I thought I was prepared for anything emotional and because of that, I wouldn’t be able to feel the full effects of what Gunbuster and Diebuster were supposed to enforce and deliver. But I was wrong. I cried like a little girl (no offense to females) even when my prediction played out like I thought it would. I was literally lost for words. As a person who loves seeing anime go all out with their character development, both Gunbuster and Diebuster gave their main cast enough time to fully shine even within a mere 6 episodes!

I was so sucked into the series by the story and its characters. It was shocking how emotional I got whenever I saw these characters get emotional even though there was logically hardly enough time for me to relate and feel their emotions. Well guess what. Gainax destroyed that logic and they did it well. It’s definitely a series that NEEDS to be watched. Put it on your bucket list, put it anywhere you want as long as you watch it! An unmissable classic anime that’s beautifully presented through their music and their characters.


2) What is/are your favourite anisongs?

The thing is with anime songs is that my favourites always change. Usually when we move into the new season, most of the current songs in my playlist are wiped out. But there’s always the rare few that continue to survive in my playlist. Those are Sky’s the Limit (Persona 4), All the OP’s and ED’s from Toradora, MONKEY MAJIK, and Samurai Heart – Some Like it Hot. My current top favourites would be the OP to Sword Art Online, Dear My Friend from Railgun, the new OP and ED for Accel World and the new OP for Hyouka.


3) Do you like Vocaloid? If so, who is/are your favourites? And your favourite song(s) is/are? If not, why?

I’m not a vocaloid fan mainly due to the fact that I don’t like listening to how ‘artificial’ it is. Though it’s not a dislike, it’s more of a lack of interest but I have gotten into the hype once for a short time. During that short time I loved vocaloid music and listened to it all the time, my favourite was Megurina Luka. I loved some of her songs, especially Just Be Friends and any other songs she sang in (including duo’s).


4) Have you ever been to Japan? If yes, please share your experience. If no, where would you go if you had a chance to visit Japan?

I haven’t been to Japan but I’ve actually recently applied for a student study trip to Japan called KIZUNA (the applications have closed). And in that program, we’ll be going to the Earthquake affected areas like Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi. Though those aren’t exactly places I’d prefer to go, at least I’ll be able to experience Japan culture! Yay! *ahem* Well back on topic, the places I’d really like to go to are the otaku favourites like Akihabara and any other high-tech urban places in Japan like Tokyo. Though whenever I become rich (which is never) I’d like to visit all the places where the K-On girls went to (including London) and visit the school that inspired the K-On school in the series!


5) What are your hobbies outside of anything related to anime, manga, visual novels and blogging?

So basically what I like doing that isn’t related to anime (I guess games that are anime influenced doesn’t count like P4 and P3 huh…) and the others listed up top is console games and Steam. Steam offers a bunch of indie games that are usually hardly never known like Anomaly Warzone, Bastion, Magicka, Nation Red, Orcs Must Die, Splice, Trine 2 and etc. It’s awesome being able to indulge in hidden gems (whenever I can afford it that is) but as for console games, I usually stick to the well known games like Assasins Creed, Ridge Racer, Ghost Recon, MW3, Battlefield 3, Batman Arkham City and heaps more. Though besides electronic games, I also like having occasional shootouts with the Nerf guns or re-watching Harry Potter in Blu-Ray (I’m a Harry Potter fan). In terms of sports, I don’t play much. I do like playing soccer but nowadays I’m too unfit. Basketball is the same though my favourite would have to be badminton and table tennis. I also jam on the Left-Handed Bass guitar from time to time and love playing snooker (but haven’t had much time due to school).

Tofu’s 5 Questions (Self Answers Spoilered)

I’ve decided to pick the following 5 people to answer the 5 questions I’ve listed down below: Hoshi (Metanorn), Starburst (Daifuuku), Aspirety (Kakera Complex), Foshizzel (Metanorn) and Overcooled (Metanorn). To those tagged, I look forward to your replies! For those who aren’t, if you like the idea for this game then go out there and ask some questions!

1) How did you come to discover the world of anime and thus the AniBlogSphere?

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2) Which anime/manga do you have the strongest connection to?

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3) Your occupation outside of blogging?

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4) Confess! Have you seen any Hentai before!? If you have, which ones and what did you think of it?

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5)* (I just played a Wildcard. Tell us something about yourself that we might not have known)

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