Never in a million years did I think I would be tagged (and so quickly too!) so I really have to thank Starburst (Daifuuku) for giving me this chance! Alright, initial fangirling aside, perhaps this will give everybody a chance to learn more about me and for me to say some things that I didn’t think of mentioning in my introductions. For the sake of uniformity, I’ll be following Tofu’s layout for his Interrogation post, and throw some pretty artwork (that I did not draw) just to keep me from boring you all. So without further ado, turn down the lights, flip on the interrogation lamp, and let’s get down to the questioning!

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.

Starburst’s 5 Questions for Umizi

1) How would you define your own (ani)blogging style? If any, who or what has influenced/inspired your style?

In general, I try to be personal and stay on a conversational level with the reader. Of course, when the time calls for it, I’ll be a little bit more formal, but I’m sure that the reader would appreciate it if they could read a blog post and feel like they know the writer. I try to be enthuasiastic, or at least keep a lighter tone to my writing – I guess my whole goal is to make the reader feel comfortable and not overwhelm them with a block of text or make them feel lost with verbose content.

A few of my friends and I started a weird little blogging circle when we were around ten, just randomly blogging about our lives and talking about our favorite things. They were very useless blogs, I admit, but they were fun to write! I’m sure we inspired each other, one way or another. I try not to let too much outside influence get to me, however, because I want to try to keep a unique and personal style that’s distinctively me. I admit, though, once I’ve finished a good book or watched a new episode of anime, I end up in that mindset for a period of time and so my writing would slightly alter itself to the style of the anime/author.

2) Other than the anime/manga fandom, what other fandoms/interests do you have?

The largest one I can think of right now would be the Nico Nico Douga/Utattemita fandom. Basically, utattemita means “I try to sing,” and what the utaite do is cover songs – mostly Vocaloid songs, but you can sometimes find a few anime openings/endings scattered around as well. There are some pretty notable names down there; Nagi, who sings for supercell (and sings the ending for Bakemonogatari,) started out as an utaite, and Kimi to Boku’s second opening is sung by Shounen-T, a popular utaite. Most of my iPod is filled up with utattemita covers, so I guess that’s a fandom I won’t come out of soon. I guess you could say that I’m kind of part of the Vocaloid fandom as well!

The next one that comes to mind is Homestuck. Yes, Homestuck. I’ve just started to dip my toes into it, so some of the terminology flies over my head and I really can’t grasp the story line yet, but from hours of wiki scouring, I’ve come to the conclusion that Homestuck is fascinating. I was mostly influenced by some of my friends getting into it, but it really makes for quite a webcomic – if not more. After that would be video game/rpg fandoms like Touhou and Final Fantasy, though they’re much more minor.

Other than that, my interests usually come and go. I love music, so I spend a lot of my time playing piano/guitar and singing, if not blogging and writing stories. I’m a huge art person, so I do a lot of photography and draw a lot, not to mention theater and stalking fashion blogs. I also play lacrosse, which is probably the most painful sport ever because the only padding you have are a set of plastic goggles and the uniform is a skimpy jersey and shorts. Nevertheless, I love it.

3) What is your taste in music?

I consider myself a bit of a music junkie, though that title may or may not hold itself to be true. A good chunk of my iPod are just Vocaloid/Nico Nico Douga covers, but that’s mostly all the Japanese music I have. I really like indie-type artists like Sara Bareilles, The Civil Wars, and Ingrid Michaelson, as well as bands like Coldplay and Panic! At the Disco – I also love Taylor Swift, though I can’t really expand on that; I find that the melodies she composes are great. I used to like K-Pop groups like Girls’ Generation and SHINee, but that somehow wore away after a few months and right now I don’t really like K-Pop anymore, much to the dismay of my friends (and a huge fandom, I presume.) I’m also a huge classical music nerd – right now I’m a total Liszt/Chopin fan, but I try to cut down on the listening because I’ll end up wanting to play their songs and become discouraged when I can’t, haha.

I also have a weakness for Europop. I love watching Eurovision. Don’t judge.

4) *(Wildcard Question! Reveal something interesting about yourselves that others did not previously know.)

Something interesting? Hm, I can talk on and on when given a prompt, but right now, I’m kind of at a standstill.

Alright then – something completely random and out of the blue. My ultimate dream-of-all-dreams is to be an Olympian, though the only sport I can opt for right now is fencing. (BECAUSE LACROSSE IS NOT AN OLYMPIC SPORT.) It’s all just wishful thinking, maybe because I’m influenced by how epic the Olympics are. It’ll be something that I’d probably never think of again! For a more serious dream, I’d want to be a mangaka/light novelist. I have a plot, I have characters, I just need to get it out into the world. Think of it – your own characters, with fanart and fanfiction and a fandom and people squeeing over them on Tumblr. Wouldn’t that be great? Okay, everything besides the squeeing.

5) What is a limit that you would challenge yourself to push?

Ah, there are so many ways I could answer that question. If I was in a joking mood, I guess I could stay that limit would be to run as much as I can and get stronger until I fall over, or to stay up all night watching anime/blogging until I fall asleep, or even eat as much junk food as I can until I’m full. But if it were to be a serious goal, I guess that it would be to work harder and learn more to surpass my classmates and manage to get at the top of the class. As a high school student (even as a freshman!), the most important goal is to get into college and find what you’re passionate about. I have my eyes on the Ivy League, like Yale/Princeton/MIT, so this means I’ll have to push myself not in a physical or mental way, but academically, in order to achieve my goals.

It’ll be a hard four years, but I’m sure they’ll be worth it!

Umizi’s 5 Questions (Self Answers Spoilered)

Oh man, I’m such a newbie to this AniBlogSphere that I don’t know anybody that I could tag! I guess this is my chance to mingle with everyone across the network, isn’t it? Alright, then – I’ll tag Seki’s very own Elyon, Metanorn’s Karakuri and Miyu, Daifuuku’s Arctic, and Nabe!!’s Hiromi. Do I have an explanation? I’m sure I have one somewhere, but all I know is that I went all out with the tagging, and to be completely honest, I’m quite terrified of exposing myself out into the AniBlogSphere! Anyway, I hope these questions will be fun to answer:

1) What is the general assumption/idea that people where you live have about anime?

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2) How much does the music of the anime influence your opinion on it?

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3) Would you rather read the manga or watch the anime? In your opinion, which anime is the best/worst adaptation from its manga? 

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4) For the Vocaloid/NND fans, who is your favorite utaite, your favorite producer, and what is your favorite song/cover as of now? (If not, then here’s a gratuitous wildcard *)

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5) Has blogging changed the way you watch/think about anime? How so?

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Phew, that’s everything! I made it a lot wordier than I had wanted it to be…but I hope it won’t scare you away! Like my introduction post, if you’ve managed to get all the way down here, cookies and a billion sticks of pocky for you! I hope to be able to widen my AniBlogSphere connections through this game, so to everyone that’s been tagged, I hope you’ll enjoy being part of the Interro-game! To everyone else, please join in and mingle!

Umizi’s over, please shut the interrogation lamp on your way out!