There I was, enjoying a mid-afternoon snack on the front porch (cold watermelon and the tears of my enemies), dressed in my favourite outfit (pyjamas, emblazoned with penguins frolicking in the snow), listening to the sweet sounds of summer (lawn mowers, and local wildlife/small children, same thing) when suddenly, I was dragged back into the world of crazy people who write about foreign cartoons due to the blogosphere’s new torture chamber– I mean, interrogation game. You can thank Starburst, the head honcho at Cafe Daifuuku, for making me reveal all the things you never wanted to know about me. I haven’t written anything in so long, as I have been preparing for the eventual massacre of my soul this fall at university. Here we go…

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 Mint

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

When I write reviews or essays for school, I sound really boring and professional. Blogging, on the other hand, is where I let loose. Although there are a lot of writers I admire in the sphere (in a HOW DO YOU WRITE LIKE THIS way), what I end up posting is pretty much just me. My writing style, like my personality, is a big jumbled mix of everything I’ve ever read and admired or absorbed subconsciously. I’m pretty sure I’m just plagiarizing everything I’ve learned from people I’ve spoken to and authors I’ve been exposed to… Sometimes I don’t even know what a word I’m using means– I just know it fits based on context, and it’s only after I google their definitions that I think, hey cool, that’s exactly what I meant. It’s a little messy and disorganized, and run-on sentences (and parenthetical asides) are my weaknesses, but all in all it’s an accurate portrayal of how my mind works.

Miss interrogator, Star, compared writing to creating a dish, and I think of it like music. There’s rhythm in sentence structure, and tone and pitch in your voice, and I’ll let that analogy go while I’m ahead, but you get the picture. Following that line of thought, if I wanted to become the most popular and well-paid blogger ever, I’d just repeat the same phrase over and over again for five minutes and make millions. (Okay, I’ll stop now.)

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

Everything! I like being entertained. Although I’m drawn to things that have a story to tell; books, tv shows, movies, video games more than cooking… or actors…. or nature walks, or something. I just love that a scene in a movie can never be quite the same if it’s put into words, but the way a passage is written can be just as moving while using such a simple medium.

Some things I really cling on to– I’ve always loved stories in general, hell, I’m still friends with people I’ve known since elementary school– but I fall in and out of fandoms and interests quickly. I’ll be completely in love with something one week and it’ll be gone the next. I am as flaky and inconsistent as they come, unfortunately… (sorry Bass, and whoever my poor future employer will be). Aside from all that, I also dissolve into a puddle of nerd joy when it comes to shiny new gadgets.

I guess I’ll elaborate on video games because I’ve been binging on every single one I’ve wanted to play for the past few years but haven’t because of school and stress, and because story isn’t always as important as it is for other mediums. On the eastern front, I looove strategy (but more if they have characters with personalities like Fire Emblem/Valkyria Chronicles) and certain JRPGs (particularly the more non-traditional ones like Persona and TWEWY).

I get a little drunk on freedom when I play open-world games, it always ends up with me on the run from authorities after murdering a small town’s worth of people and wondering how things escalated so quickly… :(

3) What is your taste in music?

I recently discovered improvised Canadian death metal. Been thinking of starting a band in that genre. If you’re interested, call me.

(Despite loving music, I don’t have any particular tastes, per se. It’s more like I like certain things when I hear them and there’s too many different kinds out there to narrow it down to. I like stuff like Coldplay, Maroon 5, OneRepublic (so… bands with male lead singers? >_>). I’d take simple acoustics and vocals over loud rock music though. Learning it for a decade ruined classical music for me, but I still love the sound of strings. My favorite instruments are cellos… I also like accordions for some reason… okay I’m not sure where this is going.)

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

I have terrible luck. Every time I leave the house, I feel like a magnet for misfortune/general insanity. The worst part is that it’s probably the result of my own sheer immense stupidity a lot of times, but I still wonder how I angered the universe to deserve this. Case in point: the one day I decide to go tubing in a string of sunny days, the mother of all thunderstorms comes out of nowhere just as we’re in the middle of the river. I felt like I was being smited by the gods. I still remember the day(s) where the car would suddenly break down right before my violin lesson, so I’d have to bike there (uphill both ways), and suddenly it started hailing (in MAY) and then it would abruptly stop (AS SOON AS I GOT HOME). Fun times.

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

This past year, I got hit with a textbook case of senioritis, and I got it bad. Somewhere in between the last semester of high school and the first week of summer, every ounce of ambition I ever had just vanished. (Although I did get a job where I actually get to stalk people on the internet… but that’s a story for another day. I digress. (I’m still in hobo/hibernation mode because I can stay in bed and work in my pajamas.))

My usual method of putting the minimum amount of effort into everything I do (again, looking good for the future employers)… well, it worked. I more or less got where I was planning to be, so what was the point in doing my “best”? It’s mostly laziness and flakiness, but it’s also a safeguard against failure– no big deal if I didn’t really try in the first place, right? Whoever said that you have nothing to lose from trying was an idiot who never failed at anything. You’ve lost time/effort/pride and if you’re even worse off than you were before it makes you regret ever trying in the first place. I don’t want to be responsible for my own actions; it’s easier for me to write when I’m given questions to answer, it’s easier following a linear corridor than it is to decide where I should go, when what I’m avoiding is thinking of what I want to write and where I want to go.

The limit is the extent of my doubt and cynicism that’s built up through the years; and maybe beyond it is that one thing that I’ll find and think, that’s it. That right there, that’s what I want, and I’ll try as hard as I can to get there, and screw the uncertainty of success, because for this it’s worth it.

(And then the following week I’ll have fallen in love with something completely different without a moment’s hesitation. Oh well.)

Mint’s 5 Questions (Self Answers Spoilered)

I’m surprised if you made it this far! Hmm, I guess I’ll tag… Orange and Relic of Daifuuku, Klux at Conspicuous Klux, and Bobbierob from The Kotatsu. Yeesh, I had to change that at least five times because people have been getting snatched up like children at a clown convention. If you’ve already been tagged, my apologies. Forget everything that you just read immediately. I’m serious, I wrote most of this at 3am last night and I regret it already.

And, er, I picked you all completely randomly, I swear! I-It’s not like I want to know more about you or anything!

1) What are your favourite and least favourite tropes, common in anime or otherwise? *(If you don’t want to risk getting sucked into Tv Tropes, have a wildcard instead.)

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2) What is something you’d like to be better at being or doing?

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3) If you chose one series that could either be remade or adapted into an anime with an ludicrously insane budget, what would it be, and which studio would you choose to make it?

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4) Wildcard!*

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5) If you could travel 10 years into your future… a) what do you think you would see, and b) if given the choice, would you choose to remember it all or have your memory of it wiped when you came back?

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