Scrolling down on my Twitter feed while procrastinating thinking about what to write, I spotted a tweet from the amiable Yamaguchi Hoshiko, who blogs at ‘The World of Yamaguchi Hoshiko’ (easy to remember, huh?). Clicking on the link titled ‘Anime Interrogation Game’, I read the details and, pumped up at a freebie post idea, came back to him/her: “Challenge accepted”.
Well…maybe it wasn’t exactly that cheesy, but I did accept his/her request and promptly wrote up this post.. Before we start though, here’s an explanation from Iso-the creator of this neat little game.
- 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 forth. You should answer your own 5 questions as well. 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.
So, with the pleasantries done with, here are Hoshiko’s five questions answered by yours truly.
1. What or who inspired you to start your blog?*(Wildcard)*
What? I think it might’ve been the lack of fellow otaku around me. Yup, I know there are a ton of animanga fans in Malaysia, but in a local classroom where you’re going to get a shonen manga fan at most? I was yearning for somebody to talk to about shows I watched, shows that were less mainstream!
It was then that I started thinking about blogging. A friend was nagging me to blog while I started lurking on aniblogs such as Metanorn and news sites such as Japanator. One fine day, I just said: “What the heck, let’s give it a shot and see how it crashes and burns.”
Thus, Yakisushi was born. Since then, I’ve only blogged periodically during mysterious fits of creativity. Nevertheless, now that I’m a writer at Sekijitsu, I’m hoping to practice writing everyday about that favourite indulgence of mine-anime.
Something interesting about me? Well, this is a tough one. Could jealousy count? It’s mild, but my admiration for fictional and non-fictional people can descend into jealousy sometimes. Like how down I feel after watching all sorts of cool and suave protagonists overcome their difficulties and get the girl (the latter one especially stings). I also tend to envy successful bloggers/writers since they symbolize what I aspire to be but cannot because of lack of experience, readership, etc.
Okay, now that was a dark paragraph…
2. What is your favorite anime/manga series that was released in the last two years?
Madoka Magica. Its combination of magical girls and dark themes was something rare for me. Its OST was also chilling and terribly easy to listen to as well. Oh, the beautiful and admirable Homura Akemi’s in it too, so I’m obliged to like it as well.
Sora no Woto would’ve come first, but the characters overall weren’t as interesting and memorable. Maybe it’s because of its age and lack of fanart? (I love fanart btw).
3. What is your favorite OP or ED song from the Summer Anime 2012 series?
Sword Art Online’s Crossing Field by LiSA really makes you excited about what’s going to happen in the next 20-odd minutes in the deadly world of SAO. Can’t say I’m digging the typical ‘inspiring’ lyrics that go on about very vague things, but I really love the muffled sound effects at the start that turn clear all of a sudden. I’m also weak against electric guitars, so I’m pretty much sold on it.
4. Which anime do you think deserves a second season? If possible, please explain why.
Sora no Woto, if only to hear more from the talented Michiru Oshima! Also, it’d be interesting to know more about how the post-apocalyptic world in the show came to be. Fleshing out the main cast’s background would also be a good reason to revisit it. Sadly, with the lack of fans and fame, I don’t see this happening soon. Oh well, a guy can dream, right?
Amazing Grace: Sora no Woto version- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IKmjmvNUEY
5. If there’s anything you can change about the anime/manga/figure industry, what would it be?
For anime studios, I’d say shift some focus to international markets. Rather than letting pirates get the whole pie, why not use some resources to localize and distribute through well-known and familiar channels? Other than making a killing, they can weed out piracy as well.
I know it’s a pipe dream what with the insular nature of Japan’s economy (especially its animanga industry, I heard) and the tough yen exchange rate, but it’s what I’d like to see. I’m tired of missing out on great shows and resorting to less than legal means to watch what I love. Same goes with the figure industry as well-MOAR accessibility! Take the above assumptions with a pinch of salt though; I’m almost clueless when it comes to international economics…
Thus, ends this interrogation. Now, it’s my turn to play the man in blue. So, without further chatter, here are 5 questions for Tofu, Hoshiko (KARMA!!), Kyokai, Overcooled and TK. Kindly ignore and send me a message via Twitter @Nippon_Nerd if you’re strapped for time or just plain tired of these questions, I don’t want to be a nuisance. =)
1) Why are you still into anime/manga after all these year(s)? What keeps you interested in this mode of entertainment?
I guess you could say I’m still at the age where I find all the protagonists relatable. And who wouldn’t want to lead a 12-episode fantasy saving the world, unleashing cool powers and getting the girl(s)? With a ton of stories, characters and genres, it’s also hard to get bored watching anime. Still, I get this nagging feeling that things won’t stay the same forever. I’m afraid I might move on to other things or just drop this passion due to lack of time. Well, what comes, will come. You just gotta deal with it like the typical shonen meathead, right?
2) If you could only visit/revisit one anime/manga series before you er…kick the bucket, what would it be? *(Wildcard-tell something interesting about yourself)*
I would say…Gurren Lagann. Besides being a whirlwind of fun, I might even find the will to fight back against whatever’s killing me! XD
As for the interesting fact about me, I can say with the utmost confidence that I HATE spicy food. Once anything remotely spicy gets into my mouth, my body starts to sweat, my mouth feels like hell itself and my stomach starts to scream in horror. On top of that, the glasses of water I desperately gulp down are never enough to quench the inferno in my throat. Add the fact that Malaysia is a capital of spicy food, and you’ve got yourself a life of avoiding that little crimson menace called chili.
3) Who is your idol in the animanga industry? Be it a visionary director, a skilled seiyuu or even an animator, who is it?
It might be cheating since he’s more of a videogame OST composer, but I’ll have to say Shoji Meguro. And hey, last season’s ‘Persona 4’ had his works, right? Back in ’11, listening to Persona 3’s OP, I knew I was in for a groovy trip, no matter what the game threw at me. And I was right; Meguro definitely has a gift for composing catchy and memorable soundtracks. From the frenetic ‘Mass Destruction’ to the poignant ‘Reverie’, he’s been cramming stuff in my playlist for a few odd years now. His talent for crafting music that enhances the stories that they accompany is why I admire him.
4) If you could have a chat with any fictional animanga character, who would it be?
I’d say Okabe Rintarou, just for the chance to hear him laugh. XD
Seriously though, Kino from Kino no Tabi would be a nice person to talk to. Other than her offbeat and quiet personality (which I share), her many experiences and tales would be fascinating to listen to as well.
5) What’s the most important advice you’d give to a person who’s interested in writing as an aniblogger?
Write every day. I know I don’t always follow this maxim, but it’s the only advice I have. It does make sense if you think about it. Getting the hang of writing, improving based on feedback and getting to know more contacts are just some of the benefits I can think of. If you don’t have the time, try commenting on other blogs. It’s shorter and gives you a chance to make someone’s day as well (only if you be nice and constructive, that is.)
Man, that took longer than I expected…Perhaps I should’ve written ‘proper time-management’ instead of ‘write MOAR’ above. Anyway, that’s it from me, Yippy. Now…to get started on Utakoi 9…