A list of 50 questions recently posted by AceRailgun has been making its way to various anime blogs, with the respective bloggers taking a shot at answering the questions. The questions are a mix of anime-related and personal questions. It looked like fun, so I decided to give it a go…
Back in 2010, I answered another list of anime/personal questions from a different source, but those questions were actually a lot more deep and personal than these. AceRailgun’s questions here are pretty straightforward and not too prying at all. I could have written a lot more for some of them, especially the ones asking about favorite anime characters, scenes, etc., but I tried to keep it brief.
I always enjoy reading posts where bloggers take a break from anime-related discussion and let their readers know a bit more about them personally. Being able to put a “bio” behind the blogger helps us connect with them better, whether they’re talking about anime-related topics or not. Despite never meeting them in person or even talking to them one-on-one, stuff like this allows us to “know” them as a person and not just what they have to say about anime. It makes for a more intimate blogging relationship in my opinion.
So, without further adieu, here are the questions along with my answers:
Questions about anime
1. Who is your favorite male anime character?
If we’re allowed to count characters that aren’t human, it would be Tony Tony Chopper from One Piece :3
“It was love at first sight when I first saw Chopper. Like all the One Piece characters, despite his odd looks on the outside, he has a lot going for him on the inside. He knew great abuse, rejection, and loss in his past, however, against all this he became skilled and developed dreams and goals. He rightly has some mistrust and resentment towards humans, but the selflessness and stark sense of justice that the other Straw Hats have rub off on him. Being once a normal animal himself, he’s also very sensitive to the feelings of other creatures. And he has some of the most humorously exaggerated reactions of fear, awe, and excitement. But despite this he can be a brave and serious fighter when provoked. He’s just the perfect character for my tastes.” – from my 2009 list of favorite anime characters
2. Who is your favorite female character?
“Whether you love her or hate her, there’s no doubt that Haruhi has had one of the biggest influences on anime fandom in recent years. I for one share in the love that so many fans have for her. I can see why she’s likened to some sort of goddess because of her wildly unpredictable character and the many sides of her unique, impulsive personality. She’s appealing not so much because she’s really compassionate or sympathetic, but because the things she does and believe are so outrageous, and her view of the world is so unusual, you can’t help but be drawn into her outpouring enthusiasm and self-confidence. There are no boundaries in life as far as she’s concerned, but she also has a ‘melancholic’ and deeper side to her too. The crazy and often bullying things that she does turn some people off, but the way I interpret it, Haruhi doesn’t do these things with any malicious intent; she sincerely believes that the world revolves around her every desire (oh wait, it does, doesn’t it?)” – from my 2009 list of favorite anime characters
3. What is your favorite anime soundtrack?
If we’re talking specific soundtrack CDs and not just isolated songs, it would be the two Wolf’s Rain OSTs. Yokko Kanno and Mayaa Sakamoto work their magic…I still get chills every time I listen to “Tell Me What the Rain Knows.”
4. What is your favorite anime opening + animation?
A tough decision, but it’s still the the third Magic Knight Rayearth opening. It would be something different depending on whether I’m judging by visuals alone or by song alone. But this would be my favorite if I’m judging both equally. Nice song and it features a ton of things we love in anime – magical girls, bishonen, magic, swords, mecha, a cute mascot, pretty backgrounds – all in one OP.
5. What is your favorite anime ending song + animation?
“Hare Hare Yukai,” it will never die!
6. What is your favorite anime scene?
There are just too many…it’s hard enough picking a favorite series or character, but for every one of those there could be a ton of potentially favorite scenes! So I have to pass on this question.
7. If you could meet an anime character who would it be?
Another tough choice (though there are plenty of anime characters I would be afraid to meet!) I’d have to say C.C. from Code Geass. For someone who’s lived as many centuries and been through so much hell as she has, I’d like to have known more about it.
8. What anime character is most similar to you in terms of personality?
I believe that’s something only people who know me well could say. I think any character who’s shy and quiet but also kind and thoughtful, would be like me.
9. What is your favorite thing about anime?
Amazing variety of genres and storytelling techniques, a never-ending list of unique plot premises that range from brilliantly creative to ridiculously entertaining, heavy emphasis on character development and establishing intimacy between them and the audience, incredible setting, background, and story-timeline building for complex series, a diverse range of good songs and scores, sometimes good animation and often appealing character designs…and the list could go on =)
10. What is your least favorite thing about anime?
Dealing with people who are ignorant about it. And of course not every anime series is good, so watching a bad one can be annoying. But often pretentious, obnoxious, or just plain stupid anime fans get on my nerves more than any series or character.
11. Who are your favorite anime couple?
I’ve gone through many over the years, my strongest one being InuyashaxKagome from Inuyasha. Now I’m leaning towards HaruhixKyon.
12. Who is your favorite anime animal?
It would be Chopper again, but since I already picked him for #1, I’ll let Chi from Chi’s Sweet Home have this spot =^.^=
13. What anime would make a good game?
I think all the ones I can think of already have game releases…
14. What game would make a good anime?
I await the day Okami gets made into an anime. Game-to-anime adaptations don’t usually go over well, but gosh it would be gorgeous to watch.
A good studio would need to produce the animation though.
15. What was the first anime you ever watched?
Sailor Moon, dubbed on TV in 1995, years before I’d find out what anime is.
16. Do you think you’ll ever stop watching anime?
I don’t think so. My relationship with it might change over the years, like I’ll have different favorite series/characters or might not be able to watch it as often, but I doubt I’ll ever stop watching it and loving it.
17. What is your favorite genre of anime?
I like most genres but I guess I prefer series that are primarily slice-of-life but also incorporate themes of sci-fi and/or fantasy. Drama, romance, and/or comedy would be nice additives. Series like Haruhi, Shana, and Fruits Basket are examples.
18. What is your least favorite genre of anime?
Anything so heavy on fan-service/ecchi/hentai that it overrides a good plot and good characters. I don’t care for anime that specifically cater to yaoi/yuri either, though I don’t mind if yaoi/yuri pairings are present in anime I watch. I tend to avoid sports-themed anime too.
19. Are you open about watching anime with people you know?
Usually – all of my friends and relatives know I like it. Some coworkers have known it. At the very least, if I spend time with a person, they’ll know I like anime, but how much of a fan I’ll let them know I am depends on how comfortable I feel with them and how open-minded I feel they are. The more comfortable I feel with them, the more I’ll let my fan girl side show.
With the two trips combined, I’ve spent a total of seven weeks in Japan.
21. What anime was the biggest let down for you?
I’m pretty tolerant with most anime and rarely go into a series with incredibly high expectations that were later shot. I suppose the few series I’ve dropped could be considered let-downs. One let-down I actually got through all the way would be Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu season 2. Even I thought the first season wasn’t very good so you can imagine how bad the second season must be!
22. What anime was better then expected?
For me, this would be Kannagi. The plot makes it sound terribly overused and cliche, but for some reason I found the characters, design, and overall feel of the show so appealing and enjoyable that it briefly became my favorite series. I read all there was of the manga, even raw because I couldn’t wait for translations! There really needs to be new manga chapters and/or a new anime to rekindle my interest!
23. What is the best anime fight scene?
There are quite a few, but I personally will never forget just about all the major battles in Naruto, particularly the one between Naruto and Sasuke towards the end of the first series.
24. Who is your anime waifu?
Is there an equivalent of this for male characters? If so, it would be Vash from Trigun :3
25. What was your favorite video game as a child?
I adored the 8-bit/16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog games on Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear when I was a kid.
Questions about me
26. Most embarrassing moment?
Luckily I haven’t had too many of these. The ones I can think of involve me falling in front of people, once in middle school in front of my classmates and once when I was in Japan actually, walking in Asakusa when I slipped because the sidewalk was wet from the rain. In the former case I didn’t get hurt, but in the later one both my knees were very scrapped. I’m thankful it didn’t turn out worse than that, though.
27a. Can you drive?
Yes, I got my license in 2005. Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of driving and actually never learned to drive on freeways despite living in Los Angeles. The reason for this is that my mom, being from New York, didn’t grow up navigating freeways in LA, and by the time she moved out here she was too busy raising me as a single mom to become familiar with places in CA beyond the little suburban valley where we live. She also hates driving on the freeways in general, so I could never learn about them from her. So all my driving has just been confined to school, work, and places that don’t require the freeway. When I can get the money and motivation together, I plan to take driving lessons on the freeway one of these days.
27b. Do you own a car?
My mom and I share a car. I did have one of my own for a period of time, but when I moved away to college in 2007, I wasn’t using it and we decided to sell it since we couldn’t afford payments on two cars. My mom retired in 2008 though, and since she doesn’t like to go out much except for errands like grocery shopping, I can have the car most of the time.
28. Are you mature?
I would say so.
29. What year were you born?
30. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
I love all animals pretty much, but out of cats and dogs, I feel more comfortable with cats only because I’ve always had at least one cat my whole life and have never had a dog. I love dogs too and many of my friends and neighbors have had adorable dogs…but I get scared when dogs I don’t know bark at me.
31. Describe yourself physically.
Fairly tall and “big” for a woman but not necessarily “fat.” Big-boned maybe? I used to be noticeably overweight but I’ve been working hard these past few months to change that! I’ve lost 30 pounds since September and would now say I’m only slightly overweight ;)
32. What would you name your first child?
I don’t want to have children.
33. What is the worst injury you have ever had?
I’ve never had any serious injury ::knock on wood:: The worst physical injury I can think of is having a bad case of carpal tunnel syndrome in my right hand due to spending too much time in an uncomfortable position on the computer. Luckily it went away on its own after a while.
34. What is your worse habit?
I don’t think I have any habits I’d call “bad” (anyone who knows me, feel free to correct this)
35. Do you drink or smoke?
Neither. I can’t stand the smell of smoke and I can’t ignore how often drinking is linked to people acting irresponsible and obnoxious. I prefer to get my “high” from substances that aren’t potentially addicting or damaging to my body. Something like anime for example =)
36. Do you have a tattoo?
No. I always prefer to keep my body as natural as possible (also why I don’t wear make-up or dye my hair).
37. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning definitely. I can never sleep in past 9-10am no matter what day it is and I always go to bed around midnight except for some rare occasions. My mom’s a morning person too and we’re usually done with things like eating breakfast, going shopping, doing some house chores, etc., before noon XD
38. Have you ever slept past midday?
The only time I’ve slept past 10am is when I was very sick.
39. Do you regret anything?
Countless things, most small and insignificant to my life, a few not so much. I don’t feel like going into detail, but I will say some good can come from regrets – the ability to learn from your mistakes, with the sting of regret making you stronger.
40. Can you count the number of friends you have on one hand?
Best friends, just about. Other friends, it would take two hands. Everyone else I would consider an acquaintance. I choose the people I consider friends wisely and would rather have few but true friends than many unreliable, “fair-weather” friends.
41. Do you wear glasses?
Yes, by my senior year of high school I couldn’t function without them on 24/7. Years of playing Pokemon games and working on my web site have made me terribly near-sighted.
42. Are you a picky eater?
I used to be but not really anymore. I have things I like and don’t like but nothing extreme. I could eat the same thing everyday for years or eat different things all the time. The only thing weird about my eating is that I don’t like sweet things like fruit and candy.
43. Would you die for someone?
I don’t think so, not at this time anyway. Kind of a hard thing to say until the situation actually arises.
44. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Two things: I want to fly, and I’d also like some kind of time-control. Not necessarily time-travel but something like giving my life a rewind, fast-forward, and pause button XD
45. Do you believe in the supernatural?
Yes, to an extent.
46. Would you rather be rich or famous?
Most definitely rich. I don’t want to be famous; you lose a great deal of privacy and control over your life and those are things I value. I wouldn’t mind being famous among a small niche of people though, like among anime fans.
47. Have you ever committed a crime?
No, though I do recall stealing an animal-shaped eraser from a school book fair when I was like, five years old. I did regret it when I got older though.
48. Pirates or ninjas? Time traveler or ghost?
I don’t have a preference really. These themes don’t matter to me as much as how well one handles them in an anime XD
49. Does someone have a crush on you?
50. Are you in a relationship?
No, but it would be nice to find the right guy. When I was younger I didn’t care, but the older I get the more I see how difficult life can be without someone to help and share it with, especially for someone like me whose only real family member is my mom.
That’s all for the questions. Hope you enjoyed them! I’ll be back with another new post next week~