I’m feeling under the weather today, so we’re having a light topic for this post. Some years ago on my old fan site, I made a questionnaire that covered just about every aspect of someone’s anime fandom. Today I’ll be making a long overdue updated version of it, and would also like to invite any of my readers and fellow bloggers to take part in it as well…
These questions were made to give a general idea of someone’s tastes in anime and anime fandom, without going into extensive detail for each (unless you want to). A few of the questions are the same as the questions AceRailgun wrote a while back, but a lot are different and the questionnaire only has anime-related questions rather than personal ones. There are 27 questions total.
1. What anime have you seen? If you’ve seen too many to type out here, link to any list you may have, such as MAL.
All of the anime I’ve seen can be found on my MAL account, which I keep constantly up-to-date. Heh, when I first made this questionnaire on the old site, I was actually able to type out from memory all the anime I had seen. Those days are long gone XD
2. Out of those, which ones would you consider favorites?
Angel Beats!, Azumanga Daioh, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chi’s Sweet Home, Evangelion, Kannagi, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Noir, Pokemon, Wolf’s Rain
3. What was the first anime you ever watched and what was your first impression?
Sailor Moon. I liked it a lot and even though I was only in elementary school back then, I could tell that there was something special about it compared to other cartoons I used to watch. But I wouldn’t know that it was animation from Japan until years later.
4. In what year would you say you became an anime fan?
Although I first watched Sailor Moon in the mid-90s, I didn’t actually learn what anime was and actively seek out anime until I got into Pokemon in 1999. So I would say 1999-2000 is when I became an anime fan.
5. Do you read manga as well as watch anime?
The only long-running manga series I’ve read is Inuyasha and the only ongoing series I’m reading is Kannagi (and the Haruhi Suzumiya novels if you count those). During my early years of anime fandom, I occasionally read manga such as Cardcaptor Sakura, Evangelion, Utena, Chobits, Love Hina, Tenchi Muyo!, and Fushigi Yuugi. Later on I read a few others, mostly if I liked the anime first, such as Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star. But since I got more easy access to anime via a better computer and Internet in 2005, I’ve basically only been watching anime and don’t care to read manga. Anime delivers things I enjoy which manga cannot; color, sound, a better sense of movement, music, and voice acting.
6. What genre of anime usually interests you?
I’m open to pretty much all genres of anime – kids shows, moe, shonen, fantasy/adventure, romance/drama, slice-of-life, whatever. The ones I most like tend to be primarily slice-of-life but also incorporate themes of sci-fi and/or fantasy.
7. What genre of anime least interests you?
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’m not particularly keen on mecha series either, but I do watch them from time to time. I also tend to avoid sports-themed anime.
8. For your own personal enjoyment, what do you think is the most important factor in an anime?
For me it could be one of two things – a good, well-written story, or likable characters that I enjoy seeing…both together would be awesome too ;) That’s why I can enjoy both complex, plot-driven shows as well as episodic, slice-of-life shows. In the former, it’s usually the story I get into (characters sometimes too) and for the latter, it’s the fun of watching the characters. Great animation and music can be big pluses, but they’re still not as important to me as story and/or characters.
9. Which do you prefer, dub or sub?
Subs in most cases, especially in recent years where fewer dubs are being made. But if a dub is good, I could go for either one depending on the mood I’m in. But there are some series where I get very attached to the Japanese voices and don’t care to watch the dub.
10. Who are some of your favorite Japanese seiyuu?
Megumi Hayashibara, Ikue Ohtani, Aya Hirano, Mamoru Miyano, Rie Kugimiya, Houko Kuwashima, Tomokazu Sugita, Aya Hisakawa, and Satomi Koorogi.
11. If you watch anime dubs, who are some of your favorite voice actors?
Crispin Freeman, Johnny Yong Bosch, Eric Stuart, Veronica Taylor, Wendee Lee, Stephanie Sheh, and Laura Bailey. I’ve watched very few dubs made after 2007, so I’m not familiar with the newer English voice actors.
12. Which anime do you think has the worst English dub? And the best?
Cardcaptors is definitely the worst – it’s barely even the same show as Cardcaptor Sakura. A close second would be 4Kids’ version of One Piece. If we’re talking non-kids anime, I didn’t like the dubs of Angel Beats!, Love Hina, or Shana. And as for the best dubs, I would say Cowboy Bebop, Fruits Basket, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Madoka Magica, Wolf’s Rain, and Full Metal Alchemist.
13. What are your most disliked anime?
I’m not very picky with anime and tend to watch the ones I know I’ll like, so there are few that I truly dislike. My most hated one would be the second season of Nogizaka Haruka. Other than that, I didn’t really like Index, H20, Moretsu Pirates, or Digimon Savers.
14. Do you ever try to get people interested in anime? If so, what kind of success have you had?
Most of my friends already like anime, or did at some point, so I don’t need to get them interested. As for other people, not really since I’m not good at imposing my hobbies on others unless they’re clearly interested themselves. I have few relatives besides my mom, but I’ve watched a lot of anime with her over the years and she likes it (though I have to cherry pick titles carefully for her since her tastes are limited).
15. Who are your most favorite anime characters?
Haruhi (from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) and Chopper (from One Piece) are my two most favorites. Others are Vash (Trigun), Asuka (Evangelion), Osaka and Sakaki (Azumanga Daioh), Shana (Shakugan no Shana), Nagi (Kannagi), Rock Lee, Gaara and Shikamaru (Naruto), Chi (Chi’s Sweet Home), Mireille and Kirika (Noir), Yuri (Angel Beats!) Kagami (Lucky Star), and Toboe (Wolf’s Rain)
16. Who are your least favorite anime characters?
Black Star from Soul Eater and Kenpachi, Ikkaku, and all the other overly violent, blood-thirsty characters from Bleach. I also tend to dislike characters who are solely there for hyperbolic comic relief in an otherwise serious anime, such as token lesbians in slice-of-life anime and blatantly obnoxious Those Two Guys.
17. Who are your favorite “non-human”(animal-like) characters?
Kero (Cardcaptor Sakura), Ryo-ohki (Tenchi Muyo!), Kirara (Inuyasha), Umagon (Konjiki no Gash Bell), Ein (Cowboy Bebop), Chopper (One Piece), Sakamoto (Nichijou), Kyubey (Madoka Magica), Luna (Sailor Moon), Chi (Chi’s Sweet Home), and a number of digimon and pokemon ;)
18. What are some ways you express your anime fandom? (going to conventions, blogging, reading fanfiction, etc)
Obviously blogging is one of the most important fandom outlets for me =) I also enjoy going to conventions when I can, especially Anime Expo. I enjoy good anime fan art and good AMVs too, though I don’t make any myself.
19. What kinds of anime products do you usually buy?
DVD/BD sets for series I first watch online and really like, but mostly character goods such as figures, plushies, key chains, art books, posters, and the like.
20. What are some of your favorite anime songs and soundtracks?
My most favorite anime song would be “Give a reason,” the opening for Slayers Next. Following that one would be “Kokoro no Chizu” (fourth One Piece opening), “Fukai Mori” (second Inuyasha ending), “Gravity” (Wolf’s Rain ending), “Lion” and “Triangular” (Macross Frontier openings), “God Knows…” (Haruhi song from Live A Live), “D-techno life” (second Bleach opening), “Plenty of grit” (Slayers Revolution opening), and “Shine” (Seirei no Moribito opening). As for soundtracks, my most favorites would be the ones for Noir, Wolf’s Rain, and Madoka. I adore music by Yoko Kanno and Yuki Kajiura~
21. What anime pairings/shippings do you like?
I’ve gone through many over the years, my strongest one being InuyashaxKagome from Inuyasha. Now I’m leaning towards HaruhixKyon. Most of the pairings I like are canon though ;)
22. What medium to you usually use to watch anime? (buy DVDs, streaming, etc)
In my early years as a fan, I would mostly watch dubbed anime on TV, buy DVDs occasionally, and borrow DVDs or VHS copies from friends. In recent years, I watch anime online via fansubs and streaming, and sometimes borrow DVDs/BDs from friends. I still buy DVDs/BDs myself, but only for series I’ve already seen and liked.
23. What is your favorite anime quote?
Not sure, but here’s one I’ve always liked : “There are as many truths as there are people.” – Kaji, Evangelion
24. What are your favorite anime movies?
Pokemon 2000, Tokyo Godfathers, Cowboy Bebop the Movie, The End of Evangelion, 5 Centimeters per Second, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke, and Summer Wars
25. What other “geeky,” media-related hobbies besides anime do you have? (video games, Western animation, etc)
I love animation as a medium, but anime gives me pretty much all the animated fulfillment I need, so I watch very little other animation. But I still love Disney and Pixar movies. I play video games once in a while, mostly Pokemon games though. Other games I like are Okami, Sonic the Hedgehog, Harvest Moon, and Smash Brothers.
26. What is your most favorite anime of all, and why is it your favorite?
Haruhi…as for why, look here.
27. What are some anime you haven’t watched but want to someday?
So many! To name a few: Monster, Bacanno!, Princess Tutu, ef, Zetsubou Sensei, Gankutsuou, Minami-ke, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and Natsume Yuujinchou. I mostly watch seasonal shows and tend to more often rewatch my old favorites than start watching a finished show I haven’t yet seen. But I’m working on it, slowly but surely XD
Feel free to repost this questionnaire on another site and replace my answers with your own. I’d love to see what you have to say =) I’d also like to hear any suggestions you may have for additional questions to be added should I decide to update the questionnaire again one day (they should be very general questions and not too specific or complex).