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Liebster Award

Thank you, Ka-chan and Joy of Yaoi, for nominating me for the Liebster Award! This award is designed to bring attention to little blogs (like this one) with few followers. The general concept is to answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you, provide 11 random tidbits of info about yourself, and ask 11 questions of the blogs you nominate.

I originally wasn’t going to complete this because I’m kind of a hermit, but I really wanted to thank the blogs that nominated me and try to interact a bit more. >_<

So, Nyankoto’s from Joy of Yaoi‘s questions:

1. Have you ever read yaoi manga or watched yaoi anime? If so, what did you think? If not, what’s stopping you?

Yes, thanks to your recommendations! Hahaha. Now you’ve created a monster and I’m a total fujoshi.

2. If you could adopt a fictional or fantasy animal, what would it be and why?

A Mokona? Maybe Pu from “YuYu Hakusho”? I guess I like round, squishy-looking things.

3. What’s your all time favorite anime? If you don’t watch anime, you can give a movie or tv show, I guess (or, even better, go out and watch some anime before coming back to answer this question 🙂 )

While I think “Cowboy Bebop” is the *best* anime ever, “Gintama” is actually my all-time favorite. No matter what the situation, there’s a Gintama episode for it.

4. If you could have your superpower of choice, what would you pick?

The knowledge/understanding of any/all languages.

5. What family member are you closest to, and why?

Probably my mom. We have to be close; we work together and live together so we spend way too much time in each other’s company.

6. Are you working towards a goal that’s important to you? What is it? If not, do you have one in mind that you have plans for in the future?

No, I gave that up.

7. What do you like about blogging?

It gives me an outlet when I’m mentally narrating aspects of stuff I read/watch. Like I’m not just talking to myself. Ha!

8. What do you dislike about blogging?

Occasionally feeling obligated to do it. Even though I don’t think anyone reads it, I still feel like I need to at least do my seasonal openers and summaries.

9. What is your favorite type of post to write (you can reference a specific post or two as examples, if ya like)?

The very rare, “This is what I love right now” post. It’s not just going through the new shows of the season, it’s stuff I genuinely love while it’s airing and miss when it’s not and I want to share it with people.

10. If you could pick one person in the world to read and enjoy your blog, who would it be?

… I really don’t know. I always operated under the assumption no one reads it, so I never thought of someone I wanted to read it. Yikes!

11. What’s the most important thing to you?

My family.

Now, Ka-chan‘s questions:

1. If you could meet any fictional character in real life, who would it be and why?

Can I say the Gorilla mangaka Sorachi-sensei? He does appear as a Gorilla in his own manga & anime…

2. What form of social media do you use the most?

Twitter probably, thought not as much as I used to.

3. What’s your favorite beverage?

Coke or green tea.

4. What is the most recent anime (or any show) that you watched?

Just finished the latest episode of “Gate” and now “Ushio & Tora” is on.

5. Do you have a favorite animated movie? What is it and why?

“The Last Unicorn.” I grew up with it and I have the entire movie memorized.

6. If you could have any anime character as a sibling, who would it be and why?

Gah…this is a hard one…my real brother is already kind of like an anime character. Maybe I’d take Naru from “Barakamon” as a little sister because she’s so freakin’ cute and hilarious.

7. What would you title the story of your life?

RIght now it’d be “Four More Hours.” It’s an inside joke in our family restaurant that we always have “four more hours” to go.

8. What is your dream job?

Bathtub tester.

9. Favorite dumb pick-up line?

Haha I honestly don’t have one. I think all pick-up lines are hilarious but I can’t actually think of any right now.

10. What is something that never fails to make you feel better?

Gintama or the final disc of “Shura no Toki.”

11. What kind of weather do you like the best?

Right now I’ll say COLD. Because I’m tired of sweating my ass off!

Thanks for your questions…now for eleven random facts…hmm…. *thinking, thinking*

1. Tomokazu Sugita was the first seiyuu whose name I bothered to learn. He’s my first voice actor love. Ha!

2. Junichi Suwabe is my second. 🙂

3. My dog has more twitter followers than I do.

4. I was addicted to otome games until I discovered Fire Emblem: Awakening.

5. I’m addicted to Fire Emblem: Awakening.

6. I hate to exercise.

7. My best friend is a plush rabbit.

8. I bought the entire Kuroko no Basuke manga in Japanese…even though I can’t read Japanese.

9. “Kaze Hikaru” is my favorite shojo manga and I wish everyone would read it.

10. I can’t remember the last time I slept a full night without getting up at least twice.

11. I have a dakimakura with Hijikata on one side and Gintoki on the other.

Whew! That was harder than I thought!

Okay, I know this is breaking the rules but…I’m a rule-breaker. 😛  I think anyone I would nominate has already completed the sequence at least once…so instead I’m going to leave a list of a few blogs I’d reallllly like you to check out and who I’d nominate if they hadn’t already been nominated several times before:

Zackary Rabbit – somebunny’s creation

LubbyCats

Fujinsei

Pantastic Panda

and of course be sure to check out Ka-chan’s Anime Reviews and Joy of Yaoi. 🙂

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Woo! Summer 2015!

What new stuff did I watch? Will I keep watching it or did it suck? Let’s see!

GATE: I didn’t even know this show existed, no hype, knew nothing about it. But I wanted to watch Summer Season shows and this was one of the new ones on crunchyroll so I thought I’d try it. Originally I actually just planned to have it on in the background while I did some other stuff but then this happened in the first two seconds: “Is that…is that a normal-sounding, non-playboy-type Junichi Suwabe?!” Turns out, even his normal, non-sexified voice makes me drool! But I do want to say that while his voice was the hook for me to actually pay attention, I think the show has merit. The general concept reminds me of Outbreak Company, which I initially really enjoyed. So I’m excited to listen to see the next episode.

Aoharu x Machinegun: This was actually way more satisfying than I expected. I enjoy shows with survival game themes (maybe from my years paintballing?) and I love girls dressed as guys and I love hosts. So what was not to love about this? The show is nice to look at (both the boys and the art in general) and had a few laugh-out-loud moments. I’m actually kind of excited about this one.

Durarara!! x2 is BACK! Did I get goosebumps during the opening theme? Of course I did! No lag, no boring, just jumped right into Durarara goodness. Typical of my previous experiences with this show, I sat the whole time thinking, “Man, I fucking love this show.” SO HAPPY!

Rokka-Braves of the Six Flowers- I loved the look of this and the costumes and locations really drew me in. However, the prison scene was…way too talky and boring. I understand we need some context, some backstory, and this sort of characters verbally rehashing old lore thing is pretty typical for a fantasy/quest setting like this one. I do think that as we get more of the crew rounded up and meet more characters it’ll regain the initial oomph from the beginning. I hope.

Ushio and Tora this show has a very “shonen” feel from the very beginning and I mean that in the best of ways. Very upfront, relatively simple, and enjoyable.

SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist is pretty much exactly like it sounds and is totally hilarious. This is a show I was really excited about going into the summer season and the first episode does not disappoint.

GANGSTA my most-anticipated show of the season and OMG I LOVED IT! IT WAS PERFECT! The voices and the art and the voices and the music and the voices…totally wonderful and amazing and I can’t wait for more. I love the manga and it makes me so happy to see it get an anime.

Series Completed: Princess Nine

Sports! Drama! Girls! Drama! Baseball! Boys! Drama! Repetitive theme music! Laughter! Tears! DRAMA!

Sports anime is one of my favorite genres, perhaps because it’s structurally similar to battle anime but a bit more…accessible/relatable to the average person. I’ve often read that sports anime (and manga) isn’t popular here in the US, which I don’t understand since I think we’re a country that loves sports. Or maybe we’re a country that just needs to watch more sports anime?

Princess Nine is essentially about a group of nine girls brought together to form a baseball team (not softball–baseball) with the ultimate goal of making it to Koshien. The story revolves around Ryo Hayakawa, the pitcher, and her relationships with a) her dead father; b) her rival Izumi; c) ace batter and love interest Takasugi; and d) her own tumultuous, dramatic emotions. I chose to watch the dub, as it reminded me of my anime glory days back when ADV was still around and Chris Patton and Vic Mignogna were cast together in seemingly everything. The scene with these two yelling at each other might be my favorite in the whole series.

Watching Princess Nine made me realize something: although I watch a considerable amount of sports anime, this was the first time I can recall watching sports anime centered around girls. As a result, Princess Nine had a different flavor. Much of the plot revolved around Ryo’s potential romance with Takasugi whereas in other, male-centric sports anime, the love interest is very minor, if there is one at all. But it did the trick-I couldn’t look away during the last disc; I had to know: will the girls make it to Koshien? Will Ryo and Takasugi get together? Will Izumi and Ryo ever evolve from rivals to friends? Will the coach ever sober up? Is there any chance we could get a Princess Nine x Ace of the Diamond crossover OVA? WILL THE KISARAGI GIRLS MAKE IT TO KOSHIEN?!

Watch Princess Nine. Watch it for the emotional rollercoaster that is sports. Watch it for Izumi, who I believe is actually the best character. Watch it for all the great sports anime tropes. Watch it for female rivalries and manly arguments. Watch it because nine random girls trying to make it to Koshien need all the help they can get.

I think I’m actually going to watch it again.