1) Would you read the original Light Novel of a anime that you think is exceptionally good? Additional thoughts?
Yes, I would. In fact I’d read the Light Novel not only if I like a certain anime, but also if I like a certain manga as well. And as you know, I’d go as far as translate it if I like it.
2) What do you think of the current trend of anime series that broadcasts 1 cour, followed by a 1 (or 2) season(s) break, then the 2nd cour? (e.g.: Fate/Zero, Jormungand)
I feel that it’s actually a pretty good idea. It gives the production team and studio more time to think through how they wish to move on with the anime, as well as some recovery time from animating the first cour. I would prefer it this way if it would mean a better quality second cour, rather than have them rush through everything without a break, resulting in a lower quality.
3) What is your favourite type of anime character? (<Kuu, Tsun, Yan, etc (dere)>, <Imouto, Ane, Ani, Otouto>)
There actually isn’t one particular type of anime character that I favour above all others; I just go by… Gut feeling, I guess? If I like a character, then I like him/her. This is because I’ve found that there are always cases where I don’t like an anime character with a certain personality in one series but like another character with a similar personality in another series. If I had to choose though, tsundere and kuudere are pretty good formulas for me (the least number of characters I dislike fall under these categories).
Also, Imouto, Ani and Ane are all good. I don’t see Otouto in animanga much so I don’t know if I’d like them.
4) How do you enjoy your anime? (With food, drinks? Headphones or speakers? With friends or alone? On a large projector screen or laptop screen? etc)
I usually don’t eat or drink while watching anime; I think it’s a distraction actually since I usually watch anime with my earphones plugged in, and the crunching noise of chewing something prevents me from hearing what the characters are saying properly. Either way, food and drinks are a distraction, so they are a no-no for me; if I have to eat, I’ll pause my anime, finish the food, then resume it.
Once in a while I do watch anime with friends, especially if I go over to a certain friend’s place, but I haven’t done it in a long time. I watch anime alone mostly.
I don’t own a giant screen, so I watch all my anime on my 14.1″ laptop screen.
5) What is your current Desktop background?
Here you go:
Now, it’s time for my 5 questions! My own answers are spoilered.
1) How did you discover the animeblogosphere and what made you decide to join it?
This was something that happened quite a while back, so my memories of it are quite fuzzy. What I state below is what I can make of the bits and pieces I remember.
When I first started becoming really interested in anime, I learnt about this particular thing known as the Odex Saga from NightSky. Wanting to know more about it, I googled for info and, lo and behold, discovered some old Singaporean animeblogs which discussed the topic. However, a lot of the bloggers who wrote about the topic were themselves greatly affected, and hence quit the blogosphere. Given that the saga occurred around the 2007-2008 period and I only got really interested in anime in 2009, the blogs were dead for at least a year already. That was my first encounter with anime blogs, and because they were inactive at that time I did not pay particular attention to that, though I did read some of the posts that they wrote and found them interesting.
I eventually chanced across this blog known as DannyChoo.com through the dead blogs (it seemed like a lot of people were talking about him, be it in positive or negative ways). I found the blog to be quite an interesting read, and hence followed it for a period of time. More importantly, I checked out his commentor’s profiles, and discovered quite a few anime blogs! Apparently, many of these authors were inspired to write by Danny Choo himself.
Fast forward a few months, and I was discussing with NightSky one day about such blogs and he then revealed to me the existence of the animeblogosphere; apparently, he used to write for another Singaporean Japanese-subculture blog known as Zone Otaku. After conversing for a while, one of us brought up the topic of creating an anime blog. Truth to be told, I didn’t have any experience with reviewing anime at that point in time; the only blogs I had in the past were personal ones, and even then they were short-lived. I just agreed to start the blog because I thought it would be interesting. In other words, I did it for the fun of it.
From this part on, everything is a blur in my memories, so the following is what I can roughly piece together:
Given NightSky’s experience writing with writing on a self-hosted wordpress blog, the next step to take after deciding to form a blog was to seek hosting. Back then, Seinime actually had his own blog and was offering hosting, which was what we discovered after searching around a bit on the web. NightSky then emailed him about the issue. Seinime then replied, telling us that he could indeed offer us hosting, but (if I remember correctly) it’d be very lonely for us since we’d be his only hosting client. He then proceeded to redirect us to Vii (a.k.a 7), who was (and now still is) hosting the Kokido Kombine network.
Somewhere around that point in time, I had discovered AmayaLee’s blog, Irreprehensible Shoujo and I read her reviews, thinking that they were interesting. Through her blog, I had also previously discovered the existence of the Kokido Kombine network, but I had thought applications for hosting were closed. Hence, when Seinime made the offer, NightSky and I unanimously agreed to ask for hosting on the KK network. Onto the Kokidokombine IRC channel NightSky then went, to discuss with Vii about the hosting application. I had no idea about the existence of IRC back then, so it was also NightSky who introduced me to it.
Vii accepted our application and we got our domain. That was when my true exposure to the animeblogosphere started. I started off by checking out other blogs in the network and making friends with other bloggers via IRC. And through referrals and other blogs’ blogrolls, I discovered yet more blogs. Way later on, when I decided to get Nabe listed on Anime Nano, I subscribed to its feed as well and have since been discovering and reading blogs through it.
Phew!~ That was a really long story, wasn’t it? It sure brought back quite a bit of nostalgia to me writing it.
2) What type of blog posts do you like to read?
I think that episodics are fun to read assuming that the writer has something insightful to contribute, brings up interesting points or somehow injects humour into his or her writing. Other than that, I like to read the occasional editorial on topics which I feel strongly for, and event/convention/cosplay photoshoot posts are great too.
3) What is/are your favourite anime/manga genre(s)?
Romance, Seinen and Fantasy
4) What is one important lesson that you learnt from watching anime or reading manga?
That trust is important in a relationship. I learnt that from watching Zero no Tsukaima 3 years ago, so I have no recollection of which episode of which season I learn that from.
5) What is your horoscope? As a bonus, do tell us what traits/characteristics that are associated with that horoscope do you possess if you would like.
My horoscope is Leo. As for the second part, I’ll pass as I wish to remain mysterious
Oh hey, it looks like I finally get to tag some bloggers. They’ll be 53RG10 (incidentally one of my first animeblogger friends), Sumairii, Highway, Verdant and Foshizzel. To those tagged, I look forward to reading your answers!