Digibro tagged me in this anime blogger interrogation game. I usually don’t do these stuff, seeing that most of them ask too many questions, but five is a sweet spot.
Without further ado:
1. Right now, how connected do you feel with the anime blogosphere? Do you feel like you are a part of the community, or an outlier? Do you feel relevant?
Good question. I talk to bloggers and SCCSAV members on Twitter. For the latter, it’s my way of making up to not being able to attend SCCSAV events, because my schedule and timezone differences make it impractical. But they’re fine people, so I always enjoying conversing with them.
As for feeling like a part of the community, yes. I’m more comfortable with my standing today–I know enough people who are cool in my book, and the cool people whom I don’t know usually make themselves known to me. It’s not like back in 2008-09 where it was me who had to do the chasing. This may sound a little elitist, but that’s not what I mean. I’m just comfortable with my current network and feel less of a need to go suck up to
I prefer not to think too much on the “being relevant (to the blogosphere)” part. That usually entails participating in other things, like blogging about hot shows or collaborating with other bloggers. What’s most important is that the blog be relevant to me. I don’t want to fire up my dashboard one day, read my recent posts, and realize that even I wouldn’t read these stuff!
2. The era of blogs may be coming to an end. New social media services are coming which will combine the best functions of services like blogs, tumblr, twitter, and reddit. What would be the ideal form of social media service to you? Do you like the current model of blogs, twitter, and tumblr, or are you super excited to ditch that noise?
I like the current setup of social media services as it is now. There are people whose blogs I read but don’t follow on Twitter, and vice versa. This is because there are interesting people who will write posts that I have little interest in, and there are great bloggers I read who will have the most uninteresting tweets.
I’ll read what I want, and separate services allow me to opt out with ease.
3. Are you satisfied with the way you watch anime now? If you had a different lifestyle, would you change the way that you watch anime, or is the way you watch more based around what shows are on the air? (To rephrase: do you wish you could watch more shows? Do you think you’re already watching too many? Etc.)
Anime is my main source of entertainment, over games and books. Yet I feel like I’m watching too many airing shows. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy them for the most part, but sometimes I just feel swamped when I realize I’m behind on a few shows. I don’t have as much free time as I had a few years ago, because I’m taking on more responsibilities at work.
What I want to have more time for is watching older anime. I want to tackle long shows like Daitarn III, Dougram, or hell, even a rewatch of Dragon Ball.
4. Getting into the really important question: what would you like to see from me [Digibro] in the future? . . . I’m asking, what do YOU want to see me write about? What, if I posted it, would make you really glad to see me writing something like that?
I enjoy reading your honest opinions on shows. You didn’t care if everyone thought a show did it well, if you hated it, then you’d call attention to it. I may not agree with them. I will not agree with them. But they’re your opinion, and your blog reflects who you are. That’s something I respect. We’re good friends, yet our tastes are so different! To me, this is a celebration of anime’s diversity.
For other bloggers:
Really, just write about a topic you really love. I will know it. Readers will know it. If you’re thinking about “that blog post you would love to read”, then why not write it yourself? Feel you’re not yet up to it? Then learn! What I love about blogging is that it surprises you with what you can do with it. There aren’t really any rules.
The reverse holds true: I hate reading posts that the author just wrote because they felt obligated to. This is why I usually don’t follow episodic post series, because there will be an episode in the show wherein the blogger will get mad at, and just phone in something really half-baked or worse, a lengthy tirade on why it’s bad and You Should Feel Bad.
5. What has got you by the balls right now, in life?
I’m big on Warhammer 40k fiction and Japanese mahjong nowadays. The former, because I’m obsessed with its grimdark universe. I love the concept of how humanity is trying its darnedest to get by when innumerable threats assault them from within and without. I also love the Horus Heresy series, which to me is the LOGH of tie-in fiction. The tragedy is just amazing, and it has a huge cast of memorable characters on both sides of the war.
As for Japanese mahjong… It’s funny that I merely picked it up in the hopes of understanding Saki more, yet it’s quickly become a favorite on its own. It’s a game of skill. There’s luck involved, but you win because you’re more efficient with your tiles and deal in less. When you win, it’s because you created your own luck through your skill, and it’s a satisfying feeling. I can’t get enough of it!
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Here are my questions. As most of the people I want to answer have already been tagged, or are wary of making meta posts like these, just comment on this post. (You’re gonna comment, right? Right?) And you don’t need to be tagged to answer!
I am tagging:
- ghostlightning of We Remember Love
- animekritik of Kritik Der Animationskraft
- otou-san of Shameful Otaku Secret!
- Digibro of My Sword Is Unbelievably Dull
- RP Webster of Ideas Without End
1. Do you have anime that you want to watch, but couldn’t? What is this anime, and why can’t you watch it? (It should exist.)
Combat Mecha Xabungle, but there aren’t enough subs… It’s a LOLTOMINO show with a lighter mood than his popular works, and the protagonist’s robot chucks an ICBM back at its enemies. I would love to see it in its entirety.
2. What things would you like every anime fan to know?
Also, it’s not enough to say “Sunrise sucks!” Well, which studio of Sunrise sucks? “All of them” is not a valid answer either!
3. What show needs to have more fans? And why doesn’t it have many fans in the first place?
I’d go with Bartender. It’s the classiest anime ever. People don’t watch it because a) it’s a low-key show with few hooks to grab most anime fans, b) there’s this notion that people go to a bar in order to get wasted and/or laid.
4. What wouldn’t you mind seeing in any anime? To rephrase: what makes everything better?
Giant robots. Duh. Seriously, I’ve been able to finish shows I wouldn’t have without them. I mean, Xenoglossia turned out to be pretty good, with some interesting ideas when it came to the mecha.
5. What’s the most unpopular opinion you have? What kind of flak did you receive for it?
I’ve never said this before, but I’d rather watch Macross 7 than Macross Plus. Scattering Minovsky Particles now!