Real Neat Blog Award

Firstly, thanks to Mia over at for the nomination 🙂

I haven’t been involved in a blog-tag-chain-nom for many moons – not since I used to be a poet with my old blog, so it’s nice to get back into a community!

So, as many of you will already know, here’s the structure – I’ll answer Mia’s great questions now and then write up some of my own below, and finally nominate a few folks and see who else is able to jump on board.

1. Is piracy killing or helping the anime industry?

Harming for sure, I reckon – especially now that legal streaming is an option, making anime consumption about 1000% cheaper than it was decades ago. And (as I think we all know) the less income a studio sees from any given series, the less chance there is of getting a continuation of that series. (And of course, I want folks to financially support the artists they love.)

2. What anime are you planning to watch in 2020?

Gurren Lagan – it’s one of the more significant gaps in my knowledge of the Gainax filmography, so I definitely have to remedy that this year. For me, I don’t think I’ll enjoy it as much as Neon Genesis or Nadia but that’s truly not important; and I shouldn’t be comparing them too much, and especially not before I’ve actually seen the series!

3. What is your favorite anime quote and why?

This was hard! I had to go back to an old fav, Cowboy Bebop. I nearly went with Jet’s lesson from Toys in the Attic but instead, I’ll stay with him but switch to a different episode:

Men only think about their past right before death, as if they were searching frantically for proof they were alive.

– Jet, Cowboy Bebop

I think it’s one of my favourite quotes because I like how it illustrates something about his character – I see him as someone who looks back a lot, but hides it too. And for someone who is (rightfully) hard on Spike about running from the past, Jet also maybe sets an example throughout the series re: confronting that past. The quote itself (and the preceding mini-monologue) also works as clear foreshadowing of something that’s been foreshadowed for pretty much the entire series.

4. Who is your favorite anime couple?

Edward and Winry come to mind first if we’re going for romantic couples, though I always liked the way Jean and Nadia end up complimenting each other across the course of Nadia Secret of Blue Water too.

5. What is your favorite video game?

It’s tough narrowing these down to a single choice 😀

So, I think I’ll cheat here and mention a favourite video game from a specific console, which should help me narrow down the field… a little, lol. I’ll stick with the Sega Megadrive firstly, and then skip over some classic games like Sonic 2 and Streets of Rage 3 and choose Phantasy Star IV.

Phantasy Star IV was one of the first few JRPGs I played and it had everything you’d expect from the genre; turn-based battles, distinctive characters and long storylines but also an interesting ‘comic book’ panel approach to cut scenes, which I loved. There was also a macro feature you could use in battle and that was an amazing, time-saving perk that I hope more modern games revitalise.

6. If you could meet only 3 anime characters IRL (in real life) who would they be?

I reckon I’ll accidentally leave out someone that I’d love to chat with and come back later and want to change my mind, but here goes:

Ergo Proxy

This would actually be hard work, meeting Ergo Proxy, but it would be at the very least, fascinating to meet someone so vast… of course, I’d only want to do so under strict conditions I think.

Vash The Stampede

I think Vash would be a really fun guy to be around 🙂


One of Miyazaki’s heroine traits is to have them transform adversaries into allies via kindness and that’s always impressed me about Nausicaa, so it’d be fun to meet her and maybe ask her to teach me how to ride the Mēve, though I’d probably end up chickening out.

7. Do you recall the 3 worst anime you have ever seen?

Not too well – but I have (like all of us no doubt) abandoned more than a few over the years: 7 Seeds, Coppelion and The Rising of the Shield Hero come to mind. Based on my posts about them, I think it was a mixture of predictability and what felt like a lack of tension within the early episode(s).

Okay! So here’s my questions – I’ve tried to come up with a mix of ones I think might be short or long answers but also, just a warning that the first one might kinda push everyone into spoiler territory:

  • 1. If you could tweak the ending to any series or film, what would you do?
  • 2. If you could replace any world leader with an anime character, who would you choose?
  • 3. What is your all time favourite anime action sequence? (doesn’t have to be a fight, of course)
  • 4. Which anime (film/series/OVA) did you find yourself thinking about long after it ended?
  • 5. What would you say is your favourite anime OST (or just one song perhaps) and why?
  • 6. Who is your favourite director/writer and what do you want to see from them in the future?
  • 7. Who are your top 3 character designers?

The Rules

  • 1. Display the logo.
  • 2. Thank the bloggers for the award.
  • 3. Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.
  • 4. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.
  • 5. Ask them 7 questions.

And now, nominating any one below who’s able to get involved (hopefully you haven’t been tagged too many times already), with thanks for being extra welcoming to me over these first with months of posting my reviews!

(Hope I didn’t miss anyone – also, can I tag someone back? If so, I’d tag 9tailedkitsune and get to seven :D)

13 thoughts on “Real Neat Blog Award

    1. Thanks for the nomination, had a lot of fun answering the questions 🙂

      Curious to see what you think – I remember feeling that it was another portal fantasy so I wasn’t drawn in at the time, but they do a *really* good job of making Naofumi into an underdog.

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  1. Haha I loved that you’d wanna meet Ergo Proxy. Also I’m quite intrigued that Rising Shield Hero is under your worst anime ever seen. I wasn’t impressed by it either, but the anime was pretty decent considering the source material from the manga wasn’t all that great to begin with.

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    1. It’d be a nerve-wracking meeting, huh?

      And whoops – I should have said that in lieu of having no hated anime I could remember, that Rising was only one of three I *abandoned*. Didn’t see enough of that one to hate or love it in the end 🙂

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        1. Isn’t it always tough to rate/write about the stuff that didn’t evoke any strong feelings?

          I reckon the posts that give me the most trouble are often the ones where I felt reasonably ambivalent toward the title in question. ‘Granblue Fantasy’ was/is a bit like that for me.

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          1. Definitely. But lack of strong feelings could also be interpreted as a strong feeling of ambivalence. So I guess it’s just how you write around the lesser feelings.

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  2. Thank you for the nomination, although I don’t know if I’ll have time to participate–I’ll certainly try! Also, good answers here by you. Your answer to the piracy question was of especial interest to me, as I’ve been considering it quite a bit of late. I think that I’d have needed more guidance on what was being called “piracy,” first. . .

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    1. OK, that sounds weird (and possibly even incriminating). Just saying that with all the different availabilities now found in the market, where specifically does one begin identifying things as pirated? Sure, that copy of a complete series that your coworker turned up for you in a clear plastic sleeve for a whole $5 is definitely suspect. But what about certain online streaming sites that have demonstrated individual longevity and even run legit ads–how weird is it when one of those suddenly disappears and is replaced by a warning. . .

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    2. No probs! If you don’t get time it’s all good 🙂

      And thanks! And I know what you mean, yeah. The digital revolution has to have been one of the most significant double-edged blades ever, surely.


  3. Congrats on the award and thanks for nominating Iridium Eye! That was very kind of you. You had some good answers. I definitely played a bunch of Sonic 2 and Streets of Rage back in the day even though the Mega Drive was known as Genesis in America, by the way, but I know what you’re talking about.


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