I did one of these a couple weeks ago following a nomination from Cactus Matt, but I’ve been renominated twice since then with some pretty interesting questions.
So here’s the new Super Deluxe Edition of Brotherhood of the World Bloggers’ Award Post. The original one is listed below the new questions. Get ready to learn a whooolleee lot about me.
What western produced cartoon do you think would work best in an anime format and why?
This is a difficult question because I feel many of the shows that would make for “good” anime (RWBY, Samurai Jack, Steven Universe) are already similar enough, to what we think of as “anime”, or derived from anime influence (Voltron). So, an adaptation would be redundant.
I suppose it’d be cool, see like a legit anime adaptation of some of the older Western cartoons like ThunderCats or SWAT Kats.
ThunderCats may have actually been animated in Japan, but was ultimately produced here in The States. It received a reboot of sorts in 2011 that looked anime-inspired, but it failed abruptly. There’s now a new ThunderCats Roar series coming out, but it seems like it’ll be very cartoony—similar to Teen Titans Go!.
What novel series (western of manga) do you want adapting into a movie or show?
I don’t read a whole lot, but when I do, it’s usually manga, graphic novels, or ancient/medieval classics like The Odyssey, and Beowulf. These stories already have either live-action or animated adaptations.
I am really looking forward to the Invincible movie supposedly in development. I think Image Comics are underrated, and aside from The Walking Dead, underrepresented in the cinematic universe.
Invincible is a fantastic series. I am a little hesitant, though, knowing Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg will be at the helm of movie adaptation.
What candy is your favorite and why?
Depends on my mood, really. My tastes cover a diverse array of flavors and textures.
Preferred hard candies: Warheads, Jolly Ranchers
Fruity candy: Airheads/Airheads Fruit Bites
Chocolate: Twix PB, Carmello bars
Gummies: Sour Patch Watermelon, Peach Rings
Old Skool: Wintergreen Lozenges, Circus Peanuts
In an essay of no more than 300 words, if there were any anime you wish had been written differently, what would you have written?
I thought Record of Grancrest War was a massive waste of potential primarily brought on by abysmal writing. The story spans 24 episodes, and more or less breaks its own neck with extreme pacing issues and plot development.
If I were the one calling the shots, I would have slowed it wayyyy down. I would have taken a much more detailed approach following MC Theo and the other characters up through the liberation of Theo’s homeland, Sistina. This would have been a perfect place to conclude the initial run, as you could leave it open enough to entice viewers to come back for the impending invasion of Mirza’s territory.
Who’s your Waifu or Husbando and why?
I don’t really have a character that I idolize like that, but you can view my hapless, hypothetical harem here. I really enjoyed this tag; I think you can lear a lot about someone from the type of harem they construct.
Considering the existence of protagonists, are battle royales pointless as suspenseful stories?
No. Some protagonists lose, and some end up being more like conventional villains. I find battle royale-type stories still interesting, and at times also suspenseful. For instance, I enjoyed the heck out of Fate/Zero even though I already knew the true protagonists and what the outcome would be. There were definitely moments of suspense in the series as well.
I think battle royale elements can be suspenseful in series like Another, which aren’t really battle royale anime.
Are there any absolute rules when it comes to fiction? (for example: ‘battles must be suspenseful’, ‘rape should never be used as a plot device’, or ‘incest ruins anime’)
I don’t think it’s unbreakable law, necessarily, but there are some story elements that are better left implied rather than explicitly shown—particularly if they involve young teens or children.
If someone were to loop one sound on repeat, which one would drive you insane the fastest?
This is something I don’t currently know off the top of my head, and something I do not wish to try to figure out.
Can you describe your favorite anime in one sentence without naming it?
Asking me to pick my favorite series right now is asking a lot. I can, however, provide some one-liners for a variety of shows.
Food! Do you snack while writing?
I snack almost all of the time—Sometimes out of hunger, sometimes out of boredom, sometimes out of stress.
Man, it sure would be nice if WordPress would consistently give me pingback notifications. Anyway, thanks to AnimeQandA for the nomination. If it is additional nominations you seek, Cactus Matt, feel free to crash the Create-A-Story Tag with me. I don’t know exactly how you guys would do it over there, but I’m sure you could think of something.
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the questions sent to you.
3. Nominate around 10 others.
4. Create your own set of questions for your nominees and display the rules.
- Who’s the last anime character you identified with and why?
Physically, I look and sometimes feel like Goro from Darling in the FranXX.
Generally speaking, though, I find that I gravitate toward and more often identify with the underdogs and minor/supporting characters of any given series. You know, the Krillins/Tiens/Yamchas, Goros, and Mumen Riders of the world. I often times view myself as a minor character—somehow even in my own story.
One of these days, though, I’ll have my moment. Juuuust you wait!
- Is there an anime universe you would want to live in?
I am in near total agreement with Matt on this one. Shawn and I had a show once where we discussed anime worlds we would and would not want to live in. The KonoSuba world and its starter town seem like fantastic places to be. There’s some degree of danger, but for the most part it’s chill, and no strike-through here—I would totally check out that succubus club.
I mean, you can’t knock it till you try it, right?
- I hope you answered the last question – what would your job be in that universe?
As much as I want to believe I’d be kickass ranger out there saving the world from the forces of the Demon King. I’d probably be more of a part-time/weekend adventurer—the daily occupation would more realistically be a blacksmith or shopkeeper.
- Who would you like to do a collab with (real or imaginary)
Wellllll, now that I’ve been bitten by this creative writing bug, it might be fun to co-write a story with Hana Oshiroi from Ben-To, particularly since I’ll soon hopefully be starting that alternate version of Fire Mountain Romance.
- Is there a character trait (physical or personality) that you always love to see?
Wait a minute, is this an anime or an IRL thing? Does it make difference for me? Nah, we’re all just characters in the really lame MMORPG we call life. In either case, I generally like characters that are intelligent, and have a strong sense of honor. Having one or two fun quirks is also a plus. For instance, Lalatina Dustiness Ford A.K.A. Darkness.
By far the most sexually deviant of the KonoSuba main cast, Darkness is also the most noble. She loves—and I mean loves—a rough fight, but she comes from a noble bloodline and legitimately views protecting those under her family’s domain as a responsibility. THAT is the kind of person I like to see.
You know, in hindsight, maybe just going though and trying to answers these in real time was a poor decision. Whatever, same rules (or lack thereof) apply as usual. If you want to take this and run with it, go right ahead. Just remember to link back to this post when you do. Irina’s questions are fine, but you may substitute any or all of the following:
If you were a food, what kind would you be?
If you lived in a fantasy type series where everyone had special weapons/attack/powers/ etc. what would yours be, and what would you call it?
Do you know The Muffin Man?
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