Unique Blogging Personified


I was nominated for this by Brother Yomu. As expected, he is wise to recognize and understand my uniqueness. I’m happy to receive this nomination.

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. (Try and include a little bit of promotion!)
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

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The Story of the Ore To Shore: What Happens When a Regular Nerd Tries to be an Athlete

Every summer, there’s a mountain bike event that begins in the rolling hills near the birthplace of iron ore mining in Michigan, and ends along the pristine shoreline of Lake Superior. The event is known as the Ore to Shore. The true race is the 48-mile long “Hard Rock” (77 km for the international readers).

I was not part of that race…. Still, I had a title to uphold. This is a story about one otaku’s effort to repeat a 1st-place age group finish in one of the shorter races.

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Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line

Glory Line team

Yowamushi Pedal is easily one of my favorite sports franchises in all of anime. I’m not even a real cyclist or anything. I mean, I’ll do an occasional mountain bike race, but I ride more for adventure than sport. There’s something about YowaPedal, though, that legit motivates me and keeps me coming back.

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The Makings of a (good) Antagonist

If we were to describe, in the most basic of terms, what an antagonist is, it’d probably be something along the lines of “a character or entity that actively opposes the leading cast of characters in any given story”. In this regard, we can throw any number of character types in the position of opposition, but what is it that makes an antagonist “good”?

Is it indomitable power or intellect?

Is it based on how much the viewer comes to despise or sympathize with said character?

Is it how well they actually aid the narrative?

Or perhaps even simply that they push our protagonist to become better?

Let’s take a moment, here, to look at some different antagonists.

I’ll try to keep things fairly vague, but there may be some spoilers ahead.

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