Questions about anime
1. Who is your favorite male anime character?
From his smug, arrogant, and sheltered demeanor, Akiyuki in Xam’d: Lost Memories is by no question a long shot from being a likeable character. However, through the help of a creepy-ass parasite in his arm, Nakiami, and perhaps his experiences in traveling the world of Xam’d, Akiyuki transforms into a humble, self-conscious, yet determined young man who faces his destiny head-on. We see a man whose apathy towards the world transitions into the need to protect it near the end of the series. Fate is cruel to him; He is never able to revisit his closest friends and family properly for the entire anime, and he is punished in various ways for trying to do so. Yet, despite all this, even when it seemed as if his homeland and humanity itself had turned on him, Akiyuki found a place where he could belong; tragedy and anguish brought him purpose. Once he finds this and fulfills his duty, the world rewards him for his efforts. He becomes, in all senses of the word, a hero.
2. Who is your favorite female anime character?
Tequila Joe Nodame in Nodame Cantabile. She’s so weird, unkempt, and obtuse that I almost feel sorry for Chiaki being forced to take care of her, but that’s just part of what makes her such an interesting character. She’s also really good at the piano and learns aurally like I do, which is good in the “DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDS” department of getting to know characters. When she struggles with what she wants out of her talents I felt for her. Now that I’m a college student, I find myself searching for a role in life like she does.
3. What is your favorite anime soundtrack?
Michiru Oshima’s work in Xam’d: Lost Memories. The loneliness. The bombast. The way her music chills you to the spine, sways your emotions, pours your heart and soul into the characters. Up to this point I have failed to find a soundtrack that replicated this particular feeling.
Some honorable mentions include Iwasaki Taku’s work in Katanagatari and Gurren Lagann, as well as Yoko Kanno’s work in Cowboy Bebop and Sakamichi no Apollon.
4. What is your favorite anime opening + animation?
The OP in Zoku Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei. The manner in which it evolved as the anime progressed was always a treat to watch. This one in particular is my favorite.
5. What is your favorite anime ending song + animation?
I’m partial to songs which lead into the ED. Things like Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure or Un-Go are always welcome. The favorite of all these, however, is Ano Natsu de Matteru.
6. What is your favorite anime scene?
The final episode of Katanagatari. The way it deconstructs every single theme it built up for that moment is shocking, profound, and tragic.
If an entire 50-minute episode doesn’t count, there’s the Bunkasai Medley from Sakamichi no Apollon.
7. If you could meet an anime character who would it be?
The perpetually fascinating Count of Monte Christo in Gankutsuou. A joy to spend time with, as long as you have nothing to hide.
Other notable people are Ginko in Mushishi, Higuchi in The Tatami Galaxy, and Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop.
8. What anime character is most similar to you in terms of personality?
Nitori Shuichi in Wandering Son. We are mirrored in our passivity, our stoicism, and our ability to take things in stride. We have great friends of all sorts of backgrounds, yet amidst the company and the weight of the world, shouldered with responsibility and the knowledge of our own respective fates, we remain quiet and reserved, uncertain until the time comes where we must confirm our values. Those rare moments of passion and self-assertion are what define us as human beings in our lives.
9. What is your favorite thing about anime?
Its sheer variety of genres, colors, and production values. It can be technical, lush, artsy, or perhaps a combination of these traits. The ease to which it can portray its imagery, its themes, where other forms of media cannot compare. Popular culture strips anime of its artistic potential, but the few that do make the cut are the ones that ultimately stand out.
10. What is your least favorite thing about anime?
I kind of gave it away, but the thing I hate most about anime is the social stigma that surrounds it, and to an extent how inclusive its community has become. Anime isn’t even that widespread in Japan, and the sensationalism that surrounds finding the sicker otakus in society only discourages the general public from learning about the good parts of anime.
11. Who are your favorite anime couple?
Lafiel and Jinto in Crest of the Stars. No question. Non-debatable. They never verbally admit their love for each other because they never need to. The way they come together and rely on each other in the infinite depth of space is something that transcends what is considered normal in anime romances today.
12. Who is your favorite anime animal?
A tie between Roppa, the nekomata in Xam’d: Lost Memories and Ein, the corgi in Cowboy Bebop.
13. What anime would make a good game?
I’m willing to bet that most anime that deserve games already have them, so naming past anime is risky. I’d like to see a racing game based off of the movie Redline, though.
14. What game would make a good anime?
Final Fantasy Tactics. I cannot stress enough how good of an anime this would become.
15. What was the first anime you ever watched?
If we’re talking real oldie anime, then it’s a toss-up between Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura. The anime that actually got me sucked into the fandom, however, are Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei and Lucky Star.
16. Do you think you’ll ever stop watching anime?
There’s too much that I love about anime for me to stop now, later, or ever.
17. What is your favorite genre of anime?
Drama and Psychological. Anything that eats at a character from the inside so that I can examine how they tick. To this extent, this might mean that I like josei anime the most.
Also because I end up laughing at people who react outrageously towards/in drama.
18. What is your least favorite genre of anime?
I typically see shounen to be the most basic in its themes and execution, which doesn’t impress me anymore now that I’m an adult.
19. Are you open about watching anime with people you know?
To a certain degree. Being part of an anime club certainly helps, and being on the club’s Facebook page means that I’ve already exposed myself to my other friends about my hobby. My mom is aware that I like anime, but only my cousin really supports it.
20. Have you ever been to Japan?
This is the anime fan’s dream. I would love to, but I haven’t.
21. What anime was the biggest let down for you?
Ano Hana, and to a lesser extent Angel Beats. They reached much too far in their respective timeslots and suffered because of it.
22. What anime was better then expected?
Steins;Gate. How come nobody told me this anime was so good.
23. What is the best anime fight scene?
The final fight between Nanashi and Luo-Lang in Sword of the Stranger. The jazz showdown between Brother Jun and Sentaro in Sakamichi no Apollon also sort of counts. Oh, and who could forget the ski-trip in Toradora!?
24. Who is your anime waifu?
As much as I hate to admit it, Misaka Mikoto in To Aru Majutsu no Index. I honestly like her more in the To Aru Kagaku no Railgun manga, because it’s of a better quality than the rest of the franchise, but she knows when to shut off tsundere mode and become a goddamn badass with her biribiri powers no matter what part of the franchise she ends up in.
25. What was your favorite video game as a child?
Pokemon Sapphire. It was the first Pokemon game that I was not forced to share with my brother.
Questions about me
26. Most Embarrassing moment?
During a particularly slow day in English class, my teacher relinquished control of the computer + projector to us in order to find funny YouTube videos. I was super excited because I thought my taste in humor was The Shit. So I basically went to town every chance I got to take the keyboard. The first few were mildly amusing, because I did it on purpose, so that when the time came I could sweep everyone off their feet with my greatest video ever, the one that made me laugh the hardest out of every video since that time. And so, when the time came, I showed this.
No one laughed.
I sat at the teacher’s desk smiling like a moron watching this video and no one was reacting like I wanted them to. I was confused. I was a bit angry, but it was a more embarrassed, frustrated kind of angry that refuses to work properly with your sense of confidence. It was like I had told a very bad joke, one that lasted five agonizing minutes. I thought that everyone would understand because the video in question was a staple in any anime fan’s repertoire, or anyone who liked cartoons in their childhood. I had just assumed that people were familiar enough with the source material that I wouldn’t need to worry about people not getting the jokes. Apparently not, since no one really understood. Later, while the rest of the class was busy laughing away at Remi Gaillard videos I was back in my seat with my hands glued to the seat of my chair with what was probably a pained expression on my face. I had never felt more alone about my anime interests in my life until that point.
27a. Can you drive?
27b. Do you own a car?
I will once I bother to get a license.
28. Are you mature?
I crack jokes whenever the opportunity arises, but for the most part I am mature both onscreen and offscreen.
29. What year were you born?
30. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
I have owned neither, so I choose rabbits.
31. Describe yourself physically.
Overweight, but built. You can see the fat around my belly and torso ever-so-slightly, but I have broad shoulders and nerd calves. And a strong right arm.
32. What would you name your first child?
I’d name him Tristan, or I’d name her Trisha. I’d name it THAGMAR, THE DESTROYER.
33. What is the worst injury you have ever had?
I skinned my knees on rough pavement back in middle school. A combination of scar tissue and myself picking on the scabs has left the patches of skin barren and with unevenly growing hairs. This is why I usually wear pants nowadays.
34. What is your worse habit?
Not caring about schoolwork. In fact, I should be doing work right now.
35. Do you drink or smoke?
I attended one of my cousin’s parties over winter break. That’s where I learned that my kind of drunk was the giggly pleasant drunk. I don’t smoke, though.
36. Do you have a tattoo?
37. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Neither. I’m comfortable with waking up early and I can stay up until 1am or 2am, but I’m not part of either extreme.
38. Have you ever slept past midday?
Only when I wake up in the middle of sleeping and say “fuck it, I’m not getting out of bed until after midday”.
39. Do you regret anything?
Not doing a lot of things. I regret not taking school seriously. I regret not asking girls out. I regret not spending a lot of time on the piano nowadays. I regret not spending my time wisely on the internet. These days, I try not to look at it that way because despite all of the stuff I haven’t done I ended up here, in university, studying towards an opportunity in accounting and other related fields.
40. Can you count the number of friends you have on one hand?
If you speak of close friends on campus, I can. If you speak of all the friends I’m still in contact with on other campuses, I’d need more hands.
41. Do you wear glasses?
42. Are you a picky eater?
43. Would you die for someone?
I don’t have the mental conditioning to truly answer this question.
44. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
As much as it has been put in a negative light in recent anime, I’d want ESP.
45. Do you believe in the supernatural?
46. Would you rather be rich or famous?
Rich. I would not be able to handle being famous after maybe a week of it and would probably sabotage my own career if it meant not being famous anymore.
47. Have you ever committed a crime?
A lot of small ones that I won’t get into the details about.
48. Time Traveler or ghost?
Ghost. Less chance of screwing up life in general.
49. Does someone have a crush on you?
One girl used to, back in middle school. I have no clue if anyone did in high school. I know for sure that no one knows me well enough on campus to have a crush on me.
50. Are you in a relationship?